Monday 21 April 2014

Doon School, DehraDun announces Summer at Doon, the Leadership Programme

Do you want to make a difference in the world? This summer a select group of boys and girls will discover how to become the influential leaders of tomorrow.

An intensive but lively and enjoyable curriculum based on Socratic Dialogues, leadership case studies, creative experiential learning, outdoor adventure, social service, self-reflection and group interaction, guides students through modules drawing on The Doon School’s immense experience in developing leaders and designed and implemented in collaboration with Aspire, an outstanding provider of youth leadership programmes.

Lieutenant Abhilash Tomy, a commander of the Indian Navy, and the first Indian national to sail a solo, unassisted, non-stop circumnavigation of the globe. Tomy has been awarded the Kirti Chakra (the second highest peacetime gallantry award in India) and the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award. Arunima Sinha is another dynamic and inspiring speaker who is the first female amputee to climb Mount Everest. She is also the first Indian amputee to climb Mount Everest.

The Summer at Doon Office: Ms Abia Qezilbash, Summer at Doon, The Doon School, Mall Road, Derhadun, Uttarakhand, India 248001;Tel.+91 (0) 135 2526516 Email:

Applications are welcome from boys and girls at The Doon School as well as from all over India and across the globe. The age range is for boys and girls in Class 9-12.

The Summer at Doon leadership programme is a fully residential and coeducational course and all parts of the course are inter- woven and inter connected, so there are no choice options in the two week programme.

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Call: +91 (0)135 2526400

Saturday 12 April 2014

Family members of Vijay Bahuguna and Harish Rawat to contest LS polls in Uttarakhand

Chief Minister Harish Rawat’s wife Renuka Rawat and former Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna’s son Saket Bahuguna figure in list of candidates announced by the Congress today for the Lok Sabha elections in Uttarakhand.

While Rawat’s wife has been fielded from Haridwar, represented by the Chief Minister in the past, Saket will contest from Tehri Garwhal, a constituency from where his father had won the 2009 Lok Sabha polls.

The third candidate finalised by Congress is senior Minister in the State government, Harak Singh Rawat, who will contest the Pauri Garwhal seat represented by Satpal Maharaj, who recently switched over to the BJP from Congress.

Friday 11 April 2014

Valley of Flowers may not open for tourists this year

The Valley of Flowers National Park in Uttarakhand, which has been closed to the public after the mid-June flash floods, is unlikely to be opened this year due to lingering construction work.

The only bridges that connect the outside world with the valley were washed away in the floods and are still not reconstructed.

According to officials in-charge of the reconstruction, the work is very unlikely to be completed this year due to inclement weather.

Tourist interest in Uttarakhand Dhams drastically reduced

Only eight pilgrims have registered for road travel towards Kedarnath this year. Nearly 13 lakh had visited Kedarnath and Badrinath last year, during the Char Dham Yatra.

Rattled by last year's devastation, only 77 devotees have opted for the chopper service for Kedarnath this year.

With the Char Dham Yatra, the backbone of Uttarakhand's economy, scheduled to kick off in the first week of May, it is clear that the state is set to lose hundreds of crores in revenue.

The Char Dham Yatra used to have over 2 crore visitors through the pilgrimage season. It fueled the economy of Uttarakhand, triggering money circulation in the form of taxi rides, hotel bookings, chopper rides and road taxes.

21 year old youth breaches IMA security

In an embarrassing security breach, a 21-year-old 'mentally disturbed' youth from Punjab snuck into the highly fortified Indian Military Academy campus by scaling its boundary wall late on Friday.

The youth, Gunwant Singh, was, however, caught by soldiers on night patrol duty when he was hiding in some bushes on the sprawling academy campus at around 11 PM, police said.

On being caught, Singh, a resident of Sumaan village in Sangrur district of Punjab, was instantly taken into military custody and interrogated at length by all the central and state intelligence agencies.