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SAI BABA

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AMAR RAHE Godman buried at Sai Kulwant Hall; galaxy of political personalities pay homage

Puttaparthi: Godman Sathya Sai Baba, whose message of universal love and brotherhood attracted millions of followers across the globe, was today interred at the very spot from where he used to meet and address his disciples for years. The mortal remains of the 85year-old spiritual leader, whose clout spread far and wide among both the commoners and the high and mighty, were buried after the last rites were performed by his nephew R J Ratnakar in accordance with Vedic customs following full police honours. Watched by a galaxy of political personalities, including Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka chief ministers N Kiran Kumar Reddy and B S Yeddyurappa, governors E S L Narasimhan and Shivraj V Patil, BJP leaders L K Advani, M Venkiah Naidu, Bandaru Dattatreya, former AP chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu and former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan and hundreds of his followers, Sai Baba's body was buried amidst chanting of "sai" mantras.

n The rituals were performed by 18 priests or Rajahmundri Agamikas at Sai Kulwant Hall, where Sathya Sai Baba used to meet devotees. n The rituals were performed according to the Agamika Shastra and the body was buried with head facing the South. n The priests recited Sai Gayatri Japa, followed by a special puja with sacred mud from Mathura and Kurukshetra and holy water from seven rivers was sprinkled over Sai Baba’s body. n The final rituals started at 9 am and ended at 10.45 am, immediately after the mangalarati. n Devotees were allowed to look at the Samadi only after 11.45 am. Few chosen personalities offered vibhuti to the Samadhi.

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Bangalore: Bangalore University today launched the mid-day meal programme for its students. The project has been launched in association with Iskcon and the cost per meal would be Rs 3. Inaugurating the programme at Jnanajyothi auditorium this morning, university vice-chancellor Prabhudev said Iskcon would bear the cost of the meal. Tumkur Siddaganga Math seer Shivakumara Swami too was present. Prabhudev said Shivakumar Swami oversees a massive midday meal programme for the underprivileged children in institutions run by his math. The university took a leaf out of that book to implement a similar programme. The programme will initially be launched at colleges in Bangalore and then will spread to other areas coming under the university, he added. Legislative council chairman D H Sahankaramurthy and Iskcon president Madhu Pandit Dasa, university registrar T R Rangantha were present.

MYSORE: The Centre has released Rs.434 crore for developing MysoreNanjangud NH 212 into a fourlane highway. the Central Road Development Fund. Disclosing this at a press conference here today, Chamarajnagar MP R Druva Narayan said the work will commence within one and half months once the tendering process is completed. He said the project will be taken up under public private partnership (PPP). He said the Centre has also sanctioned Rs.15 crore for Nanjangud to Hullahalli road repair while Rs. 15 crore is also released for the road repair works to be undertaken between Nanjangud to Tagadur. He said Rs. 5 crore has been released for NH 29 highway between Kollegal and Mahadeshwara Hills for development while Rs. 36 crore has been sanctioned for the construction of T Narasipur bridge. He said the centre has also released Rs. 10 crore for road development from T Narasipur to Meghalapura. He said the government has released all these funds under the

Central Road Development Fund. For the Chamarajanagar district, the Centre has released Rs. 31 crore for various developmental works. He said the Centre has sanctioned 6 more Eekalavya schools (Tribal residential schools) for Karnataka of which 2 will come in Chamarajnagar and Heggadadevana Kote. The state already has 4 such tribal schools, he said. He said the Centre has sanctioned Rs. 100 crore for tourism development of Chamarajnagar district and sought an action plan for networking and improvement of tourism spots. He said a report has already been submitted to the Centre for its consideration. He said under the land for the landless scheme over 1516 title deeds were distributed to people in Chamarajnagar and 817 in Mysore and over 36 lakh students studying from 1st to 10th standard were given scholarships. Lashing out at the state government for its failure to provide sowing seeds on time, Druva Narayan said the district incharge minister should have conveyed a meeting one month in advance with farmers.

sides undertaking development work and philanthropy. Sai Baba died on Sunday morning after fighting illness for nearly a month caused by multi-organ failure. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, political leaders from various parties, chief ministers and personalities from various fields, including cricket and film, visited Puttaparthi in the last two days to pay their homage. An estimated five lakh people from various parts of the country and abroad had filed past the body to have a final glimpse of their spiritual guru. The curtains were removed afDevotees at Sai Kulwant Hall at Puttaparthi where Sai Baba ter 40 minutes for the people to was interred this morning. have a glimpse of the 'samadhi' where the body was laid to rest in Once the last rites were perThe spot where he was buried is line with the practice adopted for formed by Vedic pandits, red cur- now expected to become an eter- Hindu spirital leaders. Governor tains were drawn around 9.45 am nal memorial for Sai Baba, who at Narasimhan, Kiran Reddy, Adand the process started for laying the age of 14 announced himself vani, Chandra Babu Naidu and the body in a pit created at the spot as a reincarnation of Shirdi Sai other leaders went to the samadin Sai Kulwant where the spiritu- Baba. He made his mark initially hi and had a word with Ratnakar al leader used to make his preach- with miracles, but later founded and sprinkled vibhuti (sacred ash) ings for his followers for a number institutions of excellence in edu- at the spot. of years. It lasted about 25 minutes. cation and medical facilities, beContinued on page 3


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ow does it feel when someone blames you? Usually, when someone blames you, you feel heavy, hurt or you become unhappy. You get hurt because you resist the blame. Outside you may not resist, but inside when you resist it hurts you. When someone blames you, you usually blame them back or put up a resistance inside yourself. Blame takes away some negative karma from you. If you understand this and don’t put up a resistance and feel happy about it, then your karma goes away. Outside you may resist, but inside if you don’t resist, and feel happy, “Oh, good, somebody is there to blame me and take some negative karma,” you will feel immediately lighter. The way to deal with blame is through patience and faith. Faith that truth will always triumph and things

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will get better. Whatever work you do, there will be someone to find fault. Keep working without losing your enthusiasm and spirit. A wise man by his very nature will keep doing good work. His attitude does not depend on someone’s praise or blame. To uplift your spirit and save your mind from blaming, you need to judge your company. Your company can pull you up or down. The company that drags you towards doubt, blame, complaints, anger and desires is bad company. The company that pulls you up towards joy, enthusiasm, service, love, trust and knowledge is good. An ignorant one says, “Don’t blame me because it hurts me.”An enlightened person says “Don’t blame me because it might hurt you.” This is a beautiful point. Someone warns you not to blame them because it will hurt them and they will do something harmful

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at them. In either case, you do not have to worry about criticism. “Nindak neare rakiya angan kuti shava,bin pani sabun bina nirmal kare suhay”. The great Indian saint Kabirdas has said that keep someone who criticises you close by, that will keep your house, your mind clean – without the need of soap and water. If everybody around keeps praising you, they may not show you your shortcomings. The people who criticise are authentic since they are pouring out their heart. You need to be able to give and take constructive criticism. An educated person will neither shy away from criticism nor will he shun the critique. The measure of your maturity depends on how you handle criticism. Ability to take criticism is a measure of one’s inner strength. This is a weekly column that appears every Wednesday

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for students to put forth their new ideas and thoughts into action. It was an excellent opportunity for those interested in experimental learning. Since Fire Bird Robot is based on open source, anyshown by body can further destudents and velop it,” said Darteachers in robotics. shan, a student of “There is no point in just sixth semester enlearning the theory in classes and writing gineering at AIeMS.

Bangalore: The Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce & Industry is planning to Bangalore: Kannada language New Zealand, Singapore and in Bangalore: City Police Commishonour the top exporters of the learning centres will be set up the Gulf Region. sioner Shankar Bidari yesterday state for their export excellence overseas to provide an impetus These centres would be set filed a petition before the Karduring 2010-11 in June. to the language and to enable up with the help of local associnataka High Court questioning The FKCCI will honour the y o u n g e r ations and the legality of a Central Adminleading exporters in the manu- generation would be istrative Tribunal (CAT) order difacturer , merchant and services of Kanequipped recting a certain category of ofcategories, district-level exporters n a d i g a s with modficers to be recommended by the (excluding Bangalore district) s e t t l e d ern audioUnion Public Service Commisand in special categories, at a abroad to visual sion (UPSC) for empanelment function in the city. The guide- learn their teaching for the post of Director General lines for the awards, number m o t h e r aids. of Police (DGP). and category of awards, eligibility tongue. The duShankar Bidari The CAT on an application Talking criteria, CA or banker’s certificate ration of filed by Director General (Home the category under which he and application format are host- to rethe course Guards and Fireforce) D V Gu- (Bidari) comes has been exclud- ed on www.fkcci.org. porters would be ruprasad, has passed an order ed, the commissioner in his peFor details, contact: Prasanna here yess i x on April 21 directing the state tition said that since he is officer Srinivasan, secretary (economics t e r d a y , months. government to send proposal of who has put in 30 years of serv- & international trade), Ph: 99860 Mukhyamantri Chandru, ChairLingadeveru Halemane, KanBangalore: Lush Fresh Hand- eligible officers (of particular ice, he should be included. 43824, email: ps@fkcci.in. Ap- man, Kannada Development Au- nada language expert, had been made Cosmetics launched its categories) for the post of DGP. The government is, however, yet plications have to be sent by thority, said such centres would authorised to prepare the syllabi new perfume brand, 'Gorilla Per- Challenging the order in which to send the proposal. PTI May 15. come up in the US, UK, Australia, for the centre, he said. PTI fumes', here in the city yesterday. Gorilla perfumes are a premium product, the price of which ranges between Rs 570 Train No. Train Name Station Arrival B’lore Departure B’lore Train No. Train Name Station Arrival B’lore Departure B’lore and Rs 5,300, a company statement said. 638 ERS SBC SPL Ernakulam Jn 0430 000 6502 AHMEDABAD EXPRESS Bangalore City 000 1330 (Sun) For a 10 gm solid stick, the 637 SBC ERS SPL Bangalore City 000 1715 6831 MYSORE EXPRESS Thanjavur 0555 0630 price starts at Rs 570 and goes 6228 BANGALORE EXP Shimoga Town 0430 000 6832 THANJAVUR EXPRESS Mysore 1845 1900 up to Rs 1,260. Likewise, for a 10 6227 SHIMOGA EXP Bangalore City 000 2330 7086 SECUNDERABAD EXP Bangalore City 000 1700 ml, the price starts at Rs 1,135 6222 MYSORE EXPRESS Chennai Central 0500 0530 7085 BANGALORE EXPRESS Secunderabad 0715 000 and goes up to Rs 2,530. A 30-ml 6221 CHENNAI EXPRESS Mysore Jn 2300 2345 790 KACHEGUDA EXPRESS Bangalore City 000 1800 (Sat) bottle will start at Rs 2,530 and 6517 BANGALORE MAIL Chennai Central 0525 000 789SC MYS Secunderabad 1030 (Sun) 1020 (Sun) goes up to Rs 5,300, said Lush 2657 BANGALORE MAIL Chennai Central 0535 000 9775 JAIPUR EXPRESS Bangalore City 000 1100 (Thu, Sat) 2658 CHENNAI MAIL Bangalore City 000 2245 9776 JP BANGALORE EXPRESS Jaipur 1630 (Wed, Fri) 000 India Director Sangeeta Kamath. 2607 LALBAGH EXPRESS Chennai Central 2125 000 7209 SESHADRI EXPRESS Bangalore City 000 1315 Lush will launch six perfumes 2608 LALBAGH EXPRESS Bangalore City 000 0630 7210 SESHADRI EXPRESS Kakinada Town 1235 000 under this range in India. 6021 BANGALORE EXPRESS Chennai Central 0735 (Sunday) 000 6525 KANYAKUMARI EXPRESS Bangalore City 000 2145 Lush has a significant presence 6022 CHENNAI EXPRESS Bangalore City 000 2130 (Sunday) 6526 BANGALORE EXPRESS Kanyakumari 0655 000 in India, with 13 exclusive stores 101S RMAS SBC PASSENGER Chennai Central 1900 000 8563 PRASHANTHI EXPRESS Vishakapatnam 1000 000 spread across the fashion and 102SR SBC MAS PASSENGER Bangalore City 000 0915 8564 PRASHANTHI EXPRESS Bangalore City 000 1400 lifestyle conscious cities of Ban2008 SHATABDI EXPRESS Chennai Central 1050 and2230 000 6732 TUTICORIN EXPRESS Mysore City 2100 2115 galore, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, 2008 SHATABDI EXPRESS Bangalore City 000 1615 and 0600 6731 BANGALORE EXPRESS Tuticorin City 0635 0650 Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Man2639 BRINDAVAN EXPRESS Chennai Central 1320 000 0621 SBC TVC EXPRESS Bangalore City 000 2215 (Sun) galore and Kolkata. PTI

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build different types of small and big robots that for niche funcBangalore: A two-day special workshop tions. Bangalore: Members of the Art on robotics, organised by the Amrutha By using of the main script in Fire of Living, founded by spiritual Institute of Engineering & Management Bird, students can even build robots, guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, paid Sciences (AIeMS) in association with the which can detect bombs and inspect their last respect to Satya Sai Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bom- railway tracks for safety. Baba in Puttaparthi. bay, saw a rare confluence of talents that Highlighting more about the Swami Sadyojathah, director, showcased next-generation game-chang- workshop, AIeMS Managing International Affairs, Art of Liv- ing products, which have a tremendous Trustee, Tejaswini Ananing, Swami Vishnupada, trustee, business potential. thKumar, said “Our Ved Vignan Maha Vidya Peeth The workshop imparted training to 30 institution is aland Swami Gnantej, programme select students, with a special interest in ways a step ahead director, were among those who developing a robot. IIT, Bombay has de- in introducing new represented Sri Sri Ravi Shankar veloped a robot, 'Fire Bird' under the 'E- developments in and the Art of Living founda- Yantra' project. Since Fire Bird is devel- the field of technology to tion. oped based on open source, students students. The achievements speak In a message from Germany, themselves can re-build robots, which about our initiatives. We also create a Ravi Shankar said, “Baba will can accomplish different tasks. platform for those interested in new techbe born in Mandya after six years With the main programming required nological developments.” and he will come into public life for developing a new robot already availProf Kavi Arya of IISc, Bombay, the when he turns 18 ayears old”. able in Fire Bird robots, it is easier to man behind creating the Fire Bird Robot, give new shapes to it. In addition, it also participated in the workshop through saves time in building a new robot. With video conferencing and appreciated the help of Fire Bird Robot, students can the keen interest and enthusiasm

Bangalore: A recruitment rally will be held May 2 at the Airmen Selection Centre, No 1, Cubbon Road, Bangalore for male candidates from all districts of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. The rally is to select education instructor trade as a senior non commissioned officer of the Indian Air Force. Education qualification required is graduation in arts, commerce or science with BEd degree with two years of teaching experience in a government recognised school or college. Candidates should have scored a minimum of 50 percent marks in aggregate in graduation as well as BEd or passed MA (English), MSc in mathematics, physics, computer science, MCA with BEd degree. Candidates should be born between January 1, 1987 and May 31, 1991. Candidates with MA, MSc, MCA with BEd should be born between Jan 1, 1984 to May 31, 1991. For further details, contact: Airmen Selection Centre, No 1 Cubbon Road, Bangalore- 560 001 between 8.30 am and 2 pm on working days or visit www.indianairforce.nic.in or call 08025592199 or 080-25328199.

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MR. PERFECT (U) Prabhas, Kajal Aggarwal Anjan (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Chandrodaya (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Lakshmi (Tavarekere) (10.30 am, 1.30, 5.30, 8.30 pm) Mukunda (5.30 pm, 8.30 pm) Manasa (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.30 pm) Murlai (Gokula) (11 am, 2.30, 6,30, 9.30 pm) Pallavi (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) PVR (10.20 am, 12.50,

Pawan Kalyan, Trisha Krishnan Bhumika (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Fame (Forum Value Mall) (12.30 pm) Fame (Lido) (10 am, 3.40, 6.25, 9.15 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (4.10 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (10 am, 3.30, 9.10 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (3.40, 9.15 pm) PVR (12.20 pm, 6.10 pm) Radhakrishna (11.30 am, 2.45, 6.15, 9.30 pm) Srinivasa Gowdanapalya (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Tirumala (10 am, 1.45, 5.30, 8.45 pm) Vinayaka (Marathahalli) (6.30, 9.30 pm)

MANCHIVAADU Tanish, Bhama Balaji (Chikkasalandra) (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9 pm) Kamakya (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.15 pm) Srinivasa (SG Palya) (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.30 pm).


CITY 3

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

CITY EVENTS General Karnataka Pradesh Banjara (Lambani) Seva Sangha: Inauguration of Convention on ‘Banjara Community People’s Life - A Preview’ by Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, Minister Revu Nayak Belamagi, Shobha Karandlaje to participate, Ambedkar Bhavan, Vasanthanagar, near Cantonment, 10.30 am. Geological Society of India: Lecture on ‘Uranium Mineralisaton in the Meso-Neoproterozoic Bhima Basin, with special reference to Gogi Uranium deposit,’ by G N Hegde of Department of Atomic Energy, 63, Kavita Apartments, Basappa Layout, Gavipuram, 12th Cross, 4 pm. The Bangalore Science Forum: Talk on ‘DNA Repair, Genome Instability and Cancer’ by Ganesh Nagaraju, of IISc, H N Multimedia Conference Hall, Basavanagudi, 6 pm. BBMP: Inauguration of R Gundu Rao Sports Complex and naming ceremony by Minister R Ashoka, Mayor S K Nataraj to participate, SeshadripuramSirur Park Grounds, Seshadripuram, 12 noon. Ground Floor, 34th Cross, 29th Main Road, Jayanagar 4th ‘T’ Block, 9.30 am. UAS: Inauguration of workshop on ‘Monsoon Farming’ by Minister Umesh V Katti, Kannada Auditorium, UAS, Hebbal, 10.30 am. Karnataka State Government SC/ST Employees Confederation: Ambedkar Jayanthotsava, inauguration of Bangalore Urban Dt Branch by Siddalingaiah, Poet, K V Kodandaramaiah, Director of Department of Collegiate Education to participate, Senate Hall, Central College premises, B R Ambedkar Veedhi, K R Circle, 4.30 pm. Ambedkar Institute of Technology: Inauguration of National Conference on ‘Wireless Control and Communication Technology,’ Sri Samartha Raghava Nagabhushanam, former MD Kyocera India Private Limited to participate, JPN Auditorium, Jnanabharathi campus, Malathahalli, 10.30 am. Bangalore University: Inauguration of ‘Nutritious Meal Programme,’ by K G Bopaiah, Speaker, Legislative Assembly, Sri Shivakumara Swami of Sri Siddaganga Mutt, Tumkur to participate, Jnana Jyothi Auditorium, Central College Campus, 11 am.

Cultural Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat: Exhibition of artworks of upcoming artists from various countries, 12 noon. Exhibition of Shukla Chowdhury paintings - The Phoenix Turns Ten - from Ashes to Blossoms, Kumara Krupa Road, 10 am. The Vijayanagar Income Tax Layout Welfare Association: Vocal by Sukanya Prabhakar, 34, Income Tax Layout, Vijayanagar, 6.30 pm. Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam: Veena by Geetha Ramanand, Kanchi Mutt, Sri Mahaswamigal Marga, 5th Main, 11th Cross, Malleswaram, 6.30 pm. Hejje Indian Cultural Creations Trust: Inauguration of its premises, by Shamala G Bhave, ADA Rangamandira, J C Road, 7 pm. Centre of Indian Trade Union: Release of Kannada translation of the book ‘Saga of May Day Martyrs’ by Baraguru Ramachandrappa, Kannada Sahitya Parishat, Chamarajpet, 5 pm.

Sri Ramanvami Sri Rama Seva Mandali: Veena by Gayathri, Fort High school, Chamarajpet, 6.30 pm. Sri Seshadripuram Ram Seva Samithi: Vocal by R K Padmanabha, Open Air theatre, Seshadripuram College premises, Seshadripuram, 6.30 pm. Sri Madananda Theertha Pravachana Samithi: Discourse on ‘Mahabharata’ by Vyasanakere Prabhanjanacharya, Sri RaghavendraSwamy Mutt, 6th Cross, Amarjyothinagar, 7 pm.

Religious Sri Muthyalamma Devi Temple Trust: Sri Muthyalamma Devi Rathotsava, 16, Muthyalamma K Street, Seppings Road Cross, 5 pm.

Exhibitions Apparao galleries: Apparao Galleries presents Yesterday Once Again, a collection of

paintings by Sakhi Burman, representing his life from his early years until the present. Presidency, 82 St Marks Road, Ground Floor, adjoining Bishop Cottons Boys School, 11am Pratimas art Gallery: A solo exhibition of paintings by Prabhakar Wagh.104, Andrews Building, Near Joyalukkas, M G Road, 11am to 8pm Alliance francaise De bangalore: An exhibition of artistic portraits and landscapes by Rana in canvas prints or large poster prints.108, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanth Nagar, 11am to 7pm Mahua Art Gallery: An exhibition by four female artists from Bhopal who aim to exhibit their work the world over. The second group show will exhibit nine ceramists, also from Bhopal. A short film will be shown from 5.45 to 6pm. 344/8, 4th Main Road, Sadashivnagar Veda Art Gallery: Personal Freedom is an art exhibition by eleven artists, who give you a rich and varied insight into life and the experiences that make it what it is. 1, Kumara Park Palace View Building, next to BDA and Jagdish Travels, 11 am to 6 pm Gallerie Third Eye: A group show of artists like Sunil Jadav, Santosh Andani, Kumar Singh, Sanjeeb Samanth and Kanthraj N. 2nd Floor, Yemlur Main Road, Airport Road.

Workshops Venkatappa art gallery: South Indian Rural Life is a two day workshop that includes discussions on art as well as practical sessions on water colours. Kasturba Road, 10.30 am to 4.30 pm

Dance Rashtreeya military School grounds: Spic Macay Bengaluru Chapter presents Mudra 2011 - a Kathak performance by Vidushi Sushmita Bannerjee, on the occasion of the International World Dance Day. Johnson Market, 7 pm.

Music Fort high school Grounds: A performance on the veena by E Gayathri, accompanied by Ganapathy Raman and BR Ravikumar as part of the Sree Ramaseva Mandali 73rd Ramanavami celebration. Krishna Rajendra Road, Chamarajpet, 6.30 pm.

Theatre Ranga shankara: Gora, originally written by Rabindranath Tagore is directed by Prakash Belawadi and performed by Mysore troupe Rangayana. 36/2, 8th Cross, II Phase JP Nagar, 6.30 pm.

Food 24 @ 4: Try a new cuisine every day. Woks and more on Mondays, Mediterranean Paradise on Tuesdays, Barbeque Nights on Wednesdays and Taste of India on Thursdays. 43 Hosur Road, Electronic City, 12 noon. Graze: Indulge in refreshing delicacies like lobster in wild truffle, seared asparagus with a hint of Cabernet Sauvignon, prime sirloin with oyster mushrooms and more. 41/3 MG Road, 12.30 pm Vivanta By Taj: A platter of Mediterranean grills Cafe Mozaic, 41/3, MG Road, from 7 pm to 11 pm.

Nightlife Mid Week Madness: Wednesday, April 27th, 2011. 9 p.m. Bacchus, F&B Hotel, 8 Pappanna Street, St Marks Road Drum and bass, dub step and more with Vachan Chinnappa. Wild Whacky: Wednesday, April 27th, 2011. 8 p.m. i-Bar, The Park, 14/7 MG Road, Head out for an all girls night this Wednesday with a lot of music, booze and dancing. Ladies Nite Blow Out: Wednesday, April 27th, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Dancing all night with unlimited alcohol for the ladies till 10pm. Happy Hours: Wednesday, April 27th, 2011. 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Opus In The Creek, Doddanekkundi Industrial Area, 2 Whitefield Road, Mahadevapura Enjoy various discounts and offers on your favourite beverages till 9pm. Single Malt Evenings: Wednesday, April 27th, 2011. 7 p.m. The Polo Club, The Oberoi, 37/39 MG Road,Enjoy your evenings in the open air.

Officials will now have to take photos, videos of works

Siddaiah sets new rules

for desilting of drains Shravan Iyer Bangalore Beat Bureau

Bangalore: BBMP commissioner Siddaiah has brought in a new set of rules to take up desilting works of both primary and secondary drains across the city. The rules not only aim at more effective works, but also scam-free projects. The BBMP, keeping in mind the coming monsoon, has ordered desilting of drains. Since the works were not being carried out effectively and also considering the amount of damage the city witnessed during four days of deluge, Siddaiah has brought in the new rules. During the heavy rain storm water flooded low-lying areas, damaged properties and created massive traffic gridlocks across the city. The rules begin with identifying the drains that need to be cleared, plan to take up desilting works, taking photographs and videos before and after desilting works are carried

out. BBMP officials have to take up pre-measurement of silt quantity according to the PWD code, identify the place to dispose of the silt in respective zonal limits and notifying areas as disposal area. The dirt re-

Wipro projects

moved from the drain should be disposed of within 24 hours. Once the silt is shifted to the notified area, photographs and videos have to be taken. Places where silt has been removed and dumped should be notified

and submitted to the departments concerned as proof. Points mentioned in the estimate list should be as per the requirement of the locality. The submitted estimation should be approved by the adminis-

tration and the BBMP zonal officials should get the work code and technical approval. The contracts should be given as per the transparency act. Works should be taken up with proper administration and use of machinery and equipment in an effective manner. Desilting works should be carried out with proper precautionary measures so that no untoward incidents occur. And most importantly, the works have to be finished on time. The BBMP has already been wracked by scandals concerning desilting works and the case is being probed by the Lokayukta. Siddaiah too faces allegations of corruption while awarding contracts for desilting of 10 lakes across the city when he was the Bangalore Development Authority commissioner. The cost of entire desilting works is Rs 50 crore and the works are expected to be completed before the onset of monsoon.

Sai Baba amar rahe Continued from page 1 Earlier, a little before 9 am, the glass casket in which Sai Baba's body was lying in state from Sunday night was removed and the body was wrapped in a Tricolour for a brief while. Men of the Andhra Pradesh Armed Police sounded the last post and fired 21 shots in the air as a mark of respect. Then the Tricolour was removed and verses from Hindu, Christian, Islamic, Sikh, Judaism and Buddhist scriptures were read out by leaders from these sects. Later, they joined in sprinkling the sacred ash at the samadhi spot as 'mangal aarti' was performed. With Sai Baba's body draped in his favourite saffron robe, the last rites were performed by Ratnakar, who wept inconsolably, while priests recited Vedic chants. Ratnakar is a member of the powerful Sathya Sai Central Trust, estimated to be possession of wealth to the tune of Rs 40,000 crore, and is believed to be a contender in the race to head the trust. Water from sacred rivers from all over the country was sprinkled on Sai Baba's body along with cow urine. Cow, honey, ghee and silk were given as gifts to priests. After the ceremony was over, people gathered at the hall rushed to have a look at the samadhi, which was open for public viewing after 11.45 am.

Cry for water

flat revenue

from IT biz

Bangalore: Like its peers, Indian software major Wipro posted double- digit growth in net profit and revenue in the fourth quarter and fiscal 2010-11 but projected flat revenue growth from its global IT services for the first quarter (April-June) of the new fiscal (2011-12). Net profit for fourth quarter (Q4) under review at Rs 1,375 crore was 14 percent higher year-on-year (YoY) and total revenue at Rs 8,302 crore was 18 percent up YoY. Under the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), net income was $309 million and total revenue $1.86 billion. Revenue from global IT services business was Rs 6,289 crore, up 20 percent YoY and 4.2 percent higher sequentially. Similarly, net profit for fiscal under review (FY 2011) was Rs 5,298 crore, an increase of 15 percent YoY and total revenue Rs 31,099 crore, up 15 percent YoY. Under IFRS, net income for FY 2011 was $1.2 billion and total revenue $6.98 billion). Revenue from global IT services business was Rs 23,485 crore, up 16 percent YoY. Under IFRS, revenue from IT services for FY 2011 was $5.27 billion. “We have made good progress in creating a linear, simpler and more customer centric organization structure. We believe our business strategy along with the new structure will deliver industry leading growth,” Wipro chairman Azim Premji said in a statement here Wednesday. The company, however, projected $1.4 billion from its global IT services for first quarter (Q1) of FY 2012, indicating a flat growth

sequentially from fourth quarter (January-March) of last fiscal (2010-11). “Our revenue from IT services business would be in the range of $1,394-1,422 million or $1.4 billion in the first quarter (Q1) of FY 2012,” the statement noted. Revenue ($1.4 billion) from IT services business for Q4 of FY 2011 was as projected and four percent higher sequentially from third quarter (October-December) at $1.3 billion and 20 percent up year-on-year (YoY). “The business environment is positive and we are focusing our growth by directing investments on momentum verticals. We have announced wage hikes effective June 1, 2011, which would have an impact on the operating margins,” company chief financial officer (CFO) Suresh Senapaty said. Operating margin from IT services for Q4 was 22.1 percent and 22.7 percent for FY 2011. IT services accounted for 76 percent of the total revenue and 93 percent of operating income. “Our journey of building the new Wipro is based on the foundation of customer focus, domain and technology leadership directed towards the customer needs and providing enriching career opportunities for our employees,” chief executive T K Kurien said. The company added 68 new clients in fourth quarter and 155 through fiscal. The IT services division hired 2,894 people in the fourth quarter, taking the total headcount to 122,385 at the end of March 31. Attrition rate jumped to 23 percent in FY 2011 from 12 percent in 2010. IANS

Plastic pots kept in queue for water is a common scene in Laggere. This newly added ward to the BBMP 198 ward lists has been deprived of all the basic needs and the water scarcity tops the list. Residents here pay nearly Rs 400 to Rs 600 for every tanker of water.

Mid‑day meal at BU

Gangadhar Pujar

Bangalore Beat Bureau

Bangalore University vice-chancellor Prabhudev greets Tumkur Siddaganga Math seer Shivakumara Swami while launching a mid-day meal programme for university students at Jnanajyothi auditorium in the city this morning. Legislative council D H Shankaramurthy looks on.

Will write a book on STF atrocities: Muthulakshmi Bangalore: Wife of slain forest brigand Veerappan yesterday stepped out a free woman from a jail here and said she would write a book on alleged atrocities by the Special Task Force that was formed to hunt down her husband. “I always believed in God and knew justice would be done to me. I knew that I had not done anything wrong and was paying a price for the offences committed by my husband,” Muthulakshmi said after she was released. She said she would take up agriculture in Karnataka’s Chamarajnagar district on a land in which Veerappan had a share, but would settle in Mettur in Tamil Nadu. Muthulakshmi was on Monday taken by a Karnataka state police team to Gobichettipalyam at Erode in Tamil Nadu where a court had issued a body warrant against her in a pending case. Fast Track Court Judge Krishnan asked her to appear on May 19 in connection with the case

relating to sharing of money alleged to have been paid as ransom for release of Kannada thespian Rajkumar, who was kidnapped by the brigand in 2000. Kolathur police had registered a case against Muthulakshmi, stating that ransom was paid to her.Muthulakshmi was brought here late last night and released from Bangalore Jail today after

Banjara meet held in city

try’s most wanted criminals, was shot dead by the STF in 2004. Muthulakshmi, who spent six years in the custody of STF, and later three years in jail in Karnataka, said she always knew justice would be meted out to her. Muthulakshmi said it was her foremost desire to pen a book on the ‘atrocities’ committed by STF. The book, which will be written in Tamil, will be brought out in other regional languages including Kannada, she said. On whether she aspired to enter politics, she said “though I had some political ambitions earlier, I would not like comment fulfilling the required formali- on the subject for the time beties.She has already been ac- ing”. quitted in all five cases against “Though I have suffered, I her in Karnataka. wish a bright and happy future Muthulakshmi was exonerat- for my daughters. I want them ed of charges in the last of the to achieve something in life”, five cases by a Chamrajnagar Muthulakshmi said. Her two court on April 20 – relating to daughters are pursuing their edgunning down of six policemen ucation in Chennai, the first doby Veerappan in 1993. ing her BA, and second EngiVeerappan, one of the coun- neering. PTI

Bangalore: The Karnataka Pradesh Banjara (Lambani) Seva Sangha had organised 'Banjara Kala Mela' and seminar here today. Hundreds from the Banjara community from across the state took part in the event. Various cultural programmes were part of the celebrations. "This Karnataka Pradesh Banjara Seva Sangha was formed 40 years ago under the leadership of L R Nayak. From then on, we are fighting for the rights of our tribal community by organising events like these. It is a welcome note that the state government has granted Rs 1.5 crore for the construction of a 'Banjara Bhavana' behind Dr Ambedkar Bhavan. The state government has set up 'Karnataka Tanda Abhiviruddi Nigama' for the uplift

Banjara Sangha president B T Lalitha Nayak with dancers of 30 lakh banjaras. We request the release of Rs 300 crore funds as promised earlier," said sangha president B T Lalitha Nayak. "We’re backward in education. We request the government to build homes to our people in the city as they stay on footpaths.” M B S Yeddyurappa, Dr Ramarao Maharaj of Shakthi Peetha, and Sevalal Sardar Swami of Banjara Guru Peetha, Chitradurga, were present.


NEWS 4

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Man stamps

wife to death Bangalore Beat Bureau

Bangalore: A man who had brought his wife from Andhra Pradesh for treatment stamped her to death after a petty fight at Chickpet early this morning. Narasimha Murthy (40) from Hindupur town of Anantapur district was in the city yes-

terday for the treatment of his wife Laksmi (30). When the couple started fighting over some petty issue, Murthy threw Lakshmi down and stepped on her neck. Lakshmi died on the spot. The incident occurred in front of Kashi Vishveshwara temple on KV Temple Street between 1 and 1.30 am.

Beggar woman found dead Chickpet: A 46-year-old beggar, identified as Lakshmamma, was found dead on a footpath in Chickpet police limits today. The police during the inspection have found that Lakhmamma, who was living with Narshimaiah, was crushed to death using a stone. The police said Lakshmamma

previously used to live with Nagendra, another beggar, and also had a relationship with beggar Munawar from B V K Iyengar road. Since Narshimaiah did not want Lakshmamma to have relationship with Munawar, he quarreled with her regularly. A shopkeeper, Adinarayana

Shetty, has informed the police that the two had quarreled last night infront of his shop and this morning he found her murdered. Meanwhile the police have registered a case and are looking for Narasihmaiah who is absconding since the incident took place.

DMK to chart out future course

Chennai: A crucial high-level DMK committee meeting is on here to decide the party’s future course of action in the wake of the CBI naming chief minister M Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi in the second chargesheet in the 2G spectrum scam. Karunanidhi and other top leaders would seek to work out ways of dealing with the situation arising out of the CBI chargesheet that has brought fresh trouble to the party’s ties with UPA lead partner Congress. Kanimozhi, a Rajya Sabha MP and a prominent face of DMK, has been named as ‘co-conspirator’ in the scam, bringing the party’s first family in sharp focus for the first time. The DMK patriarch is reportedly upset over the fresh development, but party sources said a drastic action like pulling out of the UPA ministry was unlikely.

20 flights cancelled, A‑I derecognises pilotʼs union

New Delhi: With around 20 flights being cancelled due to the pilot’s strike, Air-India management today moved swiftly to derecognise their union ICPA and declaring their strike illegal. Around eight flights from Delhi and 11 from Mumbai were cancelled this morning, while several others were delayed by more than three hours after a section of Air India pilots, belonging to Indian Commercial Pilot’s Association (ICPA), went on strike from midnight. “We have derecognised the ICPA, the strike is illegal and they have committed contempt of court. We are likely to move the court soon,” a senior officer said. The ICPA offices in Delhi and Mumbai have been sealed early this morning. To tide over the crisis, the AI management has decided to rope in 150 manaement pilots – executive pilots – to operate the flights. The ICPA gave the letter

intimating about strike to the CMD last night after their conciliation with the management before the chief labour commissioner failed. The 800-odd pilots belong to the erstwhile Indian Airlines and owe allegiance to the ICPA. The merged entity – Indian Airlines and Air-India – has about 1,200 pilots. The ICPA claims that while the Air-India pilots enjoy a big fixed salary component, the same is almost minuscule for the former IA pilots. The association claims that while their entire pay package depends on the hours they fly every day, the airlines has been curtailing the number of flights by 30 to 40 per cent. “The management has appealed to the pilots to restrain themselves and not go in for the irresponsible act, especially when the process of conciliation is on,” an Air India spokesperson said.

Pvt airlines hike fares to cash on A‑I strike

Mumbai: Private airlines led by low cost carriers have jacked up their fares by upto 50 per cent on the Mumbai-Delhi sector in the wake of the strike by a section of Air India pilots who are demanding pay parity and better working conditions. The Spice Jet Mumbai-Delhi ticket was selling at Rs 6255 today while the Bangalore flight fare was up Rs 5275, much above the normal range of Rs 3,000-4,000. While low cost carrier Indigo is said to be charging Rs 6,234 for its Mumbai-Delhi afternoon flight, Jetlite fares for the same route stood at Rs 5,784. Full-service carriers like Kingfisher and Jetairways also followed suit and are cashing in

on the market opportunity following the AI pilot's strike. The Mumbai-Delhi Kingfisher flight is costing Rs 8,798 while Jetairways hiked the ticket price to Rs 6,785. About 800 pilots belonging to the erstwhile Indian Airlines went on a strike early today demanding pay parity with Air India pilots and better working conditions, leading to cancellation of over 20 flights, including 11 from Mumbai and disruption of many others by several hours. The Air India management has declared the strike illegal and derecognised the Indian Commercial Pilots' Association (ICPA) besides sealing its offices in Delhi and Mumbai. G S Ravishankar

Library inaugurated in Mysore

G S Ravishankar

Crucial test

Gangadhar Pujar

Farmers demand release of seeds Bangalore Beat Bureau

Mysore city mayor Sandesh Swamy inaugurates a public library at Gyatripura this morning. Junior engineer Prasad along with assistant commissioner Mahesh took part.

Students write the Common Entrance Test in the city today.

Mysore: Over 100 farmers from Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha and Hasiru Sene staged demonstration in front of the joint director, agriculture department

office here this morning protesting against lathi charge on farmers two days back in Mysore. They also demanded timely supply of cotton seeds to farmers. The leaders have alleged that the state government has not re-

leased 1.5 lakh cotton seed bags despite repeated pleas. Farmers’ leaders Hoskote Basavaraju, Aswath Narayana Raje Urs, Belagola Subramanya, Alagudu Mahadeva, Ravi and other participated.

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Beyond Beat Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Now, a nasal spray to beat depression London: Scientists have developed a new nasal spray which they claim could help beat depression and anxiety within two hours. The spray, which contains a natural brain chemical, is designed to penetrate the brain areas involved in mood. According to researchers, the spray could be effective within two hours, compared to other antidepressants which take several days to work, the Daily Mail reported. It is estimated that one in four women and one in ten men will require treatment for depression at some time in their lives. One of the downsides of antidepressants is that they can take a long time to work – between two and eight weeks. In a trial at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, researchers are investigating the use of the spray containing neuropeptide Y – the chemical which is used by nerve cells in the brain to communicate with each other. According to scientists, some of the brain chemicals, especially the ‘neuropeptide Y’, are thought to be involved in how the brain regulates behaviour and mood. This compound is the most abundant peptide in the human brain, and is found in nerve fibres alongside another chemical called norepinephrine, which is thought to be involved in regulating mood and anxiety. Past research has also shown that stress leads to the release of the chemical, and a recent study by University of Michigan found that people with low neuropeptide levels may be at higher risk of developing depression. Though research has suggested neuropeptide Y may be effective for treating psychiatric disorders, there have been problems in moving the compound into the brain. This is mainly because it’s a large molecule, and has difficulty in passing through the blood-brain barrier which protects the brain from harmful compounds in the blood. However, the researchers believe that nasal sprays can overcome this problem. The upper part of the nose is like a back door into the brain as the nerves involved in smell provide a pathway straight into the central nervous system. The new trial, which involves 15 volunteers aged 25 to 45, is designed to investigate how well the spray and neuropeptide Y work in the brain, and the effects will be compared with a placebo. Researchers, who expect results in about two months, use an extra-powerful device to get the liquid as high as possible in the nose, into the area at the very top which is rich in nerves used for detecting smells. A spokesperson from mental health charity Mind says: “This research is at an early stage and it remains to be seen whether this trial will lead to a new treatment. “It is important to recognise that alternative approaches to antidepressants, such as talking therapies and exercise, can also have positive results.” PTI

St JOSEPHʼS SETS GREEN EXAMPLE Bangalore Beat Bureau

t Joseph’s College on Lalbagh Road is more than just an educational institution. It is showing the path for a green and sustainable living and how to make a living using limited the resources our Earth is endowed with. It is now the only college in the entire South India to have installed a solar energy plant under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission at Rs 1.6 crore. “All of us are very concerned about climate change. We all know that there are limited resources and if we go on consuming it, one day it will be exhausted. We must be in harmony with the nature. The idea of transforming our college into a green campus with the use of solar energy was given by our students. The solar plant will officially be launched by Karnataka governor H R Bhardwaj by this monthend,” said Dr (Fr) Ambrose Pinto, principal, St Joseph’s College. “The solar plant will more than take care of our energy needs. We can route excess power to the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company grid. Especially during summer we will not use much power as there are vacations then. We can give most of the power generated to Bescom then,” he added. “It took six weeks for us to complete the project, including civil, structural, electrical and other installations. This is a 100 kilowatt project where 430 numbers of 230WP (Watt Peak) are used. A ‘delta central solar invertor’ will be installed which converts the solar DC to regular AC. On a daily basis, 500 units of power will be generated,” said David A, executive director, Simplex, the firm which is did the installation. Visitors to the college will be able to see live visuals as to how the entire solar system runs, what’s the amount of power generated and utilized, and other parameters through an LCD display unit on the college corridor. This initiative should inspire other colleges and offices to install such units, Fr Pinto said. “The college will entirely rely on the power generated from the solar plant. Entire laboratory, water pumps, lift, hostel etc will run with the solar power. The interesting part is that the entire 12 sqft system works without any battery for daytime operations. We have already got proposals from two leading hospitals, international schools and corporate companies to set up solar plants,” David said. It will be good if all other colleges and corporate houses follow the example set by St Joseph’s College and build a ecologically balanced world and preserve the natural resources for the next generations.

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The St Josephʼs College in Bangalore has taken the lead in environmentally friendly initiatives, and will soon source its entire energy needs through a solar powered plant. It is ready even to route excess power to the resource‑strapped Bescom, Aknisree Karthik

Ragamayee Rajasekhar

Kids born with HIV growing up well: Study Washington: Once facing an almost certain death, most children born with HIV are now faring well into adolescence and adulthood, says a study. “About two-thirds of these kids, at this point, don’t have a virus detectable in the blood,” said Russel Van Dyke, professor in paediatric infectious diseases at Tulane University, who led the study. “While they are still infected and they are not cured, it’s surprising how well they’re doing, considering what they’ve been through,” said Van Dyke, also an expert in infectious diseases, reports the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. The Paediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study was tracking the effects and complications of a lifetime of infection and its treatment, according to a Tulane statement. “We’re not seeing the deaths we used to see due to infections, but we’re starting to worry about longer-term complications,” said Van Dyke. “Some of these complications may be related to the HIV itself, or some may be related to the medications these kids are on.” The complications that Van Dyke looked at in the study range from coronary artery disease to neurological and cognitive problems. “These kids are doing very well,” said Van Dyke. “They’re going to school and doing all of the things that kids should do. Hopefully, they will be living 50 or 60 years or more, so what’s going to happen 40 years from now is the real concern.” The other good news, according to Van Dyke, was that cases of newborns with HIV were becoming increasingly rare. Mother-to-baby transmission of HIV has been nearly eradicated because of advances in treatment. IANS

Sunderbans absorb over 4 cr tonnes of CO2 Kolkata: Protecting the world from the adverse affects of climate change, the Sunderbans forests play a crucial ecological role by acting as a carbon sink and absorbing more than 4 crore tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, according to a recent study. With 2,118 sqkm of total mangrove forest cover, the Sunderbans have soaked in 4.15 crore tonnes of carbon dioxide, valued at around $79 billion in the international market, researchers from the University of Calcutta said. “Mangrove trees act as a natural tank for carbon dioxide storage. They absorb carbon for their own needs, which is a boon for us. The more such biomass we have on earth, the more CO2 will be pulled from the atmosphere. This will ultimately result in controlling the rise of atmospheric temperature and the subsequent climate change,” Prof Abhijit Mitra, who led

the research, said. This process of removing carbon from the atmosphere and depositing it in a reservoir is known as carbon sequestration. As a primary greenhouse gas, largescale CO2 emission is responsible for global warming as it leads to a rise in sea levels and temperature, adversely affecting agriculture, fishery and human health. With funding from the Union Ministry of Earth Science and the state forest department, the two-year-long study of the carbon sequestration efficiency of the mangroves was done by the varsity’s marine science department. Out of the total amount of carbon tied up in earthbound forms, an estimated 90 per cent is contained in the world’s forests. For each cubic foot of merchantable wood produced in a tree, it has been estimated that about

15 kg of carbon is stored in total tree biomass. To evaluate carbon stocks in the above-ground biomass (AGB) of three dominant mangrove species (‘Sonneratia apetala’, ‘Avicennia alba’ and ‘Excoecaria agallocha’) in the Sunderbans, carbon content in stem, branch and leaf biomass was estimated using laser beams by the team of ecologists. The estimates done in the study, however, exclude the below-ground biomass found under the soil. Atanu Raha, the state’s principal chief conservator of forests, pointed out that the results are positive as there has been no degradation of forest cover in the Sunderbans. “In the core forest area, there has been no degradation due to human intervention. Only few forest trees have been lost due to natural reasons beyond our control,” he said. PTI


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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

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Putin slams NATO on Libya attacks

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Lucy Davies holds her mount Benjamin in ceremonial dress at the metropolitan police training center in Thames Ditton, southern England. Scotland Yard’s Mounted Branch is putting its ceremonial division, known as the Grey Escort, through its paces as officers prepare for the royal wedding. The London police force says 11 horses from its 110-strong cavalry arm are being prepared to serve as part of the escort, which will guard the royal carriage procession for Prince William and Kate Middleton after the marriage ceremony at Westminster Abbey on Friday. Only nine of the horses will serve on the day itself, mounted by an inspector, two sergeants and six constables.

Egypt extends detention of Mubarakʼs sons Cairo: Egypt’s public prosecutor Councillor Abdel Meguid Mahmoud extended the detentions of Gamal and Alaa Mubarak, the sons of recently deposed president Hosni Mubarak, for 15 days, Egyptian media reported yesterday. Both are currently in Torah prison in a suburb of Cairo over allegations of corruption and violence against protesters. Hosni Mubarak, 82, is being investigated over the deaths of hundreds of protesters during the 18-day popular uprising that forced him from power in February. He is also under scrutiny for alleged abuse of power during his 30-year rule, including gas exports to Israel at a low price in a secretive deal that reportedly cost Egypt $714 million. Mubarak has been under detention in a hospital in the Red Sea resort of Sharm elSheikh, where he is being treated for heart problems. Preparations are under way to transfer him to a prison hospital in the capital, Cairo. Human rights groups say about 800 people were killed during the protests that led to Mubarak’s downfall. Mubarak and his family have been banned from leaving the country and their assets have been frozen. IANS

Disabled British veterans plan to conquer Everest London: The Walking with the Wounded charity, whose members recently conquered the North Pole, plans to send a new expedition to Everest, the group’s founder Simon Daglish said yesterday. The expedition, whose patron is Prince Harry, entered the record books as the first team of unsupported war-wounded amputees to reach the Geographical North Pole. The expedition started from the Russian Barneo Arctic base in early April and covered some 320 km (199 miles.) The 26-year-old prince joined the team for several days. They reached the North Pole three days early, despite a three-day delay at the start of the expedition. “I’m absolutely thrilled that the guys have made it - what an awesome achievement,” Prince Harry said. “They should be incredibly proud of this world record, as we are proud of them.” “I took part in only a small section of the trek but know fully well how physically demanding it was. The spirit and determination of these lads is second to none,” the prince added. Harry did not specify whether he will take part in the journey to Everest but hinted that he may like to travel with the veterans again. The expedition members said they had to battle extreme weather conditions with temperatures of minus 38 degrees Celsius (minus 36 Fahrenheit) and brisk winds, which did not prevent them from flying the Union Flag and opening a bottle of champagne to toast the Queen on the North Pole. IANS

Russia hit by net addiction Moscow: Psychologists in Russia say addiction to the world wide web has begun affecting the teenaged population in the country. This obsession with the internet could be on the same level as other social problems such as drug and alcohol dependency, Russian psychologists say. The country is in danger of being overwhelmed by internet addiction, Moscow News reported citing gzt.ru. Recent data suggests that between five and 14 percent of Russians show symptoms of internet addiction. IANS

Copenhagen: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has sharply criticised NATO’s military actions in Libya, saying the North African state was being illegally destroyed by “so-called civilised society”. “We must act within international law, with an awareness of our responsibility, with concern for peaceful civilians,” Putin told a news conference in Copenhagen Tuesday after talks with his Danish counterpart. “And when the whole of so-called civilised society gangs up on one small country, destroying infrastructure that has been built over generations, is it good or bad? Personally, I do not like it.” This is not the first time when Putin has publicly criticised the NATO-led intervention in Libya. In late March, he made international headlines by likening a UN Security Council resolution to enforce a no-fly zone in the country to a “call to a medieval crusade”. Putin yesterday also criticised the Western coalition for dropping two guided bombs on Gaddafi’s compound in central Tripoli last week. “What kind of no-fly zone is this if they are striking palaces every night?” Putin said. “What do they need to bomb palaces for? To drive out the mice?” A commander of the coalition forces denied earlier Tuesday claims made by the Libyan authorities that NATO aimed to eliminate Gaddafi. He said the Gaddafi compound was a military compound and therefore a legitimate target for air strikes. Putin lashed out at the West for attacking Libya in the interests of oil. “Libya has the biggest oil resources in Africa and the fourth largest gas resources,” Putin said during a news conference in Copenhagen. “It raises the

Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, left, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy meet at Rome’s Villa Madama yesterday. Italy will take part in strategic bombing raids in NATO’s Libya mission to better contribute to protecting civilians, Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi said Monday, following a phone call with US President Barack Obama. AP/PTI question: isn’t that the main object of interest to those operating there.” Russia abstained from the UN Security Council resolution to impose a no-fly zone over Libya. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has been less critical than Putin of the Libya intervention and had publicly called Putin’s crusade remarks “unacceptable”. The Russian premier made a further dig at the West in answer to a journalist’s question about international media criticism of him running in the 2012 presidential elections. “Future presidential candidates in Russia do not need support from abroad. They need support from the Russian people,” he said. Putin, who served two presidential terms from 2000 to 2008, is widely ex-

Melting ice in Canadian Arctic bigger player in sea level rise

Washington: Melting glaciers and ice caps on Canadian Arctic islands play a much greater role in sea-level rise than scientists previously suspected, For instance, the 5,50,000-square-mile Canadian Arctic Archipelago contains some 30,000 islands. Between 2004 and 2009, the region lost the equivalent of three-quarters of the water in Lake Erie, found a study led by the University of Michigan. Warmer-than-usual temperatures in those years caused a rapid increase in the melting of glacier ice and snow, said Alex Gardner, research fellow in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences at Michigan, who led the project, reports the journal Nature. “This is a region that we previously didn’t think was contributing much to sea-level rise,” Gardner said. “Now we realize that outside of Antarctica and Greenland, it was the largest contributor for the years 2007 through 2009,” a Michigan statement quoted him as saying. “This area is highly sensitive and if temperatures continue to increase, we will see much more melting,” added Gardner. Ninety-nine percent of all the world’s land ice is trapped in the massive ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenland. Despite their size, they currently only account for about half of the land-ice being lost to oceans. This is

pected to run again in 2012. IANS

No word on UNSC meet: Medvedev’s aide Moscow: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev gave no instructions to call an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for discussions on the NATO-led military operation in Libya, his aide said. NATO has been enforcing a UN resolution to protect civilians in Libya since mid-March. The alliance has stepped up air strikes around Tripoli and four other major cities in recent days. “At the moment, the president gave no instructions to initiate an emergency Security Council meeting on Libya,” presidential aide Sergei Prikhodko told journalists.

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Candidates prepare for a group photo during the media presentation for the Miss Earth Philippines beauty pageant at a hotel poolside yesterday at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. Forty-nine beauties from different cities and townships in the country are vying for the title and a chance to represent the country in the Miss Earth 2011 in Thailand.

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Inclusive dialogue can lead to peace in Syria: UN chief

Washington: US President Barack Obama yesterday authorised up to $25 million in nonlethal aid to the opposition in Libya, the White House said. In a memorandum to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and De fence Secretary Robert Gates, Obama directed that the aid be offered in the form of non-lethal commodities and services from the inventory and resources of any agency of the federal government to support “key US government partners” such as the Libyan opposition’s Interim Transitional National Council, Xinhua reports. Under the memorandum, the aid will be used in efforts to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas under threat of attack in Libya. US officials had said that the aid package would include vehicles, ambulances, medical equipment, body armour, radios and ready to eat meals. Obama approved last week the use of armed Predator drones in the military mission in Libya. The UN Security Council adopted a resolution imposing a no-fly zone over Libya March 17, paving the way for a military operation against Gaddafi which began two days later. The US handed command to NATO in late March. Despite dozens of sorties carried out by NATO aircraft against Gaddafi’s forces, the government troops maintain their combat capability and continue to pound poorly-equipped rebels with heavy artillery and rocket fire. IANS

United Nations: UN SecretaryGeneral Ban Ki-moon said here yesterday that “only inclusive dialogue and genuine reform” can lead to peace in Syria, as he called upon the Syrian government to respect human rights and the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people. The secretary-general told reporters here after briefing the UN Security Council on his recent visit to Qatar, Egypt, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Ukraine and Russia, Xinhua reported. “The Middle East and North Africa figured prominently throughout my trip,” he said. “I remain convinced that only an inclusive dialogue and genuine reform can address the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people and restore peace and social order,” Ban said. “On Syria, we are watching events very closely, and with increasingly grave concern,” Ban

said. “I condemn, utterly, the continuing violence against peaceful demonstrators, most particularly the use of tanks and live fire that have killed and injured hundreds of people,” he said. At least 25 Syrians were shot dead by troops and security forces Monday in Daraa, the panArab al-Jazeera TV reported. Syria is witnessing unprecedented protests that erupted five weeks ago in Daraa, 100 km from the capital Damascus. The protests spread to other parts of the Middle East country, causing the deaths of some 340 people so far, reports said. Syrian President Bashar AlAssad made the biggest reforms yet last Thursday by lifting the 48-year-old emergency law, abolishing the state security court and bringing in a law allowing peaceful protest, but has failed to rein in the unrest. IANS

Signing of power transition plan in Yemen on Saturday

Moscow: A power transition plan between Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the opposition could be signed on Saturday in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, Al Jazeera reported. Under the plan, proposed by the Gulf Cooperation Council, the president will resign within 30 days and the new president will be elected within two months. “Secretary general of

the Gulf Cooperation Council Abdullatif Al-Zayani is expected to arrive in the Yemeni capital in the next few days to finally coordinate all details of the deal between the conflicting parties,” opposition leader Mohammed Salem Bassandawa said. He said the president had already agreed to meet Al-Zayani, and after that the date and venue for signing of the deal would be announced.

Is microchip at 50 ready for retirement? London: After 50 years of tectonic improvements, the microchip may be finally reaching its limits. Monday marked the 50th anniversary of the patent for a silicon integrated circuit, awarded to Robert Noyce, an electronics engineer who was later nicknamed “the mayor of Silicon Valley.” Decades later, we are still living in the revolution that began almost immediately, but there are growing signs that Moore’s Law – the famously accurate prediction that the number of transistors will double every two years – is ready for retirement, the Telegraph reports. “The rate of progress is finally beginning to show signs of slowing down,” says Steve Furber of the University of Manchester in Britain. A British microchip legend, Furber designed the first ARM processor for Acorn Computers in the mid-1980s. The silicon successors to his

invention, developed by ARM Holdings in Cambridge, can now be found in most smartphones and the onrushing wave of tablet computers. But while for 50 years the microchip industry has strived to build faster silicon containing more transistors, it is increasingly coming up against a seemingly insurmountable obstacle: the laws of physics. The most advanced processors now contain transistors that are just 100 to 150 atoms across. Designing a controllable microchip

with such precision takes the equivalent of hundreds of man years, and many firms are finding that the financial risks of pushing further are not worth the return. “The economics are beginning to bite and the great majority of people are pretty keen now not to be on the cutting edge,” explains Furber. “There are about 10 years of to go before we reach the absolute limit. People have been saying that for 30 years, but this time I think it’s probably right,” he concludes. IANS

Sudden sleep syndrome may Ecstasy linked to hit kids after swine flu jab more than 200

London: A swine flu jab administered to thousands of children is likely to cause sleep disorders. partly because they are cold enough that ice only Symptoms include excessive daytime sleepiness and nodding off melts at their edges. The other half of the ice melt adding to sea-level suddenly without warning. All packets of the vaccine Panrise comes from smaller mountain glaciers and ice caps such as those in the Canadian Arctic, Alaska, demrix will have to carry a warning following a ruling by the Euand Patagonia. The study underscores the importance of these ropean Medicines Agency (EMA). The EMA, which is currently many smaller, often overlooked regions, Gardner said. During the first three years of the study, from 2004 investigating the effects of the through 2006, the region lost an average of seven vaccine, has also told doctors to cubic miles of water per year. That increased dramat- weigh up the potential risks beically to 22 cubic miles of water – roughly 24 trillion fore injecting children against gallons – per year during the latter part of the study. the deadly H1N1 virus. There have been seven reportOver the entire six years, this added a total of one mm to the level of the world’s oceans. While that ed cases of narcolepsy in Britain might not sound like much, Gardner says that small linked to the GlaxoSmithKline vaccine – four of them children, amounts can make big differences. In the study, a one-degree increase in average air reports the Daily Mail. The condition can also cause temperature resulted in 15 cubic miles of additional melting. Because the study took place over just six temporary muscle paralysis, hallucinations and problems years, the results don’t signify a trend. concentrating. Caroline HadThe United Nations projects that the oceans will rise by a full meter by the end of the century. This field, of Frome, Somerset, aged could have ramifications for tens of millions of people 40, believes her five-year-old son who live in coastal cities and low-lying areas across Joshua contracted narcolepsy after being vaccinated with Panthe globe. IANS

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demrix last January. Within weeks of having the jab, Joshua began sleeping 18 hours a day and Hadfield says his personality completely changed. “I believe this link will eventually be confirmed. I’m very angry about it. “I researched the vaccine carefully before agreeing to let Joshua

have it and thought I was protecting him. Now he’s saddled with this for life.” Pandemrix was introduced in the swine flu pandemic of 2009. It has been given to six million people. The British government recommended all children under five should have immunisation during the initial outbreak. IANS

Brain bypass regenerates lost brain tissue Toronto: Neurosurgeons have successfully regenerated lost brain tissue through brain bypass surgery in patients whose blood flow to the organ was impaired by strokes. This loss of tissue, which comprises brain’s grey matter, leads to decreased neurocognitive functions – perception, memory, awareness, capacity for judgement – and may hasten the onset of dementia. Approximately, 11 months after patients underwent bypass, aimed at restoring blood flow to the brain, researchers observed a 5.1 percent increase in brain tissue thickness on MRI scans, reports the journal Stroke. “We were pretty astounded when we saw the results because they were quite unexpected,” said Michael Tymianski, neurosurgeon at the Krembil Neuroscience Centre, specializing in

neurovascular diseases, according to a University Health Network statement. “Our goal with the surgery was to halt further loss of brain tissue due to strokes, so it was remarkable to see the loss was actually reversed,” added Tymianski. This is the first surgical treatment which has been shown to restore lost brain tissue. The average age of the patients in the study was 41 years. “The re-growth of brain tissue has only been observed in an extremely limited number of circumstances,” said Tymianski. “We consider this so important because one of the most important health issues facing our population is chronic cerebrovascular (stroke related) disease, which leads to neurocognitive impairment and reduces quality of life.” IANS

London: Ecstasy, the preferred drug over the past two decades among club goers, has been linked to more than 200 deaths in Britain. Ecstasy use can lead to heatstroke, particularly when users dance vigorously in hot nightclubs for several hours. But those who try to minimise the risk of over-heating can also fall victim to the side effects of ecstasy by taking in too much water, the Telegraph reports. It is thought that the drug can affect the workings of the kidneys, leading to fluids being retained in the body. If the brain cells absorb too much water, this can lead to a breathing shut down and death. In a well-known case, Leah Betts, a schoolgirl from Essex, died after taking a single ecstasy

pill at her 18th birthday party in 1995. It was later found that she had drunk about seven litres of water in a short space of time. Other users of the drug have died from heart failure, particularly those who had an undiagnosed condition, as it raises blood pressure and the heart rate. British government figures suggest there have been more than 200 deaths from ecstasy since 1996, although this is a relatively small number given the many thousands who take it every weekend. As more evidence emerges, it also seems likely that longterm use of ecstasy can lead to depression and brain damage similar to that experienced in dementia. IANS


LIFESTYLE 7

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

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ctress Amanda Seyfried, who has been often voted one of world’s most beautiful women in polls, admits she was a “weird-looking” child and was never confident about her looks. “I was a child model but I wasn’t doing much of it. I just don’t consider myself a ‘model’ because I wasn’t. I was such a weird-looking child. I had braces and I was kind of chubby,” contactamusic.com quoted her as saying. Seyfried has previously revealed how she hated looking in the mirror when she was growing up because she felt so ugly. “I was an insecure young girl and I didn’t think I was pretty. I didn’t like my body. I really looked in the mirror and thought I was ugly because I didn’t look like a normal girl. I wanted braces, stickstraight hair and a tan. But I wouldn’t go to the tanning booth and I had trouble getting up early enough to be able to straighten my hair. It would take forever so my arms would hurt,” she said.

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ctress Courteney Cox claims she and David Arquette are an odd couple, like their ‘Scream 4’ characters - Dewey Riley and Gale Weathers-Riley. “I love her relationship with David’s character Dewey and the fact that they’re together is so funny. He’s so earnest and she’s so out to get ahead. It’s just a very odd pairing and so were we. Although we’re not really, but we kind of are,” Cox told OK magazine. The 46-year-old actress also admits that working on the film helped to bring the pair closer again, because of director-and-producer Wes Craven, who is the couple’s “relationship mentor”, reports femalefirst.co.uk. “Wes was instrumental in us being together. He’s kind of our mentor in relationships and in growing up. To get the chance to come back and do it again is just really fun,” she added. -Indo-Asian News Service

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ctor Ryan Phillippe has announced plans to end his acting career after working for 20 years. “I’m going to move. I’m going to spend a third of my year in New York... I think I’m going to end my acting career. I’m so introverted. I’m ready to be behind the scenes. I’m 36, but I’ve been doing this for 20 years,” Phillippe told Page Six. The 36-year-old star began acting as a teenager and found fame in 1992 playing a gay youth in American daytime drama “One Life to Live”. He is also known for his roles in “Cruel Intentions”, “Gosford Park” and Oscar-winning drama “Crash”, reports contactmusic.com.

ctor Charlie Sheen has been dumped by girlfriend Rachel Oberlin through a text message. Sheen revealed the news during a question and answer session at his show in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, April 23, when asked about how he handles the attentions of two women at once. “Not well, because one left,” he replied.

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ustralian model Miranda Kerr delivered a baby boy just three months ago, but her body showed no signs of excess weight or stretch marks as the Victoria’s Secret model slipped into a bikini for a photoshoot. The shoot took place in Malibu, California, and the 28-year-old posed on boulders at the beachside location in two different bikinis for the label, reports dailymail.co.uk. A practicing Buddhist, she says she got back her slender physique through yoga, light jogging, and a diet of steamed vegetables, fresh fruit, and fish, after giving birth to son Flynn. The infant was born to the model and her partner, actor Orlando Bloom Jan 6.

The 45-year-old has been boasting about his love life with his two “goddesses”, former porn star Oberlin, better known as Bree Olson, and nanny Natalie Kenly, since hitting the headlines with his drink and drug-fuelled television rants earlier this year, reports femalefirst.co.uk. However, Oberlin recently dumped the actor via a text message.

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ollywood star Salman Khan has clarified that he is not playing a superhero in Kabir Khan’s next. “I am not doing any superhero film. I don’t want to be bit by a spider and become Spiderman. I don’t want to wear red underwear outside and become Superman. I just want to be Salman,” the 46-year-old wittily said. The news that was doing the rounds was that Salman will be doing an espionage thriller on the lines of “X-Men” where he will play a spy who also has super abilities that are hidden from others. But the star has labelled this as false.

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erman designer Karl Lagerfeld says it doesn’t cost a lot of money to look good as high street brands have improved their designs over the years. “High fashion can be expensive because of the materials and the level of craftsmanship, but design should be good on every price level and that’s what the high street does so well. Today, you don’t have to have loads of money to be well dressed,” femalefirst.co.uk quoted Lagerfeld as saying. The Chanel designer also revealed he chooses his muses based on looks and personality because he wants their intelligence to shine through. Lagerfeld, who has worked with the likes of Blake Lively, Lily Allen and Alexa Chung, said: “None of them are straightforward models, they are real women of today, with great personalities. I hate it when they are referred to as ‘It’ girls because it makes them sound stupid, which they are not.”

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

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inger Lady Gaga has said people are trying to “destroy” her while filming a documentary for her Monster Ball

tour. “I still sometimes feel like a loser. It’s crazy, ‘cos it’s like we’re at the Garden, but I still feel like a loser kid in high school. Sometimes I still feel like people are trying to destroy me... I cannot be destroyed and I will not be destroyed. And you will never destroy the kingdom that is my fans,” Gaga said in the black and white YouTube clip. It was posted on the site before she went on stage for her Monster Ball tour in New York’s Madison Square Garden. The 25-year-old singer, who was criticised for the bizarre artwork of her new album “Born This Way” on microblogging site Twitter, feels she has to “fight” to remain a “superstar”, reports femalefirst.co.uk. “I just have to pick my s*** up. Pick myself up and tell myself I’m a superstar every morning just so I can get through this day. I feel like I have to fight. I’m fighting for every kid that’s like me, that’s felt like I’ve felt and feels like I still feel,” she added.

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inger Nicki Minaj says her desire to succeed in the music industry comes from her tough childhood and her desire to provide a better life to her mother. The 26-year-old rapper, who moved from Trinidad to the US at the age of five, admits living in a three-bedroom home with 15 other people and then seeing her father fall victim to drug and alcohol abuse made her determined to do well with her music, reports femalefirst.co.uk. “In Trinidad we didn’t have much. Then my parents moved to the US and then they sent for me, and I thought everything was going to be great,” she said. “Really, when I talk about my life in records like ‘I’m The Best’ I’m just saying, ‘Hey, after all of this, here’s what I’ve accomplished.’ What motivated me was that I wanted to get my mother out of her situation, so I always wanted to do my best at whatever I did,” she added. Minja, whose first album “Pink Friday” was big hit, admits her difficult upbringing has made her a very aggressive person. “It has made me a very aggressive person. I always heard lots of yelling, fighting and cussing. It made me a very reactive person. I have been learning how to tone that down a bit,” she said.

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op diva Madonna is set to practise her music ability in her directorial debut film “W.E”, as she will compose a score for the film. “Madonna is working with William Orbit, who produced her synth-electronica album Ray of Light, but it will be quite an adjustment for them. Abel Korzeniowski, who composed the soundtrack to Colin Firth’s movie

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ritish actor Hugh Grant, who has been single since splitting from his last long term partner Jemima Khan, is said to be enjoying a blossoming new relationship with Chinese beauty Tinglan Hong. “Hugh and Ting have grown increasingly close in recent months. They see each other most days and she’s a big part of his life,” dailystar.co.uk quoted a source as saying. According to recent reports, the couple have been spotted and photographed enjoying quality time. They are said to be dating for several months now. Grant was also in a 13-year relationship with Elizabeth Hurley before the two ended their relationship in 2000.

‘A Single Man’, is on hand to help,” dailystar.co.uk quoted a source as saying. The film is about the romance between American socialite Wallis Simpson and British royal Edward VIII, who abdicated the throne in 1936 to marry the divorcee. The movie is due to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in France next month.

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ctress Nicole Kidman has revealed that she was terrorised by a stalker when she was 18. “It was my most frightening experience at that age. I had a man who followed me around - older, with long grey hair,” femalefirst.co.uk quoted the 43-year-old as saying. “He found out where I lived and would phone me. He would just sit in a pub across the road and watch and then tell people he was a friend of mine,” she added. That time the actress was living alone because she had left home to start her film career and although she informed police of the man, she was told they couldn’t do anything unless he actually tried to harm her.

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ith just three days left for the British royal wedding, Princess Diana’s butler Paul Burrell said in an interview here Monday that the late Princess of Wales would have loved Kate Middleton as her son William’s wife. “I think Diana would have loved Kate. I think she would have loved her to death because all she wanted for her boys was something she never had - a happy marriage,’’ Burrell told CTV network on its breakfast show. But the man who saw the realities of the royal household at close quarters for more than 15 years - first as the Queen’s footman and then as butler to Diana - cautioned the bride-to-be about the with these words: “Be careful what you wish for. The minute she walks out of Westminster Abbey as a princess her life will change completely.’’ Burrell had angered Prince William and Prince Harry by his 2003 tell-all book “A Royal Duty” in which he had revealed Diana’s marital unhappiness and how her fairytale wedding at the age of 20 to Prince Charles proved to be short lived. “We cannot believe that Paul (Burrell), who was entrusted with so much, could abuse his position in such a cold and overt betrayal...It is not only deeply painful for the two of us, but also for everyone else affected and it would mortify our mother if she were alive today,’’ the two princes had said in their reaction to the book. Cautioning the bride-to-be about her future life, Burrell said that there signs from the start of Diana’s engagement to Charles that her life would not be her own.

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Weʼve crossed the stage of insecurity: Juhi Chawla

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he competed with other “really pretty” girls for the best roles, songs and the maximum box office hits in her prime, but 43-year-old Juhi Chawla says she has long crossed the stage of insecurity and is not in the rat race. In fact, Juhi says she gelled well with her onetime rival, Manisha Koirala, who co-stars with her in the new film “I AM”. In so many years, this is the first time they are working together. “Manisha is a very sweet and chilled out person; so it was great working with her. Also, we are not in any kind of rat race now. We have crossed that stage when there were comparisons and you yourself felt a little insecure because there was this other really pretty girl vying for the same roles,” Juhi told IANS in an interview. “At that time, you used to compare who has got better songs, who has got better and more successful films, but all that stage we have crossed. That time I didn’t know her. I had met her very briefly. But now, when I worked with her, we were very much at ease with each other,” she added. After being in commercial cinema for 15 years and giv-

ing hits like “Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak”, “Darr” and “Ishq”, in 2003, the former beauty queen moved to art house movies with “3 Deewarein”. “I AM” is slated to hit the screens Friday and also stars Sanjay Suri, Purab Kohli, Rahul Bose, Nandita Das and others. This is the first time Juhi is working with Manisha who had debuted in Bollywood just five years after the former in 1991. In Onir’s fourth directorial debut, Juhi is playing a Kashmiri Pandit, while Manisha essays a Muslim girl. “The part of the story I am a part of is loosely inspired by Sanjay Suri’s life. It revolves around a Kashmiri Pandit girl Megha, who returns to Srinagar with her family after many years of fleeing the city because of militancy,” said Juhi. “She goes back with anger and a little bit of resentment because of what she and her family had to go through. Then she meets her childhood friend, who is a Muslim girl and who stayed back, and in the three days that they spend together, Megha realises she is not the only one who has lost and suffered.”

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