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BangaloreBeat Vol. 1, Issue 299 n Monday n June 20, 2011

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MIRJI PROMISES FIR AT YOUR DOORSTEP Bangalore Beat Bureau

Bangalore: It is a common grouse against the police that they do not register the complaints filed by the people. But in an initiative that is aimed at helping the force get rid of this image, city police commissioner Jyothi Prakash Mirji has said copies of the first information report, or FIR, would be delivered at the doorsteps of the complainant within an hour of filing the complaint. Among the initiatives planned by Mirji is the police force trying to help the BBMP contain the menace of electronic waste in the city. The Palike has told the police that CDs have been the biggest problem while managing waste. This has led to the police cracking down on roadside CD sellers across the city. Mirji told Bangalore Beat that he has given strict instructions to his men to stop these roadside makeshift CD selling points. Full report on page 3

SC seeks Ramdev trustʼs say on police swoop New Delhi: The Supreme Court today issued notice to Ramdev-run Bharat Swabhiman Trust, saying it wants to hear its version over the eviction of the yoga guru and his supporters from Ramlila Maidan. A vacation bench comprising justices P Sathasivam and A K Patnaik issued notice to Acharya Virendra Vikram, the president of the Delhi chapter of Bharat Swabhiman Trust. The apex court said it wants to hear the other side as a chance should be given to them to represent their stand. Full report on page 4

Sensex tumbles by over 550 pts

Mumbai: The BSE benchmark sensex plunged by over 556 points in intra-day trade today on widespread panic selling by funds as well as retail investors, triggered by speculation over the revision of a tax treaty with Mauritius. The 30-share Bombay Stock Exchange barometer, which has lost over 438 points in the past three trading sessions, plunged by 556.15, or nearly 3 per cent, to trade at 17,314.38 points at 1115 hours, with technology, realty and metal stocks recording steep falls. The broad-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty index dipped by 170.50 points to 5,195.90 at the same time. P 4

Beyond Beat Forests provide 60% resources in cities

DPAR Dy SECY VIOLATES RULES Joyce Surendra owns 2 housing society plots; principal secy serves two notices Manjunath Sharma Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: There is a saying in Kannada: “Like asking thieves to stand guard to the treasury”, which holds good for this particular incident. An officer, who is responsible for checking and inquiring into the assets and liabilities of government employees, has tried to fool the rules and has bagged two residential plots allotted in her name. Joyce Surendra, who is the deputy secretary in the department of personnel administrative reforms, has been a member of the Secretariat House Building Cooperative Society. While filling up the form, she has mentioned in column 9 that she will not join any other housing and cooperative society, which is

The documents proving DPAR deputy secretary Joyce Surendra’s membership with the secretariat cooperative society.

Lehar Singh WHO IS should come out LEHAR with truth: HDK SINGH: HDK

mandatory for all applicants. Through the society, she has got a 60x40 site allotted at Srigandhada Kaval, near Kamakshipalya on Magadi Road, in 2006. But she was already a member of the Ministry of Telecommunication Employees Cooperative Society. She again got herself a site at Shivarama Karantha Nagara in Yeshwanthpur Hobli in the city. The 60x40 dimension site bearing the number 1352 was registered in her name on July 12, 2004. In a circular issued in 1999, the government secretariat had said that it had come to the notice of the government that a lot of officers had owned more than one site in violation of the society and other rules. Continued on page 3

Joint drafting committee on Lokpal meets New Delhi: The joint drafting committee on Lokpal Bill met here today amid hardening of stand by the government and civil society on the contentious issue of bringing under its ambit the Prime Minister, judiciary and the conduct of MPs inside Parliament. Except for civil society member Justice Santosh Hegde, all members of the ten member committee attended the meeting at Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s office in North Block. The meeting comes in the backdrop of a shrill exchange of words between both sides on contentious issues and government making it clear that it was opposed to bringing the Prime Minister under the ambit of the Lokpal. The government is also opposed to bringing judiciary and the conduct of MPs inside Parliament. The civil society side led by Anna Hazare, however, wants these under the anti- corruption ombudsman. “We will try to settle the issues as much as possible. There are six issues on which we have differences of opinion,” Hegde, who did not attend today’s meeting, said. During the last meeting on June 15, government nominees

CET rank holders felicitiated

had asked the civil society members to present their draft while they will present theirs as there was no forward movement. It was also decided that a draft bill will go to the Cabinet along with points of divergence. In an indication that the Congress had hardened its stand, party chief Sonia Gandhi sent a terse letter to Hazare indicating her unhappiness with him for making his letter public and said she has already made her views “clear” on issues raised him. Today’s deliberations could be the last meeting of the joint committee and another round will be held tomorrow only if the discussions for an anti-corruption watchdog are not concluded. . Senior ministers held discussions last evening to fine-tune the government’s strategy. Denying any split in civil society, Hegde said he was not attending today’s meeting because of prior commitments but would attend tomorrow’s meeting. After his comments on Hazare’s fast and inability to take part in the meeting in Delhi fuelled speculation of differences among civil society representatives, Hegde said he will be present on June 21 to show there is ‘no rift’. Continued on page 3

Gangadhar Pujar

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Bangalore: “Now, only half truth against chief minister B S Yeddyurappa and his government has come out. On June 27, much more will be revealed,” said JD(S) state president H D Kumaraswamy, who has accepted the challenge thrown at him by the chief minister to make a promise before Lord Manjuatheshwara at Dharmasthala. Reacting to the media about CM’s man Friday Lehar Singh meeting him in New Delhi and his phone calls, Kumaraswamy said, “Singh had earlier said that he had not met me. But again yesterday, he has said he had met me as an MLA. He has to clarify whether he had met me or not and for what purpose.” “I have accepted Yeddyurappa’s challenge and am going to Dharmasthala to make a promise. I will reveal the truth before the lord. The truth is that Yeddyurappa tried to establish contact with me through his trusted lieutenant and MLC Lehar Singh,” he said. “The issue is between I and the chief minister. I don’t under-

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stand why I should get my family dragged into this. I am going to Dharmasthala alone and will not be accompanied by others,” he said. “Panditharadhya swamiji of Sonehalli Math should understand that the JD(S) has always worked for the people, whether we are in power or not. I have belief in the people and work for them. The “politics of promise” is being pursued by Yeddyurappa and Shobha Karandlaje (energy minister). I pray that the swamiji should not mistake my statements, because the chief minister himself has invited me for the meeting. I have only accepted the challenge that is all,” Kumaraswamy said.

SC REJECTS Kaniʼs bail plea

Urban patches have been enjoying the fruits of forests. The central government’s initiative at afforestation has been commended by the United Nations Environment Programme, says L Raghunanda Page 5

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court today rejected the bail pleas of DMK MP Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV managing director Sharad Kumar, who are in jail in connection with the 2G spectrum case.However, an apex court bench of Justice G.S. Singhvi and Justice B.S. Chauhan said that Kanimozhi can move for bail after the framing of charges by the trial court that is hearing the 2G case. The court said that Kanimozhi can invoke Section 437 of the

Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), which provides for a consideration in grant of bail to a woman accused under the age of 60. The court said that the trial court will consider her petition without being influenced by the rejection of her earlier bail plea. The trial court of CBI Special Judge O.P. Saini is in recess till July 4, after which it will resume hearing on the chargesheet filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the 2G case. IANS

Bangalore: Who is Lehar Singh? The political circles are raising questions about his proximity to chief minister B S Yeddyurappa and whether he is a prominent worker of the RSS, BJP or the Sangh Parivar. Lehar Singh has come to the limelight after JD(S) state president H D Kumaraswamy alleged that Yeddyurappa tried to contact him through Singh, who is also an MLC. The former chief minister says Yeddyurappa wanted to convince him to stop exposing scams against him and the BJP government. Lehar Singh has grown close to Yeddyurappa after the latter became the chief minister. The powerful behind- the-screen person has contacts with some of the top leaders of the BJP at the Centre too. He has been the front for some of the business negotiations, BJP sources said. Basically a businessman from the Marwari community, he moves around with the top industrialists across the country. His association with the chief minister raises doubts about the relationship between the two, some politicians said. Families of the two also have some business dealings, the sources added. “Everybody in the BJP knows about Lehar Singh, his dealings and proximity to the chief minister. But they have all kept quiet,” Kumaraswamy said. “Why should the chief minister be so close to this person? What are Lehar Singh’s services to the chief minister? Is he doing public service as an MLC or whether he has been nominated for the position for some other purpose?” he asked.

CET rank holders after their felicitation by medical education miniter S A Ramadass in the city this morning.

ANOTHER WOMAN RAPED,

BURNT TO DEATH IN UP Etah (UP): A 35-year-old woman was allegedly gangraped and later set afire by three youths in Nidhauli area of the district, the third case of rape in Uttar Pradesh in the last two days. The woman, a widow, was allegedly raped and set on fire by three youths belonging to an influential family in Sabhapur village when she was alone in her house along with her two minor children, police said. Though no FIR had been lodged yet, Senior superintendent of police Laxmi Narain said a written complaint has

Dalit girl killed by two youths Gonda (UP): A 16-year-old Dalit girl was killed allegedly by three persons in Karnilganj area, police said here today. Body of Asha, who went missing on June 17, was recovered from a field in Kaitholi village late last evening, Superintendent of Police Durga Charan Mishra said.

been lodged by the victim’s brother-inlaw Anil in this connection. However, station house officer of Nidhauli Narendra Pal Singh ruled out rape and murder and said the woman had committed suicide. The victim’s brother Virseh said, “Five persons first tried to strangulate my sister and then raped her. Since my sister recognised them, they doused her with kerosene and set her ablaze. When she was nearly dead, they left the spot.” Continued on page 3


CITY 2

Monday, June 20, 2011

RBIʼs policy worries FKCCI

Bangalore: The 25 basis point rise in repo and reverse repo rates by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), bringing these to 7.50 per cent and 6.50 per cent, respectively, is harsh and will intensify the cash crunch faced by the industry, says FKCCI president N S Srinivasa Murthy. In a press release, he says that with this hike, home and auto loans could become costlier again. This tenth rate increase will further slow car and home sales, faltering industrial growth and rising borrowing costs. Controlling inflation in a more sustainable manner also requires greater supply side measures. Inflation is no doubt very high, but when it is partly being driven by structural supply-side constraints, as well as the global price increase, fiscal policy is just as important to check inflation, he felt. FKCCI is worried that with growth slowing down, as admitted by the RBI and as is estimated by IMF, World Bank and OECD, employment targets will not be achieved and this could generate greater social pressure. Murthy finally hoped that there will be no more increases in the interest rates by the RBI.

Employment policy on anvil: Kharge Bangalore: The union government is in the process of formulating a national employment policy, labour and employment minister M Mallikarjun Kharge has said. The policy is being prepared by the Department of Planning and cabinet approval would be sought once it is ready, the minister said. Kharge also said the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) scheme is proposed to be extended in a phased manner to workers in hazardous mines such as slate and mica, as well as beedi workers, autorickshaw and taxi drivers, ragpickers, domestic workers and rickshaw pullers. As of the last month-end, RSBY cards have been issued to 2.35 crore families under below-poverty-line (BPL), he said. The scheme offers cashless health insurance cover of Rs 30,000 to a BPL family of five to meet hospital expenses in treatment from any public or private hospital empanelled under the scheme throughout the country, officials said. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has picked up the scheme as one of the social security scheme of the world for publication, they said. Kharge was speaking at a news conference just after flying back from Geneva, where he attended the 100th International Labour Conference, Meeting of Ministers of Labour of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), IBSA (India Brazil South Africa) meeting and G-20 meeting of Labour and Employment Ministers. He also said the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) came in for praise at the Geneva conference and meetings. Meanwhile, Kharge said if the Karnataka government provided up to five acres land in Bangalore, his ministry is ready to invest Rs 100 crore to Rs 150 crore to establish buildings for housing regional and zonal offices of Provident Fund and Employees State Insurance Corporation. PTI

SME hub launched Bangalore: UCO Bank has launched its new initiative, Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Hub for providing credit to the sector. The bank has decided to set up the hub at major centres to cater to the credit requirement of Rs 25 lakh to Rs 25 crore to entrepreneurs, its CMD Arun Kaul said. Forest minister C H Vijayashankar inaugurated the hub and distributed sanction letters to a number of small and medium entrepreneurs. PTI

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children has high zinc level: NGO L Raghunanda Bangalore Beat Bureau

Bangalore: Pre-packaged foods supplied in anganwadis as part of the mid-day meal programme is found to be sub-standard and could contain high levels of zinc and its derivatives, hampering the growth and health of children, says G Nagasimha Rao, coordinator, Child Rights Trust. The findings came out during a survey of the quality of food and the functioning of the mid-day programmes in the state. “It was shocking that factory-produced packaged food had harmful zinc quantities of 6.25 and 9.54 mg per 100 gm, as against the permissible limit of 5 mg per 100 gm prescribed by the Food Adulteration Act, 1955. It is intolerable that packaged food is being supplied to school-going children,” he said. Though he did not have figures, Rao said, “A number of children who consumed packaged food have fallen ill. Many children were down with com- and headache.” plaints of stomach pain, diarrhea, nausea But the schools in Bangalore, Ramana-

Uttar Kannada, Tumkur, Udupi, Hassan, Gulbarga and Shimoga have rejected the demand for supplying pre-packaged food ruing mid-day meals. The schools have vowed to supply freshly-cooked foods for children, he said. In the entire episode, the government has not made an effort to see what kind of packaged foods are being supplied to anganwadi children, most of whom are toddlers. Various organisations like the Concerned for Working Children, South Indian Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring (SIC-HREM) and Child Rights Trust have sent a report on these excesses to the Lokayukta. They have also sent a request to chief minister B S Yeddyurappa to ask the ministry concerned to look into the issue. “The women and child welfare department ministry was slow to act. We have raised this issue at several forums. Children should get right quality food. We want an answer from the ministry what went wrong. Those who don’t want gara, Dharwad, Bellary, Chikmagalur, to work for the welfare of the children Bagalkote, Kodagu, Dakshina Kannada, should resign and go,” he said.

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Sucker for biryani? Head to this festival

Air Force medical assistants pass out

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re you thinking of savouring different types of biryani in the city? Then head to the first Hyderabad Biryani Festival that is on till June 29 at Jayanagar. The festival has been organised by Little India Restaurant on 9th Main Road in Jayanagar fourth block.“This is the first time that a biryani festival of this magnitude been organised. We wanted to host such a festival as Bangalore is a cosmopolitan city,” said Little Restaurant managing director Vamshi Sandeep. “Different varieties of vegetable, fish, egg, mutton and chicken biriyanis are on offer. There are 10 types of biryanis, including machhi, Hyderabadi Murgh Dum, Nizam ghosht, muttai, subz, jhinaga, Ulavacharu chicken, Ulavacharu mutton and prawn biryani,” he said. “We are following the same recipe that was perfected by the Hyderabad nizams. We have hired cooks from Hyderabad,” he claimed. “This is the first time that one gets to taste so many different types of biryanis at one place,” he said. The vegetable biryanis start from Rs 99, while non-veg ones from Rs 189. There is also a family pack that can be consumed by a group of five and costs Rs 279, he said. There is a huge rush during the weekends, he said.

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Leading aircraftman Gopal Jadhav receives best all rounder trophy from Air Commodore K K Tripathy at Medical Training Centre, Bangalore. Bangalore: A batch of 53 medical assistants passed out in an impressive passing out parade held at the Medical Training Centre, Air Force. The parade was reviewed by Air Commodore K K Tripathy, deputy principal medical officer, Headquarters Training Command, IAF Bangalore. Group Captain K K Pooniwala, chief instructor of the centre, rendered the course report. Medical Training Centre, located at Cambridge Road near Command Hospital, Air Force Bangalore, conducts ab-initio and in-service courses for medical assistants of the IAF. The centre also conducts para medical diploma courses in eight specialities in conjunction with Command Hospital, Air Force, under Para Medical Board, Karnataka. The training imparted at this

Customers enjoying the fare at the Biryani Festival.

Actor Dhanush inaugurates the Biryani Festival.

Centre prepares the Medical Assistants to render emergency and routine healthcare to personnel and families of armed forces and to provide life-saving medicare to civilians in natural calamities and mass disasters. The reviewing officer called upon the passing out air warriors that the compassion, empathy and caring nature plays a very important role in their profession. “Patients come to you with a lot of expectations and you should not do anything to belie their trust and confidence. Service with smile should be your motto despite your personal discomfort,” he said. Leading aircraftman Gopal Jadhav won the trophies for the best all rounder and best in trade, while the best in ground service training trophy was bagged by leading aircraftman C H Sridharan Naidu.

help in the early detection of the disease & treatment.” HCG’s consultant paediatric Hematologist Intezar Mehdi said, “Sickle Cell is the first molecular disease known to the mankind for over 100 years now. 50% of the world sickle cell population resides in India. In India, the disease is especially present in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chattisgarh, Orissa,

Tamilnadu, Kerala and Karnataka. Approximately 3.2 million people belong to these high-risk communities.” Stressing on the awareness, he said, “Awareness is the key, because it is a genetic disorder. Genetic counselling, premarital screening, antenatal diagnosis, newborn screening would be the key for effective management of the sickle cell disease.” PTI

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HCG chairman B S Ajaikumar and consultant pediatric hematologist Dr Intezar Mehdi inaugurate the sickle cell clinic.

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HCG opens first sickle cell clinic in state Bangalore: HealthCare Global Enterprises Ltd. (HCG), South Asia?s largest cancer care network, has opened the first sickle cell clinic in Karnataka. HCG chairman Dr B S AjaiKumar said in a statement, “This sickle cell clinic is the first in Karnataka. It will offer patient care, education, screening and counselling for afflicted patients and families. This initiative will

Suchendra Prasad, Lakshmi Hegde Inox (Malleswaram) (1.45 pm) PVR Cinemas (7 pm)

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Vinay Pathak, Minissha Lamba, Amole Gupte Apsara (6.30 pm, 9.30pm) Anand (3.30,6.30,9.30pm) Cauvery (6,9.30pm) Fame Forum Value Mall (12.50 pm, 2.40, 5, 9.30 pm) Fame Lido (10.55 am, 4.20, 6.55, 9.30 pm) HMT Cinemas (Jalahalli) (1.30 pm, 7.15 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (10 am, 2.40, 5.10, 9.30 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (10 am, 2, 7, 9.35 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (10 am, 2.50, 7, 9.40 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (10.25 am, 12.20, 7, 9.30 pm) PVR Cinemas (7.30 pm) Parimala (5.30 pm, 8.30 pm) Vaibhav (6.30 pm, 9.30 pm)

BHINDI BAAZAAR INC (A) Kay Kay Menon, Prashant Narayanan, Piyush Mishra Fame Forum Value Mall (4.50 pm) Fame Lido (2.45 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (12.40 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (4.45

Inox (JP Nagar) (12.20 pm, 5, 9.45 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (10 am, 2.45, 7.35 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (10 am, 2.25, 7.25, 9.45 pm) PVR Cinemas (10.30 am, 2.35, 5, 9.35 pm) Rex (10.45 am, 3.10 pm) pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (12.30 pm) PVR Cinemas (12.45 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (5.10 pm) Vinayaka (DJ Halli) (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.15 pm)

BIN BULAYE BARAATHI (U/A) Aftab Shivdasani, Priyanka Kothari, Om Puri PVR Cinemas (12 pm)

CYCLE KICK (U) K. P. Nishan Nanaiah, Sunny Hinduja Inox (JP Nagar) (12.30 pm)

SHAITAN (A) Kalki Koechlin, Arshad Warsi Cinemax (Belandur Junction) (10.15 am, 2.45, 5.30, 9.45 pm) Fame Lido (5 pm) Fun Cinemas (10.40 am, 4.10, 10 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Bannerghatta Road) (10 am, 5 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Mysore Road) (10 am, 2.45, 10 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (7.20 pm).

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BADRINATH (A) Allu Arjun, Tamanaah Bhatia Anjan (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Chandrodaya (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Pallavi (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Manasa (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Murali (Gokula) (11 am, 2.30, 6,30, 9.30 pm) Mukunda (11 am, 2, 5.30, 8.30 pm) PVR Cinemas (1 pm, 3.45, 6.30, 9.15 pm) Renuka-

prasanna (2.30 pm, 6,9.15 pm) Radha krishna (11.30 am, 2.45, 6.15, 9.30 pm) Tirumala (10 am, 1.45, 5.30, 8.45 pm) Vinayaka (Marathahalli) (6.30, 9.30 pm) Vaishnavi (11.30 am, 12.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) MAARO

Nitin, Meera Chopra, Abbas Tulasi (Marathahalli) (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm)


CITY 3

Monday, June 20, 2011

CITY EVENTS General Karnataka Sanskrit University: Releaseof Research Journal of the University by Governor H R Bhardwaj, Banquet Hall, Raj Bhavan, 5.30 pm. Rotary Club: Talk on Bangalore by Chandra Mouli, Rotary House of Friendship, No 20, Lavelle Road, 7 pm. M S Ramaiah Hospital: ‘Free artificial limb camp’, M S Ramaiah Rotary Artificial Limb Centre, M S Ramaiah Hospital Campus, MSR Nagar, 2 pm.

Cultural Natya Niketan: 34th anniversary programme, Bharatanatyam, ADA Ranga Mandira, JC Road, 6:30 pm. Sankula Theatre Institute: ‘Ranga Jagruthi’ theatre awareness programme, KV Subbanna Aptha Rangamandira Teachers’ Colony, Kumaraswamy Layout, 6:30 pm.

Religious Sri Shankara Seva Trust: Lecture on Bhagvathpada Sthotras by G Shivaram Agnihotri. At Srirrama Ashrama, Girinagar, near Vivekananda Gardens, 6.15 pm.

Exhibitions Breakdown of Shorter Concerns: Monday, June 20th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Galleryske, No 2, Berlie Street, Langford Town In her solo 'Breakdown of Shorter Concerns', Mariam Suhail puts forward her current preoccupation with drawing and the repercussions of this preoccupation in other media. Within the medium of drawing, she explores a stream of nonlinear concerns employing the interplay of text and image. Contemporary Collections @ Gallerie Third Eye: Monday, June 20th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Gallerie Third Eye, No A1 Epsilon Office Block, Yemalur Main Road, Yemalur An exhibition of contemporary Indian paintings by Ram Onkar, Arpita Kar, Bhaskar Chowdhury and Mini Arora, curated by Jasmine Khanna. Negotiated Positions @ Gallery Blue Spade: Monday, June 20th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Gallery Blue Spade, The Chancery, 10/6 Lavelle Road, An exhibition of contemporary art by Babu Eshwar Prasad, V G Venugopal, Sunoj D, Suchender P, Gurusidappa G E, Murali Cheeroth, Chandra Bhattacharjee, Prasanta Sahu, Farhad Hussain and Rajiba Lochan Pani. Holy Cow! @ Galerie De'Arts: Monday, June 20th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Galerie De'Arts, Barton Centre, 11th Floor, MG Road, P.Gnana, well known for creating and sculpting conceptual installations, is exhibiting his series titled 'Holy Cow!', portraying the sacred cow through his aesthetic viewpoint. Group Show @ Sumukha: Monday, June 20th, 2011. 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Gallery Sumukha, No 24/10, BTS Depot Road, Wilson Garden An exhibition of sculptures, paintings and photographs by ten talented artists. Basuki 2011 @ Kynkyny: Monday, June 20th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Kynkyny Art, No 148 Embassy Square, Infantry Road, Basuki Dasgupta’s mixed media murals present a contemporary folk tableau that blurs the lines between pastoral and modern, abstract and rustic. Her works are on displya at Kynkyny. Group Show @ Renaissance: Monday, June 20th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Renaissance Gallerie, No 13 Westminster, Cunningham Road, Paintings by Anantha Kumar, Komal Parmar, Shyamala Ramanand and Asha Shenoy.

Eating Out Power Lunch: Monday, June 20th, 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. Lunch Buffet: Monday, June 20th, 2011. noon to 3 p.m. Chamomile, 100 Feet Road, Above Bombay Store, Indiranagar Enjoy a wholesome lunch with salads, spreads, rolls, flavoured lavache, live pasta station, main course, desserts, unlimited mocktails or a drink/ beer/ house wine of your choice. All at Rs.449 + taxes. Executive Lunch: Monday, June 20th, 2011. 1 p.m. to 3

p.m. Touché, 100 feet Road, Indiranagar, Take your pick from a variety of cuisines for a quick executive lunch. Choose from American, Italian, Pan Asian and Continental. Enjoy the five course meal at just Rs. 349 Themed Dinner Buffets: Monday, June 20th, 2011. noon 24 @ 43, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 43 Hosur Road, Electronic City Add some variety to the week. Try a new cuisine everyday. Woks and more on Mondays, Mediterranean Paradise on Tuesdays, Barbeque Nights on Wednesdays and Taste of India on Thursdays. Weekday Lunch Buffet @ ManU: Monday, June 20th, 2011. noon to 3 p.m. Manchester United Restaurant Bar, No 1 KIRA Layout, Hosur Main Road, Koramangala The Manchester United Restaurant and Bar launches a weekday lunch buffet priced at Rs 350 plus taxes right from starters to desserts. 'The Kari Culture' at Blue Ginger: Monday, June 20th, 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 Spice Trail: Monday, June 20th, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Le Jardin, The Oberoi, No 37/39, MG Road, A culinary journey with the indigenous spices of India. The creations are inspired by the flavours and aromas of the spices. City Bar's Coffee Combo: Monday, June 20th, 2011. 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. City Bar Karaoke + Grill, UB City, No 24, Vittal Mallya Road, City Bar introduces a new combo that includes coffee along with a range of sandwiches. The combo is priced at Rs. 125. Awadhi Food Festival @ Cafe Mozaic: Monday, June 20th, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Cafe Mozaic, Vivanta by Taj - MG Road, No 41/3, MG Road, The glory of the Nawabs in the city of Bangalore. An array of gourmet delicacies like Kakori Kebab, Galawati Kebab, Gost Burrah, Murg Tikka Mirza Hasnu, Bong Zafrani Nehari, Dum Ki Machli, Gosht Biryani, and Paya Potli Shorba feature at the buffet dinner.

Mirji promises FIR at your doorstep in 1 hour New police commissioner on a major drive to improve police forceʼs image Manjunath Sharma Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: It is a common grouse against the police that they do not register the complaints filed by the people. But in an initiative that is aimed at helping the force get rid of this image, city police commissioner Jyothi Prakash Mirji has said copies of the first information report, or FIR, would be delivered at the doorsteps of the complainant within an hour of filing the complaint. Among the initiatives planned by Mirji is the police force trying to help the BBMP contain the menace of electronic waste in the city. The Palike has told the police that CDs have been the biggest problem while managing waste. This has led to the police cracking down on roadside CD sellers across the city.

Mirji told Bangalore Beat that he has given strict instructions to his men to stop these roadside makeshift CD selling points. He said the deputy commissioners of police have been given instructions to hold neighbourhood meetings once a month. Assistant commissioners of police have been asked to ensure that all officers are available to the public between 3 pm and 5 pm to hear public grievances. The status of the complaint has to be given to the complainant every week, he said. Each assistant commissioner of police division would have a sub-inspector level officer has to take care of the elderly, children, women and downtrodden. He will reach out to NGOs and coordinate on calls received through various

helplines. He will be responsible for planning, arranging discussions with social activists, retired officers, elders and other persons concerned about safe saving, safe transport, secure living, ensuring peaceful neighbourhood etc. The police force from now on will also arrange lectures from moulvis, swamijis and other religious leaders in different areas, especially sensitive ones, to maintain peace and harmony. Lectures will be held in educational institutions for students on respecting the elders, maintaining discipline, fighting drug menace, proper use of internet and identifying criminal behavior, the police commissioner said. “I am also thinking of holding grievances and review meetings once in three months at the offices of deputy commissioners of police,” Mirji said.

ACPs have been asked to ensure that all officers are available to the public between 3 pm and 5 pm to hear public grievances. Status of the complaint has to be given to the complainant every week

DPAR dy secy violates rules Continued from page 1 It states that according to Rule 17(1)(d) of the Karnataka State Cooperative Societies Act, if a person is a member of one housing cooperative society, he may not be eligible to become a member of another housing cooperative society for the same purpose. Secondly, to become a member of a housing cooperative society, the person should testify that he nor his family members own a site/house in the jurisdiction of the said society. The model by-laws of all housing cooperative societies contain this provision, it stated. Asked what action has been taken against the deputy secretary, DPAR principal secretary Sanaulla said a second notice had been served on her on May 22 of this year. “I have not checked yet whether she has replied to the notice. We will

take action once I go through the reply she has filed,” he added. Secretariat employees have complained about the misdeeds of the officer to the higher-ups. The employees, who did not wish to be named for the fear of reprisal, said no action had yet been taken against the guilty senior officer. “In the city, majority of the people have been struggling to get even a 20x30 square feet plot. But here is an officer, who is sitting on a gold mine. She has managed to do that only by violating the rules,” they added. “We cannot openly come out and make the allegation. Since she is a senior officer, she could transfer us,” they added. Also, four legislators led by, Prakash, have filed a complaint with chief minister B S Yeddyurappa and home minister R Ashok regarding the misdeeds committed by Joyce Surendra.

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Another woman raped in UP

Kempegowda celebrations

Monsoon Menu @ Shiro: Monday, June 20th, 2011. 12:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Shiro, UB City, No 24, Vittal Mallya Road, Shiro introduces 'Flavour of the Month – An Extraordinary Culinary Journey'. On the special monsoon menu are delicacies from Malay, Thai, Chinese and Korean cuisines.

Continued from page 1 This is the third rape case reported in the state in the last two days. A dalit girl was stabbed in the eyes allegedly by two youths when she resisted a rape attempt in Kannauj on Saturday. In another incident, an 18year-old dalit girl was allegedly raped by a youth in Ranipur Beladi village in Basti. Satti Singh allegedly raped the girl at gun point on Saturday night. The rising number of rape cases has triggered protests by opposition parties in the state. The Congress has slammed

Crab Indulgence @ Rim Naam: Monday, June 20th, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Rim Naam, The Oberoi, No 37/39, MG Road, Rim Naam celebrates the crab season with special Thai-style dishes like Chilli Crab, Crab Karpaw, Prawn and Crab Cakes, Crab Kaeng Phed and more. Kebab and Wine Festival: Monday, June 20th, 2011. 12:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Masala Klub, The Taj West End, 23 Race Cource Road , A kebab and wine festival that consists of five or seven sumptuous kebab tasting courses paired with carefully selected international wines. From Napa to Naples: Monday, June 20th, 2011. 12:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Latitude, Vivanta by Taj - Whitefield, ITPB, Near Big Bazaar, Whitefield Diners can travel around Italy via hand-rolled pizzas topped with flavours from across the land, accompanied by a glass of wine. Burger-Binging Monsoon Menu @ Mocha: Monday, June 20th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mocha, Lavelle Road, Mocha introduces a special menu for the monsoons. On it are special burgers like the Mexican Burger, the Animal Burger and the Cold Cut and Cheese Burger.

Nightlife Monday Nights with DJ Imdad: Monday, June 20th, 2011. 7 p.m. Pebble, No 3 Palace Ground, Ramana Mahashi Road, Sadashivanagar Kick start your week with DJ Imdad's sets of uplifting house and more. Thai & Mongolian Night: Monday, June 20th, 2011. 8 p.m. Fusion Lounge, No 185 Deena Plaza, Brigade Road, DJ Paresh plays a set of Thai and Mongolian tunes.

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the Mayawati government over the law and order situation in the state saying it had lost its moral right to continue after such incidents. “Mayawati should be ashamed. People expected more from a woman chief minister but she doesn’t have a word of sympathy,” state Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi had said. But an unfazed Mayawati government said there is no breakdown of law and order in the state and stern and prompt action was being taken against the culprits. PTI

Joint draft panel on Lokpal bill meets

Home and transport minister R Ashok and Adichunchanagir Math Vijayanagar branch swamiji Sowmyanatha declare the Kempegowda celebrations open at Chandra Layout this morning.

Man stabs grandpa in fight over money Manjunath Shrma

Manjunath Sharma Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: An elderly man was stabbed by his grandson at Thavarekere last night. Veera Narasimhaiah (76) is from Dasa community and his main profession is begging, which the tradition of the community. He lives along with his wife Dhanalakshmi and their third son Narayana. One of his grandsons, Venkatesh, is a tenth standard dropout and had joined a private company for a while. He had quit his job few months ago and was living from the doles given by his father, who is the eldest son of Narasimhaiah. The two families live in different houses, but in the same compound. His father asked Venkatesh to at least pursue the profession of asking alms as it was the family tradition, but he refused. He got into a series of bad habits and was depending on his parents for money. On Sunday night, he asked for some pocket money from Dhanalakshmi, but she said Narasimhaiah had opened a cooperative bank account and all the money had been deposited into the account. She explained to him that they had not kept any cash in the house.

Veera Narasimhaiah being treated at Victoria Hospital. An argument ensued and Narasimihaiah too got involved. In a fit of rage, Venkatesh rushed to the kitchen, brought a knife and stabbed the elderly man five times in the stomach. Dhanalakshmi, who was watching the

whole scene in horror, started screaming for help. An alarmed Venkatesh ran away from home. But the police arrested him later from Herohalli village off Magadi road. Narasimhaiah has been admitted to Victoria Hospital, where his condition is critical.

Continued from page 1 While the government has virtually ruled out bringing the post of the prime minister under the ambit of the anti-corruption watchdog, the Congress core group has favoured convening an all-party meeting on the issue of inclusion of the PM. Govern-

ment sources indicated that the meeting is expected to be convened soon after June 30 by which time the work of the Joint Committee to draft the bill will be over. Senior ministers have been maintaining there was divergence of views on the prime minister’s inclusion. PTI


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Monday, June 20, 2011

India to take up Headley revelations with Pak

New Delhi: India will raise the issue of Lashkar-e-Taiba operative David Coleman Headley’s revelations about the terror links of Pakistan’s spy agency InterServices Intelligence (ISI) when the foreign secretaries of the two countries meet in Islamabad Thursday, external affairs minister S M Krishna said today. “Whatever Headley has revealed under oath in a court of law in Chicago, would be relevant for the government of India to take up with Pakistan and then try to get Pakistan’s response to that. Well, that certainly will be taken up with Pakistan,” Krishna told reporters here before leaving for Myanmar on a three-day visit.

Headley, who has pleaded guilty to his role in the Mumbai terror attack, claimed that the ISI and LeT separately gave him identical instructions to scout Mumbai locations to be attacked. Foreign secretary Nirupama Rao will be in Islamabad June 23-25 for talks with her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir. They are expected to discuss many issues, including the dragging dispute over Kashmir. Krishna also expressed frustration at the pace of trial against some masterminds of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in Pakistan. “Our trial (against sole surviving terrorist Ajmal Kasab) has concluded and appeal is pending before the Supreme Court. And

virtually, their trial has not even started. I think examination of witness has begun yet. It is a sad commentary on what is happening there,” he said. He added that India has been constantly raising this point with Pakistan. “Whatever occasion we get, we always convey that it is necessary that the trial should be hastened. The process should become quicker and the people who are involved in the heinous crime against Mumbai and India should be brought to justice,” the foreign minister said. Krishna added that India will also keep “pursuing” the extradition of Indian nationals taking refuge in Pakistan, including don Dawood Ibrahim.

SC seeks Ramdev trustʼs say on police swoop New Delhi: The Supreme Court today issued notice to Ramdevrun Bharat Swabhiman Trust, saying it wants to hear its version over the eviction of the yoga guru and his supporters from Ramlila Maidan. A vacation bench comprising justices P Sathasivam and A K Patnaik issued notice to Acharya Virendra Vikram, the president of the Delhi chapter of Bharat Swabhiman Trust. The apex court said it wants to hear the other side as a chance should be given to them to represent their stand. The court told senior advocate

U U Lalit, who appeared for Delhi Police, that police had made several allegations against Ramdev and his followers and the other side should also be heard. The Supreme Court posted the matter for July 11 for next hearing. In an affidavit, the city police had told the court that no force was used against the protesters but only eight teargas shells had been lobbed to disperse Ramdev’s supporters after they turned violent and started pelting stones. Justifying its action, police had said the authorities had

Maneka: Half of black money is Congʼs

Bareilly: BJP MP Maneka Gandhi has alleged that half of India’s black money stashed in Swiss banks belonged to ministers, leaders and supporters of the Congress party. The BJP leader, while talking to reporters last night, also alleged that the Congress had kept CBI in its locker and used the agency as and when it required. She also slammed the Congress party’s attitude towards Baba Ramdev and social activist Anna Hazare, calling it “undignified.” “As money of Congress leaders is stashed in Swiss banks, therefore the party wants to curb every voice being raised against it,” Maneka alleged. Terming Anna Hazare’s proposed agitation from August 16 as a “struggle for economic freedom,” she said that whatever her party decided at the all-party meet on Lokpal bill, likely to be held next month, would be acCountering the allegations, ceptable. PTI Chavan said, “There was no question of my suggestion that civilian members be included in the Society and any suggestion that this was discussed with me or that I had suggested or directed or decided on the same is false and denied.” “I have asked the department only to look into the issue relating Karachi: The 22 crew members of Egyptian merchant vessel MV to the allotment of the land.” Suez, including six Indians, will reach here before being sent back to their respective countries, Pakistani human rights activist Ansar Burney said yesterday. Burney, who has played a pivotal role in securing the release of the crew hoped the return of the Indian sailors would a “gift” to India. Besides the 6 Indians, there are 5 Pakistanis and a Sri Lankan among the crew, which was this afternoon transferred to Pakistani the Pakistan Navy said. The crew “was weak and suf- warship PNS Babar after the vesfering from various ailments”, sel started sinking. “I hope this will be a good gift to India from the Pakistan Navy said. On June 17, the ship’s fuel was my side. I love you all Indians, I exhausted while it was 100 nau- love you all Pakistanis,” Burney tical miles short of the Omani said. “When they will reach here, from the next flight I will send port of Salalah. Though a tug was arranged them back to their respective for towing the vessel to Salalah, countries,” he told CNN IBN. MV Suez was on its way to the tug too developed a defect and the towing plan was aban- the Omani port of Salalah when it ran out of fuel and began doned. India and Pakistan have trad- taking on water in stormy weathed angry charges over an incident er. On getting a call for assistance, involving their warships that Pakistan Navy chief Admiral Nowere sent to help the MV Suez. man Bashir ordered the vessel’s Pakistan alleged that the In- crew to be shifted to the frigate dian warship INS Godavari PNS Babar, which was escorting brushed against the PNS Babar. it. Burney played a crucial role India denied the allegation and said the PNS Babar was re- in arranging for ransom and nesponsible for the incident as it gotiating with the Somali pirates carried out dangerous manoeu- who held the ship for 10 months. PTI vres. PTI given permission to Ramdev to use the ground only to hold a yoga camp. It had said that instead of holding a yoga camp, Ramdev was “instigating” the crowd during his fast on the issue of corruption and black money at the ground where more than 20,000 people had gathered. Delhi Police had filed the affidavit following a direction of the apex court which had taken suo motu note of the police crackdown and had directed it to explain why it resorted to such action against Ramdev and his supporters. PTI

Panic selling at Indian Chavan puts the onus on then CM for allotment of Adarsh land equities markets Mumbai: Indian equities markets today started the trading week on a very negative note as reports of India resuming talks on a tax treaty with Mauritius triggered a panic selling. Over the weekend, a senior Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) official was quoted as having said that India and Mauritius officials are expected to meet soon to work out the details of the new Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement. India receives over 40 percent of its foreign direct investment through companies and funds registered in Mauritius. The tax department is seeking

to tax gains made by companies registered in Mauritius and operating in India. The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 18,060.17 points and slipped to an intra-day low of 17,341.38 points, crept up to rule at 17,546.04 points -- down 324.49 points or 1.82 percent from its previous close at 17,870.53 points. The 50-scrip S&P CNX Nifty of the National Stock Exchange was also trading lower at 5,281.7 points, down 1.56 percent. Broader markets were in the red as well, with the BSE midcap index down 2.99 percent and the

Justice takes charge

BSE smallcap index down 3.11 percent. The market breadth was negative, with 394 stocks advancing, 2,067 on the decline and 81 remaining unchanged. There was only one gainer on the Sensex: Hero Honda. Losers included Reliance Infra, Reliance Communications, Cipla and NTPC. Asian markets too were ruling lower. The Nikkei of the Japanese stock exchange was flat at 9,348.78 points, while the Hang Seng of the Hong Kong stock exchange was trading 0.42 percent lower at 21,604.32 points. IANS

S Radhakrishna

Mumbai: Ashok Chavan, who was the Revenue Minister from 1999-2003 when land was allotted to the Adarsh Housing Society, today said that the plot was sanctioned by then Chief Minister and he had no role to play in it. Without naming Vilasrao Deshmukh, Chavan, who stepped down as Chief Minister last year following controversy over Adarsh, told the Commis-

Free uniforms distributed

Corporator Geetha Srinivasa Reddy distributes free uniforms to schoolchildren of the Government Primary School at Dhoopanahalli this morning.

Co‑op society inaugurated

S Radhakrishna

Kuruhinashetty Math swamiji Neelakanta Pattadarya inaugurates the Kuruhinashetty Credit Cooperative on KR Road this morning.

Society he had acted on the proposal sent by them. Chavan has been named among the 14 accused by CBI in its probe into the scam. He is accused of recommending 40 per cent allotment of flats in Adarsh Society, originally meant for Kargil war widows, to civilians. Chavan is also facing allegation that his relatives got flats in the society.

Sailors will fly back home

MV Suezʼs crew expected to reach Karachi in 3 days Islamabad/Karachi: The MV Suez’s 22-member crew, including six Indians, who were freed by Somali pirates after the payment of ransom, are expected to reach Karachi in a naval vessel by Wednesday or Thursday, a Pakistan Navy official said today. “The crew members have been transferred to the PNS Babar and they are expected to reach Pakistan either late on June 22 or early on June 23,” the navy official, who did not want to be named, told PTI. The crew, including the Indians, four Pakistanis, 11 Egyptians and a Sri Lankan, was taken on board the Pakistani warship yesterday after the MV Suez ran out of fuel and started sinking. The crew will be transferred from PNS Babar to another warship, PNS Zulfiqar, for the voyage to Pakistan.

Justic Arvind takes charge on the Karnataka High Court premises in the presence of chief justice J S Khehar Singh this morning.

sion probing alleged irregularities into the scam that for allotment of plot for value exceeding Rs 25 lakh and plots situated in Pune, Mumbai and suburbs, the decision for allotment is of the CM. Deshmukh, who filed an affidavit before Adarsh Commission on June 17, had put the onus on the Revenue department and the Mumbai Collector saying that while allotting land to Adarsh

This is being done as PNS Babar is currently deployed for a counter-piracy operation in the Gulf of Aden and cannot sail to Pakistan. The Pakistan Navy launched the Operation Umeed-e-Nuh (New Hope) to rescue the crew after MV Suez captain Wasi Hasan requested the evacuation of his crew to save their lives. It could not immediately be ascertained what arrangements were being made by Pakistani authorities to repatriate the foreign members of the Suez’s crew after their arrival in Karachi. It is also not known if the foreign crew members possess their passports and valid travel documents or if these had been stolen by the pirates. Officials of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad said they had not yet been contacted

Death toll in mystery disease mounts to 26 Muzaffarpur (Bihar): With reports of four fresh deaths, the death toll in the recent spell of a mystery disease today mounted to 26 in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district, officials said. While three children died at Kejriwal hospital, another died at Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital in Muzaffarpur during the past 24 hours, they said. Around 30 others were still being treated at the two hospitals, sources said. At least 22 children below the age of six years have died and 35 others hospitalised due to the disease during the past one week in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district till yesterday, officials said.

The state health department has sent a team of experts from Regional Malaria Research Institute (RMRI) in Patna to the district. The team had already collected the blood samples and returned to the state capital, Principal secretary (health), Amarjeet Sinha said. The blood samples were sent to a specialised laboratory in Pune for examination, he said. Meanwhile, chief minister Nitish Kumar has urged Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad to dispatch a central team of medical experts to diagnose the disease and work out the prevention immediately. PTI

by Pakistani authorities about making any arrangements for the Indian crew members. However, Pakistani human rights activist Ansar Burney has said that when the sailors will reach Karachi, they will be send back to their respective countries. “I hope this will be a good gift to India from my side. I love you all Indians, I love you all Pakistanis,” said Burney, who has played a pivotal role in securing the release of the crew. The crew of the MV Suez was released last week after Burney collected USD 2.1 million that was paid as ransom to the pirates. The Egyptian-owned merchant vessel was in a “considerably deteriorated operational and material state” after being held by the pirates for about 10 months,

Indian‑American doc couple killed in crash

Washington: An Indian-American doctor couple from New Jersey were killed when their single-engine plane crashed into an Ohio cornfield and burst into flames shortly after takeoff Sunday. Viswanathan Rajaraman, the 54-year-old pilot, and Mary J. Sundaram, his 50-year-old wife and the only passenger, were attempting to take off from Rickenbacker International Airport in Columbus when the incident happened just before 9 a.m., n.j.com reported citing Ohio State Highway Patrol. Rajaraman, a leading New Jersey neurosurgeon, and his wife were returning to Essex County Airport in Fairfield, which they flew out of on Friday afternoon, according to the aviation website

F l i g h t Aware. It was not clear why they were in Ohio for the weekend. T h e cause of Sunday’s plane crash is still under investigation. The Federal Aviation Administration sent investigators to the scene, but the National Transportation Safety Board will be heading up the probe, nj.com said citing said Tony Molinaro, an FAA spokesman. Rajaraman, one of the top doctors in New Jersey, specialising in brain and spine cancer, was co-chief of neuro-oncology at Hackensack University Medical Centre’s cancer centre. Sun-

daram was reportedly also a physician, but stopped practicing to raise the couple’s daughter, Kaavya Viswanathan, now 24. Originally from Chennai, the family moved around the world. They spent some time in the United Kingdom before moving to the United States in the mid1990s. Kaavya Viswanathan made news in 2006 as a Harvard undergraduate when she published the novel “How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life,” a story she wrote in high school. The book made the New York Times bestsellers list. But she was accused of plagiarism shortly after publication and copies of her book were pulled from stores and destroyed by her publisher. IANS

ISRO prepares first national inventory of wetlands Ahmedabad: A detailed national inventory of wetlands has been prepared on the basis of satellite imagery by ISRO, highlighting areas of critical ecological significance and those which are facing extreme threat due to developmental activities. This is for the first time in India that the city-based Space Application Centre (SAC), a part of ISRO, has prepared such an inventory and atlas of all the wetlands that are existing in the country. “Wetlands are the most productive ecosystems which play crucial role in hydrological cycle like helping in storm and flood control, water supply, providing food, fibre and raw materials and in recreational benefits,” said SAC director Dr Ranganth

R Navalgund. They also support lakhs of migratory birds coming from colder regions of the world in summers, apart from diverse local flora and fauna. “However, the very existence of these unique resources is under threat due to developmental activities and population pressure. This calls for long-term planning for preservation and conservation of these resources,” Navalgund said. “Creating an updated and accurate database that supports research and decision making is the first step towards this. SAC took up this challenging task under the project National Wetland Inventory and Assessment (NWIA) sponsored by Ministry

of Environment and Forests,” he said. “Satellite data acquired during pre and post-monsoon seasons are used for inventory of wet and dry season hydrology of wetlands. They have been categorised in 19 classes and mapped following standard map projection. The map outputs include status of water spread, aquatic vegetation and turbidity,” Navalgund said. . As per the finding of SAC study, excluding rivers, wetlands cover some 10 million hectares, or a little over three percent of the country’s geographical area. Of this 10 million hectares, reservoirs account for about 2.5 million hectares, inter-tidal mud flats for 2.4 million hectares, tanks for 1.3 million hectares,

lakes/ponds for 0.70 million hectares, mangroves for some 0.47 million hectares and corals for about 0.14 million hectares. The main objective of the project were wetland mapping and inventory at 1:50,000 scale resolution by analysis of digital satellite data of post and premonsoon seasons, creation of digital database in GIS environment and preparation of statewise wetland atlases. State wise distribution of wetlands showed that Lakshadweep has 96.12 per cent of geographic area under wetlands followed by Andamand and Nicobar Islands (18.52 per cent), Damand and Diu (18.46 per cent) and Gujarat (17.56 per cent) have highest extent of wetlands. Puducherry (12.88 per cent),

West Bengal (12.48 per cent), Assam (9.74 per cent) are wetland rich states. States like Mizoram, Haryana, Delhi Sikkim, Nagaland and Meghalaya the extents of wetland is less than 1.5 per cent. The inventory said, India has long coast line and large area under coastal wetlands like inter-tidal, mudflat, lagoon and creek. The inventory has also mapped high altitude lakes lying above 3,000 meter elevation. The Indian Himalayas cover almost 18 per cent of India?s land surface and is spread over six states, which have 4703 lakes above 3,000 meter elevation. This includes 1996 small lakes. The total area of these lakes is 1.26 lakh hectares. PTI

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ʻMen profess their love first, but women donʼt trustʼ

London: It’s now official. Men are the first to say “I love you” in a relationship, while women loath to trust those who bring up the subject too early, a new study has found. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology study found that over 60 per cent men profess their love early in a relationship, but women actually prefer it when males wait to get serious. It was earlier believed that women were the first to broach the topic. But, when the researchers quizzed a large number of people about their past and present relationships, it revealed the opposite to be true – with the man saying the phrase first 61.5 per cent of the time, the Daily Mail reported. The researchers also found that men began thinking about professing their love 97.3 days into a relationship, six weeks earlier than women. Other experiments revealed that time is the key – men are happiest to hear the three words early in a relationship. But not because they are soppy sorts. Instead, they see the declaration as a sign a woman wants to go to bed with them. Said later on, they may fear commitment and head for the hills, the researchers found. Women, however, are loath to trust men who bring up the subject too early, perhaps as they have more to lose from pregnancy. But said after they are in a sexual relationship, it brings with it the promise of commitment and a potential father to any child, the researchers said. Detailing their findings in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the researchers wrote: “If we were to rely on the traditional stereotype that men are from Mars and women are from Venus, we would expect that this act typically falls on the shoulders of women.” “Indeed, people’s beliefs about the association between women and love support this idea. Yet these beliefs may not reflect the romantic reality,” they said. “When examining what actually happened in their past and current relationships, it was men who were more likely to confess love first. “This was not simply a function of women waiting for their partners to make the first move ? men first considered expressing their feelings six weeks before women did. “One important reason men may confess love earlier than women do is because men have a stronger desire to motivate early sexual activity in relationships.” PTI

hatever the ecosystem service the cities are benefiting, be it water, rain or clean air, 60 percent of it is provided by forests and trees that are spread out in cities. Millions of people depend on forests for their livelihood, especially in countries like India. “But what the country has done for environment protection, like afforestation, is commendable. This year, especially it has been put in the agenda for year long p r o grammes. The United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) appreciates these ecofriendly programmes taken up by the country,” said Satinder Bindra, director, division of communications and public information, UNEP. He commended the steps proposed by Union environment minister Jairam Ramesh for improving the areas under forests. “This is a good move. With the increased forest area, the carbon footprint of the country comes down. There is no other way, but to plant more trees. Trees have the potential to increase the amount of oxygen in the atmosphere and reducing the harmful greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. Expressing concerns over rapid industrialisation of India and China, which are poised to become economic superpowers in the coming decades, he said, the two most-populated countries in the world should think about environmental concerns while pursuing their economic growth targets and industrialisations. Both countries are large emitters of carbon dioxide and the UNEP is monitoring how the two countries have been addressing these issues, he added. “Any growth in the developing or developed world should not be at the cost of environment. The international community has been watching how India and China will be the role model for other countries. Nobody will oppose development, if it comes within purview of sustainable development,” he said. This year, the UNEP held several programmes in association with the Indian government on the occasion of Environment Day on June 5. In the city, they held a programme for disabled children, by taking them close to the nature. It also held screening of ecology-related movies in New Delhi and an exhibition of environmentally friendly tribal products at Meghalaya capital Aizwal. He said the UNEP would extend any support to the Indian government to promote environment-friendly programmes.

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Urban patches have been enjoying the fruits of forests. The central governmentʼs initiative at afforestation has been commended by the United Nations Environment Programme, says L Raghunanda

Climate change may slow after 2020 A cup of tea daily ʻcan stave off cancerʼ

London: Drinking tea has many health benefits. Now, add one more to the list — taking a cup of the beverage daily can help slash the risk of developing cancer by shrinking tumours, say researchers. Previous researches have already linked tea’s healthy antioxidant properties and high flavonoid content to cutting the risk of some cancers as well as heart disease. Now, a new study has shown that black tea could help prevent cancer. In the study, US researchers analysed the compound theaflavin-2 (TF-2), found only in black tea and oolong Chinese tea, which has been shown to kill cancer cells. The study explored how TF-2 induced cancer cell death and found that it caused such cells to shrink within three hours. When the researchers looked at a specific set of genes that kill cancer cells, TF-2 was found to activate the genes. The study also showed that TF-2 can suppress the activity of a gene that sparks an inflammatory enzyme known as COX2 while also reducing the activity of other inflammatory molecules, the ‘Daily Express’ reported. Tim Bond of the Tea Advisory Panel in the UK said: “(The study) has demonstrated that components of black tea can help shrink and kill cancer cells and/or result in helping to reduce the number of tumours. “These findings suggest the need for clinical trials to evaluate the effect of black tea and its components on the risk of cancer in humans. New studies are needed to shed further light on clinical applications of black tea ingredients.” PTI

London: There could be sharp decline in global warming by 2022, as scientists claim to have unearthed evidence that the Sun is poised to enter its first period of “hibernation” since the Little Ice Age of the early 1700s The Sun goes through a regular cycle of activity that peaks every 11 years. During its most frenzied periods, huge magnetic storms erupt from the sun while vast sunspots appear on its surface, but during the quiet part of the cycle – called the solar minimum – eruptions and sunspots are rarer. If they the new claims are right, global warming caused by greenhouse gases could be less severe over the next few decades than predicted, the Daily Mail reported. Astronomers believe the Sun should now be building up to its next maximum and that sunspots should be appearing on its surface. But, three separate studies, presented at an astronomy conference in America this week, have found clues that the sun is not waking up on schedule. Dr Frank Hill of America’s National Solar Observatory showed that a regular jetstream current within the sun, which was due in 2008 and 2009, has failed to start up again. Meanwhile, Dr Richard Altrock, of Sacramento Peak Observatory, who has been studying the sun’s “atmosphere” (the corona) for 40 years, found that a tell-tale march of magnetic activity towards the poles that heralds the start of the solar maximum has failed to materialise. And Matthew Penn, also from the National Solar Observatory, has shown that the strength of the magnetic field inside sunspots has been much weaker than expected and is in steady decline. If this continues, the Sun will have lost its spots completely by 2022. The last time the Sun went quiet was during the “Maunder Minimum” from 1645 to 1715, when Europe and America suffered a succession of bitterly cold winters called the

Huge mirrors in the sky to tackle climate change?

Little Ice Age. The Thames, which was wider and slower in those days, regularly froze over, while sea ice choked the coasts of England. Mike Lockwood, professor of space environment physics at the University of Reading, said: “Our research shows there is an eight per cent chance that we will return to Maunder Minimum conditions over the next 40 years. “But, given the observed and predicted rise in greenhouse gases, we find it would do no more than slow global warm-

ing a little.” However, Joanna Haigh, professor of atmospheric physics at Imperial College London, said: “In a future grand minimum, the sun might again cool the planet by up to one degree. Greenhouse gases, on the other hand, are expected to raise global temperatures by between 1.5 degrees Celsius and 4.5 degrees Celsius by 2100. “So even if the predictions are correct, global warming will outstrip the Sun’s ability to cool.” PTI

London: Putting huge mirrors in the sky is one of the many measures being considered by the United Nations to tackle climate change, a British newspaper said. Other measures being considered for “geo-engineering” the Earth’s climate include producing lighter coloured crops and using iron filings in the world’s oceans, ‘The Guardian’ reported, citing leaked papers from the UN science body. The papers, leaked from inside the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, ahead of an expert group meeting in Peru next week, show that 60 scientists will propose a range of measures like spraying sea water into clouds as reflection measure as well as painting streets and roofs white. Other proposals likely to be suggested in-

clude burying charcoal, adding lime to oceans and finding different ways to suck greenhouse gases out of the air and deposit heat deep in to oceans, the newspaper said. However there is worry among these scientists that even if their plans do work they could cause irreparable damage due to uncertainty surrounding the technology. And the report also details how both the UN and developed nations are “despairing” over trying to reach a consensus ahead of talks. The meeting is expected to provide governments with a scientific assessment of geo-engineering technologies, but is widely expected to be in favour of more research and possibly largescale experimentation despite an international moratorium adopted by the UN last year in Japan, the report said. PTI


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No to export‑oriented power projects: Maoists

Decision to hugely impact Indian companies

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Syrian dissidents set up ʻnational councilʼ Turkish-Syrian Border: Syrian opposition activists have set up a “National Council” to spearhead the battle to oust President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, a group of dissidents, including their spokesman Jamil Saib, announced yesterday. “We announce the creation of a National Council to lead the Syrian revolution, comprising all communities and representatives of national political forces inside and outside Syria,” they told reporters a near the Turkish-Syrian border. The activists urged opposition forces “to cooperate in all cities and provinces of Syria to achieve the legitimate goal of overthrowing the regime and bringing it to justice.” Saib said council members included notably Abdallah Trad el Moulahim, one of the organisers of a Syrian opposition gathering in Turkey this month, Haitham el-Maleh, Souhair al-Atassi and Aref Dalila, all three based in Syria, as well as Sheikh Khaled al-Khalaf and Mamoun el-Homsi. “The purpose of this council is to bring together opposition forces to support the revolution” and ensure that they are heard by the international community, Saib told AFP. The council was created “in the name of Syria’s free revolutionary youth in view of the crimes the regime perpetrated against the oppressed civilian population, which was holding peaceful protests,” the group said. AFP

2,000 El Salvador inmates suffer from food poisoning San Salvador: At least 2,000 inmates at five prisons in Central America’s El Salvador fell ill after having food during the weekend, police said. Most of the inmates at prisons in La Union, Ciudad Barrios, San Miguel, Usulutan and Jucuapa suffered from vomiting and diarrhoea, but no one was hospitalised, prison service spokeswoman Isabel Estrada said. The sick inmates were being treated for a bacterial infection. Food samples have been tested to determine what caused the poisoning, she said. El Salvador’s prisons hold 24,631 inmates, representing an overcrowding rate of 300 percent, according to figures from the bureau of prisons. The Central American country’s 21 prisons have the capacity to hold just 8,300 inmates. IANS

3,700 held in six days in Mexico

Mexico City: A total of 3,705 people have been arrested in the past six days in a massive anti-crime operation launched in Mexico’s 31 states, officials said. The operation – that deployed 310,000 police officers – also resulted in the recovery of 1,258 stolen vehicles. It was launched by the National Conference of Governors in support of the government’s strategy for fighting drug traffickers and other criminal organisations. “The fundamental purpose was to prevent and fight crime, such as vehicle theft, robberies of passengers during transport, kidnappings, recovery of arms and dismantling of criminal gangs, as well as actions intended to ensure compliance with judicial orders,” the government said in a statement. Federal security spokesman Alejandro Poire said: “The fight for the security of Mexicans cannot and should not be a policy of just one of the levels of government. Its effectiveness in closing off the ability of criminals to operate is based on its being a permanent effort within the framework of a common front.” A total of 15,270 people died in drug-related violence in Mexico last year. Nearly 40,000 have died since President Felipe Calderon took over in December 2006. IANS

500 kg drugs burnt in Beijing Beijing: Nearly 500 kg of drugs were burnt by police in the Chinese capital ahead of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking June 26. The drugs – weighing 489 kg – were seized by police in 2008 and 2009, Ma Guoyun, deputy director of the narcotics control office was quoted as saying by Xinhua. IANS

Kathmandu: Nepal’s Maoists have decided not to allow any hydropower project that intends to export the generated power, a decision that immediately impacts Indian group GMR as well as nearly a dozen more potential Indian investors. The announcement was made by Dharmendra Bastola, Maoist politburo member as well as chief of the Seti-Mahakali Bureau, the region where GMR’s office and site camp for developing the 900MW Upper Karnali hydropower project was burnt down last month.The Maoist leader said the central committee of his party decided at a meeting nearly two months ago that the licence given to GMR to conduct a survey – which is likely to be followed by a power generation licence – should be scrapped and a fresh contract should be renegotiated. A consortium of GMR Energy Limited, GMR Infrastructure Limited and Italian-Thai Develop-ment Project received the licence in 2008 to developing the Upper Karnali, in which Nepal Electricity Authority gets 27 percent free equity and Nepal 12 percent free power. As per the understanding, the power generated would be sold to India. However, in a move that ups the ante, the Maoists are now seeking to have the country’s best hydropower projects developed domestically with Nepal holding over 51 percent share to ensure the “sovereign right of Nepalis to their natural resources”. The Maoists are saying the Upper

Karnali contract is against Nepal’s national interests. According to Bastola, it is the cheapest hydropower project in Nepal and can generate 4100 MW. “It will cost about NRS 2 to produce per unit of power while we are currently buying power from India at NRS 10.72 per unit,” he said. “We need NRS 300 billion to generate 4100 MW, which can be easily raised through army funds, the Employees’ Provident Fund or the annual remittance sent by Nepalis each year.” The Maoists say that while almost 60 percent homes in Nepal haven’t seen electricty, it is an act of “selling out” to export power. Also, with Nepal to be restructured into federal states, the allocation of hydropowers should be put off till the states have been formed and their governments consented.

With Nepal’s cabinet this week deciding that the army would be deployed at the GMR work site in remote Dailekh district to ensure security for the Indian investor, Bastola said the army would not be able to protect the project as the people of the area would rise up against it. “We are asking the government to develop it on its own or if needed, on a publicprivate-cooperative partnership in which GMR or other big investors could also participate,” Bastola said. “However, the power generated has to be for Nepal.” When then happens, the Maoist leader said his party would guarantee the security and profit of the foreign investor. However, now, he said Maoist ministers would ask the government to scrap GMR’s licence and the campaign would be taken up by Maoist MPs in parliament. “If this fails, people will get ready from the streets to build Upper Karnali,” Bastola said. The Upper Karnali project could develop into a bone of contention between the Maoists, who are now the largest party in the ruling alliance, and Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal’s communist party.The current Energy Minister, Gokarna Bista, is from the PM’s party and has assured GMR of security. The Upper Karnali issue was also strongly raised by Indian external affairs minister S M Krishna during his visit to Nepal in April, when GMR’s public hearing was attacked and disrupted by the Maoists. IANS

EU allows drug tests on pets London: Concerns have been raised in Britain over a European Union directive allowing drug tests on pets. The plan could trigger a dramatic rise in the number of pets used in laboratory experiments, The Sun reported yesterday. British law allows tests only on animals bred for research. “Dropping UK standards to meet the EU lowest common denominator is wrong and will be seen by the British public as a huge betrayal,” the report quoted a spokesman for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals as saying. The European Commission, the e xe c u t ive body of the EU, has given the government till 2013 to adopt the legislation. The directive will allow puppy farms and cat breeders in Britain to supply animals to laboratories abroad. Ministers are concerned the directive would weaken Britain’s tough animal welfare laws. Home Minister Lynne Featherstone has launched a three-month consultation exercise, the report said. The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) says that dogs, such as beagles, can have substances dripped into their eyes or be force-fed chemicals and drugs. IANS

European men fight with Afghan Taliban London: European fighters are joining the Taliban in Afghanistan to avenge the death of former al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden, a media report said yesterday. According to The Sun, an hour-long video shows paleskinned groups of non-Afghan fighters defiantly raising their weapons at a secret base in Helmand province. It boasts of “Muslim youth from different races and languages background” who have had Jihadi training. The video was the first to be released by the so-called Cultural Commission of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan since the death of Osama, the report said. It is thought the militants include British radicals, supporting reports of increasing Englishlanguage communication on the Taliban network. The video accuses British troops of war crimes and pledges revenge. It is thought to represent a division between those who want to continue fighting, and tribal leaders in talks with NATO, according to the report. There are fears the recruits could be sent back to their own countries on terror campaigns. The report said the film shows 10 masked trainees on a pickup truck. Their bare arms reveal pale skins and they all wear watches. They brandish AK-47 assault rifles, machine guns, and

rocket-propelled grenade launchers. Commenting on the images Saturday night, Colonel Richard Kemp, former head of British forces in ¬Afghanistan, said: “The soldiers are all pale skinned, suggesting perhaps that they have not been in-country for long.” “Most Afghan Taliban don’t wear watches. They can’t afford them. It is certainly credible that there are European, perhaps even British, fighters among Taliban ranks,” Sun quoted Kemp as saying. British MP Patrick Mercer said new Al Qaeda leader Ayman alZawahiri had always pledged to recruit more Europeans. “It seems to be happening. This is extremely serious,” the report said, quoting Mercer. IANS

Male fish Hoax bomb threat Migraine gene discovered ʻshun greedy at US airport femalesʼ

Washington: A bomb threat yesterday briefly forced a closure at the Ronald Reagan National Airport near Washington DC. London: Telling your partner to watch her weight is But authorities later said nothing not at all recommended – unless you are a male was found. cleaner fish, who shun greedy females, say researchers. The airport was briefly shut A new study has found that cleaner male fish are down for up to 20 minutes while aware of their female partner’s size and they often US Airways flight 2596 from Daypunish those who overeat, the ‘Proceedings of the ton, Ohio, landed and was diRoyal Society B’ journal reported in its latest edition. verted to an isolated area, CourtThe researchers from the University of Queensland, ney Mickalonis, spokeswoman the Zoological Society of London and University of for the Metropolitan Washington Neuchatel have now shown that male fish lose more Airports Authority was quoted than just a meal from their partner’s big appetite – as saying by Xinhua. they also risk the female becoming so large that she Investigators interviewed the will turn into a rival male. 44 passengers on board, and Dr Lexa Grutter, the study’s co-author, said that the bomb experts checked the plane, groups’ research shows that male cleaner fish are but nothing was found. aware of their female partner’s size. “One reason A person who had made a males punish cheating females may be to stop her from eating too much and then challenging his position as the dominant male on the reef.” Cleaner fish feed in male-female pairs by removing parasites from larger “client” fish. While providing this cleaning service, cleaners may get greedy and bite clients rather than sticking to parasites. This cheating by cleaners causes mealtimes to come to an abrupt end as the disgruntled client fish swims off. Females that bite clients receive aggressive punishment from their male partners for such greedy behaviour. Cleaner fish live in groups led by one dominant male with a harem of up to 16 females. All cleaner fish are born female and turn into males London: Men who were overwhen they become the biggest fish in their group. A weight or obese as teenagers are male cleaner fish usually partners with the biggest more likely to die from cancer in later life, says a study. female fish in the harem for cleaning duties. Even losing weight during The research also shows that the male cleaner fish can distinguish between high and low value meals middle age did not appear to and will punish the female severely if she drives off a cut the extra risk of developing high-value client. Dr Grutter said the female fish will lung, skin, kidney and prostate respond to this punishment by providing better service cancers, the Daily Mail reported to high value clients in the future. “This is the first Thursday, citing the study. It said men who were overnon-human example of where punishment fits the crime and results in the offender adjusting their be- weight as teenagers were 35 percent more likely to die from canhaviour according to potential penalties.” PTI cer compared to those who had a healthier weight. The study looked only at men, but women are likely to run a similar risk, the Mail said. British experts studied about 20,000 men in the study. Conducted by Medical Research Council (MRC) researchers in collaboration with University College London and Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, the study analysed medical records of 19,593 male graduates who attended Harvard between 1916 and 1950. Higher body mass index (BMI) - the scoring system of weight related to height – had been linked to several cancers, but always in later life, said researcher Linsay Gray of MRC.

bomb threat involving the plane at the ticket counter in Dayton, while the plane was in the air near Washington, was taken into custody, FBI officials said. IANS

Los Angeles: US scientists have discovered three gene variants linked to migraine, a move that could help understand the cause of severe headaches. Inheriting any one of the three gene variants raises risk of severe headaches by 10 to 15 percent, the researchers said in a study published online by the journal Nature Genetics. The three genes are TRPM8, LRP1 and PRDM16. The first plays a role in sensitivity to cold and pain, while the second is involved in the transmission of signals between neurons, Xinhua reported quoting the study Sunday. “While migraine remains incom-

icine division at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The researchers based their findings on analysis of genetic data from more than 23,000 women, including over 5,000 migraine sufferers. Although the researchers said the findings are encouraging, they noted that more research is needed to better understand exactly pletely understood and its un- how each of these genes is asderlying causes difficult to pin sociated with migraine. down, identifying these three Migraine headache, an abnorgenetic variants helps shed light mality in the response of nerve on the biological roots for this cells to stimuli, is characterized common and debilitating con- by recurring severe headaches, dition,” said lead author of the which often result in nausea as study, Daniel Chasman, assistant well as sensitivity to light and professor in the preventive med- sound. IANS

Teenage obesity raises cancer risk Olive oil cuts risk of stroke by 41%

“It is very interesting that higher BMI at age 18 actually leads to a greater risk for cancer than higher BMI in middle age,” the Mail quoted Gray as saying. The link between teenagers who were overweight and later cancer was particularly strong for lung, skin, oesophageal, kidney, bladder, prostate and testicular cancers, the study said.

The amount of smoking by men at 18 or physical activity did not affect later cancer risk, it said. However, Gray said it was unclear how early obesity could trigger cancer decades later. As people with higher BMIs have a larger body size, there are more cells to potentially undergo the cancerous process, she said. IANS

London: People who cook with olive oil are 41 percent less likely to suffer a stroke than those who never eat it, say experts. Older people will live longer if they eat lots of it, researchers say. In countries like France, Greece, Spain and Italy, olive oil is regarded as the classic eating habit, Daily Mail said. However, Britons eat higher levels of animal or saturated fats, and annually about 120,000 suffer strokes, it said. Up to 30 percent die within a month. Olive oil contains omega-6 fats which block the body’s response to inflammation in chronic conditions like heart disease and arthritis and also reduces blood pressure. A total of 7,625 people aged

65 or more who never had a stroke were observed as part of a study, which took into account diet, physical activity, weight and other risk factors. Olive oil use was classified as ‘none’, ‘moderate’ in cooking or as dressing or with bread, and ‘intensive’ when used for both, according to the Mail. “Stroke is so common in older people and olive oil would be an inexpensive and easy way to help prevent it,” said Cecilia Samieri, of the National Institute of Health and Medical Research in Bordeaux, where the survey was done. “A new set of dietary recommendations should be issued to prevent stroke in people aged 65 and older,” she added. IANS

Memory implant may tackle dementia New York: Scientists have developed a new brain implant that can boost memory function in laboratory rats, a breakthrough which they say could lead to the development of neuroprosthetic devices that can help tackle dementia, stroke and repair brain injuries in humans. Though it’s yet to be tested in humans, the scientists at Wake Forest University and the University of Southern California said their implant demonstrated for the first time that a cognitive function can be improved with a device that mimics the firing patterns of neurons. In recent years scientists have devised implants that allow paralysed people to move prosthetic limbs or a computer cursor, using their thoughts to activate the machines. But in the latest work, the researchers used some of the same techniques to read neural activity, but translated those signals

internally to improve brain function rather than to activate outside appendages, the New York Times reported. In a series of experiments, the scientists trained the rats to remember which of two identical levers to press to receive water. The animals first saw one of the two levers appear and then (after being distracted) had to remember to press the other lever to be rewarded. Repeated training on this task teaches rats the general rule, but in each trial the animal has to remember which lever appeared first, to inform the later choice. (More) PTI SKP AKJ The rats were implanted with a tiny array of electrodes, which threaded from the top of the head down into two neighbouring pieces of the hippocampus, a structure that is crucial for forming these new memories, in rats as in humans. The two slivers of tissue, called CA1 and

CA3, communicate with each other as the brain learns and stores new information. The device transmits the exchanges to a computer. To test the effect of the implant, the team used a drug to shut down the activity of CA1. Without CA1, the rats could not remember which lever to push to get water. They remembered the rule – push the opposite lever of the one that first appeared – but not which they had seen first. The researchers, having recorded the appropriate signal from CA1, simply replayed it, like a melody on a player piano – and the animals remembered. The implant acted as if it were CA1, at least for this one task. “Turn the switch on, the animal has the memory; turn it off and they don’t: that?s exactly how it worked,” said Theodore Berger, who led the study, which is published in The Journal of Neuroengineering

and Rehabilitation. In rats that did not receive the drug, new memories faded by about 40 per cent after a long distraction period. But if the researchers amplified the corresponding CA1 signals using the implant, the memories eroded only about 10 per cent in that time. The authors said that with wireless technology and computer chips, the system could be easily fitted for human use, but there are a number of technical and theoretical obstacles. For one, the implant must first record a memory trace before playing it back or amplifying it; in patients with significant memory problems, those signals may be too weak. In addition, human memory is a rich, diverse neural process that involves many other brain areas, not just CA3 and CA1; implants in this area will be limited. PTI


LIFESTYLE 7

Monday, June 20, 2011

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Zoe Saldana to join cast of ʻInfinitely Polar Bearʼ

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upermodel Bar Refaeli, former girlfriend of actor Leonardo DiCaprio, is nursing a broken arm. “I broke my arm. And I’m annoyed! Booooooo.(sic),” the model posted on her Twitter page, reports femalefirst.co.uk. No further details about her injury are known yet. However, her followers on the social networking site were quick to send her their best wishes. Refaeli and Leonardo separated in May after being in a relationship on and off for over five years. They decided to call time on the romance because they had “grown apart” and were both focussed on their careers. The 26-year-old has not been romantically linked with anyone since the relationship ended.

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ctress Zoe Saldana is in talks to join the cast of marital drama “Infinitely Polar Bear”. To be produced by J.J. Abrams and directed by screenwriter Maya Forbes, it will see Saldana and Mark Ruffalo paired opposite each other. Described as a darker dramatic version of the 80s comedy “Mr. Mom”, the film will seee Ruffalo as a bipolar family man who loses his job for forcing his wife to go back to work. The film is being co-produced by heiress Megan Ellison, reports collider.com. The shooting for “Infinitely Polar Bear” will start this September, before Saldana moves on to “Star Trek 2”.

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ocker Courtney Love went public with her new boyfriend, Jack Donoghue, at a charity gala in New York. The Hole star, who has been open about her search for love in recent months, arrived at the amfAR New York Inspiration Gala Tuesday night with Donoghue, a member of Michiganbased rock group Salem, reports contactmusic.com. The couple were seen giving poses to the shutterbugs with their arms around each other.

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inger-actress Selena Gomez never wants to be a role model because she considers herself imperfect and describes her job as “superficial”. “I never really said I want to be a role model. But then when it happened I was so down for it,” femalefirst.co.uk quoted Gomez as saying. “I’m human, I’m not perfect. I make mistakes all the time, but I guess my job is to keep those mistakes to myself, which I’m already fine doing and just try to be the best I can be for those kids,” she added. The 18-year-old, who is recovering from a spell in hospital for “malnourishment” and exhaustion, also said: “This is a very superficial job. I sit in a chair for two hours and get hair and makeup done and talk about myself in interviews. That’s a very vain thing to do. And I do get caught up in it sometimes.”

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he legendary Raj Kapoor is looming large over Toronto in the Year of India in Canada. As the Indian International Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend and Awards come here next week, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has joined hands with IIFA to commemorate the first superstar of Indian cinema. The main members of the Kapoor clan – Karisma Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Rajiv Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor – will be present as special guests at the June 26 event to pay tributes to Raj Kapoor, TIFF said Friday. Other Bollywood stars attending the IIFA Awards will also attend the tribute to the ‘Charlie Chaplin of Indian cinema’, TIFF said. Beginning next month, TIFF

will also present ‘Raj Kapoor and The Golden Age of Indian Cinema Retrospective’ running here from July 1 to August 7. In a statement Friday, TIFF said, “One of the giants of Indian cinema, actor, director, mogul and legend Raj Kapoor is synonymous with the rise of Bollywood. “The highly influential Kapoor is revered throughout India, the former Soviet world, the Middle East and beyond for the films he made during the Golden Age of Indian cinema. Running from July 1 to August 7, TIFF presents the first major Kapoor retrospective in North America in nearly three decades – featuring a number of newly struck 35mm prints – and an exciting new installation from acclaimed filmmaker Srinivas Krishna.’’

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cottish actor James McAvoy feels 3D movies are a “waste of money” and merely a way of making more cash out of cinema enthusiasts. McAvoy admits he was ecstatic when producers of his “X-Men: First Class” project decided against a 3D release, because he is convinced the technology is simply a tool to increase ticket prices, reports dailystar.co.uk. “Thank god this movie (‘XMen: First Class’) is not in 3D, which is just an excuse to charge an extra 10 bucks (dollars) at the theatre. Then in the end, they’re not 3D at all. It’s a waste of money. The idea of things coming out of the screen and making you jump out of your seat are done very well but I think it’s a waste of time and money and I wouldn’t pay for a ticket to go to one of those films,” said the actor. He even feels that the movie “Clash of the Titans” was a 3D failure as its producers added the effects after the film had already been shot. “I maintain you can’t do a good conversion of a two-hour movie with high quality in a few weeks like they tried to do with ‘Clash of the Titans’. I don’t mean to throw that movie under the bus because my buddy Sam (Worthington) is in it, but I think everybody realised that this was a point at which people had gone too far,” he added.

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ustralian fast bowler Brett Lee is set to walk the ramp for designer Rajesh Pratap Singh at the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) weekend to be held June 23-25 in Toronto, Canada. The organisers announced that designers Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Rajesh Pratap Singh and Vikram Phadnis will showcase their respective collections at the IIFA Rocks, a fashion extravaganza high on style and music. “While Bipasha Basu will walk the ramp for Sabyasachi, Kunal Kapoor, Rahul Khanna and Brett Lee will be the showstoppers for Rajesh Pratap Singh. However, the showstoppers for Vikram’s show are a surprise,” Sabas Joseph, director, Wizcraft International Entertainment, the IIFA organiser, said at a press conference here. Musical trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy will play live music during the fashion event. IIFA Rocks raises funds for the IIFA Foundation, which has been set up by IIFA to support families of the film industry workers who have been adversely affected during the production of films.

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LIFESTYLE 8

Monday, June 20, 2011

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layboy model Crystal Harris has opened up about calling off her marriage with magazine owner Hugh Hefner and says she had little freedom at the mansion. “The mansion schedule is so strict – home by 6 every Friday night, Saturday and Sunday for movie nights,” she told news show Entertainment Tonight. “I couldn’t do certain things. The first year I was there, I went on a vacation with my friends and then the second year I asked if I could go with my friends and see my family, I was told no. I saw my world just closing in on me. It’s Hef’s way or no way,” she added. Harris admits that after moving out of the Playboy Mansion, it has been “scary” at times, reports torontosun.com.

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inger Alicia Keys says she learnt to balance parenting and work from her mother, who raised her alone. “My mother was a single mother and she balanced it and worked at it and raised me so well. There’s always a way if you have the will,” bangshowbiz.com quoted Keys as saying. The singer, who has an eightmonth-old son, Egypt, with Swizz Beatz, a record producer, also says that becoming a mother has made her more aware of the thousands of parentless children in the world. “Being a mother myself has made me think about all the children in the world who are motherless or parentless. It breaks my heart because I’m like, ‘What do they do with nobody there to support them and be with them?” said the 30year-old. “I’m a singer, an activist and a mother. I love all three very much and all three of them feed each other. Now becoming a mother makes me understand more about activism and being a mother makes me understand how dreadful it can be to never have a voice to speak to people,” she added.

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here’s Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, Friendship Day... and now, there’s a Lady Gaga Day! Government officials in Taiwan have declared July 3 as Lady Gaga Day in honour of the star’s highly-anticipated performance in Taichung, reports dailystar.co.uk. Gaga, best known for her bizarre dressing, will be handed the keys to the city to mark her first visit to the island nation. The streets of Taichung will be decorated with flags featuring the pop star’s photograph, and a creativity contest will be held for fans to show off designs inspired by her. The “Poker face” singer will play to 4,000 fans in Taichung as part of a five-day promotional tour of Taiwan.

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ctress Courteney Cox and her estranged husband David Arquette are reuniting for a new game show. The former couple will be coproducing a TV game show called “Identity Crisis” in which contestants are required to

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representative of actress Emma Watson has rubbbished reports that she is dating Johnny Simmons, her costar in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”. “This is complete fiction,” dailymail.co.uk quoted the representative as saying. Rumours of Watson dating Simmons started off after they were photographed together in Pennsylvania. The actress, who rose to fame through the “Harry Potter” series, has been single since dating One Night Only rocker George Craig last year.

identify celebrities based on a number of clues, reports contactmusic.com. The game show is the third TV project that Cox and Arquette are working together on after “Dirt” and “Cougar Town”.

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upermodel Heidi Klum is planning a family holiday in Italy where she wants to feed her children with sea urchins. Klum, who raises daughters Leni, 7, and 20-month-old Lou; sons Henry, 5, and Johan, 4, with husband Seal, is excited about an unusual adventure. “What’s next? To go on a great holiday with my family. We’re going on a boat to Italy. I love when the kids can go and eat sea urchin and the sea urchin is literally going like this (waves hands). You cut the bottom off and then you eat it,” femalefirst.co.uk quoted the 38-year-old as saying. “That’s what they do when you go to (restaurant) Nobu or whatever - it’s the same sea urchin, so you might as well eat it when it first comes out of the sea,” she added.

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EMMA WATSON NOT Karisma to play 5 characters

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spanning 500 years T his comeback will be a whammy for Karisma Kapoor. For Vikram Bhatt’s “Dangerous Ishq”, the actress is going to play five roles in five different lifetimes spanning a whole gamut of India’s mythological and historical events. Karisma will start by playing Mirabai, a devotee of Lord Krishna, and then move forward in time, that includes the partition era, Indira Gandhi’s assassination and the present day politics. Reluctant to reveal the details, Vikram Bhatt, who is busy researching the women characters of ancient medieval and modern India, says: “Yes, Karisma’s character will go back into four different eras and lifetimes, plus there’s a role in present times. So, it’s actually a total of five roles. The story opens in 1498 and then moves through various eras to contemporary times.” Karisma’s part in “Dangerous Ishq” crosses all the historical and cinematic boundaries ever crossed by female actors. Apparently, Karisma was told she would require intense research and preparation for the parts and she was game. Says Vikram: “Karisma has always been a very hard-working and capable actress. But in terms of challenges posed to her performing abilities, I feel there have been not too many golden opportunities. I feel this is the right time for Karisma to do ‘Dangerous Ishq’. It takes her to a new level as an actor.” There’s also the added challenge of doing heavy-duty action sequences for the first time. Though Vikram doesn’t talk about it, it is understood that she would be doing major action sequences requiring training in the martial arts. Karisma has taken on the challenge quite happily. The film, written by Amin Haji, would have Karisma sharing screen space with five leading men. And this time, it is believed the guys being considered are not the Vikram Bhatt regulars like Aftab Shivdasani and Dino Morea.

Bangalore Beat Evening Newspaper - 20.06.2011  

Bangalore Beat Evening Newspaper - 20.06.2011