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Big names carry Baton in New delhi

Big names and celebrities carried the Youth Baton through New Delhi University North Campus on the 1st of August 2008 where Delhi government will be hosting a large cultural extravagansa which will be open to the public.

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Youth Baton Relay visits Lucknow
Lucknow, August 8th, 2008: The Youth Baton Relay (YBR), which was flagged off from Delhi on 1st of August 2008, visited Lucknow city today after passing through Delhi and Haryana.

The Baton arrived in Uttar Pradesh on the 4th of August 2008 and began its UP leg from Meerut, traveling across Ghaziabad, Noida, Bulandshahar, Aligarh, Fatehgarh, Kannauj, Malahabad and has reached Lucknow. The Relay will proceed from Lucknow to Rae Bareli on its way to Pune.

The Youth Baton Relay will travel through 9 states, 199 cities, towns and villages covering a distance of over 8000 kilometers with over 7500 Volunteers who will assist in the Baton’s journey.

As part of the “Green Games” initiative, the Baton Relay will collect water from every state on route. The collected water will be used at the Opening Ceremony to create a spectacular Fountain of Youth. A ‘Garden of Youth’ will be created with the saplings brought in by the athletes from 71 participating nations at the Shri Shiv Chhatrapati Sports City, Balewadi as a legacy of the Relay for years to come.

The Relay will run in support of ‘Save the Tiger’ campaign in association with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and will visit Sariska, Borivili, Tadoba, Pench and Melghat Wildlife Reserves on route.

Tata Motors is the official Vehicle Provider to the Youth Baton relay. 23 Tata Motors vehicles, including Sumo Grande, Safari, Winger, Magic, 207 DI, and 407 SS, will accompany the entourage. One of the vehicles provided by Tata Motors has been developed as a 'Special Green Vehicle' (SFC 407) that will continuously collect refuse from the relay. This will be processed into manure to be used for planting saplings on the route.

Hindustan Petroleum is the official partner and Air India is the International Airlines Partner for the Commonwealth Youth Games Pune 2008. Kinley Water is the official beverage for the Youth Baton Relay.