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Goa’s Heartbeat: Kidman comes Pg 4 clean about Botox IN BRIEF Rosary Ferns no more Well-known tiatrist Rosary Ferns hailing from Colva, breathed his last in the wee hours of Wednesday. Rosary a reputed singer, actor and playwright regularly staged tiatrs in Kuwait, where he was based for the last several years. He had recently come to Goa. Unfortunately, he suffered a massive heart attack and breathed his last at 3 am. He is survived by his wife and children. His last stage performance was in Costatin Crasto’s Tumchem Sukh Amchem Dadossponn. – (HND)

Six hurt in Delhi protest Six persons, including four cops, were hurt in Delhi when police used batons to disperse a group of people who indulged in stone-pelting to protest the demolition of a religious structure illegally built on Government land. The demolition was carried out by Delhi Development Authority.— (PTI)

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PAC, CAG slam Sibal Drug-tainted cop suspended Say remarks ‘highly improper’ PTI NEW DELHI, JAN 12

The high decibel attack on the CAG by Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal and Congress spokesman Manish Tewari was today countered by the PAC and the Government auditor which termed such a campaign as “improper” and one that could be contempt of the House. The PAC, which met today, considered the remarks of Sibal

But Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi produced a CD containing critical remarks of Sibal in television interviews almost suggesting that the “leak” of the report on 2G spectrum scam was from the CAG and statements of Tewari, sources said. “The sense of the PAC was that Sibal’s remarks were improper, against propriety and an attack on the dignity of PAC and CAG”, Joshi told reporters


The sense of the PAC was that Sibal’s remarks were improper, against propriety and an attack on the dignity of PAC and CAG. — PAC chairman

and Tewari in the context of its report on the 2G spectrum allocation and the sense of the members was that these were an attack on the dignity of the two constitutional organs. At the PAC meeting an attempt was made by a senior Congress member to distance the party from the remarks by the two were not the stand of the organisation.

Probe against former CJI’s family begins PTI THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, JAN 12

Troubles mounted for former CJI K G Balakrishnan today when a local court directed police to look into charges of amassing wealth by his family members into which I-T department also began a probe. Acting on a private complaint, a Thiruvananthapuram court ordered the Kochi Police Commissioner to probe the allegations of amassing wealth disproportionate to their known sources of income against Balakrishnan’s sons-in-law P V Sreenijan and M J Benny and brother K G Bhaskaran. The directive by the judicial magistrate A M Basheer was issued on a private complaint by one Francis Pradeeplal, who sought an inquiry into the allegations. In a related development, the Income Tax investigation wing said it had begun a preliminary inquiry into the charges that the family members of Balakrishnan, who is the chairperson of National Human Rights Commission.

Making comments on matter being considered by Parliamentary panel is highly improper and may even amount to contempt. — CAG statement

here. At a press conference last week, Sibal had described as “utterly erroneous and without any basis” the estimated loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore arrived at by the CAG on account of allocation of 2G spectrum to telecom operators. Joshi said the forum of the Committee was available to the minister to make any observa-

tion or suggestion on the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on alleged irregularities in the 2G spectrum allocations. Contesting Sibal’s remarks, Joshi said CAG had never said that its estimates on presumptive losses to the exchequer were final. “The CAG had only mentioned three different figures based on three different models to calculate the presumptive loss. It had never said the report was final”, he said. He said the PAC would consider steps that were necessary to avoid repeat of such incidents. In reply to a question, Joshi said there was no suggestion or proposal before the Committee today to call Sibal for seeking clarification on his remarks. The CAG also came out with a statement, second in three days, describing Sibal’s comments as “highly improper”. “Making public comments on the matter which is being considered by a Parliamentary Committee is highly improper and may even amount to contempt of the House”, the CAG said.

After J&K, China issues stapled visas in Arunachal PTI ITANAGAR, JAN 12

In a departure from past practice, China has begun issuing visas to residents of Arunachal Pradesh, over which it lays claim, but they are stapled to passports as in the case of people from Jammu and Kashmir. China’s new tactics came to light when two sportsmen from Arunachal were prevented by immigration officials from boarding a flight today from New Delhi to Beijing since they had stapled visas issued by the Chinese Embassy on their passports. Indian Weightlifting Federation’s Joint Secretary Abraham K Techi along with a weightlifter of the State were taken aback when immigration officials at New Delhi’s IGI Airport stopped them and turned the two men away because of the stapled visas issued by the Chinese Embassy. Techi and the weightlifter, who were to visit the country at the invitation of Chinese Weightlifting Association President Menguang for the January 15-17 China Weightlifting Grand Prix at Fujian

Two sportsmen from Arunachal Pradesh were prevented by immigration officials from boarding a flight today from New Delhi to Beijing since they had stapled visas issued by the Chinese Embassy on their passports. province, thereafter got in touch with the Chinese Embassy. Reacting to the Chinese action, the Ministry of External Affairs said India considers Arunachal Pradesh as an integral part of India and has conveyed to the Chinese side that a uniform process of issue of visas to Indian citizens be followed regardless of applicant’s ethnicity or place of domicile. Maintaining that both the athletes are reportedly domiciles of Arunachal, the Ministry recalled that a travel advisory had been issued in February, 2009 cautioning Indian citizens that Chinese visas stapled to passports were not valid for travel outside the country.

Belgaum SP warns of ‘deeper links’ HERALD CORRESPONDENT BELGAUM, JAN 12

Observing that judges cannot act “like mere tape recorders” and Government has a duty to protect witnesses, the Supreme Court today transferred the murder trial of an engineer, allegedly shot dead by a contractors’ mafia, from Uttarakhand to a Delhi court. A Bench of justices J M Panchal and H L Gokhale passed the order on a petition filed by Vikas Kumar Roorkewal, son of the deceased Radhey Shyam, a Superintendent Engineer with Uttarakhand Irri-

gation Department, who sought the transfer on the ground that the family and witnesses were facing constant threats and intimidation from the accused. Shyam, who was dealing with Rs 240-crore Upper Ganga Link Canal Project, was shot dead in broad daylight on June 18, 2006, at his camp office in Roorkee in front Roorkewal and other witnesses. The case was pending trial in a Fast Track court, Haridwar, since 2006. The deceased’s son alleged a number of other en-


Head constable Arun Desai, attached to the Margao police station, who was arrested by Belgaum police on Tuesday in an alleged drug peddling case was on Wednesday placed under suspension by Superintendent of Police, South Allan De Sa. Acting swiftly upon receiving a report from his Belgaum police counterpart, De Sa suspended the police head constable with immediate effect. The SP, South

Goa’s mining exports are expected to dip by almost 10 per cent this season with factors like the ban on ore transportation by Karnataka, flash strike by truckers and the prolonged monsoon playing spoilsport for this multi-crore industry. Glen Kalavampara, secretary, Goa Mineral Ore Exporters Association (GMOEA) told Herald that the seasonal export was unlikely to touch last year’s mark and would be 10 per cent lower compared to last year. “Karnataka ore has stopped coming since the last two months, there are local strikes by the truck owners while the

Karnataka ore has stopped coming since the last two months, there are local strikes by the truck owners while the over-stretched monsoon too has added to the woes of the mining industry — Glen Kalavampara over-stretched monsoon too has added to the woes of the mining industry”, Kalavampara said. The mining truck operators in the State are on strike since December 27, 2010 demanding hike in freight rates. Though companies like Fomento and

also ordered a preliminary inquiry to be conducted by DySP Mahesh Gaonkar. The inquiry officer has been directed to submit the report within a week’s time. De Sa told newsmen that he has received a report from the Belgaum SP today stating that the head constable has been arrested by the police along with four others in drug peddling, adding that hashish worth Rs 26 lakh has been recovered from the accused.

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Kamat seeks report from DGP HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JAN 12

Upset with the recent developments involving the Goa Police personnel, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat today directed Director General of Police Bhim Sain Bassi to file a detailed report in the matter within 24 hours. Last week Israeli drug-dealer Dudu’s (David Driham) sister Ayala handed over a spy-cam video to police showing ANC sub-inspector Sunil Gudlar selling drugs. The spy-cam video created flutters in the police department

I had a meeting with the DGP and directed him to submit a detailed report in both the matters by tomorrow evening. – Digambar Kamat wherein Gudlar is shown negotiating with two foreigner women — Ayala and Zarina - in a room at an undisclosed destination over the sale of drugs. The series of tapes which was aired on local TV channel also showed Gudlar claiming that his

seniors accepted bribe. In another case, the Goa Police personnel attached to Panjim police station allegedly tortured a 39-year old NRI Cipriano Fernandes to death. Speaking to reporters at his official residence, chief minister

said he is seized of the matter and asked for a report. “I had a meeting with the DGP and directed him to submit a detailed report in both the matters by tomorrow evening”, he said. On the custodial death case Kamat said it is a matter of concern. “The group (Utt Goenkara) met me and I have assured them necessary action”, he said. Meanwhile, the DGP has said that action against Gudlar would be initiated only after a detailed enquiry report is received from the Crime Branch.

NCP fumes over Rahul’s remarks PTI NEW DELHI, JAN 12

An NCP leader today lashed out at Rahul Gandhi for his reported comments blaming coalition politics for the price rise forcing the Congress and his own party to initiate an urgent damagecontrol exercise. “Congress party is the principal party in the UPA and any statement of the leader of that party should reflect humility and not arrogance”, NCP General Secretary and spokesperson D P Tripathi told a press confer-

gineers too were earlier murdered by the mafia who had let loose a reign of terror. It was stated that the witnesses and the family members of Shyam were facing constant threats and even the driver of the deceased, who was a key prosecution witness, had turned hostile during the trial. According to the deceased’s son, though they have made several representations to the authorities and the trial court concerned, no action was taken to protect the witnesses.

Mining exports may take a hit SHWETA KAMAT PANJIM, JAN 12

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SP Sandeep Patil (centre) and the DCIB police team along with the arrested head constable Arun Desai (circled), four others and the seized drugs and vehicle.

Govt must protect witnesses: SC PTI NEW DELHI, JAN 12

“All facts relating to the case will come to light once the inquiry officer visits Belgaum. At this stage, the facts and circumstances relating to the arrest and the case remains unknown”, he added. The SP, South, declined to comment whether the Police Department was aware that the head constable was working as a pilot after duty hours. Sources in the know said the head constable had headed to

Expressing the need for an enhanced co-ordination between Belgaum and Goa police, Belgaum Superintendent of Police Sandeep Patil has stated that the arrest of a Goa police head constable could reveal ‘deeper links’ in Goa. Commenting on the arrests of Head Constable Arun Desai and four others on charges of carrying Hashish worth Rs 26 lakh in a Goa-registered vehicle in Belgaum, SP Patil said he had sought the co-operation of Goa Police in the case. Speaking to Herald, SP Patil said a team led by DCIB Inspector Sunil Savadi had set a trap after getting information and nabbed the five accused along with a Maruti van (GA-02-S 2419) along the Bauxite Road here. “The Maruti Omni van belonging to Arun Desai was also taken into police custody. The Hasish from Nepal was brought to Goa and then it was being brought to Belgaum”, said SP Patil. “I have spoken to the South

Sesa Goa have hiked rates, others are yet to take a decision. “We have already raised the issue with the Transport Department asking them to sort out the problem”, Kalavampara said. Ore exports from Goa had touched a historic 53 mt (million tonne) mark in the last season which comprised of 45 mt ore extracted from the State. The rest was from Karnataka. As per the Government figures, a total of 28 mt ore had been exported from the State till December 2010. Kalavampara denied that charging ad-valorem royalty on the ore had resulted in the projected decline in the export of (Continued on page 11)

ence here. In remarks that caused discomfort in Congress, Tripathi said single-party rule in India was not possible in the foreseeble future and that coalition was being practised in 65 countries, “including Italy”. Soon Congress reacted blaming media’s “erroneous and misreporting” of Gandhi’s interaction with students of some colleges in Lucknow yesterday. “This is completely wrong and erroneous reporting. Rahul

Gandhi has not said anything of the sort and made no such allegation as being ascribed to him in the reports. “At no point of time during the closed-door discussion (with students), he referred to any coalition partner NCP or Sharad Pawar. He has been misquoted and misreported,” party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi told reporters at AICC briefing. He also refused to fault the NCP reaction saying this will happen if a wrong report is published.

Government subsidy that I got to paint my bus, I painted my house you see.



PSI Gudlar wanted Dudu out of jail, tapes reveal HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JAN 12

After releasing the Gudlar tapes in partly, a local channel today aired the complete tape which shows Police Sub Inspector Sunil Gudlar stating that he himself wants David Driham alias Dudu to be out from the jail. In the complete version of Gudlar story, the tape showed on Prudent Media shows how the PSI had received directions to the flat of Zarina, Dudu’s girlfriend. The tape shows that Gudlar was

French envoy briefs Guv on naval exercise HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JAN 12

The Ambassador of France, Jerome Bonnafont alongwith Consul General of France at Bombay, Francois Pujolas and Defence Attache Group Captain Jean-Marie Monot called on the Governor Dr S S Sidhu at Raj Bhavan on Tuesday. The Ambassador briefed the Governor, about ongoing joint naval exercise between the Indian Navy and French Navy. He informed that the first three days were devoted to theoretical exercises and from Tuesday onwards the actual exercise will take place and continue for four days. The Governor informed that Goa occupied an important geopolitical place on the western coast and was very suitable for these types of joint naval exercise. The Governor apprised the Ambassador about actions being initiated by the State Government for improving econ o m i c i n f r a s t r u c t u re f o r development of the State.

picked up from Parra junction to this flat where the entire sting operation was planned. The bespectacled PSI is also heard stating that he wants Dudu to be out of jail. He is seen telling both the Israeli girls that once Dudu is out they should fly back to their country. Ironically, Gudlar had arrested Dudu and was the investigating officer in the case under supervision of Superintendent of Police (ANC) Veenu Bansal. The disgraced PSI is seen accepting gifts like whiskey bottle, chocolates

and scent bottle from Dudu’s sister

Ayala Driham. The tapes also have Gudlar stating that he has warned Sagar (landlord of Dudu) of fixing him in the drugs case. In a shameful revelation, the PSI is also shown claiming that his seniors who are posted here from Delhi are down here to make money. He has said that he is giving his seniors money often. The PSI refers to money as `Mahatma Gandhi.’ In an interview to the channel, Ayala has said that after his arrest Dudu was

allowed to stay in the room adjacent to Bansal’s cabin. Earlier in two different statements to the Crime Branch, Ayala and Zarina had stated that Dudu was framed into the drug charges. Zarina has said that she was forced out of the car and her boyfriend was shoved in the car by police led by Bansal in February 2010. Zarina has also said that the CCTV camera fitted by Dudu outside his residence has captured the entire footage.

Murder accused nabbed after 2 months HERALD REPORTER VASCO, JAN 12

Verna Police on Wednesday arrested a 20-year-old mason from Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) Verna in connection with the murder of 23-year-old woman from Zuarinagar-Sancoale. It may be recalled that on October 22, 2010, Sharda Patil was found dead at her residence at Zuarinagar, while the accused was absconding. Verna Police arrested the accused Ajay Choudhary, native of Madhya Pradesh, but presently residing at Zuarinagar, on charges of killing Patil. After the autopsy was conducted on the deceased, police had confirmed that Patil had died due to strangulation, while some nail marks were seen on Patil’s neck. “After it was confirmed that the deceased was murdered, we launched a manhunt and we have managed to trace the mobile phone of the deceased, due to which we got major lead,” said PI Jivba Dalvi. “We have verified all phone numbers saved on Patil’s mobile phone. However, when we were calling the accused, his mobile phone was switched off and after detailed verification we once again tried calling him, as he was reluctant to respond to the call,” said PI Dalvi. He further said after constant efforts, police traced the accused at IDC Verna on Wednesday and arrested him. “During the course of inter-

Panjim polls likely on March 13 HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JAN 12

The State Election Commission (SEC) on Wednesday proposed to hold elections for thirty wards of the Corporation of the City of Panjim (CCP) on March 13, 2011. The five-year term of CCP ends on March 20. The SEC sources confirmed that the proposal has been sent to the government to conduct election on March 13. The proposal pertaining to reservation of wards for OBC and women has been forwarded to the government and notification in this respect is likely to be out by the next week, sources said.

Quepem civic body complains against mining trucks HERALD CORRESPONDENT QUEPEM, JAN 12

Quepem Municipal Council Chairperson Manuel Colaso on Wednesday filed a complaint against mining trucks operating through Quepem town. In his complaint filed before the Sub Division Magistrate Quepem, Colaso stated that about 800 loaded mining trucks passes every day via Quepem town. “Almost all mining trucks are overloaded in violation of the High Court order and in violation of notification dated December 15, 2007, issued by the Director of Transport and in violation of subsequent orders passed by the High Court,” he stated. The complaint further stated that as the mining trucks are overloaded, a lot of spillage takes place in Quepem town, due to which the road in Quepem town has turned red in colour. “The spillage can be particularly seen at the speed breakers near Pope John High School and Ambaulim Panchayat. Besides, there is dust pollution in Quepem town which in turn affects traders and other business entrepreneurs doing their busi-

2-day meet on AIDS research from today HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JAN 12

PI Jivba Dalvi along with other police personnel and accused Ajya Choudhari.

rogation, the accused confessed that he killed Patil, as she owed

him some money. Since the deceased refused to repay his dues,

Photo by M Prabhav

the accused killed her,” added PI Dalvi.

Corporator Karishetty opts out of Babush panel HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JAN 12

Controversial sitting corporator Nagesh Karishetty, who had managed to find place in the thirty member panel announced by the Taleigao legislator Babush Monserrate, has surprisingly opted out of the panel. Karishetty was allegedly involved in the pay parking scam that rocked Corporation of the City Panjim (CCP). In the declaration published in some local dailies today, Karishetty maintained that he has decided to opt out of the panel “to maintain probity in public life in view of alleged charges with regard to a complaint filed by vested interests.” “I have decided to renounce

this nomination and opt out as a candidate for the CCP polls.” he declared. This change of heart on the part of Karishetty came as a surprise because a few days back Taleigao MLA was totally in favour of retaining all the corporators who were allegedly involved scams during last five years. In fact, speaking to this paper Monserrate had said that, “everybody is innocent until proven guilty.” With Karishetty withdrawing his candidature from ward 8, it is learnt that former mayor Tony Rodrigues might be fielded from this ward. Rodrigues was assigned ward 18 following indication that his

Govt approves ultra modern transport hub at Margao HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JAN 12

There’s finally good news in store for commuters travelling from the Margao bus stand. The government has approved construction of an ultra modern transport hub with modern facilities for inter-state Transport at Margao and has invited Expression of Interest from architectural firms specialized in public utility for participating in the pre-qualification for the work of constructing the transport hub. Officials of the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation, which has invited the Expression of Interest from architectural firms, informed that the modern transport hub will come on the sprawling land admeasuring 66,000 sq meters. If a senior GSIDC official is to be believed, the government has okayed construction of the modern bus terminus departmentally without inviting private players under the controversial PPP model. Sources informed that the entire project, which may consume around 3-4 years for its execution, will be implemented with budgetary provision of Rs 15 crore each for the next three financial years. “The Margao bus stand will no longer remain a bus stand. It will be a totally different con-

Margao bus stand will no longer remain a bus stand. It will be a totally different concept with ultra modern facilities for inter-state transport. cept with ultra modern facilities for inter-state transport”, informed the official. Officials further informed that the transport hub has a provision for a commercial block which will help generation “operational” revenue for the KTC Corporation. “The commercial block has been designed so that it turns out revenue generating for the cash hit KTC”, the official added. Commuters, besides NGOs, including the Civic and consumer forums from across Salcete had been demanding early construction of a modern bus stand at the existing KTC stand, which has functioning from a temporary shed since the last two decades and half. IN fact, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat had received flak from all quarters for the absence of a modern bus stand for Margao when smaller towns such as Cuncolim and Canacona had been enjoying modern facilities for long now.

ward 16 might be reserved for women. Monserrate had declared his panel and the candidates even before reservation were notified, which are likely to be issued next week. Another corporator from the ruling panel Uday Madkaikar who was alleged to be involved in market scam is also likely to be dropped, said sources. Taleigao MLA who was so confident of his panel’s victory some days back now seems to be changing his strategy sensing that his opponents are uniting to defeat him. The NCP has declared to float a panel for CCP election and to take on the might of Taleigao MLA.

Cop’s arrest exposes Goa-Belgaum drug nexus

A conference on translational research in HIV/AIDS in the capital city at Taj Vivanta on January 13 and 14 will focus on how best this research could be made useful in patient care of those living with the disease. Organised by the University of South Florida-USA, National Aids Research Institute (NARI)Pune and Community Research Foundation-Goa, the event will see the participation of experts from India and abroad whose research has figured in international journals. Giving a broad outline of translational research at a press conference on Wednesday, Director NARI Dr Ramesh Paranjape observed it was all about getting the latest updates of advances in the field and how best the same could reach the infected people. Dr Paranjape said the conference has been organised in an effort to see if it could offer a platform for collaboration and forming networks to see that the research in the field percolates down to those in need of it. He said because of the high


level of awareness the number of HIV infections were on the decline. Even though there are many medicines to control the disease there is no cure, he stated. Dr Shyam S Mohapatra from the University of South Florida said they were in many collaborative programmes in India and the main aim of this conference would be to start or build a dialogue towards further collaborations. There are 2.3 million people in India living with HIV and many of these don’t receive treatment. Project Director Goa State Aids Control Society Dr Pradeep Padwal said even in Goa HIV cases were on the decline. NGOs are creating awareness, but there is still work to be done as far as unprotected sex was confirmed, he stated. Padwal said Goa could adopt what NGOs in Maharashtra were doing. They are encouraging marriages between HIVpositive people so that the disease doesn’t spread. Medical science has done so much advances that children born out of these marriages can be HIVnegative and normal, he mentioned.

ness in Quepem town,” states the complaint. “There is no control from any department against the erring mining trucks nor the mining trucks fear any officials as this mining trucks passes by the side of SDM, offices of Deputy Director of Transport, Executive Magistrate, DySP. Besides, the trucks are driven recklessly,” added Colaso in his complaint. The complaint further stated that empty/loaded mining trucks s o m e t i m e s p a s s t h ro u g h Quepem town between 1 pm and 2 pm and after 6 pm even though during this period, they are prohibited. “By plying between 1 pm and 2 pm, the mining trucks pose dangers to the school children,” stats the complaint. The chairperson has requested the SDM to bring the mining traffic under control within 15 days from the date of receipt of his complaint, failing which the people will be forced to come on the road. The complaint copies have been forwarded to South Goa Collector, Quepem Executive Magistrate, Quepem DySP, Quepem PI and Deputy Director of Transport, Quepem.

Boy succumbs to ratol, lover battling for life HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JAN 12

The minor boy from Loutolim, who had consumed ratol poison last week has expired at the Goa Medical College and hospital, Bambolim on Wednesday, even as a minor rape victim was rushed to Hospicio hospital after consuming ratol poison today. Maina Curtorim Police station incharge, PI Sidhant Shirodkar informed that minor boy breathed his last at the GMC hospital on Wednesday. He said the minor girl, who had also consumed ratol along with the boy last week, is still battling for life in the hospital. Both the boy and the girl hail from Loutolim village and had consumed ratol – as per the statement recorded by the Special Judicial Magistrate S B Faria -- since their parents were not in favour of their relationship. The Maina Curtorim police have already registered a case of attempt to commit suicide against the boy and girl. Meanwhile, PI Shirodkar stated that a minor rape victim girl from Curtorim was rushed to Hospicio after she consumed the deadly ratol poison. He said the hospital doctors are monitoring the condition of the victim girl, who had complained of rape, a week ago. The police are investigating.

Meet to finalise rates for mining trucks fails to break deadlock


The arrest of a Goa Police head constable along with four others on charges of carrying Hashish worth Rs 26 lakh in Belgaum has exposed the growing nexus between criminals in Belgaum and Goa. In June 2007, in a major breakthrough exposing the international links in drugs case, Belgaum Police had arrested three Nepali nationals including a woman. The accused were identified as professional carriers and were caught with 10 kg 300 gms of Hashish. The trio had also confessed their links with Goa. In June 2009, the Karnataka Railway Police had nabbed a gang involved in train robberies on Vasco-Hubli train route. In July 2010, Belgaum Police had recovered an Innova car from Arpora beach in north Goa allegedly with changed number plates. Highly placed sources had informed Herald that a drug peddler who operated from Shiroda beach in Sindhudurg had used the Sindhudurg-Goa border to accomplish the drug peddling and car lifting crime. In November 2010, Belgaum Police had arrested Rajesh Vishram Naik, a construction worker from Pernem, and recovered two country-made pistols from him.

The short-trip truck owners at a meeting at Costi Plant of Chowgule Group of Companies. Photo by Alfred Fernandes HERALD CORRESPONDENT SANGUEM, JAN 12

The meeting convened by a mining company to finalise rates for short trips at its Costi plant failed to break the deadlock, as company officials did not agree to the 35% hike demanded by the short-trip truck owners. At a meeting in the company office at Khandepar, the tipper owners plying their trucks at the Costi Plant were allegedly sore when company officials asked them to remain for the meeting if they agreed to a 15% increase. “As the truck owners were not satisfied with the proposed hike by the company, they

walked out of the meeting without any further discussion,” informed a truck owner. Incidentally, majority of the short-trip truck owners plying their trucks at Costi Plant are from Costi and Kalay villages and their livelihood is severely affected as the trucks are off road since the last over 16 days. Some short-trip truck owners are solely dependent on their trucks and they are left with no source of income since the commencement of the strike in the last week of December. A truck owner told Herald that since the company began its operation in the village, they have been assisting the company

in the smooth transportation of their trucks at the Costi Plot. “It is for the first time that we have been pressing for this demand,” claimed the truck owners. The affected truck owners later convened a meeting at the Costi Plant to discuss on future course of action. “There are 107 trucks plying short trips at Costi and all the trucks will remain off the road till our demands are resolved,” informed truck owners. The affected truck owners also warned of resorting to a road blockade with their families if the company tried to get outside trucks to ply at their mines for short trips.




Family refuses to take NRI’s body without judicial enquiry HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JAN 12

Family members of Cipriano Fernandes, who allegedly died in judicial custody, have refused to take possession of his body, even as they submitted a memorandum on Wednesday to the chief minister and chief secretary calling for a judicial inquiry into the whole episode. In the memorandum submitted today with the help of NGO Utt Goenkara, the grieving members made it very clear that they will not touch the body till justice is done. In a memorandum submitted to Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and Chief Secretary Sanjay Srivastava, the local activist group has demanded judicial enquiry into the mysterious death of the 39-year-old Non-Resident Indian (NRI), who allegedly died in police custody on January 8. The activists have also demanded suspension of the of the police personals, who had manhandled the deceased till the inquiry about death in custody is complete.

Death in police custody is a serious criminal offence which cannot be condoned at any stretch of imagination and it’s a serious blot on the state and the civil society. --Utt Goenkara “We demand that the police officer concerned Sandesh Chodankar should identify those police personnel involved in the incident,” the memorandum reads. The activists, however, could not meet the chief secretary. A meeting has been fixed with Srivastava on January 14 over the issue. Similarly, the activists would also meet Home Minister Ravi Naik over the issue. “The eye witness (a lady friend of Cipriano) had informed us, that Cipriano was badly beaten up in the police car, when he was picked up from

Porvorim on January 7 and again he was physically assaulted in police custody with a third degree treatment during the same night,” the memorandum reads. The state police, however, claimed that he died due to fits. The activists also asked government to carry out second postmortem of the deceased by the medical board. “The relatives have informed us that the deceased was neither suffering from fits nor he was suffering from any illness in the recent times,” the activists said. Cirpriano was a chef working on board an ocean-liner, a popular vocation for several hundred seafaring Goans. According to police records Cipriano was picked up after he allegedly threatened a lady friend, who had complained to the police. “Death in police custody is a serious criminal offence which cannot be condoned at any stretch of imagination and it’s a serious blot on the state and the civil society,” the organisation said.

Headless body found at Nessai had 41 injuries HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JAN 12

Believe it or not, the unknown person whose headless body was found along roadside at Nessai in Sao Jose de Areal has sustained as many as 41 injuries. Post mortem examination revealed that the 41 injuries were found all over the body, including two major wounds on his stomach and shoulder. Meanwhile, the Maina Curtorim police have appealed to members of the public to cooperate with the men-in-uniform and help in the identification of the body. Maina Curtorim PI Sidhant Shirodkar said the police on Wednesday rounded up a number of labourers working at a construction site to help throw light on the brutal murder, but in vain. “The police have dispatched details of the deceased to the police stations across the state. Unless the people cooperate with the police and inform about any missing person, de-

The Taveez which was found on the body of the unknown deceased murdered at Nessai. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar

tection of the cold blooded murder will be difficult”, PI Shirodkar added. Meanwhile, Superintendent of police, South Allan De Sa told newsmen that the police has established contacts with their Karnataka counterparts to help detect the case. Baffled over the modus operandi adopted by the killers to destroy evidence, De Sa said police had been in touch with the Karnataka police to ascertain

Great Royal Circus to perform in Margao after two decades HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JAN 12

Come January 14, and the Great Royal Circus will perform in Margao after a gap of two decades. The circus will be inaugurated at the hands of Chief Minister Digambar Kamat in the presence of MLA Damu Naik and MMC Chairperson Sushila Naik. Circus coordinator Makhrand Pandit said the acrobatic performance by the African artists will be the star attraction of the circus. Pandit admitted that the circus has lost its sheen since 1998 after the government banned use of animals, but hastened to add that the performance by elephants, besides the dog show are now hit amongst the children. “The law on Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act has banned use of Tigers, panthers, bears and monkey in the circus. This has taken away the sheen of the circus”, Pandit admitted, but said that the Great Royal Circus has kept pace with the changing times by roping in the African and international artists. On the future of circus in the country, Pandit said that the Great Royal Circus has opened a circus Academy in Kerala to impart training to young minds. “Experts from Ukraine and Russai have been roped in to train the latent talent”, he said. He said the Great Royal Circus is one of the oldest circuses in the country, having toured 24 countries across the globe since the last 131 years. Replying to a question, Pandit said that the circus evoked encouraging response from the people at Mapusa during the Christmas and New Year festivities. The circus in Margao will be open for the public for a period of 39 days before curtains come down on the extravaganza on February 21.

whether they had come across similar modus operandi in a murder case in that State. Police also believe that the unknown person might have been hacked to death at some other place before the body was dumped at the isolated place at Nessai. “There was no blood found at the spot where the body was recovered. This indicates that the deceased might have been killed at some other place”, the police added.

MMC, Fomento discuss draft pact on Sonsodo HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JAN 12

Representatives of Fomento and Margao Municipal Council had a joint meeting with the legal counsel to give final touches to the draft concession agreement. Both the parties participated at the discussion in a bid to remove any misconception about any provision relating to the draft before the same is placed before the Margao Municipal Council for ratification. MMC Chief Officer Prasanna Acharya said he and the Municipal Chairperson Sushila Naik are representing the Civic body for the talks with the legal counsel Adv Nadkarni and representatives of Fomento company. He said the company has been asked to make a presentation for the benefit of the City Fathers to allay their apprehensions on the draft. On the ratification of the draft agreement, Acharya said the Municipal Chairperson would convene a special meeting ratification by the Councilors. Incidentally, Councilors have said that the Civic body should invite the legal counsel either during the presentation or the special meeting to reply to their queries on various aspects of the draft agreement. The Councilors apprehensions are centered on the mode of payment to be made by the Civic body to Fomento. Questions are raised whether the Civic body would make one time payment of Rs 7.31 crore to Fomento or pay Rs 12-odd crore over a period of 25 years for the treatment of waste at the Sonsodo dumping site.

Preachers urged to work for society HERALD CORRESPONDENT MAYEM, JAN 12

Goa Kala Academy member Govind Kale has called upon Brahmin preachers to work hard to uplift society by adopting different spiritual methods of development to preserve and maintain existence of God, country and religion. He was addressing the gathering during a seminar organized by Ar yadurga Sewa Pratishthan at Khedekar Hall, Harvalem-Bicholim, on Tuesday. Dr Waman Alavani, Devidas Umarye and Bhalchandra Joshi were present on the occasion. Speaking further, Kale also called upon the Brahmin preachers to dedicate themselves for the protection of a country. Earlier, the function was inaugurated by lighting a lamp followed by presentation of Ganeshvandana by Urvi Umarye. On the occasion, various contests were organized which were adjudged by Veena Vaze, Girish Upadhye and Kotibhaskar followed by a singing programme.

SP, Collector confer on temple thefts in South HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JAN 12

The district police chief Allan De Sa on Wednesday had a meting with district Magistrate, South G P Naik on the spate of Temple thefts and burglaries reported in the South Goa district in recent months. The police chief is believed to have submitted a detailed report on the Temple theft cases to the Magistrate and steps taken to prevent the cases. The meeting assumes significance and it comes against the backdrop of the highlevel meeting convened by the government to discuss the increasing Temple thefts in the state. SP, South Allan De Sa told newsmen that the meeting was preparator y in nature in view of the meeting convened by the government on the sensitive issue. Sources in the know said the report including the number of major Temples in the district, their vulnerability to thefts and security measures needed to prevent further burglaries.

Calf, dog killed in Bicholim leopard attack

recovered the carcass some meters away from his residence. Speaking to Herald, Gawde said the leopard had attacked his dog some two days ago near his house. “The leopard has been spotted here and it had attacked the dog some two days back and it escaped only beThe calf that was attacked by leopard at cause we came out of Van-Maulinguem, Bicholim. Photo by Samir Umaryethe house,” informed Gawde. HERALD CORRESPONDENT BICHOLIM, JAN 12 “As the dog was afraid here, A leopard killed a dog and a calf he went to my brother’s house in Bicholim on Tuesday, causing which is some meters away from panic among the residents in my residence, where the leopard caught the dog,” added Gawde. the area. In another incident reported According to reports, a leopard killed a dog belonging to at Van- Maulinguem at about one Pandurang Gawde from Wal- 1.15 am on Tuesday, a leopard shi Vathadev, Bicholim, on Tues- attacked a calf belonging to one d a y n i g h t . G a w d e l a t e r Dhiraj Bhide.

Road divider turns killer at Dabolim HERALD REPORTER VASCO, JAN 12

A road divider on the highway near the Naval Armament Depot (NAD) at Alto DabolimChicalim has turned into an accident-prone zone. If motorists and residents of Alto-Dabolim are to be believed, there has been growing number of accidents on the curve of NH-17B near NAD due to illegal opening of the divider. The divider has been forcibly removed by some miscreants to enable access to vehicles, but this has posed a danger to other motorists along the route. Such illegal opening of dividers could be found at three different places along the NH- An illegal opening of divider along the NH-17B at Alto-Dabolim. Photo by M Prabhav 17B, one at Sai Nagar near Coast Guard, Mangor-Vasco, Sources said that these two open- it closed shortly,” assured Dodamani. where people have damaged the di- ings are on the curve of the road Shashikant Patil of Vasco said durvider and made way, while the two and that too on a narrow stretch of ing night, it’s dangerous if the driver openings are within 20 mtrs stretch road at NAD. is new or if he is unaware about at NAD, Alto Dabolim. “Opening of dividers is illegal and these opening of divider on the lane. Minor and major accidents on National Highway Authority of India Chicalim Sarpanch Raul D’Costa these openings have become a reg- (NHAI) has not allowed such open- said: “We are ready to help NHAI if ular phenomenon, as once Deputy ing,” confirmed NHAI Project Direc- they want us to close the illegal diSpeaker and Cortalim MLA Mauvin tor P S Dodamani. vider.” Godinho’s car had knocked down “We had closed it earlier, but “Such openings are illegal which a youth when he suddenly took a overnight some people removed it has lead to many accidents in the turn from the illegal opening at for their convenience. We will com- past. If NHAI wants to close it, we NAD. plain to the local authority and get will be happy,” said D’Costa.

Car falls on railway tracks Crocodile rescued after skidding, driver escapes HERALD REPORTER VASCO, JAN 12

The ill-fated car that met with an accident at Alto-Dabolim. Photo by M Prabhav

The 32-year-old man had a lucky escape, after the car which he was driving went off the road and fell on the railway tracks near Dabolim Junction along the highway in the wee hours of Wednesday. The driver was removed from the trapped car five minutes before a goods train ran over the car. Prashant Fadte, younger brother of Chicalim Panch Hemant, escaped with fracture and minor injury, when his Tata Indica car veered off the railway overbridge at about 12.45 am. Prashant, who resides

in the same locality was proceeding towards his residence when a cow suddenly came in his way. The people, who rushed to Prashant’s rescue, said the rear portion of the car got stuck in the small wall and the car came down the railway track. The driver was removed from the trapped car five minutes before a goods train ran over the car. “God is great. Despite such a deadly blow, my brother survived, it’s nothing but a miracle,” said Panch Hemant. He said the victim, who sustained fracture on his leg, has been discharged from the hospital.

Crocodile rescued at Nawarwado-Pale. HERALD CORRESPONDENT BICHOLIM, JAN 12

The Animal Rescue Squad (ARS) Bicholim rescued a crocodile at Nawarwado-Pale, Bicholim, on Monday. According to ARS Chief Amrut Singh, a huge crocodile was seen inside a canal in a Kulagar at Nawarwado Pale. After they got the information, the ARS team led by Singh along with Hassan Shaikh and Babu Vithal Joshi

The SP is believed to have stated that the district police is facing an acute manpower shortage, making it difficult for the men-in-uniform to provide security for each and every place of worship. It is learnt that the police pointed out that though the population has registered a jump in recent years, the strength of the police force has stagnated over the years. Representatives of the South Goa Temple committees had on Tuesday called on the district Magistrate and expressed their total unhappiness over the police investigations into the spate of thefts and burglaries. The state has so far reported over 61 Temple thefts in recent times, besides a host of thefts in Churches and other places of worship, especially in South Goa. Incidentally, the two major theft cases reported at the Shree Chandreshwar Bhuthnath Temple and the Shree Shantadurga Kitalkaren, where the total booty lifted away by the burglary was estimated around Rs half a crore, are yet to detected by the men-in-uniform.

Photo by Samir Umarye

went to the spot. “The crocodile was first spotted by Prathamesh Patil, Pritam Patil and Santosh Gawali who informed us about it,” said Singh. “It was very large and it was very difficult for us to trap it and it took almost an hour to catch the crocodile,” added Singh. Later, the crocodile was handed over to RFO Bondla officials.

Labourer cuts own throat HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JAN 12

In a shocking incident, a labourer slit his throat with a broken soft drink bottle at the Gandhi market on Wednesday evening. Margao police said the victim was immediately rushed to Hospicio hospital, from where he was shifted to the Goa Medical College and hospital, Bambolim. PSI Nilesh informed that the labourer, working as a khalashi in the market, was believed to be mentally disturbed before he took the drastic action. He said the victim broke a soft drink bottle and slit his throat, in the process sustaining grievous injuries.

Ex-NCP Goa observer dead

PANJIM: Former Nationalist Congress Party observer for Goa Adv Gurunath Kulkarni, who was more than 60, passed away in Mumbai on Wednesday afternoon after a brief illness. The State Executive Committee of NCP and the party president paid tributes to Adv Kulkarni praising him for being instrumental in strengthening the party in Goa after its inception. The deceased was also General Secretary of NCP in Maharshtra.



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War of words continue over Masked men cause anxious Calangute MLA’s allegations moments to patients at CHC HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, JAN 12

Continuing with the war of words, former ZP member Anthony Menezes has challenged Calangute MLA Agnelo Fernandes to complete a hat trick in Calangute without his support. Menezes promised to give up politics if the Calangute MLA wins the Calangute Assembly seat for the third time. Menezes was referring to the news report that appeared in Herald, Fernandes had criticized Menezes for ‘sex-trade’ at his dance pub at a meeting in Calangute. Speaking to Herald, Mr and Mrs Menezes said they were shocked to hear Fernandes’ comments against them at the grievance meeting in the presence of PWD Minister Churchill Alemao. “We never expected Fernandes, whom we treat as our family friend, to make such a baseless statement when we have no connection whatsoever in running of the ‘Dance Pub’,” they said. “The premises have been leased out to someone on an agreement and we are in no way connected with its business activities. However, we have been keeping a close watch on any illegal activities at the ‘Dance Pub’,” they stated. “The raid at the dance pub was a controversial one carried

n The Calangute MLA was himself involved in ‘night club’ businesses at Candolim and Calangute-Baga, where semi-nude girls were even seen dancing during the New Year’s eve parties, but we never labelled him to be involved in ‘sextrade’ at his ‘night pubs. -Anthony Menezes out with ulterior motives to tarnish our image.” “Calangute Police and CID are also aware of the activities at the pub and they too did not find any illegal activities at the premises nor is any ‘sex-trade’ happening, but there is a gimmick employed by others to attract customers and make a fast buck for which the blame should not be laid on premise owners and labelled as ‘involved in sextrade’,” said Anthony. “I have been at the forefront in fighting illegal sex trade along the Calangute coast with the help of NGOs and the local MLA

himself, but today the same MLA has tarnished me and my family for involvement in ‘sex-trade’,” he regretted. “The Calangute MLA was himself involved in ‘night club’ businesses at Candolim and Calangute-Baga, where seminude girls were even seen dancing during the New Year’s eve parties, but we never labelled him to be involved in ‘sex-trade’ at his ‘night pubs.” Anthony however termed Fernandes saying that he was instrumental in stopping the petrol pump near St Anthony’s Chapel at Naikka Vaddo a blatant lie, as the initiative was taken by the St Anthony’s Chapel Committee under his presidentship and the PTA of the Primary School located next to the Chapel. “Fernandes should not take credit for the work done by others. I along with my family have been involved in beautifying work of the St Anthony’s Chapel and how can we be involved in any illegal activity in the close vicinity of the Chapel,” he asked. “When I spoke to PWD Minister Alemao about the meeting he attended at Calangute, Alemao admitted that he had come to distribute gas connections under the RDA Scheme to the deserving people and to listen to their grievances, but unfortunately it turned out to be meeting to garner support for Fernandes,” said Menezes.


Patients at Canacona Community Health Centre (CHC) Chaudi experienced anxious moments in the wee hours of Tuesday, after three intruders made their way inside the paedetric ward of the hospital. According to sources, one woman resting beside her sick child in the children’s ward noticed three masked men entering the ward at about 3 am on Tuesday. The woman, Surang Velip, found it strange to see masked men entering at an odd hour and that too in the children’s ward. She alerted other patient attendants and they confronted the intruders. The intruders refused to utter a single word and instead, went to occupy vacant beds meant for patients. This infuriated the woman and when threatened to call security or police, the trio fled from the hospital. According to hospital sources, at almost the same time some two youth, who reportedly met with an accident past midnight

visited the health centre and one of them, Abhijeet Singh Rathod (28) got admitted in the male ward. The other youth, Tanay Pole (21) was also reportedly present for the night to help his friend. Both reportedly mentioned their place of residence as Mumbai. In the first instance, it was nearly 5 am early Tuesday when the trio finally ran out of the hospital. Finding the trio’s unusual intrusion as a matter of concern, some three women reportedly followed the three men till hospital entrance, shouting for the hospital security to catch hold of them. However, the security guards were reportedly nowhere to be seen, complained the women. On Tuesday morning, the women learnt that two more youth, one of whom was admitted in the hospital at the same time when the three masked men entered the children’s ward, had also taken discharge from the hospital early Tuesday morning and had gone away.

Finding something strange in the twin happenings, one Mhalgo Velip and few women approached some concerned people in the locality and informed about the incident. Few people reportedly first visited the hospital and upon enquiry approached police for registering a complaint against unknown intruders in CHC at odd hours. Sources informed that the police reportedly did not find the story convincing enough to register a complaint as reported by some concerned citizens. Late Tuesday morning, some people met Poinguinim MLA Ramesh Tawadkar and he went to the CHC Chaudi to meet some hospital staff. After a discussion with the medical staff, Tawadkar reportedly advised hospital staff to lodge a formal complaint with police to avoid such recurrences in future. When contacted, Canacona Police replied in the negative and said police was not in receipt of any such complaints in the matter.

Stop mining traffic, urge Quepem businessmen HERALD CORRESPONDENT QUEPEM, JAN 12

Entrepreneurs in Quepem town have complained that their businesses have been affected due to heavy mining traffic. “Every day, about 800 overloaded trucks pass through the Quepem town, which is in violation of the High Court order and in violation of the circular issued by the Director of Transport,” complained a

shopkeeper from Quepem town. Added a hotel owner: "Due to dust pollution, business in Quepem town has drastically reduced in my hotel." “As trucks are overloaded, a lot of spillage takes place which results in heavy dust pollution and customers are reluctant to visit our premises,” said the shopkeeper. Another person pointed out

that the activity is going on in full view of the Quepem Deputy Collector, Quepem DySP, Executive Magistrate, Quepem Deputy Director of Transport and officials of Quepem Municipal Council, as these offices are located along the route of the mining traffic. "However, no action is being initiated by any of the officers against the erring mining trucks,” added sources.

CCP Commissioner Elvis Gomes releasing Rozario’s 2011 calendar and photo exhibition along with Chairperson of Women Commission, Ezilda Sapeco, Rosy Antonio and Rozario Estibeiro at ESG Art Gallery, Panjim.



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Deconstructing a Traditional Thali of salt are different vegetables like vegetable curry, leafy greens, dry stir fry, sprouts, and daals. Cooked white rice is molded in a small mound in the middle, and served with yellow plain daal and a dollop of ghee. There could be two, or even three, types of chutneys on a thali – typically

there will always be a green chutney and a tamarind/jaggery and nuts based chutney. Raw salads are generally paired with roasted peanut powder and flavored with either lemon juice. Alternatively there could be a plain yogurt-based salad.

Spiced buttermilk is always served with such an elaborate meal along with a variety of Indian sweets. There could also be some fried snacks like fritters.

For the first time in Goa, range of UK universities and delegates from those universities will be available for pre- information and one-one meeting on all aspects of UK education. Options Unlimited, a leading abroad education consultancy, will organise UK universities fair on January 18 at Hotel Fidalgo, 18th June Road, Panjim UK provides opportunities for both 12th Pass outs and degree holders to pursue Bachelors and Masters Degrees in UK within a range of academic fields such as Business & Management, Sciences, Engineering, IT & Computing, Art & Design, Hospitality & Tourism and others. A UK bachelor’s degree could be of 3 or 4 years and may include an internship year and a Masters Degree is usually One Year. During the course of study students are allowed to work part time in any field for twenty hours a week thus allowing them to earn the cost of living and accommodation. On successful completion of a UG or a PG degree, students now get an opportunity to stay back in the UK, without a job offer on hand, for 2 additional years and work full time. This new system introduced under the Ties 4 Point based system allows students to gain the much needed work experience as well as earn back the expenses incurred on fees and living in the UK. It further gives opportunities to students to stay back in the UK on a work permit or other categories through the new Point Based

System introduced by the British Home Office. Students also have opportunities to pursue courses such as MBA, IT & Computing, Hospitality and Engineering with guaranteed paid internships given by the college/universities both during and after the courses. Paid internships last anything from 6 months to a year and students can earn between GBP 1000 to 1500 a month during this time, thus helping them to recover their entire cost of education and living in the UK. Further, students with good English can now be accepted onto UK Degrees without giving an IELTS if the university or college waives the same based on individual applications. Options Unlimited Educational Consultants has been appointed as an official representative for UK universities in India to assist students on all aspects of UK education including university selection, admission processing, bank loans, visa guidance and post departure assistance. Options Unlimited now has an office in Margao and soon will open in Panjim. The Director of Options Unlimited, Shivang Dhruva, is a graduate from University of Arts London and Cavendish College London and is further certified with distinction by the British Council through the agent’s certification For free registration for UK fair and one-one counseling sessions call on 9604024444 or email optunlimited @ or the Face book page of Options Unlimited.


PARRA: From 9 am to 5 pm. Areas affected are Jackniwaddo, Brittowado, Lingabhat, Saliswado, Bokache Aradi, Fondawaddo Abbaswaddo Canca, Sonarwado Verla, Freitaswaddo Verla, Parpoli Guirim, Sonvem, Kumayamarod Guirim and surrounding areas. KUMBARJUA: From 9 am to 2 pm. Areas affected are Gaudalim, Kumbarjua and St Estevam villages. JANUARY 14

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Feast at St Cruz PANJIM (HND): The annual feast of Our Lady of Rosary will be celebrated on January 23 at the Holy Cross Church, St Cruz. The Fama of our Lady of Rosary will be on January 13. Novenas will start from January 14 at 5.40 pm with Rosary, Mass, Salve, celebrated by Annexim and Cujira. On January 15, Alto St Cruz, Corte Real and Dhakttem Bhat, on January 16 by Bandh/Anadi, on January 17 by Ubo Dando, on January 18 by Bondir/St Barbara, on January 19 by Cabesa/Ruzai wado, on January 20 by St Augustinho, on January 21 by Segundo Bairro and Vespera and on January 22 by Premeiro Bairro. On feast day on January 23, Masses will be held at 6 am, 7.30 am, 9 am and at 11.30 am. In the evening a tiatr ‘Kednam Utt’ttolo’ by Prince Jacob will be organised.

Shaam-e-Gazal’ concert at KA PANJIM (HND): ‘Swastik’ Panaji, a registered cultural association engaged in promotion of Indian art and culture will organise ‘Shaam-e-Gazal’, a concert of Padmashri Hariharan on January 16 at Dinanath Kala Mandir , Kala Academy, Panjim, at 6.30 pm. Hariharan is a popular Gazal and Singer. He is a favourite singer of Oscar award winning composer AR Rehman and has sung many songs for him in the long list of hit movies, including Roja, Indian, Bombay, Rangeela. Hariharan’s fusion album ‘Colonial Cousins’ made with Leslie in 1996 was a smash hit. He has also sung more than 500 Tamil songs. Hariharan will be accompanied on Tabla by Shadab Bhartiya, on flute by K Shrinivasan, on guitar by Sanjoy Das and on Harmonium by Akhalak Hussain Warji. Tickets are available at Kala Academy’s counter.

Seminar on energy efficiency PANJIM (HND): Goa Chamber of Commerce & Industry in collaboration with Petroleum Conservation Research Association will organise seminar on Energy Efficiency on January 19 at Goa Science Centre, Miramar, from 9.30 am to 5 pm. Topics that will be discussed are: Efficient Combustion System, Potential of Heat Recovery in Industries, Common Energy Efficiency Measures, Solar Steam Generation, Energy Auditing of Lighting System, Energy Conservation in HVAC Systems and Energy Management in Motors. There are no registration fees. However, prior registration is required. Those interested, may register their names with Ms Melane Rodrigues, Programme Officer, GCCI on ph 2424252.

Service Tax, VAT clinic in Panjim

UK Universities fair in Panjim

A festive Maharashtrian meal can be very elaborate. It contains arrays of different vegetables, pulses, sweets and salads. The order in which the thali is presented is also given utmost importance. When arranging a meal, consider thali as a clock, the number 12 position is salt, to its left is a lemon wedge, and then to the left are array of chutneys, pickles and salads.

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PORVORIM: From 9 am to 5.30 pm. Areas affected are Porvorim Bazaar, Green hill, Sangolda, Shantadurga teple, Sangolda, 20point programme, Alua, Sangolda, Bhutki Wado, Mae-de-deus T/C, Morod, Waddem, Kharrem, Ticlo Petrol Pump and surrounding areas. CORLIM: From 9 am to 2 pm. Areas affected are Bela Vista, Mollar, Vikasnagar, Primus Park, Vijayanagar and Milrock vicinity of Corlim village.

PANJIM (HND): With a view to resolve various issues and grievances faced by service providers and goods dealers, Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry will organise regular free Service Tax and VAT clinics. The first such clinic will be held on January 22 at the Chamber office in Panjim, from 11 am to 12 pm. Any service providers or goods dealers interested in having their queries solved are may send their queries with complete case details by email to or to call the Chambers’ office (RS Kamat – 2424252, 9823166955) and obtain a prior appointment, January 20. The participants in the clinic will be advised and guided by an expert panel consisting of the Chamber’s taxation Committee members.

BIS awareness programmes PANJIM (HND): Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) will conduct two awareness programmes. First one for all industries will be held on January 20 at Surendrababu Timblo Hall at Panjim, from 9.30 am to 1 pm. The second seminar on Food Safety and Management, meant for all entrepreneurs engaged in manufacturing and handling of food products will be held on January 21 at the same venue, from 9:30 am to 5 pm. These awareness seminars meant to provide useful insight into the National Standards and their implementation in the Indian scenario will be conducted at the instance of and in collaboration with Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Those who are interested in attending the seminars may contact the Chamber. The BIS will also be establishing their desk at the Chamber so that the units in Goa can seek information / guidance from them regularly. Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), a body constituted under Parliament, is the National Standards Body of India involved in all activities of standardization and assurance. BIS formulates National Standards (known as Indian Standards), Certifies products in accordance with these standards, does hallmarking of gold and silver jewellery/artifacts, carries testing of products and undertakes training.

Agri Diary 2011 released at Dona Paula

President of Agri Officers Association U B P Kakode, Secretary Agriculture, C P Tripathi, Director Agriculture, Satish Tendulkar and Secretary AOA, Anand Jadhav at the release of Agri Diary-2011. HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JAN 12

The Agri -Diary 2011 published by Agriculture Officers' Association, Goa was released by Secretary (Agriculture) Govt of Goa, C P Tripathi, at a function held at International Centre Goa, Dona Paula, recently to celebrate the 32nd Annual Agriculture Officers Day. Speaking on the occasion Tripathi lauded the Agriculture Officers' Association for organising Annual Agriculture Officers Day every year when the families of serving and retired agriculture officers' get a chance to interact with each other. Cash awards and merit certificates were presented to Braganza Colin Vasco and Gaurish Paranjape for securing highest marks in SSC and HSSC examination, respectively, held in March 2010, among the children of the members of Association. Joshua Salema received cash

award and merit certificate for securing highest marks in SSC examination from among the children of staff of Directorate of Agriculture who are not members of the Association. Vinayak Khandeparkar, who retired in September 2010, was felicitated for his service to Goan Agriculture. Also senior most members of the Association Prabhakar P Kumbhare, Prakash A Jamble, Olavio Fernandes, Tadeu Rodrigues, Larry Baretto, and Yadvendra Dessai were felicitated for rending yeomen services for the cause of farming community for more than fifty. Earlier, President of the Association, Ulhas Pai Kakode welcomed the gathering and the Treasurer Satyawan Dessai proposed the vote of thanks. Shrikant Mone compered the function. The children and members presented various entertainment programmes.





Shun people dividing society on caste, creed: Sardinha

CM welcomes AAHOA to invest in hotel sector herald neWs desK PANJIM, JAN 12

South Goa MP Francisco Sardinha addressing the gathering. herald reporter MARGAO, JAN 12

S o u t h G o a M P Fr a n c i s c o Sardinha said people should shun people who are trying to divide society on caste and creed, saying they are worse than terrorists. Requesting the people of Goa to beware of such leaders sowing seeds of hatred amongst innocent people, Sardinha said these are the same leaders who motivate people to do what they had done in Margao (referring to the bomb blast”. Coming under flak from freedom fighters and right wing Hindu leaders over his decision to visit on the Portuguese ship at Vasco, Sardinha reminded that people of India had fought against the British to win Independence, but the country is

now maintaining relations with that Country. “So many people died in India when the British were there, but we have accepted the British Queen and Prince Charles. We maintain good relations with the UK”, the MP said. Similarly, Sardinha said Goa was under the Portuguese rule where people suffered under the foreign regime. “Even I would have been a freedom fighter. But, we show should shun those people who try to divide society. They are worse than terrorists. We want people who can unite the society”, he asserted. Referring to the criticism made by some freedom fighters against him for visiting the Portuguese ship at Vasco, Sardinha said the real freedom fighters

are those who had suffered while fighting for freedom adding that the country today require people who can unit the society. “The real freedom fighters who fought for freedom have suffered and finally we devote today’s progress for them, because we got this freedom because of them. But, now we have to unite this country. All caste and creed should come together to march ahead to ensure that every Indian and Goan shares the 21st century prosperity and not to divide the people on religious and caste lines”, he added. Replying to a question, he said the government should foil attempts by these leaders to sow seeds of hatred and discord amongst innocent people.

Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat has said that primary work of new international airport at Mopa has already been started. This airport when completed along with present Dabolim airport will cope up with the increasing air traffic to Goa in future. Goa has become one of the main destinations for tourists all over the world. In view of this, CM welcomed investment in hotel and hospitality sector in Goa from Asian-American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA). CM was speaking at the interaction programme with AAHOA at Dona Paula on Tuesday. Kamat further said that Goa is a tiny State and there is shortage of land. In view of increased influx of tourists there

Basic course in Naturopathy PANJIM (HND): Fr M Britto Joseph, a Jesuit Priest, Naturopath and Siddha Maruthuva Pandit, will conduct a basic course in Naturopathy on January 16 from 10 am to 5 pm at St Britto High School, Mapusa. Fr Britto is the founder of the departments of Naturopathy & Homeopathy in the Holy Family Hospitals of Patna and Delhi. Interested persons may call Ms Sequeira on 9423312115 or Soter on 9890056616.

Drunk ASI booked for negligent driving herald reporter PANJIM, JAN 12

Police Assistant Sub Inspector attached to Traffic Cell has been booked for dashing against the vehicle in the city after being in inebriated condition. Panjim police have booked a case against ASI Menino Andrew D’Sa for dashing his vehicle against a youth riding a scooter in the city. The policeman was driving a tempo attached to the traffic cell, this afternoon. D’Sa has been booked under section of 184 and 185 of IPC. Police confirmed that ASI Menino D’Sa was found in drunken condition.

Panjim residents discussing with the police officials over the accident.

State prepares for pulse polio immunization herald neWs desK PANJIM, JAN 12

National Immunization Day for Pulse Polio Immunization (PPI) will be held on January 23 and February 27. A total of 614 booths will be set up in the State during both the rounds, of which 317 booths will be in North Goa and 297 booths in South Goa. Altogether 127089 children are expected to be covered under Pulse Polio Immunization in Goa. This was disclosed in a meeting of the Members of State Coordination Committee and State Polio Media Committee for Pulse Polio Immunization, held under the Chairmanship of Secretary for Health, Rajiv Varma, at Secretariat, Porvorim, on Monday. The meeting also decided to focus on house to house immunization concentrating in slum areas, construction sites, migrant population areas and other areas to cover all the chil-

dren under five years. Providing vehicles to the Health Department during the two rounds of PPI by all the Government Departments, involvement of NGOs, according wide publicity to the programme and role to be played by various Government Departments for ensuring 100% coverage was discussed at the meeting. It was informed that the numbers of Polio cases reported in India in 2010 are 41 and a new case of Polio was reported from West Bengal till date. In Goa, since 1998 there have been no Polio cases. However, it was decided to continue surveillance as the mobile, migrant and other groups remain vulnerable to Polio. The meeting was also attended by the Director of Health Services, Dr Rajnanda Dessai, Director of Education, Dr Celsa Pinto, SP Vishram Borker, and other members of the Committee.

National Youth Day observed at Mapusa herald neWs desK PANJIM, JAN 12

Dr Dilip Bhetkekar has said that youths are the backbone of the country. He advised the students to follow the ideals and philosophy of Swami Vivekanand for which he lived and worked throughout his life. His principles if emulated will be a great source of inspiration for the younger generation to achieve success in life. He was Speaking as the chief guest at National Youth Day observed on the theme ‘Young blood donors bring ray of hope’ at Mapusa on Wednesday. The function was organized by Goa State Aids control Society (GSACS) in association with Saraswat Vidyalaya’s Sridora

Caculo College of Commerce and Management Studies, Khorlim- Mapusa. National Youth Day is celebrated through out the country every year on January 12 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand, a great philosopher and scholar. Project Director of GSACS, Dr Pradeep Padwal said that pure blood is precious for saving human life and appealed to the youth to develop a sense of donating blood voluntarily. Jeunesse Fernandes and Umakant Sawant were present on the occasion. Principal of SVSC College, Dr S B Patkar, welcomed the guests and Bhosle proposed the vote of thanks.

Photo by Rozario Estibiero

‘Utsavam’ at Vasco from Jan 14 herald correspondent VASCO, JAN 12

The annual Utsavam of Sree Ayyappa Temple, Vasco, will be celebrated from January 14 to 21 with traditional fervour. Various cultural programmes will be staged during these days. A colourful procession (Shobayatra) with the idol of Lord Ayyappa carried on a decorated elephant accompanied by famous Chentamelam, Thalappoli Folk dance, etc, will be routed through the Vasco city on January 21 from 6 pm. The festivities starts on January 14, Makaravilakku Day, with ghee Abhishekam at 5.45 pm, followed by special pooja and Aarati at 6.30 pm. ‘Thrikotiyettu’ (commencement of the Utsavam) will be held at 6.30 pm. The Utsav Bali would be held on January 16 at 9 am and Pallivetta will be conducted on January 20 night. The Utsavam will be concluded with Aarattu and Shobayatra on January 21. Kerala Kala Niketan, Cherpulassery will perform Thayambaka, Panchavadyam and Keli every day between 6.30 pm and 7.30 pm.

is shortage of hotel rooms in the State. Chairman of AAHOA, C K Patel, President of AAHOA, Fred Schwartz, Representative of

Travel and Tourism Association Gaurish Dhond, also spoke on occasion. Director of Tourism, Swapnil Naik welcomed the guests.




It’s action replay

Vol No CXI No: 012 Goa, Thursday, 13 January, 2011

Privatised hospitals hurt ‘aam admi’


ldona MLA Dayanand Narvekar has sounded a timely warning by threatening to launch an agitation if the government goes ahead with its quixotic decision to privatise the District Hospital at Mapusa. He has warned the government to change its decision by 26 January. At a time when food prices are rapidly increasing – by an average of 20 per cent a year over the past three years – any proposal to make ordinary people pay for essential healthcare can only be termed as extremely callous. As Mr Narvekar has pointed out, the very concept behind the Mapusa District Hospital was to provide medical facilities free of cost to the people of North Goa. He ought to know, because Mr Narvekar himself was Goa’s Health Minister in 2005. In case Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane thinks Mr Narvekar is merely trying to score political brownie points, he needs to read the series of studies on India’s health system published on Tuesday by the prestigious British medical journal, ‘Lancet’. The report states that the poor in India are the most vulnerable to diseases, and are further burdened by having to pay for healthcare. One of the papers in the series – on chronic diseases and injuries – has Goa’s own Dr Vikram Patel of the Sangath Centre, Porvorim, as its lead author. It appears that our wealthy politicians have completely lost touch with the ‘aam admi’ in whose name they rule this state. At a time when even the free medical care given by public hospitals is burdensome for poor people, thanks to expensive medicines regularly being out-of-stock in our public hospitals, how these so-called representatives of the people can even contemplate privatisation of these institutions is baffling, to say the least. Take the case of a person earning around Rs5,000 a month (and there are thousands in this state who earn even less). A single visit to a private medical consultant or establishment can cost anything between Rs500 to Rs1,500 – or even more. Is it at all affordable for people like this? Or do our politicians think that everyone in this state earns salaries based on Sixth Pay Commission scales? They need to think not only about people like themselves, but also about those who work in shops and small establishments, who are security guards or drivers, or serve in hotels and restaurants. These are the people whom India’s rapid growth rate and so-called economic boom has left behind. They do not earn five-figure salaries. And they certainly cannot afford private healthcare on a consistent basis. What is most puzzling is that though the Mapusa District Hospital has been ready since May 2009, it is yet to go on stream. This is grossly wasteful. The government has so far spent (wasted?) Rs65 lakh on maintenance, Rs36 lakh on electricity and Rs7 lakh on security. The Hospital has so far cost Rs46 crore and, since it isn’t functioning fully, the warranty on some super-speciality equipment has lapsed even before these have been used. If money means so little to this government that they can waste it so carelessly, what’s the big deal in treating the ‘aam admi’ free of cost?


Dog days

n Monday, a stray dog bit eight persons in Margao, at the government quarters. Thanks to the complete failure of the government, the municipalities and the NGOs to effectively sterilise and vaccinate these animals, Goa is overrun by packs of stray dogs that pose a serious threat to the public. It’s time for the government and the High Court to review their earlier decision, which has comprehensively failed to control the stray dog menace.

I salute Herald John Eric Gomes, Porvorim Herald has fought for Goan interests and the preservation of Goa. The newspaper has also been in the forefront in the fight for justice and has walked the talk. Fearless editors and journalists have been attacked, both physically, and in the media. The government tried to brow-


13 January 1911 Mariners reach Lisbon

Reached Lisbon the Lieutenant Captain Gago Coutinho, the 1st Lieutenant Vieira de Rocha, and 2nd Lieutenant Arthur Sacadura, members of Geodesic Mission of East Africa who covered the triangulation executed over an area of 40,000 square kilometers or say half of area of Portugal.

Good-will note approved

There is a report from Buenos Aires stating that in the Civic Body the Deputies unanimously approved to send a Good Will note to the new Portuguese Republic.

Naval Ministry’s decree

Empowered by prevailing Sanctions is going to be published by the Naval Ministry a Decree which winds up equipping the Officers of Overseas Cadre for the benefit of new amendments.

Tabloid to be published

Out of initiative of many patriots, a new tabloid denominated as ‘A Republica’ will see the light of the day exclusively to defend and to serve the new republican regimen.

Warship on good-will visit

A new Warship from the Argentinean Naval Fleet the “Sarmiento” will come to Lisbon on a good-will mission.


Journalists and Pr folk have become fixers that instantly changed the whole ball game, says erVeLL MeneZeS


n this beautiful, bountiful, paradise of a state of ours, nothing seems to change and the New Year brings nothing new. It is like a musical record that gets stuck. Same problem, new players. Last time, it was Churchill’s “Save Goa Party” (actually Save Churchill party) versus the Congress. Now, it is Churchill rebels versus Congress and the National Congress Party (NCP) with Churchill Alemao, as the common factor. The bone of contention is Francisco “Mickky” Pacheco, one of the most controversial members of badly-tainted MLAs. Always in the news for the wrong reasons, and with a long list of dubious deeds behind, this moneybag (not sure of his pronounced figures) is a living example of the adage, that “money talks.” And that is the USP of many of our MLAs, with Atanasio “Babush” Monserrate, probably coming a close second. These are the two “golden boys” of New Goa. NCP chief Sharad Pawar, wanted Pacheco to be inducted in the cabinet at the expense of Jose Philip D’Souza and Nilkant Halarnkar. But this was objected to by 11 Congress MLAs (led by Alemao), who threatened to quit the party, if Pacheco was inducted. So the ding-dong battle is on between the two high commands (hardly the right word to describe them). Now, we know the antecedents of both Agriculture Minister Pawar and Aviation Minister Praful Patel. Both of them figure in the 2G spectrum scam and they also have designs of moving into Goa. Like Suresh Kalmadi of CWG Games notoriety, the fellow Maratha strong man, already has interests in mining, hotels and what not. May be this is their way of getting back at the Goans, after losing the opinion poll and shattering former Home Minister Yeshwantrao Chavan’s “Zalach Paije” dream in 1967. Pacheco may make tall claims of contesting all 40 seats in the assembly, but the reality is quite the opposite. The NCP is a coalition partner and instead of going along with the larger party, it is in collision mode. To add to their woes, both their ministers at the centre are involved in scams. Pawar should have been axed long ago, after the farmers’ suicides, and the failure to control food prices. Being elected as Maharashra’s youngest Chief Minister at the age of 38, he is now a pale shadow of his former self, which has been steadily declining in the last decade. His role in the Board

Minding Our BuSineSS of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) hasn’t helped. Praful Patel has his own problems and skeletons in the cupboard and giving his daughter a push, is a feminine version of “the son also rises,” which after Sanjay Gandhi, has been the raison d’etre of most of our esteemed Chief Ministers, the new maharajahs. How “power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” – is a favourite phrase of my guru, Frank Moraes. Oh yes, to get back, the Congress is no better and the Congress General Secretar y and Goa Desk in charge BK Hariprasad has expressed the difficulty of the situation, and his helplessness. But he has been there for years. If he is unable to cope with it, he should be replaced, though in sympathy for him, I must say it is a no-win situation. I suspect that had God, in his infinite mercy and munificence, came

Taking responsibility for oneself

Facts of Life


hat is man?” asks the psalmist, then goes on, “He is made a little less than the angels and crowned with glory and honour.” Shakespeare saw man as an “angry ape.” Mark Twain cynically called man, “The only animal that blushes, or needs to.” My mother taught me in Catechism, “Man is a creature of body and soul, made in the image and likeness of God.” Most of us are sincerely good people. We honestly try to do what is right. We do not want to hurt others, or be a cause of unhappiness. We want to be happy ourselves, and we do not normally go out of our way, to upset others. There can be very real emptiness in our lives too. We can feel so alone. Our lives are rapidly passing by, and it seems that all is left to us, to get old and sick, and die. There is a lovely old saying, “stop to smell the flowers,” Do not rush madly through life, worried and uneasy. Pause to take in the beauty. Slow down and breathe in the joys of life. Stop and delight

beat and shut it down. But as a force of people’s power, it grew even stronger! For that I salute Herald. Just like strong traditions of Sati and Khap Panchayats must go, very late night loud music (traditional dances/wedding receptions) and barbaric bullfights should be a thing of the past. Times have changed, and resident rights have to be respected! What is music for some is intolerable disturbance/noise for others. I pray that we can make 2011, the turning point for a cleaner, greener and a less corrupt year.

Rise in traffic accidents Michael Vaz, Merces With the advent of the New Year, there has been a spate of accidents on the roads of Goa. It has become a common sight to see newspaper reports carry pictures, not only of two wheelers, but even cars and trucks being turned on their sides, and on some occasions, even upside down. One such major accident was on the Mandovi bridge, a couple of days ago. There have been so many deaths and even pedestrians crossing the roads, are not been spared. It has become a habit for people to indulge in reckless driving, overtaking from the wrong side, crossing lanes indiscriminately, which are in violation of traffic rules. People should learn to control their ego and minimise trouble to themselves and to others.

Goa without Goans? Jovita Fernandes, Margao With the increase in the inflow of nonGoans into Goa, it seems the number of Goans are rapidly decreasing. Non-Goans are increasingly noticeable, nowadays, in every part of Goa. These include migrants, labourers etc., who enter Goa for a short period, but end up by happily making Goa their home. But what is annoying is their hygiene and impoliteness. If one visits Margao during mornings, near the MMC, you will find them all in huge numbers. The concerned authorities need to keep a strict check on the inflow of these newcomers to Goa, because if this is not curbed, it won’t be long when their number will sur-

down to earth, He would also have been helpless. The very fact that Chief Minister Digambar Kamat has survived, only proves that the age of miracles is not yet over. You know my opinion of him but we shall let him off this time, because of the constraints of time and space. We know the stuff that politicians are made of, but with journalists and PR folk becoming fixers, the whole ball game has changed in a jiffy. This was proved by the recent 2G spectrum scam involving Communications Minister A Raja, who had to he stripped of his portfolio after the hue and cr y, which was raging for months. Even our “clean man” Manmohan Singh had to face the music and now has his head still above water, though his turban could have caught the spray.

It was Kenyan-British lobbyist Niira Radia (known as Niira with the two eyes), who became the focal point of what is now called the Radia Tapes. How journalism has changed, not necessarily improved and the “all’s fair in love and war” adage can well be applied to us, sadly. This woman of craft has carved a new name for the term fixer. She has industrialists, journos, and PR folk, all eating out of the palm of her hand. And with what devastating results! Among other things (that is her huge bank balance) she made the covers of mags for weeks. You name them, they were all there, the Tatas, Ambanis and others and what juicy snippets came out to the aam admi, who may have had his daily bread, but happily devoured cake in choking morsels. Not to be left out, naturally, are our tribesmen, some of them already page 3 folks, thanks to a new journalistic development called “breaking news.” They, at times, pen the headines first and then get the story to suit the headlines. Take Barkha Dutt, prima donna for some (those looking for glam), whose track record is pathetic to say the least. The Scarlett Keeling’s murder mystery, the 26/11 terrorist attack gaffe (providing clues to the terrorists) comes quickly to mind. Like our ministers, she seems to have glue on her bottom. Barkha’s liaison, sorry, connection with Vir Sanghvi, came out in the open. There are some juicy, salacious tidbits but let’s be mild on the fraternity. Veteran journalists, S Nihal Singh, whom this writer ran into in Paris, in 1985, had this to say about the changing role of our tribe. Though he admits there were always some black sheep in the field their number and misdeeds were miniscule. He mentions former Times editor, Shyam Lal and his interview with the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, which she described as “well, he talked and I listened.” And his summing up of the change,“…in the print media, the TOI was the pioneer in trying to efface the distinction between editorial and managerial positions, and also erasing the line that divides a broadsheet, from a tabloid. Those who prefer titillation and gossip to news, join the growing ranks of tabloid patrons.” And then he quotes Deng Xiaoping “it is glorious to be rich.” And still the TOI is Numero Uno, and is being aped by many others.

in them. How many men and women are truly self-reliant, truly able to care of themselves? More important, for how many persons is this an important goal? A person should be able to function without relationship to a particular human being. This does not exclude warm and significant relationships. It only means that one must be detached. To be able to take care of oneself, is a task for any human being. To give a child that ability, is to prepare him for a full life. A child who learns these lessons, will be able to avoid many a life’s pitfalls, it seems to me. How many times have you heard a widowed elderly man say, “It’s terrible being alone”? And how many widowed elderly women say, “I do not know what to do without someone to take care of me.” How many men do not cook? How many women do not drive? The division of task is a disservice of each person, who fails to de-

‘Chak de’ India

Irineu Gonsalves, Verna

Mukesh Ambani, India’s richest man seems to be genuinely interested in giving Indian football a boost, if his association with AIFF, is any indication. Our football mandarins would do well, to place the reality before him. The reality is that our football standards have slumped even further, after Bob Houghton took over. This is not Bob’s fault. Our approach is antiquated and not in keeping with the times. However, India’s Asia Cup 2011 lung opener against Australia was not that bad. We should emulate Germany as our role model. The need to introduce a uniform obligatory youth training system emerged after Germany’s disastrous 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 performances. This became a requirement for clubs of the two top divisions. Over half a billion euros have been pumped into the so-called academies. The results are there for all to see as Germany finished third, and what a transformed side it was, thanks to the training system regimen. Players like Thomas Mueller, Mesut Özil, etc are products of the system. We have to focus on what Germany is doing rather than segregate star players from the respective clubs and get them trained. The AIFF would do well to make Mukesh Ambani interact with football luminaries, to take India forward.

Shift in culture? Peter Andrade, Vasco Last Christmas eve, I overheard a gentleman from Karnataka, who has settled in Goa stating: “We have a holiday tomorrow, as ‘these Christians’ have a feast, I don’t know what feast it is.” One can expect such words from uneducated migrants. These are a class of people settled in Goa, who don’t know nor care to know anything about Goan culture, and the religious amity, which Goa is famous for. Do they expect us to learn their culture, or should we learn their culture, as very soon, they may out number us?

Allotment of land Rocky Dias, Raia The Santa Cruz MLA has assured to take up the issue of land allotment in the Assembly, on behalf of 4,000 SC/STs and families coming from the poor strata of society. The area is around Chimbel, that was earmarked for the health city. Each

velop some area of his/her personality or ability. That the relationship with God is central should be obvious to any religious person, to any believer. Even though our lives are filled with a variety of relationships, none can endure forever. People die, get divorced, get married, and move away. Our very mortality makes us vulnerable. And yet, we are never bereft. God is always available. A person with a strong belief in God, a personal relationship with God, is one who has built a strong foundation. When the pains of life occur, as they inevitably do, such a person can call on God’s strength. This kind of relationship does not just happen. However, one must cultivate a relationship with God, as one does human relationships. We all need a healthy balance of independence and interdependence in our lives. No one is completely self-sufficient. Other people are important in our lives, but the fundamental tasks are to be grounded in God and to take responsibility for oneself.

Letters to the Editor

Letter of the Day

pass that of Goans. This troubles me a lot, because as a Goan, I don’t want to see a Goa without Goans. Do you?

By Marc de Souza

family of the poor strata will be given around 1,000m2, which is five times more than the requirement of a single poor family. Will the receivers of the plot be genuine Goans, or the outsiders, who form the vote bank? The surplus land must be given to original and genuine Goans, who are longing to make a home of their own or to those who live outside Goa, who wish to come back to their roots. In the case of surplus land, the government must necessarily advertise and give first preference to the homeless Goans in Goa, and outside Goa, to make their own home.

Please come again, Prez Jonas Correia, Aldona The whirlwind visit to Goa by President Pratibha Patil was welcome. Despite all the luxuries, amenities and comforts provided by the 600 room presidential palace, there was more that Goa offered, and that was its ambience and atmosphere. However, if the visit has caused any inconvenience to anyone, it would have been more prudent for the President to be flown in a chopper from the airport to Raj Bhavan and vice versa, or even

to the Taj. Nevertheless, President Patil is always welcome here again, and is encouraged to visit places of historical importance, as Goa boasts of several firsts in Asia.

Paths of Wisdom

IPL4’s garish money show S Kamat, Alto Betim The current auction for the IPL-4 season is an obscene show of money, in a country, which has been reeling under runaway inflation on food prices. 67% of India’s population is below the poverty line. The question that we need to ask ourselves, as a nation, is whether we need this kind of conspicuous consumption shows, which are vulgar and garish, and out of tune with the country’s reality? The IPL organisation was recently exposed under Lalit Modi’s stewardship with multiple scams. There are also reports from many players including Kumar Sangakkara and Yuvraj Singh that the team managements have not settled their past dues. Thus, before allowing the IPL-4 season to go any further, is it not better that they should put their house in order, rather than convert it into a ‘tamasha’?

Bunch of jokers… Kajal Chatterjee, Kolkata Apropos the news report “Big guns bite dust”(Herald, 10 Jan), in the 2010 edition of IPL, Sourav Ganguly not only scored as many as 493 runs at a brilliant average of 37.92; his aggregate was also the fourthhighest. That Sourav achieved to do that even after two years of forced retirement from international cricket, made his feat all the more creditable. He proved that he has many years of cricket left in him. His electrifying fielding capabilities are legendary. KKR not only ignored the city’s icon, but IPL’s most successful batsman of its previous editions. Other franchisees have also preferred to overlook him. It proves that the IPL auction is not governed on cricketing merits but is a system, where industry captains, film stars and company executives, call the shots. The noble game of cricket, and all things logical, has simply yielded place to brute monetary muscle and whims of a non-cricketing “bunch of jokers…”

Physical concepts By Albert Einstein Physical concepts are free creations of the human mind, and are not, however it may seem, uniquely determined by the external world. In our endeavour to understand reality, we are somewhat like a man trying to understand the mechanism of a closed watch. He sees the face and moving hands, even hears its ticking, but he has no way of opening the case. If he is ingenious, he may form some picture of a mechanism which could be responsible for all the things he observes, but he may never be quite sure his picture is the only one which could explain his observations. He will never be able to compare his picture with the real mechanism and he cannot even imagine the possibility or the meaning of such a comparison. But he certainly believes that, as his knowledge increases, his picture of reality will become simpler and simpler and will explain a wider and wider range of his sensuous impressions. He may also believe in the existence of the ideal limit of knowledge and that it is approached by the human mind. He may call this ideal limit the objective truth. I believe in intuition and inspiration. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research. I believe that whatever we do or live for has its causality; it is good, however, that we cannot see through to it. (Source : Wikiquote)

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opinionated SC flays High Courts for tendency to summon officials PTI

Bar-tainted politicians By Freddy Agnelo Fernandes If I said politics is the art and science of governance, a lot of people may agree, but if I said, politics is restoring of hope and dignity in this age and era of cynicism, I am sure a lot people will not connect with my definition, and for all that it’s called, if I say, politics should be, without doubt, in simple terms “community service,” here, I am sure everyone, without exception, will say “halleluiah.” It is community service that is the very base or the bedrock of politics, no matter what tongue twisting words and phrases we use to analyse it, politics should always be the service of the community. Bar tainted MLAs, in the call given by the Election Commission, is it the first time? No, then will it be the last time? No. First and foremost, it is only appropriate that no party should give election tickets to the tainted, seasoned or aspiring candidates; it is only common sense, isn’t it? For, the future of the nation or the state and its people is left in the hands of these elected representatives. We are over a billion people and so, why is it so difficult for the political parties to get a few hundred good, honest and dedicated people? Here too, the parties in the first place, should have morals above reproach, only then can they pursue impeccable candidates. It is not just enough to say, bar tainted MLAs, it is the duty of the EC to see that it’s call is adhered to, and make sure that criminalisation of politics does not take place. For the very purpose and position, that he or she is elected, it is, indeed, of paramount importance that the candidates should be of impeccable reputation, as they are the ones that carry the hopes and aspirations of the general public, as we trust them with our very own lives, and we should expect them to accomplish their duties, towards the general public, without delay or impediment and with much aplomb. This should actually be the essence and the mantra of every goddamn politician. Politics, as I have mentioned on a number of occasions, is a noble cause, because, it directs the energy of a few, to an illuminated future for the land and it’s people, honesty and integrity, as well as the authenticity of the candidates’ willingness to go to any length to bestow parity to the poor and the downtrodden. He/she should uphold the law and protect the rights of every citizen, and should be eager to provide sustainable development to provide employment and eradicate impoverishment, possess the foresight to protect and preserve our ecology and environment for posterity and, above all, be committed to fight and destroy the axis of evil that has maligned and destroyed the lives of people, and the reputation of the land. This should be the basis for selecting candidates, by our political parties. Unfortunately, politics in India and for that matter, more so in Goa, has become a business, or even family business, and its noble cause has strictly become a business profession, where first they pay to get election tickets and then go on a rampage to sustain and finance their election campaigns for the rest of their lives. If the party itself takes money to give tickets, how can the party stop their candidates, from taking money? It is but obvious, and thus the chain of corruption rolls on. We mostly say that corruption starts from the bottom and goes upwards. This analysis is not at all true. In politics, the mighty chain of corruption starts from the top and spreads downwards to the whole pyramidal system. To arrest and stop corruption, there is only one way, cut at the apex body, change the system at the top and the lower rungs will fall into place. In college, we used this phrase to tee off our college leaders and the phrase goes like this “lashkar ka sardar hi chor hai, to lashkar ka kya haal ho sakta hai ?” which means, “if the commander of a battalion is himself a rogue, will his men be any different?” This phrase, very much depicts our pathetic system, isn’t it? At every election, every candidate has to declare his or her assets and it bemuses me no end, as to why the EC does not investigate their assets? The journey of our politicians from rags to riches is an open secret, which today even the little kids know. Some of them even flaunt openly of their ill gotten gains and the EC plays dumb. Isn’t it the duty of the EC to investigate and book these crooks? Because of the ineffectiveness of the EC, we have guys like Madhu Koda, feathering their nests with thousands of crores of rupees, in just a few years. Are the EC and the ED really blind and dumb, so as not to notice these heists? This is the question that the general public needs to ask the EC. In Goa, politics is an orgy; our politicians change parties, political partners and affiliations, to their hearts content. There are no enemies, nor friends in Goans politics; they bed anyone and everyone, as long as it suits their purpose. Just yesterday, there was a photo in the news paper of two bitter enemies, the queen mother and prince charming, in each others arms, almost locked in a “lip lock.” The ex MLA from Agonda, who in a number of land scams, has become the shadow of the king “Momo,” hoping for a ticket, along with “Momo’s” daughter. This only goes to show the hollowness of their character, their impish political diktats and their well planned agendas. It will, indeed, be fun to watch the reaction of our politicians, if and when party tickets are denied to them and their family members. I am sure like the last elections; this time, too, there will be overnight divorces and remarriages or live-in arrangements, made at the spur of the moment. Oh! Goan politics stinks. It’s such a real pity, that our Supreme Constitution, is as porous as our national borders and these crooks take advantages of the loopholes therein, and are making merry. It certainly looks like the Election Commission nor the Enforcement Directorate has the will, the inclination, or the political power to tackle these rogue politicians and their parties and for this obvious reason, politics has ceased, to being a community service and has, in fact, become a means of self-service for our inept and corrupt politicians. In this age and era of extreme cynicism, I only hope and pray that some day, in the near future, politics

Ethnic clashes: no fresh violence PTI SHILLONG, JAN 12

No fresh incident was reported today from the ethnic violence-hit Assam-Meghalaya border areas, with the administrations relaxing curfew on both sides. In the Resubelpara sub-division in Meghalaya's East Garo Hills district, curfew was relaxed for three hours from 12 noon, official sources said. In Assam's Goalpara, only night curfew from 6 pm to 6 am will be imposed from today in four police station areas of Dudhnoi, Krishnai, Rangajuli and Dhupdhara, district deputy commissioner P K Goswami said. Thirty-nine relief camps for

about 35,000 displaced population of both Rabha and Garo community are still functioning. “One relief camp for about 1,600 Garo community people has been closed today as the people wanted to return to their villages,” Goswami said. Over 170 arsonists have been apprehended in Goalpara so far, the officer said. Some 19,000 people are sheltered in relief camps in Meghalaya and officials said displaced people were coming from Assam side to join them. At least nine persons have been killed in the ethnic flare up that lasted for ten days since January 1.


Deprecating various high courts' tendency to summon senior government officials at the drop of a hat, the Supreme Court has counselled them to avoid doing it unless absolutely necessar y, saying it would amount to the misuse of judicial power. Taking note of repeated summons by a division bench of the Allahabad High Court to various senior officials of the Uttar Pradsh government, a bench of justice R V Raveendran and A K Patnaik of the Supreme Court censured the high courts' tendency to seek personal appearance of senior government officials to attend to “all and sundry matters”. "It is a matter of concern that there is growing trend among a few judges of various High Courts to routinely and frequently require the presence of senior government officers, in-

cluding those of the level of secretaries, to seek insignificant clarifications,” the bench said. “The court should desist from calling senior officers for all and sundry matters as that would amount to the abuse of judicial power,” said the bench, in a recent ruling. “The senior officers of the government are in-charge of the administration of the State and have their own busy schedules,” it added. “Requiring the presence of senior officers of the government should be as a last resort, in rare and exceptional cases, where such presence is absolutely necessary,” the bench cautioned. Pointing out that the High Court has vast powers under Article 226 of the Constitution, including the power to summon senior government officials to assist the court in administration of justice, the bench however, added, that the court's real

power lies in common man's faith and trust in it. “The real powers of courts is not in passing decrees and orders, nor in punishing offenders and contemnors, nor in summoning senior officers, but in the trust, faith and confidence of common man in judiciary,” the bench said. “Such trust and confidence should not be frittered away by unnecessary and unwarranted show or exercise of power. Greater the power, greater should be responsibility in exercising such powers,” the bench counselled. Spelling out “well-settled norms and procedure” to summon officials, the bench said that besides summoning contemnors of courts, the high courts can also seek the presence of officials for their “assistance in understanding complex policy or technical issue.” They can also be summoned

where High Courts find that “an officer is deliberately withholding any information with ulterior motives from the court,” the bench added. Taking note of a similar instance, in a different case, of an Uttarkhand High Court judge's penchant for summoning senior government officials, the bench, said that even a noble or bonafide belief alone of a judge cannot be a valid legal reason to summon officials. Noting that the sincere belief of the Uttarkhand High Court's judge that “by requiring the presence of senior officers, he could expedite matters and render effective justice,” the bench said, “It is not sufficient that the object of the judge is noble or bonafide.” “The process of achieving the object should be just and proper, without exceeding the wellrecognised norms of judicial propriety," the bench said. The bench gave its ruling

on an appeal by the Uttar Pradesh government challenging an Allahabad High Court judge's order, involving repeated summons to various senior government officials, including its Public Works Department principal secretary and principal secretaries of its finance and revenue departments. The apex court, in its order noted that the High Court judge had been summoning various government officials during the hearing of State native Jasvir Singh plea seeking compensation at market rate for his land acquired by the government. The bench also noted that during the hearings, the High Court Judge had been coaxing the officials to reach an out-ofcourt settlement with the petitioner and give him the compensation at the market rate. “At all events the court should

avoid directing senior officers to be present in the court to settle the grievances of individual litigants for whom the court may have sympathy,” the bench warned. While counselling High Courts to avoid summoning senior government officials at the drop of a hat, the bench also took note of the apex court's another judgement, delivered by a bench of Justice Markandey Katju, while deprecating the Gujarat High Court's tendency to summon officials. The December 2007 ruling by Justice Katju had followed on a Gujarat High Court order, summoning state chief secretary and law secretary to the court so that “so that it can have a direct dialogue with them that what effective steps they are taking to provide sufficient staff to the office of the government pleader/public prosecutor and to avoid delay at every stage.”

Madhur surprised me with role in romantic movie, says Hashmi PTI

customers look at kites on display at a kite stand in Amritsar on January 12, 2011. The demand for kites is rising on the eve of Lohri Fetsival. The festival is an annual thanksgiving day celebration and an extremely popular harvest festival in India, especially Northern India.

Magistrate pulled up for ‘wasting time’ PTI NEW DELHI, JAN 12

A Sessions Court has pulled up a magistrate for passing an order “without jurisdiction” for release of luggage of an accused from a custom warehouse, saying he wasted precious judicial time rather than holding expeditious trial in the forgery case pending since 2005. While setting aside an order of former chief metropolitan magistrate (CMM) directing a police inspector to have the luggage of the accused released after paying warehouse's rent from his own pocket, Additional Sessions Judge Santosh Snehi Mann said the order was “erroneous” and had been “passed without jurisdiction”. “It is a matter of concern that despite the fact that the chargesheet was filed way back in the year 2005, charges have not been framed in this case till date whereas precious judicial

time has been wasted in facilitating the accused to get his luggage which was beyond the jurisdiction of the court,” ASJ Mann said. “The order passed by the trial court can not sustain because it is erroneous and has been passed without jurisdiction. It is thus set-aside,” the court said. The court passed the order on Delhi Police Special Cell Inspector Devendra Singh's appeal, challenging the CMM's January 2010 order, to have the luggage of one Eugene Fredrick Felix, arrested at IGI Airport in May 2008 in a cheating and forgery case, released. Felix was arrested on the basis of Red Corner Notice (RCN) issued against him for his alleged involvement in a case to procure US visa on the basis of forged documents. The case was originally registered on the complaint by the Consulate of US Embassy in

March 2005 alleging that two brothers, Leo Peter Rozario and Daniel Peter Rozario had applied for US visa on the basis of forged documents. The duo had told the police about Felix's involvement in the case, registered under various sections of the Indian Penal Code including those of cheating, and forgery. Felix allegedly fled to Australia in March 2005 following which the RCN was issued against him. A charge sheet was filed in the case in August 2005 and after Felix was arrested, he got bail from the court in September 2008. Subsequently, he moved the court in October 2008 seeking release of his luggage, saying that he was apprehended in Nepal by the Special Cell while he was on a mountaineering tour and he was not allowed to

receive his luggage from the Immigration there. The investigating agency, however, had told the court that Felix was arrested from IGI airport here and at the time of arrest there was no luggage with him and thus nothing was seized by the police. The CMM, however, after going through the records, found that Felix's luggage indeed was deposited at the custom house on behalf of Inspector Singh as he had got it flown in from Nepal. Coming down heavily on CMM's order, ASJ Mann said, “The manner in which application of the accused for release of luggage has been entertained and dealt with by the trial court shows how the precious judicial time has been spent on a matter, which was beyond the jurisdiction and domain of the trial court.”

MUMBAI, JAN 12 Bollywood actor Emraan Hashmi, who will be soon seen for the first time in a romcom, says he was taken aback when director Madhur Bhandarkar offered him 'Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji' as he felt he did not fit the bill of romantic movies. “I was offered couple of romantic comedies earlier but I thought I don't fit the bill of fairy tale stories...the romance space that Bollywood generally tries to show. But in this film because of Madhur's sense of realism in it I wanted to be part of it,” Emraan told PTI. “ When I met Madhur I thought he would offer me films like 'Page 3' or so. I was wondering on which area of society he is making a film now..thought he would do something on the film industry. I was surprised and at the same time taken aback... thrown off when he told me about his new project, a romcom,” the 31-year-old actor said. The film also stars Ajay Devgan, Omi Vaidya, Shazahn Padamsee, Shruti Haasan and Shraddha Das in lead roles. When asked if he was taking risk as this genre was not Madhur's forte, Emraan said, “I like to take risks. I want to taste different waters and do something new. I am comfortable doing risky subjects as with that you bring something new as an actor. The industry will want you to do those things that you are good or best at, but the audience wants to see different things.”

On his role in the film, in which he is paired opposite Shruti Haasan, Emraan said, "I essay Abhay who works for a gym. He is a trainer. His ideology about love, life and money is different. The film will hit cinema houses on January 28. AppoINTMeNTS

Spiritual discipline foremost for Bomdila monks PTI ITANAGAR, JAN 12

For young monks spiritual discipline is foremost at Thubchog Gatseling Monastery in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. The Bomdila monastery is among several Buddhist places of learning that dot the region, including the monastery in Tawang, about 40 kilometers northwest of Bomdila. In the past, parents with three sons would send the middle one to a monastery, while parents with two sons sent the youngest. Other boys joined if they wanted to. “Now people do not care for such customs,” a senior monk said. At the age of 20, Tenzing Sherab, a saffron-robed youth with a shaven head has already completed nine years at the monastery in Bomdila, the district headquarters, which borders the Tibetan region of China. He had to become a monk, he said, since Buddhist lamas in his village in Bhutan identified him as the reincarnation of a tulku, or bodhisattva, an enlightened being who chooses to continue to reincarnate to help others achieve enlightenment. Sherab recalled walking three days to reach the monastery,

n The Bomdila monastery is among several Buddhist places of learning that dot the region, including the monastery in Tawang, about 40 kilometers northwest of Bomdila. In the past, parents with three sons would send the middle one to a monastery, while parents with two sons sent the youngest. Other boys joined if they wanted to. since no roads connected his village in eastern Bhutan with Bomdila. Sherab left home at 11 and keeps in touch with his family through letters. “I want to meet my parents, but it is not possible as I want to finish my studies first. The monastery and monks are like

my parents here,” Sherab said. Asked about monastic life, he said “'m going the right way by following the path of Buddha. I think about enlightenment. We don't want to be attached to the wheel of life.” He also super vised the younger ones such as Lopsang Gensen (12) a chubby boy with dimples. When asked why he became a monk, Gensen answered, "I became a monk just to be a monk.” Though he joined the monastery with the permission of his parents, he said it was 'the saddest day' for him when he donned the robes of a monk. His parents now phone him and bring special homemade food during visits. He shares the food with his friends. Another young monk, Tenzing Lobsang, said his parents forced him to become a monk. “But I'm now quite happy here. My ambition is to be a good monk and nothing else,” he said. Jampa Khechog, 20, who spoke English and interpreted for the other monks, said one of his dreams was to be a Buddhist philosopher. “I feel good I'm here. I want to do something good.” One of the young monks, Jambey Dorjee, however, would not

mind having a television set and a motorcycle. “As for dress, I'm satisfied with my robes,” he said. His confederate Lobsang Tsering would like also to wear jeans, jackets and sweaters to stay warm. Pema Wangchuk, a senior monk at the monastery, recalled when monks were not allowed to wear jackets or sweaters. “Now they wear warm clothes over their robes during winter.” Some monks also go for higher education. One of them is Tsering Tashi, 22, a student at the Central Institute of Himalayan Cultural Studies in Tawang. In the monastery the young monks follow a rigorous schedule. They wake up at 4:00 am and after a bath meditate and pray until breakfast at 7:30 am. Prayer begins an hour later and continues till lunch at 12:30 pm with a one-hour break at 10 am. They study Buddhist Scripture from 2:00 pm till 3:30 pm and then break for half an hour. Mathematics, English and Hindi classes follow for three hours from 4:00 pm. Dinner is at 7:00 pm followed by a half-hour of scripture reading for junior monks from 8:00 pm.


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Thousands flee homes as Brisbane waters enter Queensland PTI MELBOURNE, JAN 12

Waters of the swollen Brisbane river roared into Australia's third largest city washing away homes, restuarants and cars, forcing thousands, including Indians to flee their homes. Surging from weeks of heavy rain, the river breached its embankment and entered the suburbs as the toll from the weeks of flash floods up to 32 people are believed to have died in Queensland state since floods swept northeastern Australia. The roaring river waters shut down over 3,500 commercial establishments in the city and clogged all the major thoroughfares of the city of over 2 million population and the state's treasurer Andrew Fisher estimating the damages to run upto 13 billion dollars. But the real big flood flood test, authorities said would come within 24 hours when the heavily swollen Brisbane river reaches an expected flood peak. Brisbane almost appeared to be ghost town with roads and avenues deserted and homes without electricity. All commerce and shipping through the Port has been stopped. The city's well known Eagle Street pier was completely under water as murky water

from the drains fill the streets. A downtown stadium with a seating capacity of more than 50,000 appeared like a minilake. More than 20,000 homes are expected to be hit as the flooding reaches its peak early tomorrow morning. City's mayor Campbell Newman warned that worse was yet to come. A large number of Indians are believed to have been affected by the Queensland flooding. It is believed that over 10,000 students are currently enrolled in Central Queensland University (CQU). Federation of Indian Students of Australia (FISA) spokesperson Gautam Gupta, in a statement said, “We know that all Indians in Australia and around the world are concerned with the tragedy in Queensland caused by recent flooding”. The Queensland mayor Newman said new flood modeling indicated that an estimated 19,700 residential properties and 3,500 commercial premises were likely to be flooded in the city as the Brisbane river burst its banks and inundated suburbs, including Jindalee, Toowong and Yeronga. As the country witnessed the worst flood crisis in a century, the number of missing people

he Ipswich motorway is cut west of Brisbane, Australia on Wednesday .Brisbane and Ipswich are bracing for their worst ever floods, with tens of thousands of homes at risk and fears for citizens' safety, as the toll of dead and missing for the state-wide disaster continues to rise

Suicide motorcycle blast leaves four killed, 29 injured in Kabul

Biden in Pak for key talks PTI ISLAMABAD, JAN 12


At least four people were killed and 29 wounded in a suicide motorcycle blast in an area of Kabul close to government ministries and parliament, ministry officials said today. The suicide attacker detonated his explosives-laden vehicle close to a minibus carrying employees of Afghanistan's intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security (NDS), officials and witnesses said. “The number of casualties that police have taken to hospital is four martyred,” interior ministry spokesman Zemarai Bashary told AFP. Health ministry spokesman Ghulam Sakhi Nuroghli said that 29 wounded had been registered by a hospital close to the scene of the blast. “And one of the wounded is in a critical condition,’ Nuroghli told AFP.

Bashary would not say if the bomb targeted an NDS vehicle, but an NDS official at the scene said the minibus was carrying its employees to work when it was struck by the blast. Witnesses reported seeing fragments of a motorcycle and human body parts likely to be from a suicide attacker. An AFP photographer on the scene said that a minibus and car had been badly damaged in the blast, which took place in front of a psychiatric hospital and close to a mosque just

after 8:00 am (0900 IST). The last bomb blast in Kabul came on January 4 when a policeman was killed and three people were wounded as the officer tried to defuse a homemade bomb. The last major attack in the Afghan capital came last month, when two suicide bombers targeted an Afghan army bus, killing five military personnel. There are about 140,000 international troops in Afghanistan fighting Taliban militants.

US Vice-President Joe Biden arrived in Pakistan today on a daylong visit for discussions with the country's top leadership on strategic relations, regional security and the war against terror. He was received at the Chaklala airbase in Rawalpindi by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Malik Amad Khan and Senator Sughra Imam, a key aide of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.Biden, who flew in from Kabul, will hold talks with the President, Prime Minister and army chief.

Six Taliban militants killed in drone attack US drones targeted a militant compound in northwest Pakistan's restive North Waziristan tribal region today, killing at least six Taliban fighters, officials said. The Predator spy planes fired four missiles at the militant compound in Mir Ali town near Miranshah, the headquarters of North Waziristan tribal agency, they said. Six Taliban militants were killed in the attack. Several others were also injured, the officials said Some foreign militants were believed to be among the dead. (PTI

Christian and Hindu believers belonging to the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party light candles during a rally in Karachi on Wednesday to pay tribute to slain Punjab governor Salman Taseer. Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari appointed former attorney general Sardar Latif Khosa as governor of Punjab province to replace assassinated Salman Taseer, his office said.

Security cover for ex-royal withdrawn PTI KATHMANDU, JAN 12

An elite police force team providing security to Nepal's controversial former crown prince Paras has been withdrawn by the government following his gun brawl with the son-in-law of Deputy Premier Sujata Koirala. The 10-member Armed Police Force (APF) team was withdrawn by the Home Ministry after the firing incident at the Tiger Tops Jungle Resort in Chitawan National Park last month, officials said. Home Ministry officials told the media that the APF team was not sent to provide security to Paras after the incident. There was no plan to re-depute the security detail for the ex-crown prince in the near future, 'Republica' daily quoted an unnamed Home Ministry official as saying. Paras had opened fire after a heated argument with Sujata's Bangladeshi son-in-law Rubel Chaudhry in the jungle lodge last month. No one was injured in the incident.

has been scaled down to 67 from 90 after many were found during frantic rescue efforts, state Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts said. “I just want to stress that that number will move upwards and downwards over the coming days as police get reports and either confirm or otherwise the existence or whereabouts of individuals,” Roberts said. “So we still do have grave concerns for a significant number of people and search and rescue operations will obviously be continuing in the Lockyer Valley area,” he said. Brisbane residents have been warned complete suburbs could go under, as floodwaters begin to inundate riverside homes. Meanwhile a tourism expert said that the current flood crisis in Australia is said to have currently affecting only a small area of the Great Barrier Reef than as a whole, According to The Bulletin daily here, Mary Caroll, chief executive of Capricorn Tourism and Economic Development, said the floodwaters flowing from the Fitzroy River were currently affecting only a small area of the reef compared to the size of the Great Barrier Reef as a whole.

Imam, son sentenced to life for blasphemy PTI LAHORE, JAN 12

A Pakistani court has sentenced an imam and his son to life imprisonment after convicting them on controversial blasphemy charges after they removed a poster containing Quranic verses, officials said. Less than a week after Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer was gunned down by a police guard for criticising the blasphemy law, Judge Rao Ayub of an anti-terrorism court at Dera Ghazi Khan in Punjab handed down the sentences to 45-year -old Mohammad Shafi and his son Mohammad Aslam, 20, on Monday. Shafi, who is the imam of a mosque at Muzaffargarh, 400 km from Lahore, and his son were arrested in April last year for removing a poster for a religious gathering that was pasted outside their grocery shop. The poster reportedly featured Quranic verses, officials said. The organizers of the gathering, which commemorated the anniversary of Prophet Mohammed's birth, filed a complaint that alleged the duo had torn the poster and trampled with their feet. After convicting the duo for b l a s p h e m y, J u d g e A y u b handed down two separate prison terms of five years and 10 years to Shafi and Aslam and ordered them to pay fines totaling Rs 210,000 each. The defence counsel said the verdict would be chal-

Russia blames Polish plane crash on human error PTI MOSCOW, JAN 12

Russia today blamed human error as the prime cause of the crash that killed Poland's President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others, saying the crew of the presidential aircraft were forced to land in bad weather by a drunk Polish air force commander. Kaczynski and 95 others, including his wife, died in April 2010 when their Tu-154 plane crashed while trying to land in Smolensk, Russia, while there were no survivors. Officials of the Interstate Aviation Committee, which investigates crashes in much of the former Soviet Union, said today that the pilots were pressured to land by Poland's air force commander, General. Andrzej Blasik, who was in the cockpit. They said he had a blood-alcohol level of about 0.06 per cent, enough to impair reasoning. Presenting the report IAC chairperson Tatiana Anodina

said that the preparations for the president's flight involved grievous mistakes. “There were profound deficiencies in selecting and training the crew, assessing the readiness for the flight and determining alternative airports," states the report. Further, when Lech Kaczynski's plane took off from Warsaw, the crew did not have the actual

She said the coral reefs around the Keppel Islands had experienced freshwater outflows from the Fitzroy River numerous times. “Our coast and island operators have suffered enough due to lack of access via Rockhampton; the last thing they need now is sensationalism about what affects the floods may or may not have on our magnificent Keppel reefs,” Carroll said. “The weather currently on the Capricorn Coast and Keppel Islands is stunning, and, whilst visibility is not at its best currently, our destination is well and truly open for business once the roads, rail and airport reopen into Rockhampton,” she added. She said a team from James Cook University's Australian Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research was performing a water quality monitoring programme in the Fitzroy and Burnett river regions as part of the USD 10.5 million Reef Rescue Marine Monitoring Programme. The team assesses levels of nutrients, sediments, pesticides and salinity as well as overall coral health and sea grass beds. “The current flood plume situation will continue to be monitored as part of this,” Carroll said.

weather forecast. The IAC committee defines the major reason for the crash as ‘the crew not taking a timely decision to divert the plane to an alternative airport, in spite of receiving punctually and repeatedly the information about weather conditions at SmolenskSeverny Airport; the minimal weather requirements for this airport being set much lower.”

lenged in the Lahore High Court. Reports said the duo had been accused of blasphemy due to differences between the Deobandi and Barelvi sects. Shafi had differences with Haji Phool Mohammad, a man from the Barelvi school of thought who filed the complaint against the imam and his son. Taseer had earned the ire of religious hardliners after he spoke in the defence of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death under the blasphemy law last year, and called for reforms in the law to prevent its misuse. Rights activists have alleged that the law is often misused to persecute minorities and to settle personal or political scores. The blasphemy law, which was introduced during the regime of late military ruler Zia-ul-Haq, carries the death penalty for the worst offences. No one convicted under the blasphemy law has been executed in Pakistan though dozens of people accused of blasphemy have been killed by radical elements. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said his government has no plan to amend the law.

FROM PAGE 1 Drug-tainted cop suspended Belgaum on an official assignment in connection a case of kidnapping and had returned to Margao on Monday morning. Sources informed that the Margao police had drafted the head constable for bandobast duty at Fatorpa on Tuesday in view of the ongoing Zatra festival, but the head constable had not turned up at Fatorpa. “Arun did not report for duty at Fatorpa and we were shocked to hear of his arrest in a drugs peddling case at Belgaum”, remarked a police officer. Police officials in the know, however, say that the suspended head constable was operating a pilot taxi after duty hours. In fact, an officer informed that the head constable was operating a motorcycle taxi over a decade ago and was earlier operating from behind the Margao municipal building.

Belgaum SP warns ...

Goa Superintendent of Police in this regard and have sought the co-operation of Goa Police as this nexus may not be limited to Constable Arun Desai. I suspect there could be deeper links in Goa”, added SP Patil. Moreover, raising concern over the rising number of crimes involving illicit liquor trade, drug trafficking and illegal arms trading, SP Patil expressed the need to establish an enhanced co-ordination between Belgaum and Goa Police. “Higher officials across the border at SP level should have better co-ordination to curb the rising crimes”, he said. Surprisingly, no one from Goa Police had reached Belgaum till late Wednesday evening, despite the information of Desai’s arrest. Incidentally, the accused head constable, who hails from Halshiwadi in Khanapur taluka, here, kept shouting during the press conference that he was innocent. He constantly claimed that he had been framed by Belgaum police in the case. Meanwhile, Belgaum police produced the accused and four others, Bikas Ravikumar Bahaddur, Rajkumar Bahaddur, Sheela Bahaddur, all from Nepal, and Priyanka Kapoor Singh of UP, before the JMFC Court here on Wednesday morning. The accused have been remanded to custody till January 15.

Mining exports

iron ore. “The issue is not of ad-valorem royalty. The miners and exporters want that it should not be uniform. The royalty should be charged as per the grade of the ore”, he said The prices vary depending on the grades but when it comes to royalty it is uniform, the secretary lamented. Stating that the entire Goan ore is below 62 degree grade, Kalavampara said “there should be slabs for ore grade and accordingly royalty should be charged”. Goan mine owners have already made a representation on this to the Union Mines Ministry and the Centre seems to be convinced, Kalavampara said Goa has collected Rs 536 crore in the form of royalty till December 2010 and is expected to surpass the target of Rs 600 crore projected by Government in the last budget. The exporters also feel that the State should hasten the process of issuing NOCs that are required before ship leaves the port. The problem is with consignments leaving from Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) as they are asked to get the NOCs. He said, the Mining Department officials are likely to meet MPT bosses this week and sort out the matter.

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Goa Carbon net plummets 67.8% for Dec ’10 quarter

PANJIM (HBD) -- Goa Carbon reported a phenomenon drop in standalone net profit for the quarter ended December 2010. During the quarter, the profit of the company declined 67.80% to Rs 28.04 million from Rs 87.06 million in the same quarter last year. Net sales for the quarter for the quarter rose marginally 0.97% to Rs 798.31 million, while total income for the quarter fell marginally 0.17% to Rs 801.02 million, when compared with the prior year period. It reported earnings of Rs 3.06 a share during the quarter, registering 67.82% decline over previous year period.

Free Service Tax, VAT clinic at GCCI on Jan 22 PANJIM (HBD) – The Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) has decided to organize regular free Service Tax and VAT clinics. The first such clinic will be held at the Chamber’s office in Panjim on January 22, 2011 from 11 am to 12 pm. Any service providers or goods dealers interested in having their queries solved are requested to send their queries with complete case details by email to or to call the Chambers’ office (R S Kamat – 2424252, 9823166955) and obtain a prior appointment, latest by 20th January, 2011. The participants in the clinic will be advised and guided by an expert panel consisting of the Chamber’s taxation Committee members.

BIS to hold awareness programs on Jan 20, 21 PANJIM (HBD) – Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is conducting two awareness programmes separately for the general industries and stakeholders and another specially for those industries which are connected with manufacture and handling of food products in Goa to disseminate information on the activities of the Bureau and the services provided by BIS. These awareness seminars are being conducted at the instance of and in collaboration with the Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI). Seminar on BIS and its activities: The first seminar on BIS standards is meant for all industries and will be held on Thursday, January 20, 2011 at Surendrababu Timblo Hall at Panjim. It will start at 9:30 am and will end at 1 pm. National seminar on food safety management systems: The second seminar on Food Safety and Management is meant for all entrepreneurs engaged in manufacturing and handling of food products. This seminar will be held on Friday, January 21 at the same venue and it will start at 9:30 am and will end at 5 pm. Registration for both the seminars is free and participants will be provided with training material, tea and lunch. The BIS will also be establishing their desk at the chamber so that the units in Goa can seek information / guidance from them regularly. For details contact the chamber.


Pg 12 Micro Labs plans plant in Goa HERALD BUSINESS DESK PANJIM, JAN 12

Micro Labs is planning to invest Rs 300 crore to set up an export oriented unit at Goa and another facility in Sikkim for local markets. The funds are sourced through internal accruals. The company has chalked out its five year growth strategy where it has planned to foray into the inorganic and organic growth paths to become a generic major going by the current demand for products from the regulated and emerging markets. It has also introduced educative initiatives such as the Micro Knowledge Academy and Micro Leadership Academy. The new plants will also see manpower addition of 900 personnel taking the total strength of the company from the current 5,800 to 6,700 people. The investment for Goa plant is Rs 100 crore and will be operational in September. The Sikkim unit is coming up at an investment of Rs 200 crore and will be commissioned by the year end. While the Goa unit requires 300 people, Sikkim will need around

600 personnel, Dilip Surana, CMD, Micro Labs told Pharmabiz. “Goa plant will manufacture oral solids dosage forms with an additional capacity of 2 billion tablets and for Sikkim plant we will produce oral solids dosage forms with an additional capacity of 3 billion tablets,” he added. For fiscal 2009-10, Micro Labs clocked a turnover of Rs 1,400 crore, of which Rs 1,000 crore came from domestic market and balance constituted export earnings. In addition to 60 countries that Micro exports to, USA and European countries have been the latest markets. “We expect to garner a Rs 4,500 crore turnover and be among the top 10 IMS pharma companies by 2013 – 14. Going by the infrastructure and human resources pool for production, research and marketing, we are confident of realizing the target. On the inorganic growth front, it is looking for potential M&A deals of companies with a similar fit. Organic growth drivers will be formulation export to the regulated and markets beginning with CIS for the latter.

India Inc in all praise for Modi PTI GANDHINAGAR, JAN 12

Apart from showering mega investments on Gujarat, captains of Indian industry, including Ratan Tata and Mukesh Ambani, today heaped praises on Chief Minister Narendra Modi and described him as a great visionary. At a time when the Congress-led UPA govt at the Centre is struggling to keep basic needs of 'aam aadmi' affordable, Modi got full marks from corporate leaders for working towards uplifting the quality of life of the common man. "Gujarat is shining like a lamp of gold and the credit goes to the visionary, effective and passionate leadership provided by Narendra Modi. We have a leader here with vision and determination to translate this vision into reality," Reliance Industries CMD Mukesh Ambani said. Speaking at the fifth global summit of 'Vibrant Gujarat' here, Ambani said Modi's efforts for growth and development in the state has been responsible for alleviating poverty. "Given Gujarat's commitment towards the quality of life and prosperity of the people, I have no doubt that Gujarat will be the first state to vanish poverty in India," he added.

Sensex rebounds by 338 pts PTI MUMBAI, JAN 12

Shrugging off low industrial production numbers, stock markets today made a smart comeback after falling for 6 straight sessions, as the BSE benchmark Sensex jumped 338 points on value buying, amid strong cues from global peers. However, the Bombay Stock Exchange bellwether index, Sensex, showed a highly volatile movement and swung in the range of over 526 points, before settling at 19,534.10, up 337.76 points or 1.76 per cent from the previous close. The NSE's wide-based Nifty also went up by 109.15 points or 1.90 per cent to settle at 5,863.25. Experts said that bargain hunting at lower levels helped the key indices recover.

Pawan Hans mulls sea plane service in Goa AGENCY NEW DELHI, JAN 12

R K Tyagi, CMD, Pawan Hans Helicopters recently launched the country’s first seaplane service. In an interview, R K Tyagi, talks on future plans. Excerpts: What is your growth strategy? We have been first in the helicopter industry to luanch many new services -hot line washing of insulators t h r o u g h copters, seaplane operations, to Kedarnath, heliports, usage in the CWG and so on. The idea is to provide superior services at competitive prices to expand the customer base. We’ve been acquiring helicopters to cater to increased demand. We’re exploring intra-city airport connectivity and medivac operations through copters. We’ve signed an agreement with the government of Gujarat to connect important tourist/pilgrimage places. Our plans are to diversify to other states — Goa, Himachal, Southern India.

We are setting up MRO (maintenance, repair, overhaul) facilities at Mumbai for the Dauphin series of helicopters. We are also in discussion with copter manufacturers to help us set up MRO facilities for other types of craft. Is the government considering Pawan Hans for disinvestment or a public offer?

Our authorised capital is Rs 120 crore and the paid-up capital is Rs 113.8 crore, of which Rs 89.3 crore is held in the name of the President of India and Rs 24.50 crore in that of Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC). The authorised capital is being increased to Rs 250 crore and the paid-up share capital to Rs 245.6 crore, with the government putting in another Rs 36 crore and ONGC another Rs 95.85 crore. There

is no consideration for disinvestment or IPO of Pawan Hans. What’s your fleet expansion target? We’ve had excellent performance and it’s a growing market. So, we’re increasing fleet size to meet new requirements. We’re also venturing into operation & maintenance (O&M) of helicopters — we’re already doing O&M for 11 Dhruv helicopters of Border Security Force and ONGC. We aim to capture this market. With the existing fleet, O&M contracts and other leased helicopters, Pawan Hans is poised to have 500 helicopters. What about competition? We are positioning our services as superior, affordable and convenient. This is the reason we have slashed the prices at Vaishno Devi and Kedarnath, so that more can avail the services. For our corporate clients, we have to position our services as high on quality, safety and reliability. We welcome healthy competition.

Bharti AXA Gen aims at 60% growth in 2011 PTI MUMBAI, JAN 12

CII workshop on strategic marketing for sales staff PANJIM (HBD) -- CII Goa State Office is organising a 2-day workshop on Strategic Marketing for sales staff on January 27 and 28, 2011 at Hotel Mandovi. The workshop would benefit sales executives, marketing executives and also professionals from various other departments in an organisation. The objective of this program is to immerse the sales staff into marketing concepts and processes. With the growing importance of brands and branding, the sales staff must be aware of the fact that they are the brand ambassadors of their company. Furthermore the sales staff must look at not a transaction with a customer but at a potentially profitable life-long relationship. Helping the participants to understand the importance of brands and also in developing relationships are the objectives of this program. This in turn would lead to better sales performance, life-long customer and a better brand awareness of the company. Understanding marketing, understanding brands and how to build lasting customer relationships be would be covered in this two-day programme. The workshop lectures would by supported by talks, video clippings, case studies and group exercises. The faculty M Deepak Row, is a visiting faculty at the CII – Institute of Logistics and Madurai Kamaraj University. Row is a qualified cost accountant and also a post graduate in management with marketing and communication management as his specialization. He has worked in large business houses like the Murugappa Group, the Indian Overseas Bank and the Sanmar Group. For registrations contact John Fernandes (982982979-2422790-6) at the CII Goa State Office.



Two hostesses dressed in the Chinese traditional stand next to the Tpresso tea machine at a product presentation in Beijing on Wednesday. The inventor of Nespresso Eric Favre launched its tea capsules in China, which go against the Chinese tea tradition, using a partnership with a high end local distributor, Teafinder.

Private insurer Bharti AXA General Insurance today said it is looking at 60 per cent growth this year by providing innovative solutions and focusing on motor and health verticals. "We have reached Rs 500 crore in total premium collection in our second full year of operations and aim a growth of 60 per cent in this calender year," Bharti AXA General Insurance CEO Amarnath Ananthanarayanan told reporters here. The private insurer, which is looking to break even by 2012, has already infused over Rs 460 crore and is planning to put in another Rs 100 crore by this December, he added. Motor insurance vertical contributed 70 per cent to the

overall business, while health and PA (personal accident) 17 per cent and commercial lines 12 per cent. Ananthanarayanan said the company has 10 new products lined up in the health vertical, while in the motor segment it is planning 10 add-ons depending on the regulatory approvals. "We will focus on growing retail health with 10 new addons to be introduced in 2011 (subject regulatory approval) and 20 new micro finance institutions (MFIs) tie-ups for customised solutions," he said. While in the motor vertical, four new products are lined up this year awaiting regulatory approval and the focus will be on affinity tie-ups. The company will focus on

tier II and rural segments and in increasing commercial vehicles portfolio, he added. In terms of zonal contributions, western region leads with 35 per cent followed by north with 33%, south with 25 per cent and east by 7 per cent, Ananthanarayanan said. "We want to focus more on south and east which has tremendous potential, both in the health and the commercial vehicles segments, he said.

SEBI mulls setting up SME exchanges: Bhave PTI MUMBAI, JAN 12

Market regulator SEBI today said that it is looking into the idea of setting up of SME Exchanges even though no bourses have formally approached it. "We are very keen on that (SME Exchanges)...We have initiated the process.. finally it is in the hands of the exchanges to decide whether they want Aban Offshor, 714.3, 744.85, 709.9, 738.25 Abb Ltd., 735, 757.85, 725.6, 748.1 Abg Shipyard, 362, 387.9, 360.4, 384.4 Acc Limited, 1029.15, 1039.7, 1015, 1028.35 Adani Enterp, 609, 626, 609, 619.55 Aditya Birla, 758, 767.4, 739.3, 763.15 Allahabad Ba, 208, 210.85, 200.6, 206.95 Alstom Proje, 650.3, 669, 643.35, 667.95 Ambuja Cemen, 127.25, 129.75, 125.1, 128.6 Andhra Bank, 135.45, 137, 130.7, 136.35 Ashok Leylan, 60, 62, 58.6, 61.7 Asian Paints, 2720, 2744, 2676, 2726.3 Axis Bank Li, 1305.95, 1322.85, 1290, 1313.35 Bajaj Hindus, 104.25, 105.8, 101.3, 105.35 Bank Of Baro, 852, 870, 829.1, 855.2 Bank Of Indi, 445, 447.3, 425, 443.95 Beml Limited, 950, 974, 948.05, 967.35 Bharat Elect, 1690, 1690.5, 1642.25, 1674.6 Bharat Forge, 348.15, 364, 347.45, 362.15 Bharat Petro, 608, 626, 594.1, 618.9 Bharti Airte, 340.15, 351.25, 336, 349.1 Bhel, 2250, 2257.9, 2217, 2238.05 Bhushan Stee, 430, 445.7, 416.2, 441.5 Biocon Limit, 387, 391, 381, 389.45 Bombay Dyein, 444, 463, 440, 459.6

to create a separate platform for SMEs," SEBI chairman, C B Bhave said on the sidelines of a function here. On January 5, BSE CEO, Madhu Kannan, had said that the country's premier bourse would announce the launch of its SME Exchange within a fortnight. "We have made a number of presentations to the regulator and a few more are awaited.

Bosch Limite, 6420, 6439.95, 6352.45, 6375.45 Brigade Ente, 104.4, 107.25, 102, 105.8 Cairn India, 333.5, 343.75, 332.15, 341.55 Canara Bank, 590.75, 595.95, 569, 589.4 Central Bank, 164, 170.25, 161.75, 168.5 Century Text, 389.9, 399.7, 382.1, 398.4 Cesc Ltd, 362.1, 369, 360, 367.35 Chambal Fert, 76.8, 79.25, 75, 78.85 Chennai Petr, 226.5, 230.5, 222, 228.05 Cipla Ltd, 350, 351.8, 338.1, 346.8 Colgate Palm, 835.15, 859.9, 835.05, 844.65 Container Co, 1215, 1249.8, 1215, 1224.9 Crompton Gre, 294.05, 298, 281.65, 291.45 Cummins Indi, 754.7, 754.7, 733.05, 743.5 Dabur India, 103.3, 103.9, 101, 101.9 Deccan Chron, 103, 106.85, 97.6, 105.25 Dish Tv Indi, 62.25, 63.2, 60.8, 62.95 Divi’s Labor, 627.95, 635, 620.1, 630.85 Dlf Limited, 261.95, 265.7, 252.7, 263.55 Dr. reddy’s, 1675.1, 1682, 1622, 1669.4 Edelweiss Ca, 41.45, 44.1, 40.8, 43.45 Educomp Solu, 503, 516.8, 498.1, 514.75 Eih Limited, 106.1, 107.95, 105.2, 106 Engineers In, 323, 325, 320.3, 321.65 Essar Oil Lt, 126.25, 131, 123.55, 130.65

Within the next couple of weeks will be have a clearer picture on this and then we will be able to announce the roll out date," Kannan had said. The BSE, along with NSE and privately-promoted MCX SX are keen on setting up SME Exchanges since SEBI floated the idea in June last year. However, none of these exchanges have applied formally for a licence with the SEBI.

Essar Shippi, 102.45, 102.45, 97, 99.95 Exide Indust, 153, 154.45, 148.1, 153.15 Federal Bank, 380, 387.35, 370.1, 383.45 Financial Te, 777.1, 809.2, 770, 805.3 Gail (india), 506.9, 512, 497.1, 508.9 Gammon India, 158.75, 163.95, 158.75, 159.85 Glaxosmithkl, 2370.05, 2415, 2370.05, 2391.7 Glenmark Pha, 356, 357.55, 344.65, 347.55 Gmr Infrastr, 40.6, 41.2, 39.55, 41 Godrej Indus, 179.05, 182.85, 172.2, 182.05 Grasim Indus, 2315, 2460, 2281.75, 2412.65 Great Offsho, 350.2, 364.5, 346.55, 361.8 Gtl Infra.Lt, 41.75, 42.25, 41.05, 42 Gujarat Mine, 128.5, 131.2, 126, 130.5 Gujarat N R, 64, 68.9, 64, 68.45 Gujarat Stat, 110.05, 111, 107.6, 109.75 Gvk Pow. & I, 37.8, 38.2, 36.5, 37.9 Hcl Technolo, 477, 485, 466.75, 476.65 Hdfc Bank Lt, 2169, 2214, 2106.6, 2205.3 Hdfc Ltd, 664.8, 687.25, 649.7, 680.65 Hero Honda M, 1841, 1885, 1810, 1874 Hindalco in, 233.75, 238.8, 226.45, 237.5 Hindustan Co, 45.3, 45.8, 42.5, 44.4 Hindustan Ma, 64, 64.85, 63, 64.5 Hindustan Pe, 380, 384.05, 374.1, 382.05

The govt and capital markets watchdog mooted the idea of a separate exchange for small and medium enterprises last year, as the existing exchanges are too costly for them. Proposed SME bourses will allow small companies to

Hindustan Un, 309.6, 310.5, 301.6, 304.9 Hindustan Zi, 1400.1, 1443, 1353.5, 1417.55 Housing Dev, 161, 166.7, 156.55, 165.65 Icici Bank L, 1030.8, 1074.25, 1024.35, 1069.45 Idea Cellula, 67, 68.9, 66.2, 67.9 Ifci Ltd, 57.95, 60.7, 56.9, 60.4 India Cement, 104, 105.4, 102.7, 104.6 India Infoli, 78.2, 80.8, 77.3, 80.35 Indiabulls F, 156, 170.9, 152.55, 168.4 Indiabulls R, 121.5, 125.9, 119.15, 125.1 Indian Bank, 220.5, 223, 214.55, 220.5 Indian Hotel, 98.25, 102.7, 98.25, 101.65 Indian Oil C, 301.25, 334.9, 301.25, 319.55 Indian Overs, 134.05, 136.5, 130.1, 135.5 Indus Dev Ba, 149.6, 152.6, 146.05, 152.1 Indusind Ban, 235.1, 244.65, 232, 242.8 Infosys Tech, 3350, 3390, 3318.2, 3377.3 Infra. dev., 162.45, 166, 158, 164.5 Ispat Indust, 23.05, 23.4, 22.45, 23.3 Itc Ltd, 172.15, 174.4, 168.6, 173.75 Ivrcl Infras, 116.9, 116.9, 109, 114.35 Jai Corp Lim, 200.1, 203.3, 197.15, 202.1 Jaiprakash A, 95.9, 96.95, 93.2, 96.45 Jet Airways, 725.9, 731.4, 698.2, 713.05 Jindal Saw L, 212, 219.9, 208.5, 217.5

Jindal Steel, 679.9, 698, 670.2, 693.25 Jsw Steel Li, 948.4, 999, 948.4, 995.7 Kotak Mahind, 420.1, 429.5, 415, 423.75 Lakshmi Mach, 2201.2, 2359.95, 2201.2, 2334.75 Lanco Infrat, 55.5, 56.85, 54.55, 56.45 Larsen & Tou, 1800, 1800, 1728.2, 1760.15 Lic Housing, 170, 171.6, 163.7, 169.95 Lupin Limite, 455, 463.75, 443.6, 462.25 Mahanagar Te, 52.3, 53.1, 51.1, 52.9 Mahindra & M, 737.3, 753.9, 725, 751.25 Maruti Suzuk, 1324, 1328.9, 1294.9, 1317.65 Max India Lt, 144.6, 146.8, 142, 146.25 Maytas Infr., 184.75, 188.9, 180.55, 183.65 Moser-baer (, 58.8, 60.75, 56, 59.9 Mrpl, 69.5, 70, 66.8, 69.6 Nagarjuna Co, 126.5, 127.2, 122, 126.25 Nagarjuna Fe, 30.15, 31, 29.5, 30.75 National Alu, 373.2, 383, 369.15, 380.25 Neyveli Lign, 125.1, 126.8, 122.5, 125.8 Ntpc Ltd, 190.3, 194.7, 185.6, 191.5 Oil And Natu, 1190, 1211, 1148.05, 1186.65 Omaxe Limite, 145.05, 146.9, 142.35, 146.25 Oriental Ban, 366.4, 372.8, 346, 364.9 Pantaloon Re, 350, 351.85, 345.1, 349.95 Parsvnath De, 55.9, 56.45, 53.65, 55.2

get listed at a lower cost and raise smaller amount of money from the primary markets, which will force these companies to adopt better corporate governance practises and in turn will get cheaper funds from capital market as well as from banks.

Petronet Lng, 122.25, 124.15, 120.05, 123.25 Power Fin Co, 289.2, 291.9, 281.25, 287.55 Power Grid C, 96.7, 97.45, 95.5, 97.25 Praj Industr, 81.35, 87.25, 80.75, 86.5 Punj Lloyd L, 101, 103.4, 99, 102.7 Punjab Natio, 1187.75, 1197, 1153, 1191.9 Rajesh Expor, 133.85, 135.35, 131.6, 132.9 Ranbaxy Labs, 565.9, 569.35, 551.1, 565.3 Rashtriya Ch, 86, 88.4, 83.4, 87.75 Reliance Cap, 613, 631.95, 600.5, 629.55 Reliance Com, 138.5, 139.75, 132.55, 138.65 Reliance Ene, 1150, 1150, 1105, 1120.62 Reliance Ind, 660, 673, 650, 667.65 Reliance Ind, 1020.65, 1035.65, 1003, 1030.8 Reliance Pow, 150, 150.3, 146.05, 149.8 Rolta India, 142.45, 144.15, 137.75, 143.7 Satyam Compu, 68.5, 69.75, 67.1, 68.55 Sesa Goa Ltd, 334, 342.9, 333, 341.95 Shipping Cor, 124.5, 125.75, 122.05, 125.3 Siemens Ltd, 771, 782, 755, 771.55 Sintex Indus, 165, 169.15, 162, 168.3 Sobha Develo, 290.15, 303, 286, 299.75 State Bank O, 2628, 2689, 2569.7, 2669.7 Steel Author, 176.8, 178.6, 172.5, 177 Sterlite Ind, 173.5, 183.9, 173, 183.05 Sun Pharmace, 477.3, 488.4, 461.4, 485.25

BOARD MEETINGS Infosys Sintex Inds Goodyear India JB Chemicals Gruh Finance SAIL Source: Sun Tv Netwo, 498, 512, 491, 504.35 Suzlon Energ, 48.6, 54.55, 48.25, 53.65 Tata Communi, 258, 262.9, 255.2, 260.3 Tata Consult, 1109.9, 1151.6, 1108, 1135.95 Tata Motors, 1180, 1223.1, 1176, 1218 Tata Power C, 1367.7, 1376, 1335, 1360.15 Tata Steel L, 648.1, 658.6, 626.25, 648.9 Tata Teleser, 18.5, 18.85, 18.3, 18.7 Tech Mahindr, 683.2, 702.6, 675.05, 695.25 The Ge Shpg., 323, 328.95, 316.6, 325.3 The Phoenix, 199.15, 216, 199.15, 214.75 Thermax Ltd, 799, 800, 782.5, 783.65 Titan Indust, 3335.15, 3599, 3312.4, 3581 Torrent Powe, 251.05, 252.9, 242, 244.6 Triveni Engg, 102.55, 104.6, 101.3, 104.1 Tv18 India L, 67.3, 71.4, 66.3, 69.9 Uco Bank, 106.8, 110.95, 105, 110.5 Ultratech Ce, 1020, 1030, 1000.35, 1007.7 Union Bank O, 320, 331.55, 320, 330.35 Unitech Ltd, 55.9, 59.4, 54.15, 58.95 United Phosp, 158.3, 161.8, 155.35, 159.85 Videocon Ind, 210.65, 216.35, 209.1, 215.45 Vijaya Bank, 92.1, 95, 90.7, 94.4 Voltas Ltd, 213.05, 213.05, 207.05, 209.65 Wipro Ltd, 472.65, 472.65, 457, 467.7 Yes Bank Lim, 274.5, 277, 266.15, 275.1 Zee Entertai, 130.55, 133.95, 125.35, 131.15


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IndiGo in biggest aircraft deal Orders 180 airplanes in $16 b deal with Airbus


In the single largest aircraft deal in global aviation history, no-frill carrier IndiGo will acquire 180 A-320s worth an estimated USD 15.6 billion from European plane manufacturer Airbus. The premier airline, which would launch international services later this year subject to government permission, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus at Toulouse in France last evening for the 180 single-aisle aircraft. Of these planes, 150 would belong to the eco-efficient 'neo' series, which are yet to be produced, and the remaining 30 are the standard A-320s. They are expected to be delivered between 2016 and 2025. Engine selection for the aircraft would be announced by the airline at a later date, an Airbus spokesperson said. Though the value of the deal was not announced, but according to Airbus catalogue price the sale is worth USD 15.6 billion or 12 billion euros. "It is the largest single firm order for large jets in commercial aviation history," she said, adding it also makes IndiGo a launch customer for the A320neo. This is the second time that IndiGo has placed such a massive aircraft order, after its first agreement with Airbus in 2005 to buy 100 A-320s when the total order was worth USD six billion. That order, the planes under which is currently in the process of being delivered, too was one of the highest by any domestic carrier at that time. The A-320neos would incorporate more efficient engines and large wing tip devices called Sharklets that would deliver significant fuel savings of

‘Inflation reflection of prosperity’ PTI NEW DELHI, JAN 12

Airbus General director Fabrice Bregier about to give a press conference in the Airbus lobby on Wednesday in Colomiers, south western France, after the IndiGo deal.

up to 15 percent and reduce emissions and engine noise, the spokesperson said. "This order for fuel efficient aircraft will allow IndiGo to continue to offer low fares," said Rahul Bhatia, Group MD of InterGlobe Enterprises that runs IndiGo, and Rakesh Gangwal, its co-founder. IndiGo President Aditya Ghosh said the additional aircraft "will enable us to take our low fares and courteous, hassle-free service to more customers and destinations and will create more job opportunities and growth for several other aviation related businesses". The airline has already sought government's permission for launching global operations from the middle of this year when it completes five years of domestic service. Ghosh had earlier said that the global operations would be

launched to several destinations in West Asia, besides Bangkok, Singapore, Kathmandu and the Maldives. IndiGo recently tipped Air India for the third position in domestic market share, after Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines respectively. "This order positions IndiGo to take full advantage of the predicted growth in Indian air travel and we are delighted that they continue to build their future with Airbus", Airbus COO (Customers) John Leahy said in a statement. "The A320 Family is the recognised market leader. The A320neo, offering maximum benefit for minimum change, will ensure that this continues to be the case for many years to come", Leahy said. IndiGo chief Ghosh said "our environmentally friendly fleet of the A320neo will set a benchmark by significantly re-

ducing the impact on the environment and lead the way to a more sustainable mode of flying". The A-320 family of aircraft, comprising A-318s, A- 319s, A320s and A-321s, is recognized as a benchmark in the singleaisle aircraft family. IndiGo would later decide on the engines it wants to power the A-320neos with, industry sources said. The IndiGo deal has been dubbed as the largest aircraft deal in global aviation history in terms of number of planes ordered in a single go. So far, the largest order in terms of number of planes include IndiGo's 100 aircraft order in 2005, a year before it started domestic operations. Air India had in 2006 placed orders for 68 Boeing planes of different types, while Mideastern carrier Etihad ordered 55 planes from Airbus in 2008.

Corrective steps to push IIP up: FM PTI NEW DELHI, JAN 12

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said deceleration in industrial growth to 2.7% in November and high inflation could have an adverse impact on the economy and promised to take corrective steps to push up factory output. "If IIP goes down and inflation goes up, it will have an adverse impact, but I am not coming to any premature conclusion," Mukherjee said. "We shall have to look into and take corrective measures so that IIP numbers revive in the remaining four months," he said. Even though part of the deceleration in growth may be because of high base effect of 11.3 per cent in November last year, the Finance Minister refused to take it as a consolation. "Last time, if you have noticed that in november last year it(IIP) was very high, so base effect is also there, but that is no consolation," he said.

Cover for nuclear accidents likely

Dell enters printer space in India



Insurance regulator IRDA is in the early stages of drafting a regulation for covering nuclear accidents. The move assumes significance as India is expected to be a major player in this sector after its nuclear deal with US is operationalised. "We are in early stages (of the regulation). This thing involves large amount of risks. We will have to first constitute a pool which will be a member of the larger global pool (of nuclear accident insurance). That is yet to be figured out," IRDA chairman J Hari Narayan said. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the IBAI summit here, he also said that the reinsurer General Insurance Corporation (GIC) is working on the details to provide insurance protection to such accidents.

Completing its product portfolio, the US-based computermaker Dell today entered into the printer vertical in India by launching a comprehensive range of products. With the launch of these printers in India, we have added one more dimension to our portfolio and now offer more comprehensive solutions to our customers," Dell India Director Marketing, Consumer, Small and Medium Business (CSMB), P Krishnakumar told reporters here. The range, which constitutes seven printers, will be available across the country by the month-end, he said, adding initially there will be service centres in 16 cities. These printers will cater mainly to small and medium businesses as they will reduce the cost of print by providing increased reliability with comprehensive warranty and maintenance coverage, he said. The printers, priced between Rs 6,500 and Rs 30,000, will be wholly imported and available through channel partners, Krishnakumar said.


Madiraa Rum in Goa PANJIM (HBD) -- Tilaknagar Industries Ltd, a fast growing manufacturer of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) recently launched Madiraa Premium Dark XXX Rum in Goa in the premium segment. Madiraa Rum is extracted from first generation juice. The colour of the rum is deep red with a rich earthy tone. Its positioning line – Simply Great Rum – reflects its unique flavour and superior blend. The quart (750ml) bottle is packaged exclusively with tamper-proof Guala caps. Madiraa Rum was ranked as the fastest growing domestic brand in Millionaire Report of July 2010 by Drinks International researched by Euromonitor International. The launch of Madiraa is a part of the brand expansion plans of TI and is expected to further consolidate TI’s market share and enhance its product portfolio.

Attributing rising prices partly to growing economic prosperity, Planning Commission Dy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia today exuded confidence that food inflation would come down by the end of this fiscal. "Yes it is true that milk and vegetable prices are high. You know some of this is a reflection of economic prosperity and purchasing power," he told reporters here. Driven by spurt in onion prices and other vegetables, food inflation soared to year's high of 18.32 per cent for the week ended December 25. Ahluwalia said, "Food inflation will be much lower by the end of this year than they were a year earlier." "The trouble with vegetables is that it not very seasonal and we don't have very good marketing system," Ahluwalia said, adding there was a need to improve agriculture marketing system. "The solution does not lie in imposing price control or monetary restriction. It lies in modernising agriculture marketing," he stressed. The state govts, he suggested, should exempt horticulture produce from the ambit of the Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMC) Act.

International hospitality major Carlson, which runs the luxury chain Radisson, plans to scale up its Indian operations to 50 hotels this year and also looks at more than doubling the portfolio by 2015, its President and CEO Hubert Joly said. "We are quite optimistic about India's tourism and travel growth story, which is all set to double in size this year. We see India as a strategic destination with enormous opportunity and hence plan to scale up our operations here," Joly said. Carlson plans to open 19 more hotels this year and will be signing the contracts shortly, Joly said. Besides Radisson, Carlson also operates Park Plaza in the premium segment and two brands--Country Inn and Suites and Park Inn--in the mid-segment. About 90 per cent of the hotels are operated, globally, through management contracts and franchise model. Of the 19 properties Carlson plans to open this year, 11 would be Radisson with 1542 rooms, five Park Plaza, two Country Inns and suites and


Software icon N R Narayana Murthy has bemoaned that "elite" are going unpunished though they commit "huge crimes" in the country and saw it as "problem with this society." When his reaction was sought on "large-scale whitecollar crimes taking place in the country," the Chief Mentor of Infosys Technologies Ltd said there should be quick investigation based on data and facts and the media should not play it up. "And there should be very heavy punishment which is commensurate with the benefit that those people have indeed gained. If you have quick, commensurate punishment, then things will be alright." "Today, we have so many cases where elite...they just don’t get punished even though they have committed huge crimes. That’s the problem with this society," Murthy said. He made the comments responding to questions from the media after a panel discussion on entrepreneurship and social change, organised by the Hyderabad-based Indian School of Business (ISB), on entering its 10th year, at Infosys campus here last night.

IDFC to raise Rs 2,929 cr PTI MUMBAI, JAN 12

Infrastructure Development Finance Company Limited (IDFC) today announced its plan to raise upto 2,928.60 crore though public issue by selling bonds to retail investors. In its second tranche, the company will issue secured, redeemable, long term infrastructure bonds. The issue proceeds are proposed to be used for the company's infrastructure lending activities. IDFC has the authority to raise up to Rs 3,400 crore in one or more tranches during fiscal 2011. It has already raised Rs 471 crore in the first tranche of bonds issued in November, 2010, the company said in a statement here. The issue will open for subscription from January 17 and will close on February 4. The ten year bonds are having face value Rs 5000 each. IDFC is a leading knowledgedriven financial services company and plays a central role in advancing infrastructure development in the country. It provides a full range of financing solutions to its clients. Resident Indian individuals and HUFs are eligible for deduction of up to Rs 20,000 in computation of taxable income for the current financial year under Section 80 CCF of the In-

Carlson to scale up India Ops PTI MUMBAI, JAN 12

Elite criminals getting away scot-free: Murthy

one Park Inn. It already runs 15 Radisson Hotels with 4,087 keys, 10 Country Inns, 6 Park Plaza and 3 Park Inns. Carlson also holds a 26 per cent stake in Country Development and Marketing Services (CDMS), promoted by Ranjan Bhattacharya. CDMS is the franchise partner for Country Inn and Suites. "This is the right time to expand in India as the GDP is growing at 8-9 per cent. Our focus will be equally on the luxury as well as the mid-scale segment (Rs 4,000-5000 per night). Our aim is to be one of the largest players in the country. "With our strong brands we also look at investing more in terms of manpower. The hotels would be generating thousands of jobs every year," Joly said without giving any specific investment figure. The company's initial focus would be on the Delhi NCR region followed by south and west and then the eastern region, Joly said adding that it plans to open two Radisson hotels in Malad and Powai (Mumbai) and one in Coimbatore in early 2012.

come Tax Act. The tranche 2 bonds, with a maturity of ten years, will be issued in two series, which will carry an 8 per cent coupon, payable annually and cumulative option, 8 per cent coupon, compounded annually. The bonds will be issued in both dematerialised and physical forms. The bonds are proposed to be listed on the NSE and the BSE. The bonds are subject to statutory lock-in for a period of five years from the deemed date of allotment. No trading would be permitted in the bonds during the said lock-in period, the release said. Credit rating agency ICRA has assigned 'LAAA' rating to the tranche 2 bonds. The rating indicates stable outlook and highest safety. Credit rating agency Fitch has rated the bonds as "AAA (Ind)", indicating stable outlook.

Murthy did not discuss specifics but his remarks come at a time when corruption issues continue to dominate the country’s political landscape. He emphasised the need for all businesses to enforce code of ethics. "Whether there are scams or not, it’s extremely important to run your business legally, ethically. That’s the only way to run the business. It has to be done like that. There is no other way," Murthy said. He said it’s "absolutely mandatory" to follow code of ethics because "that’s the only way." "It’s like saying: should I follow the rules of the road when I am driving. It’s good for you, good for others, for everybody." On tackling corruption in general, Murthy said: "We will have to get more transparent, fairer and have more open set of rules and implementation of rules so that you know that there is no chance for corruption." He also said that those who occupy positions in the eye of the public – whether they are corporate leaders, or academic leaders or politicians or bureaucrats or journalists – have to conduct themselves as good role models "for our children because we want a better society."

Murthy termed the present situation in the country as "enigmatic." While the country is experiencing 8.5 per cent GDP growth and certain parts of the country are galloping making people happy, a significant part of India is still suffering. He noted that 36 crore people are below poverty line, while 65 crore still depend on agriculture and related activities contributing only 20-21 per cent to the GDP with their per capita income being a low Rs 15,000 – Rs 16,000 per annum. Murthy said for social change to happen, every child must have decent access to education, health, nutrition and shelter. On his expectations from the next annual budget, he said it would be better if the govern-

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Bicholim North Goa football champs ITC Sesa advance inter-iti meet



A resilient performance from ITI Bicholim helped them defeat ITI Panjim 1-0 in the final of the North Goa Inter-ITI football tournament at Duler Stadium on Wednesday. Bicholim will now play the winners of the South Goa final.

Earlier, in the semi-finals, ITI Bicholim swept aside ITC Monfort 9-0, while ITI Panjim played out a goalless 0-0 draw with ITI Mapusa, before eventually overcoming them 4-3 via the tiebreaker. In the quarter-finals, ITI Mapusa defeated ITI Pernem 3-0, ITI Panjim overcame ITC, Sesa 4-0 and ITC Montfort did enough to win against ITI Honda 3-1.

ITC Sesa overcame ITI Pernem by 8 wickets, in the first round of the cricket tournament, at Peddem complex on Wednesday. Pernem scored 81 runs in the allotted 10 overs while Sesa in their chase covered the score with 86 runs. In another match, ITC Panjim defeated ITI Honda by seven wickets. Honda scored 95 runs while Panjim managed to reach their target in eight overs.

Sub-junior boys display their bronze medals and certificate.

Assolna Seamen Cup: Sporting Club of Navelim v. Varca SC, GPS ground, Assolna, 4 p.m. 37th Chandor Seamen Cup soccer: Wilred Leisure SC, Curtorim v. Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim, Chandor ground, 4.30 p.m. Martin memorial soccer: Baida B v. Sarzora A, Chinchinim church ground, 4.30 p.m. All-Goa Romeo inter-village soccer: Don Bosco Oratory, Fatorda v. Ambelim SC, St Cruz ground, 4.30 p.m.

Goa’s Sub-Jr boys shine at Indore TT Nationals HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, JAN 12

The Goa sub-junior table tennis teams performed creditably, winning a bronze medal in the team championship at the 72nd Cadet and Sub-Junior Nationals and Inter-State Table Tennis championship in Indore. Goa’s performance was all the more laudable as the team comprising Tejas Shevde, Krishal Peres da Costa, B S Siddharth and Yash Salgaocar topped the group beating highly-rated teams from Assam 3-0, Himachal Pradesh 3-1 and Rajasthan 3-1. They continued their spirited performance outclassing Ut-

tarakand 3-0 in the second knock-out stage in the pre-quarterfinals and thereafter blanked out Maharashtra B 3-0 in the quarter-finals. However, Goa were halted in the semi-final 3-0 by PSPB A team, whose players trained continuously at the Academy by Chinese and foreign coaches but not before Tejas in the singles and thereafter Tejas and Krishal in doubles extended them to five games. The cadet boys team which emerged 2nd in the league was placed 9th in the final standing. Similarly, the cadet girls, who came second in the group by

beating Orissa 3-2 and Chattisgarh 3-0 lost to Karnataka 3-1 and were placed 9th in the overall standings. Upcoming nineyear old Wesley do Rosario qualified to compete in the main draw in cadets U-12 championship and defeated Kishan Prusty of Orissa 3-0. He eventually lost to the ultimate finalist Chirag Kapoor of Delhi 3 -2 but not before providing a stiff challenge by winning the first two games. However, the young lad was unlucky to lose in the subsequent three games. The Goa sub-junior team will be felicitated on January 25, by the Goa Table Tennis Association.

Carmel, St Xavier’s emerge champions

Carmel, Nuvem, winners of inter-HSS girls football tournament.

inter-HSS championship HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, JAN 12

Carmel HSS, Nuvem and St Xavier’s HSS, Mapusa emerged State champions in the girls and boys category respectively at the inter-HSS football tournament organised by DSYA at Santa Cruz ground. In the girls final, consecutive second year champions Carmel whitewashed St Xavier’s 3-0. Sally Tales outclassed for

Carmel’s with her two superb goals in the 11th and 52nd minutes while Andrea Pereira found the net in the 36th minute. In the boys final, St Xavier’s trounced St Alex HSS, Curtorim 2-0 making it their 3rd victory in a row. St Xavier’s scored through Francis Coutinho in the 27th minute and Jolan Fernandes in the 64th minute. Goal keeper Marshal Fernandes was the main hurdle for St Alex HSS as he saved half-dozen goals for St Xavier’s. Victoria Fernandes, MLA was

the chief guest and gave away the prizes to the winners in the presence of the guest of honour Ru d o l f Fe r n a n d e s ( s o c i a l worker), Milton Fernandes (sports director, Goa University), Benjamin D’Silva, Yogesh A Parab (State sports organiser), Dr Elwis Gonsalves (principal, St Xavier’s HSS), Olva Gama (PE director, Carmel College), Esperanca Gomes (PE teacher, Carmel HSS), Collin Vaz (PE teacher, St Xavier’s HSS), Arlene Cotta, Miriam Duarte and Veronica (Carmel HSS teachers).

St Xavier’s, Mapusa, winners of inter-HSS boys football tournament.

Curtorim in quarters 37th chandor seamen cup


Curtorim Gymkhana prevailed over Don Bosco Oratory, Fatorda 10-9 via the sudden death to enter the quarter-finals of 37th Chandor Seamen Cup inter-village football tournament, organised by Chandor Club, at Chandor ground, on Wednesday. There was no score at full time. The teams attacked from the start with Curtorim taking over the reins and created many forays into the rival territory but striker Roy Albuquerque was the worst culprit as he spurned the


A brace by Allot helped Sucaldem get the better of Coddeavaddo 60 in Martin memorial soccer, at Chinchinim ground, on Wednesday. All six goals came in the first half. Sucaldem shot into the lead through Allot. Lenin doubled the lead in the 20th minute. The third goal came in through Vendley in the 30th minute. Allot scored the fourth goal in the 35th minute and he struck again in the 38th minute. Vendley rounded off the tally for Sucaldem in the 40th minute.

easiest chance by shooting wide from hand shaking distance. At the other end, Don Bosco did not leg behind and attacked the rival citadel repeatedly and nearly found success midway in the opening session when Danny Dias hit the cross bar much to the dismay of the Fatorda supporters. The teams did not show urgency in the second session. In the penalty shoot-out, Tony Dias, Glen Cardozo, John Fernandes, Roy Albuquerque, Melwyn Fernandes, Sebastiao Rodrigues, John Bhagat, Minguel Hilario and Joao Fernandes were on target for Curtorim while Roger Azavedo, Mahdev Talwar, Sanjay Borkar, Ovildo Dias, Vincent Barbosa, Seby Crasto, Charlton Pereira, Michael Faleiro and Simon Andrade netted for Don Bosco. Curtorim Gymkhana prevailed over Don Bosco Oratory in the sudden death.

T20: Goa Police, PVG in last eight HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, JAN 12

Holders Goa Police and PVG Sports Club moved into the quarter-finals of T20 cricket tournament organised by Sanguem Cricketers in Association with Sports Authority of Goa, at SAG ground, Curchorem. In the first match of the day which was ended in just 11.3 overs, PVG Sports Club scored 8 wickets win over Navyug Cricket Club. Navyug CC inning was just folded in 28 runs and PVG in their reply achieved the target in 20 balls with 8 wickets in hand. In the second match, Goa Police CC started their defence title in style with a 5 wickets win over DP Brothers.


V’ball match at St Cruz

PANJIM (HSD) -- Segundo Bairro Sports Club, St Cruz will organise a volleyball match to commemorate the feast of Sessao de Capel Fatima Saibin on January 13, at Segundo Bairro volleyball court, St Cruz, 8.30 p.m. Sai Six and Spikers Six, comprising selected players from each zone will challenge each other for the total prize money of Rs 13,000. The winners will take home Rs 8,000. St Cruz MLA Victoria Fernandes will be the chief guest, while Rudolf Fernandes, president, Social Welfare Association of St Cruz, will be the guest of honour.

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Churchill Bros call on AIFF to raise refereeing standards HERALD SPORTS REPORTER PANJIM, JAN 12

“Football refereeing standards in India need to be raised to a high level, and the AIFF officials are also fully aware of the need,” stated Macario Rodrigues, CEO of Churchill Bros after audiences with AIFF secretary Kushal Das and I-League CEO Sunando Dar at the Football House in New Delhi on Monday. “The AIFF has already reconstituted the Referees Committee which will be now headed by Col Gautam Khar and they will be the ones responsible to look into the standards of refereering,” disclosed Macario, who said that the new AIFF officials were very transparent, open and eager to listen to the other side, without giving even a semblance of arrogance in their approach.

“It was a pleasant two-way traffic. One felt that there is someone at least who lands a ear to what one has to say. The problem about refereeing has been expressed not only by Churchill Bros, but the other I-League clubs too, who are part of the I-League Committee. It is a genuine problem that India is facing and it is one of the aspects that needs to be taken up on priority basis,” remarked Macario. “New referees are expected to be inducted so that there is new blood. The very fact that the problem is being looked into and not summarily rejected is a healthy, progressive sign and very refreshing too. There is no vindictiveness as of now and this is an important part of establishing healthy relationships in a democratic set-up, where

one is always eager to learn,” commented Macario. “We have stressed the need to appoint competent referees who will not only do justice in a fair and impartial manner with a high degree of consistency, but also appear to do so and that Churchill Bros had suffered in the past,” stated Macario. “I have put forth our club’s view as well as that of our patron Churchill Alemao with the sole goal of improving the refereeing standards so that all teams stand to benefit. Prompt corrective measures need to be taken and this is what I have conveyed to the AIFF officials, and they were very receptive,” pointed out Macario. Meanwhile, Churchill Bros today alleged that Match Commisssioner Anthony J D’Costa was instigating referee Dinesh

to launch a complaint against Churchill for the verbal outburst after the Churchill-Salgaocar ILeague match. “The referee has submitted his report and there is no mention whatsoever of any verbal outlashing, since the referee did not hear it and it was not in the dressing room. It is not the duty of Anthony to tell the referee what to write or not and it is very unfair that the official is trying to unduly influence even to the extent of threatening that no further appointments will be given to Dinesh if the complaint is not lodged,” a senior Churchill Bros official stated, decrying the move as unfair and unsporting and certainly not within his domain. “This is uncalled interference, which will not be tolerated,” he added.

Calangute down Ambelim reira cup


Calangute Association beat Ambelim Sports Club 3-0 in 5th Reira Cup organised by Saligao Sporting Club at Saligao Sporting ground on Wednesday. There was no score in the first half. Changing ends, Dominic Fernandes scored a brace in the 40th and 48th minute respectively. The third goal was netted by Emmanuel D’Costa.

Goa girls defeat Mizoram

nat school games HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, JAN 12

Goa State U-14 football girls team defeated Mizoram 3-0 to bag the 3rd place at the 56th National School Games in Chandigarh from January 7 to 12. Goa Scored through Nevelly (2) and Valinie (1).

Caculo, DM emerge champions goa university athletic meet HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, JAN 12

SV’s S Caculo College, Mapusa and DM’s College, Mapusa won the annual Goa University athletic meet 2010-11 in men and women section respectively on Wednesday. Results: men section 800m run: Hemanshu Velingkar (Caculo College 2:09.85), Jovito Monteiro (Rosary College 2:13.23), Guirish Velip (Government College, Quepem 2:23.09). Shot put: Abhiskek Lotlikar (Rosary College 10-02), Pelvio D’Costa (Rosary College 9.72), Ashley Miranda (St Xavier’s College 9.64). Pole vault: Gajanan Kauthankar (Caculo College 2.30), Nazarene Pereira (Rosary College 2.25), Deepesh Gadekar (DMC 1.90). 400m hurdles: Krupesh Gaonkar (Government College, Quepem 1:01.7), Sanford Araujo

DM’s College students Jessy Vaz (left), Minaxi Karapurkar (centre) and Darshana Gauns set a new record in 4x100m relay. Jessy also claimed double gold in high jump and long jump.

(St Xavier’s College (1:02.62), Guirish Velip (Government College, Quepem 1:07.57). 200m run: Shadab Shaikh (Don Bosco College 23.12), Shaunak Verenkar (GVM’s College 23.51), Shahnawaz Shaikh (Zantye College 24.82). Javeline throw: Hunslam Furtado (Rosary College 42.88), Elton D’Sa (St Xavier’s College 37.18), Pelvio D’Costa (Rosary College 35.99). 5000m run: Jovito Fernandes (St Xavier’s College 17:51.43), Pratap Velip (Shree Mallikarjun College 17:50.45), Prashant Gaonkar (Government College, Quepem 18:03.00).

High jump: Subin Varghese (Chowgule College 1.70), Salwin Simoes (Government College, Quepem 1.65), Viraj Gad (St Xavier’s College 1.55). Decathlon: Luis Deitan (Shree Damodar College 3492), Reagan D’Silva (Chowgule College 3405), Charlton D’Sousa (St Xavier’s College 2720). 4x100m relay: Caculo College (46.71), Rosary College (47.21), Government College, Quepem (47.68). Team championship: Caculo College, Rosary College, St Xavier’s College. Women section: 800m run: Sarita Fernandes

(Government College, Quepem 2:47.20), Ayesha Alvares (Rosary College 2:50.65), Pranita Kalangutkar (Dhempe College 2:52.13). 4x100m relay: DM’s College (54.29), Government College, Quepem (56.94), St Xavier’s College (57.58). 4 0 0 m h u r d l e s : Ro h i t a Gaonkar (Government College, Quepem 1:21.81), Pramila Gaonkar (Shree Mallikarjun College 1:30.42), Kalpana Dev G a o n ka r ( Ro s a r y C o l l e g e 1:39.14). Javeline throw: Risha Rodrigues (Don Bosco College 25.46), Jolene Fernandes (St Xavier’s College 23.14), Anita Fernandes (Carmel College 20.87). High jump: Jessy Vaz (DM’s College 1.32), Rhythmm Warik (Chowgule College 1.30), Monali Korgaonkar (Don Bosco College 1.25). 200m run: Sonali Shetyekar (DM’s College 28.46), Xavier Mareela Carma (Carmel College 29.66), Leoni Martina (St Xavier’s

College 30.76). 3000m run: Sintia Menezes (Government College, Quepem 12:41.58), Kavina Gomes (Rosar y College 13.04.87), Sharmila Dias (Carmel College 13:24.04). Heptathlon: Risha Rodrigues (Don Bosco 2083), Errika Fernandes (Government College, Quepem 2002), Jeena Fernandes (Shree Mallikarjun College 1456). Long jump: Jessy Vaz (DMC 4.87), Darshana Gauns (DMC 4.68), Sarita Fernandes (Government College, Quepem 4.24). Team championship: DM’s College, Government College, Quepem, Don Bosco College. March past: Don Bosco College. G N Nayak, dean, faculty of sciences and environment, Goa University was the chief guest and gave away the medals and trophies. Dr D B Arolkar, principal, DM’s College, Assagao was the guest of honour.

5 Goan boxers qualify for National Games HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, JAN 12

Goa has been allotted slots five at the forthcoming National Games in Jharkhand from February 12 to 26 based on their performance at the senior men and women boxing Nationals. A slot each in the bantam weight and super heavy weight in the women’s and men’s division has qualified Goa for the fly weight, light weight and light welter weight. GABA will select the team on the performance displayed at the residential camp. The boxers

will be training under a group of coaches headed by Pravin Shirodkar, SAG coach. “Boxing has always brought medals for Goa during the National Games and this time too, we’ve got a good chance. Santosh Harizan, our flyweight boxer and previous National Games silver medalist has just won a gold in Sri Lanka and is currently training in the National camp. We also have a number of boxers on whom we’ll be working hard and the best will represent

the State in these weight groups," stated Clyde Lobo, GABA secretary. “We have requested SAG executive director V.M. Prabhudesai and Gurudat Bhakta to provide a month long residential camp to provide certain training facilities i.e. bag stands, etc. We also intend t a k i n g t h e b oxe r s t o A S I (Armed Forces Sports Institute), Pune for training/sparring for a week and look forward that VM Prabhudessai will sanction the trip," concluded Clyde.

Purushottam Walawalkar champs HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, JAN 12

Magnificant Purushottam Walawalkar, Mapusa defeated DMS PVS HSS, Assagao by 33 runs in the boys U-19 cricket finals organised by DSYA at Peddem complex on Wednesday. Purushottam scored 145-7 while Assagao were all out for 113 runs. Pratemesh top scored for Purushottam with 62 runs. Assagao’s Sham proved to be the best bowler, clinching four wickets. Earlier, in the semi-finals, DMS PVS HSS, Assagao

FC Siolim advance


FC Siolim got the better of Crown Club, St Cruz 10-9 via the sudden death in All-Goa Romeo inter-village soccer at St Cruz ground on Wednesday. There was no score at full time. Raghu Shirodkar, Joseph Britto, Sandeep Dhargalkar, Bradley Lobo, Ryan D’Sousa, Francis Fernandes, Claudio Rodrigues, V inay P e d n e k a r, Sushant Va i g a n k a r a n d M a y u r Toraskar shot on target for Siolim while Alvito Fernand e s , A n d re w D i a s , Pe d r u A r a u j o , Va l e n t i n e Re g o , Santan Dias, Manuel Dias, Nevil Araujo, Benoy Barretto and Francis Sapeco netted for Crown.

overhauled Government HSS, Sanquelim by a massive eight wickets. Surabh top scored with 61 runs for PVS, while Viraj was equally impressive with his bowling, grabbing four4 wickets for 35 runs. In the other semi-final, Purushottam overcame Government HSS, Valpoi by a narrow 46 runs. Rupesh 62 (not out) for Purushottam, while Valpoi counted on Shrikrish as he scored 42 runs.

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Kamran to play for Pune Fast bowler Kamran Khan, Shane Warne's discovery in the Indian Premier League, will play for the Sahara Pune Warriors in the fourth season of the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament. "I have signed the contract with Pune. I will miss Shane (Warne), but I guess a new team will provide me the opportunity to play more matches," Khan told PTI.

West Ham beat Birmingham 2-1 Birmingham goalkeeper Ben Foster let Carlton Cole’s weak shot in the 78th minute slip through his grasp, between his legs and into the goal, giving West Ham a 2-1 win Tuesday night in the first leg of the English League Cup semi-finals. Cole’s 15-yard, right-footed shot, off a cross from American Jonathan Spector, took a slight deflection off Roger Johnson before squirming through the grasp of Foster. West Ham took the lead in the 12th minute when Spector’s wayward shot across the penalty area fell to Mark Noble, whose shot went off Foster and in. Liam Ridgewell tied the score in the 56th. Birmingham hosts the second leg on January 26.

Del Potro beaten at Sydney Juan Martin del Potro’s comeback from injury briefly stalled with a 6-2, 75 loss to Germany’s Florian Mayer in the second round of the Sydney International on Wednesday. After beating Feliciano Lopez in his comeback match in the first round on Monday, the 2009 U.S. Open champion lost to the unseeded Mayer in 74 minutes. In other matches Wednesday, No. 3seeded Ernests Gulbis of Latvia beat Igor Andreev of Russia 2-6, 6-4, 6-3. No. 5seeded Richard Gasquet came back from a set down to beat Italian Andreas Seppi 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.

Ferrer, Almagro win in Auckland Top-seeded Spaniards David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro opened their 2011 campaigns with hardfought wins in the Heineken Open on Wednesday. Ferrer, the world No. 7 and top seed, took more than 2 1/2 hours to beat Tobias Kamke of Germany 3-6, 7-6 (1), 6-4. Almagro, ranked 14 and the No. 2 seed, was more comfortable but was still tested in beating 52nd-ranked Victor Hanescu of Romania 6-4, 76 (2) in 93 minutes.

Totti hints at Roma exit AS Roma captain Francesco Totti, who has been at his hometown team his whole career, hinted for the first time on Tuesday that he could leave the club after a row with coach Claudio Ranieri. The 34-year-old striker, hailed by fans as the club's greatest ever player, was annoyed after coming on as a substitute for just the last four minutes of Sunday's 2-1 defeat at Sampdoria. Player, coach and club officials held a meeting on Tuesday. "We are thinking about the present, then we will see," Totti told Sky after the meeting when asked if he might have a future away from Rome. "I was a bit upset to go on four minutes from the end."

Agassi shows wife’s ‘nude’ image Tennis legend Andre Agassi showed a 'nude' picture of his wife Steffi Graf on his mobile phone to the winning bidder at a charity auction in Taiwan. The Grand Slam winner said that he would show the picture to whoever was willing to shell out US $4000, reports the Sun. "You pay more than 4,000 dollars and I will show you a picture of my wife on my phone, naked," he told the guests at the fund-raiser. The offer drew laughter and applause. The bidder let out an audible 'Wow!' when Agassi showed him the photo on his phone. It is not clear whether the picture actually was of fellow tennis great Graf or whether she knows of her husband's action.

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SA terrorise India AGENCIES DURBAN, JAN 12

South African fast bowlers terrorised Indian batsmen once again as the visitors went down for just 154 chasing a stiff target of 290 at the Kingsmead Durban. Trio of Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Morne Morkel struck vital blows at regular intervals to send Indian top order back early. Earlier, half-centuries from AB de Villiers, JP Duminy and Hashim Amla carried South Africa to 289-9 against India in the first one-day international at Kingsmead on Wednesday. De Villiers top-scored with 76 from 69 balls and shared a 131-run partnership with Duminy (73) to resurrect South Africa after it slipped to 82-3. Even though Graeme Smith and Colin Ingram fell early, Amla gave the Proteas a flying start with eight fours in his 50 from 36 balls. Munaf Patel — who finished with 2-36 after he was a late replacement for Yusuf Pathan in India's team — then removed Amla to put the brakes on the home team.

But de Villiers and Duminy rebuilt with their century stand and Johan Botha (23) and Wayne Parnell (21 not out) added valuable runs at the end. Patel, Rohit Sharma and Zaheer Khan collected two wickets each for India, which needs 290 for a winning start to the fivematch series. In his last series as South Africa's one-day captain, Smith departed for 11 to a poor shot off Ashish Nehra, trying to pull a ball that was too close to him and sending a top edge to Sharma at slip. Ingram struggled for 5 from 23 balls before he also top-edged a pull shot, this time off Patel, to be caught by Nehra at mid-on. Amla dominated the early part of South Africa's innings, hitting three successive fours in the sixth over and taking the Proteas past 50 off just 40 balls with a whipped four down to fine leg. The only man to score more than 1,000 one-day runs in 2010, the in-form Amla, scored 41 of the runs in a half-century partnership with the scratchy Ingram.

Amla raced to 50, then came unstuck when he tried to force a shot to the legside and was dismissed by a running catch from Harbhajan Singh at mid-on. De Villiers and Duminy consolidated and attacked in the 26th over when de Villiers launched the first six of the innings back over bowler Harbhajan's head. Duminy followed suit next over with a slog-sweep over the midwicket boundary for one of just two boundaries from the left-hander. De Villiers hit seven fours and the six before part-time spinner Sharma forced him to hole out to Harbhajan at deep midwicket. Sharma (2-30) also dismissed Duminy lbw as the Proteas stumbled again before Botha and Parnell took South Africa toward a challenging total, with India forced to chase under floodlights in the day/night match. Zaheer Khan finished with 244, with his two wickets in the final over when he had Dale Steyn caught for 7 and Morne Morkel bowled first ball with a perfect yorker.

India to make changes against Bahrain: Bob AGENCIES DOHA, JAN 12

The Indian national team shall continue to be bereft of the services of Bhaichung Bhutia as the skipper is yet to recover from the calf muscle injury. The Sikkimese Sniper last featured for India back in September against Namibia in the 2-0 victory when he came off the bench for some minutes before injuring his calf again. Fans are awaiting the return of the icon of Indian football on the field in the next two matches at the Asian Cup 2011 but their hopes are to be dashed. “Bhaichung has got no chance of making it against Bahrain. Maybe against Korea… he may,” said India coach Bob Houghton.

The Englishman has already watched a few games of Bahrain in order to get a decent idea of their team tactics and form. “I watched Bahrain against UAE and Syria. They have a few African boys which means they are tough and a physical side,”

pointed the 62 year old. With India not used to playing tough competitive matches in short span of time, Houghton is bound to make some changes in each of the remaining two matches as he believes that not everyone can be around for 90 minutes. “I saw the video and the players ran about 10 to 11 km, which is about thrice the distance the players run in an I-League match. “It’s an awful lot of running and it takes toll. If you see the injuries we have had, most of them have been muscle which is primarily down to the intensity of the training,” explained Houghton. “So I believe we will have to make some changes. I think we need to give some rest to the boys,” he added.

South African Lonwabo Tsotsobe (centre) celebrates dismissing Sachin Tendulkar caught out for 7 by South Dale Steyn during the first One Day International at Kingsmead Stadium in Durban on Wednesday.

Players will have final say: IPL GC AGENCIES NEW DELHI, JAN 12

The Governing Council of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Wednesday clarified that players will have the final say in choosing a franchise, not the team owners. In the wake of the reported decision of Karnataka batsman Manish Pandey to decline the offer of Royal Challengers Bangalore to play for them in the fourth edition, Governing Council member Niranjan Shah told IANS that arm-twisting of cricketers by franchises is unfair and the player has the final say. Some of the franchises are apparently livid with the Governing Council rule on uncapped players since they do not have a strong catchment area to scout for players.

Australians hail Paul AGENCIES DOHA, JAN 12

If goalkeeping is all about courage, then Subrata Paul was born with it. Surely, one of the best Indian goalkeepers in recent times, Paul never looked short on energy and confidence in his team's first match against Australia on Monday. With his athleticism and commitment, he brought about stupendous saves against Australia's World Cup stars Tim Cahill and Harry Kewell . The four goals that the India conceded were not because Subrata erred but because the Aussie strikers were just too good. The Aussies paid rich compliments to Paul. Australia's German coach Holger Osieck

Maradona wants to coach EPL club AGENCIES LONDON, JAN 12

Legendary footballer Diego Maradona wants to coach a Premier League club and Blackburn could be the favourites to get him. The Argentina legend had discussions with Rovers after they sacked Sam Allardyce in December. "In February I am going to England to listen to a firm offer. If they convince me, I may take it up. I am not desperate. I know that some day I will coach another team," The Sun quoted Maradona, as saying. New Indian owners Venky's put first-team coach Steve Kean in charge until the end of the season after firing Allardyce. Venky's chairperson Anuradha Desai said: "We thought about Maradona as a coach after we took over. Talks were at the initial stage then, but there is no development on that front yet." Blackburn believes Maradona would strengthen their bid to sign South American players after failing to buy Ronaldinho last week.

felt that Paul's brilliance under the bar denied his strikers a few more goals. "It is always a situation when you get a lot of opportunities to show what you can do and I think we gave the Indian goalkeeper a lot of chances to show that he is a good one," said Osieck, who was assistant to Franz Beckenbauer at the 1990 World Cup in Italy. The 24-year-old Bengal goalkeeper accepted that the match against Australia was part of a learning process. "We played Australia and we still have to play South Korea and Bahrain. We've come here to learn something while teams like Australia and Korea have come here to win the championship."

Australian skipper Lucas Neill also praised the Indian goalkeeper. "He (Paul) was impressive. We knew before the match it will not be easy against India and it turned out to be that way," said the central defender who plays for Turkish club Galatasaray. "Now we must look forward to our next game against Bahrain," Paul said.

Dhoni, Sehwag & Co do body art for ad


Art and cricket have merged in a novel campaign to take the game and its cult heroes to the masses in the run-up to the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup for Pepsico India, the main sponsor of the Cup. The campaign, to run across all media domains from January 15, will feature popular cricketers sporting their favourite colours on their bodies in intricately painted body art. Every art work has been themed and captioned to suit the personality of the wearer and his style of play according to ancient Chinese and Indian astrology, where each colour of the seven rainbow shades bears an astro-significance. The glamour boy from Jharkhand and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni will flaunt the "fire in the belly look" to symbolise his high-

spirited game and body language on the field. Fire is a symbol of power, passion, aggression and destruction. Dhoni's colour palette will be a peppy mosaic of blue, green, yellow and orange. The pattern does not incorporate his contribution to the pitch but conveys a graphic image of a blazing fire in his belly and his desire to win. Spin bowler Harbhajan Singh will wear the "fiery ball" to gel with his vigour and attitude. The graphic image of the ball on his body is symbolic of his strength on the field and an explosion of red light at the tail of the ball reflects the aggression with which he commands situations on the pitch. Flamboyant opener Virender Sehwag will flaunt a "moving star" on his body. The star is Sehwag personified on the wicket telling


the way he tackles the ball on the ground. It defines the brute force, nifty footwork and the sure-fire batting style of the ace batsman. "Directed arrows" will capture the persona of Suresh Raina, the young southpaw, when on the field. The shooting set of arrows will show his magical power to hit the ball the way he pleases. The different sizes of the arrows project his growth in the game of cricket over the years. Middle-order batsman Virat Kohli will sport the "fast forward" look made of two solid triangles that replicate to represent his highspeed, energetic and exuberant movements on the pitch. The creator of the look, Santosh Padhi, the chief creative officer and co-founder of Taproot India said the body paint campaign was an attempt to bring alive the "passion that the cricketers have for the game".

England win T20 thriller AGENCIES ADELAIDE, JAN 12

Debutant Chris Woakes guided England to a record eighth successive Twenty20 international win as the tourists inflicted more torment on Australia with a lastgasp one-wicket victory at the Adelaide Oval on Wednesday. Despite all-rounder Shane Watson's best efforts to singlehandedly lift the home side to victory, 21-year-old Woakes (19 not out) was the hero as he hit the winning run from the final ball of the England innings. After Australia posted 157-4, with Watson top-scoring with 59 from 31 balls, England wobbled in the chase as Watson picked up four wickets but Woakes' cool head enabled them to reach 158-9 and snatch the win. England previously shared the record for most successive T20 international wins with South


After being heavily criticised from almost all quarters for ignoring former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly in the recently held Indian Premier League (IPL) auction, Bollywood actor and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) coowner Shah Rukh Khan has said that there is no IPL team possible in Kolkata without Ganguly. "I would love it. I would love Sourav to be an integral part. You don't have a team in Kolkata without him," Times Now quoted Shah Rukh Khan, as saying. Shah Rukh also said that he will talk to Ganguly and that his team will try to take him onboard, since he remains unsold in the recently concluded IPL auction. Ganguly, who led Kolkata Knight Riders in the last three editions, failed to get a buyer in the two-day IPL players' auction in Bangalore. Ganguly's name, in fact, did not even come up in the second round of bidding, the players for which were handpicked by the franchises, prompting angry fans to stage protests against his former team Kolkata Knight Riders in the Bengal capital.

Africa and Pakistan and the result follows hard on the heels of their historic 3-1 Ashes triumph over the embattled Australians. With wickets falling at the other end, Woakes kept his cool when he found himself on strike with his side needing three runs from the last two balls from Watson with only one wicket in hand. He slashed the next delivery to the cover boundary for two,

then drove Watson through the infield for what would have been a boundary had he and number 11 Ajmal Shahzad not completed the winning run first. Woakes' innings came after Eoin Morgan put England on the path to victory with 43 but the match turned when the lefthander holed out to Watson, who then removed Michael Yardy with the next ball to be on a hat-trick.

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