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Extend days for Amarnath yatra: BJP

Extend days for Amarnath yatra: BJP
Expressing concern over the deaths of Amarnath pilgrims, a delegation of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) met Home Minister P Chidambaram and demanded that the pilgrimage period should be extended and proper medical facilities should be provided to the pilgrims.

The Amarnath yatra session has this year been reduced to thirty nine days instead of the usual sixty days. BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said this is one of the reasons for the high number of deaths of Amarnath pilgrims. About 100 pilgrims have lost their lives till now. The BJP leader said the deaths of pilgrims reflect a total failure of the government and the board as there are no health care and shelter facilities for the  pilgrims.

The BJP in its memorandum submitted to the home minister said that the medical help centres are located at a distance of five to ten kms and same is the case for clean drinking water, for food and toilets, and these in turn has made the Amarnath Yatra a torturous journey.

The BJP further said that it is the ostrich like response of the administration that has forced the yatris to come with medical certificates.

Swaraj said the home minister has assured that he would be speaking to Governor NN Vohra about this problem.

The BJP delegation also demanded that a cable car should be operated on the yatra routes and ropeway should be the Amarnath Shrine Board should be reconstituted.

The high number of deaths in the yatra had led the Supreme Court to express shock and the court had asked the Jammu and Kashmir government to immediately deploy medical aid teams for yatris.


US EMBASSY TEAM VISITS IIIT-A


Allahabad: The four member joint team from US Embassy’s Consular Section and Public Affairs Section and Education USA at the US-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) visited Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad here on Tuesday and apprised students with plenty of opportunities for higher education in the US. Monica L Shie, VISA Advisor at US Embassy said that education provides one of the great sources of people-to-people exchanges between India and the United States and over 100,000 Indians currently study in the United States. She elaborated that Education USA is a global network of more than 400 advising centers supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) promotes mutual understanding between the United States and other countries through personal and professional ties between private citizens in the US and abroad, as well as by presenting US history, society, art and culture in all of its diversity to overseas audiences.

US and foreign students alike can prepare for leadership roles in today’s world through an international education. Dr  M D Tiwari, Director, IIIT-A said that it was a rare opportunity for IIIT-A students to get apprised with different procedures while going for higher studies in US. He said every year nearly hundred of IIIT-A students go to US for higher studies or for jobs thus it is right time for interested one to learn several steps through US Embassy officials.

Paul A Loh from US Embassy said that the United States provides a wealth of educational opportunities in every field of study.  He highlighted educational opportunities in the United States and guided interested students through the process of choosing an educational programme in the United States and the process of applying for a visa to the United States.

Syed Khalid Jamal , US Education Advisor said that USIEF's Education USA Advising Services (EAS) provide accurate, comprehensive, current, reliable, unbiased and up-to-date information to students who are interested in pursuing higher education in the US. ‘We do not endorse or rank any college or university but guide students in the areas of test preparation, placement, language training, and visa procurement. We hold specialized seminars and workshops on application procedures and strategies, education fairs and pre-departure orientation programs all year round. USIEF advising centers are located at New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, and Mumbai’.

Satya Prakash from the Consular Section,  Meena Sanyal  from the Public Affairs Section of US Embassy also addressed the students while RC Tripathi welcomed them.  The programme was attended by research scholars, M Tech, B. Tech final semester, MBA and MSCLIS students. G C Nandi, Seema Shah, Vrijendra Singh, Pankaj Mishra and others were
present on the occasion.
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