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BangaloreBeat Vol. 1, Issue 256 n Saturday n April 30, 2011

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Evening daily Jeweller robbed of 1.4 kg gold Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: A jeweller was robbed of 1.4 kg of gold at Seshadripuram last night. The culprits have also attacked the jeweller and his son, who are being treated. Continued on page 3

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Act without fear or favour: PM to CBI

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today asked the CBI to act “without fear or favour” and away from the media glare to bring the corrupt to or, first I need to list the issues and water. A large number of localities book, irrespective of their posithen tackle them accordingly. Dis- face acute shortage of drinking wa- tion and status. “The CBI should act without cussion with officials from respective ter. The city generates a large amount departments will also be held,” said of waste and disposing it of is a big fear or favour and bring to book Sharadamma while talking to Ban- question. Women are deprived of all those who are guilty, irregalore Beat. benefits and the city faces huge traf- spective of their position or staThe city that spreads over 820 fic jams. All these issues would be tus. I would advise you to put sqkm has 198 wards. On the issues taken up. I will collect information on your heads down and work hard, she would tackle during her one-year what is being done so far and how away from media glare, to ensure early resolution of the (corrupterm, Sharadamma said, “The major best these issues could be solved. problem the city is facing is lack of Continued on page 3 tion) cases,” he said at the inau-

Pre‑council meeting at BBMP will test skills of new mayor Shravan Iyer Bangalore Beat Bureau

Bangalore: It seems newly elected mayor Sharadamma will have no time to celebrate her victory. As today is the pre-council, she is likely to face a deluge of demands from all corporators from all wards. “I know that I will face a large number of requests. As a new may-

guration of the CBI’s new stateof-the-art building in CGO Complex. Continued on page 4


Saturday, April 30, 2011

Minimal invasive procedure:

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Bangalore: With advancements in technology in the field of medical science, newer methods are being adopted to offer patient-friendly solutions. Cardiac surgery has evolved as a field over the last two decades and what has come to the forefront is the need to do minimal access procedures. These range from trying to do minimal access bypass surgery or valve repair/replacement surgery or even more state of the art such as endoscopic and robotic cardiac surgery. New technology and instrumentation has made this possible and these advances are available at affordable prices. The minimal invasive heart surgery is a new concept and only few hospitals, including Fortis Hospitals Bangalore, in the country have the expertise and skillset to perform such a syrgery. Minimal invasive heart surgery (MIHS) requires a combination of higher surgical skillset and advanced hospital infrastructure.


Less pain Less bleeing Less cut Faster recovery Less hospital stay

What does MIHS mean? Minimal access or minimal invasive surgery means accomplishing a heart surgery with minimal invasion, incision or a cut. Minimal invasive surgery results in less blood loss, with minimal chances of blood transfusions, lesser chances of infections, a shorter stay at the hospital, earlier resumptionof regular activities, speedy recovery from post-operative care and medicines, and a smaller scar. The patient gets all the benefits of a traditional bypass surgery, but with reduced healing time, pain and chances of infection. The patient spends lesser time in the ICU and the

2 from state to run for Intel fair Bangalore Beat Bureau

Bangalore: Pramoda and Bhargava from Puttur will represent India at the ‘Intel International Science and Engineering Fair’ (ISEF) which is scheduled to be held in Los Angeles, California from May 8-13. Pramoda and Bhargava of Shree Ramakrishna High School, Puttur were the winners of the ‘India Initiative for Research & Innovation in Science’. They will be joined by 7 other students at ISEF, the world’s largest pre-college science fair, and the only global science competition for students in grades 9-12. Their project titled ‘Ecofriendly ink from Terminalia Chebula’ was among six projects that were selected from over 1300 submissions. Bringing together more than1600 young students from more than 60 countries, ISEF 2011 is an opportunity for the best young minds in the world to come together to share ideas, showcase cutting-edge projects, and compete for more than US $4 million in awards and scholarships. The Intel ISEF winners are selected based on their creative ability and scientific thought, as well as the thoroughness, skill, and clarity shown in their projects.

BEL gets award

Bangalore: Navratna defence public sector undertaking Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) has received the ‘Dun & Bradstreet-Rolta Corporate Award’ under the ‘Electrical and Electronic Equipment’ category for the year 2010. Ashwani Kumar Datt, chairman & managing director, BEL, received the award at a function held in Mumbai on Tuesday. The awards felicitated 54 of India’s leading corporate names across sectors. The occasion also marked the launch of the 11th edition of Dun & Bradstreet’s publication – ‘India’s Top 500 Companies 2010’.

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hospital, and heals easier with lesser pain. In most cases, the patient is discharged early from ths hospital.

Who can undergo MIHS? All patients with moderately wellfunctioning hearts qualify for this approach. It gets the patient back to life faster with better recovery and lesser pain. In this approach, there is no usual sternal precautions one needs to take post surgery as the size of the incision is minimum and the patient can get back home in just about four days post surgery, to a desk job in two weeks

and to driving in just six weeks. for cardiac care. “We now realise that the more complicated a case is, the more deserving What surgeries are done it is for minimal invasiveness. This en- this way? sures that the body can use all its re1. Closure of Atrial septal defect – serves to recover from the surgery, and not waste it on recovering from diffi- also known as a hole in the heart, it is culties (like healing of the bones) that an abnormal communication between arises due to the invasion for surgery” the two collecting chambers of the said Dr Mohammed Rehan Sayeed, sen- heart. 2. Closure of Patent Ductus arterioior consultant cardiothoracic sSurgeon, Fortis Hospitals. MIHS in the country sus – The ductus is a communicating is not very costly and therefore more channel that is essential when we are people are opting for it. There is also a in the fetal stage. Once we are born rise in the number of patients from this closes. But sometimes it stays open abroad choosing India as the destination and diverts blood from the aorta to the

Appointment in one day at RPO soon Bangalore: To overcome sudden surge in demand for passports in Karnataka in the last few months, regional passport office, Bangalore, is looking at bringing down the ‘appointment availability time’ to one-day by June, a top RPO official said today. The demand for passports has increased by 88 percent in the last 11 months, regional passport officer K J Srinivasa said here. RPO Bangalore, in conjunction with TCS, is aiming at bringing down the appointment availabil-

ity time to 15 days and then further down to one day by June as part of its appointment-handling drive launched last month, he said. The number of passport applicants per day in Bangalore has increased from 1,226 in 2009 to 1,700 in 2010. As of today, RPO is giving 2,479 appointments per day (including Tatkal) across four Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs) – Bangalore (2), Mangalore and Hubli (one each), he said. PTI

Lioness dies of old age at Bʼghatta

Bangalore: A 21 year-old lioness has died in the Bannerghatta National Park here. The lioness Meena died due last night to old age related problems, park Executive Director Taggore Milo said in a statement today. The animal had been in the park since it was rescued from a circus in Maharashtra in 2003. In the past 14 months, 11 tigers and 12 lions have died in the park due to various reasons including old age and ill health.

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left pulmonary artery. If left untreated it can damage blood vessels in the lung. This can be easily clipped or tied off using endoscopic techniques. 3. Closure of Ventricular septal defect – This is an abnormal communication between the pumping chambers of the heart. Some of them can be closed endoscopically depending on their location 4. Mitral valve repair/ replacement surgery – This approach has revolutionised mitral valve surgery which was done through the long painful incisions. Now it can be done with 4 cm incision and patient leaves the hospital in 48 hours. The approach can be applied to all forms of mitral valve surgery 5. Arrthymia surgery/ MAZE procedure – Some patients present with debilitating palpitations that can lead to formation of a clot in the heart and eventually stroke and death if left untreated. This can now be treated endoscopically using either bipolar heat energy or cryo energy to cause the lesions The Fortis Hospitals Bangalore is credited with the largest series of minimally access heart surgeries in the country. It has done over 250 minimal access surgeries with 100% success rate.

KANNADA DHOOL (U) Yogesh, Aindrita Ray Balaji (Tavarekre) (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.30 pm) Goverdhan (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.30 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (12.45 pm) Krishna (KR Puram) (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.30 pm) Mohan (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.15 pm) Navarang (10.15 am, 11.15 pm) Nalanda (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Narasimha (2.30 pm, 6, 9.15 pm) Siddhalingeshwara (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.30 pm) Srinivasa Gowdanapalya (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) PVR (10.20 am, 4.10, 7 pm) Triveni (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Venkateshwara (Avalahalli) (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.30 pm) Veeresh (5.30 am, 8.30 pm)

work on tackling some of the world’s most pressing issues like water, transportation, healthcare and the environment that impact the way people live and work,” IBM vice-president of ISV and Developer Relations Mike Riegel said. The programme, which is a part of the IBM Global Entrepreneur initiative, brings together entrepreneurs, investors and mentors to help build a smarter planet, he added. ConnectM will now compete with other global firms for the IBM Global Entrepreneur of the Year award. PTI

DOUBLE DECKER (U/A) Jaggesh, Shraddha Bharathi (11.30 am, 2.30, 6, 9.15 pm) Maruthi (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.30 pm Nartaki (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Prasanna (10.15 am, 4.15, 7.15 pm) Prithvi (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.30 pm) PVR (3.30 pm) Vaishnavi (11.15 am, 2.15, 6.15, 9.15 pm)

DANDAM DHASHAGUNAM (A) Chiranjeevi Sarja, Ramya Kapali (10.30 am,1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm)



Vinod Prabhakar, Gowri Munjal Bhumika (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Ganesh (11 am, 2, 5, 9 pm) Kamakya (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.15 pm) Manasa (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.30 pm) Navrang (1.15 pm, 4.15, 7.15 pm) Rajarajeshwari (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.30 pm) Siddheshwara (2.30 pm, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Ullas (10.45 am, 2.45, 5.45, 8.45 pm) Veerabhadreshwara (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Veeresh (10.30 am, 12.30 pm)

Ananthnag, Suhasini Vajreshwari (11 am, 2.30, 6.15, 9 pm)

MURALI MEETS MEERA (U/A) Prajwal Devaraj, Reema

SANJU WEDS GEETA Ramya, Srinagar Kitty Gopalan Cinemas (7 pm) HMT Cinemas (Jalahalli) (10.45 am, 1.30 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (12.40 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (10.30 am, 3.45, 6.30 pm) Nandini (11 am, 2, 5, 8 pm) PVR (10 20 am, 3.50 pm) Robin (11 am, 2, 6, 9.15 pm) Sagar (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Uma (10.15 am, 1, 4, 7 pm)

ENGLISH (Lido) (10.30 am, 2.50, 7.10, 9.30 pm) Fame (Shankarnag) (10.15 am, 2.40, 9.50 pm) Fun Cinemas (12.25 pm, 5.30, 10 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (10 am, 2,50, 7, 9.30 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (11.45 am, 3.45, 5.55, 9.55 pm) PVR (1 pm, 5.30, 9.45 pm)

IBM hosts SmartCamp for entrepreneurs

New Delhi: Techn giant IBM has announced ConnectM as the winner of IBM SmartCamp Bangalore 2011, a networking and mentoring event for entrepreneurs in India. ConnectM creates technology to link analytics to provide business intelligence for telecommunications, utilities and transportation industries, among others. The Indian edition of the global event was held in the city on Wednesday. The event has been held in the US, the UK, Spain, Israel, Brazil, China and Turkey. “These initiatives help IBM to

Anupama (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Adarsh (11.30 am, 2.30, 6, 9 pm) Rajmurali (Kodigenahalli) (11 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm)

LIMITLESS (A) Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro Inox (Magrath Road) (10.15 am, 7.30 pm) PVR (10 am, 2.45, 7.20, 9.55 pm) Rex (1.25 pm, 5.25 pm)

THOR (U/A) Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman

‘2D’ Fame (Forum Value Mall) (10.30 am, 12.35, 4.45, 9.50 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (12.20 pm, 7.25 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (4.45 pm, 9.50 pm) PVR (10 am, 5, 9.50 pm) ‘3D’ Cinepolis (12.45 pm, 5.20, 9.40 pm) Fame

SOURCE CODE (U/A) Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Fame (Forum Value Mall) (12.55 pm, 2.50, 5.35, 7.45, 10 pm) Fame (Lido) (10 am, 1.55, 5.55, 10 pm) Fun Cinemas (10.45 am, 12.40, 2.40, 8 pm) Gopalan (10 am, 12.25, 6, 7.50 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (10 am, 7.30 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (2.50 pm,7.40 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (10.45 am, 12.50, 5.25, 10 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (10 am, 1.55, 5.55, 10 pm) PVR (10 am, 3, 7 pm).

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ʻAu Bon Painʼ launches its 10th café

Chief minister B S Yeddyurappa visits the famous Marikamba temple at Sirsi yesterday.

Bangalore: Au Bon Pain, America’s health restaurant, launched its 10th restaurant here in the city at Richards Town yesterday. The new restaurant overlooks Richards Park and can cater to residents of Richards Town, Frazer Town and Cox Town. Spread over an area of 1000 sqft, the restaurant has a seating capacity of 30 people. At the launch, Subbanna Kannur, business head, Au Bon PainIndia, said, “Residential area is also a very important trade channel for us and Richard Town is

an ideal location for us to grow and develop in this trade channel. Voted as America’s healthiest restaurant, Au Bon Pain has gained immense reputation for its concept of serving nutritious and healthy food with world class service even in Bangalore.” With the launch of this restaurant, Au Bon Pain also introduces fresh additions to the menu including a new range of beverages like coffee blast, litchi iced tea, peach iced tea and mango lassi. Crostini, sandwiches and harvest rice bowls will also be part of the menu.


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Abhinay (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Cauvery ( 4.30, 7.30 pm) Fame (Lido) (12.15 pm)

I AM (A) Juhi Chawla, Manisha Koirala Inox (JP Nagar) (12.30 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (12.35 pm, 9.50 pm) PVR (12.30, 5.15, 9.45 pm)

CHALO DILLI (A) Lara Dutta, Akshay Kumar Cauvery (10.30 am, 1.30 pm) Everest (11.30 am, 2.30 pm) Fame (Forum Value Mall) (10.30 am, 12.45, 2.55, 5.20, 7.30, 9.45 pm) Fame (Lido) (10 am, 2.25, 4.40, 9.50 pm) Fame (Shankarnag) (7.25 pm) Fun Cinemas (1 pm, 7.20 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (10 am, 2.35, 5, 9.45 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (10 am, 12.15, 5, 9.45 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (10 am, 2.45, 5, 7.25, 9.25 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (10 am,12.55, 2.50, 7.40, 9.40 pm) Parimala (11 am, 2.30, 5.45, 8.45 pm) PVR (10 am, 12.40, 5, 9.40 pm) Vaibhav (11.30 am, 2.30 pm)

SHOR IN THE CITY (U/A) Tusshar Kapoor, Alok Chaturvedi

Apsara (10.30 am, 1.45 pm) Everest (6.30, 9.30 pm) Fame (Forum Value Mall) (10.40 am, 2.55, 5.10, 7.25, 9.40 pm) Fame (Lido) (11.50 am,



Gopalan (10 am, 12.50 pm) PVR (6.15 pm) Vaibhav (6.30 pm, 9.30 pm) 3.45, 7.50 pm) Fame (Shankarnag) (12.25 pm) Fun Cinemas (3.30 pm, 9.15 pm) Gopalan (10 am 2.30, 7.30, 10 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (10 am, 2.45, 5, 9.50 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (10.25 am, 2.50, 7.30, 9.40 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (10 am, 2.20, 7.40, 9.50 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (11.50 am, 3.45, 7.50, 10 pm) PVR (10.20 am, 3, 7.30 pm) DUM MAARO DUM (A) Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Big Cinemas (10 am, 12, 2.30, 5, 7.30, 10 pm) Fame (Forum Value Mall) (1 pm 9.30 pm) Fame (Lido) (10 am, 11, 1.45, 4.20, 6.55, 8.30, 9.30 pm) Fame (Shankarnag) (4.55 pm) Fun Cinemas (10 am, 4.40, 6.15, 9.45 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (12 pm, 2.10, 9.45 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (12.10 pm, 7.15 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (10 am, 2.40, 5.10, 9.35 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (12.15 pm, 2.50, 7.25 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (5.10 pm) PVR (10 am, 1.10, 1.15, 3.50, 9.20 pm) Rex (3.10pm) Tribhuvan (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Urvashi (6.30 pm, 9.30 pm)

7.30 pm) Nataraj (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Poornima (10.30 am, 1.30 pm) PVR (1 pm, 6.30 pm) KO (U) Aruna (10.15 am, 1.15, 4.15, 7.15 pm) Ajantha (4.30 pm, 7.30 pm) Amruth (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm Fame (Forum Value Mall) (4 pm) Fame (Lido) (3.30 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (4.25 pm, 9 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (6.25 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (4.30 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (3.25 pm) Krishna (11.30 am, 2.30 pm) Madheshwara (6.30 pm, 9.30 pm) Poornima (10.30 am, 1.30 pm) Pushpanjali (BN Pura) (6.30 pm,9.30 pm) Pushpanjali (Sultanpalya) (11.15 am, 2.30 pm) PVR (12.10 pm, 6.45, 8.55 pm) Vijay (Mysore Road) (10.45 am, 1.45 pm)

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Fame (Lido) (6.55 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (10 am, 6.40 pm) Lavanya (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30,

Vinayaka (Mysore Road) (10.30 am, 1.30 pm)



Saturday, April 30, 2011

CITY EVENTS General Old Students’ Association: Inauguration of K P Puttanna memorial day, Sri Shivakumaraswami of Siddaganga Mutt, Chief Minister Yeddyurappa to participate, Town Hall, J C Road, 5 pm. Sparsh Hospital: Inauguration of its premises, by Shivraj V Patil, Governor of Punjab, Infantry Road, Opp Police commissioners Office, 11.30 am. Cambridge Institute of Technology: Valedictory of workshop on advanced VLSI Laboratory, Institute premises, K R Puram, 3 pm. Sri Sarvajna College of Education: National seminar on ‘Integration of Innovative Teaching Practices in Teaching and Learning Process’, College premises, Vijayanagar, 4 pm. Amruta Institute of Engineering and Management Sciences: Inauguration of Engineering Career Guidance Programme, Mangala Mantapa, NMKRV College, Jayanagar, 10 am. Kannada Pustaka Pradhikara: Presentation of Best Publisher, Medical, Science and Literature awards by Minister Govind M Karjol, Nayana, J C Road, 5.30 pm. Youth Hostels’ Association of India: Farewell to participants of 23rd National Himalayan trekking expedition and nature study, Yavanika, Nrupathunga Road, 5.30 pm. Bangalore University and Ride A Cycle Foundation: Namma Cycle Community workshop, Seminar Hall, Central College premises, 10 am.

Cultural Indian Council for Cultural Relations: Bharatanatyam by Padmaja Venkatesh, Khincha Auditorium, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Race Course Road, 6 pm. Indian Institute of Cartoonists: Inauguration of exhibition of artist Gujjar’s caricatures by B S Raghuram, Managing Director, Klub Class and Indya Comics, 1, Midford House, Midford Garden, Off M G Road, near Big Kids Kemp, Trinity Circle, 11 am Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy: Valedictory of Chitrakatha camp, Basanth Kumar Patil, President of Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce to participate, Priyadarshini Chitramandira, Badami House, 4.30 pm. Sri Prasanna Veeranjaneya Swamy Trust: Violin solo by T K Dwarakanath, Mahalakshmipuram, 6.30 pm. Sangeetha Ganga: Programme in memory of G V Athri, former minister PGR Sindhia, vocalist Shyamala Jagirdar to participate, Ravindra Kalakshetra, 10.30 am.

Sri Ramanavami Sri Rama Seva Mandali: Vocal by Sangeetha Tharanathan, 5.15 pm. Vocal by Ashwini Bhide Deshpande, Fort High School, Chamarajpet, 6.30 pm Sri Seshadripuram Ram Seva Samithi: Vocal by S Shankar, Open Air theatre, Seshadripuram College premises, Seshadripuram, 6.30 pm. Sri Madananda Theertha Pravachana Samithi: Discourse on Mahabharatha Sri Raghavendra Swamy Mutt, Amarjyothinagar, 7 pm.

Religious Sangetha Krupa Kuteera: Swami Vivekananda Jayanthi, Hindustani vocal by R P Asundi, Sri Dattatreya Temple, Thyagarajanagar, 7 pm. Sri Someshwara Swami Temple: Jasmine flower pallakotsava, Sri Kamakshamba temple premises, Halasuru, 11 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 Pratima’s Art Gallery: A solo exhibition of paintings by Prabhakar Wagh.104, Andrews Building, Near Joyalukkas, M G Road, 11am to 8pm 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. 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 1, Kumara Park Palace View Building, next to BDA and Jagdish Travels, 11 am to 6 pm.

Dance Vasudevacharya bhawana: Bhartanatyam presentations by Badari Divya Bhushan, Anjana Bhushan and students of Bhushans' Academy as a part of Vishwa Nruthya Bhushana - World Dance Day Celebration, 6:50 pm Vasudevacharya Bhawana: Bhartanatyam by Deepa Shivanand as a part of Vishwa Nruthya Bhushana - World Dance Day Celebration. 5.10pm Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan: Bharatanatyam dance recital featuring Padmaja Venkatesh, based on her Doctoral Thesis- "The Science of Tantra and The Art of Natya", Khincha Auditorium, Race Course Road, Bangalore, 6.00 pm

Music White petals: Playback singer Shaan, live in concert, brings you a line-up of his biggest hits from his award winning albums. Ramana Maharishi Road, Palace Grounds, 6.30 pm. Kyra: Performance by pop star Vasudha Sharma, 2nd and 3rd floor, Katt-ma Center, Indiranagar, 8.30 pm Fort High School Grounds: A Hindustani classical concert by Ashwini Bhide, Vyasamurthy Katti and Ravindra Yavagal. Part of the Sree Ramaseva Mandali 73rd Ramanavami Celebration, Krishna Rajendra Road, Chamarajpet, 6.30 pm

Theatre RangaShankara: Necessary Targets English, 100 mins (also at 3.30pm on Sun) Eve Ensler Prakash Belawadi S u c h i tra’s CFD B-lore, Ph: 9448050541 Vibgyor entertainment: Rafiki presents a reading of Pal Ek Hansi Ka, a play in Hindi written by Anjana Puri and Bansi Kaul in Ranvidhushak style, 71, Sona Towers, 5th Floor, East Wing, Millers Road, 4 pm Alliance Francaise: California Suite, presented by Barking Dog productions, 7 pm. Ada Rangamandira: Ajji Kathe presented by Nirmal's Trust, JC Road, 7 pm. Kh Kala Soudha: Achanak, Ramanjaneya Temple Compound, Hanumantha Nagar, 7 pm.

Beauty & Wellness Fun Splash: Saturday, April 30th, 2011. The Paul, 139/28 Off Intermediate Ring Road, Domlur Enjoy the services of the fitness centre Tonez, swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam and sauna along with a three course lunch, all for Rs.899 per person. Soothing Summer at The Oberoi: Saturday, April 30th, 2011. The Oberoi, 39 MG Road, Pamper yourself and your special someone at The Oberoi Spa with therapists, massages, Balinese treatment, Ayurvedic therapy and the works.

Sport and Adventure Columbia Asia Cyclothon: Saturday, April 30th, 2011. 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Columbia Asia, 26/1 Feet, Dr Rajkumar Road, Malleshwaram West Rediscover the joy of cycling. Columbia Asia organises a 10km cyclothon on 1st May from Kanteerava Stadium to Columbia Asia Referral Hospital at Yeswanthpur to promote healthy living amongst Bangaloreans and create awareness about the health benefits of cycling.

Art The Secrets of Drawing: Saturday, April 30th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Art House, 416, 1st Cross, , ISEC Main Road, Nagarbhavi , Nagarbhavi , Learn the art of sketching and drawing with skilled artists. Learn at a new location every Sunday. South Indian Rural Life: Saturday, April 30th, 2011. 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Art House, 416, 1st Cross, , ISEC Main Road, Nagarbhavi , Nagarbhavi , A two day thematic workshop exploring water colours.

KPCC may include 20 more Cong body to have around150 members; new list out in 2 weeks D L Harish Bangalore Beat Bureau

to take part in the first meeting of the office-bearers in Bangalore. Party sources had said the Bangalore: The Karnataka Kuruba leader was upset that Pradesh Congress Committee his followers were not included could bloat. The state Congress in the committee, while giving unit that already has 126 office- maximum representation to mabearers, including 20 non jority communities and ignoring Pradesh Congress Committee the minorities and backward representatives, may include 20- classes. The high command last 25 more. The high command, week summoned Siddaramaiah in its bid to contain dissidence, and Parameshwara and instructhas allowed opposition leader ed them to include more numin the assembly Siddaramaiah bers into the committee. and state Congress unit president The next revamp is likely to G Parameshwara to include more happen in the second week of members to put down a feeling May. The new members will be of discontent among its mem- drawn from supporters of Sidbers. daramaiah, Union minister The problems within the Con- Mallikarjuna Kharge and former gress came to head a fortnight chief minister and MP Dharam ago when Siddaramaiah refused Singh. Especially the latter had

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made his discontent known about the constitution of the KPCC. Apart from old Mysore, Gadag and northern parts of the state will get representation this time, party sources told Bangalore Beat. The high command may summon the two top party state leaders again to New Delhi to discuss and finalise the list once it is prepared. The meeting is likely to happen in the first or second week of May, they added. All-India Congress Committee general secretary, Karnataka in-charge, Madhusudan Mistry will discuss the finer points of the next list. The high command has given permission to the state leaders to limit the number of officebearers to 20-25. Unhappy sec-


Hazare to highlight lacunae in Community Participation Act Anti‑corruption crusader addressing public rally in city on May 6 L Raghunanda Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: The Community Participation Act, 2011, enacted by the government on January 13, has many flaws. In fact, it never kept its original, noble intentions intact and forgot the “community participation” of citizens in civic issues. The act was supposed to institutionalise participation of citizens in the governance of local bodies. But the act gives such powers to citizens only in corporations, denying such a right to those residing in 224 towns and cities. To highlight the shortcomings in the act and to pressure the government to reintroduce the act in its original form, a public meeting has been organised in the city on May 6, which will be addressed by Gandhian Anna Hazare and freedom fighter S Doreswamy. The meeting will be held at National College Grounds. Civil society organisations held a meeting on January 5 and listed suggestions that needed to be included in the act. But the act that was passed eight days later was the opposite of the original draft, says S Kathyayini, a representative of the civil society organisation. “Those who drafted this piece of legislation did so to favour the government. Where is the question of giving teeth to citizens’ movements and participation of the com-

munity at ward level?” The civil society organisation’s request to amend the act is simple: “To institutionalise citizen participation in urban governance, provide a platform for citizens to plan, prioritise and decide for themselves what they need from the local body, be it municipal corporations in smaller towns or the BBMP in Bangalore.” She said, “The people should know how the money is spent on development works, keep a close watch on them and prevent corruption. For that, people must have a say at the planning stage directly. But that is not what the act does now.” When Bangalore Beat spoke to organisations like the Urban Research Centre (URC), Association for Promotion of Social Action (APSA) and resident welfare associations from Malleswaram and Jayanagar, the united response was that the act favoured the government, but not them. Gururaj Bhudia of URC said, “Throughout the act, ‘community participation’ has been mentioned only twice. Also, we had requested that Area Sabha Representatives should be nominated by the people from respective wards. But the act says ward councillors would have a say in the nomination of ASRs. With that, partisan opinions, politics, nepotism and cronyism will creep in. Will the real democracy function then?”

Lakshapathi of APSA said the powers of ASRs are limited. They can make suggestions to the government only on water supply, sanitation and lighting. Everything else will fall out of its ambit. Ashwath Narayan of the Consumer Society said, “When representatives of civil society organisations from Mysore, Mandya, Raichur and Chitradurga districts arrived here to discuss the act, the government agreed to their suggestions. But the present act is exactly opposite of that.” He said, “The act is not in consonance with the 74th Constitutional Amendment. The ARS has merely become a guiding and suggesting body without proper powers to make councillors accountable, hold officials responsible, monitor works etc.” Kathyayani said, “We are making use of Hazare’s visit to the city to highlight

Seva Dal, Scouts compulsory in schools: Kageri

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Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: “From this June, it’s compulsory for all primary and higher secondary schools to have teams of either Baharat Seva Dal or Scouts and Guides,” said primary and higher education minister Vishveshwara Hegde Kageri inaugurating the second floor building of the Baharat Seva Dal here today. “I have received a letter from the Bharat Seva Dal and I will look into their demands. I will see to it that there are no differences between the Seva Dal and Scouts and Guides. We will ensure that funds are allotted and necessary support given for such initiatives.” Bharat Seva Dal president H M Gurusiddhaswamy, vice-president Shivaahra-nappa Wali and general secretary B C Venkatesh.

Education minister Vishveshwara Hegde Kageri inaugurates the second floor of the Bharat Seva Dal office on Kumara Krupa Road this morning. Seva Dal president H M Gurusiddhaswamy looks on.

the lacunae in the act. The Community Participation Act is a part of the Lokpal Bill. We urge people to take part in the public meeting in large numbers and make it a success.”

Tough day Continued from page 1 I will discuss about each of these issues in detail and see what best can be done.” On the necessary steps to be taken up for the coming monsoon, she said, “We will ensure smooth flow of rain water and avoid flooding. Already, the palike has taken up desilting of storm water drains. I will see to it that the works are carried out efficiently.” She said, “The thrust will also be on saving rain water. We will ensure that every house in the city has a rain water harvesting unit. We will also dig percolation pits at 1 km gap all across the city. This will help improve the ground water levels.” On the Rs 2,600 crore loan the BBMP has to clear, she said, “I still need to get all details. We will come out with a solution after discussing with the officials.”

Oppn to help mayor tackle issues Opposition parties in the council said they would cooperate with Sharadamma and encourage the new mayor to take up issues and solve them easily. Opposition party leader M Nagaraj said, “Considering that she is from a backward class and lack proper support, we have decided to help her in taking up issues and solving them. This does not mean that we would not raise issues. We will continue to identify loopholes and will ensure the ruling party works properly.”


Continued from page 1 Last night, jeweller Hukum Chand (48) aka Chandu Lal was going home along with his son Rohit Kumar (26) on a scooter when the crime occurred near a Krishna temple at Seshadripuram around 11 pm. Lal, who had just then closed his jewellery shop at Chickpet, was carrying jewels for safekeep at his house in Malleswaram. Rohit was riding the scooter, while Lal was on the pillion. Four persons on two motorbikes were following the fatherson duo from Chickpet and attacked them along a dark stretch at Seshadripuram, the police said. One of the bikes blocked the way of the jewellers and all the four started attacking the fatherson duo. The gang snatched Rohit’s helmet and started beating him and his father up. One of the assailants flashed out a knife and snatched the bag from Lal’s hands. Soon after, they vanished into the dark. The Seshadripuram police have filed a case.

ABVP to release book on corrupt V‑Cs Raagamayi Rajsekhar

Bangalore: On the second day of the protest, hundreds of students sat at Freedom Park demanding action against corrupt vice-chancellors across the state. The protestors said they would release a book on the corrupt vice-chancellors on Monday and would continue the protest for 100 hours. They demanded streamlining of CET and Comed-K placements, which have created huge confusion among students. The protestors said, “The book titled ‘The Book on Corrupt Chancellors’ will be released on Monday. This is the second day of the protest and none of the government officials have come here. We will continue the protest for 10 hours per day till 100 hours are completed.”

tions of the party feel that Union minister S M Krishna and Oscar Fernandes muscled their way in and got their followers appointed to the all-important party body. What is raising sniggers among them is the appointment of jeweller and non-PCC member K P Nanjundi into the committee. With the overhaul, this KPCC will be the biggest in the history of the state. The KPCC that had 50 members was revamped after 12 years recently. Congress’ heir apparent Rahul Gandhi, who was in town about 15 days ago, took back a message to the party higher-ups that all is not well within the state unit. The summons to Siddaramaiah and Parameshwara came soon after.

Ravi Kumar, South India organising secretary, Akhila Bahartiya Vidya Parishat, said, “We are protesting here asking the government to take action against vice-chancellors who are found guilty in various cases. For instance, Dr Prabakhar Rao, a retired Rajiv Gandhi University, has allegedly given ranks illegally to 17 students. The CBI has already conducted an inquiry and the vice-chancellor has been found guilty. A cheating case has been booked against him. But the state government has not released the inquiry report and has not taken any action against him. Likewise, many reports have not been released by the government. If the government fails to take up Students and ABVP members hold a protest at Freedom Park, demanding necessary steps, we will a strict law to check corruption in the field of education and initiate protest like Anna Hazare.” proper action against corrupt vice-chancellors in the state.

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The police look at the scooter of Chandu Lal, on which the jeweller was riding when he was attacked and robbed of 1.4 kg of gold at Seshadripuram last night.


Saturday, April 30, 2011

A‑I cancels 130 flights as pilotsʼ

stir enters fourth day BAL‑GAME

New Delhi: Close to 130 flights were grounded today as nearly half of Air India’s 1,600 pilots continued their stir for the fourth day, despite facing a sixmonth jail for contempt of court and talks of a partial lockout of the flag carrier. The strike has caused a net loss of Rs.26 crore to the airline, already facing one of its worst financial crises with losses mounting to nearly $3 billion since 2007 when Indian Airlines was merged with Air India under a new entity – National Aviation Company of India Ltd. “Nobody can dictate terms to the government, especially a few pilots. They are one of the highest paid people in this country,” said civil aviation minister Vayalar Ravi, who has totally backed the airline management after

briefing the federal cabinet. According to an airline official, the management is also considering an extension in the suspension of further bookings beyond the originally planned Sunday. “There are various options being considered. But certainly the pilots will not dictate terms.” On its part, the Delhi High Court Friday initiated contempt proceedings against the members of the Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA), the union behind the strike and whose members were on the payroll of erstwhile Indian Airlines. Justice Gita Mittal initiated sou motto criminal contempt of court proceedings against the union after its members refused to return to work despite the her earlier order, restraining them from going ahead with the strike or holding

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further demonstrations. What has irked the stranded passengers, numbering thousands across the country, even more was the steep 50-75 percent hike in fares charged by private airlines. In the Delhi-Mumbai sector, for example, some passengers said the base fare that goes up to Rs.2,400-Rs.3,000 for last-minute bookings, had been jacked up to as much as Rs.7,500 by some carriers, resulting in a one-way cost of Rs 11,500, including various levies. “Some carriers are charging even more,” said Pallavi Garg, a teacher, who was looking at last-minute offers in some travel sites to go to Mumbai from the capital. The minimum fare, she found, was Rs.6,198 and the maximum touched Rs 27,601 in Kingfisher and Jet. IANS

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BU students can ride

around campus on cycles Bangalore Beat Bureau

KSRP officials salute DGP M K Srivastav during the sendoff ceremony at the KSRP grounds in Kormangala this morning.

Valuables worth Rs 1.45 cr recovered

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Police commissioner Shankar Bidari inspects valuables recovered by the South-East police division. Valuables worth over Rs 1.45 crore, including 500 bikes and gold ornaments, were kept on diplay at Koramangala this morning.

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Minister for minor irrigation Govind M Karajol, along with Karnataka Handloom Corporation president M D Lakshminarayana, takes a look at silk sarees on display on the occasion of 120 birth anniversary of Dr B R Ambedka this morning.

Bangalore: A bicycle-sharing programme, Namma Cycle, was launched today to help students of Bangalore University at Jnanabharati campus. The programme was inaugurated by BU vice-chancellor N Prabhudev this morning. The programmem has been introduced jointly by the university and Ride A Cycle Foundation (RACF). The green initiative will be extended to all students who carry their college ID cards. While financial part of the scheme is yet to be worked out, Namma Cycle organisers are working with TA cycles, Hercules and other cycle manufacturers. BBMP chief engineer K T Nagaraj (Cycling for Bangalore – BBMP Vision) said the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike has found that old areas like Jayanagara, Chamrajpet and Basavanagudi could have lanes dedicated to bicycles as they have wide roads. Gubbi Labs has been helping us in planning these tracks, technology etc. “The lane will first be introduced at Jayanagara. The plan is ready and only tenders have

Bangalore University vice-chancellor Dr N Prabhudev and transport commissioner Bhaskar Rao inaugurate the ‘Namma Cycle’ project this morning.

Why probe into Purulia: Pranab

Kolkata: Senior Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee today ridiculed the demand for a judicial inquiry by West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and his party into the “political conspiracy” behind the arms drop in Purulia 16 years ago. In an obvious reference to the Purulia arms drop case accused Kim Davy, Mukherjee, the union finance minster, said, “An accused is levelling allegation and a hue and cry is being raised on that basis. Judical inquiry is demanded. Were they sleeping all these years?” he told reporters here before leaving for campaigning in Midnapore. Noting that CBI had investigated the case and submitted its report, he said that the incident had taken place on the midnight of December 17-18, 1995 and after that there was a nonCongress government in Delhi for eight years. “Indrajit Gupta of CPI, who hailed from Bengal was union home minister for two years. L K Advani was union home min-

to be called. Jayanagar will be followed by Koramangala, Malleswaram and Indiranagara. The city will have at least 40 km of bicycle tracks and the palike has allotted Rs 353 crore for the project,” he added. Prabhudev said, “Cycling is good from health. It is environment friendly and does not consume fossil fuels. Countries like Netherland and Denmark have a great cycling culture. We should cultivate a similar attitude here.” He said, “When we came up with the idea of Namma Cycle and approached the BBMP, they said 1,200 trees have to be cut. But we refused and the BBMP came out with a revised plan that winds the lane through the trees and not cut a single tree. The university is also planning to ban scooters and motorcycles inside the campus to turn it fully green.” The university has been launching a number of studentfriendly initiatives. Last week, a mid-day meal programme for BU students was inaugurated. Cycle enthusiast and transport commissioner Bhaskar Rao and RACF project manager Murali too were present.

7 burnt to death in Orissa Berhampur (Orissa): At least seven persons, including a woman, were burnt to death by a mob in a stone crusher unit in Ganjam district, about 60 km from here, a senior police official said today. Six bodies, charred beyond recognition, were found inside a room, while another was lying in the premises of the unit last night, said DIG (Southern Range), R K Sharma. “We suspect that the assailants used diesel or petrol to set the room on fire with the victims trapped inside,” he said. Although fire tenders from neighbouring Aska and Hinjili rushed to the spot, none of the victims could be saved. There have been frequent altercations between locals and the crusher unit owners over the last two months after the former objected to blasting in the area, said Sharma. A few employees of the unit seem to have huddled in the room to escape a mob that attacked them yesterday, he said.The victims are believed to be owners, partners and employees of the crusher unit, Sharma said, adding that the identities of the dead and the assailants could be ascertained only after a thorough investigation. The DIG said that around 200 policemen had been deployed in the area. PTI

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He said it was important for the CBI to ensure its judgement was always rooted in “hard evidence”, and not be influenced by extraneous factors. “Ours is an open and free society. There will be many views, and opinions on all issues. CBI has to be sensitive to these but it has always to do what is right and correct.” He also said, “There should be no vendetta, no witch hunt, and no harassment of the innocent. There should be no apprehension of punitive action for bona fide mistakes, as we cannot afford an environment that breeds fear, inaction and indecision.” IANS

Pharmacist shot dead in New Jersey

Trenton (New Jersey): An Indian-American pharmacy owner here was shot dead allegedly by a black teenager after he refused to give a medicine to the boy without a valid prescription. 52-year-old Arjun Reddy Dyapa, owner of Brunswick Avenue Pharmacy in Broad Street, was shot in the chest and brought dead to Capital Health Regional Medical Centre across the pharmacy around 6.30 pm local time. Eye witnesses said a teenage African-American with dreadlocks showed up at the counter and demanded a medicine without valid prescription and then shot Dyapa dead. PTI

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ister for six years. Three (assembly) elections were held in Bengal since then. This allegation was never raised,” he said. In a statement yesterday, Bhattacharjee said that a political conspiracy had been exposed in the media behind the arms drop 16 years ago and demanded a judicial probe. CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat had also made a similar demand and said the inquiry should be conducted by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court. PTI

Mysore: In a horrifying incident, a two-and-a-half-year-old girl slipped from the third floor of her house and died here this morning. The tragic incident took place at her house on second cross of Jayanagar while she was playing just outside her house. The girl, identified as Hamsini, was rushed to Apollo Hospital where the doctors declared her brought dead. Her parents, Chandru and Lata ,were shattered and refused to lodge a police complaint. The small girl’s last rites were conducted this morning.

Relatives mourn the death of Hamsini at her house on second cross Jayanagar in Mysore this morning.

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Chomping on cheese & chilli delights in Bhutan Thimphu: Fancy some long, slit chillies cooked to creamy perfection with cheese? Or a combination of trotter, chillies and garlic? Then Bhutan is the place you are looking for. Someone has rightly said it is the only country in the world where chillies red and green are eaten as vegetables. And cheese too melts its way into the curries and momos of the Himalayan kingdom. Thinley Dorji, CEO of Terma Linca Resort and Spa in Thimphu, says chillies play an important role in keeping the body warm and that is why consuming them in large amounts in daily meals is justified in Bhutan’s cold environs. “As you know, we grow almost all types of vegetables in Bhutan, but we are chilli-loving people. You will find fresh chillies in almost everything. But when it comes to offering food to tourists, we tend to cut down on the chilli,” Linca told IANS. Chillies are such an integral part of their lives that almost on every rooftop, you will find people drying them out to store and use in various ways. “We dry up a lot many vegetables like mushrooms, chillies and use them during winter when it gets difficult to get fresh vegetables,” said Tashi Lhaden, a housewife. A most popular Bhutanese chilli cuisine is ‘emadatshi’, a mix of long, slit chillies cooked in cheese. It is not-so-hot as the cheese neutralises the sting and makes the dish creamy. There are also dishes like kewa dachi – a mix of chilli, cheese and potato soup – and kangchu maroo – a combination of trotters, chillies and garlic. And, yes, the Bhutanese love their cheese too. Their hot and steamy cheese momos served with hot red chilli sauce is a welcome break from the regular chicken momos that one gets to eat in India. But their best momo preparation is with beef fillings – sinking your teeth into juicy beef momos is a delightful experience. You can pamper your taste buds with other cheese-based curries – cauliflower, mushroom or potatoes is used a lot in this region. Vegetables like cabbage, eggplant, beans and carrots are also used to make mixed vegetable curry. “And if one wants to enjoy a region, it’s always best to gorge on the local food and drinks,” said Priya Ahluwalia, a freelancer and tourist. Bhutan, a country of 700,000, is a rice-eating nation and irrespective of the fact that they do grow white rice, people prefer the red variety. Apart from regular chicken, lamb and fish dishes, the Bhutanese follow various pork and beef recipes as they too help keep the body warm. Beef and mushroom tshoem (curry), jasha maroo (minced chicken), kewa phagsha (spicy pork with potatoes) and phakash pa (pork cubes) are quite popular. A trip to the country is not complete without sampling the various flavours of tea - like green tea, jasmine tea or tshiringma. Then there is suja, the most popular beverage made of butter - but one needs to develop a taste for this salty tea as the flavour of melting butter grows on you slowly. A country’s cuisine is incomplete without a mention of its drinks. Some regions have locally brewed liquors and ara is the best. Stored in ‘palangas’ or traditional containers, it is made with grains like wheat, barley, millet, maize, jowar, bajra and rice. It is fermented with yeast and there is no written recipe to follow. The method is passed from generation to generation. The most authentic ara is made from rice. “Ara has a taste similar to feni (Goa’s local brew), but it is a bit stronger,” said Ahluwalia. IANS

t’s the world’s second largest monolithic mountain. It’s over 3,930 ft above the sea level. It’s none other than Madhugiri aka honey hills in Tumkur district. Just 100 km from the Garden City, one can find this magnificent mountain with a fort constructed all around it. Situated at the heart of Madhugiri town, this place has been a place of choice for nature enthusiast. As you enter Madhugiri town, the imposing mountain greets you. A fort, with a huge entrance, surrounds the hill. Inside the fort, you find a court, few government offices, press association etc. The fort has three entrances – Antarala Bagilu, Diddibagilu and Mysore gate. The way leads towards the hill where the actual trek begins! Before starting the trek, you should know that the fort nestled in the steep slopes of the hill is credited to ruler Hyder Ali. The trek is simple to begin with, but gets tough as you ascend. The mountain is being maintained by the state tourism department and development works are still being carried out by the department. You can see a huge pond along the trek route. “This was the only source of water to the people atop the hill. As years went by, parts of the broken fort slid down the hill and covered the entire pond. The department has taken up development works and the pool has got back its life,” said a worker. The real trek begins from this point as the mountain rises vertically. Steps have been carved into the rock, making climbing a little bit easy. The tourism department has also erected a metal barricade as safety for tourists. The view as you are climbing is stupendous with lakes, greenery and hillocks surrounding Madhugiri. Even better is the view from a rock dome on the way. You also find ancient Venkataramana Swami and Malleshwara temples, which were built by Vijayanagara kings in Dravidian style. The climb gets even tougher from here on. The peak looks near and beckons you enticingly, but is very difficult to reach. The peak is a basketball sized flat surface covered with shrubs. You can see a Gopalakrishna temple in ruins here. The circumference of the hill at the bottom is around 1 km. The hill has got its name from its honeycomb shape.


How to reach? t Madhugiri is about 100 km from the city and just 45 km north of Tumkur town. t Use the NH4 and take deviation towards the Dobbspet towards Koratagere. Form Koratagere Madhugiri is one way.

Do’s and Don’ts t Carry water as the trek is steep and requires lots of liquid t Use comfortable shoes with grip as the monolith is steep and requires a good grip for the climb t Carry binoculars t Do not use tracks that are not marked as they could land you in trouble t Do not start the trek after 9 am. It gets really hot during summer. t Try and start the trek before 6 am

It is the second largest monolithic mountain in the world. The trek here provides you with some stunning views. The trek is tough, but is worth the effort, says Shravan Iyer

Photos: Shravan Iyer


Saturday, April 30, 2011

world briefs AP-PTI

Geethu Anna Jose looks to the basket during a basketball practice session at the Sachs Recreation Center in Deerfield, Illinois, US. Jose is the first player from India to attend tryouts for the WNBA.

UNHRC votes for probe mission to Syria United Nations: The UN Human Rights Council has passed a resolution for a mission to be sent to Syria to investigate into alleged human rights violations in a crackdown against anti-government protesters. Hundreds of civilians have been killed in the clash between the Syrian government and demonstrators in recent weeks. More than 50 reportedly died yesterday. The resolution called “upon the Syrian Government to cooperate fully with and grant access to personnel from the mission dispatched by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.” The resolution was pushed by the US, which called for an emergency session. Twenty-six nations in the 47-member body, based in Geneva, voted for the resolution. Nine countries voted against the resolution, while seven abstained and four countries did not vote. Russia and China were among those which opposed resolution. Several Arab nations, including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, either abstained or were absent. An attempt by the US and its European allies to pass a press statement on the situation in Syria in the Security Council had failed on Wednesday. “I welcome the decision today by the UN Human Rights Council to condemn the Government of Syria for its violent crackdown against peaceful demonstrators,” Susan Rice, US envoy to the UN, said in a statement. “With today’s vote, the Council has stood against attempts to silence dissent with the use of gratuitous violence, which is not the act of a responsible government.” Yesterday, the US government imposed sanctions against Syria. “In addition to actions that we are taking, the United States believes that Syria’s deplorable actions toward its people warrant a strong international response,” Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary, said in a statement. “We welcome the decision today by the UN Human Rights Council to condemn the Government of Syria for its violent crackdown against peaceful demonstrators.” PTI

2,000‑year‑old ship found near Rome Rome: The remains of a 2,000-year-old wooden ship, dating back to the Roman Empire, have been found near Rome’s ancient port of Ostia. The ship’s discovery, made during work at the site of a new road, has been hailed as an important one by archaeologists. The wooden ship is about 11 metres long, making it one of the largest ancient vessels excavated near Ostia Antica, a port city founded 2,500 years ago that became Rome’s first colony. The ship’s bow and stern are missing. “The restoration work is very delicate as we have to continually cover the boat with water to prevent the wood drying out. It needs to be handled using very sophisticated techniques,” archaeologist Anna Maria Moretti said. The remains of the ship were found four metres below the ground during repair of a bridge linking the modern-day coastal town of Ostia to the fishing port of Fiumicino, where Rome’s main airport is located. Culture minister Giancarlo Galan described the discovery as “spine-tingling”. IANS

Chinaʼs indoor smoking ban to start tomorrow Beijing: A smoking ban in all indoor public places, including hotels, restaurants and theaters, in China will take effect from tomorrow, the health ministry said. Smoking is also banned in waiting rooms at the airports and railway stations. According to the law, business owners will have to carry out promotional activities to warn people of the dangers of smoking, China Daily reported Friday. The law also prohibits placing cigarette vending machines in public places. It is estimated that China has more than 300 million regular smokers, and over 700 million people are routinely exposed to harmful second-hand smoke, experts said. The law, however, does not specify punishments for business owners who fail to meet the smoking ban’s requirements. It also does not specify penalties for people who continue to smoke in the designated no-smoking areas. IANS

Over 50 dead on Syria ʻrage dayʼ Damascus: More than 50 Syrians were killed as tens of thousands of protesters rallied for a “day of rage” after Friday prayers, defying warnings of a harsh crackdown, rights activists and officials said. Protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime were held in most major towns, witnesses said, in prodemocracy demonstrations after the Muslim weekly prayers as on past Fridays. At least 32 civilians were killed in the protest epicentre of Daraa, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, adding it had a list of names of those confirmed killed. Military officials said four soldiers were also killed and two captured by “armed terrorists” in Daraa, though a rights activist in the southern town said the men had been killed defending protesters. And in Homs, at least 15 civilians were killed in the industrial city, the Observatory said, updating an earlier toll from an activist.

The interior ministry said three members of the security forces were also killed in Homs. “Three police officers... were shot dead today after being targeted by extremist terrorist groups when they performed their duties,” the official SANA news agency quoted a ministry source as saying. The Observatory said one person was also killed in the Mediterranean port city of Latakia. The United States, meanwhile, blocked the assets of President Assad’s powerful brother, Maher, several other officials and of Syria’s intelligence services. Ahead of Friday’s bloodshed, dissidents said security forces using live rounds and tear gas already killed more than 450 people since the pro-democracy protests erupted in mid-March. Friday’s rallies come as the European Union met in Brussels to consider a wide range of sanctions against Damascus. The call for mass demonstrations

was issued on a Facebook page, The Syrian Revolution 2011, a motor of the protests in which demonstrators inspired by uprisings across the Arab world are seeking greater freedoms. Assad’s embattled regime reiterated its running ban on demonstrations, despite having lifted a decades-old law barring them earlier this month, as the Muslim Brotherhood accused it of genocide. Information Minister Adnan Mahmud said the crackdown would continue, saying the “authorities are determined to restore security, stability and peace to the citizens. The interior ministry appealed to Syrians not to join the protests and warned that unauthorised rallies would not be tolerated. It called on “brother citizens to contribute in an effective way to stability and security... by not staging demonstrations or sit-ins for any reason without official permission,” it said, quoted by SANA. AFP

German police arrest 3 Qaida suspects Berlin: The German police yesterday arrested three suspected members of the al-Qaida terrorist organisation who officials say posed a “concrete and imminent danger” to the nation. Authorities did not say whether the three had planned specific targets and offered few details, but security officials said that all three suspects were of Moroccan origin. They also said two were arrested were in the western German city of Duesseldorf and one in nearby Bochum. The arrests were based on suspicion they were planning a terror attack, they said.

The arrests “succeeded in averting a concrete and imminent danger, presented by international terrorism,” German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said in a statement. They showed “Germany remains a target of international terrorists.” There was no indication today’s arrests had any link to yesterday’s bomb attack in Morocco that killed 15 people in a crowded tourist cafe. Germany has escaped any large-scale attack by an Islamic terror organisation, such as the Madrid train bombings of 2004 and the London transit attacks of

Tiny parts of brain take short naps to recharge London: Losing your keys or misplacing your spectacles could be the result of tiny parts of the brain taking ‘naps’ to recharge. Researchers discovered the brain is not always entirely asleep or awake but parts of it can go ‘offline.’ This accounts for the feeling of being “half asleep” which causes forgetfulness and small errors such as misplacing keys or putting the milk in the cupboard or the cereal in the fridge, the journal Nature reports. The team at the University of Wisconsin, US, which measured electrical waves in the brain, discovered that some nerve cells in tired yet awake individuals can briefly go “offline”, according to the Telegraph. Prof Chiara Cirelli, psychiatrist and study author at Wisconsin, said: “Even before you feel fatigued, there are signs in the brain that you should stop certain activities that may require alertness. “Specific groups of neurons may be falling asleep, with negative consequences on performance.” Prof Cirelli said: “We know that when we are sleepy, we make mistakes, our attention wanders and our vigilance goes down. “We have seen with EEGs that even while we are awake, we can experience shorts periods of ‘micro sleep’.” She said periods of micro sleep were thought to be the most likely cause of people falling asleep at the wheel while driving. However, the new research found that even before that stage, brains are already showing sleep-like activity that impairs them. The researchers inserted probes into specific groups of neurons (nerve cells) in the brains of freely-behaving rats. After the rats were kept awake for prolonged periods, the probes showed areas of “local sleep” despite the animals’ appearance of being awake and active. IANS

2005. But Germany’s presence as part of the NATO coalition in Afghanistan has sparked anger and at least two major plots have been thwarted or failed in Germany before they could be carried out. The suspects had been under surveillance since November when Germany increased security across the country in response to heightened terror threat warnings in Europe, but authorities only had enough evidence to launch an official criminal investigation starting April 15, German interior minister HansPeter Friedrich said in a statement. AP

NASA delays Endeavourʼs last launch Cape Canaveral (Florida): NASA abruptly called off space shuttle Endeavour’s final launch yesterday because of a puzzling heater failure in a critical power unit, disappointing huge crowds converging on the area for the afternoon liftoff. President Barack Obama and his family were planning to watch Endeavour blast off. It would have been the first time in NASA history that a sitting president and his family witnessed a launch. Already at Cape Canaveral for the liftoff was wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, wife of the shuttle’s commander. Launch commentator George Diller said the next try likely would be Monday at the earliest. Officials huddled in launch control, discussing a path forward. “They are trying to assess what all is going to be required and how much time we’re going to need,” Diller said. “We still don’t know what’s wrong or why these multiple heater failures occurred.” Commander Mark Kelly and his crew were already on their way to the launch pad, when NASA announced the delay. The astronauts’ van did a Uturn at the launch control centre, and returned the astronauts to crew quarters. The first family had not yet arrived in Florida when launch was cancelled. Around noon, NASA reported that two heaters on an auxiliary power unit had failed. Engineers could not understand the problem and were uncomfortable about proceeding with the 3:47 pm (local time) launch. An electrical short was suspected. IANS

US hits top Syrian officials, Iran with curbs

Washington: The Obama administration is hitting three top Syrian officials, Syria’s intelligence agency and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard with sanctions because of the brutal crackdown on pro-reform demonstrators in Syria. The penalties to be announced will freeze any assets that the officials, Syria’s General Intelligence Directorate and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps may have in US jurisdictions and also bar Americans from doing business with them. Two senior US officials said President Barack Obama authorised the sanctions to punish repression and human rights abuses committed by Syrian authorities seeking to quell five weeks of protests. More than 450 people have been reported killed. The officials would not name the individuals to be penalised pending formal release of Obama’s executive order and an annex that will identify them. However, they said Syrian President Bashar Assad is not among those included in the annex. Assad

could be named later if the crackdown continues, they said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity before the announcement. While the sanctions are likely to have limited direct impact because none of the targets is believed to have any significant assets in US banks, the officials said the move was aimed at sending a clear message to the Syrian people that those responsible for the crackdown are going to face consequences and no one in the Syrian leadership will be immune. Syria already is under US sanctions as it is designated a “state sponsor of terrorism” by the State Department. The new sanctions extend the penalties to individuals. Iran and its Revolutionary Guard Corps also are under similar US sanctions. The officials said the new designation for the Revolutionary Guard would add another layer of penalties and make clear that Washington believes it is providing material support to help Syrian authorities with the crackdown. AP

China to launch 2 space modules Beijing: China will launch two unmanned space modules in the second half of this year. The modules, named Tiangong-1 and Shenzhou-8, will take part in the first space docking maneuver ever conducted by Chinese astronauts, said Yang Liwei, deputy head of China’s Manned Space Engineering Of-

fice. The 8.5-tonne Tiangong-1, or “Heavenly Palace 1”, is expected to dock with the unmanned Shenzhou-8 spacecraft, according to China Daily. During its two-year lifespan, Tiangong-1 will dock with two other Shenzhou spacecraft, Shenzhou-9 and Shenzhou-10, which will be launched in 2012.

Mystery behind Grand Canyon formation discovered

US embassy staff return to Cairo

London: A giant structure deep beneath the Colorado Plateau in the US could solve the mystery behind the formation of this dramatic landscape, a seismologist has claimed. Professor Alan Levander, of Rice University, has discovered a giant structure deep beneath the Colorado Plateau which could explain how the Grand Canyon was created. He said magma in a layer of the earth’s crust is forcing the top layer and surging up to take its place, pushing up the land around the valley which forms the canyon, ‘The Daily Mail’ reported. “Anyone who goes to the Grand Canyon and looks down should think,”What is it that made it this way?” Levander told LiveScience “The most immediate answer is water, that a river cut this canyon, but what is it that made the rock it lies in, the earth, move up?” Scientists have long been puzzled as to how the tectonically-stable plateau could be rising while parts of its lower crust are falling, a phenomenon more usually seen in mountain belts. Levander and a team of geologists

analysed new data from the mobile seismic stations known as the Earthscope Transportable Array The observatory-quality seismographs were first set up in the West in 2004, and are moving across America in a ten-year project. Images taken from the stations revealed that an unusually cold, dense region more than 120 miles deep stretching into the second layer of the earth’s crust. In a paper published in Nature, Levander described how he believes that the anomalous structure is caused by an upsurge in magma from a lower layer, which causes the crust

itself to peel off. He believes the hotter, weaker athenosphere surged upwards and invaded the stronger lithosphere above it, which includes both the uppermost crust and the top layer of the mantle. The partially-molten material expanded, cooled and solidified after it flowed upwards, putting more weight on the mantle-section of the lithosphere. This became so heavy it then peeled away and dripped down, creating a space above it. The more buoyant asthenosphere filled the gap, expanded again and caused the entire plateau to uplift, according to LiveScience. Levander’s believes this ‘mantle drip’ happened in the last six million years, making it the most recent anomaly in the Colorado Plateau, a finding which could help pinpoint the age of the Grand Canyon. He told Amazing Planet, “There are generally two schools of thought on the age of the Grand Canyon – one is that it formed in the last six million or seven million years, and the other is that it has a much longer history as a canyon.

Cairo: The US state department has allowed non-essential staff and their families to return to Egypt and has announced that the embassy in Cairo will resume regular business. The embassy evacuated staff from Cairo when anti-government protests – which toppled long-time president Hosni Mubarak – broke out in January. Egyptian daily Al-Ahram reported that there has been recent improvement in the security situation. Security in Luxor, Aswan and in the Red Sea resorts is “very good”, the daily said. US citizens have, however, been advised to avoid any protests in Egypt because of the risk of violence or harassment. The embassy also advised American nationals to keep their identity documents and mobile phones with them at all times. IANS

High esteem Seafood could carry prompts powerful toxic levels of mercury Toronto: That succulent lobster you order at a fancy restaurant might be carrying toxic levels of mercury. University of Alberta researchers found that harmless inorganic mercury, discharged by industry and coal burning, becomes deadly monomethylmercury in the oceans, which progresses through the food chain from small sea creatures to humans. Unborn babies and young infants are particularly sensitive to monomethylmercury’s effects. It causes brain and spinal cord damage. Symptoms are abnormal movements (twisting, jerking, or writhing) of the hands, feet, arms or legs while awake. The research team, led by Alberta doctoral graduate in biological sciences Igor Lehnherr, incubated seawater samples collected from the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, reports the journal Nature Geoscience.

women to stray

Lehnherr says conversion of inorganic mercury to monomethylmercury accounts for approximately 50 percent of this neurotoxin present in polar

London: Powerful women are just as likely as their male counterparts to commit adultery because sheer self-confidence drives them to do it, a study says. According to the study, both power drunk men and women were more likely to have affairs than their junior colleagues because they had high self-esteem. Researchers at Tilburg University in Holland, led by psychologist Joris Lammers, found that women with powerful jobs were just as likely to stray sexually as men. “There’s been a lot of research indicating gender is the key factor but none of these studies have been done on powmarine waters. It could account erful women,” Lammers was for a significant amount of the quoting as saying by The Telemercury found in Arctic marine graph. “As more and more organisms, according to an Al- women are in greater positions of power and are considered berta statement. IANS

Beware, being skinny could hasten oneʼs death London: People who gobble up mounds of cakes and chocolates without piling on the pounds, beware. You may be hastening your own death, compared to those who burn calories more slowly. These findings, based on a study of more than 600 volunteers, suggest that an increased metabolic rate actually speeds up the ageing process. Animal experiments have shown that specimens that burn up energy more quickly tend to have shorter lives than animals who do it slowly, the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism reports. Now US researchers have compared the metabolic rate and lifespan of 652 healthy Pima Indians in Arizona over a 21-year period, according Institutes of Health measured how to the Daily Mail. quickly the Indians’ bodies convertThe scientists from the National ed food into energy over 24 hours.

the lungs and heart working. The research team said those Indians with a higher metabolic rate tended to die earlier. Researcher Reiner Jumpertz said: “We found that higher endogenous metabolic rate - which is how much energy the body uses for normal body functions - is a risk factor for earlier mortality. This increased metabolic rate may lead to earlier organ damage.” But the findings do not apply to energy burnt up by exercise. “This activity clearly has beneficial effects on health,” Jumpertz said. And people with a slow metabolism who become fat are also unlikely to benefit because their obesity They also measured their resting puts them at greater risk of dying metabolic rate, which is how much from heart disease, stroke and canenergy a body uses simply to keep cer. IANS

equal to men, then familiar assumptions about their behaviour may also change. This may lead to increased negative behaviours among women,” he said. His team studied 1,561 professionals. Of these, 58 percent had non-management positions, 22 percent were supervisors, 14 percent were in middle management and six percent were in senior management. All were asked about past affairs and their desire to cheat. Their levels of power and selfconfidence were measured, and they were asked how often they travelled for business. Whether a person was male or female made no difference to their behaviour, Lammers said. Rather, the biggest factors influencing whether or not they were unfaithful were their levels of power and self-esteem. IANS


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ctress Jennifer Aniston is set to hit the stage in Los Angeles for the city’s inaugural 24-hour theatre marathon in June. reports that the charity initiative brings together celebrities and playwrights in an all-day theatrical marathon. It has been a fixture on Broadway for many years. The Los Angeles debut will also feature Eva Mendes, Nia Vardalos, Sam Rockwell and Rosie Perez. Six writers, six directors and 24 actors will meet June 17 and create six new plays that will be performed live 24 hours later.


inger-actor Drake Graham and Beyonce are the latest to join the cast of the next “Ice Age” movie. The two pop stars will join Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Lopez in “Ice Age: Continental Drift”, uk reports. It will star alongside Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, Denis Leary and John Leguizamo.

Drake, Beyonce join ʻIce Ageʼ cast B

ollywood actors try to avoid doing the same kind of roles again and again, but Tusshar Kapoor is an exception. He says he has no qualms about being typecast. “I have no problem in getting typecast because it has it own pros. I want to do films that people like and if they are liking my role, I am comfortable in it,” Tusshar told reporters here Thursday at DT Cinemas, DLF Place, Saket. The actor was in the capital to promote his film “Shor In The City” that releases Friday. He was accompanied by actress Preeti Desai, who makes her debut with the dark comedy. Though he doesn’t make an effort th change his image on screen, Tusshar is getting different roles. The actor, who became popular for playing a dumb man in the “Golmaal” series, will be seen in different avatars in “Shor in The City” and romantic drama “Love U...Mr Kalakar” which releases in May. “I never planned what kind of roles I want to do, but I consider myself lucky that I have been offered different roles like ‘Golmaal’ series and ‘Love U...Mr Kalakar’,” he said. “Shor In The City” is helmed by director duo Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK and produced by Balaji Motion Pictures and ALT Entertainment. Working under one’s own production banner is very stressful, says Tusshar.

Aniston to star in LA theatre marathon

Lohanʼs troubled life turned into comic book


roubled actress Lindsay Lohan’s struggling life has been turned into a new comic book which is set to release in September, this year. Titled “Infamous: Lindsay Lohan” from Bluewater Productions, the comic book will feature Lohan’s drama-filled life and career. Also Publisher Darren Davis has offered to hand over proceeds from the book’s sales to Lohan’s favourite charity, reports “If she contacted us and wanted us to donate some of the potential profits to a charity of her choosing, we would happily do,” he said.

I have no problem in getting


op star Lady Gaga, known for her bold and bizarre attitude, believes in introspection and says the five minutes that she spares for herself every-



inger Jessica Simpson is trying to lose weight in time for her wedding, which she has now set a date for. Simpson, who is engaged to former National Football League (NFL) player Eric Johnson has revealed that she has set a date for the big day and is exercising to make sure she looks her best when she walks down the aisle. “I have a date – I’m really excited! I am going to dance around my bedroom and hopefully lose some weight – and lift some weights and do what I can!” quoted the 30-year-old as saying. However, she refused to follow restrictive diets or spend hours in the gym, preferring to tone up in a way that’s less demanding. “I just have to work out on my own. There is no regimen I need to follow. There’s no diet I need to follow. I just need to do some things for myself and that’s it. And that will make me feel the happiest,” she added.

Simpson trying to get in shape for wedding

Introspection helps Gaga day are helpful. “She (yoga teacher) always says, ‘Try every day to have, for 15 minutes, compassionate thoughts about yourself.’ I’ve narrowed it down to

five because 15 drives me mental. I try to do five minutes and it’s helpful ... Love who you are,” quoted Gaga as saying.


inger Katy Perry has filed a lawsuit against an Australian magazine over an article saying she has an “intimate relationship” with record producer Benny Blanco. Editors of NW magazine featured a story in March claiming Perry – who is married to British funnyman Russell Brand – had an “intimate relationship” with Blanco, reports Perry moved swiftly to take legal action over the article titled “World exclusive, Katy’s other man” that also contained the words, “Split fears after shock revelation”. She filed a lawsuit against publishers Acp Magazines in the Victorian Supreme Court. Perry’s statement of claim says: “By reason of the publication of the article the plaintiff (Perry) has been gravely injured in her reputation and feelings (and) has suffered distress, embarrassment and humiliation.”

Perry to sue magazine over affair rumours


Saturday, April 30, 2011


ctor Rahul Bose, known for his meaningful cinema as well as social activism, believes a handful of films cannot bring change in society. For that, there should a collective effort by filmmakers and government bodies to educate the masses. “Change only happens with people who are ready to change, and the masses are not ready as yet. Changes happen at the outer boundaries, at the most at the wisest edge of the spectrum of people. You have to first look at them, then the next levels,” the 43-yearold told IANS. “Two films can’t make the change. It has to be 20 films. Government has to step in and do lots of direct advertising. There should be public education; there should be education at the younger level. There should be other artistic ways like dance and theatre to spread the same message. The message has to come from seven-eight directions,” said Rahul who features in “I AM” that released yesterday. Director Onir’s film “I AM” takes up the issue of discrimination against gays, women and other sections of society. “The idea is to say any kind of discrimination is bad. If somebody walks away out of the film understanding that it’s

unfair to judge people by the colour of their skin, religion or sexual orientation, or their caste, then I would think the film has done its job,” said Rahul who directed in 2001 “Everybody Says I’m Fine!”, which won for him the John Schlesinger Honorable Mention Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. In the same breath, Rahul, however, says government should do the bigger job of taking such message to the masses. “Take that to the masses. And that’s for another film, for government to do... It doesn’t have to be a small art-house film like ‘I AM’ to take unfair responsibility,” he said. Since his impressive debut as Agastya Sen in “English, August” in 1994, Rahul has done many meaningful roles – “Mr. and Mrs. Iyer”, “Jhankar Beats”, “Chameili”, “Tahaan” and “Anuranan”. Despite the long innings and impressive body of work, he maintains he doesn’t take films as a career. “I don’t have a career, I have films. People think of their career. I never think of the next film or whether I want to do it in terms of role, director, story or in terms of what I can bring to it.”

Kristen Stewart slips into bikini for love scene


ctress Kristen Stewart slipped into an itsy-bitsy bikini to shoot love scenes with her real-life lover, actor Robert Pattinson, for “Twilight: Breaking Dawn”. The shooting spot at St.Thomas in the US Virgin Islands had a lot of security to avoid the hot scenes between the characters, Edward Cullen and Bella Swan, from being observed. Armed police patrolled the beach while a police launch moved around in the sea to ensure that nobody got a glimpse of the shoot, reports Stewart showed off her slim frame in a bright green bikini that was unfastened at the halter, suggesting there could be a topless scene in the awaited movie too. “Breaking Dawn” will be the fourth instalment in the hit “Twilight” franchise, based on the bestselling books by Stephanie Meyer.

TWO FILMS CANʼT BRING change, 20 can: Rahul Bose ʻTwo And a Half Menʼ may be re‑launched without Sheen


wo And a Half Men” creator Chuck Lorre is reportedly planning to re-launch the sitcom without its original star Charlie Sheen, who was fired from the show earlier this year. Sheen was dismissed from the show after being hospitalised following a 36-hour drink and drugs session with a bevy of porn stars. According to The Hollywood Reporter, instead of focusing on Sheen’s character, the new

version of the Warner Bros hit would be about his brother Alan, played by Jon Cryer, and a new character, which has not been finalised yet. says many well-known actors are being considered for the new role, though the studio hasn’t yet confirmed whether the show is returning for a ninth series. Last month 45-year-old Sheen filed a $100 million lawsuit against Warner Brothers and producer Chuck Lorre.

Bhansali, Shabinaa team up to co‑produce ʻRowdy Rathoreʼ



cclaimed filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali has teamed up with designer Shabinaa Khan to co-produce the interestingly titled movie “Rowdy Rathore”, which is his first film with Bollwood star Akshay Kumar. For the first time, Bhansali is indulging in an out-and-out action movie that will also star Sonakshi Sinha. “To me an action film is totally an alien concept. At this juncture as a filmmaker, I want to move out of the comfort zone and do things that are new and

sentenced to 227 days in jail


he stalker, who attacked Paris Hilton’s boyfriend Cy Waits outside a Los Angeles courthouse, has been sentenced to serve 227 days behind bars. reports that the stalker James Rainford on Wednesday approached aggressively towards the couple,

who were heading towards the court for the hearing in Van Nuys, California. Rainford was physically dragged away by security men. Rainford appeared in the court Thursday to plead no contest to misdemeanour battery and was sentenced to 227 days behind bars.

He was also ordered to stay away from Hilton and Waits after his release and given three years of informal probation. Last year, Rainford was arrested outside Hilton’s Hollywood Hills home after trespassing on her property and then fighting with her security staff.


regnant actress Kate Hudson intends to take a break from movies after she welcomes her second child later this year. She is expecting the baby with rocker Matt Bellamy, who proposed to her last week. The 31-year-old star continued to work after she gave birth to her son Ryder, seven, from her marriage to Chris Robinson, but she is adamant she will now be more choosy about film roles so she can spend more time at home, reports “I will have the baby to look after and Ryder is at an age where it’s so fun with his baseball and karate. If I work, I’ll have to go away from that and I don’t want to miss another second of it,” she said. “I’ll carry on working but only if the film’s really special. Maybe this is the time in my career where I shift focus and spend more time at home. It’ll be interesting,” she added.

HUDSON PLANS A BREAK after second baby

untried,” Bhansali, known for mangnum opus like “Devdas” and “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam”, said in a statement. Southern star Prabhu Deva will wield the megaphone for the movie. He showed his magic when he went behind the camera to direct Salman Khan in “Wanted” that turned out to be one of the biggest hits of 2009 and now he is expected to break stereotypical boundaries of the action genre with “Rowdy Rathore”. “I’m very excited about my first production film ‘Rowdy

Rathore’, which is a hardcore action masala flick and with such a talented team on board. Pray the audiences will love,” said Shabinaa. Akshay, known for actioners like “Khiladi” and “Mohra”, will return to hardcore action with the film. In recent times, mostly seen in funny films like “Singh Is Kinng” and “Namastey London”, the 43-yearold star will undergo rigorous physical training in preparation for the role that will have top notch action and choreography.


odel-actress Kelly Brook has spoken for the first time about her relationship with Thom Evans and said she conceived just weeks after meeting the rugby player because she knew he is the right guy. “This baby is not the result of me suddenly becoming broody because I have hit my thirties. It is simply that I have met someone that I am happy to share that responsibility with,” quoted Brook as saying. “When you discover you are pregnant, you ask yourself, ‘Am I in the right situation to do this in the best possible way I can?’ And with Thom, as much as I love him as a boyfriend and someone I fancy, I have to say to myself, ‘This man is going to be the father of my child. Can I rely on him?’ All of these questions have put a huge pressure on Thom and on me too. But every time I’ve considered these things, I realise I can tick that box,” she added. But the 31-year-old says they are not planning to get married. “One thing at a time. I don’t think it is impossible by any means, but to love someone for the rest of your life is a hard thing to promise. I think having a baby with someone is a far greater commitment.

Thom is right guy to be father of my child: Brook

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