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PM pays homage to IISc victim
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January 03, 2006 13:11 IST
Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh [Images] inaugurated the 93rd Indian Science Congress in Hyderabad with homage to Professor M C Puri who fell to a terrorist's bullets at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore last week.

"I would, at the very outset, like to pay homage to the memory of Prof M C Puri, who was gunned down in the greatest temple of Indian science by the most reprehensible and cowardly enemies of our people. Dr Puri was a soldier of knowledge. He lived a life of peace, dedicated to science and education. No civilised people can condone such an uncivilised act," Dr Singh said in his opening remarks at the Science Congress.

"It is a symbol of the success of Indian science and technology, of our emergence as a knowledge power that the symbols and temples of our knowledge society are today being targeted by terrorists," the Prime Minister said. 

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