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Diabetic kids meet Kalam

NEW DELHI JUNE 1. A group of diabetic children, some of whom had performed very well academically, met the President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, recently and apprised him of the problems being faced by diabetics in the country.

The visit of the children was organised by the Delhi Diabetes Research Centre. The children comprised those who are compelled to take insulin injections twice or thrice a day to keep their blood sugar levels under control. Talking to them, the President expressed concern about Type I diabetes and expressed the hope that one day a medicine would be able to convert Type I diabetes into Type II.

As some of the children from poor families cannot afford insulin because of its high cost and this further leads to diabetes complications at a very early age, the Centre president, Ashok Jhingan, used the opportunity to request the President to recommend to the Health Department of the Government of India to provide insulin free of cost to the poor diabetic children from government hospitals.

Course on WTO regulations

NEW DELHI JUNE 1. The Fortune Institute of International Business (FIIB) has introduced an exhaustive course on WTO regulations as part of its International Business programme.

The Director General of FIIB, Ramachandran, said the challenges before the developing countries like India were to make use of international negotiations and cooperation as instruments for improving their terms of trade, enhancing their access to developed markets while understanding the mechanisms for adopting and implementing domestic policy reforms that will raise living standards and reduce poverty.

"To be an effective and seasoned player in international business, it is imperative to understand the role of various regulatory and facilitating agencies. The curriculum will lay special emphasis on the functions of major international institutions like the UNCTAD, International Monetary Fund and World Bank," added Dr. Ramachandran.

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Anti-tobacco campaign

NEW DELHI JUNE 1. To mark World No Tobacco Day on May 31, voluntary organisation Aayam organised a national seminar on "Poverty and Tobacco" in the Capital. Highlighting the important role of NGOs in the anti-tobacco awareness campaign, the Union Health Minister, A. Ramadoss, said actors were role models having huge fan following among the youths. So they should come out in support of the anti-tobacco campaign and also discourage smoking in films.

"Under the new tobacco control act, tobacco consumption cannot be shown in the electronic media and we are talking to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to edit smoking scenes and also take stringent measures against erring people," he added. On the occasion, he also distributed "Anti-Tobacco Awareness Awards" to five social activists.

School results

NEW DELHI JUNE 1. Students of Harvard Academy, Preet Vihar, have excelled in the Class XII and Class X examinations conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education, the results of which were announced this past week. According to a press release issued by the school, the highest aggregate scored by the senior school students was 90 per cent while all the students passed with first divisions. Pratima Rao of Class XII stood first. In the secondary school examinations, Neha Jain, and Sonal Arora, stood first with an aggregate of 91 per cent.

Touts arrested

NEW DELHI JUNE 1. In a recent drive, the Northern Railway Vigilance Organisation arrested 11 alleged touts and realised Rs.25,000 through fine from them. One of the arrested touts was sent to jail.

It also nabbed two persons for illegally occupying seats in trains and fleecing passengers.

Northern Railway has appealed to the public not to patronise touts by purchasing tickets from them or travelling on some other person's ticket. It has asked people to purchase tickets from railway counters or from authorised travel agents only.

Heat wave

LUCKNOW JUNE 1. The plains of Uttar Pradesh continued to reel under severe heat wave conditions with mercury hovering at two degrees above the normal temperature in some parts of the State.

Parts of the plains came in the grip of sweltering heat with hot winds and scorching sunshine aggravating the conditions, reports reaching here said.

Met office sources said Allahabad continued to be the hottest place in the state recording a maximum of 45 degree celsius.

Heat wave also continued in Kanpur city and adjoining areas with the maximum temperature being 42.8 degree celsius. hot winds blowing since morning disrupted normal life and frequent power cuts also added to the woes of the people.

Sources said thunderstorm and squall might occur at a few places in the state during the next 24 hours.

Leader dead

LUCKNOW JUNE 1. Veteran CPM leader and former member of Uttar Pradesh legislative council Ram Sumer Yadav has died at the SGPGI hospital here, family sources said.

Yadav, 77, died last night and is survived by a son and a daughter, the sources said.

He was the secretary of the CPM central and state committees and was a popular leader from Sultanpur. He had led several movements to highlight the problems of the farming community.

Yadav's body was brought to the CPM office this morning where several of his supporters paid their last respects to the departed soul.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav also visited the CPM office.

He will be cremated later today.

Fiscal reforms

SHIMLA JUNE 1. Himachal Pradesh government has signed an MoU with the central government to implement fiscal reforms as proposed by the ministry of finance, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said here today.

After inaugurating the new building of the directorate of information and public relation, Singh said the details of the MoU would be placed before the forthcoming budget session of the State Assembly.

He hoped the grant to meet the deficit as proposed by the 11th finance commission would be released shortly. He said there was nothing to fear about implementation of fiscal reforms.

Singh, who left for Delhi today, said he would meet the Prime Minister, finance minister and other central leaders.

He said the central leaders were aware of the financial position of the state government which had inherited Rs 15000 crores on loans.

He was confident that the plan size of the state government would be maintained.