Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Nobel for Ramakrishnan: MSU celebrates

Vadodara: As Venkatraman Ramakrishnan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry along with two others Wednesday, the Maharaja Sayajirao University (MSU) in this Gujarat city - where he did graduation in physics - reacted with pride and joy."We knew one day he will win a Nobel prize," said J.S. Bandukwala, a retired professor of nuclear physics and civil rights activist as he recalled the Tamil boy who grew up in Vadodara, graduated in physics from here and then went to the US for further studies. While the honour for Venky - as his classmates used to call him - was a matter of pride for students, there were few in the present lot on the campus who could have heard of him. He last visited the university to deliver a lecture Jan 31, 2005, leaving students and teachers impressed. "A very simple person of high intellectual calibre," remembered N. Singh as he talked about the interaction he had at the meet. Born to academician parents in Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu in 1951, Venkatraman studied in the Rosary High School before graduating in physics in 1971. His father was a well-known teacher in the science faculty and his mother taught home science in the same university. They both retired in 1985 and left to join their son and daughter, who was doing medical research, in the US.

'Peace with India in Pakistan's self-interes'

Washington:Calling those who carried out the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks as no friends of Pakistan, its Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said it's in Islamabad's enlightened self-interest to normalise and live in peace with India. The government of Pakistan believes that terror organisations like the one behind the Mumbai attacks "have to be checked, curtailed and shut," he said at the Council of Foreign Relations, a Washington-based think-tank. India has asked Pakistan to give up terror as a state policy and has demanded concrete and speedy action against those responsible for the Mumbai terrorist attacks blamed on the Pakistan based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba as a condition for normalising relations with its neighbour. Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna had made it clear to Qureshi at their Sep 27 meeting in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly that an environment free of violence and terrorism was essential for the success of a meaningful dialogue process. Asked about what action Pakistan has taken against the Mumbai attackers, Qureshi Wednesday avoided a direct answer. "Those who carried out the Mumbai terrorist attack that killed 166 innocent people are not friends of Pakistan," he said.