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First Open Day
Students clear doubts on new admission rules
New Delhi, May 28
The Conference Centre in Delhi University's north campus today saw hundreds of anxious students and their parents who had come in to attend this year's first Open Day. Dressed in their best summer casuals, while some students arrived with friends, others dropped in with families.

Elderly couple found killed
New Delhi, May 28
An elderly couple was today found dead under mysterious circumstances at their flat at Madhu Vihar in east Delhi.The victims-- Ramesh Kapoor (70) and his wife V. Ramna (68)-- were found dead at their first floor flat, said a senior police official.


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Dr S.K. Mittal Experts underline need for gluten labelling in foods
 New Delhi, May 28
Celiac disease has a prevalence of around 1 per cent, that is of almost epidemic proportions.

                                                                                          Dr S.K. Mittal

14,000 CATE forms sold 
New Delhi, May 28
With the sale of forms for the common entrance test for Delhi University's much sought-after course English (Hons) ending today, the university sold an estimated 14,000 forms this year. More than 12,000 aspirants are expected to appear for the exam through which 21 colleges will admit students.

Pandherís bail plea rejected
Ghaziabad, May 28
A special CBI court today rejected the bail plea of Moninder Singh Pandher, one of the main accused in the sensational Nithari killings.

DSP, 19 cops booked for false encounter
Greater Noida, May 28
The police in Greater Noida is at the receiving end for its claim to have killed a criminal in an encounter on January 4 in the Bisarakh area.The district court Gautam Budh Nagar has now ordered that a case be registered against DSP Rahul Kumar of Greater Noida, the then SHO Bisarakh police station, Harish Chander Joshi and 18 policemen.

Delhi submits reply on Shunglu report
New Delhi, May 28
The Delhi government today dispatched the much-awaited response to the Union ministry of home affairs, rejecting all the allegations of financial bungling levelled by the Shunglu Committee report in the CWG projects.

Power dept fined Rs 1 lakh for sending bills sans connection
Ghaziabad, May 28
A Consumer Forum today slapped a fine of Rs 1 lakh on the electricity department here for sending bills to a farmer without providing power.Acting on a complaint filed by Pritam Singh, the forum found the department guilty and directed it to compensate him by paying Rs 1lakh.

Doctor sells same property to two
New Delhi, May 28
In a case where a doctor turned a real estate fraud, the Delhi police has arrested a 42-year-old cardiologist for selling the same property to two persons and allegedly duping them of Rs 3.5 crore.

MCD warns discoms
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has issued a warning to the power distribution companies to clear the dues of property tax or else pay penalty. The companies owe a property tax of Rs 18 crore. They have been served notices under Section 123D of the Delhi Municipal Act. They have been defaulting for many years. The two major discoms-- NDPL and BSES--have more than 2,000 properties in the city that are on the municipal land, which includes sub-stations and other buildings.

 





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First Open Day
Students clear doubts on new admission rules
Jyoti Rai
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 28
The Conference Centre in Delhi University's north campus today saw hundreds of anxious students and their parents who had come in to attend this year's first Open Day. Dressed in their best summer casuals, while some students arrived with friends, others dropped in with families. However, all faces bore mixed expressions of excitement, eagerness and the pressure of making it to a good college.

Starting today, the university will organize 12 open days to help aspirants map out their admission strategy. The first day registered more than 1,500 attendants, including both the aspirants and their parents.

Students, however, had numerous queries about the new admission criterion. Questions were also raised about the special criteria for specific courses, the new course structure under semester system, the academic calendar, career options after pursuing a particular course and also on the facilities in a particular department, including hostel and PG arrangements.

The day began with a couple of slide presentations about the university admission process and about the campus life at large. Soon after, Sri Ram College of Commerce principal PC Jain and other teachers from Hansraj and Hindu College took the first session on the admission criterion in colleges. A special session on the science courses in the university was also held.

The session saw as many as 500 aspirants. The following sessions saw crowd dropping in and out. People walked in to purchase the forms and prospectuses and dropped in the conference hall midway.

"I wish more would have been dedicated for the interactive sessions. There are still a lot of doubts. I think I will come back again," said 18-year-old Abhishek Bishnoi, who wants to pursue B.Com. from Sri Ram College of Commerce. However, 17-year-old Deepanshi did not share this view. "Our knowledge regarding the admission process in DU is not that compact. Such events are of great help, especially with the new admission process coming in this year," she said.

"The Open Day aims at helping students and their parents in making up their minds whether they wish to join DU, colleges and the courses that they offer and also the expectations DU has from the aspirants," said Khurana, the university's dean, Students' Welfare. Pleased by the response, Kshitij Ahuja, a student counsellor from Khalsa College, said, "Apart from this event, we are getting 500-600 calls daily inquiring about the different courses and college options."

The south campus deputy dean, Students' Welfare office, also received more than 2,000 queries regarding the admissions.

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Elderly couple found killed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 28
An elderly couple was today found dead under mysterious circumstances at their flat at Madhu Vihar in east Delhi.The victims-- Ramesh Kapoor (70) and his wife V. Ramna (68)-- were found dead at their first floor flat, said a senior police official.

The cause of the deaths had not been ascertained yet.

The police broke open the door after being informed by the neighbours of the victims who found the slightly decomposed bodies of the couple.

"Kapoor's body of was lying on the bed and his wife's body was in bathroom," said the officer.

"One of the couple's neighbours, Anil, informed the police after he saw the flat closed for three days and sensed a foul smell coming out of it," said another neighbour Davendra Kumar Sharma.

The police said robbery could not be the motive of the crime as all the items in the flat were in place. The bodies were taken to Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital for autopsy.

"They probably died three to four days ago. Robbery is ruled out as the flat has not been ransacked. The almirahs were locked," said a senior police official.

Kapoor had met with an accident a few months ago and a steel plate was inserted in one of his legs. He used to walk with the help of a stick. Kapoor's wife was suffering from paralysis and was bed-ridden," said the official.

Kapoor hailed from Punjab and the couple had no children.

Trader murdered
Tenant who had not paid rent for a year suspected

A garment manufacturer was today found dead in his five-storey house at Gandhi Nagar in east Delhi. His mouth was taped and hands and legs were tied, said a senior police official.

The victim, S.K. Sattar (35), hailed from West Bengal. Sattar owned a kidswear garment factory and a store. He lived with his family on the second floor of the building and had rented out rest of the floors.

"His hands and legs were tied and mouth was taped. His flat was found ransacked. There were no injury marks on the body," said a senior police officer.

Sattar's wife and children had gone to West Bengal a few days ago for a marriage and he was to join them on May 30.

"Sattar last spoke to his brother S.K. Saidul around 11.30 pm on Friday. Today morning, his family, who was unable to contact him over the phone, asked one of their tenants to check on him. The tenant found the flat locked," said the officer.

It has been learnt that Sattar had an argument with one of his tenants, Sajjad, on Friday, after which he vacated the house the same day. He had allegedly not paid the rent for over a year.

"Sajjad is absconding," said the officer. 

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Experts underline need for gluten labelling in foods
Harvinder Khetal
Tribune News Service

A section of the audience at a celiac disease meeting in Lady Hardinge College, New Delhi, on Saturday.
A section of the audience at a celiac disease meeting in Lady Hardinge College, New Delhi, on Saturday. Tribune photos: Manas Ranjan Bhui

New Delhi, May 28
Celiac disease has a prevalence of around 1 per cent, that is of almost epidemic proportions. Compounding matters is the fact that nearly 97% patients go undiagnosed, especially in small towns and cities. And its only cure lies in abstention from gluten or wheat. Sounds easy, but it is not so easy. For, celiac patients are advised not to ingest even a grain of wheat as that is enough to cause them discomfort. The challenge comes from not knowing which food product contains gluten and which does not.

"Can my child have ice-cream, chocolates, Kurkure, sauces? If yes, which ones?" asked the anxious mother of a young wheat-allergy patient. The panel of expert doctors, pediatricians, gastroenterologists and nutritionists could not answer for sure.

Why? Because of lack of adequate and reliable food labelling.

Underlying the importance of legislation to make the presence or absence of gluten in food items and medicines mandatory, the doctors said it was essential for the well-being of the increasingly large number of celiac children, whose growth and nourishment was dependent solely on this single ingredient. Gluten is found in wheat, oats, rye and barley. The government needs to give it the same weight it is giving to pictorial warnings on smoking or tobacco.

Noting that wheat-free products are very costly, the experts noted that perhaps, the next step would be to give the gluten-free industry some subsidy so that patients from economically poorer sections can also afford the products and enjoy goodies like cakes, pastries, biscuits, breads, kulche, bhature, etc that are considered normal otherwise.

The victims and experts also felt the need to put up hoardings to spread awareness on gluten sensitivity.

The celiac children, their parents, nutritionists and doctors were addressing the issue this afternoon at Lady Hardinge Medical College here in an event organized by the Celiac Support Organisation (CSO).

Lamenting the near-absence of mediapersons at the get-together, Dr S.K. Mittal, president of the CSO and chairman, Pediatrics Department of Pushpanjali Crosslay Hospital, Ghaziabad, said mass awareness of the social ramifications of wheat allergy was essential. He was quick to dispel the doubts of some parents regarding their children's marriages. "If they adopt a strict gluten-free diet, the children can grow up to lead normal healthy lives and have children," he stressed.

Dr Sushma Narayan, secretary-general of the CSO, said they would organize more events for better interaction between patients and doctors, where mothers could exchange their experiences and gluten-free recipes.

Prof A.K. Dutta, Dr Srikant Basu and Prof Praveen Kumar of Lady Hardinge College, Dr Shinjini Bhatnagar as well as Ms Anuja Agarwala, dietician from AIIMS, also answered queries on the disease.

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14,000 CATE forms sold 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 28
With the sale of forms for the common entrance test for Delhi University's much sought-after course English (Hons) ending today, the university sold an estimated 14,000 forms this year. More than 12,000 aspirants are expected to appear for the exam through which 21 colleges will admit students.

Prof Sumanyu Satpathy, head of English department, DU said that the department has received around 13,000 application forms by the last day of submission.

"Though the exact number of forms received is not known as we are yet to receive last-minute updates from some evening colleges, an estimated 12,000 to 13,000 forms have been received," Satpathy said.

Even as the sale of forms for (Common Aptitude Test for English) CATE began on a lukewarm note 12 days ago, it drastically went up in the last two days.

The English department had printed 15,000 forms this year and as the sale picked up from Tuesday, officials were apprehensive they might actually run out of forms.

Earlier, the closing date for form submission was scheduled for May 26. It was then extended for two more days.

"Almost 14,000 forms were sold and luckily we are still left with some. The response though surpassed our expectations," said Satpathy.

Last year 9,500 forms were sold for CATE and around 9,200 students submitted forms.

The exam will now be conducted on June 5 and the scores will be released on June 13.

On the other hand, the process of admissions to the colleges of Delhi University today started with the sale of more than 2,000 information bulletins and registration of over 1,600 students for the reserved categories.

"For the SC/ST reserved category, 1,600 registrations were made today while 16 students turned up in the physically disabled students' category," said Dr Gulshan Sawhney.

Delhi University will over the next one month admit students for its 54,000 seats in various streams.

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Pandherís bail plea rejected

Ghaziabad, May 28
A special CBI court today rejected the bail plea of Moninder Singh Pandher, one of the main accused in the sensational Nithari killings.

Special CBI Judge Shyam Lal rejected the plea, as Pandher is still facing trial in three cases of rape and murder of Madhu, Jyoti and Anjali, J.P. Sharma, CBI advocate said.

Dev Raj Singh, advocate of Pandher, pleaded before the court that the accused had been given clean chit in all the cases by the agency and is suffering from heart disease.

"We will approach the high court against the order to get the bail," Dev Raj Singh, Pandher's advocate said. 

--PTI

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DSP, 19 cops booked for false encounter
Our Correspondent

Greater Noida, May 28
The police in Greater Noida is at the receiving end for its claim to have killed a criminal in an encounter on January 4 in the Bisarakh area.The district court Gautam Budh Nagar has now ordered that a case be registered against DSP Rahul Kumar of Greater Noida, the then SHO Bisarakh police station, Harish Chander Joshi and 18 policemen.

On January 4, Rahul Kumar and Joshi claimed that they had shot dead a criminal who was fleeing after snatching a bike while his accomplice had managed to give the police the slip. Even five days after the encounter, the police was not able to identify the criminal.

Meanwhile, the family of the deceased approached the district court, alleging that the photograph of the criminal killed in the encounter which was issued by the police to the media was not of their son. The police claimed to have picked up their son from Ghaziabad.

The media had published the news on January 8. Late in the evening on the same day, the police, in a dramatic manner, said that they had identified the slain gangster as Sheru of Baraut. However, Sheru's father Jagdish said that the photograph published in the newspapers was not of his son.

He claimed that his son had gone missing from the bus stand in Ghaziabad on January 4. On January 10, Jagdish said two policemen came to his house to inform him that his son, Sheru had been killed in an encounter. The family which had rushed to the Bisarakh police station was told on reaching there that Sheru had already been cremated. They were handed over the photograph of the dead body.

The family said Sheru was carrying his mobile phone also while the police claimed that nothing was found on hm. Sheru' father Jagdish said he had been killed in cold blood.

In February, the family approached the court. Jagdish's advocate Yatinder Nagar said the court had found the policemen guilty and passed the order that a case be registered against all of them.

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Delhi submits reply on Shunglu report
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 28
The Delhi government today dispatched the much-awaited response to the Union ministry of home affairs, rejecting all the allegations of financial bungling levelled by the Shunglu Committee report in the CWG projects.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit sais this at function organised by the city government.

According to sources, the Chief Minister has already briefed the UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi about the response of the government as it will be minutely studied by the senior officials of the ministry as well as the Union minister P Chidambram himself. The response consists of 100 pages.

The home ministry late last month had sent the report of the Shunglu Committee to the Delhi government, asking it to file a detailed response to the findings within a month.

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Power dept fined Rs 1 lakh for sending bills sans connection

Ghaziabad, May 28
A Consumer Forum today slapped a fine of Rs 1 lakh on the electricity department here for sending bills to a farmer without providing power.Acting on a complaint filed by Pritam Singh, the forum found the department guilty and directed it to compensate him by paying Rs 1lakh.

On December 20, 1991, Singh had applied for an electricity connection and had deposited the required amount.

However, the power department started sending him bills without providing power connection, he had said in his complaint.

--PTI

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Doctor sells same property to two
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 28
In a case where a doctor turned a real estate fraud, the Delhi police has arrested a 42-year-old cardiologist for selling the same property to two persons and allegedly duping them of Rs 3.5 crore.

Yashi Johri, who has worked at Safdarjung Hospital, was arrested from Uttam Nagar. His mother, Usha, who is a co-accused, is already in police custody and was caught from the same area on May 22, said the official.

"They sold the same property to two persons. They had taken Rs 3.5 crore from the victims," a police official said.

According to the police, it received a complaint from Mayur Jain who had purchased the property for Rs 1.64 crore from the doctor. When Jain came to see the property, he found that it was occupied by another family.

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MCD warns discoms

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has issued a warning to the power distribution companies to clear the dues of property tax or else pay penalty. The companies owe a property tax of Rs 18 crore. They have been served notices under Section 123D of the Delhi Municipal Act. They have been defaulting for many years. The two major discoms-- NDPL and BSES--have more than 2,000 properties in the city that are on the municipal land, which includes sub-stations and other buildings.

Education official draws a blank

Giving a satisfactory reply to media persons is a tough job, observed a senior official of the education department, Delhi government, who addressed a conference for the first time.

She was armed with limited details of the schools and recently declared results of class XIIth. But when scribes asked questions of other sections of the department, she drew a blank.

The information officer who accompanied the lady then pleaded with the press to cooperate so that they dare to address the media persons again.

GGSIPU gets 1.62 L forms

Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU) has received a record number of 1.62 lakh applications this year for admission to various courses. About 24,000 applications were received online. A total number of 21,000 seats are available at different schools of the university.

The maximum number of 65,000 application forms has come in for the highly popular engineering courses at GGSIPU. Other courses that have received a large number of forms are the medical programmes and BCA, B.Ed., BBA and MBA courses.

The university is also expecting a sizeable number of applications for specialty courses in medicine and weekend programmes being run by some schools.

With the application procedure completed, the varsity is preparing to hold a number of entrance exams for most of its courses. Most of the exams are going to be held in May and June though admissions for some specialty courses are in July.

(Contributed by Himani Chandel, Syed Ali Ahmed, Charu Singh, )

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