08DD01A.qxd 11/7/2013 10:22 PM Page 1 CAMPUS CALL Book exhibition begins at Oak Grove School 2 STAR TRACK 3 Striking a balance The Tribune VOICE OF THE PEOPLE Dehradun Plus Dehradun Friday November 8, 2013 www.tribuneindia.com Prince Charles hails India’s concern over climate change TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE Traffic chaos on Doon roads TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE DEHRADUN, NOVEMBER 7 Prince of Wales Prince Charles has welcomed India’s concern over the issues of forestry and environment. Addressing a gathering of students and staff at the convocation hall of Forest Research Institute here today, Prince Charles took notice of works being done by the country in forestry and environment and welcomed its concern on the issues of forestry and environment and efforts towards conservation. He said in India, forest dwelling communities and forests lived in harmony. In his around 10-minute address, Prince Charles highlighted the issues of sustainability and key environmental challenges facing the world. He shared views on climate change and ideas to restore the lost connection between man and nature. He also congratulated the FRI for doing pioneering work in the field of scientific forestry. Later, the Prince of Wales was taken to the photo gallery of the institute show- IN BRIEF Two held in theft cases DEHRADUN: The Raipur police has arrested two absconding thieves in connection with a series of theft incidents in the area. The court also issued a nonbailable warrant against both of them in connection with the case. Golu and Ravi Kumar, both residents of Adhoiwala, were wanted in theft cases. Raipur police station head Shankar Singh Bist said the accused were caught during a raid on Wednesday night. —TNS WHAT’S ON DEHRADUN, NOVEMBER 7 Prince Charles being conferred an honorary degree of Doctor of Science by PP Bhojvaid, Director, FRI, in Dehradun on Thursday; and (right) the Prince waters a sapling planted by him on the campus. Tribune photos: Vinod Pundir ing important historical events, eminent foresters and visits of dignitaries. He also took a visit to the timber museum, where old artifacts have been displayed. These included a cross-section of 704-year-old deodar stem, along with the exhibits of wood anatomy, seasoning and dendroclimatology. His visit was special as the day also marked the 84th birthday of the historic FRI building. He also planted a TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE DEHRADUN, NOVEMBER 7 After a mystical sunset odyssey at Rishikesh last evening, consort to Charles Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker Bowles, today kept a date with the staff and boys of Doon School, where she was a witness to musical performances, a vigorous round of PT display and came face to face with children who are beneficiaries of social service programmes. With a sudden dip in the temperature and rains having started, the boys had every reason to run indoors, but the presence of the British Royalty was so overwhelming that they stoically weathered the rain and windy conditions and took WEATHER CLOUDY 20.2°C MAXIMUM 14.3°C positions for the PT display. But no sooner did the cavalcade of the Duchess entered the school premises, the weather began to clear up. The Duchess shook hands with the head boy of the school Sidharth Sethi and the rest of the senior boys. Significantly, the head boy recounted the association of the school that has imbibed manners in them during his welcome speech, beginning with the appointment of first head master of the school Arthur Foot, who hailed from Great Britain. No wonder that Doon School is often called the Eton of the East. Though the Prince of Wales did not accompany the Duchess of Cornwall, the staff recounted the old asso- Tight security to keep visit safe, secure DEHRADUN, NOVEMBER 7 Sports: T20 Cricket Tournament, Doon Globale school, 10 am works to facilitate consensus on resolving some of the key environmental challenges facing the world, specifically those related to food security, ecosystems resilience and the depletion of natural capital. In recognition of his contribution to advancing the multilateral agenda in the field of environment, global forests and wildlife, the Forest Research Institute (Deemed) University conferred an honorary degree of Doctor of Sci- ence on Prince of Wales Prince Charles on the occasion. Dr GS Goraya, Deputy Director General, Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), Dr PP Bhojvaid, and officials from the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education, FRI, Uttarakhand Forest Department, Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Wildlife Institute of India, Forest Survey of India, were present on the occasion. Cuts cake of FRI building on 84th birthday Dehradun: Forest Research Institute today celebrated the 84th birthday of its majestic building with Prince Charles cutting the cake at the FRI Mango grove lawns to mark the occasion.The 50-pound cake depicted the FRI building and had blueberry, fruit cocktails, chocolates and black currant as its major contents. It took four experts of The Old Standard Bakers 24 hours and to prepare the cake. Gopal, one of the experts, said it was a moment of pride for him to prepare the cake. He said The Old Standard Bakers, which was set up in 1945, had been preparing special cakes for various institutions of Dehradun. Prince Charles, along with Director of the FRI PP Bhojvaid cut the cake. Duchess of Cornwall keeps date with Doon schoolboys TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE Dehradun sapling of ‘harad’ (Terminalia chebuyla), a medicinal tree, on the FRI campus. Dr Anil Joshi, the founder president of Himalayan Environmental Studies and Conservation Organisation (HESCO), presented a gross environment product document to Prince Charles. Prince Charles interests include environment, organic farming sustainability and education. His initiative International Sustainability Unit Commuters faced inconvenience during Prince Charles and his wife Camilla Parker's visit to the state capital today. Traffic snarls were witnessed at several places, including the ISBT chowk, Haridwar road, Ballupur Road, Balliwal Road, Saharanpur Road, GMS Road and Premnagar. Motorists remained stuck in jams for hours due to traffic diversion at many places. Commuters were forced to take circuitous routes to reach their destinations. Traffic situation was worst on roads near the Indian Military Academy (IMA) and the Forest Research Institute (FRI), where the royal couple was scheduled to visit. Traffic on Chakrata Road also went out of gear for a few hours, as Camilla Parker visited The Doon School today. Traffic policemen remained alert throughout the day and were seen streamlining traffic at many places. The affect of route diversions was also felt on Rajpur Road. British royal couple Prince Charles and his wife Camilla Parker Bowles reached Dehradun on their maiden one-day visit amid tight security here today morning. The entire route from Ananda Resort in Tehri till Dehradun had complete security arrangements. The police and the administration didn’t leave any stone unturned to keep the royal couple’s visit safe and secure. The traffic was stopped at many places for ensuring smooth movement of the VVIP fleet. The route toward Indian Military Academy (IMA) was heavily guarded by police personnel and the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC). The traffic on major junctions was stopped at least 15 minutes before the passing of the convoy. The Shimla bypass road was turned into a fortress before the royal guests visited the Navdanya seed farm at Ramgarh, almost 25km from Dehradun. The Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker, being welcomed at The Doon School in Dehradun on Thursday. Tribune photo: Vinod Pundir ciation that the heir of the British throne had with the school’s former headmaster. “The heir to the British throne Prince of Wales was tutored by Shomi Das, the grandson of founder of the Doon School SR Das, at Gordonstoun School in 1963. He was head of the physics department at a school in Scotland,” said Piyush Malviya, Director, public affairs, Doon School. The excitement among the schoolboys was palpable as they presented before the Duchess of Cornwall the multi-faceted skills acquired by them during their stay in the school. The Duchess watched the western and Indian folk music performance with rapt attention. Later, she handed over a replica of the PT Gong (trophy) to the Hyderabad house for the best PT display. The Duchess, who, along with the Prince of Wales, supports several charities, envisaged keen interest in the work being undertaken by Waste Warriors to rid Dehradun of the garbage problem. Significantly, Arthur J Edwards, the royal photographer of The Sun since 1977 and famous for giving the British public a remarkable insight into the work and personal lives of the Queen and her family, followed every move of the Duchess. ❚ Royal Moments P2 Charles interacts with volunteers, interns at Navdanya TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE DEHRADUN, NOVEMBER 7 Prince Charles today visited the Navdanya Biodiversity Conservation Farm, a centre for excellence in organic farming in Ramgarh village on the outskirts of the city. He was accompanied by Dr Vandana Shiva, founder chairperson of Navdanya. He visited the seed bank at the centre and saw the diversity of seeds of nearly 2,500 crops, including 700 rice varieties, 195 wheat varieties, 150 kidney bean varieties and varieties of millets, oilseeds and pulses. During the farm visit, Prince Charles was shown the diverse crops grown together and how they helped each other. He also interacted with 50 volunteers and interns at Navdanya, who had come for training in the organic farming. He also planted the Rudraksh tree at Navdanya campus. Dr Vandana Shiva said more than 7.50 lakh farmers across the country were primary members of Navdanya. She said Navdanya was also helping Bhutan in its endeavour to go organic. She said Navdanya had trained more than 1,000 farmers and about 60 agriculture extension officers of Bhutan. Dr Vinod Bhatt, Director, said Navdanya was aimed at promoting the biodiversity conservation and organic farming. Bhatt apprised that the main aim of the Navdanya biodiversity conservation programme was to support the local farmers, rescue and conserve crops and plants that were being pushed to extinction and make them available through direct marketing. Navdanya staff, scientists, students and farmers were present on the occasion. Prince Charles, along with Dr Vandana Shiva, founder chairperson, Navdanya, ploughs a field at Navdanya Biodiversity Conservation Farm in Dehradun on Thursday. Tribune photo: Vinod Pundir
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