A taste of Italy up in Shimla hills


The Himachal Pradesh capital is now offering a platter of authentic taste of Italy — an Italian thin crust, hand-rolled wood-fired pizzas laced with an assortment of organic herbs grown in its kitchen garden.

The pizza will also have Italian tomatoes or pomodoros imported from Italy. Even the cheese is being imported from Italy.

“We are different from others as our thin crust pizza base is one of its kind as it is smoked in the mango wood oven. Others have electrical ovens which don’t give it a smoky flavour,” Meet Singh Malhotra, The Oberoi Group’s Clarkes Hotel’s kitchen executive, told IANS.

“Even its base is hand rolled and for health conscious guests we offer organic whole-wheat pizzas too,” he said.

Herbs like basil, wild rocket and arugula used in the pizza are specially grown by the hotel in its kitchen garden without using pesticides or fertiliser.

Malhotra said the condiments with a pizza are olive oil which is flavoured with thyme, a herb, and balsamic vinegar.

“We use only the finest ingredients, besides traditional recipe and methods, to give typical Italian flavour,” Clarkes’ general manager D.P. Bhatia told IANS.

He said Clarkes has also introduced a new menu which includes Chinese, Mexican, Italian and homemade pastas, besides traditional Himachali cuisines.

He said traditional Himachali food like khoru, patore, babroo, chaa ghosht and murgh anardana, which have been long forgotten, are popular among the guests.

In February this year, The Oberoi Group of hotels in Shimla and in Delhi introduced Himachali cuisine, which is not only offered in traditional style but also cooked by chefs trained by the “botis” or hereditary cooks in copper vessels.

Bhatia said Clarkes would soon add a street food menu.

It will include foods like keema samosa, patile wale matar kulcha, kachaudi with aloo ki sabzi and bichoo ki chat or stinging nettle chat.

The stinging nettle is commonly grown in the wild in the hills and is known to have medicinal values, said Malhotra.

To catch up the pizzeria fever, Clarkes offers unlimited pizza at Rs.550 per person with a complimentary drink from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

No oven? ‘Bake’ your cake in a pressure cooker

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Electricity going off when your cake is sitting in the oven and is only half-way through can be one of the worst kitchen nightmares. I was in a similar situation last weekend and did panic initially. But I managed to avert a disaster with my good old pressure cooker coming to the rescue.

It was, in fact, a pressure cooker in which cake was baked for the first time almost three decades ago in my humble small-town home with no electric oven. It had been a little burnt from the bottom, with all the raisins failing to beat the gravitational force, and not fully done in the centre. But over time our pressure cooker had started dishing out perfect looking and great tasting cakes, until an OTG finally came into the picture.

We don’t need to actually “pressure cook” the cake, so there is no need to cover it with the usual lid. Just a normal metal or glass cover will do.

Here’s is the recipe for a basic fruit cake ‘baked’ in a pressure cooker.

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Maida: 1 1/2 cup

Sugar: 1 cup (powdered)

Butter: 1 cup

Tutty-frutty: ½ cup

Raisins: ¼ cup

Salt: A pinch

Baking soda: A pinch

Baking powder: 1-and-a-half spoons

Eggs: 2


Sieve maida with baking soda and baking powder.

Add tutty-frutty, raisins and salt and set aside.

Beat sugar and butter till fluffy.

Add maida mixture to it one spoon at a time and keep beating.

Mix in the beaten eggs. If it gets too dry, add a little milk (be careful with the consistency; the batter for a fruit cake should be thicker than that for a sponge cake).

Grease a cake tin and sprinkle a little dry flour. Once beaten properly, pour the cake mixture into the greased tin.

Now put a wire rack or grid (to prevent burning) inside the pressure cooker and lower the cake tin on to that. Keep the flame low. It usually takes an hour, but keep checking after first 30 minutes by inserting a toothpick.

Turn off the heat once the toothpick comes out clean.

CAT 2017 notification: Exam on November 26, apply from August 9

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IIM Lucknow has announced Common Admission Test (CAT) 2017 will be conducted on November 26, 2017 in two sessions. Aspiring management students can apply from August 9, 2017. CAT is held for admissions into the prestigious IIMs and other management schools. The last date to submit the duly filled form is by September 20. The candidates can check detailed notification at iimcat.ac.in.

The exam will be conducted in test centres spread across approximately 140 Test Cities. A maximum of four test centres can be selected in order of preference. The duration of the test will be 180 minutes. There will be three sections: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension; Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Ability. View | CAT 2017: Apply from August 9, five things you need to know, click here

Candidates will be allotted exactly 60 minutes for answering questions in each section and they cannot switch from one section to another while answering questions in a section. The tutorial to understand the format of the test will be available on the CAT website from October 18, 2017

Important dates for CAT 2017

Registration begins: August 9

Registration close: September 20

Admit card download: October 18 to November 26

Exam date: Nov 26

Result declaration: Second week of January 2018

Exam fees: Rs 900 for SC, ST and PwD. For general category, it is Rs 1800

Those who clear the exam will be eligible for admission to management courses, including PGP, PGDM, PGPEM, EPGP, PGPBM, PGPEX, at various IIMs across the country.

PSEB 10th supplementary results 2017 declared at pseb.ac.in

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10th supplementary results 2017: The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) has announced the results of the class 10 matriculation supplementary exams on July 29 at pseb.ac.in and indiaresults.com. Students who have appeared for the exams in June can check their results from the official website.

About 82086 candidates appeared for the exam of which 37,491 have passed taking the pass percentage at 45.67 per cent.

PSEB 10th results 2017, here’s how to check

Step 1: Go to the official website for PSEB (pseb.ac.in).

Step 2: Click on the link for the results page or visit indiaresults.com.

Step 3: Follow the link to the class 10 matriculation results 2017.

Step 4: Download the results and take a print out of the same for further reference.

The annual class 10th  exams were conducted from March 14 to March 29, 2017. Most of the exams were conducted from 10 am to 1.15 pm. The practicals were held from March 30 to April 24.

The overall pass percentage this year is 57.50 per cent. A total of 3,30,437 candidates appeared for the examination out of which only 1,90,001 have passed. About 45734 candidates have failed the exams while 94,271 will re-appear and the results for 431 candidates have been withheld.

Only 24 students from government schools, 6.33 per cent of the total number of government school students who appeared for the exams, managed to make it into the merit list of 379 students.

Delayed results: B Pharm students miss transfer deadline, may not get into colleges of preference

The delay in declaration of results at Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) has affected scores of second-year pharmacy students, who may lose out on the chance to get admission into colleges of their choice. According to students, the results of the first-year Bachelor of Pharmacy (B Pharm) courses were released on July 26. The Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) allows first-year students to switch colleges in the second year, as transfer cases.

However, B Pharm students who had received their first-year results on July 26, said when they approached other colleges for transfers, they were turned away and told that they have “missed the deadline”. “There has been a delay in declaration of results at the university’s end, but we have to suffer. The result was apparently sent to our college late in the evening on July 25. Since the office had closed, we got it the next day. But when my friends and I approached a college to get admission, we were told that the deadline for taking transfer admissions was only till July 27, and now we are not eligible. We don’t understand how can they expect us to finish all the procedure in just one day?” asked a college student at Pimpri-Chinchwad.

Another student, who was aspiring to get admission at Indira College of Pharmacy, said he had even visited the DTE offices in Pune and Mumbai with his queries, but to no avail. “We were told that the admission calendar is set by the DTE several months in advance. Now, it is the turn of students under the Centralised Admission Process (CAP) to get admissions,” he added.

Many principals, meanwhile, said they have been inundated with students’ queries over the last few days.

“We have received many queries from students. Actually, the students got only one day for transfer, which has led to this confusion. It’s unfortunate. But second year admissions also take place through CAP. Students under CAP get direct admission in the second year after having passed a diploma in pharmacy. Their registrations are done, so it would be unfair to them as well,” said Dr Ashwini Madgudkar, principal, AISSMS College of Pharmacy.

Principals of pharmacy colleges said this year the delay in declaration of results has been rather long. “The exams got over in the last week of May. Generally, the results come by the end of June or first week of July. However, this year, the results are over three weeks late. But this problem is not restricted to Pune, many universities across the state are facing the same issues,” said P D Chaudhari, principal, Modern College of Pharmacy.

DTE officials also expressed inability to help the transfer students at this point of time. “The schedule was decided much in advance, accordingly the list of vacancies was declared. Student registrations were taken for direct admissions through CAP under second year. The deadline for transfer admissions is over. Now, after the CAP process is over, if seats are left over, those will be allotted to transfer cases,” said Dayanand Meshram, joint director of technical education, Maharashtra.


GSEB SSC, HSC Purak exam results 2017 announced at gseb.org

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The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSEB) has released the HSC and SSC result of Purak Pariksha (supplementary exam) at gseb.org. The Gujarat Board had conducted the exam in July. As per the notification on the official website, 80,600 students were registered for SSC Purak examination out of which only 46,171 appeared. About 13,520 passed the exam taking the pass percentage to 27.7 per cent.

In the HSC Purak Pariksha , 42,721 students were registered in the Science stream and a total of 39,423 students have appeared in the exams. Among these, only 3008 have passed, taking the pass percentage at 7.63 per cent.

In the SSC exams, 80900 candidates have filled the forms of which 53289 were approved. A total of 49171 appeared in the exam out of which 13620 have cleared taking the pass percentage at 27.7 per cent.

GSEB SSC, HSC results 2017, here’s how to download
Step 1: Go to the official website of the board (mentioned above).
Step 2: On the homepage, click on the notification for the SSC results
Step 3: Fill in your details like roll number in the fields provided and submit it
Step 4: Download your results and take a print out for further reference.

The annual exams of SSC and HSC were held in March this year, the result of which was announced in May. In SSC exams, about 11.02 lakh students have sat for the examination. This year, the board had also arranged the examinations for 142 prisoners in the state. For more updates on GSEB results, click here

This year, 31997 boys have sat for the class 10th exam of which 7953 have passed taking pass percentage to 24.9 per cent. Girls have performed better than boys again by scoring 33 per cent. A total of 17174 have registered for the exam of which 5667 have passed.

DTE Maharashtra CAP round 3 allotment 2017: Vacant seats list to release at dtemaharashtra.gov.in

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Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) Maharashtra will release the list of vacant seats available for CAP round 3 today. Candidates who have applied for admission to various engineering courses in the state can check the official website to check how many seats are available and at various colleges.

The directorate had on July 25 released the provisional allotment list for CAP round 3 and had directed those who qualified to report to the ARC from July 25 and July 28 to confirm their seats. The admission process started in June for about 1.3 lakh engineering and 36,000 pharmacy seats after the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) class 12 results were declared.

The allotment list for admission to these seats are prepared based on the results of Maharashtra Health and Technical Common Entrance Test (MHT CET) 2017. Read | DTE Maharashtra releases engineering CAP round 3 allotment list 2017, click here

Steps to download DTE Maharashtra CAP 3 engineering allotment 2017 vacant seat list:

– Go to the official website for DTE Maharashtra (dtemaharashtra.gov.in)

– Click on the link for the CAP 3 engineering allotment 2017 vacant seat list.

– Download the results and take a print out for further reference.

DU admissions 2017: Varsity to release 8th and 9th cut off for reserved category

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University of Delhi has announced the special drive for reserved/ quota applicant category (SC/ST/OBC/PWD/CW/KM) including sports/ ECA for admissions to merit-based undergraduate programme. In this special drive, only those candidates would be considered for admission who are registered with Delhi University but are not admitted in any college irrespective of the category under any cut-off list.

DU has said no fresh registrations shall be allowed in this special drive.  The varsity has said corrections related to category changes are allowed from UR to SC/ST/OBC /PWD /KM/CW subject to verification of original certificates.

For the sports category applicants who are not admitted to any college, their request for modification in colleges/ course in sports/ ECA admission shall be permitted by the Delhi University. The corrections will be allowed from July 31, 2017 to August 2 at room number 1, Conference Center, Gate No. 4, North Campus.

Note: The applicants have to bring their registration/application form and original/copies of relevant certificates.

Moreover, the eighth cut off for the special category will be declared on August 3 and the admission process will continue till August 4. DU will release the ninth cut off on August 7 and the admission will start on August 8.

Mumbai University results: 3.25 lakh answer sheets yet to be evaluated

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While the Mumbai University (MU) has scheduled the result declaration date for the undergraduate courses today, that is, July 31, it seems the varsity will miss the deadline. Of the 477 examinations that the MU conducted in March and April this year, the results of 340 courses are pending. Even as officials are hopeful of declaring most results on Monday, the deadline set by the governor and chancellor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, a whopping 3.25 lakh answer sheets are yet to be evaluated. Over a lakh papers are to be moderated.

In Commerce stream alone, over 2.63 lakh papers are to be assessed. Monday marks the end of non-instructional days, which means assessors will have to evaluate papers and take classes.

Even as the university is hopeful of declaring all Arts, Science, Technology and Management results by July 31, it is likely that some of these results will miss the deadline. Commerce and law results will spill over to the rest of the week.

As per a press statement, the Mumbai University has received the help of the universities of Nagpur, Pune, Aurangabad and Kolhapur, and the speed of the work has accelerated. “Of the total 17,36,145 answer sheets, 90 per cent have been evaluated and 3,25,305 answer sheets will be evaluated soon,” it said.

The delay in the MU results was also raised in the ongoing monsoon session of the legislature recently. The meeting on July 28 was chaired by Nimbalkar and attended by Education Minister Vinod Tawde, MLCs Hemant Takle, Dhananjay Munde and Anil Parab among others.

DTE Kerala polytechnic 3rd allotment result 2017 declared at polyadmission.org

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The Department of Technical Education Kerala has released the third allotment list for polytechnic college admissions through single window admissions for the academic year of 2017-18. Candidates who have applied for admissions through this portal can check the allotment on the official website.

The application process for polytechnic admissions took place in July, coming to a close by 4 pm on July 9. While the provisional rank list and trial allotment list were released on July 12, the first rank and allotment list were not released until July 18, 2017. The second allotment list was out on July 25 and the third allotment list as been made available on Monday.

Those who wish to secure their seats to through the third allotment list should report to their allotted institution by 4 pm on August 3 to complete admission formalities. A fourth allotment list will be released on August 5, 2017. The classes for the first semester have commenced today for the academic term of 2017-18.

Steps to check DTE Kerala 3rd allotment result 2017:

– Go to the official website (polyadmission.org).

– Click on the tab that says, “Check your allotment”.

– Enter your application number and date of birth in the field provided.

– Click on “Ok”.

– Download the result and take a print out of the same for further reference.