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but also because it was seen as encouraging casual sex and promiscuity at a time when the AIDS epidemic was deepening. “Given the similarities between the House and the Senate bills, An exhibition titled ? This is an important factor that keeps alive motivation to do better. try and shift the popular narrative,twitter. It did not take him long to change it into a dynastic fiefdom, Four of the members,thus,Smart Defence?which despite its name essentially translates into pooling resources to provide military capabilities at lower costsoften by eliminating redundancies Howeverthe new principle threatens to limit NATOs relevance to regional security in Europe and the North Atlanticrather than allow the alliance to position itself at the centre of a global security architecture For an organisation whose member states are collectively responsible for over two-thirds of global defence spendingthis bar appears rather low NATO may appear a declining force and it has always been constrained as a policymaking bodysubject to the whims of its member states but the absence of any structured engagement or dialogue with India is nonetheless striking The alliance operates a counter-piracy task force in the Indian Oceanit is involved in ambitious ballistic missile defence plansand it plans on retaining its presence in Afghanistan in some shape or form for the foreseeable future Indiafor its partcontinues to constrain itself by its aversion to NATOs Cold War legacy This is self-defeating as other countries including Russia andin particularChina are beginning to sense opportunitiesdespite seemingly greater obstacles for dialogue and collaboration NATO today holds regular working-level meetings with the Chinese military in Beijingand Chinese officers now study in NATO academies Given that the alliance was built on principles and values that its members ostensibly share with Indiathere are no reasons why Indias defence establishment should not be considering similar opportunities for interaction India is certainly not interested in a formal partnershipbut shared interests and realms of activity whether in Afghanistanthe Indian Oceanor in various technological pursuits lend themselvesat the very leastto an agenda for consultations and dialogue Mu
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as well as helping formulate how the agency should use science—from risk assessment to analytical tools to modeling to toxicology research—to guide its policies.our society would be doomed.the sight of dead bodies can be heart-wrenching, said Anurag Sharmaa former journalist The NGO has donated 110 body bags to the trauma centre of the All India Institute of Medical Science175 to CATS ambulances and another 50 to the Sushruta Trauma Centre The AIIMS trauma centre requires 1100 bags and the Sushruta Trauma Centre needs at least 200-300 such bags each year We are hoping to give away body bags in the coming years tooalthough at present we are short of funds? After any accident,room…these? Share This Article Related Article “We need to end the rich-poor divide.
and an order allowing him to get the property registered,When I confronted the society chairman and members, with a new app available for everything that you can think of.vibrant and colorful SpongeBob and Dora raincoats to keep rain at bay, Shamshad Begum welcomed the news about former Union Carbide Corporation chairman Warren Anderson on Friday. Though most in her locality were clueless to his death they realized something had happened when she rushed home. She lost her husband in 2007 and since then she has started devoting more time to activism “Union Carbide Murdabad Warran Anderson Murdabad Bharat Lao Hang Karo’’ is among the several slogans she has raised during protests Shamshad’s daughter Shanno was a six- year-old when the gas leaked Now a mother of three children herself Shanno says the mental faculties of one of her daughters have not developed fully Shanno says everybody has heard of Anderson because his effigies are routinely burnt Shamshad is not alone in hating Anderson There are many in Bhopal who had made him the symbol of their ire while taking care to make his effigy look like an `Englishman’ with a coat tie and a hat “He should have shown the courage to face the law in India He was dead for us when we hanged his effigy a few years ago’’ says Aneesa Bi “I have witnessed at least 400 to 500 effigies of Anderson burnt in old Bhopal’’ says Hamida Bi one of the activists associated with Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangathan For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by SUKANYA SHANTHA | Gondia | Published: June 9 2014 8:44 pm The controversial land where Dalits want to build a Buddha Vihar Related News For the past three weeks policemen have been taking turns to ensure round-the-clock vigil outside the Bahyababa temple a spot that holds a “crucial link” to the killing of 50-year-old Dalit activist Sanjay Khobragade in Kawalewada village of Gondia He was set on fire when he was sleeping in his courtyard in a Dalit settlement outside the village limit on the intervening night of May 16 and 17 He subsequently died on May 22 A staunch follower of Dr B R Ambedkar Khobragade had been fighting with the village politicos all belonging to the dominant Powar caste to get a patch of land from the Bahyababa temple trust to build a Buddha Vihar With three temples having been built on the government land Dalits in the locality have been demanding that the Panchayat Samiti make land available for a Buddha Vihar too Dalits are in minority in the area with just 40 houses as against 1500 Powar houses Six accused — Rushipal Tembhare (45) his wife and village sarpanch Madhuri Tembhare (40) Bhaulal Harinkhede (45) Punaji Thakre (58) Hemant Thakre (30) and Shriprakash Rahangdale (50) a doctor deputy sarpanch and president of the Bahyababa temple trust — were arrested soon after Khobragade was set on fire They were however released on bail following the arrest of Khobragade’s wife Devakabai (48) and her “paramour” Raju Gadpayle (42) a Dalit rickshaw-puller and neighbour The six accused are known in the area for their “strong political connections” The trust members after dodging the demand of village Dalits for years had finally relented to allow a Buddha Vihar to be built next to the Bahyababa temple The Tembhare couple had asked Khobragade to come after May 16 after the Lok Sabha election results On the intervening night of May 16 and 17 however he was doused with kerosene by “unknown persons” and set ablaze In the five subsequent days that he battled for life Khobaragade gave three separate statements to the village tehsildar and the police each time naming the six Since he died law demands that his statements be treated as his “dying declaration” but the police rejected it claiming that Khobragade had only expressed “suspicion” about the six accused Gadpayale was arrested on May 19 and the police claimed that he confessed to hatching a conspiracy with Devakabai to kill Khobragade “They had an illicit relationship and the deceased had seen them in a compromising position that night So both decided to kill him” said public prosecutor Veena Bajpai Both Gadapayle and Devakabai when produced in court said they were tortured and made to confess to the crime they had not committed The police are reluctant in taking the past instances related to the temple land into consideration alleged Pradeep Khobragade (30) the deceased’s son who is fighting a legal battle “In 2012 a few days after Ambedkar Jayanti my father’s shop which is just outside our house was burnt down It was a day after he (Khobragade) got involved in a skirmish with the Tembhares over the Buddha Vihar In the last three years my father had filed over six police complaints against the accused for denying us space to build a Vihar” said Pradeep who is staying away from the village where he runs a cycle repair shop The police are yet to record the family’s statement Dalit activists and villagers alleged that the police were trying to save the real culprits and had falsely implicated Devakabai “The police had tried similar tactics after Khairlanji massacre too They had accused the deceased women of Khairlanji of having illicit relationships” said lawyer Shailendra Gadpayle who is handling Khobragade’s case Khobragade in his statement had claimed that he heard some voices before he was set ablaze and he distinctly recalled that the voices were of the accused But the investigating officer told the court that “he was drunk and not in a stable state” “Both have confessed to their crimes First Gadapayle broke down before the police and…then Devakabai too confessed” said Bajpai Sub-Divisional Police Officer Tirora Dilip Girhe told the court on May 26 that Devakabai and Gadpayle had known each other since childhood and had an affair for the last 30 years “If one goes by the police’s claim Gadpayle must have been 11 years old then” said Pradeep Last week the police allowed the six accused to be let out on a conditional bail of Rs 15000 each unopposed Their lawyers are now appealing to have the bail conditions of not entering the village limits relaxed The police too plan to file an application to discharge them from the case Opposing Devakabai’s bail the prosecution had told the court that they feared “communal tension” Dalit villagers however vouched for the Khobragade family “Like Sanjay his wife too was actively agitating to get us a Vihar She does not deserve such treatment” said Sangeeta Borkar a villager “My mother has lost everything her husband her dignity and now the police are making her out to be an evil person She is poor but not weak She will fight till the end and we will all fight for her” said Pradeep For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Published: April 16 2014 12:03 am Transgenders in New Delhi celebrate after the apex court ruling on Tuesday Renuka Puri Related News The Supreme Court Tuesday ruled transgenders would from now on be treated as a third gender which is neither male nor female The court regretted the absence of law to protect transgenders’ rights and consequential psychological and physical damage to the over two-million-strong transgender community But instead of sending the issue to Parliament for legislating the court took it upon itself to accord them the rights under the positive mandates of the Constitution It noted the Constitution promised array of rights and beneficial measures to everyone under its ambit of Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles of State Policy A bench of Justices K S Radhakrishnan and A K Sikri refused to concede that the hands of the constitutional courts were tied in granting transgenders their due only because the lawmakers had decided not to come forward and held that “Constitution makers could not have envisaged that each and every human activity be guided controlled recognised or safeguarded by laws made by the legislature” The bench ruled that the Constitution ensured human rights to all including the transgenders and when it had envisaged so it was time for the court to recognise it and to extend and interpret the Constitution in such a manner to ensure a dignified life of transgenders The judgment spoke about the “new social needs” and “to adapt to the changes in reality” All these observations when juxtaposed with the SC’s December 2013 judgment on validity of Section 377 of the IPC which criminalises homosexuality manifest contrasting approaches of the two benches of the apex court that decided the cases in a gap of four months While upholding the validity of Section 377 a bench of Justices G S Singhvi (since retired) and S J Mukhopadhaya had asserted that law making was the prerogative of Parliament and hence it was for Parliament “to consider the desirability and propriety of deleting Section 377 from the statute book or amend it” This bench pointed out that Parliament has chosen to retain this penal provision that makes voluntary “carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man woman or animal” punishable with imprisonment from 10 years to life and hence interference by the SC was not required The SC in this case had also stressed on the “minuscule fraction of the country’s population” comprising lesbians gays bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT) and quashed the Delhi High Court order to what it called the “so-called” rights of LGBT persons This bench reproached the High Court for “wrongly” relying upon judgments of other jurisdictions while de-criminalising homosexuality and said that Section 377 was a prohibition that regulated sexual conduct “regardless of gender identity and orientation” However Tuesday’s verdict lay its foundation on a “human approach” and paramount principles of “social justice” wherein this SC bench said any discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation or gender identity trampled fundamental right to equality of a person It based the verdict on international conventions which the other bench held to be nothing more than informative and said the SC was “expected to safeguard those rights knowing the pulse and feeling of that community though a minority especially when their rights have gained universal recognition and acceptance” In fact the moral failure this bench said “lies in society’s unwillingness to contain or embrace different gender identities and expressions a mindset which we have to change” For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related News Police said the terrorists were planning to attack security personnel to avenge the killing of their accomplices including LeJ chief Malik Ishaq. 2015 3:52 pm Related News Security forces on Saturday killed five alleged terrorists of the Pakistani Taliban and the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) in Punjab province. Rao said he will discuss the next course of action with the party leadership on the issue. the government is likely to face protests from MPs belonging to the Congress and some other opposition parties over the issue of a special package for Andhra Pradesh.
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sweep down the river from Nepal by Saturday evening or night,officials said Describing the situation as “most alarming” BiharDisaster Management Department (DMD) Principal SecretaryVyasji said the situation has also created prospect ofimminent floods in Supaul Saharsa Madhepura and Madhubanidistricts “The Nepal government has informed us that a 10-metrehigh flow of water in Kosi will come to India as a result ofmeasures being taken there to remove the landslide and theresultant damming of one of the tributaries there Water isexpected this evening or night The situation is most alarming” the Principal Secretary said He said the highest level alert has been sounded andSupaul town has been made the headquarters to tackle theimminent crisis Relief and rescue operations are beingplanned if the Kosi water breaches or crosses the embankmentcausing floods in the districts “The people are being asked to evacuate the area betweenthe river and its embankments and take refuge in relief campsestablished by the District Magistrates National DisasterResponse Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF)teams are reaching there We have also alerted New Delhi aboutthe impending disaster” added Vyasji The crisis like situation has developed after a massivelandslide last night over Bhote Kosi a major tributary of theKosi River The landslide has blocked the main course of the river?scale destruction in over 8 lakh acres of cropland.s order after agreeing with the argument that a disclosure at the stage when they were yet to arrest a few absconding accused and collect other evidence, ?teams of health,7-5; Bhupender / Shashikant bt. For some time, But when asked about his resignation, On taking up infrastructure development projects in the neighbourhood, Releasing a book titled “Dented and Painted-Beyond Flesh” here.
Here you can watch a suited up Kit and an Amber haired Khaleesi, Kit Harrington cheerfully blending with the crowd is a perfect watch this weekend. some top executives, the report said. and the combination of stable core funding and competitively awarded grants ensures the diversity and breadth of research in the UK.long-term damage, said Ameya Jagtapfounder of Youth2Youth Advocate Vandana ChavandirectorALERTand former Mayor of Pune delivered a presentation on climate change The function was part of http://www350organ international campaign to tackle climate change This Decemberworld leaders will meet in CopenhagenDenmark to craft a new global treaty on cutting emissions According to 350org the treaty currently on the table doesnt pass the 350 test to unite the publicmediaand our political leaders in this regardthe public can send a clear message to world leaders -the solutions must be equitablegrounded in scienceand they must meet the scale of the crisis For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Suman Doogar | Updated: March 31 2015 1:00 pm Kasar Devi (Source: Suman Doogar) Related News This was the first time over many years that I didn’t have a fixed travel plan for this month Too many options too many places to visit too many things to see to choose one amongst many is a tedious task in itself Finally after much thought at the stroke of midnight me and a friend decided to go to the mountains without having a final destination in mind All we knew was that we were going to Uttarakhand We drove to Nainital first then went to Almora where a friend who stays there suggested that we go to this small and peaceful village called Kasar Devi 8 kms north of Almora Kasar devi is a hidden jewel in the crown of Uttarakhand it has everything that makes it a perfect getaway for backpackers – budget friendly accessible no crowd good people and beautiful landscape It’s a perfect getaway for backpackers – budget friendly accessible no crowd good people and beautiful landscape (Source: Suman Doogar) What attracts the visitors Kasar devi is situated on Kashyap Hills and is known for its ancient temple that dates back to 2nd century CE and every year on the occasion of Kartik Poornima many people come here to worship and attend the Kasar Devi Fair But that’s not the reason why people know about this place rather it’s the hippie trail that attracts travelers to this quiet village Many western travelers and mystics visited and settled down at Kasar Devi Amongst them were the famous Danish mystic Sunyata Baba Tibetan Buddhist Anagarika Govinda American poet Allen Ginsberg Americansinger-songwriter Bob Dylan English musician George Harrison to name a few What to do when in Kasar Devi We initially wanted to stay for a night at Kasar Devi but ended up spending three days at this serene place Though there is nothing much to do here other than going for a stroll to Crank’s Ridge also known as the hippie hill and sipping a steaming cup of tea and savoring on homemade cakes from the nearby shops climbing to the Kasar Devi temple to pay your tribute to the deity or just aimlessly picking a point and start trekking And if you are one of the spiritual types then go to Buddhist meditation center for meditating Other attractions You can hike to Kalimath [1 Kms] which is one of the 108 Shakti Peeth in India This temple is much sort after among Hindu pilgrims as this is the only temple where Goddess Kali is worshipped along with her sisters Saraswati and Laxmi For wildlife lovers Binsar sanctuary is an option that they can explore For sunrise chasers like me Bright End Corner’s a perfect point to witness breaking of dawn amidst the mystic Himalayas Jageswar Mahadev is just 40 kms away and a must-visit The temple premises house 124 small and large temples dedicated to Lord Shiva When we went it had snowed a few days back and the landscape around the temple was so tranquil that I didn’t feel like coming back Surrounded by huge Deodar trees Nandani and Surabhi flows down the hill to give a serene feeling to this picturesque place Jageswar Mahadev is just 40 kms away and a must-visit (Source: Suman Doogar) How to reach: One can reach Kasar Devi by taking a flight to the nearest airport which is at Pantnagar and the nearest railhead which is Kathgodam From there go to Almora by bus and then take a shared cab or hire a private taxi for Kasar devi If you are driving then Almora is just 380 Kms away from Delhi Where to stay: We chanced upon a place called Puran`s Cottage and paid 1500 Rs per day Other options are Mohan’s Binsar Retreat Kasaar Jungle Resort and Imperial Heights [Luxury category] Dolma`s guesthouse Hotel Himsagar [Budget friendly] Even if you don’t book ahead you can just go there and find many guesthouses which are not listed online Kasar devi is an unforgettable place where people come and end up spending their whole lives coming back again and again The panoramic view of the Himalayas every morning will definitely lure those who are in search of peace and soul-searching For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Agencies | Jaipur | Published: July 23 2012 7:36 pm Related News The demand by the religious head of Ajmer dargah to ban visits by film stars and producers to the shrine to pray for the success of their films has drawn flak from the community of khadims (caretakers) and some artistesthough clerics have supported his stand Anjuman committeerepresentative body of khadims who perform ziyarat in the dargarhsaid that Dewan Zainul Abedin Ali Khan’s objection was uncalled for “Those who have faith in Khawaja come here irrespective of caste and creed They come here for the great saint Khawaja and bow to himnot Dewan” said Wahid Hussain ChistiSecretary of Anjuman Committee “It is totally an objectionable stand People come here with their wish and pray to Khawaja Sahib It is between the Khawaja and the devotee” he said Qutbuddin Sakhia khadimsaid that film producersactors and actresses usually come with the first print of their films and seek blessings for the success of their work “Many of them come with first printwhich only contains the names of director/producers/actor/actress/crewnot the entire film and they seek blessings for the success of their performance I do not think that there should be any objection to this” he said According to himthe Dewan has no right to interfere in the matters related with ziyarat and he is just doing for “publicity” Actor Raza Murada frequent visitor to the shrinesaid film stars have been visiting the dargarh for a long time and such objections should be rejected “The kaum (community) is already backward and such statement has only worsened the situation The dargah of Sufi saint is not a personal property It is open for all and such statement at the time of Ramzan is really not acceptable” he said “If he has talked about Islamic lawthen the entry of women should also be banned Why are female devotees allowed to enter the dargah” he asked Rajasthani folk singer and actress Ila Arunwho has expressed her wish to organise a Sufi performance in the dargahsaid that if something is against spirituality or a lawit should be avoided “If one has ill-wish or something unfair and prays to the God in mind for thatno one can stop him or her from doing so Such wishes would not be addressed so why is there a need to create a hype” Arun said “If the wish is for such a film which has vulgarity or obscenityit will not be successful” she said HoweverArun saidthat if offering of CD/DVD/print in the dargah is obejectionableit should be banned On the other handscholar Mohammad Salim said that the Dewan was correct in principle because things which are prohibited from an Islamic point of view should not be promoted “In principlehe is correct but my view is that when it comes to offering prayersone should pray to the supreme God and seek blessings from Him only” he said Peer Abdul Ruab Chisti of Nagaur dargahMaulana Mashkoor of Lucknow and other religious people also supported Dewan’s statement They said that he was fundamentally correct as far as Islamic law is concerned The dargah Dewan in a statement yesterday objected to actors and producers visiting the shrine to pray for the success of their films saying that they were seeking blessings for something which is taboo in Islam He had said in that his objection was only over the visit with this particular purposenot for a general visit For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWhen the new UK government in October released its Comprehensive Spending Review scientists breathed a sigh of relief and some even celebrated at the promise that science would maintain its current funding for the next 4 years While inflation will eat away at budgets and there’s little money for new capitol projects other parts of the government were hit with massive cuts Today researchers will begin to see if their relief was premature as they study the detailed allocations of the science budget that have just been released Some are already arguing that this is not a time to celebrate "It looks like we could be returning to the dark days of the 1980s and early 1990s when researchers were forced to work in laboratories and facilities that were starved of investment" says Bob Ward of the London School of Economics and Political Science Science Insider below highlights key budget decisions and budget documents and the various reactions issued so far; we expect to update it over the holidays as Britain’s science funding future becomes clearer UK BUDGET HEADLINES BUDGET DOCUMENTS Department for Business Innovation and Skills Research Councils UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Economic & Social Research Council Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council Medical Research Council Natural Environment Research Council Science & Technology Facilities Council BUDGET ALLOCATIONS REACTIONS: Imran Khan Director of the Campaign for Science & Engineering: The allocations confirm that UK science and engineering faces four very tricky years ahead While some of our international competitors are looking to the future British research will be busy retrenching It is encouraging that the Government has tried to protect research where it can It looks like capital spending on research will be hit less hard than capital spending across BIS – it’s down 41% rather than the expected 44% But this still means a dramatic reduction in investment in equipment and facilities putting a big dent in Britain’s scientific credentials What’s especially worrying is that a lot of this ‘capital spending’ is actually maintenance and other long-term commitments which can’t simply be stopped – the money will have to come from other sources including research grants instead Cutting back on capital spending may have its own costs – the opportunity costs of not fully exploiting past investments in high-tech infrastructure and the very real costs of redundancy payments to staff now deemed surplus to requirements There are going to be a lot of very difficult decisions which have to be made over the coming years But it’s going to be crucial that UK science shows how socially and economically valuable it is so that we can make the case for research spending in future Bob Ward Policy and Communications Director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at London School of Economics and Political Science: Today’s announcement confirms that the Government is planning to slash capital expenditure for research Applying the Office of Budget Responsibility’s forecasts for inflation to the new figures the money invested in infrastructure in 2014-15 will be about 46% less than this year It looks like we could be returning to the dark days of the 1980s and early 1990s when researchers were forced to work in laboratories and facilities that were starved of investment World class researchers need world class facilities and infrastructure if they are to provide the advances in knowledge and innovation that drive our economy In October the Government indicated that it would freeze 46 billion of the annual Science Budget and support for university research at its 2010-11 level for the period covered by the Comprehensive Spending Review However the figures published today show that this headline obscured plans to almost halve the investment in capital When this is taken into account Government spending on research in 2014-15 will be about 14 per cent lower in real terms than in 2010-11 Some leaders within the scientific community were quick to praise the Government after the Spending Review for ‘freezing’ research funding But we have now discovered that the UK’s international competitiveness and its prospects for long-term economic growth will be undermined by the Government’s plans to slash the investment in the laboratories and facilities required by world-class researchers The UK is already lagging behind its international competitors in terms of the proportion of its national wealth that it invests in research and development If the Government is serious about laying the foundations for sustainable long-term economic growth it should be investing more in research and development If the Government seeks to ring-fence research funding for science subjects it will mean even more damaging cuts in other disciplines such as economics and social sciences It would be ironic if the Government in the wake of such a massive economic crisis decided to cut its investment in the areas of research that might help us to avoid facing such problems again We will not be able to deal with the major challenges of the future such as climate change through science alone and we must invest in other strategically important areas of research including economics Mark Walport Director of the Wellcome Trust: This settlement is a good outcome for research in difficult times We particularly welcome the increased allocation to the Medical Research Council which will complement the increase in the Department of Health’s research budget and ensure that the UK can maintain a strong and vibrant life sciences sector We look forward to HEFCE’s forthcoming announcements for confirmation of the Government’s ongoing commitment to the Charity Research Support Fund John Savill Chief Executive Medical Research Council: By protecting MRC resource expenditure in real terms it’s clear that the Government has recognised the evidence showing investment in medical research reaps health and wealth rewards Nevertheless the MRC must now deliver the best possible return on investment sharpening our focus on quality strategic partnerships and efficiency in order to achieve the greatest possible impact We will not withdraw from funding of areas within our remit so competition for support will remain fierce but we will continue to do our best to encourage and support early career researchers Michael Sterling Chair of the Science & Technology Facilities Council: Our settlement is extremely welcome and recognises government’s strong support for our science and technology although the next four years is not without challenges STFC and its research communities are well positioned to deal with these – we carried out a thorough prioritisation of our programme in 2009 which focused support on our highest priority activities This process was a difficult one involving significant reductions in research support for some of STFC’s science areas but the programme and priorities established a year ago form a strong basis for the next four years and are carried forward in this Delivery Plan Alan Thorpe Chair of Research Councils UK: This allocation as part of the 2010 spending review confirms the value that Government has placed on research investment for the UK In the context of a very difficult public sector settlement it is very encouraging that the allocations to the Research Councils have fared so well Of course to manage within our budgets there will need to be rigorous prioritisation by Councils and some difficult strategic decisions will need to be made The cut to the capital budgets of the Research Councils will present particularly significant challenges going forwards but we have a good foundation and excellence with impact will remain at the core of what we do Research Councils UK also welcomes the restatement of the Haldane Principle It underlines the continuing independence of the Research Councils in making the strategic decisions for the investment of the Science and Research budget ensuring that the key challenges facing society are addressed whilst maintaining national capability in vital areas Professor Douglas Kell Chief Executive Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council: Given the current pressure on public finances in the UK the allocation is an excellent outcome for bioscience I believe that our allocation of almost 15Bn over the next four years reflects the government’s recognition of the role of bioscience in tackling major challenges such as food security and sustainable technologies and in driving economic recovery in the new knowledge based bio-economy The allocation represents a small 3% fall in our programme budget to 351M in 2014/15 compared to our baseline of 362M in 2010/11 As with other Research Councils our capital budget has had to reduce significantly in BBSRC’s case from a baseline of 60M in 2010/11 to 30M in 2014/15 We will need to make further efficiency savings and to work with the research community to ensure that we extract maximum value from our investments… I am pleased that the redevelopment of the Pirbright Laboratory of BBSRC’s Institute for Animal Health is proceeding with a further 37M of funding already announced from the Large Facilities Capital Fund (LFCF) The reduction in our other capital funding will be particularly challenging To help address this reduction in capital we will widen access to key national facilities and infrastructure and we remain committed to investment in new tools and techniques to underpin modern bioscience which we see as key to delivering our priority science areas We will be announcing more details following the BBSRC Council meeting in February 2011 Paul Nurse President of the Royal Society: Supporting science is crucial to the strength of our economic recovery our education system and to the solution of global problems – the government has recognised that in protecting much of the science budget We must not forget however that the axe has fallen in the ‘capital’ side of the budget Allowing some of our labs and other facilities to go without further investment is only a short term solution and cannot be considered as a sensible long term strategy Once public finances improve we will need to be quick to reinvest in the places where our scientists work and in the facilities they need to do that work Wendy Piatt Director General of the Russell Group of universities: We recognise that during this period of ongoing economic stringency in public expenditure there are elements in today’s announcements that represent a comparatively welcome outcome for our members? 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