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CHINA ON FIRE
IN BRIEF G-20 to refrain from ‘devaluing’ currency In the face of a currency war between the US and China, global leaders including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today agreed to refrain from “competitive devaluation” and bring in exchange rate flexibility to ensure that no country gets undue advantage. “We will move towards more market determined exchange rate system and enhance exchange rate flexibility to reflect underlying economic fundamentals and refrain from competitive devaluation of currencies. – (PTI)
Rathore walks out of jail After spending close to six months behind bars, disgraced ex-Haryana DGP SPS Rathore serving an 18-month sentence in the Ruchika molestation case walked free on Friday, a day after the Supreme Court granted bail. Sixty-eight-year-old Rathore, wearing a white shirt with the infamous smirk back on his face, was released from the high security Burail jail. – (PTI)
US support to India worries Pak Pakistan’s Parliament today unanimously passed a resolution expressing concern at US President Barack Obama’s support for India’s bid for permanent seat on the UN Security Council, saying it would have “grave ramifications” and affect the balance of power in South Asia. – (PTI)
Fireworks light up in front of Haixinsha Square during the opening ceremony of the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou on Friday.
50% of NH4A stretch to have reduced width SURAJ NANDREKAR PANJIM, NOV 12
It’s final! Almost 50 per cent stretch on the NH4A will now have a reduced width. The proposed widening of 62 kms, which has faced severe criticism from various quarters, will have a reduced width on 29.63 kilometers length, between Panjim and Anmod. The reduction will be of 30, 35 or 45 metres while the rest will remain at 60 metres, according to the new alignment proposal submitted by the government-appointed committee. Facing severe criticism over the number of demolitions, the State had appointed a high-level committee, which included the legislators, PWD engineers, NHAI officials and the land survey officials. The committee submitted its report to the government, which brought down the number of demolitions to 136 from a staggering 569. According to the statistical report submitted by the committee, a copy of which is in
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REDUCTION IN WIDTH (NH4A) Width 30 metres 35 metres 45 metres
Total kms 15 3.02 11.61
Locality Mollem ghats Corlim, Ela Mollem, Sangod (Sanvordem), Dharbandora, Piliem, Usgao, Khandepar, Ponda, Bandora, Ella, Chimbel.
AREA-WIsE DEmOlITIONs CONSTITUENCY Sanvordem Ponda Madkai Priol Cumbharjua St Andre St Cruz Panjim TOTAL
STRUCTURES NEW ALIGNMENT OLD ALIGNMENT 79 147 10 108 3 62 13 121 30 122 0 0 1 9 0 0 136 569
possession of Herald, the width has been reduced in thickly-populated places.
SANGHARSH FOR ADARSH FROM OUR BUREAU NEW DELHI, NOV 12
The Environment and Forest Ministry on Friday issued a showcause notice to Mumbai’s Adarsh Housing Cooperative Society to reply within two weeks why its “unauthorised” building should not be demolished for construction without CRZ (coastal regulation zone) clearance under the CRZ Notification of 1991. Its Minister Jairam Ramesh ordered issue of the notice in less than 24 hours of the National Coastal Zone Management Authority (NCZMA) recommending on Thursday to initiate urgent action under the Environment (Protection) Act, asking the society to remove the unauthorised structure. The society has been warned that action may be initiated under the Act unless it replies within two weeks. The notice says the Society will be provided opportunity of hearing by the ministry within one week thereafter. “A final direction in the case would be issued to the society after consideration of their response to the show-cause notice,” a ministry press release said. It said the NCZMA decided in its meeting here on Thursday to crack the whip after due deliberations on information furnished by the departments of the Maharashtra Government. The meeting was attended by the Maharashtra CZMA chairman, Environment Secretary, Principal Urban Development Secretary, Principal Revenue Secretary and others.
The committee has kept untouched the 30 metres width at the ghat section due to the Min-
istry of Forest and Environment directives. The total 15 mts ghat section would remain of 30 mts width. Further, the width has been reduced to 45 metres in Mollem, Sangod (Sanvordem), Dharbandora, Piliem, Usgao, Khandepar, Ponda, Bandora, Ella and Chimbel. A total of 11.61 km stretch would be of 45 metres width while some places in Corlim and Ella will have a stretch of 35 metres width. Interestingly, the committee has proposed just one toll plaza – which has been a bone of contention. The only toll will be at Boma, where a bypass has been proposed due to dense population. Initially, the NHAI consultants Wilbur Smith Associates had proposed toll plazas at every 20 kms. Demolitions: The committee has brought down the demolitions by approximately 76 per cent. While there were 41 structures facing demolition in (Continued on page 10)
Portuguese ship anchors in Goa
Portuguese Navy ship, NRP Sagres, at Mormugao Port Trust on Friday. Photo by M Prabhav HERALD REPORTER VASCO, NOV 12
Portugal’s tallest Navy ship, NRP Sagres, arrived in the State on Friday, amid protests and police protection at Mormugao Port.
Consul General de Portugal Antonio Sabido Costa welcomed the Portuguese ship, which is visiting Goa as a part of its 2010 circumnavigation of the world. (Continued on page 10)
China pulled off another dazzling show, unveiling the 16th Asian Games with a spell-binding and unique opening ceremony with water as an overwhelming theme. Starting from White Swan Bay, the athletes and officials boarded their boats to the strains of “Happy Song All the Way Along the River” for a parade downriver from the wharves to the “Ship” “Harmony” in the modern heart of Guangzhou. Taking 77 minutes, the boats not only carried their charges to the “ship” on the island, but also gave them an opportunity to experience Guangzhou’s culture and unique riverside life at six stops along the way and gaze in wonder at the city’s dazzling night skyline glided past, the buildings, bridges and other landmarks lit up by a sea of neon and laser lights. With a riot of colourful flowers as a backdrop, dancers and models showed off modern Guangzhou fashion and dance to reveal an energetic, happy and harmonious outlook for the future. Reports & photos on page 16
Centre forward, says Alemao; CM tight-lipped HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 12
The Centre, according to PWD Minister Churchill Alemao, has accepted the State Government’s proposed new alignment for the NH4A widening, between Panjim and Anmod. The Centre threatened to withdraw the project from Goa in case the State did not speed up the land acquisition process. The chief minister along with the PWD officials and NHAI State officials met the National Highways Authority of India chairman and submitted the new proposed alignment. “They have in principle accepted the new alignment and will come down to Goa on November 20 to resurvey the stretches,” P WD Minister Churchill Alemao told Herald in a telephonic conversation, late evening. He said that the government will now propose amendments to the earlier notification of the land acquisition for NH4A widening and impose Section
Over 3500 ration cards unclaimed! HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 12
The Department of Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs has detected over 3500 unclaimed ration cards after a thorough check following a Supreme Court directive to take stock of bogus ration cards in circulation. Speaking to Herald, Director of Civil Supplies Gurudas Pilarnkar said inspectors have been directed to deposit unclaimed ration cards with the department in Panjim. In 2007-2008 the department issued new ration cards, which were issued only against the signature of the card holder to ensure that the same reaches genuine card holders. But two-and-a-half years later it has been found that over 3500 ration cards have not been claimed. A large number of ration cards has remained unclaimed from talukas of Salcete (1185), Ponda (800), Tiswadi (480) and Sattari (278). According to the department, there are 3,54,000 ration card holders in the State these include Above Poverty Line (APL) 330132, Below Poverty Line (BPL) 12909, Antodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) 14517 and Annapurna (ANP) 389. Bogus ration cards: While the department is yet to arrive at a conclusive number of total bogus ration cards in circulation, (Continued on page 10)
Govt, Karuna back Raja PTI CHENNAI/NEW DELHI, NOV 12
Unfazed by the political storm over 2G spectrum allocation, the government and DMK chief M Karunanidhi today came out in support of embattled Telecom Minister A Raja who defiantly ruled out his resignation. As Congress remained in a fix over dealing with the issue in the face of growing clamour for Raja’s removal from the Union Cabinet, Karunanidhi insisted that the Telecom Minister had done no wrong and there was no question of his quitting. Report on Page 7
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Rs 500 monthly pass for NH-affected Goans
3D and send it to the NHAI before November 30 deadline. While the PWD minister confirmed the development, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat remained tight-lipped on the issue. When Herald contacted Kamat in Delhi, he offered no comments on the issue saying “I am at an IT conference here.”
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Garbage menace stares at newly elected MMC chief HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 12
It’s one day in office and the newly-elected Margao Civic Chief Sushila Naik has realized the enormity of the garbage problem plaguing the Commercial capital and the civic administration which is in disarray. When Naik visited her Comba ward on Friday morning, she was greeted by mounds of unattended garbage. Her anxiety to clear the waste appears understandable as the infamous Dindi festival is just two days away and would give a bad look to the ward represented by the Chairperson. Her problems did not end there. When she inquired with the Civic body, she found that the head of the sanitary section
Gov, CM urged not to visit ship
has proceeded on leave and that there was no one responsible office enough to assume the responsibility to clear the waste. In fact, the Chairperson was heard saying that a system needs to be put in place in the Civic body to ensure that no section is affected if any employee proceeds on leave. The Chairperson was later waiting for the Chief Officer, Prasanna Acharya to get the administration cleared to clear the waste. Meanwhile, MMC Vice-Chairperson Gonzaco Rebello has said that the Civic administration should not forget the MungulMadel ward on the garbage front. He told newsmen that hotel waste from the coastal belt finds its way in Mungul and Madel and felt the Civic admin-
istration, while toning up garbage collection mechanism, should not ignore these two areas. Soon after taking over the reigns of office, the new Chairperson Sushila Naik had vowed to tackle the garbage problem facing the city with the assistance and help of the Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat. “The Chief Minister has promised to sanction two garbage compactors on a priority basis. That should help streamline the garbage collection system in the city”, she said, adding that the Civic body would pursue the agenda of making the city clean and beautiful. Incidentally, the Chief Minister has set a one point agenda before the Civic body to tackle the garbage woes head on.
Woman arrested for cheating HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 12
The Cuncolim police on Friday arrested a woman for allegedly cheating a woman of an amount of Rs 1.53 lakh on the promise of providing a peon job in an educational institution. The woman was arrested by a police team headed by acting Cuncolim PI Sidhant Shirodkar, after laying a trap inside the house of the victim. The police said the compalainant Rukmini Desai has alleged that she had paid an amount of Rs 1.53 lakh to the accused on the promise of providing a peon job in the Cuncolim Educational Society’s college. Police said as the promised job was not forthcoming, the complainant intimated the Cuncolim police that the accused would come to her house to collect the balance installment.
Protests held in Vasco against Portuguese ship
HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 12
Bharat Swabhiman Sanghatna (BSS) has urged state Governor and Chief Minister to desist themselves from visiting Portuguese ship NRP Sagres, which has touched Goan shore to mark 500 years of Portuguese arrival in Goa. “It’s our request to the Governor S S Sidhu and CM Digambar Kamat not to be a part of the celebration, which marks Portuguese arrival in Goa. Their presence will once again make Portuguese to think that Indian’s are still their slaves,” BSS, Goa President Dr Suraj Kanekar told reporters today evening. Kanekar said that inspite of official request to the Governor; there has been no firm response from them. “Through a newspaper, we have come to know that CM will not be attending the function, scheduled on November 14,” he stated. BSS demanded that the state government boycott the celebration. “Several freedom fighters had given their lives to free Goa from their colonial rule,” BSS member Kamlesh Bandekar said. Earlier, the Goan freedom fighters too had objected to the government participation in the celebration and had threatened to protest. The Bhartiya Janata Party has also taken strong exception to the government official’s visit to the celebration.
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Rs 500 monthly pass for NH-affected Goans
HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 12
The state government has proposed a monthly pass at the rate of Rs 500 to the Goans who would be affected by the toll in wake of the widening of national highways in the state. PWD Minister Churchill Alemao, speaking to Herald – in an exclusive interview, said that the government is making all possible efforts that the people who are affected by the widening are compensated well. Calling the agitation by the National Highway Diversion Action Committee (NHDAC) as a political vendetta, Churchill said majority of the people are satisfied by the new alignment submitted by the state government appointed committee. “We have saved nearly 80 per cent houses. Now what more do they want,” Churchill asked.
“This is now become a political issue. We saved maximum number of houses and still efforts are to save many more,” he added. Further, he said, “ask the people who lost their dear ones in road accidents whether we need broader roads or not. The agitation is nothing but a political vendetta.” Churchill further asked where these people were when the expressway was proposed in Goa. “It was only me who fought against the expressway and nobody else,” he said. Only the toll that would be charged, burdening the Goans, the minister said, “We have proposed toll plazas at every 40 kms as against 20 by NHAI. So I feel not many people would be affected by this.” Also, he added, “We have proposed a monthly pass of Rs 500
to those who travel frequently on this route.” On the compensation, he said, “We have taken up the matter with the Union Minister for Road and Surface Transport Kamal Nath and he has promised us to compensate the people by the present market rate.” “Even the people who lose their businesses due to widening will be compensated handsomely,” he said. Asked what was the guarantee that the centre will accept the proposed new alignment, he said “we are 100 per cent sure.” When pointed out that the Centre had turned down Kerala’s proposal to reduce the width to 35 meters, the minister said, “Goa is a small state not like Kerala and the Central minister said he will consider our proposal considering the above fact.”
3 Saudi students held for theft HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 12
The Margao police arrested three students from Saudi Arabia for stealing a bag from a co-passenger containing a laptop and other items. The incident occurred when the three accused Saudi nationals traveled to Goa from Bangalore by a bus. When the bus reached Margao, a passenger Prashant Allay suddenly found to his shock and surprise that
his bag containing his laptop has gone missing from the bus. Strongly suspecting it to be the handiwork of the three Saudi nationals, Prashant lodged a complaint with the Margao police, and together launched a man hunt the trio in the city. Fortunately, the complainant identified the trio as they were found outside a city-based electronic centre. Margao PI Santosh Desai said the trio were taken into custody
and the bag containing the laptop recovered from the accused persons. The trio have been arrested under section 379 of the IPC. Meanwhile, the Margao police has intimated the incident to the Foreigner’s Branch for further action in the matter. “The Foreigner’s branch is now seized of the matter. They will begin the process on the fate of these students”, PI Desai added.
Monitor Lizard rescued by forest officials HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 12
Protesters under the banner ‘Deshpremi Nagarik Samiti’ protest near IOC junction outside Mormugao Port to condemn the arrival of NRP Sarges ship. Photo by M Prabhav HERALD REPORTER VASCO, NOV 12
Freedom fighters, BJP workers and ABVP under the banner ‘Deshpremi Nagrik Samiti’ on Friday morning condemned the arrival of Portuguese naval ship NRP Sagres in the State. Former Vasco MLA Rajendra Arlekar along with former Mormugao Municipal Council chairperson Deepak Naik, Adv Hrudainath Shirodkar, Anand Shirodkar and others protested outside the port near IOC Junction, Vasco. The protesters shouted slogans and raised black flags to mark their protest against the State government for allowing the ship to arrive in Goa to remind Goans about the atrocities of the Portuguese. Arlekar blamed the State government for allowing the ship to arrive in Goa to give a grim
reminder of the “barbaric” Portuguese rule in Goa. “The circumnavigation of the world to mark the arrival of the Portuguese 500 years ago to glorify their rule in Goa is not tolerated,” stated Arlekar. “We do not have problem with diplomatic ties with Portugal. If Portuguese government wants to remind us about its rule and glorify it with celebration in Goa, then this is not acceptable,” said Arlekar. Earlier, Adv Hrudainath Shirodkar alleged that recently Corporation of the City of Panjim sought money from Portugal to develop the Capital City. “Similarly, Mormugao Municipal Council too sought help to upgrade its garbage treatment plant,” stated Adv Shirodkar. “When our nation donates huge sums to Pakistan, why are
we seeking help from Portugal, who has “looted” Goa for centuries,” charged Adv Shirodkar. “Arrival of the ship in Goa to glorify their rule is a big humiliation for freedom fighters, who shed their blood during the freedom struggle of Goa,” added Adv Shirodkar. Reacting to protests from freedom fighters and BJP workers, Consul General de Portugal Antonio Sabido Costa said: “Every one has a right to express their views and I respect their views, as it is a legitimate right in democracy.” “Goa is very much a part of India and we respect India as a great nation,” added Costa. “Almost 50 years have passed since Goa’s Liberation from Portuguese rule and to me Goa is part of India, which is a great nation,” said Costa.
John’s bail plea rejected again HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 12
The South Goa Sessions court has yet again rejected the bail plea of John Fernandes in the Russian woman rape case. While rejecting the application, Additional Sessions Judge, Vijaya Pol said the there is a strong possibility of John tampering with the evidence since the evidence of all the main
prosecution witnesses is not yet over. Asserting that the ruling in the Manoj Kumar Saharan versus state of Rajasthan case is not attracted at this stage, Judge Pol said “In the instant case, broadly considering the evidence, material and circumstances on record, it is clear that evidence of all the prosecution witnesses is not yet over. This is not a fit case to enlarge the accused on bail at this stage”. Referring to the Supreme Court ruling dated September 17, 2010 giving liberty to the accused to approach the Apex Court in case the trial is not concluded within a period of six months, Judge Pol said: “At this stage, when all the main prosecution witnesses have not been examined in the trials, if the accused is released on bail at this stage, the danger of tampering with the prosecution witnesses by the accused would revive as
is clear from the past conduct of the accused, who had been using his political clout and was interfering with the witnesses and tampering with the investigations”. Saying that the trial in the case is being taken expeditiously, the Judge said though the victim girl has been examined, yet her examination is not yet complete as she has to be further examined in respect of the muddemal property which has yet to comet from the Central Forensic Laboratory, Hyderabad. Besides the victim girl, the judge said another main witness of the prosecution, a Russian national, has yet to be examined, adding that the prosecution is making efforts to call the girl from Russia for her evidence”. This is perhaps the third time since his arrest in January last that John had knocked the doors of the Sessions Court for bail.
Officials of the Forest department on Friday evening rescued a meter-long Monitor Lizard which was up for sale at the Rawandond area of the city here. Acting on a tip off that a person is seeking customers to dispose off the Lizard, forest officials descended at Rawanfond and lay in wait for the sellers to strike a deal with the
customers. Coincidentally, the person approached the Forest Official Julio Quadros without reaslising for a moment that he has descended at Rawanfond to rescue the Lizard. “The man asked me whether I am interested in buying the Lizard. When he showed me the Lizard, I disclosed my identity and effected the seizure”, he said. Given there was no resistance
from the person, whose only plea was to return back the Lizard to him, the forest officials took possession of the Lizard and left the man without action. “The monitor is one the endangered species and it is an offense to keep it in custody or kill the same for meat”, Quadros said. The Lizard weighing 2.5 kilograms was later taken to the Forest department office at Aquem and will be released.
Boy ends life in Uguem HERALD CORRESPONDENT SANGUEM, NOV 12
A 12-year-old boy committed suicide by hanging to a fan at his residence at VikasnagarUguem, Sanguem, late Thursday evening. According to sources, Shubham Tulshidas Naik, a Std 7 student, reportedly committed suicide over trivial matter at home, after being allegedly scolded by his mother. Shubham was known by all in the village as he used to take part in any activities organized in the village. Immediately, after coming to know of the attempt made by Shubham to commit suicide, his mother and sisters, who were at home at the time of incident, ran to the room and brought down the body before calling 108 ambulance service. Subham however, succumbed on the way to GMC Hospital, Bambolim, informed sources. S p e a k i n g t o H e r a l d , Fr Michael Rebello, headmaster of Miracles High School, Sanguem, where Shubham was reading, was shocked to hear about Shubham’s death. “In school, Shubham was well behaved and studious student,” informed Fr Rebello. Meanwhile, the suicidal death of Shubham has sent shockwaves in the surrounding areas of Uguem village and the parents in the locality were seen a worried lot as a boy of barely 12 years committed suicide.
South youth Congress dissolved HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, NOV 12
The South Goa Pradesh Youth Congress Committee President, Janardhan Bhandari has dissolved the committee. In a press release, Bhandari said that he had dissolved the committee after obtaining the permission form the State Youth Congress President Sankalp Amonkar, since some of the youth Congress activists were unable to devote their time for the party work because of their busy schedules. “Important posts shall be allotted to new faces who work at the block, booth and grass root level,” says a Youth Congress Committee press release issued here.
9 held in Calangute HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, NOV 12
The Monitor Lizard rescued from Rawanfond on Friday.
Nuvem gets underground cabling HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 12
Nuvem became the third village in Goa on Friday to have underground power cabling. The 11 KV High Tension Line underground cabling was commissioned in the village on Friday in the presence of Power Minister, Alexio Sequeira. The Power Minister informed that Nuvem has joined the villages of Loutolim-Camurlim and Seraulim in having the underground cabling project. Phase one of the Nuvem project has cost the government Rs 5.72 core, covering around 26 kms and having provision of 34 transformers. And, if the Power Minister is to be believed, Verna and Nagoa will be connected to underground cabling within the next fortnight.
Photo by Santosh Mirajkar
Calangute Police on Friday arrested nine persons for allegedly harassing the foreign tourists and creating nuisance on Calangute beach. According to Calangute Police, arrested included the tattoo walas, chai wallas, among others for disturbing the foreign tourists relaxing on the beach.
Fishworkers forum holds dharna in Delhi
HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 12
The National Fishworkers Forum held a dharna in front of the Parliament of India, at Jantar Mantar, today. Fishworkers’ leaders and delegates from all coastal state unions participated in the dharna. NFF organized the dharna to protest the draft CRZ notification 2010 and to demand its withdrawal by the Ministry of Environment and Forest. Inaugurating the dharna, Matanhy Saldanha, acting Chairperson of NFF stated that “MoEF is trying to protect Adarsh Society (Mumbai), POSCO (Orissa), TATA (Mundra project, Gujarat), Navi Mumbai airport project and other such violations through the CRZ 2010”. Rambhau Patil of the Maharshtra Machimar Kruti Samiti
and General Secretary of NFF reminded the government of the strong nationwide fishing strike that was held by NFF on October 29 and stated that if MoEF proceeds with the CRZ 2010 notification, UPA Government will face much more stiff resistance from the fishing community and other coastal communities. The NFF release here says that it earlier rejected the Draft Coastal Regulation Zone Notification 2010 for two main reasons. It says that the Draft Regulation does not protect the right to life and livelihood of the fishing community to the coastal lands that they have been guarding so diligently for centuries. They say that the NFF had given a detailed comment on the pre-draft notification and the suggestions and objections
are not at all reflected in the Draft Notification except for deleting those clauses that were exact repetitions of the Coastal Zone Management Notification. Further, they said that instead of seeking to strengthen the coastal environment protection, the Draft Notification is aimed at weakening it and seeks to throw open the country’s coastland for crass commercial exploitation without even providing security to the local inhabitants. The Draft Notification by providing for industries, Special Economic Zones, housing colonies and tourist resorts along the coastline appears to be aimed at further marginalizing the poor fishing community and dislocate them from the land of our ancestors. SEZ in particular, should have no place within the CRZ, the NFF stated.
Thousands attend awareness meet against alcohol HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 12
Goa’s pop star Remo Fernandes, Bollywood Actor Johnny Lever joined thousands of Goans and others at the Ravindra Bhavan on Friday to spread the message against alcohol consumption. At the public awareness meeting at the Ravindra Bhavan to commemorate the 75 years of Alcoholic Anonymous, Remo conveyed a message loud and clear not to wait for the problem of drinking to hit rock bottom. “Don’t feel embarrassed to admit that you have a problem regarding alcohol. You don’t feel ashamed and embarrassed to drink in a bar and get drunk”, he said. The Goan pop star lamented that alcohol is a problem facing Goan society, with more bars
His Holiness Shri Brameshanand Swamy inaugurating an awareness program on alcohol consumption at the Ravindra Bhavan in the presence of Remo Fernandes, Johnny Lever and others. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar
being found along sides than libraries and book stalls. Remo said that instead of keeping the problem within the four walls of the house, one must share
the problem at the Alcoholic Anonymous meetings and get the relief from the disease. Johnny Lever was at his usual best. He gave glory to Jesus
Christ for helping him to quit drinking. Saying that Goa is a unique state blessed with honest people, Lever conveyed a message to the people against alcohol and its ill-effects on the society. His holiness Shri Brameshanand Swamy, Tapobhoomi, Kundain lauded the organizers for organizing the public awareness meeting in Goa and stressed on the need to take the message against alcohol to the nook and corners of the state, country and across the world. He complimented the organizers for the awareness meeting in the city, the Swamy called for united efforts to save the society from the disease of alcohol drinking. The Managing Trustee and Archdiocesan Consultant, Arch-
diocese of Bombay, Fr Joe Pereira told the media at the venue that the Alcoholic Anonymous spreads a simple message that when alcoholics come together they get empowered on the principle of mutual vulnerability. “When we struggle and cannot cope with the disease, when some conditions are insurmountable, the methodology of AA comes as a unique spiritual method of renewal”, Fr Pereira said. He said the AA has an agenda to reach to the villages of the country to save the people from alcohol. Saying that Goa is a beautiful land that has been unfortunately associated with liquor, Fr Pereira said that some people have misused the land because of the illegal spread of bars and homes manufacturing liquor.
“This land of relaxation and peace is being misused by alcohol and drugs”, he added.
More examined in Margao blast HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 12
The South Goa sessions court on Friday examined two more witnesses in connection with the Margao bomb blast case. A member of the Makashi Bal Mandal Club, Ponda Dattatray Narvekar along with a waiter employed in a Arpora-based hotel, Rutesh Malvankar were examined by the court today.
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Many bus shelters along NH likely to be removed HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 12
Baffled by scores of roadside bus shelters along the National Highways (NH), the state transports department is likely to remove many of these structures, which are useless or erected to give advertising space for corporates. The government appointed committee headed by Transport Director Arun Desai, in recently conducted survey has observed that numbers of unauthorized bus shelters are mushrooming along the NH routes. Talking to Herald, Desai confirmed that the NH routes are full with unauthorized bus shelters thus affecting traffic management. He pointed out that while moving towards Panjim to Margao there are 28 bus shelters whereas while coming a bus has to make 31 stops.
Konrad granted permission to travel abroad HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 12
The Sessions court on Thursday granted permission to Konrad Torrado, brother of deceased Nadia, to travel for Singapore. While granting Konrad’s application, the Court, however has directed him to appear before the Investigating officer as and when required and to appear before the court at the time of filing of chargesheet. Konrad’s lawyer, Adv Antonio Clovis da Costa said that the Court, while granting application of his client, has also directed Konrad to give to the investigating agency his residential address in Singapore. He further said that his client is required to deposit his passport after returning from Singapore. The court had earlier directed the Crime branch to hand over passport to Konrad to travel to Singapore for the purpose of employment.
“In many cases there are parallel bus shelters, which lead to heavy traffic congestion,” he added. The survey report has been forwarded to the Public Works Department (PWD) for further estimates. “PWD has been asked to prepare a detail report on authorized and unauthorized bus shelters across Panjim-Margao, Panjim-Vasco and Margao-Vasco routes,” Desai said. The director said that accordingly the decision will be taken which stops to be deleted and relocated. The survey, carried out with the help of highway engineers has forced Transport Department to direct PWD to asphalt the roads and shift the bus stops away so that the traffic is not affected. Similarly, the department has decided to have atleast 100 me-
ters distance between two bus shelters, although they are located at each side of the road. In yet another step, the circle at Nuvem junction will be widened and the road shoulders will be asphalted. The department is also planning to construct an additional lane along Bambolim-Shirdon route to avoid traffic congestion mostly during evening. The Task Force on Transport, chaired by Chief Minister Digamber Kamat, which met last week of October, took strong objection to the scores of roadside bus shelters. And accordingly a committee was formed to study the traffic flow and the number of bus stops. The department has already written to PWD asking not to allow any more bus stops without prior permission from them.
Drive against erring drivers, conductors also on weekends HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 12
After issuing nearly 1000 odd challans in the very first month, the state transport department has now decided to carry out the drive against erring drivers and conductors even on weekends. The drive, which kicked off on October 1 has been receiving a very good response with drivers and conductors preferring to wear uniforms and issuing tickets. However, the Transport Department has received several complaints regarding violations of these rules on weekends. “As the RTOs don’t turn up on Saturdays and Sundays, the drivers and conductors prefer to violate most of the rules especially not wearing uniform and non issuing of tickets. At many instances they don’t even close the doors of the buses while moving,” one of the commuter complained. In-order to make the drive
Verdict in Russian minor’s assault case deferred again Interpreter’s status questioned
HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 12
In yet another twist, Children Court today had to once again defer the much-awaited verdict in the Russian minor’s sexual assault after defense representing the main accused said that the Russian interpreter was herself a rape victim in another case. The lawyer defending Aman Bharadwaj in an application to the Court said that the witness who was testified as an interpreter to the minor victim and her mother is herself a victim in a rape case at Colva which had happened in December last year. The 26-year-old Russian witness interpreter had alleged that John Fernandes had raped her in the car at Colva in December 2009. Moreover, she had told the
Court that she does not know English very well even as she acted as an interpreter in the minor’s sexual assault case being tried at Children’s Court. “She had deposed before the Additional Sessions Judge at Margao on oath that she does not know English very well and that she has categorically denied the suggestion put forth that she has never acted as an Interpreter in a Sessions Case in Panjim to interpret Russian language to English…” the application reads. Hence, Advocate D Dhond requested the juvenile’s court to either discard her translated versions or appoint a neutral and authentic interpreter who has expert knowledge of English as well as Russian languages. “…It would not be safe to rely on the interpreted version from
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Russian to English language of the minor girl and her mother,” he said. The defense also raised apprehensions over the interpretation that being a victim herself, the interpreter ‘would definitely give biased version in order to support the case of the prosecution, she being a victim of similar case.’ President P V Sawaikar adjourned the matter for hearing on the application on Monday. With this, the judgment has been prolonged for the second time. In the first ever fast-track trial, the proceedings in the Russian minor rape case concluded in just over three months on May 12 but accused’s claim about he being juvenile had dragged the proceedings further. The verdict expected in May was adjourned further after the main alleged accused Aman came out
The India International trade fair will be held in New Delhi from November 14 to 27. This year, since Goa is completing 50 years of its liberation, the participation is dedicated to sustainable development in its purest sense thereby preserving environment and local culture, which helping to generate income, employment and conservation of local eco system. The Goa Pavilion will highlight Goa as a tourist destination having projects like water sports, national games, amusement
park, golf course, marina, health tourism, convention centre, oceanarium and others. The Tourism industry perspective is being presented in consultation with Department of Tourism, Goa Tourism Development Corporation, travel and Tourism Association of Goa and other stakeholders, so that a positive image of Goa is well presented. The entire effort of presenting industry perspective is entrusted to Department of Industries, Trade and Commerce in collaboration with GHSSIRDC, GCCI, KVIB and other stakeholders. Private entrepreneurs also have
been given space in the Goa Pavilion. The prospective of Agriculture and horticulture in Goa will also be showcased at the Goa Pavilion. As part of programmes at the Goa pavilion, November 18, will be celebrated as Goa day where Goa’s Cultural ethos will be displayed at the programme to be organized at Lal Chowk Theatre at the prestigious Pragati Maidan at 5 pm where Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat will be the Chief Guest. The function will be attended by other council of ministers and people from Delhi and Goa.
IPHB refused to furnish report in German rape case, says PI HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 12
Institute of Psychiatric and Human Behaviour (IPHB) at Bambolim failed to furnish report of the victim to Goa police in case of a German minor rape case involving state Education Minister Babush Monserratte’s son, Rohit. Police Inspector Tushar Vernekar told Children’s Court today that IPHB has refused to give report of the victim despite police requesting for the same. Calangute Police chargesheeted Rohit in January 12, 2009 for sexually abusing the minor daughter and sending her lewd text messages after the German mother filed a complain in October 2008. Vernekar during the cross-examination further said that the mother had communicated to
the police that she was not interested in pursuing the matter. “Complainant had recently sent an email to Calangute police station informing that she was not interested in pursuing the matter. She did not produce birth certificate of the victim,” he told the Court. The Court, last week had ordered fresh and final warrants against the German motherdaughter, as they once again dishonoured earlier warrant directing them to appear for deposition. The court also gave final opportunity to the prosecution to record statements of both German witnesses. The Court had earlier ordered issuing three summonses giving ample chance for duo to depose in the trial, which they failed to respond again. The matter was being ad-
journed since February 16, 2010. The Government last month sought German Consul’s intervention to record statement of the victim via video-conferencing, which again resulted in failure. Vernekar, earlier, told the Court that Government of Germany has not responded to Goa police request to furnish IP addresses of the German pair. The mother, who pursued the case vigorously, refused to cooperate with the case trial. In an email communication to the Court in August, she expressed unwillingness to depose before the Court. After the case was registered on October 13, there were many ups and downs as the mother later opted to withdraw the complaint which however could not happen.
with the wrong claim about his age. The Court had ordered ossification test to ascertain his age, which proved that he was a major in the age. Aman was charged under section 8 (2) read with section 2 (y) (i) (grave sexual assault) of Goa Children’s Act 2003 and his associate Anil Raghuvanshi for abetment under section 109 of the IPC. Anil became state approver after he helped the prosecution in the case. The victim’s mother had complained that Anil distracted her when she was resting on the rocks while Aman sexually abused her daughter in the waters at Kolamb in Arambol. The daughter who was playing in the waters told the Court that she resisted Aman’s move but he was caught hold her tight and sexually assaulted her.
Estuarine habitats under stress: symposia HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 12
AGENCIES NEW DELHI, NOV 12
more effective, the department will also keep a close look on all the buses even on weekends. “These are major complaints and we cannot ignore them. As we have taken step towards providing smooth and safe public transport, it’s our duty to see that rules are followed 24/7,” Transport Director Arun Desai said. The Transport Department in the month of October checked nearly 3300 buses of which 1570 challans were issued. At the same time, the department has noticed percentage wise decrease in the number of challans issued every week. In the first week of the drive, the department issued 611 challans. The number came down to 380 and 290 in the second and the third week of the drive respectively. “In the very first week, there was nearly 65 percent violation of the rules whereas by the end
Estuaries are facing a major risk from the fast growing needs of human activities, a scientist today said at a symposium on ‘Indian Estuaries’ at National Institute of Oceanography (NIO). Dileep Kumar warned that with the growing needs of humanity, the estuarine habitats have come under stress and the current over-exploitation is reaching a flash point. Development in and around estuaries and increasing population has also contributed to the problem. “For us to sustain the health of these most important habitats and food providers, it is essential that we develop fundamental understanding of these ecosystems,” suggested the NIO scientist. He said that attempts to study estuarine along the Indian coastline have not produced any result so far. “Many attempts have been made in the last several decades to study minor and major estuarine systems distributed along the Indian coastline, but an ef-
fort to synthesize this information into a holistic framework, useful for evolving policy on our estuaries, is missing,” he added. Kumar insisted on creating awareness to maintain sound health of the Indian estuaries in the interest of millions of people who depend on these systems. NIO scientist M D Zindge has also cautioned that concentration of human habitats along the banks of estuarine system is posing a threat to the health of these systems. This, he said, is affecting the availability and quality of food resources. Speaking on the topic ‘Influence of Monsoon on Estuarine Ecosystem’, yet another NIO scientist A C Anil informed the gathering on difference in estuarine biology between periods of heavy and weak monsoon rainfall. “The salt content is one of the important determining factors about biological domain in estuaries. As the Indian rivers are fed by monsoon river discharge, the success or failure of the monsoon has a strong bearing on the nature of biology of the estuaries,” he explained.
of the month, we observed that the number has come down to 35 percent,” Desai said adding that from this month onwards the defaulters will be penalized heavily. Desai said that the time has come when department need to act more strictly. Though the drive does not aim at revenue collection, the department last month managed to collect revenue of Rs 9 lakh through the challans issued. Stressing on overloading, Desai has once again appealed people not to overload the
buses as it is against the rule. “In most of the cases, people themselves are responsible for overloading as everyone is in hurry. I appeal people not to climb in overloaded buses,” Desai stated adding that if required additional buses will be made available on the said routes and timing. The task force on transport has recently appointed a committee under Desai to keep a check on unauthorized bus stops along the national highways.
GOA, SATURDAY, 13 NOVEMBER, 2010
Punjab native held with drugs HERALD CORRESPONDENT
CALANGUTE, NOV 12
A 25-year- old native of Punjab was arrested on charges of possessing drugs worth Rs 50,000 at Anjuna recently. According to Anjuna Police, Subhash Kumar, residing at Housing Board, Mapusa, was awaiting customers near Anjuna-Caisua Panchayat, when Anjuna Police team led by PI Manjunath Dessai intercepted him. On being found suspicious, the police team questioned him and found in his possession 575 gms of Ganja and 28 gms of Charas, all worth of Rs 50,000. Anjuna Police arrested Kumar under NDPS Act and PI Manjunath Dessai is investigating the case.
MSL BoDs meeting PANJIM (HND): Meeting of the Board of Directors of Marmagoa Steel Limited will be held on November 13 at 4.30 pm at its registered office, plot no 280, Curtorim, Salcette, to interalia take on record the unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended September 30.
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Loopholes in the Navy’s story
t a press conference on Thursday for Navy Week, Flag Officer for Goa Area Rear Admiral Sudhir Pillai said the proposed acquisition of the Islands of St George by the Indian Navy is to basically avoid loopholes in the security of the state. There are more loopholes in that statement than in the security of Goa and India. According to a report in The Times of India, Pillai said that a private agency conducted a survey of the Goan Naval Base and concluded that the Navy lacked in ensuring security from the sea. “If there is an attack from the sea like 26/11, we will not be able to avert it,” he said. If this is true, it is an astonishing admission; that the country’s Navy says it is unable to defend the coast! Asked how the Navy’s acquisition of Grande Island would make Goa safer, Pillai said, “We will either have a watch tower or plant men there. Now we don’t have any access there, due to the ownership of the place.” This is not true. Of the two Grande Islands, one is in the possession of the Navy. It has a tall hill with a lighthouse – an ideal watch tower with a commanding view for miles around – its light is visible for nine nautical miles (16.65 km) at night. But the Navy has ‘planted’ no personnel on its own island for several years now. Why does it now want another…? Assurances that the fishing trade will be allowed to carry on and that once a year locals would be allowed to celebrate their religious feasts on the island are not to be trusted. When the Navy acquired the Anjediv island off Karwar for its Seabird Naval Base, it gave a written undertaking that worship would be allowed at the two shrines on the island on feast days. That assurance has been wantonly violated. Rear Adm Pillai says small groups are allowed on Anjediv island after necessary permissions but not large ones. Maybe he is not aware, but no pilgrims – whether in big or small groups – have been permitted to visit the island, on which stands the oldest Church in India outside Kerala. Besides, what happens to water sports operators, scuba diving operators and deep sea fishing boats that take tourists to the islands? The Navy says that these islands are less than 4 km from the landing funnel of Dabolim airport. That may be true, but since no security measures have been taken to date on the island it already owns, why talk of acquiring others? Besides, it wants to acquire the Bimbvel Beach, which is away from the runway, but not the Hansa Beach, which is directly in the flight path. This shows that the motives behind this acquisition are not really security, but quite something else.
reedom Fighters Association of Goa President Naguesh Karmali has demanded that the state government boycott celebrations aboard Portuguese tall ship NRP Sagres, which docked in Goa yesterday. For once, the freedom fighters might be justified. Portuguese Consul General in Goa Antonio Sabido Costa says the NRP Sagres is visiting Goa as a part of its 2010 circumnavigation of the world “to mark the arrival of the Portuguese to the orient and extreme orient 500 years ago”. Actually, the Portuguese ‘arrived’ in the orient in 1498, when Vasco da Gama discovered the sea route to the east. The 500th anniversary of that voyage was celebrated in 1998. The only momentous event in 1510 was the conquest of Goa, by Afonso de Albuquerque, on 25 November of that year. Should the Government of Goa really ‘celebrate’ that event?
You cannot have economic policies and ignore ethics says AVertHAnUs l d’sOUZA
he thousands of emigrants who went to the United States of America ever since it became a place of refuge for those who were persecuted or hungry or those who wanted to recover their pride, were following a dream – the great American Dream: land of the free and home of the brave. The founding fathers of the Republic were absolutely clear about the principles on which the Republic was being built. This was proudly displayed in very large letters in the most prominent places of government: “In God We Trust.” There could be no doubt whatsoever that the new Nation was founded on the belief that God was Supreme and that all legislative, administrative and judicial decisions should be consistent with that belief. The American Declaration of Independence of July 4, 1776 could not have stated it more explicitly: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” It was precisely this religious basis of all government that attracted people from all over the world to migrate to the U.S.A. and to make it their home. It was only in recent times that anti-religious bigots and atheists began to undermine the foundations on which this great nation was built. The pursuit of happiness was distorted to mean the pursuit of economic wealth and military power. The America of the last two centuries strayed far from the moorings of the founding fathers. The nature of government also underwent an unfortunate change. Instead of being a government to serve the citizens, the U.S. government became a leviathan. Discarding the wisdom of political philosophers like Lord Acton that that government is best which governs the least, the socialist democrats began to turn America into a replica of Orwell’s Animal Farm in which some were more equal than others. It is not the role of any government to create employment, because the only employment that any government can create is a larger and more inefficient bureaucracy. Eventually, and logically, the government will become so large that there will be no more citizens to govern. They will all have been employed by the government. The role of government is to create the conditions in which the citizens can create their own employ-
MOrAl COnsiderAtiOns ment opportunities by creating small, medium and big businesses. The government has to be the “overseer” of the economic enterprise – not its controller. Similarly, it is not the role of the government to provide social services to its citizens. The government should create conditions which are conducive to the creation of citizen’s initiatives to take care of the weaker sections of society, mainly the children, the handicapped, the marginalized and those who are physically, mentally, socially or economically incapacitated. A socialistic, centralized social welfare system controlled by the government is precisely what kills all private initiative. It also becomes monolithic and oppressive. The government has no right to impose the values of a few politicians or bureaucrats on the rest of the population, as happened during the current term of President Obama. Which brings us to a consideration of the “rationalization” which is being offered by the Democrats for their complete rout in the just concluded mid-term elections. They are seeking to make an indefensible distinction between economic issues and social issues. They explain their debacle in the elections in terms of the formidable economic challenges which the nation faced. As
expected, they place the blame at the doors of the previous administration – an old political gimmick with which we are all familiar. They deny that their social policies had anything to do with their complete rout. However, more discerning, and wiser political analysts show that the social policies of the Obama Administration had as much to do with their loss of public support as their economic policies. Obama’s almost maniacal promotion of abortion at any stage of a woman’s pregnancy, including what is known as “partial birth abortion,” his aggressive promotion of contraception and abortion all over the world, his pressures against professionals who wanted the right to exercise the dictates of their consciences, his open advocacy of homosexuality were all responsible for the debacle which he and his party faced in the mid-term elections. The fact that three “activist” judges of the Iowa Supreme Court, including the Chief Justice, who sought to redefine marriage were sent packing by the Iowans is conclusive proof that the common American citizen will not tolerate judges who do not uphold the Law as it is legislated by the State Legislature, but rather upturn the Law according to their own personal whims and fancies. The
Tongue in Cheek
ast week the country played host to the most powerful man on the face of the earth. Probably the two best known faces in the world U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama paid their first visit to the country still licking the wounds of the 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai. Of course Obama came with a lot of goodies for India but what caught the attention of the lay man like me were the elaborate security arrangements that were in place for the Prez. It made me wonder if the most powerful man felt like the most insecure man in the entire world. The President and his better half arrived in the Air Force One aircraft, the official carrier of the First Family. The white and blue aircraft considered the most recognizable plane in the world is a veritable fortress. It is understood that aviation enthusiasts from all over the country came down to Mumbai not to have a glimpse of the U.S. President but of the wonder aircraft by which he arrived. The plane is an uber-cool hi-tech jet. And the Air-Force One also had a decoy plane which understandably would be as sophisticated.
The plane did not touch down at the designated runway but at a runway which was seldom used. This was probably done to confuse potential attackers of the US plane. The President entered the Trident Hotel through the rear door. Probably another ploy by the security think-tank. The country has not seen such an elaborate security cover-up for a long, long time. Even though the Mumbai Police have their own squad of sniffer dogs, also on the Taj hotel high-profile guest list were eight German Shepherd-all US citizens flown in as a part of Obama’s security contingent. Most probably all those concerned with the President’s security were carried away a bit as they decided to request for details from even the top politicians of Maharashtra much before Obama’s arrival which included the Maharashtra Chief Minister and his Deputy. Obviously this did not go down well with these men in power. It was probably for the first time that these powerful politicians were treated like second-rate citizens. It seems that the US security personnel do not trust anyone of Indian origin. Do they trust the Pakistanis? That’s the big question.
Letter of the Day Navy land grabbers -1
setting up marinas in Zuari Bay.
Zino Carvalho, Davorlim
Navy land grabbers - 2
It is high time that State Government and people of Goa oppose the latest ‘Grabland’ attitude by the Indian Navy in the name of security, to acquire our two picturesque islands at Vasco, which are close to Dabolim Airport. They claim this is for ‘security’ to the operations at the Naval Air station. These islands are assets of our State and the State Government of Goa should oppose these attempts by the Navy tooth and nail. The Navy is already occupying Dabolim Airport, Bat Island and Anjediva Island. In fact the Navy should disband its installations in Goa and move to the Naval Sea Bird Base at Karwar. Goa is already burdened with handing over vast tracts of land in the name of national interest and security to Central Government agencies like ONGC at Betul, MPT ambitious expansion and
100 Years Ago
Marcos Alemao, by email The Navy is occupying vast lands at Dabolim with the blessings of ex-Chief Minister and present Home Minister Ravi Naik. The entire land at Dabolim is occupied by their families. So far, no security incident has taken place in Goa and the presence of the Navy in Vasco is unwarranted. Now, the Defence Minister A K Antony is trying to take over the two islands in the name of security. Maybe even to bring his family to Goa. One cannot forget what trouble the Navy makes for Goans to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Candles. The same will happen if the two islands are captured by the Navy. I hope that the Chief Minister Digamber Kamat is very serious about his statement ‘that he will not go against the sentiments of the people’ (Herald 12, Nov). But then, he said the same thing about widening of the highways (Herald, 11 Nov).
Navy land grabbers - 3 Joaquim Pacheco, Divar PRIMEIRO DIARIO NAS COLONIAS PORTUGEZAS
13 November, 1910 Royal wealth abroad
The deposed King D. Manuel and other members of his royal family have stacked in foreign public holdings a vast amount of money with the majority of that wealth belonging to Queen D. Amelia who has deposited its bulk in banks of France.
Seven papers shut down
At Lisbon, seven newspapers belonging to Monarchist Party have stopped their circulation.
Amongst the exiled can be counted Cardinal Netto and the Bishop of Braga who are the victims of Orders against religion.
Hindu Anti-Union protest
Some members of the Hindu community met mutually and decided to organize a massive meeting to protest against the idea of Union.
No way should the Goa government accede to the request of the Indian Navy for the two islands. As it is, we are trying to get back our Dabolim airport, and the Navy is trying to divert this issue by trying to grab our two islands in the name of security. It is a known fact that Goa is a plum posting, and navy personnel seek a Goa transfer for rest and recuperation. They and their families need a private resort and what better than two virgin islands. Give an inch and they will take a yard. In future, they will try to grab some more islands, maybe our very own Divar Island. Like the flag followed trade in the case of the British, here it is leisure in the guise of security. Goans should boycott the Navy Ball and all their other functions. Viva Goa!
Irresponsible journalism Isha Fernandes, Margao This is with reference to the news item ‘Laptop placement killing your sperm?’ (Goa’s Heartbeat, Herald, 10 Nov). The printed content highlights how laptop placement affects sperm count. However, the accompanying picture does not depict
citizens of America have made their minds on this issue: that judges are expected to uphold the Law, and not to create their own laws. An analyst described the results of the midterm elections as a ‘Restraining Order’ against Obama to cease and desist from pushing his partisan, and unpopular, agenda during the remaining part of his term as President. Instead of reading the message which has been clearly spelt out, Obama is still stubbornly talking about ramming through his legislations in the ‘lame duck’ session of the current U.S. Congress. He still deludes himself that he represents the will of the majority of the citizens of America, and promises to deliver on the promises which he made during his presidential campaign. If he persists in his unreasonableness, in spite of the clear message of the elections, he will only be digging his political grave deeper. An opinion column such as this does not allow for a greater analysis of some of the major mistakes made by Obama – both economic and social. But one thing stands out like a sore thumb. The President of the U.S.A. and his elected representatives should keep their ear to the ground and make sure that what they do as legislators is in conformity with the will of the people. If they presume to know what the people want, and push forward their doctrinaire programmes, they run the risk of being rejected by the electorate. Also, elected representatives of the people should be sensitive to the fact that they are public servants at the service of the people. They should not attempt to manipulate their constituencies to garner support for their own personal agendas. Most importantly, all elected representatives should be aware of the fact that they cannot compartmentalize issues into strictly economic, social or ethical compartments. You cannot pursue economic policies while ignoring their ethical aspects. You cannot “bail out” banks and financial institutions while ignoring their irresponsible, unethical policies. You cannot bail out auto manufacturers who ignore ethical principles demanding safety, prudence and conservation of energy in their manufacturing practices. The mid-term elections in the U.S.A. have lessons, not only for the American citizens, but for people all over the world who cherish God-given freedom, which governments are meant to conserve and propagate.
How to root out corruption
Venan B Dias, Santo Estevam
If we intend seriously to root out corruption from our state or country, serious efforts should be undertaken by the concerned authorities to put certain things in place: 1) First, all politicians should have an entrance exam. 2) Young generation should come and get actively involve in building the nation. 3) Religion, caste, creed should be kept away from official duty. 4) As most of young generation are educated, they should also be oriented by the educational institutions where they study (The role of the educational institution does not end by simply imparting the subject but by also bringing in much needed social change). The irony of this country is laws are made by the very same people who do not know much about it or who violate it regularly. Hence, it should be mandatory that all the politicians who intend to contest an election should undergo an entrance examination based on which their candidature should be decided. Education and stringent unbreakable laws would go a long way in rooting out corruption. Let us make a sincere beginning. the actual content and is quite misleading. Another article a few days ago spoke about the healing effects of ice in reducing pain but the add-on picture was that of a naked man. A few other articles in Goa’s Heartbeat edition were also accompanied by misleading pictures. Herald is read by most Goans across different age groups and hence must maintain professional standards in journalism. The media plays a significant role in influencing the people’s minds and therefore carries a responsibility to publish accurate information and appropriate pictures.
Polish visa issues Dixon Vaz, Fatorda I would like to appeal to Goa government to pay more attention to receiving more tourists. Tourists from Poland cannot land in Goa as per new visa regulations. I work with Polish tourists and they have no intentions of staying on in Goa and make their living. Poland is ranked as the best place for tourism in Europe, Krakov, Warsov, Gdansk etc. These places are historic. They come here to look for the sun and then go back. So please, I appeal to the government to relax the visa regulation. I have been to Thailand thrice and will be going again with my family and the visa is free. Yet I did not settle in Thailand.
Credit earned leave Nelson Lopes Chinchinim Government teachers are being detained by order, during vacation for various elec-
tion related activities. Since the detention is at their place of normal duties, no DA and TA accrue to them as per the rules in force. As they are denied their rightful vacation, proportionate earned leave should be credited to their leave account. It is the duty of the head in charge of maintaining the leave records. Docile teachers afraid of exercising their right are politely backmailed with the threat of transfers. The Teachers Associations need to enforce the rules for the benefit of its members
Let democracy prevail Francis Vaz, Margao It is disgusting to see the same old dirty political gimmicks in the selection of civic leadership at various municipalities. The councillors are the people’s choices. Selection of the chiefs should also be people’s choice not the politician’s. Political bigwigs should refrain from placing inefficient yes-men in the councils and they must respect the privilege/freedom of the councillors to elect the chiefs. It is high time they stop interfering in the politics outside their domain. They have no right to meddle with self governing bodies. Local self bodies must function autonomously. Enough is enough. The new generation should ensure clean politics for Goa and India.
Edit page in colour Adelmo Fernandes, Vasco It must be said that Herald just got better. With the editorial page going colour for a couple of days, it had made reading the
By Adelmo Fernandes Things were set right when the US consulate apologized for the ‘inconvenience’ caused to the politicians. One could bring to mind the harrowing time Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan had to undergo at an airport in the US because of his surname. There have been several instances when our Central Ministers had to go through strict security checks at the US airports. Be that as it may Mumbai was turned into a veritable fortress during Obama’s visit to the country’s commercial capital. Incidentally I happened to be in Mumbai during the Diwali holidays. Mumbaikars probably felt strangers in their own land. Their movement was restricted. At every corner close to the place where the US President was staying the citizens were subjected to security checks. Security was not only on land but security along the off Mumbai coast went on full alert where an American assault ship was docked. Even the security in the air was heightened. Despite all this security one got the feeling that President Obama was feeling very insecure as he would be holding Michelle’s hand whenever he was alongside the First Lady.
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Paths of Wisdom
Expansion only for ore Anil Pinto, Parra
This refers to the news report ‘Cansaulim gram sabha opposes railway expansion’ (Herald, 22 Oct) regarding rejection of expansion plans of SWR by Cansaulim gram sabha. The whole of Goa looks up to the Cansaulim gram sabha for their path blazing resolutions. They had deleted the railway loop at Arossim from the draft RP 2021 way back in 2009. The brave people of Cansaulim passed a resolution rejecting the expansion plans of the Indian Railways, underground, on land or in the air as it would only harm the village and does not justify the extent of destruction just to facilitate the transport of mining ore from MPT through Cansaulim. The news report belittles, misrepresents and politicises the sincere and honest efforts of the people of Cansaulim who are above petty politics. Bravo Cansaulikars! Keep up the great work. All right thinking Goans are with you.
Didn’t army liberate Goa? Paulo Mascarenhas, Panjim Even in the backward African countries the freedom fighters of their country became the rulers of those countries once independence was given to them. Our people in Goa were highly advanced in education as well as the so-called freedom fighters. So, why in these 50 years of liberation, did not even one of them occupy the chair of the Chief Minister of Goa? It is for the people to judge whether Goa was liberated because of the freedom fighters or because of Operation Vijay of Government of India on 19 December 1961.
Golden jubilee Frank Fernandes, Fatorda Instead of changing Portuguese names, the government should make the Golden Jubilee meaningful by commuting the sentences of convicts, erecting a memorial to freedom fighters who laid down their lives for Goa, declare the year as Year of Goans, highlight Goan culture and cuisine, freeze retirements during the year so that those due for retirement spend the year in service. Let the Golden Jubilee of Goa’s Liberation be a proud moment for every Goan.
Gifts from the Holy Spirit Now, concerning what you wrote about the gifts from the Holy Spirit. I want you to know the truth about them, my brothers. You know that while you were still heathen, you were led astray in many ways to the worship of lifeless idols. I want you to know that no one who is led by God’s Spirit can say “A curse on Jesus!” and no one can confess “Jesus is Lord,” unless he is guided by the Holy Spirit. There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit gives them. There are different ways of serving, but the same Lord is served. There are different abilities to perform service, but the same God gives ability to everyone for their particular service. The Spirit’s presence is shown in some way in each person for the good of all. The Spirit gives one person a message full of wisdom, while to another person the same Spirit gives a message full of knowledge. One and the same Spirit gives faith to one person, while to another person he gives the power to heal. The Spirit gives one person the power to work miracles; to another, the gift of speaking God’s message; and to yet another, the ability to tell the difference between gifts that come from the Spirit and those that do not. To one person he gives the ability to speak in strange tongues, and to another he gives the ability to explain what is said. But it is one and the same spirit who does all this; as he wishes, he gives a different gift to each person. (1 Corinthians 12; 1-11)
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GOA, SATURDAY, 13 NOVEMBER, 2010
Opinionated Trees are your best antiques By BonITA MARIA MEnEzEs
It was a fine afternoon with the sun at its zenith. I watched some people at the Vaddem bus-stop, waiting patiently for the state transport Kadamba bus to arrive. Some would board the bus for Margao and still others for Panjim. It was indeed hot and humid which happens when the rains suddenly stop and clears the atmosphere and the sun shines brilliantly piercing its rays through the vast blue skies. While I stood and watched in awe, I notice this scene – one that was strange yet humorous and heart rending too, I saw about 4 to 5 ladies clustering together to get the shade of the very magnificent coconut tree, which was on the other side of the road, it stood so majestic that the shadow of its leaves fell across the street near the bus-stand and created a welcoming shade for the already impatient travellers, the shade resembling a beach umbrella on a sunny beach. It was a sight to behold, which made me look up at the sky and thank the Creator for creating such wonders called the trees, Yes indeed so rightly said by Leonora Speyer: “The trees are God's great alphabet: With them He writes in shining green, Across the world His thoughts serene.” Yet how many trees are cut in Goa to give way to mega projects and new lifestyle residential apartments. Hill-cutting has been going on for many years now. I remember, as an 11-year-old, coming to the city of Vasco for the first time. I saw this port city in all its glory – picturesque hills, crowned with green forest, tall palm trees creating an avenue right from the Cortalim junction onwards through Sancoale; trees that gave cool shade and provided so much oxygen to the environment. The very pristine St. Jacinto Island stood silent in all its majesty, so beautiful is this “Island in the Sun” with so much greenery surrounding it, and a quaint old Lighthouse. It’s such a blessing that the locals of this island have vehemently protected the rights to this island and do not allow any outsider to build any new projects there. Sad to say that other Goans do not hold on to their properties the way these islanders do, the lure of money, blinds their eyes and minds and they readily give away their ancestral lands to the rich migrants who end up building mega projects. Yes, indeed change is necessary for the growth of society but not at the cost of felling trees and cutting hills, acts like these that can bring disasters like soil erosion and climatic change for the present and the future generations. What then are we leaving behind for our children? Only buildings, structures, malls etc. Will there be no trees, no hills, no forests and no greenery left for them to see? Is it too late to ensure the preservation of the glorious green hills and tall trees of Goa? With all the new constructions cropping up all over this beautiful coastal state will we eventually wipe out Nature and make it a concrete jungle like the Indian metros have turned out to be? It is somewhat ironic that our ministers, along with builders choose this moment in history to do battle with those Goan locals who wish passionately to see our heritage, granted a modest degree of legal protection. If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen. Guess we need more NGO’s like World Wild Life Fund and many more Greenpeace institutions. They try to find remedies in collaboration with business giants to save the coastal state with ideas of creating eco-friendly housing and industries which can help the economic growth and at the same time protect the environment and bring tranquility and peace to this heaven called Goa.
Backed by CM, Raja rules out resignation PTI CHENNAI/NEW DELHI, NOV 12
As the opposition demand for sacking Telecom Minister A Raja grew shrill, DMK supremo M Karunanidhi today strongly backed him saying he is not 'guilty' in the 2G spectrum controversy while the embattled minister ruled out his resignation. Appearing unperturbed over the growing clamour for Raja to be removed from the Union Cabinet, the Tamil Nadu chief minister also virtually ruled out the Telecom Minister's resignation noting that he only went by the procedures followed by his predecessors in the ministry. Amid reports that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh may take a call on the demand for Raja's resignation after his return from Seoul tonight, Karunanidhi said there was no need for him to talk to the Congress over the issue. "He is not a criminal. We are not guilty. He just went by the
procedures set by his predecessors Pramod Mahajan and Arun Shourie of the previous NDA Government. What is wrong in that? They came up with first come, first serve policy. When he has followed the rules, how can you say Raja flouted the rules," he told reporters in Chennai. "He followed the policies," was Karunanidhi's prompt reply when pressed to comment on the CAG reportedly faulting Raja for alleged irregularities in the 2G spectrum allocation. Raja has denied all allegations against him. The BJP today made a renewed demand that Raja be sacked forthwith with its spokesperson Prakash Javadekar asking why the prime minister was silent on the issue. CPI(M) chief Prakash Karat and CPI leader D Raja also echoed BJP's demands. Javadekar also referred to the talk of threat by DMK to pull
Omar embarrasses Centre on Kashmir
HERALD BUREAU NEW DELHI, NOV 12
In a major embarrassment to the Centre, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has claimed Kashmir is an international dispute and Pakistan has to play an important role in resolving it. "If Pakistan had no role, late Jawaharlal Nehru would not have sent my grandfather Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah to Pakistan for holding talks with General Ayub Khan," he said in an interview to a local news agency. Po i n t i n g o u t t h a t f ro m Tashkent to Shimla and from Shimla to Lahore and Agra, summits have been held and declarations signed to find a durable solution to the Kashmir issue he said it is no doubt that "it is
an international issue and has to be resolved." He claimed the Centre has also accepted this position as its interlocutors accepted the 5-point charter of hardliner Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani declaring Kashmir as a dispute and the Centre did not deny it. "Three interlocutors appointed by New Delhi have already declared Kashmir as a dispute and they have acknowledged that Pakistan has a role. New Delhi has not denied any of these statements," he said. He wondered what more Geelani wants to come to the negotiation tables. "Does Geelani sahib want Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to declare Kashmir as a dispute in Parliament,” he asked. Pertinently, Geelani had put five conditions in September for restoration of normalcy in the valley: India should accept Kashmir as an international dispute, begin demilitarisation in the state under the supervision of a credible world agency, repeal all harsh laws, including Armed Forces Special Powers Act and Public Safety Act, release all political prisoners and punish the forces’ personnel involved in the killings.
Hollywood, Bollywood sign historic pact PTI WASHINGTON, NOV 12
Two prominent global film industries -- Hollywood and Bollywood -- have joined hands for a landmark deal that strengthens cooperation in filmmaking and distribution. A declaration in this regard was signed by Los Angeles City and Indian film industry on Wednesday, represented by Film and Television Producers Guild of India and Film Federation of India. Hollywood and Bollywood have decided to support the creation of the Los Angeles-India Film Council to increase Indian film production in Los Angeles, said the Motion Picture Association of America in a press release. "This declaration reinforces our city's commitment to attracting international production. In the past year, we have
already seen Hindi movies such as 'My Name is Khan' and 'Kites' filmed in Los Angeles, and we enthusiastically welcome further Indian production here," the Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, said. He was joined by California Film Commissioner AmyLemisch, Paramount Pictures Chairman and CEO Brad Grey, and MPAA Special Policy Advisor Fritz Attaway. "Our vibrant film communities share many of the same goals and concerns. The numerous co-productions with Indian studios over the past several years are evidence of a growing bond between our two industries. Today's action is an important step toward furthering that growth," said Bob Pisano, president and Interim CEO of the (MPAA). "Hollywood and Bollywood
are two industries that are economically robust and represent significant economic and cultural interests of their respective countries...and this agreement pulls us closer together with the aim of sharing ideas and best practices on domestic and international film production," said producer Bobby Bedi, who led the Indian delegation. The delegation also included Film Federation of India President L Suresh, along with other representatives from the major Indian production houses like Reliance BIG Entertainment and UTV Motion Pictures. The delegation came to Los Angeles for a two day summit with the Hollywood studios, California officials, and other film related companies to discuss economic development and collaboration, said a release by the Motion Picture Association of
23 lakh kids died in 2005: report
PTI NEW DELHI, NOV 12
An estimated 14 lakh infants died of five major preventable medical conditions, including an alarming eight lakh within one month of their birth, in India in a year, says a latest study, raising concern that neonatal death rate is not falling fast enough in the country. The study led by Registrar General of India estimates 23 lakh children died before completing five years of age during the year 2005, out of which
nearly 14 lakh died from preventable causes like pneumonia, diarrhoea, premature birth and low birth weight, delivery infections and trauma and suffocation during the delivery. "Most children who died in India need not have," Professor Prabhat Jha, Director for Centre for Global Health Research (CGHR), Toronto and co-author of the study told PTI through e-mail. The results published in latest edition of journal Lancet were presented in two categoriesdeaths within one month of birth
or neonatal period and deaths within 1-59 months of birth. It shows nearly 10 lakh infants succumbed within neonatal period while another nearly 13 lakh died before their fifth birthday. This figure corresponds to more than 20 per cent of all deaths in children younger than five years worldwide, which is more than in any other country, the authors said. The study shows premature birth and low birth weight and delivery related issues were leading preventable causes behind the deaths of eight lakh neonates who died within one month of their birth. In the category of children succumbing before completing five years of age, pneumonia and diarrhoea were the leading causes resulting in six lakh deaths, it said. "The neonatal deaths and child mortality remains a concern for us. Most of the these deaths could be prevented by effective institutionalised delivery mechanism," Professor Rajesh Kumar said.
America. This is the second major step towards economic development and cooperation between Hollywood and Bollywood this year. In March, the two industries came together in Mumbai to launch the Alliance Against Copyright Theft, a BollywoodHollywood content protection coalition in India. Indian investment in Hollywood has been steadily increasing, most notably with Indian entertainment conglomerate Reliance's production and distribution deal with Dreamworks SKG, said the statement.
out all its six DMK ministers in the UPA government if Raja is removed, saying the Congress is under "real test." The Congress on its part said as far as 2G spectrum issue is concerned its stand is very clear. "First, it is a sub-judice mater and secondly the CAG report is still to be laid on the table of the House," party spokesman Shakeel Ahmed said.
About the CAG report in the s p e c t r u m c o n t r o v e r s y, Karunanidhi said, "I know about the report. It has given adverse reports about all Prime Ministers and Chief Ministers." On AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa's offer to provide support to UPA Government in the event of DMK pullout over the Raja issue, Karunanidhi said "she has been shown the door."
GOA, SATURDAY, 13 NOVEMBER, 2010
Govt forms panels Info Commissioners should impose to identify private forests fines: Justice Shah HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 12
The State Government has constituted two committees for the purpose of identification of balance private forests cover in the State. The committees for each of the district has been formed pursuant to High Court directive in petition filed by Goa Foundation seeking direction to the government to complete the work of identification of private forest in the State. The committees have been directed to survey forest areas that were not covered by the earlier committees -- Sawant Committee Report and the Karapurkar Committee Report. As per the notification issued this week they have been directed to individually locate the identified private forests on ground, survey them, verify and confirm their forest nature and extent (area in ha.) plot them on map and incorporate them in the plan of the respective survey. They have to also been asked
to demarcate the private forests from the non-forest on the map and submit their detailed reports along with the plans and maps of the identified private forests, within the period of two years. The Sawant and the Karapurkar committees have identified about 6,712.2 hectares as private forests. The North Goa Committee is headed by former agriculture director K G Sharma with Prof Janardhanam, Department of Botany, Goa University, V T Thomas, Deputy Conservator of Forests, North Goa Division, Ponda and Sub-Divisional Forest Officer as members. Whereas South Goa committee will be headed former chief conservator of forest P V Sawant. Other members Prof. K G. Hiremath, Department of Botany, Dempe College, Miramar, M A Dessai, deputy Conservator of Forests, South Goa Division, Margao and sub-Div i s i o n a l Fo r e s t s O f f i c e r, Quepem.
BSNL staff issued notice for election malpractice HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 12
Returning Officer for the Margao Municipal polls Johnson Fernandes has issued a notice to a BSNL officer asking to show-cause why action under the law should not be initiated against her for allegedly campaigning for her relative in the recently held civic polls. The Returning Officer has given 24 hours for the BSNL employee to reply to the show cause notice or face action. The action follows a complaint lodged against the employee for actively campaigning in the Civic polls. The complainant is believed to have submitted a video CD to the Returning officer as evidence that the employee was found seated on the election table of her close relative on the polling
day. When contacted, Johnson said the show cause notice has been issued to the employee at the Margao office and that the reply is awaited before initiating further action.
Secretary Rao given additional charge of Labour HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, NOV 12
V P Rao, IAS, Secretary (Women and Child Development), shall look after the charge of the Secretary(Labour) during the election duty period of D C Sahoo, IAS Secretary (Labour), in addition to his own duties with immediate effect and until further orders, says a press comminique.
HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 12
“The Right to Information Act is a ‘Bramhastra’ [omnipotent weapon] in the hands of the common Indian,” said former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court and Madras High Court Justice A P Shah. The judge who ruled that the Chief Justice of India should disclose his assets was felicitated by the Goa Right to Information Forum, at the hands of former Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court G D Kamat at a well-attended function in the Goa State Museum hall at Panjim. In his address, Justice Shah said that implementation of Section 4 of the Act – to put all information in the public domain – and of Section 20 – which prescribes financial penalties on of-
ficers who delay giving information – will reduce the number of pending appeals before information commissioners. He said that the judiciary is no exception to the provisions of the Act, and all organisations that perform public functions – including cooperative societies, private educational institutions, public trusts, pharmaceutical companies and NGOs should come under its purview. The public felicitation was organised in association with the Goa People’s Forum, Goa Hitrakhan Manch, Youth Hostels Association of India, Federation of Women Lawyers, Goa International Centre, Media Information and Communication Centre of India, Rudreshwar – Panaji and the Goa Union of Journalists.
uPcomiNg eveNts IASc annual meet PANJIM (HND): The Indian Academy of Sciences (IASc), Bangalore, a prestigious institution founded by Professor Sir C V Raman, the first Asian Nobel Laureate, will hold its 76th annual meeting on the campus of National Institute of Oceanography at Dona Paula, which is underway upto November 14. The three-day programme will begin at 9.30 am on November 12 with the presidential address by Dr A K Sood, Professor, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He will be speaking on ‘Nanotube dynamo and graphene’. Altogether, 35 lectures will be delivered during the meeting by a select number of most productive scientists in the country all. Included in the programme are two lectures of general interest. The first is by Dr C Raja Mohan, Strategic Affairs Editor, Indian Express, New Delhi. Dr Kaushik Basu, Chief Economic Adviser, Government of India, New Delhi will speak on ‘higher education and economic development’ (November 13 at 6.30 pm). The meet also incorporates two symposia: ‘Indian estuaries’ and ‘Stem cells in development and regeneration: From the bench to bedside and back’ (November 13, from 10.50 am to 1 pm). Visit http://www.nio.org for more information on programme and abstracts of lectures. The lectures are open to all.
Legal Services Day PANJIM (HND): The Ponda Taluka Legal Services Committee will observe the National Legal Service day on November 14 at Devidas Naik Hall, Bhoma, Ponda, at 4 pm and an awareness camp in relation to women and children in need of care and protection will also be held on the same day. Advocate Manohar Adpaikar will speak on ‘Rights of consumer under the Consumer Protection Act 1986’. PI Salim Shaikh will speak on ‘Traffic Awareness’ and advocate Tulshi Mahale will speak on ‘Maintenance u/s 125 of CrPC and benefits and entitlement of free legal aid service’. The Ponda Taluka Legal services committee will also open a legal aid clinic in Bhoma panchayats, at 3.45 pm. The camp will be compered by Adv Rakhee Naik and Shanti Sawant will co-ordinate the programme.
Pranic healing course PANJIM(HNB): Dr Anjali Shackleton will conduct a Pranic Healing basic course at Defence Colony Porvorim on November 13 and 14. Dr Shackleton will also conduct Advanced and Psychotherapy courses at the Clube Gaspar Dias, Miramar, from January 21to 23, 2011. For registration and details, contact Dr Anjali Shackleton on 2451080, 9987062209 or 9769967835.
Gomant Bal Bhushan awards PANJIM(HND): The ‘Gomant Bal Bhushan Award 2009’ will be awarded to eight talented children by the Chief Minister Digambar Kamat on Children’s Day on November 14 at Bal Bhavan Auditorium, Campal, Panjim at 10.30 am, at a special function. Bal Bhavan will also organise Creativity Fair in all 32 Bal Bhavan Centres on November 15 from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm in all Talukas. Children who will receive awards are Vrushabh Harshad Sansguiri and Nikita Namdeo Fatarpekar in Creative Art, Adil Arun Dangui and Shriya Manohar Tengse in Creative Performance, Naomi Noronha and Antara Prabhakar Bhide in Creative Writing, Raj Ramnath Sinai Kunkolienkar and Abhay Brijpal Gahloth in Creative Innovative Science. Chairperson of Bal Bhavan, Vijayadevi Rane, will be present for the function.
Azgaonkar opens community hall at Dhargal HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, NOV 12
Panchayati Raj Minister, Babu Azgaonkar called upon the people to identify places which need to be developed and thus avail the benefits of development. Azgaonkar was speaking after inaugurating a community hall at Chichula Wada Dhargal on Thursday, completed by Panchayat at a cost of Rs 10 lakhs. Speaking further Azgaonkar said that the Government is committed to strengthening basic infrastructure in rural areas which is essential for elevation of the living standard of the people. He assured to strive for the development of Pernem Taluka and appealed to the people to co-operate. Social worker Murari Parab lauded the efforts of the Minister to bring Mega projects like Airport, Sports City in Pernem which according to him will generate employment.
Panchayat Member Gokuldas Salgaonkar, also spoke on the occasion. Sarpanch Bhushan Naik, welcomed the guests, while Panchayat Member Manjiri Naroji, proposed vote of thanks. Earlier, during his day long tour, Azgaonkar launched construction work of various development projects at in Dhargal which included construction of protection wall, construction and beautification of Ganesh Visarjan platforms at various sites in Dhargal. He also launched construction and repair of roads at several places.
NCCF urges ‘traffic restrictions’ during Navelim church feast HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 12
The Navelim Civic and Consumer Forum(NCCF) has requested the South Goa District administration for diversion of heavy traffic, shifting of bus stops, speed limits, installation of signages and speed breakers and regulation of traffic during the Novenas and the feast of our Lady of Rosary Church, Navelim. The Forum had made a similar request last year after which traffic was diverted via Ravanfond with the North bound traffic diverted via Guddi and South bound traffic vias Mandopa. Forum secretary Joseph Vaz said the system worked very well and the traffic police did a good job to regulate the vehicles and thus avoid traffic jams. Since Mandopa is also celebrating the Parish feast, NCCF has requested to divert both North bound as well as South bound traffic via Guddi and Quepem so as to
avoid Navelim village totally. Meanwhile based on a complaint from Navelim C & C Forum, the Health Officer of Primary Health Centre, Curtorim conducted a site inspection of a housing society at AquemBaixo and found sewage being let out in the open by the residents of Tuku Apartments, causing nuisance and a health hazard to the neighbours. Vaz said the same housing society was earlier issued a notice in the month of May for a similar problem after which the problem was rectified. “But within a few months another Septic Tank and Soak pit of the same housing complex is again overflowing in the open. This has created a puddle of sewage near an old well, which many residents use for drinking purpose. People are worried that the sewage will seep into the well and contaminate it, making it unfit for drinking”, he added.
Govt urged to protect interest of tribals, Goans BY HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 11
The Goa ST, SC and OBC’s Federation has requested the Goa government yet again to mete out justice to the tribal and Goan people before celebrating 50 years of Goa Liberation. Chairman of the Federation, former MLA Antonio D Gauncar has now requested the Chairman and members of the Petition Committee to implement the Presidential order to maintain the Cut Off date February 19, 1968, which has been agreed by the High court. The Federation has also demanded implementation of 30 per cent seats for the Panchayat, Zilla Panchayat, State Assembly,
besides some seats for the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha polls. “The government of India has given the cut off date February 19, 1968 only for Goa to protect the special rights of the Goans. This has been endorsed by a Presidential Order. Our Late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi wanted to honour the work assured to Goans by her father, Late Jawaharlal Nehru and was very keen to safeguard the interest of the tribals and the Goan people at large as they believed Goa has a distinct idenity”, Gauncar said, while terming as wrong the government stand that ST population in Goa is only 12 per cent of the total population.
Sanquelim locals concerned over garbage menace HERALD CORRESPONDENT BICHOLIM, NOV 12
Residents of Sanquelim have expressed concern over garbage problem in the area. According to the residents, in several areas and even alongside the road, garbage is seen unattended by the municipal council. The serious problem is encountered near the San-
quelim Bridge and the petrol pump. “Cows and dogs scatter the garbage, thereby causing problem for the passersby,” complained the residents. Residents further informed that the garbage causes problem for the people, who wait at the stop near the Sanquelim Bridge and the petrol pump.
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Mollem, the committee has brought it down to 23. These 23 structures include 19 structures, which are on Revenue Department land. A total of 79 structures would now face demolitions as against 147 earlier in the Sanvordem constituency. All 41 structures have been saved by the committee, which has proposed a bypass in the area while the demolitions have been brought down to only 2 in Khandepar from 41. According to new alignment, only eight structures would be demolished in Curti and Ponda as against 46 proposed earlier. There would be a sigh of relief for residents of Bandora and Kundaim where the demolitions have been brought down to 3 and zero from earlier figures of 43 and 19 respectively. Of 79, only four structures would now face demolitions in Boma while Priol and Veling will lose 9 structures as against 34 earlier. All eight structures, which faced demolition in Adcolna have been saved. In Cumbharjua, the demolitions have been brought down to 30 from 122, while only one will face axe in Chimbel as against 9 earlier.
“The training ship Sagres, built in 1937 at the Blohm and Voss shipyards in Hamburg, is presently on its 2010 circumnavigation of the world. The ship departed Lisbon on January 19 and will conclude its journey in Portugal on December 23, after taking voyage in almost 18 nations,” said the Captain Proenca Mendes. Due to the protests from freedom fighters and BJP workers, Vasco Police had deployed police force at the main entrance of the port as well as near the ship at Berth No 10, where the ship is anchored. The welcome ceremony remained low profile, as media persons, police force and General de Portugal Antonio Sabido Costa along with two naval officers were present to welcome the ship. Flag Officer of Goa Naval Area Sudhir Pillai, who was to receive the ship along with Costa, skipped the function, while his subordinate officers accompanied Costa. Sagres is visiting Goa as part of its 2010 circumnavigation of the world to mark the arrival of the Portuguese to the Orient and Extreme Orient 500 years ago. General de Portugal Antonio Sabido Costa said the ship is on goodwill visit, as it earlier visited Latin America for the 200 centenary freedom celebration, later it visited Japan for 150 agreement of signing of friendship treaty among both the nations and sailed in Shanghai for World expo. From Goa, the ship will sail to Alexandria, Egypt. “This is one of the best ships of Portugal and I request the people to visit and see this ship,” said Costa. The ship will be docked at Mormugao Port from November 12 to 16 for the general public.
Ration cards unclaimed!
the director hinted that the number of such cards in circulation could be fairly large. Taluka inspectors have been directed today to conduct at least five inspections this month to trace bogus ration cards in circulation and to report to the department by month- end, Pilarnkar said.
GOA, SATURDAY, 13 NOVEMBER, 2010
Russia sends hit squad to kill traitor agent AGENCIES LONDON, NOV 12
Russia has sent a "hit squad" to eliminate a renegade colonel in its own foreign intelligence service who fled to the US after giving FBI the names of the 10 sleeper agents who made up the sprawling spy ring, in an echo of the Cold War days, a media report said. The man, named as Colonel Scherbakov, worked for SVR foreign intelligence service, a successor agency to the KGB, where he oversaw a top secret pro-
gramme to dispatch long-term sleeper agents to the US, including glamorous spy Anna Chapman, 'The Daily Telegraph' quoted Russian intelligence sources as telling the 'Kommersant' newspaper. A Kremlin source was quoted as saying that Scherbakov, the traitor, would not have long to savour his betrayal. "We know who he is and where he is. Have no doubt that a Mercader has been sent after him already," the source said. Ramon Mercader was the KGB
assassin who had murdered exiled Bolshevik leader Leon Trotsky with an ice pick in 1940. A "Mercader" is a synonym for a hit squad. "The fate of such an individual is unenviable. He will fear revenge every day (of his life)," the source continued. The FBI went public with the names Colonel Scherbakov had given it in June just days after he himself had fled to the United States. The 10 agents he compromised were exchanged for four men convicted by Russia of being Western spies the fol-
lowing month in the biggest spy swap since the Cold War. Even Vladimir Putin, who served as a KGB agent in East Germany in the 1980s, hinted this summer that he knew the identity of the traitor. "This was the result of treason and traitors always end badly," the Russian Prime Minister said. The reason for Colonel Scherbakov betraying his own agents was not clear, but the Russian newspaper said that his daughter was a long-time resident of the United States.
PAK BARBARISM IN FULL DISPLAY Christian sentenced to death for â€˜blasphemyâ€™ AGENCIES LAHORE, NOV 12
A Pakistani court has sentenced to death a Christian mother of five for blasphemy, the first such conviction of a woman and sparking protests from rights groups. Asia Bibi, 45, was sentenced on Monday by a court in Nankana district in Pakistan's
central province Punjab, about 75 kilometres west of the country's cultural capital of Lahore. Pakistan has yet to execute anyone for blasphemy, but the case spotlights the Muslim country's controversial laws on the subject, which human rights activists say encourages Islamist extremism in a nation wracked by Taliban attacks.
An innocent and hapless Asia Bibi who has been sentenced to death.
Ms Bibi's case dates back to June 2009 when she was asked to fetch water while out working in the fields. But a group of Muslim women labourers objected, saying that as a non-Muslim, she should not touch the water bowl. A few days later the women went to a local cleric and alleged that Ms Bibi made made derogatory remarks about the Prophet Muhammad. The cleric went to police, who opened an investigation. She was arrested in Ittanwalai village and prosecuted under Section 295 C of the Pakistan Penal Code, which carries the death penalty. Sentencing her to hang, Judge Naveed Iqbal "totally ruled out" any chance that Ms Bibi was falsely implicated and said there were "no mitigating circumstances", according to a copy of the verdict. Ms Bibi's husband Ashiq Masih, 51, said that he would appeal against her death sen-
tence, which needs to be upheld by the Lahore High Court, the highest court in Punjab, before it can be carried out. "The case is baseless and we will file an appeal," he said. The couple have two sons and three daughters. Human rights activists and minority pressure groups said it was the first time that a woman had been sentenced to hang in Pakistan for blasphemy, although a Muslim couple were jailed for life last year. Human rights activists want the controversial legislation repealed, saying it is exploited for personal enmity and encourages Islamist extremism. "The blasphemy law is absolutely obscene and it needs to be repealed in totality," Human Rights Watch spokesman Ali Dayan Hasan said. "It is primarily used against vulnerable groups that face social and political discrimination. Heading that category are religious minorities and heterodox Muslim sects," he said. About 3 per cent of Pakistan's population of 167 million is estimated to be non-Muslim. Last July, two Christian brothers accused of writing a blasphemous pamphlet critical of the Prophet Muhammad were shot dead outside a court in Punjab. Pastor Rashid Emmanuel, 32, and his brother Sajjad, were killed as they left a court hearing in Faisalabad city, where hundreds of Muslim protesters had demanded they be sentenced to death.
Suu Kyi release order signed
Suu Kyi has been in detention in Burma for 15 of the past 21 years. AGENCIES RANGOON, NOV 12
Reports are coming out of Burma saying the military authorities have signed an order authorising the release of prodemocracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The Nobel laureate has been detained for 15 of the past 21 years, and her house arrest term expires on Saturday. There has been increased police activity outside her house
in Rangoon, but as yet no official confirmation. However, Ms Suu Kyi is not expected to accept a conditional release if it excludes her from political activity. The 65-year-old was originally due to be released last year, but a case involving an American who swam across Inya Lake to her home, claiming he was on a mission to save her, prompted the latest 18-month detention.
Sikh enters US Army as soldier UNI NEW YORK, NOV 12
Simran Preet Singh Lamba has become the first enlisted Sikh soldier in the US Army in more than two decades. Enlisted soldiers are the Army's "new recruits" who are below the rank of an officer. ''I am thrilled to serve with my fellow soldiers and serve the United States of America,'' Lamba said in a statement issued yesterday by the Sikh coalition, a non-profit community organisation based here. ''I humbly believe I was able to excel in all aspects of training. Most importantly, I was overwhelmed by the support and camaraderie I felt with my fellow soldiers and base leadership. I thank them all and look forward to doing my service,'' Lamba said. Lamba was recruited by the Army last year through the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest, known as MAVNI, for his proficiency in Hindi and Punjabi. His recruiter could not guarantee that the articles of his Sikh faith would be accommodated. Then the coalition and the law firm, whose team was led by Amandeep Singh Sidhu, came to his rescue. Lamba was able to file a formal request for such accommodation. He met all the requirements of a soldier during basic training while wearing a turban and sporting his unshorn hair. The training lasted 10 weeks at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
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Nath admits deficit in roads PTI NAGPUR, NOV 12
Admitting huge deficits in roads sector as compared to other sectors in India, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Kamal Nath said that the centre would be launching several road projects in the next four months to bridge gap to some extent. "When auto sector was growing at 37 per cent, the road sector was not meeting the expected growth," Nath said at the inaugural session of the 71st Indian Roads Congress (IRC) here last evening.
Nath called on the road engineers to "provide world class roads with world class technologies." Highlighting the role of IRC, Kamal Nath said IRC should redesign the roads in view of rising automobile sector. "More and more youth are going for motor bikes and therefore there is an urgent need for increasing the road network in the country," Chairman of IRC Liansanga and secretary R P Indoria were also present on the occasion.
Capvent PE manager meet in 2011
Page Industries registers PAT of Rs 16.36 cr PTI BANGALORE, NOV 12
Page Industries Limited Bangalore, exclusive licensee of Jockey International Inc. US, registered a net profit of Rs 16.36 crore for the quarter ended September 30, 2010, a 55 per cent growth for the same period last year. The company recorded strong sales of Rs 126.42 crore for the quarter ended Sept 30, 2010, an increase of 44 per cent from Rs 87.52 crore in the corresponding quarter last year. The company registered a CAGR of 36 per cent in sales and 33 per cent in Profit After Tax over the last three financial years .
India, Canada for free-trade
PTI SEOUL, NOV 12
India and Canada announced that they will formally launch negotiations on a bilateral free trade agreement as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper met here and decided to take their ties to a new level. Singh and Harper also discussed the entire gamut of bilateral ties, which have seen a significant development in the past couple of years. "The free trade agreement would be of enormous benefit for both the countries, particularly for the Indo-Canadian business community," Harper said after the meeting. Describing the decision to launch negotiations for the pact as a "key milestone" in bi-
lateral relationship, Harper said it demonstrates the in-
creasing cooperation between the two countries.
HERALD BUSINESS DESK PANJIM, NOV 12
Capvent, a specialist fund of funds manager and advisory firm headquartered out of Switzerland is planning its third Biennial Capvent China-India-Brazil Manager Summit to be held in Goa from April 6-8, 2011.
Sensex sheds 432 pts PTI MUMBAI, NOV 12
In its biggest fall in six months, the Bombay Stock Exchange benchmark Sensex today shed 432 points, or over 2 per cent, on poor industrial growth show and weak cues from Europe and China. Heavy selling in blue chips like Reliance Industries, ICICI Bank, SBI and DLF pulled the Sensex down 432.20 points, or 2.1 per cent, to 20,156.89 points. On May 19, it had fallen by 467 points. The index fell for third consecutive day as industrial growth declined the most in 16 months to 4.4 per cent in September, reflecting a slowdown in demand across sectors, as interest rates rose in response to RBI’s tight monetary moves. Besides, weak global cues spoilt the party on domestic bourses that had been on a winning streak for past few months.
Aban Offshor, 850, 855, 805, 809.75 Abb Ltd., 860, 865.9, 843, 851.8 Abg Shipyard, 476.5, 479.9, 450.1, 454.4 Acc Limited, 1088, 1102, 1071.15, 1079.25 Adani Enterp, 736.05, 761.6, 736, 747.9 Aditya Birla, 833.25, 834.85, 810, 817.2 Allahabad Ba, 263, 265.6, 257.7, 259.05 Alstom Proje, 752.45, 752.5, 723, 731.15 Ambuja Cemen, 160, 162.5, 156.3, 158.5 Andhra Bank, 178.95, 182.15, 175.65, 176.6 Ashok Leylan, 79.5, 80.2, 73.5, 74.5 Asian Paints, 2665, 2699, 2620, 2639.3 Axis Bank Li, 1528, 1528, 1481.45, 1492 Bajaj Hindus, 136, 138, 129.15, 130.25 Bank Of Baro, 998, 1008.45, 977.05, 982.25 Bharat Elect, 1711.85, 1735, 1690.25, 1698.3 Bharat Forge, 381.95, 384.2, 369.5, 371.8 Bharat Petro, 745, 751, 726.1, 730.45 Bharti Airte, 315, 316, 303.4, 305.55 Bhel, 2419, 2424.9, 2377, 2389 Bhushan Stee, 525.8, 530, 500.75, 504.15 Biocon Limit, 421.45, 424, 410.6, 412.05 Bombay Dyein, 619.9, 625.45, 596.65,
600.85 Bosch Limite, 6349, 6415, 6230, 6264.75 Brigade Ente, 141.9, 141.9, 137, 137.1 Cairn India, 331, 334, 326.55, 331.6 Canara Bank, 803.9, 821, 783.4, 787.1 Central Bank, 236.1, 236.35, 222.55, 227.75 Century Text, 521, 524.3, 500.05, 502.7 Cesc Ltd, 389, 391.5, 382, 383.8 Chambal Fert, 98.5, 101.4, 95.6, 96.45 Chennai Petr, 247.5, 250.8, 244.3, 246.15 Cipla Ltd, 329, 340.75, 327, 329.65 Colgate Palm, 877, 880, 861, 864.25 Container Co, 1328, 1330, 1312.35, 1320.5 Crompton Gre, 328, 332.75, 320.25, 325.9 Cummins Indi, 777.95, 804.9, 768.05, 776.8 Dabur India, 97.8, 98.5, 96.1, 96.6 Deccan Chron, 135.95, 140.4, 131.6, 136.75 Dish Tv Indi, 64.6, 65.45, 62.15, 62.85 Divi’s Labor, 702.8, 712.7, 692, 694.8 Dlf Limited, 340.2, 341.5, 325, 327.2 Dr. reddy’s, 1721, 1761, 1721, 1742.95 Edelweiss Ca, 63, 63.5, 58.5, 59.4
Educomp Solu, 562, 564.9, 494, 512.2 Eih Limited, 122.6, 126.65, 121, 122.6 Engineers In, 351.9, 354.85, 343.3, 347.95 Essar Oil Lt, 149.3, 149.85, 140.15, 140.9 Essar Shippi, 113.1, 116.85, 110.25, 112.6 Exide Indust, 163, 168.65, 162.25, 165 Federal Bank, 465, 471.95, 432.2, 439.5 Financial Te, 1120, 1153.45, 1074.8, 1108.2 Gail (india), 493.35, 495.2, 470.7, 485.6 Gammon India, 195.5, 197, 190, 190.35 Glaxosmithkl, 2252, 2275, 2218, 2228.3 Glenmark Pha, 362.5, 365.85, 344.15, 347.25 Gmr Infrastr, 53.1, 53.95, 51.75, 52.05 Godrej Indus, 227, 228.3, 215.25, 217.45 Grasim Indus, 2392, 2440, 2244, 2295.15 Great Offsho, 388.6, 396, 382.05, 384.3 Gtl Infra.Lt, 46, 46.5, 44.6, 44.75 Gujarat Mine, 155, 156.45, 147.6, 148.35 Gujarat N R, 61.5, 61.75, 56.55, 56.95 Gujarat Stat, 117.15, 119.4, 115.9, 116.45 Gvk Pow. & I, 44.9, 44.9, 43.05, 43.6 Hcl Technolo, 401, 406.4, 400, 402.45 Hdfc Bank Lt, 2345, 2379, 2305, 2314.9
Hdfc Ltd, 714.9, 726.5, 708.2, 716.05 Hero Honda M, 1800, 1834.9, 1795, 1824.55 Hindalco in, 233, 233, 221.3, 223.1 Hindustan Co, 64.7, 64.7, 61.1, 61.7 Hindustan Ma, 73.55, 74.9, 72.05, 72.5 Hindustan Pe, 464.9, 464.9, 446.5, 452.5 Hindustan Un, 310, 310, 300.35, 301.8 Hindustan Zi, 1259, 1275, 1231, 1237.7 Housing Dev, 254.3, 255.45, 241.6, 244.1 Icici Bank L, 1233, 1234.9, 1193.85, 1200.45 Idea Cellula, 68.05, 70.9, 67.7, 69.55 Ifci Ltd, 77.45, 79.25, 75.75, 76.35 India Cement, 120, 121.2, 115, 116.15 India Infoli, 116.1, 119.1, 115.05, 115.85 Indiabulls F, 222.45, 229.4, 222.1, 225.65 Indiabulls R, 205, 206.35, 193.7, 194.8 Indian Bank, 295, 299, 292.95, 296.05 Indian Hotel, 103.3, 104.35, 101.4, 102.05 Indian Oil C, 410, 411.8, 400.05, 402.55 Indian Overs, 169.5, 170.85, 159.25, 160.65 Indus Dev Ba, 194.9, 196.4, 185.1, 186.35 Indusind Ban, 295, 297.5, 275, 284.05
Infosys Tech, 3038, 3038.75, 2989, 2997.85 Infra. dev., 200, 201, 189.1, 190.1 Ispat Indust, 20.8, 21.3, 20.2, 20.3 Itc Ltd, 175.9, 177, 172.4, 173.85 Ivrcl Infras, 145.25, 145.25, 138.2, 139.6 Jai Corp Lim, 255.35, 256, 242.1, 244.15 Jaiprakash A, 133.5, 135.9, 128, 129.3 Jet Airways, 870, 891.45, 856.35, 861.25 Jindal Saw L, 214, 218.95, 209, 212.05 Jindal Steel, 713, 713, 682, 686.9 Jsw Steel Li, 1320.1, 1331.7, 1271.3, 1279.05 Kotak Mahind, 483, 488.95, 472.3, 478.05 Lakshmi Mach, 2808.45, 2839.65, 2680, 2691.55 Lanco Infrat, 63.25, 63.25, 58.65, 61.45 Larsen & Tou, 2115, 2124, 2073.05, 2080.25 Lic Housing, 1389, 1389, 1325, 1331.3 Lupin Limite, 477.9, 486.5, 455.75, 469.75 Mahanagar Te, 65, 65.65, 62.55, 62.75 Mahindra & M, 813, 815, 768, 773.15 Maruti Suzuk, 1463, 1469, 1444.05, 1454.5 Max India Lt, 170.1, 171.8, 161.8, 162.7 Maytas Infr., 206.9, 207.7, 197.25, 199.4 Moser-baer (, 68, 68.25, 65, 65.5
Mrpl, 85, 85.9, 82, 82.4 Nagarjuna Co, 152.9, 153.3, 142.3, 144.95 Nagarjuna Fe, 41, 41.45, 38.7, 39.25 National Alu, 404.8, 408, 393.7, 396.1 Neyveli Lign, 160.5, 160.5, 150.05, 151.45 Ntpc Ltd, 192.5, 193.95, 191.75, 192.2 Oil And Natu, 1322.65, 1327, 1294.95, 1304.7 Omaxe Limite, 150.5, 150.5, 144.7, 145.9 Oriental Ban, 510.35, 524, 490, 495 Pantaloon Re, 456.25, 463.5, 446, 450.6 Parsvnath De, 66.5, 72, 62.4, 64.6 Petronet Lng, 120.15, 120.4, 116.2, 117.7 Power Fin Co, 358.55, 363.9, 341.5, 346.45 Power Grid C, 100.85, 101.95, 99, 99.55 Praj Industr, 75.3, 75.3, 72.1, 73.15 Punj Lloyd L, 129.5, 130.2, 124.1, 124.75 Punjab Natio, 1332, 1358, 1320, 1324.95 Rajesh Expor, 122.1, 123.35, 118.55, 119.75 Ranbaxy Labs, 592.5, 595.95, 572.15, 576.2 Rashtriya Ch, 118.1, 128.8, 116.3, 124.5 Reliance Cap, 812.7, 817.95, 779.7, 784.2 Reliance Com, 174.8, 176.1, 169, 169.9
Reliance Ene, 1195, 1199, 1180, 1181.09 Reliance Ind, 860, 871.15, 844, 847.4 Reliance Ind, 1080.15, 1087.4, 1057, 1061.85 Reliance Pow, 189.85, 190.7, 181.7, 183.35 Rolta India, 179, 184.4, 176.45, 179.9 Satyam Compu, 87.3, 88.55, 85.05, 85.7 Sesa Goa Ltd, 338, 341.5, 330.65, 333.6 Shipping Cor, 178.9, 179.75, 172, 173.15 Siemens Ltd, 835.95, 843.25, 815.1, 825.5 Sintex Indus, 228.8, 237, 226.75, 228.95 Sobha Develo, 348, 352.95, 322.2, 326.85 State Bank O, 3170.25, 3175, 3002.05, 3026.8 Steel Author, 195, 196.1, 191.1, 191.6 Sterlite Ind, 187.3, 188.75, 178.8, 181.95 Sun Pharmace, 2350, 2383.95, 2305, 2321.6 Sun Tv Netwo, 526.95, 536.8, 516.05, 518.85 Suzlon Energ, 57.2, 57.4, 54.7, 55 Tata Communi, 308, 308, 300.55, 301.85 Tata Consult, 1060, 1069.9, 1048.2, 1055.9 Tata Motors, 1265, 1290.9, 1241.6, 1246.25
Tata Power C, 1398, 1412.8, 1367, 1375.95 Tata Steel L, 628.6, 630.8, 603.5, 606.95 Tata Teleser, 22.75, 22.9, 22.05, 22.15 Tech Mahindr, 735, 739.95, 725.05, 728.3 The Ge Shpg., 372, 381.1, 371.6, 374.3 The Phoenix, 234.85, 234.85, 225.25, 227.35 Thermax Ltd, 880, 892.5, 849.05, 862.25 Titan Indust, 4114.9, 4143.7, 3941.2, 3955.55 Torrent Powe, 293.8, 295.5, 287.25, 288.8 Triveni Engg, 123.25, 124.55, 115, 116.5 Tv18 India L, 87.6, 88.05, 82.7, 84.1 Uco Bank, 144.25, 148.5, 139.6, 140.75 Ultratech Ce, 1117.1, 1134.5, 1099.1, 1103.25 Union Bank O, 393, 396.8, 377.15, 383.05 Unitech Ltd, 85.8, 85.95, 81, 81.45 United Phosp, 203.5, 205.8, 195.05, 196.9 Videocon Ind, 260, 263.4, 249.5, 251.5 Vijaya Bank, 110, 111.65, 103.1, 104.4 Voltas Ltd, 253, 256.9, 250.5, 252.5 Wipro Ltd, 432, 432, 422.1, 425.2 Yes Bank Lim, 358, 358, 345.1, 346.8 Zee Entertai, 148, 148.1, 142.2, 143.55
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G20 pushes for global trade deal
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the Morning Session-1 of the G20 Summit in Seoul on Friday. PTI SEOUL, NOV 12
Top 20 global leaders, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, today threw their weight behind the Doha talks for a global trade deal by asking negotiators to intensify efforts to reach the multilateral pact by 2011. "Our strong commitment to direct our negotiators to en-
gage in across-the-board negotiations to promptly bring the the Doha Development Round to a successful, ambitious, comprehensive and balanced conclusion...," the G20 leaders said in a declaration after a two-day Summit of G-20 leaders here. "We recognise that 2011 is a critical window of opportunity, albeit narrow, and that engagement among our representatives must in-
tensify and expand," they said. Doha round of talks under the aegis of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) started in the Qatari capital in 2001 for achieving a global trade deal, but a breakthrough has not been reached upon yet. As per the WTO estimate, successful conclusion of Doha talks could boost the global trade by up to USD 200 billion in a year. Differ-
BWPV: Offering peace and tranquillity BHARATI PAWASKAR
“Offering the best in comfort and luxury in a natural surrounding, we have 5 star facilities linked with international standards of Best Western hotel group. Our rooms provide that something extra for our valuable guests, which is why we boast to be the preferred choice of business travellers,” says Conrad Kitt, the resort manager of Best Western Peace Valley, situated at Sirvoi, Quepem. A recent visit to the place took this writer by total surprise. To witness a complete different world – a serene, beautiful, cool and calm place at the backdrop of a picturesque hill – beyond imagination at only 10 minutes drive from the hustle bustle of this South Goa small town. “Originally known as Peace Valley, this five-star resort is owned independently by Sanatan Financers and Real Estates Pvt Ltd and after the tie-up with Best Western we are now called Best Western Peace Valley,” explains Conrad. Best Western Peace Valley resort operates on an area spread across 25 acres of wilderness. “We begun functioning six months ago though our tie-up with Best Western is a-yearold now,” says Conrad who is presently managing the whole show with his team of 100 employees. A walk around the area reveals that the whole project is divided in phases. “While phases – A, B, C and D are complete, phase E of the Resort is under construction and will fully be operational in the next few months. Sixty more rooms are coming up increasing the present capacity to Conrad Kitt, the resort manager hundred plus,” the 50year-old Resort Manager tells us. Born to a Goan mother and a Chinese father Conrad is born and brought up in Mumbai and spent 29 years in the gulf working for various companies. Recession brought him from gulf to Goa. “My mother is from Pidni, Verna and my wife is also a Goan. I am multilingual and can speak Konkani well. I blend well with locals as well as foreigners. May be that’s the reason I am here,” smiles Conrad. What are the specialities of BWPV? “We have packages for groups or families. Besides the accommodation and multi-cuisine restaurants, site seeing trips can be arranged including a picnic lunch. The resort has air-conditioned vehicles including a 7-seater mini bus. The guests can enjoy a romantic candle light dinner or listen to the live band playing light music. For late night partying night club is a great place to be. Our area is vast and surrounded with the wild life. We have landscaped gardens retaining the natural beauty of green Goa. We are just different, in more than one way,” Conrad details. A Discothèque, a Yoga Centre and an Ayurvedic Treatment Zone are under construction. An Ayurveda specialist doctor will visit twice a week for checkups. The spa, swimming
pool, poolside bar and an open-air restaurant are already open while conference hall and fine dining are well on the way. The resort has seven trained horses and one can go riding in the surrounding countryside. BWPV owns a helicopter, too. The multi-cuisine restaurants serve European, Indian, Continental, Chinese and Goan food… Anything and everything on demand is served. The kitchen has a team of 12 expert chefs. “We have our own organic nursery supplying the kitchens with the freshest fruits and vegetables. We are planning to have a farm for cows to cater to the demand of fresh milk,” says Conrad. The resort features 48 air conditioned rooms categorised under Junior Suite, Deluxe Suite and Executive Suite of which 35 are fully furnished and operational. Aesthetically designed and furnished with ultra modern facilities these rooms take one to the next level of luxury. The choice of rooms spells class combined with comfort. Warm earth tones in addition to the luxurious sitting and work areas create an inviting ambience. Deluxe and Executive rooms offer spacious well appointed accommodation with amenities like twin/ king bed, television, mini bar, digital safe, tea and coffee maker, Wi-Fi internet access and multitude of other facilities. The rooms are well designed keeping in mind the needs of modern dynamic business traveller with an exclusive work space in all the rooms. A visit to some of the suites reveals elegance and style where one can experience splendid unequalled comfort in spacious area with exclusive dining and meeting space decorated with a large screen LCD TV, master bedroom, a separate kid’s room and two bathrooms. “Offering room nights and additional amenities to make the stay more enjoyable, we also have facilities for meetings and events that caters up to 100 guests. Our state of the art audio-visual equipment and in-house meeting planner takes care of organising each event to perfection,” announces Conrad. “The resort can cater for parties, events, gatherings and conferences. We are planning to organise events evenings, Sunday brunches, Saturday happenings etc. These would be open for our check-in guests as well as those who have bought the villas in our premises. Yes, Peace Valley has independent villas and apartments for NRIs. Most of them are sold out but few are available for sale. All owners are eligible for all the amenities available here, including the restaurants, spa, pool, horses or helicopter,” Conrad is quick to add, “Whether you are planning a business meeting or a fun get-away, Best Western makes planning group trips easy! It is the world’s largest hotel chain with locations in 80 countries worldwide offering 4,000 hotels each individually owned and operated under one recognisable brand name: Best Western.”
ences between rich and developing nations have been a stumbling block to reach an agreement. India and other developing nations have been defending their agricultural market to protect millions subsistence farmers from easy imports that may result from the multilateral agreement. The US and the other developed countries are, however, seeking more market access in developing nations, including India. "Once such an outcome is reached, we commit to seek ratification, where necessary, in our respective systems," the leaders added. Earlier, at the Plenary Session of the Summit, India lamented resurgence in protectionism. "We have seen a resurgence of protectionist sentiment in the world in the wake of recessionary trends...The only way to ensure that protectionism does not gain the upper hand is to restore momentum to the (Doha) trade talks," Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said. He said the global leaders must ensure that the multilateral trade negotiations is brought to a "satisfactory conclusion".
Gate Gourmet ties up with IHC AGENCY ZURICH, NOV 12
Gate Gourmet, a member of gate group recentlyy announced a joint venture agreement with India Hospitality Corp. (IHC).
Industrial growth slackens PTI NEW DELHI, NOV 12
Industrial growth declined the most in 16 months to 4.4 per cent in September, reflecting a slowdown in demand across sectors, as interest rates rose in response to RBI's tight monetary moves. As industrial growth almost halved from 8.2 per cent in September 2009, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee expressed concern at the sluggish pace of factory output, but reserved detailed comments for want of in-depth analysis. "We will have to analyse why that is happening. And after that considered comments can be made. But it's a matter of concern," Mukherjee told reporters. Manufacturing, which constitutes almost 80 per cent of the industrial production, grew at 4.5 per cent in September, against 8.3 per cent a year ago, while electricity generation expanded by a miniscule 1.7 per cent against 7.5 per cent. The growth rate of less than 4.4 per cent was last witnessed in May 2009, when IIP stood at 1.69 per cent. However, many experts remained positive for industrial growth numbers for next few months due to festive season and prospects of better farm produce. "I expect to see overall Index of Industrial Production growth this fiscal close to 10 per cent because of onset of festive sea-
UNION PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
Applications on prescribed form are invited by 2nd December, 2010 (9th December, 2010 in respect of applications received only BY POST from candidates residing in Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim,J&K, Lahaul and Spiti district and Pangi sub-division of Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh, A & N Islands or Lakshadweep or abroad). Pay scale(Approx total emoluments p.m. excluding HRA & TA) & upper age limits immediately follow name of the post. The date for determining eligibility of all candidates in every respect shall be the normal closing date prescribed for receipt of applications viz. 02.12.2010.
AGRICULTURE MINISTRY 1. (Vacancy No.10112101613) One Chief Instructor(Marine Engineer) in the Central Institute of Fisheries, Nautical and Engineering Training(CIFNET), Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture. Rs.15600-39100+Rs.6600 (Grade pay) (T.E. Rs.29970). 40 yrs. Qualifications : Essential : A. Educational : Degree in Mechanical Engineering from a recognized University or equivalent or MOT Class II or 1st Class Engineering (Motor Certificate of competency issued by the Ministry of Transport, Govt. of India. B. Experience : Seven years’ experience in operation / maintenance of Marine Engine or three years’ experience as a Chief Engineer or five years’ as second Engineer of an ocean going vessel. NOTE : The closing date for receipt of applications for Item No.1 is 11-01-2011. The date for determining the eligibility of all candidates in every respect for Item No.1 shall be 11-01-2011.
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2. (Vacancy No.10112102213) Two Scientists- SB(Physical, Rubber, Plastic & Textile(PRPT) in National Test House, Department of Consumer Affairs, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. Out of two posts, one post is reserved for OBC candidates. Rs.8000-275-13500(T.E. Rs.17640)(pre-revised). 35 yrs. Qualifications : Essential : A. Educational : Master’s Degree in Physics(Pure / Applied) or Chemistry (Pure / Applied / Industrial) or degree in Chemical Engineering / Chemical Technology or degree in Textile / Rubber / Plastic / Paper / Leather / Polymer Technology of a recognized University or equivalent. B. Experience : Three years’ practical experience in testing and evaluation of materials such as textiles, polymer, paper, leather etc. in a recognized laboratory.
DEFENCE MINSTRY 3. (Vacancy No.10112103613) One Senior Scientific Officer, GradeI (Armament) under Directorate General of Quality Assurance, Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence, Defence Quality Assurance Service. The post falls in Un-reserved category but is reserved for Physically Handicapped persons with disability of Hearing Impairment(HH)or Orthopaedically Handicapped / locomotor disability or cerebral palsy(one leg affected). Rs.10000-325-15200(T.E. Rs.22050) (Pre-revised). 40 yrs. Qualifications: Essential : A. Educational : Degree in Mechanical Engineering or Production Engineering from a recognized University or equivalent. B. Experience : Four years’ practical experience in Production / Development / Quality Assurance in the relevant field.
HOME AFFAIRS MINISTRY 4. (Vacancy No. 10112104213) One Senior Scientific Officer, Gr.II(Lie Detector) in Central Forensic Science Laboratory(CFSL), Central Bureau of Investigation, Ministry of Home Affairs. Rs.1560039100+Rs.5400(Grade pay) (T.E. Rs. 30450). 35 yrs. Qualifications : Essential : Educational : i) Master’s Degree in Criminology or Psychology
from a recognized University or equivalent. ii) Three years’ experience in Applied Psychology or Criminology / Crime Investigation. 5. (Vacancy No. 10112105613) Seven Deputy Central Intelligence Officers(Technical) in Intelligence Bureau, Ministry of Home Affairs. Out of seven posts, one post is reserved for SC candidates and two posts are reserved for OBC candidates. Rs.15600-39100+Rs.5400 (Grade pay) (T.E. Rs. 30450). 35 yrs. Qualifications : Essential : Educational : Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering or Electronics and Communication Engineering or Electronics and Tele- Communication Engineering or Computer Science / Engineering or B.E. / B.Tech in Information Technology or Master’s degree in Computer Applications or M.Sc in Physics with Wireless or Electronics as a subject from a recognized University or equivalent. .
LAW & JUSTICE MINISTRY 6. (Vacancy No. 10112106213) One Deputy Legislative Counsel(Hindi) in Legislative Department, Ministry of Law & Justice. Rs.1560039100+Rs.7600 (Grade pay) (T.E. Rs.31320). 50 yrs. Qualifications : Essential : Educational : A- i) Master’s degree in Law (LLM) from a recognized University or equivalent. ii) Should be a member of State Judicial Service for a period of eight years. Or Should have held a post in the legal department of a State Government for eight years. Or Should be a Central Government servant who has had experience in legal affairs for eight years. Or Should be a qualified legal practitioner who has practiced as such for eight years. Or Should be a teacher of law for eight years in a recognized institution. Or Should have eight years experience of translation into Hindi of statutes, statutory rules and orders in Central / State Government. Or Should have eight years experience of drafting of statutes in Central / State Government ; OR B – i) Bachelor’s degree in Law(LLB) from a recognized University or equivalent. ii) Should be a member of State Judicial Service for a period of ten years. Or Should have held a post in the legal department of a State Government for ten years. Or Should be a Central Government servant who has had experience in legal affairs for ten years. Or Should be a qualified legal practitioner who has practiced as such for ten years. Or Should be a teacher of law for ten years in a recognized institution. Or Should have ten years experience of translation into Hindi of statutes, statutory rules and orders in Central / State Government. Or Should have ten years experience of drafting of statutes in Central / State Government; iii) Passed Secondary School Examination or equivalent or any higher examination from a recognized Board / University or equivalent through Hindi medium or had offered Hindi as a subject in Secondary School Examination or equivalent or any higher examination from a recognized Board / University or equivalent.
UT ADMINISTRATION OF DAMAN & DIU 7. (Vacancy No. 10112107213) One Assistant Public Prosecutor in Department of Personnel & Administrative Reform, Union Territory Administration of Daman & Diu. Rs.9300-34800+Rs.4200(Grade pay) (T.E. Rs.18225). 30 yrs. Qualifications : Essential : A. Educational : Degree in Law from a recognized University or equivalent. B. Experience : Three years’ experience at the Bar.
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GOA, Saturday 13 November, 2010
Goa in dire straits HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, NOV 12
Goa were trailing Rajasthan by 266 runs with 10 wickets remaining at stumps on the third day of their Ranji Trophy Plate League match at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur on Friday. Rajasthan declared their first ininngs at 490 for 9 declared and Goa who scored 216 in the first innings were eight for no loss in four overs in the second innings.
Odafe nets brace for Churchill HERALD SPORTS REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 12
Riding on a brace from Odafe Okolie Churchill Bros routed Vasco Sports Club 4-0 in a Kingfisher Pro League at Tilak Maidasn, Vasco on Friday. They led 2-0 at the break Okolie scored in 29th and 44th minutes. Durga Boro netted the third in 47th and, Joshua Rebello rounded off the tally in
the 73rd. Odafe opened the account with a solo effort displaying his potential of good finishing. Just a minute before lemon break Odafe scored his brace. Vasco ought to have regrouped after the interval, but their defence as well the goalkeeper created blunder after blunder. In the 47th minute a backpass
from Vasco’s own player deceived goalkeeper Medeira, and substitute Durgao Boro pounced on the chance. Second substitute Joshua Rebello headed the fourth goal off a cross from Dinesh Thounaojam. Referee Melwin D’Costa flashed the yellow card to Hardeep Singh and Warun Deep of Churchill and Koko Sakibo of Vasco.
Savio Messias bereaved Goa record 3rd win, HERALD SPORTS REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 12
Edith D’Sa, sister of GFA’s exsecretary Savio Messias, expired after a brief illness on Wednesday. She leaves behind her husband Donald and children
Dionnel, Dean, Duane and their families. Her funeral will leave on November 14 at 11.30 a.m. to St Andrew ’s Church, Vasco from Villa Messias, Vasco.
Good show by Goa in baseball HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, NOV 12
Goa recorded their third straight victory in U-17 girls football defeating Chattisgarh 2-0 at 56th National School Games at Dr T B Cunha Sports complex, Cansaulim on Friday. Ansiva Vaz and Jenny Silva scored. Goa entered the quarter-finals and will meet Nagaland on Saturday at 8 a.m. In the other quarter-finals, Manipur will meet Tamil Nadu at 9.15 a.m. Jharkhand will face Tripura and Haryana will clash with Karnataka in the other quarter-finals at Cuncolim from 8 a.m. Earlier, Haryana trounced Punjab 4-0. Sonia netted a brace while Kiran and Deepika scored one each. Tripura beat Maharashtra 1-0 as Bakuikumari scored. Chandigarh held Tamil Nadu nil. Manipur thrashed MP 5-0. Anibala Devi and L Sanathdi netted a brace while Romi Devi also shot on target. Nagaland defeated Orissa 2-0. Lhaitinlam and Vahneihoi scored one each. Prathamesh Narse of Goa scored the 1st homer of the tournament as Goa beat Maharashtra by 8-0 homes and J & K by 14-0 homes in U-19 baseball boys at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda on Friday. Goa girls beat Gujarat by 7-0 Homes and J & K also by 9-0 homes. Results boys: Delhi beat Haryana by 9-1 homes, Delhi bt Chatisgarh 1-0, Vidya Bharati bt Punjab 6-7, Punjab bt Chattisgarh 1-0, Chattisgarh bt Haryana 3-2, M.P bt Gujarat 3-0, Chandigarh bt J & K 5-0. Girls: Delhi bt Punjab 7-1 homes, Delhi bt Chandigarh 6-
0, Delhi bt Haryana 12-1, Maharashtra bt Punjab 7-0, Maharastra bt Haryana 11-0, MP bt Vidya Bharati 9-0, MP bt J & K 7-1, Chattisgarh bt Gujarat 8-3, Chandigarh bt Punjab 11-0. Defending champions Tamil Nadu are jointly leading with Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka with four points each after the 2nd round of U14, U-17 and U-19 boys and girls chess at Multipurpose hall, Fatorda Stadium on Friday. Results: U-19 boys: Tamil Nadu are jointly leading with AP while Maharashtra and Karnataka are with four points. Goa and Puducherry are on second position with three points each. U-19 girls: Tamil Nadu are jointly leading with Maharashtra, P unjab, Kerala, and Puducherry with four points each. AP, Chattisgarh, Punjab, Karnataka, Bihar, Goa, Chandigarh and Haryana are on second position with two points. U-17 boys: Karnataka are jointly leading with Maharashtra and Delhi with four points each. Goa, Chattisgarh and Orissa are on second position with three points each. U-17 girls: Tamil Nadu are jointly leading with Karnataka, Maharashtra and AP with four points each while the other teams have scored less than four points. U-14 boys: Tamil Nadu are jointly leading with KVS, Maharashtra, AP and Karnataka. U-17 girls: Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Karnataka are leading with four points. Chattisgarh, NVS and Goa are on second position with three points each.
Caramorod crush Dandeavaddo HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, NOV 12
Caramorod Sports Club trounced Dandeavaddo Sports Club 3-0 to enter the semi-finals of VJT Cup football tournament organised by VJT Events Management at church ground, Chinchinim on Friday. Caramorod led 2-0 at half time. Caramorod who had better exchanges went into the lead
in early moments when John’s well executed free kick just outside the rival box was neatly connected by striker Terence beating the Dandeavaddo keeper hands down. Terence who played a stellar role for Caramorod, struck a second time just before the lemon break to complete his brace. Crossing over, John rounded off the tally to keep the rival keeper dazed.
Talasha sets new record HERALD SPORTS REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 12
Goa’s Talasha Prabhu, of Dempe Higher Secondary School won the U-19 gold with a new record in the 100m freestyle at the National School Games at Solapur. She created a new record of 1:00.67 and broke Ambika Iyengar’s record of 1:1:95 of 2003.
Third Division football: Sirlim SC v. Guardian Angel SC, Assolna ground, Ave Maria Athletic and WC v. Cana Benaulim SA, Sirvodem ground. Kick off 4 p.m. St Francis Xavier soccer: Blue Nail, Shiroda v. St Anthony, Assolda, Mapa Digas ground, Panchwadi, near St Francis Xavier chapel, 4.30 p.m. Third exhibition soccer finals: Sunshine SC v. Friends SC, Carambolim, Carambolim ground, 4 p.m. Anjuna-Caisua Panchayat Cup soccer: Saligao SC v. Carmona SC, Chapora ground, 4.30 p.m. Bardez Cup soccer quarters: Calangute Association v. Clube Sao Minguel de Taleigao, Dr. Gustavo Monteiro Stadium, Candolim, 4.30 p.m. Fr Basilio Andrade memorial soccer: Navelim SC v. St Sebastian, Fatorda, Musson ground, Majorda, 4.30 p.m. VJT Cup soccer: Naranpoi SC v. Dramapur Boys, church ground, Chinchinim, 4.30 p.m. Eulalio Vas memorial soccer inaugural: Verna SC v. Parish Youth, Nuvem, Don Bosco Oratory ground, Fatorda, 4.30 p.m. Eslinda Alemao memorial soccer inaugural: Ambelim SC v. Don Bosco Oratory, Fatorda, Cuncolim ground, 4.30 p.m.
SPORTS GOA, SATURDAY, 13 NOVEMBER, 2010
Candolim walk past Saligao Sporting HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, NOV 12
Candolim Sports Club got the better of Saligao Sporting Club 3-1 to move into the semi-finals of 4th Bardez Cup inter-village
football tournament organised by United Club of Nerul at Dr. Gustavo Monteiro Stadium, Candolim on Friday. Candolim began on a bright note finding the net at the kick-
off through Wenselav Rebello. Saligao fought back and restored parity in the 15th minute when Govind Mane shot on target. Changing over, Candolim
maintained the scoring tempo and doubled the lead in the 15th minute through Wenselva Rebello while Sagar consolidated the score in the dying minutes.
GOA DIARY 3-a-side soccer at Raia
PANJIM (HSD) – Fox Boys, Raia will organise their 3rd All-Goa 5a-side soccer tournament on November 21 and December 5 at Manora ground, Raia at 9.30 a.m. The winners and runners-up will take home Rs 10,500 and Rs 6,500 respectively. The third spot winners will fetch Rs 3,500. Details may be obtained from Remy on 9850796404, Vincy on 9922482154 or Felicio on 9049366201.
Bodybuilding selection trials
PANJIM (HSD) – The Goa Bodybuilding Association will hold selection trials on November 14 at Nehru Stadium from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. to select probables for upcoming 3rd National Level Bodybuilding Championship on November 27 and 28 at Valmiki ground, Gokak, Karnataka. Selections will be held for 55kg, 60kg, 65kg, 70kg, 75kg, 80kg, 85kg, 90kg and above 90kg. The event is being organised by Satish Sugars Ltd., Gokak under the aegis of Indian Body Building and Fitness Federation (IBBF) and recognised by Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Indian Olympic Association. The event will be conducted by Karnataka Association of Bodybuilders (KABB). Details may be obtained from Sanjay Patil on 9225908801 or Khushali Virdikar on 9823696699.
3-a-side soccer at Velsao
PANJIM (HSD) – Velsao Villagers Association will organise their All-Goa 3-a-side soccer tie-breaker on November 14 near Velsao church complex at 11 a.m. Spot entries will be accepted. The winners and runners-up will pocket Rs 4,444 and Rs 3,333 respectively.
Women’s festival selection trials
PANJIM (HSD) – The SAG will conduct the final selection trials to select the State women’s teams in basketball, kabaddi, kho-kho and volleyball on November 15 at sports complex ground, Campal. Basketball selections will be at Youth Hostel court, Mira Mar. Players may report to Dilip Ghosh (basketball coach), Vassudev Kuttikar (kho-kho coach), Surya Sawant, Erissa Faleiro (volleyball coaches) and Yogesh Sawaldessai and Rajani Parsekar (kabaddi coaches).
Goa University ahead HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, NOV 12
Goa University beat Nagpur University 3-0 in the qualifying Group D match and qualified for All-India inter-university football championship 2010-11 at Jabalpur on Friday. Pedro Antonio Gonsalves and Shadab Shaikh (brace) scored. In the South West Zone volleyball championship for women, Goa University entered the the second round of South West Zone inter-university volleyball championship defeating V N S South Gujarat
University, Surat 25-22, 25-20, 25-16. Melissa Pereira, Christie Dias and Danish Dias excelled for Goa University. Goa will now meet Dr. H S Gour Vishwavidyalaya, in the second round. Meanwhile, Milton Fernandes, assistant director, physical education and sports, Goa University has been appointed as observer for All India inter-university football championship by the InterUniversity Sports Board of India.
Calangute thrash Pilerne HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, NOV 12
What exactly is the color white, and is it truly a color? It's a question that's been asked many times before.
White is a representation of additive color mixing. The overlapping projection of the primary color lights of red, green, and blue (RGB) combine to form the color white at the appropriate intensities. In other words, to form the color white, red, green and blue lights are combined in an overlapping pattern and at the correct offset.
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What is Gravity?
Gravity is a force of attraction that exists between any two masses, any two bodies, or any two particles. Gravity is not just the attraction between objects and the Earth; it is an attraction that exists between all objects, everywhere in the universe.
Newton's ‘law’ of gravity is a mathematical description of the way bodies are observed to attract one another, based on many scientific experiments and observations. The gravitational equation says that the force of gravity is proportional to the product of the two masses (m1 and m2), and inversely proportional to the square of the distance (r) between their centers of mass. Mathematically speaking:
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Calangute Association hammered Pilerne Sports Club 50 to move into the quarter-finals of AnjunaCaisua inter-village football tournament organised by Chapora Yuvak Sangh at Chapora ground on Friday. Hot favourites, Calangute began on a promising note scoring their first goal in the very second minute through Sherwin Lobo. Vijay Parsekar doubled the lead in the 4th minute while Emmanuel D'Costa increased the lead to 3-0 in the 20th minute. Vijay again found the nets in the 25th minute to give his team a comfortable 4-0 lead.
Changing over, Calangute kept the tempo going to complete the 5-0 rout through German Fernandes.
Elvis in I-League panel HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, NOV 12
Elvis Gomes, GFA’s vice-president will represent the Goa Football Association in the ILeague committee 2010-11 which has been constituted by AIFF president, Praful M Patel. Following are the members: Sajjan Jindal – chairman, Venugopal Dhoot - deputy chairman. U K Ganguli, representative, Indian Football Association, West Bengal, Wali Mohammed, representative, WIFA, Maharashtra,
Inder Singh, representative, Punjab FA, N K Bhatia, representative, Delhi FA, E Krishna Narayana, representative, Karnataka FA, representative, Kerala FA. Club representatives: P Bhaskaran – Viva Kerala, Vijay Bali – JCT Sports Pvt. Ltd, R Rajan Joseph – HAL, Cutsodio Almedia – Dempo SC, Nandan Piramal – Pune FC and representative, East Bengal Club. AIFF executive committee: Kushal Das – general secretary, Hardev Jadeja – treasurer and Larsing M Sawyan – member.
Sunshine beat Friends PANJIM (HSD) -- Sunshine Sports Club, Carambolim beat Friends Sporting Club, Carambolim 6-5 via the tie-breaker after a 1-1 draw in the soccer exhibition series at Carambolim. Sunshine opened their account through Diniz D’Costa while Gourish Vaigankar helped Friends equalise. In the tie-
breaker, Sunshine prevailed. Friends SC came from a 2-0 deficit to thrash Sunshine SC 3-2. Diniz D’Costa and Vinay put Sunshine in the lead. Changing ends, Friends equalised through Franky Mascarenhas and Nithesh Mistry. Bosco Gonsalves netted the match winner.
Raitura move into quarters
PANJIM (HSD) -- Raitura SC defeated Verna SC 4-3 via the tiebreaker to enter the quarter-finals of Fr Basilio Andrade memorial soccer at Musson ground, Majorda on Friday.
Verna were leading 1-0 at the break. Verna opened their account in the 6th minute through Anthony Rego. Raitura came on level terms in the 68th minute through Dionisio Oliveira.
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China dazzle with spectacular Asiad opening ceremony PTI BEIJING, NOV 12
Two years after the spectacular success of Beijing Olympics, China dazzled the world once again by unveiling the 16th Asian Games with a spell-binding opening ceremony in which water was the overwhelming theme and athletes were ushered in a unique boat parade on Pearl River. The theme was water and the main part of the ceremony was held at Hai Xinsha, an island located on China's third longest river, which is the life-giver to the southern part of the world's most populous nation. The four-and-a-half-hour ceremony started with trademark fireworks and the 37,000 capacity crowd was up on its feet when 1320 artists from the city's oldest kung fu school descended with giant LED screens in the backdrop. The mesmerisingly choreographed act had the artists performing breathtaking acrobatics while being several feet above the ground. The LED screens flashed the cityscapes and the artists formed formations to look like eagles flying through the sky. The ceremony was unique in more ways than one as it was not held in the main stadium of any multidiscipline sports spectacle as is the custom. The Hainixia island, which had an arena specifically built for the purpose, was the venue and it sat on a river that snakes through this sprawling city and at 2300 kms is the third longest in the country. With the performing area composed of a fixed stage that
could insert and release water and which could be elevated in the water, the stage was set for an amazing display of colour and dazzle that took the spectators' breath away in the 30,000-seater arena which was completed only two months ago. Circular water channel and four groups of sail-shaped LED screens which were made up of world's largest hanging LED screens -- 83m in height and 36m in width.
With the tall, well-lit skyscrapers of the city acting as the backdrop, Guangzhou gave a rousing welcome to the athletes who would strive for medals from tomorrow. The decorated boats, 45 in all and representing all the countries and regions taking part in the Games, set sail to the song "Happy Song All The Way along the River" with performers lining up both the banks cheering them amid drum beats and local music. The 75-minute long athletes and officials' boat ride started at the White Swan Bay and ended at the Haixinsha Island
with the floats sporting various colours. The Indian athletes boarded their boat at the Taigucang Dock along with those of 13 other nations while the Zhoutouzui Dock and the Fangcun Dock were used for the others to take the ride from on the river, which is the third-longest in China. The boats stopped at the Xidi and Tianzi Dock, where an operatic performance highlighting the Guangzhou culture took place, before halting at three more places. After much confusion over who would be the flag-bearer, the original choice - ace shooter Gagan Narang - led the 671strong delegation of Indian athletes into the arena. The men were dressed in traditional blue blazers while the women in the contingent wore purple sarees for the occasion. The athletes' boat parade was as colourful as it could get with artists on both sides of the river putting on a cultural extravaganza under the Dazhong Memorial Arch. While on their way to the stadium, the athletes were also treated to a fashion show and dance performances held on the banks on the river. A folk variety show and percussion music welcomed the them before they disembarked at the Haixinsha Dock to the cheers of the welcoming group. The Olympic Council of Asia's boat also pulled in to the dock before the officials got off it amid joyous music and a guard of honour. The spectators, with props handed over to them on entering the arena, started interacting
with the performers. Games mascot "Xi Yangyang", the five goats, showed up running on the stage. Chinese premier Wen Jiabao and Olympic Council of Asia President, Sheikh Ahmad AlFahad Al-Sabah then entered the arena to the strains of the military band of the Chinese army. The raising of the host country's flag and the singing of China's National anthem were gone through before an art performance "Setting Sail" followed by dazzling fireworks from the Guangzhou Tower. The virtues of the Pearl River were highlighted by a foot-tapping dance-music show before the arena reverberated with the sound of over 500 drums. The ceremony of converging water and the invitation from the "City of Flowers" (Guangzhou) followed with short videos being shown on sail-shaped screens. The theme song "Sun Rises from the East" was a prelude to the entry of the athletes into the arena with the military band striking its notes. Games Organising Committee chief Liu Peng and OCA chief Shaikh Al-Sabah delivered their opening speeches before Chinese PM declared the Games open to the accompaniment of fireworks. The formal part of the function commenced with the entry and raising of the OCA flag and the playing of the OCA's anthem. Athletes' and officials took the oath before the Games flame arrived. The cauldron lit, Guangzhou's night sky was then lit up by eyecatching fireworks.
(TOP): The Philippines boat sails up the Pearl River during the opening ceremony. (MIDDLE): The Asian Games cauldron is lit. (BOTTOM): The Indian delegation led by flag bearer and shooter Gagan Narang attend the opening ceremony.
McIntoshâ€™s century drives Kiwis in comfort zone
Tim McIntosh drives down the ground as M S Dhoni and V V S Laxman look on. PTI HYDERABAD, NOV 12
Tim McIntosh revived his fledgling career with a sedate century as New Zealand came up with a gritty batting display to find themselves in a comfortable position in the second cricket Test against India on Friday. McIntosh notched up his second Test century while Martin Guptill produced a fluent 85 as the visitors reached 258 for four in their first innings at close on the opening day on a placid track at Rajiv Gandhi international stadium. Centurion in the first Test,
Jesse Ryder was batting on 22, while giving him company was wicketkeeper Gareth Hopkins who is yet to open his account. McIntosh would, however, be disappointed as the Kiwi, after recording his century, got out when Zaheer Khan delivered with the second new ball at the fag end of the day. Guptill had earlier smashed a fluent 85 off 160 balls to lead New Zealand's recovery after S Sreesanth gave India an early breakthrough by removing Brendon McCullum with a peach of delivery. For McIntosh, after recording
a pair in the series opener at Motera, this was an opportunity to get back among runs and the opener grabbed it with both hands. He got off the mark with a boundary through cover and produced 10 delectable shots along the ground and a lofted six over the region between
long-on and deep midwicket. During his stay at the wicket, the 30-year-old was involved in two important partnerships. The opener first raised 147 runs for the second wicket with Guptill during which he seemed content to play second fiddle to his more aggressive partner, and then, he was associated in another halfcentury stand with Taylor. McIntosh was a picture of patience during his gritty knock and at times looked out of sorts but Guptill, in stark contrast, played with a lot more freedom and dominated proceedings without ever playing a false shot. The hosts, desperately aiming to wrest the initiative from the visitors after escaping defeat in the first Test at Motera, got off to a perfect start with Sreesanth removing McCullum as early as the fourth over of the match. The ball straightened after landing on middle and off and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni gleefully accepted the edge from the dashing New Zealand opener, who had smashed the bowler through cover point to open his account.
NEW ZEALAND: T McIntosh b Zaheer 102, B McCullum c Dhoni b Sreesanth 4, M Guptill lbw b Ojha 85, R Taylor c Dhoni b Zaheer 24, J Ryder not out 22, G Hopkins not out 0. Extras: 21 Total: 258-4 (90 overs). Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-151, 3-206, 4-253. Wickets: Zaheer 18-7-41-2, S Sreesanth 15-1-601,Harbhajan 27-6-66-0, P Ojha 23-4-60-1, Raina 7-215-0.
Smithâ€™s ton helps SA dominate day 1 AGENCIES DUBAI, NOV 12
Captain Graeme Smith hit his 22nd Test century as South Africa dominated Pakistan on day one of the first Test. The match in Dubai was the first played by either team since Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider walked out over match-fixing concerns. Umar Gul produced a fine opening spell but openers Smith and Alvaro Petersen (67) batted well to put on 153. Smith made exactly 100 before Hashiam Amla (80) and Jacques Kallis (53 not Graeme Smith celebrates his hundred. out) pushed the score along to porary home base. But batting became straight311-3. Gul, and the almost as im- forward after the first hour and pressive Wahab Riaz, were un- Smith made the most of the flat fortunate not to pick up at least track to overtake Australia's Allan one early wicket at the Dubai Border to set a new mark for the International Cricket Stadium, most runs scored by a captain. It could have been a different which is hosting its first-ever Test while Pakistan using the story for South Africa if things United Arab Emirates as a tem- had gone the way of Pakistan
early on. Gul should have had the wicket of Petersen in the third over, but umpire Daryl Harper failed to spot an edge to the debutant wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal, the third Akmal brother to play Test cricket. Smith survived successive leg before wicket scares in each of the next two overs, as Gul and Riaz extracted some seam movement. But once spin was introduced in the 10th over the pressure was released, allowing South Africa to score a little more freely. South Africa were 101-0 at lunch and Smith, upon passing 50, hit a flurry of boundaries to ramp up the scor-
ing rate. Petersen finally fell when pulling a poor, short-pitched delivery from Abdur Rehman to midwicket, but Smith carried on and reached his century in due course. He then departed to another poor ball, picking out Taufeeq Umar at deep backward square leg off a Riaz long-hop. At tea, South Africa were 1972, before Amla and Kallis took toll of a flagging attack to add a further 110 in the final session before Adnan Akmal threw himself to his right to take a good catch off Riaz. Gul was again luckless with the second new ball, before Kallis and Paul Harris were taken off the field by the umpires halfway through the final over because of poor light.
SOUTH AFRICA 1st innings: G Smith c Umar b Riaz 100, Petersen c Younus b Rehman 67, Amla c Adnan Akmal b Riaz 80, Kallis not out 53, P Harris not out 0. Extras 11. Total 311 for 3 (89.3 overs). Fall: 1-153, 2-190, 3-307. Wickets: Gul 18.3-2-730, Riaz 18-3-61-2, Rehman 27-2-91-1, Ajmal 25-5-770, Hafeez 1-0-1-0.
Bhupathi-Mirnyi qualify for Tour final AGENCIES PARIS, NOV 12
India's Mahesh Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi of Belarus sealed their place in ATP World Tour Final while India's Rohan Bopanna and Pakistan's Aisam ul Haq Qureshi missed out on the opportunity. Bhupathi and Mirnyi's 36, 6-1, 10-5 win over Jonathan Erlich and Michael Kohlmann for Paris Masters quarter-finals followed by top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan's hard fought 7-6(2), 7-6(5) victory against Wesley Moodie of South Africa and Dick Norman of Belgium late Thursday, ensured the sixthseeded Indo-Belarusian pair the berth in London. 'The Indo -Pak Express' Bopanna and Qureshi failed in their bid to qualify for the London finale earlier in the day after their 3-6, 2-6 loss to Mark Knowles and Andy Ram in the second round. Their loss means that Bopanna should be travelling to Guangzhou for the Asian Games.
Saturday, 13 Nov 2010
Goa: Sure Lure for Films
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BY DOLCY D’CRUZ HERALD FEATURES un, sand and surf! That is exactly what the film makers are looking for and more in Goa. A beautiful state, with all the components a good film requires are present in one tiny state of India. Right from the times of the heroes like Amitabh Bachchan doing his fight scene in ‘Deewar’ to Shahrukh Khan climbing the success ladder with his ‘hair like a bear’ look in ‘Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa’, our scenic beauty has lured directors to choose Goa as a filmy destination. And who can forget Nana Patekar and Seema Biswas, a deaf and mute couple living a quite life in Goa in ‘Khamoshi’ where a scene was shot in the Assagao church. Movies are made in Goa, though very rarely, one gets to see these actors, the film units prefer their quite and leisure without the hustle and bustle of the commercial cities like Mumbai and Bangalore. A scene from last year’s release, ‘All The Best’ showed the entire interiors of Inox reorganised to look like an airport with flight details, sign boards and even air stewardesses strolling around the place. The parking lot looked like the arrival and departure entrance. The best part is that the public are not even aware of who is shooting and whose down in Goa. The shooting units are so quick with their work that only shows how much of freedom they have here. “Currently, shooting is on at Miramar for a film called ‘Players’ which stars Abhisekh Bachchan, Sonam Several schemes Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Bipasha Basu and Aftab Shivdasani. Recently, John Abralike the Single Win- ham completed a shoot at Assagao in a dow Clearance and Portuguese house where one scene for F i l m F i n a n c e the film ‘Hai Junoon’ was shot. Mahesh Bhatt is expected to hit Goan shores Scheme encourages with his filming unit later in the film making in Goa month,” says Newton Dias, an event organiser and model co-ordina- Manoj Srivastava tor in Goa. He further adds, “It is not just films, there are different kinds of shoots happening in Goa like music videos, commercials, short jiggles and even fashion shows. The first thing that attracts film makers about Goa is its beauty. The other aspects include the locations, whether they suit the script of the film. Even proximity plays a huge role in the film making process. Goa is a one stop shop for beaches, churches, temples, monuments and even the hinterlands. It is not that easy also. A production manager has to obtain permission to shoot at these
Goa has been attracting film makers right from the time of ‘Deewar’ to the ongoing shoot of the film, ‘Players.’ What exactly attracts these film makers to this paradise of the east? Is it just the scenic beauty or more that Goa offers these film makers? Herald probes venues. There are a set of rules which have to be followed while filming.” “The rules include cleanliness being maintained at the location so the unit cannot create a nuisance with garbage. Refunding people if any damage is done while shooting, no altering the structures already existing, one rules is broken and the entire permission is dissolved and shooting is immediately cancelled. We recently shot a scene at Camurlim, Loutolim for the film ‘Coffin Maker’ starring Naseeruddin Shah where we erected a complete set of a house of the coffin maker. The set was removed after completing shooting on November 3. An advantage for film units is that they are at leisure with no much interference from the locals. They come with their cast or if they require, we provide them with Goan models and actors,” says Newton. Manoj Shrivastav, CEO of Entertainment Society of Goa, says, “The ease of shooting and the efficiency of handling film shoots attracts film makers to Goa. Besides that there are several schemes like the Single Window Clearance and Film Finance Scheme that encourages film making in Goa. Right now the shoot for Abbas Mustan’s film, ‘Players’ is underway. We usually don’t receive any complains from the public regarding film shooting as more or less the film units abide by the rules set. As for the future of film making in Goa, film making is coming up in a big way and with the various schemes launched by the Government of Goa, it is likely to strengthen film making further in the State.” Another aspect of shooting in Goa is that fact that Goa is not as busy as the film capital, Mumbai. Goa is peaceful and when the film unit is down in Goat they don’t get stuck in traffic jams or delay the unit as it happens there. Here, everyone is present at the same place. Actors are hassle free as they too are enjoying the Goan holidays even at work. Actors often quote that it is more of a pleasure travelling to Goa without worrying about work. Unfortunately, the common man gets a hit as people gather to see the actors, they create a havoc on the roads leading to a traffic jam. The rules are broken but no one is accounted for it. Many a times, the unit leaves the location in a mess with garbage strewn all around the place. Often bringing up the ugly question, ‘are they taking advantage of our hospitality?’
production. Pepper production in 2010 is estimated to be 3, 16,380 tonnes with a project export of 2, 37,650 tonnes. However the projection for 2011 is less with the production estimated to be 3, 09,952 tonnes and export of 2, 29,000 tonnes. Though production levels are down, there has been rise in consumption pattern. A five per cent growth in consumption of pepper has been recorded despite the recession. Unlike in the earlier years, consumption of pepper is increasing in some of the pepper producing countries also. Countries like Vietnam and China have recorded a rise in consumption in pepper. China has been importing over 18,000 tonnes every year from Vietnam to meet its demand. As regards India is concerned, the aim is to increase the production of Indian pepper to 1, 20,000 tonnes by 2014. The current scheme envisages increasing production in the states of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and the North East. Kerala will share 80,000 tonnes and Tamil Nadu 4,000 tonnes while Karnataka will share around 20,000 tonnes. The North East will be able to contribute 5,000 tonnes. The present pepper development programme is targeting taking pepper cultivation to 68,000 hectares in the Idukki district and already 10,000 hectares has been covered so far. In Wynadu, the area is to be increased to 23,000 hectares. India will also focus now production of white pepper. The new Spice Park in the Idukki district has been provided with a new technology to produce white pepper using enzymes. (Courtesy: UNI)
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Engineered Plants could be turned into Green Plastics Someday
Pepper Farmers to get Daily Global Pepper Prices by SMS he International Pepper Community will start SMS service of pepper prices from pepper countries to pepper farmers on a daily basis. An arrangement has been worked out with the Indonesian internet provider Telcom to provide the service free to the farmers. This was announced by V K Kurian, IAS, Chairman of the International Pepper Community and Spices Board India. The Chairman said the IPC meeting was attended by a record number of 139 delegates from 25 countries besides 154 Indian delegates, which included pepper farmers from Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka. The farmers got the opportunity to interact with delegates from pepper growing countries and got to know the technologies being adopted in other growing countries. The existing conflict of interest in arriving at production estimates for pepper by pepper traders and farmers will got rid of by direct estimation of figures by the IPC henceforth, he said. An independent body will do the exercise on a regular basis, the Chairman said. The IPC will also recognize the best pepper farmers, best pepper exporter and the best innovation in pepper product development from next year onwards. In order to solve the problems relating to salmonella and ethion in pepper, the IPC will start subsidizing a training programme in pepper producing countries using the FAO assisted Good Agricultural Practices for pepper. Global pepper production is facing shortages on account of shift in cultivation from pepper to rubber on account of better rubber prices in countries like Malaysia. In Indonesia, pepper growing areas are facing threat from tin mining which is a profitable venture. Attraction to cultivation of cocoa is also another cause. However, the incidence of disease is also another factor deterring pepper
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cientists have engineered a plant that produces industrially relevant levels of compounds that could potentially be used to make plastics. “The raw materials for most precursors currently come from petroleum or coal-derived synthetic gas. Our new way of providing a feedstock sourced from fatty acids in plant seeds would be renewable and sustainable indefinitely,” said biochemist John Shanklin from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory. “Additional technology to efficiently convert the plant fatty acids into chemical building blocks is needed, but our research shows that high levels of the appropriate feedstock can be made in plants,” he added. The method builds on Shanklin’s longstanding interest in fatty acids called omega-7 fatty acids. Discovery of the genes that code for the enzymes responsible for so called ‘unusual’ plant oil production encouraged many researchers to explore ways of expressing these genes and producing certain desired oils in various plants. Enzymes that make the unusual fatty acids are variants of enzymes called ‘desaturases’. First the researchers identified naturally occurring variant desaturases with desired specificities, but they worked poorly when introduced into Arabidopsis. They next engineered a laboratory-derived variant of a natural plant enzyme that worked faster and with greater specificity than the natural enzymes. Having tested various traits individually, the scientists then combined the most promising traits into a single new plant. The result was an accumulation of the desired omega-7 fatty acid at levels of about 71 percent in the best-engineered line of Arabidopsis. “This proof-of-principle experiment is a successful demonstration of a general strategy for metabolically engineering the sustainable production of omega-7 fatty acids as an industrial feedstock source from plants,” Shanklin said. (ANI)
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Saturday, 13 Nov 2010
WHAT’S UP IN GOA?? Festival of Carols, organised by the Kala Academy will take place on December 19 at the Kala Academy, Panjim. Registration closes on November 19. Call 2420452. ‘Shiksha Abhishek’, a joint cultural event that will feature students from the age of 4 to 50 years in bands, duets and solos, organised by Taught To Teach Music School Society will be held on November 21 at 4.45pm at Emerald Lawns, Parra. Call 2256165 or 2264425. Solo Dance Competition for under 16 year olds, organised by Omkar Cultural Association, Colvale will be held on December 30 at Kala Academy. Registration is open. Entry forms are available at the Kala Academy, Panjim. Call 9673997188 or 9823306652. ‘An introduction to Bengal folk music forms and qawalis’, a musical workshop with Baul and fakhiri musicians from Bengal will be held at Art Escape, Benaulim. V i s i t w w w. a r t e s c a p e . i n . C a l l 9881568756 or 9323590051. A demonstration in painting with natural dyes on khadi followed by an interactive session with Shatrughan Thakur, as part of Sublime Expressions - Art Initiative Series 7, will be held on November 17 from 2pm to 6:30pm at the International Centre Goa. The 30th Surashree Kesarbai Kerkar Smriti Sangeet Samaroha, a music festival will be inaugurated on November 13 at 5.25pm at the Kala Academy, Panjim. The musical session will be held later on. The second session, to be held on November 14 will begin at 10am at the aforesaid venue. Call 2420452. An All Goa Sand Sculpture Competition for children, organised by Kala Kranti will be held on November 14 on Majorda beach. International Clown Fest theatre show will be held on November
H O R O S C O P E 15 at 6.30pm at Kala Academy, Panjim. The show is in aid of Disability Rights Association of Goa (DRAG). Call 2420452. Yoga for senior citizens, organised by the Lions Club of Margao Service Trust will be held from November 15 to 19 at the Recreation Centre, Pedda, Margao. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Call 2700886. ‘Media and Corporate World: Challenges and Opportunities’ will be the theme of the National Press Day on November 16 at 10am at the Kala Academy, Panjim. It is organised by the Department of Information and Publicity, Goa Editors Guild and the Goa Union of Journalists. ‘Our Cultural Diversity’, a workshop for in service school teachers up to the age of 48 years, organised by the Centre for Cultural Resources and Training, New Delhi will be held from December 1 to 11. The schools intending to depute their teacher can visit the Department of Art and Culture, Patto, Panjim. Call 2438103. The Great Goan Photography Contest, organised by Goan Shutterbugs in memory of the late Laxmikant P Kudchadkar is open for registration. The contest is divided into three categories, Enchanting Goa, Spirit of Goa and Go Going. Contest forms can be downloaded from www.goanshutterbugs.com or collected from Click Photography School, Margao, Supply’s India, Panjim, Calizz, Candolim or CMYK Academy, Mapusa. Registration closes on November 15, 2010. Call 9822151419, 3250000 or 9822581232. ‘Crazy Idea Competition’, organised by the Staff Club of the National Institute of Oceanography, Dona Paula is open for registration. It will be held on the occasion of NIO Foundation Day. Visit www.nio.org/innovative ideas competition. E - m a i l email@example.com.
Follow any urge you have to seek alone time right now. 21 Mar - 19 Apr Listen to your heart. Big, new ideas are easier to push today, so dig deeply and see what you can come up with. You may find that your good energy is right for getting your people moving in a new direction.
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Like a karmic Santa Claus, you will be handing out many 24 Jul - 23 Aug gifts of goodwill today. People don't respond as well to emotional appeals today, so you might feel like you're fighting with one arm tied behind your back. You can use your left brain to score some impressive victories, though!
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Tackle your todo list early -spend the rest of today think20 Feb - 20 Mar ing about the future. Your wisdom is even more appreciated than usual today, so make sure that you're sharing it with the right people. It's a good time for you to step up and ensure that you're speaking truth to power, too.
simple small talk today -touch on more 23 Nov - 20 Dec substantial and real topics. It's a day that is powered by creativity, and you should be able to make the most of it. Shake things up at work, try an artistic activity at home or find a way to meet people that works in a new way.
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DID YOU KNOW? Why are killer whales called ‘killer’?
armistice Pronunciation AHR-muh-stus Function Noun Meaning : temporary suspension of hostilities by agreement between the opponents : truce Example Sentence The Korean War ended with an armistice signed in July of 1953, though a permanent peace accord was never reached.
The name ‘killer whale’ causes many misconceptions about this noble beast, the orca. First, killer whales are not whales at all. They are, in fact, dolphins. Second, they are not particularly violent creatures. Some are hunters, and prey on a variety of creatures such as squid, shark, otters, etc. However, there are no confirmed reports of an orca ever attacking a human being in the wild. Owing to their great strength and size, as well as their tendency to hunt in groups, orcas are able to hunt creatures that are much larger than themselves. They have been observed hunting whales, which could be the source of the name ‘killer whale’. It is believed that they were originally referred to as ‘whale killers’, but the words became reversed at some point. This has led to some bad PR for these poor animals.
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Instructions for Sudoku 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
SUDOKU SOL 704
HERALD CROSSWORD - 705 Across 1- Put away papers; 6- Tasteless; 11- Biol., e.g.; 14- Chew the scenery; 15- Lover of Juliet; 16- Common article; 17- Consumed; 18- Trooper maker; 19Atmosphere; 20- Cravings; 22Move effortlessly; 24- Shutting; 28- Globe; 30- Chinese tea; 31Winged; 32- Dishonest; 33One who is psychoanalyzed; 37- The last letter of the Hebrew alphabet; 38- Influential offering; 39- Siegfried's partner; 40- Ever-energetic; 43- Glossy fabric; 45- Starbucks order; 46Cherry red; 47- Suitcase; 49Asses; 50- Refuge; 51- Switch ending; 52- Cheer for Manolete; 53- Fulcrum for an oar; 56"Bolero" composer; 61- Apiece; 62- Alleviates; 63- ___ there yet?; 64- Concorde, e.g.; 65Chambers; 66- Spirited horse; Down 1- Charge; 2- ___ little teapot...; 3- Destiny; 4Hot time in Paris; 5- Negatory; 6- Come with; 7- A pitcher may take one; 8- ___ Darya (Asian river); 9- Pince-___; 10- Valiant; 11- Flight of steps; 12- Reproach; 13- Able was ___...; 21Chang's twin; 23- Bottom of the barrel; 24Young male horses; 25- Faithful; 26- Martini garnish; 27- Junior; 28- Thick slices; 29- "___ Rider" starred Clint Eastwood; 31- Licorice-like flavoring; 33- Aggregate of qualities that make good character; 34- Bandleader Shaw; 35Blasting; 36- Units of force; 38- Diner orders; 41- Fashion mag; 42- Artist; 43- Ladies of Spain; 44- Biblical beast boat; 46- Bill's partner; 47- Valleys; 48- Deflect; 49- Apparel; 50Jumps on one leg; 51- K-6; 54- Monetary unit of Vietnam; 55- Barcelona bear; 57- Illustra-
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Depicting Biodiversity through Photos and Words BY DOLCY D’CRUZ HERALD FEATURES alking into the exhibition hall at ‘Saim Rang – Colours of Nature’, one could understand the difficulty the judges had to face in order to select the winners of such a tough competition. Beautiful photographs of sunsets, reflections and nature in all its glory as well as rare and interesting photographs of flora and fauna were on display at Hotel Mandovi. The Biodiversity Photo Competition organised by V M Salgaocar & Bro Pvt Ltd on November 11, 2010 was based on two categories, Landscape and Flora and Fauna. The exhibition consisted of photographs of the competition which was held on the same day. The competition received 162 entries. Prasad Pankar, noted photographer and judge at the competition, said, “Judging the flora and fauna category was tough. The criteria for selection of the winning pictures were technicality, composition, lighting and the rarity of the species. I still feel we could have got better pictures in terms of quality. According to me, if you enter a competition, you’re already a winner.” The award ceremony of an essay competition, judged by Rita D’Sa, a senior teacher at Bhoomika Higher Secondary School, Poriem was also held on the same day, the concluding day of the wildlife week. “As this year is declared as Biodi-
LKA invites Entries for National Exhibition of Art
versity Year 2010 by the UN, the competition received good response and I am sure the objective has been attained. Every entry was good and informative. The criteria for judging were introduction, ideas presented and how they flowed, the message conveyed and the conclusion. The essay was also judged on how well the topic was researched, organised and whether or not they met the word count of 1500 words,” said Rita D’Sa, concluding with the UN motto for biodiversity, ‘Think globally, act locally’.
WINNERS: Essay Competition (Junior Category) 1 Tanmay Naik 2 Aishwariya Rath 3 Kushik Desai Essay Competition (Senior Category) 1 Suman Gadh 2 Tanvi Kamat Bambolkar 3 Radhika Prabhudesai Photography Competition (Landscape Category) 1 Julius Fernandes 2 Raju Sawant 3 Amit Soyru
HERALD FEATURES he Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi will be organising the 53rd National Exhibition of Art, its prestigious event in the field of Fine Arts. The exhibition will cover a broad range of artworks of all mediums like paintings, sculptures, graphics, photographs, drawings, installation and multi-media. Maximum number of exhibits displayed will be 120. The exhibits for display in the exhibition must have been fully executed by the artist on or after January 1, 2010 and photograph sent must be of exhibits offered for exhibition. The maximum size of the exhibits will be not more than 6‘x 6‘ for a Painting/Graphic prints, 3‘x 3‘x 2’ for a Sculpture/Ceramics. The photographs etc will be retained by the Akademi in its archives and no correspondence on this account will be entertained. Minimum age limit for participation in the National Exhibition of Arts is 18 years as on October 1, 2010. There will be ten awards carrying cash prize of Rs 1,00,000 each for ten works of outstanding merit selected by a Jury constituted by the Akademi. Limited copies of the prospectus of the said exhibition are available at the Programme and Development Section of Kala Academy on first-come first-serve basis. The last date for receiving the Form in the office of the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi is on or before November 30, 2010.
2nd place, Raju Sawant
Photography Competition (Flora and Fauna Category) 1 Vero D’Souza 2 Ketan Sheldankar 3 Rupesh Mahale
Capturing the talent on his lens: a connoisseur of photography
3rd place, Amit Soyru
1st place, Julius Fernandes
A tough task for the judge: Rita D’ Sa
The Social Network Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake Director: David Fincher Rating:
fter heavy media attention and a whirlwind production, David Fincher’s latest film The Social Network is hitting theatres. The film is based on the book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal that follows company founder Mark Zuckerberg from his humble beginnings as an anti-social Harvard student to becoming the youngest billionaire in the country. The film centres on Mark Zuckerberg, an undergraduate who’s a tech genius and desperate for social acceptance. After his girlfriend breaks up with him during the fall of 2003, he gets drunk and decides to make a website that compares various female students’ pictures to each other — without their permission. The scandal gets him noticed by not only the faculty but by Tyler and Cameron Winkelvoss and Divya Narendra. The trio asks him for help with a social site they’re developing strictly for Harvard students that allows them to create profiles and share photos. It’s from that point that the story gets a little muddled. Zuckerberg never helps them, instead he builds his own website called Facebook, with some financial aid from his best friend Eduardo Saverin. After Facebook goes live and becomes a social networking phenomenon it catches the attention of Sean Parker the infamous founder of Napter, as well as Winkelvoss and Narendra who are less than thrilled. The Social Network has a solid cast of young actors. Even Justin Timberlake managed to give a strong performance as the overconfident and slightly manipulative Parker. Armie Hammer is a relative newcomer who seamlessly plays the role of twins (Tyler and Cameron Winkelvoss) like it is second nature. Eisenberg manages to make you love and loathe Zuckerberg simultaneously, while Garfield’s Eduardo is at the center of all the drama. Sorkin’s script sets up the events in a way that everyone’s story is told from their perspective. We see why Zuckerberg thought Facebook was solely his creation, and you see why Eduardo and the Winkelvoss’ feel betrayed. Everyone’s tale is told.
Tips from the expert lensman: Prasad Pankar
As for direction, it is no secret that Fincher is an amazing visual director. The difference between him and his peers is he knows how to pull back. He knows when to over and underplay certain scenes. Overall, The Social Network is a solid film that features good performances and is a cautionary tale of what happens when you mix business with pleasure. The reason the movie works is because Fincher approaches it like any other piece of material. He doesn’t pander to the audience. He makes it high brow even though it can be considered juvenile fluff, fluff that happens to be worth $25 billion!
A Flat Cast: Jimmy Shergill, Sanjay Suri, Hazel Crowney Director: Hemant Madhukar Rating:
horror film works if it scares the living daylights out of you, if it succeeds in giving you goose bumps at vital points of the narrative, but barring a scene or two in A Flat, you don’t break into a cold sweat or bite your nails in anxiety. Rahul (Shergill) comes from the US to India to pacify his girlfriend, Preeti (Kaveri Jha), who has, for all practical purposes, given in to her father’s demand to marry another guy. On reaching India, Rahul is shocked to learn about the death of his father who died after visiting the flat Rahul was supposed to stay in. Suddenly, Rahul finds himself trapped in his own flat, completely cut off from the world. His only companion in the flat is a ghost which will not let him go. Rahul chances upon a diary in his flat, which leads him on to what had happened; the sordid story of an old friend Karan (Suri) and the life of a simple girl Geetika (Hazel) before she turns into a ghost. Rahul is flabbergasted by what he reads in the diary. What he does thereafter is revealed in the end. While Shergill does reasonably well, Suri doesn’t look convincing and Hazel doesn’t look like a village belle from any angle. Kaveri Jha seems confident. Hemant Madhukar’s direction is not bad but there’s nothing entertaining about the film, thanks mainly to the faulty script. Bappa Lahiri’s music and Virag Mishra’s lyrics don’t add much to the horror drama. Overall, A Flat is a dull horror fare which neither thrills nor chills. Courtesy www.cinecurry.com
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My next will be a full-fledged musical: Karan Johar
Zooey Deschanel in ‘Spider Man 3’?
Eminem fears Another Writer’s Block
aran Johar’s next directorial venture is finally in place. He has decided to make a fun musical with at least 10 songs, which is a complete departure from the mood of his last offering My Name Is Khan. “In My Name Is Khan I couldn’t have my protagonist singing on screen. Though I’m very proud of its songs, I somehow feel deprived when I don’t do full-on lip-sync songs. My next will be a full-fledged musical with the characters singing away on screen. At the moment that’s all I can tell you,” said Karan. With a break on his hands, due to a sudden bout of malaria, Karan got time to ponder deeply over what he wants to direct next. “I suppose out of every setback some good is bound to happen. So yes, that elusive idea for my next film, for which I had even taken time off, but to no avail, is finally locked in,” he said. “After a serious film like My Name is Khan I am moving into the fun zone. I am doing a fun-and-frolic film. I don’t care if frolic is too frivolous a word. That’s what I am doing in my next movie.” Recently, Karan had Amitabh Bachchan over for dinner. Would it be correct to assume that the mega-star would feature in his next directorial venture? “Amitji just came home for a conversation dinner and an evening with me and my mother. Every time I speak to him, I feel blessed. I’m very fortunate to have not just known him but also worked with him. Of course, I’d love to work with him again and with Abhishek too,” Karan inserts. Karan intends to invite Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh as solo guests on his chat show Koffee with Karan. “With them there’s no combination that makes any sense anymore,” said Karan who is currently hosting the third season of the show which went on air recently. “Fortunately, I had shot four episodes before I fell ill. So there’s a bank. I’m proud of what I’ve shot so far. People talk about the Imran-Ranbir and Sonam-Deepika rivalry. On my show they got along so well,” he said. Interestingly, Deepika is said to have confirmed on Karan’s show that it was Ranbir whom she had accused of twotiming in print. “I’m not saying anything. Just watch my show,” he concludes.
apper Eminem fears he will lose his hitmaking touch forever if writer’s block seizes him again. The Lose Yourself rapper admits he faced the condition for the period of four years during the height of his drug-using days when he could not create great rhymes and it drove him crazy, a leading UK website states. “I try to stay recording, because if I don’t, I get rusty. I’m very paranoid about writer’s block. I had it for four years. No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t think. The pills had a lot to do with it. Just wiping out brain cells,” he said. “I don’t know if it sounds like I’m making excuses, but the absolute truth is a lot of my memory is gone,” he added.
I want to dress up Bipasha on her wedding: Rocky S
merican actress Zooey Deschanel has reportedly been approached to star in the third instalment of the Spider Man fran-
chise. According to the sources, director Marc Webber, who has previously worked with Deschanel in 500 Days of Summer has offered her the role of playing Betty Brant, the sexy PA of Daily Bugle boss J Jonah Jameson. Daily Bugle is a fictional New York City newspaper in the Spider Man films and comics. “Betty was a minor character in the previous Spidey movies but Marc has big plans for her. He wants a strong per former to c a r r y t h e ro l e a n d Zooey fits the bill perfectly. The role is hers if she wants it,” a UK website reported. Spider Man ‘, featuring Andrew Garfield in the title role, is due to begin shooting next month.
esigner Rocky S, who has been a friend of actress Bipasha Basu for over a decade, says he wants to dress up the Bengali beauty when she ties the
knot. “My focus at the moment is to see Bipasha married. I definitely know it is nowhere on the scene and there is a long way to go but the day she gets married, I want to dress her up for her big day. She is the woman whom I would want to dress up,” said Rocky S, who showcased his bridal collection. The collection, which drew inspiration from Rajasthani and Turkish designs, included lehengas, saris, and churidar kurtas threaded with silk, jacquard, chiffon, georgette, soft satin and crepe. “My collection focuses not only the brides but also the entire family, for whom it is equally a gala affair. The bling in the dresses has been subdued and the colours have been chosen accordingly,” he added. “The embroidered sequins, bootis, gotas, antique gold and exquisite broaches have been used to add the value to the attire,” Rocky S states. Also present on the occasion were Bollywood actress Ameesha Patel, model Yana Gupta and singer-actress Sophie Choudhary.
Camera that sees the Invisible!
hemists from the University of South Carolina are reportedly developing a camera that has the ability to see the invisible - be it bloodstains or any other substances. Called multimode imaging in the thermal infrared, they claim the new technology could help in crime scene investigations. Michael Myrick, Stephen Morgan and their graduate student colleagues said that the luminol test (mainstay method for detecting bloodstains and other body fluids at crime scenes) has certain disadvantages. Luminol, for instance, is potentially toxic, has been reported to
dilute blood solutions below DNA detection limits, can smear informative blood spatter patterns, and can provide false positive results. In their reports, the scientists described the construction and successful testing of a camera that takes images in several different ways. It captures hundreds of images in a few seconds, while illuminating its subjects with pulses of invisible infrared light waves. Some of these photos are taken through special filters, which block out particular wavelengths, allowing certain chemical components to stand out from their surroundings. The camera detects blood diluted to as little as one part blood in 100 parts water. In tests, the camera was able to make invisible stains and patterns emerge from a background of four different types of fabric, also distinguishing between blood, household bleach, rust, soda pop, and coffee. The camera also successfully detected an invisible watermark that the team printed on a piece of fabric. “These results indicate that this system could be useful for crime scene investigations by focusing nondestructive attention on areas more likely to be suitable for further analysis,” concludes the report. The reports are published in ACS' Analytical Chemistry.
Unsweetened Chocolate Protects Heart by Tackling High BP
ocoa can bring down blood pressure (BP) by inhibiting an enzyme that pushes it upwards - hence protecting the heart. In fact, it was as effective as BP drugs designed for the same purpose, according to a new study by scientists from the Linkoping University in Sweden. Ingrid Persson, who led the study, said, “We have previously shown that green tea inhibits the enzyme ACE, which is involved in the body's fluid balance and BP.” “Now we wanted to study the effect of cocoa, since the active substances catechins and procyanidines are related,” he added. Catechins and procyanidines are antioxidants that can reduce the damage oxygen can do to cells. The team recruited a group of healthy non-smoking volunteers for the study. Two days before the study, they were not allowed to eat chocolate or anything containing similar compounds, including many berries, nor could they drink coffee, tea, or wine. Everyone in the group gave a blood sample both before and after eating 75 grams of unsweetened chocolate with a cocoa content of 72 per cent. Scientists found ACE enzyme activity was reduced by 18 per cent, three hours after the cocoa dose. This is comparable to the effect of drugs that inhibit ACE and are used as a first-choice treatment for high BP. Editor –in-chief: R F Fernandes. Editor: Ashwin Tombat. Chief Editor-Features: Christina Viegas.
Better a Man’s Body Image, Better the Sex
en in general are viewed as being carefree when it comes to their appearance. The reality is that a lot of men spend plenty of time in front of the mirror. It is a fact, according to social scientists, that men care just as much as women do about their appearance. Body image has to do with how one feels about anything physical, from their weight, skin or hair colour, height, and the changes that come with aging, to the appearance of their genitals, to how their body may appear as a result of a physical disability or illness, and much more. Men may assume they should not worry about how they look, but just like the next person body image can be quite an issue for them. Unlike women, men are less likely to talk to friends and relatives about their bodies. Without support from friends and family, they may develop a negative self-image. The good news is that self-image and body image can be changed. Most sexuality experts will agree that to be sexually healthy, it is important for both body and mind to be ‘in sync’. When they are not, one or both areas can suffer. Many factors can influence how and whether someone experiences mind-body synchronisation. A common one has to do with a man’s comfort with the size and appearance of his sexual organ; a component of body image that is almost universally ignored in general discussions of body image. The better a man feels about his body, the more satisfying his sexual expressions and relationships will be. (Trends Courtesy: Agencies)
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