South Delhi has finally got its first Metro link on Friday. With the new Delhi Metro line from Central Secretariat to Qutub Minar opening for commuters from 3pm, colonies like Green Park, Hauz Khas, Malviya Nagar, South Extension and Saket now have a place on the city’s Metro map, making commuting faster and more convenient for residents. The new section will also make Line 2 the longest in the city as it traverses from the north-western tip of the city — at Jehangirpuri — through its southern tip to enter Gurgaon.

The other sections of Line 2 — Jehangirpuri to Central Secretariat and Qutub Minar to Huda City Centre — were already operational. ”The Central Secretariat to Qutub section will be inaugurated by Union urban development minister Jaipal Reddy and Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit at 1pm and commuters will be able to take the trains from 3pm on Friday,” said a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) spokesperson.

The stand-alone Gurgaon line, which was barely being used by commuters till now, will also be linked to the heart of the city with the opening of this section. Commuters boarding the Metro from Huda City Centre will be able to reach Rajeev Chowk for a fare of just Rs 25, or get to Karol Bagh or New Delhi railway station in Rs 22-25. A trip to Kashmere Gate will cost Rs 28 while travelling the length of the city to get to Noida City Centre will cost just Rs 29.

The 45-km line 2 from Jehangirpuri to Huda City Centre comprises 34 stations, of which 20 are underground. The line is expected to ferry over 6 lakh passengers daily for which DMRC plans to run 36-40 trains during peak and off-peak hours to cater to the passenger load.

The underground Central Secretariat-Qutub section has 11 stations — located at Udyog Bhawan, Race Course, Jor Bagh, INA, AIIMS, Green Park, Hauz Khas, Malviya Nagar, Saket and Qutub Minar. DMRC plans to run 40 trains on the line at a frequency of three minutes. In all, there will be 34 Metro stations on the line of which 20 are underground and 14 elevated. A total 3.6 lakh commuters are expected to use the section by 2011.

Read more: S Delhi’s wait for Metro ends – Delhi – City – The Times of India

A new gene, New Delhi metallo-ß-lactamase (NDM-1), has emerged, allowing bacteria to become resistant to virtually every known antibiotic, according to an article published in the medical journal The Lancet.

Experts fear that NDM-1 could jump to other strains of bacteria that are already resistant to many antibiotics, ultimately producing infections that could spread from person to person and be almost impossible to treat.

Until recently, NDM-1 was believed to have been restricted to India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. But 37 patients from the UK have now found to be carriers, most of them after visiting the subcontinent for medical procedures.
An international group of researchers – which has identified one strain of bacteria that is so resistant it is, in effect, untreatable – found similar infections in the US, Canada, Australia and the Netherlands.

Finally realising his dream project, Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal on Thursday launched a $35 computing device that will be made available to ‘learners’ right from primary schools to universities. Aiming at bringing down the price to $10, the Ministry has also begun discussions with global manufacturers to start mass production of arguably the world’s cheapest laptop.

“This is part of the national initiative to take forward inclusive education. The solutions for tomorrow will emerge from India,” said Sibal.

Looking as stylish as a large i-phone, this $35 “low-cost computing-cum-access device” is a 5/7/9 inch touchscreen gadget packed with internet browsers, PDF reader, video conferencing facilities, open office, sci-lab, media player, remote device management capability, multimedia input-output interface option, and multiple content viewer.

The Linux based device will also have provisions for running on solar power besides the usual battery- operated systems. The Indian Express had first reported that the ministry was set to launch the product.

While the device developed by the HRD Ministry’s teams will come with a smaller memory and no hard disk, the ministry said it would be sufficient for a student’s needs. The Rs 1,500/$35 computing device is expected to first hit higher education institutions — colleges and varsities starting 2011 — but the government could subsidise 50 per cent of this cost, bringing down the price.

New terminal at Delhi airport proves skeptics wrong: PM


ndia inaugurated a multi-billion-dollar airport terminal in New Delhi on Saturday – a shiny glass-and-steel symbol of the country’s aspirations as an emerging global power.

The state-of-the-art hub, which cost nearly three billion dollars and can handle 34 million passengers a year, was showcased at a special ceremony by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh ahead of its mid-July public opening.

The airport, which will handle international and domestic travellers, was built in a record 37 months, with similar projects abroad taking more than 60 months, officials said.

“This airport terminal establishes new global benchmarks,” Singh said.

“It also highlights our country’s resolve to bridge the infrastructure deficiencies in our country.”

The premier said the project was an “outstanding example” of public-private partnership – seen as the most viable financial model for India to execute big infrastructure projects as it eases the burden on government finances.

Built in time for New Delhi’s hosting of the Commonwealth Games in October, the terminal sprawls over four square kilometres (1.5 square miles) and boasts more than 90 automated walkways and 78 aerobridges.

“This is a demonstration of what India is truly capable,” Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel said at the inauguration ceremony at Indira Gandhi International Airport, which was also attended by ruling Congress party president Sonia Gandhi.

The facility, built by a workforce of 40,000, is India’s third world-class airport after Hyderabad and Bangalore but dwarfs both.

It is the largest public building constructed in India since the country’s independence from Britain in 1947, according to the consortium that built it.

“It’s an advertisement of India’s ability to create world-class infrastructure,” economist D.H. Pai Panandiker, who heads the RPG Goenka Foundation in New Delhi, an economic thinktank, told AFP.

As Asia’s third-largest economy after China and Japan, India urgently needs to upgrade its dilapidated transport infrastructure, including ports and roads, which is seen as a major hurdle to accelerating economic expansion.

“Overcoming our infrastructure handicaps will remove some of the major handicaps to faster growth,” said Panandiker.

Construction of the terminal comes as India’s congested airport facilities are under increasing strain as travel demand surges in the world’s second most populous nation of 1.2 billion people.

The new terminal is part of government efforts to upgrade airports around the country, the ninth largest aviation market in the world.

The government expects an annual 10 percent increase in domestic air passengers to 180 million by 2020 while international traffic could top 50 million in another decade.

Mumbai, India’s financial capital, is set to get a new terminal by 2012.

India’s fast-growing aviation sector could draw up to 120 billion dollars in investment by the year 2020, the government says.

The new terminal was built by a consortium headed by south India-based GMR Group that included the Airports Authority of India, Germany’s Fraport and Malaysian Airports Holdings.

“This terminal shows the world that ‘Yes, we can’,” said GMR chairman G.M. Rao.

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