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A vehicle cautiously drives through puddles of water in the capital city, as the sudden downpour caught citizens off-guard on Sunday evening. Photo by Rozario Estibeiro.


Heavy unseasonal showers accompanied by thunder and streaks of lightning lashed several places in the State, including its Capital, on Sunday evening bringing much needed respite from the soaring mercury. With the temperature hovering between 32 and 24 degrees Celsius in the past few days, the steady drizzle brought in some calm, even as Goa expects the

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Education Minister Atanasio Monserrate, who of late is the eye of a storm, was on Sunday summoned by the Congress in Delhi in connection with the Customs inquiry against him after he was detained for allegedly carrying undeclared foreign currency worth crores of rupees at Mumbai airport, on April 2. Speaking to Herald from Delhi over the phone, All India Congress Committee’s Goa desk incharge Jagmeet Singh Brar said that Monserrate was summoned to Delhi where he apprised me his side of the matter. “He has given me his point of view. He has told exactly whatever happened in Mumbai, the interrogation phases, amount of money he was carrying at Mumbai airport and

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weather to turn on the heat this Summer. MARGAO REPORTER ADDS: The showers, thunder and lightning did not spare Salcete. Lasting for well over half-anhour, the rains gave relief to the people from the sultry heat, even as people were caught off guard by the sudden rains. Fire services, when contacted, said that they received a call from Seraulim after a tree got uprooted by the strong winds. A fire tender rushed to the village at around 10 pm to clear

the tree from the road. CANACONA: Incessant unseasonal rains lashed Canacona late Sunday night leaving residents and motorists stranded for about an hour. Incidentally, residents had witnessed soaring temperature on Sunday evening. Many residents complained of water entering their houses even as water supply was disrupted. SANGUEM: Parts of Sanguem received pre-monsoon showers (Continued on page 11)

Goa Government has backtracked its decision not allowing bikini-clad women in the tourism promotional advertisements. The State has chosen three beauties - Miss Russia 2009 Svetlana Stepankovskaya, Miss India 2010 finalist Alisha Pekha and Bollywood actress Mahima Chaudhary for promoting Goa tourism in the Russian and UK markets. While the two Indian beauties have added glamour to the English version, the advertisement was re-shot with same content featuring Stepankovskaya in the Russian language. The 60-second ad, entirely shot in Goa shows the celebrity models enjoying at the beach in bikinis and visiting some of the renowned tourist spots like temples,

Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare today firmly ruled out any changes in civil society’s nominees in Lokpal Bill drafting committee, asserting there were no differences af ter Baba Ramdev’s criticism on inclusion of father-son duo Shanti and Prashant Bhushan. Declaring they were focussed on having a “good and effective” law against graft, the 73-yearold social activist also said the process of formulating the act will be videographed and the procedures made public, a day after he ended his fast demanding a stronger anti-corruption Lokpal Bill. “The committee has been set up now. Now we have to see how to take it forward. The preparations of the draft will begin from April 16. The entire process should be videographed so that people can see who is saying what. What Government is saying, what we are saying. There will be nothing in hiding”. The Gandhian went on a damage control mode to make it

I have talked to Ramdev. We have no personal differences on this issue. This issue will not be there for long. The Committee will be there for two months. It is not a permanent committee of five to 10 years. — Anna Hazare clear there will be no resignation or fresh appointments in the committee and spoke to Ramdev after the Yoga guru had objected to the inclusion of the Bhushans, both lawyers, in the panel. “I have talked to Ramdev. We have no personal differences on this issue. This issue will not be there for long. The Committee will be there for two months. It

Opposition to Rohan Sippy’s upcoming flick ‘Dum Maro Dum’ seems to be only on paper as far as the Goa Government is concerned. The Government has reportedly given lip service to the opposition for the movie as no communication from them has gone to the production team. Former tourism minister Francisco ‘Mickky’ Pacheco had recently moved calling attention expressing anxiousness that the film’s release will bring

is not a permanent committee of five to 10 years,” he told reporters. “He had raised with me the issue of why Bedi was not a member of the panel. I explained to him that Bedi herself has told us that she did not want to be part of the panel. I told him that this committee is not a permanent one and the Bhushans have legal expertise”, Hazare said in Haridwar. Ramdev, who had joined Hazare in the agitation, alleged inclusion of the Bhushans in the committee showed nepotism. “Why is there nepotism in the committee? Why both father and son are accommodated in the committee?” Ramdev had asked. Ramdev was at pains later to emphasise that the representatives of the civil society were united and there was no differences. He claimed there was some misunderstanding and that the issue has been sorted out and claimed that the question of nepotism was raised by the media.

Says CM will have to accept PTAs’ demand PWD Minister Churchill Alemao on Sunday said that Chief Minister Digambar Kamat will have to accept English as the Medium of instruction at the primary level if the PTAs are all in favour of English medium. Speaking at Nuvem this morning, Alemao said the time has come for parents to demand voting on the issue, adding that the Government would have no option than to accept the verdict of the PTAs. Reiterating his demand for an opinion poll on the controversy, Alemao said such a poll would resolve the row.

Saying that the poor and backward sections of society cannot afford English education, Alemao said the high class people have only backstabbed the common man during the Konkani agitation by making Devnagiri and Marathi. “People such as Uday Bhembre and Pun-

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tisement, designed for international campaign does not display vulgarity. “The advertisement is not for release in India and as far as international population is concerned, bikini, swimming, ayurvedic massage, liquid dropping on the head are not something new. There is, however, no vulgarity”, Naik told Herald.


Alemao moots opinion poll to tackle medium dispute HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 10

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line banning bikinis from the beaches and tourism promos. Stung by the spate of crimes against women and in a bid to promote family tourism, former tourism minister Francisco Pacheco had ordered scrapping all advertisements displaying ‘bikini babes’. Tourism Director Swapnil Naik claimed that the adver-

Lip service to Dum Maro Dum?

No change in Lokpal panel, says Hazare PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 10

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churches, heritage houses and even casinos, draped in full clothes. The Government has borne a whooping Rs 80-lakh approximately for the ad, which will be broadcasted in Russia and UK media ahead of tourist season, in October this year. But this fresh look clashes with tourism ministry’s earlier guide-

dalik Naik were responsible for brining in Devnagiri Konkani. The future of the children is bleak with Konkani medium of instruction at the primary level”, he said and demanded to know only the Bahujan Samaj is made to study in Konkani, while the rich are enrolled in English schools. Taking a dig at his bete noire, Benaulim MLA Mickky Pacheco for his statement accusing him of double standards on the issue, Alemao said “the MLA does not know anything. He was not in Goa when people fought for the language. He has come into politics to seek mileage, (Continued on page 11)

peril to the State tourism by severely denting its image. Responding to the issue raised by the legislator during the Zero Hour, Tourism Minis-

ter Nilkant Halarnkar also expressed concern over the negative portrayal and decided that he along with the chief minister would take up the

issue with the movie director. Almost a week has past, but the Government is still dragging its feet over the issue with the movie’s release date - April 22 — fast approaching. Ministry sources told Herald that Tourism Department is yet to receive instructions from the minister on the issue. Tourism Director Swapnil Naik, when contacted, said that the department had shot off a letter to Goa police seeking status on their action against the movie makers. (Continued on page 11)



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CIVIC FORUM A fish market sans bins

Minorities especially Muslims should get representation: Asif HERALD REPORTER VASCO, APRIL 10


The above picture shows garbage being dumped in the open at the Vasco fish market just next to the spot where fish is kept out to dry in the sun. The fish market is badly in need of garbage bins where the garbage can be deposited. Scattering garbage in the market place is unhygienic and attracts stray animals.


We are tired of the All Goa Private Bus Owners Association (AGPBOA) threatening strikes every other month. The government needs to keep up to their promises and fulfil their pending demands. On the other hand, the government should make sure that the private buses follow rules and stop bribing the traffic police for their irregularities. There is no denying that most of these private buses do not follow the rules of the road. Many buses still use the wrong fuel which pollutes the atmosphere, and although the government has built bus hubs, they prefer to halt their buses on the road or anywhere as long as they see a probable passenger, waving a hand. This is done even at dangerous turns. Some buses are not road worthy as many of them function without brake lights or side blinkers. A sizeable amount of drivers also ply the buses under the influence of alcohol. The Goa government should seriously consider these irregularities while conceding to their demands.

Tradition preserved

Maharashtra Minister for Textiles and Minority Department Asif Naseem Khan on Sunday stated that the minority, especially Muslims, should get a representation during the next assembly election. He was addressing the gathering during a minority convention in Vasco, which drew large gathering. The convention appears to be a show of strength of All Goa Congress Committee Minority Department Chairman Saifullah Khan to stake his claim on the Congress ticket for the next assembly election. “I don’t know for what reason during the last election, Muslims were not given the Congress ticket. But I will make sure such things are not repeated,” said Asif Naseem Khan. “Congress should get absolute majority in the next assembly election so that Congress party should not depend on alliance support to run the government,” he said. Cortalim MLA and Deputy Speaker Mauvin Godinho said: “There should be a minority (Muslim) candidate during the next assembly election in Goa.” However, Godinho did not

All Goa Pradesh Congress Committee Minority Department Chairman Saifullah Khan addresses a minority convention in Vasco. Photo by M Prabhav

specify who will be the candidate, but Godinho has taken Saifullah Khan into confidence saying that “People are with you, Congress Party would take a right decision at the right time.” He stated that since they are in alliance, they have compro-

mised on certain things, which the party doesn’t want, but it is an obligation because of the alliance partner. South Goa MP Francisco Sardinha in his speech said Saifullah Khan has bright political future, as he is dedi-

GSCW to inspect police stations, submit recommendations to govt HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 10

The unabated rise of police atrocities against the arrested persons, especially women accused has prompted the Goa State Commission for Women (GSCW) to conduct overall inspection of the State police stations. The commission till date has examined almost all police stations in North Goa, and intends to visit South Goa police stations from April 14, starting from Canacona police station. The exercise, which began on April 6, will be completed in another week’s time and

a report will be compiled with recommendations and submitted to the govern ment by May. GSCW Chairperson Ezilda Sapeco said they are carrying out inspection of police stations to check out the strength of women police staff in each police station, female lockups and other infrastructural facilities. In April, the commission officials had paid a surprise visit at Bicholim police station while inquiring into the alleged torture and humiliation meted out to Geeta Pednekar who was arrested in connection with a case involving family rivalry in Janu-

ary. The officials found that the female lock-up was in bad condition, and that Geeta was outside the lock-up amidst male accused. It was then that GSCW decided to scan through all police stations. The Commission then asked Goa Police to take steps to ensure that female lock-ups in the police stations are made ‘livable’ for those arrested or detained even if it is for few hours or days. When asked, Sapeco refused to divulge observations by only stating that most of the police stations need a lot of improvement.

Nuvem market commissioned HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 10


Caju urrak distillation is a traditional occupation of the villagers of Salvador do Mundo. But government assistance isn’t forthcoming to encourage cashew plantations. Will the agriculture department wake up to listen to the grievances of the cashew planters?


In the mornings, during rush hour, private buses are packed to capacity with passengers. In an attempt to reach the office on time, people embark on overcrowded buses. Under such circumstances, bus operators are helpless as people madly rush to grab standing or seating places in buses. As a result, buses sometimes have two to three standing rows instead of one. No doubt, the busy morning routine is profitable for bus operators since there are so many additional passengers and, in addition, also resembles a very chaotic situation. The problem is that there is so much pushing and shoving, even when there is no space in the bus. This does not make any sense and could lead to a serious eventuality and possibly loss of precious lives. In the interest of passenger safety, the bus operators should ensure strict adherence of norms with respect to the permissible amount of standing passengers. They should also desist from making unnecessary stops at every nook and corner to take in additional commuters. It also affects those who have to honour appointments on time.

Stop this harassment JONAS CORREIA, ALDONA

People spend a lot of money, time and effort in getting court orders over property matters relating to succession deed or division of assets among siblings. At times, these cases drag on over the years, so that all the litigants are served notices and informed of the matter. Thereafter, the trauma begins. The Office of Mamlatdar, instead of inserting names on their records, based on the court order, creates unwanted hurdles to the litigants. They insist on sending fresh registered notices, and want it published in the newspapers etc. The follow up also requires numerous visits to the Mamlatdar’s office which entails a long wait in endless queues for hours on end, without even a place to sit. The government should stop this harassment and direct the Mamlatdar's office to make instant changes in the records based on a simple handwritten application, supported by a notarised copy of the court order. This will come as a big relief to the numerous people who are made to suffer, due to faulty administrative policies. (Do you have a complaint against some authority or service? Are there any violations of the law that you would like to bring to the notice of the public? Do you have any suggestions for improvement and/or redressal of services? If you do, then write to us at With the aim of improving the quality of our civic life, every Monday, Herald will publish the best letters on these subjects received during the week. This is in addition to our regular ‘Letters to the Editor’ column.)

The market complex project built at an estimated cost of Rs 2.35 crore at Nuvem was commissioned on Sunday. Urban Development Joaquim Alemao inaugurated the complex in the presence of PWD Minister, Churchill Alemao, local MLA, Sarpanch Antonio Barretto, and Parish Priest Fr Alvaro Martins at a function this morning. The ground-plus two storey building houses the panchayat office, a multipurpose hall, government offices such as a post office, health centre and electricity office. The rear part of the ground floor has 18 stalls for fish vendors, 12 stalls for vegetable/fruit vendors, four meat stalls, besides corridors and public toilets. Officials said the platforms for fish and vegetable vendors

have been designed by studying various markets in Goa, adding that deficiencies in the existing markets have been improved upon. Block C of the complex houses the Garbage treatment room. Speaking on the occasion, the Urban Development Minister said the Panchayat gharcum-market complex is a prestigious project in Nuvem, adding that the g a r b a g e t re a t m e n t ro o m would help treat waste generated in the complex. “Garbage disposal is a major problem plaguing the state. I have succeeded in setting up treatment plants in Cuncolim, Sanquelim and Bicholim and three more are in the pipeline in Quepem, Canacona and Pernem”, he said, and asked the Environment Minister to take the

initiative and set up waste treatment plants in ever y Panchayat area. Without taking the name of former Tourism Minister, Mickky Pacheco, Joaquim said there are some people who promises anything and everything, but the people of Benaulim what has happened in the constituency in recent times. In his address, PWD Minister, Churchill Aelamo said complimented the people of Nuvem for cooperating and supporting the waste treatment plant in the village. He said that Nuvem village is one of the first village which has the underground power cabling facility. Parish Priest, Fr Alvaro Martins said the people of Nuvem are privileged to get a waste treatment plant, which will help dispose off waste generated in the market complex.

Canacona locals show no interest at consumer awareness mission CM also fails to turn up HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, APRIL 10

While Anna Hazare got overwhelming support for his crusade against anti-corruption, it was virtually a no-show as far as local participation is concerned for the national level consumer awareness mission at Canacona on Sunday. Empty chairs stared the delegates who had come from different states, numbering about 200. Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, who was scheduled to attend the function as chief guest, was conspicuous by his absence. Earlier, most of the delegates who had arrived mainly from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Chattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, a day earlier took out a motorcade rally from Palolem, Char Rasta, Chaudi up to the ‘Maha-Adhiveshan’ site near Canacona Mamlatdar’ office. In the absence of Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, Consumer Protection Council National President Shiv Vanshkar along with Canacona Municipal Council Chairperson Ratnakar

catedly working for the growth of the party and minority department. Earlier, senior Congress workers David Trinidade and Vijay Bhike urged the Congress leaders that Saifullah Khan should get Congress ticket.

Chinchinim gram sabha postponed


If the Chinchinim Panchayat gram sabha was “adjourned” last time, the meeting scheduled on Sunday was “postponed” at the eleventh hour yet again. Gram sabha members turned up at the Chinchinim Church hall on Sunday morning to attend the gram sabha meeting as per the decision taken at the adjourned meeting held on March 27. They, however, returned disappointed without the participating at the meeting since the Acting Sarpanch, Dora took a decision to postpone today’s meeting. The notice about the postponement of the meeting was read at the Sunday mass, saying the Sarpanch Olwyn Antao will take a decision on the new date and venue of the gram sabha meeting. Along with the gram sabha members, around five Panchayat members, including Constancio Fernandes also turned up at the Church hall for the meeting, but went home disappointed. Panch Constancio sought to know how the Panchayat can “postpone” an “adjourned” meeting and alleged that the ruling body has not been taking all members into confidence before taking decisions. “I as a Panch member was unaware of


Asserting that he would not tolerate anyone hurting the sentiments of Benualim villagers, former Tourism Minister, Mickky Pacheco on Sunday offered his full help and assistance to the people of the village. Speaking to tourist taxi drivers and owners after inaugurating the office of the Tourist Taxi Association of Benaulim on Sunday morning, Pacheco said he would always support the people of Benaulim and will not forget the love and affection shown to him since 2002. “I may be here or somewhere else, but I will always support you in what-

nFor the sake of the Benaulim villagers, I am ready to help you anytime and in whatever way I can. -- Mickky Pacheco ever way I can to the village”, he said. Saying that he had never said no to the people of Benaulim, Pacheco said “take from me whatever you want. There is no limit or compromise for you to ask. I am always at your disposal”. Saying he cannot forget the Benaulim people for thrice electing him from the constituency,

Consumer Protection Council state presidents Shriram N Shinde (Gujarat), M B Sawant (Maharashtra), Geeta (Chattisgarh), Devendra D NaikGaonkar (Goa), President (Manujothi Ashram International) D Paul Uphaz N Lawrie, National Legal Advisor K B Pardeshi, National Vice President Shankar Prasad L Vemula were some of the delegates present for the daylong deliberations.

Pacheco appealed to the people to remain united and all things will fall in place. “For the sake of the Benaulim villagers, I am ready to help you anytime and in whatever way I can”, he added. The Benaulim MLA made his presence felt at the office of the Tourist Taxi Association of Benaulim this morning in the presence of local Panch members. Association President John M D’Silva told newsmen that the MLA told them to open the office for redressal of their grievances and hardships. The Association has around 30 members and the office will cater to the needs of the members.

Charred body found in gutted jeep

The jeep that was set ablaze at Barkatte-Mollem. HERALD CORRESPONDENT COLLEM, APRIL 10

An unidentified charred body was found in a jeep at BarkatteMollem, some 100 mts away from the Panjim-Belgaum highway on Sunday at about 7.25 am. According to Collem Police, after receiving a call that Tata Sumo (GA-04-C-0183) caught fire, Collem PI Manoj Mardolkar and his team rushed to the site and noticed a jeep on fire and were shocked to discover a person lying inside it.


Dhuri lighted the traditional lamp to mark the inauguration of the ‘Maha-Adhiveshan’, on a consumer awareness mission in the State. Adv S Menaxi Sundaram, a judge on human rights commission in Supreme Court and high court was present, provided inputs on various aspects on availability of protection to consumers in the event of heating.

the decision taken by the Acting Sarpanch to postpone the meeting. At least, the Panch members should have been taken into confidence before taking the decision to postpone the meeting”, Constancio said, adding that even the Panchayat secretary is not available for the Panch members and members of the public. This is the second time that the gram sabha meeting of Chinc h i n i m v i l l a g e Pa n c h a y a t could not take place for reasons best known to the ruling body. First time round, the meeting scheduled on March 27 in the Church hall was shifted at the eleventh hour to the Panchayat ghar and later held outside the Panchayat ghar before its adjournment to April 10.

Mickky assures all help for people of Benaulim

“Fire brigade personnel from Ponda were called to extinguish the fire, but before the fire brigade personnel could reach the site, the body of an unknown person was charred,” informed police. Police suspect that after the deceased was murdered, the accused might have tried to destroy the evidence by setting the jeep on fire. The dog squad was also pressed into service, but could not provide any clues. North SP Arvind Gauns and DySP Serafin Dias visited the

Seamen to fight for rights

The whole lot of empty chairs as national level ‘Maha-Adhiveshan’ is in progress. Photo by Kathy Pereira

nPanch Constancio sought to know how the Panchayat can “postpone” an “adjourned” meeting and alleged that the ruling body has not been taking all members into confidence before taking decisions.

Serving and retired seamen on Sunday have resolved to fight for their rights and various social welfare benefits under the banner of newly-formed Goan Seamen Association of India. At a public meeting held at the Maria hall, Benaulim on Sunday, the seamen employed on cruise liners, cargo, containers, merchant navy, both Indian and foreign vessels voiced their concern over the utter neglect of the seafarers concerning their employment and retirement. Association Dixon Vaz told Herald that the Association will take up all issue facing Goan seamen, both retired and serv-

ing, with the companies and government. Saying that the new Association would work in close coordination with other seamen’s associations in the state, Vaz said both the Associations would jointly take up the cause of the seafarers. “Issues such as pension, medical benefits and other social welfare benefits for seamen would be vigorously pursued with the shipping companies, Union and the government”, Vaz said. “There are thousands of seafarers from Goa, but there is no identity for them when they come back. Seafarers in other countries have their offices and they are entitled for various benefits”, he said.

Photo by Amresh Parab

site to take stock of the situation. Collem Police also disclosed that the door on the driver’s side was left open and a match box was found some metres away from the jeep. Collem Police have registered a case against unknown person under Sections 302 and 201 of the IPC. Collem Police have sent the charred body to Goa Medical College and Hospitals in Bambolim for post-mortem. PI Manoj Mardolkar is investigating the case.

Saints procession at Goa Velha HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 10

The procession of saints at St Andrew’s Church Goa Velha will be taken out on April 11. The Mass is at 4.30 pm and the sermon will be preached by Parish Priest of Carambolim Fr Conceicao D’Silva. After the procession of 31 saints, there will be second sermon followed by the kissing of the statues. On the second day on April 12, masses will be at 6 am, 7.15 am and 9.15 am and 4 pm and kissing of the statues will stop on Thursday April 14.



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No bar on govt servants to join IYC, says CM

Suggest names on Lokayukt panel: Forum HERALD NEWS DESK PANJJIM, APRIL 10

Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat at youth congress rally in Margao on Sunday. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar. HERALD REORTER MARGAO, APRIL 10

Asserting that the Youth Congress organisation is not a political party but a social organisation, Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat has said there is no problem for any government servant below the age of 35 years to become a member of the Indian Youth Congress (IYC). “I always say that I have provided 1000 jobs. Those who have got the jobs and are looking out for jobs should become members of the Indian Youth Congress”, Kamat told youth Congress members from Margao before flagging off a rally in his constituency on Sunday noon. The Chief Minister said the constitution of the Indian Youth Congress is very clear that it is

not a political party since the organization does not contest elections and are engaged in social activities. “There is no bar on any government servant below the age of 35 to enroll himself as a IYC member”, he asserted. Kamat urged the Youth Congress cadre from his constituency to enroll minimum 2500-3000 members since Margao is represented by the Chief Minister. “When the report go to Rahul Gandhi, they will find out how many members have been enrolled in the Chief Minister’s constituency. Put in extra efforts to enroll as many members as possible during the next two days”, he appealed. Addressing the youth Congress members in the presence of IYC observer J Sarvananan,

the Chief Minister said that Goa was initially set a target of one lakh new youth Congress members, but the figure was brought down to 70,000 due to the small size of the state. “Around 19 states have already completed the process and Goa is one of the states yet to complete the exercise”, he said, adding that for the first time ever, the Youth Congress president will be directly elected by the members as per the directions of Rahul Gandhi. The Chief Minister instituted a special prize for the youth Congress member who enrolls maximum members during the next two days. J Sarvananan and Teo Bonamis also spoke and guided the youth Congress members before the rally.

Goa will earn the right to celebrate victory of Anna Hajare over corruption only after setting up office of 'Lokayukt' in Goa stated Adv Satish Sonak, of Goa People's Forum reacting to the present victory over corruption. He stated that it will be befitting to pursue with the Goa Government to constitute a joint committee giving 50 percent representation to social activists and intellectuals and 50 percent to Government representatives on the pattern of Jan Lokpal Bill. Press note states Goa Government had not enlisted people participation in 2003 while preparing Lokayukt Bill. The Union Government had returned the same pointing out to some loopholes. In the year 2008 when the Bill came back instead of making amendments to the Bill, the Goa Government took a stand that a new Bill will be drafted. Goa Government has not given representation to people on the Committee to draft the Bill, recalled Adv Sonak in a press release. On the pretext of bringing a new Bill the Government failed to make reappointment of members on Goa Public Men's Corruption, (Investigation and inquiry) Commission. Today this commission has become almost defunct. The Lokayukt Bill implementation in Goa will take some time till that period this commission needs to be made functional to take action against corruption in public life. Goa People's Forum has appealed to people to suggest names of social activists, intellectuals to the Government so that they can be appointed on the Commission.

Hospicio runs out of water as toilets stink, patients face ordeal HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 10

Hospicio hospital was once again in the news, but for the wrong reasons. This time, patients had to undergo an ordeal as the toilets were stinking for want of water supply to the hospital. There was not even water for the patients to wash their hands after lunch as water suddenly disappeared at 11 pm. Till 8.30 pm, water supply to the hospital was not resumed, with agitated relatives of the patients giving vent to their anger outside the hospital premises. One Martin Pereira told Herald that water supply to the hospital stopped at around 11 am on Sunday, putting the patients to great hardships. “The toilets are in a stinking condition. There was no water for the patients to wash hands after lunch”, he said.

The clogged wash basins of Hospicio hospital on Sunday evening.

When the relatives inquired with the Hospital staff, they said that the operator is on leave on Sunday. “When we met the doctors, they said whether they should look after the patients or go after arranging water to the hospital”, another relative of a pa-

tient stated. Questions are raised why the hospital did not requisition water tankers to meet the requirements if there was a major problem. When Herald contacted Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat, he feigned ignorance about the sit-

Davorlim Sarpanch gheraoed

Photo by Santosh Mirajkar

uation and promised to inquire into the episode. After seeking details from the hospital authorities, the Chief Minister said there was m a j o r b re a k d o w n o f t h e pump, adding that the pump has been finally repaired this evening.


Davorlim Sarpanch Francisco Sebastiao Dias on Sunday faced two separate gheraos from local residents over an incomplete spring renovation work and construction coming up on a bandh. Residents led by Anand Sawant questioned the sarpanch over the delay in completing work on the spring and served a four-day deadline on the Sarpanch to look into the matter or threatened to launch an agitation. The sarpanch explained to the residents that the Panchayat had tendered work on the spring renovation project, but lamented that the BDO has till

date not issued the work order. Dias questioned why PWD Minister, Churchill Alemao is interfering in the projects mooted by the village Panchayat and assured agitated residents that the panchayat would send a reminder to the BDO to sanction the work order at the earliest. “The Panchayat has nothing to do with the spring project undertaken by the PWD. We have to unnecessarily share the blame for the delay in the project”, he told the residents. Sawant and the residents maintained that any further delay in completing the works would affect the irrigation requirements of the local farming

community. Meanwhile, residents of the village called on the Sarpanch to register their opposition to a housing project on a bandh. Sarpanch Dias informed the residents that the Panchayat has issued a stop work order, but regretted that the builder failed to stop the work. “We have carried out inspection of the site and the report would be forwarded to the BDO for further action”, Dias added. A local resident Fatima Costa said the residents will be denied of the traditional pathway if the building takes concrete shape and demanded action against the construction.


After turning a blind eye to the activity over the years, the Margao police on Sunday cracked a whip against Chor Bazaar along the station road in the Commercial Capital. In fact, the hustle and bustle associated with the Chor Bazaar went missing on the Station Road this morning, raising eyebrows over the sudden action initiated by the Margao police against the activity. Sources in the know informed that a police party headed by PSI Girendra Naik descended at the Station road before dawn and prevented the vendors from starting their business activity. In fact, the Margao Municipal Council had planned a crack down against the activity this morning, but the Market inspector had to return back due to the absence of the vendors along the road. This is perhaps the first time

The PTA’s of schools in Loutolim on Sunday made a forceful demand for English as the medium of instruction at the Primary level, with speakers categorical in their demand that English as a medium should not be subject specific. Speakers called upon the parents in particular and people in general to attend the April 13 meet convened by FORCE at the historic Lohia Maidan, Margao in support of English as the medium of instruction. In his key note address, Dinar Barros said the parents and FORCE have put forth one point demand to make English the Medium of instruction and not subject specific. “Our demand is simple, that English should be the medium of instruction at the primary level. There is no scope for making English medium subject specific”, he asserted, adding that mother tongue could be made a compulsory subject at the primary level. Making an fervent appeal to the people of Loutolim to support the just and genuine demand of the parents, Barros reminded that Loutolim village was once the seat of knowledge during the pre-Portuguese era. Saying that Loutolim has given the world famous Big Foot, he said a big step from the people is now the need of

The old station road which went without the normal hustle and bustle on Sunday. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar

in recent times that Chor Bazaar activity went missing due to a police crackdown. When contacted, Margao

Boost Belgaum-Goa ties: Konkani writer HERALD CORRESPONDENT BELGAUM, APRIL 10

Noted Konkani writer, activist and Convenor of Movement of Amity Towards Roads in Goa (MARG) Gurunath Kelekar has emphasized on further strengthening of ties between Belgaum and Goa, as Belgaum was the center of Goa’s struggle for freedom in 1955. He was addressing a meeting of social activists of Belgaum that was jointly organized by MARG and the Sar vajanik Vachanalaya here on Sunday. “As Goa celebrates its Golden Jubilee year of freedom, it is high time people of Goa say ‘thank you’ to the people of Belgaum and reach out to the people of Belgaum by the way of organizing at least one public event at Belgaum,” asserted Kelekar. Speaking on the occasion, former Belgaum mayor and social activist Nagesh Sateri who presided over the function said Belgaum-Goa relationship have strengthened over a period of time. “Be it freedom movement or supply of vegetables and other necessities, Belgaum has always responded to Goa’s call on priority,” he said welcoming Kelekar’s initiative in establishing MARG movement in Belgaum. MARG activists Martin Fernandes, Manikrao Gavanekar and Arvind Kakodakar briefed about the movement and said that it is high time the movement is established in Belgaum, Karwar and Sindhudurg. The activists also urged citizens to treat roads with dignity like they do for rivers and holy places and follow discipline while walking or travelling on roads. Social activists from Belgaum Krishna Shahapurkar, Vikas

Loutolim PTAs root for English HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 10

Residents of Davorlim seen gheraoing Sarpanch over the incomplete spring renovation works. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar

Margao police crack whip on Chor Bazaar

nOur demand is simple, that English should be the medium of instruction at the primary level. There is no scope for making English medium subject specific”, he asserted, adding that mother tongue could be made a compulsory subject at the primary level. the hour to secure the future of the children. Barros requested the parents to enforce their rights to make English as the medium of instruction. In his address, Mariano Araujo took a dig at Arvind Bhatikar, saying those who are opposing English as the medium of instruction are running English medium schools. Speakers gave a call to the people to attend in large numbers the meeting convened at the Lohia Maidan on April 13. Quitiliano Faleiro, Headmaster of Our Lady of Carmel HS, welcomed the gathering, while the meeting was addressed by the Manager of Saviour of the World High school, Fr Gorge Pazzi, Walter Cabral, Principal of Higher Secondary, Santa Cruz. Costa

Kalghatgi, Dwarkanath Urankar, Jagdish Kunte and others also expressed concern about the rising road and traffic menace and urged citizens to come forward and support the MARG movement. A core committee of 11 activists from Belgaum was also formed on the occasion.

Police station incharge, PI Santosh Mirajkar informed there’s nothing new in the police action, adding that

policemen deployed for early morning duties had been initiating action against the activity on Sunday morning.



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UPCOMING EVENTS Art of Living Course at Margao PANJIM (HND): Art of Living Course designed by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will be conducted from April 11 to 16 from 7 pm to 9.30 pm at Sri Sri Management Studies, Borda, Margao. The course teaches a powerful breathing technique ‘Sudharshan Kriya’ which is very effective for stress and stress induced ailments as depression, diabetics, hyper tension etc. Interested persons may contact Dr Venkatesh Hegde on 9422063255.

Dept of Civil Supplies to shift

PANJIM (HND): The office of Department of Civil Supplies will temporarily shift from Junta House to Government Flat No E1-1, E type, near Vidya Prabodhini High School , Porvorim, from April 11, for a period of 4 to 6 months.

Manipal Finance Lok Adalat

PANJIM (HND): The National Consumers Commission has notified that a Lok Adalat, Consumers Disputes Redressal Commission, on matters against Manipal Finance Corporation Ltd and Manipal Sowbhagya Nidhi Ltd, will be held on April 12 at 10 am in the premises of the Commission in Junta House, Panjim. Interested parties may attend the Lok Adalat.

Dance contest at Zuarinagar

VASCO (HR): Shree Sevalal Banjara Boys, Sports and Cultural Club of Zuari Nagar Birla-Sancoale, will organise ‘Dance War 03’, all Goa solo and group dance competition at Zuarinagar on April 14. The eligibility criteria for the junior solo dance participants are that they should be between 5 to 15 years. This is the third edition after great success of ‘Dance War’, two editions in 2009 and 2010. For details, contact 9970997788 or 9823597051.

Fire service week at Bicholim

BICHOLIM (HC): As a part of the Fire Service Week, the Bicholim fire force will organise a demonstration drive in the market on April 16 at 3.30 pm. According to the Bicholim station fire officer L S Naik, the fire force will observe fire service week from April 14 to 20. In view of this, the Bicholim fire force has organised a demonstration on April 16 in the Bicholim market. Naik has called upon the people not to panic as it would just be a mock drill exercise.

Scouts awards ceremony

QUEPEM (HC): Thomas C Fernandes of Assolda-Quepem and a teacher at St Jesus Convent High School Raia has been selected for the best Scout Award 2011. The award distribution ceremony will be held at Mary Immaculate Conception Church Hall Panjim on April 14 at 3.30 pm. The best Scout Award 2011 has been instituted by Nandu Sukhthankar in memory of his father scoutmaster late Baba Sukhathankar, who was selected as the best scouter by Bharat Scouts and Guides, Goa state, for his outstanding performance in Scouts and Guides. The President of Bharat Scouts and Guides Goa State, Dr Wilfred de Souza will preside over the function. Best Scouter and Best Guider, Bob-a-Job highest earnings and Best Units (Schools) awards will be presented on the occasion.

Eduardo favours primary education in mother tongue HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 10

NRI Commissioner Eduardo Faleiro has said that it is universally accepted that Children, who begin their education in the mother tongue demonstrate increased self confidence and perform better that those who start school in a new language. “The only peril of education in the mother tongue concerns the possibility of ineffective teaching”, he said, while speaking as the chief guest at a function organized by Vidya Vikas Mandal to pay tributes to its Founder J M N Gaunekar here on Saturday. The NRI Commissioner, who was felicitated by Vidya Vikas Mandal Chairman Ramnath Kare on the occasion, said the Goa government should carry out comprehensive reforms in the primary education system so that the children of the affluent and of the less privileged avail of a similar level of high quality primary education. “The report of the Madhav Kamat Committee for revitalizing education in vernacular medium schools should be implemented,” Faleiro added. While complimenting Vidya Vikas Mandal for having contributed to Goa with high quality educational institutions, Faleiro said that India now competes

College inauguration

MAYEM (HC): Vijayabai Rane Vocational Training Centre, affiliated to Government Polytechnic College, Mayem, will be inaugurated at Pedani Advai, Sattari, on April 12 at 6.30 pm. According to Adv Ajeetsingh Rane, central director of the institution, Government Polytechnic College Mayem Principal Subhash Borkar will be the chief guest for the function, Poornand Sawaikar will be the guest of honour, while Sattari Mamlatdar Satish Desai will be the special invitee.


NRI Commissioner Eduardo Faleiro is felicitated by President of Vidya Vikas Mandal R G Kare on the occasion of 75th birth anniversary celebration of late Adv H M N Gaunekar, founder president of the Mandal at Comba Margao on Saturday.

globally in areas that require highly trained individuals and called for improving the quality of higher education. “The competition is fierce. China is investing heavily in improving its universities with the aim of making them world class. Other Asian countries are also


The Goa Housing Board (GHB) has handed over 1000 sq mtrs of land to the Penha-da-Franca Panchayat to set up a garbage treatment plant. Speaking to Herald on various development works in his constituency, Aldona MLA Dayanand Narvekar mentioned that the Penha da Franca Panchyat had

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upgrading their higher education with the same objective”, Faleiro added. Earlier in his welcome address, the president of Vidya Vikas Mandal, Ramnath Kare briefed about the educational facilities made available by the Mandal since its inception till date.

After nearly 16 months, the State, in a criminal appeal filed in the High Court has challenged serial killer Mahanand Naik’s first acquittal in the Bhagu Upaskar death case. The Court, accepting the petition, has been fixed for hearing on Monday. In January 2010, North Goa District and Sessions Court had acquitted Mahanand for ‘want of evidence’. According to the police chargesheet, the victim was taken from Tambdi Surla to Quepem and killed by Mahanand in 2007. Quepem police had recovered her body and an unnatural death had been registered. Mahanand has a string of seven acquittals out of 18 rape, murder and robbery cases booked against him. His crime epidemic unfolded one by one after he was called for questioning in the rape charge by the lone surviving victim. He is serving seven years rigorous imprisonment for raping the 23-year-old victim in 2009. The rickshaw driver, through his legal counsel has challenged his conviction in the High Court, which is being regularly heard.

Penha-da-Franca gets land for garbage plant

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submitted a proposal to the State governent to set up a garbage treatment plant at Porvorim and had requested the government to provide them funds to the tune of Rs 3 crore. "If the State government gives its green signal to the project and releases the funds, the panchayat will take up the project soon. Once this project goes on stream, Porvorim will become garbage and plastic free area," said Narvekar. The Aldona ML A also informed that residents of Porvorim would soon get a new market. "The condition of the existing market in Housing Board Colony has become pathetic and is on the verge of collapse. The Goa Infrastructure Development Corporation has undertaken the responsibility to construct a new market at estimated cost of Rs 5 crore," he said. "The GSIDC will also construct a swimming pool at Porvorim at a cost of Rs 5 crore. The PWD

Quepem school panel goes on study tour to Mangalore

will develop the ground near Hanuman temple at Housing Board Colony by spending Rs 1 crore," Narvekar added. The Aldona MLA informed that work of laying underground cables from Porvorim Power Sub station to all feeders is nearing completion. "The State government has sanctioned an amount of Rs 46 crore for underground cabling of High Tension line in Porvorim constituency. In the next phase, work of underground cabling of Low Tension Line will be taken up," he said. "Under the beautification project, a 2-mtr footpath from Azad Bhavan to other areas of Porvorim plateau coming under jurisdiction of Penha da Franca will be constructed," he said. Narvekar also mentioned that the since the panchayat office of Salvador-do-Mundo panchayat is very small, the government has decided to construct a new Panchayat Ghar complex at a cost of Rs 5 crore.

S H O RT TA K E S Household goods gutted PORVORIM (HC): Household goods worth Rs 97,000 were gutted in a fire at a house in Olaulim-Pomburpa on Friday afternoon. Mapusa Fire Station Officer D Redkar said the fire services received a call at about 12.25 pm stating that fire had broken out in the house of Ashok Naik. Six fire fighters rushed to the site along with a fire tender and they battled for almost two hours before extinguishing the fire. Household goods such as clothes, utensils, TV, washing machine, cupboards and cash, all valued at around Rs 97,000 were gutted in the fire. The cause of fire is not known and investigations are in progress, said Redkar.

Water pipeline damaged

MAYEM (HC): They were at work to attend to a public utility, but ended up damaging another utility. Labourers engaged in road widening work damaged the main water pipeline at Housing Board on Thursday evening, disrupting water supply to residents of residents of Sashtiwada in Bordem-Bicholim and surrounding areas. Huge amounts of water began gushing out of the damaged pipeline since the past three days, much to the anger of the affected residents. Residents have accused the Bicholim PWD has been accused of failing to repair the pipeline immediately and stopping huge wastage of water. They also feel that labourers assigned to roadwork should take proper precautions to avoid damaging water pipelines along the route.

Women’s Day held at Calangute

CALANGUTE (HC): The Junior Chamber International Calangute organised various competitions for women to mark the Women’s Day celebration at Candolim. The JCI team organised competitions like best saree, hair style, food making and salad decoration for the women from Candolim, Calangute and surrounding villages. The competitions evoked good response from the women. The highest number of contestants was in the best saree competition with 20 contestants taking part, while other competitions also drew a good number of contestants. Parra Panch Dilaila Lobo was the chief guest for the function. The prizes to the winners were given away by the chief guest in the presence of the organising team led by Chairperson Dileja Parulekar, Project Director Sonal Walunj, Seema Shirodkar, Project Coordinator Javed Ahmed and Poonam Munge. Earlier, the chief guest and other dignitaries inaugurated the function.

Staff selection examination

PANJIM (HND): Under a new scheme of Staff Selection Commission, a single examination will be conducted for posts for which graduation is the minimum educational qualification. Applications are invited from eligible candidates for Combined Graduate level Examination, 2011 for following posts: Assistants, Inspector Central Excise/Preventive Officer/Examiner, Inspector of Income Tax, Assistant Enforcement Officer in the pay scale of Rs 9300-34800/466(GP), Inspector of Posts, Statistical Investigators-Grade II, Sub-Inspectors (CBI), Divisional Accountants in the pay scale of Rs 9300-34800/4200(GP) and Auditors, Junior Accountants/Accountants Compiler, Tax Assistants, UDCs in the pay scale of Rs 5200-20200/2800(GP) and 5200-20200/2400(GP). The advertisement has appeared in the 'Employment News" dated March 19 to 25. The last date for receipt of applications is April 18. Preliminary (Tier I) examination will be held on June 19. The dates of examination are June 19 and 26.


MORJIM: From 9 am to 3 pm at VP Morjim and VP AgarwadaChopem. And from 9 am to 2 pm at VP Parcem. SIOLIM: From 9.30 am to 5 pm at Siolim wadi and surrounding areas. AMBEGAL, PALE: From 9 am to 5.30 at Ambegal, Talematha, Torla, Navarwada, Deulwada and Pale VP Pale Kothambi in Bicholim. ST CRUZ: From 9 am to 2 pm. Areas affected are St Francis colony, Fernando Puram, Cabesa, Dewolvaddo, Bandh, Marrod, St Babra, Ubo Dando T/C, St Cruz Church, Cementary T/C and surrounding areas.

Canacona health centre gets ambulance



The Quepem Taluka Level School Complex Committee (TLSCC) recently conducted its annual educational study tour at Mangalore-Karnataka. The heads of institutions from the taluka were part of the tour. They included TLSCC President Deepak Dessa, former minister Prakash Velip, Dr Uday Gaonkar, Prof Vaman Bhadri, Vithal Audienkar, Shanker Dessai, Mangala Dessai, Geraldin Mendes, Cynthia Coelho, Amruddin Shaikh and Marunalini Kudchadker. As part of the tour, a seminar was organised at world Konkani Centre Mangalore on ‘Role of the Headmaster, Principal in good governance of the institution’. It was chaired by Dr Basti Vaman Shenoy, while Dr Mohan Pal, Prof Ganesh Bhatt and Annappa Pal were the recourse persons. The team visited different institutions to witness the functioning. They were Sriniwas Pathshala Oriental School, Nalanda High School, St Aloysts High School and Pre-University College, Canara High School, Canara Girls High School Alvas Education Foundation.

The new ambulance allotted to CHC Canacona being inspected by the Canacona medical officer. Photo by Kathy Pereira HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, APRIL 10

Things seem to be finally improving at the beleaguered Community Health Centre (CHC) Canacona, as a new ambulance was added to the hospital on Thursday. The residents have been regularly criticizing the Canacona CHC, on grounds that it lacked basic health facilities. According to sources, the Directorate of Health Services delivered the new ambulance on Thursday afternoon. An informal brief inauguration

of the ambulance by CHC staff was held on Thursday evening by putting a flower garland and taking a round outside the CHC gate, before shifting it to the parking lot of the hospital. It may be recalled that Canacona residents have been protesting over the inadequate medical facilities, including ambulance facilities, at the lone government hospital in Canacona taluka. The 108 emergency service is regularly deployed to shift needy patients to Margao and elsewhere in the absence of adequate ambulance services.

‘Changes needed in physical education’ HERALD CORRESPONDENT MAYEM, APRIL 10

Bicholim MLA Rajesh Patnekar has stressed the need for adopting dynamic changes in physical education training. He was addressing the gathering after inaugurating the

Way of the Cross held atop Anjuna hill

four-day training camp for PT teachers at Shivaji Maidan, Bicholim. Patnekar called upon the PE teachers to grasp it properly to create bright sportsmen and women in Goa. Radhakrishna High School

Headmaster Usha Naik, Goa Kho-Kho Association President Gokuldas Shirodkar, Srikant More, Luis Lima, Vidhyadhar Patil and Raufkhan Pathan were present on the occasion. Maruti Patil compered the function.

Hundreds of villagers from Anjuna and surrounding villages assembled for Way of the Cross at Anjuna hill on Friday. St Michael’s Church, Anjuna, Parish Priest Fr Thomas Gonsalves led the devotees atop the hill for Way of the Cross and Holy Eucharist at the Miraculous Cross. The devotees took part in the religious ceremonies climbing almost 400 steps to reach the hill for a Holy Eucharist concelebrated by Pilar Society Provincial Superior Fr Kryiel D’Sousa, Fr Max Gonsalves, Fr Agnel Fernandes, Fr Thomas Gonsalves and Fr Constancio Mendes (assistant parish priest of Anjuna. “In today’s society, we see failures either on the sporting field, education or other fields as a setback to our successes, but it was just the contrary in the life of Jesus Christ and he exemplified it in his fall while carrying the Cross to Cavalry,” said Fr Kryiel in his homily. Earlier, Fr Kryiel blessed the newly erected Cross with the image of Jesus Christ hanging on it in the presence of Fr Gonsalves, Fr Mendes, Fr Max Gonsalves, Fr Agnel Fernandes and a large number of devotees from Anjuna, Vagator and Calangute.

Silveira regrets absence on b’day PANJIM (HND): MLA Francisco Silveira will be out of station on the occasion his birthday on April 12. He regrets any inconvenience caused to his constituents, friends and well-wishers.



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Anti-corruption drive makes a mark

Rallies organised at Margao, Vasco; chain hunger strike at Bicholim

Activists and students take out a rally around the Margao Municipal garden demanding Lokayukta for Goa. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 10

Activists and students took out a victory rally in the city here on Saturday evening in view of the Center’s decision to accept the demand of anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare on the Lok Pal Bill. The activists, however, demanded that the Goa government take immediate steps to appoint the Lokayukta to crub corruption in the state. Activist Geraldine Fernandes told newsmen that Goa has earned the dubious distinction as the most corrupt state in the country, adding that the people of the state will now agitate for the constitution of the Lokayukta. She urged the people to join the on-

going movement against corruption and to secure the future of the citizens and help make Goa a model state in the country. Slogan shouting activists and students took out a rally in the city which wend its way through the city’s thoroughfares. The activists carried banners and candles, besides the Tri Colour demanding a stop to corruption. Activists and students from Salcete had descended in the Commercial Capital in the last four days, beginning with a day-long token fast at the Lohia Maidan, followed by dharnas and rallies to express solidarity with Anna Hazare. On Saturday morning, former Margao Municipal Councilor Ramdas Hazare and his supporters sat on a hunger

Citizens take part in the candlelit rally organized by Mormugao Union of Journalist in Vasco on Friday. Photo by M Prabhav

strike to express his support for Anna Hazare’s crusade against corruption. Vasco reporter adds: The ‘India fight against corruption’ campaign is gaining momentum in the State, as a large number of residents from Mormugao and other parts of the State joined candlelit march organized by Mormugao Union of Journalists (MUJ) in Vasco on Friday evening. The citizens that included a sevenyear-old student, industrialists, professionals and local politicians, all came out in support of the social activist Anna Hazare by taking part in the candlelit march. The rally commenced at the Hutatma Chwok in Vasco and proceeded in the city along the Swathantrapath, before

Telecom Dept lethargy causes 2 mishaps in Curca

culminating near the Dr T B Cunha Chowk. All those participating in the rally pledged that they were ready to go to jail during Jail Bharo Abhiyan, as announced by Anna Hazare. Addressing the gathering, Adv Shatish Sonak criticized the government for its reluctant approach to enact the Lokpal Bill and he said that all Goans should fight against corruption. South Goa South chief of Patanjali Yog and Bharat Swabhiman Namdev Chopdecar and Convener of Vasco Civic Forum Higino Rebelo were among those who also spoke at the meeting. Members representing the Bharat Swabhiman, Bhramanan Swanstan, Belabai Mahila Mandal, Jaycees, All Goa fishing Boat Owner Association and

E-services launched for women, kids HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 10

Directorate of Women and Child Development has hosted 4 eServices – Kanyadan Scheme, Grant-In-Aid Scheme to provide Financial Assistance to the Mahila Mandals, Registration of Homes under Juvenile Justice Act and Registration of Homes under Goa Children’s Act – on through which citizens can file online e-application. These services can also availed by the citizen at various Lok Seva Kendras for a nominal fee.

The telephone pole lies flat on the ground, very close to the road, at Curca. HERALD CORRESPONDENT MERCES, APRIL 10

Delay by workers at the Pilar telephone exchange to replace a corroding telephone pole has led to two mishaps in Curca. A local, Benny D’Silva, informed Herald that around two months ago, the telephone pole located near his house got corroded and bent towards the road. “We informed the linesman B B Kuri to replace the pole since it would cause inconvenience to motorists plying along this steep and narrow road. However, instead of replacing the pole, the linesman along with other locals used a GI pipe to hold the pole upright,” Benny added. He further informed that the GI pipe, unable to hold the weight, also got bent and the

telephone pole again tilted towards the road. “On April 1, when a motorcyclist from Merces tried to avoid the pole, the loose cables got entangled in his motorcycle due to which he lost control of the bike and fell,” Benny said and added that the person suffered leg fracture and is being treated at GMC. Benny also informed that another person, also from Merces, met with a similar accident on April 6, when his bike brushed against the pole and the rider was thrown off the bike. “Luckily, the person suffered only minor injuries,” he added. Benny further blamed the telephone exchange workers for not heeding to their requests, which resulted in both mishaps and has demanded immediate replacement of the pole.

Photo by Rozario Estibeiro

When contacted, junior engineer S R Lamani of Pilar exchange said that he is unaware of the incident since nobody has brought it to his notice. He also said that the linesman, Mr Kuri, had not intimated him of any demands from the locals to replace the pole. When contacted, Kuri, said he has repaired the pole several times in the past, but every time the cable operator pulls his cables over the pole due to which it gets bent. Kuri also said that they can do without the pole as it is only being used to keep the distribution box. Later, JE Lamani assured that he will get the pole removed from the place and shift the distribution box to some other location, to solve the problem once and for all.

Churchill-backed group takes over reigns of Rumdamol p’yat HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 10

PWD Minister Churchill Alemao-backed group has come to power in the Rumdamol Panchayat. In the elections held on Friday, Avita Chodankar was elected the sarpanch, defeating outgoing sarpanch Sharifa Bi Sheikh by 4-3 votes. Badsha was elected the deputy. Soon after her election, Avita said she would work towards the welfare and development of the village by taking all the seven members into confidence. “We will also work towards the welfare of the village. There is no Hindu-Muslim conflict as it is made out to be by the rival group. All the seven members will be taken into confidence in the development of the village”, Chodankar said, while seeking cooperation from the public to usher in the village development. Replying to a question, she aid all pending works will be taken up with the support of the PWD minister. Meanwhile, PWD Minister,

Churchill Alemao has said that Sharifa Bi was voted out of office by the majority members since she was not taking all members into confidence. “She never came to me for any development work. She might have come to me for work only twice in the last three years and half”,hesaid,butassertedthere’s noHindu-Muslim-Christiandivide in the village, but only development. “In the Congress party, the Chief Minister and the party president are Hindus. The Leader of the Opposition is a Hindu. That does not mean that they are against the Christians and Muslims”, he said, while reacting to the statement by the local BJP leaders that the Congress has dislodged the only woman Muslim sarpanch in Salcete. Replying to a question, he thanked the BJP leaders from Rumdamol for supporting him in the last elections and will thank again if they have decided not to support him in the coming polls. He, however, hastened to

add that he had never told the BJP not to field a candidate against him, saying the people will finally decided on the choice of candidate.

Sesa celebrates World Health Day HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 10

Sesa Goa Ltd celebrated ‘World Health Day’ on Thursday by organising ‘Healthy Baby Contest’ for Anganwadi children of Amona, Navelim, Cudnem, Pissurlem, and Sonshi- Soliye villages. Around 72 children along with their parents and Anganwadi teacher from 24 Anganwadi centers participated in the contest which was held at community hall of Amona village. Three babies were selected on the basis of immunization status, weight, alertness, pleasing personality etc. Various fun games were also held.


St Thomas HSS, Aldona will conduct following courses during April-May in school premises: Bakery-cookery; Leadership, Communication and voice training; Guitar; Keyboard; Computers; French; Self-defence, Taekwondo. Free use of the Gym will be allowed the club participants. The courses are open to public and there is no age limit. Those interested may contact the school office on 2293812 or 9049018214.

Concern Citizens of Vasco were present at the rally. Mayem correspondent adds: Residents from Bicholim on Saturday observed a one-day chain hunger strike at Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Maidan in Bicholim, in support of veteran social activist Anna Hazare’s fast to press for the Lokpal Bill. The activists undertook the hunger strike under the leadership of BJP activists Abhijit Naik, Adv Satish Sonak, Dr Dattram Desai, Bhagwan Harmalkar, Dr Pramod sawant, Sakharam Pednekar, Ajay Prabhugaonkar, Suryakant Desai and Hanumant Suru. The hunger strike was later called off after lemon water was served to the agitators.

Poinguinim locals confront PWD over poor water supply HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, APRIL 10

Around 40 residents of Welwada-Poinguinim confronted the PWD staff at the water-supply & roads section office in Canacona on Friday evening over inadequate water supply and the dilapidated interior roads. Residents complained that the water supply had turned from bad to worse and was unable to meet their requirements. “The one-hour water supply has such little pressure that many a times one cannot fill even one utensil for the entire period of the supply time,” complained a resident. The residents, led by Po i n g u i n i m Pa n c h S a t i s h Painguinkar, could not meet the assistant engineer (water-supply) and they took their ire on the few staff, including a junior

engineer of the department. It was no different when residents marched into PWD’s road section office, as again the agitated residents could narrate their woes only to junior staff in the absence of Assistant Engineer. They complained that the internal roads were not worthy to walk, let alone drive on the dilapidated surface. The agitating locals had telephonic talks with the concerned head of departments, who reportedly agreed to have a joint inspection of the area on Monday. Some residents sought to blame the local MLA and PWD minister saying, “Even though the panchayat has submitted a resolution to repair/hot-mix our internal roads, the local MLA as well as PWD minister has failed to act in the matter.”

Bar Council opens office in Goa HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 10

The Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa today set up its first office in Goa and constituted a ‘coordination committee’ to address issues regarding the members of the Council. Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court Justice Mohit Shah in the presence of State Chief Minister Digambar Kamat inaugurated the office in the High Court premise at Altinho. “This is the Bar Council’s first office in Goa. The Bar Council till date had only one office in Mumbai. The coordination committee is also constituted so that issues regarding Goa will be projected before the Council,” said President Goa High

Court Bar Association Advocate Surendra Desai.





Goa: Port of Call and Strangers at Home

What price disruption?

The Portuguese were the last batch of strangers who sought to make Goa their home, says TEOTÓNIO R DE SOUZA

Vol No CX No: 100 Goa, Monday, 11 April, 2011


xactly what did the unrelenting disruption of the Legislative Assembly by the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs achieve? On Thursday, the Assembly approved the Appropriation Bill and passed the Budget amidst shouting of slogans by the opposition benches. After unruly scenes that forced Speaker Pratapsingh Rane to adjourn the House for the third consecutive day, when it resumed he called upon Chief Minister Digambar Kamat to present the demands and Bill for a vote. Opposition members moved around the table of the secretariat staff shouting slogans, but the House approved the demands and the Bill, without a word of discussion. How has this episode of disruption of the Legislative Assembly served the ends of democracy? It has resulted in the passing of the Budget without any discussion. The Opposition BJP itself lost an opportunity to expose the government. The public lost the benefit of a proper discussion on the Budget proposals. Except for Aldona MLA Dayanand Narvekar, a majority of ruling Congress MLAs chose to be mute spectators for the third consecutive day, even as the functioning of the House collapsed. That is because the disruption actually came as a relief for many of the ministers, particularly to Home Minister Ravi Naik, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane and PWD Minister Churchill Alemao, who were specifically targeted by the Opposition during this session. The sole exception was Aldona MLA Dayanand Narvekar. He flayed both the ruling as well as Opposition MLAs for depriving him of his right as an MLA to raise issues of importance before the House. The Aldona MLA lamented that the Legislative Assembly had lost three days during which no discussions were held, but demands for grants were nevertheless passed. He pointed out that probably for the very first time in the history of the Goa Assembly, the Appropriation Bill would be passed without any discussion. He raised a very valid point. Can the House be held to ransom over the errors of commission or omission of one individual? “One minister is not Goa,” he declared, complaining that he had been robbed of an opportunity to raise important issues in the House. Mr Narvekar is right. This could be the last assembly session for this term; mid-term elections are very likely to happen later this year. During the last Assembly session, Leader of the Opposition Manohar Parrikar made an issue about the fact that the number of days of sitting of the Goa Legislative Assembly had been reducing year after year, with legislators getting fewer opportunities to perform the duties they were elected to do. He was absolutely right. But now, he himself is responsible for blocking the House proceedings for days on end, and making a mockery of an entire Assembly session.

Freedom’s price


hen corruption has colonised the administration − from our elected representatives to the powerful Indian Administrative Services (IAS) cadre, right down to Lower Divisional Clerks and Peons who move files from one desk to the next − can we ever expect these people to make laws against themselves? That was the importance of Anna Hazare’s fast. Those who call it “blackmail” or “fascist” seem to have forgotten the Mahatma’s methods. It is only because the Congress needs to keep itself relatively clean for Rahul Gandhi to lead it in the next election that the Lokpal Bill will become reality. This battle has brought corruption to the centre of the national debate. It is only fights like this and institutions like the Lok Pal and Lok Ayuktas that can keep the corrupt under pressure.


he King’s College in London organised an international seminar on 26-27 March last, calling upon a group of scholars to discuss the European ports of Asia since the early modern period till recent times. I chose to present the case of Goa, which since times immemorial attracted the attention of strangers as a strategic port of call, meaning an intermediate stop, where ships picked up supplies, fuel, etc., a sort of base for maintenance facilities for shipping, storage of imported goods, and as redistribution centre. It needed obviously an administrative set-up to ensure efficient and smoothly running services, earning the confidence of all interested parties and making all feel safe and at home. That is what Goa had been under various pre-Portuguese rulers. Under the Kadambas and Vijayanagara Gove is mentioned as the capital of the Banavasi and other neighbouring regions, including across Ghats in the Deccan. The Portuguese were the last batch of strangers that sought to make Goa their home, but had to leave at the end of 1961. It cannot be forgotten that the life of a maritime trading port is vitally dependent upon the supply lines, not just by sea, but also from the hinterland. Most of the studies of the colonial cities, including Goa, either touch the issue of land dependence very superficially, or ignore it altogether as of little consequence. Very little serious attention has been paid, for instance, to various cases of local rebellions in Goa as manifestations of the native dissatisfaction with the colonial policies. The murder of half a dozen of Jesuits in Cuncolim in 1583, was one such early and serious case. It has been presented generally as Hindu reaction to the violent Jesuit conversion drive in Salcete. As I pointed out elsewhere in my publications, Cuncolim was one of the rare villages that lived on more than agriculture of subsistence. It even had a petty home industry, including gun-manufacturing capacity. In the letters of Afonso de Albuquerque one reads that guns of good quality were manufactured in Cuncolim, and he finds them comparable to those which the Portuguese brought from Bohemia. The anger of local elite that murdered the Jesuits was provoked by the destruction of their local temple that was located at crossroads of trade routes that linked Goa with

HISTORIcAL ExPLORATIONS the hinterland through the ghat passes. The trade fairs held during the temple feasts were vital for their economic activity. I have also analysed in my Medieval Goa (Panaji, Goa 1556, 2009) how the Portuguese had been sufficiently content with their maritime trade during most of the 16th century, without needing to interfere with the agriculture-based economy of the local inhabitants. This situation started to change early in the seventeenth century. The threats posed by the arrival of the Dutch and the Englishmen led to the building of the new fortifications at the entrance of the Mandovi river, but resulted simultaneously in an increasingly frequent investment by the casados in the rural lands, violating the assurances given to the natives in the Foral of Afonso Mexia in 1526. During this process the white parish priests posed themselves as protectors of the native interests against the intrusion of the lay white settlers. In reality, the religious orders were upset in their unrivalled white domination of the rural areas until then. In addition to the violation of the exclusive land proprietory rights of the Goan natives in their village communities, there were complaints

about coconuts being taken forcibly by the captains of the Aguada and Reis Magos forts that defended the bay entry to the capital city. The natives were paid only one-third of the market price. The native labour was also regularly recruited for digging trenches of the Tivy fortifications and to watch the coast line against any enemy intruders. The village communities were made to pay the cost. A representation of the village communities of Salcete province to the King in 1643 discloses how the Viceroy Pero da Silva had ordered war ships to be built in Goa and the contractors were allowed to cut down jackfruit trees and other fruit bearing trees for timber without paying just compensation to the native owners. The note makes it a point to suggest sabotage by stating that the galleons caught fire and were burnt when they entered the bay. As a net result of the violent conversion drive, the arrests and punishments of the Inquisition, and the repeated forced levies from the village communities to cover the war costs against the neighbouring rulers, a sizable number of Goan inhabitants, both Hindus and Christians had moved

out of Goa and settled down in various regions of the Konkan and beyond in the Indian subcontinent. It would be ultimately the pressure of the Goa Liberation Council and several other civic movements in Bombay, representing nearly 100,000 Goan expatriates eking out their living in that city that backed the Indian military intervention in Goa in 1961. The leadership of the Goa Liberation Council was largely Catholic, including the ArchbishopCardinal of Bombay, Valerian Gracias, of Goan origin. More interesting still is the fact that the Operation Vijay was almost entirely under the operational command of nine high ranking Goan officers, including only one Hindu, as revealed by the recent publication authored by Valmiki Faleiro. Curiously, all these officers were obviously chosen for their military experience, but also for their familiarity with Portuguese language. This issue came up for discussion during a twoday colloquium that was held at the Universidade Lusófona in Lisbon during last week, namely on 31 March-1 April. The colloquium discussed the various writings of Gilberto Freyre, a Brazillian sociologist who visited Goa and most other Portuguese colonies in 1950-51. He sought to popularise the idea of a transnational luso-tropicalist confederacy as a post-colonial political, economic and above all, a cultural network of Portuguese speaking peoples worldwide. His book The Portuguese and the Tropics was published in Lisbon in 1961, but unfortunately, due to intransigent views of the Salazar regime and the momentum gained by the anti-colonial movements, his project and advice to the Portuguese administration arrived too late. But even otherwise, Gilberto Freyre appears to have been unaware of the ground realities in Goa, where the Portuguese language speakers hardly numbered 5% according to the last census organised by the colonial regime. That number included nearly 3,000 white Portuguese military and other officers serving in Goa and their families. To conclude, the Goans are at last masters of their home. The tourists and other strangers or bhaile will always be welcome, but not as rulers of Goa’s destiny.

Learning how to forgive

Wise Counsel


t is easy to say to forgive someone but it is quite hard to actually do it. Forgiveness is not a state of mind; it is a state of the heart. We need to ponder and change as we need to forgive and to be forgiven every day. Yet why don’t we forgive readily? Because before we forgive we want to hear from the other person that we were right after all. Then we want to hear apology after apology. We also want to hear excuses. Finally, we want to be praised for being a forgiving person. For this reason, we are reluctant to ask for forgiveness from others for fear that such demands will be asked from us. But there is no such demand from God. God teaches us to be forgiving every time, but do we pay heed to Him, then? During Lent, we have the opportunity to be different, to be transformed. Perhaps there is someone that you should seek forgiveness from during this time. Perhaps there is someone that you can offer forgiveness to. Perhaps Lent can be a time that you return to the loving embrace of God. We wonder how we can love others when we do not want to forgive. It is difficult to forgive and we often think of forgiveness as something that someone who has done us wrong, must ask of us. Why don’t we look the other way? Why don’t we focus on offering forgiveness than waiting to be forgiven?

If forgiving someone brings relief to you, then do it, as now is the best time. We seek forgiveness when our life depends on it, but how about when it doesn’t? When we seek forgiveness from God, God does not require anything from us other than the request to be forgiven. God is just happy to see us home again. I wonder why it is so hard for some of us to forgive, while others do it instinctively. Why do some choose to hold grudges and refuse to forgive, while others do it so easily? Perhaps nothing destroys a good friendship more effectively than the inability to forgive. Disagreements and misunderstandings happen. Even best friends will have their trying times. Without forgiveness, pride takes over. All too soon, a small argument may build and fester into something that no one really wants: the end of the friendship. I wonder how often we should forgive others. Jesus teachers us we should forgive not seven times; but seventy times seven times. This means ‘indefinite and unending.’ This is a big task and it appears huge to us, but we can do it. If we have the grace of God, then it becomes easy and for this we have to pray hard so that we can forgive others. I believe that when we forgive each other, we get the taste of God’s own unconditional love. The greatest misconception about forgiveness is the belief that

By Arlette Azavedo

forgiving the offence means that you condone it. Not true. In fact, we can only forgive what we know to be wrong. Forgiveness does not mean that you have to reconcile with someone who treated you badly. I believe that to withhold forgiveness is to choose to continue to remain the victim. Remember, you always have a choice. Always remember that we are human, therefore to err is human, isn’t it? Sometimes people do and say hurtful things. Forgiveness is the most important single process that brings peace to our soul and harmony to our life. All of us, at some point in our lives, have been hurt and wounded by the actions or words of another. Sometimes the grievances have been so great we thought, “no way, this I cannot forgive!” Sometimes forgiving becomes very difficult. We feel we have a right to our resentment. However, living from resentment takes so much effort. It creates a tremendous void in and around us. All the toxic feelings of hatred and resentment stay bottled up inside and eventually seep into all the areas of our life with the result that we become bitter, angry, unhappy and frustrated. So many times we have sinned and turned away from God? And yet, God forgives us and is always reaching out to embrace us. After all, God is our ultimate and a forgiving friend we have.

Letters to the Editor Introspect first on corruption Loretti Joyce Pinto, Siridao It is our responsibility to join the nationwide protest against corruption, but we need to introspect on where it really begins. In a society, where everyone is involved in some form of corruption or the other, be it paying a bribe in government offices or to get government jobs, it would be wrong to blame politicians and bureaucrats alone. We must accept that corruption begins with us and unless we take corrective measures to root it out, it would be difficult to eradicate this evil. So if Anna Hazare’s movement is to succeed, then the fight should be within each and every citizen of our nation.

Medium of Instruction

Clereto Fernandes, Nuvem

We need to point out that English must be used as MoI, because there is a big flaw awaiting us all. Just the other day, some

Smile with Smitha

parents complained that their child was unable to read the scriptures in the Church, because it was in Roman script and Devnagri script have puzzled and made it difficult for the children to understand or read in Church. That means it is an indirect tactic to deprive one to even read the Bible in future, in English, or Roman Script. If this is not tantamount to being labeled as communal, what do you call this?

Why learn in Konkani? Ashley J Fernandes, Margao With reference to reports that the MGP and the BJP, along with Shashikala Kakodkar, Fr Mousinho Athaide, Baba Ramdev and a few other visionless individuals are against including English as one of the languages to be used as a Medium of Instruction, all I have to say that the MGP and the BJP are indirectly against the interest of the Goan masses and the overall development of the state. While a majority of Goans opted for English as the Medium of Instruction for

By Smitha Bhandare Kamat

Letter of the Day

The big leap

Hasiba Amin, via email

Friday was a historic day for our nation. We saw a unity in the masses. The citizens of the entire country were on to the streets joining in the fight against corruption irrespective of age, religion, caste, state, or colour. It was an overwhelming moment in the history of India. This is just the beginning. Anna Hazare has gotten all of us together. Let us not allow our efforts to go in vain. In our first step, we have taken a big leap. However, we must not take a step backward. We must go forward in our pursuit of a corrupt-free country. Let us keep the anti-corruption movement going till there is justice everywhere. I think it is the youth of today that can bring about a lot of changes for the betterment of society. In this society, we all have a role to play, and must play it positively. We have to keep “anti-corruption” as our main motto. Every single man and woman has to contribute to make this into a reality. It is time like minded responsible citizens of Goa get together and make the difference. the primary school, along with Konkani as a compulsory subject, it meant the masses had opted for a change.

term as MLA and one term as MP. Raj Bhavans should not be turned into old-age homes.

Lokpal Bill and beyond

He is no sports lover

M Kumar, New Delhi

Gregory E D’Souza, Siolim

It is a good sign that the whole nation has stood up to thwart the cancer of corruption which is rooted in every sphere of life. How far the Lokpal Bill (Act) will succeed will depend on its implementation and honest intentions, which is rare in the present corrupt society! Will this Bill (Act) bring all corrupt politicians and other citizens under its ambit, who will be handed out a severe punishment, so as to set an example that no one ever dares to be corrupt?

Sports minister Babu Azgaonkar has been rightly pulled up by the opposition party for his wrong doings. One issue is regarding the leasing of the village Panchayat school playground in Salcette to one senior team. In Siolim, the village Panchayat playground school file was in its final stage for payment and Babu de-notified and cancelled the acquisition process. He denied school students and villagers of a playground. The village Panchayat Child committee of Siolim has been organising vacation camps but each time the Sports department hasn’t deputed coaches to the Siolim panchayat. However, one must appreciate MLA Dayanand Narverkar in his efforts to promote cricket.

The next step S N D Poojary, Miramar The Central government has finally come its senses that the will of the people will prevail when there is visible malfunctioning of democracy. The mass movement initiated by the venerable Anna Hazare needs to be continued to the next step. Any charge-sheeted person should be debarred from contesting an election till his name is cleared. An MLA or an MP should hold office only for two terms: two terms as MLA or two terms as MP or one

Grants for English too C Fernandes, Panch of Chinchinim This is with reference to the meeting conducted by BBSM, which demanded that the current grant in-aid policy for primary schools from Std I to IV should continue

permanently without any change. The mother tongue of Goa is Konkani, but Konkani is supported out of frustration, and also to give a back door entry to Marathi, Urdu, Kannada, etc. We are not fighting to stop grants for these languages but in addition we demand grants for English too because it is for the future of our kids. Just like the government has a policy for reservation for women, ST, OBC, etc., this is our just right.

Grant aid to all mediums

Demand apology

BJP’s ulterior motives

Joel Morais, Cuncolim The rally by Shashikala Kakodkar and Co. at the Azad Maidan, Panaji to protect the mother tongue was massive but did Shashikala support Konkani during the Konkani agitation? If grants are given to Marathi medium schools, there should be no problem in providing aid to the English medium schools.

Duane P Coutinho, Fatorda

Stephen Dias, Dona Paula

The Central Board of Film Certification should review the movie “Dum Maaro Dum” slated for release on 24 April and cut off insulting statements that ruins Goa’s image. This does not mean true facts about the recent drug cartels involving police officials and other incidents should be deleted. “Liquor is cheap and Goan girls are cheaper” – I would like to question Rohan Sippy, as to why such a statement is included in the script. Savio Rodrigues should file defamation charges against the producer. The movie should be released showing the true facts about Goa. Demanding a ban will not change anything, as the movie will be shown elsewhere across the country.

The BJP staging a protest in the Goa Assembly recently against the conduct of the Education Minister, Atanasio Monserrate for disrupting the proceeding of the House for the fourth day and also protesting in an unique gagging their mouths, gives us an impression that the proceedings for discussion in the House are not in the interest of public. This appeared to be a planned exercise by the BJP, and had all the trappings of a drama. The personal attacks made by the BJP smack of their ulterior motives.

Feigning ignorance Michael Vaz, Merces The detention of Goa’s Education Minister by the Customs department for carrying foreign currency beyond the permissible limits or the accusation by the opposition leader that foreign exchange has been smuggled abroad, is yet another episode of Goa’s political degradation. What was shocking is the statement made by the said minister, that he was not aware of a law that forbids carrying such vast amounts of money. Such a statement is unbecoming of a legislator. All of us are supposed to know the law of the land and feigning ignorance is no excuse.

Wrong practice followed Ramesh Naik, Margao Kudos to Willie Severes for his letter ‘Tiatrists & politicians’ (Herald, 24 March) and Freddy A Fernandes in his letter ‘Politicians & Tiatrist’ (Herald, 26 March) in pointing out a very wrong practice followed by tiatrists. Amateur tiatrists try to be superstars in just one dawn. They try to produce their own tiatr. They confidently knock on politicians’ doors to ask for financial help. So, it is obvious that the politician, who helps, will be the chief guest. Being a medium to convey a message to the masses, politicians grab the opportunity and talk about their dedication towards our mother tongue Konkani and Tiatr. Try getting veterans tiatrist who are still alive as chief guests. They have given their life for the love of Konkani stage. The generation will realise who their people are and that tiatr has come a long way and definitely did not spring up in just one dawn.

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opinionated Much more needs to be done The ‘Jan Lokpal Bill’


WIlmIx WIlson mazarello

here are two proposals of the ‘Jan Lokpal Bill”: 1. The one proposed by the citizens of India, under the leadership of Anna Hazare. 2. The other proposed by the Government of India. Both the proposals are supposedly for investigating corruption by politicians, bureaucrats and corporate houses. What is the difference then? Actually there are many differences between the two, but all these differences boil down to just one major difference i.e., the politicians want to decide which cases should be investigated by the “Lokpal” and the politicians want to frame the bill the way they feel is best, without considering the views of the people. Is this not very silly on the part of the politicians? Imagine, the investigation is against politicians and they want the very same politicians to decide if the case deserves to be investigated by the ‘Lokpal’ Secondly, they also want politicians to control the powers of the ‘Lokpal’. Then why call it a Lokpal Bill, at all? We might as well call it something else like ‘Chorpal Bill’. If the government’s proposal is accepted, it would amount to ‘One thief investigating another thief.’or ‘one murderer investigating another murderer.’ And imagine all our politicians are exactly in favour of such a bill. A ‘toothless tiger’ fully dependent on its master, the ‘politician.’ The reasoning given by the politicians is ‘they are the elected representatives of the people’ and by virtue of the people’s faith reposed in them, they are the best people to try out corruption cases against themselves. The question here is: ‘What happens when an elected representative of the people turns against the very people that elected him or her?’ The question here is: ‘What happens when a person elected by the people to protect their land, himself starts selling their land to land-sharks, for his selfish benefit?’ The question here is: ‘What happens when a person elected by the people to ensure a better future for their children, does exactly the opposite?’ This is where a strong ‘Jan Lokpal Bill’ becomes necessary, to check corruption among politicians. In the proposal prepared by the citizens of India, there is no place for a ‘Thief conducting a trial for another Thief ’. This is precisely why the ‘Jan Lokpal Bill’ has to be formulated not only by the citizens (non politicians), but should also be executed without any interference from politicians. This will surely be one great bill that will really empower the people of India in controlling corruption among politicians, bureaucrats and corporate houses. The whole nation stood behind Anna Hazare, the second saviour of India and now the government has acceded to his and the demands of India’s teeming millions. He has won the battle for India. But this is just the beginning. The real battle now lies ahead. India must be unshackled from the chains of corruption and it lies entirely in the hands of Anna Hazare and the young guns of the nation. “Jai Ho” to Anna Hazare. “Jai Ho” to the people of India.

to fight corruption: Hazare PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 10

Gandhian Anna Hazare today said civil society activists were planning their next strategy to ensure a tough Lokpal Bill and that much more needed to be done to fight corruption in the country. “We are planning our next strategy. Now that a small battle on the Lokpal Bill has been won, we will have to work more for laws to tackle corruption in various levels of our society”, 73-year Hazare, whose fastunto-death agitation received nationwide support, said here. He was speaking to reporters a day after government agreed to constitute a 10-member Joint Committee, including civil society members to draft an effective Lokpal Bill. The veteran activist, who sat on a hunger stir for 98 hours, however, admitted that he could not fathom that the movement led by him would generate such a massive nationwide support. “I had no idea this agitation would turn out to be as big as it did... and the nationwide support we got. I wanted to do it in Maharashtra but Kiran Bedi, Swami Agnivesh and Arvind Kejriwal insisted that I hold the fast-unto-death in New Delhi”, said Hazare. He said he was happy with the government’s decision over the Joint Committee while noting the Lokpal Bill should be introduced in the Monsoon Session of Parliament. Asked if a special session of Parliament should be convened for quick passage of the anti-corruption bill, Hazare said there was no need for it as that would amount to additional expenditure for the government. To a question as to why activist Kiran Bedi, a former IPS officer, was not part of the 10-member committee even though

n “We are planning our next strategy. Now that a small battle on the Lokpal Bill has been won, we will have to work more for laws to tackle corruption in various levels of our society.”

she has been actively campaigning for the Lokpal Bill, Hazare said the committee was just for two months and needed experts at present. “At present the committee needs experts who can draft a stronger bill. Who should be part of it and who should stay out are not important matters. This will be of importance at a later stage... when the Lokpal committee will be formed”, he explained. Regretting that corruption had taken deep roots which had affected common people, he said by having a strong statute the situation in this regard will improve. Hazare said it was time to involve people from across the country when it came to issues like fighting corruption “because it affects each one of us”. “Though I do not know any one specific reason for the massive support I got, one certainty is that each of us is fed up with the degree of corruption in the country”, the activist said. He said the use of technology including SMS, social networking sites and the media just helped spread like wild fire the message of holding anti-corruption agitations throughout the country. Asked about his earlier comment that Union Minister Sharad Pawar should step down, Hazare said, “He has already resigned


from one Group of Ministers (GoM). This is a democracy, if people demand that he should step down, then on moral grounds he should”. Calling the agitation a victory of people’s power, Hazare, however, reminded all that it was just the beginning of the fight against corruption. Arvind Kejriwal, an Indian Revenue Service officer turned social activist and a key member of Anna Hazare’s agitation said he saw no reason behind the discussion on who all from the civil society should be part of the joint committee. “I don’t see any reason behind this discussion. Those who were part of the team that prepared the first draft of the Jan Lok Pal Bill — Justice Santosh Hegde, Shanti and Prashant Bhushan and I — are part of this committee”, Kejriwal said. He said those who understood the real importance of the development (formation of joint committee) were not insisting to be part of it as they know that it was important to have experts on board. Kejriwal said the anti-graft agitation triggered by Hazare was wound up from Jantar Mantar but on registering oneself with a certain helpline number, all details and updates of the joint committee’s working will be provided from time to time. Bedi, who has been urging media to give as much coverage to Hazare’s campaign as they did during the cricket world cup, said she did not want to be part of the committee at all and wanted the experts to do their job. “This is an A-plus team. Only those people can be part of this committee who know the government’s functioning and can help in making a law that will look into all aspects of fighting large scale corruption”, Bedi said.


Ongoing construction of a canal is threatening a sprawling wildlife corridor spread over Chandrapur and Bhandara districts in eastern Maharashtra, the Forest Department officials have said. The department, rattled over the recent incidents of tiger attacks on humans, deaths of a couple of leopards, fears possible breach of wildlife corridor between Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve, Protected Forest Area under Brahmapuri Division and the forests in adjoining Paoni area of Bhandara district due to the ongoing work on Gosikhurd Right Canal. Two persons were killed and one was seriously injured in tiger attacks between March 18 and March 27, while two leopa rd s w e re f o u n d d e a d i n Brahmapuri Division between April 4 and April 7. The second leopard was found trapped in the stack of centering materials used in the construction of canal under


Two aspirants discuss after IIT entrance exam at an examination centre in Moradabad on Sunday.

107-year-old woman undergoes hip replacement surgery PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 10

A 107-year-old Delhi woman may have become the world’s oldest patient to have a partial hip replacement, and hopes to be walking again within a fortnight. Lily Wauters, a 101-year-old British woman is recorded by the Guinness World Records as the oldest person to have a total hip replacement in 2007 when she was 101 years and 196 days old. Vidyavati Chopra, of Delhi’s Bengali Market, underwent a partial hip replacement surgery three days ago and is possibly the oldest person to have such a procedure. Vidyavati, who may be among the few lucky ones still alive to have seen the trio of Bhagat Singh, Sukhbir and Rajguru in prison, had met with a freakish accident and had fractured her hip this week leaving her family worried about the option of surgery because of her age. But Chopra was readily willing to go under the surgeon’s scalpel which was an assuring sign for Dr M K Magazine, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Primus Ortho and Spine Hospital, who

Involve community to curb child trafficking, says NGO PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 10

Pinki, a 14-year-old from a nondescript Rajasthan village, was forced into the flesh trade after her father sold her for Rs 10,000 to repay his loan. Eleven-year-old Amit had to spend over 10 hours daily in hazardous conditions in a bangle factory in Uttar Pradesh’s Firozabad district.Radhika, a 14-year-old girl from a poor family in Andhra Pradesh’s Kakinada district, had to work till midnight at a bank official’s house where she was

employed as a maid. The trio is among the fortunate few to have been rescued and now having the opportunity to enjoy their rights to read and write. But thousands of children are still waiting for such miracles to happen in their lives despite various laws that prevent child labour and immoral trafficking being in place. “By making laws only we cannot curb these social menaces. What needs to be done is that to bring in awareness at the grass-root level and engaging the community where such

With just a day left for the campaign to end for April 13 assemb l y p o l l s i n Ta m i l N a d u , electioneering has reached a feverish peak with national leaders descending on the state and regional leaders launching an all-out effort to woo the voters. While true colours of canvassing in the festival of polling—graffiti, and other paraphernalia that come attached were missing due to Election Commission’s strict regulations, leaders are making sure they reach out to people. Loudspeakers have fallen silent following EC norms while relatively clean walls sans posters seem to add to the lacklustre campaign. B o t h D M K p re s i d e n t Karunanidhi and his arch-rival and AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa are contesting from constituencies of nativity and bank on this factor to see them through the hustings. Karunanidhi, well facing his last elections owing to age and health factors, is confident his “son-of-the-soil” tag will send him to the Assembly from Thirvarur for a 12th time while Jayalalithaa is seeking votes as a “sister” of the local voters in Srirangam. Her ancestors hail from the temple town. The two leaders have hit the hot campaign trail with Jayalalithaa covering a significant distance by road and air everyday even as Karunanidhi is braving old-age in an effort to match up with his much younger rival. Aiming her guns at DMK, Jay-

alalithaa has charged it with being involved in dynasty rule or family politics which was rebuffed by DMK Treasurer and Deputy Chief Minister M K Stalin, saying his father Karunanidhi considers “all Tamils as his family members”. U PA C h a i r p e r s o n S o n i a Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have already visited the state to seek votes for performance while opposition AIADMK-led combine is asking people to consider ‘misdeeds’ of ruling DMK on issues like price-rise and inflation, illegal sand mining and power cut. The 2G spectrum allocation scam issue, seen as an embarrassment to DMK with its leader A Raja jailed for his alleged role, and ruling party’s first family members including Kanimozhi being interrogated by CBI, has not much reverberated in rural pockets. However, this campaign seems to belong to DMDK leader Vijayakant for all his antics and popular comedian Vadivelu seen as DMK’s trump card in its effort to woo voters, especially in rural seats. Actor-politician Vijayakant grabbed headlines when he allegedly assaulted his own party candidate in public view after the latter corrected him for getting his name wrong. He ran into further controversy when once he reportedly got the symbol of CPI, a constituent of AIADMK-led alliance, wrong.

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Sc rejects jobless hubby’s plea for compassionate appointment Turning down an unemployed husband’s plea for compassionate appointment after his wife’s demise, the Supreme Court has ruled that the benefit can be extended only to needy persons to help a family tide over the crisis caused by death of the sole breadwinner. A bench of justices Aftab Alam and R M Lodha set aside a Madras High Court judgement which directed consideration of Kishore’s appointment on compassionate grounds after his wife K Janaki, a senior accountant in the Office of the Directorate of Postal Accounts, died. The high court had passed the direction while rejecting the Union government’s plea that Kishore cannot be appointed to the post as he was not an indigent (needy) person, since the family was drawing Janaki’s pension and was not in financial distress. “Contrary to the high court’s observation, indigence of the dependents of the deceased employee is the first pre-condition to bring the case under the scheme of ‘compassionate appointment’,” the apex court said while rejecting the reasoning. The very purpose and object of the scheme is to provide immediate succour to the family of an employee that, on his death, may suddenly find itself in a state of destitution, the bench said. “If the element of indigence and the need to provide immediate assistance for relief from financial deprivation is taken out from the scheme of compassionate appointments, it would turn out to be a reservation in favour of the dependents of an employee who died while in service which would be directly in conflict with the ideal of equality guaranteed under Articles 14 and 16 of the Constitution,” Justice Alam, writing the judgement, observed. Janaki died on September 1, 1993 while giving birth to the couple’s second child. She was then working as a senior accountant in Chennai. The government paid an amount of Rs 71,000 as deathcum-gratuity to Kishore, in addition to a sum of Rs 2,998 per month as family pension. On January 11, 1994, Kishore filed an application for his appointment on compassionate ground as he was unemployed. However, the government on February 26, 1998, informed him that he was not found entitled to compassionate appointment as he was not considered to be in “indigent circumstances”. Kishore challenged the order in the Central Administrative Tribunal which dismissed his plea, but the Madras High Court on an appeal ruled in his favour upon which the government appealed in the apex court. Upholding the appeal, the apex court cited the Central government’s Office Memorandum dated October 9,1998 Clause 1 which describes the object of the Scheme as under:“The object of the Scheme is to grant appointment on compassionate grounds to a dependent family member of a government servant dying in harness or who is retired on medical grounds, thereby leaving his family in penury and without any means of livelihood to relieve the family of the government servant concerned from financial destitution and to help it get over the emergency.”

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crimes are originated to act against them,” said Dola Mahapatra, national director of NGO ChildFund India. “Unless, the community is committed to protect its children from being victims of trafficking and slavery, these crimes are likely to stay,” he told PTI. “The people will act when you encourage them to act. And for it, you need to provide them financial and technical assistance, which we do religiously in hundreds of villages across the country,” he said.

n Vidyavati Chopra, of Delhi’s Bengali Market, underwent a partial hip replacement surgery three days ago and is possibly the oldest person to have such a procedure. Vidyavati, who may be among the few lucky ones still alive to have seen the trio of Bhagat Singh, Sukhbir and Rajguru in prison, had met with a freakish accident and had fractured her hip this week leaving her family worried about the option of surgery because of her age.

convinced the family. Dr Magazine, who has been treating Chopra family for over 25 years and has treated their four-generations, told PTI that she recognised his touch when in operation theater and told him that she wants to be on her feet as soon as possible. “It is common for people in 80s and 90s to get partial hip replacement surgery done. I have even treated a 104year-old patient through this procedure. Hip fractures are quite common in this age-group but it was actually the grit of Vidyavati Chopra which makes her standout,” Dr Magazine said. The surgery was nearly an hour long affair for the team comprising Dr Saurav

Shukla, Dr Dattatreya Mohapatra, Dr Pradeep Govil and Dr Aman Dua who were led by Dr Magazine. “We have replaced the fractured bone with an artificial one made of steel using special bone cement as her bones are too fragile to take the load of screws. She will be discharged by Monday or Tuesday,” he said. The surgeon said Vidyavati had broken her bones three to four times and every time recuperated back to normalcy quickly under his supervision. “She is a survivor”, he said. “She will get back to her feet within a fortnight. In normal cases, we put patients on a walker within a couple of days of surgery. The patients are con-

stantly instructed to not put weight on the injured leg. Since she is hard of hearing, constant instructions cannot be given. We will wait for a week or so and then put her on walker,” he said. Vidyavati’s daughter-in-law Shresht Lata Chopra, who is in her late sixties, said her mother-in-law spent her childhood in Sindh in Pakistan and got married at Nawanshahr near Jalandhar in Punjab before moving to Delhi in 1940 with her husband who was manager at an English company here. “She was FA of that time which is equivalent to Higher Secondary of present times. Her mornings used to begin with newspapers and a cup of tea till her eyesight began to fade. She still relishes ice-cream. This is not her first accident and every time she had got normalcy back,” she said. Vidyavati had lost her only one son in 1999 and her husband long ago but she still controls affairs of the household. “She tells us about her visit to the Jail where Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev were kept before their hanging. She describes them having a “sher jaisa (lion-like)” imposing personality.

I am not part of ‘Dostana 2’, says Priyanka PTI MUMBAI, APRIL 10

Actress Priyanka Chopra, who sizzled in her golden bikini act in `Dostana', says she is not part of the sequel of the 2008 film. "I am not part of Dostana 2. I was never doing Dostana two...reason being my love story ends in the first where is the question. This was cleared some 2 years ago," she said on micro-blogging site twitter. Directed by Tarun Mansukhani, `Dostana', a romantic

comedy, starred Priyanka, Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham in lead roles. It is the first Bollywood movie to be filmed entirely in Miami, United States. `Dostana' performed well both in India and overseas markets. Reportedly, `Dostana 2' will have Katrina Kaif in place of Priyanka besides Abhishek and John among others. "And when it comes to a special appearance or something, that's a much later call," Priyanka said.

Gosikhurd Irrigation Project (GIP) near village Bhujgaon. The officials said TATR is like a nucleus of wildlife which keep migrating to the adjoining areas for various natural reasons from time to time. As per official data, the tiger population in territorial area is more than that in TATR. As per the recent Census, there are 28 tigers in Chandrapur Division in addition to another six tigers which keep migrating from and to TATR followed by 20 tigers in Brahmapuri Division and 1112 tigers in Central Chanda Division, informed G R K Rao, Conservator of Forests, Chandrapur Division.



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Kan visits tsunami ravaged northeast PTI TOKYO/FUKUSHIMA, APRIL 10

Surveying the tsunami-ravaged northeast for the third time since the disaster struck a month ago, Japanese Premier Naoto Kan today pledged all assistance to rebuild the region, where the radiation-leaking

Fukushima nuclear plant is yet to be stabilised. Kan visited a fishing area in Ishinomaki in Miyagi prefecture, the worst-hit in the March 11 magnitude-9 quake and tsunami that left nearly 30,000 people dead or unaccounted for in Japan's northeast. He promised the locals that the government would do all it can to help them rebuild their lives and resume fishing. Amid concerns raised by countries like South Korea over the release of low-level radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean by workers at the Fukushima plant, Kan acknowledged Japan should have given firmer explanations to the neighbours. Kan also visited a Self-Defense Forces (SDF) headquarters in Sendai, where the SDF and US troops in Japan have set up a joint office for relief work, and thanked American military for its cooperation. At a devastated fishing port in the city, Kan told members of the local fisheries industry that the government would select ports that should be preferentially reconstructed under a rehabilitation programme.

Pak prosecutors seek more time to serve warrant to Musharraf PTI ISLAMABAD, APRIL 10

Pakistani prosecutors have sought more time from an antiterrorism court to serve an arrest warrant issued for former President Pervez Musharraf for not cooperating with investigators probing the assassination of ex-premier Benazir Bhutto. Prosecutor Chaudhary Zulfiqar, who appeared on behalf of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in the court yesterday, again sought more time for ser ving the warrant to Musharraf, currently living in self-exile in Britain. The court subsequently adjourned the case till April 23. During the hearing held in Rawalpindi's Adiala Jail for security reasons, the judge asked the prosecution about progress made in serving the warrant issued in February. FIA Director Wajid Zia told the judge that the British Home Department had failed to serve the warrant. The judge directed the FIA to contact the British government through the federal authorities to get the warrant served. At the last hearing, the judge had summoned Zia to explain why authorities had been unable to serve the warrant. Zia is the chief of the joint investigation team probing Bhutto's December 2007 assassination.



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Israel, palestinians float gaza ceasefire AFP JERUSALEM, APRIL 10

n If the Israeli and Palestinian officials floated a criminal ceasefire on Sunday to end an upsurge of attacks violence in Gaza, as Israel warned of a still stronger response if rocket fire from the against coastal strip continues. the Speaking shortly after a rocket fired Israeli from Gaza struck near the southern city of Ashkelon, Prime Minister Benjamin Nemilitary tanyahu warned that any further attacks and would be dealt with harshly. civilians continue, Israel will "If the criminal attacks against the Israeli military and civilians continue, Israel will respond with even more force. respond with even more force," he told reporters at the beginning of the weekly cabinet meeting. But both Israeli and Palestinian officials expressed support for a potential ceasefire, after days of rocket fire and retaliatory Israeli air raids that killed at least 18 people in Gaza. The flare-up came after an anti-tank missile fired from Gaza hit an Israeli school bus on Thursday, wounding two people, one of them critically. Defence Minister Ehud Barak said that Israel was ready to end the confrontation, if Hamas and other armed groups stopped firing. "If they cease firing, we'll cease firing," he said, reacting to reports that the political wing of the Islamist group Hamas, which controls Gaza, was ready for a truce. "We will act along the lines of what happens on the ground," added Barak, who indefinitely postponed a trip to Washington as violence escalated around the territory where Israel fought a devastating 22-day conflict in December 2008-January 2009. It was the first time that an Israeli minister had floated the possibility of a ceasefire since deadly clashes with the Palestinians

broke out. Hamas and other armed groups in Gaza had previously announced a unilateral truce that unravelled before it had a chance to take hold, with militants firing dozens of rockets and mortar rounds into southern Israel. But on Saturday, a senior Israeli security official said Hamas's political wing had asked Israel for a ceasefire. "The political branch of Hamas has sent a message asking for an Israeli ceasefire" in exchange for a halt to Palestinian attacks, the official told AFP on condition of anonymity. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said on Sunday that the group would be willing to stop firing if Israel announced a ceasefire. "The ball is in the court of the occupation," Abu Zuhri told AFP. "Our message to the occupation is that a truce will be met with a truce. "We are not interested in escalation and the Palestinian factions are defending themselves and the Palestinian people in the face of Israeli escalation," he said. Rockets and mortar rounds fired from

Divided poland marks anniversary AFP WARSAW, APRIL 10

Poland marked Sunday the oneyear anniversary of a plane crash in Russia that killed president Lech Kaczynski and dozens of other high-profile Poles, amid bitter domestic divisions and sparring with Moscow. At 8:41 am (0641 GMT), the exact time of the April 10, 2010 tragedy in Smolensk, western Russia, a visibly emotional President Bronislaw Komorowski

paid silent tribute to his predecessor and the 95 other victims at a memorial in a Warsaw church. Komorowski and Prime Minister Donald Tusk placed candles at the foot of the memorial, a traditional mourning symbol in deeply Catholic Poland. Later, at a monument in Warsaw's Powazki cemetery where many of the crash victims lie alongside past Polish icons, Komorowski honoured the dead.

Gaza continued to hit Israeli territory on Sunday, with a rocket believed to be an industrially manufactured Grad exploding in an uninhabited area near the southern town of Ashkelon, a police spokesman said. Two Gaza-made rockets later landed in the Eshkol region causing no damage or injuries, a police spokesman said. In Gaza, witnesses said a rocket fired from Beit Lahiya had exploded mid-air before entering Israel. Three mortar rounds fired overnight damaged an electrical line in the Eshkol region, cutting power to some in the area for several hours, army radio said. On Saturday, Hamas declared a state of emergency in the face of the deadly Israeli reprisals against Gaza, ordering its security forces to "work 24 hours a day along with the civil defence and medical services to protect and save inhabitants taken as targets by the Zionist occupier." The confrontation is the deadliest since the end of Operation Cast Lead, the offensive Israel launched in December 2008 that claimed the lives of some 1,400 Palestinians -- more than half civilians -- and 13 Israelis, including 10 soldiers. Militant rocket fire from Gaza has been the first test of Israel's newly deployed Iron Dome short-range defence system, which the military said has successfully intercepted several Grad rockets. The defence system, the first of its kind in the world and still experimental, is not yet able to provide complete protection, however, army commanders have warned. Israeli media reported that the United States has promised Israel $205 million to fund an additional four batteries of the Iron Dome system, which Netanyahu was due to tour later on Sunday.

Indonesia lawmaker 'caught watching porn in parliament' AFP JAKARTA, APRIL 10

An Indonesian lawmaker faces an ethics investigation after he was photographed apparently watching porn on his tablet computer in parliament, an official said Sunday. Arifinto, who represents the conservative Islamic Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), was caught on camera on Friday looking at a pornographic image on the tablet, which he held slightly under his table, during a plenary session. The photograph, first posted on a local news website, was picked up by other media and sparked a public outcry on the Twitter microblogging site over the weekend. "Shameful. Just flog and stone

(him). Improper!" user @benimonzieur tweeted. The case is under investigation, House Ethics Council deputy chairman Nudirman Munir said Sunday. "We're carrying out intensive verification to see he had indeed violated the code of ethics," he told AFP. "If proven true, this is a serious violation as he would have ruined the image and dignity of parliament. It's best that he resign, or face dismissal," Munir added. Arifinto however claimed he had unintentionally opened an email link that led to "pornographic images", the Jakarta Globe newspaper reported. "I stopped watching it and then erased it from my inbox," he said.

Iran military plane crashes, pilot killed AFP TEHRAN, APRIL 10

An Iranian military training aircraft crashed Sunday near the city of Shiraz, killing the pilot, the state news agency IRNA reported. IRNA said the aircraft was a Russian-made Sukhoi, adding that the cause of the crash was unknown. It did not offer further details. In addition to Russian and Chinese military planes which Iran has, it also has American planes which it purchased before the Islamic revolution of 1979 and is currently modernising them.

A man pushes a carousel into a slum area to offer children rides in Karachi on Sunday.

Shock at ‘un-Dutch’ mass shooting AFP THE HAGUE, APRIL 10

The Netherlands was in shock Sunday after a gunman killed six people and wounded 11 in a packed shopping mall before committing suicide in an act the media dubbed "un-Dutch". "Alphen aan den Rijn will never be the same," said one of about 5,400 messages on an electronic condolence register opened in the town where the 24-year-old man went on the rampage on Saturday. "Why? We are incredulous and shocked," said another. "The Netherlands lost its innocence." Gunman Tristan van der Vlis entered the De Ridderhof shopping mall in the town about 40

kilometres (25 miles) southwest of Amsterdam at around lunchtime on Saturday when it was packed with children and their parents. Witnesses said he opened fire with an automatic firearm on shoppers and merchants, striding around without haste. Dutch authorities have not identified

the victims. The man then shot himself, taking the motive for the mass killing with him to the grave. In a farewell letter to his parents made public overnight, Van der Vlis said he was unhappy and wanted to commit suicide but made no mention of killing oth-

ers. Dutch churches held memorial services for the victims on Sunday as the media analysed the "un-Dutch" nature of the shooting, which they said was more common in countries like the United States. "An un-Dutch drama," the NOS

public broadcaster labelled the killing. But disaster management professor Eelco Dykstra told the station: "This type of thing can happen anywhere." If one counted the number of mass shootings proportional to country size, Europe "is more affected than America," he said. Dykstra lamented The Netherlands' lack of expertise in profiling potential mass killers and detecting early warning signs. "We have many procedures and protocols on paper, but little experience in the field," he said. Van der Vlis was a member of a shooting club and held a licence to carry five firearms.

Cairo protesters defy military after deadly crackdown AFP CAIRO, APRIL 10

Several hundred protesters who held an overnight sit-in in Cairo's Tahrir square after a deadly military crackdown stayed on on Sunday after the army backed down on a threat to disperse them. The protesters, who blocked the square with a charred army truck, barbed wire and beams, chanted against military chief Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, who has been in charge since president Hosni Mubarak's ouster in February. "The people demand the toppling of the field marshal," they chanted, after spending a nervous night waiting for the army to carry out its warning that it would enforce a three-hour pre-dawn curfew. Soldiers, backed by riot police, had dispersed an overnight protest in the iconic square before dawn on Saturday, with one protester shot dead. The military later warned that it would clear out remaining protesters, keeping the demonstrators on edge throughout the night as the countdown began for the curfew. Groups of young men whistled and banged at the barricades when they thought the military, which remained out of sight, was approaching, prompting others to run to them with sticks. As the curfew neared its end, some protesters began to chant jokingly: "Hit us, hit us, you are taking your time and we're bored." Their numbers decreased throughout the morning, with scattered groups of protesters

n The Muslim Brotherhood condemns any attempt to weaken (the military's relationship with the people), and especially attempts to cause any split between the military and the people or to pit them against each other. locked in arguments with passersby who wanted them to leave the square, which remained closed to traffic. They also faced mounting criticism from other groups that took part in the revolt that toppled Mubarak. The Muslim Brotherhood, the best organised opposition movement, had from the start described protesters against the military as feckless "zealots." "The Muslim Brotherhood condemns any attempt to weaken (the military's relationship with the people), and especially attempts to cause any split between the military and the people or to pit them against each other," it said. "It is apparent that there are those who are striving to accomplish that from the remnants of the old regime, and some zealots who do not consider consequences," it said. A senior Brotherhood official, Essam alErian, said on Sunday that the group stood

by the statement after the deadly clash and refused to comment on the military's actions. State television and newspapers played up criticism by other opposition figures. The military has called the protesters "outlaws" and suggested they might be led by former ruling party officials. It denied using force or live ammunition against the protesters. Since Mubarak quit, protesters have been holding regular Friday demonstrations, the last one tens of thousands strong, demanding that he and other former regime officials stand trial. Saturday's death was the first in the square since it became the focal point for the 18 days of protests that triggered Mubarak's resignation on February 11. The army denied it was responsible for the death of a protester who was shot in the mouth, saying no fatalities were discovered when it cleared the square to enforce the curfew. It said four soldiers and nine protesters were wounded. "Those who remain in the square will be dispersed," General Ismail Etman told reporters. But his warning was ignored by the demonstrators, who chanted slogans against the military. "I'm not scared, I'm sad it came to this, but what right does the army have to attack us," said one protester, Mohammed Abdel Al, as he prepared to take a nap on the square.

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other details”, Brar said. He said that the matter would be first discussed with Congress President Sonia Gandhi before taking a final opinion on the matter. “Since the Congress president is busy attending election programmes in Assam, we could not decide on the issue. But she is well aware of the matter. After a meeting with her, I will come to Goa and meet the Congress leaders”, the Congress leader stated. He added that the party High Command is aware of both sides of the issue in black and white. Monserrate, however, said he went on his own to meet the High Command. “I explained to Brar my stand with all details and documentary evidence”, he said. The minister and his associate were detained on April 2 for possessing undisclosed Indian and UAE currency and after hours of questioning, the duo were let off. Monserrate was once against summoned for interrogation by the Air Intelligence Unit of Mumbai Customs at Sahar international airport, last Friday. The demand to sack the minister has mounted in the State with Bharatiya Janata Party launching a massive campaign demanding his ouster from the Cabinet. The Opposition party also managed to adjourn the State Legislative Assembly for three days pressing to sack the tainted minister.

Rain thunders State

accompanied with thunder and lightening on Sunday night. People were caught unaware and were seen running helterskelter for protection. The celebration at Our Lady of Miracles Church, Sanguem, was however, not affected as the rains commenced a little after mass. Vendors who had set up stalls were seen packing up. People who had come for the Passover celebrations later had to remain in the Church premises as none had umbrellas with them. The rains also affected cashew farmers in the locality. The farmers who are presently affected with low yield during the current season feared further losses due to the unexpected rains.

The rains lasted for over an hour in the town area and nearby Uguem village. It could, however, not be ascertained as to whether there were any losses due to the unexpected showers.

Lip service to Dum Maro

“When the issue was raised one-and-half month back, we had written to the police requesting to update us on what action they have taken against the movie. But there is no response till now”, Naik told Herald. Despite the noise, the police have not even asked the movie makers to screen the movie to them before its release on the silver screen. “Atleast I am not aware that the Police Department has issued any letter to the filmmakers…” police spokesperson Atmaram Deshpande told Herald. His statement comes in sharp contradiction to earlier claims that Goa police had asked Sippy to screen the promos and the film before its release. This was even admitted by the producers as they were quoted saying that they are willing to co-operate with Goa police. Several attempts to contact the film’s spokesperson Shilpa Handa turned futile, as she refused to answer several phone calls and text messages by Herald, till late night. The movie starring Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Basu, Deepika Padukone and others revolves around six Indians who meet in Goa and how their lives change forever once they get involved with the drug mafia. The dialogue delivery by Bipasha Basu in the movie trailer “Over here (in Goa)....liquor is cheap, and the women are cheaper”, has further created flutters in the State with demands from many to ban the promos, trailers and the movie overall.

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adding that he has been always fighting for the common and the poor. Alemao said he has full support of MLAs Alexio, Agnelo, Joaquim and others and urged parents to demand a vote on the issue.


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April in the tax calendar is indeed a cruel month. It is a month for farewells, for the annual reports for both the officers and staff. With promotions based on the Annual reports, it is time when officers who like to present their best performances to their superior officers! MUMBAI TAX FIGURES The year has begun well. The collection figures of the last year’s collection of Direct Tax were released. Mumbai the financial capital of India has come out with their figures. The city has collected 1.53 crore as against its budget of Rs 1.50 crore – 3000 crore more. An achievement indeed, since Mumbai collects 35% of the Income tax. P.P. Srivastava the Chief Commissioner is ecstatic and rightly so since this is for the first time in the last 3 years that the budget has been collected. While the collection could be attributed to the

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April is a cruel month Further under the division of revenues as per the Finance Commission – while corporate tax goes to the Central kitty it is only tax collected in the case of individuals that is shared between the states in proportion to their population. Thus there is no allocation for the city itself. Of course the Maharashtra could decide to allocate a greater part of the resources received from the Centre to the city. But we already have the fact of a skewed growth where economic development is being generated around the metropolises while the smaller town and settlements are being neglected. Today with the talk of inclusive development, there is need for resources being equally spread throughout the country rather than only in the urban sectors.

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AIG India Equity Fund - Regular Plan (D) India Equity Fund - Regular Plan (G) Infras and Eco Reform Fund - Regular Plan (D) Infras and Eco Reform Fund - Regular Plan (G) Axis Equity Fund (D) Equity Fund (G) Mid Cap Fund (D) Mid Cap Fund (G) Tax Saver Fund (D) Tax Saver Fund (G)


good performance of the key sectors such as the banks, financial institutions and pharmaceuticals and the oil sector – those sectors that pay the largest share of advance tax, there has undoubtedly been an effort by the officers – more effective searches, and surveys that have brought in the additional revenue. The fact that a third of the direct tax revenue comes from the city – has prompted several to question as to why a proportionate amount of funds are not been allocated for the city. Does the city produce an income on which this tax is collected? Certainly not! Many of the large corporate earn their income outside the city – in their factories and site all around the country. But since their registered offices are situated in the city, tax is being paid here. It therefore cannot be said that the city is generating the income of which tax is being collected in the city.

12.20 12.20 9.16 9.16 11.12 11.12 10.34 10.34 11.48 12.53

Baroda Pioneer Growth Fund (D) 30.07 Growth Fund (G) 53.38 Infrastructure Fund (D) 9.57 Infrastructure Fund (G) 9.57 PSU Equity Fund (D) 9.04 PSU Equity Fund (G) 9.04 ELSS 96 24.84 Bharti AXA Equity Fund - Eco Plan (Bonus) 17.85 Equity Fund - Eco Plan (D) 12.56 Equity Fund - Eco Plan (G) 17.85 Equity Fund - Eco Plan (QD) 11.86 Equity Fund - Regular Plan (Bonus) 17.73 Equity Fund - Regular Plan (D) 12.50 Equity Fund - Regular Plan (G) 17.73 Equity Fund - Regular Plan (QD) 11.78 Focused Infrastructure Fund (D) 9.68 Focused Infrastructure Fund (G) 9.68 Focused Infrastructure Fund (QD) 9.68 Tax Advantage Fund - Eco Plan (D) 12.41 Tax Advantage Fund - Eco Plan (G) 22.80 Tax Advantage Fund - Retail Plan (D) 12.37 Tax Advantage Fund - Retail Plan (G) 22.69 Birla Sun Life Advantage Fund (D) 81.95 Advantage Fund (G) 160.16 Com Equities - Global Agri Plan - Retail Plan (D) 17.73 Com Equities - Global Agri Plan - Retail Plan (G) 17.73 Comm Eq - Global Multi Commodity Plan - RP (D) 15.14 Comm Eq - Global Multi Commodity Plan - RP (G) 15.14 Comm Eq- Global Precious Metals Plan -RP (D) 14.90 Comm Eq - Global Precious Metals Plan -RP (G) 14.90 Dividend Yield Plus (D) 14.05 Dividend Yield Plus (G) 86.13 Equity Fund (D) 69.99 Equity Fund (G) 264.94 Frontline Equity Fund - Plan A (D) 21.74 Frontline Equity Fund - Plan A (G) 90.44 India GenNext Fund (D) 13.79 India GenNext Fund (G) 24.44 India Opportunities Fund - Plan A (D) 17.33 India Opportunities Fund - Plan B (G) 54.82 India Reforms Fund (D) 10.06 India Reforms Fund (G) 10.06 Infrastructure Fund - Plan A (D) 12.33 Infrastructure Fund - Plan A (G) 16.80 International Equity Fund - Plan A (D) 9.95 International Equity Fund - Plan A (G) 9.95 International Equity Fund - Plan B (D) 9.80 International Equity Fund - Plan B (G) 9.80 Long Term Advantage Fund (D) 13.22 Long Term Advantage Fund (G) 14.31 Midcap Fund - Plan A (D) 21.96 Midcap Fund - Plan A (G) 108.31 Pure Value Fund (D) 15.75 Pure Value Fund (G) 16.81 Small and Midcap Fund (D) 12.01 Small and Midcap Fund (G) 12.01 Special Situations Fund (D) 10.01 Special Situations Fund (G) 10.01 Top 100 Fund (D) 15.22 Top 100 Fund (G) 23.33 MNC Fund (D) 79.09 MNC Fund (G) 210.01 Basic Industries Fund (D) 26.51 Basic Industries Fund (G) 100.53 Buy India Fund (D) 23.68 Buy India Fund (G) 41.56 New Millennium (D) 13.47 New Millennium (G) 20.63 Tax Plan (D) 47.54 Tax Plan (G) 14.10 Tax Relief 96 (D) 80.40 Tax Relief 96 (G) 11.40 BNP Paribas China-India Fund (D) 9.01 China-India Fund (G) 9.01 Dividend Yield Fund (D) 11.00 Dividend Yield Fund (G) 17.85 Equity Fund (D) 11.74

Equity Fund (G) Future Leaders Fund (D) Future Leaders Fund (G) Opportunities Fund (D) Opportunities Fund (G) Sustainable Development Fund (D) Sustainable Development Fund (G) Tax Advantage Plan (ELSS) (D) Tax Advantage Plan (ELSS) (G)

34.70 9.40 9.44 9.77 18.78 11.54 12.67 11.10 13.94


Canara Robeco Emerging Equities (Bonus) Emerging Equities (D) Emerging Equities (G) Equity Diversified (Bonus) Equity Diversified (D) Equity Diversified (G) F.O.R.C.E Fund - Retail Plan (D) F.O.R.C.E Fund - Retail Plan (G) Infrastructure (D) Infrastructure (G) Large Cap+ Fund (D) Large Cap+ Fund (G) Multicap (D) Multicap (G) Equity Tax Saver (D) Equity Tax Saver (G)

19.17 15.80 22.90 25.36 25.32 55.67 12.76 13.69 18.38 23.07 10.57 10.57 15.04 16.21 18.48 26.22


Daiwa Industry Leaders Fund (D) Industry Leaders Fund (G) DSP BlackRock Equity Fund - Regular Plan (D) Equity Fund - Regular Plan (G) Focus 25 Fund (D) Focus 25 Fund (G) India T.I.G.E.R. Fund - Regular Plan (D) India T.I.G.E.R. Fund - Regular Plan (G) Micro Cap Fund - Regular Plan (D) Micro Cap Fund - Regular Plan (G) Opportunities Fund - Regular Plan (D) Opportunities Fund - Regular Plan (G) Small and Mid Cap Fund (D) Small and Mid Cap Fund (G) Technology.Com - Regular Plan (D) Technology.Com - Regular Plan (G) Tax Saver Fund (D) Tax Saver Fund (G) DWS Alpha Equity Fund - Regular Plan (D) Alpha Equity Fund - Regular Plan (G) Alpha Equity Fund - Wealth Plan (D) Alpha Equity Fund - Wealth Plan (G) Investment Opportunity Fund - Regular Plan (D) Investment Opportunity Fund - Regular Plan (G) Investment Opportunity Fund - Wealth Plan (D) Investment Opportunity Fund - Wealth Plan (G) Tax Saving Fund (D) Tax Saving Fund (G)

12.02 12.02 49.40 16.82 10.70 10.70 17.64 45.95 9.56 15.74 28.38 87.42 15.02 17.88 24.22 33.18 12.36 17.33 17.08 78.46 13.66 16.33 25.75 37.16 12.87 16.81 12.75 13.64


Edelweiss Absolute Return Fund (D) Absolute Return Fund (G) Diversified Growth Equity Top 100 Diversified Growth Equity Top 100 Diversified Growth Equity Top 100 Diversified Growth Equity Top 100 Diversified Growth Equity Top 100 Diversified Growth Equity Top 100 Nifty Enhancer Fund - Plan A (D) Nifty Enhancer Fund - Plan A (G) Nifty Enhancer Fund - plan B (D) Nifty Enhancer Fund - Plan B (G) Nifty Enhancer Fund - Plan C (D) ELSS Fund (D) ELSS Fund (G) Escorts Growth Plan (D) Growth Plan (G) High Yield Equity Plan (Bonus) High Yield Equity Plan (D) High Yield Equity Plan (G) Infrastructure Fund (D) Infrastructure Fund (G) Leading Sectors Fund (D) Leading Sectors Fund (G) Power and Energy Fund (D) Power and Energy Fund (G) Tax Plan (D) Tax Plan (G)

Fidelity Equity Fund (D)

Fund -A (D) Fund -A (G) Fund -B (D) Fund -B (G) Fund -C (D) Fund -C (G)

11.10 11.26 14.27 14.27 14.52 14.33 14.37 14.37 12.24 13.43 13.50 13.24 11.88 13.28 19.36 12.21 73.79 14.61 11.64 14.57 7.65 7.65 10.82 10.82 11.04 15.42 10.02 46.63

F 21.61

the officers who make the assessment. Finally when the appeal is decided there is little to collect since most of the assets have been spirited away. The Central Excise department now puts out its major tax defaulters on the website. This would allow anyone to view the arrears of tax defaulters; it would also help the taxpayer to correct mistakes if any. The Income tax department has also put its top defaulter on computer, but has still to decide on whether to make these public. It is time that the Income tax department also makes use of its website to publish the name, addresses and amounts that the default-

TAX RECOVERY One of the factors in the collection of the budget in the income tax department was the focus on recovery. Law has now being amended and accordingly all assessment proceedings are completed by the month of December to give the officers three months to collect the demands raised. Even so recovery of arrears poses a major problem for several reasons. In some cases there is an over assessment made – where there is little possibility of collection of any tax. In several cases this over assessment is corrected in appeal and accordingly the tax is reduced. In certain cases there is laxity on the part of

Equity Fund (G) India Growth Fund (D) India Growth Fund (G) India Special Situations Fund (D) India Special Situations Fund (G) India Value Fund (D) India Value Fund (G) International Opportunities Fund (D) International Opportunities Fund (G) Tax Advantage Fund (D) Tax Advantage Fund (G) Franklin Asian Equity Fund (D) Asian Equity Fund (G)

36.57 12.73 12.73 17.21 18.98 11.40 11.40 13.93 13.93 18.86 22.65 11.53 11.53


HDFC Capital Builder Fund (D) Capital Builder Fund (G) Core & Satellite Fund (D) Core & Satellite Fund (G) Equity Fund (D) Equity Fund (G) Growth Fund (D) Growth Fund (G) Infrastructure Fund (D) Infrastructure Fund (G) Long Term Equity Fund (D) Long Term Equity Fund (G) Mid-Cap Opportunities Fund (D) Mid-Cap Opportunities Fund (G) Premier Multi-Cap Fund (D) Premier Multi-Cap Fund (G) Top 200 Fund (D) Top 200 Fund (G) Long Term Advantage Fund (D) Long Term Advantage Fund (G) Tax Saver (D) Tax Saver (G) HSBC Dynamic Fund (D) Dynamic Fund (G) Equity Fund (D) Equity Fund (G) India Opportunities Fund (D) India Opportunities Fund (G) Midcap Equity Fund (D) Midcap Equity Fund (G) Progressive Themes Fund (D) Progressive Themes Fund (G) Small Cap Fund (D) Small Cap Fund (G) Unique Opportunities Fund (D) Unique Opportunities Fund (G) Tax Saver Equity Fund (D) Tax Saver Equity Fund (G)

24.57 112.72 21.49 41.52 48.35 286.24 31.50 88.86 12.09 12.09 12.88 16.84 15.52 15.52 14.96 29.25 46.83 216.28 36.70 140.28 60.03 236.30 10.54 10.54 26.66 105.97 16.89 35.85 11.42 21.37 10.34 12.16 10.98 11.81 11.40 11.40 13.59 14.74


ICICI Pru Discovery Fund (D) Discovery Fund (G) Dynamic Plan (D) Dynamic Plan (G) Emerging S.T.A.R. Fund (D) Emerging S.T.A.R. Fund (G) Equity Opportunities Fund (D) Equity Opportunities Fund (G) Focused Bluechip Equity Fund (D) Focused Bluechip Equity Fund (G) Fusion Fund (D) Fusion Fund (G) Fusion Fund Series - III Retail Plan (D) Fusion Fund Series - III Retail Plan (G) Growth Plan (D) Growth Plan (G) Indo Asia Equity Fund - Retail Plan (D) Indo Asia Equity Fund - Retail Plan (G) Infrastructure Fund - Retail Plan (D) Infrastructure Fund - Retail Plan (G) Power (D) Power (G) Services Industries Fund (D) Services Industries Fund (G) Target Returns Fund - Retail Plan (D) Target Returns Fund - Retail Plan (G) Banking & Finan Services Fund - Retail Plan (D) Banking & Finan Services Fund - Retail Plan (G) FMCG Fund (D) FMCG Fund (G) Technology Fund (D) Technology Fund (G) R.I.G.H.T. Fund (D) R.I.G.H.T. Fund (G) Tax Plan (D) Tax Plan (G) IDFC Classic Equity Fund - Plan A (D) Classic Equity Fund - Plan A (G) Equity Fund - Plan A (D) Equity Fund - Plan A (G) Equity Fund - Plan B (D) Equity Fund - Plan B (G) Imperial Equity Fund - Plan A (D)

19.86 49.36 18.55 109.79 16.22 32.58 11.35 12.64 16.21 16.98 13.87 14.71 12.92 12.92 14.82 139.30 10.99 10.99 12.12 30.09 17.32 116.70 13.42 17.84 14.47 14.47 18.76 19.21 35.76 66.16 19.60 19.60 12.37 12.37 19.21 142.96 13.05 21.06 12.56 16.64 11.48 13.68 14.43

Imperial Equity Fund - Plan A (G) India GDP Growth Fund (D) India GDP Growth Fund (G) Infrastructure Fund (D) Infrastructure Fund (G) Premier Equity Fund - Plan A (D) Premier Equity Fund - Plan A (G) Small & Midcap Equity Fund (D) Small & Midcap Equity Fund (G) Strategic Sector (50-50) Equity Fund - Plan A (D) Strategic Sector (50-50) Equity Fund - Plan A (G) Tax Advantage (ELSS) Fund (D) Tax Advantage (ELSS) Fund (G) Tax Saver (ELSS) Fund (D) Tax Saver (ELSS) Fund (G) ING C.U.B. Fund (Bonus) C.U.B. Fund (D) C.U.B. Fund (G) Contra Fund (B) Contra Fund (D) Contra Fund (G) Core Equity Fund (D) Core Equity Fund (G) Dividend Yield Fund (D) Dividend Yield Fund (G) Domestic Opportunities Fund (D) Domestic Opportunities Fund (G) Midcap Fund (D) Midcap Fund (G) OptiMix Multi Manager Equity Fund - Plan A (D) OptiMix Multi Manager Equity Fund - Plan A (G) OptiMix Retireinvest Fund - Series I (D) OptiMix Retireinvest Fund - Series I (G) Tax Saving Fund (Bonus) Tax Saving Fund (D) Tax Saving Fund (G)

19.94 14.75 17.08 10.40 10.40 24.02 32.79 15.29 18.53 14.99 15.16 12.47 20.23 14.72 14.72 17.71 12.93 17.71 15.95 13.61 15.95 20.98 39.64 21.48 23.62 13.81 36.57 16.92 21.30 10.69 10.69 12.59 12.59 30.58 15.06 30.53


JM Core 11 Fund (D) Core 11 Fund (G) Emerging Leaders Fund (D) Emerging Leaders Fund (G) Equity Fund (D) Equity Fund (G) Multi Strategy Fund (D) Multi Strategy Fund (G) Basic Fund (D) Basic Fund (G) Tax Gain Fund (D) Tax Gain Fund (G) JP Morgan India Tax Advantage Fund (D) India Tax Advantage Fund (G) India Equity Fund (D) India Equity Fund (G) India Smaller Companies Fund (D) India Smaller Companies Fund (G)

4.03 4.03 7.56 7.55 15.00 36.84 13.27 14.27 9.75 13.96 7.13 7.13 15.28 18.86 12.64 13.62 7.81 7.81


Kotak 50 (D) 50 (G) Contra (D) Contra (G) Emerging Equity Scheme (D) Emerging Equity Scheme (G) Global Emerging Market Fund (D) Global Emerging Market Fund (G) Indo World Infrastructure Fund (D) Indo World Infrastructure Fund (G) Lifestyle Fund (D) Lifestyle Fund (G) Midcap Fund (D) Midcap Fund (G) Opportunities Fund (D) Opportunities Fund (G) Select Focus Fund (D) Select Focus Fund (G) Tax Saver (D) Tax Saver (G)

30.83 104.43 17.02 21.11 11.39 11.39 10.38 10.38 7.12 7.12 11.75 13.57 15.94 25.27 15.07 46.59 10.72 11.87 11.47 18.73


L&T Contra Fund (D) Contra Fund (G) Global Advantage Fund (D) Global Advantage Fund (G) Growth Fund (D) Growth Fund (G) Hedged Equity Fund (D) Hedged Equity Fund (G) Infrastructure Fund (D) Infrastructure Fund (G) Midcap Fund (D) Midcap Fund (G) Multi-Cap Fund (D) Multi-Cap Fund (G) Opportunities Fund (D) Opportunities Fund (G) Small Cap Fund (D) Small Cap Fund (G)

10.62 10.62 7.11 10.26 19.09 40.40 10.08 14.21 7.25 7.25 23.15 40.13 14.94 18.75 17.40 44.17 5.12 5.12

ers owe government! DISCLOSURES IN THE CASE OF BLACK MONEY Press reports regarding the ongoing case of black money being held by individuals in foreign banks are before the Supreme Court. The press has highlighted the irritation of the Supreme Court judges with whom information is not being shared. Why is this information not being disclosed to the Court? India has several double tax treaties with different countries. According to these treaties, information regarding these bank accounts can be obtained and the government has possession of information regarding certain individual who have bank account in the Bank of Lichtenstein. Can this information be made public? According to the Double tax agreement this in-

Tax Advantage Fund - Series I (D) Tax Advantage Fund - Series I (G) Tax Saver Fund (D) Tax Saver Fund (G)

13.17 20.73 15.12 16.27


Mirae Asset Emerging Bluechip Fund (D) Emerging Bluechip Fund (G) Global Commodity Stock Fund - Regular Plan (D) Global Commodity Stock Fund - Regular Plan (G) India Opportunities Fund - Regular Plan (D) India Opportunities Fund - Regular Plan (G) India-China Consumption Fund (D) India-China Consumption Fund (G) Morgan Stanley A.C.E. Fund (Across Capitalisations Equity) (D) A.C.E. Fund (Across Capitalisations Equity) (G) Growth Fund (D) Growth Fund (G)

11.03 11.03 13.62 13.62 14.03 16.74 10.17 10.17 14.22 15.11 19.40 63.56


Pramerica Dynamic Fund (D) Dynamic Fund (G) Equity Fund (D) Equity Fund (G) Principal Dividend Yield Fund (D) Dividend Yield Fund (G) Emerging Bluechip Fund (D) Emerging Bluechip Fund (G) Growth Fund (D) Growth Fund (G) Large Cap Fund (D) Large Cap Fund (G) PNB Long Term Eq Fund - 3 Year Plan - Series 1 (D) PNB Long Term Eq Fund - 3 Year Plan - Series 1 (G) Services Industries Fund (D) Services Industries Fund (G) SMART Equity Fund (D) SMART Equity Fund (G) Personal Tax Saver Fund Tax Savings Fund

9.84 9.84 9.67 9.67 17.49 23.69 22.63 29.70 23.65 52.19 19.96 29.13 10.53 10.53 13.28 14.98 9.97 9.97 97.26 75.81


Quantum Long-Term Equity Fund (D) Long-Term Equity Fund (G) Tax Saving Fund (D) Tax Saving Fund (G) Reliance Equity Advantage Fund - Retail Plan (B) Equity Advantage Fund - Retail Plan (D) Equity Advantage Fund - Retail Plan (G) Equity Fund - Retail Plan (Bonus) Equity Fund - Retail Plan (D) Equity Fund - Retail Plan (G) Equity Opportunities Fund - Retail Plan (Bonus) Equity Opportunities Fund - Retail Plan (D) Equity Opportunities Fund - Retail Plan (G) Growth Fund - Retail Plan (Bonus) Growth Fund - Retail Plan (D) Growth Fund - Retail Plan (G) Infrastructure Fund - Retail Plan (Bonus) Infrastructure Fund - Retail Plan (D) Infrastructure Fund - Retail Plan (G) Long Term Equity Fund (D) Long Term Equity Fund (G) Natural Resources Fund (Bonus) Natural Resources Fund (D) Natural Resources Fund (G) NRI Equity Fund (Bonus) NRI Equity Fund (D) NRI Equity Fund (G) Quant Plus Fund - Retail Plan (B) Quant Plus Fund - Retail Plan (D) Quant Plus Fund - Retail Plan (G) Regular Savings Fund - Equity Option (D) Regular Savings Fund - Equity Option (G) Small Cap Fund (Bonus) Small Cap Fund (D) Small Cap Fund (G) Vision Fund - Retail Plan (Bonus) Vision Fund - Retail Plan (D) Vision Fund - Retail Plan (G) Banking Fund (Bonus) Banking Fund (D) Banking Fund (G) Diversified Power Sector Fund - Retail Plan Media & Entertainment Fund (Bonus) Media & Entertainment Fund (D) Media & Entertainment Fund (G) Pharma Fund (Bonus) Pharma Fund (D) Pharma Fund (G) Equity Linked Saving Fund - Series I (D) Equity Linked Saving Fund - Series I (G) Tax Saver (ELSS) Fund (D) Tax Saver (ELSS) Fund (G) Religare AGILE Fund (D) AGILE Fund (G)

23.05 22.85 22.63 22.64 13.25 12.20 13.25 14.20 14.20 14.20 35.93 23.23 35.93 77.66 53.19 468.19 9.57 9.57 9.57 14.07 15.67 10.79 10.79 10.79 40.62 21.54 40.62 14.13 11.53 14.12 21.96 30.94 9.95 9.95 9.95 45.67 40.02 271.92 109.00 40.72 109.00 73.40 26.44 16.36 26.44 54.80 38.14 54.80 14.74 14.74 15.05 21.39 6.91 6.90

formation is to be treated as secret and can be disclosed only to those authorities involved in the assessment and collection of taxes. Thus the treaty itself bars government from making a disclosure before the Supreme Court. At several instances the Supreme Court has taken the stand that India law is subject to international conventions, thereby the double tax treaties preclude the sharing of such information. THE DEPARTMENTS IN A SLUMBER MODE With the finance bills having been given their ascent by the President, the Act comes into force with effect from the 1st April 2011. Now the bureaucracy takes over – enforcement of the law on taxation, ensuring the filing of returns of income, assessment and collection. But for the moment, it is holiday time- time when department officers are granted leave, for

Business Leaders Fund (D) Business Leaders Fund (G) Contra Fund (D) Contra Fund (G) Equity Fund (D) Equity Fund (G) Growth Fund (D) Growth Fund (G) Infrastructure Fund (D) Infrastructure Fund (G) Mid Cap Fund (D) Mid Cap Fund (G) Mid N Small Cap Fund (D) Mid N Small Cap Fund (G) Banking Fund - Regular Plan (D) Banking Fund - Regular Plan (G) PSU Equity Fund (D) PSU Equity Fund (G) AGILE Tax Fund (D) AGILE Tax Fund (G) Tax Plan (D) Tax Plan (G)

11.60 12.65 12.67 16.39 12.76 12.76 12.02 13.23 8.27 8.27 11.77 14.21 14.19 14.19 16.51 21.18 9.94 11.01 7.77 7.77 11.85 17.69


Sahara Growth Fund (D) Growth Fund (G) Infrastructure - Fixed Pricing Option (D) Infrastructure - Fixed Pricing Option (G) Infrastructure -Variable Pricing Option (D) Infrastructure -Variable Pricing Option (G) Midcap Fund (Bonus) Midcap Fund (D) Midcap Fund (G) Midcap Fund (Growth Auto Payout) Power & Natural Resources Fund (D) Power & Natural Resources Fund (G) R.E.A.L. Fund (D) R.E.A.L. Fund (G) Star Value Fund (D) Star Value Fund (G) Super 20 Fund (D) Super 20 Fund (G) Wealth Plus - Variable Pricing Option (D) Wealth Plus - Variable Pricing Option (G) Wealth Plus Fund - Fixed Pricing Option (D) Wealth Plus Fund - Fixed Pricing Option (G) Banking and Financial Services Fund (D) Banking and Financial Services Fund (G) Tax Gain (D) Tax Gain (G) SBI Blue Chip Fund (D) Blue Chip Fund (G) Infrastructure Fund - Series I (D) Infrastructure Fund - Series I (G) Magnum Comma Fund (D) Magnum Comma Fund (G) Magnum Contra Fund (D) Magnum Contra Fund (G) Magnum Emerging Businesses Fund (D) Magnum Emerging Businesses Fund (G) Magnum Equity Fund (D) Magnum Equity Fund (G) Magnum Global Fund (D) Magnum Global Fund (G) Magnum Midcap Fund (D) Magnum Midcap Fund (G) Magnum Multicap Fund (D) Magnum Multicap Fund (G) Magnum Multiplier Plus (D) Magnum Multiplier Plus (G) Magnum NRI - Flexiasset Plan (D) Magnum NRI - Flexiasset Plan (G) One India Fund (D) One India Fund (G) PSU Fund (D) PSU Fund (G) Magnum FMCG Fund Magnum Pharma Fund (D) Magnum Pharma Fund (G) Magnum IT Fund Magnum Tax Gain Scheme (D) Magnum Tax Gain Scheme (G) TAX Advantage Fund - Series I (D) TAX Advantage Fund - Series I (G) Sundaram Capex Opportunities Fund (D) Capex Opportunities Fund (G) Equity Multiplier Fund (D) Equity Multiplier Fund (G) Growth Fund - Regular Plan (D) Growth Fund - Regular Plan (G) India Leadership Fund - Regular Plan (D) India Leadership Fund - Regular Plan (G) Media & Entertainment Opportunities - Retail (D) Media & Entertainment Opportunities - Retail (G) Rural India Fund (D) Rural India Fund (G) S.M.I.L.E Fund - Regular Plan (D) 12.44 S.M.I.L.E Fund - Regular Plan (G) Select Focus - Retail Plan (D) Select Focus - Retail Plan (G) Select Midcap - Regular Plan (D)

23.76 81.84 11.31 15.46 11.79 16.04 30.96 13.70 30.96 30.96 11.09 13.00 8.20 8.20 10.70 11.66 11.47 11.47 18.33 21.96 17.47 21.09 15.99 31.67 14.20 37.84 11.51 14.73 9.49 9.49 16.66 24.67 22.48 56.37 15.66 41.35 29.63 44.10 31.09 55.62 17.55 22.88 13.57 17.86 51.69 81.72 29.50 29.39 10.98 10.98 9.94 9.95 29.76 36.22 43.82 24.13 37.30 61.11 11.92 11.92 12.14 23.27 11.57 14.18 12.53 93.41 13.19 43.02 11.83 14.98 11.00 15.19 32.01 9.70 89.63 17.00

some it is packing time, since they have been transferred to new stations. For the first time, the annual transfer orders have been issued early – a few in the month of March with effect from the 1st April and the rest by the first week of April. This is a good precedence – it would allow the transferred officers to go to their new stations find places to stay, schools for their children and to make the necessary adjustments that each transfer involves. In the offices this is time for housekeeping when new files are made, recovery notices are issued and long standing grievances are looked into. There is a new look at most of the tax departments and hopefully with the Direct Tax Code and the GST on the anvil, there will be a new impetus in the area of taxation. (The author of the column was an Income Tax official.)

Select Midcap - Regular Plan (G) 150.04 Select Small Cap Fund (D) 11.99 Select Small Cap Fund (G) 12.87 Financial Services Opportunities - Retail Plan (D) 13.50 Financial Services Opportunities - Retail Plan (G) 21.05 PSU Opportunities Fund (D) 10.45 PSU Opportunities Fund (G) 11.48 Select Thematic Energy Opportunities Funds (D) 7.98 Select Thematic Energy Opportunities Funds (G) 7.98 Tax Saver (OE) (D) 10.31 Tax Saver (OE) (G) 43.71


Tata Capital Builder Fund (D) Capital Builder Fund (G) Contra Fund (D) Contra Fund (G) Dividend Yield Fund (D) Dividend Yield Fund (G) Equity Management Fund (D) Equity Management Fund (G) Equity Opportunities Fund - Plan A (D) Equity Opportunities Fund - Plan B (G) Equity P/E Fund (D) - Trigger Option A 5% Equity P/E Fund (D) - Trigger Option B 10% Equity P/E Fund (G) Growing Eco Infrastructure Fund - Plan A (D) Growing Eco Infrastructure Fund - Plan A (G) Growing Eco Infrastructure Fund - Plan B (D) Growing Eco Infrastructure Fund - Plan B (G) Growth Fund (Bonus) Growth Fund (D) Growth Fund (G) Indo-Global Infrastructure Fund (D) Indo-Global Infrastructure Fund (G) Infrastructure Fund (D) Infrastructure Fund (G) Mid Cap Fund (D) Mid Cap Fund (G) Pure Equity Fund (D) Pure Equity Fund (G) Select Equity Fund (D) Select Equity Fund (G) Service Industries Fund (D) Service Industries Fund (G) Life Sciences & Technology Fund (D) Life Sciences & Technology Fund (G) Infrastructure Tax Saving Fund (D) Infrastructure Tax Saving Fund (G) Tax Advantage Fund - 1 (D) Tax Advantage Fund - 1 (G) Tax Saving Fund Taurus Bonanza Fund (D) Bonanza Fund (G) Discovery Fund (D) Discovery Fund (G) Ethical Fund (Bonus) Ethical Fund (D) Ethical Fund (G) Infrastructure Fund (D) Infrastructure Fund (G) Star Share (D) Star Share (G) Tax Shield (D) Tax Shield (G) Templeton India Equity Income Fund (D) India Equity Income Fund (G)

14.16 15.17 16.00 18.18 19.44 33.88 12.41 14.36 20.64 80.50 36.64 38.24 48.59 12.23 12.23 12.26 12.26 38.88 17.11 42.78 7.91 7.91 21.93 33.27 14.67 17.09 36.75 97.68 42.79 66.17 17.64 23.64 35.52 70.68 15.38 16.25 16.57 16.57 47.32 43.95 43.66 14.72 14.70 23.67 15.99 23.68 12.78 13.63 41.89 59.50 16.97 36.22 15.11 21.30


UTI Contra Fund (D) Contra Fund (G) Dividend Yield Fund (D) Dividend Yield Fund (G) Equity Fund (D) Equity Fund (G) India Lifestyle Fund(D) India Lifestyle Fund(G) Infrastructure Fund (D) Infrastructure Fund (G) Leadership Equity Fund (D) Leadership Equity Fund (G) Master Equity Plan Unit Scheme Master Plus Unit Scheme (D) Master Plus Unit Scheme (G) Master Value Fund (D) Master Value Fund (G) Mastershare (D) Mastershare (G) Mid Cap Fund (D) Mid Cap Fund (G) Opportunities Fund (D) Opportunities Fund (G) Top 100 Fund (D) Top 100 Fund (G) Wealth Builder Fund (D) Wealth Builder Fund (G) Wealth Builder Fund - Series II - Retail Plan (D) Wealth Builder Fund - Series II - Retail Plan (G) Banking Sector Fund (D) Banking Sector Fund (G) MNC Fund (D) MNC Fund (G)

12.75 13.81 15.26 33.26 49.41 55.91 11.78 11.78 18.99 33.40 14.64 15.79 51.08 61.85 85.81 23.58 53.77 29.74 55.34 21.67 31.79 14.79 27.69 22.89 29.47 14.51 16.66 16.03 19.93 23.62 45.43 38.02 58.88

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CAREERS & EDUCATION Reviewing Performance At Work GOA, Monday, 11 April 2011

By Christina R Pinto


mployees from time to time are required to face a performance review from their boss. And, it is at this time that the workplace is fraught with terrible anxiousness. Performance reviews are met with trepidation and worry, as reviews end up on the worker’s file and affect the Management’s important decisions regarding the employee like promotions, increments, etc. Hence, a bad review is especially upsetting; it plays havoc on the confidence and self-esteem of the employee. People are normally not prepared for a bad review; even those who perform the basic minimum, want an average result. The company utilizes the performance reviews to evaluate the contributions of their employees, the value of their presence in the company and their dedication to furthering the company’s goals. The smooth functioning and the successful future of a company,

is ensured through the regular appraisement of its employees. By reinforcing and highlighting commendable feats, the company fosters a competitive and productive environment that will place it on par with other thriving companies. Performance reviews is one of the practical methods for the company to strive for profit and recognition. Employees should keep that in mind when receiving a performance review. In the event you receive a bad performance review, you can either incorporate the comments as useful advice or you can fight it, but only if you feel it is a worthwhile endeavour. There are many reasons for a bad performance review, it may be your boss has something against you and wants to force you to leave so that they can appoint someone of their own preference in your place. Also, it could be that he/she is seeking the excuse to deprive you of a well-deserved promotion. There is also the urgings of

the upper management to grade on a curve - irrespective if everyone’s performance is satisfactory. There have to be a few people assigned to a low grade. It is often those who will accept their grade without a fuss. This is purely speculation and it is only validated if there is a clear indication of favouritism or unreasonable hostility displayed by the boss towards you. The refusal to accept your negative marking is also warranted by the acquired proof of your own diligence, commitment and efficiency that gives the report no credibility. After receiving the review, you should take a good, unbiased view of your performance, then try to judge if it fulfils the Company’s expectations and how does it compare to the input from colleagues. It should not be the criticism or the act of placing a little more demands on you that is the reason for complaint. If the criticism is unmerited, then you have a cause to refute the claims that may have ramifications for you in the future. The choice to respond or not depends on your willingness to pursue your cause and tackle the issue tactfully and methodically. It is good to take a day to quell your emotions and approach the situation in a calm, controlled manner. If you have evidence that your work is undeserving of the remarks, then it should be noted down before the appointment with the reviewer.

By Caetano de Abreu


After carefully examining the facts in the performance review to confirm their validity, there is the small chance that there could be errors in the details and you should check for inconsistencies or wrong information. Once you have a clear understanding of the contents, then you should start the structuring of a strong, carefully-worded rebuttal letter, which may be presented to the reviewer. If there is truth to the negative points in your review then they should be acknowledged first off. Then, formulate a plan where these negative comments can be counteracted with positive ones. All rebuttals should be presented as written verification of your performance and deeds in the organization. It is good to have every detail recorded in writing; it is substantiation for your claims. If there are examples in your review about poorly done projects or late submissions or anything underlined, you need to check them out and offer clarification. It will only diminish your reliability if you use the opportunity to furnish excuses or attempt to shift the blame. In the letter, anything noteworthy

you have accomplished in the organization that marks you as an assiduous individual should be highlighted. The extra projects you have undertaken or commendable feedback from clients or through your foresight you have made certain processes easier in the workplace, assemble such data to accompany the letter. When facing your reviewer, you should adhere to caution and be open to discussing everything. If your boss is unhappy with your performance, point out gently your contributions to the company and express tactfully how your review is a one-sided reflection. There is no guarantee that your boss will actually change the review or up the grade but at least you will have gotten your view across. Moreover, the placement of the rebuttal letter in your file will do some good. Performance reviews are helpful in assisting the employee in his/her growth within the organization, so they should not be so easily disregarded. Imbibe the points specified and mark your own progress for the following year’s performance review, then be pleased and proud of your personal improvement.

9 Ways to Thwart Office Politics


anaging an environment where office politics are rife is not easy. Colleagues will often attempt to manipulate certain situations to their advantage, even if it is to the detriment of others. Such politics not only create a poor

and inefficient working environment, but can be worsened if efforts to diffuse them are not managed in the right way. Here are some ways to manage tension in the ranks by staying objective: 1. Whilst it is often said that ignorance is bliss, office politics are hard to ign o r e . They generally sprout from the employee jealousy, insecurity and gossip. These are intrinsic characteristics of human nature, and it would be naive to at-

tempt to work against them. Instead, be aware of the existing politics between various employees and work with them to help reduce the tension. 2. Do not attempt to stop office gossip, instead, make sure you are informed of what is being said so that you are kept aware of areas of tension and can respond appropriately. 3. Stay calm and in control when reacting to office gossip. Avoid using accusing terms such as 'you' and other judgmental language which can often exacerbate the situation. 4. Create a more amiable and pleasant working environment by encouraging workers to be mix with colleagues, both those they work closely with and those who are outside their usual circle of contact. If colleagues are able to get on well with each other, then the amount of internal political tension will be reduced by default. 5. Encourage regular team building activities. This will help to show where rifts lie between

Ways To Survive Nightmare Bosses


any young people believe that having a good relationship with their boss is more important than pay and benefits. And although two-thirds of employees seem to be satisfied with who they report to, the remaining third is dissatisfied with their bosses. Today's employees are voicing concerns with their boss's ability to lead, half of them complain that they regularly had to cancel family and social engagements because of late working hours and felt their job had put a strain on personal relationships. Unfortunately likewise, many of us can recount tales about bosses who've been far from ideal. Bosses may be as laughable, but would you go to the extreme of sending a live venomous spider in a package to your manager? I can just see you looking at me with raised eyebrows that ask, “Has she gone mad to ask, even think such a question?” If you're suffering working for a boss from hell, be comforted by the fact that you are not alone. Just as there is a myriad of nightmare bosses, there are many ways to deal with their office terrors. *The Control Freak: micromanages every move you make. What you should do: Bom-

bard this person with e-mails, reports and meetings. This might overwhelm him/her and do away with the controlling behaviour. *The Chum: tries to solicit personal information and seeks inclusion as though you are the best of friends. What you should do: Include this person but keep your distance. Invent a fictional hobby, extend invitations you know they can't accept, and avoid hugs. *The Workaholic: has sacrificed their life for the job and expects the same from you. What you should do: Let this person know there is life outside of work. Discuss family, friends and hobbies at every opportunity. *The Teller of Bad Jokes: always has one for you, and it's always bad. What you should do: Be prepared for the painful punch line and feign amusement. Then change the subject quickly. *The Supreme Delegator: takes all of the credit and none of the blame and essentially is setting up others to take the fall. What you should do: In writing, advise on all key decisions and plans, but be prepared for a denial of knowledge if anything goes wrong.

*The Yes/No Manager : couldn't care less about useful information or discussions and simply wants every decision boiled down to ‘yes' or ‘no'. What you should do: Present summaries with several alternatives for action. If asked for a recommendation, give it verbally. *The Passive-Aggressive Boss: procrastinates, complains about not enough time, and then blames others for the bad job. What you should do: Involve others in projects as much as necessary so that you have witnesses. *The Indecision Maker: needs info from many different sources before making any sort of ‘independent' decision. What you should do: Present any question as if you've taken a survey of any key employees who might have a stake in the problem. *The All-Business-isPersonal Manager: can't separate business and personal life. What you should do: Make your work time enjoyable: one bad incident could ruin your work relationship. In the long run, though, your nightmare could turn into a sweet dream. That toxic manager could be the motivating factor for you to make a change ?

Venturing Into The World Of Actuary

various employees. 6. Try and nip any employee dispute in the bud by dealing with it as soon as it arises. Make employees aware that they are encouraged to discuss any internal matter they are unhappy with in confidence with a manager. Issues that are left inevitably build and can become more problematic.

7. Beware that each situation is different, and generally personal to the employee. Neutrality can be difficult, especially where internal rifts are strong. Emphasise that any dispute should be of a professional nature, not personal. . 8. Embrace the team ethic by showing mutual respect to employees at all levels of sen-

iority. This will help create a happier, more supportive and less competitive working environment. 9. Give credit openly wherever possible. This not only demonstrates that you recognise achievers, but that you want others to see what merits praise and how good performance deserves credit.

n Actuary is a business professional who handles the financial impact of risk and uncertainty in today’s world – a world where risks are taken in order to survive globalization. Actuaries provide assessed expertise over financial security systems with a focus on their complexity, mathematical equations and its own complex mechanism. The Actuaries mathematically evaluate the likelihood of events and quantify the contingent outcome in order to minimize losses when one invests in fallible businesses. Since many events such as deaths cannot be avoided, it is necessary to take certain measures in order to minimize its financial impact as the savings of a lifetime have eventually to be evenly distributed among close kin. Many actuaries besides working with big conglomerates, so as to soften their financial losses, are also work with Insurance Companies to help you increase your savings through meticulous planning. In 2010 a study published from London and New York ranked the Actuary placement to be at No. 1. A similar study undertaken by US News and World Report in 2006 included the Job of an Actuary to be amongst the 25 best professionals in the world. The profession of an Actuary is not “Shooting the breeze” as the world is engulfed with many calamities that cause great financial losses. It is in this pertinent sequence of events which are occurring worldwide that the functions of an Actuary come in handy to assuage the financial plight of the people as well as that of the Government. The Job of an Actuary is to estimate long time averages of such God sent ordeals in order to price accurately the Insurance index and dole out accordingly. The Actuarial Society of India which now known as Institute of Actuaries offers to the deserving and competent candidates the Associate-ship and Fellow-ship classy membership. The examination sequence is similar to the British model with care and specialty over technicality. To commence with Actuarial enlightenment one has to be at least 18 years of age and must have passed 10+2 or equivalent with minimum of 85 per cent in Mathematics/Statistics before proceeding further in actuarial curriculum like Graduation or Post-Graduation Certification although it can be expressed that after obtaining Post-Graduation opens the world of the future not forgetting that having a Doctorate is the ultimate in the world of Actuaries. The employment sectors

made available to the Actuaries are Insurance, Re-Insurance, Pension Plans and Social Welfare programs which are very well paid. It is to be emphasized that to be an Actuary the procurements are your adroitness in Mathematics, Analytical Skills and Business Knowledge to attain that sublime position. With the employment sector wide open in Actuarial Placement, the related Firms to apply are Insurance Companies, Consulting Firms who are evaluating and assessing the profits and liabilities. In Actuaries there is the element of Econometrics, Computer Science and Applications, any Discipline of Engineering, and subjects in Science such as Physics or its branches which are worth considering for further prospects. To be qualified in Actuary there are many Colleges and Universities throughout India imparting that relevant study. Qualifications: Actuarial Science is taught in India as a three year degree course; though several short term courses are also offered by many Institutions. The courses on Actuarial Science and their details are •B.A (Insurance), B.A (pass) with insurance as a subject, Duration: 3 years. Eligibility: Class XII. •PG Diploma in Certified Risk and Insurance management, Duration: 3 years (regular), 2 years (accelerated) Eligibility: Graduation (for regular), Post Graduation (for accelerated) •Certificate course in intermediaries in Specific insurance subjects, Duration: 3 months, Eligibility: Graduation •Course for insurance agents, duration: 100-150 hours Eligibility: Class XII •Courses for Insurance managers, Duration: 1 year Eligibility: Graduation •PG Diploma in Insurance and Risk Management, Duration: 1 Year (regular), 18 months (part time) Eligibility: Graduation/CA •B.Sc (with Actuarial science as a subject as an approved combination), Duration: 3 years Eligibility: Class XII •PG Diploma in Insurance Science, Duration: 1 year Eligibility: Graduation •PG Diploma in management of Insurance and financial services, Duration: 15 months, Eligibility: Graduation. •Masters in Insurance Business, Duration: 2 years Eligibility: Graduation. •Foundation in Financial Planning Eligibility: Graduation. M.Sc in Actuarial Science, Duration: 2 years Eligibility: B.Sc Institutes offering Actuarial Courses Major institutes offering courses on actuarial science are - Actuarial Institute of India, Mumbai.

Get That Well-Deserved Promotion


o you want a promotion then? It has its benefits and its pitfalls. But you can use to successfully get that promotion! If you’re the right person for it…and have luck on your side too. * Decide what you want to do. There’s no sense in going for a promotion just for the hell of it. It will mean a lot more responsibility and doesn’t necessarily come with added financial benefits. In order to successfully get a promotion you must have a good idea of what you want to achieve. This will be your main selling point when pitching you boss (after all they aren’t going to promote you into a role you will be unhappy in). When you have decided what you want to do, put it into a context that can fit into the culture and aims of your employers business. There is no point deciding that you want to be a rocket scientist when you work for a bakery! Again, your boss won’t promote you if your ultimate career goal is out with the scopes of their business. After this all that remains is to prepare your pitch! * Self Publicity. When you finally pitch your boss, you need to know what to say. You have already worked how your career aims can fit into the company, so firstly work out a list of skills that you can offer your new role and relate them to how they would fill a gap and benefit the company.

Your boss knows the score and if you can justify a new position then the chances of it happening are far greater (especially if it reflects well on his department or division!). Next you have to review your own work performance. Is their anything you can do to improve your performance in your current job? Have you been going that extra mile to get things done or doing more than what is asked for you? Your boss will not promote an employee who drifts through their job all day. If you have been doing overtime, putting in extra effort, offer suggestions or help out in another way that isn’t required of you, then you stand a much better chance. When preparing your personal selling points, you not only want to highlight the skills you use in your current job, but also highlight your untapped skills. Your employer is much more likely to promote you if he or she thinks that they will get more value out of you. Tips for pitching your boss * When you pitch your boss, try to do it in a time when he or she is not stressed or too busy. This may be the biggest task you face! A good time to do this would be at a performance appraisal if there is one. Or if you happen to know your boss in a social circle (lunchtime, pub after work, etc) then mention it informally then. Explain that you have been with the company for a specific amount of

time and ask if he or she has been has been happy with your work. * Go on to say that you would like to move on to a more challenging role as you feel your skills are put to better use. Highlight all you selling points and relate them to how they can benefit the company. Now, at this point you should have found out if there are any suitable positions advertised in the company. If so, ask your boss to recommend you for that position. If not, then you have to speculate. * First, make sure there’s a budget for your promotion. If the company can accommodate your new position (and hopefully salary!) and also find someone for your current role, then you have a better chance. * If not, then try to get more responsibility in your current role. At the very least it may mean a better job title and more experience, which is always good for your CV. This is more appli-

cable to smaller companies, but it does mean you are more likely to have a larger share of the responsibility. And you never know. Your new tasks could ultimately justify having that position on a full time basis. For e.g., if the company doesn’t have a website, or contract their site maintenance out, then offer to maintain it if that’s the route you want to go. It may save the company money and will help to prove your skills. In the long run your efforts may show the benefits of doing this in-house and the company may decide to hire you fulltime to do it. At the very least it’s good experience and shows initiative. Further tips If at first you don’t succeed… etc.

* Your boss may say no. You have to be realistic. There may not be a budget for what you want to do, or you may not have been with the company long enough. * At the very least you should be able to get small bits and pieces of extra work to do (which seems like a bad thing, I know). But it will serve to prove your skills and determination, so persevere with it. * Even if you are told no, you can still work hard at the job you are in and impress your boss! Offer suggestions and show your eagerness to progress within the company – it will be remembered. And it doesn’t hurt to drop subtle hints from time to time (but don’t over do it!).

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SPORTS nd Churchill’s spectacular 2 half rally HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, APRIL 10

Churchill Brothers made a spectacular second half comeback to defeat Chirag United 2-1 in 4th I-League at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda on Sunday. Churchill Brothers were trailing 0-1 at half time. The win means Churchill Brothers now have 43 points from 21 matches while Chirag

R E S U LT S Churchill 2 Chirag 1 Man-of-the-match: Zakir Mundampara (Churchill)

Arrows 0 Pune 0 Man-of-the-match: Sheikh Jewel Raja (Arrows) United have 24 points from 20 matches. It was two contrasting performances. Chirag United dominated the first half with international striker Sunil Chettri striking in the 28th minute as the Goans looked out of sorts both in the midfield and on the forward line. The visitors made it clear right from the outset that they were not going to let Churchill dictate terms, holding their own in midfield while remaining solid at the back. Central medios Lalkamal Bhomick and South Korea’s Choi Young Il worked in tandem to create openings for Sunil and Brazilian Josimar Da Silva Martins, who were constantly on the prowl. Chirag had a chance to break the deadlock early when Sunil floated the ball inside the rival penalty box but lanky striker, Josimar failed to guide his header into the net. On the other hand, Churchill’s attack was in disarray with captain Odafe Okolie having a bad

day, thus unable to motivate his teammates. Their midfield failed to function as a cohesive unit, especially in the opening session. Churchill Brothers had their chances and came very close in taking the lead when man- of-the-match, Zakeer Mundampara fed Odafe and the last named outwitted a couple of rival defenders but his goalbound shot was cleared for safety by Sukhen Singh before

TODAY’S MATCH Salgaocar v. Air India striker Boima Karpeh could do the damage. Chirag took the lead in the 28th minute through Sunil, following a chip from midfielder S Malsawmtluanga f ro m t h e r i g h t . B r a z i l i a n striker Josimar leapt high and headed the ball towards the path of Sunil, who stamped his class by executing a reverse kick beating advancing Churchill keeper, Vinay Singh


Brian strikes for Loutolim HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, APRIL 10

A double strike by striker Brian helped SSC Loutolim beat St Rock Youth Club, Majorda 2-0 to romp into the quarter-finals of All-Goa Curtorim Panchayat Cup inter-village football tournament organised by Curtorim Gymkhana at Curtorim ground on Sunday. Both goals came in the first half. The match was well contested as both sides went on the offensive from the start but not many chances were created in the first half. Brian broke the deadlock midway when Revelino Fernandes’ free kick hit the crossbar and off the rebound, Brian made no mistake in punishing the rival keeper. T h e e a r l y g o a l s p u r re d Loutolim to mount pressure on the rival citadel and their efforts bore fruit when Brian doubled the lead with a snap shot.

Churchill Broad and Chirag players fight for ball possession at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda on Sunday.

minute. At the other end, Chirag had a chance to level the score but striker Josimar chested the ball well and made a mess of it in front of the rival ke e p e r a f t e r re c e i v i n g a floater from Sunil.

The visitors tried their best to force their way back, but all their efforts proved futile. Denzil Ferrao, manager, Churchill Brothers said, “I’m happy with the results as the three points were very essential since it fitted in the

Salgaocar set to fly

Arrows hold Pune Indian Arrows continued their good run of form and played out a goalless draw with Pune FC in an I-League encounter at Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Gurgaon, Sunday. A win for either side could have altered their position in the ladder, but in the end a point for both the sides saw them stagnated at 8th and 9th places with 23 points each, only to give Pune an edge on better goal difference.

hands down. Churchill Brothers had a couple of excellent chances to get back. First, midfielder Zakeer’s weak shot was not enough to trouble the Chirag goalkeeper and later Odafe’s free kick was taken care of by Chirag’s keeper. At the stroke of the lemon break, Sunil’s smart header missed the mark narrowly off a flag kick taken by Lalkamal Bhowmick. Changing ends, Churchill put up a better performance, increased the tempo and nearly found the equalizer soon after resumption. However, midfielder Israil Gurung was the culprit as he bungled after receiving Odafe’s pass. Churchill Brothers enjoyed some good fortune in the 62nd minute when defender Raju Yuminam’s cross from the left deflected off the feet of defender Chika Wali and caught Chirag’s keeper Somnath Khara on the wrong foot as the ball landed into the net much to the loud applause from Churchill’s supporters. The equaliser had a telling affect on Chirag as they failed to function as a team. The equaliser helped Churchill Brothers to intensify their attacks and a spirited Zakeer made a brilliant finish from an Odafe fine lay off with a superb snap shot in the 65th


I-League: Salgaocar SC v. Air India, Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, Margao, 4.15 p.m. GFA Second Division Bardez Zone play-off: Benny XI SC v. St Savio SC, Calangute, Duler Stadium, Mapusa, 4 p.m. Conceicao Colaco memorial soccer inaugural: Navelim Villagers Union v. Chicalim SC, Assolna ground, 4.45 p.m. Aldona Panchayat Cup soccer: PVC, Parra v. Dicarpale SC, Calvim, Aldona, 4.45 p.m. XIII Immaculate soccer: SC Davorlim v. Maina SC, panchayat ground, Avedem, Paroda, 4.30 p.m. Curtorim Panchayat Cup soccer: Curtorim Gymkhana v. Fr Agnel Youth Club, Paroda, Curtorim ground, 4.45 p.m.

Sao Minguel advance

League leaders Salgaocar Sports Club’s Moroccan coach, Karim Bencherifa sounded hopeful of winning full points in his team’s 4th I-League encounter against Air India at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, on April 11 at 4.15 p.m. With just seven rounds to go, the Goa outfit needs to garner as many points to ensure they don’t slip up in the home stretch of what is promising to be a dash to the finish-line with East Bengal and Churchill Brothers hot in trail. East Bengal have 42 points from 19 matches while Churchill Brothers have 40 points from 20 matches. Air India have 14 points from 20 matches. Salgacocar beat Pune Football Club 1-0 in their away match while Air India faltered in their previous match. Any slip up for Salgaocar against Air India would mean East Bengal has a chance to catch up with them and coach Bencherifa

was conscious of the importance of the match and also confident that his boys will deliver tomorrow. “We toiled hard to reach this position and our main aim is to win our remaining matches. The good thing is that we are scoring consistently so far and I hope we do so tomorrow also,” Bencherifa told Herald on the eve of the match. With tricky matches against Churchill Brothers, Dempo, East Bengal, Mohun Bagan and Indian Arrows, Salgaocar can’t afford to lose points. “We hope to take this form in the remaining rounds too,” Bencherifa said. Salgaocar will sorely miss the services of their defender Jaspal Parmar due a double booking. Midfielder Anthony Barbosa is a doubtful starter but Salgaocar are confident of putting up a good fight. Ghanaian veteran striker Yakubu Yusif is hungry for goals and his partner Japanese import

Ryuji Seuoka is an added asset for Bencherifa. Salgaocar’s supply line always looks good with Tomba Singh operating from the midfield alongwith Gilbert Oliveira, Francis Fernandes and Rocus Lamare. Salgaocar is being boosted with the return of Brazilian defender Luciano Sarbosa after missing the last match against Pune FC. Air India’s second leg should be best forgotten and buried with a couple of losses. Signs are ominous for the Mumbai team especially with a host of injuries that Air India suffered. Striker Samson Singh, midfielders Vijith Shetty, Benoy Kurvilla and defender Dharamjit Singh are carrying injuries while Eric Bolwieis is doubtful as he is down with fever. L uckily for coach Santosh Kashyap, the midfield is in full strength, although the situation is turning red for Air India. The match against Salgaocar has now become the team’s make-or-break game for the bottom placed side.

scheme of our objective. We were on the ascendancy in the second half after having some difficulty in the first half. Act u a l l y, w e n e e d e d t h e equaliser very badly and only than did we know that we were on top.”

Agnelo stars for Sangolda Lightning HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, APRIL 10

A brace by Agnelo Quadros helped Sangolda Lightning defeat PVC, Parra 2-0 to move into the quarter-finals of Bardez Cup inter-village football tournament organised by United Club of Nerul at Dr Gustavo Monteiro Stadium, Candolim, on Sunday. The teams began on a promising note but it was Sangolda who took the lead in the 34th minute through Agnelo Quadros off Sadab Shaikh. Changing over, Parra had a golden opportunity to draw but Vasant Gadekar shot into the waiting hands of Sangolda’s keeper Washington in a one-toone situation. Sangolda doubled the lead in the 60th minute through Agnelo off a penalty. The penalty was awarded to Sangolda as Agnelo was brought down in the danger zone.

Salgaocar Veterans emerge champs


Sao Minguel de Taleigao comfortably overcame Laxmi Prasad Sports Club 3-0 in GFA’s Second Division North Zone play-off, at Don Bosco ground, Panjim on Sunday. Taleigao were leading 2-0 at the interval. Laxmi began with only ten players and forward Wenseliou punted in after only five minutes. In the 29th minute, Cedic Peixoto doubled the lead for Taleigao with a delightful long range shot. In the 68th, Gautham Kauthankar tapped in a rebounded shot to seal the win.

Conceicao Colaco soccer

MARGAO (HC) -- Navelim Villagers Union will take on Chicalim Sports Club in the inaugural match of All-Goa Conceicao Colaco memorial intervillage football tournament organised by Shooting Stars Sports Club, Coleavaddo at Assolna ground on April 11 at 4.45 p.m.

The victorious Salgaocar Veterans team alongwith officials at Ponda on Sunday. HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 10

Salgaocar Veterans defeated Ponda Football Veterans 1-0 to emerge champions in the 1st All-India Invitational Veterans football tournament organised by Ponda Football Veterans in association with SAG at sports complex, Ponda on Sunday. There was no score at the break.

Punaj gifts Goa Police victory HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, APRIL 10

A last gasp strike from Punaj Kalangutkar gave Goa Police Sports Club a 2-1 victory over Penha de Franca in GFA’s Second Division North Zone play-off at Duler Stadium, here on Sunday. The match was goalless at the breather. It was Penha who had the first attempt at the goal after just four minutes, when the Police goalkeeper, Rupesh Kamat handled the ball outside his area which got him booked. From the resulting free kick, Russel Fernandes exploded the post with a thunderous drive. This gave Police a wakeup call and it was soon their turn to have raids on the Penha goal. Paresh Morje and Mahendra Homkhande came close for

Police. Just before the b re a k , M a h e n d r a r a t t l e d the Penha post with a long range attempt. Twelve minutes after the breather, Minguel Fernandes gave Penha the lead from the penalty spot after teammate Fr a n c i s c o Fe r n a n d e s w a s brought crashing to the floor after a collision with Swanand Naik. Police immediately made a change, bringing on Rohidas Mhaloji to add some fire to the attack. In the 71st minute, Rohidas headed in a cross from Aggio Antao to equalise for Police. The last few minutes were frantic, but it was Police who used their initiative when deep into injury time, Punaji Kalangutkar rose to strike the winner from outside the box.

Mario Soares scored the allimportant goal just before the final call. Ponda dominated the proceedings but the goalpost came to Salgaocar’s rescue on a number of occasions. Salgaocar managed to break the deadlock when Lawrence passed to Mario and from the top of the box, he fired power-

fully, giving no chance to Freddy, under the Ponda bar. Salgaocar were richer by Rs 51,000 and gold medals while Ponda had to be content with Rs 31,000 and silver medals alongwith trophies. Following individual prizes were awarded: Man-of- the match – Mario Soares (Salgaocar). Man-of-the tournament –

Cuncolim Union advance



Cuncolim Union prevailed over hosts Immaculate Conception Sports Club (ICSC), Paroda, 5-3 via the tie-breaker to move into the quarter-finals of XIII Immaculate soccer organised by Immaculate Conception Sports Club, Avedem, Paroda, at village panchayat ground, Avedem, Paroda on Sunday. There was no score at full time. The teams were unable to score due to good goalkeeping by both the custodians. In the tie-breaker, Deepak Velip, Andy Fernandes, Rosario Carvalho, Velony Fernandes and Mariano Fernandes shot on target for Cuncolim while Brijesh Desai, Nelvin Fernandes and Soccoro Colaco netted for ICSC.

Vincent (Ponda). Best disciplined team – Air India, Mumbai. Twelve ex-players from Ponda Taluka were felicitated. Rajesh Verenkar, Geetesh Naik, ex-international, Camilo Gonsalves, Gurudas Vernekar, Peter Fernandes, councilor, Vincent Paul Fernandes, Savio Queroiz and Narayan Naik was present.

Salgaocar Juniors win Salgaocar Juniors trounced Orlim Sports Club 4-0 in GFA’s U-14 play-off at Curtorim ground on Saturday. Salgaocar led 1-0 at half time.

Salgaocar dominated and shot into the lead through Aaron. Crossing over, Salgaocar were in total command and virtually toyed with the rival weak defence. Jeff, Anil and Danny were the other goal getters for the winners.


Sesa Football Academy trounced Denzong Boyz 3-0 in a Second Dibision I-League match at JRD Tata Sports Complex, Jamshedpur, Sunday. Kenkre FC lost 1-4 to Mohammedan Sporting in the other

match. Inacio Colaco opened the account for Sesa Goa in the 27th minute and Pratesh Shirodkar made it 2-0 two minutes into final injury time. Rakshak Nayak rounded off the tally two minutes later. Vasco will meet Eagles on Monday.

U-20 football selection

PANJIM – The Aivao United FC will conduct selection trials to select the U-20 team for Taca Goa tournament on April 12 at Aivao greenfield Dona Paula at 8.30 a.m. Those born on or after 1-11991 may report to coach Digamber Gomes with kit, two photos and original birth certificate.

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Follow procedure to appoint Footballer Achut passes away Secretary: GFA vice-chiefs HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, APRIL 10


Both Goa Football Association (GFA) vice-presidents, Elvis Gomes (South Goa) and Lavinio Rebello (North Goa) stressed the need to follow proper procedure in the matter of selection of the full-time paid Executive Secretary, which has generated lot of heat of late. Undoubtedly, sports teaches one, good citizenry, the importance of always following rules and regulations, procedures and above all no cheating. That’s what is called Fair Play. Flouting of rules, is often seen in politics, and hence sports administrators have both a social and moral responsibility to serve as role models for the young people especially in the matter of obeying the laws. Elvis and Lavinio were categorical that proper procedure should be followed, if at all Alberto Colaco is to be appointed the GFA secretary, especially when advertisements were placed, interviews held by the selection committee and Colaco did not even bother to apply for the same in the first instance. Getting Colaco directly, sidelining the procedure, would tantamount to a backdoor entry, the two senior GFA officials stressed and were against such a move. “Installing Colaco directly will

n Elvis and Lavinio were categorical that proper procedure should be followed, if at all Alberto Colaco is to be appointed the GFA secretary, especially when advertisements were placed, interviews held by the selection committee and Colaco did not even bother to apply for the same in the first instance. Getting Colaco directly, sidelining the procedure, would tantamount to a backdoor entry, the two senior GFA officials stressed and were against such a move. reduce the entire selection process to a farce,” Elvis contended. It will show that the act was pre-determined, in which case the entire process would be reduced to a sham, most felt. “The appointment of the Secretary has been delayed much beyond time. There was consensus about one candidate who had applied for and invited for the interview. I am not against Colaco at all and he has contributed for football, but then it is the manner in which he is being brought that is the major irritant since such a move will only make a mockery of the procedure that was duly followed,” contended Elvis, who has spoken his mind very clearly at the last executive committee meeting when seven members walked out over the same issue, after Schubert Furtado suggested Colaco’s name. “Colaco’s application should be called for and he should be offered the post of Secretary. This should be the new procedure,” admitted Lavinio, who also pointed out that Colaco has the much needed experience and could prove to be an asset. “But some procedure has to be in place,” admitted the official, who is also the Sarpanch of Anjuna-Caisua Panchayat and as such is well conversant with procedures and the methodologies for success.

Unlike some GFA members, who dislike Colaco as they allege he acts arrogantly, who often tolerates no opposition or even divergent views and often resorts to severe disciplinary action like in the case of PWD Minister Churchill Alemao, who was warned and reprimanded for having raised the issue of incompetent referees at an informal meeting with the press, Lavinio has no problem whatsoever of that sort. “I am not allergic to Colaco,” he reiterated. Those watching from the stands, have a feeling that no matter what, Colaco would be appointed given the solid backing he has from three powerful sources including Urban Development Minister Joaquim Alemao (AIFF vice-president) and as such some members would be wanting to be on the right side of Colaco for getting their works done expeditiously as has been the experience when Colaco was the AIFF secretary. “I know that seven members of the Executive Committee walked out when the matter of appointment of Secretary came up at the last meeting as the name of Colaco was being suggested by Schubert. They did it because it was not within the procedural aspect. So, call for his application now, put it before the committee and get it passed,

Arsenal sink Blackpool to keep title bid alive Blackpool’s goalkeeper Richard Kingson fails to stop a shot from Arsenal’s French midfielder Abou Diaby (back).

english premier AFP LONDON, APRIL 10

Arsenal got their challenge for the Premier League title back on track with a 3-1 win against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road on Sunday. Arsene Wenger's side closed within seven points of leaders Manchester United as first half goals from Abou Diaby and Emmanuel Eboue and a late strike from Robin van Persie clinched their first win

in four league games. The Gunners will still believe they can catch United as they have a game in hand on Sir Alex Ferguson's side, who also have to travel to the Emirates Stadium for a potentially decisive clash on May 1. Blackpool's fourth defeat in five games left Ian Holloway's men just one place and one point above the relegation zone. Taylor-Fletcher gave Blackpool a lifeline in the 52nd

minute when he scored after referee Lee Mason waved played on when Lehmann rushed off his line to foul DJ Campbell. Aston Villa eased their relegation worries with a victory over Newcastle which takes them five points clear of the Premier League's bottom three. Following chances for Joey Barton and Nile Ranger, Villa scored against the run of play when James Collins headed in Ashley Young's free-kick.

In the second half Pablo Piatti broke for Almeria and played in Miguel Corona who gave the visitors the lead but the goal eventually brought Barca to life. David Villa having come on for Bojan was brought down in the box and Messi converted the penalty. Then Thiago headed home a corner and in stoppage time Messi struck again to give a convincing win in the end. Re a l M a d r i d k e p t o n Barcelona's trail with a Kaka brace from the penalty spot helping them to a 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao. With Barcelona's substantial lead, Real's main objective is now the Champions League and coach Jose Mourinho also chose to rest players with Cristiano Ronaldo, Xabi Alonso and Mesut Ozil all missing from the starting lineup. Athletic chasing a Europa League place started the stronger with plenty of possession but they always looked exposed at the back. Real took the lead when Angel

Di Maria was upended by keeper Gorka Iraizoz as he raced clear and Kaka converted the spotkick. Athletic continued to press forward but Real looked solid defensively and after the break went further ahead when defender Xavier Castillo blocked Di Maria and Kaka again kept his composure to beat the keeper with his penalty. Substitute Ronaldo wrapped up the win with a piece of quality where he came inside his marker and slotted home. Later, Sevilla leap-frogged Athletic into fifth place with a 2-2 draw away to Mallorca. The home side had the better of the opening spell and Aki Ienaga headed them in front but Alvaro Negredo leveled with a penalty. Jonathan De Guzman restored Mallorca's advantage with a shot from distance but Ivan Rakitic gave Sevilla, who were pushing forward, a deser ved equaliser mid-way through the second half.

Barca maintain lead la liga AFP MADRID, APRIL 10

Barcelona took another step towards the title after coming from behind to beat Almeria 3-1 and keep their eight point lead at the top of the table on Saturday. Earlier Real Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao 3-0 and with the top two sides due to meet next week at the Bernabeu a defeat could have added spice to the clasico. Barca coach Pep Guardiola warned of the importance of winning this game with some difficult clashes ahead but decided to rest several players after their mid-week Champions League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk. In midfield youngster Thiago Alcantara was given a rare start while Bojan Krkic played in attack and the changes appeared to affect the rhythm of the side. Javier Mascherano picked up a yellow card and will miss the game against Real Madrid through suspension.

GFA executive member and Sai Avtaar president, Uday Lingudkar has expressed shock after the sudden death of Anjuna footballer, Achut Chari on Friday after illness. “He was one of our young hardworking and promising players and I was in com-

Lavinio Rebello

since the majority of members are in Colaco’s favour,” remarked Lavinio, who did not attend the meeting for the first time ever, citing that he was busy with the panchayat meetings. “If you can’t beat them, join them,” he added. “Colaco is the right candidate for the post, but follow the procedure,” voiced Lavinio, who as a teacher, wants to be seen as setting an example for the students. Those watching from the sidelines, were quick to point out that the AIFF had almost gone through similar motions at the time of appointment of new AIFF Secretary in place of Colaco last year. Applications were called, candidates were shortlisted, but the final interviews were never held since one of the frontrunner was Savio Messias, who was eliminated. The AIFF then appointed a reputed firm to shortlist candidates and that’s how we now have Kushal Das as its general secretary, when most felt that Savio was also competent for the post. And, everybody knows who was behind such a move to deny a Goan the chance. The imboglio can be broken easily. Colaco has just to put in his application. And, like Tonito Botelho has aptly put it, “It will be a shoo-in.” Will he do that? Is there an ego problem?

Inter bounce back AFP ROME, APRIL 10

Inter Milan beat Chievo 2-0 at the San Siro on Saturday to bounce back from their horror week with three points in Serie A. The champions moved temporarily at least up to second, closing the gap on leaders and city rivals AC Milan to just two points ahead of Sunday's games. And it was the old guard of Esteban Cambiasso and Maicon who proved decisive as the nerazzurri showed they could still have a say in the scudetto chase. From before kick-off the pressure was on Inter, and in particular coach Leonardo, following the 3-0 defeat to AC Milan and a 5-2 humiliation at home to Schalke 04 in the past seven days that had seemingly left their season in tatters. And Cambiasso was quick to remind everyone that Inter have earned more points than anyone else since the turn of the year, when they trailed Milan by 13 points. Leonardo sprang a surprise by leaving Wesley Sneijder, Diego Milito and Thaigo Motta on the bench but he could at least recall Lucio to the backline.

plete shock when I heard the news. My deepest sympathy goes out to his family,” stated Uday. Achut was only 24 years old and played in midfield for Sai Avtaar in GFA’s Third Division for the past four seasons. He also represented Anjuna clubs in the inter-village tournaments.

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Malinga’s ‘fiver’ helps KKR, Deccan Chargers Mumbai rout Delhi clash to revive campaign PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 10

Lasith Malinga bowled yorkers at will as his deadly five-wicket burst helped Mumbai Indians crush Delhi Daredevils by eight wickets in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match here today. Electing to bat, Daredevils were shot out for a meagre 95 in 17.4 overs. The collapse was a combination of hostile bowling from the Lankan speedster, helped by some poor shot selection by the home team batsmen at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground here. Mumbai Indians never looked in any sort of hurry as they cruised to the target in 16.5 overs with skipper Sachin Tendulkar scoring an unbeaten 46 (50 balls, 3x4, 1x6). While Rohit Sharma's contribution in the 68-run third wicket partnership was an unbeaten 27 (30 balls, 3x4). The match was supposed to be a fight between Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag but it was the Sri Lankan slinger who emerged as the hero in the end.

Malinga's figures read a stunning 3.4-1-13-5 with four of them being cleaned up unplayable yorkers. It is the third best figure in the IPL after Sohail Tanveer (6/14 for Rajasthan Royals) and Anil Kumble's (5/5) efforts. For the capacity crowd at the Kotla, it turned out to be utterly disappointing as five of the Delhi Daredevils batsmen went without troubling the scorers. Malinga's effort was all the more laudable as Kotla track is considered to be not so conducive for pacers. After Kemar

Roach's hostile spell against the Netherlands in the World Cup, Malinga again showed that raw pace can be intimidating for the lesser known players. Barring Sehwag, this Delhi Daredevils team doesn't have good enough players to survive the rigours of top flight Twenty20 and it was proved in the manner they faced the Mumbai Indians bowling. The Kotla track may be on the slower side but it was inept batting by the Delhi Daredevils top-order that led to their downfall.

Delhi Daredevils: David Warner b Malinga 1, Virender Sehwag run out 19, Unmukt Chand b Malinga 0, Aaron Finch c Rayudu b Harbhajan 8, Naman Ojha c Malinga b Murtaza 29, Venugopal Rao b Malinga 26, Irfan Pathan run out 0, Roelof van der Merwe not out 8, Morne Morkel b Malinga 0, Umesh Yadav st Jacobs b Harbhajan 0, Ashok Dinda c Franklin b Malinga 0. Extras: 4. Total: 95 all out. Fall of wickets: 1/11, 2/11, 3/27, 4/40, 5/82, 6/82, 7/88, 8/88, 9/90. Bowling: Harbhajan 3-0-14-2, Malinga 3.4-1-13-5, Murtaza 4-0-21-1, Patel 3-0-20-0, Pollard 3-0-18-0, Franklin 1-0-9-0. Mumbai Indians: Davy Jacobs b Morkel 1, Sachin Tendulkar not out 46, Ambati Rayudu run out (van der Merwe) 14, Rohit Sharma not out 27. Extras: 11. Total: 99 for 2. Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-31. Bowling: Dinda 20-7-0, Morkel 4-0-29-1, Pathan 2.5-0-14-0, Yadav 2-0-16-0, van der Merwe 4-0-16-0, Finch 2-0-13-0. Man-of-the-match: L Malinga

Played a maiden over after 10 yrs: Sehwag AGENCIES NEW DELHI, APRIL 10

Fiery pacer Lasith Malinga, who scythed through Delhi Daredevils batting in Mumbai Indian's eight wicket victory here on Sunday, can rejoice at a rare feat. And that is bowling a maiden over to explosive opener Virender Sehwag. Even Sehwag admitted that it was for the first time in 10 years that he played a maiden over. "Yes, I think after 10 years I played a maiden today. It was a plan. We lost two wickets so I thought let me play Malinga because others may not be able to pick him. We have 10 debutants in Delhi squad and it will take a little time for us to come together,"

Sehwag said. The Daredevils, playing their first match in this edition in their home ground Feroze Shah Kotla, crashed to an eight wicket defeat with fast bowler Malinga picking his best IPL figures of 5-13. Sehwag said they were 30-40 runs short but hoped that his inexperienced side will come out good in the coming matches. "A 140-150 is a good total here, but everything went Mumbai's way." Sehwag, however, drew positives from their formidable bowling and sharp fielding. "We have a good bowling unit and fielding. I am the only one who have played in the last three IPL. I am sure we will come good in the coming matches," he said.

Pune thrash Kings XI PTI MUMBAI, APRIL 10

Debutants Pune Warriors commenced their Indian Premier League campaign with a resounding seven-wicket victory over Kings XI Punjab at their home venue -– the D Y Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai here tonight. The Pune outfit owned by Sahara and led by India's World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh dished out a clinical all-round display to surge to a convincing win with 6.5 overs to spare. They first restricted Kings XI to 112 for eight, after having left the visitors tottering at 45 for six, and then chased the target with a degree off comfort on the bouncy track. The run-chase was put on course by a 60-run second wicket stand between Jesse Ryder (31 off 17 balls) and Mithun Manhas (35 in 32 balls) after a first-ball dismissal of Graeme Smith. Then Robin Uthappa (22 not out in 14 balls) and Yuvraj (21 not out in 15 balls) put on an unbroken stand of 45 runs for the fourth wicket to complete

Sania & Co in final



World champion Sebastien Vettel won the Malaysian Grand Prix with a dominant drive on Sunday to take an early grip on the Formula One season. The 23-year-old German steered his Red Bull car from pole position to the chequered flag to win ahead of McLaren's Jenson Button, the 2009 champion, and Nick Heidfeld who finished third for Renault. Red Bull's Australian driver Mark Webber recovered from a poor start to storm back and finish fourth ahead of the

Points for Force India AGENCIES SEPANG, APRIL 10

Force India managed to finish among points for the second successive race with Paul Di Resta signing off 10th. Di Resta's teammate Adrian Sutil finished 11th to miss out on points in the race that was won by Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, who had claimed the top spot in the season-opening Australian GP as well. Narain Karthikeyan, racing for Hispania, could not finish yet another race and was forced to

retire after the 14th lap. Force India is now joint fifth in the Constructors' Championship with four points on the table, and Di Resta joins Sutil on two Championship points. Both drivers made a clean race start but Sutil had to return to the pits for a new nose on lap three after a coming together with Barrichello. Di Resta battled with Nico Rosberg and the mid-fielders in the first stint and Michael Schumacher in the second.

Thomas and Wagh and only a l a t e c h a rg e b y a n o t h e r South African, Ryan McLaren who made a half century, propelled Punjab past the century mark. All-rounder McLaren made an unbeaten 51 in 43 balls with six fours and a six after coming in at number seven, besides putting on 35 runs in 52 balls with fellow left-hander Piyush Chawla (15), who was the second-highest scorer. For Pune, 22-year-old Vidarbha left arm seamer Wagh finished with impressive figures of three for 16 while 34-yearold Cape Town-born Thomas picked up two for 27.

Kings XI Punjab: A Gilchrist c Uthappa b Thomas 1, Shaun Marsh c Sharma b Wagh 1, P Valthaty c Ryder b Thomas 6, D Karthik c Sharma b Wagh 0, A Nayar c Yuvraj b Ryder 12, S Singh run out (Uthappa) 12, R McLaren not out 51, P Chawla c Uthappa b Wagh 15, P Kumar c Uthappa b Parnell 3, N Rimmington not out 1. Extras: 10. Total: 112 for 8. Fall of wickets: 2-1, 5-2, 9-3, 9-4, 36-5, 45-6, 80-7, 102-8. Bowling: A Thomas 4-0-27-2, S Wagh 3-0-16-3, W Parnell 4-020-1, M Kartik 1-0-10-0, J Ryder 3-1-9-1, M Manhas 3-0-14-0, R Sharma 2-0-12-0. Pune Warriors: Graeme Smith c McLaren b Kumar 0, J Ryder c Gilchrist b McLaren 31, M Manhas c Gilchrist b Nayar 35, R Uthappa not out 22, Yuvraj Singh not out 21. Extras: 4. Total: 113 for 3. Fall of wickets: 0-1, 60-2, 68-3. Bowling: P Kumar 3-0-28-1, N Rimmington 3-0-19-0, R McLaren 3-0-26-1, P Chawla 1-0-12-0, A Nayar 3.1-0-27-1. Man-of-the-match: S Wagh

Vettel wins Malaysian GP

family circle cup Sania Mirza and her Russian partner Elena Vesnina notched up a straight-set win over Ji Zheng and Peng Shuai to enter the final of the Family Circle Cup WTA event here. The unseeded Indo-Russian pair won 6-2 7-5 to make the finals and be in contention for their second WTA title together after the triumph at Indian Wells last month. Sania and Vesnina will now take on the fourth-seeded American duo of Bethannie Mattek-Sands and Meghann Shaughnessy. Interestingly, the Indo-Russian combine dispatched the American pair 6-0, 7-5 in the finals of the Indian Wells event. In yesterday's contest, that lasted a little over an hour, Sania and Vesnina dominated the opening set, converting four break points to quite literally run away with it. The second set turned out to be a humdinger as Sania and Vesnina ended up conceding three breaks of serve, while converting the four opportunities they got. But the Indo-Russian pair did well to hold its nerves and come out triumphant in the end.

the job in style, both clobbering sixes towards the end to entertain the crowd. The Punjab outfit would meet last year's winners Chennai Super Kings at home in Mohali on April 13 and on the same day Pune Warriors will clash against the other new franchise Kochi Tuskers Kerala here. Earlier, a double strike each by Pune's opening bowlers Alfonso Thomas and Shrikant Wagh left Punjab staggering at nine for four within the first four overs. The top four batsmen, including former Australian great Gilchrist, were packed off cheaply by South African

two Ferraris of Brazilian Felipe Massa and two-time champion Fernando Alonso. 2008 champion Lewis Hamilton finished a disappointing seventh after looking set for a podium spot, until a slow pit stop and then a struggle with worn tyres in the closing stages. Japana's Kamui Kobayashi of Sauber was eighth ahead of seven-time champion Michael Schumacher, who was ninth for Mercedes, and 10th-placed British rookie Paul Di Resta, who scored another point for Force India in only his second start. Vettel has now won both of the two season-opening races, in Australia and Malaysia, and five of the last six to take charge of the 2011 drivers world title race.

Hamilton penalised AFP SEPANG, APRIL 10

Briton Lewis Hamilton was handed a 20-second penalty Sunday for defending his position with more than one change of direction, pushing him down from seventh to eighth. As a result, Japanese Kamui Kobayashi of Sauber moved up one position in the final order to seventh, swapping places with Hamilton.

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Kolkata Knight Riders v. Deccan Chargers 8 p.m. PTI KOLKATA, APRIL 10

Smarting from their opening round loses, Kolkata Knight Riders and Deccan Chargers will hope to bring their campaign back on track when they cross swords at the Indian Premier League at Eden Gardens here

tomorrow. For Kolkata Knight Riders this will be the first match at their home ground without city's favourite son Sourav Ganguly whose name had been synonymous with the team so far and provided the side the local flavour. But without Ganguly, who was shunned in the latest IPL bidding, it remains to be seen how much fanbase the team, with principal owner and Bollywood heartthrob Shah Rukh Khan as its face, generates. Under new captains in Gautam Gambhir and Kumar Sangakkara, both Kolkata Knight Riders and Deccan Chargers had a similar beginning to the fourth season of the Twenty20 extravaganza -- suffering contrasting defeats to Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals respectively.

If Knight Riders gifted the match from a winning position to reigning champions Chennai Super Kings, IPL-2 winners Deccan Chargers, on the other hand, were outplayed by IPL-1 champions Rajasthan Royals. Leading the side for the first time in their previous match, the former Delhi Daredevils captain Gambhir raised quite a few eyebrows for his negative strategy that saw the Indian opener bat at number 6. They also did not help the cause by spilling three catches while three of their batsmen were out stumped and two more were run outs. Yet they needed nine from eight balls with five wickets in hand but in an embarrassment of sorts they choked by two runs for a very familiar result to the Knights script.

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