BangaloreBeat Vol. 1, Issue 289 n Wednesday n June 8, 2011
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Evening daily Kanimozhi denied bail P4
Celina supports green move P7
2 pachyderms come charging to Mysore, kill 1, create havoc Bangalore Beat Bureau
a younger female pachyderm, which was docile of the two and chose to hid in a thicket and did not create the Mysore: It was a day of drama, shock, grief and terror commotion of her pal. The elephants were first seen near in Mysore today. Two wild elephants mysteriously ap- the JSS campus on Mysore-Ooty highway on the peared in the crowded city and rampaged through, foothills of Chamundi. The male ripped through the killing one and creating an unprecedented commotion cricket nets and charged through the play area before in an otherwise sleepy town. coming on to the busy road.It then ventured into the The forest department officials shot five tranquilis- busy Narayana Sastry Road nearby where a hapless er darts before bringing down the rogue male elephant Renuka Prasad (56) was caught in its sharp tusks. that ran riot for more than five hours. The other one was Continued on page 2 and 3, with more photos...
G S Ravishankar
begins fast New Delhi: Civil rights activist Anna Hazare and his supporters today began a day-long hunger strike at Rajghat to protest the police crackdown on Baba Ramdev’s supporters during their agitation against corruption here on Saturday night. After paying floral tributes at Mahatma Gandhi’s samadhi, the Gandhian leader reached the protest site at around 10.20 am to a thunderous applause from around a thousand supporters who assembled there amid a large police presence. Hazare chanted “Vande Mataram”, “Bharat Mata ki Jai” and “Inqilab Zindabad”, prompting the crowd to echo him. Civil society activists like Shanti Bhushan, Kiran Bedi, Swami Agnivesh and Arvind Kejriwal joined the protest. More on page 4...
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
ANNA HAZARE BEGINS FAST
New Delhi: Civil rights activist Anna Hazare and his supporters today began a day-long hunger strike at Rajghat to protest the police crackdown on Baba Ramdev’s supporters during their agitation against corruption here on Saturday night. After paying floral tributes at Mahatma Gandhi’s samadhi, the Gandhian leader reached the protest site at around 10.20 am to a thunderous applause from around a thousand supporters who assembled there amid a large police presence. Hazare chanted “Vande Mataram”, “Bharat Mata ki Jai” and “Inqilab Zindabad”, prompting the crowd to echo him. Civil society activists like Shanti Bhushan, Kiran Bedi, Swami Agnivesh and Arvind Kejriwal joined the protest. Kejriwal said that except Justice Santosh Hegde, all civil society members of the Lokpal Bill drafting panel will join the fast, which has been organised to protest the midnight crackdown on Ramdev’s supporters that injured over 60 people. With Delhi Police refusing permission for the day-long hunger strike at Jantar Mantar, Hazare had decided to shift the venue to Rajghat to avoid a confrontation. Bedi told the gathering that this is
Social activist Anna Hazare raises slogans during his one-day fast in protest against police crackdown on Baba Ramdev and his supporters, at Rajghat in New Delhi today.
the “second war of independence against corruption, extortion and bribery.” “I called Anna ‘Gandhi’ yesterday. It made some people very angry but large number of the people very happy. Why we have to sit here today? We didn’t raise our voices against corruption earlier so we landed up here. We are not against politicians. We approached them, but they did not take up the struggle, so Anna had to take up the fight,” she said. Earlier, before the protest started, Hazare said the government is trying to “scare” people off the protest. The organisers claimed action on Ramdev supporters has created a “fear psychosis” among the people. Asked whether he will seek security for himself, Hazare said he will never do so and he is not afraid of death. “Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev never asked for security. If they would have done, our country would not be free,” he said. “The protest against injustice is not wrong. It leads to a successful democracy. If in such a situation you try to disrupt it, that’s not right,” he said. Large presence of police personnel somewhat dented the enthusiasm of the protestors. Heavy barricading and
Fast enters fifth day Bangalore Beat Bureau
Bangalore: A protest in support of yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s fast entered the fifth day today. His supporters have been sitting on a satyagraha at Freedom Park as their guru is Haridwar. More than 100 members were present at the venue and the crowd has certainly thinned. The fast is being led by Swami Divyajnanda Swami of Pushpanjali Mutt. On the fifth day of the protest, Shree Sai Gold Palace proprietor Sharavana, actress Tara, Basavanagudi Mercahnts’ Forum president Ramesh and others called on the satyagrahis. Balakrishna Guruji said, “Everyone should support this movement. Physical support is needed to sustain it for a long time. Countrymen should support this movement till our objective is achieved.”
Shri Sai Gold Palace MD Sharvana and actress Tara extend support to the Satyagraha being held at Freedom Park. RadhaKrishna
A one-day workshop on “Souharda Cooperative Auditors Guidelines” was inaugurated by Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Bangalore Chapter president T R Venkatesh Babu at ICAI in the city today. Also seen are: Principal secretary to the cooperative department V Umesh and Karnataka Souharda Samyukta Cooperative Ltd president S R Satishchandra.
Pradip Chaudri, chairman, SBM Group, and Dilip Mavinakurve, MD, SBM, donate an ambulance to the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases at a function at State Bank of Mysore headquarers in the city today.
Protest against graft
police deployment prompted some of them to discuss conspiracy theories about the government plotting to thwart their plans. Organisers claimed they got several calls from people asking whether police will take action. A senior police official said they have taken adequate security measures but did not “harass” anyone. People who came to Rajghat were outraged over the crackdown on the Ramdev congregation. “That action was shameful. One should protest. I have left my house and business to join this agitation. If you don’t have other means to raise your voice, the only option left is to hit the streets,” said B S Negi, a retired Assam Rifles personnel who came to Delhi on June 3 for the Ramdev protest. A number of supporters of Ramdev joined in the protest, including Swami Santoshanand, who shared dais with the yoga guru at Ramlila on June 4. Gandhi lookalikes, tricolour-waving youths and volunteers wearing Gandhi caps added colour to the agitation. Anti-corruption T-shirts worth Rs 150 recorded brisk sale. The protest will be accompanied by an all-religion prayer meeting and a debate on Lokpal Bill. PTI
Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council man shot dead Diphu: Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council member Narendra Killing was today shot dead by suspected Karbi People Liberation Tiger militants at Bokajan in Karbi Anglong district of Assam, police said. A group of 12 insurgents knocked at the door of the member’s house at Balipathar Adarsh Gao at 1 am and shot him dead from point blank range, the police said. Three of his personal security officers were injured and an INSAS rifle and two other rifles belonging to them were taken away, the police said. The condition of two of the security officers, admitted to Dimapur Civil Hospital, was stated to be serious. Killing represented Saru Pathar constituency of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council. The same insurgent group had killed six CRPF jawans on April 3 last, a day before the Assam assembly polls, at a place in Karbi Anglong bordering Kaziranga National Park. PTI
HC dismisses bail pleas of Kani, Sharad New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today dismissed the bail plea of DMK MP Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV MD Sharad Kumar, accused in the 2G spectrum case, saying there are prima facie evidences against them. “There are certain prima facie evidences against the accused. Considering the complicity of the accused in the offence, the bail applications are dismissed,” Justice Ajit Bharihoke said. Kanimozhi’s mother Rajathi Ammal and DMK parliamentary party leader T R Baalu were present in the courtroom when the order was pronounced. . Kanimozhi, the 43-year-old daughter of DMK supremo M Karunanidhi, and Kumar were named by the CBI for allegedly
receiving a kick back to tune of Rs 200 crore. Both Kanimozhi and Kumar have 20 per cent stake each in Kalaignar TV Pvt Ltd which allegedly received Rs 200 crore through a “circuitous” route from Shahid Balwa promoted D B Realty. DMK chief’s wife Dayalu Ammal, who has been left out of the list of accused, owns the remaining 60 per cent shares in the channel. Kanimozhi and Kumar had moved the high court on May 23 challenging the trial court’s order which had rejected their bail pleas, saying the offence attributed to them was grave and the possibility of influencing the witnesses cannot be ruled out.
CBI Special Judge O P Saini had on May 20 rejected the bail pleas of Kanimozhi and Kumar and ordered their “forthwith” arrest. They are currently lodged in Tihar Jail. Kanimozhi, who sought bail in the special court on the ground of being a woman, had approached the high court seeking relief citing the need to look after her school-going child who is devoid of her care as his father is working abroad. Justice Bharihoke had on May 23 dismissed bail pleas of five corporate honchos, including Unitech Group MD Sanjay Chandra and Reliance ADAG MD Gautam Doshi in the case, saying there was a possibility that they may influence the witnesses. PTI
India going through SINGHAL MEETS RAMDEV; seeks strict anti‑corruption law transparency revolution: Antony New Delhi: Against the backdrop of agitations demanding more openness and accountability in Government functioning, Defence Minister A K Antony today said the country is going through a “transparency revolution” which can’t be stopped “midway”. “Country is passing through a new era revolution-- the transparency revolution. The walls of secrecy are crumbling in every field gradually including politics, business, administration and judiciary. Once the trend has started, you can’t stop it midway,” he said. The Defence Minister was talking to reporters after inaugurating a new conference hall of the Press Club of India. Civil Society members such as Anna Hazare have been demanding greater checks and balances on the functioning on the government by having institutions such as the Lokpal and are holding agitations on the issue. Antony said the transition was facing “problems” as “India is not ready as Indian politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen, armed forces and all those who are holding key position are not ready for this transition that is why there are problems in this transition.” “But that is also part of Indian democracy. But after few years they will. The transition will go on,” he said. Crediting Parliament for increasing transparency in the country, Antony said, “For that (transparency), you have to give credit to Indian media, NGOs and social activists but ultimately it was the Indian Par-
Haridwar: Senior VHP leader Ashok Singhal today met Baba Ramdev extending his support to the yoga guru and asked the government to immediately accept all his demands. “There has to be a strict anticorruption law. There has to be clean and transparent governance, a proper system for the welfare of people. There are people who are looting our country. It must be stopped,” Singhal said while addressing people here.Senior VHP leaders, including Singhal came here to extend
their support to Ramdev, who is continuing his strike against corruption. Singhal, who met Ramdev for over 45 minutes said, “Blackmoney must be brought in for our own betterment. If we get all the blackmoney deposited in foreign countries, it will only help in our prosperity.” Terming as “barbaric” the police action on the followers of Ramdev at Delhi’s Ramlila ground on June 4, he said, “Whatever happened reminded me of the Jallianwala Bagh mas-
sacre where bullets were showered on innocent people.” Taking a dig on Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh, he said, “They (Congress) are the people who call the most dreaded terrorist as Osamaji and Baba Ramdev a thug. It clearly exposes them.” The yoga guru is observing a fast from June 4 to press for his demands of bringing back black money from foreign nations, tougher anti-graft laws and to uproot corruption from the country. PTI
Boeing deal reﬂects growing military ties with India: US liament through the RTI Act.” The minister said the Right to Information Act, passed by Parliament in 2005, will help the transparency revolution percolate to all walks of life, organisations and ultimately all families. “Instead of going back, I think in years to come, the RTI Act will spread to new areas. I think every facet of human life will be transparent. This is happening in India under the law,” he said. Lauding the role of Indian media in building the nation, Antony said the society is getting industrialised and there is a clash of interest between various groups. “In this environment, you shouldn’t allow anybody to use you... The media shouldn’t allow itself to be manipulated by vested interests and groups,” he added. PTI
Washington: The United States has described India’s proposed purchase of 10 Boeing C-17 Globemaster heavy-lift transport aircraft in a $4.1 billion deal as indicative of growing military and humanitarian ties between the two countries. The deal announced during President Barack Obama’s India visit “will double the value of US-Indian defence trade and provide the Indian Air Force with a strategic airlift and humanitarian response capability that, frankly, is unique in the region,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters Tuesday. “It will broaden India’s capability, for instance, to provide humanitarian assistance to people devastated by natural disasters,” he said. “It will also allow them to deploy peacekeeping troops around the world and to evacuate its citizens from areas of civil strife anywhere in the world,” he said.
“And I would just say that this deal is indicative of our growing military and humanitarian ties. This kind of airlift capability, as I said, is pretty unique and it’s a significant step forward for India,” he added. “The future of India and US relations is bright,” said Toner asking Indians no to see the US aid to Pakistan “as a zero-sum game. A strong, stable, peaceful, and prosperous Pakistan is in the interest of the region. That goes without saying,” he said. “What we’re trying to do in Pakistan is to build democratic institutions, to improve Pakistan’s security, to help it face
an existential threat from terrorism. And that’s where our assistance is focused,” Toner said. Asserting that US counterterrorism cooperation with Pakistan has yielded results, the spokesman acknowledged “certainly” there have been bumps in the road. Osama bin Ladin’s location in Pakistan had “of course” raised serious concerns, Toner said. “And we’re addressing those concerns. But ultimately, counterterrorism cooperation, and indeed on a broader level cooperation with Pakistan, is in our nation’s long-term security interest,” he said. IANS
India to grow at a slower 8%: World Bank
Civil society members take out a protest march against corruption near Freedom Park this morning.
Washington: With India’s growth projected to ease to 8 percent in fiscal 201112 from 8.8 percent last fiscal, South Asia is headed for a slower, but still buoyant 7.5 percent growth in 2011, says the World Bank. After growing at a robust 9.3 percent during calendar year 2010, activity in South Asia moderated in the first quarter of 2011, it said in its June 2011 edition of Global Economic Prospects. Noting that the regional economic slowdown in 2011 mainly reflects a falloff in activity in India, which represents about 80 percent of South Asia’s GDP, the Bank said the slowdown stems from a moderation in domestic demand.
Elevated inflationary pressures have cut into disposable incomes and household spending and more restrictive monetary conditions have contributed to a dampening of investment activity, the GEP noted This slowdown partly also reflects macroeconomic policy tightening aimed at curbing stubbornly high price pressures and reducing large fiscal deficits, the Bank said. The moderate compression of domestic demand has been partly offset by strong exports, as countries in South Asia have benefited from robust import demand in developing countries, recovering demand in high-income countries and resilient worker remittances inflows.
The Bank suggested that as they put the financial crisis behind them, developing countries need to focus on tackling country-specific challenges such as achieving balanced growth through structural reforms, coping with inflationary pressures, and dealing with high commodity prices. In contrast, prospects for high-income countries and many of Europe’s developing countries remain clouded by crisis-related problems such as high unemployment, household and bankingsector budget consolidation, and concerns over fiscal sustainability among other factors. The World Bank projected that as developing countries reach full capacity,
growth will slow from 7.3 percent in 2010 to around 6.3 percent each year from 2011-2013. High-income countries will see growth slow from 2.7 percent in 2010 to 2.2 percent in 2011 before picking up to 2.7 percent and 2.6 percent in 2012 and 2013 respectively. “Globally, GDP is expected to grow 3.2 percent in 2011 before edging up to 3.6 percent in 2012,” said Justin Yifu Lin, the World Bank’s Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for Development Economics. “But further increases in already high oil and food prices could significantly curb economic growth and hurt the poor.” IANS
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Beyond Beat Wednesday, June 8, 2011
OF FLUID MOTION Bangalore Beat Bureau
ast week, the city got to witness one more renowned photographer Avinash Pasricha, who is famed for capturing moments of fluid motion in performing arts and of famous personalities. Only a month ago, Bangalore played host to the country’s first woman photo-journalist Homai Vyarawalla. Pasricha’s photo exhibition was held at Alliance Francaise. He spoke to Bangalore Beat at length. “While wildlife photography has always popular, my interest was in taking photos of persons, celebrities in news and those who come from performing arts. Some of the best photographs taken by me are of renowed musicians, like Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Begum Akthar, Kumar Gandharva, etc.” On the source of his passion for pursuing photography, he said, “My father was a photographer with his own studio in Delhi in the 1970s. I developed the passion, looking at his photographs.” Pasricha started his career as a photographer with the United State Information Centre (UNIC) New Delhi. “I was asked to be the photo editor of SPAN magazine in 1960. I continued with it till 1997.” One or two of his photographs got published in the hallowed National Geographic. “But my real interest was to capture the human emotions and feelings, which are clearly depicted in performing arts like dance, be it Kuchipudi, Oddissi or Bharatyanatyam. Indian classical dance offer a lot of opportunities for photographer and there were artists, cinema artists, who needed to be captured. And I travelled all over the country and abroad too doing just that.” Among his finest moments as a photographer were when he was associated with the SPAN Magazine and when he accompanied a delegation with then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi abroad as photo editor of the magazine. “I took some of the best photos of them in my camera. I then had a Nikon 40,” he reminisces. Pasricha laments that the freedom of olden days is missing now. “Nowadays, you have to go with a huge crop of lenses to get the best shot. You can’t get a close shot. Your job is difficult if you are a working as a photographer for newspapers and magazines.” Narrating an incident of his hey days, he said, “US President John F Kennedy came along with first lady Jacqueliene Kennedy to India, and as they entering Rashtrapati Bhavan, all the photographers rushed to capture one of the most glamorous couples. There was a lot of security around them, but none of the security men stopped any photographer. You cannot enjoy the same kind of freedom now.” Pasricha also blames the editorial fraternity of newspapers and magazines. “While photos add to the beauty and colour of newspapers and magazines, and occupy the largest space, our names are hardly mentioned. Even when our names are given, they are in smaller point size in some corner of photographs. But at the same time, reporters get a good byline. This should change,” he said.
Shot once in 6 months can keep knee surgery at bay New Delhi: At the age of 46, Delhi-based homemaker Smita Awasthi found herself shuttling between hospitals, popping pills and visiting doctors on a daily basis to get respite from the ordeal of knee pain because of osteoarthritis. “Household chores had become difficult. Even simple activities like climbing stairs had become tyrannous because of the tremendous pain in the knees,” Awasthi said. India is said to have the second largest number of osteoarthritis patients in the world. Just when Awasthi had made up her mind for a knee surgery in March this year even though it was too early for her age, doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) opted for viscosupplementation, a technique of giving injections at regular intervals to provide relief from pain and delay surgery for osteoarthritis patients. “In osteoarthritis, the outer layer of the knee joint called synovium membrane stops producing the synovial fluid in the knees. This fluid is very necessary for nourishment of the joints, and supporting smooth joint movement through lubrication,” said Buddhadev Choudhary, associate professor at the department of orthopedics at the J P Narayan Apex Trauma Centre, AIIMS. In the absence of synovial fluid, the knee cartilage starts reducing in thickness and the joint becomes unstable while drying up. “Viscosupplementation compensates for the lack of synovial fluid in the patient’s knees. A loaded syringe of a similar gel-like fluid is injected into the patient’s knees at a minimum gap of six months,” explained Choudhary, who sees around 50 such patients in a month. The technique that came to India over five years ago, say experts, is now gaining popularity among people as osteoarthritis cases are also coming at an early age. “It is not unusual to see women in their early
40s coming up with osteoarthritis and joint pain. Blame it on the sedentary lifestyle or corporate work culture, we have the second largest number (around 15 million) of osteoarthritis patients in the world,” said Rajeev Sharma, senior consultant orthopaedic and joint replacement surgeon at Apollo Hospital. Women are especially susceptible to arthritis as there is a tendency for degeneration of joints in the later stages of life in them. While patients in early stages of the disease are resorting to the considerably easy mode of treatment, doctors also cite benefits of viscosupplementation over anti-inflammation medicines given earlier. Sharma explains: “Patients in stage two or three of osteoarthritis who fail to see any change from analgesics, oral medication of painkillers or physiotherapy are advised to go for viscosupplementation. An added advantage of viscosupplementation is that it has lesser side effects than the antiinflammation medicines that used to harm the joints directly.” The injection, priced at around Rs.15,000 per dose, has to be repeated within a time span of six to eight months, say experts. Choudhary also cautions patients who seek viscosupplementation as an alternative to knee surgery: “Viscosupplementation should not be considered as an alternative to surgery because if you have reached the late stages of arthritis, knee surgery is suggested. “In early stages, the injection doses will provide relief if they are complemented with physical exercise and proper diet.” Though viscosupplementation is a procedure that helps reduce dependence on steroids and painkillers, it needs to be supplemented with regular exercise and efforts to strengthen muscles around the knee joint. Not only this, the doctors also have to follow a series of precautions before injecting the fluid into the joint. “We have to make sure that the joint is clean from within, the site of injection is carefully chosen to make sure the fluid reaches at the right point in the joint. We have to be very exact as there are chances of further damage if we go wrong,” Sharma added. The injections are mild and the patient is able to walk out after just one visit in six months. “Minimal side effects such as redness, itching, swelling are there, but they also subside after medicines are given,” Choudhary said. IANS
Avinash Parischa is one the better known names in the photography field. Having worked with SPAN magazine for over 35 years, he tells L Raghunanda that he enjoys capturing the moods and feelings of performing artists
Renowned photographer Avinash Pasricha
Study: School bullies more likely to turn into wife beaters
Boston: Boys who bully other kids during their childhood are more likely to physically abuse their wives or girlfriends when they grow up, according to a study by Harvard researchers. More than 40 per cent of the men surveyed for the study said they had bullied other kids as children, and 16 per cent reported abusing women in their lives in the past year. Bullying and domestic violence might be linked by a feeling of “entitlement,” said study co-author Jay Silverman, an associate professor at the Harvard School of Public Health. “The sense that because they are female and because you are male, you have a right to do that.” The researchers surveyed 1,491 men aged 18 to 35. Of those who had recently abused women, 38 per cent said they had frequently bullied others when they were
kids. By contrast, among men who had not been abusive in the past year, just 12 per cent had been frequent bullies as kids. Only 36 per cent of those who had recently abused women said they had never bullied others, compared with 64 per cent of the other men. The latest research shows men who admit to bullying their peers in childhood appear to have an increased risk of intimate-partner violence, known as IPV. Study leader Kathryn Falb, of the Harvard School of Public Health, said, “Recent evidence strongly indicates that bullying peers in school may share common prior causes with IPV perpetration.” “Critically, this analysis demonstrates that those reporting school bullying are significantly more likely to perpetrate physical or sexual IPV,” Falb said. PTI
Pomegranate juice could ease stress
London: Drinking pomegranate juice daily could ease one’s stress at the workplace by reducing blood pressure and lowering stress hormone levels. Researchers at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, in Britain, studied the physiological effect of daily consumption of half litre of pomegranate juice over a two-week period. They found that all 60 volunteers, from a range of working environments, reported being more enthusiastic and less distressed after having the drink. Emad Al-Dujaili, who led the study, said “on the basis of these findings there is a justified argument for busy workers to drink pomegranate juice to help alleviate chronic stress and maintain good health”, reports the Telegraph. “There is a growing body of evidence that pomegranate juice delivers wide-ranging health benefits that merit further research. “It is very rare indeed for an allnatural juice to offer the range of health benefits that we are seeing in pomegranate juice.” IANS
Secure relationship leads to more satisfying sex life
London: People who feel secure in their relationship with their partner have a more satisfactory sex life and are more able to be sensitive in the affection they give, according to a new study. However, people who are insecure, who tend towards anxiety or avoidance and are compulsive or controlling in their affection, experience more conflict in their sexual desire and are less happy in their relationships. “Our results show that insecure people (anxiousambivalent) tend to be compulsive in their care for their partners, while people prone to avoidance, tend to be controlling and to exhibit greater conflict in their sexual desire,” says Javier Gomez Zapiain, professor of the psychology of sexuality at the University of the Basque Country, Spain, who led the study, a varsity statement said. Gomez Zapiain’s research group studied the level of conflict in people’s erotic desire, their degree of satisfaction with their sexual life and other factors related with sexual behaviour and care, based on a sample of 211 long-term couples in the Basque
Country. They distributed individual questionnaires at random among various groups of professionals from the education, healthcare, public services and private business sectors. “The objective of this study was to study the relationship between three essential relationships in human conduct - sexual, affective and caring behaviour. We tried to obtain empirical evidence that harmony between these three systems contributes to the quality of a couple’s relationship,” said Gomez Zapiain. The respondents were divided into two large groups according to their affective model - secure and insecure. The insecure people were then subdivided into anxious and ambivalent types. “Anxious people react by clinging to their partner and caring for them compulsively, while avoidant types react by evading their relationship. Their philosophy is that ‘it’s better not to have than to have and to lose’. These people also have more problems in the area of intimacy,” he added.
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Wednesday, June 8, 2011
world briefs AP-PTI
A plane is seen covered in volcanic ash in San Carlos de Bariloche airport, southern Argentina, yesterday. The wind carried volcanic ash across the Andes to Argentina resulting in the closing of six airports, and the cancellation of flights in the capital city. The Puyehue volcano, dormant for decades, erupted in south-central Chile on Saturday.
Volcano ash stops flights in Argentina Buenos Aires: Ash from Chile’s Puyehue volcano that erupted June 4 has caused the cancellation of many flights in Argentina, Xinhua reported. Ash clouds were spreading over the capital city of Buenos Aires, officials said. The Buenos Aires metropolitan airport halted its operation, while airline companies Aerolineas Argentinas, Austral and LAN Argentina have cancelled all flights “until further notice” for safety reasons. LAN Argentina told Xinhua 14 of its flights were cancelled Tuesday. The Puyehue volcano – about 2,240 metres high – is located in the Andes mountains in southern Chile. Its last major eruption was in 1960, following a magnitude-9.5 earthquake. IANS
House clearer awarded £2m tapestries! London: A lucky house clearer has won a legal suit, earning him two ancient tapestries worth up to two million pounds (about $3,300,000) which he had found at the home of a dead millionaire lady, Daily Mail reports. Ian Spencer had paid the lawyers of the late Judy Keele 5,000 pounds to clear out her flat in Mayfair, London, on the agreement that he could keep what he found. Though it was thought the property had already been cleared of valuable relics but the two silver and gold embroideries were left behind with other ‘bric-a-brac’. Spencer, 40, found them in a folded blanket stuffed in a bedside cabinet. The artefacts show a silver and gold castle with a crowned king figure at the top. Spencer showed the two tapestries, which are about 17 ft by 12 ft, to several experts who initially identified them as of 19th century. He accepted an offer of 400 pounds for them but the deal never went through. It wasn’t until he took them to Simon Franses, a renowned specialist in historical textiles, that they were correctly dated back to the 14th century. It is thought they would have hung in a royal palace in Germany or Poland, making them worth about two million pounds. Franses arranged with Spencer to research them and sell them on the understanding that he would keep 30 percent of the sale price. However, the two men later fell out and Franses refused to return the embroideries to Spencer until his 93,000 pounds of research work had been paid for. He also was not sure the house clearer was the legal owner. Spencer sued Franses to get them back. Following a lengthy legal suit, a High Court judge has ruled in favour of Spencer, declaring him the rightful owner of the tapestries, which he ruled, should be returned to Spencer. But Justice Thirlwell DBE also ordered him to pay the art specialist’s fees and legal costs of about 300,000 pounds.
14 dead, 53 missing in China floods
Beijing: Rain-triggered floods have killed 14 people and left 53 missing in China’s Guizhou province, Xinhua reported. The deaths were reported in the worstaffected Wangmo county, where 52 people were reported missing. Floods have forced at least 45,000 residents of Wangmo county to evacuate to safer places. Three thousand others were stranded. IANS
Voting rights for Saudi women mooted Moscow: The Saudi Majlis al-Shura consultative council has advised the country’s government to allow women to vote in municipal elections under the Islamic law, RIA Novosti quoted Arab media as stating in a report yesterday. Women in Saudi Arabia cannot vote or be elected to high political positions. Shura secretary general Muhammad AlGhamdi said women may be permitted to vote provided they exercise the right in line with Islamic regulations. IANS
Donʼt let Headley fool you: Ranaʼs attorney
Washington: Trying to portray 26/11 terror suspect David Coleman Headley as a conman who fooled everyone in the world including the FBI, Tahawwur Hussein Rana’s attorney urged the 12member jury of a Chicago federal court not to fall into his trap again and get fool by him. “Headley fooled everyone. Don’t let Headley fool you. Please do not convict Rana in this case,” defense attorney Patric Blegen pleaded in the final moments of his closing argument. In an emotional appeal, he said, his client was a religious man and was duped and fooled by Headley for executing his terrorist plans. Headley lies; he controls the flow of information and uses people, he argued. “He lies under oath. He lies to accomplish his goals,” the defense attorney added. “Headley sacrificed Rana for himself and his family,” Blegen argued as he reiterated that he and his team presented before the court over the past two weeks that Rana had no knowledge about Healdey’s terrorist intentions. Rana, he said, was a simply a businessmen and interested in expanding his business overseas including Mumbai, Lahore, Karachi and Denmark. Headley exploited Rana’s business expansion plans and duped him as he used the business to serve the terrorist interest of both the Inter Services Intelligence of Pakistan and Lashkar-e-Taiba, he argued. Arguing that Rana was not involved in the conspiracy of either the Mumbai terror attack or the Copenhagen plot, Patric told the jury that one can’t rely on Headley for anything. “We have established beyond doubt that Rana did not do any of these things,” he said. In fact, the entire argument of the defence lawyer was that Headley is a liar. “Headley betrayed his friendship to Rana. He is spewing lies,” Blegen said, adding Headley has mastered the art of becoming a government witness to save himself.
“This is not the first time that he has entered into a guilty plea,” he said, adding this is for the third time he has turned into a government witness. In another attempt to prove his client’s innocence, Blegen said that Headley told only two individuals about the Mumbai terrorist attacks – Rana and Rahul Bhatt. This is a strong proof that Rana did not knew about the Mumbai terrorist attack. No one else in the Headley close circles received the warning because everyone else knew about it, he buttressed. Strongly objecting to this argument, government prosecutor Daniel Collins said Rahul Bhatt and Rana could not be compared. “Defence is trying to take your (jury’s) focus away. There is no comparison between Rahul Bhatt and Rana. Rahul Bhatt did not get Headley his visa. Rahul Bhatt did not open an office for him (Headley),” Collins argued. Blegen also argued that Rana, unlike other members of the Headley team, did not see any of the videos taken by him. “Rana never saw a single moment of these videos. Videos were seen by those
Weight loss improves testosterone levels London: Obese men who lose weight can secrete more testosterone, the principal male sex hormone. Low testosterone levels and symptoms of male sexrelated problems due to obesity may be reversible with weight loss after bariatric (obesity) surgery, latest reserach says. “Morbidly obese men have a high prevalence of hypotestosteronenemia, or low testosterone, and of sexual dysfunction,” said study co-author Jean-Paul Thissen, professor at the University of Louvain in Brussels. “It is reassuring that these problems are potentially curable by weight loss.” This study included 75 obese men who were patients at an obesity clinic between 2007 and 2010. The men had hormone testing, measurements of body fat and assessment by questionnaire of signs of androgen, or male hormone, deficiency. Signs assessed included erectile dysfunction and low sex drive. Among these patients, 17 underwent gastric bypass surgery and were reassessed three and 12 months later, according to a Louvain statement. Initial assessment of the 75 patients showed that 54 had signs and symptoms of androgen deficiency, and 27 had low testosterone levels. The higher the men’s body mass index, waist circumference and body fat, the lower their testosterone levels. “This correlation suggests a potential causal relationship between obesity and low testosterone,” Thissen said. The 17 men who had weight-loss surgery lost an average of 90.2 pounds. One year after surgery, their testosterone levels increased significantly and were within the normal range, showing a reversal of testosterone deficiency, Thissen reported. IANS
who were part of the conspiracy. Rana was never part of it so he never bothered to see these surveillance videos,” he argued. The defence attorney argued Headley used ISI to cover Lashkar-eTaiba, for whom he worked for. “Headley is a life-long manipulator, a conman,” Blegan said, adding that Rana is unwilling dupe of Headley and that his client was not told the truth by his childhood friend. “Ignorance is not knowledge” Blegen said. The defence attorney tried to prove the innocence of his client by saying Headley didn’t give Rana the cap, he had brought from Denmark as a souvenir for his close team members. As he was not given the cap, this means that Rana was not a “knowing conspirator”, he argued. Making his final argument Blegan said there is nothing simple when it comes to Headley. “He is a conman. He thinks he can fool everyone. For instance when he was really training with Lashkar in Pakistan he told FBI that he was their man,” Blegan said, adding he uses everybody and thinks that he can fool everybody. PTI
Gaddafi vows to fight till death Tripoli: Libyan leader tensive continuous Muammar Gaddafi bombardment”, state has vowed to fight till TV reported, adding death against the milthat many buildings itary strikes in his in the area were decountry. The state TV stroyed in the strikes. aired an audio mesThe US, Britain and sage by Gaddafi France started March where he called on 19 strikes from the air his supporters to and sea against flock to his residence Gaddafi’s forces after in Tripoli, Xinhua re- Muammar Gaddafi the UN Security ported. Council passed a resThe message came immedi- olution to impose a no-fly zone ately after there were reports of over Libya and authorise “all a huge fire in Gaddafi’s Bab al- necessary measures” to protect Aziziya residential compound. civilians in Libya. Gaddafi’s compound was tarNATO formally took over full geted several times by NATO command and control of military Tuesday. operations against Libya March The compound was under “in- 31. IANS
ʻConvict Rana, give justice to those killed in 26/11 attackʼ Chicago: Observing that those who died in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks demand justice, federal prosecutors have urged the jury of a Chicago court to convict Tahawwur Hussein Rana as there is overwhelming evidence of his involvement. There were overwhelming evidence of not only him having the knowledge of but also assisting and providing material support to his childhood friend David Coleman Headley in carrying out attack in November 2008 in which more than 160 people including six US nationals were killed, the prosecutors said. “What happened in Mumbai could have happened in Copenhagen. 164 people died in flurry of bullets (in Mumbai). Such horrific acts take place with help of a number of people... weather you carried a gun or did something helped in the planning or had the knowledge,” US attorney Daniel Collins said making final closing argument at a federal Chicago court bringing an end to the fortnight-long Rana’s trial. “Those who died in Mumbai demand justice. You (the jury) will find the truth... this man knew that his trained terrorist friend (David Coleman Headley) was bent on killing people,” Collins said urging the 12-member jury in his final arguments in a packed court room. Not only media persons from various parts of the world, but also government officials, community leaders and Rana’s family members were present in the court. Sitting in the court room, Rana, who has maintained silence throughout the proceedings looked a bit tensed as the trial came to end. This was unlike in the morning, when by body language he appeared to be confident, was seen smiling and waving at his family members sitting in the
info on terrorism: Prosecution Chicago: US prosecutors have dubbed confessed PakistaniAmerican terrorist David Headley “an awful man” but defended a plea deal with him saying he carried a treasure trove of information on international terrorism. “What would you have your government do?” asked Assistant US Attorney Victoria Peters in her closing arguments yesterday in the federal trial of Headley’s military school friend Pakistan-born Canadian businessman Tahawwur Rana. “(Say) ‘I’m sorry, you’re a despicable person.... We’re not interested in your information?’“ she asked about Headley, who has pleaded guilty to plotting the 26/ 11 audience. Rana’s attorney, Charlie Swift later told reporters that his client is now praying. “He has faith the American system. He has faith in God,” he said when asked about the mental setup of Rana at the end of the trial proceedings. Now it is up to the 12-member jury to give its verdict. Rana has been charged in three counts of helping and assisting in terrorist plots related to 26/11, attack on a Danish newspaper in Copenhagen and providing material support to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). Before giving their verdict, the jury must arrive at a consensus. Those aware of the American judicial system said the jury can give its verdict as early as Wednesday or Swift said “we could still be discussing about it two weeks from now.” The jury is scheduled to begin their closed-door meeting today from 09.30 am local Chicago time
Beauties ready for contest
Mumbai attack and to an aborted plot to attack a Danish newspaper, to avoid the death penalty. Rana, 50, accused of providing material support to Pakistan based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) for the November 2008 terror attack, was part of the deadly “inner circle,” plotting the attacks, Peters said wrapping up prosecution’s arguments, according to Chicago Tribune. But Rana’s attorney, Patrick Blegen, said his client was the victim of prosecution’s star witness Headley, whom he described as a con man who used Rana to ease his travel abroad as he planned the Mumbai attacks. (2000 IST). Collins accused the defence attorney Patric Blegan of not focusing on the real issue of whether Rana was involved in the terrorist acts and instead was bent upon proving that Headley was a liar. The US attorney said Rana knew that Headley was seeking death and violence in Copenhagen. “Does it make sense to send terrorist (Headley) half a way around the world to check about the advertisement in a newspaper, which can be done over phone or over the internet? Why he is seeking advertisement for a business that doesn’t exist?” Collins asked. Arguing that Rana knew about the terrorist attack and let Headley use his business for cover of the Mumbai attack; besides helping his childhood friend in his planning and praising the men who conducted the terrorist operation in Mumbai. PTI
Miss California USA 2011, Alyssa Campanella (left), and Miss Nevada USA 2011, Sarah Chapman, try their hand at tossing pizza dough as Buca di Beppo Chef Ryan Smith looks on during the Miss USA 2011 Welcome Dinner in Las Vegas. The 51 State Contestants will via for the title of Miss USA 2011 in Las Vegas, June 19th.
Cavemen grew Scientists develop GM rice over miniature drone helicopter 10,000 years ago?
Mexico City: Mexican scientists have developed a miniature drone helicopter that is equipped with artificial vision and can follow a moving target, detect fires and support search and rescue operations, authorities said. The prototype – measuring 50 cm in length by 50 cm in height and weighing less than 1 kg – was designed at Cinvestav’s International Mixed Unit, which is backed by Mexico’s National Science and Technology Council and the French government’s CNRS institute. The small helicopter contains a video camera that enables it to “inspect risk areas such as electrical installations, pipelines or roads or examine crops,” the Research and Advanced Studies
Center, or Cinvestav, said Thursday. Hugo Romero Trejo, a contributor to the project and a postdoctoral student at Cinvestav’s Automatic Control Department, said the vehicle, which can be airborne for 20 minutes and reach
a height of 30 meters, is guided by “positioning sensors previously programmed with artificial vision algorhithms”. The helicopter’s altitude can be programmed, as can its “shape segmentation and recognition sensors”, which allow it to track a target based on its description, he said. The helicopter can even track a moving target, as well as take photographs of the target and send them in real time to a computer or cellular phone. Unlike a miniature drone airplane, which can cost as much as $1.5 million, this small Mexican helicopter ranges between 20,000 and 25,000 pesos ($1,700$2,140) in price and is capable of hovering over one spot. IANS
Men make snap decisions under stress: Study London: Stuck in a tricky situation and struggling to make a decision? It would be better if you leave it on your wife, scientists say. Researchers at the University Of Southern California found that men respond differently to risky situations when under stress, while women tend to take their time before taking a decision. They found that when the pressure is on, men charge ahead and make snap decisions for small rewards, while women are likely to take their time. It’s also found that the sexes have different brain activation patterns during the decision-making process, the Daily Mail reported. Lead researcher Nichole Lighthall said: “Being more cautious and taking the time to make a decision will often be the right choice.” “It might be better to have more gender diversity on important decision because men and women offer differing perspectives,” she said.
Headley, treasure trove of
For the study, published in the Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, the researchers gave volunteers a task of filling up a computer-simulated balloon with as much air as possible without popping the balloon. Subjects earned from $4 to $45 based on their performance, with the men earning much more cash under stress. Lighthall said that although men performed this task better, the more important conclusion may be that important decisions made under stress should include input from both genders. After being subjected to stress, men appeared to be more motivated to act quickly while women would slow down. For men under stress, playing a risk-taking game stimulated areas in the brain that are activated when one gets a reward or satisfies an addiction. The same experiment found dimin-
areas with the need to weigh short-term gain and long-term benefits, such as the stock market, health decisions or retirement planning But she found that when stress was absent, the behaviour and brain activation of both sexes was much more similar. Men and women faced with tough decisions might improve their communication by waiting until a stressful situation has passed, ished brain activity for women in the same areas when they were stressed. Lighthall said: “It appears women do not feel the drive to get a reward as much under stress.” Both stress responses have their benefits, Lighthall said, especially in
Lighthall said. In her earlier study, Lighthall had found that men under stress may be more likely to take risks, correlating to such real-life behaviour as gambling, smoking, unsafe sex and illegal drug use. PTI
London: If you think genetically-modified rice is a modern day practice, think again – even cavemen were growing the GM variety more than 10,000 years ago, a new study has found. The research by a team from the Kobe University in Japan showed that the ancient humans selected different strains of the rice and mixed their genes to create an ideal version of the crop, which had led to higher yields and better cultivation. The discovery was made after researchers carried out a genome analysis of wild rice alongside two sub-species with different histories. This showed that the lengths of stems was shortened by variants in a gene called SD1, the Daily Mail reported. According to lead researcher Dr Masanori Yamasaki, SD1 is one of the most important genes in modern rice breeding over the last fifty years. Over time the mutations in SD1 yielded rice with shorter stems, sturdier stalks and greater grain output. Dr Yamasaki and his team found these are fixed in one subspecies of modern domesticated rice, but not in wild rice.
In addition much lower levels of genetic diversity were observed in the SD1 gene of the domesticated sub-species compared with wild rice. This suggests that the SD1 gene had been subjected to artificial selection during early rice domestication, the researchers reported in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr Yamasaki and his colleagues believe that ancient humans took an interest in the height of the rice plants and selected shorter ones with specific SD1 gene characteristics. Plant domestication, according to the researchers, involves the genetic modification of wild species to create a new plant to meet human needs. They said: “During this domestication ancient humans subjected common agronomic traits to artificial selection, thereby increasing the seed or fruit size, synchronisation of growth and flowering, loss of seed dispersal, changes in plant architecture and other characteristics comprising the ‘domestication syndrome’. PTI
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
mitabh Bachchan may be an avid blogger and in tune with latest technological advancements – yet the megastar misses the charm of hand-written notes and wonders how computer has eliminated pen and paper from our lives. “There is a great joy in opening up an ignored cupboard or drawer to find letters or documents and papers that have been left with time,” Big B posted on his blog Bigb.bigadda.com. “And one of the most time consuming aspects is that you get down to reading them and recollecting those moments gone by or associations long neglected. An old school photograph, a letter from a classmate, some personal parents observations, a card of greeting, a document of the good old times. Such a pleasure to read them and reminisce. “And there never really is a system where you can put them away safely and in order, so that were you to wish reaching out to them again it would not be such a long process. But we never get down to it. “Putting it away in specific ornate boxes, gives it a formality that you do not wish to associate with. So best to leave it folded in
ctress Jennifer Hudson has reportedly signed a deal with publishers Dutton to write a book about her weight loss. A statement from Dutton, who will release the book in January 2012, said: “Jennifer wants to inspire anyone coping with weight issues, share some of her own best tips for losing and maintaining weight loss, fitting in exercise and keeping it fun.” Hudson has shed 80lbs (36.4 kg) in two years and now she will inspire other people who are struggling with their weight. She will share details about how her unhealthy eating habits began at an early age, says femalefirst.co.uk.
Jennifer to pen weight‑loss tips A
ctress Kate Hudson’s close friends threw her a baby shower in Malibu, California, and even tried to guess the name of the unborn baby. Hudson is expecting a child with her fiance Matt Bellamy, and she was joined by Courteney Cox, Nicole Richie and Rachel Zoe, reports femalefirst.co.uk. “It was a family-friendly party with kids of all ages running around. Nicole Richie was there with her kids, and they were having a great time playing outside,” said a source. “Guests played tons of baby shower games. The best one was where people tried to guess what Kate and Matthew should name the baby. It was hilarious and got a lot of laughs out of everyone! It was such a fun party and people stayed for hours,” he added.
that torn envelope, crushed and crumpled through time, but still bearing the smell of its time of delivery. Fascinating,” he added. The 68-year-old, who often discusses about latest technologies on his blog, rues how the personal touch is missing these days, thanks to the computer and mobile phones. “Nowadays. It’s storing or putting in drafts on the computer or a file in documents or desktop and clicking them open through a machine!! Somewhere, that personal touch has disappeared. The typed form does not bear any resemblance to the hand written note, smudged ink and perhaps soiled fingers!,” he posted. “That pleasure of opening up a letter and reading a physical form in your hands has simply gone. And I wonder sometimes if it shall ever return. The very best that we do today is to store and save our mobile messages as much as the memory can take it. Then you transfer it to the base computer and hope the damn machine doesn’t crash and makes you lose all your information stored. We live in precarious times,” he added.
BIG B MISSES PERSONAL
touch of hand written notes, letters Eminen calls Gaga
n his latest song “The Kiss”, singer Eminem has described pop star Lady Gaga as a male lady. Eminen, who has previously mocked Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Jessica Simpson in his lyrics, has now targeted Gaga,
dailystar.co.uk reports. In the track, the 38-year-old raps: “Tell Lady Gaga she can quit her job at the post office. She’s still a male lady.” The song is a collaboration with rapper Royce Da 5’9” for “Bad Meets Evil” project.
Suri shoe collection worth £100,000 A
ctors Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ five-yearold daughter Suri owns a designer shoe collection worth over 100,000 pounds. Suri has several pairs of highheeled footwear specially made for her, reports contactmusic.com. “Suri’s a massive fan of Marc Jacobs and she’s had several shoes custom-made. So if they didn’t come with a heel, Katie had them redesigned for Suri.
Friends throw baby shower for Kate
ANISTON romancing Theroux? A
ctress Jennifer Aniston is reportedly dating actor Justin Theroux after both were seen coming together at a movie awards function in Los Angeles. Aniston, who dated music producer John Mayer and actor Vince Vaughn after her marriage to Brad Pitt ended in 2005, has been linked to Theroux in recent weeks. At an afterparty of MTV awards, they were seen together and even posed and smiled for the shutterbugs. “They looked very comfortable with each other. He had his arm around her for a good part of the night and they eventually left the party holding hands,” dailystar.co.uk quoted a source as saying.
Celina supports green initiative
ollywood actress Celina Jaitley has pledged to support the “Plant a Tree” initiative to create awareness and educate society on the importance of a green nation. The former Miss India, who is also an active gay rights activist, feels the tree plantation initiative has the power to become an agent of change in support of sustainable and equitable development. “The activity is the perfect platform to create awareness about our environmental issues and a step in the right direction. I hope everybody joins us and takes a pledge to give back to nature and become proactively environmentally friendly,” said Celina who has worked in movies like “Golmaal Returns” and “Hello darling”.
She commissioned a pair of Louboutins a while back,” said a source. Suri insists on wearing high heels. Her parents indulge in her tastes. “The older she gets, the less she wants to wear anything but little heels. Even when she’s going to play dates or walking on the beach, she cries if Katie reaches for anything but a little pair of sandals with some sort of heel.
“She literally cries, ‘No, Mama, no!’ And then points to whatever pair she feels like wearing - no matter how inappropriate!” “Tom loves seeing his little girl dressed up so girlie and cute. He encourages her to wear frilly dresses and tiny heels. He says Suri is growing up to be as fashionable as her mum. “Everything’s pink. She’s a young girl who knows what she wants,” the source added.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Photos: Gangadhar Pujar
NICE CMD Ashok Kheny and actor Ambarish pose with the Karnataka Bulldozers team at Chinnaswamy stadium.
Members of Mumbai Heroes team before the match.
Heady mix: cricket & cinema I
t was a marriage of two religions in the country:â€ˆcricket and movies. Movie stars playing cricket in the Celebrtity Cricket League enthralled the crowds in the city. The first match between Karnataka Bulldozers
and Mumbai Heroes at Chinnaswamy stadium was a huge crowd puller. Some of the famous names of the cinema industry from Bollywood and Kollywood clashed in the middle.Salman Khan, Suneil
Shetty, Riteish Deshmukh, Sudheep, Shivarajkumar, Diganth and many more took part in the match. Sonakshi Sinha of Dabangg fame was among the crowds, egging the Mumbai Heroes on.
Suneil Shetty with Riteish Deshmukh
Cricketer Sreesanth with Salman Khan and Photos: Gangadhar Pujar
Jess & Alice
Amruth and Seeva with a friend
New joint, great party
t was party time at the new watering hole in the city, Tango Calypso. The high-end restaurant had organised a high-end fashion party recently. Bangaloreâ€™s party
animals turned up in droves at the restaurant that is situated on Richmond Road. The crowds could be seen having a great time at the restaurant.
Vinod & Osama
Rohith & Tas
Laila & Manjunath
Venkat & Veena