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India and US Sign MoU to Set up LIGO Observatory in India

India is set to become a central point in Albert Einstein’s recently proved gravitational waves theory following an agreement signed between India’s department of atomic energy and the US’s National Science Foundation on 31st April 2016, Thursday.

According to the agreement, signed during the course of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit in the US for the Nuclear Security Summit, India will have a new Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO).

Department of Atomic Energy Secretary Sekhar Basu and the US’ National Science Foundation (NSF) France Cordova signed the MoU in this regard in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. India and US signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for setting up a new Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) in India.

India’s PM Narendra Modi is currently in US to attend the two day Nuclear Security Summit (NSS). Modi met scientists of Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) who recently proved gravitational theory. Narendra Modi also met and interacted with the Indian scientists who are part of LIGO project.

Aggrement Signed Between US and India
Aggrement Signed Between US and India

LIGO project is a great example of India and US scientific collaboration said by Narendra Modi. External Ministry Spokesman Vikas Swarup said that, “Now that India has decided to be part of the project, the possibility is that India would be central to the LIGO project, partly on account of the fact that geography favors us. It would come up hopefully in the next five to seven years.”

The LIGO website states, “This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos.” Scientists observed ripples in the fabric of space-time called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe in February 2016.

The Indian Cabinet has been approved Rs. 12,000 crores for the LIGO project.

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