BangaloreBeat Vol. 1, Issue 312 n Tuesday n July 5, 2011
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Evening daily SC nod to impeachment motion of Dinakaran New Delhi: In a setback to Sikkim High Court Chief Justice P D Dinakaran, the Supreme Court today refused to quash some of the charges framed against him by a Rajya Sabha-appointed panel looking into allegations of corrupt practices and misconduct against him. A bench headed by Justice G S Singhvi, however, allowed Dinakaran’s plea seeking removal of senior advocate P P Rao from the inquiry panel. The bench asked Rajya Sabha chairman and Vice President Hamid Ansari to reconstitute the panel by replacing Rao with another distinguished jurist. The court, however, made it clear that Dinakaran will be facing the same charges which were framed by the three-member committee comprising Supreme Court judge Justice Aftab Alam, Karnataka High Court Chief Justice J S Khehar and senior advocate P P Rao. The apex court had also rejected Sharan’s contention that the panel can neither conduct its own probe nor frame any additional charges as it is prohibited under Section 3 of the Judges Inquiry Act. “How can you say that? Supposing someone fabricates documents and submits it to the Speaker or Chairman as the case may be. The members on the basis of the fabricated documents adopt the notice of motion. Should the committee not scrutinise the material?” the bench had asked. “They are legally trained minds who can detect the fabricated material. In fact, it would offer protection to a judge also from baseless allegations,” the bench had said. PTI
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Bandh hits Telangana extension
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All shut as two‑day agitation begins Hyderabad: Normal life in the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh was disrupted today due to the two-day bandh called by the Telangana political Joint action Committee (JAC) in support of their demand for a separate state.
MPS MEET AZAD New Delhi: A day after tendering their resignations, Congress ministers, MPs and MLAs from Telangana region in Andhra Pradesh today met senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and are understood to have demanded an early decision by the Centre on the separate state issue. Three senior ministers – K Jana Reddy, Ponnala Laxmaiah and Basavaraj Saraiah – reached here from Hyder-
abad last night to hold consultations with the Congress high command on the issue after being summoned. Two MPs – Madhu Goud Yashki and Ponnam Prabhakar – and one MLA and one MLC also met Azad, party general secretary in-charge, and are believed to have explained as to why the Telangana lawmakers resigned from their posts. Continued on page 3
Schools, colleges, shops and other commercial establishments were closed and public transport services were hit due to the nounced a series of protests in rail blockade on July 8 and 9. bandh in all Telangana districts. support of the separate stateThe Andhra Pradesh State The JAC, which has an- hood call, has also called for a Road Transport Corporation (AP-
An emotional touch
Security guard found murdered
Girl alleges rape, burns self to death Manjunath Sharma Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: An 18-year-old girl, who was allegedly raped by a van driver at Jayaprakashnagar near Peenya second stage in the city, has burnt herself to death. Page 3
Actors Padma Vasanthi and Srinath get emotional at a function to inaugurate an exhibition of rare collection of photographs of cinematic genius Puttanna Kanagal at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath today. More photos, report on page 4
IT RAIDS ON CITY CO‑OP SOCIETIES Bangalore Beat Bureau
Two Bangalore engineering students have developed a smart traffic signal system that is not pre-set to the timings of a clock. The new system reads traffic density and then varies the signal light time, allowing smoother flow of traffic, Abhay K Kothari and Nipun Singh Chauhan explain Page 5 to Aknisree Karthik
Bangalore Nano to be held on Dec 8, 9 Bangalore Beat Bureau
Bangalore: A security guard, who was working at a superstore, was butchered to death at Uttarahalli in the city this morning. The deceased, Rajshekar (40), was found dead in the basement of the superstore that is located on the Uttarahalli main road. The reason behind the murder is unknown, the Subramanyapura police said.
Beyond Beat SOME HOPE FOR SMOOTH TRAFFIC
SRTC) suspended its services at various places as a precautionary measures and commuters had a tough time reaching their destinations. The bandh supporters held demonstrations and stopped vehicular movement at various places. City buses of APSRTC in Hyderabad largely remained off the roads and consequently, the auto drivers had a field day. Police have made elaborate security arrangements in view of the bandh and no untoward incidents was reported from anywhere in the morning hours. JAC has also planned to organise the blockade of national highways and other protests in the coming days, TRS President K Chandrasekhar Rao announced yesterday after a meeting of the JAC. The JAC comprises TRS, BJP and a number of peoples’ organisations.
raided the houses of cooperatives officials and verified docBangalore: The income tax de- uments relating to financial partment took massive raids on the cooperative societies and their presidents, directors and secretaries residences this morning. The raids were conducted transactions of these societies. all over the city where more The raids were conducted than 30 co operative societies in various localities like have been targeted. Nearly 35 Malleshwaram, Rajajinagar, official teams of IT deparment Gayathrinagar, Subramanya-
pura, Thyagarajanagar and some other places.Officials thoroughly searched offices of these cooperatives and seized some documents. However they refuse to divulge the names of the societies or the officials whom they raided. The raids were conducted by Manjunath deputy director of Income Tax along with his 30 plus officials in Bangalore this morning.
Bangalore: The fourth edition of Bangalore Nano is going to be held on December 8 and 9, said ITBT secretary M N Vidyashankar here today. Higher education and science minister V S Acharya and chairman of Vision Group on Nanotechnology C N R Rao took part in the event. This year, the conference will focus on interactive networking activities. It will facilitate a meeting of scientists, industrialists, government representatives and academics from across the globe, he said. The global delegation will attend full two days of the conference. There will be a special programme, nanotech for the young, where students from colleges and schools will take part. There will also be sessions that open up avenues for researchers, he said. Globally renowned scientist Sir Richard Friend, Dr E W Meijer of Eindham University, Dr Timothy Fisher of Purdue University, and other prominent scientists will take part in the event, he added. He said, “Nanotechnology will revolutionise the world with energy storage, ultra dense storage and water treatment. By 2015, nanotechnology industry will be $1.6 trillion industry, where North America will have 25 percent share of it, Europe 22 percent and Asia 32 percent.” He also outlined that nanotechnology institute will come up on Tumkur road. Adjacent to the institute a nano park will be set up where incubation of the industry will occur, he added. Photo on page 4
Employeesʼ association protests, saying it will jeopardize chance of others
D L Harish Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: Two senior-level officers from the Karnataka Legislative Assembly Secretariat are seeking an extension, obstructing promotions of other officers in the queue. The secretariat employees’ association has now raised objections and asked chief minister B S Yeddyurapa, who is the chairman of the special board governing appointment at the secretariat, not to consider their application for extension. The two officers who have applied for
extension are secretary II T N Dhruv Kumar, who is retiring on August 31, and secretary S B Patil, who is retiring on October 31. The two officers have already got an extension of sorts when the retirement age was increased from 58 to 60. The Karnataka Legislative Assembly Secretariat Employees’ Association met on June 20 and resolved to oppose any move at extending the terms of the two officers. They have now written a letter to the chief minister asking him not to consider their request. Continued on page 4
Back to school Chief minister B S Yeddyurappa spent time with schoolchildren at Yelahanka today. All the political leaders visited various schools across the state in a programme organised by the education department to promote education.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
ONLINE RETAIL INDUSTRY to reach `7,000 cr mark
Bangalore: The online retail industry in India is likely to be worth Rs 7,000 crore by 2015 due to easy availability of broadband services and increasing internet penetration across the country, apex industry body Assocham has said today. Buying-selling trends received from leading online shopping portals indicate the online retail market currently stands at Rs 2,000 crore and is growing at a steady annual rate of 35 percent. India is set to become the third largest nation of internet users in the next two years with a large chunk of youngsters eager to adopt new technologies with rapidly changing lifestyles. ”A booming economy and rising disposable incomes have contributed to the evolution of online shopping,” said D S Rawat, secretary-general of the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), releasing findings of a random survey conducted during January to June 2011 in 10 cities in which 5,000 shoppers were interviewed. Earlier, most online shoppers used to evaluate options by gathering information on available products and prices or buy low-value items like gift products but finally opted for final transactions at the traditional retail outlets. “But now the trend is changing fast. Leading companies have gauged the potential of online retail industry and are gearing up fast to cash in,” said Mr Rawat. The survey conducted by Assocham Social Development Foundation (ASDF) involved interactions with 500 shoppers in the age group of 16 to 35 years each in ten cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Lucknow and Jaipur.
Bajpai is new BHEL director Bangalore: P K Bajpai has assumed charge as Director (Finance) of Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. Prior to this, he was heading the company’s Financial Services division as Executive Director, it said in a release. A mchanical engineer P K Bajpai from IIT, Kanpur; MBA from the University of Leeds, the UK and AICWA from the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India, Bajpai joined BHEL as an Engineer Trainee in 1977, it said. He has 34 years of diversified and versatile professional experience through working in major segments of BHEL. PTI
Sterling appoints new MD
Bangalore: Sterling Holiday Resorts India Ltd., has announced the appointment of Ramesh Ramanathan as its new managing director. Ramanathan was heading Mahindra Holidays and Resorts India Ltd and was also on the group executive board of the Mahindra group, according to a Sterlings statement. Ramanathan would be responsible for consolidating the company’s operations and guiding its growth in the rapidly growing holiday and vacation ownership industry.
New Volvo from city to Hospet Bangalore: KSRTC will introduce Volvo bus service from Bangalore to Hospet from Thursday. These services are in addition to the existing KSRTC services. The Volvo bus leaves from Bangalore at 7 am and reach Hospet at 1 pm. The same bus will leave from Hospet railway station at 3 pm and reach Bangalore at 9 pm. You can call 7760990562, 7760990561 for details and log on to www.ksrtc.in.
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Majority of consumers also said they shop online to purchase products that cannot be found in malls and the local markets. Around 25 percent (most of these comprised high-income consumers residing in suburbs, NCR cities) of the respondents said they prefer to hangout and shop at swanky malls, upmarket shopping complexes as they not only boast of multibrand availability under one roof but provide air-conditioned, dust-free atmosphere. A total of 20 percent of those interviewed said they prefer to shop at local traditional markets because of the familiarity with ambiance, ease of access, variety of goods, early opening and late closing
About 40 percent of those surveyed across these cities said they prefer to shop online considering convenience to shop anytime during the 24 hours and one can collect detailed product information. Besides,
one can research variety of products available and can easily compare prices from different vendors anywhere in the world.
times and shop owners’ relationship with loyal customers. A meagre 15 percent of shoppers said they prefer to shop at specialty stores rather than making a voyage to a mall or looking for a good bargain at
traditional markets as they can get specific stuff from specific stores. Consumers in Mumbai ranked number one among top five cities, with almost 65 percent of Mumbaikars saying they prefer shopping online and citied rising fuel prices as one of the primary reason they do not want to loiter around malls, traditional shopping hubs. Ahmedabad ranked second where almost 55 percent of respondents said they prefer shopping followed by Delhi where 45 percent of consumers said they prefer shopping online. Shoppers in Bangalore ranked on 5th spot with 30 percent of respondents saying they prefer to shop online, whereas 35 percent of shoppers (mostly youngsters) said they prefer to stroll through malls for their shopping needs. About 15 percent of respondents said they prefer to shop at neighborhood markets and around 20 percent of them opted for shopping at specialty stores to buy specific commodities like groceries, apparels, toiletries, stationary etc. Facilities like free shipping, product ratings/reviews, multiple payment options, product demonstration videos and free return policy largely influence the purchasing decision of consumers shopping online, concluded the survey. Of those who are averse to shopping online cited various reasons like prefer to research products and services online and then actually buy them from a store (30 percent), find delivery costs too high (20 percent), don’t want to share personal financial information online (25 percent), lack of trust on whether products would be delivered in good condition (15 percent), don’t have a credit/debit card (10 percent).
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
survey takers expressed that for them the purpose of buying a house in the hills was clearly self use, be it for now or for future. Another 29 percent respondents want to look at such options as a holiday destination or weekend getaway. Interestingly, only 21 percent want to buy real estate in the hilly areas as probable investment options. The remaining 14 percent is made up of those who want to beat the city life and plan to settle post-retirement in these emerging as probable residential jority of home buyers are ready areas. to move into the hills and are options. Among all cities, maximum Gone are the days when own- looking at these destinations for (37 percent) is from Delhi, who ing a house in the hills was most- residing purpose in the near fu- want to look at such options for ly looked from an investment ture. taking a break from the city life. point of view; today a large maWith 37 percent, majority of For all other major cities, self
Decorative itemsʼ expo from July 7 Bangalore: An exhibition of materials used for festival decoration will be held in the city from July 7 to 9 at Samaja Seva Sangha auditorium in Jayanagar. The exhibition will be open from 10 am till 7.30 pm, said a press note from Pavithra Creations, organisers of the exhibition. The decorative items last long and make your house look attractive, said the press note.
use of the property seemed to be most important. Majority of respondents from the key cities, want to build a house for self consumption. Climate dicates the choice of home buyers in selecting a property in hills. Climatic condition of a hill station emerged as the most significant factor for attracting real estate buyers to that area. Property options under Rs 20 lakh are most in demand. Preference for bungalows wins hands down as compared to other property options like apartments and plots, the survey said. While the majority of national respondents want to own a house in Lonavala, respondents from Delhi/NCR had Nainital & Mussorie on top of their lists. PTI
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Home and transport minister R Ashok presents Lion of the year award to Lion C G Suresh Kumar. District Governor P R S Chetan and Lion Sujatha look on.
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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
Lion of the year awarded
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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)
DELHI BELLY (A)
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)
Hill stations attract property buyers Bangalore: With family income on the rise, hill stations in India are increasingly becoming attractive real estate destinations for more and more Indians, according to a survey. While some want an abode in hill stations as only a holiday home, some others want it as a second home they can drop in any time they please. This appetite, though still niche, is catching up fast amongst Indian homebuyers. The survey, conducted on the website Makaan.com from June one to June 23 this year, saw participation from over 4,800 respondents nationally, with the majority of them belonging to the age group of 26-35 years. According to the survey findings, Indian hill stations are
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).
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
CITY EVENTS General Ministry of Defence: Passing out parade of 234 Army recruits, Lt Gen S S Sengupta reviews, Madras Engineer Group and Centre, Ulsoor, near Ulsoor Lake, 8.15 pm. Rotary Bangalore Orchards: Installation of the president and officebearers by Dt Governor Rtn Pandurang Potnis, Justice Santosh Hegde participates, Hotel Royal Orchid, Golf Avenue, near KGA, Old Airport Road, 7 pm.
Cultural Rangabugudidangal: Release of the book ‘Ranga Bahiranga and Benki,’ by Minister V Somanna, Ravindra Kalakshetra, J C Road, 5.30 pm. Sundara Prakashana: Release of the book ‘The Charmer and his Clarionet: Life and Achievements of Pt Narasimhalu Vadavati,’ Shyamala G Bhave, Journalist Ravi Belagere participate, Indian Institute of World Culture, no 6, B P Wadia Road, Basavanagudi, 5.30 pm.
Religious Our School: Discourse by Yogeesh, school premises, next to Police Station, Banashankari II Stage, 6.15 pm. Vijayanagar Sri Madhwa Seva Trust: Discourse on ‘Mangalashtaka,’ by Ambarishachar, 37/2, Gangadhar Layout, II Main Road, Vijayanagar, 6.30 pm. Sri Ramakrishna Seva Trust: Discourse on Bhagwad Gita by Swami Abhaya Chaitanya, State Bank of India Officers Community Centre, 57, Sneha Sadana, State Bank of India Officers Colony, Basaveshwara Nagar, 6.30 pm.
Exhibitions Photographs by Homai Vyarawalla: Tuesday, July 5th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. National Gallery of Modern Art, No 49 Manikyavelu Mansion, Palace Road, The National Gallery of Modern art is hosting an exhibition of iconic photographs taken by Homai Vyarawalla, India's first woman photojournalist, who started working in the 1930s and was instrumental in tracing the lives and work of political leaders through her lens. Negotiated Positions @ Gallery Blue Spade: Tuesday, July 5th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Gallery Blue Spade, The Chancery, 10/6 Lavelle Road, An exhibition of contemporary art by Babu Eshwar Prasad, V G Venugopal, Sunoj D, Suchender P, Gurusidappa G E, Murali Cheeroth, Chandra Bhattacharjee, Prasanta Sahu, Farhad Hussain and Rajiba Lochan Pani. Group Show @ Sumukha: Tuesday, July 5th, 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: Tuesday, July 5th, 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. The Art Mix @ Caperberry: Tuesday, July 5th, 2011. 12:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Caperberry, No 48/1 Ground Floor, The Estate, Dickenson Road, Caperberry and Art Chutney present 'The Art Mix', a group show featuring artwork by artists such as HR Das, Nagesh Goud, Amol Pawar and others.
Shopping Crimson's Annual Monsoon Sale: Tuesday, July 5th, 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: Tuesday, July 5th, 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. Celio End of Season Sale: Tuesday, July 5th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Celio, Brigade Road, Discounts up to 70% on all apparel and accessories. Lifestyle presents Watch Fest: Tuesday, July 5th, 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: Tuesday, July 5th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wrangler, No 777, 100 Feet Road,Indiranagar Wran gler kickstarts its end of season sale, with discounts of up to 50%. Pepe Sale: Tuesday, July 5th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Pepe, No 2, Brigade Road, Discounts of up to 60% on all merchandise. Sale @ Esprit: Tuesday, July 5th, 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% on apparel and accessories, and a flat 25% off watches. Lee Sale: Tuesday, July 5th, 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: Tuesday, July 5th, 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. 3 for 2 offer: Tuesday, July 5th, 2011. 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Landmark, The Forum Mall, No 21, Hosur Road, Koramangala Landmark presents the 3 for 2 offer, where readers can choose from a collection of over 200 best sellers and new releases and get three books with the offer sticker for the price for two.
Special Events Tuesdays with the Bard: Tuesday, July 5th, 2011. 7 p.m. Urban Solace - Cafe for the Soul, No 32, Annaswamy Mudaliar Road, Ulsoor Lake Tuesdays with the Bard is an initiative to create opportunities for poets and poetry lovers to get together. It features poets reading their creations in a new experience every Tuesday. Today, published poet B Vinayan takes the stage.
Comedy Wayne Brady Live @ Lalit Ashok: Tuesday, July 5th, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. The Lalit Ashok, Kumara Krupa Road, High Grounds Wayne Brady, of 'Who's Line is it Anyways?' fame performs live. His troupe backs him up with music.
Eating Out Power Lunch: Tuesday, July 5th, 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: Tuesday, July 5th, 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: Tuesday, July 5th, 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: Tuesday, July 5th, 2011. 12:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Shiro, Shiro introduces 'Flavour of the Month An Extraordinary Culinary Journey'. Burger-Binging Monsoon Menu @ Mocha: Tuesday, July 5th, 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: Tuesday, July 5th, 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.
18‑yr‑old alleges rape by her boyfriend, burns self to death Manjunath Sharma
Manjunath Sharma Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: An 18-year-old girl, who was allegedly raped by a van driver at Jayaprakashnagar near Peenya second stage in the city, has burnt herself to death. The girl, who had suffered 85 percent burns and admitted to Victoria Hospital, died last night. The accused, Manjunath Gowda (28), is said to be absconding. The victim, in her statement before the Bangalore North taluk tahsildar Shivaswamy, stated that she poured kerosene and bunt herself on June 27 around 1.45 pm as she could not bear the humiliation of facing her brother Bheema Naika. She stated that she was a 10th standard dropout and her elder brother was working at a private company. Hailing from a poor family in Pavagada of Tumkur district, the victim’s brother had brought her to Bangalore and got her a job in a garment factory at Peenya Industrial Area. About a year ago, she came in contact with Manjunath, a
tempo driver who used to pick up employees from her garment factory. He started flirting with her and told her that he loved her. When the relationship got serious, he promised her that they could marry soon. He had taken her once to Nandi Hills and another time to Mysore. He kept insisting that they should get into a physical relationship, which was refused by her. Once in a while, he would sneak into her house after her brother went to work. On June 27, the victim told her brother that she was not feeling well and would not go to work. After Bheema left, Manjunath came into the house around 11.30 am and raped her. Just about the same time, her brother knocked on the door. Manjunath opened the door and got into an argument with Bheema, she stated in her declaration. After Manjunath left, Bheema found his sister sitting in the room and crying. She told Bheema that she had been raped. An angry Bheema ran out to catch Manjunath. But the driver had already fled the area. As Bheema was searching, he got a call on his mobile phone
life and did not have a regular income. He had warned Manjunath against pursuing his sister. Bheema’s neighbours alerted him about Manjunath’s frequent visits. On June 27 too, one of the neighbours called him, who caught his sister and the driver red-handed. But the police had a different version of the story. They said the victim committed suicide as her family was opposed to her relationship with Manjunath. The police said that one time, the couple had planned to run away and get married. The police said that on June 27, Bheema came home along with his colleagues Shankara and Raju to confront Manjunath. When caught, an argument ensued and neighbours gathered at the scene. But Manjunath An 18-year-old girl, who alleged that she was raped by her boyfriend, burnt herself at her cooled them and sent them house in Peenya second stage. The victim, who had sufferd 85 percent burns, died at Vic- back, saying he and the victim toria Hospital last night. were in love. The two colleagues too left from his sister, who said she By the time he rushed back love affair in December, and the place, saying it was a family was committing suicide as she home, the victim was in flames advised his sister against it as issue and they would not want could not bear the humiliation. and had to be immediately shift- she was still a minor. But the to get involved. After this huWhen he tried calling her back, ed to hospital. young girl would have none of miliating incident, the victim he got a message that the phone Bheema told Bangalore Beat it. Bheema even told her that committed suicide, the police had been switched off. that he came to know about the Manjunath had not settled in added.
No surgery, Shivu returns to city from Paris
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ported in some sections of the media. He said the doctors told him that there was no cause for concern about a possible blood clot in the head and it could be removed with the help of tablets. “I am thankful to my fans and the people of Karnataka for their love and affection. I will continue to act in Kannada films and keep Kannadigas happy,” he said. Shivrajkumar went to Paris for treatment on June 25 following a diagnosis of a blood clot due to a head injury which he suffered after a decorative arch fell on him during a function last month.
Bangalore: Film star Shivrajkumar returned to Bangalore after a general health check-up in Paris. Shivrajkumar arrived at BIAL this morning and was received by his brother Raghavendra Rajkumar, brother-in-law Madhu Bangarappa and other personalities from the film land. After arriving Shivrajkumar said there is nothing to worry about his health and he had been to Paris for a health check up and did not undergo surgery as was re-
Govt neglecting central schemes: Parameshwar
1 lakh students to be given traffic sense this year: Sood Bangalore Beat Bureau
from primary and secondary schools.” Bangalore: Over one lakh schoolCity police commissioner children will be educated about Jyothi Prakash Mirji said, “It is traffic and related issues across important to follow traffic rules. the city this year, said additional It is difficult to follow rules, and commissioner of police (traffic) easy to break them. But somePraveen Sood at the inauguration where, some tragedy will occur of a programme to educate the because one has broken the rules, children in the city today. and you will feel very sad.” This is the third year of the “The TASK will teach students Traffic Awareness for School Kids about basics of traffic rules and (TASK) programme that has been regulations. training students in the city. The It is important to teach them programme was held at the traffic young. This is the age they park on St Mark’s road. The park can accommodate should be moulded. If the A group of traffic policemen around 200 students and the children are taught, they will visits schools and brief children practical classes are held every pass on the message to their about the importance of follow- Saturday, he added. At the park, friends, parents and siblings,” ing traffic rules and other issues. the students would be taught Mirji said. The one-hour theory class at how to follow traffic rules, what Traffic wardens will educate schools will be followed by the is zebra-crossing, different sig- children at the park and will aspractical display at the park. nages, etc, he said. “It is impor- sist them in understanding varTraffic experts will make attrac- tant to imbibe a sense of traffic ious rules. The children are active presentation using PPTs, discipline at a young age. The companied by their teachers and hold theory classes and answer programme aims to do just that. the traffic police department questions from the students, It has been designed to suit dif- makes transport arrangements Sood said. ferent age groups, like children for these children.
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Gadag: The BJP government failed to give good governance for Karnataka said KPCC president G Parameshwar here this morning. Addressing a gathering and party workers at a function organised as party of Congress walk to villages programme, Parameshwar said the BJP government has failed to implement the Central government schemes in the state. While the central government released crores of rupees under NREG (national rural employment guarantee scheme) for the benefit of poor people in villages, the state government has not released the funds to gram panchayats. People working under NREG scheme has not been paid, he alleged. While the state government
is claiming credit for 108 ambulance service, the reality is that the central government is contributing 90 per cent of funds to this scheme, he said. The chief minister and health minister B Sriramulu photos are carried in 108 ambulances, he charged.
Actor Aindrita Ray presents the Kingfisher Derby trophy to Bangalore Turf Club chairman D M Kumaraswamy as United Breweries senior vice-president marketing Samar Singh Sheikhawat in the city recently. The derby will be held on July 10.
Engine makers interested in domestic aircraft
Bangalore: Global engine makers have evinced keen interest to take part in India’s proposed Rs 7,555 crore national civil aircraft development (NCAD) programme, expected to give a major boost to civil aviation industry. Bangalore-based National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), under the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has already completed a feasibility study on the design and development of a national civil aircraft for regional connectivity under the guidance of a high-powered committee (HPC). “Many of the engine manufacturers came and talked to
us. They have made presenta- of a baseline 90 seat, twin turtions about their products,” bofan engine powered aircraft chairman of the HPC, G Mad- has been completed under the oversight of the HPC, which submitted the feasibility study report to the government in May this year. Nair, a former chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), expects formal cabinet approval for the project in two-three months and said he does not anticipate any problem in its clearance as the programme has been welcomed by all government quarters. havan Nair, said. “We had deAccording to officials, the tailed discussions with engine aircraft would help connect tiermanufacturers”, he said. II and tier-III cities with major Based on detailed market metros, thereby boosting inclustudies, configuration definition sive economic growth. PTI
Telangana ministers, MPs meet Azad Continued from page 1
The ministers, MPs, MLAs and MLCs resigned from their seats yesterday to mount pressure on the Centre and Congress to take an early decision on the contentious statehood demand. The lawmakers have been maintaining that the people of Telangana feel that only a separate state could fulfill their aspirations and that resignation will be the right way to protest. However, home minister P Chidambaram said yesterday that the Centre is yet to take a final decision on the issue and that it will try to expedite the consultation process. The Congress has also asked its lawmakers to wait till the consultation process is over, but they want an early decision. PTI
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Temple treasure belongs to PUTTANNA REMEMBERED royal family: Sankaracharya THROUGH RARE PHOTOS Gangadhar Puja
Kanchipuram (TN): The huge treasures found in Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram were the “exclusive property” of Travancore royal family that dedicated their kingdom to the presiding deity of the temple, Kanchi Sankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi said today. “For long the erstwhile royal family was the custodian of the temple and they dedicted their kingdom to Lord Sree Padmanabhaswamy.The treasures were offerings made by erstwhile rulers to the temple, hence the recoveries belonged to the royal family”, he said. “However, the treasures should be kept in the temple cellars itself,” he said. The cellars of the temple, closed for several decades, were ordered to be opened by the Supreme Court to prepare inventory while considering a private petition recently. The deity of Padmanabha Swami Temple is the family deity of Travancore royal
family. Members of the erstwhile royal family had dedicated their kingdom to the deity and pledged that they will live as servants of Padmanabha. The Shrine is run by a trust floated by the Travnacore royal
house. Vast collection of gold, silver, precious stones and priceless jewellery were discovered in the cellars of the temple while preparing the inventory. PTI
Mysore city corp website launched
G S Ravishankar
Medical education and Mysore district in-charge miniser S A Ramadass launches Mysore City Corporation website at Mysore today.
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Chikkanna and commissioner Raikar. The website www.mysore Mysore: The city corporation city.gov.in covers 9 divisions of has launched its website, perhaps the governmental activities. first of its kind in the country Ramadass said it is heralding this morning. of a new era of Mysore and simMedical education and district ilar websites will be launched incharge minister S A Ramadass for the MUDA and zilla panchayinaugurated the website along ats. He said the website is funded with mayor Pushpalatha through the Rs. 100 crore ear-
marked by state and central governments for the overall development of Mysore. He said the website will be uploaded on a daily basis and bills raised will be cleared within 7 working days of the corporation. The website will also provide information under RIT. Bangalore-based Patil and Company developed the website.
SC holds salwa judum as unconstitutional New Delhi: The Supreme Court today restrained the Chhattisgarh government and the Centre from appointing tribals as Special Police Officers and arming them to counter Maoists, terming the step as “unconstitutional”. The court also ordered a CBI probe into the attack on social activist Swami Agnivesh during his visit to Maoist-hit Chhattisgarh in March. “We direct the CBI to take over the investigation into series of violence and attack unleashed on Swami Agnivesh and his companions,” a bench comprising justices B Sudershan Reddy and S S Nijjar said. Asking the Chhattisgarh government and the Centre to desist from appointing the tribals as Special Police Officers (SPOs) and arming them for countering the Naxals in any manner directly
or indirectly, the court said the appointment of tribal youths as SPOs is “unconstitutional”. The bench said that the eligibility criteria including the educational qualification and training of the tribals to combat Maoists goes against the provisions of statues and the Constitution.It said that creation of Koya Commandos and Salwa Judum was in violation of the Constitution. The special police officers have been given the name Koya Commandos after that of a tribe in the Dantewada region. The issue of SPOs has arisen during the hearing of a petition against existence of Salwa Judum (vigilante groups) in Naxal-hit regions of the state to fight Maoists.The petition was filed by sociologist Nandini Sundar, historian Ramachandra Guha,
former bureaucrat E A S Sarma and others seeking a direction to the state government to refrain from allegedly supporting Salwa Judum. . The issue of attack on Swami Agnivesh was brought before the court in the month of April this year. Earlier, Agnivesh had said that Salwa Judum was still active and the chief minister was indulging in double-speak as no FIR has been lodged against any of its members as per the recommendation of the NHRC. Swami Agnivesh had come to the court in March this year when he was attacked by a group of people – allegedly consisting of SPOs and Salwa Judum volunteers – when he was visiting a Naxal region near Dantewada with activists of the Art of Living of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. PTI
Bangalore Nano on December 8, 9
IT-BT secretary M N Vidyashankar, senior scientist C N R Rao, higher education minister V S Acharya take part in a function to announce the Banglaore Nano conference in the city today. Bangalore Nano will be held on December 8 and 9.
2 secretariat oﬃcials seek extension Continued from page 1 Association president Subramanya S Kumta told Bangalore Beat that the two officers are lured by good and influential offices and lucrative salaries. “But it is going to jeopardize the chances of other officers. It is not fair,” he added. The two officers who are going to be directly affected by any such move, additional secretary Om Prakash and joint secretary Manjunath have written to the association asking it to intervene. Om Prakash would come in the place of Patil, while Manjunath would take over from Dhruv Kumar. Sources told Bangalore Beat that Dhruv Kumar submitted the application to Speaker K G Bopaiah yesterday, seeking an extension. Association members pointed to a gazette notification brought out on December 23,.1994 that the government should not consider any extension of terms for any posts. After the June 20 meeting, association members have written to the chief minister on June 29, asking him not to consider the extension. The board that appoints the secretariat employees also consists of the assembly Speaker, legislative council chairman and law and parliamentary affairs minister.
Tanveer Sait visits govt school Mysore: Congress MLA Tanveer Sait inspected Gumchi Government School at Veeranagere area next to Mysore central jail this morning. The school comprises of 564 students – high school 210 and middle school 304. Sait released a poster on ‘children rights on education’. He said the education should be made compulsory to all children and no child should be left without education. Children should avail of the government’s facility of providing free education up to 7th standard. Sait said he will provide library facilities and bookracks for 20 schools which come under his constituency. He called upon the children to maintain cleanliness in their schools and ensure hygiene conditions.
Rahul visits Bhatta Parsaul again Greater Noida: Nearly two months after his visit to the epicentre of farmers’ protests at Bhatta Parsaul that led to his midnight arrest, Rahul Gandhi made his way to the twin villages again here early this morning throwing a fresh challenge to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati. The Congress General Secretary made Bhatta Parsaul, which saw widespread protests over land acquisition two months back, the first stop of his ‘Kisan Sandesh Yatra’ when he came calling in a car at 6 am drumming up support for the planned kisan mahapanchayat in Aligarh on Saturday. The Mayawati government refused Rahul permission to hold a kisan mahapanchayat in Bhatta Parsaul in the outkirts of Delhi as the two sides geared up for another round of confrontation ahead of the crucial Assembly elections in UP next year. Rahul looked very much at home, holding a small, beaming child in school uniform on his lap as he talked to villagers. Rahul was accompanied by security personnel. “Whatever happened in Bhatta Parsaul, other people were not aware of it. I wanted to understand this land acquisition happening here, from here to Agra. This yatra I have started from Bhatta.”
Ashwathanarayana, who has taken rare photographs of Puttanna Kanagal, actors Srinath, Padma Vasanthi, Jayanithi, Puttanna’s wife Nagalakshmi and director T S Nagabharana at the inauguration of the photo exhibition at the CKP today. Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: An exhibition of a rare collection of photographs of director Puttanna Kanagal was inaugurated at Karnataka Chitakala Parishath today. The photographs are shot by Ashwathanarayana, who worked with the cinematic genius for over two decades. Attending the emotional ceremony, actors Srinath, Jayanti and Padma Vasanthi, who have all worked with Puttanna, recalled their days with the director who elevated Kannada cinema to greater heights. Padma Vasanthi broke down looking at the old photographs. “I remember each and every moment I spent with Puttanna on the sets. These photographs bring back
those memories. He was a great man,” she said choked with emotion. “I am very happy that these moments were captured for posterity.”
Srinath said, “We remember our times with the great man. Puttanna made the Kannada film industry known all around the country. He was a people’s director
TRS CHIEF, VIJAY SHANTI
QUIT LOK SABHA
Hyderabad: The Telangana movement today gathered further steam with TRS President K Chandrasekhar Rao and party MP Vijay Shanthi resigning from their Lok Sabha membership in support of the demand for a separate state. Chadrasekhar Rao and Shanthi faxed their resignation letter to the Lok Sabha Speaker. Rao would meet the Speaker personally in a day or two, TRS sources said. State Textiles Minister Shankar Rao, who is in the US, has also faxed his resignation to the Deputy Speaker, taking the total number of state ministers who have quit to 12. However, Rao has only resigned from the assembly and not from the cabinet. 75 MLAs and a dozen MPs had quit yesterday
to mount pressure on the Centre for an early announcement in favour of separate statehood demand. Chandrasekhar Rao represents the Mahaboobnagar Lok Sabha constituency, while Shanthi represents the Medak constituency. TRS and the Telangana political Joint Action Committee (JAC) have been demanding en masse resignations by MPs, MLAs of Congress and TDP to force the Centre to accept the separate statehood demand. Speaking at a meeting here last night, Chandrasekhar Rao described the resignations of public representatives as historical and demanded that the Centre take the en masse resignations into cognisance for accepting the demand. PTI
Mʼrashtra students with 45% can apply for engg Nagpur: Engineering colleges in Maharashtra, which were finding it extremely difficult to get candidates for degree courses, have some reason to cheer now. The All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), an an advisory body in all matters relating to technical education, has relaxed the basic eligibility criteria for admissions to the first year engineering course. The criterion has been brought down to 45 per cent (40 per cent for reserved category) aggregate in physics, chemistry and math-
ematics (PCM) group in standard XII exam, from 50 per cent in force till last year. This follows the apex engineering body?s decision to lower the bar for polytechnic admissions to 35 per cent from 50 per cent in standard X exam from any board. “The AICTE had taken this decision a couple of days back. But I’ts yet to reach us formally,” sources close to the director of technical education (Mumbai) Subhash Mahajan said. The official added that DTE will make changes only after
getting official communication in this regard. Sources said the last date of submission of forms is also likely to be extended, if the new criterion is implemented. They pointed out that AICTE was forced to lower the bar as demand for engineers was globally high, but the field evoked a poor response from candidates. Not only were high fees a factor, but many students were also not able to fulfil even the basic criteria of getting 50 percent in PCM group in class XII exams. PTI
and pulled the audience to the theatres. Youngsters should follow in his footsteps.” Puttanna’s wife Nagalakshmi and son Ramu Kanagal too were present.
Goa booze bottles to carry holograms Panaji: In a bid to certify theoriginality of the liquor available in Goa, the state excise department has decided to introduce holo grams on the liquor bottles manufactured in the state soon. With this, tourists, planning to have booze in Goa during the vacations gulp down the contents without the fear of spurious liquor. But, for that they will have to make sure that the liquor bottle carries a proper hologram. Excise commissioner P S Reddy said that such a measure is being put in place to make sure that the tourists are not sold spurious or adulterated liquor in the state. “Hologram will be a multicolour seal that would be tamp er-proof and will be pasted on the bottle at the manufacturing facility itself,” he said, adding that it would be unique to the kind of liquor. “If the hologram is removed, it will be denigrated into pieces,” Reddy said. The state government, which has invited tenders for hologram manufacturing, has sent the samples to IIT Delhi to check the quality of labels. Goa, which attracts around 24 lakh visitors every year, is a favourite liquor destination with the availability of non-expensive liquor across the state. Reddy said the state manufactures around 3 lakh boxes of liquor every month, of which, only 50 per cent is consumed locally, while the rest is exported to other states. “Locally, most of the liquor sale is done through restaurants,” he said.PTI
Toughest Caribbean tracks Iʼve played on, says Dravid
Roseau (Dominica): He might have been the most prolific Indian scorer in the ongoing Test series but senior Indian batsman Rahul Dravid says it has not been easy as he has had to adjust to the most challenging West Indian tracks in his four visits here. “The two tracks (in the series) have been the toughest I have played on in my four trips (to the Caribbean),” claimed Dravid ahead of the final Test starting here Wednesday. “From what I believe, this pitch too would have pace and bounce,” he said. Dravid is the leading scorer of the series from both sides, having made 212 runs from four innings at an average of 53.00. India, leading 1-0 in the three-Test series, face a litmus test to come out unscathed from the final game. Dravid has no doubt that his team would, by the time the match is over. “Everybody wants to finish on a good note. Having said so, we need five days of big performance. I believe we have the team to win the Test. The attitude within the squad is very positive,” he said. “We would have liked to win in Barbados. But losing 130 overs due to rain was disappointing. We were on a roll, from the second innings onwards,” he said. . India had set a target of 280 runs on the final day and West Indies were on the verge of losing at 202 for seven when rain and
bad light allowed them to live another day. “Bowling has been very good. Both the tracks were slightly tilted in favour of batsmen which is good. These wickets have had a lot of pace and bounce. But they have been good cricket wickets. They have been good advertisement for Test cricket,” he said. Dravid might have found these tracks merely challenging but it has been absolutely devastating for a few young batsmen, notably Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli, who have been miserable failures. “These tracks have been hard on batsmen. The quality of bowling has made it very
challenging. Our batting hasn’t fired but in the context of wickets and series, we haven’t done too badly. “It’s not easy for young batsmen. These tracks probably have been the toughest they would come across in their careers. In that respect they would have learnt a lot and it would hold them in good stead,” he said. Dravid was all praise for Indian bowling, especially Ishant Sharma, and marveled at the way the slip cordon has performed in the series. “Our bowling has been exceptional. Our slip catching has been top class. It’s a great positive.” PTI
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Beyond Beat SOME HOPE FOR Tuesday, July 5, 2011
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Beetroot juice can help boost stamina London: Drinking beetroot juice can help athletes beat the best, scientists have claimed. Researchers at the University of Exeter found that the brightly-coloured juice gives professional cyclists such a boost that they can shave vital seconds off their time. Beetroot juice is a natural source of nitrate, which is thought to be the active ingredient in affecting athlete’s performance. According to the scientists, the chemical, once inside the body, starts widening blood vessels, speeding oxygen flow to the muscles, including the brain, and allowing them make the most of the oxygen breathed in, the Daily Mail reported. Previous studies have showed that the juice helps in lowering blood pressure, warding off dementia, and even giving energy to elderlies. In the latest study, published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, the Exeter team asked nine men who cycle competitively to compete in time trials over 2.5 miles and 10 miles. Before setting off, they drank just a pint of beetroot juice. They repeated the two routes on a different day, but this time fuelled by beetroot juice missing its nitrite. When the cyclists drank the nitrite-rich, ordinary beetroot juice they were 11 seconds quicker over the shorter distance and 45 seconds quicker over the longer route. While this may not sound like much, the top two riders in last year’s Tour de France were separated by just 39 seconds. “This is the first time we’ve studied the effects of beetroot juice, and the high nitrite levels found in it, on simulated competition,” said study author Dr Andrew Jones. “These findings show an improvement in performance that, at competition level, could make a real difference – particularly in an event like the Tour de France where winning margins can be tight,” Dr Jones added. And it is not just professional athletes who could benefit, with better use of oxygen making it easier for the old and frail to complete everyday tasks, including providing the energy needed to walk to the shops, the scientists said. The study used shop-bought beetroot juice but home-made versions should also be beneficial, they said. However, there could be an unexpected result. A quirk of genetics means that eating beetroot leaves some people producing purple urine, or ‘beeturia’ as it is known to scientists. PTI
Kids risk ill health, shorter life with too much salt London: Health experts in Britain have warned that the processed foods and sauces at the heart of the nation’s diet are actually fuelling a dangerous daily overdose of salt and putting children’s health at risk. Children are routinely eating too much salt, risking ill health and a shorter life. Typical amounts are at least 50 percent more than the recommended daily maximum but some consume almost double. High salt consumption pushes up blood pressure, which in the long term can lead to strokes and heart attacks. These are the country’s biggest causes of death and disability, Daily Mail reported. For their study, health campaigners took two typical daily menus enjoyed by many children. They calculated the salt content to be 9.3g to 9.6g. However, for a child aged seven to ten, the recommended maximum is just 5g. Eating 9.6g of salt in a day would be 92 percent above this amount — nearly double. Safe daily amounts of salt vary depending on age and size, starting at one gram or less for babies. If the entire nation cuts down to these levels, doctors estimate that 70,000 heart attacks and strokes would be prevented in just one year! Katharine Jenner of the Consensus Action on Salt and Health, which has been campaigning for food manufacturers and supermarkets to remove hidden salt, said: “Popular foods like bread, cereal, baked beans, cheese, tomato sauce and processed meats are some of the biggest culprits. So try not to feed your child them every day. “Also, throw away the salt cellar. If you eat food which tastes less salty, your taste buds adapt really quickly.” She said: “The higher the blood pressure in childhood, the higher the blood pressure will be in adulthood... By getting your child used to less salt, you are protecting their health in the long term.” IANS
raffic is a nightmare in Bangalore that is getting scarier by the day. The traffic police department has been expending all its wit and resources to put some order into this chaotic rush of vehicles. Two engineering students from MVJ College of Engineering have found a solution that could solve some of the traffic problems in the city. Traffic signal control, innovated by Abhay K Kothari and Nipun Singh Chauhan, changes the signal light depending on the traffic density. The city has 35 lakh vehicles and the country four crore. Due to this high volume, traffic congestion is a major problem in the country, which was what prompted the two students to come up with a project to find a solution. In the city, the traffic light is set to a constant time, and it changes only accordingly, whether there is traffic at that signal or not. “This increases the waiting period and adds to the congestion and frustration among vehicle users,” Abhay Kothari told Bangalore Beat. The project aims to reduce the waiting time at junctions by constantly monitoring the traffic density, using cameras placed at vantage points. The traffic signals are made to change depending on the number of vehicles. For example, at a four-way traffic signal, if the density is huge on one side and less on the other, then the light will be green for a longer time at the side where the traffic is more for the passing vehicles and will be for a shorter duration on the other side. “The system needs to be configured initially for every road, based on the dimension of the road. The system is completely automated and requires no human supervision. Placement of cameras at correct points is crucial, since a proper field of view is essential for the system to provide the best possible results,” Nipun explained to Bangalore Beat. “This system is more advantageous than the one which uses sensors placed un-
Two Bangalore engineering students have developed a smart traffic signal system that is not pre‑set to the timings of a clock. The new system reads traffic density and then varies the signal light time, allowing smoother flow of traffic, Abhay K Kothari and Nipun Singh Chauhan explain to Aknisree Karthik
How it Works t The images are acquired by the vi-
sion acquisition tool are then passed on to the vision assistant tool which is used to divide the road into multiple regions of interest (ROI’s). t These ROI’s are used to calculate the traffic density by using the histogram method t The values obtained from the histogram form the basis of determining the density of traffic for the road. t These values can vary from one road to another depending on the width, traffic conditions as well as the lighting of the road t This data for each ROI is further processed to generate the amount of time for which the traffic lights should remain red and/or green.
Abhay K Kothari and Nipun Singh Chauhan display their traffic signal management system. der the roads. These could get damaged due to environmental changes like rain, vibrations from and weight of heavy vehicles. Our project can be used by increasing the range of the existing infrastructure of traffic cameras that have already been deployed with very little or no additional cost,” he said. “The placement of cameras is the
most difficult to figure out. It is configured according to the length and breadth of the road. The project requires some further development and we have plans to contact officials concerned to approve and implement this once we are finished with all the necessary testing and enhancements,” said Nipun Singh Chauhan and Abhay Kothari.
Frog feet could solve a Here is why chips sticky medical problem are so addictive
London: British scientists claim to have found that tree frogs possess specially adapted self-cleaning feet, a finding which may have practical applications for the medical industry. “Tree frog feet may provide a design for self-cleaning sticky surfaces, which could be useful for a wide range of products especially in contaminating environments – medical bandages, tyre performance, and even long lasting adhesives,” said lead scientist Niall Crawford of University of Glasgow. Tree frogs have sticky pads on their toes that they use to cling on in difficult situations, but until now it was unclear how they prevent these pads from picking up dirt. “Interestingly the same factors that allow tree frogs to cling on also provide a self cleaning service. To make their feet sticky tree frogs secrete mucus, they can then increase their adhesion by moving their feet against the surface to create friction. “We have now shown that the mucus combined with this movement allows the frogs to clean their feet as they walk,” said Crawford. In their research, the scientists placed the White’s tree frogs on a rotatable platform and measured the angles at which the frog lost its grip. When the experiment was repeated with frogs whose feet were contaminated with dust they lost grip initially but if they took a few steps their adhesive forces were recovered, ‘sciencecodex.com’ reported. “When the frogs did not move the ad-
hesive forces recovered much more slowly. This shows that just taking a step enables frogs to clean their feet and restore their adhesion ability,” Crawford said. White’s tree frogs have tiny hexagonal patterns on their feet, which allow some parts of the pad to remain in contact with the surface and create friction, whilst the channels between allow the mucus to
spread throughout the pad. This mucus at once allows the frog to stick and then, when they move, also carries away any dirt. If this can be translated into a manmade design it may provide a re-useable, effective adhesive, say the scientists. The findings have been presented at the Society for Experimental Biology Annual Conference in Glasgow. PTI
Washington: Have you ever wondered why you can’t stop eating just one potato chip? It’s because the fats in these foods help trigger a marijuana-like chemical in body which makes them hard to resist, scientists have found. Researchers at the University of California – Irvine (ICI) found that fats in these foods trigger a surprising biological mechanism that produces natural marijuana-like chemicals in the body called endocannabinoids, which increases the craving for more fatty food. In their study, appeared online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers discovered that when rats tasted something fatty, cells in their upper gut started producing endocannabinoids. Sugars and proteins, the researchers noted, did not have this effect. The process starts on the tongue, where fats in food generate a signal that travels first to the brain and then through a nerve bundle called the vagus to the intestines. There, the signal stimulates the production of endocannabinoids, which initiates a surge in cell signalling that prompts the wanton intake of fatty foods, probably by initiating the release of digestive chemicals linked to hunger and satiety that compel us to eat more, the researchers said. The findings suggest it might be possible to curb this tendency by obstructing endocannabinoid activity, for example, by using drugs that “clog” cannabinoid receptors, said Daniele Piomelli, who led the ICI study. “Since these drugs wouldn’t need to enter the brain, they shouldn’t cause the central side effects – anxiety and depression – seen when endocannabinoid signalling is blocked in the brain,” he noted.
Piomelli said that from an evolutionary standpoint, there’s a compelling need for animals to consume fats, which are scarce in nature but crucial for proper cell functioning. In contemporary human society, however, fats are readily available, and the innate drive to eat fatty foods leads to obesity, diabetes and cancer. “This is the first demonstration that endocannabinoid signalling in the gut plays an important role in regulating fat intake,” Louise Turner Arnold Chair in the Neurosciences and professor of pharmacology added. PTI
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Tuesday, July 5, 2011
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British PM in Afghan as soldier goes missing
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, heads toward a Sea King helicopter for a training exercise, in Dalvay by-the-Sea, Prince Edward Island, yesterday. Prince William will pilot a Canadian military helicopter and land it on the water for the first time as part of a military emergency training exercise.
Egypt court grants bail to 14 accused of killing protesters
Cairo: An Egyptian court has released on bail 14 people accused of killing protesters during the revolt that led to the ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak. The court in the port city of Suez Monday granted bail of 10,000 Egyptian pounds (around $1,680) each to the former security chief of Suez, nine policemen, one businessman and his three sons, the Al Masry al Youm daily reported. Angry families of the victims, however, forced security officials to evacuate the courtroom. The suspects face charges of killing antiMubarak protesters during the uprising that began Jan 25 and led to Mubarak’s resignation Feb 11 after nearly 30 years in power. Suez saw the most violent clashes between protesters and police during the 18day protests. At least 840 people were killed and more than 6,000 wounded during the uprising, according to human rights group Amnesty International. Along with his sons Alaa and Gamal, Mubarak has been charged with “premeditated murder” of protesters in the revolt. If found guilty, he could face the death penalty. Mubarak denies all charges. IANS
Putin, Medvedev may name third person for prez Moscow: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin may propose another candidate for the presidential elections in 2012, an official said. “There are three equal scenarios – first, Medvedev; second, Putin; and third, some third person whose candidacy has already been coordinated by them (the president and prime minister,” said Sergei Mironov, former speaker of the Russian Federation Council. Mironov currently heads the State Duma faction of the A Just Russia party. He said Putin and Medvedev had already agreed upon everything but will not make their decision public before the start of the election campaign “because if one if them is announced as a candidate, the other becomes a lame duck”. Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov, Liberal Democratic Party head Vladimir Zhirinovsky and tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov also leader of the Right Cause party, are likely to join the presidential campaign, he said. IANS
Iran to launch own internet Tehran: Iran is all set to launch the first phase of its national internet in August, a minister said. Minister of Communications and Information Technology Reza Taqipour said the pilot and first phases – titled phases “Zero and One” – would be completed and be operational by late August, Press TV reported. Taqipour said the national internet will initially offer 8 Mb high-speed broadband for home users. The customers will have 20 Mb of bandwidth when the next phases of the internet network become operational. Also called the “Clean Web”, the national internet project seeks protection against the “loose commitment to ethics and morality” across the World Wide Web. Tehran has also undertaken a project to develop a national search engine called “Ya Haq” by early 2012. IANS
Subsidy helps 8m elders Beijing: Old-age subsidies granted by the Chinese government has benefited around eight million people across the country, a minister said. Minister of Civil Affairs Li Liguo said the old-age subsidy system has been expanded to 14 provinces. It is now benefiting eight million citizens aged above 80, Xinhua reported. Last year, only six provinces had introduced the system. Li said the ministry will continue to push other provinces to establish the system so as to better support aged people meet their daily needs.
Camp Bastion (Afghanistan): British Prime Minister David Cameron was forced yesterday to scrap a visit to an Afghan town he had held up as an example of improved security after a soldier went missing in the area. International forces have launched a huge manhunt for the British soldier, who disappeared just hours before Cameron began a surprise visit to southern Helmand province to announce Britain would withdraw more of its 9,500 troops. Cameron said he had cancelled a planned trip to Lashkar Gah, where Britain is handing over control of security to Afghan forces, so British helicopters and ground forces could continue their hunt. “I arrived here today and received the news about this very worrying incident of a British soldier going missing in central Helmand,” he told reporters after he arrived on a Royal Air Force plane at the Camp Bastion base. “I was just very clear that you’ve got something like that absolutely urgent taking place, where you want to concentrate all the assets and ability that you have to try and find this person and bring it to the right conclusion.
Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron talks with British and US troops during a visit at Camp Bastion, outside Lashkar Gah, yesterday. “Its just absolute common sense that the military should concentrate on the most important requirement of all which is to help and find this person rather than to bother flying me around.” Afghan police in the southern province of Helmand, where mostly American and British troops are fighting the Taliban insurgency, said the man had been kidnapped in the Gereshk area of Nahri Sarraj district. The Taliban claimed that its fighters had kidnapped and killed a British sol-
Anti‑smoking drugs may up heart attack risk by 72 % Washington: People who take help of anti-smoking drugs to kick the butt are 72 percent more prone to serious heart attacks than those who take sham medications, a new study led by an Indian-origin scientist has claimed. Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in the US found that healthy and middleaged smokers who take varenicline, the widely-used smoking cessation drug on the market, had a 72 percent increased risk of being hospitalised with a heart attack or other serious heart problems. “People want to quit smoking to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease but in this case they’re taking a drug that increases the risk for the very problems they’re trying to avoid,” said lead researcher Sonal Singh, an assistant professor of internal medicine at Johns Hopkins.
In the study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Singh and his colleagues analysed 14 double-blind, randomised, controlled clinical trials involving more than 8,200 healthy people who received either varenicline or a placebo. Varenicline made by Pfizer is sold in many countries including India under the brand-name Chantix. While the number of people who died in each group was the same (seven), the researchers found that the risk of a major harmful cardiovascular event requiring hospitalisation such as a heart attack or arrhythmia was 72 percent in the varenicline arms. None of the studies followed people for longer than a year. The average age of study participants was less than 45 years and the majority were men. Varenicline has been shown to increase the chances of a successful quit attempt, compared to unassisted smoking cessation attempts. But overall, the majority of smokers who quit do so without any assistance at all. Moreover, Singh noted, varenicline already carries a boxed warning – the Food and Drug Administration’s highest level of caution – because of its association with suicidal thoughts and behaviours. “We notified the FDA of our cardiovascular safety concerns with Chantix earlier this year,” Singh said. On June 16, the FDA announced that on the basis of a 700-person study, people with existing heart disease who use varenicline have a slightly increased risk of a heart attack or other cardiovascular event. But Singh’s study found that varenicline substantially increased the risk of a serious cardiovascular event even among smokers without heart disease. “I think our new research shifts the risk-benefit profile of varenicline. People should be concerned. They don’t need Chantix to quit and this is another reason to consider avoiding Chantix altogether,” Singh said.
dier in Helmand, but there was no independent confirmation and the militia is known to routinely exaggerate its claims. Lashkar Gah was one of seven initial handover areas in Afghanistan identified by foreign forces ahead of a full transfer of responsibility across the country and the withdrawal of all western combat troops by the end of 2014. After years of Taliban violence Lashkar Gah was seen as the most unlikely candidate among those chosen for early transition. AFP
Middleton at risk of anorexia, says expert
Ben Ali gets 15 yrs in jail over drugs, weapons charges
Rome: Kate Middleton, the 29year-old Duchess of Cambridge, is at risk of contracting anorexia, says an Italian expert. “You only need look at the pictures from the current visit to Canada to see that she really has lost a lot of weight and that she’s bordering on anorexia,” said Fabiola De Clercq, founder of Italy’s Association for the Study and Research of Anorexia. Prince William and Kate’s tour of Canada and the US began on June 30. Before her marriage in April, Kate went on a low-carbohydrate diet, De Clercq said. The Italian expert said she was concerned what effect the super-slender duchess could have on young women. “As happens increasingly often in the case of fashion models, the young duchess’s appearances risk becoming an advert for anorexia,” said De Clerq. “Today, even women aged 4550 dream of being like svelte 15year-olds,” she said. IANS
Tunis: A Tunis court yesterday sentenced ousted Tunisian president Zine el Abidine Ben Ali in his absence to 15 years in jail for possession of arms, drugs and archaeological artefacts. In his second trial since fleeing to Saudi Arabia following a popular uprising in January, Ben Ali was also asked to pay a fine of 54,000 euros ($78,500). The former strongman and his wife Leila Trabelsi had already been sentenced in absentia to 35 years in prison last month for misappropriating public funds after large sums of cash and jewellery were discovered in a police search of their palace. In today’s trial, Ben Ali alone was accused of harbouring drugs and weapons at his palace in the Carthage neighbourhood north of Tunis. He also faces a drug trafficking charge. After fours hours of deliberation, the court sentenced him to 10 years for drug possession, five years for weapons possession and six months for possession of archaeological artefacts.
“Today’s trial, just like yesterday’s trial and the 93 other scheduled trials, is nonexistent as it breaches all standards of a fair trial,” Ben Ali’s lawyers said in a statement read out before the verdict was announced. “Today’s trial is part of a political smear campaign against president Ben Ali aimed at portraying him as a drugs, weapons and currency smuggler.” The trial had been scheduled to take place last week but was postponed due to a judges’ strike. It opened with presiding judge Touhmi Hafi noting Ben Ali’s absence for the record, saying: “The accused is not present and is a fugitive.” Ben Ali’s attorneys then pressed for another postponement to allow them more time to prepare their defence. After their request was turned down, the lawyers stormed out, with Hosni Beji blasting what he called “the disregard for the rights of the defence”. Their exit triggered loud boos from the public. AFP
Pigeons never forget a face London: Pigeons are cleverer than you thought – they never forget a face, say researchers. A new study by the University of Paris has shown that even feral and untrained pigeons can recognise individuals – probably by using facial characteristics – and are not fooled by a change of clothes. Although pigeons have shown remarkable feats of perception when given training in the lab this is the first study showing similar abilities in un-
trained feral pigeons, say the researchers. In a park in Paris city centre, pigeons were fed by two researchers, of similar build and skin colour, wearing different coloured lab coats. One individual simply ignored the pigeons, allowing them to feed while the other was hostile and chased them away.
This was followed by a second session when neither chased away the pigeons, ‘sciencecodex.com’ reported. The experiment, which was repeated several times, showed that pigeons were able to recognise the individuals and continued to avoid te researcher who had chased them away even when they no longer did so. Swapping lab coats during the experiments did not confuse the pigeons and they continued shun the researcher who had been initially hostile. “It is very likely that the pigeons recognised the researchers by their faces, since the individuals were both female and of a similar age, build and skin colour,” said Dr Dalila Bovet, who led the study. “Interestingly, the pigeons, without
Social pressure causes people to form false memories: Study London: Social pressure can make people form false memories while recalling shared events with their friends, a new study has found. Researchers from University College London found that people regularly replace their stored memory with the one that is recounted by a friend, the Daily Mail reported. For the study, the researchers arranged for volunteers to watch a documentary film in small groups. Three days later, they were called individually to the lab to take a memory test, answering questions about the film. They were also asked how confident they were in their answers. They were later invited back to the lab to retake the test while the scientists scanned their brain activity. This time, the subjects were also given a “lifeline”, the supposed answers of the others in their film viewing group, along with social media-style photos. Planted among these were false answers to questions the volunteers had previously answered correctly and confidently. The participants conformed to
the group on these “planted” responses, giving incorrect answers nearly 70 per cent of the time, the scientists reported in journal Science. But were they simply conforming to perceived social demands, or had their memory of the film actually undergone a change? To find out, the researchers invited the subjects back to the lab to take the memory test once again, telling them that the answers they had previously been fed were not those of their fellow film watchers, but random com-
puter generations. Some of the responses reverted back to the original, correct ones, but close to half remained erroneous, implying that the subjects were relying on false memories implanted in the earlier session. An analysis of the brain scan data showed differences in brain activity between the persistent false memories and the temporary errors of social compliance. The most outstanding feature of the false memories was a strong co-activation and connectivity between two brain areas – the hippocampus and the amygdala. The hippocampus is known to play a role in long-term memory formation, while the amygdala, known as the emotion centre of the brain, plays a role in social interaction. The scientists think that the amygdala may act as a gateway connecting the social and memory processing parts of our brain. Its “stamp” may be needed for some types of memories, giving them approval to be uploaded to the memory banks. Thus social reinforcement could act on the amygdala to persuade our brains to replace a strong memory with a false one. PTI
training, spontaneously used the most relevant characteristics of the individuals (probably facial traits), instead of the lab coats that covered 90 per cent of the body,” Bovet added. The fact that the pigeons appeared to know that clothing colour was not a good way of telling humans apart suggests that the birds have developed abilities to discriminate between humans in particular. This specialised ability may have come about over the long period of association with humans, from early domestication to many years of living in cities. Future work will focus on identifying whether pigeons learn that humans often change clothes and so use more stable characteristics for recognition, or if there is a genetic basis for this ability, linked to domestication or to having evolved in an urban environment, say the researchers. PTI
Copper slashes risk of hospital infections
Washington: Antimicrobial copper surfaces could be one way of minimising hospital infections, since they rapidly kill bacterial, viral and fungal pathogens. The latest trial, conducted at three US facilities – has shown that the use of antimicrobial copper surfaces in intensive care units cuts down risks of hospital infection by 40.4 percent. Antimicrobial copper touch surfaces on door knobs, railings and tray tables are made from copper alloys, such as brass and bronze, to prevent infections. These parts are often touched by people in hospitals and clinics, becoming sources of infection. Researchers at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, New York, the Medical University of South Carolina and the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Centre, replaced bed rails, overbed tray tables, nurse call buttons and IV poles with antimicrobial copper versions, according to a Sloan Kettering statement. Data presented by trial leader
Michael Schmidt, professor of microbiology and immunology at Sloan Kettering, demonstrated a 97 percent reduction in surface pathogens in rooms with copper surfaces. Schmidt said: “Bacteria present on ICU room surfaces are probably responsible for 35-80 percent of patient infections, demonstrating how critical it is to keep hospitals clean.” “The copper objects used in the clinical trial supplemented cleaning protocols, lowered microbial levels, and resulted in a statistically significant reduction in the number of infections contracted by patients treated in those rooms,” he said. “Extensive lab tests have demonstrated copper’s antimicrobial efficacy against key organisms responsible for these infections, and clinical trials around the world are now reporting on its efficacy in busy, real-world environments,” Schimidt concluded. IANS
Soon foldable twin‑seater sport plane to soar to skies Have you ever seen or flown a small sport plane which can both take off and land on water or ground, has foldable wings so that you can carry it on your trailer-truck and park it in your garage? Now this may not remain a dream, as a prototype of the American lightsport aircraft (LSA) which is being tested for the past three years is likely to enter the production line in the second quarter of 2012. The two-seater ICON A5 is being developed by California-based Icon Aircraft. Its wings can be folded easily from the cockpit in under five minutes while on water or land. The company last week announced that it closed a $25 million round of equity infusion in June to fund the project through the completion of its ongoing engineering development program, manufacturing setup and the beginning of production of the amphibious sport plane. The financing was led by investors Satyen Patel and Bart Becht, who have deep expertise in building consumer product companies. Patel has been associated with a top IT- BPO firm and worked at senior positions with global brands like Pepsi-Cola International and Nike. Icon is looking at India to set up a supply chain base for spares and other essential components, besides
trying to focus on the growing market of high net-worth individuals who could be interested in buying this aircraft, Patel said on phone from the US. Other investors include Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, former Chairman and CEO of Boeing Phil Condit and several top Silicon Valley venture capitalists. The company was started in 2005 by CEO Kirk Hawkins and COO Steen Strand, who met at Stanford University while pursuing degrees in business and product design, respectively. “We have a two-pronged strategy for India that will be part of our global strategic plan which will be finalised over the next 3-6 months. India features very importantly in our plans,” Patel, who is now on the Icon Board, said.
“The first part of the strategy is to source components for the aircraft, making India an important and reliable supply base along with China,” he said. “We will try to develop a supply chain with Indian firms. We may also look at starting a sub-assembly in India in the long run,” he said, noting that HAL and Indian firms were already manufacturing components for various aircraft produced by Airbus and Boeing, including the super-jumbo A-380s and B-777s. They were also associated with fighter jets like the MiG aircraft series. “Based on our surveys, we could also look at international production line. But all these have to be discussed and finalised,” Patel said. The second part of the Icon strategy would be to study the market
for the A5 planes in India. “It is a fairly affordable product for high net-worth individuals who can carry out short and quick business trips,” Patel said. “We are already looking at markets in the US, Canada, Western Europe and the Middle East,” he said, adding that since the aircraft was “an affordable luxury and there are a considerable number of buyers of such products in India, we feel the country has a potential to become a market for this aircraft”. Patel said A5 could be flown for short business trips from a city to satellite locations around it. “You can fly from Pune to Nagpur or Mumbai or from Ahmedabad to Jamnagar or Surat. It has a range of 50 miles with 20 gallons of gas,” he said. IANS
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Halliwell turns designer, to launch evening dresses
inger-turned-fashion designer Victoria Beckham, who is expecting her fourth child with husband David Beckham, says she is blessed to be pregnant but is not interested in flaunting it. “As any working mum out there knows, it really is like juggling glass balls when you’ve got the kids and a husband to look after, and you’re passionate about your career. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m blessed,” contactmusic.com quoted her as saying,” she said. “I’m not really one of those people that likes to go out and pose and flaunt being pregnant. Not like there’s anything wrong in that. I’m so proud to be pregnant and I feel so blessed and so happy, I really do,” she added. Victoria had refused to pose nude for Vogue magazine while pregnant.
ormer Spice Girl Geri Halliwell is all set to follow in her bandmate Victoria Beckham’s footsteps by launching her own range of evening dresses. “I’ve been sketching everything myself. I’m thrilled with the results. The dresses are not stupidly expens ve but they are elegant and beautiful,” contactmusic.com quoted her as saying. In 2004, Beckham entered the fashion world as a designer by creating a line of gowns for her self-titled brand, which has now expanded into full clothing and accessories collections. Halliwell has created a range of dresses for British high street store Next.
Victoria: Iʼm not one of those to flaunt being pregnant
Iʼm not ready to return to films yet: Jeetendra
Ashley to remarry Cheryl
ootballer Ashley Cole reportedly plans to marry his ex-wife Cheryl Cole, nine months after their divorce.Ashley rekindled his romance with Cheryl three months ago. According to dailymail.co.uk, the 30-year-old Chelsea footballer apparently
told friends: “I’m going to marry Cheryl again, it’s what we both want.” A source close to the footballer said: “It was no secret that Cheryl’s mind was not on ‘The X Factor’. Simon Cowell even said as much. Ash made it clear to all his friends that he wanted to win Cheryl back and
they’ve been properly in touch for the past six months, meeting at his brother Matty’s house. “They’ve spent so many evenings together, it was all like a covert operation. There was a kiss here and there, but things got a little bit more intimate just before Cheryl went to America.”
lthough his contemporaries are still active in films, veteran actor Jeetendra is not in a mood to act any time soon. Jeetendra was last seen in a full-fledged role in “Kucch To Hai” (2003) and made a special appearance in a song in “Om Shanti Om” (2007). “When I feel like acting again, I’ll definitely do a film. Right now I’m just not in the mood,” the 69-year-old thespian said in an interview. When quizzed about his contemporary Amitabh Bachchan’s age-defying role in “Buddah...Hoga Terra Baap”, the actor said: “I’ve not seen the film, I want to and have made a plan with my friends.” So would he like to do a colourful and flamboyant role like that? “That I can’t say right now.
For that I need to first see the film, only then can I decide whether I would do a role like that or not,” explained Jeetendra, who will be seen on the small screen as a special guest on reality show “X Factor India”. “X Factor India” is the Indian version of “The X Factor”, a show originating from the United Kingdom. It is a musical talent hunt show contested by aspiring singers, drawn from public auditions from all across India. Talking about his experience on the musical show airing on Sony Entertainment Television, Jeetendra said: “I used to watch this show and I like it. Then my daughter told me that I was called on the show and I was very happy and glad to do this, and today when I came here I had the time of my life sitting with such talented people.”
merican singer Aaron Carter is considering taking legal action against a US tabloid which quoted him saying that pop legend Michael Jackson offered him cocaine when he was a teenager. Carter, a long-time friend of Jackson, reportedly told OK! magazine’s Daphne Barak that the King of Pop offered him wine and drugs when he was 15. He said this in an interview that recently ran in the US and Australian issues of the publication. The young singer insisted he did not make the remarks. Jackson’s older brother Randy claims Carter is looking at legal options, reports contactmusic.com. “I was suspicious about the comment... From what I understand, Carter has already denied ever making that statement and he is considering suing OK magazine. When negative things like this surface, it is hard not to have an emotional reaction. But the truth eventually comes out,” Randy posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.
Carter likely to sue tabloid over MJ remark
ʻDelhi Bellyʼ minting money A
ctress Salma Hayek’s husband Francois-Henri Pinault has a secret love child with supermodel Linda Evangelista, court papers reveal. The court papers, filed by Evangelista, say he got both women pregnant in the same year. The supermodel gave birth to a boy in late 2006, while Hayek gave birth to daughter Valentina Paloma Pinault in September 2007. A source, who has seen the court papers, told People magazine: “In the filing, it says the child ‘was born out of wedlock to (petitioner) Linda Evangelista, 46, and that (Pinault) acknowledged (her) allegation’. It says, ‘It is decided that Pinault is the father of (Evangelista’s son), Augustin James’.” “All that’s left is for a magistrate to go over the father’s filings and make a determination of support, which will last until the child is 21. (Pinault) is asking to be able to testify by phone,” the source added. It is unclear how much Hayek, who met Pinault, a French business tycoon, in 2006, knew about the cover up. At that time Pinault was dating Evangelista.
Salma Hayekʼs husband has a secret love child
amir Khan’s home production “Delhi Belly” has broken the dry spell at box office by earning Rs 15.65 crore on its first two days despite being an adult comedy, while Amitabh Bachchan’s family entertainer “Bbuddah...Hoga Teraa Baap” (BHTB) is at Rs.4.26 crore. The opening collection for AB Corp’s Rs 10 crore “Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap” was Rs.1.91 crore, but it picked up on Saturday by grossing Rs.2.35, said film critic Taran Adarsh on his Twitter page. “‘Bbuddah HTB’ would’ve collected double/triple of what it has, had it averted clash with other films. Would’ve got more screens also,” he wrote. Anant Verma, director and business head, DT Cinemas said both the films are doing great, “however, ‘Delhi Belly’ is slightly better as it has more shows than ‘Bbuddah..’ “Moreover, it caters to the young crowd, while Bbuddah.. is meant for family. ‘Delhi Belly’ has an interesting concept and it has been promoted in such a way that the audience know what to expect from it,” said Verma. Made at a budget of Rs 25 crore including print and publicity, Imran Khanstarrer earned Rs 7.15 crore friday and Rs 8.50 crore on Saturday. While “Bbuddah...” is about a flamboyant Paris-returned gangster, played by
Amitabh, “Delhi Belly” captures the urban, money-iseverything, foul-mouthed India with Imran Khan, Vir Das and Kunal Roy Kapoor in the lead roles. However, considering the budget and genre of the two films, both are doing well. In fact, in some multiplexes “Bbuddah...” is giving neck to neck competition to “Delhi Belly”. “The response has been good. All the shows of ‘Delhi Belly ‘and ‘Bbuddah..,’ are going houseful. Yesterday ‘Delhi Belly’ was 99 percent while Bbuddah was 98.5 percent,” said Rakesh Warikoo, general manager (operations) Spice Cinemas, who are running 18 shows of “Delhi Belly” and eight shows of ‘Bbuddah... Hoga Teraa Baap’. Yogesh Raizada of Waves Cinemas sees “Delhi Belly” doing well in the long run and suggests “‘Bbuddah...’ is a complete masala film and a family entertainer. It is Amitabh all the way. All the performances are also good. It makes for an enjoyable watch,” he said. “ ‘Delhi Belly’ cannot be watched with parents due to its language. However, the film is likely to run for long time, although it is true, with the release of ‘Murder 2’ next week, the business will get affected to some extent,” he added.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Photos: Gangadhar Pujar
Namratv, Vicky with friend
Aparna & Kushi
Stress‑free life stressed
ome of the well-known experts from the country doled out tips on healthy, happy and stress-living to the highflying crowd of the city recently. The event, organised by Jet Viva – an exclusive forum for Jet Airways’ Jet Privilege women trav-
elers, saw city’s divas descending at Taj Vivanta on Saturday. The experts gave out some useful tips to the women and stressed the need for leading a holistic life. Mickey Mehta, a well-known
holistic wellness expert; Freyaz Shroff, motivational speaker from Mumbai; Anita Vasudeva of Fleximom; and Dr A R Raghuveer, senior naturopathist with Soukya and Sahaya, fielded questions from the glitterati.
Kavya, Sattya & Ramya
Sushil & Manjul
Fareeza & Mega
BIPASHA COMPANIONSHIP is important: Usher gets bolder, S gets navel pierced
inger Usher, who divorced Tameka Foster, the mother of his two sons, feels every man should have a companion. Companionship is important every man should have a woman to make him better. I’m dating at the moment not anyone in
ipasha Basu, who recently brokeup with long-time beau, actor John Abraham, took a bold decision to get her navel pierced – a wish she has been harbouring ever since her teenage years. “From d age of 16 wanted 2 get a navel piercing! Finally, I gt guts 2 do it! Looks great bt it heals slowly! Can’t workout much fr d next 15days!” Bipasha posted on her Twitter page. As soon as Bipasha posted the news of a new addition on her body, her fans started sending her healing tips. “Thank u all for sharing ur healing tips with me! Can’t post pix now! Still healing!Will soon plan a chat with u all! Love!” she added. Bipasha, 32, has put up an optimistic front ever since she has turned single. “Everyone needs to get over their fears! So whoever is scared of whatever its time to see eye to eye with all that u fear and overcome it!” she advised to her friends and fans. In an industry where two actresses lock horns often, Dia Mirza came out and praised Bipasha for her decision of getting her navel pierced. “@bipsluvurself That’s it! Just when ppl think there’s no way you could get HOTTER you dispel the theory!!!” Dia wrote. Bipasha will next be seen in AbbasMustan’s “Players” and international film “Singularity”.
particular, but I have a few people I’m interested in,” contactmusic.com quoted him as saying. “Rihanna is beautiful. But she’s not necessarily on my hit list she’s like my sister right now. Or cousin we have kissed,” he said.
Manju & Divya
ex And The City actress Kim Cattrall is happy to look her age. “I love setting the gauntlet down and saying, ‘This is what I look like without make-up and great lighting’. I’m not interested in being a Barbie doll and making myself into a sausage for the next 20 years,” contactmusic.com quoted the 54year-old as saying. Cattrall would like to follow the path of actresses Dame Judi Dench and Dame Helen Mirren who are known for their acting skills. “I want to go and be like the actresses who have lines on their face, look their age and are not frightened of portraying actresses who are such,” she added.
Cattrall: Not interested in being a Barbie doll