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Flash flood: Gurgaon men reach out with medical aid Group drove from Gurgaon to Dehradun and handed over medicines to army personnel CHAYANIKA NIGAM

GURGAON: One of the common problems witnessed during relief operations in disaster-hit areas is the landing of a lot of relief material that is of little or no use to the victims. Uttarakhand too has started flooding in with food, clothes and other stuff that the victims don’t need. But five residents of Gurgaon made an attempt to address this issue. They first tried to find out what the victims needed and then sent medicines for the victims. The general secretary of Uttarakhand chemist association Dr Amit Kumar had advised state association officer in Gurgaon Rakesh Mittal to send in medicines instead of food for the victims of the flash floods in the hill state. Accordingly, a team of

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senior doctors in Gurgaon held a discussion on the list of medicines that could be required by the victims. With around 15 huge boxes containing thousands of injections and antibiotics along with blood pressure and diabetes medicines the five people, who don’t want their identities to be revealed, left for Dehradun from Gurgaon in an Innova car. ‘I was very happy and satisfied to see that an

army chopper was waiting for those medicines and in a short while the medicines will be delivered to the victims,' one of the five said. They arranged the medicines at their own expense. One of them said, ‘Though people from various part of the country are sending a lot of stuff, but the victims are suffering from scarcity of antibiotics.’

NEW DELHI: Even as reports of recovered dead bodies and damage to property continue to trickle in from Uttarakhand, many have survived to narrate the horror they lived through after the flash floods. One such story was delineated to Millenium Post by four friends who had gone there to visit the Kedarnath temple from Delhi. Kuldeep Verma, Pradeep Sharma, Prakash Gupta and Mahender Singh were sleeping in a hotel when they were woken up by a man telling them

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Mango festival in city to start from Friday, 110 varieties to be seen

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about the flood water outside. ‘We ran outside the hotel and saw buildings falling all around like a pack of cards, said Mahendra. Wasting no time, the friends left the hotel and headed uphill. They picked up some biscuits from a nearby shop that was still open. When they reached a police station after hours of walking, they were turned away by the officers posted there. The four went further uphill and took shelter in a hut for three days. Later, the army found them and provided them with food. They, however, had to come downhill on their own.

Delhi approves plan for SC/ST residential school Our correspondent New Delhi: Keeping an eye on the 2013 assembly polls, Delhi government is all set to revive its proposal of building a first of its kind residential school for SC/ST/OBC/minorities’ students. The school would come up in association with Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) in Bhubaneswar. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) to this effect was signed on Thursday between KISS and the Delhi government. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was present on the occasion. ‘The proposed school will start functioning from this academic session where 1,200 children belonging to the poorest and underprivileged sections of the society in Delhi will be nurtured to enable them to join the mainstream,’ Dikshit said. The school will come up at Ishapur in Najafgargh in southwest Delhi. Initially, 300 students will be admitted from Class

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Our Correspondent Ghaziabad: The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) is organising a three day ‘Mango Festival’ to promote plantation of mango samplings during the monsoon season and also to increase awareness among the youth about various mango varieties. Apart from cultural programmes, a contest ‘Eat Mango. Get Prize’ is also being organized as part of the Festival. ‘We will also provide samplings of high-quality varieties which could be planted in gardens. The objective is

The festival is being organised by GDA in association with the district administration, Ghaziabad municipal corporation and the police to integrate the festival with plantation and environment conservation,’ GDA spokesperson said. The festival is being organised by GDA in association with the district administration, Ghaziabad municipal corporation and the police department. The Festival will be inaugurated by Santosh Kumar Yadav, vice-chairman of GDA at 7.00 pm on Friday in Swaran Jayanti Park

Cong, BJP spar over property tax hike Municipal Corporation walked out of the meetNew Delhi: The Coning of the house on Thursgress has accusred the day in protest against BJP of increasing the the tax hike. ‘The ruling property tax for commer- BJP in the three municipal cial properties through corporations including ‘back door’ measures North DMC had promised in the three municipal not to increase any tax or corporations of the impose any new tax but city. The councillors of they have hiked property the Congress party led tax on commercial propMukesh Goel, leader of erties by 8 per cent which opposition in North Delhi is unjustified,’ said Goel. Our Correspondent

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in Ghaziabad and will end on Sunday. ‘We have requested the district magistrates of neighbouring districts- Meerut, Saharanpur, Hapur, Buland Shahar and Gautam Buddh Nagar to send their mango farmers to participate in the festival with their mango varieties,’ he added. He further added that over 110 varieties of the mango are expected tobe seen at the festival.

NEW DELHI: In a bid to restore Rashtrapati Bhavan ‘to the best extent possible’ and send a strong message about the importance of preservation and protection of the country’s glorious heritage, a conservation plan that would serve as a blueprint for all future constructions in the 330 acre presidents’ estate has been submitted to President Pranab Mukherjee. The Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan (CCMP), as desired by Mukherjee was submitted to him WEdnesday by Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan, a statement issued Thursday by the president’s office said. Mukherjee asked the secretariat to examine the report and draw up a time bound programme for the implementation of its recommendations.

I to III. The number of students would grow up with the upgradation of classes year after year, the chief minister informed. According to the MoU, KISS would maintain and operate the school at Issapur

for 15 years beginning from 2013 on a no-profit no-loss basis. The family income of students will be considered eligible for admissions should not be more than Rs 2 lakh per annum.

city briefs SDMC launches ‘Monsoon Emergency Plan 2013’ NEW DELHI: South Delhi Municipal Corporation launched ‘Monsoon Emergency Plan 2013’ on Thursday. Under the plan, SDMC has started a new helpline in four zones to register complaints regarding waterlogging, fallen trees blockage of drains and any other problem related to sanitation during monsoon. ‘These helplines work in coordination with the helpline at the civic centre headquarters,’ said

Former cop convicted for murder moves court for parole OUR CORRESPONDENT NEW DELHI: The Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) will soon start a certificate course to impart necessary skills among Urdu journalists. In a statement released here on Thursday, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry said the decision to launch the short-term course was taken in chairmanship of Uday Kumar Varma who, as the I&B secretary, is also the chairman of the IIMC board. At a recently held conference of Urdu editors, Information and Broadcasting minister Manish Tewari was apprised of the need to provide quality training to Urdu

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ing Customer Relations Assistants and guards will be deputed at these stations. They will ensure smooth entry and seating of senior citizens and commuters with disabilities inside the trains, the officials said. ‘This special drive is being organised to raise awareness about proper utilisation of reserved seats

The school would come up in association with Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS). A memorandum of understanding to this effect was signed on Thursday between KISS and the Delhi government

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journalism aspirants. During discussions, the representatives of the Urdu press had requested Tewari to initiate skill and capacity building measures through short-term courses in the medium. The course would be non residential and open to all full-time or freelance Urdu journalists, and shall focus on latest journalism practices, use of technology, copy writing and writing for TV, the ministry statement said. The Institute is in process of finalising the course duration, curriculum, fee structures, among others, which is expected to start in the next academic session, the ministry further said.

DMRC to raise awareness about reserved seats for elderly, disabled

NEW DELHI: To facilitate smooth travel for elderly and disabled passengers in Metro trains, Delhi Metro will launch a drive creating awareness among its commuters. The special drive will be conducted on Saturdays and Sundays beginning from 29 June and will continue for a month, DMRC officials said. The stations to be covered under this drive are Dilshad Garden, Rithala, HUDA City Centre, Jahangirpuri, Dwarka Sector 21, NOIDA City Centre and Vaishali. Special teams compris-

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for senior citizens and differently-abled,’ a DMRC spokesperson said. ‘Through this drive, senior citizens, commuters with disabilities and other passengers will become more aware about reserved seats ,’ he said. Presently, each six coach train has 64 seats reserved for senior citizens and commuters

with disabilities. In eight coach trains, there are 88 reserved seats. Facilities such as wheelchairs, lifts, wide AFC gates, ramps near Metro train doors are provided at all the stations for the convenience of elderly people and commuters with disabilities. Paths have also been designed for smooth entry of visually impaired commuters in trains. The Metro staff is also provided special training to attend to such commuters. Recently, staff deputed at stations have been provided training in sign language so that they can establish communication with hearing and speaking impaired commuters.

NEW DELHI: Delhi High Court has sought the city government and CBI’s response on a plea filed by a former police official, undergoing life term for killing two businessmen in a fake encounter at Connaught Place in 1997, seeking three months parole for medical treatment of his wife.Issuing notices to Delhi government and CBI, a vacation bench of justice Siddharth Mridul has sought their replies by 15 July on the plea of Mahavir Singh, a former head constable, seeking three months parole to attend to his wife Sarda Devi who is a psychiatric patient.

Three held in Gurgaon for robbing lift seekers GURGAON: Three people were arrested for robbing passengers on the pretext of giving them lift in their vehicle from IFFCO Chowk here on Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway, police said on Thursday. Inderjeet and Hanuman, residents of Haryana’s Rewari district, and Monu, a resident of Bhiwani district, all in their mid-20s, were arrested Wednesday night from sector 17. They were also involved in several other incidents of robbery in Haryana and Rajasthan, police said, adding that a local court Wednesday sent them to police custody for three days. Inderjeet is a graduate while Hanuman and Monu have studied till Class XII, police said. In January, the accused offered lift and robbed two passengers from IFFCO Chowk in a car that was stolen from Rajasthan’s Alwar district, police said.

Aditya Misra discusses aPI with HRD minister nEW DELHI: Aditya Narayan Misra, executive council member of Delhi University met Minister HRD Pallam Raju on Thursday to discuss the issue of the removal of academic performance indicator and performance based appraisal system (PBAS). ‘I have asked Raju for an immediate removal of API and PBAS as we feel that the self-appraisal submitted by the teachers carries its own sanctity and teachers should not be burdened with the onus of running after documentary proofs,’ Misra said.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit inaugurates the sewer lines laying programme in west Vinod Nagar on Thursday  pic/nAVEEN SHARMA


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