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Bangalore: The Karnataka High Court has directed the BBMP to maintain a status quo on the Sankey Road widening issue. The high court today was hearing the PIL filed by Meenakshi Bharath and others that the BBMP has cut the trees on Sankey Road by violating the procedure. The court also directed the BBMP to file objections and posted the hearing to July 12. Last week the court had ordered the BBMP not to cut trees on Sankey Road. The BBMP took up the road widen-

ing of Sankey Tank Road under the JNNURM and wanted to chop off trees on either side of the road. Public organizations from Malleshwaram, Sadasivanagar along with environmentalists protested against the BBMP’s action of chopping trees as it was against the law. They also alleged that the BBMP did not make any detailed project report nor heard any grievances from the public before embarking on road widening. There was a series of objections by the people who protested against Trees cut for road widening on Sankey road. The high court has ordered BBMP unilateral action. Instead of lisstatus quo on the issue.



Hyderabad/New Delhi: The pro-Telangana campaign today reached new proportions with four Congress ministers in Andhra Pradesh and 37 TDP MLAs from the region resigning their membership of the state assembly. In Delhi, seven Congress MPs, who had planned to resign from the Lok Sabha, did not keep their scheduled meeting with Speaker Meira Kumar who waited for some time before leaving her chamber. Four Andhra Pradesh ministers K Jana Reddy, J Geeta Reddy, Ponnala Lakshmaiah and Komatireddy Venkat Reddy submitted resignations from the membership of state Assembly today demanding immediate creation of Telangana state. They submitted their resignations to Assembly Deputy Speaker at 12 noon. As many as 37 Telugu Desam Party MLAs from Telangana submitted resignation from their posts demanding creation of a separate state. Three Congress MLAs, including a rebel, too submitted their resignations on the same issue. The TDP legislators met Andhra Pradesh Assembly Deputy Speaker Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka and submitted their resignations en masse. Five other TDP MLAs from Telangana could not submit their resignations as they were in the US to attend the Telugu Association of North America conference. Three TDP rebel MLAs had put in their papers yesterday along with suspended MLA Nagam Janardhana Reddy. Congress rebel MLA Konda Surekha, who is currently sailing with YSR Congress party, submitted her resignation to the Deputy Speaker in line with the decision taken by Telangana legislators demanding creation of a separate state. Congress MLA from Jubilee Hills in Hyderabad P Vishnuvardhan Reddy also submitted his resignation to the Deputy Speaker on the statehood issue but his letter was said to be not in the prescribed format. PTI

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tening to public grievance, the BBMP chopped off some trees in the night with police security. This made the Malleshwarm Swabhiman Initiative furious and its secretary Dr Meenakshi Bharat along with Kiran Bindu, Professor of IISC, Yogesh Devaiah, social activist and Suresh Heblikar, environmentalist to file a PIL against the BBMP in the high court. However, residents of Gayathridevi Park, Sadashivanagar and Vyalikaval want the road to be widened to avoid heavy traffic and accidents due to which many have lost their lives.


FOR STATE, SAYS ACHARYA Bangalore Beat Bureau

Bangalore: Compared to last year, 3,000 more engineering seats are available in the state this year, said higher education minister V S Acharya here this morning. He said the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has allowed the state government to start three more engineering colleges in the state, increasing the student intake by 3,000.

TERI deal sealed

In all, this year, 80,000 engineering seats will be available this year through the Common Entrance Test. Half of them is the government quota. All those who have passed CET would be able

to grab seats this year, he added. The counselling for engineering seats would begin on July 7 at seven centres, Banglore (three), Mysore Mangalore, Shimoga, Gulbarga and Belgaum, he said. The AICTE has permitted free seats and 5 percent of economically backward students, whose families’ income is below Rs 2.5 lakh per annum would be eligible for free seats, he added. Continued on page 4

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given to my family, says CM Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: In an escalation of his tussle with JD(S) state president H D Kumaraswamy, chief minister B S Yeddyurappa today admitted that beneficiaries of four residential plots in Mysore given out by the Mysore Urban Development Authority were from his family. Replying to the allegations of JD(S) that the chief minister had given away 10 plots to his relatives, Yeddyurappa said, “I don’t know who the six other beneficiaries are. I will get a report and take action if there is any irregularity. The beneficiaries are related to my elder sister, who has lost her husband. I have directed the deputy commissioner to give a detailed report regarding this.” In a press release, the JD(S) had alleged that the chief minister’s relatives had been given 10 residential plots. Last week, the BJP had released a chargesheet against JD(S) national president H D Deve Gowda and alleged that the former Prime Minister’s family is worth over Rs 1,500 crore. The BJP had ridiculed that how Gowda, who calls himself son of the soil, could amass such huge wealth. Yesterday’s JD(S) press note seems to be in retaliation to that. On Kumaraswamy planning to sit on an indefinite fast in front of Vidhana Soudha, Yeddyurappa said, “No one, however high and mighty he may be, will be allowed to protest in front of the

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Chief secretary S V Ranganath and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change chairman R K Pachauri shake hands today after signing an MoU for setting up another TERI campus in the city. The MoU signing ceremony took place at chief minister B S Yeddyurappa’s official residence Krishna.

Bangalore: A woman was found hanging at her residence at Kempegowda Layout here this morning. Her relatives alleged dowry harassment, while the police, who suspected murder, visited the spot. The deceased Chaitra (28) hanged herself from the ceiling fan at her residence last night, the Rajagopal Nagar police said. Chaitra was married to Umesh Babu, a driver with a travel agency. The police said Babu was harassing Chaitra for money and the couple had a fight last night too. The neighbours said Chaitra would not have committed suicide and it is a clear case of murder. The police have now taken Babu into custody and are interrogating him.

Supreme Court rejects plea for cancellation of Duttʼs bail New Delhi: The Supreme Court today dismissed Bollywood film producer Shakeel Noorani’s plea seeking cancellation of actor Sanjay Dutt’s bail in the 1993 Mumbai serial blast case. Noorani, who is involved in a financial dispute with the actor, had approached the apex court alleging that he is being threatened by underworld on Dutt’s behest. Dismissing his petition, a bench of justices P Sathasivam and B S Chauhan said, “You cannot use this court to solve your financial disputes in a criminal case.” “How is the producer involved in this

Soudha. I will not allow it. The rule does not permit anyone to sit in dharna near Vidhan Soudha. Kumaraswamy and his followers can protests at Freedom Park. We cannot stop people from protesting in a democratic setup.” Kumaraswamy has threatened to sit on fast if the state government does not hand over the investigation into allegations in the chargesheet against his family to the Central Bureau of Investigation within a week. Asked whether he would meet Kumaraswamy during the fast, Yeddyurappa said, “Why should I meet him? If his representatives come and meet me at Vidhana Soudha I will try to address their issues.”

(Mumbai blast) criminal case? You file an FIR. We are dismissing your petition,” the bench said. Advocate Sanjay Hegde, appearing for the producer, pleaded that the bench hear his petition and pointed out that Noorani has already filed an FIR but nothing is being done about it. “My life is being threatened by the underworld and I have already filed an FIR in the case,” Hedge said on behalf of his client. Dutt was granted bail in 2007 on his appeal challenging his conviction in the Mumbai serial blasts. Continued on page 3

Bangalore: “If the chief minister has the courage of conviction, let him allow me to hold a fast in front of Vidhana Soudha,” said JD(S) state president H D Kumaraswamy challenged this morning. He said he would hold the fast near Basavanna statue near Chalukya Circle. Reacting to chief minister B S Yeddyurappa’s statement that no one would be allowed to protest in and around Vidhana Soudha, Kumaraswamy said the indefinite fast demanding a CBI inquiry into allegations mentioned in the chargesheet released by the BJP last week would begin on July 9. The chargesheet had alleged that the family of JD(S) supremo H D Deve

Gowda owned properties worth over Rs 1,500 crore. If the chief minister and the BJP have any proof of the charges they should come before the people, he said. “The power has been vested with the chief minister and he can take action,” he added. If the CM does not hand over the probe to the CBI or any other investigating agency, he should accept that the chargesheet against Deve Gowda is for mere publicity, he said. But the BJP has rejected any demand for a CBI inquiry and has not reacted to the deadline set by Kumaraswamy. Today, the chief minister said Kumaraswamy should hold his fast at Freedom Park.


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Bangalore: They are different but society won’t let them be so, opine groups of homosexuals and transgenders who continue to battle issues relating to forced marriages, discrimination at workplace, societal stigma and ostracietion even two years after Delhi High Court judgement decriminalising homosexuality. “Forced marriages is still an issue,” says Sumathi from Lesbit, a support group for lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders, and a participant in a series of events organised by sexual minority community to mark the judgment, hailed as a milestone by many. While several were still battling societal odds to come out of the closet, many who have done so continue to face parental disapproval. Many a time they are handed over the punishment of marriage hoping for a behavioural correction, said Sumathi. A defiant Sumathi seeks to illustrate her point of being different. “Some like mangoes, some apples, but just because I do not like mangoes, why am I being made to stand out”, she asks. Vinay Chandran, executive director of Swabhava, a city-based NGO working with lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender, says the helpline Sahay run by them receives at least five to 10 calls a week from individuals experiencing some confusion or opposition over their sexual preferences. The common complaint is that parents were pushing these men to marry, sometimes knowing full well that their preferences were different, he added. The calls vary in terms of age group right from young boys discovering the orientation to late teens and even those in their 20’s and thirties when marriage pressure is more. Vinay welcomes a recent media move

of a soap opera on television which knits the story of gay men into the main plot. The plot examines the issue of forced marriages on a gay character. “Not all gays can live with these double lives,” he says hoping the serial will answer the issues. However, Sumathi says “people’s expression of gender” is changing and there should be an open debate on the subject. A token talk or one off episode in a reality show really won’t solve the issue

or sensitise people. It has to be a persistent debate with all angles of the issue being discussed. Media shows should not be just individual based but issue based, she said. The scenario has changed as compared to a decade ago. Young boys are coming out of the closet and lesbians are demanding their right where it mattered and transgenders are making themselves more visible, she said. Unfortunately, it is class that mattered when it came to coming out of the

closet and living a life of a homosexual, says Vinay. Such behaviour is often more acceptable in the upper socio economic strata. Those from the lower economic strata continue to be thwarted in any form of expression, often leading to psychological fears that continue to haunt a major part of their lives. Another lesbin even questions the very act of coming out. “Why should one come out, is it just because we are different?” Hitting out at those who snub such behaviour, she

argues that it is high time lesbians, gays and transgenders are considered part of the society, without forcing anyone to come out over their sexual orientation. However, what is heartening is the new generation of sexual minorities who are braver, demand respect and have a perfect sense of freedom. They are getting mobilised into groups, extending support to each other and taking on professional commitments. “Lots of things are changing for lesbian communities,” says Sumathi. Apart from networking, the community is involved in advocacy for their rights and demanding space of their own. “We have a small number of events being organised like livelihood intervention for the non-English speaking women who come from rural villages,” Sumathi says. “Our group Lesbit continues to receive such women, some of whom have run away from homes or migrated,” says Sumathi. These groups support lesbian women emotionally and provide them some help, including securing a job, till they are able to support themselves and settle down. Battling all odds the sexual minority community is hoping to get their rights acknowledged and their freedom protected through active mobilisation. The community in Karnataka is actively protesting the Karnataka Police Act amendment which attempts to control the activities of the transgender population, says Vinay. The Delhi High Court judgment is also another step in this direction and many feel it has ushered in some hope and the community was looking up for positive news from the apex court on the issue as well. PTI

Movie Listings KANNADA

JOLLY BOYS (U) Diganth, Rekha Anupama (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Adarsh (11.30 am, 2.30, 6, 9 pm Gopalan Cinemas (Mysore Road) (12.40 pm, 3, 7 pm) Nandini (11 am, 2, 5, 8 pm) Uma (10.15 am, 1, 4, 7 pm) Vajreshwari (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.15 pm) Veeresh (10.30 am,1.30 pm)

ATHEETHA Rajesh, Priyanka Banner Bhumika (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Cinepolis (12.20 pm, 5.00 pm Gopal (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (2.50 pm, 9.20 pm) Prasanna (10.15am) PVR Cinemas (12.45 pm, 5.45 pm) Srinvasa (Gowdanapalya) (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Tribhuvan (10.30 am,1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm)

CHENNAMMA IPS Ayesha Ganesh (11 am, 2, 6, 9 pm) Menaka (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Maruthi (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Siddhalingeshwara (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.15 pm) Ullas (10.45 am, 1.45, 5.45, 8.45 pm) Veerabhadreshwara (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm)

KIRATAKA (U/A) Yash, Oviya Helen Adarsh (11.30 am, 2.30, 6, 9 pm

Air commodore T N Ajith Kumar, command technical training officer, Headquarters Training Command IAF presents the trophy to leading aircraftsman VK Mishra who was adjudged best in general service training at the passing out parade held at the Air Force Station, Jalahalli in Bangalore on Saturday.

Airmen passing out parade at IAF station Bangalore: An impressive pass- and medals to the passing out ing out parade was held at the Air Warriors. Leading aircraftsAir Force Station Jalahalli in Ban- man VK Mishra (electronics fitter) 50,000 people from across the globe took part in the World Culture Festival in galore on Saturday, in which was adjudged best in general Berlin. More than 6,000 artistes performed at the event. 1,089 technical tradesmen of var- service training while leading ious trades passed out. aircraftsman H Pandey (electrical Air Commodore T N Ajith Ku- fitter) secured the best allProf. Ruud Lubbers, former Prime Minister of the Netherlands, who headed the reception mar, command technical training rounder award. The reviewing officer congratucommittee of the festival said, “The Art of officer, Headquarters Training Living is powerful and the way forward to Command, IAF, reviewed the pa- lated all the graduating trainees rade and gave away the trophies and felicitated the award winners. bring each of us together.” Union tourism minister Subodh Kant Sahay and BJP national president Nitin Gadkari too were present. “Humanity needs the wisdom of ancient India to heal the wounds of terrorism. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is the ambassador of peace, a modern rishi who has come to unite the world”, Gadkari said. “I congratulate the Art of Living and Sri Sri for the truly transforming work being done in over 150 countries which has touched the lives of millions of people and of the younger generation in particular,” Sahay said. Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi In a message, Prime Minister Manmohan Shankar with various national and in- Singh said, “I hope that the festival will be ternational dignitaries at the World Cul- able to spread the values of various cultures ture Festival in Berlin, marking the while celebrating harmony in diversity.” JD(S) state president H D Kumaraswamy and party former 30th anniversary of the Art of Living. Sri Sri received the Human of the World MLA H M Vishwanath inaugurate the party office at Union tourism minister Subodh Kant Award from General Major Alexander Basavanagudi assembly constituency yesterday. Party Sahay and BJP national president Nitin Stephanov, President of the Academy of Nastate general secretary T A Sharavana looks on. Gadkari are also seen. tional Security, Russia.

been invited for government quota seats in diploma in nursing and midwifery course in government and private nursing colleges. The application forms can be obtained from principals, medical superintendents and medical officers of the medical hospitals attached to nursing colleges. Interested can obtain the application forms by taking a demand draft of Rs 100 in the name of medical superintendents or district surgeons. For SC/STs it is Rs 50. The filled application forms should be submitted before July 13.

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I AM SORRY MATTHE BANNI PRITHSONA (U) Premkumar, Karishma Inox (Malleswaram) (8.45 pm)

OSCAR (A) Ashok Kumar, Priyanka Venkateshwara (Avalahalli (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Vishal (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.15 pm)

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON (U/A) Shia LaBeouf, Rosie HuntingtonWhiteley “3D” Cinemax (2.15 pm, 7.15, 10 pm) Fame Lido (10.45 am, 4, 9.15 pm) Fame (Shankarnag) (6.30 pm) Fun Cinemas (10 am, 1, 4, 7, 10 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Bannerghatta Road) (10 am, 4.30, 7.15, 10 pm)

CARS 2 (U) Owen Wilson, Michael Caine “3D” Fame Lido (1.40, 6.55 pm) Fame (Shankarnag) (1.20 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Bannerghatta Road) (12.45 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (10 am, 12.20, 2.55, 7.15 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (12 pm, 3.50, 7.40 pm) “2D” Fame Forum Value Mall (2.50 pm, 5.05, 7.20 pm).

HINDI BBUDDAH HOGA TERA BAAP (U/A) Amitabh Bachchan, Prakash Raj, Hema Malini

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MAAGIYA KAALA (U) Nishanth, Bindhu Shri Kailash (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm)

Gopalan Cinemas (Mysore Road) (11 am, 1.45, 9.30 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (10.25 am, 3.50, 9.15 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (10 am, 4.35, 9.25 pm) Laxmi (Tavarkere) (11 am, 1.45, 5, 8.30 pm) Mukunda (11 am, 2, 5.30, 8.30 pm) Navrang (Rajajinagar) (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) PVR Cinemas (10 am, 1, 6, 9 pm) Rex (10.15 am, 3, 9.45 pm) Urvashi (11 am, 3, 6, 9.30 pm) “2D” Fame Forum Value Mall (10 am, 12.45, 3.35, 6.25, 9.15 pm) Fame Lido (4 pm, 9.15 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (10 am, 3.35, 6.25, 9.15 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (10.10 am, 3.25, 6.20, 9.15 pm)

Abhinay (10.30 am, 1.30 pm) Anand (3 pm, 7, 10 pm) Aruna (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.30 pm) Cauvery (6 pm, 9.30 pm) Cinemax (11.30, 4.45, 7.15, 9.45 pm) Cinepolis (10 am, 2.45, 7.30, 9.50 pm) Everest (11.30 am, 2.15 pm) Fame Lido (10.10 am, 12.25, 2.40, 5, 9.50 pm) Fun Cinemas (11 am, 3, 9.20 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Bannerghatta Road) (10 am, 2.50 pm)


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DHAN DHANA DHAN (U) Prem Kumar, Sharmila Mandre Balaji (Tavarekre) (11 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Banashankari (Hongasandra) (11 am, 2.15, 6.15, 9.15 pm) Gurusidheshwara (11 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Kamakya (10.45 am, 1.45, 5.45, 8.45 pm)


More than 50,000 gather for AoL fest in Berlin Berlin: Around 50,000 people from across 151 countries, 6,000 artists and 804 dignitaries, including ministers, members of parliament and ambassadors, took part in the 30th anniversary function of Art of Living here. AoL founder Sri Sri Ravishankar said, “It is time that walls come down between cultures and civilisations. We all should remember we are a one world family. We need to bring everyone together in a spirit of love, compassion and service. It is time to celebrate life on this planet. With all the volunteers, we are sure we can create a stress-free, violence-free society. One divinity, one humanity and celebrating the diversity – this is our sacred duty.” The festival began with the opening of the continent pavilions. A laser show, set to the lyrics of the song “Ancient Love” composed by Sri Sri and sung by Stanislav Gemes from Russia, was the highlight of the show. The evening began on a musical note with the Grammy award nominee Chandrika Tandon along with 50 Indian singers reciting Sanskrit shlokas, despite the steady drizzle. 800 experts sychronised yogasanas and suryanamaskars to musically choreographed shlokas and chants. 2,000 Bulgarians, 500 Lithuanian dancers, 500 Polish dancers had the stadium enthralled with a perfect display of folk dances. Aboriginal dance from Canada and performance by Swiss, Austrian Alpine Horns added glitter. A guitar ensemble for peace with 1,000 guitarists, 30 pianists from 12 countries performed. This was followed by a grand choir performance from Germany, comprising 1,000 people. The festival saw a diverse yet enthusiastic participation from various countries across the globe like Japan, Argentina, Russia, Lithuania, Cyprus, Cuba and Ukraine. Including the performances in the pavilions, the festival featured more than 70 shows.

Bharathi (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.15 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Mysore Road) (4 pm, 6.45, 9.45 pm) Goverdhan (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Kapali (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Krishna (KR Puram) (11 am, 2, 6, 9 pm) Mohan (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.15 pm) Prasanna (10.15 am, 4.15, 7.15 pm) PVR Cinemas (10.10 am) Siddheshwara (11.30am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Vaishnavi (11.30 am, 12.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm)

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Imran Khan, Shehnaz Abhinay (4 pm, 6, 8 pm) Apsara (11.30 am, 2.15, 5.30, 8.30 pm) Cauvery (11.30 am, 2.30 pm) Cinemax (10.45 am, 1, 3.15, 4.15, 5.30, 7.45, 10 pm) Cinepolis (10 am, 11.55, 1.50, 3.45, 5.40, 7.35, 9.30, 10 pm) Everest (4.30 pm, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Eshwari (11.15 am, 2.30, 6.15, 9.15 pm) Fame Forum Value Mall (10.25 am, 12.40, 2.55, 5.10, 7.25, 9.40 pm) Fame Lido (10.25 am, 12.40, 2.55, 5.10, 7.25, 9.40 pm) Fame (Shankarnag) (4 pm, 10 pm) Fun Cinemas (10.30 am, 12.40, 5.15, 7.30, 9.40 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Bannerghatta Road) (10 am, 12, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Mysore Road) (12.20 pm, 5.30, 7.30, 9.45 pm) HMT Cinemas (Jalahalli) (10.45 am, 1.30, 4.15, 7.15 pm) Innovative Multiplex (11 am, 1, 5.30, 8, 10 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (10.20

Gopalan Cinemas (Mysore Road) (10 am, 2.30, 7.30 pm) Innovative Multiplex (10.15 am, 12.30, 5.15, 10 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (10 am, 12.20, 2.40, 5, 7.25, 9.50 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (10 am, 2.45, 5.50, 9.50 pm) Parimala (11.30 am, 2.30, 5.45, 8.45 pm) Shobha (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, pm) Vaibhav (11.30 am, 2.30 pm) Vision Cinemas (10.30 am, 9.45 pm). am, 12.40, 2.50, 7.25, 9.30 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (10.50 am, 1, 3.10, 5.20, 7.30, 9.40 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (10 am, 12.15, 2.30, 3, 4.45, 7, 7.30, 9.30 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (10 am, 12.10, 2.50, 5, 7.30 pm) PVR Cinemas (10 am, 12.20, 12.45, 2.40, 3, 5, 5.15, 7.20, 7.30, 9.30, 9.45 pm) Rex (1.10 pm, 5.55, 7.50 pm) Vaibhav (6 pm, 9.30 pm) Veeresh (4.30 pm, 7.30 pm) Vision Cinemas (10.30 am, 12.30, 2.45, 5, 7.15, 9.45 pm)

DOUBLE DHAMAAL (U/A) Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi Fame Lido (12.45 pm, 3.30, 6.15, 7.05, 9.15 pm) Fame (Shankarnag) (10.35 am, 3.45, 6.30, 9.15 pm ) Fun Cinemas (1.30 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Bannerghatta Road) (12.10 pm, 10 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Mysore Road) (10 am, 4.40 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (12.55 pm) Inox (JP Nagar).

TAMIL heshwari (10.15 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Madheshwara (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Pushpanjali (Sultanpalya) (11 am, 2.15, 6, 9.15 pm) Pushpanjali (BNPura) (11.30 am, 2.30 pm) Poornima (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Vijay (10.45 am, 1.45, 5.45, 8.45 pm) ADIMAI PENN (U/A) M G Ramachandran, Jayalalitha Nataraj (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.45, 7.45 pm)

AVAN IVAN (U/A) PILLAIYAR THERU KADAISI VEEDU Ramesh, Sanchita Padukone Aruna (10.15 am, 1.15, 4.15, 7.15 pm) Amruth (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Ajantha (10.30 am, 1.30 pm) Lavanya (4.30 pm, 7.30 pm) Ma-

Arya, Vishal Krishna, Janani Iyer Fame Forum Value Mall (2.25 pm, 7.10 pm) Fame Lido (1.40 pm, 6.55 pm) Krishna (Bommanahalli) (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.30 pm) Krishna (11.30 am, 2.30 pm) PVR Cinemas (1.15 pm, 7.05 pm).


Monday, July 4, 2011

CITY EVENTS General Bangalore Science Forum: 34th Annual Science Festival, lecture on ‘Vaccines for India’ by Dr G Padmanabhan, Dr. H N Hall, National College, Basavanagudi, 6 pm. Indian Institute of Science: Nobel Laureate, Von Litzing talks on ‘How long is 1 metre? From ancient length units to modern concepts in metrology.’ J N Tata Auditorium, IISc campus, 6 pm. Power Development and Energy Research Institute: World Environment Day event, inauguration by Mayour Sharadamma, Puttanna Chetty Townhall, J C Road, 3. 30 pm. Rotary Bangalore: Installation of Office bearers, Royal Orchid Plaza, HAL Airport Road, 7 pm.


National Gallery of Modern Art: ‘Germinal Imprints’, paintings, sculptures, graphics and installations, Chitrakala Parishath, Kumar Krupa Road, 6 pm. Rokia Sakawat Women’s Welfare Society: Kolkata Handicraft Exhibition Bengalee Association Hall, near Ulsoor Lake, Ganapathi Temple, Ulsoor.

Exhibitions Group Show @ Sumukha: Monday, July 4th, 2011. 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Gallery Sumukha, No 24/10, BTS Depot Road, Wilson Garden An exhibition of sculptures, paintings and photographs by ten talented artists. Group Art Show @ Renaissance: Monday, July 4th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Renaissance Gallerie, No 13 Westminster, Cunningham Road, Paintings by Shalini Singh, Meera Gyanchand, Swati Rustogi and Sugantha Priya. Cultural Connections: Monday, July 4th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Gallerie Third Eye, No A-1 Epsilon Office Block, Yemalur Main Road, Yemalur An exhibition of contemporary Indian paintings by Parmesh D Jolad and Sudeep Mukerjee, curated by Jasmine Khanna.


Crimson's Annual Monsoon Sal: Monday, July 4th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Crimson Art Gallery, The Hatworks Boulevards, No 32, Cunningham Road, Vasanthnagar Paintings at discount rates, along with an additional offer where patrons get 50% off every second purchase. Crocs Candy Collection: Monday, July 4th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Crocs India Retail Limited, Mantri Square, No 1, Sampige Road, Malleshwaram A collection of lightweight, stylish footwear in bright, candy colours. Annual Clearance Sale: Monday, July 4th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Brand Factory, No 228 to 232 Rajath Plaza, Old Airport Road, Marathahalli Brand Factory announces its annual clearance sale, where more than 200 brands are available at amazing discounts. Celio End of Season Sale: Monday, July 4th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Celio, Brigade Road, Discounts up to 70% on all apparel and accessories. Lifestyle presents Watch Fest: Monday, July 4th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Lifestyle, Adarsh Opus, Campbell Road, Austin Town Offers and discounts on a wide range of watches. The Big Wrangler Sale: Monday, July 4th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wrangler, No 777, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar Wrangler kickstarts its end of season sale, with discounts of up to 50%. Pepe Sale: Monday, July 4th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Pepe, No 2, Brigade Road, Discounts of up to 60% on all merchandise. Sale @ Esprit: Monday, July

4th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Esprit, No 10 Ananda Bhavan, Vittal Mallya Road, Esprit announces a sale where patrons can avail discounts of up to 50%. Lee Sale: Monday, July 4th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Lee, Royal Meenakshi Mall, No E1/16, Syndicate Bank Colony, 1st Cross, Bennerghatta Road Lee merchandise at discounts of up to 50%. Reebok Sale: Monday, July 4th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Reebok, Royal Meenakshi Mall, No E1/16, Syndicate Bank Colony, 1st Cross, Bennerghatta Road Reebok announces a sale across all its outlets, where shoppers can get merchandise at flat 40% off.

Eating Out Power Lunch: Monday, July 4th, 2011. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. City Bar Karaoke + Grill, Now be connected even during the quick business lunch. Free wifi access while you fill up in the middle of the day. Delectable starters with a variety of veg/ non veg main course options along with draught beer. Themed Dinner Buffets: Monday, July 4th, 2011. noon 24 @ 43, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 43 Hosur Road, Electronic City Add some variety to the week. Try a new cuisine everyday. Woks and more on Mondays, Mediterranean Paradise on Tuesdays, Barbeque Nights on Wednesdays and Taste of India on Thursdays. Weekday Lunch Buffet @ ManU: Monday, July 4th, 2011. noon to 3 p.m. Manchester United Restaurant Bar, No 1 KIRA Layout, Hosur Main Road, Koramangala The Manchester United Restaurant and Bar launches a weekday lunch buffet priced at Rs 350 plus taxes right from starters to desserts. Monsoon Menu @ Shiro: Monday, July 4th, 2011. 12:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Shiro, Shiro introduces 'Flavour of the Month An Extraordinary Culinary Journey'. On the special monsoon menu are delicacies from Malay, Thai, Chinese and Korean cuisines. Burger-Binging Monsoon Menu @ Mocha: Monday, July 4th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mocha, Lavelle Road, Mocha introduces a special menu for the monsoons. On it are special burgers like the Mexican Burger, the Animal Burger and the Cold Cut and Cheese Burger. Coolers like Peach and Ginger Spritzer, Cranberry Orange Melange, and Mystic Mangoade are also part of the menu, which is available across all outlets of Mocha. Skewer & Satay Festival: Monday, July 4th, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The Grill House, No 8/6 Kengiston Point, Ulsoor A Festival that includes dishes like Chicken & Olive Skewers, Thyme-scented Chicken Skewers, Mexican Chicken Skewers, Beer Marinated Beef Skewers, Smothered Lamb Skewers, and Fresh Boccochini Cheesy Tomato Skewers. The Festival is on during dinner hours between Monday to Friday, while on weekends it's open for both lunch and dinner. Kerala Konnections: Monday, July 4th, 2011. 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Vembanad, Vembanad at The Paul hosts 'Kerala Konnections', a weekday lunch buffet that features coastal dishes like Meen Manga Curry, Kozhi Roast, Thalassari Mutton Curry and Mampazha Pulissery. The buffet is priced at Rs. 499 plus taxes per head.


Minimal Mondays: Monday, July 4th, 2011. 7 p.m. Pebble, No 3 Palace Ground, Ramana Mahashi Road, Sadashivanagar Kickstart your week with DJ Imdad and Zombie spinning sets of uplifting house and more. Lounge Night: Monday, July 4th, 2011. 8 p.m. Ice, Vivanta by Taj - MG Road, No 41/3, MG Road, DJ Vanshi sets the mood for the night with lounge music. Monday Blues with DJ Nayan: Monday, July 4th, 2011. 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Indi, Garuda Mall, , Magrath Road, Ashoknagar DJ Nayan spinning commercial and Bollywood this Mon @ Indi. House Night with DJ Sid: Monday, July 4th, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Hypnos, Gem Plaza, Infantry Road, DJ Sid spinning House and Hip Hop at Hypnos this Monday.

PER CAPITA WATER HAS BJP meet on come down 3 times in 50 yrs July 15, 16 at Hubli Gangadhar Pujar

Bangalore Beat Bureau

Bangalore: The per capita availability of water in the country has gone down more than threefold since 1960, said A K Bajaj, chairman and ex-officio secretary to the Central Water Commission, here today. In the 1960, the availability of this most basic of resources was 5,000 cubic litres, which has been reduced to 1,600 cubic per litre as per the statistics this year, he added. The challenges are temporal and spatial and these need to be addressed. The concern is also about the quality of water, he said. He was talking during the inauguration of a three-day workshop on “Process of Project Appraisal and Monitoring in Central Water Commission” here today. The workshop would help engineers from participating states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Kerala and Orissa would help the states prepare appraisal reports and detailed project reports that would help the states get clearances without delay. He said that since the Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP) been launched by the central government in 1996 to get clearances for various major and multipurpose irrigation projects, only half of the proposals have been cleared. The reason for this is incomplete and inaccurate project proposals being sent by state governments, he added. A central assistance of Rs 43,425 crore was given to 23 states

Party men to be trained in communication Bangalore Beat Bureau

A K Bajaj, chairman and ex-officio secretary to the Central Water Commission, inaugurates a three-day workshop on “Process of Project Appraisal and Monitoring in Central Water Commission”, in the city today. The workshop for chief engineers and above from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Kerala and Orissa would help in preparing proper detailed project reports for speedy release of funds from the central government. for 268 projects for creating irrigation potential in 60 lakh hectares up to December 2010 starting from 1996, he said. Karnataka alone received Rs 5,000 crore central assistance for 13 projects, creating an irrigation potential for 6.5 lakh hectares. The review of AIBP also revealed deficiencies in planning and preparation of detailed project reports, he added. “Whatever deficiencies they need to be sorted out. This and prepa-

2 chains snatched, house burgled

ration of detailed project reports would be looked into during the workshop,” he added. The workshop will train the engineers in giving meticulous reports to the water ministry which could be cleared early. The workshop would deliberate on the guidelines and formulation of proposals as per the CWC and central water ministry norms, understanding of which would avoid delays in release of funds.

The workshop is sponsored by the state water resources department, Karnataka Neeravari Nigam Ltd and Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigam Ltd. The CWC had organised similar workshops in Shillong Meghalaya, Nagpur, Jaipur and Patna.D Satyamurthy, principal secretary, Karnataka water resources department, and B G Gurupadaswamy, secretary, Karnataka water resources department, took part.

Bangalore: The BJP state executive committee meeting will be held on July 15 and 16 at Hubli, said party spokesman C T Ravi here today. Addressing the media at Vidhana Soudha, Ravi, who is also Chikmagalur MLA, said the executive meeting will be inaugurated by party national secretary and Karnataka in-charge Dharmendra Pradhan. Chief minister B S Yeddyurappa and party national general secretary H N Ananth Kumar will be present. Party state president K S Eshwarappa will preside over the two-day meeting, he added. The meeting will discuss the performance of the government and the party over the last three years. It will chalk out the plan for the people outreach programme, Jana Samparka Abhiyana. The programme aims to educate people about the achievements of the government over the next three months, he added. The meeting will decide on providing training to its legislators, party workers and lead-

BJP spokesman C T Ravi ers in different stages. “It is necessary that our party workers have good communication skills and convince the voters at the booth and assembly constituency level. An action plan will be drawn up for different wings of the party to bring in better coordination. We will also introspect on the performance of the party at the recent APMC elections,” he added.

CM hears out their grievances

Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: Two women were robbed of gold chains worth nearly Rs 2 lakh in the city since yesterday. Jwalanamma was walking towards the bus-stop on Rajkumar road when two persons coming from the opposite direction snatched her gold chain weighing nearly 90 gm and escaped. The incident occurred at 8 am in front of Anil Electronics, the police said. The chain, which has coral, is worth over Rs 1.5 lakh, the complainant said. In another incident, Dr Geetha, who was walking towards a drug store to buy medicines around 8.15 last night, was robbed of a gold chain weighing 20 gm. Two persons coming from the opposite direction snatched her chain, worth over Rs 40,000, and escaped.

House burgled A house was burgled and jewellery worth over Rs 2.5 lakh was taken away at HMT Layout yesterday. Kevin Cherian and his family had gone to a relative’s house around 12 noon. When they returned home around 9 last night, they found the house door broken open. The burglars broke open the grill and door to gain entry into the house, the police said.

Chief minister B S Yeddyurappa hears out people’s grievances at his official residence Krishna this morning.

Construction cost up, realty sector to be hit R

ealty research firm PropEquity has said that the increasing construction costs are expected to hit the real estate sector. “Taking into account price increase of the four key construction components – steel, cement, labour and bricks – there is an 18 per cent gross rise in construction cost over the last 2 years (2011 over 2009). This escalation will corrode the profit margins significantly,” PropEquity study said. The impact of increased delivery commitment along with escalating costs will affect the delivery of residential units on time. It is estimated that delivery of 480,000 residential units across affordable, mid and luxury housing segments, scheduled for completion during 2011-13, will be delayed in the 11 cities, it likely to lose interest in projects, PropEquity has conducted an and the impact on the industry. added. making delays in project execu- extensive study of the construcData points covering over As a result, developers are tion inevitable, it said. tion delays in real estate projects 10,000 projects being executed

ITPB CONCLUDES GREEN Month with music concert

Bangalore: Ascendas, a business space provider, concluded its annual Green Month campaign at International Tech Park Bangalore (ITPB) on Friday with a music concert by city-based band Bourbon Street. The band enthralled the audience with an eclectic performance playing jazz, blues, original, Carnatic and fusion music. During the month-long go green campaign, ITPB employees participated in weekly themebased activities such as ‘tree plantation week’, ‘eco-drive week’, ‘eco-bazaar week’, and ‘green ideas week’. Companies at ITPB joined hands in planting about 80 new trees across the park to enhance the verdant landscape of ITPB. ITPB currently has more than 100 species of exotic, indigenous, perennial and flowering plants.

A music performance by ‘Bourbon Street’ at Ascendas Green Month concluding ceremony. A workshop on terrace gardening was also organised for parkties during the week. During the eco drive week, environment friendly vehicles were put on display at ITPB. A free emission test and vehicle check-up camp were also organised. Emission test was conducted on more than 120 vehicles. Eco Bazaar week showcased a variety of eco-friendly products, ranging from organic food to

home décor items made out of natural fibres, organic fragrances and body care products, jute bags and accessories and other energy-saving products, including electronic products. During the green idea week, parkites participated in a ‘junk art’ and ‘photography contest’ to express their ideas of “Go green, live green”. The theme for this year’s green idea week was ‘Nature and Me’.

SC rejects plea for cancellation of Duttʼs bail

Continued from page 1 A special TADA court in Mumbai had in November 2006 acquitted Dutt of TADA charges but had held him guilty under the Arms Act for possessing a weapon illegally. He was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment. In his plea before the apex court, Noorani had alleged that he had received threat calls from the underworld at Dutt’s behest as the caller had asked him to withdraw his civil suit pending against the actor before the Bombay High Court. Noorani had filed a suit before the High Court after Dutt refused to complete a film launched by him in 2001. He claimed to have suffered huge loss due to noncompletion of the film. Acting on Noorani’s suit, the high court had in December 2010 ordered attachment of Dutt’s residence at Palli Hills and office located at Santa Cruz. PTI

by over 1,500 developers across 11 cities in prime residential locations have been studied to arrive at the trends contained in the research report. . The 11 cities included Gurgaon, Noida, Greater Noida (North), Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Pune (West), Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad (South), and Kolkata (East). To receive timely possession of apartments has become a distant dream for most home buyers. It is a sad state of affairs, with even projects promoted by the biggest names in the industry witnessing delivery delays much beyond committed timeliness, study said. Delays in projects result in cost over-runs and dilution of customer confidence, thereby multiplying the challenges for the developer. 2010 can be regarded as a good phase for the residential real estate markets

with absorption levels scripting a recovery with a huge price appreciation after the Lehman crisis in late 2008. This recovery, though initially driven by affordable projects also witnessed healthy participation from the mid and premium residential segments more recently. The last 2 years have witnessed many developers selling a large volume of units, much larger than what they have sold and executed in the past. This draws attention to the fundamental issue of execution capabilities, questioning the capacity of players to successfully execute on time and to the committed specifications. This assumes greater relevance since a majority of the delivery commitments are in the affordable segment with relatively thinner margins and in an environment of escalating input costs. PTI


Monday, July 4, 2011

Ministers TN hands over probe behind sex No entry for pvt vehicles on scandals in into boyʼs killing to CB‑CID state: Cong Chamundi Hills for 4 Fridays G S Ravishankar

Bangalore: Many cabinet ministers in the state government run by the BJP are involved in sex scandals, alleged Karnataka Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee president Manjula Naidu here this morning. Addressing a gathering of state Mahila Congress members, she said many victims had not got justice till today. The BJP government is not concerned over the issues dogging women in the state and interests of fairer sex are not safeguarded, she said. This is the only state in the country where the law and order situation is bad, she charged. “If elected representatives who should uphold and protect law have been committing crimes against women what can one Angry relatives of Dilsan, 13, protest and block road after the boy was shot by an army expect? How can we expect law jawan for trespassing at the Island Grounds in Chennai on Sunday. PTI and order?” she asked. Many ministers are involved Chennai: The Tamil Nadu gov- premises, housing residential the incident. The process of in sex scandals, but the governernment today handed over to quarters and succumbed to in- search is going on in detail,” ment has chosen not to act its top investigative agency CB- juries at the Government Hospi- Brigadier (administration) Sashi against them, she alleged. CID, the probe into the killing tal. All-India Mahila Congress Nair said. of a 13-year-old boy who died of The army spokesperson yesCondemning the killing, Tamil Committee president Anitha Vergunshot injuries after he tres- terday maintained there was no Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa ma, state legislative council oppassed into an army area at Is- armed guard inside the entire yesterday said an army jawan position leader Motamma and land Grounds here. colony, located in the Island had opened fire on the teenager, others took part in the State “The case has been transferred ground locality near the State who succumbed to injuries in a Mahila Congress executive comto the CB-CID (Crime Branch Secretariat. mittee meeting. government hospital. Criminal Investigation Branch) The army termed the incident Jayalalithaa, who ordered a and they have taken over the as “very unfortunate,” and said compensation of Rs five lakh to probe” a top police official said. it would not allow the guilty to the victim’s family, said the chief Thirteen year-old Dilshan had go scot-free. secretary had written to the gendied of bullet injuries yesterday. “We have constituted a board eral officer commanding to hand Dilshan was allegedly shot at of officers to carry out a proper over the army jawan “who comwhen he tried to pluck some search of the area including the mitted this brutal act,” to the ‘badam’ (almond) fruit from the houses adjoining the scene of state police. PTI

Cong denies links with Hunsur murder accused

G S Ravishankar

Bangalore Beat Bureau Mysore: Congress MLA from Hunsur H P Manjunath has denied that the accused in the Hunsur murder case were associated with Congress party as alleged by the BJP. Addressing media this morning Manjunath said the Congress has nothing to do with the accused and the BJP is trying to politicize the issue, he said. When the home minister and the police have said that they were the members of KFD, the BJP is unnecessarily trying to blame Congress and tarnish its image, Manjunath said. “In fact, we were the ones to prevail upon the police to speed up the case and arrest the culprits” he said adding that the

Congress MLA from Hunsur H P Manjunath along with his supporters addresses a press conference in Mysore this morning. Congress was not a party to the bandh call given in Hunsur, while the other opposition parties did. He said he plans to file a

No bar, please

deformation case against D T Deve Gowda and others for falsely trying to implicate Congress into this ugly episode.

G S Ravishankar

Bangalore Beat Bureau

Mysore: private vehicles will not be permitted to enter Chamundi Hills on all Fridays of Ashadamasa said medical education and district incharge minister S A Ramadass this morning. Addresing the media at Dasooha Bhavana at Chamundi Hills, Ramadass said Ashada Friday’s being auspicious there will be heavy rush to the temple and hence the authorities have decided not to allow entry of private vehicles to the hills. Instead the district administration has made alternate arrangement by plying 40 KSRTC buses from Mysore city to Chamundi Hills at free of cost. The buses will start from Mysore Helipad to Chamundi Hills, he said. For VIP vehicles passes will be issued by the Mysore City Corporation and entry will be given from Devikere, he said. On these Fridays tight police security will be ensured and 15 inspectors, 30 sub-inspectors and 40 ASIs along with 500 police personnel will be deployed. Besides 200 home guards and 50 lady police

Medical education and district incharge minister S A Ramadass visits Chamundi Hills to oversee arrangements made for Ashada Fridays. Deputy commissioner of Mysore P S Vastrad, commissioner of police Sunil Agarwal and DCP law and order Basavaraj Malagatti accompanied the minister. constables will also be on duty, he said. He said 6 ticket counters will be opened of which 4 will be on the top of the hills and 2 at the helipad to issue darshan tickets costs Rs. 100 and Rs.20. Twenty

counters will be opened to distribute prasadam. Security cover will also be given to people who wish to climb the hills and come for darshan. An ambulance along with doctors and nurses will be stationed

on the hills, he said. Mysore city police commissioner Sunil Agarwal, deputy commissioner P S Vastrad, ZP CEO Sathyavathi and DCP Basavaraj Malagatti were present in the media conference.

Sun Pictures COO SC gives nod for criminal remanded to custody prosecution of Chautalas

Chennai: A senior executive of Sun Pictures, who was arrested yesterday on charges of cheating and intimidation, was remanded to judicial custody today, police said. Hansraj Saxena, chief operating officer of Sun Pictures owned by Kalanidhi Maran, media magnate and grand-nephew of DMK chief M Karunanidhi, was arrested based on a complaint by a Salem-based distributor, a statement here late last night said. T S Selvaraj, the complainant, had said that Saxena, whose Sun Pictures had produced the Tamil film ‘Theerada Vilayattu Pillai’ starring Vishal, had sold him the film’s Salem distribution rights for a sum of Rs 1.25 crore. The film was released last year.However, Saxena had directly released the film with the help of local theatres, the release said, quoting the complaint. When Sevaraj had demanded a sum of Rs 82.53 lakh from Saxena, he had delayed in repaying the sum and on January 5, 2011

Hansraj Saxena Saxena had threatened Selvaraj when he asked for his money, the release said. Selvaraj later filed a complaint on July 1 with KK Nagar police in Chennai, following which Saxena was arrested. PTI

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today gave its nod for criminal prosecution of Indian National Lok Dal leaders Ajay and Abhay Chautala in a disproportionate assets case. A division bench of V S Sirpurkar and T S Thakur dismissed their plea of quashing the criminal case against them on the ground that no sanction was taken from authorities before initiating proceedings against them. The bench said that there was no need to get sanction before their criminal prosecution and vacated the stay on the proceedings. Refusing to grant any relief to Chautalas, the bench upheld the Delhi High Court order for their prosecution. The Supreme Court had on October 22 last year stayed all further proceedings in the DA case against Ajay and Abhay Chautala, sons of former Haryana Chief Minister and INLD leader Om Prakash Chautala.

The Chautalas had challenged a trial court order summoning them in the disproportionate assets case filed by the CBI. They had submitted that the CBI, which filed the charge sheet, has failed to obtain the mandatory sanction from the Government before launching the prosecution and alleged that the entire probe against them was politically motivated. They claimed that prior sanction was necessary to prosecute the MLAs as provided under Section 197CrPC but the CBI had failed to obtain the same as the brothers were MLAs when the offence was allegedly committed. The Delhi High Court had earlier on July 8 dismissed Chautalas’ petition challenging the trial court’s order. The Chautala brothers, INLD MLA in Haryana, challenged the February two order of the trial court which had taken cognisance of charges against them in a disproportionate assets case.

PM for building links between NERGA, AIDS programme

New Delhi: Favouring that linkages be built between MNERGA and HIV/AIDS programmes, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said ministries should make “HIV sensitive” policies and programmes to provide employment and succour to victims. “Linkages should be made between HIV and AIDS programme and the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme to facilitate employment of HIV positive persons,” Singh said addressing the National Convention of Zila Parishad Chairpersons and May-

ors on HIV & AIDS here. The programme was organised by a forum of Parliamentarians on HIV and AIDS, which was attended by Congress president Sonia Gandhi and a host of union ministers. Gandhi said the fact that the forum is represented by people from all parties demonstrates that “our resolve” to address issues concerning countrymen can be greater than “our committment to any political party.” The Prime Minister said the nutritional needs of HIV positive people, specially women and children should be tackled by

linking them with ICDS and other developmental schemes. “Other concerned ministries should also have an HIV sensitive policy and programme so that the marginalised populations infected and affected by HIV and AIDS are not denied the benefits of these schemes,” he said. “There is a need to ensure that there is no stigma and discrimination towards HIV infected and affected persons, the Prime Minister said, adding, “No child should be denied admission in schools and colleges because he or she is afflicted with HIV or because his or her parents are

afflicted with this disease.” Noting that those belonging to the most disadvantaged sections of the soceity suffer the most, Gandhi highlighted the need for creating awareness about the disease. The Prime Minister said, “We must ensure that no person loses his or her employment because of HIV”. He said there is a need to ensure that women are not doubly stigmatised. He also underlined the importance of strengthening the Panchayati Raj institutions and communities supported by them in National HIV and AIDS programme.

The CBI had filed a charge sheet in December last year against the brothers in which it claimed that they had accumulated massive wealth which was disproportionate to their known sources of income. According to the charge sheet against Ajay, the CBI claimed that he was in possession of assets to the tune of Rs 27.74 crore – more than three times his income of Rs 8.17 crore during the period of 1993 to 2006. The second charge sheet was filed against Abhay alleging his assets were over five times his income of Rs 22.89 crore as per income tax records during the 2000-2005 period. The agency claimed to have found Rs 119.69 crore worth of assets. The investigating agency’s FIR listed the movable and immovable properties belonging to Chautala or his family members which had been acquired between July 1999 and March 2005 when they were public servants. PTI

3,000 more engg seats for state: Acharya

Continued from page 1 Those who want to take advantage of the scheme should present original income certificate to get the seat, he said. The state government cannot stop a judicial inquiry case ordered into the sex scandal involving Savitha, a Mysore University research scholar, who had consumed poison after her guide harassed her. The government has directed the judicial commission to complete the inquiry as soon as possible, he added.

Itʼs ʻMission Save Dhoniʼ for pacers Villagers from Varuna constituency protest against bar licence given near their villages today. They were protesting in front of Mysore deputy commissioner’s office.

ʻRemove Kolar DCʼ

G S Ravishankar

Members of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike hold a protest against Kolar deputy commissioner Manoj Kumar Meena this morning. The DC has been accused of ill-treating farmers.

Roseau (Dominica): Team India have a “Save Dhoni” campaign ahead of them if they want to pre-empt a ban on their skipper in the Lord’s Test against England, beginning July 21. Dhoni must not have his team turn up slow on the over-rate in the third Test against the West Indies here from Wednesday, for it would incur an immediate ban of one Test match on him. The Indian team follow their Caribbean odyssey with a star-billed series in England this summer and if Dhoni’s team is not alert, it could make him sit out in the Lord’s Test. Dhoni has already been twice guilty of breaching ICC Code of Conduct, rule 2.5, which states that a captain who is pulled up for three offences of slow over-rates in a 12-month period, would suffer an automatic ban in the next match of the same format. Dhoni and his men were deemed to have bowled three overs short during the recently-concluded Barbados Test, which was the second such offence in 2011, following a similar breach of rules in the Cape Town Test against South Africa earlier this year. The onus is now on India’s three premier bowlers to avert such a fate befalling their skipper. Ishant Sharma is fantastic form with a 10-wicket haul in the drawn Barbados Test but he takes unusually long time to finish up his overs. “Ishant takes a long time to return to his bowling crease and it sometimes


would still find the slow over-rate hasn’t improved by much.” To be fair to Harbhajan, he got to bowl only 14 and 19 overs from the two innings in the Barbados Test. In contrast, Ishant and Praveen bowled the bulk of the overs – 42 for the former, 39 for the latter – which makes it 81 overs bowled from the 145 overs in two West Indies’ innings. “Bowlers like Glenn McGrath, if you remember, used to wear a watch on their wrist while bowling,” said the source. “To be fair, it is not easy for a genuine fast bowler to finish his overs in time. Teams which have had Brett Lee and Shoaib Akhtar usually struggle to keep up with the over-rates.” In the Barbados Test, Dhoni knew all along that he was behind the required rate in a stipulated time but even he was guilty of not rushing up the matter. Dhoni, being an innovative captain, keeps shuffling his fielders constantly and it doesn’t help in finishing the overs in time. He did try getting Suresh Raina to bowl his off-spinners on the last afV V S Laxman and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni talk during the second ternoon in a bid to speed up the rate cricket Test against the West Indies in Bridgetown, Barbados. but it only marginally helped the matter. stretches his over to seven minutes,” the batsman, after a delivery has passed Thus, Indian bowlers are required to said an insider from the Barbados Test. the bat and gone to the wicketkeeper. win the Dominica Test and win the The case with Praveen Kumar is a Even Harbhajan Singh, though a spin- three-Test series but if it comes at the little different. Praveen does return to ner, is not much of a help in making up cost of a ban on their skipper, they his bowling mark briskly but he has for slow overs. would have paid a heavy cost for the habit of standing and looking at “If he bowls 20 overs in a day, you their efforts. PTI

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Scientists find way to mend broken hearts London: Scientists claim to have finally found the secret to “mending broken hearts”. A team at Liverpool John Moores University says that it has discovered how to mend broken hearts by examining ways of repairing damaged tissue after cardiovascular attacks, ‘The Daily Telegraph’ reported. Injecting proteins similar to insulin directly into the heart can cause damaged cells to repair themselves and begin regenerating again, the scientists say. Tests on pigs showed that the dormant cells could begin regrowth following a “regenerative medicine” treatment using certain growth factors – naturally occurring proteins which cells use to communicate with their environment. The scientists said their four-year study presented a “significantly different” therapy to those currently being developed by others researchers. And, the findings could lead to simple and affordable treatments for heart attacks. Dr Bernardo Nadal-Ginard, who led the team, said that the approaches currently being pursued in clinical trials were “time consuming” and “expensive”. He said: “It is unlikely that they will have a major impact on the treatment of life-threatening diseases affecting millions of people, such as heart disease and failure. “In contrast, this new approach by LJMU could ultimately lead to a clinical myocardial regenerative therapy which is effective, simple, affordable, readily and widely available and easy to apply and compatible with the current clinical standard of cardiac care.” Dr Nadal-Ginard said the research shows that injecting growth factors IGF-1 and HGF caused significant “anatomical, histological and physiological” regeneration of damaged hearts and “sets the path” for testing clinical trials. Team member Dr Georgina May Ellison added: “We have obtained very encouraging evidence from this the pre-clinical data. I think it holds out the highest promise that we have on cellular therapy that is out there at the moment.” PTI

2010 – one of two warmest years on record Washington: Last year, 2010, was one of the two warmest years on record worldwide, says the 2010 State of the Climate report. The year 2005 tops the list of warmest years. The report has just been released by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The report, issued in coordination with the American Meteorological Society, was compiled by 368 scientists from 45 countries. It provides a detailed, yearly update on global climate indicators, notable climate events and other climate information from every continent. This year’s report tracks 41 climate indicators, four more than last year, including temperature of the lower and upper atmosphere, precipitation, greenhouse gases, humidity, cloud cover, ocean temperature, salinity, sea ice, glaciers, and snow cover. Each indicator includes thousands of measurements from multiple independent datasets that allow scientists to identify overall trends, according to an NOAA statement. “We’re continuing to closely track these indicators because it is quite clear that the climate of the past cannot be assumed to represent the climate of the future,” said Thomas R. Karl, director of NOAA’s National Climatic Data Centre. “These indicators are vital for understanding and making reliable projections of future climate,” said Thomas R Karl, director of NOAA’s National Climatic Data Centre. Last year was marked by important climate oscillations like the El Nino-Southern Oscillation and the Arctic Oscillation, which affected regional climates and contributed to many of the world’s significant weather events in 2010. IANS

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A group of experts, from yoga to holistic treatment exponents, gave some tips on living a life of reduced stress. Adopt them and lead a happy life, says L Raghunanda

f you have a long list of wishes, speak your mind out. “Just blurt out whatever that comes to your mind. You should speak free without inhibitions,” said well-known motivational speaker from Mumbai Freyaz Shroff. Gangadhar Pujar “By speaking free, the mind feels light and when mind relaxes, body too relaxes. This will be a further prop for you to take up good action and achieve your goals. If there is a need to grow in the life, then you need to speak out,” she said at an event organised by the Jet Viva for the socialite crowd in the city recently. The event was to teach how to take care of oneself, taking care of one’s diet and exercise needs etc to lead a healthy life. Mickey Mehta, a well-known holistic wellness expert, said, “You need about stress and related issues when order in your life is broken. Then one needs to de-stress. They have to resort to exercising and proper diet. When it comes to exercising all of us should take up the Indian ancient form of workout yoga. One should join yoga classes run by well-trained yoga experts.” He said, “As far as diet is concerned, those foods that have high protein and fibre should be consumed. You should strictly say bye to junk food. But you should, at all times, enjoy eating the food.” “Wellness comes with certain type of relaxation. There are several methods, like hydrotherapy and mudtherapy, to distress oneself. By following any one of these therapies the mind an body relax in equal terms,” he said. Anita Vasudeva of Fleximom gave her purpose as to why she along with a bunch of her friends started Fleximom. With a few suggestions given, the much-harassed woman has got a new lease of life, both for herself and the family. She said, “When a woman marries, she has to juggle various roles, like homemaker, career maker, mother, cook, washerwoman etc.” She said, “The woman has to learn a trick or two to manage so many things in her life without stressing herself too much. She should look for a job where flexible hours work. With this, career is given a push, husband and children are taken care of and life is managed better.” Taj Vivanta chef Uday Nathan said, “Those who eat well have some appreciation for the chef and cook who too desrve their fare share of appreciation.” He said, “While food comes in various categories, a lot of the food is just to savour without any dietary value. But that should change. Everyone should have light breakfast, heavy lunch and moderate dinner. One should also follow a regular fasting regiExperts address the concerns of the people at an event on health issues in the city recently. men.” The event, JetViva interactive panel disDr A R Raghuveer, senior naturopathist Last year, the event was conducted in in mind to host this event in either Chen- and how to keep themselves fit and focussion on wellness, was organised by Jet with Soukya and Sahaya, Mumbai and Ban- Mumbai, and in 2009, it was conducted in nai and Bangalore and Bangalore was cused.” Airways. The event was to educate so- galore, too took part. Delhi.” opted. He said, “Though the programme is for cialites about their lifestyle and how to take For JetViva, this is the third flagship proJet Air’s chief co-ordinating officer Sud“This programme was to make known to women, husbands too have been tagging control of the situation. gramme conducted under Jet Airways. heer Raghavan said,“ Down south we had women customers about health, wellness along and learning.”


Magnetic computers that will No link between cell use less energy coming soon phone, brain cancer

Washington: Coming soon: Magnetic computers which may use far less energy, say scientists. A team at the University of California, which is developing such computers, claims that the future machines will rely on magnetic microprocessors which consume the least amount of energy allowed by the laws of physics. Today’s silicon-based microprocessor chips rely on electric currents, or moving electrons, that generate a lot of waste heat. But microprocessors employing nanometer-sized bar magnets — like tiny refrigerator magnets — for memory, logic and switching operations theoretically would require no moving electrons, say the scientists. Such chips would dissipate only 18 millielectron volts of energy per operation at room temperature, the minimum allowed by the second law of thermodynamics and called the Landauer limit. That’s one million times less energy per operation than consumed by today’s computers. Brian Lambson, who led the team, said: “Today, computers run on electricity, by moving electrons around a circuit, you can process information. A magnetic computer, on the other hand, doesn’t involve any moving electrons. “You store and process information using magnets, and if you make these magnets really small, you can basically pack them very close together so that they interact with one another. This is how we are able to do computations, have memory and conduct all the functions of a computer.”

Lambson is working with Jeffrey Bokor, UC Berkeley professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences, to develop magnetic computers. “In principle, one could, I think, build real circuits that would operate right at the Landauer limit. Even if we could get within one order of magnitude, a factor of 10, of the Landauer limit, it would represent a huge reduction in energy consumption for electronics. It

would be absolutely revolutionary,” said Prof Bokor. “The magnetic technology we are working on looks very interesting for ultra low power uses. We are trying to figure out how to make it more competitive in speed, performance and reliability. We need to guarantee that it gets the right answer every single time with a very, very, very high degree of reliability,” he added.

London: There is no link between mobile phones and brain cancer, says a new study by the Institute of Cancer Research. Despite near universal mobile use, there had been no jump in the number of tumours, the study said, the trend in the accumulating evidence is increasingly against the hypothesis that mobile use causes brain tumours in adults. Professor Swerdlow and colleagues published the review in a paper in Environmental Health Perspectives. Swerdlow is from the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) who is the chairman of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) committee which conducted the review. The group examined the Interphone study in detail, noting that it was impressively large and comprehensive but had several methodological deficits. The group wrote studies from several countries have shown no indication of increases in brain tumour incidence up to 20 years after the introduction of mobile phones and 10 years after their use became widespread. Extensive research has also not established any biological mechanism by which radio frequency fields from mobile phones could cause cancer, and animal experiments have also shown no evidence for cancer causation. However, the authors say that uncertainty is bound to remain for many years, as research cannot prove the complete absence of an effect, data are currently generally limited to 10 to 15 years of exposure in adults, and it’s not available for childhood phone use. The results of Interphone and other epidemiological, biological and animal studies, and brain tumour incidence trends suggest that within 10 to 15 years after first use of mobile phones there is unlikely to be a material increase in the risk of brain tumours in adults,

said the Professor. However, the possibility of a small or a longer term effect cannot be ruled out. If there are no apparent effects on trends in the next few years, after almost universal exposure to mobile phones in Western countries, it will become increasingly implausible that there is a material causal effect, he said. Conversely, if there are unexplained rising trends, there will be a case to answer, he said. The review comes after the publication of the largest epidemiological study to date, the 13country, Interphone Study, which was coordinated by the International Agency for Cancer Research. ICNIRP Standing Committee on Epidemiology analysed published studies for the review examining link between mobile phone use and the types of brain tumour, glioma and meningioma. PTI


Monday, July 4, 2011

world briefs AP-PTI

Gilani US did not use Pak airbases for drone strikes

Islamabad: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani yesterday said his government had never allowed the US to use Pakistani airbases for drone strikes in the tribal region, adding another twist to the controversy between the two countries over the CIA’s unmanned spy plane campaign. “My government has not allowed the US to use Pakistani airbases for drone strikes,” Gilani said during an interaction with reporters in his hometown of Multan in Punjab province. Responding to a question, he said, “The previous government of President Pervez Musharraf had allowed the US to use airbases for reconnaissance purposes.” Gilani’s statements came amidst a controversy over Shamsi airbase in southwestern Balochistan province, which the US has reportedly been using for drone flights. Since the 1990s, the airbase has been under the control of the United Arab Emirates, which has given the US access to it. Defence minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar said last week that Pakistan had asked the US to vacate the Shamsi airbase. Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, take part in a morning prayer service on board HMCS Montreal in Quebec City yesterday.

Turkey recognises Libyan rebels

Tripoli: Turkey has officially recognised Libya’s rebel council and pledged to help it with an aid of at least $200 million, Al Jazeera reported. The Turkish foreign minister visited the rebel stronghold of Benghazi yesterday. During his one-day visit to the country, Ahmet Davutoglu pledged $200 million in aid to the rebels, in addition to $100 million already allocated by Turkey. ‘Gaddafi should leave power and a genuine political change based on the demands and aspirations of the Libyan people should be realized. The unity of Libya must be protected,’ Xinhua quoted Davutoglu as saying. Turkey initially opposed NATO military operation in the country, but distanced itself when the allies began their airstrikes. Turkey, meanwhile, announced the official closure of its embassy in Tripoli. The ambassador, Salim Levent Sahinkaya, had left the Libyan capital when NATO airstrikes began in March, but officially remained in post until recently. IANS

China gas leak makes 125 ill Beijing: At least 125 people fell ill yesterday due to chlorine gas leak from a chemical plant that was damaged in a mudslide in China, officials said. The incident took place in southwest Sichuan province, Xinhua reported. Around 60 victims were still in hospital in Nanxin town, said officials from the provincial health department. Heavy downpour has wreaked havoc in southern and southwestern China since Saturday. In Maoxian county, eight people went missing after a mudslide that also damaged three factories and dozens of houses yesterday. The mudslides also damaged several highways in Wenchuan county, holding up around 7,000 motor vehicles, traffic police said. Several areas in Sichuan have recorded around 100 mm of rainfall. The continuous rains have caused caveins, and change of river courses in Wenchuan county, officials said. IANS

13 Qaida terrorists killed

Sana’a: At least 13 al-Qaida militants and 10 soldiers were killed when the militants launched an attack at military troops in Yemen yesterday. The attack took place in the southern province of Abyan. Dozens were injured from both sides, officers said. Clashes were still going on in various parts of the al-Qaida-seized Zinjibar city. Battles erupted late on Friday between Qaida militants and troops of the 25th Mechanised Brigade stationed n the outskirts of Zinjibar.

Russian plane forcelands Moscow: An Airbus A-320 plane with 150 passengers on board made an emergency landing at an airport in Russia’s Siberia region after flying into a flock of birds. The plane landed successfully at the Tolmachevo airport in Novosibirsk city yesterday. It was on its way to Krasnodar in southern Russia, a transport official said. No one was hurt in the incident. The crew took the decision to return after the collision with the birds caused increased vibration. IANS

attacks on into Pakistani territories in a month, killing nearly 50 soldiers and injuring around 80 others. Afghan authorities allege that Pakistani forces have fired hundreds of rockets and artillery shells into eastern Nangrahar and Kunar provinces, causing civilian casualties. Asked about the possibility of a military operation being launched against militants in North Waziristan tribal region, Gilani said Pakistan will not carry out operation in the area on the dictations of others. “If it is in the interest of the country, we will go ahead with the plan and if it is not in our interest, we will not launch any operation on other’s demands,” he said. The army and the political leadership are on the same page to deal with the issue of violent militancy, he said. In response to another question, Gilani ruled out snap polls in Pakistan in the wake of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement parting ways with the ruling coalition. He said his government will complete its five year term and the next election will be held in early 2013 according to schedule. PTI

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Anti-government protestors clap during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa yesterday. Dozens of Yemeni troops went missing after a battle with al-Qaida-linked militants at a sports stadium in the country’s increasingly lawless south.

Sea urchins see with their body – minus eyes London: Sea urchins are one of the rarest of creatures who can see with their whole body, without any eyes. Previous studies have shown that they have a large number of genes linked to the development of the retina – the light-sensitive tissue in the human eye. This means that sea urchins have several genes that are coded for a widely occurring eye protein, opsin, reports the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “It was this discovery that underpinned our research,” says Sam Dupont, marine ecologist and study co-author from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. “We wanted to see where the opsin was located in sea urchins so that we could find the sensory light structures, or photoreceptors. We quite simply wanted to know where the sea urchin sees from,” adds Dupoint, according to a Gothenburg statement. Researchers showed that the photoreceptors seem to be located on the tip and base of the tube feet that are found all over the sea urchin’s body and are used by it to move. “We argue that the entire adult sea urchin can act as a huge compound eye, and that the shadow that is cast by the animal’s opaque skeleton over the light-sensitive cells can give it directional vision,” says Dupont. IANS

Banker turns witch doctor

London: A British banker was so fascinated by the local culture during a visit to an African village that he quit his job to become a witch doctor. Thomas Heathfield, 32, a consultant from Maidenhead, Berkshire county, underwent special training to be a witch doctor, The Sun reported. His training involved going three days without sleep, dancing himself into a trance every night and drinking goats’ blood – which he then had to throw up. He endured other ordeals to prove he was worthy to be a sangoma, or healer.

Having learnt to speak local SiSwati language and passing the three-month trials, he was given the name Gogo Mndawe at a remote village in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province. Heathfield said: “Mum and dad came for my graduation, along with 200 people from villages here.” He said a “spiritual awakening” inspired him to drop freelance work advising a high street bank. “The training was so tough I almost gave up and the locals thought I was mad. It’s my spiritual calling.” IANS

Washington: A US airbase in Kyrgyzstan that serves as a key transit centre for war efforts in Afghanistan will lessen the number of its personnel, the base chief said. The number of permanentlystationed personnel at the base would be reduced gradually, James Jacobson, base commander of the Transit Centre at Manas – formerly the Manas Air Base – was quoted as saying by Xinhua. Up to 50,000 troops are transited in and out of the airbase every month for the US-led war in Afghanistan, he said. Jacobson said although US President Barack Obama has pledged to pull back 33,000 American troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2012, the exact date for the withdrawal is unknown. The airbase at the international airport in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, was launched in December 2001 after the 9/11 terror attack, providing 35 percent of air refueling for the US-led military mission in Afghanistan. Under an agreement between the US and Kyrgyz governments, the base would be used by the American military until 2014. IANS

Toronto: Google, which initiated the bidding war for precious Nortel patents in April, has suffered a huge blow with an Apple-led consortium walking away with 6,000 patents for $4.5 billion last week. The bidding process for 6,000 patents and patent applications began in April, with Google offering a $900-million stalking horse bid. Apart from Apple, BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM), Microsoft, Ericsson, Sony and EMC make up the winning consortium. According to analysts, the patent auction is a big blow to Google as the search engine was willing to pay any price to beef up its bank of patents – which is the smallest among major wireless players. As Google is also involved in more than 45 patent lawsuits – the biggest against any major player – it wanted Nortel patents badly to protect itself against such lawsuits in the future. Since Nortel-patented technology is used in RIM’s BlackBerry, Apple’s iPhone and Google Android smart phones, the buyer of these patents now get the rights to license this technology to secure royalties and gain market influence in the multi-trillion-dollar technology field. So with these patents now in the hands of its rivals Apple and RIM, Google could be in trouble

in the smart phone market where its Android-powered devices are becoming very popular. As details of the biggest patent auction in history emerge, Google reportedly opened the bid for the patents with an offer of $1.05 billion. Then it was Google versus Apple till the $2-billion mark. After that point, Apple joined hands with RIM, Microsoft and others to snatch the patents from Google with their $4.5 billion bid. The Apple-led consortium has not yet given details of shares of each member, but RIM is reportedly paying $770 million for its share of the patents. The auction also marks the end of the once mighty Nortel which at its peak was well over $250 billion and employed over 90,000 people worldwide. IANS

Planes influence local weather during take‑off London: People living close to airports may not only suffer sleepless nights, they could also experience lousy weather. The very presence of aircraft increases the possibility of snow and rain during landings or takeoffs, says a new study. The effects of jet planes punching through clouds have been likened to ‘cloud seeding’ operations, where ice crystals are created to make it rain. The findings are based on satellite images of clouds around airports and computer models of cloud behaviour, reports the journal Science. The side-effect of flying is likely to be most obvious around the world’s busiest airports, such as Heathrow where more than 1,200 planes land or take-off every day, according to the Daily Mail. The phenomenon occurs when aircraft smash through clouds containing ‘super-cooled’ water – or water that exists as droplets of liquid at temperatures of minus 10 degrees Celsius or

object. The team found that by using the signals from many brain regions, they could predict, better than chance, which of the actions the volunteer was intending to do merely seconds later, according to a Western statement. “Neuroimaging allows us to look at how action planning unfolds within human brain areas without having to insert electrodes directly into the human brain. This is obviously far less intrusive,” explains W e s t e r n top of an object, grasping the psychology professor Jody Culbottom of the object, or simply ham, senior co-author of the reaching out and touching the study. IANS

True colours of prehistoric birds discovered London: Movies on dinosaurs may soon show their true colours, as scientists claim to have found pigments responsible for black and dark brown skin and feathers in fossilised remains of prehistoric birds that lived more than 100 million years ago. Using a sophisticated X-ray technique, scientists from the University of Manchester, UK, scanned some ancient fossils and found a chemical fingerprint of pigments that once tinted the ancient bird’s feathers. The same pigment is responsible for the blackness of crows, the chocolate colour of Labradors and the brown eyes of people, the researchers said. While the technique doesn’t reveal the full colours of prehistoric creatures, it provides clues about the patterns on their plumage, skin and fur, they said, predicting that true colours of dinosaurs and other long extinct animals could be traced within 10 years, the Daily Mail reported. For their study, Dr Roy Wogelius and colleagues used synchrotron X-

Google suffers major blow in Nortel loss

below. Andrew Heymsfield, of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, US, said aircraft increased the chances of snow when they punched holes in clouds after taking off and when they created ‘canals’ in clouds when descending. “Whether an airplane creates

a hole or a canal in the clouds depends on its trajectory,” he said. “When they climb through a super-cooled cloud layer, they can just produce a hole. But when they fly level through the cloud layer, they can produce long canals,” Heymsfield said. IANS

Brain waves can foretell Virtual reality to investigate, assess future actions Toronto: The action a person is planning can now be foretold moments before it is executed, claim researchers. “This is a considerable step forward in our understanding of how the human brain plans actions,” says the study co-author Jason Gallivan, University of Western Ontario doctoral student. Over the course of the one-year study, human subjects had their brain activity scanned using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), reports the Journal of Neuroscience. They performed one of three hand movements: grasping the

Barefoot man hijacks bus with hammer Shanghai: Police in China’s Shanghai city have detained a man for hijacking a bus with a hammer. The man aboard the bus running on Xincun road suddenly grabbed a hammer meant for emergency use and threatened the driver, asking him to stop the bus, Shanghai Daily Sunday quoted eyewitnesses as saying. The driver immediately braked while the bare-footed man claimed somebody was trying to attack him, witnesses added. Police arrived at the scene and overpowerd him. The man will undergo a psychological test for suspected mental problems, police said, adding the driver and the bus passengers were rescued unhurt.

However, unnamed US officials have told the Western media that the airbase is not being vacated. They also said American personnel were still stationed at the airbase though drone flights from Shamsi had been suspended since April. Adding to the confusion, information minister Firdous Ashiq Awan on Friday cast doubts on the remarks attributed to defence minister Mukhtar. “It’s just a statement for the media,” she said. She claimed the matter had not been discussed in meeting of the government’s defence committee. The unmanned aircraft regularly carry out missile strikes in Pakistan’s tribal regions despite public opposition by Pakistani leaders. The US has ruled out any change in its policy and insists that the drones are useful to eliminate Al Qaeda and Taliban elements. Answering another question about tensions along the border with Afghanistan, Gilani said Islamabad has lodged a protest with Kabul over recent incursions by militants into Pakistani territories from Afghan soil. The Pakistan Army says militants from Afghan soil have launched five

Kyrgyzstan US airbase to have less troops

rays to find fossilised chemical traces of eumelanin – a pigment responsible for the black and dark brown colours of animals. In tests, they found the pigment in the feathers from three of the oldest known prehistoric birds – the 120 million-year-old Confuciusornis sanctus, the 110-million-year old grebelike Gansus yumenensis and the 150million-year-old Archaeopteryx, thought by experts to be the first bird. The pigment was also found in a fossilised squid, the researchers reported in the journal Science. “This does not give us the full colour palette, but it allows us to unambiguously identify the distribution of dark and light shades,” said Dr Wogelius. “We are very confident that we will also be able to do this with well-preserved dinosaurs.” Confuciusornis sanctus had darkly shaded regions, with the most intense eumelanin pigmentation in the downy body feathers and long tail-feathers, the researchers found.

They believe that scientists are just a decade away from discovering the patterns that appear the skin, fur and feathers of prehistoric animals for the first time. Eumelanin is one of a handful of pigments that create colours seen on animals. Other pigments include phaeomalanin – responsible for the natural blonde of Claudia Schiffer, and carotenoids responsible for oranges, pinks and reds. However, not all colours are caused by pigments. Some bright blues, for instance, are created when light bounces of microscopic structures in feathers or scales. Co-researcher Prof Peter Dodon, of the University of Pennsylvania, said: “While our work doesn’t yet allow you to diagnose colour, you can get the concentration and distribution of pigments. “In other words you can work out monochrome patterns which may tell us something about camouflage or other traits relevant to natural selection of the species.” PTI

food addictions

Houston: Soon virtual reality will enable us to identify human food cravings and a way to control them for better health benefits, a new research has revealed. Tracey Ledoux, Assistant professor of health and human performance at the University of Houston is using an innovative approach to study food addictions in hope of finding strategies to assess and treat them. “There is a growing body of research that shows that consumption of palatable food stimulates the same reward and motivation centers of the brain that recognised addictive drugs do,” Ledoux said. “These cravings are related to overeating, unsuccessful weight loss and obesity.” Ledoux and Professor Patrick Bordnick, Director of the UH Graduate College of Social Work’s Virtual Reality Lab, will use virtual environments to try to induce food cravings. Bordnick’s body of research has focused on addictive behaviours and phobias and has used

virtual reality as a tool to assess and treat them. In this new investigation, participants will wear a virtual reality helmet to enter a “real-world” restaurant, complete with all the sights, sounds and smells. A joystick will allow them to walk to a buffet, encounter waitstaff and other patrons. “Virtual reality will allow us to identify food and food-related stimuli of the built, home, school and social environment that cue food cravings, which has public policy, public health and clinical treatment implications. “Our study is innovative because it provides a very effective, cost-efficient tool that can be used to increase our understanding of food cravings,” Ledoux said. Ledoux is recruiting participants now. “Obesity is a pervasive and intractable problem with significant public health and economic costs in our society, Finding the elements that promote overeating is critical for reversing the dangerous obesity trend,” she said. PTI


Monday, July 4, 2011


ctress Rachel Weisz is set to be the new face of Bulgari’s Jasmin Noir fragrance. The British beauty – who married James Bond star Daniel Craig last week – will represent the brand for a new campaign shot by Mert Atlas and Marcus Piggott, starting in August, reports Weisz has previously admitted she has little knowledge about how to make herself look good. “I’m a bit of a wash-and-go kind of girl. I don’t know how to blow-dry my hair, so I never do. I have naturally big, frizzy hair, so I normally have at least two or three hairbands on my wrist.” “I don’t mind not having the blowdried look – I like a little frizz – and it’s back in fashion, thanks God,” she added.


he X Factor judges Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul spent the night in a haunted hotel in Dallas during an audition for the US version of the singing reality show. They checked into The Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa in Dallas, Texas but they had no idea about its reputation. While fellow judge L.A. Reid checked out as soon as he arrived, Cowell and Abdul remain there a little longer. “L.A. didn’t even know the story of the ghosts; he just couldn’t be inside the hotel. He was first to check in and left before the others arrived, saying it had a ‘weird feeling about it.’ Everyone joked he was being a diva, but when they heard about the hotel really being haunted they just thought he was smart!” “All the other judges were freaked out and insisted on changing hotels or rooms, but Simon was quite happy with the ghosts. He was fascinated by them. It wouldn’t surprise anyone if he insists on staying in only haunted hotels in future!” said the source.

Cowell, Abdul stay in haunted hotel

Weisz is new

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Weinstein impressed by Madonnaʼs ʻW.E.ʼ

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ctor Brad Pitt says he and his long-term partner Angelina Jolie hide behind the walls sometimes to escape their celebrity status. Pitt, 37, raises children, Maddox, 9, Pax, 7, Zahara, 6, Shiloh,5, and two-year-old twins

Knox and Vivienne with the Jolie, 36. “It took me a good decade of hiding in my house and not going outside to even, like, get my arms around this idea of celebrity, where suddenly people are looking for you to pick your

nose or get a shot of you kissing some woman,” quoted Pitt as saying. “It’s a very discombobulating thing. But Angie and I have got it down pretty well. We have to hide behind some walls, but we’re good,” he added.

ilmmaker Harvey Weinstein says he has high hopes from Madonna’s directorial debut “W.E.”. “Madonna beautifully interweaves past and present in W.E. It’s a very smart film, and a stunning feature directorial debut. I’m incredibly excited about this movie and I wanted to give it a prominent release date,” quoted him as saying.


ctress Evan Rachel Wood has reportedly rekindled her romance with exboyfriend Jamie Bell, five years after they parted ways. Rachel Wood dated Bell in 2006 after they played onscreen lovers in the music video for Green Day’s track “Wake Me Up When September Ends”, reports They even got matching tattoos to declare their love for each other, with Wood saying at the time, “We had matching tattoos because we knew our love would last forever. Trouble is, it didn’t, things happened, we split. But I don’t regret the tattoo. It reminds me of a great, great period in my life.” Recently the two were snapped strolling through Manhattan with their arms around each other.

Rachel Wood, Bell rekindle romance

The film partly chronicles King Edward VIII’s romance with American divorcee Wallis Simpson, which forced him to abdicate the throne to his brother. Weinstein is said to be impressed by the project, which stars James D’Arcy and Andrea Riseborough and he is planning to release the film in America in December- when studios traditionally offer up their best efforts for Academy Awards.

inger Nicola Roberts hates her nose but she will never go for surgery to correct it. “The Girls Aloud” star has a bump on her nose. “I had short hair for so long and I was bored that I couldn’t do anything with it. I wanted a high pony, so I put in hair extensions. I don’t like my nose, but changing it is an extreme too far. “It makes me who I am and OK, I’ve got a bump in my nose, but f**k it. Some people have got bog ears, some people have got big bums, everydifferent,” body’s quoted the 25-year-old as saying. Roberts also said that everybody has insecurities about their looks, which is why people wear make-up. “I always say that you have to love yourself, and once you do, other people will become more comfortable with who you are as a person and I still string stand by that. “If anyone was happy with how they looked then they wouldn’t wear make-up. You have to make yourself happy as well,” she said.

Nicola Roberts wonʼt get her nose fixed

Beckham downloads Beatles song for unborn baby


occer ace David Beckham has downloaded songs from “The Beatles” for his unborn daughter. Beckham has been preparing for the arrival of his first daughter with fashion designer wife Victoria next month by downloading the legendary band’s hits arranged in lullaby form.

“David has been downloading music for our baby! Rockabye baby lullaby renditions, so cool! Love The Beatles album!!! X VB (sic),” Victoria posted on Twitter. Also the couple, who have sons, Brooklyn, 12, Romeo, 8, and Cruz,6, together, will reportedly call their new daughter Jude, after listening one of the popular tracks from

Beatles “Hey Jude”. “They’ve narrowed the names to three and they’re keeping them a secret. Romeo wants to call her Justine Bieber, which is obviously off the list, but Brooklyn is a Beatles fan and suggested Jude, which David and Victoria actually like,” quoted a source as saying.


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he fascination of Indian audiences with ghosts, spectres and ghouls will now be extended to zombies as two zom-coms – Saif Ali Khan-produced “Go Goa Gone” and Abhay Deol-starrer “Shaadi of the Dead” – are set to go on floor at the same time. “Shor in the City” co-directors Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.’s “Go Goa Gone” is about a bunch of youngsters out to have fun who get assailed by zombies while “Manorama 6 Feet Under” director Navdeep Singh’s ‘Shaadi...” is about an attack by zombies while a Punjabi wedding is on. Both the projects take a lighter look at the cult of zombies. Interestingly, both the projects want to get on with their respective zombie films on the floor immediately. Each one wants to be the first zombie film to hit the screens. While Kunal Khemu, who plays the lead in “Go Goa Gone” feigns ignorance of the other project, “Shaadi...” producer Sid Jain says he’s aware of the other project. “More films will help widen the genre, so I’m happy someone else is attempting a zombie film. But I plan to make a series of zombie flicks. In fact, even before “Shaadi...” goes on the floors, we have planned the sequel ‘Honeymoon of The Dead’,” he said.

Saif, Abhay in battle of the zombies


ollywood actor Ryan Reynolds says he dislikes working with competitive actors because they make movie sets “toxic”. “It’s toxic on a set when you’re competitive with other actors. Whenever I’ve worked with another actor who’s been competitive, usually nine times out of 10 it has backfired on them - they’ve had a really unsatisfying experience. A film is so collaborative. It’s the sum of its parts,” quoted him as saying. Reynolds says he would love to reunite with Sandra Bullock for a project in future. “My producing partner is incredibly close with Sandra - we all met up about 10 years ago and we’ve been good friends since. I never thought we’d do a film together but it worked out,” he said. “Movies like that are so contingent on that chemistry – it’s a rare thing if you get it, so if I was going to do another romantic comedy, I would hope it would be with Ms. Bullock.”

Competitive actors make sets toxic: RYAN REYNOLDS



apper Snoop Dogg is planning to launch an ice cream and fast food joint. “My Snoop Dogg hot dogs will be coming out soon. The footlong Snoop Dogg hot dog, you hear me?... The ice cream s**t is going to happen ASAP (as soon as possible). Snoop’s Scoops,” quoted him as saying. He recently also revealed that he wants to release his own dictionary, titled “Doggtionary”, which would provide meanings of the unusual words and phrases he uses.


wilight actress Kristen Stewart has donated a pair of her shoes to charity to help victims of human trafficking. A statement from the charity, Shoe Revolt, reads: “Shoe Revolt is incredibly thankful for Kristen Stewart’s donation of a pair of black Keds. Her donations will be used to raise money for shelters and to create awareness about this issue in the teen community.” reports that the organisation sells shoes online to raise funds.

completes rehab stint


ctor Charlie Sheen’s estranged wife Brooke Mueller has finished her 45-day treatment programme at a rehab centre. Mueller, who has endured a long drug and alcohol abuse battle, is now said to be doing “amazing”. “Brooke is just taking it a day at a time. She has been down this road before and she knows what she has to do,” quoted a source as saying.

Stewart donates shoes to charity

Snoop Dogg to start food joint?


ood height and an attractive face are just not enough to get a place in Sushmita Sen’s Wadhawan Lifestyle I Am She contest. The former beauty queen and actress says the most important criterion for selection is a person with “good character”. “When I say character, I mean that a lot of women who come are very beautiful but some of them can do anything to achieve what they want. Such girls don’t belong to I Am She,” Sushmita told IANS in an interview. The Wadhawan Lifestyle I Am She contest has been choosing India’s official entry for the Miss Universe contest since last year. For 2010, Ushoshi Sengupta was the chosen one but couldn’t win the title. Earlier, Femina Miss India title holders participated in the pageant. This year, 20 candidates have been shortlisted. Before the names are finalised, Sushmita said, “We speak to them, we do background checking”. Sushmita, who became the first Indian woman to win the Miss Universe crown in 1994, added: “We don’t send a girl to Miss Universe (competition) if we haven’t done a proper background check because we don’t want the girl to get disqualified on any grounds. “The cases of women being married and not showing they are married or any other problem are on the rise. Being an international winner is about

“Brooke needs to continue to play an active role in her sobriety. When she goes to her AA (Alcoholic Anonymous) meetings every day and talks regularly with her sponsor, she does amazing,” the source added. Mueller and Sheen married in 2008, but split in April 2010 after the couple’s drugs and lifestyle problems got in their way. The couple’s divorce was finalised in May and they agreed for a joint custody deal for their twins last month.

having character. You can be very beautiful, very tall, fit the bill in every aspect, but if you don’t have a character, then there is a lesser chance of you getting selected.” Sushmita, 35, said candidates were learning and getting better. “The whole idea of the franchise is to pick out from the global audience what it is that India needs to spruce up to win. If we continue to have support of our sponsors, the awareness will grow faster because it is not a free job – creating awareness is an expensive proposition, which we started last year,” she said. Next year, Sushmita plans to give extra global exposure to the finalists by taking them abroad for grooming sessions. “Next year onwards a new chapter begins – the host countries will change. Only the main show will be held in India. The girls will be groomed in other countries. This way they will get basic international exposure even before going to the Miss Universe platform... it will help them not to get off balance when they reach the main pageant.” In 2000, Lara Dutta became the second Indian to win the prestigious title, but there has been no winner after that. Asked why, Sushmita, who has acted in films like “Biwi No.1”, “Main Hoon Na” and “Filhaal”, said simply: “Awareness.”

SUSHMITA SEN: BEING BEAUTY queen is about having character


upermodel Kate Moss has married her fiancé Jamie Hince in a lavish English country ceremony. Moss, wearing a rhinestone-studded gown by John Galliano, tied the knot Friday with “The Kills” frontman at the St. Peter’s Church in Little Faringdon, Gloucestershire – near the home the couple shares. reports that the special guests included stars Kelly Obourne, Rhys Ifans and Sadie Frost. The bride arrived at the church in a silver Rolls Royce, accompanied by her daughter and dad. Hince’s bandmate Alison Mosshart served as the groom’s bestwoman. Moss and Hince announced their engagement in February this year.


Bangalore Beat Evening Newspaper - 04.07.2011  

Bangalore Beat Evening Newspaper - 04.07.2011

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