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1 dies in cracker fire at Dʼgere godown Bangalore Beat Bureau Davanagere: One person died and two others were feared trapped when a major fire broke out at a firecracker godown here today. The fire started around 10 am at the factory in a residential area here. Eight fire engines continued to fight fire for more than three hours of noticing the fire, but to no avail. As several “rockets” and other cracker were flying out of the godown, the fire brigade officials found it difficult to contain the fire. The police said that the godown was illegal as it has been constructed at a residential area. Luckily, the fire did not spread to the surrounding areas, which also have three hospitals. The fire brigade officials continued their efforts to rescue trapped employees of the godown. At the initial estimate, the loss ran up to at least Rs 1 crore, the fire brigade official said, while failing to specify the reason behind the blaze. A huge crowd gathered outside the godown. The police had a tough time controlling the crowd and keeping the onlookers away from harm.

Parliament adjourned over Krishna FIR Bangalore Beat Bureau New Delhi: An FIR filed against external affairs minister and former chief minister S M Krishna in an illegal mining case found an echo in both Houses of Parliament today, with members of the BJP and National Democratic Alliance demanding the resignation of the minister for his alleged involvement in mining-related scandal in Karnataka. Opposition MPs in both houses shouted slogans as soon as the Lok Sabha opened in the morning and asked the government to remove Krishna, who is under the police scanner for his alleged role in allowing illegal mining in Karnataka when he was the state's chief minister 1999-2004. As BJP members demanded action against Krishna, MPs from Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh also shouted slogans demanding a separate state to be carved out from the southern region. Speaker Meira Kumar adjourned the house till 12 noon when the din grew louder and protesting MPs refused to sit on their seats. The Rajya Sabha was also adjourned till noon over Krishna, who yesterday issued a statement denying the charges. The protests in the Lok Sabha were led by Dakshina Kannada MP Nalin Kumar Katil and other BJP members. They said the Union minister had disgraced his position and should step down immediately. Speaking outside Parliament, Bangalore South MP Ananth Kumar said, “All the three mentioned in the first information report ordered by the Lokayukta special court – all Karnataka former chief ministers Krishna, Dharam Singh and H D Kumaraswamy – are MPs now. Of them, the first two are ruling party MPs. They should resign immediately.” BJP MP D B Chandre Gowda said, “B S Yeddyurappa resigned as chief minister once his name was mentioned in the Lokayukta report on illegal mining. Krishna too should learn from this and quit. Congress members protested on the floor of the assembly when the Lokayukta report was released. The ruling party at the Centre should apply the same yardstick here too.”

Zardari had stroke, facial paralysis Islamabad: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari had a ‘’mild’’ stroke that caused bleeding in the brain and facial paralysis before he was flown to Dubai for treatment, a media report said today. However, the President was stable and out of danger as the stroke and internal bleeding were not “life threatening”, The News daily quoted its sources as saying. Zardari would require “some treatment, including speech therapy, to resume his normal life”, said the report in the daily. Page 4

Food prices hitting GDP: FM P 4

KOLKATA HOSP Doubts over DVS getting FIRE KILLS 73 Many suffocate; fire safety laws ignored MLC seat

Kolkata: Seventy-three people were feared dead due to suffocation in a major fire that broke out at AMRI Hospital in Dhakuria in south Kolkata today. All the dead are reported to be patients, even as hospital authorities fled from the spot. As angry relatives gathered at the hospital to look for their loved ones, they vent their ire at the lack of relief and rescue efforts by hospital authorities by damaging AMRI's properties. Many people were, however, still believed to be trapped inside. The fire was under control. Nearly 25 fire tenders were working hard to evacuate all patients and staff. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation and ordered an FIR against hospital authorities. West Bengal health minister Sudip Bandhyopadhyay said that the death toll may go up. There was still no clarity on what caused the fire. He said that the West Bengal government was shocked to know that the fire safety measures were not in place in the hospital. West Bengal planning and development minister Subroto Mukherjee said that the hospital authorities have fled. "Strict action will be taken against the management, but for now the focus is on the rescue missions," he said. The angry relatives of the patients who died alleged that the hospital staff abandoned patients and did not help them rush out. They said that this resulted in suffoca-

Ramulu claims 22 BJP MLAsʼ support, will back Congress, JD(S) candidate

Rescue officials wheel away a patient from AMRI Hospital Kolkata after a fire broke out today. tion, and therefore, deaths of the patients. "Isn't it strange that in such a fire only patients lose their lives and not a single casualty from the hospital? They left the patients to choke to death," said an angry relative of a patient. Upset and angry relatives destroyed hospital property shouting slogans against authorities for not having enough fire safety measures. The fire had also engulfed the ICU and relatives claim that they were the ones

who rescued most patients and that help arrived much later. A few of them also heckled officials at the spot. The hospital announced that the family of those who have died will be paid Rs 5 lakh as compensation. Reports said many bodies were moved to SSKM hospital. The identification of bodies was on but sources said some of the bodies may not be identified as they were charred. Continued on page 3

Lokpal Bill report tabled inParl New Delhi: The parliamentary panel examining the Lokpal Bill submitted its report to Parliament today. The bill establishes the Lokpal that will investigate corruption among government servants. Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare, who has pivoted a nationwide movement against graft, has threatened to go on a new hunger strike if the Bill does not grant significant power to the Lokpal. The report on the Lokpal Bill was tabled in the Rajya Sabha by Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Chair-

man of the standing Committee on Law and Justice, Public Grievances and Personnel. In the Lok Sabha, committee member Pinaki Misra tabled the same report. The government is not obliged to follow the committee's recommendations, and in any case, the report has failed to establish consensus on major features even among the 30-member committee. A total of 16 dissenting notes accompany the report, three of them from Congress MPs who disagree with the decision to exclude 57 lakh junior bureau-

crats from the jurisdiction of the new Lokpal. 74-year-old Anna and his group of activists have also strongly objected to this. They say unless the Lokpal is allowed to investigate junior bureaucrats, Indians will continue to encounter corruption in everyday life. These are the officers who are involved in basic services like sanctioning driver's licenses, or processing passports. The committee's report does not suggest whether the PM should be covered by the Lokpal, it asks Parliament to decide.

Murder solved, 6 rowdies arrested Bangalore Beat Bureau

Bangalore: Six persons, who had murdered an Ayyappa devotee at S J Park last month, have been arrested. The police have found out that it was the result of a series of tit-for-tat murders between two rowdy gangs in the city over the last few months. On November 28, the Ayyappa devotee, Velu, was carrying his daughter to a friend’s house on the when rowdy Rudra and 7-8 of his associates attacked him with deadly weapons and butchered him to death in front of Ambedkar’s statue on NM Road first cross at SJ Park. Velu bled to death on the spot. The attackers had left some of the weapons on the spot and fled. The police have now recovered the van used for the crime and other deadly weapons from the arrested. They have been identified as S Gangadhar alias Gajendra alias Gaja (34), V Prakash alias Dada (23), Vijay Kumar alias Viji alias Yelugalli (24), Krishna alias Loose (20), Arun Kumar alias Arul (27) and Manu alias Deepu (23). The arrested rowdies have confessed that they were led by Rudra. After interrogation of the arrested, the police found out that Rudra alias Shiva, Gaja and his arrested associates had murdered Velu’s brother Subramani alias Subra. In a retaliatory attack, Velu and his associates killed Rudra’s brother Ashwathanarayana at Basavanagudi police limits in 2005. The police also learnt that the gang of Rudra and

Six rowdies, who have been arrested for the murder of another rowdy sheeter Velu in the city last month. Gaja had killed retired police superintendent Thammaiah, who was working as vigilance officer under KPTCL at Cauvery Bhavan in the Yelahanka police station limits. Rudra has a rowdy sheet at SJ Park police station, while murdered Velu had rowdy cases registered against him at the City Market police station. The police are now on the lookout for Rudra and his associates.

Team Anna has said excluding the PM amounts to sanctioning immunity to his or her office. Sources say the government will compromise by placing the PM's office, though with safeguards, under the ambit of the Lokpal. The lower bureaucracy will also be made accountable to the ombudsman. So the remaining flash point with Anna's team will be who the CBI reports to the activists want the investigating agency to be controlled by the Lokpal, which the government and the CBI have so far opposed.

Siddu, KSE battle over ʻCMʼs postʼ Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: There were moments of light banter between opposition leader in the assembly Siddaramaiah and BJP state president K S Eshwarappa at Vidhana Soudha today. Siddaramaiah criticised that Eshwarappa gave up his energy minister portfolio and became president of the BJP with the hope of donning the chief minister’s mantle, but that was not to be. “Though he lost his minister’s post, he never became a chief minister. That was because B S Yeddyurappa never quit his post, allowing anyone else,” he said. Retorting, Eshwarappa said, “Day and night, you dream of becoming a chief minister. You will never become a chief minister. You should continue your fight. You changed parties for the post but that did not materialise.” Siddaramaiah replied: “Yes, I want to become a chief minister. Let me declare here (on the floor of the assembly) that I will become a chief minister one day.”

Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: Will D V Sadananda Gowda continue as chief minister? Will the government survive at all to finish its remaining two-year term? These were the questions dogging the first BJP government in South India today as former minister in the BJP government and now an independent MLA B Sriramulu claimed the support of 22 BJP MLAs for his soon-to-be-launched party. Today, he announced the name of his party at Vidhana Soudha. The acronym that also will also stand for B Sriramulu, the Bellary Rural MLA said he has named the party as “Badavara, Shramikara, Raithara” or BSR party. Announcing the decision to launch the party in two days, he claimed the support of the saffron party MLAs. This puts the election of Sadananda Gowda from the legislative council in jeopardy as he would not attain the required numbers. In a house of 224, the BJP has 119 MLAs. Even if 8 BJP MLAs go with Sriramulu, then the ruling party would reduce to minority. Sadananda Gowda has already spent four months as chief minister in borrowed time. He has to get himself elected from either House within six months to continue as chief minister. The election for the lone MLC seat has been scheduled for December 22. Sources within the Congress and JD(S) told Bangalore Beat that they would combine their forces to defeat the BJP candi-

date, which will likely be Sadananda Gowda. Sriramulu, too, today said that he would support the decision taken by the Congress and JD(S) on MLC election. He claimed that since the election is through a secret ballot, the saffron party would not know who has cross-voted. The BJP is sure to pass a whip to ensure full quorum on the floor of the assembly and the members’ votes on the D-day. There have been talks going on between Congress leader Siddaramaiah, who is also opposition leader in the assembly, JD(S) patriarch H D Deve Gowda and JD(S) state president H D Kumaraswamy on fielding a candidate for the MLC election. Sources close to the development said that the candidate would most likely be from the Congress. The Congress has already drawn up a list of three probable and one of them would be chosen after consultations with Gowda. The last date for filing nomination for the election is Monday. Sadananda Gowda has earlier said that he would contest as an MLC only if there is a consensus, which in real term means comfortable numbers. Sriramulu said he would hold consultations with Siddaramaiah, Congress state president G Parameshwara and Kumaraswamy on the MLC candidate. “If the Congress and JD(S) back a single candidate, I would go with them, and so would BJP MLAs with me,” he added.


CITY 2

Friday, December 9, 2011

International Midnight

Movie Listings KANNADA

Marathon to be run tomorrow

Bangalore: The 5th edition of the Bangalore International Midnight Marathon (BIMM) 2011, for which an average 7,000 people are expected to participate, will be kicked off on tomorrow night. The “Run for a child” themed midnight marathon, focused on raising funds for the poor and needy children, is the only marathon that runs in the middle of the night in the country. The Midnight Marathon this year will witness participation by over 20 international athletes and 200 Indian athletes/runners for the full marathon. Apart from this, eminent personalities from across various industries, including sports, healthcare, fitness, film and corporate amongst others, will participate in the corporate relay and the IT City Fun Run. More than 3,000 people have regis-

Bus stand at Majestic to be built at Rs 1.4K cr

tered for the various races to be held on the day of the Midnight Marathon. 18 international athletes have arrived in the city to participate in the marathon. On-the-spot registrations will close by 7 pm for IT Fun Race and 8 pm for other races. Apart from the races, the BIMM 2011 will have live performances by musicians, fire-eaters, dancers and bands to entertain the participants. Just before the Midnight Marathon of 42 km and the 21-km half marathon, there will be the Adecco 5 km IT City Fun Run, a community relay, the corporate relay and women’s corporate relay, besides the newlyintroduced GE 10K run, which will be kicked off at 7 pm. The route for the event will be a section of the Airport-Whitefield Road in

Whitefield, starting point being KTPO. The new 10K run event that’s been added on popular demand to the BIMM races this year is being sponsored by GE, while the 5 km IT City Run will be sponsored by Adecco. The key partners associated with the event include Manipal Hospital providing medical assistance at the event, Cisco Systems sponsoring the women’s relay, champions group sponsoring the corporate relay amongothers. Bhaskar Sharma, a renowned marathon runner, said, “Running a marathon is an experience that's difficult to put into words. Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it. If you want to win something, run 100 metres. If you want to experience something, run a marathon.”

JOGAYYA (U/A)

Designer expo opens

Meet on quality healthcare tomorrow

Bangalore Beat Bureau

Bangalore: A bus terminus of international standards will be built at Majestic at a cost of Rs 1,400 crore, said home and transport minister R Ashok on the floor the R Ashok assembly yesterday. Replying to a question, he said the tender process for the construction project is getting over soon. Once it is over, the works would be awarded in stages, he said. There is no provision to provide space in the newly constructed bus terminus for private buses. But there has been a proposal to start a bus terminus for private players in consultation with KSRTC, BBMP and private bus operators, he added. The BBMP has been asked to transfer the land in Mahalakshmi Layout to BMTC to construct a bus stand. The process will get over soon and the construction will begin soon, he added.

Deepotsava from tomorrow Bangalore:SriramaBhajanaMandir of Chamrajpet has organised the third Vishnu Deepotsavaand SatyanarayanaVrata from tomorrow till December 12. Rakshabandan, Ganapati puja, Navagraha puja, GanaHoma and other pujas will be part of the festivities. The BhajanMandir has completed 100 years and special pujas will be performed to the portraits of Shiva and Parvathi, said Sri Rama BhajanaMandir president G Kantharaj in a statement.

PhD awarded Bangalore:Muralidhara B L, an associate professor of M C A programme of Bangalore Univers i t y has been awarded PhD for his thesis on "Parallel Computation for Bioinformatics" in computer science. Dr SrinivasBhogle and DrPradeep G Siddheshwar were Muralidhara’s guides.

Free training Bangalore: The Kannada Computer Training Centre has invited applications for a free computer training programme for SSLC passouts and unemployed youths. The programmes aims to train rural and unemployed youths in Pagemaker, Corel Draw, Microsoft Word, Photoshop and internet. Interested candidates in the age group of 16 to 55 can apply, said a press statement. For more information, call: 23561966.

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Society Collection expo opens Over 85 stalls were set up at the Society Collection, an exhibition that opened at the Hotel Lalit Ashok yesterday. The exhibition was inaugurated by ADGP Praveen Sood and his wife Vinita Sood.Independent designers of cocktail sarees and dresses, designer bags, costume jewellery and accessories had displayed their ware. Trays, lamps, wall art, murals, aroma candles and decorative mirrors have been put on sale. The exhibition is open till tomorrow.

Bangalore: The Quality Council of India presents the first national quality conclave in health care – Enhancing quality in healthcare: Dimensions and Directions – tomorrow and December 11 and bronze certification in Lean by International Faculty of Simpler UK from December 12 to 15 at MS Ramaiah Medical College & Hospitals, Bangalore The conclave envisions providing critical inputs to healthcare organisations and health professionals, pertaining to various facets of quality in healthcare. In the last few years, increasing awareness of variations in the quality of healthcare across geographic areas has helped propel a quality improvement movement. Healthcare access, quality, costs and efficiency vary widely across the country. In India, benchmarks set by leading geographic regions show there are broad opportunities to

improve and achieve better and more affordable healthcare. With health costs rising faster than incomes and straining family, business, state and federal budgets and with evidence of variable quality and inefficient care, all states and nations have much to aim higher. The conclave aims to provide critical inputs to healthcare organisations, pertaining to various facets of quality in healthcare. The conclave aims to cover the latest trends in modern approaches in quality improvement targeted towards healthcare professionals, doctors, administrators, nurses, nursing managers / administrators, hospital administrators and students. For further details, contact: Dr Asha R, assistant hospital administrator, MS Ramaiah Memorial Hospital, 9481162399 or Prakash Mulkunte, public relations officer, MS Ramaiah Memorial Hospital, 9008300563.

ʻLounge Journalsʼ debuts in city Bangalore: The Lounge Journals, an initiative of Café Coffee Day, was inaugurated in the city with asession on photography and filmmaking yesterday. ‘The Lounge Journals’ are a series of sessions with celebrity experts on hobbies, topics and passions of the youth. The third of the series (earlier hosted at The Lounge by CCD in Chennai and Chandigarh) was hosted by photographer Ryan Lobo, who conducted a session titled ‘The Perfect Cuppa’, with a group of filmmaking and photography students and enthusiasts. ‘The Lounge Journals’ are aimed at encouraging the youth to partake in creative hobbies and developing productive talents. Said KRamakrishnan,president –marketing, Café Coffee Day, “The idea is to channelise youth energy into creative and productive expressions, and encourage them to develop passions in life. The Lounge provides a relaxed ambience for artists.” A photographer and filmmaker, Ryan Lobo uses his lens to capture images that narrate stories and delves beyond the

surface to give a new perspective. Ryan has co-founded Mad Monitor Productions, a production company based in Bangalore and Washington, and has produced several shows for channels like National Geographic. During the session, Ryan shared his experiences gained from travelling around the globe and gave tips on varied nuances of photography, equipment and techniques. He demonstrated how to shoot a perfectly brewed cup of coffee. Ryan said, “The session was exciting and invigorating. It is always great to share my experience with students and it is even better when the audience is so receptive.” Café Coffee Day will take ‘The Lounge Journals’ across all its 30 outlets of The Lounge in India. The Lounge Journals will be a periodic series focusing on several interesting topics including photography, creative writing, painting, animation, and sculpting. Each session will conducted by a leading and renowned expert from the field.

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BADHRA (U)

Prajwal Devaraj, Daisy Shah Bharathi (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.15 pm) Govardhan (11.30 am, 2.30, 6, 9 pm) Krishna (KR Puram) (10.30 am, 2, 8 pm) Maruthi (11.30 am, 2.30 pm, 6.30 pm, 9.30 pm) Menaka (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Nalanda (11,2.30,6,9.15pm) Rajerajeshwari (Mallathahalli) (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30,7 .15, 9.30 pm) Siddheshwara (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Veeresh (10.30 am, 1.30 pm) Vajreshwari (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30pm) Rajarajeshwari (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.15, 9.30 pm) PVR Cinemas (1, 3.30, 6.10 pm)

PANCHAMRUTHA (U) Raghu Mukherjee, Srinagara Kitty, Ravishanker PVR Cinemas (7.10 pm)

MR DUPLICATE (U) Prajwal Devaraj, Diganth, Sheetal

Nartaki (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Prasanna (10.15 am, 1.15, 4.15, 7.15 pm) Uma (10.15 am, 1, 4, 7 pm) Vijayalakshmi (Garudacharpalya) (11 am, 2.30 pm)

ENGLISH

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

Renowned photographer Ryan Lobo speaks at The Lounge Journals at Coffee Day Lounge, MG Road yesterday.

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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)

TRAIN SCHEDULE Train No.

Shivaraj Kumar, Pooja Gandhi Banashankari (Hongasandra) (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Eshwari (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Fun Cinemas (10.15 am, 1.15, 4, 6.45, 9.25 pm) HMT Cinemas ( 10.45 am, 1.30, 4.15 pm) Kapali (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Keshava (11 am, 2.15, 5.30, 8.30 pm) Lakshmi (Tavarekere) (10.15 am, 1.15 pm) Lakshmi (Gottigere) (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Lakshmi (Rammorthinagar) (11.15 am, 2.15, 6.15, 9.15 pm) Manasa (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) PVR Cinemas (12.10 pm) Santhosh (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Srinvasa (Gowdanapalya) (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Tirumala (10 am, 1.45, 5.30, 8.45 pm) Vaishnavi (11.15 am, 2.15, 6.15, 9.15 pm) Veerabhadreshwara (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30pm) Venkatesh (Avalahalli) (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Venkateshwara (Konappana Agrahara) (11 am, 2.15, 6.15, 9.15 pm)

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

Friday, December 9, 2011

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. Beach.

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 electronica this Tue @ The

custody Panel rejects proposal extended to hike insurance FDI

Madernaʼs

CITY EVENTS

Shopping 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. 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.

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.

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.

New Delhi: After the fiasco on retail FDI, the UPA government is facing failure in another key reform it has long contemplated - hiking FDI cap in insurance from 26 per cent now to 49 per cent to give Indian insurance firms an avenue to raise much-needed growth capital. The Parliamentary Standing Committee has rejected the government’s proposal to raise FDI in the Insurance sector. The government is likely to accept its recommendations which went on to say that given the present global scenario a hike in FDI would not benefit Indian companies. Apart from various aspects of the insurance bill, the Standing Committee on Finance also asked the government to bring an integrated modern banking law for India, instead of bringing piecemeal amendments. The Committee, which adopted its re-

New Delhi: The police custody of former Rajasthan water resources minister Mahipal Maderna and his rival Malkhan Singh’s brother Parasram Bishnoi, arrested in connection with the Bhanwari Devi case, has been extended till December 12. The custody of Bhanwari Devi’s husband Amar Chand, who was arrested on Thursday, was extended till December 14. Amar Chand was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for not cooperating in the investigations and changing his statements. He had earlier alleged that Bhanwari was abducted at the behest of Maderna. A CD had allegedly shown Maderna in compromising position with the 36-year-old nurse, following which she went missing from Bilara on September 1.

port on Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2008, said keeping in mind the present global scenario, any hike in foreign equity would not be in the interest of Indian companies. It also recalled that Parliament was assured that the present cap of 26 per cent will not be breached in future. The Committee also recommended that the present statement of objectives of the Bill should be redrafted as it gives a “misleading” impression that the issue of foreign participation in Indian insurance companies was decided upon the recommendations of an expert committee, which is not a fact. It also said that in health insurance business, a company with with a minimum Rs 100 crore capital should only be allowed to set up shop and hence the present requirement of Rs 50 crore should be accordingly increased.

Thackeray lampoons India no longer

preferred Anna for targeting Pawar destination: MS

Mumbai:Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray Friday questioned the credentials of social crusader Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption campaign, claiming it appeared to target only Agriculture Minister SharadPawar. In Maharashtra and the rest of the country, Hazare has found only Pawar to be a corrupt leader and all others are as clean as washed rice, Thackeray said in a sharp edit in party mouthpiece Saamna. “If that is so, then is the Lokpal Bill being proposed only for Pawar? Why are you (Hazare) fasting and melting your bones at JantarMantar? Both Pawar and Hazare hail from Maharashtra, then why are you trying to defame the state before the rest of the country? Why are you singling him out and targeting him?” Thackeray said. Referring to Hazare’s Tuesday blog in which he alleged that Pawar has an old habit of shielding the corrupt, Thackeray demanded why Hazare was not speaking out against those supporting Home Minister

P. Chidambaram, who is accused of involvement in the 2G spectrum scam. Pawar was slapped by a man in Delhi last month over price rise and corruption. Raising doubts over Hazare’s knowledge of Gandhi’s philosophy, Thackeray said merely wearing a Gandhi cap does not imply there is a ‘Gandhi’ in you - “Read Gandhiji

and experience him, he never used violence in words, thoughts or deeds… First Hazare supported the Pawar slapping incident, then regretted and then again supported it,” Thackeray said, ridiculing Hazare’s changing stance on the issue as bordering on “madness”. Saying Hazare was reduced to a mere “puppet” in the hands of his Team Anna members, Thackeray said they were “airing their opinions through Hazare, which is a terrible thing”. “This means that it is Hazare’s waist and somebody else’s dhoti (cover). These people lack courage to question Sonia Gandhi, her relatives and Bofors scam on their blog,” Thackeray said. “We shall ensure the defeat of SharadPawar and his Nationalist Congress Party through the ballot boxes. For this we don’t need Hazare’s verbal mafia language,” Thackeray said in conclusion.

Dam row: Thousands create human wall Vandiperiyar: In a show of strength, the CPI(M)-led LDF on Thursday mobilised thousands of people to create a 298-kmlong human chain. This was done to press the demand for replacing the Mullaperiyar dam, an issue that has led to fresh friction between Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Seeking to mount pressure on the Tamil Nadu government, a special one-day session of the Kerala Assembly has been convened tomorrow to discuss the snowballing row that has trig-

gered stray violence in both states. Kerala Pradesh Congress president Ramesh Chennithala also observed a one-day fast in Thiruvanthapuram, as part of the campaign for a new dam which Kerala is insisting upon. The state believes the existing 116-yearold reservoir dam is not safe. In Tamil Nadu, security was beefed up for shops owned by Keralites after activists of fringe Tamil groups targeted some of them on Thursday in Chennai and some other parts of the state.

No untoward incident was reported. MDMK chief Vaiko observed a day-long fast in Theni, a district bordering Kerala and close to the Mullaperiyar dam, opposing Kerala’s move to build a new reservoir. Concerned over incidents of violence, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy appealed to all sections of people not to whip up parochial sentiments. He also said all political parties in the state were united on the dam issue.

Will start work on Bengal centre in 3‑6 months: Infy Kolkata: IT major Infosys Technologies will start construction work on its first software development centre in West Bengal, at Rajarhat near here, in three to six months, a top company official said today. “We have paid the money and got possession of the land. We hope to start construction work in three to six months,” Infosys Technologies Executive Co-Chairman S Gopalakrishnan said on the sidelines of a CII

event here. He said in the first phase, 5,000 jobs would be created and the approximate investment would be Rs 100 crore. He said while 35,000 professionals had been already hired so far this fiscal, another 10,000 would be hired by the end of March, 2012. The present headcount of the company is 1.40 lakh. When asked whether Infosys would shift its focus outside the

US and Europe due to the slowdown in these economies, he said, “Any shift will take time.” “We are looking at the markets of China, South Africa, Malaysia and Indonesia,” he added. Gopalakrishnan said despite the global turmoil, the IT sector has shown resilience and there have been no lay-offs. “There would, however, be consolidation in IT sector and those who have the niche capability will survive,” he said.

US: Retail FDI will benefit Indian farmers, citizens

Washington: Supporting the ongoing discourse in India over the issue of FDI in the retail sector, the United States has said even though it is of view that this is in the benefit of India, it would desist to comment on India’s internal affairs. “I think they have to work through their domestic political process and I don’t want to comment on their internal affairs at this point,” the Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Robert D Hormats told reporters at a news conference. Responding to questions about the decision of the Union Cabinet to put on hold its decision with regard to FDI in the multi-brand retail sector till the time a consensus is developed among all its stake holders, Hormats said that the United States has been discussing the issues with India for some time. “The Indians are working it

through their process. I think the Indians know our position. They know the benefits that we think would result from allowing this multi – brand retailing to take place in India,” he said. “I think they (India) know our view that it would be very beneficial to Indian farmers, Indian citizens, Indian consumers in general. “But the details of how the Indian Government and the Indian Parliament and the Indian officials work this through, I think I’ll leave to the Indians and not try to advise them on how to proceed,” he said. Later at another news conference, State Department spokesman Mark Toner asserted that this is a “domestic Indian issue” and it is not for the US to comment on it. “We understand the government’s decision to allow time for a consensus to be forged. You know, we believe that this

is a deal that’s in both our countries’ interests,” he said. “I’m neither happy nor disappointed,” Toner said when asked if the US is disappointed with the decision of the Indian government to put on hold FDI in retail. “The debate that’s going on now in India is similar to debates over economic policy in the United States. It’s a domestic debate right now. We’re very clear in our position. This is good for both our countries. We believe it should go forward, but, you know, we’ll allow that debate to play out in India,” he said adding the Indian government knows how the US feel about this. “Look, they have their democratic system. This is how a democracy works. These big policy decisions need to be vetted and agreed upon and reached through political consensus,” he said.

Sensex tumbles, Rupee crumbles

Mumbai: After hitting a low of 4849 in the first 10 minutes of trade, the Nifty managed to recoup some losses but selling pressure clamped the benchmark index below the 4900 level. European Union leaders opened a make-or-break summit yesterday aiming to resolve a crippling debt crisis as the French President, Mr Nicolas Sarkozy, warned there would be no “second chance” to save the euro zone. Mr Sarkozy sounded a shrill warning as leaders gathered in Brussels, saying that Europe risked an “explosion” if the summit failed. The Sensex was down 249.81 points or 1.52 per cent at 16238.43, and the Nifty was down 74.05 points or 1.50 per cent at 4869.60. The breadth continued to remain sluggish. About 1093 shares advanced, 1768 shares declined, and 878 shares remain unchanged. Capital goods, realty and auto stocks took charge for bears. All BSE sectoral indices were bleeding in red. The rupee fell 1 per cent on Friday, dragged by the dip in euro and local equities, on growing concerns that European leaders may not be able to cobble up a far-reaching plan at summit later in the day to tackle the region’s festering debt crisis.

Recession possibility low: RBI

Kolkata:On the back of widespread fears that Europe’s sovereign debt crisis is pushing a global economic downturn, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Friday said the probability of a worldwide recession is low. “The projections are Europe will have a negative two percent growth in 2012. I am just putting a number but all the people are talking about European recession. America of course is not growing dramatically. Japan is also recovering. So the probability of global recession is I think low,” Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor D. Subbarao said at an interactive session organized by the CII here. “As far as India is concern, the growth rate fallen, but the characterization of this as a recession would be text book economics,” he said. Asked when the current account convertibility will happen in India, he said this was not likely in the near future.

Kolkata: Global software major Microsoft said that for MNCs, India is no longer a preferred destination. Microsoft India chairman BhaskarPramanik said this when asked if the company is considering any R&D centre for West Bengal as it seeks to work closely with the state government. “It doesn’t make sense any more. For MNCs India is no longer a preferred destination. We have lots of issues concerning our operation here,” said Pramanik. Pramaniklater clarified that he was speaking about technology and IT companies. “I think a lot of that need to be resolved. We have to be cautious about any new investment in the state,” he said. Asked what the issues were, he declined to list the challenges or issues the technology MNCs were facing.

“I think you had better talk to Nasscom. It is the voice of the industry,” he said. Nasscom regional (east) head SuparnoMoitra declined to comment. Asked to throw more light on ‘preferred destination’, Pramanik said, “I think we look at everywhere in the world. I think choices are many,” he said. Meanwhile, reacting to the Centre’s decision to suspend FDI in multi-brand retail till a consensus is evolved,Pramanik said he felt disappointed with the government’s decision. “FDI in all form is good - be it in retail or aviation,” he said. “We have a strong corporate sector, central and state governments. Checks and controls could be put in place to ensure net gain for the country in terms of employment, growth and earning rather than being negative,” he said.

Jewellery stolen at police quarters Bangalore: A house was burgled of jewellery worth over Rs 2 lakh at CAR Police Quarters last evening. Riyan had left for her relative’s house around 6 pm. When she returned around 9 pm, she found the locks of the front door broken open and jewellery kept in the bureau stolen.

abharati Law College when two criminals riding a motorcycle came suddenly in front of him, forcing Krishnaiah to brake suddenly. At the same time, another person from the criminal gang broke the windshield at the back. A shocked Krishnaiah got down to see the damage to the windshield when the criminals flashed knife at his son and Man robbed robbed him of the gold chain A man, who was riding a car, worth over Rs 60,000. Krishnaiah was robbed of his gold chain and his son were returning from when he was accosted by a gang Sai Baba temple at Kengeri to of four criminals. their home on Pipelane Road on K KKrishnaiah and his son Magadi road when the incident were driving their car near Jnan- occurred.

Fire kills 70 in Kolkata Continued from page 1 “The fire engulfed four floors of one of the buildings of the AMRI hospital in Dhakuria,” an officer manning the city police control room said. The 161-bed hospital is located in Dhakuria in Kolkata. Firemen using ladders smashed window panes in the facade to rescue patients trapped inside the ICU, ICCU, ITU and critical care units. Fire services minister Javed

Khan said the fire spread because of stocks of highly combustible material. The hospital also did not have proper fire-fighting equipment, he said. Fire brigade sources said that firemen were trying to locate oxygen cylinders stocked on the floors, as the fire could make them explode. Thick smoke was hindering the operations, they said.


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Friday, December 9, 2011

FM says food, fuel price rise hitting GDP growth New Delhi: Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee today said surging food and fuel prices amid weak global economic growth are adversely impacting GDP growth of the country. “Business sentiments are down. Food inflation and high fuel costs in times of weak global growth are taking a heavy toll on the economies of many emerging countries, including India,” he said at the third India-Africa Hydrocarbons Conference here. “We meet in difficult times. The world economy, just as it was beginning to show some signs of recovery, is facing a renewed uncertainty. Another global economic slowdown appears to be a possibility,” Mukherjee said.

Civil strife in the Middle East has also contributed to the uncertainty and specifically to the rise in international oil prices, he said. The US has suffered an unprecedented debt rating downgrade and is experiencing slow growth and unemployment, he said. Furthermore, the sovereign debt crisis in Europe continues unabated. Emerging economies that were contributing significantly to world growth and rebalancing of the global economy are now facing problems of inflation and some loss of growth momentum, he said. Highlighting the need to forge strong ties with Africa, the Finance Minister said, “India has be-

come the world’s fourth-largest oil importer. India’s energy needs are growing exponentially. India seeks a new partnership with the world.” “The beneficial synergy that can be created between India and Africa need not be emphasised,” he said, adding that today, more than onefifth of the country’s oil imports come from Africa. “India’s refining capacity, at 194 million tonnes, is set to increase to 238 million by 2013. This means that we need about 40 million tonnes of additional crude per annum,” Mukherjee said. To meet this demand, Africa can play a major role in the coming years, he added.

Annaʼs plans to fast worry docs, close associates Ralegan Siddhi, Maharashtra: As Anna Hazare plans to embark on yet another fast over the Lokpal Bill, his hunger strike this time around is emerging as a major cause for concern. His associates are worried that the proposed fast, his third this year, may seriously hamper his health. The 74-year-old anti-corruption crusader has warned the government of intensifying his agitation and has decided to go on another fast from December 27 if his demands, with regards to the Lokpal Bill, are not met by December 22, the day the Winter Session of Parliament ends. Before that, though, Mr Hazare will sit on a day-long fast on December 11 at the Jantar Mantar in the national capital. The one day fast, though, is not a cause of worry given the fact that the septuagenarian fasts for a day every week. It is the prolonged fast towards the end

of the month, sources have told, that his doctors are advising him against. “Would advise Anna not to go ahead with his fast, it may aggravate his pain. If he still goes ahead with his fast - he will have to be careful”, Mr Hazare’s orthopedician Dr K H Sancheti said. The concerns are not without reason. The veteran activist suffers from lumbar spondylosis and osteoarthritis. But despite medical advice for rest, Mr Hazare seems to be in no mood to call off the fast. “For one or two days due to travelling, there was some fatigue. Now I am fit enough to fight. Now I am healthy. Now our first agitation will be on December 11 at Jantar Mantar and then on the 27th at Ramlila ground. I will be at the Ramlila ground and the people of this country will be there,” said Mr Hazare.

Pak players laud ʻKing of torched in Pak Entertainmentʼ Sehwag

30 NATO oil tankers

Karachi: Stunned by the sheer brutality of Virender Sehwag’s epic ODI double hundred, former Pakistani cricketers have lauded the Indian opener’s “superb” hand-eye coordination with excaptain Rameez Raja calling him the “King of entertainment”. Paying tribute to Sehwag for his record-breaking innings of 219 runs against West Indies in the fourth onedayer on Thursday, former Pakistan captains said the sheer weight of runs scored by him in a 50-over match was a big feat by itself. “I have always enjoyed watching him bat because of his positive approach to the game. He might not always use the most orthodox batting technique or methods but there is no doubt he remains a very effective accumulator of runs for India,” said Zaheer Abbas. Zaheer, himself known as the ‘Asian Bradman’ for his run-scoring feats, said Sehwag was a top class entertainer and drew the crowds like a magnet. “A double century in a one-day international is a big feat and I congratulate him for his achievement,” Zaheer added. Another former captain Rashid Latif

Google out with mag reading application

San Francisco:Google has released a magazine reading application for smartphones or tablet computers powered by Android or Apple software. The California Internet titan worked with more than 150 publishing partners for the US launch of “Google Currents,” which is also integrated with the Google+ online social network challenging Facebook. “Content is optimized for smartphones and tablets, allowing you to intuitively navigate between words, pictures and video on large and small screens alike, even if you’re offline,” product manager Mussie Shore and technical lead Sami Shalabi said in a blog post yesterday. People were invited to download the application and subscribe for free to publications which include Forbes, The Atlantic, ABC News, The Guardian, and Al-Jazeera English. “Great content needs a great audience, which is why Google Currents is integrated with Google+ so users can share articles or videos they’ve enjoyed with their circles,” Shore and Shalabi wrote. The Flipboard-style magazine application was released the same day that Google meshed its popular free Gmail service with its nascent social network. “We want to bring you a great experience across all Google products which, for Gmail and Contacts, means understanding what you care about and delivering it instantly,” engineering director Mark Striebeck said in a blog post. “If you use Google+, you can now grow your circles, filter emails and contacts by circles, keep all your contact information up-to-date automatically and share photos to Google+, all right from Gmail and Contacts,” he said.

said Sehwag’s grand return to his best was bad news for Australia, where India would be heading later this month for a Test series. “For the Australians, this is really bad news because Sehwag has a terrific record in Australia and if he goes Down Under with this momentum I think the Australian bowlers are going to be in for a tough time,” Latif said. The former wicketkeeper-batsman said having watched Sehwag closely he had no doubt that the Indian opener was a law by himself. “I have not seen a batsman with such superb coordination between eye and feet and today he stroked the ball effortlessly. It was savage on the West Indian bowlers,” he said. Moin Khan said he had seen Sehwag score a triple hundred in a Test in Multan in 2004 but felt yesterday’s innings was more brutal and effective. “...he appeared on the ball from the start and when he is batting like this I don’t think anyone can do much about it.” Moin said cricket needed entertainers like Sehwag to become a global sport.

“These players they bring in the crowds. It speaks volumes of Sehwag’s ability that he got the record as captain of India.” Pakistan’s former captain Rameez Raja also tweeted after Sehwag’s double hundred. “When Viv Richards retired I thought it was end of entertainment. But then came Sehwag, the King of entertainment! Long live the King!!” tweeted Rameez. Pakistan’s former batsman Basit Ali said he had always admired Sehwag for his fearless approach to the game. “He is an outright entertainer and one could expect him to get this record. He played an outstanding innings putting to rest any doubts about his future in the sport,” Basit said. Pakistan’s former chief selector Iqbal Qasim said he was mesmerised by Sehwag’s double hundred and glued to the TV screen. “It was one of the most enjoyable innings I have seen. If not for the West Indians. But having bowled to some of the most devastating batsmen in the world I can safely say Sehwag ranks among the best of them.”

Islamabad: At least 30 NATO oil tankers and containers were torched in a rocket attack at a terminal in Pakistan Thursday night, state-run television network PTV reported. There were no reports of any casualties. Unidentified people attacked with rockets the private container terminal at Kharot Abad area near Quetta, capital of Balochistan province, Xinhua said. Firing also followed the rocket attack. More than 35 NATO oil tankers and containers were parked at

the terminal when the attack took place, said local media reports. No one was killed or injured in the attack, the reports said. Six fire engines were dispatched to the site after the attack was reported. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Thousands of NATO supply convoys are stranded in Pakistani territory following the government’s decision to block the supply lines via Pakistan in protest against the NATO air strike which killed 24 Pakistani soldiers Nov 26.

Zardari had stroke, Pak to review foreign facial paralysis policy after NATO airstrike

Islamabad: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari had a ‘’mild’’ stroke that caused bleeding in the brain and facial paralysis before he was flown to Dubai for treatment, a media report said today. However, the President was stable and out of danger as the stroke and internal bleeding were not “life threatening”, The News daily quoted its sources as saying. Zardari would require “some treatment, including speech therapy, to resume his normal life”, said the report in the daily known for its strident criticism of the President. Zardari is “likely to be flown to London for detailed treatment”, the daily quoted a source as saying. Zardari “collapsed in the Presidency” on Tuesday because of the stroke, the source claimed after official denials that Zardari had not had a heart attack. The presidential spokesman had said yesterday that Zardari’s condition was stable and that

he would undergo more medical tests in Dubai. The spokesman further said the President had been moved from the intensive care unit to a normal hospital room. Zardari abruptly travelled to Dubai on Tuesday to undergo tests for what officials have described as a previously diagnosed “cardiovascular condition”. His sudden departure fuelled speculation that he was on the verge of resigning on grounds of “ill health” due to growing pressure on him because of the “Memogate” scandal. The News claimed one of its sources had quoted a presidential aide while another source had got the information from one of the doctors who attended and examined the President. Zardari is a high blood pressure patient and takes blood thinners, the report said. “Such patients at times do experience a stroke, which in the case of the President was mild. In certain cases, it becomes fatal,” the report added.

Islamabad: Pakistan will review its foreign policy at a conference of envoys following the NATO airstrikes that killed two dozen soldiers. According to the Association Press of Pakistan, the conference will be held on December 12 and 13 to review the situation. NATO helicopter gunships had targeted two border posts in Mohmand Agency on November 26, killing two dozen soldiers

It has been widely reported that Zardari has had two or three stents implanted in his heart in the past to open blocked arteries. Federal Minister Mustafa Khokhar had told sections of the media on Wednesday that Zardari had a minor heart attack and had undergone an operation in Dubai. However, he has been incommunicado since then and has not said anything further on the matter.

Beware of autocratic govt: Hillary to Web firms

The Hague, Netherlands: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday warned Internet firms to avoid offering the “tools of oppression” to authoritarian Middle East regimes trying to crush democracy protests. Clinton urged private companies to “embrace their role in protecting Internet freedom” and ensure protection of ordinary people as well as political activists. Speaking at an Internet conference in The Hague, the chief US diplomat cited cases where “companies’ products and services were used as tools of opIslamabad:The inquiry report pression,” without naming the was quoted as saying. into the killing of Al Qaeda chief He said the commission had companies. Osama bin Laden by US special Companies have reportedly contacted US authorities for furforces in his Pakistani hideout ther information regarding the turned over sensitive information will be made public, a top official to governments about dissidents Osama bin Laden hideout. has said. So far 1,000 witnesses, includ- or shut down social networking Following the killing of bin ing wives of Osama bin Laden, accounts of activists involved in Laden in Abbottabad May 2, Pakformer ministers, political and a political debate, she said. istani Prime Minister YousufRaza“Today’s news stories are military officials, diplomats, Gilani had formed a five-member members of civil society and about companies selling the inquiry commission under a journalists, have been inter- hardware and software of reSupreme Court judge to probe pression to authoritarian govviewed, he said. the presence of the world’s most The chairman also appealed ernments,” she told the Googlewanted man in Pakistan, Xinhua to the public to volunteer and sponsored gathering. reported. “When companies sell give their statements, and asJustice (retd) JavedIqbal, chairsured them of complete protec- surveillance equipment to man of the inquiry commission, the security agency of a tion. said Thursday the commission ment with a recommendation to He said the commission would Syria, or Iran, or in past times was likely to complete the inquiry make it public. ensure the integrity and honour Gaddafi, there can be no doubt this month and the report will “There is no hindrance to of the country while compiling that it will be used to violate be handed over to the govern- make the report public,” Iqbal the report. rights,” she said.

Pak to make Osama inquiry report public

and sparking outrage in the country. Islamabad has stopped the passage of NATO supplies through the country to protest the NATO attack. “The envoy conference will deliberate on different aspects of the foreign policy of Pakistan,” said foreign office spokesperson Abdul Basit. Basit said foreign policy was being reviewed after decisions were taken by the Cabinet and

its defence committee, especially on the issue of Pakistan’s ties with NATO and US in the backdrop of the attacks. He said Pakistan and NATO had been discussing “political framework” for their future cooperation and so far there has been no progress in this regard. Basit added that foreign policy as a whole was not being changed, but relations with NATO and US following the NATO at-

tacks were being reviewed. Pakistan boycotted the Bonn Conference on Afghanistan to protest the airstrikes, but that does not mean that Pakistan is dissociated from the peace process in Afghanistan, he said. He said Pakistan’s future relations with NATO depended on the decision of review of the foreign policy in this regard.

Two die in Virginia Tech campus shooting Richmond, Virginia: Two people, including a police officer, have been killed on the campus of Virginia Tech, the scene of a 2007 massacre, in which 33 people died, university officials said. The shooting took place around noon, a university spokesman said, after a campus police officer made what she described as a routine traffic stop in a parking lot near McComas Hall. During the stop, the officer was shot and killed, said the spokesman, Mark Owczarski, Director of News and Information. Witnesses reported that the shooter fled on foot, heading towards a different parking lot, called the Cage, near Duck Pond Drive. At that parking lot, a second person was found, also dead. It was unclear whether that person had been shot. An image posted online by the student sports newspaper the Collegiate Times appeared to show a cordoned off area and white sheet covering a body in the middle of a narrow road. The status of the shooter was unknown, Mr.Owczarski said. He said students are being told to stay inside and not come out, and that the campus is closed to visitors. A bulletin described the suspected gunman, traveling on foot

Policemen shift an injured man out of Virginia Tech University campus after a shooter killed two persons. in the direction of a recreational sports building: “white male, grey sweatpants, grey hat w/neon green brim, maroon hoodie and backpack.” The student publication also said that a man matching the suspect’s description had been arrested; the university did not immediately issue a new statement and the campus remained on lockdown. The Virginia State Police have been asked to take the lead in the case, Mr.Owczarski said. On April 16, 2007, a student, Seung-Hui Cho, shot and killed

32 people before killing himself on Virginia Tech’s quite campus, five hours south of Washington, D.C. in the western mountains of Virginia. It was the country’s deadliest school shooting. It prompted a national outcry, and eventually led to changes in legislation that closed loopholes, which allowed Cho to buy guns even though he had been committed to a mental hospital. In August, university officials locked down the campus after three children reported seeing a man holding what they said may have been a handgun.

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