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Mickky gets 7 days police custody

Mosquitoes give Pacheco company in Calangute jail

HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JULY 9

Let no quilty man escape, if it can be avoided. No personal consideration should stand in the way of performing a public duty. — Ulysses S. Grant

Bomb hoax near KTC bus stand HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JULY 9

The Panjim town went into a tizzy today late evening after an anonymous call to the police station triggered a bomb scare near K TC bus stand. The call, however, turned out to be hoax. Speaking to Herald, PI Sandesh Chodankar informed that soon after the call, Panjim police staff along with Bomb Disposal Squad team was pressed to service and scanned the entire area for a couple of hours to find nothing. A couple of locals, commuters and others were quizzed after which the alert was soon withdrawn.

Former tourism minister, Mickky Pacheco will have to spend the next seven days in the custody of the Crime Branch. A day after his arrest by the Crime Branch in the Nadia Torrado death case, the Judicial Magistrate First Class, Margao on Friday remanded the former minister to seven days police custody. The court also rejected Pacheco’s plea for his medical examination by the Head of Department, Medicine of the Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim. Incidentally, Judge Devidas Kerkar ordered that Pacheco be remanded to seven days police custody even though the Crime Branch through the Assistant Public Prosecutor had prayed that the former minister be remanded to 14 days police custod y. On the other hand , Pacheco’s lawyer objected to the Crime Branch’s prayer and submitted that the former minister be remanded only for 2-3 days on grounds the investigating agency would have adequate time at their disposal to interrogate the former minister till Monday.

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Mickky Pacheco escorted out of the JMFC court building.

The JMFC court did not entertain the argument of Pacheco’s legal counsel to subject the former minister to medical examination by the head of the GMC’s Medicine Department. The question of medical examination of the former minister witnessed arguments in the court. Pacheco’s legal counsel Adv Amit Palekar argued that

the health of the former minister is deteriorating saying that his bilirubin has shot up to 5.1 mg from 3.1 mg the day of his admission to the Hospicio. At one stage, Adv Palekar said the Crime Branch would be held responsible if the health condition of his client worsens while in police custody. He sought to know the harm if Pacheco is medically examined while on

Viva Espana, predicts Paul Foresees Germany as 3rd place winners

Pauline, Mani pick Netherlands AFP THE HAGUE, JULY 9

Paul sits on a box decorated with a Spanish flag and a shell inside on Friday at the Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen, western Germany. AFP OBERHAUSEN, JULY 9

Spain will win the football World Cup for the first time in their history on Sunday, according to Paul, the “psychic” octopus with a perfect prediction record. The eight-legged oracle, who has become a World Cup sensation by correctly predicting all six Germany games, very quickly plumped for Spain on

Nigerian gets 7 years rap for rape HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JULY 9

A Fast Track Court here has convicted and sentenced a Nigerian national to seven years imprisonment for raping an Australian woman at Canacona in April this year. The Fast Track Court presided by Judge Vijaya Pol has further directed the accused Obi Okoroafor to pay a fine of Rs 10,000 or in default to undergo three month imprisonment. In this case, the accused had raped the 28-year-old Australian woman at Palolem after he befriended her at a dance party on April 17 this year. Public Prosecutor Asha Arsekar represented the State and prayed to the court to give maximum sentence to the accused, (Continued on page 10)

Friday carried live on national German television. Earlier, the two-year-old mollusc medium also said that Germany, would defeat Uruguay in the third-place play-off game on Saturday. In the now familiar routine, two boxes were lowered into his tank, each containing a mussel and the flags of the two opposing teams.

The tentacled tipster went straight to the Spanish box, wrenched open the lid and gobbled the tasty morsel. But the art of football predicting has become a dangerous job for the English-born clairvoyant cephalopod with some bitter German fans threatening to turn him into sushi after he predicted a semi-final defeat for the Mannschaft.

Pauline, a female octopus in Dutch captivity and Mani, a Singapore parakeet on Friday have predicted victory for the Netherlands in Sunday’s World Cup final against Spain. Pauline contradicted Paul the “psychic” German octopus after whom she was named, her aquarium. “She chose the Netherlands,” Maaike Schroeder, spokeswoman for the Sea Life Aquarium in Scheveningen in The Hague told AFP. This was a first attempt at divination for four-year-old Pauline, added Schroeder. In a similar method as that famously employed for Paul, two boxes — one with the Dutch flag, the other that of Spain and each with a mussel inside, were placed in Pauline’s enclosure on Thursday. (Continued on page 10)

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his way back to the custody. On the other hand, Assistant Public Prosecutor, Sunita Gawde argued that the accused was subjected to medical examination by a team of doctors at the Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim on Thursday and was certified to be fit for discharge. Moreover, Gawde argued (Continued on page 10)

65 killed, 110 wounded in Pak attacks PTI PESHAWAR, JULY 9

At least 65 people were killed and 110 injured when two Taliban suicide bombers struck a government office at a busy market place in Pakistan’s restive tribal belt, the latest in a wave of terror bloodbath that has shaken the country. The attackers detonated their explosives outside the office of the assistant political agent at Yakaghund village in Mohmand Agency, 40 km north of Peshawar. Hundreds of people, including members of an anti-Taliban militia, were present outside the office and in the nearby market, witnesses said. Political agent Amjad Ali Khan, the region’s top government official, told PTI that 65 people were killed and 112 others injured in the attack. The first bomber was on a motorcycle while the second was driving an explosives-laden vehicle, Khan said. The Mohmand chapter of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack, one of the worst terrorist assaults in the tribal belt.

MMC’s kabrastan plan in rough weather HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JULY 9

Margao Municipal Council’s ambitious plan to set up the kabrastan for the city ’s Muslim community at Sonsodo has run into rough weather. Even as the civic body at its meeting last month resolved to acquire around 30,000 square metres of land at Sonsodo for the burial grounds, it has now come to light that only land admeasuring 11,000 square metres is available at the site, while the balance land falls in the neighbouring village of Raia. Incidentally, the Raia Village Panchayat has already warned the Margao municipality that it will not sit quiet and watch if the civic body acquires land from the village. Sources in the know informed that the meagre availability of land at Sonsodo came to light

Even as the Margao Municipal Council at its meeting last month resolved to acquire around 30,000 square metres of land at Sonsodo for the burial grounds, it has now come to light that only land admeasuring 11,000 square metres is available at the site, while the balance land falls in neighbouring Raia. when the Town and Country Planning Department was asked for an NOC by the civic body towards acquisition of the land in question. MMC officials informed that Town Planner Rajesh Naik has made an observation that only 11,000 square metres of land at the site is identified by the civic body for the burial grounds for the minority community. It is learnt that the provisional site survey and the Form B indeed showed that there’s 30,000

square metres of Communidade land available at Sonsodo in Chalta No 1 PT sheet 50. But, subsequent inquiries by the TCP have now shown that more than half the portion of the area actually falls in Raia village, putting the municipal body in a tight corner. Questions are raised as to who had identified the Sonsodo land for the burial grounds without conducting a site survey to ascertain the availability of the land.

MMC officials said the Sonsodo site proposal was put forth by the high level committee at its meeting held in Panjim under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Digambar Kamat. Given the situation, it is not clear whether the Margao civic body would go ahead with the land acquisition process or not as a senior official pointed out that acquiring 11,000 square metres of land would not serve the purpose. Moreover, the official said the Sonsodo site has not gone well with the minority community given its close proximity to the waste dumping yard and the insistence of the community leaders to acquire the 99,000 square metres of land at Aquem as per the unanimous resolution passed by the Goa Legislative Assembly in 1999.

The controversial ex-tourism minister Mickky Pacheco, who finally landed in the police net on Thursday, spent his first night in the police lock-up amid mosquitoes. Hours after his arrest at about 6.40 pm, Pacheco who is booked for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and destroying evidence in the death of his ‘close friend’ Nadia Torrado, was shifted to Calangute lock-up at about 10 pm. Clad in white shirt and white pair of trousers, reliable sources informed Herald, the feeblelooking Benaulim ML A was asked to have his meals, which he turned down. “He slept on the floor without any bed-sheet the whole night. He did not speak a word to anybody. He was told that his movements

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were being caught in the CCTV cameras fitted around,” revealed the source. While, Calangute police personnel were stationed around his cell, Crime Branch sleuths too deployed its two guards in the police station and outside the cell. The legislator was today morning referred to Goa Medical (Continued on page 10)

NCP to form secular front without Cong PTI NEW DELHI, JULY 9

In an apparent bid to give pinpricks to major ally Congress, the NCP today announced that it will form a secular democratic front in poll-bound states like Kerala and Assam. But the NCP tied itself up in knots when it said it will protest against the Union Government of which its leader Sharad Pawar is a part. “We would like to be with the Congress but Congress does not want us to be with them.... If Congress does not give us space, we will try to find our own space,” NCP General Secretary D P Tripathi told reporters here. He said the NCP will forge an alliance of secular and democratic parties in various States, particularly in Kerala and Assam, where elections are due next year. Tripathi said NCP is now a part of the Left Democratic Front in Kerala and will contest elections jointly next year. NCP could also explore options in Andhra Pradesh where Jagan Mohan Reddy is going ahead with his Odarpu Yatra despite objection to it from the

Congress High Command. Taking its bitterness with Congress to new lengths, Tripathi said the party will be part of the LDF protests in Kerala against price rise. But when confronted with the fact that the Left protests are against Sharad Pawar’s handling of the price issue, he sought to wriggle out saying “the protests are not against an individual but against the UPA government”. However, Congress sought to (Continued on page 10)

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All-party meet favours opinion of legislators, municipalities and p’yats HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JULY 9

The all party meet, called by the Chief Minister Digambar Kamat to discuss the crucial issue of illegal religious structures, on Friday decided to take the opinion of all legislators, village panchayats and municipalities. The all party meeting, held at the secretariat, was attended by the Chief Minister besides the GPCC president Subash Shirodkar, Bharatiya Janata Party’s Manohar Parrikar, NCP’s Jose Philip D’Souza and MGP. Speaking to Herald Kamat said the meeting was called basically to witness the presentation made by both North and South

Goa Collectors. “They gave presentation on the number of illegal structures in both the districts,” Kamat said. He continued, “We have asked the collectors to circulate the copies to all the legislators, panchayats and municipalities and let them decide which structures can be relocated.” The chief minister said that he felt many of the structures can be relocated. “We have asked them (the collectors and legislators) to examine the matter,” he stated. Recently Kamat had ordered a resurvey

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of the unauthorised religious structures on public property. The State Government recently listed 800 structures, including 350 temples, in its list of illegal religious structures in public places – Government and communidade land. The revenue department conducted a survey of the religious structures as per Supreme Court order. The department didn’t go into the age of the religious structures as the SC order didn’t ask the States to go into the issue. Interestingly, even as resurvey has been planned, the Government has also set up a committee headed by the Chief Secretary to go into the issue on case-to-case basis.

Mickky knocks doors of Sessions court for bail HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JULY 9

Beleaguered former Tourism Minister, Mickky Pacheco has knocked the doors of the South Goa Sessions Court for bail moments after the Judicial Magist r a t e F i r s t C l a s s , M a rg a o remanded him to seven days police custody. The bail application will come up for hearing before Additional Sessions Judge B P Deshpande on Monday afternoon. Saying that the ongoing investigations is politically influenced, Pacheco said he had fallen in bad books of his political colleagues by accusing the Chief Minister and the Home Minister in the Excise scam and the Drug scam in Goa, involving the kith and kin of political bigwigs in the government. In his bail plea, Pacheco claimed there is no direct, indirect or circumstantial evidence against him except the circumstance that he happened to be the close friend of deceased

Nadia Torrado and her family for many years. He pointed out that the investigation agency has made or is making a mounting out of a mole hill for ulterior reasons. Apprehending harassment from the police, the former minister said that custodial interrogations have commenced and any further custodial interrogation is not necessary. Saying that he is sick, tense and unable to bear the tension that he is in police custody, Pacheco said he will rely upon medical reports maintained by Hospicio hospital and Goa Medical College to establish that he is really unwell and that any further police custody will be detrimental to his health. Saying that he will not tamper with evidence, Pacheco said he would abide by any condition to be imposed by the court and undertook to appear before the investigating agency or the court as and when required. He prayed to the court to call

for the investigation papers for scrutiny and examination, saying the papers would disclose that he is innocent and has been falsely implicated. “The police are trying to harass me. The case being set up by the police against me is false, concocted and politically motivated”, he said, adding “I am innocent. I have not committed the alleged offenses. I have been falsely implicated”. Saying that he had given a detailed statement to the police on all aspects of the matter during his interrogations by the Crime branch on June 4, Pacheco said he realised during the course of recording his statement that the investigations are not being carried out in a fair manner and is to finish him politically. The former minister said he did not appear thereafter before the police in order to evade the illegal arrest or detention as he had strong apprehensions that he may have been illegally arrested by the police.

‘Mr Pacheco, let’s go’ HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JULY 9

“Mr Pacheco, let’s go”, was how Crime Branch Investigating Officer PI Sunita Sawant told the former minister after hearing of arguments concluded before Judicial Magistrate First Class, Margao on Friday noon. Pacheco was sitting on a bench flanked by Viola and one of his close aide after coming from the accused box. Given that the Magistrate has reserved his orders to 4 pm, PI Sunita Sawant came inside the court room and addressed the former minister, Mr Pacheco, let’s go. Surrounded by a group of policemen, Pacheco was led out of the court building, before heading to the Margao police station, where the police said the former minister was put inside the lock-up. Sources in the know said the police offered the former minister vegetarian food at the Margao police station, but he declined the offer. Instead, Pacheco is believed to have had some biscuits during lunch time,

Mickky Pacheco being escorted with PI Sunita Sawant walking upfront. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar

before he again headed to the JMFC’s court for the court order. After the court remanded him to seven days police custody, the Crime Branch sleuths took him to Panjim for further interrogations. As news of Pacheco’s pres-

ence in Margao spread, his supporters came to see him outside the court building in large numbers. The police made elaborate arrangements outside the court building as a precautionary measure.

Degeneration of Goa… cancelled apprehending law and order problem

A group of persons who had assembled near the Margao Municipal Council for Friday’s meeting on the Degeneration of Goa – How many Nadia’s will die. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JULY 9

A public meeting convened by the Goa Youth Foundation in association with Bailancho Ekvott at the Margao Municipal hall on Friday evening on the topic “Degeneration of Goa – How many Nadia’s will die” was cancelled at the eleventh hour apprehending law and order. The Margao police deployed police at the Margao Municipal hall apprehending that supporters of Mickky Pacheco would make their presence felt at the venue which may result in a law and order problem. Bailancho Ekvott convenor Auda Viegas later told newsmen that the meeting had to be cancelled after the Margao Munici-

pality did not grant the permission to hold the meet. “The Margao Municipal Chairperson Savio Coutinho and Chief Officer Y B Tawde told me that Collector has instructed to cancel the meeting apprehending law and order problem. As a law abiding citizen, I decided to call off the meeting, even though the group of persons who assembled at the venue insisted I hold the meet”, she said. She, however, disclosed plans to hold the meeting soon at a public place. Today’s meeting was scheduled to be addressed by Aires Rodrigues, Nirmala Sawant, Krishni Walke, besides Auda Viegas and others. When contacted, MMC Chairperson Savio Coutinho said the Civic body did not grant any

permission for Auda Viegas to hold today’s meeting till this afternoon. “We have asked Viegas to give and undertaking that there will not be any law and order problem and that she would not be vindictive towards anyone”, Coutinho said. However, Coutinho said the Civic body received telephone call from the deputy Collector, Margao as well as the police against grating permission to hold the meeting in the Municipal hall apprehending law and order problem. “We were about to grant permission for the meeting in the hall, but decided otherwise following telephonic calls from the police and the deputy collector”, he added.

Discriminated teachers plan meetings

DRUG NEXUS

Bilateral ties ‘hindering’ Lucky’s probe: Police HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JULY 9

Accused of sabotaging the drug nexus probe in which Home Minister Ravi Naik’s son Roy is named, the police are moving heaven and earth digging up new excuses as to why they have not been able to get the prime witness yet. If police spokesperson Superintendent of (Special Branch) Police Atamaram Deshpande is to be believed, it is the bilateral ties between India and Sweden which are ‘hindering’ the investigation. “It takes time to issue letter rogatory…we have though moved an application for the same along with another ap-

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Mounting pressure on the State Government to divest Home Minister Ravi Naik of his portfolio for alleged links of his son Roy Naik with drug dealer-police nexus; the legislative wing of the BJP on Friday made a representation to Governor Shivinder Singh Sidhu demanding investigation be handed over to CBI. Addressing a press conference at the Assembly Complex in Porvorim, on Friday evening, Damu Naik spokesperson BJP legislative wing, said Goa’s image has taken a hit due to alleged involvement of the home minister’s son with drug-dealerpolice nexus. Since the disclosure on Youtube by Israeli drug dealer Yaniv Benaim alias Atala that some police official had nexus with the drug dealers and subsequent suspension and arrest of seven police men including police inspector Ashish Shirodkar, BJP has been demanding that investigation

The Sessions court, South will conduct day-to-day trial of the Russian woman rape case involving John Fernandes, beginning from July 19. A total of 18 witnesses will be examined – three each on one day – by the court of Additional Sessions Judge B P Deshpande. The Crime branch has cited a total of 42 witnesses in support of its case and the prosecution is likely to summon only those important witnesses relevant to the case. However, of the 18 names cited by the prosecution, the name of complainant victim is not figuring in the list of witnesses. In fact, this point was made to the Judge on Friday when the case came up for hearing, with the defence counsel wondering why the complainant is not fig-

appear in August-end following which we sent her another email of deposing as early as possible, which she has not replied till date. What stops her from contacting us…if she decides to go to every media house and not co-operate with us, what can we say of such reports…” he remarked. The officer suggested while the communication between two countries is underway, the witness could adopt a shortcut way to directly connect with the investigating team. He claimed the department has ‘set its wheels in motion’ to record Lucky’s statement reiterating she will be given fullproof security.

should be conducted through CBI. The BJP renewed its efforts in pressing their demand following revelation by Lucky Farmhouse, Atala’s ex-girl friend wherein she named home minister’s son having links with drug dealers. Lucky Farmhouse in an interview to Israeli newspaper reportedly disclosed about the involvement of the minister’s son. “We have submitted to the Governor that Ravi Naik be stripped off his home portfolio and the investigation into drugdealer police nexus which has been currently probed by Crime Branch be handed over to CBI,” he said in the presence of the Opposition Leader Manohar Parrikar and Mapusa MLA, Francis D’Souza. The BJP has submitted a newspaper cutting of the interview published in Israeli newspaper to the Governor. Citing Supreme Court judgement Naik said the investigation has to be carried through an independent agency where police involvement in the crime is apparent.

When pointed out that government has questioned the authenticity of the interview published in foreign newspaper, Parrikar retorted, “Why did they suspend police men immediately after drug dealers-police nexus disclosed on the net. Did they enquire about authenticity of the news?” To a question as to what would be the BJP’s stand if the government doesn’t give in to their demand, he said, issue will be raised on the floor of the House in the forthcoming assembly session that begins on July 19, expressing confidence that the government will have to eventually meet their demand as in the case of High Security Registration Plates (HSRP). Though the government was adamant on his stand it finally decided to re-tender contract for HSRP. 2500 Questions: Gearing up to the monsoon session, the BJP has submitted 2500 questions to be tabled in the House, informed Parrikar during a press conference and indicated that BJP will raise all the boiling issues this session.

NSUI for probe into police-drug mafia nexus HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JULY 9

The Goa National Students Union, which is one of the frontal organisations of the State Congress party, has demanded a thorough probe into the police-drug mafia nexus, especially by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), and the Central Bureau of Investigation to unearth the hidden truth. Addressing a press conference on Friday, President of Goa NSUI Sunil Kawthankar said NSUI, which at the national level is the frontal organisation of the India National Congress, was

Russian woman rape: Court to conduct day-to-day trial HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JULY 9

of Home Minister Ravi Naik. Certain sections of local media had quoted the interview, which was translated into English. “We’ll wait and directly get information from the source (Lucky). Media (reports) need to be verified …We rather not rely on the third party (media),” replied the officer when asked whether the department would take cognisance of Lucky’s fresh claims. Continuing to blame the witness – Swedish model who had a stint in Bollywood, of delaying the deposition before them, Deshpande said it is still awaiting her email reply. “She replied to our first email that she will

BJP demands CBI investigation

HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JULY 9

The Discriminated Teachers’ Forum (DTF) will hold talukawise meetings of prematurely retired teachers in view of the forthcoming Assembly session to impress upon the Government to take note of their grievances, an assurance over which was made in June. DTF said the meetings are being planned to decide on the future course of action after Chief Minister Digambar Kamat failed to take note of their grievances even as one month had passed after his assurance of finding a solution to their problems. A press release issued here states teachers from Salcete, Canacona and Vasco will hold their meeting at Loyola High School, Margao, on July 11 at 10 am and those from Ponda and surrounding areas will meet at 4 pm at Shiksha Bhavan. The release informs further Quepem and Sanguem taluka teachers will meet on July 12 at 10 am at the New Educational Institute (Old Building), while those from Curchorem, Bardez, Bicholim, Sattari and Pe r n e m a r e m e e t i n g Walawalkar Higher Secondary School, Khorlim, Mapusa at 3.30 pm on July 14. It stated the DTF had suspended its indefinite chain hunger strike in June last after receiving an assurance from the CM to look into their problems. But we are pained to see that nothing concrete was happening till date, it mentioned further.

plication of request to send a police team to Sweden (to record Lucky’s statement). By the time we get approvals… the question is bilateral ties between the two countries… some things need to be checked and ensure proper paper work is done…these are lengthy processes…” said the officer at a press briefing in the police headquarters, last evening. The issue has even gone to an extent that police now decline to believe media reports. Lucky Farmhouse Amori in an interview to an Israeli tabloid on May 24 claimed that the son of a senior politician she was talking about is Roy Naik, son

uring in the witness list. While the prosecution said the complainant will be cited as a witness no sooner the report from the central forensic laboratory is received by the crime branch, the defence contended why the accused has to suffer for the delay in receiving the forensic report when the accused has been languishing in jail for the last six months without bail. Sources in the prosecution said the victim will be examined as a witness no sooner the central forensic laboratory is received by the crime branch since the complainant is required to identify the clothes and other property attached by the investigating agency. The South Goa Sessions court had last week framed charges against accused John Fernandes for rape and destruction of evidence.

Maina-Curtorim police claim breakthrough in bike thefts HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JULY 9

The Maina-Curtorim police has claimed to have busted a gang involved in motorcycle thefts in recent times. The police has so far arrested three persons and have allegedly recovered three two-wheelers at their instance. Two minor boys, who are involved in the thefts have been sent to Apna Ghar. Maina Curtorim police said Filton D’Costa, Lector Barretto and Sanjay Chari have been taken into custody. Four more persons allegedly involved in the thefts are still at large and the police have exuded confidence of arresting them in the next few days. Investigating officer PSI Suraj Samant said the police achieved a breakthrough while investigating into the dumping of motorcycle chassis into a well at Macazana earlier this year. Upon investigations, the police first laid their hand on one of the accused, who spilled the beans, leading to the arrest of the remaining two persons. The police have so far recovered two Dio scooters, besides one Pulsor Motorcycle. The police are conducting further investigations, disclosed PI Sidhant Shirodkar.

declaring a war against narcotics drugs and had decided to fight till a thorough probe began. At the briefing, Kawthankar launched a signature campaign demanding the probe. He said they expected to get at least 25,000 to 30,000 signatures and the same would be forwarded to All India Congress Committee President Sonia Gandhi, AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and Chief Minister Digambar Kamat. Kawthankar warned that the students will come on the

streets if probe was not initiated into the police-drug peddler’s nexus. “We will be most happy if the investigation is handed over to the NIA because NSUI believes the drug mafia operating in the State has links to terrorists,” he observed. When questioned what he had to say into Home Minister Ravi Naik’s son’s name appearing in the Swedish media for his links with the drug trade in Goa, Kawthankar replied, “No one is above the law. If there is any political involvement in the matter then the probe will bring

out the same.” Kawthankar said he had serious doubts about those officers from the Crime Branch who were investigating the police-drug mafia nexus and called for investigation by agencies like Inc o m e Ta x a n d Re v e n u e Intelligence into their assets to find out if they had any disproportionate ones. Speaking in the presence of some college representatives, the Goa NSUI President said the ill effects of the drug trade have spread into colleges and some students had fallen prey to the drug habit.

Fire engulfs Mini-Dubai Shoppee in Santa Cruz HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JULY 9

A fire, the cause of which is being probed, engulfed the Mini-Dubai Shoppee situated on the Santa Cruz-Bambolim road at Cabesa in the wee hours of Friday gutting food stuff and clothes to the tune of approximately Rs 20 lakh. Cosmetic products, chocolates, clothes, mobile phones, food products, gifts and novelties were charred in the fire that broke out between 2 am and 2.30 am today. The proprietor Nelson Dias said at around 2.15 am a neighbour called to inform him about the fire after which he rushed to the spot. Dias said for the last two days Santa Cruz has been witnessing power fluctuations. I have a feeling the fire may have been caused due to a short circuit, he stated. Station Fire Officer H D Naik who took part in the fire fighting operation said they received information at 3.10 am. “During the operation the water was catching current so we had to

The Mini-Dubai Shoppee gutted at Santa Cruz on Friday. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar

call the lineman and shut off the power of the entire building.” Secondly, Naik mentioned the shutter of the shop situated on the ground floor had been locked from inside. “On getting a call of fire we brought a fire tender and not the emergency vehicle that has a cutter. After the emergency vehicle arrived on the scene with the cutter we opened the shutter and retrieved whatever goods we

could save from the flames, he mentioned. The Station Fire Officer said they could not ascertain the cause of the fire but as known from the proprietor it seemed to be a short circuit. It took us nearly an hour to bring the fire under control, he informed. The Director of Fire Services Ashok Menon also visited the scene after the fire fighting operation.

Konkan Railway police nab Nepal native with drugs

Accused Krishna Bahadur nabbed by the police at the Margao railway station with drugs. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JULY 9

The Konkan Railway police on Friday arrested a

native of Nepal, Krishna Bahadur and seized from his possession 920 grams of Charas valued around Rs 92,000. Acting on a tip off, the personnel attached to the Konkan Railway Police station swooped down on the accused at the KRC foot bridge and recovered the drugs from his possession. PI Vincy Paes informed that the accused had gone to his native place and might have brought the consignment for sale. In fact, he said that the accused was supposed to deliver the consignment to an unknown person on the foot bridge. Preliminary investigations have revealed that the accused was working in Anjuna village and might have come to the South given the off season. The police has booked him under the NDPS Act. PI Paes said the accused would be taken for a police remand for further investigations into the drug seizure case.


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CDP: NGO drags MMC to Consumer Forum HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JULY 9

Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation’s City Development Plan has run into further trouble. City-based Women’s NGO, Bailancho Ekvott has dragged the Margao Municipal Council to the Consumer Forum for deficiency in service due to its failure to keep open the CDP for public inspection. In the complaint filed by the Forum President, Auda Viegas, she pointed out that the MMC had promised to keep the CDP for public scrutiny for 15 days, but the same was not provided to the people on grounds that it was a bulky document. Taking the premise that by paying taxes, citizens are consumers of the facilities the Municipality is duty bound to provide, the Bailancho Ekvott has knocked the doors of the Consumer Forum. Admitting the complaint, the Forum has issued show cause notice to the Civic body to file its reply to the contentions raised by the women’s NGO. Viegas said the NGO has prayed to the Consumer Forum to direct the Civic body to grant

reasonable time of atleast one month for the perusal of the CDP for the complainant and other consumers, besides NGOs in the larger interest of their case. The NGO has further prayed that the Forum pass an interim order restraining the Civic body from acting in any manner in furtherance of their intention to deny the public access to the CDP and to request the Civic body to

make the CDP freely available for public access in the office of the Municipal Assistant Engineer. The

Forum prayed that the Civic body be direct to cancel the period of 15 days being unreasonable.


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Aldona school, locals tie up to promote organic gardening HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, JULY 9

A group of residents from Aldona have associated themselves with St Thomas Girls’ School in the village to promote organic methods of agriculture. “In Goa, currently, agriculture and farmbased activities are no longer the most prominent lifestyle. A group of us were interested in promoting organic methods of agriculture and decided that since we lived in Aldona we could perhaps promote organic home gardens. We thought that the best method of doing so was introducing it to school-going children,” wrote Marie D’Souza in the Aldona-net online mailing list. “The pupils from Std I to Std IV and Std VIII to SSC have Environmental Science (EVS) in their curriculum. Integrating practical work with their theoretical studies seemed a good idea.” The core group, comprising Dr Mariette Correa of Carona, Milton Fernandes of Carona, Dr Marie D’Souza of G. Coimavaddo, Dr Nitya Ghotge of Goncoi/Pune and Sunita Rao from Sirsi, Karnataka, then approached Sr Sharon, Headmistress of St. Thomas Girls’ High School, and she was enthused by the idea. “She even agreed to let the group have a few sessions with the pupils during their

EVS periods. She also was willing that a part of the school garden be used for growing vegetables and medicinal plants. The children would work in the garden in batches during the EVS period. They would learn about the practical aspects of garbage management, composting, planting and maintaining a garden, nutrition and use of plants for common ailments,” said D’Souza. “We are sure that some of the children already have gardens at home in which they grow vegetables and also have some fruit trees. Chemical fertilizers and pesticides are commonly used. In EVS they are learning about the long-term ill-effects of these on the environment – fields, water-bodies, insects, birds, frogs, etc. and the value of organic home-grown vegetables.” D’Souza said the pupils need to be aware that one can get a good, healthy and profitable yield of vegetables with organic fertilizers and pesticides. “If they get this experience in the School Garden we hope that this percolates to their family members and the Aldona community. Some of the Teachers are already into Organic Gardening and probably some of the pupils, members of the Eco Club are too,” D’Souza said. She added that practical efforts for a class of about 40 pupils require that the school has tools for gardening. While the

School does have some gardening tools it needs to have a few more and a wheelbarrow. Sr Sharon informed the group that the school does not have the funds for these tools. “With the help of two interns, we have already started weeding the small plot and some of the pupils of Stds. VIII and IX bring their own tools from home,” said D’Souza. D’Souza, however, admitted that these temporary measures cannot continue for long. “At least 5 sets of tools are needed for all the girls to have a chance to work in the garden in batches. The estimated cost for these tools is Rs 5,000 and an additional Rs 5000 for the wheelbarrow. D’Souza has appealed for donations to purchase the tools and has informed that contribution may be sent to Sr Sharon either in cash or by cheque/DD payable to St Thomas Girls High School, Aldona. “A detailed programme is being planned for the school with inputs from members of the Core Group and visiting interns, in collaboration with the EVS teachers. At the end of the year, we will evaluate comparing the EVS grades of the pupils with that of the previous year. We hope to make the St Thomas Girls’ High School, Aldona, a model for other schools to emulate,” said D’Souza.

Delayed GU results affect job seekers BY HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JULY 9

Satyajit Rana from Jharkhand knows that he has a job but is not able to get the confirmation letter, thanks to the delay by the Goa University in declaring results. Rana, final year student of Goa College of Pharmacy, is amongst 68 students, who are waiting for the university to declare their exam results. “Many students have job offer letters from various companies in their hand but they can’t join because the results are not declared,” Rana says. The management of Pharmacy College confirmed that the results of second, third and fourth year are yet to be declared by Goa University. Several students come to college every day and sit doing nothing. “The students from the final year have got the job offer letter from various companies; they have to join after producing the result. If they fail than the students from other universities will grab the posts,” a senior professor said refusing to dis-

close his name. The students intending to join M Pharm course in various other universities are also held back as they don’t have their result sheet. Of the 68 students from final year, 18 have already applied for M Pharm in Goa College of pharmacy. The examination was held in April, this year and results were expected latest by June end. Meanwhile, GU vice chancellor Delip Deobagkar was not available for comments.

Russian held for overstaying HERALD CORRESPONDENT PERNEM, JULY 9

Pernem Police has arrested a 33year-old Russian national on charges of overstaying in the country. According to Pernem police, Oditi Kladimir Alexander’s visa had expired in May, ths year and was found overstaying in a hotel in Arambol. Police has booked the Russian national under Section 7 (1)(3) of Foreigners Act.

UpcominG eventS Camp for disabled

PANJIM(HND): Disha Charitable Trust has started an early intervention programme for children with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, mental retardation and other brain disorders on every Saturday. The school is organizing an early intervention camp for the above mentioned physically and mentally disabled children (from birth to 10 years) on Saturday, July 17 at Disha School for Special Children, 18th June Road, Panjim from 9:30 am to 2 pm. The camp will be conducted by professionals like doctors, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, speech therapist, clinical psychologist and special educator. Registration should be done in Disha School for special children. For details contact (0832) 2231028.

Anti-rabies vaccination

PANJIM(HND): The Merces Vigilant Citizens’ Association (MVCA) in association with Goan Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GSPCA) will be organising anti-rabies vaccination camp for the pet dogs of Merces and surrounding villages at concessional rate of Rs 40 per pet on Sunday, July 11, between 10 am to 2 pm. The MVCA will be organizing the camp for the fourth consecutive year. Free gifts will be given for all the vaccinated pets.

Portuguese language classes

PANJIM(HND): Centre for Portuguese Language and Culture (CPLC) of the Parvatibai Chowgule College of Arts and Science, Margao in association with Instituto Camões, Panjim announces commencement of Portuguese language classes for basic and elementary levels in the college premises. For enrollment and details contact the Centre for Portuguese Language and Culture in Library block of the College for enrollment or contact Ashok Dange, Coordinator on 2759504 ext 2215/9422062928.

HSSC examination results of June 2010 declared HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JULY 9

The HSSC examination of June 2010 was conducted recently at Mapusa and Margao centres. Out of 842 candidates who registered, 821 appeared for the examinations and 656 candidates have been declared successful in all the four streams of Arts, Commerce, Science and Vocational.

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Status report on vector borne diseases HERALD NEWS DESK PANAJI, JULY 9

A total of 17 blood samples were tested for Chikungunya from July 3 to July 9 out of which 8 are confirmed positive. They are from areas under CHC Ponda – 2, PHC Candolim – 5 and PHC Bicholim – 1, says a press release issued by the Directorate of Health Services. In order to control the spread of disease in these areas surveillance measures are strengthened to detect early and possible treatment. House to house survey is done to identify the breeding sites and all action has been taken to eliminate or treat the breeding sites with chemicals. Therefore further spread is reported in these areas. Total of 224 Malaria cases have been reported during the month of June 2010, out of which 19 are of Plasmodium Falciparum. This brings the cumulative total number of malaria cases from January to June to 998 out which 121 are of Plasmodium Falciparum. During the year so far maximum number of cases are reported from jurisdiction of UHC Panaji, PHC Candolim, PHC Aldona, PHC Corlim, UHC Margao and UHC Vasco. All surveillance and Integrated Vector Control measures are taken up in these areas to control the further spread.


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HC directs p’yats to verify total dwelling units HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JULY 9

The coastal panchayats will now have to ascertain, within six months, total dwelling units in the CRZ–III (200-500) that existed as on February 19, 1991 and also determine the number of structures that came to be built post-CRZ notification, 1991. A Division Bench of Justice A S Oka and Justice F M Reis on Thursday while admitting a writ petition filed by Goa Foundation fixed a deadline of six months for coastal panchayats to determine the total number of dwelling units in the CRZ-III as on February 19, 1991 and also dwelling units built after that date. The CRZ-III has been earmarked for restricted development where only dwelling units are permitted with a rider that the number of dwelling units should not exceed the number of dwelling that existed on February 19, 1991 The construction of hotels is also permitted in the CRZ–III area but permission has to be sought from Ministry of Environment and Forests. Moreover, the High Court also directed the coastal pan-

chayats to determine the number of structures (other than dwelling units) that had been built between February 19, 1991 and December 1998. In 1998, in an interim order the Court restricted the government from issuing any fresh per-

crz iii mission for construction of hotels and the order is still in operation. Besides the coastal panchayats, Canacona Municipal Council (CMC) has also been added as party in this petition and has been directed to follow same orders. The State government will have to complete the exercise of determining open spaces in the CRZ-III area, available for construction of hotels and also, formulate a policy for proper utilization of open spaces within a period of six months. The government has also been directed to launch a website for displaying information relating coastal regulations. The government, coastal panchayats and CMC have been asked to file compliance report by March 15, 2011.

Vasco panel to fete new NCP chief HERALD REPORTER VASCO, JULY 9

The Vasco Citizens Felicitation Committee will felicitate newly appointed president of the state Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Revenue Minister Jose Philip D’Souza at a function in Tourist Hall, Vasco on July 10. In a press note, VCFC Chairman Dr S N Surme has informed that the felicitation has been organized with purpose to give full support and cooperation to the newly nominated NCP state unit president Jose Philip D’Souza and also to strengthen the party at the grass roots. Those present at the felicitation function include Tourism Minister Nilkanth Halarnkar, former Mormugao MLA and exminister Shaikh Hassan Haroon, former minister Dr Carmo Pegado, former minister Prakash

Olive Ridley turtle rescued at Betalbatim beach

Fadte, NCP State General Secretary Avinash Bhosle and other party leaders from the state.

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Life guard Captain Umesh Gawde with the Olive Ridley turtle. HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JULY 9

Life guards manning the Betalbatim beach on Thursday morning rescued an Olive Ridley turtle which had strayed on shore after being entangled in a net. The turtle was spotted at around 8 am on the beach by life guard Captain Umesh Gawde, who with his colleagues left the turtle in the sea, only to find it resurfacing on the shore. Finally, the team later intimated the matter to the forest

department, who came and took possession of the sea turtle. Gawde told Herald that the Olive Turtle was entangled in a net and sustained injuries on one of its lap. “We caught the turtle and tried to release it in the sea twice, but it came back again”, he added. A forest official said the turtle weighing around 25 kgs has been sent to Cotigao for treatment of the injuries. “If the turtle shows some improvement, it will be released in the sea at GalgibagaCanacona”, the official added.

‘Fatorda BJP MLA’s statement on development amusing’ HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JULY 9

Fatorda Block Congress President Joseph Silva has said the statement issued by Fatorda BJP MLA Damu Naik declaring that development in Fatorda constituency was getting priority treatment makes amusing reading. Is this statement of the MLA a certificate to the Congress State government that it is efficient, capable and proactive? And resultantly does it mean that the MLA is all set to desert the sinking BJP ship and hop on to greener pastures?, he asked, while advising the MLA to hit the nail on the head and not beat around the bush when it comes to his shaky political thinking. Silva said people of Fatorda are well aware why the much neglected constituency is now getting some attention. “The prompt action taken by Congress General Secretary Vijai Sardesai against illegal scrap yards on the periphery of the constituency as well as the demolition of a ‘politically blessed’ illegal garage in Maddel by the Municipality following an ultimatum given by Sardesai seems to have prompted the MLA to issue statements seeking to gain mileage for development initiated by the Congress Government at Sardesai’s behest”, he said. Silva said statements against mushrooming constructions by

the BJP MLA Damu Naik are only an eyewash to hoodwink the public against his collusion with unscrupulous builders and illegal activities. “Let the MLA show a single action to prove that his statement against illegalities have reached their logical conclusions”,

he said, adding that the people of Maddel are well aware of the tour of PWD Minister Churchill Alemao at Sardesai’s invitation in November last year along with and staff of relevant PWD divisions in Maddel, Gauliwaddo and Chandrawaddo after which these

works of sewerage and road repairs were set in motion. He reminded the BJP MLA that simply issuing statements to take credit for development left uninitiated for so long will not be able to fool Fatorda citizens all the time.


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Pg 7 ‘Development works for Salvador-doMundo soon’ HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JULY 9

Aldona MLA Dayanand Narvekar said that an amount of Rs 75 lakh is earmarked for the development works which include improvement of drainage system, construction of protection wall, widening of road and other works in Salvador-do-Mundo Panchayat area. Narvekar was speaking at the meeting at Salvador-do-Mundo where the grievances of villagers were voiced. Speaking further, Narvekar said that it is proposed to hotmix carpet to 5 kms stretch of road in every panchayat area. Besides, the work of improvement of road including new roads to stretch of 5kms would also be taken up, he informed. Narvekar told PWD officials to prepare estimates for the construction of footpaths at ‘Ganesh Visarjan’ platform in the area. He assured to provide sodium vapour lamps. Narvekar also disbursed the cheques amounting to Rs 1.25 lakh to 56 beneficiaries under the scheme of financial assistance to vegetable vendors on the occasion. Gupesh Naik, ZP member, Veronica Albuquerque sarpanch, panchayat members and senior govt officers were present on the occasion. Earlier, Narvekar addressed the public grievances pertaining to the constructions of roads, repairs of drinking water well, Sulabh toilets, free water connections, water and power supply at the panchayat office of Pompurpa. He instructed the concerned officials to initiate immediate action to redress the same.

History Hour at XCHR HERALD NEWS BUREAU PANJIM, JULY 9

The Xavier Centre of Historical Research at Porvorim will organize a talk and discussion on “Goa's global broker potential: Connecting India to the Portuguese-speaking world” by Dr Constantino Xavier on July 12 at 5.30 pm. According to Dr Xavier, Goa, in particular, can play a crucial role in facilitating India's burgeoning economic, political and cultural relations with the Community of Portuguese-speaking countries and the lusophone world. “New Delhi could develop Goa into a strategic hub to foster relations with the emerging ‘Global South’ as well,” said Dr Xavier. The talk identifies Goa's specific advantages in this regard, as well as concrete suggestions on how to transform this potential into influence and global brokerage capacity. Dr Xavier (Portugal) is a Fulbright-sponsored PhD candidate in South Asian Studies at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, in Washington DC. He taught Comparative Politics at the New University, Lisbon.

World Population Day on July 11 HERALD NEWS DESK PANAJI, JULY 9

The State Family Welfare Bureau’ under ‘Directorate of Health Services’ will be observing ‘World Population Day’ on the theme ‘Everyone Counts’ in the State of Goa, by organizing students road rally’s and conducting various competitions, talks etc. The programmes are organized at all Urban Health Centres, Community Health Centers and Primary Health Centres, in State. The rally will start from Kala Academy campus at 10 am and proceed via St Inez junction, MG Road, to culminate at Azad Maidan. Around 500 students from various schools and colleges from Panjim jurisdiction are expected to participate in the rally.

Prospectus available

PANJIM(HND): Prospectus for admission to the Post graduate Diploma in Guidance and Counselling course are available for sale at the Nirmala Institute of Education upto July 23. Graduate candidates with a minimum of 45 per cent are eligible to apply. Interested candidates may collect the prospectus during office hours, says a press release.


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there is little evidence of any attempt to improve the quality of education, laments AverthAnus l. d’souzA

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t seems that the people of Sanguem are puzzled why they are unable to find much fresh water fish in the numerous streams in Goa’s most hilly and forested taluka. That sounds familiar, does it not? It’s just like how Goa’s trawler owners are puzzled why they are netting less fish from the sea each year. Everything has a cause, and every action has an effect. Trawler owners have been putting pressure on the government to get rid of the trawling ban during the monsoon months. Traditionally, fisherfolk on India’s west coast stop fishing with the first rains and resume only after the ‘Narali Pournima’ festival, usually in mid-August. This period, when the seas are rough, also corresponds with the fish spawning season. This is a happy coincidence that allows fisherfolk to avoid the risk of the rough seas, while the fish get an opportunity to breed undisturbed and replenish their numbers. Goa has too many trawlers. The Fisheries Department admits this, but it has never tried to put a limit on the number of trawlers it licenses. After fish catches declined precipitously over a decade ago and the government declared a fish famine, the monsoon fishing ban was imposed, to allow fish to breed. However, its most vociferous opponents have been the trawler owners themselves. Saying that they were missing out on lucrative ‘solar sungttam’ – a species of prawn that they claim is plentiful only in the last week of July and the first week of August – the trawler owners successfully got the fishing ban period reduced from 60 days to 45 days. Over the years, this reduced breeding period combined with an excess of trawlers has had its effect; catches have declined steeply. Effect has naturally followed cause. But the trawler owners, regrettably, have not stopped to think. Instead, they want government aid and ‘compensation’. Why should the taxpayer foot the bill? Similarly, if Sanguemkars are wondering why the fresh water fish coming up into their streams have reduced over the years, let them cast their thoughts back to how many large fish full of ‘gabolli’ they caught in years gone by, and prevented from laying eggs. Let them think about whether there were enough left to breed new generations. Let them ponder about how many ‘gelatin’ sticks they used to kill fish, wiping out all life in those streams. Unless we let the paddy grow, there will be no rice. Similarly, unless we let the fish lay eggs and produce young ones, there will be no more fish. Sanguem’s farming folk ought to understand this. What they need to be even more worried about is that despite heavy rains, the streams are not flowing steadily. One possible reason is that more water is running off when it rains, and not enough is percolating into the ground to re-emerge as springs and create steady streams. Less percolation is usually the result of deforestation, as rain water tends to percolate into the soil alongside the roots of trees that burrow deep into the earth. That could have even worse effects in the years to come.

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he Goa government, we are told, has decided to reduce the rates it proposed to charge at the new Goa Sadan at Chanakyapuri in New Delhi. At Rs1,500 per person per night, the Sadan’s charges were on par with a three- to fourstar hotel! A state guest house in New Delhi is for government servants and citizens who have work in the national capital, and want to avail of inexpensive accommodation while they are there. Other state governments charge around Rs1,500 per room, or Rs100 to Rs300 per bed in a dormitory. Why the exorbitant prices; just because Goa has a ‘high’ per capita income?

he entire education system appears to have sunk to a new low. Plato was of the view that one of the purposes of education was to provide the wise men required to govern the country wisely. His ideal was that Statesmen should be Philosophers – persons who knew the true value of things and who could frame laws to enable citizens to achieve the highest possible levels of their human possibilities. He taught that virtue was to be pursued as the fulfilment of human endeavour. If Plato visited the Earth today, he would be aghast at the complete reversal of priorities which determine the entire spectrum of human life. He would find that greed, avarice, selfishness and violence pervade all our institutions – economic, political and social. To him the purpose of education, was the achievement of goodness, beauty and truth. He would find that modern societies have built their political, economic and social institutions on the principles of selfishness, brute strength and aggressive competition. Instead of education providing Statesmen, it is the politicians, some of them uneducated, who are determining the quality of education. India has chosen to ape the “West” in its development strategies, which are proving to be destructive. The quest for power, aided by technology, has been the leit motif of the industrial civilization pursued by the West. In the process, human beings have been reduced to mere instruments to build the gigantic machines that dominate our lives today. Women and men have been reduced to cogs in the economic machine. It is ironic that the height of our achievements is the creation of robots which now determine our actions. Man has been dehumanized and become a slave to his own products. Karl Marx had rightly concluded that the ultimate blow to humanity had been struck when the producers had been made subject to their own products. He called this “alienation.” Sociological studies have examined this serious flaw in our industrial civilization. The warning bells were sounded many years ago, but humankind chose to ignore these warnings and preferred to pursue the path of “Technological Man” – the kind of man aptly described by Victor Ferkiss in his book of the same title, or what Herbert Marcuse called the “One Dimensional Man”. The situation has become so aggravated that we are lost. Legendary psychologist Carl G. Jung has written about this in his captivating book titled “Modern Man in Search of a Soul.” It seems that in the pursuit of ephemeral

MorAl considerAtions goals, humankind has not only lost its bearings, it has also lost its soul. All our institutions are coming apart – the family as the bulwark of social stability, marriage as an institution which provides the values which can ennoble humankind, and the educational system which should provide the economic, political and social framework on which a creative and harmonious society might be built. One of the signs of our times is the increasing commercialization of our educational edifice. Everybody is aware that, instead of providing society with well formed citizens, our educational establishments are producing grist for the economic machine. Our educational priorities are being set by industrialists – not by educators. Not so long ago the Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosted a meeting in Goa to discuss what was billed as “The Goa Agenda” to bridge the gap between the needs of industries for socalled “knowledge workers” and what was being “produced” by the University of Goa and other institutions of higher education. At this meeting, the then Vice Chancellor of the Goa University is reported to have told the gathering: “do not worry about whether the education system can deliver – because it can. Only tell us what you want.” Such a prostitution of the entire system

of higher education to fulfil the needs of industry is preposterous in the extreme; and coming from a Vice Chancellor of a University, it is indicative of the depths to which our education system has sunk. Now we have the Ministry of Human Resources Development attempting to create a monolith to control the entire system of Higher Education in the country. The highly centralized National Commission for Higher Education and Research will control every aspect of higher education in India. The Minister has already introduced several Bills in Parliament, with promises of several more to come. The Minister has promised to introduce the following Bills: 1. To create an autonomous overarching authority for Higher Education and Research. 2. A law to prevent, prohibit and punish educational malpractices. 3. A law for mandatory assessment and accreditation in higher education through an independent regulatory authority. 4. A law to regulate the entry and operation of foreign education providers. 5. A law to establish a Tribunal to fast-track adjudication of disputes between stakeholders (teachers, students, employees, managements et al.) 6. A law to amend the National Commission

for Minority Education Institutions Act. 7. A law to amend the Copyright Act, 1957. With a system already overburdened by all kinds of Rules and Regulations, the proposed legislations are guaranteed to break the back of the education system. Most important of all, it should be observed that the entire emphasis is on a plethora of legislations, and there is hardly any evidence of any attempt to improve the quality of education in our educational institutions. The assumption of the Minister for Human Resources Development seems to be that legislation will solve all the problems. With educational institutions having to concentrate on all the legal requirements which are being imposed on them, they will hardly have any time to concentrate on teaching – which is the primary purpose of their existence. The education system is being treated like an industry which turns out marketable products to be absorbed by other industries. This is the exact contrary of what education is supposed to be all about. According to Plato, education is meant to create well integrated human persons who are “unified in the Truth.” All the philosophers who have treated education as an important process of human development have emphasized that the education process ought to help children (and adults) to emerge as well integrated, wholesome persons, who not only contribute to their own happiness but to the harmonious development of society. Whether it was the Christian missionaries in colonial times or the earlier gurus in their gurukuls, children (and adults) were assisted to become wholesome and integrated persons who not only knew the world around them, but who were encouraged to explore the unseen world of knowledge, of mystical experience and the world of the Spirit. The industrial culture and “modernism” gradually made the spiritual world redundant. Education was reduced to the mastery of science and its application to technology. The purpose of education was reduced to the acquisition of wealth and power and the emphasis was shifted to “one-upmanship.” Aggressive and unethical competition became the norm for all social interactions, and the educational system was made the slave to commercial interests. We are now floundering in a morass of our own making; but instead of making a new start, our politicians and their business partners are only making the situation worse. The entire education system is urgently in need of radical reformation.

life cut short

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t was recently reported that a young Haitian football fan was so distraught at Brazil’s World Cup exit that he killed himself by leaping in front of a car. Viveka Babajee a well known model killed herself at her flat in Mumbai allegedly because of a failed love affair. Back home, in probably the first case of a high profile suicide case allegedly involving a flamboyant ex-Minister, Nadia Torrado, a young married woman allegedly committed suicide by consuming the very potent rat-poison ‘Ratol’. In fact, in the past fortnight there were more than five reported cases of suicide and suicide attempts in the State including that of a young boy over a failed love affair. There has in fact been a steady rise of people who prefer to end their life over seemingly trifle issues. It seems that the reason for the majority the suicide and attempted suicide cases is a failed love affair. But then the reasons could be several. We have heard of farmers committing suicide because of a failure in crop. Poverty is another prime reason for people taking this extreme step. So

it is an incurable disease. Committing suicide makes life look so cheap. But life is the most precious gift of the Almighty God, and no one, except the Creator has the right to take it away. Hence an attempt to commit suicide is a crime punishable by law. We have but one life to live. “That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet” wrote poetess Emily Dickinson. But then we treat life as some cheap commodity. Of course there are also those who commit suicide for a purpose i.e. to kill others. The Fidayeen or suicide bombers have been brainwashed to thinking that if they die while killing others, they will enter the kingdom of God. This is one of the most absurd theories since no religion teaches violence or killing one’s own brother or for that matter taking one’s own life. The one reason why people prefer to end their lives is because they have lost hope. They have lost hope in the system, in the people around and lost hope in themselves. But then one must understand that as long as there is life there is hope. A dead man cannot hope for anything. It is only the coward who commits

By Adelmo Fernandes suicide; the brave carry on in life whatever the odds. But in extreme cases, it may seem that suicide is the only way out from all the suffering and despair. “Amid the sufferings of life on earth, suicide is God’s best gift to man “ wrote Pliny Elder. Whether or not God designed man to end his life is debatable. Be that as it may, man is the sole owner of his life and he can do what he likes with it. “There is nothing in the world to which every man has a more unassailable title than to his own life and person” wrote Shopenhauer. Even William Shakespeare wrote in “Othello” that it is silliness to live when to live is a torment. But then just like many murder cases, to commit suicide is a decision which is taken in the spur-of-the-moment. But unfortunately in a suicide case it could be too late to repent. “The man who in a fit of melancholy, kills himself today, would have wished to live had he waited a week” wrote Voltaire. Hence if one is living on the edge and suicide does cross his/her mind, it would be best to postpone the act. It will be the best decision one has ever taken and definitely not the last.

Letters to the Editor CM for non-Goans

What use, bandhs?

Atmaram R Dessai, Margao

Adelmo Fernandes, Vasco

I agree with the letter ‘CM for non-Goans’ by Lambert Mascarenhas (Herald, 28 June). Chief Minister Digambar Kamat has failed on all fronts. Instead of helping Goans, he is helping non-Goans. That is the reason why illegal huts have spread in Margao. This year’s budget was prepared by two non-Goan officers – Anand Sherkane (Joint Secretary, Budget) and Anupam Kishor (Jt Secretary, Debt Management). That they are not at all conversant with the needs of Goa and Goans was highlighted by the Governor of Goa at the annual meeting of the Travel and Tourism Association, when he said that the needs of the tourism industry were not reflected in the Goa budget!

The BJP is crowing about the total success of the Bharat Bandh in the State on 5 July. It is true that prices of essential commodities have sky-rocketed, and the last straw was the increase in the prices of petroleum products. The government has been trying to show that the price of LPG in neighbouring countries is much higher than in India through advertisements. But the question to be asked is whether bandhs in the past have helped to bring down prices. The answer is a big ‘No’. Bandhs only cause untold misery to the common man. Interestingly, on the same day, the BJP’s bandh was to protest against price rise, while the bus operators’ bandh was demanding a hike in bus fares! So much for bandhs.

100 Years Ago

Spineless opposition Nitin Kamat, by e-mail

PRIMEIRO DIARIO NAS COLONIAS PORTUGEZAS

10 July, 1910 Reservoir Crash It is reported that the water reservoir constructed on the plains of the hillock of Conceicao to supply potable water to the Capital City, came crashing down and inundated many streets.

Torrential Rains It has rained torrentially in Simla with the prevailing atmospheric conditions still forecasting more rains.

Fire Insurance

Due to frequent fires torching the Bombay Presidency the Insurance Agencies have raised the premium over cotton to another 50 cents although some of these companies are refusing to insure the same.

Forged Coins A slew of forged nickel coins of 50 cents were found at Ceylon.

I agree with John Eric Gomes (‘Spineless government’, Herald, 7 July). We have a weak government with a weak leader. Can the CM tell the ‘aam admi’ what action will be taken against the loss caused to public property during the bandh? Can the hypocrite ‘BJP’ tell us why it did not have the guts to protest when the erstwhile NDA government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee increased the prices of cooking gas as well as diesel?

Tech in football Jerome Goes, London Apropos Belinda Braganza’s letter ‘Tech in Football’ (Herald, 3 July), why talk of hi-tech digital video replays? The day Argentina played Mexico, an ordinary TV replay showed that Carlos Tevez was offside. But the damage was done and the goal given. Such blunders demoralise the teams, just as the England team felt cheated. World Cup teams do massive preparation. They are backed by millions of supporters. Football fans spend lots of money. Good managers lose their jobs. Players have been shot… There are two solutions: An additional linesman behind the goal, or an electronic

Letter of the Day Babita Angle, Margao

Bad Bandh

The word itself spells doom. It is negative in its very spirit. Isn’t it a pity that the ‘bandh’ is the BJP’s unfortunate tool of choice to tackle a perceived national crisis? Aren’t there less troublesome and more effective ways? The BJP and its allies say the UPA government doesn’t care about the ‘aam admi’, and is responsible for surging prices, including that of fuel. But the BJP’s top leaders know very well that in today’s unstable global economy, this is inevitable; they would have done exactly the same if they were in power. In fact, towards the fag end of its tenure, the NDA government was itself ‘forced’ to hike the price of LPG. But then, the BJP is known for its short memory. The government is trying to reduce subsidies that we tend to abuse. We, in India, luxuriate in subsidies provided by the government on day-to-day necessities without a thought about what it actually costs the taxpayer (which is ourselves). At some point, fiscal corrections are a must, and these are going to hurt. Nobody today is interested in disruptions, goondaism and destruction. The bandh resulted in losses of thousands of crores of rupees. Innocent people had to face violence by self-proclaimed patrons of the ‘aam admi’. Where are the leaders when buses and rickshaws get burnt and people are beaten up? Political debates on national TV news channels do not reflect the terrible plight of people who live on daily wages during a bandh. After failed ‘India Shining’ campaigns, various ‘Rath Yatras’, the brutal Godhra riots, innumerable parliamentary disruptions and two election losses – the second worse than the first – will the BJP ever turn over a new leaf and become wiser? strip from one goal post to the other, to indicate whether the ball has crossed the line.

Whither Indian football?

Bring technology now

Why is India, with a billion-strong population, not qualifying for the FIFA football World Cup? The blame purely lies on the corrupt and dishonest politicians running the AIFF. Football’s Mecca, Kolkata, is fast dying. In Goa, football standards are deteriorating with every passing day and stands are empty during league matches. Sadly, Indian football is run by goondas, politicians, smugglers, mining and land mafias, and by those who assault match referees and linesmen. India needs to kick out all corrupt and criminal elements from football and run it professionally.

Michael Vaz, Merces It was a Black Sunday. The match between Germany and England proved to be a nocontest. But the blunder by the Uruguayan referee – disallowing Lampard’s goal – will be talked about for a long time. In the match between Argentina and Mexico, a goal was hesitantly allowed by the Italian referee, even though Argentinian striker Tevez was offside. On Tuesday, FIFA President Sepp Blatter apologised to the two losing nations for the referees’ errors and hinted at bringing technology into football. Why is FIFA so reluctant, when sports like cricket, hockey, tennis, etc, have already inducted technology? We should be open to change in the modern world. Every team wants correct decisions, not apologies after!

Julius Carvalho, Dubai

Prompt action Diogo A Rodrigues, Majorda There is a general belief that no work can be done without paying bribes in govern-

ment departments. But I had a pleasant encounter recently. On approaching the office of the Mamlatdar, South Goa, Margao, for inclusion of my name in Form I & XIV, the order was passed by Madhu G Narvekar, Joint Mamlatdar II and Executive Magistrate, promptly within three weeks. If we have more such officers, the state can look forward to restoring the good name of the government.

Paths of Wisdom

Ticketless KTC staff Leo Miranda, Margao Kadamba has started a drive against ticketless travellers. But one category of ticketless travellers don’t get caught – KTC office staff. Everyday, as the public waits patiently in queue for shuttle tickets, KTC office staff directly board the buses without waiting in queue, and without tickets, This goes on with the connivance of the shuttle staff. At the other end, the TCs do not check them. The new KTC chairman should stop these Be under obligation to no one – the double standards. only obligation you have is to love one another. Whoever does this has obeyed Pot vs kettle the Law. The commandments ‘Do not commit adultery; do not commit murder; Praxy Fernandes, Sanquelim Whenever the Assembly session is notified, do not steal; do not desire what belongs the BJP goes gung-ho, telling us how they to someone else’ – all these, and any will expose the government. Their theatrics others besides, are summed up in one continue on the Assembly floor, but finally command, ‘Love your neighbour as you what is the outcome? We the public are love yourself.’ If you love someone, you fooled, as there is literally no solution or will never do him wrong; to love, then, is to obey the whole Law. improvement in the administration. Today’s politicians are all birds of the You must do this, because you know same feather. They expose a minister’s cor- that the time has come for you to wake rupt or criminal activities, but don’t waste up from your sleep. For the moment any time to make the same person a minister when we will be saved is closer now if they can pull down the government and than it was when we first believed. The night is nearly over, day is almost here. cobble a majority of their own. Remember, the BJP made two well-known Let us stop doing the things that belong goons into ministers, giving them so much to the dark, and let us take our weapons limelight that they feel they are above the for fighting in the light. Let us conduct law. The BJP even gave corruption an official ourselves properly, as people who status by starting corporations like the live in the light of day – no orgies GSIDC, which ‘appropriated’ huge funds in or drunkenness, no immorality or indecency, no fighting or jealousy. the name of speedy projects. But, take up the weapons of the Lord Jesus Christ, and stop paying Letters should be 150 words or less in length, and should attention to your sinful nature and have the writer’s name, address and telephone number. The editor reserves the right to edit letters for size and satisfying its desires.

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M’rashtra-K’taka boundary row By raju vernekar he vexed Maharashtra-Karnataka boundary row has erupted once again following the Centre’s affidavit in the Supreme Court stating that Belgaum cannot be ceded to Maharashtra merely on the basis of linguistic criteria. Besides, the Central Government in an affidavit filed through the Director of Union Ministry of Home Affairs, has also suggested that the Maharashtra’s demand for Belgum should be dismissed altogether. The Maharashtra Government has referred this matter to the Supreme court under article 131 of the Constitution of India. The Centre filed the affidavit in response to the Supreme Court’s notice seeking its view in the dispute between Maharashtra and Karnataka. Maharashtra has been demanding that Belgaum, Karwar, Bhalki, Nippani and other bordering areas be included in Maharashtra since the majority of the locals residing in these area are Marathi-speaking. Now the Centre has pointed out that reorganisation of states was carried out in 1956 and 1960 on the basis of various criteria and language was only one of them and not the sole factor. The States Reorganisation Commission had a balanced approach to the issue and was not arbitrary. Both Parliament and the Union Government had considered all the relevant factors while considering the State Reorganisation Bill, 1956, and the Bombay Reorganisation Bill, 1960, and decided the village, taluka, municipal areas towns etc., which are to be included in the concerned states, the Centre has claimed in its affidavit. This issue is certain to flare up again going by Maharashtra’s struggle on this issue for nearly five decades. Till date, several agitations have been staged by Maharashtra’s leaders and the issue figures without interruption in every session of the state legislature ever since Maharashtra State was formed on May 1, 1960. Out of over 20 lakh people of Belgaum, about 70 per cent are Marathi-speaking and till the time of its dissolution, the Belgaum City Council was always dominated by Councillors representing Maharashtra Ekikran Samiti (MES), spearheading the cause of Marathi speaking people since 1948. The State Reorganization Commission had made Belgaum a part of the then Mysore State in 1956. In response to the protest by the Maharashtra Government, the Centre appointed the Mehrchand Mahajan Commission to resolve the dispute in October 1966. The Commission in its report submitted in August 1967, recommended that six towns and 800 villages having a Marathi speaking population be included in Karnataka and two towns and 250 villages with a majority of Kannada population be merged with Maharashtra. But the Maharashtra Government termed the recommendations as “biased”. The root cause of the dispute seems to be the demarcation of areas considering “district as a unit”, due to which the talukas of one district have gone to another district and the villages of one taluka figure in another taluka. According to MES, the Mahajan Commission report, states that the villages with a majority of Marathi-speaking population have been transferred to Karnataka and hence the dispute. According to MES, if the three-point formula …a) village as a unit, b) linguistic majority and c) geographical contiguity is adopted, the dispute can be resolved even now. It may be recalled that similar disputes related to Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala were resolved based on the above formula. Although the Karnataka Government denies it, certainly a step-motherly treatment is meted out by the Karnataka Government to linguistic minorities residing in bordering areas. At a school level, the non-Kannada students are permitted to take either Hindi or English as an optional subject along with Marathi. In other words, if they want to learn English and Hindi both, they are forced to forego Marathi, which is their mother tongue. This is in violation of Article 14 and Article16 of the Constitution of India. Also, even in the Marathi text books for school children, the national anthem is printed in Kannada. Besides the Marathi educational institutes are forced to correspond only in Kannada with Government agencies and are also required to maintain their account books necessarily in Kannada. The Government Libraries in bordering areas are required to maintain 60 per cent Kannada books, The remaining 40 per cent books comprise books in Marathi, Urdu, English and Hindi. Most of the Acts and Regulations are in Kannada and there transcription either in English, Hindi or Marathi is not available. Besides, vital documents such as ration cards, electricity bills, land extracts, bus-rail reservation forms are made available only in Kannada although a majority of the people in bordering areas do not understand that language. If these allegations are true, then such activities are certainly in violation of Article 29 of the Constitution of India. Needless to say that such discrimination is unheard of in Maharashtra where the Maharashtra Government gives grants even to the Kannada medium schools in the state. The irony of the fact is that several memorandums were submitted to different prime ministers, including the one to late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru by none other than Atal Behari Vajpayee. But the issue remained unresolved. The issue continues to smoulder and several conventions including Marathi literary conventions were held in Belgaum. It finds support across political parties and political ideologies and has litterateurs in agreement with politicians. People like writer Dr. Y.D. Phadke, Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray, N.D.Patil and for that matter almost all leaders are in agreement on this matter. In 2000 the Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan, an annual convention, was held in Belgaum. The idea to move the Supreme Court on the issue was mooted and approved unanimously in that Sammelan. An important step was taken at the convention with the formation of a five-member committee headed by Dr. Phadke. The committee was meant to act as a pressure group to further the merger cause of the State-appointed committee. In retaliation the Karnataka Government dissolved the two decade old Belgum City Council (BCC) in 2005 when the BCC passed a resolution to merge Belgaum with Maharashtra. Besides, amidst vociferous protests by the MES, the Karnataka government on September 25, 2006 convened a five-day Assembly session in Belgaum, for the first time outside its capital, Bangalore, to assert its hold over the border city. It also decided to rename Belgum as “Belagami”. The MES retaliated by organising a protest rally on September 27 in Belgaum and invited then Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister R.R. Patil to address it. Speaking to a gathering of about 50,000 people, R.R. Patil stated that if Belgaum and other Marathi-speaking areas were not merged with Maharashtra there would be no alternative but to take to the streets. The Maharashtra Government had also submitted a petition seeking Union Territory status for Marathi-speaking areas across the border in Karnataka. It may be recalled that the former Maharashtra Chief Minister Late Shankarrao Chavan (father of the present Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan) had propounded the closest thing to a solution. His proposal was to create a New Belgaum for Karnataka at the cost of the Maharashtra government. A railway line that divides the city was suggested as the boundary between the two Belgaums. The proposal was never taken up. Now the final verdict on the dispute rests with the Supreme Court. And, there is every possibility of the Court returning the matter to Parliament since Article 3 and Article4 of the Constitution says that drawing up of State limits is the business of Parliament. Ideally, the matter should be sorted out between the two States. The Maharashtra government is of the firm opinion that the Marathi people of border region are not able to live with honour and dignity under Karnataka's rule and the dissolution of Belgaum Municipal Council was unconstitutional. Not withstanding claims and counter claims, the Central Government must resolve the dispute if necessary by seeking a referendum in the disputed areas so that the matter could be resolved once for all. A referendum is the only answer to the Maharashtra-Karnataka boundary row.

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Congress, BJP in war of words over Afzal Guru PTI DEHRA DUN/NEW DELHI, JULY 9

Taunting the Congress over the delay in hanging Afzal Guru, BJP President Nitin Gadkari asked the party whether the Parliament attack death row convict was its "son-in-law" even as the Congress reacted saying the BJP president needed psychiatric help. In comments that could stoke a controversy, Gadkari thundered at a BJP rally in Dehra Dun last night asking Congress leaders "Is Afzal Guru the son-in-law of Congress? Have you (Congress) given your daughter to him (Afzal). Why is he being given special treatment?" Congress reacted with disdain to Gadkari's remarks saying he has lost his mind and scoffed at the BJP chief. When asked by reporters today whether he would apologise for his controversial remarks, Gadkari said he stuck to his stand. "I have said nothing wrong. I stick to my stand and so there is no need (to apologise)," Gadkari told reporters in Dehra Dun. In this regard, Gadkari said Congress government of Delhi

It is very obvious that the esteemed president of BJP has lost it completely. The BJP should take pity and deposit him into a psychiatric facility. -- Manish Tiwari

Is Afzal Guru the son-inlaw of Congress? Have you (Congress) given your daughter to him (Afzal). Why is he being given special treatment? -- Nitin Gadkari

was sitting on the file related to execution of hanging of Afzal Guru for four years and when asked Chief Minister Sheila Dixit said it was done on the instructions from the then Union Home Minister. Now the decision is pending with the President, he said. "I have not made a wrong statement. They (Congress) should rather give the reply as

to why they are not executing the orders of the Supreme Court," he said. Gadkari made a reference to the Afzal Guru issue while slamming the Congress and the UPA for the delay in the hanging of the death row convict, bringing the focus back on the Afzal case file. Congress said Gadkari has lost his mind and sarcastically said he needed serious help. "The

remark smacks of obscenity, obnoxiousness and obtuseness," Congress spokesman Manish Tiwari said in New Delhi. Tiwari further said, "it is very obvious that the esteemed president of the BJP has lost it completely. The BJP should take pity on him and deposit him into a psychiatric facility. The man needs serious help." The Supreme Court upheld Afzal's death penalty in 2005. Since then, the Opposition has attacked the Congress for delaying his hanging, saying if Afzal is not hanged India will be seen as a soft state. Afzal is on death row for over eight years after he was convicted of masterminding the December 13, 2001 attack on Parliament. Four years after its opinion was sought, the Sheila Dikshit government in Delhi finally gave its opinion to Lieutenant Governor Tejinder Khanna recently saying that it supports the Supreme Court's decision to give death sentence to Afzal Guru, but added a rider saying that the implications of the execution must be taken into consideration.

Viveka case: Vora to be quizzed again PTI MUMBAI, JULY 9

After grilling stock analyst Gautam Vora two times collectively for over six hours, police which is yet to ascertain the reason for the alleged suicide of fashion model Viveka Babajee, would call him for third round of questioning. Police have so far recorded the statements of the model's f amil y members, f riend s, 'boyfriend' Vora and her exboyfriend Kartik Jobanputra, who is a businessman, in a bid to ascertain the reason that triggered her to allegedly commit

suicide. However, they are still to come to a conclusion, a senior police official said on condition of anonymity. "We want to call Gautam for questioning again soon. It would help us to connect the missing dots and come to a right conclusion," the official said. The official said there was no substantial evidence to charge Vora with abetment to suicide of the model and a mere line that 'you killed me Gautam' in Babajee's diary was not enough to say he was the reason for her suicide.

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INSAT-4B hit by power problem PTI BANGALORE, JULY 9

The INSAT-4B communication satellite has been hit by a "power supply anomaly" in one of its two solar panels which has led to switching off 50 per cent of the transponder capacity. Due to a power supply anomaly in one of its two solar panels, there has been a partial non-availability of services on India's INSAT4B communication satellite, ISRO said in a release here today. On the night of July 7, the satellite experienced a power supply glitch which led to switching off 50 per cent of the transponder capacity (6 Ku and 6 C-Band transponders), the release said. An expert team is studying the possibilities of partial utilisation of some of the transponders that were switched ‘off ’and restoring services at the earliest, it said.

Farmers pass on paddy to be transplanted at Ashdhan village, Allahabad on Friday. News reports said the IMF raised its India growth forecast for 2010 to 9.4 percent from 8.8 percent estimated in April.

‘Soil, water contamination not from Bhopal gas leak’ PTI NEW DELHI, JULY 9

Contrary to the general belief, the 1984 gas leak incident at Union Carbide plant in Bhopal has nothing to do with the contamination of soil and ground water in and around its site, says a government report. It is the dumping of the toxic waste by the pesticide plant within its premises for nearly 15 years that has polluted the soil and water. "The UCIL was dumping toxic wastes generated during the manufacture of pesticides within the premises of its Bhopal plant from 1969 to 1984 contaminating solid and groundwater in and around sites," says the report by National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI). It may be made clear that contamination of soil and groundwater in and around UCIL premises is solely due to dumping of above mentioned wastes

during 1969 to 1984, and MIC (methyl isocyanate) gas tragedy has no relevance to it, said the report which has been submitted to the environment ministry. Over 15,000 people had died in the tragedy and thousands of others were maimed. Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh is heading the oversight committee to coordinate and monitor the remedial steps being undertaken by Madhya Pradesh Government in and around the site to make it safe for the locals. The government should set up a secure landfill site and a pump and treat system for longterm remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater at the plant Union Carbide India Ltd (UCIL) plant in Bhopal, says the study. "The cost of soil remediation through secured landfill is estimated to be in the range of Rs 78 crore to 117 crore while the capital cost for such pump and

treat unit shall be in the range of 25 to 30 lakh," it noted. "Proper fencing and security to the plant premises and solar evaporation pond (SEP) area for preventing unauthorized access and use by public, immediate sealing of five contaminated wells so as to prevent use of water from these for any purpose by the residents," are some of the suggestions made in the report. Besides NEERI, the studies were carried out by National Geographical Research Institute (NGRI) which conducted reconnaissance survey of the UCIL premises, geophysical and hydrological investigation as well as sampling and analysis of soil and groundwater in and around the plant. During the reconnaissance survey, NGRI-NEERI team observed remains of various manufacturing plants, machinery, buildings and sheds within UCIL premises.

Powerful IED recovered PTI TEZPUR, JULY 9

A powerful IED, suspected to have been planted by the outlawed NDFB was today recovered from Sonitpur on Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border. A police patrol party recovered the IED from Kherbari area of the district in Assam and spotted two militants who, however, escaped to Arunachal Pradesh. An army bomb squad has been rushed to the spot to defuse the IED. This was the fourth IED to have been recovered since yesterday as NDFB has stepped up its offensive in Bodo-dominated areas of Assam. The Kolkata-bound Garib Rath was derailed following the blasting of a powerful IED by NDFB yesterday that killed a child and injured 13 others at Gossaigaon in Kokrajhar district yesterday. A report from Rangiya said an NDFB militant was apprehended today by security forces in Assam's Kamrup(Rural) district.

Tere Bin Laden not insensitive: Sharma PTI NEW DELHI, JULY 9

Osama Bin Laden evokes many emotions but laughter is certainly not one of them. However, 'Tere Bin Laden', a tongue-incheek Bollywood satire by debutante director Abhishek Sharma may soon change that. Sharma, a National School of Drama (NSD) graduate, says his film may have a humorous tone but it is a serious commentary on the world that we are living in today. "It is a satire on the situations. It talks about the post 9/11 world and how it has changed us. It is a comment on the great American dream and the war on terror," Sharma told PTI in an interview. Sharma said he was not apprehensive when he started the project because the film is not "insensitive" to anyone. "I was not apprehensive to pick up a serious topic like this and give it a humorous tone. It

is not insensitive or offensive to anyone. We are not making fun of Osama Bin Laden," he said. Produced by Walkwater Media, the movie revolves around a small-time TV reporter in Karachi whose visa application for US has been rejected. He stumbles upon an Osama Bin Laden look-alike and proceeds to create a fake tape to get to the US. 9/11 has inspired many films

in Hollywood and Bollywood including recent releases 'New York' and 'My Name Is Khan' but when Sharma decided to make a film on the incident, he chose satire as a medium. Starring Pakistani singer Ali Zafar as the reporter and Praduman Singh as fake Osama, the film releases on July 16. "We have seen a lot of serious films but this was a subject which deserved a satire. It has dominated our psyche for so

long that we need to see it in a funny way," Sharma said. According to the director, most challenging part of making the film was not the script but to find the right face to play the title character. "That was a long process. We auditioned many actors but no one fitted. I knew Praduman for a long time because we had done theatre. I knew that he was a good actor but one day I thought may be with make-up we can manage to make him look like Osama and my hunch was right. He is perfect," Sharma said. "America is the key part in the film because like many youngsters from the Asian subcontinent, film's hero Ali too is chasing the great American dream and is ready to go to any extent to realise his dream. It also talks about how George Bush era affected the world. The film is set in that era," Sharma added.

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UN will not reopen probe into Benazir assassination PTI UNITED NATIONS, JULY 9

The United Nations has rejected reopening of the independent probe into the assassination of former Pakistan premier Benazir Bhutto as the the work is "complete", but UN chief Ban ki-Moon will respond to objections raised by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. "We're working on the reply," Farhan Haq, Associate Spokesperson for the UN secretary general, told reporters, in response to a question about Ban's reaction to the letter written by Qureshi. Haq, however, pointed out that Moon was of the view that "the work of the Commission is complete." Bhutto was killed on December 27, 2007 when a suicide bomber exploded himself close to her car in Rawalpindi while campaigning for the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) in parliamentary and provincial elections. The inquiry of Commission set up in 2009 to ascertain the facts and circumstances of Bhutto's death concluded that the death could have been prevented. The three-member United Nations commission, which was headed by Chile's former

UN ambassador Heraldo Munoz, presented its report on April 15. The report also slammed the Musharraf government for both failing to protect Bhutto after she returned to Pakistan and later investigating her death instead rushing to blame Pakistan Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud. It also found that presence of Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI deliberately prevented investigations into the death of Bhutto and may have been behind decisions like preventing an autopsy and hosing down the crime scene. "This pervasive involvement of intelligence agencies in the diverse spheres, which is a open secret, has undermined the rule of law and distorted civil-military relations," Munoz said, at the time, noting that the ISI played a pervasive and clandestine role in every aspect of Pakistani society. Among the positions taken by Bhutto that "touched" the "establishment's" concerns was "her independent position on the urgent need to improve relations with India, and its implications for the Kashmir dispute, which the military had regarded as its policy domain," the report said.

Penguin Canada re-hires Rundle PTI TORONTO, JULY 9

Penguin Canada has rehired its former rights manager Lisa Rundle, whose claims of sexual harassment led to the ouster of the India-born President of the publishing giant David Davidar. Rundle -- who settled suits of sexual harassment against Davidar and wrongful dismissal against Penguin out of court on Tuesday -- will return to work "in a few weeks' time" and "is happy to resume her responsibilities" as the company's rights and contract director, the publishing firm announced. The company also said that Mike Bryan, who most recently served as president of Penguin

India, will take over from Davidar as head of Penguin Canada, 'Toronto Star' reported. Bryan, 54, is a British native and will assume his new post next month. On hiring back of Rundle, the international publishing giant's global CEO John Makinson said that it was both practically and ethically "the right thing to do." He also credited the advice of Penguin Canada publisher Nicole Winstanley in the decision to reinstate Rundle. "Nicole Winstanley had a very high opinion of Lisa and hoped that we would find a way for her return," Makinson told 'Toronto Star'.

Bold nerd glasses back in fashion PTI NEW DELHI, JULY 9

Geek chic and retro dressing seems to be back in fashion with the big bold chic geeky frames of the eighties era making a comeback in style. Be it popstar Madonna and her daughter Lourdes' upcoming Macy's fashion line this August, or musicians Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z or actress Scarlett Johannson, a flashback to the 1980's thick glasses apparently has not gone out of fashion. "These frames are really cool and quirky.They are meant for people who like unconventional things.I would rate them 4 on the scale of 5," says Edward Larenpuia, Fashion Editor, Vogue told PTI going on to add that people must experiment with their looks. A variety of different designs like Oxford chic round rimmed frame, cat eyed glasses, Mickey Mouse and Tom Ford frames, rounded and vintage wayfarers are broadly included under the tag of nerd glasses sported by those who want to make an unusual style statement.

India for compromise on Veto power in UNSC PTI UNITED NATIONS, JULY 9

Pressing for UN Security Council reforms, India has suggested a compromise solution on the tricky issue of what kind of Veto power the new permanent members should hold. The G-4 — Brazil, Germany, India and Japan — hold the view that the new permanent members should have the same responsibilities and obligations as the current permanent members the US, the UK, Russia, France and China. However, the new permanent members will hold off wielding the Veto power for fifteen years after the reforms come into place. "The new permanent members shall not exercise the right of Veto until the question of the extension of the right of Veto to new permanent members has been decided upon in the framework of the review mandated fifteen years after the entry into force of the Council reform," said Hardeep Singh Puri, India's envoy to the UN.

Speaking at the ongoing discussion on the reforms this week, Puri said that this compromise would "ensure that the veto does not veto Council reform." At this stage only a small number of countries want the Veto to be abolished altogether but a large majority would prefer some restrictions on the use of Veto especially in under certain circumstances like genocide, crimes against humanity and serious violations of international humanitarian law; war crimes, ethnic cleansing and terrorism. The deliberations on the Veto are part of the growing momentum to achieve concrete progress on UNSC reforms. This year the discussion was kicked off with the chairperson of security reform process Zahir Tanin, who is also Afghanistan's permanent representative to the UN, asking member-states to submit proposals that can be worked into a negotiating text, which will be the basis for future discus-

sions. In 2009, member-states of the UN finally abandoned the 'Open Ended Working Group' (OEWG) that had dragged on for 15 years without yielding any substantive results. In March last year, the old talks were replaced by the new "inter-governmental negotiations". Speaking to PTI earlier, Puri even expressed confidence that current negotiations will lead to tangible action in 2010 and could probably yield results in 2011. At the same time, Pakistan is not in favour of an expansion in the permanent category. Opponents of the expansion fear that more members will further cripple the SC, which is often divided and fails to reach effective decisions on peace and security matters. These countries also argue that assigning more powerful countries permanent positions in the Security Council will not break the power dynamics of the past.

Lanka minister on China renews death fast resigns Google’s licence PTI COLOMBO, JULY 9

A Sri Lankan minister who is on a fast unto death demanding scraping of a UN advisory panel on the country resigned from the Cabinet today to avert a direct confrontation between the world body and the Rajapaksa government. However, President Mahinda Rajapaksa is yet to accept the resignation of Housing and Construction Minister Wimal Weerawansa, who is protesting the UN's move to investigate war crime allegations in Sri Lanka. Demonstrators have held angry protests outside the UN compound in Colombo for the last four days against the world body's decision to go ahead with the probe panel, which was set up in June to probe allegations of war crime during the final stages of the country's civil war. Weerawansa heads the National Freedom Front, an ally of Rajapaksa led United People's Freedom Alliance coalition. Yesterday, the UN recalled its top envoy to Sri Lanka Neil Buhne to New York for discussions and closed down the UNDP office in Colombo following angry protests against the panel. UN Secretary General Ban Kimoon had slammed as "unacceptable" the failure of the Sri Lankan government to facilitate the normal working of the UN offices. Meanwhile, Director General of Media Centre for National Security Lakshman Hullugale said, "The UN office is functional. Only a regional office of

UNDP in Colombo has been closed." However, when contacted, a UN official told PTI that "the UN office in Colombo was not fully functional. Many of us are functioning from home. Even entering and going out of the UN office is becoming a problem". President Mahinda Rajapakse, meanwhile, said that the freedom gained by defeating terrorism will not be given up due to any reason and recalled it was gained by heroic security force members while protecting innocent civilians and safeguarding human rights. Sri Lankan External Affairs Minister Prof G L Peiris has said the protest staged opposite the UN Colombo office by National Freedom Front was a peaceful demonstration. The minister said that even the United Nations has upheld the right to hold peaceful demonstrations and those rights have been enshrined in the Constitution of the country. An official statement here said Sri Lanka government dealt with protest outside the UN office in Colombo in compliance with both domestic as well as international obligations. When asked to comment on the protest, Peiris said any person of the country had a right to express an opinion, demonstrate or protest against any matter absolutely in a peaceful manner. He said it was the government's obligation to ensure the safety of all diplomatic missions and premises and allow the free movement under the international laws and "we have discharged our obligation".

Zardari satisfied with nuke deal PTI BEIJING, JULY 9

Even as China chose to remain mum on its plans to build two new nuclear reactors for Pakistan, President Asif Ali Zardari today expressed satisfaction over the Sino-Pak atomic cooperation, notwithstanding reservations from countries like India and the US. On the fourth day of his visit to China which gained prominence with speculation that it would firm up plans to build two 650 MW reactors for Pakistan as a move to counter Indo-US nuclear accord, Zardari said the Chinese gesture reflected the warm and friendly ties between the two countries. The President, who is on his fifth official visit to China since 2008, expressed satisfaction over the cooperation between the two countries in civil-nuclear technology, setting aside reservations of the world community, APP news agency reported. He apparently did not make direct reference to the nuclear reactors but his remarks about reservations by the international community left little doubt, as the US and India have expressed concerns over Beijing's plans two build the two new nuclear reactors. Washington has even sought details from China on how it

could build the reactors without the nod of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) of which Beijing is a member. In his speech, Zardari, who is in China on a six-day visit, noted that the Pakistan-China friendship was centuries old and stood the test of the time. "Our relationships had now been passed to the third generation and now every child in Pakistan is looking forward to maintaining it with the same warm sentiments," he said. The Sino-Pak friendship was an important feature for peace and stability in the region, he said, adding both countries had to stand together to fight the new challenges in the region. Though the news about the deal to build the reactors in addition to two 300 mw reactors already built by China at Chashma was carried in bits and pieces by the Chinese state media, Chinese officials have not come out with any details so far to outline the modalities over it and whether any agreement has been signed during the current visit of Zardari. All that Chinese Foreign Ministry officials had to say in recent weeks was that the nuclear cooperation between the two countries would be under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

PTI BEIJING, JULY 9

After months of confrontation with China over the censorship issue, American web search giant Google today said that Beijing has renewed its licence to operate in the world's largest internet market. It is still not clear what brought about the turnaround in the rocky relationship between the two sides that had forced Google to shift its Chinese search engine to Hong Kong which had a more liberal environment. "We are very pleased that the government has renewed our ICP (internet content provider) licence and we look forward to continuing to provide web search and local products to our users in China," Google's chief legal officer David Drummond said an e-mailed statement, without giving further details. It appears that the undertaking given by Google on June 30 pledging to abide by the rules, which included intrusive censors which the search engine had objected to earlier, made the Chi-

nese government to relent. The licence was renewed in response to an application submitted by Guxiang Information Technology Co Ltd, the operator of Google.cn, which pledged to abide by the rules. The application was made "almost at the same time" Drummond posted a blog post, saying Google was committed "not to self-censor." Guxiang had said it would "ensure the company will provide no law-breaking contents as stated in the 57th statement in China's regulations concerning telecommunications." The 57th statement, which Guxiang promised to follow, stipulates that any organisation or individual is prohibited from using the Internet to spread any content that attempts to subvert state power, undermine national security, infringe on national reputation and interests, or that incites ethnic hatred and secession and transmits pornography and violence.

from page 1 Mickky gets police custody

there’s no reason why the accused should be referred for medical examination again when he was examined in the GMC earlier in the day and will be subjected to medical examination every 48 hours. While arguments were heard by Judge Devidas Kerkar in the afternoon, the court pronounced the order remanding Pacheco to seven days police custody at 4 pm.

Mosquitoes give company College for a follow-up health check after which he was taken to Margao Sessions Court for remand. There have been rumours floating that Pacheco was subjected to special treatment and that he was kept in an air-conditioned room instead of jail. When asked the police spokesperson Superintendent of Police (Special Branch) Atmaram Deshpande rubbished the rumours. “I won’t dignify that question with an answer,” was his reply. He confirmed that Pacheco was treated like any other normal accused.

Pauline picks Netherlands Pauline opted for the mussel in the Dutch box for her meal. A Singapore parakeet which correctly predicted all four winners in the World Cup quarter-finals has picked the Netherlands to trump Spain for the championship. Mani has rapidly gained cult status among gambling-mad soccer fans who have been flocking to its owner’s shop in Singapore’s Little India district in the hope of winning big. Media said Mani used its beak to pick a card bearing the flag of the Netherlands over one with Spain’s national colours. Mani accurately predicted the outcome of the game in which Spain won over Germany.

NCP to form secular front

dismiss Tripathi’s comments saying “we are a big party and a big alliance and we do not think there is any change in the situation. But who knows what will happen in the future.” The Congress said there was nothing abnormal about some constituents of the UPA like NCP fighting against the Congress in some States outside Maharashtra. “We are in alliance with the NCP at the national level as well as in Maharashtra. But NCP had put its candidates against us in Bihar. It is normal,” Congress spokesman Shakeel Ahmed told reporters. On the party’s approach to Bihar, Tripathi said: “If the Congress does not have an alliance with us, we will go with the smaller parties”.

Nigerian gets rap for rape

drawing attention of the court to the criminal case filed against him for non possession of passport documents. The accused was recently in the news for inflicting self injuries during his custody in the Sada Jail.


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UN turns down Pakistan appeal on Bhutto probe PTI UNITED NATIONS, JULY 9

The UN has rejected Pakistan's appeal to reopen its probe into the assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto saying that the work has been "completed". Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi wrote a letter to UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon on June 23, raising objections over several aspects of the report of the UN commission, including the panel's observations implying a nexus between the Pakistan Army and the Taliban. "We're working on the reply," Farhan Haq, a spokesperson for the UN chief, said in response to a question about Ban's reaction to the letter written by Qureshi. Haq, however, pointed out that Ban was of the view that "the work of the Commission is complete."

54-year-old Bhutto was killed on December 27, 2007 when a suicide bomber exploded himself close to her car in Rawalpindi while she was campaigning for the Pakistan Peop l e ' s Pa r t y c a n d i d a t e s i n parliamentary and provincial elections. The inquiry of Commission set up in 2009 to ascertain the facts and circumstances of Bhutto's death concluded that

the death could have been prevented. The three-member United Nations commission, which was headed by Chile's former UN ambassador Heraldo Munoz, presented its report on April 15. The report also slammed the (Pervez) Musharraf government for both failing to protect Bhutto after she returned to Pakistan and not properly probing the circumstances leading to her murder. It also found that some elements of Pakistan's spy agency ISI deliberately prevented investigations. "This pervasive involvement of intelligence agencies in the diverse spheres, which is a open secret, has undermined the rule of law and distorted civil-military relations," Munoz said, at the time, noting that the ISI played a pervasive and clandestine role in every aspect of Pakistani society.

LeT a threat to US: report PTI WASHINGTON, JULY 9

Raised by Pakista n's ISI for its proxy operations against India, Lashkar-e-Taiba has now become the largest terror group operating in the sub-continent and it also poses a potent threat to the United States, an American think-tank has said. "Its threat stems from the large and diverse pool of recruits willing and able to engage in acts of terrorism, its increasing cooperation with other global terrorist groups, and its ability to operate virtually unfettered by Pakistani authorities," said Washington-based Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) in its latest report on LeT. It said while Americans may be shocked to see a naturalised citizen so deeply involved in wanton bloodletting, but the prosecution of David Headley is merely the latest in a string of cases tied to LeT since 2001. "While all the cases vary in terms of targets and means, they are bound by Lashkar's willingness to train Westerners in violent jihad. And the threat is only exacerbated by the fact that Westerners are increasingly interested in joining ranks with Islamist militants," IPT said in its 51-page investigative report. Demonstrative of the growing reach of Lashkar is a series of criminal prosecutions of Americans for their involvement with the terrorist group, it said. LeT was designed to provide Pakistan's military with a proxy force of militant recruits to augment the Islamic insurgency in Kashmir. Even today, the primary

B'desh HC bans punishment in name of 'fatwa' PTI DHAKA, JULY 9

In a landmark verdict, the Bangladesh High Court has ruled as criminal offence handing down of punishments like caning or beating to women in the name of "fatwa" or Islamic decrees. "Any person who issues or executes such an extra-judicial penalty must be punished for committing a criminal offence," said a two-member bench comprising Judges Syed Mahmud Hossain and Gobinda Chandra Tagore. The bench said infliction of brutal punishment including caning, whipping and beating in local salish or arbitration by persons devoid of judicial authority constitutes violation of the constitutional rights. The court particularly directed the authorities concerned to take punitive action against the people involved in enforcing "fatwa" against women. The verdict came yesterday on writ filed by several rights groups. The court ordered the government, law enforcers and local government bodies, especially the municipalities and union councils, to take immediate measures against issuance or execution of extra-judicial penalties alongside providing the victims with security and protection. The verdict came nearly a year after preliminary hearing on when the court issued a rule asking the government and the police chief in particular to explain their failure to act in time and to comply with their legal and constitutional duties in taking effective measures to prevent the imposition and execution of extralegal penalties.

focus of the organisation remains the "liberation" of Kashmir, it said. Ever since its creation, Lashkar has relied on an extensive network of private and public backers for financial support and political cover. In the late 1980s, Lashkar received financial support from charitable donations collected from Pakistan, Kashmir, the United Kingdom, and Persian Gulf states. With this influx of funding and the additional assistance of Pakistani intelligence, the group was able to establish a substantial infrastructure. That support structure, con-

sisting of media outlets, charitable fronts, madrassas, and training facilities, has enabled LeT to enlist and indoctrinate a steady flow of new recruits, the report said. According to IPT, despite the fact that LeT has been recognised by the United States, the United Kingdom, and the United Nations as a terrorist organisation, Pakistan has been slow to act against the group and its various fronts-in some cases with the blessing of Pakistani government officials.

Pak to get USD 6.2 b aid from WB Pakistan will get a whopping USD 6.2 billion aid from the World Bank in the next three years to come out of the current economic crisis, reduce poverty and improve the fragile security situation in the country. "This strategy recognises that to steer Pakistan back on a path of broad-based growth, create jobs, and reduce poverty, a prolonged period of macroeconomic stability, financial discipline and sound policies is required," World Bank Country Director for Pakistan Rachid Benmessaoud said.-- (PTI)


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Videocon d2h victim of fake websites PANJIM (HBD) – Videocon d2h, the Direct-to-Home service provider has lodged a complaint with the Mumbai Cyber Cell Police Station, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai requesting them to block certain fake websites which are using the Videocon d2h brand name to cheat the public and malign their brand name. The fake websites which have been created are www.d2hvideocon.com, www.d2hadvertising.com and www.videocond2hdish.com, a press release said.

2-day meet on IFRS held

Goa Branch chairman CA Ashish Prabhu Verlekar inaugurating the IFRS workshop. Also seen are CA P R Hegde, vice chairman of Goa Branch, CA Mangesh Kinare, regional council member, CA Virendra Prabhudesai, secretary Goa Branch.

PANJIM (HBD) -- A 2-day workshop was recently conducted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India Jointly with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs on the topic of ‘Indian Accounting Standards - Converged with IFRS’. The programme was hosted by the Goa Branch of WIRC of ICAI, recently. About 100 professionals consisting of chartered accountants and finance professionals participated. Four faculty members from Bangalore and Mumbai addressed and enlightened the participants on several topics pertaining to IFRS and GAAT.

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Notebook distribution by Sesa Goa

MLA, Pratap Gawas, Pale Constituency handing over notebooks to a student.

PANJIM (HBD) -- Sesa Goa Ltd organised a notebook distribution function, recently. The notebooks were distributed to 142 primary schools, 45 high schools and 8 higher secondary schools of Ponda, Bicholim, Sanguem, Sattari and Bardez talukas, comprising a total of 20539 student beneficiaries. The notebooks were handed over to the students at the hands of Pratap Gawas, MLA Pale constituency. Actual distribution of notebooks to all schools was held in the first week of June 2010. On the occasion, a formal letter and a list of school beneficiaries of North Goa region was handed over to MLA at the hands of Vhatte. Also a letter and list of Panchayat wise school beneficiaries was handed over to respective Sarpanchs’ at the hands of Pratap Gawas. Present at the function were Shivaji Naik, Navelim Sarpanch, Anrayan Sawant, Amona Sarpanch, Laxmikant Parab ZP of Pale constituency, Ulhas Kerkar, AGM North mines- Sesa Goa Ltd and Gitali Naik, Panch of Mastewad, Navelim, Vhatte, business manager, Pig Iron Plant, Mahesh Mahajan, manager Safety-PIP Amona, Shruti Dhupkar and Nilesh Zore.

Telecom pushes Sensex up 182 points PTI MUMBAI, JULY 9

The Bombay Stock Exchange benchmark Sensex rallied for the second straight session today and ended 182 points up, fuelled by sharp gains in telecom stocks, led by the country’s top mobile services operator Bharti Airtel. Tracking firm Asian peers and an overnight rise in US markets, the 30-share bellwether of the Bombay Stock Exchange surged by 181.81 points, or 1 per cent, to 17,833.54, its best closing in three weeks. The last time it closed at this level was on June 21. In past two sessions, the bellwether added 362 points. During the week, the Sensex recorded a cumulative jump of 2.13 per cent.

FinMin to arm taxmen with DTAA data PTI NEW DELHI, JULY 9

The Finance Ministry has decided to arm its tax authorities with exhaustive financial and personal data of Indian residents who use the exemption clauses under the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) and escape paying taxes in one of the countries. The ministry will request countries, including the US and Switzerland to supplement their data on Indian residents with PAN card information and other vital details. The move, aimed at checking the violation of the DTAA, has been prompted after Indian tax authorities found that vital data, sent by countries under the DTAA, of Indian residents working or doing businesses in these offshore locations were lacking data on Permanent Account Number (PAN), date of birth, name of

parents and their Indian addresses. "The information is required to check the fraudulent misuse of this treaty. The data will be received on an annual basis," a source said. The PAN card data will provide overall data on a taxpayer''s financial transactions and dealings, the source added. The Foreign Taxation division in the Finance Ministry is the nodal agency to receive such information from various countries under the DTAA agreement. According to top sources, the authorities have also decided to send these monetary and investment details -- exceeding Rs one crore -- of such Indian residents to its investigation wing to check possible cases of tax evasion. The I-T department will also send all this information to its advanced taxpayer database

Bumper crop likely: Pawar PTI NEW DELHI, JULY 9

India is likely to have bumper foodgrain production in the 2010-11 crop year on the back of a good monsoon and a rise in area under cultivation, Food and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said today. Foodgrain production dropped by seven per cent in the 2009-10 crop year (July-June) to 218.19 million tonnes from a record 234.47 million tonnes in the previous year because of a severe drought that hit almost half of the country. "The way sowing operation is undergoing and reports of good monsoon from the states, we are likely to have a bumper crop (production) this year," Pawar said on the sidelines of a sugar conference here. Earlier this week, the minister had said that area under kharif crops such as paddy, oilseeds and pulses is expected to be higher this crop year vis-a-vis

the preceding two years. The likely bumper production will help contain food inflation, as well as overall inflation, which is currently ruling above 10 per cent. Pawar said food inflation has started coming down substantially, giving relief to consumers. The falling trend in prices will continue in the coming weeks, he predicted. Asked about the impact of floods on crops in Punjab and Haryana, Pawar said: "I have talked to concerned states. There is a problem, but in limited areas. I will get a detailed report in a day or two. I don't think the situation is that serious." Punjab and Haryana are the two leading foodgrain producers in the country. The sowing of kharif crops began in June with the onset of the South-West monsoon and will continue till September.

and send it to all the assessing officers across the country through the Chief Commissioners of Income Tax (CCITs). India has DTAAs with almost 75 countries. Under the Exchange of Information article in the DTAAs with various countries, "some countries automatically exchange at regular intervals, information relating to payments made by enterprises to persons claiming to be resident of India." The payments mostly relate to dividends, interests, royalties, salaries and wages, fees, pensions among others. The country is also re-negotiating the treaty with Mauritius and other countries while it is entering into such treaties with other nations like Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Island, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Netherlands Antilles and Macau.

WB to lend $407 m for microfinance PTI NEW DELHI, JULY 9

The World Bank and India today signed two agreements for a total loan of USD 407 million to scale up microfinance services in unbanked areas and improve capacity to generate quality statistics. The assisted projects are ''Scaling up Sustainable and Responsible Microfinance Project'' (USD 300 million loan) and ''India Statistical Strengthening Project'' (USD 107 million loan), the government said in a statement. "The objective of the project is to scale up access to sustainable microfinance services to the financially excluded, particularly in under-served areas of India," it said. The project will be implemented by the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) over a period of 5 years.

‘Govt must play greater role in checking inflation’ PTI NEW DELHI, JULY 9

The government needs to play greater role in taming inflation by reigning in spending, as the Reserve Bank''s tightening of its policy rates will have little impact on checking price rise, global research firm Moody''s said today. "India is facing its worst inflation problem in a decade, and since the central bank can do little in the short run, the government must play a greater role in addressing it, Moody''s Analytics said. "The problem cannot be tamed by simply raising interest rates to slow monetary growth," it added. Moody''s said growth of bank credit and money supply were sluggish in May at 18.8 per cent and 15.1 per cent, year-on- year, but

surging prices of food and imports saw consumer inflation reach 13.9% during the month. It said although the government has taken steps to divest stake in public sector undertakings (PSUs) and cut oil subsidies, it needs to reign in spending and borrowing because the combined central and state deficit is close to 10 per cent of the GDP, total economic output. The research firm added that fiscal austerity would slow prices and boost the economy''s longer-term prospects. "With economic growth on a solid footing, inflation spiking, and liquidity in the banking system short, there is little excuse for not taking aggressive action to quickly reduce the budget deficit," Moody''s said.

It said that with key state elections coming up there was a major question over whether the government would have the political will to step up austerity measures. Moody''s added, however, that with business confidence revived and firms looking to expand, it should set aside concerns about upsetting coalition members and tighten its fiscal affairs.

BlackBerry maker pushing to tap China market ReuTeRs SHANGHAI, JULY 9

Research in Motion, maker of BlackBerry e-mail devices, said it is preparing to launch an applications store and consumer Internet services in China, as part of a big push into the world's top mobile market. The upcoming Chinese App World applications store would follow RIM's May launch of BlackBerry service in China through China Telecom , one of China's three major carriers, and as RIM develops service for the homegrown third-genAban Offshor, 873, 875.95, 865.05, 868.2 Abb Ltd., 861, 863.9, 860.2, 861.35 Abg Shipyard, 259.95, 264.9, 258.35, 259.85 Acc Limited, 848, 849.4, 831, 832.6 Adani Enterp, 537, 539.8, 529, 533.15 Aditya Birla, 774.7, 799.45, 768, 785.15 Allahabad Ba, 165.5, 166.95, 165.1, 166.55 Alstom Proje, 657.8, 659.9, 642, 655.65 Ambuja Cemen, 113, 113.5, 110.9, 111.3 Andhra Bank, 134.5, 136, 134.25, 135.45 Ashok Leylan, 69.5, 69.9, 69.1, 69.55 Asian Paints, 2360, 2398, 2340, 2384.25 Axis Bank Li, 1249.55, 1277.85, 1248.95, 1273.1 Bajaj Hindus, 116, 123.2, 116, 121.25 Bank Of Baro, 715.1, 721.9, 713.1, 716.45 Bank Of Indi, 370, 375, 367.25, 374.25 Beml Limited, 1000, 1012.7, 993, 1001.25 Bharat Elect, 1805.25, 1825.95, 1796.1, 1803.6 Bharat Forge, 327, 335.4, 325.25, 330.3 Bharat Petro, 702.85, 714.9, 698.45, 710.8 Bharti Airte, 282, 310.5, 282, 308.65 Bhel, 2404, 2410.95, 2383, 2393.55

eration (3G) mobile standard used by leading Chinese carrier, China Mobile. The applications store and consumer Internet service were just two of the initiatives RIM was undertaking to tap into China's 700 millionplus subscriber mobile market, the world's largest, said Greg Shea, head of RIM in China. In other initiatives, RIM is also working with top Chinese Internet content providers and site operators, including search leader Baidu, online game leader Tencent and on-

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line commerce leader Alibaba Group, to create versions of their popular sites to work on BlackBerries. "We will soon be launching the Internet service" for consumers, Shea told Reuters in an interview. "We will also launch an App World China -- that will be soon as well. We think sometime after we put in Internet service and these other initiatives, we'll see that magic moment when we see that acceleration" in sign-up of new customers. Before its recent China Telecom tie-up, RIM offered Black-

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Berry services mostly to corporate customers in China through China Mobile, the world's largest carrier by subscribers. But many observers said China Mobile was slow to promote the service, in part because RIM has no BlackBerry models compatible with TDSCDMA, the homegrown 3G wireless standard that China Mobile is using for its highspeed services. China Mobile said earlier this year that RIM had agreed to make BlackBerries based on TD-SCDMA but gave no details.

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Shea said that effort was ongoing, but declined to give specific dates for the launch of new TD-SCDMA models. "It's in active development," he said. "You're going to see that product come to market, and more after that." China Mobile's current service with RIM is over its older 2G network, based on widely used GSM technology. China Telecom has high hopes for its BlackBerry service, which it officially launched in May after signing an agreement with RIM earlier in the year.

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BY JANICE RODRIGUES HERALD FEATURES uperman, Batman, Spiderman and He-Man, they all have something in common, and no it is not that they are people who roam around in their fancy costumes, trying to save the world from the bad guys, but it is the fact that they all started their journey from the same source, the comic books. Comic books have been around for ages, since the times of our fathers and grand fathers, perhaps, but of late, they have become a rare sight. Although newspapers still carry comic strips and they are often the first thing some people read, the comic books have relatively been pushed out of sight for now, be it a Tinkle or an Archie. “When I was younger, we used to have camps in our school during the vacations and we had various activities out of which reading was one. Our first preference used to be comics especially Phantom, Fantastic Four and later Archie’s came in,” says Pascoal Rodrigues, who also points out that he hasn’t seen many people reading them nowadays. “I haven’t seen a kid reading a comic book in ages,” says Joyce Fernandes, the proprietor of Avanti Library, a lending library in Panjim. “For that matter, I haven’t seen many youngsters holding any book in hand, of course there are the Harry Potter fans who read the books but other than that, not many children read anymore,” she adds. The library does have a huge collection of comics, about a thousand of them, and there are takers. “Astonishingly, the age group who come to borrow the comics are above the age of 30; some middle aged and even retired people come in to read the comics, especially Archies and Tintin, but the Commando and Western comic don’t have any takers at all,” adds Joyce. Although there seems a decline in the reading of these books among the very young, there is a section of our population, especially the 20-somethings who are deep into reading these graphic presentations, be it in the newspapers or the form of ebooks, nevertheless keeping this quirky genre of literature alive. “I started reading comics when I was in the fifth standard, I started with Tinkle and Archies, I still own about 15 to 20 copies of the books and the last one I bought was two months back,” says Louis Sequeira, 23. Royce Rodrigues, 25, has a passion for collecting comics, and has more than 70 books to his collection, from that of Superman and Spiderman to Wolverine. “I started collecting them about 7 years back, although I used to read the comics of Phantom right from the age of five as bed time stories; I am a big fan of superheroes and so I started collecting these comics,” says Royce who also reads comics like Calvin and Hobbes and Garfield in the newspapers and has a collection of them along with

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the downloaded e-collection of the X-Men series. “My last addition to the collection was one book of Spiderman, which I bought just last month,” he adds. Another fan of comics, age 23, disagrees that the trend of reading comics has lessened. “The readership of comics has certainly not decreased; I know people who still read comics. I read Garfield and the comic strip by Mark Carisi on the internet, and I’m a great fan of Asterix and Obelix having read their entire series,” he says. Some other people preferred the Indian variants of the comics, like the Amar Chitra Katha or the stories of Supandi. “I grew up reading Supandi, my mum used to buy them as they would keep me busy for hours, I like Birbal’s column also,” says 24-year-old Shiral Coutinho. The light manner in which the stories are told is something that keeps people glued to these comics for years. “There is humour in the whole comic even if it is the fight of good versus evil in the superhero series, there is still humour in the way, for example, Spiderman speaks,” says Royce. “Reading comics do relieve tension and stress of the day,” adds Louis. “I love reading Archies, it’s so typical of the behaviour of the young boys and girls, a light slice of the real world,” says Rowena Veiga Coutinho, another comic book lover. “I don’t think the reading has decreased, even if it has, it is probably because of the internet games and television that have taken their place,” says Louis. Many of the comics be it the superhero series or that of Garfield, Asterix and Obelix, etc have been turned into motion pictures and this is one of the reasons which have led people to resort to the TV. “Almost every comic book has been turned into a movie, and people prefer to watch them in action rather than read them now,” says Steven Gomes. But some faithful fans of the comic books don’t seem to be very impressed by the fact that they have been made into movies. “I appreciate the fact that the comics are made into movies but the people who have been reading comics their whole life see a lot of discrepancies in the adaptations,” says Royce. Reading the books and watching it in motion are two very different experiences and one cannot substitute the other. “The mind is at work when you read the books; you use your imagination and sharpen your brain and comics are the only thing that can bring a kid closer to books,” says Joyce. “According to me, when

Comics have been a part of everyone’s growing up, be it the lazy Garfield or the sarcastic yet adorable, Jughead. Though some may disagree, there has been a decline in readership. Herald looks into the current trends and the future of this form of light entertainment

you read and look at the pictures, your mind in turn has to create its own image on how these two factors match, but in TV everything is enacted, you don’t have to really use that much of brain power to follow what is going on,” says Rowena. While the internet and the television have crowded our lives today, the charm of having a book in your hand is something that cannot be replaced. “I do hope that more people get into the habit of reading; it’s disheartening to see the books just wither away,” says Joyce. But with the number of young adults reading the age old comic strips, there still seems to be a ray of hope for comic books.

Learn to work Wonders with Wood ‘Wood Crafts and Carvings’ – a workshop covering designing and modelling of wood, organised by the Directorate of Art and Culture is open for registration till July 15. This workshop is your opportunity to learn to transform wood into beauty. Herald details

BY NOMRATHA FERNANDES HERALD FEATURES mention of the word wood, and tables and chairs come to mind, those which you dine at, the elongated, rectangular ones you sat at in school or the one you are probably using in your office right now. Apart from these standard models and designs, wood can be used as a medium to unleash immense creativity. Armed with the right tools and a dose of your imagination one can make wood look wondrous indeed. In the course of ten days spanning the months anytime from August to December, the Directorate of Art and Culture, Panjim will hold ‘Wood Crafts and Carvings’, an extensive workshop on designing and modelling wood. The workshop will be held for three different sections of the population, the general, the schedule castes and the schedule tribes.

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Besides teaching techniques of modern wood sculpture, exp e r t w o o d craftsman Prakash Murari, a Pernem native, who will be heading the workshop, will give extensive knowledge and teach the participants the techniques used with the traditional Goan wood carving style. “Though we are Goan, we aren’t aware of this style,” say organisers, who have not yet finalised the style. They add, “Hence this workshop, which was planned with an aim to create awareness of this style and preserve its techniques.” And what better way to preserve than teach? Knowledge of the technique will call for its self-experimenting and sharing to those who are skilled in it. Also the amazement of the finished products could draw more people into acquiring its skill thereby further circulating the technique among the society. This exclusive-to-Goa wood carving style needs a certain set of tools that are not available in the market and have to be custom made for this technique. These tools, as well as the material will be provided free of cost by the Directorate. The lessons will be free of cost too.

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ost of the star kids today seem to take their work very seriously. Children of many Bollywood stars made their debut in the films after undergoing proper training and don’t bank on heredity alone. Akshara Haasan, daughter of renowned actor Kamal Haasan and actress Sarika is one such star kid, who is very serious and professional when it comes to work. The 19 year old Akshara, younger sister of talented Shruti Haasan, has been approached by several filmmakers but the teenager wants to learn the art of the game first. She wants to form a strong foundation before she debuts as an actor in films. Akshara is now assisting film-maker Rahul Dholakia in the film ‘Society’, which is produced by Smita Thackeray and stars her mother Sarika as well as other veteran

actors Om Puri, Randhir Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia and Seema Biswas. Dholakia took Akshara as his assistant on the request of her mother. It is heard that Akshara is also reading a number of scripts and will make her Bollywood debut as soon as a script clicks with her. According to a source, “Even after having star parents and with acting in her genes, Akshara has opted to wait and get more trained before taking the plunge.” The colleagues of this younger Haasan girl are in all praise for her professionalism. She has been able to charm everyone on the sets. Her father Kamal Haasan and sister Shruti are constantly guiding her. Expectation will be high from her as all her other family members have already proved themselves in the industry.


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WHAT’S UP IN GOA?? ‘Wood Crafts and Carvings’, a workshop of detailed training of designing and modelling of wood, organised by the Directorate of Art and Culture, is open for registration. Registration closes on July 15. Visit the Department of Art and Culture, Sharma Shakati Bhavan, 5th Floor, Patto, Panjim. Call 2438103. Free Sanskrit speaking classes, conducted by Siddharth Seva Pratishthan are being held till July 12 from 6pm to 7:30pm. Call 9260039334 or 9762471782. ‘Green’, an art exhibition by Maendra Alvares will be inaugurated on July 11 at 4pm at Big Foot, Loutolim. The exhibition will remain open till July 26. A 1-day trek to Pangad, Maharashtra, organised by the Goa Hiking Association will take place on July 11. Call 9270955733, 9850492922 or 9823539804. A 1-day trek to Korjuem Fort, Ameshi Chapel, Kudashi spring and Tivim Fort, organised by Wildtrek Adventures will be held on July 11. Historian Sachin Madge will accompany and educate the trekkers on the various spots. Call 9764106156 or 9822155805. A 2-day meditation camp, organised by Shivadatta Blessings Trust, Goa will be held on July 10 and 11 from 8:30am to 7pm at Clive Villa, Vikasnagar, Karmali. Call 9422443152, 9860232084 or 9226501499. ‘Fundamentals of Photography’, photography classes, conducted by Tiger Studio begins on July 19 from 3pm to 5:30pm. Call 9822388450 or 9421742818. A course on interpersonal psychotherapy, organised by Sangath will take place from July 19 to 30. E-mail robert@sangath.com. Call 2414916, 2417914,

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HERALD FEATURES he Khell Tiatr Festival jointly organised by Kala Academy and West Zone Cultural Centre, Udaipur for the year 2010-11 will commence from July 12, 2010 onwards with the participation of eight Khell Tiatr groups and the shows will be held daily at 7pm at Dinanath Mangeshkar Kala Mandir, Panaji. This year’s festival is dedicated to the memory of renowned Khell Tiatr artist Late Menino Afonso. The inaugural function of the festival is scheduled to be held at 6:30pm on July 12 and Oswald “Osvy” Viegas, contemporary of Late Menino Afonso will be the Guest of Honour for the inaugural function. The family of Late Menino Afonso including his son Alfred Afonso will also grace the inaugural function. The inaugural show of the festival ‘Tum Amkam Naka’ by Domnic Carvalho of J M Productions, Majorda will be staged after the function. Tickets will be available at the Ticket Counter of Kala Academy three days in advance of each show. Video/Audio shooting of the Khell Tiatr performances is strictly prohibited. The festival will conclude on July 21.

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(From left) N L Vhatte, BM – PIP, S P Pednekar, Headmaster Incharge GHS Navelim, Shivaji Naik, Sarpanch Navelim, Pratap Gawas, Laxmikant Parab, ZP Pale Constituency, Narayan Sawant, Sarpanch, Amona and U Kerkar, AGM, North Mines

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n most Hindi films, the first thing you notice at the very start is a disclaimer which states that the film is a work of fiction and bears no resemblance to any person living or dead. But ‘Red Alert - The War Within’ admits that it’s based on a real story. Even otherwise, the issue it dares to portray – the Naxalite movement – is topical, piping hot and an issue that has been dominating the front pages of newspapers for quite some time now. But the film’s storyline is so powerful and the execution of the subject so riveting that you can’t help but keep your eyes wide open as the story unfolds. You gradually realise that you aren’t merely watching a film on the Naxal movement, but also the heart-wrenching story of a simpleton who gets embroiled in a mess only because he wants to feed his family and send his kids to school. The film tells the story of Narsimha (Suniel Shetty), a farm labourer, who desperately needs money to fund the education of his children. He suddenly finds himself in the midst of Naxalites when he goes to deliver the food in the jungles. From being a mere cook to actually training in weapons to being involved in shootouts and kidnapping, Narsimha finds himself in the thick of life he had never bargained for. A confrontation with the group leaders turns his life upside down; he is now on the run from both law and the militants. Immense care has been taken to present the famous starcast as characters, instead of capitalising on their star status. Even Sameera Reddy is minus makeup and as shattered as any woman would be, after being gang-raped. This has to be director Ananth Narayan Mahadevan’s best work to date. Aruna Raje’s screenplay is watertight, save for the climax that tends to get predictable. Action scenes courtesy Allan Amin are as real as real can be and K Rajkumar’s cinematography is top notch. Every actor delivers a splendid performance. Suniel Shetty delivers his most sensitive, most amazing performance that can easily be called his career-best and Sameera Reddy leaves a hammer-strong impact. Vinod Khanna, in a brief role, and Naseeruddin Shah, in a lone sequence, are superb. On the whole, ‘Red Alert The War Within’ is a wellmade film that portrays realism effectively, leaving a strong, indelible impression on those watching it. Final word? Give this realistic film a dekho. It’s worth it!

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Red Alert – The War Within

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HERALD FEATURES esa Goa Ltd organised a notebook distribution function on July 3, 2010. The notebooks were distributed to 142 Primary schools, 45 High Schools and 8 Higher Secondary schools of Ponda, Bicholim, Sanguem, Sattari and Bardez talukas, and around 20,539 students benefited. The notebooks were handed over to the students at the hands of Pratap Gawas, MLA, Pale Constituency. Pratap Gawas in his speech appreciated Sesa Goa Ltd for its contributions in the field of education, health and agriculture. Others present at the function were Shivaji Naik, Navelim Sarpanch; Anrayan Sawant, Amona Sarpanch; Laxmikant Parab ZP of Pale Constituency; Ulhas Kerkar, AGM North Mines-Sesa Goa Ltd and Gitali Naik, Panch of Mastewad, Navelim, among others.

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2411709 or 2415118. Learn to climb classes for kids and adults are being held every Saturday and Sunday at Succor, Porvorim by fitness trainer Kim and his assistant Olivia. Book in advance. Call 9422438186 or 9823128184. ‘Giving Voice to India’, a music workshop conducted by soprano Patricia Rozario and pianist, writer, composer and broadcaster, Mark Troop will take place from July 27 to 31 at the Kala Academy, Panjim. Visit www.associationsargam.com/march2 010/patricia2010.html. E-mail diasfluis@yahoo.com. Call 9011051950. ‘Nrityaranga- a Bharatnatyam dance’, organised by Kalanjali will take place on July 10 at the Ravindra Bhavan, Margao at 6pm. Call 2653083. Admissions to the Solfa Music School, Mapusa are open. Call 9049019032 or 9881284088. A Konkani Musical Programme on National Integration held under the Tiatr Academy of Goa’s (TAG) scheme, ‘Production of Musical Programmes on Patriotism/ National Integration/ Communal Harmony’ will be held on July 12 at 6:30pm at the Raju Gandhi Kala Mandir, Ponda and on July 27 at 7pm at the Kala Academy, Panjim. ‘Sublime Expressions, Art Initiative Series 4’, a demonstration in painting by Rupesh Hirugade, organised by the International Centre Goa, and Indian Atiliers Goa will take place on July 10 from 2pm to 6:30pm at the International Centre Goa, Dona Paula. E-mail pro@incentgoa.com. Call 2452805. ‘Behaviour made Simple’, a workshop, organised by Aysha Naushad will be held on July 10 from 9am to 6pm at Channel Tree Psychology Centre, Margao. Call 9049276742 or 9960431362.

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Milenge Milenge Director: Satish Kaushik Cast: Kareena Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor Rating:

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f a film takes a really long time to hit the screens, it generally doesn’t find a place in your things-to-do-thisweekend list, unless the word of mouth is electrifying. ‘Milenge Milenge’ suffers for this reason. Even the man on the street knows that it’s a dated product! The gap between the commencement of this film and its eventual release is quite substantial and that’s pretty evident when you look at its promos. Especially the way the lead actors look. Having said that, never judge a book by its cover. Sure, you walk in with zilch expectations, expecting a dated product with a hackneyed plotline, but as the reels begin to unspool, you realise that it does have a story to tell. So what if ‘Milenge Milenge’ borrows from the John Cusack-Kate Beckinsale starrer ‘Serendipity’, the indianisation by writer Shiraz Ahmed is quite engaging at places. Immy (Shahid Kapoor) and Priya (Kareena Kapoor) meet at a youth festival in Bangkok. Priya is a romantic at heart and expects her life partner to be a teetotaler, a guy who doesn’t smoke and also, who doesn’t lie. Immy is totally opposite of what Priya wants from her life partner. Their worlds collide when Immy lays his hands on Priya’s personal diary and learns of her likes and dislikes. He poses as her dream mate by giving her a totally different picture of himself. After the truth rears its interfering head and the lovers separate, things take another twist. Immy tries to regain Priya’s trust by telling her that they are destined to be together. He doesn’t succeed. They separate for a couple of years and move on in life only to have fate intervening to change the course of their new lives. Satish Kaushik’s handling of a few sequences is commendable. Himesh Reshammiya’s musical score is not bad and the cinematography is okay. Both Shahid and Kareena play the hopeless romantics to the hilt. Their then chemistry comes across very well on screen. Although the film was shot several years ago and Shahid looks boyish all through, his performance is consistent and believable. Kareena is equally convincing. The other actors are underutilised. On the whole, Business-wise, there’s some hope in the Hindi belt, where traditional love stories and melodrama are accepted. The film may be dated, but this might be your last opportunity to watch the hit ‘Jab We Met’ jodi again, so think about it! (Courtesy bollywoodhungama.com) (Films playing at ‘Talkie Town’)

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Akhilesh for world rope skipping

HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, JULY 9

Akhilesh Rajkumar Desai, a Std VIII student of New Goa High School, Mapusa has been selected for the Indian Rope Skipping team which will participate in World Rope Skipping Championship in Loughborough, UK from July 27 to August 4. The Indian team consisting of 13 players will participate for the

first time in the championship and Akhilesh is the lone Goan selected for the same. Akhilesh, a very prominent player of Goa has represented the State six times at the National level and has bagged nine gold, ten silver and four bronze medals till date. The 13-yearold has proved his skills in jogging steps, triple enduaers and double enduaers which are considered to be his speciality amongst 970 different skills. The teenager will leave Goa on July 13 to attend the 15-day coaching camp in Merut (U.P.) from where the team will directly proceed to England. The Goa Rope Skipping Association had congratulated Akhilesh for his selection in the Indian team and wished him all success at the world championship.

Stessi to lead football team HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, JULY 9

Stessi Cardosa will lead the Goa U-19 football girls team for the Junior Nationals in Chandigarh. Michel Casthana is the vice-captain. The team will leave Goa

on July 11. The team will play their first group match on July 15 against Himachal Pradesh.

Football tourney at Durgabhat

PANJIM (HSD) – The Friends Circle, Ponda will organise their 3rd all-Goa 4-a-side football tournament on July 11 at Durgabhat ground, behind Bhumipurush temple. The winners and runners-up will be awarded Rs. 7000 and Rs. 4000 respectively alongwith a trophy each. Semi-final losers will take home Rs. 500 each. Other individual prizes will also be awarded. Details may be obtained on 9923097978 or 9823370872.

Football tourney at Vaddem Socorro

PANJIM (HSD) – Friends XI SC, Vaddem, Socorro, will organise the one-day 7-a-aide football tournasment on July 11 at Vaddem gro8nd from 10 a.m. Socorro, Penha da Franca and Porvorim teams only can participate. Rs 3000, Rs 2000 will be awarded. Spot entries wikll be accepted. Entries may be given to club officials on 9922277161 or 9822580590 or 9823379517.

TT tourney at Mangeshi

PANJIM (HSD) - Shree Mangirish Vidyadayani Samstha, Mangeshi will organise their 3rd all-Goa major ranking table tennis tournament from July 21 to 24 at Desai Pratishsthan hall, Wagle High School, Mangeshi from 4.30 p.m. Following categories are open for participation: July 21 – Minicadet boys, cadet boys, sub-junior boys. July 22 - cadet girls, sub-junior girls, junior girls. July 23 - junior boys, junior boys doubles. July 24 - all finals. A special Ponda taluka level tournament will be held on July 19 and 20 in four categories; U12 boys, U-16 boys, U-16 girls and men. Details may be obtained from Sandip Pagi on 9823763110 or Sagar Sakordekar on 9422593131. Entries may be submitted on or before July 17.

Curtorim Gym mass HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, JULY 9

The annual thanksgiving mass of Curtorim Gymkhana will be held on July 11 at St Alex Church ,Curtorim at 8 a.m.

Coconut breaking contest at Calangute

PANJIM (HSD) – The Active Boys of Calangute will organise their 9th annual traditional allGoa coconut breaking contest on July 18 at Calangute Association ground at 2.30 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded and spot entries will be accepted.

Custodio memorial soccer: Don Bosco Oratory, Fatorda v. Navelim Villagers Union, Panchayat ground, Raia, 4.30 p.m. St Anne’s soccer festival: Guardian Angel, Curchorem v. Cortalim Brothers, Animal Husbandry ground, CurtiPonda, 4.30 p.m. Vagator Parish Youth trophy soccer: Nerul Sports Club v. Milagres Sports Club, Mapusa, Ozrant ground, Vagator, 4.30 p.m. 6th Benaulim Super Soccer: Sao Miguel de Taleigao v. A. A. De Majorda, St John Baptist ground, Dando, Benaulim, 4.30 p.m.


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FIFA unveils 10 Golden Ball nominees AP JOHANNESBURG, JULY 9

Leading tournament scorers Wesley Sneijder of the Netherlands and David Villa of Spain headline the list of FIFA’s 10 nominees for the World Cup Golden Ball award. FIFA announced the list on Friday, selected by its technical study group. Sneijder and Villa have each scored five goals and will go head-to-head in Sunday’s final at Johannesburg’s Soccer City. Also nominated were Diego Forlan of Uruguay, Asamoah Gyan of Ghana, Andres Iniesta of Spain, Lionel Messi of Argentina, Mesut Oezil of Germany, Arjen Robben of the Netherlands, Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany and Xavi Hernandez of Spain. Media members will vote to determine the tournament’s best player after the final, with silver and bronze balls also to be handed out. Previous winners include Ronaldo of Brazil (1998), Oliver Kahn of Germany (2002) and Zinedine Zidane of France (2006).

Loew ‘to continue’ Final nears, Spain everyone’s favourites with new contract REUTERS JOHANNESBURG, JULY 9

AFP BERLIN, JULY 9

German coach Joachim Loew will be handed a new contract as a reward for guiding Germany to the World Cup semi-finals it was reported by the normally reliable Bild on Friday. The 50-year-old, who since replacing Jurgen Klinsmann as coach after the 2006 World Cup has taken Germany to the Euro 2008 final where like Wednesday's semi-final they were beaten by Spain, has been out of contract since June 30. However, according to Bild despite initial talks having broken down earlier this year over financial disagreements and also over Loew's desire to have more control over the Under-21 side, German Football Federation (DFB) president, Theo Zwanziger will rubberstamp the new agreement on July 30 at an executive committee meeting. The new contract will see Loew - who has the best overall record for a German manager of 38 wins in 55 matches - take charge till Euro 2012. Loew is still to hold talks with his backroom staff and general manager Oliver Bierhoff to see if they are satisfied with the offer on their return to Germany following the third place match. Loew's confirmation in the post will come as a huge blow to DFB technical director

Matthias Sammer, who was being touted as a possible alternative to Loew and also vehemently opposed the German coach having more responsibility for the Under-21 side.

Two days before the climax of Africa’s first World Cup, silky Spain seemed ever yone’s favourite to beat the Netherlands though both are desperate to lift soccer’s ultimate prize for the first time. From schoolchildren in South Africa’s Soweto township to bookmakers around the globe and even Paul the “psychic” octopus in Germany, all the talk was of Vicente del Bosque’s side. “They play beautiful football. We want to be like them. Of

course they will win on Sunday, come on Spain!” said 13-yearold Dumisani Motye, imitating striker David Villa’s shots on a dusty soccer pitch next to tin shacks in Soweto. Coming into the tournament as favourites, Spain appear to be hitting their best form just at the right time, but they will not be complacent against a Dutch team now boasting a 14match World Cup winning streak including qualifiers. “It doesn’t interest me who is favourite for the final, I just don’t care what the whole world is saying,” said Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk. “We will just go out and play our own game.” Like the Spaniards, Netherlands have never won a World Cup and want to erase memories of losing the finals of 1974 and 1978. Both nations have produced great and entertaining sides down the decades but earned reputations as nearlymen as they have failed timeand-again to go all the way. As well as producing a new name on the winners’ list, Sunday’s match is already guaran-

teed to be Europe’s first World Cup triumph on foreign soil. That had looked unlikely at the start when South American teams stormed through, while France, Italy and England all flopped. Even Spain lost their first match against Switzerland, while the Dutch started ponderously by their standards. As the pundits ponder how Spain’s skilful passing game will shape up against the Netherlands’ explosive attack, there was no doubt in the mind of one expert: a celebrity octopus. Paul, who accurately picked

Airport firm to reimburse fans AP JOHANNESBURG, JULY 9

Bell takes a toll of Bangladesh AGENCIES NOTTINGHAM, JULY 9

England Lions tame India A AGENCIES LONDON, JULY 9

Cheteshwar Pujara's brilliant unbeaten 87 went in vain as Andrew Gale scripted a successful run-chase to help England Lions beat India A by five wickets in the final of the tri-series tournament at Worcester. Brief scores: India A: 278 for 7 in 50 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara not out 87, Abhinav Mukund 62; Stephen Parry 3-48, Liam Plunkett 2-51). England Lions: 279 for 5 in 48.4 overs (Steve Davies 55, Andrew Gale 90, Darren Stevens 68; Jaidev Unadkat 2-46).

Ian Bell marked his return to England's one-day side with an unbeaten 84 as they defeated Bangladesh by six wickets in the first of a three-match series at Trent Bridge here on Thursday. Bangladesh 250 for 9 (50 overs). England 251 for 4 (45.1 overs).

Bell, recalled in the absence of injured No 3 Kevin Pietersen, faced 101 balls with six fours as England, chasing 251 to win, finished on 251 for four with 29 balls to spare in this day-night fixture. The defeat left Bangladesh still searching for their first win against England, who have now beaten the Tigers in 20 matches

Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga has been included in the 16-member squad for the threeTest series against India, starting at Galle on July 18. Malinga made his last Test appearance in December 2007 against England.

The 26-year-old was out of action for nine months with a knee injury. He returned to international cricket in February 2009, playing limited-over and Twenty20 internationals. Off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, who is due to retire from Test cricket after the Galle match, is also in the squad along

Gaura Vaddo enter finals HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, JULY 9

Holders Gaura Vaddo XI prevailed over Cobra Vaddo XI 4-3 via the tie-breaker after both the teams played out a 1-all draw to move into the finals of Alex Joao Memorial Cup Calangute Veterans inter-ward football tournament organised by Calangute Association at Calangute Association ground

Betalbatim ahead HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, JULY 9

Betalbatim Sporting Club beat Sporting Club of Davorlim 10 to move into the quarter-finals of Muriel Faleiro memorial inter-village football tournament organised by Parish Youth of Nuvem at church ground, Nuvem on Friday. There was no score at half time. Betalbatim Sporting Club managed to net the all-important goal through Malcolm Fernandes.

on Thursday. Cobra Vaddo took the lead in the 7th minute through Flyod who shot home a Domnic rebound. Down by a goal, Gaura Vaddo tried to level the score but Cobra Vaddo defence kept them at bay till the breather. Changing over, Gaura Vaddo pressed for the equaliser and were awarded a penalty as Simao was brought down by

Cobra Vaddo keeper Nicolas in the danger zone. Anthony made no mistake with the resultant penalty kick to level the score. Gaura Vaddo prevailed over Cobra Vaddo 3-2 on penalties. Simao, Anthony and Navnath converted for Gaura Vaddo while Nilesh and Domnic were on target for Cobra Vaddo. Holders Gaura Vaddo will now take on Porba Vaddo in the finals on July 11.

Leslie stars for UB Dando HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, JULY 9

A fine hat-trick by striker Leslie Fernandes enabled United Boys of Dando, Colva to register a narrow 3-2 win over Cuncolim Union to advance into the quarter-finals of 6th Benaulim Super Soccer inter-village tournament for Alvernaz and Lalush Alemao memorial trophy at St John Baptist ground, Dando, Benaulim on Friday. Crossing over, United Boys of Dando surged ahead through Leslie Fernandes. He doubled the lead when he capitalized on a defensive lapse and punished

the rival goalkeeper with a deft placement. Cuncolim Union intensified their attacks with spirited Trojan D’ Costa reducing the margin after he received a through pass from Saurabh Faterpenkar. United Boys of Dando hit back and Leslie Fernandes blasted home off a pass from Joston Pereira to complete his threein-row feat. Cuncolim Union dit not give up and they wer rewarded as Trojan D’Costa completed his brace after he picked up a through pass from Dinesh Naik.

Saligao United advance HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, JULY 9

Saligao United got the better of Sao Minguel Taleigao 6-5 via the tie-breaker after both the teams were involved in a 2-all draw to move into the quarter-finals of Vagator Parish Youth Trophy inter-village football tournament organised by Vagator Parish Youth at Ozrant ground, Vagator on Thursday. In an exciting match, Saligao drew first blood in the 25th minute through Cliffton Fernandes after Taleigao keeper Roy-

all told, a sequence comprising eight Test victories and 12 oneday international successes. This was Bell's first ODI since facing India in Bangalore in November 2008. However, he'd restated his one-day case with a limited overs best 158 for the second string England Lions in their tied triangular series match against India A on Tuesday.

Malinga in Lanka Test squad AGENCIES COLOMBO, JULY 9

den was beaten by Alfred Rodrigues floater. Down by a goal, Taleigao tried to level the score but the Saligao defence managed to keep their fort intact till the breather. Changing over, Taleigao restored parity in the 40th minute through a penalty converted by Levino Pereira. Referee Ashok pointed to the d re a d e d s p o t a s Te re n c e brought down Abhay. Goaded by success, Taleigao fought hard and scored again through Caetano Pinho off a

Levino cross in the 48th minute. Trailing 1-2, Saligao fought back and levelled the score in the 64th minute through Mourinho Fernandes to make it 2-2. With scores level, the tiebreaker system was resorted to, to decide the winners. Saligao got the better of Taleigao 4-3 on penalties. Terrence Fernandes, Alfred Rodrigues, Mourinho Fernande and Trevor Dias converted for Saligao while Cedric Peixoto, Caetano Pinho and Ramesh Palkar were on target for Taleigao.

the outcome of Germany’s six World Cup games by choosing food from two containers with different flags on them, went straight for Spain on Friday. “The octopus Paul makes us champions,” crowed Spain’s sports daily Marca on its Web site. Spaniards will be thankful that calls by some Germans for Paul to be grilled and eaten, after he called the semi-final defeat, went unheeded. Organisers of the World Cup have been congratulating themselves on a highly successful tournament that has defied the predictions of pessimists who

with 25-year-old Suraj Randiv who is likely to his place for the rest of the series. Squad: Kumar Sangakkara (captain), Muttiah Muralitharan, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Tharanga Paranavitana, Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Angelo Mathews, Prasanna Jayawardene, Lasith Malinga, Rangana Herath, Dilhara Fernando, Dhammika Prasad, Suraj Randiv, Thilina Kandamby, Chanaka Welagedara, Lahiru Thirimanne.

Cavendish wins 2nd Tour stage AGENCIES LONDON, JULY 9

Britain's Mark Cavendish won stage six of the Tour de France on Friday, sprinting to the line for his second stage victory ina-row. The 227.5km route from Montargis to Gueugnon is the longest on this year's Tour, and the victory is the 12th of the Isle of Man rider's career. American Tyler Farrar was second and Italy's Alessandro Petacchi third. Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara retained the overall leader's yellow jersey.

Ivana, Bhakti, Riya, Riddi win HERALD SPORTS REPORTER PANJIM, JULY 9

Ivana Maria Furtado, Bhakti Kulkarni, Riya Sawant and Riddi Zantye recorded victories in the first two rounds at Asian Youth Chess Championship in Beijing, China on Friday. Top seed Bhakti (U-18) beat Shetye Siddhali of India and Ton Nu Hong An of Vietnam. Third seed Ivana (U-12) beat Al Zadjali Maram of UAE and WFM Pham Thanh Phuong Thao of Vietnam. Rishubh Naik (U-12) beat Ranmith of Sri Lanka but lost to Mousavi Seyed Khali of Iran. Riya (U-10) beat Hashemi Seyed Fatemeh of Iran and Cho Yeon Hee of Korea. Riddi (U-8) beat Karunarathne of Sri lanka and Lim Wan Yu Steffi of Singapore.

The management of South Africa’s airports will reimburse hundreds of fans who missed a World Cup semi-final because of congestion at the Durban airport. At least 600 fans in six aircraft missed Spain’s semi-final against Germany after an increase in private jets at King Shaka Airport filled the landing slots. Airports Company South Africa said Friday it has set aside $52,000 to be distributed to those affected. It said this was a “gesture of goodwill” and not admission of any liability. FIFA said it would not meet any costs incurred.

said Africa was not up to it. Their record, however, was blemished by chaos at Durban airport before the Germany v Spain semi-final that caused hundreds of fans to miss the match. One of the causes was VIP planes which refused to move from the airport. On a merrier note, Cameroon’s former international Roger Milla challenged the Spanish and Dutch to try and produce a goal celebration on Sunday as memorable as his famous corner-flag dance at the Italy 1990 World Cup. “You need natural rhythm, movement of the hips. It is all about spontaneity, and it has to be personal, your own thing. Of course, you also have to score a goal first, don’t forget!” said Milla, whose goals took Cameroon to the quarter-finals in 1990. Milla told Reuters that South Africa’s ‘Diski dance’ was the best celebration of the tournament so far.


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Brazilian President Luis Ignacio Lula da Silva (centre), Brazil 2014 WC Organising Committee President Ricardo Texeira (4th from L), FIFA President Joseph Sepp Blatter (2nd from R) and former Brazilian football players and football personalities cheer as they celebrate the official launch of the FIFA WC2014 Brazil Logo at the Sandton Convention Center in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Thursday.

Germany, Uruguay eye bronze today REUTERS PORT ELIZABETH, JULY 9

Two-time winners Uruguay and three-time champions Germany clash here on Saturday in a match that neither side wanted to be contesting - the playoff to decide third place. Both coaches, Oscar Tabarez of Uruguay and Germany's Joachim Loew will have a job on their hands to rouse their players for one last effort after losing their semi-finals to the Netherlands and Spain respectively. The Uruguayans have an ad-

vantage in that they will have had an extra day to absorb their disappointment and 63-year-old Tabarez is known to be a shrewd motivator of men. He has already been firm in his resolve following the 3-2 defeat by the Dutch that they would put aside the loss and aim to finish third going one better than their performance in 1970. "To use a term that is common in the team -- we have to bury this match and get over our sorrow," said Tabarez, in his second spell in charge having guided

3rd Place, 11.50 pm

Germany v. Uruguay

Uruguay to the last 16 in 1990. "But we also have our style He will definitely have Ajax of play. I hope it will be a good hitman Luis Suarez back after game - but our goal is to go out he served his one match sus- there and win this third place pension for being sent off for for Uruguay." punching the ball off the line Unlike the South Americans in the quarter-final against Germany will feel third or fourth Ghana. place is a poor consolation for And it looks likely he will be the chance of a fourth title. reunited with his inspirational Loew, though, will want his strike partner Diego Forlan, who side to bow out of this tournahad been in danger of missing ment on a high and give him the match through injury after another boost as it was reported playing through the pain barrier on Friday that he would be in the semigranted a final. new two The 31year contract Motivation year-old after initial A t l e t i c o Effectively the day after talks broke Madrid star down earlier the night before with this year. scorer of four goals in the fi- the champagne flat the Certainly nals - carried German capthe unspeci- winner will be the side tain Philipp f i e d i n j u r y that can best motivate Lahm, who t h ro u g h o u t was in tears the loss to the themselves to one last after the 1-0 Dutch but loss to Spain, effort and claim the Ta b a r e z i s said a night's confident he bragging rights to being sleep had alcan play some lowed him to sort of role in the third best team in digest the dethe match and feat a little bit the world -- for four Fo r l a n a p m o re a n d years. peared to conhad reflected cur with the on his initial coach. decision that it was not worth "I think it will be an attractive playing in the consolation match. game - Germany play very good "Four years ago, we thought football," said Forlan. it was fantastic to play for third

KEY TO MATCH

Vicente, Bert revel in back seat success

Vicente Del Bosque AFP JOHANNESBURG, JULY 9

At first look, World Cup final coaches Bert van Marwijk and Vicente Del Bosque could not seem more different and yet a closer inspection reveals a lot of similarities. Van Marwijk is slick, arrogant and at times outspoken while Del Bosque is dour, quiet and almost introverted. And yet when it comes to matters on the pitch they have one very common trait, they take a back seat and let the players be the stars. While the extrovert Diego Maradona sits at home pondering his future as Argentina boss, he would do well to take a leaf out of the books of the two coaches contesting the World Cup final. Maradona was like a circus act in South Africa, dominating the headlines and being the star of the Argentine show.

Van Marwijk and Del Bosque have let their players be the stars and it is those players who have shone the most. While Maradona was a controversial and brilliant player who lifted the World Cup, both Van Marwijk and Del Bosque were merely very good players. They both played for their country and both played the majority of their careers in their own country's top flight. Del Bosque was a rugged defender with Real Madrid, van Marwijk was a decent midfielder who earned a single cap for Holland. And although the Spaniard's career both as player and coach outshines Van Marwijk's, they both came from humble beginnings. Del Bosque started out in Real Madrid's reserves, both as a player and as a coach, while he also coached the club's youth team. But as a one-club man he eventually in each case rose through the ranks to reach the first team. As a player he won five League titles and four Spanish Cups while earning 18 caps and a place in Spain's unsuccessful 1980 European Championships squad. All in all, he spent almost 40 years at Real, from 1964 until he left in 2003 following a startling four years as first-team coach. Del Bosque's reign saw him take charge at the height of the Galacticos era when he blended talents such as Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos and

Luis Figo into a competitive and winning unit that claimed two Champions League and two La Liga crowns.He did so well because he didn't clash with the bloated egos of his players but despite his success, his reserved personality didn't sit well with the Real hierarchy that craved a big name and bigger personality. Real have not won the Champions League since he left in 2003, and in fact they have not even got past the second round in six years. Van Marwijk has not enjoyed anything like the same success, as player or coach. His defining moments as a player were a Cup win with AZ Alkmaar and a second division title with MVV Maastricht, as well as his one cap. He too then started his career coaching youth teams but whereas Del Bosque got his first team chance at Real, Van Marwijk had to work his way through the lower ranks until he took Fortuna Sittard to the Cup final, bringing him to the attentions of Feyenoord. A UEFA Cup win with the Rotterdam giants proved he could win things and a few years later he was appointed the coach of German giants Borussia Dortmund. But just like Del Bosque, foreign shores were not kind to Van Marwijk who left after twoand-half years of mid-table mediocrity. Del Bosque's foreign experiment was even shorter as he lasted less than a full season in Turkey with Besiktas.

Bert van Marwijk

And maybe it is those failures that have conditioned the pair because neither has been counting his chickens despite reaching the final. "Of course we must celebrate this victory but we will do so with moderation," said Del Bosque after Spain's semi-final win. "We will not be blinded by success. We cannot start bragging or get too conceited yet." Van Marwijk expressed a similar tone after their defeat of Uruguay put them in their first final since 1978: "It is quite something we have achieved after 32 years, but we are not there yet and there is one more match to look forward to." And while neither will likely be hogging the headlines in Monday's newspapers, it is just such humility that will see one of them guide his team to the summit of world football come Sunday night.

place," said Lahm, referring to their defeat of Portugal in the third place match in Germany in 2006. "Before, like a lot of people, I didn't even want to watch this match on television. "But now, I believe that winning this match is important, that it can provide us with some consolation." For one German player too there remains the possibility of leaving his permanent mark on the World Cup. Miroslav Klose, who is unlikely to be part of the next

squad in 2014 when he will be 36, needs two goals against Uruguay to pass Brazil's Ronaldo as the all-time World Cup leading goalscorer. He has already bagged 14 in three World Cups. However, the Bayern Munich star was classed as a doubt after picking up a knock in the semifinal defeat. "Klose has problems with his back," said German assistant coach Hansi Flick. "He was hurt in an aerial duel, and we are hoping that he will be okay for the match."

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