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India: Science Centre to Train College Students in Disaster Mitigation


Coimbatore: The Regional Science Centre here is planning to train college students in disaster mitigation measures such as handling the fallout of flood, fire and building collapse. Apart from the coaching to apply first aid and removing victims to ambulances, the Centre would also bring in experts to explain the scientific reasons behind such calamities, how to avoid them and draw up contingency plans, T.M. Alagiri Swamy Raju, Project Director (in-charge), Regional Science Centre, Coimbatore, told The Hindu here on July 18 Thursday. The Centre would approach the colleges for these programmes, which would be conducted free of cost
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India: Now, '108' Ambulance for Army Personnel


Lucknow: Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on July 23 Tuesday issued directions to start the 108 ambulance service for Army officers, personnel as well as ex-servicemen and their family members. Currently, under the said service, a beneficiary is transported to the nearest community health centre or the government hospital. The service is being provided on the request made by the Army officials. A statement issued by CM office said Brigadier Pravin Kumar has requested for 108 ambulance service for serving and retired personnel of the armed forces and their dependents from the place of accident to nearest m
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India: GVK EMRI calls for End to Strike


Hyderabad: GVKEMRI requested its striking employees to call off their protest on July 23 Tuesday. Initiating fresh hiring, the institute said that it has managed to restore nearly 80% of the services. Full normalcy is expected in a couple of days, officials said at a press briefing on July 23 Tuesday. The 108 emergency service was paralyzed to a great extent in the state after nearly 4,000 employees went on strike demanding better wages and regularisation of their jobs. Protesting employees, who are drivers and paramedical staff, said that they started boycotting work from July 18 midnight.
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India: Training in Trauma Life Support Imparted


Bhopal: Training in auxiliary trauma life support was imparted to reduce disability and deaths in road accidents by orthopedics department of Gandhi Medical College here on July25. The training was imparted 150 participants under the guidance of Director of BTLS course and orthopedic Dr Sanjeev Gaur.  Participants were trained in all aspects of first aid through lectures, display of various techniques on models and dramatic enactment of various accident scenes. These trainers will impart training along with senior doctors to students of schools and colleges of Bhopal. Objective of the tr
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India: New Delhi to get New Vans to Cut Disaster Response Time


New Delhi: In a first, the city is all set to get 11 quick response vehicles, each worth Rs 40-45 lakh, to be stationed in each of its 11 districts. The vehicle is a modified Toyota Innova that will contain equipment worth Rs 35 lakh: including a life detection machine, inflatable light, diamond chainsaw, water mist system, oxygen cylinder and mask and stretchers. The idea to have QRVs was floated a year ago, however, the official launch of the vehicle is scheduled for mid-August. It will be done by newly-appointed lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung along with chief minister Sheila Dikshit. In case of an emergency, these vehicles can b
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