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Three highway stretches to be re-inspected HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JULY 12
The National Highways Authority of India and Goa government will conduct a re-inspection of the Porvorim, Chinchinim and Siridao stretches of the NH-17 as the NHAI has rejected the State government’s request to reduce the road width to 35 meters in these three places. Both the NH-17 and the NH4 routes will be finalized within a week’s time after the re-inspection, even as the government maintained that the width of the highways will be restricted to 45 meters in populated areas and 60 meters where
there is no habitation. As far as NH-4 is concerned, the team will also inspect Khorlim and Ela stretch of the highway, where around 108 houses are facing the axe if the road is not narrowed down to 45 meters. Briefing newsmen, Public Works Department Minister Churchill Alemao has said the NHAI team will return back to the State within a week’s time to re-inspect the Porvorim, Chinchinim and Siridao stretch of the NH-17. “The NHAI team has rejected our request to reduce the width to 35 meters in Chinchinim and Porvorim. The in-
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spection will explore the possibility of a bye-pass at Chinchinim. In Porvorim, we are trying to find a solution as buildings worth over Rs 100 crores are standing within the 45 meter alignment”, Alemao said. He, however, said that the problem at Gorvotti-Nuvem, Chimbel in Merces has been resolved with today’s meeting with the NHAI team. “The ageold chapel has been saved at Chimbel-Merces. At Gorvotti, houses will not go for demolition”, he added. Replying to a question, Alemao said the NH-4 will be 45meters wide at Mollem,
Sangod-Manke, Dharbandora, Khandepar, Ponda bypass and Farmagudi. The NH-4 will be realigned at Kundaim with a width of 45 meters. “After today’s meeting, around 200 houses will be saved in Bomba”, Alemao added. He said the stretch of the highway passing through Khorlim and Ela has been made 45 meters to save the 108 houses – 81 in Khorlim and 27 at Ela. Replying to a question, Alemao said that the NH-17 will be 45 meters in congested areas and will be 60 meters where there is no human habitation. (Continued on page 10)
Home-coming of campeones
PTI ALLAHABAD, JULY 12
PSLV-C15 carrying CARTOSAT-2B and four other satellites lifts-off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, in Sriharikota on Monday.
PSLV places five satellites into orbit In a textbook launch, India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle successfully placed into orbit remote sensing satellite Cartosat-2B and four other satellites after a perfect lift off from the spaceport here. At the end of an over 51-hour countdown, the 44.4 metretall four-stage PSLV-C-15, costing Rs 260 crores, blastedoff from a launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre. -- (PTI)
Uttar Pradesh Minister Nand Gopal Gupta “Nandi” was today injured in a bomb blast apparently targeting him just outside his residence here while two others were seriously wounded in the attack following which police detained five supporters of a rival Samajwadi Party leader. The incident, which sent shock waves in the city, took place at around 11 am when 36year-old Gupta, minister for institutional finance, stamp and judicial tax in the Mayawati government, was going to a temple situated about 60 metres from his residence. As he moved 10 to 12 metres towards the temple, the explosion took place in a moped in which the bomb was apparently planted, Additional Director General (ADG) Law and Order Brijlal said. Local journalist Vijay Pratap Singh and the minister’s personal security officer Sanjay, who accompanied Gupta, were seriously injured in the blast, Deputy Inspector General of Police Braj Bhushan said. They were rushed to the private Jeevan Jyoti hospital, where Gupta was stated to be out of danger. But the condition of the other two, who were admitted in the intensive care unit, was stated to be serious, the DIG said. The explosion was prima facie caused by a device planted inside the two-wheeler which was parked alongside the minister’s vehicle, Inspector General of Police Subesh Kumar Singh said. Replying to questions, Brijlal said in Lucknow that no firing took place during the attack and that they were trying to ascertain the motive behind it. “We cannot say at the moment that the minister was the target”, he said.
PTI NEW DELHI, JULY 12
Professionals, including doctors, lawyers and chartered accountants, earning over Rs 10 lakhs annually will be required to file income tax returns electronically, the finance ministry said today. Besides, all business entities and Hindu undivided families (HUFs) with a business income of over Rs 40 lakh per annum will also be required to mandatorily file income tax returns in the electronic format, the ministry said. “Now all individuals and the Hindu undivided families (HUFs), who are required to get their accounts audited...are also required to file their income tax returns electronically with or without digital signatures,” an official release said. Under the Income Tax Act, the individuals and HUFs are required to get their accounts audited if the turnover or gross receipts from business exceeds Rs 40 lakh (Rs 60 lakh from assessment year 2011-12) or receipts from the profession exceeds Rs 10 lakh (Rs 15 lakh from assessment year 2011-12). Earlier, this condition was applicable only to companies and
partnership firms. Further, the ministry made it mandatory for all companies to file income tax returns electronically with digital signatures, a move that will facilitate faster filing of I-T returns by India Inc. “It is now mandatory for all companies to file income tax returns electronically in with digital signatures,” a release said. Earlier, companies could file their electronic returns with or without digital signatures. Digital signature or electronic signature does not require physical verification of the signatory. The government had introduced the system for mandatory e-filing of income tax returns by corporates from assessment year 2006-07. The due date for submitting income tax returns for assessment year 2010-11 is July 31, 2010.
Fee structure panel yet to submit report Spain's goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas (C) holds the trophy upon the team's arrival at Barajas' airport in Madrid, a day after winning the World Cup for the first time 1-0 against Holland.
Casillas seals it with a kiss
Spain's captain Iker Casillas kisses his TV reporter girlfriend Sara Carbonero during a live on-air interview following the World Cup final at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg. AFP MADRID, JULY 12
Keeper Iker Casillas sealed Spain’s first ever World Cup win by kissing his TV reporter girlfriend, who had been accused of distracting him, before millions of viewers during a live on-air interview.
The 29-year-old told Sara Carbonero, a journalist for Spain’s Telecinco channel, he was “super happy” just minutes after Spain’s nail-biting 1-0 extra-time win over the Netherlands. “I want to thank the people who have always supported me,
Traffic chokes Panjim SURAJ NANDREKAR PANJIM, JULY 12
Shocking but true, around 45,865 vehicles enter Panjim while 42,145 exit the capital city everyday. The city witnesses heavy traffic jams on a day-to-day basis more so during peak hours, thanks to the lackadaisical attitude of the government in striking a balance between projects and parking facilities. The Goa Police Traffic Cell and the Transport Department plan to ease the traffic situations in the city have so far remained only on paper with no concrete steps being taken by the authorities, sources disclosed. The State annually registers a total of around 60,000 new vehicles, including two and four wheelers, with the Transport Department collecting road taxes worth crores, however, the government has made no serious attempts whatsoever the parking, sources added. “The traffic situation in the capital city is going from bad to
E-returns must for pros earning over Rs 10 lakh
my parents, my brother,” he said before trailing off and looking away as his eyes welled with tears. Carbonero, 25, then said the channel would show images of the match but Casillas shook his index finger and suddenly kissed the reporter, first on the mouth and then on her cheek before declaring that the interview was over. After Spain lost its opening match against Switzerland 1-0 with Casillas at least partly to blame for the goal, British newspapers speculated that his girlf r i e n d ’ s p re s e n c e a t t h e tournament may have distracted him. To back their theory they published a picture of her, microphone in hand, reporting from behind the net just a few feet (meters) from Casillas during the warm-up for the match against Switzerland. The head of the Madrid press association, Fernando Gonzalez Urbaneja, accused Carbonero of breaching professional ethics (Continued on page 10)
Woman jumps to death from GMC after testing HIV+ HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JULY 12
Vehicles entering Panjim… 2008 2010 2 wheeler 19863 20056 4 wheeler 18896 19693 Others 3698 4106 Total 44555 45865 worse,” sources stated. According to a latest traffic survey of the capital city 45,865 vehicles enter and 42,145 exit everyday. Around 20,056 two wheeler and 19,693 four wheelers enter the city everyday while 20,064 and 17,195 exit the city everyday respectively.
Vehicles exiting… 2008 2010 2 wheeler 18132 20064 4 wheeler 13145 17195 Others 3583 2876 Total 36868 42145 Though there is no significant increase in the number of vehicles entering the city in last two years what is pertinent to note here is that the government had given assurances several times that it would improve the public transport system so that people do not travel in their personal (Continued on page 10)
A 38-year-old woman hailing from North Goa committed suicide hours after she was diagnosed with HIV. This woman was admitted in the Goa Medical College at Bambolim with fever on July 9, Deputy Superintendent of Police Deu Benaulikar informed. She was subjected to blood tests in the hospitals on her admission. The doctors Sunday evening told her she was detected with HIV. The woman who is apparently married allegedly jumped off the first floor of the GMC building at 6:30am today. The post-mortem was conducted after which her body was handed over to her grieved family members. Agassaim police is probing the case as suicide.
Paul, the octopus to retire AGENCIES BERLIN, JULY 12
Paul, the octopus who became a pop culture sensation by correctly predicting the outcome of as many World Cup matches as he has legs — all seven of Germany’s games plus the Spain-Netherlands final — is going to retire. The Sea Life Oberhausen aquarium’s spokeswoman Tanja Munzig said that the intuitive invertebrate will “go into retirement and do what he likes to do best: play with his handlers and delight children who come to visit him.”
HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JULY 12
The State government needs five weeks more to submit final report on the fee structure of private- unaided schools. Advocate General Subodh Kantak told the High Court on Monday that the committee constituted by Directorate of Education (DoE) to look into the issue needs five weeks time to submit its recommendations to the government . The committee was appointed by the government after parents made representations to the department about arbitrary fees being charged by certain schools. Kantak made the statement during hearing of the petition filed by All Goa Unaided School Parents Association (AGUSPA) demanding that the provisions of the Goa School Education Act, 1984 and Goa School Education Rules, 1986 should be implemented in letter and spirit. While Section 19(3) of the act allows schools to have their own fee structure, it must be approved by the government. Under the act it is also provided that the schools must submit their audited statements to the education department before submitting their fee structure for the next academic year. According to AGUSPA some
schools have diverted lakhs of rupees that were collected in the form of donations, tuition fees, development fees, computer hire charges, building rents and under other heads, directly into the accounts of their trusts. This is violation of the Goa Education Act and Rules and money transferred should be retransferred into accounts of the schools and, only then DoE will get a clear idea extend of misappropriation of funds by managements of the schools, submitted the petitioners. The court will next hear the matter on July 13.
Okay, this time they went to Sweden and almost recorded her statement, but failed to insert a cassette.
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Sessions court reserves orders on Mickky’s bail application HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JULY 12
The South Goa Sessions Court has reserved its orders to Tuesday on the bail application filed by former Tourism Minister Mickky Pacheco in the Nadia Torrado death case. Arguments on Pacheco’s bail application were heard before Additional Sessions Judge B P Deshpande. While Pacheco’s legal counsel Adv Surendra Desai have prayed for bail saying that nothing has come on record showing the involvement of the former Minister in Nadia’s death, the prosecution submitted that Pacheco is further required in custody to recover Nadia’s two mobile phones, passport and the ratol tube. Public prosecutor Sarojini Sardinha said the investigating agency could not fully utilise the remand period to interrogate the former minister since sleuths have to either take him for medical examination to the GMC or were busy with Pacheco’s bail applications. Sardinha said the former minister has not been cooperating with the investigations on grounds of his ill health. While opposing the bail plea, the prosecution said the former minister is released on bail may exercise fear in the minds of the witnesses, adding there’s a strong possibility of tampering with evidence. The prosecution said that Nadia’s missing mobiles, laptop, passport and ratol tube, besides the weapon of assault are yet to be recovered by the agency.
Saying there is every possibility of further destruction of evidence, the prosecution maintained that statements of more witnesses remains to be recorded, adding that the investigating agency need to instill confidence in the minds of innocent people to come out of fear to give their statements. The prosecution said the custodial interrogation of the accused is further required as the former minister has played a major role in the personal affairs and life of the deceased in her medical treatment, due to which her family is under his obligations and area not whispering anything against him and not cooperating with the agency. “Custodial interrogation of the accused is of prime importance to recover the two mobiles, one
passport, laptop and the weapon of assault”, Sardinha added. On the other hand, Pacheco’s legal counsel, Adv Surendra Desai said the investigation agency has till date not made out any case against the accused in respect of 304 and 306 of the IPC. Saying there is no fair investigations and the entire episode is politically motivated, Adv Desai said the injuries on the body of deceased Nadia were not spotted either at the Apollo Victor or Jupiter hospitals and wondered how the doctor from Chennai could give an opinion that the age of the injuries are of 12-16 days without examining the dead body. Admitted that deceased Nadia was Pacheco’s close and intimate friend, Adv Desai, however, sought to know how the former
5 mobile phones, 3 SIM cards attached HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JULY 12
The Crime branch has attached five mobile phones and three SIM cards belonging to beleaguered former Tourism Minister, Mickky Pacheco since his arrest on Friday last. Making a submission in the Sessions court on Monday, Public Prosecutor Sarojini Sardinha said the mobile phones and SIM cards have been despatched for scientific investigations after their attachment. She submitted that the mobile phones and SIM cards were attached to obtain details of the calls made by the former Tourism minister between May 1-15 – the day when Nadia Torrado consumed Ratol. The public prosecutor said the items were sent to Hyderabad for urgent examination and submitted that the report is expected to come in very soon. She said that the investigating agency could not unearth much information from the former Minister, claiming that the accused has been evasive to the questions and made contradictory statements when confronted with certain facts relating to the case.
MMC chairperson foils water theft for vehicle washing HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JULY 12
Margao Municipal Chairperson Savio Coutinho called the Margao police late Monday evening after some miscreants tried to cut open a water chamber to illegal tap water for vehicle washing. Margao PI Santosh Desai visited the spot after the Chairperson drew his attention to water theft taking place at the traffic island on the eastern side of the Municipal building. The MMC Chairperson said that the chamber was locked to prevent water thefts, but the miscreants came with a cutter to cut open the chamber lock. The sponsor, who renovated and maintains the traffic island, was also called by the Civic body and requested to lodge a complaint with the police to nab the culprits. Coutinho later told newsmen
Discriminated teachers threaten stir HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JULY 12
The Discriminated Teachers Forum on Monday threatened to launch a agitation, starting with a morcha on July 19, if the government fails to pay heed to their impending demands. In a memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and the Education Minister Babush Monseratte the Forum has demanded immediate settlement of their demands. “We are facing genuine problems due top our premature and forceful retirement by the government at the age of 58 and we have made several representations to your office in this regard,” says the memorandum. However, the memorandum adds, “we are sorry to state that till date nothing concrete has been done by your government in the matter and therefore our members who are senior citizens are anguished, disillusioned and demoralized.” “It may be noted that our talukawise meetings have resolved en masse to restart the suspended agitation with mocha on July 19, at Porvorim inorder to press for the settlement of our just and genuine demands,” it says. The memorandum also says that the forum does not want to embarrass the government as the Goa Legislative assembly’s monsoon session starts on that day. “”If the government has any proposal to redress our grievances in the current Assembly Session or the next Teachers Day on September 5, you should convey it to us at the earliest so that we hold back our agitation,” the forum said in the memorandum to the CM and education minister.
Miscreants tried to cut open the lock of this chamber to commit water theft for vehicle washing which was foiled by the MMC Chairperson. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar
that water theft from the tap installed inside the traffic island is a regular phenomenon and demanded action against the miscreants. “Water theft from
the traffic island for vehicle washing is not uncommon in the city. It is high time the authorities crack a whip against the culprits”, he demanded.
Minister could be charged for killing her when he has spent Rs 40 lakh – as per estimates drawn by the crime branch – to save her life. Judge Deshpande sought to know from Adv Desai whether any circumstances have changed in the case since the rejection of Pacheco’s bail plea by Additional Sessions Judge V P Kamat last week.
Mickky’s counsel demands inquiry into Hospicio’s medical report HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JULY 12
Fo r m e r M i n i s t e r, M i c k k y Pacheco’s legal counsel Adv Amit Palyekar has demanded an inquiry into the discrepancies noticed in the Hospicio’s medical report concerning the Benaulim MLA. Palyekar told newsmen after the hearing of Pacheco’s bail application that an inquiry should be conducted to find out who had overwritten on the medical report relating to the former Minister. ‘An inquiry is important to ascertain the people behind the decision to overwrite Pacecho’s blood pressure which was used by the prosecution in the court to raise doubts on the genuineness of the report”, he said. The demand for an inquiry assumes significance given that the Junior physician attached to Hospicio, Dr Iona Barretto has categorically denied that she has not overwritten Pacheco’s blood pressure report.
Hearing of TBA plea on Aug 9 HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JULY 12
Final hearing on petition field by Taleigao Bachao Abhiyan (TBA) about a plot (open space) encroached upon by a private builder, has been fixed for hearing on August 9. According to the petitioner, the outline development plan of Taleigao village has shown it as open space earmarked for recreational use. The petition is clubbed with petition filed by Amit Juneja and Sudha Ladha raising the similar issue seeking directions to authorities to take action against the builder to forthwith stop the illegal and unauthorised construction and restore it to its original form. The petitions were listed for hearing before a Division Bench of Justices A S Oka and F M Reis on Monday along with Miscellenous Civil Application (MCA) moved by the petitioners. However, they did not press for hearing on the application as Court fixed the final hearing on August 9.
GC-MS system to help GSPCB in monitoring organic pollutants HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JULY 12
The introduction of Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer (GC-MS) system will now help the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) to monitor the concentration level of organic pollutants in the environment in better way. The GC-MS system funded by the State government (Rs 44.57 lakh) was inaugurated on Monday at the hands of Environment Minister Aleixo Sequeira. “With the commissioning of the new instrument, the monitoring capabilities of the board have increased. The
GSPCB laboratory can now test water quality for parameters like alkalinity, conductivity, oils and grease, carbon, nitrogen and others,” GSPCB c h a i r m a n S i m o n D’ S o u z a said. D’Souza said that the GC-MS instrument is a combination of two individual instruments-the Gas Chromatograph and the Mass Spectrometer, which has several limitations if used individually. “A combination of two makes it a powerful tool,” he added. The system has two libraries installed in it – NIST library containing details of 1,19,235 compounds and the pesticides
library containing details of 578 compounds. The chairman informed that the supplier of the instrument, M/s Toshwin, has provided inhouse training to the technical staff of the board on the working and maintenance of the instrument. Talking at the inaugural function, Sequeira said that with the commissioning of the new instrument, the work load has increased but the board needs to work it sincerely and apply their minds in protecting the environment. “The State government will provide full support whenever required,” he said.
GSPCB to have its own premises HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JULY 12
Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) might soon have their own premises as per their requirements with State government conceding for all required support. Minister for Environment Aleixo Sequeira on Monday asked the board to appoint a consultant to design a building suitable for GSPCB functioning. “You go ahead with the proposal and appoint a consultant, who will design building as per your requirements. The government will provide full support,” Sequeira said. The assurance came after, GSPCB chairman Simon D’Souza pointed out the various difficulties the board has to face in carrying out day today activities in the absence of proper space. The chairman demanded setting up of separate building for the board, which would be designed as per their necessities. “The space presently being occupied (first and the fourth floor of Dempo Tower) is not suitable and not adequate to handle the various types of
the board, efficiently. It was not planned and built to our requirements,” D’Souza pointed out. Explaining the situation, he said that some of their staff members are forced to sit in small cubicles with space just sufficient to accommodate one small table and a chair. “We have several constraints in this place – there are objections from the commercial establishments operating from this building and the association of space occupiers against the storage of laboratory gases, chemicals, solvents etc,” chairman lamented. He also brought to the notice that GSPCB has no proper parking space as well as no space on the ground to set up an Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Station. Earlier, Sequeira assured to look into the report on strengthening of the board, which is been forwarded to the government and the Central pollution control board for approval. The GSPCB in their 97 meeting had decided to strengthen their workforce by appointing more and qualified staff at different levels to perform the various functions.
Three held for assault on security guards at Collem
Stolen Bethany Convent trophies reduced to scrap
HERALD CORRESPONDENT COLLEM, JULY 12
Collem Police arrested three persons on charges of assaulting two security guards at a mine in Bimbal-Collem on Monday at about 12 noon. Collem Police have identified the accused as Chenappa Verappa Jadhav (25) from Dharwad-Karnataka, Mehaboob Nadaf (40) of Solapur-Maharashtra and Mantesh Gauda Patil (32) of Belgaum-Karnataka. According to Collem Police PI Manoj Mardolkar, the three accused, who are working as drivers at Bimbal mine, asked security guards Ramakant Suresh Gidaye (25) and Padmakar Pawar (24), both from Maharashtra, to open the main mine gate at about 7.30 pm on Sunday. Since the security guards did not open the main gate, the accused allegedly assaulted the security guards with glass bottles and belts. The security guards sustained grievous injuries. Later, the security guards lodged a compliant with Collem Police station. PI Mardolkar, Head Constable Ganpat Patil and other police personnel arrested the trio on Monday at about 12 noon. Collem Police arrested the trio under Section 452, 324, 504 and 506. The accused will be produced before Sanguem JMFC on Tuesday. HC Ganpat Patil is investigating the case under the supervision of PI Mardolkar.
The Maina-Curtorim police with damaged trophies and temple bells and the accused. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JULY 12
Just imagine when near twoand-half decade of hard work of students in the sporting arena is simply reduced to scrap. Indeed, dozens of trophies and shields won by students of Bethany Convent high school at the State and national level sporting events have been left damaged. Brass component of the trophies and shields won by this school in the village of Sao Jose de Areal was sold as scrap to a Vasco-based dealer after they were burgled by miscreants last week. No doubt, the Maina Curtorim police cracked the theft case with the arrest of an accused, Sanjay Rathod, but the recovery of the stolen items in damaged condition may not be good news
for many, when the trophies were won by the institute over the last 24 years by sheer hard work of the students. School headmistress, Sr Ida Lobo says the school will ask for the return of the trophies from the custody of the police and explore the possibility of restoring the shields to its original condition. “I have no personally seen the recovered items, but our PTA members, who were called to the police station have seen the items”, she said. Sr Ida, however, had a word of praise for the men-in-uniform manning the Maina Curtorim police station. “The police certainly deserves praise for achieving a breakthrough not only in solving our case, but for cracking the Cuncolim Temple burglary case. “Two of the Temple bur-
CDP: MMC directed to produce authentic copy of public notice
glaries in Cuncolim stands solved along with our case. The arrest of the accused may help in solving other such cases”, she added. Says Maina Curtorim Police station incharge, PI Sidhant Shirodkar: “The accused has damaged the trophies with a stone so that the brass component can be disposed to a scrap dealer. The management of Bethany School convent has said they will take possession of the damaged trophies”. The Maina Curtorim police have obtained a seven days police remand for accused Rathod. The police are also on the look out for Rathod’s accomplice to throw light on many cases of thefts, including thefts that have occurred in places of worship across the State.
‘Development’ has damaged Goa environment: Ramesh PTI BHOPAL, JULY 12
A man has a look at the City Development Plan for Margao. HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JULY 12
The South Goa Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Margao Municipal Council to produce the authentic copy of the public notice inviting suggestions and objections from the citizens on the controversial City Development Plan. The Forum passed the order following a petition filed by citybased NGO Bailancho Ekvott demanding transparency in the CDP. The Forum has also asked the Margao Civic body to submit a copy of the CDP for its perusal.
Beef or mutton? Row over meat at Margao HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JULY 12
A row broke out in a city hotel on late Monday evening whether the meat consumed by the customers was beef or mutton. The controversy threatened to snowball into a law and order problem as a crowd assembled outside the hotel as allegations were levelled by customers that they were served beef when they had ordered mutton. The Margao police rushed to the hotel fearing that the issue might take communal colour by despatching jeeps load of policemen. The customers, who suspected that they were served beef in place of mutton, demanded action against the hotel owner. The hotel owner, sources said, maintained that the meat served to the complaining customers was indeed mutton and refuted allegations made by the latter. PSI Manguesh Naik, who was drafted to defuse any law and order problem said the matter was later resolved by the two parties. He said though the police deployed jeep loads of policemen,
The Forum has also sought for the copy of the requisition letter made by the Margao Municipal Council to the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation and their reply in respect of furnishing the lay out plan forming part of the City Development Plan. All these documents are required to be submitted to the Forum by the Civic body within two days. President of the South Goa Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Adv Jagdish Prabhudesai has directed the MMC Chief Officer to personally remain present during further hearing fixed
Photo by Santosh Mirajkar
on July 14 at 3 pm. The Margao Municipal Council was dragged to the Consumer Forum by Bailancho Ekvott President Auda Viegas for deficiency in service by not displaying the CDP in the civic body before inviting suggestions and objections. Incidentally, though the 15day period of inviting suggestions and objections expires on July 19, the Civic body has finally thought it fit to display the charts in the Municipality on Monday – seven days after the Civic body set in motion the process to invite suggestions and objections.
Development work had “inflicted the worst damage” to the environment and forests in Goa, Union Minister for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh said in Bhopal on Friday. He was speaking to NGOs at the sixth public consultation organised about the Green Mission at the Indian Forest Management Institute in the Madhya Pradesh capital. However, he said, afforestation and re-greening should be taken up on a war footing to make up the loss. Ramesh lamented that he was facing criticism from his cabinet colleagues for allegedly blocking development projects. “I am being considered as ‘Ravana’ for development projects,” Ramesh lamented. Without naming anyone, the minister said he was being considered as a person putting obstacles in the way of development projects. “Our department is being shown as the enemy of development, which is not the case,” he said. In recent months, Ramesh has come under attack from Road Transport and Highways Minister Kamal Nath over construction of highways through forests in Madhya Pradesh, as well as Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel for “delay” in the environmental clearance of the Navi Mumbai airport.
Fomento returns draft Concession Agreement lawyer. Incidentally, it is not out of place to mention Fomento has finally returned the draft Concession here that Fomento had initially insisted that the Agreement for the consideration of the Margao Margao Civic body first sign the Concession Agreement with the company before commencMunicipal Council on Monday. Margao Municipal Chairperson Savio Coutinho ing work at the Sonsodo dump yard. Fomento, confirmed that the Civic body has finally received however, later agreed to the directions of the high powered committee headed the draft Concession Agreement by Chief Minister to commence prefrom Fomento – nearly three months Margao Municipal liminary work at the site. after the draft was taken by the com- Council Savio Meanwhile, Margao Municipal pany for perusal and to make further Coutinho said he drivers on Monday called on Chairsuggestions. person Savio Coutinho and comCoutinho said he would study the would study the plained of the deteriorating new points incorporated in the draft new points incoragreement by Fomento, and made porated in the draft approach road inside the garbage dumping site at Sonsodo. it clear that the agreement would agreement by FoA delegation of the drivers now be forwarded to the Municipal mento, and made it pointed out that the approach road lawyer for study and opinion. clear that the to the dumping site has turned un“The draft agreement was vetted motorable and has sunk due to the by the Municipal legal retainer be- agreement would monsoons. fore Fomento sought the draft for now be forwarded The drivers said that they will it its perusal. I will study to find out to the Municipal difficult to dump the waste inside whether they have made any lawyer for study the site and asked the Chairperson changes to the draft. The draft will and opinion. to take up the matter with Fonow be despatched to the legal remento. tainer for vetting”, Coutinho Coutinho assured the workers that he would added. Replying to a question, Coutinho said the draft remind Foment to repair the approach road, agreement will be placed before the Council saying garbage collection in the city is affected meeting only after it is vetted by the Municipal by the poor condition of the road. HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JULY 12
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Have confidence in cops, DGP tells BJYM HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JULY 12
“You have to believe and have confidence in police,” was the one statement reply by Director General of Police to the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, on Monday. A delegation of nine members representing as many as 150 saffron men on the streets, today evening demanded the police to take cognizance of allegations made by Lucky Farmhouse, jilted girlfriend of the alleged drug peddler Yaniv Benaim aka Atala. This was yet another step pointing out a total negligence by the Congress-led government, BJYM members came down on streets. Reiterating its main party’s demand, the youth further demanded to hand over the muchtouted police-politician-drug nexus probe to an independent agency. The demands included, “The police-drug peddlers-politician nexus should be thoroughly
probed to eliminate for good the menace of drugs from the Goan soil and thorough investigations be held into the allegations made by Lucky. That, investigation be handed over to an independent investigating agency like CBI.”
DRUG NEXUS PROBE
Lucky had alleged Roy Naik, son of the Home Minister Ravi Naik was also involved in the drug trade and that he often visited Atala’s house in Anjuna. In an interview to local media, Lucky claimed she had evidence to prove that some policemen visited Atala who bribed them on several occasions. Earlier, the BJYM held a peaceful morcha at about 4:15 pm near Azad Maidan after which they had a brief meeting to later meet the DGP. Adequate number of police personnel from Panjim, Old Goa and Agassaim and a
platoon of lady Goa Reserve Police were deployed till the BJP crowd dispersed after 5:30 pm. The two-page memorandum expressed apprehensions on the police investigation alleging the investigating officer tried to botch up the probe to ‘please his masters’. The officer’s name was however not mentioned in the copy. “…It is extremely disappointing and disheartening to note the allegation of politicians also being actively involved in the drugs and related trade here in Goa… Of late the revelations by Lucky have been the centre focus of the case against the six policemen and two important drug dealers (Atala and Dudu),” read the copy signed by its 10 BJYM. With the police probing the nexus case against its own tainted men will fabricate the case results, BJYM claimed this was one of the reasons it was demanding to hand over the case to an independent agency like CBI.
Sex racket: police asked to carry out proper investigation HERALD REPROTER PANJIM, JULY 12
In yet another rap to the Calangute Police Inspector Nolasco Raposo in the suspected sex racket raid earlier this month, Mapusa Deputy Collector asked the police to carry out a proper investigation as the officer failed to prove the rescued girls were involved in the sex racket. Moreover, a panel of members inquiring into the complaints by the victim girls who protested they were illegally picked up from their homes, remarked the Calangute police did not follow the procedure laid down in the Immoral Trafficking and Prevention Act 1956. “…the panel of members who are of the opinion that the action of the Calangute police is unjustifiable as it failed to follow the procedure enlisted under the Act at the time of conducting the raid and victims rescued…” read the order copy released by Dy Collector D M Redkar. Calangute police carried out the raid suspecting prostitution activities in guise of beauty saloon
along the Candolim - Baga belt. It claimed to have rescued 29 girls who were later remanded to protective home in Merces. The ‘rescued’ girls however complaint to concerned authorities that they were not involved in any illegal activities and that the police team arrested them from their homes without explaining any charges. Interestingly, the Candolim health department where the ‘rescued’ girls were subjected to medical examination did not speak about sexual exploitation, was another revelation in the Sub Divisional Magistrate report. The report further lamented that the police failed to prove that the victim girls were involved in sexual activities, as it also failed to make arrests. It bitterly described the raid as illegal, unwarranted and unjustified. Despite this, the SDM seemingly wants to give the police a chance, as the panel nonetheless suggested the police to be cautious while conducting future raids in case of sexual exploitation activities and to follow the ITPA rules.
Two years after completion, Mapusa hospital yet to take off HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, JULY 12
Mapusa MLA Francis D’Souza has stated that although over two years has elapsed since the completion of Rs 42 crore project of District Hospital at Mapusa, it is yet to become operational. He was addressing the press c o n f e re n c e o rg a n i s e d b y Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at Mapusa on Monday. “The people of entire North Goa are being denied good medical facilities by the government. The warranty on the machinery and equipments worth crores of rupees installed in the District Hospital have now lapsed. The government is spending several lakh of rupees every month on maintenance of the building,” claimed D’Souza. “This is nothing but waste of public money. If the government does not start the District Hospital by August 15, then the people of Bardez will launch agitation from August 16,” warned D’Souza. He further said that he had raised the issue of District Hospital in the Assembly Session in 2008 and was given a reply by the health minister that it will be started as early as possible. “When the people took up the matter with the High Court, the government had given an assurance to the High Court that the hospital will go on stream soon. But so far, the government has not taken any initiative to start the hospital,” added the Mapusa MLA.
Gold ornaments burgled from Cuncolim house HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JULY 12
Unknown miscreants decamped with gold ornaments from the house of one Irene Afonso at Cuncolim. Cuncolim PSI Gautam informed that the miscreants lifted away a gold chain, gold earrings, a gold pendant, mangalsutra, besides a Sony camera, all valued around Rs 53,500 The police has registered a case of theft following a complaint received from Irene Afonso. PSI Gautam is investigating.
Laxmikant Parsekar addresses the media at Mapusa. Photo by Anil Shankhwalker
“The government is only fooling the people by giving false assurances. If the government is unable to get doctors, then why it is building hospitals spending crores of rupees,” asked D’Souza. D’Souza stated that he had suggested to the Public Accounts Committee during their visit to the District Hospital that the government should start the District Hospital with basic facilities available at Azilo Hospital and later they can start the Superspeciality wing. “The morgue section of the District Hospital if made operational would save hardships of the people. But the government does not appear to be bothered about the conveniences of the people,” added D’Souza. BJP President Laxmikant Parsekar said when Vishwajeet Rane became the health minister, the people of Goa had high expectation from him. “The people hoped that he will provide good medical facilities for the Goans. It is now
over three years that he is the health minister, but he has not done anything worth noticeable to improve the health care,” alleged Parsekar. “In my Mandrem constituency, there were three Rural Medical Dispensaries each having independent doctor. Now these dispensaries are functioning sans medical officers. The health minister is busy recruiting public attendants in hospitals from Sattari taluka,” claimed Parsekar. “Hospitals need doctors and nurses and not the public attendants. The Directorate Health Services had selected 7-8 nurses from Mandrem constituency a year ago and these nurses have still not got appointment letters. Vishwajeet Rane has proved that he is not competent to handle the Health Department,” stated Parsekar. Pe r n e m M L A D a y a n a n d Sopte, Saligao ML A Dilip Parulekar and Siolim ML A Dayanand Mandrekar were also present for the press conference.
Govt to undertake communidade land for afforestation too HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JULY 12
The State Forest Department will undertake 450 hectares of government forest and communidade land for afforestation, this monsoon. The set target for the year 2010-11 is 450 ha, which includes 150 ha land under Compensatory Afforestation fund Management and Plann i n g A u t h o r i t y ( C A M PA ) scheme amounting to Rs 5060 lakh. “The afforestation is taken up for enriching the existing plantation in the State. The plantation will be carried out in the degraded forest areas of the state,” Deputy Conservator of Forest, Planning and Statistics, Sanjay Waradkar told Herald. Waradkar said that of the total targeted area, 30 ha land is under communidade while the rest is government owned forest areas. The drive that begin in June, will plant species like teak, acacias and other indigenous verities. The department expects
to cover the entire 450 ha by mid July.
“The afforestation is taken up for enriching the existing plantation in the State. The plantation will be carried out in the degraded forest areas of the state.”
Deputy Conservator of Forest, Planning and Statistics Sanjay Waradkar
The official said that around 7.5 lakh saplings will be planted in various forest department run nurseries. “Last year we had raised 15.3 lakh saplings of which 7.5 lakh will be planted now. For the next year our aim is to raise 12.3 lakh saplings, which would be utilised for afforestation drive,” Waradkar explained. The afforestation drive is jointly carried out by forest divisions like social forestry, North Goa and South Goa territorial units and by research and utilisation divi-
sion. “Social forestry department priority will be plantation of communidade land, while the research and utilisation division will plant medicinal plants over 20 ha of area,” he said. “Plantation of medicinal plants being a gap plantation is carried out in small numbers,” he added. It is been estimated that a cost of plantation, which will also include maintenance, amounts to Rs 30,000 per ha. Whereas department have to shell out Rs 5 behind each saplings. Goa has a forest cover of over 1,421 sq km. of which 33 percent of area is under government forests (1224.38 sq kms) while 62 percent is brought under protected areas of wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, owned by state government.
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Founder’s Day at Calangute PANJIM (HND) — Don Bosco Primary & High School, Calangute celebrated its Founder’s Day recently. Late Rev Fr Vital Sales was fondly remembered for his selfless services towards the poor and needy students from Calangute, since the school’s inception in 1963. Earlier, a Eucharistic celebration, thanking God for the beautiful gift of Late Rev. Fr. Vital Sales to this School was followed by a cultural programme in which the students a presented a medley of songs and a dances. Principal, Savio J Fernandes Sales, paid rich tributes to late Rev. Fr. Vital Sales. In keeping with the founder’s vision of service to God and the poor, free note books and uniforms were distributed to all the poor and needy students of the school. Savio J Fernandes e Sales proposed the vote of thanks.
Harvalem waterfall: once beautiful now dreadful!
UPCOMING EVENTS Diabetes camp at Mapusa
PANJIM (HND) — A free diabetes detection and awareness camp organised by Mapusa Navyuvak Mandal and sponsored by M/. Union Pharmacy and ‘Accu Check’ will be held on Saturday, July 17 at Union Pharmacy, first floor, Sirsat Building, Mapusa from 7.15am to 9.30am. Blood sugar will be checked absolutely free. Those interested are requested to come on empty stomach for the check up. For details and registration, contact Union Pharmacy, Mapusa on phone no 2252557.
Discourse in city
PANJIM (HND) – Fr Abraham Painumkal SJ, a Jesuit priest and counsellor, will deliver a discourse on “We Neurotics” on July 15 at 6 pm at Jesuit House, Panjim. It is open to all and free. For further details call Fr Abraham at Jesuit House Panjim on 9850123667/2223495.
Biodiversity Year launch
The dilapidated condition of the bench at Harvalem waterfall. Photos by Samir Umarye
The broken fencing at the Harvalem waterfall. HERALD CORRESPONDENT BICHOLIM, JULY 12
Kids dressed in colourful attire at Founder’s Day celebration.
Malaria rally held
CURCHOREM (HC) — A malaria awareness rally was recently organized by the NSS unit of Smt Chandrabhaga Tukoba Naik HSS, Curchorem-Cacora Municipal Council and the Curchorem Upgraded Primary Health Centre. The rally was flagged off by CCMC Chairperson Maruti Naik near the railway station. After covering a major part of the town, the rally culminated near the CCMC building. Curchorem Health Centre Chief Medical Officer Dr Ganapati Kakodkar appealed to the students to take care of surrounding specially during rainy season so that malaria can be controlled and requested them to help CCMC in carrying out the various awareness programmes. Staff members of the Primary Health Centre and municipal council were also present. Earlier, Principal Vaman Bhadri welcomed the gathering. Pradeep Naik, S N Bhat, R P Raiker, Sukshma Kakodkar, N B Sawant, Mr Popkar and Manisha Upadhye also participated.
Ankita is Mulgao HSS GS
MAYEM (HC) — Ankita Desai has been elected general secretary of the Students Council of Dnyanprakash Higher Secondary School at Mulgao, while Shubhada Desai was elected the Assistant General Secretary. At the recent elections, other office bearers elected include Ankita Gawas (Cultural Secretary), Gayatri Damle (Assistant Cultural Secretary), Dattaram Halrankar (Sports Secretary) and Shreyash Naik (Assistant Sports Secretary). The members include Yogesh Tari (XIIth Arts), Robert Coelho and Varsha Vaingankar (XIIth Commerce), Tejasvi Thakur and Anikat Thakur (XIth Arts), Suraj Umarye and Veenanti Haldankar (XIth Commerce) and Anuja Sawant as lady president, Students Council head Prof Narendra Naik supervised the elections.
The waterfall at Harvalem-Sanquelim in Bicholim taluka has been neglected by the authorities and it seems to become a nightmare for the tourists. The Harvalem waterfall, which is one of the tourist spots in the State, has been totally neglected by the government and authorities. When this scribe visited the site, few tourists from Hyderabad and Vasco were seen.
20 structures razed at Mandrem HERALD CORRESPONDENT PERNEM, JULY 12
Navelim Panch Pandharinath Gawas told Herald. It may be recalled that some years ago, the entire surrounding of the waterfall was beautified by the panchayat with some help from the Mineral Foundation of Goa. There were new benches, flower beds and hedges that attracted the tourists. But now, the entire place has become a mess. “Some years ago, when I came here, this place was beautiful, but now it has totally lost its beauty,” complained a tourist.
UP trio arrested for thefts at Pissurlem
Acting on the directives of the High Court, the demolition squad recently demolished 20 illegal permanent structures on Mandrem beach. The demolition squad also demolished two constructions of a resort at Junas Wadda. The drive was supervised by Pernem Mamlatdar Bushan Sawaikar, BDO Tushar Halarnkar and Mandrem Sarpanch Mahesh Konadkar. No untoward was reported during the demolition drive, as police personnel from Pernem Police Station were deployed. PWD personnel assisted in the demolition drive.
Bicholim police on Wednesday arrested Bicholim Municipal Council (BMC) Councillor Bhagwan Harmalkar in connection with an assault case. According to reports, Harmalkar on Sunday had allegedly stopped vehicle carrying milk and assaulted the driver and threatened him. The councillor was later released on bail.
Faculty development prog
NSS officers’ meet
Accused involved in house-breaking thefts along with Valpoi police. HERALD CORRESPONDENT VALPOI, JULY 12
Valpoi Police arrested three persons from UP for their alleged involvement in two theft cases reported at Pissurlem-Sattari in the wee hours on Sunday. According to Valpoi Police, after they received two complaints of house-breaking at Pissurlem, they rushed to the spot and found some evidence like slippers, which were left at the site. Police during the course of investigation in
Agonda, Khola locals feted for saving abducted youth des, Santosh Naikgaonkar, Anthony Borges, Luisinho Coutinho, Badal Naikgaunkar, Harishchandra Kholkar, Fondu Velip Avalkar, Gonu Pagi and Eusepio Goes. The midday function, compered by Harischandra Kholkar and Nitin Naik Gaunkar, came to an end after enjoying the food.
PANJIM (HND) — Emphasizing on the importance of Konkani language, Deputy Speaker Mauvin Godinho called upon the people to adhere for love and affection for the betterment of Konkani. Godinho was speaking at Goa Konkani Sanskrutik Mandal’s function organised on the occasion of Shenoi Goembab 133rd anniversary, at Cortalim. Other dignitaries present were Sancoale deputy sarpanch Ramakant Borkar, ex-president of Konkani Bhasha Mandal Bhiku B. Naik, Sancoale ex-sarpanch Bhojraj Naik, Goa Medical Associate Professor Dr Rajesh Patil, Mandal President Prof Ashok Naik, Vice President Adv Uday Naik, Secretary Prof Satyawan Naik. Mauvin Godinho also urged the gathering to abide the great teaching of late Shenoi Goembab who strived for cause of Konkani. Bhiku B Naik, Ramakant Borkar, Bhojraj Naik also expressed their views. Bhiku B Naik gave vivid descriptive ideas on life and achievements of Shenoi Goembab. Earlier, President Prof Ashok Naik welcomed and introduced the chief guest while Adv Uday Naik proposed the vote of thanks. Prof Satyawan Naik compered the function.
Cookery, bakery course
PANJIM (HND) — A comprehensive course on low fat bakery and cookery classes will be held from July 19 by Fatima Moniz in Margao. The course includes cakes with decoration, desserts (hot & cold), pies, tarts (sweet & savoury), bread, cookies, souffles, mousses and veg/non-veg dishes. The cuisine will be Portuguese, Goan, Continental, Italian, Indian etc. Eggless cooking will also be taught. For further details contact Fatima on 2776035/ 9370275702.
Photo by Ashraf Khan
the nearby area of the crime spot, found three suspicious persons, Pappu Siaram Banvasi (30), Pinto Lalta Banvasi (20) and Ram Kumar Banvasi (20), who had come down to Goa and were staying at Pissurlem. Police arrested all the three accused on Sunday afternoon. According to police, the trio confessed to the crime. PSI Chandrakant Naik, Head Constables Uday Umarye and Ramesh Copordekar nabbed the trio under the supervision of PI Shivram Vaigankar.
Love Konkani: Mauvin
PANJIM (HND) — Centre for Portuguese Language and Culture of the Smt Parvatibai Chowgule College of Arts & Science, Margao in association with Instituto Camoes, Panjim will commence Portuguese language classes for basic and elementary levels at the college premises from July 19. For each batch, classes will be held on 3 alternate days of the week between 6 pm and 8 pm. Instituto Camoes will hold examination in late November/early December 2010 and issue certificates. Fees for basic course will be Rs 3,500 and Rs 4,000 for Elementary. For further details contact Centre for Portuguese Language & Culture in library block of the college for enrolment or Ashok Dange on 2759504 Ext. 2215/9422062928 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Malabar Food Fest
PANJIM (HND) — Malabar Food Festival will be held from July 16 to 25 Café Azul – Cidade de Goa at 11 pm. The food fest will reflect the authentic flavours of Malabar cuisine both vegetarian and non-vegetarian including appams (toddy fermented rice hoppers), mutton ishtew (boneless tender mutton cubes stewed with potatoes in coconut milk), vegetable ishtew (seasonal vegetables stewed with potatoes in coconut milk), parotta (layered bread made of refined wheat flour cooked on a hot griddle), Malabar kozhi curry (chicken), muttakose thoran (braised cabbage and peas with coconut), avial (tender vegetables in yogurt curry), mor’em vallam (chilled buttermilk mildly flavoured with chili, coriander and ginger), nadan meen curry (fierce and tangy fish curry stewed in an earthern pot), nai meen pollichathu (spiced kingfish slices baked in banana leaf envelopes) and mapula biryani (mutton biryani) The festival will also include desserts like Kozhikode halwa (rice halwa with jaggery) or ada pradhaman (pasta flakes simmered in sweetened cardamom flavoured milk). For more details contact 2454545 or visit www.cidadedegoa.com.
PANJIM (HND) — The Institute of Personality Development will organise a ‘faculty development programme’ for the teachers at its in Panjim from July 19 to 23 from 5 pm to 6 pm. The programme will deal with communication skills, human relationship, leadership, and personality, techniques of reading and lecturing and public speaking. Interested teachers may contact Prof Agnel Crasto at Pinto Chambers, Block A, 2nd floor, Opposite Dena Bank, Panjim on 2435838/ 9420818302.
Bicholim councillor arrested HERALD CORRESPONDENT BICHOLIM, JULY 12
Cortalim MLA and Deputy Speaker Mauvin Godinho lighting the lamp in the presence of Ramakant Borkar, Dr Rajesh Patil, Adv Uday Naik, Bhiku B Naik, Bhojraj Naik and Prof Satyawan Naik.
However, close inspection at the site showed that the entire area from where the waterfall could be seen was filled with mud. The steps have become slippery and dangerous for the people to walk. Besides, some benches are broken and in several places, fences are falling apart, posing a serious danger to the public. “Recently, the waterfall was reddish in colour due of the mining pollution and even now the entire silt of mining is deposited at the bottom of the waterfall,”
PANJIM (HND) — The Fishery Survey of India, Mumbai will organise a launching ceremony of the International Year of Biodiversity at 4.30 pm on July 13 at the International Centre, Goa. Dr Satish Shetye, Director, National Institute of Oceanography, will be chief guest. Dr K. Vijayakumaran, Director General, Fishery Survey of India, Mumbai, will preside over while Prof PV Desai, Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences and Environment, Goa University, S C Verenkar, Director of Fisheries, Government of Goa, Dr M E John, Zonal Director, Fishery Survey of India will be present. The Institute is organising a series of programmes during the year-long celebrations all over the country.
PANJIM (HND) — The annual meeting of the +2 level NSS programme officers of all affiliated NSS units will be held on July 16 at 10 am while that of the principals of all affiliated units will be on July 23 at 10.30 am in Miramar Residency’s Conference hall, Miramar, to chalk out the yearly programme as to allocate the NSS volunteer strength. All the principals of the affiliated NSS units of Higher Secondary Schools are requested to depute their NSS programme officers to attend the meetings. No programme officers or any other teacher will be permitted to attend the meeting of Principals. Registration of participants will commence at 10am at the venue.
Tilak’s death anniversary
PANJIM (HND) — Institute Menezes Braganza, Panjim will organise a programme to mark the death anniversary of national leader and journalist Lokmanya Tilak on August 1 at the Sahitya Sevak Mandal Hall, Institute Menezes Braganza Building, Panjim from 10am onwards. A workshop for gramin patrakars is being organized. Senior journalists are invited to give a talk and guide the patrakars on various aspects of journalism. Gramin Patrakars interested in attending the workshop are requested to contact Institute Menezes Braganza, Panjim on 2224143/ 2230263 during office hours on or before July 20.
256 Quepem locals benefit from Grameen Urja Yojana HERALD CORRESPONDENT QUEPEM, JULY 12
All the 12 felicitated residents from Agonda and Khola along with former minister Sanjay Bandekar, kidnapped boy and others. Photo by Kathy Pereira HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, JULY 12
It was a befitting recognition of obligation from the villagers of Vagator-Anjuna to the residents of Agonda and Khola, some of whom have been responsible to save the life of a 22-year-old youth from Vagator, in a recent kidnapping for ransom incident. Over a hundred of residents from Vagator arrived in Agonda on Sunday morning along with the kidnapped boy and his family members to felicitate 12 residents from Agonda and Khola, who assisted Goa police to save the life of the youth and subsequent arrest of abductors involved in the kidnapping for ransom. One of the speakers called
for keeping strict vigilance on the activities of Nepalis engaged in tourism and other trades in the State, besides calling for compulsory deportation of these nationals immediately after tourism activities comes to standstill before they are engaged again in subsequent seasons. Former minister Sanjay Bandekar, who was the chief guest, lauded the youth force of the State. ZP members from Canacona taluka, Krishna Velip ( K h o l a ) a n d D a y a Pa g u i (Poinguinim) called for strict police action on such people involved in nefarious activities. Agonda Sarpanch Milagrinha Fernandes also spoke on the occasion. About 12 residents of Agonda
and Khola were felicitated by these guests besides, All Goa Kshetriya Pagi Samaj President Shekar Pagui and Sr Libiya from Anjuna. Anna D’Souza from Vagator led youth from Vagator in holding special prayers before the commencement of felicitation programme. Rita D’Souza, Lavina D’Souza, including Steward De Souza, father of kidnapped boy, were some of the people from Vagator-Anjuna present on the occasion. Vagator Panchas Levino Rebelo and Dinesh Patil, who are also reportedly Goa Football Association members, were also present. The 12 felicities are Vinod Faldessai, Roseworld Fernandes and Akshat Pagi, Gilbert Fernan-
About 256 people from Quepem constituency were given LP gas stove and two cylinders under Grameen Urja Yojana during a function at Balli-Quepem on Sunday. On the occasion, cheques of Rs 55,000 each were also given to 166 BPL families of Quepem Constituency to repair their houses under IAY scheme. Speaking on the occasion, PWD Minister Churchill Alemao said he wants to see the people from backward class come up in life and he will request for Rs 10-15 crore in the next Budget for their bright future. “Congress President Sonia Gandhi is working hard for the upliftment of poor and women in India,” he said. He further said keeping in mind the development done by his government all over the State, he was sure that the Congress will win 30 seats in the coming Assembly election.
Taking a dig at the NGOs, he warned the people not to get carried away by the talks and lend their support to someone else. “They should see the development done by Quepem MLA Babu Kavlekar and elect him unopposed.” Urban Development Minister Joaquim Alemao was all praise for PWD Minister Churchill Alemao for introducing various schemes in the State for the benefit of poor people. “All the people in Goa have seen development done by Churchill Alemao and the government and I am sure that in the coming Assembly elections, Congress will win at least 2526 seats,” stated the minister. He expressed happiness, as one of village panch attached to BJP has joined the Congress party and he appealed to the remaining two panchas to come under the wings of Congress for the development of areas they been elected from. He also informed that he will give Rs 70 lakh to Quepem Municipal Council (QMC)
within a week and asked QMC Chairperson Lydia D’Costa to submit the estimates as soon as possible. Quepem ML A Babu Kavlekar said it was his dream and he will make sure that all the people under BPL from his constituency get all the benefits under various schemes introduced by the government as he himself has seen the hardship faced by these families. He requested Mamlatdar Sudin Natu to be lenient while scrutinizing the BPL applications so that maximum families can avail benefit of the schemes. He also thanked Joaquim Alemao as he has spent over Rs 1.5 crore towards reconstruction of QMC Garden. Farrel Furtado also spoke on the occasion. Churchill Alemao, Joaquim Alemao graced the occasion in the presence of Babu Kavlekar, RDA Coordinator Farrel Furtado, Project Director RDA (South) Melvyn Vaz and other dignitaries.
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Govt apathy affecting taluka’s Govt to upgrade Mapusa RTO progress: Canacona Cong HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, JULY 12
The president of the recently constituted Canacona Congress Block has blamed that lack of government support takes its toll on developmental works in the taluka. In a press statement, Canacona Block Congress Committee President Elvis Fernandes has stated that Canacona taluka as a whole is undeveloped and government officers posted in the taluka are very much interested to work for its development, are not getting enough support at government level. “Whenever we visit government offices in Canacona, we find many things are kept pending or unattended, as there is no support from upper level of the concerned departments,” said Fernandes. “The government must change the work-
n In a press statement, Canacona Block Congress Committee President Elvis Fernandes has stated that Canacona taluka as a whole is undeveloped and government officers posted in the taluka are very much interested to work for its development, are not getting enough support at government level. ing system of Canacona Administration and find ways and means to get its own expected
support to complete developmental tasks undertaken by local officers,” he stated. “To streamline this, we demand that at least few ministers visit government complex, Chaudi once in a month or once in two months as a regular practice to attend locals’ grievances,” states the press note. Fernandes also called for support of the constituents to achieve some of these goals for all-round development of Canacona, which lag behind as the taluka’s both elected representatives being from opposition benches, hardly takes up developmental issues required for the benefit of Canacona people. Canacona Congress Block also congratulated recently elected Congress District President Subhash Faldessai and his team and also thanked him for assuring support for development of the taluka.
Canacona residents protest mobile tower work in Chaudi HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, JULY 12
Residents of residential complex in Canacona gathered on Monday to protest and stop work of an upcoming mobile tower over a residential-cumcommercial building in Chaudi town. Residents were particularly peeved that the builder without their knowledge or concern to their health has permitted a private company to erect and operate a mobile tower over their residential building. “Everything seems to have been done in silence, as none of us were aware about the move until the installation team reached with materials today to erect the tower,” informed one Flory Aguiar. Sources informed that the residents were taken aback on Monday morning when it was noticed that large amount of tower assembling materials dumped inside the building courtyard and was lifted onto the building’s terrace for erection of a tower. Residents, including ward Councillor and Canacona Mu-
nicipal Council deputy chairperson, immediately questioned the installation team and stopped the work. The contractor, who came to install the tower, told the protesting residents that he has all the necessary permits and licenses to carry on the work. But, the residents, who had among them Chaudi ward councillor and Deputy Chairman Dilip Kenkre were in no mood to oblige and literarily forced the installation team to leave the area, who left but reportedly promising to come better equipped with all the permission to resume the work on Tuesday. Umesh Naik, a teacher by profession and resident of the locality, told the installation team that radiations from mobile towers installed in the residential localities can cause serious health problems to the humans, including brain tumour, cancer, etc. Says another resident, Ida Monteiro: “We are lodging a complaint to health officials, Deputy Collector and CMC to intervene and put a full stop to the erection of the mobile tower
and other towers in residential localities.” When contacted, Kenkre, who is also a resident of the complex, agreed that the concerned private company has availed all the required licenses including NOC from CMC. “But I was not aware of residents’ opposition to the move; otherwise I would not be a party to accord CMC’s permission. Now I am strongly with the people and I will propose to the council to cancel the granted permission,” said Kenkre. There is already a mobile tower in operation over another building situated at a stone throw-away distance from this complex reportedly operated by a private company since two years ago, but has seen no such opposition from any of the residents. It is learnt that above 30 families are staying in the two b l o c k s re s i d e n t i a l - c u m commercial complex situated along the NH-17 at Chaudi, where along with some shopkeepers over 50 people assembled to drive the mobile tower
Villagers oppose proposed 4-lane Tilamol-Curchorem bypass project HERALD CORRESPONDENT QUEPEM, JULY 12
Taking a dig at the government over the proposed four-lane Tilamol-Curchorem bypass, villagers of Tilamol, Cacumordi and Curchorem on Sunday claimed that the project is taken up not for the benefit of locals but for certain vested interests. Addressing the residents at the meeting at Cacumordi-Curchorem convened to oppose the four-lane Tilamol-Curchorem bypass, Christan and Pednekar alleged that the four-lane proposed by a MLA and notification of which already published is for the benefit of the MLA who is in the mining business. “The villagers will not accept the disastrous plans of the government in the name of development when the truth is that these development plans are drawn by the government with surreptitious motives,” stated Pednekar. “The government is fooling the people by hiding the actual details of this road expansion,” he said urging the villagers that unity is essential to tackle the issue. Babajino Fernandes stated that the office of Ganv Rakhonn Jagrut Manch will be in operational at Bansai to assist the people to fill their forms,
which they have to submit to the Quepem Deputy Collector. Rajendra Kakodkar tabled detailed statistics of the traffic along the Tilamol-Curchorem road. “The road from Curchorem to Margao via Chandor is more convenient to the people, as it cuts a distance to Margao by nearly 10 kms and there is no need for the government to widen the existing road by spending public money for the benefit of the mining lobby,” he claimed. “The villagers had opposed the four-lane road proposed in the Regional Plan in four meetings convened by Cacora Curchorem Municipal Council (CCMC),” added Kakodkar. Xeldem ZP member Rosario Fernandes (Marathe) said he has monitored the mining trucks, which are making about 3,300 trips on a given day from 8 am to 5 pm. “If we consider that each truck is carrying 10 tonnes of ore, then the total ore carried per day will be 33,000 tonnes,” added Fernandes. Soccorina Goes warned the people that if the proposed four-lane bypass becomes a reality, then their life will be at a great risk, as accidents will increase and so will be the pollution caused by mining ore spillage.
Global warming result of forest destruction: Speaker HERALD CORRESPONDENT VALPOI, JULY 12
Speaker Pratapsingh Rane on Monday stated that the earth is getting warmer day-by-day and one of the factors of the ongoing disaster is destruction of forests by human beings. Speaker Rane was speaking as the chief guest at the Convocation ceremony of 4th batch of Round Foresters at Forest Training School, Valpoi. “It’s not only in India that forest is being destroyed, but it also occurs in countries like Indonesia and Malaysia. I was surprised to see oil palms plantations at about a stretch of 600 kms in Indonesia, when I visited this country recently,” said Rane. He further said forest is being cut down and is replaced by oil palm plantation due to heavy demands there. “The effect of hot summer we experienced this year in Goa is itself a testimony that earth is getting warmer day-by-day,” added Rane. Rane congratulated the Round Foresters for successfully completing the one-year training and appealed to them to set a mission that at any cost, they would protect and conserve forests. He also advised top forest officials in the State to organise programme to educate young people about the importance of forests and also advised to distribute plants/saplings in schools, Colleges, etc, especially during Vanamohatsav. He expressed satisfaction that forests in Goa
are protected, as one-third of our forests are sanctuaries. In his speech, Forest Minister Filipe Neri Rodrigues appealed the Round Foresters to keep up the expectation of the forest ministry and the forest department by working sincerely and fearlessly. “Protect your uprightness by giving your bold services to the forest department and Goa state and do not bow down to any kind of pressures while punishing the offenders of the forest law,” he stated. He further said he favours the system or rule ‘the place of posting of any forest officials should be the place of residence so that officials can give commitment to protect forest and wildlife’. Chief Conservator of Forest Yogesh, IFS, also spoke on the occasion. On the occasion, Rane gave away the certificates to the trainees. Velip Devidas (trainee) was declared to have stood first among 15 trainees (14 male and 1 female) who underwent one year rigorous training. The programme was attended by prominent citizens of Valpoi, including former MLA Ashok Parob, besides forest officials from all over the State. Earlier, Director of Forest Training School SF Araujo welcomed the guests, Forest Training School, Valpoi; Principal Vikas Dessai read the report and declared the results of the trainees, while Assistant Conservator of Forest Pradeep Kurdekar proposed the vote of thanks.
MMC to elect first male deputy HERALD REPORTER VASCO, JULY 12
Mormugao Municipal Council (MMC), known for its instability, is all set to elect its first male vice chairperson in the present tenure on Tuesday. However, Tuesday’s election to elect new vice chairperson will be the seventh election, as earlier most women councilors have occupied the chair, except Suchita Shirodkar. It may be recalled that fortnight ago, former vice chairperson and BJP Women Wing Chief from Mormugao Rohini Parab had tendered her resignation from the post. MMC chief officer has informed that he has received two nominations from councillors Kashinath Yadav and Seby D’Souza. Most of the councillors have claimed that vice chairperson’s election would be an acid test for Chairperson Shekhar Khadapkar since he has failed to honour the hidden mutual agreement of the council to step down from the chair, after his six-month tenure ended. Khadapakar, who was unanimously elected by all the councilors as the sixth chairperson during present five-year tenure of the council, has failed to honour the mutual agreement among the councilors that he would step down and make way for the new councillor to take over the chair for the remaining three months once his sixmonth tenures gets over. It is learnt that former chairperson Sharad Chopdekar is the front runner to take over as the next chairperson once Khadapkar steps down. “Since most of the councillors have asked me to continue for the remaining three months and with Revenue Minister Jose Philip D’Souza and Mormugao MLA Milind Naik supporting me, there is no need for me to step down,” claimed Khadapkar. “Since Kashinath Yadav has the support of over nine councillors, I will support him tomorrow,” added Khadapkar. When asked whether such political turmoil during fag end of the tenure of the present council would serve any purpose, Khadapkar shot back saying: “The councillors who try their level best to dislodge me should think about it.”
The Kadamba Bus Stand at Mapusa, which houses the Regional Transport Office . HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, JULY 12
The State government has decided to upgrade the Regional Transport Office at the Kadamba bus stand in Mapusa at a cost of Rs 64 lakh. Speaking to Herald, KTC Chairman Deepak Dhavlikar said the traffic in Bardez taluka has increased manifold in recent years, which had also added to the workload of the Mapusa RTO. “Several hundred people visit this office everyday and the existing space cannot accommodate all people. Since the existing space becomes insufficient, the government has decided to upgrade the office and make it more spacious for the tax payers,” said Dhavlikar.
He also admitted that the present bus stand is plagued by a number of problems. “The existing bus stand gets flooded during monsoon. Also, we have received complaints about bus congestion during peak hours. Since the number of buses leaving from KTC bus stand has increased, the need of the expansion of bus stand has arisen.” “Since there is no space for the expansion of KTC bus stand at the existing location, the government has decided to shift the bus stand to new location.” “The Government plans to shift the existing KTC bus stand to a new location and the process of acquiring about 20,000 sq mts of land for the project has already
Bailancho Ekvott takes strong exception to rescue of 29 girls HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JULY 12
Bailancho Ekvott has taken strong exception to the rescue of 29 girls, saying these girls were later released for want of proper rescue procedures. In this respect, Bailancho Ekvott President Auda Viegas has written letters to the Chief Secretary, IGP, Collectors, SDMS and all SPs to create awareness amongst those involved in rescue to follow the proper procedures as laid down in The Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act so that those involved in the exploitation of women are brought to book. Viegas said the NGO has noted that on more than one occasion that the police has not been following the laid down procedures while conducting raids on premises or persons indulging in commercial sexual activity. “We have observed that any NGOs is very rarely a part of the raiding party which is mandated by the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act. It appears that the police are determined to embarrass the victim girls and do not take to task the procurers, traffickers, clients, premise owners nor those surviving on this prostitution trade. It appears that there is no will to prevent its recurrence”, she said. The NGO said the system of conducting raids on those involved in this trade to curb the same are yet to be put in place. “The convictions in these activities are rare because the investigations are improperly and haphazardly done. This has special reference to the recently conducted trade related raid by the Calangute police. With the mushrooming of dance bars which are actually places for soliciting customers, the police will have to
n In this respect, Bailancho Ekvott President Auda Viegas has written letters to the Chief Secretary, IGP, Collectors, SDMS and all SPs to create awareness amongst those involved in rescue to follow the proper procedures as laid down in The Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act so that those involved in the exploitation of women are brought to book.
have an Amazonian will to check the illegalities in their operations”, Viegas added. She pointed out that the recent raid wherein 29 girls were rounded up is illegal as proper procedures were not followed nor have others involved in the trade arrested. “The girls, we are informed were picked up for their residence. No NGO was present”, she said, adding that the police have not only violated the human rights of these girls but also portrayed them as sex workers. “No brothel keeper or others have been arrested. Where is the arrest of the client who was with them. Many questions arise out of this so called rescue. Yet, the panel has not met and deliberated on the rescue. It is necessary to go through the report of the panel”, she added.
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begun. Once the land is acquired, the KTC will go ahead with the new bus stand,” said Dhavlikar. He informed that he would visit the KTC bus stand next week along with senior officials to look into these issues. Dhavlikar informed that the government will also upgrade the Ponda bus stand at a cost of Rs 2 crore. “Besides, we will also take possession of 20 new buses which have bought under the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission and presently lying in the depot of Ashok Leyland at Banastarim. The government has agreed to release Rs 4 crore for the purchase of these buses. These buses will ply along the Mapusa-Panjim, Margao-Panjim and Vasco-Panjim routes,” said Dhavlikar.
Governor pats RCS HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JULY 12
Lauding the activities of Goa Red Cross Society in rendering humanitarian service to the people, Governor Dr S S Sidhu has called upon its
functionaries and members to make a rational assessment of the needs and aspirations of the Goan society and evolve suitable pro grammes for implementation.
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GOA, TUESDAY JULY 13, 2010
Army challenges order on Brigadier's Kargil role PTI NEW DELHI, JULY 12
The Army today said it will file a review petition against the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) order to correct the records of the 1999 Kargil war following allegations by a Brigadier that the battle accounts were fudged. The petition is likely to be moved in the next couple of days. "The Army has decided to file an appeal in the AFT in the Brigadier Davinder Singh case. The Army records show that there is no reason to correct them, as they are based on battle performance reports filed by other senior officers," an Army officer in the headquarters here said. The AFT, which deals with legal disputes of the Armed Forces, had in its May 27 order, on a plea from Davinder Singh, then 70 Infantry Brigade Commander, asked the Army to expunge his Annual Confidential Report(ACR) written by his superior Lt Gen Kishan Pal and also
directed it to correct certain records of the Kargil conflict. Singh moved the court in 2006, complaining that his role as leader of the 70 Infantry Brigade in the Batalik Sector
“The Army has decided to file an appeal in the AFT in the Brigadier Davinder Singh case. The Army records show that there is no reason to correct them, as they are based on battle performance reports filed by other senior officers.” had been underplayed and this had cost him a war medal and promotions. The Tribunal had gone by his contention that his contribution had been incorrectly represented by Lt.Gen Pal. In its order, the Tribunal,
headed by Justice A. K. Mathur, had held that "the ACRs were not written in an objective and unbiased manner" by Lt Gen Pal. Among the records it had wanted corrected were a paragraph in the After Action Report of the war and two other paragraphs in of the Kargil Account. "The Army will in a day or two file the review petition asking the AFT to quash the part with respect to the AAR and Kargil Account, but would not challenge the expunging of the ACR written by Lt Gen Pal," the officer said. The officer also sought to counter some of the contentions of Singh reported by a section of the media. Regarding Singh being recommended for a Mahavir Chakra for the Kargil battle, the officer said none of the records with the Army suggested that he was ever cited for the war-time gallantry medal.
Hurriyat faction leader behind J&K protests PTI NEW DELHI, JULY 12
An activist of the hardline faction of the Hurriyat Conference has alleged that his organisation was involved in organising and funding stone pelting in the Kashmir valley. Shabir Ahmed Wani of Narbal in Central Kashmir was arrested last week after security agencies had intercepted his telephonic conversation with Ghulam Mohammed Dar, a former Hizbul Mujahideen militant and now District President of Hurriyat faction led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani. According to Wani's interrogation report, prepared by security agencies, he told the interrogators that Hurriyat organised the public protests and also spent money to motivate many of the youth in the forefront of such protests. The agencies claim that Wani had confirmed that he had spoken to Dar last Wednesday during which the latter had suggested that at least 10 to 15 people should get "martyred" during a procession in the Budgam district.
Woman killed in stampede PTI SURAT (GUJ), JULY 12
An 68-year-old woman was killed and ten others injured in a stampede at an annual function in the Arabic University here, police said today. The incident took place late last night in Zampa Bazar area where the convocation cermony was on, they said. According to the police, a large number of people from Bhora community had gathered on the occasion to get a glimpse of their religious leader Sayeedna Mohamad Burhannydin who was the chief guest for the function. This led to a stampede as the venue lacked the capacity to accommodate a big crowd, they said. Rabba Shiakani, hailing from Jamnagar was injured in the stampede with ten others, police said. The woman later succumbed to her injuries at the Bhurhani hospital where she was rushed for treatment, they said adding the injured have also been admitted to the same hospital.
A fisher women passing by a security personnel at Budshah Chowk in Srinagar on Monday as breakaway Hurriyat Conference called a "civil curfew" on Monday. Life in Kashmir valley remained paralysed due to spontaneous and other strikes and curfew restrictions since June 25.
Court disposes Madhuri’s petition on harassment PTI NEW DELHI, JULY 12
A Delhi court today refused to pass any order on the plea of diplomat Madhuri Gupta, arrested on charges of passing sensitive information to Pakistani intelligence officials, alleging harassment by jail authorities. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kaveri Baweja disposed of the application filed by Gupta after the prison authorities claimed that they were not indulging in any kind of harassment and were only carrying out routine searches in her ward. " We r o u t i n e l y c o n d u c t searches in the ward where the officer is lodged. These searches are carried out as per the instruction of the Delhi High Court and the Ministry of Home Affairs to prevent the use of mobiles in the prison," the jail Superintendent said. Tihar jail official further submitted that the authorities were seeking help of Gupta to edu-
Maintain decency in comments, says Pranab PTI BERHAMPORE (WB), JULY 12
With BJP president Nitin Gadkari refusing to take back his Afzal Guru 'son-in-law of Congress' remark, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has said some decency was expected in comments by political leaders. "While making comments on an issue, political leaders should maintain decency," Mukherjee said here yesterday. However, he did not name Gadkari who, at a BJP rally in Dehradun on July 8, had taunted whether the Parliament attack death row convict was the son-in-law of Congress and repeated it here yesterday. Congress had earlier said Gadkari had lost his mind and that it proved he was not mature to be the president of a national party.
cate other inmates against the use of mobile phones in the prison. "Despite strict surveillance and vigilance by jail authorities, some inmates are smuggling mobiles inside the jail by hiding the instrument," they said, claiming that the search on the night of June 30 was done to strengthen prison security. Earlier, advocate Joginder Dahiya, appearing for Gupta, alleged that she was being harassed by jail staff who were threatening to implicate her in false cases.
Dahiya submitted that he did not want to press charges in light of the stand of the jail authorities and the court disposed of Gupta's application. The court had on July 9 sought response of the jail authorities on the plea of the woman officer alleging that she was being harassed by them. Delhi Police, which had arrested Gupta on April 22 after she was called from Islamabad where she was posted as Second Secretary in the Press and Information wing, is likely to file a charge sheet in the case registered against her after July 20. Gupta is in judicial custody till July 20. She is facing charges for allegedly violating the Official Secrets Act. Central security agencies had then briefed senior MEA officials about her activities in Pakistan which included allegedly supplying sensitive and classified documents related to Indian activities in that country and Afghanistan.
Army de-mines farmland along LoC PTI JAMMU, JULY 12
A major chunk of agriculture land along LoC which was left abandoned following mine laying activity during Kargil war and Operation Parakram, has been de-mined by the Army, bringing cheers to farmers in border areas here. "Army has de-mined 14742 kanals (1,842 acres) agriculture land falling close to Indo-Pak border in Jammu and it has been handed over to border farmers through the state government," Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand told PTI. "De-mining operation is on to clear rest of the agriculture land," Chand, who took up the matter with the Army and Defence Ministry, said. Giving a break up, Chand, said 13,871 kanals (1,733 acres) of land, which was mined during Kargil war and Operation Parakaram, was demined besides 871 kanal (108 acres) of 1971 Indo-Pak war mined land.
Andhra Oppn demands probe into illegal mining PTI HYDERABAD, JULY 12
Opposition parties today forced repeated adjournment of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly demanding that the government constitute a House Committee to probe into the illegal mining of Barytes in Khammam allegedly by kin of former Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy. TDP members stormed the Speaker's podium demanding constitution of the House Committee even as the government rejected the plea. Deputy Speaker Nadendla Manohar, who was in the chair, adjourned the proceedings twice as the TDP members persisted with their demand. The illegal mining of Barytes ore in Khammam district was raised by CPI member from Kothagudem, K Sambasiva Rao,
who dubbed it as a larger scandal than the illegal mining of iron ore in Obulapuram on the AP-Karnataka border. "Illegal mining of the valuable Barytes ore is being carried out in 1.37 lakh acres and the former Chief Minister YSR's son-in-law Anil Kumar and brother-in-law Ravindranath Reddy are involved in it," Sambasiva Rao alleged. Mining Minister B Srinivasa Reddy, who is also a close relative of YSR, refuted the allegation and said the mining activity was being carried out by stateowned AP Mineral Development Corporation. "The private company Rakshana Steels is limited only to transportation of the mined ore," he said. This, however, did not satisfy the CPI members who were joined by their TDP colleagues
in demanding a House Committee for a detailed investigation. With Opposition members rushing into the Well of the House, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the proceedings twice but as peace did not return, he adjourned the House till 5 pm. The TDP members then staged a sit-in demonstration outside the Chief Minister's chamber raising slogans demanding that the government immediately stop the illegal mining activity and save national wealth worth Rs 10 lakh crore. Earlier in the day, the Praja Rajyam Party forced an adjournment for 15 minutes demanding an immediate discussion through an adjournment motion on Polavaram irrigation project and securing national project status for it.
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Time to bring in technology?
he winner of the FIFA World Cup football 2010 may have been Spain, but the real champ was ‘Paul the psychic octopus’, who finished the tournament with a 100 per cent record. The two-year-old undersea creature that lives in a German aquarium became an international celebrity after correctly forecasting all of Germany’s results by picking a mussel from one of two containers in its tank. It has, unfortunately, given superstition a big boost worldwide. This World Cup was also South Africa’s triumph, even though the host nation failed to make it beyond the elimination rounds, and the entire continent exited when Ghana lost a heartbreaking cliff-hanger quarter-final to Uruguay. It is almost unanimously judged the best World Cup ever. All the fears about inadequate infrastructure and violent crime were unfounded. The football was somewhat dull in the elimination rounds, but the knockout stages more than made up for it; except the final. South Africa brought its own flavour to the World Cup in so many ways, though its defining symbol will remain that loatheit-or-love-it traditional trumpet, the vuvuzela, and its insistent, irritating drone. The rainbow nation hosted the biggest party on earth, with no crowd trouble. The tournament also saw the return of Argentinian footballing legend Diego Maradona, this time in a new avatar as a coach. Overcoming all his cocaine addiction and alcoholism, he showed his class by putting together a flamboyant and fluent football side. Maradona’s Argentina made it very stylishly to the quarter-final, but then crashed out. His sideline antics as he urged his lads on were as much of a joy as his magical runs during his playing days. As happens at most World Cups, a new batch of players showed their genius, while many of the established stars failed to shine. Winner of the Golden Ball, Uruguay’s Diego Forlan, was the only consistent converter of set pieces in the tournament, with five dazzling goals. Winner of the Golden Boot, Germany’s Thomas Mueller, had five goals and three assists. He was also named best young player. The tournament brought two teams that had never won the World Cup to the final, and the best team won. Spain, seen always as football’s greatest chokers, have now established – after becoming the first team since 1974 to win the Euro and the World Cup – that they’re as good on the field as they are on paper. However, the match – which saw British referee Howard Webb show a record 14 yellow cards, including two to sent-off Dutch defender Johnny Heitinga – underscored the perils of depending completely on one referee to police a game that has grown faster, more energetic and more aggressive over the years. Webb miserably failed to control the game, played extremely aggressively by both sides. He had to suffer the mortification of being booed by all the Dutch fans as he was conferred his commemorative medal. Of course he made mistakes; but referees are only human, and one cannot expect them to be perfect. The question is whether they need help. This could be in the form of technology through sophisticated line detectors, assistance from a off-field referee who has access to television replays, or by the presence of more assistants on the sidelines to watch for infringements. Other sports, like tennis, cricket and field hockey use technology, in various ways and to different degrees. Traditionally, FIFA has been against use of technology. TV replays, it says, hold up the game and take out the human factor. But, after a series of major errors in the earlier matches, football’s governing body has promised to consider the use of technology for the next World Cup in Brazil, in 2014. It must do this; the stakes are now just too high for glaring errors to be committed again.
India Census: One Step Forward or Backward? Caste system and its politics are medieval malpractice to bully the uneducated, asserts Caetano De aBreu
ith the arrival of the 21st century, one would expect drastic transitions on the mindset of the Indians with the ushering of the promised future. That it would make the world stand up and listen to the voices which earlier were those of the downtrodden, but are now creating ripples in the economic, creative and social forum. Alas, leaving aside the imposed glamour, the same is a poignant lesson in fantasy and ridicule as Indians by and large are still vociferous and adamant about continuing their lifelong practices and traditions with the embodiment of modernism waylaid to bring forth that absurd rhetoric about who is the best and who is not, to sanctify that obnoxious caste system which is doing nothing good for India except that it is reverting back to stone age solutions. The Census is a must for the government to rule the Country (with all the lurching evils) by assorting all sorts of data for development to take place unhindered. The Country can then march in the right direction with the exception that the same Census is erratically undertaken with the introduction of that malicious caste system which is divisive and derogatory in context when unity in diversity and goodwill amongst the fellow Indians could have been brought forth. I say unity in diversity, as India consists of various type of populace with its own language, traditions, usages, and habits, which should not be a deterrent in grander schema of things. India has changed for the better in terms of economic stability and all-round development. But in day-to-day routine, the mindset remains as stoical as ever, with not an inch to brighten the outlook which retraces back to their age old ancestry. India values its Caste System brought to our land by the Aryan invaders, although it can be firmly assured that it was never of its own. Nevertheless, they adopted that vile system to suit their purpose and convenience by imposing the rituals over the lower caste (where even a wild animal could be vexed over the ignominy) so as to maintain the status of the higher castes and nothing for themselves. India entrenched its caste system within the social fabric for well over a millennia accepting the whims of the kingdom ruled through vested interests and never diverting from the mainstream
View froM My panVDDo politics which was the realm of the upper caste echelon. However, democratic politics in modern India which otherwise should have been the agent of progressive change is just ushering the opposite by keeping the classes of ST, SC, BC, and OBC stifled under their thumbs with no outlet to vent their ire nor to display their inherent talents. And, to aggravate the matter, the bigots in their own system, are suppressing still further the aspirations of the people with imperialistic attributes which are making mockery of the governing system. No person can dispute the need for the State to help the economically backward. But when the same is based on the caste factor, it strengthens the regressive force in the Country regardless of all the work undertaken by the founding fathers of the Constitution to eradicate the Caste syndrome for the Nation to progress in a free and transparent society. It is to be delineated that caste politics have exploited the virgin and honest minds of the people to grab dominion by electoral arithmetic of the powers that be, in variant hues of degeneration although our Constitution clearly lays the emphasis to outlaw caste discrimination.
However, now with caste analogy included in the Census, the ghost of the past is coming in full force to haunt us again. It is to be analyzed that by including one’s Caste in the Census, the Government is encouraging increased demands for reservations which will create a greater social divide, and no genuine human intention can ever revoke the same. It is a betrayal of all that the Constitution stands for, just for the sake of the political survival of the hamstrung who care two hoots for the people who elected them and who continually faithfully elects them. These hamstrung political gimmicks are brought forth by the Yadav Troika sullying the cow belt of India and who are capitalizing on political expediency out of their own exigencies. Or else, how can one explain the existence and sheer dominance of Khap Panchayats and its malign intent sowing within the Gotra (patrilineal clan that traces lineage to a common ancestor to make me wonder if by chance Adam is involved) of the northern belt where predominance is given to Jots and other evils? If it is not a Caste prerogative then what it is? We already had the Mandal Com-
mission, the most blatant format of social engineering. Can we afford now the aftermath of Mandal-ll which could be in the offing? In 1931 the British Government initiated the India Census to aggrandize their divide and rule policy thus the Castes were mentioned. And, when the same was consolidated to get a better pie from the British chart, it was found that it was worth belonging to the upper caste rather than be left behind which in contemporary circumstances is just the opposite as the Government in its drive to alleviate the plight of the underprivileged, is equally giving an impetus for the others to carve a niche for themselves as members of the lower class when they are not, thus leaving the actual needy in the lurch. The inclusion of Caste criteria do not bide well in the general ambience of things as the Caste system should be shunned upon if we are talking about equality, fraternity, and justice for all. It is to be noted, that economic success is not reliant with the caste quantum, as one’s own aptitude, attitude, and adequate education is sufficient to make a profitable living, bar caste baggage which is hindering one’s road to progress. Luckily we in Goa, are not hampered by the Caste quotient as Caste is a has been, nothing less and nothing more, thus in our daily grind we are not bothered about that caste baggage and other infirmities. What we are concerned with, is how to live life in relative comfort through hard work and not bragging and loud-mouthing about our Caste credibility which is obnoxious in the present context. Thus I say, if India should attain what it aspires for, it should take that high road in abolishing the Caste system which is nothing but medieval malpractices. Nevertheless can India do it, when the equation of coalition compulsion is playing havoc amongst the level headed politicians and when the politics of power grabbing is at stake? Caste politics is an exercise to bully the uneducated to cast their precious vote and bring those vile elements back to power. India through the Caste census should be brightened by disallowing that practice if we at all want to see the changes that we seek, and for that basic education from any Academia or home will do, is that asking for the sky?
the ‘spirit’ of football!
he flags were flying, the drinks were flowing, and the bets were on (illegally). It was World Cup time, and that means football saturation as the beautiful game dominates screens everywhere, from family living rooms and shops to huge outdoor venues and packed expat pubs. The start times for this year’s games – in South Africa – allowed fans to enjoy the World Cup as it should be, in the company of a crowd of hollering football faithful, rather than home alone in the middle of the night with volume barely audible in deference to sleeping non-fans. For some, sports bars were the favoured venues; from outdoor fan zones to slick pubs, these top venues were the ‘in thing’ to enjoy every moment of football triumph and heartbreak. All over the world, celebrities, fashionistas, models and ordinary people alike flock to big screen TV venues to catch the spirit of football. Brewers and distillers from all over the world promote regional specialty spirits to football revellers at hotshot pubs; with big screens and small shots! Most sports bars across the world lure audience by “most TVs per square metre of floor space”. They turn the tunes down and
the TVs up for the World Cup. Undoubtedly, they are the point of origin of many a post-game hangover, as they give free tequila shots with every goal. Sometimes, wearing a football jersey also gets you a free drink. Poolside? For some this is an attractive option to poky pubs. They show all the games along with a buy-two-get-one-free happy hour, serving a range of hot and cold snacks designed with a World Cup theme. They have specials to coincide with some matches, like Mexican Tequila, Argentinean wine, Scotch Whisky, Sake, pubbrewed beer, etc. Supporters of England, the United States and Australia usually throng pubs, but the same cannot be said for fans of other nations, many of whom settle for the smaller screens of affiliated restaurants. Supporters of Germany cheer: “Die Mannschaft” at old German ‘biergartens’, which are packed out when the national team plays. Innumerable Tequila festivals do the rounds at venues, to educate consumers about Tequila and how to enjoy it ‘responsibly’. Big screens and small shots toast triumphs and soothe the pain of defeats.
By Dr Mohan Krishna
The USA and Mexico are the biggest markets in the world for Tequila. Outside these two, South Africa rates as among the top emerging markets for Tequila in the world. South Africa is still developing in terms of consumption behaviour and education, but it is making positive strides. Tequila brands are renowned for their international association, and often host fashionable events and exclusive parties. With customers from both the celebrity arena as well as high spending fraternities, Tequila promises visitors a first class experience. Tequila promotions are OK, but not fraud lotteries. Many people received emails and SMSs from ‘FIFA 2010 World Cup promotions UK’ that said: “You have won”. The reality is that they want your money! During one of the most eagerly anticipated games of this year’s World Cup – England vs USA –many pubs offered special promotions for the big game, co-sponsored by the South African, British and American Chambers of Commerce. Tequila is the new fashionable white spirit globally, which replaced vodka, just as vodka replaced gin a decade ago. Undoubtedly, Feni could be a global rage if Goa gets its act together…
Letters to the Editor World Cup champs Wenzel D’Mello, Mapusa Spain has won the FIFA World Cup 2010, the world’s greatest sporting extravaganza, at Soccer City, Johannesburg, South Africa, after a dazzling closing ceremony that will long be remembered. Spain made history, winning the World Cup for the first time. The tournament was first conducted in the African continent and was a runaway success. Now what about India? With a nearly one billion population, we rank 132nd in the world. Football is popular only in West Bengal, Goa, Kerala and Mizoram. We lack the will, motivation and infrastructure. We need professionals more than politicians to run
100 Years Ago PRIMEIRO DIARIO NAS COLONIAS PORTUGEZAS
13 July 1910 Chapel Erected
It is reported that the Chapel dedicated to St. Sebastian, at the Chinchinim - Assolna trunkroad, on the Royal Road Margao to Canacona, was built out of membership fees of “Dandeavadcars Club” from Bombay Presidency.
Edmund Rostand, the acclaimed French Playwright and author of the celebrated Cyrano de Bergerac has ventured into another production titled “Chant-clere” which is garnering tremendous plaudits wherever it is performed.
A strong gale capsized a canoe in the vicinity of Ribandar when plying across the Island of Divar killing one person who was collecting clams.
Many a parent from the “Novas Conquistas” decided not to send their wards to answer the complementary examinations at the “Velhas Conquistas” due to many inconveniences encountered.
football in India. One day, India will qualify for the World Cup. It is a distant dream but, who knows, sometimes dreams come true.
Need cleaner play Rodney de Souza, Assagao The month-long FIFA World Cup 2010 Africarnival, which showed 64 matches between 32 nations at 10 stadiums in South Africa, was well organised by the host country. The stadiums were top class. The side attractions were amusing and even the Vuvuzelas –fun for some and nuisance to others – came to be accepted. There has been a great improvement in the level of football as far as speed, power, dribbling and long distance scoring are concerned. But the game had some negative aspects as well. There were glaring lapses on the part of referees and their assistants. The need to have assistance from modern technology and a referral system is now greater than ever before. Players also had complaints above the new ‘Jabulani’ ball from Adidas, which foxed experienced goalkeepers. Above all, it was sad to watch players kicking, tripping, pushing, pulling and elbowing their opponents. Football competition and pace of play may be feverish, but such physical acts cannot be accepted as part of the game.
Wake up, Goa Jayne Bellingham, Calangute The news item “UK may cut foreign aid to ‘rich’ India” (Herald, 12 July) suggests that NRIs living in the UK could contribute more to their own country. Mr Laxmi Mittal is one of the UK’s wealthiest men and owns the most expensive house. Billionaire Vijay Mallya runs his Force India team from a base in UK too. Many other famous businessmen prefer to operate from the UK, but stash their cash in Switzerland. Some weeks ago, it was reported that educational aid sent by the UK had been unwisely distributed, being spent on cars and other luxuries by persons in authority. But did you know that all UK government pensioners have received no increase in their pensions this year, nor have people with works pensions, owing to recession?
Letter of the Day
Smash unnecessary walls
Tabrez Mahamad, Margao
Issues relating to the Muslim community – like ‘fatwas’ issued by Islamic clerics, the veil of Muslim women, the marriages of Muslim men, a Kabrastan being denied to Muslims – have become so common that they are now a part of entertainment and a way for the media to increase its marketability. Like it or not, we are in the limelight. It is not difficult to target the community. The Muslim voice is almost always heard only in the context of problems. Owing to these long-debated issues, Muslims themselves have come to think that they are the ones who are oppressed and being denied their rights, which is not always the case. Because of this, non-Muslims begin to think that the Muslim community is a crybaby, is selfish and less patriotic. A wall is gradually being created within the society, and Muslims get alienated, both by the image they create for themselves as well as by the hard-line elements that are all-out to demonise the community. This kind of development in society leaves long term impacts on children. It becomes increasingly difficult for kids to grow with the right attitude, as they may not be able to mix well owing to the biases and divisive forces that exist everywhere. Consequently, our children are growing up with a lot of unnecessary preconceptions that hamper the growth and integrity of our society, and are huge obstacles on our way to national growth. My only hope is that things can be much better for us, if we see ourselves and others see us, as a part of a larger collective. Let us be Goan, and be Indian, while still practicing our own religion. Prices for everyday commodities have risen beyond the means of retired people, as well as underpaid workers. So I beg the question of all Indians, why, when you take British taxpayers money in the form of government aid, do you treat us with such contempt? Why do you change the visa rules and make us leave for two months before returning? The reasons we hear in Goa are that you do not want us moving around the country and re-entering at will. David Headley was a Pakistani-American who changed his name only months before he came to India. He did not fill in his visa form correctly and excluded pertinent facts that the Indian Consulate failed to detect. There has been an exodus of expats leaving Goa. Many more will follow. Your fast waning glory of a beautiful Goa has been sullied by high crime rates and deaths, corruption at all levels, garbage problems, all of which have never been dealt with during the past eight years I have lived here.
The writing is on the wall for Goa, the internet and the media across the world is watching you and how you tackle this situation. The common man must speak up. Be brave. Have your say before it is too late, and fishing is the only thing left to make your livelihood.
Goa’s population Peter Andrade, Vasco The Directorate of Health Services put an advertisement in the newspapers on population growth with the caption: “How far is Goa from these scenes?” Goa’s has the lowest birth rate in the country, at 1.71 births per family. Our population is reducing by birth, but increasing rapidly by the influx of migrants. True Goans need to laminate this advertisement and hand it over to the so-called ‘patron saints of migrants’. Goa is the only state where comunidade land is freely available to migrants, with perks like ration cards, passports, election cards, driving licences, hand cart licences
et al. The only return gift for this freebie party is to press the button of the patron saint on polling day.
Teachers’ plight Jose Pereira, Margao Anand Dessai of Panjim says that “The teachers of all the private schools in Goa were brought under Grant-in-Aid and given all the benefits of Government employees” (‘Why are teachers fighting?’, Herald, 10 June). This is absolutely false. Teachers don’t even get half the salaries he is talking about! Sixth Pay salary is out of question. There is no provision for retirement and no pension, in spite of government rules. So why is he talking rubbish? Is the Education Department at least aware of this? I would request Anand Dessai to first visit private unaided schools situated in the heart of the Margao, and enquire from the teachers what the reality is, before writing to newspapers.
Now hunger strike Julius Carvalho, Dubai Unfortunately, successful though it was thanks to Goa’s private bus operators, the 5 July Bharat Bandh did not reduce the price of petroleum products. The BJP and its allies have no new strategy to force Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to reduce it. So also, the promise made by Chief Minister Digambar Kamat to reduce VAT on petrol and diesel lies unfulfilled. Now the BJP and allies must martyr themselves for the ‘aam admi’. Leaders like L K Advani, Nitin Gadkari, Murli Manohar Joshi, Bal Thackeray, Sushma Swaraj, and all Goa BJP MLAs and leaders should sit on an indefinite Fast unto Death. This will not only save crores of rupees, but deliver the ‘aam admi’ from hardship on account of bandhs, as well as force the puppet ruler of our country to reduce the prices of petrol, diesel and LPG. Letters should be 150 words or less in length, and should have the writer’s name, address and telephone number. The editor reserves the right to edit letters for size and readability, and to delete any personal attacks or libellous /objectionable matter.
Paths of Wisdom Struggle In Life A man found a cocoon of an emperor moth. He took it home so that he could watch the moth come out of the cocoon. On that day a small opening appeared, he sat and watched the moth for several hours as the moth struggled to force the body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could and it could go no farther. It just seemed to be stuck. Then the man, in his kindness, decided to help the moth, so he took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The moth then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the moth because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time. Neither happened! In fact, the little moth spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly. What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the moth to get through the tiny opening was the way of forcing fluid from the body of the moth into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon. Freedom and flight would only come after the struggle. By depriving the moth of a struggle, he deprived the moth of health. Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If we were to go through our life without any obstacles, we would be crippled. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. Give every opportunity a chance.
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GOA, TUESDAY, JULY 13, 2010
Value education By ruI da gama s the Right to Education Bill has recently been passed by our Parliament, it is our duty to make sure that every child receives a good education in life that will help them be respectful members of our families, our Community and honourable citizens of our State and Nation. Every child means and includes orphaned and street children, children used as bonded labour, in homes as servants, as waiters in restaurants, in factories, differently able children, children in remand homes and jails, etc. And as schools and colleges have just started here in Goa, it is our duty to start looking for children who are not admitted in schools so far, and the reasons why they are deprived from their basis fundamental right to education. After all, our Children are our future, the future leaders some who will be Ministers, some will be Presidents, Governors, PM, CM, Major General, IPS Officers, Directors, Doctors. Lawyers, Scientists, Traders, Drivers you name it. And if you all wish to add to the list, it will be our sole responsibility if some turn out to be bad and become conmen, crooks, corrupt, robbers, criminals, cheats, rapist, murders, lunatics, terrorist, suicide bombers and members of the underworld. It is we who are responsible for what we give to our Children, and so we can expect to receive from them only what we have given to them. Nothing more, nothing less. We the adults are the role model for the children upbringing and education. Let us now consider the value of our own education as adults, parents, educators, ministers, rulers, guardians, to qualify as their leaders. Modern value education is based on how much money parents are willing to spend on the Qualifications and Decrees obtained by their Children. Hence, the present Higher Education is only for the rich, and the poor cannot afford it. I once heard a Minister talking about value education wherein he informed the children / students that the free computers given to them had cost some thousands of rupees and they must make good use of the money value spent by the Government of Goa in educating them. There is no doubt that academic qualification is one part of Education. But the major part of it is human behaviour and character development And certainly the value attached to the major part of Education cannot be compared with money or money spent on education of a child. And it definitely cannot be compared to the value of a computer or laptops, since Education is a Moral Value. Education begins at home within the family. We have to be compassionate to those parents who have not received the type of moral education neither the qualifications in educating their children. Such parents need to be guided on moral values for the upbringing of their children through the Parent Teachers Association, Community welfare teaching, etc. Blaming the teachers, principals, schools and colleges solely will not help, as every adult has a role to play in education. And, education should never stop even if we are old, as there is ample scope to improve our moral values, our manners, our minor curtsies, our behaviour pattern, to have high social standards and family values. There is so much to learn. I am still a student learning every day and growing, only minus my daily attendance in any school or college. At present we have plenty of Qualified people with Degrees passed out of so-called reputed Colleges and Institutions. But we cannot vouch for the pattern of their qualified behaviour, with the exception of those who are selfless in their personal ambitions in life. Such people who would put others before themselves are few in number. We are qualified and educated to be self-centered in life. We have also qualified to believe in: Me, Myself, my Family and to forget about others. We qualify to amass material wealth for our family and our children, least releasing that the children will misuse the wealth as they get it easily without working for it. And that this misuse of material wealth, which will in turn corrupt them and the society. Rather than teaching our Children the dignity of labour, we fund their high profile lifestyles which only corrupts their values. It is not the money which maketh a man, but his character. Character development is Education. Hence, our entire education system is partly a failure. Students and Children are already stressed out competing with each other, about who will get the highest marks or who will stand First and who will be second and the third. Some Children are already bored with life, that they do not want to study in a system of Qualification only, but they want something practical to be happy in life. I feel sorry that some are even committing suicide or that suicidal thoughts are disturbing them. Why do we want to make our children compete with other children. This is a form of Child Abuse. Each Child is unique and each one is created different from the other, with different and unique talents, likes, dislikes gifts, which can be used for their benefit and for the good of others too. There is no substitute to dignity of labour. We cannot help our children qualify only to enable them to buy food, shelter, cloths, cars, properties and buy certain lifestyles and join fashion shows. Their lives mean much more than what this materialistic world can give them. Education all about is family values, social ethics, good manners, cultural values, community feelings, selfless interest, human rights, compassion for the needy, etc., where God is first, another man next and me last. Is our education based on selfless service? Our present trend is to create selfish individuals, selfish families, selfish citizens and selfish Communities, only to amass material wealth. Our children can not be passed out as qualified adults who will always be greedy for more and more and will never be satisfied nor have the joy of living a contented life. Alternatively, if we change the education system to build individual character, we will build a welfare society with high moral standards and a welfare State. To have a welfare State, we have to educate ourselves and our children with high moral standards who in turn will choose leaders with character to lead our State and Nation. If we do not have good leaders to elect as our representative in State Assembly, Parliament, or local bodies, it is because our education system has not considered that qualification is only one part of education. And all moral values and education begin at home. We as a Community, all have a Social Responsibility to change or improve the system. If we have something good, we should speak it out, come and take part, and learn from other people’s experiences but never say it is enough. It all begins with us when we ask ourselves what we can do for others, specially the children. Can we as adults improve in our behaviour for the sake of our children? If Children are the next World, we as Parents, teachers and adults should be the role models of Character for them. What is the use of all our money and material wealth, if our Children do not have the joy of life and if we do not care for their future? It begins with educating ourselves and continuing to learn. Our whole Life should be a moral school of character development where there is no end to learning. The above Report has been submitted to the Office of the Hon. Minister of Education and the Director of Education on July 1, 2010, with suggestions to set up an Education Evaluation Study Group to recommend changes and amendment to the existing Education Policy. (The writer is a Senior Counsellor of Asha Counselling Centre & Convenor of Asha Family Responsibilities & Rights Association, Mapusa. )
SETBACK FOR K’TAKA
SC allows M’rashtra to amend suit over boundary dispute PTI NEW DELHI, JULY 12
The Supreme Court today allowed Maharashtra government to include additional grounds in its lawsuit over the boundary dispute with Karnataka filed in 2004 challenging the ceding of pre-dominantly Marathi-speaking areas to its neighbour. A Bench of Justices J M Panchal and A K Patnaik granted four weeks to Maharashtra to amend its suit filed on March 29, 2004, in which it had challenged the inclusion of 865 Marathi-speaking villages in four districts of Belgaum, Karwar, Gulbarga and Bidar to Karnataka. The Court said Karnataka government will have to file its response within eight weeks after the amended suit is filed. Senior advocates Harish Salve and Vinod Bobde, appearing for Maharashtra, submitted that some basic and settled principles like wishes of the people and linguistic criteria were not followed when these districts were ceded to Karnataka.
Congmen question Jagan's yatra
In the application filed through its advocate Shivaji Jadhav for amending the lawsuit, Maharashtra submitted that all theses factors were considered for demarcation of boundary between Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana, Maharashtra and Gujarat etc.
Karnataka government will have to file its response within eight weeks after the amended suit is filed. Senior advocate Fali Nariman, appearing for Karnataka government, opposed the application for amending the six-year-old lawsuit. Maharashtra government had earlier contended that the principle laid down for reorganisation of states under Article 3 of the Constitution has been violated. The boundary dispute between the two states have been pending in the Supreme Court for long with Karnataka demand-
The war of words between Congress MP Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and the leaders loyal to the high command and Chief Minister K Rosaiah intensified today with the latter questioning the way the young MP is conducting his controversial yatra. "The 'Odarpu Yatra' is a farce. The real motive of the tour has come out. Why should he (Jagan) say that MPs and MLAs are prevented from joining his yatra, when he has said clearly that it is a personal yatra. Madhu Goud, Congress MP said in Delhi.
PTI LUCKNOW, JULY 12
Hitting out at BJP chief Nitin Gadkari, the Congress today asked him to specify his relationship with party MP Ram Jethmalani who had defended Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. "Jethmalani who had defended Afzal Guru became a BJP MP thanks to Nitin Gadkari. I will ask him to spell out his relationship with the veteran jurist," AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh told reporters here. On Gadkari's refusal to apologise for his remarks that Afzal Guru was like a son-in-law for the Congress, he said he did not want to give any importance to someone making such "non-serious" comments. Defending his remarks, Gadkari said in Kolkata yesterday that there was no question of his tendering an apology over the issue. Singh, in-charge of Congress affairs in Uttar Pradesh, also asked the BJP to explain its ties with the killers of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. "Advani was at the helm for six years but he did not hang the killers of Rajiv Gandhi. Will the party explain its relationship with them?" he asked.
Maharashtra Legislative Assembly today revoked the suspension of four MNS legislators, who had allegedly assaulted Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Asim Azmi for defying their leader Raj Thackeray's diktat of taking oath as members in Marathi. Minister for State for Parliamentary Affairs, Bhaskar Jadhav, moved the resolution seeking revocation of the four year suspension. The House passed the resolution by a voice vote. The four MNS MLAs Shishir Shinde, Ram Kadam, Ramesh Wanjale and Vasant Gite were suspended from the membership of the House for a period of four years on November 9, 2009 for assaulting Azmi when he was taking oath as member in Hindi. Jadhav said MNS group leader Bala Nandgaonkar had given a
letter apologising for the incident and promised good behaviour by the four MLAs. Nandgaonkar has assured members that such an incident which lowers the dignity of the House will not happen again, he said. Leader of Opposition Eknath Khadse demanded that the Government explain the "package deal" that took place between the MNS and the government for facilitating revocation of the suspension. Khadse was joined by BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar, who alleged that the government was indulging in "political blackmailing". Mungantiwar said he had submitted a notice of breach of privilege against the government 10 days ago along with a CD comprising Thackeray's statement that he had to take certain decisions to ensure that the suspension of his MLAs was lifted.
PTI WASHINGTON, JULY 12
"Half of these guys weren't armed" during the initial assault in Mumbai, said Sergent Alan Matas. "That's half the battle." "If something like this happened here, we would respond with a more organised attack," Detective Ivan Cabrera was quoted as saying by 'The Miami
Herald' newspaper. FBI's Supervisory Special Agent Anthony Tindall told members of the agency's Joint Terrorism Task Force and others gathered at the Sunrise Civic Centre over the weekend that "in the US, we would bring guns and bullets much quicker than
the Indians could have." Tindall, now based in Hawaii as the FBI's liaison to the US Pacific Command, said India sought the FBI's help during the November 26-28 attack and the bureau deployed eight agents from Los Angeles as well as technicians from Quantico, Virginia. He said FBI gained the trust of Indian investigators almost immediately because its agents and technicians were able to glean significant information from GPS, cellphones, satellite phones, Internet data, financial records, witnesses and boats used by the terrorists. "One of the things we learned from this operation is that we needed to bring them something they couldn't do themselves," Tindall told the audience, while showing TV news accounts of the massacre.
Rathyatra symbol of communal harmony in Guj PTI AHMEDABAD, JULY 12
Lord Jagannath's rathyatra, the 133rd edition of which is scheduled on July 13, has been a tradition for over a century in the city and has in recent years become a symbol of communal harmony with people of all communities participating with equal enthusiasm. The 14 km route of the rathyatra passes through communally sensitive areas of the city like Kalupur, Prem Darwaja, Delhi Chakla, Dariyapur and Shahpur, which have witnessed incidences of violence in the past, with instances of slogan shouting and stone-pelting during rathyatra. But over the past 25 years, the journey has been more or less peaceful, said Congress MLA from Shahpur area Gyasuddin Sheikh. "The period between 198592 were the most violent period for the city during rathyatra. But
PTI PATNA, JULY 12
NCP general sercetary Tariq Anwar today trashed the report card of four-and-half year NDA government presented by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and called the report card a 'bundle of lies'. ''NDA government has relied on statistical jugglery and political chicanery and media maipulations to tell the people of Bihar as well as the country and beat the drum that the state is developing,'' he told reporters here. There was nothing new in the report card, released on July 9, ''except for being a compiltation of Nitish Kumar's photos showing him inaugurating schemes for which the Centre had earmarked the funds,'' he said. The state government has failed on fronts and while claiming to usher in an era of 'sushashan' (good governance) has failed to deliver. The NDA would be voted out in the assembly polls slated later this year for making false promises to the people, Anwar said. Describing Kumar's report
card as 'old wine in new bottle' Anwar said the during the NDA regime kidnapping for ransom, murder, rape and atrocities against dalits and naxal activities had increased manifold contrary to the rosy picture painted. The NCP leader charged the Nitish Kumar government with not properly utilising the central funds and launching schemes in the name of the chief minister using central funds. He also charged Kumar with playing into the hands of the RSS and alleged that several ministers including deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Giriaraj Singh , Nand Kishrore Yadav and others of having RSS background.
People negotiating their vehicles in deep waterlogged streets after heavy rainfall in Patna on Monday.
Unarmed Mumbai police led to 26/11 mayhem: FBI Labelling the 26/11 terror attacks as "deceptively simple and highly coordinated with little money expended", the FBI has said the crippling flaw in the Mumbai police's defence against the initial assault was that its officers didn't even carry weapons. The premier US investigative agency has also pointed out that the Indian forces did not have the sophisticated gadgets and systems to intercept the communication between the attackers and their handlers in Pakistan. FBI said absence of weapons with the Mumbai police had led to dozens of people being mowed down at five-star hotels, a train station and a Jewish centre before the specialized Indian forces killed all but one of the terrorists.
Nitish report card a bundle of lies: Tariq
Suspension of MNS legislators revoked PTI MUMBAI, JULY 12
PTI HYDERABAD, JULY 12
ing Kannada-speaking area from Maharashtra and vice-versa. Maharashtra has maintained there was a "hostile discrimination" while settling its boundary dispute with Karnataka. The governments of the two states have taken opposite stands on the recommendations of the Mahajan Commission which was constituted by the Centre to settle the dispute. Maharashtra had earlier demanded the disputed areas be given Union Territory status till the issue is decided by the court. The Centre had recently told the apex court that Belgaum district in Karnataka cannot be ceded to Maharashtra merely because it has a large chunk of Marathi-speaking people. In an affidavit filed before the apex court, the Centre pointed out that reorganisation of states was carried out in 1956 and 1960 on the basis of various criteria and language was only one of them and not the sole factor.
Cong hits out at Gadkari
2 SIMI men arrested PTI AHMEDABAD, JULY 12
Two suspected members of the banned SIMI, including an accused in the conspiracy to blow up Kolkata's Howrah bridge, have been arrested here on the eve of Lord Jagannath's Rathyatra for which security has been beefed up in the city. Abu alias Abdulvali alias Abdufakir Siddiqui (34) and Hasibraza alias Samim Sayyed (43) were arrested from near Prem Darwaja area yesterday, police said today adding that they had received a tip-off that the two were in the city for the last several months. A revolver, 20 live bullets and an air gun have been recovered from the duo, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Crime, Himanshu Shukla told reporters here. "Hasibraza hails from Patna in Bihar and is an accused in the conspiracy to blow up Howrah bridge in Kolkata. He also has number of cases registered against him for anti-social activities," Shukla said. since then, people, from both the communities, Hindus and Muslims, have come together to maintain peace in sensitive places," Sheikh told PTI. "Since last three years, there has been no 'Janta Curfew' in
the minority dominated areas. Which shows that people of all communities are equally enthusiastic about the rathyatra," he said. Janta curfew is like self-imposed curfew when people of
the area from where the rathyatra passes do not come out of their houses. "On the contrary since last three years we have seen that even women of the minority community come out in the balconies of their houses to see the procession," another MLA of Kalupur Farukh Sheikh said. Even Muslim community leaders greet the rathyatra in their respective areas with mementos and flowers. They also provide water and refreshment to devotees pulling the rath of Lord Jagannath and people participating in the procession, Farukh, who belongs to the Congress party, said. "Rathyatra has become sort of a festival in many of the minority dominated areas which constitute over 60 per cent of its 14 km route," he added. Trustee of the Lord Jagannath temple here Mahendra Jha said that this was a festival for people of all communities.
PSLV proves worthiness PTI SRIHARIKOTA, JUL 12
Indian space programme's workhorse launch vehicle PSLV proved its flight worthiness yet again today when it successfully placed Cartosat 2B and four other satellites in orbit in a textbook precision. In missions it has flown since 1993, Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) premier Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle has delivered success, but for once. The failure happened on its first developmental flight in September 1993. The successful missions resulted in ISRO getting launch orders for small satellites from other countries. In the international launch
arena, PSLV's addressable market segment is mainly light weight satellites for placement in polar orbit.
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Earthquake strikes Chile REUTERS WASHINGTON, JULY 12
A 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck Chile's mine rich north, the US Geological Survey reported, but Chilean officials said there were no reports of any damage or injuries. The quake was centered 49 miles (79 km) east northeast of Calama, at a depth of 61.5 miles (91 km). It hit at 20:11 local time (OO11 GMT) yesterday. ''It was a quake of medium intensity. It caused some consternation among residents, but there are no reports of any damage,'' Johaziel Jamett, head of the early warning center at Chile's state emergency office Onemi, told Reuters. An official at state copper giant Codelco, the world's top producer of the red metal, said there was no damage to the company's northern installations. A huge 8.8 magnitude earthquake hit south-central Chile in February, killing at least 500 people and causing massive damage.
Sarkozy in tight corner after Bettencourt donation AGENCIES PARIS, JULY 12
France's ruling center-right government is in a tight corner after the revelation of alleged illegal political donation by L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt to support President Nicolas Sarkozy's election campaign. The 55-year-old president is to address the nation via a television interview on Monday. Some members of the opposition said Sarkozy is facing a system crisis. "To get out of it, the president must act either by dissolving the National Assembly or announcing a profound reshuffle with a tightened government composed of faultless and indisputable people," Jerome Cahuzac, head of the parliamentary finance committee and a member of the opposition Socialist party, told the weekly Journal de Dimanche. The Bettencourt affair first
came to light when Bettencourt's former bookkeeper Claire Thibout unveiled recordings allegedly showing Bettencourt and Labor Minister Eric Woerth were involved in tax evasion. Sarkozy and other members of the ruling UMP party, of which Woerth is also a member, backed the labor minister. A report from
the tax inspectorate of the Finance Ministry on Sunday concluded that Woerth played no role in the tax affairs of the Bettencourts. Woerth had been the campaign treasurer of Sarkozy. The happenings took a new turn when accusations were pointed to the French president following a Mediapart web site report on the donation of 150,000 euros to finance Sarkozy's election campaign in 2007. French weekly magazine Marianne reported last Friday that more than 390,000 euros (492,906 U.S. dollars) in cash had been withdrawn from Bettencourt's account in the four months before the 2007 election. French law limits political donations to no more than 7,500 euros (9,478 dollars) per person per year, of which 150 euros (189 dollars) can be in cash.
Japan ruling party reels after vote REUTERS TOKYO, JULY 12
Japan's ruling party, mauled in yesterday upper house election, faces an uphill struggle to win new allies to back its policies to cut back huge public debt and probably bitter infighting over whether the premier should quit. Voters dealt Prime Minister Naoto Kan's Democratic Party of Japan a stinging rebuke in the election, depriving the DPJ and its tiny ally of a majority less than a year after the Democrats swept to power with promises of change. Kan's Democratic Party of Japan won 44 seats and its partner, the People's New Party, none, media said. That was fewer than the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) 51 seats and far short of Kan's goal of winning 54. It leaves Kan vulnerable to a
challenge from inside his own party, though he said he would stay in his job. Kan is already the fifth prime minister that the world's second-largest economy has had in three years. ''I want to accept the election results sincerely and continue responsible policies with the feeling that this is a new start line,'' Kan told a news conference. He added he felt responsible for failing to fully explain his call for debate on the sales tax but would continue to call for multi-party talks on the topic. The DPJ won power in a historic landslide just last year, ousting the long-dominant conservative Liberal Democrats with promises to cut waste and focus spending on consumers. But public backing nosedived due to indecisive leadership and mishandling of a feud over a US airbase.
Public support for the DPJ rebounded when Kan took over last month, but tumbled almost as quickly after he floated a rise in the sales tax from 5 per cent to help rein in debt. Many voters accept the need for an eventual sales tax rise given a public debt already about twice the size of the 5 trillion dollar economy, but the Democrats failed to convince voters they had a coherent plan to cure the country's economic ills. ''Kan lost the election calling for a sales tax hike,'' said Koichi Haji, chief economist at NLI Research Institute. ''That is a huge setback for fiscal reform. Now the question is whether Kan can stay in power or not.'' Japanese major newspapers said Kan needs to press ahead with his fiscal reform platform despite the election loss. ''If Prime Minister Kan believes higher taxes are necessary for
Japan's future, he should dig his heels and call the LDP for talks. He should try to persuade voters, as well,'' the Asahi newspaper said. The Democrats still have a dominant grip on the more powerful lower house. But they will need to seek new partners to control the upper chamber, which can block bills, as they struggle to engineer growth and rein in public debt. Two of Kan's LDP predecessors threw in the towel after less than a year in face of a similar divided parliament. Japanese shares and government bonds may face initial selling pressure when markets open on Monday. But longer term investors will eye which smaller parties the Democrats ally with, what policy compromises it makes, and whether that dilutes fiscal reform.
Thousands greet total solar eclipse AGENCIES EASTER ISLAND, JULY 12
Lying in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Easter Island came into the limelight on Sunday as thousands of foreign tourists were flocking to the remote island, the best location on Earth to view a total solar eclipse. According to Chile's National Tourism Administration, more than 4,000 foreign tourists and scientists had been arriving well before Sunday at the island, which has a local population of just 3,000, to choose their favored vantage spots to watch the astronomical wonder. A group of reporters, under an agreement with a Spanish expedition "Shelios," also camped at Ahu Akivi National Park on the Pacific coast of the island, where experts and amateurs from Asia, Europe, the Americas gathered to observe the astronomical marvel through telescopes, cameras, videocameras, waiting eagerly for the occurrence of the eclipse. It rained the whole day on Saturday, but skies cleared over the island by midday Sunday. The amateurs sang, danced, played drums or guitar, or just
lay on the grass, enjoying the tropical sun, while researchers, photographers, cameramen were intensely engaged in final preparations for their experiments and filming. At 12:40 pm local time, exclamations and applause burst from crowds of several thousands, as the Moon's shadow gradually crawled over from the lower left edge of the Sun. "Ha! This time bitten from the bottom up!" a Spanish researcher jokingly cheered. Observed through the Mylar film
glasses, the image of the Sun gradually lost its full form to an approximation of a crescent moon. Just a few minutes before the eclipse entered its totality, a sudden blow of wind pushed clouds over the Sun. Anxiety grew, so did disappointment. A group of Spanish girls began to sing prayers, bidding for the clouds to disperse. Impossible to tell whether the prayer really worked, at 14:08 p.m.(2008 GMT) the totality occurred, clearly visible.
FROM PAGE 1 Three highway stretches... He said the forest department has been told to conduct a survey of the forest land that will have to go for the proposed highways. Asked to comment on the agitation towards the proposed highways, Alemao said he had been fighting against the expressway and six-lane highway, but everyone remain quite, including the legislators and citizens that time. “My intervention then has helped to save around 500-600 houses”, he added. Replying to a question, Alemao said the government would build the three bridges at Galgibaga, Talpona and Zuari on a priority basis. The meeting was attended NHAI by Chief General manager A K Mathur, member Subhash Patel, PWD Chief Engineer R Rego, , District Collector G P Naik and others.
Casillas seals it with a kiss saying “She must know that you shouldn’t get emotionally involved in the stories you are covering.” But Telecinco, part of the network owned by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, defended Carbonero, saying it is FIFA which decided to place journalists behind the goal posts of their national teams.
Traffic chokes Panjim vehicles – an area where the government has failed to keep up the promise. Superintendent of Police (Traffic) Arvind Gawas says, “The only solution to ease the traffic in Panjim is to restrict entry of vehicles.” Subsequently, Gawas added, “We need to have parking plazas as in absence of these people are forced to park on the roads.” The SP also said that to discourage people from parking on road “we need to introduce pay parking.” “..this will discourage people from parking their vehicles in the morning and remove only in the evening,” he stated adding that free parking should be only outside the city. Sources further stated that apart from the traffic cell and transport department the Corporation of the City of Panaji too has failed to put things in place. “The CCP is busy with its own infighting and as such has not been able to take a final decision on the pay parking system on the 18th June road and D B Marg,” sources said adding that the proposal of the pay parking on these roads is in the pipeline for more than two years. When contacted the CCP Commissioner Elvis Gomes said that corporation has introduced pay parking wherever possible. “We have introduced parking at New Market, Bombay Bus stand, near Dempo House and Santa Monica jetty,” he said. About the 18th June road and the D B Marg, which are the busiest streets, he said, “It is awaiting approval from the district magistrate.”
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UK scrutinising aid to India closely PTI LONDON, JULY 12
Britain will decide whether to reduce aid to India or to let it continue at the same level by the end of the year when a report of the ongoing review of aid programmes in 90 countries will be finalised though it has already decided to phase out aid to China and Russia. A spokesman of the Department for International Development (DFID) told PTI today that Britain is currently reviewing 'every single one of our country programmes,' including India, which is its largest aid programme. No announcement on reducing or continuing aid to India is expected during the forthcoming visit of Prime Minister David Cameron, but DFID said it already decided to phase out aid
to Russia and China. He said: "The UK is reviewing every single one of our country programmes to ensure we are giving aid to where it's most needed - to help the world's poorest people. "We have also announced a new independent aid watchdog -- to scrutinise aid on the taxpayers' behalf. In future we will also publish all details of the department's spending on our website". The review, part of the coalition government's efforts to find avenues to reduce spending and cut Britain's burgeoning budget deficit, is scrutinising 90 countries which currently share 2.9 billion pounds in British bilateral aid. The demand to cut British aid to an India that is growing exponentially in economic terms
64 killed as blasts rock Uganda AFP KAMPALA, JULY 12
Twin bombs tore into crowds watching the World Cup final in the Uganda capital, killing 64 including an American and wounding scores in one of the deadliest attacks to hit the city, officials said today. The country's police chief said the blasts at an Ethiopian-owned restaurant and a rugby club in Kampala late Sunday were a terrorist attack that may be linked to threats from Al Qaeda-inspired Islamist Shebab rebels in Somalia. Security officers deployed to the scene blocked roads and cordoned off the damaged buildings, keeping journalists out as the injured were ferried to hospitals. "We have 64 dead and 65 injured. The nationalities of all the fatalities will be released later," national police spokeswoman Judith Nabakooba said. Earlier police said at least 23 people had been killed. An American citizen was among the dead, a US embassy spokeswoman in Kampala said. An AFP correspondent saw three wounded US citizens at the city's main Mulago hospital where dozens other injured people had been taken for treatment. "We just wanted to watch the World Cup. Unfortunately we went to the Ethiopian village," said US national 18-year-old Chris Sledge who suffered seri-
ous injuries to his legs and a bruised eye. "I feel OK. Am gonna need surgery," he said. US President Barack Obama called the explosions "deplorable and cowardly," National Security Council spokesman Mike Hammer said in a statement. "The United States is ready to provide any assistance requested by the Ugandan government," he said. A senior administration official said the United States was in contact with its embassy in Kampala and the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding the Uganda's government requests for assistance. It was not immediately clear who was behind the explosions or the motive but national police chief Kale Kayihura told reporters the attack may be linked to the Shebab militants in nearby Somalia. "Obviously this is terrorism. That one is clear," he said. "You know there have been declarations from Shebab and Al-Qaeda. Terrorism is a modern-day threat. You know the region we are in and our commitment in Somalia," Kayihura said. The Shebab last week urged Somalis to join the war against the African Union (AU) peacekeeping force in Somalia which includes Ugandan and Burundian forces, blaming them for civilians death in Mogadishu.
has come from a wide spectrum of people and political parties in Britain. The government has announced public sector spending cuts of between 25 and 40 per cent in the next five years. In future, the government wants to focus its aid on fewer countries in a move designed to increase the impact of British funding on the world's poorest people, according to the International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell. The Government has made clear that the international development budget will increase – to 0.7 per cent of gross national income from 2013 - but it will be better targeted to where it can do most good. The redirected money will be channelled to priority countries and used for poverty reduction
Libya blocking Gaddafi Jr from joining Gaza ship AGENCIES LONDON, JULY 12
In a surprising move, Libyan authorities decided Sunday to restrict the takeoff of private flights from the country for fear that Saif al-Islam Gaddafi would try to join an aid ship attempting to reach the Gaza Strip, the London-based Arabic-language alSharq al-Awsat newspaper reported Monday. The vessel, "Amal," which is set to sail from the Lavrio port in Greece, docked in Crete on Sunday afternoon. Saif Gaddafi, the son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and head of the organization which initiated the sail, is interested in joining the ship and has begun preparing to do so. A Libyan official told the London-based paper that the Libyan authorities were trying to prevent Gaddafi Jr from reaching the ship. The official, who asked to remain anonymous, told al-Sharq al-Awsat in a phone call from Tripoli that the flight restriction includes private flights to Greece, Cyprus and Crete, in addition to charter flights. "Libya does not wish to intervene and believes the aid sail to Gaza conceals an adventure and a risk," he said. "Therefore, it has been decided to ban private flights. The decision is aimed at preventing Saif al-Islam and other Libyan figures from joining the ship.
Karzai seeks removal of 50 Taliban from UN list PTI NEW YORK, JULY 12
Afghan President Hamid Karzai is seeking removal of upto 50 Taliban commanders from a UN terror blacklist in a gesture intended to advance a political reconciliation in his country. Though the government had for years sought to delist former Taliban fighters but now the diplomatic outreach at the UN has taken on renewed urgency as Karzai has begun to press for a political settlement at the earliest, the Washington Post reported. The US, the paper said, was assisting Karzai in the process and had sent Richard C Holbrooke, US Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, last week to meet UN officials to press them to move forward on the delisting process. The new campaign to strike off as many as 50
out of 137 Taliban commanders from the list, which imposes a travel ban and other restrictions comes as Afghan government officials are citing that these figures have cut their ties to the Taliban. Quoting US officials, The Post, said America opposes the delisting of some of the most violent Taliban fighters, including their leader Mullah Omar, but Holbrooke is eager to reach an agreement on removing a slate of purportedly reformed Taliban commanders ahead of a major international conference in Kabul this month, that is aimed at bolstering stability and reconciliation in Afghanistan. However, diplomatic overtures have met with resistance from UN officials who are demanding more evidence that the individuals have renounced violence.
Qaeda threatens to kill French hostage REUTERS LONDON, JULY 12
Al Qaeda's North African wing said it would kill a French hostage in 15 days if the French government failed to meet its demands, the US-based SITE Intelligence Group said. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) said in May it was holding 78-year-old Michel Germaneau, who was seized in northern Niger in April. It demanded a prisoner exchange and said French President Nicolas Sarkozy would be responsible for Germaneau's life. Yesterday it gave France 15 days starting from July 12 to respond to its demands, according to an Internet statement monitored by SITE. ''The mujahideen decided to grant a final extension to France that will not be repeated and will not exceed 15 days, starting on Monday, 12/07/2010,'' the statement read, according to SITE's translation.
''At the end of this period and the non-response to our legitimate demands, then France will have sentenced its citizen to death...'' It said if Sarkozy did not respond, he would have committed the same ''folly'' as former British prime minister Gordon Brown. French Foreign Ministr y spokesman Bernard Valero said France was ''mobilised in Paris as well as on the ground'' in connection with the case. ''You will understand that the discretion that we observe is a condition of the effectiveness of our work,'' Valero said in Paris. AQIM killed British captive Edwin Dyer last year after Britain declined to give in to its demands. AQIM released a picture and audio of Germaneau in May in which he said he had a serious medical condition, and urged Sarkozy to find a ''good solution'' for him.
Israel arrests six terrorists in West Bank
measures including programmes to improve maternal health, women's right to family planning and protection against deadly diseases like malaria. Mitchell said countries such as China, which recently hosted the Olympics, and Russia, a G8 member, will see a phasing out of UK development assistance as soon as practical and responsible. The bilateral aid review will analyse DFID's programme in each country to look at results, delivery and value for money. The review, which will report af ter the comprehensive spending review in the autumn, is expected to herald a new focus for DFID's bilateral programme. Mitchell said: "It is not justifiable to continue to give aid money to China and Russia.”
India Day parade in New York on Aug 15 UNI NEW YORK, JULY 12
People from a Spanish village jump into a lake to escape from the scourging sun as heat-wave swept through the country and much of Europe.
Nepal’s political crisis deepens PTI KATHMANDU, JULY 12
Nepal's bickering political parties today failed to meet a crucial second deadline to form a consensus on a new prime minister, paving the way for the president to direct the parliament to elect a majority government. The political crisis in Nepal deepened after a crucial meeting of the three major parties – main Opposition UCPN-Maoist, the Nepali Congress and the Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist Leninist), the key alliance partners in the caretaker government-- failed to agree on a name for the post of the Prime Minister based on consensus. The meeting of three major
political parties to form a national consensus government failed to reach any agreement, according to party sources. President Ram Baran Yadav set a July 7 deadline to suggest a name for the post of the Prime Minister based on consensus following the resignation of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal on June 30. However, the failure of the parties to meet the deadline forced him to extend it to July 12. As the deadline set by the President to form a consensus government expired today, the process of forming a majority government would start as per the Article 38 (2) of the constitution, according to President's
Press adviser Rajendra Dahal. Under Article 38 sub clause 1 a consensus government could be formed. Now the president will call upon the political parties to form a majority government. The support of at least 301 members is needed to form a majority government in the 601 member House. The meeting was attended by Maoist chairman Prachanda, Nepali Congress acting president Shushil Koirala and CPNUML president Jhal Nath Khanal. The Maoists, who ended their decade-long civil war in 2006, have claimed the leadership of new government as it is largest party in parliament.
On Saturday, the Maoists had presented a three-month road map to complete the peace process by integrating their former combatants and dissolve its paramilitary youth wing in a bid to build a consensus over a national government. However, it had failed to impress the main political parties, who have asked the Maoists to turn its party in a civilian organisation. The Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML rejected outright their new proposal, saying the Maoists were not committed the to the 2006 Comprehensive Peace Agreement. There are some 19,000 combatants in different camps.
The Federation of Indian Associations (FIA), an umbrella body constituent groups in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, will take out its annual India Day Parade next month on the occasion of Independence Day. Announcing this at a community gathering at the Consulate General of India here, FIA President Nirav Mehta said FIA's 30th annual parade, after a gap of a decade, falls on August 15 when India celebrates its Independence. The parade will be taken out along Madison Avenue in Manhattan and conclude after 10-12 blocks where cultural and patriotic programmes will be held. Among other highlights will be the display of the Tricolour on the Empire State Building, currently the tallest in New York, for three days beginning August 14. There are generally a chief guest and a grand marshal for the event, which is considered the largest parade outside India. The parade is usually taken out in New York on the first Sunday after August 15. This year the event coincides with the date. FIA, which is celebrating its 40th year of existence, said in all about 2.5 million people have participated over the years witnessing about 750 colourful floats.
Hindus attacked in Pak’s Sindh PTI ISLAMABAD, JULY 12
An Iranian woman, symbolically dressed as a victim of death by stoning, takes part in a National Council of Resistance of Iran protest outside a EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels in 2005.
Iran suspends stoning of woman under pressure DPA TEHRAN, JULY 12
The head of the Iranian judiciary has suspended a sentence of stoning to death against a woman for adultery, the Tehran press reported on Monday. Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, 43, was convicted by one court of adultery, which is punished by stoning to death, while another court sentenced her to 90 lashes. The sentence provoked an international outcry with several Western countries and human rights organizations calling on Iran to revise it. An official in East Azerbaijan
province said that due to an order by judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani the sentence has been suspended for the time being and would not be implemented. Provincial judiciary head Malek Ajdar Sharifi, however, said that the woman was not only convicted of adultery but also of killing her husband in 2006. Sharifi added that opponents of the sentence would not be so critical if they saw the scene of the murder. He said that the judiciary would not submit to international pressure. Stoning is imposed mainly as
Chinese officials must report assets
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AP BEIJING, JULY 12
Israeli troops arrested on Monday six Palestinians terrorists during raids in two West Bank cities, security sources reported. The Israeli forces raided Hebron and Jenin, arresting six people after meticulous house search operations, Palestinian police said. A spokesperson for the Israeli army confirmed the arrests, saying the Palestinians were wanted by Israeli security forces. Israel said its soldiers attacked the territory to arrest "wanted activists," who are affiliated with anti-Israel armed groups. However, the Western-backed Palestinian National Authority complains that the daily Israeli raids hinder its forces to tighten their grip on the territory. Meanwhile, in Gaza Strip, Israeli army vehicles advanced into Khan Yonis and destroyed farms near the security fence.
China issued new rules requiring officials in government and state companies to report everything from personal assets to the business activities of spouses and children, in a renewed attempt to quash endemic corruption Beijing sees as a threat to its rule. The new regulations that went into effect Sunday are similar to rules released in April governing senior Communist Party officials, but have been expanded to include everyone from midlevel officials and up. Nonparty members and those working for state-owned business are now also required to submit their details. Ordinary Chinese frequently complain about official corruption and the Communist leadership recognizes it is a major threat to political stability. The regulation appears designed to prevent officials from hiding il-
licit income under the names of spouses, former spouses or other close family members. Critics say graft is too deeply ingrained in the system and can't be solved with regulations. Some have called for independent bodies to fight corruption. "Many officials have children, spouses or relatives who invest in companies or are involved in business projects. This happens all the time. What can you accomplish by requiring people to report it? Even if they report it, it's still legal under current laws," said Yang Yang, a professor in the Politics and Public Management Institute at the China Politics and Law University. He said the government was trying to show its efforts in combating corruption, but that the new regulation would have limited effects. Yang said he was also considered a midlevel official and has had to make similar disclosures about his personal assets in the past.
punishment for offences related to illegitimate sex, such as adultery. Iran’s judiciary once ordered the courts to halt stoning sentences due to negative international impact and to use alternative punishments instead, but some courts continue to issue the sentence, especially in the provinces. During the stoning, men are buried up to their waist and women up to their necks and then stones are thrown against their head and body until they die. But if a person manages to escape from the hole, they are acquitted and free to go.
Iranian woman held for drug smuggling AGENCIES JAKARTA, JULY 12
A senior official of Indonesian customs stationed at SoekarnoHatta international airport said on Monday that they had just arrested an Iranian woman who tried to smuggle 6.1 kilograms of Crystal Methamphetamine and 65 grams of hashish worth millions of U.S. dollars, local media reported here. The Iranian drug smuggler woman, namely Maryam of 26 years old, was caught after the customs officers learned her suspicious gestures when she had just arrived in the airport from her trip that started from Damascus with stopover in Abu Dhabi. "We charged her with violation against the existing antidrug law No 35. We had handed over the evidence to the police stationed at the airport for further legal process," said Bahaduri Wijayanta, the head of customs office station at the airport.
Several members of the minority Hindu community were attacked and forced out of their homes in Pakistan's southern Sindh province after a boy drank water from a facility outside a mosque. About 60 Hindu men, women and children were recently forced to abandon their homes at Memon Goth in Karachi, the capital of Sindh, after influential tribesmen of the area objected to the boy drinking water from a cooler. "All hell broke loose when my son, Dinesh, who looks after chickens in a farm, drank water from a cooler outside a mosque. Upon seeing him do that, the people of the area started beating him up," a Hindu man named Meerumal told The News daily. "Later, around 150 tribesmen attacked us, injuring seven of our people — Samo, Mohan, Hero, Chanu, Sadu, Heera, and Guddi — who were taken to the Jinnah Hospital," he said. The Hindus who were forced out of their homes have taken refuge in a cattle pen. One of the injured, Heera,
said about 400 Hindu families are being threatened to vacate the area. "Our people are even scared of going out of their houses. We are also putting up with living in the filthy (cattle) pen because we cannot go home for fear of being killed," said Heera, who too is living in a cattle shed. "A trivial incident led to riots between the people of the area. Since both the communities happened to be illiterate, the matter just flared up," said the chief of Memon Goth police station. However, he dismissed claims about a lack of security for the Hindu community in the area and said that they could go back to their homes any time they wanted. Sindh's Minority Affairs Minister Mohan Lal has assured the Hindu community that it will receive full government protection. "I have directed the (district police chief) and the SHO to ensure that these people go back to their houses safely," he said. Lal said the culprits will be dealt with severely.
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IIP slips to 11.5% in May, still good PTI NEW DELHI, JULY 12
Industrial growth slipped to 11.5 per cent in May, from
16.52 per cent in the previous month, though the output recorded a double-digit growth for the eighth month in a row
Luxor is official CWG writing instruments licensee PANJIM (HBD) -- The nineteenth Commonwealth Games (CWG) announced its association with Indian major – Luxor - as the official licensee for writing instruments. As the Official Writing Instruments licensee for CWG 2010, Luxor has launched writing instruments specially crafted for athletes, officials and volunteers. Apart from that, Luxor will also initiate premium items such as fountain pens as one of the corporate gifts for CWG 2010. With a myriad of products ranging from designer pens, fountain pens, ball pens, colour pencils, markers, notebooks, gift sets, display stands, Luxor today, certainly stands as a colossal and a versatile entity. With its unmatched quality and price, Luxor stands undefeatable in the market today, providing a writing instrument for everyone. The company has re-defined the use of pens through customized printing techniques offering greater value than just a mere writing instrument. Additionally, the company will spend over Rs. 10 Crores for the consumer activation. Through this relationship, Luxor will not only have stalls in each of the CWG stadiums for consumers but will also support the infrastructure and success of the games.
Reliance Mobile-Samsung’s CDMA android smartphone PANJIM (HBD) -- In a move that would redefine the Smartphone user experience in the country, Reliance Mobile and Samsung Mobile announced the launch of the country first Android powered CDMA handset Samsung Galaxy i899. Combing a unique blend of performance and elegance, Samsung Galaxy i899 will offer an enhanced experience of seamless speed data on the move offering speeds upto 3.1 Mbps to Reliance Mobile customers. The new Smartphone available only on Reliance Mobile network will also be the first CDMA device to be launched in India pre-installed with Android market – an online applications store developed by Google for Android devices. The touch-screen CDMA smartphone would also enable highspeed access to popular social networking sites like Facebook, Orkut, MySpace, YouTube as well as Gmail, GTalk and Google Maps. Featuring a 3.2” AMOLED touch-screen, a 3.2 megapixel camera, a media player and expandable memory upto 32GB, Samsung Galaxy i899 comes with popular Smartphone features including support for phone, email, text messaging, Wi-Fi, HTML web browser and more. Priced at Rs 19,900, Reliance Mobile customers upgrading to Samsung Galaxy i899 will also get Free Data Usage on Reliance Netconnect Broadband+ - 10GB for 1 month for prepaid customers and 15 GB per month for 2 months for post paid subscribers. The smartphone features built-in Wireless Broadband support that offers data speed of upto 3.1 Mbps allowing customers to access Android Market to browse and download thousands of exclusive, free and powerful third-party applications on this platform. The vast reach of Reliance Mobile’s CDMA will allow the Smartphone user to access high speed internet connection anytime, anywhere.
Vodafone breaks entry barrier with Rs 4 pack PANJIM (HBD) -- Vodafone Essar announced the launch of an economical bonus offer for its prepaid customers. Priced at Rs 4, it is the lowest cost denomination offer currently available in the market. Aimed at enabling many more people at the grass root level to stay connected, the Rs. 4 Bonus reiterates Vodafone’s commitment towards accelerating tele-density in India and enhancing affordability. The Rs 4 Bonus offer enables prepaid customers to choose from an array of services such as Vodafone to Vodafone calls, local night calls and SMS at extremely attractive rates. It gives the customers the flexibility to opt for specific or need based benefits in tune with their daily usage patterns. Customers can avail information about the offer and also activate the service by dialing the special toll free advisory number *121*. On activation, Rs 4 will be deducted from the main account balance and the benefit will be valid for one day.
Sensex touches 18k PTI MUMBAI, JULY 12
The Bombay Stock Exchange benchmark Sensex today touched the psychological 18,000-level for the first time in three months, but pared some of the gains to end 104 points higher. Hopes of India Inc recording robust earnings for the first quarter saw the barometer opening on a strong note and surging 176 points to touch a high of 18,010.07, a level last seen on April 7. Markets, however, lost some of ground after industrial output in May fell short of investor expectations. The Index for Industrial Production (IIP) for the month of May stood at 11.5 per cent against 16.5 per cent in April. Growth in all sectors declined in May except for the electricity sector.
driven mainly by a robust performance of the manufacturing sector. The slippage in industrial output, experts say, was on expected lines and will not have any bearing on the Reserve Bank's review of the credit policy due later in the month as the central bank's main task would be to contain inflation, which is in double-digits. "Nobody should expect that the manufacturing sector will continue to grow at abnormally high number for a long time to come. There are capacity constraints ...," Finance Secretary Ashok Chawla said when asked about the reasons for slippage. The Index of Industrial Production (IIP), on the back of 12.3 per cent growth in manufacturing and 34.3 per cent jump in capital goods sector, recorded an increase of 11.5 per cent in May, up from 2.1 per cent the same month a year ago. The industrial output for April, the first month of the fiscal, was revised downwards from 17.6 per cent to 16.52 per cent. The growth for April-May works out to be 14 per cent against 1.4 per cent in the year ago period. According to Chawla, "whatever output lag was there in the economy has been filled and the manufacturing sector is now showing the kind of average secular growth which continues to be good and would be favourable for the economy."
"The IIP is now coming back to its normal level of 10-12 per cent growth. The increase in the capital goods segment is a good sign. What this means is that there is investment demand and so we can expect a growth in investments in the coming months," ICRIER's chief executive Rajiv Kumar said. Crisil Chief Economist D K Joshi too opined that high growth of 15-16 per cent cannot be sustained in the long run. "It is true that the growth is not as high as expected but we consider it to be of a more sustainable level. A growth of 1516 per cent is not sustainable on a long run. We are expecting an annual growth of around 9 per cent," he said. Joshi also said deceleration of industrial output will not have any impact on RBI's first quarterly review of monetary policy. "As for interest rates, we have been maintaining that RBI will go for a 25 basic points hike in repo and reverse repo rates (RBI's short-term lending and borrowing rates) on July 27. IIP will have no impact upon it." Mining sector posted a growth rate of 8.7 per cent in May against 3.4 per cent a year ago. Power generation increased by 6.4 per cent against 3 per cent growth in May 2009. Consumer durables output grew by 23.7 per cent, while the consumer non-durables recorded a modest increase of 2.4 per cent in May.
John Deere to expand in India PTI AHMEDABAD, JULY 12
US-based agriculture farm equipment and tractor manufacturer John Deere today said it was looking to expand it's dealership network in the country, from the existing 380 to over 400 within a year, a top company officials said here. "We are looking to expand our dealership network in the country and shall add up, say, close to 50 dealers within a span of one year, taking the tally of total dealers from the existing 380 to between 420430" Deputy General Manager Marketing Services John Deere Mahesh Boolchandani said. "The company sold 25,000 tractors in the country last year, and exported around 13,000 units from India to around 68 countries including US and South America," he said. The company with 7.34 per cent domestic market share, today launched two new tractor models -5036C & 5041C- of 35 horse power(hp) and 41 hp respectively. Quoting tractors manufacturing assocation figures, Director Sales and Marketing John Deere Ravi Menon said, Aban Offshor, 873.4, 877.3, 857, 863.25 Abb Ltd., 868.8, 868.8, 861.4, 865.25 Abg Shipyard, 261.5, 263.5, 258.65, 260.95 Acc Limited, 835, 842, 823.1, 825.9 Adani Enterp, 535.9, 538, 531.2, 533.35 Aditya Birla, 792, 798.9, 781.1, 787.7 Allahabad Ba, 166, 168.35, 164.4, 164.75 Alstom Proje, 662, 663.5, 649.5, 650.45 Ambuja Cemen, 112.3, 112.65, 110.05, 110.85 Andhra Bank, 136.05, 137.9, 135, 136.35 Ashok Leylan, 70.2, 70.9, 69.3, 69.7 Asian Paints, 2379, 2420, 2345, 2359.5 Axis Bank Li, 1277.25, 1294.8, 1265.55, 1288.3 Bajaj Hindus, 122, 123, 118.8, 119.35 Bank Of Baro, 708.6, 729, 695.25, 715.05 Bank Of Indi, 373.7, 374.7, 365.5, 369.85 Beml Limited, 1009, 1011, 997, 999.25 Bharat Elect, 1825, 1825, 1797, 1802.25 Bharat Forge, 332.4, 334.5, 327.6, 332.5 Bharat Petro, 711, 715.4, 686.85, 689.85 Bharti Airte, 308.4, 312.7, 304.35, 305.7 Bhel, 2403.8, 2449.95, 2393.55, 2444.25
"4.14 lakh tractors are sold annually in the country, of which 31 to 40 hp models account for highest sales in the segment." "With the launch of these two new models we are targeting a larger domestic market share," he said. "The company sold 1,00,000 tractors by the year ending March in India," Boolchandani said. The company which manufactures eleven models of tractors at it's facility in Pune has installed capacity of 60,000 units annually. John Deere recently forayed into manufacturing of micro irrigation systems and has set up a facility at Vadodara in Gujarat. "We have set up a micro irrigation systems manufacturing facility at Vadodara on a 5 acre plot, and presently are selling our range of products only in Gujarat," Boolchandani said. "We have a total business volume of 2 million USD at the Vadodara facility," he said. The company has proposed to start selling it's micro irrigation range of products in states of Madhya Pradesh and Tamilnadu shortly.
Bhushan Stee, 1492, 1508, 1481, 1489.45 Biocon Limit, 319, 320.5, 314.4, 315.55 Bombay Dyein, 509.8, 533.8, 506.75, 521.75 Bosch Limite, 5819, 5848, 5720, 5758.9 Brigade Ente, 136.8, 141, 136.25, 137.9 Cairn India, 302, 313, 302, 311.9 Canara Bank, 469, 479, 466.6, 473.35 Central Bank, 144.5, 145.7, 143.75, 144.5 Century Text, 467.6, 468.75, 457.3, 458.6 Cesc Ltd, 402, 419, 402, 414.75 Chambal Fert, 68.25, 68.3, 67.1, 67.9 Chennai Petr, 266, 269.2, 261.5, 265.2 Cipla Ltd, 336, 338.5, 330.2, 335.9 Colgate Palm, 850.2, 858, 844.3, 846.65 Container Co, 1400, 1416, 1397, 1410.45 Crompton Gre, 253.1, 261.4, 252, 260.75 Cummins Indi, 602, 603, 597, 599.8 Dabur India, 213.5, 215.8, 210.05, 211.5 Deccan Chron, 139.05, 139.05, 134.4, 136.55 Dish Tv Indi, 45.25, 46.2, 44.8, 45.75 Divi’s Labor, 762, 768.4, 755.05, 759.2 Dlf Limited, 297, 304.3, 297, 302.8 Dr. reddy’s, 1474.4, 1479, 1454.75, 1461.45
Govt to give funds for UID: FinMin PTI NEW DELHI, JULY 12
The government today said it will provide all the funds necessary for the implementation of its unique identification number project, dismissing media reports to the contrary. "The Ministry of Finance is fully committed to expeditious implementation of the UID project and all funds required for the smooth rollout of the project by the UID Authority will be provided," Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said in a statement. Dismissing reports that said the Finance Ministry had slashed the budget for the UID project drastically, the statement said, "This is not the the correct position". But the statement makes no mention of the exact amount of money to be provided for the unique identification (UID) project. The Centre had proposed a nearly 16-fold increase in its annual budget to Rs 1,900 crore for the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), headed by Infosys founder Nandan Nilekani. The authority is expected to roll out the first number between August 2010, and February 2011. The UID is currently tying up with various state governments and other agencies who will act as registrars and help in enrolling residents for the ambitious project. Reacting to media reports that the government has decided to slash the UID budget by more than half from estimated Rs 7,000 crore to only Rs 3,000 crore, its chairman Nandan Nilekani said, "this is not the correct position."
Samar S Sheikhawat, senior vice president-Marketing United Breweries Ltd, launching Kingfisher Ultra in New Delhi on Monday.
RBI sunset clause for base rate migration likely PTI MUMBAI, JULY 12
The Reserve Bank is likely to soon announce a sunset clause with a deadline of June 30, 2011 for all loans in the erstwhile benchmark prime lending rate (BPLR) system to migrate to the new base-rate model. Banks had approached the Reserve Bank for such a clause for all BPLR-linked loans, which, otherwise, would force them to administer two types of benchmarks--base rate and BPLR -- for many years in case a borrower refuses to switch to the base rate. Asked whether the RBI has agreed to the sunset clause, SBI Chairman, OP Bhatt told reporters here that the central bank is currently examining the
implementation of the clause with a one-year deadline and is likely to make an announcement soon. "Yes, they are going to announce (the decision on sunset clause)...the RBI is currently examining the clause (with a deadline of) one year...that is by June 30 next year," Bhatt said after the customary pre-policy meeting with top RBI officials ahead of RBI's quarterly policy review on July 27. Banks moved to the base rate regime starting from July 1 following the recommendations of an RBI-appointed panel to replace the erstwhile BPLR with the new model to improve transparency in lending. Earlier, banks used to cross subsidise top-rated corporate
Asia must be prepared for economic shocks: IMF PTI DAEJEON/NEW DELHI, JULY 12
The IMF today said that policymakers in Asia need to be prepared for possible shocks arising out of increased downside risks to global growth. However, rapid growth has made the Asian region a "global economic powerhouse," the International Monetary Fund (IMF) added. IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn said that many Asian economies are already unwinding stimulus measures. "Increase in downside risks to global growth, including the ones from the recent turmoil in Europe, means that policymakers need to remain attuned to further possible shocks to global growth and financial markets, which include capital inflows that can be a threat to fastgrowing countries," he added. He was speaking at a two-
Edelweiss Ca, 484, 495, 484, 491.55 Educomp Solu, 547, 583.3, 544.1, 577 Eih Limited, 122, 125.2, 122, 123.6 Engineers In, 350, 354.7, 341.1, 343.25 Essar Oil Lt, 145.5, 145.9, 142.4, 144 Essar Shippi, 86.55, 87.45, 85.15, 85.35 Exide Indust, 135, 135.4, 131.8, 132.55 Federal Bank, 363.7, 368, 357.4, 363.05 Financial Te, 1375, 1378, 1350, 1372.65 Gail (india), 474.25, 475.6, 464.15, 465.05 Gammon India, 223.9, 224.8, 216.6, 223.2 Glaxosmithkl, 2120, 2128.8, 2070, 2085.6 Glenmark Pha, 277.8, 277.8, 273.25, 275.8 Gmr Infrastr, 59.45, 59.95, 58.7, 59.65 Godrej Indus, 178.8, 179.35, 175.5, 177.2 Grasim Indus, 1895, 1913.8, 1890, 1904.7 Great Offsho, 438, 444.95, 432.5, 433.65 Gtl Infra.Lt, 45.8, 45.9, 44.9, 45.6 Gujarat Mine, 123.45, 124.8, 121.65, 121.95 Gujarat N R, 64, 64.8, 63.8, 64.15 Gujarat Stat, 103, 103.35, 101.55, 101.85 Gvk Pow. & I, 43.75, 44.45, 43.65, 44.3 Hcl Technolo, 365, 370, 362.7, 364.85 Hdfc Bank Lt, 2009, 2056, 2007, 2049.45
Hdfc Ltd, 2987, 3023.75, 2970.25, 3003.35 Hero Honda M, 2037.7, 2037.7, 1970.3, 1974.8 Hindalco in, 149, 151.5, 148.55, 149.5 Hindustan Co, 126.05, 126.55, 121.7, 124.6 Hindustan Ma, 71.35, 71.5, 70.5, 70.7 Hindustan Pe, 490, 493.35, 474.05, 476.6 Hindustan Un, 264.75, 265.2, 261.15, 262.15 Hindustan Zi, 968, 979, 962, 972.25 Housing Dev, 251.6, 257.95, 251.6, 257.25 Icici Bank L, 884.9, 895, 876.05, 893.45 Idea Cellula, 67.2, 71.1, 64.95, 70.1 Ifci Ltd, 58.3, 59.1, 58, 58.3 India Cement, 112.35, 114.5, 109.55, 110.5 India Infoli, 99, 101.3, 97.65, 98.7 Indiabulls F, 162.85, 166.8, 155.05, 161.95 Indiabulls R, 166.5, 169, 163.95, 168.2 Indian Bank, 243, 247.1, 238.7, 245.15 Indian Hotel, 106.95, 107.7, 105.4, 106 Indian Oil C, 403.9, 404, 391.05, 392 Indian Overs, 108, 109.45, 106.9, 108.5 Indus Dev Ba, 123, 125.35, 122.5, 124.65 Indusind Ban, 216, 219.75, 212.65, 214.55
day international conference on Asia, which began at Daejeon in South Korea here today. Last week, the IMF had upgraded Asia''s 2010 growth forecast to around 7.5% from the April projection of 7%. Warning that downside risks have risen sharply, the multilateral lender had said that the main near-term risk is an escalation of financial stress and contagion -- prompted by rising concerns of sovereign risks. However, at the same time, Strauss-Kahn maintained that it was now Asia''s turn to dominate the global economy. "Rapid growth has turned the region into a global economic powerhouse - and Asia''s economic weight in the world is on track to grow even larger," he noted. He also stressed on the need to boost domestic demand to sustain Asia''s strong growth. Emphasising on global pol-
Infosys Tech, 2850.05, 2910, 2850, 2895.9 Infra. dev., 188, 188.75, 184.75, 185.6 Ispat Indust, 18.1, 18.3, 17.95, 18 Itc Ltd, 302, 302, 299.3, 299.95 Ivrcl Infras, 192, 194.5, 189.25, 191.4 Jai Corp Lim, 255.4, 258.35, 252.6, 253.7 Jaiprakash A, 126, 127.9, 125.3, 127.6 Jet Airways, 565, 607, 562.15, 597.85 Jindal Saw L, 208.45, 209.85, 205.7, 206.75 Jindal Steel, 634, 639, 623.9, 625.65 Jsw Steel Li, 1085, 1180, 1075.1, 1082.35 Kotak Mahind, 765.5, 771.6, 758.1, 759.85 Lakshmi Mach, 2046.4, 2074, 2040, 2044.5 Lanco Infrat, 68.45, 68.9, 67.5, 68.3 Larsen & Tou, 1810, 1836.95, 1805, 1826.15 Lic Housing, 1003.3, 1015, 995.2, 997.95 Lupin Limite, 1902.3, 1934.8, 1892.5, 1903.5 Mahanagar Te, 67.25, 68.2, 66.2, 66.65 Mahindra & M, 642, 648, 632.15, 637.8 Maruti Suzuk, 1435, 1435, 1405.8, 1409.35 Max India Lt, 155.4, 159.75, 151.7, 157.7 Maytas Infr., 222.6, 223.4, 215, 216.05 Moser-baer (, 69, 70.55, 68.9, 69.75 Mrpl, 85, 86.4, 84.5, 85.4
icy coordination, Strauss-Kahn pointed out that the situation has become more challenging as the countries -- with different economic conditions -- are recovering at varied speeds. "Based on the analysis IMF recently prepared for the G-20, which will be discussed here in Korea at the November summit, enhanced global policy coordination could boost the global economy by 2.5 per cent or USD 1.6 trillion over the next five years," Strauss-Kahn said. "For Asia, the regional GDP would be about USD 250 billion higher under this better scenario, with roughly 14 million more jobs," he added.
loans with those given to the common man. With the implementation of base rate system, all new loans will be linked to base rates. Existing loans will be shifted to the base rate model if the customer opts for the change or upon reaching maturity. But bankers are worried that long-maturity loans like infrastructure will continue in the BPLR regime if the customer refuses to switch. Most of the state-owned banks, including the country's top two lenders SBI and ICICI Bank have fixed their base rates between 7.5-8 per cent while some other private and foreign sector banks have kept it even below to woo potential corporate clients. Bankers met Reserve Bank Deputy Governor Subir Gokarn today ahead of the quarterly review late this month to discuss issues like credit growth, liquidity situation and base rate implementation amongst other issues. The RBI is widely expected to hike its overnight lending and borrowing rates (repo, reverse repo) by atleast 0.25 per cent at its policy review to check the double-digit inflation.
BOARD MEETINGS Anukaran Comm Hindustan Hardy KPIT Cummins Essen Supp Hotel Leela SEL Mfg Company Exide Inds Infosys Source: Indiainfoline.com
MF FUNDA Tata Mutual Fund has approved July 16, 2010 as record date for declaration of dividend under dividend option of Tata Mid Cap Fund. The face value of per unit is Rs 10. The quantum of dividend will be Rs 1.50 per unit, subject to availability and adequacy of distributable surplus on the record date.
Nagarjuna Co, 186.15, 187.75, 184.05, 185.2 Nagarjuna Fe, 33.8, 34, 33.55, 33.8 National Alu, 425.4, 429.95, 423.3, 424.95 Neyveli Lign, 159.7, 161, 157.5, 160.05 Ntpc Ltd, 198.85, 201.3, 198.8, 199.4 Oil And Natu, 1304, 1304, 1274.8, 1278.2 Omaxe Limite, 98.65, 102.85, 98.65, 101.65 Oriental Ban, 354.5, 354.5, 345, 346.1 Pantaloon Re, 465, 469.9, 459, 462.5 Parsvnath De, 122.9, 125.6, 122.9, 123.8 Petronet Lng, 82.35, 82.35, 80.4, 80.85 Power Fin Co, 305.1, 311.4, 304.2, 304.85 Power Grid C, 102.15, 102.5, 100.7, 100.95 Praj Industr, 81.95, 83.2, 81.6, 81.85 Punj Lloyd L, 139.4, 140.75, 137.1, 138.55 Punjab Natio, 1060, 1065, 1052.2, 1055.85 Rajesh Expor, 83.85, 83.95, 83.05, 83.25 Ranbaxy Labs, 464.5, 465, 458.3, 461 Rashtriya Ch, 91.65, 91.7, 89.4, 89.9 Rel. nat. re, 45.4, 45.4, 43.95, 44.05 Reliance Cap, 769.75, 781.4, 758.3, 772.75 Reliance Com, 194.9, 195, 190, 190.6 Reliance Ene, 910, 934, 905, 930
Reliance Ind, 948.5, 968.4, 940.05, 952.1 Reliance Ind, 1060, 1067.95, 1052.05, 1056.25 Reliance Pow, 176.1, 176.4, 172.7, 173.45 Rolta India, 176.25, 184.6, 176.25, 183.8 Satyam Compu, 92, 92.4, 89.35, 90.65 Sesa Goa Ltd, 355, 359.45, 353.2, 355.8 Shipping Cor, 159, 162.25, 159, 160.55 Siemens Ltd, 724.8, 724.8, 715, 716.35 Sintex Indus, 328, 330, 316.6, 324.1 Sobha Develo, 324.8, 324.8, 316.3, 317.3 State Bank O, 2375.05, 2412, 2370.05, 2400.7 Steel Author, 200, 200, 193.55, 196.35 Sterlite Ind, 168.5, 172.35, 168.1, 169.8 Sun Pharmace, 1746, 1757.95, 1728, 1742.15 Sun Tv Netwo, 431.5, 433.3, 426, 428.55 Suzlon Energ, 59, 59.5, 58.55, 58.95 Tata Communi, 286, 286, 275.5, 276.95 Tata Consult, 779.8, 794, 779.8, 791.7 Tata Motors, 777, 793.2, 772.3, 790.15 Tata Power C, 1317.1, 1324.7, 1307.2, 1316.4
Tata Steel L, 495, 506, 491.5, 497.75 Tata Tea Ltd, 122, 122, 119, 119.8 Tata Teleser, 23, 23.15, 22.35, 22.45 Tech Mahindr, 778.1, 781.3, 766.15, 774.75 The Ge Shpg., 301.9, 305, 297.25, 298.45 The Phoenix, 218.1, 224.85, 218.1, 220.05 Thermax Ltd, 749.95, 749.95, 732.6, 737.55 Titan Indust, 2510, 2520.2, 2485, 2508.5 Torrent Powe, 361, 361, 351, 355 Triveni Engg, 108.45, 108.45, 104.35, 104.95 Tv18 India L, 83.6, 84.85, 81.55, 81.9 Uco Bank, 81, 83.6, 80.8, 83.15 Ultratech Ce, 866, 866, 852.55, 854.8 Union Bank O, 314.95, 314.95, 309.35, 311.9 Unitech Ltd, 75.5, 78.75, 75.5, 78.5 United Phosp, 176.2, 176.75, 172.6, 174.55 Videocon Ind, 215, 215, 212, 212.9 Vijaya Bank, 64.2, 65.2, 63.4, 64.8 Voltas Ltd, 206.25, 210.45, 205.1, 207.25 Wipro Ltd, 403, 412, 401.8, 409.8 Yes Bank Lim, 287, 291, 284.1, 285.85 Zee Entertai, 304, 305, 301.25, 303.75
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Munaf replaces Sree for Lanka series
MS Dhoni collects the ball during fielding practice at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday. AGENCIES NEW DELHI, JULY 12
Indian pacer Munaf Patel has been called in for S Sreesanth, who has been ruled out of the Test series against Sri Lanka with a knee injury. The series gets
Ivana beats Lanlin
underway from July 18 at Galle. Sreensanth, who was asked to lead the pace attack in the absence of Zaheer Khan, encountered a knee problem and missed Sunday's practice session. An MRI scan revealed on
Monday that he had a ligament tear. "Sreesanth has sprained a ligament of his left knee, and been advised rest for 3-4 weeks. He will accordingly be returning to India," BCCI secretary, N Srinivasan said in a statement.
"Munaf will join the squad at the earliest," he added. Sreesanth's return has weakened the Indian attack as the visitors are already without pace spearhead Zaheer Khan, who is in Johannesburg for the treatment of his injured shoulder. As such, a depleted India will be thoroughly tested by Sri Lanka Cricket Board President's XI, which boasts of six players from the Test squad, in the three-day warm-up match, starting at the Colts Cricket Club in Colombo, on Tuesday. To make matters worse, star spinner Harbhajan Singh is also down with fever, though the offie is certain to play the threematch Test series, starting at Galle on July 18. Over the next three days, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men will be engaged in battle with a strong Board President's XI, which also has mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis though he is not named in the Sri Lankan squad for the first Test. The presence of Dilhara Fernando, Chanaka Welegedara and Mendis renders a formidable look to the Board President's XI
Camp for Santosh Trophy on
HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, JULY 12
Ivana Maria Furtado beat Zhang Lanlin of China in 6th round in U-12 girls while Bhakti Kulkarni drew with WFM Hoang Thi Nhu Y 2187 of Vietnam in the 6th round of U18 girls in Asian Youth Chess Championship in Beijing on Monday. Both have five points each. Riya Savant is on 4.5 points after drawing with Tarini Goyal 1556 of India in a 6th round match in U-10 girls. Riddi Zantye tallied 4 points as she beat Guo Yuhan of China in 6th round in U-8 girls. Rishubh Naik is on 3 points after drawing with Harshal Sahi 1818 of India in a 6th round in U-12 boys.
Football for HS, HSS staff PANJIM (HSD) – St Thomas Boys HS and HSS, Aldona, will organise an all-Goa nine-a-side football tournament for teaching and non-teaching staff of all educational institutions on August 7 at St Thomas HSS ground, Aldona. The finals will be played on August 15. Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded besides individual prizes. Entries may be given to Vijay on 8806140329 or Pratap on 9822159674 before July 25.
Wiggins Tour hopes suffer setback AGENCIES LONDON, JULY 12
Mariano Dias, Lawrence Gomes and Anthony Pango addressing the Goa’s Santosh trophy hopefuls in Margao on Monday. Photo: Aldrid Da Costa HERALD CORRESPONDENTS MARGAO/MAPUSA, JULY 12
The camp to select the players for the Goa Santosh Trophy k i c ke d o f f o n M o n d a y a t Chowgule college, Margao. The players were present along with coach Mariano Dias, manager Lawrence Gomes and chef-de-mission Anthony Pango. Salgaocar’s Bevan D’Mello, Milagres Gonsalves, Marcus Mascarenhas, Francis Fernandes, William Colaco, Cajetan Fernandes and Anthony Barbosa - all from Salgaocar were excused due to the club’s annual mass while John Dias and Cliffton Gonsalves were excused due to some personal commitments. Joaquim Abranches of Dempo who reported for the camp is
unlikely to attend the camp further as he has still not recovered from a hamstring injury. Mariano Dias who is leading Goa's charge in defending their Santosh Trophy, spoke of the new role models in the team. He said, "We are disappointed to lose leaders such as Climax Lawrence and Mahesh Gawli due to their commitments with the India camp, but we have players such as Felix D'Souza, John Dias and Covan Lawrence who are experienced role models for the younger players.” Custodian Felix was the last player to leave the training ground and it looks likely he will not relinquish the captain’s armband after his strong, commanding displays under the bar last time out.
The team members took part in a light training session, but are aware the workload will be stepped up on a daily basis. "The Churchill and Sesa players have been back in pre-season training for a while, but the Dempo, Sporting Clube and Salgaocar players will take a little time to adjust," stated Mariano. The squad of players which is currently touching 34 will have ten days to prove themselves, before the number is cut to 25. The final 20 players will leave for Kolkata on July 25. Mariano is happy that they are utilizing the artificial turf at Chowgule college as the matches will be played on the artificial turf at Salt Lake stadium, Kolkata.
Betalbatim edge past Varca HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, JULY 12
Genevieve Atala D'Costa, a Std VII student of Our Lady of Rosary School, Dona Paula who won the gold medal in high board diving in Girls Group III at 27th Sub-Junior National Aquatic Championships at Basavangudi Aquatic Centre, Bangalore. She is being coached by P. Narsimallu, SAG’s senior diving coach.
attack. Their batting looks decent too, with Thilan Samaraweera, Upul Tharanga and Lahiru Thirimanne in the ranks to frustrate India's depleted attack. In Zaheer's absence, his replacement, Abhimanyu Mithun, will fancy his chances of partnering Ishant Sharma, and the warmup match should be a perfect dress rehearsal for the Karnataka rookie ahead of the Test series. In the slow bowling department, the team management is unlikely to risk Harbhajan and instead expected to field both Amit Mishra and Pragyan Ojha before determining who should partner Harbhajan in the first Test. Meanwhile, all eyes will be on Mendis with the hosts hoping he torments the Indian batsmen just like he had done two years ago. With Muttiah Muralitharan retiring after the first Test, Mendis has a golden opportunity to stake his claim in the Sri Lankan squad for the second and third Tests and the warmup match will be another occasion to impress the selectors about his ability.
Betalbatim Sporting Club beat Varca Sports Club 5-4 via the tie-breaker to sail into the quarter-finals of 6th Benaulim Super Soccer for Alvernaz and Lalush Alemao memorial trophy organized by United Club of Benaulim at St John Baptist ground, Dando, Benaulim on Monday. The teams were tied 1-1 at half time. Varca shot into the lead in the very first minute when Columban Noronha pounced on a deflection after Zico Fernandes’s shot hit the crossbar. Stung by the early reverse, Betalbatim regrouped quickly and took the fight to the rival camp and nearly found the success but striker Denzil Rogtao
muffed a sitter with only the rival goalkeeper at his mercy. Betalbatim made a desperate attempt and were rewarded a minute before the lemon break when striker Ronnie Fernandes’ bicycle kick beat Varca goalkeeper Francis Fernandes after Allwyn Fernandes had sent a well measured cross from the
left. In the ensuing penalty shootout, Desmond Fernandes,Cajetan Fernandes, Joe Max Fernandes and Luis Rogtao were on target for the winners while Elvis Fernandes, Narcisco Fernandes and Allister Saldanha converted for Varca Sports Club.
St Anthony’s Sporting up HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, JULY 12
St Anthony’s Sporting Club beat Dramapur Sports Club 5-4 via the penalty shoot-out in Muriel Faleiro memorial inter-village football tournament organised by Parish Youth of Nuvem at church ground, Nuvem on Monday. St Anthony’s Sporting Club
were leading 1-0 at the break. It was St Anthony’s who drew first blood from Joao Fernandes whose snap shot crashed into the net giving no chance to the rival goalkeeper. After the change of ends, Dramapur came close to scoring on numerous occasions until in a last ditch effort, Piedade Rebello punished the rival goalkeeper with a stiff shot. In the ensuing tie-breaker, Herculano Costa, Clyde Pacheco, Dulo Andrade and Joao Fernandes converted for St Anthony’s Colva while Domingos Rebello, Piedade Rebello and Sandeep Fernandes scored for Dramapur Sports Club.
Bradley Wiggins' hopes of winning the Tour de France took another setback on Monday's rest day when his fellow Team Sky rider Simon Gerrans pulled out. Australian Gerrans, who had been picked to help Wiggins in the mountain stages, broke his arm in a crash on Sunday. Wiggins struggled on the category one climb to Avoriaz, finishing one minute 45 seconds behind winner Andy Schleck. The Brit is 14th, 2'45" behind leader Cadel Evans and more than one minute behind Schleck and Alberto Contador. Gerrans confirmed on Twitter: "Just had a scan that confirmed what I feared, I broke my arm when I crashed after 7km of yesterday's stage. TdF is finished."
Nirmal wins England seal 1-day series gold in against Bangladesh Madrid NEW DELHI, JULY 12
Female grappler Nirmal Devi (48 Kg) won gold in the international wrestling tournament 'Gran Premio de Espana', held at Madrid from July 10 to 11. According to a statement from the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), freestyle wrestler Rajeev Tomar clinched silver in the men’s 120 Kg category. Among other female Indian wrestlers participating in the tournament, Geetika Jakhar (67 Kg) bagged the bronze medal, the statement added.
Pak-Aussies Test today AGENCIES LONDON, JULY 12
One often speaks of the value of momentum heading into a series, and on the surf race it would appear that Pakistan head into Tuesday's first Test against Australia with sway firmly in their favour, having dispatched their opponents with consummate ease in their recent Twenty20 International series. Neither team has played a Test since Australia thoroughly embarrassed their infighting opposition Down Under during the summer.
England took the one-day international series with Bangladesh 2-1 after a 144-run win in the decider at Edgbaston on Monday. England 347-7 (50 overs). Bangladesh 203 (45 overs). England lost Craig Kieswetter in the first over but Andrew Strauss and Jonathan Trott put on 250 from 241 balls, an ODI record partnership by an England pair. Strauss struck 16 fours and five sixes in his 154, while Trott made his maiden one-day century and Ravi Bopara hit 45 in 16 balls as England amassed 347-7. Bangladesh were 124-7 after 26 overs and were finally dismissed for 203. For a man whose place in the
one-day team was questioned at the start of the year, it was an imperious innings by Strauss, the highest ODI score by an England captain, and the third highest in the team's 39-year history. Victory was important for England, arresting a run of three defeats in the last four matches, as it continued a revival in one-day cricket this year, following the World Twenty20 triumph and 32 series victory against Australia. But when the covers were removed after a short rain delay to reveal a decidedly greentinged surface, it was Bangladesh, fresh from their first ever win against England on Saturday, who were in the ascendancy, cheered by a considerable section of the enthusiastic crowd.
the game at the grassroot level and also for the benefit of the students for availing the additional 15 marks as per the new Sports Policy. This will allow talents from various villages to participate in chess activities. This initiative has been taken by the association on the advice of SAG. Each executive member has been given the task of organizing taluka level tournaments. Taluka wise list of co-ordinators: Tiswadi (Ilhas) - Balakrishna and Shivswamy, Arvind Mhamal; Pernem: Dattaram Pinge and Vasant Naik; Bardez: Rohidas Tari and Avinash; Bicholim: Dattaram Pinge and Balkrishna V; Sattari: Shivswamy, Balakrishna V; Ponda: Amogh Namsikar, Vasant Naik. South Goa: Mormugao - M.R. Naik, P.P. Insulkar, Kishor Bandekar and Swapnil Hoble; Salcete: Ashesh Keni, Zambaulikar, Sandrick Culaso; Quepem: Sanjay Kavlekar,
Amrut Naik; Sangem: Amrut Naik and Premnath Naik; Cancona: Sharendra Naik, Ramdas Sawant. The age category for taluka level tournaments will be U13 for students upto Std VIII, U- 15 for students upto Std X, U-19 for students upto Std XII. The duration of round will be two hours. Rounds will be either under Swiss or knock-out basis depending on the number of participants at taluka level. Interested schools, clubs or institutions may contact the coordinators through president Ashesh Keni on 9822101646 or secretary Arvind Mhamal on 9422386547. The members appreciated the role of Ministry of Youth Affairs and All-India Chess Federation for selecting Goa’s star player, Bhakti Kulkarni for advance training in chess with a grant of Rs. 5 lakhs.
AGENCIES LONDON, JULY 12
GSCA amends constitution HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, JULY 12
The Goa Chess Association has changed its name from ‘Goa State Chess Association’ to ‘Goa Chess Association’ at the general body meeting as per the directives of District Registrar (South) (DR). The DR has also granted renewal to the Association which was pending since 2000 after all necessary papers were presented. The All-India Chess Federation (AICF) has also approved the change at its GB held on June 26. The Association has also amended its constitution to provide for registration of the association under section 12A of the Income Tax Act and for availing donations eligible for deduction under section 80G of Income Tax Act. The executive committee has decided to conduct taluka level chess tournaments to develop
PANJIM (HSD) – The Taekwondo Association of Goa will conduct selection trials to select the State teams for 28th National sub-junior boys and girls taekwondo championships on July 18 at PJN hall, Fatorda, Margao from 9.30 a.m. Students below 14, born on or after January 1, 1997 may report with TFI cards, TAG annual membership card and birth certificate.
Pal, Parab for China HERALD CORRESPONDENT BICHOLIM JULY 12
Somnath Pal and Bhanudas Parab Gaonkar of Goa Shuttlecock Association are representing India at the 6th International Shuttlecock Games in Zangshan, China from July 7 to 14. The president of Goa Shuttlecock Association, Dr Shekhar Salkar congratulated the players on their achievments.
Hyderabad beat Goa HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, JULY 12
Goa lost to Hyderabad by 61 runs in the South Zone women’s cricket match. Goa won the toss and elected to bowl. Hyderabad were 187 all out with Diana David 65, Soujanya 26. Santoshi 2/31, Salma 2/53. Goa were 126/9 with Sunanda Yetrekar 19, Sntoshi 18. Daina David 3/19, Gouhar Sultana 2/11.
Somnath Pal and Bhanudas Parab Gaonkar alongwith Dr Shekhar Salkar and other office- bearers of Goa Shuttlecock Association. Photo by Samir Umarye
HC Arpora ahead HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, JULY 12
Holiday Club, Arpora prevailed over Calangute Association 5-4 via the tie-breaker after the teams were involved in a goalless draw to move into quarterfinals of Vagator Parish Youth Trophy inter-village football tournament organised by Vagator Parish Youth at Ozrant ground, Vagator on Monday. Dominating the initial proceedings, Arpora failed to find the net on a couple of occasions with Stanley Coutinho, Lawrence Rodrigues and Gaurish Naik missing the mark narrowly. Calangute, on the other hand, saw Rajkumar miss a golden opportunity after being fed by Cliff Fernandes.
Changing over, Calangute kept mounting on pressure on Arpora defense through Francisco Fernandes and Blake Haldankar but failed to score. Arpora also had their share of missed chances. Both keepers Nandan (Arpora) and Agnelo (Calangute) came to the rescue of their sides on a couple of occasions. Holiday Club, Arpora overcame Calangute Association 54 on penalties. Stanley Coutinho, Lawrence Rodrigues, Saish Palyekar, Adnan Beig and Sanjay Kudalkar scored for Arpora while Blake Haldankar, Francisco Fernandes, Domnic Fernandes and Agostinho Rodrigues were on target for Calangute.
Vagator Parish Youth Trophy soccer: Football Club of Siolim v. Saligao Sporting Club, Ozrant ground, Vagator, 4.30 p.m. 6th Benaulim Super Soccer: Navelim Villagers Union v. United Club of Benaulim, St John Baptist ground, Dando, Benaulim, 4.30 p.m. Muriel Faleiro memorial soccer: Union of Chinchinim Villagers v. St Rock’ Youth Club, church ground, Nuvem, 4.30 p.m.
St Anthony’s Assolda claim Mae dos Pobres Trophy HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, JULY 12
Tata Auto Engineering Industries (Nuvem) team which beat Tata Auto Works, Fatorda 1-0 in the finals of Tata Motors Trophy inter-departmental football at Don Bosco ground, Fatorda, Margao. In all, 8 teams from Tata Motors Company from Nuvem, Fatorda, Vasco and Mapusa participated. Ashwin Naik, director, Tata Motors was the chief guest and gave away the prizes. Diago Fernandes, assistant general manager, welcomed. Taidv proposed the vote of thanks.
St Anthony’s Sports Club of Assolda beat Carmona Sports Club via the tie-breaker 5-4 in the finals of Mae dos Pobers Cup inter-village football tournament organised by Nuvem Sports Club at Nuvem church ground, Nuvem. The teams were level 1-1 at full time. Assolda went into the lead in the 27th minute when Rosario Fernandes bulged the net. Carmona restored parity through Alex Rodrigues. Both goals came in the first half. Oswin Rodrigues, Sucorro Fernandes, Jose Gomes, Nitin Fernandes scored for Assolda in
the tie-breaker. Raju Cardoso, Preston D’Sa, Pollyson Estibeiro netted for Carmona. Following individual prizes were awarded: First scorer of finals Rosario Fernandes of Assolda. Best goalkeeper of final Oswin Rodrigues of Assolda. Best defender of final Preston D’Sa of Carmona. Man-of-the match Raju Cardoso of Carmona. Youngest player Savio Colaco of Nuvem Sports Club. Assolda lidfted rs 20,000 while Carmona had to be content with rs 15,000. Chief Minister Digambar Naik and Power Minister Aleixo Sequeira gave away the prizes.
Captain Cristo Fernandes and another player of St Anthony’s SC, Assolda receiving the Mae dos Pobres Trophy from Chief Minister Digambar Naik, Power Minister Aleixo Sequeira in the presence of Fr Alvaro Martins, Nuvem Parish Priest, Conceicao D’Costa, Nuvem SC treasurer at Nuvem church ground.
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BY CHRISTINA VIEGAS The oldest mosque in Goa, it is the only one remaining from the twenty HERALD FEATURES plus mosques built in Ponda by Sultan he ‘maulana’s’ soulful cries Ibrahim Adil Shah of Bijapur in 1560. to ‘Allah’, piercing the darkAs we tread up the flight of stairs toness and silence of peaceful wards the single-chambered monument, mornings, was a daily wakewe notice the traditional tiled roof and on inquiring, up call during my girlhood days, as our Railway colony of quaint British villas was opposite we are surprised as Mr Wadgaonkar, explains, “For the last three years, the roof has not needed any maintenance. a huge mango grove that housed a mosque. The colony housed the Anglo-Indian Christians, Mus- Before that too, occasionally, we have only replaced lims, Hindus and Sikhs. But we children only knew each tiles.” As for seepages due to the rains, there has never been other as happy human beings, as all our parents lived in perfect communal harmony, teaching us that we were a problem. An ancient lesson in construction that our all flowers of different hues in one huge magical garden present day builders definitely need to ascertain! A masonry colonnade adorns the outer periphery surcreated by the Almighty. Every festival, be it Diwali, Id, Christmas or Baisakhi, was looked forward to with equal mounted by finials. Many columns are missing. Adjacent anticipation as we kids assembled in each other’s houses to the mosque, the old masonry water tank is crafted and celebrated the feasts with great gusto. The moonlit with ‘Mehrab’ designs, a type of Muslim architecture. nights of formal Christmas balls in the Railway Club, or Serving as a natural catchment area that is constantly with plenteous water, where the ancient wearing ‘ghungroos’ and dancing in the night Muslims cleansed themselves, the tank is a in our backyards after the ‘Abhishek’ on ‘ShivThe tank was con- revelation. Mr Wadgaonkar enlightens us, rathri’, or kneeling down on Persian carpets and trying to learn the ‘Quran’ with our heads structed with the “It was constructed with the idea that all draped with veils, or partaking of the most idea that all the rain the rain water from the surrounding hills scrumptious meals with our Sikh friends, are water from the sur- would fill in here, so the tank is never dry.” Another vital lesson for rainwater harvestmemories that have stamped an indelible mark and ensured that we grew up as peaceful rounding hills would ing! adults who only focus on good human beings; fill in here, so the Works undertaken by the ASI in restoring nothing else matters. the garden area around the mosque is clearly tank is never dry visible; the verdant lawns a testimony to We grew up understanding that the peacefulness from chiming bells in a serene church, or the this. Mr Wadgaonkar proudly presents an old photograph joie de vivre from the resounding temple bells amidst revealing the pathetic state of the area before renovation. the strong sense of incense and oil, or the soul-searching As we get interested in the old trees in the enclosure, cadence over the blaring speaker from a mosque, all our curiosity peaks as an elderly Muslim gentleman in convey one message – the hunger and search for one his mid-eighties, wobbles towards us with his wiry frame great Almighty. and is keen to enlighten us about the age of the trees. So, a visit to Goa’s oldest mosque held much antici- He says, “The jackfruit tress are more than 200 years pation. As my guide, Mr B P Wadgaonkar, conservation old, while the coconut palms are at least 60 years old, assistant from the Archaeological Survey of India, ushers just look at the bark and the height.” With enthusiasm us in, we are struck by the simplicity and peace sur- that touches us, he continues, “And look at those trees rounding the Safa Masjid. We had expected a gleaming, with the ‘Aulam’ flowers, they too are more than 200 intricately carved marble structure! But don’t be fooled years old. ‘Aulam’ is an authentically Goan flower.” by the façade exuding stillness, it is a living monument As we leave, the workers quickly hasten about and as the local priest or ‘maulana’ who hovers around, in- gift us with the flowers emitting their heady scent. But forms us, “We have ‘namaz’ five times a day and the the fragrance of peace among us, in spite of being disdaily crowds are huge.” He continues, “And during ‘id’, tinctively different from one another, is what lingers on. this place gets even livelier as the festivals are celebrated We drink in that freshness and peace so that it radiates with great pomp and gaiety, and attended by the Muslim from us and flows into our everyday life to reach out populace from all over Ponda.” and touch others without any conscious effort.
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BY DOLCY D’CRUZ HERALD FEATURES ucio Matricardi gives wine a whole new personality. For a Goan, wine might seem like a drink to mark a celebration but for this Italian, every wine is suited for a different situation. Whether it is red, white, rose or dessert wine, Lucio explains wine with its beauty, texture, complexity and richness. Wine is also important in showing love and concern depending on the bottle you choose. “Drinking wine is like reading a book. Behind each wine is its uniqueness like its history, as each wine comes from a family running the winery; opening a bottle is like unveiling the mystery behind when the wine was made, the harvest season and the climate during that year. Even the wine tastes different on the day you open it as compared to some other day. The characteristics of wine are innumerable,” says Lucio. “Wine is an amazing product given by Mother Nature. To make good wine, you require fantastic grapes, suitable climate and perfect soil to get aromatic, sugary grapes. Once harvested, these grapes are taken to the winery, crushed to remove the stems and then the must or pulp is fermented at a controlled temperature with the must kept at 15 -16 degrees till it turns to wine and is ready to bottle,” says Lucio. He explains it with ease as he has grown up in that surrounding in Italy, living amidst vineyards and working with his father from the age of 6. Lucio is passionately in love with wine and he went head straight into finding out more about wine by studying Agricultural Science and Wine Science at the University of Bologna, followed by a PhD in Wine Biotechnology at the University of California. He is also the Wine Consultant to the revered VINEA Association (Ascoli Piceno-Italy). Brimming with experience, he brought the concept of wine making to India where Nashik is regarded as the most suitable land for vineyards while high tech facilities are used to produce wines in Goa. “In India, there is a big interest in how to appreciate wine but people speak more on wine rather than drink it, as wine is not yet a part of the lifestyle in India. I feel that more and more people have already shifted from low range wines to premium wines and that is a positive signal since people are seeking better value for money. The success of wines in India shows that people are looking for premium value for money and it is not necessary to spend Rs1000 for a good bottle of wine,” observes Lucio. Making a vivid distinction between Red and White wines, Lucio says, “Personally, I would choose a Red or White wine depending on the situation. I prefer Red wines for its complexity, richness,
I am not a martyr: Bipasha Basu
hooting was indeed an ordeal for the entire cast and crew of the soon to be released ‘Lamhaa’. The political unrest quite prevalent in Srinagar made it a shocking experience for director Rahul Dholakia, actress Bipasha Basu and many others who reached the valley for the first schedule of the film. The situation was indeed so scary, that fearing for her life, Bipasha had to rush back home in the first week of the filming itself. “It was indeed quite unnerving to be shooting in Kashmir because you do fear for the loss of your life,” admits Bipasha as she recollects the horror of the days she spent in the valley. “There are guns all around in open and you don’t quite know what’s round the corner. You can understand it all only when you are there. This is when you get the true feeling of fear.” It was only when co-star Sanjay Dutt, reassured her, that Bipasha decided to pack her bags again. “Yes, Sanjay really assured me that I would feel secure this time around,” says Bipasha. “His presence really helped because he has a lot of connections out there. He had shot ‘Mission Kashmir’ a decade back and knows people in police and government. He gave me a word that I would be very-very safe shooting for the film. He gave me his promise and I had no reasons not to believe him.” She adds on a parting note, “See, I am a regular person after all. I wouldn’t have given my life for a film. I would not have gained anything. I am not a martyr after all.”
aroma, and its silky, good bodied texture that leaves satisfaction in the mouth. White wine is preferred on a high temperature day as the wine is more refreshing, elegant with good citrus and mineral characteristics. It also gives a good impression if you choose the right wine when you are dining with a person who knows wines well.” Demystifying the myth that wine should be drunk in moderation, Lucio vouches, “Alcohol consumption requires moderation but wine is the only spirit with the perfect natural balance between alcohol and phenols compounds. As most bodies cannot metabolise alcohol, wine is a better spirit that doesn’t affect the nervous system after consumption.” With several wine tasting events being held in the state, Lucio explains how to really appreciate a glass of wine in hand. With elegance he holds the bottle in hand and says, “Opening a bottle of wine is like a ritual. First you open the cap, uncork the bottle and pour the wine in the glass. In case the glass has any lingering odour of the carton or cupboard in which it was stored, pour a small amount of wine in the glass, rinse it and throw the wine out. Then pour wine in the glass, a little bit so that there is space in the glass to turn it around and to allow oxygen to flow in. See the contrast of colour of the wine against a white sheet of paper – it can range from violet, cherry red to orange. Smell it before drinking, take a small sip which wakes up in the mouth as you feel the fruitiness and aroma but most of all, enjoy the healthy product. Getting familiar with wine should not scare anyone.” When asked whether it will take long before India reaches countries like France and Italy in the winemaking process, Lucio replies, “Improvement of winemaking in any country, and India is no exception, is a ‘constant work in progress’. It has taken France, Italy and other winemaking countries hundreds of years to come to today’s levels of winemaking. This is a very positive statement for Indian wines, as Indian wines do not have to undergo those years of evolution of learning from its mistakes. Our endeavour is to always look for improvement and notch up our quality standards day by day, vintage by vintage.” “It is also not right to compare any other country to India as far as winemaking is concerned because we are talking about different climates, traditions, terrains, soils and so many other factors that are unique to each and every country. We have invested in the backbone and infrastructure for any good winemaking, i.e. vineyards and viticulture practices, chilling plants and winemaking equipment of optimum quality. I believe that India will have a major role to play not only as one of the most exciting wine drinking market but also as one of the top quality producers in the times to come” adds Lucio with a sparkle in his eyes and a glass of rose wine in his hand.
Williams, Barlow to film ‘Brokeback Mountain’ Parody
ormer Take That band mates Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow are set to poke fun at their tumultuous relationship by filming a spoof of gay cowboy movie ‘Brokeback Mountain’. ‘Angels’ hitmaker Williams has returned to the studio to record a new album with the British boyband, which he left in 1995 to pursue a solo career. The group split the following year, but Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Howard Donald and Jason Orange reformed it in 2005, and have released two hit albums since. Over the past few years, there have been repeated rumours Robbie is planning to rejoin the group but he has always denied the reports. The reunited band will release the CD at Christmas before reportedly embarking on a tour next summer but first they will tease fans with the parody clip. The promo for ‘Shame’, which was co-written by Williams and Barlow, will see the pair likening their friendship to the 2005 romantic drama, which starred late star Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as forbidden lovers. “In the song there’s a line about how he (Williams) went into Toys R Us and saw the four Take That dolls in a box and realised he felt left out,” a source said. “Everything is in place now to formally announce Robbie’s return to Take That for one year only.He will announce his comeback with a public statement. Then he’ll release ‘Shame’ with Gary,” the source added.
GOA’S HEARTBEAT Tuesday, 13 July, 2010
WHAT’S UP IN GOA?? A Konkani Musical Programme on National Integration held under the Tiatr Academy of Goa’s (TAG) scheme, ‘Production of Musical Programmes on Patriotism/ National Integration/ Communal Harmony’ will be held on July 27 at 7pm at the K a l a A c a d e m y, P a n j i m . C a l l 2420452. ‘Green’, an art exhibition by Maendra Alvares which was inaugurated on July 11 at 4pm at Big Foot, Loutolim, will remain open till July 26. ‘Wood Crafts and Carvings’, a workshop of detailed training of designing and modelling of wood, organised by the Directorate of Art and Culture, is open for registration. Registration closes on July 15. Visit the Department of Art and Culture, Sharma Shakati Bhavan, 5th Floor, Patto, Panjim. Call 2438103. ‘Should Caste Be Included In The Census?’, a debate, organised by the Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Goa University, Dona Paula will take place on July 13 at 3pm at the University Conference Hall, Goa University, Dona Paula. Call 6519378. A 1-day trek to the Hivrem Waterfalls, organised by the YHAI, Panjim unit will take place on July 18. Registration closes on July 15. Call 9422445673, 9767701245 or 9822125868. A Ponda Taluka Interschool and Higher Secondary School Level Essay Competition will be held on July 18 from 10am to 12pm at the Saraswati High School, Kawale. It is organised by the Gomantak Maratha Samaj as part of the Dayanand Bandodkar birth centenary celebration. A Konkani literary contest in the Roman script, organised by the Goan Review Art Foundation (GRAF) is open for registration till July 31. Call 2630139. A physical fitness test for referees,
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HERALD FEATURES ala Academy Goa will be organising a Piano Recital by Master W P Julian Clef, student of Prof Murray Mc Lanchlan from Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester on July 17, 2010 at 6:30pm at Dinanath Mangeshkar Kala Mandir, Campal, Panaji. Master Julian Clef, a young Indian pianist born in Trivandrum, Kerala has undergone his ‘A’ level at Chetam’s School of Music, Manchester. Presently studying his music at Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, he has a number of awards and titles to his credit like Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Junior Title 2008, European Piano Teacher’s Association (EPTA), Cup 2007, Margaret Brewin Trophy at the Mansfield Music and Drama Festival 2005. He has performed in India and abroad on many important occasions and venues like Trondheim Festival, Norway, Kowdiar Palace, Mysore Palace, Back Festivals at Trivandrum. Entry passes to the Piano Recital will be available at the Security Counter of Kala Academy from July 13 onwards on first come first serve basis. Two persons will be admitted on each entry passes.
A Closer Look at ‘Found Objects’ HERALD FEATURES elgaum’s Ayub Khan Soudagar’s personal antique collection was recently on display at the Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts, Altinho, Panjim. Titled ‘Found Objects’, the collection brought forth charming every-day items of decorative and utility value; items that have stood the test of time…
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“Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.” – Beatrix Potter DAILY GROOK BULL RULE by Francis Rodrigues a cow gives a lot from its largesse, the bull does not but just charges! Instructions for Sudoku SUDOKU SOL 602 9 x 9 letter: To solve a Sudoku puzzle, every number from 1 to 9 must appear in each of the nine vertical columns, in each of the nine horizontal rows and in each of the nine boxes
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Blind open their Eyes through Photography HERALD FEATURES lind With Camera’ was recently in Goa for a photographic workshop with the visually impaired people of Goa in coordination with NAB (National Association for the Blind) and Heritage Jazz. This is the first of its kind workshop conducted in Goa with the locals. The project started by Partho Bhowmick was brought to light in Goa on May 29, 2010. The workshop saw the participation of thirty blind students in the age group of 12 to 40 years. They learnt how to handle the camera, how to take picture of friends, etc. Groups of two to three where made to take pictures of each other. Later the adult group was given a theme to capture old less used type writers. The young group where asked to click the colorful dress they were wearing. The result of the adult and young groups was amazing. The second day saw younger, teen groups of fourteen each go on an outdoor shoot. They learnt how to take pictures of the landscapes
10:00 Choti Bahu 10:30 12/24 Karol Bagh 11:00 Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi 11:30 Mera Naam Karegi Roshan 12:30 Yahan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli 13:00 Jhansi Ki Rani 13:30 Pavitra Rishta 14:00 Mera Naam Karegi Roshan 14:30 Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi 15:00 Yahan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli 15:30 Choti Bahu 16:00 Yahan Main Ghar Ghar Khel 16:30 Choti Bahu 17:00 Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi 18:30 Mera Naam Karegi Roshan 19:00 Ghar Ghar Mein 19:30 Choti Bahu 20:00 Jhansi Ki Rani 20:30 Yahan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli 21:00 Pavitra Rishta 21:30 Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi 22:00 12/24 Karol Bagh 22:30 Mera Naam Karegi Roshan
10:15 Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta… 11:15 Sajan Re Jhoot Mat Bolo 12:00 Mrs. & Mr. Sharma Allahabadwale 12:30 Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta… 13:00 Sajan Re Jhoot Mat Bolo 13:30 Papad Pol 14:00 Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta… 14:30 Mrs. & Mr. Sharma Allahabadwale 15:00 Lapataganj 15:30 FIR 16:00 Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta… 16:30 Papad Pol. 17:00 Mrs. & Mr. Sharma Allahabadwale 17:30 Gutar Gu
08:25 The Silence of the Lambs 10:45 Watching the Detectives 12:40 Quantum of Solace 14:50 Race to Witch Mountain 16:50 The Faculty 18:55 Mad Money 21:00 Max Payne 23:00 For Your Eyes Only
08:00 Izzat Ki Roti 11:45 Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat 15:45 Police Officer 20:00 Deewar: Lets Bring Our Heroes Home
09:30 Devi Maa 12:30 Julie 16:00 Tumse Achha Kaun Hai 20:00 Ram Aur Shyam 09:30 Holiday In The Sun 11:30 Hollywood One on One 12:00 Nowhere to Hide 14:00 Revolutionary Road 16:30 Rugrats Go Wild 18:15 TMZ 18:45 The Bachelor 21:00 Megafault 23:00 Rendition
09:30 Enigma 11:50 Hollywood on Set 12:20 See This Movie
12:10 Basic 16:10 King Cobra 18:35 Affliction 21:00 The Visitor 23:15 So Close
08:30 Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki 12:00 Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya 16:00 Waqt Ki Awaz 20:00 Lagaan
08:00 Aazmayish 12:00 Aarzoo 16:00 Parivaar 20:00 Taarzan: The Wonder Car
E N T E R TA I N M E N T 18:00 Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta… 18:30 Papad Pol 19:00 Lapataganj 19:30 Mrs. & Mr. Sharma Allahabadwale 20:00 Papad Pol. 20:30 Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta… 21:00 Sajan Re Jhoot Mat Bolo 21:30 Mrs. & Mr. Sharma Allahabadwale 22:00 Lapataganj 22:30 FIR
11:00 India's Magic Star 12:30 Dill Mill Gayye
Indian Pianist to enthral at Kala Academy
10:30 Maan Rahe Tera Pitaah 11:00 Baat Hamari Pakki Hai 11:30 Boogie Woogie Kids 12:30 Indian Idol 13:00 Baat Hamari Pakki Hai 13:30 Maan Rahe Tera Pitaah 14:00 Baat Hamari Pakki Hai 14:30 Aahat 15:00 C.I.D 18:00 Comedy Circus Ke Superstars 19:30 Godh Bharaai 20:00 Maan Rahe Tera Pitaah 20:30 Baat Hamari Pakki Hai 21:00 Indian Idol: Result 22:00 Indian Idol : Extra 22:30 Aahat
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Pronunciation SKWELCH Function Verb Meaning 1 : to put down, suppress 2 : to make a splashing sound 3 : to tread heavily in water, mud, wet shoes, etc Example Sentence Annie loves to squelch in her Wellingtons while dancing in the rain.
10:30 Saath Nibhana Saathiya 11:00 Mann Kee Awaaz Pratigya 11:30 Behenein 12:00 Sapna Babul Ka ...Bidaai 12:30 Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai 13:00 Tere Mere Sapne 13:30 Hamari Devrani 14:00 Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat 14:30 Behenein 15:00 Chaand Chupa Badal Mein 15:30 Sapna Babul Ka ...Bidaai 16:00 Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai 16:30 Mann Kee Awaaz Pratigya 17:00 Sasural Genda Phool 17:30 Saath Nibhana Saathiya 18:00 Tere Liye 18:30 Sabki Laadli Bebo 19:00 Saath Nibhana Saathiya 19:30 Sasural Genda Phool 20:00 Chaand Chupa Badal Mein 20:30 Behenein 21:00 Sapna Babul Ka ...Bidaai 21:30 Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai 22:00 Tere Liye 22:30 Mann Kee Awaaz Pratigya
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conducted by the Goa Football Association will take place on July 25 at 6:30am at the PJN Stadium, Margao. Call 2225532. A workshop on creative writing in Konkani, organised by the Freddy J Da Costa Memorial Trust will take place on July 20 from 3:30pm to 5:15pm at Grace Church Hall, Margao. Call 9764706080, 98600816598 or 9821228684. Three-month certificate courses in French language and culture, organised by the Department of Frech and Francophone Studies will be held thrice a week from 3pm to 4:30pm from July 16 onwards. Call 6519265. The feast of the patron Saint of Calangute, St Alex will be celebrated on July 18. The feast mass will be held at 6:45am, 8am and 9:30am. The annual Rath Yatra of Lord Jaggannath will take place on July 13 from 2pm onwards. It will begin at the Miramar Circle, Miramar and conclude at the ferry point, Panjim. It is organised by the All Goa Oriya Association, Lord Jaggannath Temple Trust, Goa and ISKCON. A piano recital by WP Julian Chef will take place on July 17 at 6:30pm at the Kala Academy, Panjim. Call 2420452. International Year of Biodiversity, will be celebrated by the Fishery Survey of India, Mumbai on July 13 at 4:30pm at the International Centre Goa, Dona Paula. Call 2452805-10. Arugam Bay, a range of colourful flip flops by Prasad Bidapa will be presented at a fashion show to be held on July 20 at 9pm at Cape Town Café, Baga. ‘Imago: Exploring the Language of Film’ will hold its first open session on July 16 at Gallery Gitanjali, Panjim. Email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Call 9823572035, 9823253361 or 9423316395.
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10:00 How I Met Your Mother 10:30 The Simpsons 11:00 V.I.P
while they were about it. The entire collection of pictures taken by the visually impaired participants during this workshop will be displayed at the photography exhibition at Kala Academy from August 20 to 22, 2010 which is part of an upcoming event, organised by Heritage Jazz on World Goa Day, August 20, 2010.
12:00 Friends 12:30 White Collar 13:30 America's Got Talent 15:00 Desperate Housewives 16:00 The Simpsons 16:30 Friends 17:00 White Collar 18:00 V.I.P 19:00 Glee 20:00 The Simpsons 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Friends 21:30 Whose Line Is It Anyway? 22:00 White Collar
10:00 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa: Netherlands vs. Denmark 12:00 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa: Spain vs. Honduras 14:00 Gp2 Series 2010 16:00 TNA Xplosion 17:00 Hitz 17:30 Engine Block 2010 18:00 TNA Impact 20:00 Hitz 20:30 Golf Focus 2010 21:00 Score Tonight 21:30 TNA Impact
10:00 WNBA Regular Season 2010 : Phoenix Mercury vs. Los Angeles Sparks 12:00 US Women's Open Championship 14:55 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Germany 2010 17:00 The Open Championship 2009 H/ls 17:55 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Germany 2010 : Group Stage: Colombia vs. France
20:00 Sportscenter India 20:30 Sportscenter Asia 21:00 2010 FIFA World Cup Matchday H/ls 22:00 Sportscenter India 22:30 Sportscenter Asia 23:00 Spirit of Golf 2010 : History of The Open C'ship: The Glittering Prize 23:30 Spirit of Golf 2010 : History of The Open C'ship
10:00 Moto GP H/ls11:00 2010 Australia vs. Pakistan 13:00 Motorsport Mundial 13:30 Real NBA 13:50 WWE: After Burn 15:00 2010 Australia vs. Pakistan 22:00 Great Centuries
07:00 Kids Club 07:30 Flavors 08:00 English News 09:00 Konkani News 10:00 Marathi News 11:00 Surdhara 11:30 Juke Box 12:00 Revoltionz 12:30 Flavors 13:00 English News 14:00 Straight Talk 15:30 Sangeet 16:00 Health Watch 16:30 Flavors 17:00 Kids club 17:30 Surdhara 18:00 Konkani News 19:00 Marathi News 20:00 English News 21:00 Noman Tuka Goa 21:30 Dudhsagar 22:00 English News 23:00 Face-2-Face 23:30 Quinton Sings Again 00:00 Konkani Songs 00:30 Flavors 01:00 Art of living Note: Subject to change
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Amazing stadiums court controversy REUTERS JOHANNESBURG, JULY 12
South Africa’s World Cup stadiums have stunned the globe’s largest sporting audience with audacious style although critics say a developing country can ill afford such extravagance and some will be white elephants. When South Africa won the right to stage the tournament six years ago, the stadium budget was 3 billion rand ($396
million). After including two more arenas and some dazzling structural additions, that figure is now widely put at about 18 billion. Of the 10 stadiums, five are brand new and one, the flagship Soccer City in Johannesburg, was completely revamped. Soccer City and the five new stadiums are all architecturally impressive and stand comparison with any venue in the world.
There is no doubt the architects achieved their aim of impressing a global audience. “People are sitting in Denmark and France and the UK saying, ‘That stadium looks a hell of a lot better than anything we’ve got here, and it looks like it works’,” said John Mackie, head of African investments at Stanlib asset management company. FIFA President, Sepp Blatter lavished praise on the stadiums, last week, saying they were better than those in Europe. “These stadiums are jewels from the architectural point of view. They are really, really good stadiums,” he said. South Africa is the continent’s biggest economy but the question is whether it could afford so much when it has an army of poor and huge crime problems fuelled by some of the world’s greatest wealth disparities, not to mention an HIV pandemic. “You see how much we have spent on building stadiums but, after the World Cup, what are we going to benefit? There are still so many problems, no jobs, people living in shacks,” said Siyabonga Zulu, 35, an unemployed man in Soweto township. “When you build enormous stadia you are shifting those resources… from building schools and hospitals and then you have these huge structures standing empty,” the late anti-apartheid campaigner Dennis Brutus said last year.
But there is another side to the argument, which sees the stadiums as much more than mere sporting venues. Their supporters view the arenas as a way to reverse images of pestilence and war that still blight the continent and to affirm the potential of a young, democratic nation so often beset by self doubt. The new stadiums certainly go beyond what is strictly necessary to host a match. From the cavernous Soccer City, shaped like a giant African calabash or bowl, to the soaring arch and sky train over Durban’s ocean-side venue, to Cape Town’s majestic arena backed by Table Mountain and Port Elizabeth’s petal-shrouded bowl, they are magnificent. There is a more difficult question for organisers and that is what will happen to the stadiums after the fans have all gone home and whether they were built in the right place. There was controversy in Cape Town, for example, at the decision to build the graceful bathshaped stadium in the affluent tourist district of the city, appar-
ently because of FIFA’s insistence on a spectacular location. The previous plan was to upgrade the existing Athlone stadium in the poor Cape Flats area, thus attracting more infrastructure spending there. Most controversial are the small but still imaginatively designed arenas in the northern cities of Nelspruit and Polokwane, with no rugby or soccer team within hundreds of km. Local officials say there are management plans for all the stadiums and those two will host concerts, religious meetings and the like as well as sport. But while most experts believe Durban, Cape Town and Soccer City have a good chance of a profitable future in popular tourist cities with large populations, Nelspruit, Polokwane and possibly Port Elizabeth will struggle to make money. Soccer City will host a Tri-Nations rugby match next month between South Africa and New Zealand and future local games - with the additional social benefit of drawing white rugby fans into Soweto township and boosting racial reconciliation.
Dutch make no apology for rough-arm tactics REUTERS JOHANNESBURG, JULY 12
Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk made no apologies after his team used rough-arm tactics in an attempt to knock Spain out of their stride in a scrappy, niggly World Cup final on Sunday. The Dutch will have to shoulder the blame after one of the roughest World Cup finals on record, won 1-0 by Spain, produced 47 fouls, 13 yellow cards and one red on Sunday. Led by their bruising midfield enforcer Mark van Bommel, the Dutch used physical intimidation to try and knock the Spanish off their elegant passing game. Van Bommel, who committed five of the Dutch's 28 fouls, was lucky not to get a first half red card for slicing through Andres Iniesta's left leg. Nigel de Jong could also have followed with a chesthigh tackle on Xabi Alonso in a Dutch display which at times
bordered on brutal. It worked up to a point as the Spanish were knocked out of their stride for the first hour. However, Spain coach Vicente del Bosque, while refusing to directly criticise the Dutch tactics, said the effort required might have taken its toll on his team's opponents. "I congratulate our opponents who gave us a very hard time and never let us get comfortable," said Del Bosque. "It's very difficult to play for 90 minutes at the rhythm they imposed, they had a great physical effort and we dominated extra time." Van Marwijk said: "It's still our intention to play beautiful football but we were facing very good opponents," he said. "We committed fouls but so did both teams and that may be regrettable for a final. It's not our style but then again you play a match to win because it's a final, there's a lot of emotion, you saw that at the end of the match.”
Vuvuzelas banned for Brazil 2014 AGENCIES JOHANNESBURG, JULY 12
Vuvuzelas, the deafening plastic trumpets, which have attracted complaints from viewers and players alike at this year's FIFA World Cup in South Africa, have been banned from the next World Cup in Brazil. The 127-decibel horn, which left fans reaching for ear plugs in South Africa, is to be banned in 2014. However, it is feared the vuvuzela is set to hit the UK Premier League next month, the Daily Express reports. An estimated 100,000 vuvuze-
las are in the hands of British football fans. On Sunday night it emerged most will end up in landfill. Barry Turner, of the Plastics 2020 Challenge set up to boost recycling, said: "Vuvuzelas are made from an easily recyclable high density polyethylene, or PE-HD, but few councils collect mixed plastics like PE-HD." Earlier, FIFA and World Cup organisers had urged fans not to blow vuvuzelas during national anthems, and had already said that they will ban the instrument if any are thrown onto the pitch or used as a weapon.
Puyol should have been dismissed: Angry Robben REUTERS JOHANNESBURG, JULY 12
Spanish defender Carles Puyol should have been the first player to be sent off by referee Howard Webb, according to Arjen Robben after his Dutch side lost the World Cup final 1-0 against Spain. The Spanish defender, already booked in the first half, committed a foul on the Dutch winger 10 minutes from time when he sped past him but Robben continued and was denied by goalkeeper Iker Casillas. ''When I got my second chance the referee should have given us a free kick and Puyol a (second) yellow card,'' Robben told reporters yesterday. 'He gave the advantage but there
was none as I could hardly move and the goalkeeper was too close already.'' After beating Brazil in the quarter-final, Robben was widely criticised for his diving but in the final he stood firm instead of making clear to the referee that he had been fouled. ''As a player you always want to go on and especially 10 minutes before time in a World Cup final when you are heading towards the goal,'' he added. ''When I missed my first chance it was simply my error – I was not patient enough and should have gone around him instead of this poor finish,'' he said of his 62nd minute opportunity when he broke through from a superb pass from Wesley Sneijder.
GOA, Tuesday, 13 July, 2010
Spanish set for 36-hour, $2 m party
Spanish players celebrate on the plane before their arrival at Barajas' airport on Monday in Madrid. AGENCIES JOHANNESBURG, JULY 12
Spain’s victorious World Cup squad will be treated to a lavish celebration party that will last for 36 hours and will cost more than $2 million. The Spanish team’s victory tour, which involves a parade through the streets of Madrid and celebrations with family, government ministers and members of Spain’s soccer federation, was planned in advance of the team’s 1-0 extra-time victory over the Netherlands on Sunday night. Head coach Vicente Del
Bosque and his jubilant players will land at Madrid’s Barajas airport. After being greeted by Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero, the Spaniards will embark on an extraordinary series of parties and tribute events that will last all the way until late Tuesday night. “No one is going to want to sleep for a long time,” goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas said. “It is special, magical. We will enjoy it, don’t worry.” The team’s first port of call is the Moncloa Palace, the official residence of Zapatero. They
will meet senior figures in Spanish society and members of the government and be entertained with champagne. From there, an open-top bus will parade the team through the streets of Madrid, which is expected to be packed with 200,000 joyous fans desperate to cheer on their heroes. Spain had previously never won the World Cup and the government immediately endorsed the festivities. Details were released to the public so that fans could get the best possible view of the bus tour.
Much of the $2 million bill will go to extra policing and security, although the occasion is expected to be purely celebratory and relatively trouble-free. However, economists have already predicted the positive economic effect of the Spanish win will far outstrip that figure. “It is a special moment in the history of Spain and Spanish sport,” Zapatero said. “The whole country deserves to enjoy this and take pride in this group of men.” The highlight of the bus ride will be a stop at the Principe Pio, a famous hill on the west
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side of Madrid. That is where the biggest crowd is expected to congregate and where Casillas and each of the players will hoist the World Cup trophy. From there, a meal is planned at an upscale restaurant that specializes in traditional Spanish food to be shared with a select group of friends and family members. But after the players have been wined and dined, the festivities begin again in earnest with an invitation-only party at the New Garamond, Madrid’s swankiest nightclub. Yet even when the squad emerges in the early hours, there will be more fun to be had. After carefully selected appearances of morning television and sports shows, the team will head for breakfast and then to the house of Casillas. The team will watch a repeat of the game, with more celebrations and visits from various dignitaries and sponsors to follow. “The celebration is going to be fun,” defender Sergio Ramos said. “And it is going to be long.” Eventually, players will depart late on Tuesday night to head back to their respective homes and catch up on some muchneeded rest.
Dutch cry foul over English ref
AFP JOHANNESBURG, JULY 12
Arjen Robben and Nigel de Jong led a Dutch onslaught on English referee Howard Webb after Holland succumbed to Andres Iniesta's injury-time winner in the World Cup final. Spain lifted their first World Cup after a match in which Holland had John Heitinga dismissed in extra-time for a second booking and seven others yellow carded. Robben was incensed that Carles Puyol escaped punishment when he seemed to impede the Dutch winger as he raced in on Iker Casillas's goal seven minutes from the end of regulation time. Puyol appeared to use his arm to hinder Robben's flow and Casillas came out to block the striker, who had gamely tried to remain on his feet. "As a player, you always try to keep going, but for them to score a goal (four) minutes before the end was tough. It made things very difficult for us," said the Bayern Munich star. "We kept trying to get something out of the game, but the dressing room was a pretty depressing place. "We sat there in the dressing room and only talked about some of the refereeing decisions. "There were a few things which were hard to take, but there is no point talking about them now."
Spain supporters celebrate the vitory of their team after they beat Netherlands in Nice, southeastern France.
A combo photo shows Dutch national football players taking part in three World Cup finals they lost. Top: West German goalkeeper Sepp Maier catches the ball in front of Dutch forward Johan Cruyff as defender Franz Beckenbauer (left) watches on July 7, 1974 in Munich during the World Cup soccer final. West Germany beat The Netherlands 2-1. Middle: Netherlands national soccer team captain and defender Ruud Krol (left) tries to outrun Argentinian forward Leopoldo Luque during the World Cup final between Argentina and the Netherlands on June 25, 1978 in Buenos Aires. Argentina beat the Netherlands 3-1 in extra time. Bottom: Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas catches the ball from Netherlands' striker Arjen Robben during the 2010 FIFA football World Cup final between the Netherlands and Spain on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg. Spain won 1-0.
The FIFA star who’s sexier than Octopus
A security official tries to avoid a supporter from reaching the FIFA World Cup trophy. Spanish supporters celebrate after the World Cup victory.
Dutch fans react in Amsterdam after the Netherlands football team lost the final match.
AGENCIES PARAGUAY, JULY 12
Meet the world's latest, hottest FIFA star, who is neither an octopus nor a footballer. A psychic octopus, unexpected upset, controversial umpiring decisions, beautiful women creating distractions -- this year's FIFA World Cup has certainly seen it's fair share of hype. Paul the Octopus is probably a bigger star now than all of them put together, although all he probably concerns himself with is whether his next snack is going to be mussels or crabs. And then there's the other, slightly more glamorous personality who has catapulted to
superstardom with FIFA this year -- Paraguayan lingerie model Larissa Riquelme. Yup, the very same one who promised to give hot-blooded males across the world a peek at her naughty bits if her country won the World Cup. And she made good on it even though Paraguay lost in the quarterfinals to Spain. In what can only be described as one helluva PR-savvy career
move, the voluptuous brunette, 24, started creating waves when she began attending live public broadcasts of Paraguay's World Cup clashes in Paraguay's capital city of Asuncion last month. And all it took was one photograph. Riquelme was captured cheering in a plunging but patriotic tank top, with her cell phone conveniently wedged between her ample cleavage as part of a
promotion for a cell phone company. And as the press and fellow spectators ogled at her revealing outfit, she promptly declared to the cameras and everyone present her intention of streaking through the town wearing nothing but body paint in the national colours if Paraguay took home the World Cup. Dubbed 'The World Cup's Girlfriend' by a Spanish newspaper, she kept up the antics at every game, sporting the word 'Axe' in a temporary tattoo on her chest as a form of advertisement for the deodorant and cheering so hard that photogs made sure to frequently zoom in on her during every broadcast.
Make Octopus Paul as ‘St Paul of football’: celebrities PTI NEW DELHI, JULY 12
Paul, the ‘psychic octopus’, won praise and adulation from Indian celebrities today for his dream run of predictions at the World Cup Football after correctly prognosticating a Spanish victory in the finals. And there was a suggestion--christen the two-year old octopus as ‘St Paul of Football’. "Paulie Baba zindabad!! Didn't kick a single ball and lifted World Cup," Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan said on his Twitter feed just a couple of days after he slammed the hype over the now famous clairvoyant eight-legged cephalopod in Germany who has become a household name in India like elsewhere in the world. Former Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor tried to draw a com-
parison between Paul and the Indian astrologers and hailed the two-year old common octopus living in a tank at a Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen in Germany. "Hats off to Pablo the Octopus. No Indian astrologer has yet managed a 100 per cent track record like him," Tharoor tweeted, appearing to endorse the powers of Paul. Immediately after Spain won, Bollywood stars began tweeting about Paul. The ‘oracle octopus’, who is famous for his ability to correctly predict the winner of matches in which the German national soccer team is playing 9 out of 10 times, proved right seven times in a row at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa after the Spanish victory against Netherlands last night in an epic final. Actor-Director Shekar Kapoor said "christen him St Paul of Football. After all he can
bless 8 people at the same time. "Paul the Octopus has been offered a multi million job as hedge fund manager. They have applied for his work permit," he said. Abhishek Bachchan in his tweet wondered who would have thought that even in the 21st century an octopus would be able to cast a cloud of doubt over the mighty Germans. "Guess it was just Spain's night! God help
us all now, here come the octopus interviews. Dying to see what the news channels do with it....” Bachchan junior added. Actor Siddarth tweeted "Octopus Paul I bow my head to you." Aamir Khan posted on his Twitter page, "Ok. I back Spain. This time I'm on the same side as Paul. Lets see if he has ability 2 predict correctly is strong, or my ability 2 predict wrong!" Once Spain defeated Holland, Aamir added,
"Dear Paul, aap purush nahi... Octopus ho." Riteish Deshmukh had his own funny line to add, "Yeaaaaahhhhhhhh OCTOPUS WON Popat Ka Popat Ho Gaya," referring to the parrot that had predicted that Holland would win. Karan Johar then said, "Ok!! Octopus baba rules!! Welcome the new astrologer of the world!!" Arshad Warsi added: “Witnessed one of the most aggressive match last night... Well deserved victory for Spain... Paul Baba ki jai ho..” And Bollywood’s ladies were in on the fun too. Shilpa Shetty posted on her Twitter page, "Spain won yay! Trusted Paul (the octopus) so supported them And won a bet!!...ha ha ha.." And Bipasha Basu took the time to praise her man John Abraham. "Why do I need to
know Paul's predictions? I have John the octopus! He predicted right from the start that Spain would win. They did! Yay!". Sameera Reddy tweeted, "Western societies accuse us of being superstitious, and then believe an octopus!" while actor Rahul Khanna, a Germany supporter, wrote: "If the Germans ordered calamari from room service last night, it would have been a clear demonstration of squid pro quo." Despite all the hype over Paul who has grapped global attention, there is however no evidence to support or even suggest that an Octopus has intelligence to predict something. Last week, Bachchan had said, "The surprise of the predictions of the Octopus Paul have brought superstition right onto the front pages... This is quite amazing and ridiculous at the same time,” Bachchan wrote on his blog.
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Forlan, Mueller strike Gold tournament by accredited media after leading his team to the semifinals. Forlan narrowly beat Netherlands playmaker Wesley Sneijder, receiving 23.4 per cent of the votes to
AP JOHANNESBURG, JULY 12
Uruguay striker Diego Forlan was awarded the Golden Ball as the World Cup’s best player Sunday, and Germany forward Thomas Mueller won the Golden Boot as the tournament’s top scorer with five goals. Forlan was voted the most outstanding player of the
cause his combined goals and assists total was achieved in fewer playing minutes than Sneijder, who collects the Bronze Boot. Mueller wore the same No. 13 jersey as Gerd Mueller, the German great who was top scorer with 10 goals at the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.
Mueller took the ‘Golden Boot’ award given to the top scorer, using assists and number of minutes played as a tie-breaker. The German was also named Best Young Player.He scored the fifth goal in Germany’s 3-2 win over Uruguay in the third place play-off.
third with 16.9 per cent of the votes. Blond-locked striker Forlan won legions of admirers -- not least among South African women - for his fantastic play on the pitch and courteous attitude off it where he always made time to sign autographs and chat with fans or journalists. Mueller took the “Golden Boot” award given to the top scorer, using assists and number of minutes played as a tie-breaker, FIFA said in a statement. The German was also named Best Young Player.
As well as winning the World Cup, Spain also took the FIFA Fair Play Award. Their captain Iker Casillas won the “Golden Glove” prize for best goalkeeper. Forlan’s award will cheer Uruguayans after their side lost agonizingly to Germany 3-2 in the third place playoff. Forlan struck the bar with a typically spectacular free kick in the last touch of the match. Rising star Thomas Mueller has finished South Africa 2010 as the tournament's topscorer after golden boot rivals David Villa and Wesley Sneijder both failed to score in Sunday's final. The 20-year-old Mueller scored his fifth World Cup goal in Germany's 3-2 win over Uruguay on Saturday in the third place play-off. Sunday, FIFA also additionally named him as the best
young player of the tournament. The result leaves Bayern Munich's Mueller to follow in the footsteps of Germany team-mate Miroslav Klose, who won the award four years ago, to claim the tournament's Golden Boot for the most goals. Ironically, while Spain were winning the final, Mueller and the Germany team were jetting back to Europe. Mueller saw off Mexico's Giovani Dos Santos and Ghana's Andre Ayew for the best young player award. The German took the tournament by storm after scoring in Germany's opening 4-0 win over Australia, then showed devastating finishing for both of his two secondhalf goals to seal Sunday's 4-1 rout of England in the Round of 16. And he proved that was no
fluke by scoring the first goal in Germany's 4-0 quarterfinal win over Argentina, although a yellow card against Diego Maradona's side saw him miss the semi-final defeat to Spain. It has been an extraordinary season for the youngster who only turns 21 on September 13. Plucked from Bayern's reserves by coach Louis van Gaal, Mueller started his first Bundesliga game last August, played in May's Champions League final and now finishes his first full senior season with the World Cup's Golden Boot. Mueller played in all of
have made an error a minute earlier by incorrectly giving Spain a goal kick when a corner kick should have been awarded. Dutch chances of victory took a major blow when Heitinga was ejected in the 109th minute after what appeared to be a soft foul on Iniesta. “I don’t want to see him (Webb) anytime soon,” Heitinga told the Dutch media. “He is not a typical English referee. There were
so many cards. It was a strange game.” The Netherlands could count themselves fortunate that Heitinga was the only dismissal. In the first half, midfielder Nigel de Jong slammed Xabi Alonso in the chest with a raised boot but only received a yellow card. Webb set the tone early on, issuing five cautions in the
first half. Things only got worse after the break as both teams continued their physical play. Ironically, Webb plies his trade by refereeing primarily in the English Premier League, which is one of the most physical leagues in the world. The Premiership referees are generally seen as being among the most lenient on the planet.
All the yellows were a record for the tournament, far surpassing the six collected by Argentina and West Germany in 1986. Eight Dutchmen were shown the yellow card and five Spaniards. At the end of the game, Netherlands midfielders Mark van Bommel and Wesley Sneijder headed directly toward Webb. Robben, who was given a yellow for protesting that he was
21.8 per cent for the Dutchman. Spain striker David Villa was
Forlan took the ‘Golden Ball’ award with the accredited media voting him the most outstanding player of the tournament after leading his team to the semi-finals. Forlan narrowly beat Netherlands playmaker Wesley Sneijder, receiving 23.4 per cent of the votes to 21.8 per cent for the Dutchman. Spain striker David Villa was third with 16.9 per cent of the votes.
Bayern's 34 Bundesliga matches, scoring 13 goals, on the way to the domestic double and made his debut for Germany against Argentina in a friendly last March. He promises to be a star of the future and has cemented his place in the Germany team. Villa got the Silver Boot be-
Netherlands see red over yellow cards
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Controversial World Cup referee Howard Webb came under attack from furious Netherlands players and head coach Bert van Marwijk after Spain’s 1-0 extra-time victory on Sunday night. Van Marwijk insisted Webb had lost “control” of the game at Soccer City after handing out a World Cup final record 13 yellow cards and one red over the course of 120 minutes of play. The coach also hinted that the Spanish’s criticism of Webb’s officiating during their defeat to Switzerland early in the tournament may have played a role in his performance. Eight Dutch players were booked and John Heitinga was sent off in extra time after receiving a second yellow card. “I think both sides committed terrible fouls,” Van Marwijk said. “I don’t think the ref controlled the match well, not at all.” “I also read some things today about how angry Spain was in their first match with Switzerland. You would almost think this first match had an impact on this match. The last few minutes were very sad, it was not right.” The Netherlands were outraged when Andres Iniesta’s winning goal four minutes before the end of extra time was allowed to stand. Dutch players insisted there had been a foul in the buildup to Iniesta’s decisive score. Webb also seemed to
Two dead, over 100 injured in Spanish celebrations AFP MADRID, JULY 12
Two people died and over 100 people were injured in Spain in the celebrations that followed the country's first ever World Cup win, local officials said Monday. In Algesiras, a man died on Sunday night after falling from a veranda. "He was watching the match with friends. After Spain scored, they realized that he was no longer with them and they found him on the ground after falling from the balcony," she said. Another death occurred in Herguijuela when a member of a group of people who dived into a municipal swimming pool to celebrate Spain's win drowned. Over 100 people were injured, including 74 in second-city Barcelona, in disturbances near the site of giant outdoor screens. Meanwhile, Spain gave its football team a heroes' welcome on Monday with up to a million people filling the streets for a red-and- gold fiesta after their Cup triumph.
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fouled by Puyol, joined in as defender Joris Mathijsen rushed over to gesticulate angrily. Webb was not made available after the game. At the end of the game, a chorus of jeers and whistles rained down from the Dutch fans at Soccer City when Webb led his assistants Darren Cann and Mike Mullarkey to receive their gifts from South Africa President Jacob Zuma and FIFA President Sepp Blatter.
AwArds GOLDEN BALL Diego Forlan GOLDEN BOOT Thomas Mueller GOLDEN GLOVE Iker Casillas SILVER BOOT David Villa BRONZE BOOT Wesley Sneijder FAIR PLAY Spain