BangaloreBeat Vol. 1, Issue 313 n Wednesday n July 6, 2011
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Evening daily Chairman for backward classes panel soon: CM Bangalore Beat Bureau
Bangalore: The state government is seriously thinking of appointing a chairman for the backward classes commission, said chief minister B S Yeddyurappa here this morning. Offering floral tributes on the 25 death anniversary of former deputy Prime Minister Babu Jagjivan Ram in front of Vidhana Soudha this morning, he said the post that had been lying vacant for more than six months would be filled as soon as possible. FULL REPORT ON PAGE 3
1,000 CCTVs to PALANI
WATCH CITY Goonda Act
Joint commissioner of police (crime) Alok Kumar.
Bangalore: Nearly 1,000 CCTV cameras are going to keep a watch over the city. The move by the city police, in association with resident welfare and merchants associations, is to prevent the increasing number of crimes. The city has been witnessing an increase in the number of crime as the population has been zooming over the last few years. The closed-circuit TV cameras across the city would act as a deterrent and would also help the police in crime detection. Joint commissioner of police (crime) Alok Kumar told Bangalore Beat: “This is a private initiative. We in association with resident welfare associations, shop owners association, industrial associations etc will set up CCTV cameras across various locations of the city like industrial areas, shopping complexes etc. This will help us monitor the city well and we hope to reduce thefts mainly of lap-
New DG&IGP takes charge
tops, mobiles etc. The process of installing the cameras has already started. “We will place the cameras in strategic positions. We will get the responses from the people and will come out with some modifications according to the responses received. This initiative will help us maintain law and order and can even curb traffic violations across the
Beyond Beat MONSOON IS ON,
Rainy season brings with it a host of diseases and one can never be careful enough. City doctors advise you to take some precautions to keep yourself healthy this season, says AknisPage 5 ree Karthik
city.” Asked where the control room would be situated and who would monitor it, Alok Kumar said, “It is too early for that. We will first install the cameras and then see how they could be monitored.”
Neelam Achuta Rao, a 1976 batch Karnataka cadre officer, (left) took charge as the new director general and inspector general of police today. He took over from an interim DG&IGP S T Ramesh at a ceremony at the DGP’s office in Bangalore. After assuming charge, he said, “I’ll execute my responsibilities as per rules. I will protect law in the state.”
ry on him missing out the final Test. Meanwhile, it almost looked certain that Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli, two young Indian batsmen who have been unsuccessful in the two Tests, would get another extension in the final game. Parthiv Patel and Subramaniam Badrinath, two options considered in place of Vijay and Kohli by experts, didn’t even get to bat in the net session, putting an end to all speculation on their inclusion. Munaf Patel, who missed the first two Tests due to an elbow injury, bowled at full tilt at batsmen and is favourite to replace Abhimanyu Mithun in the playing eleven. India are likely to go with three seamers and a spinner for the Test. India are leading 1-0 in the three-Test series. PTI
tivities in KG Halli police limits. In 2006, he murdered Palani of Viveknagar in a daring attack while the victim was being treated at Hosmat. He was also involved in the murder of Faizal in Mahalakshmi Layout along with his associate Kata Ravi, who has also been detained by the Bangalore city police under Goonda Act, Johnson and Susairaj.
No going treasure: SC back on fast: HDK Bangalore Beat Bureau
ISHANT FIT FOR 3RD TEST AGAINST WINDIES
Roseau (Dominica): Indian pace spearhead Ishant Sharma is set to play the final cricket Test against the West Indies here on Wednesday despite carrying the after effects of a collision with teammate Praveen Kumar on his face. Ishant largely stood aside during the only practice session ahead of the decisive Test at Windsor Park on Tuesday, giving rise to speculation that he may not be fit enough to bowl. That speculation was soon put to rest when Ishant sent down deliveries at full tilt to Rahul Dravid in the nets. Ishant was hit below his left eye by a leaping Praveen in a football session on Monday. It left a deep bruise around his eye. Ishant carried a band-aid over his injury during the session but there is no wor-
Bangalore: Notorious rowdy Palani, who was involved in a number of cases of extortion, goodaism, theft and murder, was arrested in the city today. Palani, who hails from Tamil Nadu, had been missing for a long time. More than 15 criminal cases had been registered against him at various police stations in the city. The police said that he used to sneak in and out of the city and often visited Chennai, his hometown. City police commissioner Jyothi Prakash Mirji, after taking charge, had asked the City Crime Branch officials to arrest him as he had become a pest to society. The CCB police spread the net, gathered intelligence on his movements and arrested him at KG Halli this morning. The anti-social has been booked under Goonda Act. A press note from the police department said that Palani started his criminal activity in 1998 when he was 20 years old. He had formed groups and was indulging in criminal ac-
Aknisree Karthik Bangalore Beat Bureau
Alawalpur (Uttar Pradesh): Walking and talking with farmers, students, women, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi was off to an early start today, the second day of his march against forcible land acquisition in chief minister Mayawati’s state. Clad in a starched white kurta-pyjama and Nike sneakers, Gandhi started the padyatra towards Shatbota village at 6.30 am – almost three and half kilometres away from his night halt at Rampur Badli – and reached at 7.20 am. FULL REPORT ON PAGE 4
Toronto: Canada has banned the dreaded militant outfit Pakistani Taliban, designating it as a terrorist group, linking it to New York’s Times Square bombing plot and plans to blow up the country’s Parliament in winter. Canada thus joins the US, UK and other western nations in blacklisting the Tehreeke-Taliban which is based in Pakistan’s restive tribal region bordering Afghanistan. FULL REPORT ON PAGE 4
Bangalore Beat Bureau
Police in association with resident, merchant welfare bodies installing systems to prevent crimes
Chatting up farmers, Rahul continues march
Canada blacklists Pakistani Taliban as terrorist group
Telangana remains shut for 2nd day P 4 Lewis’ group at Vienna fest P8
New Delhi: The Supreme Court today directed videography of the ongoing unearthing of treasure trove inside chambers of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Kerala. A bench of justices R V Raveendran and A K Patnaik also proposed the appointment of a curator of a museum to preserve the treasure being unearthed from the centuries-old temple in Thiruvananthapuram. The apex court’s directions came during the hearing of a petition by the heir of erstwhile king of Travancore Raja Rama Varma, challenging a Kerala High Court ruling of January 31 this
year, ordering takeover of the assets and management of the shrine by the state.The court also barred the observer, supervising the unearthing of the temple’s treasure, from giving any interview of the process, saying the matter is related to the state. After brief proceedings, the court posted the matter for further hearing on Friday. Earlier on May 2, on a petition filed by Rama Varma’s elder brother Marthanda Varma, the apex court, by an interim order, had stayed the high court’s order for takeover of the management and assets of the temple. Continued on page 4
Bangalore: JD(S) state president H D Kumaraswamy is firm on sitting on fast in front of Vidhana Soudha demanding a CBI inquiry into the chargesheet released by the BJP alleging that JD(S) national president H D Deve Gowda and his family has acquired properties worth over Rs 1,500 crore. Kumaraswamy today said, “I don’t require the chief minister’s permission to sit on dharna. I can sit wherever I want to. I will definitely start the fast in front of Basaveshwara statue near Chalukya Circle from July 9 till the allegations mentioned
in the chargesheet are handed over to the CBI for inquiry.” Last week, chief minister B S Yeddyurappa said nobody would be given permission to sit on dharna anywhere near Vidhana Soudha. He had suggested that Kumaraswamy sit on his agitation at Freedom Park. Kumaraswamy said there is no question of withdrawing from the protest at this stage. In the chargesheet released by the BJP, the ruling party had said the family of son of the soil Deve Gowda had only a small land holding about 40 years ago and it is worth over Rs 1,500 crore now.
STATE GRANTS RS 5 CR TO STRENGTHEN SCIENCE, TECH INFRA, SAYS CM Bangalore Beat Bureau
He was speaking at a function to present the Vision Bangalore: The state gov- Group on Science and Techernment has allotted Rs 5 nology (VGST) awards for crore for strengthening sci- 2010-11 to 78 researchers, ence and technology infra- teachers, science communistructure in higher educa- cators and higher educationtional institutions and set- al institutions across six catting up five centre of excel- egories. lence and 10 innovation cenYedyurappa said, “The govtres, said chief minister B S ernment has been trying to Yedyurappa here today. foster science and technology
in the state. We have constituted a vision group for science and technology.” He said, “Finishing touches are being given to Alexandria Knowledge Park at Electronic City where research in biotechnogy and related fields will take place.” The government has allotted 1,500 acres to start an aerospace park and carry for-
ward related research and will release Rs 4,250 crore. VGST has been instituted under the chairmanship of C N R Rao, Science Advisory Council chairman. The awards are being given away to encourage and catalyse quality research in science and technology and to recognise and reward outstanding researchers, science teach-
ers and science communicators. Individual awards involving prize money of Rs 50,000 and plaque were given. Ajjiaiaha of Baglakot, Keshav A Bulbule Bangalore, T R Anantharamu of Bangalore, M Abdul Rehman Pasha of Bangalore, Nirnajana Aradhaya of Tumkur, Prof Sudhindra Haldodderi of Bangalore and Sa-
tanur Devaraju of Mysore received the awards. The National Institute of Engineering, Mysore; Centre for Wildlife Studies, Bangalore; Centre for Wildlife Studies, Bangalore; Amruta Institute of Engineering, Bangalore; Mangalore University and Bangalore University will get Rs 20 lakh grant over the next three years.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
THE ART OF LIVING!
ave you ever thought what the purpose of your life is? What is life all about? These questions are very precious. When these questions dawn in your mind, only then your life begins! These questions help you improve the quality of your life. But, when these questions come into your mind, do not be in a hurry to get an answer. Those who know will not tell you and those who tell you, do not know! These questions are the tools by which you can dig deeper and the answers come from within you. Once these questions come into your life then you start ‘living’ life rather than just existing. To know what you are on this planet for, find out what you are not here for! You are not here to grumble, you are not here to complain or blame. You are not here to hate. This will help you learn how to be happy in life. Life involves ups and downs which
is very natural. Do not be afraid of this. Every pinch that you are having in life is for the best, to make your life more lively and enjoyable. If there is a body, then it will get cold, cough, fever or something else and it will go away. But take care to see that happiness is always established in you. Make your smile cheaper. Learn to smile more. Every day, every morning, look at the mirror and give a good smile to yourself. You know what happens when you smile? All the muscles in your face get relaxed. The nerves in your brain get relaxed, and you get the confidence, courage and energy to move on in life. Enthusiasm is the nature of life. Take every opportunity to praise others and support their enthusiasm, this makes life lively. If you put down other’s enthusiasm, the same may happen to you. Become one whose enthusiasm never dies. Any joy you experience in life is
By Sri Sri Ravishankar
from the depth of yourself, when you let go all that you hold on to and settle down being centered in that space. If for the whole day, you are engaged in only gathering information; you do not take out time for yourself to think and reflect you feel dull and tired. The quality of your life deteriorates. So some time during the day, take out some moments for yourself. Sit for a few minutes, get into the cave of your heart, eyes closed, and kick the world away like a ball. Only when you are calm and pleasant inside can you spread it in your outside world. The higher goals in life can only be realised through a few minutes of meditation and introspection. The deeper you are able to rest, the more dynamic your performance will be and the more dynamic will you be in activity. Even though deep rest and dynamic activity are opposite values, they are complementary. All our struggles in life are to know
more. There’s always something to share, learn and teach. Always be open to learn. Do not restrict yourself, don’t limit yourself. Communicate with others, share ideas, share information and seek the same. When you are centered, you become a powerful communicator. And when your communication improves, your life improves.You should plan your short and long-term goals. Then, life gets a channel, a direction to flow. Give yourself the freedom to dream and think big. Have the courage and determination to achieve those dreams that are dear to you. Then life will be a sweet dream. This world is varied and beyond our imagination. We are all born in this world to do something wonderful and unique; do not let this opportunity pass by. Start ‘living’ life rather than just existing. (This is a weekly column that appears every Wednesday)
India opens up remote sensing data sector Lt Gen S S Sengupta, Col Commandant of Madras Sappers, congratulates award winners at the passing out parade held at the MEG & Centre in Bangalore yesterday.
recruits pass out Bangalore: At a colourful passing out parade held at the Madras Engineer Group and Centre here yesterday, 219 recruits took oath on completion of basic and field engineering training. The parade, which marked the culmination of one-and-half year of training of soldiers, was reviewed by Lieutenant General S S Sengupta, Colonel Commandant of Madras Sappers and commanded by Sapper N Venkateswara Reddy. Four contingents of smartly dressed soldiers with blue Dooptas and Ceremonial Turban on the heads, gold and maroon coloured jari bands on their waists and spotless white spade on their boots marched proudly to the tunes of military band, according to a Defence release. The soldiers displayed high sprit and confidence when they marched past the saluting dais.
ITC Infotech, Intalio strengthen partnership Bangalore: ITC Infotech, a global IT services company and a fully owned subsidiary of ITC Ltd, today announced expansion of its global strategic alliance with Intalio Inc, a leading provider of private cloud computing solutions. The two companies would provide comprehensive business process management (BPM) solutions, BPM project management including consulting and delivery, complete training and enablement, and support for establishing client BPM Centres of Excellence (COEs), ITC Infotech said in a statement. S Janardhanan, senior vice president, ITC Infotech, said, “We aim to provide better BPM services to a wide range of industries, including banking, insurance, engineering and travel & hospitality. “With Intalio’s premium services and support, we can expand our portfolio of services and offer unique cost-effective solutions”. Intalio and ITC Infotech would focus on developing agile and innovative business solutions worldwide, across a wide range of industry verticals, it said.
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The parade was also witnessed by the proud parents of the soldiers who had finished the training and joining the elite Madras Sapper units. Lt Gen Sengupta exhorted the sappers to imbibe not only the tradition of valour and sacrifice of Madras Sappers, but also the modern day technology skills. The chief guest also presented the trophies and medal to sappers who excelled in the training. The “Bhakthavachalam Trophy” for the best in overall performance was presented to Sapper Moresh Patel and Sapper Govinda Raj. The best in Drill medal was presented to Sapper N Venkateshwara Reddy, the Best in Physical Training to Sapper Jayesh, the Best in Weapon Training to Sapper Pradeep and the Best in Field Engineering to Sapper Janagaraj M. PTI
Bangalore: Remote sensing data and imagery with a very high resolution will now be made available under a new policy unveiled by the government to benefit more users in a move that will help infrastructure development in urban areas. The 2011 Remote Sensing Data Policy (RSDP), which lifts some restrictions in force for the past 10 years, came against the backdrop of a CAG report had found that almost 80 per cent of images of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) were idling. The earlier policy that allowed all data of resolutions up to 5.8 metres to be distributed on non-
users getting data. Restrictions as per the earlier policy, enunciated in 2001, have been removed, he said, adding that now, there is no bar on publishing of high resolution, remote sensing data of up to one metre resolution. The top space official said high resolution data is required for infrastructure planning and other development activities. According to RSDP-2011, all discriminatory and ‘as requestThe old 2001 policy mandated data of better than one metre ed’ basis by ISRO has been that ISRO could release only resolution, however, shall be brought down to up to one me- data up to 5.8 metre resolution. screened and cleared by the apRadhakrishnan said the new propriate agency prior to distritre, K Radhakrishnan, Secretary in the Department of Space, policy liberalises and opens up bution with a view to protect said. the sector and would see more national security interests. PTI
Vijaya Bank launches e‑deposit Bangalore: Bangalore-head-
Inaugural day for 1st year MVJ Polytechnic students held
quartered Vijaya Bank today launched ‘e-Deposit’ facility. Under this initiative, customers with internet banking facility (V-Net Banking) can obtain fixed deposits at the click of a button, speedily and conveniently from their homes, avoiding the hassle of making a trip to the branch. Instructions regarding interest and principal repayment, premature closure and renewal can also be given online, the bank said in a statement. PTI
Bangalore: The Inaugural function for the first year polytechnic students for 2011-12, was held on Sundayat Smt Rajalaxmi Jayaraman Seminar Hall on the MVJ College campus. Dr P S Harsha, DCP, south east region, exhorted students to focus on their career and utilise the enormous opportunities in the industry and society. First-year students, parents and staff of MVJ Polytechnic College attended the function. K S Badrinarayan, principal, MVJCE, K S Annadurai, dean, MVJCE, Professor Inayathulla Khan, principal MVJ Polytechnic, and Sasi Kumar, director, MVJ Polytechnic, were also present. Prof Khan said, “I welcome all the new students to the family of MVJ group of institutions. We at MVJ believe in providing quality education. We believe that our state of the art infrastructure, facilities and our dedicated professors will benefit the students to bring out the best in them.”
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
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)
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)
MAAGIYA KAALA (U) Nishanth, Bindhu Shri Kailash (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm)
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)
ENGLISH 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)
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
K S Badrinarayan, principal, MVJCE, lights the lamp, as K S Annadurai, dean, MVJCE, P S Harsha, DCP, south east range, Prof Inayathulla Khan, principal, MVJ Polytechnic, looks on.
Pick up in hiring activity: Naukri.com Hiring activity picked up significantly last month, with increased employment opportunities in the IT and ITeS sectors, says Naukri.com. Indicating better labour market conditions, Naukri.com’s Job Speak Index rose 4 percent in June, compared to May. Compared with June last year, the index climbed as much as 19 percent. The index is an indicator of monthly demand for jobs on-
line. According to leading job portal Naukri.com, both the IT and ITES sectors’ indices climbed 12 percent last month in comparison to May. “Key functional areas like software services and sales
registered an upward movement in hiring activity in June,” it said in a statement. Further, recruitment activity improved in the pharma, biotech and insurance sectors. “The talent market is driven
by demand and supply,” Info Edge India Managing Director and CEO Hitesh Oberoi said. “... Economic slowdown may not necessarily affect the pace of hiring,” he added. Info Edge owns Naukri.com.
However, the telecom sector reported a 17 percent drop in hiring activities in June, the maximum dip for the segment in the last one year. In terms of cities, recruitment activities were up in Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai, among others. “... The job index for Kolkata and Delhi dipped by 6 percent and 4 percent, respectively, in June over May,” the statement said. PTI
Abhinay (10.30 am, 1.30 pm) Anand (3 pm, 7, 10 pm) Aruna (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.30 pm) Cauvery (6 pm, 9.30 pm) Cinemax (11.30, 4.45, 7.15, 9.45 pm) Cinepolis (10 am, 2.45, 7.30, 9.50 pm) Everest (11.30 am, 2.15 pm) Fame Lido (10.10 am, 12.25, 2.40, 5, 9.50 pm) Fun Cinemas (11 am, 3, 9.20 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Bannerghatta Road) (10 am, 2.50 pm)
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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).
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
CITY EVENTS General Rajya Vokkaligara Okoota: Felicitation to veteran achievers in community and toppers in SSLC by former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy, Minister R Ashoka participates, Town Hall, J C Road, 5 pm.
Cultural Isha Foundation: Release of Sadhguru’s book by Sudha Murthy of Infosys Foundation followed by special interactive session with the author, Palace Grounds, Tripura Vasini Entrance, near Mekhri Circle, 6.15 pm. Kalavidara Ashraya Vishwakaladhama: Musical programme by Jr Rajkumar troupe, K Golahalli, near Vivekananda College, Kumbalgodu, Kengeri Hobli, 5.30 pm.
Religious Vijayanagar Madhwa Seva Trust: Discourse on ‘Mangalashtaka’ by Ambarishachar, 37/2, Gangadhar Layout, II Main Road, Vijayanagar, 6.30 pm.
Exhibitions Photographs by Homai Vyarawalla: ednesday, July 6th, 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: Wednesday, July 6th, 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: Wednesday, July 6th, 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. The Art Mix @ Caperberry: Wednesday, July 6th, 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: Wednesday, July 6th, 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: Wednesday, July 6th, 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: Wednesday, July 6th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Celio, Brigade Road, Discounts up to 70% on all apparel and accessories. Lifestyle presents Watch Fest: Wednesday, July 6th, 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: Wednesday, July 6th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wrangler, No 777, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar Wrangler kickstarts its end of season sale, with discounts of up to 50%. Pepe Sale: Wednesday, July 6th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Pepe, No 2, Brigade Road, Discounts of up to 60% on all merchandise. Sale @ Esprit: Wednesday, July 6th, 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: Wednesday, July 6th, 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: Wednesday, July 6th, 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: Wednesday, July 6th, 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.
Comedy LOL@Urban Solace: Wednesday, July 6th, 2011. 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Urban Solace - Cafe for the Soul, No 32, Annaswamy Mudaliar Road, Ulsoor Lake A stand up comedy and open mic night that features guest comedians and a platform for the audience to show off their entertaining skills.
Eating Out Power Lunch: Wednesday, July 6th, 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.
Chairman for backward classes panel soon: CM
Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: The state government is seriously thinking of appointing a chairman for the backward classes commission, said chief minister B S Yeddyurappa here this morning. Offering floral tributes on the 25 death anniversary of former deputy Prime Minister Babu Jagjivan Ram in front of Vidhana Soudha this morning, he said the post that had been lying vacant for more than six months would be filled as soon as possible. The BJP government is committed to the development of backward classes and has done a lot of work for this community, he claimed. He praised the contribution of Jagjivan Ram in uplifting dalits and suppressed classes while he was the Union minister. Union labour minister Mallikarjun M Kharge said, “He contributed a lot for the uplift of the backward and dalit communities. As Union defence and agriculture minister, he handled his portfolios with élan.” On the illegal encroachment of 12 lakh acres in the state as pointed out by government lands conservation task force chairman V Balasubramanian, Yeddyurapa said that he would talk to the officials concerned and take action. “I would not like to comment any further in front of the media,” he added.
Bangalore Beat Bureau
Chief minister B S Yeddyurappa offers floral tributes on the 25th death anniversary of former deputy Prime Minister Babu Jagjivan Ram in front of Vidhana Soudha today. Social welfare minister Anekal Narayanaswamy, BJP leader Madan Patel and former MLA H Anjaneya take part.
govtʼs anti‑farmer policy Bangalore Beat Bureau
nies,” said senior Congress leader V S Ugrappa who led the protest. Bangalore: Youth Congress workThe acquisition is continuing ers today held a protest mocking despite protests by farmers. at the government for its anti- “Chief minister B S Yeddyurappa farmer policies. had taken oath in the name of They alleged that the govern- farmers. But within a week of ment in the name of development taking charge, the government has been acquiring fertile lands ordered police firing at protesting from farmers for industrial pur- farmers at Haveri and two died. poses and passing them to mul- Later a commission constituted ti-national companies. “The gov- by the government said the two ernment has been acquiring deceased were not even farmers. lands at a lower price from farm- This government is anti-farmer,” ers, but selling them at inflated they alleged. Though the stated prices to these private compa- policy is to acquire lands that
Seafood Wednesdays at The Cubbon Pavilion: Wednesday, July 6th, 2011. 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Cubbon Pavilion, ITC Gardenia, No 1, Residency Road The chefs unveil an interactive theatre showcasing a bountiful supply of exotic seafood on the grill, and on the crepiere (crepe station) with exotic seafood fillings. They toss up refreshing Salads, roll Sushi, and serve crispy Tempura, Paella, Risotto, and lots more every Wednesday night.
Monsoon Menu @ Shiro: Wednesday, July 6th, 2011. 12:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Shiro, Shiro introduces 'Flavour of the Month An Extraordinary Culinary Journey'. On the special monsoon menu are delicacies from Malay, Thai, Chinese and Korean cuisines. Burger-Binging Monsoon Menu @ Mocha: Wednesday, July 6th, 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: Wednesday, July 6th, 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. Kerala Konnections: Wednesday, July 6th, 2011. 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Vembanad, Vembanad at The Paul hosts 'Kerala Konnections', a weekday lunch buffet that features coastal dishes like Meen Manga Curry, Kozhi Roast, Thalassari Mutton Curry and Mampazha Pulissery. American Chuck Wagon @ Raj Pavilion: Wednesday, July 6th, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The Raj Pavilion, ITC Windsor, No 25 Windsor Square , Golf Course Road , High Grounds A spread dedicated to the adventurous spirit of the travellers who braved the unknown and harsh lands of America.
Ramanagara: A woman committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling fan at her residence here this morning. The deceased has been identified as Pushpalatha (22) from Hunasanahalli in Channapatna taluk, the police said. Pushpalatha had been married to Muthuraj for the last eight months. He was harassing her for dowry and there had been an ongoing dispute between Muthuraj and his in-laws, the police added. Muthuraj and his relatives have fled the house after the suicide, the police said.
Youth Cong protests
Flagging oﬀ cleanliness drive
Themed Dinner Buffets: Wednesday, July 6th, 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: Wednesday, July 6th, 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.
Woman hangs self over dowry demand
Illegal sand lorries seized
BBMP commissioner Siddaiah flagged of f cleanliness and tree planting drives at RBI Layout in Jayanagar by planting a sapling in the city this morning.
Davanagere: Despite ban on illegal mining of sand, it is continuing unabated in the state. Today officials seized four lorries and six tractors that were transporting sand llegally in Davanagere district. The tahsildar along with police officials raided Avaragoda village and seized the vehicles and the consignment. The miscreants fled the place once the raid started.
are fallow and non-irrigated, the government has been acquiring lands that are fertile, they alleged. Many Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board officials too are involved in the racket and are helping the political leaders, they alleged. The protesters, who had gathered at Anand Rao Circle, wore masks of Yeddyurappa and Kumaraswamy, and ridiculed the way the state politics being demeaned.Youth Congress president Manohar and others took part in the protest.
NR Colony maternity
hospital to be upgraded
City woman Harley-Davidson’s first woman customer in India, Sheeja Mathews, poses with her motorbike in Bangalore yesterday.
hy should men have all the fun with Harley Davidson? City-based HR professional Sheeja Mathews yesterday became the first woman in India to own the iconic cult motorcycle, thus breaking the stereotype of only tattoo sporting muscular hunks riding the bike. The 34-year-old, who has been riding to her office on her husband’s Yamaha Rajdoot 350 for the past 10 years, is now looking to cruise the new ‘Iron 883’ to her workplace at least once a week. “I didn’t know that I was the first woman to buy a Harley Davidson in India till the company people told me. I thought of upgrading to a Harley when they opened a showroom here,” Mathews said. When asked what prompted her to go for a Harley Davidson, she said: “Well, I have been riding my husband’s bike for the past 10 years and I thought it was high time I upgraded.” Mother of a 7-year-
old son, Mathews said even her son is excited about the new bike, on which the family has spent about Rs 8 lakh in total, although the ex-showroom price of the bike is Rs 6.5 lakh. “Oh, he wants me to drop him to school on the bike so that he could show off his mother’s bike to his friends,” she said, adding, she would be taking the bike on long rides on weekends. A self-proclaimed foodie and a shopaholic like any other woman, Mathews said she has been a drag racer as well. “I do drive a (Tata) Safari and (Chevrolet) Cruze but I love bikes,” she said, adding, her businessman husband chipped in 20 per cent of the amount for her Harley Davidson. The American cult bike maker started selling its bikes in India from last year
and announced to set up an assembly plant in India in order to cater to demands here. The Iron 833 model is one of the two models to be assembled at the Bawal facility in Haryana. The other model is the Super Low. The company offers a total of 15 models in India priced between Rs 5.5 lakh to Rs 38.66 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). PTI
Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: The NR Colony maternity hospital will be converted into a hi-tech facility by entering into an agreement with prominent hospitals in the city, BBMP commissioner Siddaiah has said. Local corporator Katte Sathyanarayana said the hospital was inaugurated by Mysore Maharaja Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar in 1962. There was a time when more than 1,500 deliveries were performed per year at this hospital. But with the private, hitech hospitals entering the scene, hardly few such procedures are being conducted now. The hospital does not have required staff. Prominent doctors and hospitals in the city have been requested to help upgrade the facilities
here and provide quality service to the people living nearby. The doctors have accepted the proposal, he added. Dr Latha Venkataraman of Rangadurai Hospital said, “We are forming a team of specialists who will come on visits to this hospital. We will provide specialty and superspecialty services at this hospital and try to upgrade it.” Siddaiah said people living nearby would soon get specialized services at the hospital. The palike will extend all help to the specialists. Renowned architect Sri Prasad has offered to build a room on the first floor of the hospital free of cost. The palike will also install hitech equipment at the hospital, he added.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
TELANGANA REMAINS Rahul continues march Chatting up farmers,
Alawalpur (Uttar Pradesh): Walking and talking with farmers, students, women, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi was off to an early start today, the second day of his march against forcible land acquisition in chief minister Mayawati’s state. Clad in a starched white kurta-pyjama and Nike sneakers, Gandhi started the padyatra towards Shatbota village at 6.30 am – almost three and half kilometres away from his night halt at Rampur Badli – and reached at 7.20 am. The 41-year-old Gandhi scion interacted with villagers, students and women folk on his way. The padyatra will culminate at a Congress Kisan Mahapanchayat at Aligarh Saturday. After reaching Shatbota, he addressed the village panchayat and had a glass of lassi offered by a villager, Ved Prakash. “I wanted to understand the situation of farmers and that is the reason I’m here between you, to talk to everyone of you,” Gandhi told a gathering of 200 villagers. Then, he walked another 5 km to Alawalpur. Trudging the dust tracks of rural Uttar Pradesh, not far from the national capital, Gandhi began his march yesterday, walking 19 km in six hours and visiting five villages. He made his night halt at a farmer’s home in Rampur Badli. “He woke up at about 5 am today and asked for newspapers. I immediately sent my son to get it for him and he read it for some half-an-hour,” Vijaypal Sharma, a local farmer and Congress supporter, in whose house Gandhi spent his first night, said. The Sharma household was all praise for the Gandhi scion. Aman, Vijay’s brother, said that he easily intermingled with all the family members.
SHUT FOR SECOND DAY
Hyderabad: Life remained paralysed across Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh Wednesday, the second day of the 48-hour shutdown called by Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) to demand a separate state of Telangana. Public transport remained crippled in Hyderabad and nine other districts of the region as over 10,000 buses of Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) continued to remain off the roads. Shops, business establishments, hotels, petrol bunks and educational institutions were shut on the second consecutive day. Commuters in Hyderabad, especially those arriving at railway stations had a harrowing time as APSRTC city services remained suspended while a few autorickshaws and cabs charged exorbitant fares. The local train or Multi-Modal Transport System Services were also cancelled for the second day. With APSRTC employees too joining the strike, not a single bus can come out of bus depots. The shutdown forced APSRTC to suspend all services between Hyderabad and other cities like Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Kurnool and Tirupati. The corporation, which suffered a loss of Rs.9 crore on the first day, plans to resume services in the evening. The coal production in Singareni Collieries Company Limited was affected for the second day as a majority of nearly 100,000 employees in the mines, spread over four Telangana districts, refused to work. The company is likely to suffer loss of another Rs.20 crore on the second day. The usually busy roads in Nampallay, Basheerbagh, Khairatabad, Himayatnagar, Koti, Mehdipatnam, Se-
AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi interacts with a villager during his padayatra from Bhatta Parsaul village near Greater Noida to Aligarhs Nagla Bhitouna Village yesterday. Gandhi was asked by Sharma’s family members how he was feeling after a tiring schedule. To this he replied: “Thikthak hain” (I am okay). He also took a quick bath on the terrace of the double-storey house before the dinner, said a family member of the household. Sitting outside, elderly people
SC OKs trial in Gujarat blast case
discussed about the Gandhi clan. “There has never been a leader like Indira Gandhi. Let’s see what Rahul Gandhi does for the country,” remarked Ramesh, a villager. Gandhi’s march is clearly aimed at giving the Congress an edge with an eye to the crucial New Delhi: The Supreme Court elections to the state assembly today paved the way for trial of over 50 accused in the 2008 Gunext year. IANS jarat serial bomb blasts which killed over 56 persons. A bench of Justices Altamas Kabir and Cyriac Joseph rejected the plea of the accused that the trial in the BJP-ruled state could not be held in a free and fair manner owing to the surcharged G S Ravishankar communal atmosphere in the aftermath of the 2002 Godhra massacre. The apex court said things have considerably “settled down” after the Godhra killings and hence the claim of the accused that the trial could not be held in a fair manner was mere apprehension. It, however, granted liberty to the accused to move the court again if and when there were genuine apprehensions of the trial being held in a vitiated atmosphere. The apex court had earlier in 2009 stayed the trial against the accused after the latter sought transfer of the cases outside the state on the ground that the prosecution and the investigating agencies were totally biased in favour of the ruling party. PTI
SC/ST youth must take advan‑ tage of govt schemes: Minister
Forests minister C H Vijayashankar inaugurates an event to promote job opportunities for SC/ST youth in Mysore this morning.
Bangalore Beat Bureau
skills to make themselves employable.” Mysore: SC/ST youth should take “Even Infosys founder member advantage of government job N R Narayana Murthy apschemes and come up in life, proached the Karnataka State said forests minister C H Vi- Finance Corporation for loan at jayashankar here this morning. the time of starting the IT bellInaugurating a programme on wether. Youngsters should take awareness of job opportunities, a leaf out of his book and follow he said, “Youngsters should have in his footsteps,” he said. confidence and make use of govHe asked youngsters to apernment schemes to come up in proach him if they had any problife. They should develop their lem in getting loans from KSFC.
Protest against Ramadass
He rued that the small-scale industry segment is being ignored and asked the SC/ST youth to be self-employed to give boost to the sector. They should interact with the government more and bring in changes. Industrialist N Venkataramu, Institute of Engineers chairman A S Satish, District Industrial Centre joint director M Shivashankar and others were present.
G S Ravishankar
6 cops hurt in J&K blast Srinagar: At least six policemen were injured today when militants triggered an IED explosion near a police station in Sopore in Baramulla district in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said. Militants fired a rifle grenade at around 9.05 am, which landed and exploded in the police station premises, the officials said. As the policemen came out, the ultras triggered an IED planted on a scooter parked near the police station. Six policemen were injured in the IED explosion, the officials said, adding that the condition of four of them is stated to be critical. Security forces have cordoned off the area.
A policewoman tussles with a Left party activist during a two-day strike demanding the creation of a new state of Telangana, in Hyderabad yesterday. cunderabad and other areas in the state capital here wore a deserted look. The shutdown badly affected the work in government offices as a majority of about 300,000 employees in the region stayed away from work.
However, the functioning of IT companies in Hyderabad is normal as the companies made alternate arrangements for the employees to reach their work place. The cabs carrying the techies left early in the day, avoiding routes where trouble is feared. IANS
On Dalai Lamaʼs birthday, prayers for his long life
Dharamsala: Morning prayers for the well-being and long life of Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, began in this Himachal Pradesh town to mark his 76th birthday today. The Nobel Peace Prize winner is not present here and will attend celebrations in Washington. Large crowds began to assemble in the morning at the Tsuglagkhang temple, close to the official palace of the Dalai Lama at McLeodganj, to join in the celebrations. “Special prayer sessions began at Tsuglagkhang temple and it would continue throughout the day,” Thubten Samphel, a spokesperson for the Central Tibetan Administration, said. “His Holiness will bless his followers in Washington,” he added. The Tibetan cabinet, the Kashag, expressed gratitude to the spiritual leader for remaining with them to dispel the suffering Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is being greeted on his arrival in Washington. Today is the Dalai Lama’s 76th of all human beings and espebirthday. cially to guide Tibetans as long as possible, it said in a statement.“On this extraordinary day, fully thank and remember the the Dalai Lama, took in the dethe Kashag would wish to grate- visionary steps that His Holiness, mocratisation of the Tibetan poli-
ty and devolving all his powers to the elected Tibetan leadership, which will represent the six million Tibetans living in and outside Tibet,” the statement added. The prayers to mark the Dalai Lama’s birthday have been organised by the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) and the Tibetan community. A large number of foreigners and well wishers also gathered here to attend the celebrations. Born July 6, 1935, at Taktser hamlet in northeastern Tibet, the Dalai Lama was recognised at the age of two as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama Thubten Gyatso. He fled Tibet after a failed uprising against the Chinese rule in 1959, basing his Tibetan government-in-exile here that never won recognition from any country.He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his nonviolent campaign for democracy and freedom in his homeland. Since fleeing to India, he has spent his time in exile pushing for autonomy for Tibet. India is home to around 100,000 Tibetans. IANS
Canada blacklists Pakistani
Video temple treasure: SC
Taliban as terrorist group Toronto: Canada has banned the dreaded militant outfit Pakistani Taliban, designating it as a terrorist group, linking it to New York’s Times Square bombing plot and plans to blow up the country’s Parliament in winter. Canada thus joins the US, UK and other western nations in blacklisting the Tehreek-e-Taliban which is based in Pakistan’s restive tribal region bordering Afghanistan. The ban is part of “global effort to crackdown on terrorism wherever we find it”, Foreign Minister John Baird was quoted as saying by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. the Tehreek-e-Taliban on the terWhile the public safety Min- ror blacklist is “an essential part ister, Vic Toews, said that putting of our efforts to combat terrorism
and keep our communities safe.” He noted the group has claimed responsibility for “multiple” suicide attacks in Pakistan, as well as a May 2010 bombing attempt of New York’s Times Square. The TTP became the 43rd group on Canada’s blacklist, which includes Al-Qaeda, Colombia’s leftist FARC rebels and Hamas, the Palestinian rulers of the Gaza Strip. The move means that people in Canada and Canadians abroad are prohibited from “knowingly dealing with assets owned or controlled by the TTP” and that it will now be an offense to “knowingly participate in, contribute to or facilitate certain activities of” the group. PTI
Continued from page 1 While hearing of the petition, the court had directed that “there shall be a detailed inventory of the articles, valuables and ornaments found from the temple’s treasure trove.” The court had also appointed retired judges of Kerala High Court Justice M N Krishnan and Justice C S Rajan as observers to supervise unearthing of the temple’s treasure and had said that the inventory list would be prepared in their presence. The two petitioners in the matter, including Marthanda Varma, were also authorised by the apex court to be present during the preparation of the inventory list. The court had also said that the inventory shall be made in the presence of the Devaswom Department’s secretary or a representative nominated by it. The court had also directed the presence of a senior officer of the Department of Archaeology during preparation of the inventory list. The court had also made Justice Krishnan as the in-charge for organising the inventory and fixing of the schedule for its unearthing. PTI
Oz slashes aid budget for fast‑growing India, China Jaya leaves
Members of the Nayakara Yuva Vedike protest, alleging that district in-charge and medical education minister S A Ramadass is giving wrong information to people about direct loans being given to the backward communities. The protest was led by vedike president Madhuvana Chandru.
Melbourne: Australia today announced that it was slashing the aid it provides to the fast growing economies of India and China, even as it boosts spending in South-East Asia, the Pacific Islands, Middle East and Africa. According to a report in ‘The Australian’ daily, the country’s Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has announced the government’s response to the first independent review of Australia’s aid programme in 15 years, accepting 38 of its 39 recommendations. The review led by former Sydney Olympics boss Sandy Hollway found the aid programme was good, but could be better with some tweaks. With the aid budget set to touch to over 8 billion Australian dollars over the next five years, Rudd said Australia’s nearest neighbours -- Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and East Timor -- would remain its top focus. “It is the region which we believe that we can be most effective in,” Rudd said.
He said, “It is the region where the rest of the world often expects Australia to provide leadership. And it is the region of the world where our most direct, strategic and economic interests lie.” Australia also will increase its aid to developing nations in East Asia and South Asia, but China and India no longer qualify. “They are respectively the second and sixth largest economies in the world. Both have considerable economic capacity,” Rudd said. “And both have begun their own international development assistance programmes,” he noted. Australia may continue to provide some assistance to the countries through multilateral organisations and regional programmes. The government will also boost its aid to the Middle East and Africa. The government said any future increases to Latin America and the Caribbean will be “modest”. It further added that it will make greater
use of multilateral partners, civil society and Australian non-government organisations to deliver its aid. It also will develop a rolling four-year whole-of-aid budget strategy covering the aid efforts of all government agencies under a single coherent plan. The government has pledged to analyse the aid programme’s progress every year and scrap programmes that are not delivering. It has also agreed to five-yearly independent reviews. The government will consider at a later date the review’s recommendation that the name of the foreign affairs portfolio be extended to include the words “International Development”. The government this year boosted aid by almost half a billion dollars to Australian 4.84 billion in 2011/12 – about 0.35 per cent of gross national income (GNI). Rudd said the government remained committed to boosting aid spending to 0.5 per cent of GNI by 2015-16. PTI
for Delhi Chennai: Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa today left for Delhi to take part in the finalisation of annual plan by the Planning Commission.Official sources said Jayalalithaa was accompanied by her close aide Sasikala, Finance Minister O Panneerselvam and high ranking officials. This is Jayalalithaa’s second visit to the national capital since she came to power.During her June 14 meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Jayalalithaa had placed a demand for a special assistance of Rs one lakh crore even as she had been charging previous DMK regime with pushing the state into a ‘debt-trap.’ PTI
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Late‑talking toddlers ʻdo fine later in lifeʼ Melbourne: Anxious parents of toddlers who start talking late can now heave a sigh of relief! A new study claims your kids are not at risk of having behavioural and emotional problems as they grow up than chatty children. Researchers at Telethon Institute for Child Health Research in Australia have found late-talking children are no more likely to face behavioural and emotional problems when they grow up than toddlers who’ve normal language development. The study is the first of its kind to track language delay from two years of age through to late adolescence, say the Australian researchers whose findings have been published in the latest edition of the ‘Pediatrics’ journal. Lead researcher Prof Andrew Whitehouse said that while late-talkers have increased levels of behavioural and emotional problems at two years of age, these problems tend not to continue. He said: “Having a child who is not talking as much as other children can be very distressing for parents. Our findings suggest that parents should not be overly concerned that their late-talking toddler will have language and psychological difficulties later in childhood. “We suggest that the behavioural and emotional problems identified at two years are due to the psychosocial difficulties of not being able to communicate. But when late- talking children ‘catchup’ to normal language milestones, the behavioural and emotional problems are no longer apparent.” In fact, the study examined 1387 children, with 1245 children achieving “normal” language by two years of age and 142 classed as late-talkers (9.9 per cent). The analysis was drawn from a parent-completed Language Development Survey at two years of age and the Child Behaviour Checklist completed at 2, 5, 8, 10, 14 and 17 years of age. Dr Whitehouse said the results offer reassurance to parents of late-talkers that their language delay is not in itself a risk factor for later behavioural and emotional problems. “We assessed the children at two years of age and at several time-points up to 17 years and found that while the late-talkers had increased levels of psychosocial problems at age two, they’re at no more risk for these problems later. “There is good evidence that most late-talking children will ‘catch-up’ to the language skills of other children. The best thing that parents can do is provide a rich language-learning environment for their children. “This means getting down on the floor and playing their child, talking with them, reading to them, interacting with them,” he said. PTI
ON, TAKE CARE Bangalore Beat Bureau
Rainy season brings with it a host of diseases and one can never be careful enough. City doctors advise you to take some precautions to keep yourself healthy this season, says Aknisree Karthik
t is the monsoon season. As you enjoy the rain and the cool weather, beware of the diseases this season brings along with it. Bangalore Beat spoke to some of the doctors in the city, and they caution you to take care of mainly three categories of diseases. Water-borne diseases: This includes all types of gastroenteritis, typhoid, cholera, jaundice, food poisoning and others where water is the main culprit and primary cause of all these diseases. Diseases spread by mosquitoes: Dengue, malaria, chicken gunya, H1N1 and few others. Mosquitoes are at their attacking best this season as they find enough puddles to breed. Indoor spread of diseases: In this category, those professionals who work in centralised air-conditioned offices should be cautious. Common diseases like cold, cough etc spread fast in closed environs and happens mainly indoors where there is lack of fresh air. More the room is crowded faster the spread of diseases. If any of your colleagues sneeze without covering their mouths properly, others too would get infected fast as there is no movement of fresh air to carry away the bacteria. “As compared to last year, the number of cases of typhoid and hepatitis-b has reduced this year. But we feel that the number of food poisoning cases have been more. Always prevention is better than cure. So those who have not taken vaccines should do so now. Especially the elderly should get themselves vaccinated as their immunity is low,” said Dr Veerendra Sandur, gastroenterologist at Fortis Hospitals. You can keep the diseases at bay by taking these precautionary measures: l Always consume freshly prepared food. Wash your hands cleanly after passing motion. Wash your hands with an antiseptic before consuming food. l Drink water only after boiling and cooling it. If it is difficult, you can consume filtered water. l Follow a healthy lifestyle. Do not consume uncovered foods which are sold on the streets. Be cautious when consuming bakery products, preserved food and chaats. l Do not allow water to stagnate in and around your premises as mosquitoes breed in these puddles. Make sure that all your water bodies like over head tanks, sump are covered. l Control the mosquito menace by either using a mosquito net or repellant. l If you are an asthma patient, get all your jackets and mufflers which will keep you warm as there could be sudden drop in tem- toms for some life-threatening diseases. But there is some good news. “The inperature and drastic change in weather. l Do not ignore any symptoms like vom- cidence of H1N1 of swine flu, which had iting and loose motion as these are symp- caused a huge scare last year, has been low
this season. Following a healthy lifestyle and getting vaccinated could prevent you from most of these diseases. Health authorities should throw a light on these dis-
eases and educate the masses as to how to prevent them by taking precautions. Avoid spitting on roads. Cover your mouth and nose with a handkerchief when you are
sneezing. With this, you can avoid infecting others,” said Dr Murali Mohan, physician and pulmonologist, Narayana Hrudayala.
Miscarriage is no bar to Air pollution may have a baby: Scientists lead to depression Couch potatoes double risk of lung blood clots Paris: Lying around for long stretches outside of work doubles the risk of dangerous blood clots in the lungs, according to a study among women released today. The study looked at the risk of pulmonary embolism – blood clots in the lungs that typically arise from a vein constriction in the legs – among 69,950 female nurses over an 18-year period. Previous research has highlighted a number of factors for this condition, including age, immobility on long-haul flights, obesity, smoking and hypertension. The new research suggests that a sedentary lifestyle can be added to the list. Over the 18-year study period, there were 268 cases of pulmonary embolism. The risk more than doubled in women who spent more than 41 hours a week sitting down outside the workplace compared to those who were seated for less than 10 hours per week. Results held even after age, weight and tobacco consumption were taken into account. The study, published online by the British Medical Journal (BMJ), is led by Christopher Kabrhel at Massachusetts General Hospital. Researchers called for further work to see if the results also applied to men, and to people not of European origin. They also pointed out that the mean age of the women studied was 55, leaving open the question of whether younger women would be subject to the same risks. AFP
London: Women with repeated miscarriages need not to be disheartened, as their chances of having a healthy baby is the same as those who have never miscarried, scientists have claimed. The assurance, which comes from a Swedish conference, is likely to offer some comfort to the one per cent of couples who have lost three or more pregnancies in a row through no known cause, the BBC reported. Most recurrent miscarriages are unexplained, meaning there is no obvious cause and no treatment to offer. But researchers said they can now offer couples more accurate information to help them when they are considering whether or not they want to keep trying for a baby. Two new studies, presented at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology meet in Stockholm, followed the outcomes of women with unexplained recurrent miscarriage. The first – a Danish study that involved nearly 1,000 women – found two-thirds went on to have at least one child within five years of being referred to a recurrent miscarriage clinic, but often within a year of being seen. The second study, carried out in the Netherlands with 213 women, found more than 70 per cent became pregnant after a year of trying for a baby, rising to over 80 per cent or eight out of 10 after two years
women with recurrent miscarriage can be reassured that their time to a subsequent conception is not significantly longer than that for fertile women without a history of miscarriage. “Recurrent miscarriage is extremely stressful for these women and we hope that our study will give them hope and encourage them to keep trying for the baby they want so much.” A spokeswoman for the British Miscarriage Association said: “One of the big issues for women going for investigation for recurrent miscarriage is that they expect answers. “For them, a diagnosis means treatment and treatment equals a baby. But that is not always the case.” Finding no underlying cause could be good news because it means they have a good chance in the future of becoming pregnant and having a healthy baby, she added. Professor Siobhan Quenby, consultant obstetrician at Warwick Medical School in the UK, said she would be using the findings to help counsel her patients. “The majority of patients I of trying. see with unexplained recurrent miscarriage And over half of all the women in the feel like giving up. I spend a lot of my time study gave birth to a healthy baby, with- trying to encourage them that they do have in an average wait of 41 weeks. a good chance of going on to have a baby. Dr Stefan Kaandorp, who led this Dutch It is good to have this latest data to put a research, said: “Our results mean that figure on it,” she added. PTI
Washington: Prolonged exposure to dirty air can have visible negative effects on the brain which may lead to learning and memory problems, and even cause depression, a new study has claimed. Researchers at the Ohio State University in the US carried out tests on mice and found that long term exposure to air pollution caused physical changes to their brain which in turn had negative effects. While other studies have shown the damaging effects of polluted air on the heart and lungs, this is one of the first long-term studies to show the negative impact on the brain, said Laura Fonken, lead author of the study that appeared online in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. “The results suggest prolonged exposure to polluted air can have visible, negative effects on the brain, which can lead to a variety of health problems,” Fonken said. “This could have important and troubling implications for people who live and work in polluted urban areas around the world.” In this study, the researchers exposed mice to either filtered air or polluted air for six hours a day, five days a week for 10 months – nearly half the lifespan of the mice. The polluted air contained fine particulate matter, the kind of pollution created by cars, factories and natural dust, which are about 2.5 micrometers in diameter and can reach deep areas of the lungs and other organs of the body. After 10 months of exposure, the researchers performed a variety of behavioural tests on the animals. In a learning and memory test, mice were placed in the middle of a brightly lit arena and given two minutes to find an escape hole leading to a dark box where they feel more comfortable. They were given five days of training to locate the escape hole, but the mice who
breathed the polluted air took longer to learn where the escape hole was located. The mice exposed to polluted air also were less likely to remember where the escape hole was when tested later. In another experiment, mice exposed to the polluted air showed more depressive-like behaviours than did the mice that breathed the filtered air. The polluted-air mice showed signs of higher levels of anxiety-like behaviours in one test, but not in another. But how does air pollution lead to these changes in learning, memory and mood? The researchers did tests on the hippocampal area of the mice brains to find the answers. Results showed that clear physical differences in the hippocampi of the mice who were exposed to polluted air compared to those who weren’t. The researchers looked specifically at branches that grow off of nerve cells (or neurons) called dendrites. The dendrites have small projections growing off them called spines, which transmit signals from one neuron to another. Mice exposed to polluted air had fewer spines in parts of the hippocampus, shorter dendrites and overall reduced cell complexity. PTI
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Alexandra Shevchenko, a member of women’s activist group FEMEN, shout slogans in front of parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, yesterday. Ukrainians are fiercely opposed to the pension fund reform, which parliament is set to consider this week, that is meant to raise the retirement age for women.
Nearly 200 drown as boat catches fire oﬀ Sudan Khartoum: Around 200 people, presumably illegal migrants to Saudi Arabia, drowned when their vessel caught fire in the Red Sea off Sudan late yesterday, Sudanese media reported. In all 197 people died in the incident, the Sudanese Media Centre news agency said. Three people were rescued, and a search for possible survivors was launched, officials said. The boat was flying a Cuban flag. Four Yemeni nationals, suspected to be owners of the boat, have been detained. In another incident, a second boat with 247 migrants onboard – mostly nationals of Somalia, Eritrea, Chad, and Nigeria – was detained while travelling in the same sea area. IANS
Twin blast kills 37 at Iraqi office Baghdad: A car packed with explosives and a roadside bomb went off back-to-back outside a municipal building north of Baghdad yesterday, killing 37 people and wounding 54, Iraqi police and a hospital doctor said. The twin blasts in Taji, a Sunni-dominated town about 20 km from the Iraqi capital, were the latest in a series of attacks across Iraq. They came at a time of public debate over whether to ask the United States to keep some American troops here past their year-end withdrawal deadline from the country. “It was awful ... some of the lightly wounded people were running in all directions, either crying or screaming for help,” a policeman who identified himself only by his nickname, Abu Haider, said at the scene. He said he was not authorised to give his full name. Burned bodies were lying on the ground and about 20 cars were on fire, witnesses said. The assailants first detonated the car bomb around noon in the parking lot of Taji’s local council building, police said. When civilians and security forces rushed to the scene to help the victims, the second bomb was detonated. The Iraqi army later sealed off the area, and at one point four ambulances were seen waiting for permission to evacuate the wounded. A doctor at Kazimiyah Hospital outside Baghdad who saw the bodies confirmed the casualty figures. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to brief the media. Maj Gen Qassim al-Moussawi, a spokesman for Baghdad’s military operations command, gave a lower count, saying 27 were killed and 50 wounded. AP
Galileo papers to out for first time Rome: Documents on the 17th century trial of Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei and and Britain’s 16th century monarch King Henry XIII will now be exhibited outside the Vatican for the first time. The exhibition marking the Vatican Secret Archive’s 400th anniversary will showcase around 100 documents at Rome’s Capitoline Museum from February next year. The show titled “Lux in Arcana: The Vatican Secret Archives Revealed” will run till September. “The inherent richness of this exhibition is amplified by the fact that it is being organised outside the Vatican, on the Capitol Hill which symbolically represents the heart of Rome and its relationship with the papal city down the centuries,” said Vatican secretary of state Cardinal Secretary Tarcisio Bertone. The exhibit will include documents from World War II-era pontiff Pope Pius XII. The archive was founded in the early 17th century and contains 84 km of shelves holding papal correspondence, state papers, books and records of ancient Christianity.
China landslide buries 18 alive Beijing: At least 18 people were confirmed dead in a rain-triggered landslide in China, rescuers said today. The landslides occurred in Lueyang county in Shaanxi province, Xinhua reported. The local government has sent more than 400 people to the spot for rescue operations. Rescuers pulled out 20 people, 17 of whom were dead. One died after treatment failed, and two of the injured were being treated in hospital.
Death toll up as Hama defies Syria army Damascus: Security forces killed at least 11 people in Hama yesterday, while residents mobilised to keep Syria’s army out, activists said as the United States urged the regime to withdraw from the flashpoint city. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, quoting medical sources, said the casualty toll had risen to 11 dead and more than 35 wounded in Hama, the hub of an anti-regime revolt which has been surrounded by the military. “Heavy gunfire has been heard in several districts” of the city, it said. The group said the body of one of those killed was dumped in the Orontes river of Hama, which is famous for its ancient watermills. The activists, contacted by telephone from Nicosia, said a child was among three people shot dead by security forces on Monday on the outskirts of the city, north of Damascus, that is home to 800,000 people. “Tanks are now posted at access routes to the city except for the northern entrance,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the London-based Syrian Observatory. “Residents have mobilised. They’re
A resident of Hama, injured in the strikes by the army, being shifted to safety. prepared to die to defend the city if need be rather than allow the army to enter,” he said. “Residents have been sleeping on the streets and put up sand barriers and tyres to block any assault.”
Networking sites are addictive, most parents believe London: Worried for your child’s obsession for Internet and social networking sites? You are not alone, researchers say. According to a British study, a third of all parents in the country think Internet is a danger for their kids while 80 per cent believe their children are getting addicted to social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. The study, commissioned by Internet charity the Nominet Trust, also found that a third of parents even believe that Internet can “rewire” a person’s brain, the Daily Telegraph repoted. The Nominet Trust, however, said there is no evidence that social networks are harmful in themselves, and that there is no neurological evidence of the web changing brains. Facebook and Twitter, they suggested, usually in fact reinforce existing friendships, while even playing video games has been show to improve coordination and “visual processing skills”. Critics such as Baroness Susan Greenfield have
Another activist insisted that Hama, where as many as 500,000 people took to the streets for a demonstration on Friday against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, was putting up a “100 percent peaceful” resistance. AFP
Gaddafi to step down if security guaranteed Moscow: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has said he would step down if his security is guaranteed, a Russian official said. “The colonel (Gaddafi) is sending signals that he is prepared to relinquish power in exchange for security guarantees,” the unnamed Russian official said. The Russian newspaper described him as a high-level source in the Russian leadership. France was willing to provide these guarantees, the official said. Gaddafi wants his son Saif alIslam to be allowed to run in elections if he steps down, the Kommersant said. The Libyan government has said it was in talks with opposition leaders, but the rebels continue to demand that Gaddafi stand down and leave Libya. The Interfax news agency quoted Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, head of the world chess federation FIDE, as saying that Gaddafi’s oldest son Muhammad Gaddafi told him that Western forces were stationed in the capital Tripoli to kill the Libyan leader. IANS
40 militants killed in airstrikes, clashes in Yemen
Sanaa: At least 40 militants linked to al-Qaida have been killed in two days of airstrikes and clashes with government forces, Yemen’s state news agency said yesterday. The report by the SABA news agency said the government attacks began after militants tried to storm a military camp in the southern province of Abyan, where Islamist fighters have seized control of several towns. The militant takeovers are part of widening chaos in Yemen since protests broke out in February calling for the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is being treated in Saudi Arabia for wounds sustained in an attack on his palace last month. The SABA report added that two government soldiers were killed and 20 others injured in the Abyan fighting. Al-Qaida’s followers in Yemen, known as al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, is considered one of the terror network’s most active branches and has been linked
to several attempts on US targets, including the plot to bomb a Detroit-bound airliner in December 2009 and parcel bombs intercepted in Dubai and Europe last year. The militant group leading the attacks in the Abyan area, Ansar al-Sharia, posted last month the names of 12 military officers it vowed to kill for taking part in crackdowns against its fighters. In Saudi Arabia, the country’s foreign minister, Prince Saud alFaisal, said the health of Yemen president’s is “generally good.” He gave no further details on Saleh’s condition or plans. AP
Painkillers linked to irregular heart rhythm London: Commonly used painkillers like ibuprofen and aspirin can increase the risk of developing an irregular heart rhythm by up to 40 per cent, according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal. The anti-inflammatories have been previously linked to a higher chance of heart attacks and strokes. Now, researchers at Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark have shown for the first time a connection between the drugs and atrial fibrillation, also known as irregular heart rhythm or flutter. The condition is more common than heart failure and stroke, and is linked to a higher long-term risk of developing both, say the researchers. Confirming the results, Prof Henrik Toft S’rensen, who led the study, however, said that heart disease patients should not stop taking the drugs, but they should discuss the potential risks with their doctor. creases your risk from a very low level to “The absolute risk is still low. It in- a higher – but still low – level,” he was
quoted by ‘The Daily Telegraph’ as saying. For their study, the researchers examined the records of 32,602 hospital patients with flutter between 1999 and 2009 and compared each to 10 randomly selected control patients. The subjects who had recently begun using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), which include ibuprofen and aspirin, were found to have a 40 per cent higher chance of flutter, equivalent to about four extra cases per year per 1,000 people. Newer forms of the drugs known as selective COX-2 inhibitors, were associated with a 70 per cent higher risk in new users, or seven more cases per 1000 people each year, the findings revealed. Older people were found to be most at risk from the drugs, and patients with chronic kidney disease or rheumatoid arthritis were particularly vulnerable when starting cox-2 inhibitors, say the researchers.
However, the threat was lower in patients who had been using the drugs for longer than two months because people who were susceptible were likely to experience symptoms early on, the researchers said. They claimed the study “adds evidence that atrial fibrillation or flutter needs to be added to cardiovascular risks under consideration when prescribing NSAIDs.” The researchers hope to do further trials to establish which patients are most likely to experience the dangerous side effects from the drugs, Prof S’rensen said. In an editorial accompanying the study, Prof Jerry Gurwitz of Massachusetts Medical School in the US said doctors should be cautious when prescribing NSAIDS to older patients with a history of hypertension or heart failure. He said the research had “important clinical and public health implications” because of the high use of the drugs and the increasing threat of flutter with advancing age. IANS
Illusion created as brain Antibiotic dosing
adapts to motion fast: Study guidelines to help
called in the past for more rigorous examination of the effect growing up with the internet can have on children, but not studies have yet provided conclusive evidence of any harmful side effects. Treatments for so-called internet addiction are now also offered around the world. Annika Small, Director of the Nominet Trust, said: “The trust believes in the internet as a force for social good. Exaggerated fears about internet use can potentially deny its benefits to those most in need. “I want to see a proper debate amongst policy makers, based on accurate research, about the effects of using interactive technologies on young people’s brains, behaviours and attitudes, without resorting to scaremongering that parents are being subjected to on regular basis.” The study also suggested, however, that 61 per cent of parents distrust positive stories about the internet, believing them to be funded by interested parties. PTI
Warming facts Chinaʼs emission helped tame global warming! Sulphur pollution cause behind the steady temperature. Increase in coal consumption in China the reason. CO2 remains for a long time in air. Warming signs have begun again.
Washington: Ever wondered why stationary objects look as if moving after watching something in motion? It’s because your brain adapts to motion in fraction of a second, scientists say. This visual illusion, which was first identified by Aristotle, has been recognised for a very long time. Now, a team at the University of Rochester found that even a very brief glimpse of motion – for as little as 1/40 of a second – can trigger this illusion called the Motion Aftereffect, LiveScience reported. “It all comes back to a process called adaptation, the idea you change the sensitivity of your senses based on the environment you are in, and you do this constantly,” Davis Glasser, who led the research, said. For example, when you put your clothes on in the morning, you only feel them against your skin for a short time, or when you walk into a room with a noisy air conditioner, you only hear it for a short time, he explained. It is theorised that adaptation allows us to ignore a constant stimulus so we can detect other
things, Glasser said. The motion aftereffect is a visual evidence that our brains have adapted to the motion we see. By looking at a stationary object, we can “read out” this adaptation, which appears as the illusory motion, the researchers said. Using tests in which participants responded to videos, Glasser and his colleagues found that after only a very brief exposure to an image in motion, the brain responds to stationary objects as if they are actually moving. They found a corresponding pattern of activity in tests of individual brain cells from a visual brain region important for perceiving motion.
The motion needed to elicit this response in the human participants was so brief that the human subjects could not consciously tell the direction in which it was going. However, it still affected their perception of a stationary image, said Glasser. The brevity of exposure to motion needed to stimulate these responses indicates this process is an automatic adaptation and can happen anytime one sees something moving, he added. Glasser said he is now exploring the long-standing theory that adaptation to a particular stimulus, such as motion in our visual field, improves our sensitivity to other stimuli. PTI
Sydney: Doctors can now more confidently administer a drug that protects against bacterial superbugs, thanks to dosing guidelines for the antibiotic colistin. Colistin treats serious infections in critically ill patients, including those with kidney failure who are receiving dialysis. Developed by Monash University researchers, the guidelines will allow for more effective use of the drug and reduce the likelihood of bacteria developing resistance to it, the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy reports. Prof Roger L Nation and associate professor Jian Li, from the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, played a key role in initiating the international research effort that led to the current study, according to a Monash statement. They said colistin was increasingly the last option available to treat seriously ill patients who have infections caused by an important class of antibiotic-re-
sistant bacteria, known as gramnegative ‘superbugs’. “Unfortunately, colistin was developed more than 50 years ago when manufacturers were not required to provide accurate dosing guidelines. This has meant doctors are often shooting in the dark with respect to how much colistin should be administered to individual patients,” Nation said. Insufficient dosage could leave patients vulnerable to infection and enable bacteria to become resistant, which could lead to more powerful superbugs in the future, he said. The research team based the dosing formula on a study of 105 critically ill patients who were administered the antibiotic. IANS
Global warming plateau linked to air pollution Washington: China’s rapid industrial growth helped ease the pace of global warming in the last decade, according to a new study. But greenhouse gases are heating things up again. While the decade of the 2000s was one of the hottest on record, the pace of warming had eased until 2009 and 2010, when temperatures
lurched upward. The reason for the seeming plateau, according to the study, was the added sulphur polluting the atmosphere from the sharp increase in coal-burning industrial activity in China. “What’s going on is, human activities do two things: They cool the planet and they warm the planet. People normally just focus on the warming effect of CO2 (carbon dioxide), but during the Chinese economic expansion there was a huge increase in sulphur emissions,” which have a cooling effect, explained Robert K Kaufmann of Boston University, lead author of the new study published Yesterday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. Chinese coal consumption doubled between 2003 and 2007, and that caused a 26 per cent increase in global coal consumption, Kaufmann said. That was about the same as the worldwide increase in coal use in the previous 22 years, he said. “So what took 22 years now took four years, and it started at a higher level.”
Now, China has recognised the impacts on its environment and on its citizens’ health and are installing equipment to scrub out the sulphur particles, Kaufmann said. Sulphur quickly drops out of the air if it is not replenished, while CO2 remains for a long time, so the warming from CO2 is beginning to be visible again, he noted. Indeed, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, have listed 2010 as tied for the warmest year on record, while the Hadley Center of the British Meteorological Office lists it as second warmest, after 1998. Some have even suggested that injecting sulphur compounds into the atmosphere might help ease global warming by increasing clouds and haze that would reflect sunlight, but an earlier study concluded that would be a bad idea. Injecting enough sulphur to reduce warming would wipe out the Arctic ozone layer and delay recovery of the Antarctic ozone hole by as much as 70 years, according to an analysis by Simone Tilmes of the National Center for Atmospheric
Research in Boulder, Colorado. “While climate change is a major threat, more research is required before society attempts global geoengineering solutions,” said Tilmes. Overall, global temperatures have been increasing for more than a century since the industrial revolu-
tion began adding gases like carbon dioxide to the air. But there have been similar plateaus, such as during the postWorld War II era when industrial production boosted sulphur emissions in several parts of the world, Kaufmann explained. AP
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Alcohol had cast spell on RADCLIFFE
upermodel Heidi Klum has hinted that she and her singer husband Seal won’t be having more children. The couple has four children – Leni, 7, Henry, 5, Johan, 4, and 20-month-old Lou. “I love my family life now the way it is,” the 38year-old told People magazine. She also admitted that she had to learn to be a “morning person” after having children. “You have to be a morning person when you have children. Before you can go out late at night and sleep in a little bit, but when you have kids that get up at 5.30 or 6 o’clock you go to bed earlier!” she added.
ctor Daniel Radcliffe revealed he became dependent on alcohol when he was 18 while struggling to cope with the pressures of fame. The 22-year-old actor, who rose to fame in 2001 when he first played the titular role in “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”, says he started drinking heavily while working on the sixth movie in the franchise, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”. “I became so reliant on alcohol to enjoy stuff. There were a few years there when I was just so enamoured with the idea of living some sort of famous person’s lifestyle that really isn’t suited to me,” femalefirst.co.uk quoted the actor as saying. Radcliffe gave up alcohol in August last year.
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eality TV star Kourtney Kardashian has been verbally abused by a drunken fan, who screamed “bitch” at her. The incident happened Monday at New York’s Hamptons district where Kourtney was enjoying her holiday with her 18-month-old son, Mason, reports femalefirst.co.uk. “I love how I was walking nicely w my son in the Hamptons and a drunk w***e yelled BITCH because I waved at her instead of saying hi. #classy,” the 32-year-old posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.
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inger-actress Selena Gomez has given up surfing the internet after receiving nasty online comments from fans jealous of her romance with singer Justin Bieber. Gomez, 18, and Bieber, 17, went public with their relationship this year. But the revelation infuriated some of the “Baby” hitmaker’s fans, who targeted Gomez online. “It’s weird, it’s just weird, but I don’t pay attention to it, I just try to live my life as normal as possible. I just like to not focus on what the whole world is saying about me and just be happy with myself,” contactmusic.com quoted Gomez as saying. “I try to not read magazines or the internet but it’s obviously unavoidable. I mean, it’s everywhere, so there are moments where I read things that hurt my feelings But not most of the time. I don’t surround my life with magazines or the internet,” she added.
Selena avoids surfing net
inger Beyonce Knowles feels like a mermaid when she is surrounded by water. She says spending time near the ocean makes her feel grounded. “I’m always happiest when I’m surrounded by water, I feel like a mermaid, I think I was a mermaid. The ocean makes me feel really small and it puts my whole life in perspective,” femalefirst.co.uk quoted the 29-year-old as saying. “It reminds me I’m a very little piece of this huge earth and it humbles me and grounds me. It makes me feel almost like I’ve
been baptised and I’m born again when I get out of the ocean,” she added. Beyonce, who is married to American rapper Jay-Z, took a year off from work last year. She says the experiences she had left her feeling revitalised. “I never realised I needed a year off and I never realised I didn’t know how to take a year off. I went scuba diving in the red sea and the coral was spectacular, it was unreal that something that beautiful exists and I was so close to it,” she said.
ewly-wed couple Kate Moss and Jamie Hince have reportedly headed off to their honeymoon. The couple married in the British village of Little Faringdon in Gloucestershire July 1 in front of guests that included Paul McCartney and Jude Law. Contactmusic.com reported that after the nuptials, they enjoyed two days of parties, starting with a reception to stretching with live music and performances from stars including Iggy Pop, Dame Shirley Bassey and Bryan Ferry. The ceremonies finally wrapped up July 3, when Moss and “The Kills” frontman boarded a helicopter to begin their post-wedding vacation.
Johansson, Reynolds divorce finalised
ctress Scarlett Johansson’s divorce from Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds has been legally finalised, which officially ended their two years of marriage. Johansson, 26, and Reynolds, 34, started dating in 2007, before announcing their engagement in 2008. They married in a small ceremony in Canada in September the same year. The couple then moved into a $2.8 million mansion in Hollywood Hills, California. However, they split in November 2010. According to documents filed in court, the couple had no prenuptial agreement. Hence the assets each of them accrued during their marriage will be split evenly, reports femalefirst.co.uk. “Anyone who gets divorced goes through a lot of pain, but you come out of it. I’m not out of it yet. At all. But I sense that as I do come through it, there’s optimism. How can there not be?’ I don’t think I want to get married again. But you always re-evaluate these things,” Reynolds spoke about the separation last month.
Moss, Hince go on honeymoon
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
ctor Neil Nitin Mukesh, who has just finished shooting Abbas Mustan’s “Players”, says he has signed three films and all of them will release next year. “There will be a lot of me next year. There are three films that I have signed, but I am not allowed to talk about them right now. All are very interesting subjects. You are going to see a lot more new avatars of me,” Neil said. He was off the media glare for a long time as he was busy shooting for “Players” until now, said Neil. “This year ‘Players’ took a lot of my time. I was committed to ‘Players’ and I do one film at a time,” said Neil who was last seen in director Vishal Bhardwaj’s “7 Khoon Maaf”. “Players” is the official remake of the Hollywood film “The Italian Job” where, apart from Neil, the cast includes Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Basu and Sonam Kapoor. Neil claims that, courtesy director duo Abbas Mustan, the film is shaping up quite close to its original version. “It’s an official remake of ‘The Italian Job’ and with Abbas bhai Mastan bhai making it in Hindi you can guess how close it could be of the original film,” said Neil. “Players” is set to hit theatres on December 23.
ollywood actress Shilpa Shetty has refuted reports that her marriage is in trouble, saying that she and her husband Raj Kundra are holidaying in the US. She also says that she is not pregnant. “First I hear am preggars (NOT true) Now I hear my husbands havin an affair frm the press. Common fr papers 2 stoop low 2 sensationalise false,” Shilpa posted on her Twitter page Tuesday. There were reports that Kundra had met a gorgeous lady at a hair-transplant clinic in London and later gifted the clinic assistant a European holiday. But, the 36-year-old actress has denied the reports. “False news!grrrrrr:( 4 the record, my husband and I are holidaying in USA and r very happily married. Sorry 2 burst the newspapers bubble,” she added.
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s an actor, producer and director, Aamir Khan hasn’t gone wrong in past few years and the star says the writers and the directors of his movies should be applauded for the success. “If you are saying Aamir you have so many successes, I am not a solo player. It’s a team effort and in the team the two main people are not me - one is writer and the other is director,” Aamir said. In the recent past, Aamir has produced unconventional films like “Peepli Live”, “Dhobi Ghat” and recently released “Delhi Belly”. All the films set the cash registers ringing. “I don’t have the magic touch. Yes, I have accepted those films and I have accepted the unusual films, so you can give me credit for that. I had the good sense to say yes to them, I had the good sense to work good in them and I was fortunate to have a good team in these films,” he said. Often referred to as Mr. Perfectionist, Aamir said: “There are many reasons for which the films have been successful. Every film of mine which has become successful has first originated in the mind of a writer with whom I have no connection, neither have I given the idea to him.” “‘Laagan’ came in Ashutosh’s mind and when he came to me, his script was totally complete and I loved it. My contribution to the script is zero. ‘Peepli Live’, ‘Rang De Basanti’, ‘Taare Zameen Par’ all of these films are written by different writers, some of them are writer-director together. “Now, had not these beautiful scripts not come to me, I would have not been able to be part of these films. The other creative talents who have contributed to the success of the film also share the equal credit for it.”
GAGA TO GUEST judge dance show
Aamir: Writers, directors share max credit for my success
op star Lady Gaga is all set to judge an upcoming episode of US dance reality show “So You Think You Can Dance”. Gaga will join judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy. “Lady Gaga will give
great advice on how to handle yourself, how to be creative with what you do, and how to be a fabulous performer. Her help is going to be invaluable,” contactmusic.com quoted Lythgoe as saying.
fter “Heroine”, his “most ambitious project”, was put on the backburner indefinitely following the news of his lead actress Aishwarya Rai’s pregnancy, filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar says he went into depression and that he’s upset that the “truth was hidden” from him. “This decision of pulling the plug had a devasting effect on me … It was like an avalanche collapsing on me… I was in a state of total shock and depression,” Bhandarkar posted on his blog. The filmmaker had remained silent so far, ever since producers UTV took the decision to stall the movie for the sake of Aishwarya’s health. “It was a collective decision of the producers of the film to pull off the plug on the current assembled project…I am still reeling in a state of shock…. But still chose to remain silent all these days; but was coerced into breaking my silence… as I realised that the truth deserved to be told,” he added. Though Bhandarkar believes “motherhood is pious” and that women play an important role in his personal and professional life, he feels things could have been altered if he would have been informed even after the film’s announcement May 13 at the 64th Cannes International Film Festival. “The entire event would not have taken place if on the onset the actress would have informed the state of her health an impending maternity. The truth was hidden from us. We learnt about the entire thing from news channels like the rest of the world that the said actress was four months’ pregnant and she was due on November. “Filmmaking in Mumbai film industry is not a mere business but one big fraternity who functions on total faith and trust. The film was announced in Cannes on 13th May while we commenced shooting on 7th June. There was a gap of 24 days...even if we had known the truth behind the maternal state of the actress, things could have been reworked keeping the state of matters in mind accordingly and this crisis could have been averted,” wrote Bhandarkar.
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Terence Lewisʼ group to perform at Vienna fest B
ollywood choreographer Terence Lewis’ dance company has been invited to perform at the opening ceremony of the Impulstanz Dance Festival in Vienna. He says it is a privilege to showcase the Hindi film industry on an international platform. Impulstanz Dance Festival, one of the largest dance festivals in the world, has been held every July for the 28 years. Choreographers and teachers
from across the world teach and perform various dance forms. Members of the Terence Lewis Contemporary Dance Company will leave on July 9 for Vienna and their show is scheduled for July 14. “The TLCDC will stage its production ‘Jhoom’ on July 14. It is a 30 minute extravaganza, bringing to the stage the very essence of India, wrapped in the colours and sounds of Bollywood. ‘Jhoom’ is the perfect ground where Indian culture and tradition meet the new age glitz
and gloss of mainstream Bollywood,” Lewis, the artistic director of TLCDC, said. “It is an absolute privilege to showcase Bollywood on an international platform. The production is an interesting colourful potpourri of folk, the classical form and the current day kitsch. ‘Jhoom’ is an ode to this Bollywood fantasy,” added the 36-year-old, who choreographed for films like “Shikhar” and “Naach”.