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Auditory implants give new life to 2 children 
New Delhi, September 15
Tiya is four and a half years old while Sohan Agarwal two and a half years old, but both of them were deaf and their families lived with apprehensions about their future.

Metro Airport Express Line to start in two weeks 
New Delhi, September 15
The much-awaited Airport Express Line is all set to be opened within the next 15 days. Trial runs on the 20-km-long stretch have finally started this week with trains being run at an all-time high speed of 135 kmph, the fastest for any Metro in the country.

Contractual workers of FCI to protest today
New Delhi, September 15
The Food Corporation of India (FCI) handling workers' union has threatened the Union government of disrupting traffic from Barakhamba Road to Jantar Mantar under the "ghera dalo dera dalo" movement tomorrow.

FMS goes online
Integrates two MBA courses
New Delhi, September 15
In a bid to make admission more student-friendly, Delhi University's Faculty of Management Studies has made several changes to its admission process and courses.


EARLIER STORIES




More rains likely
New Delhi, September 15
Delhiites woke up to a hot and humid day today. However, rains brought in some respite towards the afternoon. For tomorrow, it has predicted more rains. "The sky will remain cloudy and some parts of the city are expected to get one or two spells of rains. While the maximum temperature is expected to hover around 32į C, the minimum is likely to settle around 25į C," said a Met official. ó TNS

Guesthouses may be allowed to serve liquor
New Delhi, September 15
Now, guesthouses may serve liquor as the excise department has sought the Delhi government's permission to issue licences to those registered with the city government.

A bulldozer of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi razes the corporationís half- constructed toilet-cum-coffee outlet at Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg in New Delhi
A bulldozer of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi razes the corporationís half- constructed toilet-cum-coffee outlet at Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg in New Delhi on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal 

Delhi Metro managing director E. Sreedharan receives the Asian Civil Engineering Coordinating Councilís Outstanding Civil Engineering Project Award for 2010 from the councilís chairman Paul L. Mitchell on National Engineers Day in New Delhi
Delhi Metro managing director E. Sreedharan receives the Asian Civil Engineering Coordinating Councilís Outstanding Civil Engineering Project Award for 2010 from the councilís chairman Paul L. Mitchell on National Engineers Day in New Delhi on Wednesday. Tribune photo 

Ragging at MAMC
New Delhi, September 15
A first year postgraduate student of Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) has accused her seniors of ragging her. According to information, while no police case has been registered in the matter, the student approached the anti-ragging cell of the college two days ago and the matter is being investigated by college authorities.

79 fresh cases of dengue
New Delhi, September 15
The total number of people afflicted by dengue in Delhi has crossed 2,000 mark, with the city reporting 79 fresh cases today and the Delhi health and civic authorities ask people not to panic as the cases are expected to rise due to the serotype I dengue-causing strain.

Swine flu toll reaches 52
New Delhi, September 15
Swine flu claimed another life in Delhi on Wednesday, taking the toll due to the deadly virus to 52 this year, an official said. The official said one more death due to swine flu was reported from Lok Nayak Jai Prakash hospital. The official said so far about 1,355 people have tested positive for the deadly virus. The common symptoms of swine flu are cold, cough, fever, sore throat and headaches. ó IANS

Man killed in accident
New Delhi, September 15
A 26-year-old man died after a speeding Tata 407 truck allegedly run over him in the Shastri Park area of north-east Delhi last evening.

Rs 5-lakh theft in Sarai Rohilla
New Delhi, September 15
Thieves decamped with Rs 5 lakh after breaking the locks of an office in the Sarai Rohilla area of north Delhi last night.

116-canine squad to guard Games venues 
New Delhi, September 15
Commonwealth Games mascot Shera with children at Maharaja Agrasen Public School in New Delhi A 116-strong squad of sniffer dogs would be assisting thousands of Delhi police and paramilitary personnel in ensuring a successful and incident-free Commonwealth Games in the national Capital starting October 3.





Commonwealth Games mascot Shera with children at Maharaja Agrasen Public School in New Delhi on Wednesday. Tribune photo

Games Village soft launch today
New Delhi, September 15
The Games Village, which would host between 7,000 and 8,000 athletes and officials from 71 countries, is ready and the Organising Committee of the Commonwealth Games would throw open this ultramodern village to media scrutiny tomorrow in what has been advertised as its soft launch.

OC seeks ad rights around Games venues
New Delhi, September 15
| The Organising Committee (OC) of Commonwealth Games (CWG) has asked the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to give it the advertisement rights of the area around all the Games venues.

MCD to honour wrestler Sushil Kumar 
New Delhi, September 15
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) today decided to honour Sushil Kumar for winning the World Wrestling Championship as Kumar has studied in the municipal primary school at Baprola village.





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Auditory implants give new life to 2 children 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 15
Tiya is four and a half years old while Sohan Agarwal two and a half years old, but both of them were deaf and their families lived with apprehensions about their future.

Thanks to a brainstem implant, conducted on them today at Dr B L K Kapur Memorial hospital, they hope to hear sounds like any other person.

In the case of Tiya, who comes from Chandigarh, an inner device (electrodes) was implanted and after six-eight weeks from now, she would start hearing sound with the "switching on" of the device after the outer speech processor is placed, followed by tuning in to the inner chip.

"After the mapping, the child would be given auditory rehabilitation and it would take around six months for her to understand and react to sounds. She is fine and would be discharged in seven-ten days," said the treating ENT surgeon, Dr J M Hans, of the hospital.

In patients who are born either with deceased cochlea and cochlear nerve or they are absent, auditory brainstem surgery is the only option to correct the anamoly. While those patients who have the cochlea and nerve but they are non-functional, either hearing aid or cochlear implant is employed.

"It is always advisable to detect the problem early and this be done even before birth or on the day of birth. Through MRI and CTs, if hearing loss is found which may be either due to absence of or damaged cochlea or cochlear nerve, brainstem implant is done," said the doctors.

The high-end corrective brainstem operation, which can be done only after a baby turns two years, costs about Rs 12 lakh.

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Metro Airport Express Line to start in two weeks 
Jyoti Rai
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 15
The much-awaited Airport Express Line is all set to be opened within the next 15 days. Trial runs on the 20-km-long stretch have finally started this week with trains being run at an all-time high speed of 135 kmph, the fastest for any Metro in the country.

The trial runs mark the completion of construction of the line as all the structures are ready and the systems fitted.

The new line will be a boon for regular fliers and people visiting other Indian cities via Delhi. Until now, both Delhiites and outstation passengers relied heavily on private cabs and taxis to reach the airport. But once the line is commissioned by September-end, safe and fast travel will be possible with an option of checking in at the Metro terminals.

The Express Line will complete the journey from New Delhi railway station to the airport in close to 18 minutes.

The initial trial runs on the line were carried out on an 11-km stretch of the line between Dhaula Kuan and Dwarka sector 21 Metro stations as it had several sharp curves on which movement of the high-speed train was to be tested.

"Trains have now begun trial on the entire 20-km-long line from New Delhi railway station to Dwarka sector 21 Metro station. We are planning to start commercial operations on the entire line by the end of this month, much in time for the Commonwealth Games," said KP Maheshwari, director of Delhi Airport Metro Express (DAME) Pvt Ltd.

DAME is a subsidiary of Reliance Infrastructure Limited, which will operate the line for the next 30 years.

Initially, the trains on the route will ply at 10-minute intervals. However, this will be brought down to three-four minutes.

Also, the initial service will not be round-the-clock service as about three to four hours will be kept aside for maintenance.

"We will also suspend services for a few hours when international flight frequency is low. However, we have plans to make the service available round-the-clock at a later stage," said an official of Reliance Infrastructure.

"Initially, we are expecting a daily footfall of 20,000-25,000 commuters during peak hours," the official added. For air passengers heading to Indira Gandhi International Airport, airline and baggage check-in counters are being provided at the NDRS, Shivaji Terminus and Dhaula Kuan Metro stations.

The fare has been kept at a maximum of Rs 150 till IGI airport and an additional Rs 30 to Dwarka, with a provision for monthly passes for airline staff and frequent fliers. 

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Contractual workers of FCI to protest today
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 15
The Food Corporation of India (FCI) handling workers' union has threatened the Union government of disrupting traffic from Barakhamba Road to Jantar Mantar under the "ghera dalo dera dalo" movement tomorrow.

The union is protesting against the step-motherly attitude meted out to workers working on temporary basis at FCI godowns in different states. The union is demanding abolition of contracts of workers who have been working on temporary basis for many years and take them on regular payroll.

Vice-president of the union Shashi Bhushan Pandey said the FCI management had divided workers in five categories- departmental system, direct payment system, no work no pay system, management committee system and contract labour system, so that they could not unite to pressurise the authority.

A total of 20,000 workers are employed on permanent basis, while 65,000 are working on temporary basis.

He said the management was retrenching temporary workers, though tones of cereals had rotten due to lack of staff to transport them to godowns. 

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FMS goes online
Integrates two MBA courses
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 15
In a bid to make admission more student-friendly, Delhi University's Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) has made several changes to its admission process and courses.

From now on, aspiring candidates will have to register themselves on the official website of FMS. In another major change, FMS has decided to integrate its two-year full-time MBA in management services programme (MBA-MS) with its flagship MBA (full-time) course. The new programme will now be known as MBA (FT). The student intake for MBA (FT) programme will be 226, which is 15 seats less than the cumulative intake of both the courses in 2010.

FMS dean K. Mamkoottam said that the decision to integrate the two courses was taken by the academic council. Mamkoottam also clarified that there will not be a decrease in the number of seats for the course. "Besides the 226 seats, there will be 5 per cent seats for foreign students," he said.

Further, FMS has also advanced the dates of entrance tests by almost a month. The institute has included three new test centers-- Varanasi, Roorkee and Baroda.

Also, this year, FMS will be selecting Ph.D. scholars on the basis of an entrance test. The entrance test for MBA (FT) and PhD programmes will be conducted on December 5, 2010. 

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Guesthouses may be allowed to serve liquor
Syed Ali Ahmed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 15
Now, guesthouses may serve liquor as the excise department has sought the Delhi government's permission to issue licences to those registered with the city government.

A proposal in this regard has been submitted to the state Cabinet and a decision is expected the next week.

According to sources, the licence will be for one year. It will be renewed by the department concerned after the expiry of the term.

This is being done in view of the Commonwealth Games as the government does not have enough rooms in five star hotels to accommodate visitors who would be coming here during the event. The hotels where that the government has planned to accommodate visitors during the Games are under construction. Therefore, the visitors will have to be accommodated in guesthouses.

According to sources, the government has not issued licences to all guesthouses so far. This facility is only given to big hotels.

Delhi has 700 guesthouses in various areas. Areas like Karol Bagh and Paharganj are famous for economical guesthouses. Besides, a number of residents in south and east Delhi have got themselves registered under the Delhi government's 'Bread and Breakfast Scheme'. Under this scheme, they have to rent out a part of their accommodation to guests. Apart from this, guesthouses in the walled city area may attract Muslims.

The proposal mentions that guesthouses having 9 rooms will not be asked to deposit any security amount, but those having 10 to 25 rooms will deposit a security of Rs 40,000; those having 26 to 50 rooms will have to deposit Rs 60,000 and for more than 51 rooms will have to deposit Rs 1.20 lakh.

According to sources, if the Cabinet has accepted the proposal that guesthouse owners would be asked to submit an application to the excise department. The application would be accepted after government officials pay a visit to the guesthouses.

However, licence would be issued with a condition that liquor would be served inside the guesthouses not outside. The guests would not be allowed to drink on roads. 

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Ragging at MAMC
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 15
A first year postgraduate student of Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) has accused her seniors of ragging her. According to information, while no police case has been registered in the matter, the student approached the anti-ragging cell of the college two days ago and the matter is being investigated by college authorities.

Senior officials of the medical college said the anti- ragging cell was looking into the complaint. When contacted, a senior police official from the central district said that a case was yet to be registered.

A UGC team is also understood to have visited the college. 

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79 fresh cases of dengue
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 15
The total number of people afflicted by dengue in Delhi has crossed 2,000 mark, with the city reporting 79 fresh cases today and the Delhi health and civic authorities ask people not to panic as the cases are expected to rise due to the serotype I dengue-causing strain.

Authorities maintain that since the beginning of the outbreak this year, barring a few isolated cases caused due to the other three strains, type I has been the predominant strain in circulation.

According tok doctors, the serotype I is known to affect more people, but mortality is said to be low.

"The strain is milder and this time round, there are fewer patients coming with haemorrhagic fever, plasma leak and dengue shock syndrome. Moreover, the viral disease is self-limiting and so people should not panic and report to a local physician if symptoms persist even after 48 hours," said Dr Sanjeev Bagai, CEO, Batra Hospital.

With today's cases, the total number of positive cases stands at 2,012 even as five people have succumbed to the disease this season.

It has been nearly two weeks that the city has been recording 70 cases daily on an average, which is more compared to earlier years.

Till this time last year, the city had reported 1,153 dengue cases and three fatalities, 1,312 cases and two deaths in 2008, 548 cases and one death in 2007.

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Man killed in accident
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 15
A 26-year-old man died after a speeding Tata 407 truck allegedly run over him in the Shastri Park area of north-east Delhi last evening.

The victim has been identified as Ravi Kumar. According to the police, Kumar was with his cousins Malti and Shalu when the accident took place.

"The Tata 407 truck hit his motor cycle from behind and crushed Ravi and Malti. The vehicle probably lost balance due to the water on the road. Kumar was taken to the Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital where he was declared brought dead," said a police official.

The truck driver, Munesh, has been arrested.

Arrested for murder

The Delhi police special cell has arrested a man wanted in a kidnapping and murder case from Seelampur Metro Station last night.

According to the police, the accused Siraj, alias Chhota, was wanted in a kidnapping and murder case that had taken place in the Daryaganj area about a year ago. He had been reportedly absconding for the past one year. The Delhi police had announced a reward of Rs 25,000 on his arrest.

"Siraj along with his associates had killed Waseem, a resident of Pusta in Daryaganj, after strangulating him in the Usmanpur area. Both Siraj and Waseem were involved in drug peddling, but then some dispute developed between the two," said a senior police official. 

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Rs 5-lakh theft in Sarai Rohilla
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 15
Thieves decamped with Rs 5 lakh after breaking the locks of an office in the Sarai Rohilla area of north Delhi last night.

According to the police, the incident came to light today morning.

"The victim, Devender Singh, is a collection agent and owns an office in the main market here.

He claims that he had received some payment yesterday and had left around Rs 5 lakh in the office last night.

However, today morning, he found the locks of his office broken and money missing," said the police. 

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116-canine squad to guard Games venues 
Sandeep Yadav
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 15
A 116-strong squad of sniffer dogs would be assisting thousands of Delhi police and paramilitary personnel in ensuring a successful and incident-free Commonwealth Games in the national Capital starting October 3.

Official sources said the Delhi police has added 75 dogs, trained at BSF and army camps, to its existing squad of 41 dogs. The cops have put a lot of thrust on the services of these sniffer dogs in securing the Games venues. If trained properly, sniffer dogs could detect even the slightest hint of explosives.

According to Rajan Bhagat, spokesperson, Delhi police, the 75 new dogs, which were procured some time back from Hyderabad and Meerut, have been trained in Tekanpur BSF camp in Madhya Pradesh and Hoshiarpur Veteran Army Core in Punjab.

"We will have 116 dogs in the city during the Games. These dogs are highly trained and will be very useful," said Bhagat, adding that the dog squad would be of immense use to check suspicious items inside the venues.

According to information, the sniffer dogs will be deputed at all the stadias and other venues like the Games Village.

"The dogs would thoroughly check the venues at least two hours before the entry of the spectators," said a Delhi police official associated with the dog squad. He said that the venue would be rechecked by the dogs after commencement of the event.

The squad has four breeds of dog-- Cocker Spaniel, Dobarman, German Shephard and Labarador-and each breed is known to have a peculiar trait which is useful in securing a place.

According to information, while German Shephards are very brave Dobarmans are extremely good sniffers. Labarador is known for its high IQ and Cocker Spaniel is very small in size and can easily get under the seats. 

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Games Village soft launch today
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 15
The Games Village, which would host between 7,000 and 8,000 athletes and officials from 71 countries, is ready and the Organising Committee of the Commonwealth Games would throw open this ultramodern village to media scrutiny tomorrow in what has been advertised as its soft launch.

About 700 foreign delegates have already arrived in the city to get a feel of the state-of-the-art facilities.

The Village at Akshardham is spread across 160 acres and would have 4,008 rooms in about 1,170 flats. The facilities, officials have said time and again, would be better than those provided to athletes at any sporting event of this scale.

OC officials have claimed that it would be better than the one raised for the Beijing Olympics, which brought China laurels. Their claim would be put to their first test tomorrow.

All the rooms would be fitted with air-conditioners and LCD TVs and the OC has made expansive arrangements for training of athlete within the Games Village. There are a world-class athletic track and swimming pool besides a training centre for weightlifters, officials said.

There are as many as 71 musical fountains to entertain the residents.

CWG Federation president Michael Fennell had commented during his visit a few weeks back that some towers were not so good, but had added that if all the planned projects in the Games Village were completed on time, it would be among the finest buildings for an event of this magnitude. 

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OC seeks ad rights around Games venues
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 15
|The Organising Committee (OC) of Commonwealth Games (CWG) has asked the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to give it the advertisement rights of the area around all the Games venues.

The OC chairperson in a meeting with the mayor and MCD leaders had requested the corporation to provide it with the spaces around the CWG venues for putting up hoardings.

"The OC has asked us for an area of around two km around the stadiums where they need to display their hoardings and posters. We will give the rights for a month," said Subhash Arya, Leader of the House.

He said that the rights would be given free. "CWG event is a national event and we also hope for its success. Therefore, we are not charging anything from the OC. As soon as the Games are over, we will take are rights back," said Arya.

The MCD is yet to retrieve the rights from the companies who are currently handling the advertising spaces around the venues.

"We have called a meet tomorrow of all the companies and expect to get the rights back in three days," he said.

However, according to sources, the OC also wants the civic body to bear the expenses of displaying the hoardings, while the MCD has refused to do so.

"We can just provide the advertising spaces and we are not charging for it either," Arya added. 

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MCD to honour wrestler Sushil Kumar 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 15
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) today decided to honour Sushil Kumar for winning the World Wrestling Championship as Kumar has studied in the municipal primary school at Baprola village.

The resolution was made at a meeting of the standing committee today by councillors Mahesh Chand Sharma and Vijay Solanki, who live in the neighbourhood of the wrestler.

The decision was announced by the chairman of the education committee, Mahendra Nagpal. "Kumar also won a bronze medal in the last Olympics. We hope he wins the gold medal in the Commonwealth Games," said Mahender Nagpal, a BJP councillor. "Kumar has brought laurels to the country and it is a matter of pride for all Indians, especially the people of Delhi," he said.

The Opposition, Congress, also supported the move, saying Kumar should be presented with a scroll of honour.

Earlier also, MCD had honoured Kumar with Rs 5 lakh when he won a bronze medal in the Olympic." 

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