Vol. 1, Issue 346 n Wednesday n August 17, 2011
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INDIA RISES FOR ANNA
Ours is not a political movement: Hegde
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New Delhi: The standoff in Tihar Jail is likely to be over with Anna Hazare set to come out of the prison after a night-long protest demanding that he be allowed to launch his indefinite strike from a venue of his choice in the capital. Hazare, who was ordered to be released last night after a day-long detention before he was to begin his fast demanding strong Lokpal, had refused to come out of the prison unless he was allowed to protest from JP Park without conditions. Activists Kiran Bedi and Swami Agnivesh announced to the hundreds of supporters waiting since last night that the 73-year-old Gandhian was about to come out of the prison anytime now. “The government has bowed down. We will have to be prepared to go to JP Park in a peaceful manner,” Agnivesh said. Across the country, there were protests in support of Hazare. Anna spent the night in the administrative block of the jail along with his associate Arvind Kejriwal. Hundreds of people continued their vigil outside the jail premises as Hazare made it clear that he would come out of the prison only if he is given permission to stage the indefinite fast. Hazare’s aide Manish Sisodia, who came out of the jail last night, said though the Gandhian was given bail he did not agree to the terms and conditions imposed by authorities. To a specific question, Sisodia said Anna has told the jail authorities that he will not leave the premises until the police tell him the status of his application for launching a hunger strike at the JP Park. “He told them very clearly that he wants to sit and fast there with his followers. So this is the status and we are fasting here outside Tihar jail,” he said. Continued on page 3
Students across state protest Mysore: Students from most of the colleges in Mysore boycotted classes and staged protects across the city in support of Anna Hazare this morning even as schools declared holiday in support of their demand. The students were demanding immediate release of Anna and introduction of a foolproof Lok Pall Bill. Students from respective colleges took a protest march to deputy commissioner’s office. Later they all assembled near Gandhi Square to continue their protest. Student leaders said they will continue agitation till Anna Hazare is released. Members of ABVP also joined the students protect demanding immediate release of Anna. Similar protests were held in Belgaum, Mangalore, Bellary, Chikmagalore, Madikeri, Karwar and other places.
Hazare can go anywhere: Govt New Delhi: The government today said Anna Hazare was free to go wherever he wants to and that Delhi Police will take a decision on whether he will be allowed to hold protest at J P Park here. Union home secretary R K Singh said since Hazare has been released he is free to go wherever he wants to.
Beyond Beat Activists fight for organic farming
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Traders from Chickpet in Bangalore downed the shutters of their business establishments to take out protets in support of Gandhian Anna Hazare today.
Bangalore: Corruption in the country should be rooted out. People are frustrated with corruption and want it completely out of the system, said former Lokayukta and Jan Lokpal Bill drafting committee members Justice Santosh Hegde at the Freedom Park here this morning. Thousands of students, professionals and common public joined the protest at Freedom Park to show solidarity with Gandhian Anna Hazare, who has been refusing to get out of Tihar Jail in New Delhi unless given permission to hold his fast where he likes and however long he likes. Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarti Parishat representatives went around the city colleges and asked students to join the protest at the Freeom Park. The students gathered at KR Circle and from there marched till Freedom Park in a huge procession. Justice Hegde said every citizen in the country wanted the Jan Lokpal bill introduced in an undiluted form. “The arrest of Anna Hazare is against democracy. The central government has made the country a police rajya. Even though there was no threat to law and order, the police arrested Hazare and sent him to Tihar Jail. The PM’s statement that the government did not have any other option but to
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Govt had bounden duty to maintain peace, claims PM New Delhi: The government had a “bounden duty” to maintain peace, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said today as protests continued over the arrest of social activist Anna Hazare ahead of his planned fast-unto-death for a more powerful Lokpal bill. Accepting the demand of the opposition, the Prime Minister made a statement in the Lok Sabha on the arrest and subsequent release of Hazare. Hazare refused to be released and continued to remain inside the Tihar Jail this morning. He said it was his painful duty to report on Hazare’s arrest and added that every citizen had the right to hold peaceful protest but there was a way to do it. “Anna Hazare-ji insisted that their version of Lokpal Bill be passed. Delhi government was forced to impose the re-
strictions to maintain law and order situation,” he said. ‘ The prime minister said the Lokpal Bill must be passed as early as possible but the debate is about who makes the law. Detailing the reasons that led to Delhi Police arresting him, the prime minister said he “sincerely hoped that the incidents of yesterday will not be repeated”. He appealed for the smooth functioning of parliament and said important legislations needed to be passed. If that were not done, it would be an injustice to the people of India. Manmohan Singh was constantly heckled by the opposition and at several times had to pause in the reading out of the statement. The prime minister later read out the statement in the Rajya Sabha too. PTI
City to have 1,000 Aadhar centres
Chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda and his wife Dati offer baagina to the Cauvery river at the KRS dam in Mandya district early this morning. The dam has reached the capacity level of 124.8 ft.
Govt will give priority to irrigation projects: CM Bangalore Beat Bureau
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aspects of UID Aadhar. The enrollment which is to begin today Bangalore: Chief minister Sadananda for Bangalore population of 80 lakhs will Gowda inaugurated UID Aadhar enroll- benefit people in all the ways, he said. He ment centre at Yavanika this morning. said officials will ensure that more than The chief minister said after UID Aad- 90% of population will be covered under har huge success in Tumkur, a similar en- UID Aadhar by 2014. This year the IT derollment will happen in Uttara Kannada partment plans to cover over 1 crore district. At the UID centre, 15 stations are population of Bangalore city, he said. located with each person monitoring He said over 1,000 UID Aadhar centres one station. A counseling station will also will be set up in the City with two centres be set up which will guide people on all at each ward. Continued on P 3
Mandya: “Our government will give priority to irrigation projects. We will adopt scientific methods so that not a single drop of water is wasted,” chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda here this morning. Offering baagina (a religious offering) at the Krishnaraja Sagar dam, which has reached its capacity level of 124.8 ft, he said, “The canals the Cauvery basin would be repaired and the government will give importance to all irrigation projects. Farmers
will not be discriminated against according to their regions.” He said, “I am very happy to offer this baagina to the Cauvery river. The government will take up all pending irrigation projects. They would be executed as early as possible to solve the problems of farmers.” The chief minister said he has called a meeting of farmers on Friday at his official residence Krishna and hold discussions with farmer leaders. The meeting would discuss the problems being faced by farmers
HC puts oﬀ BSYʼs plea on mining report Bangalore Beat Bureau
She is known as Medha Patkar of Karnataka and she has been fighting for the cause of farmers. Kavitha Kurganti, who has been a coordinator with ASHA, wants the Karnataka government to focus on better, indigenous methods of farming, instead of adopting GM crops, says L Raghunanda Gowda... Page 5
arrest him is irresponsible. How can a man in such a high position make such a statement?” he asked. “Anna is not an ordinary human being. He is the strength of the county where are crores of people are against corruption. We are not scared of anything. We want an effective Jan Lokpal bill introduced in Parliament. Only through tough provisions in the bill can corruption be controlled in the country,” he said. “The anti-corruption forum that is fighting for implementation of the bill does not have any political affiliations and the movement against corruption is not a political movement,” he said. “Political parties should show their commitment towards controlling corruption and support the bill,” sad industrialist Capt G R Gopinath. Freedom fighter H S Doreswamy, tele artists, litterateurs, poets and other prominent personalities from across the city and state took part in the protest.
Bangalore: The Karnataka High Court today adjourned a writ petition filed by former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, questioning the veracity of the Lokayukta report on illegal mining, to August 22. Yeddyurappa has alleged that the Lokayukta report deviates from the truth and makes baseless allega-
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tions against him. “The Lokayukta has not sought any explanation from me nor summoned me seeking clarification and have gone ahead and mentioned my name in the report. This is a violation of process of natural justice,” he has claimed. The high court has now asked the Lokayukta to submit the report given by its team member Uday Vir Singh
on illegal mining in Bellary district. The Lokayukta is expected to file the report by this evening. Yeddyurappa has also claimed in the petition that the Lokayukta has crossed its limit in filing the report. He has also questioned then Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde’s intention behind mentioning his name in the report. The explosive report had led Yeddyurappa to vacate his chair.
and solutions to them, he added. Assuring farmers of Mandya, which is a sugarcane belt, he said, the government is ready to revive sugar factories in the district which have gone sick. “I will hold discussions with officials concerned.” Mandya district in-charge minister R Ashok, Srirangapatna MLA Ramesh Bandi Siddegowda, medical education minister S A Ramadass, water resources minister Basavaraj Bommai, Mysore MLA Shankarlinge Gowda and others took part.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Spirituality in 21st century T
he twenty-first century belongs to spirituality. But what is spirituality? All that you do to nurture and enhance the spirit is spirituality. Spirit is joy. Spirit is love. Spirit is enthusiasm. Look at what spirituality brings to our lives and to society. The spiritual dimension dissolves the boundaries of caste, creed and religion and gives one a broader awareness – that life is present everywhere. Spirituality brings a great sense of belongingness, responsibility, compassion and caring for the whole world. We have allowed our world to be driven by hatred and greed for too long; now, in this century, is the opportunity to drive this world by love and peace. Through spirituality, life attains its richest form. Without it, life becomes very shallow and we become unhappy, dependent and depressed. It is the dharma of spirit to support and sustain life. The natural law of something is called dharma. It is the dharma of fire to burn and the dharma of water to flow. And it is the dharma of spirit to uphold, support and sustain life. Spirituality makes one strong. If we do anything – either for our own welfare or society or the world – without considering the spiritual dimension of life, it is not going
Nick Talbot is Tata Elxsi design head Bangalore: Tata Elxsi, a leading design company, has appointed design veteran Nick Talbot as the global design head for the industrial design (ID) division. Nick will be based in the Bangalore headquarters of Tata Elxsi. An alumnus of Royal College of Art, London, Nick Talbot joins ID from Seymourpowell, one of the world’s leading design and innovation firms, where he was both design director and director on their board. Nick has designed a production train for Bombardier, a concept show car for Ford and production of running prototypes of ENV – the world’s first hydrogen fuelled motorcycle. Recently, Nick led the team that created the ‘Aircruise’ concept for Samsung Construction. Nick would be responsible for all design initiatives at ID. Nick Talbot said, “India is an emerging market for global design, has a tremendous talent pool and potential both for innovation and growth.”
Free piles camp organised Bangalore: Beams Hospitals is organising a free consultation for people suffering from piles tomorrow, Friday and Saturday at its Koramangala centre. The camp will be held between 10 am and 4 pm. Piles or hemorrhoids and their symptoms, which are one of the most common afflictions in the Western world, are also seen commonly in India. Dr Anand N S, general and laparoscopic surgeon, Beams Hospitals, says piles or hemorrhoids may be caused by chronic constipation or diarrhea, straining during bowel movements, sitting on the toilet for long periods of time, lack of fibre in the diet, weakening of the connective tissue in the rectum and anus that occurs with age. Even Pregnancy can cause hemorrhoids by increasing pressure in the abdomen; hemorrhoids caused by pregnancy disappear after childbirth. Symptoms of piles/ hemorrhoids can include bleeding, faecal soiling, itching and very occasionally pain. Anand says that piles, in most cases, can be controlled by medication and dietary changes. In severe cases, the latest stapler hemorrhoidopexy, which causes minimal pain and early recovery, is adapted. Beams Hospitals CEO S Krishnamurthy said, “We are offering free consultation and advice from our experts in the field.” For appointments and free consultation, contact Beams Hospitals, 640, 12th Main 80 ft Road, 4th Block, Koramangala, or call: 39417700.
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to work. One aspect of spiritual life is a sense of sacredness. When we have a deep sense of gratitude, combined with regard and respect for everything that comes to us in life, it brings about a sense of sacredness. And sacredness brings alertness in the consciousness. Spiritual practice is getting in touch with the spirit that you are, kindling the spirit that you are. Honouring life is spirituality. Respecting the self is spirituality. Caring and sharing is spirituality. Corruption is nothing but a lack of sense of belongingness. Spirituality can help here too. Spirituality creates a sense of universality. We accept food from every part of the world and technology from every part of the world. Why not accept wisdom and spiritual knowledge from every part of the world? Today is the time to globalise wisdom; we have to accommodate within us all the wisdom of the world. We can not remain in narrow, isolated pockets. Today, as we find ourselves moving away from our nature, spirituality is the antidote that brings us closer to Nature. When we align our self with nature, the spirit is uplifted. Spirituality is never divisive; it is the means to connect with humanity everywhere. Let religion remain at a personal level. Every religion has three aspects: Values, Customs or
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Practices and Symbolism. The values are common to all religions. Today people are stuck to symbols and have forgotten the values.
We must remember that this country got freedom because of the spiritual renaissance. It was Mahatma Gandhi’s values of peace and non-violence that we are free today. He used to conduct satsangs every morning and evening and brought all the people together, motivated them and uplifted the whole atmosphere. Now we have forgotten the spiritual dimension in this country and its immense possibilities for personal and social transformation. Often we think spirituality is only for the rich, for those who have leisure to sit and do practices and sing bhajans. If we give food, clothing and shelter to a poor man, it has a limited use for him. But if we give him spirituality, then his self-esteem is awakened. He would want to be self-sufficient, and this will or this energy to do something, would comes from within. So the person is able to stand on his own feet and takes responsibility for him and others. In life if anything can give us enthusiasm, it is spirituality and spirituality alone. This is my experience. When spirituality enters a wealthy person’s life, he becomes generous. Due to spirituality, the wealthy do social service and the poor become selfconfident, entrepreneurs. Everyone benefits. Spirituality is not averse to economic development at all.
In this country, spirituality is very scientific. Spirituality and science are very similar; science looks at the outer world and asks “What is this?” Spirituality is turning the mind inward; using the same methodology and asks, “Who am I?” Such questions are the signs of an awakening consciousness. Both are essential for life. Especially for our youth, this will help them face the challenges of life. Every youth yearns for enhanced enthusiasm. Spirituality is that which kindles, sustains and enhances enthusiasm. We see that youth are moving away from spirituality. This is because of the misconception that portrays spirituality as something serious and boring. We need to change this notion. Spirituality is not just sitting and doing some practices; it is a value system, a way of life that is exciting and enriching! Indian spirituality is an experiential understanding of the mind, spirit and life that offers solutions to most of the challenges faced by the youth today. Spirituality is very practical and useful in every single aspect of life. It is not something esoteric or out of the world but something that is so relevant to the times today. This is a weekly column that appears every Wednesday
Annaʼs movement Bangalore: The government should go in for e-governance which is the most transparent form of doing things and will help fight corruption, stated FKCCI president J R Bangera, while extending support to Gandhian Anna Hazare, who has turned fight against corruption into a nationwide movement. He said the income tax department has adapted the efiling system and things are going on smoothly. Karnataka too has adapted the system which facilitates efiling and has proved to be a massive success. This will not only eliminate corruption in the system but it will pave the way for smooth and effective administration, he added. He said Hazare’s fight is not against a single party, government, legislature, bureaucracy or judiciary but is against corrupt
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Newstalgia displays cartoons for blind elements that have brought disrespect to the democratic institutions. Hence the people’s resentment is now public and it has acquired a single and definite direction to cleanse the system under the leadership of Hazare.
“We hope that Anna Hazare will be able to achieve his goal and bring in an era of corruption-free society. All members of FKCCI, local associations and district chambers will actively participate in the protest,” he stated in a press note.
The programmes are being implemented by the department of health and family welfare in collaboration with the agriculture, education, women and children welfare depatments. The mission aims to prevent malnutrition and to enable necessary steps towards providing food security and proper nutrition. Chief secretary S V Ranganath and advisor of Karnataka Nutrition Mission Veena Sriram Rao were present during the The programme has been im- meeting. plemented at Gubbi taluk of Later, the delegation held a Tumkur district, Shikaripura detailed meeting with senior oftaluk of Shimoga district and ficers of the government deBellary Rural taluk with a fi- partments concerned involved nancial outlay of Rs 5 crore for in implementing the activities each taluk. of the mission.
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Bangalore: A first-ever show of tactile cartoons (touch and feel works) for the blind is on at the Indian Cartoon Gallery till August 25. The show, titled Newstalgia, is a colourful, tongue-in-cheek array of 60 graphic cartoons, lampooning the politics and social realities of today. The show was inaugurated by Sister Jean, the Mother Teresa of Sumanahalli, who has been serving people with leprosy in the city for the last 30 years. “Rasheed’s cartoons have brought a lot of joy and humour here today. His works are worth great appreciation,” said Sister Jean, even as a group of blind students from the National Association for the Blind (NAB) felt and experienced the cartoons on display. Touching the art works and browsing through the Braille captions, the visually challenged wore a smile on their faces. Sheeba, a visually impaired computer student, appreciating Kappan’s cartoons said, “I have really enjoyed these cartoons, especially the one with the cow. It’s a whole new experience for me." Dayanand, a technical director from NAB, helped Kappan with the Braille captions for the tactile cartoons. For Kappan, Newstalgia is the eighth show so far. On his latest
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display of 60 graphic cartoons, Kappan said: "This is my first effort melding traditional drawing and computer graphics. I have used colour for the first time. The section of tactile cartoons was tough to do, using paint that stick out and Braille captions. It’s not perfect yet, but with feedback from the blind, I would try to evolve. Most cartoons are based on everyday news over the last three years. It covers politics, society and black humour." The Indian Cartoon Gallery is situated at Midford House, near Kids Kemp, Trinity Circle, MG Road.
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1.50 pm, 4, 5.15, 6.25, 8.35, 10 pm) PVR (10.40 am, 2, 5.20, 5.45, 8.40 pm)
Rajneesh Duggal, Adah Sharma, Roshni Chopra Fame (Lido) (12.50 pm) Fame (Value Mall) (1 pm) Fun Cinemas (1.15 pm, 9.45 pm) Gopalan (Bannerghatta Road) (3.40 pm) Innovative (11.30 am, 6.15 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (1.35 pm, 10 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (10 pm) Inox (Mantri Mall) (1.10 pm) Inox (J.P.Nagar) (10 am, 10 pm) PVR (2.40 pm) Sri Nagraja (11 am, 2, 5, 8 pm) Vinayaka (11.15 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Vision (10 am, 1, 9.45 pm)
Ajay Devgn, Kajal Agarwal Apsara (KR Market) (11.30 am, 2.30, 5.30, 8.30 pm) Cinemax (1.45 pm, 6.45, 9.45 pm) Cinepolis (Bannerghatta Road) (10 am, 12.45, 3.30, 4.30, 6.15, 7.15, 9.40 pm) Everest (11.30 am, 1.30, 6.15, 9.30 pm) Fame (Forum Value Mall) (12.45 pm, 2.50, 9.20 pm) Fame (Lido) (12.55 pm, 3.35, 9.20 pm) Fun Cinemas (12.45 pm, 6.15 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Rajarajeshwari Nagarl) (10 am, 9.50 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Bannerghatta Road) (3 pm) HMT (Jalahalli) (4.15 pm) Innovative (10.15 am, 12.45, 5, 7.30, 10 pm) Inox (Jaynagar) (10 am, 3.25, 9.20 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (10 am, 12.45, 6.40, 9.25 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (10 .05 am, 1.05, 3.05, 9.50 pm) Lakshmi (10.15 am, 1.15, 5.15, 8.15 pm) Manasa (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) PVR Cinemas (10 am, 12.40, 3.45, 6.15, 9.10 pm) Radhakrishna (11.30 am, 2.45, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Rex (7.15 pm) Navarang (10.15 am, 1.15, 4.15, 10 pm) Srinagraja (11 am, 2, 5, 8 pm) Sri Srinivasa (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Tribhuvan (10. 30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Vaibhav (11.30 am, 2.30, 6, 9.30 pm) Varjeshwari (4.30, 7.30 pm) Veeresh (10 pm)
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Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford Cauvery (11.30 am, 2.30 pm) Cinemax (4.45, 7.15, 9.45 pm) Cinepolis (10 am, 12.20, 2.40, 5, 7.20, 9.40 pm) Fame (Forum Value Mall) (12.30 pm, 2.55, 7.25, 9.50 pm) Fame (Lido) (12.20 pm, 2.35, 7.40, 9.55 pm) Fun Cinemas (10.15 am, 3.45, 9.15 pm) Gopalan (Bannerghatta Road) (10 am, 12.10, 4.45, 10 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Mysore Road) (10 am, 10 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Rajar ajeshwari Nagar) (3.50 pm, 5.30, 7.40 pm)
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Cartoonist Rasheed Kappan explains his cartoon to Sister Jean at the Indian Cartoon Gallery. The exhibition, titled Newstalgia, has more than 60 cartoons, including the touch and feel variety for the benefit of the visually impaired.
UN delegation on food security meets CM Bangalore: A United Nations delegation on food and nutrition met chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda and discussed about the activities of the state’s nutrition mission The delegation consisted of Dr David Nabarro, special representative of the UN secretary general for food security and nutrition, and Dr Florence Lasbannes, leader of the co-ordination team for the UN System High Level Task Force on Food Security. Karnataka Nutrition Mission has been implemented on a pilot basis. Aimed at providing food security and nutrition to children, pregnant and lactating women, it is the first of its kind in the county.
Neha Dhupia, Raghubir Yadav, Aman Verma, Avijit Dutt Cinepolis (12.30 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Bannerghatta Road) (5.30 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (10 am, 10 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (9.55 pm) PVR Cinemas (10.30 am, 1.10 pm)
BUBBLE GUM (U) Sohail Lakhani, Apurva Arora, Sachin Khedekar Gopalan Cinemas (Bannerghatta Road) (12.50 pm)
KHAP (U/A) Om Puri, Govind Namdeo Vision Cinemas (10.30 am, 2 pm)
TELUGU pm) Anjan (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Chandradaya (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30) Radhakrishna (6.15 pm, 9.40 pm) Mukunda (10.30 am, 1.30 pm) Venkateshwara (11.30 am, 2.30 pm) Murali (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Innovative Multiplex (5 pm, 10 pm) Trimula (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm)
KANDIREEGA (U) Aksha, Ram, Hansika Radhakrishna (11.30 am, 2.45 pm) PVR (6 pm, 9 pm)
DHADA (U) Naga Chaitanya, Kajal Aggarwal Pallavi(10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30
Nani, Nithya Menon, Karthik Kumar Bhumika (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30pm) Chandrodaya (11.30 am, 2.30 pm) Cinepolis (10 am, 2.30, 7.30 pm) Gopalan (Bannerghatta Road) (2.20 pm) Murali (Gokula) (11 am, 2.30 pm) Radhakrishna (11.30 am, 2.45 pm) Srinivasa (SGPalya) (11.15 am, 2.30, 6.15, 9.30 pm) Tulasi (Marathahalli) (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Tirumala (10 am, 1.45, 5.30, 8.45 m)Venkat eshwara (KR Puram) ( 6.30 pm, 9.30 pm)
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
CITY EVENTS General The Bangalore Science Forum: International Year of Chemistry celebrations, talk on ‘Deciding where to look next: What the Owl’s brain can tell us about spatial attention?’ by Dr Shreesh P Mysore, Dr H N Multimedia Conference Hall, Basavanagudi, 6 pm. Bangalore International Centre: Talk on ‘Beyond the Arab democratic wave: The future of the Middle East,’ In the City today by Prof Mohammed Ayoob of Michigan State University, Bangalore International Centre auditorium, TERI Complex, 4th Main, 2nd Cross, Domlur II Stage, 6.30 pm.
Cultural The Indian Institute of World Culture: Bharatanatyam by Pallavi Murali, B P Wadia Road, 6 pm. S Rayudu Social and Cultural Academy: World Friendship Day Celebrations, Ravindra Kalakshetra, 6.30 pm
Exhibitions Rudra shatii: Rudrashak therapy suggested through numerological calculations and interpretations of one’s date of birth brings success, happiness and prosperity to unsuccessful people. It also helps those who are already successful to gain further prosperity. Wearing the rudrakshak in the holy month of Shravan is considered very auspicious and beneficial. Institute of Engineers, 3, Ambedkar Road. For details call 098334-79693 or Sakhi: An exhibition of designer sarees, salwars, dress materials and accessories. The collection features a variety of fabrics like kanjeevaram, organza, tussar and pure silks. Sakhi Fashions, 305, 6th Main, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar, 10.30 am to 7.30 pm. Apparao Galleries: An art exhibition of paintings by T Vaikuntam. Apparao Galleries, The Presidency, 82, St Marks Road, Ground Floor, 11 am to 7 pm Renaissance: Solo art show by S. Venkatachalapathy. 104, West Minister, 13, Cunningham road, 11 am to 7 pm Veda Art Gallery: A Riot of Colours a collection of JMS Mani’s works. Palace View Building, 1, Kumara Park, next to BDA, 11 am to 4 pm Gallerie Third Eye: Colours and Hues an art exhibition. A group show by artists Kanthraj N, Rima Ray and Rakesh Mandal. 2nd Floor, Yemlur Main Road, next to Logican IT Park, behind HAL Airport, 10 am to 6 pm Shashii Jewels: A collection of jhumkas, necklaces, anklets and more in kundan, polki, zircon and Victorian styles. All jewellery in silver with precious and semi-precious stones, with and without goldplating. Today at Pai Viceroy Hotel, 1504, 16th Cross, 9th Main, Jayanagar 3rd block. 9353007659/09820099560 Creative Perspectives: Wednesday, August 17th, 2011. noon to 11:30 p.m. Caperberry, No 48/1 Ground Floor, The Estate, Dickenson Road, Artwork by Gopal Dey, Shan Re, Kishore Chand, Ashok Kumar G, Hiremath, Parmesh D Jolad, Ranjan Paul, Ram Onkar, Mini Arora and more. Colours & Hues: Wednesday, August 17th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Gallerie Third Eye, No A-1 Epsilon Office Block, Yemalur Main Road, Yemalur A group show by artists Kanthraj N, Rima Ray & Rakesh Mandal. Synesthesia: Wednesday, August 17th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Galleryske, No 2, Berlie Street, Langford Town A group show featuring works by Andrea Anastasio, Luigi Anastasio and Avinash Veeraraghavan. The works are displayed in the house-like space of the gallery, so that they are approached without demarcations and distinctions thus making the viewer experience the works in one continuous alternation of media from video and painting, to photography and sculpture. Solo show @ Apparao: Wednesday, August 17th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Apparao Galleries, No 82 The Presidency, St Marks Road, Apparao Galleries presents an exhibition of paintings by T. Vaikuntam. Newstalgia: Wednesday, August 17th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Indian Cartoon Gallery, Midford House, Midford Garden, MG Road, An exhibition displaying cartoons by noted
cartoonist and media person Rasheed Kappan. The cartoons provide a visual, tongue-incheek flashback of dramatic happenings across the globe over the last three years. Solo Show @ Renaissance: Wednesday, August 17th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Renaissance Gallerie, No 13 Westminster, Cunningham Road, An exhibition of paintings by S Venkatachalapathy at Renaissance.
Shopping Rio by Titan Eye+: Wednesday, August 17th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Titan Eye+, Safina Plaza, Infantry Road, A trendy, fashionable collection for the young and young at heart. The frames are available in a host of bright colours. Monsoon Baubles: Wednesday, August 17th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Ffolio, No 5 Embassy Chambers, Vittal Mallya Road, Bracialeto celebrates the monsoons by unveiling a new collection of costume jewellery that incorporates various shades of the colour of the season, blue.
Eating Out Power Lunch: Wednesday, August 17th, 2011. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. City Bar Karaoke + Grill, UB City, No 24, Vittal Mallya Road, Now be connected even during the quick business lunch. Free wi-fi access while you fill up in the middle of the day. Delectable starters with a variety of veg/ non veg main course options along with draught beer. Seafood Wednesdays at The Cubbon Pavilion: Wednesday, August 17th, 2011. 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Cubbon Pavilion, ITC Gardenia, No 1, Residency Road The chefs unveil an interactive theatre showcasing a bountiful supply of exotic seafood on the grill, and on the crepiere (crepe station) with exotic seafood fillings. They toss up refreshing Salads, roll Sushi, and serve crispy Tempura, Paella, Risotto, and lots more every Wednesday night. Weekday Lunch Buffet @ ManU: Wednesday, August 17th, 2011. noon to 3 p.m. Manchester United Restaurant Bar, The Manchester United Restaurant and Bar launches a weekday lunch buffet priced at Rs 350 plus taxes right from starters to desserts. 'The Kari Culture' at Blue Ginger: Wednesday, August 17th, 2011. 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Blue Ginger, The Taj West End, 23 Race Cource Road , Blue Ginger creates an interesting way to learn about Vietnamese ingredients and how to create some of the popular culinary innovations. 'The Kari Kulture' is for all the ladies who want to learn the finer aspects of Vietnamese cuisine, supervised by Chef Rishi. This is followed by a meal at the restaurant, where the guests taste what they cook. The Grand Indian Lunch Buffet @ Turquoise: Wednesday, August 17th, 2011. noon to 3 p.m. Turquoise, No 9, 2nd & 3rd Floors, 17th A Main, Koramangala Experience the Grand Indian Lunch buffet consisting of over 35 dishes every weekday with around 5 starters, 4 vegetarian gravies, 2 non vegetarian gravies , 7 desserts and lots more.
Nightlife KroaKING 6 with Carlton: Wednesday, August 17th, 2011. 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Opus, Chakravarty Layout, 1st Cross, Palace Cross Road, Sankey Road After five successful seasons, KroaKING is back, on the prowl for new singing talent. Ladies Night with DJ Deepak: Wednesday, August 17th, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The Beach, No 1211, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar DJ Deepak playing house at The Beach. Unlimited drinks for the girls till 10:30 pm. Karoake Wednesday with Martin Dsouza: Wednesday, August 17th, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Love Shack, No 541543, 4th Floor, Amarjyoti HBBCS Layout, Koramangala Intermediate Ring Road, Domlur Karaoke with Martin Dsouza at Love Shack. Free drinks for the ladies till 10:00 pm.
Food Heritage winery: A live demonstration on the process of wine making from crushing grapes and fermenting to filtering, bottling and packaging. Wine lovers can visit the winery for a free tour, which concludes with a free wine tasting for all guests. Call 9741798666 for details, or visit
2 truck ownersʼ bodies not to take part in tomorrowʼs strike
Oppose strike called by South India Motor Welfare Association L Raghunanda Bangalore Beat Bureau
of our strike and did not bring down the toll. The toll has been increased by 50 percent. If it was Bangalore: Two truckers’ asso- Rs 200 earlier, it has gone up to ciations are not taking part in Rs 300 now, that too only for the lorry strike that is beginning single entry,” he added. tomorrow. Though these issues have been The strike has been called by affecting the truckers across the the South India Motor Welfare sector, there has been no conAssociation (SIMWA), but the sensus among different associTruckers’ Forum and the Feder- ations. There are two lakh truck ation of Karnataka Lorry Owners’ owners, three lakh trucks and Associations (FOKLOA), who are six lakh workers in the sector. opposed to the protest, are not taking part in it. No parking facility “SIMWA has not sought views Chinna Reddy said the assoof any other truck owners’ associations in the state which are ciations demanded that they fighting for a similar cause. We needed a mega parking lot with too are pressuring the central facilities for drivers and cleaners. government for uniform diesel “The government promised that rates across the country, abol- the existing parking lot at Kanishing of toll and better norms teerava Studios would be for third party insurance. Since widened and 30 acres there most of these issues come under would be utilised. It was suffithe central government, we don’t cient some 20 years ago when understand why SIMWA is stop- the number of lorries was around ping trucks in Karnataka, Kerala, 50,000. Now, there are close to Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh three lakh lorries. The governand Maharashtra,” said FOKLOA ment, instead of giving a thought to it, blindly promised that the president B Chinna Reddy. There have been a number of existing facility was sufficient. protests by truckers, but the gov- Already, truck owners are paying ernment does not take any in- traffic police for parking the veterest in them and does not find hicles all over the place and we any solution to their problems, also have to bear with drivers of he said. “Last time too, we other vehicles who curse us for pressed with the government for obstructing free flow of traffic. bringing down the toll rate im- We feel bad for blocking the posed by the National Highways roads. But we don’t have a choice Authority of India (NHAI). But as we don’t have enough parkthe government hardly took note ing,” he said.
2nd global investors meet on 7th July 2012 Bangalore: The second global investors meet (GIM) will be held from July 7, 2012 said major industries minister Murugesh R Nirani. Addressing the media at Vidhana Soudha this morning Nirani said the department of industries and commerce is making preparations to hold the conference. “We expect an investment to the tune of Rs. 5 lakh crore through this,” he said. Terming the first such conference held in 2010 as a huge success, Nirani said the state has been able to mop up Rs. 4 lakh crore investments with an employment generation potential of 8 lakh. Projects for which MoUs have been signed are in
full progress and some are in completion stage, Nirani said. He said the state government wanted to acquire lands in Naligudi, Jantli and Sirur villages
in Gadag district for Posco project. Even though an agreement to this effect has been signed with the company, the government is now thinking of giving an alternative land to Posco in some other place preferably waste and dry lands. The farmers of Gadag need not worry about the project as the government has already assured them that no land will be acquired. Former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa has also promised to Dr Siddalingaswamy of Thontadharya Mutt earlier that the government will not go ahead with land acquisition. “The government will not change its stand and farmers need not worry about this,” Nirani said.
Aadhar card drive launched in city Continued from page 1 Unique ID known as Aadhar is formulated to give efficient delivery of welfare and other services to citizens. While under the first phase Mysore and Tumkur have been covered, registrations are in progress at Gulbarga and Belgaum, he said. “With most people getting registered under UID Aaadhar in this four districts of Tumkur, Mysore Gulburga and Belgaum, we are confident of covering all the districts in the second phase, said Vidya Shankar, secretary, information technology, science and technology, and bio-technology and e-governance. UID Aadhar is a massive exercise in the country in which even the uneducated and ignorant will get all help. There will be a 24 X 7call centre functioning for the convenience
Continued from page 1 RTI activist Akhil Gogoi said the government has given enough indications to Hazare that he can launch his protest from the park without conditions. However, lawyer Prashant Bhushan told reporters outside that “we have no no information or confirmation yet whether the
Bangalore: The government should take over ITASCA company, which has been accused of involving in KIADB land scam, demanded Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary H M Revanna here this morning. ITASCA is a bogus company created by former IT-BT minister Katta Subramanya Naidu and his son Katta Jagadish Naidu to loot the lands of poor farmers, he alleged. The company has acquired 325 acres of land belonging to farmers at Bandi Kodigehalli near Yelahanka to carry out real estate business, he said. Former minister Subramanya Naidu, his son and ITASCA MD S V Srinivas, who have been cooling their heels at the Parappana
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kept open in Krishnayyana Palya and took away jewellery kept in Bangalore: The Byappanahalli the bureau. police claimed to have solved About one and a half months two cases of house theft, one ago, he and his friend Praveen case of robbery and a case of had stolen the motorbike from bike theft with the arrest of a Coimbatore. thief in the city on Monday. About a fortnight back, he The police have recovered jew- had gone inside a house whose ellery and other valuables worth doors were open on the 9th cross over Rs 3.2 lakh and a motorbike of Hosa Byappanahalli and took from him. away jewellery kept on the table. Around one and a half years Three days ago, he had broken ago, the thief, Paul Daniel alias open the doors of a house in KrJesudas (30), and his friend John ishnayyana Palya and took away entered a house that had been jewellery kept inside the bureau.
Bus runs over woman
uments and all the staff will be suitably trained as also a helpdesk to guide anyone who is interested to know more about it. Gandhinagar MLA Dinesh Gundu Rao, mayor Sharadamma, BBMP commissioner Siddaiah and Aadhar member secretary Dalwia were present.
government has conceded to the demands of Hazare that he will be allowed to sit on fast in JP Park without any conditions on the number of days”. Over the last few days, Team Hazare had refused to give a written undertaking that he will end his protest within three days and restrict the number of protesters to 5,000. Hazare and seven of his aides were picked up from an east Delhi apartment yesterday morning hours before he was to launch his protest fast at JP Park after Delhi Police failed to persuade him to give it up. Police arrested him on the ground he was about to commit a cognisable offence but in a sudden turn of events government decided to release him after protests erupted across the country against its action. Addressing the crowd outside Tihar jail, Bhushan, one of the close associates of Hazare, said “today’s protest represents the significance of people’s struggle not not just against corruption but a shot in the arm for democracy”. PTI
Govt must take over ITASCA: Congress Bangalore Beat Bureau
Thief held, 4 cases solved
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Biometric data of CM D V Sadananda Gowda being collected at the launch of Aadhar drive in the city today. ofthe public. UID Aadhar will have separate information portal which is still under construction with Google earth attached. This will help people to locate the nearest UID Aadhar centre. Each UID Aadhar centre will have separate verifier of the doc-
Govt relents to Annaʼs demands
Agrahara central prison for their alleged involvement in the KIADB land scam, should be punished severely for robbing farmers of their lands. The government should seize all benami properties and illegal assets belonging to all the three accused, he said. Subramanya Naidu came to Bangalore with no assets in hand and worked as a building mason. Now, he is worth hundreds of crores. “How did he manage to amass so much of wealth? He should explain to the people his modus operandi,” he added. Law and parliamentary affairs minister Suresh Kumar now supports Gandhian Anna Hazare’s movement against corruption. “What moral right does he have to do so when his party colleagues have indulged in such huge levels of corruption?” he asked.
Bangalore: A 45-year-old woman died when a bus ran over her after an accident in the city last night.
Car stolen The deceased, Nagalakshmi – a resident of Jakkarayana Kere in Seshadripuram, was on the pillion, while her son Balakrishna was riding the scooter when the accident occurred at K V Junction petrol bunk on Vatal Nagaraj road. They were returning home from the residence of Nagalakshmi’s parents at Goripalya. A speeding tourist bus (KA-01, AA-4723) knocked the two down. The back right wheel of the bus ran over the stomach of Nagalakshmi killing her on the spot, the police said. Balakrishna suffered minor injuries.
A car parked outside the house was stolen at HAL second stage l a s t night. KPR Nambiar parked his Honda City car (KA03, MK8682) outside his house on 12th A Main road last night. But when he got up, his car was missing. The value of the car has been put at Rs 6 lakh.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Weʼve no choice in ties with Pak: US
BJP slams PM for Anna statement
New Delhi: The BJP today tore into Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s statement over Anna Hazare’s arrest saying UPA government’s restrictions on public protests were unheard of even during the British period and demanded “bold decisions” to tackle corruption. Terming the statement as “disappointing” and “not inspiring confidence”, Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley said in Rajya Sabha that the country was exasperated with the government and the level of corruption in UPA’s rule and hence people were protesting in streets.
Jaitley said the problem with the government is there are too many lawyers advising the Prime Minister and nobody understands that political problems have to be solved politically and not by police. “Do you even recollect from British regime when these kinds of restrictions were imposed on freedom fighters and Gandhiji...you cannot impose such unnecessary conditions,” Jaitley said denouncing the 22 restrictions by the Delhi police on Hazare’s protest fast. The BJP leader was critical of conditions
like limiting the number of people attending the protest, its duration and the number of vehicles at the protest site. “Is Congress party willing to give a guarantee that they will not hold a protest having more than 5,000 people in future?” Jaitley asked. He said the advisors of the government failed to realise the magnitude of the issue and overwhelming support for Hazare and hence the Prime Minister now has to “hide behind the Delhi Police Commissioner” for the decisions related to Hazare’s arrest. PTI
Hazare, BJP supporters stage protest
Thousands of people came out in support of Gandhian Anna Hazare in Bangalore today.
Dhoniʼs elder brother bats for Anna Ranchi: As support for Anna Hazare poured in for the second day today in Jharkhand, Team India Captain M S Dhoni’s elder brother Narendra Singh Dhoni pitched in for the Gandhian saying his demand for a strong Lokpal bill should be accepted by the Centre in its totality. “The Jan Lokpal Bill has to be brought immediately. I am
supporting Anna with an open mind like any other citizen of the country,” Narendra Singh Dhoni told reporters as he participated in slogan shouting in Ranchi, in support of Hazare’s demand for the anti-corruption bill. The activists of India Against Corruption/Civil society, Jharkhand Chapter (IAC/CS), were seen distributing black badges
to the people at different traffic points to register their protest against the arrest of Hazare yesterday and denying him the right to sit on a hunger strike at J P park to demand the anti-corruption bill. “We are requesting pedestrians, motor-cyclists and all citizens to wear black badges and protest the anti-democratic step
taken by the Central government,” the convener of the Jharkhand Chapter of IAC/CS, Sanjay Seth said. “All the left parties have also taken out a protest rally against the Centre’s attack on democratic right and attempt to cover up corruption,” CPI(M) Central Committee member, J S Majumdar, told reporters here. PTI
Chandigarh: Unrelenting supporters of anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare and BJP activists staged demonstrations across Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh today, voicing their support for a strong Lok Pal Bill. The BJP activists have staged demonstrations at different places in Punjab and Haryana against the Congress led UPA government, Punjab BJP chief Ashwani Sharma said. “Congress is facing serious corruption charges and those who are raising their voice against corruption and blackmoney stashed in foreign banks are being forcefully suppressed,” Sharma said. “Congress’ autocratic functioning was clearly visible during Ramdev’s protest and Yuva Morch rally... Leaders of opposition are not being allowed to speak in both Houses of Parliament and now it has taken an undemocratic step against Hazare and his team members,” he said. The BJP activists after staging protests handed over memorandums to respective Deputy Commissioners against the Congress functioning. Meanwhile, activists of NGOs‘India Against Corruption’ and ‘Awaaz’ continued with their protest at different parts of the twin states and their joint capital. The demonstrations so far have been peaceful and no untoward incident has been reported from any parts of Punjab
and Haryana, officials said here. Reports of protests have been received from Rohtak, Karnal, Ambala, Hisar, Kurukshetra, Gurdaspur, Pathankot, Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur. The chain fast by members of India Against Corruption continued at the rally ground in Chandigarh, NGO’s convener Rahul Bhartiya said. “Anna Hazare was arrested by Delhi Police without any valid reason. The 22 conditions imposed by Delhi Police are all unethical and against our democratic rights,” he said. The battle is on irrespective of whether Anna Hazare is released or not, our demand is Jan Lokpal and not the release of Anna, he said. Meanwhile, activists of ‘SaferHub’, ‘India Against Corruption’ and ‘Awaaz’ besides different social and political organisations took out a car and bike rally, candle-light marches and held demonstrations at Panchkula near here and in Chandigarh and other parts of Punjab and Haryana. “We will keep protesting till Jan Lokpal Bill is introduced,” Rahul Bhartiya said adding that the protests would be more intensive with more and more people participating in these demonstrations. Meanwhile, lawyers at the district courts in Chandigarh decided to observe a day long strike.
CM offers pooja Medical reps protest high drug prices at Chamundi Hills
Mysore: Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda has said that any one who becomes chief minister of the state will visit Chamundi Hills to seek the blessings of goddess. Addressing the media early this morning, Gowda said I am here to seek the blessings of goddess Chamundeshwari and this is not the time to talk about politics. He said by seeking the blessings of the goddess, he will get strength and courage to work for the development of the state. He said in the interest of common man and to achieve his set goals for development he has performed poojas for Chamundeshwari. The chief minister who arrived at the Chamundi Hills at 7.15 this morning was received by senior officials of Chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda, his wife Dati and the district administration. medical education minister S A Ramadass offer puja at He was accompanied by disChamundi Hills today. trict incharge minister S A Ramadass, minister for water resources Basavaraj Bommai, forest minister Renukacharya and G T da was also accompanied by his minister C P Yogeshwar, excise Deve Gowda. Sandananda Gow- family members.
Mysore: Karnataka State Medical & Sales Representatives Association has staged a protest march demanding reduction of prices for drugs. They alleged that manufacturing companies are charging high prices as also
indulging in unethical and illegal means to promote their products. Though the profit margins in the drug industry is very high, the prices of essential drugs are rising continuously putting a huge burden on com-
mon man, the members of the association said. Their other demands include maternity leave for 6 months, statutory working rules, imprisonment of employers for violation of SPE Act.
Washington: Top US officials admit Washington has “no choice” but to maintain close relations with Pakistan despite government links with militant groups. including the Lashkare-Taiba (LeT) blamed for the Nov 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. Pakistan has “relationships” with the Haqqani network - militants based in western Pakistan who conduct cross-border attacks on US forces in Afghanistan, and with LeT, both listed by the US as terrorist organizations, Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday. “There’s a relationship with LeT and -- you know, this is a group that goes into India and threatens attacks there. It has conducted attacks there,” he said at a public forum with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Washington’s National Defence University. “And yet there is no choice but to maintain a relationship with Pakistan. Why? Because we’re fighting a war there,” Panetta, who took over as defence secretary in June after two years of heading the CIA, said. Clinton said the Obama administration considers relations with Pakistan to be of “paramount importance.” She said there have been “challenges” in bilateral ties for decades with valid complaints on both sides, and that she credits the Islamabad government with lately recognizing its shared interest with Washington in confronting terrorism. “I was very pleased when the Pakistanis moved into [the] Swat [Valley] and cleaned out a lot of what had become a kind of Pakistani Taliban stronghold,” said Clinton. “And then they began to take some troops off their border with India, to put more resources into the fight against the Pakistani Taliban. “Now, as Leon [Panetta] says, we have some other targets that we discuss with them - the Haqqanis, for example. And yet it’s been a relatively short period of time, two-and-a-half years, when they have begun to reorient
Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani themselves militarily against what is, in our view, an internal threat to them.” Later at the State Department asked why US was not putting Pakistan among state sponsors of terrorism despite its relationship with two banned terror organizations, spokesperson Victoria Nuland said: “I think Secretary Panetta spoke to our concern about how these two organizations operate. “Any relationship that they may have with Pakistan, which is a subject that we talk about with Pakistan, which is a different issue than a state being a sponsor of terrorism itself.”
Action against LeT discussed with Pak: US Washington: The US has said that action against terrorist outfits Lashkar-e-Taiba and Haqqani network is always a topic of discussion with Pakistan. "(Defence) secretary (Leon) Panetta spoke to our concern about how these two organisations operate and any relationship that they may have with Pakistan, which is a subject that we talk about with Pakistan," state department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters. She, however, said this was a "different issue" than a State being "a sponsor of terrorism itself". Nuland's comments come shortly after Panetta acknowledged that Pakistan keeps ties with anti-India terror group LeT. Asked if it was her understanding that what Panetta was meaning to say was that the Pakistani government has relationships with these two networks, Nuland said "No". "We believe it is in our interest and it's in the interest of Pakistan that we continue to strengthen our cooperation and collaboration," she said.
Haqqani Nuland said there was no secret to anybody that US has a robust dialogue with Pakistan on counter terrorism issues, and it continues to try to strengthen their approach and collaborate "as much as we can". "Obviously, these two organisations that Secretary Panetta spoke about are on the list of subjects that we talk about together. But beyond that, I don't think I'm going to get into the substance," she said. PTI
Indian in Oz jailed over road rage attack Melbourne: An Indian student was today handed down a jail term of two-and-ahalf years by an Australian court, which found him guilty of recklessly causing serious injuries to a group of compatriots during a road rage attack. 25-year-old Gurdeep Singh Mann, who lives in Victoria, will have to serve at least 18 months of his two-and-a-halfyear sentence before he becomes eligible for parole. He is expected to face deportation after serving the prison term, local media reported. Mann was driving near Glenhuntly Road in Melbourne’s south in June 2009 when he narrowly missed hitting three pedestrians who were also his fellow
countrymen, the Victorian County Court heard. He drove in front of the men and stopped a short distance away when he heard them hurling abuse in his native language, Judge Frank Gucciardo was quoted as saying. Mann and his passenger got out of the car to confront the men and the group began exchanging insults, pushing, shoving and punching each other, Judge Gucciardo said. Mann’s friend, a hospitality student, grabbed one of his cooking knives from the car and started slashing at two of the men. After the jury found Mann guilty on two counts of recklessly causing serious
injury, he was sentenced to two-and -ahalf years’ jail term and ordered that he serve 18 months before becoming eligible for parole. Mann would probably be deported on his release because of his criminal record. During the trial, Mann was accused of calling out to his friend to get the knife out of the car to help him subdue one of the pedestrians, but Judge Gucciardo said it was uncertain whether or not this happened. But he said he was convinced that Mann was clearly acting in concert with his passenger and knew he was armed. Gucciardo said the fact that the pedestrians may have verbally abused Mann
did not justify the knife attack. “Its use was completely unjustifiable,” Gucciardo said. He said the courts must denounce the use of knives in “gratuitous violence”, which was becoming all too prevalent. “This appeared to be unpremeditated, spontaneous, though foolish behaviour,” he said. The two victims of the attack suffered stab wounds, cuts and abrasions, the judge said. He said Mann was only slightly less culpable than his passenger, who was jailed for 10 months after pleading guilty, but was not entitled to the same sentencing discount because he pleaded not guilty and faced a trial. PTI
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Beyond Beat Wednesday, August 17, 2011
ACTIVISTS FIGHT FOR
ORGANIC FARMING Bangalore Beat Bureau
Is our universe a multiverse?
Washington: Is our universe just one of many? The idea may sound a bit bizarre, but it could be a reality, scientists say. The possibility that we live in a multiverse arises from a theory called eternal inflation, which posits that shortly after the Big Bang that formed the universe, space-time expanded at different rates in different places, giving rise to bubble universes that may function with their own separate laws of physics. The idea has seemed purely hypothetical until now. In a new study, published in the journals Physical Review Letters and Physical Review D, a team of researchers suggested that if our universe has siblings, we may have bumped into them. Such collisions, they said, would have left lasting marks in the cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation, the diffuse light left over from the Big Bang that pervades the universe, LiveScience reported. “It brings the idea of eternal inflation and bubble collisions into the realm of testable science,” said research team member Daniel Mortlock, an astrophysicist at Imperial College London. “If it’s not testable, it’s hard to even call it science.” Mortlock and the team looked for the best available CMB observations for signs of bubble universe collisions, but didn’t find anything conclusive. If two universes had collided, it would have left a circular pattern behind in the cosmic microwave background, they said. “If you imagine two ordinary soap bubbles colliding, then the surface where they intersect is going to be a circle, so that’s the key signature we’re looking for in the CMB,” Mortlock said. For their study, the researchers developed a computer algorithm to analyse CMB observations for patterns that would fit. In data from NASA’s Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP), the programme found four regions in the universe that were flagged as promising. However, statistical analyses suggested these patterns were likely to be random, resembling the circular shapes of collisions simply by coincidence. The idea of other universes out there is mindbending, but scientists say in some ways it actually makes sense. “It helps explain some of the strange coincidences about our own universe,” Mortlock said. “Why is our universe so amenable to life?” Many of the fundamental constants in our universe, such as the strength of gravity and the speed of light, seem perfectly calibrated to produce a universe in which galaxies, stars, planets and even life can form. If any of these constants had been tweaked at all, the universe would likely be empty, with no stars and no life. But if our universe is one of many, then the fact that it’s so perfectly tuned for life isn’t such an unlikely coincidence. “One possibility is there are multiple different universes with different laws, and some are not right for life and so life doesn’t evolve, and some are right for life and so creatures evolve and make measurements and ask deep, twisty questions like this,” Mortlock said. “For that reason [the theory] is very appealing.” PTI
Deadly bugs lurk in raw vegetables Washington: Germs like E. coli and Salmonella lurk in raw vegetables, where it might not be possible to remove them even with repeated washing, say US scientists. These contaminated items could be a potent source of infection, according to the new study by Purdue University. An E. coli strain was present in tissues of moong bean sprouts. Salmonella was present in peanut seedlings. “The pathogens were in every major tissue, including the tissue that transports nutrients in plants,” says study co-author Amanda Deering, the Journal of Food Protection and Food Research International reports. Finding pathogens inside plants has been challenging because tests require slicing off pieces of the plants, which can move the bacteria from the outside to the inside or vice versa, say Deering and co-author Robert Pruitt. “The results are often imprecise because the methods allow bacteria to move,” says Pruitt, according to a University statement. Cooking those foods to temperatures known to kill the pathogens would eliminate them from inner tissues, the researchers say. IANS
debate has been raging over genetically modified crops. Kavitha Kurganti, who is known as Medha Patkar of Karnataka, outright rejects arguments in favour of these biotechnology crops. She advises farmers to take up organic farming to improve productivity and general health of the people. She spoke to Bangalore Beat at length on the ill-effects of GM crops, which are being touted as solution to the starving world. Kurganti is a coordinator for Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture (ASHA). Why is there such raging debate over GM crops? When will all this end? We are not against genetically modified crops, but the methods adopted by these companies to fool farmers. They have been lying to farmers and the public that these crops ensure food security. As long as we are convinced that there is no fair play from those favouring GM crops, the fight will go on. But when Bangalore Beat contacted some farmers, they were happy about the results from GM crops, especially Bt cotton, in Haveri, Dharwad and other northern parts of the state. They said their yield has increased manifold after they adopted Bt Cotton. When farmers are happy with it, why are you against Bt cotton? No matter what is being fed to the media and to the farmers, it is not possible for us to believe that the yield has increase three times, from 4 quinta per acre to 14 quintals after sowing Bt variety of cotton. This could have probably been done over an area of 3-4 acres, but is claiming to have been grown in one acre. Under ASHA, we went to Jagwa village in Madhya Pradesh. The farmers there were lying about the quantity of yield. While they claimed the production was 8-10 quintals per acre, we found that it was in fact from 3-04 acres. We have visited these areas and we know the reality. You are heading the campaign for ASHA, while Kodihalli Chandrashekar is doing it on behalf of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS). What do you propose to do with these protests? The objective of the two organisations is the same. We want the state government that has an organic farming policy to realise that Monsanto and its products present a diametrically opposite paradigm to organic farming. This is the point being stressed by Kodihalli Chandrashekar and ASHA. There has been good number of indigenous methods for organic farming. Why can’ the government go forward with those? We must question ourselves, if not the government, as to what these experts at our agriculture department doing, except following the diktats of the US and other countries. Let agriculture scientists and experts conduct field trials and research to develop seeds that are resistant to pest, insects and drought. Then, dependence on GM crops would never arise. When farm activists, including Kodihalli Chandrashekar, came out in protest last week against Bt crops, the commissioner and director of the agriculture department tried to shoo us away. They should realise that we are not protesting for the sake of protests, but only trying to alert the government. Have we exhausted our ideas at the agriculture universities and research institutions? Have we come to a stage where we have to blindly follow companies like Mosanto and Du Pont? They keep prescribing to us what seeds to take and what pesticides to spray. What is your course of action now? You have said ASHA and KRRS are putting up some demands before the government with regard to GM crops. What are those demands and what do you expect the government to do? Our demand is that the agriculture minister should take a serious note of Bt crop
She is known as Medha Patkar of Karnataka and she has been fighting for the cause of farmers. Kavitha Kurganti, who has been a coordinator with ASHA, wants the Kar‑ nataka government to focus on better, indigenous methods of farming, instead of adopting GM crops, says L Raghunanda Gowda
Kavitha Kurganti, who is known as Medha Patkar of Karnataka, addresses a group of farmers in Andhra Pradesh. She says the Karnataka government, instead of adopting GM crops, should ask agriculture scientists and experts to develop high-yielding, indigenous methods. trials, be it cotton, brinjal or sugarcane, and unless they satisfy the norms laid down these crops should nto be allowed. In fact, we are against any GM trials in the state. Our second demand is that some institutions, like the University of Agricultural Sciences and Dharwad Agricultural University College, have been conducting free trials of these crops, by entering into agreements with these companies. This must come to an end. There needs to be fair practice at every level. The government, instead of favouring BT companies, should encourage research at these institutions and coordinate with scientists, experts and policy makers. The government should interact with the academia, instead of wasting resources, be it men and material. It should focus on increasing productivity by giving good seeds in large numbers to farmers and explore improved methods of farming. Institutions and experts associated with the field should be made use of for better agricultural policy. You have said ASHA has been working on sustainable farming… What other works your organisation has been doing? ASHA has been conducting various activities to strengthen the livelihood of farmers and sustainable agricultural farming in Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. It is working with a network of 400 organisations. Our aim is to create awareness among
farmers that good old indigenous practices and organic farming would ensure proper livelihood. At the same time, we alert the government by conducting farmer activism and holding protests, only to ensure
that their demands are met. Let the government give thrust to organic farming and see best of resources in men and material that are getting stagnated or being underutilised in agricultural universities, colleges
Hi‑tech tattoo to monitor vital signs of patients
and be put to best use. The experts associated with agriculture should come up with best technologies this country needs and increase productivity. This way, they can ensure food security for all…
Vaccine hope for chikungunya
Washington: A new vaccine that may cure the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus, which afflicts millions of people in India, London: Scientists have developed and would adhere tinction between electronics and biThe monitor does not use an ad- Southeast Asia and Africa has a tiny wireless patch which they without adhesives, ological tissue.” hesive, relying on a weak force that been developed by US scientists. say can be worn like a temporary tatA single dose of the new vacand the reIn addition to monitoring patients causes molecules and surfaces to too to monitor a patient’s vital signs searchers said the in hospitals, other uses for the de- stick together without interfering cine protected lab mice from the such as temperature and heart rate test devices had re- vices could include monitoring brain with motion. For longer-term use the deadly virus, which triggers a more conveniently. mained in place for waves, muscle movement, sensing electronic skin could be coated with painful and often chronic arthritAn international team of reic disease among humans. up to 24 hours, the the larynx for speech, emitting heat an adhesive. searchers which is behind the device “Currently, we have no apDaily Mail report- to help heal wounds and perhaps The device will help fill the need said it would eliminate the bulky ed. even being made touch sensitive for equipment that is more conven- proved treatment or vaccine for wiring and electrodes used in current Although normal shedding of skin and placed on artificial limbs. ient and less stressful for patients, chikungunya, and there’s a monitors and make it more com- cells would eventually cause the real need for an effective vacThe device resembles a bandage permitting easier and more reliable fortable for patients. monitors to come off, the team be- and contains an antenna that could monitoring, said Zhenqiang Ma, of cine to protect against this deThe scientist, who detailed their lieves the new device could remain be used to transmit data, though a ra- the University of Wisconsin, who was bilitating and economically devfindings in the journal Science, em- in place for as long as two weeks. astating infection,” said study codio to do that transmitting has not yet not part of the research. bedded electronic sensors in a film “What we are trying to do here is been tested. The electronic skin can simply author Scott Weaver. thinner than the diameter of a hu- to really reshape and redefine elec“We need to slow this virus The current design has a small coil be stuck on or peeled off like an adman hair which was placed on a tronics to look a lot more like the hu- and could be powered by induction hesive bandage, he noted in a com- down in India and Southeast polyester backing like those used for man body, in this case the surface – by placing it near an electrical coil. mentary. Asia,” said Weaver. the temporary tattoos popular with layers of the skin,” said researcher This would permit intermittent use, “Everything we’ve seen so far The team declined to speculate on children. John Rogers of the University of Illi- and for longer-term monitoring a tiny how soon the electronic skin would suggests this vaccine candidate The result was a sensor that was nois. battery or storage capacitor could be be ready for market or what it would could fill that need,” added flexible enough to move with the skin Weaver, the journal Public Li“The goal is really to blur the dis- fitted. cost. PTI
brary of Science reports. The vaccine has been jointly developed by researchers from the Universities of Texas, Wisconsin and Alabama and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a Texas statement. It has been created by genetically modifying the chikungunya virus. The new vaccine strain that provokes an immune response to protect against future chikungunya infections, would also be cheaper to produce in large quantities. IANS
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Rider of the Giraffa (Giraffe) neighborhood Andrea Mari with his horse Fedora Saura, left, on his way to win the Palio, the famous break-neck bareback horse race around in Piazza del Campo Sienas main square, Italy, yesterday. The annual Palio pits Siena neighborhoods against one another and it’s a major tourist draw for this Tuscan city. Each neighborhood puts up a horse and rider to race three times around the slippery, dirt covered cobblestone track.
Mum takes son to cops for £1 theft
London: A woman in Britain handed over her 14-year-old son to the police after watching him on CCTV stealing a chewing gum packet worth one pound. The boy, from Sale town of Manchester, was dragged to the Stretford police station by his mother to confess his crime, Daily Express reported. The teenager admitted stealing the gum from Sainsbury’s in Manchester city centre. Prosecutor Jo Ingle told Manchester magistrates: “Several images were taken of people running out of the shop. His mum saw them and took him to Stretford police station.” Dominic Walker, defending, said: “His mother and father were, quite frankly, disgusted. He’s not in trouble at school, he realises what he’s done and realises the effect it has had.” Stating he had limited sentencing powers because the boy was under 15, District Judge Khalid Qureshi said: “I can’t send him to prison because parliament says I can’t.” The boy pleaded guilty and was awarded a nine-month referral order besides being told to pay 85 pounds. PTI
Drunk woman prevents plane landing London: A drunk woman passenger forced an airline pilot to abandon landing at Manchester airport after she created a ruckus inside the plane. While being helped into her seat by the cabin crew and fellow passengers, as she was in an inebriated state, she refused to comply but also started kicking them all. When the plane was finally on the ground, she was escorted away by two male passengers who had helped restrain her. Lynn Grimes, 41, had been drinking before boarding the EasyJet flight from Athens to Manchester, but escaped a prison sentence because she has a flying phobia, Daily Mail reported. Grimes, had four airline-size bottles of wine during the trip back to Britain before she started to harass staff around her. She had been invited to sit with cabin crew at the rear of the aircraft because they knew of her fear of flying, the Manchester’s Minshull Street crown court was told. Once the plane was about to land, Grimes was asked to return to her seat for safety reasons. But she declined to comply. Both – crew and fellow passengers – tried to remonstrate with her, but she be came aggressive and abusive, said prosecuting Nicola Amatino. When a passenger tried to help her to her seat, Grimes grabbed her by the hair and pulled a scarf around her neck. She kicked out at a crew member, hitting him in the stomach. The scenario inside the plane made the pilot to decide that it was unsafe to land until she was properly seated and aborted the landing. Grimes was given an eightmonth sentence. She will also have to participate in a medical programme and carry out 60 hours of community work. IANS
Man using two phones while driving banned London: A man in Britain was caught using two mobile phones while driving on a 70 miles per hour limit road – he has now been banned from driving. David Secker, 34, was pulled over by police after they spotted him on a phone held with his right hand while holding another phone in his left hand. He made them wait until he had finished his phoneconversation, Daily Express reported. Secker declined texting on the second phone. He maintained he was just passing on a phone number but was still holding on to the steering wheel. Norwich magistrates found Secker guilty of driving with no insurance, using a mobile phone while driving and not being in proper control of a vehicle. He was also fined 150 pounds. IANS
Rebels in Libya see victory by Aug‑end Benghazi: Libya’s rebels said yesterday their war against Muammar Gaddafi’s regime had entered a “decisive phase” and that victory was within reach by the end of August. They also ruled out negotiations with the regime after Washington said the “days are numbered” for veteran strongman Muammar Gaddafi’s regime. As the chorus grew, fighting raged across Libya, with the rebels denying they were in talks with a defiant Gaddafi, who himself predicted swift victory against both the rebels and their NATO allies. Mansur Saif al-Nasr, the rebel National Transitional Council’s (NTC) envoy to Paris, said “our forces totally control Zawiyah (west of the capital), which will open the way to Tripoli. This will allow the population there to revolt.” “We are entering a decisive phase. Soon we will liberate all of southern Libya. We hope to celebrate the final victory at the same time as the end of (Muslim holy month of) Ramadan” at the end of August, he told France’s RFI radio. “The population inside Tripoli is preparing for the uprising,” Nasr said. “A few weeks ago, Gaddafi’s forces put down the revolt because they had air power and tanks, and our forces were not at the gates of Tripoli. “Today, they have no more air power, no tanks and our forces are at the entrance to Tripoli.” The United States expressed optimism that the rebels were closing in on Gaddafi, who has ruled for more than 40 years, with White House spokesman Jay Carney saying the increasingly isolated strongman’s “days are numbered.” Zawiyah is a vital oil port on Libya’s Mediterranean coast, 40 kilometres west
NRI jailed for sexual abuse on plane
New York: A 65-year-old Indian American has been sentenced to a year in federal prison and fined $10,000 for sexually abusing a woman while she slept on board a flight from Hong Kong to Newark. Ramesh Advani of Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, was sentenced on Monday in US District Court in Newark. He had previously pleaded guilty before a US district judge to abusive sexual conduct, newjersey.com reported. Advani will be under a five-year supervision order after his release. He was arrested last May when a Continental Airlines flight he boarded in Hong Kong landed at Liberty International Airport Rebel fighters flash victory sign standing on the debris of the in Newark, New Jersey. communication centre allegedly bombed by NATO aviation, when it was According to court documents, still under the control of Muammar Gaddafi’s forces at Brega in Libya. during the flight, Advani reached Most of the town has been liberated from Gaddafi’s forces, with fights under the blanket of a woman going on only at the oil terminal, according the rebel military spokesman, who was asleep in the seat next Ahmed Bani. to him and sexually abused her. Two passengers witnessed the of Tripoli. It landed about five kilometres east assault and began kicking the Rebels claimed yesterday to control of rebel-held territory near Brega, in woman’s chair to wake her up. “most” of the town, but Gaddafi forces “an area currently under the control of She then alerted the flight’s crew continued to bombard the area with anti-Gaddafi forces,” but did not cause members. The case was heard in federal court. Grad rockets, prompting a heavy artillery any casualties. exchange. However, in contrast to the US asFunerals were being held yesterday, sessment, while Lavoie said forces loyal a day after 23 people were killed in the to Gaddafi were retreating “often hurtown, according to rebels. riedly,” he also acknowledged that In an update on its operations, NATO NATO’s Libya mission remains “far from said its warplanes hit tanks and an over.” A defiant Gaddafi denied widearmed vehicle near Zawiyah yesterday. spread rumours he had fled the country London: A rare statue of Hercules, the Greek demigod who NATO spokesman Colonel Roland and predicted victory. Lavoie also condemned the launch of a “The end of the coloniser (NATO) is was ordered to undertake 12 Scud missile by Gaddafi’s forces as close and the end of the rats is close. superhuman tasks, has been “desperate” and “irresponsible.” They (the rebels) flee from one house found in Israel, it was reported The missile was fired from some 80 to another before the masses who are here. Dating back to second cenkm south of the Gaddafi-loyal stronghold chasing them,” Gaddafi declared in tury A.D., the smooth white of Syrte, the Canadian officer said. an audio message on Libyan TV. AFP
Flaxseed may help protect against radiation eﬀects Washington: Flaxseed, a cheap and safe food item known to be rich in fiber and antioxidants, can also help protect against the damaging effects of radiation, a new study has found. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine found that a diet of flaxseed given to mice not only protects lung tissues before exposure to radiation, but also can significantly reduce damage after exposure occurs. In their study, published in BMC Cancer, the researchers fed mice flaxseed either before or up to six weeks after receiving a large radiation dose equivalent to getting about 10,000 X-rays, or what a cancer patient might receive over an entire course of radiation treatment Four months after receiving radiation, up to 88 per cent of mice that ate flaxseed were still alive, compared with just 40 per cent of mice who did not eat flaxseed. Apart from having a better chance of surviving, the mice that ate flaxseed also lost less weight and had a lower risk of inflammation and fibrosis than those who didn’t eat flaxseed, LiveScience reported. The researchers were particularly interested in finding a cheap, safe supplement to give to people who have been exposed to radiation in the event of a terrorist attack. “You need to give something that’s really safe as well as easy to deliver to a huge number of people all at once,” said Dr Keith Cengel, an assistant professor of radiation oncology, who led the research. Flaxseed meets these requirements and may provide additional health benefits, including improved heart health. “It’s as close to a no-brainer as you get,” Cengel said. However, the researchers are not certain the protective benefits will translate to people. Terrorist use of a “dirty bomb” could expose large numbers of people to radiation. This type of bomb disperses radioactive material in the form of an aerosolised powder, and poses great health risks, the researchers said. One type of lung injury that can follow is called fibrosis, in which scar tissue prevents the lung from being able to expand normally during breathing. This injury can also occur in lung cancer patients who have received too much radiation during treatment. “This is extremely encouraging,” Dr Nagy Elsayyad, an assistant professor of radiation oncology at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Centre, said of the study’s results. It’s possible providing flaxseed to lung cancer patients before radiation treatment could allow doctors to increase the radiation dose without increasing the risk of injury, Elsayyad said. “That could translate to better cure rates with radiation.” But some are sceptical about whether flaxseed could be used after a terrorist attack or nuclear accident. “I think there’s a likelihood it might do some good,” said Jacqueline Williams, a radiation expert at the University of Rochester in New York. “But I think what the decades of research that have gone into such attempts have shown is that a single drug or a single attempt like this is unlikely to be totally effective,” Williams said. It’s more likely a combination of agents will be needed to provide protection, she said. PTI
Kandahar: A bomb planted on a motorcycle exploded in a vegetable market in southern Afghanistan last evening, killing eight people at dusk as residents broke their daily fast for the holy month of Ramadan, authorities said. The motorcycle was parked at the market in the Dihrawud district of Uruzgan province, said provincial council director Amanullah Otaq. He said eight were killed and dozens wounded. Uruzgan provincial spok-esman Hamid Milad Mudasir confirmed the attack, but said he could not confirm how many people were killed because family members had taken many of the bodies away immediately after the attack. The blast was the latest in a series of attacks in the turbulent south, where the Taliban are pushing back against a concerted campaign from US and NATO troops to quell the insurgency. In the neighbouring Kandahar province, a gunman killed a woman who works for the Afghan government as she was
on her way to work in Kandahar city. The assailant shot Rabia Sadat twice as she was getting into a car outside her home this morning, said her father, Sayed Hussein Sadat. Sadat worked for the province’s work and social affairs department, said Zalmai Ayubi, a spokesman for Kandahar’s provincial government. Ayubi said it was not clear why Sadat was killed, and her father said he did not know of any threats against his daughter. Insurgents regularly target government workers or women who attend school or work in offices. Also yesterdyay, NATO said that one of its cargo planes collided with a surveillance drone in eastern Afghanistan a day earlier. The C-130 plane made an emergency landing at a nearby base but was only slightly damaged and no one aboard was injured, said Italian army Capt. Pietro D’Angelo, a spokesman for NATO forces in Afghanistan. AP
Rare Hercules statue found marble statue stands at 0.5 metres. “This statue is unusual because it is small. Most statues of gods from this period were life-size,” Daily Telegraph quoted Walid Atrash of the Israel Antiquities Authority as saying.
Hercules was directed to perform the 12 superhuman feats by Mycenaean King Eurystheus to atone for the murder of his wife and three children. The statue was excavated in Horvat Tarbenet area in the Jezreel Valley. IANS
Wall Street snaps Rejection leads to ill three‑day rally health, anti‑social feelings
New York: Wall Street ended a choppy session in the red after three straight gains as comments from German and French leaders failed to ease market concerns over European debt woes, Xinhua reported. At a press conference after their emergency meeting, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy Tuesday detailed plans for closer euro zone integration. However, it failed to boost market confidence as they didn’t mention any plan to increase the size of euro zone’s rescue fund or begin sales of euro bonds. Investors felt disappointed at the outcomes as they were expecting some concrete plans to stem the debt problems spread-
ing to more euro zone countries. As a result, financials took a heavy blow and dropped the most in S&P 500 big-cap sectors, as financial shares were seen as vulnerable to a European fiscal crisis. Meanwhile, stocks were under pressure as data showed Germany’s GDP increased by only 0.1 percent in the second quarter this year after a revised 1.3 percent jump from the previous quarter, spurring fears that the biggest economy in Europe may be losing some momentum. Limiting some losses, investors felt a little bit relieved after Fitch Ratings Tuesday affirmed its AAA debt rating on the US, citing the key pillars of the country’s creditworthiness remains intact. IANS
Washington: Acceptance is fundamental to the well-being and worth of an individual. But its evil twin – rejection – spawns ill health and anti-social feelings, which can have damaging consequences. “If you turn on the television set and watch any reality TV programme, most of them are about rejection and acceptance,” said Nathan Dewall, psychologist at the University of Kentucky who co-led a study with Brad J. Bushman of Ohio State University. According to him, acceptance and rejection came from belonging to a group that helped our ancestors – the weakest among animal species – survive harsh
Stress drives appetite, obesity Toronto: Scientists have figured out why stress triggers appetite, which could be instrumental in causing obesity. Normally, the brain produces neurotransmitters (chemicals facilitating intercellular communication) called endocannabinoids that send signals to control appetite. Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI) researchers at the University of Calgary found that in the absence of food, a stress response temporarily causes brain re-wiring. This re-wiring may impair the endocannabinoids’ ability to regulate food intake and contribute to increased food drive, the journal Neuron reports. By blocking the effects of stress hormones in the brain, re-
(neurons) in hypothalamus. This brain structure plays a key role in controlling appetite and metabolism and also linked with the brain’s response to stress. Bains, who based his study on rats, explains: “Interestingly, these changes are driven not necessarily by the lack of nutrients, but rather by the stress induced by the lack of food.” “The absence of food clearly brings about dramatic changes in the way our neurons searchers caused the brain wiring communicate with each other. . to remain unchanged in food’s . . The fact that the lack of absence, according to a Calgary food causes activation of statement. the stress response might Hotchkiss researchers Jaideep help explain the relationship beBains and Quentin Pittman, tween stress and obesity,” adds looked specifically at nerve cells Pittman. IANS
Now, new way to access brainʼs landmark! Washington: Scientists claim to have developed a new technique which provides rapid access to brain landmarks formerly only available at autopsy. A team at Washington University says getting through the intricacies of the human brain will give a better insight into how the mind works and aide in future diagnosis and treatment of brain disorders, the ‘Journal of Neuroscience’ reported. The technique will also make it possible for researchers to map myelination, or the degree to which branches of brain cells are covered by a white sheath known as myelin in order to speed up long-distance signalling. “The brain is among the most complex structures known, with approximately 90 billion neurons transmitting information across 150 trillion connections,” said team leader David Van Essen of Washington Uni-
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versity. He added: “New perspectives are very helpful for understanding this complexity, and myelin maps will give us important insights into where certain parts of the brain end and others begin.” Easy access to detailed maps of myelination in humans and animals also will aid efforts to understand how the brain evolved and how it works, according to Van Essen. Neuroscientists have known for more than a century that myelination levels differ throughout the cerebral cortex, the gray outer layer of the brain where most higher mental functions take place. Until now, though, the only way they could map these differences in detail was to remove the brain after death, slice it and stain it for myelin. The new technique combines data from two types of magnetic resonance imaging scans.
“These are standard ways of imaging brain anatomy that scientists and clinicians have used for a long time. After developing the new technique, we applied it in a detailed analysis of archived brain scans from healthy adults,” the scientists said. The findings show highest myelination levels in areas involved with early processing of information from the eyes and other sensory organs and control of movement. Many brain cells are packed into these regions, but the connections among the cells are less complex. “It’s been widely hypothesised that each chunk of the cerebral cortex is made up of very uniform information- processing machinery. But we’re now adding to a picture of striking regional differences that are important for understanding how the brain works,” Van Essen said. PTI
environment, said a University of Kentucky statement. Being part of a group still helps people feel safe and protected - even when every person has become an island unto himself, reports the journal Current
Directions in Psychological Science. People with depression may face exclusion more often because of the symptoms of their disorder and being rejected makes them more depressed and even contribute to suicide, Dewall said. They don’t sleep well, their immune systems sputter and they even tend to die sooner than people who are surrounded by others who care about them, he added. Exclusion and mental health problems can join together in a destructive loop. People with social anxiety navigate their world constantly, worried about being socially rejected. IANS
Scientists in China detect neutrino Beijing: A team of international Scientists working at a Laboratory near a Chinese nuclear power plant claimed to have discovered neutrino through two detecting instruments, which could provide clues to solving the mystery of why there is more matter than antimatter in the universe. The Institute of High Energy Physics with the Chinese Academy of Sciences announced the breakthrough that was achieved by more than 250 researchers from six countries and regions, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The two neutrino detectors are installed underground 360 meters away from the Chinese Daya Bay Nuclear Power Station in southern Guangdong Province at a depth of 100 meters. Scientists believe that matter and antimatter were created in equal amounts during the Big Bang, but the disappearance of antimatter remains a mystery. Neutrino is an elementary particle that is able to pass through
ordinary matter almost unaffected, which makes it extremely difficult to detect. Located in Shenzhen, a city neighbouring Hong Kong, the Daya Bay Nuclear Power Station commenced operation in 1993. Scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the US-based Brookhaven National Laboratory and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory started the underground neutrino experiment in 2006. Kam-Biu Luk, spokesman for the laboratory, said that the results of the experiment would further shed light on the evolution of basic matter after the Big Bang. The neutrino experiment in the Daya Bay is one of the largest cooperation projects with regards to basic research between China and the United States. Among the participants of the experiment are Russia, Czech Republic, and China’s Hong Kong and Taiwan regions. PTI
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
ilmmaker Ram Gopal Varma, who had earlier refused to show his film “Not A Love Story” to Maria Susairaj, says he is now keen to screen it for the controversial Kannada actress. “I refused 2 shw Not a love story 2 Maria cos she ws threatening legal action bt nw it hs bn kpt aside so I wnt 2 voluntarily shw hr the film. I am really keen to show maria susairaj the film on the basis of, like I always maintained that it has been inspired from her story (sic),” Varma posted on micro-blogging site Twitter. Maria, who was sentenced to three years in jail by a Mumbai court for destroying evidence in the May 2008 killing of television executive Neeraj Grover, was released from jail last month. Her co-accused and fiance, ex-naval officer Emile Jerome Mathew was sentenced to 10 years’ jail term. Varma’s “Not A Love Story”, releasing Friday, is inspired by the incident and both Maria Susairaj and Emile sent legal notices questioning the content of the film, which features Deepak Dobriyal and Mahie Gill. “I wud like to see Maria’s reaction on the film on account of hw close her emotional state wud hav been to that of mahee gill’s character,” said Varma, known for his choice of controversial themes for his films.
ormer “Friends” star Courteney Cox is to make her directorial television debut - she will direct an episode of her new show “Cougar Town”. Cox, who is also an executive producer of the show, will take charge of an upcoming episode of the season three, reports contactmusic.com. The third season will premier in November this year. As far as her directorial experience is concerned, she made short film “The Monday Before Thanksgiving” in 2008 with American actress and friend Laura Dern.
Now RGV wants Maria to see
ʻNot A Love Storyʼ
Courteney Cox to make directorial TV debut
Bloom to save
ctor Orlando Bloom has pledged to help endangered butterflies by backing his mother’s campaign to raise awareness about the threatened insects. The actor has sponsored children’s book “Crystal The Small Miracle”, written by his mother Sonia Copeland Bloom, aiming to educate kids about the insect world. “Butterflies are powerful symbols of the beauty and vul-
nerability of nature. The story of Crystal, the Small Miracle, written by my mother for children everywhere, reflects her own love of butterflies as well as her passion for children to be educated about the insect world in general,” dailystar.co.uk quoted the 34-year-old as saying. The book, published by a conservation group, is dedicated to actor’s young son Flynn with wife Miranda Kerr.
inger Justin Bieber has been named Hollywood’s richest teenager after earning a reported $53 million in 2010. The 17-year-old topped People magazine’s annual list, defeating the likes of Miley Cyrus and his actress girlfriend Selena Gomez. Justin’s earnings are said to have increased after the success of his 3-D concert movie, “Never Say Never” and from sales of his new perfume “Someday”, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Cyrus, 18, estimated earning is $48 million, while 19year-old Gomez banked just $5.5 million in comparison.
Andre vows to expose Twitter bully
inger Peter Andre has vowed to expose the mystery person who has been sending him abusive messages on social networking site Twitter. The singer, who has children Junior, 6, and Princess Tiaamii, 4, with ex-wife Katie Price, believes that lot of famous peoples receive such comments but it’s
time now to bring these bullies down. “I’ve been the victim of a twitter bully and last week I spoke out and asked the person spreading lies about me and my family to reveal their identity,” contactmusic.com quoted the 38-year-old as saying. “This coward, whose twitter name I won’t reveal, is hiding behind a computer and doesn’t
have the guts to say who they really are, but they’re more than happy to dish out abuse to me. A lot of people in the public eye are subjected to this kind of thing and I think it’s time we take a stand and bring these bullies down. As soon as I find out who it is, I’ll see them in court,” he added.
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ameron Diaz, who will be seen in “Bad Teacher”, admits she enjoyed making an adults only movie for a change. “How can you not enjoy R-rated stuff? That’s what we do this for. We didn’t do this movie thinking we were doing a PG or PG-13. We were doing an R-rated movie,” she told MTVindia.com. “Bad Teacher”, set to releases in India Aug 19, will see Diaz playing a teacher who not only drinks alcohol but also smokes marijuana. And instead of teaching her students, she sleeps through her class. She admits it was tricky filming the adult movie, revolving around a school and students. “Before we started filming, we made sure that all the kids and all the parents knew what the project was going to be like,” she said. “I said: ‘There’s going to be swearing here and completely irreverent and inappropriate behaviour. If you have any issue with that, we respect that, but this isn’t the place for you.’ And then we got started.”
Diaz enjoyed doing R‑rated movie
inger Ricky Martin, who announced last year that he is gay, dismissed reports that his romance with Latino television presenter Rebecca De Alba was an experiment to test his homosexuality, insisting the love was “very real”. In an exclusive episode of the “Behind the Music” television series on VH1, the singer admitted that he really was in love with Rebecca, reports contactmusic.com. “Sometimes you can’t explain what it is exactly that attracts you to someone, that amazing magnetism,” said the 39-yearold. “Everything that I felt at that moment was pure. A lot of people might say, ‘Well, you were trying to justify yourself; maybe you were trying to prove yourself...’ It is complicated... but, at that moment, it felt real; it felt amazing,” he added.
My love for Rebecca was real: Ricky Martin
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
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Participants of Kingfisher Premium Annual India International Salsa Congress in Bangalore.
Akash and Blossom
Spellbound over sizzling salsa
Nikilesh & Shine
Sparsha Deshpande & Prem Rajput
t was an evening of sizzling salsa with teams setting the stage on fire with their scintillating performances. The event was the sixth edition of Kingfisher Premium Annual India International Salsa Congress. Salsa enthusiasts were
treated to a delightful evening of different dance styles – salsa, mambo, zouk, bachata, tango, flamenco, Bollywood and more. The championship had world renowned performers showcasing some of the best lifts swirls and flips.
ollywood star Hrithik Roshan, an ardent Shammi Kapoor fan, says he will introduce the magic of the late actor, who passed away Sunday, to his two sons - Hrehaan, five, and Hridhaan, three. “Legends like Shammi Kapoor do not die...he lives, inside us, around us. A journey such as his should be rejoiced, not mourned. Of course, we’ll miss his physical presence terribly, but his magic lives on within you and me...and I will make sure my sons know the superstar their dad admired and loved the most,” Hrithik said in a press statement Monday. Shammi, who enthralled Hindi cinema buffs with movies like “An Evening in Paris”, “China Town”, “Kashmir Ki Kali”, “Janwar” and “Junglee”, was on dialysis for the last few days. At 79, he breathed his last early Sunday morning. He was cremated Monday. Hrithik, the son of Rakesh Roshan, says “Rest In Peace” would not be the right thing to pray for the dancing king. “For you I don’t want to say R.I.P, but rather D.I.H ...dancing in heaven now...I love you,” he added.
ip-hop mogul Jay-Z has described his singer wife Beyonce Knowles as “the second coming” of Michael Jackson and in the same breath he admits it is “blasphemy” to compare her to the late pop legend. “What I’ve learnt from her is similar to what I learnt from (Michael Jackson) - and I know that’s blasphemy to compare the two because Mike was such an innovator, but I think she’s like the second coming,” femalefirst.co.uk quoted the 41-year-old as saying. Jay also feels Beyonce, whom he married in 2008, is like a “machine” in terms of making music.
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Iʼll ensure my sons know Shammi Kapoor: Hrithik
past life connection!
eteran filmmaker Yash Chopra, who attended late actor Shammi Kapoor’s funeral Monday, said there will never be anyone who can come even close to the 79-year-old actor. “I am so sad that I don’t even feel like talking right now. He was a great actor. His style and his way of acting is cult and it will remain forever. We will never have another Shammi Kapoor in our lives,” the 78-year-old director told reporters at the Ban Ganga cremation ground. Many from Bollywood had come to pay their final respects to the actor, who had been part of successful films like “Tumsa Nahin Dekha”, “Dil Deke Dekho”, “Junglee”, “Dil Tera Diwana”, “Kashmir Ki Kali”, “Janwar”, “Teesri Manzil” and “An Evening in Paris”, among others. Aamir Khan, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and industrialist Anil Ambani were among the last ones to leave. Actress Madhuri Dixit, who also came for the funeral, said: “It’s always very sad when such a great person and such a great star passes away. I met him last many years ago and it was always so nice meeting him. I’ve been a fan of his and have seen almost all his films. My personal favourite is ‘Teesri Manzil’.”
There will never be another Shammi Kapoor: Yash Chopra
ctress Jessica Alba who gave birth to her second daughter thinks she might have met her husband Cash Warren in her past life. “I’m not closed to that possibility. I definitely felt like I knew my husband when I met him. It
was an instant comfort when I met him. I felt like we were family,” contactmusic.com quoted her as saying. Alba and her husband Cash Warren tied the knot in 2008, the same year she gave birth to her first child, Honor Marie Warren.
Even for biggest of stars, every film counts: Imran
is last release “Delhi Belly” might have been a runaway hit but Imran Khan is still a bundle of nerves as he readies for “Mere Brother Ki Dulhan” and says actors have to prove their prowess with every new film as past successes had no relevance to the future. “Even if your last film is a hit, that doesn’t guarantee that your next film will be a hit too. You have to prove yourself with every film because you are as good as your last film. Even for the biggest of stars in Bollywood, every film counts,” Imran said in an interview.
“The pressure to deliver a hit is exactly the same with every film – it doesn’t matter whether you have given a hit or a flop in the past,” he added. Imran featured as a journalist in the offbeat adult comedy “Delhi Belly” and has now donned quite a different avatar in “Mere Brother Ki Dulhan”, made under Yash Raj Films. In the film, which also stars Katrina Kaif and Ali Zafar, the 28-yearold plays a Dehradun boy who looks for a bride for his brother and ends up falling in love with the same girl. “This character is not very heroic. He is a simple
Dehradun boy next door, very relatable. He wears simple jeans, check shirt, nothing fancy about him. He is a normal guy,” said the actor, who is having his share of struggle and flops in the industry despite being the nephew of Bollywood perfectionist Aamir Khan. “Mere Brother Ki Dulhan” is slated for a September 9 release and Imran describes it as being different from his previous projects. He has done films like “Jaane Tu...Ya Jaane Na” and “I Hate Luv Storys” but maintains that this latest one has raised the bar for mainstream films.
Bangalore Beat Evening Newspaper - 17.08.2011