BangaloreBeat Vol. 1, Issue 325 n Thursday n July 21, 2011
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ʻMY PHONE TAPPEDʼ JUSTICE HEGDE: WILL TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE LEAKAGE OF REPORT
The leakage has pained me much. I have done a lot of work to prepare the report. Despite this, without my knowledge, the report has been leaked to the media
Bangalore: Lokayukta Justice Santosh N Hegde, probing the illegal mining in the state, today said his phone has been tapped. Hegde said after reports of alleged bugging in the office of Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, he had asked a professional to a check his office. “He told me your telephone has been tapped. Everything was being recorded from two sources,” he said. Hegde said he does not want to comment on “where, who and other things” regarding the tapping, but is sure it’s been tapped. Telephone tapping was noticed in the past three to four months, Hegde said. “Yes, I can say in affirmative that I suspect... the person told me this is being tapped and recorded in two places.” He admitted that chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, mining barons Reddy brothers, Janata Dal-Secular leader H D Kumaraswamy and Congress MP Anil Lad are involved in one way or another in illegal mining. Justice Hegde, who is retiring on August 2, got emotional over the leakage of his report, but did not deny any of the points highlighted by the media. He is filing the second and final report to the government tomorrow. Bangalore Beat was the first newspaper to carry excerpts of the report in its edition yesterday. Justice Hegde said he takes the full responsibility for the leak of the report to the media. “The leak has not occurred from the office of the Lokayukta. I have complete faith in my officers,” he added. “The leakage has pained me much. I have done a lot of work to prepare the report. Despite this, without my knowledge, the report has been leaked to the media,” he said. Asked whether an inquiry would be conducted into the leakage, he said, “There is no question of an inquiry now. The report will be submitted tomorrow.” The Lokayukta registrar will meet chief secretary S V Ranganath and submit the report. The sanctity of the report will remain, even though it has been leaked, he said.The government should accept the report. The report we submit to the government contains solid proof and evidence of illegal mining. We have thousands of documents related to this,” Justice Hegde said.
CM MUST ACCEPT HIS BJP: No link INVOLVEMENT, QUIT: GP Bangalore Beat Bureau
Bangalore: Chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, who is on a tour of Mauritius since Monday, should return to the city immediately and accept charges of his involvement in illegal mining as mentioned in the report of Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde, said Congress state president G Parameshwara here this morning. Justice Hegde has accepted that the chief minister’s name too finds a mention in the report that will be submitted to the government tomorrow, he said. “The chief minister should resign immediately,” he added. The BJP high command,
which has been claiming to fight corruption, should accept the involvement of their chief minister and seek his resignation, he said. The government should accept the report on illegal mining and take necessary action against the culprits. Leakage of the report in the media is not a reason enough for the govern-
ment to reject it. The report has not lost its sanctity. The issues touched upon in the report are true and the government should take action accordingly, he said. The BJP leaders don’t want the report to be publicized as it mentions the names of cabinet ministers and the chief ministers as guilty of illegal mining. That is why they are raising the issue of leakage to press for its rejection. That is the reason they are saying the report leakage has been a big mistake and that it has lost its sanctity, he said. The Congress will not sit quiet if the BJP government does not accept the report. “We will take out a huge protest against the government,” he warned.
Cong demands BSYʼs resignation New Delhi: Accusing the BJP leadership of patronising illegal mining in Karnataka, the Congress today demanded the resignation of chief minister B S Yeddyurappa. With the state Lokayukta report indicting the state government over the illegal mining issue, Congress spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed said, “Yeddyurappa must immediately resign from his post”. “All these things are already in public domain but now the
Lokayukta has indicted the chief minister and other ministers in the state government,” he said. Lokayukta Santosh Hegde has recommended a probe into Yeddyurappa’s role and that of his four ministerial colleagues with regard to illegal mining in the state. The Congress spokesperson also questioned the “silence” of senior BJP leaders at the centre over the ongoing “illegal mining” in Karnataka and alleged that was happening with their
consent. “It is now evident that illegal mining in Karnataka was continuing with the consent of top central BJP leaders and they were aware of Chief Minister’s involvement in the whole episode. Without their consent, senior party leaders from the state like Dhananjay Kumar could not have gone to meet Lokayukta to request for deleting Yeddyurappa’s name from the report,” he alleged.
CMʼs trip, report Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: There is no link between the submission of report on illegal mining by the Lokayukta to the government and chief minister B S Yeddyurappa’s Mauritius trip, said BJP state president K S Eshwarappa here this morning. On the leakage of report to the media, he said, “The leakage of the illegal mining report has pained me much. This should not have happened. With this, the sanctity of the report has been lost.” “As of now, I will not react to the report. I will first go through it after it is submitted to the government,” he said. Asked whether action would be taken against party leaders for their involvement in illegal mining, he said, “Ours is a national party. The whole thing will be discussed at the party forum and decide about the action that needs to be taken against the BJP men who are involved. I can’t reveal all before the media.”
Either tomorrow or Monday: Hegde Bangalore: Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde today said the report on illegal mining would be submitted either tomorrow or Monday. Emerging out of a meeting with his officials the Lokayukta office, he said, “It is left to the government whether to accept the report or not.”
Big evidence against CM: Santosh Hegde
Bangalore: In more trouble for B S Yeddyurappa, Lokayukta Justice Santosh N Hegde today said he has given “substantive” and “voluminous” evidence against the Chief Minister and others in the illegal mining in the state. Terming the illegal mining scam as huge, he said, “In the time period of 14 months, it is more than Rs 1,800 crore. The time period is between March 2009 to May 2010. It is the loss to the state exchequer. It is loss to the state.”
Report has given substantive evidence whether it’s the chief minister, ministers and miners in the illegal mining. The Lokayukta held a meeting on phone tapping and as to how to submit the report to the government. Top officials of the Lokayukta held a meeting with Justice Hegde. “It’s a voluminous evidence”, he said, adding, the report runs into 4000-5000 pages. “It’s a huge racket. As a matter of fact, the
chief minister is responsible for what’s happening in (mineral rich district of) Bellary because of the fact that the minister in charge (of the district G Janardhana Reddy) is owner of a mining company (Obalapuram Mining Company) and a mafia-like situation is created with every official being involved. They have created a new system altogether by which they could literally bleed other mining companies,” Hegde said Hegde, a former Supreme Court judge, said the leak of the report yesterday would not
have any impact as it would not question the validity of the report. Asked if there were instances of money got by illegal mining being parked in tax havens overseas, Hegde said: “We have some instances.....this happened. We have recommended that Enforcement Directorate should enquire into it (affairs of Obalapuram Mining Company)”. Obalapuram Mining company is owned by Janaradhana Reddy and his family, with brother and minister G Karuanakara Reddy
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and another minister from Bellary, B Sriramulu, being partners. Hegde said there are instances of this company where the money earned against iron ore exports not being brought back to India (indicating that money was parked overseas). Besides Yeddyurappa, the Reddy brothers, Sriramulu, the report has also indicted former chief minister and JD(S) state president H D Kumaraswamy, another minister of Yeddyurappa cabinet, V Somanna, Congress Rajya Sabha member Anil Lad and BJP
READY FOR PROBE: HDK New Delhi: I am ready for any kind of investigation if there is truth in the report on illegal mining to be filed by Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde, said JD(S) state president H D Kumaraswamy here today. “There is no question of going back from the investigations. I will react once the report is submitted to the gov-
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MLA from Kudligi in Bellary district, Nagendra. Hegde said the Obalapuram Mining Company has evolved a system of “zero risk”. “You (the miners in Bellary) give them (the company) 40 to 50 per cent of your produce, your produce will be transported by this group...” Even if the lorries carrying this ore are caught, the company would pay compound fee and get them released and saw to it that the ore is exported. Continued on page 4
ernment and after I go through it,” he said. “The government should accept the report and making allegations against its leakage is not good. Those mentioned in the report should face inquiries,” he said. “Conducting an investigation into the leakage of the report is not necessary. That is not the question. The gov-
ernment should be committed, accept the report and take action,” he said. “I have only heard my name being mentioned in the media about my involvement in illegal mining. I will face the inquiry and will clarify on what I did when I was the chief minister,” he said.
SHORT‑RANGE ʻPRAHARʼ MISSILE
SUCCESSFULLY TEST FIRED
Yakshagana brings to you the image of male-dominated performances where even women’s roles are played by men. But over the last decade, things have been changing. The Karnataka Mahila Yakshagana, an allwoman troupe, has been breaking several barriers, says Aknisree Karthik... Page 5
Sachin Tendulkar practices during the nets at the Lord’s cricket ground in London yesterday. England will face India in the first test at the Lord’s today. (See Page 4)
Chandipur-on-sea (Orissa): India today successfully conducted the first test-fire of its indigenously developed short-range, quick reaction, tactical missile ‘Prahar’ from the Integrated Test Range off Orissa coast. “The test launch was fully successful as the surface-to-surface, sleek missile mounted on a road mobile launcher, roared into an overcast sky, seconds within it’s blast off,” defence sources said. The sophisticated missile was test
fired from ITR’s launch pad-3 at about 8:15 am leaving behind its trajectory in?an orange and white ribbon of smoke, they said. “The missile witnessed a smooth vertical take-off from the launch pad and vital parameters will be analysed after mission data is retrieved,” said a Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) scientist soon after the missile was test-fired. The 150 km range ‘Prahar’ is a single stage missile and is fuelled by solid propellants. Continued on page 3
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Double Road jam for 15 more days Bangalore: The city police have warned that there could be traffic jams for another 15 days in and around double road due to a storm water drain work going on in front of BMTC head office. You could expect traffic jams at K H Circle, Lalbagh Maingate, Minerva Circle, Shivaji junction, Bharath junction and Town Hall junction on JC Road and Shanthinagar junction, Poornima junction and Urvashi junction on Lalbagh road, says a press note from city police commissioner’s office. Traffic from Richmond Circle flyover side continues to be diverted via KSRTC depot road and the traffic coming from K H Circle is now allowed on the newly laid magic box on the other side. A substantial portion of traffic is also being diverted to J C road via Minerva Circle and Lalbagh Main gate junction, it said. Commuters have been asked to avoid Double Road till the completion of works.
Oﬃce space leasing soars
33% in April‑June at 8m sqft
ealty consultant CB Richard Ellis India today said leasing activities for office spaces in major cities during April-June period has increased by over 33 per cent to 8 million sq ft compared to the previous quarter. According to the latest survey 'India Office Market View - Q2, 2011', about 8 million sq ft of office spaces were absorbed during the second quarter of this year as against six million sq ft in the JanuaryMarch period. "This steady pace of space take up is primarily fuelled by sustained economic development and increase in outsourcing business, resulting in robust corporate expansion plans," CBRE South Asia chairman and MD Anshuman Magazine said in a statement. The office space absorption in seven key micro markets – Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune
and Kolkata – has been increasing over the past few quarters, he added. Of the total absorbed area, NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai were leading the tally that accounted for almost 80 per cent of the absorbed spaces in the country in the three-monthly period. "However, though there is continued demand, most of the office micro markets have an oversupply situation. With additional space to be added in the future, especially in IT/SEZ space, rental values in certain micro markets are expected to remain flat," Magazine said. The second quarter of 2011 witnessed addition of about 10 million sq ft of new areas in all major cities. The report point out that while demand remained buoyant in the last few months, the large supply pipeline might alter the demand curve in the coming few quarters. PTI
Lokayukta Santosh Hegde inaugurates Krupanidhi Cambridge International School. He later witnessed students taking oath that ‘We will never participate in corruption and never encourage anybody to’.
State banks disburse `18K cr farm loans Bangalore: Banks in Karnataka disbursed around Rs 18,000 crore loans to farmers in 2010-11. Out of this amount, Rs 7,000crore loan was disbursed as crop loan and Rs 11,000 crore towards mechanisation, Agriculture Minister Umesh Katti told reporters here. He said as per RBI directive, banks are now expected to dis-
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Wage hike dips Wipro net, projects ﬂat growth
Cosmetic surgery centre from Narayana Bangalore: Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospitals has launched a medical aesthetic centre – Reviva – for cosmetic surgeries. The centre will cater to the growing demand of cosmetic procedures and would provide specialised services, the hospital said. The launch follows the success of Narayana Hrudayalaya Dental Chain (NHDC), which now has 27 clinics in Bangalore and Kolkata. It is planning to scale it up to 200 clinics over the next two years. “We would like to expand the operations of dental, medical aesthetic centre and other retail health care activity to every city of India and few countries abroad,” said Dr Nitish Shetty, head, Narayana Hrudayalaya Retail Healthcare Division.
burse Rs 26,000 crore loan in the current fiscal. To a query, he said there was no shortage of seeds and that demand had seen a rise recently. To another question on reported meetings between the state agriculture department and GM seed manufacturers, he said no such talks have been held. PTI
Bangalore: Wage hikes and a higher tax rate impacted IT bellwether Wipro Ltd’s net profit in the first quarter (April-June) of this fiscal (2011-12), resulting in 2.9 percent sequential decline to Rs 1,335 crore. “A wage hike of 10-12 percent and 3.1 percent higher effective tax rate had a sequential impact on our net profit in the first quarter (Q1) of this fiscal (FY 2012). We see a similar impact on operating margin in second quarter (July-September) from these twin factors,” Wipro chief financial officer Suresh Senapaty said. On annualised basis, however, net profit grew marginally at one percent. Operating margin for the company’s global IT services business declined to 22 percent year-onyear (YoY) from 24.7 percent a year ago and 0.1 percent sequentially. “We have maintained our operating margins in the first quarter despite one month impact of salary revision,” Senapaty said. For the second quarter (JulySeptember) of this fiscal (FY 2012), the company has projected an average revenue of $1.5 billion from its global IT services business, which is sequentially marginal to $1.4 billion achieved in the first quarter (Q1). “We expect revenue from our IT services business to be in the range of $1,436-1464 million in the second quarter ending Sept 30,” Senapaty noted. Total revenue for the quarter
under review (Q1) grew 18 percent year-on-year (YoY) to Rs 8,564 crore and 3.2 percent sequentially from Rs.8,302 crore in the previous quarter (January-March) of previous fiscal (2010-11). In rupee terms, revenue from IT services grew 17 percent (YoY) to Rs 6,405 crore though flat (0.5 percent) sequentially. Under the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), net income grew marginally one percent to $299 million and total income $1.92 billion, up 18 percent YoY. “We are seeing early signs of positive momentum after the reorganisation. Clients continue to focus on optimising operations, creating new products and getting access to newer markets,” Wipro chairman Azim Premji said in a statement, commenting on the first quarterly results. Earnings before interest and tax (Ebit) increased four percent YoY to Rs 1,407 crore. “We will continue to make investments that bring superior
value to our clients as they try to win in this market,” Premji added. Senior vice-president (treasury) Rajendra Sreeman said the IT services division won two large deals in the banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI) sector and energy & utilities sector during the quarter. “The combined value of the deals is about $1 billion in the long term,” Sreeman said on the margins of the briefing on the quarterly performance. IT services business accounted for 75 percent of the company’s total revenue and 94 percent of the operating income for the quarter under review. “Enterprises are variabalising their IT to position themselves for winning in the world of constraints. We are building assets that allow consumerisation of enterprise technology and performance analytics, two trends that will help us differentiate,” chief executive T K Kurien said. The IT services division added 49 new clients during the quarter as against 22 a year ago and 68 in the previous quarter. Revenue from existing customers increased sequentially to 99.3 percent from 96.9 percent a quarter ago but dipped fractionally from 99.6 percent a year ago. “Our investments in client mining are starting to show results, with four customers contributing over $100 million,” Senapaty added. IANS
Ganesh, Yami Gautham Balaji (Tavarekre) (11 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Ganesh (11 am, 2, 6, 9 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (4 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (12.50 pm, 6.30 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (10.15 am, 3.55, 6.40, 9.25 pm) Krishna (KR Puram) (11 am, 2, 6, 9 pm) Manasa (2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Maruthi (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Nandini (11 am, 2, 5, 8 pm) Sagar (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Siddheshwara (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Srinvasa (Gowdanapalya) (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Ullas (10.45 am, 1.45, 5.45, 8.45 pm) Vijayalakshmi (Garudacharpalya) (11 am, 2.30 pm) Veeresh (10.15 am,1.15 pm) Vajreshwari (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.15 pm)
VINAYAKA GELEYARA BALAGA Vijay Raghavendra, Naveen Krishna, Meghana Gaonkar Anupama (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Kamakya (10.45 am, 1.45, 5.45, 8.45 pm)
POLICE STORY 3 (U/A) Sudeep Bhumika (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Gopal (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Nalanda (11 am, 2, 5.30, 8.30 pm) Siddheshwara (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Srilakshmi
(Rammorthinagar) (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm)
SHRIMATHI (A) Upendra, Priyanka Upendra Adarsh (11.30 am, 2.30, 6, 9 pm) Bharathi (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.15 pm) Eshwari (11.00 am) Inox (Malleswaram) (12.30 pm) Manasa (11.30 am) Mohan (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.15 pm) Nartaki (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Prasanna (10.15 am, 1.15, 4.15, 7.15 pm) Uma (10.15 am, 1, 4, 7 pm) Veerabhadreshwara (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Vaibhav (11.30 am)
CHENNAMMA IPS ½ Ayesha Menaka (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Siddhalingeshwara (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.15 pm)
KIRATAKA (U/A) ½ Yash, Oviya Helen, T S Nagabharana Goverdhan (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Kapali (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm)
DHAN DHANA DHAN (U) ½ Prem Kumar, Sharmila Mandre Banashankari (Hongasandra) (11 am, 2.15, 6.15, 9.15 pm) Gurusidheshwara (11 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm).
ENGLISH Navrang (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Lakshmi (Tavarekere) (10.15 am, 1.15, 5.15, 8.15 pm) Rex (12 pm, 5.05, 7.30 pm) Tribhuvan (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Urvashi (11 am, 3, 6 pm)
LARRY CROWNE (U/A) Tom Hanks, Julia Robert Fame Lido (12.35 pm, 7.35 pm) PVR Cinemas (10 am, 2.40, 7.20, 10 pm)
TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON (U/A) ½
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS (U/A) Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint “3D” Gopalan Cinemas (Bannerghatta Road) (10 am, 5, 7.30, 10 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Mysore Road) (10 am, 5.30, 7.50, 10 pm) Innovative Multiplex (12.15 pm, 2.30, 7.30, 10 pm) Mukunda (5.30 pm, 8.30 pm)
Shia LaBeouf, Rosie HuntingtonWhiteley “3D” Cinemax (2.15 pm, 7.15, 10 pm) Fame Lido (10.15 am, 3.25, 6.20, 9.15 pm) Fun Cinemas (12.45 pm, 3.50, 6.55, 10 pm pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Bannerghatta Road) (10 am, 4.30, 7.15, 10 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Mysore Road) (11 am, 1.45, 9.30 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (4.30 pm) Laxmi (Tavarkere) (11 am, 1.45, 5, 8.30 pm) PVR Cinemas (10 am, 1, 6, 9 pm) Rex (12.25 pm, 3.10 pm)
HINDI ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA (U/A) Katrina, Farhan Akhtar, Hrithik, Abhay Deol and Kalki Koechlin
Tax Mela kicks oﬀ at Palace Grounds Bangalore Beat Bureau
Kakana Kote to be screened
Bangalore: One of the watershed films of Kannada cinema, Kakana Kote, will be screened at K V Subbanna Aaptha Rangamandira at Kumarswamy Layout on Saturday and Sunday. The movie, which had Lokesh in the lead and directed by C R Simha, won several awards for its fine depiction of life inside the forest. The movie will be screened at 6 pm on Saturday and 3 pm on Sunday. Discussion with the cast and crew members follows the screening, said a press note. Call B R Gopinath on 9242523523 for further details.
Contest of stage plays Bangalore: Dayananda Sagar Trust along with the Kannada and culture department is organising a competition of stage plays in the memory of Dayanand Sagar on Sunday. The contest will be held at Ravindra Kalakshetra at 6.30 pm, stated Rangasri organisation. At the function, Sagar and Chandramma Sagar awards will be presented, it added.
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Bangalore: The Tax Mela, organised by the income tax department, Bangalore division, kickstarted at Gayathri Vihar in Bangalore Palace Grounds yesterday. M C Agrawal, chief commissioner, income tax, Bangalore division, said the department expected around 4-4.5 lakh people to file their returns in the 10-day mela. “This is the third year that we are organising the mela. Last year, around five lakh people filed their returns,” he added. The Tax Mela looked well organised with special counters for the disabled along with wheelchair facilities. The forms this year are more legible and there are 110 counters to take care of the rush. The last date for filing the returns is July 31.
Tax officials help a guru file tax returns at Gayatri Vihar on the first day of Tax Mela yesterday.
The mela begins every day at 9.30 am and closes at 5 pm. The mela has been organised in a covered space spread over one lakh sqft. Free parking facilities are available for 40,000 two-wheelers and 10,000 four-wheelers. There are helpdesks, and 22 refund and 22 non-refund counters have been set up. There are counters and ATMs from leading banks, with one or two representatives from the banks to help you. If you are clueless about filing the returns, then there are helpers who will fill the forms for you with minimal charge. Photocopiers and a stationery shop have been set up for the convenience of those filing their returns. At the time of inauguration, P B Pradeep Kumar, joint commissioner of income tax, too was present.
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Cauvery (11.30 am, 2.30, 6, 9.15 pm) Cinepolis (10 am, 12.15, 1.50, 3.55, 6.45, 10 pm) Everest (10.30 am, 2.30, 6.15, 9.30 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Bannerghatta Road) (10 am, 1, 2.45, 6.45 pm) HMT Cinemas (1.30 pm, 7.15 pm) Innovative Multiplex (11 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.15,
MURDER 2 (A) ½ Emraan Hashmi, Jacqueline Fernandez Apsara (11.30 am, 2.15, 5.30, 8.30 pm) Abhinay (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Abhiman (Goripalya) (11 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Anand (3.30 pm, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Fame Forum Value Mall (10.30 am, 2.50, 4, 7, 9.30 pm) Fame Lido (10 am, 2.35, 5, 9.35 pm) Fame (Shankarnag) (2 pm) Fun Cinemas (10.10 am, 4.30, 7.30 pm) HMT Cinemas (Jalahalli) (10.45 am, 9.45 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (10.30 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (10 am, 7.30 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (10 am, 4.55, 9.40 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (10 am, 2.55, 9.35 pm) Manasa (2.30 am, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Radhakrishna (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.15, 9.30 pm)
CHILLAR PARTY (U) Irrfan Khan, Divvji Handa, Vedant Desai Cinemax (1.15 pm, 6.15 pm) Cinepolis (12.45 pm) Fun Cinemas (12.30 pm) Fame Forum Value Mall (10.10 am) Fame Lido (10.45 am, 6.30 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Bannerghatta Road) (10 am, 2, 7.10 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Mysore Road) (10, 2.25, 6 pm) Innovative Multiplex (10.15 am, 12.30, 7.45 pm) Inox (Magrath
10 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (10 am, 12.25, 3.20, 6.15, 9 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (10 am, 12, 3, 4.35, 6, 9 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (10 am, 11, 12, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (10 am, 12, 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9 pm) Rex (2.25 pm, 9.50 pm) Urvashi (9.30 pm). Road) (1.10 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (10.25 am) Gopalan Cinemas (Bannerghatta Road) (10 am, 2, 7.10 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Mysore Road) (10, 2.25, 6 pm) PVR Cinemas (12.30 pm, 7.30 pm) Vision Cinemas (12.30 pm, 5 pm)
BBUDDAH HOGA TERA BAAP (U/A) Big B, Prakash Raj, Hema Malini Aruna (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.30 pm) Innovative Multiplex (5.45 pm) PVR Cinemas (10.10 am, 5.10 pm) Shobha (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm)
DELHI BELLY (A) Imran Khan, Shehnaz Cauvery (11.30 am, 2.30 pm) Cinemax (10.15 am, 12.30, 3, 7, 10 pm) Cinepolis (10 am, 12, 2, 4, 6, 8 pm) Eshwari (11.15 am, 2.30, 6.15, 9.15 pm) Fame Forum Value Mall (10 am, 1, 3.40, 4.50, 7.55, 10 pm) Fame Lido (10 am, 12.50, 5, 10 pm) Innovative Multiplex (10.30 am, 1.15, 5.40, 10 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Bannerghatta Road) (10 am, 12.45, 2.35, 10 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Mysore Road) (5.30 pm, 7.50 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (12.25 pm, 5.20, 10 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (10 am, 12.25, 2.30, 10 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (10.15 am, 12.30, 2.45, 7.30, 10 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (10 am, 12.55, 5.25, 7.30, 10 pm).
MALAYALAM SALT N PEPPER (U) Lal, Asif Ali, Swetha Menon Gopalan Cinmeas (Bannerghatta Road) (5 pm) HMT Cinemas (9.45 pm) Innovative Multiplex (10 pm) PVR Cinemas (9.30 pm) Sangeet (11.30 am, 2.45, 9.30 pm). RATHI NIRVEDAM (U/A) ½ Shweta Menon, Sreejith Vijay Galaxy Paradise (Hongasandra) (11 am, 2.15, 6.15, 9.15 pm
Thursday, July 21, 2011
CITY EVENTS General The Bangalore Science Forum: Talk on ‘Wireless ad hoc sensor networks, pervasive systems for measurement and inference,’ by Anurag Kumar of IISc, H N Multimedia Hall, Basavanagudi 6.30 pm.
Cultural Keshava Nrithyashale: Keshava Nrithyotsava’s Leela Ramanathan, Lalitha Srinivasan, President Karnataka Nrithyakala Parishat to participate, Town Hall, J C Road, 5.30 pm. Savigaana: Inauguration of its premises by MLA Ravi Subramanya, Nayana, J C Road, 4.30 pm. Vasu Prakashana: Release of book Anveshana, a collectioin of plays and felicitation programme, Gerald Furtado, Principal St Joseph Indian PreUniversity College, Kannada Sahitya Parishat president Nellore Prasad to participate, Kannada Sahitya Parishat, Chamarajpet, 5.30 pm. Indian Institute of World Culture: ‘Lifestyle management through ayurveda and yoga,’ by Dr H J Shanti, IIWC, Wadia Road, Basavanagudi, 6.15 pm.
Religious Sri Shankara Jayanthi Mandali: Discourse on ‘Prashnopanishat,’ by Ramaswami Iyengar, Sri Shankara Krupa, 45, 16th Cross, 3r Block, Jayanagar, 6.30 pm. Sri Madananda Theerta Pravachana Samithi: Discourse on ‘Dwadeeshasthotra,’ by Ambeereshacharya, Sri Raghavendra Swami Mutt, 6th Cross, Amarjyothinagar, 7 pm. Rama Pravachana Mandir: Discourse on ‘Bhagawad Geeta,’ by Aralumallige Parthasarathi, Rama Prava-chana Mandir, 795, 5th Cross, 7th ‘D’ Main Road, Koramangala, 4th Block, 6.30 pm. Sri Shankara Seva Trust: Upanyasa programme by Sri Prakash Yogi Guru, Sri Ramashrama, Ramachandrapuram, Girinagar, 6.30 pm. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan: ‘Nagarasakaviya Karnataka Bhagavad Gita Vachana Vyakyana, Rama Mandiram Association, Sri Rama Devasthana, Model House Block, Basavangudi, 6.30 pm.
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Crimson Art Gallery, The Hatworks Boulevards, No 32, Cunningham Road, Vasanthnagar Paintings at discount rates, along with an additional offer where patrons get 50% off every second purchase. Lifestyle presents Watch Fest: Thursday, July 21st, 2011. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Lifestyle, Adarsh Opus, Campbell Road, Austin Town Offers and discounts on a wide range of watches. The Big Wrangler Sale: Thursday, July 21st, 2011. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wrangler, No 777, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar Wrangler kickstarts its end of season sale, with discounts of up to 50%. Pepe Sale: Thursday, July 21st, 2011. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Pepe, No 2, Brigade Road, Discounts of up to 60% on all merchandise. Sale @ Esprit: Thursday, July 21st, 2011. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Esprit, No 10 Ananda Bhavan, Vittal Mallya Road, Esprit announces a sale where patrons can avail discounts of up to 50% on apparel and accessories, and a flat 25% off watches. Lee Sale: Thursday, July 21st, 2011. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Lee, Royal Meenakshi Mall, No E1/16, Syndicate Bank Colony, 1st Cross, Bennerghatta Road Lee merchandise at discounts of up to 50%. 3 for 2 offer: Thursday, July 21st, 2011. 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Landmark, The Forum Mall, No 21, Hosur Road, Koramangala Landmark presents the 3 for 2 offer, where readers can choose from a collection of over 200 best sellers and new releases and get three books with the offer sticker for the price for two. Sale @ French Connection: Thursday, July 21st, 2011. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. French Connection, Adarsh Opus, Campbell Road, Austin Town Men get a flat 30% off, while women are entitled to discounts up to 50% on all merchandise at French Connection’s end of season sale across all outlets. Van Heusen Sale: Thursday, July 21st, 2011. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Van Heusen, No 194, Brigade Road, Discounts of up to 40% on all apparel. The sale is on across all outlets. Happiness Sale: Thursday, July 21st, 2011. 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Bangalore Central, No 47/48 Victoria Embassy, Residency Road, Bangalore Central announces the Happiness Sale, featuring apparel and accessories at discounts of up to 61 percent. The sale is on across all outlets.
Kerala Food Festival: BonSouth presents its first Kerala food festival, Kerala cuisine has a lot of varieties from different regions of the State. From the Moplah and the Syrian Christian specialities to the vegetarian delicacies of Namboodiri cuisine. Each of these regional varieties has a distinctive taste and flavour. The cuisine is a delight for food lovers, for both vegetarians and non vegetarians. Available both at lunch and dinner, the Buffet is priced at Rs. 350 plus taxes. BonSouth, No 1 Sampige road, Mantri Square, 3rd Floor next to Oval bar. call: 080 22667377 & for Home delivery 080 22667378. Mama Mia! Introduces the Ice-cream Cakes: which are great for any celebration ditch the regular creamy cake on your next birthday for a delicious frozen icecream cake. These yummy cakes are great as a party dessert as well! Current Flavours available by the slice or whole Fererro Rocher Cake, Cookie Crumble Cake,
Screening of ‘Whisky with Vodka’: Thursday, July 21st, 2011. 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. The Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, No 716 1st Stage, CMH Road, Indiranagar The actor Otto Kullberg is a man women love and men like. When his excessive drinking leads him to miss a day on the set of his new film and it seems like he's about to blow the whole thing, a younger actor is hired to shoot all the scenes a second time as a backup solution. Otto finds himself forced to assert his role on the set.
Theatre Mayamruga @ Ranga Shankara: Thursday, July 21st, 2011. 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Ranga Shankara, No 36/1 2nd Phase, 8th Cross, JP Nagar The play, written by Kannada author Poornachandra Tejaswi, explores the human psyche and imagination by questioning the unseen. Adhe Adhure: Thursday, July 21st, 2011. 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Gayathri Devi Park Extension, 2nd Main Road, 16th Cross, Malleshwaram 'Adhe Adhure' is the story of life in contemporary society. It is about a middle class family on the brink of collapse. The play stars Lillete Dubey.
Nightlife After Eight Cake, Wildberries Cake, Chocolate Marble Cake, Belgian Chocolate Hoopla! Price: Rs 389 for 1 kg and Rs 699 for 2 kg and Rs 59 per slice. Indiranagar Call 41149423, Koramangala. Tel: 9379416398, Jyoti Niwas College Road. Koramangala Tel: 40981868.
Shopping Crimson's Annual Monsoon Sale: Thursday, July 21st, 2011.
Jolly Good Bollywood: Thursday, July 21st, 2011. 8 p.m. Opus In The Creek, No 2 Doddanekkundi Industrial Area, Whitefield Road, Mahadevapura Bollywood music comes back with the age old game of Antakshari. A musical quiz where the answers to the questions are all Bollywood songs. Booze and Brains with Mark Rego: Thursday, July 21st, 2011. 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Opus, Chakravarty Layout, 1st Cross, Palace Cross Road, Sankey Road A quiz and a dance party all rolled into one.
Bannurmath ahead in the race for Lokayukta Shivaraj Patil, R V Raveendran in contention too; term of incumbent Justice Santosh Hegde ends on Aug 2 D L Harish Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: The race is hot for the next Lokayukta, now that incumbent Justice Santosh Hegde is retiring on August 2. There are three strong contenders for the constitutional post, but just inches ahead of them all is Kerala High Court former Chief Justice S R Bannurmath. Anyway, the race is not won till you breast the tape, so intense lobbying is on and is likely to continue till the last minute for one of the most powerful positions in the state now. Bannurmath had been the original choice of chief minister B S Yeddyurrappa around three to four months ago. He had even had two rounds of talks with the former CJ. But the situation has changed completely since then with the entry of former Supreme Court judge Shivaraj Patil and serving apex court judge R V Raveendran’s name being floated. But in the case of Justice Raveendran,
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he is retiring only by November 30 and the government cannot wait till then. The other option is that the judge could take an early retirement to don the prestigious post. With this, it has effectively boiled down to Patil and Bannurmath becoming the Lokayukta. But of all the three, Shvivaraj Patil is
the personal favourite of Yeddyurappa. Patil is a prominent leader and has got the backing of math heads to put in the extra bit to influence the mind of the chief minister. There is a hurdle that needs to be crossed for the political dispensation for anointing a new Lokyaukta. The Upa Lokayukta, S B Majjige, too is a
Lingayat, and the two top posts with the same community may not go down well with the people, source within the government said. Strategists within the BJP have thought of a solution to the problem, which could be asking Majjige to quit the post with a promise that he would be given an alternative position with
Co‑processing of waste way ahead for industries: KSPCB Bangalore Beat Bureau
Bangalore: Time has come for all industries, like steel, cement and power plants, to follow the model of co-processing waste as is being done in other countries, said speakers at a one-day workshop on “Co-processing of Waste in Cement Kilns, Power Plants and Integrated iron and Steel Industry” today. The conference was jointly organised by the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board and German company GIZ GmbH. Co-processing of waste has been the hot topic in the West for conversion of waste into energy as it would serve to protect the environment. India has taken initiatives in co-processing of waste in cement and steel industries. Some of the leading companies in the cement industry, like ACC and Ultratech, have taken to co-processing, they said. KSPCB chairman M Sadashivaiah said, “The state initiated a campaign on co-processing of waste in 2003. The board is now seeking technical expertise from GIZ. But it is yet to pick up as the state does not know what to do with 340 metric tonnes of waste, like plastic and used tyres, generated every day.” He said, “Landfills are not a solution as land is in short supply. Already, in northern parts of the country there have been issues concerning lack of land
an equal standing. Once the Upa Lokayukta’s post is vacant, the government can bring in someone from any other community to make it look balanced, the sources added. The Lokayukta is chosen by a constitutionally formed statutory committee under the Lokayukta Act of 1994. The committee has the chief minister, legislative assembly speaker, legislative council chairman, chief justice of the Karnataka High Court, assembly opposition leader and council opposition leader. Before the Lokayukta is selected, the government sends shortlisted names to all the members of the committee, who in turn send their choice in a sealed cover. The sealed covers have already reached the CM’s office. All the members of the committee meet, where the sealed covers are opened and the Lokayukta is chosen. The finalised name is sent to the governor. The oath of office is also read out by the governor to the Lokayukta as it is a constitutional post.
P Bineesha, senior technical expert, GIZ, A S Sadashivaiah, chairman, KSPCB, at the workshopn on Co-processing of waste in cement kilns, power plants and integrated iron and steel industry at the Karnataka Pollution Control Board office in the city today. to dump waste. Also, there is a serious lack of scientific methods to manage these landfills.” He said, “Already, cement industries in Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan have taken to co-processing of waste. KPSCB is exploring the possibility of recycling the waste and generating electricity. This workshop will explore the possibility of adopting the best model.” There are some legal glitches to make incinerators mandatory at cement, steel and other industries. Participants at this workshop will discuss these legal loopholes too.”
Experts from Germany on coprocessing of waste spoke about technical, legal, infrastructural and logistical aspects of co-processing of waste. The workshop dealt with guidelines on incineration, economics of co-processing waste and the types of waste generated in cement kilns. Pre-treatment of waste and other preparatory activities prior to co-processsing, handling and transportation of hazardous waste, emission scenario of co-processing of waste and international scenario were discussed.
Actress Tara hugs a poor woman after giving her a blanket at Gangamma temple, Doddagunta Palya near Cox Town this morning. Free blankets were distributed to the underprivileged by the Bharatinagar Residents’ Forum.
Short‑range ʻPraharʼ CITU wants govt to settle missile successfully test ﬁred
workersʼ issues, especially wages L Raghunanda Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: The BJP government should do a lot more for workers in organised and unorganized sectors, stated a state-level conference of Left partes in the city recently. The government is also yet to fulfill a lot of the demands put forth by workers, they felt. “This is not the first time that the Centre of Indian Trade Unions is holding such protests. The last time we displayed such show of strength, some of our demands were met. This time, we want the BJP government to open its ears to the pleas of lakhs of our comrades whose list of demands be met at the shortest possible time,” said S Prasanna Kumar, general secretary, CITU. He said just because the Left has lost its foothold in West Bengal and Kerala, it doesn’t means it has lost foothold in fighting for the cause of workers. Kumar, echoing the sentiments of the founder of Marxism, Karlk Marx, gave a call: “Workers of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but chains.” The CITU last week held a massive rally at the Freedom Park to show its strength. He said, “The CITU will organise awareness rallies in Bangalore and other parts of the state at district and taluk levels. Such movements were started in 2008 to fulfill the basic needs of workers, especially from unorganised sectors, which is the largest group connected with CITU.” The most important issue that
the government should settle is the wage of workers. “There are 80 recognised professions and detailed directives have been passed to each of those. But there has been no notification regarding the wages,” he said. He cautioned the government against bringing in a speculative pension scheme that would be detrimental to the interest of workers. He said the number of hours put in by workers has been increased to 10 hours per day. The government should review the time policy depending on the wages of workers and as per the directions in the Factories Act, he added. The government has been promising workers that the wages would be increased as
per the wage board recommendations. But no clear decision has been taken though a committee has already been formed. With the increasing cost of living, the workers are feeling the pinch of low wages, he said. The condition of workers in unorganized sectors is even worse. The government should take steps to increase it from the present Rs 6,000 to Rs 10,000. The government has fixed the salary for this section of workers, who hold below poverty line cards, in Bangalore at Rs 6,000. The demands of anganwadi workers need to be met on the wages and should be revised periodically to keep them in tune with the time. He urged the government to
recognise professions of cobbler, washerman, tailor, auto driver, lorry driver, automobile sector worker etc. He said had the government held discussions with representatives of trade unions and industry leaders, a solution could have been found concerning the issues of workers by this time. “One such meeting was held long time back, but nothing has been heard on those lines of late,” he said. He warned that the government should meet the demands of workers as soon as possible, otherwise the Left parties would stage protests to force its hand. “We have enough clout and numbers to hold such protests,” he added.
Continued from page 1 The uniqueness of the missile system is that “in one salvo, six missiles can be fired with multiple targets,” said a scientist associated with this project. This short range missile would be an ‘excellent weapon’ which would fill the gap between unguided, multi-barrel rocket system ‘Pinaka’ with 40 km range and guided missiles
like ‘Prithvi’, which can strike at 250 km to 350 km range. In view of the scheduled missile test today, the Balasore district administration had as a precautionary measure temporarily evacuated 3,220 persons residing within two km radius of the launch pad-3 in to nearby shelter centers. Fishermen were also warned not to venture into the sea during the missile test time. PTI
Thursday, July 21, 2011
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Houston: A 41-year-old man in the US has been executed for killing a convenience store clerk from India during a shooting spree in 2001 that he had said was retaliation for the September 11 terrorist attacks. Mark Stroman, a Texas death row inmate, shot at least three men he mistook for Arabs in the weeks after the attacks, killing two of them. He was convicted of killing Vasudev Patel, 49, during the attempted robbery of a convenience store near Dallas in October 2001. He was also charged in the fatal shooting of Waqar Hasan, 46, a Muslim born in Pakistan. He was executed after the US Supreme Court yesterday rejected a last-minute appeal by one of his victims to save his life. The lone survivor, Rais Bhuiyan, a native of Bangladesh, had sued to stop the execution, saying his religious beliefs as a Muslim told him to forgive. Earlier Stroman had said his 2001 Dallas-area shooting rampage was in retaliation for the September 11 terrorist attacks. He had described the attacks as a patriotic response to terrorism. Stroman blamed the shootings on the loss of a sister in the collapse of one of the World Trade Center towers, although prosecutors said in court documents there’s no firm evidence she ever existed. “I wanted those Arabs to feel the same sense of vulnerability
Manali: Twenty-two labourers were injured and at least eight went missing after a cloudburst near Himachal Pradesh’s Manali and uncertainty on American town, an official said here today. soil much like the mindset of The cloudburst occurred around chaos and bedlam that they were 12.30 am yesterday in upper Manalready accustomed to in their ali, about 18 km from here, Subhome country,” he said on a divisional Magistrate Balbir Thakur said. website devoted to his case. “One body was recovered eight Patel, whose death put stroman on a death row, had moved kilometres downstream from the from India to Texas in 1983, and cloudburst spot. But it is yet to be identified,” he said. was a naturalised US citizen. Search is on to locate the othStroman described his victims as “perched behind the counter ers, he added. The workers were involved in here in the Land of Milk and Honey… this foreigner who’s construction of the Rohtang tunown people had now sought to nel. The accident happened just bring the exact same chaos and after they returned from work to bewilderment upon our people their base camps in Dhundi. and society as they lived in them- IANS selves at home and abroad.” But he added he had made a “terrible mistake out of love, grief and anger” and had destroyed his victims’ families “out of pure anger and stupidity. He also said he wanted to spend time with the convict to Lucknow: A girl was arrested learn more about why the shoot- along with her lover and his friend for allegedly plotting her ings occurred. “I’m not the monster the me- father’s murder, police said here. Ram Khelawan was shot dead dia portrays me,” he has said. Stroman was free on bond for by two unidentified persons at a gun possession arrest during his residence in Banthara on July 12 and an FIR was lodged the time of incident. He had previous convictions by his daughter Preeti in this for burglary, robbery, theft and connection, they said. Investigation revealed that credit card abuse, served at least two prison terms and was Preeti herself plotted Khelawan’s murder as he was opposed to paroled twice. Stroman’s lethal injection her relationship with Manoj would be the eighth this year in Chaurasiya. Preeti, Manoj and his friend Texas. At least eight other inmates Sunil Kumar were arrested yesin the nation’s busiest death terday and the country made penalty state have execution fire-arm used in the murder was dates in the coming weeks. PTI also found, they said. PTI
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Fai detention hearing to begin in US tomorrow Washington: The detention hearing of Ghulam Nabi Fai arrested by the FBI for illegally lobbying for Pakistan and its spy agency to influence US policy on Kashmir, has been set for tomorrow, court officials said. Fai, 62, arrested by the FBI on Tuesday made donations to Congressmen and presidential candidates and organised conferences and seminars to reflect
the viewpoint of Pakistan on Kashmir. A spokesman of the Department of Justice said that Fai has been scheduled to appear before the judge Theresa Carroll Buchanan at the US District Court in Alexandria, Virginia. Fai, was initially produced before the court on Tuesday a few hours after his arrest. According to court officials,
and the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC). “We don’t have a problem discussing climate change,” the envoy told PTI. “As far as action, it has to be done in the UNFCCC.” “Some countries are trying to do a mandate creep,” he said, describing a trend to get more issues under the belt of the Security Council. Countries like Brazil and South Africa also emphasised that the UNFCCC should remain central to addressing the issue of climate change.
India, however, differed its position from China and Russia, which were fundamentally against the Council dealing with climate change. Mark Lyall Grant, UK’s envoy to the UN, also noted that New Delhi has not opposed the Council’s statement on the climate change in the same way as Beijing and Moscow. “India played a positive role,” he said. After several revisions, the Security Council issued a statement on climate change, last night. Observers noted that its language was weakened to reach a compromise. PTI
It was emotionally taxing to play Maria, says Mahi Mumbai: For Mahi Gill, who essays the role of Maria Susairaj in Ram Gopal Varma’s upcoming film ‘Not A Love Story’, it was difficult and taxing to portray the real life character of the Kannada actress, who recently walked free in the Neeraj Grover murder case. “I have also witnessed and experienced the struggling period and so had Maria. So the struggling sequences were not difficult. But the sequences after the murder and its aftermath...to deal with it...was difficult for me. But Ramu sir was very helpful,” Mahi said, after launching a promotional song for the film here. Directed by Varma, ‘Not a Love Story’ is a crime thriller based on the gruesome murder of television executive Neeraj Grover that led to the arrest of Maria and former navy officer Emile Jerome. Mahi said she related to her character in the first half of the film because she has also come from outside Mumbai and struggled a lot to become an actress
but her character in second half was “very difficult to relate with and was emotionally very taxing.” Mahi, who is best known for her role of Paro in Anurag Kashyap’s critically acclaimed Hindi film ‘Dev D’ says, “When he (Ramu) told me about the film....about the role...I found it very challenging.” “We had shot in the same building but different rooms like the incident happened in room no 201 and we shot in 1501 so we had this weird...creepy feeling
that how the incident would have taken place in such a small room and we used to talk a lot about it as well,” she said. The film also stars Deepak Dobriyal and Ajay Gehi in pivotal roles. On May 7, 2008, Grover was killed at Maria’s flat in Dheeraj Solitaire in suburban Malad by her enraged fiance Jerome. After the murder, the couple chopped the victim’s body and stuffed it in bags and dumped it in the jungles of Manor, in Thane district. The film releases on August 19.
on Kashmir. Commending the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for Fai's arrest, the Washingtonbased Hindu American Foundation (HAF) yesterday said that this signals awareness within American intelligence agencies about ISI activities in the US. "The arrest of Fai is a troubling reminder of the extensive reach and influence of the ISI," said
Aseem Shukla, co-founder and Board Member of HAF. "We commend the FBI for exposing the alleged illegitimate activities of the Kashmir Center and revealing its connection to the ISI, an authoritarian government institution of Pakistan that does not heed the norms or laws of public engagement -- at home or abroad," Shukla said in a statement.
CWG scam: Kalmadi, others BJP says it is too to be taken in separate van early to react New Delhi: A Delhi court today allowed sacked Commonwealth Games OC Chairman Suresh Kalmadi and others arrested for alleged irregularities in awarding a contract to a Swiss firm to be transported to court in a separate van after they expressed fear of being attacked by other undertrials. Special CBI Judge Talwant Singh directed the jail authorities to bring Kalmadi and other five officials of Organising Committee in a different van from Tihar Jail to the court for proceedings. “Report has been received
from the Deputy Commissioner of Police. Their (Kalmadi and other accused) plea for transporting in separate jail van due to security concerns is allowed,” the court said. The six accused had on July 14 moved an application express-
Climate change debate in 3 policemen booked UNSC welcome step: India for youthʼs death United Nations: India has said discussion on climate change in the Security Council is a welcome step, but maintained that the 15-member body does not have tools to deal with the issue. Following a day-long debate in the Security Council, India’s envoy to UN Hardeep Singh Puri noted that peacekeeping missions, use of force and sanctions, which the UNSC can authorise, do not fit the problems of climate change. Puri insisted that climate change needed to stay in the realm of the General Assembly
Fai has not intimated who his attorney would be, but was hopeful that he would be able to have one by tomorrow. The FBI in its affidavit before the US court alleged that Kashmir-born US national received hundreds and thousands of dollars from the ISI and the Government of Pakistan with the sole objective of molding the view of American policy makers
Lucknow: Cases have been registered against three policemen in Uttar Pradesh after a youth, detained on charges of assaulting a relative, died shortly after being released from their custody, police said Thursday. Sandeep Kumar, 28, a resident of Dhanpatganj area in Sultanpur, about 150 km from here, died Wednesday, hours after being released from Kurebhar police station, said his father Vijay Kumar.
She was strangulated to death using a dupatta by the killer, who robbed off all her gold ornaments. Mahanand, who used to drive an autorickshaw, was seen by Vasanti’s cousin, traveling with her in Ponda city. Police stated that in 1995, Mahanand was picked up as a suspect in Vasanti’s case but was later let off giving him benefit of doubt. The serial killer since then has killed 16 women during 1995-2009 when he was finally arrested for raping his wife’s friend.
Big evidence against CM: Santosh Hegde Continued from page 1 Hegde said more than 500 officials, either by name or by designation, have been named in the report on illegal mining. He said he is "totally convinced" that the government would not act upon his second and final report. "They did not implement the previous one," Hegde recalled. On the size of the mining scam, the Lokayukta said between March 2009 and April 2010 (14 months) – as per the documents available during
New Delhi: The BJP today said it was too early to react to the Lokayukta report on illegal mining, which has indicted chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, and asked the Congress to first take action against those named in the Shunglu Committee and Delhi Lokayukta report. “The Shunglu committee had indicted the Sheila Dikshit Government in the Commonwealth Games and the Delhi Lokayukta had recommended to the President that action should be taken against her minister Rajkumar Chauhan in the Tivoli Garden case. Nothing has been done in these two cases. Congress should first respond to this,” BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said here.
Railways on canvas
He said the party will wait for the report on illegal mining in the state to be made public before coming out with any reaction. Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde has recommended a probe into Yeddyurappa’s role and that of his four ministerial colleagues with regard to illegal mining in the state. The report, which is to be submitted soon, has also sought an investigation into the role of former chief minister and JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy and Congress Rajya Sabha member Anil Lad.Tourism minister G Janardhana Reddy, revenue minister G Karunakara Reddy, health minister B Sriramulu and housing minister V Somanna have been named in the report, it is said.
Vijay alleged that his son was bleeding and writhing in pain after he returned. “We have registered a case against the Station House Officer Abhimanyu Singh and two constables,” Senior Superintendent of Police Govind Agarwal told reporters here. A magisterial probe has been ordered by the district magistrate, he said. Sandeep was detained Tuesday on charges of assaulting one of his relatives. IANS
Serial killer Mahanand Naik sentenced to life Panaji: The local court has sentenced serial killer Mahanand Naik to life imprisonment in connection with the murder of Vasanti Gawde, who was supposedly his first victim. Additional District and Sessions court yesterday convicted Mahanand for life and also imposed a fine of Rs 1.3 lakh, which will be given to family of the victim. 40-year-old Mahanand had killed Vasanti on September 11, 1995 by luring her to an isolated place at Bethora village, 35 kilometres away from here.
ing their apprehension of being attacked in the jail van by other undertrials. The other arrested co-accused in the case are OC former director general V K Verma, OC former secretary general Lalit Bhanot, OC former officials M Jayachandran, Surjit Lal and ASV Prasad. The judge had then directed the jail superintendents “to explore the possibility of transporting Kalmadi and others to the court on dates of hearing in a separate van”. The court had asked the jail authorities to apprise it with their decision by today in this regard.
this period – the extent of illegal mining including zero-risk transportation and other types was to the tune of Rs 1,827 crore. The Lokayukta said he expects the Supreme Court-appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC), which is looking into the issue of illegal mining, to take a copy of his report. A CEC member called him today seeking the report but he had asked him to put in his request under the Right to Information Act, Hegde said. PTI
Rajya Sabha member and singer B Jayasri inaugurates a painting exhibition depicting the Indian Railways at the Cantonment railway station today.
Food inflation slips to 7.58% for week ended July 9 New Delhi: Food inflation fell to a three-week low of 7.58 per cent for the week ended July 9 on the back of cheaper pulse prices and a high base last year. Food inflation, as measured by the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) stood at 8.31 per cent in the previous week. It was as high as 19.52 per cent in the corresponding week of July, 2010, suggesting a high base. As per data released by the government today, prices of pulses went down by 7.67 per cent on a year-on-year basis. However, prices of other food items continued to rise. The data comes a day after the government said that pressure from headline inflation would remain till December on account of high international commodity prices. Headline inflation stood at 9.44 per cent in June. It has remained consistently above the 9 per cent mark since December, 2010.
During the week ended July 9, onions became 19.68 per cent more expensive on an annual basis while fruits grew dearer by 15.84 per cent. The price of milk was up 10.76 per cent and eggs, meat and fish grew almost 8 per cent more expensive. Cereals and vegetables became dearer by 4.77 per cent and 4.31 per cent, respectively, year-on-year.
Inflation of overall primary articles stood at 11.13 per cent during the week under review, down from 11.58 per cent in the previous week. Primary articles have a share of over 20 per cent in the WPI. Meanwhile, inflation of nonfood articles was at 15.50 per cent for the week ended July 9, compared to 15.20 per cent in the previous week.
Chris Tremlett can bring Sachin down: Warne London: Australian spin wizard Shane Warne feels that English speedster Chris Tremlett’s height, pace and accuracy will pose a big challenge for Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar during the four-match Test series at home. Warne said that the gigantic 6’8” pacer, who posed several problems in each of the three Tests against Sri Lanka, has caught the imagination of all and sundry. “One guy who looks to be thriving is Chris Tremlett. With his height, bounce and rising confidence he will be the player of the series. He will take the most wickets, will be an absolute handful and will knock Sachin Tendulkar over a lot too,” Warne wrote in his column for “Daily Telegraph”. “The trick for Strauss is not to bowl Tremlett too much with the new ball. Let him bowl short, sharp sessions of no more than five overs and use him as an impact bowler. Keep him fresh so he gets that bounce,” said Warne. Tremlett was the Man of the Series in the three-match Test series against Sri Lanka
with 15 wickets at 23.40. The legendary spinner added that England should make use of Tendulkar’s vulnerability in the early part of his innings. “You have to approach Tendulkar with the aim of dismissing him for lower than his average. If you get him out for lower than 50 you can count that as a win and it takes a bit of pressure off bowlers who can focus too much on trying to knock him over as soon as he walks to the crease,” he said. Tendulkar, part of the strongest batting line-up in the world, stands on the brink of a momentous 100th international century. Warne said that the home team should not waste too much of an effort to plan against the little master but focus more on India’s inspirational skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. “MS Dhoni is a pretty good captain and is respected by his team, so England should really target him. If they keep him to low scores, and don’t let him slog a 50 at the end of an innings, it will affect his captaincy,” he said adding that
England captain Andrew Strauss and his Indian counterpart M S Dhoni pose with the Npower trophy at the Lord’s cricket ground in London yesterday. England will face India in the first test at the Lord’s from today.
India will have similar ideas about Andrew Strauss and will use Zaheer Khan to upset him. The Indian captain averages 33 against England, which includes four half-centuries in 13 innings he has played against them. Warne said the high-profile series between the number one team India and third ranked England will be dominated by the ball. “Normally when you think of India you imagine cricket dominated by the bat. But not this time. It will be a shoot-out between both bowling attacks.” Warne suggested the English pacers to attack Indians with body language, shortpitched hostile bowling at appropriate times and be aggressive in every way. “In Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Tendulkar you have great players. If you retreat and become defensive against India, then they will go on the offensive and punish you. That is how India can be undone. If you go too defensive with field settings and try to bore them out they will be all
over you.” Warne also singled out Rahul Dravid as another dangerman for England and said the only way to combat the veteran campaigner is to bowl waist-high deliveries that make him play. “If England can keep Tendulkar quiet it will rub off on the rest but the real danger is Dravid taking up the slack. I played with Dravid at the Indian Premier League and he is in super touch. In these conditions he can be the star for India. From talking to him in India, I know he is hungry and very motivated for this series. “The way to combat Dravid is to build pressure at both ends and bowl back-of-alength, waist-high deliveries. If you allow him to drive he will smack it. If you bowl too straight, he is great off his pads and will pick you off. Be wary, England. He is the guy that glues India together,” warned Warne. In 2007, India had registered a first Test series win in England after 21 years.
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Beyond Beat Thursday, July 21, 2011
WHEN WOMEN DON PAINT, THUMP STAGE Bangalore Beat Bureau
akshagana – one of the popular folk dramas of the state – has exclusively been the male domain since 11th century. But women have recently been forcing open the stubborn doors to make it their own. Yakshagana is a unique and rare blend of powerful music and vigorous dance, marked by vivacious foot work. Choreographed movements, coupled with colourful costumes and elaborate makeup, create an ethereal world on stage. Stylised extempore dialogues with folk and literary charm weaved in bring out the subtle nuances of Kannada. The Karnataka Mahila Yakshagana has taken the lead in dashing the myth that it is a male form of dance and has been conducting Yakshagana for females of all age groups for the last 12 years. “Initially, women were not allowed to perform Yakshagana. We started about 1215 years ago. Though I was interested in learning the art, there were no academies or institutions where women could learn Yakshagana. So we came up with the idea of setting up an institute where women of all age groups could learn and perform Yakshagana,” said Gauri K, secretary, Karnataka Mahila Yakshagana, to Bangalore Beat. Gauri and her troupe are instrumental in the popularising Yakshagana. They have
Now, ride your suitcase to airport! London: Forget booking a taxi. Now, you can ride your luggage to the airport, thanks to a new “scooter suitcase” designed by researchers at a British firm. The micro-luggage case has an in-built scooter so travellers can ride their case to the airport gate after dropping up to 20 kg of luggage off at the check-in counter, say its designers. The new 250 pounds bag consists of a 26-litre case and a lean-and-steer scooter. The case can be detached from the scooter and wheeled around in the same way as an ordinary suitcase, the ‘Daily Mail’ reported. A spokesman for Micro Scooters UK, the company which has designed the scooter suitcase, said: Not only is it a healthier option to a car, it’s a great way of reducing your carbon footprint.” Regular flier Dave Gardner, 35, said the new case would be a big help when he is at the airport. “I’ve missed flights because my taxi has been delayed,” he said. He added: “It’s left me running across the terminal with luggage that won’t roll straight and turning up red faced to a closed gate. If I could whizz across the terminal it might save me a lot on rebooking business flights.” However, the price is putting some off the product. “Surely I could just take a micro scooter with me and put in my bag when I get to work rather than forking out for this – I’d look like a fool riding around on that,” said Claire Evans, a 35-year-old banker from West Midlands. PTI
Ginger can cut side‑eﬀects of chemotherapy, says Doctors New Delhi: Doctors at AIIMS are now working upon a herbal way to help cancer patients cope with the side-effects of chemotherapy. Oncologists at the hospital here have been experimenting with ginger root powder in order to reduce the severity of the chemotherapy induced nausea vomiting (CINV). Nausea and vomiting are the major side effects that a cancer patient encounters after chemotherapy treatment. “The severity of chemotherapy induced nausea vomiting was reduced by ginger, our experiments showed. After the success of the study, we can say that there is a need to have ginger root powder available as capsules in varied dosages in order to use it as an add-on therapy in patients receiving chemotherapy with high vomiting potential,” said Dr Sameer Bakhshi, additional professor, department of medical oncology, AIIMS. In all, 60 patients, between eight to 21 years were randomly selected for the study. “It was a double-blind randomised single institutional study carried out at our centre in 2009. Neither the patient nor the interviewer with the patients knew about the patient being administered with the dosage of ginger root powder,” Bakhshi, who led the study, said. He said that dosages were administered according to the weight of the person. While those who weighed between 20kg to 40 kg were given 167 mg of ginger root powder capsules, those in the weight category of 40kg to 60kg were given 400 mg. Six capsules were given at different time intervals after start of chemotherpy infusion. “Even though ginger root powder was effective in reducing the severity of acute and delayed CINV, it did not eliminate them completely. The capsules were well tolerated by the children and young adults in our study and there were no side-effects,” he said. PTI
Yakshagana brings to you the image of male‑dominated performances where even womenʼs roles are played by men. But over the last decade, things have been changing. The Karnataka Mahila Yakshagana, an all‑woman troupe, has been breaking several barriers, says Aknisree Karthik
been staging performances in different parts of the state, and at the same time have been empowering women. “During our early days, we had the fear that we might not be accepted. There were a lot of instances where we were discouraged. Yakshagana was performed in a very orthodox way throughout the night by men in those days. We just thought why we women cannot enter this exclusive domain and make a mark. There are housewives, working women, college and school-going girls, who are staging Yakshagana nowadays,” she said. Here is Pavithra, who is doing her second PUC at Mount Carmel College. She drew inspiration from her mother V Latha, who is also a Yakshagana performer and an employee at the Reserve Bank of India. Latha said, “I have been practising Yakshagana for more than 12 years. I was attracted to Yakshagana when I was in my school. My daughter used to accompany me wherever I went for performances. She gradually involved herself and started practicing without hampering her studies.” Asked about the future of Yakshagana and women troupes in particular, Lata, who finds herself time despite her busy schedule, said, “Time has changed. People look at you in curiosity when they hear that women perform Yakshagana. It is sure to go places and if this art form is introduced as part of the curriculum in some universities, it will be good.” Sanjana and Sharavani too seek to dispel the stereotypical image of art form. “It is a good experience. We have dared to be different. We love doing it. There are some misconceptions. Many women are scared to take it up, thinking that the costume worn by the artistes is very heavy. But that is not true and, we feel, anyone who is interested should take it up.” The themes around which the performances are weaved are largely based on Hindu epics like Ramayana, Mahabharata and the tales from the Puranas. The makeup of Yakshagana artistes is rich and differs with the character. They are closely related to the ornamentation found in the scriptures. The performances are elaborate and carried off with care. Here is to the women power.
Women better tax planners, says report New Delhi: Female salaried employees are paying less tax than their male counterparts due to lower tax slabs and better investments, with the percentage of women with a low tax ratio of 0-5% higher than their male counterparts, according to a study. As per the findings of the ‘India Tax Ratio 2011’ report by TaxSpanner, an online income tax return filing portal, the average tax ratio of females salaried employees in major Indian cities is 4%, as against 6% for males. Besides, around 76% of females have a tax ratio of less than 5%, compared
to 59% in the case of male salaried employees. The tax ratio is the percentage of the salary that one pays as tax. The study covered employees from over 500 corporates in major cities, including the Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. While females have a lower income tax slab and get exemption for income up to Rs 1.9 lakh, women were also found to be better tax planners in claiming house rent allowance exemption and taking deduction under health expenses.
The report said among the major metros, Chennai and Delhi NCR had the lowest average tax ratio of 5%, followed by Mumbai and Hyderabad at 6% and Bangalore at 7%. This is despite the fact that salaried employees in Mumbai are earning 40 per cent more on average than their counterparts in Chennai and the Delhi NCR. Among the salaried employees earning Rs 5 lakh per annum, the average tax ratio for house owners stands at 2 per cent, while for non-house owners, it is 5 per cent, the study found. Among those with earnings of up to Rs
10 lakh, the average tax ratio for house owners stood at 12 per cent, while for non-owners, it was 15 per cent. TaxSpanner said that employees can have a lower tax ratio by availing home loan benefits to save tax. The report said that among those having an income below Rs 5 lakh per annum, only 6.8 per cent own a house, indicating that very few people recognise owning a house as a good investment and tax planning option. TaxSpanner is one of the few online portals with authorisation from the central government to act as an e-return interme-
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Ahmadinejad threatens to send US to ʻmorgueʼ Tehran: Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has threatened to destroy the US and Israel and send them to the “morgue” if Iran is put on the defensive. “Resistance will continue until Iran sends its enemies to the morgue,” Ahmadinejad said on his website. The President was making a reference to the US and Israel, who he said were “on the verge of collapse and gasping for their last breath”. A report said Ahmadinejad may have been reacting to news from Iranian state media that Tehran brought down a US drone flying near its Fordo nuclear enrichment plant in Qom province. State-run Press TV, however, did not elaborate on when the incident happened.
NBA star Yao Ming pauses after he announces his retirement during a press conference in Shanghai, China, yesterday. Yao has made it official, telling the packed news conference in his hometown that a series of injuries have forced him to retire from basketball.
Briton killed in Yemen bomb blast
Sana'a: A British national was killed in Yemen yesterday in a bomb blast, officials said. The incident took place in the southern port city of Aden. The unnamed victim was killed near the office of a shipping company where he worked. "We can confirm that a British national has been killed in Aden," the British Foreign Office said in a statement. In 2000, a suicide attack on the American warship USS Cole in Aden killed 17 sailors. In April 2010, the British ambassador to Yemen was almost killed when a car bomb hit his convoy in Sana'a. In October, a rocket-propelled grenade was fired at a British embassy car in the capital that injured three people. IANS
Pope sends 50,000 euros to Somalia
All to save elephants
Vatican City: Pope Benedict XVI has sent 50,000 euro (around $71,000) to Somalia to be used as aid for millions of people starving because of drought. The pope sent the money to the Vatican’s representative in Somali capital Mogadishu. The UN has said around 10 million people are in need of food aid and thousands of refugees need to be fed in Kenya because of severe drought and civil war in Somalia. “As a sign of his closeness and concern, the pope has sent the sum of euro 50,000 to Bishop Giorgio Bertin, apostolic administrator of Mogadishu, who is directly involved in bringing assistance to the people affected,” the Vatican said in a statement.
Washington: Astronomers have US officials have said there were un- discovered a fourth moon orbitaware that an American unmanned air- ing the icy dwarf planet Pluto, the NASA has announced. craft was downed. IANS The tiny, new satellite – temThree rapists hanged porarily desTehran: Three convicted rapists have ignated P4 – been hanged in Iran, the ISNA news was uncovagency reported. ered in a The rapists were hanged in the west- survey usern city of Kermanshah. The executions ing the Hubwere carried out after the Supreme Court ble space confirmed the sentences. telescope, The UN Office of the High Commis- searching sioner for Human Rights (UNOHCHR) for rings and other human rights organisations around the have spoken out against Iran for its use planet. P4 was first seen in of capital punishment. The country has a photo taken with Hubble’s the second highest rate of executions Wide Field Camera 3 June 28. in the world, after China, according to It was confirmed in subsequent human rights groups. IANS Hubble pictures taken July 3 and July 18. It is the smallest moon discovered orbiting Pluto. It has an AP-PTI estimated diameter of 13 to 34 km. By comparison, Charon – Pluto’s largest moon – is 1,043 km across, and the other moons, Nix and Hydra, are in the range of 32 to 113 km in diameter. “I find it remarkable that Hubble’s cameras enabled us to see such a tiny object so clearly from a distance of more than three billion miles (or five billion km),” said Mark Showalter of the SETI Institute in California, who led the programme. P4 is located between the orbits of Nix and Hydra, which Hubble discovered in 2005. Charon was discovered in 1978 at the US Naval Observatory and first resolved using Hubble in 1990 as a separate body from Pluto. IANS
President of Kenya Mwai Kibaki sets fire to confiscated ivory at the Kenya Wildlife Training School, Manyani, Kenya, yesterday. In a bid to combat illegal ivory trade in Africa, the Lusaka Agreement Task Force (LATF) announced the African Law Enforcement Day by burning 5 tonnes of contraband ivory at the Kenya Wildlife Training School.
Man walked Girl spends £38K School bars upright far on mom's cards whisky, sex earlier than in sandpit thought
London: A well-known British school has been rocked by a sex and drink scandal involving 13-year-old students. A boy and girl have been expelled from the 30,000 pounds-a-year Bedales for having a sexual encounter in a sandpit, Daily Mail reported, adding the other boy has been ousted from the school for stealing whisky from a store as part of the same incident. It is being believed that the events occurred during the end of term party on the school’s extensive grounds. The 120-year-old co-educational boarding school, based in Hampshire county’s Petersfield town, is renowned for its “liberal ethos and relaxed attitudes”. None of the pupils wear uniform and teachers are addressed by their first name. Bedales, with a roll of 462 pupils aged 13 to 18, three-quarters of whom are boarders, has been co-educational since the late 1800s. Meanwhile, The Good Schools Guide says it is “still good for individuals, articulate non-conformists and people who admire such qualities”. IANS
Libya welcomes Russian eﬀorts in peace talks Moscow: Libya will support any Russian assistance in the peaceful mediation of the crisis in the country, a minister has said. Libyan foreign minister Abdul Ati alObeidi and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov held talks in Moscow yesterday on the situation in Libya. "Libya will welcome any Russian role in the peaceful settlement of the Libyan conflict," al-Obeidi said. "We proposed finding a solution equally acceptable for all Libyans, including the opposition in Benghazi." Al-Obeidi also said Libya supported the African Union's idea on a ceasefire and starting talks between the opposing sides. The minister, however, added that he had not discussed with his Russian counterpart the future of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his possible resignation. The talks were "not a place for discussions on this issue", he said. Libya has been rocked by fighting between pro- and anti-Gaddafi forces since February. An international military operation began March 19 following a UN resolution and has been extended till September. IANS
Egypt to hold polls in 3 rounds Cairo: Voting for Egypt’s upcoming parliamentary elections will be held in three rounds in October, the ruling army council has said. Preparations for the elections will start in September and the polls will follow within 30 days, Assistant Minister of Defence Mamduh Shahin, a member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, was quoted as saying by Xinhua. Voting for the People’s Assembly, the lower house which has 504 seats, and the Shoura Council, the upper house with 390 seats, will be held at the same time, he said. The three rounds of voting will have a 15-day gap between each round. Half of the parliamentary seats will be reserved for representatives of workers and farmers, he said. IANS
London: Humans walked upright on two legs far earlier than previously thought, says a new study. Until now it was believed that the ability to walk upright on two legs evolved around 1.9 million years ago. But researchers have discovered human-like footprints dating back almost 3.7 million years. The 11 prints, preserved in rock sediment in Laetoli, Tanzania, display a gait more like that of modern humans than the awkward upright walking posture adopted by chimpanzees, orangutans and gorillas, the ‘Daily Mail’ reported. The footprints are thought to have been left by Australopithecus afarensis, a primitive early human that may be a direct ancestor of everyone living today. The researchers compared their analysis of the prints with data from footprint studies of modern humans and apes. Computer simulations were also used to predict what kind of footprints would have been formed by different gaits. Lead researcher Prof Robin Crompton said: “It was previously thought that Australopithecus afarensis walked in a crouched posture, and on the side of the foot, pushing off the ground with middle part of the foot, as today’s great apes do. “We found, however, that the Laetoli prints represented a type of bipedal walking that was fully upright and driven by the front of the foot, particularly the big toe, much like humans today, and quite different to bipedal walking of chimpanzees and other apes. “Quite remarkably, we found that some healthy humans produce footprints that are more like those of other apes than the Laetoli prints.” .The researchers say that the foot function represented by the prints is thus most likely to be similar to patterns seen in modern humans. “This is important as the development of the features of human foot function helped our ancestors to expand further out of Africa,” Prof Crompton said. The research suggests the ability to walk in a modern human way evolved almost four million years ago in a species thought to have spent at least some of the time in trees. PTI
New moon found orbiting Pluto
London: A British girl has been imprisoned for nine months for using her mother's identity to embark on a two-year 38,000 pounds reign of lavish spending, including flights to New York, Italy and Tenerife. Lucy Harris, 26, took her mother's cash cards and lived a luxury lifestyle costing more than 38,000 pounds ($61,305), Daily Mail reported. She even attempted to re-mortgage the family home to claim 360,000 pounds in cash. The girl intended to punish her mother for not telling her how seriously ill her father was before he died of leukaemia, a court heard. Harris ran up a 19,000 pounds bill on her mother's credit cards and undertook flights to New York, trips on North Sea Ferries, and spending at Marks and
Spencer, Center Parcs and hotels. She spent 3,000 pounds on phone bills, 3,000 pounds on clothes and bought sofas, skincare products and tickets to see comedians. She committed over 160 acts of fraud against her mother and grandmother, Ivy Harris, over five years. The girl was finally brought to justice after she stole 12,000 pounds from her grandmother, who died within a week of discovering her granddaughter's betrayal.
London: Over half of parents log on to social networking websites only to find out what their children are up to, a study has found. About 55 percent of mothers and fathers in Britain thought nothing of snooping around on their children’s profiles to see what they are doing, the Daily Mail reported. Conducted by computing company Bullguard Internet Security, the study revealed that parents did it to avoid having “awkward conversations” with children. But nearly a quarter admitted it was the only way they could find out about their kids’ lives. The figures indicate parents were turning increasingly crafty to keep tabs on their children in the digital age. Almost one in 20 mothers and
fathers even log on with a friend’s account to avoid detection and gain better access to their children’s profiles. Websites like Facebook and MySpace along with microblogging site Twitter have become quite popular among children and youngsters. The study also revealed that while 55 percent of parents said they did spy on their children, 40 percent said they did not. But the rest five percent said they would do so if they knew how. Around 41 percent said they monitor their children’s status updates and 39 percent look at their “Wall”, which is where they and friends write messages. Just under one-third – 29 percent – took a look at pictures their children had uploaded. IANS
Cadborosaurus spotted in Alaskan waters?
London: A mysterious marine animal, captured moving through the chilly Alaskan waters in an amazing video shot by fishermen, could be a Cadborosaurus, say scientists. The large creature, 20 to 30 feet long with humps on its back, moves menacingly through waters of an Alaskan bay. The scientists, however, believe that the Alaskan creature could be a Cadborosaurus – a type of sea serpent that got its name from Cadboro Bay in British Columbia and is said to roam the North Pacific, he ‘Daily Mail’ reported. Paul LeBlond, former head of
the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of British Columbia, told ‘Discovery News’: “I am quite impressed with the video. Though it was shot under rainy circumstances in a bouncy ship, it’s very genuine.” The Cadborosaurus willsi, meaning “reptile” or “lizard” from Cadboro Bay, is an alleged sea serpent from the North Pacific thought to have a long neck, a horse-like head, large eyes, and back bumps that stick out of the water. Sightings have been reported for years. In 1937, a supposed body of the animal was found
in the stomach of a whale captured by the Naden Harbour whaling station in the Queen Charlotte Islands, a British Columbia archipelago. Samples of the animal were brought to the Provincial Museum in Victoria, where curator Francis Kermode concluded they belonged to a fetal baleen whale. The animal’s remains, however, later disappeared. Like other cryptids, animals whose existence is suggested but not yet recognised by scientific consensus, the Cadborosaurus has existed only in grainy photographs and eyewitness accounts. PTI
How does brain
Simple lifestyle changes can feel anotherʼs pain? cut Alzheimerʼs
Washington: Empathy for someone with whom you can directly relate is mostly generated by the intuitive, sensory-motor parts of the brain, while empathy for someone with whom you cannot directly relate to relies on the brain’s rationalising part. Your brain works hard to help you understand your fellow humans – no matter how different they may be. Even lacking a limb will not stop your brain from understanding what it is like for someone else to experience pain in one of them. It may, however, change the way your brain does so. Lisa Aziz-Zadeh, assistant professor in occupational science
at the University of Southern California, has mapped out the way the brain generates empathy, even for those who differ physically from themselves, reports the journal Cerebral Cortex.
Empathy for someone to whom you can directly relate – for example, because they are experiencing pain in a limb that you possess – is mostly generated by the intuitive, sensory-motor parts of the brain, according to Southern California statement. However, empathy for someone to whom you cannot directly relate relies more on the rationalising part of the brain, according to Lisa’s research. Though they are engaged to differing degrees depending on the circumstance, it appears that both the intuitive and rationalising parts of the brain work in tandem to create the sensation of empathy, said Lisa. “People do it automatically,” she said. IANS
Women still not seen as natural leaders Washington: Women have advanced by leaps and bounds in every field of life. But when it comes to play leadership roles, they still face cultural stereotypes as the society doesn’t think they are natural leaders, a new study has found. A new meta-analysis by a team of researchers from the Northwestern University showed that even today leadership continues to be viewed as culturally masculine and society doesn’t like women playing this role. “Women are viewed as less qualified or natural in most leadership roles, the research shows, and secondly, when women adopt culturally masculine behaviours often required by these roles, they may be viewed as inappropriate or presumptuous,” the
Over half of parents spy on kids on FB
researchers said. Past research has found that predominantly “communal” qualities, such as being nice or compassionate, are associated with women, and predominantly “agentic” qualities, such as being assertive or competitive, are associated with men. It is these agentic – or manly – qualities that are believed to be essential to successful leadership. Because men fit the cultural stereotype of leadership better than women, they have better access to leadership roles and face fewer challenges in becoming successful, LiveScience reported. The good news for women is that the study found that people’s attitudes toward women in leadership are changing, the team reported in the journal Psychological Bulletin.
Although women still face these prejudices, these biases are not held as strongly as they used to be, they said. “Cultural stereotypes can make it seem that women do not have what it takes for important leadership roles, thereby adding to the barriers that women encounter in attaining roles that yield substantial power and authority,” said Professor Alice Eagly, the co-author of the study. “Women’s experiences will differ depending on their culture. We would like to have more data from different nations, and also sub-cultural data within the US that takes race and social class into account, but that’s something to look to in the future.” PTI
Washington: Over half of all Alzheimer’s disease cases can be prevented through lifestyle changes and treatment or prevention of chronic medical conditions. The biggest risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease are physical inactivity, depression, mid-life hypertension, low education, smoking, diabetes and mid-life obesity. The findings are based on studies involving hundreds of thousands of participants worldwide, by Deborah Barnes, researcher at San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Centre and professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. Together, these risk factors are associated with up to 51 percent of Alzheimer’s cases globally
(17.2 million) and up to 54 percent cases in the US (2.9 million), according to Barnes, reports journal Lancet Neurology. “This suggests that some very simple lifestyle changes, such as increasing physical activity and quitting smoking, could have a tremendous impact on preventing Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the US and worldwide,” said Barnes, according to Medical Centre statement. The study results were presented at the 2011 meeting of the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Paris, France. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia among older people. Dementia is a brain disorder that seriously affects a person’s ability to carry out daily activities. IANS
Thursday, July 21, 2011
ate Pop legend Michael Jackson has topped a poll of the greatest dance moments ever captured on film. It was done by Disney Channel. The King of Pop’s creepy routine in the horror-themed promo for his 1984 track “Thriller” topped the list, while “We’re All In This Together”, a song and dance routine from 2006 American television film “High School Musical”, came second. Third place went to dancer Tobias Mead’s jaw-dropping audition for “Britain’s Got Talent” last year, and Jackson’s iconic “Smooth Criminal” routine came fourth, reports dailystar.co.uk. Jackson was also named the King of Dance, ahead of boy band JLS, “High School Musical” actor Zac Efron, and singer-turned-actor Justin Timberlake.
ctor Matt Damon feels his high-profile friends Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have become “prisoners” of fame. “I have friends who are like prisoners. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, for instance. They can’t just go someplace,” femalefirst.co.uk quoted him as saying. “I’m really lucky, because I have the best of both worlds. I do the work that I love and need, but don’t need paramilitary troops to protect me when I walk out my front door,” he said. Damon credits Luciana, his wife, for keeping him out of the public eye. “Ever since I found my wife and we had children, my whole life revolves around that. It gave my life a dramatic change in direction. “I’m not as crazy as most of the other stars. I don’t really know why, probably because I married a woman who isn’t an actress. And we live in New York. As long as we don’t show up in typical tourist spots, we can walk the streets without being noticed,” he said.
Pitt, Jolie like
MJ tops best
prisoners of fame: Damon
dance moves survey
Debbie Harry was my first crush: George
opular singer George Michael says his first crush was singer Debbie Harry when he was a teenager and it happened even before he realised he’s gay. Michael, 48, told Debbie, 66, about his feelings when he met her at the Lovebox music festival in London, Sunday, reports femalefirst.co.uk. “She (Debbie) looked great. I told her that before I worked out
fter “Harry Potter”, actress Emma Watson is all set to star in a new film adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast”. Contactmusic.com reports that she will take the lead role in a new version of the traditional fairytale and “Lord of the Rings” director Guillermo del Toro will helm the project. While the 21-year-old has no leading roles lined up, she has two small parts in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” and “My Week with Marilyn”, both set for release within the next year. In the past, “Beauty and the Beast” has been adapted into film a number of times, including an animated version by Walt Disney in 1991 and a modern take starring Alex Pettyfer titled “Beastly” that released earlier this year.
I was a poof, she was my first crush... (which is true!) ... Not sure if she took it as a compliment,” Michael posted on micro-blogging site Twitter. The “Careless Whisper” singer declared that he is homosexual after an undercover police officer arrested him when he found him in an objectionable state in a public toilet in Beverly Hills in April 1998.
Cowell obsessed with anti‑ageing beverage
usic mogul Simon Cowell is reportedly hooked on to an anti-ageing smoothie drink made with lingonberry, chokeberry, aronia juice and acerola berry. The 51-year-old star got a taste for the beverage during his visit to Miami. He has asked for the drink’s
ingredients to be imported from around the world when he is on the road in US for “The X Factor” auditions. “He’s obsessed with staying healthy and wants to look after himself. The drink is an extension of that. It is not cheap to make and involves lots of hard-to-buy fruit which we need to take on the
road. But for someone like Simon it is not a big deal if it costs a lot,” mirror.co.uk quoted a source as saying. “He is also eating lots more salad and raw vegetables and has them cut up in his dressing room to try to avoid the chocolate biscuits he used to snack on,” the source added.
Watson to star in ʻBeauty and The Beastʼ
inger Pink has taken up knitting as her new hobby while she enjoys some time with her newborn daughter Willow Sage. The singer is currently taking some time out from her music career to take care of her eight-week-old daughter, her first child with husband Carey Hart, reports contactmusic.com. “My friend @KerriKenney taught me how to knit this past week. this scarf i’m working on is so good i may just slap her with it. on her face. (sic)” the 31year-old posted on microblogging site Twitter.
Knitting, singer Pinkʼs new hobby
Kerr was reluctant to date Bloom
upermodel Miranda Kerr has revealed that she was initially hesitant to get into a relationship with husband Orlando Bloom because she did not like the idea of dating a movie star. “I was reluctant – not about him, but the idea of that (him being a movie star)... I think it was his persistence (that won me over). Maybe he wanted me because he thought he couldn’t have me,” she told Australian TV programme Sunday Night. The couple began their romance in 2007 and married last year. They became parents to baby Flynn in January, reports dailystar.co.uk.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
to launch 1st fragrance
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ctress Selena Gomez is all set to follow her boyfriend Justin Bieber by entering the fragrance market – she plans to launch her own perfume by next year. Bieber recently released a scent for women called “Someday”, which generated over $3 million in sales in just three weeks. Dailystar.co.uk reports that Gomez is teaming up with adventure-themed lifestyle brand Adrenalina to create her fragrance, which will hit shelves by next year. “I’ve been working on my fragrance for almost a year now. I’m excited, (because) it’s something I’m interested in... I’m already doing the whole process of smelling things and designing it and the campaign and everything, so it’ll be fun,” said Gomez. Adrenalina boss Ilia Lekach said in a statement, “We are incredibly enthused to be working with Ms. Gomez and will reveal more details pertaining to the fragrance as we get closer to the launch date.”
he Silk Fashion Show to mark the Great Indian Silk Mark Festival 2011 took off on an impressive start at Sudarshan Pearl Hall Malleshwaram. A range of silk products
ctor Bradley Cooper has become the latest star whose wax statue has been displayed at Madame Tussauds museum in Las vegas. “Thank you, Madame Tussauds Las Vegas. I am honoured to be added to the collection,” dailystar.co.uk quoted Cooper as saying. The “Hangover” star made a brief visit to the New York museum June 15 to see his statue before it was moved to Madame Tussauds Las Vegas in Venetian Hotel.
Bradley Cooperʼs wax
statue at Madame Tussauds
Priya Bhatija: Working on television not easy
riya Bhatija, currently seen in Imagine TV’s “Dwarkadheesh: Bhagwan Shri Krishna” as Rukmini, says working on television is not easy. “Before I came into television I thought it’s a very easy job. You have to just say your lines and move on. But after being a part of it, I have realised it’s not easy. There is a lot of hard work involved, so many technicalities involved,” Priya told IANS on phone from Vadodara. Priya was launched by Ekta Kapoor with her show “Khwaish” in 2007. After that the actress was seen in serials like “Basera”,
Silk fest takes oﬀ with fashion show
“Kasamh Se”, “Ram Milayee Jodi” and most recently “Baba Aiso Var Dhoondo”. This is her first mythological show and the actress is completely in love with her character in “Dwarkadheesh: Bhagwan Shri Krishna”. “I was a little sceptical about it, but now I am totally in love with my character. Everybody knows about Radha-Krishna love story and how Krishna killed Kansa. Very few people know what happened after that and about Rukmini and Krishna, and Krishna as a ruler,” said Priya, who has shifted her base to Vadodara for the show.
“I really didn’t get any time to prepare for the role but I am trying my best and putting in my 100 percent. I hope I am able to connect with the audience and they like me as Rukmini. I faced a little problem while pronouncing some Sanskrit words, otherwise everything just went with the flow.” “I am never satisfied with my work. I always think I could have done it in a better way. I don’t consider myself as an actor yet. Every day is a learning process for me,” said Priya, who is married to TV actor Jatin Shah of “Bandini” fame.
from Silk Mark were on display, carried off gracefully by elegant models. They modeled the eternal Kanjeevaram sarees, a variety of silk sarees and western outfits in various textures
of silk. There were also stylish silk purses, silk denim outfits, footwear and a range of silk accessories. The silk festival will be held till October 31.