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National Children’s Science Congress Inaugurated at Odisha

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the National Children’s Science Congress to be held between 27-31 December at SOA (Deemed to be university) in Bhubaneswar, Odhisa. This is the 26th edition of the National Science Congress.

The focal theme of the 26th National Children’s Science Congress is “Science, Technology and Innovation for a Clean, Green and Healthy Nation.” The National Children’s Science Congress is being held at Odhisa for the second time. Children from across the country together with those from five Gulf and ASEAN countries are attending the event.

National Children’s Science Congress

National Children’s Science Congress is a nationwide Science Communication programme started in the year 1993. It is the programme of the National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC), Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.

National Children’s Science Congress aims at providing a forum for children from both formal school systems as well as from out of school of the age-group of 10-17 years to exhibit their creativity and innovativeness and more particularly their ability to solve a societal problem experienced locally, by using the method of science.

National Council for Science and Technology Communication

National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC) is mandated to communicate science & technology to masses. Through its various programmes, the council aim to build capacity for informed decision making in the community. NCSTC encourages research in areas of Science & Technology communication, training of communicators, development of books, manuals, posters, exhibitions, films, radio programmes, and television programmes on different facets of science & technology and recognizing outstanding efforts through awards and incentives all over the country.

Islands of Andaman to be renamed after Netaji Bose

The Union Government has decided to rename Ross, Neil and Havelock islands of Andaman. The Ross, Neil and Havelock Islands are to be named as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island, Shaheed Dweep, and Swaraj Dweep, respectively.

The announcement about renaming is expected to be made by PM Narendra Modi on 30 December during his visit to the Islands. 30th December marks the 75th anniversary of the Netaji’s visit to the Andaman Islands.


Netaji’s connect with the Andaman Islands

Netaji, accompanied by Sarvashri Anand Mohan Sahay, Captain Rawat-ADC and Colonel DS Raju, the personal physician of Netaji, landed at the Port Blair aerodrome in Andaman on 29th December 1943. Netaji was accorded a warm welcome. Netaji had appointed Indian National Army General AD Loganathan as the governor of the islands.

After the Japanese captured the Andaman Island during the time of the Second World War, Netaji had hoisted the flag at Port Blair on December 30, 1943. This was because he believed that Port Blair was the first territory to be freed from British rule. Netaji had even suggested way back that the Andaman and Nicobar Islands be renamed as Shahid and Swaraj Dweep.