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Dalai Lama not to attend science congress: meet organiser

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Tibetan will not attend the Indian Science which opens in later this week, a conference organiser said today.

The Nobel Laureate's decision not to attend the assumes significance in view of the cancellation of a recent event here where the was expected to be present.

The event, which was slated to have been held at Rajghat to commemorate the Buddhist monk's 60th year in exile in India, was later moved to Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh, and will now be held at the end of the month.

The Indian Science is an annual science event inaugurated by the

The of the (INSA), Achyuta Samanta, said the Tibetan leader had been invited to the conference, but said he would not be able to attend it.

"We were also told that he had visited two months ago," Samanta said.

The Indian Science Congress website, however, still lists the as one of the chief guests among other Nobel laureates expected to be present.

Samanta said nearly ten Nobel Prize winners had earlier confirmed their participation in the congress but most dropped out after the event was postponed.

The ISC, which is held usually in the first week of January, was postponed in view of a perceived law and order problem at its earlier venue, the in Hyderabad.

Muhammad Yunus, the of in Bangladesh, would be the only Nobel Laureate at the event, Samanta said.

The development also comes in the backdrop of a media report about an directive to senior functionaries at the Centre and in the states to skip events being organised by Tibetans.

Earlier this month, had reported that following a communication by Vijay Gokhale, PK Sinha had sent out a note to senior functionaries of the Central and state governments asking them to avoid events being organised by Tibetans.

Following the report, the had said the Dalai Lama was a revered religious leader and deeply respected by the people of India, and added that there was no change in that position.

"Government of India's position on His Holiness the Dalai Lama is clear and consistent. He is a revered religious leader and is deeply respected by the people of There is no change in that position," MEA had said.

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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 22:50 IST