BangaloreBeat Vol. 1, Issue 268 n Friday n May 13, 2011
No. of pages: 8 n Price: Rs 2
Evening daily City firms to get green awards P2
Now in Mysore
Katie to romance Crawford P8
POLLS SHAKE INDIA MAMATA SET TO OUST LEFT IN BENGAL: JAYA WAVE IN TN UDF EDGES AHEAD OF LDF IN KERALA; GROUNDSWELL FOR JAGAN
New Delhi: Heading for a landslide victory, Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress today is all set to end the 34-year reign of the Left in West Bengal, while Jayalalithaa swept back to power in Tamil Nadu and Congress was headed for a record third term in Assam. In Puducherry, the Congress appears to have an edge over the rival alliance led by Rangaswamy Congress. Trinamool Congress-led combine was ahead in 212 seats with Mamata’s party leading in 174 seats, well above the halfway mark of 147, and Congress in the rest. The ruling Left Front was leading in 75 seats. AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa is set to become Chief Minister for the third time in Tamil Nadu trouncing DMK in the keenlycontested elections in which the 2G scam was a major issue. AIADMK alliance was ahead in 195seats and DMK combine in 37. AIADMK alone is leading in 136 seats, which well above the halfway mark. Contrary to predictions of a close fight, the Congress looks set for a comfortable victory in Assam gaining majority on its own, unlike last time when it was short of the half-way mark. The party is leading in 75 out of the 126 seats while main opposition AGP is leading only in nine seats. AIDUF was leading in 14 seats.Kerala was set for a needle-finish with a slight edge for Congress-led for UDF which is leading in 72 out of the 140 seats. The LDF was ahead in 68. In the 30-member assembly in Puducherry, Congress-led alliance was ahead in 13 seats while N Rangaswamy Congressled combine was leading in 10. PTI More reports on page 4
TAMIL NADU Total seats 234 AIADMK+ DMK Others Total
Declared 234 197 34 3 234
Total seats 294 TMC+ Left+ Others Total
Declared 294 216 72 6 294
ASSAM Total seats 126 Congress+ AGP Others Total
Declared 126 82 10 34 126
PONDICHERRY Total seats 28 ADMK Congress Others Total
Declared 28 16 10 2 28
KERALA Total seats 140 UDF LDF Others Total
Declared 140 69 67 4 140
Bangalore Beat Bureau
Bangalore: The BJP swept all the three seats in the byelections which were held on April 9 thus sending Congress and the JDS to bite dust. Elections were held at Chennapatna, Jagalur and Bangarpet constituencies. In Chennapatna, C P Yogeshwar won by a margin of 17,687 votes, in Jagalur S V Ramachandra won by a margin of 4,433 votes and in Bangarpet M Narayanswamy won by a margin of 4,044. The byelections were held due to operation lotus.
Trinamool Congress activists celebrate with colours at the counting centre in Kolkata on Friday.
Jagan leads by 4 lakh votes Hyderabad: Establishing an unassailable lead of over 400,000 votes, YSR Congress party chief Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy was Friday heading for a landslide victory in the Kadapa Lok Sabha constituency. His mother Y.S. Vijayalaxmi was also ahead of her rivals in the Pulivendula assembly by-election. Riding on a sympathy wave in the family stronghold, the young Reddy – son of late chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy – established a lead of 220,000 votes at the end of eighth round of counting. Andhra Pradesh Health Minister and Congress candidate D.L. Ravindra Reddy was way behind Jagan with 110,000 votes while M.V. Mysoora Reddy of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) was trailing at third position with
90,000 votes. Vijayalaxmi was ahead by over 40,000 votes against her brother-in-law Y.S. Vivekananda Reddy of the Congress. The by-elections, caused by their resignations, were held May 8. It is the first test of strength for the son of the late chief minister after he quit the ruling Congress and floated the YSR Congress. Among the 13.29 lakh eligible voters in Kadapa, 10.28 lakh exercised their franchises. In Pulivendula, one of the seven assembly segments of Kadapa Lok Sabha, 156,276 of the 189,000 electorate voted. There were a total of 42 candidates in Kadapa and 25 in Pulivendula. In 2009, Jagan won with a
majority of 178,846 votes. He had polled 542,611 votes while Palem Srikanth Reddy of TDP secured 363,765 votes. Vijayalaxmi was elected unopposed in the last by-elections held in December 2009 -four months after the death of her husband and then chief minister Y.S.R. in a helicopter crash. YSR, as the late chief minister was popularly known, was elected from Pulivendula in 2009 with a majority of over 60,000 votes. Jagan and his mother quit the Congress in November last year and also resigned from parliamentary and assembly seats respectively, accusing the leadership of dividing their family. In March, Jagan launched the YSR Congress party. IANS
Wily BSY calls state UDF on top in Kerala assembly session By D L Harish Bangalore: The State government has called an emergency session of the state legislature for 10 days from May 16 to seek financial approval for certain developmental projects. There projects needed release of funds in full for completion of pending works within a stipulated time. Addressing the media after the cabinet meeting today morning, law and parliamentary minister Suresh Kumar said since the last 2 months the chief minister and chief secretary S V Ranganath have visited 10 districts in two separate teams to review developmental works undertaken in these districts When they held discussions with respective deputy commissioners along with district incharge ministers, certain im-
pediments were observed including financial constraints. The chief secretary held a meeting in Vidhana Soudha yesterday with district incharge ministers and secretaries where the meeting decided that if if the developmental projects have to be undertaken in a full fledged manner, there is a need for full funds which requires concurrence of the state legislature. The usual practice is that the government takes vote on account for every 4 months for release of funds. “The cabinet today decided to call a 10days session,” Suresh Kumar said adding that “even though there is a gap of 3 days as per the Rule 3 of the procedure of conduct of business in legislation, we can call assembly session,” he said. Continued on page 4
Thiruvananthapuram: The Congress-led UDF in Kerala wrested power from LDF in a closely fought race. With results of all 140 seats delcared so far, UDF has bagged 69, closely followed by CPI(M)-led LDF with 67. BJP's hopes of opening its account was once again belied with the party's prominent faces, including former Union minister O Rajagopal being humbled. The emerging scene showed that LDF has to a significant extent resisted the anti-incumbency trend in a state with a reputation for bringing in political change every five years. Chief minister and CPI-M veteran V S Achuthanandan and Home Minister and party Politburo member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan retained their sitting seats of Malampuzha and Thalassery respectively. Key UDF contestants who emerged victorious included chief minsterial probable Oommen Chandy from Puthupally in Kottayam. PTI
Meanwhile chief minister B S Yeddyurappa said it is the victory for the development works what the BJP government is doing. Since the BJP came to power the opposition parties is indulging in cheap politics to derail developmental works and pull down the government. “The voters’ have taught a lesson to the opposition parties by giving a clear mandate in favour of BJP and rejected them totally.” He said the state assembly session have been called to get the approval of both houses for implementing the projects under the budget. I am not ready to talk politics or expansion of cabinet, he said. State JDS President H D Kumaraswamy reacting to poll verdict said, “I accept the mandate of the people. The BJP verdict is not complete and the victory is not full fledged. In the coming days the people will teach a lesson to the BJP and there is no question of I returning back from fighting against this corrupt government.”
Friday, May 13, 2011
City firms to get recognition for their green initiatives L Raghunanda Bangalore Beat Bureau
and Central Power Research Institute, IBM India vice-chairman and Karnataka Energy Regulatory Commission chairman. The winners will be announced tomorrow by KERC chairman, who has chaired the panel. The conclave has been organised to create awareness across industries about steps to reduce carbon emissions. Participants can learn from others’ initiatives and implement them in their sector, Vijendra said. “The awards, we hope, will inspire other industries to reduce carbon emissions and to care for the environment.” The conference has been organised by the Centre for Sustainable Development (CSD) in partnership with Integrated Green Ventures (IGV). It has been sponsored Cool Earth and Knowledge Share. Cool Earth has already been working to reduce carbon footprint all over the world. The group has been encouraging afforestation and initiating various green solutions. Knowledge Share is an Australian management company working towards transfer of knowledge and continuous education.
Bangalore: Efforts of companies towards conserving energy will be recognised through awards which will be part of a two-day conclave being held in the city beginning today. This is the first time that such awards are being given away recognising the efforts of various organisations towards reducing carbon footprint. Lalit Ashok under hospitality sector, Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation for the government corporation, Texas Instrument and Cognizant under information technology companies, Brigade and Bearys groups in construction, Bosch and Kenmetal in manufacturing are some of the companies vying for the top honours, said Vijendran, director, Integrated Green Venture that is hosting the meet. Many companies have sent in their entries for the award, and have explained how steps have been taken within their industry to reduce carbon emission, he said. The awards panel consists of directors of Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE)
TCS certiﬁed as UKʼs
ʻTop Employerʼ London: Tata Consultancy Serv- combination of an aging work- years since 2006 and the comices (TCS), a leading IT services, force, the economic recovery, and pany currently employs over 2,500 consulting and business solutions staff shortage in certain industries locally hired staff, including its firm, announced that it has been are making employers increas- UK subsidiary – Diligenta. certified as one of Britain’s Top ingly aware of the importance of TCS vice-president and head Employers for 2011, by The CRF selecting and retaining the right of Europe A S Lakshminarayanan Institute. people and making sure they is on the board of eSkills Council The certification, based on in- come into work motivated and IT and Telecoms Board, working dependent research done by the engaged. with the UK government to preCRF Institute and audited by “CRF-certified top employer pare for the challenges of the Grant Thornton, demonstrated organisations like TCS have put global marketplace. that TCS performed exceptionally the welfare of their employees Lakshminarayanan said, “Our well across all 11 key areas of HR at the top of their list of priorities employees are our foremost practice. In particular, the survey and are doing exceptionally well strength. We have always believed A large number of magicians from the Magic Circle of Bangalore honoured Jadugar recognised that the company has in offering their employees the that knowledge, skills and talent Anand at Town Hall yesterday. outstanding policies, a “make it best working conditions. We be- development are key ingredients happen” culture, is dedicated to lieve that its benefits will be for strengthening and growing the long-term development of its translated in the long-term sus- an economy. In this regard, we staff in the UK and offers excellent tainability of these companies.” have been committed to bridging working conditions. This perPreviously certified as a UK the knowledge and skill experiformance culminated with TCS ‘Investors in people’, TCS con- ence gap in the UK through apbeing ranked as one of the five tributes towards the future of the prenticeship, partnership and highest-ranked large organisa- UK workforce through partner- entrepreneurship programmes tions in the country along with ships with leading UK academic that help young people develop Thomson Reuters, G4S plc., Cen- institutions, including London their IT and business skills, trica Plc. and MacDonald’s UK. Business School, Said Business achieve recognised qualifications, Elaborating the rationale of School and King’s College among and help raise the competitiveBangalore: Cotton Council Ingeneral category. Top 3 the awards, Steven Veenendaal, others. TCS’ UK workforce has ness of the UK in the global econternational (CCI) has organized designs/entries from schools will CEO of CRF Institute, said, “The grown by over 120% over five omy." the third edition of its tee shirt be awarded cash prizes worth design competition – TeeZing. Rs 15, 000, Rs 10,000 and Rs The theme this year is “Cotton 5,000. Top designers will also for all Seasons”. The competition get a chance to be featured in will be on till June 4. Entries Platform magazine. You can send can be submitted online at as many entries as possible. www.allaboutcotton.com. Some prominent personalities Entries for TeeZing 2011 are from the design and fashion ininvited from school as well as dustry will be part of the jury, general category. The top three cash prizes worth Rs 1,00,000, said a press note. Winners will Bangalore: State-run Syndicate from Rs 861 crore in the same noted. national winners will be awarded Rs 75,000 and Rs 50,000 in the be announced on June 10. Bank yesterday reported net prof- quarter a year ago,” the ManiCASA (current account/savings it of Rs 289 crore for the fourth pal-based bank said in a state- account) deposits increased 15 quarter of fiscal 2010-11, regis- ment here. percent YoY to Rs 41,945 crore tering a whopping 72 percent inFor fiscal 2010-11, operating from Rs 36,551 crore in FY 2010. crease year-on-year (YoY) from profit increased to Rs 2,750 crore Thrust on priority sector conBangalore: Three students Rs 168 crore during the same from Rs 1,873 crore, posting 47 tinued during the fiscal and infrom RV PU College, Jayanagar, period a year ago. percent increase YoY, while net creased to Rs 36,611 crore from has come on top in the 2nd Similarly, for entire fiscal (2010- interest income grew a record Rs 32,713 crore year ago, regisPU board exams in Science. 2011), net profit grew 29 percent 60 percent YoY to Rs 4,383 crore tering an increase of 42 percent Bangalore: HP today announced Their scoring has elevated YoY to Rs 1,048 crore from Rs from Rs 2,740 crore. YoY. it has appointed Naresh Shah to them to be among the top 20 813 crore in 2009-2010. “The bank’s total business inThe bank’s gross non-performserve as vice-president of engibracket. The top scorers for “Operating profit for the quar- creased 17 percent YoY to Rs ing assets (NPA) ratio marginally neering, enterprise servers, storthe college are: Radhika N ter under review (Q4) increased 2,43,946 crore from Rs 2,08,476 increased to 2.40 percent from age and networking (ESSN) with 577(96.16%), 7thposition; San- 22 percent YoY to Rs 672 crore crore year ago. Deposits were Rs 2.19 percent, while net NPA ratio immediate effect. Radhika N Sanjana S. Sirigauri N jana S. 577(96.16%), 7thposi- from Rs 552 crore year ago, while 1,35,596 crore and net advances declined to 0.97 percent from In this tion and Sirigauri N 570(95%) net interest income was up 35 Rs 1,08,350 crore during the fiscal 1.07 percent over the last 12 577 577 570 newly creat- (96.16%) (96.16%) percent YoY to Rs 1,161 crore under review,” the statement months. IANS (95%) under 20th position. ed position, Shah would be responsible for product collaboTrain No. Train Name Station Arrival B’lore Departure B’lore Train No. Train Name Station Arrival B’lore Departure B’lore r a t i o n across all 638 ERS SBC SPL Ernakulam Jn 0430 000 6502 AHMEDABAD EXPRESS Bangalore City 000 1330 (Sun) ESSN busi637 SBC ERS SPL Bangalore City 000 1715 6831 MYSORE EXPRESS Thanjavur 0555 0630 ness units in India, the company 6228 BANGALORE EXP Shimoga Town 0430 000 6832 THANJAVUR EXPRESS Mysore 1845 1900 said in a statement. 6227 SHIMOGA EXP Bangalore City 000 2330 7086 SECUNDERABAD EXP Bangalore City 000 1700 Shah joins HP from Novell, 6222 MYSORE EXPRESS Chennai Central 0500 0530 7085 BANGALORE EXPRESS Secunderabad 0715 000 where he served as managing 6221 CHENNAI EXPRESS Mysore Jn 2300 2345 790 KACHEGUDA EXPRESS Bangalore City 000 1800 (Sat) director of Novell’s India Devel6517 BANGALORE MAIL Chennai Central 0525 000 789SC MYS Secunderabad 1030 (Sun) 1020 (Sun) opment Centre (IDC) and vice2657 BANGALORE MAIL Chennai Central 0535 000 9775 JAIPUR EXPRESS Bangalore City 000 1100 (Thu, Sat) 2658 CHENNAI MAIL Bangalore City 000 2245 9776 JP BANGALORE EXPRESS Jaipur 1630 (Wed, Fri) 000 president of global engineering 2607 LALBAGH EXPRESS Chennai Central 2125 000 7209 SESHADRI EXPRESS Bangalore City 000 1315 strategy, responsible for overall 2608 LALBAGH EXPRESS Bangalore City 000 0630 7210 SESHADRI EXPRESS Kakinada Town 1235 000 product development activities. 6021 BANGALORE EXPRESS Chennai Central 0735 (Sunday) 000 6525 KANYAKUMARI EXPRESS Bangalore City 000 2145 Prior to joining Novell, he 6022 CHENNAI EXPRESS Bangalore City 000 2130 (Sunday) 6526 BANGALORE EXPRESS Kanyakumari 0655 000 spent more than 20 years at AT&T 101S RMAS SBC PASSENGER Chennai Central 1900 000 8563 PRASHANTHI EXPRESS Vishakapatnam 1000 000 and Lucent Technologies, where 102SR SBC MAS PASSENGER Bangalore City 000 0915 8564 PRASHANTHI EXPRESS Bangalore City 000 1400 he held various management 2008 SHATABDI EXPRESS Chennai Central 1050 and2230 000 6732 TUTICORIN EXPRESS Mysore City 2100 2115 positions in engineering, product 2008 SHATABDI EXPRESS Bangalore City 000 1615 and 0600 6731 BANGALORE EXPRESS Tuticorin City 0635 0650 management and sales, it was 2639 BRINDAVAN EXPRESS Chennai Central 1320 000 0621 SBC TVC EXPRESS Bangalore City 000 2215 (Sun) stated. 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Friday, May 13, 2011
CITY EVENTS General Bangalore University: Lecture on ‘Creating clouds in the lab to understand clouds in the sky’ by Roddam Narasimha of Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Jnana Jyothi Auditorium, Central College campus 11 am. Manasa Neuropsychiatric Hospital: Talk on ‘Personality disorder’ by Renuka Rajashekar, clinical psychologist, Hospital premises, 3 pm. Kannada Abhivruddhi Balaga: Inauguration of symposium on graduates of Kannada medium and gifting of Kannada books to Parappana Agrahara Library, by Vatal Nagaraj, Minister V Somanna participates, Kannada Bhavana, J C Road, 5 pm. Indian Statistical Institute: Students colloquium on ‘Copyright and digital libraries’, institute premises, 2 pm.
Cultural Reva Group of Educational Institutions: Inaugurating an inter-collegiate technical festival - metamorphosis by VTU Vicechancellor H Maheshappa, Institute premises, Kattigenahalli, Yelahanka 10 am. Sri Ramanjaneya Samskruthika Haagu Yuva Kalavidaru: Felicitation to senior artistes and play ‘Krishna Sandhana’ to be staged, Ravindra Kalakshetra, J C Road, 10.30 am. Indian Institute of World Culture: Music by M D Pallavi and party, 6 B P Wadia Road, Basavangudi, 6 pm. Department of Kannada and Culture: Magic show by Kadaba Srinivas, Yavanika, Nrupathunga Road, 6.30 pm. Kannada Book Authority: Release of maiden works of budding writers by Department of Kannada and Culture Director Manu balagar, Prof Nataraj Huliyar of Kendriya University Gulbarga participates, Nayana, 11.30 am. CIVIC Bangalore: Release of book ‘Namma Shaleyattha Ondu Nota’ and discussion on government schools, Kulkarni Director Sarva Shikshana Abhiyana, SCM House, 2.30 pm. Bangalore International Centre: Screening of film ‘Hold me tight, let me go’ directed by Kim Longinotto, BIC Auditorium, Domlur, 6.30 pm.
Religious Sri Sumadhwa Seva Samithi Trust: Discourse on ‘Narasimha’ by Kapilacharya Galagali, 1, Rayara Mutt, 1st Main Road, Shakambarinagar, 6.45 pm. Haridasa Seva International Trust: ‘Dasavani’ by Raichur Seshagiridas, Sri Raghavendra Swami Mutt, Sudhindra Nagar, Malleswaram, 6.30 pm. Sri Shaneshwara Temple Trust: Sri Shaneshcharaswami and Navagraha Devata Pratishthana Mahotsava, 7, 7th Main Road, KHM Block, R T Nagar, 7.30 am.
Summer Camps Kids Summer Carnival 2011: Friday, May 13th, 2011. Landmark, The Forum Mall, 21 Hosur Road, Koramangala Get the kids busy this summer with a host of activities like movie screenings, contests, art workshops, playtime, book launches and lots more under one roof. Summer Fun Dances: Friday, May 13th, 2011. 3 p.m. Kinderdance India, 22, Chaithanya Armadale, 181, Whitefield Main Road, Blending educational concepts with various forms of movement, dance and gymnastics, the dance academy presents a summer workshop for kids aged 2 to 8. Each class will be taught using lesson plans which incorporate original and traditional age-appropriate music and songs. Summer Art Camps at Opus: Friday, May 13th, 2011. 11 a.m. Opus, Chakravarty Layout, 1st Cross, Palace Cross Road, Sankey Road Summer Art Camps for Kids by The Painted Sky. The workshops will cover art basics, crafts and creativity, art-related activities like story-telling sessions, movie shows, art museum/gallery visits and various activities. Summer Workshop for Kids: Friday, May 13th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Scribbles, 5, Osshaugnessy Road, Langford Garden, Opp Divyashree Chambers, Richmond Town, The course structure varies from basic drawing, painting and
sketching, perspective, basic design and layout, basic graphic design on paper, public speaking and lots more. Summer Camp @ Oxford Bookstore: Friday, May 13th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Apeejay Oxford Bookstore, The Leela Galleria, The Leela Palace, Old Airport Road, Kodihalli A summer camp for children aged between 8-15 years. The ten-day workshop has activities ranging from creative sessions, chocolate making, t-shirt painting to movie screenings.
Exhibitions Twin Art Exhibition at Mahua Gallery: Friday, May 13th, 2011. 11 a.m. Mahua Art Gallery, 344/8 1st Floor, Above Vijaya Bank, 4th Main Road, Sadashiva Nagar Witness the works of a painter, a sculptor, a ceramist and a printmaker - all women artists from Bhopal aim to exhibit all over the world. Sri Gujjarappa - ‘Gujjar’ - Caricature Exhibition: Friday, May 13th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Indian Cartoon Gallery, Midford House, Midford Garden, MG Road, An exhibition of caricatures by renowned cartoonist Sri Gujjarappa - ‘Gujjar’. His caricatures are in the collections of seven Nobel Laureates and four of India's Prime Ministers. Paris La Metisse: Friday, May 13th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Alliance Francaise de Bangalore, 108 Off Queens Road, Thimmaiah Road 'Paris La Metisse' reveals the links and relationships between human beings whose identities and origins are different. This exhibition portrays a humanist vision of the Parisian melting pot through black-and-white pictures representing slices of life captured during trips up and down the streets of the French capital for various events, festivals or as part of daily routine. The inauguration takes place today at 6:30 pm, and wine and cheese will be served. Rustic Muse @ Eka: Friday, May 13th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eka, 19 Opposite RBANMS Grounds, St John's Road, Eka presents Rustic Muse, a collection of sculptures and murals in cold ceramic by the renowned Kolkata-based artist Simi Nirula, inspired by the colours of rustic India. Kala Madhyam Mela @ KCP: Friday, May 13th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Karnataka Chitrakala Parishad, Art Complex, Kumara Krupa Road, High Grounds 260 artisans celebrate the beauty and diversity of Indian fabrics, jewellery, paintings and a whole lot more. Breakdown of Shorter Concerns: Friday, May 13th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Galleryske, 2 Berlie Street, Langford Town In her solo 'Breakdown of Shorter Concerns', Mariam Suhail puts forward her current preoccupation with drawing and the repercussions of this preoccupation in other media. Within the medium of drawing, she explores a stream of nonlinear concerns employing the interplay of text and image.
Beauty & Wellness Fun Splash: Friday, May 13th, 2011. The Paul, 139/28 Off Intermediate Ring Road, Domlur Enjoy the services of the fitness centre Tonez, swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam and sauna along with a three course lunch, all for Rs.899 per person.
Workshops IndianKarting’s competitive go-karting training program: Friday, May 13th, 2011. 8 a.m. to noon E-Zone Club, 23/24 Mahadevpura Outer Ring Road, Marathahalli IndianKarting, a company that is created by karting fiends, is conducting a competitive gokarting training program for semi-pro and/or first time karters who want to participate and be competitive in the One From a Billion racing driver challenge. The training is open to men and women in the age bracket of 14 to 17. Only 20 trainees will be taken, on a first come first serve basis, ensuring individualised attention.
Films Screening of 'Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go': Friday, May 13th, 2011. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Bangalore International Centre - A TERI Initiative, Teri Complex, 4th Main, 2nd Cross, 2nd Stage, Domlur The Bangalore International Centre is screening 'Hold me Tight, Let Me Go', a documentary that traces the progress.
In race of institutions, Eshwarappa beats BSY D L Harish Bangalore Beat Bureau
Bangalore: If there is a tussle between educational institutions associated with the two top BJP leaders in the state, then state party president K S Eshwarappa will win hands down against chief minister B S Yeddyurappa. The Prajayana Academy of Career Excellence (PACE), run by Eshwarappa’s family, has stood first in Shimoga district in the PU results that were announced on Tuesday. But the Prerana Educational Society (PES), in which Yeddyurappa’s family has some interest, has taken the 25th place. While PACE college at Tavare Chitanahalli, Honnalli road has secured 99.36 pass percentage percent, PES got only 72.14 percent. It is a different matter that Shimoga stood 10th in the list of districts.
Counselling for transfers Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: The government is ready for bringing in counseling for transfer of employees across all its departments. Law and parliamentary affairs minister Suresh Kumar told Bangalore Beat that it has already been brought in at health and family welfare and education departments as they have the highest number of employees. The rule has been brought in for transparent transfer protocol. If there is a demand from ministers of other departments, the government can expand counseling to others too, he said.
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PACE 99.36 Sri Aravinda P U College 99.24 Mary Imacaluate College, Shimoga 98.24 Banasiri Lions P U college 97.62 Kumadhavathi College 74.13 PES Shimoga 72.14
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In PACE, 157 students appeared for pre-university exams, 156 passed. Of them, 26 secured distinction, 106 first class, 21 second class and three passed. In total PACE was able to secure 99.36 pass percent. At PES, 219 appeared for exams, 158 passed, six had distinction, 77 had first class, 40 secured second class, while 35 came out with pass marks. In total PES was able to secure 72.13 pass percent. The other distinction for PACE is that it stood first in Shimoga district. Banasiri Lions P U college Shikaripura has secured 4th place by getting 97.62 pass percent in the II PU results, while other institution that has Yeddyurappa’s family interest, Kumadvathi College at Shikaripura too has not fared well in the PU exams. The institution was able to secure 23rd place with 74.13 pass per-
centage. The PES situated at Sri Rampura Extension, Shimoga secured 72.14 pass percent. PES institution has been in news for all wrong reasons. Recently, there were allegations that the institution has been collecting large amounts of donation. When explanation was sought, Yeddyurappa’s family denied that it was collecting donations. When asked about the “high fee”, the explanation was that the institute has been providing good facilities and quality education to students in Shimoga. But looking at the results that does not seem to be the case. The other colleges that have fared well in the district are: Sri Arvinda PU College at Javalahalli, Holehonnur Road, Shimoga, which stood second with 99.24 percent pass; Mary Immaculate College, Shimoga that stood third with 98.24 pass percent.
PU student who feared
results fails exams
Manjunath Sharma Bangalore Beat Bureau
Adichunchanagiri Vidyapeetha at Mandya. After the exams, he came back to the city and told his mother that he had not done well in the exam. He stepped out in the evening along with his friend Srinivas, but never came back. Only the next morning, Suhas’ mother came to know that the two had committed suicide. Suhas had left a suicide note saying he was committing suicide as he had not done well in the exams. Adichunchanagiri
Bangalore: Two friends, who were studying in Mandya, committed suicide by throwing themselves in front of a running train at Malleswaram last month. The two had feared poor exam results. As it turns out, one of the deceased, Suhas M Krishna – a pre-university student – did not make it through in the exams. Suhas was studying at
Vidyapeetha principal Chandrashekar told Bangalore Beat that Suhas was a brilliant student, but went into depression three months prior to the exams and his performance stared dipping. Suhas has secure 47 in Kannada, 48 in English, 37 in physics, 39 in chemistry, 35 in mathematics, 27 in biology with the total of 233. He failed in Kannada and biology, while clearing the other subjects.
SC verdict either way will force by‑polls Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: The historic and crucial Supreme Court judgment on the fate of 16 disqualified MLAs, whichever way it goes, will force byelections on the electorate, political observers say. Of the 16 MLAs, 11 are rebel BJP legislators, while five are independents. The rebels have decided to let go of their seats even if the judgment goes in their favour, the government too is thinking of going for the polls even if the decision goes in favour or against it. The BJP, which won all the three by-elections in the state today, is confident that it will majority of the seats in the next round of by-elections. The BJP needs those numbers as it has been reduced to minority as of now. In a House of 224, the saffron party has 108, including the three new MLAs, while the required number is 113. The morale should only be high, now that the party has won at Channapatna, Jagalur and Bangarpet convincingly. There have been intense discussions going on within the government on deciding the strategy to face the Supreme Court decision. Chief minister B S Yeddyurappa met his loyalist ministers at his official residence Krishna late night. Energy minister Shobha Karanadlaje, home minister R Ashok, forests minister C H Vijayashankar and others attended the meeting. The outcome of the meeting was that the party should gear up for another round of by-polls and the party should go to the people again to gain the required numbers.
Industries must focus on saving energy: Expert Gangadhar Pujar
Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: A two-day Energy Symposia and Vendors’ Conclave kicked off in the city today. The event was inaugurated by secretary, energy department, Shamim Banu. The conclave, organised by the Centre for Sustainable Development (CSD) along with Integrated Green Ventures, focuses on energy efficiency and energy conservation across industries. It is for the first time that such a conclave is being organised in the city. A souvenir containing 14 case studies on energy saving efforts by various companies was released at the function. Advisor to chief minister and chairman of CSD A Ravindra, Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI) chairman A Ramachandra and Bhoruka Corporation managing director S Chan-
Bhoruka Corporation managing director S Chandrashekar, Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI) chairman A Ramachandra, state energy department secretary Shamim Banu and advisor to chief minister and chairman of Centre for Sustainable Development A Ravindra at the inauguration of two-day Energy Symposia and Vendors’ Conclave at Nimhans convention centre this morning.
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drashekar took part in the function. Chandrashekar said, “The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) has been working on setting up a mandate for saving energy. The process is still going on with the involvement of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII).” Companies are focusing on competition within their industry, but are not worried about spending dwindling natural resources, including energy sources. Karnataka has already run out of coal and is importing it from Orissa, he said. With coal energy efficiency of around 4.3 percent is being achieved. But with proper technologies, it can be raised to 10 percent. According to the Prime Minister’s task force on energy, medium and small-scale industries are the most power inefficient in the country. These industries employ 60 percent of the
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workforce and are consuming 26 million watts of energy, he said. Bescom is deploying a smart grid technology now. But lot more needs to be done to save energy, he added. Shamim Banu said, “The government is working vigorously to set the standard for private companies on establishing energy efficient measures. The first step towards this is to turn lighting fixtures at all government departments efficient. With this alone, consumption can be brought down by 8-10 percent, Even , streetlights will be turned energy efficient. In Chikballapur, we are trying to install LED lights, which are considered the most efficient.” The event is sponsored by Cool Earth and Knowledge Share and co-sponsored by Karanataka Power Corportaion Limited, Infosys, IBM and HDFC.
classical tag to Kannada
Bangalore: The Kannada Development Authority (KDA) has expressed indignation over delay in operationalisation of classical language status to Kannada and sought action to set up a centre of excellence in classical Kannada. KDA chairman Mukhyamanthri Chandru told reporters that though the Union government accorded classical language status to Kannada on October 31, 2008, no action has been initiated by the human resource development ministry to set up such a centre on the lines of Tamil classical language. “Though the HRD ministry has declared that the activities will start at the Central Institute of Kannada classical language of Indian Languages(CIIL),
Mysore, nothing is going on there,” he said in a letter to HRD Minister Kapil Sibal. Chandru said he is given to understand that the proposal sent by CIIL is not even approved by Standing Committee on Finance and the Planning Commission. He said he is writing the letter with “great consternation” that the people of Karnataka might resort to statewide agitation demanding immediate operationalisation of language activities. Referring to the issue as emotive, Chandru requested Sibal to initiate action to establish the centre of excellence for the language and release the fund for activities. PTI
Chief minister B S Yeddyurappa hears a plea from a disabled man during the Janata Darshan at his official residence Krishna in the city this morning.
Bangalore Leg of Force India F1 Team Academy from Monday Bangalore: The Bangalore leg of the Force India Formula One Academy's 'One From A Billion Hunt' programme will begin from Monday. The talent hunt is aimed at finding an Indian F1 driver through a Karting programme. The Bangalore leg, which is the fourth stage in the sevencity nationwide hunt, will be spread over seven days from May 16 to May 22 at Torque03 Karting Track, Marathahalli. The participants have been asked to register at the venue till May 22. The first two days of the Hunt, will be reserved for participants to come and practice on the track. Over the remaining five days of the Hunt, participants will be able to set a competitive time for themselves on the track
during the allotted 5 laps. The participants who secure the 14 fastest lap times will qualify for the national final where 100 finalists – 14 from
each of the seven cities and two wild card entries -- will compete in September to win a place in the final-10 racers, who will then move on to the next level of the programme. PTI
Friday, May 13, 2011
Jaya: TNʼs iron woman is chief minister once more
Chennai: Jayaram Jayalalithaa, set to be Tamil Nadu’s chief minister for a third time, began life as a small-time movie actress before becoming one of India’s most successful woman politicians. Though heading only a regional party, it was the AIADMK general secretary who famously brought down the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government in 1988 when she suddenly switched sides and teamed up with the Congress. That of course is not the only reason why friends and foes are in awe of the 63-yearold, who is the tallest Brahmin politician in a state where anti-Brahminism is a part of political discourse. Even her critics admit that Jayalalithaa is a fighter. Only recently, there had been a string of defections from her
party, the AIADMK had been losing most by-elections and she was said to be despondent. In the 2006 elections, the AIADMK won only 61 seats in a house of 234. Even in the 2009 Lok Sabha election, the AIADMK could get just nine of the state’s 39 seats. Ironically, the DMK – her arch rival – made things easier for Jayalalithaa. The deep involvement of DMK leaders in the spectrum allocation scam that has seen one of them, A Raja, a former central minister, jailed has hit the ruling party hard. If that was not enough, Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi’s daughter and MP Kanimozhi faces corruption charges. Investigators have raided the offices of a TV channel linked to Karunanidhi’s family. Soaring food prices and severe power cuts also helped the AIADMK regain lost
ground. Jayalalithaa exploited the situation astutely, sewing up a grand alliance that includes the Communists and another popular actor Vijayakanth to post a formidable challenge to the DMK-led coalition. And taking a leaf from the DMK, she has offered plenty of freebies to voters if her party wins. Born in Karnataka Feb 2, 1948, Jayalalithaa moved to Chennai with her mother who started acting in movies. Jayalalithaa studied at the Bishop Cotton Girl’s High School in Bangalore and another Christian convent, Church Park, in Chennai. A bright student, Jayalalithaa ventured into acting and made her debut at the age of 16 in a Kannada movie. Her first Tamil movie was the memorable “Vennira Aadai”. But it was the grand success of “Aayirathil Oruvan” pairing with the legendary M.G. Ramachandran (MGR) that turned Jayalalithaa into a leading light of Tamil movie world. She has paired with almost all the leading Tamil heroes. She has acted in over 100 movies, mostly in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada. A charismatic leader who is at home in Tamil, English and Hindi (a rare quality in Tamil Nadu politics), Jayalalithaa has also sung many songs and written several stories. But when she entered politics, few could have predicted her meteoric rise. AIADMK founder-leader MGR made Jayalalithaa the party’s Propaganda Secretary in the early 1980s. In 1984, she entered the Rajya Sabha, almost shy. She was elected to the Tamil Nadu assembly for the first time in 1989. Just two years later, she became the chief minister, sweeping the election of 1991 held in the wake of Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination. She lost her huge mandate within five years amid corruption charges. She returned to power in 2001 but corruption charges still dog her. Now, having led the AIADMK to another hard won victory, Jayalalithaa, who chose never to get married, is set to take charge of Tamil Nadu again. As political commentator Cho Ramaswamy says, the woman “is really a phenomenon”. PTI
A street‑ﬁghter and Left nemesis
Kolkata; The stormy petrel of West Bengal politics, Mamata Banerjee has single handedly wrecked the red bastion in West Bengal ending Left Front’s uninterrupted 34-year-old rule after perfecting the art of the impossible. The feisty 56-year-old Banerjee, who is the founder and chairperson of the Trinamool Congress which she set up in 1998 after falling out with the Congress Party in West Bengal, can now have the satisfaction of a victorious General seeing all the war plans fall into place. For years the face of the Opposition in West Bengal, Banerjee, known to her supporters as ‘Didi’ (sister) has been the nemesis of the ruling CPI(M)led Left Front over the last 23 years and has earned the reputation of being a street-fighting politician. Maverick and emotional, she first hogged the limelight by blocking Jayaprakash Narayan’s convoy by throwing herself on the ground when he came to
2G impact in TN: DMK set to lose New Delhi: The first elections after the 2G spectrum scam surfaced appears to have had its devastating impact on the fortunes of the ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu. The issue of corruption appeared to have brought down the tally of an upbeat Congressled UDF to some extent in Kerala where trends indicate that it was ahead of the ruling LDF. The assembly polls in Tamil Nadu were held against the backdrop of the scam in which the
prime accused is former Telecom Minister A Raja, a trusted lieutenant of DMK chief and outgoing chief minister M Karunanidhi, whose daughter Kanimozhi is also charged in the scam. In the campaign in the southern state, AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa, who is all set to capture power, made the "family rule" of 86-year old Karunanidhi her single point poll plank which included the 2G issue. Political analysts have insisted that the term family rule could
help connect Jayalalithaa to the masses than the 2G scam which was an issue apparently restricted only to urban voters. Incidentally, the assembly elections were seen as the last such exercise for wheel-chair bound Karunanidhi who was seeking to make his son and Deputy Chief Minister M K Stalin his successor. Karunanidhi’s elder son M K Alagiri as also his grand nephew Dayanidhi Maran are Union Ministers while a special court is ex-
pected to decide on the bail plea of Kanimozhi tomorrow in the 2G issue. In the 2006 assembly polls, the DMK had won 96 seats as against 61 by AIADMK in the 234 member assembly and 34 seats by ally Congress had helped Karunanidhi to form the government. In Kerala, the strategy of Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan to harp on the issue of corruption through various forms appeared to have created problems for the
BSY calls assembly session Continued from page 1 When asked how the government can decide to call the session when the governor is in Delhi, Suresh Kumar said “We will intimate him through fax or send a telegram.” However political analysts feel the session is called ostensibly in view of the Supreme Court verdict on 16 disqualified MLAs scheduled later today. If the court upholds the speaker’s decision of disqualification of these MLAs, bi elections in these constituencies is inevitable. If the judgment is in the favour of disqualified MLAs, then they will
think of resigning from this government. In such an eventuality the government will be in minority.” However, according to the SC verdict in S R Bommai case, the government’s majority has to be tested only on the floor of the assembly. Keeping this in view chief minister Yeddyurappa wants to safeguard the government and preempt any move by the opposition to destabilize his government.
If the Supreme Court verdict goes in favour of the disqualified MLAs, then the chief minister will use Appacchu Ranjan report as a tool and suspend these MLAs to save the government, sources point out. In fact, Yeddyurappa closeted with his loyal ministers yesterday night and deliberated upon the impact of court verdict on his government. The ministers have advised him that the only way to safeguard the government is to prove majority on the floor of the assembly. So the cabinet meeting was held this morning to get an approval.
ʻVictory for ma, maati, manushʼ Kolkata: Drawing parallels between the victory of Trinamool Congress in West Bengal elections and the “freedom struggle”, its chief Mamata Banerjee today promised good governance and vowed to end “autocracy and atrocities”. Addressing a huge gathering of supporters outside her house here after a historic win over CPI(M)-led Left Front which was in power in the state for 34 years, Banerjeee said, “This is a victory of democracy, of ‘ma-matimanush (mother, land and people).” “We will give good governance, good administration. Not autocracy. We want to see victory of democracy. The atrocities will be stopped. The will of the people will prevail,” a visibly emotional Banerjee said.
Taking a swipe at the over three-decade-old Left rule in West Bengal, she said, “This is a victory of the people over 35 years of atrocities, deprivation and oppression. “Not only in Bengal and India, people across the world were waiting for this verdict and we express our gratitude to all of them,” Banerjee said. She said her government will bring democracy and end “oneparty domination” in every sphere of life. “The win has come after a long struggle and it was just like the freedom struggle,” the 54year-old leader said amid jubilation by her party workers. Banerjee said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi had called her to congratulate on the
victory of the TMC-Congress alliance. “The Prime Minister is overwhelmed with our triumph,” she said. Amid fears that the change of government after so many years might trigger political violence in the state, she appealed to supporters to celebrate the victory peacefully. “Please maintain peace. Do not fall prey to any provocation. This is the year of 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. We should celebrate our victory peacefully as a tribute to Tagore,” she said. Banerjee said that the “victory is of ‘jangal mahal’ (Naxal-affected forested areas of the state), of the hills (reference to northern areas where Gorkhaland movement is on) and of our minority brethren”. PTI
Jubilation at Mamata's house Kolkata: As Trinamool Congress today appeared all set for the victory in West Bengal Assembly polls, jubilation erupted at Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee's modest residence here, while gloom descended on the CPI(M) headquarters where Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee was closeted with party leaders. Trinamool Congress workers sang, danced and smeared each other with green gulal to the shouts of the 'Ma, Mati, Manush' slogan coined by the TC supremo and waved party flags before Banerjee's Harish Chatterjee Street house.
UDF which appeared to have a smooth sailing just six months before the polls. 87-year old Achuthanandan, known for his clean image, turned a crusader on a variety of issues including punishment meted out by the court to former Electricity Minister R Balakrishna Pillai, the assets of relatives of former Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and the ice cream parlour sex scandal allegedly involving a senior Muslim League leader P K Kunjalikutty. PTI
Congress leading in 82 seats in Assam
Guwahati: The ruling Congress in Assam was leading in 82 constituencies of the 126-seat assembly with its ally Bodoland Peoples Front (BPF) ahead in ten constituencies, according to trends available for 99 seats. The AGP and BJP, which had been claiming to form the government on their own during the first three hours of counting were ahead in only six and three seats, respectively. The AIUDF, which has been projected as the kingmaker, is leading in 12 seats, while CPI(M),CPI and NCP are yet to open their accounts. The prominent Congress candidates ahead in the electoral race are Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi in Titabor along with his cabinet colleagues Bhumidhar Barman (Barkhetri), Himanta Biswa Sarma (Jalukbari), Gautam Bora (Batadraba), Pradyut Bordoloi (Margharita), Ajanta Neog (Golaghat), Bharat Narah (Dhakuwakhana), Prithivi Majhi (Lahowal). Speaker Tanka Bahadur Rai (Barchalla) and deputy speaker Pranati Phukan (Naharkatia) are also leading. Former two-time chief minister and opposition leader Prafulla Kumar Mahanta is leading in his home constituency Baharampur.
Kolkata to organise the masses against Indira Gandhi before Emergency. Banerjee, a firebrand orator, coined a catchy slogan “Ma, Mati o Manush” (Mother, Land and People) before last year’s Lok Sabha polls and played on the anti-incumbency factor after more than three decades of Left rule and the creeping disillusionment among several sections, like Muslims, to decimate the Left in partnership with the Congress. A leader with mass appeal known for her humble lifestyle, the seven-time MP successfully sold a vision of development, cashing in on the deep resentment among the middle classes and unemployed youths, promising jobs and development. Her nondescript residence – a tiled single-storey house in a dingy lane close to the Kalighat temple – and equally simple attire comprising cotton saris, jhola bags and cheap hawai chappals, endeared her to the masses.
Banerjee had to shoulder multiple responsibilities-- political strategist, union minister, chief poll campaigner and trouble shooter in her focus to dislodge the world’s longest democratically-elected communist government in a state. It has not been an easy journey though for the current Union Railway Minister who turned her call for ‘Parivartan’ (change) into a reality with ally Congress throwing its full weight behind her. But her energy, charisma and political astutenes made Banerjee one of the few mass leaders in the country. As a 29-year-old, Banerjee shot to limelight by pulling off a stunning victory over CPI-M heavyweight and now expelled party leader Somnath Chatterjee in the 1984 Lok Sabha elections in the Jadavpur constituency to become one of the youngest MPs. Born to a lower middle class family and daughter of freedom fighter Promileswar Banerjee, she entered politics by joining
the Chhatra Parishad, the student wing of Congress, while studying at the Jogmaya Debi College in Kolkata in the 1970s. Graduating to party politics, Mamata was general secretary of the West Bengal Mahila Congress in 1979-80 and subsequently held other posts in Congress. Losing her seat in an antiCongress wave in 1989, she was back in the Lok Sabha in 1991 from Kolkata South and also won the subsequent elections in 1996, 1998,1999, 2004 and 2009 from the same seat. Banerjee’s first tryst with the corridors of power came in 1991 when she became became Union Minister of state for Human Resources Development, Youth Affairs and Sports and Women and Child Development in the P V Narasimha Rao government. But in 1996, she fell out with the Congress, calling it a ‘stooge of CPIM’. Two years later, she formed the Trinamool Congress and quickly emerged as the dominant opposition party.
SC bans production, sale and use of Endsosulfan for 8 weeks New Delhi: The Supreme Court today banned the production, sale and use of controversial pesticide Endosulfan in the country for the next eight weeks, holding that human life is more important than anything else. “Keeping in mind various judgements of this court under Article 21 (right to life and liberty) of the Constitution and particularly keeping in mind the pre-
cautionary principle we, hereby, direct and pass ad-interim order for immediate ban on production and use of Endosulfan all over India,” a bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia said. The bench also directed the statutory authorities to freeze the production licences granted to the manufacturers of the controversial pesticide till its further order. The bench also ordered two
separate detailed studies on the adverse effects of Endosulfan on human life and environment by two committees, headed respectively by Indian Council Medical Research (ICMR) director general and the agricultural commissioner and sought their reports within eight weeks. It said the report submitted to the court will be the amalgamation of the above two expert committees’ reports.
Taliban avenge Osama death, 73 persons killed in Pak Islamabad: Within a fortnight of Osama bin Laden’s elimination, Pakistani Taliban today carried out its first major strike to avenge his death, as two suicide bombers struck a paramilitary facility in the northwestern town of Shabqadar, killing 73 people and wounding over 100. Over 115 people were also injured when the bombers struck a large group of Frontier Constabulary personnel about to go on leave after completing a yearlong training course. The first bomber, who was on a motorcycle, detonated his explosive vest near the main gate of the Frontier Constabulary training centre at Shabqadar, 35 km from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa capital Peshawar. The second bomber, who too was on a motorcycle, struck about eight minutes later as security personnel were removing the dead and injured from the spot, witnesses said. A total of 73 people, most of them Frontier Constabulary personnel, were killed, a police official was quoted as saying by state-run PTV. Over 115 injured people were taken to hospitals in Shabqadar and Peshawar. Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan, speaking to reporters in northwest Pakistan on phone from
an undisclosed location, claimed the attack was the “first revenge” for the killing of bin Laden in a US raid in the garrison city of Abbottabad on May 2. He warned the militants would carry out “bigger attacks”. Police officials said they feared the death toll could rise. The condition of 40 injured at the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar was described by officials as serious. The Frontier Constabulary personnel had recently completed their year-long training and passed out during a parade held on May 5, officials said. They were going home for a 10-day leave when the bombers struck. Most of the personnel, who were in plainclothes, were sitting in mini buses when the bombers struck. The powerful blasts destroyed about 20 shops and a dozen vehicles. At least five civilians were among the dead. Footage on television showed rucksacks, footwear and other belongings laying scattered amidst pools of blood at the site of the attack. Frontier Constabulary commandant Akbar Hoti told reporters that precautions taken by his force had limited casualties. “We were taking precautions, such as sending the personnel on leave in batches of 15. More casualties were caused
by the second blast,” Hoti said. This was the first major terrorist attack in Pakistan since al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was killed in the US raid in Abbottabad, also in KhyberPakhtunkhwa province. The Taliban and other militant groups had vowed to avenge bin Laden’s death. It was also the deadliest attack since November last year, when a suicide bomber killed nearly 70 people at a mosque at Darra Adam Khel in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. The Frontier Constabulary, a poorly equipped force that has received US aid in recent years, has been at the forefront of the campaign against the Taliban in northwest Pakistan. Scores of its personnel have died in bombings and suicide attacks by the Taliban. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani condemned the attack, saying militants have no regard for human life or religion and were “pursuing their own nefarious agenda”. Reiterating his government’s resolve to fight militancy, he said “such cowardly acts could not undermine the war against these elements”. The morale of the people is high, providing impetus to the government’s efforts to eliminate militancy and extremism, Gilani said. PTI
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Underwater programme may help humans talk to dolphins London: Humans are a step closer to communicating directly with animals, thanks to a group of scientists developing an underwater computer to recognise dolphin sounds and then respond in real time. They are hoping to test the machine off the Florida coast in the next few weeks, and, if successful, it will be a huge step in establishing communication between humans and animals. The machine works by using hydrophones to pick up the dolphin sounds and LEDs to show the direction they came from, the journal Acta Astronautica reports. When they receive a sound, the divers will then play back one of eight ‘words’ and see if dolphins mimic them, the Daily Mail reports. Scientists, led by Denise Herzing, Wild Dolphin Project, Jupiter, Florida, will then catalogue all the sounds the dolphins make and, they hope, establishing the building blocks of the dolphins language. Once this is completed, Herzing and her team hope to create a language they can use to talk back to the dolphins using the machine. Previously behavioural biologists have carried out two-way communication with dolphins in the wild. Herzing and colleagues at the established a shared, primitive form of language using sounds, symbols and props. “Many studies have communicated with dolphins, especially in captivity, using fish as a reward,” Herzing said. “But it’s rare to ask dolphins to communicate with us.” The earlier experiment revolved around both dolphins and humans asking each other for props such as balls and scarves. Over the course of three years, the scientists played with the dolphins for 40 half-hour sessions. They found that while young males were less interested in interacting with humans, young females enjoyed the game. IANS
ʻMusic may keep you youngʼ
London: It’s known that learning to play musical instruments make children smart and intelligent. Now, a new study has claimed it may also help people stay young. Researchers at Northwestern University in the US found that musicians aged 45 to 65 excel in memory and hearing compared to non-musicians. Lifelong musical training, according to the researchers, appears to confer advantages in at least two important functions known to decline with age – memory and the ability to hear speech in noise. “Difficulty hearing speech in noise is among the most common complaints of older adults, but agerelated hearing loss only partially accounts for this impediment that can lead to social isolation and depression,” Study co-author Nina Kraus was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. “It’s well known that adults with virtually the same hearing profile can differ dramatically in their ability to hear speech in noise.” To find out why, the researchers at the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory of Northwestern University tested 18 musicians and 19 non-musicians, aged 45 to 65, for speech in noise, auditory working memory, visual working memory and auditory temporal processing. The musicians who began playing an instrument at age nine or earlier and consistently played an instrument throughout their lives bested the non-musician group in all but visual working memory, where both groups showed nearly identical ability. Doctor Kraus said the experience of extracting meaningful sounds from a complex soundscape – and of remembering sound sequences enhances the development of auditory skills. “The neural enhancements we see in musically-trained individuals are not just an amplifying or ‘volume knob’ effect,” she said, adding that playing music “engages their ability to extract relevant patterns, including the sound of their own instrument, harmonies and rhythms”. According to the researchers, who detailed their study in the journal PLoS One, music training “fine-tunes” the individual’s nervous system. Dr Kraus said: “Sound is the stock in trade of the musician in much the same way that a painter of portraits is keenly attuned to the visual attributes of the paint that will convey his or her subject. “If the materials that you work with are sound, then it is reasonable to suppose that all of your faculties involved with taking it in, holding it in memory and relating physically to it should be sharpened. “Music experience bolsters the elements that combat age-related communication problems.” A University of Kansas study, published recently in the journal Neuropsychology, claimed that practising musical instruments as a child provides a boost to the person’s brain decades later. PTI
SAY ACHIEVERS Bangalore Beat Bureau
hese two are proud Bangaloreans who have made it big at the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exams held last year. Lakhs of people from across the country appear for the exam and clearing it means power and influence that could one only dream of. Bangalore Beat caught up with Karthik Reddy and Vijay Kumar S B, who secured 110th and 174th rank respectively. While Karthik’s first preference is Indian Police Service (IPS), Vijay’s is IAS. Karthik did his primary education at the Cathedral High School, Richmond Road and finished his high school education from Vijaya High School, Jayanagar. He completed PUC at the National College, Jayanagar. Later he joined RVCE at Kengeri and completed his BE in electronics & communication in 2007.
Cracking one of the toughest exams, UPSC, two achievers from Bangalore share their thoughts on how to go about doing it. They tell Aknisree Karthik if you want help, you should join coaching classes
Karhik Reddy Just out of college, he joined a semiconductor startup. But at job, he felt that he was contributing very less to society and wanted to do something more. That is when he struck upon the idea of giving UPSC exams a try. “I quit the job and focused entirely on passing UPSC. I used to dedicate 4-5 hours every day for studies. I felt that if I can’t do anything now, it’s not worth it. I was always serious about passing this exam. But I took the civils as any other exam. My family and friends kept me motivated and it was my brother who is with the Indian Institute of Science who encouraged me the most,” the achiever told Bangalore Beat. “I concentrated on the aptitude part the most by putting all my efforts. In the prelims whatever we study is not enough. But for the main exam, general knowledge helped me even though I do not have much of writing skills. During my last attempt, I took public administration and mathematics as optional subjects. I couldn’t clear it, as I found mathematics very tough so I switched on to public administration and anthropology,” he added. Vijay Kumar S B is the son of a Group C employee in the government. Clearing UPSC means a lot to him and he looks forward to a better life. “My father, S M Bavikatti, is a government group ‘C’ employee at the department of stamps and registration. He always told me how IAS officers took decision and brought in change. It was his inspiration that kept me going this long. He is so happy that it is almost like he has passed the exams,” said an overwhelmed Vijay Kumar. He is a strong advocate of IAS aspirants going to coaching classes. “It is one’s own decision whether to go for coaching classes or not. But as far as I’m concerned, I can say that it was only through coaching classes that I could come across likeminded people. The mindset of all the friends at coaching centres is the same and I believe this helps in cracking the exam. Other benefit is that we can share our knowledge as not everyone will be expert in everything. Anyone with dedicated hard
work for about three to four years can easily crack these exams. I cleared my exams in my second attempt and my optional were public administration and Kannada literature. It is a pre-requisite to have an ‘all India character’ in these exams as those who pass out can be posted in any part of
the country,” he said. Both the winners were from the JSS Institute for Competitive Exams at Jayanagar. The achievers said they shared all the study material that was sourced from New Delhi. “We used to take one topic and analyse it in all possible dimensions and an-
gels. This helped us answer topics even if the questions were twisted. All the fields were divided and studied. For example, the study on economy was divided into Indian economy and International economy. Study was not always our mantra. We used many strategies to crack these exams
and that proved beneficial,” the two said. “As the UPSC has changed its pattern with no optional at the preliminary exams, all candidates will have a level playing field. The seniors earlier used to have an edge over the freshers as they were strong in their optional,” they said.
Itʼs natural to believe in God: Oxford study
London: Human beings have natural tendencies to believe in God and life after death, according to a three-year international research project directed by two academics at the University of Oxford. The £1.9 million project involved 57 researchers who conducted over 40 separate studies in 20 countries representing a diverse range of cultures. The studies (both analytical and empirical) conclude that humans are predisposed to believe in God and an afterlife, and that both theology and atheism are reasoned responses to what is a basic impulse of the human mind, a university release said. The researchers point out that the project was not setting out to prove the existence of God or otherwise, but sought to find out whether concepts such as Gods and an afterlife appear to be entirely taught or basic expressions of human nature. ‘The Cognition, Religion and Theology Project’ led by Dr Justin Barrett, from the Centre for Anthropology and Mind at Oxford University, drew on research from a range of disciplines, including anthropology, psychology, philosophy, and theology.
They directed an international body of researchers conducting studies in 20 different countries that represented both traditionally religious and atheist societies. The findings are due to be published in two separate books by psychologist Dr Barrett in Cognitive Science, Religion and Theology and Born Believers: The Science of Childhood Religion. The studies by Emily Reed Burdett and Justin Barrett suggest that children below the age of five find it easier to believe in some superhuman properties than to understand similar human limitations. Children were asked whether their mother would know the contents of a box in which she could not see. Children aged three believed that their mother and God would always know the contents, but by the age of four, children start to understand that their mothers are not all-seeing and all knowing. However, children may continue to believe in all-seeing, all-knowing supernatural agents, such as a God or Gods. Experiments involving adults, conducted by Jing Zhu from Tsinghua Uni-
not set out to prove God or Gods exist. Just because we find it easier to think in a particular way does not mean that it is true in fact. If we look at why religious beliefs and practices persist in societies across the world, we conclude that individuals bound by religious ties might be more likely to cooperate as societies. “Interestingly, we found that religion is less likely to thrive in populations living in cities in developed nations where there is already a strong social support network.” Project Co-Director Professor Roger Trigg, from the University of Oxford’s Ian versity (China), and Natalie Emmons and Ramsey Centre, said: “This project suggests Jesse Bering from The Queen’s University, that religion is not just something for a peBelfast, suggest that people across many culiar few to do on Sundays instead of playdifferent cultures instinctively believe that ing golf. We have gathered a body of evisome part of their mind, soul or spirit dence that suggests that religion is a comlives on after-death. mon fact of human nature across different The studies demonstrate that people societies. are natural ‘dualists’ finding it easy to “This suggests that attempts to supconceive of the separation of the mind and press religion are likely to be short-lived as the body. human thought seems to be rooted to reProject director Dr Justin Barrett, from the ligious concepts, such as the existence of University of Oxford’s Centre for Anthro- supernatural agents or Gods, and the pospology and Mind, said: “This project does sibility of an afterlife or pre-life.” PTI
This project does not set out to prove God or Gods exist. Just because we find it easier to think in a particular way does not mean that it is true in fact. we conclude that individuals bound by religious ties might be more likely to cooperate as societies Project director Dr Justin Barrett
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Grameen Bank chief A complacent Osama had no Yunus steps down escape plan
Dhaka: Bangladeshi Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus stepped down as Grameen Bank managing director last night, Xinhua reported. “I am today (Thursday) relinquishing the post of Managing Director of Grameen Bank,” said Yunus in a statement. He said he took the step to “prevent undue disruption of the activities of Grameen Bank and to ensure my colleagues and our eight million members, and owners of the bank, are not subjected to any difficulty in discharging their responsibilities. “ Earlier in the day, Bangladeshi finance minister A M A Muhith announced that deputy managing director Nurjahan Begum will be the stand-in managing director. Yunus lost his final legal battle on May 5 against the high court judgment on his removal from Grameen Bank as the appellate division of Bangladeshi Supreme Court declined to recall its earlier order.
Bangladesh March 8 had dismissed the Nobel laureate’s writ petition filed March 3 challenging the legality of the central bank order which had dispelled him from the post of Grameen Bank’s managing director. Yunus was relieved by the Bangladesh Bank March 2 from his position as the managing director in the Grameen Bank, with which he shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006. The high court bench said the micro-credit pioneer’s serving as the managing director of the Grameen Bank since 1999 was illegal as he was then beyond 60 years old. The managing director’s position at Muhammad Yunus Grameen Bank is an official one and one cannot hold it for an unlimited peYunus had sought withdrawal of the riod, it added. BB in its letter said Yunus SC order April 5 that dismissed his leave- did not seek its approval when he was to-appeal petition filed against the high reappointed as the managing director court verdict April 3 upholding the of the bank in 2000, violating one of Bangladesh Bank order removing him the statutes of the partly state-owned from the post. Grameen Bank in which the government The high court division bench of has 25 percent share. IANS
German judge convicts, frees ailing Nazi guard Actress Rachel McAdams arrives for the screening of Sleeping Beauty, at the 64th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, yesterday.
Beijing police may use drones for emergencies
Beijing: Beijing police plan to purchase drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to monitor emergency situations such as traffic accidents, a top official has said. The unmanned aircraft may be used to monitor traffic accidents, conduct aerial surveillance or help with rescue operations, said Jia Shengwen of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau. Authorities would inspect drones at an upcoming anti-terror equipment exhibition, Xinhua reported. Jia said the drones would be on display at the China International Exhibition on Police Equipment and Anti-terrorism Technology and Equipment to be held in Beijing May 19-21. Beijing Police have been revamping and modernising their equipment to beef up the Chinese capital’s security since the 2008 Olympic Games. IANS
Air force pilot dies in Brazil plane crash
Sao Paulo: An air force pilot died yesterday when his aircraft crashed in northeastern Brazil, said an air force spokesperson. The A-29 turboprop plane went down near Natal, the capital of Rio Grande do Norte, a state in extreme northeastern Brazil. “The pilot was killed, we’re still gathering information,” the air force spokesperson said. The A-29 is a single-engine light attack aircraft equipped with night-vision gear. The air force frequently uses the A-29 for aerial reconnaissance missions. The cause of the accident is under investigation, the air force spokesperson said. IANS
Qatar exits GCC‑initiated Yemen solution Doha: Qatar yesterday decided to exit the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)-brokered initiative to resolve the crisis in Yemen due to the delay in signing of deal, Xinhua reported Qatar News Agency as saying. Qatar “was compelled to take this decision because of procrastination and delay in signing the agreement proposed in the initiative,” the report quoted sources from the foreign ministry said. Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al- Thani had informed GCC secretary-general Abdullatif Al-Zayani of Qatar’s decision via phone. On April 10, the oil-rich GCC put forward an initiative to end the month-long crisis in Yemen. The plan stipulated that Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh leave office within 30 days after signing the deal in exchange for immunity from prosecution, and the new government, formed by the opposition within seven days, should arrange the presidential and parliamentary elections in 60 days. But the proposal was stalled after Saleh refused to sign the deal April 30. IANS German fined 1,500 euros for killing pet frog Moscow: A resident of a small town in Germany has been fined 1,500 euros ($2,134) for killing his neighbour's pet frog, a German magazine reported. Christian Tenhofer, 47, confessed at a trial that he shot the frog with a pneumatic gun because it’s annoying croaking kept him awake at night, the Focus magazine said. Tenhofer also wounded another pet frog by shooting its leg off. The owner, who kept the dead frog in a refrigerator for several months as evidence to be presented at the court, claimed his pet "never croaked, probably because of some sort of genetic disorder". The court in the town of Krefeld has decided to fine Tenhofer only after investigators found out that he acquired the gun illegally. The court ruled that illegal possession of weapons was an aggravating circumstance, Focus said. IANS
Berlin: Ukraine-born Ivan (John) Demjanjuk, who was found guilty of helping to kill at least 27,900 Jews at a Nazi extermination camp and convicted to five years in prison, will be released from custody because of his declining years, the German N-24 TV channel reported yesterday. “The accused is to be released,” Judge Ralph Alt told the Munich court yesterday after passing a guilty verdict and sentencing Demjanjuk, 91, to jail. The Munich trial began in November 2009 and has attracted worldwide media attention.
Demjanjuk attended the 18-month court proceedings in a wheelchair and sometimes lying down, with his family trying to argue that he was too infirm to stand trial. Demjanjuk was drafted into the Soviet army in 1940 and was serving in eastern Crimea in 1942 when he was captured by the Germans. Then he worked as a guard at the Sobibor concentration camp in occupied Poland. According to German prosecutors, Demjanjuk was involved in the murders of at least 27,900 Jews at the death camp between March and September 1943.
Healthier women give birth to twins
The verdict against Demjanjuk was welcomed in Russia and Ukraine. Leonid Slutsky, first deputy chairman of the State Duma’s International Affairs Committee hailed the guilty verdict. “The Fascist toady suffered a just punishment,” he said, praising the German court for following in the spirit of the Nuremburg Trials with its “impartial approach” in Demjanjuk’s case. The Russian Jewish Congress, however, called the verdict too mild. “The amazing thing about this verdict is that the short jail term given to Demajanjuk,” spokesman Mikhail Savin said.
Defy ageing with education
London: Good education is the key to staying young and healthy, Washington: Stronger, healthier women are more a study has shown. likely to produce twins, live longer, have more children In contrast, people who leave than expected and bear babies at shorter intervals school with no qualifications over a longer period of time. age much quicker, reports exHealthier women have an increased chance of de- press.co.uk. livering twins, says demographer Ken R Smith, senior Scientists made the discovery study author and professor of family and consumer after looking at the DNA of 450 studies, University of Utah. civil servants aged between 53 “The prevailing view is that the burden of child- and 76. They had widely different bearing on women is heavier when bearing twins. CVs, some with no academic But we found the opposite: women who naturally background and others with debear twins in fact live longer and are actually more grees. There was a difference in fertile,” Smith adds, reports the journal Proceedings the chromosomes of those who of the Royal So- had studied for A-levels or gone ciety B. to university. The research These people tended to have was based on longer telomeres - the caps on data for 58,786 chromosome ends that protect n o n -p o lyga - them from damage and were mous Utah found to be ageing more slowly. women who Study leader professor Andrew were born be- Steptoe, a psychologist at Unitween 1807 and versity College London, said: 1899, lived to the age of 50 and married once after 1850 to husbands who were alive when their wives were 50. Of those, 4,603 were the mothers of twins and Washington: People who have 54,183 gave a good peer support system at birth only to work may live longer than those one baby at a who don’t. This effect of peer social suptime. The records port was most pronounced came from the amongst those aged between 38 Utah Population Database, which is among the world’s and 43 years. Yet, similar support most comprehensive computerized genealogies and from workers’ supervisors had includes vital records of largely Mormon migrants to no effect on mortality, the reUtah and their Utah descendants, according to a Utah searchers found. Besides, men who felt like University statement. The sample of 4,603 mothers of twins is “the largest they had control and authority historic natural fertility data set of twin mothers yet to make decisions at work also published, at least 18 times larger than any previously experienced this “protective efanalyzed historical sample”, says Shannen Robson, fect”, according to the study rethe study co-author and doctoral scholar in anthro- ported in the journal Health Psychology. Researchers rated peer pology at Utah. “This study has been able to identify... another im- social support as high if participortant factor that contributes to health and longevity pants reported that their coin later years, namely, that women bearing twins workers were helpful in solving problems and that they were appear to be healthier,” Smith says. “That innate healthiness is contributing to their friendly. Researchers at Tel Aviv ability to have twins, and it is also contributing to University looked at the medical records of 820 adults who were their longevity.” While twinning (birth of twins) sometimes runs in followed for 20 years – from 1988 families, previous studies have shown environmental to 2008. These workers came from factors are more important – factors such as greater health in the mother or childbearing at later ages, some of Israel’s largest firms in finance, insurance, public utiliwhich are more likely to produce twins. IANS
“Education is a marker of social class that people acquire early in life. Our research suggests long-term exposure to the conditions of lower status promotes accelerated cellular ageing.” IANS
SEALS taped Osama raid with cams in helmet Washington: The 40-minute US raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Pakistan was recorded by tiny helmet cameras worn by each of the 25 US Navy commandos known as SEALs. Officials reviewing those videos and reconstructing a more accurate version of what happened May 2 night when the SEALs swooped in on the Al Qaeda leader’s hideout now say that the only firefight took place in the guest house, CBS News reported. There one of Osama’s couriers opened fire and was quickly gunned down. No one in the main building got off a shot or was even armed, although there were weapons nearby, the new official version says. “The SEALs first saw bin Laden when he came out on the third floor landing. They fired, but missed. He retreated to his bedroom, and the first SEAL through the door grabbed bin Laden’s daughters and pulled them aside. “When the second SEAL entered, bin Laden’s wife rushed forward at him-or perhaps was pushed by bin Laden. The SEAL shoved her aside and shot bin Laden in the chest. A third seal shot him in the head.” An official cited by CNN said the US is not ready to conclude Osama had the official support of the Pakistani government, but the indicators are the Al Qaeda leader had a network of supporters. So far, the official cited by CNN said, there is no indication that local citizens were providing support to Osama. IANS
Washington: A “complacent” Osama bin Laden, confident that he would not get caught from his hideout in Pakistan, apparently did not have a ready escape plan, US media reports citing officials say. Several key indicators bolster officials’ initial impression that Osama bin Laden had a support network in Pakistan that resulted in his staying in one location for the last several years, feeling comfortable he would not get caught, reported CNN. The channel noted that officials, familiar with the latest assessment of the US raid on the Al Qaeda leader’s hideout in Abbottabad, just 50 km from Islamabad, point out there is no apparent sign that Osama had a ready escape plan. He did not appear to have the means or make an attempt to destroy the reams and gigabytes of documents before US Navy commandos assaulted his com-
pound, sources cited by CNN said. “It looks like he became complacent,” one of the officials was quoted as saying. “There is a lot more material than we expected to find here.” Osama, one of the officials noted, had only three men with him in his Abbottabad compound at the time of the assault. US officials have said that aside from Osama, the three men who lived in the compound and who were killed in the raid were Osama’s son and two trusted couriers. “What does all that mean?” the official said. “How could he be so comfortable living in that location for that period of time with so little security?” But the number of men present is clearly open to interpretation. Other officials cited by CNN have speculated the low number of men on the compound could have been an effort to deflect attention. IANS
Syriaʼs reforms with 10,000 jobs Damascus: Reflecting its deter-
Mubarak, wife grilled over graft
mination to push forward reforms, Syria introduced a new package of reforms while the government troops ended its mission in the central province of Homs, Xinhua reported Thursday. Syrian Prime Minister Adel Safar has established a new programme to employ 10,000 university graduates annually at government institutions, Syria’s official news agency SANA reported Thursday. Safar has also decided to form a committee to prepare a new law for general elections. It will finish its work within two weeks after reviewing Arab and foreign elections laws, according to SANA. “This committee was instructed to prepare a new general election law within 15 days,” Habash said. IANS
Cairo: Egypt’s government says deposed President Hosni Mubarak and his wife have been questioned over suspicions they illegally amassed vast wealth. Mubarak has been questioned several times, but this would be the first time his wife, Suzanne, faced interrogation. A justice ministry statement said interrogators headed to the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh yesterday to question the couple about corruption and misuse of power. A report by a financial oversight body said that Mubarak and his family had numerous bank accounts in foreign and local currencies, luxury apartments and palaces and valuable land holdings. Some estimate his fortune in the tens of billions of dollars. Mubarak denies the
allegations. Mubarak also faces charges over deaths of protesters during the popular uprising that toppled him February 11. AP
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ties, health care and manufacturing, according to a Tel Aviv statement. They reported working on average 8.8 hours a day. One-third of them were women; 80 percent were married with children; and 45 percent had at least 12 years of formal education.
Asked why workplace control was positive for men but not women, lead researcher Arie Shirom said that for employees in blue-collar type of jobs, high levels of control were found in jobs typically held by men, rather than jobs typically held by women. IANS
Know duration of bad event to make it worse
Toronto: Knowing how long an unpleasant experience will last only makes it worse, researchers say. People assume that knowing the duration of a pleasant event will “kill the fun”, but knowing how long an unpleasant event will last makes it tolerable. However, a new study contradicts this understanding, according to the Journal of Consumer Research. “Which is more enjoyable, knowing the exact duration of a dinner with a charming friend or not knowing it? What if the dinner is with disliked inlaws?” ask study authors Min Zhao and Claire I. Tsai, both from the University of Toronto. “Duration knowledge actually intensifies them, rendering a positive experience more pleasurable and a negative experience more aversive,” the authors explain, according to a Toronto statement. The authors conducted a field study
in a Taiwanese “cram school,” an after-school programme designed to help middle school students meet academic goals. They told half the students that the session would last 60 minutes and told the other half that the session would be similar to after-hours sessions they had attended in the past (which varied from 30-90 minutes). “The results show that whereas students predicted that duration knowledge would improve their negative experience, in fact it rendered the experience worse,” they said. The authors also conducted a lab experiment where participants listened to 30-second song clips sung either by a pop star or one of the researchers “who sings abominably”. They found that people who knew the duration of the experience had more intense reactions in both directions. IANS
Washington: Removing carbon dioxide from the air physically may not be a very practicable way to reverse human-driven climate change and it would be cheaper to curb emissions, say scientists. “We humans should not kid ourselves that we can pour all the carbon dioxide we wish into the atmosphere right now and pull it out later at little cost,” said Robert Socolow, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University. Socolow co-chaired with chemist Michael Desmond a committee of 13 experts that issued this report on carbon dioxide, according to a statement of the American Physical Society. The Socolow committee looked at technologies known as “direct air capture (DAC)”, which would involve using chemicals to absorb the gas from the open air, concentrating it, and then storing it safely underground. It found that such a strategy would be far more expensive than simply preventing the emission of carbon dioxide in the first place. Making optimistic assumptions about initial DAC technologies, the committee concluded
that, from the evidence it had seen, building and operating a system would cost at least $600 per metric ton of carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere, for a system that could work today. Building a system big enough to compensate for the emissions of a 1,000-megawatt coal power plant would require equipment stretching 30 km. In comparison, removing CO2 from the flue gas of a coal-fired power plant would cost about $80 per tonne. “We ought to be developing plans to bring to an end the carbon dioxide emissions at every coal and natural gas power plant on the planet,” Socolow said. Beyond using electricity more efficiently, options are to modify plants so their emissions are kept from the atmosphere or to shut them down entirely and replace them with low-carbon alternatives, he said. Socolow noted that while the contents of the report serve as a warning against complacency, the experience of developing the report offers grounds for optimism. “The message of hope is that smart scientists and engineers are getting more and more interested in energy and climate problems,” he said. IANS
Friday, May 13, 2011
Spears immortalised in comic book
ctress Courteney Cox and David Arquette are giving their marriage another shot with a little help from a therapist. The couple was spotted at a counsellor’s office May 5 and a source reveals they’re in therapy together, reports dailystar.co.uk. Cox and Arquette separated last summer after 11 years of marriage and Arquette underwent rehab early this year. However, both have spoken fondly about each other in recent interviews, prompting many to believe the couple is planning a reconciliation.
op superstar Britney Spears is set to be immortalised in a comic book. Contactmusic.com reports that the “Toxic” hitmaker’s rise to stardom and highly publicised private life has been turned into a series of illustrations by Bluewater Productions Inc. Other stars who have been given the comic book treatment by the firm include troubled actress Lindsay Lohan, “Twilight” stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart and pop star Lady Gaga. “She is far more complicated than most people realise. No matter what preconceptions you have about her, there will always be more layers and surprises. Beyond the performer, there is a real human being there, struggling for a real life, struggling to connect with her art, and struggling to be understood,” said writer Patrick McCray.
Cox, Arquette taking marriage counselling? Lady Gaga raises Sheenʼs debut funds for poor single released
ctor Hugh Grant was in talks to replace troubled actor Charlie Sheen in hit sitcom “Two And A Half Men”. “The show was in talks with Hugh Grant to become the new lead. And wouldn’t it be brilliant if it were so?” people.com quoted a source as saying. However, there is no official confirmation on the the status of Grant’s negotiations with the show bosses. Apart from Grant, actors Rob Lowe and John Stamos were also considered.
op star Lady Gaga has reportedly raised $47.4 million for a charitable organization, which attempts to alleviate problems caused by poverty. Cotactmusic.com reports that Gaga arrived at the Robin Hood Foundation’s annual gala in Manhattan in a giant glowing egg. The money raised at the event is said to go toward the Robin Hood Foundation’s veteran and
poverty programmes in New York City. Other performers included veteran singer Tony Bennett, comedian Seth Meyers and Kid Rock, who sang with 300 military personnel in the aisles. The guests at the gala event included Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael J. Fox, Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber and Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady.
ctor Charlie Sheen’s debut single “Winning” has been released officially on iTunes. Contactmusic.com reports that the single features two verses from rapper Snoop Dogg and guitar by Korn star Rob Patterson. It has been named after Sheen’s catchphrase, and is now available to download. “Look, it’s a good song. But I honestly don’t want people
to take it seriously. It’s meant to be fun and entertaining,” said guitarist Patterson. Sheen posted on his Twitter page,: “Get ready to rock the Sheenius. People will love the song. Who doesn’t like to be winning?” Sheen recently announced that all profits from his single “Winning” will go towards boosting aid to victims of the recent tornado disaster in America.
Hugh Grant to replace Charlie Sheen?
f Brazilian model-actress Giselli Monteiro won many hearts as a pretty coy girl in “Love Aaj Kal”, she managed to impress Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan who recommended her name for his home production “Always Kabhi Kabhi”. “I came to know much later that Shah Rukh recommended my name for the film. I was very happy,” said the 22-yearold, whose happiness knows no limits. Not surprising because it is not everyday that King Khan recommends someone for his home production. “I had never met him before. He saw me in ‘Love Aaj Kal’ and chose me after seeing me there. I was happy that I got through a film, which was his production. When I found out that he chose me for the role, I was elated and excited,” she added. So far so good. But the film turned out to be a litmus test for Giselli because she had to deliver her dialogues in Hindi, something she didn’t have to do extensively in her first film. Made with newbies like Ali Fazal and Zoa Morani, the Roshan Abbas directed movie also features Satyadev Dube. “I had to work a lot on the language in the film as compared to the previous one because in that one I hardly had
any dialogues. I learnt much more Hindi this time. It was a big challenge for me. “I recorded lines from the script and kept listening to it till I got the pronunciation right. I also made sure that I understand the meaning of the dialouges because when you’re enacting a scene, it is not only about saying a dialogue, it is also about bringing out those emotions. And for that it’s important to know what you are saying,” she added. “Sometimes I’ve even told Roshan sir to change few words, which were a bit of a tongue twister for me”, she added laughingly. Giselli will be seen as a schoolgirl in “Always Kabhi Kabhi”. “In terms of the role, this was easier because I play a schoolgirl. It was easier to connect,” said Giselli, who had never seen a Hindi film before “Love Aaj Kal”. Born in the southern Brazilian state of Espirito Santo, she flew down to Mumbai and bagged modelling assignments for the covers of the Indian editions of lifestyle magazines Harpers Bazaar, ELLE and Marie Clarie, as also Femina. But now she has stardust in her eyes and plans to stay on.
GISELLI ON CLOUD NINE: SRK
handpicked her for ʻAlways Kabhi Kabhiʼ
inger-turned-fashion designer Victoria Beckham scouted model Alice Greczyn for her sunglasses and jeans range at a beach party. Victoria was quite impressed with the 25-year-old actress when she spotted her and immediately approached her husband David to take a photograph of her, reports femalefirst.co.uk. “I am always on the lookout for inspiring girls, and I believe in fate, so meeting Alice was meant to be. She embodies the spirit of my denim, is naturally beautiful and a perfect fit for the collection. I loved finding Alice – a young fresh talent,” said Victoria. In fact, Victoria was so impressed with Alice that she even named a pair of jeans after her.
Victoria scouted model at party
Friday, May 13, 2011
RISHI KAPOOR wins best actor A award at New York ﬁlm fest
ctress Katie Holmes will be seen romancing actor Chace Crawford in the new film “Responsible Adults”. Holmes will play a woman who seduces a young man played by “Gossip Girl” star Crawford. In the film, Holmes’s character is 30 and Chace’s 22. Their relationship blossoms until they realise they had met 15 years ago when Holme’s character was his babysitter, reports deadline.com. “Holmes and Crawford are appealing actors around the world,” said Kirk D’Amico, CEO of Myriad Pictures.
is act as a middle-class teacher in a slice of life movie “Do Dooni Chaar” won him critical acclaim and now the film has won Rishi Kapoor best actor award at the just concluded New York Indian Film Festival. “I am thankful and honoured to be selected from the among the usual festival luminaries per se,” said Rishi. “A commercial actor is seldom recognised for his skills. My award is for the whole ‘Do Dooni Chaar’ family.” Directed by Habib Faizal, “Do Dooni Chaar” also featured Rishi’s actress wife Neetu. The festival, which concluded Sunday, also saw the presence of Rituparno Ghosh and Aparna Sen. “Do Dooni Chaar” producers Disney International have now asked for a sequel. “Yes, Disney International have asked Habib to make ‘Do Dooni Chaar 2’ as they too realised that the first film suffered mainly due to a bad release. There’s a huge excitement here in New York to recreate the characters of ‘Do Dooni Chaar’ in a different space. “They feel if a good script develops, it will be great content value for their brand in India and overseas. Representatives of Disney India are also here in New York to release the official DVD of ‘Do Dooni Chaar’,” said Rishi. While Faizal returns to India, Rishi and Neetu left for Las Vegas for a vacation.
Katie to romance Crawford in
ʻResponsible Adultsʼ Reid still struggling with split from Price
roubled actress Lindsay Lohan says she “supports” the sentence that has been imposed on her after pleading no contest in a misdemeanour theft case. Judge Sautner made the ruling on Wednesday. Lohan has been ordered to undertake three years probation, serve 120 days in jail, complete 480 hours of community service, undergo psychological counselling, pay fines of $180 and attend a shoplifters’ alternative scheme for lifting a necklace from an upmarket boutique and breaching the terms of her 2007 probation, reports contactmusic.com. “I am glad to be able to put this past me and move on with my life and my career. I support the judge’s decision and hold myself accountable for being in this situation. I have already started my community service at the Downtown Women’s Center and thank everyone there for their warm welcome,” Lohan said in a statement. “I hope to be able to fulfill my obligation without any press attention. I think the media spotlight should be on issues such as homelessness and domestic violence instead of on me,” she added.
ctor Alex Reid has revealed he is struggling to cope with the breakdown of his marriage to Katie Price but hopes he will eventually be able to move on. The cage fighter who split with the former glamour model in January after less than a year of marriage has admitted he still loves Katie, reports fe-
malefir-st.co.uk. “The only thing I will say about her is that I just hope that she finds what she’s looking for. And I know I will move on too eventually,” he said. “This isn’t a great time right now but I know it’s going to be really great again. The sky is blue and I knew it would be one day,” he added.
Singer Debbie Harry has admitted she finds ageing tough because sometimes she is concerned about the way she dresses and other times she thinks she looks great. “It goes from moment to moment. Sometimes I’m thinking, ‘Oh God, I’m really looking good!’ And others I go, ‘Oh my God’,” femalefirst.co.uk quoted Harry as saying. “Sometimes I do it right and sometimes I do it wrong. I have always liked experimentation and sometimes my experiments go really wrong – sometimes they go really right. There are some days you feel like you’re gorgeous and some days you feel bad,” she added. The 65-year-old is known for having dabbled with drugs in the past, and although she is open about her experiences, she thinks her use of heroin was a bad idea because it is a “lethal” drug. “Heroin is innately and inevitably dangerous – it’s lethal,” she said.
DEBBIE HARRY has age worries
I support the judgeʼs decision: Lohan
op diva Madonna has hired singer Rihanna as the face of her coconut water drinks company. “Rihanna is a natural fit for the Vita Coco brand and I’m so happy to have her on the team,” Madonna said in a statement. Dailystar.co.uk reports that Madonna is a leading investor in the Vita Coco brand along with Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis. “I love Vita Coco. It’s real coconut water from hand-picked coconuts. It’s delicious and so good for you,” said Rihanna.
Rihanna to endorse Madonnaʼs coconut drink
Stewart wins best actress
award at Milan film fest
“Twilight” actress Kristen Stewart, best known for playing Bella Swan in the vampire franchise, won the top honour at the Milan International Film Festival (MIFF). Dailystar.co.uk reports that Stewart Tuesday won the best actress award for her portrayal of a troubled stripper in “Welcome to the Rileys”. Actor Aidan Gillen was named the best actor for his performance in “Treacle Jr.” and Nadia Tass walked away with the best director trophy for her drama “Matching Jack”. Filmmaker Fenton Bailey picked up the best documentary accolade for “Becoming Chaz”, about pop legend Cher’s transgender son Chaz Bono.