Two Indian TV channels give Big Bang scare

Advisory issued for broadcasts found to spread panic

NEW DELHI -- The "Big Bang" particle collider experiment launched this week by nuclear researchers in Europe caused some Indian TV news channels to speculate, with apparently tragic results, that it might lead to the end of the world.

The Indian Information and Broadcasting Ministry issued an advisory Thursday to two New Delhi-based Hindi-language news channels, Aaj Tak and India TV, for "showing content that appears to be spreading panic and fear."

Earlier news reports said that a 16-year-old girl in central India overdosed on pills after she saw "end of the world" predictions during coverage of the launch in Switzerland of the Large Hadron Collider experiment, a $7.7 billion attempt to smash atomic particles and re-create the origins of the universe.

There was considerable Indian interest in the event given the close involvement of leading Indian scientists in constructing the experiment's equipment.

A ministry official was quoted by wire reports saying that the advisory was related to unrestricted public exhibition and "programming affecting children." The advisory was issued "as an act of first warning," he said.