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World Festival of Youth and Students

NEW DELHI: The National Preparatory Committee (NPC) of India met here on Thursday to discuss issues that will be taken up at the week-long 16th World Festival of Youth and Students at Venezuela in August.

Addressing media-persons, the NPC chairperson and Indian Youth Congress chief, Ashok Tanwar, said around 20 seminars would be organised nation-wide in the run-up to the festival. Members of Parliament and cultural teams are also expected to accompany the 200-strong Indian delegation to the festival.

The festival stands for anti-imperialism and anti-war values. The Indian contingent would take up issues of anti-democratic regimes in its neighbourhood, the growing arms race in South Asia, unemployment and illiteracy among others.

More than 15,000 youth and students from about 100 countries are expected to participate in the festival.

Free radicals

NEW DELHI: A conference on "Free Radical: Vision-2005" highlighting the role of lifestyle modifications will be held at the India International Centre here on May 15.

The conference will be inaugurated by the State Health Minister, Yoganand Shastri, while the Executive Director of Escorts Heart Institute, Naresh Trehan, will preside over the function, according to an Indian Medical Association, New Delhi Branch, release.

Free radicals are no. one enemies of human beings and are responsible for every possible disease, including heart attack, stroke, cancer, osteoporosis, arthritis, dementia, gall stones and pre-mature ageing. Role of lifestyle modifications, including the need to take proper diet, exercise and use of free radical quencher such as lycopene would be stressed at the conference.

Renovation

NEW DELHI: The Siri Fort Complex of the Directorate of Film Festivals is being renovated. In the first phase, Rs.38.59 lakhs would be spent to take up the civil and electric works like water proofing, improved drinking water facility, renovation of toilets, improvement in air-conditioning of Auditorium-I, renovation of flooring and modernisation of lighting system. Modernisation of the complex, including improvements in acoustics, foyer and lighting would be taken up in phase two.

Lecture series

NEW DELHI: The Lieutenant-Governor, B.L. Joshi, inaugurated a public lecture series aimed at encouraging constructive dialogue and debate in civil society at Raj Niwas here on Friday. Mr. Joshi informed that more lectures were slated in the series under this partnership between the Delhi University and Delhi Government.

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