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30 Jan

Mahatma Gandhi's martyrdom & Leprosy eradication: Prof M S Swaminathan

Chennai, January 30, 2017: Today marks the 69th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s martyrdom. It also marks a day dedicated to Leprosy eradication. Gandhiji was keen that leprosy should become a problem of the past. Unfortunately nearly 60 percent of new leprosy patients are from India. In 1982, I presented a report on the eradication of Leprosy by the year 2000 as suggested by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Unfortunately we are one of the few countries where Leprosy is persisting.

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25 Jan

Role of Scientists in Public Education: Prof M S Swaminathan

Chennai, January 25, 2016: 25th January issue of Nature contains the following advice to scientists.

 “Debates over climate change and genome editing present the need for researchers to venture beyond their comfort zones to engage with citizens – and they should receive credit for doing so”

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19 Jan

Managing food security under conditions of temperature rise: Prof M S Swaminathan

Chennai, January 19, 2017: Media reports indicate that 2016 was the hottest year in recent times. The Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change had recommended that we should restrict the rise in average mean temperature to 1.5°C. It looks although the actual increase will be higher. Much will depend on the policies of the incoming government to USA. In India we should start taking anticipatory action to insulate our major crops from the adverse impact of high mean temperature. I shall just give two examples.

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17 Jan

M G Ramachandran’s pioneering initiative in nutrition, education and gender empowerment in schools: Prof Swaminathan

Chennai, January 17, 2016: On the occasion of the 100th birth anniversary of the late Shri M G Ramachandran, M S Swaminathan, Founder MSSRF recalls his association with him. This is especially in the context of the universal noon meal programme in government and government-aided schools in Tamil Nadu.

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