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U.S. delegation calls on Mayor

NEW DELHI JULY 13. Led by Vicki Elaine Felder, a delegation of educationists from Orlando in the U.S. called on the Delhi Mayor, A. R. Verma, to acquaint themselves with the functioning of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, especially with regard to primary education.

Ms. Felder also conveyed the message sent by the Mayor of Orlando with regard to making the Capital a sister city of Orlando so that exchange of technical know-how and use of modern technology in better management of civic amenities could be ensured between the two cities.

Mr. Verma told the delegation that the civic body was providing free education, supplying free textbooks and uniforms to children studying in its primary schools. Besides, cooked nutritious mid-day meal was also being made available to children free of cost.

Teachers meet Arjun Singh

NEW DELHI JULY 13. The School Teachers' Federation of India (STFI) representatives today met the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Arjun Singh urging greater allocation of funds to primary and secondary education.

The delegation requested greater allocation of funds from the proposed education cess and proper supply of mid-day meals, infrastructure facilities such as school buildings, furniture, laboratory, library, toilets, drinking water, free books to poor children and recruitment of teachers.

The Minister assured to take positive steps in this regard.

STFI president, D. Rami Reddy, led the delegation, it's general secretary, Tushar Panchanan, Treasurer, Pradeep Biswas, vice president P Rajagopalan and others accompanied him.

A team representing Kerala School Teachers Association also submitted a separate memorandum to the Union Minister on the functioning of Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan in Kerala, a release of the Federation said here.

Bank, Amity tie up for loans

NEW DELHI JULY 13. To facilitate students to obtain hassle-free education loan on easy terms, the Oriental Bank of Commerce has entered into a tie-up with Amity University.

According to a press release issued by the Ritnand Balved Education Foundation, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the Chairman and Managing Director of Oriental Bank of Commerce, B.D. Narang, and the Chancellor of Amity University, Ashok K. Chauhan, at the Amity Campus in Noida.

On the occasion, Dr. Chauhan, said: "Amity University will continue to add new courses to respond to the market dynamics. The University is engaged in imparting professional as well as technical education with commendable placement tack record and there has been no compromise on quality."

As per the MOU, Amity University's students would be provided with education loan at a special interest of 9.75 per cent for loans over Rs.4 lakhs. However, loans up to Rs.4 lakhs would attract interest of 10.25 per cent.

`Aspirin can check heart attack'

NEW DELHI JULY 13. "Chewing a 300 mg tablet of aspirin at the onset of a suspected heart attack chest pain can reduce the chances of sudden cardiac death by 22 per cent", said the Heart Care Foundation of India president, K.K. Agarwal, at a public seminar here on Monday. According to Dr. Agarwal, the aspirin should be water-soluble aspirin and not enteric coated. "If a heart attack is confirmed then half a tablet of aspirin should be continued for a month," he said, adding that one should chew a tablet of aspirin at the onset of paralysis even if it is due to brain haemorrhage.

He said garlic has the same properties as aspirin, but it was not a substitute for acute heart attack chest pain.

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