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BLAST: 3 HELD BAIL TO HDK Terror email traced to Kishtwar; toll up to 12

Jammu (J&K): Investigators have traced the HuJI email claiming responsibility for the blast outside the Delhi High Court to a cybercafe in Kishtwar and today detained three persons in this connection including the cafe owner. Cyber cafe owner Mehmood Khawja was detained along with two others for questioning in connection with the Delhi Blast, police officials said. They are being interrogated in connection with the email, they said. One of the detained persons has been identified as Khalid. Policemen in plainclothes have been deputed outside the cafe in Kishtwar town and are keeping a close watch on the movement of people. DGP Kuldeep Khoda earlier said, “We are investigating the email link Union Health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad meets relatives of the infrom Kishtwar district in connecjured persons of Delhi High Court blast at Ram Manohar Lohia hostion with the Delhi blast.” pital in New Delhi last night. “We are probing whether there is any link or not with the email from Kishtwar”, he said, adding police is people. working on it. The outfit had yesterday claimed “We own responsibility of the The email was sent from a cyber responsibility for the blast outside blast at the High Court, Delhi. Our decafe in Kishtwar from the address the Delhi High Court which killed 12 mand is that Afzal Guru’s death

Officials meet to discuss security in state

sentence should be repealed immediately as we would target major High Courts and the Supreme Court of India,” the HuJI email said. Secretary (internal secretary) in the home ministry U K Bansal yesterday said the NIA is also verifying the authenticity of the email received by two media channels. Asked about the communication received by TV channels, Director General of NIA S C Sinha had said, “It is too premature to comment on the HuJI mail but we are looking at it seriously because HuJI is a very prominent terrorist group which considers India as target number one.” Delhi Police has in the past arrested several HuJI militants from the national capital.

Delhi explosion toll rises to 12 New Delhi: With another person succumbing to his injuries Thursday, the Delhi High Court bombing has now claimed 12 lives, authorities said. A resident of Indra Enclave, Loni in Ghaziabad district, Pramod, 40, died here at the Ram Manohar Lohia

Meeting of minds

(RML) hospital, at 7 am. “All we can say is one more victim has died, taking the death toll to 12,” a Delhi Police officer said. “Pramod was brought to the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital at around 12.20 p.m. yesterday,” a doctor from the hospital confirmed. The blast has left 91 people injured, mostly admitted to the RML hospital in central Delhi. The powerful bomb was concealed in a briefcase at the crowded Gate 5 of the high court Wednesday morning. The hospital premises wore a deserted look as the police personnel deployed since Wednesday had reduced in number. “Four injured are in a critical condition,” said a hospital official on condition of anonymity. “We have a few patients undergoing reconstructive surgeries also,” the source added. Alauddin, 40, who has a leg injured, is recovering in the emergency ward 10 of the RML. “Allah has saved my son’s life. I just want to thank him for that. I don’t know if his leg will work or not,” Alauddin’s father Abdul Rehman said.

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Since bail has been granted, I will decide whether to Bangalore: Former chief defend the case of my minister H D Kumaraswamy clients before the Lokayuktoday got relief from the ta special court once I reKarnataka High Court in ceive a copy of the order,” cases related to Jantakal he said. mining and Vishwabharati The couple had been Housing Cooperative scansummoned by the dals. Lokayukta special court The high court granted to appear before it in peranticipatory bail to the JD(S) H D Kumaraswamy son on August 27. But they state president and his wife skipped the court claiming Anita, who were to appear the Lokayuk- that they were ill. ta special court. The couple was fearing The first time when Kumaraswamy arrest in the two cases, which were in- sought bail before the Lokayukta court, it vestigated by the Lokayukta police. was rejected. The high court too had reJustice L Narayana Swamy allowed jected his petition to review the proceedthe petition filed by the couple and grant- ings before the Lokayukta court. Kued them bail after hearing arguments maraswamy took advantage of the legal from both sides. options before him and avoided appearAdvocate for the Kumaraswamy couple, ing before the Lokayukta special court Hasmath Pasha, said the court considered since the hearing in cases related to him the petition as it felt the former chief began. But another former chief minister minister did not use his power to grant B S Yeddyurappa, who is facing charges favours to Jantakal Mining Company and of illegal land denotification, has not Vishwabharati Housing Cooperative So- been so lucky. He has already appeared ciety. before the Lokayukta court twice and Pasha said it is only a conspiracy has been denied bail till now. hatched by his fellow advocate Vinod KuThe case filed by Vinod Kumar before mar, who filed a complaint with the the Loakyukta alleges that Kumaraswamy Lokayukta. “He was politically motivated received kickbacks from the Jantakal and had ulterior motives,” Pasha added. Mining Company and a free residential site “Kumaraswamy has performed his du- from the Vishwabharati Housing Co-op for ties as chief minister legally and has not currying favours to them. The site was regtaken any kickbacks from any company. istered in the name of Anitha’s name.


HEARING TOMORROW Bangalore Beat Bureau

Bangalore Beat Bureau

Bangalore: Top police and other officials of the home department today discussed the law and order situation in the state following a blast in New Delhi yesterday that killed 12 persons and injured over 70. Home and transport minister R Ashok, law and parliamentary affairs minister S Suresh Kumar, DG&IGP Neelam Achutha Rao, home department principal secretary S M Jamdar, ADGP (law and order) R K Datta, Bangalore police commissioner Jyothiprakash Mirji and other top police officials were present at the meeting. The meeting was convened as the Union home ministry has issued warning across the country about possible terror attacks at major installations, especially courts. The meeting especially focused on security at different courts as hearing in many cases related to important political personalities are going on. Packed courts could be easy targets for terrorists the meeting felt and the measures to preempt any such attacks. The police officials agreed that it has been difficult to control crowds at these courts and would take appropriate measures to control the flow of common people to court premises. Continued on page 4

Bangalore Beat Bureau

Former President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam listens to a conversation between renowned scientist U R Rao and chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda at the inauguration of a three-day Galaxy Forum, an interactive programme for teachers, at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan this morning. See page 3

Hyderabad: The CBI special court today adjourned the bail plea of former Karnataka minister Gali Janardhana Reddy, who has been arrested for alleged illegal mining along KarnatkaAndhra Pradesh border, for tomorrow. The court which heard the case today asked CBI advocates to file objections, if any. Reddy’s counsel Uday V Lalith argued that the CBI has failed to file any substantial charges against his client and neither are they supported by sufficient evidence. The CBI advocates said Reddy, who is the director of Obulapuram Mining Company, has to be handed over to the police custody as the police have to extract information from him. This would help in conducting the investigation, they said.

YSR congress leaders visit Reddy YSR Congress leaders visited Gali Janardhan Reddy at the Chahchalaguda jail yesterday. “It is only a personal visit for courtesy,” they said. YSR Congress leaders, Chevi Reddy, Bhaskar Reddy, Ramachandra Reddy and others, spoke with Janardhana Reddy for about half-an-hour. Chevi Reddy and Ramahchandra Reddy said, “Janardhana Reddy is our good friend. He is a

friend who is in trouble. We met and pacified him. There is nothing more to this meeting.” Political detractors of YSR Congress chief allege that Jagan Reddy too is a partner in the mining operations of Janardhana Reddy and they have a business understanding. The CBI too is probing any links between the two leaders. The CBI on Monday arrested Janardhana Reddy and managing director of OMC Srinivas Reddy for alleged illegal iron ore mining in Anantapur district along the Karnataka-Andhra Pradesh border. The Andhra Pradesh government handed over the illegal mining case to the CBI in December 2009 when Rosaiah was the chief minister. After the arrest, the CBI special court here had remanded Janardhana Reddy to 14-day judicial custody.

Victoria fumigates ICU for Kattaʼs spinal surgery Manjunath Sharma Bangalore Beat Bureau

ical department at the hospital has been shut as teams have been fumigating the medical department ICU to Bangalore: The high-profile patient avoid any post-surgery complicais getting VIP treatment at Victoria tions for Katta. Hospital. But hospital authorities denied Former IT-BT minister Katta Sub- that fumigation is being done esperamanya Naidu, who is in custody for cially in preparation for Katta’s suralleged illegalities committed in the gery, but a routine operation. allotment of land by the Karnataka InA notice from authorities put up at dustrial Area Development Board, the hospital said the ICU would be was shifted to the hospital from the closed for the next week for fumigaParappana Agrahara central prison tion. after complaining of health compliSources in the hospital told Bancations. galore Beat that they suspected enVictoria Hospital is now preparing vironmental contamination of Acineto perform a spinal surgery on the dis- tobacter baumannii at its ICU and graced minister. A Medical Council of were fumigating the premises. They India member along with an officer said there were few deaths at the ICU of the Rajiv Gandhi University of and it could be due to the bacteria. Health Sciences visited the hospital To avoid any inconvenience, othto oversee the preparations. er patients at the ICU have been The intensive care unit of the med- shifted from the medical department

cular was issued on Thursday asking heads of departments to stop admission for ICU. A team of doctors drawn from different departments is now trying to convince Katta and his family to go ahead with the surgery. If the family and former minister agree, the surgery is likely to take place after Pitru Paksha, from September 16. ICU to the surgical department ICU. The team consists of Dr Vasantha Hospital authorities have tem- Kamath, director and dean of KIMS, porarily reduced the capacity of sur- Hubli, her husband Dr D Nagaraja, gical ICU patients. former NIMHANS director, son-in-law Higher-ups have also issued guide- Dr M Anandakumar, son Dr Karthik, lines to be followed by all the heads who is a post-graduate student at at of departments. Nimhans, Dr Balaji Pai, head of the The medical ICU has got nine beds neurosurgical unit, Dr Srihari and Dr – one for plastic surgery unit, one for Karthik from the unit, Nitin Jalota, a PG students, one for VVIPs, two had post-graduate student, and orbeen shut for lack of nurses and the thopaedic unit head of department Dr remaining for other patients. A cir- Vijayakumar.

A notice put up by Victoria Hospital authorities that the ICU would be closed for fumigation for the next week. Former ITBT minister Katta Subramanya Naidu may undergo spinal cord operation at the hospital next week. The hospital denied that fumigation is being carried out in preparation of surgery to the VIP, but a routine operation.


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Volvo Buses to invest Rs 200 cr in 2 years


olvo Buses said it will invest more than Rs 200 crore in India over the next two years to develop new products, including medium-segment buses. The company operates only in the top-end bus segment, with prices ranging from Rs 75 lakh to Rs 1 crore. “We at the moment are focused at the top segment. I think new verticals will be developed in the medium bus segment in India and we as Volvo buses would like to target,” Volvo Buses India managing director and CEO Akash Passey said on the sidelines of the annual SIAM summit here. In order to bring out new products, the company plans to expand its Bangalore facility where it has extra land at its disposal. “We already have space for extension in our current facility... in addition to that in the next two years, we are investing Rs 200 crore plus on equipment and building,” Passey said. At present, the other firms which operate in the mediumsegment buses includes Tata Motors and Ashok Leyland. Passey said the company would grow around 35 per cent in the current calendar year. The company sold 560 buses last year and expects to sell up to 800 buses this year. PTI

Independent home owners indifferent to environment Bangalore: City’s independent home owners display “apathy” towards increasing green cover and reducing carbon footprints, according to a study. Despite intense activism from environmentalists, 82 per cent of Bangalore’s homes are not green, which shows their “apathy towards environment,” the 5th Biodiversity Conservation India Pvt Ltd (BCIL) Zero Energy Driven (ZED) Eco-Pulse study said. Green cover in Bangalore was fast dwindling as a mere 19 per cent of those surveyed maintained plants, it said. “This is a sign that zero food miles concept has cut little ice with Bangaloreans,” the study said. Zero food miles involves participants eating what is grown by them, their neighbours or in their community, thereby cutting down on food miles, which is the distance food is transported from the time of its production until it reaches the consumer. Moreover, as much as 54 per cent of those with gardens use chemical pesticides, further amaging the immediate environment, the study added. A cross section of 400 homes owners (aged between 21 and 50) participated in the study. The monthly household income ranged between Rs 20,000 to Rs 40,000 and over half of these homes were two-bedroom,

and about 34 per cent had three bedrooms, BCIL-ZED Habitats Chairman, Chandrashekar Hariharan, told reporters. The survey was conducted only independent homes and not flats, as the latter limited the home owner’s options towards eco-friendly measures, he added. Further, errant water supply

and severe summer shortages have not encouraged use of recycled water, the study divulged. “Cauvery or borewell water is used widely for cleaning cars (78 per cent), flushing in toilets (84 per cent) and for watering plants (78 per cent),” the study added. The study also revealed that popular eco-friendly measures

study said. Despite government advocacy and easy availability, solar-powered water heaters are less popular than expected as over 50 per cent of respondents have not installed it in their homes, the study said. “Yet, on a positive not, a majority of the rest profess to install it in the next two years,” the study added. Questions on waste segregation threw up a can of worms. As much as 70 per cent surveyed did not segregate their waste into wet wastes and solid waste, the study said. Hariharan said small measures like using recycled water for car wash and toilets, rainwater harvesting, solar water heaters and gadgets to check water flow can go a long way towards reducing the burden on the city’s fragile ecology. “The government needs to bring in regulations and make eco-friendly measures compulsory,” he said. “Legislation can such as solar power for water step up adoption of sustainable heating, CFL/LED lamps for light- measures which will increase ing and recycled wood for doors the share of Bangalore’s tiny have found little takers within fraction of green homes.” Bangalore. Despite Bangalore’s annual Only 19 per cent of respon- average rainfall of 859 mm and dents used energy efficient light- government’s vociferous promoing over incandescent bulbs, tion of rain harvesting, a mere and 94 per cent of those surveyed 12 per cent of homes have inused jungle wood for doors over stalled raiwater harvesting sysrecycled or plantation wood, the tems, the study revealed. PTI

Keyhole liver DNOAX: We want to

surgery performed Bangalore: A team of surgeons at a hospital here have performed a keyhole liver surgery for metastatic cancer, claimed to be the first of its kind in the state. “This kind of surgery is the first of its kind in Karnataka ... the right lobe of patient’s liver was completely removed by avoiding a major open resection of liver,” Dr G Srikanth of BGS Hospitals, who led the team, told reporters here. Laparoscopy or keyhole surgery is a type of procedure in which a small incision is made, usually in the navel, through which a viewing tube (laparoscope) is inserted, he said. The surgery was performed through five small incisions of 0.5 inch each and the right lobe of liver was removed through a 2.5 inch incision, he said. On the benefits of keyhole surgery, he said it minimised

IBM to deploy ERP at Automotive Axles

Bangalore: IBM has announced that Automotive Axles Limited, a joint venture of Kalyani Group and Meritor Inc., USA has engaged the company as the deployment partner for SAP ERP ECC 6.0 to build a robust IT framework for its operations. The enterprise SAP implementation will help Automotive Axles create a scalable system to obtain better access and control over information flow within the organization, a statement said. “We are confident that IBM?s expertise in handling complex deployments, combined with their deep industry knowledge, will ensure that we achieve our business goals,” chief financial officer and company secretary, Automotive Axles, S Ramkumar, said. IBM would implement SAP ERP to enhance and integrate processes across production planning, materials and stores, quality, sales and distribution, plant maintenance, finance and costing, statutory requirements and HR department, it said. The deployment would support Automotive Axles’ aggressive growth plans and the goal of strengthening its leadership position as a rear axle producer in the Indian market, the company said. PTI

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new band of performers is churning out fresh music exploring social and political topics of contemporary relevance, all in the old hip-hop genre. DNOAX or Desi Number One Artistes Xtraordinaire, a group of 20-odd musicians from Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi and other cities is blending hip-hop with metal, carnatic and Hindustani music with multilingual lyrics for a contemporary touch. “Our first album has songs from various genres like romantic, gangsta and club, owing to our different backgrounds,” says Abhishek aka Ace, a group member. Their first album “They See (Desi)” released in 2008 featured tracks from various genres like romantic, gangsta and club. While common backgrounds

bind artists together in most bands, DNOAX feels their diversity unites them. “Our love for music and our diversity bind us together. We all come from different parts of India and we take pride in this fact,” says Abhishek. On comparisons to other Indian artists like Rishi Rich and Bombay Rockers, Meghraj aka Megawatt, another DNOAX rapper who also beatboxes, says, “These artists are too clubby and

different cities across India, meeting for practise sessions or concerts became difficult. “To a large extent, technology has helped us. We jammed over Skype to prepare for this concernt,” says Meghraj. On the current music scene in the Indian film industry, Abhishek points out, “Hip hop and rap is coming up in a big way in Bollywood, but it’s not right. We commercial. We try to be more want to promote the right style.” current and socially conscious. Revelling in the success of For instance, if the Hazare stir their first album and first music inspires any of us, we might video, the artists are excited write a song on it.” about making another music On their unique name, Ab- video for one of their songs. A hishek Dhusia, a DNOAX rapper sequel to ‘They See (Desi) Revosays, “We’re desi, we’re number lution’ is also in the pipeline, one, and because we come from which would be released in about different parts of India, we feel 5 to 6 months. we are extraordinary. Hence the “We want to make a place for name, Desi Number One Artists India on the global stage and Xtraordinaire.” give people like us a platform,” Since the artists come from he says. PTI

Hiring activity goes up in August I

n signs of improved labour market conditions, hiring activities witnessed positive momentum in August as compared to the same period last year, according to two reports released yesterday. Job portals and saw their job indices record 14 percent annual growth in August, reflecting better hiring prospects. Monster Employment Index, a monthly gauge of online job demand, for August showed that media and entertainment led all the sectors in annual growth.

positive momentum in annual growth driven by sustained hiring activity in all major industry sectors like IT-Hardware, Software; and Oil/Gas/Petroleum, Power,”’s managing director (India/ Middle East/ South East Asia) Sanjay Modi said. said that sectors, including auto and conMeanwhile, Naukri Job Speak struction saw a decline in hiring Index for August indicated that activities in August. banking, telecom and pharma “While it is possible that the sectors maintained steady hiring slowdown in economic activity levels. may lead to some firms lowering “The Monster Employment In- down their hiring pace, the redex India continues to exhibit a flection of the same on the overall

hiring sentiment may be visible around mid-October,” Info Edge India’s managing director and CEO Hitesh Oberoi said in a separate statement. said that Kochi was ahead among all cities in terms of monthly as well as annual growth in online job opportunities. On the other hand, noted that among metros, “Kolkata and Bangalore recorded yearly growths of 29 percent and 21 percent, respectively in August 2011 over August 2010”. PTI

Canara Bank revises interest rates

Bangalore: Canara Bank has re vised interest rates on domestic-term deposits, with effect from today. The revised interest rate for maturity slab of 180 days to less than one year is 8.10 per cent per annum and for one year to less than three years 9.25 per cent per annum, Canara Bank said in a statement. In addition, the revised interest rate for maturity slab of three years to less than five years and five years to 10 years per annum is 9 per cent each, it added.


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pain, fever complications and helped early recovery. “The pattient could walk comfortably the day after surgery. He made quick recovery and was fit for discharge in six days after surgery,” Srikanth said. Replying to a query, Srikanth said the number of centres in the country offering keyhole liver surgery was minimal. He said the surgery would cost between Rs 1.2 lakh and Rs 2 lakh. PTI

Movie Listings

Humaima Malick, Atif Aslam, Iman Ali Cinepolis (10.20 am, 4.10, 9.30 pm) Cinemax Fame (Lido) (7.05 pm) Fame (Value Mall) (2.10 pm, 7.05 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Bannerghatta Road) (2.30 pm) Inox (Jaynagar) (2.15 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (12.40 pm, 9.15 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (3.15 pm, 9.15 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (11.55 am, 5.10 pm) THAT GIRL IN YELLOW BOOTS (A) Kalki Koechlin, Naseeruddin Shah

nerghatta Road) (10 am, 1.15, 4.45, 7.15, 9.30 pm) Inox (Jaynagar) (10.15 am, 1, 3.45, 6.30, 8.30, 9.20 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (10 am, 12.15 pm, 1.05, 3, 3.50, 5.45, 6.35, 8.30 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (10.01 am, 11.30 am, 12.50 pm, 1.35, 2.20, 3.40, 4.20, 5.10 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (10.01 am, 12, 12.50, 2.35, 2.50, 3.40, 6.30, 8 pm) PVR Cinemas (10.15 am, 10.40 am, 1, 3.45, 6.30, 6.40, 9.15, 9.20 pm) Rex (11.30 am, 2, 4.30, 7.10, 9.45 pm) Srinivasa (SG Palya) (11.15 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Urvashi (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.30 pm).

Fame (Value Mall) (10 am, 12.05, 5, 10 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (10 am, 6.20 pm) Inox (J.P.Nagar) (10 am, 4.05 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (10 am, 1.05, 9.55 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (10.45 am, 9.50 pm) STAND BY (U) Siddharth Kher, Adinath Kothare

Abhinay (10.30 am, 1.30 pm) Innovative Multiplex (2.30 pm) Inox (J.P.Nagar) (10.10 am) Gopalan Cinemas (Mysore Road) (2.45 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Rajarajeshwari Nagar) (7 pm) Vaibhav (Sanjaynagar) (11.30 am, 2.30 pm)

TAMIL 1.45, 5.15, 8.15 pm) Cinepolis (10 am, 11.30, 1, 1.10, 3., 3.50, 6, 9, 9.55 pm) Fame (Lido) (2.30 pm, 5.45, 9 pm) Fame (Value Mall) (11.45 am, 2.50, 5.55, 9 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Bannerghatta Road) (10.45 am, 11.45, 6.15, 9.45 pm)Inox (Jayanagar) (11 am, 5.15 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (11.15 am, 2.30, 5.45, 9 pm) Inox (Malleshwaram) (11.15 am, 2.30, 5.45, 9 pm) Nataraj (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.45, 7.45 pm) Poornima (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Pushpanjali (BN Pura) (11.15 am, 2.45, 6.15, 9.30 pm) PVR Cinemas (1.20 pm)

MAASI (U) MANKATHA (U/A) Ajith, Arjun, Trisha, Lakshmi Rai Ajantha (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Balaji (Vannarpet) (10.30 am,

Arjun, Archana Siddalingeshwara (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Vaibhavi (11.15 am, 2.15, 6.15, 9.15 pm)


Thursday, September 8, 2011

CITY EVENTS General KSDB Employees Welfare Association: Felicitation to M Somashekhara and L Bhyrappa, Housing Minister V Somanna to attend, KSDB office premises, Seshadripuram, 4 pm. Sahitya Akademi: Multi-lingual poets’ meet at Seminar Hall, Central College campus, 4 pm. Blood Donation Camp:Herewith I am enclosing the Invitation of the Voluntary Blood Donation Camp which is to be held on 9th September 2011 at Mount Carmel College. Bangalore Association for Science Education: Inauguration of the Association by former President of India APJ Abdul Kalam, Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda, Prof U R Rao at Kincha auditorium, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavana, Galaxy Forum India, 10.15 am.

Culture Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan: Light music concert by Dhananjay Hegde, Indian Institute of World Culture, B P Wadia Road, Basavanagudi, 6 pm. Bangalore University: Kavi Ghoshti, on the occasion of Book World-2011, Sir C V Raman Stage, Tripuravasini, Palace Grounds, 4 pm. Saptadhruva Trust: Felicitation to magicians Byranalli Shivaram, Mallaiah and Tamboori Ningaraju. Chairman of Karnataka Folk Art Academy Go Ru Channabasappa and Chairperson of Kannada Development Authority Dr Mukhyamantri to attend, ADA Theatre, JC Road, 4.30 pm.

Rock Café: Thursday, September 8th, 2011. 12:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Hard Rock Cafe, No 40, St Marks Road, Hard Rock Café's special Mexican menu features dishes like the Legendary Beef & Smoky Bean Burger, Grilled Bahama Mama Chicken Tender Burrito served with spicy fries, Albequerque Cottage Cheese and Vegetable Burrito, Spicy American corn and Danish Mozzarella Samoset and desserts such as the Black & White. Also on offer is a wide range of special cocktails, flair bartending and Latin dancers. Shahi Dastarkhwan at Barbeque Nation: Thursday, September 8th, 2011. 12:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Barbeque Nation, No 67 3rd Phase, 15th Cross, 6th B Main, JP Nagar The festival includes a range of starters made with age-old recipes, as well as dishes like the traditional Gushtaba, Sultani Murg, Tabq Maas and Dhingri E Khaas and Dahi ke Sholey. Chocoholic Festival at City Bar: Thursday, September 8th, 2011. 12:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. City Bar Karaoke + Grill, UB City., No 24, Vittal Mallya Road, Featured on the menu are sweet treats like pastries, tarts, flavoured chocolates, and pudding. The Ceviche Trail: Thursday, September 8th, 2011. noon to 3:30 p.m. Mynt, The Taj West End, No 23, Race Course Road, High Grounds A food festival straight from the heartland of the Incan empire, especially Peru. The menu features dishes like Chilean Sea Bass with Lemon Oil, Ecuadorian Shrimp, Gingered Toro Tuna with Soy and Sesame, and Bay Scallop Ceviche with Blackened Tomato.



Karnataka Haridasa Scientific Research Centre: Karma Vimochana by Khagawardhwaja Vithaladasaru, Mysore, No 49, Vijayaranga, Vijayanagara, 5.30 pm.

Jolly Good Bollywood: Thursday, September 8th, 2011. 8 p.m. Opus In The Creek, No 2 Doddanekkundi Industrial Area, Whitefield Road, Mahadevapura Bollywood music comes back with the age old game of Antakshari. A musical quiz where the answers to the questions are all Bollywood songs.

Gokhale Institute of Public Affairs: Talk on ‘Kannadada Sunitha’ by P S Geetha, No 68, APK Road, II Stage, Thyagarajanagar, Basavanagudi Road, Narasimharaja Layout, 6 pm. Adhyatma Prakasha Karyalaya: Talk on ‘Mandukyopanishad’ by Shivrama Agnihotri at Prakashana Karyalaya, 6 pm.

Music Galeej Gurus Live @ HRC: Thursday, September 8th, 2011. 8:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Hard Rock Cafe, No 40, St Marks Road, Bangalore’s very own Galeej Gurus plays its signature brand of rock live at Hard Rock Cafe.

Eating Out Power Lunch: Thursday, September 8th, 2011. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. City Bar Karaoke + Grill, UB City., No 24, Vittal Mallya Road, Now be connected even during the quick business lunch. Free wi-fi access while you fill up in the middle of the day. Delectable starters with a variety of veg/ non veg main course options along with draught beer. Weekday Lunch Buffet @ ManU: Thursday, September 8th, 2011. noon to 3 p.m. Manchester United Restaurant Bar, The Manchester United Restaurant and Bar launches a weekday lunch buffet priced at Rs 350 plus taxes right from starters to desserts. Tapas at Caperberry: Thursday, September 8th, 2011. 12:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Caperberry, No 48/1 Ground Floor, The Estate, Dickenson Road, Caperberry is hosting a special promotion that revolves around tapas, to offer regulars something new and popularise this integral aspect of Spanish culture in the city. On offer are tapas like Cherry tomatoes, blue cheese and mixed herb tartlets, Chicken croquetas, and Crabmeat, avocado and coriander stuffed mini brioche. Mexican Festival at Hard Rock Café: Thursday, September 8th, 2011. 12:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Hard Rock Cafe, No 40, St Marks Road, Hard Rock Café's special Mexican menu features dishes like the Legendary Beef & Smoky Bean Burger, Grilled Bahama Mama Chicken Tender Burrito served with spicy fries, Albequerque Cottage Cheese and Vegetable Burrito, Spicy American corn and Danish Mozzarella Samoset and desserts such as the Black & White. Also on offer is a wide range of special cocktails, flair bartending and Latin dancers. Mexican Festival at Hard

Tipu Drop at Nandi hills to become safer

450‑metre stretch on the suicide spot to be barricaded Aknisree Karthik Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: Death and accidents had become a matter of course here. Parents used to be afraid to send their children on trips to this place. It has achieved a distinct place in the history of Karnataka. Tipu Sultan had a special affection towards it. This place is Nandi Hills located outside the city. Young enthusiasts throng here during the weekends. Those are the some of the positive things about the hill. The hill also has some negatives to its credit. It is at this place many people have lost their lives while they were enjoying the nature and the scenic beauty. The hill is located 4851 metres above sea level and has an area of about 97 acres. Tipu Sultan had fenced the whole hill except for about 800 metres. Of the 800 metres about a 400 metre stretch is not very dangerous whereas the remaining 400 metre area has taken its toll of many lives. It was here that Tipu dropped his prisoners of war from a great height and killed them. Thus the place has derived the sobriquet ‘Tipu Drop’. This sad saga will soon come to an end as the Department of Horticulture is setting up an ‘ornamental grill’ over the Tipu drop to put an end to all the untoward incidents which have occurred all these years. The 450 metre area will be fenced with metal rods of 5.5 ft height. The Karnataka government had granted Rs 50 lakhs for this project based on the proposal put forth by Mahantesh Murugod, Special officer for Nan-

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Future Retro with Bess: Thursday, September 8th, 2011. 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Bacchus, F&B Excellency, No 8, Papanna Street, St Marks Road Indie, new disco, electro, breaks, and synthpop with Bess this Thursday at Bacchus. There's a 1+1 offer all night.

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di Hills who found that setting up an ornamental grill will nullify the deaths which occur due to various reasons. While some come here with a motive to commit suicide some die as they slide down the slippery rock and end up falling from the hill as there are no obstacles to break their fall. Also the thick fog created by the clouds decrease visibility to a large extent. The ornamental grill will extend from Tipu drop till Mayura Hotel. When Bangalore Beat spoke to Mahantesh Murugod, he said “Almost 70% of the works are over. The works were delayed due to heavy rains. The rocks have been drilled and works of laying cement concrete has been done”. “The only thing we need to do is to erect metal grills, which

Bangalore Beat Bureau Shimoga: The Linganamakki reservoir across the Sharavathi river near here is almost full, following heavy rain in the Malnad region. The dam, which has a major hydro-electric power station, is receiving 90,000 cusecs of water, while the outflow is 10,000 cusecs. Three crest gates at the dam have been opened. The water level at the dam has stood at 1816.04 ft, while the maximum is 1819 ft.

Mahantesh Murgod, special officer, Nandi Hills are ready, into the points where we have drilled the rocks. The whole work will be completed within the next 30 days.The concrete beds could not be set up as the hill received heavy rains and all the laid cement concrete was getting washed away” Murugod added.

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2 space observatories coming up in state: CM

Members of the Advocates’ Assocation of Bangalore observe a minute’s silence at the City Civil Court complex in respect of those who lost their lives in the bomb blast in New Dehi yesterday.

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Shopping Fall Winter 2011 Collection: Thursday, September 8th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Esprit, No 10 Ananda Bhavan, Vittal Mallya Road, Stripes, florals, wool, tweed, retro and preppy come together in Esprit’s new Fall Winter 2011 Collection.

Bangalore: The state is getting two space observatories at Nandibetta in Mysore and Pilikula near Mangalore, said chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda here this morning. The government has allotted 17 acres to the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research to set up an institute to promote fundamental science, he added. Inaugurating the Galaxy Forum, a three-day interactive session on astronomy and cosmology for teachers at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, he said, “The government is committed to foster science education and has allocated Rs 5 crore for the development of higher education. The Vision Group on Higher Education has been conducting year-round programmes at various universities across the state.” The government has also allotted 14 acres for the Nanotech Park on the outskirts of Bangalore. The government has set aside Rs 100 crore to set up proper infrastructure for research in nano-technology. Former President and Missile Man Dr Abdul Kalam urged teaches to take students to the “nature lab” instead of confining them to classrooms. “The teachers should be creative and develop imagination of the students.” Science and technology minister Anand Asnotikar said two science centres are being set up in Dharwad and Mangalore at Rs 8.2 crore each. Similar centres would come up at Mysore and

OWW Sale: Thursday, September 8th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. One Wit Wonders, No 32 ACR Towers, Residency Road, Flat 50% off on selected products at One Wit Wonders.

Members of the Karnataka Chraistara Rakshana Vedike protest at the Freedom Park today, against the “increasing attacks against the Christian community in the state” after the BJP government came to power three years ago.

Lustrous Moon Collection: Thursday, September 8th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Collage, No 21/1, Wood Street, Ashoknagar The Lustrous Moon Collection by Bharathi Raviprakash pays homage to the glow of the moon. The collection includes gold jewellery with pearls in colours of golden, black and chocolate, and diamonds as well.

Tata Jaago Re team wins international soccer cup

Sale @ 100ft Boutique: Thursday, September 8th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. 100ft, No 777/I HAL 2nd Stage, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar Up to 50% off on products ranging from home furnishings, clothing and accessories to gift items. Modern Heritage Collection: Thursday, September 8th, 2011. 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Pepe, No 2, Brigade Road, Pepe introduces the Modern Heritage Collection for women, that draws its inspiration from the designs of the 90s. The collection includes masculine elements and relies on shades of red, black, navy blue and soft nude.

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Bangalore: Tata Tea Jaago Re Soccer team, promoted by the Arsenal Tata Tea Jaago Re Soccer (ATTJRSS), won the 21 Arsenal International Soccer Festival (AISF) in the under-15 category where 126 teams from 12 countries took part in the competition. ATTJRSS had to fight off stiff competition from high-profile teams from the US and Europe to lift the AISF cup. They defeated the Flying Eagles from the US 21 in the semi-final and Forest Royal from Essex, London, 1-0 inthe final. Coach Jamshed Nassir said, “Our victory at AISF is a proud moment for me. Our boys stood firm and displayed

Udupi: The Lokayukta managed to trap a KSPCB official while he was accepting a bribe this morning. The official, Ravichandra, works with the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board. He was caught in Manipal taking a bribe of Rs 12,000 from a factory owner. Ravichandra demanded Rs 25000 to issue a no objection certificate to the factory. The factory owner immediately alerted the Lokayukta. Udupi Lokayukta deputy superintendent of police Prabhudev Mane and his team trapped Ravichandra while he was accepting the bribe. He has been taken into custody for further inquiry, police said.


Booze and Brains with Mark Rego: Thursday, September 8th, 2011. 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Opus, Chakravarty Layout, 1st Cross, Palace Cross Road, Sankey Road A quiz and a dance party all rolled into one. A mentally stimulating experience coupled with a whole lot of fun and music. Retro Thursdays @ City Bar: Thursday, September 8th, 2011. 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. City Bar Karaoke + Grill, UB City., No 24, Vittal Mallya Road, City Bar hosts Retro Thursdays, featuring original videos of yesteryears topped off with DJ Praful's twist to the music in his unique style.

Lokayukta traps official

Tata Tea Jaago Re Soccer team, promoted by the Arsenal Tata Tea Jaago Re Soccer (ATTJRSS), poses with the 21st Arsenal International Soccer Festival (AISF) in the under-15 category, in the city.

marvellous courage and mental strength to outperform everyone and emerge victorious after intense battle against Forest Royal.” He said that this demonstrates the kind of talent present in India and real need of the hour is an opportunity to showcase it. “The tournament has given the boys a chance to match skills with best budding talent across the globe and prove the mettle.” Vikram Grover, vice president-marketing, Tata Global Beverage, was also present. ATTJRSS was started in 2007 to develop football talent in India. The programme identifies the right talent. This year, season 4 of ATTJRSS reached over two million youngsters across 15 cities in the country.

Former President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam inaugurates the three-day Galaxy Forum, a interactive programme for teachers, at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan this morning. Renowned scientist U R Rao and chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda look on. 10 other places of the state. These centres would help in training and development of teachers and other faculty of science departments in schools. They will also help in hands-on experiments for students, he added. Renowned scientist U R Rao, Nehru Planetarium director Shukre, astrophysicist from the

USA Steve Dunst and others were present. The Galaxy Forum India has been constituted by the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium in association with the Bangalore Association for Science Education. The Galxy Forum sensitises teachers about astronomy and the value of science education.


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Food inflation falls to 9.55% for week ended August 27 New Delhi: Food inflation fell to a single-digit at 9.55 per cent for the week ended August 27 after breaching the double-digit mark in the previous week, with prices of all items, barring pulses and wheat, going up on an annual basis. Food inflation, as measured on the basis of the Wholesale Price Index (WPI), stood at 10.05 per cent in the previous week. The rate of price rise of food items was 14.76 per cent in the corresponding week of 2010. As per data released by the government today, prices of pulses fell by 1.56 per cent year-onyear, while wheat became cheaper by 1.04 per cent during the week ended August 27. However, other food items became more expensive during the

week under review. Onions grew dearer by 42.03 per cent on an annual basis, while potato prices were up by 13.38 per cent during the week under review. Fruits became 16.57 per cent more expensive and overall, prices of vegetables shot up by 22.42 per cent on an annual basis in the week ended August 27. The prices of eggs, meat and fish were up 7.26 per cent, while milk and cereals became dearer by 9.12 per cent and 5.45 per cent, respectively. The fall in food inflation could be attributed to a moderation in the rate of price rise of some of the items on a week-on-week basis, even though they continued to go up. In the previous week ended July 30, the rate of

Overall, inflation in primary articles was recorded at 13.34 per cent in the week ended August 27, up from 12.93 per cent in the previous week. Primary articles have a share of over 20 per cent in the WPI. Inflation in non-food articles, which include fibres, oilseeds and minerals, stood at 19.88 per cent during the week under review, up from 17.19 per cent in the previous week. Meanwhile, fuel and power inflation stood at 12.55 per cent for the week ended August 27, the same as in the previous week. After a brief period of moderprice rise of items like onions, attributed to the high inflation ation, food inflation had vegetables, milk and cereals was rate of over 14 per cent in the breached the double-digit mark more on an annual basis in com- corresponding year-ago period, and stood at a five-month-high parison to the week under re- a phenomenon dubbed the 'high of 10.05 per cent in the week view. The decline could also be base effect' in economic parlance. ended August 20.

Agarbatti KSOU discussion Robbery at factory on literacy in Mys Shimoga temple goes up

Shimoga: Cash and property worth lakhs of rupees was stolen from the Thirthalli temple last night. The incident has taken place in Rameshwara temple in Thirthalli taluk of Shimoga district. The robbers have entered the temple late at night by breaking open the main door. They appear to have destroyed the ‘hundi’ in order to steal the cash in it. They have also robbed the valuables belonging to the sanctum-sanctorum worth lakhs of rupees.

The priests who arrived a t the temple in the morning to perform pooja were shocked to discover the break-in. Thirthalli DySP Shekharappa reached the spot with his team and conducted an inspection. A case of robbery has been registered and investigations are on, police said. Rameshwara temple is the oldest temple in Thirthalli and the presiding deity is known as ‘Thirtha Rameshwara’ and the town has also assumed the same name.

Flooding river closes bridges Belagavi: Heavy rains lashing the Belagavi district has caused the Gokak-Savadalli bridge to be closed to travelers. Due to the floods the bridge of Munavalli is completely underwater. Further flooding is expected

and the district administration has advised surrounding villages to evacuate the area. The heavy rain and flood situation in the district has, to date, caused the closure of around 19 bridges spanning the Malaprabha river.

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in smoke Bangalore Beat Bureau Gadag: Lakhs worth of raw material and products were destroyed in a fire. The incident has taken place in Siddalingeshwara Agarbatti factory in Javaligalli in Gadag town. The fire broke out accidentally while work was in progress in the factory. The cartons which contained lakhs worth of packaged agarbattis were burnt. No deaths were reported all though one labourer was injured. The fire brigade rushed to the spot and put out the fire. The injured has been shifted to hospital for treatment. A case has been registered in the Gadag town police and investigations are going on.

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Nagendra Kumar, deputy director, public education department Professor K S Rangappa, Karnataka State Open University V-C, and department head N Lakshmi at a programme on International Literacy Day at Mysore today. Mysore: On the occasion of International literacy day, Karnataka State Open University held a discussion on literacy in India. Nagendra Kumar, Deputy Director, Public education department spoke at the function. He said “Since independence the Indian government has given a lot of importance to education. in spite of this 100% literacy has not been achieved in the country. 30% of Indians are still illiterate. Also, 35% of women are illiterate. In order to deal with this, woman empowerment is required. In a couple of years, literacy

rate will rise to 80% from the current 70%. This can be achieved by bringing dropouts back to school. This might be difficult to do as most students dropout due to various pressing problems. Because illiterate people are exploited in India, Indian parents are now very keen to send their children to school. The earlier compulsory education age was 0 to 14 years. Now this must be extended to 15 to 30 years, in order to achieve 100% literacy. India can rise to the level of a fully developed country only through education.”

Case against Indian priest closed

President FKCCI J R Bangera greets MD of VITC Eco-Friendly Packaging K S Shivaswamy at FKCCI conference hall in Bangalore today.


London: The horror seems far from over as an injury-ravaged Indian cricket team gears up for the third cricket one-dayer against England here tomorrow, still looking for that elusive win which would lift the sagging morale of the battle-weary side. Trailing 0-1 in the five-match series after being whitewashed 0-4 in the Tests, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men have reasons to feel fatalistic ahead of the day-night encounter. The visitors are worried on the count of lack of bowling firepower in their ranks and are resigned to the fact England would chase down any total they can rustle up in remaining one-dayers. Dhoni laid himself bare to media after losing the second onedayer at Rose Bowl on Tuesday, fretting about the sameness of his fast bowlers and their general lack of pace. "If it doesn't swing, we struggle. Most of our bowlers are in the 120-130 kmph range and it

Chicago: A Roman Catholic Diocese in the US where an Indian priest is alleged to have sexually assaulted an American girl several times when she was a teenager has agreed to pay USD 750,000 to settle a lawsuit against him. Father Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul, who now serves as Secretary of Education Commission in the Diocese of Ootacamund (Tamil Nadu) had been charged with sexually assaulting two girls while he was posted at the Crookston Diocese in Northern Minnesota in 2004. The victim, Megan Peterson, 20, said Jeyapaul sexually abused her when she went to speak to him about becoming a nun. Jeyapaul ministered three parishes in Crookston where he was accused of misappropriating church funds and sexual abuse. Charges were filed by the girl

after the Church refused to answer her calls. Jeyapaul returned to India before the charges came to light. "Right now Jeyapaul is a fugitive from justice in the United States. The Vatican and Bishop of Ootacamund in India are admitting him to remain in the ministry in India and are putting their reputation over the well being and safety of children of whom we are concerned right now," the woman's attorney Jeff Anderson told PTI over phone. The plaintiff, Megan Peterson, and the Diocese of Crookston agreed to terms of settlement on July 13, 2011, prior to a trial. A payment of $750,000 was agreed upon, an amount covered by Diocese's insurance. Peterson says she was 14 and aspiring to become a nun when she was raped several times by Jeyapaul.

Thieves arrested in Mysore Mysore: Three robbery accused were produced in court today in connection with the theft of gold and other valuables. The accused are Khadir Ahmed alias Jinga (28), Idail Ahmed and Syed Ali. Khadir Ahmed is the main accused. Two bangles, four gold chains, three rings, three gas cylinders, one TV, two DVD players, three ear rings and a copper vessel, worth Rs. 3 lakhs, have been recovered from them. The main accused was arrested last evening by the Udayagiri police.

Sonia returns Delhi after surgery in US New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi returned to the capital early this morning from abroad where she underwent surgery a month ago for an undisclosed ailment. "Congress President returned early today and she is fine," party general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi said. 10 Janpath sources said she is not meeting anyone. The 64-year-old Gandhi had left the country on August two and had thereafter undergone a surgery.

Immediately after her departure, Congress had made a brief announcement saying Gandhi had been recently diagnosed with a medical condition and was advised surgery. The Congress president had handed over reins of the party to a group of four comprising Rahul Gandhi and senior leaders A K Antony, Ahmed Patel and Dwivedi. Rahul had recently returned to India after ttending to his ailing mother. PTI

PC holds high‑level security meet New Delhi: Home Minister P Chidambaram today held a highlevel meeting to take stock of the situation in the wake of the Delhi High Court blast even as investigators got preliminary forensic reports with regard to the explosion. National Security Advisor (NSA) Shivshankar Menon and other senior officials in the security establishment attended the meeting, sources said. Union home secretary R K Singh, who visited the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital where most of the injured in the blast have been admitted, said, "We have received initial forensic reports. We are waiting for some more." Chidambaram had last night said that a detailed forensic report carrying "critical evidence" was expected today which could throw some light on the probe

of the blast being spearheaded by the NIA. The toll in the blast rose to 12 this morning while the condition of four of the victims continued to be critical. PTI

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Continued from page 1 Ashok directed police officials to take extra care along the borders, coastal regions, checkposts and sensitive areas across the state. Before the meeting, Ashok and Suresh Kumar visited the high court complex and reviewed the security arrangements made. They were accompanied by Chief Justice J S Khehar Singh and high court registrar.

A new look at health care policies in the state

Dr Mewa Singh, professor of psychology, Mysore University, Avadhani Geetha, director and dean, Mysore Medical College M A Balasubramaniam, CEO, Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement today. Mysore: Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive policy, Managangotri University, Mysore, conducted a two day national conference on Multilevel Intervention for Health Care. The topic under discussion yesterday was Framing new Inclusive Health policies. The conference was inaugurated by Dr. Avadhani Geetha, Director and Dean of Mysore medical college. Talking about the various health policies framed by the govt in the past years, she said “The country’s development is highly dependent on public health. In 1983, the first health policy was formed. Eradication of polio, leprosy, TB and malaria were given importance at that time. In the year 2002, a new

policy came into being with its main aim being the eradication and prevention of cancer. Health policies should be distributed geographically as well as socially. The state government annually spends 8% of its budget on public health and it receives supplementary aid from the government. But there is a huge difference in urban and rural health care. A major restructuring in this area is required. Children in rural area are fighting for basic health care. Health care means providing basic care, prevention of diseases and promotion of good health. Many of these health policies are unavailable to the poor and the backward.” Dr. M A Balasubramaniam, CEO, Swami Vivekananda youth movement, was also a speaker

at the conference. He addressed the importance of good health in development of the nation. “a new dimension has been employed in health care, which is important for the development of the country. This is a contemporary issue and a lot of debate and discussion is happening at the international level. Many times only the health departments are blamed but they are not really the root cause. Educating the people is important. Public health policy covers 6000 tribals in Karnataka (the jenu kurubas and the koravas). Many of these tribals have no access to emergency facilities like 108 ambulance. According to WHO, good health means physical, mental and social health.”

Indians charged in US scandal

New York: At least nine Indian medical professionals are among the end than in the initial overs. 90 people charged in the US in If India can't strike early, it is a massive healthcare care fraud a given that the rest of the overs under which false claims to the would be savaged by the in-form tune of $ 295 million were submitted to public insurance England batsmen. A similar thing occurred in provider. A nationwide takedown by the second one-dayer where India ran up a decent total but ‘Medicare Fraud Strike Force’ were powerless to stop England operations in eight cities resulted from romping home with seven in charges against 91 defendants for their alleged participation in wickets to spare. The crushing dominance was Medicare fraud schemes, the US evident when England were 100 Justice Department said today. “The defendants charged in up on the board with 10 full this takedown are accused of overs yet to be completed. As if this was not enough, In- stealing precious taxpayer redia is also worried on the count sources and defrauding Medicare becomes very difficult," or words of fifth bowler's quota -- a job – jeopardising the integrity of to similar effect was Dhoni's Yuvraj Singh used to do with our healthcare system and our nation’s most critical healthcare lament and tomorrow could just such aplomb in the past. make his worst fears come true. In the rain-hit second match, programme for personal gain,” The pitch at the Oval offers it fell on Virat Kohli and Suresh Attorney General Eric Holder bounce but no sideways move- Raina to do the job but it would said. In Chicago, owner of a clinic ment and the gentle pace of In- be beyond them to remain useful dian seamers could turn out to over a stretch of 10 overs. That that provided chiropractic, medbe fodder for England batsmen. makes the inclusion of Ravindra ical and physical therapy servDhoni concedes Praveen Ku- Jadeja a strong possibility. The ices, Neelesh Patel was charged mar is not his best option in Gujarat all-rounder is a useful with 15 counts of healthcare death overs and he is forced to left-arm spinner and can add up fraud. In Detroit, among those keep Munaf Patel a lot towards a decent package.

and often never provided. In several cases, patient recruiters and other co-conspirators were paid cash kickbacks in return for supplying information to providers, who then submitted fraudulent billing to Medicare for services that were unnecessary or never provided. From Brooklyn to Miami to Los Angeles, the defendants allegedly treated the Medicare programme like a “personal piggy bank”, assistant attorney general Lanny Breuer said. In Miami, 45 defendants including a doctor and a nurse have been charged for their participation in various fraud schemes involving a total of $ 159 million in false billings for charged include Rehan Khan, Medicare programme and money Collectively, the doctors, nurs- home healthcare, mental health Javed Rehman, Tausif Rahman, laundering. es, medical professionals, health- services, occupational and physJanaki Chettiar, Jigar Patel, Hetal The charges are based on a care company owners are ac- ical therapy. Barot and Srinivas Reddy. variety of alleged fraud schemes cused of conspiring to submit a In Houston, two individuals Ram Chand Ramrup, owner involving various medical treat- total of approximately $ 295 mil- were charged with fraud schemes of an assisted living facility was ments and services such as home lion in fraudulent billing. involving $ 62 million. charged in Florida. healthcare, physical and occuAccording to court documents, Ten people were charged in The 91 defendants charged pational therapy, mental health the defendants allegedly partic- Baton Rouge, Louisiana for parare accused of various healthcare services, psychotherapy and ipated in schemes to submit ticipating in schemes involving fraud-related crimes, including durable medical equipment. claims to Medicare for treatments more than $ 24 million related conspiracy to defraud the that were medically unnecessary to false claims. PT

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Now, a stem cell zoo to save endangered species Washington: Stem cells are rapidly becoming an important tool for human medical treatments. Now scientists have created a “stem cell zoo” which they say could help treat a variety of illnesses in animals, especially the endangered species teetering on the brink of extinction. In the stem cell zoo, researchers at the Scripps Research Institute in California have stored millions of stem cells from an endangered rhinoceros and a monkey. “There are only two animals in it, but we have the start of a new zoo, the stem cell zoo,” researcher Inbar Friedrich Ben-Nun said to LiveScience. Stem cells are prized, because they can be turned into any type of cell in the body — a characteristic known as pluripotency. The cells can even be turned into sperm or egg cells, and used in assisted reproduction to make more individuals of the species. “The most important thing is to provide these stem cells as a resource for other people taking some of the next steps,” said Jeanne Loring, also of The Scripps Research Institute. To start with, the researchers collected stem cells from a drill primate, a highly endangered primate genetically close to humans, and a northern white rhinoceros that is genetically far from humans and also incredibly endangered. To create the stem cells, the researchers used the same genes that are used to turn human cells pluripotent; they inserted those genes into the animals’ skin cells. They had originally tried to use genes from the animals themselves and their close relatives, but after more than a year of trying they were having little success. The new technique isn’t very efficient yet, transforming just a few cells into stem cells at a time, but that’s enough, the researchers reported in the journal Nature Methods. Both animals, the researchers said, were chosen because they could benefit from stem cells now. For instance, the drill primate suffers from diabetes when in captivity, and stem cell-based treatments for diabetes being researched in humans suggest the same may work for the primates. The rhinoceros was chosen because it is one of the most highly endangered species, with only seven animals, all in captivity, in existence. They haven’t reproduced in several years, and because the population is so small there is a lack of genetic diversity, which could affect their survival. If the researchers can use the stem cells to make sperm and eggs from skin cells of deceased animals in the frozen zoo, they could reintroduce some genetic diversity into the population, while also increasing its size. “The best way to manage extinctions is to preserve species and their habitats,” said co-researcher Oliver Ryder of the San Diego Zoo. “But that’s not working all the time.” The rhinos are a perfect example, he said, because there are so few. “Stem cell technology provides some level of hope that they won’t have to become extinct even though they’ve been completely eliminated from their habitats.” PTI

Docʼs white coat can send dogʼs pulses racing Washington: A doctor’s white coat not only can send human pulse rate racing, but also has similar effect on dogs. Anxiety tied with being in a veterinary hospital raises the blood pressure (BP) in retired racing greyhounds, known to have higher-thanaverage BP in the first place, according to researchers. The average systolic arterial pressure, the top number in a BP reading, in the dogs was about 30 points higher in a vet’s clinic when compared to that recorded at home, the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine reports. “We see a lot of greyhounds and they are very high-strung dogs,” said Guillermo Couto, who teaches veterinary clinical sciences at the Ohio State University and senior study author. “Some greyhounds come in here with blood pressure above what an instrument can read - that is 300 systolic,” said Couto, according to a university statement. “We know this could not really be their blood pressure because these dogs would be dead. But we also almost never get blood pressure under 150 or 160 for systolic,” he added. The environment seemed to make all the difference. BP readings at home were similar when taken by either a vet student or the dog’s owner. In general, normal blood pressure in dogs, as in humans, is 120 over 80. Some animals’ BP readings normalise after they’ve had time to acclimate to the hospital setting, but in these greyhounds, that trend is less common. IANS

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o encourage research staple food crops, like wheat and rice, to ensure food security and to bring out best nutritional value, six agriresearchers in the country have been awarded the Monsanto BeachellBorlaugh International Scholarships. Prakash I Gangashetti and Mahesh H B from the state, Patokar Chetan Arun from Maharashtra, Dharmendra Bhatia from Punjab, Anuji Kumar from Uttar Pradesh and Nitika Sandhu from Haryana have been recognised under the scholarship programme. It was launched by eminent agriculture scientist M S Swaminathan in 2009 and is being awarded every year. It aims to develop high-yielding rice and wheat varieties, which can serve future farmers and populations, while honouring the accomplishments of Nobel laureates Dr Henry Beachell and Dr Norman Borlaugh, who pioneered plant breeding and research in rice and wheat. Michelle D Souza, public affairs coordinator for Monsanto – the much criticised seed technology company, said, “These scientists would carry out research under the guidance of leading scientists. Each scholar is given Rs 30 lakh. They can probably come out with new varieties of wheat and rice which would not only be drought and disease resistant, but also increase the yield and add to the nutritional value.” Prakash Gangashetty, who has been a research scholar at the University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, said he would now pursue his research at the University of Wales. Gangashetty is focusing on developing a rice variety that can be grown in droughtprone areas. “I am from Hadagali taluk of Bijapur district. I have seen the variety of rice grown there. My idea was to grow the same variant of rice in Dharwad, which is a dry region too. I have been researching with Azucena, a wild variety of rice that grows in the Philippines which is drought resistant. I have been trying to match the qualities of Azucena and Kalinga-3, another drought-resistant Indian variety. “I am trying to identify genes in both varieties and cross transplant the two. With Kalinga, farmers have been able to grow up to 4 quintals per acre. It is known for its aroma and early maturity. Identifying proper characteristics and genes, and supplying the best of genes from Azucena that are deficient in Kalinga-3 a new variant could be evolved,” he added. The research will be conducted over three years and the result will benefit a lot of farmers. The new variant can be grown in any dry part of the country or state, he said. Chetan Patokar has been awarded the scholarship for his work to increase the nutritional content of the Titium aestivem variety of wheat, which is grown in major parts of the country and world. It is also the largest consumed variety of wheat. He has been pursuing his PhD for the last two years at G B Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Uttarakhand. He will now travel to the University of Leicester in the UK. Chetan said, “The research will be carried on for another 10 years. I am trying to cross the wild and traditional varieties of wheat. There is a need to study the abiotic and biotic stress disorder in both varieties, be it the wild Thinopyrum or the traditional Titicum aestivem. The research will focus on finding a variant with high levels of zinc and iron whose proportion is slightly less in the traditional variety. The cross transplantation will ensure that sufficient quantities of the metals are available in the new variety of wheat.” On the criticism against Monsanto, Michelle D’Souza said, “India is a free

Six agriculture scholars have got Rs 30 lakh scholarship each to pursue research in staple foods of the country, rice and wheat. With this, they want to develop the yield, nutrient‑rich and sturdier varieties of crops, says L Raghunanda


country. Anybody can express their feelings. But we at Mosanto are very optimistic. Farmer activists have organised protests across the country against Bt varieties of cotton and brinjal. But can they strongly say that Monsanto has gone against principles? Can they prove that farmers have suffered because of these crops? They can’t.” “They can fool farmers and take them on protests to cities. But those who benefit from these crops wouldn’t care less.” On allegations that Monsanto’s dealings with the University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, are not transparent, she said, “Everything is fair and transparent. Look at the Monsanto Beachell-Borlaugh International Scholarships Programme alone. Many agricultural researchers and scientists have benefited from Mosanto promotions, funding and scholarships.” There is a huge talent pool in the country, but right kind of environment, support and backing is lacking. The government is not doing enough, she said.

Prakash I Gangashetti (left) from Karnataka Patokar Chetan Arun from Maharashtra who have won Rs 30-lakh Monsanto Beachell-Borlaugh International Scholarship

Genes that make people energetic found Tanks that look like cows soon

London: Ever wondered why some people have endless energy and others don’t? It’s all in the genes, scientists claim to have discovered. A team at McMaster University in Canada, in fact, claims to have identified two genes which produce an enzyme in one’s muscles during exercise called AMP kinase, that controls the way one turns food into energy. Those who generate large quantities of AMPK have more energy, whereas those with lesser amounts are likely to tire almost immediately, say the scientists. Dr Gregory Steinberg, who led the research, said the discovery could lead to treatments for those who find it difficult to exercise, including the obese and those with asthma, the ‘Daily Mail’ reported. His team found dramatic results in tests on two groups of mice, one bred without the two suspected genes behind AMPK production. When given an exercise wheel, the mice who still had the genes could go for 1km in just 20 minutes. By contrast, those without were “extremely exercise intolerant” and could achieve only a fast walk for around 40m before giving up. The scientists believe the same effect would be seen in humans. AMPK is present in our cells and is known to be responsible for boosting the number of mitochondria, the tiny batteries which break down food and turn it into energy. This is the first

time scientists have demonstrated that AMPK is controlled by two genes and that removing them hugely impairs our ability to exercise. Dr Steinberg added: “The mice looked identical, but within seconds we knew which ones had the genes and which ones didn’t because the difference in ability was so significant.” But the good news – or bad news, depending on your outlook – for couch potatoes is that exercise itself appears to stimulate the production

of AMPK. So if you force yourself to keep going for a jog it will eventually get easier. Dr Steinberg added: “When you become obese and sedentary that is what makes it so hard to get started. The message is don’t let yourself get to that stage, but if you do this is not a genetic defect, there is something you can do about it.” The findings have been published in the ‘Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences’ journal. PTI

London: In what may appear straight out of a science fiction movie, military scientists have designed a new “invisibility cloak” which they claim would make modern war tanks look like cows. A team at BAE System in Sweden, which has developed the new device, called Adaptiv, says full trials will be carried out in the next two years; the research has been submitted to the UK’s ministry of defence for consideration. The new technology has scanners to read nearby buildings and terrain and can reproduce their pattern of hot and cold on panels on the hull of the vehicle. An infrared image is then produced, allowing the machine to blend into its environment and ultimately tricking the enemy into thinking it might be a car or even a cow, ‘Daily Mail’ reported. Hexagonal metal plates –

about the size of someone’s hand – which can be heated or cooled quickly, could be used to disguise buildings, ships or low-flying helicopters. About 1,000 would be needed to cover a small tank. Project director Peter Sjolund said the system works as a thermal television screen. “It also carries a library of images. In an urban environment, you might want to appear as a car, or in a harbour a parked tank could appear as a container,” he said. Sjolund said that if pictures from the library were not suitable then the user would be able to grab an image of a nearby object and use that instead. Professor Sir John Pendry at Imperial College London said that the effect of the product depends on where the enemy is standing and a different angle might give a far less convincing image. PTI


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63 target killers held in Karachi

Karachi: Over 60 target killers have been arrested during operations to combat ethnic and political violence in the troubled city of Karachi that has witnessed over 500 lives since July. Sindh province home minister Manzoor Wassan said 63 target killers were arrested in joint raids by the police and paramilitary Rangers in the drive against criminal gangs and terrorists. His statement came as the ISI, summoned by a Supreme Court suo motu hearing, is set to brief the Supreme Court today on the situation in Karachi. Insisting that there was no need for any military operation in Karachi, the provincial home minister said the arrests showed the government’s firmness in dealing with criminals. Wassan also announced that six judges had been appointed to vacant positions in the anti-terrorism courts as per orders of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The operation was launched by the paramilitary Rangers and police to nab those involved in the violence, bloodshed, arson and land grabbing in the city after bloody violence in July and August. The two months saw around 500 people killed in the violence that some blame on criminal elements and others on ethnic, political and sectarian disputes. “We have now ordered Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) worth Rupees five billion for law enforcement agencies, besides bullet proof jackets and helmets,” Wassan said. The Supreme Court bench continued its suo motu hearing into the violence in Karachi and has summoned the ISI and Mutthaida Qaumi Movement today to present their point of view and arguments.PTI

Iranʼs biggest refinery goes up in flames Tehran: At least four workers were injured as fire broke out at Iran’s biggest refinery yesterday, the semi-official Fars news agency reported. Deputy chief of Iranian Parliament’s Energy Commission, Abdollah Kabi in a statement said that the fire broke out in the Abadan Refinery’s cracker unit which produces gasoline, Xinhua quoted him as saying in the news report. Firefighters were trying to contain the fire and exact cause of the accident could not be immediately known, Kabi added. IANS

Russian walks 9,000 km home Moscow: A 47-year-old Russian walked 9,000 km from Moscow to his hometown on the Kamchatka Peninsula after he was robbed of money, a media report said. The man’s troubles began in Moscow in 2010 when his acquaintances stole his documents and money. The man decided to return home to Kamchatka by foot, the Russian Komsomolskaya Pravda tabloid said on Tuesday. During his 400-day trip, the man had been making ends meet by recycling empty glass bottles and working as a porter and unskilled worker, the tabloid said. The Vladivostok police, in Russia’s Far East, were perplexed when the tramp in worn-out boots said he had been robbed in Moscow – after he had crossed practically all of Russia. Police found the robber and returned the man’s belongings and money. IANS

Horse that does yoga London: A 17-year-old horse has learnt to make complex moves of yoga that even helped him get rid of stiffness in his joints, a media report said yesterday. Lewis, an Egyptian Arabian, began copying Linda Guanti, 35, as she did stretching exercises to strengthen her own bad back after a fall, reported. She has taught him complex moves such as the “bow”, in which he kneels forward and pushes his head into the ground, and the “neck side stretch” to improve suppleness. “I was amazed when he began to do yoga,” said Linda, of British Columbia, Canada. “Lewis has learned to remain calm in vulnerable positions that would frighten most horses. It helps to keep him fit,” the Express quoted her as saying. IANS

US stands with close friend India, says US Washington: The White House has strongly condemned the terror attack in New Delhi that killed 11 people and said the US stands with its “close friend” India at this difficult time. “We strongly condemn the attack this morning (Wednesday) in New Delhi and offer our deepest condolences to the Government of India and to all those who lost loved ones,” Tommy Vietor, spokesman of the National Security Council, said. “There is no cause that justifies the use of terror and violence against innocent civilians. India is a close friend and partner of the United States,” the Obama administration official said. Vietor said: “We stand with the Indian people at this difficult time, and offer our support to India’s efforts to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice.” The blast outside Delhi High Court killed 11 people and left 74 wounded. Earlier, the State Department condemned the incident and said the people of India have once again demonstrated remarkable resiliency and courage in the face of horrific violence. “The United States condemns in the strongest terms this morning’s deadly bombing outside the New Delhi High Court and extends its deepest condolences to those affected by these cowardly attacks,” state department spokesman Victoria Nuland said. “The people of India have once again demonstrated remarkable resiliency and courage in the face of horrific violence,” she said in a statement. Noting that terrorism is a scourge that affects us all and the United States stands with India in confronting this global challenge, Nuland said the US

Relatives of a Delhi High Court blast victim mourn at the RML hospital in New Delhi yesterday. government continues to monitor the situation, including the safety and security of our citizens, and stands ready to offer any and all assistance to Indian authorities. “We are not going to speculate on who may have done this. You’ve seen some press reports claiming responsibility,” she said when asked who could be behind such an attack.

“I think we would refer you to the Indian government as its own investigation proceeds,” Nuland said. She added: “As you know, this just happened in Delhi just a few hours ago, so I think the Indian government is still at the stage of evaluating what it might need. But we have made clear that we stand ready to help if there’s a formal request.” PTI

Poor quality fuel caused Russian plane crash? Moscow: Poor quality aviation fuel could be one of the reasons behind the Yak-42 plane crash in central Russia in which over 40 people died yesterday, a source said. The plane carrying the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice hockey team crashed moments after takeoff from Yaroslavl airport at 4 pm Moscow time, bursting into flames as it hit the ground. Witnesses heard two “loud bangs” before the accident. “The aircraft failed to gain the required engine takeoff speed and fell from a low height on a Volga riverbank. Refuelling the plane with low-quality fuel is seen as a priority reason for the engine malfunction,” the source said requesting anonymity. According to the Russian emergencies ministry, the plane had 45 people on board — 37 passengers and eight crew members. Two people – hockey player Alexander Galimov and flight attendant Alexander Sizov – survived the crash and are currently in hospital in critical condition. IANS

23 dead as Syria accused of crimes against humanity Damascus: France accused Syria of “crimes against humanity” yesterday, as activists said regime forces killed at least 23 people, 21 of them in a tank-backed raid on the flashpoint central city of Homs. “The Syrian regime has committed crimes against humanity,” French foreign minister Alain Juppe said during talks in Moscow with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. “The way it (the Syrian regime) suppressed the popular protests is unacceptable,” he said, expressing hope that Russia would change its stance and back UN condemnation of the crackdown. The Syrian authorities, he said, should be sent “a powerful signal that such actions cannot continue.” But Lavrov gave no signs of being ready to ease a Russian position that last week saw Moscow lash the European Union for imposing a crippling oil embargo on Syria. “We are convinced that the essential thing is to start dialogue at the talks table,” Lavrov said.

Russia has staunchly opposed attempts by Western governments to push through a UN Security Council resolution targeting President Bashar al-Assad and has circulated an alternative draft calling for him to implement reforms. European Union nations are considering fresh sanctions against Syria, a diplomatic source who asked not to be identified said in Brussels. The United Nations says 2,200 people have been killed since democracy protests flared in Syria in mid-March. Activists said the Syrian security forces killed at least 23 more people yesterday. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said they included 21 people in Homs and two in Sarmeen, in Idlib province in the northwest. The Local Coordination Committees, which organise the antiregime protests on the ground, said security forces also killed one person in the central city of Hama. AFP

Bomb threat at California school

Washington: Over 3,000 students in a Californian school were evacuated yesterday morning, following a bomb threat in its campus, Xinhua reported. Students in San Clemente High School were told to leave classes around 9 am on the first day of

the school. All students were released from the school by 1 pm, while search for explosives was on by authorities. Some 180 staff of the school were also evacuated.The Sheriff's Department of the Orange County began searching the campus room-by-

room on receiving information about a written threat that explosives were placed in the school. Police said the written threat was found in personal belongings of a missing Navy corpsman, who was identified as 22year-old Daniel Morgan. IANS

CIA ex‑analyst: Trusting Socialising can Mush was strategic failure keep you slim Washington: The biggest US mistake in the war against terrorism was to ignore Al Qaeda in Pakistan to invade Iraq after the September 2001 terror attacks and trusting then president Pervez Musharraf to “fight on our side”, according to a former CIA analyst. “This was the war that should have ended years ago,” Bruce Riedel, now a foreign policy expert at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank, wrote in an article on how the US enabled Al Qaeda, the terror group behind the attack. “The 9/11 attacks revealed a ruthless and agile enemy, one demanding unrelenting focus and smart. Instead, we made major errors,” said the former Central Intelligence Agency anMelbourne: Australian scientists have for the first alyst, who helped formulate Prestime grown in laboratory “brown fat” – a wondrous ident Barack Obama’s tissue that burns energy to generate heat – a break- Afghanistan-Pakistan policy. through which they claim could be the latest weapon in the battle against bulge. People tend to be fatter when they have too much “white fat” which is basically an organ of energy storage, whereas brown fat is like a heat generator. Around 50 gm of white fat stores 300 kilocalories of energy. The same amount of brown fat burns 300 kilocalories a day. Now, a team from Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney has shown that brown fat can be London: Older women who are grown in culture from stem cells biopsied from adults, at high risk of developing breast giving hope that one day it would be possible to grow or ovarian cancer should consomeone’s brown fat outside the body and then trans- sider having their ovaries removed, a leading expert in plant it. In their laboratory, the scientists, led by Dr Paul Britain suggests. According to Prof Gareth Lee and Prof Ken Ho, successfully grew brown fat from the biopsied tissue of six patients, only two of Evans of Manchester University, whom had scanned positive for presence of brown ultrasound and blood test screening for ovarian cancer is not refat. “Although this is early work, it is a proof of concept liable and so women who with study showing that the growth of brown fat cells is a family history of the disease possible, using precursor cells taken from adult hu- should think about having the operation to lower their risk of mans, under appropriate stimulation. “Regardless of whether or not someone has lots of developing tumours. Women who have already or little brown fat, the precursor cells are universally reached middle-age and finished present. Under the appropriate growth factor and hormonal having children would be most stimulation, the cells all grow and differentiate into suitable for the procedure, as removal of the ovaries triggers mature brown fat cells,” Dr Lee said. Using PET-CT scans of close to 3,000 people, the the menopause, he says. “At the moment they can’t team showed a striking negative correlation between brown fat and weight. Those people with brown fat rely on screening. Once they’ve had significantly lower body mass indexes as well as completed their family and if they’re over 40, they should conlower glucose levels in blood. The scientists are optimistic about targetting brown sider having their ovaries refat as an obesity intervention. “At the same time, our moved. It’s a pretty small prostudy tells us that in people who are overweight, cedure. You’ve been through the there may be factors in the environment or in the menopause so you’re not going body that inhibit the growth of brown fat,” Dr Lee to plunge into hot flushes and other symptoms. said. “If your life expectancy is 85, The findings have been published in the latest you could lose 25 years of your edition of the ‘Endocrinology’ journal. PTI

New way to beat obesity? Brown fat grown in lab

Pervez Musharraf

Among the strategic mistakes made by the US, “The biggest was to ignore Al Qaeda in Pakistan to invade Iraq, which, at that point, posed no serious threat,” Riedel said. “The Bush administration underestimated Osama bin Laden’s resilience, trusted the generals

of Pakistan, and focused on the wrong battlefield.” Trusting then Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf “to fight on our side against bin Laden and the Taliban was another strategic failure,” Riedel wrote. “‘Our man’ in Islamabad turned out to be helping the Taliban regroup while bin Laden hid out in his front yard, living in plain sight of Pakistan’s most elite military academy for years,” he noted. Now the death of Bin Laden and the revolutions sweeping the Middle East provide the United States with an opportunity to right its wrongs, he said but warnied “Pakistan remains the epicentre of the global jihad.” “Our enemy is still formidable, and the task isn’t easy. But this time we’ve to get it right to avoid spending yet another decade fighting,” Riedel said. IANS

Women at risk of cancer should have ovaries removed

life and die within a year if ovarian cancer hits,” ‘The Daily Telegraph’ quoted Prof Gareth Evans of University of Manchester as saying. According to Prof Evans, his study found that screening by means of an ultrasound scan and blood test fails to detect ovarian cancer at an early stage. Of the 900 women from Manchester recruited to the study and given screening, 23 developed ovarian cancer but only nine were detected at an early

stage. Ten have since died. It also found many older women are currently failing to take measures to lower their risk of developing cancer. Only 20 percent of surveyed women, over 60 and half of breast cancer survivors chose to have their ovaries removed within eight years of testing positive for the genetic test. However, 70 percent of younger women who had the genetic defect had their ovaries removed.

London: Want to stay slim? There is no need to hit the gym; just socialise with friends, says a new study. Researchers at Ohio State University have carried out the study and found that keeping a busy social life amongst lots of friends may keep people slimmer than spending hours on a treadmill, the ‘Daily Mail’ reported. According to them, socialising and meeting with friends helps boost levels of “brown fat” in the body which burns calories to generate heat, the ‘Daily Mail’ reported. White stores calories and makes us fatter, while brown burns energy to generate heat. Converting white fat into brown is notoriously difficult, normally requiring long term exposure to cold conditions or activating part of the body’s nervous system. But the study says that having a busy social life is an even more effective way of changing white fat into brown. Lead researcher Dr Matthew During said: “I’m still amazed at the degree of fat loss that occurs. The amount that comes off is far more than you would get with a treadmill. It’s usually hard to induce the switch from white to brown fat. “It takes months of cold – you really have to push – and it doesn’t induce brown fat to the same degree as what on the surface

appears to be a relatively mild change in physical and social environments.” The researchers have based their findings on the analysis of the effects of various living environments on mice. Those who lived alongside a greater number of mice, had more space and toys to stimulate them, lost more weight over course of the study than their “couch potato” counterparts. In fact, living in a stimulating, social environment was found to reduce abdominal fat in mice by half over four weeks, even if they ate more. Increased levels of brown fat may also be attributed to an increase in a brain chemical called brain-derived neuro-trophic factor found in the sociable mice, say the researchers whose findings are published in the ‘Cell Metabolism’ journal. Co-researcher Dr Lei Cao said: “After four weeks in the enriched environment, the animals’ abdominal fat decreased by 50 per cent. We often think of stress as a negative thing, but some kinds of stress can be good for your health. “In fact, the enriched housing is more taxing for the animals as they have to deal with each other and with a more complex environment. The new result may offer insight into studies showing a link between loneliness and ill health.” PTI

Modern humans may have interbred with extinct relatives Washington: Modern humans may have interbred with a now extinct lineage of humanity before leaving Africa 65,000 years ago, according to a new research. DNA studies have already proved that ancestors of modern humans got intimate with Neanderthals in Europe and another Asian relative called the Denisovans. Now, researchers found that our earliest ancestors had sex with a hitherto unknown human lineage and it may date to beyond the point when anatomically modern humans first emerged 200,000 years ago. The species who may have contributed to the modern gene pool include Homo erectus, the upright walking man, and the “tool-using man” Homo habilis, the researchers said.

Lead researcher Michael Hammer, from the University of Arizona, said it looks like our lineage has always exchanged genes with their more morphologically diverged neighbours. “We think there were probably thousands of interbreeding events. It happened relatively extensively and regularly,” Hammer was quoted as saying by LiveScience. For their research, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Hammer and his colleagues sequenced about 60 regions of the human genome that apparently have no function. These genes are less subject than functional DNA to change as a result of recent evolutionary pressures driving the survival of the fittest; in such a way, they can give a clearer

view of how populations might have mixed or not in the past. The team focused on three populations that presented a good sample of the geographic and cultural diversity of sub-Saharan Africa Mandenka farmers in western Africa, Biaka Pygmies in westcentral Africa, and San Bushmen of southern Africa – looking for unusual patterns that suggested ancient interbreeding with other lineages. They discovered strong evidence of genetic mixing in the Biaka and San. By comparing these sets of genes with those from comparable modern human ones, they estimated the unusual genes may have come from a lineage that first diverged from the ancestors of modern humans about 700,000 years ago.

For context, the Neanderthal lineage diverged from ours within the past 500,000 years, while the first signs of anatomically modern human features appeared only about 200,000 years ago. “The populations that interbred in Africa were on a similar scale of divergence as the expanding modern population and Neanderthals were outside of Africa,” Hammer said. “They were similar enough biologically so that they were able to produce fertile offspring, thus allowing genes to flow from one population to the other.” The length of exotic haplotypes (a set of DNA sequences) from this extinct lineage suggests interbreeding might still have occurred until as recently as 35,000 years ago, he added. PTI


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ctress Eva Longoria admits that her strong personality and determination helped her overcome her split with basketball player husband Tony Parker. “I’m a very strong person. Personally I went through a lot. But jumping into my work helped me to get through my personal stuff,” Longoria told Hello magazine. “I’m a survivor, I believe in love, I believe that things are meant to be and that whatever happens is for a reason. I’m always grateful for the experiences that I have and I’m also very optimistic about what the future holds,” she added. The 36-year-old actress believes she is looking and feeling better than ever, reports “I’m at peace with myself, my spirituality, my friends, my family. I have this amazing life, so I’m really happy deep inside my heart,” she said. “Everybody keeps telling me this past year that I’m a different person, that I look younger, more vibrant - I don’t know what’s happened, but I’ll take it,” she added.

At 56, Rowan Atkinson, best remembered as Mr Bean, doubts if viewers will get a chance to see any new adventures of the comical character because now he feels too old to play it. “I’ve got a feeling I probably won’t play the character (Mr.Bean) again. Never say never, but I just feel I’m getting too old for it. I’ve always liked Mr Bean as a cartoon-like figure, who doesn’t really age much,” quoted Atkinson as saying. Atkinson describes the character as “a child in a grown man’s body”. “I’ve always seen him as an ageless and timeless being and I’m clearly not ageless and timeless. The older I get, I feel I am less qualified to play him,” he added. Mr.Bean first came as an ITV series which ran for five years from 1990. It became a rage, after which films were also made on the character.


Rowan Atkinson: now Iʼm too old for Mr Bean

Jim Carrey tries graffiti


ctress Mila Kunis is urging youngsters to take keen interest in politics. The 28-year-old star, who is a staunch supporter of President Barack Obama, says it’s “crazy” that youngsters in the US “don’t educate themselves about the world”. She urges them to read book, newspaper and learn about current affairs – for the sake of their own children, reports “Yes (I’m frustrated), because you are given such an amazing opportunity with so much information. Why is no-one taking advantage of it? You don’t have to watch Fox News or CNN or MSNBC; you don’t have to be part of a political party, you could just read. Why is nobody reading? I feel like, in our generation, people don’t read,” Kunis told Stylist magazine. “They don’t read books, they don’t read the paper, they don’t read the news. So obviously you are incredibly ill-informed to the point where they will go do these tests in Middle America... And they’ll ask, ‘OK, what party are you?’ And they’ll say, ‘Republican’. ‘Why?’ And they can’t even tell you. They have no idea what the Republican Party stands for. “It’s crazy to me that people don’t educate themselves about the world considering so many of them have children who are going to suffer because of it,” she added.


ctor Jim Carrey seems to have discovered an artist within him, as he was spotted spraying graffiti art outside his New York home. He was pictured using a stencil of a Buddha’s ‘moment of enlightenment’, painting it pink on the grey wooden wall of the

property. Then he finished off the design with swirling blue and green patterns and the mysterious letters ‘F.F.C.’ scrawled across the wall, reports The actor was also seen admiring his handiwork, before he returned inside his home.

Winehouse Foundation to be launched Sept 14 The Amy Winehouse Foundation, which was set up in memory of the late singer, will be launched Sep 14. After the “Back To Black” singer was July 23 found dead at her home in Camden, north London, her dad Mitch planned to make her London house the focal point of the Amy Winehouse Foundation. The charity will provide assistance to young addicts, reports “The launch of Amy’s foundation 14th September. We will turn our grief into positive action. (sic)” Mitch posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Kunis urges youngsters to take interest in politics



ctor Robert Pattinson thinks his girlfriend Kristen Stewart looks like “an alien” in the latest “Twilight” movie. Stewart plays Bella Swan in the vampire franchise and Pattinson admits that he was shocked to see how “thin and ghastly” she looks in “Breaking Dawn”, the fourth and final movie in the the Twilight Saga. “There are scenes where Bella looks like an alien. When the baby eats her from inside, she looks so thin and ghastly,” quoted the 25-year-old as saying.


f you’re a fan of singer Pink and want to live her kind of life - you can do so now by renting out her Sherman Oaks, California home. She has put her estate on the market for 2.5 million pounds. But till she gets a buyer, the house is available on a rent of 5,310 pounds a month. The gated Spanish-style house boasts of four bedrooms and five bathrooms and comes with an infinity pool, a grottostyle spa and a barbecue pavilion.

Live life Pink

size, rent her flat


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t was a show for a hair product and it was quite evident looking at the colourful and beautifully done up hair of the models,

who walked the ramp. The event was the launch of a cosmetic hair product at Chowdaiah Memorial Hall recently.



Big B signs first Hollywood film A

fter over four decades of contribution to Hindi cinema, Amitabh Bachchan is finally stepping out! At 68, he is ready to make his Hollywood debut with Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby”, which has “Titanic” star Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead. Amitabh, who is lovingly called Big B in the Indian film industry, is the latest to join the cast of the romantic drama, along with Scottish-Australian actress Isla Fisher. He will play the role of Meyer Wolfsheim, said an official statement from Warner Bros Pictures.

The $125 million project is a 3D adaptation of the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel of the same name. The principal photography of the movie began this week in Sydney. “Fitzgerald loved the movies and was a passionate believer in the power of cinema. ‘The Great Gatsby’ has been adapted for the screen no less than four times. Fitzgerald’s story defies time and geography. The vision and the goal of our remarkable cast and creatives is to do justice to the deftness of Fitzgerald’s telling, and illuminate its big ideas and humanity. This is our

challenge and our adventure,” said Luhrmann, who made “Moulin Rouge”, and used Hindi song “Chhamma chhamma” in it. Other cast members for “The Great Gatsby” include Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton and Carey Mulligan. The film also features newcomer Elizabeth Debicki. Luhrmann is happy to shoot in his native Australia. “The opportunity to make the film in Australia with the Bazmark creative team is very important to us; the assistance from Screen Australia and the NSW Government has made that possible,” he added.

alman Khan’s latest Bollywood blockbuster “Bodyguard” has scored a gigantic opening in North America, raking in an astounding $1.4 million over its sixday debut period. In less than one week, the Reliance Entertainment release has already surpassed the entire lifetime gross of his recent blockbuster hit “Dabangg” and has beaten the combined totals for his films “Ready” and “Wanted”. Playing in 88 theatres across the US and Canada, the weekend collection for “Bodyguard” included $863,531 over the Friday-to-Sunday period and $1,051,132 across the Friday-toMonday Labour Day holiday period. Since opening on Aug 31, the action-romance has collected $1,361,790 and is expected to break the $2 million barrier in its second week. The film’s per-theatre average of $11,945 was by far the inger Kimberley Walsh, who but also gives her a chance to in- highest for any film in the North is herself a regular at gym, dulge in her favourite food. American Top 20 over the weekadmires singer-actress Jen“I wouldn’t necessarily say I’m end. nifer Lopez’ perfect figure. too obsessive health-wise, but I “It’s a really tough call at the have been working out for the past moment, but I think Jennifer Lopez year or so. I’ve realised I can either is in great shape. She looks fan- exercise and eat normally or I can tastic,” quoted diet and not work out - so I work the 29-year-old as saying. out. Walsh feels that hitting a gym It’s more fun and it definitely on regular basis not only helps makes you feel more virtuous,” her in maintaining a perfect figure, she added.

JLo is in great shape:

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