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Vol. 1, Issue 363 n Thursday n December 1, 2011

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Fire guts realty office at Devanahalli Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: A major fire gutted a real estate office at Devanahalli early this morning. Documents, computers, furniture and other office equipment, worth over several lakhs, were destroyed in the early morning fire. No one was injured in the accident. The fire was notice around 6 am on the second floor of the office-cum-residence of C Ashwathnarayana. The cause of the fire is said to be an electrical short-circuit. The fire brigade officials fought fire for a couple of hours. But area residents were upset that fire brigade officials arrived at the spot late, despite repeated calls since early morning. They held a protest even as fire brigade officials went about their work. The exact extent of the damage is yet to be ascertained.

IAS officer Srilakshmi suspended Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government today suspended Y Srilakshmi, a 1988-batch Indian Administrative Service officer, following her arrest two days ago in the illegal mining scandal. State chief secretary Pankaj Dwivedi issued the suspension order on receiving a report from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) about Srilakshmi’s arrest, official sources said. The order came to be issued after Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy cleared the relevant file last evening, sources in the General Administration Department said. Srilakshmi held the post of commissioner, family welfare at the time of the arrest. She was Secretary, Industries, when she issued the controversial orders granting ore mining leases to Obulapuram Mining Company, owned by former Karnataka ministe Gali Janardhana Reddy (a co-accused in the present case) in Anantapur district. The orders allegedly favoured OMC over the rival bidders, CBI says. Currently she is in CBI's custody. Her husband, M Gopi Krishna, is an Indian Police Service officer of 1987 batch, currently serving as inspector general of police in the state crime investigation department.

CM says new TRADERS SHUT farm policy SHOP AGAINST FDI in state soon

New Delhi: Thousands of traders across the city protested against foreign direct investment in retail trade by downing their shutters today. Traders from Chickpet and surrounding areas, commercial hub of Commercial Street, Brigade road, M G Road and other areas supported a nation-wide bandh call. Several traders held a dharna at the office of the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry on Mysore road. At Kolar, traders stopped trains to protest against the move. Early morning, the stalled the Kolar-Bangalore push-pull train. Across the country, over five crore traders called for the shutdown today. All major trade unions across the country are supporting today’s bandh and subsequently all medium commercial complex, retails stores, business remained closed today. Traders across the country will hold protest in their own markets. They will also hold demonstrations in front of foreign stores. In view of today’s shutdown, several foreign retail giants, like Bharti-Walmart, Tesco and Carrefour, decided to either keep their stores closed or beef up security. A large num-

ber of private security guards were deployed to vigorously check customers and vehicles entering their premises. The government recently triggered a political storm by allowing its decision to allow 51% foreign investment in the multi-brand retail sector, but has since faced stringent criticism as protests have swelled from opposition parties and some of its own allies. It has prompted the anti-Congress forces to join hands to train their guns on the Congress and especially against AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi, ahead of the crucial Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. The main opposition party BJP and the Left have declared their full-hearted support to the call for today’s Bharat Bandh announced by various traders’ organisations. Chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda and other chief ministers of BJP-ruled states have announced that they will not follow the Centre in allowing the FDI into the multibrand sector. UP chief minister Mayawati has alleged that FDI decision was taken to help Rahul’s friends. “Rahul Gandhi has always stayed abroad and earlier he used to get his foreign friends to stay in the houses of poor people in Uttar Pradesh, make fun of poverty and now they

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are getting foreign companies into India,” Mayawati stated. The war over allowing FDI in multi-brand retail escalated yesterday with the opposition BJP squarely rejecting the government's plea for toning down its adjournment motion. The issue also led to the adjournment of both Houses of Parliament for the seventh straight day, without transacting any business. The entire opposition has demanding rollback of the controversial decision. The Congress top brass met twice in the day at the Prime Minister's residence yesterday and discussed the strategy to face the Opposition onslaught in the Parliament. The Congress core committee also met to chalk out the future strategy on the issue. The Prime Minister also spoke to key allies who are opposed to the Cabinet decision on FDI. These allies include Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress and the DMK. The government is trying to mollify its allies and bring them onboard as far as the decision on FDI is concerned, before it makes any concessions to the Opposition which has stalled Parliament on the issue. Despite the stalemate, Prime Minister has ruled out a roll back.

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Agni‑I missile tested ndia today successfully testfired its nuclear capable AgniI strategic ballistic missile, with a strike range of 700 km, as part of the Army’s user trial from the test range at Wheeler Island off Odisha. "The indigenously developed surface-to-surface, single-stage missile, powered by solid propellants, was test fired from a mobile launcher at about 0925 hrs. from launch pad-4 of the Integrated Test Range,” defence sources said. Describing the trial as successful, a senior official said it met the mission objectives. The Strategic Force Command (SFC) of the Army, as part of their training exercise, executed the trial with logistic support provided by Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) at the ITR, a DRDO official said. Agni-I missile has a specialised navigation system which ensures it reaches the target with a high degree of accuracy, he said. The trajectory of the missile, which has an operational strike range of 700 km, was tracked by sophisticated radars and electrooptic telemetry stations located along the sea coast and ships positioned near the impact point in the downrange area. Weighing 12 tonnes, the 15-metre-long Agni-I, which can carry payloads up to 1000 kg, has already been inducted into the Indian Army. Agni-I was developed by advanced systems laboratory (ASL), the premier missile development laboratory of the DRDO in collaboration with Defence Research Development Laboratory (DRDL) and Research Centre Imarat (RCI) and integrated by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), Hyderabad. The last trial of the Agni-I missile was successfully carried out on November 25, 2010 from the same base. Since the missile has already been inducted into the armed forces, it is important to conduct user trials for training of defence personnel and improvement of their skills, sources said.

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Food inflation eases to 8% New Delhi: Food inflation witnessed a sharp moderation to 8 percent for the week ended November 19, though prices of most agricultural items, barring potatoes, onions and wheat, continued to rise on an annual basis. Food inflation, as measured by the Wholesale Price Index (WPI), was 9.01 percent in the previous week ended November 12. It stood at 9.03 percent in the corresponding week of the previous year. According to data released by the government on Thursday, onions became cheaper by 40.65 percent year-on-year during the week under review, while potato prices were down by 10.98 percent. Price of wheat also fell by 4.71 percent. However, all other food items grew more expensive on an annual basis. Pulses became 13.80 percent costlier during the week ended November 19, while milk grew dearer by 11.41 percent and eggs, meat and fish by 13.55 percent. Vegetable prices were up by 5.13 percent yearon-year. However, this marked a substantial slowdown in the inflation rate in comparison to the past few months, when prices of vegetables had witnessed double-digit growth. Fruits also became 7.98 percent more expensive on an annual basis, while cereal prices were up 1.97 percent. Inflation in the overall primary articles category stood at 7.74 percent during the week ended November 19, as against 9.08 percent in the previous week. Primary articles have over 20 percent weight in the wholesale price index. Inflation in non-food articles, which includes fibres, oilseeds and minerals, was recorded at 2.14 percent during the week under review, as against 4.05 percent in the week ended November 12. The rate of price rise in non-food primary articles has fallen sharply during the past couple of months, from over 8 percent to nearly 2 per cent in the week ended November 19.

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Actor Ganesh takes part in the 30th Aids Day celebration in Bangalore today. Across the country the celebrations were held today.

India drops 11 places to 95th in graft index New Delhi: The latest Transparency International corruption index is out and predictably India has slipped lower on the list. India is now ranked 95th on the list – worse than China, but better than Pakistan that's ranked way below at 134th. India is perceived to be more corrupt than China which is ranked 75th on the list, but is better off than Pakistan, that is listed at the 134th position. New Zealand ranked number one is the least corrupt country, while Somalia and North Korea are the worst of all. Australia is among the least corrupt country in the Group of 20 industrialised nations, according to a new survey. Transparency International, a global body leading the fight against corruption, said its annual league tables showed that New Zealand stood at top of the global list overall as the least corrupt in the world, according to AAP report. Last year, Australia's trans-Tasman neighbour was ranked joint first alongwith Denmark and Singapore, which now stand at second and fifth respectively. Australia remains in joint eighth position with Switzerland. TI's Corruption Perceptions Index scores 183 countries and territories from zero (highly corrupt) to 10 (very clean) based on data from 17 surveys that look at factors such as enforcement of anti-corruption laws, access to information and conflicts of interest.

Two-thirds of ranked countries scored less than five. New Zealand scored 9.5 compared while Australia achieved 8.8 this year. North Korea and Somalia both scored just one point and ranked at the end of the scale. "This year we have seen corruption on protesters banners, be they rich or poor," AAP quoted TI chief Huguette Labelle as saying while releasing the report in Berlin.

Chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda greets Anand Mahindra, managing director of Mahindra and Mahindra, after inaugurating the first Global Agri Business and Food Processing Summit at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre in the city today.

Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: The state government will bring out an Integrated Agri Business Development Policy which would be implemented in phases, said chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda here today. Inaugurating the first Global Agri Business and Food Processing Summit, touted as Agri Global Investors’ Meet on the lines of the industrial investors’ meet held last year, he said that this is the first time in the country that such a policy is being formulated. The government would ensure that only real investors are encouraged to invest in the state. Real estate players and speculators would not be allowed to take advantage of it, he said. The policy would be implemented in a phased manner, depending on the response from the farmers and all the stakeholders involved, he added. This will promote agriculture business in the state, aiding and increasing returns to farmers, he said. The meet is expected to attract investments of Rs 53,000 crore from investors across the world. Over the next two days, memorandums of understanding for an investment of Rs 53 crore would be signed. Inviting the investors, he said that agri-based industries can set up shop in the state that enjoys investor-friendly atmosphere. But as if to dispel that, sever-

al pro-farmer organisations protested outside the venue at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre on the outskirts of the city. Hundreds of farmers protested, saying that the meet is to help private companies snatch land away from the farmers. The protesters were stopped more than a kilometre from the venue. Section 144 or ban orders had been clamped in the 200 metre radius of the venue that did not allow groups to gather. The chief minister said the state would allocated lands from the government land banks running into 4,000 hectares. Speaking after the inauguration, he said, “We have enough land bank for industries to start business here. We will take land from farmers only if they come forward to do. There is no question of acquiring lands forcibly. The government is taking several steps to remove hurdles for agri-based industries to start business here. It has amended the land reforms and APMC acts, to help investors. “We held road shows in New Delhi and Mumbai and the response had been good. Government representatives have gone to the Netherlands, Australia and other parts of the world, spreading the word about the meet,” he said. There are a lot of opportunities available for investment in agri-related sector in the state.


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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Pension Adalat

Bangalore: The Labourers’ Pension Organisation is holding a Pension Adalat at Peenya, Bommasandra and KR Puram on December 12. The Adalat will be held at the Peenya regional centre, and Bommasandra and KR Puram subdivisions from 10.30 am till 1.30 pm. Labourers have been asked to submit details of problems, address change and others, before December 6, a press note stated. Contact: Commissioner, Labourers’ Pension Organisation, Peenya or call: 2837 8732.

Free fish medicine Bangalore: The DhanvantariSai Pharmacy is organising a free fish medicine camp on December 3 and 4. The medicine will be given to cure asthma, cough, cold and lung problems. Contact: Jet King Commercial Complex, in front of Amanath Bank, near Shivaji Nagar bus-stand or call: 96110 42282.

Programme put off Bangalore: Bangalore University has put off the youth festival that was to be held at RavindraKalakshetra on December 810 due to technical reasons. Instead, the festival will be held on December 12 and 13 at the JnanaJyothiauditorium, stated a university press note.

Vocational course training Bangalore: AWAKE Skill Training Institute has organised a 12-day entrepreneurship programme for men and women. The programme will give information to the candidates about choosing the profession, market, permits, patent, marketing experience, banking and other related issues. Contact: AWAKE, No. B – 76, Industrial Complex, Rajajinagar or call: 98455 34402.

Demand submitted Bangalore: The Karnataka Disabled Welfare Association recently met chief minister D V SadanandaGowda and submitted a set of their demands. The association demanded that with 40 lakh disabled in the state, the government should establish a separate ministry for their welfare. A monthly aid of Rs 10,000, a free residential site and free medical aid should be provided for the disabled, demanded association president S KulkarniHavanur. Association office-bearers Malappa A Malage, SanganaGowda B Dhanareddy, Manjoor Patel, Rafiq Ahmed, G Lokesh and others were present.

Centre bent on creating an undemocratic BT regulator Bangalore: Biotechnology is a cross-cutting issue that affects food production, farming, health, environment and information technology sectors. It is to be expected then that formulation of any law governing this high-risk technology would be deeply democratic and transparent exercise. Particularly because the Constitution of India guarantees that states and local governments are principal levels for engaging with debates and decisions when it matters to people’s access to food, health, a clean environment and livelihoods in general. The role of the Centre is supportive, at best. International law also strongly supports this process of bottomup decision-making involving the people meaningfully. The Indian government, however, seems to now believe that biotechnology as a sector must be under the “control” of the Union government. Accordingly,

it has proposed the Biotechnology Regulatory Authority Bill, 2011, to establish a Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI) and Biotechnology Regulatory Appellate Authority (BRAT) and a host of other regulatory and appeal agencies. There has been no discussion whatsoever during the formulation of this Bill with local and state governments, and it would not be wrong to say that the process by which this legislative proposal has been formulated is absolutely opaque. The bill is now set for debate and discussion in the winter session of Parliament. It is to be seen if this would be possible as the House has been rocked by protests from the opposition and allies of the ruling UPA against the Union government's decision to allow FDI in retail, amongother issues. The opportunity now exists to subject BRAI Bill, 2011 to a thorough review

US officials in Kalam frisking sacked: Govt New Delhi:Two officials of US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) involved in frisking former president A P J Abdul Kalam at an American airport in September have been sacked for not following ''appropriate procedures'', the RajyaSabha was informed today. "Senior TSA officials in a meeting with the India embassy in Washington on November 1, 2011 informed that the two TSA officials involved in the screening incident have been terminated from their job," external affairs minister S M Krishna said. In a written reply in the Upper House, he said the TSA officials also informed that "they would review screening procedure for Abdul Kalam". Head of TSA Administrator John S Pistole in a letter to Kalam on October 20 has extended his "sincere apology" for the incident and admitted that TSA personnel did not follow appropriate procedure for expedited screening of dignitaries. The US Embassy here also issued a release on November 13 stating that United States "deeply regrets" inconvenience caused to the former president, the Min-

ister said. The incident involving security screening took place on September 29 at John F Kennedy Airport in New York when Kalam was returning to India after delivering a lecture at Harvard University. Krishna said Kalam, who does not fall under persons exempted from security screening at US Airports, is, however, extended courtesies by US authorities including escort and private screening in keeping with his stature. On that particular day, Kalam was escorted through the screening procedure, which included private screening. Subsequently, after Kalam boarded the flight, TSA supervisors requested Air India staff for Kalam's jacket and shoes reportedly as these had not been checked as per prescribed procedure during private screening. Krishna said the TSA officials did not come in direct contact with the former president and the process was conducted through Air India staff. Air India staff had then sought the consent of Kalam, who had by then removed his jacket and shoes and settled in his seat. These personal belongings were returned to Kalam thereafter.

at all levels. To assist in this process, the Environment Support Group, a not-for-profit research, training, campaign and advocacy initiative responding to various environmental and social justice concerns, has prepared a critique of the Bill entitled:“Creating an Undemocratic and Unaccountable Biotechnology Regulator: A critique of the Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India Bill, 2011, with particular emphasis on environmental laws”. We do hope that our contribution helps in deeply democratising the debate and discussion on this legislative proposal, especially considering the massive impact it has on food security, health, environment and governance, and the livelihoods of millions, said Leo F. Saldanha and Bhargavi S. Rao of the Environment Support Group.

Infosys wins 2011 Global MAKE award Bangalore: Infosys is one of the winners of the Global Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises (MAKE) award for 2011by Teleosin association with The KNOW Network. Infosys has been recognised as a leader in creating a learning organisation amongleading institutions worldwide. This is the eighth time that the company has been awarded the Global MAKE award. The global MAKE award 2011 panel, consisting of Global Fortune 500 senior executives and internationally recognised intellectual capital experts, has selected Infosys for its ability to create a culture of learning within the organisation. SrikantanMoorthy, senior vicepresident and group head, education and research, Infosys, said, “We are delighted to be recognised as a Global MAKE winner for the eighth time. Businesses today are operating in a dynamic environment where effective knowledge creation and dissemination increasingly de-

Protest against attack

Bangalore: Lions Club of Bangalore Vijnanapura branch has organised an essay competition for schoolchildren. The competition will take place at CMR National Public School in HRBR Layout from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm on December 4. The winners will get Rs 5,000, second prize winners Rs 3,000 and third prize winners Rs 2,000. Interested schoolchildren can contact: Lions Club Vijnanapura branch or call: 9844342295/9880364347.

PhD exam Bangalore: Bangalore University is holding the PhD exams for 2011-12 academic year on December 4. Candidates can visit www.bu-admexam.in or call 22961242/22961207.

Transport Adalat

Bangalore: The transport department has organised an adalat at the Indiranagar RTO office on December 5. The adalat will be held from 3 pm and citizens can discuss the problems with RTO officials, stated a press note.

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Members of the state dalit backward classes forum today protest against the attack on state backward classes awareness forum president K N Shivaram, who was protesting “Made Snana” at Kukke Subramanya yesterday. Shivaram was trying to stop devotees from rolling over the leftover food at the temple town when he was attacked by some angry people.

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fines market leadership. In line with this, knowledge management provides a significant thrust for Infosys to achieve our objective of offering best-in-class services and solutions to our clients across the world. Winning the Global MAKE Awardis a proof of our commitment towards this objective." JKSuresh, vice-president, Infosys, said, “At Infosys, we are constantly working towards surpassing the expectations of clients as we support them in achieving their business goals. Recognitions such as MAKE

awards strengthen our resolve to relentlessly sustain and fuel vibrant knowledge sharing by deploying state-of-the-art Knowledge Management solutions and engaging employees in the continuous process of creating value for our clients.” Infosys was the first Indian company to win the Global MAKE award in 2003 and enter the Global MAKE Hall of Fame in 2005. The company has also recently been awarded the 2011 Asian Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises (MAKE) Award.

Bangalore: Maj Gen S Mitra, general officer commanding of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala area, arrived in the city yesterday on a five-day visit. The general officer will hold discussion with senior officers and review training, operational and administrative preparedness of various centres/establishments. This is MajGenMitra’sfirst visit to the city for after taking over as the GOC. The general officer is accompanied by PushpitaMitra, chairperson, Family Welfare Organisation. An officer of the 1975 batch, MajGenMitra has vast operational experience and actively participated in counter terrorism operations in

Jammu and Kashmir and the North-East where he was awarded Sena Medal for gallantry. He has atMaj Gen S tended prestigious higher Mitra command course at Army War College, Mhow and is also an alumni of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. For his distinguished service, the general officer was awarded VishishtSeva Medal on Republic Day 2011. He was the commandant of selection centre (south) before taking over the present appointment.

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CONAN THE BARBARIAN (A) Jason Momoa, Leo Howard ‘3D’ Cinemax (10.15 am, 3.30, 7.45, 10 pm) Cinepolis (10 am, 12.15, 2.30, 4.45, 7, 9.15 pm) Fame (Lido) (11 am, 4.30, 7, 9.30 pm) Fame (Shankarnag) (10.25 am, 3.45, 9.30 pm) Fun Cinemas (5.10 pm, 9.45 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Bannerghatta Road) (10.30 am, 3.30, 9.30 pm)

Gopalan Cinemas (Rajarajeshwari Nagar) (1.15 pm, 7.30, 9.45 pm) Innovative Multiplex (11.30 am, 1.30, 5.45, 10 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (10.05 am, 2.20, 7.30, 9.50 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (10.30 am, 2.45, 9.50 pm) Inox (J.P.Nagar) (10.10 am, 2.35, 9.45 pm) Lakshmi (Tavarekere) (10.30 am, 1.30, 5.30, 8.30 pm) Mukunda (11 am, 2, 5, 8.30 pm) PVR Cinemas (11 am, 4.20, 9.40 pm) Rex (12.15 pm, 6.05 pm) Uvashi (11.30 am, 6.30 pm) Vision Cinemas (10.30 am, 4.30, 9.30 pm) ‘2D’ Fame (Value Mall) (10 am, 2.45, 5, 9.45 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Mysore Road) (11.45 am, 2.15, 8 pm) HMT Cinemas (9.45 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (10.10 am, 3.55, 9.40 pm)

THE DEVIL DOUBLE (A) Fame (Lido) (10.20 am, 3.55 pm, 7.25, 9 pm) Fame (Value Mall) (10 am, 2 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Bannerghatta Road) (10 am, 7.50 pm)

HINDI STAND BY (U) Adinath Kothare, Siddharth Kher

Abhinay (10.30 am, 1.30 pm) Apsara (5.30 pm, 8.30 pm) Fame (Lido) (1.40 pm)Fame (Value Mall) (12.15 pm, 7.15 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Bannerghatta Road) (2.30 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Rajarajeshwari Nagar) (12.30 pm) Innovative Multiplex (2.30 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (12.10 pm, 7.15

pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (11.30 am, 9.35 pm) Inox (J.P.Nagar) (10.10 am) Gopalan Cinemas (Bannerghatta Road) (12.30 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Mysore Road) (2.45 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Rajarajeshwari Nagar) (7 pm) Vaibhav (11.30 am, 2.30 pm)

Achint Kaur, Ayub Khan Apsara (11 am, 2.30 pm) Abhinay (4.30 pm, 7.30 pm) Everest (11.15 am, 2.15, 6.15, 9.30 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Bannerghatta Road) (5.15 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Rajarajeshwari Nagar) (1.45 pm) Vaibhavi (4.30 pm, 7.30 pm)

Road) (10.15 am, 3.30, 10 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Mysore Road) (5 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Rajarajeshwari Nagar) (4.45 pm, 7.35 pm) Innovative Multiplex (10 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (9.40 pm) PVR Cinemas (10 am, 1.05, 4.10, 9.50 pm) Urvashi (9.30 pm) Vaibhav (6 pm, 9.30 pm)

CHITKABREY-SHADES OF GREY (A)

SAHI DHANDHE GALAT BANDE (U)

Akshay Singh, Akshharaa Gowda Cinepolis (2.40 pm, 9.20 pm) Fame (Value Mall) (9.20 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (9.55 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (11.20 am) Inox (Malleswaram) (2.05 pm, 7.15 pm)

Anupam Kher , Ashish Nayyar Gopalan Cinemas (Rajarajeshwari Nagar) (3.30 pm)

YEH DOORIYAN (U/A)

NOT A LOVE STORY (A) Ajay Gehi, Mahie Gill, Deepak Dobriyal, Urmila Matondkar Fame (Value Mall) (10.05 am) Fun Cinemas (10.45 am, 4.15 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Bannerghatta

CHATUR SINGH TWO STAR (U/A) Sanjay , Ameesha Patel, Kher Abhinay (4.30 pm, 7.30 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Bannerghatta Road) (12.30 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Mysore Road) (2.45 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Rajarajeshwari Nagar) (7 pm) PVR Cinemas (12.05 pm, 5.35 pm) Vaibhav (6.15 pm, 9 pm)

TELUGU 9.30 pm) Pallavi (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Renukaprasanna (10.30am,1.30pm)

DAGGARAGA DURANGA Sumanth, Vedika, Sindhu Tolani Anjan (10.30 am, 1.30pm) Bhumika (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30pm) Radhakrishna (11.30 am, 2.45 pm) Renuka Prasanna ( 5.30, 8.30 pm) Srinivasa (SG Palya) (11.15 am, 2.30 pm) Vinayaka (Maathahalli) (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Venkateshwara (KRPuram) (6.15 pm, 9.30 pm

KERATAM (U/A)

MONEY MONEY MORE MONEY

Siddharth Raj Kumar, Aishwarya Cauvery (6.00 pm, 9.30 pm) Cinepolis (3.45 pm, 9.10 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (7.20 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (10.45 am, 4.20 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (2.10 pm) Murali (Gokula) (6.15 pm,

J D Chakravarthy, Bramanandam, Anjan (4.30, 7.30 pm) Chandrodaya (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Cinepolis (10 am, 12.20, 4.50, 7.10, 9.30 pm) HMT Cinemas (4.15 pm, 7.30 pm).


CITY 3

Thursday, December 1, 2011

CITY EVENTS General Geological Society of India: Monthly lecture on ‘Gas Hydrates in India: Potential and Development’ by Dr Kalachand Sain, Gas Hydrate Group, National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad, at No, 63, Kavita Apartments, Basappa Layout, 12th Cross, Gavipuram, 4 pm.

electronica this Tue @ The Beach.

Shopping

Cultural Swastik: Staging of play ‘Badaku Jataka Bandi’ by Rajguru Hosakote, Rangashankara, JP Nagar, 7:30 pm Carmel Pre-University College: Rendezvous 2011, intercollegiate festival of talents, No. 14, 4th Cross, II Block, II Stage, West of Chord Road, Basaveshwarnagar, 5 pm

Music Annie and Michael Devine Live: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Take 5, No 54 MSK Plaza, Defence Colony, 2nd Stage, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar A night of jazz, blues and easy listening with Annie and Michael Devine performing classic tunes from years gone by.

Eating Out Power Lunch: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. City Bar Karaoke + Grill, UB City, No 24, Vittal Mallya Road, Now be connected even during the quick business lunch. Free wi-fi access while you fill up in the middle of the day. Delectable starters with a variety of veg/ non veg main course options along with draught beer. Weekday Lunch Buffet @ ManU: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. noon to 3 p.m. Manchester United Restaurant Bar, The Manchester United Restaurant and Bar launches a weekday lunch buffet priced at Rs 350 plus taxes right from starters to desserts. 'The Kari Culture' at Blue Ginger: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Blue Ginger, The Taj West End, 23 Race Cource Road , Blue Ginger creates an interesting way to learn about Vietnamese ingredients and how to create some of the popular culinary innovations. 'The Kari Kulture' is for all the ladies who want to learn the finer aspects of Vietnamese cuisine, supervised by Chef Rishi. This is followed by a meal at the restaurant, where the guests taste what they cook. The Grand Indian Lunch Buffet @ Turquoise: uesday, August 30th, 2011. noon to 3 p.m. Turquoise, No 9, 2nd & 3rd Floors, 17th A Main, Koramangala Experience the Grand Indian Lunch buffet consisting of over 35 dishes every weekday with around 5 starters, 4 vegetarian gravies, 2 non vegetarian gravies , 7 desserts and lots more.

Nightlife

Hip Hop night: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 8 p.m. Hypnos, Gem Plaza, Infantry Road, DJ Sid plays the latest hip hop tracks from around the world. Open Mic Night @ Kyra: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Kyra Theatre, No 2001 Kattima Center, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar The Open Mic Night aims to bring out new talent - whether it's music, stand up comedy, poetry or dance. Funky Tuesdays with DJs Prashant and Darsh: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Coco Bongo, 4th Floor, Commercial Complex, National Games Village, 80 Feet Road, Koramangala DJs Prashant and Darsh spinning hip hop & RnB this Tuesday at Coco Bongo. There's a 1+1 offer on drinks all night. Karaoke Night with KJ Val: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Xtreme Sports Bar, 4th Floor, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar Test those vocal chords at karaoke night with KJ Val. Happy Tuesdays with DJs Pallemoni and Akso: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The Beach, No 1211, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar DJs Pallemoni and Akso spinning deep house, disco and

Rio by Titan Eye+: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Titan Eye+, Safina Plaza, Infantry Road, A trendy, fashionable collection for the young and young at heart. The frames are available in a host of bright colours. Puma Faas Collection: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Puma, A fun, technologically advanced range of running shoes by Puma. Fall Winter 2011 Collection: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Esprit, No 10 Ananda Bhavan, Vittal Mallya Road, Stripes, florals, wool, tweed, retro and preppy come together in Esprit’s new Fall Winter 2011 Collection.

US House okays faster green cards for techies Washington: In a move that may allow more highly skilled immigrants from India and China to obtain the so-called green cards faster, the US House of Representatives has passed a bill modifying the visa system. The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigration Act (H.R. 3012), eliminating percountry caps on employment-based visas and instituting a first come, first served system, drew broad, bipartisan support, passing the House with a vote of 389-15 Tuesday. The bill is expected to move swiftly through the Senate. Currently, immigration law limits employment-based green cards allowing permanent residence for citizens from any one country to no more than seven percent of the total green cards approved by the State Department in any particular year.

The rule makes it easier to obtain a green card for applicants from smaller countries that don't generate a significant amount of applications, but makes it tougher for workers from big countries that provide most of the foreign tech workers sought by companies. Individuals from India, the source of most tech industry immigrants to the US, often have to wait up to 10 years for a green card due to the percountry cap. The High-Skilled Immigration Act, which was introduced to Congress in September by Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz, aims to correct such imbalances by switching to a first come, first served system for the roughly 140,000 employment-based green cards awarded each year. "Per country limits make no sense in the context of employment-based

visas. Companies view all highly skilled immigrants as the same regardless of where they are from--be it India or Brazil," Chaffetz said in a statement. In addition to eliminating numerical caps on employment-based green cards, the Act would also raise the per-country cap for 226,000 family-related green cards from seven percent of the total to 15 percent. The bill's bipartisan support owes much to the fact that it does nothing to increase the total number of green cards awarded, it simply evens out the process for those looking to emigrate to the US. American technology companies have been clamouring for Congress to offer more green cards for their foreign employees, arguing that the United States was losing out in global competition by forcing those immigrants to leave.

New order cometh

Law soon to protect HIV patients: Azad

OWW Sale: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. One Wit Wonders, No 32 ACR Towers, Residency Road, Flat 50% off on selected products at One Wit Wonders. Lustrous Moon Collection: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Collage, No 21/1, Wood Street, Ashoknagar The Lustrous Moon Collection by Bharathi Raviprakash pays homage to the glow of the moon. The collection includes gold jewellery with pearls in colours of golden, black and chocolate, and diamonds as well.

New Delhi: The government today pledged to bring a law soon against discrimination of HIV/AIDS patients. "Government will soon bring law against discrimination against HIV/AIDS patients. The Health Ministry will receive the draft law from Law Ministry in next ten days," Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters on the sidelines of of a function to mark World AIDS Day here. However, he did not mention as to when the bill will be introduced in Parliament.

Special Events Tuesdays with the Bard: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 7 p.m. Urban Solace - Cafe for the Soul, No 32, Annaswamy Mudaliar Road, Ulsoor Lake Tuesdays with the Bard is an initiative to create opportunities for poets and poetry lovers to get together. It features poets reading their creations in a new experience every Tuesday. Members of the audience are encouraged to come forward and share poems as well.

New director-general and inspector-general of police Shankar Bidari recieves a plaque from the outgoing officer Neelam Achuta Rao at CAR grounds in Bangalore today.

Exhibitions Creative Perspectives: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. noon to 11:30 p.m. Caperberry, No 48/1 Ground Floor, The Estate, Dickenson Road, Artwork by Gopal Dey, Shan Re, Kishore Chand, Ashok Kumar G, Hiremath, Parmesh D Jolad, Ranjan Paul, Ram Onkar, Mini Arora and more. Colours & Hues: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Gallerie Third Eye, No A1 Epsilon Office Block, Yemalur Main Road, Yemalur A group show by artists Kanthraj N, Rima Ray & Rakesh Mandal at Gallerie Third Eye. Synesthesia: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Galleryske, No 2, Berlie Street, Langford Town A group show featuring works by Andrea Anastasio, Luigi Anastasio and Avinash Veeraraghavan. The works are displayed in the house-like space of the gallery, so that they are approached without demarcations and distinctions thus making the viewer experience the works in one continuous alternation of media from video and painting, to photography and sculpture. Solo show @ Apparao: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Apparao Galleries, No 82 The Presidency, St Marks Road, Apparao Galleries presents an exhibition of paintings by T. Vaikuntam. The Eye of Graciela Iturbide: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tasveer, No 26/1, Kasturba Cross Road, A collection of black and white pictures shot by Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide, in locales across the world. Now and Tomorrow : Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Kynkyny Art, No 148 Embassy Square, Infantry Road, An exhibition by eleven emerging artists, which travels into contemporary territory and throws up a commentary on the rapidly changing, continually shifting here and now of modern India. Group Show @ Renaissance: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Renaissance Gallerie, No 13 Westminster, Cunningham Road, An exhibition of paintings by Shraddha DD, Deepa Vedpathak, Shama Rane and Shivaji Chavan.

A parade to honour outgoing DG&IGP was held at the CAR grounds in Bangalore today. Rao retired yesterday.

Bring down dam water level: Chandy to Jaya New Delhi: Left MPs from Tamil Nadu met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today to discuss the Mullaperiyar dam issue, seeking his intervention. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy also wrote to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK Chief J Jayalalithaa. Chandy in his letter has asked that water levels in the 116-yearold dam be reduced from the existing 132 feet to 120 feet immediately. Chandy has also said that Kerala is ready to give any assurance to get it implemented. However Jayalalithaa has dismissed Kerala's concerns as alarmist. Jayalalithaa's constituency is among the 3 districts in Tamil Nadu dependent on Mullaperiyar for water. The dam in Kerala's Idukki district supplies water to Tamil Nadu. Manmohan Singh is understood to have assured that a meeting of chief ministers of Tamil Nadu and Kerala would be arranged soon to discuss the contentious issue.

Activists have been demanding the immediate passage of a law while expressing disappointment over the "apathy" shown towards HIV-infected people. They have alleged that the government was not showing any urgency on the issue and appealed to it to pass the HIV/AIDS bill in the Winter Session. A group of NGOs and Lawyers' Collective, a legal advocacy group that helped draft the HIV/AIDS bill, said the measure is very important in the light of the "largescale" discrimination being faced

KF Airlines gets notices to clear airport dues New Delhi: Vijay Mallya-led Kingfisher Airlines is in more trouble with several airports slapping the aviation major notices to clear their dues. Mumbai airport has issued notice to Kingfisher Airlines to pay usage charges immediately amounting to Rs 90 crore. Sources say that the airline has been told to pay the amount by Saturday. They added that if the airline fails to pay the dues, it will be put on cash-and-carry, and will be charged Rs 60 lakh a day starting from December 3. Sources added that the airline had provided payment through cheques to the Mumbai airport but all of them bounced. Delhi and Hyderabad airports have also sent notices to the airline with regard to outstanding dues. Compounding its troubles, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has also sent Kingfisher Airlines a notice to clear the dues of Rs 240 crore at all its airports. Kingfisher Crisis The airline faced the wrath of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in November when it cancelled over 80 flights without taking prior approval from the aviation body, The aviation regulator issued a notice to Kingfisher under rule 140 (a) of the aircraft rules for

not taking prior approval before cancelling flights. The airline, however, maintained that they had to cancel flights as they were trying to reconfigure their aircrafts. Kingfisher needs over Rs 1000 crore in working capital loans to tide over its current crisis. "We have been trying to raise capital. However, due to global economic environment driving the fuel price up and uncertainty in the market, we have not been able to do it but we remain optimistic. We will raise capital but yes Kingfisher has expressed our desire to raise the capital," said Sanjay Aggarwal, CEO, Kingfisher Airlines.

Rs.15 lakh reward for clues on absconding IM mastermind New Delhi: After busting a major module of the homegrown Indian Mujahideen terror outfit with the arrest of six of its activists, including a Pakistani national, the Delhi Police Thursday announced a Rs.15 lakh reward for clues about the module's absconding kingpin -Ahmad Siddi Bappa alias Shahrukh. "A reward of Rs.15 lakh has been announced for any clues about the mastermind of the ter-

ror outfit. Bappa is wanted in blast cases of Delhi apart from cases in other states," said a senior police officer. The suspected activists, including a Pakistani national, were arrested recently from various states for alleged involvement in three attacks -- the Feb 13 Pune German Bakery blast, April 17 Chinnaswami Stadium blasts in Bangalore and the Sep 19 Jama Masjid shooting and blast -- in 2010.

by the HIV positive people in the country. To create awareness about the HIV, Azad said the government will soon start 'Red Buses' on the lines of 'Red Trains' which will be used for campaign purposes. "Wherever trains can't reach, we will use the buses," he said. Addressing the function, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said the city government will provide Rs 1,600-2,000 financial assistance to HIV children as well as children whose parents were infected by it.

Two AK-47 assault rifles, a pistol and some explosives have been seized from these Indian Mujahideen suspects. Mohammed Qateel Siddiqi, 27, of Darbhanga in Bihar was arrested in the capital Nov 22. Siddiqi's interrogation led the police to arrest Gauhar Aziz Khomani, 31, also of Darbhanga, from Delhi Nov 23. Searches were then conducted in Bihar's Madhubani district that led to the arrests of Gayur

Ahmad Jamali, 21, and Mohammed Adhil alias Ajmal, 40, of Karachi in Pakistan. The Pakistani national was at present residing in Madhubani, police said. He came to India in August last year. Two more members of the outfit, Mohammed Irshad Khan, 52, and Abdur Rahman, 19, were arrested on Nov 27 from Chennai. Bappa brought the arrested members of the outfit together and planned three attacks.

Sources have said that Subroto Roy of Sahara Parivar may invest Rs 500-600 crore in the cashstrapped Kingfisher airlines Kingfisher, which listed when it bought out budget airline, Air Deccan in 2008, has never made a profit and its market value has plunged 64 per cent this year. The airline became India's No 2 private carrier since it began operations in 2005 as the economy boomed but it has become one of the main casualties of high fuel costs and a fierce price war between a handful of airlines which, between them, have ordered hundreds of aircraft for delivery over the next decade in an ambitious bet on the future.

DCPs, ACPs to hear grievances Bangalore: All deputy and assistant commissioners of police will be present at their respective offices between 3.30 pm and 5.30 pm every day, except on holidays, to receive complaints from the aggrieved public, stated a press note from police commissioner Jyothiprakash Mirji’s office. Similarly traffic DCPs and ACPs will receive complaints regarding their respective divisions at their offices between 11.30 am and 1 pm. The police commissioner’s office has also released a list of mobile numbers of all officers.

Intel‑based operations needed, says PC New Delhi: Home Minister P Chidambaram today batted for continuing effective and ''intelligence-based'' operations in Naxal-hit states as he announced over 800 fresh posts for the crucial snoop unit of BSF. He also asked the force to deploy its "skills and tactics" for anti-Maoist offensives which it has developed over the years in anti-insurgency operations. "I would urge the BSF to continue to upgrade their skills and tactics that have

been developed over years of experience in counter-insurgency operations and to adapt them in ongoing anti-Naxal operations," Chidambaram said while addressing jawans and officers of the force during their 46th Raising Day celebrations here. "I am sure the BSF, with its proven capabilities, is ideally equipped and trained to undertake important intelligence-based operations to achieve success," he said after he reviewed the Border Security

Force (BSF) parade at its camp in Southwest Delhi's Chhawla. The BSF is in the process of inducting close to 2,000 additional personnel (two battalions), adding to existing ten battalions, for anti-Naxal operations in Chhattisgarh and Orissa. "I am happy to say that this year the government has approved major proposals for strengthening the BSF... 1,520 posts for augmenting the training capacities, 450 additional posts for engi-

neering (wing) and 825 posts for the BSF 'G' set up," the Home Minister announced. The 'G' branch of the BSF acts as the backbone for conducting precision operations and it is being replicated by the CRPF at present for its anti-Naxal operations. Lauding the role of the force which was raised in 1965 for border guarding tasks, Chidambaram said it has been performing the "most difficult challenges" since then.


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