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KOLKATA THURSDAY JANUARY 13, 2011 Pages 16+4+8 ` 2.50

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Govt plans moves to check food inflation

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BRIEFLY GJM month-long strike starts Darjeeling: The Hills came to a standstill on Wednesday as the marathon Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM)sponsored strike got under way. The GJM has made provisions for relaxations in the bandh for a couple of days to allow the people to stock up on essentials. P5

Corrective measures likely to be announced today

Suspected Maoists burn houses Jhargram: Six houses, including one belonging to a CPI(M) worker, was set ablaze by suspected Maoists in Sankrail in Jhargram, West Midnapore. No one, however, was killed or injured in the attack. P5

NCP hits at Rahul over price rise New Delhi: The NCP on Wednesday hit back at Rahul Gandhi for holding coalition politics responsible for price rise and blaming agriculture minister Sharad Pawar alone. — P6

Army chief deposes before PAC New Delhi: In the first instance of its kind, Army chief V K Singh on Wednesday appeared before Public Accounts Committee in connection with alleged irregularities in supply of dry ration to soldiers. — P6

2 Arunachal men get stapled visas Itanagar: Two sportsmen from Arunachal Pradesh were prevented by immigration officials from boarding a flight on Wednesday from New Delhi to Beijing as they had stapled visas issued by the Chinese embassy. — P7

World Bank, Bihar in `1,000-cr deal Patna: World Bank Group president, Robert B Zoellick and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar witnessed the signing of a new agreement worth `1,000 crore. P7

Sweden trying to extradite Assange Berlin: Julian Assange’s lawyer in Britain has accused Swedish authorities of secretly planning to extradite the WikiLeaks founder to the United States in an interview to a German newspaper. P11

Left-TMC row over railways ad Kolkata: A railway advertisement triggered a spat between the state government and TMC. The former accused Mamata Banerjee of using railway funds to promote her party. — PTI

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh offers tribute to Swami Vivekananda during inauguration of the latter’s 150th birth anniversary celebrations in New Delhi on Wednesday — PTI

Buddha seeks date with PM Santanu Banerjee

Kolkata: Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has sought an audience with the Prime Minister to clear the clouds over “armed camps manned by CPI(M) cadres” that triggered the recent mayhem in Lalgarh. Sources said Bhattacharjee, who also offered Union home minister P Chidambaram the same dates — January 17 to 19 — “would like to take the dialogue to its logical conclusion.” Insiders said the CM had collected information over the past few days about the “Lalgarh incident’s

Trinamool-Maoist connection” for reference during his talks with the PM. A letter seeking an appointment with Singh had already been sent to the PMO and Bhattacharjee “is optimistic about the Prime Minister’s response,” a source told The Bengal Post. The CM was pinning his hopes on Singh’s well known anti-Maoist stand and his recent reiteration that Maoists were “the greatest internal security threat” to the country, the source added. Incidentally, despite differences at the top level within the Congress on whether to see the Maoists

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New Delhi: Winter continued to cast its spell over east and north India on Wednesday with Kolkata witnessing the coldest day in the last seven years and Delhi waking up to the second chilliest morning of the season. An estimated 187 people were reported to have died in the fierce cold spell sweeping upper India. Icy winds claimed seven more lives in Uttar Pradesh, taking the statewide toll to 113 this winter, while one death due to chill was reported from Punjab, where cold wave killed 11 people till now this season. The death toll in Bihar so far this season was said to be around 60, while one person died in West Bengal’s South Dinajpur district of West Bengal. The toll in Orissa climbed to two on Wednesday. Temperature dipped to 9.6 degrees Celsius, four notches below normal, for

the first time in seven years in the 'City of Joy' as cold wave tightened its grip in West Bengal. Mercury had plummeted to 9.3 deg C on January 22, 2003 in the metropolis. Though Delhiites woke up to the second coldest morning of the season with the minimum temperature dropping to 3.9 deg C, a bright sunshine later in the day brought warmth and eased out a shallow fog. The lowest temperature had dropped to 3.7 deg C on January 4, the season's lowest so far, in Delhi. The maximum temperature for the day was recorded at 21.3 deg C, which is normal for this time of the the season, and three degrees above yesterday's high of 19.2 deg C. Flight operations at the IGI airport remained normal for the third consecutive day despite a drop in the visibility due to moderate fog. See Page 3

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January 15. If he gets an appointment, the chief minister would try to repair the currently strained Centre-state relations and convey his “serious objection’’ to the word harmad (pirate) as used by Chidambaram to describe armed CPI(M) cadres in his first letter to the CM earlier this month. The CPI(M) would also like Bhattacharjee to meet Singh because a Left delegation led by Sitaram Yechury that met Chidambaram had failed to convince him about “the Trinamool’s Maoists links”. The party hopes Bhattacharjee will find Singh more receptive.

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as a law and order problem or as a consequence of uneven economic development, Singh has stuck to his anti-Maoist line. Sources said the chief minister’s office (CMO) had made special efforts to gather information that would bear out “the existence of Trinamool-Maoist links” and blunt the Opposition campaign alleging “involvement of armed CPI(M) cadres” in the Netai massacre. Sources said the CM’s line of argument and the input forming its basis would be fine-tuned during the CPI(M)’s two-day Politburo meeting in Kolkata from

New Delhi: The government on Thursday is expected to announce measures it intends to take to curb rising food prices that have made things difficult for the common man. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had chaired a meeting on the issue on Tuesday. As a follow-up to the meeting, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee met agriculture minister Sharad Pawar and deputy chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia to discuss measures some of which had been suggested in Tuesday’s discussions with the Prime Minister. Among the measures suggested were withdrawing some food item-related government decisions like export of 5 lakh tonnes of sugar and hiking prices of wheat and rice sold through the public distribution system to families above the poverty line. “Whatever decision has been taken will be brought to the notice of the Prime Minister and thereafter released to the media ,” Pawar told reporters after his meeting with Mukherjee. India’s food inflation has soared to over 18 per cent, led by onions which are selling in most parts of the country at `55-60 per kg. In some places it is selling for a high of `100 per kg.

 Homeless people asleep by the roadside in New Delhi on Tuesday night — PTI

New Delhi: In fresh trouble for Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, the IT department has sought details of appointment of over 2,000 people amid allegations that many were “ghost employees”. In a letter to the OC, Income tax department has asked it to furnish details of muster rolls, documents pertinent to selection of workforce, salary and Tax Deduction at Source among others. The OC has been asked to submit the details by this month-end. The IT action came following complaints that large amounts had been siphoned off as salary expenditure in the names of people falsely shown on the rolls. About 2,100 people were shown as having worked between May 2009 and November 2010 at different

 File photo of a PWD road sign in New Delhi capacities and have together drawn salary running into several crores. “We have asked details of employment in OC to crossexamine whether all the employees have taken their salaries and paid taxes. We will also be checking whether the muster rolls and other records were manipulated,” an IT official said. The move assumes significance as the Central Vigilance Commission has

received complaints of “fraudulent” recruitment process undertaken by the Organising Committee, sources said. They said that CVC has also asked the chief vigilance officer of the sports ministry to probe irregularities in the whole employment process. The organising committee has at present about 250 employees who are being relieved in a phased manner, sources said. — PTI

Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee met agriculture minister Sharad Pawar to discuss measures which had been suggested by the Prime Minister at Tuesday’s meeting Wholesale onion traders who were on a strike, apparently peeved at being called hoarders and held responsible for the rising price of the commodity, called off their stir after they met Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday afternoon. The traders, some of whom were raided by officials of the income tax department, were also assured of no more harassment by way of inspections or raids on their premises. The Prime Minister is also expected to meet Reserve Bank of India governor D

Subbarao to discuss ways of curbing high inflation. Meanwhile, Opposition parties - from the Left Front to the Bharatiya Janata Party -led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) - have scheduled a series of public rallies to highlight the price spike, particularly of essential food items. The Left parties have been demanding that petrol and diesel prices to be lowered. That is however, unlikely to happen with losses mounting on the books of oil companies on account of selling subsidised fuel. More bad news came from the industrial front as the industrial growth plunged to an 18-month low of 2.7 per cent in November, 2010, from over 11 per cent recorded in the previous month, which may make a strong case for continuation of stimulus in the Budget. The sharp deceleration in November figures was because of just 2.3 per cent growth in manufacturing which constitutes around 80 per cent in the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) that measures the expansion in factory production. Speaking to reporters, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee said: “Last time, in November last year IIP was very high, so base effect is also there, but that is no consolation.” See P12

Police job aspirants taken for a ride Surjeet Mitra Kolkata: The recruitment of Group ‘D’ staff for Kolkata Police has taken a curious turn with some `successful candidates’ turning up to seek postings even before the results of the recruitment tests are out. The candidates said they had received their appointment letters. The case came to light when some ‘constables’ reported for duty. Police sources said some of them even met joint commissioner of police, headquarters, Jawed Shamim, in December last year to report for duty. A surprised Shamim warned them of a possible mix-up because the results were yet to be announced.

“Right now, no results have been declared. It is a case of cheating young job aspirants,” he said. Senior police officers see the hand of some Writers’ Buildings officials in issuing and mailing appointment letters. “The letters have too many spelling and grammatical mistakes. No official letter is supposed to be written in this manner,” one of the officers said. “However, we cannot conclude anything just now. We have started an investigation. The complaints have been referred to the detective department,” said Shamim. “Certain discrepancies have been observed during the investigation,” said Damayanti Sen, joint commissioner of police, crime.

IndiGo creates aircraft purchase history New Delhi/Paris: In the single largest aircraft deal in global aviation history, nofrill carrier IndiGo will acquire 180 A-320s worth an estimated $15.6 billion from European plane manufacturer Airbus. The premier airline, which would launch international services later this year subject to government permission, signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus at Toulouse in France on Tuesday for the 180 single-aisle aircraft. Though the value of the deal was not announced, but according to Airbus catalog-

ue price the sale is worth $15.6 billion or 12 billion euros. “It is the largest single firm order for large jets in commercial aviation history,” an Airbus spokesperson said, adding it also makes IndiGo a launch customer for the A-320neo. This is the second time

that IndiGo has placed such a massive aircraft order, after its first agreement with Airbus in 2005 to buy 100 A320s when the total order was worth $6 billion. The A-320neos would incorporate more efficient engines and large wing tip devices called Sharklets that

would deliver significant fuel savings of up to 15 per cent and reduce emissions and engine noise, the spokesperson said. “This order for fuel efficient aircraft will allow IndiGo to continue to offer low fares,” said Rahul Bhatia, group managing director of InterGlobe Enterprises that runs IndiGo, and Rakesh Gangwal, its co-founder. IndiGo president Aditya Ghosh said the additional aircraft “will enable us to take our low fares and courteous, hassle-free service to more customers and destinations and will create more

job opportunities and growth for several other aviation-related businesses.” The airline has already sought the government’s permission for launching global operations from the middle of this year when it completes five years of domestic service. Ghosh had earlier said the global operations would be launched to several destinations in West Asia, besides Bangkok, Singapore, Kathmandu and the Maldives. IndiGo tipped AI for the third position in domestic market, after Jet Airways and Kingfisher, respectively. — PTI

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CITY Briefly

State reels under severe cold wave

 Swami Vivekananda’s ancestral house on Simla Street on the occation of his birth centenary, on Wednesday—BP

Our Correspondent Kolkata: While Kolkata recorded a temperature of 9.6°C , a six-year low, the whole of West Bengal shivered on Wednesday with Darjeeling recording sub-zero temperatures. The Alipore Met department, however, has predicted a slight rise in city temperatures for Thursday. The mercury has nosedived all across West Bengal and the Met Department has predicted that even if the temperature touches 10 degrees Celsius in Kolkata on Thursday, much of the rest of the state would continue to be in the grip of a cold

Rally on energy conservation Kolkata: A rally was held to sensitise people on efficient energy use on Wedensday. A march started from Simla Park and ended at College Square. Later in the day, a film on renewable energy was shown by the state government. City mayor Sovan Chatterjee delivered a lecture on solar power implementation in the city. The convention was organised by the Vivekananda Vigyan Mission.—BP

CP blocks road to protest SFI assault Kolkata: The Burrabazar District Chhatra Parishad put up a road blockade on Wedensday at Girish Park to protest the alleged assault of Congress supporter Ranjit Thakur by SFI activists. They demanded the arrest of the SFI supporters. Police intervention brought the situation under control, although there was a temporary traffic disruption.—BP

Kolkata Cooch Behar Malda Bankura Purulia Barasat

Chandernagore Tamluk Howrah Kharagpur 9.3 ° Burdwan 10° Krishnagar 9.6 ° 8.2 ° 6.5 ° 6.5 °

11° 11° 10° 9° 11° 10° — Centegrade Scale

CPM-TMC blame game over police job scam Airport misses modernisation deadline Surjeet Mitra

Kolkata: The blame game has begun after a group of aspirants for the job of constables and sentries were allegedly cheated by certain officials of the state home department at Writers’ Buildings. Police commissioner Gautam Mohan Chakrabarti acknowledged that a special inquiry has been initiated into the matter. The Trinamool Congressbacked Kolkata Police Association (KPA) alleged that such recruitment rackets have been going on for more

than a year, where those loyal to the CPI(M) got jobs in the police. The CPI(M)-backed group, also called the Kolkata Police Association, denied all the allegations. Although state home secretary G D Gautama could not be contacted despite repeated attempts, Chakrabarti said that a special team had been formed to investigate the truth behind the fake appointment letters. “The situation has come to my knowledge. We have started an inquiry into the fake appointment letters. We are trying to

find who was involved in sending the fake letters,” the commissioner said. The recruitment process started in 2009 for final selection of 1,247 candidates in June and 1,183 candidates in July. According to sources, there are around 3,000 vacancies for the posts of constables and sentries. “The meritlisted candidates were not selected in the final procedure. Candidates with influence, meaning backed by the CPI(M), got the jobs. Some senior officials at Lalbazar and Writers’ Buildings must be involved in the scam,” said

general secretary Tapan Kumar Maity of the Trinamool-backed KPA. He added that some candidates have also moved court against the administration for wrong procedures followed in the examination. The CPI(M)-backed KPA, however, refuted the allegation. “The government has started the process of filling up vacant posts in the city police. All recruitments were done in a fair manner. There might be chances that some candidates have fallen victim to touts,” said Partha Das of the CPI (M)-backed group.

GOLDEN GIRL

TMC youth wing stages protest Kolkata: The Trinamool Youth Congress staged a demonstration in front of Writers’ Buildings on Wednesday to protest against the killing of eight villagers at Lalgarh. The villagers were allegedly killed by armed CPI(M) cadres. The protest took place at around 1.30 pm. The protesters were from Ward No 45. Eventually, 71 supporters were arrested and taken to Lalbazar.—BP

26-yr-old run over by truck Kolkata: Raj Bahadur Singh, 26, was knocked down by a truck at around 2.30 pm on Wednesday. The Behala resident was run over near the crossing of CGR Road. Singh was taken to SSKM Hospital where he was declared brought dead. The truck driver was arrested by officers of Watgunge police station.—BP

QUOTE TALE The Congress won the election in the name of rooting out poverty and then engaged itself in looting the country. —Nitin Gadkari, BJP president

was in 2004 when the mercury plunged to 9.4°C, which still now remains the coldest day of the past decade. According to experts, this weather pattern might be due to a change in the climatic pattern. Environmental activist Santanu Chacraverti explained that the weather can never be truly predicted, but in recent times, the unpredictability of the weather is becoming more frequent. There were exceptional cases earlier as well but due to greenhouse gases, this phenomenon has increased of late. “The extremes and the eccentricities in weather patterns have increased and this can also be called ‘global weirding’,” he said.

WINTRY WEDNESDAY

Fire breaks out at plastic godown Kolkata: A fire broke out in a godown used to store plastic goods on Canning Street due to a short circuit at about 5 pm on Wedensday. Two fire tenders were sent to fight the blaze and it took an hour to bring the situation under control. Although there was no report of any injuries, the extent of damage is yet to be known.—BP

wave for the next 24 hours. Regional director of the Met department, G C Debnath, said that a fog warning had been issued in six districts of North Bengal. Besides, Darjeeling which recorded -1°C on Wednesday, the North Bengal Plains also reeled under severe cold. Beginning with 8.8°C in Siliguri, the mercury dropped further in Cooch Behar at 8.2°C and Malda recording a low temperature of 6.5 °C. South Bengal was equally chilly with Bankura recording a low of 6.5°C. In Burdwan, the minimum temperature was 9.3 °C and Purulia recorded 8°C. The last time temperatures were so low in Kolkata

 Actor Locket Chatterjee at a gold jewellery festival, on Wednesday— Sambit Saha

Rabitirtha to open second campus in Salt Lake Debamoy Ghosh Kolkata: Rabitirtha, a learning centre for Rabindrasangeet, Rabindranritya and recitation founded by the legendary exponent of Tagore songs, Suchitra Mitra, along with stalwart Dwijen Mukhopadhyay, will soon have a new address – in Salt Lake. At present, Rabitirtha is located in south Kolkata. However, it was Mitra’s long-time dream to open a second campus, with more space and better facilities. The state government has

now come forward to help the authorities of the institute to give shape to Mitra’s dream by allotting a plot in Salt Lake’s DD Block. “The state government has allotted us a plot in Salt Lake for the second campus of Rabitirtha. The plot is slightly more than four cottahs. Now, Rabitirtha is all set to get a new address in the township,” said Ramola Chakraborty, Rabitirtha secretary. Rabitirtha authorities are pleased at getting the DD Block plot. “The first home of Rabitirtha would continue to

be in south Kolkata. But Mitra had wished for a second campus in the south itself. However, the government could not provide us with a plot there. This allotment has however, solved our problem,” said Chakraborty. As of now, Rabitirtha plans to build the second school campus on its own. However, the authorities are not averse to approaching the state government for further help if required. “It is true that this great endeavour might not be possible to be carried out solely by Rabitirtha. But so far, we

have decided to move alone in this project. We have many plans and the activities of Rabitirtha would definitely be expanded,” said Chakraborty. Since its inception, Rabitirtha has been responsible for creating many noted Rabindra Sangeet artistes who are now famous. Rabitirtha is also the home for learning Tagore’s poetry, recitation and dance. “The new building will have all facilities and we are trying to prepare an archive to chronicle Mitra’s life,” Chakraborty added.

Our Correspondent Kolkata: The city airport will miss its August 2011 modernisation deadline and instead, the newlook airport would be open to the public from December 31 this year. Union minister of state for urban development and chairman of the airport advisory committee Saugata Roy said here on Wednesday that passengers would be able to use the airport from January 1 next year. “Kolkata airport will be modernised by the end of this year. Passengers can use the new airport from January 1, 2012,” Roy said. He was at the airport to chair a meeting of the advisory committee. In August, however, when the last advisory committee meeting was held, Roy had declared that the modernisation project would not miss the earlier deadline of August 2011. “It got delayed because it took time for the Centre to clear the decks for the tender process of the project,” said Roy. The senior Trinamool Congress MP’s announcement faced severe criticism from the AAI-affiliated union, the Airports Authority Employees’ Union. They said that the project was intentionally delayed because the Centre wanted to privatise the airport. “Since we have never allowed the airport to be privatised, the modernisation project was intentionally delayed. This was done to keep us under pressure,” said Airports Authority Employees’ Union general secretary Dipankar Ghosh. Another important decision taken in the meeting was over the construction of a footbridge at the VIP Road crossing at Kaikhali to avoid traffic congestion on the airport-bound section of VIP Road. “We have sent a formal request to the state public works department. Hopefully, the government would be active in executing the project as soon as possible,” said airport director B P Sharma.

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CITY

PU professors set guidelines for teachers

Stir against KMDA water project Our Correspondent Howrah: Led by a local Congress councillor, some residents from Ward 1 of Uluberia municipality on Wednesday protested against the inauguration of a drinking water project. Municipal affairs minister Asok Bhattacharya is scheduled to inaugurate the project on Thursday. The angry residents said the KMDA project would help only the people from a particular ward. The residents stopped the building of the dais and other arrangements for Thursday’s programme.Tanmoy Sarkar, SDPO, Uluberia, rushed to the spot and told the residents that their grievances would be communicated to the concerned department. Debkumar Nandan, SDO, Uluberia, however, said besides helping people from 29 wards of the Uluberia Municipality, two adjacent gram panchayats will be benefit from the project.

Briefly Court to hear principal’s plea Kolkata: The city sessions court chief judge will hear an appeal filed by the La Martiniere for Boys principal and three other teachers on Thursday. The case has been registered against a lower court order that directed police to charge them with abetment to Rouvanjit Rawla’s suicide. Rouvanjit, a student of Class VIII of La Martiniere, hanged himself in his residence after he was allegedly caned by the principal.—BP

CAT results declared Kolkata: Results of the Common Admission Test (CAT) were declared on Wednesday. Candidates from Maharashtra fared the best among all states. Students of Kolkata also scored well this year. As the website of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) was down, candidates had a tough time finding out their results.—BP

Man run over near Barrackpore Kolkata: Subhabrata Banerjee, a Halisahar resident, was run over on the Kalyani Expressway near Barrackpore on Wednesday. Banerjee, 34. He was a salesman with a private company. He was crossing the road when he was hit by a speeding truck. Banerjee was taken to RG Kar Medical College and Hospital in critical condition.—BP

Woman arrested for shoplifting Kolkata: Kajal Haldar, 21, was arrested in Baguiati on Wednesday on the charge of shoplifting. He was caught red-handed by local residents as he was trying to steal items from a stationery shop. He was later booked by police who said Haldar had been shoplifting for some months. Earlier, he hadbeen beaten up by shopowners who had caught him stealing.—BP

Locals block road in protest Kolkata: Local residents blocked the BarrackporeBarasat road protesting police negligence which had led to several traffic accidents. They demanded stricter police vigil and proper traffic monitoring. —BP

TMCP stir over SFI atrocities Kolkata: Trinamool Chhatra Parishad activists blocked Nilgunge Road on Wednesday morning protesting atrocities committed by the SFI at Barasat College. They alleged that some professors of the college are hand-in-glove with the SFI supporters.—BP

Subhankar Chowdhury

June Maliah, Usha Uthup and Debasree Roy at the inauguration of Vivekananda Kanan at Behala on Wednesday —Shuvo Roychaudhury

Extortion racket busted in jail Sujit Nath Kolkata: In yet another major security lapse, convict Bunty, who was arrested two years ago in connection with several criminal charges, including murder, was found running an extortion racket from the Alipore Central Correctional Home. The matter came to light on January 7 when jail authorities in a surprise raid seized a mobile phone from a lifer, Krishna. It was found that he used to hide it in a small pit dug in a corner of his cell. The phone was used to extort money from several businessmen from jail. The incident has sent ripples across the state jails department and a high-level probe has been ordered to

investigate who might have brought the mobile phone into the jail. Acting on a tip-off, jail authorities led by superintendent of police Chittaranjan Ghorai raided the cell and caught Krishna with the mobile phone. During interrogation, he confessed that the phone belonged to him and Bunty used it to extort money from builders in the city. He also revealed that some of them even used to give protection money to Bunty’s men. The call records of the seized mobile phone have revealed that over the past few months, Bunty called four persons -- Sushil Saha, Pradip Guha, Biswajit Chowdhury and Nantu -and threatened them with

 The Alipore Central Correctional Home—BP dire consequences if they failed to cough up extortion money. While Krishna has been shifted to the Jalpaiguri Correctional Home, police and jail authorities have been interrogating Bunty for the past two days to obtain

details of his extortion network and associates who are roaming freely in the city and its outskirts. “We are probing the matter and have initiated a fresh case against Bunty and Krishna. We have already taken their statements and

hope to arrest his associates soon,” said a senior prison department officer. This is not for the first time that the functioning of the state jails department has come under the scanner. On August 7, 2010, warder Pradip Saha, posted at Presidency Correctional Home, was arrested for supplying mobile phone chargers to inmates. In September last year, state prison department officers unearthed an illegal paan shop-cum-telephone booth inside the main building of Presidency Correctional Home. In the past one year, several mobile phones, SIM cards and chargers have been seized from correctional homes across the state in surprise raids.

Kolkata: A day after chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee urged Presidency University vice-chancellor Amita Chatterjee not to compromise on quality while appointing teachers to the university, the professors of the institution held an inhouse meeting to determine the criteria for identifying quality teachers. A group of professors will also meet the VC on Thursday, urging her not to be mechanical while setting criteria for retaining teachers at Presidency University when it independently starts functioning from the 20112012 academic year. “No doubt the university would have to follow UGC guidelines, while recruiting professors. But there is enough room for flexibility within the guidelines, which mandate that teachers without a Ph.D., but having excellent teaching qualities and excellent research records can also be recruited. That is why we are urging the authorities not to be mechanical during the selection process,” said a professor. The professors also argued that there were enough instances of teachers with doctorate degrees but who were poor as mentors of students. “My question is would you call such a teacher a quality teacher and recruit him at the cost of a teacher, armed with excellent teaching qualities, but not with a Ph.D. degree? We will try to impress this upon the VC, also. Mechanical adherence to regulations might lead to a loss of quality teachers,” said the professor. The meeting also discussed at length the `option form’. The professors have resolved in the meeting to ask the VC about issuing the

FACT FILE  Professors of the institution held an in-house meeting to determine criteria for identifying quality of teachers  A group of professors will meet the VC on Thursday, urging her not to be mechanical while setting criteria for retaining teachers at Presidency University  The professors have resolved to ask the VC about issuing the ‘option form’ at the earliest

`option form’ at the earliest. According to the professors, as Presidency University is scheduled to begin its journey shortly, it was time that the university began the process of recruitment by issuing the `option form’. The issuance of the `option form’ and subsequent selection procedure would decide who, from the pool of professors attached to the erstwhile Presidency College would be retained at PU. Most of the professors who took part in the meeting, however, remained tight-lipped about what took place at the meeting held on Wednesday. “It was our internal meeting. We are not supposed to brief the media about this,” said Amitava Chatterjee, the former acting principal of the erstwhile college. Amita Chatterjee refused to speak on the issue. The meeting was held in a department head’s office in Derozio Hall on Wednesday. About 15 professors took part in the meeting.

TMC union posters swamp Presidency campus Subhankar Chowdhury Kolkata: The heritage campus of Presidency University (PU) on Wednesday was virtually buried under banners of the Trinamool Congress (TMC)affiliated State Government Employees’ Federation (SGEF), as the association inaugurated its office at the university. Right in front of the association office, painted in green, was the beaming visage of TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee. To make the occasion a success, the SGEF (Unified) had put up posters right from the main building to Derozio Building. The CPI(M)-affiliated Group `D’ Employees and West Bengal Ministerial Official Association took strong exception to this saying that the SGEF had vitiated the

elite institution’s ambience. Lashing out at the SGEF, Samarnath Sur, the secretary of the association, said: “We never defaced the entire campus like this with posters and festoons. We put up banners only inside the programme venue. But the SGEF, with only 10 members, has put up posters even beneath the plaque of the erstwhile Presidency College.” He added: “Such things could take place only because of the university’s

callousness. Now that this has happened, we will also organise programmes in the same manner.” The TMC-affiliated union, however, dismissed the allegation. “They have done the same thing before. I do not know why they are objecting now,” said Bijoy Singh, a SGEF (Unified) member. Meanwhile, vice-chancellor Amita Chatterjee refused to speak on the issue. However, the prospect of the campus being defaced as the two unions indulge in a game of one-upmanship unions’ has left students worried. “Graffiti put up by rival student unions do not really tarnish the campus image. They carry a message and add to the campus identity. But this kind of campaign smacks of bad taste,” said student Surya Basu.

Civic body told to pay `43.8 lk Our Correspondent Kolkata: Bidhannagar Municipality has asked the Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA) to pay up `43.8 lakh for using Mollar Bheri as a garbage dumping ground. The civic body also said that the access to the landfill would not be allowed if the amount is not paid. The civic body has demanded the amount as service charge. At a meeting with the NDITA officials at Bidhannagar Pour Bhavan on Wednesday evening, the civic body made it clear that the NDITA would have to pay 50 per cent of the dues by Thursday. “If they (NDITA) fail to pay up, they would not be

allowed to use the land as dumping ground,” said municipality chairpersonin-council, conservancy Debasis Jana. The NDITA, meanwhile, asked for some relaxation in paying dues. But the municipality was not ready to budge from its earlier stand. “The NDITA will have to write a letter to that effect formally asking us. The matter will be decided at a board meeting,” said chairperson, Anita Mondal. According to the NDITA, the land does not belong to the civic body. The dumping ground was prepared by the state urban department. “We were initially told to renovate the road in front of Mollar Bheri and we were

supposed to do that. But now the municipality is asking money from us for using it,” said S A Ahmed, the NDITA chairman. Molla Bheri has been used as a garbage dumping ground since the civic body came into being in 1995. After the NDITA was formed, the administrative authority of Sector V started using it as the dumping ground. The previous CPI(M)-led civic body, however, did not impose any service charge on the NDITA. But, the Trinamool Congressled civic board is not ready to allow the NDITA to use Mollar Bheri for dumping garbage. The TMC-controlled board took up the municipality reins in June 2010.

 Children at the Jorabagan traffic guard office on Wednesday—BP

Street children to enjoy book fair Our Correspondent Kolkata: Thanks to the efforts of the Kolkata Police, more than 200 street children studying in different schools under the Nabadisha project would have the opportunity to visit the Kolkata Book Fair this year. The announcement was made by commissioner of police Gautam Mohan Chakrabarti on Wednesday, on the occasion of Swami Vivekananda’s 149th birth anniversary. Chakrabarti was speaking at the inauguration of the 36th school under the Nabadisha project, which is run by Kolkata Police. “Though we have education programmes in the country like the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, nothing is being done about the education of lakhs of street children. The Kolkata Police not only takes care of the law and order situation in the city but does community work as well. The inauguration of this school under the project is only a small step we have undertaken in

 A dance performance by street children at the Jorabagan traffic guard office on Wednesday—BP order to make a difference in the lives of these children,” he said. The police will help children of Nabadisha schools to visit the book fair on the first Sunday of the fair. The children would be provided with free books relevant to their syllabus by several publication houses

taking part in the fair. The school was inaugurated by the traffic guard of Kolkata Police and is funded by the Medical Bank, Hatkhola. The school would provide computer and primary education to street children from Jorabagan and Sovabazar.

Rudraprasad Sengupta, eminent theatre personality, was also present on the occasion. He said: “This initiative by the police will open up better possibilities in the future for the children.” The Nabadisha project is funded by various NGOs such as Hope Kolkata, Medical Bank and the Women’s Inter-link Foundation. The infrastructural requirements are taken care of by the police. “The classes are going to take place in one of the rooms at the Jorabagan traffic police guard station,” said Soven Banerjee, officer-in-charge, community police wing. There are 22 police stations in the city which are running such schools under the Nabadisha project. The school would have volunteer teachers from across various sections of society. The education to be imparted to the illiterate children is basic but later, they would be integrated into government and private schools across the city.

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STATE

Maoists set ablaze six houses at Sankrail

State plans crackdown on armed camps

Our Correspondent

Our Special Correspondent Kolkata: State chief secretary Samar Ghosh on Wednesday hinted that strong administrative action would be initiated in case any “armed camps” were found in Left-wing extremist (LWE)-affected areas. Ghosh said his office had asked superintendents of police to submit their reports on the basis of which an affidavit would be filed in Calcutta High Court on Thursday. Replying to a question on the government’s stand on armed camps, he said: “We have asked the SPs of these affected areas to submit their reports.” He also gave a clear hint that while an affidavit would be filed on the basis of these reports, a plan of action would be drawn up to deal with the “armed camps”. To another question on what would be the fate of these camps, Ghosh said: “I do not know how allowing these camps could be taken for granted.” He said that besides drawing up a roadmap on an action plan, his office has ordered a large-scale operation to seize illegal arms from all districts. Incidentally, the three major Left Front partners – RSP, Forward Bloc and CPI -recently admitted that law enforcement agencies had failed to prevent the inflow of illegal arms into the affected areas of the state. The recent initiative to seize illegal arms, apparently, did not yield the much-anticipated outcome and in “continuing political violence, they are being used freely”, the RSP and Forward Bloc leaders had alleged last week. Ghosh said the government was also planning to take elaborate administrative measures at Sagar Island to prevent any kind of untoward incident. From alternative bus stands to strict monitoring of water transport, various steps would be taken by the state government. Police personnel deployed at the ghats would guide the pilgrims.

Briefly Ex-Speaker to get Vivekananda award Santiniketan: Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee will be awarded with the Swami Vivekananda Award on January 13 at Siri Fort auditorium in New Delhi for his “statesmanship and contribution to nation building”. The award was instituted by late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on January 12, 1984 on the eve of 125th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. It was instituted to recognise outstanding excellence and contribution to nation building. The members of the Union cabinet are expected to attend the occasion. —BP

CM slams Mamata’s claim on rly jobs Bongaon: Questioning railway minister Mamata Banerjee's claim that she has cleared a backlog of 2.3 lakh vacancies in her department, chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today said not a single person has been employed. “There are two lakh vacancies. Not a single person has got employment in the Railways. What is happening in the Railways,” Bhattacharjee said at a public meeting here. —PTI

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Jhargram: Last Friday’s violence at Netai spread to Sankrail in Jhargram, West Midnapore, on Wednesday as six houses, including one belonging to a CPI(M) worker, were set ablaze by suspected Maoists. No one, however, was killed or injured in the attack. According to locals, an agitated mob, allegedly backed by the People’s Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA) came shouting slogans against the Netai massacre around 12 noon and set fire to the

abandoned house of CPI(M) supporter Vivekananda Mondal. The fire gradually spread, consuming another five houses in the process. The mob alleged that Mondal’s house had a camp consisting of armed CPI(M) cadres. When police arrived from Sankrail police station, Mondal’s two-storey home was almost reduced to ashes, along with his granary and that of his neighbours. Furniture and goods worth lakhs were also looted. Houses of other CPI(M) supporters, including that of Bishnupada Bala,

Prabhat Dolui and Tarapada Dolui were ransacked and looted. Till Mondal’s house was completely gutted, the angry mob stood around, shouting slogans against the CPI(M). The operation at Chandpal started around 11 am with the PCPA-backed mob moving towards the village by felling trees. The local CPI(M) leadership alleged that the entire operation was run by PCPA and Trinamool Congress activists, who were armed with sticks, bow and arrow and other traditional weapons, although Maoist

An agitated mob allegedly backed by the PCPA set fire to the abandoned house of a CPI(M) supporter squads back them up from behind with sophisticated arms. Sankrail’s CPI(M) zonal committee secretary Satyen Bera blamed Trinamool Congress for the attack. “Trinamool organised the whole operation. There

were no armed camps there,” he said. Bala said hundreds of people ran towards Chandpal with arms and crude bombs. “We fled in fear. Even though we made frantic calls to the police, they did not turn up,” he added. Trinamool block president Somnath Mahapatra, however, denied the allegations, saying that angry locals took matters in their own hands with armed CPI(M) cadres running mayhem in the area for months. “People got angry and took action,” he said. Jhargram additional

superintendent of police Mukesh Kumar said police arrived after hearing about the attack and took appropriate action. Locals, however, said police arrived around 4 pm after everything was over. “So far, there were no reports of any casualty and the joint forces have rushed to the spot,” said Kumar. The PCPA, which had called for a 72-hour bandh in Jangalmahal on Monday, held rallies at Chandra, Chandbila, Malbandhi and other places under Kotwali police station near Jhargram and blocked roads by felling

CPM dodges discussion on Lalgarh massacre Sudarshana Mukherjee Kolkata: The CPI(M), the Big Brother of the Left Front, on Wednesday managed to dodge a discussion on the Netai massacre which its sometimes-resentful allies sought to raise at the Front meeting on Wednesday. Instead of the developments at Netai, where eight people were killed and over 25 injured, the Front allies, with subtle prodding from CPI(M) state secretary Biman Bose, ended up discussing “graver” issues – like plausible holiday and cows dying of intestinal and other blockages after consuming among other things, a prodigious amount of party flags and festoons made of plastic, while grazing, Front sources said. In anticipation of a stormy Left Front meeting over Netai, the CPI(M) leadership, it is believed, had considerably neutralised the Forward Bloc, an important ally, before Wednesday’s meeting. Before starting to close the lid on the simmering issue of Netai and initiating a discussion on dying cows, the CPI(M) leadership made a show of conceding to the Forward Bloc’s demand that January 23, the birthday of its founder Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, one of Bengal’s prominent heroes, be declared a national holiday. “We will take up the issue with the state as well as the Centre,” Bose said, referring to the Forward Bloc’s demand for introduction of Deshaprem Divas on January 23 in the state and at the Centre. The sweeping under the carpet of the matter of the Netai massacre and the turning of the Front’s focus towards dying cows masks the story of how deftly Bose managed to take the edge off the anger of the allies. Giving him company was CPI(M) state secretariat member Madan Ghose. The allies had planned in advance to take on the CPI(M) and the government

trees to make the bandh successful. Since Wednesday, PCPA activists had been preparing to launch an attack on at least three villages in the district. These are Ramchandrapur, Bhahargeria and Kuldiha, around five kilometre away from Chandpal. Although PCPA had gathered at several places, the situation was brought under control at Dherau with the help of joint security forces. The entire area, however, continues to remain tense since last Friday’s guresome killings at Netai.

TMC, not Mamata, replies to Congress

NETAI TAKEN OFF LF AGENDA

Our Special Correspondent

 Biman Bose

 Manoj Bhattacharya

Bose: Please do not insist on a discussion at this stage on Netai. Bhattacharya: We must know what actually happened in Netai. Bose: It will be inevitably leaked if we discuss Netai, so let us not walk that way. Swapan Banerjee: Bimanda, se bolle to hobena. Front er aar source kothay? (How can you say that? Where else can we discuss this, if not at the Front meeting?) However, the usual suspects like RSP’s Kshiti Goswami and Socialist Party’s Kiranmoy Nanda, who have criticised the government on numerous occasions in the past, remained unusually silent. After the meeting, the agitated allies were heard saying: “We cannot forget the losses we suffered due to Nandigram and now we have Netai. Although polls are scheduled for May, we suspect things might turn more difficult for the Front as a whole.” A non-CPI(M) leader said apart from a buoyant Opposition and a significant anti-incumbency wave, a section of CPI(M) cadres were making things worse for all the Front partners. on the issue of the massacre at Wednesday’s meeting. For a few allies, it is learnt that chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee was the prime target. Front leaders like Hafiz Alam Sairani of the Forward Bloc, Swapan Banerjee of the CPI and RSP’s Manoj Bhattacharya wanted to engage the CPI(M) leadership in a debate over the Netai massacre. Bose, however, talked his way out of what could have been a stormy confrontation by citing the public interest litigation, which has involved the Calcutta High Court in the incendiary issue. “It is (Netai) a sub judice matter. We will be showing disrespect to the court if we take it up for discussion,” Bose informed the meeting, which was held behind closed doors for around two hours. According to the sources, Bose decided to dodge the Netai issue as he and other

CPI(M) leaders feared the allies, given an opportunity to discuss the issue threadbare, would not only try to maul the CPI(M) but would also relish in telling the media how they beat up on the Big Brother.

LF to field more women candidates The Left Front has decided not to allow itself to be instigated by the Trinamool Congress over the Netai issue. “The Opposition party, along with the Maoists, is trying to instigate our party activists over this. They want to create more trouble. The party workers have been alerted everywhere,” said LF chairman Biman Bose on Wednesday. The Front has decided to field more women candidates this time. It will also hold a meeting at the Brigade Parade ground on February 13.

 Gorkha Janmukti Morcha activists burn tyres at Panchanadi near Siliguri during their 96-hour strike demanding a separate state on Wednesday —PTI

Morcha strike brings life to standstill in the Hills Our Correspondent Darjeeling: The Hills came to a standstill on Wednesday as the marathon Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM)sponsored strike got under way. The Morcha called the general strike from Wednesday for about a month. The GJM has also made provisions for relaxations in the bandh for a couple of days to allow the people to stock up on provisions. The Morcha on Wednesday reiterated that the strike would go ahead as planned. “The strike will continue till the government gives us a response on our demands,” said Morcha general secretary Roshan Giri who was also seen outside picketing on the streets. Picketers were seen sitting on the roads to ensure traffic

could not pass. The GJM had said the strike would be “strict” and on Wednesday, no vehicles could be seen on the roads, not even those belonging to Morcha leaders. Giri could be seen walking from one blockade to another. However, emergency services like vehicles of the health department and police among others were seen moving about. Shops and offices also remained closed. The Darjeeling district magistrate attended office. Though no special forces have been stationed, police were seen on some roads and close to the DM’s office. The strike has been peaceful barring some stray incidents. In Bijanbari, about 25 km from Darjeeling, clashes between Morcha and Gorkha National Liberation Front

(GNLF) supporters were reported. At Tarkhola, GJM supporters tried to stop vehicles from plying on NH-31A by felling trees to block the highway. A clash between Morcha supporters and police ensued. According to sources, two companies of the CRPF would be deployed to protect NH 31A which is the link to Sikkim. The high court had earlier issued an order that the highway should be kept out of the purview of the strike. The Morcha, however, claimed that they had kept the highway open during the strike. In the Bijanbari incident a Morcha supporter Satish Pokhrel was arrested after which the strikers gheraoed Darjeeling police station. The first phase of the strike would last till January 15.

Kolkata: Congress’s attempt to bring Trinamool Congress to the negotiating table has failed yet again. The onepage letter of state Congress president Manas Bhunia got just a one-line reply from the TMC. No, not from party supremo Mamata Banerjee but from Subrata Baksi, the all-India president of the Trinamool Congress. A couple of days ago, Bhunia had appealed to Trinamool to agree to a joint movement, outlining details of the political situation in the state and Congress’s commitment to fight the CPI(M). But the reply did not mention much. “We have received your letter. We are thinking on your proposal and will let you know at a proper time,” it said. But Bhunia sounded optimistic: “We are ready for the joint movement as and when they agree.” Meanwhile, to assert its commitment to fight the CPI(M), it was the Congress leader and lawyer Sukhendu Shekhar Roy, who took the initiative to file the PIL (public interest litigation) on the Netai killing, which has proved to be an embarrassment to the state government. Still unmoved, Trinamool refused to take Bhunia’s letter into consideration. According to sources within Trinamool, the party chief was in no mood to make adjustments with the state unit of the Congress at any level of negotiation on seat sharing. Mamata Banerjee is also reluctant to share the dais in the name of joint movement with any of the state Congress leaders. “You need to balance in stature of the leaders,” said a senior Trinamool leader while commenting on “letter politics” between the TMC and the Congress.

Gadkari flags off yatra, Trinamool on please-all campaign Rly project slams Centre & Congress Our Special Correspondent

Our Special Correspondent Kolkata: “The Congress won the election in the name of rooting out poverty and then engaged itself in looting the country,” was the opening comments of BJP president Nitin Gadkari, while kicking off the Rashtriya Ekta Yatra from Kolkata to Kashmir on Wednesday. The Yatra, organised by the party’s youth wing, was launched on the birthday of Swami Vivekananda, from the birthplace of party mentor Shyama Prasad Mookerjee. The yatra will conclude at Lal Chawk in Srinagar, Mookerjee’s place of death, on January 26 by hoisting the Tricolour. Gadkari handed over the national flag to the Bharatiya Janata Yava Morcha president, Anurag Thakur. In 14 days, the Yatra will pass through 11 states of the country, the move

 The Rath Yatra in the city on Wednesday — BP which has already been opposed by the Jammu and Kashmir government and the separatists. Gadkari, however, used the occasion to lambast the Congress-led government at the Centre and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. The party has already designed its strategy at its recently concluded National Executive in Guwahati to target the scam-ridden UPA government.

Taking queue from that Gadkari said: “Let the Gandhi family come out and clarify its relation with Ottavio Quattrocchi.” Quattrocchi, an Italian businessman, has been accused of accepting kickback in the Bofors gun deal. The BJP, as part of its recent strategy, is describing the UPA government as “the most corrupt government under an honest Prime Minister”.

Howrah: With an eye on the upcoming Assembly election, Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee is pulling no punches in trying to keep all segments of society in good humour. Now, the TMC chief wants to bring the city’s sex workers and their children under the ambit of her developmental plans. Speaking at a railway event in Howrah on Wednesday, the TMC leader expressed her desire to appeal to the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) to arrange for medical insurance for all sex workers of the city. Later, at another programme in Behala, Banerjee formally requested mayor Sovan Chatterjee to build a home for the children of sex workers. Paying tribute to Swami Vivekananda on his 149th birth anniversary, Banerjee chose not to indulge in political finger-pointing in her

 Mamata Banerjee speech. Instead, she chose to dwell at length on development plans for the marginalised sections of society. Banerjee inaugurated the Vivekananda Exhibition Train, which will travel across the country for the next three years. For the first two months, the train will travel to different stations in

West Bengal. She also flagged off three more trains. An Inter-City Express from Howrah to Rampurhat, a Howrah to Suri Express and one from Shalimar to Baripada in Orissa. She distributed trolleys to registered porters, henceforth to be called ‘Seva Dal’, at Howrah station. Now, passengers would be able to book a trolley in advance for `35. A separate counter and a dedicated phone line have been set up for this purpose. The minister, however, maintained that even nonregistered porters would be allowed to carry passengers’ belongings as before. The system would also help passengers because “the number of porters is decreasing in comparison to the number of passengers”, said Banerjee. She also announced that the EMU trains plying between Howrah and Burdwan would be turned into 12-coach ones instead of nine by the end of this month.

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Howrah: The inauguration of a DMU coach factory project at Sankrail, which was scheduled for Thursday, has been postponed after opposition from a section of farmers whose land was acquired about 28 years ago by the railways, according to Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader and local MLA Sital Sardar on Wednesday. Railway minister Mamata Banerjee had declared on January 9 at a rally at Dhulagori that she would inaugurate the DMU project only if there was no opposition from the farmers. She had announced that an agreement would be made with the farmers if they gave the go-ahead to the project and gave them three days’ time to discuss their demands with the local TMC leadership, including Sardar.

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NATION Briefly

NCP attacks Rahul, Congress defends Puneet Nicholas Yadav New Delhi: As the UPA government faces Opposition attack over the inflation issue, this is one controversy the Congress could have avoided. On Tuesday, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi blamed coalition compulsions for the government’s ineffective tackling of price rise. A day later, the remark, seen as an attack on agriculture minister Sharad Pawar, attracted a rebuttal from his party — the NCP. The Congress said the media had attributed to Rahul a set

 A farmer arranges bundles of sugarcanes as he carries them to a wholesale market to sell on the occasion of Pongal and Makar Sakranthi festivals, in Bangalore, on Wednesday — PTI

Gadkari to visit China New Delhi: BJP president Nitin Gadkari will lead a party delegation to China from January 20 for a fiveday goodwill visit to promote contacts with neighbouring country’s ruling Communist Party and study recent developments in recycling and energy. — PTI

Fresh troubles for former CJI Kochi: In fresh troubles for former CJI Justice K G Balakrishnan, the Income Tax investigation wing has begun a preliminary enquiry into the allegations of amassment of wealth by his family members. — PTI

3 idols stolen from temple Bhadohi: Three antique 'ashtadhatu' idols worth over `16 crore in the international market were stolen from 200-year-old RadhaKrishna temple in Gopiganj area here, police said on Wednesday. — PTI

of wrong and erroneous statements. If one takes the Congress’s words as truth, one can ask why the NCP chose to condemn its ally and its heir apparent rather than discuss the veracity of the statement. NCP spokesperson D P Tripathi’s attacks on the Congress and Rahul were damning. Not only did he slam Rahul for attacking what he said was the verdict of India which favoured coalition governments, he also made a jibe at Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s Italian roots. He said most

‘Married men more suicidal’ Indore: More married people than the unmarried ones committed suicide in 2009, says national crime records bureau. Further, the statistic also shows that men took the extreme step more than women in this period. Of the total of 1,27,151 people who committed suicide in 2009, 70.4 per cent were married, while 21. 9 per cent were unmarried. — PTI

Pak for limited onion exports Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday allowed traders to export onion to India for orders contracted before January 4, the day a ban was imposed on supply of the commodity via the Wagah land border. — PTI

SC orders release 61 Pak prisoners New Delhi: Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Centre to release and repatriate within four weeks 61 Pakistani nationals languishing in jails in India despite having undergone their punishment for various offences. The court said though India has a better track record of treating cases pertaining to foreign nationals than other countries, yet it needs to show some “urgency” in such cases as even the foreign nationals are entitled to the protection of Article 21(personal liberty). — PTI

European countries, including Italy, had coalition governments. He also said that the biggest mass movement

Government has a duty to protect witnesses, says SC New Delhi: Observing that judges cannot act “like mere tape recorders” and government has a duty to protect witnesses, the Supreme Court on Wednesday transferred the murder trial of an engineer, allegedly shot dead by a contractors’ mafia, from Uttarakhand to a Delhi court. A Bench of justices J M Panchal and H L Gokhale passed the order on a petition filed by Vikas Kumar Roorkewal, son of the deceased Radhey Shyam, a superintendent engineer with Uttarakhand irrigation department, who sought the transfer on the ground that the family and witnesses were facing constant

threats and intimidation from the accused. Shyam, who was dealing with `240-crore Upper Ganga Link Canal Project, was shot dead in broad daylight on June 18, 2006, at his camp office in Roorkee in front Roorkewal and other witnesses. The case was pending trial in a Fast Track court, Haridwar, since 2006. Accepting the plea, Justice Panchal, said: “The learned judge has failed to take participatory role in the trial. He was not expected to act like a mere tape recorder to record whatever had been stated by the witnesses,” the Bench said. In another ruling, the Supreme Court deprecated

Army, Air chiefs appear before PAC

Pilot granted bail in road rage case New Delhi: A pilot, who allegedly mowed down a hotel manager in a tony, was freed on bail on Wednesday. Rajiv Jolly, a manager at an Italian restaurant in Khan Market, lost his life on Tuesday when Vikas Aggarwal allegedly ran his car over him following an altercation after their vehicles collided. — PTI

 Rahul Gandhi

 Army chief General V K Singh and Air Chief Marshal P V Naik, at Parliament, on Wednesday — PTI New Delhi: In an unprecedented development, the chiefs of Army and Air Force on Wednesday appeared before the Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee in connection with alleged irregularities in defence-run canteens and were told to overhaul the system which was promised. Army chief general V K Singh, air chief marshal P V Naik and naval chief admiral Nirmal Verma had been called by the PAC on the basis of alleged irregularities highlighted by two CAG reports. While Singh and Naik appeared before the

Committee, Verma was away on an official foreign trip and was represented by vice-chief vice-admiral D K Deewan. The army chief first appeared individually in connection with the alleged irregularities in distribution of dry ration and then, in the afternoon, he came before the committee again along with Naik and Deewan in connection with irregularities in the Canteen and Stores Department (CSD). This was the first time when the Chiefs of Armed forces have appeared before a Parliamentary Committee. — PTI

various high courts’s tendency to summon senior government officials at the drop of a hat. The SC has counselled them to avoid doing it unless absolutely necessary, saying it would amount to the misuse of judicial power. Taking note of repeated summons by a division Bench of the Allahabad High Court to various senior officials of the Uttar Pradesh government, a bench of justice R V Raveendran and A K Patnaik of the Supreme Court censured the high courts' tendency to seek personal appearance of senior government officials to attend to “all and sundry matters”. — PTI

New scam hits Army New Delhi: The defence ministry appears to have been hit by yet another scam allegedly involving a former minister of state for defence production and former army chief, with a top army commander saying they they had facilitated “illegal” sale of a prime piece of land in Mumbai. After receipt of the report from southern army commander Lt Gen Pradeep Khanna, Army chief general V K Singh on Wednesday indicated CBI probe could be recommended into the incident of 2007 when Rao Inderjit Singh was the minister and General Deepak Kapoor was the army chief. Khanna has alleged in a report to the Army headquarters that the plot of land in Kandivali-Malad area in Mumbai, which was with Army on lease, was sold “illegally” to a private builder in 2007 at the intervention of Inderjit Singh and General Kapoor, Army sources said on Wednesday. The Pune-based army commander has recommended a proper investigation into the entire issue. — PTI

against price rise had taken place in 1974-75 when Indira Gandhi was the Prime Minister. “Congress party is the principal party in the UPA and any statement of a leader of that party should reflect humility and not arrogance,” he said. He said tackling inflation was the collective responsibility of the government and not of any single minister. The Congress tried its best to downplay the controversy, stating that it had arisen on a false premise and so was not an altercation at all.

Party spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said: “What has been attributed to him (Rahul) is something he never said… In response to questions in a closed-door session, where the media was allowed in for only three minutes, Rahul talked about the steps taken by the government on price rise, the global scenario and several other issues. At no point did he talk about coalition compulsions, the NCP or Sharad Pawar.” He said the Congress would seek a clarification from the publications that

had carried the report on Rahul’s statement. Though Singhvi failed to clarify why the NCP chose to go public with its woes without first discussing the issue with the Congress, his damage control measures seemed to have worked. The day ended with NCP leader and civil aviation minister Praful Patel saying, “I don’t think Rahul Gandhi’s statement should be read in the context of current coalition as he was replying to a general question asked to him by students. He has not criticised any party in particular or Sharad Pawar.”

VYING FOR JOBS

 A policeman checks documents of youngsters at a special recruitment drive for the police force, in Srinagar, on Wednesday — PTI

3 siblings face mother’s wrath after sexual abuse New Delhi: In a new twist to the case of three Delhi siblings exploited sexually by their school cab driver for over a year, a city court has found their woes were compounded with the mother subjecting them to severe physical violence. “In the present case, all the three child victims appear to have been physically assaulted repeatedly while in the custody of their mother,” said additional sessions judge Santosh Snehi Mann in her order dismissing the bail plea of cab driver Lalit Ratawal. Disturbed by the worsening plight of the children, the judge wanted the state to intervene in the matter to ensure chidlren’s welfare. The court made the “shocking and disturbing” findings in the medical reports of the three children examined on three different dates after the arrest of the accused on September 17 last year and when they were in the custody of their own mother. The material on record reveals a dismal picture and plight of the child victims of the sexual assault in this case. Instead of being treated with sympathy and compassion, the children, who are the victims of the sexual assault, were constantly physically abused and appear to have been treated with utmost cruelty while in the custody of their mother. — PTI

PAC, CAG criticise Sibal’s remarks New Delhi: The high decibel attack on CAG by telecom minister Kapil Sibal and Congress spokesman Manish Tewari was on Wednesday countered by the PAC and the government auditor which termed such a campaign as “improper” and one that could be contempt of the House. The PAC considered the remarks of Sibal and Tewari in the context of its report on the 2G spectrum allocation and the sense of the members was that these were an attack on the dignity of the two constitutional organs. At the PAC meeting an attempt was made by a senior Congress member to distance the party from the remarks by the two were not the stand of the organisation. But chairman Murli Manohar Joshi produced a CD containing critical remarks of Sibal in television interviews almost suggesting that the “leak” of the report on 2G spectrum scam was from the CAG and statements of Tewari, sources said. “The sense of the PAC was

 Kapil Sibal that Sibal’s remarks were improper, against propriety and an attack on the dignity of PAC and CAG,” Joshi told reporters here. At a press conference last week, Sibal had described as “utterly erroneous and without any basis” the estimated loss of `1.76 lakh crore arrived at by the CAG on account of allocation of 2G spectrum to telecom operators. Joshi said the forum of the committee was available to the minister to make any observation or suggestion on the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on alleged irregularities in the 2G spectrum allocations.

Contesting Sibal’s remarks, Joshi said CAG had never said that its estimates on presumptive losses to the exchequer were final. “The CAG had only mentioned three different figures based on three different models to calculate the presumptive loss. It had never said the report was final,” he said. In reply to a question, Joshi said there was no suggestion or proposal before the Committee today to call Sibal for seeking clarification on his remarks. The CAG also came out with a statement, second in three days, describing Sibal’s comments as “highly improper”.

“Making public comments on the matter which is being considered by a Parliamentary Committee is highly improper and may even amount to contempt of the House,” the CAG said. The minister’s view was later supported by Congress MP and Tewari, who lashed out at the CAG accusing it of violating canons of Parliamentary propriety. “The CAG after holding a live press conference on 2G spectrum issue is now advising MPs not to comment on it because the matter is being considered by PAC. “It is an exotic logic that after going live with presumptive losses contained in CAG report in flagrant violation of canons of Parliamentary propriety, now CAG is resorting to argument of propriety,” Tewari had said on Tuesday. The CAG statement said as per Parliament rules: “When any matter is under consideration of a Parliamentary Committee and the Committee is holding its sittings for that purpose, no persons, including a MP should make or publish a statement about that matter”. — PTI

Insurance cover to every pilgrim Security tightened at Mela Abhiroop Ghosh Dastidar Sagar: To ensure the safety and security of pilgrims at the Gangasagar Mela, the district administration has put in place stringent and hi-tech security measures and also arranged for insurance cover for every pilgrim. “We have arranged for insurance for every pilgrim and other members present at the Mela grounds from January 9 to January 16. If any accident occurs during that time, then a sum of `5 lakh and an extra `2 lakh would be given as ex gratia,” said Narayan Swarup Nigam, the district magistrate of South 24-Parganas. The state, along with National Insurance Company, has settled for a total premium of `27 lakh for actualising this insurance cover for pilgrims. “At first, we negotiated with New India Insurance and Bajaj Allianz but they demanded exorbitant amounts. Then, we approached United Insurance, with whom the final deal was made,” said Nigam. He said hi-tech measures would ensure that those who got lost in the gathering were reunited with their families. Last year, 800 people were lost and despite constant announcements at various points in the Mela, only 100 were reunited. This year, apart from the usual announcements, modern technology,

 Shankaracharya arrives at Gangasagar — Debasish Bhaduri including Wi-Fi, would be used at various transit points from the Mela grounds till Lot 8. As a result, the pictures of those who get separated would be simultaneously displayed at the transit points, ensuring a better

chance of being reunited with their Our Correspondent group. A website also has been launched on the Mela — Sagar: With last year’s stampede fresh in the www.s24pgs.gov.in. mind, the district administration has made NGOs have also begun serving pilelaborate security arrangements for this grims. There are 111 NGOs providing year’s Gangasagar Mela, deploying additional services from medical camps to dispolice forces, boats, hovercrafts and even a tributing free food. Prominent are special diving team from Vizag. Bharat Sevashram Sangha, Iskcon The administration said it was not taking and Tagore Society Rural any chances and would like to avert any such Development. incident like the one last year, in which eight The authorities have people died. The arrangealso arranged for special ments would be comprehenGANGASAGAR MELA sive, covering land, air and facilities for potable water and transport. Ten sea, it said. Wi-Fi will help fire tenders have been “Around 8,000 police perreunite families positioned within the sonnel have been deployed Mela grounds and 350 along with 5,000 other state who get lost in taps set up. Several tube civil defence personnel. Add the gathering. A wells have been dug and to this 45 men from the picture of those three reservoirs conNational Disaster Response structed to replenish the Force (NDRF),” said district who get lost will water supply. “We have magistrate of South 24be beamed at given attention to the Parganas Narayan Swarup transit points quality of water this Nigam. He said a naval diving year after getting comteam of six members had plaints that the water quality is not been brought in from Vizag to look after up to the mark,” said Nigam. security at sea. Two hovercrafts with a ship At jetties like in Chemaguri, would also monitor the coast to prevent any Kachuberia, Lot 8 and Namkhana, untoward incident. notice boards have been put up “Around 2,000 extra volunteers and 1,000 which display availability of boats NCC cadets have been trained for the last one and timings of tides. An alternative year to provide an extra ring of security for emergency bus stand has also been the pilgrims,” he said. set up beside the main terminus Around 85,000 pilgrims reached Sagar point at Sagar Island. Island till late Wednesday evening. Nigam

 A security personnel watches over the mela — BP informed that around 6,000 chartered buses were waiting at Outram Ghat in Kolkata with pilgrims who are expected to reach the Mela premises by Thursday dawn. “By Thursday morning, the count of devotees would touch 1.5 lakh and by Friday, the figure is expected to double,” said Nigam. An analysis of last year’s mishap showed that the rush mainly appeared during high tide, leading to the administration to install three times the number of bamboo barricades as compared to last year. On Wednesday, chief secretary and home secretary visited Sagar Island.

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NATION Briefly

China gives stapled visas, India fumes Seema Guha

 Congress party workers celebrate Priyanka Vadra’s birthday, in Allahabad, on Wednesday — PTI

Abducted Bihar doctor rescued Patna: Sitamarhi police, acting on a tip-off, rescued abducted doctor Yogendra Prasad on Wednesday morning and arrested one of the alleged kidnappers, Devendra Thakur. “Thakur and his associates had abducted Prasad from a primary health centre in Majhoulia, posing as relatives of a patient, on Monday night,” said DGP Neelmani. — BP

New Delhi: India reacted sharply on Wednesday to China’s provocative gesture of issuing stapled visas to an Indian weightlifter and his coach, both from Arunachal Pradesh, which Beijing claims as its own. Earlier, the Chinese would not issue visas to residents of Arunachal on the grounds that the state was part of Chinese territory and people living in there did not require travel papers. Sections within the government see this as a positive move. The very fact that China is issuing visas to Arunachalis is a step in the right direction. This is first time that visas have been stapled for Arunachal residents. The stapled visas were issued roughly two years to nationals from Kashmir. The stapled regime is now being extended to Arunachal. The unsuspecting weightlifter Sibi Yukar and his coach Arbraham Kaya were turned away from the Indira

Gandhi International Airport because their visas were not stamped as done for all Indian citizens except those from Arunanchal and in the last two years from Kashmir. Strict instructions have been issued to the immigration authorities not to allow those carrying stapled visas issued by the Chinese embassy to board the flight. Sibi Yukar was on his way to Fujan at the invitation of the Chinese Weightlifting Association to take part in a weightlifting grand prix. “We have unequivocally conveyed to the Chinese side that a uniform practice on issuance of visas to Indian nationals must be followed, regardless of the applicant’s ethnicity or place of domicile. Ministry had also issued a travel advisory on 12 November 2009 cautioning Indian citizens that Chinese paper visas, stapled to the passport, were not considered valid for travel out of the country,” Vishnu Prakash, spokesman for the MEA, said on Wednesday ev-

Two Naxalites killed in Orissa Bhubaneswar: Intensifying their offensive against the left wing extremists, police on Wednesday gunned down two more rebels including a division commander in Orissa’s Keonjhar district, taking total rebels killed this week in the state to 11. The male rebels were killed during a gunfight in Balipadar, about 150 km from Bhubaneswar. Police have recovered from the site two rifles, some ammunition and kit bags after the rebels fled the area. — BP

Police held for abducting girl Itanagar: A police subinspector posted at the headquarters here, was arrested for abducting an eighteen-year-old girl allegedly to hush up some criminal cases filed against him by her. — PTI

Man killed by tiger Lucknow: A man was killed by a tiger near Katarniaghat sanctuary in Bahraich, officials said here on Wednesday. Earlier, two people were killed by the tiger on January 6 and January 8. — PTI

Somali pirates seize Indian vessel New Delhi: In yet another strike, Somali pirates have seized an Indian vessel along with 14 people on board off the coast of Oman. The dhow (a slow-moving vessel) was sailing off Oman, about 800 nautical miles from the Somali coast when the pirates attacked, taking hostage all 14 Indian crew members on board. — PTI

Diamond ‘thieves’ seek clemency Mumbai: Four foreign nationals, arrested for allegedly stealing diamonds worth `6.6 crore at an international jewellery show in August last year, on Wednesday offered to plead guilty of the charges against them and go for plea bargainingvided it grants them lighter punishment in return. — PTI

 Artistes from Nagaland perform at Octave Bhopal 2011, a cultural event based on northeastern dance, in Bhopal, on Tuesday evening — PTI

Ulfa finance secretary released

Suspected Maoist leader detained Guwahati: Police have detained a suspected Maoist leader Pijush Kanti Acharjee in Guwahati who had arrived in the city to undergo medical treatment. Police apprehended the suspected activist in the Gauhati Medical College where he had gone to visit a doctor. — BP

ening. The MEA also said that both of them are domiciled in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, which is an integral part of India. Ahead of Premier Wen Jiabao’s visit, an Indian national from Jammu was given a stamped visa, signaling that perhaps New Delhi’s complaints had been heard. Jiabao too raised the issue of stapled visas when he was here in December. He said the matter could be resolved by discussions. But it now appears that nothing much has changed. However, denying visas to Indian nationals from Arunachal has always been part of Beijings policy. The new element was issuing stapled travel papers to Kashmiris. India called off-defence exchanges with China following Beijing’s refusal to issue a visa to a senior army commander posted in Kashmir. But there is no consistency in the Chinese position. Sometimes a few stamped visas slip through sending out conflicting signals.

 Ulfa finance secretary Chitrabon Hazarika comes out of Guwahati Central Jail, on Wednesday — PTI

Guwahati: Ulfa finance secretary Chitrabon Hazarika, the last jailed member of the insurgent outfit’s central committee, was on Wednesday released from the Guwahati Central Jail. Talking to reporters outside the jail, Hazarika said, “We want a peaceful solution through negotiations with the government and in this connection will have discussions with the central governmentappointed interlocutor P C Haldar.” He said he will

take special care to carry forward the peace process for a negotiated settlement of the 30year-long vexed problem in the interest of the people of the state. Asked if his outfit’s elusive commander-inchief’ Paresh Baruah would particiapate in the peace talks, the senior Ulfa leader said Baruah was in jail, but he was confident that the chief was interested in the peace process. Referring to the issue of illegal Bangladeshi

migration in Assam, Hazarika, who until his arrest on November 30, 2009 was hiding in the neighbouring country, said illegal foreigners from that country could not stay here and special measures would have to be taken to prevent their infiltration. He was captured by Bangladesh security forces along with Ulfa chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa and others from Dhaka on November 30, 2009. — PTI

Meeting on new tribal policy held

RSS, communists admire Vivekananda, says Reddy

New Delhi: The first-ever meeting of the standing committee of National Tribal Welfare Committee comprising representatives of all states was held on Wednesday with an aim to improve the the life of tribals. Minister of tribal affairs Kantilal Bhuria said till now each state was making its own policy due to which the overall development of the community was not taking place. “Ministers or representatives of all states are present to discuss tribal policies and the aim is to improve the life of tribals in the country and ensure that they get their rights,” he said. The Committee will prepare a draft and present it to the PM Manmohan Singh so that it is cleared in a few months. — PTI

New Delhi: Describing Swami Vivekananda as a “multi-dimensional personality” urban development minister Jaipal Reddy on Wednesday said the seer was admired by both Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Communists. Speaking at a seminar to mark 150th birth anniversary celebration of Swami Vivekananda, Reddy said, “He was perhaps the only icon of modern India admired by both the RSS and the Communists.” Reddy recalled how the late Communist leader EMS Namboodiripad regarded Vivekananda as an icon and thought that he condemned the institution of caste more severely than anybody else. “He was the first Indian to utter the word socialist,” he said referring to the 19th

 BJYM activists pay tribute to Swami Vivekananda, in Bhopal, on Wednesday — PTI century philosopher. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

said a commemorative event to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda is being planned to be held in Chicago where the 19th century philosopher had earned accolades for his discourse on Hinduism at the Congress of world religions in 1893. Announcing this at the inauguration here of fouryear celebrations to be held across the country to mark Vivekananda’s 150th birth anniversary, the Prime Minister listed out the activities planned to popularise the philosopher’s teachings during the celebrations. “Swami Vivekananda had very definite and enlightened views on education. He conceived of education as the primary means of rebuilding Indian society,” Singh said. — PTI

‘India, Pak cannot live in tension’ New Delhi: Citing the collapse of the Berlin Wall that unified Germany, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee has said that differences between India and Pakistan may be resolved one day since the two cannot wish each other away and live in “perpetual tension”. “I do not have the capacity to indulge in the romanticism that like Berlin Wall, one day the differences may go. How the course of history will take turn, nobody can predict with that precision. It may happen”, he said here last night at the launch of eminent journalist M J Akbar's book Tinderbox — The Past and Future of Pakistan. He said the collapse of the Berlin Wall and formation of the European Union were not foreseen but took place. “Yes, the Berlin Wall collapsed. Yes, the EU has come together, which began with a limited approach and objective of having some trade relations. It has united...side by side there are other examples also which we have seen with our own eyes- how a mighty unified structure (Soviet Union) has collapsed just after seven decades. “How a composite state created after the second World War has dismembered into three or four states within a short span of 10-15 years,” Mukherjee said. The senior Congress leader said one can be selective in choosing friends but not neighbours. “Most of us will agree that we cannot wish away

Police look for killers of school board chairman Our Correspondent

 Pranab Mukherjee our neighbours. We can choose our friends, we can be selective in choosing our friends....But neighbours are there where they are. I cannot simply wish them away. Those days are gone when one could have displaced them by force,” Mukherjee said. Describing Pakistan as India’s “most important” neighbour, he said, “The stability and well-being of Pakistan” is in the interest of this country as the two could not develop and prosper in isolation today. “The basic question before every Indian policy-maker is whether we should live with our neighbour in perpetual tension or try to live in peace. And fortunately, there is a broad consensus across the political spectrum on these issues,” Mukherjee said. The senior Congress leader said the two neighbouring countries may have “insurmountable problems” but Pakistan was India’s “most important neighbour”. “It is essential if we have to deal with our neighbour, we have to know what they are, who they are,” Mukherjee said. — PTI

Guwahati: Police probe is on to identify the persons involved in the murder of Naorem Kunjabihari Singh, chairman of the Manipur Board of Secondary Education (BSEM), on Tuesday evening. But some suspect the hand of board employees in the killing. Opposition MLA Okram Joy Singh said that BSEM officials could be involved in the incident. He explained that there was a tussle going on for quite some time to grab the top post which Naorem had occupied. Naorem’s murder sparked off immediate protest, with locals of Kakwa Naorem Leikai and surrounding areas in Imphal blocking the crucial Imphal-Moreh National Highway. The locals are also planning to form a joint action committee to strengthen their agitation against the murder. The incident occurred late on Tuesday when Naorem was found lying unconscious in his room. He was rushed to the hospital by his colleagues where he was pronounced brought dead. Naorem suffered bullet wounds on the right hand and chest. A police official said, some unidentified persons were seen entering his chamber around 3:30 pm on Tuesday who could have been behind the murder. The BSEM office where the incident took place is located opposite a police station.

Bihar gets `1,000-cr loan from World Bank Curfew relaxed as violence ends Sanjeev K Jha

Patna: Supporting Bihar government’s initiative to rebuild floodaffected areas, the World Bank, on Wednesday, signaled its intention to increase support to the state over the next few years, with part of the funds dedicated to help reconstruct efforts after devastation caused by 2008 Kosi floods. The move came after meetings between World Bank Group president, Robert B Zoellick and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. The two witnessed the signing of the new agreement for the Bihar Kosi Recovery Project – the first in the series of proposed new projects, worth $220 million (Rs 1,000 crore), which aims to support flood recovery efforts, reduce risks from flooding, and boost emergency responses in the event of future disasters. Speaking on this occasion, Zoellick said: “The floods exacted a terrible toll. Despite vigorous relief efforts, many people are still in temporary shelters, unable to earn a living. With a large proportion of people vulnerable to floods each year, this project marks the start of a new phase in our

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To reconstruct the damaged houses of about 1,00,000 households using an owner-driven reconstruction model  Reconstruction of roads and bridges

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management capacity To strengthen Bihar’s capacity for overall flood forecasting and the management of flood-erosion

relations with Bihar, to help meet the state’s longer term need for comprehensive disaster management.” Welcoming the expanded engagement with the World Bank on disaster management, CM Nitish Kumar said, “An extraordinary momentum has led to significant developments in several key sectors in the state, but a lot remains to be done. The World Bank and the Bihar government are keen to build on strong partnership

developed over the past five years.” Documents of MoU were signed by joint secretary of Union ministry of finance Venu Rajamony, Vijay Prakash, Bihar principal secretary (Planning) Vijay Prakash, and World Bank’s India director Roberto Zagha. After signing the testimonials, Zagha said: “We are happy to assist the Bihar government in its reconstruction efforts to develop a comprehensive disaster management

program in the longer term.” The new project aims to help Bihar’s flood-affected people by supporting the reconstruction of about 100,000 houses, and the rebuilding of 90 bridges and 290 km of rural roads. The World Bank would help save the endangered Gangetic river dolphins, said the bank’s chairman Robert B Zoellick. Talking to reporters after spending some hours on the Ganges, he said, “I can never forget the moments of watching dolphins from such a close range. World Bank will certainly provide all possible help in conservation and protection programmes for these dolphins,” he said. He was accompanied by environment minister Jairam Ramesh and Patna University professor R K Sinha, who is known as the “Dolphin man of India”. Ramesh had last year introduced the bank chief to the conservation action plans for the dolphins. “National Ganga River Basin Authority — a World Bank-aided project — had prepared the plan,” he said. Prof Sinha laid stress on promoting dolphin conservation programmes in India. “The number of dolphins is inversely proportional to the pollution in the river,” he said.

Shillong: No fresh incident was reported on Wednesday from the ethnic violence-hit Assam-Meghalaya border areas, with the administrations relaxing curfew on both sides. In the Resubelpara sub-division in Meghalaya’s East Garo Hills district, curfew was relaxed for three hours from 12 noon, official sources said. In Assam’s Goalpara, only night curfew from 6 pm to 6 am will be imposed from Wednesday in four police station areas of Dudhnoi, Krishnai, Rangajuli and Dhupdhara, district deputy commissioner P K Goswami said. Thirty-nine relief camps for about 35,000 displaced population of both Rabha and Garo community are still functioning. “One relief camp for about 1,600 Garo community people has been closed on Wednesday

39 relief camps for 35,000 displaced population of Rabha and Garo community are still functioning as the people wanted to return to their villages,” Goswami said. Over 170 arsonists have been apprehended in Goalpara so far, the officer said. Some 19,000 people are sheltered in relief camps in Meghalaya and officials said displaced people were coming from Assam side to join them. At least nine persons have been killed in the ethnic flare up that lasted for ten days since January 1. — PTI

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The vulgar language of money

“Inflation is like sin; every government denounces it and every government practises it.” —Frederick W. Leith-Ross (1887–1968)

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n December 21, 2010, Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, faced with skyrocketing prices of onions, had said, “Onion prices will remain high for the next three weeks and the situation is likely to improve only after two-three weeks.” The stipulated number of weeks has passed but onion prices continue to soar. In fact, there has been a sharp jump from 14.44 per cent to 18.32 per cent in a week’s time in food inflation in general due to a spurt in the price of vegetables (58.85 per cent), onions (82.47 per cent), fruits (19.99 per cent), milk (19.59 per cent) and meat (20.83 per cent). It is true that, the world over, consumers are reeling under the impact of rising food prices. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), food prices hit a record high in December 2010, surpassing the levels touched in 2007-08. The FAO’s food price index, which tracks the wholesale prices of commodities such as wheat, rice, corn, oil seeds, dairy products, and meat, rose to 214.7 per cent in December. The previous peak was 213.5, reached in June 2008. To fight the looming crisis, governments in many countries are adopting short-term measures such as banning exports of critical food items. In India, however, Mr Pawar has proposed the opposite. At a high-level meeting convened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss measures to arrest soaring food prices, Mr. Pawar The governactually proposed that sugar exports be ment should freed, citing an expected bumper crop. not resort to Thankfully, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram rebuffed the proposal ineffectual and stated that there was no need to blame-game make fresh commitments when there were unfulfilled export obligations. The home minister had already expressed doubts about the way food inflation was being tackled and wondered if the government had the tools to check it. Indeed, some of the other short-term measures adopted by the government have backfired. Measures like asking states to curb hoarding have not yielded success and income-tax raids on traders in Nashik and Delhi have driven the angry traders to go on strike, even as the arrival of onions from Pakistan slowed down. The high rate of interest continues to scare investor sentiment, at least partially evident in the fact that BSE sensex has touched a six-week closing low when it closed at 19,224 on Monday. The central government has promptly apportioned blame to the non-cooperation of the state governments, while All India Congress Committee General Secretary Rahul Gandhi has blamed coalition constraints for the United Progressive Alliance-II’s inability to tackle the crises facing the government. Such accusations may not be entirely unfounded as is obvious from all accounts, but this is not the time for blame-games. In the face of a looming global crisis, the government should act in concert with allies and opposition alike to muzzle inflation rather than resort to ineffectual political stunts.

Anil Dharker The writer comments on social, political and economic affairs

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s IPL about cricket? This question occurred to me — as I am sure it occurred to you — last week when the fourth round of auctions were on. Seated around the room with their paddles were some well known faces of our country, surrounded by their advisors. These familiar faces are famous for many things, but the one thing they aren’t famous for is cricket. There was Vijay Mallya whose brew is rounding out many a cricketer’s tummy. There was his dashing young son, for once without the glamorous girl friend. Place him on the cricket field and his secret weapon would be the gel on his hair. There was Nita Ambani, the suave lady who left her ‘Nitaben’ image behind a long time ago, and whose eyebrows now seem perpetually arched in surprise. There was Preity Zinta whose pretty dimples kept appearing and disappearing depending on the state of play of the auction. There was Shilpa Shetty with her Bigg Boss I. Or was it her Bigg Boss 2? Lalit Mody didn’t miss many tricks when he started the tamasha that is the IPL, and especially when he thought of the auction. So how did he miss the biggest trick of all? That was to have made sure that Anil Ambani got the team the younger Ambani so dearly wanted. Imagine the bidding with Nita and Tina in the same room, their flashing paddles doubling the value of each player! Why didn’t Modi, while he could, rope in the Godrej’s as well? We could then have had Parmeshwar joining the bidding war too. Now, of course, Modi himself was absent, banished forever from cricket’s Garden of Eden for taking a large bite of the forbidden apple. Wonder where he watched the auction from: an entire floor of a Four Seasons hotel in London? Or a more modest suite, considering there is no IPL account to charge it to? Of course, it’s possible that Adi and Parmesh could have sent one

On January 13, 1910, the first public radio broadcast takes place. A live performance of the popular opera Cavalleria rusticana is sent out over the airwaves from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, much to the delight of the listeners.

action. As for a cattle auction, the cows — unless I underestimate their cognitive abilities — are completely unaware of the hubbub involving them, whereas cricketers being auctioned are too, too aware of the price being put on their heads. Another vital different between cattle auctions and IPL auctions is this: the people bidding for cows and bulls know their cows and bulls. The knowledge of cricket seems to be the last requirement for anyone in the IPL jamboree. Some franchises apparently tried a management approach this time around. Kolkata Knight Riders, owned by cricket-expert Shah Rukh Khan, brought in the inaptly named Venkatesh Mysore. His cricket credentials? He was the country head for Met Life and Sun Life Financial. Here’s a quote from him — I assure you I am not making it up, but have picked it up from a financial paper: “I tried to bring in some process orientation into the team, and getting the permutations and combinations of a team in a

scientific manner. I kept telling my team that we should not make the mistake of getting too attached to a name rather than the requirements of the team. There is a realization within the ownership that the franchise has to be run like any other business.” Wow! Wonder how many zillion rupees Mysore got paid by Kolkata for these words of wisdom. People like you and me who watch and know their cricket, didn’t know that picking a team had to do with ‘process orientation’. As for ‘requirements of the team’ which selector picked a team without knowing its requirements? You want some more cricket wisdom? You could get it from Yogesh Shetty of GMR-owned Delhi Daredevils, whose cricket credentials come from being the former global CEO of Travelex’s foreign exchange business. I will spare you his full quote, though it too contains gems emphasizing that team selection required a ‘processdriven approach’ as well as ‘customer throughput’, whatever that

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Pratap Pandey The writer is with Centre for Science and Environment

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of their children to the event, because that was an option exercised by not just Mallya — there was Gayatri Reddy,daughter of Deccan Chronicle owner Ram Reddy; Sushanto, Subroto Sahara Roy’s son bidding for a new team, Pune Warriors; and N. Srinivasan who brought along his son-in-law. Obviously, among other things, the IPL auction is becoming a training ground for the children of the rich — a cricket field in which to hone this gambling instincts and to train their nerves for the far more serious battles ahead. Adam Gilchrist famously said that the IPL auction made him feel like a cow. In a sense he was right because it is a bit like a cattle auction, and something quite unlike any other player ‘buy-out’ in any sport, anywhere in the world. We all know that outrageous prices are paid for footballers, but these are individual purchases, the result of negotiations between two clubs. So though the figures may be large, there is no unseemly bidding in the open — only behind-the-scenes

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Kashmir consensus ddressing a seminar on the ‘Role of Intellectuals in the Kashmir Movement’ at Srinagar recently, Abdul Gani Bhat, a separatist leader in J&K, admitted that some of the prominent men of the secessionist movement were killed by their own people and not the security forces. They included Mirwaiz Maulvi Farooq, the father of Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Abdul Gani Lone and J&K Liberation Front ideologue Abdul Ahad Wani. Unsurprisingly, Prof. Bhat’s statement created quite a stir among separatists in J&K and in the political circles of New Delhi alike. Union Minister of New and Renewable Energy and National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah did not lose the opportunity to praise Prof. Bhat for his truthfulness and now the separatist leader Sajjad Lone, the son of Abdul Gani Lone, has supported him, too. Incidentally, when the senior Mr Lone was assassinated in 2002, Sajjad Lone had blamed both the governments of Indian-administered Kashmir and of Pakistan for the death of his father. In an interesting turnabout, then, he has now thrown his weight behind Prof. Parties in J&K Bhat. From Mr Abdullah and Mr Lone’s are eager to support, it is apparent that the various pursue modes azaadi groups in J&K are willing to toe a reasonable line and admit to the of peaceful excesses the separatist movement may agitation have committed. In what may further prove to be a shot in the arm for discussions leading to a peaceable solution, Mr Abdullah has said that, as the NC president, he had to concur with the statement of the Mirwaiz that the United Nations had failed to address the Kashmir issue. But these men, after all, are either allies of the union government or known moderates. What about the hard-line secessionists? The All Party Hurriyat Conference-Geelani chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, too, has advised the youth against taking up arms and called for peaceful means to take the ongoing “freedom struggle” to its logical conclusion. Mr Geelani, of course, still wants azaad Kashmir at all costs but this call for pacifism is to thwart the “conspiracy” hatched by New Delhi “to malign our movement.” Whatever may be his rationale, it seems incontrovertible that most sections of the Kashmiri political class seem to be eager for a peaceful agitation and the moment appears right for discussions between all parties concerned to proceed along this path and get results.

means. Whatever the reason, neither the process-driven approach, nor the cricket knowledge of each team’s mentor or coach seem to have contained an essential ingredient called commonsense. Gautam Gambhir is a fantastic cricketer but is he worth `11 crore when you consider how often he breaks down due to injury? Why was Piyush Chawla bought for crores, while Murali Kartik, last IPL’s second-most economical bowler, left languishing to the second day of the auction? Why was nearly a million dollars paid for Ravindra Jadeja when time and again he has failed in crunch situations? How come cricketers like Chris Gayle, Graeme Swann and England’s devastating fast bowler Anderson were left unsold, when everyone should have been going to war over them? And who is Dan Christian? Till the IPL auction, the only people who had heard of him were his mum and dad. Yet this Australian who has played only three Twenty 20 internationals got $900,000! That’s the money, he himself said when given the news, that he hoped to make in his entire career! Was it an Australian cartel of coaches that put up his price? After all, there were three of them, Darren Lehmann (Deccan Chargers), Geoff Lawson (Kochi) and Greg Sheppard (Delhi Daredevils). Are the Australians taking their revenge on India for usurping their Number One status? But more than all these miscalculations — and there are very many more — what irks you most about the auction is the fact of the auction itself. You don’t give a damn that rich men make so many wrong bets — it’s their money after all, and they are at perfect liberty to throw it away. It’s the fact that the auction reduces cricketers to commodities and robs them of their dignity. Didn’t Saurav Ganguly, our own Prince of Kolkata and India’s former captain, deserve better? Didn’t Brian Lara rate at least a nod of recognition? Money talks. In the IPL, it talks big. But in the auction, without doubt, it speaks the most vulgar of languages.

The bidding at the IPL-4 auction reiterates the fact that the 20-20 format has reduced cricket and cricketers to being just commodities

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his year’s anomalous winter, experienced worldwide, continues. Winter in the eastern United States, northern Europe and east Asia has been extraordinarily snowy and cold this year. Indeed, the last seven winters there have been strange. Scientists are pointing out that these are cold weather extremes actually caused by the warming of the atmosphere. They are now studying a phenomenon hitherto not factored in in their modelling (the primary drivers in these models are oceans). They say expanding snow cover across the high latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere, especially in Siberia, just north of a series of exceptionally high mountain ranges, including the Himalayas, the Tien Shan and the Altai, could be the cause. As global temperatures have warmed and as the Arctic sea ice has melted over the past two-and-ahalf decades, more moisture has become available to fall as snow over the continents. So the snow cover across Siberia in the autumn has steadily increased, causing a chain of atmospheric events leading to such winters. Meanwhile, Australia is grappling with its own extremes. The northern Australian state of Queensland is facing what local officials have termed a flood of ‘biblical proportions’. More than 20 towns have been cut off or swamped by rivers that have burst their banks. More than 200,000 people have been affected as at least six river systems experienced a flood surge following Australia’s wettest spring on record. Even as I write, the capital city of Brisbane has been hit by flash floods, a result of torrential rain. The river Brisbane has burst its embankments. An exodus has begun from the city. The floodwaters have been described as ‘tsunami-like’, tossing houses, cars and trees as if these were toys. The similarity with the Pakistan flood that occurred just a few months ago is uncanny. Moreover, as much as half the Australian wheat crop, or about

10 million tonnes, has been downgraded to less-than-milling quality because of rain damage. That has tightened global supplies and sent prices up by about 45 per cent, the biggest surge since 2007. Strangely, while north Australia is drowning, the southern states of Victoria and South Australia are sweating in above 40°C temperatures. There, too, officials have warned of a catastrophe, caused not by water, but by tinder-dry conditions that can spark bushfires. Elsewhere, both New Zealand and Brazil are in the grip of a severe drought. In Brazil, the situation is so bad that the Rio Negro river itself has dried up. India is no exception to this new rule. New Delhi this year has been colder than Shimla, an unprecedented event. It isn’t only North India that has been in the grip of a really cold wave. Temperatures have dropped to minimum of 2.3°C in Bhopal, 0.6 °C in Mandla, 3.6°C in Jabalpur, 2.9 °C in Gwalior, 1°C in Rajgarh, Guna and the Buldelkhand region and 0.3°C in Segore. In central India, the winter has been the coldest in the last 30 years. And now, another effect of this anomalous winter is beginning to

emerge. According to a news report I saw on TV on Monday, unseasonal frost has destroyed the cotton crop in parts of the state of Vidarbha, Maharashtra. Since Thursday last, nine farmers have already committed suicide. In Madhya Pradesh, in just five days, a similar unseasonal frost has destroyed standing crops of wheat, soyabean, gram, peas and oranges. Between January 5 and 9, according to a report in The Times of India, five farmers have committed suicide. These events follow the destruction of the onion crop in many onion-producing states due to floods. But the Government of India (GoI) seems to have completely missed the connection between anomalous weather events and why food prices are rising. So I read with a grimace that when the GoI meets to discuss how to control spiralling prices, home minister P. Chidambaram is miffed with agriculture minister Sharad Pawar because the latter wants to resume sugar exports, and is focusing on sugar because he expects a bumper crop this year. To misquote Hamlet, something’s rotten in the state of our nation. Instead of tackling the distortion between farm-gate price

and consumer price, (some economists put the difference at as high as 400 per cent) they are seeking quick-fixes. Instead of tackling the rot that has set in in the agricultural sector — a rot that will only get worse every time the weather becomes unpredictable, or behaves anomalously — the agriculture minister is focusing on bumper crops. Nothing proves how fixated this government has become in confining economic reforms to the corporate sector. There is no doubt that GoI must cater to the rising panic among middle-class consumers. But can it also cater to the extreme panic among large swathes of farmers in India today? The city dweller complains about onions and then buys an All-American Sundae. The farmer buys pesticide and drinks it. Letters to the Editor should be sent to The Bengal Post DN23, Sector V, Saltlake Kolkata—700091 Email: letters@thebengalpost.com Writer’s address must be clearly mentioned

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overnments hate information leaks, as their over-the-top outrage at WikiLeaks shows. Or, rather, they hate leaks except when they do it. Labor criticized the Howard government, as all oppositions do, for its lack of openness and pursuit of anyone who leaked against it. Today, Kevin Rudd’s government stands exposed as having been even more zealous in pursuing the sources of leaks. The government referred twice as many leaks to federal police from 2007 to 2010 as its predecessor had in the preceding three years. While refusing to comment on referral rates, a spokesman for Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, said it was the job of police to establish whether leaks had broken the law. A former senior Australian Federal Police (AFP) member told The Age it was generally accepted that leak investigations were politically motivated and of little criminal importance. Police normally prioritize inquiries according to the gravity of offences and prospects of success relative to the likely costs, duration and demands on resources. Those common-sense rules do not apply to leaks. The pursuit of the sources is contrary to the whole spirit of whistleblower protection, an ideal that governments claim to share until it comes to saving themselves from embarrassment. Australians might not be surprised by the hypocrisy of government investigations into leaks. The more serious issue is the pointless and wasteful diversion of police resources. Given the AFP’s many responsibilities, the agency’s ability to maximize its effectiveness should not be compromised by fruitless and politically inspired witch-hunts.

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Just laugh it away, Mr Ranthambhore Though stunning in its winter splendour, Ranthambhore is incomplete till its resident tigerman returns from his sickbed in Jaipur Anirban Sen

Jay Mazoomdaar The writer is an independent conservation journalist and filmmaker

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hat do you do with so much mustard?” The question came from an American couple who clearly had a taste for that yellow sauce (the more innocuous French versions of it) but were at a loss, considering the quantity of paste those hundreds of acres of standing flowers would amount to. It was heartening to note that in a sea of tiger-hungry tourists, there were a few who drove away from Ranthambhore, cutting across those luscious mustard fields in search of blackbucks. The Americans went back with happy photographs and the knowledge of a new cooking medium. Ranthambhore always has a surprise or two for every visitor. My friends among those blackbuck spotters recalled the collective “whoa!” that went up earlier in the day as their vehicle bounced up the undulated entry road on way to Jogi Mahal, throwing open the spectacular horizon. Under a mystical aerostat of bluish mist that masked the sun, the panorama was complete with craggy rock faces and majestic fort walls draped in winter vegetation of green and yellow. It is difficult to feel partial to any particular forest. But Ranthambhore feels almost like home. Though I do not even remember the last time I entered the national park for a safari, this amazing forest has never failed to surprise me with its bounty of wildlife and stories. In fact, some of my best tiger encounters happened outside this national park, including the surreal leap of a young male tiger that cleared my jeep as I watched his white belly fly overhead. My first Ranthambhore trip of 2011 was a short one. Yet, it packed the usual punch — two playful leopards by the road near Kushalpura village, a growling tigress with two cubs in the Chambal ravines, villagers negotiating the demands of conservation, and the customary evening debates in the open by the fireside. But something was amiss. Rantham-

bhore’s resident tigerman Fateh Singh Rathore was away in Jaipur, in hospital for more than a week now. One who refused to lose his hearty laughter even after losing much of his voice, Fateh is a rare life force. But those close to him said he was not too well. I know Fateh, Fatji to his innumerable admirers, for many years. He is the man who had virtually created the Ranthambhore national park as its first conservator. A true old-world forester, he lived inside the forest and often put his life at risk to protect the park. A number of broken bones in his body still testify to those wild days. I have never written anything on Fateh’s immense contribution to tiger conservation (lest it appeared a puff job). But some of my news reports did show him and his NGO’s early dealings in a not-so-favourable light. Not too long back, Fateh spoke to me of the injustice done to him and his family by the forest department when parts of their properties were demolished, but I did not report (it was not national news). In short, Fateh had enough reasons to resent me. However, I do not recall a single occasion when Fateh closed his doors on me. Every time he learns I am in town, he gets a beer or two placed in the freezer in case I drop by unannounced during the day. Age has forced him to give up drinking, but it is still my privilege to light up a cigarette for him every time we meet. On occasions, I have simply walked in and shared his lunch. Why has Fateh been so indulgent to a journalist who did him no favour? Is it because he believes my stories help his cause of tiger conservation? Possibly, yes. But I think it is in his nature to show warmth and trust people. He has many detractors, some among his friends, who routinely let him down. Some of them were jealous of his global fame, some others gloated whenever he was harassed by the establishment. A few still call him farji (fake) behind his back. For all his rustic charm, Fateh is sharp enough to know who stands where. But time and again, I have seen him open up with childlike spontaneity to his detractors when they need him. One requires a lion’s (or tiger’s) heart for that.

Dr Dharmendra Khandal came to Ranthambhore to work in Fateh’s NGO, TigerWatch, in 2003. Today, he is recognized internationally for his successful anti-poaching operations. I have never seen the boss rankled by his protégé’s meteoric rise even when occasional reporters left Ranthambhore with Dr Khandal’s quotes, without even meeting Fateh. Instead, he has happily given his protégé more space with each passing year. To be fair, Fateh is no saint and he never claimed to be one. Like many Rathores, he has a weakness for land, lager (or whiskey) and ladies. Like most of us, he loves attention. His famed knowledge of tigers, though unmatched among his contemporaries, is largely anecdotal. At times, he overstates his cases against the establishment. When he is angry, he is usually abusive. What distinguishes Fateh though from more visible tiger experts is the ferocity of his passion. He often concludes our discussions with a simple vow: “So long I am alive, come what may, I won’t let tigers disappear from Ranthambhore.” I often hear such lines in my job. I can tell Fateh does mean it. But, like Ranthambhore, Fateh also keeps surprising me. In a world where experts are life prisoners of their early convictions, I least expected Fateh to be an exception. A man of modest education and feudal upbringing, he set up Ranthambhore by resettling villages and fighting poachers in the only way he knew: with an iron hand. Decades later, he was asked to accept that only guns would not save tigers, that poor tribal poachers were also victims of their circumstances. It required a paradigm shift in thinking that more erudite conservationists struggled with. But Fateh was up to it and soon, TigerWatch started rehabilitating poachers and educating their children. For me, Fateh is as special a person as Ranthambhore a place. It is difficult to think of the two in isolation. The place owes its coming-into-being to the man. The man loves the place so much that he refuses to stay away one extra night than necessary. I am sure Fateh is laughing away in his damned sickbed in Jaipur and itching to return. Ranthambhore is waiting.

In a sea of tiger-hungry tourists, there were a few who drove across luscious mustard fields in search of blackbucks Dharm Khandal

Fateh Singh Rathore encouraging a few Moghiya children during a sporting event at a hostel run by his NGO TigerWatch

Violence in the name of fear

Tyger Tyger

Morally wise, pound foolish Farrukh Dhondy The writer is a scriptwriter based in London

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new law comes into force in the UK in April and already businessmen and politicians are lobbying government ministers to repeal it. It’s called the Anti-Corruption Act and forbids firms from giving any sort of material incentive to gain contracts or favourable treatment from any agency, firm, buyer, government or representative of such a party. It includes, and so excludes, the gift of Christmas hampers to any one in office with whom one may have professional dealings. It sounds like an upright, democratic and fair law and yet the businessmen and their supporting politicians urgently want it scrapped. It applies mainly to transactions abroad. A British firm wants to do business with China, with India, with African government officials, with Saudi buyers of armaments or to contract the construction of some engineering monument somewhere. They can’t include in their budget any bribes, inducements, gifts or tokens of gratitude to anyone who will help the process of the contract along. The argument of these opponents of the law is that it will put British business at a disadvantage against world competition. If British arms traders, for instance, are not allowed to bribe the African, Middle Eastern or other officials from the defence ministries of the purchasing countries, then these apparatchiks will simply buy the armaments or devices from other countries

which have no such scruples. Business is business! And dear reader, you know what? I — who once fancied myself Lenin da putra — am forced through my experiences to agree! I’ll tell you why. I worked for very many years for a prestigious national British TV channel called Channel 4 in the capacity of a commissioning editor. It was my job to commission programmes, films, series, documentaries and any genre that caught my fancy, or which I invented, and deploy the channel’s money to get them made. The process involved identifying projects and talent to bring to our screen and then giving the producers the funds to make them and supervising the production editorially and financially. I am very proud to say that Shekhar Kapoor, Mira Nair, Deepa Mehta, Ketan Mehta, Jamil Dehlavi, Arundhati Roy, Pradeep Krishan, Salman Rushdie and myriad others passed through that commissioning portal as directors and writers. My department negotiated mainly with the producers who had to submit detailed itemized budgets to my finance controllers — at first an Irishman called Peter Flood and as the years went by his successor, Anthony Rose, a talented accountant and TV executive. For the readership of this column I only mention the subcontinental dimension of my department’s operations, though my remit took in projects from the rest of the world and Flood and Rose had to deal with the lot. In so doing, they would deal with the producers of the projects I had commissioned and report back to the financial

control of the channel. The world is what it is and honest men have to deal with it. The producers of features, documentaries and anything else would present honest budgets to us, but when making the product would come up against demands which were not strictly production costs — bribes, money under the table to allow something to happen, fees whose receipts would specify less than they were paid and such like. I was, I swear by Ahura Mazda, innocent of the machinations of the subterranean economy. The producers were more worldly wise. They wanted the product made; hence, paid the corrupt overheads and absorbed them in the roster of costs that Messrs Flood and Rose would check, represent to the channel, and sign off on. We were not naive. We wanted the programmes made! I knew that my finance controllers knew the score, and that behind the figures was the realistic vision of a world in which gate-keepers could demand illegal money. We were not dealing with a world in which central government ministers sell restricted licenses to competing capitalists. This UK anti-bribery law, which is a moral beacon to us all, fails to apprehend the world as it is. But perhaps there is no formulation of an anti-corruption law that distinguishes between a Middle-eastern prince demanding a billion pound handshake to do a missile deal and the underpaid security guard whose anxious eyes say he will accept a few hundred rupees to let the (possibly) forbidden movie camera through the gate he is keeper of.

Industrialists in UK fear that the anti-corruption act will hurt their business interests abroad

Max Blumenthal

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he social fabric of Arizona seems to be deteriorating as fast as the state’s population grows, driving it to the brink of dysfunction. The shooting of congress-woman Gabrielle Giffords, US district court judge John Roll and several other innocent bystanders by a lone gunman have brought the state’s crisis to the fore, prompting Pima County sheriff Clarence Dupnik to declare it “the mecca for prejudice and bigotry”. Since I first travelled to Arizona more than seven years ago to interview right-wingers participating in armed anti-immigrant vigilante patrols along the border, I have watched as it drowned in a sea of extremism, signing away its future in the form of racist ballot measures and budgetbusting tax cuts. In this climate, the assassination attempt on Giffords was not terribly surprising. My experience began in early 2003 at a propane delivery shop in Sierra Vista, a rural town along the USMexican border. I met Roger Barnett, a lumbering 60-year-old former deputy sheriff popular with the burgeoning national anti-immigration movement. Barnett boasted that he had personally captured 12,000 migrants traversing his ranch, held them at the point of a rifle, and turned them over to the border patrol. Arizona had demonstrated leadership in the field of bigotry as early as 1990, when state lawmakers (including John McCain) refused to honour Martin Luther King Jr with a federal holiday, prompting the National Football League to move the Super Bowl from Phoenix to another city. But as migrant trials shifted from newly walled-off border cities to Arizona’s desert, the state became a hotbed of anti-immigrant sentiment. Discriminatory bills aimed at Latino immigrants flew through the Republicandominated legislature, while extremists from around the country poured into the state to join the Minutemen, a far-right vigilante group inspired by Barnett. Led by lawmakers such as Russell Pearce, a fanatically anti-immigrant senator who has proudly palled around with local neo-Nazis, the Republican-controlled state legislature refuses to stop cutting taxes on businesses and the wealthy. To plug its whopping $4.5 billion deficit, Arizona has auctioned off all its state buildings, including the Capitol and state hospital, to the highest bidder. A bizarre federal programme, Operation Streamline, helps to pump fed-

The future of Arizona will depend on how well immigrants are integrated

Arizona had demonstrated leadership in the field of bigotry as early as 1990, when state lawmakers, including John McCain, refused to honour Martin Luther King Jr with a federal holiday eral money into the local economy: desperate migrants serve as commodities; 75 of them are marched in chains into a federal courtroom in Tucson each day, compelled to plead guilty en masse to entering the country, then transported to a corporateowned prison in rural Pinal County before being deported on private charter flights. Several prisoners have died in the jail, including one who was apparently refused treatment while writhing in pain with testicular cancer. But incarcerating Mexican migrants has brought 1,500 new jobs to the previously depressed area, making it one of Money Magazine’s top employment growth sites. (The programme costs American taxpayers $11 million a month.) When President Obama took office, Arizona’s anti-immigrant right fused with extreme elements of the religious right under the Tea Party banner. In August 2009, a young man called Chris Broughton openly carried an AR-15

assault rifle and a handgun to an Obama rally in Phoenix. The night before, Broughton had attended a sermon called “Why I hate Barack Obama” given by the Reverend Steven Anderson, a local Tea Party activist. Anderson declared that that night he was going to “pray for Barack Obama to die and go to hell”. I was summoned back to Arizona in February 2009 to testify as a prosecution witness in a civil trial against Barnett, who was being sued by a group of migrants for physically attacking them while holding them at gunpoint and threatening to kill them. Judge Roll had certified the trial, an act that brought in hundreds of threats against him and his family from local anti-immigrant fanatics, forcing him to live under 24-hour protective guard. He was a conservative Republican, but he was committed to the rule of law. I told the jury about how Barnett had bragged to me about taking migrants hostage. In the end, the jurors delivered justice, forcing Barnett to pay his victims $73,000 in damages. Roll politely excused me from his courtroom, I did not see him again until his face appeared in newscasts about his killing during the assassination attempt on Giffords. Roll spent a significant part of his judicial career in Arizona’s climate of violent extremism, and he died in it too. He was an innocent bystander, and not the only victim. Unfortunately, he may not be the last one either. —The Guardian

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Briefly 20 Pak soldiers die in suicide attack Peshawar: At least 20 people, mostly security personnel, were killed and 14 others wounded when a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into a police station in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday, officials said. The bomber targeted Miryan police station in Bannu district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. The explosion flattened the police station and a nearby mosque. — PTI

Russian spy Anna gets TV hosting gig Moscow: Russian spy Anna Chapman still shuns questions about her years undercover in the United States, but starting next week she will uncover other mysteries on Russian television. A spokeswoman for REN-TV, a private nationwide channel, said Chapman will host a new TV show that allows her “to use all her talents to solve the world’s most complicated mysteries.” —PTI

Swiss bid for UNSC seat Geneva: Switzerland on Wednesday said it was bidding for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for 2023-2024, saying membership would help raise its profile as an “honest broker.” “The Federal Council has decided to register Switzerland on the list of candidates of the Western European and Others Group (WEOG) for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council in 2023-2024,” said the ministry of foreign affairs. —AFP

16 killed in China bus accident Beijing: Sixteen people were killed and 23 injured after a bus in which they were travelling crashed on an expressway in central China’s Henan Province, police said. The accident happened in Xuchang City. The coach,that belonged to the Pingdingshan Transport Company, crashed into two cars that had already collided with each other today. It then smashed through the expressway's safety barrier and hurtled down a slope before it overturned. —PTI

The Bengal Post Kolkata Thursday January 13, 2011

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JuD chief wants Islamabad to back him in US court Lahore: Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed on Wednesday filed a petition in a Pakistani court asking it to direct the federal government to defend him in a lawsuit filed against him in a US court by relatives of two American Jews killed in the Mumbai attacks. Saeed, the founder of the banned Lashker-e-Taiba, said in his petition filed in the Lahore High Court that the government should appoint a counsel to defend him in the court in Brooklyn in the US. India has accused Saeed of masterminding the 2008 terrorist attacks on Mumbai that killed 166 people, including six Americans. The court in Brooklyn has summoned current ISI chief Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha and his predecessor Nadeem Taj and Lashker-eTaiba leaders, including Saeed, to appear before it in connection with the suit filed by relatives of Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife, who were among those killed during the attacks. Saeed noted in his petition that the federal government had announced it would defend ISI officials in the US lawsuit and said he had the “constitutional right” to seek similar legal aid as a citizen of Pakistan. A K Dogar, who has served as Saeed’s counsel in several cases, is representing the JuD in the Lahore High Court. Officials said the court is yet to set a date for

 JuD chief Hafiz Saeed hearing Saeed's petition. JuD spokesman Yahya Mujahid claimed the Lahore High Court had cleared Saeed of charges related to the Mumbai attacks and the US court had no right to summon him. “In spite of all the dossiers provided by India, nothing has been established against Saeed,” Mujahid said. Meanwhile, in yet another twist in the trial of seven Pakistani suspects linked to the Mumbai terror attacks, prosecutors have done a Uturn on a proposal to drop a legal move to get Ajmal Kasab and Fahim Ansari declared as “proclaimed offenders” or fugitives. The Federal Investigation Agency has decided to pursue a petition filed in the Lahore High Court to challenge an anti-terrorism court’s decision not to declare Kasab and Ansari as fugitives. Prosecutors had told the anti-terrorism court that they planned to withdraw the petition. —PTI

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Iran says no talks on nuclear dossier Tehran: Iran will not talk on its “nuclear dossier” at the Istanbul talks with world powers, atomic chief Ali Akbar Salehi said in comments published on Wednesday, reiterating Tehran’s long-standing policy. “We will not recognise the negotiation if the other side wants to negotiate on the issue of nuclear dossier,” Salehi said. — PTI

Mayoral aspirants accused of murder Dhaka: A total of 91 mayoral candidates out of 1,183 in fray for crucial municipal polls were facing murder charges, a media report said. The mass-circulated Prothom Alo newspaper said that 522 mayoral candidates were faced with different criminal charges. — PTI

Hezbollah threat of quitting govt Beirut: Hezbollah and its allies will quit Lebanon's government unless their demands over a UN tribunal probing the murder of expremier Rafiq Hariri are met, a minister said on Wednesday. —AFP

31 dead in floods, mudslides near Rio Rio De Janeiro: At least 31 people died in floods and mudslides near Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday, bringing the overall toll from heavy rains in Brazil to 44 dead, authorities said. The 31 dead recorded in towns near Rio came after 13 deaths registered in Sao Paulo on Monday and Tuesday. Heavy rains were intensified this week by a cold front which doubled the usual precipitation. —AFP

 In this publicity image released by Disneyland, singer Christina Aguilera holds her son Max as she poses with Disney characters at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif — PTI

‘Indo-US ties not against Pakistan’ US vice-president Biden says action against militants holed up in tribal areas will not stop Islamabad: US vice president Joe Biden on Wednesday dismissed criticism that his country favours India and wants to “weaken or dismantle” Pakistan, saying the strategic partnership between Washington and Islamabad, including in the fight against al-Qaeda and Taliban, is vital for both sides. Biden, who arrived here on a day-long visit for talks with Pakistan’s civilian and military leadership, did some plain talking about anti-American feelings in this country. He said the US was not against Islam but would continue taking action against extremists holed up in the tribal areas of Pakistan. “There are also those who believe that our policies favour India and seek to weaken (or) even dismantle this great country. You know and your colleagues know that is dead wrong,” Biden said during a joint press interaction with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. “We want what you want – a strong, stable, prosperous and democratic Pakistan at peace with itself and its neighbours, including India. We want that not just for your sake but we wish your

 US vice-president Joe Biden (left) gestures as he speaks during his meeting with Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari at the President House in Islamabad on Wednesday — Reuters success because it’s in our own interest, it’s in the interest of the entire region and I would argue the entire world.” Noting that al-Qaeda continues “to plot attacks against the US and our interests to this very day,” Biden made a reference to militants holed up in Pakistan's tribal belt, saying al-Qaeda’s

operatives had “found refuge in some of the most remote portions” of the country. In an apparent reference to US drone attacks in the tribal belt, which the Pakistan government has described as a violation of the country’s sovereignty, Biden said Washington was working with Islamabad to restore sovereignty wher-

ever it had been violated by extremists. “I would respectfully suggest that it is the extremists who violate Pakistan's sovereignty and corrupt its good name. The US is working to restore and strengthen sovereignty in areas where extremists violated it,” he said. Al-Qaeda works with

Poudyal out of race for Nepal PM other parties if it is not possible to form a new government under its leadership,” Koirala said. Koirala, who is also member of the powerful Central Working Committee (CWC), said Nepali Congress should withdraw its candidacy for “consensus” and “cooperation” with other parties. Koirala ruled out the possibility of Maoist-led government unless the latter gives up its arms and integrates its paramilitary armed cadres housed in different UN camps in the country. “The CPN-UML should not ruin the government [by giv-

ing leadership to the Maoist now],” she added. In a series of run-off polls since June 30, the main opposition UCPN (Maoist) and CPN (UML) lawmakers have chosen not to vote for a prime minister while Madhesi parties opted to stay neutral. CPN-Maoist is the single largest party with 238 seats, while NC has 114 members in the House. The CPN-UML, the third largest party with a strength of 109 and the Madhesi parties with the combined strength of some 80 lawmakers have called for a national government. — PTI

Kathmandu: Nepali Congress on Wednesday withdrew RC Poudyal, the sole candidate in the poll for a new prime minister in a bid to end the over six months long deadlock in Nepal that has derailed the country’s fragile peace process. Nepali Congress (NC) formally decided to withdraw Poudyal amid intense pressure from its key coalition partner CPN-UML, main opposition UCPN (Maoist) and from within the party in a bid to build a consensus to end the deadlock that has derailed the 2006 peace process.

An emergency meeting of the party’s powerful Central Working Committee (CWC) took the decision to formally withdraw Poudyal, said Prakash Man Singh, the party general secretary. He told the media that the party took the decision keeping in mind to push forward the peace process and drafting of a new constitution. Earlier, deputy Prime Minister Sujata Koirala said Nepali Congress will withdraw Poudyal in a bid to end the deadlock. “Nepali Congress should be prepared to join government under the leadership of

Probe into Yunus bank launched

Bangla SC invites global graft watchdog for ‘talks’

Dhaka: Bangladesh on Wednesday launched an investigation into alleged anomalies in fund operation of Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus’s Grameen Bank. The government on Tuesday formed the fivemember probe committee headed by a university professor. “The committee has started its investigation,” a finance ministry official said. The official said the committee was asked to review Grameen Bank’s lending rate compared to other microlenders along with the allegation of fund transfer violating the financial rules. The development came nearly a month after finance minister A M A Muhith said the government would investigate into alleged anomalies in transactions Grameen Bank despite a green chit offered by its Norwegian donor clearing him of the charge. — PTI

Dhaka: The Bangladesh apex court in a rare move on Wednesday invited local executives of Berlin-based graft watchdog Transparency International for “discussion over tea” to understand the methodology under which it found country’s judiciary as the “most corrupt” institution. Supreme Court sources said three top TIB executives were sent the invitation on Thursday and added that the date could be re-fixed if they could not come to the Supreme Court judges lounge for the tea on that day. “The apex court judges would like to talk to them about the setting of questions in the opinion poll Transparency International carried out,” a Supreme Court source said preferring anonymity. The invitation came days two days after TIB sent to the Supreme Court the hard copies of its house-

Bangladesh Supreme Court hold survey on graft as sought by the apex court more than a week after it complied with an earlier court order submitting its survey documents. The Supreme Court last month sought the documents after Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque yesterday held an emergency meeting of the senior judges of the apex court and decided to review the TIB's survey documents. According to the survey the

judiciary was the most corrupt among the service sectors followed by law enforcement agencies and the land administration as the watchdog came up with its findings on the basis of a household survey it conducted between June 2009 and May 2010. The TIB report also said that corruption in the country's judiciary system had increased by 40.3 per cent over the last three years. A survey in 2007 had found 47.7 per cent corruption in the judiciary. Two courts in Chittagong earlier this week ordered personal appearance of three top TIB executives as two lawyers filed defamation suits alleging the report to have “maligned” the judiciary. Judicial Service Association in a statement said the TIB was led by an “ill motive” in calling judiciary the most corruption-prone institution. — PTI

Floodwaters enter Brisbane, Indian population hit Brisbane: Floodwaters entered the low-lying areas of Australia’s thirdlargest city on Wednesday as the Brisbane river breached its banks, forcing thousands in the Queensland capital to flee their homes in the midst of frantic rescue efforts. Up to 30 people are believed to have died in Queensland state since floods swept northeast of Australia. The waters on Wednesday reached the province’s capital Brisbane and Mayor Campbell Newman warned that over 20,000 buildings are likely to go under water. He said new flood modelling indicated that an estimated 19,700 residential property and 3,500 commercial premises were likely to be flooded in the city as the Brisbane River burst its banks and inundated suburbs, including

Jindalee, Toowong and Yeronga. As the country witnessed the worst flood crisis in a century, the number of missing people has been scaled down to 67 from 90 after many were found during frantic rescue efforts, state emergency services minister Neil Roberts said. “I just want to stress that that number will move upwards and downwards over the coming days as police get reports and either confirm or otherwise the existence or whereabouts of individuals,” Roberts said. “So we still do have grave concerns for a significant number of people and search and rescue operations will obviously be continuing in the Lockyer Valley area,” he said. Meanwhile, the Federation of Indian Students in Australia, a body representing Indian students,

asked Indians across the country to rally support for the flood-hit people of Queensland, including thousands from the community. A large number of Indians are believed to have been affected by the Queensland flooding. It is believed that over 10,000 students are currently enrolled in Central Queensland University (CQU). Fisa spokesperson Gautam Gupta expressed concern over the current flood crisis which he said was prompting many families in India to call and inquire about their loved ones studying in the state universities and other institutions. “We are concerned that amongst the thousands of victims of this tragedy, there are a number of Indian students. These students will be doing very tough and our hearts go out to them and their loved ones,” he said. — PTI

 Residents use a boat to navigate through their flooded suburb as floodwaters on Wednesday — AFP

extremist allies that have targeted Pakistan and its people, killing thousands of security personnel and civilians in areas like Swat, Biden said. Biden also referred to the recent assassination of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer. “There is no justification for such senseless acts,” he added. — PTI

Tajikistan to give China 1,000 sq-km Beijing: China, which has a land area of about 9.6 million sq km, the third-largest country in the world, will get 1,000 sq km more, thanks to Tajikistan which on Wednesday agreed to cede a 130-year-long disputed territory to the neighbouring Communist giant. The Majlisi Namoyandagon, Tajikistan’s lower chamber of Parliament, ratified a protocol on demarcation of Tajikistan’s common border with China. This was decided at a regular sitting of the second session of the Majlisi Namoyandagon, presided over by its speaker Shukurjon Zuhurov, Tajikistan's news agency Asiaplus reported. The protocol that was presented by Foreign Minister Hamrokhon Zarifi caused lively discussions, it said. Zarifi noted that ratification of the protocol was an important political event and would promote further expansion of Tajikistan’s ties with China. — PTI

Russians blame Poles for death of president Moscow: Russian officials investigating the plane crash that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski placed the blame squarely on the Poles on Wednesday, saying the crew was pressured to land in bad weather by an air force commander who had been drinking. Kaczynski and 95 others, including his wife, died in April 2010 when their plane crashed while trying to land in Smolensk, Russia. There were no survivors. Officials of the Interstate Aviation Committee, which investigates crashes in much of the former Soviet Union, said that the pilots were pressured to land by Poland’s air force commander, Gen Andrzej Blasik, who was in the cockpit. They said he had a bloodalcohol level of about 0.06 percent, enough to impair reasoning. Blasik’s presence in the cockpit “had a psychological influence on the commander’s decision to rake an unjustified risk by continuing the descent with the predominant goal of landing against the odds,” committee chairwoman Tatiana Anodina told a news conference announcing the final results of the investigation. — PTI

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The Bengal Post Kolkata Thursday January 13, 2011

WORLD Briefly Glasses-free 3D desktop launched Tokyo: Japanese IT services giant Fujitsu on Wednesday unveiled what it calls the world’s first desktop computer with a display that enables users to see 3D images without needing special glasses. The Esprimo FH99/CM desktop PC, included in Fujitsu’s new lineup of the FMV computer series, has its liquid crystal display covered by a conversion panel enabling viewers to see three dimensional images on the screen. —PTI

Natural way to healthy skin London: Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is the best way to have a healthy, glowing skin. Ian Stephen from the University of Bristol, who led the research, said: “Most people in the West think that the best way to improve skin colour is to get a suntan. —IANS

James Bond film to release next year London: The James Bond franchise will be back with a new film hitting the cinemas on November 9, 2012. Daniel Craig will return as the superspy in the 23rd Bond film, contactmusic.com reports. —IANS

Mexico curbs junk food sales Mexico: Mexico has asked its all private and government schools to limit sales of junk food to protect children from being overweight or obese. About 30 per cent of children and 70 per cent of adults in Mexico are overweight. —IANS

Therapy to dissolve wobbly chin London: Feeling embarrassed for your wobbly chin? Fret not, as scientists have developed a new drug which they say can completely dissolve the fat deposits in just 16 weeks. The treatment called ATX-101 is administered through a series of 40 to 70 mini-injections and works by dissolving small volumes of fat cells. —PTI

Eye mask that can brighten morning London: Waking up before sunrise leaves you in a dark mood? Do not worry, as researchers have developed a new eye mask which they say can stimulate your body and help brighten your morning. According to its developers, the special eye mask called LUMI sleep mask is embedded with LED lights that begin to glow half an hour before the programmed time and slowly get brighter, helping the wearer to wake naturally before the built-in alarm beeps. —PTI

Donations by Tiger Mask in Japan Tokyo: Anonymous donations of school bags and other items to homes for children under the names of cartoon hero “Tiger Mask” and others has been spreading across Japan since the Christmas season. —PTI

Reset button on US-China relations Seema Sirohi Washington: Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to Washington next week for a summit with President Barack Obama is an attempt to improve relations after a year of rough exchanges and disputes over North Korea, the Chinese currency and Beijing’s aggressive military stance. The world’s two top powers have clashed over Chinese claims in the South China Sea and the Yellow Sea and America’s right to conduct naval exercises. They have strongly disagreed on how to deal with North Korea and arms sales

to Taiwan. Hu will meet Obama on Jan. 19, a day that will end with a state dinner after a ceremonial welcome at the White House. The meetings are expected to be tough. Washington wants China to rein in North Korea whose nuclear and ballistic missile programmes are seen as a threat to the US security interests. Meanwhile, Beijing is angry over US arms sales to Taiwan. The internal power play between China’s top leaders and the People’s Liberation Army also has complicated matters for Washington. US Defence Secretary Robert Gates, who currently is in

‘Stealth fighter may take 3 yrs to take off’ Beijing: China’s radar evading stealth fighter that made its high-profile debut coinciding with the visit of US defence secretary Robert Gates may take three to fours year before it actually becomes operational, official media reports here said. Yang Yao, one of China’s top test pilots told state-run Global Times that after the maiden flight, the J-20 will undergo a battery of tests prior to being approved for use in the field, a process that usually lasts at least three years. “After that, at least another year is needed before full production of the plane. Then the Chinese pilots will need to learn how to manoeuvre this new-generation fighter jet, which will take a certain amount of time,” he said. It is perhaps extraordinary that Chinese President Hu Jintao himself confirmed on Tuesday test flight of the J-20 during his meeting with Gates. “I asked President Hu about it directly, and he said

that the test had absolutely nothing to do with my visit and had been a pre-planned test. And that's where we left it,” Gates later told reporters. Before that, Chinese official media launched a high voltage campaign saying the flight “reportedly” test flown for 15 minutes. All official media websites were agog with reports and some even with the video footage of the plane conducting the trial run, presumably at Changdu air base where it was being developed. Ni Feng, a researcher of US Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences said the timing of the test flight to coincide with Gates’ visit showed the confidence the military has in the project. “The timing of the J-20’s maiden flight is a coincidence, but it showed that China is more confident and honest in unveiling its military progress. This is a step forward for promoting mutual trust with other major players in the global community,” he said. —PTI

Beijing, got a sharp message from the PLA in the form of a test flight of China’s stealth fighter jet. The test flight is being seen by US officials as a signal from the PLA that it is willing to challenge the US as well as its own leadership. Hu and other civilian brass apparently did not know about the test when Gates quizzed them during the meeting, according to US media reports. The Gates mission was aimed at repairing ties between the two defence forces and resume highlevel consultations ahead of the summit but the PLA gave a lukewarm response to US

operate one additional flight before ending the programme, but that remains uncertain. With Giffords lying in an Arizona hospital with a critical head wound, and facing months of rehabilitation if she pulls through — an outcome doctors see as increasingly likely — there is a chance Kelly will step down from the mission to remain at his wife’s side. Nasa officials said that, for now, Kelly has not been ruled in, or out, for STS-134 — the official name of Endeavour’s final mission. US Rep Pete Olson said he talked to the director of the Johnson Space Centre, Houston, about the shooting. He said Giffords’ recov-

Obama will press Hu on the currency issue – a source of increasing tension. US officials say that the Chinese yuan is undervalued, giving an undue advantage to Chinese exports. The US wants China to narrow the trade gap and reduce its $2.8 trillion pile of reserves. The Chinese say that it is US policies that are responsible for the trade imbalance and Washington needs to get its own economic policies in order and reduce its debt. Managing relations with China has become a foreign policy priority for Washington just as it has become one for New Delhi.

 A Malayan tiger sits in a pond at the National Zoo in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday —Reuters

ery, not the April flight, is the focus. “They’re not worried about the mission at all,” Olson said. “From what I got on Mike, they’re not thinking about that. They are thinking and focused on Mark Kelly and Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, my good friend.” “It’s just too early to speculate,” a spokesperson for the space agency told the Web site Space.com. “Right now the focus is on Mark and Scott (Kelly’s twin brother, currently aboard the International Space Station), and of course, the victims and their families. For the time being, everything is day by day.” —PTI

NEVER TOO OLD TO VOTE

Neanderthals had similar life spans Washington: Dismissing the long-held belief that Neanderthals had a shorter life expectancy than early modern humans, a new study has claimed that longevity in both of our ancestors was almost the same. Scientists investigating Neanderthals have been in the opinion that the prehistoric humans had an inherently shorter life span and they were outnumbered by early modern humans, causing their demise. —PTI

Lebanon government collapses Beirut: Lebanon’s unity government collapsed on Wednesday after the powerful Hezbollah and its allies resigned from the cabinet over a UN probe into the assassination of former premier Rafiq Hariri. Energy minister Gebran Bassil told a press conference that 10 ministers from the 30-member cabinet had tendered their resignations because of a long-running dispute with Prime Minister Saad Hariri — son of the slain leader — over the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. The announcement by Bassil, a member of the Christian Free Patriotic Movement close to Hezbollah, came just as Hariri was meeting in Washington with US President Barack Obama on the crisis. The Hezbollah and its allies have for months been pressing Hariri to disavow the STL on the grounds that it is part of a US-Israeli plot. Hezbollah’s camp, which is backed by Iran and Syria, on Tuesday gave the Hariri until on Wednesday to convene a cabinet meeting on the tribunal.—PTI

Berlin: Julian Assange’s lawyer in Britain has accused Swedish authorities of secretly planning to extradite the WikiLeaks founder to the United States, in an interview with a German newspaper to appear on Thursday. Attorney Mark Stephens told the weekly Die Zeit that he believed Swedish officials were cooperating with US authorities with an eye to extraditing Assange as soon as the Americans have built a criminal case against him. “We are hearing that the Swedish are prepared to drop the rape charges against Julian as soon as the Americans demand his extradition,” he said, citing sources in Washington and Stockholm. Stephens called the Swedish charges against his client a “holding case” to buy time until the United States can prosecute him themselves over WikiLeaks’ mass release of classified US documents. He said Assange did not believe he would receive a fair trial in Sweden which was why he was fighting his extradition from Britain. The Australian has been living at a supporter’s country estate in England since being released on bail on December 16 after his arrest by British police on a Swedish warrant. Stephens said that he believed the “last station” of an extradition to Sweden would be “a high-security prison in the United States”. Assange’s lawyers released documents on Tuesday saying that if the Australian is extradited to Sweden there is a “real risk” he will face extradition or illegal rendition to the United States where he could be detained at Guantanamo Bay or elsewhere and subject to the death penalty. —AFP

Acid rain makes life hard in 258 Chinese cities Beijing: China, the world’s largest consumer of coal, is paying a heavy price for its rapid development, with 258 of its cities experiencing acid rains due to excessive emission of sulphur dioxide, causing health hazards and damage to buildings and scenic spots, according to official statistics. The study of the changing weather pattern in Xiamen in the southeastern part of Fujian province, regarded as one of the best places to live or visit in China, shows that the city is witnessing continuous acid rains, staining its centuries-old colonial buildings and the world’s biggest Buddhist statue. “Official statistics show every drop of rain in Xiamen in the first half of 2010 was acidic, recording pH levels of less than 5.6 (neutral is 7),” Zhuang Mazhan, chief engineer at Xiamen’s Environmental Monitoring Central Station said.

“The acid rain is leaving buildings with yellowish signs of corrosion ... and is slowly turning the leafy island yellow. It’s making the city much less attractive,” he told state-run China Daily. The rain is also ruining the giant Buddha statue, the largest in the world. “Leshan Giant Buddha, which has stood in southwest China for more than 1,000 years, has also been badly affected. Its nose is turning black, hair curls have fallen from its head and its reddish body is becoming a charred grey colour,” the daily said. The 71-metre high and 28-metre wide statue, which was carved out of a cliff during Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907), had survived floods and earthquakes, but it was now at a greater risk from the man-made threat, it said. Xiamen is not alone and according to the latest annual quality report pub-

lished by the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection, 258 cities and counties recorded acid rainfall in 2009. For 112 of them, at least one in every two precipitations was acidic. In fact, the areas suffering from acid rain are actually expanding, with some already reporting increased acidity, the daily quoted an internal study commissioned by the ministry with Tsinghua University as saying. Monitoring stations in the Pan-Bohai Bay area in northeast China have recorded the highest frequency and acidity of acid rains in 15 years, the study said. Acid rain is a by-product of burning coal and fossil fuels. Combustion releases sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides into the air, which bond with water and oxygen molecules and then fall as sulfuric and nitric acid. —PTI

Painkillers raise stroke death risk

Koreas restore Red Cross hotline Seoul: North Korea reopened its Red Cross hotline with South Korea at their joint truce village on Wednesday as promised, an official said, as the communist state continues to appeal for talks with Seoul in an apparent bid to draw muchneeded assistance. —PTI

the Chinese leader’s last attempt to repair ties with Washington and set the course for the future. But it is unclear whether his successor will follow the path set for him. For Obama, the waters are equally choppy as he prepares for his re-election bid. Douglas Paal, an expert with the Carnegie Endowment for International peace, says “getting China right” in his first term will be very important for Obama – he can’t seem weak on China because the Republicans will attack him for it and nor can he appear too aggressive and feed into Chinese fears of “containment.”

SITTING PRETTY

Arizona shooting may affect Nasa programme Houston: The attack US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was critically injured in a shooting incident in Arizona, may complicate Nasa’s plans for the final flight of its 30-year-old space shuttle programme which is to be led by her astronaut husband, Mark Kelly. Giffords, who is still critical, but now breathing on her own, was injured after being shot through the head on Saturday by deranged gunman Jared Loughner. Kelly is scheduled to be the flight commander aboard the shuttle Endeavour when it makes the last, currently scheduled shuttle flight in April. Nasa has said it may

suggestions. Over the past year, the PLA has taken a posture that has disturbed countries from Japan to South Korea, from the US to India. The PLA has vastly increased the number of “China’s core interests,” in what is being seen as triumphalism. The Chinese president has seemed helpless in containing the PLA and its loud assertions, which come at a time when China is getting ready to change leaders. Hu is slated to step down and China’s vice president, Xi Jinping, is expected to take over. Hu’s summit meeting with Obama is being seen as

‘Sweden plans to extradite Assanage’

 Rebecca Kadi Loburang Dinduch, believed to be the oldest south Sudanese, leaves a polling station after casting her vote in Juba on Wednesday —Reuters

London: Commonly used painkillers such as ibuprofen and diclofenac may increase the risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke by fourfold, a new study has claimed. In one of the most comprehensive studies on the cardiovascular effects of painkillers, scientists from Bern University in Switzerland analysed data from 31 trials involving more than 116,000 patients taking such drugs and found that heart patients using a highdose painkiller daily for a year could triple their risk of a stroke. Although the overall numbers of people suffering heart attacks or strokes while on the drugs is small, the team found that there

are important risks associated with taking them, the Telegraph reported. The drugs examined were naproxen, ibuprofen, diclofenac, celecoxib, etoricoxib and two others called rofecoxib or Vioxx, and lumiracoxib. It was found that compared with placebo, rofecoxib and lumiracoxib were associated with twice the risk of heart attack, while ibuprofen was associated with more than three times the risk of stroke. Etoricoxib and diclofenac were associated a fourfold risk of death from a heart attack or stroke. Naproxen appeared least harmful in terms of cardiovascular safety of the seven, the

researchers said. The drugs, called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) and a subgroup of newer ones called COX-2 inhibitors, are known to affect the heart and one of them, Vioxx, was removed from sale in 2004 because of the increased risk of heart attacks. According to the researchers, a total of 11 million prescriptions were written for the seven drugs included in the trial in England in 2009, costing around 76.7 million pounds. The study, published online by the British Medical Journal, only looked at people taking the drugs continuously and not those taking the odd painkiller for a

headache or other minor ailment. Study co-author Professor Peter Jüni, of the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Bern, said: “The use of other non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs not covered by our analysis should be reconsidered, as well as the over the counter availability of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as diclofenac or ibuprofen. “In conclusion, the options for the treatment of chronic musculoskeletal pain are limited and patients and clinicians need to be aware that cardiovascular risk needs to be taken into account when prescribing.” —PTI

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Briefly IDFC plans to mop up `2,929 crore Mumbai: Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC) plans to raise up to `2,928.60 crore though public issue by selling bonds to retail investors. In its second tranche, the company will issue secured, redeemable, long-term infrastructure bonds. – PTI

Sensex up 338 pts on global cues Mumbai: Shrugging off low industrial production numbers, stock markets, on Wednesday, made a smart comeback after falling for six straight sessions, as the Sensex jumped 338 points on value buying, amid strong cues from global peers. The NSE’s Nifty gained 109.15 points or 1.90 per cent to settle at 5,863.25. – PTI

HSCL revamp nod likely by March Kolkata: Hindustan Steelworks Construction (HSCL), a CPSU engaged in fabrication and infrastructure construction business, is hoping that the government will clear its restructuring plan by March. – BP

Barclays Capital unveils new index Kolkata: Barclays Capital has launched a new emerging markets tradable local currency bond index. The index is the latest addition to the Barclays’ index platform. – BP

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Industrial growth plunges to 18-month low New Delhi: Industrial growth plunged to an 18month low of 2.7 per cent in November compared with more than 11 per cent reported in October. This is likely to prompt the government to continue with stimulus in the Budget. The sharp deceleration in November figures was because of a 2.3 per cent growth in manufacturing, a major contributor to the index of industrial production (IIP) that measures expansion in factory output. The high base effect of 11.3 per cent in November could also be a cause for the decline, but finance minister Pranab Mukherjee refused to take cover behind this statistical technicality. The Reserve Bank is likely to hike policy rates as inflation has assumed bigger concern, analysts said,

even though industrialists cautioned the central bank against such a step. Industrialists met Mukherjee for pre-Budget interactions on Tuesday and pitched for retaining stimulus. They later exuded confidence that Mukherjee might agree to their demands. Yes Bank chief economist Shubhada Rao said, “I think stimulus will continue.” Mining output registered a growth of six per cent in November, against 10.7 per cent recorded in the year-ago period. However, electricity generation rose by 4.6 per cent from 1.8 per cent. Within manufacturing, production of consumer non-durable goods contracted by six per cent in November while consumer durables rose by just 4.3

New Delhi: State Bank of India chairman O P Bhatt expects the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to raise its key policy interest rates by at least 25 basis points in the forthcoming quarterly review to tame inflation. “Conventional wisdom says that there should be at least 25 basis points hike in interest rate,” Bhatt said on the sidelines of an event here on Wednesday. The Reserve Bank is scheduled to unveil its third quarterly review of monetary policy on January 25. Food inflation for the week to December 25 stood

at 18.32 per cent, while core inflation during November was 7.48 per cent putting pressure on RBI to raise policy rates. “Analysts feel that inflation should come down to 7 per cent by March,” he said, adding that some of the price rise is structural. In terms of absorbing the increase, Bhatt said, “Market sentiments are such that 25-50 basis points can be absorbed.” Meanwhile, bankers requested RBI to slash the cash reserve ratio (CRR) and statutory liquidity ratio (SLR) in its upcoming third

quarter review of monetary policy 2010-11 on January 25, besides keeping the key policy rates unchanged. After the customary pre-policy meet with the central bank on Tuesday, Indian Banks Association chief executive R Ramakrishnan had said bankers demanded reduction in CRR and SLR. They said it will help in tiding over the tight liquidity situation and poor deposit growth, as the credit offtake is growing above the industry’s and RBI’s own estimates. “We requested RBI to

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Mumbai: ICICI Bank and Vodafone have entered into a joint initiative to drive financial inclusion in the country. Under it, both entities will offer a bouquet of financial products such as savings accounts, pre-paid instruments and credit products through a mobile phone-based platform. – BP

Wockhardt to merge arm New Delhi: Drug firm Wockhardt on Wednesday said the board of directors has approved the proposed merger of the nutrition business of Vinton Healthcare, its wholly-owned subsidiary, with itself. – PTI

AIG to sell Taiwan biz for $2.2bn New York: American International Group will sell its Taiwanese life insurance operations for $2.16 billion. Nan Shan Life Insurance Company would be sold to Ruen Chen Investment Holding Co in an all-cash deal worth $2.16 billion. – PTI

PNB ventures into factoring business New Delhi: Public sector lender Punjab National Bank (PNB) has entered into factoring business with the launch of its subsidiary, India Factoring and Finance Solutions. – PTI

Bharti AXA aims at 60pc growth Mumbai: Bharti AXA General Insurance is looking at 60 per cent growth this year by providing solutions and focussing on motor and health verticals. – BP

slash both the CRR as well as the SLR (amount of prudential reserves that banks keep in the form of government securities, bonds, etc), even though we admit that inflation is a big concern. We see inflation at 7 per cent by the fiscal-end. However, this is 50 basis points above the apex bank’s estimates for this financial year,” Ramakrishnan said. SBI, Airtel join hands: SBI and Bharti Airtel on Wednesday entered into a joint venture agreement to make available banking services to the country’s unbanked millions. – PTI

Refractory industry suffers low margin

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Kolkata: Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has appointed Madan Menon as country executive for Singapore. He will relocate from India to lead the RBS franchise in Singapore, one of six global trading hubs for RBS. – BP

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Corrective steps needed, says FM Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee has said deceleration in industrial growth to 2.7 per cent in November and high inflation could have an adverse impact on the economy and promised to take corrective steps to push up factory output. “If the IIP goes down and inflation goes up, it will have an adverse impact, but I am not coming to any premature conclusion,” Mukherjee said on Wednesday. “We shall have to look into and take corrective measures so that IIP numbers revive in the remaining four months,” Mukherjee said. “In November last year, it (IIP) was very high, so the base effect is also there, but that is no consolation,” he said. – PTI

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Kolkata: CA Technologies on Wednesday moved one step closer to accomplishing its mission of enabling the cloud connected enterprise. The company will now make three products in the CA automation suite, launched in October. – BP

per cent against a whopping 36.3 per cent in November 2009. Capital goods expanded by 12.6 per cent compared with 11 per cent a year ago. Nine out of 17 industry groups registered a negative growth in November. Montek unfazed: The Plan panel exuded confidence that the country would end the current financial year with the targeted GDP growth of more than 8.5 per cent. “I am not concerned about low November number. There is month-on-month volatility. We are on track as far as the GDP growth is concerned,” Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said on Wednesday. – PTI

 A model poses with a Ferrari 458 Italia at the North American International Auto Show, in Detroit, on Tuesday. – AP/PTI

Life insurance firms’ IPO norms by February: Irda New Delhi: The Insurance Regulatory Authority of India (Irda) on Wednesday said the guidelines for the public float of life insurance companies would be ready by early February. “Our regulations for initial public offers (IPO) of life insurance companies must be ready in two to three weeks,” Irda chairman J Hari Narayan said on the sidelines of an IBAI summit. In October, Sebi approved life insurance companies to issue IPOs. As per the draft guideline compiled by Irda, insurance companies operating for the last 10 years will be eligible for IPOs.

Under Sebi guidelines, a company that has been making profits for three consecutive years is eligible to float a public issue. Non-life insurance companies will have to wait a few months more to hit the capital market as Irda is in the process of making a formal proposal to Sebi. “For non-life IPO, we are yet to make a formal proposal to Sebi. The proposal is ready...the calculation of economic capital (of nonlife insurance companies) is taking a little time... then we will go forward,” Narayan said. Several private sector insurers, including Reliance

Life and HDFC Standard Life, have already shown interest in tapping the capital market to augment their resource bases. Meanwhile, Irda is in the early stages of drafting a regulation for covering nuclear accidents. The move assumes significance as India is expected to be a major player in this sector soon. The insurance regulator is likely to bring about portability in health insurance policies next month. This will give policyholders an option to switch over to another company because of poor services by existing insurers. – PTI

Kolkata: Leading refractory makers like Tata Refractories, IFGL Refractories and Vesuvius India are crying hoarse about low margin on the back of a 25 per cent hike in prices of raw materials. The industry has several complaints. For one, they claim, there are low returns on investments. They feel the lack of substantial investment in research and development (R&D), training, infrastructure. “R&D accounts for only 0.3 per cent of the total turnover of large companies, none for medium and small companies whereas, in advanced countries, the standard is three to five per cent. There is no scope for price negotiation though the steel sector, the largest consumer of refractories, is seeing a price rise,” said Kamal Sarda, IRMA chairman and chief operating officer, IFGL. The restriction by the Chinese government on raw materials is also adding to problems. The refractory industry has to import raw materials like bauxite, graphite and brown-fused alumina at high prices from China, the largest producer of these inputs. “There has been a 20-25 per cent in input cost over the last two years,” Tanmay Ganguly, MD, Vesuvius India, said. He added that companies have passed on the input hike costs only to a limited extent onto users. The industry wants protection against high imports from China, as otherwise Indian users will be at the mercy of importers.

SME exchanges: Bhave Mumbai: Securities & Exchange Board of India (Sebi) on Wednesday said that it was looking into the idea of setting up SME exchanges even though no bourses had formally approached it. “We are very keen on that (SME exchanges)...We have initiated the process… Finally, it is in the hands of the exchanges to decide whether they want to create a separate platform for SMEs,” Sebi chairman C B Bhave said. On January 5, BSE CEO Madhu Kannan said that the country’s premier bourse would announce the launch of its SME exchange within a fortnight. “We have made a number of presentations to the regulator and a few more are awaited. Within the next couple of weeks, we will be able to have a clearer picture on this. Then we will be able to announce the rollout date,” Kannan had said. The BSE, along with the NSE and privatelypromoted MCX-SX, is keen on setting up SME exchanges since Sebi floated the idea in June last year. However, none of these exchanges has applied formally for a licence with Sebi. The government and capital markets

 Sebi chairman C B Bhave, in Mumbai, on Wednesday. – PTI watchdog mooted the idea of a separate exchange for SMEs last year, as the existing exchanges are too costly for them. Proposed SME bourses will allow small companies to get listed at a lower cost and raise smaller amount of money from the primary markets. This will also force them to adopt better corporate governance and, in turn, the firms will get cheaper funds from capital market and banks. – PTI

Oz floods to hike coking coal prices Yogesh Mehendale Mumbai: Floods in Australia, the worst in 50 years, may disturb mining and global supply of the coking coal and Indian steel producers may see sharp surge in April-June contract prices of coking coal, which is a prime raw material for steel companies. Ravindra Deshpande, a research analyst at Elara Securities said: “Floods in Australia have increased the probability of miners walking out of contracts forcing steel mills to buy coking coal on a spot basis at escalated prices.” Contracts for coking coal prices in the next quarter are likely to firm up at around $275-$300 per tonne from the current January-March contract prices of $225 per tonne as the worst floods in Queensland, Australia, have affected mining and shipping operations, he added. The current situation in Australia has already led to an increase of coking coal prices to $250-$260 per tonne in spot markets. Indian companies are largely dependent on imports to meet their coking coal needs. About 70 per cent of India’s coking coal needs are met by imports. In January, Indian steel companies have already hiked prices of their various products in the range of three per cent to five per cent, because of rising prices of raw materials, coking coal and iron ore. Hence, accord-

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ing to an analyst, with limited scope for price improvements and consistent raw material pressures, steel companies are likely to suffer in terms of profitability. However, to tide over the crisis due to floods in Australia, Indian steel companies are looking for diversification in imports. Sheshagiri Rao, CFO, JSW Group, told The Bengal Post, “We have stock of coking coal to cater our operations for about two months and we will not solely depend on Australia for importing coking coal. We are tapping multiple sources like South Africa, USA Canada and even Mongolia,” he said. Thanks to this arrangement of diversified sourcing, we believe that we will not be hit by floods in Australia, Rao added. According to an analyst, if the flood situation worsens then it would cause further spurt in coking coal prices as flood-hit Queensland accounts for 57 per cent and 10 per cent of the global supply of coking coal and iron ore, respectively.

Kolkata: California-based Online Trading Academy, a financial education centre, is planning to start courses on trading in Kolkata and other metros soon. It recently opened its first centre in Mumbai. “We are planning to start online trading courses in the metros in the areas of trading techniques for stocks, exchange traded funds (ETFs), options, equity futures, commodities and forex,” Rajesh Vora, vicepresident, Online Trading Academy, told The Bengal Post. “We have 34 financial education centres in places like the US, Canada, the UK, the UAE, and Singapore. We have partnered with Nasdaq, the CME Group, and the NYSE Liff,” Vora added. Students get a chance to trade live during market hours with real money, through Sharekhan’s online platform — TradeTiger. In other countries, it has partnerships with online broking firms such as TradeStation, FXSolutions and Questrade. Professional traders will offer coaching on how to trade more consistently and profitably on the NSE and BSE for short-term trading, swing trading (stocks that can be held up to two weeks), and position trading (two weeks to two months).

India Inc offers `1.8-lakh cr booty to Vibrant Gujarat Gandhinagar: In a boost to the Narendra Modi government in Gujarat, top corporate houses, including Anil Ambani-led Reliance and Adani Group, on Wednesday committed to invest more than `1,80,000 crore in various sectors in the state. As top business leaders descended at the Mahatma Mandir in the state capital for the twoday biennial event, Adani Group led the pack by announcing investments of more than `80,000 crore in port, power generation and infrastructure. “While two new ports, one each in Hazira and Dholera are being developed, we are also expanding the existing ones in Mundra and Dahej. With this, we have a goal to create 200 million tonnes per annum port handling capacity by 2015,” Adani group chairman Gautam Adani said. Anil Ambani-led Reliance group said it would invest `50,000 crore in the state in the next fiveseven years on various projects in power and cement. “We are committing to invest `50,000 crore in gas-based and coal-based power projects in the

next five-seven years,” Ambani said. The cement sector in Kutch, Porbandar and Junagadh will receive huge investments. Diversified conglomerate Essar Group would invest `30,000 crore for projects in various sectors, including power and refinery. “Essar has committed to invest `30,000 crore in power, refinery, ports and water infrastructure,” Essar group chief executive Prashant Ruia said. Larsen & Toubro also committed an investment of `15,000 crore in infrastructure projects. Farm equipment-to-software group Mahindra & Mahindra has inked six MoUs with the state gov-  Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi (L) with industrialist Mukesh Ambani, in Gandhinagar, on Wednesday. – PTI ernment to invest `3000 crore to step up its presence in the hospitality and real estate sectors in the state. Company (HCC) said it would invest around `1,200 Infrastructure major Hindustan Construction crore to set up a renewable energy project in the

state in the next two to five years. Auto major General Motors India would be putting in fresh investment of $100 million (about `450 crore) to increase production capacity at its Halol plant, as the company gears up to launch more vehicles in India. Industry stalwarts Ratan Tata and Mukesh Ambani, who also addressed the gathering, did not announce any investment but reiterated commitment to partner the state government in the path of growth and development. Heaping praises on Modi’s leadership for not only driving industrial growth but also boosting rural development, Tata said his group would partner the state in providing transportation into the hinterlands. “The leadership of Narendra Modi has proved that Gujarat is not only seeing industrial growth but is also witnessing rural development,” Tata said. Mukesh Ambani said RIL would help the state to develop Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University into a world class institute. – PTI

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Global Economic Data Watch Listings are in this order: Company, Open, High, Low, Close, % Change. The last column gives dividend on Tuesday, Yield on Wednesday, P-E ratio on Thursday, Face Value on Friday and EPS on Saturday. BSE prices in regular style, while NSE prices are italicised. Company

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BSE GROUP A/NSE ABB 748.1 Abbott(I) ACC 1028.35 Adani Enter 619.55 Aditya Birla Nuvo 763.15 Alfa Laval India 1215 Allahabad Bank 206.95 Alok Ind 26.3 Alstom Projects 667.95 Ambuja Cements 128.6 Andhra Bank 136.35 Apollo Hospitals 471.45 Apollo Tyres 62.35 Arvind Ltd 65.9 Asahi India Glass 95.55 Ashok Leyland 61.7 Asian Paints 2726.3 Aurobindo Pharma 1331 Aventis Pharma 1880.65 Axis Bank 1313.35 Bajaj Auto 774.65 Balaji Telefilms 38.1 Ballarpur Ind 36.8 Bank of Baroda 855.2 Bank of India 443.95 BASF India 602.95 BEML 967.35 Bharat Electronics 1674.6 Bharat Forge 362.15 Bharti Airtel 349.1 BHEL 2238.05 Birla Corp 350.2 Bombay Dyeing 459.6 BPCL 618.9 Britannia Ind 373.85 Cadila Healthcare 760.5 Cairn India 341.55 Canara Bank 589.4 Castrol India 434.9 Central Bank of India 168.5 Century Enka 174.3 Century Textiles 398.4 CESC 367.35 Chambal Fertilisers 78.85 Chennai Petroleum 228.05 Cipla 346.8 CMC 2549.95 Colgate Palmolive 844.65 Container Corp 1224.9 Corp Bank 553.85 Crompton Greaves 291.45 Cummins India 743.5 Dabur India 101.9 Dena Bank 105.8 DLF Ltd 263.55 Dr Reddy Lab 1669.4 Dredging Corp 416.1 Edelweiss Cap 43.45 EIH 106 Engineers India 321.65 Escorts 162.45 Essel Propack 53.2 Exide Ind 153.15 FACT 48.35 FDC 102.2 Federal Bank 383.45 Finolex Cables 50.45 Finolex Ind 94 G E Shipping 325.3 GAIL (India) 508.9 Geometric Soft 75.2 Gillette India 1749.8 GMDC 130.5 GMR Infra 41 Godrej Consumer 397.05 Grasim Ind 2412.65 GSK Con 2161.3 GSK Pharma 2391.7 GTL 417.35 Gujarat Gas 377.35 Gujarat Ind Pow 96.3 Gujarat Narmada 115 HCL InfoSys 109.5 HCL Tech 476.65 HDFC 680.65 HDFC Bank 2205.3 Hero Honda Motors 1874 Hexaware Tech 122 Hindalco Ind 237.5 Hindustan Unilever 304.9 Hindustan Zinc 1417.55 HMT 64.5 HPCL 382.05 ICICI Bank 1069.45 IDBI 152.1 IDFC 164.5 Oracle Fin 2236.9 India Cement 104.6 Indian Hotels Co 101.65 Indo Rama Synth 64.35 Indusind Bank 242.8 Infosys Tech 3377.3 ING Vysya Bank 329 Ingersoll-Rand 458.35 IOB 135.5 IOC 319.55 IPCA Lab 334.15 Ispat Ind 23.3 ITC 173.75 J&K Bank 727.75 Jaiprakash Asso 96.45 JB Chem 138.35 Jet Airways 713.05 Jindal Saw 217.5 Jindal Stainless 102.6 Jindal Steel & Pow 693.25 Kotak Mah Bank 423.75 Lanco Infra 56.45 Larsen & Toubro 1760.15 LIC Housing Fin 169.95 Lupin 462.25 M&M 751.25 Maharashtra Seamless362.45 Maruti 1317.65 Mastek 175.1 Merck 699.45 Mirc Electronics 23.25 Moser Baer India 59.9 Mphasis 679.65 MRPL 69.6 MTNL 52.9 National Alu 380.25 National Fertiliser 103.05 Nayveli Lignite 125.8 Nestle India NIIT 57 Nirma 230.9 Novartis India NTPC 191.5 OBC 364.9 Omaxe Ltd 146.25 ONGC 1186.65 Orchid Chem 292.35 P&G 1714.75 Parsvanath Dev 55.2 Pfizer 1178.55 Pidilite Ind 144.9 PNB 1191.9 Polaris Soft Lab 169.95 Ramco Sys 113.95 Ranbaxy Lab 565.3 Rashtriya Chem 87.75 Raymond 341.05 Reliance Cap 629.55 Reliance Infra 821.9 Reliance Ind 1030.8 Reliance Power 149.8 Rolta India 143.7 SAIL 177

747.3 0.79 1271.4 -0.68 1029.25 0.03 620.9 2.61 763.8 1.21 1209.2 1.01 207.25 0.66 26.3 5.84 666.05 3.02 128.7 1.62 136.6 1.30 473.15 0.83 62.35 0.73 66 2.48 95.55 1.49 61.6 3.62 2726.6 1.29 1331.15 2.96 1872 1.04 1312.95 1.18 775.55 1.58 38.15 4.81 36.85 0.96 855.35 0.08 445.85 0.45 603.55 0.28 967.8 0.89 1681 -0.45 361.25 3.50 348.5 2.74 2240.95 0.37 348.7 1.43 460.35 4.48 617.9 1.22 373.75 -0.77 762.7 -0.43 341.55 3.67 589.15 0.71 434.75 1.49 168.65 3.63 174.25 -2.13 397.85 3.58 366.25 1.12 78.8 3.21 228.8 1.10 345.65 -0.86 2548 2.77 840 1.02 1229.65 1.36 554.7 -0.25 291.8 -0.49 743 -0.05 101.75 -1.07 105.6 3.07 263.5 1668.15 -0.41 417.6 1.02 43.3 4.21 105.95 -0.19 321.65 -0.36 162.3 4.71 53.8 -0.46 153.15 1.29 48.25 0.52 102.2 1.69 380.45 0.77 50.25 -1.08 93.85 2.40 325.3 1.62 507.25 1.38 75.15 3.80 1754.55 -2.54 130.4 2.19 41.05 2.37 396.15 0.83 2420.3 4.83 2165 1.33 2396.5 0.65 417.2 0.36 379.1 -0.50 96.2 -0.98 114.9 1.50 109.45 1.39 478.1 0.75 681.35 3.13 2206.05 2.77 1872.7 1.92 121.95 3.04 237.35 2.97 305 -1.29 1413.55 2.45 64.25 1.82 382.4 0.45 1068.9 4.47 152.05 2.88 164.65 1.70 2232.35 3.44 104.6 1.50 101.75 2.57 64.15 2.39 242.8 4.01 3374.95 1.37 328.95 0.43 456.5 -1.99 135.3 2.58 319.4 -2.92 330.65 4.69 23.3 4.25 173.35 2.03 730.1 0.00 96.75 2.00 138.35 3.87 713 -1.52 209.65 0.00 102.6 1.63 691.7 2.13 424.05 1.51 56.5 2.36 1759.9 -1.43 170.05 0.27 463 1.71 751.05 2.11 362.1 -1.87 1318.5 -0.39 174.75 1.87 702.35 0.36 23.3 -0.21 59.95 4.99 677.5 1.10 69.55 1.16 52.9 1.54 378.45 1.31 103 1.78 126.1 0.80 3807.8 0.50 56.8 1.79 230.65 -0.11 646.3 0.58 190.85 0.32 364.55 0.50 146.4 1.24 1186.95 -0.12 292.55 10.17 1717.65 -1.69 55.2 0.55 1178.25 4.90 144.35 2.38 1188.05 0.99 169.95 2.01 113 0.22 565.65 0.51 87.85 2.63 341.25 3.71 627.7 3.36 820.2 2.14 1014.3 0.00 150.15 1.21 143.65 3.20 176.9 0.77

974/669 95.7 1699/730 23.2 1133/700 17.5 785/429 25.7 973/704 1534/1127 18.6 270/126 7.0 35/17 7.6 874/505 28.9 166/95 15.5 190/94 5.7 599/313 35.8 88/49 5.4 74/30 17.1 123/57 116.0 81/45 13.0 3027/1715 31.6 1375/786 13.3 2059/1530 28.1 1608/967 18.2 952/545 4.9 70/36 146.9 43/23 11.7 1050/510 8.6 588/308 11.7 725/341 20.6 1275/942 17.2 2252/1602 22.7 412/232 34.2 376/254 17.0 2695/2060 24.3 448/314 0.5 692/431 814/488 14.8 534/300 77.5 809/413 25.4 368/248 844/345 6.7 556/278 24.9 249/138 5.8 330/159 5.4 595/379 12.7 452/330 10.3 104/52 11.4 299/215 16.7 380/300 25.8 2736/1047 21.8 996/651 25.0 1500/1072 20.5 814/405 6.1 349/219 21.5 810/425 25.6 112/73 34.5 151/71 5.2 1855/1051 77.0 785/405 14.2 68/39 13.4 180/101 253.2 538/258 29.7 245/115 9.8 65/38 11.7 179/101 19.8 73/40 117/65 14.7 501/240 12.9 71/45 16.0 128/51 11.0 393/254 8.3 535/382 17.7 87/55 8.6 2038/1251 41.8 187/109 12.6 70/39 81.6 479/225 29.4 2667/1740 9.9 2460/1255 32.1 2430/1490 35.6 488/340 20.3 454/224 22.2 129/96 12.0 146/100 28.1 167/83 10.1 492/318 27.0 780/460 30.8 2518/1550 28.8 2094/1497 17.2 130/64 16.4 251/129 21.1 329/218 30.2 1415/900 13.8 106/58 555/293 13.0 1277/773 23.0 202/105 8.9 218/141 18.7 2524/1995 21.6 143/95 44.3 118/85 58.6 81/32 0.7 309/135 22.0 3493/2333 29.5 443/235 14.5 531/320 22.3 176/84 11.3 458/274 9.8 350/214 17.3 26/15 184/114 28.8 938/540 6.2 167/93 20.6 148/53 9.2 926/395 234/165 10.0 135/97 4.5 786/572 17.6 529/350 20.3 74/40 26.3 2212/1371 31.3 299/141 9.9 519/262 25.5 826/475 21.0 455/326 7.9 1599/1171 15.9 423/161 16.6 1006/576 15.1 30/15 15.7 94/50 752/545 12.9 91/64 12.3 92/49 482/334 23.4 149/68 3.2 180/115 15.7 4199/2470 50.3 79/50 31.5 264/152 22.2 735/511 16.7 235/175 18.8 545/224 6.7 155/85 19.0 1472/997 16.0 344/128 4.5 2372/1555 35.5 74/45 15.4 1310/856 23.1 159/92 26.0 1395/842 8.8 215/132 9.1 154/90 123.3 624/364 12.8 132/70 21.2 458/195 31.8 929/595 49.5 1225/751 11.9 1187/840 17.9 191/130 54.2 210/137 8.2 258/167 12.0

Company

NSE cls BSE clsChg% 52-wk H/L P-E

Satyam Computer 68.55 SBI 2669.7 Shipping Corp 125.3 Siemens India 771.55 SKF India 523.8 Sterling Biotech 100.95 Sterlite Ind (India) 183.05 Sun Pharma Ind 485.25 Sun TV 504.35 Suzlon Energy 53.65 Syndicate Bank 105.6 Tamil Nadu Petro 136.8 Tata Chem 382.5 Tata Elxsi 290.95 Tata Motors 1218 Tata Power Co 1360.15 Tata Steel 648.9 TCS 1135.95 Thermax 783.65 Titan Ind 3581 Torrent Pharma 587 TVS Motor Co 64.05 Union Bank 330.35 United Phos 159.85 Vijaya Bank 94.4 Tata Com 260.3 Welspun Gujarat Stahl 163.4 Wipro 467.7 Wockhardt 350.75 Wyeth 820.1 Zee Ent 131.15

68.5 0.88 2664.75 2.03 125.45 1.09 772.25 1.55 525.75 -0.47 100.85 0.30 183.05 6.49 486.2 1.72 504.8 2.16 53.65 12.95 105.7 3.12 136.85 1.75 382.55 0.57 291.55 4.78 1216.4 4.83 1356.6 -0.86 649.3 0.26 1135.5 3.28 786.9 -0.68 3568.3 7.96 588.05 -0.99 64.05 3.14 332.1 3.98 159.8 0.98 94.4 2.89 260.35 1.36 163.65 1.36 467.5 -0.18 351.1 4.76 820 0.81 130.95 0.08

120/58 148.6 3515/1863 14.3 202/123 7.8 856/589 33.8 630/318 17.0 125/90 11.0 231/148 14.0 511/280 27.5 556/352 29.7 95/43 164/79 5.9 163/77 5.4 446/274 13.4 347/226 19.5 1381/645 7.0 1518/1193 15.7 737/448 7.9 1186/692 28.0 926/560 48.1 4244/1449 43.7 620/379 17.2 87/29 21.1 426/237 7.9 219/143 13.3 115/45 7.4 377/230 295/145 4.6 499/321 22.5 425/115 900/691 18.6 161/121 21.3

BSE OTHERS/NSE 20 Microns 3i Infotech 3M India

43.85 57.05 3650.6

43.75 -1.69 63/34 11.6 56.95 3.17 97/51 3.6 3605 -0.37 4250/1775 38.9

A A P Paper 156.2 Advanta(I) 370.95 Aarey Drugs Aarti Drugs 140 Aarti Ind 58.3 Aban Offshore 738.25 ABC(I) ABG Heavy ABG Ship 384.4 ABM Knowledge Accel Trans Accentia Technologies Acrow(I) Acrysil(I) Action Fin AD Manum ADF Foods Ador Multi Ador Weld 194.2 Advanced Mic Advanced Syn Advani Hot 36.2 Aegis Log 299.9 Aeonian Inv Agrotech Food 389.85 Ahlcon Paren Ahmedabad Ste Ahmedngr For 144.25 AIA Eng 408.35 AK Cap Ser Akar Tools Albert David Albright & W Alchemist Alembic 68.45 Alfa Trans Alfred Herb Alkyl Amine 88 Allianz Cap Allianz Sec Alphageo Alsthom(I) 319.05 AmaraRa Bat 185.1 Amarjothi Spin Ambika Cott Amco Vinyl Amrit Corp Amrit Banas Amtek Auto 129.75 Anant Raj Ind 104.5 Andhra Petro Andor Font Andrew Yule Anik Ind Anjani port Ankur Drug Ansal Build Ansal Hous 53.95 Ansal Prop 54.1 Antifrict Brngs Anuh Phar Apar Ind 219.8 Apcotex Lat 162 Aplab Ltd APM Ind Archies 42.8 Arihant Cap Arihant Fou Aro Granite Aroni Ch Artefact Soft Artson Eng Arvee Denim Ashapura Mine 38 Ashiana Hous Asian Hotel 240.3 Asian Oilfield Asian Star Asian Tea Asso Alcohol Asso Stone Astrazeneca 1250.1 Atlanta 88.75 Atlas Copco Atlas Cycle 223.7 Atul 175.15 Atul Auto Austin Eng Autoline Inds 206.35 Autolite Automo Stamp 86.6 Automob Corp Automot Axle 421.75 Avanti Feeds Avon Org AVT Natural Axis Cap

156.3 2.19 370.95 0.19 23.25 2.42 140.15 -0.60 58.35 2.28 737.7 4.36 118.95 0.81 198.2 0.41 384.95 5.55 72.55 4.84 24.3 -0.82 166.4 4.98 147 1.38 129 0.55 37 -6.80 28.95 3.02 62 1.72 24.55 -1.80 195.8 0.95 40 -0.62 62.6 4.33 37.1 -0.80 299.45 1.75 162.9 -1.33 390.1 2.16 81.7 0.93 26.95 3.26 144.5 0.31 404.7 3.29 682.15 0.15 72.7 0.35 149 0.91 185.75 -0.27 244.75 0.06 68.6 0.96 32.25 -3.15 190.95 -3.27 84.4 -1.86 26 -0.76 39.6 -1.12 163.1 0.37 318.15 3.77 186.25 -0.27 54 -3.74 197.05 5.43 27.75 -1.07 203 -5.58 115.15 2.72 131.1 6.33 104.8 3.30 24 0.42 367.5 2.14 32.25 3.04 49.2 0.82 30.6 -0.97 93.9 1.35 57.45 3.33 53.6 0.09 54.15 0.84 128.6 -1.94 162.45 -0.67 218.1 -1.76 160.3 2.17 35.9 5.59 83.05 -0.54 42.6 -0.70 35 -0.71 90 3.45 47.7 -1.34 53.65 4.99 52.7 -2.32 70 2.26 72.95 -1.62 38 -0.65 142.35 -3.29 240.35 -1.31 61.95 6.99 914 -3.59 27.5 -2.65 31.6 15.33 30.1 -0.33 1251.55 0.12 88.85 3.07 1825.1 0.01 223.85 1.34 174.7 1.10 112 0.13 75.35 0.60 205.95 1.03 22.75 -0.22 86.8 3.21 309.25 -2.93 425.05 1.36 35.1 0.14 31.6 -0.32 119.4 0.80 36.55 -2.92

244/73 8.3 679/366 26.9 61/21 12.3 165/86 6.9 87/42 7.4 1538/637 68.1 175/45 40.1 245/135 32.6 498/219 8.1 99/41 35/11 372/143 2.2 212/126 67.2 166/100 6.0 48/16 93.9 36/19 3.8 118/53 10.7 45/14 14.8 241/161 9.4 65/39 11.4 71/25 6.7 64/36 106.2 416/107 24.7 259/151 23.9 404/205 33.8 132/41 7.6 37/16 6.4 209/67 6.9 479/316 21.8 944/244 8.1 100/28 17.3 177/103 7.2 239/117 272/157 16.3 77/43 19.2 47/30 58.7 263/142 39.0 120/63 7.9 47/17 2.0 82/38 9.8 274/158 349/232 44.1 228/139 11.0 80/38 3.4 300/116 4.1 47/26 5.8 300/185 3.9 191/97 7.3 200/110 12.7 160/98 15.6 35/13 39.0 383/158 8.2 99/29 13.2 84/37 12.8 43/29 25.8 251/78 2.5 88/54 3.7 78/51 3.3 97/53 7.4 180/73 6.3 229/111 12.1 284/161 7.4 200/88 8.5 50/28 110/33 3.6 48/16 15.4 85/22 5.2 201/72 33.1 71/42 4.4 103/34 2.3 124/50 1.9 103/44 34.6 93/48 5.7 90/36 12.4 191/93 6.8 700/238 0.2 85/40 66.3 1350/801 37.4 41/23 15.9 44/25 22.0 56/30 6.6 1448/802 63.0 102/33 15.5 2020/751 30.8 306/190 20.9 217/79 6.7 159/42 8.3 115/70 4.1 279/103 7.7 44/21 14.8 150/56 13.0 420/208 10.0 559/330 14.8 43/21 50/29 7.1 147/81 19.4 61/26 6.8

B B L Kashyap Bafna Pharma Bajaj Auto Fin Bajaj Elec Bajaj Hind Bajaj Steel Bal Phar Balaji Amines Balasore Alloys Balkrishna In Balmer Lawr Balrampur Chi Bambino Agro Banco Prod Bang Overseas Bank of Maha Bannari Amm Banswara Syn Bartronics (I) Bata Batliboi Bayer(I)

29.15 644.1 105.35 33.9 124.85 557.8 83.75 79 37.85 62.7 791.25 82.4 383.05

29.15 47.9 643.95 217.45 105.35 197.85 33.8 45.2 26.4 124.95 560.45 83.75 36.2 78.75 37.6 63 796.7 135.75 82.5 383.15 28.2 868.6

2.82 50/28 13.0 1.48 60/26 25.6 1.47 839/283 19.3 1.14 347/164 17.4 2.88 239/97 44.5 1.57 333/158 6.9 -6.89 46/23 1.80 57/25 6.7 0.76 42/19 8.5 -0.04 161/100 5.9 -0.21 769/550 7.4 3.84 145/67 74.1 -2.16 54/33 33.3 -1.44 138/71 7.6 0.27 65/36 9.2 1.94 84/47 6.3 -0.16 1315/791 13.3 2.41 151/89 5.1 -1.84 187/72 3.2 5.73 415/171 17.9 -1.05 48/25 0.72 1173/527 26.0

Company

BDH Ind Benares Hot Bengal Tea Berger Paint Best E Hotel Bhageria Dye Bhagiradha Ch Bhagwati Auto Bhansali Eng Bharat Bijlee Bharat Fert Bharat Gear Bharat Text Bharti Ship Bhartiya Int Bhatinda Ch Bhoruka Al Bhushan Ste Bhuwalka Ste Bilcare Bimetal Brng Binani Inds Biocon Bliss Ch Blue Dart Blue Star BN Rathi BNK Cap BOC(I) Bombay Burm Bombay Oxy Bombay Rayon Borax Morarji Borosil Glass BPL Brady&Morris Brahm Ispat Brigade Entr Bright Bro BSL Ltd

NSE cls BSE clsChg% 52-wk H/L P-E

98.95

38 927.65 59.3 190.4 76.85 441.5

232.3 389.45 1048.8 409.25 328.85 472.75 206.6 30.25 105.8

23.6 475 57.85 98.8 119.1 33.05 40.3 36.2 38 931.8 78.7 59 135 190.25 75.85 31.65 36.2 441.75 43.45 634.8 286.15 232.85 391 34.3 1050.8 412 21.95 41.05 328.85 469.6 7105.05 206.5 52.8 668.85 30.15 100 133.3 105.75 66.75 27.9

0.64 33/12 21.8 0.00 562/305 15.8 2.57 75/41 4.8 2.22 123/53 25.5 5.49 175/78 21.3 1.69 58/22 14.9 0.00 90/38 50.5 1.40 56/24 3.9 0.00 45/16 29.7 -0.49 1316/735 11.6 6.42 108/40 5.2 -1.01 102/42 8.1 2.04 541/126 644.4 1.28 352/180 4.4 -1.81 131/56 12.6 -1.09 58/22 6.3 2.99 54/20 15.0 4.21 545/252 10.4 3.33 77/35 6.2 6.07 787/403 8.3 -0.64 374/225 11.4 2.44 263/82 20.5 1.01 464/253 23.1 -2.83 50/32 6.9 2.77 1323/570 26.9 1.19 553/345 17.7 4.28 31/15 7.3 -1.79 61/34 10.4 0.27 366/165 27.9 1.87 685/297 28.3 -4.67 8257/6608 26.8 2.41 277/179 10.2 -2.40 84/51 11.3 -2.42 947/410 0.33 46/30 -4.67 136/73 65.6 1.72 253/126 9.8 0.91 187/95 21.1 2.22 94/44 8.6 2.01 48/25 6.2

23.6 45.6 48.9 260.45 113.25 69.95 251.5 25.45 144.7 1531 31.8 111.25 196 62 44.75 188.25 62.55 38.5 43.75 57.85 308.7 248.5 58.85 742 47.25 56.75 28.75 49.05 253.65 41.1 87 25.5 34.65 276.35 279.9 52 129.25 68.4 6025

-1.87 43/19 2.70 96/42 2.41 58/21 21.6 0.62 294/84 13.9 3.66 172/78 5.6 2.87 113/39 16.3 -0.22 279/165 16.7 -4.86 48/10 7.8 0.45 289/137 4.93 2231/1149 84.4 1.44 53/24 4.4 -3.60 128/43 69.0 2.14 237/99 9.6 3.25 79/43 6.8 1.13 73/40 3.8 4.38 212/58 16.7 2.54 102/42 8.9 -0.13 53/33 0.46 54/25 9.2 1.31 90/53 11.0 -0.13 357/287 0.08 343/182 8.2 -5.08 84/52 12.2 0.67 839/369 16.5 2.49 95/44 0.9 3.18 75/38 0.2 2.68 41/22 5.0 1.55 91/48 2.8 -1.93 380/157 12.1 -0.24 56/27 9.1 0.00 148/51 5.4 0.00 35/15 8.4 0.43 56/32 7.9 0.67 344/150 14.2 -2.66 373/125 11.5 0.00 68/25 57.1 2.95 187/107 7.2 -2.91 129/60 20.9 0.65 6350/4676 21.8

46.5 35.35 52.5 32.2 81.7 49.05 76.4 151.95 105.3 177.45 195 75.65 82.15 239.35 121 21.5 77.5 118.25 74.15 43 27 179.5 82.95 198.15 30.3 30.3 1350 143.8 27.25 206.35 32 71.35 61.15 1218

0.98 63/38 9.9 -0.98 95/35 1.84 90/24 6.4 2.55 46/29 12.7 4.08 170/36 1.9 0.10 69/43 218.9 1.87 174/68 4.79 270/145 4.00 180/87 9.5 1.34 212/97 8.1 -0.03 219/121 7.7 -3.63 144/64 16.0 2.05 116/78 19.7 1.31 347/178 9.1 0.00 132/40 22.2 1.90 40/20 21.4 1.77 158/53 8.79 212/107 49.6 1.58 103/43 7.8 2.99 125/38 4.8 -1.82 46/19 3.4 1.38 243/120 5.0 -1.25 96/47 6.1 2.88 264/113 6.7 1.00 43/8 16.4 1.00 43/8 16.4 1.20 1740/1256 17.5 1.20 275/126 21.7 4.81 39/22 4.4 0.86 473/191 7.6 1.11 47/23 -1.72 86/49 19.3 -0.41 91/52 6.4 1.92 1409/906 41.4

C Cable Corpn Cambridge Sol Camlin Camphor & All Canfin Home Caprihans(I) Carborundum Un Cenlub Ind Central Prov Centrum Fin Chaman Lal ChAndini Eng Chbond Ch Chfab Alka Choksi Imag Cholamand Inv Chordia Food Chowgule Ste City Union Ba Clutch Auto Coal India Coates Cochin Min Colour Ch Compact Disc Competent Auto Conart Eng Consolidated Sec Continental Coff Control Print Coral Lab Coral(I) Fin Cord Cable Ind Core Projects Coromandel Fer Cosco(I) Cosmo Film Crest Anim CRISIL

45.2 113.2 253.15

61.1 188.7 43.9 308.5 248.15 747.5

253.75

34.15 279.55 129.85 68.65 6043.55

D Dai ichi Karka Dalmia Cem Damodar Thread Datamatics Tec DCM DCM Shri Co DCM Shriram Deccan Cem Deccan Chro Deepak Fert Deepak Nit Delton Cable Denso Dewan Hous DFM Foods Dhampur Invert Dhampur Sug Dhanalaksh Bank Dhanuka Agri Dharani Sug DHP Fin Dhunseri Tea Diamines& Ch Diamond Cable Dintex Dye Dintex Dye Disa India Dishman Phar Divyashakti Gra Dolphin Offsh Donear Ind Dr Agrawal Eye DS Kulkarni Dynamatic Tec

35.4 32.15 81.95 49.05 147.55 105.25 177.8

240 77.4 118.15 42.9

143.6 206.5 60.9 1200

E eClerx Services Ecoplast Ltd Educomp Sol Edserve Soft Eicher Motors EID Parry EIH Asso Eimco Ele Eldeco Hous Elder Health Elecon Eng Electric Cont Electrosteel Ca Electrotherm Elegant Marble Elgi Equip Elnet Tech Elpro Intl EMA(I) Emami Emco Trans Emmsons Intl Empee Sugars Empire Ind Eng Indian Cl Engine Valves Enkei Castall Entertainment Net Envair Electro EPC Ind EPIC Energy Era Cons Era Financial ESAB(I) Essar Oil Essar Ship Esskayjay Isp Ester Ind Eurotex Ind Eveready Ind

637.9 642.45 41.6 514.75 516.5 152.7 152.8 1151.55 1142.55 254.25 253.2 187 280.75 282.4 152.75 67.5 71.8 71.6 307.2 39.5 39.5 254.65 44.5 87.65 87.9 52.2 360 45.6 416.7 416 65.7 65.65 92.75 70.55 712.55 56.35 295 299 92.05 214 214.7 23.45 53 27.8 211.4 211.65 27.8 547.7 552 130.65 124.9 100.25 37.7 74.05 30.15 30.85 50.4 50.5

-1.18 797/273 18.1 -3.59 53/19 6.8 3.51 876/441 21.8 0.36 307/148 7.5 3.51 1449/512 19.1 -1.78 289/160 11.2 2.19 250/109 45.1 2.32 398/216 9.9 -2.68 250/123 3.6 0.45 168/61 35.7 -0.14 103/70 9.0 -0.07 388/197 8.0 0.38 56/35 8.4 0.10 411/243 5.9 3.13 60/38 1.0 3.05 106/38 17.1 2.55 84/47 5.3 -0.28 779/312 -2.98 62/32 -1.91 512/225 31.1 2.74 109/57 4.0 -3.69 152/70 7.2 0.36 83/24 21.9 0.41 910/365 15.2 1.81 112/50 10.4 -1.32 336/166 1.15 134/61 4.7 0.99 275/179 50.2 -2.29 38/12 14.6 -1.85 85/43 37.2 -1.07 56/27 3.3 0.62 243/195 15.5 0.00 46/22 1.27 690/520 13.7 0.00 161/115 0.25 136/64 49.9 -0.92 50/17 60.6 4.96 104/17 7.8 4.05 50/20 5.3 1.20 81/48 2.7

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Compan S w P S U A C S R S PA B

Numbe

P NSE cls BSE clsChg% 52-wk H/L P-E

188.4 188.85 1.59 93.05 93 2.93

284/141 7.7 162/83 72.8

24.55 835.85 840.15 22.3 62 110.15 81.05 80.95 171.7 171.75 55.5 41.05 805.3 804.4 73.6 73.85 28.7 31.85 281.9 390.75 900 190 420.15 421.05 57.6 1014.1

-5.03 45/17 19.8 0.38 980/500 13.4 9.58 26/14 8.9 0.40 89/34 8.4 0.14 233/99 8.1 -0.67 115/70 6.1 -0.15 206/97 34.3 -2.55 64/22 12.5 0.37 92/29 4.1 4.14 1721/763 15.1 0.89 94/48 4.7 0.00 36/24 13.0 -1.24 53/15 6.7 2.42 335/221 20.1 -0.82 519/335 0.13 1045/254 14.4 -0.05 210/83 14.0 -1.59 515/335 16.2 -1.62 82/23 7.3 -1.93 1273/787 23.2

50.85 50.55 159.85 159.15 120 117.15 187.45 183.45 182.5 109.3 109.4 284.75 165.4 130.55 130.55 72.2 72.15 105.8 106.35 51.85 262.25 260.4 95.5 95.35 80.15 43.55 43.4 109 109.3 63.95 190.15 190.15 116.1 115.75 102.95 85.55 2125.1 2144.6 182.05 181.7 113.6 114.45 27.15 146.4 252.55 22.1 101.45 100.85 73.75 94.95 95.3 186 185 235.3 234.55 404.4 402.35 333.4 334.4 109.75 110.05 129.95 129.95 36.25 36.05 240.2 239.4 79.85 130 30.6 115 114.9 68.45 68.4 1075.3 97.8 37.9 37.9

1.92 73/29 12.2 -1.15 276/150 26.9 -2.24 140/88 7.0 2.72 182/59 12.3 3.53 270/44 102.9 3.46 279/124 10.0 4.04 154/67 6.4 3.79 340/54 15.9 4.68 293/42 4.8 7.18 230/112 9.8 -0.69 93/56 7.9 0.76 146/97 14.8 -9.04 189/37 3.52 315/99 19.8 4.09 147/75 3.1 0.19 113/57 17.7 0.46 55/41 2.9 -0.46 161/84 8.1 2.57 89/27 5.8 0.26 395/94 6.1 -4.93 132/66 6.9 -0.29 129/90 15.1 0.41 130/80 5.6 4.49 2219/1602 19.2 1.31 247/136 23.3 -3.25 193/105 -5.24 53/27 10.0 0.65 181/111 6.2 -0.69 409/175 9.2 4.25 25/15 3.0 0.25 111/76 8.7 1.72 109/57 8.8 1.17 112/51 17.7 -1.33 227/168 8.6 -2.94 251/139 16.4 1.05 449/190 17.2 1.83 412/192 5.6 0.55 128/82 14.7 -0.08 160/106 6.7 4.64 51/16 6.1 7.21 243/135 7.9 -5.61 118/52 16.3 -1.52 158/56 18.7 -4.38 42/24 27.4 1.50 146/100 28.1 7.80 94/51 56.3 0.49 1399/591 9.3 -0.15 146/67 26.2 1.34 53/35 38.1

498 50.35 81.25 124.8 371.1 1177.2 22 25.85 237.15 288.25 209.75 137.35 105.45 91 357.9 45.55 25 48.15 298.4 110.1 27.7 94.45 64.35 261.4 212.45 40.8 71.2 126.75 86.25 39.9 22.25 40.9 207.95 425.25 2365.3 45.85 152.1 444.8 25.95

1.63 699/377 14.8 3.49 64/34 5.2 2.65 129/67 9.6 -0.72 132/78 115.7 1.49 446/255 19.5 -0.04 1360/601 17.4 0.00 38/20 31.4 4.23 45/22 7.6 -1.17 411/235 7.0 1.57 385/202 19.8 0.84 258/141 -3.24 171/103 11.5 -0.80 137/80 9.2 -0.60 139/71 2.05 487/314 9.7 -0.76 63/38 15.3 0.40 47/24 6.2 2.34 64/34 177.8 0.54 656/290 123.2 -1.87 159/79 12.7 -4.48 54/17 2.66 146/70 24.7 4.13 104/21 20.5 -0.02 284/192 19.7 5.41 320/165 39.6 1.49 63/30 3.87 91/53 13.5 1.04 153/71 10.1 -0.29 150/80 7.5 2.44 54/21 61.6 2.06 30/17 2.63 67/23 25.4 3.28 402/140 12.2 -0.14 648/272 10.5 0.93 3279/2100 18.1 3.73 58/40 40.2 0.33 185/125 22.0 0.00 761/408 4.5 1.17 75/25 27.3

G

H 81.5 370.95 22 237.3 209.95

357.05 45.4 48.4 110.2

212.6 40.85 70.85 127.25 22.25 207.55 427.7 2378.25 45.8 153 447.15

I 126.45 126.4 2.76 164.5 164.65 1.70 76.95 77.1 0.33 112.35 112.75 -1.18 60.4 60.3 5.05 41 41.25 1.10 36.25 35.9 0.70 73 72.65 -0.34 70.2 70.3 -2.16 105.25 0.24 400.05 2.11 32.6 32.8 2.50 91.75 -2.24 168.4 167.85 8.64 39.95 -3.50 140.85 140.75 1.62 80.35 80.4 3.47 65.6 2.42 125 125 1.30 135.1 135.3 4.64 25.95 3.80 24.15 2.99 77.2 -1.59 81.7 -1.57 199.5 199.5 -0.30 481.75 482.45 1.44 327.35 327.65 0.38 39.25 39.3 2.21 39.3 -0.63 189.8 -0.89 21.7 21.65 0.00 171.8 170.95 -0.03 61.45 61.25 1.74 320.1 -0.94 29.8 0.00 29.8 0.00 61.7 -2.83 230.3 -6.17 222 -1.03 152.8 -3.75 88.3 0.34

193/115 4.7 218/141 18.7 120/70 5.5 182/68 7.0 80/45 5.0 73/38 5.5 53/33 5.3 99/38 9.9 168/69 11.6 154/48 7.3 444/66 49/27 3.1 118/80 4.8 240/93 10.4 64/37 9.8 212/105 20.1 146/72 10.2 64/5 384.0 194/123 7.1 199/128 8.8 39/17 3.7 36/15 11.8 160/59 92/61 4.9 369/170 552/301 12.6 374/190 18.9 53/36 11.9 66/27 4.2 287/45 19.6 54/21 205/141 12.2 91/53 11.7 552/286 64.0 30/17 9.6 30/17 9.6 100/29 438/215 5.2 316/120 11.4 263/125 20.5 141/70 1.6

Company

NSE cls BSE clsChg% 52-wk H/L P-E

IRB Infra ISMT ITI IVP IVRCL Infra

217.8

217.2 66.25 40.15 40.1 50.3 49.85 114.35 114.15

3.82 5.08 1.01 -0.10 -0.26

312/186 15.7 70/42 18.8 66/34 85/33 197/110 17.0

169.75 167.45 -0.59 82.85 -0.72 123.8 123.4 0.98 22.05 22.15 1.37 202.1 201.95 1.61 165.2 2.35 220 220.15 2.35 23.75 4.86 51.6 51.65 3.71 142.1 1.50 99.4 100.1 3.95 101.55 102.25 -2.94 29.7 29.75 3.12 177.55 177.35 3.65 178.3 178.1 5.07 80.75 2.02 131.5 0.69 498.6 500 1.20 41.6 3.74 207.9 208.1 6.50 544.5 544.35 0.55 296.9 0.97 138.55 138.8 0.51 123.5 123.65 1.69 53.1 53.1 0.19 329.8 0.50 30.1 30.15 1.69 189.4 190.4 -1.88 85 -3.41 433.5 2.19 62.5 -2.57 38 -4.40 35.45-11.15 89.45 0.34 122.7 123.2 0.08 277.75 276.05 2.32

272/148 6.1 130/53 8.9 148/104 19.7 29/16 4.8 329/191 41.4 315/142 5.1 264/141 35.5 38/16 49.2 83/46 53.8 174/47 17.5 116/64 7.2 160/71 9.1 51/22 10.5 210/114 4.3 228/97 4.1 101/41 6.4 186/115 8.5 668/445 11.7 81/39 7.0 306/152 13.7 700/172 4.7 364/162 69.9 201/130 8.1 235/120 4.9 84/48 4.7 475/289 48/26 14.8 239/132 10.5 99/52 20.4 690/415 12.4 117/60 65.5 78/29 105.6 149/38 2.2 129/46 12.3 197/111 10.1 321/151 26.0

J J.Kumar Infra Jagatjit Ind Jagran Prakashan Jagsunpal Phar Jai Corp Jaihind Proj Jain Irrig Jaipan Ind Jaiprakash Hydro Jamna Auto Jay Bharat Mar Jayant Agro Jayaswal Neco Jayshree Tea JBF Ind Jenburkt Phar Jetking Info Jindal Dril Jindal Hotel Jindal Photo Jindal Poly Jindal World JK Cement JK Tyre & Ind JK Lakshmi JL Morison JM Share JMC Project JMT Auto Jolly Board JPT Sec Jumbo Bag Jupiter Bio Jyoti Jyoti Struct Jyothi Labs

K Kabra Extru Kailash Ficom Kajaria Cera Kakatiya Cem Kalindee Rail Kallam Spin Kalpana Ind Kalpataru Power Kalyani Forge Kalyani Steel Kamadgiri Syn Kamat Hotel Kandagiri Spin Kanoria Chem Kanpur Plast Kansai Nerolac Paints Karnataka Expl Karur KCP KEI Ind Kemrock Ind Kennametal Widia Kesar Enter Kesoram Ind Keystone Ind Khaitan Chem Khaitan Elec Khatoo Syn Khoday KIC Metaliks Kiduja Ind Kilburn Chem Kilburn Eng Kilitch Drug Kinetic Eng Kinetic Honda Kirloskar Brot Kirloskar Ferrous Kirloskar Pneu Kisan Mould KLG Systel Kohinoor Foods Kopran Kothari Product Kovai Med KRBL Krebs Bio KS Oils KSB Pump KSL & Ind KSK Energy Kulkarni Power Kwality Dairy

70.1 72.15 77.15

159

103.35 32.85 900 28.9

235.3 149.95

27.55 191.4

85.15 52.85 34.55 432 37.15 520.9 108.3

70.45 2.70 103/39 9.6 48.9 -2.78 82/23 72.3 2.84 83/47 11.1 77.05 0.06 115/70 176.9 2.88 224/114 26.2 52.65 -0.09 72/21 3.7 105.3 3.85 154/92 4.6 160.4 0.31 250/144 12.4 170 1.19 254/130 17.0 102.45 1.74 156/63 6.7 43.95 3.66 76/34 12.3 103 1.83 167/60 9.6 105.85 -1.49 134/61 5.3 33 1.38 38/30 7.4 29.35 -4.40 48/16 5.9 896.5 -0.39 1055/498 27.6 166.2 -2.15 398/158 3.3 49.5 -2.56 74/36 4.8 28.95 -0.52 43/27 17.2 536.05 2.98 777/350 25.9 611.5 0.25 684/265 21.6 57.15 1.69 134/41 237.25 1.96 418/231 16.0 108.75 3.57 130/38 37.8 141.55 5.95 254/33 4.7 149.7 -0.93 247/66 39.2 84.8 5.87 155/54 17.3 56.35 2.27 82/49 281.1 6.06 335/33 6.1 51.8 4.96 72/28 50.25 -1.47 66/34 6.5 70.95 4.34 89/42 16.4 84.5 2.67 157/79 8.0 187.55 -1.29 205/63 86.8 27.45 2.23 49/18 193.1 3.76 383/185 14.4 27.7 2.97 42/23 9.1 500.45 0.09 665/375 12.5 44.35 19.70 97/34 7.0 85.2 0.00 229/60 53.15 3.10 73/46 22.9 34.5 0.15 46/25 47.6 433.35 -0.26 663/367 5.2 123 -4.24 175/89 15.4 37.25 3.04 54/18 7.4 36 2.86 48/28 43.9 3.42 77/28 8.0 520.2 1.59 610/365 15.7 21.3 -2.07 63/21 108.6 -0.64 206/107 18.0 76.65 6.02 123/65 4.9 103.4 2.33 138/75 161.2

L La Opala Laffans Petro Lakshmi Cem Lakshmi Elec Lakshmi Mills Lakshmi Preci Lanco Ind Liberty Phos Liberty Shoe Linc Pen Lincoln Pharma LKP Merch Lloyd Elec LMW Lok Hous Lotus Choc Loyal Text Lumax Inds Lumax Auto Lyka Labs

69.25 28.45 53.1 307.2 2101.3 59.35 48.8 51.8 106.1 76.25 41.45 136.9 67.5 2342.2 33.5 38.7 321.4 387.8 161.55 27.1

2.59 86/33 16.6 1.61 50/26 7.6 0.19 84/48 4.7 -0.07 388/197 8.0 -2.02 2999/1752 11.5 0.51 87/35 10.4 1.35 79/47 3.2 8.03 85/23 8.4 3.11 134/87 15.8 -2.31 99/57 11.8 2.09 54/28 12.0 3.09 170/97 4.1 1.05 93/51 5.9 0.36 2920/1715 21.1 0.30 62/31 26.2 -0.90 59/32 1.12 340/141 7.5 4.50 380/165 33.4 -1.49 222/76 6.0 1.50 39/25 -

669.3 668.15 68.95 25.9 108.2 108.15 100.85 101.05 251.1 81.05 255.7 138.6 138.6 397 385.1 62.7 63.05 100.6 42.05 46.9 45.65 77.65 77.15 131.55 129.05 129.3 37.7 55.2 55.4 136 121.95 121.85 76.6 146.25 146.1 279 101.45 1327.5 1325.1 68.9 26.8 65 106.7 49.45 49.35 50.15 155.2 30.85 35.3 22.05 22.05 127.95 126.9

4.30 913/311 13.8 1.40 95/58 2.7 1.97 47/23 0.79 197/106 29.4 -1.03 140/91 17.2 -1.55 345/92 6.6 -1.46 100/48 8.4 7.12 293/99 1.4 3.20 195/100 82.0 3.20 195/100 82.0 -1.77 494/225 19.9 2.11 78/53 14.4 0.25 165/56 5.0 0.00 60/25 6.1 0.55 68/33 2.12 109/49 4.7 3.91 189/60 23.9 0.58 218/105 4.8 1.48 48/21 5.5 0.00 76/43 11.4 -0.22 243/103 5.4 -0.08 153/96 28.4 1.73 122/59 47.7 2.13 245/132 -0.14 340/99 7.7 -0.49 142/82 4.3 2.60 1683/1057 49.5 4.24 97/53 8.2 -1.11 37/21 7.4 -0.91 75/32 9.6 -1.52 143/62 7.3 1.44 76/42 9.3 -3.37 67/36 29.0 -1.05 287/134 1.15 35/13 -3.95 57/22 12.5 5.00 28/13 7.3 1.97 148/58 8.4

53.1 59.3 48.95 105.8

67.7 2334.75

386.15 162.45 27

M M&M Fin Machino Plast Madhav Marble Madhucon Proj Madras Cement Mafatlal Ind Magna Elec Maharaja Shree Maharashtra Poly Maharashtra Poly Maharashtra Scoot Mahindra Ugine Majestic Auto Makers Lab Malwa Cotton Man Ind Manappuram Gen Mangalam Cem Mangalore Chem Manugraph Ind Marg Cons Marico Ind Master Trust Max India Mayur Uniq Mazda Control McDowell Medi Cap Medicamen Bio Menon Bearings Menon Piston Mercator Lines Metrochem Milkfood Millennium Beer Ind Mindteck(I) Mirza Tanner MM Forg

Company

NSE cls BSE clsChg% 52-wk H/L P-E

Modern Dairies Modern Mill Modern Steel Modison Metal Mohit Ind Monnet Ispat Monsanto(I) Moonstar Inv Morganite Crucible Motherson Sumi Motor&Gen Fin Mount Everest Mount Shivalik MRF Mukand Mukand Eng Mukta Arts Muller and Phipps Mundra Port Munjal Auto Munjal Showa Murli Agro Murudeshwar Cera Muthoot Cap Mysore Petro

25.7 108 48.85 28.05 25.85 558.15 1747.85 54.35 251.9 180.15 45.75 81.25 38.8 6675.2 56.1 37.25 48.45 90 140.2 121.15 52.6 51.7 22.35 152.65 21.05

1.78 68/22 -0.46 190/86 111.3 2.09 54/23 8.3 1.45 42/18 6.1 -0.96 44/16 13.9 -0.35 682/350 10.3 1.08 2265/1555 24.7 1.40 63/43 66.7 2.82 379/102 7.7 0.45 209/120 19.6 0.22 66/36 6.7 1.18 101/64 4.86 56/32 1.02 9812/5485 7.8 1.63 86/51 6.5 -0.80 60/33 6.9 1.15 80/39 -4.31 124/70 3.4 0.61 185/112 37.6 1.85 162/95 6.9 1.15 73/42 7.5 0.58 118/50 7.8 2.29 33/21 1.26 214/69 12.8 -4.10 43/20 -

152.8 126.45 36.85 39.25 70.2 116.2 933.95 297.25 59.95 544.35 22.6 54.8 325.85 62.05 126.1 28.15 81.35 92.55 106.65 56.05 528.55 214.7 40.3 127.9 77.25 83.8 205.1 38.05 209.45 144.85 349.8 433.3 53.1 381.25 55.9 65.15 91.65 24.25 31.2 68.8 54 53.6 118.2 299.1

-0.36 385/151 4.7 1.08 197/115 10.3 -4.29 64/16 4.8 -2.48 55/20 -0.07 104/55 7.3 0.61 152/70 4.9 1.76 1435/885 32.0 2.48 357/107 15.5 2.48 83/32 0.78 580/225 12.4 1.35 33/18 2.1 3.30 71/37 5.7 0.02 462/289 5.7 7.26 75/42 18.7 0.80 180/115 15.7 0.00 47/27 0.43 154/79 2.7 -4.98 271/81 9.1 2.65 152/95 10.6 1.08 76/44 4.8 0.49 777/461 13.7 0.99 275/179 50.2 0.88 74/30 1.51 164/85 -4.98 237/17 22.7 0.84 98/48 12.5 0.89 234/156 10.5 -2.69 49/28 7.1 1.60 215/59 1.58 168/83 0.98 441/215 8.6 0.62 580/374 10.5 1.53 93/40 5.3 3.32 557/288 34.5 1.54 84/50 0.85 98/40 -1.56 93/23 116.9 3.41 37/17 6.1 -0.95 48/28 1.18 108/30 4.8 1.98 64/29 16.1 0.09 78/51 3.3 1.55 177/102 11.7 0.17 409/268 7.9

105.7 143.1 87.5 29.35 47.85 54.65 67.4 36.15 69 51.35 97.55 117.4 357.95 31.85 330.15 386.8 37.45

0.86 0.77 1.92 -1.18 2.57 4.49 5.39 2.26 -0.58 1.48 -3.42 0.00 0.92 1.43 -0.96 -1.25 3.03

149/104 185/30 144/60 44/22 71/44 54/17 81/26 42/26 107/42 69/42 144/43 161/70 419/245 45/23 406/275 645/308 83/32

4.5 50.9 12.8 6.1 8.7 8.6 4.8 8.1 6.7 3.6 17.7 23.5 12.1 -

24.95 197.6 256.1 77.1 144.35 144.05 89.55 349.9 84 54.95 275.6 272.05 30.35 68.4 62.8 46.4 60.05 49 360 122.95 72.65 154.4 213.35 49.9 89.3 23.6 40.35 82.3 171.6 48 307.95 228 326.1 24.9 22.8 86.45 110.2 65.95 37.55 112 29 101.95 35.15 99.65 22.8 29.35 31.45 51.65 38.05 30.15 117.5 55.65 87.35 113.9 22.8 45.55 111.85 67.15 141.4

-9.44 -0.10 3.08 5.62 1.65 -3.16 -2.61 0.01 3.70 -0.27 -1.20 -0.31 2.36 -2.36 0.80 0.54 1.95 1.55 0.90 1.24 2.40 -0.23 -0.40 0.81 -0.56 -0.84 0.25 -1.67 0.59 1.37 0.49 2.70 5.50 -4.23 4.83 7.59 0.69 2.25 3.87 -2.40 0.52 -2.81 -0.14 -2.06 0.88 0.17 2.28 1.27 3.68 0.50 -2.89 2.96 0.46 3.17 -0.87 -0.33 -1.76 1.05 -0.42

56/17 248/152 319/142 99/58 199/131 244/66 180/85 531/338 140/77 71/50 399/101 500/270 47/27 109/50 107/59 78/21 95/47 57/27 474/225 131/69 112/31 242/151 269/176 58/20 91/34 35/14 56/33 105/41 227/133 64/31 337/74 300/175 509/93 39/22 29/12 112/61 243/97 89/57 63/20 147/67 30/19 167/96 54/33 147/74 33/20 93/28 50/25 65/43 79/32 39/18 136/16 83/41 181/81 145/86 30/19 52/24 192/103 122/57 203/130

33.3 11.5 4.6 7.5 14.0 56.3 8.6 49.6 8.3 17.2 9.2 9.4 7.6 7.6 4.4 5.1 15.5 10.3 21.6 3.8 46.3 6.5 1.6 15.6 17.4 8.2 3.7 17.7 9.9 4.4 7.1 17.3 22.3 4.7 9.2 5.0 5.8 18.9 6.7 9.7 5.2 15.3 11.9 6.1 13.5 21.4 3.8 36.8 8.9 16.4

154.3 41.75 183.65 56.5 48.65 132.9 132.8

1.01 -4.90 2.45 0.09 -4.98 0.19

185/108 69/34 255/131 65/20 203/15 141/74

32.7 4.1 11.0 25.1 14.1

559.5 1756.7 180.25 46 6684.3 55.75 37.55 47.25 139.75 52.85 22.3

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126.25 37.25 39.1 70.5 115.9 929.1 297.9 22.6 325.3 61.9 125.8 81.6 106.5 214

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NSE cls BSE clsChg% 52-wk H/L

Rajratan Wire Rajshree Sugar Rallis(I) Ram Ratna Wire Rama Paper Rama Phosph Rane Holdings Rap Media Rapicut Carb Rasandik Eng Rasi Electro Rasoi Rasoya Prot Ratnabali Cap Ratnamani Metal Ravalgaon Sugar RDB Ind Real Strips Relaxo Foot Reliance Ch Reliance Com Religare Remsons Ind Repro India Revathi CP Rich Capital Riddhi Siddhi Riga Sugar Rishabh Digha Rishi Laser Rollatainers Roto Pump Royal Orchid RPG Life Sc RPG Ricoh RR Fin RS Soft RSWM Ruby Mill Ruchi Infra Ruchi Soya

200.75 72 71.85 1358.8 1356.05 48.95 32.35 86.8 293.3 291.45 21.05 48.7 55.6 23 340.95 71.3 115 125 124.45 7259.45 36.35 115.25 341.6 116.55 138.65 138.3 464.9 465.05 23.55 24.9 106.55 106.65 570.45 568.3 107.75 345.55 25.95 26.6 62.85 252.35 103.75 74.95 75.15 80.9 81.25 39.5 97.05 42.65 42.7 169.8 169.85 868.55 879.9 22.05 22.1 108.1 108.05

P-E

0.38 279/120 8.4 5.97 107/48 37.9 0.16 1590/682 23.7 2.62 70/17 8.9 3.03 31/11 6.31 146/21 3.1 2.70 354/143 6.1 0.24 61/17 5.64 68/27 6.4 0.82 80/48 6.1 1.10 29/15 7.8 4.91 485/271 30.1 -1.25 119/27 23.8 4.55 142/108 7.9 -0.40 149/94 7.1 2.25 9990/6400 4.01 160/32 13.6 2.31 140/37 8.0 0.59 514/166 11.3 0.00 140/26 22.2 0.36 204/119 9.6 0.44 528/354 2.47 31/19 7.8 -2.25 140/90 5.6 -2.31 710/555 25.2 -0.42 128/53 9.96 518/172 4.4 0.19 53/22 0.95 33/19 9.2 -0.40 88/46 11.5 8.28 438/187 1.77 136/55 6.4 1.69 94/55 23.0 1.06 122/62 10.7 -0.88 52/25 8.8 0.62 161/51 5.3 1.30 59/30 3.7 1.40 204/95 8.8 0.73 1362/730 11.0 -3.91 67/20 59.5 3.30 143/79 15.9

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Company

NSE cls BSE clsChg% 52-wk H/L P-E

Super Sales Supreme Ind Supreme Petro Suraj Finsec Surana Fin Surana Metal Surya Roshni Suryajyoti Spin Suryalakshmi Cot Suryalata Spin Suryavanshi Spin Suven Pharma Swan Mill Swaraj Engine Swaraj Mazda Swastika Fin Swiss Glascoat Syncom Form Systematix Corp

150.9 55.35

103.2 43.45 107.5 23.1 483.45 403.35

345.8 150.9 55.25 65.4 115.35 274.9 103.2 43.45 107.45 170.35 28.35 23.1 112 484.3 405.55 56.4 40.55 34.4 157.5

0.38 0.53 0.73 -3.11 9.34 -8.37 0.19 -0.11 0.84 1.40 0.53 1.09 -0.27 1.65 2.31 7.74 2.40 -0.29 5.00

452/207 4.3 169/76 11.7 79/29 8.1 97/55 10.5 134/31 3.4 330/156 17.8 123/66 6.1 64/21 20.0 149/41 5.9 212/51 5.8 45/19 3.9 36/22 32.9 175/110 25.1 557/281 14.9 444/211 18.4 87/37 6.3 55/31 6.8 45/22 10.9 313/19 432.3

62.75 44.05 28.8 150 541 129.4 360.2 98.8 65.65 105.45 304.2 23.7 21.75 48.7 243.7 116.5 57.35 652.05 80.55 56.5 35.4 179.6 71 38.45 26.65 84.5 34.1 21.45 333.55 45.9 889.75 519.75 22.6 782 104.45 367.5 1547.6 146.05 166.9 140 24.55 70.9 69.85 66.15 281.55 28.8

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91/44 6.8 56/29 50.6 41/26 351/134 6.6 669/439 12.2 167/111 7.8 415/295 6.1 196/97 65/20 137/80 9.2 444/265 32/12 12.2 44/18 0.8 160/43 5.7 330/160 10.0 152/110 4.5 78/52 32.1 750/292 12.3 147/31 12.7 187/47 114.0 51/21 217/97 22.5 95/65 8.5 60/33 44/25 159/80 7.3 43/25 6.6 39/12 11.5 472/290 8.6 95/40 131.6 1196/749 35.2 1175/520 39.1 34/16 5.4 1100/410 10.9 143/86 37.4 472/247 22.5 1752/411 27.8 164/68 17.1 214/158 8.3 216/90 89/22 5.4 101/58 3.9 98/60 138/63 369/177 6.6 39/21 2.5

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T Talbros Auto Taneja Aero TANFAC Ind Tasty Bite Tata Inv Tata Metalik Tata Sponge Tayo Rolls TCI Fin Tech Plast Techno Elec Techtran Poly Temptation Food Texmaco Themis Medi Thirumalai Chem Thomas Cook TIL Tilaknagar Ind Times Guaranty Timex Watch Timken(I) Tinplate Com Tips Ind Tonira Pharm Torrent Gujarat Tourism Fin Toyama Elec Transformers & Rec Transgene Bio Trent TRF Ltd Trigyn Tech Triton Valves Triveni EngInd TTK Pharma TTK Prestige Tube Inv Tulip IT Services Tulip Star Tulsi Extrusion Tulsyan NEC TV 18 TV Today TVS Srichakra Tyroon Tea

63.9

541.2 129 357.3 65.75

48.45 116.05 57.45 648.05 56.25 179.35 71.05 38.35 34.1 329.95 882.45 22.45 104.1 1544.5 146.5 167.05 24.45 69.9 66 289.25

U UCAL Fuel UCO Bank UltramarinePig Ultratech Cem Uni Abex Alloy Unichem Lab Unitech United Brew United Credit Universal Cab UP Hotels Upper Ganges Usha Martin Uttam Steel UTV Soft

67.2 110.5 1007.7 230.15 58.95 80 53.45 67.8 129.85 556.85

V Vadilal Ind 126.05 0.80 172/68 14.9 Vaibhav Gem 23.95 23 -3.16 43/19 Vakrangee Soft 297.9 297.3 0.71 338/59 24.1 Vallabh Steel 23.25 -3.13 32/20 12.3 Valson Syn 24.85 2.47 39/22 7.3 Vamshi Rubber 29.6 -3.11 58/23 3.9 Vardhman Ind 51.85 0.19 66/19 4.9 Vardhman Poly 65.9 66.7 0.91 89/40 Vardhman Spin 498.5 503 5.78 540/261 21.1 Varun Ship 32.1 32 1.27 61/31 21.8 Vasparr Sec 71.8 -4.96 188/17 14.7 VBC Ferro 272.1 2.14 451/235 12.3 Veejay Lakshmi Eng 72.5 1.68 86/41 12.8 Velan Hotel 24.65 -1.20 67/19 16.1 Venky's (I) 610.5 614.85 0.05 1012/230 7.5 Venus Rem 250.6 -2.03 340/217 5.1 Vertex Sec 112.1 -4.96 390/13 Vesuvius 318.1 318.3 -2.35 353/195 14.6 Viceroy Hotel 38.7 2.93 60/33 86.2 Victoria Mill 3688.35 2.71 7942/3050 11.0 Videocon Leas 215.45 215.4 2.30 294/184 9.2 Vikas WSP 23.75 1.71 38/18 2.4 Vikram Ther 22.95 0.22 29/15 5.6 Vimta Lab 29.7 29.7 -0.83 48/23 341.9 Vinati Org 74.1 1.51 97/66 8.7 VIP Ind 610.5 610.45 3.97 801/171 24.5 Vipul Dye 28 -3.28 46/11 17.4 Visa Steel 40.8 39.95 0.00 50/33 9.4 Visaka Ind 122.8 123.85 2.31 192/118 3.9 Vishal Retail 32.85 32.7 2.19 75/25 Vivimed Lab 292.95 294.45 0.14 350/114 16.3 Voltas 209.65 209.55 -0.43 262/148 17.5 VST Ind 638 639.7 1.07 653/460 15.6 Vulcan Eng 42.95 2.63 66/20 Vyapar Inds 24.15 -8.87 70/26 -

W Walchandnagar Wall Street Fin Wallfort Fin Wanbury Warren Tea Wearology Webel SL Ener Welcast St Welspun(I) Wendt(I) West Coast Pap Whirlpool Williamson Fin Williamson Mag Wim Plast Windsor Machine WS Ind

159.45 158.85 32.5 45.1 44.3 190 135.1 91.2 506 54.4 54.2 1038 1039.35 85 85.1 271.9 39.1 57.5 56.85 184 77.85 30.35 30

0.92 292/148 26.9 -1.66 66/30 0.00 63/35 4.4 0.45 91/35 5.4 2.12 240/144 11.2 -1.96 184/52 44.6 -2.15 169/92 1.81 936/379 19.3 4.73 116/51 4.7 -0.36 1199/541 14.5 1.98 111/54 11.8 7.77 338/127 22.4 0.00 59/34 2.9 0.35 85/50 2.9 3.28 242/150 6.3 2.10 107/30 4.2 -0.66 58/29 -

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275.1

27.2 5.63 275.2 1.23 277.25 0.29

39/20 388/223 14.9 340/125 9.7

Z Zandu Pharma Zenith Zenith Comp Zenith Fibre Zenotech Lab Zensar Tech ZF Steering Zicon Elec Zodiac Cloth Zuari Ind

2482.2 2454.7 -0.35 5925/2455 10.2 184.75 189.5 3.44 364/180 25.65 25.7 -0.19 36/22 15.4 28.5 -0.87 36/23 4.3 54.25 -0.09 123/53 176.35 175.45 3.36 187/135 6.4 353.4 2.06 519/224 8.0 48.45 48.85 3.28 134/46 371.6 366.05 -0.80 440/253 17.7 648 647.8 -0.31 895/419 12.4

MUTUAL FUNDS Scheme

NAV

AIG Eq -Reg Div Eq -Reg Gr Infra. & Eco.-Div Infra. & Eco.-Gr World Gold -Div World Gold -Gr

12.23 12.23 9.15 9.15 15.07 15.07

BENCHMARK Bank BeES 1,088.63 BEDOF-Div 11.28 BEDOF-Gr 11.99 S&P CNX 500 -Div 12.27 S&P CNX 500 -Gr 19.61 Junior BeES 113.11 Nifty BeES 581.13 PSU Bank BeES 421.90 Shariah BeES 130.98

BHARTI AXA Eq Fd-Eco Bo Eq Fd-Eco Div Eq Fd-Reg Bo Eq -Eco Gr Eq -Reg Div Eq -Reg Gr Eq-Eco QD Eq-Reg QD Tax Advt Fd-Eco Div Tax Advt Fd-Eco Gr Tax Advt Fd-Reg Div Tax Advt Fd-Reg Gr

17.82 12.54 17.72 17.82 12.48 17.72 11.84 11.77 12.46 22.88 12.42 22.79

BIRLA SUNLIFE AA-Agg-Div 34.70 AA-Agg-Gr 34.70 AA-Cons-Div 20.63 AA-Cons-Gr 20.63 AA-Modt-Div 28.40 AA-Modt-Gr 28.40 Bas Indus-Div 10.92 Comm Eq-Glo Agri-D 18.09 Comm Eq-Glo Agri-G 18.09 Inc +Disc Adv 10.88 Inc-Disc Adv 10.79 India GenNext-Div 14.57 India GenNext-Gr 24.01 Infra-A-Div 12.49 Infra-A-Gr 17.01 Infra-B-Gr 12.72 Sav -M 10.27 Tax Relief 96-Div 85.96 Tax Relief 96-Gr 11.60 95 -Div 112.37 95 -Gr 310.07 Ad-Div 87.70 Ad-Gr 161.86

Scheme

Bas Indus-Div Bas Indus-Gr Buy India-Div Buy India-Gr Cash +Gr Div Yield +Div Div Yield +Gr Eq -Div Eq -Gr Freedom Fd-Div Freedom Fd-Gr Inc Fd-54EA-Div Inc Fd-54EA-Gr Inc Fd-54EB-Div Inc Fd-54EB-Gr Inc Fd-Qtrly Inc -Gr Inc +Div Inc +Gr Inc-Hlf Yrly Index-Div Index-Gr India Oppor-Div India Oppor-Gr Intl Eq-A-Div Intl Eq-A-Gr Intl Eq-B-Div Intl Eq-B-Gr Midcap-A-Div Midcap-A-Gr Midcap-B-Div Midcap-B-Gr MNC -Div MNC -Gr M Inc-Gr NM -Div NM -Gr Pure Value-Div Pure Value-Gr Tax -Div Tax -Gr Top 100-Div Top 100-Gr C Mgr-Gr Spe Situ-Div Spe Situ-Gr Enh Arbi-Div Enh Arbi-Gr

NAV

28.06 101.75 24.39 42.81 25.48 14.54 85.14 71.51 270.69 16.55 32.59 10.59 35.12 15.49 34.90 11.22 35.15 11.56 43.12 11.69 22.09 57.14 19.24 56.48 9.40 9.40 9.59 9.59 24.42 110.44 13.94 13.94 83.68 207.10 36.10 13.94 21.35 15.74 16.80 46.61 13.83 14.95 22.91 23.45 10.15 10.15 10.46 10.72

BARODA PIONEER Bal Fd-Div Bal Fd-Gr ELSS 96 Gr -Div Gr -Gr Inc -Div Inc -Gr Liq Fd-D Liq -Div

29.36 29.36 26.45 30.16 53.54 15.14 15.14 10.06 14.33

Scheme

Liq -Gr MIP-Gr MIP-M Div MIP-Qtrly Div

NAV

16.73 13.12 12.45 12.51

CANARA ROBECO Emer Eq-Bo Eq Diversified-Inc Eq-Taxsaver Emer Eq-Gr Emer Eq-Inc Eq. Diversified-Bo Eq Diversified-Gr Bal-Div Bal-Gr Eq-Taxsaver Gr Inc-Bo Inc-Gr Inc-Inc Infra-D Infra-G Liq-Gr MIP-Gr MIP-MD MultiCap-Div MultiCap-Gr Nifty Index-Div Nifty Index-Gr

19.11 25.05 21.47 22.83 15.75 25.09 55.09 52.55 60.55 26.07 13.44 20.36 13.18 17.82 22.37 17.42 29.10 14.20 14.93 16.10 20.13 30.35

DWS Alpha Eq -Div Alpha Eq -Gr Glbl Thm Offsh-Div Glbl Thm Offsh-Gr Inv Opp-Wlth-Div Inv Opp-Wlth-Gr Invt Oppor-Div Invt Oppor-Gr Mon+Ad-Div Mon+Ad-Gr Mon+Bo Mon+Gr Mon+MD Tax Saving -Div Tax Saving -Gr Twin Ad Fd-QD Twin Ad -Gr Twin Ad-AD

NAV

World Gold-Div 15.18 World Gold-Gr 18.53 Oppor Fd-Gr 88.19 Micro Cap -Reg-Gr 15.90 Ntrl Res & N En-Rtl-Div 14.65 Ntrl Res & N En-Rtl-Gr 14.65 Small & M Cap Fd-Div 16.40 Small & M Cap Fd-Gr 17.89 Tax Saver -Div 12.97 Tax Saver -Gr 17.41 Tech.com -Gr 34.15 Technology.com-Div 24.92 Top 100 Eq -Div 21.45 Top 100 Eq -Gr 101.08 India T.I.G.E.R.-Div 17.98 India T.I.G.E.R.-Gr 46.85

EDELWEISS Absolute Rtn Eq-Div Absolute Rtn Eq-Gr Dvsd Gr Eq-A-Div Dvsd Gr Eq-A-Gr Dvsd Gr Eq-B-Div Dvsd Gr Eq-B-Gr Dvsd Gr Eq-C-Div Dvsd Gr Eq-C-Gr ELSS -Div ELSS -Gr

11.28 11.28 14.28 14.28 14.53 14.34 14.38 14.38 17.46 19.39

ESCORTS 17.35 79.72 8.72 8.72 13.19 17.25 26.40 38.11 10.46 12.80 11.15 13.64 10.22 13.06 13.97 10.41 16.30 11.84

DSP BLACK ROCK Bal -Div Bal -Gr Eq-Div Fltg-DD R Fltg-WD R Oppor Fd-Div World Ener-Div World Ener-Gr

Scheme

23.80 66.07 52.54 10.03 10.04 30.74 11.61 11.61

Bal -Div Bal -Gr Gr -Div Gr -Gr Inc -Bo Inc -Div Inc -Gr Infra Fd-Div Infra Fd-Gr Leading Sec Fd-Div Leading Sec Fd-Gr Oppor -Div Oppor -Gr Pow & Ener Fd-Div Pow & Ener Fd-Gr Tax -Div Tax -Gr

11.97 62.63 12.67 76.55 15.97 10.94 30.33 8.09 8.09 11.09 11.09 9.91 28.03 11.79 16.46 10.44 48.60

FIDELITY Cash Fd-WD Rein Cash -DD Cash -Gr Cash -M Div Eq -Div Eq -Gr India Gr -Div India Gr -Gr India Spe Sit -Div

10.00 10.00 12.85 10.03 22.66 35.82 12.47 12.47 16.96

Scheme

India Spe Sit -Gr Intl Opp-Div Intl Opp-Gr Tax Ad Fd-Div Tax Ad Fd-Gr Wlth Build-A-Div Wlth Build-A-Gr Wlth Build-B-Div Wlth Build-B-Gr Wlth Build-C-Div Wlth Build-C-Gr

NAV

18.71 13.77 13.77 18.52 22.24 10.35 11.64 10.96 12.98 11.64 14.93

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13.88 16.27 20.59 38.92 21.09 23.19 13.82 36.61 10.78 25.37 10.55 11.43 11.88 11.89 20.13 10.83 16.69 21.02 10.75 14.58 10.86 10.66 11.24 19.20 28.80 14.01 14.02 30.35 14.95 30.30

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The Bengal Post Kolkata Thursday January 13, 2011

SPORTS Short Takes

CA gives $100,000 for flood relief Melbourne: Cricket Australia has decided to donate $100,000 for Queensland flood relief and also appealed to cricket fans to get behind the cause. The Queensland flash floods have left 12 people dead and 51 missing so far. Cricket Australia chairman Jack Clarke said the destructive natural disaster had affected the lives of many Australians areas and it was appropriate for the game of cricket to do its bit to help out.

Dhoni, Sehwag to promote sponsor Mumbai: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and dashing opener Virender Sehwag will sport body paints as part of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 campaign by soft drink manufacturer Pepsi. Feisty off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, batsmen Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli would also be part of the soon-tobe-launched campaign for the mega event, a media release said on Wednesday.

Six Singapore shuttlers quit Singapore: Six badminton players have quit Singapore’s national squad a year before the London Olympics, saying they have been squeezed out and left with no choice. The players had been members of the city-state’s national development team recently dissolved by the Singapore Badminton Association as part of restructuring. The SBA said its decision to dissolve “Team 2” had been based on an annual performance evaluation.

Rain fails to stop Hewitt advance Melbourne: Lleyton Hewitt shrugged off a lengthy rain interruption as he joined Gael Monfils as a winner on opening day of the last tune-up event prior to the Australian Open tennis here on Wednesday. Hewitt lost serve three times in a patchy second set at the AAMI Classic when the weather halted play for 80 minutes, but recovered nicely for a 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 defeat of Russian Mikhail Youzhny at the eight-man special event at the former home of the Open.

Wild-card delight for Tomic Sydney: Bernard Tomic’s disappointment at being knocked out of the first round of the Sydney International on Wednesday was tempered by his delight at having been granted a wild card for next week’s Australian Open.

Three players share lead New Delhi: Sixth seed Grandmaster Parimarjan Negi along with Slovenian Grandmaster Lenic Luka and Ukrainian Grandmaster Mikhailo Oleksienko share the lead with six and half points after the seventh round matches of the 9th Parsvnath International Grandmasters chess tournament here on Wednesday. Playing with black pieces in Scheveningen variation of Sicilian Defence, overnight sole leader Negi held top seed Alexander Areshchenko of Ukraine at Ludlow Castle here.

Hispania lay hopes on Karthikeyan New Delhi: Formula One Hispania Racing Team are confident of a turnaround in their fortunes this season with India’s Narain Karthikeyan at the wheel. Team principal Colin Kolles, who has known Karthikeyan from his days with Jordan, reckons that the Indian is fitter and faster than before and it was right for him to make a comeback. “We hope for a better performance. And we are working hard on the more developed and improved car,” Kolles wrote in an e-mail interview. — Agencies

Uzbekistan in quarter-finals Doha: Uzbekistan became the first side to reach the Asian Cup quarter-finals when they beat Kuwait 2-1 on Wednesday thanks to a superb strike from former Asian player of the year Server Djeparov. With the game locked at 1-1 with 25 minutes remaining and Kuwait threatening, Djeparov took advantage of the space afforded to him on the edge of the area to fire a first-time, left-footer which curled away from a diving Yaqoub Al Taher in the Kuwait goal. The Uzbeks took the lead, four minutes before the interval when Maksim Shatskikh’s 22metre freekick took a big deflection off a teammate. The 32-year-old struck a curling right-footer which struck the back of a ducking Azizbek Haydarov, who was making a nuisance of himself in the defensive wall, which diverted the ball past a befuddled Al Taher. Kuwait’s Hamad Nayef was brought down by a needless challenge from Anzur Ismailov on the edge of the area and Bader Al Mutwa sent Uzbek goalkeeper Ignatiy

27 minutes of their second game when Ahmed scored the goal of the tournament so far at the Khalifa Stadium. Collecting a lofted forward pass on his thigh, he smashed a swerving unstoppable volley into the roof of goalkeeper Zeng Cheng’s net from the edge of the penalty area. Ahmed made it 2-0 on the stroke of halftime when China’s imposing captain Du Wei allowed him too much time to turn, shoot and, to his horror, score with a low hooked shot from almost the same place as his first goal.

Bhutia not to play

 Uzbekistan’s players celebrate after beating Kuwait in their Asian Cup match in Doha on Wednesday. — AFP Nesterov the wrong way from the penalty spot. Earlier, two first-half goals from striker Yusef Ahmed

sent Qatar on their way to a 2-0 win over China as the host nation finally joined their own Asian Cup party on

Qatar 2022 a ‘logistical nightmare’: English FA London: The head of England's Football Association warned on Tuesday that moving the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to the start of the year would be a”logistical nightmare.” Since the contentious vote in December, Fifa president Sepp Blatter has said he expects the event to be staged in early 2022 due to concerns about the blistering summer heat in the desert nation. “The notion of playing in Qatar just leaves me in cold sweat at the moment,” FA general secretary Alex Horne said on Tuesday. “Preparing the teams for that environment, we don't know enough about what they are promising logistically in terms of training grounds etc. It doesn't feel like a great experience for the fans, the whole thing is odd, let me just say that ... I know it won't be easy.” Qatar beat out the USA,

Australia, Japan and South Korea for the bidding rights despite concerns over temperatures which routinely exceed 40 degrees Celsius. While moving the World Cup to a cooler time of year would be better for the health of players, it would

The notion of playing in Qatar just leaves me in cold sweat at the moment ALEX HORNE

throw domestic football schedules across Europe into turmoil before and after the tournament, which normally starts in June. “It will do all sorts of odd things won't it, because you need to find nine or 10 weeks across the winter. It's going to split the season and you'll need to start

early or finish late,” Horne said. “It's a logistical nightmare. Whether it's a good idea or not I don't know.” Already unhappy with the voting process after England’s 2018 bid flopped last month, Horne was asked about whether the 2022 event should be allowed to move since it wasn't mentioned during bidding.”It’s a bit unfortunate isn't it?” he said flippantly. Horne is still unhappy that England only received two votes in the contest. One of Horne’s priority as he enters his first full year in the job is to ensure England has a greater say. “My ambition is calmly to reset our international strategy,” Horne said.”We can't host the World Cup here until 2030 now in practice and goodness knows if that'll end up being '34, '38 if they change the rules again. — AP

FA’s financial problems continue despite deal Matt Scott

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he Football Association's finances are in a worse state even than its troubled forecasts anticipated. Although a new three-and-a-half-year sponsorship deal with Vauxhall Motors was unveiled at Wembley on Tuesday, it has not cured the FA's cash flow difficulties. Digger understands the acting chairman, Roger Burden, informed the board last month that England's poor World Cup and lack of a title sponsor would force the FA to dip into its expensive overdraft facility. Vauxhall's up-to-£8m-ayear sponsorship came exactly six months after Nationwide pulled out of its arrangement in the aftermath of England's dismal displays in South Africa. That period without a top sponsor cost the FA £2.5m in lost revenues, although the

spot sale of advertising space that Nationwide would otherwise have occupied added a bit of peppercorn income. Compounding that, Wembley has lost out on 55,784 paying customers over its four home matches since the World Cup – despite three of the fixtures being competitive European championship qualifiers. That represents about £2m in lost ticket sales. Indeed attendance at the more-successful France friendly in November was boosted only by cut-price schemes such as a £5-aticket package for locals. The most serious problem is that the FA's income streams are large but intermittent; meanwhile the demands on its cash resources are constant. If the FA were to fail to meet its cash requirements when they fall due, it would be insolvent, but it could avoid

this by further reducing its distributions to the amateur and professional games. Negotiations with Barclays over a potentially expensive extension of the FA's overdraft may at some point be required to cover the gaps – at a time when banks are restricting unsecured lending. Meanwhile, the FA could face a legal complaint from England fans over its decision, announced on Monday, to cancel June’s friendly against Thailand. One informal travel group organiser had chartered a plane and is understood to be up to £7,000 out of pocket. That has led to the Football Supporters' Federation contacting lawyers on behalf of disgruntled members. "We are seeking legal advice to see if fans have a case for redress against the FA," the FSF's director of international affairs, Kevin Miles, said. — The Guardian

Wednesday and began dreaming of a place in the quarter-finals. Qatar took the lead after

Blue Samurai promise improvement Doha: Japan’s disappointing start to their Asian Cup campaign is down to a busy schedule resulting from a lack of warm-up matches, coach Alberto Zaccheroni said on Wednesday. Japan required a stoppage time equaliser to draw 1-1 with Jordan, ranked 107th by Fifa, in their Asian Cup opener in Qatar, their first game since they drew with South Korea in mid-October. “The reason I did not have friendlies was because of the players’ schedule, especially those players abroad,” Zaccheroni told reporters near the Khalifa Stadium. “Of course, some players have not played for a long time while some have just finished their season,” referring to those in Japan, where the campaign ended with the Emperors Cup last month. The Blue Samurai, among the pre-tournament favourites, face Syria at the Qatar Sports Club on Thursday. — Reuters

State govt gives away scholarships

India captain Baichung Bhutia will sit out of India’s second Asian Cup match against Bahrain as he is yet to be fully fit and coach Bob Houghton will also rest some players who played in the opener against Australia. Houghton said Bhutia may play in India’s third and final Group C game against South Korea on January 18. “There is no chance of Baichung playing against Bahrain. He may play in the match against South Korea,” Houghton said. — Agencies

Doha: India coach Bob Houghton said on Wednesday Fifa chief Sepp Blatter’s suggestion to host the World Cup after 2026 could “force development of football infrastructure” in the country. Houghton reiterated his well-documented stance on the lack of football infrastructure in India and how it could change for the better if Fifa awards India the World Cup. “I don’t know when India can be ready to host the Cup. Infrastructure’s the problem but I think awarding it could be a good idea as it could force development of football infrastructure and lead to investment. Beyond that, I don’t know,” said Houghton ahead of India’s second Asian Cup match against Bahrain here on Friday. Blatter had identified India as a potential candidate to host the World Cup after Qatar was awarded the 2022 edition in a bid to find new market and extend football frontiers. “If we’ve to identify new territories

where football can be a better part of life then definitely it is the sub-continent India, where with 1.2 billion people,” Blatter had said. Houghton said India can start with small-sized stadiums like the Ambedkar in New Delhi and the 13,500capacity Al Saad Stadium here, and then think of hosting the Asian Cup in near future. “The national team can play international friendlies at these stadiums and if you have four-five of them, you can host tournaments,” he said. On the issue of his contract extension, the Englishman denied that he had hinted quitting if India suffered drubbings at the hands of opponents in the ongoing Asian Cup and made it clear that he’d continue “after taking a break of two-three weeks in South Africa”. The coach also suggested making changes to the football calendar to help the country play more international friendlies, while addressing the players’ club commitments. — PTI

Wenger on the lookout for a centre-half London: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is searching for another centre-half following a setback suffered by injured Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen. Vermaelen is recovering from an Achilles problem while Sebastien Squillaci is out with a hamstring injury sustained in the 1-1 draw against Leeds United in the FA Cup on Saturday. The French central defender will only be out for two-to-three weeks but Wenger could not say when Vermaelen would be fit again and, therefore, may have to bring in a replacement. “He (Vermaelen) had another setback on Saturday that we are concerned with,” Wenger was quoted as saying on the club’s website www.arsenal.com. “We are consulting top specialists around the world. We’ll know more on Wednesday. Unfortunately,

I can’t give you any precise date but I concede that, with this little setback from Thomas, we are in a situation where we will have to look around.” “Squillaci will be out for a maximum of three weeks, minimum two. It is a hamstring injury but it is not too bad — a Grade 1. He’ll be back in two weeks if all goes well,” he said. Wenger said while he had”internal solutions” he also knew the sort of player he was looking for. “Ideally, it would be better if they were adapted to English football,” he said.”If you need players now in January then you cannot wait three months before they can play. If the opportunity turns up we will fetch it but, if not, I believe we can cope.” Arsenal visit Ipswich Town in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final on Wednesday before travelling across London to play

 Arsene Wenger Premier League basement club West Ham United on Saturday. Wenger’s side are third in the standings, four points behind leaders Manchester United who also have a game in hand. — Reuters

Pearce may coach Britain for London Olympics

Our Correspondent Kolkata: The West Bengal government on Wednesday announced a five per cent reservation for distinguished sportspersons and `400 scholarship each per month for 15,000 athletes every year under the new sports policy. On the the 148th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanda, marked as ‘National Youth day’, the first batch of scholarships were given away to 2,049 sportspersons. State finance minister Asim Dasgupta said job criteria for sportspersons would be announced following the approval of the cabinet. The state finance ministry has already approved financial liabilities following a proposal from sports minister Kanti Ganguly. The government plans to set up a sports academy and a sports complex each in every district of the state.

‘India hosting 2026 Cup could be good’

 Stuart Pearce London: England under-21 coach Stuart Pearce is being lined up to manage Britain’s men’s football team at the London 2012 Olympics, the head of the Football Association said on Tuesday. English football’s governing body is administering the

team and is set to provide all the players. The Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish associations will not be part of the team because of fears it would jeopardise their independence and voting rights within Fifa. FA general secretary Alex Horne wants the manager in place by June to give him time to prepare for the Olympics, which start in July 2012. Horne said it “would be very logical” for Pearce to get the job since the FA are likely to”substitute out” The 48-year-old Pearce, who was known as”Psycho” during his playing days when he made 78 appearances for England, has coached the under-21 side since 2007. Horne said Pearce’s”primary focus at the moment” is preparing for the under-21 European championship. At the tournament in Denmark in June, the former Manchester City manager will see many of the players

who will feature at the Olympics since teams are restricted to only three players over the age of 23. “I will talk to the board about the timing on (the appointment),” Horne told at a briefing at Wembley Stadium.”I think we will make the decision in perhaps May/June time. It gives them a decent year to run the team into the tournament.” Horne said the Olympic role cannot be combined with the role of managing a club.”We have all been there before where you overlay the pressures of the club with part-time management,” Horne said.”It’s why we got Stuart in permanently doing the under-21s when we did four years ago for exactly that reason. It becomes difficult and if we are going to take this seriously and prepare the team then I think it is difficult for a manger in employment to take that role.” — AP

2022 Cup may be co-hosted, says Platini  Michel Platini

Nyon (Switzerland): Uefa president Michel Platini has said he believes the 2022 World Cup could be shared by Qatar with other countries in the region. “The World Cup is Qatar’s but I think, maybe, it could be the World Cup of the Gulf,” he told reporters during an informal briefing at Uefa headquarters, without naming any potential co-hosts. Although Qatar bid to stage the World Cup on its own in 2022 in the summer, the

Frenchman said he did not see any problem in making changes to the tournament once the decision had been made. “When we held the World Cup in 1998, we made lots of changes to the original plan,” he said. Platini, who is also a member of the Fifa executive committee, which chose Russia as 2018 hosts, reiterated his view that soccer’s governing body had been right to take the tournament to new regions. The Frenchman has already said he would be happy to see the tour-

nament staged in January or February rather than June. “Players and coaches have expressed concern about conditions in the Middle East summer even though Qatar has promised to build air-conditioned stadiums using cutting-edge technology,” he said. Platini said he could not explain why England had only received two out of 22 votes in the 2018 contest and Australia only one in the 2022 contest despite having technically strong bids in both cases. “I don’t know, people made a

choice ... it’s like going into a restaurant,” he said. “You can choose beef, fish, chicken or veal, but you can’t always explain why you choose one and not the other.” Platini then questioned the foreign ownership of football clubs in the English Premier League and said Spain’s was his favourite model. “I think the owner of the club has to have some kind of identity with the region and with the supporters,” he said. “I like the Spanish system, where the supporters are also members of the club.” — Reuters

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Federer threat on Nadal’s glory march

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 Ducati Moto GP rider Valentino Rossi (left) with his teammate Nicky Hayden at an official presentation of their new Ducati GP2011 motorcycles during the Wrooom, F1 and MotoGP Press Ski Meeting, Ducati and Ferrari’s annual media gathering, in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy, on Wednesday. — Reuters

Clijsters cruises into semi-finals Sydney: Kim Clijsters underlined her growing status as Australian Open favourite with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Victoria Azarenka to reach the Sydney International semi-finals on Wednesday. The 27-year-old third seed, who won the warm-up event for Melbourne Park twice before her sabbatical from the game to have a child, said, however, it was far too early to talk about winning the opening Grand Slam of the year for the first time. “Favourites, it really doesn’t mean anything. Really doesn’t,” Clijsters told reporters. “Every match and every tournament has to be played. You all start — 128 players start from scratch. It’s the same for everybody from the start.” The US Open champion, the highest

Bhullar, Ashok to lead India Our Correspondent Kolkata: Spaniard Jorge Campillo warmed up for the main event of the inaugural Gujarat Kensville Challenge in Ahmedabad in great style when he led his team to victory in the Pro-Am held at the Kensville Golf and Country Club here on Wednesday as the 2011 European Challenge Tour season gets underway at the 7,250-yard Par-72 course which bears the signature of Jeev Milkha Singh. Campillo’s team which finished with a score of 54, comprised of amateurs Pravit Parikh, Nunjal Jaykrishna and Tejas Amin. The quartet of Chirag Kumar, amateurs Sahishav Sabapara, Bhavesh Dave and Vikram S Gahlot finished second with a score of 55 points.

 Amitabh Bachchan tees off at the Kensville Golf and Country Club on Wednesday. — BP

remaining women’s seed in the draw after the departures of world numbers one and two Caroline Wozniacki and Vera Zvonareva respectively, needed to draw on her experience against the Belarussian. “I think the score definitely sounds a lot easier than it was,” said the Belgian, who will face Alisa Kleybanova in the last four after the Russian beat Dominika Cibulkova 6-3, 5-7, 6-2. “I played the important points better ... I think that’s obviously a good feeling to have when I’m down breakpoint I can hit a good serve.” Former US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro’s comeback from injury faltered, however, when his lack of match practice was exposed in the men’s second round.

The 22-year-old Argentine declared himself free of pain when he won his first match in a year in three sets on Monday but he was well beaten 6-2, 7-5 by Germany’s Florian Mayer. “Everything is tough after long, long time,” Del Potro said. “But if I’m here it’s because I want to play. I want to try again. That’s what I’m thinking every day. I don’t want to feel bad, you know.” "Last year was very bad year for me, and now I’m okay. I am in good shape ... I lost, but I’m in the competition again,” she added. Top men’s seed American Sam Querrey’s tournament lasted just 62 minutes before he was bundled out 6-4, 6-3 by Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov. — Reuters

Melbourne: A resurgent Roger Federer stands between Rafael Nadal and the “Rafa Slam” at the Australian Open, where the Spaniard can become the first man in 42 years to hold all four Grand Slam titles at once. Defending champion Federer, now 29, has struck an ominous vein of form, downing Nadal for the ATP World Tour Finals crown in November and winning this month’s Qatar Open to go 10 matches unbeaten. Nadal, the World No. 1, is battling back from a debilitating fever which saw him slump out in the Qatar semifinals and delay his arrival in Melbourne. The timing is brutal for Nadal, 24, who knows he may have only one shot at uniting all four majors — albeit not in the same year — for the first time since Australian great Rod Laver completed his second Grand Slam in 1969. “It’s going to be the one chance I have in my life,” he admitted. Nadal was reigning Australian Open champion when he retired hurt from last year’s quarter-finals but he bounced back to win Roland Garros, Wimbledon and his first US Open, moving to nine Slam titles and closing on Federer’s record haul. Federer thrived in Nadal’s absence to stretch his Grand Slam tally to 16 at Melbourne Park, and has found a new lease of life under Paul Annacone, the coach who guided Pete Sampras and Tim Henman. The Swiss, left in floods of tears after losing the 2009 final to Nadal, lit the fuse for

England dominate T20 also Adelaide: Debutant Chris Woakes guided England to a record eighth successive Twenty20 international win as the tourists inflicted more torment on Australia with a last-gasp one-wicket victory at the Adelaide Oval on Wednesday. Despite all-rounder Shane Watson’s best efforts to single-handedly lift the home side to victory, 21-year-old Woakes (19 not out) was the hero as he hit the winning run from the final ball of the England innings. After Australia posted 1574, with Watson top-scoring with 59 from 31 balls, England wobbled in the chase as Watson picked up four wickets, but Woakes’ cool head enabled them to reach 158-9 and snatch the win. England previously shared the record for most successive T20 international wins with South Africa and Pakistan and the result follows hard on the heels of their historic 3-1 Ashes triumph over the embattled Australians. With wickets falling at the other end, Woakes kept his cool when he found himself on strike with his side needing three runs from the last two balls from Watson with only one wicket in hand. Ajmal Shahzad faced two

 Shane Watson in Adelaide on Wednesday. — Reuters dot balls before scrambling to the non-striker’s end then Woakes scythed Shane Watson through backward point to level the scores and ensure, at worst, England couldn’t lose. They really shouldn’t have pushed it so close having always been in control of the asking rate, but it’s a credit to their belief that they could still pull through for victory despite a late clatter of wickets.

He slashed the next delivery to the cover boundary for two, then drove Watson through the infield for what would have been a boundary had he and No. 11 Ajmal Shahzad not completed the winning run first. Woakes’ innings came after Eoin Morgan put England on the path to victory with 43, but the match turned when the left-hander holed out to Watson, who then removed Michael Yardy with the next ball to be on a hat-trick. Watson could scarcely have done more for the home side, with 4-15 from his four overs after his solo effort with the bat. The powerful right-hander hit three sixes from the first three balls England spinner Graeme Swann bowled and took 26 off the over. But he was bowled by Yardy (2/28) and Australia failed to build on the foundation he had provided after being 76-0 after eight overs. None of the other Australian batsman looked comfortable, with new captain Cameron White, taking over from Michael Clarke, making just six. The two teams meet again on Friday at the MCG, before playing a seven-match oneday series. — Agencies

Scoreboard Australia D Warnerc Shahzad b Yardy 30 S Watson b Yardy 59 D Hussey b Bresnan 28 C Whitec Pietersen b Woakes 6 A Finch not out 15 S Smith not out 15 Extras: (lb-1, b-1, w-2) 4 Total: (for 4 wkts in 20 overs)157 Fall of wkts: 1/83, 2/92, 3/115, 4/133 Bowling: Woakes 4-0-34-1, Shahzad 4-0-25-0, Bresnan 4-028-1, Yardy 4-0-28-2, Swann 4-040-0 England I Bell c Smith b Johnson 27 S Davies c White b Lee 4 K Pietersenc Hussey b O’Keefe25 P Collingwoodc Paine b Hussey16 E Morganc Hussey b Watson 43 L Wright lbw Tait 0 T Bresnan c Lee b Watson 11 M Yardy c Paine b Watson 0 C Woakes not out 19 G Swann b Watson 6 A Shahzad not out 0 Extras: (lb-5, w-2) 7 Total: (for 9 wkts in 20 overs)158 Fall of wkts: 1/16, 2/49, 3/63, 4/99, 5/104, 6/130, 7/130, 8/141, 9/154 Bowling: Tait 4-0-40-1, Lee 4-041-1, Johnson 4-0-27-1, O’Keefe 2-0-16-1, Watson 4-0-15-4, Hussey 2-0-14-1 MoM: Shane Watson

more fireworks in their famous rivalry by targeting a return to the number one spot. “You have to have something special to become World No. 1. But I’m prepared for that,” Federer said. However, the enduring dominance of the top two, joint favourites here, only spells more problems for the chasing pack led by Serbia’s Novak Djokovic — the 2008 winner — and Andy Murray, heavily beaten by Federer in last year’s final. “It’s incredible,” said Murray, the World No. 5, marvelling at Nadal’s tilt at the “Rafa Slam”. “A lot of people are saying, “Well, it’s not all in the one calendar year.” But I don’t really think that makes any difference. If you hold all four Slams at one time, it’s an incredible achievement. Even three in a row is amazing.” “That’s what all of us are competing against. He’s one of the best players ever, if not the best, and he deserves to be number one in the world, and if he does win the Australian Open — which I hope he doesn’t — then it would be incredible.” Murray’s quest to break Britain’s 75-year Grand Slam drought has been repeatedly blocked by the top pair, whose parade through the past 23 majors has been interrupted only by Djokovic and Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro. However, Djokovic arrives on a high following Serbia’s Davis Cup victory over France last month, after collecting titles in Beijing and Dubai to end his fourth year

 Roger Federer hits a shot during a practice session at Melbourne Park on Wednesday, ahead of the Australian Open. — Reuters in a row as world number three. “The last couple of months I’ve been playing maybe my best tennis and definitely a title in the Davis Cup gave me a lot of confidence and a very short off season as well, but that’s the way it is. I have to adjust,” he said. “I’m still working hard off the court, trying to work physically well.” Sweden’s Robin Soderling won last week’s Brisbane International to leap-frog Murray as World No. 4, underlining his danger-man status after wins over Nadal and Federer at the 2009 and

Baroda-Rajasthan tie evenly poised Vadodara: Five-wicket haul by leg-spinner Bhargav Bhatt (5/103) helped Baroda restrict Rajasthan to 394 before reaching 73 for one at stumps on the second day of the Ranji Trophy Super League final here on Wednesday. For Rajasthan, although Robin Bist (77), skipper Hrishikesh Kanitkar (61), Rashmi Parida (56) and Ashok Menaria (45) contributed with the bat but none of the batsmen could convert the half-centuries into a big score here at the Moti Bagh Stadium. Resuming at the overnight total of 198 for three, Tuesday’s unbeaten batsmen in Rohit Bist on 56 and Vivek Yadav on 4, mixed caution with aggression to give the visitors a good start on the day. The duo put on a 50-run stand for the fourth wicket with Yadav being the more dominating of the two. Replying to Rajasthan’s first innings score, Baroda openers Connor Williams (17) and Jaikishan Kolsawala put on a fine 63-run opening partnership before the former was caught by Aakash Chopra in the second slip off Vivek Yadav’s bowling.

At the end of Day II, the match was evenly poised with Kolsawala (46) and Kedar Devdhar (4) at the crease. — PTI

Scoreboard Rajasthan First innings (Overnight 198/3) R Bist b Bhatt 77 V Yadav lbw Bhatt 27 R Parida b Bhatt 56 A Menariac Devdhar b Bhatt 45 R Jhalani b Vohra 9 D Chahar b Singh 8 P Singh b Singh 6 M Khatri not out 0 Extras: (b-13, lb-14, w-13) 40 Total: (in 147.1 overs) 394 Fall of wkts: 4/240, 5/269, 6/346, 7/369, 8/384, 9/394 Bowling: Vahora 36-5-108-0, Vohra 26-9-57-1, Bhatt 42.1-14103-5, Karambelkar 8-4-12-0, Singh 21-4-54-2, Waghmode 143-33-1 Baroda First innings C Williamsc Chopra b Yadav 17 J Kolsawala batting 46 K Devdhar batting 4 Extras: (b-6) 6 Total: (for 1 wkt in 30 overs) 73 Fall of wkts: 1/63 Bowling: Singh 6-2-16-0, Chahar 8-2-31-0, Khatri 8-1-13-0, Yadav 7-4-7-1, Menaria 1-1-0-0

Williams injury leaves Open up for grabs Melbourne: Tennis fans could hardly have guessed that when Serena Williams cut her foot in a Munich restaurant last August, the race for the 2011 Australian Open would be thrown wide open. Serena has towered over the Australian Open in recent times, winning four of the past six titles, including the last two in a row. But complications to her foot injury have meant Serena will not be making the trip to Melbourne this year and the task of picking a potential winner has suddenly become much tougher. The early favourite is US Open champion Kim Clijsters, who arrived in Australia last week with her family in tow and brimming with confidence. The Belgian World No. 3 underlined her credentials when she beat the top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki in the final of the year-end championships in Doha in November. “I kind of wished

that the season wasn’t over yet, after the championships last year, because I was hitting the ball so well,” Clijsters said. “But I feel good (again now). I feel like I’m hitting the ball well and, injury-wise, there’s no problem and that’s obviously a big key here in Australia — being fit enough to play these matches.” Clijsters showed she had not lost any of her 2010 form when she downed Wozniacki in an exhibition in Thailand at the start of the year. The 27-year-old Belgian will also be desperate to atone for 2010, when she entered the Australian Open as one of the hot favourites but crashed out in the third round to Nadia Petrova 6-0, 6-1 in one of the most-lopsided matches of the tournament. Denmark’s Wozniacki ended the year as the women’s World No. 1, reaching the peak of the

game without having won a Grand Slam. The 20-year-old Dane is the youngest year-end number one since Martina Hingis in 2000, but this week’s second-round Sydney International loss has not helped convince critics she is worthy of the top ranking. Winning the Australian Open would silence her doubters in the best possible way and end comparisons with Russia’s Dinara Safina and Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic, who also became number ones without winning a Grand Slam. Safina and Jankovic are in the field but both look to have missed their chances at a Grand Slam. Perhaps the most underrated player is Russia’s Vera Zvonareva, the 2010 Wimbledon finalist and current World No. 2. Zvonareva demolished Venus Williams at an exhibition event in Hong Kong last week and is

close to making her breakthrough. However, she also failed in round two in Sydney. Other talking points are whether former champions Justine Henin and Maria Sharapova can win another title. Henin’s comeback from retirement was derailed in June when she damaged ligaments in her right elbow in a fall while losing to Clijsters at Wimbledon. Her recovery has been slow but trainer Carlos Rodriguez said the 28-year-old “definitely has three great years at the highest level ahead of her”. She competed successfully at the Hopman Cup in Perth and cannot be discounted. Sharapova has struggled to reproduce the form that brought her three Grand Slam titles, following an operation on her right shoulder in October 2008. Her comeback suffered a setback last week when she was

beaten by unheralded Hungarian Greta Arn at the WTA tournament in Auckland. Australia will be hoping that World No. 6 Samantha Stosur can become the first local to win the Australian Open since Chris O’Neil in 1978. Stosur broke through in 2010 as she reached the final at Roland Garros and won in Charleston, but she still has plenty of questions regarding her mental strength on the big stage. Other contenders include perennial Melbourne underachiever Venus Williams, who is a seven-time Grand Slam winner, French Open champion Francesca Schiavone and powerful Belarusian Victoria Azarenka. However, a real dark horse could be left-handed Czech Petra Kvitova, who won the Brisbane International on Saturday with a flawless display of clean hitting. — AFP  Serena Williams

2010 French Opens. “I am playing really well and what makes me really happy is that I’ve never really played well in Australia before,” Soderling said. “But now I’ve won a tournament here and I’m playing really good tennis, which makes me happy and gives me a lot of confidence for Melbourne.” American evergreen Andy Roddick reached the 2009 semi-finals here and was a quarter-finalist last year, while dark horses include Tomas Berdych, Mikhail Youzhny and Fernando Verdasco. — AFP

Maidan Uncut Jan 25 deadline for CAB Kolkata: In an organising committee meeting held in Mumbai on Wednesday the Cricket Association of Bengal has been asked to complete all World Cup arrangements before January 25, when the ICC delegation is expected to visit the city. CAB has been asked to set up a media centre and also increase the height of the sightscreen by three feet, said CAB joint secretary Biswarup Dey.

Mohun Bagan in command on Day I Kolkata: Wriddhiman Saha (107) and Arindam Ghosh (113) played superb innings to put Mohun Bagan in control on the first day of the CAB Premier league here on Wednesday. Bagan scored 434 with the loss of five wickets in 85 overs. Summarised scores  Mohun Bagan 434/5 in 85 overs (W Saha 107, A Ghosh 113) v West Bengal Police.  Tollygunge Agragami 240 in 67.5 overs (T A Khan 88 n. o.; K Maity 6/79). Eastern Railway 53/2.  ABP 305/8 in 76 overs (S Dutta 112, A Das 40, S Chanda 40) v Sporting Union.  Aryan Club 421+10= 431/8 in 84+1=85 overs (A Ghosh 102, A Mukherjee 77; A Dixit 3/101) v Aikya Sammilani.  Mohammedan SC 334/9 in 85 overs (P Thakur 97, S Paul 3/75) v Shyambazar.  Ballygunge United 446/7 (S Biswas 106, Md Abbas 109 n. o.) v Belgachia United Club.  Suburban Club 158 in 50.1 overs (J Debnath 46; A Gupta 4/11). BNR Recreation Club 159/3 in 25.4 overs (S Ghosh 72 n. o., A Das 40). BNR won by 7 wkts.  Police AC 386/8 in 85 overs (S Chowdhury 115, A Gangey 98; N Tewari 3/55) v Dalhousie AC.  Netaji Subhash Institute 312 in 70.5 overs (P Shaw 141, M P Behera 59; S Biswas 3/37). Young Bengal Club 39/0 in 8 overs.  Bhowanipore Club 435/9 in 85 overs (J Basu 135, D Karma 117; S B Singh 4/52) v Rajasthan Club. All matches to continue.

Deeya Banerjee in final Kolkata: Deeya Banerjee beat Aboli Goghari 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the girls Under-14 singles semi-finals of the BTAAITA Championship Series tennis tournament on Wednesday. — Our Correspondent

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KKR in no position to offer mentorship to Dada Arindam Basu Kolkata: While admitting it was extremely tough to leave former Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Sourav Ganguly out of the scheme of things, the franchise CEO Venky Mysore said they were not in any position to offer Dada the mentor’s position as they felt that he was really willing to play in IPL-IV. “Who are we to say that to Dada? He had signed a contract, given a declaration and increased his base price. He had also said in his interviews that he was in talks with other teams who would pick him if KKR didn’t. We are always open to utilizing his vast experience, but for that we need to sit and talk. What we would really like Dada is to find

Akram to return as bowling coach for us is his rightful successor from Bengal,” Venky Mysore told The Bengal Post, when asked if the franchise was going to offer the mentor’s post to Ganguly. “It was very difficult for us as a franchise to leave out Dada. Personally, as I have been quoted, I have enormous respect for him for his contributions and how he made the India team a formidable side overseas. But when his name came up for draw, he did not fit the scheme of things at that point and also the purse at our disposal. We also decided not to get ourselves emotionally attached to a name.” A lot has been talked about in the

media since the auction and Ganguly’s omission from the side. There have been protests on social networking sites and also some show of protest on the streets. But none the less the KKR think-tank is confident of having put together a side that is well balanced and willing to work together. Asked about the X-factor in the KKR side that was perhaps missing the last three seasons, he said: “I will not be able to say what the Xfactor is, but yes in Gautam Gambhir we have a sober, dignified and hardworking captain and he is willing to work tirelessly with the team to change its fortune around.

South Africa set a formidable target

the middle, de Villiers signalled his arrival with two fours on either off Nehra. Along with Duminy, who came in at the fall of Amla’s wicket, de Villiers rebuilt the hosts’ innings by playing some sensible cricket. De Villiers’ knock, which included seven fours and one six, was in stark contrast to the one played by Duminy. While the former found the boundaries at will, including a straight six off Harbhajan Singh midway into the innings, Duminy relied on ones and the twos. In reply to South Africa’s 289/9 India were 140/7 in 32 overs. He, however, sent a Yuvraj Singh delivery over long-on for the maximum. Apart from that six, Duminy had just one four to show for. Thanks to the de VilliersDuminy combo, South Africa were cruising at 213 for three before the 131-run partnership came to an end, courtesy Rohit Sharma who was lucky that his long hop found Harbhajan's safe hands at deep mid-wicket. — PTI

 AB de Villiers during the ODI match against India at Kingsmead Stadium on Wednesday. — Reuters Durban: AB de Villers and JP Duminy notched up contrasting half centuries to propel South Africa to a challenging 289 for nine in the first cricket One-Day International against India here on Wednesday. Batting first after winning the toss, South Africa were looking good for a few more, but four wickets for just 56 runs in the last 10 overs somewhat foiled their plans. Duminy (73 off 89) and de Villiers (76 off 69) scored at will, picking the gaps and finding the boundaries with consummate ease, after Hashim Amla (50 off 36)

gave the hosts a flying start with an aggressive half-century at Sahara Stadium in Kingsmead here. Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel and Rohit Sharma finished with two wickets each, while Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra and Suresh Raina accounted for a victim each. While boundaries kept coming at regular intervals as long as de Viiliers and Duminy were at the crease, the two also ran hard between the wickets to steal the singles and twos. After Munaf brought to an end the out-of-sorts Colin Ingram’s 34-minute stay in

Scoreboard South Africa G Smith c Sharma b Nehra 11 H Amla c Singh b Patel 50 C Ingram c Nehra b Patel 5 AB de Villiersc Singh b Sharma76 J Duminy lbw Sharma 73 D Miller b Raina 9 J Botha b Singh 23 W Parnell not out 21 D Steyn c Yuvraj b Khan 7 M Morkel b Khan 0 L Tsotsobe not out 1 Extras: (b-1, lb-8, w-4) 13 Total: (for 9 wkts in 50 overs)289 Fall of wkts: 1/21, 2/72, 3/82, 4/213, 5/226, 6/244, 7/266, 8/285, 9/286 Bowling: Khan 10-0-44-2, Nehra 6-0-61-1, Patel 7-1-36-2, Singh 10-0-56-1, Yuvraj 6-0-32-0, Sharma 7-0-30-2, Raina 4-0-21-1 End of SA innings

Perhaps that is the X-factor.” Analysing the side, Mysore said: “We went into the auction with one clear picture. We had multiple choice for each position and we decided that choice No 8 was as good as choice No 1. So if 8 came up first we took him without taking a chance. Having said that, we were very happy to get at least five players from the first choice including Manoj Tewari and Gautam Gambhir.” The franchise is also looking to sign a few uncapped players as part of their commitment to developing cricket in the catchment area. “It is precisely for this reason that Dav Whatmore is based out of the city as the Director, Development of Junior Cricket committee for Cricket Association of Bengal at our cost.”

KKR will begin some ground work once the World Cup sides are declared and they know the players who are there in their roster who have not been selected. “We are going to get back Wasim Akram as the bowling coach and begin work as soon as the World Cup realities dawn,” he said. While the top priority for them is to see KKR go to the pinnacle they also want the city to feel happy about their team being a runaway winner. “We have new thought, new ideas. It is evident from the fact that we were the only franchise represented by the Managers and not the owners. Making KKR a winning team is on the priority list and offering Kolkata the best cricket team they could imagine will be a huge bonus.”

Dada is like my younger brother, says Shah Rukh New Delhi: Kolkata Knight Riders’ co-owner Shah Rukh Khan on Wednesday said leaving out former India captain Sourav Ganguly from the team was a decision taken by the “cricketing brains” of the franchise and not by him. Ganguly, who captained KKR in the inaugural and 2009 season, was completely ignored during the two rounds of players’ auction for the fourth edition. The snub to the flamboyant batsman triggered angry protests in Kolkata. Khan pleaded with the fans to understand the compulsions behind the decision. “It’s with very heavy heart that such decisions are taken. I don’t do cricketing decisions anymore because in the first year when I did it, I have not done very well,” Khan said. “I feel very sad for my team, for the city that my team represents. I feel very sad for the state. I feel very bad for my children. So all the decisions are now taken by the cricketing brains. The main aim is to

 Sourav Ganguly perform well since in the last three years. We have performed badly and I am sure that Dada also wishes that we do well,” he added. Khan said the team, which has bought Gautam Gambhir for a mind-boggling Rs 11 crore, cannot be about one individual. “Dada is like my younger brother. The team does not consist of one or two people. It is a team of 20. We used to feel very bad about our loss. We have even cried when we didn’t win in India as well as in South Africa. We only want to win

Afridi retained as Pak ODI captain Karachi: Pakistan on Wednesday retained flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi as captain while controversial wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal was also recalled for the upcoming six-match ODI series against New Zealand starting January 22 in Wellington. The national selection committee met in Lahore on Wednesday and announced a 16-member squad with no real surprises except the return of Akmal, who was recently cleared by the PCB for selection. Akmal was one of the three cricketers reportedly asked by the PCB to submit details of bank accounts and assets from the last three years to the integrity committee, probing charges of spot-fixing which led to the

suspensions of Salman Butt, Mohammed Asif and Mohammed Aamer. Misbah-ul Haq, who led Pakistan in the two-Test series against New Zealand, will be Afridi’s deputy. Experienced batsman Mohammed Yousuf, who was included in the preliminary World Cup squad, last week, has been left out for the series. Shoaib Malik and Fawad Alam were also overlooked. Kamran has not been selected since the tour of England in September last year. The squad Shahid Afridi (c), Mohammed Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Younis Khan, Umar Akmal, Misbah-ul Haq, Asad Shafiq, Abdul Razzaq, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Akhtar, Tanvir Ahmed, Umar Gul, Sohail Tanvir, Wahab Riaz, Abdul Rehman and Saeed Ajmal. — PTI

the championship for Kolkata. We all want to do that including Dada. We have to put sadness, issues and thoughts behind sometimes to achieve a goal. We all have to make some sacrifices we understand that,” he told a private TV channel. Khan said the controversies should now end and KKR should be allowed to function smoothly. “In season one, we had a lot of controversies and in the third IPL season, we had so many problems so my message to everyone is to give me a chance to run KKR without controversies. Let me play the game with the spirit of the game,” he said. KKR coach Dav Whatmore chose not to speak on Sourav Ganguly being snubbed at the IPL auction but the burly Australian is happy with the set of players his franchise has picked for the fourth edition of IPL. “I have my personal views but I would like them to remain with me,” Whatmore said. — PTI

BCCI blames Modi for FEMA violations New Delhi: Under fire over allegations of foreign exchange violations in IPL, BCCI's top officials on Wednesday blamed sacked Commissioner Lalit Modi for “mistakes” as they told a Parliamentary panel that they had given appr-ovals at his behest in “good faith”. BCCI President Shashank Manohar, Secretary N Srinivasan and IPL Chairman Chirayu Amin were quizzed by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance for about two-and-a-half hours about the alleged FEMA violations. The BCCI was asked about the funding pattern of the highly popular IPL and the methods adopted for payment to foreign and Indian players. The Comm-ittee also sought details of the expenses incurred on the conduct of the second edition of the Twenty20 tournament in South Africa in 2009. IPL was held in South Africa in 2009 due to a clash of dates with the general elections in India. Making a case of FEMA violation against BCCI, the Committee said BCCI had not taken permission from RBI and Income Tax Department for opening and operating foreign current account in South Africa. It said opening and operating of the account through an explicit agreement with the Cricket South Africa could be construed as FEMA violation

as the operations of the account were controlled by BCCI. Amin did not take questions from reporters after the hearing but sources say BCCI while replying to the queries said that it was not aware that by opening an account in South Africa it was actually indulging in FEMA violations. They admitted that some mistakes were made, said a source. Some of the officials are also believed to have told the Committee that certain

transactions were done by Modi and they approved those in “good faith”, the source added. The Committee also asked how much money was credited into the CSA account and who did it. The Committee also asked the BCCI officials if they were aware about a government report that investments made by IPL franchisees were routed from outside India. — PTI

Ervine back in squad Harare: All-rounder Sean Ervine was back in Zimbabwe colours for the first time in seven years when he was named in the 15-man squad on Wednesday for next month’s World Cup. Ervine played five Tests and 42 ODIs from 2001 until 2004, when he was involved in a players’ dispute with national cricket administrators and left the country. Zimbabwe picked four specialist spinners in Ray Price, Prosper Utseya, Graeme Cremer and Greg Lamb for the spin-friendly conditions in the subcontinent. The squad Elton Chigumbura (c), Regis Chakabva, Charles Coventry, Graeme Cremer, Craig Ervine, Sean Ervine, Greg Lamb, Shingi Masakadza, Chris Mpofu, Ray Price, Ed Rainsford, Tatenda Taibu, Brendan Taylor, Prosper Utseya, Sean Williams. — AP

Warne’s ‘Tornado’ in Pune ICC tribunal has

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New Delhi/ Mumbai: Shane Warne’s discovery in the Indian Premier League, fast bowler Kamran Khan, will play for the Sahara Pune Warriors in the fourth season of the cash-rich Twenty20 league. “I have signed the contract with Pune. I will miss Shane (Warne) but I guess a new team will provide me the opportunity to play more matches,” Khan said. Captain and Coach Warne called him a ‘Tornado’ and used him as a front-line bowler. Khan, in fact, made his Twenty20 debut before having played a first-class match. Khan too acknowledges the contribution of Warne in building up his career. “I will not forget what Shane has done for me. Whatever I am today is because of him. He is a tremendous captain and a good human being,” he said. Khan could play only three matches in the IPL third season due to his knee injury. “I am fit now and raring to perform. I could not play much matches in the last

season but this time I will prove my mettle for sure,” said the 20-year-old son of a woodcutter from Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh. Khan said he is excited about playing alongside Yuvraj Singh whom he admires a lot. “I met him many times during IPL but now I’ll be playing with him. I am really excited,” he said. Royals sign Chahar, Chopra Having already acquired legends like Rahul Dravid and Shane Warne in their ranks,

Rajasthan Royals have now signed swing bowler Deepak Chahar and former India opener Aakash Chopra for the next two editions of IPL. The Royals, winners of the inaugural season in 2008, have also signed up two other Rajasthan Ranji players, former India under-19 captain Ashok Meneria and Dishant Yagnik, a media release said on Wednesday. The Jaipur franchise have already successfully bid for lanky Rajasthan Ranji pacer Pankaj Singh. — PTI

 Kamran Khan (left) with Shane Warne

done well: Mani Karachi: Former ICC president Ehsan Mani is happy with the way the anti-corruption tribunal has handled the case of spot-fixing allegations against Pakistani players and feels that the suspended trio will be handed harsh punishment when final verdict will be announced next month. Mani, also a Pakistani, contended that it is a case which will have a huge impact on world cricket and hence backed tribunal’s decision to push the final decision to February 5. He also rubbished the fears over tribunal’s ability to deal with such a high profile case. “Anyone questioning the tribunal’s credentials or impartiality is totally wrong. All the gentlemen on the tribunal are men of great esteem and from the judicial background. “I have no doubt over their ability to give a verdict based on fairness and justice,” Mani said. “It is good the tribunal is taking its time in reaching a

verdict and wants to study all available material before it. This is a case the outcome of which will have a big impact on the future of international cricket and I don’t think there should be any hurry in giving a decision on the spot-fixing charges,” he said. Mani feels that the suspended trio will be punished but said the players still had the right to approach the Court of Arbitration for Sport. “I have no doubt in the ability of Michael Beloff and his team. It’s a high profile case and the delay was expected. Not to forget that the players have a right to approach the Court of Arbitration for Sport also, therefore the tribunal wanted to take sufficient time to analysis all angles of the case. “My gut feeling is that all the three will be harshly punished. However, I will be very disappointed for Aamer who is the best young talent around,” said Mani. — PTI

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Filmmaker Alankrita Shrivastava’s Turning 30!!! hits the theatres this week. The film is about a woman who’s faced with both personal and professional crisis, right on her 30th birthday. The Hindi film industry too has a long list of actresses who are post-30 and still going strong. While some are doing the balancing act between marriage and career, others are busy braving challenges coming from the younger brigade

Bipasha Basu: he celebrated her 32nd birthday this month and Bipasha has her hands full. Trade experts confide that she is glowing more with age. Her roles in Pankh and Lamhaa won her rave reviews. She is still the favourite poster girl and is only maturing with age. She has as many as three films coming up, Dum Maro Dum, Afterword and Players. She says she is getting to play a wider range of characters with every project she’s taking up.

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Konkona Sen Sharma: aughter of ace filmmaker Aparna Sen, Konkona drew attention with the English-language film Mr and Mrs Iyer (2002), which was directed by her mother. Konkona received the National Film Award for Best Actress for her performance in the film. Thereafter, her appearance in Page 3 (2005) got her wider recognition from audiences, but there is no end to her quest for perfection. The actress, who is now married to Ranvir Shorey, won accolades for her roles in Atithi Tum Kab Jaaoge?, Wake Up Sid! et al. “When you turn 30, your mindset changes, so you start hunting for roles that suit your age,” says trade analyst Taran Adarsh. And Konkona has played befitting characters ever since her debut which establishes why people call her a thinking man’s actress.

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Aishwarya Rai he former Miss World has seen more success in her 30s than she did when she was younger. Ash was 33-years-old when she married Abhishek Bachchan in 2007. The actress went on to give hits like Dhoom 2, Jodhaa Akbar and Guru. Her performance in Jagmohan Mundra’s Provoked was critically acclaimed and she also bagged plum roles in Hollywood productions like The Last Legion and The Pink Panther 2. She has nullified the notion that actresses struggle to get their careers going after marriage. “I never really worried about what might happen if I got married, I opted acting as a profession and have never had qualms about what I should be doing and what not. I rely on the director’s vision of what they see in me,” she had once said in an interview.

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er career has suddenly come to a standstill. She turned entrepreneur and bought one of the Indian Premier League teams. And nowadays, she is seen more on the cricket ground cheering for her team than on screen. Her last stint was a cameo in Main Aur Mrs Khanna (2009). This is one actress who is really finding it tough in her 30s. However, trade expert Taran Adarsh begs to differ. “I don’t think she would quit films. It’s just that she is not getting the kind of roles she would want to do. It’s too early to write her off,” says Adarsh. On turning 30, Preity had said in an interview, “Today I have a rocking career, my mom is rocking too and my personal life couldn't get any better, touch wood. I can shop till I drop and I can visit any part of the world to work or to holiday.” So, who says she is bothered?

Rani Mukerji: umours of her affair with filmmaker Aditya Chopra grabbed attention more than her work and film offers started declining. Dil Bole Hadippa with a much-younger Shahid Kapur bombed and it was only No One Killed Jessica (2011) that could bail her out. The Katrinas and Priyankas are giving her a run for her money, but Rani is unfazed. “Age does not matter and I am happy with the kind of roles I am getting,” is what she said.

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mong the 30s brigade, she is, by far, the best. She went on a sabbatical after tying the knot with Ajay Devgn in 1999. She had an unsuccessful year in 2000, as her only release that year, Raju Chacha went unnoticed. Kajol had only two films in 2001. She played a double role in Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi, which was a box office dud. However, she bounced back with her second venture with Karan Johar's Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, which was one of the biggest hits of the year. After Kunal Kohli’s Fanaa in 2006, Kajol went on to receive accolades for her performances in We Are Family and Toonpur Ka Superherro (2010). The actress has recently given birth to her second child. Kajol feels turning 30 couldn’t have been better. She was quoted saying on a website, “I have grown up. I hope I'm a better person today than I was 10 years ago. I have changed and it has a lot to do with having a baby and a family.”

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or Vidya, acting happened quite late in life, but the girl from Chembur, Mumbai has become all the more charming and graceful with age. One of the busiest actresses in Bollywood now, Vidya is over and done with rumours of affairs with co-stars and is busy establishing herself as an actress of substance. Power packed performances in films like Paa (2009), Ishqiya (2010) and No One Killed Jessica (2011) has earned accolades. Gossip relating to her sense of dressing and weight problems are a thing of the past and Vidya says she is blessed to be able to play such diverse characters and work with fantastic directors and actors.

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‘I prefer standing out in the crowd’ Actress Gul Panag talks to PostScript about her latest film Turning 30!!!and how she relates to her character in the film

Diganta Guha he is busy, extremely busy giving interviews about her forthcoming film. You keep trying to get through to her from morning, she finally takes time off in the evening. “Sorry, it’s been going on and on,” says model-turnedactress Gul Panag. She has been in the limelight for long enough to know what glamour is all about. And age does not matter to her. Gul is jovial and hungry for more. Her film Turning 30!!! releases this Friday and Gul couldn’t have been happier. “You know when the director came to me with the script, I instantly took it up because I was myself turning 30 and it was just my kind of role,” says Gul over the phone from Mumbai. Before delving deeper into the film, we ask her about her feelings after turning 30. And she is forthcoming. “It’s a wonderful feeling. I am much more confident and sure of myself than what I was before,” she quips. And she is also

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delighted the change Bollywood is going through in terms of accepting actresses who are in their 30s. “The notion that an actress once past 30 has no takers is broken. Look at Kajol, Aishwarya (Rai Bachchan), Rani (Mukerji) and others who still have such a strong fan following,” she says adding that it’s the change in society that reflects this changing trend on screen. “The pressure is much more now than what was there during our parents’ time. There is far more competition now to buy a car, house so early in life. I guess our parents were far more spaced out,” says Gul. Coming to the film, Gul says it’s a drama that “focuses on the roles a city girl juggles. On one hand she is a professional in office, on the other hand she is a homemaker, wife and girlfriend. It’s that kind of role that I can instantly relate to and this is one major reason why I fell in

love with the script. I was fortunate to work with a director (Alankrita Shrivastava) with whom I shared a similar vision,” says the actress who sounds relaxed despite Friday coming closer. The film also stars Purab Kohli, Ira Dubey, Siddharth Makkar and others and is produced by Prakash Jha. One noteworthy feature in her career has been the choice of her films. She has been very choosy and has never got carried away by big banners and big stars. Look at Dhoop, Manorama Six Feet Under, Dor, Summer 2007, to mention a few. “I have always gone for films that would be memorable rather than doing films which give me little opportunities to show my skills. I prefer standing out in the crowd,” says the actress. Gul hates being in the rat race and, she couldn’t be bothered by the release of a bigger film Yamla Pagla Deewana on the same day. That’s what you call attaining maturity after turning 30.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

A painting by Bula Sarkar on display at Weavers Studio till January 18

ART Colours, Obsessions and Celebrations An exhibition of paintings by Bula Sarkar and Subhasis Biswas to be inaugurated by Samir Aich and Tapati Mukherjee Venue: Weaver's Studio Centre for the Arts Date: January 14 - 18 Time: 10 am - 6 pm Small World An exhibition of paintings by Dhiren Sasmal, Atish Mukherjee, Arnab Basu, Viraag Desai, Tonmoy Roy, Tarun Chakraborty, Goutam Sarkar, Anjan Bhattacharya, Sambhu Saha, Deborshi Aich and others on small format canvasses Venue: Tejas Art Gallery Date: Till January 15 Time: 11 am - 7 pm Colour Coded An exhibition of artworks by eminent and upcoming artists featuring Debabrata Chakraborty, Dipti Chakraborty, Samli Paul, Nitya Kundu, Milanendu Mondal, P.C. Sen, Arun

Samaddar, Subrata Das, Prabal Roy, Sajad Hamdani and others Venue: Shree Art Gallery Date: Till January 16 Time: 3 pm - 7 pm The Lost North Wind An exposition by four contemporary artists Venue: Society of Contemporary Artists’ Gallery, 398 Rash Behari Avenue Date: Till January 16 Time: 4 pm - 8pm Showcasing Dadaism Attend a painting exhibition focussing on the relation between New Pop, Pop, Dada, Anti-Art in an attempt to outline their influences on contemporary art Venue: Rabindranath Tagore Centre Date: Till January 18 Time: 11 am - 8 pm Oil on Canvas An exhibition of paintings on early Bengal by a clutch of new painters Venue: Chitrakoot Art

Gallery Date: Till January 23 Time: 3 pm - 7 pm The Pageant of Life An exhibition of artwork featuring Suhas Roy, Prokash Karmakar and Ramananda among others Venue: Idiyas Gallery Date: Till January 30 Time: 10.30 am - 6.30 pm Through Western Eyes An exhibition of paintings called India - Land of People by artists from the West Venue: Vicotoria Memorial Hall Date: Till January 30 Time: 10 am - 5 pm

MISCELLENOUS Child Rights through Lens A mobile street photography exhibition organised by Click Rights Venue: Ranu Chayya Mancha (adjacent to Academy of Fine Arts) Date: January 13 - 19 Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm

Dancing Glory International dancer, performer and teacher Zuleikha will perform at the American Center Venue: American Center (Lincholn Room) Date: January 13 Time: 5:30 pm

BITM presents Eastern India Science and Engineering Fair 2011, featuring young scientists from 13 Indian states Venue: Birla Industrial & Technological Museum Date: Till January 15 Time: 10 am - 5 pm Phone: 9432382665

Aperture Allure Solo exhibition by Spanish photographer Maria Arantzazu Farnandez Venue: Emami Chisel Art, 687 Anandapur, E.M. Bypass Date: Till January 14 Time: 11 am - 7 pm

Book Launch One Little Finger by Malini Chib and published by Sage Publication will be released by Madhu Neotia Venue: Swisshotel Date: January 15 Time: 7 pm

Drama Drumroll Watch Ballantines recreate magic. Featuring Short and Sweet theatre, Australia and Improv Comedy Mumbai. Directed by Mark Cleary from Australia, Michael Caemmerer from USA and Iswar Singh from India. Accompanying cast and crew are Ankur Sabharwal, Adhiraj Chand Katoch, Eisha Chopra and Prashant Sehgal Venue: HOPS Lounge Bar Date: January 14 Time: 8.30 pm onwards Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival Three days of debates, entertainment and inspiration for kids and adults alike Venue: Oxford Bookstore, Park Street Date: January 14 - 16 Time: 11 am onwards Film Premiere Sankalp India’s very first feature film dealing with the subject of juvenile diabetes (pic on the right) Venue:Williamson Magor Hall, The Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (1st floor) Date: January 15 Time: 3pm

Karma Yajna Discourses on Upanishad and Bhagavad Gita by Swami Parthasarathy and Sunandaji Venue: G.D. Birla Sabhaghar Date: Till January 16 Time: 6.30 pm - 8 pm Vocal Vocation Hindustani Classical vocalist Sohini Roychowdhury shall perform a solo in association with Paschim Banga Rajya Sangeet Academy Venue: Madhusudan Mancha Date: January 16 Time: 9 am onwards Dolls House Visit an exhibition of traditional Japanese dolls. Known as ningyo in Japan, it literally means 'human shape' Venue: ICCR Date: Till January 23 Time: 10 am - 6 pm

Taurus: Family responsibilities will claim much of your time, today. You are likely to turn on your trademark charm and impress anyone you come across. Note: Let you partner know how much you are still in love with him or her. Gemini: Capitalise on your ability to focus. Avoid getting distracted and use your day in planning and getting things sorted. Note: Think before you leap, you cannot afford rash decisions. Cancer: You will want to be a part of a large group, especially one comprising your best pals. The world of imagination, fantasy, entertainment, or art lures you today. Note: You may feel like letting your hair down and go on a bender.

Leo: Your day’s plans is likely to get bungled and shuffled with appointments being cancelled and meetings rescheduled, much to your dislike. Note: Criticisms may come your way but you know better than to get affected. Virgo: Clarity of thought and words is necessary if you want to make a point. It might be a busy day but you will find time to unwind and it is will be time well spent. Note: An exotic gastronomic experience or a sudden trip will make you happy. Libra: You need to be careful today. You are most likely to splurge or at least get tempted to do so. Avoid getting embroiled in unnecessary squabbles. Note: You might have to compromise a little, for a loved one.

Scorpio: If you have been trying to discover your true calling, your quest might come to an end today. Uncertainties and self doubt cease to exist. Note: This is a good day to set goals and embark upon realising them.

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Sagittarius: Today is a day for socialising. You will be showered with invitations or might have your gang over. Meeting new people is on the cards. It is a fun-day! Note: Although it’s absolutely necessary to unwind make sure you deal with your responsibilities first.

Time Traveller Attend an evening of fusion music with Rahul Sharma on santoor, Bickram Ghosh on tabla, Atur Soni on keyboards and Arun Kumar on drums Venue: Tollygunge Club Date: January 15 Time: 7 pm - 9 pm Scientific Common

Aries: Impatience and restlessness hinder your thoughts and actions today. You are likely to gain popularity in the coming weeks. Note: Working in a group may help you resolve problems more easily.

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Capricorn: Today, you might ponder over the people you are surrounded by. You might want to weigh and measure the worth of having them in your life and might spot an unwanted few. Note: You are likely to enjoy some fun time with children.

Aquarius: This is a day for networking and mustering information and knowledge relevant to your work. You know how to put it all through a sieve. Note: You are likely to make some smart moves today that will earn you a pat on the back.

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Pisces: You might fall prey to the proverbial deception of all things charming. An illusion may keep you enthralled, but it’s time for a reality check. Note: You will be surprised by how wrong you were about someone you called a friend.

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YESTERDAY’S SOLUTION

1 Table salt 5 Number of fates 10 Valve lifters 14 Brownish tint 15 Weed whackers 16 Mishmash 17 Hoople of comics 18 Diarist Nin 19 Srtip of wood 20 Grdiron, basically 22 Kemo Sabe's pal 23 Forest grazer 24 Barbarian 25 Get ready for bed 29 Kind of deposit 33 Wake up 34 Audit pros 36 Pear-shaped instrument

37 USO audience 38 Cautions 39 Jungle Crusher 40 This, in Barcelona 42 Pub orders 43 Liniments 45 Climb down 47 K2's superior 49 Came down with 50 Horror-film street 51 Not qualified 54 GPS necessity 60 Caught the bus 61 Shady nook 62 Completed 63 Tel64 Stone monument 65 Dear, in Italy 66 Teddy trim 67 Lost colour 68 Grow together

Down 1 Within sight 2 Crowning point 3 Gator cousin 4 Sheens 5 Much obliged! 6 Chinese warehouse 7 Bona fide 8 A Great Lake 9 Double curve 10 Military rank 11 Mr. Greenspan 12 Cook's protector 13 Caranby Street locale 21 Ship's position 22 Winery cask 24 Tea kettle sound 25 Nudged forward 26 Unwanted sound 27 Looks for prints 28 Bring to boil 29 Pastor's abode 30 100 kopecks

31 Molecule components 32 Opposite of most 35 - med student 38 Mascara applicator 41 Carry out 43 Round starter 44 Wrestling hold 46 Attend a banquet 48 Turned sharply 51 Siberian river 52 Exploring star 53 S and L protector 54 Mex. miss 55 Ferrara or Gance 56 Enameled metal 57 A Karmazov 58 Hatcher or Garr 59 Latin I verb 61 Deadly snake

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Frozen in time Mark Rossier and Paramita Saha make Parivahitam worth a watch

Supreeta Singh apphire Creations Dance Workshop and Swiss musician Marc Rossier presented the Kolkata premier of their latest production ‘Parivahitam— Perspectives in Motion’ at Splash, Swissotel on January 11. The production has been conceptualised, choreographed and directed by Sudarshan Chakravarthy. Principal dancer Dibyendu Nath, lead female dancer Paramita Saha and senior dancers Nikita Bhattacharya, Koushik Das and Ankita Duttagupta constituted the cast. The narrative aimed to exhibit the rupture between the past and the present. While the past is portrayed as a cluster of delightful memories, the present is a disjointed series of incidents and experiences that only evoke nostalgia, but provides no solace. Fusing sharp contemporary dance movements with the footwork and motifs of Bharatnatyam, the choreography seeks to blur the lines between traditional and contemporary dance genres. However, if one had not known the concept before viewing, it would have

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been difficult to understand the ideas just by looking at the performance. An abstract concept needed a finer handling and a more concrete and sensitive execution. It begins on a softer note and goes through several emotional movements, but the exercise fails to reach a crescendo. For the lay audience, the story failed to evoke any deep-seated feelings of joy, recognition or angst, which is the purpose of any artistic piece. The steps appeared stilted in a few places. The entry and exit of dancers had no coherent logic. There were also repetitions of movements. Visually, the performance could have been made more breathtaking if the costumes were made more colourful. Paramita Saha was easily the most impressive among the dancers. Her interpretation of Sylvia Plath’s poetry was outstanding. However, the best part of the show was Marc Rossier’s music. He used his guitar to produce the effects of various instruments like table and flute and managed to mesmerise the audience.

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A friend in need

Corporate bigwig launches his latest book in Kolkata Farah Khatoon . Gopalakrishnan’s best-selling The Case of the Bonsai Manager in 2007 provided an insight to managers on how to bring out their full potential. He was in the city recently with some more valuable tips. Here to launch his latest book, When the Penny Drops: Learning What’s Not Taught, the former managing director of Brooke Bond Lipton India, said that his latest book is about the importance of selfawareness in developing ones’ career and life. For him, it is absolutely essential to acknowledge ones’ limitations and weaknesses and addressing them to be successful in life. “When you are chasing success you often overlook your weakness and that prevents you from attaining substantial success. The book elucidates how one should go about working on their limitations,” said Gopalakrishnan. His

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A bouquet of rural flavours

o celebrate Makar Sankranti—a major harvesting festival celebrated in West Bengal, the restaurant 6, Ballygunge Place organised a gastronomic celebration. They tapped into the culinary accompaniments of the festival to bring back the nostalgic smells and taste of rural Bengal. Exquisite delicacies like Bakri Pithe and Lal Murgi, Shoruchukli and Aloo Dum, Patishapta, Kuli Pitha, Doodh Pooli and Gokul Pithe were offered.

Saoni on a sedate journey he won the Zee Sa Re Ga Ma Pa contest, a show that promotes young musical talents, in 1996. Since then she has juggled her musical career between Mumbai and Kolkata and has made quite a name for herself. Those who have heard her sing, are all praise for her. PostScript catches up with this extremely gifted singer, Saoni Mitra, a resident of Bhowanipore, Kolkata. Excerpts:

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What occupies you at present? I have recently launched a Rabindrasangeet album called Madhuro Dhoni Baaje under the banner of RP Tech Vision. Apart from that I am doing quite a number of shows, both in Mumbai and Kolkata. I was also on the HMV panel. How did the journey begin? I started learning classical music when I was six, from Arati Bagchi. After that I was under the guidance of Pt. Ajay Chakraborty in Sangeet Research Academy. I have always been inclined towards classical music. Which singers and musicians have inspired you?

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simple formula is: “In the first part of your career, work on your strength and in the second part, work on your weakness.” By weakness he means arrogance, envy, fluctuating temper and impoliteness. The author has compiled experiences and anecdotes from his life to build his argument. “I know very little about myself and life teaches you new lessons every day,” he said. The content of his next book is already fixed. It would inform future managers about what a CEO expects from his subordinates. “Though it is not a trilogy but my oeuvre is marked by continuities,” said Gopalakrishnan. He however points out that his book is in no way a guide or a teacher. “It is like a friend whom you can talk to and then come to your own conclusion. The book is not a guru. It does not provide you with answers but helps you to find your own,” he signed off.

There are lots of them—Sarod-player Ali Akbar Khan, Sitarist Nikhil Banerjee, Santoor-maestro Shiv Kumar Sharma, singers Manna Dey, Ghulam Ali and others. As far as play back is concerned, I admire Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle. I have had the fortune of performing with Manna Dey—it was a great learning experience. His commitment to the craft is unparalleled and he always stressed on diction. Have you done any play-back singing? Yes, I have sung for films like Basu Chatterjee’s Hotath Brishti, Alankar and Bangshodhar. Apart from that I lent my voice to the Nokia commercial for Kolkata Knight Riders during the Indian Premier League. I have done a lot of jingles, the notable one being the one for Bajaj Amla. Some reality show winners have gone on to make a name in the industry, others have found the going tough. Where do you place yourself? I am happy doing my job, I believe there is no alternative to hard work. I will keep on trying my luck, if success has to come, it will.

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ecently, the Vivekananda Maidan near Jadavpur in South Kolkata turned into a hamlet of folk singers of pastoral Bengal. The 6th Baul Fakir Utsav saw famous baul and fakir singers from West Bengal and Bangladesh performing with rare candor and passion. The Indian edition of Lalan Fakir’s biography written by noted scholar Abul Ahsan Chowdhury was released during the festival. Practitioners of baul and fakir songs like Sushama Das from Sylhet, Fulmala Dasi from Birbhum and Khejmat Fakir of Nadia were felicitated. Artistes like Gour Khyapa, Bedana Fakirani, Armaan fakir, Fakir Altaf Shah and Chandrabati Ray Burman, from both sides of the border enthralled the listeners with musical messages of love, equality and selfknowledge.

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Thursday January 13, 2011

‘Sonam or Vidya can reprise my Pyaasa role’

eteran actress and heroine, Waheeda Rehman, of the 1957 classic Pyaasa feels that certain films should be kept from being remade. Reacting to actor Aamir Khan's wish

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to remake Pyaasa, Rehman said, “It shouldn't be made. I don't have the right to stop people. But if it is remade, then my role should be done either by Sonam Kapoor or Vidya Balan. The remade version of certain classics lose the original drama and thus its impact,” said the gracefully aging beauty. According to her some films look better in black and white only. The coloured versions can never retain the same drama or the same impact. “If Kaagaz Ke Phool is remade in colour, it would be a disaster. Same goes for films such as Pyaasa, Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam or

Nutan's Sujata,”added the 74-year old actress. Asked if she still relishes the memories of shooting her favourite songs, she said, “Not all. But there are a few songs which take me back to those days when I had shot for the songs. Jane Kya Tune Kahi, Jaane Kya Maine Suni from the film Pyaasa is one of my favourite songs. I became very popular with that song. The lyrics, music and picturisation were fantastic. Even Waqt Ne Kiya was excellently picturised, she added. Rehman being one of the finest dancers of her time doesn't find variety in the choreography in today's films. “Due respect given to the artistes and the choreographer, there are more item numbers, because it's today's trend. In our time the songs were a part of the story. That's how I feel about songs. There isn’t much change in the songs of the films other than the intense invasion of item numbers,” signs off Rehman. — IANS

Murder 2 with Jacqueline Fernandes he serial-kisser of Bollywood, actor Emraan Hashmi has already started shooting for the sequel of one of his most sensual hits Murder (2004) and hints that this instalment will be edgier than the last. “We have already started shooting. Our main shooting will be in Goa. There is quite a bit of work left. but, I hope to have this film released by the end of this year,” said Emraan. "It taps the simple angle of lust. But it doesn't dwell primarily on carnal pleasure but also digs deeper into the thriller aspect,” he added. Murder was definitely thrilling but the public associated it more with lust than with thrills. The unique idea that will be brought to light, in this love story cum thriller, is its bold approach towards a topic such as serial murders. The sultry Mallika Sherawat will be replaced by actress Jacqueline Fernandes as the female lead in Murder 2. Emraan will be the next to flaunt his six-pack abs after actor Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Shahid Kapoor, but the man himself is quite nonchalent

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At the sixth Apsara Awards function, we noticed actors and actresses attending the ceremony in droves. We spotted the Yamla Pagla Deewana trio, the Deols and co-actor Kulraj Randhawa posing alongwith a happy Kat holding an award for her ‘Sheila Ki Jawani’ performance. The latter looked sensuous in pink. It seems Aishwariya has sworn to become Anarkali. We spotted her in another one of her favourite Anarkalis this time in white and pink. They were... Ahem.. Busy! The host of the awards ceremony, King Khan burned the stage with his outstanding hosting. Vidya Balan looked looked as beautiful as Lolita in Parineeta. Rani looked prim and smart in black while Anushka decided to pep her black with some goth pink. Lady you have Goth’d it!

At the press conference of Turning 30, the directorial debut by Alantrika, we spotted lead actress Gul Panag and Purab Kohli, posing along with the rest of the crew. A Prakash Jha productions, Alantrika was a former assistant to Jha, the film is about a girl called Naina who tries to manage midlife crisis with its ups and downs

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SRK dancing to Salman’s tunes! he made heads turn in her short, figure-hugging dress as she walked the red carpet! The Dabaang girl, Sonakshi Sinha, looked ravishing and confident than ever before at the recently held, Karbonn Mobiles 17th Annual Star Screen Awards. On being called to receive the best newcomer award by SRK and Shahid, Sonakshi was overwhelmed and couldn’t stop thanking her well wishers! SRK, known for his spontaneity, didn’t let the actor go without reciting a dialogue and dancing to the song ‘Tere Mast Mast Do Nain’. When Sonakshi requested him to join her, SRK, imitated Salman with his signature step where he puts his hands in his pocket and moves his waist saying, “mujhe toh bas itna hi ata hain”. Sonakshi actually went on teaching SRK a few more steps and he indeed looked really cute trying to copy Sallu Bhai’s steps!

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Nirnimesh Roy, Age:9 years, BD Memorial Institute

A Nawabi legacy Wasma Mirza Class VII-A Pratt Memorial School akar Sankranti is one of the most auspicious occasions in the Hindu calender and is celebrated all over the country. It is perhaps one of the the few Indian festival which is celebrated on the same day, every year i.e. 14th of January. It is a time when families get together and eat wonderful sweets and fly kites. I could not understand why kite flying was so popular on Makar Sankranti so I asked my grandfather. He told me that it is the time of the year when the weather is best for flying kites — it is windy and just right for those colourful pieces of paper to soar in the sky. And then my grandfather told me something that caught me by surprise. "Did you know that it was your great, great, great grandfather who first brought kite flying to Bengal," my grandfather told me. The origin of flying kites in Bengal can be traced back to around the 1860s when Wajid Ali Shah, the erstwhile Nawab of Awadh decided to settle in Metiabruz, a suburb of Calcutta. He was the last Nawab of Awadh and he lost his kingdom to the British, who brought him and his entire family and courtiers to Calcutta from Lucknow. Wajid Ali Shah missed his home and his kingdom and so he started recreating it here in

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Calcutta, which became his new home. He was a talented man. He wrote more than 100 books, created the world’s first open air zoo, built many magnificent buildings, patronised kathak and was fond of poetry and music. In a short span of time, Metiabruz began to resemble a mini-Lucknow. One of Wajid Ali Shah's passions was flying kites. The Nawab would go to his palace rooftop with his attendants to participate in the noble pastime. He would tie a small purse of gold or silver coins to the tail of the kites as an incentive for other enthusiasts to try cutting his kite down. Whoever managed to cut his kite down would get the purse. What was a sport for Wajid Ali Shah soon became a craze for nobles, zamindars and common folks of 19th century Bengal. Kite flying competitions were held all through the winter, patronised by the Nawab. The sport spread like wild-fire and many people took it up seriously. It is said that the fascination and the revelry associated with kite flying had cut across age groups, class and communities. When the Nawab had left for Calcutta, he was followed here by some of the gifted kite makers of Lucknow. They taught the local people of Metiabruz their craft. Very soon they picked it up and in no time kite-making reached a high level of artistry. The Nawab loved large and unique kites. He encouraged kite makers to experiment making different kinds of kites. The technique of making kites was

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passed down from one generation to another. It is not surprising to see that even today a large number of people of Metiabruz are involved in the trade. It has become an important industry in the area. It has generated a lot of employment. Kites from Metiabruz are often considered the best in the world and they are not only supplied to different parts of India but they are also exported to many countries. Times have changed and the youth of this city have different interests but the thrill of flying kites still throbs in many individuals and the legacy of Awadh’s last Nawab, literally, soars high. Even today on Makar Sankranti my grandfather and my father go to the terrace of our home to enjoy the beautiful kites being flown all over the city. It is my family's legacy to the city and from this year I will also join my elders and enjoy the kites and the festival.

Many of you must have been busy with you exams this week, and I am sure you have given your best and will come out with flying colours. Talking of flying it is Makar Sankranti, I hope you all have a great day eating lots of pithe and flying kites. A big thank you to Wasma Mirza for giving us an insight into kite flying in West Bengal. Along with having fun please ensure that you are safe while flying kites. Listen to your elders and don't take risks. After the festivities, it will be time to celebrate the birth anniversary of our great leader Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Tell us what you think of him. Till next week, happy flying!

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Fun With Numbers Use numbers to fill the blanks in:

The digits from 1 to 9 are all used just once in the grid. Work out their positions in the grid and make the sums work. We have given you one number to start you off.

1. There are ___________ paisas in a rupee. 2. Ali Baba entered the cave that belonged to _______ thieves. 3. We have ______ bones in our body. 4. There are ________ squares on a chess board. 5. The Ashoka Chakra on the Indian flag has ________ spokes. 6. There are ________ holes on a golf course. 7. The digit nine appears for ________ times between 1 and 100. 8. There are ______ weeks in a year, which are equal to the number of cards in deck of cards. 9. Athletes compete in _____ events in a ‘Pentathlon’. 10. A fathom is a unit of length used mainly by sailors for measuring the depth of water. There are _____feet in a fathom.

Add Up If the number in each circle is the sum of the two below it, how quickly can you figure out the top number? Try this one in your head before writing anything down.

1. Which building designed by Thomas Lyon in 1780 and originally the office for Company clerks has a statue of Britannia atop the main entrance? 2. How would you connect Orlando Mazzotta, resident of 6-7 Sophienstrasse, Charlotteberg, Berlin and Mohammed Ziauddin, travelling inspector of the Empire of India Life Assurance Company? 3. In 1962, who was voted “College Queen” of Mooljee Jaitha College, Jalgaon? 4. Which word is derived from a mixture of latin words meaning ‘a round flat-topped flower’ and ‘in the shade’? 5. Which super-selling gadget launched in April measures 9.56 x 7.47 x .5 inches, has a 25 cm multi-touch display with LED backlighting? 6. Whose tomb is the only existing member of the 7 wonders of the ancient world? 7. The highest speed recorded by, who or what, correct upto two decimal places is 37.58 Kmph (approx.)? 8. Who would you reach if the numeric address is/was http://88.80.13.160? 9. In Asterix comics, what is the name of Unhygenix’s wife? 10. In the Bible, the plot of land called Potter’s Field was purchased with whose money?

Kite Quiz 1. Where in Shandong province of China was International Kite Federation officially established? (Hint: birthplace of Confucius) 2. Each year on the second Sunday of October, kite flyers from across the world fly a kite to celebrate “One sky one world.”What is the event? 3. While flying kite, whose famous experiment proved that lightning is electricity? 4. Which bestselling book by Khaled Hosseini tells the story of Amir, a well-todo boy of Kabul, who is tormented by the guilt of abandoning his friend Hassan? 5. In which film directed by Deepa Mehta, Amir Khan can be seen flying a kite with Nandita Das in a famous song sequence Ruth Aa Gayee Re? 6. Which upcoming movie directed by Prashant Bhargava shows the drama exploring intimate dynamics of family, love and friendship set against India’s largest kite festival in Ahmedabad? 7. According to popular belief, who supposedly first brought kites to India?

Kite Facts The Chinese name for a kite is Fen Zheng, which means wind harp. The name is derived from early Chinese kites which used to carry wind musical instruments. The British scholar Joseph Needham said in his book “Science & Civilisation in China”, that the kite was the most important scientific device to have come to Europe from China.

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Adnan Jahangir Class UKG, St Augustine Day School

Colours in the sky Arpita Gupta Class IV Arya Vidya Mandir akar Sankranti, observed each year M in January, is one of the many harvest festivals observed in India. This har-

Picnic on Makar Sakranti Anjan Karmakar Class IV, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Muluk Bolpur akar Sankranti is very special to me M and my family. I enjoy this festival every year and go for picnic with my fam-

ily. Last year, I went to Kankalitala for picnic along with my friend’s family. It is near my house. My friend's mother cooked fried rice and chicken and we ate it sitting under the sun. We enjoyed a lot. Sometimes I accompany my family when they go to attend the Joydev Mela, a very famous Mela in Birbhum. It is held near river Ajoy. We also take a holy dip in the river on the day of Makar Sankranti. This year though we have not yet decided anything but may be we will go for picnic to a place close to our home. And as usual my mother will make delicious pithe like she does every year.

vest festival is celebrated throughout India by different names and rituals. But for North Indians like me, Makar Sankranti means spending the entire day flying kites and engaging in all sorts of kite flying competitions. Although I lack the skills to fly a kite but I enjoy all the colours in the sky and encourage my brother in his kite adventure. Makar Sankranti, for us students, also means a day off from school and books. Most schools have reopened before Sankranti and hence this festival comes as a welcome break for us kids, and yes, it also marks the beginning of festivals and holidays. Soon after is the time for the most pious festival for us, Saraswati Puja. Apart from flying kites we gorge on all sorts of delicacies as feasting is an indispensable aspect of every Indian festival. Now that the festival is so near my brother and I have already started buying kites of different patterns and colours together with all the other stuff and ofcourse some band-aids for all the cuts bhaiya is going to have because of the sharp threads. Hopefully everyone will be enjoying the festival with same gusto and spirit as me. So here's wishing everybody a very Debam Bose Class IX, Kendriya happy sankranti.

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The joy of flying kites revisited

A festival of united India

Mahima Agarwala

Harsh Gupta

Class VIII Lakshmipat Singhania Academy akar Sankranti is just a day away,” M yelled Nishant. I smiled, thinking of his enthusiasm for flying kites. In this

Class V St. Augustine Day School akar Sankranti is one of the most M auspicious days for Hindus, and is celebrated in almost all parts of the

world of digital preoccupation, it was refreshing to see him engrossed in kites country in myriad cultural forms and, rather than being hooked to computer with great devotion, fervour and gaiety. games. He brought back memories of the The festival of Makar Sankrant tradifateful incident that took place a year ago tionally coincides with the beginning of and changed my life. the Sun's northward journey “Vishal, Siddhant, come down”, yelled (Uttarayan) when it enters the sign of my mother. I was on the terrace, as usual, Makar (the Capricorn). It falls on the with my friend, flying kites. We were prac14th of January every year, according to tising for the kite flying competition on the solar calendar. Lakhs of people take Makar Sankranti. Siddhant was a dip in places like Ganga Sagar and my neighbour and we were Prayag and pray to the Sun God. inseparable. As we reached the It is celebrated with much pomp in second floor, Chirag and the southern parts of the country as Anurag joined us. After a bite, Pongal, and in Punjab is celewe hurried back to the terrace brated as Lohri & Maghi. to fly kites. All of us were tryRajasthan & Gujarati not ing to cut each other’s kites. I only look reverentially up cut Anurag’s and then to the sun, but also offer Chirag’s. Siddhant was my thousands of their colourstrongest competitor. I was ful oblations in the form trying with all my effort but of beautiful kites all over to no avail. We were so the skyline. The festival introengrossed in the game that it Krishong Dewa, duces kite enthusiasts worlddidn’t register we were going wide to the intriguing beauty Class V, St. James closer to the edge of the terrace. and cultural diversity of India. School And then... In Uttar Pradesh, Sankranti When I woke up two days later in is called Khichiri. Taking a dip the hospital, my friends and family were in the holy rivers on this day is regarded around. The doctor informed me that I had very auspicious. A big one-month long broken my ribs, one wrist bone and a few Magha-Mela fair begins at Prayag bones of my leg. Along with that, I (Allahabad) on this occasion. Apart thought, I had also broken my dream of from Triveni, ritual bathing also takes winning the Makar Sankranti competiplace at places like Haridvar and Garh tion. I was now a mere spectator, Mukteshwar in UP and Patna in Bihar. watching the festival through the hosIn Bengal every year a very big Mela is pital window. held at Ganga Sagar where the river This year I am back but I am much Ganga is believed to have dived into the much more careful. nether region and vivified the ashes of the sixty thousand ancestors of King Bhagirath. In Maharashtra, on the Sankranti day people exchange multicoloured tilguds made from til (sesame seeds) and sugar and til-ladoos made from til and jaggery.

Day of the holy dip Shristi Jaiswal

Class-IV Pratt Memorial School in Kolkata. We all know this great Ialsolive city as the city of joy. But many people know it as a city of festivals.

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Festivals start here on New Year Day, but the first major Hindu festival of the year is the Makar-Sankranti. In Bengal, it also marks the start of the Ganga Sagar mela, where people from all over the country gather to take a holy dip at the confluence, at sunrise and offer prayers at Kapil Muni’s Ashram. Even old people brave the cold to take the dip at that unearthly hour. In Bengal, the day is celebrated as the day of pitha/puli. All over India, specially in Northern India, people take holy dip in the Ganges, People in the central and southern parts of the country also celebrate it in their own ways. For me though, the greatest attraction of Makar Sankranti are the sweet delicacies sent to us by our Bengali neighbours.

Ayush Singh, Class V A, Mahavir Institute of Education & Research

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A waning custom

Teachers’ corner

Promit Saha Class IX Hooghly Collegiate School

Changing times: Students of today’s vs yesteryears

he last day of Bengali calendar’s poush T mash, is known as Makar Sakranti. It is a very well known festive day among

Bengalis. On that very day the famous mela, Ganga Sagar Mela is held on Sagar island. Lots of people gather in the spot on this very occasion. Today this mela is not only a special holy place for Bengalis but also for a number of non Bengalis. A lot of hermits can be seen. The custom of this mela is to take bath in Ganga Sagar on the very day and the day before Makar Sakranti, before and after the sunrise. Above all, the special occasion is to have darshan of the statue of the famous hermit or sage Kapilmuni and offer prayers to the Ganga Sagar and the sage. Beside there is also a custom to make pithe-puli. This was usual in the times of our grandmas but now the system is disappearing due to shortage of time and our busy lives.

Swatilekha DasGupta Saroj Nalini Primary Teacher Training Institute is commonly thought by all that they have lived the Ibesttelders days of their lives, during

their childhood and adolescent. Those were astonishingly wonderful days of unlimited fun, endless and lively conversations in the off-periods, walking hand-in-hand with that special person with dreamy eyes — it was like a fairy tale indeed. But this life of absolute bliss has changed with time. Today’s children face a changed reality. What can be the worst problem faced by students in today’s society? Is it only their incapability sometimes to adjust to the conflicting demands from others and also themselves? Or is it the pressure to come out the winner in the rat race? The demands which today’s children face are like the demons of the fairy tales. There is tremendous pressure on a student both by the school and by the parents to fetch good grades in every exam and also excel in extra-curriculur activities. The result is evident. Youngsters are increasingly taking recourse to extreme measures. There’s an increasing number of suicide attempts among students whose age roughly range between 11years-21years. Recently BBC News expressed their concern over an alarming rate of suicide attempts in Mumbai. One student aged only 12 years committed suicide not being able to cope with the pressure of failing in a few subjects in mid-semester exam. Another 18-year-old did the same after fairing poorly in the second semester of a psychotherapy course! Similar cases are being reported from various parts of the country. This poses a serious question about the development of education in India. As a teacher I feel there lies a great responsibility on the shoulders of today’s parents (who have to stop treating their child as a marks-maker) and also on us, the teachers who have to be more careful and take more initiative in handling these complexities of the young minds.

Kamran Yusuf, Class II, Joseph Day School

Play and learn

Kite flying is special

Aalim Hussain

Athar Ali

Class VII St Sebastian’s School

Class VI Cambridge English School

he word ‘holiday’ is very pleasing to n my holidays I like to fly kites with T our ears. We are very happy when we friends. Some prefer flying kites durI get holidays from our routine life. Long ing Vishwakarma puja and also during

holidays like summer vacations Independence day. I prefer flying Panta and puja vacations give us more kites which are bigger than all pleasure than shorter ones. other kites. On Independence We work hard during working day I like to fly the tri-colour days of school and our brains kitewith my brothers, are taxed. It requires some rest cousins and father. We fly after a lot of studies. Hence, kites from our terrace and holidays are given in schools flying kites with other for the rest of the year. But we friends makes it more speshould not waste our time in cial. Though I would love to idleness. It is true that we are fly kites everyday, I mainly not to follow the dull routine of fly them during my vacathe school, but we must spend the tion and winter vacation is vacation profitably. the best occasion to fly kites During holidays, we can take as the rays of the sun are not Eilza Abid long walks in the open. This so harsh on us. It’s so good to A K Fazlul Haque makes our mind cheerful and Girls Higher see so many kites flying in improves our health also. Some Secondary School the sky. even prefer playing indoor games. During holidays we can visit new places and enhance our knowledge. Natural scenary also gives us joy. But it’s good to be balanced and maintain work and play. Books are important too because if we don’t keep in touch with our studies we’ll forget everything by the time we get back to them. Hence, revision is necessary during holidays. School books are not enough to open our minds; story books have an important role to play in nurturing our minds too. Time spent in social service is also necessary and it’s good to teach those who are illiterate. A well balanced vacation will do well to both body and mind. It will restore energy and will keep us fit to work again. Thus, one should spend their vacation Eilza Abid properly. A K Fazlul Haque Girls Higher Secondary School

Aalim Hasan, Class VII, St. Sebastian’s School

Festival delights Debam Bose Class IX Kendriya Vidhalaya, Ballygunge akar Sakranti refers to a festival which M marks the transition of the sun form Dhanu rashi to Makara rashi. This festival

takes place for 21 days after the tropical winter solstice that marks the starting of Uttarayana, which means the northward journey of the sun. This is a major harvest festival celebrated in various parts of India. According to the lunar calender when the sun moves from Dakshinayana to Uttarayani, in the month of poush in mid January, it commerates the beginning of the harvest season. It is also the cessation of the north-east monsoon in South India. This time is considered holy for Hindus. All over the country, Makar Sakranti is observed with great fan fare. It is celebrated with distinct names and rituals in different parts of the country. It is also a time to feast on the delicious pithe, puli and other sweetmeats prepared by moms and grandmoms.

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Ode to kites

The sweet ritual of Bengal

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Class VII, St. John Diocessan Girls’ I thought flying High School Meant having wings Until I saw you eing a girl from a city, who is accusFlying swiftly tomed with modern technology, I had With the skill of a bird no idea about Makar Sankranti, celeAnd beauty of wings brated as Pous Sankranti in Bengal. So to Just by a thread get some idea about this festival, last year Soaring high I went to my native village, where I was Into the kingdom of air welcomed heartily by my grandparents, Of winds uncle and aunties. I had a great time. Of birds I chatted heartily with cousins. My Of the white storytellers mom and aunt were engaged with the And of freedom… preparation of delicious sweet dishes The kingdom, like patisapta, puli phite made from Where you must be nalengur. The guest and the family Later, I noticed that in the middle of The friend an the stranger our courtyard one fresh green bamboo I got you cut once, I remember was dug, decorated with pourings of By a member of your kin, of course newly harvested paddy and flowers. It is You came sailing back to me considered as Goddess Laxmi. There I With all your colours saw grandma and other women of the And an air of defeat village who gathered early in the I sent you up again evening to worship the Goddess. After knotting you to a new thread My mother helped my grandma to The firmament welcomed you place the plates of sweets of the season— Into its bosom patisapta, payesh, pulipithe, different Into its blueness fruits, sesame seeds, near the bamboo as Into its mysteries offerings to the Goddess. Without any beginning I noticed with great curiosity that Without an end every one was waiting quietly instead And you flew of going ahead with the Puja. As it With the light zephyrs was a cold winter night, there was With the languid breeze minimal noise in the village and With, the air of victory sounds from the farthest corners could Do I call you a kite? be heard. I was taken aback when I Or do I call you free? heard a sudden cry of a wild fox and Or are you free because you immediately after I heard the blow of are a kite? conch shell from the courtyard. At first I But maybe you don’t really ignored it as a coincidence but later my need a name grandma told me that it was a ritual to All you need start the puja only after the cry of a fox. Is a thread, The celebration of Pous Sankranti howA knot, ever, continued till dawn. Though I felt A push sleepy, I was awake till midnight, soaking And a kingdom in the thrilling atmosphere. This year I Of air, of winds, of breezes, plan to be with my grandma and of zephyrs Sukanya Shee, Nursery Ballygunge grandpa at our village home to celeAnd, of freedom… Shiksha Sadan brate Pous Sankranti on 14th January.

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Fascinating festivities Rajat Daga Class VII-A The Bhawanipur Gujrati Education Society School ites have always fascinated me K because I have always dreamt of flying high and tasting freedom. Uttarayan

is thus my favourite festival. Though not widely celebrated in Kolkata, it is as special in Gujarat as Durga Puja is to Kolkata. As my grandparents stay in Ahmedabad, I have been there twice for this large scale festival. Again, in Kolkata we fly kites during Vishwakarma Puja and other public holidays but the Ahmedabad sky is a riot of colours with of kites of different shapes and sizes, some measuring 10 to 15 ft. It is amazing to see these kites flying because it seems as if a variety of colourful birds have migrated from all over the world to celebrate this festival in India. Kites also reflect India’s unity. The beautiful day carries the message of unity in diversity that is India.

Anubhav Dasgupta, Class VII, Julien Day School

Pithe story Anushka Gupta Class VI C Pratt Memorial School here are no end of festivals in T Bengal. As they say, thirteen festivals in twelve months make it a year full of

Nahid Anjum Class IV, Loreto St. Mary's School

Flying high Farheen Bux Class X Section II Loreto Convent Entally ite flying is an enjoyable sport and children prefer to take the opportuK nity during Makar Sankranti to fly as

many kites as they want. Kites are simple to make and some people make them at home. One has to first cut the paper into squares, then cut the sticks and fix them into a T shape with little bits of curves around. Then the papers are pasted inside the T-stick and tied with threads. The better the finish, the better the kite. Kites fly during Vishwakarma Puja and on Independence Day while Makar Sankranti also sees quite a few people flying kites. High and open places are necessary for flying kites which are just like birds with two wings. Places with high buildings and tall trees aren’t the best place to fly them. If the place has too many trees and has too much obstruction, it is difficult to fly kites. Kites have always been a boys’ thing but now, a few girls also participate and try to feel the excitement. But one must apply adequate safety measures for flying kites, specially in cities where large play grounds are rare.

fun and togetherness. Makar Sakranti is one such festival that call people to join hands in celebration. New paddy is harvested during this time and hence the Nabanna (naba+ anna or the new grain) festival. Then, at the date when the month of Poush ends and Magh begins, begins the pithe festival. This Bengali sweet cake made of rice, milk, sugar, coconut, and kheer is very popular among Bengalis and comes in various shapes and sizes. My mother and aunts make delicious pithe dishes with gur, coconut and white flour. The boat-like puli pithe that my mother makes with her hands contains kheer, gur (jaggery) or coconut and is interesting to watch while it is made. Though I have never been to my village, I still know that there the festival is celebrated for four to five days at the end of Poush and with much pomp. Our neighbours go to take a dip in the Ganges on the morning of Makar Sankranti. I watch the Ganga Sagar mela on TV and see how holy men gather to gain a dose of holiness from the Ganges. Kite flying is also an important part of Makar Sankranti and colourful kites fluttering in the sky makes for a pretty picture. One reason why I prefer festivals of any kind is because festivals release people from a daily routine.

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pete with my best friend for the top slot. I was the studious kind. My mother was insistent that I do well in academics. I spent my school days in Asansol. It’s a small town and there’s not much to do. So, I was always discussing studies with my friends. I remember I was only allowed to watch ‘Chitrahaar’ on Doordarshan, that too once a month. I led a disciplined life.

I dreamt of being a doctor

Q. Were you interested in sports? A. No. I hated outdoor sports as it required a lot of running around. I enjoyed playing table tennis though. Q. Did you shy away from extra-curriculur activities and concentrated only on studies? A. No. In fact, I was quite enthusiastic about taking part in all sorts of extra-curriculur activities. I did shool plays and dance dramas. I was from an all-girls school and always got the male roles. I took part in quiz and debate competitions too. Q. What were your hobbies as a child? A. I loved to paint and I still do. I learnt painting as a child but discontinued it when I was four or five. When I used to sketch, I would fill many pages at one go. My mother used to encourage me and even bought me an easel. She used to urge me to take part in painting competitions as well. I also learnt Kathak till I was eight or nine but had to give it up due to pressure of studies.

Ashok Chatterjee designer Agnimitra Paul is settled in Kolkata now but she spent Fherashion childhood in Asansol. The ace designer talks about her school days, hobbies and more... Q. Were you a naughty kid? A. No, I wasn’t. I only had the usual

fights with my younger sister on petty issues like sharing a pencil or other knick knacks. Since I was more flamboyant than my sister, she would tease me if I was seeing anyone and threaten to expose me to our parents. Q. How were you in studies? A. I was a good student. I used to come first or second in my class and com-

Q. What did you want to become when you were a child? A. I dreamt of being a doctor, following in the footsteps of my father. People often suggested I should try acting or modelling, but those were never an option for me. I appeared for the JEE examinations and got through but I wasn’t interested in taking up dental as a subject. So, I enrolled in Jadavpur University for MBA. At the same time, I also pursued a designing course from BILAMS. That is when I found my true calling.

Quiz / Ans General Quiz Answers 1. Writer’s Building 2. All were names assumed by Subhas Chandra Bose 3. Pratibha Patil 4. Umbrella 5. iPad 6. Khufu’s pyramid 7. Human being, Usain Bolt 8. Wikileaks 9. Bacteria 10. Judas Iscariot (this amount was taken by him to betray Jesus)

Kite Quiz Answers 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Weifang World peace Benjamin Franklin The Kite Runner 1947: Earth, Patang Fa Hien and Hiuen Tsang

Solutions Set square: Row 1: 8÷2x1, Row 3: 4+9-6, Row 5: 7+5÷3

Spot the difference: The needle of compass is missing, one petal of the white flower is missing, one rock pebble is missing, the green worm is missing, and horn of the deer in the left is missing. Fun with numbers: 1. 100, 2. 40, 3. 206, 4. 204! (No it’s not 64), 5. 24, 6. 18, 7. 20, 8. 52, 9. 5, 10. 6

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BOOK FAIR

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It’s time for the Kolkata Book Fair. You must have been there last year and the year before. What did you buy? Or did you just stroll around? And what do you want to buy this year? Come fill up the pages of Post Class with your imagination Contributions to come in by 27th January to postclass.pc@gmail.com (No issue on 27th January in lieu of Republic Day)

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East meets West

Packing the right punch s part of DFID teacher’s exchange programme, Andrew Harding, science A teacher and community coordinator of

Cardinal Allen Catholic High School in Lancashire, UK, visited the Birla High School (senior boys section) recently. Harding taught chemistry to Class VIII students, gave rugby lessons to the students of Class X and interacted with the teachers. DFID’s global school partnership programme promotes global education through the curriculum. It facilitates high quality educational, reciprocal partnerships between UK and Indian schools.

This programme is funded by the UK government and managed by British Council along with other associate groups. Funding is available for visits between partner schools to enable them to develop projects together based on global themes. Jayati Bhattacharjee, teacher of Birla High school, also made a trip to the Cardinal Allen Catholic High School. “I got an insight into modern techniques of lesson delivery and a got deeper understanding of a student’s psyche,” said Bhattacharya in recollecting the memories of her exchange programme.

he karate team from West Bengal bagged the first runner’s up position T in the recently concluded International

Gojukai Karate competition. Students of Mahadevi Birla Girls Higher Secondary School came away with flying colours The event took place in Pune. MB Girls along with few other schools of the city represented West Bengal in the nationallevel competition. In the four-day long

Tech tales Painting the world bright sit and draw competition for special chilA dren was held on January

3 at the Town Hall. Around 130 special children from various institutes namely Manovikas Kendra, Greenfield, Asha Niketan and Noble Mission of South Kolkata came together to compete against one other. Participants also came from Rehabilitation Centre for Children, Mentaid, Anubhab Foundation and Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy. The participants were divided into three categories. The judges panel included Wasim Kapoor, Dwijen Gupta and Bipasa Bhunja, the coordinator of the competition. Other eminent personalities present as guests at the event included popular RJ Jimmy Tangree and Sashi Panja. The principal of St. Sebastian’s School M P Rozario and Akbar Ali Khan, DIG of police, were also present.

event the team won six gold, 11 silver and 10 bronze medals. Prachi Goel, Class X of MB Girls bagged a gold for the school. On the trip the students practiced new katas and kumite techniques (combination punches, blocks and kicks). These techniques form an indispensible part of the karate armour throughout the training sessions and prepared the participants for the tournament on the last day.

A league of its own

IIT, leading global talent develCube Sports Gurukul Pvt Ltd in associaN opment corporation and Asia’s tion with Billabong High International E largest IT trainer, launched its School, Juhu, announced the launch of the state-of-the-art education centre at Park Circus recently. The new education centre at 3/2B Orient Row, beside Akashganga Hotel, has classrooms equipped with the latest technologies. The centre will offer NIIT’s complete portfolio of IT education to career aspirants and software professionals. It will also include NIIT’s industry endorsed multiple track GNIIT programme, hardware and networking programmes, NIIT engineers along with short term SWIFT courses among others. The centre will also offer NIIT’s popular job-oriented diploma courses such as the 99day diploma programme, which make students industry-ready by the time they finish the course.

3rd edition of a 10-day long multisport event, the International Schools Premier League (ISPL) 2011. ISPL will have seven sporting events including chess, cricket, football, basketball, table tennis, skating and tennis. For the first time, the event will be accompanied by off-field sporting events like action sports (photography competition) and sports on canvas (painting competition on sports). The proceeds from the auction of winning paintings will be donated to a charitable institute supporting underprivileged kids. The event will begin from January 28. It is open to all IB and IGCSE schools across India. Interested schools can participate by registering on the website www.sportslantic.com.

upcoming events Science fair

Sporty queries

An exhibition by young scientists Venue: Birla Industrial and Technological Museum Date: January 15 Time: 10 pm to 3.30 pm

Sports quiz for three-member teams. Venue: Starmark, Lord Sinha Road Date: January 16 Time: 4 pm to 8 pm, prior registration required

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Thursday January 13, 2011

SAVOURY DELIGHTS

India is a land of festivities and Makar Sankranti is an occasion celebrated all over the country. The day marks the arrival of new harvest and hence the main attraction of the festival are the sweetmeats prepared socially with the new produce. Here’s how India celebrates sankranti and what they feast on... Bengal Bengal, sankranti or Ithenpoush sankranti (after Bengali month Poush)

is a harvest festival when the bountiful state’s fresh produce comes home. The newly harvested paddy along with the date palm syrup and solids (khejurer gur and patali) make for the favourite delicacies. Rice flour, coconut and milk are also used in the preparation of traditional sweets. Mothers and grandmothers preparing a variety of pithes and pulis is a vintage Bengali custom, because they are said to add a dose of affection, to the sumptuous desserts, making them all the more sweet. Here is

the recipe for a puli you can make.

Recipe for Doodh Puli Ingredients: Rice powder: 2 cups Milk - 2 cups Kheer- 1 cup Sugar – 1 cup Procedure: Mix rice powder with milk and knead into a dough. Add sugar to it. Flatten the dough and fold it neatly into shape. Now, fold the sides into a braid like pattern. Use kheer as stuffing. Now boil two cups of milk with sugar. Dip the pithes into the milk, after it has cooled. Serve cold.

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South India is a four-day festival in Tamil Nadu. IastTheThai second day of festival is known Pongal or simply Pongal. It is

the main day of the festival, falling on the first day of the Tamil month Thai. Tamilians have a ritual of filling new pots with rice, fresh milk and jaggery, topped with sugar, cashew nuts and raisins early in the morning. This tradition gives Pongal its name. The moment the rice boils over and bubbles out of the vessel, people chant prayers and blow conch shells. The boiled rice is offered to the gods. It means thanking nature for a good harvest. It is later served to people. Savories and sweets such as vadai, murukku, payasam are also prepared and people visit each other and exchange greetings. Read below to know how to make your own payasam.

Recipe for pal payasam There are several varieties of payasams. The more popular one is pal payasam. Here rice, wheat or vermicelli is boiled with milk and sweetened with sugar. Ingredients: Milk 3litres Dried red rice: 180gm Sugar:700gm Method: Boil the milk. Add sugar and mix well. When it boils again, add the washed rice in it. Simmer on medium flame. Cook till the rice is done. Add garnishing if required. Serve hot.

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n Gujarat, people get in to fesIChildren tive mood from December. and youngsters

start feasting on Undhiyu (mixed winter vegetable) and chikkis, made from til (sesame seeds), peanuts and jaggery. Makar Sankranti is celebrated with much funfare in this state. The sky is a riot of colours with kites of all shapes and sizes. In Maharashtra, on the day of Makar Sankranti people

exchange multi-coloured tilguls made from sesame seeds and sugar. Puranpoli (jaggery stuffed flat bread) is offered for lunch. This is one of the major festivals in Rajasthan and is known as Makar Sakrat. People invite friends and relatives to their homes for special festival meal called Sakrat Bhoj. Typical Rajasthani dishes include ghevar, til-paati, gajak.


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