Vol. 1, Issue 334 n Tuesday n August 2, 2011
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Evening daily Guv sends report to Centre P 3
CM files plea against report Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: Caretaker chief minister B S Yedduyrappa has filed a writ petition before Karnataka High Court appealing to reject the Lokayukta report on illegal mining in toto. He has stated that Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde has made allegations against us, but has not made any effort to gather our clarifications in the report. He has not summoned or served notices regarding this to us for our explanation. By this, the Lokayukta has not followed the natural law of justice and has crossed the limits of Lokayukta office. The hearing in the case has been posted for tomorrow.
3DIE AT JINDAL STEEL PLANT Bangalore Beat Bureau
Bellary: Three labourers died and several others were being treated after they inhaled poisonous gases at the Jindal steel plant at Toranagal in Sandoor taluk here this morning. The three labourers, Prashant, Mallikarjun and Manjunath, were working in the blast furnace of the plant when the incident occurred. They died on the spot. Steel mills use highly volatile chemicals to convert ore into steel. Of the three deceased Prashant was from Shimoga, while the other two are from Bellary. The police and company officials rushed to the area and assessed the situation. Some company officials said a similar gas leak had been reported few months ago at the same unit.
DARK HORSE IN SIGHT Names of Suresh Kumar, Acharya floated; KS not to vacate post GUV: WILL INTERVENE ON MINING REPORT IF GOVT DOES NOT Gangadhar Pujar
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Bangalore: There could be a dark horse emerging in the race for the chief minister’s post, which will be announced by the BJP high command tomorrow. It could be former higher education minister V S Acharya or former law and parliamentary affairs minister Suresh Kumar. The favourites now are MP Sadananda Gowda or former rural development and panchayat raj minister Jagadish Shettar. A meeting of the BJP Legislature Party has been convened at 11 am tomorrow to decide the leader. Former BJP national president Rajnath Singh and party national general secretary Arun Jaitley, who have been performing the duties of national observers, were scheduled to arrive in the city in the evening with the wishes of the party high command. But still the decision would be taken only after consultations with the party legislators and other party leaders in the state, sources in the party said. The two observers may resort to a secret ballot to decide the future leader. Party state president K S Eshwarappa today categorically said he was not in the race for the post. This is probably to stop caretaker chief minister B S Yeddyurappa from taking over the important post in the party. Sources told Bangalore Beat that the general feeling within the party is that Yeddyurappa has already spoilt the name of the party and should not be given another opportunity to do that. Former home minister R Ashok too said he was in contention for the post. Hectic activities continued at the camps, headed by party national general secretary Ananth Kumar and Yeddyurappa. Continued on page 4
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Outgoing Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde meets governor HR Bhradwaj at Raj Bhavan this morning.
Siddaganga seer asks BSY to back Shettar for CM
SIX WOMEN ESCAPE FROM POLICE Bangalore Beat Bureau Srirangapatna: Six alleged sex workers who had been detained at a resort in this tourist town, about 20 km from Mysore, escaped this morning. The police said all the escaped were from Bangladesh and were indulging in flesh trade at Mysore. They were arrested here and kept at a resort on the outskirts of the town. The women have cut the bars of the window and escaped around 6 am, the police said. The local police, who did not want to reveal the names of the sex workers, said the hunt is on to trace them now. The police have alerted all the border areas and checkposts.
Caretaker chief minister B S Yeddyurappa greets Siddaganga Math seer Shivakumara Swami at Tumkur this morning.
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minute, said, “The new leader of the BJP Legislature Party would be choTumkur: “There is no groupism within sen after consultations with all the legthe BJP and we will all abide by the de- islators. All the MLAs will accept the decision of the high command,” said care- cision of the party high command. taker chief minister B S Yeddyurappa Groupism is the creation of the media as here today. we are all united. There is no truth in reYeddyurappa came along with his ports of differences within the party,” he family to seek the blessings of Sidda- said. ganga Math seer Shivakumar Swami. He After visiting the math, he left for held talks with the seer for over 20 min- Yediyur temple for special puja. He utes. came back to Bangalore in the afternoon Yeddyurappa, who fought a losing after performing all the pujas. battle to retain his chair till the last Continued on page 4
HACKING FOR ʻCENTRAL OBSERVERS SOCIAL GOOD
IN CITY TODAYʼ Bangalore Beat Bureau
These are hackers with a conscience. They want to help society by developing applications that can be utilised by non-government organisations. They meet regularly at Hackathons and churn out tools for page5 social good, says L Raghunanda
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Bangalore: There is no confusion or differences within the party, said state BJP president K S Eshwarappa here this morning. “I am not aspiring for the chief minister’s post. The party has given me the responsibility of president’s post. I will continue in this position and work for the welfare of the party,” he said. Talking to reporters at his Vasanth Na- We all will abide by the decision of the gar residence, he said, “All party legis- party high command. No one will go lators are united. There is no groupism. against that.” Continued on page 3
Bangalore: “I will intervene if the state government does not take action on the Lokayukta report on illegal mining,” said governor H R Bhardwaj here this morning. Presenting President’s medals to meritorious police officers at the Raj Bhvan, he said, “I don’t have anything to do with the Lokayukta report as of now. Only when the state government refuses to take action, I will intervene as a competent authority.” “The Lokayukta has full powers to act against caretaker CM B S Yeddurappa, who has been indicted in the report, as he is only an MLA now. My permission is not required for that. He is just a caretaker CM till the other man takes over,” he said. “I won’t recommend President’s rule as
there is no constitutional crisis in the state. The BJP may elect its new leader in two to three days. I will wait for that. I have already recommended President’s rule in the state twice before. It did not happen. I won’t take any decision in haste. If they won’t elect a leader and a constitutional crisis arises only then will I recommend President’s rule. I will send a report to the central government and the President as per the Constitution,” he said. “As of now, I cannot say how the next chief minister would be. I will wait and see how he would run the government. Everyone in the state knows what has been happening for the last two years. I am just a spectator. But I am committed to the law and order situation in the state. Till today, it has been good,” he said.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Kathakali song concert on Aug 6
Bangalore: The Bangalore Club for Kathakali & the Arts, a noncommercial organisation focusing on the preservation and promotion of kathakali and other classical art forms, has organised an evening of Kathakali Padam (Kathakali songs) by acclaimed singers Pathiyoor Sankarankutty and Kottackal Madhu for the first time in the city on August 6. The event will be held at G M Rejoyz in Malleswaram at 6 pm. Pathiyoor Sankarankutty learned music from his father, renowned Kathakali singer late Pathiyoor Krishna Pillai. He passed Ganabhooshanam from RLV Music College, Thripunit hara, and subsequently joined the Kerala Kalamandalam for training in Kathakali music. Kottakkal Madhu is a sopana singer and composer from Kottakkal, Kerala. The language used for the songs is called Manipravalam. Though most of the songs are set in ragas based on the microtone-heavy Carnatic music, there is a distinct style of plain-note rendition, sopanam. These artistes will be accompanied by Kalamandalam Krishnadas on Chenda, Kalamandalam Rajnarayanan on Maddalam and Thripoonithura Hari on Edacka. Contact: Lalitha Das, President, Bangalore Club for Kathakali & the Arts over email email@example.com, visit their website www.bcka.net or call 080 23341583.
YOU CANʼT RECOGNISE MY CASTE
WITH MY SURNAME: AMITABH Bangalore: “I was privileged to get my name as Bachaan which surely do not reveal my caste. My parent’s marriage was intercaste and they never believed in the caste system. I am proud that my surname does not reveal my caste and that is how all surnames should be,” said film star Amitabh Bachchan, who was in the city for the promotion of his next movie Aarakshan. It was an evening of glittering stars with Bachaan and Deepika Padukone landing in the city for the promotion of their movie, along with its director Prakash Jha. ‘Aarakshan’ is a movie based on reservations in the education system. Bachchan portrays the role of Dr Prabhakar Anand, a principal of an institution, and is compassionate towards the poor and the underprivileged. He conducts classes for the benefit of these sections. Prakash Jha said, “Choosing a socio-political issue is not a conscious attempt. It is based on human stories, their lives and society. I wrote this story seven years ago and Amitabh agreed to don the role when I narrated it to him. The movie focuses on reservations in education, private institutions, coaching classes etc. all based on the research our team did for years. The story is revolves around a principal, his daughter and his disciple.” Bachchan said, “This movie highlights how the education
CHINNADA THAALI (U) Thilak, Swathi Menaka (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Veerabhadreshwara (10.30 am, 1.30 , 4.30-,7.30pm) Vaibhavi (11.15am, 2.15, 6.15, 9.15pm)
YOGARAJ ...BUT (U) Naveen Krishna, Neetu Cinepolis (1 pm, 7 pm) Bhaathi (11, 2.30, 6, 9.15 pm) Govardhan Theatre (11.30 am, 2.30, 6, 9 pm) Krishna (KR Puram) (10.30 am, 2, 8 pm) Kamakya (10.45 am, 1.45, 5.45, 8.45 pm) PVR (2.10 pm, 7 pm) Triveni (4.30, 7.30 pm) Veeresh (10.15 am,1.15 pm)
Actor Amitabh Bacchan promotes his next movie, Aarakshan, which deals with the reservation system in the education sector, in the city yesterday. Director Prakash Jha and actress Deepika Padukone look on. sector has become a business venture with all coaching classes, private universities, institutions etc. I play the role of an idealist principal who is serious about his job. He strives to propagate equal education and is pained by the fact that the poor are deprived. He puts his effort to remove the gap as he does not be-
lieve in caste, creed or colour.” Deepika Padukone, on her experience playing the role in the movie, told the media in smattering Kannada: “It was dream come true as I enact the role of Amitabh Bachchan’s daughter. I learnt a lot of things. The movie is very informative.” Deepika has studied Kannada as her third
ORAL HEALTH HYGIENE
DAY WAS TODAY CELEBRATED
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Policemen being checked at the free oral hygiene camp organised at Freedom Park yesterday. posal to governor Bhardwaj, asking him to pressure the government to free from tax on these products.” Dentists and dental students from different colleges, like Dayananda Sagar College of
Dental Sciences, Dr Ambedkar Medical College and others, took part. IAPHD president R K Bali, IAPHD general secretary Dr S S Hiremath and others were present.
Mahindra Aerospace plans to build 10, 18‑seater airplanes
New Delhi: Mahindra Aerospace, the aircarft and aero-structures arm of the Mahindra Group, has said it plans to build 10 and 18 seater airplanes to tap the rising demand in general aviation segment in the country, including organised tours and pilgrimages. Besides, it plans to test during this quarter the prototype of a five-seater aircraft – NM5 – that it is building jointly with the National Aerospace Laboratories,
RPIL acquires online portal BonVoyage New Delhi: Residency Projects & Infratech today said it has acquired BonVoyage.in, a Bangalore-based online travel portal for an undisclosed amount. The company has acquired a 100% stake in BonVoyage.in, which is being merged into its fully owned subsidiary, Valuemart Travel Solutions, RPIL said in a filing to the BSE. “RPIL will extend its service offerings in the travel and hospitality sector. RPIL will also invest additional funds in BonVoyage,” it added. PTI
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Mahindra Group director Hemant Luthra said here. “There are 150 million tourists travelling within the country. If we can tap this segment by giving them 10/18 seaters, then nothing like it. There are a series of test that the airplanes have to go through. Test pilot has also been identified for the five-seater,” Luthra said. The 10 and 18-seater planes will be built by GippsAERO, the
Australia-based aircraft manufacturing division of Mahindra Aerospace. Luthra added that it expects the Bangalore plant, which would attract an investment of Rs 280 crore over three years, to begin operations in the next 13 months. The Rs 280-crore investment is part of the Mahindra’s plan to invest Rs 450 crore over the next three years, including acquisitions, and acquiring land
for more facilities. Besides, it is also looking for distributors in North America and Europe. “We are looking for a company that will provide us with technology. Sheet-material expertise is being looked into,” he said. The company has so far manufactured 200 aircraft, which fly in 34 countries around the world, including the US, Australia, Europe, Africa and Asia. PTI
language during her education in the city. Bachchan said, “The city has undergone remarkable changes and has shown fantastic progress which is evident. But those days in the city when we had camped here for the shooting of Sholay were pleasant. I used to go for walks. But now the city has
grown so much that I cannot recognise the streets that we used to roam about then.” On his next project, Prakash Jha said, “Everyone gets addicted to work with Amitabh once they get to work with him. Once I finalise the script for my next project, I will ask Amitabh if it suits him or needs him.”
Bangalore: The political turmoil has to end soon as it is not good for the state’s economy, said FKCCI president J R Bangera. The state is known for attracting huge investments. It is unfortunate that political turmoil over a period of time is affecting the investor’s confidence and particularly at a time when the state is planning Global Investor’s Meet in 2012 and the Global Agro Processing Investors Meet by the end of this year. Investments that are already in the pipeline after the Global Investors’ Meet held in 2010 and are being implemented would also get affected. New infrastructure projects in
Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Orissa are set for a major push in the five years starting 2012. In such a scenario, the state cannot afford to be left behind, he said. It is high time that the issues are resolved soon as it will affect the investor’s sentiment. Leaders at the helm of affairs have to understand that investments pour in not only due to private entrepreneurship and business acumen, but also has to be backed by a stable government. Uncertainties push the investments to the other states where there are stable governments, he said.
Micro‑lender Ujjivan raises ` 32 crore Mumbai: Bangalore-based micro-finance lender Ujjivan Financial Services has raised Rs 32 crore through a private placement. “This (Rs 32-crore nonconvertible debenture issue) along with the Rs 23 crore raised last month has provided us valuable funding of Rs 55 crore at a critical time,” Ujjivan managing director Samit Ghosh said in a statement. Standard Chartered Bank was the book-runner and leadarranger for the issue, and the non-convertible debenture will be listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange, the MFI, which focuses on the urban poor, said. Last month, the company had raised Rs 23 crore from a similar NCD issue.
Started in 2005, Ujjivan is a partner of the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh. In the last six years, it has disbursed loans of over Rs 2,100 crore, with a repayment rate around 99%, it claimed. The over Rs 20,000-crore micro-finance sector was thrown into a tizzy last October when Andhra Pradesh issued an Ordinance that sought stringent regulation of the industry, following reports of a spate of suicides by harried borrowers. Andhra Pradesh is the largest MFI market in the country, with over 60 percent of business taking place there. The Ordinance saw loan recovery slowing to a trickle, besides banks also refusing to offer fresh funds to MFIs.
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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)
Political impasse must end: FKCCI
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Bangalore: Poor oral and dental health could lead to diseases related to heart, lungs and kidneys and it is the crucial part of general health. This was the message conveyed to the people on the occasion of Oral Hygiene Day organised by the Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry (IAPD), Indian Dental Association (IDA) and Bangalore Association of Peridontology (BAP). The event was organised at Freedom Park and as part of the celebration a free health check-up camp was organised. The availability of dentists has been uneven in urban areas and almost nil in rural areas. IAPD vice-president Faizuddin said, “It is the most important day in oral health care. Oral health is part of greater health, today basic oral health care is not affordable by most of the people because of the taxes government has imposed on the oral products, like toothbrush, paste and like. We at IAPHD, IDA and BAP are submitting a pro-
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)
SINGHAM (U/A) 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).
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
CITY EVENTS Cultural Rangaprapancha: Play ‘Antigone’ Kannada play directed by Mico Shivashankar, ADA Rangamandira, 7 pm.
Religious Inauguration: of newly installed cc camera at the temple by Jyothi Prakash Mirji, Police Commissioner, BBMP Commissioner Siddaiah participate, 7th ‘B’ Main Road, Jayanagar IV Block, West, 6 pm. Our School: Discourse on ‘Daasavarenyaru’ by Yogeesh, next to police station, BSK II Stage, 6.15 pm. Meditation and Study Circle: Discourse on ‘Vishnu Sahasrana Nama’ by A Ramaswamy Iyengar, SMRV PU College, 26th main, 4th ‘T’ Block, Jayanagar, 6.30 pm. Sri Shankara Jayanathi Mandali: Discourse on ‘Panchadashee’ by Shivarama Agnihotri, Sri Shankara Krupa, no 45, Shankara Krupa Road, 16th Cross, III Block, Jayanagar, 6.30 pm. Vijayanagar Sri Madhva Seva Trust: Discourse on ‘Mahabharata’ by Holavanahalli Srinivasachar, no 37/2, Gangadhara Layout, 2nd Main Road, Vijayanagar, 6.30 pm.
Exhibition Recorder of Life, Beauty and Truth: Tuesday, August 2nd, 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: Tuesday, August 2nd, 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.
of veg/ non veg main course options along with draught beer. Weekday Lunch Buffet @ ManU: Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011. noon to 3 p.m. Manchester United Restaurant Bar, The Manchester United Restaurant and Bar launches a weekday lunch buffet priced at Rs 350 plus taxes right from starters to desserts. 'The Kari Culture' at Blue Ginger: Tuesday, August 2nd, 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: Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Aqua, The Park, No 14/7, MG Road, A festival of sizzlers, spanning several cuisines. Clay Pot Festival at Mandarin Trail: Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011. 12:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Mandarin Trail, Mantri Square, No 1, Sampige Road, Malleshwaram A special menu put together by an expert chef focuses on delicacies that are cooked in unglazed clay pots, using techniques that were employed in olden-day China.
Guv sends report to Centre
on political situation, Hegdeʼs tome D L Harish Bangalore Beat Bureau
the governor had asked chief secretary S V Ranganath to prepare his observations, which Bangalore: Amidst all the polit- were reached to the Raj Bhavan. ical turmoil, the Raj Bhavan is The governor specifically asked not sitting quiet. Governor H R the state’s top bureaucrat Bhardwaj has prepared a report whether the government was on the present political situation facing any constitutional crisis in the state and sent it to Presi- because of the recent developdent Pratibha Patil and Union ments, sources told Bangalore home minister P Chidambaram. Beat. The report was dispatched The report was sent to New Delhi to New Delhi yesterday afternoon, yesterday. they said. The dossier that has reached The report contains the reathe President and home minister sons behind Yeddyurappa’s rescontains the present state of the ignation and the events leading government as also the obser- up to it. The recommendations vations made on the second and made by Justice Hegde take the final report on illegal mining best part of the dossier. The govsubmitted by Lokayukta Justice ernor has also highlighted the Santosh Hegde. The governor action suggested by the Lokayukhas made his own observations ta against the chief minister, the on the report by Justice Hegde, role of the chief minister in the who has presented it to the gov- illegal mining scandal. ernor and the government. The The Lokayukta has given the report precipitated a political report to the governor under Secturmoil, culminating with the tion 13. His second and final reresignation of chief minister B S port on illegal mining also recYeddyurappa on Sunday. ommends prosecution of the To prepare the report on the outgoing chief minister Yeddyupresent state of the government, rappa, the governor has stated.
Chief secretary gathering info on ʻguiltyʼ officials Bangalore Beat Bureau
Bangalore: Chief secretary S V Ranganath is looking at the charges made against 787 bureaucrats in the second and final report on illegal mining by Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde. The chief secretary has now directed the Directorate of Personnel and Administrative Reforms to send him details of the each of the government servant indicted by the report. IPS, IAS, IFS, KAS, KSPS, ACF, RFOs, officers and officials till the level of village accountants have been named in the report. The DPAR keeps the service
HONOURING BRAVE SOULS
Photos: Gangadhar Pujar
Asparagus Festival at Graze: Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011. 12:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Graze, Vivanta by Taj - MG Road, No 41/3, MG Road, An eclectic menu of asparagus-tinged dishes like Scallops with white asparagus butter glaze and foam, Gnocchi with asparagus and leeks, and Halibut with Serrano ham, white asparagus and froth.
Colours & Hues: Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Gallerie Third Eye, No A1 Epsilon Office Block, Yemalur Main Road, Yemalur A group show by artists Kanthraj N, Rima Ray & Rakesh Mandal.
Shopping Happiness Sale: Tuesday, August 2nd, 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.
Bangalore: A cab driver was injured and robbed of his vehicle by three persons in the city yesterday. Annappa Swamy (28) had parked his vehicle and sleeping inside it on C V Raman Road in front of RRI bus-stop at Sadashivanagar. Around 4 pm, three unidentified persons threatened him. They took Annappa in his car towards Nandini Layout and held a knife to his throat. When they tried to take away his vehicle in front of Iskcon temple, he fought with him and in the process his left hand fingers were cut. They pushed him out of the car and sped away with the car (white, KA-17 B-874) worth over Rs 4 lakh.
Rio by Titan Eye+: Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Titan Eye+, Safina Plaza, Infantry Road, A trendy, fashionable collection for the young and young at heart. The frames are available in a host of bright colours. Collage Annual Sale: Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011. 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Collage, No 21/1, Wood Street, Ashoknagar Discounts of up to 70% on designer wear by Manish Arora, Poonam Bhagat, Ekru and more. Half Price Sale: Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Show Off, Royal Meenakshi Mall, No E1/16, Syndicate Bank Colony, 1st Cross, Bennerghatta Road Discounts of up to 50% on clothing and accessories. Monsoon Baubles: Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Ffolio, No 5 Embassy Chambers, Vittal Mallya Road, Bracialeto celebrates the monsoons by unveiling a new collection of costume jewellery that incorporates various shades of the colour of the season, blue.
DG and IGP Neelam Achuta Rao, jont commissioner of police (crime) Alok Kumar, Mysore DCP Basavaraj Malagatti, ADGP G M Hayath, ADGP H N Sathyanarayana Rao, DySP S M Khader, Lokayukta SP K Srikantaiah, ADGP H C Kishore Chandra and others KSRP officials were presented with President’s medals at Raj Bhavan this morning. Hip Hop night: Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011. 8 p.m. Hypnos, Gem Plaza, Infantry Road, DJ Sid plays the latest hip hop tracks from around the world. Funky Hip Hop Tuesdays with DJs Prashant and Darsh: Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Coco Bongo, 4th Floor, Commercial Complex, National Games Village, 80 Feet Road, Koramangala DJs Prashant and Darsh spinning hip hop & RnB this Tuesday at Coco Bongo. There's a 1+1 offer on drinks all night. Happy Tuesdays with DJs Pallemoni and Akso: Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The Beach, No 1211, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar DJs Pallemoni and Akso spinning deep house, disco and electronica this Tue @ The Beach. Tuesdays with the Bard at Urban Solace: Urban Solace is hosting its weekly poetry reading session this evening where writer Keerthana Jagadeesh will be reading out some of her works. The poet, who is only 20 years old, is a students of NY State University and has been writing for the past two years and one her favourite topics is write on Bangalore! at Urban Solace Cafe for the Soul 32, Annaswamy Mudaliar Road Ulsoor Call: 080-25553656 Funky Tuesdays: Coco Bongo presents Funky Tuesdays. DJs Prashant and Darsh spinning Hip hop and RnB this Tuesday at Coco Bongo. 1+1 offer on drinks all night. at Coco Bongo National Games Village, Commercial Complex, 4th floor, 80 feet road. Call: 9535749366
Eating Out Power Lunch: Tuesday, August 2nd, 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
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3 steal vehicle from cab driver Bangalore Beat Bureau
The Taste of a Collector: Tuesday, August 2nd, 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: Tuesday, August 2nd, 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.
records of all the officials. Ranganath has also sought the present placements of these officials and reports from their higher-ups. After going through the recommendations made by the Lokayukta, the chief secretary would maintain the files of all the officials who have been charged with working in collusion with the illegal mining mafia. Sources told Bangalore Beat that it would take at least another three months before the chief secretary could collect all the necessary information as the number of officials involved is large.
Governor H R Bhardwaj pins the medal on the Jont commissioner of police (crime) Alok Kumar laperl of DG&IGP Neelam Achuta Rao. being honoured.
A police constable guards a pile of ceremonial sword at the Raj Bhavan where governor H R Bhardwaj felicitated president’s medal winning police officers Family members and well-wishers fo the police officers who have been honoured gather in huge this morning. numbers at the Raj Bhavan.
Kannada version of Lokayukta report brought out Bangalore Beat Bureau
Bangalore: The Kannada version of the Lokayukta report on illegal mining was released here today. The book, published by Lankesh Prakashana, was launched freedom fighter and human rights activist Nagri Babaiaha. The book has 218 pages and book contains only the summary of the report that was given by the Lokayukta to the government on Thursday. The report has been translated to Kannada in four days and has been brought out in a book form. Gauri Lankesh, proprietor of Lankesh Prakashana, said that the book would be made available to the public at an affordable Lankesh Prakashana proprietor Gauri Lankesh and human price of Rs 100. The Lokayukta’s second report rights activist Babri Nagaiah release the Kannada version of on illegal mining runs into over the summary of Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde’s report on 22,000 pages and costs thou- illegal mining in the city today. The book is priced at Rs 100.
sands of rupees even if it is got through the RTI route. The book has been brought out to reach a large number of people, she said. She said, “It is known that the government constitutes many committees, but many of those reports are not made available to the public. Whenever the people ask for it, officials say that it is confidential and deny access. This book presents only the summary of the exhaustive report. The 400-odd page summary of the report has been exactly translated in this book.” The book has been brought out in the interest of the public to make them know about the illegalities committed by government officials and politicians, she added. The book will be available at all book stalls at KSRTC bus stands and other places.
ʻCentral observers in city todayʼ Continued from page 1 “Legislators might have different opinions, but they will not go against the decision of the party central leadership. Ours is a disciplined political party and we have democracy within the organisation,” he said. “Our national party observers will arrive in Bangalore by this evening. Former national party president Rajnath Singh and general secretary Arun Jaitley will have one more round of discussions with the party legislators and convey it to the high command,” he said. “After that the high command will take appropriate decision announce the new leader of the BJP Legislature Party. It is ultimately left to the party central leaders to decide the next leader. All our legislators will accept the decision,” he said. “Tomorrow morning at 11 the BJLP meeting will be convened where the national observers would announce the decision. The new leader would be elected in the meeting. There is no question of postponing it. Curtains will come down on all the suspense about the new leader,” he said.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
TN opposes move to conduct Ex‑DMK MLA lands CET for UG and PG courses in custody
More than 6 lakh trees
to be cut for Posco project
Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government today protested Centre’s move to conduct an all India medical entrance exam for UG and PG courses and said the state should be exempted as it followed a ‘unique’ reservation policy. In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh recently, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said the state had initiated steps to abolish Common Entrance Test (CET) for professional courses since 2005 and implemented it from 200708. It was done based on the recommendations of an Expert Committee which found that rural students and those from lower socio-economic background were unable to compete with their
“urban elite” counterparts, in terms of access to quality training institutions and material, she said. A large number of meritorious rural students benefited from abolition of CET, Jayalalithaa said. Also the 69 per cent reservation which is unique to Tamil Nadu would be affected in the event of a CET as it would “create confusion” and (lead to) litigation in smooth implementation of this reservation policy in both UG and PG admissions, she said. Besides, the state government has reserved 50 per cent of its medical PG seats for doctors who have completed three years of rural service with special weightage for those working in hilly and tribal areas, she said.
Top TN cop suspended after raids
Bright chance for Suresh, Acharya Delhi slutwalk grabs Parliament adjourns till noon
Chennai: Tamil Nadu's additional director general of police M.S. Jaffer Sait, intelligence chief during the DMK regime, has been suspended following raids by the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) on his premises, an official said Tuesday. Sait was suspended yesterday, he added. The DVAC, the state's anti-corruption wing, had July 26 raided Sait's residence on receipt of a written complaint by the Tamil Nadu Housing Board (TNHB). The complaint alleged that Sait entered into a criminal conspiracy with others and got land allotted from TNHB suppressing certain details. The DVAC registered a case under Prevention of Corruption Act. Sait entered into an agreement with a private construction company and further defrauded the TNHB, the complaint said.
Continued from page 1 They wanted to garner the support of maximum number of legislators so that their candidate could gain the upper hand. Yeddyurappa, who had gone to Siddaganga Math in Tumkur, headed straight to a private hotel on Residency road in Bangalore and closeted with his legislators, who have been staying there since last evening. The other faction is camping at another hotel near the Golf course. There Eshwarappa, Ananth Kumar, Shettar, Ashok, BJP spokesman C T Ravi, former medical education minister S A Ramadass are holed up for the last minute consultations. Ashok and Ananth Kumar want all the 12 BJP MLAs in their fold, but as
Bonds had also been obtained from those completing PG courses in Government Medical Colleges to serve the State for a minimum period, which has helped meet the need for specialist medical manpower, she said. It would be legally difficult to implement these policy initiatives if a CET is introduced, as states would have to fall in line with its provisions, she added. Protesting the move to conduct the CET, Jayalalithaa said it had been conveyed to the Health Ministry that such a test would “interfere with state’s rights,” in administering the education system and create problems in implementing the reservation policy followed “uniquely,” in the state. PTI
of now four are in the Yeddyurappa camp. Katta Jagadish Naidu has not decided on who to support. The Yeddyurappa camp has been collecting signature to support their candidate, Sadananda Gowda. The powerful Reddy brothers are in favour of Jagadish Shettar, sources said.
pizza cost Dominos `1.15 lakh “In view of the unrebutted testimony of the petitioner (school boy) and the documents available on record, it is prima facie proved that he suffered injuries due to rash and negligent driving of respondent no. 1 (driver of Dominos vehicle),” MACT Judge Bhatt said, ordering payment of damages. On October 29, 2010, the minor child, who was studying in 10th standard, was hit by the offending vehicle when he was riding his bicycle in Delhi University’s north campus. The accident took place near Khalsa College when the vehicle hit the boy from be-
Protest against college
hind. Following the mishap, both the boy and the Dominos delivery man fell off and received injuries. They were taken to Hindu Rao hospital for treatment. The teenager, a resident of Delhi University’s staff quarters, had received several injuries including fractures on his thigh, eyebrows and other head and body injuries. The court ordered Dominos to pay a total of Rs 1,14,682 as compensation to the injured boy. The offending motorcycle being insured with the Reliance General Insurance, the compensation amount will be paid by the insurance firm. PTI
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Students of a college run by Mahatma Gandhi Trust protest against irregularities at the college at Mysore today. They demanded that the college recognition be cancelled.
Migratory birds land at Bhitarkanika for nesting, breeding
Kendrapara (Orissa): With the onset of monsoon, over 75,000 winged visitors have made the marshy wetland at Bhitarkanika in Orissa their temporary home. The residential water birds arrived at the internationally acclaimed Ramsar wetland site for nesting and breeding. The arrival of local migrant birds has reestablished Bhitarkanika as one of the prominent heronries of the state. ?With start of rains, local migrant species have headed towards Bhitarkanika for seasonal nesting. Their sojourn would last for about a month now after which they would start their homeward journey?, National Park officials said. ?Around 75,000 local migrant avian species have so far arrived at Bagagahana heronry. As the spell of rains was not uniform, their arrival was delayed this
time.?, Manoj Kumar Mahapatra, Divisional Forest Officer, Rajnagar Mangrove (wildlife) forest division, said. Prominent among the species arriving here for nesting are Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Darter, Cormorant, Large Egret, Intermediary Egret and Little Egret. The number of birds arriving here are on the rise on day-today basis. Last year, around 70,000 birds had thronged the heronry here for their annual sojourn. Forest officials are pinning the hopes that the figure would rise this time. The birds? habitat spread across around four-hectarestretch. “They wing their way in and around the water bodies adding to the scenic beauty of the place. There is ample food security for the birds as the place is criss-
Bhubaneswar: Over six lakh trees and some 1,800 betel vines will have to be sacrificed to set up Posco’s Rs 52,000 crore mega steel project in Orissa’s coastal Jagatsinghpur district. The trees to make way for the greenfield project include about three lakh casuarina and as many horticultural plants, official sources said. Local people have voiced strong opposition against the move to clear the trees, arguing that they will be exposed to cyclone, tsunami and other natural calamities. While a large number of women guarded the forest area, male members of the Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti, the organisation opposing the project, posted themselves at Gobindpur village to prevent entry of security personnel and government officials to enter the plant area.’’We will discuss the matter with the local people to ensure smooth progress of work in the proposed plant site villages,’’ Jagatsinghpur district collector N C Jena said. Jena, however, assured that an afforestation exercise would be taken up to
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Rushing in to serve hot New Delhi: Dominos promise to home deliver steaming hot pizzas within 30 minutes has cost it dearly with a road mishap tribunal ordering it to pay Rs 1.15 lakh to a school student injured gravely by one of its motorcycle-borne delivery boys rushing rashly to serve an order last year. Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) Judge Dinesh Bhatt ordered Dominos Pizza India to pay the compensation to the tenth standard boy, holding that he was hit by the firm’s motorcycle driven by its delivery boy Ravi Mishra in a rash and negligent manner.
Chennai: In the continuing crackdown by the AIADMK government on land grabbing, a former DMK MLA was today arrested for his alleged role in a case. Ranganathan was arrested here this morning based on a complaint, police said. DMK senior leader Veerapandi S Arumugam, Chepauk constituency MLA J Anbazhagan and close aides of Union Minister M K Alagiri, have already been arrested in connection with land grab charges. Turning up the heat on DMK, the state government had formed a special cell to exclusively deal with the land grabbing cases. Party president M Karunanidhi has termed the arrests as ‘vendetta politics’ but Chief Minister Jayalalithaa denied the charge, saying the special police cells were acting on “genuine” complaints by “affected” persons with no political link.
crossed by innumerable water inlets and nullahs that are free of human interference”, Mahapatra said. Lack of human interference, ideal climatic condition, cool breeze and the river system here all have emerged to the liking of these delicate chirpy winged species. It’s pertinent to note here that noted ornithologist Dr Salim Ali made a chance-discovery of Bhitarkanika birds? habitat while on a casual visit to Bhitarkanika in 1981. Forest personnel said about a dozen types of local residential birds congregate at Bagagahana heronry within the park for nesting and breeding every year. The species are open bill stork, Little cormorant, Intermediary Egret, Large Egret, Little Egret, Purple Heron, Grey Heron, Night Heron, Darter, White Ibis and Cattle Egret. PTI
Toronto: The first Delhi slutwalk made headlines in Canada where the trend originated in April when thousands of women marched in Toronto to protest remarks by a city cop who said girls can avoid sexual assaults by not dressing like sluts. New Delhi’s slutwalk was the first to be held in Asia and highlights women’s rights in a country of 1.2 billion, said the nation’s top daily Toronto Star which flashed the picture of young Nishta Gautam wearing shorts and clutching her daughter during the march. “No matter how many men on the metro or bus I slap, things do not change,” the paper quoted 26-year-old Nishta Gautam, who wore a blue short-sleeved shirt and jean shorts that were cut off mid-thigh, as saying. “I am here so my daughter doesn’t have to go through the same thing. It is high time people sit back and really think about what’s happening to women here.” The report said Gautam may have been the most photographed woman Sunday as photographers buzzed around her throughout the march. She was surprised at most women dressing conservatively for the march. “I thought we might see more shorts and sleeveless tops,” the paper quoted her as saying. Compared to Toronto’s slutwalk where young women wore bras and thongs and tights, New Delhi’s event was far more conservative as most women wore jeans and kurta pajama tops or T-shirts, according to the report. Delhi police commissioner B K Gupta was also targeted by marchers for his remarks that
“you cannot drive alone at 2 a.m. on Delhi’s roads and then claim the capital is unsafe”. Blasting the top cop, Nishta Gautam told the paper, “He is shirking the responsibility of police to make our streets safe. It is perverse and insensitive.” The Indian capital topped all other major cities by reporting 489 rapes last year and the slutwalk itself provided several examples of sexual harassment faced by women in India, according to the report. “At one point near the end of the rally, a Toronto woman who is in New Delhi to do research was told by her British friend that the man standing next to her had been staring down her tank top,” the report said. “Earlier, as women moved away from Jantar Mantar, the city block in central New Delhi that’s known as a local soap box, a woman turned around and confronted a man who had been walking close behind her and appeared to be taking her photo with a cellphone camera. ‘Where is your mother?’ she asked angrily in Hindi. ‘Do you do this to your sister?” Reporting the slutwalk, the national daily Globe and Mail said while women in Toronto and Boston marched in lingerie, the New Delhi version was tamer, with most marchers wearing jeans and T-shirts or salwaarkameez. Global slutwalks have been triggered by remarks from Toronto city police constable Michael Sanguinetti who during a campus safety session with students in January suggested that girls can avoid sexual assaults by not dressing like sluts. IANS
vironment and forest had already approved cutting of trees in the proposed plant site, the minister claimed that the state government had been following guidelines laid down for the purpose. ‘’There are no old or forest variety trees in the area,’’ the minister said adding that a Supreme Court committee had also studied over the issue. The minister also claimed that compensatory forest cover would be created as part of the measures to make up for the loss of greenery. ‘’So far we have chopped trees worth Rs 10 lakh. Now we are enumerating blocks of fruit-bearing trees. Those will be removed replace the trees. Also the South Korean and their owners will be compensated as steel giant would create enough greenery per the government rates,’’ additional district in its proposed plant premises and adjoining magistsrate of Jagatsinghpur S K Choudhury areas. ‘’The trees mostly belong to the ca- said. Trees belonging to horticulture varieties suarina variety, a fuel wood. In any case such as coconut, mango, jackfruit and the trees, planted by the forest department cashew were now being cut, Chowdhury after the super-cyclone in 1999 need to be said. ‘’In monetary terms, we have estimated cut at regular intervals,’’ Orissa’s forest and the total worth of the fruit-bearing trees, environment minister Debi Prasad Mishra which need to be cut, at Rs 4.71 crore,’’ an said. Saying that the union ministry of en- officer said. PTI
New Delhi: Issues like price rise and early passage of the Land Acquisition Bill rocked Parliament today leading to adjournment of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha till noon. Immediately after the Lok Sabha paid tributes to two former members who passed away recently, BSP members led by Shafique Rehman Barq, walked into the well shouting slogans and displaying placards. They were demanding early passage of the Land Acquisition Bill to provide relief to farmers. The Samajwadi Party members too were on their feet, demanding dismissal of the BSP government in Uttar Pradesh
while pressing for the Land Acquisition Bill. Some SP members too walked into the well and shouted slogans against the Mayawati government. Speaker Meira Kumar asked the members not to display placards as the rules did not permit it. She adjourned the House till 12 noon as the members continued their protest. In the Rajya Sabha, soon after AIADMK member A William Rabi Bernard took oath, M Venkaih Naidu (BJP) stood up and wanted to know the fate of his party’s notice for suspension of Question Hour to discuss price rise. That “notice has not been
agreed to,” chairman Hamid Ansari said even as BJP members raised the issue forcefully. Naidu wanted to know what Prime Minister Manmohan Singh meant when he stated that there were skeletons in cupboard of opposition parties. He also said the rise in prices of essential commodities has severely impacted common man. Other opposition parties too rose in their places raising issues like land acquisition. “We would discuss all the subjects at an appropriate time ... We will have a discussion on all issues. But please allow Question Hour to proceed,” he pleaded with them.
The BDA demolition drive continued at Hosakerehalli main road in Banashankari third stage today too. More than 50 shops were brought down yesterday.
Siddaganga seer India hopes to meet high asks BSY to back expectations on UNSC: Puri Shettar for CM
Continued from page 1 Sources told Bangalore Beat that Shivakumara Swami advised Yeddyurappa not to go against the decision of the part central leadership. He should not even go against the wishes of the party legislators. It was conveyed to him that most of the Lingayat MLAs in the party are in favour of former rural development and panchayat raj minister Jagadish Shettar for the chief minister’s post. “As a Lingayat leader, you should support and encourage another Lingayat leader for chief minister. Otherwise it would go
against the Lingayat community. You should not let that happen,” the swamiji told the outgoing chief minister, it is learnt. Yeddyurappa accepted the suggestions given by the seer and assured him that he won’t go against the wishes of the party high command and also would support the candidature of another Lingayat. He told the swamiji that he would neither go against the wishes of the Lingayat math seers, leaders and legislators. The political fallout of the meeting is that the route to the top for Shettar has got smoother.
United Nations: As India assumes the month-long presidency of the UN Security Council, the international community has “very high expectations” from it, New Delhi’s envoy to the United Nations, Hardeep Singh Puri said today. Puri said India will conduct itself with “political maturity, dignity” and in a manner which enhances the prestige of the Security Council and which serves the overall interest of the UN. “More than India, rest of the international community has very high expectations from India’s presidency of the Council. Not only will we meet those expectations but after we are through with the presidency... people will say here is a country
which truly deserves to be a permanent member” of the UNSC, Puri said here. India, which assumed the rotating presidency of the UNSC yesterday, had last held the position in December 1992. Puri said while the presidency does give India an opportunity to focus on issues of importance to it, India will be “very realistic about what Security Council membership entails and what the presidency of the council involves”. He added that India does not want to be short-sighted and immature by utilising the presidency to push forward few issues of paramount concern only to it. “The manner in which you conduct yourself in the deliber-
ations of the Council, the kind of positions you take, the political maturity which you display not only as the member of the Council but more in the presidency, those ultimately reflect on the country’s credentials”. On whether the presidency will help bolster India’s efforts towards a permanent seat in the Security Council, Puri said, “when a country conducts itself with political maturity and wisdom, that results in reinforcing the credentials for permanent membership and that is what India has already been doing”. He noted that the actual process of Security Council expansion and reform will require traction in the General Assembly.
Worldʼs 50 top corporate CEOs to meet in Mumbai
Singapore: Fifty top executives of the world’s leading corporations will meet in Mumbai on August 4 for a second round of discussions on the ‘Future Global 100 Initiative’, in the wake of the inaugural roundtable session held in Singapore on July 4, organisers said here on Tuesday. The Future Global 100 Initiative aims to create a community of companies and markets that can become the future leaders of the global economy and a driving force for continued growth. The executives at the brainstorming session to set up a future business agenda includes Rajiv Sharma, the CEO of Global Industrial Division, Coats, of the UK; Shubhada Rao, the President & Chief Economist of YES Bank Limited of India; and Eric Mboma, the Africa Head for Commercial Activities of BHP Billiton of Australia. In addition, Eric Yu, the President for
Enterprise Business of Huawei Technologies of China, and Bombay Stock Exchange Deputy CEO Ashish Chauhan will attend. The executives would provide their inputs on the Future Global Agenda, focusing on the future of the global economy, global markets and global businesses, said Lionel Lee, the chairman of Singapore-based Platinum Circle, which is organising the meeting. “We will be looking at defining the future global growth issues, challenges and opportunities, as well as factors that hinder future growth, especially geo-politics, major disasters, currency fluctuations,” said Lee. Platinum Circle is supported by 1,000 corporations with a combined annual revenue of over $1 trillion. The Singapore meeting was attended by Roger Crook, the CEO of DHL Global
Forwarding and Freight and Member of the Board of Management of Deutsche Post DHL; Joe Tawfik, the CEO & Board Member of Silah Gulf; and Donough Foley, the Head of Government Relations & Public Affairs of Philips Electronics. In addition, Tan Pheng Hock, the President and CEO of Singapore’s ST Engineering; Bill Padfield, the CEO of Dimension Data; and Suresh Balan, the President for East Asia of Electrolux, were present. Platinum Circle has scheduled followon meetings of the corporate CEOs at Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Jakarta and Sydney through to March, 2012. It aims to compile the inputs, feedbacks and reviews of the CEOs into an agenda that will be presented to the governments overseeing major markets, seeking their support in establishing new business strategies and directives, said Lee. PTI
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Be kind to get out of depression Washington: Suffering from depression? Here’s a simple way out – be kind and compassionate, says a new study. Depression affects over 100 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation. Although antidepressants can be lifesaving for some individuals, initial drug therapy produces full benefits in only 30 per cent to 40 per cent of patients. Even after trying different drugs, one-third of people will remain depressed. Now, researchers from the University of California and Duke University claim that practicing positive activities like acts of kindness can serve as an effective, low-cost treatment for people suffering from depression. According to them, the new approach for treating depression – Positive Activity Interventions (PAI) – are intentional activities such as performing acts of kindness, and practicing optimism. For their study, the researchers conducted a rigorous review of previous studies of PAIs, including randomised, controlled interventions with thousands of normal men and women as well as functional MRI scans in people with depressive symptoms. “Over the last several decades, social psychology studies of flourishing individuals who are happy, optimistic and grateful have produced a lot of new information about the benefits of positive activity interventions on mood and well being,” lead researcher Sonja Lyubomirsky said. However, such findings have not yet entered mainstream psychiatric practice, say the researchers. “Very few psychiatrists collaborate with social scientists and no one in my field ever reads the journals where most happiness studies have been published. It was eye-opening for me as a psychopharmacologist to read this literature,” co-researcher Murali Doraiswamy said. The researchers’ review of brain imaging studies also led them to theorise that PAIs may act to boost the dampened reward or pleasure circuit mechanisms and reverse apathy – a key benefit that does not usually arise from treatment with medication alone. “The positive activities themselves aren’t really new. After all, humans have been counting their blessings, dreaming optimistically, writing thank you notes, and doing acts of kindness for thousands of years. What’s new is the scientific rigour that researchers have applied to measuring benefits and understanding why they work,” they say. The findings are to appear in an upcoming edition of the ‘Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine’. PTI
Parents can halve kidsʼ depression
Washington: The right match between parenting style and child’s personality can practically halve depression and anxiety symptoms in school children. But mismatches can lead to twice as many depression and anxiety symptoms. University Washington psychologists found this during a three-year study, the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology reports. “This study moves away from the one-size-fitsall approach to parenting, and gives specific advice to parents on how to mitigate their child’s anxiety and depression,” said Cara Kiff, psychology resident at the University of Washington School of Medicine. “We’re considering characteristics that make children vulnerable to anxiety and depression, and factoring in how that shapes how kids react to different parenting approaches,” said Kiff, who led the study, according to a Washington statement. “We hear a lot about over-involved parents, like ‘tiger moms’ and ‘helicopter parents,” said study co-author Liliana Lengua, psychology professor at Washington. “It is parents’ instinct to help and support their children in some way, but it’s not always clear how to intervene in the best way,” added Lengua. Kiff, Lengua and Nicole Bush – co-author and postdoctoral fellow at University of California, San Francisco – studied interactions between 214 children and their mothers during interviews at home. An almost even mix of boys and girls participated in the study and were, on average, six years old when the study began. IANS
HACKING FOR SOCIAL GOOD Bangalore Beat Bureau
f you had thought that hackers are those who want to tap into your computers and steal all the crucial information, think again. Here is a group that wants to do good… The Random Hack of Kindness (RHOK) has been appreciated by the Nasscom Foundation, the social responsibility arm of National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM). The foundation has been helping a host of voluntary hacker organisations to develop applications and product ideas that can be used for the benefit of society. “Open hacking brings in a lot of techies who have tools, product ideas or built applications that can be used by voluntary organisations. That is where the Nasscom Foundation comes into picture. It has helped reach some of the tools developed by Octware and TELiBrahma to the National Association for Blind (NAB). The NGO has now been able to track other organisations working in the same area, raise funds, provide expertise etc. The Nasscom Foundation has also been working independently with developers and hackers,” says Prashant Pandit of Nasscom Foundation and manager at MyKartavya.com. Nasscom Foundation has so far trained 800 NGOs and 2,000 individuals in health, education, urban development, environment and infrastructure, using the best of tools and applications developed by the hacker community. But that is not where the story ends. The NGOs which are provided these tools may not be able to use them because of lack of specific training. The foundation also trains some of the volunteers, for which the minimal cost has to be borne by the NGOs. The NGOs are identified and training is given once in two years. NGOs from Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana and Tamil Nadu have been trained so far. More not-for-profit organisations from other states are being identified and given software tools. Most hackers focus on business- or ecommerce-oriented tools. But social entrepreneurship is also one area that interests them. Tools have been developed for the benefit of society and voluntary organisations. RHOK organises hackathons regularly and the last one was held in June at Jaga Centre or Yahoo! office in Bangalore. Hackers came with a bagful of software that could be used for the betterment of society. Ideas for social good get a boost with the help from specific software tools. In one such case, the idea was to make use of excess food at restaurants and marriage halls to feed hungry stomachs across the city. “So these brilliant hackers are in the process of developing tools with a good number of applications, which work within a network, known as Move Food. Hotel owners, individuals and managers of party halls are provided with a mobile application. In case of excess food, all they need to do is send the message “Move Food” to a particular number and it is immediately transmitted to all organisations which feed the underprivileged. Any organisation that has vehicles nearby can immediately arrive at the place and collect the food,” Pandit said. “We approached some of the organisations and they evinced interest. The tool is still under development and these hackers have told us that it would be ready by the next Hackathon. Representatives from these NGOs would also be trained in using the software once it is ready,” he added.
These are hackers with a conscience. They want to help society by developing appli‑ cations that can be utilised by non‑government organisations. They meet regularly at Hackathons and churn out tools for social good, says L Raghunanda
Nano‑sized batteries to power mobiles! Washington: An Indian-origin scientist -led team in the US has packaged lithium ion batteries into a single nanowire, which they claim could soon be a rechargeable power source for new generations of nanoelectronics. Prof Pulickel Ajayan and colleagues at Rice University claim their creation is as small as such devices can possibly get, in their research published in American Chemical Society journal ‘Nano Letters’. In their research, the scientists tested two versions of their battery. The first is a sandwich with nickel or tin anode, polyethylene oxide electrolyte and polyaniline cathode layers; it was built as proof that lithium ions would move efficiently through anode to electrolyte and then to supercapacitor-like cathode that gives the device ability to charge and discharge. The second packs the same capabilities into a single nanowire. The researchers built centimetre-scale arrays containing thousands of nanowire devices, each 150 nanometers wide. A nanometer is a billionth of a meter,
thousands of times smaller than a human hair. “The idea here is to fabricate nanowire energy storage devices with ultrathin separation between the electrodes,” said Arava Leela Mohana Reddy, a research scientist at Rice and the study’s co-author. “This affects the electrochemical behavior of the device. Our devices could be a very useful tool to probe nanoscale phenomenon,” she added. The team’s experimental batteries are about 50 microns tall – about the diam-
eter of a human hair and invisible when viewed edge-on, Reddy said. The nanowire devices show good capacity; the researchers are fine-tuning the materials to increase their ability to repeatedly charge and discharge, which now drops off after a about 20 cycles. “There’s a lot to be done to optimise the devices in terms of performance. Optimisation of the polymer separator and its thickness and an exploration of different electrode systems could lead to improvements,” they said. PTI
Has human mind reached its limit?
London: The human mind may have reached its limit of intelligence, as a research has suggested that the humans are presently as smart as they are ever going to be. Scientists have said that even the cleverest people might not get any brighter since our grey matter has stopped evolving. And it is all down to physics. The structure of our brain and how much energy it uses are key to the theory, The Sun reported. One part of the theory is that scientists reckon brain cells cannot get much smaller than they are at present - meaning there will not be any further space for more of them. It is also thought the number of connections between brain cells cannot rise much more due to the amount of energy they consume. Research has shown that the better connected the parts of the brain, the higher a person’s IQ. The theory’s another part is the amount of energy used by brain cells. It states that the brain only accounts for two percent of a person’s body weight – but uses 20 percent of our overall energy. It means if we turned any smarter – by having more brain cells or connections between them – the impact on our body’s power supply would be immense.
“We have demonstrated that brains must consume energy to function and that these requirements are sufficiently demanding to limit our performance and determine design,” said Simon Laughlin, professor of neurobiology at Cambridge University. According to Ed Bullmore, professor of psychiatry at Cambridge, all of us have “to pay a price for our intelligence”. “Becoming smarter means improving connections between different brain areas but this runs into tight limits on energy, along with space for the wiring,” Bullmore said. Laughlin also feels the brain evolution could go into reverse if human circumstances change - for instance if there were a shortage of food. He said: “The fact that brains both expand and contract during evolution shows that the optimum balance changes with circumstances.” IANS
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Tuesday, August 2, 2011
world briefs AP-PTI
US House passes historic debt deal
Washington: With the US House passing a compromise debt-ceiling deal crafted by President Barack Obama and congressional leaders, the United States made it all but certain to avoid a catastrophic default. Overcoming opposition from liberal Democrats and tea party conservatives for ideologically different reasons, the hastily written 74-page bill was cleared by the House on a 269-161 vote late Monday, with 95 Democrats joining 174 Republicans in support. The Senate is poised to act at noon Tuesday, just hours before the government runs out of cash to pay its bills. However, given the margin in the House and unified support of Senate leaders of both parties, the measure is expected to sail through the upper chamber. The agreement reached Sunday by Obama and congressional leaders from A member of Pheu Thai Party adjusts the jacket of Thai prime minister-to-be Yingluck Shinawatra at Parliament in Bangkok, Thailand, yesterday. Recently elected Thai lawmakers gathered for the official opening of parliament yesterday.
Wall Street drops amid debt ceiling uncertainty
New York: Wall Street fell yesterday on weak manufacture data and debt vote worries, with the S&P 500 falling for a sixth day, Xinhua reported. Major indexes surged more than one percent shortly after the opening bell Monday as investors felt relief after US President Barack Obama announced Sunday night that Democrats and Republicans had reached agreements on raising the government’s debt ceiling and avoided a default. However, within 10 minutes after the opening bell, the Standard & Poor’s 500 and the Nasdaq Composite both erased early gains as investors began to worry the debt vote late Monday. The plan which Obama mentioned late Sunday still needed enough votes to pass in both House and Senate. This means the debt ceiling solution was still pending. Monday’s falling also due to weak data of manufacturing sector. According to the Institute for Supply Management, the manufacturing gauge in July dropped 4.4 points to 50.9 percent in July, the worst reading since July 2009. The reading was far away below the 54 percent market consensus. The sluggish manufacturing activities suggested that the recovery of US economy still had a long way to go. Also, investors worried that the possibility that US government might lose its triple-A credit rating still remained high as some rating agencies warned to downgrade the US rating even if it successfully avoided a default. IANS
Two runaway suspects shot dead in China Beijing: Two suspects who fled after a violent terrorist attack Sunday in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region have been shot dead, authorities said Monday. Police shot dead Memtieli Tiliwaldi, 29, and Turson Hasan, 34, yesterday in the corn fields in the suburb of Kashgar, an oasis city in southern Xinjiang, said Hou Hanmin, director of Xinjiang’s international communication office. Police had issued arrest warrants for the two suspects early Monday and promised 100,000 yuan ($15,384) for information which could lead to their arrests. IANS
Quake hits sea near Japanʼs Honshu island
Beijing: An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale Monday jolted the sea area off the south coast of Japan’s Honshu island, Xinhua reported. According to the China Earthquake Networks Centre, the quake hit at 10.58 p.m. (Beijing time). The quake’s epicentre, with a depth of 20 km, was initially determined to be at 34.7 degrees north latitude and 138.6 degrees east longitude. IANS
Iraq declares holiday amid 50‑deg scorcher Baghdad: The Iraqi government declared Monday as a holiday in central and southern parts of the country after temperatures crossed 50 degrees Celsius. “The Iraqi council of ministers declared a holiday yesterday for public sector workers in the central and southern areas of the country, including Baghdad, because of high temperatures,” the government said. The meteorological office warned that temperatures may rise further in two days. Salam Sulaiman, head of the Iraqi Meteorological Office, Monday told reporters that the increase in temperatures in central and southern Iraq “is expected to continue until Thursday, as the temperature is expected to reach about 51 degrees Celsius”. The high temperature holds significance as this happens to be the holy month of Ramadan when a large number of Muslims observe fast. IANS
both parties calls for up to $2.4 trillion in savings over the next decade, raises the debt ceiling through the end of 2012 and establishes a special congressional committee to recommend long-term fiscal reforms. The legislation needs to reach Obama’s desk by Tuesday at the latest. If the current $14.3 trillion debt limit is not increased by that point, Americans could face rapidly rising interest rates, a falling dollar and shakier financial markets. While a number of Republicans worried about cuts in defence spending and the lack of a required balancedbudget amendment to the Constitution, progressive Democrats were livid over the extent of the deal’s domestic spending cuts, as well as the absence of any immediate tax hikes on wealthier Americans. The agreement revolves around a two-stage process.
The first stage includes $917 billion in savings, including a roughly $420 billion reduction in the national security budget. The cuts would be accompanied by a $900 billion increase in the debt ceiling. Because of the pending Tuesday deadline, Obama would have immediate authority to raise the debt ceiling by $400 billion, which will last through September, according to the White House. The other $500 billion increase in the debt limit would be subject to a congressional vote of disapproval that can be vetoed by Obama. In the second stage, a special joint committee of Congress would recommend further deficit reduction steps totalling $1.5 trillion or more, with Congress obligated to vote on the panel’s proposals by the end of the year. IANS
US drone attack kills 5 militants in Pakistan
Islamabad: At least five suspected militants were killed and several others injured when a US drone targeted a vehicle in the restive South Waziristan tribal region of Pakistan today. The CIA-operated drone carried out the attack in Birmal area of South Waziristan Agency, TV news channels quoted officials as saying. The unmanned plane fired two missiles at the vehicle, destroying it. The exact identity of the five men killed in the attack could not immediately be ascertained. The US has continued its controversial drone campaign in Pakistan’s tribal belt despite strong protests from Islamabad, which says the attacks are counter-productive for the war on terrorism and alienate tribesmen. IANS
Gaddafi regime has a public relations job! London: Embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, faced with perhaps the most difficult time of his life, is looking for public relations professionals for his image makeover in US and Britain. As Libya is ripped apart by a bloody civil war and rebels fight to topple him, Gaddafi is seeking help from PR agencies to present his side of the stories abroad, Daily Mail reported. Though it might be the most difficult PR job, Gaddafi has sought services
of public relations firms in New York and London. In an email scouting for candidates, Libya’s Ministry of Information also claims the NATO strikes were caused by a ‘P.R. attack’ – rather than the slaughter of innocent protesters. To fight back, Gaddafi is searching for a spin doctor to issue daily press briefings on his ‘moral’ and ‘legal’ claims to power. Ali Darwish of the Libyan Ministry of Information, sent the pitch to agen-
cies in New York city and London earlier this month, asking for representatives to “present our just and fair case to the world”. He wrote: “We have good moral, political and legal logic supporting our position as the legitimate, sovereign and popular government of Libya. “We also have proofs in written, audio and video forms to take our case forward.” Blaming the NATO air strikes caused by negative PR, he stated: “Libya has
been under an unjustified media and p.r. attack which led to NATO’s military involvement.” According to a New York Post report, the email indicates that the government suggests the government is keen to conceal the plan. As per an official at the Libyan Mission in New York, the email is legitimate. Dia Abubaker Alhutmany said: “The government is trying to have the support of people outside the country.”
Dyslexics HSBC to cut 25K jobs by 2013 struggle to recognise voices
London: It’s not just the numbers they struggle with, people with dyslexia also find it hard to recognise familiar voices, a new study has claimed. The study, published in the journal Science, is the first tentative evidence that small sounds in the human voice that vary between people are difficult for dyslexics to hear. The scientists said that many people may have some degree of “voice blindness” and by studying it further would help them better understand how the human brain has evolved to recognise speech, the BBC reported. Because people who suffer from dyslexia are known to struggle with phonemes when reading, a team at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US wondered whether they might also struggle hearing them in people’s voices. To investigate, the MIT team grouped 30 people of similar age, education and IQ into two camps: those with and without a history of dyslexia. The subjects were then given a training to learn to associate 10 different voices – half speaking English and half speaking Chinese – with 10 computer-generated avatars. They were then quizzed on how many of those voices they could match to the avatars. Non-dyslexics outperformed people with a history of dyslexia by 40 per cent when listening to English. But this advantage vanished when the groups were listening to Chinese. Understanding the mechanics of voice recognition is important, said the study’s lead author Tyler Perrachione, because it allows a listener to pinpoint a familiar voice above the hubbub of a crowded room. Perrachione explained that very little is known about voice blindness, which is formally called phonagnosia. “In reality, phonagnosia is probably much more common,” he said, “but people who don’t recognise that voices sound different may not even realise they lack the ability to tell voices apart.” According to the researchers, humans rely on small sounds called phonemes to tell one person from another. As we first try to form the word dog, for example, phonemes are the “duh”-”og”-”guh” sounds that our parents prompt us to make. But as we master the ability to read, we become less reliant on recognising these sounds to read, and eventually stop noticing them, the researchers said. Despite ignoring them, however, phonemes remain important for voice recognition. The tiny inflections in the way people pronounce phonemes gives a listener cues to tell one voice from another, they added. PTI
London: The HSBC bank will cut about 25,000 jobs globally by 2013 despite its good performance in the first half of this year, Xinhua reported. The bank reported a pre-tax profit of $11.5 billion for the first six months of 2011, up three percent year-on-year, and 45 percent higher than the second half of 2010. HSBC said earlier this year that it would cut 5,000 jobs in Latin America, the US, Britain, France and the Middle East. “There will be further job cuts,” HSBC CEO Stuart Gulliver said. He estimated that around 25,000 staff would leave by the end of 2013. The total cuts took up about 10 percent of HSBC’S overall
work force around the world. The cuts form part of Gulliver’s plan to slash costs and focus on Asian operation. The bank said on Sunday it will sell $195 US branches to First Niagara Financial for about $1 billion in cash, and would shut down 13 more. It also intends to sell its US credit card portfolio, which has over $30 billion in asset. HSBC said it will close its re tail banking operations in Russia and Poland as well as sell three insurance businesses so as to free up $2.5 billion to $3.5 billion by 2013. Share price of HSBC at London stock market surged over 4 percent by midday yesterday. IANS
Karachi: At least 27 people were killed yesterday as sectarian and ethnic violence continued unabated in Pakistan’s biggest city while provincial Interior Minister assured people that peace would be restored soon. Fifty two people have been killed in the violence since Friday night. The worst hit place from the violence was Surjani Town where unidentified gunmen set on fire few houses, shops and resorted to indiscriminate firing in which two persons were killed and several injured. Police said the violence quickly spread to other areas and in Surjani town. Residents were forced to evacuate their homes. The violence-affected areas included Khuda Ki Basti, Pak Colony and Soldier Bazaar, Garden, Gulshan-e-Maymar and Shah Faisal colony. The provincial interior minister Manzoor Wasan after meeting with leaders of the leading political parties, including Mutthaida Qaumi Movement and Awami National Party, said peace would be restored in two months. “The fact is there are criminal elements who have infiltrated into political parties and are causing this violence. All parties have to cooperate with the government in rooting out such el-
ements. I assure you peace can be restored totally to Karachi in two months time,” the minister said. Police officials said most of the killings were related to ethnic and religious disputes between different groups. Firing was also reported from many parts of the city throughout the day. In a separate incident, unidentified gunmen attacked a textile factory late night in the Gulshane-Maymar area on the outskirts of the city and torched around 50 motorcycles parked outside the factory. The mayhem continued for half an hour before the police and rangers arrived to control the situation. Factory owner Mohammad Ashraf said the attack took place suddenly while workers were inside the factory and they remained holed up due to the indiscriminate firing by the gunmen who set the bikes on fire. According to media reports, in the month of July 313 people had been killed in the violence. A recent report from the HRCP said 1,138 people were killed in Karachi in the first six months of 2011, of whom 490 were victims of political, ethnic and sectarian violence. PTI
Drinking wine could help stop sunburn London: It’s often said that drinking wine is good for your heart and provide other health benefits. Now, add one more to the list – it could protect you from sunburn, says a new study. Researchers from the University of Barcelona and the Spanish National Research Council have carried out the study and found that grapes – the main ingredient of wine – contain a chemical, called flavonoids, which can limit cell damage. The study, carried out in vitro in the laboratory, has been published in the latest edition of the ‘Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry’. In their study, the researchers looked at the chemical reaction
and director of the research project, said it proves grapes could help protect the skin from sun burn and even skin cancer. She said that the research could help to develop skin creams and other products to protect skin from sun damage. “This study supports the idea of using these products to protect the skin from cell damage and death caused by solar radiation, as well in the skin when hit by UV rays as increasing our understanding from the sun. They found that of the mechanism by which they flavonoids in the grapes can stop act,” ‘The Daily Telegraph’ quotthe chemical reaction that causes ed her as saying. cells to die and therefore skin The study also adds to the damage. popular image of healthy and Marta Cascante, a biochemist tanned population of the Mediterat the University of Barcelona ranean, say the researchers. IANS
In 5 yrs, stem cells may Strong antibody cure multiple sclerosis gives hope for London: An effective stem cell treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS) could be available within five years if a large-scale human trial proves to be a success, scientists have claimed. The global trial led by British scientists will investigate whether the stem cells can slow, stop and even reverse damage to the brain and spinal cord caused by MS. In the trial, the participants, including 13 in the UK, will have stem cells harvested from their own bone marrow and grown in a laboratory before being reinjected into the bloodstream. MS is caused by the immune system attacking a protective substance around nerve fibres called myelin. Where this happens scars, called lesions, are left behind. Thousands of people worldwide suffer from this condition which has symptoms such as dizziness and lack of balance, muscle spasms and blurred vision. It tends to get worse over time and there is no cure. The hypothesis is that the
stem cells will target these lesions and repair the damage, the Daily Telegraph reported. Paolo Muraro, lead researcher on the study, based at Imperial College, London, said: “This is the first time that researchers from around the world have come together to test stem cell therapies in MS in such a largescale clinical trial. “A trial of this scale would be impossible to run in one location which is why this type of collaboration is essential if we are to make progress in this field.” The trial will last between
three and five years. In recent years many people living with MS have been attracted to overseas stem cell clinics which claim to cure longterm conditions in exchange for large amounts of money. However there is no proven stem cell therapy available for MS anywhere in the world. It is hoped these new trials will eventually lead to a proven treatment and a reduction in the draw of overseas treatments. Simon Gillespie, chief executive of the MS Society, said: “Stem cells hold tremendous potential as a future treatment option for people with MS.” Sir Richard Sykes, chairman of the UK Stem Cell Foundation, said: “Given the high incidence of MS in the UK in comparison to other countries, I am delighted that we have at last progressed stem cell research to this stage, which will bring much-needed hope to so many people affected by this devastating condition.” PTI
Kindness lies in your genes
London: The desire to do good deeds is hard-wired into your brain by evolution, scientists say. Evolutionary theories suggest that people incur a cost only if there is a prospect of receiveing something in return, but researchers have now found that generosity evolved from simple co-operation. They believe humans have evolved to think it is better to take the risk of being generous and getting nothing in return than destroying a potentially beneficial future relationship by being stingy. Study co-author Professor Leda Cosmides of the University of California Santa Barbara said: “There are two errors a co-operating animal can make, and one is more costly than the other.” “Believing that you will never meet this individual again, you might choose to benefit yourself at his expense, only to find out later that the relationship could have been openended,” she told Daily Mail. Professor Cosmides said: “If you
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make this error, you lose out on all the benefits you might have had from a long-term. This is an extraordinarily costly error. “The other error is to mistakenly assume that you will have additional interactions, only to find out that it wasn’t necessary. Although you were ‘unnecessarily’ nice in that interaction, the cost of this error is relatively small. “The mind is skewed to be generous to make sure we find and cement all those valuable, longterm relationships.” For their study, appearing in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers carried out computer simulations to see whether being generous to strangers make evolutionary sense – or whether it would be weeded out by natural selection. They discovered that generosity makes evolutionary sense and that it could be an innate character trait in most human beings. The finding explains why people tip waiters in restaurants in strange cities – even when
they are unlikely to make a return visit, the researchers said. Dr Max Krasnow, a psychologist from University of California Santa Barbara, said: “When past researchers carefully measured people’s choices, they found that people all over the world were more generous than the reigning theories of economics and biology predicted they should be. “Even when people believe the interaction to be one-time only, they are often generous to the person they are interacting with.” Dr Andrew Delton, a co-author of the paper, said the reason why people were generous was due to the “inherent uncertainty” of life. Previously, evolutionary psychologists have argued that people behave in a kind way to impress other people, and improve their chances of finding a mate and friends who can help them survive. Other researchers have claimed that generosity is the result of social and peer pressure. PTI
universal flu jab
Washington: The first antibody that could knock out all influenza A viruses has been isolated and tested in mice, offering a new path forward in the hunt for a universal vaccine, researchers said. The broadly neutralising antibody, called FI6, was taken from human plasma cells. When tested in lab animals heavily dosed with flu viruses, it was able to knock out the illness, offering hope for both therapeutic and vaccine uses. British virologist John Skehel, at the Medical Research Council’s National Institute for Medical Research at Mill Hill, said the find may eliminate the need to combine different antibodies into a single shot against the flu every season. The antibody was tested in all 16 type A flu viruses and consistently worked against the oftenchanging hemagglutinin (HA), the protein that is on the virus’s surface. “In terms of designing a vaccine the main advantage of this completely cross-reactive antibody is that you can focus on the region of HA recognised by one antibody, rather than having to piece together structures from different antibodies,” Skehel told AFP. “In terms of therapeutic use, progress may be quicker, and
will move towards clinical trials of the antibody very similar to those required before use of antiviral drugs.” Flu pandemics are unpredictable, and millions of people around the world are infected annually with seasonal flu varieties that can be lethal in people with weak immune systems, including children, the elderly and pregnant women. The spread of A(H1N1), or “swine flu,” killed at least 18,449 people and affected some 214 countries and territories after it was uncovered in Mexico and the United States in April 2009. The World Health Organisation declared a pandemic on June 11, 2009. The event was formally over on August 10, 2010. Lead study author Antonio Lanzavecchia, director of Switzerland’s Institute for Research in Biomedicine, said the “unpredictability of new pandemics highlights the need for better treatments that target all influenza viruses.” “As the first and only antibody which targets all known subtypes of the influenza A virus, FI6 represents an important new treatment option and we look forward to taking it through to the next stage of development.” Their study was published this week in the journal Science. AFP
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
riyanka Chopra in a grunge look and Bipasha Basu in a gypsy zippered dress will feature in a hip-hop number in Ganesh Hegde’s latest album “Lets Party” The song, “Mind Blowing”, took four days to shoot at a studio in Mumbai. Audiences will see the two leading ladies dancing to the song, which is sung, styled and choreographed by Hegde himself. “Both Bipasha and Priyanka epitomise all the qualities I’m raving about in the song. I was with each of
them for a day and shooting was a breeze,” Hegde said in a statement Sunday. Talking about the look and styling of the song, he said: “Bipasha sports a fringe, gypsy hoops and zippered dress. The fringe was Bipasha’s idea. She fell in love with the song instantly and wanted a look that was different from anything you’ve seen on screen before. She looks like a rockstar! “Priyanka’s also in black, but her look is more Beyonce and her ‘attitude’ inherent to her is on show.”
Saif, Deepika to appear on KBC 5
Priyanka, Bipasha team for hip‑hop number
rakash Jha’s forthcoming film “Aarakshan” puts the spotlight on the contentious issue of reservation and Manoj Bajpayee, who plays a negative role in it, says his character shows how education is used as a medium to mint money. “Here I am the face of commercialisation of education. Nikhilesh Singh (Manoj) is tempted to make money and he uses education as the medium to do it,” Manoj said. “There is constant trouble between my character and Amitji’s (Amitabh Bachchan). There is continuous tiff between idealism and money,” he said. Manoj, who has a bent for edgy, grey characters, claims that in “Aarakshan”, for the first time he is playing a purely negative role. “This is the only purely negative character I have ever played. Otherwise I have only played grey characters. I love grey. Everyone is grey. If anyone claims that he is white, then he is lying,” said the 42-year-old who rose on the film firmament for the portrayal of gangster Bhiku Mhatre in “Satya” in 1998. Produced and directed by Prakash Jha, “Aarakshan” is a high-voltage, socio-political drama about caste-based reservation in educational institutions. It is to be released Aug 12. Having worked with Amitabh previously in “Aks”, Manoj was comfortable working with Big B. “I am always in awe of him. But yes, I feel much more comfortable working with him now. I enjoy working with him because he is always prepared and with his discipline he makes others come prepared to the sets,” he said. Manoj maintains that Jha sketched his look keeping someone in mind – who is still anonymous to him.
eteran actor Al Pacino’s daughter has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Julie Pacino, 21, was detained at a checkpoint in Manhattan
Manoj: I am the face of commercialisation of education
I canʼt do justice to an item number: Kangana Ranaut A
udiences have seen Kangana Ranaut groove to beats and shake a leg on screen but the actress feels she is still not capable of doing an item number in a film. At a time when most actresses, including Katrina Kaif, and even actors like Ranbir Kapoor and Aamir Khan have gone the item number way, Kangana, who has got many such offers, is still chary of accepting them. “I was offered an item number in ‘Housefull’ and then its sequel. There have been other offers too, but I don’t think I can do justice to an item number. I think people will not like me doing that, so I’m not keen on doing them,” the 25year-old actress told reporters.
ollywood actors Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone will appear as special guests on the fifth season of the game show “Kaun Banega Crorepati”, which starts off August 15 with megastar Amitabh Bachchan as the host. “One interesting candidate and the entire anxiety of the working of the show just flies past .. we had a few today and tomorrow is another day .. let us hope that all goes well .. the second episode towards the
in the early Saturday after authorities found her blood alcohol level to be over the legal limit, reports contactmusic.com. The aspiring director is being held in the Manhattan Detention Complex pending arraignment.
evening will have invites to Saif and Deepika .. who come to promote their film and mine as well – ‘Aarakshan’ !!!”Amitabh posted on his blog bigb.bigadda.com. “In many ways, the philosophy of the film and that of KBC is quite similar. Given opportunity, even the lesser privileged shall prosper. Or at least have the capacity to prosper,” he wrote. However, Mumbai rains played spoilsport as the production unit had to stall the
shooting of the show several times due to the noise of the rain. “The rains have been incessant.. and so harsh that we had to stop shooting KBC at times, because of the noise factor. But all in all a most satisfying day … harsh and hard, but satisfactory,” Amitabh said. Saif had previously appeared with actress Preity Zinta in the second season of the show, while Deepika came as a guest last year although she didn’t play.
annika Augustine, who is from Caribbean island of St. Lucia, claims that late singer Amy Winehouse planned to adopt her and is heartbroken after her death. The troubled singer, who was found dead at her north London home on July 23, said to have struck a bond with 10-year-old Dannika and her family during her lengthy stays on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. “Amy was already my mother. I would call her mum and she would call me her daughter. She took care of me and we had fun together. I loved her and she loved me. She was the most amazing person and I was looking forward to living with her here or in London. I cannot believe she is gone. This is the worst thing that ever happened to me,” femalefirst.co.uk quoted Dannika as saying. Her grandmother Majorie Lambert, who runs a beach bar close to the villa where Amy used to stay, said: “Amy loved Dannika with all her heart. I don’t know why Amy took to Dannika above all the other children on the island. Amy used to beg me, I want to adopt Dannika. I want to take her to England. She was prepared to move to St. Lucia to be her fulltime mum.” “Amy wanted to have a child so bad. If she had not died, there is no doubt she would be here in St. Lucia ccompleting the adoption process. There is no way she would have done what she did to herself if Dannika was with her,” she said.
Winehouse had plans to adopt?
inger-actress Jessica Simpson, who is all set to marry Eric Johnson, says she still does not have a wedding dress. “I’ve heard people throw around dates and not one of them has nailed it. Not even close. I don’t have a dress yet,” contactmusic.com quoted her as saying. “The dress is going to be amazing. With a wedding, it should be a celebration like we should all be having fun, every single person there,” she added. Simpson was earlier married to Nick Lachey, but they divorced after three years. After that Jessica dated musician John Mayer and footballer Tony Romo.
I still donʼt have a wedding dress: Jessica
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Photos: Gangadhar Pujar
Fashion Week sizzles
n Day 4 of the Bangalore Fashion Week Winter/Festive, some of the top designers put up their creations. Ashish Sahani with his Crossword collection, Rupa G with Moon Pie creations, Pavithra Dattakumar of Khwaish with Sayona and Narendra Kumar of PN Rao had the audience asking for more on the last day of the show. Readymade garments major Lawman too put up its Lawman Pg3 collections.