Immediate action was needed, the scientists decided. Give one example each of ‘defensive’ and ‘offensive’ action mentioned in the text.
Immediate action was needed. The Scientist had two options.
Defensive action: The defensive measure was that the people should live in bunkers.
Offensive action: The offensive action was to do something to deflect the comet from its path.Sending a spaceship wiith nuclear explosion to intercept the comet. Then detonating it by remote control at the correct time.
What is DUttada expected to do on his return from London?
On his return from London, Duttada is expected to perform a yajna to pacify the evil spirit behind the comet.
What did the scientists at the conference say about James’s ‘sums’?
The scientist at the conference checked and rechecked James calculations with the latest observations of Coment Dutta. They said James calculations were correct. They said James calculation were correct. There was no escape from the direct hit James had predicted.
. “I am not buying any Christmas presents till December 15.” What did Sir John mean by that?
Scientists decided for offensive action; sending a spaceship with a nuclear explosion to intercept the comet. But Sir John was not sure whether the experiment succeeded or failed. Thus, he deferred the buying of Christmas presents till Decemeber 15.
"For a moment James wondered if he had done his sums right". Why was James doubtful about his sums and calculations?
James became doubtful about his sums and calculations when he looked up from his window and saw a star studded night sky. It was such a peaceful night that James could not believe that Comet Dutta was heading wicledly to collide with the earth.