Vol. 1, Issue 333 n Monday n August 1, 2011
No. of pages: 8 n Price: Rs 2
Evening daily Oppn to co-processing of waste P 3
BSY WANTS NEXT CM to reject report
Designer’s day out P8
Shettar: Iʼm in the run for CMʼs post
BDA brings down over 50 shops at BSK
Ananth, Shettar, Ashok, Eshwarappa gather up legislators
D L Harish Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: The heat is on in different camps of the BJP. The one led by party national general secretary Ananth Kumar and supported by party state president K S Eshwarappa, outgoing home and transport minister R Ashok and outgoing rural development and panchayat raj minister Jagadish Shettar is garnering support from various factions to push for the candidature of one among them. Ananth Kumar and his group has booked 40 rooms at Hotel Lalit Ashok to get MLAs with allegiance to caretaker chief minister B S Yeddyurappa to switch sides. There have been intense haggling going on to get the maximum number of MLAs to push for their agenda. All the MLAs, who support this division, would be shifted soon to a resort on the outskirts to avoid any poaching, sources within
the party said. Yeddyurapa too is fighting tooth and nail to get his candidate, Udupi-Chimagalore MP Sadananda Gowda, to don the seat vacated by him. Though the support and the numbers are hazy, Yeddyurappa seems to have a slight upper hand over his rival gang. But things could change. With the tussle over the top post, the high command is still in confusion over the next chief minister. A confused and frustrated team of central observers from the party, BJP national general secretary Arun Jaitley and party former national president Rajnath Singh, left for Delhi saying the announcement of the next chief minister would come on Wednesday. Party sources said they two leaders would look at the developments inside Parliament where the session started today. The central leadership took the opinions of 119 MLAs, except
folios of finance, home, transport, energy, forest, mining and geology, major industries, water resources, minor irrigation, PWD, BDA and urban development, rural development and panchayat raj and higher education given to his close aides. A legislature party meeting was supposed to be held at a private hotel in the city in the evening. But since no one leader could emerge as the leader it Outgoing rural development and panchayat raj minister was postponed. Jagadish Shettar arrives at Hotel Lalit Ashok today. Yeddyurappa wanted the anout Speaker K G Bopaiah and Shi- an independent candidate to nouncement made yesterday itratti MLA Ramappa Lamani, on don the post. self. He even offered the central the choice of legislature party Yeddyurappa, who has been leaders that they could leave by leader. Lamani has gone abroad. indicted by Lokayukta Justice a chartered flight, which was Yesterday, after his resigna- Santosh Hegde, has also put not agreed to by them. tion, Yeddyurappa put intense forth a demand that the next Singh and Jaitley felt that the pressure on the central observers chief minister, whoever it could issue could be resolved away to announce Sadanand Gowda as be, should reject the report on il- from the bustle of the state BJP the next chief minister. But legal mining filed by the members in New Delhi. One mesAshok, Shettar and Eshwarappa Lokayukta. sage they gave the members beprotested saying Yeddyurappa This would absolve him of all fore emplaning to Delhi was that would continue to hold the re- wrongdoings, the party sources no dissidence within the party mote control if Gowda is made told Bangalore Beat. would be tolerated by the high the chief minister. They wanted Yeddyurappa also wants port- command.
No conflict in BJP: Eshwarappa Jail inmate Bangalore Beat Bureau
Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: An inmate at the Parappana Agrahara central jail died under suspicious circumstances at a government-run hospital here late last night. The deceased has been identified as Vasu (40), who was serving term at the jail for the last 15 years. Vasu had been sentenced in a murder. He was suffering from ill-health for the last week and his condition deteriorated last night. He died while being shifted to Victoria Hospital. The cause of death would be known after the postmortem, jail officials said.
Mathai takes over as foreign secy New Delhi: Veteran diplomat Ranjan Mathai today assumed charge as new foreign secretary succeeding Nirupama Rao and said he would try and work to restore “trust and confidence” in Indo-Pak relations. Mathai, a 1974-batch IFS officer, moved into his office in the Ministry of External Affairs in South Block at around 9.25 am. P 4
Exports up 46.4% New Delhi: India’s exports grew by an impressive 46.45 per cent to $29.21 billion in June, 2011, despite uncertainty in the US and European markets. P 4
GOA SPICES IT
UP FOR TOURISTS
Planning to go on a trip to Goa? Don’t just while away time at the beaches. There is more to Goa than just beer, sun and sand. In offering that is sure to take you closer to the nature, trips are being offered to spice farms, the perfect place to be especially during the monsoon. Page 5
Bangalore: “BJP legislators will abide by the decision taken by the party high command. We don’t have any conflict or differences among us,” said BJP state president K S Eshwarappa here this morning. “The party high command will decide the next chief minister in the
city itself after a joint meeting on August 3. We are not like the Congress, which announces the names in sealed covers. We still have democracy within our party. Our legislators have expressed their opinions frankly to our central leaders,” he said. “It is not true that Yeddyurappa put conditions for his resignation. It is a creation of the media,” he said.
Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: “I too am an aspirant for chief minister’s post,” said outgoing rural development and panchayat raj minister Jagadish Shettar here this morning. So was home and transport minister R Ashok’s claim as the race heats up for the coveted post. Shettar, who was on his way to Hotel Lalit Ashok to meet BJP national general secretary H N Ananth Kumar and secretary, Karnataka in-charge, Dharmendra Pradhan said that as a senior member of the party, he was one of the strong contenders for the post. “I have maximum support from among the legislators. I have also expressed this to Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley,” he said. Singh is a former national president of the BJP, while Jaitley is a party national general secretary. The two leaders had arrived as observes in the city and to pressure then chief minister B S Yeddyurappa to quit his post. “I belong to the Lingayat community and hail from north Karnataka. I have the support of the community and legislators too with me. I also have the required experience in running the state as I have been the opposition leader, Speaker and cabinet minister. I am capable of becoming the chief minister,” he said.
Shopkeepers protest as BDA officials arrive with 15 earth-movers to demolish over 50 shops on Hosakerehalli main road at Banashankari third stage this morning. More photos on page 4
Bangalore Beat Bureau
Bangalore: A BDA demolition drive at Banashankari third stage met with stiff resistance from shop owners early this morning. A huge force of over 200 policemen had been deployed in the area as the BDA took up demolition of over 50 shops on Hosakerehalli main road. Fifteen earth moving machines trundled into the area around 6 am. But shop owners alleged that the BDA has been carrying out the demolition drive on behalf of the Vishwa Bharati Housing Cooperative Society, which worker, was heading to work her, the three men took away her gold Area residents complained that owns the land where the shops Bangalore Beat Bureau when she was accosted by the chain and earring even as she lay un- the area where the crime occurred is have been built. The shop ownBangalore: A group of robbers raped three perpetrators and raped, the conscious. proving to be dangerous since the ers said they had been carrying a woman and escaped with her be- police said. The police suspect the three rob- BDA underpass work completed. out their business in the area for longings near Nayandahalli railway The incident occurred around 7.30 bers and rapists to be from the same The underpass is dark and stretches some years now, and their livelibridge early this morning. am when the movement of people area and have started a hunt for up to half-a-kilometre and passing hood would be hit if the shops are The woman, a garment factory was still low in the area. After raping them. through it is risky, they said. demolished.
Woman raped, robbed of her valuables at Nayandahalli
Boy at Yelahanka not killed by dogs: BBMP Aknisree Karthik Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: A two-and-a-halfyear-old boy, who was found dead at Yelahanka New Town on July 1, was not killed by dogs, but was murdered, the BBMP says. Supported by a forensic report, the BBMP says the boy might have been killed by someone for unexplainable reason as of now. The BBMP had sent the photographs, postmortem report and video shoots of the crime scene and the boy’s body to two US-based foren- The body of a baby girl who was attacked by stray dogs at Yelhanka New Town in Bangalore . sic experts for analysis, said Dr Parvez Ahmad Piran, BBMP joint director (animal ruled out the possibility of of attributes that do not agree husbandry). death caused by dogs. with the autopsy report. Lack Dr Jim Crosby and Ken They have observed in the of blood at the scene clearly Cohrn from Florida have report: “There are a number indicates that this is not the
primary scene (the crime has been committed at one place and the body dumped at another).” Piran told Bangalore Beat: “I was sure that injuries could not have been caused by dog bites. I was not satisfied by the postmortem report given by Ambedkar Medical College. I saw that there was no blood at the scene of incidence. Also the leg dispensation cannot be done by dogs. I had talked about this mysterious circumstance on the first day of the attack.” “I suspect it to be a murder or a hit-and-run case, but surely not caused by dogs. I will submit the report given by the two forensic experts to Yelankha New Town Police on Saturday. Continued on page 3
The housing cooperative society had filed a case before the Karnataka High Court saying the land belong to it. The court had ordered the BDA to reclaim the land to the society, which has operations in Girinagar and Hosakerehalli areas. The BDA officials said notices were served to shop owners 15 days ago to vacate their premises as the shops stood on encroached land. “We are carrying out the demolition drive as per the orders of the high court. More than 50 shops have been constructed illegally after encroaching the land belonging to the society. All the shops will be pulled down,” they added. More than 200 policemen stood guard anticipating trouble. The situation under control, said Jayanagar sub-division ACP G B Manjunath.
Monday, August 1, 2011
Soundar Rajan new DARE dir Bangalore: P M Soundar Rajan is the new Director of Defence Avionics Research Establishment, a Defence Research and Development Organisation lab here. Rajan, who assumed charge today, has contributed towards the development and integration of mission computer and other avionics systems for the Su30 MKI aircraft under the “Vetrivale” project, a DRDO statement said. “As the chief designer and project director of the MiG27 avionics upgrade, he has successfully upgraded the aircraft which is currently in Squadron Service,” it said. PTI
RBI fines state bank Bangalore: The RBI has imposed a monetary penalty of Rs 5 lakh on Udupi-based Teachers' Cooperative Bank for violation of its directives on collection of third party account payee cheques. A show-cause notice had been issued to the bank, which had submitted its written reply in response, the RBI said. Based on the reply, the RBI concluded that the violation was substantiated and warranted imposition of penalty, it said.
NRI IT professionals find most jobs in city
ith declining wages abroad, an increasing number of non-resident Indian IT professionals are moving back to their home country, says a survey. And Bangalore has been their favourite city to hunt for jobs. The highest number of NRIs who returned home found jobs in Bangalore, followed by Mumbai, Delhi and Hyderabad. IT and IT-enabled firms in India hired 28 percent more nonresident Indian (NRI) professionals in the first quarter of 2011-12, according to the survey conducted by recruitment consulting firm MyHiringClub.com. Among 11 surveyed industries, IT and IT-enabled services registered highest growth, with 28 percent increase year-on-year in the first quarter of the current fiscal. It is followed by pharma and healthcare, up by 20 percent, automobile and manufacturing, up by 18 percent, telecom, up by 14 percent, banking and fi-
nancial services, up by 10 percent and FMCG, up by six percent. “The high economic growth in India with many good opportunities has fuelled the NRI thought process to head back. “In addition to that, many US companies are opening their offices in India and hiring more to target the growing market in Asia,” Rajesh Kumar, CEO of MyHiringClub.com, said in the survey report. He said an increasing number of high value NRI professional recruitment is likely to take place in the coming years as wage gaps have declined sharply. “Increasing number of people are now returning because now the advantages of returning back to India outweigh the disadvantages by far,” said Kumar. The NRI professional hiring trend survey was conducted online between July 1-15. Senior human resource professionals and top management of 237 firms and 690 recruitment consultants participated in the survey. IANS
BU oﬀers MSc Brickwork Finance Academy in life sciences launches 9‑month PGP in ﬁn Bangalore: Bangalore University has called for applications for a two-year, four-semester MSc in life sciences since 2006-07. The course will be held at the department of sericulture, Sneha Bhavana, Jnana Bharathi campus. MSc in life sciences is one of the most innovative courses as it is a blend of modern disciplines like biotechnology, molecular physiology, immunology, bioinformatics and traditional disciplines like biodiversity, environmental biology, genetics and systematics, a statement from the university said. The convergence of various disciplines in this new course will provide a platform to launch a better career in biological sciences in view of biological and pharmaceutical companies preferring life sciences graduates. The course is unique and interdisciplinary in nature as it offers equal importance to all aspects in life sciences. The curriculum drawn for this course is based on UGC NET syllabus and being taught by emi-
Bangalore: Brickwork Finance Academy, a city-based non-profit organisation, has announced the launch of its flagship post graduate programme in finance. BFA’s PGP is for working people aspiring for a career in finance. It is a nine-month programme with classes held on Saturdays, it said in a statement. The programme comprises four modules: basics of financial analysis, investment management, credit management and risk management. In addition to classroom sessions, participants are expected to undertake a project work in finance to enhance their knowledge. BFA’s faculty pool comprises industry experts, nent faculty of various depart- renowned academics, faculty of ments of Bangalore University. international repute and sucInvited lectures by renowned scientists from reputed institutes/ universities, student-teacher interactive seminars and field visits are some of the programmes in the curriculum. For further details contact coordinator, life sciences course on Ph: 080-22961521 (0ffice), 9886257668 (Mobile).
Job mela at Laggere Bangalore: Arpita Enterprises has organised a job mela on the occasion of Independence Day on August 7 on the premises of Best School at Laggere. More than 40 companies are taking part in the mela. The free job mela will benefit candidates with SSLC, PUC, degree, MBA, computer science and other qualifications, said organizer Narayna Swamy. The mela will be held from 8 am till 5 pm and candidates from in and around Peenya and Laggere can make take part. For registration, call 8123005815, 9241176459 and 9880182894.
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integration of financial markets is giving rise to increasing complex products, which while mitigating a variety of risks, is also subject to various contingencies across the globe. “Dealing with them, while a
necessity, is both an opportunity and a challenge. This requires specialisation in finance that is not possible in a typical MBA/PGDM course.’ BFA, with its knowledge and network of practice aims at equipping participants to deal effectively with this challenge/opportunity and play a distinctive role in a host of companies in the financial sector,” he said. Vivek Kulkarni, President BFA and Adjunct Professor, Indian Institute of Science, said, BFA’s PGP is meant for working professionals who find their jobs monotonous and are looking for career growth in BFSI sector of IT industry. The course begins on January 21. PTI
Weʼre not hit by malls: Hopcoms Bangalore: Hopcoms has not been hit by business shifting to private malls, said Horticulture Prodcuers’ Marketing and Processing Society managing director B V Chikkanna has said. Issuing a clarification on reports in the media that Hopcoms profits have come down due to malls coming up at various places, he said the society has not been facing any such problem. The society has been sourcing 80-90 metric tonnes of fresh vegetables and fruits from farmers
cessful leaders in the field of finance. K R S Murthy, mentor and adviser, BFA, former director of Indian Institute of Management as well as a board member of National Stock Exchange, said
from across the state and offering them to consumers at a reasonable rate, he said. The society is running under profit and has registered Rs 73 crore turnover in 2010-11, he added. Electronic weighing machines have been installed at all Hopcoms shops and electronic bills are generated on the spot, he said. The society is also giving information on day-to-day prices of commodities through the internet for the benefit of consumers. Also, it is renovating 20 shops every year, he added.
third in karaoke contest
Bangalore: A Bangalorean stood third in the south zonal finals of the Karaoke World Championship. Pratibha Parthasarthy will now represent the zone in the national finals in Mumbai on August 6. Megha Girish and Clarence D’Souza, both from Hyderabad, won the first and second position. Judges Rajeev Kumar and Gaurav Vaz gave away the awards. Two winners, a male and a female singer, at the national level would be selected for the Karaoke World Championships (KWC) that will be held in Ireland from the September 8 to 10. This is the first time India is participating in the event.
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Megha Girish, Clarence D’Souza and Pratibha Parthasarthy won the Karaoke World Championship south zone final held in the city yesterday.
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(11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Srinvasa (Gowdanapalya) (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Ullas (5.45, 8.45 pm) Vijayalakshmi (Garudacharpalya) (11 am, 2.30 pm) Vajreshwari (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30pm) PVR (10.30 am, 1.15, 6.45 pm)
VINAYAKA GELEYARA BALAGA (U) Vijay Raghavendra, Naveen Krishna, Meghana Gaonkar Anupama (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm)
POLICE STORY 3 (U/A)
KRISHNAN MARRIAGE STORY (U)
Sudeep Adarsh (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm)
Ajay Rao, Nidhi Subbaiah, Balaji (Tavarekre) (11 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Cinepolis (10 am, 3.30, 6.15 pm) Ganesh (11 am, 2, 6, 9 pm) Inox (Jaynagar) (12.45 pm) Krishna (KR Puram) (10.30 am) Manasa (10.30 am) Maruthi (11.30 am, 2.30 pm, 6.30 pm, 9.30 pm) Nandini (11 am, 2, 5, 8 pm) Sagar (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Siddheshwara
Upendra, Priyanka Upendra Eshwari (11.00 am) Inox (Malleswaram) (12.30 pm) Mohan (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.15 pm) 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) Veerabhadreshwara (10.30 am, 1.30 pm) Vaibhav (11.30 am)
ENGLISH pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Rajarajeshwari Nagar) (3.20 pm, 6.30) Innovative Multiplex (10 am 12.45, 10 pm) Inox (Magrath) (10 am, 1.25, 4.50, 9 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (10 am, 12.45, 7.55, 9.35 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (12.55 pm, 5.15, 9.45 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (7.15 pm, 9.45 pm) PVR Cinemas (10 am, 1, 4.10, 6.30, 9.40 pm) Rex (12.30 pm) Vision Cinemas (12 pm, 2, 9.45 pm)
THE LION KING (U) Matthew Broderick, Niketa Calame, Jim Cummings “3D” Fun Cinemas (10.25 am, 5.30 pm) Rex (10.40 pm)
COWBOYS & ALIENS (U)
THE SMURFS (U)
Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wild Cauvery (11.30 am, 2.30 pm) Cinemax (10 am, 6.45, 9.45 pm) Cinepolis (10 am, 12, 2, 5, 7.30, 9.45 pm) Fun Cinemas (10.15 am, 3.45, 9.15 pm) Gopalan (Bannerghatta Road) (10 am, 12.10, 4.45, 10 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Mysore Road) (10 am, 10
Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays “3D” Cinemax (2.30 pm, 7.45 pm) Fame (Lido) (10 am) Fun Cinemas (12.30 pm, 7.35 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Bannerghatta Road) (10 am, 12, 3.45, 5, 7.45 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Rajarajeshwari Nagar) (2 pm, 4, 6, 8 pm) Innovative Multiplex (10 am 4, 7.45 pm).
HINDI GANDHI TO HITLER (U/A) Neha Dhupia, Raghubir Yadav, Aman Verma, Avijit Dutt Inox (JP Nagar) (10 am, 10 pm)
TRAIN SCHEDULE Train No.
Ajay Devgan, Kajal Agarwal Apsara (KR Market) (11.30 am, 2.30, 5.30, 8.30 pm) Cinepolis (Bannerghatta Road) (10.40 am, 12.45, 1.20, 3.50, 6.35, 9.20, 10 pm) Everest (6.15 pm, 9.30 pm) Fame (Forum Value Mall) (10 am, 7, 6.30 pm) Fame (Lido) (12.30 am, 3, 8 pm) Fun Cinemas (12.45 pm, 6.15 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Rajarajeshwari Nagarl) (10 am, 10 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Bannerghatta Road) (10 am)
ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA (U/A) Katrina Kaif, Farhan Akhtar, Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol and Kalki Koechlin Abhinav (10 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Cauvery (6 pm, 9.30 pm) Cinemax (10 am, 1, 3.30, 4.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Cinepolis (10 am, 12 , 1.30, 3.50, 6.45, 9, 10 pm) Everest (11.30 am, 2.30pm) Fame (Lido) (10 am, 12, 1.05, 4.50, 8.05, 9.05 pm) Fame (Forum Value Mall) (10 am, 12, 2.20, 6.10, 8, 9.10 pm) Fun Cinemas (10 am, 1, 4, 7, 9.50 pm) Fame (Shankarnag) (1.05 pm, 6.30 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Bannerghatta Road) (10 am, 7, 10 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Rajarajeshwari Nagar) (10.15 am, 6.25, 9.15 pm) Gopalan
Cinemas (Mysore Road) (10 am, 4, 9.15 pm)
MURDER 2 (A) Emraan Hashmi, Jacqueline Fernandez Fame Forum Value Mall (10.30 am, 2.50, 4, 7, 9.30 pm) Fame Lido (10 am, 2.35, 5, 9.35 pm) Fame (Shankarnag) (2 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (10 am, 4.55, 9.40 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (10 am, 2.55, 9.35 pm) Rajarajeshwari (Mallathali) (9.30 pm) Veeresh (10 pm) Vaibhav (2.30 pm, 6.30, 9.30 pm)
CHILLAR PARTY (U) Irrfan Khan, Divvji Handa, Vedant Desai Cinemax (1.15 pm, 6.15 pm) Cinepolis (12.45 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (1.10 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (10.25 am) PVR Cinemas (12.30 pm, 7.30 pm)
BBUDDAH HOGA TERA BAAP (U/A) Big B, Prakash Raj, Hema Malini
Aruna (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.30 pm) Shobha (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) DELHI BELLY (A) Cinemax (10.15 am, 12.30, 3, 7, 10 pm) Cinepolis (10 am, 12, 2, 4, 6, 8 pm)
TAMIL am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Madheshwara (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Pushpanjali (BNPura) (6.15 pm, 9.30 pm) Vinayaka (11.15 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm)
ANAAGAREEGAM (A) Vibu, Prajwal, Vagitha Galaxy Paradise (10.45 am, 2.45, 5.45, 8.45 pm) Parimala (10.45 am, 2.45, 5.45, 8.45 pm)
DEIVA THIRUMAGAL (U)
Harikumar, Arundhathi, Aruna Aruna (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.30 pm) Amruth (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Ajantha (10.30 am, 1.30 pm) Balaji (Vannarpet) (10.30 am, 1.45, 5.15, 8.15 pm) Maheshwari (10.15
Fun Cinemas (4.30 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (6.10 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (3.30 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (3.45 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (3 pm, 5.55pm).
Monday, August 1, 2011
CITY EVENTS General Central Cottage Industries’ Corporation of India Limited: Inauguration of Central Cottage Industries’ Emporium, Safina Plaza, Infantry Road, 4 pm. Spamlot Play: Spamalot is a rip roaring musical spoof on King Arthur and his knights of Camelot and their hilarious quest for the Holy Grail. It is based on the classic comedy film Monty python. This is the 15th production of the Cause Foundation, set up in 1996 by Leila Alvares as a non-profit organization which would primarily promote local talent through its musical productions. Gayathri Devi Park Extension 16th Cross, Malleswaram, Bangalore Tel: 080-23445810 Kathak recital: Indu Manohar will present her first solo kathak performance at Sai Nrityotsav festival. Indu hails from a musically inclined family and began learning kathak at the age of eleven. Seva Sadana Seva Sadana, 14 Th Cross, Malleshwaram Bangalore, Tel: 080-23347830 Germany Culture Shock - Intercultural: Seminar Max Muller Bhavan, Indiranagar Stage I, 716 CMH Road What are the differences between Indian and German culture? If you would like to know more, please join us for our intercultural. This tailored and interactive seminar addresses the following subjects: Introduction to the Germanspeaking region. Cultural awareness/sensitisation/adjust tment process. German way of life. Behavioural dos and don'ts. Daily life in Germany & pre-departure tips.
Cultural Sai Nrityotsava: Bharatnatyam, Odissi and Kathak performances, Seva Sadan Auditorium, 14th cross, Malleshwaram, 5.30 pm. Venkatesha Natya Mandira: Bharatnatyam performances, ADA Rangamandira, J C Road, 6 pm.
Religious Deenabandhu Devasthanam: ‘Ladder of Success’ by Kirti Chaitanya, Deenabandhu Devasthanam, CMH Road, Indiranagar, 6.30 pm. Meditation and Study Circle: Ramaswamy Iyer on ‘Shwetashwataropanishad’, SSMRV College, 26th Main, T Block, Jayanagar, 6.30 pm.
Exhibitions Recorder of Life, Beauty and Truth: Monday, August 1st, 2011. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tasveer, No 26/1, Kasturba Cross Road, Tasveer presents an exhibition of photographs by TS Satyan, one of India's first photojournalists. A Slice of Life @ Veda: Monday, August 1st, 2011. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Veda Art Gallery, Palace View Builidng, Sankey Road, Kumara Park West Veda Art Gallery presents 'A Slice of Life', an exhibition of art work by JMS Mani, Laxman Aelay, Kishan Kappari and Murugesan. The Taste of a Collector: Monday, August 1st, 2011. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Gallery Time & Space, No 55, Lavelle Road, An exhibition of artwork from the private collection of Vatsal Poddar, a successful businessman and art enthusiast. Remembering Husain: Monday, August 1st, 2011. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Kynkyny Art, No 148 Embassy Square, Infantry Road, Kynkyny Art hosts a special exhibition of paintings paying tribute to the legendary MF Husain.
Shopping Happiness Sale: Monday, August 1st, 2011. 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Bangalore Central, No 47/48 Victoria Embassy, Residency Road,Bangalore Central announces the Happiness Sale, featuring apparel and accessories at discounts of up to 61 percent. The sale is on across all outlets.
Eating Out Power Lunch: Monday, August 1st, 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. 'The Kari Culture' at Blue
Ginger: Monday, August 1st, 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. Drizzle Dazzle: Monday, August 1st, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Aqua, The Park, No 14/7, MG Road, A festival of sizzlers, spanning several cuisines. Nightlife Minimal Mondays: Monday, August 1st, 2011. 7 p.m. Pebble, No 3 Palace Ground, Ramana Mahashi Road, Sadashivanagar Kickstart your week with DJ Imdad spinning sets of uplifting house and more. Thai & Mongolian Night: Monday, August 1st, 2011. 8 p.m. Fusion Lounge, 185, Deena Building, Brigade Road, DJs Paresh and Karthik play a set of Thai and Mongolian tunes to kickstart the week.
Traffic cops devise ways to
collect mamool from lorry drivers Old man unattached to police dept gets Rs 10 per trip from heavy vehicles on BVK Iyengar road
Aknisree Karthik Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: A man blows a whistle on BVK Iyengar road, flags down trucks and collects money from them. If you thought that this man could be a traffic cop in mufti, you are mistaken. A parking toll collector? No. He has been responsible for slowing down of traffic and traffic jams on this busy road, complain shopkeepers in this business district. The jams caused by this man stretch up to Sagar theatre causing huge
Photos: Aknisree Karthik
end of the day, the money is passed onto the traffic cops. On an average, they collect around Rs 3,000 per day. The old man who collects the money from the lorries is paid Rs 200 per day,” said a businessman from the area, who sees it happen every day. Traffic cops have hired these two men as they have to man the traffic and don’t have time to collect money themselves. There are others, again not policemen, who catch smaller vehicles like scooters and motorbikes coming through one-way or other such traffic violations.
Lounge Night: Monday, August 1st, 2011. 8 p.m. Ice, Vivanta by Taj - MG Road, No 41/3, MG Road, DJ Vanshi sets the mood for the night with lounge music. Monday Blues with DJ Nayan: Monday, August 1st, 2011. 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Indi, Garuda Mall, , Magrath Road, Ashoknagar DJ Nayan spinning commercial and Bollywood this Mon @ Indi.
An old man, hired by traffic cops, collects hafta from lorry drivers for plying on BVK Iyengar road.
House Night with DJ Sid: Monday, August 1st, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Hypnos, Gem Plaza, Infantry Road, DJ Sid spinning House and Hip Hop at Hypnos this Monday. Retro Night with DJ Deepak: Monday, August 1st, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The Beach, No 1211, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar DJ Deepak spins golden oldies at The Beach tonight.
Spiritual Shivyog: Param Pujya Avdhoot Baba Shivanandji graces Bangalore, blessing one and all with the primary initiation of the Advait Shree Vidya. Palace Grounds, near Cauvery Theatre, Bellary Road, August 11 to August 15, 5 pm to 9 pm, 9986418557, 9341232725 www.shivyog.com Myth Of Karma: A unique mind-changing programme using the secrets of Karma by Upadhyay Pravar Pravin Rishiji, August 2 onwards. Ganesh Bagh. To register, call 9845078942, 9448011994
Exhibitions Gallerie Third Eye: Colours and Hues an art exhibition featuring a group of artists, which includes Kanthraj N, Rima Ray and Rakesh Mandal. 2nd floor, Yemlur Main Road, next to Logican IT Park, behind HAL Airport, 10 am to 7 pm Tasveer: Recorder of Life, Beauty and Truth photography by Late TS Satyan. Sua House, 26 / 1, Kasturba Cross Road, 10 am to 7 pm Veda Art Gallery: A Riot of Colours the latest collection of JMS Mani’s works. Palace View Building, 1, Kumarapark, next to BDA, 11 am to 4 pm Time And Space Art Gallery: The Taste of A Collector an exhibition by collector Vatsal Poddar. 55, near Java City, Lavelle Road, 11 am to 5 pm Samaja Seva Sangha: An exhibition of festival floor decoration. 8th main, South End Circle, Jayanagar
Food Heritage winery: A live demonstration of the process of wine making from crushing grapes and fermenting to filtering, bottling and packaging. Wine lovers can visit the winery for a free tour, which concludes with free wine tasting for all guests.
Music Forum mall: The Ultimate Music Fest a jamming battle between bands. 21, Hosur Road, Koramangala.
Dance Nrityadarpan: A workshop in western dance. Brigade Gardenia, JP Nagar 7th Phase.
inconvenience to motorists. The old man is into serious business. Guess who must have hired him? It is none other than traffic policemen who stand at the traffic junction nearby. This old man’s sole job is to collect money from heavy goods vehicles, like lorries, tempos and vans. But for what? Just to allow the vehicles to enter the area for loading and unloading of goods throughout the day. As there is a ban on the movement of heavy goods vehicles from 6 am till 10 pm, they can ply only after paying a “hafta”. “There is one other man who accompanies him. They work in shifts and collect money. They collect Rs 10 per trip from lorries and other heavy vehicles which enter through BVK Iyengar Road signal. Even the bullock carts are not spared and they have to pay Rs 5. At the
Obviously, they don’t collect give challans for traffic violations, but collect money from the traffic rule violators. “Traffic policemen have failed to perform their duty here. It is because of them that traffic has become such a mess. Lorry drivers enter the area and park their vehicles right in the middle of the road, throwing traffic out of gear,” said Vinod Jayapal, a regular visitor to the area, told Bangalore Beat. When Bangalore Beat spoke to some of the lorry drivers who paid the toll, they said, “We are just drivers. We do not have anything to do here and our job is to deliver goods. It is the businessmen who ask us to come here during the day, that too during peak hours. Even the money we paid to that man as toll is given to us by the businessmen.”
Industry says cost involved in co‑processing of waste too high L.Raghunanda Bangalore Beat
here is a keen interest among the Central Pollution and State Pollution Control Boards to give boost to co-processing of waste. But excess generators of industrial waste, like plastic and tyre industries, have a different take on the economics of coprocessing formula that is being worked out. Suresh, representing Otis lift manufacturers in Bangalore, said, “There is a huge amount of waster generated in our industry, like oil and others, which emerge as raw material for the cement industry. Though it has a profitable use at the end, why should we pay Rs 16-18 per kg of waste? We dump tonnes of waste and after processing it is converted into chemicals that are used for the cement industry.” Prakash, who represents SKF Bearings, said, “The company that is producing waste has to get it certified through the labs at the initial stage. The waste is put through several tests to check whether it could be reused. We had to shell out Rs 15 lakh for the test and the trial run. The cost involved is too high.” He said, “Then the waste has to be transported to an incinerator which is normally located on the outskirts of the city. We have been questioning whether it makes economic sense to take waste to the incinerator because of the high transportation cost involved. Lorries charge Rs 12 per km and increase it with weight.” But Ramesh, proprietor of Chembiotech, Bangalore, who is also an environmental consultant, said, “It is the beginning of co-processing of waste in the
state. It is a learning process for all of us. But there are several legal, technical, environmental and economic hurdles with relation to waste management, turning waste to energy and so on. But the right beginning has been made.” The KSPCB has sought the advice of Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Germany, the world leader in co-processing of waste. The company has evolved models specific to particular region and industry that could earn money for the companies. Bineesha, senior technical expert, GIZ, and chief environmental advisor, is working with KSPCB as to how various stakeholders and authorities are approaching the problem. Bineesha told Bangalore Beat: “Both GIZ and KSPCB have come together for co-processing of industrial waste. A lot of issues have come up for discussion, from formulating a proper frame-
work, guidelines, to loopholes that could be plugged and modalities that need to be worked out.” Considering the large amount of waste generated is the country, all industries should not depend only on the cement industry and its incinerators to process waste as cement companies have limited capacities. “It is quite natural for cement companies to charge from those disposing of waste. Nothing can be done about that. The companies processing the waste have to take care of the manpower, sorting of waste, lab tests and running of the incinerator. Even for cement companies, cost involved is high and they have to get it from the suppliers,” she added. Most of waste-handling units don’t have labs located near their sites. Harmful dioxins and florins could go unnoticed. That is a really worry, she said. Lorries transporting waste may face the wrath of road transport
office because of the existing laws. Companies should look at railways as an alternative, she added. Trains have separate carriage ways and can transport large amounts of waste. It is also economical as compared to other modes of transport. “When many vendors approached us, we suggested this alternative to them.” She said companies should not look at the cost factor at this stage as they are the waste generators in the first place. But the vendors had a counter. They said the environmental benefits of co-processing of waste are not commensurate with the cost involved. The present formula may not work out for most vendors, they added. The pollution control board officials said, “In future, everything should be looked at the growth of environmental GDP. Based on several parameters, in all probability, waste generators too will take home some benefits, monetary or otherwise.”
Boy at Yelahanka not killed by dogs: BBMP Continued from page 1 They must investigate and find out the truth behind the death of the little baby. Since it is certified by the forensic experts that the death is not caused by dogs, we will definitely not relax our animal birth control programme and other initiatives, approved by the World Health Organisation and Indian government to curb the dog menace,” he added. The two US experts have said, “There is an absence of any arched teeth marks anywhere on the soft tissue. With an attack of this severity, there would be some mark. The amputation of the leg tissue and the loss of soft tissue are not consistent with
the dog attacks. His body might have been attacked by dogs, but we do not believe that the boy was initially killed by a dog attack.”
Monday, August 1, 2011
Photos: S Radhakrishna
DRIVE AT BSK 3RD STAGE The demolition drive on (top). Bulldozers bring down a shop (botton left). Women cops leads away a protester.
Policemen tries to contain a shop keeper who was protesting against the demolition drive being carried out by the BDA on Hosakerehalli main road today. G S Ravishankar
PM appeals to parties to jointly tackle national issues
New Delhi: With the opposition seeking to corner the government in Parliament on the issue of corruption and price rise, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today appealed to all parties to jointly tackle problems facing the nation and promised a structured debate on matters raised by them. “It is our sincere desire that this session should run smoothly and Parliament should discuss all issues of national importance and the government is quite prepared for any subject which the opposition would like to be taken up,” Singh told reporters outside Parliament. The Prime Minister said the government would welcome a “structured debate” on various the city on Mondays at 9.30 am coaches, 11 sleeper coaches, three issues. and arrives in Shirdi on Tuesday general compartments, two at 2.15 pm. woman-only bogeys and two lugIn the return direction, the gage carriers, said Mysore divitrain, No. 06202, leaves Shirdi sional railway manager B B at 3.30 pm the same day and ar- Bhushan. rives in the city at 10.55 pm on The train will pass through Wednesday, railway officials said. Bangalore, Tumkur, Bellary The train has two three-tier and Bijapur before reaching and two two-tier air-conditioned Shirdi.
New train from Mysore to Shirdi Bangalore Beat Bureau
Mysore: A new train between Shirdi and here was flagged off from the railway station this morning. The train was inaugurated by traffic point person M S Anitha at 9.30 am. The train, No. 06201, leaves
Ranjan Mathai assumes charge as foreign secy New Delhi: Veteran diplomat Ranjan Mathai today assumed charge as new foreign secretary succeeding Nirupama Rao and said he would try and work to restore “trust and confidence” in Indo-Pak relations. Mathai, a 1974-batch IFS officer, moved into his office in the Ministry of External Affairs in South Block at around 9.25 AM and assumed charge of the top post. He said maintaining an era of constructive cooperation in the immediate neighbourhood will be one of his priority tasks as foreign secretary. On Indo-Pak relations, 59year-old Mathai, who will have
a two-year fixed tenure, said the mandate for the Foreign Secretary is to pave the way for a substantive dialogue with Pakistan on all issues. “We have to try and work to restore trust and confidence...This is the mandate which has been given to me. Foreign Secretary is as much an institution as an individual. So I will continue this effort,” he told reporters after taking charge. “Continuity will be my watch word,” he said. To a question whether composite dialogue is the “right way” between India and Pakistan, the foreign secretary said, “The mandate is substantive dialogue on
all issues of common concern.” Mathai, who has served in Indian missions in Vienna, Colombo, Washington, Tehran and Brussels, said India should develop “strong and cooperative relationship” with all global players. “We need to keep in mind the need for very, very strong relations with countries in Latin America, Central Asia, South East Asia and the Gulf region,” he said. Outgoing foreign secretary Rao has been appointed India’s Ambassador to the United States. Mathai said he was “greatly honoured” to take up the assignment which is a “very complex
one and full of many challenges.” “We are in a world of flux and we have to be innovative and adapt to the situation as it develops. But at the same time, we have to be clear about what are our national priorities and interests, many of which remain permanent,” he said. In dealing with foreign policy challenges, Mathai said one has to take a holistic view of the political, strategic, economic, commercial, cultural and public aspects. He said he would like to give “considerable priority” to public services dimension of the ministry of external affairs like passport and consular services.
Exports up by China blames terror camps in 46.4 pc in June Pak as 20 killed in Xinjiang
A woman looks at various friendship bands on offer at a shop in Bangalore this morning. Today is World Friendship Day.
Murthy turns 80
Litterateur M Chidanandamurty facilitated by Suttur Math seer Shivarathri Deshikendra swamji on his 80th birthday in Bangalore today. MP Prabhakar Kore and former minister Murgesh Nirani look on.
New Delhi: India’s exports grew by an impressive 46.45 per cent to $29.21 billion in June, 2011, despite uncertainty in the US and European markets. Merchandise exports aggregated to $19.94 billion in June, 2010. During the April-June quarter, overseas shipments grew by 45.7 per cent to $ 79 billion, according to Commerce Ministry data released today. Though most sectors posted robust expansion – be it petroleum products, ready-made garments, engineering or pharmaceuticals – Commerce Secretary Rahul Khullar sounded a cautionary note, saying that news from the largest two markets –
the US and Europe – “is far from cheerful... Summer is not over. It is still not going to be easy”. The US and Europe together account for about 35 per cent of the country’s exports, which stood at $246 billion in 2010-11. Though imports grew by 42.4 per cent to $ 36.8 billion in June, the trade deficit of $ 7.6 billion was almost half the level of $ 14.9 billion seen in May, lessening concerns over the country’s balance of payments situation. In April-June, 2011-12, inbound shipments rose by 36.2 per cent to $ 110.6 billion, led by the import of $30.5 billion worth of petroleum products. The trade gap during the period stood at $31.6 billion.
Beijing: China today blamed “extremists” trained in terror camps in Pakistan for orchestrating attacks on civilians in the troubled Xinjiang province, where 20 people, including alleged militants, were killed in violent incidents over two days. While nine people were killed in a violent attack on Saturday, another 11, including five suspected militants, were killed in another attack last night. A statement by the Kashgar municipal government said militants trained by the ‘East Turkistan Islamic Movement’ in Pakistan were responsible for the recent flare up in violence. “A group of religious extremists led by culprits trained in overseas terrorist camps were
behind the weekend attack on civilians in China’s far-western Xinjiang,” state run Xinhua news agency quoted the statement as saying. “Initial probe has shown that the heads of the group had learned skills of making explosives and firearms in overseas camps of the terrorist group East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) in Pakistan before entering Xinjiang to organise terrorist activities,” it said. The Xinjiang region witnessed massive riots in 2009, when almost 200 people were killed in its capital Urumqi, following which China launched a major crackdown against Uyghur Muslim separatists. On July 18 this year, 14 “rioters”
were killed when they reportedly attacked a police station and killed four people in the province’s Hotan city. This is perhaps the first time that China has pointed fingers at its close ally Pakistan while referring to ETIM camps there. Xinjiang shares its borders with Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) and a lot of trade between China and Pakistan is routed through Kashghar as it is located close to the border. There was panic in Kashgar city after militants attacked a restaurant last evening before setting it on fire. The incident left six civilians and five militants dead. The attack came after nine people were killed in another incident on Saturday.
Bellʼs dismissal didnʼt seem right in spirit of game: Dravid Nottingham: Senior Indian batsman Rahul Dravid has defended his team’s decision to call back Ian Bell after he was controversially given run out in the ongoing second Test, saying the Englishman’s dismissal didn’t seem “right” going by the spirit of the game. “If the laws of the games are strictly adhered to, he probably was out. But in the spirit of the game it didn’t think right. (Skipper Mahendra Singh) Dhoni and the team felt the right thing to do was to ask him to bat again,” Dravid said after the third day’s play yesterday. The incident happened when Bell, after completing the third run off a shot by Eoin Morgan on the final ball before the tea break walked off the crease, assuming that the ball had crossed the boundary. But Praveen Kumar made a diving effort at boundary and threw the ball at Abhinav Mukund who clipped the bails at the striker’s end.
The Indians appealed and the batsman was given out after replays showed that the ball had not crossed the boundary. But, in a magnanimous gesture, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni withdrew his appeal against Bell at the tea break, allowing him to bat again. Crossed at the rather unusual mode of dismissal, the home crowd booed the Indian players, only to cheer it later for the gesture. Dravid revealed that at the tea break, England coach Andy Flower and and captain Andrew Strauss came over to the Indian dressing room and met Duncan Fletcher and Dhoni. . “I don’t know the details of the meeting. But later Dhoni led the team meeting where the issue was discussed and there was unanimity that we should reinstate Ian Bell. We have to take his (Bell’s) word for it that he wasn’t attempting a run,” Dravid said. Recalling a similar incident, Dravid said, “There was this in-
cident with Laxman in the West Indies when he was given stumped off Chanderpaul and which left a bitter taste in our stomach. “We felt if one of our guys was involved, someone like Laxman or Tendulkar, and the tables were turned, one of the things discussed was how would we feel. The general feeling was no.” In the Dominica Test in the Caribbean, Chanderpaul had bowled a wide leg-spinner to Laxman who just watched the ball go into the gloves of wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh. But as he relaxed at the crease, his left foot went up and, at that very instant, Baugh removed the bails and successfully appealed for a stumping. Dravid detailed that the 20 minutes of the tea break was entirely consumed in discussion before a decision was made to withdraw the run-out appeal. “It took us 20 minutes. Once the discussion began, the
It was naive: Bell Nottingham: Saved by India’s decision to withdraw its runout appeal to uphold the spirit of the game, England batsman Ian Bell said it was “naive and stupid” on his part to walk off the crease, assuming that tea break had been taken on day three of the second Test here. “It was being naive on my part to assume the ball was dead and walk off for tea, it was stupid,” stated Bell whose stupendous 159 was overshadowed by the run-out drama at the stroke of tea yesterday. Bell was controversially given run out when he left the to and fro of it, watching the video, trying to know what happened. Flower and Strauss came in, the guys got together and we discussed it, the decision was arrived just about the umpires
crease after completing a run, assuming that the ball was dead and tea had been called. The batsman was, however, called back after the Indian team, in a fine gesture, withdrew its appeal. “Morgan had clipped one off his pads right down to the boundary, the fielder had dived, it looked like having gone for four, the fielders body-language suggested so. I had touched down for the third (run) and turned and saw Asad (umpire Asad Rauf) pull out the jumper and looked like he was going to hand it over to the bowler,” Bell said. were getting ready to leave. “Once we decided, Dhoni or probably Duncan told the third umpire Billy (Bowden) about it and the message was put across.” PTI
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Beyond Beat Monday, August 1, 2011
GOA SPICES IT UP
lanning to go on a trip to Goa? Don’t just while away time at the beaches. There is more to Goa than just beer, sun and sand. In offering that is sure to take you closer to the nature, trips are being offered to spice farms, the perfect place to be especially during the monsoon. What many don’t see is the beautiful countryside of this tiny state. Tropical horticulture plantations, with betel nuts, pineapples, a host of spices like pepper, chillies, anise and nutmeg are grown on terraced hillsides, are now being commercially exploited for tourism purposes. Madhav Sahakari, who runs the popular Sahakari spice farm in Ponda, 30 km from Panaji, says the green experience goes down well with tourists who dare to experiment in Goa. “I have around 60 hectares of spice plantation and we have been catering to an increasing number of tourists every year. We provide a daylong experience complete with elephant rides and local food served with indigenous culinary customs. It is a slice of
Software quickly interprets brain cells
London: The vast network of brain cells can now be decoded swiftly and accurately, thanks to new software developed by German researchers. The human brain is a fiendishly complex network of 70 billion cells called neurons. Their tentacles stretch thousands of kilometres wrapped in a tiny package just weighing 1,300 grams. Mapping this vast network posed insurmountable challenge to scientists. But researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Germay, have developed a method for tackling the mammoth task. Moritz Helmstaedter, Kevin L. Briggman and Winfried Denk have now successfully tested this procedure by designing two new computer programs, KNOSSOS and RESCOP. “Tracing the connections in the brain is at least as hard as finding your way out of a mythological labyrinth”, explains Helmstaedter. They worked with a group of over 70 students to map a network of more than 100 neurons. Their softwares map neurons faster and more accurately than previous methods, according to a statement from the institute. KNOSSOS, named after a Greek legendary palace renowned for its elaborate labyrinth, helped them trace the connections between the neurons. RESCOP summarised the results of several annotators to yield an overall picture. The connections between the cells are critical for brain function, so neuroscientists are keen to understand the structure of these circuits - the connectome - and to reconstruct it in a 3D map. IANS
albeit for a premium. “Clamber up for an elephant ride through the trees and grab the chance to wash these lumbering, loveable giants. Cost for an elephant ride and elephant wash to be borne by guests,” a GTDC flier states. At the Raut Spice farm, 35 km north of Panaji, Sanjay Raut says his USP is a manmade waterfall, which removes “the worries from your shoulder blades”, even in the peak of summer. “We had to put in place a lot of water conunadulterated Goa,” Sahakari, whose farm servation techniques to channelise the lies close to popular temples at Mangueshi, waterfall even in summer. I receive anyNagueshi and Ramnathi, said. where between 500 to 600 people every It is the complete traditional Goan ex- week. If you have your own tents, you can perience; right from being garlanded with even camp out on the farm,” Raut says, tropical flowers to being served a refresh- adding spice farms are now sought after for ing locally made raw mango- based drink, staging boutique weddings for the lush ‘panhe’, or kokum sherbet. green canapes and the cavalier experiA guided tour around the spice farm, ence they provide. takeaways in the form of fresh fruit and For travel information, you can contact spices and a hot meal are statutory, but Goa Tourism Development Corporation, there are other surprises thrown in. which is available on networking A Goa Tourism Development Corporation sites too. Goa is now promoting holiday package allows visitors to bathe a monsoon tourism or raindrop tourism pachyderm at one of the many spice farms, aggressively.
Researcher computes universeʼs expansion speed Anti‑hacking tool – from game theory Washington: How can any organisation detect the onset of an attack on its computer network, giving it time to respond quickly and block any intrusion or compromise of its data? The answer could lie in game theory. Modern firewalls and other technology are already in place, but these have not prevented major attacks on prominent networks in recent months. Now, information technologist Heechang Shin of Iona College in New Rochelle, New York, has used game theory to develop a defence mechanism for networks that is more effective than previous approaches. Shin explains that each incident might not only severely disrupt services affecting thousands of people but for a commercial operation it can take as much as one percent of annual sales, per incident, amounting to tens of millions of dollars, according to an Iona statement. Shin has now developed an effective antihacking tool based on a game theoretic model, called defensive forecasting, which can detect network intrusions in real time, the International Journal of Business Continuity and Risk Management reports. The tool, by playing a “game” of reality versus forecast, wins when reality matches its forecast and it sends out an alert to block the intrusion. Importantly, the tool works on real-time data flowing in and out of the network rather than analysing logs, an approach that can only detect network intrusions after they have taken place. The game theoretic model continuously trains the tool so that it can recognize the patterns of typical network attacks: denial of service attacks, unauthorised access from remote machines in which login passwords are being guessed or brute-force tested, attacks by insiders with “superuser” etc. IANS
Sydney: A researcher has come up with one of the most accurate measurements ever made of how fast the universe is expanding. Florian Beutler, doctoral candidate with the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) at The University of Western Australia, has calculated how fast the universe is growing by measuring the Hubble constant. “The Hubble constant is a key number in astronomy because it’s used to calculate the size and age of the universe,” said Beutler.
The Hubble constant links how fast galaxies are moving with how far they are from us, the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society reports. By analysing light coming from a distant galaxy, the speed and direction of that galaxy can be easily measured. Determining the galaxy’s distance from Earth is much more difficult, according to an ICRAR statement. Beutler tackled the problem using a completely different method. He draws on data from a survey of more than 125,000
galaxies carried out with the UK Schmidt Telescope in eastern Australia. Called the 6dF Galaxy Survey, this is the biggest survey till date of relatively nearby galaxies, covering almost half the sky. Galaxies are not spread evenly through space, but are clustered. Using a measurement of the clustering of the galaxies surveyed, plus other information derived from observations of the early universe, Beutler has measured the Hubble constant with an uncertainty of less than five percent. IANS
Intrusive or over‑detached? Sex hormone protects You may have anxiety disorder men from allergies
Washington: From over-nurturing to extreme detachment, these are some of the negative methods used by people to cope with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), says a psychologist. Worrying comes naturally to all of us, but it can be so obsessive that it may sabotage our social relationships, says Case Western Reserve psychologist Amy Przeworski. Przeworski and colleagues at Pennsylvania State University observed that those undergoing therapy for GAD manifested their worries in different ways based on how they interact with other people, the Journal of Abnormal Psychology reports. In two studies the researchers found four distinct interactive styles prominent among people with GAD – intrusive, cold, non-assertive and exploitable, according to a Penn statement. Both studies supported the presence of these four interpersonal styles and their significant role in how people with GAD manifested their worrying. “All individuals with these styles worried to the same extent and extreme, but manifested those worries in different ways,” Przeworski said. Take the examples of two people with similar worries
about someone’s health and safety. One person may exhibit that worry through frequent intrusive expressions of concern for the other person. Think of the parent or spouse who calls every five minutes to get an update on what’s happening. Another person may exhibit the worry by criticising the behaviours that the person believes to be careless or reckless. “The worry may be similar, but the impact of the worry on their interpersonal
relationships would be extremely different. This suggests that interpersonal problems and worry may be intertwined,” Przeworski says. She suggests that therapies to treat GAD should target both the worry and the related interpersonal problems. Most treatments for GAD rely on cognitive behavioural therapy, a treatment that is usually successful for about 60 percent of people, a percentage considered successful in therapy. IANS
London: Men can better fight inflammatory diseases as compared to women, thanks to their sex hormones that are known as testoterones, claims a German research. Inflammation is the initial response of our body to harmful stimuli, which could include pathogens, bacteria and other microorganisms. “It is mostly women who are affected by diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis or asthma,” explains Oliver Werz, professor of pharmacy and medical chemistry at Friedrich Schiller Jena University, Germany. “Although this is a fact known for some time, the reasons for these differences are largely unknown,” adds Werz. “In a series of analyses we have shown that cells from men and women react in a different manner to inflammatory stimuli,” says Carlo Pergola from the Institute of Pharmacy, Jena University. The male sex hormones, or testoterones, play a key role in the modulation of the immune response, the researchers said in the FASEB Journal. In the analyses, certain immune cells of women produced nearly twice as many pro-inflammatory substances than those of men, according to a Jena statement. IANS
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Monday, August 1, 2011
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Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez, 33, is presented to the media by federal police officers in Mexico City yesterday. According to federal officials, Acosta, nicknamed El Diego, is a key drug cartel figure, who acknowledged ordering 1,500 killings. He is also a suspect in last year’s slaying of a US consulate employee near a border crossing in Ciudad Juarez. Authorities identified Acosta as head of La Linea, a gang of hit men and corrupt police officers who act as enforcers for the Juarez Cartel.
British MPs tweet, and how!
London: Tweeting seems to have become a near obsession with British parliamentarians, says a survey revealing that they spent 1,000 hours on Twitter last year. Liberal Democrats topped the league with 32 of their 57 MPs regularly tweeting. Almost half of Labour MPs favour the social networking system but just 36 percent of Tory MPs regularly tweet, the Daily Express reported Sunday. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Labour leader Ed Miliband are both Twitter fans and some MPs have revealed a rarely seen gift for comedy. IANS
Shanghai to be tough on street food
Beijing: Grabbing a quick bite from a roadside food stall would soon become a thing of the past for people in Shanghai as unlicensed vendors will be banned from September. The Shanghai Food Safety Regulation that will require all food sellers to have a licence comes into effect Sep 1. While current street vendors can apply for licences, they must operate their businesses only at designated spots and during certain times, the Shanghai Daily said. “We’ve already set aside designated areas and periods for street vendors, outside of which street food selling is prohibited,” said Yan Zuqiang, director of the Shanghai Food Safety Committee. Officers will watch for illegal vendors, who will face a fine of 500 yuan (around $77). The regulation also bans food producers from using expired food as ingredients. The city revoked 360 business licences in a crackdown, after a company was found to have recycled expired buns and added dyes to make them look new, said Shen Weimin, deputy director of the Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision. IANS
This pinch will hurt him a lot
London: A British businessman on holiday in Singapore faces jail or lashing with a cane for allegedly pinching a woman’s bottom, a media report said. Austin Cowburn, a 34-year-old recruitment consultant, allegedly pinched and squeezed the woman’s bottom while partying at the China One nightclub in Singapore’s Boat Quay area in April, the Daily Mail said. Cowburn works as a senior executive in Doha, Qatar, for international recruitment company NES Global. He has now surrendered his passport to police and is out on bail. If convicted, Cowburn could be jailed for two years, fined up to 6,000 pounds or be sentenced to a lashing with a four-feet cane. A spokesman from Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office said the British high commission in Singapore is providing consular assistance. Under Singapore’s laws since the days of British colonial rule, caning is widely used to punish criminals. Some years ago, an American teenager received cane lashing for vandalising a car with a spray paint can – despite all the diplomatic pressure the US could bear on the tiny island-nation. IANS
4 NATO men killed in Af Kabul: Four NATO soldiers were killed in separate incidents in Afghanistan Sunday, Xinhua reported. “Three International Security Assistance Force service members died as a result of a non-battle related injury in western Afghanistan today,” said a statement issued by NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). According to the statement, the fourth soldier was killed in an insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan. IANS
US lawmakers reach deal to end fin crisis
Washington: US President Barack Obama has said top lawmakers have reached an agreement to reduce the budgetary deficit and avert a debt default that would have had a “devastating” effect on American economy. “Leaders of both parties, in both chambers, have reached an agreement that will reduce the deficit and avoid default – a default that would have had a devastating effect on our economy,” Obama said in his remarks to the White House press late last night, after the agreement was reached. “The first part of this agreement will cut about $1 trillion in spending over the next 10 years – cuts that both parties had agreed to early on in this process. “The result would be the lowest level of annual domestic spending since Dwight Eisenhower was President – but at a level that still allows us to make job-creating investments in things like education and research,” he said. The bipartisan agreement would raise the debt limit and cut spending between $2trillion and $3 trillion. “We also made sure that these cuts wouldn’t happen so abruptly that they’d be a drag on a fragile economy,” Obama said, noting that this was the best he could get under the current circumstances. “Is this the deal I would have preferred? No. I believe that we could have made the tough choices required – on entitlement reform and tax reform – right now, rather than through a special congressional committee process. “But this compromise does make a serious down payment on the deficit reduction we need, and gives each party a strong incentive to get a balanced plan done before the end of the year. Most importantly, it will allow us to avoid default and end the crisis that Washington imposed on the rest of America,” the US President said. “It ensures also that we will not face
17 killed in Indonesia clashes
Jakarta: At least 17 people were killed in clashes between two groups of supporters of local leaders in eastern Indonesia. The incident occurred in Puncak regency of Papua in eastern parts of Indonesia Sunday. The clashes first broke out Saturday and again Sunday morning following the rejection of local electoral commission on the registration of one of local leaders Simon Alom to join the contest for the head of the Puncak regency. IANS
UAE emirate to release 162 prisoners
US President Barack Obama this same kind of crisis again in six months, or eight months, or 12 months. And it will begin to lift the cloud of debt and the cloud of uncertainty that hangs over our economy,” Obama said. He urged members of both parties to support the deal with their votes over the next few days. “It will allow us to avoid default. It will allow us to pay our bills. It will allow us to start reducing our deficit in a responsible way. “And it will allow us to turn to the very important business of doing everything we can to create jobs, boost wages, and grow this economy faster than it’s currently growing,” Obama said. Soon after the announcement, leaders of both Democratic and Republicans endorsed the agreement and said they would soon move to get it through the Congress so that Obama can sign it into law before the deadline of August 2 midnight, when the Department of
Treasury would run out of money to pay its bills. “I am relieved to say that leaders from both parties have come together for the sake of our economy to reach historic, bipartisan compromise that ends this dangerous standoff,” Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, said. “The compromise we have agreed to is remarkable not only because of what it does, but because of what it prevents: a first-ever default on the full faith and credit of the United States,” Reid said. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell said, “At this point I think I can say with a high degree of confidence that there is now a framework to review that will ensure significant cuts in Washington spending. “And we can assure the American people tonight that the United States of America will not for the first time in our history default on its obligations.” PTI
Mild shocks Nepal govt loses can help schizophrenics temple battle Melbourne: Australian scientists have claimed that very mild electrical brain stimulation could be used as a treatment for schizophrenics. Schizophrenia, also sometimes called split personality disorder, is a chronic, severe, debilitating mental illness. In its study using a technique called transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), a team at the Neuroscience Research Australia has shown that the brain function in people with schizophrenia can improve after applying the stimulation for just 20 minutes. “We found that this type of brain stimulation boosted learning from feedback which is important in everyday life, for example in learning to act on cues from other people in social situations,” lead scientist Dr Tom Weickert said. He added: “There are very few new treatment options for people with schizophrenia, so finding a different treatment that is promising and also has little in the way of side effects is very exciting.” DCS transmits a very mild electrical current to the brain through electrodes on the scalp. This technique has previously been shown to improve brain function in healthy people, as well as people with depression. In their study, the scientists applied tDCS to a region of the brain called the pre-frontal cortex of people with schizophrenia for 20 minutes. One of the characteristics of schizophrenia is reduced brain activity in the pre-frontal cortex, an area at the front of the brain used for thinking, motivation and learning. During the application, the participants were asked to complete a computer task designed to measure improvements in a type of learning called “implicit learning”, in this case learning to predict the weather using tarot cards. The team found that tDCS improved learning abilities in those people who already showed some potential to learn during an initial testing session without brain stimulation. “The brain stimulation may encourage other nerve cells close by to become active and improve learning,” Dr Weickert said, adding that the next step in the research is to determine whether the brain stimulation technique has a lasting effect on learning abilities. The findings have been published in the ‘Schizophrenia Research’ journal. PTI
Kathmandu: Nepal’s beleaguered communist government, facing an imminent threat of dissolution, received a fresh blow Sunday with the Supreme Court preventing it from tangling with the trust that administers the former Hindu kingdom’s revered Pashupatinath temple. Judge Prakash Osti yesterday dismissed communist Culture Minister Khagendra Prasain’s bid to sack all seven officials of the Pashupatinath Area Development Trust amidst allegations of corruption and to appoint his own team that included a cousin. The 17th century temple, that is also a Unesco-declared World Heritage Site, became tangled in fresh legal disputes Friday with the seven sacked of-
ficials moving the apex court over their “wrongful” removal and seeking a stay order on the new appointments till the row was resolved. The court Sunday gave its interim order on behalf of the sacked member secretary of the trust, Sushil Nahata, and its treasurer Narottam Baidya, asking the government to reinstate both till the final verdict came. The cases of the remaining five officials are expected to be heard today. The petitioners say they were employed 25 months ago and given a four-year tenure. The fresh row erupted with the five-month-old communist government of Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal appointing a new culture minister. IANS
Abu Dhabi: Umm al Quwain, one of the emirates of the United Arab Emirates, will release 162 prisoners during Ramadan. These prisoners will be released for exhibiting good conduct while serving terms in the punitive and reformative institutions in the emirate. UAE supreme council member and Umm Al Qaiwain ruler Saud Bin Rashid Al Mualla, while ordering prisoners’ release, expressed hope that this will give them an opportunity to join their families soon and live the rest of their lives as good individuals. Prisoners are given amnesty from serving the remaining period in their prison terms as a gesture of benevolence marking the advent of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. IANS
Karachi: Violence refused to die down in this Pakistani city with 10 more people killed today, raising the death toll to 25 in the past two days, even as people joined a government-supported peace rally to demand an end to the unabated killings. Police and rescue officials confirmed that 10 more people were killed today in the highly volatile areas of Orangi Town, Lyari, Landhi and Gulistan-e-Jauhar. Fifteen people have been killed since yesterday, with firing incidents and violence reported from several areas of the city. Among the dead were political activists of different parties. The violence continued as activists and supporters of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the Awami National Party (ANP) and others held a peace walk in the upmarket Clifton area. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani also visited the city to show solidarity with the peace march. Activists held white flags and chanted slogans of ‘peace in Karachi’ and ‘jeevay Pakistan’ (long live Pakistan), as they marched for peace. The highly publicised event was also attended by personalities from the film, television and sports world. However, violence could not be controlled in several parts of
the city. A police official said in almost all cases, the assailants came on motorcycles and fired indiscriminately, forcing the area to close down in panic and fear. “In some cases activists of parties were targeted outside hotels and their residences,” he added. Police said a search operation was also carried out in some areas to arrest suspected target killers and recover weapons. The month of July has seen unprovoked bouts of violence with political analysts mainly blaming the violence on ethnic and political clashes between activists of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party supported Peace Committee and its coalition partner, ANP and former partner MQM. Police also do not rule out the involvement of hardcore criminals and land grabbers in the target killings and arson attacks in which over 200 people have been killed in July. PTI
Trojan asteroid shares Earthʼs orbit
Paris: Earth is not alone in its orbit around the Sun – a small ‘Trojan’ asteroid sits in front of our planet and leads it, according to British science revue Nature, which published the discovery. This diminutive asteroid has a diameter of just 300 metres but is called a Trojan because of its particular position in a stable spot either in front of a planet or behind it. Because the asteroid and planet are constantly on the same orbit, they can never collide. Jupiter, Mars and Neptune also have Trojan asteroids accompanying them, as do two of Saturn’s moons. NASA scientists discovered the asteroid, which lies 80 million km from Earth, using its Widefield Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) telescope. Astronmers have long thought that Earth did have some Trojans but their discovery has proved elusive because of the difficulty of seeing them in daylight. “WISE was a game-changer, giving us a point of view difficult to have at Earth’s surface”, said
Martin Connors, a professor at Canada’s Athabasca University and the lead author on the Nature paper on the discovery. Our Trojan – which is officially called 2010 TK7 – has an unusual orbit that takes it further away from the sun that most Trojans go, moving above and below the line of the orbit, which is what attracted scientists’ attention. Connors and his team scanned the sky from Jaunary 2010 to
February 2011 using additional data about near-Earth objects (NEOs) and the Canada-FranceHawaii telescope in Mauna Kea, Hawaii to try and pinpoint a Trojan. But this asteroid is keeping its distance: its orbit is “stable for at least 1,000 years”, says Connors, and it won’t be coming nearer than 24 million km from Earth over the next 100 years, says NASA. AFP
Saturnʼs water Modern
man crowded out mystery finally solved neanderthals
London: Planetary scientists claim they have finally solved a 14-year mystery by discovering the source of the water in Saturn’s upper atmosphere. A team, led by Paul Hartogh of Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany, says that the Herschel space observatory has found that giant jets of vapour from the planet’s moon Enceladus are responsible for Saturn’s water. The latest discovery around Saturn has revealed that the planet’s sixth-largest moon Enceladus is covered with ice and is providing water to Saturn, creating a rain-showering halo, the ‘International Business Times’ reported. The water vapours are visible as tiger-like stripes of gas and ice that escape at the southern pole of the moon and become a
ward its parent planet, says the team. “There is no analogy to this behaviour on Earth. No significant quantities of water enter our atmosphere from space. This is unique to Saturn,” said team leader Paul Hartogh, a project scientist from the Max Planck Institute. In fact, Enceladus consists of icy geysers that release water into space, forming a donutmain water-source vapour for shaped region. Only a small perSaturn’s upper atmosphere, say centage of water from Enceladus the planetary scientists. actually reaches Saturn while In fact, the ring is 10 times the rest freezes or falls onto neargreater than Saturn’s radius, and by moons. Enceladus continues to feed the Due to the incremental ring of water vapours during its amount of water entering Satorbit. urn’s lower levels, clouds are The findings also show that not observable after it condenses. Saturn’s moon is the only one The result of water landing on which carries influence in regard Saturn produces carbon dioxide, to the chemical composition to- say the scientists. PTI
Bicycle helmets should not be made must London: A helmet is said to be the best protective gear one can wear even while riding a bicycle. But, it should not be made compulsory, doctors have concluded in a surprise finding published in ‘British Medical Journal’. In many countries wearing a helmet while on a bicycle is mandatory. But the doctors have warned that if people are forced to wear helmets, they may give up cycling altogether and lose the health benefits of regular exercise. More than two thirds of the reputed journal’s readers said they opposed compulsory helmets for adults. One respondent in the poll of 1,427 people said: “It gives out the message that cycling is dangerous, which it is not. The evidence that cycling helmets work to reduce injury is not conclu-
Violence rocks Karachi again, 25 killed
sive. “What has, however, been shown is that laws that make wearing helmets compulsory decrease cycling activity. Cycling is a healthy activity and cyclists
live longer on average than non-cyclists.” Another added: “Since nowhere with a helmet law can show any reduction in risk to cyclists, only a re-
duction in cyclists why would anyone want to bring in a law for something that’s clearly not effective at reducing risk to cyclists?” Australia made it illegal to not wear a helmet in 1991 but Sydney University researchers have called for the law to be repealed, arguing that the fall in head injuries was down to road safety improvements, ‘The Daily Telegraph’ reported. They also cited figures from Western Australia which suggested the law led to a 30 per cent drop in cycling rates. Chris Rissell, one of the researchers, said: “I’d recommend a trial repeal in one city for two years to allow researchers to make observations and see if there’s an increase in head injuries, and on the basis of that you could come to some informed policy decision.” PTI
Washington: A swell of modern humans outnumbered Neanderthals in Europe by nearly 10 to one, forcing their extinction 40,000 years ago, suggested a study of French archeology sites today. Scientists have long debated what caused the Neanderthals to die off rather suddenly, making way for the thriving population of more advanced Homo sapiens who likely moved in from Africa. The latest theory, published in the journal Science, is based on a statistical analysis of artifacts and evidence from the Perigord region of southern France, where lies the largest concentration of Neanderthal and early modern human sites in Europe. Researchers at the University of Cambridge found more sites where modern humans settled, larger settlement areas, greater densities of tools and bigger amounts of animal and food remains, suggesting Neanderthals were crowded out. Homo sapiens also likely had more elaborate social networks and possibly sharper brains, as evidenced by the stone tools, jewelry and artwork they left behind which was much more advanced than Neanderthal creations. Their arrival in such large numbers likely forced Neanderthals from their habitual settlements and into places where food and shelter were harder to find, said lead author Paul Mellars of Cambridge University. “It was clearly this range of new technological and behavioral innovations which allowed the modern human populations to invade and survive in much larger population numbers than
those of the preceding Neanderthals across the whole of the European continent,” he said. “Faced with this kind of competition, the Neanderthals seem to have retreated initially into more marginal and less attractive regions of the continent.” The last traces of Neanderthals, who had survived on the continent for some 300,000 years, have been uncovered in caves in modern-day Spain and Gibraltar. Mellars suggested a final death blow may have been delivered by a harsh cold snap, a theory that has been debated in the scientific community for many years. The Neanderthals’ extinction may have been “accelerated further by sudden climatic deterioration across the continent around 40,000 years ago,” he said. AFP
Monday, August 1, 2011
Sanjayʼs ʻAgneepathʼ look revealed on 52nd birthday
kshay Kumar says he is very keen to make a sequel to his 2008 hit “Singh Is Kinng” and that he is waiting for the right script. “I am keen to (make the sequel), but not getting the right subject to make it. Once I get it, I would love to make the sequel,” Akshay told reporters here Thursday at the launch of the second anniversary issue of Star Week magazine. Akshay and his wife Twinkle Khanna have posed for the cover of the glossy. The 43-year-old, who turned producer and launched his company the Hari Om Entertainment, made films like “Khatta Meetha” and “Tees Maar Khan”. Akshay, who is producing IndoCanadian venture “Breakaway”, said: “It feels great that I could do something which I had never imagined. It’s a very big thing for me.” Directed by Canadian Robert Lieberman, “Breakaway” is the tale of a young Indian ice hockey player who wants to get into the big league. The Indian version of the film has been named “Speedy Singhs”. Releasing September 30, “Breakaway” stars Vinay Virmani, Rob Lowe, Russell Peters, Camilla Belle, Noureen DeWulf and Anupam Kher. Akshay plays a cameo in the film.
On Sanjay Dutt’s 52nd birthday Friday, filmmaker Karan Johar revealed the actor’s bald, fearsome look in his forthcoming remake of 1990 film “Agneepath”. Sanjay essays the role of the villain, Kancha. True to his character, the actor looks quite evil in his bald avatar, a silver ring on top of his left ear and a black outfit, with puffed up eyes. The actor also looks quite beefed up, and sports a wicked smile. The original “Agneepath” featured Amitabh Bachchan as Vijay Deenanath Chauhan, while Danny Dengzongpa essayed the villain’s part. Now, Hrithik Roshan has been roped in for the lead role in the new film, which is being directed by Johar’s former assistant Karan Malhotra. Hrithik’s look was unveiled much before, through a still which had the 37-year-old wearing a red vest, jeans and a bandana, which read “Govinda Mahautsav”. Actress Priyanka Chopra will be seen as the female lead in the movie, set for release Jan 13, 2012.
ʻSingh is Kinngʼ sequel awaiting script: Akshay
inger Rihanna is all set to make her movie debut with director Peter Berg’s “Battleship”. The singer has made a brief appearance in the trailer for “Battleship”, which stars Alexander Skarsgard, Brooklyn Decker and Liam Neeson, contactmusic.com reports. Talking about her role Rihanna said: “She’s really tough, she doesn’t stand for anything. I just know my weapons really, really well. She’s really intelligent, but really bad a**.” The singer, who spent three months filming in Baton Rouge and Hawaii, will be seen performing a number of stunts in the film. “She dove off the deck, slammed herself on a metal grate, grabbed an actor and dragged him back to the raft. Then she looked up at me and had this big smile on her face - she did it all better than the stuntwoman! There’s definitely not a confidence issue with Rihanna,” said Berg. “Battleship” is slated for a May 18, 2012 release.
Clooneyʼs film to S open Venice film fest
ctor George Clooney’s political thriller “The Ides of March” will open the Venice International Film Festival, which starts Aug 31. The line-up of the 68th edition of the film festival was announced Thursday, reports contactmusic.com. Clooney directed the film and stars in it with Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Approximately 22 films will be presented in competition section, including Roman Polanski’s
“Carnage” starring Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly; William Friedkin’s “Killer Joe” that has Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch in the cast, David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method”; and Todd Solodz’s “Dark Horse”, which features Christopher Walken and Mia Farrow. Films by Madonna, Al Pacino and Steven Soderbergh are among those set to be screened out of the competition section.
inger Lady Gaga has teamed up with wellknown photographer Terry Richardson to release an “intimate” pictorial biography. Described as a visual dialogue, the book titled “Lady Gaga” will be released Nov 22 and has an introduction written by the singer herself, reports femalefirts.co.uk. “The book will showcase over 350 colour and black and white photographs taken during the 10 month period in which Richardson followed Lady Gaga and had complete access to her everyday life, with nothing being off limits,” said the publisher at the Grand Central Publishing. “Beginning with Lollapalooza in August 2010 to the February 2011 Grammy Awards which had 26.66 million viewers, (the highest viewership in over a decade) to the final shows of her ‘Monster Ball’ tour, which averaged an attendance of 90,000 people each day, Richardson brilliantly captures the intimate, random, behind-thescenes moments of Lady Gaga in both her professional and personal life,” the publisher added.
Gaga to release
Rihanna makes her
acting debut with ʻBattleshipʼ
Olsens gift high‑end shoes to underprivileged kids
ctress Mary-Kate Olsen and her twin sister Ashley, who designed a range of high-end footwear, have given it to underprivileged children in the Honduras. The child stars turned fashion designers have started their own high-end clothing label The Row and now they have partnered with California based footwear brand “TOMS” to create a limited-edition of shoes. And to celebrate the partnership, the Olsen sisters recently hand-delivered pairs of shoes to needy children in the Central American country, reports dailystar.co.uk.
f British actor Daniel Craig plays undercover agent 007 with elan, he is equally efficient at guarding his personal life as was evident when he tied the knot with Oscar winning actress Rachel Weisz - an event the paparazzi couldn’t sniff out. The news of the James Bond star’s wedding with Weisz last month surprised everyone. “It’s not about safeguarding, I don’t want to safeguard my personal life. I just don’t want to talk about it and after all you really can’t stop the paparazzi from knowing what they want to, can you?” Craig, 43, told IANS in an interview. In his almost two-decade long career, the English actor has done films like “Elizabeth”, “The Power of One” and “A Kid in King Arthur’s Court” before taking up the Bond franchise. “I like working on all genres, but personally I am a huge fan of the action genre,” he said. He has done two Bond movies so far “Quantum of Solace” and “Casino Royale”. He is about to start working on the new Bond movie titled “Bond 23”, to be directed by Sam Mendes, but is not comfortable revealing the details. “It is too early to talk about it but, yes, my next Bond movie is ‘Bond 23’ and the script is in really good shape. I’m sure there will still be changes...but if we shot the script we have at the moment, we’d be in a good way. I’m very excited about it and I’m delighted that Sam is going to direct it.” His new film “Cowboys and Aliens” hits the Indian
screens Friday. Set in the Arizona of 1873, the film is about a loner named Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig) who awakens with no memory of his past and a mysterious shackle around his wrist. “I play the stranger who stumbles into the hard-bitten town of absolution wearing a metallic shackle on one wrist. He has no idea where he got it from, doesn’t know where he’s been and he can’t even remember his own name - the series of events unfolds thereon,” he said. For the first time Harrison Ford of “Indiana Jones” and Daniel Craig have worked together for the film by Jon Favreau. Craig praised his co-star and said: “Harrison was great and it was a privilege to work with him. He’s a really nice, generous, funny man and he’s an actor and just wants to get it right.”
This ʻJames Bondʼ keeps personal life under cover
Monday, August 1, 2011
Photos: Gangadhar Pujar
DESIGNERʼS DAY OUT I
t was designer’s day out at the Bangalore Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2011 held in the city yesterday. It was a flood of collections in ranges like ‘Colour Story’, ‘Art Forms & Nature’, ‘Maa’ternity’, ‘Abyss’ etc by the designers. While the ‘Art forms & Nature’ collection was inspired from by Ernst Haeckel, the ‘Maa’ternity’ collection, rarely seen on a fashion week platform, was dedicated completely to the pregnant ladies. The lehengas and saris were also shown in bright full-toned colours inspired by Indian festivals. The bright pinks, fluorescent blues, sumptuous reds and maroons and deep blues and purples lit up the lamp. The models also found sporting collections refined by draping techniques and hand crafted textures. A wide variety of Indo-Western styles perfect for any occasion and embellishments in the form of tassals, gilded sequined crystal mirrored borders create a luxurious and glamorous look at the fashion show.