Monday 29 October 2012

Alert: First Dengue case confirmed in Dehra Dun

After Hardwar and Roorkee, the first case of Dengue fever has been reported from Uttarakhand capital Dehradun where a person, Suresh Ramola who is a resident of Nathuwala, was hospitalized in the CMI hospital of the city. Suresh’s medical report has confirmed that he has fallen prey to dengue.

Presently, as many as 30 victims of dengue are undergoing treatment in the different hospitals of the city.
Until now, dengue patients only from Delhi, Roorkee and Haridwar were admitted in the hospitals of state capital but confirmation of Sureh’s dengue fever shows that the dreadful fever is going to create panic among the residents of the Dehradun.

Sunday 28 October 2012

Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand witnesses first snow of the season

Intermittent snowfall in the higher reaches of mountains heralded winter in Uttarakhand on 26th Oct with Mukteshwar being the coldest at 5.2 degrees Celsius.
Located at a height of nearly 2100 metres, Mukteshwar was the coldest place and was followed by Pithoragarh at 7.2 degrees C, Tehri at 7.8 degrees C, Mussoorie at 8.3 and Nainital at 8.9 deg C.
Attributing the growing cold in mid-hills to northerlies triggered by intermittent snowfall in Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri since Tuesday night, the trend will continue in the days to come adding to the chill.
Isolated light showers are also likely to occur in the plains while the higher reaches may receive more snowfall in the next 24 hours bringing temperatures further down.
However, a majority of the areas in the plains, including Dehradun and Haridwar, continued to be relatively.
Dehradun recorded a minimum of 14.3 deg C while Haridwar recorded a minimum of 10.4 degrees Celsius.

Thursday 25 October 2012

Dasehra celebration at Parade Ground, Dehradun witness huge crowds

Dasehra was celebrated with gaeity as the effigies of Ravana, his brother Kumbhkaran and son Meghnad went up in flames at Parade Ground here today. The ground was packed to capacity and the crowd was extending on to the roads and top of buildings in the vicinity where the scene of burning effigies was visible.

The vehicle movement was barred around Parade Ground. The traffic police was on its toes to streamline the movement of people on to the roads along side the vehicles leading to Parade Ground.
Parking was provided in a couple of vacant plots around the area as well.

Chief Minister Vijay Bahguna was present on the dais in Parade Ground. He wished people Happy Navratri, Dasehra and Diwali giving a message of staying united and working towards strengthening Uttarakhand as a developed state.

Former Speaker Harbans Kapoor too addressed the gathering and wished them as well. Many prominent leaders such as Mayor Vinod Chamoli, MLA Rajpur Road Rajkumar and Mala Raj Luxmi Shah were also present.

After setting fire to the effigies, a brilliant display of different kinds of crackers held. The entire series of Ramlila and Dasehra was organised by the Bannu community of the city.

Despite the pulls of modernity, the craze among families and even youngsters to watch the centuries old tradition of Dasehra was spectacular. The children were seen excited and wearing interesting musical glittering caps and enjoying whistling toys.

Dehra Dun to witness Entrepreneurship awareness drive

The city will host an entrepreneurship awareness drive on October 26. Dehradun is among the 20 cities of the country selected for the entrepreneurship awareness drive by ITIans from IIT, Kharagpur. Host IIT, Kharagpur, Entrepreneurship Cell is a non-profit student-professor body dedicated to the promotion of entrepreneurship among the youth in the country. The drive consists of a series of guest lectures and workshops that are to take place in 20 cities of the country this year.

According to Rajat Suman, associate member, entrepreneurship cell, IIT Kharagpur, each selected city will play host to an entrepreneurship awareness camp, where eminent entrepreneurs, industry leaders and students will deliberate about the pros and cons of entrepreneurship as a career and how it differs from the usual run-of-the-mill job culture.

In Dehradun, entrepreneurship awareness camp will be held at the Dehradun Institute of Technology on October 26. The event will have the presence of entrepreneurs like Director iVolunteer Shalabh Sahai, Chief Executive Officer Trident Techlabs Sukesh Naithani and YUVA foundation founder Shantanu Gupta.

The drive came started 4 years ago and some of the distinguished guests, who attended the drive include leading entrepreneurs Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Irrfan Alam and Shaheen Mistry.

Monday 22 October 2012

Priya Jain from Mussoorie takes the honors at Miss Uttarakhand 2012

Finally the day has come and the winner of Miss Uttarakhand 2012 has been declared. 19 years old Priya Jain from Mussorie won the crown of Miss Uttarakhand for the year 2012. Kritika Negi (18) from Pauri garhwal have been crowned as the first runner-up of Miss Uttarakhand and another beautiful girl Jashmin Ghildiyal (23) from Dehradun became the second runner up.

The show was organized by SINMIT communication at Droona College compus, Dehradun. out of 21 beauties sieved out earlier, it was the time to discover the one lucky girl to get the glorious crown of Miss Uttarakhand for the year 2012. and after three rounds the winner have been decided.

Priya Jain who had been the crush of all photographer at the event was looking confident from the beginning and very confidently she cleared all the three rounds by answering all question with boldness.

Sunday 21 October 2012

Uttarakhand Govt. accepts reservation in promotion

The Government of Uttarakhand on Saturday accepted a one-man commission's recommendation that the creation of an ex-cadre to give reservation in promotion to SC/ST employees is not legally and administratively justified.

The recommendation of the commission, headed by Justice Irshad Hussain, was accepted by the state cabinet at its meeting here.

Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna chaired the meeting, said Principal Secretary (Personnel) D K Kotia at a press conference today.

Kotia said the commission, set up on September three this year, had submitted its interim report on the proposed creation of an ex-cadre for granting reservation in promotion to SC/ST employees to the government on October 11.

The panel had recommended that the move was not legally and administratively justified.

"The Cabinet has accepted the recommendation of the Commission and a detailed order in this regard will soon be issued," he said.

Government employees in Uttarakhand had been on a warpath for nearly a fortnight last month, striking work in support of their demand for scrapping the government's order regarding creation of an ex-cadre for granting reservation in promotion to SC/ST employees.

Movie 'Student of the Year' shot in Dehra Dun, released

Take a cauldron. Mix in 'Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire' in generous doses, the essence of 'Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na', few minutes of some other films set in schools, and add a dash of '3 Idiots' for flavour. What you have is Karan Johar's latest offering, 'Student of the Year'. The director's latest offering justifies, to the last bit, the adage - 'all that glitters is not gold', Zee News reported.

Set in the picturesque locales of Dehradun, more precisely, in the Forest Research Institute and Kasiga School, 'Student of the Year' has every element of a Karan Johar school/college film. Beautiful surroundings; the fluff of snobbish, brand-obsessed people; few nerds - one of them bespectacled, inevitably; a dean who just doesn't understand the values of friendship and camaraderie and so on. You ask for it, and you get it. No stone is left unturned in leaving a large, bold Karan Johar signature on the film.

RIMC, Dehra Dun announces exam dates for 2012

The Rashtriya Indian Military College is an Inter-Services Institution and a Category ‘A’ establishment of the Ministry of Defence. The College established in 1922 with the primary aim of preparing the boys for entry into Defence Services and to provide quality all round education to young boys invites applications from boys for admission to the Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC), Dehradun (UK) for J_ulgr 2013 Term. The written examination will be conducted at selected centres on 01(Sat) and 02 (Sun) Dec 2012.

The last date for submission of such application has been re-scheduled to 30th October, 2012.

ADVERTISMENT OF RIMC ENTRANCE EXAMINATION mac 2012 IN ENGLISH indicating the details of Entry Age, Educational Qualification, Scheme of Examination, Examination Centres, Fee, Scholarshib, Procedure to obtain Applications Forms etc is available in the website of RIMC at .

The prospectus-cum-Application Form and Booklet of old question papers can also be directly obtained from the Coilectorate, Cuttack on a written request.

Mahindra Satyam Signs a MoU with UPES, Dehra Dun to facilitate research and development

Mahindra Satyam, a leading global consulting and IT services provider, today announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES), Dehradun. The MoU aims at facilitating joint research and development projects and consultancies for mutual benefit.

This agreement will help the students and faculty of Engineering Disciplines of UPES to gain industrial exposure and acquire practical competencies through trainings from Mahindra Satyam’s experts. In turn, UPES will design Certificate programs and conduct training sessions for the engineers at Mahindra Satyam.

Speaking at the occasion, Mr B.K. Mishra, Senior Vice President and Business Head - Energy and Utilities, Mahindra Satyam, said “Mahindra Satyam was one of the first organizations to be associated with UPES. This MoU strengthens our partnership and focus on providing leading edge solutions to the Energy and Utilities sector.”

This agreement will further add impetus to UPES’s endeavor to deeply connect with industry to design courses that are in complete alignment with industry, and develop functionally literate industry ready students.

Tuesday 9 October 2012

Micromax enters Television market by developing its Uttarakhand facility

Mobile handset maker Micromax announced its foray into the television segment with the launch of a range of LED TVs priced between Rs 15,990 and Rs 1,29,990.

The company is targetting 5-8 percent of revenues (Rs 140-225 crore) this fiscal from the television segment, he added.

The LED TVs will be initially launched in nine states like Delhi, Haryana, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Rajasthan across 24-inch to 55-inch range. The televisions will be priced between Rs 15,990 and Rs 1,29,990.

The company is targetting 8-10 percent market share of the LED TV market.

Micromax will assemble the LEDs at its new facility in Rudrapur, Uttarakhand. It is investing Rs 100 crore in the plant.

Friday 5 October 2012

Dehradun-born Monisha Kaltenborn is CEO of the Sauber F1 Team

It is a globally known fact today that motorsport is a male dominated sport. Take any form of motor racing, and the number of women active is just about a fraction of the number of men. The case with the top echelon of motorsport, Formula One is not any different. How many female F1 drivers have you heard of? For that matter, how many women do we hear of who are actively involved in the sport apart from public relations and press officers? It is hard to imagine then, that a lady of Indian origin holds the reins of a Formula One team. Not many of us would have imagined, nor Dehradun-born Monisha Kaltenborn that she would one day be the CEO of the Sauber F1 Team, the fourth-oldest F1 team on the grid.

The journey from Dehradun to becoming the CEO of the Sauber F1 team and holding 33.3 per cent equity stake in the team has been a long one for Monisha. She is considered to be one of the most hard working and prominent women in the world of F1 today.

In one of his recent interviews Peter Sauber, team principal of the Sauber F1 team said that Kaltenborn has been instrumental in the team's survival following the decision of former partner BMW to pull out of F1 and that she has been doing outstanding work as the CEO.

Monisha aspired to be an astronaut as a kid. But at the age of eight, her family moved to Vienna, where her uncle was employed in the International Atomic Energy Agency. She did her schooling from a German-medium school rather than English, as her parents believed that it was very important for her to learn and understand the language properly and integrate herself into the Austrian society.

She secured her bachelor's degree in law from the University of Vienna in 1995 and went on to get a master's degree in International Business Law from the London School of Economics in 1996. Monisha got her first job in Stuttgart in Germany and also worked for the United Nations and a few law firms in Germany and Austria.

In 1998 she joined the Fritz Kaiser Group in Liechtenstein where Monisha's responsibility was to run a legal department. Kaiser was also a shareholder in the Red Bull Sauber F1 team. Kaiser selling off his shares in the team saw Monisha move to Sauber Group's legal department in Hinwil. While there she also managed contracts for drivers, sponsors and an engine deal.

She was a rare key person for big shots like F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone and current FIA President Jean Todt as she had worked with the FIA, FOA and FOTA before she became Sauber's CEO.

When Peter Sauber and Fritz Kaiser decided to split, Peter Sauber asked Monisha to join his team in 2000, and since then she has been working in Hinwil. She started as the head of legal affairs for the team, but in January 2010 went on to play the role of the CEO, becoming the first female to head a Formula One team as CEO.

When asked how she handles the immense work pressure Monisha said, There's obviously a lot of pressure in Formula One, mainly because the level of competition is extremely high. For myself, I don't regard this as a problem because I'm used to handle pressure and I'm a calm person. That maybe is the Indian part in me.

Although an Austrian citizen and married to a German, Monisha got married in typical Hindu tradition at the foothills of the Himalayas.

She currently resides 20 minutes away from the Sauber factory in Kusnacht, Switzerland with her husband Jens Kaltenborn, a lawyer, and her nine year-old son Nirek and six-year-old daughter Mandira. After she got married she barely visited India. It was in 2010 that she visited India during the Indian GP.

Talking about motorsport in India Monisha says Motorsport in India is in the process of establishing itself on a high, professional level. This process takes some time. There are many young talents in India but it's important that they get the opportunities and the right level of support. The fact that Formula One came to India for the first time last year is very important for Formula One and at the same time important for India. I was very impressed how well the event was organised and how much interest there was from the public and from the media.

In her family life, Monisha organises her daily schedule so that she can spend maximum time with her children. Early mornings are exclusively for the kids and then it's work. Late afternoon is again spent with the kids and then back to work. During race weekends she makes sure to stay in touch with them as much as possible. She believes it is important to keep them involved in what she is doing so that her kids can understand why she is not at home most of the time.

Given her work profile, Monisha is part-time mom and part-time CEO, but is always a full-time boss for the Sauber F1 team and says that for her work precedes everything else.

No more journey on Horse, mule for Kedarnath

Following directions from Uttarakhand High Court to maintain sanitation on pedestrian route to Kedarnath from Gaurikund, movement of horses and mules has been temporarily suspended.

The decision came in the wake of the High Court expressing dissatisfaction over sanitation on the 14 km-long pilgrimage route, additional chief officer of Rudraprayag district panchayat, Yashwant Rawat said.

Hearing a PIL, the court had recently directed the Panchayat to ensure sanitation for pilgrims and present a working plan before it on October 6 in this regard, he said.

Subsidised rice to Above Poverty Line families in Uttarakhand

The Uttarakhand government today said above poverty line families would also get 10 kg rice every month at subsidised rates after Dussehra festival.

"The APL families will be benefited under the scheme, which will provide rice at discounted rates," state's finance minister Indira Hridayesh told reporters here.

She said the Centre had given assurance to state government that it was ready to give rice at subsidised rates to APL families in the state.

"The recent economic reforms has troubled the common man, hence the decision will give some relief to them," she said.

The final rate will be decided after getting quota of rice from the Centre, she said.

Replying to a query on decision of Congress-ruled states to raise the cap on subsidised cylinders from six to nine, she said it would impact the state exchequer but, "we are committed to do so for public welfare."

Countering the BJP over FDI in retail, she blamed opposition for spreading apprehensions regarding the issue and said small retailers will not be affected it.

Tuesday 2 October 2012

Bahuguna has narrow escape as chopper causes spark in wires

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna had a narrow escape on October 1 when a helicopter carrying him caused a spark in high tension wires during take-off. Winds caused by the rotor of the helicopter caused a spark in high tension lines located about 200 m below as the chopper was lifting off from Baheda helipad, Tehri district magistrate Ranjeet Sinha said. The DM said the pilot safely navigated the chopper away from the wires.
Bahuguna was returning with some Congress leaders from Tehri to the state capital after campaigning in Ghansali area for his son Saket for the Tehri Lok Sabha seat, which fell vacant after he resigned from it post winning the Sitarganj constituency to make his entry into the state Assembly.

Dehradun to host District Sub-Junior Basketball Championship for boys and girls

The District Sub-Junior Basketball Championship for boys and girls will be held from 3rd to 7th October 2012 at Welham Boys’ School for Boys section and Welham Girls’ School for Girls’ Section.

Thirty One (31) teams in both boys and girls sections have confirmed their participation for this championship.

During the District Sub-Junior Championship, the DBA will conduct the District Basketball Referees Examination for test and promotion cases interested candidates must contact the undersigned for further information.