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MAMATA EXPRESS-2011 Bengal gets lion’s share of Didi’s largesse Showers goodies on poll- bound states

Nalco CMD takes bribe in gold bricks

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Critics claim rail finances in dire straits New Delhi : MAMATA Banerjee flogged the cashstarved railways towards poll- bound states with a slew of populist sops in her third consecutive budget without any hike in passenger fares. The thrust undoubtedly was on West Bengal with the expected bonanza of 47 new trains and 107 existing lines being augmented from nine to 12 coach rakes. But the railway minister was conscious of the coalition partner Congress’s political demands in Assam, Kerala and Tamil Nadu that face elections in less than three months. Railways officials later confirmed that the four pollbound states have received a staggering twothirds of the infrastructural investments not just in terms of new train services but coach factories, passenger terminals and other cash- intensive projects. In keeping with her record, the minister announced a staggering number of 56 new trains, including nine non- stop Duronto trains and three Shatabdis. With the pronouncement – “ We love Kerala” — she allotted 12 new trains to the pollbound state, including seven “express” services. The minister announced a “Student Express” on the Chennai-Puducherry-Thiruvananthapuram route. She also gave one of the specials — Vivekananda Express, introduced in the name of Swami Vivekananda — to Kerala. It will reach Thiruvananthapuram from Assam via Kanyakumari. Tamil Nadu, too, received a fair share of the budget bonanza as Mamata promised to beef up the suburban train services and announced the setting up of an integrated suburban train network in the state. She gave an assurance that the capacity expansion at Chennai’s Integral Coach Factory (ICF), which was announced in the last budget, would

It is the common man's Budget wthout fare hike. Railway minister has done a commendable job. -Manmohan Sing

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' shortly take off. She sanctioned two air-conditioned Duronto trains (Madurai- Chennai and ChennaiThiruvananthapuram, both bi-weekly). She also proposed weekly express trains between Kharagpur-Villupuram via Vellore, Purulia-Villupuram Express via Midnapore, Kharagpur-Vellore-Chennai Shirdi Express via Bangalore, and Mysore-Chennai Express. A daily express between Coimbatore and Tuticorin and a daily passenger train between Coimbatore and Mettupalayam will also be introduced. However, Kerala’s track capacity utilisation is at an alarming 130 per cent. Critics say that the new trains would worsen the congestion. In fact, the Railways could introduce three of the new trains announced in the previous budget only a couple of weeks ago. “Kerala’s immediate need is not new trains but new tracks,” O. Rajagopal, former minister of state for Railways, said. “Without doubling the lines, the Railways cannot offer better service to the state. Kerala chief minister V.S.

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Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik disappointed with Railway Budget 2011-12. Reacting to the proposals in the Budget for the State in the Railway Budget, Patnaik said the Ministry of Railways was requested to allot `2,085 crore for various ongoing projects in the State, but only an amount of `1,168.02 crore has been provided in this Budget. “This is grossly inadequate considering the requirement of the ongoing projects in the State and completely falls short of our legitimate demand,” he remarked. Expressing his displeasure, he further said, “None of our requests for new rail lines, new surveys and capacity expansion has been considered which is hugely disappointing.” The Chief Minister resented the Railway Minister’s apathetic attitude towards the State, particularly relating to the demand for expansion of rail network and improving rail services in the

Maoist-affected underdeveloped areas. Former Union Railway Minister and Congress Lok Sabha member, Bhakta Charan Das echoed in the same term as the Chief Minister. Describing the Budget proposal for

Odisha as "most disappointing", Das said ," I am sorry to say that the Union Railway Minister did not responded to the proposal given to her for the development of Railways in the State" Similarly, State Youth Congress President and Lok Sabha MP, Pradeep Majhi said that the request of the Odisha Congress MPs was not heeded to. On the other hand, the ruling BJD has lodged strong protest against the Union Railway Minster for her attitude towards to the development of railways in Odisha and threatened to organise an agitation against the Central apathy . Senior BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP, Rudra Narayan Pani while criticising the anti-Odisha attitude of Union Government as far as railway development , he also accused the Odisha BJD government led by Naveen Patnaik for its lack of concern for the State in putting pressure on the Centre to get is due. He said BJP would highlight the Central neglect towards Odisha.

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Second Term for Samanta in UGC Bhubaneswar : Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS has been re-appointed as a Commission Member of the University Grants Commission (UGC) for a term of three years. Being the first Oriya in the Commission of the UGC, Achyuta Samanta's appointment has been hailed by academicians throughout the state. Dr. Samanta was first appointed a Commission Member of UGC in 2008. Shri Kapil Sibal, Hon’ble Union Minister of Human Resource Development reappointed him before the end of his term in February 2011. A Gazette Notification to this effect has been issued on 25th February 2011 by the Ministry of HRD. His contributions and his active participation in formulation of different policies earned him the distinction of being the first choice of the Ministry of HRD for the consideration of an extension of his term at a time when the private education providers in all over the country are under the scanner of the Ministry. It is a significant achievement for Samanta as well as the state of Odisha as a whole. Samanta has also been included in a 9-member Round Table constituted by the Ministry of HRD during January last for the development of education of the downtrodden children in the society. It is a matter of prestige and pride for the state of Orissa. Samanta is expected to continue providing his expertise and views for the growth of higher education in India. Presently, Samanta has been member of several other national and international bodies including AICTE; Coir Board of India; CAPART; Forest Right Act Committee of the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Tribal Affairs, Government of India; National Executive Council of ISTE, Government of India; Academic Councils of the Central University, Orissa, Assam Central University, Silchar; Chairman Advisory Committee of Nehru Gram Bharati Viswavidyalaya, Allahabad; Chairman - Advisory Committee of Padmashree Dr. D Y Patil University, Navi Mumbai; Chairman Advisory Committee of Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences University.

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Finally Maoists release Malkangiri Collector Malkangiri : Finally Maoists release Malkangiri district Collector R Vineel Krishna evening. Maoists released him after holding him in captivity for nine days. Krishna reaches Malkangiri district head quarter with district SP. Huge crowd welcomes Collector outside his residence in Malkangiri. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expresses happiness after the release of collector. He said Government will full fill all the demands made by Maoists. It should be noted that Krishna and Majhi were abducted by Maoists from Chitrakonda area in Malkangiri district on February 16 during a visit there for a camp for local development. The release of junior engineer Pabitra Mohan Majhi yesterday had brightened hopes for release of the Collector. While addressing the media, Majhi expressed that the ultras would release Krishna in 48 hours. Freed from captivity after a week-long ordeal, junior engineer Pabitra Majhi on Wednesday said the Maoists have promised to release Malkangiri district collector R V Krishna within two days and that the official was fine and being treated well. Maintaining that the rebels treated them properly without harassment or torture in their captivity, Majhi told reporters at Malkangiri that the both, he and Krishna, were served good food, including rice and dal.

Assembly paralysed for over dal scam Bhubaneswar: The State Assembly on Wednesday witnessed uproarious scenes and was paralysed for the third consecutive day over dal scam as Congress MLAs stormed into the well demanding probe into irregularities in supply of pulses for mid-day meal (MDM) and other schemes in all 30 districts. The issue was raised by the leader of the Opposition Bhupinder Singh of Congress as soon as the House assembled for the day. He accused the BJD government of failing to keep its promise made at an all-party meet about investigation into supply of dal for MDM and supplementary nutrition programme (SNP) meant for children and pregnant women. Supported by BJP members, Congress members shouted antigovernment slogans as Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat allowed reading out a statement by the government side on the ongoing hostage crisis. As Congress members displayed placards

demanding a broader probe into the dal scam, Singh said that though the state government had promised to produce all information and documents relating to the scam before the House, it was yet to do so. However, parliamentary affairs minister Raghunath Mohanty, said that the state government had never promised to place all documents relating to vigilance probe into the dal scam. Opposition chief whip Prasad Harichandan of Congress, however, accused Mohanty of telling lies relating to the government's assurance on tabling probe documents. I will request the Speaker to verify the recording of the all-party meeting, he said.

Demand to increase freedom fighter's pension Kabita Mohanty Nilgiri : A meeting was organised by the Freedom fighter's Yuba Samukshya here to press the demand for increasement of Freedom Fighter's Pension upto 500/-. The meeting was presided over by the Secretary Bidhan Chandra Ray and the former MLA

Akshyaya Kumar Acharya was the Chief Guest. Some of the families have been deprived of the pension by which they are facing financial constraint. It was decided to request the Government to regularise the pension to the families and to provide loan to the kin of the freedom fighters.

City/Districts 14,089 Sikhayak / junior teachers post regularized Bhubaneswar : About 14,089 Sikhayak /junior teachers has been regularized as Zilla Parishad teachers. Replying to a question of legislature Anup Kumar Sai, School and Mass Education Minister Pratap Jena expressed in the house that the Director of state primary project and Director of state primary education to appoint Sikhya sahayak / junior teachers as regular teacher who has completed six years and done satisfactory.

1991 villages in Odisha declared drought affected in Khariff season Bhubaneswar: About 1991 villages of 107 blocks of 17 districts and 104 wards of 14 Municipality has been declared drought in Khariff season. The Minister of Revenue and Disaster Management Suryanarayan Patra has expressed that the affected farmers have been provided with Rs2,000/-per Hectre of non irrigated land, Rs 4,000/per Hectre irrigated land and

Rs 6,000/- for all season. About Rs 53.46 crore has been to the collectors for the same. The Minister has expressed that Rs 105 crore has been provided to 23 district from Disaster Management fund.

Free Health Checkup Camp at remote tribal Area by M/s. Seerajuddin & Co. Photo by : Samarendranath Das Keonjhar

Lok Adalats clears huge backlog cases Shradhanjali Pradhan Balasore : The Lok Adalats are not only proving benefits to the parties, it has also helped in clearing a huge backlog of cases. Under the guidance of incumbent Chief Justice of the Odisha High Court V Gopalagowda and further encouraged by State Legal Services Authority executive chairman BP Das, portfolio judge SC Parija and judge of Balasore and Bhadrak districts SK Patnaik, several landmark records have been achieved here. With 11 district-level Lok Adalats, three State-level and two mega Lok Adalats besides the 21 legal awareness camps, over 20,000 pending cases, including 13,623 criminal cases and 7,118 cases of civil nature were disposed of in 2010 against the pending 91,823 while in 2009, the

disposal was of 17,088 cases, sources added. The cases pending out of marital disputes too have found quick disposal with the formation of Family Court since July 5, 2010. While several cases were disposed, others pending are moving at a faster pace with the establishment of exclusive court in the district, sources said. The settlement of as many as 290 cases, amounting to 15 per cent of the Motor Accident Claim Tribunal (MACT) pendency, in one go by the state-level Lok Adalat with a compensation of over Rs 4 crore have been one among the notable achievements. The disposal of cases under the Negotiable Instrument (NI) Act was also unique in nature and was organised for the first time resulting in a massive success with disposal of 284 cases.

NTPC Kaniha bags IBEM Award Talcher : The NTPC's 3,000MW Talcher Super Thermal Power Station has been placed in the second position in the IBEM assessment. In order to meet its future challenges, the NTPC has launched its own Business Excellence Model in 2010. Seventeen coal and gasbased stations of the NTPC have implemented this model. These plants' performances were evaluated by a team of trained assessors. The NTPC Kaniha came second along with Simhadri and Vindyachal. R Venkateswaran, Executive Director, and KK Sharma received the award from Minister of State for Power KC Venugopal in New Delhi.

His excellency Governor of Odisha and the Chancellor of North Odisha University Sj. Muralidhar Chandrakant Bhandare at the 6th convocation of the Unviversity. Photo by Santosh Madhual Baripada

Government provides 38 vehicles to 19 Ministers Bhubaneswar: About 38 vehicles have been provided to 19 Ministers. The Parliamentary Affairs Minister Raghunath Mohanty has expressed that the Minister of Higher Education, Tourism and Culture Debiprasad Mishra has been provided 3 vehicles ( one from each dept), Minister of Sports Prabin Chandra Bhanja Deo one, Finance Minister Prafulla Chandra Ghadei two, Minister of Agriculture and Cooperation Dr Damodar Rout two, Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Suryanarayan Patra two, Minister of Industries and Mining Raghunath Mohanty two, Planning and Coordination Minister Ananga Udaya Singh Deo two.


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FDI in retail will 2G scam:Pranab, Sushma spar over JPC help combat

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New Delhi : The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance Government on Thursday moved a motion in the Lok Sabha for an investigation by a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) into the 2G spectrum scam. Leader of Lok Sabha and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee moved the motion in the Lok Sabha for setting up of the JPC to look into the telecom policy pursued from 1998 to 2009 and was involved in a war of words with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj, who is also the Leader of Opposition. "I feel that I should express my regret that I could not sort out the issue due to which the entire winter session was lost. The fact clearly demonstrated certain areas of concerns which we have to address together. When we seek the vote of the people, immediately after the elections we assume the office and we have to take the oath to protect and follow the Constitution. It's our constitutional responsibility to discharge our duties as parliamentarians," said Pranab while moving the motion. "I might have failed to understand the sentiments of other parliamentarians. My gratitude to the Opposition that impasse was resolved. It's not arrogance that we didn't agree to JPC. We thought that all the measures were taken needed to look into 2G spectrum. There was no lack of interest in resolving the issue," he added. He also criticised the Opposition for not allowing Parliament to function during the Winter Session. "Please remember not to have or not to agree to have a JPC is not arrogance or obduracy, or obstinacy. We thought we should be able to carry convictions with our friends sitting on the other side. There we thought that when all these measures have been taken care of, issues have been adequately addressed, perhaps it would be adequate and there would be no need of JPC," he said about the Government not agreeing to a JPC earlier. However, Sushma defended the Opposition's protests over the issue and asked Pranab why they were likened to Maoists for their protests. "Why were we called Maoists when we demanded JPC? Is demand for JPC illogical, unconstitutional and equal to violent behaviour? When you were in opposition, you also demanded for JPC, were you behaving like Maoists then? Whenever a big scam happened, the party in opposition demanded JPC and the party in power agreed to JPC. Our demand was called illogical when we demanded for JPC in the last session.

ALLOWING FOREIGN direct investment ( FDI) in the retail sector is one of the fastest ways to eliminate substantial price difference for the same food product at different places, the annual Economic Survey tabled. The Survey notes that the sharp increase in the price of vegetables, such as onions during December 2010 and January 2011 brought to light the “ great difference in prices” for the same product at various locations. For instance, when onions were selling for ` 30 in Agra on January 7, 2011, in Delhi it was priced at ` 57.50. Such price differentials could not have existed in an efficient and competitive market, the report notes. One of the quicker methods to curtail the margin between farm gate and retail prices is to allow FDI in multiproduct retail in the country.

Libya:efforts underway to bring back Indians New Delhi : As the unrest in Libya intensifies, New Delhi's evacuation efforts are gathering momentum to rescue 18 thousand Indians trapped there. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has confirmed that the evacuation process to bring back Indians stuck in Libya has begun. The first civil ship is expected to sail from Alexandria to Benghazi where it will pick up the first batch of a thousand labourers. Air India flights are still waiting for clearance to land in Tripoli, Benghazi, Sabah and Kufra - where more Indians are waiting. Back home, their families are praying for a safe return. Two special Air India flights are expected to reach Tripoli any time now to bring home the first batch of 700 stranded immigrants. Three naval warships will also set sail for Malta on Saturday. The island across the Mediterranean has become an evacuation hub for several countries. Additionally, a passenger ship will set sail for Benghazi on Sunday; it is expected to return with Indian evacuees to Alexandria the same day. Two more ships are also being pressed into service and a military aircraft is also headed to Egypt for bringing back a group of 90 Indians who crossed over by road from Libya. “Two aircraft will be reaching Tripoli and we are hoping that the evacuation from Tripoli to Alexandria can take place and from there other arrangements can be made. We are thinking in terms of evacuating around 18,000 people,” Foreign Affairs Miniater SM Krishna told the newsmen. Meanwhile, another Indian casualty has been reported in the country.

Common man’s CM readies Bill to fix babus & cops POLICE VERIFICATION report for passports in seven days, postmortem report in three days and caste certificate in a fortnight! And if there is a fault in your electricity connection, it will be repaired within four hours. All this sounds unbelievable for an Indian state notorious for corruption and red tape over the years. But then, the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar is ready to introduce the Right to Service Bill during the Budget session of the assembly that began on Tuesday. The Bill seeks to weed out graft and bring about transparency in governance. The draft Bill proposes to

make it mandatory for state officials to get the work of the common man done within a specific timeframe or face a penalty of up to ` 5,000. The chief minister has already held two rounds of meetings over the draft Bill. “ Under its provisions, public utility services will be provided to the people within a stipulated timeframe,” he said. “ If government employees or officials fail to ensure that, they will have to pay penalty.” Nitish said people would no longer have to run around offices greasing the palms of employees to get their work done once the Right to Service Act was

Sadhus demand probe into Baba Ramdev’s assets BABA Ramdev’s campaign against black money appears to have earned him many enemies among the political class as well as seers. The Akhil Bhartiya Akhada Parishad, one of the leading groups of sadhus, is planning to write to the Prime Minister and the President seeking a CBI inquiry into the assets and wealth of the yoga guru. The national spokesperson of the Akhada Parishad, Baba Hat Yogi, said: “ A decade ago, Ramdev used to move on a bicycle. He even had to struggle to find money to fix his punctured cycle. Now he flies on a chopper. We demand an inquiry into the income and assets of the Ramdev ashram.” Hat Yogi wasn’t alone; a demand for a probe into the baba’s assets also came from Trivender Panwar, president of the Uttarakhand Kranti Dal that recently withdrew support from the Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank government in Uttarakhand. “ Baba Ramdev is shouting against black money to protect his own illgotten wealth. He is even planning to enter politics to protect his black money,” Panwar alleged. “ He had claimed last year that one Uttarakhand minister had asked for `2-crore bribe from him for some favour. If he is so committed to weeding out corruption from India, he should disclose the name of the accused minister.” The outbursts against Ramdev come just days after a Congress MP in Arunachal Pradesh allegedly abused him when he talked about corruption at a spiritual camp at Pasighat in the East Siang district. Many claimed that the popularity and political clout of Ramdev had made a lot of people jealous and they were now

enacted in the state. According to sources, the state government may also constitute a State Public Service Delivery Commission for achieving the objectives of the proposed Act. The draft Bill includes all those services for which people run from pillar to post for days.

YOGA GURU’S MULTIPLYING WEALTH u Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali

Baba Ramdev's ashram Patanjali Yogpeeth in Hardwar. making allegations against him. But they, too, agreed that the baba should disclose his assets. The yoga guru, however, remained unfazed. Hitting out at his critics, he told the Aaj Tak news channel: “We are ready for any inquiry. The central government has conducted such investigations twice and they are welcome to do so again. Is it a sin to speak about corruption in India? “Five crore people have donated for the development of our ashram. We will hold rallies on February 27 and March 23 in New Delhi against the failure of the Congress government to bring back to India the black money stashed away in foreign banks.” His detractors dismissed his aggressive stance as mere posturing and alleged that his ashram was involved in many dubious activities. Baba Hat Yogi said: “ In 2006, Mahant Shanker Dev of the Divya Yoga Mandir disappeared under mysterious circumstances. An independent inquiry should be conducted on the missing Mahant.” The phenomenal rise in the wealth of the trust run by the yoga guru in the last few years has raised many eyebrows. According to a rough estimate, the Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust has property worth more than ` 1,000 crore in Hardwar alone.

Yogpeeth Trust reportedly has property worth ` 1,000 crore in Hardwar alone The property include the Divya Yoga Mandir, Divya Yoga Ashram, Kripalu Bagh, Divya Pharmacy ( phase 1 and 2), Patanjali Herbal, Patanjali Yogpeeth ( 1 and 2), Patanjali Yoga University, Patanjali Mega Food Park, Herbal Vatika ( garden) and Ayurvedic Chikitsa Aur Anusandhan Sansthan u Ramdev is even reported to

have acquired a Scottish isle for about £ 2 million ( approximately ` 14.7 crore) a few years ago to set up a wellness retreat u Some reports say his trust has

acquired major stakes in the Aastha TV channel u The trust has bought land in

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conscience remains bitten by a bug called corruption. Sadly the year 2010 will be etched out in history with multi-crore scams at the Centre. While this bug reguses to die, the Government's watchdog, Central Vigilance Commissioner, remains a mute spectator. Be it the Commonwealth Games goof-up of Rs. 70,000 crore or the DG Spectrum allocation sell-off at an alleged loss of Rs. 1.76 lakh crore to the national exchequer, the CVC's recommendations, inquiries and advice on further proceedings on these and many other scams are just a pile of files in various government offices. While social activists resemble the Central Vigilance Commission to a post office and have declared it as a paper tiger, the government has virtually made the CVC a rubber stamp with inaction on its recommendations. The problem lies in the Central Vigilance Commission Act 2003 and the way it functions in its present form. The CVC's recommendations are not mandatory. The Government is not obliged to abide by them. Juxtapose the popular opinion of amending the CVC Act 2003, a faction also believes that one should adopt an incremental approach to the problem and the Act should not be rushed into for amendments. What is apparent is that the CVC is in dire need of reforms. The CVC Act, 2003 should, therefore, undergo an immediate overhaul either within the existing Act or by way of introducing amendments.

The CVC ACT According to the Act, the CVC's under the administrative control of the Department of Personnel and Training which in turn is under the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions. It is argued that several sections of the Act do not make the CVC a toothless body. But if gone through in detail, the CVC actually does not have real powers. The powers of the CVC encompass functions such as giving directions, reviewing, advising and exercising superintendence and giving recommendations. Sample this : The CVC has 'powers' to exercise superintendence over the functioning of the Delhi Special Police Establishment (Central Bureau of Investigation) in cases related to the investigation of offences alleged to have been committed under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 or an offence with which a public servant is specified under the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973. But it also has a sub-clause which provides that while exercising the powers of superintendence or giving directions under this clause, the Commission shall not exercise powers in such a manner so as to require the Delhi Special Police Establishment in vestigate or dispose of any case in a particular manner. Does it not amount to giving powers to exercies them with the handcuffs on ? The CVC cannot act or order a vigilance inquiry against a public officer of the Joint Secretary rank and above without the consent of the Central Government. This provision is surprising when senior bureaucrats and technocrats are involved in mot of the high-profile scams in India. It may be noted that in 1997, the Centre abolished the Single Directive or Section 6A of the Delhi Police Special Establishment Act, after the Supreme Court quashed its validity in the iconic Vineet Narain Hawala case Judgement. Since then the CVC and the CBI had been carrying out investigations without any prior approval of the Central Government. The NDA Government made an attempt to introduce this provision in the CVC Bill 1999 but was unsuccessful after the apex court expressed its discontent over it. After which a Joint Parliamentary Committee recommended introduction of the 'Single Directive' provision and the provision found its place in the CVC Act, 2003. Former CVC N Vittal thinks that the singhel Directive must be abolished as the CVC and the CBI are not insulated from political and bureaucratic control. He says that there is no confidentiality as far as leaks and disclosures are concerned. He opione, "The Government is very sympathetic to corrupt bureaucrats."The fact is that by the time corruption emerges and the CVC seeks approval for an inquiry the officer in question is either transferred or superannuates."

THE PHILOSOPHER George Santayana once said “ Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” He was probably talking about Indians, even though he did not quite say it. The Orissa government’s decision to concede all fourteen demands of the Maoists, in exchange for its collector R. Vineel Krishna and junior engineer Pabitra Majhi, marks yet another surrender by an Indian state to the armed might of a militant group. Clearly we have learnt nothing from the fiasco of the IC 814 hijack of 1999 or the release of Rubaiya Sayeed in 1989. In part, the problem seems to be in our muddled response to Maoism. Because they claim to speak on behalf of the people and have organised poor tribals to fight what they say are the depredations of the state, there is an assumption that they are some kind of Gandhians who use guns only when compelled to do so. That is simply not true and let us not fool ourselves: The Maoists have obtained their ends by threatening to execute the two officials. Looked at any way, this is an act of terrorism.

Price There will be people who will say that the Maoist demands were largely reasonable. That is true, but the masters of public relations that they are, they have taken care to camouflage their real demands— the release of imprisoned senior cadre— with the ones which show them as friends of the poor and the exploited. So, it is true that some good ends will be served by the episode— justice may be nudged a bit on behalf of tribals who lost their land because of a NALCO project, the Orissa government will harden its existing opposition to the Polavaram dam project in Andhra Pradesh, trumped up cases will be withdrawn against some tribal activists, and so on, so forth. But, all these have been obtained with the real threat of death hanging over two people. The consequences of this surrender are bound to be negative. The next time the Maoists want to spring a colleague from jail, they will kidnap another functionary of the state, perhaps some lowly policeman and threaten to kill him. If the official is relatively junior, the state may not even react and the hapless person could be executed. I wonder whether the alacrity with which the Orissa government acted had something to do with the fact that the officer in question is from the Indian Administrative Service, and that the officials advising the Chief Minister on the issue are also members of the same prestigious service which is known to look after its own to the exclusion of everyone else. Another consequence of the state kneeling before the Maoists will be in the conduct of the anti- Maoist operations. Already, as one of the pre- conditions for the release, the government has suspended anti- Maoist operations in the jungles of Malkangiri. If Maoist cadre, presumably arrested after a great deal of effort by the police, can get away like this, why should the police personnel waste their time and effort, and risk their lives, in actively pursuing them ? The penalty for the Orissa surrender could be long lasting. Even today the country is dealing with the consequences of releasing five Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front militants for the kidnapped daughter, Rubaiya, of the then Union Home Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed. This disastrous decision gave the still fledgling Kashmiri militancy its greatest boost in December 1989. For the first time, the Kashmiri militants felt, they had actually bested the Indian state. The result was that tens of thousands of young Kashmiris went across the Line of Control to receive arms training from the waiting Pakistani handlers. Ironically, the militants had been on the verge of releasing Rubaiya anyway. The public opinion may have been heavily influenced by the JKLF’s azadi propaganda, but the outfit itself came under a great deal of

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social pressure for the dastardly act of holding a young woman hostage.

Folly Yes, Kashmir was still in its age of innocence. Farooq Abdullah, then Chief Minister of the state was aware of this and he refused to release the jailed JKLF leaders, Hamid Sheikh, Sher Khan, Javed Ahmed Zargar, Noor Mohammed Kalwal and Mohammed Altaf Butt. However, Mufti Mohammed Sayeed’s ministerial colleagues in Delhi— Arun Nehru, I. K. Gujral and Arif Mohammed Khan— recommended to Prime Minister V. P. Singh that he be overruled and the JKLF militants were released. The next historical lesson came from the IC 814 hijack. A passenger aircraft with 176 passengers aboard was returning from Kathmandu to Delhi when it was hijacked on December 24, 1999 by some Pakistani Harkat jihad- e- Islami terrorists. The authorities bungled in not being able to stop the aircraft when it landed in Amritsar, and so it went to Lahore, then Dubai and finally landed in Kandahar, then under the control of the Taliban. Twenty- seven passengers, including one Rupin Katyal— who had been stabbed several times and who later died— were released in Dubai. On the ground, the aircraft was surrounded by Taliban personnel who claimed they were there to protect the aircraft and its passengers, but in reality had been deployed to prevent any Indian military action. After several days of negotiations, the hijackers obtained the release of Masood Azhar, a top terrorist leader who had been in jail since 1993, Ahmad Sayeed Omar Sheikh, a British- Pakistani terrorist who was in jail for kidnapping several foreigners in New Delhi in 1994, Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar, a Kashmiri militant leader under arrest since 1992.

Retrieve After their release, Masood Azhar split with the Harkat jihad- e- Islami and set up the Jaish- e- Mohammed which was involved in the attack on the Parliament House in New Delhi in December 2001 and other terrorist acts. Sheikh’s career has been even more notorious. He was reportedly involved in the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter, Daniel Pearl, as well as in the assassination plots against President Pervez Musharraf. He is currently in a Pakistani jail. Both Azhar and Zargar remain free. The result of the IC814 hijack and the 9/ 11 incident in the United States in 2001 compelled New Delhi to adopt a tough antihijack policy. India would not negotiate with hijackers, authorities had pre- authorisation to immobilise aircraft on the ground, the air force would, under certain circumstances, shoot down an aircraft under the control of hijackers. But the whole can only be the sum of the parts. The Union government can only do so much, the states need to do their bit, especially in the case of the Maoist movement which confronts the state with a complex problem. It feeds on poverty and deprivation and the systemic injustice and exploitation in many parts of the country. But it is also a fact that the leadership cadre of the Maoists are a bunch of cold blooded killers who ruthlessly run an empire of extortion and exploitation of their own. There is little point in lamenting over what has happened. The Union and the Orissa state governments must now focus their efforts in retrieving the situation to the extent they can. Instead of going easy on the Maoists, they should press on with the anti- Maoist campaign. This does not mean a relentless military effort, but a sophisticated strategy which separates the Maoist fish from the waters in which they are swimming through effective political engagement with the locals, more development work, better security for government officials, and an overall resolve to press the campaign into a fight to the finish. -Prasanna Patnaik

The disastrous deal

IT WAS some time before one could realise the cause of the Bihar MPs sudden aggression during railway minister Mamata Banerjee’s Budget speech. The Bihar lawmakers were sore that little had been done to fulfil the lofty promises made for the state, particularly when RJD chief Lalu Prasad was in command of the railways. A feisty Didi, who was in high spirits reading her last Budget speech before the West Bengal polls, prevailed during those crucial moments in the Lok Sabha, despite the disruptions. Obviously, there was no change in the turbulent Mamata- Lalu chemistry with the minister throwing side glances at her predecessor whenever names of places in Bihar figured in her speech. Rebel JD( U) parliamentarian Lalan Singh, at the forefront of

the protest, later said nothing was being done to complete three rail bridges — at Digha, Munger and Nirmali — promised in the previous Budgets. “ We have no problems with the minister announcing everything for Bengal, but Bihar, like other areas, should get its due,” he said.

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VARIETY

26 February - 4 March 2011

HEALTHY ENERGY FILLERS

WHAT TO DO IF YOU BITE YOUR CHEEKS OFTEN

These dishes are low on cholesterol and fat but high on calories and energy

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CABBAGE SALAD WITH BACON COOK three bacon slices in an oven over mediumhigh heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving 1 tsp drippings in pan. Crumble bacon and set aside. Cook bacon drippings and one small shredded onion over medium heat for one minute. Bring two cups of apple cider to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat and cook for about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and add the onion mixture, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper. Place cider mixture and 1/3 cup of crumbled cheese in a blender and process until smooth.

TOOTH EXTRACTION If it’s the awkward positioning of the wisdom tooth that’s troubling your cheeks, get it extracted. BRACES In case of misaligned teeth that rub against your cheeks try orthodontics to correct the problem. LASER TREATMENT If the problem is chronic, making cheek tissues hard due to frequent bites, you need to get soft tissue laser treatment. ENAMELOPLASTY Go for it if your teeth are too sharp or have rough edges that cut into your cheeks. This includes recontouring the teeth to change their length, shape and surface. NIGHT GUARDS These silicone guards are to be worn for upper and lower teeth separately. They block cheeks from coming in between them. Use them if you subconsciously bite your cheeks while sleeping.

APPLESAUCE PANCAKES COMBINE one cup of wheat flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/8 tsp salt and 2 tbs toasted wheat germ in a medium bowl. Make a well in center of the mixture. Combine one cup non-fat buttermilk, 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce, 2 tsp vegetable oil and one large lightly beaten egg. Add this mixture to the flour mix, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Heat a nonstick griddle coated with cooking spray over medium heat.

CHICKPEA PATTIES

Ingredients: First marination Ginger garlic paste 20gms Deggi mirch powder 30gms,Salt to taste Second marination Hung card 50gms Garam masala powder 15gms, Kasori methi powder 10gms, Red chilli powder 10gms, Lemon juice 15gms, Saffron 2gms Stuffing Chicken mince 60gms, Walnut 20gms, Almonds 20gms, Pistachio 20gms, Raisons 20gms, Mint 10 leaves (chopped), Green chilli 2, Black cardamom powder 5gms, Ginger 10gms, Salt 10gms, White butter 20gms,Chicken breast: 2 Method : u Wash chicken breast and carve pockets in them, Use ginger garlic paste, deggi mirch powder and salt to marinate the same (first marination). Refrigerate for 40 minutes. uRemove from refrigeration and squeeze out all the excess water., Chop the walnuts, almonds, pistachio, raisons, mint, green chilli, ginger. uMix these with minced chicken to prepare a

Vitamins make teeth stronger CARROT is rich in vitamin A that builds strong teeth. Deficiency of vitamin A delays healing of mouth ulcers. Other sources include milk, chicken liver, green yellow colour fruit and vegetables like orange, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, papaya and mango. FISH such as salmon, tuna and sardines are good sources of vitamin D which helps in the formation of teeth. Its deficiency can increase the risks of jaw fracture and periodontal diseases. Vegetarians may opt for mushrooms, fortified milk and egg yolk. WHOLEGRAIN FOODS are rich in vitamin E that protects against cavity, plaque, tartar and gum problems. Sources include egg, milk, nuts, and green leafy vegetables. Also vegetable oils such as canola, corn, sunflower, soybean, and olive oil contain vit E. SPINACH contains a good amount of vitamin K which helps in healing of mouth ulcers and other cuts in the oral cavity. Its deficiency may cause excessive bleeding after a tooth extraction or a dental procedure. It’s also found in most green leafy vegetables, sprouts, broccoli, milk, eggs and beef.

How tomatoes cut prostate cancer risk mixture. uAdd salt, black cardamom and melted butter to the above. uStuff the chicken breast with this mixture. Keep aside in refrigeration for 15-20 minutes. u Pre-prepare the clay oven. u Use skewers to cook the chicken breast in the clay oven at 200 degree C. u Cook for 6-7 minutes, remove from the clay oven and coat with white butter. Cover the chicken breast with silver foil (to avoid overcooking). u Cook again for 6-7 minutes in the clay oven at 200 degree C. u Remove from the oven and check for doneness. u Slice into slant pieces. u Serve hot with mint chutney, lacha onions and lemon wedges.

The University of Illinois scientists, who suggested that eating tomatoes reduces risk of prostate cancer, have developed a tool that may help trace the metabolism of tomato carotenoids in the human body. "Scientists believe that carotenoids-the pigments that give the red, yellow, and orange colours to some fruits and vegetables-provide the cancer-preventive benefits in tomatoes, but we don't know exactly how it happens," said John W. Erdman, of the University of Illinois. The researchers will use isotopic labelling of three tomato carotenoids with

heavier carbon atoms than are commonly seen in nature, which will allow tracking of the tomato components' absorption and metabolism in the body, he said. "We have two questions we'd like to answer. First, are the carotenoids themselves bioactive, or are their metabolic or oxidative products responsible for their benefits? Second, is lycopene alone responsible for the tomato's benefits, or are other carotenoids also important?" he said.

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Exercise to fight weight regain Exercise can help control weight regain after dieting by reducing appetite and burning fat before burning carbohydrates, according to a new study. According to researchers from the University of Colorado Denver, burning fat first and storing carbohydrates for use later in the day slows weight regain and may minimize overeating by inducing a feeling of fullness to the brain. They insist that exercise prevents the increase in the number of fat cells that occurs during weight regain. This discovery also challenges the conventional wisdom that the number of fat cells is set and cannot be altered by dietary or lifestyle changes. These coordinated physiological changes in the brain and the body lower the 'defended' weight, that is, the weight that our physiology drives us to achieve, and suggest that the effects of exercise on these physiological processes may make it easier to stay on a diet. During the study, the researchers used obesity-prone rats. For the first 16 weeks, the rats ate a high-fat diet, as much as they wanted, and remained sedentary. They were then placed on a diet. For the following two weeks, the animals ate a low-fat and low-calorie diet, losing about 14pct of their body weight.

GRIND 440 g chickpeas, half cup rinsed flat leaf parsley, one chopped garlic and ¼ tsp ground cinnamon with 1/4 tsp of salt and pepper. Add one whisked egg and 2 tbsp flour and form into eight 1/2-inch-thick patties.Tap off excess flour. Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook patties for 2-3 minutes per side or until golden. Whisk together half cup low-fat yogurt, 3 tbsp lemon juice. Serve the patties with mixed salad of shredded cabbage, tomatoes and thinly sliced onion. GRILLED PINEAPPLE COMBINE 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1/ 4 cup dark rum, 1/2 tsp dried thyme, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/4 tsp salt, ¼ tsp ground red pepper, 1/8 tsp ground ginger and 1/8 tsp ground cloves in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add eight slices of fresh pineapple and chill for one hour, turning occasionally.

The ` 17- crore handbag you don’t want your wife to see IF YOU thought Victoria Beckham’s £ 18,000 hand luggage was a little pricey, you probably won't be snapping up the ‘Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse’. The heart- shaped handbag is valued at £ 2.35 million ( roughly ` 17 crore) — setting the record for the world's most expensive handbag according to the Guinness World Records. The Mouawad is made of 18 carat gold, which is encrusted with 4,517 diamonds — 105 of which are yellow, 56 pink and 4,356 colourless. The bag, which weighs 381.92 carats, took 10 artisans more than 8,800 hours to make. The co- guardians of the House of Mouawad, Fred and Pascal Mouawad, unveiled the scarily expensive purse at the Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition over the weekend. Mouawad’s purse is, unsurprisingly, inspired by the epic Arabian tale of romance and intrigue. Pascal Mouawad, said: “ Just as the tales of Scheherazade have captivated readers with their intricately woven plots of uninhibited passion and daring, the Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse is designed to mesmerise with its lavish attention to detail and elaborate workmanship incorporating thousands of diamonds.”

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26 February - 4 March 2011

Reliance inks $ 9 bn stake sale deal with BP Nalco CMD takes bribe in gold bricks IN YET another big leap in the oil and gas domain, Mukesh Ambani- controlled Reliance Industries Ltd ( RIL) on Monday announced a deal with British Petroleum ( BP) of over ` 40,000 crore ($ 9 billion) to divest 30 per cent stake in its 23 oil and gas fields in India. The companies have also decided to set up an equal joint venture ( JV) firm to explore and supply natural gas in the country. This partnership agreement, touted as one of India’s biggest ever foreign direct investments ( FDI), was signed in London, the headquarters of BP on Monday. Only the Vedanta- Cairn deal seems to surpass this volume at $ 9.6 billion. As per the deal, BP would pay $ 7.2 billion ( over ` 32,000 crore) to RIL to pick up the stake and the balance $ 1.8 billion payment is linked to the success of the exploration blocks. BP would also pump in additional investment for the natural gas JV and the combined investment could amount to $ 20 billion ( ` 92,000 crore), Reliance said. While many analysts are highlighting the positives of the deal for the country’s largest private company and India’s energy sector as a global

investment destination, some questions are being raised on the intent and future course of the Mukesh Ambani group’s focus. Particularly, whether oil and gas will remain the future of Mukesh’s group? “ The deal will benefit RIL with strong cash flows. It is definitely a positive that way. BP’s expertise in deep water exploration is expected to help expedite exploration in the 23 oil and gas blocks in the east coast of India,” said Prayesh Jain, analyst at India Infoline. Most of these oil blocks are located in the KrishnaGodavari ( KG) basin, off the coast of Andhra Pradesh and Mahanadi basin, off Orissa coast.

IT firms hope for STPI extension in budget Indian information technology firms are looking for increased spending on education, egovernance and defence sectors, and an extension by at least one year of tax benefits under the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) scheme, but many think it is unlikely. STPI was a society set up by the Ministry of Information Technology in 1991 to boost software exports. Among other benefits, the STPI scheme provides a 10year income tax exemption for units situated in software technology parks. "I think extension of STPI is a bleak possibility in the current form," said Ganesh Murthy, chief financial officer at MphasiS. In the 2009-10 budget, the government had extended tax benefits for units in STPI by a year to March 2011, in the backdrop of a financial crisis in the United States, which accounts for more than 50 per cent of India's software exports. The budget for 2010-11 went without any mention of extending the STPI scheme, disappointing IT companies. "We believe, an extension will not come," Anand Rathi Securities analyst Naushil Shah said, adding most analysts have factored in higher tax rates for the next fiscal. "So, if STPI is not extended, it will be neutral for the sector and if it gets extended, it will be a positive surprise."

Distribution companies invest 1426 crore on capex says Minister Bhubaneswar : Energy minister Atanu Sabsyasachi Nayak on Tuesday informed the State Assembly that the four distribution companies operating in the stateCentral Electricity Supply Utility of odisha Ltd (Cesu), Northern Electricity Supply Company of Odisha Ltd (Nesco), Southern Electricity Supply Company of Odisha Ltd (Southo) and Western Electricity Supply Company of Odisha Ltd (Wesco) have invested Rs 1425.58 crore on capital expenditure since the privatization of electricity distribution in the state. These four discoms have incurred a capital expenditure of Rs 515.73 crore, Rs 394.80 crore, Rs 304.19 crore and Rs 201.86 crore respectively, Nayak said in response to a question in the House. Cesu's revenue income in 2009-10 stood at Rs 1201.16 crore whereas its expenditure was Rs 1218.64 crore Similarly Nesco's income and expenditure in the last fiscal stood at Rs 983.68 crore and Rs 1012.98 crore respectively, he said.

Jet Airways plans to increase flights to Odisha’s capital city Bhubaneswar: Jet Airways plans to increase flights to Bhubaneswar from March. The airlines has unveiled plans to enhance connectivity to the city with the introduction of a daily Boeing 737 service on the Bengaluru-BhubaneswarRaipur sectors, effective March 1, 2011. Furthermore,

the State capital will now be linked with Delhi and Hyderabad through a direct daily morning return service with effect from March 27. The new flights connecting Bhubaneswar with Bengaluru will depart the garden city at 0925 hrs, arriving in Bhubaneswar at 1125 hrs and will depart Bhubaneswar at 1200 hrs, arriving in Raipur at 1300 hrs. On the return journey, the new flight will depart Raipur at 1330 hrs, arriving in Bhubaneswar at 1430 hrs and departing for Bengaluru at 1500 hrs. The new connection on the DelhiBhubaneswar sector will depart Delhi at 0630 hrs reaching Bhubaneswar at 0830 hrs. On the return leg, the aircraft will depart Bhubaneswar at 0905 hrs and reach Delhi at 1105 hrs.

New Delhi : THE CENTRAL Bureau of Investigation ( CBI) on Friday arrested the chairman- cum- managing director ( CMD) of the National Aluminum Company Ltd ( Nalco), Abhay Kumar Srivastava, and his wife for allegedly taking bribe. The agency seized about ` 30 lakh in cash and more than 10 kg of gold from the couple’s locker in a public sector bank. CBI officials alleged that Srivastava had accepted gold in lieu of cash for alleged favours extended to a private company. Acting on an information, the sleuths arrested Srivastava’s wife Chandni, who was leaving the Bank of Maharashtra’s branch near the UPSC office in Delhi after depositing three kg gold in her locker. The officials also searched her and found that she was carrying ` 5 lakh in her handbag and the key of another locker in the name of the wife of a middleman, the CBI spokesperson said. The middleman, Bhushan Lal Bajaj, and his wife Anita were also arrested. “The CBI arrested the Nalco CMD when he got his wife to accept an illegal gratification of three 24 carat gold bricks, each weighing one kg. His wife had accepted this illegal gratification from the wife of a middleman who was brokering a deal between the CMD and a Madhya Pradesh- based private group of companies,” the CBI said in a press release. The locker, being operated by Srivastava’s wife, had been opened under Anita’s name so as to prevent the illegal money being parked in the bank from being traced. In fact, the CBI team nabbed Chandni along with Anita just after the duo had allegedly deposited the gold bricks in the bank locker. The sleuths searched the locker, which led to the further recovery of seven more gold bricks of 1 kg each, gold

ornaments weighing 188 gram and ` 9.5 lakh in cash. The total recoveries so far have been 10.188 kg gold and ` 29.5 lakh in cash, the overall value of which comes to approximately ` 2.43 crore at the current gold rate, the CBI spokesperson said. All the four accused are being questioned to find out other details of the money the CMD of the Navratna company, which has its headquarters in Bhubaneswar, might have amassed. Searches in various parts of the country, including Bhubaneswar, are also being carried out. Srivastava took over as the CMD of Nalco in October 2009. Prior to that, he was the CMD of the Cement Corporation of India, a government of India undertaking under Union ministry of heavy industries, for nearly five years. Incorporated in 1981, Nalco is Asia’s largest integrated aluminium complex, encompassing bauxite mining, alumina refining, aluminium smelting and casting, power generation, rail and port operations, the PSU’s website says.

'Grain exports to benefit from high prices' New Delhi : Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, citing high global prices, called for wheat, rice and sugar exports to resume on Wednesday to take advantage of high global prices for the commodities. Pawar's call for exports came as at least 100,000 trade unionists marched through the Indian capital on Wednesday in a protest against high food prices and unemployment. India, the world's 2nd-largest producer of wheat and rice, has kept a tight control over grain exports since 2007, allowing only limited sales through diplomatic deals, while the nation's stocks swelled after three straight years of bumper harvests. "This is the right time to give serious thought over allowing exports of certain quantities of rice, wheat and sugar as we have ample stocks. World prices are very good while the harvest looks favourable," Sharad Pawar told reporters on Wednesday. "Exports should be allowed only to the extent where it doesn't hurt domestic consumers." The demonstration against food prices was the biggest in New Delhi in years and included members of a trade union linked to the ruling Congress party, reflecting disquiet within the party over food inflation, which hit a high above 18 percent last December.


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SA bank on depth for Windies challenge New Delhi : Even after a recent series win over India and a comfortable pre-tournament victory over defending champion Australia, South Africa's talentfilled team still needs to prove it has the mental strength to claim a first World Cup title. The Proteas again carry the tag of the tournament's biggest underachievers into this year's event and start against a team that has contributed before to their World Cup misery. In 1996, West Indies pulled off a surprise quarterfinal win over the Proteas at the last World Cup on the subcontinent, lending an extra edge to Thursday's Group B game at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground. It will also be the first match at the New Delhi venue since a one-day international in 2009 between India and Sri Lanka was abandoned because of a dangerous pitch. South Africa has already had to fend off the 'chokers' tag here, with off-

spinner Johan Botha this week calling the description "overused" and allrounder Jacques Kallis saying it is not something that affects the 2011 team. "I think the word choker gets used far too often every time a team loses nowadays," Kallis said. "It is certainly not something that haunts us. We have a lot of young players ... so that doesn't even cross our mind. We don't worry about the past." With key player Kallis back to full fitness after a niggling side injury, South Africa has no obvious weakness in its lineup — apart from its tendency to mess up its World Cup campaigns. Batsmen Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers occupy two of the top three places in the ODI batsmen rankings, Kallis is widely considered the best allrounder in the world and Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel form one of the game's most feared fast bowling combinations.

Champs League: Man Utd held, Bayern beat Inter London : Mario Gomez's last-minute goal earned Bayern Munich a 1-0 victory at defending champion Inter Milan and three-time champion Manchester United was held 0-0 at Marseille in the first-leg matches in the last 16 of the Champions League. Gomez hooked the loose ball into an empty net after goalkeeper Julio Cesar had failed to hold winger Arjen Robben's shot, giving the German side a measure of revenge for its 2-0 loss to Inter in the 2010 final in Madrid. "I am very happy with

Pollard can play Anand backs India to lift World Cup just one way HAVING made his name smashing the ball around various grounds in India in the twenty20 format, the pressure on West Indies all- rounder Kieron Pollard to repeat those performances at the World Cup is obvious. But like a few other players in his team who have done well in India in the Indian Premier League and Champions League, the Trinidadian is hoping to turn the burden of expectations into an incentive to do well. Talking to Mail Today ahead of the crucial Group B match against South Africa at the Ferozeshah Kotla, Pollard seemed confident.

our performance," Bayern coach Louis van Gaal said. "Inter played very well. It could have been a different result but we deserved to win after the way we played in the second half." In a game of few chances at the Stade Velodrome, Marseille's Steve Mandanda was the busier of the two goalkeepers, keeping out shots by United midfielders Darren Fletcher and Nani. "It was very important not to concede in the first game and we did it," Marseille coach Didier Deschamps said. The second legs are played on March 15, with Bayern and United now favorites to go through to the quarterfinals.

Nehra's fitness, Sree's form bring Chawla into equation Mumbai : Backing India to win the ongoing cricket World Cup, world chess champion Vishwanathan Anand on Wednesday said the thumping victory over Bangladesh just reaffirmed his faith in the team. "Before the World Cup I thought India were the favourites and after the Bangladesh match they just confirmed that," Anand told PTI here. "I think its almost 100 per cent certain that India will qualify (for the knockout round). The tough part begins now. It all comes down to the knockout stages." India defeated Bangladesh by 87 runs

in their first match in Dhaka last week. Stating that he was not following the performance of any one cricketer in particular, Anand praised flamboyant opener Virender Sehwag for his magnificent knock of 175 that paved the way for victory for the former champions. "(I follow) whoever plays well on the given day. Sehwag played very well against Bangladesh." The chess wizard said it was a good opportunity for batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar to fulfill his dream of winning the cherished trophy. "It's very nice for him. What is the aim for him is also the aim for India," he said.

BANGALORE : Optional nets are not new, as far as Indian cricket is concerned. But even when it is compulsory, no one in the team is forced to do anything by rote. The team management allows the players to plan their own stints, based on their needs. However, it is always easy to pick up some signals from the nets, to understand what the think-tank is planning for the games ahead. The first cue has to be taken from the man who missed

Federer tames Somdev at Dubai Open Dubai: Somdev Devvarman went down in straight sets to Roger Federer in the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships . World No.2 Federer was largely untroubled as he came through 6-3, 6-3 against the 26-year-old Devvarman, who is ranked 77 places below the Swiss maestro. The match was the biggest in wildcard Devvarman's career on the ATP Tour and he never really looked like pulling off a shock victory. Federer marched into the last-16 as he bids to win his first title of the year. Federer, who has won the tournament four times previously, is making a comeback to the Aviation Club after a two year absence. The Swiss champion has 67 titles in his 12-year career, including 16 Grand Slam titles. Devvarman has reached two ATP Tour finals, the first in Chennai 2009 and later at SA Open in Johannesburg earlier this year.

the opening World Cup match in Dhaka: Ashish Nehra. The injuryprone pacer failed to bowl on the first two days here, and the amount of time he has spent with physios, indicates that he is a very doubtful starter for the game against England . S Sreesanth's terrible showing against Bangladesh also means that the team has a problem on their hand: can they afford to play him again? Or will they be forced to bring in the second spinner? Sreesanth did bowl at the nets on Wednesday but didn't really show that he has recovered from the pasting at Dhaka. He remains a dangerous proposition. But instead of making the batsmen dance, if he is all over the place himself, won't the options have to be revived?


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ENTERTAINMENT

No intimacy between Saif, Deepika in 'Aarakshan': Jha

Katrina signs film for free! Katrina Kaif will make a cameo in her hairdresser's film for free. Bollywood actors are family people. Their love does not stand restricted to their actual family. Their coterie too gets all their love and affection. Every time a staffmember expresses interest in making a film of his own, his star employer, does not leave a single stone unturned to fulfil his wish. Amitabh did it for his make-up artist of many years Deepak Sawant. The superstar worked in Sawant's Bhojpuri film since the two go a long way together. Deepak

Mumbai : There is anticipation about the Love Aaj Kal pair sizzling again in Aarakshan, but director Prakash Jha clarifies that there are "no torrid moments" between the lead pair in his movie about the reservations issue. "There's no room for any physical intimacy between Saif and Deepika. Though that's what is expected of them, I'm not forcing any love scenes into the script. And if that is a problem for the distributors and the audience, so be it. I can't shuffle around the cards in my screenplay just to get the audience tantalised," said Jha who is busy shooting the movie in Bhopal. The relationship between Deepika and Saif unfolds and develops on a college campus and Amitabh Bachchan plays Deepika's father who is also the principal of the college. A similar scenario had unfolded when after the grand success of Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani when distributors expected a feast of fireworks between Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif in Raajneeti.

Mahesh, Lara get rude to media Mahesh Bhupati and Lara Dutta may be in romantic bliss right now but apparently they have certainly rubbed people from the media the wrong way during their wedding. The industry is majorly pissed off with some even alleging that they were dished out with bad behaviour from Mahesh. Sources from Goa point out that when people from the fraternity asked the newly wed groom to pose for pictures, he sharply told them, "Who invited you here?" The couple also refrained from posing for pictures despite repeated requests. Lata, on the other hand, was courteous. But she, too, is in the middle of

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Ajay, Sanjay go an extra mile for Salman New Delhi : When Bollywood star Salman Khan wanted a few Bollywood stars for a cameo for Anees Bazmee's Ready in Bangkok,

he didn't think twice about approaching his friends Sanjay Dutt and Ajay Devgn, who happily complied. Even Kangana Ranaut,

who was with Sanjay and Ajay shooting in Bangkok itself for David Dhawan's Rascals, agreed for the shoot for Salman's sake. "When Salman Khan calls everyone has to respond. And these are his dearest friends. Salman has the highest respect for Sanjay and he is very close to Ajay. So when a scene came up which needed film stars, Salman thought why wait to go to India and shoot when the unit of David Dhawan's Rascals is present in Pattaya. "He made calls to Sanjay and Ajay and they readily agreed. David cancelled his shoot for Rascals and let the three actors go shoot for Ready," said a source. Salman did his bit to make his friends feel special for agreeing to feature in the film. "Salman went to surprise Sanju and Ajay at Hotel Royal Cliff in Pattaya. Salman told them that he had come to pick them up as they were coming to shoot especially for him. Kangana also joined them and the three actors left for the shoot together in Salman's car," the source added.

Sawant has worked with Bachchan for over 30 years. They have been together since Zanjeer and when Big B got to know about Sawant's Bhojpuri venture 'Ganga', he happily offered all his support. Following suit is Katrina Kaif. Pomila Hunter who happens to be Kat's hairdresser for some time now, will be producing a Hindi film titled, 'Main Krishna Hoon'.

SRK has unique Harman, promotional strategies: Abbas Genelia's

controversy because of her better half. Gossip also has it that the photographers are planning to talk among themselves and ban the couple for sometime much like they did to Amitabh Bachchan some years back. "There was no need to give us such bad behaviour specially when we have always stood by the couple and covered each and every event of theirs so well for so many years now. All we wanted was a little co-operation. We know that they were busy and that it was a private thing but they are celebs and their lives are not meant to be private.

'7 days in Paris'? After 'It's My Life' - a film that is yet to release, Harman Baweja and Genelia D'Souza will come together yet again for Sanjay Gadhvi's '7 Days in Paris'. It can be recalled that earlier Gadhvi (of 'Dhoom' fame) had signed Imran Khan and Katrina Kaif for the same film. But Imran demanded changes in the script much to the chagrin of Katrina whose role was reduced to nearly nothing. Anyway, both actors opted out of the movie, and Gadhvi was then keen to cast Neil Nitin Mukesh in the lead.

Things didn't work out even then and the film ultimately got shelved. Sanjay has re-surrected the movie from the backburner, and approached Harman Baweja and Genelia D'Souzato play the lead roles in this romantic caper. If all works out well, '& Days in Paris' will roll by this year end.

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Mumbai : Actor Roshan Abbas, who is making his directorial debut with Always Kabhi Kabhi under Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment banner, said the superstar has some unique promotional ideas up his sleeve. "His involvement is there but he is also shooting for two movies. He has Ra.One on one side and Don 2 on the other, but in the midst of these, his support is always there and you will get to see some unique Shah Rukh ideas as we go along," Abbas told in an interview. Shah Rukh is in touch with his office from Malaysia, where he is shooting for Don 2, said Abbas. "Currently, he is in Malaysia. But he has seen the marketing plan of the film. He is continuously in contact with Red Chiiles because he wants to know what we are doing, what our ideas are to promote the film. He has also given us some ideas," said Abbas. "Once you see the posters, which would be out soon, you will see how the Red Chillies' look and feel has come into this film," he added.

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