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Vol. 1, Issue 363 n Monday n November 28, 2011
Evening daily Basha files plea before SC to cancel bail to BSY Bangalore Beat Bureau
Bangalore: Advocate Sirajin Basha today filed a petition before the Supreme Court asking it to cancel bail granted to former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa in alleged illegal land denotification cases. Yeddyurappa, who has been facing five cases of land denotification filed by Basha, has got bail in four, while awaiting an order in the fifth. The Karnataka High Court granted him bail. The Lokayukta special court, which has taken up the five private complaints against Yeddyurappa, had denied him bail and sent him to the Parappana Agrahara Central Jail on judicial custody. Basha had got permission from governor H R Bhardwaj to prosecute then chief minister Yeddyurappa and filed cases before the Lokayukta special court.
Maya could be jailed for corruption, says Uma Lucknow: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Uma Bharti Monday reiterated her controversial threat to "set afire Walmart outlets", but said she has nothing in common with "corrupt" Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati who has also protested Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail. "While I could be in jail for torching Walmart stores, Mayawati could be jailed for misuse of public funds and other corrupt practices," Bharti told a press conference here. "So, in a way there's a possibility we both can share the same barrack for different causes - one for helping the poor and the other for cheating them," added Bharti. She accused Mayawati of merely projecting herself as a "saviour" of the poor and downtrodden with her "false protest" against FDI in multibrand retail. "Her protest is just an eyewash... She (Mayawati) herself is being controlled by capitalists and involved in looting the poor people of the state...Don't draw a similarity in our protest against FDI...We could only come on a same platform in the jail barrack," said Bharti. "Setting Walmart stores on fire would be the last option...It's wrong to say by giving such a statement I don't believe in a democratic system. I firmly believe in the democratic system. Even partners of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) are against FDI in multibrand retail," said Bharti. She declined to accept that her controversial statement could be linked with any kind of violence. "I am among those who doesn't kill even an ant...It (the statement) should not be linked with violence," she added. Terming Mayawati as an "enemy" of Dalits and OBCs (Other Backward Castes), Bharti said, "Despite claiming to be the custodian of Dalits' rights, she has failed to work for the people of her community and OBCs. Mayawati has even failed to deliver justice to Dalit women, who have been particularly targeted in her regime." "Mayawati government is the most insensitive government...Like a static elephant (BSP's poll symbol), which cannot move, she also shows no sentiments for the poor and underprivileged," said Bharti. Attacking Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi for his "ventilator" remark against the BJP, Bharti said, "As the entire country is curious to know the prime ministerial candidate from the BJP, it indicates our party would be forming the next government at the centre. In such a situation, there's no question of BJP being on a ventilator." "Rahul Gandhi must enlighten himself by reading newspapers before giving such a statement. In fact, a person like him (Rahul Gandhi) who had termed the people of Uttar Pradesh beggars has no right to come to the state," said Bharti. Asked whether she would be in the race to become chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Bharti said, "I don't think of chief ministership or prime ministership...I just want to do my work properly...I will continue to work as per the instructions of BJP president Nitin Gadkari."
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Hazare protests near Parliament P 4
BJP GOVT PLANS SIDDAIAH shifted out COUNTER‑MOVE To disqualify 20 oppn party MLAs for ruckus Harish D L Bangalore beat Bureau Bangalore: The BJP government has chalked out a strategy to counter any moves by former minister B Sriramulu and company to topple the first government in South India. The BJP is desperate and want to serve out the remaining two-and-odd years of power. The strategy includes digging out old cases against legislators of other parties, which have been pending decision for a long time. With this, nearly 20 opposition legislators could be suspended, disallowing them to enter Vidhana Soudha during the session. The first includes the findings of Hemachandra Sagar committee, which has recommended seven opposition MLAs for creating trouble during the election of K G Bopaiah as Speaker. Zameer Ahmed Khan and other MLAs had stormed into the well of the House, pulled out Speaker’s mike and created a scene. The House committee headed by Sagar had been formed after that. The other case relates to the trouble during the no-trust motion against the government last year when B S Yeddyurappa was
With the 20 MLAs kept out of the assembly during the session, the BJP government could easily sail through any no-trust motion. The Congress is already thinking of moving such a motion during the coming winter session beginning on December 5. Speaker Bopaiah has the powers to open these cases at any time and order their suspension. Sriramulu, who has been contesting as an independent in the Bellary Rural by-election, today declared that he would float a new party in the state once the election results are declared on December 4. Already, 2 MLAs, 2 MLCs and two MPs from the BJP have been openly campaigning for Sriramulu in the byelection. The BJP too has served show-cause notices on them. Sources close to Sriramulu said he will take away at least 20 MLAs from the BJP if he forms a new party. He holds a considerable sway over four districts in the northern B Sriramulu parts of the state, including Bellary, Raichur, in power. Here, 13 opposition MLAs, in- Chitradurga and Koppal. cluding opposition leader in the assembly Whether he wins or not, Sriramulu’s aim Siddaramaiah, have been named guilty. would be to topple the BJP government, they The committee was headed by Kodagu MLA said. Appachu Ranjan. Continued on page 2
Works to fix grills CID to probe at BBMP begin BBMP S Radhakrishna
OF BBMP Shankarlinge Gowda new chief Bangalore Beat Bureau
Bangalore: BBMP commissioner Siddaiah has been transferred. Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation principal secretary Shankarlinge Gowda will replace him. The state government, which took the decision today, has not announced further posting to Siddaiah. The transfer comes at a time when the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike is being wracked by a works scam in three assembly constituencies of Bangalore running into Rs 1,539 crore. BBMP engineers have absented themselves from work and have been protesting indefinitely demanding handing over of the probe to either the Lokayukta or an internal committee. The transfer should bring relief to Siddaiah, who had been requesting the government to shift hhim out of the palike. Around three months ago, he had gone on a long leave after differences with the elected representatives. Sources had told Bangalore Beat that Siddaiah had approached then chief minister B S Yeddyurappa to transfer him out of the Palike. But the latter had convinced him to continue for a while. Siddaiah was appointed BBMP chief on July 30 last year. He replaced Bharat Lal Meena, who has since been serving as Bangalore Development Authority commissioner.
scam BSY in hospital Bangalore Beat Bureau
Mayor Sharadamma and BBMP commissioner Siddaiah inaugurate the works to fix grills at the BBMP headquarters today.
Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: Works to turn the BBMP office into a fortress with fortified grills began today. The works were inaugurated by mayor Sharadamma and commissioner Siddaiah.
The works will be executed at a cost of Rs 2.25 crore and will be completed in four months. The BBMP will restrict entry and exit of visitors once the works get completed. The grills would be on the lines put up around Vidhana Soudha.
Swamy ﬁles black money complaint with CBI New Delhi: Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy Monday registered a complaint with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) about black money stashed away in tax havens, an official said. "Swamy met the CBI director today (Monday) morning and handed over a complaint regarding
alleged illegal bank accounts of Indians abroad," said a CBI official. CBI Director A.P. Singh told Swamy, who heads an Action Committee Against Corruption, that this will be examined and acted upon if the investigative agency has the necessary jurisdiction.
Bangalore: Former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa missed out the last day of campaigning at Bellary Rural assembly constituency today. A severely ill BJP strongman was admitted to a hospital as he complained of uneasiness and aggravation of blood pressure and diabetes. Yeddyurappa was today shifted to Apollo Hospital on Bannerghatta road for treatment. Bangalore Beat Bureau The BJP strongman was campaigning for party official candidate GaadiLinBangalore: The state govern- gappa over the last week in the intense ment today handed over the BBMP works scandal running into Rs 1,539 crore to the Crime Investigation Department. Announcing this at Bellary, chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda said as the investigation was an important one, it is being taken away from the Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force and handed over to the CID. The scandal invovles passing bills to unfinished and substandard works and providing funds twice to single works. The scam took place in three assembly constituencies in the city. The BMTF has already arrested BBMP executive engineer Idiya Vendon for his alleged role in the scandal. He has now been sent to the Parappana Agrahara Central Jail. Recently, a fire broke out on the third floor of the BBMP, destroying hundreds of files. Though some palike officials said they pertained to the investigation, others said the relevant files were safe. Now-transferred palike commissioner Siddaiah was conducting a probe to find out whehter it was a case of arson. Opposition parties at BBMP and assembly had been demanding that the state government hand over the investigation to a higher authority.
heat and dust of Bellary. Though seemed reluctant to take part in the campaigning in the initial days, he jumped in along with other saffron party leaders to garner votes for Lingappa, who has been contesting against former minister in the BJP government and now an independent candidate B Sriramulu. Yeddyurappa has been complaining of ill health for a while now. Even when the Lokayukta special court had ordered his arrest, the former chief minister had got himself admitted to hospital. Even after his arrest, he was admitted to Jayadeva hospital and from there shift-
Monday, November 28, 2011
My Dream Trust to come out with list Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: My Dream Trust is all set to bring out a list of achievers from politics, science, medical, social and culture fields. Those who achieved various feats in their respective fields should send details of their achievements, their photograph and biodata to: Siddaraj, honorary secretary, My Dream Trust, No. 177/3, MarutiNilaya, 2nd main road, Bovipalya, Mahalakshmipuram, Bangalore– 560086 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The entries should be sent before December 12. For more details, contact: 9008245970.
Book festival records a business of Rs 16 cr
Movie Listings KANNADA
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and Delhi took part in the festival. More than 340 stalls had been Bangalore: The ninth edition of put up, displaying over 10 lakh Bangalore Book Festival recorded books. a turnover of Rs 16 crore after Of the books on sale, the deconducting business for 10 days. mand for children’s books was During the festival, a fund of the highest. Majority of the visiRs 1 lakh was raised to help vi- tors had come to the festival with sually impaired children. It has their families, who were more been decided to provide educa- inclined to buy children’s books. tion to these children with the The next in the list were manfund. The programme will be agement and business tomes. executed with the help of NGO Educational institutions and liView Finder Organisation. braries showed interest in sourcThe book festival,the biggest ing books at the festival, as there in South India, attracted over 2 were special discounts on offer. lakh book lovers over the 10 All the books were sold with at days. The festival concluded yes- least 10 per cent discount. The terday. novel section too attracted similar Last year, the book festival interest. had a turnover of Rs 15 crore. More books were sold in Hindi, This year, there was an increase English, Tamil and Telugu. This of Rs 1 crore. This year, the num- year, the sale of Kannada books ber of visitors too went up by constituted 25 percent of the enBangalore Beat Bureau 50,000 as compared to the last tire business, while it was 30 year’s footfall of 1.5 lakh. percent last year. The reason is Bangalore: The All-India Apart from the state, publish- the high interest shown by corWomen’s Cultural Organisation ers from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, porates in buying books at the has organised an international Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra festival. women’s conference at RavindraKalakshetra on November 29 and 30. The conference will discuss dowry, sexual and social harassment against women. Retired Chief Justice of India M N Venkatachalaiah, wrier Vaidehi, Supreme Court Justice (retd) B N Srikrishna and others will take part in the meet. Bangalore: Jayanta Roy from Kolkata won the grand prize in the “Frames of My City” 2011 Grand Finale at Alliance Francaise de Bangalore. Bangalore Beat Bureau DivyaOstwal from Bangalore and AmitAnshu from Mumbai Bangalore: The Sainik Welfare were the two runners-up. Seland Rehabilitation Centre is cel- vaprakash from Bangalore was ebrating its Flag Day on Decem- also honoured with a special ber 7 at Raj Bhavan. At the pro- mention award. gramme, governor H R Bhardwaj Ram Rahman, a legendary Inwill be presented the flags of the dian photographer from Delhi, three forces. AmitMadheshiya, an award-winHome and transport minister ning Indian photographer from R Ashok and other dignitaries Mumbai, and Nathaniel Gaskell, will take part in the function. curator, Tasveer, London, were present. Ram Rahman inspired photographers with his insightful talk on photographing his beloved Delhi, while AmitMadheshiya shared his award-winning story on “travelling tent cinemas”. Bangalore Beat Bureau The event was also watched live through a webcast across Bangalore: The Young Men’s the globe. Legendary Indian photographer Ram Rahman gives Christian Association and Rotary ‘Frames of My City'was a phoaway prize to Jayanta Roy, winner of Frames of My City Club, Peenya, have organised a tography contest to recognise photo contest. mock parliament session. The photographers at all levels and programme has been organised give an unique platform to all to create awareness on politics aspiring, amateurs, hobby and of residence, birth or choice. or works in. among the youth, said YMCA professional photographers to The objective was to capture The contest received over 7,800 general secretary S V Ratnaku- showcase their works. the unique city moments, places, submissions. mar. The contest had a unique people, activities that symbolise Photographers from all over “These days, values in politics theme ‘city’ which was the city the cities that one loves, lives in the country took part. are getting diluted. Political leaders have been serving their selfinterests. The programme will educate youngsters about the value-based politics,” he said. The session will be held at the YMCA auditorium on NoBangalore Beat Bureau vember 30. It will be inaugurated for few kilometres. by law and parliamentary affairs This year, quite surprisingly, the number minister Suresh Kumar at 10.30 Bangalore: Most of IT and BT candidates of IT-BT graduates and engineers, while returned disappointed at the 32 Mega the number of aspirants with SSLC and am. Youths will be taught about Job Mela held at Rajajinagar yesterday. PUC was lesser than expected. The mela had been organised by didemocracy, political administraMela organisers took details of candition and other related issues rectorates of vocational training and em- dates from their applications and fed through a series of lectures that ployment and training at Venkat Inter- them to computers. national School. day, he added. Companies had different booths to Though the mela was to open at 8.30 conduct interviews, and queues were am, candidates could be seen as early as seen here too. 88 companies took part in 6.30 am. the mela, offering over 8,000 jobs. But They braved chill and rain with the most of them offered jobs to ITI, diploma hope of landing jobs at the fair. and SSLC passouts. Candidates were let They stood in a queue that stretched in in batches with thousand in each
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Womenʼs meet on Nov 29, 30
Bangalorean runner‑up Sufi now comes to
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Kannada, CD out
Daisy Shah, Jaggesh, Spoorthi Cinepolis (1.10 pm, 6.35 pm) Gopalan (Rajarajeshwari Nagar)
Continued from page 1 At the time of quitting the MLA’s position from the party, he had said that the party damged his self-respect and party senior leaders did not come to his or his mentor Gali Janardhana Reddy’s rescue at times of crisis. Reddy has now been arrested by the CBI for his alleged role in illegal iron ore mining in Anantapur district, and has been lodged at the Chanchalaguda Central jail in Hyderabad. There are also indications that the new party would be launched once Reddy walks out of jail. His followers are expecting that the former minister and Bellary mining baron would get bail soon. The CBI arrested Reddy on September 5. The CBI special court has kept him under judicial custody since then.
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Veteran poet N S L Bhatt, singers RamyaVasishta and Rajesh Krishnan release music CD Preeti Embudu Gelati. Bangalore: A Kannada music CD with a touch of Sufism, created by RamyaVasishta, was launched in the city. The CD “Preeti Embudu Gelati” is the fifth album by Ramya, who is also an actress. Veteran poet N S L Bhatt released the CD. Flautist PravinGodkhindifelicitated the musical team on their new release.“I have heard the tracks of PreetiEmbaduGelati and must congratulate RamyaVasishta for bringing out the rare combination of folk, ghazal and Sufi singing to our state.” The album is a musical experiment by Rajesh Krishnan,
Ramya and young talented musician and singer Nitin. The eightsong album brings out the soothing effect of Sufism and ghazals. Ramya said,“The focus was to reduce the number of instruments, and give to people the sheer pleasure of good lyrics coupled with good music” Rajesh Krishnan, who has sung over 6,000 songs in Kannada, Telugu, Tamiland Hindi languages, said, “I liked singing these songs, not just because it was Ramya’s initiative, but the fact that the lesser number of instruments actually ensure that the voice stands out in the songs.”
batch. By 11 am, close to 5,000 job aspirants had registered their names. Of these, the number of SSLC passouts was only 150, while engineering graduates were nearly 3,000. Most of BE and BTech graduates returned empty-handed. They said, “The number of companies that fit our qualification is less. The number of software companies too is low. The mela organisers had said appointment letters would be given on the spot. But when we met company representatives, they asked us to meet them the next day.”
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Job Mela sees more engg graduates
BJP govt plans move
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MILEY NAA MILEY HUM (U/A) Kangna Ranaut, Kabir Bedi Apsara (11.30 am, 2.30 pm) Bhumika (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Cinemax (3.30 pm) Cinepolis (1 pm, 10 pm) Gopalan (Bannerghatta Road) (10 am, 5.15 pm) Gopalan (Rajarajeshwari Nagar) (10 am, 3 pm) PVR Cinemas (12.40 pm)
RA.ONE (U/A) Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor ‘3D’ Abhinay (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Anand (10 am, 1, 4, 7 pm) Cinepolis (10 am, 11, 1, 4, 7, 10 pm) Cinemax (10 am, 1, 4, 7, 10 pm) Everest (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.15, 9.30 pm) Fame (Lido) (11.15 am, 2.30, 5.45, 9 pm) Fame (Shankarnag) (11.15 am, 2.30, 5.45, 9 pm) Gopalan (Bannerghatta Road) (10 am, 1, 10 pm) Gopalan (Rajarajeshwari Nagar) (10 am, 9.40 pm) HMT Cinemas (4 pm, 7,
(Jayanagar) (9.50 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (9.50 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (10.15 am, 3.45, 9.15 pm) PVR Cinemas (10.15 am, 1.20, 6.45 pm) Vision Cinemas (4 pm, 9.45 pm) 9.30 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (11.15 am, 2.30, 5.45, 9 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (11.15 am, 2.30, 5.45, 9 pm) Lakshmi (BTM Layout) (10 am, 11.15, 5.15, 8.30 pm) Lakshmi (Gottigere) (10 am, 1, 5, 8 pm) Lakshmi (Taverekere) (10 am, 1, 5, 8 pm) PVR Cinemas (10.20 am, 3.40, 9 pm) Rex (10.15 am, 1.10, 4.05, 7, 9.50 pm) Vaibhav (Sanjay Nagar) (11.30 am, 2.30, 6, 9.30 pm) Veeresh (10.30 am) Vision Cinemas (10 am, 1, 7, 9.45 pm) Urvasi (10.45 am, 2.30, 6, 9.30 pm) Fame (Lido) (10.05 am) Fame (Whitefield) (10.15 am, 10.55, 12.25, 1.30, 2.25, 4.45, 5.40, 8, 8.55 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Mysore Road) (10 am, 7, 9.45 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (10.25 am, 12.40, 3.45, 9 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (10.15 am, 12.55, 2.30, 5.45, 9 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (10.15 am, 1.30, 4.45, 8 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (12.55 pm, 5, 6.40 pm) PVR Cinemas (1.20 pm, 2, 3.25, 4.40, 5.20, 8. 8.40, 8.50 pm)
7AUM ARIVU (U/A) Suriya, Shruthi Hassan Ajantha (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Amruth (10.30 am, 2, 5, 8 pm) Cinemax (12 pm, 3.15, 6.30, 9.45 pm) Cinepolis (10.10 am, 1.10, 2.15, 4.10, 7.10, 10 pm) Fame (Lido) (10.45 am, 2.05, 5.25, 8.45 pm) Fame (Whitefield) (10.15 am, 1.40, 5.05, 8.30 pm) Gopalan (Bannerghatta Road) (4 pm, 7, 10 pm) Gopalan (Mysore Road) (1 pm, 4, 6.45, 10 pm) Gopalan (Rajarajeshwari Nagar) (10.10 am, 6.30, 10 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (1.40 pm, 5.05, 8.30 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (10.15 am, 1.40, 5.05, 8.30 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (10.45 am, 2.05, 5.25, 8.45 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (10.30 am, 1.55, 5.20, 8.45 pm) Maheshwari (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Pushpanjali (BN Pura) (6, 9pm) Pallavi (10 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) PVR Cinemas (10.40 am, 10.45, 2, 5.20, 5.30,
8.40, 8.45 pm) Sampige (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Vinayaka (Sultan Palya) (11.15 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm)
VELAYUDHAM (U/A) Vijay, Genelia, Hansika Cinepolis (10 am, 4.10, 9.40 pm) Fame (Lido) (6.20 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (3.30 pm) Lavanya (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Mahadeshwara (11.15 am, 2.15, 6.15, 9.15 pm) Natraj (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.45, 7.45 pm) Prithvi (11 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Poornima (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Pushpanjali (BN Pura) (11 am, 2.30 pm) Pushpanjali (Sultanpalya) (10.45 am, 2.15, 6, 9.15 pm) PVR Cinemas (2 pm, 3.40, 9 pm) Srinivasa (SG Palya) (10 am, 1, 5, 8 pm) Vaibhavi (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Vijay (11.15 am, 2.30, 6.15, 9.15 pm) Vision Cinemas (10 am, 1, 4, 7 pm)
Monday, November 28, 2011
BBMP engineers go on strike,
want internal probe into scandal Bangalore Beat Bureau
General Vijaya Evening PU College: Kannada Rajyotsava-2011, journalist Nagesh Hegde to attend, Prof Narayana Rao Auditorium, Jayanagar, 4th Block, 6 pm. Commercial Tax Department Employees’ Association: Talent Awards-2011 and fruit and vegetable exhibition, Department building, 1st Main Road, Gandhinagar, 5.30 pm.
Cultural HAL Central Kannada Sangha: Eighth Kannada Sahithya Sammelana, Prof Chandrashekhar Patil, Prof H C Shanthaveeraiah, Richard Louis participate, HMA Auditorium, Near HAL Hospital, 3.30 pm. Magnitude Gallery: Exhibition of paintings on the theme ‘Just Reflections’, 140/13, 27th Cross, 13th Main, 3rd Block, Jayanagar. Kannada Sangharsha Samithi: ‘Rajyotsava Kavi Goshti’, poet Markandapuram Srinivas presides, Kuvempu auditorium, 2nd Floor, Kannada Sahitya Parishath, Pampa Mahakavi Road, Chamarajpet, 6 pm. Reserve Bank Kannada Sangha: Karnataka Rajyotsava and 42nd annual function, RBI Regional governor Uma Shankar, actor Ananth Nag and playwright V Ramamurthy to participate, Yavanika, State Youth Centre, Nrupathunga Road, 5.25 pm. Sambhrama: ‘Karthika Rangotsava’ inauguration by Kannada Books Authority Chairman Siddalingaiah, writer S G Siddaramaiah, Seva Sadan, 14th Cross Road, Malleswaram, 6 pm. KPTCL: Kannada Rajyotsava, M Chidananda Murthy to participate, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Race Course Road, 3.30 pm.
Religious Chinmaya Mission: Bhagwad Gita discourse by Swami Gahanananda, Jayarama Seva Mandali, 8th Block, Jayanagar, 6.30 pm.
Music Dr Nithyashree Mahadevan Live: 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Chowdaiah Memorial Hall. A night of Carnatic music with Dr Nithyashree Mahadevan. Performances by Nithya Shikaripur & Party (Hindustani) and and flautist Master S Akash precede the event. Dubstep & Drum ‘n’ Bass Nites: 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Bacchus. DJ Vachan treats the crowd to dubstep and D’n’B .
Eating out The Grand Indian Lunch Buffet: Noon to 3 p.m. Turquoise, Koramangala. The Grand Indian Lunch buffet with over 35 dishes with around 5 starters, 4 vegetarian gravies, 2 non vegetarian gravies , 7 desserts and lots more. Lunch Buffet: 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Applewood. A Global and Indian lunch buffet, which includes soups, starters, main course and desserts, priced at Rs. 299 plus taxes per head. Mediterranean Set Lunch: Noon to 3:30 p.m at Fireflies, Lavelle Road. A set lunch of soups, salads, appetisers, main course and dessert. The two course meal is priced at Rs 299, and the three course meal at Rs 399. New Soups and Starters: Till 11 p.m. The Tasty Tangles, UB City, introduces new soups and vegetarian starters. Guests can expect picks like Wonton Noodle Soup, Spinach and Sweet Corn Soup, and Seafood Cilantro Broth, as well as Sweet
and Sour Crispy Vegetables and Spicy Lemongrass Paneer Cakes. Kebab and Wine Pairings: Till 11 p.m. Jashn Restaurant, Le Meridien. Kebabs to be paired with Four Seasons wine. Salmon Tikka paired with Four seasons Chenin Blanc, and mushrooms and broccoli for the vegetarians. Loi Krathong Festival: Till 11:30 pm Benjarong, Ulsoor Road, HalasuruBenjarong celebrates the Thai festival of lights with Thai delicacies. Jashn-e-Lahore: Till 11:30 p.m. Great Kabab Factory, Mantri Square, celebrates the kababs of Lahore with a series of signature menus, titled Jashn-eLahore. Russian Food Festival: Till 11:30 p.m. Touche, Indiranagar, celebrates Russian fare with a menu that showcases characteristic dishes, such as Borsct, Okroshka, Kubasa and Blini.
Bangalore: BBMP engineers today suspended work and sat on an indefinite dharna demanding a fair probe into the alleged irregularities in works in three assembly constituencies of the city running into Rs 1,539 crore. More than 400 engineers wore black badges and sat on the dharna in front of the BBMP office since yesterday. They carried placards, condemning the unilateral decision of the BBMP in ordering an inquiry and arresting executive engineer IdiyaVendon. Vendon has since been booked under various sections of the IPC and sent to the ParappanaAgrahara Central Prison. Some of the Bruhat Bangalore MahanagaraPalike engineers have refused to attend work, while a larger number has gone on mass leave to pressure the BBMP to hand over the case to the Lokayukta or an internal investigation committee. The case is now being investigated by the Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force. B T Ramesh, engineer in chief, BBMP, said, “There is a problem with the report submitted by the Technical Vigilance Committee, on whose basis the BMTF has taken up the investigation. The TVC submitted the report within two days of investigation. How can it go through
some 10,000 files in such a short time? One can imagine how many minutes or seconds have been dedicated to find out the truth.” The case relates to alleged largescale irregularities in three assembly constituencies of Bangalore, where bills for unfinished and sub-standard works have been cleared. There are also allegations of clearing bills twice for same works. Ramesh said, “We want an internal investigation to dig out the truth in these alleged irregularities. There have been talks of more engineers being arrested. But the BBMP should have first resorted to various options available within the palike rules to act against the erring engineers. “Booking guilty officials through the IPC is not the only solution. We are not trying to protect corrupt officers, but a proper internal investigation has to be conducted before action is taken.” Today, chief minister D V SadanandaGowda announced that the Crime Investigation Department would probe the case. On November 19, a large number of files pertaining to the case were burnt down. A parallel investigation by BBMP commissioner Siddaiah is going on to establish whether it was arson.
Contract teachers protest
BBMP engineers protest near the BBMP headquarters today. They are demanding the investigation into the multi-crore works scandal be handed over to either the Lokayukta or an internal probe committee.
Masala Klub: Till 11:30 p.m. Masala Klub, The Taj West End, introduces a new menu that highlights the cuisine in and around Amritsar, Jammu, and Srinagar. New additions to the menu include Nadru aur Channe ki Tikki, Khade Masale ka Murgh, Kalimirch aur Currypatte ka Jhinga, Teenmirch Paneer, and Rabri Gulkand ki Chakki.
Buddha relevant even now, says Dalai
Night life Live night with David James: 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Banana Beach Bar, Koramangala. David James performs reggae and retro at Banana Beach Bar. Ladies Night: 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The Beach, Indiranagar. DJ Deepak plays house at The Beach. Unlimited drinks for the girls till 10:30 pm. Karoake Wednesday: 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Love Shack, Amarjyoti HBBCS Layout, Koramangala. Martin Dsouza spins. Girls get two drinks free, while guys pay Rs 1,000. Retro Night at Retro Price: 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. i-Bar. DJ Vicky spins retro hits this Wednesday. Drinks at 50% off. Ladies Night with DJ Rohit: 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Cirrus, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar. House with DJ Rohit. Ladies drink for free till 10:00 pm. Wow Diva’s Night: 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. F Bar & Kitchen, No 18, Ali Askar Road, Cunningham Road. A night dedicated to the ladies, who get free cocktails while DJ Ivan spins the best tracks from around the world on LED screens. Ladies Rock: 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Hard Rock Cafe. Customised cocktails, music and
tons of games.
Comedy LOL: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Urban Solace - Cafe for the Soul, Ulsoor Lake. A stand-up comedy and open mic night that features guest comedians and a platform for the audience to show off their entertaining skills.
Shopping High on Heels: 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mochi, Commercial Street. A collection of stilettos, wedges and pumps in the colours of the season. Bangalore Book Festival 2011: Till 8 p.m. Palace Grounds, Jayamahal Road. 398 stalls with close to a million books, spread over more than 2.5 lakh sq. ft. The Great Garuda Shopping Fest: Till 10 p.m. Garuda Mall, Magrath Road. A shopping festival with special discounts, decorations, and games for shoppers.
Members of the Bangalore Contract Teachers’ Association begin an indefinite dharna in the city demanding 12-month wages instead of the present 10 months and other requests.
Ashwin chosen for Sardesai Award
New Delhi: Rewarding Ravichandran Ashwin for his stupendous show in the just-concluded Test series against the West Indies, the BCCI on Monday decided to bestow the Dilip Sardesai award on the off-spinner. The 25-year-old, who was the Man-of-the-series in the threeTest series with 22 wickets, will be presented the trophy at the BCCI Annual Awards Ceremony in Chennai (a south Indian state) on December 10. "R Ashwin will receive the Dilip Sardesai Award for being India's best cricketer in the 201112 Test series against the West Indies," a BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) release said. The award comprises a trophy and a cheque of Rs 5 lakh.
TN cops face sexual assault probe
Chennai: A judicial inquiry is being conducted into the sexual assault charges made by four tribal women against Tamil Nadu policemen in Villupuram district, an official said Sunday. The Irula tribal women complained against policemen belonging to Tirukoilur police station in Villupuram district, around 150 km from here, said a police official. "The judicial magistrate of Tirukoilur is conducting an inquiry on the complaint," Villupuram Superintendent of Police N. Baskaran said.
Cong: Oppn can't dictate terms on policy decisions New Delhi: As both LokSabha and RajyaSabha were adjourned yet again over Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail, the ruling Congress Monday accused the opposition of deliberately stalling proceedings and said it could not dictate terms to the government on policy decisions. "The government is ready to hold discussion on any issue, but the opposition is deliberately stalling the proceedings," Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi told reporters outside parliament. "Opposition cannot dictate terms to the government regarding policy decisions," he said. Party leader Rajiv Shukla, meanwhile, said there was no question of accepting opposition
demands for an adjournment motion on the FDI in retail. "There is no question of accepting the opposition demand on adjournment motion, only one adjournment motion. Opposition should assist in running the house rather than insist on adjournment motions," Shukla said outside parliament. Opposition parties, including the BharatiyaJanata Party (BJP), Left parties and the AIADMK, have been protesting against the FDI in retail. The BJP gave a notice for an adjournment of Question Hour to take up the issue, which was supported by the Left. The AIADMK also gave notice for a separate adjournment motion in both houses.
Interlocutors to decide on talks New Delhi: The six state appointed interlocutors in West Bengal will decide if they want to be part of the peace talks with the Maoists on Monday. Sources have told CNN-IBN that a majority of the interlocutors do not want to press ahead with dialogue. They said that after Kishenji's killing and the renewed offensive by the government against the Maoists in Junglemahal, the interlocutors fear for their life. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee had last week met the interlocuters and persuaded them to stay on board.
However, they feel talks with the Maoists are now redundant after Kishenji's killing. State appointed interlocutor Choton Das said, "It is very unfortunate that a war-like situation is on, given these circumstances we don't think there is a need to carry on as interlocutors." Mamata Banerjee is standing at the cross roads. Her tough talk with the Maoists and the resumption of joint forces operations against the Maoists has left many of her supporters among the intellectuals confused and some even feel betrayed.
New Delhi: Buddhism has a special role to play in the modern world because unlike many other religious traditions, Buddhism uniquely propounds the concept of independence which accords closely with the fundamental notions of modern science, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said on Sunday. Elaborating on the importance of Buddhism as tool for promoting peace, he said, “The 20th century was a century of war and violence, now we all need to work to see that the 21st century is of peace and dialogue.” The Tibetan spiritual leader, who along with many of his supporters fled Tibet and took refuge in India when Chinese troops moved in and took control of Lhasa in 1959, addressed a gathering of nearly 900 Buddhist monks and scholars at a fourday Global Buddhist Congregation 2011, which began in the capital Sunday, in a televised message. “We can think of Buddhism in terms of three main categories - philosophy, science and religion. The religious part involves principles and practices that are of concern to Buddhism alone, but the Buddhist philosophy of interdependence as well as the Buddha science of mind and human emotions are of great benefit to everyone,” said the Dalai Lama, who after coming to India headed a Tibetan governmentin-exile in Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh which never won recognition from any country. The spiritual leader said while “modern science has developed a highly sophisticated understanding of the physical world, including the subtle workings of the body and the brain, Buddhist science on the other hand has devoted itself to first-person understanding of many aspects of emotions - areas that are still new to modern science”. “I believe that a synthesis of these two approaches has great potential to lead to discoveries that will enrich our physical, emotional and social well-being,” the Dalai Lama said. The spiritual leader said “he was convinced that the most significant obstacle to religious harmony is the lack of contact between different faiths and communities and, consequently, the lack of appreciation of their mutual value”. “However, in today’s increasingly complex and interdependent world, we have to acknowledge the existence of other cultures, different ethnic groups and of course other religious faiths. Whether we know it or not - most of us experience this diversity on a daily basis,” he said. “I think the time has now come to communicate freely with one another - those in the Pali tradition engaging in dialogue with those in the Sanskrit tradition,” he said.
Stomach that! 421 coins, bolts found in belly Raipur: It took S N Yadav a few seconds to make sense of what he saw in the operation theatre. After all, it isn't every day a doctor sees a patient carrying six kg of iron – 121 coins, dozens of nuts and bolts and three key rings — in his stomach! Though the doctor in Chhattisgarh's industrial town Korba successfully completed the twohour surgery, a question is still hovering in his mind: "How was he carrying six kg of iron-made items for several months?" Patient Kaleshwar Singh, 26, was brought to Shristi Institute of Medical Research Saturday in acute pain. After serious blockage was found in his stomach in a
sonography, Yadav decided to conduct an immediate surgery. "I was stunned to find 421 coins, dozens of nuts and bolts and three key rings in his stomach. Luckily the patient survived and his condition is stable now," Yadav told IANS over phone from Korba, located some 220 km north from here. Yadav said Kaleshwar was in acute pain for about three months and had consulted a few doctors in his village Korkoma, about 20 km from Korba, but his problem was not detected. Kaleshwar's family members think he is suffering from some mania and he has a habit of eating everything he finds.
PM to visit blockade‑hit Manipur Imphal: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will visit blockadehit Manipur Dec 3 to attend a series of programmes and address a public gathering, an official said here today. The prime minister is likely to be accompanied by United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi during the one day visit. "Singh would inaugurate a city convention centre, interstate bus terminus, the assembly complex and the Imphal bench of Gauhati High Court building," an official said. He would also open the National Institute of Technology (NIT) complex after which he will address a public gathering at Kangla fort complex in the afternoon. This will be his third visit to Manipur after he became the prime minister. On Nov 2, Home Minister P. Chidambaram visited the state. The northeastern state has been facing ethnic troubles as the United Naga Council (UNC)
and the All-Naga Students' Association (ANSAM) have continued their road blockade agitation in northern Manipur to protest the Manipur government's agreement with leaders of the Sadar Hills Districthood Demand Committee (SHDDC). The SHDDC had Aug 1 launched road blockade agitation on the two arterial national highways that link the state with the rest of the country, demanding conversion of the Kuki tribal majority Sadar Hills area into a fullfledged district. The UNC and ANSAM have blockaded the two National Highways since Aug 21 to counter the blockade launched by the SHDDC. Tribal Nagas inhabiting northern Manipur, adjacent to Nagaland, are opposed to the creation of a full-fledged Sadar Hills district. The SHDDC had lifted the blockade Nov 1 after the state government agreed to their demand of creating a district, a move opposed by the Nagas.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Long lines as Egyptians vote in historic election Cairo: Defying expectations of chaos and violence, unexpectedly large crowds of voters turned out at dawn Monday to cast their votes in Egypt's first parliamentary election since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak in February. By 9 a.m, voters had formed long and peaceful lines under the watchful eyes of a heavy police and army guard to cast votes in rich and poor neighborhoods across Cairo. In several places, queues stretched as long as a block along the banks of the Nile, and there were similar reports from Alexandria and Port Said. The Muslim Brotherhood, the group that defined Islamist politics, poised to win a dominant role in the Parliament of the country that for nearly six decades was the paradigmatic secular dictatorship of the Arab world. But the prospect of that historic turn has been largely overshadowed here by another, more urgent contest unfolding outside the voting booths: between the military council that seized power at Mr. Mubarak's ouster and a resurgent protest movement demanding the council's exit. The ruling generals have defied a week of protests to reiterate, more forcefully than ever in recent days, that they expect to yield almost no authority to the new Parliament, and might claim special permanent powers under the new constitution that the Parliament is to write. The council's top officer, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, declared on Sunday that "the position of the armed forces will remain as it is - it will not change in any new constitution." At the same time, the generals have set a political timetable calling for the Parliament to be seated in March and disbanded perhaps as early as July. They have established a convoluted and opaque voting system that is almost doomed to lack credibility. And nearly everyone expects widespread violence among supporters of rival candidates - a hallmark of past Egyptian elections and a preoccupation of pre-election commentary this time. "The elections will have no legitimacy," said Sally Moore, a psychiatrist of Egyptian and Irish descent who was among the young organizers behind the original revolt against Mr. Mubarak. "It won't be a working Parliament. It will be a Parliament that people want to overthrow," she said. "It is a sideshow. But it is being portrayed as a main event, because people want to have some hope. They will end up disappointed." Many liberal candidates suspended their campaigns last week because of the protests. Several said they were urging their supporters to go to the polls on Monday just to limit the Islamists' gains, even at the risk of appearing to legitimize a ques-
tionable result. "I expect a lot of violence," said Shady el-Ghazaly Harb, a liberal organizer who also took part in the original uprising. "But we are telling people to go and vote, because we don't want the Islamists to have the whole thing for themselves." The atmosphere, he said, was "very depressing." A widely followed Facebook page that played a crucial role in rallying opposition to Mr. Mubarak captured the deep ambivalence of many of the original revolutionaries. It urged voters to go to the polls dressed in black, in part to mourn the more than 40 people killed last week in clashes with security forces during the protests against military rule. "We want the elections to be the first white mark in the history of the revolution" but "a black mark on the front of the regime," the Facebook page, We Are All Khaled Said, declared. "We will go to the elections, because it is the first step on the path of taking power back from the military, who we think should go quickly back to their barracks." In interviews, many Egyptians were already looking past the election, which will take place in stages over the next few months. Some said they feared its failure could give the military an excuse to keep power, perhaps under a reshuffled council. But others argued that even a flawed election would lend the Parliament more legitimacy than street protesters could muster against the power of the military council, and the very act of voting would carry Egypt one step further from dictatorship and closer to democracy. "This is a test, and the people have to take it," said Ali Khalifa, 55, a government worker who visited a cafe in Sayed Zeinab, a working-class area of Cairo. "But you don't take tests just to pass or fail. We can study for it and learn from it, because this is the first step in our future life." The Muslim Brotherhood was about the only major faction in Egypt to withdraw from the protests against the military, or to assert that the election results could be credible. That stance opened divisions in the Brotherhood, with some critics accusing it of selling out the cause of democracy for shortterm political advantage. "I wasn't comfortable with the Muslim Brotherhood's absence from Tahrir Square," Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi, one of the most popular Islamist thinkers in the region, said on state television. "Absence is not a correct position, in my opinion." Still, in an interview Sunday night, Essam el-Erian, a leader of the group's new party, Freedom and Justice, put off any questions about the powers of the military or Parliament until after the election, for fear of unnerving voters. "We are not going to have a debate with the military now," he said. "The battle will be after
the election, if there is a need to battle." The Brotherhood – once banned, but now Egypt's bestorganized political force – faces competition from Islamic-oriented parties both to its right (founded by the ultraconservatives known as Salafis) and to its left (the Center Party and the Egyptian Current, each founded by moderate former Brotherhood members). Among the liberals, there are two major coalitions. One, the Egyptian Bloc, is an anti-Islamist alliance of culturally liberal parties with economic policies ranging from business-friendly to state-run socialist. The other, the Revolution Continues Alliance, includes the Egyptian Current and a party founded by young leaders of the revolution. And there are many smaller parties and a profusion of 6,000 candidates for about 500 seats. Election experts say Egypt's voting system seems almost designed to confuse. Each voter is expected to pick one party list of candidates and then two individual candidates, who may also be running on party lists. The individual candidates qualify in one of two categories, one as a worker or farmer, the other as a professional, following a decades-old rule that bedevils party recruitment. Candidates appearing on television over the weekend were unsure whether voters had to pick one from each category or could pick any two candidates. "We are walking into a completely unknown scenario," said Kamel Saleh, a candidate from the new Social Democratic Party, who is running in central Cairo. "We should probably think of the scale of mismanagement as being intentional." Nor do the polling procedures inspire confidence. With staggered rounds of voting by region, the first round extended to two days from one, the ballot-counting to be done at central locations rather than at polling places, and final results to be withheld from the public for weeks, there was at least the appearance of much opportunity for manipulation. All told, the staggered rounds and possible runoffs mean that Egyptians may be voting on as many as a dozen days between now and June, electing an upper and lower house, approving a constitution and electing a president. The authorities in Egypt have done little to educate voters about the elections, beyond running simple cartoons on state television. "We are all lawyers, so we are supposed to know what to do, and we are still trying to figure it out!" said Mohamed Gamal, 33, walking with two friends in Sayed Zeinab."I don't understand anything – I don't know what to do at all," complained a woman passing by. But when she declined to give her name, Mr. Gamal smiled at her. "Don't be so scared — there is no Mubarak," he said.
Team Anna stages protest outside Parliament
New Delhi: Team Anna members staged a silent protest outside Parliament on Monday to put pressure on the government to pass a strong Lokpal Bill. Reports say Team Anna will be moving the protest outside Patiala House Court at 4.30 on Monday evening. Anna Hazare has indicated that he will launch another agitation if the anticorruption Bill is not passed in the ongoing Winter Session. While Team Anna has said that the MCD has given them the go ahead for the protest at RamlilaMaidan, the MCD has flatly refused any such permission. Standing Committee Chairman of MCD YogenderChandolia said that the Ramlila grounds have been booked on December 27 by someone else. "The place is booked for somebody's
function in between, so I do not think that permission can be cancelled and that is why they (Anna Hazare's team) have changed their programmme from December 27 to January 5," Chandolia said. However, Team Anna member Manish Sisodia said the MCD has granted permission for the protest from December 27 to January 5. "See we had written a letter to MCD that we want to use the Ramlila grounds from 27th December. So the MCD has said that it does not have a problem in giving the permission, but after January 5 they have a booking for one or two days, so the permission granted to us by MCD is from December27 to January 5. But we hope that the date is extended as per need," said Sisodia.
Logjam continues in Parliament over FDI New Delhi: Amid uproar over issues like allowing 51 percent FDI in multi-brand retail, demand for Telangana state and threat to people of Kerala due to Mullaperiyar dam, both Houses of Parliament were adjourned till tomorrow. Both LokSabha and RajyaSabha respectively were adjourned after Opposition members were on their feet demanding a debate on the FDI issue. BJP member MurliManohar Joshi, who had given an adjournment notice to discuss government's policy on FDI, insisted that the issue be taken up immediately. He was supported by SharadYadav (JD-U) and other NDA members. BJP members also displayed a banner demanding cancellation of the government decision on FDI. Left parties were also demanding a discussion on the same issue and some of their members walked up to the well. TRS members too walked into the Well and raised their demand for a separate state of Telangana. They were holding placards to press for their demand. Con-
gress members from the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh also walked up to the Well to make the same demand. CPI-M members from Kerala demanded steps for safety of the people of the state, who, they feared, would be affected if the age-old Mullaperiyar dam is breached.
There were tremors in the area last week. Earlier, the Speaker led the House in paying respects to those killed in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks three years ago. She also welcomed a Parliamentary delegation from Bulgaria which was
Delhi HC grants bail to Pak military Sukhram in telco case rejects NATO
New Delhi: Delhi High Court on Monday granted bail to former telecom minister Sukhram, presently lodged in Tihar jail for taking Rs 3 lakh as bribe to award a lucrative contract to a private firm in 1996. The court, while granting bail to Sukhram on medical grounds, directed him to furnish a surety of Rs ten lakhs each prior to his release.
Sukhram had applied for bail on November 23 and challenged his conviction and five-year jail term. A trial court had earlier convicted 84-year-old Sukhram for misusing his official position when he was in the PV Narasimha Rao cabinet in 1996. Sukhram was alleged to have been giving undue favour to a cable supply company in 1996.
The CBI, in its charge sheet filed in 1998, had accused Sukhram and another person of allegedly showing undue favour in supply of excess quantity of cable and acceptance of Rs 3 lakh. In 2009, Sukhram was held guilty of possessing disproportionate assets worth Rs.4.25 crore. In 2002, he was awarded a three-year jail term under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Ponting backs cricket captain, coach as selectors Brisbane: Former captain Ricky Ponting gave a ringing endorsement of Australian cricket's new selection and squad policies on Monday, saying it should have happened a decade ago. Ponting, lining up for his 157th Test against New Zealand at Brisbane's Gabba Ground on Thursday, was enthusiastic in his support for his successor Michael Clarke and new coach Mickey Arthur being selectors in a major revamp led a change in youth and rotation Test team policies, while Cricket Australia has appointed former rugby administrator Pat Howard as its high-performance manager. Ponting, 36, under pressure to hold his place in Australia's batting top order, said cricket was taking a more professional track under the new regime. "I think it's terrific. I think it's the way the game should have gone
a long, long time ago," Ponting told reporters. "I think the way things have turned out at the moment is what (former coach) John Buchanan was asking for 10 years ago." "It's a much more professional approach." "We've got quality people in and around the team and I think, even already now, we're starting to see just a slightly different feel and a few different results as a result of that." "I think Australian cricket is definitely on the right track." Ponting revealed during Australia's tour to Sri Lanka two months ago that he had wanted to become a selector when he replaced former skipper Steve Waugh in 2004. He felt Clarke was in a better position as a selector as he would have more control of the team to go along with
the amount of responsibility that captaincy brings. "It was pretty hard to be accountable for everything that happens but that's the way it was right through my time," he said. "I think it's a really good decision to go that way to make the captain and the coach both selectors." Ponting, who has scored 12,557 Test runs at 52.54, said he no thoughts of retirement, even with the second and final Test against New Zealand being staged in Hobart where his cricket career started. "I honestly have not thought about retirement," he said. "I can't afford to think about it and when that time is going to be." "I'm a proud person as well and I want to make sure that I'm giving myself every chance to be a match-winning cricketer for Australia."
India will look to continue dominance in ODIs too Cuttack: After thrashing the West Indies in the Test series, India would look to continue their domination over the Caribbean side when the two teams clash in the opening match of One-Day cricket series at Barabati Stadium on Tuesday. India are a dominant force in the 50over format and the world champions would aim for no less than a 5-0 whitewash, which they had inflicted on a strong England side recently. With Mahendra Singh Dhoni getting the much-needed rest ahead of the gruelling tour of Australia, Virender Sehwag will lead the side and he will be seen in action in this format for the first time since the memorable World Cup win on April 2. Having missed out on the One-day series in England because of hearing problem, Sehwag returned in the justconcluded Test series with his sparkling form intact even as a big score eluded him. The 33-year-old Delhi player has led the side in seven matches, winning
four of them, though he is yet to get a half-century as a captain with 44 as his best score. When Sehwag last captained India in place of Dhoni, the side had chased down Sri Lanka's 316 in Kolkata in 2009. Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma will form the three pillars of the Indian middle order and with the trio in fine form, the hosts can be assured of a good show from them. Raina, who turned 25 on Sunday, is among runs having scored his personal best of unbeaten 204 against Punjab in a Ranji Trophy match recently. The stylish southpaw, who has centuries in all the three formats, will look to make it count with an in-form Kohli. Fresh from his 175 against Railways and 100 vs Rajasthan in the recent Ranji Trophy matches, Rohit is also back in the one-day fold after missing out on the England tour due to injury. Following a double century and century in two matches, Bengal skipper Manoj Tiwary too retains the place alongside Ajinkya Rahane, even though
seated in the Special Box. In the RajyaSabha, BSP, JD-U, AIADMK and SP members raised slogans against the government's FDI policy soon after Chairman Hamid Ansari took his seat. "FDI vapas lo (withdraw FDI)," they chanted, as BJP members joined them.
the duo may not get a chance to figure in the XI till India seal the series. In the absence of Dhoni, Parthiv Patel will be the man in charge behind the stumps while the middle order will also miss another star player in Yuvraj Singh who is battling a non-malignant tumor in his lung. But even without the star powers of Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj and Dhoni the Indian batting will remain India's main strength. In fact, India have the prowess to bat as deep as number nine with allrounder Ravindra Jadeja and off-spinner R Ashwin giving ample show of their talent with the bat. Fresh from a century and a five-for in the same Test match, Ashwin will add that sting to the exciting batting line-up, while the Indians will not be short on bowling ammunition either. The just concluded Test series saw the emergence of young Indian bowlers with the spin duo of Pragyan Ojha and Ashwin leading the attack remarkably well, taking 42 of the 60 West Indies
wickets. In the pace line-up Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron too looked hungry for success as they played a perfect fiddle to pace spearhead Ishant Sharma. With Ojha and Sharma not figuring in the one-day scheme of things, Ashwin will lead the spin front while leg-spinner Rahul Sharma will hope to make his ODI debut. West Indies in their last one-day appearance were skittled out for a mere 61 against minnows Bangladesh and Indian spinners will once again look to stifle the spin-weary visitors. Dew being a factor in the second innings, India will hope to win the toss and elect to field to chase a total, something they had done successfully in their last two outings here. "We will take all the precautionary measures like spraying and mopping, but dew cannot be ruled out," curator Pankaj Pattanaik said, predicting a total of around 300. For West Indies, who lacked experience in the Test series, one-day format
presents them a good chance to return home with some pride. Windies defeated Bangladesh 2-1 in the ODI series before coming to India and barring the last match hiccup in Chittagong where they werer bundled out for 61 they showed fine mettle, something they can take confidence from before taking on heavyweights India. The return of opener Lendl Simmons, who missed out the last ODI against Bangladesh and then India Test series due to an injury, will bolster the side. Simmons, who totalled 177 from five ODIs against India in June at an average of 35.40, will look to give Windies a fine start along with Adrian Barath who too is in fine knick. The middle-order will bank on the brilliance of Darren Bravo who sparkled with two centuries in three matches against India in the Test series, while Marlon Samuels experience will come in handy in the subcontinent conditions. Presence of allrounders in Kieron
Islamabad: The Pakistani military today rejected the regret expressed by the NATO chief for a cross-border air strike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers and warned that the action could have ‘‘grave consequences’’. The regret expressed by NATO over the killing of the Pakistani soldiers is “not enough”, chief military spokesman Maj Gen Athar Abbas said. “The NATO strike can have grave consequences,” he said. NATO secretary-general Anders Fogh Rasmussen yesterday said he had written to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to express regret over the “tragic unintended incident”. In a statement, he said: “I have written... to make it clear that the deaths of Pakistani personnel are as unacceptable and deplorable as the deaths of Afghan and international personnel.” Pakistan has reacted angrily to the killing of two dozen soldiers, including two officers, in the NATO air strike in Mohmand tribal region on the border with Afghanistan. It has closed all NATO supply routes and asked the US to vacate Shamsi airbase, believed to be used by CIA-operated drones. However, Abbas said NATO’s expression of regret was inadequate. “We think this is not enough and we do not accept it. Such raids have also been conducted in the past. Such attacks are unacceptable,” Abbas told BBC Urdu. Pointing out that 72 Pakistani soldiers were killed and nearly 250 injured in NATO strikes in three years, Abbas said the Pakistani leadership will decide
whether more steps would be taken in reaction to the NATO strikes. Pakistan says that NATO fighter planes and helicopters struck its border post in Mohmand trial region on Friday night and killed 24 soldiers and injured 13 others. NATO sources have claimed that the air strike was carried out after its special mission was attacked from Pakistani soil. But Abbas rejected this claim and said NATO would have to clarify if any its personnel died due to an attack from the Pakistani side. “It is ridiculous to find justification for NATO’s unprovoked attack through such notions,” Abbas said. When his attention was drawn to the NATO Secretary General’s statement that the strike was an accident, Abbas said this could be proved only after an investigation is completed. He said NATO representatives were informed when they started firing. “The NATO representatives were told to immediately stop firing but the attacks continued,” he said. “When our people were martyred and NATO continued more firing, then the Pakistani troops had the right to respond to stop the NATO attacks,” he said. The US, which depends on Pakistani supply routes for transporting about half the supplies needed by 130,000 foreign troops in Afghanistan, has been trying to salvage the alliance by backing a full inquiry into the incident. The crisis has further strained US-Pakistan relations which have
PM meets Prez New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday met President Pratibha Patil to brief her about his recent foreign visits and the ongoing session of Parliament. The meeting lasted about 40 minutes, a Rashtrapati Bhawan statement said. "The two leaders discussed the ongoing session of Parlia-
ment," it said. Singh briefed Patil about his recent visits abroad to attend multi-lateral Summits like G-20 in France, SAARC in the Maldives and the India-ASEAN and East Asia Summit in Bali. He also apprised the President about his bilateral visit to Singapore.
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