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As a follow up to the talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani, India has decided in-principle to resume bilateral cricket ties with Pakistan. Government sources said the time of the visit, the venues of matches and other logistical issues would be decided by the cricket boards of both countries. Sources said if everything goes according to the plans, Indian cricket team will visit Pakistan first and the cricket team of that country will pay a return visit. However, there is no slot available for Indian cricket team to visit Pakistan in the immediate near future. According to the Future Tour Schedule prepared by the International Cricket Council, Pakistan should visit India for three tests and five One Day International series

in March 2012. When contacted, BCCI VicePresident Rajiv Shukla and Chief Administrative Officer Ratnakar Shetty said they were not aware of any decision to resume bilateral cricketing ties. Before the World Cup semifinal match at Mohali on March 30, India last played against Pakistan at an Asia Cup match in June 2010 at Dambula in Sri Lanka. The last bilateral cricket series between India and Pakistan was

held in 2007-2008 when the Pakistani team had visited India. No international cricket team has visited Pakistan to play any match after the terror attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team on March 3, 2009, when six members of the visiting team were injured. Six Pakistani policemen and two civilians were also killed in the incident. The security situation in Pakistan continues to be a source of serious concern for international cricketers. Plans to launch a premier league and invite Sri Lanka to play in a series later this year have been put on hold. Officials in the PCB have confirmed that other boards had in recent meetings in Sri Lanka made it clear that their players were reluctant to travel to the crisis-torn country for the Pakistan Premier League (PPL) Twenty20 competition because of security fears.

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Activists file police complaint for land grab

Disqualification motion against brother, wife

Civil society activists on Wednesday filed a police complaint against the State Revenue Minister Jose Philip D’Souza and other government officials of corruption and financial irregularities. In their complaint letter to the Vigilance Department, Ketan Govekar and two others have also alleged illegal land grabbing. The location of the land is however not mentioned in the complaint letter. “The area, which falls under CRZ, has been shown to be out of the CRZ to avoid demolition and to use the area illegally for other purposes,” the complainants have further said alleging involvement of CRZMA officials. Besides the minister, the complaint copy has named the minister’s brothers – Pascoal, Clemente and Jose Niclau, Mormugao chief officer, Mormugao municipal council and other government officials. The case is yet to be registered though.

The BJP and ruling councillors of Mormugao Municipal Council (MMC) have accused Revenue Minister Jose Philip D’Souza of misusing his ministerial power to grab municipal land for his personal benefit. The MMC on Wednesday convened an emergency meeting after sections of media reported that D’Souza has grabbed land at Khariwaddo for his personal and family’s benefit. During the meeting, the councillors unanimously demanded that a thorough inquiry should be conducted in the entire episode by the Vigilance Department to unearth assets and properties of D’Souza and his family members, since the time D’Souza has held the revenue portfolio. Councillor Carlos Almeida moved a disqualification motion under Section 44 of Goa Municipal Act 1968 against Councillor Pascoal D’Souza,

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Shri. Jose Philip D’souza, Hon. Revenue Minister, Goa State.

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A FORCE TO RECKON WITH: A student reads a placard at a rally at Lohia Maidan, Margao demanding inclusion of English as a medium of instruction. In a show of solidarity, a huge gathering turned out even as speakers vowed to teach legislators a lesson if their demand was not met. (Report on page 2) Photo by Santosh Mirajkar

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Just petty issue, claims minister HERALD REPORTER VASCO, APRIL 13

Dismissing it as a ‘petty political issue’, Revenue Minister Jose Philip D’Souza has stated that his rivals are unnecessarily dragging him and his family members since there is no political issue left. Refuting allegations that he has grabbed land at Khariwaddo for his family, D’Souza said: “People from Vasco know that ‘Villa Domrine’ is originally a residential house as my grandfather and entire family was born at that place which today has been termed as ‘land grabbed’ by my rivals”. (Continued on page 2)

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High turnout in TN, Kerala, Puducherry PTI CHENNAI, APRIL 13

An average of nearly 78 per cent voters exercised their franchise to elect new Assemblies in the key southern States of Tamil Nadu and Kerala and the Union territory of Puducherry today. While Tamil Nadu and Kerala registered a turnout of 75.21 per cent and 74.4 per cent respectively, in Puducherry it was the highest at 85.21 per cent, Deputy Election Commissioner J P Prakash told reporters in Delhi. Prakash said polling was by and large peaceful and the percentage was likely to go up. However, in Salem in Tamil Nadu, a 58-year-old AIADMK sympathiser died in a stampede after police baton charge to disperse those gathered around a polling booth. Later, AIADMK sympathisers blocked the Sivathapuram main road. They also damaged police vehicles by pelting stones. Election officials kept a strong vigil amid allegations about money distribution to voters in a last ditch effort to lure voters, especially in Tamil Nadu. Prakash said Rs 54.17 crore in cash was recovered during the drive against use of money power during electioneering in

Tamil Nadu. Live web casting was carried out in all the three elections. For the first time, 8,835 overseas Indians voted in Kerala which had seen 74.4 per cent polling in the 2006 polls. The electoral fortunes of three top guns of the south — Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi (86), his Kerala counterpart V S Achuthanandan (87) and AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa (63) among others will be known on May 13. Moving away from his constituency in the city, Karunanidhi sought election from rural Tiruvarur segment in his home district for the first time while his arch-rival Jayalalithaa opted for temple town of Srirangam where her family has roots. Other political heavyweights among the 2,773 candidates are Karunanidhi’s son and Deputy Chief Minister M K Stalin (Kolathur on Chennai outskirts) and actor-politician Vijayakant of DMDK (Rishivandyam). In Kerala, Kannur district, known for clashes between rival party cadres, topped in voter turn out recording 80.4 per cent while the lowest was reported from Pathanamthitta (68.2) closely followed by capital Thiruvananthapuram (68.5).

Students Union warns against reviewing concession scheme HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 13

Nationalist Students Union of India (NSUI) has warned of a massive agitation if private bus operators force reviews the 50 per cent concession scheme to the students. NSUI will be also approaching Chief Minister Digambar Kamat

and Transport Minister Ramkrishna Dhavalikar, seeking Government’s inter vention to address the issue. Students are availing the 50 per cent concession in ticket fares after a massive agitation in 1978 by students’ Union in the State. Talking to Herald NSUI Goa

unit chief Sunil Kawthankar said that NSUI strongly protests against the bus operators’ demand and serious steps would be taken if they tried to review the scheme. “ We won’t tolerate any change in the scheme. It’s a right of every student. This being a (Continued on page 2)


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Don’t test parents’ patience, warns ForCe

A view of the huge crowd that turned up for the public meeting in support of English as the medium of instruction. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 13

Sending a warning loud and clear to the government that the patience of the parents is running out on the medium of instruction, a huge meeting of the Forum for Rights of Children’s Education (FORCE) has threatened to gherao Ministers and MLAs from the beginning of the academic year if their genuine and just demand to make English as the medium of instruction is not fulfilled by the government. Thousands of parents assembled at the historic Lohia Maidan on Wednesday evening to voice their support for English as the medium of instruction. Armed with banners and placards, the people warned the government that they will not rest till English is made the medium of instruction from the coming academic year, saying their movement is neither communal nor political, but aimed at securing the future of their children.

Education draft: Govt wants to know fiscal liabilities first HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 13

The draft Goa Educational Policy 2011 submitted to the State Government on Monday has been referred back to Directorate of Higher Education to work out its financial implications, sources stated. The sources in the State secretariat said that Education Secretary has referred the file back to Director of Higher Education Bhaskar Nayak, who will have to work financial liability, once the policy is implemented in totality. The Draft Educational Policy titled as Goa State Integrated Education Policy, 2011 deals with the planning of education in the state – right from Kindergarten (KG) to Post Graduation (PG). Sources stated that the policy is a fool-proof document that guides the way; Goa should decide its educational framework. Although content of the policy are kept under wraps, it is understood that the policy suggests that the elementary education should be done in mother tongue in the State.

Speakers lashed out at the government for its dilly dallying tactics and lambasted former chief minister Shashikala Kakodkar and others opposing English as the medium of instruction. FORCE general secretary Savio Lopes thundered that the patience of the parents is running out and warned of drastic action. “We have formulated a plan of action. We don’t want to tell you today what we will do, but we are confident that the Ministers and MLAs will come begging to the parents to meet our demand as and when the Action Plan is implemented”, Lopes warned. Saying that the government cannot be trusted any longer, he said the government had initially promised to fulfill the demand of the parents, only to later go back on its word. “The government thinks that the agitation will die down one day. But, they don’t know that the parents are ready to sacrifice for their children. Parents will not compromise on the future

of their children”, he reminded. Lopes said if the government is sincere, the issue can be resolved within two days time. “There’s no need to seek legal opinion on the issue, it will not take more than two days to solve the issue, but we want the government not to make statements but to take action”, he said, adding “the parents don’t want educationists to tell them what is good for the children’s future. We are ready to suffer and take full responsibility on the issue”. In her address, Cynthia D’Costa said the parents demanding English as the medium of instruction are not against Konkani and Marathi and vowed to continue the battle till the last. Asserting that those demanding English are not antinational, Cynthia demanded to know whether those running English schools are Maha antinationals “We are not ready to listen anymore to the Ministers and MLAs. If our demand is not ful-

filled, don’t keep quite. Tell them to give us our choice vis-à-vis medium of instruction or we have to give them our choice of candidates”, she asserted. In his spirited address, Mariano Araujo warned that the time is running out for the government to act on the demands of the parents. Asserting that the parents will never compromise on its genuine demand in the interest and future of their children, he warned that the parents will be forced to take morchas to the residences of the Ministers and MLAs at the beginning of the coming academic year on June 6 if the demands are not fulfilled by then. FORCE President Premanand Naik, Edgar Cota, Bashir Ahmed and others spoke at the impressive meeting. Benaulim MLA Mickky Pacheco along with ZP members Nelly Rodrigues and Wilfred D’Sa were spotted at the Lohia Maidan amongst the huge crowd in support of the demands of the parents.

Dabolim airport fiasco: airlines to reschedule flights at restricted hours HERALD REPORTER VASCO, APRIL 13

The controversy over flight operations without aid devices at Dabolim airport seems to be resolved, as most commercial airlines have agreed to either advance or postpone the scheduled flights during the restricted hours in the afternoon. It may be recalled that due to ongoing periodical maintenance work of Dabolim runway, airlines and Airport Authority of India (AAI) had stated that full length of runway along with aid device (Precision Approach Path Instrument) PAPI and GP (Glide Path) would not be made available for two-and-half hours from 3 to 5.30 pm during the civilian flying hours. Sources at the airport confirmed that after the DGCA order, no flights should land during ‘curfew hours’, Director General of Civil Aviation had pulled up airlines that had landed dur-

ing the restricted hours. Nearly 17 flights operate daily during the restricted two-andhalf hours between 3 pm and 5.30pm, which is considered as peak hours as almost to all metros – Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi, Chennai, Pune, Ahmedabad and few international flights operate during these hours. “Airline operators have agreed that they would either pre-pone or postpone the flights during those two-and-half restricted hours,” said sources. However, station managers of all commercial airlines said since maintenance work is carried out during two sessions. They suggested that instead of carrying out maintenance work in the afternoon, maintenance work should have been carried out from 6.30 pm to 8 pm, as no flights operate during these hours. Most of the airlines have made bookings one month in

From page 1 Students Union warns... straight fight between bus operators and Government, you cannot force students to suffer”, he said. The private bus operators under the banner All Goa Private Bus Operators Association (AGPBOA) are on an indefinite hunger strike in the city demanding implementation of their longpending demands. In one of their demands, the Association has asked to review 50 per cent concession granted to the students in the State with certain riders, to curb its misuse. The Association is of the opinion that the concession should be granted only on the school routes within a specific time period. Clarifying on their demand, the Association had claimed that several bogus Identity Cards had cropped up affecting their ticket collections. NSUI chief agreed saying, “there are instances where students show bogus cards to avail the benefit of 50 per cent concession”. He, however, added that, genuine students on the school or college routes must not be deprived from the benefit. Kawthankar said that rather than demanding a review of the scheme, it would be wise to ask for ‘equipment’, which could help in tracking such bogus cards. “The Government must operators the power to penalize students who violate the law”, Kawthankar said. On the operators demand seeking compensation towards the 50 per cent concession scheme through Social Welfare Department, Kawthankar said “We don’t want to comment on this. Let government decide on this point”.

Just petty issue...

“Villa Domrine is our ancestral house. We were born and brought up in Khariwaddo. I’m not denying that land belongs to the municipality”, he said. He further added that Settlement and Land Records clearly states that land belongs to the

advance and now advancing or postponing of flights would certainly create problems to the passengers. “Cutting of joints of the runway should be taken up from 6.30 pm to 8 pm and special mixture that is poured in cut joints should be poured in the morning session, as officers had claimed that it is not feasible to pour the mixture in the evening,” suggested the station managers. Earlier, Commander Ravnith Singh of INS Hansa had claimed that mixing of special material should be taken up during day as it gets settled down within five minutes after it is poured. Singh also informed that maintenance work is in full swing and they are satisfactory with the pace of work, as additional manpower has been engaged. “It is likely to get completed within two months, as it has to be finished before monsoon,” he said.

municipality, while structure on the land is possessed by his family members. “When did we acquire that land and since when it was transferred in our name? It only suggests that the structure on the land is possessed by our family”, said D’Souza. “Municipality came into existence in 1968, whereas we have been residing at the land for over a century. Originally, that land belonged to Dempo, while my grandfather was working as a coconut plucker. The municipality has fraudulently taken the land from Dempo and I will unearth the entire details”, claimed D’Souza. He further said that he is in possession of all relevant documents. “The issue has cropped up for political reasons and there is no authenticity in the allegation levelled by my rivals”, he added. “There are standard sets of rules and regulations for land acquisition and being revenue minister I can’t acquire land for personal purpose”, said D’Souza.

Disqualification motion

elder brother of the revenue minister and Nanny D’Souza (minister’s wife) seeking their disqualification for misconduct in discharging their duty. Almedia asked the chief officer to ascertain the existing area of D’Souza’s house and all other details. Most councillors alleged that D’Souza has misused his power to grab municipal land at Khariwaddo for his family. The official Goa Government portal of Director of Settlement and Land Record states ‘102 sq mtrs of municipal land is presently in possession of D’Souza and his brothers Pascoal, Clement and Jose.’ During the meeting, the councillors resolved to file a police complaint against D’Souza in the controversy. Noisy scenes prevailed during the meeting when the chief officer rejected the demand of the councillors to lodge a police complaint against D’Souza on Wednesday itself, saying he would seek legal opinion. Meanwhile, BJP Spokesperson Rajendra Arlekar had also levelled similar allegations and demanded the resignation of the revenue minister. “The Digambar Kamat Government should sack him from the ministry”, said Arlekar.


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Bus operators firm on stir, to continue hunger strike HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 13

Notwithstanding the Transport Department’s warning, the private bus operators have decided to continue their hunger strike until their demands are met by the government. They have also warned to go ahead with their proposed indefinite bus strike from April 15. Entering the second day of indefinite hunger strike on Wednesday, All Goa Private Bus Owners Association’s general secretary Sudip Tamankar said that they will not bow down to the government warnings. “Let government take any step we will continue with our strike. If they want to invoke ESMA, they are free to go ahead,” Tamankar said adding that they are also ready to face the government’s decision of cancelling the temporary bus permits, permanently. Along with Tamanakar, the private bus operators in the state are on chain hunger strike before the Directorate of Transport office in Panjim. The operators are demanding relaxation in their long pending series of demands, which are completely neglected by the government, inspite of several assurances. “In last two instances, the strike was withdrawn after chief minister’s assurance to look into

Chimbel bus operators not to support HERALD CORRESPONDENT MERCES, APRIL 13

In an apparent snub to the strike call given by All Goa Private Bus Owners Association (AGPBOA) from April 15, the Chimbel bus operators have decided not to support the strike. The decision was arrived at a meeting by the bus operators, who felt that the passengers should not be put to inconvenience over a unilateral and arbitrary decision taken by AGPBOA President Sudip Tamankar. The Chimbel bus operators the matter. But we found that till date none of our demands are been fulfilled,” Tamankar said. The association had served seven days notice to the government on April 5 before deciding to go on strike. The association has also said that they have no objection to the government decision to requisition buses from neighbouring states to cater to the shortfall. Reacting to opposition raised by South Goa bus operators over indefinite bus strike, Tamankar

also felt that the strike call by Sudip is only for his personal gains and not for the benefit of the private bus owners as claimed by him. The bus operators were unanimous in their opinion that such strikes, which are called time and again, have achieved nothing but only affected the common people who travel by bus. They have also asked for police protection since recently Sudip accompanied by several other bus operators had threatened the bus drivers with dire consequences. said that they won’t be forcing anyone to join them. “All those who feel that we are fighting for genuine cause are free to support us,” he said. Addressing the media on Tuesday, Transport Director Arun Desai had said that the demands of bus owners are illogical and many of their wishes have been passed by the government. Desai had also said that it’s been mandatory now for the private bus operators to form their own society, as suggested to them in the past, which will help them to avail more benefits.

BJP’s ‘Babush Hatao’ campaign echoes in Canacona

Poinguinim MLA Ramesh Tawadkar, BJP General Secretary Narendra Savoikar and others at the ‘dharna’ in front of Canacona Deputy Collector’s office at Chaudi-Canacona. Photo by Kathy Pereira HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, APRIL 13

BJP’s ‘Babush Hatao’ campaign has reached Canacona taluka, as hundreds of activists staged a ‘dharna’ near the Deputy Collector’s office on Wednesday. “Government which has no shame and aim can only shield a person who has no moral right to be in public life,” voiced the local BJP leaders, demanding the immediate sacking of Education Minister Babush Monserrate. Speaking on the occasion, Poinguinim MLA Ramesh Tawadkar reiterated that there won’t be any let-up in their agitation till the tainted education minister is sacked from the government. “This is our State agenda and the agitation will be intensified

till Monserrate resigns or sacked from the cabinet of Digambar Kamat-led government,” said Tawadkar. “There is no point in submitting any memorandum to the district authorities, when the issue has already rocked Assembly, the highest body in the State,” said Tawadkar, when asked if party submitted any memorandum to Deputy Collector Canacona. Interestingly, Canacona MLA Vijay Pai Khot, who is reportedly suspected of having close links with the Congress-led coalition government, was conspicuous by his absence for most part of the day. He was also not available at his Mastimoll residence on a day BJP cadres staged a dharna in

response to party’s State-level call. However, Pai Khot visited the party workers later in the evening for a few minutes and left the arena. BJP General Secretary Narendra Savoikar was present for the dharna and later addressed the gathering. BJP’s Goa State Mahila Morcha In-charge Dr Pushpa Aiya, Canacona Block President Sarvanand Bhagat, Vice President Sanjay Komarpant, Poinguinim Deputy Sarpanch Bipin Prabhugaonkar, Panch Mahesh Naik, Caitano Barretto, Gaondongrim Panch Vishant Gaonkar, Umesh Velip, Shristhal Panch Ganesh Gaunkar were among several other BJP activists who staged the dharna.

CCP’s notice forces KA to halt extension project HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 13

Kala Academy (KA) authorities have decided to keep its extension project on-hold following show cause notice issued by Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP). Officials said that the KA, in principle, had decided to keep the work on extension on hold as it was riddled with opposition. The final decision not to continue with the project for sometime was taken after CCP’s show cause notice, which was received on April 12. KA Member Secretary Pandurang Faldesai said that ‘for time being, the project is kept on hold.’ He said that academy will respond to the show cause notice issued by CCP within stipulated time. CCP has given 15 days time for KA to respond as to why their permissions should not be revoked. Rs 19 crore project is being

n The expansion of KA had hit the controversy recently after several trees were cut to make way for the additional facilities for this complex. executed by Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC). The extension envisages having additional facilities to the existing complex which was built in 1980. Sources stated that KA has procured all the required NOCs before starting the project. The academy management has decided to keep on hold the project as they don’t want to be on collision course with the city fathers. The expansion of KA had hit the controversy recently after several trees were cut to make way

for the additional facilities for this complex. The CCP corporators including the Mayor Yatin Parekh, corporator Kabir Pinto Makhija, Patricia Pinto and others had stopped the felling of trees. The hot issue was debated in the recently held CCP’s ordinary meeting, where it was unanimously resolved to revoke the expansion licence granted for this government-funded organization.

Shirgao locals to seek Ramdev, Hazare’s help against illegal mining HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 13

Shirgao villagers have decided to take their battles against illegal mining in their village to the national heroes like Swami Ramdev and Anna Hazare. The villagers have drafted a memorandum listing out their grievances against mining in Shirgao, which has all e g e d l y t h re a t e n e d t h e i r livelihood and even local deity – Shree Lairai. Local villager Sadanand Gaonkar said that their decision to approach Ramdev and Hazare comes after their ‘useless’ attempts to woo attention of local authorities to their issues through numerous applications. “No one is acting against the illegal mining which is happening here,” Gaonkar said. The villagers feel that Ramdev’s recent announcement of fight against illegal mining in

the country will come as a boost for their agitation. Gaonkar said that they have tried almost everything possible to get attention of government officials towards the problem but nothing seems to be working. The villagers have decided to give letter to Ramdev tomorrow while they are waiting for Hazare’s scheduled visit to Goa to petition him. Gaonkar said that entire issue of illegal mining is directly connected to the corrupt system as officials pay blind eye towards these illegalities. Shirgao Communidade, earlier had submitted a memorandum to Chief Secretary accusing the mining firms of grabbing their land, illegally. The Communidade had claimed that the mining firms have acquired more property then what they were allotted in

the village by bribing the government officials some years back. The members in their letter have alleged three mining firmsM/s Chaowgule & Company Pvt Ltd, M/s Rajaram Bandekar (Shirgao) mines Pvt Ltd and M/s Dempo Mining Corp. Pvt Ltd, have devastated this village. The villagers had urged the state to act against these mining firms, which can now be prosecuted as per recent Supreme Court directives. The villagers contend that mining companies have misguided the government and by using money and political power has entered into various properties in the village. The properties coming under mining leases are house property, agriculture property, water bodies, temple property and the maximum property belongs to Shirgao communidade.

HC views DMD trailers, adjourns matter for April 18 HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 13

High Court of Bombay at Goa on Wednesday viewed the trailers of Rohan Sippy’s upcoming thriller ‘Dum Maro Dum’ in the Court hall before adjourning the matter till April 18 for arguments. The Bench comprising of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice S C Dharmadhikari saw the 90 seconds movie trailer on a laptop to fix the matter for Monday. Counsel representing Star Studios India Private Limited (FSSIPL), which is the distributor for the movie Feroz Palkiwala told the Bench that the producers have voluntarily dropped the objectionable dialogues following a police complaint. He however argued that there has been misunderstanding as the movie is not based on Goa but highlights the drug cartel. Both, the old promos with the objectionable taglines and new promos, doctored to delete the objectionable sentences against Goa and Goan women, were shown to the Bench. The Division Bench was hearing a petition filed by journalist Savio Rodrigues urging the Court to ban the release of the movie ‘whose raunchy trailers

have already hit the small and big screen.’ Winnie Coutinho, representing the petitioner said that the movie was aiming at maligning Goa’s image by showcasing the State as a destination of sex, drugs and easy availability of women. “The trailers imply that Goa is full of criminals and crimes. It is maligning Goa’s image. Goa is an international tourist destination and known for its gracious hospitability, but this cannot be construed,” she argued. The petitioner has now sought that entire movie be screened before the Division Bench before its theatrical release scheduled on April 22. The respondent informed the Court that the prints of the film have been dispatched to various countries for its theatrical release. Speaking to Herald outside the Court hall after the adjournment, FSSIPL’s Business & Legal Head Dina Duttani said they have no objection of screening the movie to the division bench. “We have not changed anything from the promos except deleting certain objectionable dialogues from the film. There is nothing in the movie that spells disrespect for Goans,” she

Ekvat Society warns of halting mining traffic over road blockages HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 13

Thousands of women in South Goa have warned the State government of blocking the mining traffic complaining against the frequent road blockages due to erring and arrogant trucks around Sanvordem. Ekvat Society, a conglomeration of 18 women organizations in the state, has given a deadline of 10 days to the State government to work out immediate solution for the mining traffic problems in the area. The memorandum has been submitted to various government officials including Chief Secretary Sanjay Srivastava, Director Transport Arun Desai, police department and even local Dabal-Kirlapal village panchayat. The Society Chairman Suvarna Tendulkar, through the memorandum has said that they will be forced to take on the streets and block the traffic, if their issues are not set-

tled within the given time frame. “The residents of villages living in the stretch between Dabal to Capxem in South Goa’s Sanguem taluka are facing traffic blockages,” she said further. “It has been observed that due to High Court order mining transport starts at 8 am to 1pm and from 2 pm to 6 pm. At 8 am mining trucks are allowed on the road the truck driver rush on the road making two parallel lines and also overtaking in between thereby resulting in the congestion,” the memorandum reads adding that again at 2 pm, similar rush is witnessed at the cost of lives of people who use the same road. The memorandum also pointed that the truck drivers park their vehicles on the roadside, shrinking the width of the road for the usage. The society has lamented that daily bus transport, patients, students, marriages, and even funerals are affected.

reacted, adding that the State government and locals rendered them full cooperation during the four months shoot here. Further stating, she said that the promos keep changing as the movie’s theatrical release comes closer. The new promos speak of the story line, she said. The movie starring Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Basu, Deepika Padakone and others revolves around six Indians who meet in Goa and how their lives change forever once they get involved with the drug mafia. In their affidavit, the FSSIPL mentioned that the film is a fictitious story about drug mafia in Goa and its links with various foreign elements. “The story is about how minister in Goa directs an honest police officer to eradicate the drug mafia. This police officer, along with other policemen, takes the help of local people in Goa to fight against the drug mafia,” the 11-page affidavit reads. Narrating the movie plot further, it further states that the general theme and plot of the film is the public sentiment to fight corruption, crime and drugs. The protagonists succeed in their ultimate objective, therefore the negative elements prevalent in Goa are destroyed and Goa continues to be a proverbial ‘heaven on earth’. The affidavit sworn-in by Duttani has forthrightly denied petitioner’s contention that the movie has hurt the people’s sentiments, and alleged that the petition was basically to gain publicity.


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UPCOMING EVENTS Free medical camp at MPT PANJIM (HND): On the occasion of Birth Anniversary of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar and eve of Mormugao Port Annual Day, Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) will organise a free medical camp at Sharada Mandir School, Zorint, Zuarinagar, Sancoale, on April 14 from 9 am to 1 pm for the poor and needy people. MPT will also arrange free medical investigations, medical check up and medicines.

Lecture at Panjim PANJIM(HND): Fundação Oriente together with Indo German Friendship Society, will be holding a lecture by Dr Luis de Assis Correia on ‘The European Influence in Goa and the German contribution to the Indo-Portuguese Trade in the 16th – 18th Centuries’ on April 29 at 5:30pm, at the premises of Fundação Oriente, behind People’s High School, Fontainhas, Panjim.

Anticipated Chrism Mass at Old Goa PANJIM(HND): Archbishop-Patriarch of Goa and Daman Filipe Neri Ferrao will preside over the annual anticipated Chrism Mass on April 14 at the Sé Catedral Church, Old Goa, at 10 am. This celebration, normally held on Maundy Thursday, morning, is anticipated so as to enable priests to gather round their Bishop and express the unum presbyterium (one priesthood). Various oils, used during the liturgical celebrations in the parish, are consecrated on this occasion. The Archbishop will release the Diocesan Pastoral Diary and the Diocesan Pastoral Planner for the pastoral year of June 2011 to May 2012. These publications are a necessary tool for pastors and the lay faithful, specially collaborating with them for the planning and coordination of pastoral ministry at the diocesan and parish level. The Holy Mass will be followed by an agape meal for the Archbishop and priests. The offices at the Archbishop House, Altinho, Panjim will remain closed for the public on this day, says a press release.

Programme at Panjim Church PANJIM(HND): Goa Catholic Charismatic Renewal Trust presents ‘Thank you for the Cross’, an unique way of the cross featuring ‘Crosswinds’, the gospel band on April 14 at 7 pm at Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church premies, Panjim. The programme will have 14 songs corresponding to the 14 stations’ of the cross. Participation from the host parish is encouraged by engaging parishioners to recite the prayers and commentary of every station. The focus is on a deeper God-experience rather than a ritualistic offering of prayers and supplications. The endeavour is to try and feel what Jesus felt at every stage of his way at Calvary, says a press release.

Drama at Quepem PANJIM(HND): The ex-students of Pope John XXIII Don Bosco High School, Quepem will be organising a drama entitled ‘Rogtacho Rong Tambdo’ of Mario Menezes on April 26 at 6.30 pm at Don Bosco School ground, Quepem. A meeting of ex students will also be held. For details contact Mario de Vasco on 9822139159, Cleto Godinho on 9822062629 or Michael D’Souza on 9423889694, says a press release.

Mormugao BDO employees cramped in small premises HERALD CORRESPONDENT CORTALIM, APRIL 13

Lack of space coupled with high volume of work is causing hindrance to the smooth functioning of Mormugao BDO office. The BDO office although situated in the heart of the port town of Vasco has to perform its duties in just 53 sq mtrs of space. Huddled in just three small rooms, the Mormugao BDO office has 21 staff, which apart from handling various government schemes, also have to monitor the works of nine panchayats coming under its jurisdiction. Admitting that his office has to function within limited space, BDO Amir Parab said that his office has to look after various schemes including fisheries, NREGS, etc. Fisheries are one such scheme where you find many people frequenting the office to avail the scheme. Furthermore, information under the RTI is a major problem with many applications coming in and the office unable to trace the file in time to provide information. “Files have to be kept here and there for want of dedicated space in the office,” Parab told Herald. “Files have to be searched and it takes time to provide in-

Our Lady of Seven Dolours feast on April 15 PANJIM, APRIL 13 (HND)

The feast of Our Lady of Seven Dolours will be celebrated at St Thomas Chapel, Panjim on April 15. The Low Mass followed by “The Way Of The Cross” will be held at 7 am, while the solemn High Mass with Motets and singing of the Veronica will be held at 5.30 pm. The Chapel will remain open the entire day from 6.30 am to 9.30 pm for public veneration of the statues of Christ the Dead, Our Lady of Seven Dolours and the Holy Cross.

Rack with files kept in the BDO office verandah at Vasco. Photo by Alvaro Colaco

formation under RTI,” added Parab. BDO have also been given additional AERO charge of Cortalim constituency, he said. Parab was however confident that addition space would be available with new premises taken on lease soon. He also said that a vehicle would be provided to his office soon. “The vehicle will come in handy to attend to various problems as and when required,” Parad said. However, one of the senior staff expressed skepticism saying that the rent of the new premises will not match the rent statistics provided by the PWD

HERALD REPORTER VASCO, APRIL 13

The first MRI-compatible pacemaker of the State was successfully implanted in the patient in Goa by Vivus-SMRC Heart Centre at Vasco. “It was a record in the entire Konkan region, as the Centre implanted as many as three MRI-compatible pacemakers within a short span of three months,” informed Dr Ramdash

Acupuncture

Acupuncture evokes images of sharp needles being delicately inserted into prone patient forms. While most of us would quail at the thought of having backaches cured this way, the Chinese have been doing it for years.

The techniques of acupuncture were devised by the Chinese, and have existed for thousands of years. According to Chinese philosophy, the body has a life force known as chi flowing throughout. Any illness or pain is attributed to an imbalance in the chi, and therefore must be manipulated back to resolve the issue. With the help of the acupuncture needles, the flow of chi can be changed and stimulated. When the needles are inserted into the skin, the flow of energy can be channeled into the desired pathways, thereby restoring balance and healing the patient of their ills.

Pressure Points

It is believed that there are over 2000 pressure points on the skin, which are connected to every internal organ. The therapy consists of inserting long, stainless steel needles into these pressure points in order to heal disease.

In ancient times, the number of acupuncture points was established to be the same as the number of days in the year: 365. These points were mapped to 14 major meridian lines, one meridian for each of the 12 inner organs, one meridian along the spine (called the governing vessel), and another along the midline of the abdomen (called the conception vessel). More recently, the number of points identified by acupuncturists has exploded. There are extra meridians (some of them outlined in ancient times, others modern) with their own sets of points, there are special points (off meridians), and there are complete mappings of body structures and functions by points along the outer ears, on the nose, in the scalp, on the hands, on the feet, and at the wrists and ankles.

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Despite the growing number of treatment zones, most acupuncturists still utilize the traditionally-identified points on the 14 main meridians. On each meridian there are a small number of points used repeatedly, because of their versatility, for a wide variety of patients and diseases.

Benefits of Acupuncture

• It provides energy and strength to a recovering patient. • It works to boost the immune system. • It eliminates the need of taking painkillers and more often it eliminates the actual pain. • Acupuncture was proven to improve the body’s circulation and in some cases, even reduce stress symptoms. • It may be administered alongside clinical treatments without causing dangerous side-effects. • It can be a form of preventive medicine, as some may undergo acupuncture without any particular ailment, but nevertheless, reaps the benefits of it.

n This new technology (MRIcompatible pacemaker) makes life easier for those who use pacemakers. Most importantly, these patients can undergo MRI scan as well, which was not possible in early cases. Nayak, intervention cardiologist and only electrophysiologist in Goa. Considering growing queries to create awareness about precautionary measures that should be taken by patients implant duel chamber pacemaker, who are more sensitive to ferromagnetic material, Vivus-SMRC Heart Centre has announced to commence Arrhythmia and Pacemaker Clinic, on every Saturday, besides offering MRI-compatible pacemaker implantation. “This new technology (MRIcompatible pacemaker) makes life easier for those who use pacemakers. Most importantly, these patients can undergo MRI scan as well, which was not possible in early cases,” he said. One who requires a pacemaker will also require MRI subsequently during the course of his treatment, while new technology MRI-compatible pace-

Rajya Sabha MP Shantaram Naik on Tuesday announced plans to provide computers, LCD projectors, laptops and printers worth more than Rs one crore to schools in North and South Goa by next one month. Inaugurating a school building of Adult Education and Welfare Association, Gogol sponsored under his MPLAD scheme at a cost of Rs 23 lakhs, Naik said that electronic gadgets are a must for school in modern days, adding that teachers and students can improve their standards with the aid of electronic instruments. Naik further said that he proposes to give more than five mobile libraries for the use of rural areas, so that reading habits get a boost and people get easy access to reading material. Curtorim ML A Reginaldo Lourenco said that the Rajya Sabha’s dedication to parliamentary and developmental work speaks volumes of his quality as a Member of Parliament. Former panchayat minister Luis Alex Cardozo welcomed while Councilor Sadanand Naik and Vishwas Nayak, Social Welfare Officer, Provedoria, Margao, also spoke on the occasion. Altinho Gomes, General Secretary, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee, compered.

maker, also known as safe pacemaker, allows more freedom for the patient, as the MRI-compatible pacemakers do not contain any ferromagnetic components. While it replaced many diagnostic surgeries, this facility was denied to heart patients, who used pacemakers. Cardiac patients using pacemakers were not only denied MRI, but also any other electronic equipment that created a magnetic field. “Person who has a pacemaker cannot keep a mobile phone within 6 inches of the pacemaker,” said Nayak. Patients who have been implanted permanent pacemaker are not aware that they require to be followed up regularly to functioning of the pacemaker like the battery and lead status, to adjust various parameters to suit requirement of the patient, to keep the output to a minimum to increase the life of the battery. However, this Clinic will be dedicated to follow-up of pacemaker patients, detection and workup of new patients with rhythm disorders. “We have implanted nearly 60 dual chamber pacemakers and queries have been increasing and patient requires proper awareness once pacemaker is implanted,” said Nayak. Patients have to spend nearly Rs 2.7 lakh for the new technology MRI-compatible pacemaker, which includes hospital charges, while dual pacemaker is cheaper as it would cost Rs 1.6 lakh, including hospital charges.

Goans to take pilgrimage to Nandgad Cross

Perception of Acupuncture

Acupuncture is considered a part of complimentary and alternative medicine and over past two decades its popularity has grown significantly. This form of treatment was not been well received in the West, and a lot of doctors didn’t believe in its healing capacities. This hasn’t hindered its popularity, however, and acupuncture is more widely practiced around the world than ever, as through a series of research and studies, it has been proven that acupuncture offers a very effective way of treating many kinds of illnesses, and it is now considered part of conventional medicine.

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HERALD CORRESPONDENT BELGAUM, APRIL 13

The day of ‘Reparation and Pilgrimage’ at the Miraculous Cross at Nandgad Hill near Khanapur will be observed on April 15. A large number of pilgrims from Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra take part in this pilgrimage which is organised during the Lent season. Nandgad lies about 12 kms from Khanapur on the Khanapur Yellapur highway. Giving details about the daylong programme, Bishop Peter Machado said that the day commences with live ‘Way of the Cross’ which would start from the Nandgad Church at 9 am, followed by Eucharistic Celebration by Sind-

S H O RT TA K E S RTI seminar held at MPT

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Pacemaker surgery success at Vivus-SMRC Centre at Vasco

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which is of 90’s. “Will you find offices today with the rent as prevalent in the 1990’s,” the staffer asked. D i re c t o r o f Pa n c h a y a t s Menino D’Souza also confirmed that they were looking out for new premises. He said in case the PWD rates on rent are low than a compromise would be found out with the owner. He also informed that a provision for BDO office has been made in the new government building to come up in Vasco. The Mormugao BDO has nine panchayats with six in Mormugao taluka and three – Nagoa, Verna and Majorda in Salcete.

MP to provide computers to schools

hudurg Bishop Rev Alwyn Barreto. Another ‘Way of the Cross’ will be held at 2.30 pm, followed by Eucharistic celebration by Belgaum Bishop Rev Peter Machado. “Apart from Belgaum, Karwar and Sindhudurg, thousands of pilgrims from Goa comprising Catholics and other religions are expected to take part in this pilgrimage this year, as the number is increasing every year,” Bishop Machado said. The ‘Miraculous Cross’ atop the Nandgad Hill was established by the Goan priests about two centuries ago as the sign of relief from the Bubonic Plague that has caused the reign of terror those days.

Managing Trustee of Asha NGO Rui Da Gama along with other members of the Cell conducting the workshop.

PANJIM(HND): The Sancoale Free Legal Aid Cell of Salgaoncar Law College held an interactive seminar on Right to Information at MPT Training Centre, Sada Headland, Mormugao recently. The Managing Trustee of Asha NGO Rui Da Gama was the guest speaker. The whole RTI Act was explained to the officers and employees of MPT. Gama emphasized on Public Information Officers and MPT employees providing timely information as requested by the public on the RTI application filed with them. Various difficulties faced by the MPT officers/ employees were discussed during the seminar. The MPT officers/ employees were told that whatever is covered under the Official Secret Act and anything personal connected to a human character is not covered under the Act. However reasons for not providing information should be given to the applicant. Mr Gama also informed that the Jan Lokpal Bill and Lok Ayukta Bill will make the Central and State government employees liable for prosecution, in the event of discrepancies being found in their day to day working. The employees informed that due to RTI applications, their workload has increased and additional employees are not being recruited as there is no provision for it. Agustinho, Ulhas, Joseph, Hazel, Bandose and many others participated in the workshop.

Programme for visually impaired

The visually impaired enjoying a boat cruise on the river Mandovi.

PANJIM(HND): The Rotary Club of Panaji Riviera, under the leadership of president Rtn Nitin Kenkre, organized the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards for the visually impaired for the third year in a row. This multi district event was held at the Youth Hostel, Panjim from April 7 to 11. 80 participants, some totally and some partially blind – men, women and youngsters from Latur, Sindhudurg, Sawantwadi, Sangli, Chiplun, Kolhapur and Goa centres of National Association of Blind participated in the event. This RYLA community service project, through a blend of information and entertainment, provided the visually impaired with a platform to acquire life skills and become self-reliant. They also received training in the trade of house keeping. Rtn. Angad Singh, owner of the Estrela de Mar Resort located at Calangute, played host to the 80 participants for an entire day. The RYLA participants also enjoyed a boat cruise on the river Mandovi.

Panel constituted

Cheta Parsekar, Martin D’Souza, Dayanand Desai, Paresh Tari, Shailesh Naik, Amir Pednekar and Tukaram Phadte.

CALANGUTE(HC): Employees of Royal Goan Beach Club Monteiro, Arpora-Baga, elected a new team of office bearers. The elections were recently held under the direct supervision of All India Trade Union Congress. The elections were overseen by AITUC comprising Com Suhas Naik, Com Raju Mangueskar and Com John at the resort premises of Royal Goan Beach Club at Baga. The newly elected office bearers of the Royal Goan Beach Club Monteiro Employees Union are Amir Pednekar (president), Shailesh Naik (vice president), Martin D’Souza (general secretary), Cheta Parsekar (joint secretary), Tukaram Phadte (treasurer), Paresh Tari (joint treasurer) and Dayanand Desai (executive member).

Managing Director of Auto Industries Ashwin Naik handing over the keys to the first owner Wilfred Rodrigues of Indica EV2 in Goa.

Restricted water supply

PANJIM(HND): Due to power failure at Podocem Water Treatment plant, there will be restricted water supply to Bardez, Bicholim and Valpoi Talukas on April 14. The consumers are urged to take note of the same, says a press release.


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Guests play truant; foundation stone ceremony called off Sports director, locals in heated debate HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, APRIL 13

The foundation stone for the 'Lalit Suri Stadium' at DevbagCanacona ended in fiasco on Wednesday evening, when neither of the two main guests turned up at the function. To make matters worse, Director of Sports and Youth Affairs Dr Suzanne de Souza and a few prominent residents of Canacona had a heated exchange of words, before the function was finally called off. The foundation stone for the 'Lalit Suri Stadium' of the government village school playground at Devabag, was to be laid by Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and Sports Minister Babu Azgaonkar at 4.30 pm. The Lalit, Intercontinental Resorts, Rajbag, is expected to develop the project at a cost of about Rs 2 crore. Some residents, including a few councillors were however unhappy over the government’s handover of the ground to a starred hotel for development. They assembled at the Devabag grounds awaiting the arrival of Kamat and Azgaonkar, in a bid to clarify if the ground would be freely available to local youth. When the group was still in discussion along with Canacona MLA Vijay Pai Khot, Dr De Sousa alighted from her jeep and reportedly asked the group, "Where is that Pagi?", apparently referring to the ex-chairperson

Religious fervour marks Mayem zatra HERALD CORRESPONDENT MAYEM, APRIL 13

The famous Malyachi Zatra of Goddess Kelbai Mayem was celebrated with traditional religious fervour. The Zatra commenced early in the morning after Goddess Mahamaya from Mulgao which was brought to Mayem in ‘Pet’ (a parallel shaped box decorated with flowers), left Mayem during midnight. Various religious rituals were performed on the occasion. Kaulotsav was also observed during the Zatra, as hundreds of devotees took blessings of the goddess. Director of Sports & Youth Affairs Dr Suzanne De Souza in an argument with locals, including Canacona MLA Vijay Poi Khot. Photo by Kathy Pereira

of Canacona Municipal Council Divakar Pagi. Her outburst infuriated the group and they reacted angrily by asking her to show respect to the people. Dr De Souza soon realised her folly and apologized for her behaviour, but no one was ready to forgive her. In the confusion, she was heard offering her self appraisal: "I have put my entire life to the society and for the last many years I am putting my selfless service for the development of sports.” The locals were, however, not prepared to listen to her and remarked that they did not want to hear her rants.

When residents realized that neither Kamat nor Azgaonkar were to turn up at the function, they became agitated and sought to know why the developed playground should be named ‘The Lalit Suri Stadium’, when it is existing on land previously owned by a Devalaya. Canacona MLA Vijay Poi Khot and Canacona Municipal Chairperson Ratnakar Dhuri later dispersed from the site, when it became apparent that the function would not take place. Others, including the hotel staff, also dispersed as a few workers seen removing the arrangements made near the foundation stone.

Goddess Mahamaya from Mulgao being taken to Mayem in ‘Pet’ (a parallel shaped box decorated with flowers), at midnight. Photo by Vishant Vaze

Panjimites will never vote for Babush: Parrikar HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 13

Leader of the Opposition Manohar Parrikar has said that the BJP will go to the people’s court if Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat does not sack Education Minister, Babush Monserrate from the Cabinet over the foreign currency smuggling case. “Though there are four smugglers in the government, Babush is the only person who has been caught in the act while he is a Minister. People like Churchill Alemao and Joaquim Alemao had paid fines when they were not Ministers”, he told BJP workers in front of the Communidade building here in support of its

demand for Monserrate’s sacking from the Ministry. He said the Taleigao MLA should explain the source of the foreign currency seized by the Customs and charged him for allegedly smuggling out currency from the country. Welcoming Monserrate’s decision to contest from Panjim constituency, Parrikar exuded confidence that the people of state capital will never vote for a smuggler in the polls. Charging Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat for his silence on the demand to sack the Education Minister from the Cabinet, Parrikar said the Chief Minister will not act since Kamat

BJP leader Manohar Parrikar addressing party workers near the Comunidade building, Margao as part of the sack Babush campaign. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar

owes an explanation on the excise scam and the rampant illegal mining in the state.

He said the BJP will not rest till Monserrate is sacked from the Cabinet, saying that the Ed-

ucation Minister has violated the Constitutional Oath to follow the rule of law.

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BY ASHOK MENON

he role of the Fire and Emergency Services is to save life and property of the citizens and to provide expert assistance in meeting natural calamities or manmade disasters.

India commemorates the Bombay Dock Explosion incident on 14th April 1944 in which 66 Firemen valiantly fought the fire and made the supreme sacrifice to save others’ lives. All ranks of Directorate of Fire and Emergency Services pay our homage to these heroes, who have set example to us living up to the motto “We Serve to Save”. The National Fire Service Day 14th April is followed by Fire Prevention Week to generate awareness among community about various Fire Safety Management Skills. The theme for the Year 2011 is “LET’S

WORK TOGETHER FOR FIRE SAFE INDIA”. The variety of emergencies calling for expert intervention has been increasing over the past many years, necessitating the re-designation of the department as “Fire and Emergency Services”. Both in the case of fire and non-fire Emergencies there is a big resource gap in terms of personnel as well as Fire Fighting and Search & Rescue equipments. The vertical growth in urban areas calls for a totally different approach to management of emergencies. Houses located at the ground level can be easily vacated in the event of fire & other emergencies. However residential flats and commercial establishments provided in multi-storeyed buildings pose a serious challenge for evacuation of the occupants to a place of safety. This is where we have to change our thinking about Evacuation Plan. Much of the deaths in vertical building during fire or other emergency are known to occur as a result of panic reaction and ignorance of the various safety options available eg. every high rise building has designated Fire Escape Staircase, fire safety signage indicating the route to follow to reach the place of safety is also provided on each floor. It is the duty of each occupant of the building to be thoroughly familiar with these facilities and also to participate in evacuation drill periodically so that complete evacuation of the building can be achieved in a very orderly manner and within the minimum time. To provide safe and proper evacuation in the event of a fire or emergency it is critical that the procedure outlined in the “Fire and Life Safety” – Part 4 of the National Building Code of India 2005 is scrupulously adhered. This is the adopted Building Code in India, requirement for all types and usages of buildings. The Evacuation Policy discussed below can be adopted in developing your Evacuation and Life Safety Plan. If you have any questions or need assistance in reviewing your Emergency Plan or observation of your evacuation drill, contact the Station Fire Officer, Fire Prevention Cell on Tel.No. (0832) 2225500. You can visit the Department’s Web-

site www.goadfes.gov.in for details on Evacuation Drill Procedure. Procedure to be adopted for evacuation should follow these guidelines:nA procedure to form Emergency Response Team nA procedure for raising the alarm. nA procedure for calling the Fire Services. nAn Evacuation Procedure geared to the mobility of occupants. nA procedure for fighting the fire using first-aid fire fighting equipments. nA procedure for reporting to a pre-determined assembly point and informing the designated person/s of the situation. n A procedure for accounting each person on the premises. n A procedure for assisting

the Fire Service personnel on arrival. n A procedure to carry out fire and evacuation drills. REMEMBER… “YOUR SAFETY IS YOUR PRIME CONCERN”

nYou can increase your chance of surviving a fire by being prepared and doing the right thing in an emergency. n Take the time to become familiar with your surrounding and to plan your escape in the event of fire. If a fire starts, follow the tips and ABOVE ALL, stay calm! IF YOU WORK OR LIVE IN A HIGH-RISE BUILDING

n EXITS: Find the location of your two closest exits and be familiar with the path of travel to them. n CALL 101: Reporting the Fire immediately, or call from a nearby phone. Know your build-

ing address, and speak calmly and clearly. n FIRE ALARM: Identify the location of the nearest fire alarm. Pull the nearest fire alarm to warn others of the fire danger – NEVER IGNORE AN ALARM. n EVACUATION PLAN: Be familiar with the emergency Evacuation Plan for your building. nFIRE EXTINGUISHERS: Know where to find them, know how and when to use them. n FIRE DRILLS: Practice them as a matter of habit; you may not realize that a real emergency exists. n EXTINGUISHMENT: If the fire is small, extinguish it. If it is spreading, get out and close the door behind you. IF YOU DISCOVER A FIRE

n EVACUATE: If there is no smoke, walk quickly to the nearest

exit. If there is light smoke, stay low and crawl to the nearest exit. Remember alternate exits and never evacuate to the roof, go down and out of the building. nELEVATOR: Never use an elevator in a fire emergency. An elevator might stop at the fire floor or malfunction. Always use the stairs. IF YOU DECIDE NOT TO EVACUATE OR YOU ARE TRAPPED, CREATE AN AREA OF REFUGE

nSEAL THE ROOM: Use wet clothing or towels to stuff around cracks in doors and seal up vents. Close doors and protect yourself against smoke. nUSE WATER: Keep a wet cloth over your nose and mouth, breath through your nose only. Wet down wall, doors and windows nSINGNAL FOR HELP: Call 101 or building management

for help, if you have no phone, signal at the window for help. nDO NOT BREAK WINDOWS: Flames and smoke can travel back to you from the outside. If you need air, open the window a crack; be ready to close it immediately. nDON’T JUMP: Wait to be rescued, if you are above the 2nd floor. By remaining calm, you increase your chances of survival! Experience indicates that a safe and successful response to an emergency situation is dependent upon the thorough knowledge of emergency procedures. Awareness and preparedness are the price we pay for our safety. Let us be prepared. ( The witer is the Director, Directorate of Fire and Emergency Services,Government of Goa)


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Goa prepared for changing times?

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ccording to a new study by top global business research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan, one of the biggest global business trends in coming decades will be a ‘reverse brain drain’. Starting with migrants returning to developing countries to take senior positions, foreign nationals from developed countries will migrate to rapidly developing countries for better opportunities. The report, titled ‘World’s Top Global Mega Trends to 2020 and Implications to Business, Society and Cultures’, aims to provide companies with intelligence on this evolution of a new global trend in a rapidly changing global business environment. According to Frost & Sullivan, a ‘mega trend’ is a sustained global macroeconomic force of development that impact business, economy, culture, careers and personal lives, defining the future of the world and its increasing pace of change. It says that the coming global mega trend of reverse brain drain will see vacancies for chief executive officers (CEOs) in countries like India filled not only by Indians returning from abroad, but also by Americans and Europeans seeking better prospects. This trend is already apparent. Top corporates in India like the Tata Group and IT major Infosys have declared that they do not rule out a foreigner taking the top post in their organisations. Some Tata companies, like Tata Motors, already have a foreigner in the top post. The report predicts that there will be as many as two million Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) jobs for foreign nationals in the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) countries. Besides, the salaries offered by the BRIC nations would be at par with developed countries in terms of purchasing power parity (standard of life offered, rather than in terms of pure currency conversion rates), with many more benefits. The next level of social networking, says the report, will focus on geographic services and capabilities like geocoding and geotagging, to enable new social dynamics that will drive businesses to advertise and promote in real time. It also talks of ‘Innovating to Zero’ for a world of zero emissions, zero accidents, zero fatalities, zero defects, zero breaches of security and carbon-neutral factories. It says women empowerment will become a reality by 2020, with one in three workers being women and up to 40 per cent of top posts being held by women. Is Goa prepared for this brave new world? Is it poised to grab its rightful share of the opportunities that this megatrend will throw up? Is it doing anything to attract or set up these new-age knowledge-based industries that are pollution-free, brain-intensive rather than labour intensive and, logically, ideal for this state’s young people? Or are people in this state still stuck with a rapidly fading vista of migration to the ‘developed’ world, now assailed by changing times? And what about our government? Can our ministers and MLAs spare the time to think about how this state will shape its future?

Much ado?

It is not the first time that the length of the runway at Goa’s Dabolim airport has been restricted. On the contrary, 9,000 ft of runway is available today, while less than 7,000 ft was available last October, when a fuel tanker accident restricted flight operations. Navigation aids had to be switched off then, as now. But flights continued to operate. Now, 12 pilots have been de-rostered and four airlines sanctioned, for so-called ‘blind landings’. If made in daylight and with full visibility, how can a landing be ‘blind’, regardless of what instruments are and aren’t available? The Navy has a valid point when it alleges ‘double standards’.

The drastic fall in smuggling of gold and silver in india, has led to a spurt in narcotics trafficking, says fReDDY DiAS

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rugs have become mankind’s greatest enemy. Not only because they have ruined generations after generations of people all over the world, but also because they have become a major source of threat to the security, stability and development of many countries. In fact, the ‘Hawala’(money laundering) is not the only channel of clandestine payments to politicians, bureaucrats, industrialists and terrorists. The global narcotics industries have $500 billion in profit to buy politicians and encourage terrorism in different countries. With this huge amount of money at their disposal, the drug mafia can engineer conflicts or convert social tensions into major disturbances to carry on the illicit drug trade. Drug trafficking is the worst menace affecting India for a long time because two of the world’s biggest narcotics cartels, known as the ‘Golden Triangle’ and the ‘Golden Cresent’, are operating across the north-eastern and north-western frontiers of the country, respectively. The golden triangle consists of countries like Nepal, Mayanmar (Burma), Bangladesh, etc - with Myanmar as the headquarters, and the golden crescent comprises countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikstan, etc - with Pakistan as the centre, are seriously affecting India’s security and integrity. Many of India’s politicians, bureaucrats and business barons are having close links with the illicit drug trade. The terrorism in Kashmir and other north-western states of India are being aided and abetted by supplying drugs to terrorists. Pakistani secret agencies encourage transportation of narcotics from that country to India to finance terrorism here. The north-eastern states too are in the grip of terrorists and they too are encouraged by the narcotics traffickers, who have huge amounts of illgotten money at their disposal. Drug traffickers need an atmosphere of chaos. And if this is not so, they will deliberately create chaos because an environment lacking political stability and order is conducive to a smooth operation of the contraband drug trade. The disturbed situation in the border state provides ample opportunities for transportation of drugs into India and from India abroad, where the price and demands are high. The drastic fall in smuggling of gold and silver in India, following liberalisation policy for gold and silver imports in the country, has led to a tremendous increase in narcotics trafficking. Intelligence reports say that the financiers, underwriters and landing agents who were earlier connected with gold and silver smuggling, have plunged head on

Allwyn George, Carmona Anna Hazare’s effort to curb corruption seems to have rattled politicians, due to enormous public support. We, as citizens, feel ashamed to see the sorry plight of our country and the rampant corruption in government departments. It is also disgusting to note that there are ministers in the government cabinet, who possess a past criminal record. Goa’s education minister himself is a role model to our students and I wonder what students can learn from his ethics. With MLAs getting re-elected repeatedly, the blame lies squarely on Goans. We have failed to look beyond the four corners of our dwellings. It is high time to realise that enough is enough and

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Came down considerably the price of long chilly which was noticed last Friday at Mapusa market when a person went to purchase the same and found to be inferior from the hanged chart.

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A murder was reported from the village of Aldona whereby a ‘Kunbi’ worker was killed by his own companion for motives unknown.

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It is reported that a prisoner found to be lodged at Civil Jail of Nova Goa jumped fence to escape imprisonment and as yet, nobody knows his whereabouts.

into the illicit drug trade. The smugglers in the Middle-East who had been investing heavily in the unlawful gold and silver trade before the declaration of the liberalisation policy in the mid1990s, were forced to put a halt in their original business. This halt in smuggling of gold and silver has led the local underworld goons to jump onto the illicit drug business. They have now begun investing in it. Recently, even the Home Minister of Goa Ravi Naik, said that former gold and silver smugglers in the state have joined the illicit drug trade, and that some local politicians are supporting the unlawful activity. Narcotics, particularly opium - the basis of heroin - cultivations are expanding rapidly in Vietnam, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. The fall of the communist regime has led many to go in for fast money. Besides, many former communist countries like Poland, China, Russia, Azerbaijan and the Baltic States are emerging as important producers and exporters of narcotics. The down-slide of communism has led many to go in for narcotics production. In 2010, opium and other narcotics production amounted to 10,900 tonnes and value of the drugs consumption world-wide was estimated to be $7,600 billion. A major amount of the total global opium and heroin production originates in the golden crescent countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan. According to a recent United Nations (UN) report, Afghanistan opium is unleashing a ‘devastating’ impact across the world, funding Taliban and other terror outfits and killing thousands in consumer countries.

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Pull Wool and Goan Fools Peter Andrade, Vasco It is seen how congress MLAs are doing an act and give a talk pro-Goa. All throughout their term, they have been anti-Goa. After demolishing Goan houses and gifting away acquired Goan property while protecting and increasing migrant houses, it seems that they now plan to pull wool over true Goan eyes by changing the strategy via pro-Goa talk. In this way, they can fool some Goans into voting for them along with their ever-so-intact migrant vote banks. Your newspaper, tiatrs and many activists have tried to awaken Goans to this reality, but during every election the same politicians get elected and Goans are made to look like fools.

Reginaldo Diniz, Navelim There is a mixed reaction on banning the latest book on Mahatma Gandhi ‘Great Soul Mahatma Gandhi and his struggle with India’ by Pulitzer Prize winning author, Joseph Lelyveld. The Gujarat government has already banned the book. The Maharashtra government is contemplating a ban. M Veerapa Moily, the Union Law Minister, has also hinted at a ban. Gandhi’s great grandson, Tushar Gandhi feels, “How does it matter if the Mahatma was straight, gay or bisexual? Every time, he would still be the man who led India to freedom.” Several years ago, I had read the book on Mahatma Gandhi, “Freedom at Midnight” by French writers Collins and Lapierre. That was the worst book I had read on the Mahatma. It was banned because of its unique style of writing. But I don’t think the latest book is as bad as that one.

Airport runway repairs Lucas D’Souza, Qatar/Verna This is with reference to the show cause notice issued to four airlines for landing their aircraft during curfew hours at Dabolim International Airport whose run-

Afghanistan produces 92 per cent of the world’s opium alone in a trade that is worth about $65 billion, feeds around 15 million addicts worldwide and kills about 100,000 people annually. The failure on the part of the Afghanistan government, battling Taliban militants, to crack down on production of opium, has allowed the rebels to thrive. The Taliban direct involvement in the opium trade allows them to fund a war machine that is becoming technologically more complex and increasingly widespread, the report said. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) estimates the Taliban earned $90-160 million a year from taxing the production and smuggling of opium and heroin between 2005 and 2010, as much as double the amount they earned while in power, nearly a decade ago. The Afghan-Pakistan border is the ‘world’s largest free trade zone in anything and everything that is illicit’, blighted by drugs, weapons and illegal immigration. The ‘perfect storm of drugs and terrorism’ is on the move along drug trafficking routes through Central/Asian countries, including India. Profits made from opium are being funnelled into militant outfits in Central and South Asia and “a big part of the region is engulfed in large-scale terrorism, endangering its massive energy resources,“ the UNODC said. The report said there was an unaccounted stockpile of 12,000 tons of Afghan opium, enough to meet a two year global demand. In some Latin American countries like Colombia and Peru, drug

trafficking is carried on modern business lines with their own aeroplanes, pilots, shippers, chemists, accountants, lawyers, financial managers and assassins directly employed, or on contract. These cartels spend millions of dollars on bribes to buy politicians, judges, officials from army, police, customs departments and other law enforcement agencies. Some of the narcotic traffickers try to acquire a Robin Hood image, by devoting large resources in public projects like roads, schools and housing or donations to the poor and for sports activities. Even some religious organisations are in the drug mafia grip. All over the world, there are many honest persons who feel that profits in drugs are so high that any system can be corrupted. In India, the peddlers are engaged in both export and import of drugs. Some drug money is used to finance the political parties and individual politicians during the elections in the country. Even in the day-to-day political activities, politicians look to drug traffickers for help. In certain northern areas of the country, farmers are engaged in cultivation to produce ‘bhang,’ ‘charas’ and opium. The cultivation of poppy and coco leaves, being in remote forest areas, is difficult to stop. The pattern of corruption in India, like in Latin America, is not limited to purchasing influence at the highest political and bureaucratic levels. Unlike ‘Hawala’ payments, the drug traffickers are directly dealing with those in authority and gain great influence. They need not keep any account of payment even in their official diaries as ‘Hawala’s’ Jains did in New Delhi. What they want is protection to their illegal business, and they get it. Several high-ranking police officers from the IPS cadre are on the regular pay-roll of the drug traffickers, who manage their transfers from one area to another, for promotion of the unlawful business. Because of their influence at the political and bureaucratic levels, the drug peddlers are able to carry on with their unlawful business smoothly without any hindrance. India, Pakistan, Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, the countries in the Indian subcontinent, should combine their efforts to fight the drug menace and save the younger generation, and protect the political stability in the region. Instead of constantly preparing for war against each other, India and Pakistan should join hands to have a common war against the drug mafia. That would be a greatest service to the humanity.

Driving Your Doctor Mad

he relationship between a doctor and patient can be very close and also frustrating, difficult and fiery. Most folks want to be on good terms with their family physician and get the best of care from him. But there are those who relish the drama of fighting. For them, it is no fun going to see a doctor, unless they can leave him in a state of gibbering fury. It gives them tremendous thrills and spills. Such so-called patients never ever tell the doctor exactly what it is that is worrying him. He might just say that it is the big sore toe and leave it to the doc to work out what really brought him to his clinic. After all, he is a doctor, isn’t he? When he fails to deal with anything other than the big sore toe, he tells all his friends and neighbours what an useless doctor he is, what a waste, because he did not spot at a first glance, that he was also suffering from dizzy spells, acute breathlessness, bad dreams and indigestion. Everyone knows that drugs are very dangerous and its after-effects, and you would much rather take something you can buy at the local herbalist in a pretty package, affordable, than any of the doctor’s scientifically tested and carefully evaluated prescriptions. Making sure to tell the doctor that

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he gets much greater relief from a naturopath/bone setter/dowser/flower practitioner and foot fiddler-cum-reflexologist than he ever got from him. After all, he has had only seven years-plus medical training, compared to their inspired health insights. Such patients never tells the doctor anything important, for fear he will tell everyone else who comes into the clinic, every detail of his private life and symptoms. Remembering too that he tells all his staff, especially the receptionist, that every day at the closing time, the staff get together to tell each other the juiciest morsels of gossip and laugh like anything. Generally, a doctor reads every medical publication, and watches every television programme. How else can he be up-to-date with the latest news on miracle cures of everything from baldness to big bottoms? He also reads about the new drug which ensures you will be randy as a goat, until you are 97? That is how they know that some patients are ‘cuff reactors’; their blood pressure rises as a result of anxiety, when the doctor puts a pressure-measuring cuff on their arm. For some, it is all general practitioners are useless, boring and in-

Concealing more than revealing

V K Kanwar, Ch. Operating Officer, Drishti Group

This is with reference to a report “Drowning deaths on rise” (Herald, 8 April) which appeared on page 5 of your newspaper. At the outset, we are proud to state that in the current year not a single death due to drowning has happened on the beaches under Drishti. The figure of 44 deaths in 2010 tallies with Police records. In isolation, these numbers conceal more then they reveal, as the article would be interpreted to imply “innocent swimmers (tourists/visitor)” which is far from the truth. My response does not question police figures who have supported and guided us all along. The indicated numbers include retrieval of 9 floating dead bodies (mostly dressed working class Indians some with grievous injury some decomposed). Some who died of medical reasons, two drowned fishermen, deaths that happened at night etc. Only nine drowning involving swimmers on the beach happened of which 7 were in non-swim zones and only two in swim zones which includes one water sports related. These facts will facilitate better understanding of DOT/GOG sponsored Life saving endeavours on beaches.

The right step Willie Severes, Majorda It was a wise decision by the authorities of Rosary College, Navelim, to debar a group of final year students from answering the examinations for failing to reach the level of 75 per cent attendance, as per the Goa University Act. Other colleges in the state should follow the same to maintain discipline among students. The shortage in attendance based on medical grounds, or if the student has represented the university in sports and games, educational tours, should, however, be accepted. It’s high time for the parents and the students

competent. They know a little about everything. To be well-informed, is a matter of knowing everything about a few essential things. They only reach for the prescription pad to dish out tranquilisers, the moment the patient walks in. Some doctors always laugh at the patients – that is why they are doctors, just for the giggle! Even though one is suffering agonies of pain with haemorrhoids, or going through misery with depression. This is another suggestion by a fighting patient. If the doctor asks you to take off your blouse so that he can listen to your chest, just lift it two and half inches from your waist. If he asks the questions about your sex organs, sex life or sexual anxieties, burst into tears and run out of his clinic, weeping as hysterically as possible. So there you are! A sure fire prescription for driving your doctor round the bend. Some people are so gifted at the task that they do not need to learn how to do it. They do it instinctively all the time. And yet, young idealistics rush to register at medical institutions, yearning to care for the sick. Amazing, isn’t it?

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way is under repair. No aircraft can land or take off at any airport without the mandatory clearance from the ATC (Air Traffic Controller) The ATC at Dabolim is manned/operated by the Indian Navy. Did these aircraft get the landing clearance from the ATC inspite of the curfew, despite running the risk of endangering lives of thousands of passengers?

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to do a reality check, and mend their ways accordingly, instead of blaming the principal and authorities later. Let us learn to teach our children to be loyal and sincere citizens of our country.

The solution is so simple Myron Fernandes, Aldona This is about the continuous disputes about the Medium of Instruction in primary schools, I feel the solution is simple. First of all, English should be made the Medium of Instruction, along with Konkani as a compulsory subject. It’s that simple. So English can help the student cope up with better with future studies because they are taught in English from high school and at the same time they learn their ‘Mai bhas’ Konkani. This satisfies the demand of parents supporting Konkani and English.

GIDC/brokers in collusion Rocky Dias, Raia Political oversight or bending rules is es-

sential when a coalition government is in danger of a collapse, but certainly not when the Goa Industrial Development Corporation sold plots without the guidelines of the house panel in coalition with the brokers and other go-betweens. Thorough investigation and screening is required to be done with respect to sale of plots during the last two years at Verna and other industrial estates. The officials of GIDC are lacking in exemplary values and public conduct. In the findings, all the plots were sold at considerably lower rates. This amount must be brought into the government treasury and tenders should be re-floated. It will weed out rampant corruption and bring an end to making allotment to benami companies or to brokers, only to be sold later at a much higher price. Sell the plots to genuine buyers or to an enterprising entrepreneur and make Goa industry-friendly. This will provide jobs to thousands of our educated youth.

Towards speedy justice Jose Maria Miranda, Margao The Supreme Court recently ruled that the Railways ought to be compensated by the State Government for the damage incurred by the former in the Gujjars agitation in North India, since it failed to control the violence. Violence causing damage to life and public property is always regrettable. But in this land of Mahatma where governments are supposed to act in the interests of the citizens, people are constrained to resort to violence, exasperated with the wrong decisions. The Supreme Court and other lower courts should come down heavily on bureaucrats and other authorities. People are dragged into expensive and long drawn litigations that waste the precious time of the courts. If the courts had held the authorities personally liable and accountable for their acts of omission and commission, many agitations, violence and litigations would have been avoided. Those crying for justice would have had it expeditiously, without even taking recourse to courts. Will the courts in Goa give ead in this regard?

Paths of Wisdom Achyutananda Das

Achyutananda Das (or Achutananda) was a 16th century poet seer and Vaisnava saint from Orissa, India. He was considered to have the power to see the past, present and future. He was a prolific author and one of a group of five that led a revolution in spirituality in eastern India started by translating Sanskrit texts into the local language for common people. He was one of the famous five friends of spirituality and literature Panchasakha who transcribed ancient Hindu Sanskrit texts into easily understandable colloquial Odiya for the people of Udra Desha (Orissa). Achyutananda Das was the most prolific writer of the Panchasakhas and wrote numerous books, many of whom could be loosely translated as the Book of Prophecies. He is known as the Mahapurusha (Great Man) for his vast knowledge on many subjects such as spirituality, yoga, ritual, Buddhist tantra, Ayurveda (science of life, longevity and medicine), and other various science and social regulations. Acyutananda was part of the famous Panchasakha (five friends of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu), who lived between 1450 to 1550 AD. The contemporaneous five saints- Acyutananda Das, Ananta Das, Jasovanta Das, Jagannatha Das, and Balarama Das, shaped Vaisnava philosophy, spiritualism and literature of Orissa. Achyutananda (and the other four saints) believed in a concept of god (Visnu) as Sunya (emptiness, void, zero) called Shunya Purusha and/or Shunya Brahman. This shunya signifies a transcendental principle that eludes the conceptual nexus applied to human thinking as described in the Upanishads. (Source : Wikipedia)

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Process to enact Goa Nursing Govt urged to depute team to Council Act on slow track review safety at Kaiga N-plant HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 13

It’s been nearly a decade since nurses in the state are seeking the enactment of the Goa Nursing Council Act and formation of the Goa Nursing Council, however the process, though on, has been agonisingly slow. Currently in the absence of a nursing council in the state, nurses in Goa fall under the purview of the Maharashtra Nursing Council and have to personally make a visit to Mumbai to seek their registration and further their re-registration every five years. “The process began when I was the president of the Goa Chapter of the Trained Nurses Association of India (TNAI). We had gone through several drafts of other states and personally submitted a draft of the Goa Nursing Council Act to the Health Secretary,” former president of the Goa-Chapter of the TNAI Nilima Rane said. “From there one copy went to the Director of Health Services and to the Dean of Goa Medical College. The Dean cleared it almost immediately. But the Director of Health Services raised some queries regarding some of the rules framed. The file remained with her. In

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n The process began when I was the president of the Goa Chapter of the Trained Nurses Association of India (TNAI). We had gone through several drafts of other states and personally submitted a draft of the Goa Nursing Council Act to the Health Secretary. the meanwhile, I ceased to be president of the TNAI and lost track of the issue,” Rane added. Current president of the Goa TNAI Anita Fernandes, however assured that the process is very much on and has not stagnated. “The file is currently with me. We had taken it after we noticed that there were some loopholes in the Act and lack of proper committees. It is being studied further. We had sent it to our lawyer, who suggested some changes and now it has gone back to our lawyer,” Fernandes said. However despite the process beginning all over again, Fernandes expects it to be complete within at least two years’ time. “We have many constitutions (of other states), which we are referring to and the process is going systematically. The committee meets every fortnight and all meetings held over the

last three years are on record,” she said. She also said that the TNAI was dealing with the issue of nurses currently having to travel all the way to Mumbai for registration. “We discussed this issue. We are now planning asking the MNC (Maharashtra Nursing Council) to send a team of officials to the state at the time of re-registration. But that won’t be necessary if the two year time frame tentatively suggested by Fernandes materialises. “The formation of the state nursing council is in our interest and the faster it materialises the better it is,” Fernandes said hinting that there is no way the nurses stand to benefit if there is a delay. For now, however, nurses graduating from a nursing institute a trip to Mumbai is inevitable.

ST youth outfit for installation of Floriano’s statue at Gogol

Youth members of the South Goa Scheduled Tribes Association demanding installation of a memorial of Late Floriano Vaz at the Gogol traffic junction. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 13

The newly-formed ST youth outfit South Goa Scheduled Tribes Association has demanded the installation of the statue of Konkani martyr Floriano Vaz at the Gogol junction. Association president Camilo Barretto held a dharna at Gogol on Wednesday morning along with local residents in support of the demand. He pointed out that the government had announced plans to install the life size statue of Vaz at the Gogol junction during the last Assembly polls, adding the promise was only made to garner votes of the ST community.

Vasco councillors furious over CO’s transfer HERALD REPORTER VASCO, APRIL 13

The sudden transfer of Mormugao Municipal Council (MMC) Chief Officer Gopal Parsekar barely an hour before the MMC emergency meeting on Wednesday sparked off furious reactions from ruling councillors. They have threatened to protest outside the residence of Chief Minister Digambar Kamat if the transfer order is not revoked. An hour before the council’s emergency meet on Wednesday at 3 pm, Parsekar received a fax stating that he had been transferred to his old charge as jail superintendent of Central Jail at Aguada. Parsekar’s transfer triggered an uproar in the council, as most councillors alleged it had been done at behest of Revenue Minister Jose Philip D’Souza, as chief

officer had reportedly commented that the Municipal Act does not permit land acquisition for personal use. Incidentally, the MMC had convened an emergency meeting on Wednesday after sections of the media had reported that D’Souza had allegedly grabbed land at Kharewado for his personal and family benefit. Parsekar refused to comment on his transfer but he admitted that his transfer was sudden. “I don’t want to comment,” said Parsekar. Ruling councillors demanded that Parsekar’s transfer should be revoked immediately, failing which they have threatened to protest outside the residence of the chief minister. “The transfer of the chief officer is at the instance of D’Souza and we will fight to ensure that transfer is revoked,” said Carlos Almeida.

Issues remain unsolved on Princess removal deal HERALD REPORTER PANJIM APRIL 13

In what could be seen as first serious signs of trouble since the cutting of the grounded River Princess began, fissures seem apparent with the government failing to take a final decision on the issue. Speaking to Herald, Director of Tourism said that final nittygritty needs to be worked out and until that is resolved there will be no signing of the deal. “It has not been signed as yet. There are some issues that need to be resolved and until then the deal cannot be inked,” Naik said adding that the main reason

South Goa Collector G P Naik has recommended to the government to depute a delegation of senior state government officials headed by the Chief Secretary to the Kaiga nuclear plant to take stock of the safety measures in place in the event of any incident. The district Collector has also recommended that the government should take into account the evacuation and communication aspects vis-à-vis the Kaiga nuclear plant while reviewing the disaster management plan for the state. These suggestions and recommendations were mooted in a report submitted to the govern-

for the indecision was the value of the scrap quoted by the company. The cutting of the Princess is however on in full swing and the indecision of the Tourism Department is not yet apparent on the ground. Meanwhile, villagers have raised issue with the number of licences that were required just to cut the ship. “There are more than 27 licences that are needed just to cut and tow away one ship. All this is only delaying the process,” a member of the River Princess Hatao Manch has said.

ment after a team of officials from South Goa visited the Kaiga nuclear plant and had an interaction with officials, besides the Karwar Development Commissioner on the on-site and off-site emergency plan after the tragic nuclear plant accident in Japan in the wake of the Tsunami. “Our delegation which called on the Karwar officials, besides officials of the Kaiga plant were briefed about various safety measures in place in and around the nuclear plant. Information reveals that the nuclear plant is around 50 kms away from the sea”, Naik added. Naik, however, said that he has recommended to the government to deputy a high level delegation of senior officials to

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SGAA apprises Chief Justice on injustice to Desmond HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 13

A delegation of the South Goa Advocates Association called on the Chief Justice of the Bombay high court to draw his attention to the injustice meted out to suspended Judge Desmond D’Costa by the court. Association President Adv Anacleto Viegas said the Chief Justice Mohit Shah gave them a

Rosary-PTA donation coupon draw postponed HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 13

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The court of Deputy Director of Panchayats witnessed uproar when a litigant was assaulted during the proceedings in front of the Deputy Director Barad on Wednesday evening. The incident evoked anger from the BJP activists who had assembled near the Communidade building in connection with the Babush Monseratte episode. BJP workers led by Fatorda MLA Damu Naik trooped inside the office of the Deputy Director and confronted him over his silence when a litigant was assaulted right in front of him. Barad sought to defend himself by saying that he could not intervene when the court was in session. The Fatorda MLA, however, said that the deputy panchayat director should lodge an official complaint with the Margao police since the assault incident has taken place in his court room. “Let the police do the investigations, but at least you register an official complaint against the accused. You have to give justice to the victim of assault”, he demanded.

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patient hearing on the matter and assured that the inquiry instituted by the Court will be completed within two months time. “The delegation made to quite clear to the Chief Justice that grave injustice has been done to an upright Judge by suspending Judge Desmond in the Mahanand case acquittal”, Adv Viegas said.

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Due to unavoidable circumstances, the draw of the donation coupons of the Parent-Teacher Association of Rosar y Higher Secondar y School, Navelim Salcette, which was supposed to be held on April 16 has been postponed to July 9 at the general body meeting of the Parent Teacher Association, says a press release issued here.

“The Scheduled Tribes have been always used and abused by everyone, but has been deprived of its rightful due. The original tribes have become non-existence and have to demand our rightful due like beggars”, he lamented. Barretto has set May 30 as the deadline for the government to install Floriano’s statue at the Gogol junction or threatened to launch an agitation. “Because of Konkani, many became leaders, Ministers and Chief Ministers, but the STs did not get anything. Floriano was killed in the language agitation 23 years ago, but the government did nothing till date”, he said.

Criminal plea against Panjim police for failure to file case against SEC HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 13

Civil society activists on Wednesday filed a criminal appeal before a Special Judge against the Panjim police for failing to register corruption case filed against State Election Commissioner Dr M Modassir. Ulhas Dessai and Mahesh Kamat have requested the Court of Special Judge under Prevention of Corruption, Panjim, to direct police to register a case within 24 hours and expedite the investigation after registering the offence. The activists had lodged a complaint with the Panjim police that ahead Corporation of City of Panjim (CCP) elections on March 13, Modassir signed the order for elections when he was on vacation at Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh). “The election notification of CCP elections was issued duly signed by Modassir from Lucknow showing to have signed from Panjim on February 14 though he was in Lucknow and not at his headquarters in Panjim. He was sanctioned leave from February 7, 2011 to February 18, 2011,” the petition copy reads. The petitioners have further questioned how Dr Modassir could be appointed as State Election Commission when he asked for voluntary retirement. The Court has scheduled the matter for hearing on Saturday. It may be recalled that Herald had first reported that Dr Modassir was on month long leave when he signed the notification.

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MONTH’S MIND GEORGE REBELLO (Miramar)

There will be an Eucharistic celebration for the soul of our beloved George at St. Agnes' Church, St. Inez, on Saturday, 16th April 2011 at 4.30 p.m. offered by his family, followed by prayers & blessing of his grave. Relatives & friends kindly accept this as the only intimation.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT The bereaved family conveys our sincere thanks to relatives, friends, colleagues & neighbours who attended the funeral service, sent floral tributes & messages of condolence & support, visited us and shared in our grief. We regret our inability to thank you all individually. goanrites@gmail.com 9822122003 / 9822136397

Karuna hints at coalition govt in TN PTI CHENNAI, APRIL 13

Voicing confidence that his party will win the Tamil Nadu Assembly polls, DMK president M Karunanidhi today hinted at a possible coalition government, a key issue said to have been raised by long-time ally Congress as a post-poll arrangement. "Our prospects are as bright as the Rising Sun (DMK's symbol) and we will win as many seats as we require to form government...It could either be our own or a coalition," he told reporters here after casting his vote. During the tough seat-sharing bargaining between Congress and DMK, the national party is said to have made a strong pitch for a share in power. The Congress has been out of power in Tamil Nadu since 1967 when it was unseated by the DMK, then under party founder C N Annadurai. On allegations of EC acting in a "biased" manner, the chief minister said, "As far as we are concerned, they acted harshly but I won't say they were partisan. A few people have been affected by the EC and I don't see anything wrong when they talk about that." Duringhispollcampaign,Karunanidhi had been critical of the Election Commission, saying that some of its officers were working like in "emergency times" with the intention of defeating his party and asked the Centre to consider what powerstheECshouldbegiveninthefuture.


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India to restore full defence ties with China PTI SANYA (China), APRIL 13

After a pause, India is set to restore full defence cooperation with China, with a high-level military delegation expected to come here in June and an inprinciple agreement reached for setting up a mechanism for con-

sultations and coordination on border affairs. The decisions were arrived at during a 50-minute meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Hu Jintao here where the Indian leader also voiced concern over the growing trade imbalance in favour of China, evoking an assurance that it would be addressed. During the "very productive, warm and friendly" meeting,

Singh and Hu launched the 'Year of India-China Exchanges in 2011', National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon told reporters. As part of the measure, there will be a series of visits including by an Indian military delegation to China besides exchange of visits by senior political leaders, holding of strategic economic dialogue, official consultations and people-to-people contacts, he said. "It has been agreed that a multi-command Indian military delegation will visit China later this year," Menon said. Sources said the delegation could visit as early as June and is expected to be headed by a Corps Commander level officer of the rank of Lt General. The decision to send a military delegation to China marks an end to the freeze on highlevel defence exchanges by India after the then Northern Army Commander Lt Gen B S Jaswal was denied a proper visa in July last year for travel to Beijing because he served in Jammu and

‘Adarsh: No demolition until both sides heard’ PTI MUMBAI, APRIL 13

In a breather for the Adarsh Housing Society here, Bombay High Court today said that before passing any "drastic" order -- such as giving a nod for demolition - it would first hear the society and the environment ministry. "Anything which is illegal needs to be demolished. We agree with that, but at this stage we would like to first hear the arguments to satisfy our judicial conscience. Demolition is a drastic step," said the division bench of Justices Ranjana Desai and R G Ketkar. The court was hearing the petition filed by the Society, challenging the demolition order passed by the Ministry of Environment and Forests in January. The ministry ordered the demolition of the 31-storey building after concluding that it was unauthorised and had violated several norms. The society had got three month's time to file appeal. The High Court today posted the matter for hearing on April 27.

Kashmir. The Indian decision comes amid apparent moves by China to reverse its two-year policy of giving stapled visas to people hailing from Jammu and Kashmir. The NSA, however, insisted that the defence exchanges were never frozen as levels of communications at various levels, including at border commander level, were maintained. He said the two countries will be discussing further exchanges and visits during the year. To a question, Menon said the issue of stapled visas was not discussed during the meeting between Singh and Hu as `work’ is in progress in this regard. In his opening remarks at the meeting, Singh told Hu that India was "keen to expand areas of cooperation" with China. "I wish to reaffirm the desire to strengthen strategic and economic partnership with China in every possible way," the Prime Minister said.

2G scam: CBI opposes bail of corporate bosses PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 13

CBI today opposed the bail plea of five corporate honchos, who appeared as accused after being named in the chargesheet in the 2G spectrum scam case, in a Delhi court saying that from being “suspects” they have become “accused”. "The status of a person changes in law after filing of the chargesheet. They are not entitled to release on bail ipso facto (by default) on appearance before the court. From being suspects, they have now become accused and hence, will have to

justify their bail plea," senior advocate U U Lalit, who has been appointed as a special prosecutor by the Supreme Court, said. "There are nearly 180 prosecution witnesses and some of them are under political perception of threat," Lalit said and gave some classified documents to CBI Judge O P Saini who has been appointed to hear exclusively the 2G case on dayto-day basis. After defence lawyers sought a copy of the document, Lalit said "it is not for you. I may use them in our reply."


Pg 10 Siemens unveils new wind turbine PTI MUMBAI, APRIl 13

Siemens Energy Sector today said it has launched a new wind turbine for the Indian market. The new product SWT-2.3113 (Direct Drive) with leading technological edge was launched at Wind Power India International Conference and Exhibition 2011 at Chennai. With this launch, Siemens intends to utilise its engineering expertise in energy efficiency to strengthen its local presence by manufacturing and supplying range of wind turbines, the company said in a statement. The production at Vadodara is slated to commence in 2013 with an annual capacity of 250 MW which will be scaled up to 500 MW by 2015 to meet market demand. The company is additionally investing in a R&D technology center at Vadodara. The newly launched wind turbine is especially suitable for low wind regimes in India. "The potential of wind energy is tremendous in India and we believe that the conditions are right in India for such a development. We have a strong focus on renewable energy market and we are strategically positioned to play a key role in this segment," Siemens' MD, Armin Bruck, said.

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BRICS vows to oppose trade protectionism PTI SANYA (CHINA), APRIl 13

Five fastest growing economies, including India, today vowed to oppose trade protectionism as they agreed to coordinate their positions in the multilateral fora, including the G-20 and climate change negotiations, to uphold the interests of developing countries. The Brazil-Russia-IndiaChina-South Africa (BRICS) Economic and Trade Ministers, who met here on the eve of the grouping's Summit, noted that the recent turmoil in Middle East and North Africa as well as the earthquake and tsunami in Japan had brought about uncertainties to the world economic development and agreed to further strengthen cooperation among themselves by expanding mutual trade and investment. The Economic and Trade Ministers committed to "oppose trade protectionism in all its forms," said a joint press release issued after the meeting attended by Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma. In this regard, they decided to establish a contact group entrusted with the task of pro-

posing an institutional framework and concrete measures to expand economic cooperation among BRICS and with other developing countries, within the South-South perspective, it said. Addressing the media, Sharma said it was imperative for the BRICS countries to coordinate their positions considering the fact that the recent developments in the Middle East and North Africa had "severely impacted" the global oil prices. He said the five countries would be coordinating their synergies on the reforms of global institutions like IMF and World Bank besides the G-20 and WTO. Sharma pointed out that the BRICS countries were contributing up to 25 per cent to the global GDP and had the potential to grow more. The deliberations of the first meeting of BRICS Economic and Trade Ministers will form basis for the discussions at the Summit here tomorrow which will be attended by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The Ministers agreed to intensify cooperation through expanding mutual trade and in-

vestment and made a pledge to oppose all manifestations of trade protectionism, Chinese Commerce Minister Chen Deming told reporters. To this end, the ministers agreed to establish a liaison group which will analyse the current economic cooperation and trade among the BRICS countries and assess its future trend before it puts forward an institutional framework and specific measures to expand business cooperation between the BRICS countries, he said. "Ministers exchanged views on the state of the world economy and the role played by the BRICS in the new global economic order. They agreed in the new global economic order," said a joint press statement issued after the meeting. "They agreed that while the world economy continues the momentum of recovery since the 2008 global financial crisis, its foundation is still far from solid and stable," the statement said the ministers pledged to continue to contribute to global economic growth. Chen said the world economy has been recovering but the process remains "uneven and faces many risks". He said the BRICS countries, impacted by the global financial crisis and the stimulus policies instituted by the developed economies, "still face economic overheating issues such as inflationary pressure and asset bubbles".

RIL begins capacity expansion PTI MUMBAI, APRIl 13

Reliance Industries (RIl) said it has commenced a planned capacity expansion across four categories in the polyester chain. The company will be benefiting from recent happenings like substantial price increase and uncertain outlook for cotton availability as polyester products come in as substitutes, it said. "It is expected that polyester will capture around 80% of incremental global fibre demand of around 2.9-million tonnes per annum over the medium to long term," it said. "Demand for Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) is poised for exponential growth due to continued demand in the bottling, packaging and food & beverages sectors," it said.

Tata Venture now in Goa HERALD BUSINESS DESk PANJIM, APRIl 13

Tata Motors announced the launch of Tata Venture in Goa. The Tata Venture is a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) with the footprint and manoeuvrability of a hatchback, but the interior space of a utility vehicle. less than 4-metre-long, the Tata Venture can comfortably accommodate eight passengers in three front facing rows and has ample luggage space. A glasshouse effect with plugin windows for second row passengers contributes to the distinctive exterior design, while the contemporary interior sport a two-tone beige and black theme. Comfort and convenience of both driver and passengers have been adequately addressed with dual HVAC, power steering, power windows, reverse parking aid, keyless entry with engine immobilizer and

PTI MUMBAI, APRIl 13

The BSE Sensex snapped 5-session losing stint and gained 434 points to close at 19,696 on renewed all-round buying amid firm global cues as crude oil prices eased from over two year highs. Market players said investors were expecting good fourth quarter results and chose to shrug off lower industrial output numbers and fears of further hike in interest rates because of high inflation. Meanwile, oil prices have eased nearly four dollars a barrel for the main US contract on indications that demand may soften. Capital goods, auto, IT and banking counters attracted heavy buying interest. Mid-cap and Small-cap counters also got good support from operators and retail investors.

Aban Offshor, 675, 694.3, 665.75, 690.2 Abb Ltd., 791.05, 811, 786.35, 807.4 Abg Shipyard, 389, 396.95, 385.25, 392.35 Acc Limited, 1080, 1122, 1080, 1117 Adani Enterp, 650, 654.7, 644.2, 649.55 Aditya Birla, 875.05, 899, 872.25, 895.2 Allahabad Ba, 221, 225.9, 218.85, 225.05 Alstom Proje, 598, 612, 593.05, 603.8 Ambuja Cemen, 147.05, 153.95, 147, 152.9 Andhra Bank, 146.85, 149.5, 145.6, 148.9 Ashok Leylan, 55, 56.65, 54.1, 55.25 Asian Paints, 2565, 2633.95, 2551.3, 2617.75 Axis Bank Li, 1395, 1445.9, 1394.35, 1438.3 Bajaj Hindus, 78.8, 80.5, 77.8, 79.9 Bank Of Baro, 959, 977.5, 955.4, 975 Bank Of Indi, 475.4, 488.5, 473.2, 486.95 Beml Limited, 718.95, 739.65, 716, 729.95 Bharat Elect, 1844.9, 1862.8, 1821.1, 1846.1 Bharat Forge, 345.75, 362.8, 345.75, 359.6 Bharat Petro, 591.3, 605.8, 591.3, 601.2 Bharti Airte, 356.3, 375, 353, 367.45 Bhel, 2187.3, 2239, 2175, 2231.4 Bhushan Stee, 485.05, 508.5, 485.05, 502.95 Biocon Limit, 371.85, 375.6, 368.55, 373.75 Bombay Dyein, 382.7, 399.7, 380.65, 397.35

Bosch Limite, 6460, 6555, 6450, 6457.9 Brigade Ente, 98.1, 100.9, 97.15, 99.3 Cairn India, 342.05, 347.75, 342.05, 344.6 Canara Bank, 638, 643, 637, 641.45 Central Bank, 142, 145.7, 141.1, 145.05 Century Text, 358.6, 378.4, 358.6, 377.05 Cesc Ltd, 313.95, 317.2, 307, 316.1 Chambal Fert, 84.5, 87.25, 84.15, 86.3 Chennai Petr, 230.05, 232.75, 228, 229.5 Cipla Ltd, 319.25, 325, 317, 324.25 Colgate Palm, 851, 925.7, 842, 908.95 Container Co, 1206, 1310, 1193.2, 1296.6 Crompton Gre, 273.1, 284.5, 272, 283.95 Cummins Indi, 673, 678.8, 658.2, 671.7 Dabur India, 102, 103.8, 101.4, 103.4 Deccan Chron, 80, 86.35, 79.1, 85.25 Dish Tv Indi, 66.9, 68.8, 66.55, 68.1 Divi’s Labor, 704.8, 714.1, 700.05, 708.85 Dlf Limited, 247, 253.2, 246.3, 251.25 Dr. reddy’s, 1611, 1640.8, 1602.3, 1636.05 Edelweiss Ca, 38.75, 39.9, 38.2, 39.75 Educomp Solu, 440.15, 469.7, 439.85, 467.55 Eih Limited, 87.8, 94.5, 87.1, 91.25 Engineers In, 305, 306, 298.65, 299.45 Essar Oil Lt, 136, 138.9, 134.7, 137.2

rear wipers. A semi monocoque construction provides the required rigidity while the robust shell has energy absorbing crumple zones built in. A collapsible steering and side impact beams protect occupants in an exigency. The Tata Venture meets crash safety norms applicable in the domestic market. The Tata Venture is powered by a 1.4 litre turbo diesel engine, delivering 71 PS power, with best in class fuel efficiency

among diesel MPVs in the country. The mileage as certified by ARAI is 15.42 kmpl. The Tata Venture will be available in 5, 7 and 8-seater options in 3 row front facing configuration and will be available in a range of 5 colors and 3 trim levels. The Tata Venture comes with a warranty of 2 years or 75,000 kms (whichever is earlier). The Tata Venture is priced in the range of Rs 4.27 lakh and Rs 5.27 lakh (ex-showroom Goa).

EDC projects net profit of Rs 20 cr HERALD BUSINESS DESk PANJIM, APRIl 13

The financial results of EDC ltd, for the year 2010-2011, have been declared. During the year, Rs 53.04 crore were sanctioned to 765 units and an amount of Rs 46.01 crore was disbursed. The recovery during the year was to the tune of Rs 75.17 crore. The turnover for the year was over Rs 44 crore and the projected net profit is Rs 20 crore. EDC is among the very few State financial institutions in

the country, which has been consistently posting profits. The present net worth of the corporation is in excess of Rs 250 crore. The corporation has been in a position to reduce its NPAs, partly with the help of the OTS scheme announced in the last budget. The marked improvement enabled EDC to declare dividend to the stake holders for the second successive year and a dividend of about Rs 1crore was declared for the F Y 200910. The corporation continued to manage the land acquisition matters of the government and streamlined its operations. During the financial year 200910 an amount of Rs 2.19 crore is remitted to the government as interest on these deposits. Two new loan schemes were introduced during the year, viz “Financial assistance against mortgage of immoveable properties and composite loan schemes for EDC clients with good track records”. The existing incentive schemes of interest rebate of 3% to financing units set up in backward area and interest rebate of 1% for loans to women entrepreneurs as well as NRGs and Goan Entrepreneurs, were also promoted aggressively. The corporation has also diversified its portfolio by venturing into the retail loan segment and offering personal, vehicle and housing loans to the em-

Sensex gains 434 points

A cross-section view of the interiors of the Tata Venture.

Essar Shippi, 108.2, 108.2, 102.8, 103.15 Exide Indust, 138.35, 143.75, 138.35, 142.85 Federal Bank, 414.9, 435.45, 411.55, 433.4 Financial Te, 866, 899, 863.1, 895.15 Gail (india), 465, 477, 461.5, 475.1 Gammon India, 120.55, 125, 119, 123.65 Glaxosmithkl, 2128, 2140, 2112.05, 2134.55 Glenmark Pha, 292.95, 301, 291.15, 296.8 Gmr Infrastr, 41.8, 43, 41.5, 42.7 Godrej Indus, 181.9, 193.8, 180.7, 192.8 Grasim Indus, 2515, 2569.8, 2499.55, 2556 Great Offsho, 279, 289.75, 274.9, 287.6 Gtl Infra.Lt, 37.65, 38.15, 37.3, 37.95 Gujarat Mine, 139, 140.9, 137.9, 140.1 Gujarat N R, 54.1, 56, 54.1, 55.8 Gujarat Stat, 99.1, 101.95, 98.6, 101.25 Gvk Pow. & I, 27, 29.1, 27, 28.95 Hcl Technolo, 486.55, 503.75, 486.55, 497.3 Hdfc Bank Lt, 2279.45, 2383.65, 2275, 2368.95 Hdfc Ltd, 686.15, 721.8, 684, 718 Hero Honda M, 1630, 1770, 1628, 1735.15 Hindalco in, 206.4, 210.65, 205, 209.65 Hindustan Co, 38, 39.45, 37.55, 39.2 Hindustan Ma, 61.8, 63.15, 61.45, 62.7 Hindustan Pe, 349.55, 362, 349.5, 360.1

Hindustan Un, 273.35, 285.95, 273, 281.6 Hindustan Zi, 146.5, 146.5, 141.55, 145.3 Housing Dev, 182, 188, 180.05, 186.85 Icici Bank L, 1093.8, 1130, 1086.2, 1126.85 Idea Cellula, 65, 66.95, 64.25, 66.75 Ifci Ltd, 53.8, 55.9, 53.8, 55.75 India Cement, 99.25, 102.1, 98.15, 101.3 India Infoli, 75.95, 76.9, 74.8, 76.2 Indiabulls F, 162.8, 174.65, 161.7, 171.45 Indiabulls R, 140, 148.35, 138, 147.45 Indian Bank, 229.3, 237.4, 226.1, 235.9 Indian Hotel, 87.8, 89.9, 87.05, 89.6 Indian Oil C, 327.25, 335.6, 327.15, 332.35 Indian Overs, 151, 156.5, 151, 155.7 Indus Dev Ba, 143.5, 148.5, 142.7, 148.05 Indusind Ban, 274, 282.9, 274, 279.9 Infosys Tech, 3211, 3317.1, 3196, 3306.2 Infra. dev., 152.9, 159.9, 151.3, 159.35 Ispat Indust, 23.7, 24.15, 23.5, 23.9 Itc Ltd, 185, 191.3, 183.75, 190.1 Ivrcl Infras, 86, 91.35, 84.35, 90.65 Jai Corp Lim, 180, 193.65, 178.3, 189.6 Jaiprakash A, 90.4, 98.8, 90.15, 98.2 Jet Airways, 459.8, 478.7, 459.8, 470.6 Jindal Saw L, 202, 206, 201, 204.9

ployees of State government, its corporations, autonomous bodies and aided schools, colleges as well as to Central government PSUs viz Goa Shipyard ltd and MPT. The overall response in this sector has also been very promising. The Chief Minister’s Rozgar Yojana (CMRY), a self employment loan scheme being operated by the corporation, since 2001, and also completed 10 years of its successful implementation, during the last financial year. During the year, an amount of Rs 19.11 crore was sanctioned to 661 units and Rs 18.87 crore was disbursed, under the CMRY scheme. The board, also decided to increase the interest rate on term loans granted by the corporation by 1% and also to effect 0.50% increase on other loans, viz housing, vehicle and personal loans to Government employees and the professional loan scheme, operated by the corporation. However, there is no change in the inter-

est rates of the CMRY scheme. This decision was taken in keeping with the overall trend of increase in interest rates by lending Institutions and Banks.

BOARD MEETINGS Adarsh Plant Gulshan Chem  Reliance Indl Infra  Ahmedabad Steel  MRF  Timex Group Source: Indiainfoline.com

MF FUNDA ESCORTS MUTUAL FUND has announced revision of the exit load structure under Escorts Income Bond and Escorts Gilt Plan. Prior to the revision both the schemes charged 0.5 per cent exit load if the units were redeemed before 6 months from the date of allotment. Under the revised structure, Escorts Income Bond will charge an exit load of 1 per cent if the units are redeemed within 1 year from the date of allotment and no exit load will be charged under Escorts Gilt Fund. Both the schemes are managed by Surabhi Chaddha. I- Sec Mi- BEX and Crisil Composite Bond Fund Index are the benchmark for Escorts Gilt Plan and Escorts Income Bond respectively.

Jindal Steel, 670, 685.25, 669.35, 681.05 Jsw Steel Li, 962, 989, 945, 961.8 Kotak Mahind, 441, 458, 439.05, 455.9 Lakshmi Mach, 2420, 2469.7, 2385, 2416.05 Lanco Infrat, 42, 44.45, 41.65, 43.95 Larsen & Tou, 1651.35, 2001.7, 1645.1, 1717.8 Lic Housing, 218.9, 227.4, 218.1, 225.8 Lupin Limite, 408, 415, 405, 413.95 Mahanagar Te, 47.75, 48.75, 47, 48.5 Mahindra & M, 708, 732.7, 702.95, 729 Maruti Suzuk, 1214, 1282.15, 1214, 1278.15 Max India Lt, 169, 169.1, 166.25, 168.1 Moser-baer (, 44.5, 46.5, 44.1, 46.05 Mrpl, 70, 72, 69.1, 71.25 Nagarjuna Fe, 30, 30.85, 29.75, 30.7 National Alu, 96.7, 98.85, 95.55, 98.15 Neyveli Lign, 113.5, 114.2, 112, 113 Ntpc Ltd, 183.15, 188.45, 182.1, 187.8 Oil And Natu, 279.55, 290.55, 278.55, 289 Omaxe Limite, 137, 137.85, 136.5, 136.9 Oriental Ban, 375.15, 381.8, 375.1, 378.55 Pantaloon Re, 279, 284.35, 275, 281.95 Parsvnath De, 46.4, 46.85, 45.75, 46.1 Petronet Lng, 128, 133.5, 126.2, 132.65 Power Fin Co, 247.35, 255.85, 245.5, 254.55

Power Grid C, 103.1, 105.8, 103.05, 105.25 Praj Industr, 78, 80.65, 78, 79.75 Punj Lloyd L, 71.8, 75.4, 71, 75 Punjab Natio, 1185, 1204, 1182, 1197.05 Rajesh Expor, 101.05, 102.2, 99.65, 100.95 Ranbaxy Labs, 458.4, 469.4, 452.25, 468.45 Rashtriya Ch, 83.7, 85.8, 83.05, 85.15 Reliance Cap, 602.5, 616.75, 601.3, 614.45 Reliance Com, 105.55, 109.5, 104.65, 109.05 Reliance Ene, 1110, 1133, 1090, 1110.66 Reliance Ind, 660.35, 689.15, 660.35, 681.9 Reliance Ind, 1001.85, 1024, 996.6, 1021.8 Reliance Pow, 128, 133, 128, 132.7 Rolta India, 148, 152.95, 147, 151.8 Satyam Compu, 76, 76.8, 75.6, 76.3 Sesa Goa Ltd, 317.5, 323.7, 316, 321.2 Shipping Cor, 113.8, 115.75, 113.15, 115.35 Siemens Ltd, 835.05, 897, 834, 890.4 Sintex Indus, 160.8, 165.6, 159.85, 164.25 Sobha Develo, 295, 302.9, 289.15, 299.45 State Bank O, 2767.9, 2829.9, 2759, 2819 Steel Author, 167, 172.5, 165.1, 171.5 Sterlite Ind, 170.4, 174.25, 169.65, 172.95 Sun Pharmace, 452.9, 452.9, 443.25, 447.05 Sun Tv Netwo, 430.7, 435, 427, 428.15

Suzlon Energ, 53.65, 56.6, 53.5, 56.2 Tata Communi, 249.5, 257, 247.15, 254.85 Tata Consult, 1175, 1221.4, 1174.3, 1210.1 Tata Motors, 1209.8, 1252.65, 1204.9, 1248.85 Tata Power C, 1313.5, 1319.65, 1303.15, 1310.3 Tata Steel L, 621.55, 640, 619.4, 636.4 Tata Teleser, 17.85, 18.35, 17.5, 18.05 Tech Mahindr, 728, 736.9, 721.3, 734.1 The Ge Shpg., 275, 281.9, 266.85, 281.2 The Phoenix, 200, 201.85, 198, 200.3 Thermax Ltd, 700, 703, 691.1, 695.3 Titan Indust, 3775, 3896.45, 3750.2, 3885.65 Torrent Powe, 258.5, 265.8, 256.25, 261.55 Triveni Engg, 98.9, 101.3, 98.5, 99.95 Tv18 India L, 80.55, 82.9, 80.55, 82.55 Uco Bank, 114.2, 116.8, 112.75, 116.4 Ultratech Ce, 1099, 1099, 1062.65, 1086.45 Union Bank O, 339.7, 345.25, 338.6, 343.35 Unitech Ltd, 44.5, 45.7, 43.65, 45.35 United Phosp, 146, 152.5, 145.6, 152.15 Videocon Ind, 193.9, 201.75, 191.25, 197.5 Vijaya Bank, 89, 89.95, 88, 89.45 Voltas Ltd, 175.5, 176.6, 173.5, 176.2 Wipro Ltd, 455, 474.5, 455, 472.4 Yes Bank Lim, 317, 335, 313.8, 333.5 Zee Entertai, 128.5, 128.5, 125.15, 126.15


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High radiation detected in seawater near quake-hit nuclear plant PTI TOKYO/FUKUSHIMA, APRIL 13

Grappling with Japan’s worst atomic crisis, workers at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant today kept removing highly toxic water from a reactor as a new test showed the radiation levels in nearby seawater had risen, amid protests by angry evacuees demanding compensation. For the first time in six months, the government downgraded its assessment of economy, saying the March 11 magnitude-9 quake and tsunami, which left nearly 30,000 people dead or missing, have caused serious downward pressure on exports, production and consumption. “Although the Japanese economy was picking up, it shows

weakness recently, due to the influence of the Great East Japan Earthquake,” the Cabinet Office said in its monthly report. Also, Japan’s Sendai Airport, which was submerged by massive tsunami last month, partially resumed domestic flight operations today, with a Japan Airlines flight arriving from Tokyo’s Haneda airport at 8 am local time. The airport opening is expected to make it easier for volunteers and others from Tokyo and its vicinity, as well as western Japan, to visit the disasterhit areas and accelerate relief activities there. However, the country’s nuclear crisis was far from over as workers of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) continued to remove highly radioactive water from the crisis-hit

Fukushima Daiichi plant and cool a spent nuclear fuel pool. A magnitude-5.8 quake also hit areas near the plant this morning, but it did not obstruct recovery efforts or cause any abnormalities, the government’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency was quoted as saying by Kyodo. TEPCO, the plant’s operator, kept pumping out highly polluted water from an underground tunnel-like trench to a nearby storage area inside the No.2 reactor’s building. The critical work began last evening and an estimated 200 tonnes of tainted water was moved to a “condenser”. The utility aims to transfer a total of 700 tonnes of polluted water by tomorrow. The Science Ministry said the

radiation levels in seawater off the coast of Fukushima are the highest since it began monitoring them about three weeks ago. It said the level of iodine-131 was 88.5 becquerels per liter in a sample taken on Monday in the sea about 30 km east of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The figure is 2.2 times the government’s upper limit for wastewater from nuclear facilities, national broadcaster NHK reported. The level of cesium-137 was also the highest observed so far, but was below the limit. TEPCO also said the iodine131 level was 23 times the upper limit in a sample taken 15 km from the plant. This was the highest figure since TEPCO began taking samples 15 km offshore on April 2.

US to continue drone strikes despite Pak protests PTI PESHAWAR/WASHINGTON, APRIL 13

The United Sates is going ahead with its deadly drone strikes on select terrorists targets inside Pakistan despite strong objections raised by Islamabad, with an attack today killing six Taliban militants in Pakistan’s northwest. The Obama administration has ruled out halting the strikes by the CIA operated unmanned planes, which have been billed as the most potent anti-terror weapon, ABC news reported quoting unnamed US officials. “Panetta (CIA chief) has an obligation to protect this country (US) and he’s not going to halt any operations that accomplish that objective,” the report said. Pakistan’s intelligence chief Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha had conveyed his government’s strong opposition to the strikes and said Islamabad wanted to halt drone operations in his country. Citing officials ABC said the US believed that the pitch for scaling down American covert operations in Pakistan was not coming from the civilian government but from the powerful army which wanted to use it to score political points. CIA chief Leon Panetta met Pasha at CIA headquarters in Langley for two hours and 25 minutes and they were later joined by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Admiral Mike Mullen. US officials also believed that the reports that intelligence cooperation between Islamabad and Washington had broken down were “over written” for public postures in Islamabad. But, State Department spokesperson Mark Toner acknowledged that Obama administration was negotiating with Pakistan on possible reduction in US intelligence operatives and special forces personnel there. The two countries are yet to take a final decision on this, he said. Hours after the comments by the US officials that drone strikes will go ahead, CIA operated an unmanned spy plane that fired missiles at a militant compound in South Waziristhan in Pakistan’s restive northwest, killing six Taliban militants. Five hellfire missiles were fired at a compound in Gharr village in Angoor Adda area near the border with Afghanistan. This was the first strike after a lull since March 17 after a row between the two countries over the issue of killing over 40 people, mostly tribal elders in a drone strike.

Mubarak, sons detained AFP CAIRO, APRIL 13

Egypt’s ailing ex-president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons have been placed in detention for 15 days as part of an inquiry into the use of force against proteste r s , p ro s e c u t o r s s a i d o n Wednesday. A statement on the public prosecutor’s Facebook page said chief prosecutor Abdel Maguid Mahmud authorised the detentions “as part of an inquiry into the use of force against protesters during the unrest in January and February.” Security officials said Mubarak was placed under detention in a hospital in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, where he reportedly suffered a heart attack on Tuesday during questioning by prosecutors. The official MENA news agency said security was beefed up outside in his hospital room and he would be taken to a cell once his health condition allowed his transfer. His two sons Gamal and Alaa arrived mid-morning at Tora prison complex in Cairo, home to other fallen officials and some of the country’s most notorious political prisoners. MENA reported that Gamal, once seen as his father ’s anointed heir, and his elder brother were handed white prison uniforms, blankets and mattresses after they surrendered their cell phones. They turned down breakfast, appearing to be in shock. They are accused of incitement to fire at demonstrators during a popular uprising that lasted from January 25 till February 11 when Mubarak reluctantly stepped down. Nearly 800 people died during the uprising.

Consider arming Libyan rebels, says Italy AFP DOHA, APRIL 13

Italy wants the international community to consider arming Libyan rebels under the UN res-

olution authorising the use of all means to defend civilians, the Italian foreign ministry spokesman said on Wednesday. But Belgium’s foreign minister

said his country was opposed and that arms were not covered by UN Security Council Resolution 1973. “The discussion about arming the rebels is definitely on the

table ... to defend themselves,” Italy’s Maurizio Massari said on the sidelines of a meeting of an international contact group on the Libya conflict.


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Kenkre FC squeeze past Sesa FA PTI JAMSHEDPUR, APRIL 13

Kenkre Football Club, Maharashtra pipped strong contender Goa’s Sesa Football Academy 32 in a closely fought tie of AIFF’s Second Division I-League qualifying round at JRD Tata sports complex here on Wednesday. Kenkre, having two wins and two losses with six points from four outings including one against Sesa, was trailing 0-1

YSC Mankem champs HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 13

after Sesa forward Gangandeep Singh struck in the 29th minute through a brilliant goal. The Maharashtra outfit sweated it out for an equaliser but Sesa’s strong defence thwarted them on each occasion. Kenkre had a couple of chances to score but shot wide off the bar. The teams intensified their attack after play resumed, as striker Kenkre’s Sadananda Singh restored parity five minutes into the second half through a powerful right footer. Singh converted a measured cross-piece through a header seven minutes later putting Kenkre, who had defeated Kerala’s Josco FC 3-0 and then lost to Ar-Hima FC, Meghalaya and Mohammedan Sporting, Kolkata on identical margins of 1-4 earlier, into the lead. Kenkre’s joy was short-lived as Sesa defender Augustin Fernandes got the equaliser through a header in the 82nd minute. Netting the match-winner in 88th minute, Kenkre’s Madhusudan hoodwinked the Sesa defence and found the net. With this match, Sesa now have four points with one win, two losses and a draw.

Youth Sports Club, Mankem, Shiroda defeated Mafia Boys, Shiroda 4-0 to win the inter-ward football tournament organised by OM Boys of Vazangal, Shiroda at Dr Gude ground, Vazangal recently. The score read 2-0 at the break. YSC shot into the lead in the 5th minute through Planton Fernandes. YSC doubled their score when Maunel shot on target. Planton scored a brace after changing ends. Mafia Boys tried hard to score but were kept at bay due to good goalkeeping by YSC’s custodian Pandu. YSC pocketed Rs10,000 while Mafia had to be content with Rs 7,000. Following individual prizes were awarded: Man-of-thematch - Planton Fernandes (YSC). Player-of-the-tournament - Agnelo (Mafia). Narayan Kamat, ZP member was the chief guest and gave away the prizes in the presence of Jeronimo D’ Costa, panch. Joaquim compered.

Barreto Boys win

Margao Sports Club will felicitate its First Division players for earning a promotion in the GFA Professional League for the year 2011-12 on April 14 at Government Multipurpose School ground, Borda at 7.30 p.m.

HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 13

A brace by Ryan helped Barreto Boys defeat Sirlim Boys 2-0 in Cruz Memorial soccer at Carmona panchayat ground on Wednesday.

Margao SC players to be feted HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, APRIL 13

Penha de Franca down Laxmi Prasad HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, APRIL 13

A brace from Govind Mahale allowed Penha de Franca to come from two goals behind to defeat Laxmi Prasad Sports Club 4-2 in GFA’s Second Division North play-off at Duler Stadium, here on Wednesday. Penha led 3-2 at the breather. After an initial energetic display by Laxmi, they then seemed to run out of gas and Penha’s passing game took over. After just three minutes, Laxmi’s Chandrashekar Shirodkar dismantled the Penha de-

fence with an exquisite pass which Jose Lopes finished cleanly. Ten minutes later, Laxmi found themselves two up, when Jose sent in a deep cross which was snapped up by Samir Agawedkar. Penha pulled a goal back in the 26th, through Govind, who did well to volley home from a Francisco Fernandes cross. Seven minutes later, the same combination found the equaliser. Francisco’s attempt was half saved by the Laxmi goalkeeper and Govind was lurk-

ing to tap in. In the 37th minute, Penha defender Bruno Fernandes used his aerial prowess to reach a header and give Penha the lead from a corner. Moments after being booked, Penha midfielder took his frustration out on the ball by blasting into the back of the net from 30 yards out, eight minutes after the change of ends. In the other North play-off, Sao Minguel de Taleigao rallied to defeat Goa Police Sports Club 3-1 after going behind by a goal. Paresh Morje gave Police the

Tony tricks for Wilred Leisure HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, APRIL 13

A splendid hat-trick by striker Tony Dias helped Wilred Leisure Sports Club thrash Union of Chinchinim Villagers 4-0 to march into the quarter-finals of All-Goa Conceicao Colaco memorial inter-village football tournament organised by Shooting Stars Club of Colleavaddo at Assolna ground, on Wednesday. Wilred Lesiure led 1-0 at half time. Wilred Leisure went into the offensive right from the word go with their forwards and midfielders working in tandem to

Khushali in AIBBFF panel

put the rival citadel under pressure. Striker Tony Dias put Wilred Leisure into the lead early when he picked up a through pass from his colleague and unleashed a swift shift which crashed into the net. The early success helped Curtorim mount pressure and they raided the Chinchinim goal. However, a close shave prevented them from inflating their tally. On the other hand, Chinchinim failed to combine as a team as their defence was disarray, thanks to their opponent strikers who muffed easy sitters

from close range. Crossing over, it was one-way traffic for Wilred Leisure as they attacked both the flanks and restricted their opponent’s movements to their own half. Striker Tony Dias who was a thorn in the rival defence struck twice at regular intervals to complete his hat-trick. After taking the 3-0 cushion, Wilred Leisure played at relaxed pace and did not allow their opponents to streke the rhythm. Daisy rounded off the tally just before the final call. Tony Dias was adjudged the man-of-the-match.

lead in the 19th minute. Five minutes before the lemon break, Sao Minguel netted two, first through Pramod Mandolkar and later by Gautham Kankonkar. Changing ends, Taleigao continued their dominance and Gautham secured his brace in the 63rd. With one round left to play, Sao Minguel is leading the Group with six points from two matches. Penha have three points alongwith Goa Police who also have three. Laxmi have lost both their matches and are nil.

Cavelossim in semis panchayat cup HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 13

Hosts Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim scored a facile 2-0 victory over St Anthony SC, Colva to enter the semi-finals of Cavelossim Panchayat Cup soccer organised by Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim at Fr Druston and Wellington ground, Cavelossim. There was no score at the lemon break. Cavelossim shot into the lead through Shawn D’Costa. Neil D’Cruz doubled the score.

Don Bosco Oratory office-bearers HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, APRIL 13

Cirilo Castana was elected president of Don Bosco Orator y, Fatorda for the year 2011-12 at the general body meeting at Don Bosco Orator y hall, Fatorda recently.

Bro James Marques (director), Jose Santan Colaco (secretar y), Daigo Furtado (treasurer), Agnelo Furtado alais Paku (team manager), Santan Furtado (assistant manager). Cultural committee - Ma-

hesh Kambli, Sebastiao Furtado, Xavier Rodrigues, Socorro Furtado and Novidade Fernandes. Spiritual committee - Milagres Soares, Floriano Fernandes, Joaquim Furtado and Roque Furtado.

HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, APRIL 13

Khushali alias Bappa Virdikar was nominated joint secretary of All India Body Building and Fitness Federation at the general body meeting in Bangalore recently. Ranjit Singh Mohite Patil, Sanjay More and Rajesh Sawant were elected president, general secretary and treasurer respectively. Virdikar has been the treasurer of Goa Body Building and Fitness Association for the last two years and also former National body building players. Sanjay Patil, president, GBBFA alongwith vice-president Sanjay Raikar, Ravi Dessai, Santosh Mhapsekar, Satya Naik and Govardhan Bahadur attended the general body meeting.

The new office bearers of Don Bosco Oratory alongwith Bro James Marques.

Goa Police win Satardekar trophy HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 13

Goa Police defeated Stamina Sports Club by 16 runs to emerge champions in Sandeep Satardekar 20-20 cricket tournament organized by Stamina C r i c k e t C l u b a t Pa n j i m Gymkhana ground, Panjim on Tuesday. Goa Police won the toss and elected to bat. They set a target of 151 for 8 in 20 overs. Vivek Karapurkar (37), Vinod Wilson (18), Kishori Sinari (18). Shyam Satardekar took 3 wickets, Salman Shaikh 3 wickets and Vinay Naik took 1 wicket. In reply, Stamina Sports Club

The triumphant Goa Police team alongwith officials in Panjim on Tuesday.

reached 136 for 8 wickets in 20 overs. Aniket Shet was the top scorer (75) with Donvil Ro-

drigues contributing 20. Abhijit Talkar took 4 wickets while Tango Naik scalped 2.

Abhijit Talkar was adjudged man-of-the-match and Niraj Lotlikar emerged man-of-the-series.

GOA DIARY

Badminton at Divar

PANJIM (HSD) – Piedade Youth Association, Divar will organise an indoor badminton tournament from April 17, at its club premises. Meanwhile, the football summer camp for U-16 boys will be held from April 25, at Maddant ground, Divar, at 7 a.m. Details may be obtained from the club office. GFA U-16: Dempo SC (Juniors) v. Brasil Futebol Academia, Taleigao ground, 4 p.m. Rusi Daver soccer semi-finals: Adarsh Yuvak Sangh v. FC Siolim, Saligao Sporting ground, 4.30 p.m. XIIIth Immaculate soccer quarter-finals: Maina SC v. Dicarpalim SC, Quepem, panchayat ground, Avedem, Paroda, 4.30 p.m. Cruz memorial soccer: JBC Boys, Carmona v. Chinchinim Boys, Carmona panchayat ground, 4.30 p.m. Cavelossim Panchayat Cup soccer: Don Bosco Oratory, Fatorda v. United Club of Utorda, Fr Druston and Wellington ground, Cavelossim, 4.30 p.m. Conceicao Colaco memorial soccer: Cuncolim Union v. St Anthony SC, Colva, Assolna ground, 4.45 p.m.

TT camp in Panjim

PANJIM (HSD) – The Panjim Table Tennis Club in association with Sports Authority of Goa will organise a diet table tennis coaching camp at Indoor Stadium, Campal, Panjim from April 18 to May 7 from 7 a.m. to 11.30 a.m., in separate batches for beginners, intermediate and advanced players in the age group of 7 to 18 years. Details may be obtained from Noel Estibeiro on 9890057200, Irwin Cordo on 9860187323 or Sandeep Heble on 9326129171.

Dilip Cricket Academy

MARGAO (HC) – Aami Goenkar Organization will launch their Dilip Sardessai cricket coaching academy. The academy will be run by Lalchand Rajput Sports and Education Trust, Mumbai. Those interested in the age group of 11 to 16 years may report to Vinod Dhamaskar, former State coach and Ranji player with full playing kit at Dr Rajendra Prasad Stadium from 8 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on April 17 and 18. Details may be obtained from Vinod Dhamaskar on 9422443649.

Snows football camp

MARGAO (HC) -- Snows Football Academy will conduct their football coaching camp for U-10 and U-15 boys and girls from April 14 to May 14 at Raia ground from 4 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Francis Xavier Cardozo, Comse Oliveira and Joaquim Crasto will be the coaches. Details may be obtained from Nazareth Gomes, president, Snows Football Academy or Anthony Pango, secretary, Snows Football Academy.


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Man Utd, Barca in semis AFP PARIS, APRIL 13

Manchester United and Barcelona wrapped up their places in the Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday as they progressed at the expense of Chelsea and Shakhtar Donetsk respectively. United earned their place in the last four for the fourth time in five seasons with a 2-1 success over Chelsea - who ended the match with 10-men after Ramires was sent-off in the second-half - and a 3-1 triumph on aggregate which will heap the pressure on the losers' manager Carlo Ancelotti. United - whose goals came from Javier Hernandez and Korean Park Ji-Sung - will play either Schalke 04 or holders Inter Milan, with the Italian side requiring a miracle in Germany on Wednesday as they trail 5-2. Barcelona -- reaching the semi-finals for a record fourth successive time -- inflicted the first home defeat in European competition on 2009 UEFA Cup winners Shakhtar since they lost to Sporting Lisbon in October, 2008 as Lionel Messi scored the only goal of the game to seal a 6-1 aggregate victory. Messi's goal, his 48th of the campaign and yet another landmark for the two-time world player of the year as it is a club record for a season, sets them up for a likely semi-final with bitter domestic rivals Real Madrid, who take a 4-0 lead to Spurs in Wednesday's second leg clash. Ancelotti had got the better of Ferguson and United twice before in the competition when

Manchester United’s English forward Wayne Rooney (right) and Mexican forward Javier Hernández (left) congratulate goal scorer South Korean forward Ji-Sung Park during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match against Chelsea at Old Trafford in Manchester.

in charge of AC Milan but apart from the opening 25 minutes there was little to suggest he

would make it three. Ferguson believes that United's form is an ominous sign for their opponents

Aussies whitewash Bangla as Hussey hits century AFP DHAKA, APRIL 13

Michael Hussey scored his first one-day century in four years to help Australia complete a 30 clean sweep against Bangladesh with a 66-run win in the third and final match on Wednesday. The middle-order batsman cracked two sixes and nine fours in a 91-ball 108 for his third oneday hundred, and his first since February 2007, as Australia posted a huge 361-8 in the daynight match. Bangladesh made a bold reply before finishing at 295-6 despite

an impressive 93 from opener Imrul Kayes, who hit two sixes and 10 fours in his 95-ball knock. Kayes batted confidently against both pace and spin and looked set to complete his second one-day century before being caught behind off debutant paceman James Pattinson. He put on 136 for the second wicket with Shahriar Nafees, who made 60 for his second successive half-century. Mohammad Mahmudullah was the other notable contributor with an unbeaten 68. Australia virtually wrapped up the match when seamer Shane

Watson dismissed skipper Shakib Al Hasan (nine) and Mushfiqur Rahim (one) in one over. Watson, who hit a record 15 sixes in his career-best 185 not out in the previous match on Monday, earlier put Australia on course for a big total with a 40ball 72 which contained three sixes and 11 fours. Man-of-the-match Hussey was then involved in two useful stands, adding 89 for the fourth wicket with skipper Michael Clarke (47) and 70 for the sixth wicket with Mitchell Johnson, who hammered 41 off just 24 balls.

Mental skills key for sharp performance: Dr Caren BY JOVITO LOPES PANJIM, APRIL 13

“The mind is such an important part of any sportsperson’s performance, that the stronger you make it, the better the outcome,” stressed German sports psychologist Dr Caren Diehl, adding that sports psychology guides one how to reach one’s potential. If wrong thoughts -- worry, doubt, fear, anxiety, anger -- hurt performance, then logically, right thoughts help them. Dr Caren teaches athletes to make that switch, not just once, but over and over. Repetition and practice, some of the same things that help players stay physically fit, are the key. Dr Caren, who has had few interactions with Sporting Clube de Goa coaches and players, highlighted that her programme is aimed at performance enhancement. “It helps to improve the outcome so that a player becomes more consistent. Ultimately, it is intended to give out the best in a person, to play the best,”

n Dr Caren emphasised that our body needs rest. Listen to the body and control emotions and use the emotions for a positive build up.

pointed out Dr Caren. Studies have shown that enlisting a sports psychologist can help players overcome the lastgasp jitters that can rob the team vital points. Sports psychologists could help the team rid themselves of the demons that are costing them so dear when they are on the cusp of success. Dr Caren, who has worked in US and Ghana having studied in Wales (graduate), Philadelphia (masters) and UK (doctorate) has been taking both individual and group sessions and the players were open, having responded positively and enjoyed it. She would not elaborate since confidentiality is one of the key factors governing her work. “The sessions entail working on mental skills of players, con-

fidence building, trust, team work, communication, distraction control,” elaborated the German girl. “The science also teaches one on how not to blow irritable incidents out of proportion so as not to affect play and performance. One must take control of one’s emotions and as such work on the mental part of the game. It ultimately helps to become more consistent, improve performance as well as to overcome hurdles,” remarked Dr Caren. Dr Caren emphasized that our body needs rest. “Listen to the body and control emotions and use the emotions for a positive build up. If you are angry, either let it go or use it to play better. Get a better understanding of how your body ticks. So, open the door to perform to your best capacity and capability. Everything has to do with the mind. It is the mind that controls our life. So get a better understanding of the mind and help it to control the body,” explained Dr Caren. “Learn form mistakes, for life is an ongoing process. Failures need to be analysed so that they are not repeated in the future, but form part of experience. Change the not so good and pleasant thoughts into positive ones. It has to be a guided or supervised process, for it is a mental issue aimed at creating a positive mindset, so that players show up on game day focused on delivering their very best performances. Whatever sport, focus is the common denominator. At the end of the day we all have to think. It’s teaching players how to believe in themselves, to focus on success,” summed up Dr Caren. Photo: (Dr Caren can be conRozario tacted on Estibeiro carendiehl@aol.com)

as they attempt to do the treble of the league title, FA Cup and Champions League.

Ancelotti was gracious in a defeat that all but ensures barring a miraculous run of results in the league they will finish trophyless this season - not something Russian owner Roman Abramovich will appreciate. Ancelotti's decision to start with the misfiring Fernando Torres was an abject failure as the Spanish striker spent more time arguing with the referee than in the opponent's penalty area and is now 11 hours without a goal since signing from Liverpool. However, Ancelotti insisted there was no question of ditching the Spaniard, who has looked out of sorts since an underwhelming World Cup finals campaign for him personally last year. It was no surprise that Ancelotti brought on Didier Drogba for Torres at half-time but the damage had been done with Hernandez's first-half goal after fine work by Ryan Giggs and John O'Shea having separated the sides. Chelsea's task became all but impossible in the 70th minute as Ramires received his marching orders for a second bookable offence after clumsily clattering into Nani from behind. Drogba gave them hope of pulling off a remarkable win in the 77th minute but their hopes were dashed a minute later as another sublime pass by Giggs found Park and he shot past Cech into the far corner. Barcelona could afford to sit back and allow Shakhtar come at them but the hosts were punished on the stroke of half-time as Messi latched onto a fortunate rebound from a home defender and slotted the ball home.

Nadal in command AFP MONTE CARLO, APRIL 13

Rafael Nadal began his quest for an unprecedented seventh consecutive title at the Monte Carlo Masters by storming past Finn Jarkko Nieminen 6-2, 6-2 here on Wednesday. Nadal, Spain's top-seeded king of clay, who lost his only match in the principality in 2003, spent just 69 minutes in putting out Nieminen, who dropped the first ten points of the one-way contest. Later, third seed Andy Murray earned a reassuring win - his first victory since January 30 in Australia - as he beat Czech Radek Stepanek 6-1, 6-4, ending a career-nadir run of four straight losses. Nadal took charge immediately against the 59th-ranked Nieminen, sweeping the first set in 32 minutes as he found his feet on his favourite surface. But in the end, it did not go to-

tally to plan. Fourth-seeded compatriot D a v i d Fe r re r b e a t f e l l o w Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in a quick 6-2, 6-0 as he joined Nadal in the third round. In another all-Spanish clash, Tommy Robredo knocked out sixth seed Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 63. French seeds had a good day

in the sun, with three advancing over Spanish opposition. Number eight Gael Monfils, playing for the first time in seven weeks after injury, defeated Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Travers 7-5, 6-2 while Richard Gasquet, the number 13, put out Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2, 6-1. The 16th-seeded Gilles Simon beat Albert Montanes 6-3, 6-4.


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Valthaty powers Punjab to record win

AFP MOHALI, APRIL 13

Unheralded Paul Valthaty smashed an unbeaten 120 off 63 balls as Kings XI Punjab shocked defending champions Chennai Super Kings by six wickets in the Indian Premier League on Wednesday. Valthaty, 27, clobbered 19 fours and two sixes in a stunning counter-attack to help Punjab overhaul an imposing 189-run target with five balls to spare for their first win in two matches. A surprise promotion to the

opening slot, Valthaty singlehandedly fashioned the highest successful run-chase in the ongoing Twenty20 tournament. Dinesh Karthik brought off the winning runs with a six, much to the delight of Adam Gilchrist's team, reeling under a heavy defeat to Pune in their opening match. Opener Murali Vijay earlier struck a fine 74 off 43 balls to help Chennai overcome the loss of two wickets off the first two balls of the innings. Vijay also shared a 122-run

partnership for the third wicket with Subramaniam Badrinath who remained not out on 66 with eight fours, after Punjab won the toss and elected to field. Fast bowler Praveen Kumar gave Punjab the perfect start when he had in-form opening batsman Anirudha Srikkanth trapped leg before and Suresh Raina caught at midwicket the next ball. But Vijay and Badrinath brought the innings back on the track with a mix of aggression and caution and set the stage

for a late assualt by skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Dhoni smashed four fours and

two sixes to score 43 runs off 20 balls as his wife Sakshi cheered from the stands.

Chennai Super Kings: S Anirudha lbw b Praveen 0, M Vijay st Gilchrist b Chawla 74, S Raina c Valthaty b Praveen 0, S Badrinath not out 66, MS Dhoni b Harris 43. Extras: 5. Total: 188 for 4. Fall of wickets: 0-1, 0-2, 124-3, 188-4. Bowling: Praveen Kumar 4-1-37-2, R Harris 4-0-25-1, R McLaren 4-0-31-0, P Chawla 3-0-33-1, A Nayar 2-0-24-0, B Bhatt 3-0-35-0. Kings XI Punjab: P Valthaty not out 120, A Gilchrist c Randiv b Morkel 19, Shaun Marsh run out (Anirudha) 12, S Singh c Jakati b Randiv 20, A Nayar lbw b Southee 0, D Karthik not out 21. Extras: 1. Total: 193 for 4. Fall of wickets: 61-1, 100-2, 136-3, 136-4. Bowling: R Ashwin 4-0-37-0, T Southee 4-0-33-1, A Morkel 3-0-38-1, S Randiv 4-032-1, S Styris 1-0-13-0, S Jakati 2.1-0-28-0, S Raina 1-0-12-0. Man-of-the-match: P Valthaty

n I had prepared well for the IPL and it paid off

today. I will never forget that moment (of scoring the century). It meant a lot to me -- Paul Valthaty

A dream come true, says Paul PTI MOHALI, APRIL 13

Unheralded Paul Valthaty, who struck a blistering unbeaten 120 to steer Kings XI Punjab to victory over defending champions Chennai Superkings, described his knock as a ‘dream come true’ which has put his career back on track. "To be honest it was a belter of a track. It is a dream come true to score a century. Everything was perfect today", man-ofthe-match Valthaty said at the presenta-

Deccan seek revival against RCB PTI HYDERABAD, APRIL 13

Deccan Chargers would seek to break the sequence of defeats at home and revive their campaign in the fourth season of the Indian Premier League, when they hosts Royal Challengers Bangalore here tomorrow.

Today’s fixTures

Deccan Chargers v. Royal Challengers 8 p.m. Under Kumar Sangakkara's captaincy, Chargers lost both their matches comprehensively, to Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders, in the current season. Their record at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium, the team's home ground, is the worst among all IPL teams. Despite playing here on eight occasions over the past three seasons, the team is yet to register a single victory. Chargers had lost all their seven matches played here in the inaugural season in 2008. Under Adam Gilchrist's leadership, they roared back to lift the title in the second edition, which was moved to South Africa due to general elections in the country. Last year the team's base was shifted to Cuttack due to the Telangana unrest. Compounding their woes, the team has already suffered a few hiccups in the ongoing edition. Rajasthan Royals comprehensively beat them in their opening fixture last Saturday and, two days later, the Chargers were laid low by Kolkata Knight Riders. And tomorrow, they will be up against a team that boasts of quite a few world-class players.

tion ceremony after Kings XI defeated Chennai Superkings by six wickets. The 27-year-old Valthaty said that he had prepared hard for the Indian Premier League for the last few months and that he was happy to see his efforts pay dividends. "I had prepared well for the IPL and it paid off today. I will never forget that moment (of scoring the century). It meant a lot to me" he said. Valthaty also thanked the team owners and his colleagues for supporting him.

"I made it to the India A squad in 2009 but could not play because of an eye injury. The team has supported me right through. I am happy that I could justify the faith reposed on me". Chennai Superkings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said his team did well to recover from a poor start and post a competitive total but the bowling could have been "a little smarter". "We have to learn the lessons from this game. We had a competitive total

but they batted very well. Valthaty was brilliant and he really took the game away from us", Dhoni said. Dhoni said that dropping a few catches also proved quite costly for his team. "We dropped a few catches which hurt us. Our bowling could have been better. But we have to learn and be prepared for the next game", Dhoni said. A beaming Kings XI captain Adam Gilchrist heaped praise on Valthaty, saying it was an amazing innings.

Pune down Kochi for second win PTI MUMBAI, APRIL 13

Pune Warriors notched up their second consecutive victory in the Indian Premier League with a comfortable four-wicket victory against Kochi Tuskers Kerala in a battle of debutants here today. Chasing 149 to win set by the Tuskers, the Warriors were at a tricky 118 for six in the 16th over but Mohnish Mishra, who made unbeaten 37 in 21 balls with two fours and as many sixes, and Rahul Sharma (10 not out) stitched a useful 33-run stand in 19 balls to help Pune overhaul the target. The other useful contributions with the bat for Pune came from Jesse Ryder (17), Graeme Smith (24) and Robin Uthappa who stroked his way to a quick 31 in 13 balls with three fours and two sixes. Kochi bowlers could not defend the target for the second match running and suffered their second defeat after the loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore, while Pune got their second successive win in the tournament after having seen off the challenge from Kings XI

Punjab last Sunday. Earlier, Ravindra Jadeja counterpunched his way to 47 in 33 balls as Kochi recovered from a poor start and posted a modest 148 for eight at the D Y Patil Stadium. Tottering at 24 for four in the fifth over, Kochi was bailed out by a fine fifth-wicket stand of 88 runs in 64 balls between Brad Hodge (39 in 36 balls) and Jadeja, who struck three sixes and as many fours in his impressive innings that ended in the 17th over.

But for this stand, Kochi would have been bowled out for below 100 by the Warriors bowling attack that put in another impressive display after their superb show against Kings XI Punjab last Sunday. Their twin dismissals within the space of six balls seemed to have put paid to the hopes of the Tuskers to post a more challenging score but Raiphi Gomez struck a quickfire 26 not out in 18 balls to help Kochi finish on a brighter note.

Kochi Tuskers Kerala: B McCullum c Uthappa b Thomas 0, V Laxman b Parnell 0, P Patel c Smith b Parnell 21, M Jayawardene c Uthappa b Parnell 2, B Hodge c Kartik b Sharma 39, R Jadeja c Parnell b Ryder 47, R Gomez not out 26, Vinay Kumar run out (Parnell) 1, S Sreesanth run out sub (McCullum) 1, RP Singh not out 0. Extras: 11. Total: 148 for 8. Fall of wickets: 0-1, 11-2, 13-3, 24-4, 1125, 113-6, 117-7, 147-8. Bowling: A Thomas 3-0-31-1, S Wagh 2-0-10-0, W Parnell 4-0-35-3, M Kartik 4-0-30-0, R Sharma 4-018-1, Yuvraj Singh 1-0-12-0, J Ryder 2-0-8-1. Pune Warriors: J Ryder c and b Vinay 17, Graeme Smith c Singh b Jadeja 24, M Manhas c Jadeja b Hodge 12, Yuvraj Singh c Patel b Hodge 8, R Uthappa b Muralitharan 31, M Mishra not out 37, W Parnell run out (Jayawardene) 1, R Sharma not out 10. Extras: 11. Total: 151 for 6. Fall of wickets: 31-1, 54-2, 61-3, 73-4, 115-5, 118-6. Bowling: RP Singh 30-30-0, S Sreesanth 3-0-21-0, M Muralitharan 3.5-0-42-1, Vinay Kumar 3-0-15-1, R Jadeja 4-0-28-1, B Hodge 2-0-14-2. Man-of-the-match: M Mishra

Tendulkar named Wisden’s leading cricketer for 2010 PTI LONDON, APRIL 13

Wisden, regarded as the Bible of cricket, has named Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar as the leading cricketer in the world for the year 2010. The iconic batsman became the seventh recipient of the Wisden award after teammate Virender Sehwag, Australians Ricky Ponting and Shane Warne, England's Andrew Flintoff, Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan and South African Jacques Kallis. The 148th edition of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack was launched today and it was the first time that Tendulkar has won the award since it started in 2004. In 2007, Wisden had identified Tendulkar as the player to have won such an award for 1998 - had it been instituted then. Tendulkar, who realised his long-cherished dream when

India won the World Cup earlier this month in Mumbai, has also been named in Wisden's 2009 Test XI, at his accustomed number four position. Sehwag, who took the honour in the last two years, has also found a place in Wisden's 2009 Test XI, forming an attacking opening partnership with Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal. The 37-year-old Tendulkar scored more than 1500 Test runs, including seven centuries in the year 2010 averaging 78. Tendulkar's citation read: "Wisden acknowledges his greatness by naming him as the Leading Cricketer in the World for 2010." Wisden, this year, named just four cricketers -- Eoin Morgan, Chris Read, Jonathan Trott and Tamim Iqbal – instead of the usual five. Tamim became the first Bangladeshi to secure an honour that dates back to 1889. Five Indian players -- Sehwag,

Tendulkar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, VVS Laxman and Zaheer Khan -- made it to Wisden's 2009 Test list. For the first time since Wisden Test XI began in 2008, there was no room for an Australian while only two of England's cricketers -- James Anderson and Graeme Swann -- made it to the final eleven. The panel that picked the Test team comprised of former players Ian Bishop, Ramiz Raja and Ian Chappell and Wisden's editor Scyld Berry. The 2009 Wisden Test XI: 1) Virender Sehwag (India), 2) Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh), 3) Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka), 4) Sachin Tendulkar (India), 5) Jacques Kallis (South Africa), 6) VVS Laxman (India), 7) Mahendra Singh Dhoni (India, capt and wk), 8) Graeme Swann (England), 9) Dale Steyn (South Africa), 10) Zaheer Khan (India) and 11) James Anderson (England).

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Sachin shares his MoM award with Rayudu PTI BANGALORE, APRIL 13

Sachin Tendulkar's magnanimity is well known in cricketing circles and the legendary cricketer again proved that he is as bighearted a human being as he is as a cricketer when he decided to share his Man-of-the-match award with young Ambati Rayudu. After thrashing Royal Challengers Bangalore by nine wickets, Tendulkar came to the post-match presentation ceremony along with Rayudu at the Chinnaswamy stadium here last night. As soon as the presenter Robin Jackman announced Tendulkar's name as man-of-the-

match, Tendulkar walked up with Rayudu and announced, "It will be bad if I don't share this with Rayudu." The legend then handed over the cheque of Rs 1

lakh to the youngster. When Rayudu was asked about Sachin's gesture, the shy Hyderabadi could only mumble, "I thank him for my innings."

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