DIMUN 2020
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Registration

Online registration (to confirm participation)
All participants are required to register themselves online and make the payment in full to confirm their participation. Participants can contact the Secretariat of the Conference at affairs@dimun.in for further queries.


Invoices
Upon payment in full, participants will receive an invoice for administrative purposes.


On-site registration (for identity badge and working documents)
A registration desk will be set in the lobby of Zakir Husain Delhi College from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM on 23rd August. Participants will be requested to show their valid passports (foreign nationals) or any valid photo ID proof issued by the government or the institution they are enrolled in (Indians) to collect badges and working documents. Participants who are not able to arrive before 18:00 on 23 August could also register in the early morning of 24 August before the first committee session at the same place.

Visa
Information

Upon receipt of the Visa Application through Indian Visa Application Center or directly, the Indian Mission/ Post requires a minimum of three working days to process the case and issue a visa depending upon the nationality and excluding special cases. At times, the processing may take up to two weeks.

Please note that it is the delegates’ responsibility to assert their visa status, and ensure that they apply sufficiently early. DIMUN will not refund fees paid by delegates who fail to obtain visas. For this reason, we encourage you to register for the conference as soon as possible.

Detailed information on visas to the Republic of India can be found at the Indian Visa Online Portal or VFS Global Services. We recommend you apply for a Business Visa.

In the case that the conference/seminar/workshop are being organized in India by private companies a Business visa may be issued.


If you require a visa to enter the Republic of India, DIMUN is able to issue an invitation letter for you. Invitation letters shall only be issued to those delegates who have completed their registration process and paid their fees in full.


To obtain a visa letter from DIMUN
Register and pay your fees.
Email affairs@dimun.in requesting the letter.

Please attach a scanned copy of your passport photo page, a letter from your school/university/college confirming your enrolment (not older than 6 months) and contact details (email and phone number) to your institution's student registry. DIMUN will contact your institution to confirm your student status.

Travel &
Transport

International Transportation
Participants are kindly requested to make their own international travel arrangements to The Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL).


Local Transportation
All participants are kindly requested to provide detailed information of their arrival and departure (date, time and flight number) during online pre-registration or later through email when the information becomes available.


Taxi
Car-sharing services Uber and Ola Cabs have transformed travel around Delhi. If you have a local number and a smartphone, download these apps and you can arrange pick-ups from your exact location (theoretically), then pay the electronically calculated fee in cash when you complete the journey and thus side-stepping much haggling. Follow the links below to download and install either/both of these apps.

Note that drivers will almost always call you en route, asking for directions and clarification of where you want to go (even though this information is in front of them on their phone's app), and will often not be able to speak English, so you'll sometimes have to get a bilingual local to help with communication. Cabs also tend to take a lot longer to arrive than your app says, and they often arrive at a point that is a short walk from the agreed pick-up. Given these issues, it's usually much quicker to hail an ordinary auto-rickshaw. However, Uber and Ola do tend to work out cheaper.


Metro
Delhi’s metro is fast and efficient, with signs and arrival/departure announcements in Hindi and English. Trains run from around 6am to 11pm and the first carriage in the direction of travel is reserved for women only. Trains can get insanely busy at peak commuting times (around 9am to 10am and 5pm to 6pm) – avoid travelling with luggage during rush hour if at all possible (however, the Airport Express line is much less busy and has plenty of luggage space).

Tokens (₹10 to ₹60) are sold at metro stations. A metro smart card (₹50 deposit plus ₹100 minimum initial top-up) gets you 10% off all journeys (20% outside the peak hours of 8am to noon and 5pm to 9pm). There are also tourist cards (one-day card ₹200 plus ₹50 deposit; three-day card ₹500 plus ₹50 deposit), but they're really not worth it unless you're planning on taking a lot of metro journeys, as most journeys only cost around ₹20.

For metro, you may download the app on your mobile from here.

If you're on a budget, the Metro is an inexpensive way of getting around to see Delhi's sights. The Yellow Line, which runs from north to south, covers many of the top attractions. Important stations on the Yellow Line, in order from north to south, and their places of interest include:

  • Chandni Chowk - chaotic Old Delhi, the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, bazaars, and street food.
  • Rajiv Chowk - Connaught Place and Janpath in New Delhi's commercial district.
  • Central Secretariat - the heart of imperial Delhi on Rajpath, India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan (President’s house), Purana Qila (Old fort), National Gallery of Modern Art, and numerous museums.
  • Race Course - Gandhi Smriti Museum and Indira Gandhi Memorial.
  • Jorbagh - Safdarjung's Tomb and Lodhi Gardens.
  • INA - Dilli Haat, with handicraft stalls from across India.
  • Hauz Khas - Delhi's hip urban village, crammed with cafes, bars, and boutiques.
  • Qutab Minar - one of Delhi's popular historical monuments, and the Garden of Five Senses.



Auto-rickshaws & E-rickshaws
Auto-rickshaws Delhi's signature green-and-yellow auto-rickshaws are everywhere. You never have to worry about finding one – drivers will find you! They have meters, but they are never used, so ensure you negotiate the fare clearly before you start your journey. As a guide, Paharganj to Connaught Place should cost around ₹30.

Delhi Traffic Police run a network of prepaid auto-rickshaw booths, where you pay a fixed fare in return for a ticket that you hand over to the driver once you reach your destination. There are 24-hour booths outside the three main train stations; New Delhi, Old Delhi and Nizamuddin. Other booths are outside the India Tourism Delhi office and at Central Park, Connaught Place.

Fares with ordinary autos are invariably elevated for foreigners, so haggle hard, and if the fare sounds too outrageous, find another ride.

It will be a struggle to get reasonable prices from auto-rickshaw rides. From 11pm to 5am there’s a 25% surcharge. To report overcharging, harassment, or other problems take the licence number and call the Auto Complaint Line.

E-rickshaws Delhi's ever-expanding fleet of golf-cart-lookalike e-rickshaws (electric rickshaws) offer a more environmentally friendly alternative to auto-rickshaws and taxis. Many of them are shared rickshaws, plying fixed routes for very cheap individual fares, but many can also be hired privately. Fares should be roughly the same as auto-rickshaws.

Venue

Team DIMUN has always been working hard to provide the best logistical and conference facilities to the delegates.
We are excited to present you one of the best and centrally located venues for Delhi International Model United Nations 2019.

Location
Conference Centre, Zakir Husain Delhi College,
Jawaharlal Nehru Marg,
Connaught Place,
New Delhi.

Conference
Information

Suggested date of arrival
22 August 2019


Date of opening ceremony, orientation and introductory events
23 August 2019


Dates of the conference
23-25 August 2019

Accommodation
& Meals

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Currency &
Costs

Currency
The Indian rupee (₹). Coins come in denominations of ₹1, ₹2, ₹5 and ₹10 (the 1s and 2s look almost identical); notes come in denominations of ₹5, ₹10, ₹20, ₹50, ₹100, ₹200, ₹500 and ₹2000.


Credit/Debit Cards
Credit cards and international debit cards are accepted at a growing number of shops, cafes, upmarket restaurants, and midrange and top-end guesthouses and hotels, and they can usually be used to pay for food and shopping. They are much more widely accepted in major cities such as Mumbai and Delhi.


ATMs
ATMs are widely available. Cards are accepted at many hotels, shops and restaurants.
Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus and Maestro are the most commonly accepted cards.

ATMs at Axis Bank, Citibank, HDFC, HSBC, ICICI and State Bank of India recognise foreign cards. Other banks may accept major cards (Visa, MasterCard, etc). Before your trip, check whether your card can access banking networks in India and ask for details of charges. Notify your bank that you’ll be using your card in India to avoid having it blocked; take along your bank’s phone number just in case.


Cash
Carry cash as backup, especially in lesser developed regions/stores. Don’t accept damaged banknotes: they won't be accepted by others. Major currencies such as US dollars, pounds sterling and euros are easy to change throughout India. Some banks also accept other currencies, such as Australian and Canadian dollars, and Swiss francs. Private money-changers deal with a wider range of currencies, but Pakistani, Nepali and Bangladeshi currency can be harder to change away from the border.


Changing Currency
There's no need to use money changers in Delhi, but you'll find them around the city, concentrated in tourist hotspots like Connaught Place and Paharganj's Main Bazaar, as well as at the airport. Banks also change money.


Bargaining
Bargaining is a way of life in many contexts in India, including at markets and most shops. Keep things in perspective: haggle hard but not without a sense of humour. There are also plenty of more upmarket shops and government emporiums where haggling is inappropriate, as prices are fixed. You'll usually have to agree to a price before hiring a taxi or auto-rickshaw, or a car and driver for longer trips.


Tipping
  • Restaurants
    A service fee is often added to your bill at restaurants and hotels. Elsewhere a tip is appreciated; 10% should do.

  • Hotels
    If you're staying in high-end hotels, bellboys and the like will expect tips.

  • Transport
    Train or airport porters will expect tips, but not taxi or auto drivers. Tipping cycle-rickshaw riders is good form given the job they do. If you hire taxi, you may tip for good service.



Begging
Some people argue that giving money to beggars only exacerbates the problem by encouraging more begging.

Essentials

Time
India Standard Time (GMT/UTC plus 5½ hours)


Weather
August is a month of monsoon season. It sees still-high temperatures (~ 30°C/86°F) and frequent downpours.


Languages
The working languages of the conventional committees at the Conference is English. However, the working languages of Lok Sabha and All India Political Parties Meet are English and/or regional language(s). People in Delhi and the national capital territory generally converse in Hindi. However, English is a widely used medium of communication throughout the city.


Computer and internet access
Participants are advised to bring their personal laptops and/or tablets for their own use during the Conference. Wi-Fi services will be available at the hotels and at the conference venue. Pretty much all accommodation and most cafes, bars and restaurants offer free Wi-Fi access these days. There are some free Wi-Fi hotspots around the city, in some shopping malls, for example, and in airport buildings. It's easy to gain 3G/4G access via data packs bought for local SIM cards.


Electricity and Voltage
In India, the standard is 220V, which is the same as in China, while it's 120V in the US. Most of the EU is on 220V-230V, as is the UK, Australia, and Singapore. Japan however uses 100V outlets.
The most common plug consists of two round prongs. Sometimes there will also be a third round prong, making a triangle shape. You may purchase the adaptors from the supermarkets.


Phone usage
You can use your unlocked mobile phone from home on roaming, but it's much cheaper to buy a local SIM card. You'll need your passport to register a local SIM, and the details of your accommodation in Delhi. It's best to buy a local SIM card with a data package either from the airport when you arrive, or from a genuine branch of one of the main phone providers in the city centre; Vodafone or Airtel are the most reliable. If you go through a local shop or kiosk you may experience delays in getting connected, or be overcharged.


Opening Hours
  • Banks
    10am–4pm Monday to Friday, 10am–1pm Saturday
  • Restaurants
    8am or 9am to 11pm or midnight (some midrange and top-end restaurants may not open till lunchtime; some restaurants close between 3pm and 7pm; some stay open as late as 1.30am)
  • Bars
    noon–1am
  • Shops
    10am or 11am to 8pm or 9pm (some close later)
  • Sights
    9am or 10am to 5pm or 6pm; many close on Mondays; parks and temples are often open either 24 hours or from dawn to dusk

Dangers &
Emergencies

Dangers
Delhi is relatively safe in terms of petty crime, though pickpocketing can be a problem in crowded areas so keep your valuables safe.

Roads are notoriously congested; take extreme care when crossing them, or when walking along narrow lanes that don't have footpaths.

Beware of touts at the airport, train station and around tourist areas. Beware also of fake tourist offices.


Safety & Women Travellers
Delhi has, unfortunately, a deserved reputation as being unsafe for women. Precautions include keeping an eye on your route so you don't get lost (download a map that you can use offline) and taking special care after dark – ensure you have a safe means of transport home with, for example, a reputable cab company or driver.


Fake Tourist Offices
Many Delhi travel agencies claim to be tourist offices, even branding themselves with official-looking logos. There is only one India Tourism Delhi office; if you need a travel agent, ask for a list of recommended agents from them.


Annoyance
Air pollution is a severe issue in the city. Consider wearing a properly fitting face mask.


Emergency and Important Numbers
  • India’s country code : 91
  • International access code : 0
  • Ambulance : 112
  • Fire : 112
  • Police : 112
  • Women in distress : 1091

Health &
Insurance

Health Insurance
Don’t travel without health insurance. Emergency evacuation is expensive. There are various factors to consider when choosing insurance. Read the small print.


Recommended Vaccinations
The only vaccine required by international regulations is yellow fever. Proof of vaccination will only be required if you have visited a country in the yellow-fever zone within the six days prior to entering India. If you are travelling to India from Africa or South America, you should check to see if you require proof of vaccination.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the following vaccinations for travellers going to India (as well as being up to date with measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations), but specialised travel-medicine clinics are your best source of up-to-date information; they stock all available vaccines and can give specific recommendations for your trip. Most vaccines don’t give immunity until at least two weeks after they’re given, so visit a doctor well before departure. Ask your doctor for an International Certificate of Vaccination (sometimes known as the ‘yellow booklet’), which will list all the vaccinations you’ve received.

  1. Adult diphtheria and tetanus Single booster recommended if none in the previous 10 years. Side effects include sore arm and fever.
  2. Hepatitis A Provides almost 100% protection for up to a year; a booster after 12 months provides at least another 20 years’ protection. Mild side effects such as headache and sore arm occur in 5% to 10% of people.
  3. Hepatitis B Now considered routine for most travellers. Given as three shots over six months. A rapid schedule is also available, as is a combined vaccination with hepatitis A. Side effects are mild and uncommon, usually headache and a sore arm. In 95% of people lifetime protection results.
  4. Polio Only one booster is required as an adult for lifetime protection. Inactivated polio vaccine is safe during pregnancy.
  5. Typhoid Recommended for all travellers to India, even those only visiting urban areas. The vaccine offers around 70% protection, lasts for two to three years and comes as a single shot. Tablets are also available, but the injection is usually recommended as it has fewer side effects. Sore arm and fever may occur.
  6. Japanese B encephalitis Three injections in all. Booster recommended after two years. Sore arm and headache are the most common side effects. In rare cases, an allergic reaction comprising hives and swelling can occur up to 10 days after any of the three doses.
  7. Meningitis Single injection. There are two types of vaccination: the quadrivalent vaccine gives two to three years’ protection; meningitis group C vaccine gives around 10 years’ protection. Recommended for long-term backpackers aged under 25.
  8. Rabies Three injections in all. A booster after one year will then provide 10 years’ protection. Side effects are rare – occasionally headache and sore arm.
  9. Tuberculosis (TB) A complex issue. Adult long-term travellers are usually recommended to have a TB skin test before and after travel, rather than vaccination. Only one vaccine given in a lifetime.


Drinking water
Never drink tap water. Bottled water is safe.

Avoid ice unless you know it has been made without tap water. Be careful of fresh juices served at street stalls in particular – they are likely to have been watered down with tap water or may be served in jugs/glasses that have been rinsed in tap water.

Avoid fruit that you don't peel yourself, as it will likely have been rinsed in tap water. Alternatively, rinse fruit yourself in bottled water before you eat it.

Some cafes and restaurants use decent water filters; use your own judgement as to whether or not you think this will be safe to drink.

Embassies &
Consulates

Most foreign diplomatic missions are based in Delhi, but there are various consulates in other Indian cities.
A full list can be found here.