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Media needs to pledge better coverage for Scientific innovation

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New Delhi : Around 300 delegates including science communicators, scientists, researchers, science fiction writers, science enthusiasts and students participated in the science communication congress on the theme ‘Communicating India’s Scientific Wisdom: Changing Paradigms” held on 21-22 December at Indian Institute of Mass Communication.

The 17th edition of the Indian Science Communication Congress was ointly organized by CSIR-National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (CSIR-NISCAIR), Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), Indian Science Writers’ Association (ISWA), VigyanBharati (ViBHA), Society for Information Science (SIS) and Indian Science Communication Society (ISCOS).

 

Coverage of science in the media is dismal and has been declining over the years, said Dr. Narender K Sehgal, the noted science communicator and UNESCO Kalinga Prize Winner who chaired the inaugural session of the 17th Indian Science Communication Congress in New Delhi. Prof. K. G. Suresh, Director-General, Indian Institute of Mass Communication delivered the keynote address. He said that to reach the masses, scientists have to be communicators as well.  Welcoming the gathering Dr. Manoj Kumar Patairiya, Director, CSIR-NISCAIR said that the Indian Science Communication Congress has over the years emerged as a platform for brainstorming and engaging in discussions on various facets of science communication. R. S. Sangwan, Director, Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) was the chief guest.

The various sessions discussed on the emerging worldview on India’s scientific wisdom, science communication, health communication, agriculture communication, and environment and risk communication.

The scientainmentprogramme that included magic and puppet shows in the evenings on both the days saw the delegates and the general audience enjoying and understanding some scientific concepts.

A round table discussion on ‘India’s scientific wisdom: communication strategies’ had many experts including Prof. KrishanLal, Dr. C.M. Nautial, Mr. RajkumarBhardwaj and many other noted science communicators brainstorming on various communication strategies for spreading India’s scientific wisdom.  The two-days event concluded with Dr. ManojPatairiya, Director, CSIR-NISCAIR summing-up the two days event.

 

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Gulam Bodi sentenced to five years in prison

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Former Proteas batsman Gulam Body has been sentenced to five years in prison for his role in a match-fixing scandal, which rocked South African cricket in 2015.

The 40-year-old had pleaded guilty to eight counts of corruption in 2018, admitting to being a link between players – mostly his teammates at the Lions – and bookies during the 2015 Ram Slam T20 competition.

Bodi, who played two ODIs and one T20I, was charged under the Act after being banned by Cricket South Arica for 20 years for his role in the 2015 Ram Slam T20 scandal. The CSA, however, said none of the fixtures were affected by fixing after the plans to fix matches were foiled.

He was initially banned from all cricket-related activities for 20 years, while the other players involved – Jean Symes, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Pumelela Matshikwe, Ethy Mbhalati and Thami Tsolekile – also received suspensions which effectively ended their playing careers.

According to reports, the 40-year-old pleaded guilty to eight counts of corruption relating to sporting activities, and begged the court for mercy after he was told he could be jailed for as many as 15 years. The sentencing was delayed on several occasions – at one point because his lawyer withdrew from the case due to Bodi’s lack of funds.

The report further said that according to court documents, Bodi had been approached by Indian “bookmakers” as early as 2014.

Bodi’s prison sentence is the highest sanction received by a South African sports personality in relation with match-fixing.

His scandal followed some 15 years after the high-profile one involving late former Proteas captain, Hansie Cronje, who was handed a life-long ban for his actions, but escaped criminal prosecution.

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