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Couple held for cheating seven banks
New Delhi, May 18
An elderly couple was arrested in Kolkata for allegedly cheating seven banks of Rs 85 lakh for obtaining housing loans on forged documents, police said today. The accused are identified as Kamal Kishore Shukla (60), who belongs to Kolkata and his 53-year-old wife, Shashi. They were caught by the Economic Offences Wing of Delhi Police on Wednesday.

FYUP: Stephen's College asked not to reduce seats
New Delhi, May 18
With the indication that St. Stephen's College was exploring the option of reducing the students' intake this academic year for implementing the Delhi University's new Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP), the DU administration has been categorical in saying that all the colleges have to re-appropriate seats as per the university direction.

Traffic advisory on Chinese Premier's visit
New Delhi, May 18
The traffic in certain areas in south Delhi will be affected during the visit of the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Sunday. Keqiang is arriving in India at 3 pm tomorrow on the invitation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.


 

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Delhi sizzles as mercury touches high of 43.2 C
A girl covers herself with a cotton cloth while walking under the sun in New Delhi on Saturday. The temperature registers a record high for the month of May. New Delhi, May 18
Delhiites reeled under a scorching 43.2 C today which was the highest temperature for the season and it is likely to get worse in coming days. The day temperature was four notches above normal while the minimum temperature at 24.8 C remained one degree below normal, an official of the Meteorological Department said.






A REAL SCORCHER: A girl covers herself with a cotton cloth while walking under the sun in New Delhi on Saturday. The temperature registers a record high for the month of May. Tribune Photo.Mukesh Aggarwal

Now park cars while on holiday at multi-level parking lots
New Delhi, May 17
With the kickstart of holiday season in the city, people will not have to worry about the parking of their cars while they are out of town. Multi-level car parking lots of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) that was built in partnership with real-estate company DLF at Baba Kharak Singh Marg and Sarojini Nagar will now have the facility of 'holiday parking'.

Admission to MA in Maths Education under Meta plan opens
New Delhi, May 18
Delhi University (DU) and Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) have announced the admission for the second batch of the new two-year joint degree, Master of Mathematics Education, a joint initiative under the Meta University concept.

Firefighters try to douse the fire that broke out in a toy factory in the Inderlok area, west Delhi, on Saturday.
Firefighters try to douse the fire that broke out in a toy factory in the Inderlok area, west Delhi, on Saturday. Tribune Photo

Gangrape accused better now
New Delhi, May 18
The December 16 gangrape accused Vinay Kumar is better now and the report of the bone marrow test, conducted on Thursday by doctors of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital (LNJP), is expected on Monday.

Differently abled people share struggles
New Delhi, May 18
While discussing gaps in implementation of accessibility standards in Delhi and elsewhere in the country, differently abled people today said that experience has shown that many disability issues such as the causes of disability, care, rehabilitation, empowerment, employment, healthcare, and transportation wait to be resolved.


Delhi MPs Sandeep Dikshit, Mahabal Mishra, Ramesh Kumar and MLAs meet the Chief Minister of Haryana, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, on the Munak Canal issue in New Delhi on Saturday.
Delhi MPs Sandeep Dikshit, Mahabal Mishra, Ramesh Kumar and MLAs meet the Chief Minister of Haryana, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, on the Munak Canal issue in New Delhi on Saturday. Tribune Photo

 





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Couple held for cheating seven banks
They forged property papers to get housing loans; five cases registered against them
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 18
An elderly couple was arrested in Kolkata for allegedly cheating seven banks of Rs 85 lakh for obtaining housing loans on forged documents, police said today.
The accused are identified as Kamal Kishore Shukla (60), who belongs to Kolkata and his 53-year-old wife, Shashi. They were caught by the Economic Offences Wing of Delhi Police on Wednesday.

"They indulged in forgery and cheating to obtain loans by offering the security of a property in Ghaziabad to seven banks, including the Punjab National Bank in Ghaziabad and Sabzi Mandi, Delhi, State Bank of Hyderabad in Delhi and Noida and GIC Housing Finance," said Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Economic Offences Wing), Harendra K Singh.

The police discovered that the property papers and other documents such as balance sheets and PAN cards were forged to avail the housing loans.

While allegedly cheating the banks, they also sold the property to at least two private parties by creating fraudulent title deeds. When this matter came to light, five cases were registered in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh during 2006-2009.

Cases were registered at the Connaught Place police station in 2006, Pandav Nagar police station in 2007, Indirapuram police station in 2007, Noida Sector 20 police station in 2008 and Economic Offences Wing police station in 2009.

The couple went into hiding after the cases were registered. They first went to Indore and then shifted to Kolkata, where they changed their addresses and mobile phone numbers several times to evade arrest.

Investigators examined the details of the available mobile phones and analysed the couple's bank records.

The police traced the couple when Sashi filed a loan application at a bank in Kolkata. With the help of informers and bank employees, the police arrested the couple from their residence in Kolkata. 

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FYUP: Stephen's College asked not to reduce seats
Ananya Panda
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 18
With the indication that St. Stephen's College was exploring the option of reducing the students' intake this academic year for implementing the Delhi University's new Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP), the DU administration has been categorical in saying that all the colleges have to re-appropriate seats as per the university direction.

"The decision of the governing body is not acceptable and DU's directives are applicable to all colleges. We have asked St. Stephen's College to come up with a list of re-appropriation of seats as per DU directives," said Prof Umesh Rai, Dean South Campus.

Under the FYUP, both the total number of seats under Honours courses and workload of teachers are expected to climb by an average one-third of the current and colleges like St Stephen's are finding it hard to address the infrastructural issues.

But the varsity administration has made it clear that no college can slash the number of seats but only re-appropriate the extant seats of the pass progarmmes with the strength of the students' intake remaining unchanged.

"We have plans for expansion but the sanction has been waiting for three years. With the four year undergraduate system, the seats are going to increase by one-third while the infrastructure issue cannot be addressed overnight. It takes time," said Stephen's College Principal Prof. Valson Thampu.

The HoD of English dept., Prof Karen Gabriel said that the required infrastructure is missing under the ongoing system of overhauling the model.

When asked on redistribution of seats, she said the college hopes to retain the current students' intake. "It has not been a shared process and an extraordinary change. We are struggling to figure out how it can be implemented," added a senior faculty member.

It would be worth mentioning that the Stephens's governing body (GB) this week decided to re-appropriate 50 seats of the total 110 seats that it until now has under its BSc (50) and BA (60) programmes which have to be done away with ahead of the FYUP.

As confirmed by the HoD of the college's Mathematics dept Nandita Narain, of the said 50 seats, 40 will be going to Economics Honours course, pushing its strength to 90 seats and the rest 10 have been given to English Honours course with which the number of its seats stands at 40.

While for the rest six Honours courses-with 50 seats each in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry subjects and 60 in History, 10 each in Philosophy and Sanskrit subjects under the Humanities, the seats remain unaltered.

"Most colleges can't handle the room requirements with large classrooms needed for compulsory Foundation courses," said the HoD of the college's Mathematics dept Nandita Narain.

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Traffic advisory on Chinese Premier's visit
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 18
The traffic in certain areas in south Delhi will be affected during the visit of the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Sunday.
Keqiang is arriving in India at 3 pm tomorrow on the invitation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Anil Shukla, said both the carriageways of Sardar Patel Marg will be closed from Panchsheel Marg to Dhaula Kuan from Sunday afternoon till Tuesday.

"No traffic will be allowed at this stretch. Ring Road and Vandematram Marg will be available for all types of traffic, including buses. As there will be frequent movements between Indira Gandhi International Airport and venues of the meetings, minimum restrictions will be in place on certain routes during the visits and at the time of movements," Shukla said.

Residents, office goers, and visitors of Sardar Patel Marg, Army Battle Honours Marg, Abhai Marg and Manas Marg will be allowed into these areas after due verification.

The traffic police plan to ensure unhindered movement of traffic across certain places in the city.

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Delhi sizzles as mercury touches high of 43.2 C
Humidity oscillated between 67% and 16 %

New Delhi, May 18
Delhiites reeled under a scorching 43.2 C today which was the highest temperature for the season and it is likely to get worse in coming days.
The day temperature was four notches above normal while the minimum temperature at 24.8 C remained one degree below normal, an official of the Meteorological Department said.

It was hot in the national Capital since late morning and there was no respite from the sweltering heat as humidity oscillated between 67 per cent and 16 per cent.

Weather predictions suggest that temperatures will rise in the coming days.

The weathermen have predicted a clear sky for tomorrow and the maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to remain at 43 and 26 C, respectively. PTI

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Now park cars while on holiday at multi-level parking lots
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 17
With the kickstart of holiday season in the city, people will not have to worry about the parking of their cars while they are out of town.
Multi-level car parking lots of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) that was built in partnership with real-estate company DLF at Baba Kharak Singh Marg and Sarojini Nagar will now have the facility of 'holiday parking'.

The facility will be available at Capitol Point at Baba Kharak Singh Marg and South Square at Sarojini Nagar.

People can avail themselves of this facility for 20 days initially by pre-informing the parking supervisor at the parking lot. People can extend the parking according to their need.

Pre-paid card owners can enjoy the discounts on long term parking as per the validity. However, for people who don't have a prepaid car parking card can still park cars without any discount as per the prevailing rate that is Rs 10 per hour.

Speaking about the new value added services, Benu Sehgal, vice-president, mall head of DLF Place, Saket, said, "There are well slated plans in the pipeline in lead to value added services to be introduced at the car parking lots soon.

"Holiday parking would be economically feasible for our patrons as well as for us to administrate the parking bays well during huge turnouts," he said.

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Admission to MA in Maths Education under Meta plan opens
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 18
Delhi University (DU) and Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) have announced the admission for the second batch of the new two-year joint degree, Master of Mathematics Education, a joint initiative under the Meta University concept.

All those who have passed an undergraduate degree with at least two full-fledged papers in mathematics are eligible to apply with the registration procedure starting on May 20. Aspirants can obtain the free application form from the Cluster Innovation Centre at the North Campus or download it from www.du.ac.in or www.jmi.ac.in.

To the available 20 seats, there would be an entrance test to be held on June 16 with questions based on mathematical skills, reasoning, general awareness, communication skills in English, etc., and the final list of shortlisted candidates will be out after the interview.

Indicative of a paradigm shift in higher education, the curriculum under the joint programme includes innovation projects. Equivalent to the post-graduation programme, the syllabus of the course covers an interesting mix of papers and topics, including Seeing the World Through Calculus: First Steps; School Curriculum: Concept, Processes and Assessment; Does Nature Play Dice? The Amazing World of Probability and Statistics; English Language Proficiency; Creativity in the Digital World: Graphics and Multimedia; and Understanding Economic Behaviour: The Macro Level.

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Gangrape accused better now
Tribune news Service

New Delhi, May 18
The December 16 gangrape accused Vinay Kumar is better now and the report of the bone marrow test, conducted on Thursday by doctors of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital (LNJP), is expected on Monday.

"He is better now and is afebrile. The bone marrow test report is awaited and by Monday, we should have it," said Delhi Health Minister Dr AK Walia.

Owing to persisting high fever for about a week, Kumar was shifted to LNJP on Tuesday with low haemoglobin count and so doctors decided to perform a bone marrow test to ascertain whether the symptoms were that of blood disorder or typhoid.

The accused was admitted to the Deen Dayal Upadhaya Hospital last week where he was diagnosed provisionally with raised body temperature with a lower count of red blood cells and white blood cells.

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Differently abled people share struggles
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 18
While discussing gaps in implementation of accessibility standards in Delhi and elsewhere in the country, differently abled people today said that experience has shown that many disability issues such as the causes of disability, care, rehabilitation, empowerment, employment, healthcare, and transportation wait to be resolved.

However, many from the people with disabilities section have managed to strive against odds and make a mark for themselves in society.

Sachin Chamariya (22), a quadriplegic (paralysis of all four limbs with bowel and bladder dysfunction) after sustaining spinal cord injury, and Javed Abidi, who was born with an abnormality as a result of which he was bound to a wheelchair at the age of 15 years, too shared their experiences and the moments that turned their life around.

They were speaking at a seminar for Awareness on Disability organised by Rotary Viklang Kendra (RVK) here today with an objective of promoting an understanding of issues regarding disability and mobilising support for the dignity, rights and well-being of the disabled.

"I am overwhelmed to stand here and share my life's struggles with everyone. June 8, 2008, was the day that changed my life completely. I was 17 years old when I met with an accident which left me paralysed. But with all my determination and zeal to win against the odds, I have learnt to live with confidence and dignity. I feel that every disabled person should lead his own life, instead of depending upon others," said Sachin.

"Disabled have a lot of potential. They are just as capable as anyone else and have no drawbacks. The only factor preventing them from realising their potential is a lack of opportunities," said Abidi, who is known for his role in the Indian Disability Act of 1995 and was in charge of the disability wing at Rajiv Gandhi Foundation.

"We need to have an inclusive understanding and positive thoughts towards those who are differently-abled. This gathering allowed us to bring the needs, concerns and rights of the people with disability to light," said Dr. N Subramanian, RVK chairperson and senior consultant (urology) in Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals.

Addressing the gathering, guest of honour Sanjay Khanna, district governor, RVK said, "India alone has more than 70 million disabled people and it is an imperative that assistive and accessible needs are made available to people with disabilities in order to create an inclusive environment for them."

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