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India: Katrina gives skin care tips to Adah Sharma Pg 9 Indian bashed up in Australia PTI MELBOURNE, APRIL 13

IN BRIEF Tax havens under government scanner The Government has identified nine territories outside India where the Indians park their ill-gotten black money to evade income tax, in an attempt to negotiate with their governments for nabbing such illegal transfer of money. A notification required for the purpose to name such “specified territories” as required under Explanation 2 to Section 90 of the Income Tax Act was issued on Tuesday. The territories so identified are: Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Netherlands Antilles and Macau. -(Herald Bureau)

A 23-year old Indian student was attacked, robbed and left unconscious near the city police headquarters here, leaving him with a broken nose and a seriously damaged eye, in a fresh racial incident after a brief lull in assaults on Indians here. Neeraj Bhardwaj was approached by two drunken men when he was waiting for a tram near Melbourne Aquarium at 4 am (local time) on Easter Monday after a night out, the Age reported today. The men, who Bhardwaj said were white and aged in their 20s, demanded his wallet. Even after he handed it over, one man punched him several times in the face until he lost consciousness. Bhardwaj said the men left immediately but returned about 15 minutes later and punched him again, one of them screaming: “F—- off, go back to your own country”.

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Goa gets 21% hike in annual plan Centre grants additional Rs 60 cr HERALD BUREAU NEW DELHI, APRIL 13

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat on Tuesday secured a 21 per cent increase in the State’s annual plan for the year 2011-11 from the Planning Commission in a meeting with its deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia. Planning Commission officials said the Annual Plan size was agreed at Rs 2710 crore, which is Rs 470 crore more than the previous year’s plan of Rs 2240 crore. Additional Central Assistance (ACA) of Rs 60 crore, including Rs 35 crore for National Games, Rs 15 crore for sewerage in coastal belt and Rs 10 crore for art and culture including museum has been provided by the Planning Commission. The chief minister told Ahluwalia that cruise services would soon start between Goa and Mumbai while his government would appoint more security guards on beaches for security of tourists. He said the State government also plans to

G7’s wait continues

Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat with Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia after finalising Goa’s annual plan, in New Delhi on Tuesday.

strengthen the beach management system. Kamat, who was accompanied by senior officials, also disclosed that he was pursuing the green field airport at Mopa while the present airport would also be upgraded, The State also plans to set up Mineral Development Fund with a corpus of Rs 500 crore for building and maintenance of

road infrastructure in mining areas, the chief minister disclosed, while assuring Ahluwalia to cover the entire population under the Swarnjayanti Arogya Bima — a health insurance cover. Ahluwalia congratulated the chief minister for the state’s outstanding performance. He was impressed by Goa’s social sector (Continued on page 10)

Two Goa projects shelved HERALD BUREAU NEW DELHI, APRIL 13

The National Board for Wild Life’s standing committee has shelved two Goa projects, one for manganese ore mining and another for manufacture of ductile iron spun pipes. The manganese mining proposal was shot down by the committee chaired by Environment and Forest Minister Jairam Ramesh on the ground that it fell within 5.3 km from the boundary of Netravali wildlife sanctuary. A ministry official said the government is bound by the Supreme Court’s ruling that no polluting activity be carried out within 10 km from the boundary of protected areas and hence denial of the mining permission. On the same ground, the committee also rejected a proposal for manufacturing of ductile iron spun pipes, neutralising iron ore fines in Goa, as the plan is within a distance of 3.25 km from the boundary of Bhagwan Mahavir wildlife sanctuary. Various other proposals for projects in Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh also received negative response of the committee.

IPL googly bowls Tharoor



The conflict between Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and the Group of Seven (G7) remained unresolved for yet another day as AICC General Secretary incharge of Goa B K Hariprasad failed to meet Congress President Sonia Gandhi for second day on Tuesday. Hariprasad said Sonia Gandhi was busy with a lot of pending work that has piled up during her absence and as such he did not get appointment to convey to her demands of the G-7 non-Congress ministers and MLAs. She will be busy with a lot of programmes on the Ambedkar Jayanti day on Wednesday and hence Hariprasad hopes to have a meeting with her only on Thursday. He has already briefed Ahmed Patel, political secretary to Sonia Gandhi, and hence he hopes she would have made up her mind on resolving the Goa issue when he calls on her.

Controversy-prone Shashi Tharoor today battled allegations that a beautician romantically linked to him had received Rs 70-crore free equity in Kochi IPL team and his party, the Congress told the minister to explain for himself. In clear indications that trouble was brewing for the 54-yearold minister of state for external affairs, the Congress first appeared to defend him but within hours did a U-turn to say, “let him explain.” Tharoor’s latest troubles started with the IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi publicly disclosing the names of some of the owners of a consortium that recently bought the Kochi IPL



A Netherlands-based water treatment company has claimed that water supplied to consumers in Tiswadi and Ponda talukas shows a high presence of coliform – a bacteria found in water which is indicative of contamination of a water body – a charge the Public Works Department (PWD) has denied vehemently. The PWD said that the company was triggering a public scare to peddle their water treatment product. Superintending Engineer PWD V Santhanam said that water filtered from the Khandepar River and supplied in North Goa was safe and potable. “They (TwinOxide officials) are trying to create a public scare to sell their product. We draw 229 MLD (million litres per day) supply to north Goa. All of it is safe. The figure they have shown shows the presence of coliform in pre-chlorinated water,” Santhanam said. The official further said that the PWD would be writing to TwinOxide seeking a clarifi-

marry her after divorcing his second wife, a Canadian. This equity is valued at nearly Rs 70 crore. Tharoor admitted “mentoring” the consortium and said in a statement “Rendezvous includes a number of people including many I have never met, and Sunanda Pushkar, whom I know well.”

cation on how a test result from a government laboratory could be made use to make a marketing pitch. Mrinal Kanti Ghosh, technical director and chief representative of TwinOxide, an international company which deals in water treatment solutions told reporters that a sample of filtered water from the Khandepar river – one of the four main water sources for north Goa, and tested by a government laboratory contained as much as 240 MPN (most probable number) of coliform. Ghosh claimed that the accepted levels are 10. “This shows that the treatment of water from the Khandepar river is not up to the mark,” Ghosh said, providing the media with a copy of a report of labouratory tests carried out by a state government laboratory on the bacteriological examination of water samples from the Khandepar river. Ghosh further said that the technique of chlorination, as a means of purifying water had long outlived its usefulness (Continued on page 10)

Secure N-materials, Obama tells world PTI WASHINGTON, APRIL 13

BJP lost no time in attacking Tharoor and demanded his sacking from the Govt for alleged corruption. CONGRESS said the controversy was no embarrassment and that the party had nothing to do with it.

franchise for a whopping USD 333 million. Rendezvous Sports World Private Limited, the company that led the consortium, received 25 per cent free equity. Out of this free equity, 19 per cent is said to have gone to Sunanda Pushkar, a Kashmiri beautician closely linked to Tharoor who is reportedly planning to

Khandepar water fails Dutch test

US President Barack Obama today warned that terror groups like al-Qaeda were trying to acquire nuclear material for weapons posing one of the “greatest threats” to global security and pitched for concrete collective steps to deal with this challenge. Addressing the Nuclear Security Summit here, Obama said the world would need “a new manner of thinking and action” to deal with the real problem facing the world peace and stability. “Terrorist networks such as al-Qaeda have tried to acquire the material for a nuclear

weapon. And if they ever succeeded, they would surely use it. “Were they to do so, it would be a catastrophe for the world, causing extraordinary loss of life and striking a major blow to global peace and stability,” he told a gathering of leaders from 47 countries, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, assembled to discuss ways to prevent terrorists gaining access to nuclear material and know-how. He said it was increasingly clear that the danger of nuclear terrorism is “one of the greatest threats to global security, to our collective security.”

Goa tweets for tourism


Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) has decided to use social website Twitter to promote and market Goa worldwide. Speaking to reporters here, GTDC public relations officer Deepak Narvekar disclosed that the corporation had decided to use Twitter to promote and market Goa as a prime and safe tourism destination. Narvekar said that the corporation is of the belief that the use of Twitter and Facebook will enhance the image of Goa.

“Using innovative and popular platforms like Twitter and Facebook will enhance the image of Goa and help reach out to new clients and keep in touch with existing ones,” Narvekar said. He said the initiative was taken by the GTDC managing

director Nikhil Dessai last week. With this, Narvekar said, GTDC becomes the first state government run tourism organization to be on Twitter. “We have already tweeted out details of our summer packages,” Narvekar said.

Giving details, he said that any news or information or event, which projects Goa well, would be flashed using the web networking tool, which has gained tremendously in terms of popularity in recent times. “One of Goa’s top educational institutions got a five star accreditation from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). That’s a tweet for us. Goa makes waves not only known for sea and surf, but also on other fronts too,” he said, adding that such platforms provided a great marketing edge at virtually zero cost.

Can’t understand why he has to write a suicide note. He is next in queue for the parasailing ride.

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Lucky escape for scooterist as mining truck loses control

Prove balwadi work is legal: Damu



Even as residents of Quepem are fighting against operating of mining transport via Quepem town, a scooterist had a lucky escape from dashing against an overloaded mining truck, which lost control at the speed breaker near Tilamol Church. According to reports, the incident was reported by the scooterist William Rodrigues to the RTO, who were present at Tilamol Junction, deputed to monitor mining trucks and the RTO stopped the overloaded mining truck. Sources informed that the RTO instead of issuing Challan sent back the overloaded truck to the mine, where they were loaded. Since mining trucks were transporting late in the evening on Tuesday, residents of Ambaulim stopped about 70 trucks and were sent back. Meanwhile, on yet another day in Quepem town, people witnessed the attitude of the transport contractors and truck owners, as they paid no respect to the District Magistrate South Goa G P Naik taking into consideration the hardship faced by villagers due to excessive mining transport. According to sources, members of the newly formed Quepem Taluka Mining Affected People Front are closely monitoring and noting the registration numbers of ever y ore transporting trucks via Quepem

BJP MLA Damu Naik has challenged GPCC General Secretary Vijay Sardessai to prove that all the documentation for the construction of the balwadi at Fatorda were in place. Reacting to the allegations made by Sardessai that he is stopping the balwadi construction, Naik said he do not mind the construction of the balwadi, but asserted that he will not support any illegal construction in his constituency, whether it is a balwadi, toilet or even a bar. Naik said the question was raised by him on 25/03/2010 LAQ no 10 and LAQ no 8A and that the government itself has answered that the said balwadi is illegal and 178 illegal construction are going on Moreover, on the development work in Fatorda constituency, the MLA said if the defeated Congress candidate wants to take credit, that he should be ready to take credit for illegal constructions as well. “The people of Fatorda know to differentiate between gold and scrap and they have done it in the last Assembly polls and will do it in the future. I am ready to face any challenge in the future also as I am in politics to serve the people and not to fill my treasury with illegal activities. Politics is certainly not my bread and butter”, Naik asserted.

Official denies supplying rotten vegetables

Overloaded mining truck that was proceeding towards the mining site was sent by the RTO. Photo by John Fernandes

town from 5 am to 7 pm. Sources informed that the total number of trips made by trucks via Quepem town on Tuesday was 828 trips, which has been recorded on a video camera. However, as per the order dated April 10 passed by South Goa Collector G P Naik, there should be reduction in the number of trips from Quepem and Rivona-Colomb from 1,700 to 850, which means 425 trips via Quepem town. However, the total number of trips transported via Quepem town alone exceeded double the limit, which is 828 trips.

The Collector’s notification also states about the timing of mining transport from 6 am to 6 pm. However, as per the monitoring done by the members of the Front, the transportation started as early as 5.30 am and the movement of empty trucks to the loading point started as early as 4 am, thereby disturbing the locals. “Similarly, the transportation continued via Quepem town even after 7 pm. All the trucks were overloaded and were passing in front of the RTOs deputed to inspect. There was also no improvement in the speed limit,” said sources.

Motorcycle hit brings down pole at Bicholim HERALD CORRESPONDENT MAYEM, APRIL 13


The Managing Director of Goa Horticulture Corporation Orlando Rodrigues has categorically said the Corporation has issued instructions to the 214 vegetable outlets in the state to return back the vegetables if they are spoiled or sub-standard. “There is no question of the Corporation supplying sub-standard quality vegetables to the vegetable outlets. There are clear instructions issued to the outlets to return back spoiled vegetables to the Corporation”, he said, while refuting reports that the Corporation does not accept spoiled vegetables from the outlets, forcing the owners to sell the same to the customers. Rodrigues, however, said that it is not possible to supply vegetables to all the 214 outlets in the morning session and admitted there may be many outlets which finally receive the stock even around noon. “We get most of the vegetable requirements, around 70-80 per cent from outside the state. The distribution of vegetables to the outlets starts at 4.30 am every day. We cannot expect all the stalls to get the stock in the morning”, he said, adding that the Corporation is making every effort possible to meet the huge demand for vegetables at the outlets.

India’s top jazz musician Benny dead


India lost one of its top jazz musicians while Goa lost an illustrious son of the soil today. Benny Rosario, India’s premier jazz pianist expired at the Goa Medical College after a prolonged illness. A well-known and well-loved musician, Benny started his musical prowess in Kolkata and played for a band at the age of 18. He has been a band leader for 25 years. He has also performed at various international centres with Bappi Lahiri. Benny has even performed at the Wembley Stadium in the UK with Lahiri. Besides being band leader, he was also a composer and arranger.

Speaking to reporters, Front member Ajay Pereira condemned the action of truck operators, who interfere with the law-enforcing agencies while carrying out their lawful duties. The Quepem Taluka Mining Affected People Front Convenor Adv Fedrick Pereira said people will not tolerate the high-handedness of truck operators. “We are presently only monitoring the mining transport and if the dadagiri of mining contractors continues, then people of Quepem will take action in the days to come,” warned Adv Pereira.

Newly erected electricity pole that broke after a two-wheeler rammed against it at Pollatt-Bicholim. Photo by Vishant Vaze

ZP poll: Last day for nomination is April 20


The last day for filing of nomination for the May 9 by-poll to the Navelim Zilla Panchayat constituency, is 20th April. According to the notification issued by Election Commission P M Borkar, nomination papers will be scrutinized on 21st April. The filing of nomination papers with the Returning Officer began today. Withdrawal of nomination papers will be accepted by the returning officer till 2 pm on 22nd April. As reported by the Herald yesterday, polling will be held on May 9 from 8 am to 5 pm.

A car driver had a lucky escape, after the vehicle which he was driving was crushed between two trucks at Priol on Tuesday at about 10 am. According to car driver S Prabhudessai, the accident occurred when he stopped his car (GA08 A-0069) when he saw an oncoming truck (MH-12 K-7297) overtaking another vehicle. “My car was dashed from behind by another truck (GA-01 T5515), which later collided with the truck coming in the opposite direction,” said Prabhudessai. “My car was dragged and later collided with the truck which was coming in the opposite direction,” added the car driver.


If an electricity pole can break into two pieces after a motorcycle rams into it, one can only imagine the quality of the electricity poles being used as part of the road-widening work in Bicholim. On receiving news that a newly erected electricity pole was split into two halves when a motorcycle rammed into it, Bicholim MLA Rajesh Patnekar along with BMC Councilor Bhagwan Harmalkar visited the site and were shocked to find that iron rods used in the poles are of low grade including the concrete. They estimated that such poles may turn out to be fatal during rainy season, giving possibilities of electrocution. They said they will bring the fact to the notice of Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and the power minister. Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Manohar Parrikar has demanded thorough enquiry into the matter.

Scarlet’s mother to depose in court


Fiona Mackeown, the mother of British teenager Scarlet Eden Keeling, will arrive in India this week to depose before the Goa court, her lawyer said tonight. “Mackeown, who launched sustained campaign to give justice to her daughter Scarlet, who was found dead at Goa’s Anjuna shore, is likely to depose before Goa Children’s Court on April 16,” her lawyer Vikram Varma said. He stated that the mother would be in Goa till April 22 and will depose in detail before the court.

Car crushes between two trucks at Priol

The Water Resource Department (WRD) has been accused of undertaking massive destruction of useful trees in Sanquelim and Poriem area under the pretext of constructing a retaining wall at Walwanti River in Sanquelim. The incident came to light when some alert villagers noticed the activity and raised an alarm and stopped the cutting of trees. It is learnt that WRD has undertaken tree cutting by obtain-

n It is learnt that WRD has undertaken tree cutting by obtaining a bogus permission from the fake owner leaving the real owner unaware about the facts. ing a bogus permission from the fake owner leaving the real


Eager to know how solar turbines work or why CFL are more efficient than the normal lights? Well, then you need not go anywhere out to study these concepts as Goa’s first Renewable Energy Education Park will finally become a reality in the Commercial Capital by March 2011. The Goa Energy Development Agency has tendered works on the manufacturing of exhibits at the Education p a r k s o f a r. A n d , i f t h e Agency Member secretary Dr N P S Varde is to be believed, the civil works of the Park building would get underway soon at the land acquired by the government at Old Mar-

ket adjacent the District and Sessions court building. The Rs 2.25 crore Renewable Energy Education Park now rechristened as the Rajiv Gandhi Renewable Energy E d u c a t i o n Pa r k h a s b e e n party funded by the Central government. “ The Agency has received 50 per cent of the grants sanctioned by the centre. The balance amount would come in due course o f t i m e ” , D r Va r d e s a i d , adding that the Park is being jointly funded by the central and state government on a 50:50 cost sharing basis. Foundation stone for the Park was laid by Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat on August 20 last year on the occasion of the birth anniversar y of former Prime

Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Incidentally, the land in question was specifically acquired by State Urban Development Agency for the purpose of setting up the Non-Renewable Energy Park when Kamat presided over the Urban Development Mini s t r y d u r i n g t h e Pa r r i ka r regime. The acquired land, however, remained unutilized since its acquisition more than half a decade ago, before the Chief Minister completed the formalities and laid the foundation stone for the much-awaited project last year. Officials said the park is not only expected to give a big boost to students, but would ser ve the dual purpose of promoting tourism.

Barge owners’ panel worried over China’s move on low grade ore

Goa Barge Owners Association President Atul Jadhav addresses media along with other GBOA office bearers Chandrakant Gawas, P S Naik, Milind Arolkar and Khadapkar. Photo by M Prabhav HERALD REPORTER VASCO, APRIL 13

Recent moves by China Chamber of Commerce of Metal, Minerals and Chemical Importers (CCCMC) to ban import of low grade iron ore have caused a flutter within the barge industry in the State. “If the optimum volume of business is reduced, barge operators will certainly face difficulties to sustain their business,” Goa Barge Owners’ Association (GBOA) President Atul Jadhav said while addressing media along with other GBOA officer bearers Chandrakant Gawas, P S Naik, Milind Arolkar, Khadapkar and Bipin Malhotra at GBOA office, Vasco, on Tuesday.

“About 80 per cent of Goa’s iron ore export is meant for China and if China omits importing Goan iron ore on the ground that it is graded less than 60, then there will be a void, which if not filled simultaneously would literally ground the barge industry that provide direct employment to nearly 5,000 workers and double the figure indirectly in ancillary activities,” said Jadhav. “Nearly 300-odd barges that are operating in Goa mainly involved in transporting iron ore cargo, as barge operators are financed by banks, major earning goes on repayment of loans, various taxes, salaries and maintenance. Such huge costs could

be sustainable only when there is optimum volume of business available,” he added. He further said besides barge operators, road transporters and ancillaries unit too will have impact due to the sudden decision to ban import low grade iron ore by China. Like Goa Mineral Ore Export Association (GMOEA), GBOA also suspect that such sudden move from Chinese counterparts is a pressure tactics to depress prices. GBOA has demanded immediate intervention from the central government and urged both MPs along with Rajya Sabha member to take up the issue with the Central and State governments.

Passengers escape as tree crushes on bus HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARCEL, APRIL 13

Some passengers had a lucky escape, after a tree came crushing down and fell on a Belgaumbound Kadamba bus near Borim Bridge on Tuesday at about 3 pm, disrupting traffic for nearly three hours. The incident occurred when the bus (GA-01-X0404) was proceeding from Margao towards Ponda. According to sources, a road side tree fell down after a truck raised the lift to unload ready mix tar for the ongoing NH4A road works. “The incident was reported on Tuesday at about 3 pm near Borim Bridge coming under the jurisdiction of Maina-Curtorim police,” said sources. “We received a call that a tree

Two wheelers makes its way through the walking lane to avoid traffic jam on the Borim Bridge. Photo by Amresh Parab

has fallen on the road. We immediately left, but could not make our way through, as there

was traffic jam. Finally, we made to the site and cleared the road” said Margao fire personnel.

Dog shelter inadequate to handle dog menace in Margao HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 13

The ill-fated car that was crushed between two trucks at Priol. Photo by Amresh Parab

WRD blamed for destruction of trees HERALD CORRESPONDENT MAYEM, APRIL 13

Work on renewable energy park soon, says Varde

owner unaware about the facts. After realizing the gravity of the issue, the contractor stopped the tree cutting work till further direction. Meanwhile, the work of constructing a retaining wall has also come to the halt due to the issue and villagers have demanded that the work should be continued without cutting the trees. Meanwhile, Mayem ML A Anant Shet has vowed to dedicate himself for BJP at the National Establishment Day of BJP

organized by BJP, Mayem unit. On the occasion, BJP Mandal Chief Shankar Chodankar, Pilgao panchayat member Mahadev Vengurlekar and others were present on the occasion. E a r l i e r, p o r t r a i t s o f Shyamprasad Mukharjee and Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay were garlanded. Ashok Govekar welcomed the gathering and delivered the introductor y speech, while Sitaram Bale proposed the vote of thanks.

A month after its commissioning with much fanfare, the dog shelter put in place by the Margao Municipal Council is literally struggling to keep pace with the requirements in the absence of facilities and adequate manpower. The dog shelter has a capacity to accommodate 20 stray and ailing dogs at one time, but the magnitude of the dog menace in the Commercial Capital has come to haunt the Civic authorities. In fact, dog catching work has been affected as the shelter has turned out too small to accommodate all the strays. If sources are to be believed, the shelter is faced with space constraints as it cannot freely carry out operations since the shelter has the provision to accommodate only 20 dogs at a time. The drainage facility at the shelter is not problem worrying the NGO, South Goa Animal Wel-

fare Trust managing the shelter. Foul odour has enveloped the shelter due to water accumulation in the premises in the absence of proper drainage. The contractor and the Civic body has been told to modify the design of the structure, but the changes are yet to come till date. Says Shelter Co-ordinator, Sandra Fernandes: “The NGO has so far sterilized 20 dogs since the shelter was commissioned last month. The work is going on”. Admitting that the NGO was mandated to sterilize 100 dogs a month as per the Memorandum of Understanding with the Margao Civic body, she said the NGO is all ready to implement their part of the agreement, but the small size of the shelter has hampered the operations. “After undergoing the operation, the dogs are required to be kept at the shelter for at least one week. Injured dogs are also being given shelter in the premises”, she

added. When contacted, MMC Chairperson Savio Coutinho said the Civic body did not release the payments of Rs 11,000 due to delay in receiving the details from the NGO. “I admit that the NGO may not be able to carry out 100 operations a month due to the size of the shelter. But, still attempts need to be made to reach the target”, he said, but exuded confidence that the small beginning made by the Civic body would reap rich dividends in the days ahead. The NGO says that the target to sterilize 100 dogs can be achieved in the long run, but only after the facilities are put in place at the shelter. The dog menace has been in the news in recent times after small children were mauled by stray dogs in the Borda area of the city last week. Rough estimates has put the stray dog population to a whopping 5000-mark.

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High Court cancels bail in panch assault case HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 13

The Bombay High Court at Goa on Tuesday cancelled bail granted to the accused Rajesh Dessai by the city Fast Track court when he was arrested in connection with deadly attack on panch member of Old Goa panchayat, Vinayak Phadte. Cancelling the bail granted to Dessai, the High Court has asked him to produce himself before Old Goa police within two days. The Old Goa police moved for cancellation of bail granted to the accused claiming that fast track court granted his bail ap-

plication without considering seriousness of the issue. The Old Goa panch was attacked on the night of February 5 while he was entering his flat at Bom Jesus Residency in Old Goa. Rajesh Naik, the mastermind behind the attack, is a neighbour of Panch Phadte. The government advocate Carlos Fereira making a case for cancellation of the bail, submitted that police have not been able to seize weapons used in the attack as accused was granted bail when investigation was in the preliminary stage. He further said there was no delay in filing application for

cancellation of the bail granted to the accused. Suspended police inspector Ashish Shirodkar who then held the charge of Old Goa police station failed to submit hurt certificate while opposing the bail application filed by the accused. On the other hand Adv Saresh Lotlikar appearing on behalf of the accused submitted that accused has offered co-operation to police on conditions laid down by the city court while granting his bail application. He reported to the police station for ten days, he said and added that there was no need for him to be in custody.

Hotel sealed at Fatorda HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 13

The Commercial Tax department of the Goa government on Tuesday sealed a hotel at Fatorda this evening over non-payment of taxes. Sleuths of the tax department descended at the hotel this evening and put a seal on the premises for the alleged default on the payment of taxes. The hotel owner, however, has criticized the action initiated by the tax department, saying that the department has not raised any demand bill over the so-called arrears due to the department. “The tax department had taken a cheque some time

The hotel that has been sealed in Fatorda by the Commercial Tax department on Tuesday. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar

back and has now sealed the premises. How will I clear the arrears put to a whopping Rs

15 lakhs without any demand notice”, the hotel owner asserted.

Rawanfond residents up in arms against multi-storey construction HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 13

Residents of Rawanfond took to the streets in protest against a multi-storey building construction, claiming that the construction has been declared illegal by the deputy Collector, Margao. As the builder claimed that he has all relevant permissions from the Margao Municipal Council, the residents later called on the MMC Chairperson Savio Coutinho, who assured to depute an engineer to ascertain the factual position on the ground. The Municipal technical section has now fixed a joint inspection of the construction site to ascertain whether the construction in question has any access from the main road and other questions such as the owner of the property of the

land falling in the road widening area. Armed with a copy of a letter from the deputy Collector, Johnson Fernandes, the residents immediately demanded a stop to the construction activity. While the deputy Collector maintained that the construction is allegedly illegal as it is being carried out without obtaining permission from the competent authority, the builder furnished the construction licence issued by the Margao Civic body issued by then Chief Officer Y B Tawde. However, the residents maintained that the Margao Municipal Council should initiate action against the persons involved in the illegal construction as recommended by the deputy Collector. Says Joseph Vaz: “The residents want a complete halt to the construction activity and

Federation urges govt to allot plots to needy STs HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 13

A meeting of Goa ST, SC and OBC’s Federation has urged the government to revive the Ambedkar Aawas Yojana scheme under the name of Rajiv Gandhi Aawas Housing Scheme and allot plots for the needy people belonging to the Scheduled Tribes. The meeting also resolved to host the State level Convention of ST, SC and OBC community of Goa near the Nehru stadium, Fatorda on May 2 at 4 pm which will be attended by Union Tribal Affairs Minister, Kantilal Bhuria, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, Social Welfare Minister Sudin Dhavlikar and CWC member and Coordinator of the convention Luizinho Faleiro. Former MLA Antonio Gaunkar said the government had launched the Ambedkar Aawas Yojana scheme, but the same was not implemented for reasons best known to the authorities resulting in the refund of money to the applicants. While demanding that the scheme be revived by the present government, the former MLA requested the Central government to sanction funds to acquire the land and the construction of the house for the ST people. Gaonkar said the Late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had a dream to retain Goa’s unique identity and recalled that then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had fixed the cut-off date as February 19, 1968, which was issued by the Central government as Presidential Order. He has requested the government to send the circulars to all government departments to

maintain the cut-off date for all jobs and promotions. The meeting has also asked the Central planning commission for allocation of more funds for utilization of agriculture, horticulture, forest and other welfare facilities for the SC/ST communtieis. A resolution was also passed to allocate more funds for the OBC and minority for business purpose with 50 per cent subsidy. Gaonkar has appealed to all members of the SC/ST and OBC communities and well wishers to attend the State Convention on May 2 in large numbers and put forth the problems before the government.

punishment to the guilty persons as requested by the deputy collector. We have also called for rectification of the damage done by the guilty”., while demanding a probe claiming that a portion of the property in the road widening area belongs to the local Church.. Vaz, however, expressed his shock that constant requests to the Margao police to visit the site fell on deaf ears as the menin-uniform refused to come for well over 45 minutes despite being intimated on 100 number. MMC Chairperson, when contacted, admitted there appears no proper access the plot where the construction work has started, reminding that a multistorey building cannot come where there is no road access. Besides, he said the septic tanks are proposed very close to a drinking water well.


A young motorcyclist from Cabo de Rama, who was critically injured in a road accident at Colva last night, has succumbed to his injures in the Goa Medical College and hospital, Bambolim. Colva police said that 26 year old Mauvin Cardozo was critically injured after his Bullet Motorcycle rammed against a coconut tree at Third Ward, Colva last night. The rider succumbed to his injuries today. Colva police are investigating.

Aquem-Baixo goes without power HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 13

Residents of Shantinagar in Aquem-Baixo village had to go without power supply for quite long time after a pick-up van rammed against an electric pole on Tuesday afternoon. Overhead electric wires were snapped due to the impact of the accident, and the entire area had to go without power supply. An electricity department engineer, who rushed to the site, said efforts were on to restore power supply in the area. He said the department would charge the erring pick-up van driver for the loss caused to the department pole and overhead wires.

Students urged to join wildlife census HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 13

Forest department has called upon the wildlife enthusiasts to join them in the thrilling experience of wildlife census. The department has especially urged the higher secondary and college students to participate in the exercises. Even the wildlife enthusiasts with background in Zoology/ Botany can be part of one of the biggest kinds of census ever conducted by the forest department. “The exercise could be adventurous and thrilling experience for the youth and in a way will sensitize them to the realms of nature and expose them to forest, wildlife and management, thus helping in career building,” official said. Selected volunteers will be imparted appropriate training before the commencement of

the census operation. They will also be provided with basic boarding and lodging facilities in wilderness areas during the entire exercise of over seven

days.The department has said that the participants must have good health and physique as the exercise requires hiking over long distances through rough

hilly terrain. Interested persons can submit their brief resume in the head office of the forest department, Junta House, Panjim.

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ShOrT TakES Sanshika retains dance title

Sahakar SHG shows the way, cultivates abandoned paddy field HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARCEL, APRIL 13

Winner Sanshika Shirodkar and runners up Anisha Pilankar, Sarvangi Desai (third prize), others winners Shaiesh Naik, Shruti Gawas and Shrusti Nerulkar along with Shree Shree Somling Maharaj, Sancoale ZP member Aparna Bhoj Naik, Sancoale Sarpanch Sharda Rathod, Panch Bhoj Naik, businessman Agarwal and others.

VASCO (HR): Defending Champion Sanshika Shirodkar (8) from Mapusa retained the title for second occasion to win ‘Dance War-II’, an All Goa Junior Solo Dance competition organised by Young Stat Banjara Boyz in association with Shree Sadguru Sevalal and Durgadevi Samiti of Zuarinagar-Sancoale. Shirodkar bagged a number of goodies, as she was awarded cash prize of Rs 5,000, 14-inch colour TV, Nokia mobile phone, cash gift from audience, trophy and participation certificate. Anisha Pilankar from Sada-Vasco, who had won the runners up title last year, retained her position this time too. She won Rs 3,000, memento and certificate, while Sarvangi Desai won the third prize. Best  choreography  was  awarded  to  Shaiesh  Naik,  while Shruti Gawas was awarded for costume and Shrusti Nerulkar bagged the special prize. The main attraction of the second edition of ‘Dance War–II’ was that topmost dance groups from Goa were invited to give their performances, which was largely appreciated by judges, guests and audience at large. Earlier, Shree Shree Somling Maharaj inaugurated the competition in the presence Ligor Monterio (personal secretary to Deputy Speaker and Cortalim MLA Mauvin Godinho), Sancoale ZP  member  Aparna  Bhoj  Naik,  Sancaole  Sarpanch  Sharda Rathod, Deputy Sarpanch Ramakant Naik, Panch Bhoj Naik, Girish Pillai, Nilesh Dalvi, Rocky Valles, businessman Agarwal and event Convenor Govind Lamani. Dr Sonali Tendulkar and Hum-Sat Trust NGO Chief Mahesh Govekar were the judges for the competition. Mimicry artiste Mohammed Rafiq compered the function, Govinda  Lamani  welcomed  the  guests  and  All  Goa  Banjara Samaj Welfare Association Joint Secretary Neelkant Lamani proposed the vote of thanks.

Akankasha Sukhtankar and Anjali Aguiar perform Bharatnatyam during the 3rd classroom production by the Faculty of Indian Music and Dance at Black Box, Kala Academy recently. The Natyawangam accompanying artist was Dr Kshitija Barve. Also harmonium solo, tabla solo, sitar volo and vocal duet were performed by the students on the occasion.

‘Jata te Jao…’ bags prize

MAYEM (HC): The play ‘Jata te Jao, Mogan Padlo Ho’ presented by Creative Boys of Mulgao secured the prize in the Mulgao panchayat level play contest organized by Mulgao panchayat in memory of late Rajaram Vasu Parab at Mulgao. The play was directed by Santosh Saraf, who also handled stage and lighting effects, while music was provided by Shivnath Naik and make up by Venkatesh Harmalkar.

Admission to special school

PANJIM (HNB): St Xavier’s Academy, an English Medium special school (a project of Caritas- Goa) at Kadamba Road, Old Goa,  announces  admissions  for  hearing  impaired,  mentally challenged, slow learners and physically disabled to the preprimary, primary, secondary and higher secondary sections for the academic year 2010-2011. The admissions will take place on April 19 and 20 from 9 am to 1 pm and 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm. The particulars required include a birth certificate, I.Q. certificate, passport size photograph (3 Copies) and an audiogram (for the hearing impaired). Vocational Training is offered to the differently abled students according to their aptitude. Residential facility (separate for both boys and girls) is available.  Further details are available with the Manager/Headmistress, St Xavier's Academy, Kadamba Road, Old Goa (Ph: 2285743, 2284838).

Easter program organised

Members of JCI Salcete Coastal with the inmates of Azilo Rafael Pereira.

PANJIM (HND): JCI Salcete Coastal organized ‘Easter Tiding’ a special programme for the inmates at Azilo Rafael Periera at Benaulim recently. Noted dentist Dr Hubert Gomes said that people in old age homes are not a burden to society but are rich in experience and the younger generations can benefit immensely from their experience. He also said that it is indeed unfortunate that the senior citizens have been confided to the old age home after being neglected by their loved ones and complimented JCI Salcete Coastal for celebrating Easter in its true spirit and bringing a smile on the faces of the inmates of the old age home and pledged his full support for the cause of the people in old age homes. Dr Gomes also pledged to provide free one month’s supply of essential medicines for the inmates. Dr Gomes later distributed fruits, eatables along with refreshments to 14 inmates of the Azilo. Earlier, the president of JCI Salcete Coastal Joao Sousa welcomed and the project coordinator Neysa Vaz proposed the vote of thanks. 

Setting an example to others, especially the younger generation, Sahakar Self-Help Group from  Gaunem-Bandora  has done a good work in the agriculture  sector  by  growing  an abandoned paddy field admeasuring about 5000 sq mtrs at Patne-Gaunem, Marcaim. Even  though,  only  three  of its members of the total 20 had agricultural knowledge, it did not deter them from taking up the task. Infact, the efforts of the  members  have  yielded good results. Its first paddy cultivation is ready for harvesting and a formal function was organised to mark the harvesting. In October, last year, the Sahakar Self-help Group took up the  challenge  to  develop  the abandoned field. Santosh Naik, the land owner, happily agreed and supported the idea. Along with the group’s member, their children too participated. Sahakar  Self-help  Group

GNM wants temporary suspension of RP 2021

Home Minister Ravi Naik during the harvesting ceremony at PatneGaunem. Photo by Amresh Parab

President  Gajanan  Naik  felt that  the  government  should come forward and encourage people to take up agriculture. “There  are  many  such  selfhelp groups and if they all follow us, then there will not be any  abandoned  agricultural land. I think the young genera-

tion is wasting time and energy on  non-yielding  tournaments and programmes, which won’t take them forward,” said Naik. “We as a group were thinking in that direction and decided to cultivate agricultural land in our own village,” added Naik. “If  we  start  from  now  on-

wards  and  encourage  youth and even the self help groups to take up the initiative to cultivate, then there won’t be any land in an uncultivated state. The  government  also  plays  a vital role and should come forward to help such activities,” stated Naik. Home  Minister  Ravi  Naik was pleased to be present for such  a  function  and  assured that he would speak to Chief Minister  Digambar  Kamat  to provide assistance to develop abandoned agricultural lands. “I must congratulate them, as  they  have  done  a  tremendous job. They have set an example  and  hope  it  will  be replicated all over the State,” said the home minister. “I  will  speak  to  the  chief minister and try to formulate a scheme, especially of such kind of work, not only for self help groups,  but  also  for  farmers. Political leaders also should encourage and try to help such groups,” added Naik.

Neura, Batim get new Panchayat premises


Demanding  the  temporary suspension  of  RP  2021, Goynche Niz Mogi (GNM) has shot off a letter to the Governor  demanding  the  appointment  of  five  committees  to probe  into  the  irregularities done into the land sale dealings. GNM has further demanded that  the  committees  be  empowered  to  conduct  a  thorough  probe  into  the approvals  for  mega  housing projects, which are completed or underway, and if any irregularities are found, the committees  should  have  the power to order demolition of such projects. The  GNM  has  also  demanded  a  freeze  of  all  projects  in  the  State  till  the appointed  committees  complete their investigations. Further, GNM has said that the  committees  will  identify land  in  various  parts  of  Goa for  future  development  and thereafter built the necessary infrastructure,  at  the  same time  arrange  training  of  the personnel to be employed at the  proposed  industries.  It has  also  demanded  that  the credibility  of  builders,  businessmen  and  land  buyers should  be  established,  who have  done  deals  for  the  last 15 years. 

State to observe Ambedkar anniversary HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 13

The  119th  birth  anniversary of  Bharat  Ratna  Babasaheb Ambedkar will be celebrated in the State tomorrow. The  main  function  will  be held at 9 am at Dr Ambedkar Park,  near  KTC  bus  stand, which is organised by Directorate of Social Welfare in coordination  with  Goa  State SC/OBC  Finance  &  Development Corporation. Chief  Minister  Digambar Kamat will be the chief guest and  Social  Welfare  Minister Ramkrishna  Dhavlikar  will preside over the function. Opposition  Leader Manohar Parrikar will be the special  invitee.  Minister  for Panchayats  Manohar  Azgaonkar and CCP Mayor Carolina  Po  will  be  present. Vishnu  Surya  Wagh  will  deliver keynote address. In the evening at 4.30 pm at Curchorem, Chief Minister Kamat will unveil the lifesize statue of Dr Ambedkar to be installed  by  Collectorate  of South Goa and Dr B R Ambedkar  statue  installation  committee. Home  Minister  Ravi  Naik, PWD  Minister  Churchill  Alemao,  Panchayat  Minister Manohar  Azgaonkar,  Curchorem  MLA  Shyam  Satardekar  and  CurchoremCacora  Municipal  Council Chairperson will also remain present.

UPCOMING EVENTS ‘Vishu’ festival at Vasco

VASCO (HR): The annual festival of ‘Vishu’ at Sree Ayyappa Temple, Vasco, will be celebrated on April 15. The Vishu Kani Kananal (Vishukani Darsan), the most important ritual of the day, will be held at the temple on Thursday at 4.30 am, followed by special poojas and offerings to Lord Ayyappa. A special programme of devotional songs will also be performed by Kamala Venkateswaran and group after Aarati at 7 pm.

Prize distribution

PANJIM (HND): Annual day and prize distribution at Shree Rayeshwar Institute of Engineering and Information Technology, Shiroda will be held on April 15 at the institute’s campus at  5  pm.  A  variety  of  entertainment  and  cultural  programs would be presented on this occasion.  This is one of the many platforms given to the students to showcase their talents in extra-curricular activities. Rear Admiral (Retd) Vineet Bakhshi, Chairman and Managing Director of Goa Shipyard Limited will be the chief guest. Subhash Shirodkar, Chairman of Shivgram Education Society will preside over.

Lecture on mind power

PANJIM (HND): Mind power expert Dr Vijayalakshmi Panthaiyan will deliver a free lecture for the public on ‘Alpha Mind Power’ on April 16. The lecture will show how to access the subconscious mind with alpha meditation and make use of its amazing power for various goals in life. This workshop is very useful and empowering to students, executives, businessmen, women, retired people, etc.  The free intro lecture will be held at Hotel Mandovi, Panjim at 6.30 pm. For details contact Govekar on 9423057616.

Talk on ‘Indian Economy’

PANJIM (HND): As a part of its knowledge series, Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry has arranged a talk of Dr H A C Prasad, senior economic advisor, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India at the Surendra Babu Timblo Hall, Narayan Rajaram Bandekar Bhavan on April 16 at 10 am.  Dr Prasad will be accompanied by J S Kochar and Sunil Saran, both additional economic advisors in the Ministry of Finance. It will be a unique opportunity to listen to the ‘insider’s view’ of the state of Indian economy. The talk will be followed by an interactive question-answer session which will give an opportunity to participants to directly interact with Dr Prasad, Kochar and Saran. The talk is open to public and those interested are requested to confirm their participation on 2424252 with Melane Rodrigues. 

‘Jagadamba’ at KA

Francisco Silveira inaugurates football ground and Panchayat Ghar at Batim. Also present are ZP member Antonio Silveira, Batim Sarpanch Francis Pascoal D’Souza, dy Sarpanch Luisinha da Cunha and panch members. HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 13

MLA and GSIDC Vice-Chairman Francisco Silveira inaugurated a Panchayat Ghar and market complex constructed at a cost of Rs 9 crores by Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC) at Neura. The building consists of Panchayat office, library, post office,  office  of  electricity department.  health  centre, bank  office,  telephone  exchange  office,  recreational room  including  club  house,

gymnasium  and  community hall  with  capacity  of  around 500 people. Silveira  also  commissioned the Panchayat Ghar and football  ground  costing  Rs  4.64 crore at Batim, which were executed by GSIDC. The  building  comprises  of health centre, bank office, balwadi room, toilet and changing room for football players, electricity office, Panchayat office, hall, library, gymnasium rooms and community hall. Silveira  complimented

GSIDC  for  completing  these two  projects  at  Neura  and Batim and urged the villagers to make optimum use of these facilities. Neura  Sarpanch  Vinod Kamat,  St  John  Evangelist Church  parish  priest  Fr  Eusico  Pereira,  and  Dr  Anil Gharse  spoke  on  the  occasion. ZP member Antonio Silveira,  deputy  Sarpanch Sandesh  Naik,  panchas Ujwala Naik and Leena Fadte, and  Fr  Lourdinho  Pereira were present.

Despite popularity, area around bread stall lacks upkeep HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, APRIL 13

The area in Mapusa Municipal Council (MMC) market, where bread is sold is in pitiable condition and need immediate attention. According  to  sources,  the area  is  being  patronised  by people from all walks of life, as bread of special shape and traditional quality are available at this place, but the area is in a shabby condition, as painting has  not  been  carried  out  for years together. Besides, since there are no lights  in  the  area,  bread  vendors and customers face a lot of hardship, particularly late in the evening. In-charge of Saligao division of  Shiv  Sena  (Bardez  taluka) Filip D’Souza stated that Shiv Sena has already taken up the issue with the chief officer and chairperson  of  MMC  and urged them to illuminate the area,  where  bread  is  being sold. “Under  the  cover  of  darkness,  there  is  a  possibility  of

Governor  Dr  S  S  Sidhu  extended  warm  greetings  to the people of Goa on the occasion  of  Vishu  and Baisakhi.  In  his  message  Governor said, “On the auspicious occasions  of  Vishu  and Baisakhi, I extend my warm greetings and best wishes to the  people  of  Goa.  From times  immemorial,  our  social,  cultural  and  spiritual festivals have had a pivotal

Ballroom classes

PANJIM (HND): The five-Sunday ballroom, level 1 course will begin on April 18 at Clube Harmonia. The classes would be conducted by Dr Martin and his team, from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm.  Students will get to learn basics of cha cha, waltz, salsa, jive, foxtrot, kizomba, and tango. For details and registration call 9823014397 / 2714818. Exclusive summer ballroom dance classes for children will also be conducted by Dr Martin and his team in Margao at Clube Harmonia for age group 7 to 15 years only, alternate days, from April 19, from 10.30 am to 12 pm. The course will cover basic level dancesport cha cha cha/samba/jive/waltz/salsa with  certification.  For  details  and  registration  call 9823014397/9890072074.

Cortalim Gram Sabha

PANJIM (HND): The ordinary Gram Sabha of Cortalim-Quelossim panchayat will be held on April 18 in the office of the panchayat at 9.15 am. The agenda for the meeting is: to read and confirm the proceedings of the previous Gram Sabha, to place before the Gram Sabha the annual statement of account, to place the administrative report, development works proposed for the year 20102011, to discuss on proposals received from the Gram Sabha members if any, and any other subject with the prior permission of the chairperson. Any person who desires to place any suggestions may send it in writing, addressed to the Sarpanch, four days before the meeting. A bread stall at the Mapusa Municipal Council market. Photo by Anil Shankhwalker

women  getting  molested  or pushed around. The exchange of money also becomes a problem both for the vendors and customers.  Further,  the  darkness  attracts  nocturnal  pests on and around the bread sold, which becomes a health hazard to  the  consumers,”  said  D’Souza. He further said they have apprised  the  MMC  chief  officer and  chairperson  that  during monsoon  the  area,  where

Guv greets on Baisakhi HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 13

PANJIM  (HND):  Kala  Academy  Goa  in  collaboration  with Avishkar, Mumbai will organisze a Marathi play ‘Jagadamba’ on April 18 at Open Air Auditorium at 6.30 pm. The cast include renowned actress Rohini Hattangadi, playing the lead role as Kasturba along with Asim Hattangadi. The play is written by Ramdas Bhatkal, directed by Pratima Kulkarni and produced and presented by Arun Kakade.  The play ‘Jagadamba’ is a rare drama, which is enacted by only two actors. This will be a good opportunity to Goan audience to witness such a drama, for which free entry passes are available at the Security Counter of Kala Academy on first come first served basis.

role in furthering the cause of  national  unity  and  integrity. While Vishu is an important  festive  occasion particularly  for  Keralities, Baisakhi is one of the most important festivals of North India,  especially  for  the Sikhs,  which  is  celebrated by  them  with  great  fervor and fanfare. It should be our endeavour  to  celebrate these  community  festivals, in  order  to  promote  social solidarity,  emotional  integration and national unity.”

bread and jaggery are sold is getting flooded every year and many people have fallen in the water and have injured themselves due to slippery nature of the  area  caused  by  stagnant water. “We  have  requested  the MMC to clear the drainage system  effectively  or  divert  the water to the drain that passes through the road near Deepak Stores opposite St Francis Bakery,” added D’Souza.

Adv Sachin named notary P A N J I M ( H N D ) :  A d v Sachin S Kolwalkar,  resident  of Margao, having  office  at T-9,  Laxmi Plaza  building,  behind Grace Church, Margao has been appointed  Notary  under  the Notaries Act 1952 (Central Act 53 of 1952) and is authorized to practice as Notary throughout Salcete.

Healthy recipe contest

PANJIM (HND): VLCC, Goa, will organise a free ‘Low Calorie Healthy Recipe Contest’ at Clube Tennis de Gaspar Dias, Miramar, Panjim on April 17, and at VLCC, Margao, on April 18.The event, open to all residents of Goa, will be held in 3 categories – tantalizing appetizers, main course delight and smacking desserts.  The competition will be followed by a talk on ‘Healthy Eating &  Dietary  Tips  for  Weight-Watchers  and  more’  by  Anju Mahurkar, Nutrition Expert from VLCC, India. Kindly register on 2726806/807 or 2421429/30 by April 16.

TAG to observe Tiatr Day

PANJIM (HND): Tiatr Academy Goa will celebrate ‘Tiatr Day’ on April 17, the day on which the first tiatr ‘Italian Bhurgo’ written and directed by Lucasinho Ribeiro was staged in Bombay in 1892.  To mark this occasion, Tiatr Academy Goa has planned a meaningful programme on that day. A book ‘When the curtains rise…the story of Goa’s Tiatr’ written by Dr Rafael Fernandes will be released at a function to be held at 10 am at the conference hall of Tiatr Academy Goa, Campal Trade Centre, Panjim.  Director of Art & Culture Prasad Lolayekar will be the chief guest and veteran Tiatr artiste John Claro Fernandes will be the guest of honour. On this occasion a ‘Directory of Tiatr Artistes’ will also be released.  Dr Rafael Fernandes who has completed his thesis on the subject will deliver a talk on ‘History of Goan Tiatr’ on the occasion  which  will  be  followed  by  an  interactive  session  in which artistes attending the function will participate.  TAG President Tomazinho Cardozo has requested all Tiatr artistes to attend ‘Tiatr Day’ celebration in large numbers. Those interested in participating may confirm their participation on 2230738/2230739.

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Awareness drive on rights of flat owners BY HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 13

GOACAN will undertake an Awareness Campaign amongst flat owners on their consumer rights in view of the large amount of complaints being received on various related issues. GOACAN Coordinator Roland Martins said the NGO had been receiving many complaints over the past two years directly and through the village based Consumer Forums from flat owners with regards to their sale agreements, non-maintenance of the buildings & non formation of Housing Societies although payment has been made to the builder, poor service of electricity & water supply, no proper parking facilities, conversion & sale of open spaces, lack of garbage management & sanitation and taxation issues with Municipal Councils & Village Panchayats. He said flat owners across the state have been facing umpteen number of problems resulting

in unnecessary litigation, expenses, agony and mental tension for families with lack of proper legislation, poor monitoring by various government agencies and most importantly lack of awareness of their consumer rights. The recent initiatives by the Jairam Complex Residents Association in Panjim and the Chowgule Gardens Welfare As-

goacan sociation in Zuarinagar to organise themselves to respond to issues faced by them is a positive sign for Flat owners in Goa, he said, adding that GOACAN is convinced that unless Flat owners understand their rights and responsibilities, stop agonising and start organising, identify the various agencies that are part of the problem and involve them in the solution, unite at Building & Town level, the problem will continue to persist and

reach gigantic proportions. In this context GOACAN has proposed to hold a series of awareness meetings in the different towns of Vasco, Margao, Mapusa, Ponda and Panjim so as to provide an opportunity and a platform for Flat owners to narrate their problems, express their opinions on the possible solutions and chart out a course of action for the near future. GOACAN proposes to facilitate the process for the setting up of a State Level Association as well as Taluka level Associations to protect the interests of the Flat Owners. In this direction it will develop a charter of demands which would include lobbying for legislation by the Goa Legislative Assembly as well as guidelines for action by local bodies before the forthcoming Municipal Council elections. GOACAN has called upon individual Flat owners and prospective Flat Owners, Cooperative Housing Societies,

Housing Maintenance Societies, Housing Associations who would like to attend and actively participate in these Awareness Meetings to write in to GOACAN Post Box 187, Margao Goa 403 601 or email within the next fortnight.

2 injured in Porvorim mishap HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, APRIL 13

Two persons, including a New Zealand national, were injured when the motorcycle they were riding was knocked down by a tempo near Alto Porvorim Bazaar circle on Tuesday afternoon. According to Porvorim Police, the accident occurred when motorcycle rider Allan Francis Cave from New Zealand and pillion rider Ryan Mathew of Mumbai were proceeding on their motorcycle (GA-03-F-9112) from Socorro towards Arrarim.

Jharkhand man stabs friend in Verna HERALD REPORTER VASCO, APRIL 13

A petty quarrel over a drink took a violet turn when a 26-year-old man from Jharkhand allegedly stabbed his friend near Morzadapai-Verna recently. In a swift action, Verna police PI Jivba Davli arrested one Nelson Sarvant under section 307 of IPC on charges of stabbing his friend Alex Suri (24) of Jharkhand. The victim was seriously injured and was shifted to GMC Hospital. According to PI Dalvi, the incident occurred when Sarvant and Alex, who were working as labourers at Verna Industrial Estate, had gone for a drink. However while drinking they had a quarrel that turned into stabbing. After the drink, Alex proceeded towards his room at Morzadapai, the accused followed him and allegedly stabbed Alex with a knife and brutally assaulted him with a rod and left him abandoned on the road.

Fate of Fatorda sewerage line still hangs in balance HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 13

Notwithstanding assurances from the government, there appears no sign that the faulty Margao sewerage line along the Fatorda stretch would be replaced or repaired before the on set of monsoons. PWD Minister Churchill Alemao had promised the residents of Fatorda last year that the line would be replaced or repaired wherever possible at the earliest. Information from the PWD, however, reveals that the department’s plan to examine the underground line has not yet taken off till date. Officials say the department officials are presently at work to evaluate the cost of the work before the same is tendered and bidders invited to study the reliability of the underground line. A thorough examination and study of the underground line from

the entire stretch between he original point at Arlem to the sewage treatment plant at Sirvodem has been necessitated as the line has given way at many places en route. This is clearly evident during monsoons when rain waters gushes out of the sewage chambers at several points, indicating the porous line. That apart, sewage waters from the underground line has left a lake at Davondem polluted, besides paddy fields at Ambaji contaminated by discharge of sewage waters. Sources in the know say the PWD is in the process of preparing the estimates for a new line at the Northern stretch of the city, covering Fatorda. But, officials said any plan to lay a new line would depend on the report compiled by the agency on the status of the existing underground line in Fatorda. “The project to lay a new line is not an easy proposition. Huge

funds would be required for the purpose. That’s the reason why the department is first evaluating the existing line whether it can be repaired or not”, remarked a department official. Meanwhile, the PWD is in the process of preparing final estimates for the laying of the underground sewage line in the city’s densely populated south Zone. The south zone covering the markets and areas such as Malbhat and Aquem, besides Colmorod still remains to be connected to the sewage treatment plant at Sirvodem Sadly, the sewage scheme being executed in the Sirvodem area of the city via the trenchless technology is still not completed, as a result of which the delay has held up work on the second phase of the scheme in the Colmorod area of the city – most hit by the overflowing soakpits and septic tanks.

Dial 101: For prompt assistance in fire and emergencies Ashok Menon

The Goa Fire and Emergency Services have completed 26 years since inception. On the occasion of National Fire Service Day 14th April 2010, we Officers and other personnel of the Department pay our homage to our professional brethren who made the supreme sacrifice in the cause of saving others’ lives and property. In order to generate fire safety awareness, the theme selected this year for Fire Prevention Week is ‘Our Commitment – Fire Accident Free Society”. ROLE OF THE FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES Protection of life and property is one of the responsibilities of Government. It is seen that fire has been the major reason for the destruction of life, as much as it has been a vital means of s o u rc e o f s u s t e n a n c e f o r mankind. It is always so much easier to talk about things that are being done or that have been done rather than to project one’s mind in to the future. Many would regard the role of the Fire and Emergency Service as generally to extinguish fire and save life but I hope that everyone would find the following statement to be acceptable: To contribute to the provision of a safer environment, by minimizing; (a) Number of fires. (b) The loss of life and damage from fire. (c) The loss of life and damage from other hazards. Lately the most significant change has been the emergence of the Department as a MultiHazard Emergency Response Force. Goa has been witnessing tremendous growth in economic and commercial field. Growing population has increased the demand for residential space; leading to vertical growth in commercial activities has similarly led to growth in shopping complexes and Malls. BE PREPARED At present there are 14 Fire Stations with an approved technical strength of 546 personnel and a fleet of 42 articulated vehicles of various nomenclatures Viz; Hydraulic Platform, High Pressure Co2 Foam Tender, Emergency Tender, Multi-purpose High Pressure Tender, Water Tender, Utility Van, Recovery Van, Ambulances and staff cars for Fire & Emergency Department. These Fire Stations are located in the township of respective local bodies/municipalities and which also includes the Industrial Fire Station at Verna and Kundaim Industrial Estate. In order to ensure effective command and control, Fire Stations are grouped under the command of Asst. Divisional Officer for operational activities. There are three District Fire Stations namely District Fire Station Panaji having jurisdiction over Fire Station Panaji, Mapusa, Pernem & Vasco,Central Fire Station Ponda having jurisdiction over Fire Station Ponda, Old-Goa, Bicholim, Valpoi & Kundaim , District Fire Station Margao having jurisdiction over Fire Station Margao, Curchorem, Canacona and Verna. The Fire Force Headquarters at St.Inez, Panaji is the Logistic Centre. These Fire Stations will be the first responders for all types of Fire and Emergencies which include natural and man-made disasters under their jurisdiction. Two/Three appliances and an ambulance are provided under the charge of Station Fire Officer/Sub-Officer, depending on the risk potential and area to be covered by the Fire Station. The Taluka in which the Fire Station is located generally becomes the Fire Station ground area, legally for operational ac-

tivities. As on today every Taluka except Sanguem in Goa has been provided with a Fire Station. In the coming years, new fire stations envisaged are namely Saligao/Calangute Fire Station, Usgao Fire Staion and Cuncolim Fire Station. A new Fire Station Out - Post will be set up at EDC Complex at Patto, Panaji to cater to High Rise Building Fire Safety & Life Rescue. Training the occupants of the building in safe evacuation and forming Quick Response Group to tackle any exigencies would be the primary responsibility of the Fire Station. out post at Patto Plaza, Panaji FIRE PREVENTION, TRAINING & RESPONSE The Fire Prevention Cell renders technical advice in fire safety management to Industries and is also responsible for fire safety inspections in occupancies as required under statutory requirements to prevent the outbreak of fires and minimize its consequential loss. While we give preponderance in prevention of fires by raising awareness among people through public relation cell with the help of audio-visual aids, regular training is imparted to industrial and in-service person-

nel in Fire Safety Management. We have established a training Centre at Panaji, where tailored training courses for various categories of staff are being conducted on regular basis. During the last 5 years, 9008 candidates from different parts of the country have attended various types of courses ranging from 3 days training to 6 months strenuous General Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting Course at the Fire Force Training Centre, located at St. Inez, Panaji. Government of India has identified the Goa Fire Force Training Centre as a Regional Training Centre for conducting junior officer’s course of the National Fire Service College, Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, Nagpur. A Degree Course in B.Sc. Fire Technology affiliated to Goa University is conducted in collaboration with the State Fire and Emergency Department in association with the Dhempe College of Arts and Science, Miramar, Panaji Goa. The third batch of graduates will be passing out this year. Employment of past graduates has been satisfactory. Proposal for a Post Graduate Course in Fire Technology & In-

dustrial Safety is under examination by the Government. The Department has published its Citizen Charter and made copies available to every Municipality, Panchayat and Consumer Group in the State. It is also displayed on the Department’s Website for ready access by Citizens. During the year 2009-10, the Department has attended 3957 Fire and Emergency incidents and saved property worth Rs.144.46 crores and saved 284 human lives and 248 animal lives. The Statistics of the Fire & Emergency Services for the last 5 years is, (a) Number of Fire & Emergency Calls attended: 17,946; (b) Number of lives saved: 826-Animal, 866-Human; (c) Amount of Property saved: Rs.431.47 Crores. AND FINALLY In the recent past our Country has witnessed a rise in Fire incidents where smoke has been a m a j o r h a z a rd a f f e c t i n g escape/rescue operation. Smoke and fire gases, inherent in all accidental fires, are dangerous products of combustion that have critical influences on life safety, property protection, and fire suppression practices in buildings. In some fires, the volume and density of smoke is so great that it may fill an entire building and obscure visibility at the street level to such an extent that it is difficult to identify the fire-involved building. In other incidents, the volume of smoke generated may be considerably less, although the danger to life is not neces-

sarily diminished because of the presence of other airborne products of combustion. Combustion products in the form of solids, liquids and gases are the main threat to life in building fires. They comprise of gaseous products including the flammable and the toxic gases. The solids and liquids suspended in gas phase are known as smoke. Due to its particulate nature smoke can reduce the ability of a person to see when trying to escape from a fire Zone. Smoke also affects occupants in remote locations since it migrates to different parts of the building hitherto unaffected by fire, thereby vitiating the environment and trapping more people who would have escaped had there been no smoke. Smoke and Fire gases can easily reach areas in an enclosed structure where the heat may not be able to reach, and so the damage caused by these products, especially with respect to Life Safety, is much more than that by heat damage. Many Fire gases are toxic; some of them being lethal even in small doses. As carbon is generated during most solid as well as liquid fires, Carbon Monoxide and Carbon-di-Oxide are two gases that are generated during most fires. Other gases that are produced are Hydrogen Sulphide, Sulphur dioxide, Ammonia, Hydrogen Cyanide, Nitrous and Nitric Oxides, Hydrogen chloride and Phosgene. Different types of gases are generated depending upon the composition of the fuel, amount of oxygen available, and the temperatures

reached during combustion. The problems of smoke are well known, it causes irritation of the eyes, nose, respiratory tract and lungs. Breathing smoke can cause great discomfort, even for a short duration, and can cause damage if inhaled in large quantities. It also causes coughing and sneezing. Cooling can cause condensation of gases on smoke particles, and if inhaled, this can also result in dangerous effects on the respiratory system. The other important effect is that of reduced visibility. As the solid particles can block light, they can impair vision, and persons unable to view exits or exit passages, can develop a panic psychosis. The fact that smoke induces tears in the eyes further complicates the problem of visibility. Smoke is one of the first indications of fire, as well as a leading cause of deaths in many indoor fires. The hot buoyant fire gases move upwards, they cause mixing with the air, which gets ent r a i n e d d u r i n g u p w a rd movement. The resultant mixture of hot, toxic gases and entrained air also causes condensation of the hot gases, resulting in formation of some particulate matter (soot), which varies in colour from light colour to black. This mixture, which rises from the fire is known as the Smoke plume, and will move vertically upward till it encounters obstructions such as the ceiling. It will then begin to move in a radially outward direction, as a thin smoke layer till it meets the boundaries of the room; from the

top down will continue till an opening, in the form of an open door or window, is available for the smoke to come out of the enclosed space. Tall and high rise buildings pose different problems with respect to smoke movement. While the heat and expansion of gases are mainly responsible for movement of smoke, the building height and temperature differences between the interior and exterior of the building greatly affect the smoke movement. This significant factor, known as the ‘stack effect’ causes the vertical

movement of air, from the lower levels to the roof of the building, and is responsible for the spread of smoke and fire gases within a high rise building. Other factors which are significant with respect to the smoke movement are the influence of external wind forces, and the forced (mechanical) air movement in the building. The Department is endeavoring to spread awareness about the smoke hazard and enhance the quality of response to smoke situations, and save more lives in the process.



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Swimming pool & water treatment we construct swimming pools, long lasting water proofing in years competitive rates 9823521766. (21410)

Under construction posh, luxurious, 2BHK Apts, 3BHK Row-villas, 3-Duplex enclosed project, behind Showroom Nuvem. Contact Micon Realtors, S-1/2/3, Delia Residency, (next to J.J. Costa Hospital) near Rosary Church, Fatorda, Margao, Goa. Tel: 2749004 / 9823687944. Email: / website: (CM) 3020 sq mtr, settlement plot with good view, 2 km away from Carmona Xalor beach.reasonable price, only serious buyers, No broker please. For appointment 9890804124. (SD)

49.67m2 shop for lease at Osia Mall Complex. Interested parties contact 9822185268 / 9637247441. Brokers excuse. (CM) Running / fully furnished Boutique in the heart of Margao city. Contact: 9561273286 (BS)

Single & double bedroom flats with open terrace in SIRVODEM RESIDENCY at Navel i m , S i r v o d e m , M a rg a o . Contact Micon Realtors, S1/2/3, Delia Residency, Next to A.V. D’Costa (next to J.J. Costa Hospital) near Rosary Church, Fatorda, Margao. Tel: 2749004 / 9823687944. Email: / website: (CM) 2BHK flat area 105m2 construction in final stage & will be ready in 3/4months & 60m2 2-shutters shops in the same premises for sale. Property located 2km away from Margao at the starting point of Benaulim. Brokers excuse. Contact: 9890582840 / 6571303. (CM)

For rent 2 BHK fully furnished & office 60 sq.mts at C o m b a M a rg a o c o n t a c t : 9820285686 / 9823129214. (Cst) Family Restaurant & Bar with AC fully furnished on rent 35000/- prime location Navelim. Contact Brokers 9975817781 (Cst)

Property for sale near KTC Bus Stand Margao, 2600m 2 price 11,000 per m2 Contact broker 9766611625 (Cst)

Shop/Store measuring 9 for sale Gogal Circle, Margao. Contact – Santosh. Mob:- 9620814430 (CB)

ProPerties AvAilAble 1 & 2 Bedroom Sea View Apartment, 3 Bedroom Row Villas, Shops with swimming pool, Elevator with backup generator, 24 hrs security, 5 min walk to the beach at Benaulim, Possession May 2010 contact: 2712000, 9049772000 (Cst)

2 BHK, 80 Sq.mts, 2nd floor, near completion, for sale in Chinchinim/Deussua Road Call:- 9011873291. (21391) 1 BHK prime location, Nr Beach furnished A/C, W/Society, S/Pool, 23 ½ lakhs Calangute, also available rental short/long term, Owner – 9822767911 (21407)

Plot for sale at Nerul area 419 with terrace house good locality rate 65 lakhs genuine party only Contact on 9370642759 (21389)

For sale ready possession new 2BHK flat 88 sq mts with parking and lift on second floor at Kamat Riveira contact 9822581195. (Sty)

3BHK flat fully furnished in Duler behind Football ground Mount Mary Building. Having built-up area of 122.44 sqmtrs. For Rs.35 Lakhs (negotiable). C o n t a c t : M r. A g n e l o D e Oliveira : 9890444583, 2254211. (McD)

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Urgently wanted 1/2/3 flats Bungalows, rowhouses in Margao, Aquem, Borda, Gogal, KTC, Colva, Navelim for ready client Continental Realtors 9527463241 (Anc)

Relax and Rejuvenate Ayur vedic body massage, ladies & gents. Doorstep Services. Contact: Vicky 9850640514 (DA)

Earn extra high incomes in Rupees and Dollars !!! Foreign Company. Work from home !!! Flexible hours. No experience. Natasha 9967961287, 9096664676. (21411)

Wanted one BHK Flat on rented basis in and around Margao for accommodation. Contact Amit Nakre: 9225828494 (CB)

Arms & Ammunitions Licensed Pistol for sale .32 Calibre, savage brand, made in USA. Contact: 9822122067. (CM)

Astrology Mystries of your life revealed and instant solution offered for your complexed problems through scientifically calculated Astrology and Mystic Spiritual powers by Professor Vishal, world Renowned Astrologer with life long experience whose accomplishments are recognized world over. Consult him with prior appointment at Hotel Goa Woodlands, Margao. Mobiles: 9970939177, 09810007558/ 9953706590. (SD) Simple remedies for marriage, education, business, health problems through Reiki @ Pa n a j i , S h i v a y o g i 09611590118. (CM)

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2 BHK flat 80 sq.m for sale in Pedda, Benaulim on second floor. Rate 23 lakhs negotiable. Contact: 2735313, 9403271129. (Adn)

Area 27 sq.mts shop for sale at Kurtarkar Shopping centre Margao, 1st floor. Contact: 9623525738. (Emm)

Godown with double height for sale w/o mezzanine, individual toilet, front shade in the rearside of the building, at Vidyanagar, Margao. Ph.: 8806728514. (DA)

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For ladies ! Relax and rejuvenate body massage service at your door stops. Call: Sagar 7620039244. (21406) Ayurvedic Aroma Body massage and Relax, Male Female services, doorstep. Contact 8806471402, 8806471403. (SD) Relax & Rejuvenate herbal Ayurvedic Aroma body massage & facial manicure pedicure head massage in Panaji. Contact: 9921347169(20803) Thai Beauty Hairstyles Colour, Rebonding Facial & Thai Massage Aroma, Barinee & Swediesh Massage in Margao, Navelim. Contact: 9923824866 (CM)

business offers Digital Cameras Exchange any Old Camera with Digital Camera - Starting from 4000/Also instant repairs of Digital Cameras / Camcorders. 9765526610. (21355) “Urgent !!!” Foreign Co. expanding in Goa work from home/net trainings provided. Call Liz Anne. 9325525708 / 9892171608. Email: (Int)

Work from home/internet great incomes, working people, housewives, retired, students. Part/full time. Trainings vacations provide. Contact Roma: 9822103105. (21411) 8.1/2 “dia borewell for water resources for agriculture farms, lodging ,garden and for domestic use gentleman service contact Pawar 9423041293 (SD) Portuguese Nationality Apostille Attestation, Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi. Call us anytime on 9850200682 & 9604838043 / Email , Shop # 1, Alzira Apartments, Fatorda 403602. (CM) Available Mini Bus for hire, contract for schools, staff etc. Model 2008. Contact: 9822159132. (CM) Habitat TM (The one stop shop for all your soft furnishings) now introduces India’s best Mattresses Snoozer TM (Invest in your sleep) & Tempur (Memory foam mattress NASA approved). Call 2278726 / 3207324 Mapusa – Parra Road, Carrasco Vaddo, Parra Bardez. (GC)

2BHK flat, shops double height & row-houses are for sale at Mandopa, Navelim Salcete Goa, work is at 80% comp l e t i o n s t a g e e xc e p t row -houses. Contact: 9420253168 / 2765301. (CM) Fully-developed 430m2 plot in Camurlim Ambora settlement zone sanad, electricity, water connection available. Interested parties only contact: 9881758017 / 9921273884. (CM) Plot for sale at Tivim (Cansaboard) in residential area. Measuring 1,350m2 with clear title. Ideal for investments close to Tivim Railway Station. Rate: 3,200/m2 negotiable. Contact: 09840138770. (CM) Flat for sale with Double Bedroom with balconies, fully furnished in Pedda BenaulimContact 9767854373 / 9822381421 (CM) New, ready for occupation flat, shop, garage, at Ambaji – Margao, facing wide main road, ample parking, 1km distant from K TC. Contact: 9422442491. (CM)

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Ranco’s Kokanat bungla Nirwade Sawantwadi (Konapal) Bungalow, Plot, Stonewall compound 7/12 Extract on your name tel: 9011084501. (20537)

Flat for sale, Kranti Sena Chief Anil Naik, Nandanvan complex, Vrundavan – 001 upper ground floor, Area 74.6 sq. mtrs. One room kitchen hall with balcony and car parkinf. Address: Dempo Bhat, Tonca, Panaji, Goa. Contact – 9890719566 (21367) 5 BHK Modern style 305m2 independent beautiful Bungalow, land 1000m2 2 kms from Margao city towards Benaulim Beach & Brokers don’t call 9975937472 (Cst)

2BHK 90 sq.mts. for sale, 2nd floor, at Aquem, Pandava Chapel, Centrally located. Walking distance from Railway Station, Power House, Market, School. Contact owner: 9324208041 / 9920035616 (BS)

Plot for 4000 each a v a i l a b l e a t Po m b o r p h a with Cashew tree plantation, water electricity available. Last few remaining. 10 kms from Mapusa & Panjim at 500 / Going Cheap good for investment. Contact: 9923372205. (Gal)

Two 2 BHK flats for sale 1st Floor 75 & 80 Sq.m 24 hr water, Socorro Porvorim. Contact 9923168718 No brokers (21191)

Wanted property 500 to 5000 m2 with or without house in South Goa Contact 9823647765 (Cst) We b u y c o m p l i c a t e d tenanted mundkarial without access plots properties fields cases pending in court incomplete houses projects we also settle property issues do demarcation development approvals also take construction work of bungalows buildings factories properties projects with bank liabilities SMS/Call 9822150873 (21405) Space required for Office at Panjim area 60 to 70 m2 outrigt purchase Contact 9225906191 Professional Courier. (21386) Wanted office 12 to15m2 on rent / lease in Lake View Fatorda or near District Court Margao, budget upto 6000/-. Also wanted 2BHK flat on rent in Fatorda in good locality, budget upto 6000/-. Mob # 9823951737. (CM) 400-600 sq.mts for a Goan Christian family with clear titles, location Mapusa, Siolim, Parra, Saligao, Bambolim, Aldona, Old Goa. Broker Excuse. Contact: 9822970475. (21317)

Available new 2 & 3 BHK Apartments / Row Houses in Colva and Margao. Kindly Contact 9850629522. Brokers Excuse. (BS)

We b u y c o m p l i c a t e d tenanted Mundkarial without access plots properties fields cases pending in court incomplete houses projects we also settle property issues do demarcation development approvals also take construction work of Bungalows building factories properties projects with bank liabilities SMS/call 9822150873 (60000)

For Sale, 2BHK Flat 106m2 on 1st Floor with sea view at Mongor Hill, Vasco. Possession May 2010, 33 lacs. Contact 9923802636 (Brokers Excuse) (SD) For immediate sale. Fully furnished duplex bungalow near Kurtarkar Gardens, Gogol, Margao. Contact – 9422058619 (Int)

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Visas for all countries, Domestic & International Airlines ticketing, Wide choice of holidays around the world, Indian Passport & Immigration, Portuguese Passport Attestations & Submissions, Apostille/Consulate Attestation, OCI/PIO Assistance, Admissions for study abroad Contact: Travco Holiday, Opp. MMC BLdg., Margao. Ph: 6686868, 9860090341 Email: travcoholidays@gmail .com (21186)

Required for Mobile Company, Vacant/Terrace/Agricultural Land for Installation of Towers, Rent 40000/- P.M. Advance 9 Lakhs Khan Gold Care Government approved 08802001208, 08802001207, 08802001206, 08802001205. (Int)

Portuguese Passport documentation, attestations from all authorities including Apostille in New Delhi & submissions in Portugal, follow up assistance till finalisation at Conservatoria dos Registos Centrais, Lisbon, Contact: Travco Holiday, Opp. MMC Bldg., Margao. Ph: 6686827, 6686868, 9860090341. Email: (21186) Are you earning what are worth. Earn extra income, International Co. work part/full time. Housewife/Students/Retired/Working/Business. Shreya 9822154477 / 9823204559 (Ind) Agarwal Packers & Movers India’s No. 1 Company since 1987. For tension free shifting Call Goa: 0832-6001500, 9326101181 (CB)

Earn extra high income working from home great earning potential realize your financial dreams, experience not required Flora/Mario 9822134180 (Cst) Godara Packers & Movers Car Transportation specialist, household packing, loading/unloading, transportation, local shifting, insurance facility. All India Service. Contact: 9370663341, 9420687350, 0832-3293340 (CB) Swimming pool designing & construction, fountains, jacuzzi, steam, sauna, waterfalls, filters, accessories & chemicals. Southern Pools Ph. 6455243, 6452034, 9823605885, 9850421246. email - w e b s i t e : (21210) Agarwal Packers & Movers (SE) DRS Group ISO 9001 Co. For tension free Home/Car shifting Ph: 9970090711, 6060001 (HRP) Dias Caterers, Catering for all occasions. Contact us for making all your celebrations more memorable. Ramesh – 9921930505, Selima – 9767694769 (Int) Opportunity unlimited extra income!!! Ambitious men / women work from home / office part-time without disturbing present job, profession, business. Vijay 9096033709. (CM)

dAnCe Dance while you can! Ballroom dance classes conducted in Margao. Learn: Waltz, Jive, Cha Cha, Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, etc. Contact: 9850109251. (CM)

eduCAtionAl Learn to speak Russian high income big jobs don’t miss, private tuitions batch available Contact 9881074507 / 9657962496 (Cst) Sir Marcus’ “Top Tuturials” admissions open for Std VIII, IX & X Maths, Science & all subjects, at Colmorod, Navelim & Betalbatim with experienced and well qualified teachers. Limited seats. Contact 9922929644. (Int)

Website Designing Packages. Budget Website 6000/-, Economy 10,000/-, Deluxe 15,000/-, Animated 20,000/-, Photography 5000/-, Domain + Server + Emails + Hosting. 9850472932 / 9372049214 (BS) P o r t u g u e s e Nationality/passport professional advice. Documentation/attestations & filling of processes in Lisbon. Correspondence and handling all old processes 1 including obtaining Boletim/Assentos de Nascimento/Casamento/Obito from CRC, Lisboa. Jet International Travels & Tours, Borda, Margao. 9422063724, 2700264, 2700265, 2712938, portuguese nationality @hotmail. com (Emm) VISA SOLUTIONS all types of Indian Visa Extensions Company Fo r m a t i o n s R.B.I./ROC/TAX, Indian Citizenships PIO/OCI, Foreign Investment. Contact 9637169333, 9867541433, Email: visasolutionsgoa (Anc)

Crash Course: Hindi - Science - Maths - English (VIII, IX, X) Entire syllabus completed even before Schools reopen. Contact:9822484673. Experienced Faculty, AC Classroom. (BS) Direct X, XII, B.A, B.Com, B.Sc, M.A, M.Com, M.Sc, B.Ed, D.Ed, B.B.A, B.C.A, B.Tech, D.Tech, Exam in Goa. May2010. Ramnath Damodars, Kurtarker Classic A/7, near Power House, Margao. Ph: 6953324 / 2753747 (CM) Available flower making classes at Margao KTC busstand. Contact: 9503673120. (CM)

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Tuitions for V-VII all subjects & VII to college level Hindi, Marathi, Konkani, Sanskrit. Contact: 2732288 / 9422389714. (CM)

L.I.V.E. Music and DJ for all occasions, Weddings, Parties, Hotels etc. Also Jazz-Band available Goa’s exclusive oneman-band for Hotels, Weddings, Parties also accoustic S o l o , D u o , Tr i o . C a l l 9822181692. (CB)

(Ayurvedic Dr. Palash) Secret Sexual Diseases, *Infertility, *Quick Discharge, *Impotency, *Nightfall, *Loose Penis, *Erection problem (Without operation *Piles, *Fistula, *Fissure). Ponda Clinic, Below Café Bhosle, Ponda & Tanu Clinic, Near Bar Corner, Malim – Betim, Panaji. Appointment – 9881889650, 9673094890. (CB)

Required Senior Accountant leading Co-operative Society M.Com/B.Com with 8 to 10 days experience preferably in Co-operative field computer accounting. Write to: Chairman, Adarsh Krishi Sahakari Kharedi Vikri Prakriya Sansthan Maryadit, Balli-Goa. 403703. Ph: 08322670273. Email:adarsh61@ (DA)

Santa Barbara Academy of Beauty & Hair, conducts professional courses in Basic/Advance. Morning/Evening batches. Contact 9923082921. (21359) IATA Authorized Academy. Worldwide recognised IATA courses offered in Travel & Tourism Management, Air Ticketing Diploma and online Reservation system training on Amadeus and Galileo. Admissions open for students having pre-qualification of standard twelfth contact Travco Aviation Academy, Opp. MMC Building, Margo 9860090341 / 0832-6686868 / 6686838. (21186) N.E. Diniz Music Institute, Margao (Regd). Crash courses, suitable batches, Organ, Guitar, Drums, Violin, Mandolin, Piano, Singing Voices, Theory, Solfege. 2738645 / 9545924235 / 9850459507. (CM) Vacation courses in beautician, tailoring, candle making, sof t toys, chocolate making & variety of painting. Ph: 9923146577. (CM) ARSHI’s Institute for Alternative Studies & Parallel Education C-2, Ind. Area 1-A, Verna offer Short Term Courses in PC Hardware, Assembly, Networking & Troubleshooting. Contact Ph. 9657094329 / 6690365. Email: (CM) ARSHI’s Institute For Alternative Studies & Parallel Education C-2, Ind. Area 1-A, Verna offer Short Term Courses in HTML & Web Design. Contact Ph. 9657094329 / 6690365. Email: (CM) ARSHI’s Institute For Alternative Studies & Parallel Education C-2, Ind. Area 1-A, Ve r n a o f f e r S h o r t Te r m Courses in English Speaking for advancement in Career. Contact: Ph. 9657094383 / 6690365. Email: (CM) ARSHI’s Institute For Alternative Studies & Parallel Education C-2, Ind. Area 1-A, Verna offer Short Term Courses in Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Practices. Contact: Ph. 6690365. Email: (CM) Vacation Special! Crash Course in Beautician. Starting from 15th April. For details contact: Vanesia Beauty Parlour, Margao. 2713601 / 9657492421 (BS) Computer Courses 50% Discount Enroll for the best course this summer at Orbits Technologies, 3rd Flr. Above Tato Restaurant Margao, Ph: 2732615 / 9890347441 / 9860386761 (BS) UGC/DEC. Govt. Recognized Distance Education. 10th/12th/M.Phil/ MBA/MCA/MSW/BCA/BBA/B.Co m,/MA/BA/Msc/Bsc/Executive M.B.A. 10th/12th fail. FY/SY pass or fail directly appear for Third Year Exam in 2010. June/December. Contact:BCHE, Pissurlekar Towers, above Prince Furniture, Opp. Power Jim, St.Inez, Panaji. Tel - 2431014 / 9764234786 /9765565784 / 83 / 85 (PM)

EntErtainmEnt The band “Fortune” performing live for weddings, parties, hotels. Also available on hire thermacol decorations, centrepieces. Hurry. Contact: 9881758017 / 9921273884. (CM) “Fortune” the only pure live music band for weddings, bitshows. Also available thermacol hall decorations, centrepieces. Contact: 9881758017. (CM)

Brass band for all occasions. Weddings, parties, hotels, sports, festas, funerals. Phone (Margao): 9822121696. (DG) Your Master of Ceremony Compere for weddings, Dances or any occasions. Contact friendly, pleasing Personality Savio Queiroz 9960609920, 9689915623, 08326698500. (21312)

FirE ExtinguishErs Fire extinguishers dcp /ABC, 5kg. ISI Marked, Govt. approved, 1year Warrantee, ISO Certified, Rs.1275/- VISION S A F E T Y, Ve r n a I D C , . 9326127464 / 2782095 / 2782443 (BS)

hEalth, hotEl & rEsort Excess body fat causes obesity reduce body fat safely/effectively satisfaction assured, excellent customer care fat check Ralph 9850256317 (Cst)

matrimonials Groom wanted SM4 Punjabi Khatri 29/160cms D.Pharma Convent educated working. Horoscope match, must send BHP at , Contact: 9766361531. (CM) GRC Bachelor 32, from North Goa, medium built, 5’7”, fair complexion, well settled working for cruise liner (USA) seeks alliance from good looking and homely girls below 30. Contact : 9921340049, 9923966291. (McD) Royal Luxur y wedding Car’s St. Anthony wedding cars on hire Sonata (Gold) white and Sonata (Gold) Black, Margao 9822719468, 9765856465 (Cst) Perfect Matrimonials. Marriages for all castes, religion. All under one roof. Complete satisfaction guaranteed. Contact: 9766540426. (CM) Wedding cars, Mercedes (Merk), Sonata (Gold), Corolla, Honda City / Civic / Accord, undertaking decorations, cars for self drive. 9823966474 / 9421300462 / 2710262. (CM) Suitable/urgent matrimonial alliances for all RC Spinsters/Bachelors from India/Abroad arranged through Vailankanni Marriage Bureau. Contact: 2208344 / 9270312843 immediately. (21259) L uxur y wedding car ’s Honda Accord, Civic, City etc. quality of service at its best Perry’s Wedding Car’s Margao 9890299255/2767832 (Cst)

mEdiCal Experienced M.B.B.S. Doctor available for home visits in Tiswadi & Bardez Taluka Fe e s R s 5 0 0 / - C o n t a c t 9422058730 (21378) Unwanted hair of any part of body permanently removed by Laser treatment. Consultation for Liposuction, Varicose Veins, Warts & Moles. Available at Mapusa – 17 & Madgaon 18 April. Contact – Lakshyakiran Laser Center, Kolhapur. Mobile – 9422414324. (Aks) Paralysis Can be Cured. No need to go to Malvan, Belgaum, Karwar etc. Home Visit. Call–8007094386, 9762412896. (Many Cured). (Sd) Conybio products available for Joint/Back pain/Knee/Ankle/Elbowbrace/Belt/Socks/Conytakara/Al kaline-Water and for Heart Lungs Kidney Skin Ailments Call: 9323500202 / 9320545474 (21250)

Treatment with Challenge - Sexual disability, Quick discharge, Nighfall, Short bend loose penis problems, Less Sperm counting, Penis infection, Piles, Fistula, Urine stone, Diabetes & Rheumatism. Contact: 9158059015 / 9765329439 / 9860022193 / 6484068. (DA) Abdominal Problems? Stomachache before / after eating, losing appetite, vomiting / feeling like vomiting, dragging one leg while walking. These symptoms may arise if navel node is displaced. It will be replaced without medical consumption. 9420356168 (BS)

misC availablE Reliance Data Modem – for sale. Price Rs.1500/-. Contact: Mb. 9096659289. (CM) Steel cupboard, sandwich toaster, food processor, electric whisk, novels (English) – South Goa 9960069877. (DG)

musiCal instrumEnts Calling Musicians and singers to join the Gospel Band, and shine like stars in the world for Jesus. Contact : 9158067571 for audition details. (McD)

Milly Trinity Music School, Crash course for Guitar, Organ, Violin at Vasco, Ponda, Margao, Cuncolim, Velsao, Navelim, Chinchinim. Admissions9421155828 (SD) Available upright ‘Steiner’ Piano, Excellent condition, going cheap – 95,000/- only. Contact Prof. Mendes, Near the Court, Altinho, Mapusa – 2256172 / 2262197 (21262)

Wanted Sales Executive (2 posts) for a reputed Electronics showroom in Margao person from in an around Margao may contact Talaulikar Electricals, near Ana Fonte Opp. Nanutel. 9860092069. (Int) 1 Office Boy and Loader for S.L Marketing, 2 office boy cum Loader for Universal Trading Co. Opp. Rosary Church, L & L Mascarenhas Heritage, Ratwaddo, Navelim Goa. Ph.:2728018 / 2728038. Walk in interview on 14th & 15th April, 2010 to the above mentioned address between 10.00 am to 12.30 pm (Cst)

Wanted Office Assistant Female, Graduate with knowledge of Computers. Contact: BOSS Advertising, Pancharatna Complex, Near Royal Foods, Margao. 2733888 / 9822900065 (BS)

Not developers with experience Smart freshers may apply for trainee position. Email your resume to . (21411) Wanted two sales girls, one office boy – with bike, from Panjim area. Experience preferred. Salary 4500 minimum. Call: 9860604123. (21409)

Urgently required a Female Receptionist, All Rounder Indian Cook & Driver with Tourist badge for Vailankanni Cottages, Colva. Contact: 9822159523 (BS) Wanted Assistant Architect/Civil Draughtsman/Site Supervisor/Office Boy with 4 wheeler Driving Licence in Mapusa Office. Contact for Appointment : 9890074545. (McD) Opening for Customer Service Executive for a travel agency in Margao. Contact: Amey on 08806238824 (Make My Trip. Com). (CM)

Available Nurse/Care Takers to take care of elderly and sick people pls contact Blue Cross Ser vices. 3223614 9890237558 (20319)


Sea Scan Maritime foundation conducts DG Shipping G o v t . o f I n d i a a p p ro v e d STCW’95 (FPFF, PST, PSSR, EFA & OTF courses). Pkg of four courses fees Rs. 10,000/- only Indos no’s issued after the completion of courses for booking. Contact 2423409 /10, 9822132034, Margao booking office 2732706. (20368)

Wanted Office Assistant with knowledge of Computers. Qualification BBA or equivalent. Residing in / around Margao. Contact: 9823102929 (BS)

Wanted experienced Driver for a company at Odxell, minimum age of 40 years salary not a constraint. Contact: 2462856 / 2461297 (21408)


DG Shipping Govt of India approved STCW 95 even Passenger Familiarization Courses can be done in 12 days with INDOS Number. New rates for Panama CDC - 14000/-, Liberian CDC - 19000/- Booking available. Contact: 6555374, 9987678131 / 9209266294 (BS)

Wanted House-Maid, Babysitting, House-Teacher, Assistant Nurse having valid passport for house. Call: 9403640460 /02363271237 (Adt)

Wa n t e d S a l e s g i r l f o r Mustafa’s Ladies Wear, Opp. Lohia Maidan, Margao - Goa. Salary 3000/- & above. Contact: 9890071273 (BS)

Buddy pets pups and pup food available Labrador Chocolate color & Pug. Persian kitten available too. Contact Ashwini 9822130639 / 9422419139. (Emm)


Wanted Sales Girls/Boys – 10 nos., Cashier, Pickup Driver, Office Boy, Office Assistant with computer knowledge, residing in & around Margao, Contact: Navshant Enterprises, Gardenveiw Building, Phase II, 3rd Floor, Margao. (CB)

Wanted Driver near Colva. Call: 9890211037 (BS)

PEts & livEstoCks, Professional Photography & Video. Specialised in weddings, conferences, events. Ph: 09823473737. (CM)

Require an Office Accountant in Panjim. Address – G-3, Emerald Tower, Opp. Vivanta Taj Hotel, Nr. Traffic Signal, Panjim. Cont 9371034197, 3256707. (21395)

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Wanted urgently for a small restaurant in Margao. Allrounder Cooks, Waiters, Helper cum Dishwashers. Good salary, incentives, free food & accommodation provided. Call for appointment on 9657735369. (CM)

ARSHI’s Institute For Alternative Studies & Parallel Education C-2, Ind. Area 1-A, Verna has vacancies for qualified part-time Instructors in Electrical, Electronics Welding, Machine Shop, Automobile, Air Conditioning Fields with Hands-On Experience. Send CV to (CM)

Wanted Dishwasher, Chinese Cook, Indian Cook, Goan Cook, contact – 9960852025 (21364)

Wanted live-in Housemaid for a small Catholic family in Margao. Salary Rs.2500 + travelling allowance. Regular increment. Call: 9823022194. (CM)

Wa n t e d S a l e s G i r l s & Helpers (F) to work in Printing Press at Margao. Contact: 9823982567 (DSN)

Big Country Sound System for sale, includes full JBL Amps/Speakers, Soundcraft Mixer. Ph. 9422449149.(21403) Imported Guitar workstation Digitech GNX for sale 10 effects 65 factory presets 5 footswitches tuner CD jamming input memory card input drum machine & multifunctions, made in U.S.A. Contact: 9764267394. (CM)

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Wanted Master Cutter (Gents, Ladies), Tailors (Gents, Ladies – Western), Salesgirls, Doorman – Helper, Bridal Flower Maker, Machine Embroidery. Phone: 9822184589 (Margao). (DG) Required Male accounts clerk part or full time for data feeding, filing etc, to work at Donapaula office. Qualification 12th Commerce. Candidate from nearby area preferred. Ph. 9422059989. (WN) Wanted Office Assistant (Male/ Female) fluent In English and Hindi, with knowledge of Computer and Accounting. Por vorlm, Goa. Mobile: +919822122771, +919657595935. (WN) Wanted 8 smart Sales Boys/Girls at Jina’s new showroom S. No. 3, Dalal Bldg., near Hari Mandir Margao 9850702505, 9923658620. (Emm)

Wanted urgently Dishwasher & Helper. Contact: Vincent’s Bar & Rest., Voltar, Benaulim, Salcete Goa. 9890201900 / 0832270539. (CM) Urgently wanted Indian / Continental, Tandoori / Chinese Cook, Kitchen Helper & Dishwasher. Call: 9890711363. Good salary for the right candidate. (CM) Wanted urgently Counter Staff & Collection Executive f o r I n d u s I n d B a n k ( Tw o Wheeler Loan Dept.) Margao Goa. Qualification XIIth. Attractive salary + incentive. Contact: Rajan 9822185631 / 3290078. (CM) Wanted in Rubber Industry – Verna Mixing Mill Operator. Mail – / 9096034428. (CM) Wanted Office Assistant with Tally knowledge preferred. Residing in-around Margao. # 9552538837. Email: (CM)

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ARSHI’s Institute For Alternative Studies & Parallel Education C-2, Ind. Area 1-A, Verna has full-time vacancies for Administration Officer, Accountant & Receptionist cum Stores Assistant. Send CV to (CM)

For an English Medium Primar y School in Bardez, 2 t r a i n e d Te a c h e r s f o r English/Maths on a permanent basis. Salary with EPF. Reply expected by 30th April, 2010 with bio-data to Box No 9619 Herald Panjim. (21384) Required urgently 1) Marketing Executives for Margao experienced and South Indians preferred Salary Rs. 10,000/Plus Petrol Allowance 2) Telephone Operator for Panjim only experienced may apply. Salary Rs. 5000/- and above 3) Delivery Boys for Panjim Salary Rs. 4000/- plus petrol allowance Contact The Professional Courier Fernando 9225906191 (21386) Wanted experienced Cook, Waiters, Kitchen Helpers, for a restaurant in Colva. Couple also will be preferred. Food & accommodation provided. Contact: 9822165646 (BS) Wanted Kitchen Helpers, Dishwashers, Waiters. Good salary offered. Contact: Joval Pinto Restaurant & Bar, Fatorda. Ph: 9850456824 (BS) Muscat/Kuwait: Housemaids, Embassy Agreement provided, V isa Free, Can Change sponsor if required, Contact Souza-9822582633 (Lic: 0453/mum/part/09) (Sd) Required male or female with good typing speed for Data Entry at Mapusa. Call between 9.30 am - 5.30 pm on 2250177, Freshers welcome. (21355) Wanted for family bar restaurant Margao Billing Clerk & Storekeeper salary Rs.5000/, Indian, Chinese & Tandoori Cook salary Rs.6500/-, Chinese & Tandoori Helper salar y Rs.4000/-. Food, accommodation provided for all. Contact: 9822155122. (CM)

Wanted for A-Class Restaurant in Bahrain. Cooks having experience in Indian Tandoor Chinese Cuisine. Free recruitment, accommodation provided contact – 9552393465 (Sty)

Urgently required HR Executive for an IT’s Co. based in Goa, candidates with experience in the relevant industry may apply. Minimum qualification Graduate interested 6484379 (Cst) Required Teachers with good English language flair for St. Norbert CBSE School, Koppa-Udupi (free accommodation) Qualification: Graduation / Master Degree. Nursery Training / B.Ed. Contact: 9673240719 / 9767020211 (BS)

Wanted off season, Jobs, Resort in Baga Calangute. Earn 8,000/- weekly. Male/Female 25 to 35 years from North. Call 9673155899. (KK) Wanted female (DTP) Operator. Contact: S.G. Arts Shop No. D-G 14 Basement, Osia ‘C’ Complex, Near Kadamba Bus Stand, Old Market, Margao 9822151884/2736626(21382)

Required for a hotel in Calangute: Continental Cook, Kitchen helpers, Utility, Gardeners, Pool attendant, Bouncers, Taxi driver. Apply with CV 2277535, 2281120. (21369)

Academy for better communication, Kerala requires Teachers for teaching Communicative English in Schools. Salary Rs. 7000/- to 9000/- + free accommodation. Contact: 9767020211 / 09349788120 (BS) Wanted urgently for a resort in Shirvoi, Quepem a Front Office Assistant with B.Com good in English a Pool Attendant with HSSC, a Restaurant Cashier with B.Com and an Electrician between 9 am to 6 pm contact 08326670111, 9225538491 (Anc) Wanted Casino Gaming Staff graduate (Any stream) fluent in English, good mathematical skill and pleasant personality. Contact: Phone: 6483150. Email: casinotreasures@ (21295) Wanted Sales Executive for Vodafone preferably with two wheeler. For appointment Contact Vivek 9823006006 (21349) Wanted Computer Operator & Staff to work in Pharmacy at Gogol Margao. Fresher also can Call 9422437109 / 9423886973. (PR) Required Tax Consultant to handle VAT, service Tax, TDS Returns and other statutory requirements for a Private limited c o m p a n y. Call: 9850478206, 9850478208. (21324) Vacancies for Hutchison 3 Global Services Pvt. Ltd. (Australia/UK Inbound) Mumbai/Pune. Qualification: XII/Graduates. Salary 1600024000. Accommodation provided. Jobshop Behind Aquem Post Office Margao. Contact: 9860949888/9850092609 (DA)

Wanted Lab Technician for Diagnostic Lab at Curchorem, DMLT (freshers can apply) or with Pathology Lab experience. Contact: 9420689599. (DG) Wanted girls/ladies 15 nos to work in masala factory salary around 3000 and above/no qualifications at Pillar Goa Velha, surrounding areas only Call 2218821. (VK) Wanted urgently Security Supervisors English speaking (Ex-serviceman / Civilians), Security Guards, Lady Searchers to work in Mines & Factories. Good salary + fringe benefits. Contact immediately between 10 to 1pm with original Certificates + 3 Photographs at M/s. Essential Personnel Services, Laxmi Bhuvan, 2nd floor, Opp. Remy Studio, Mapusa Goa. (Adt) Wanted experienced Night Room Boy for Capt. Lobo’s Beach Hideaway located in Baga/Calangute top salary offered year round employment, accommodation and food provided call – 08322276103 & 9860230171 (21353) Science Graduate/Medical Rep. to market healthcare product contact – 9822123933 between 5-8 pm. (21365) 1) Customer Care M/F with basic Computer knowledge. 2) Smart Counter Sales person (M/F). 3) Electrician cum Helper with 2/4 wheeler licence. 4) Helper cum Four Wheel Driver from / around Margao area. All above 4 posts ready to work upto 8pm. 5) Outdoor Collection Staff, full time / part time. Send CV / contact from 8th April - 15th April: Margao Electronics, Behind Canara Bank. Ph: 2736686 / 2703817 (BS) Required male photo Lab Assistant. Salary Rs. 5,000/onwards. Apply today with complete biodata and PP Photo to Souza and Paul, M. G. Road, Opp. Govt. Printing Press, Panjim. (WN) Required Trainee Male Photo Machine Operators. Salary Rs. 5000/- onwards. Apply today with complete biodata and PP photo to Souza and Paul, M. G. Road, Opp. Govt. Printing Press, Panjim. (WN)


Wanted Sales Girls for Feminie Boutique in Margao starting salary Rs. 3000/- and above Ph. 2733988, 9823243119 (Emm)

Wanted Counter Sales staff with knowledge of computers. Candidate in-around Margao preferred. Experience in DTP software will be added advantage. Contact: Lorenz Imaging 9370504055. (CM)

UK based Data Entry/AdPosting/Copy-Paste jobs at home. Earn upto Rs. 30,000/p.m. Visit: Call: “Annie” - 09004634839 (CB)

Computer Hardware Technicians required to work full time as Service engineers for computer firm in Mapusa. Candidates from around Mapusa preferred. Phone: 2266433 / 9422970855 (office hours) (21360)

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Goa As a Melting Pot

Vol No CX No: 98 Goa, Wednesday 14 April, 2010


A time for humility

t is a time for crisis in the Catholic Church, what with the se abuse scandal staying in the news on a continual basis. Given the logic of the media today, when the dominant news outfits of the globe zoom in on a story -- specially one involving sex and power -- there's little chance that they would give up on it without digging up every possible angle. In part, the competitive sensationalism of the media can be blamed for the continual focus on this issue. In these 'clash of civilisation' times, there is also an immense ability to misunderstand someone whose culture is somewhat different. Celibacy has been blamed by some, on the assumption that this must be responsible for the string of sex-abuse cases being reported. If this is the case, it does not explain why similar scandal was not visible earlier, or simply not reported. Yet, the pain is obvious among the many faithful who make up the Church, and who have both faith in its teachings as well as high expectations of the institution. Likewise, there are so many men of the cloth who have to needlessly go through the embarassment, though they -- together with the other religions, specially nuns -- have spent long committed years in the service of religion and society. Life is such today that a single nun writing a litany of complaints about life in the Church makes it to the bestsellers list, while the tough, arduous and committed years of thousands of others find no place for mention. Incidentally, figures say India, with its 18.6 million Catholics, is the 16th largest Catholic nation in the world. It has more seminarians -- 14,120 -- than any other nation and nearly 5,000 more than second-ranked Brazil. From the reporting in the media, it would appear that stray statements, which fit into stereotypes about what it means to be Catholic, are highlighted with more eagerness than more rational discourse on the issue. Likewise, elements with a communal mindset seem to be gaining a perverse pleasure in dwelling on the discomfort of the Church in embarassing times, which is indeed unfortunate. Times like these are a reminder of how human our institutions are, and how we are prone to fail. It reminds us that humans will err... like humans. It also is a reminder of the responsibility we all -- not just people in authority -- have to ensure that institutions and its members work like they are supposed to. The Church has some hard decisions to take, to once again reiterate its good intentions in overcoming a crisis that a small number of its elders have brought upon it.


Investigating journalism

he International Centre Goa, American Centre Mumbai and the Goa Union of Journalists are to hold a seminar on investigative journalism at Dona Paula on Wednesday. Everyone -- at least among the readers -- wants an active and responsive press; but how many are willing to contribute actively to actually make this happen? The last decade or two has seen Indian journalism grow phenomenally in size, even as newspaper prices have remained stagnant, or even declined, because of predatory competition in the field. Governments across the globe are more than eager to pander to the media, provided the latter does not stray beyond a certain point to upset the apple-cart of the rulers of the day. Even the Americans, who would like us to believe they have the most free press on the planet, are willing to go in for dubious concepts like 'embedded journalism' when their perceived national interests are at stake in conflicts in the Gulf or elsewhere. Some headline-creating stories, packaged as 'investigations', have only involved skeletons falling out of cupboards due to rivalries of various kinds -- political, industrial, or in Goa, even by beach-party organisers. Indeed, we need a responsible media, one which keeps the interest of the citizen at its heart. But "watchdog journalism" or "accountability reporting" doesn't come cheap, and it will take much more than seminars to build this up to acceptable levels.


As he walks through the streets of South Bombay (Mumbai) FREDERICK NORONHA wonders about its past and people

t struck me all of a sudden as I was walking past the busy lanes of South Bombay, or Mumbai as the city should be now officially called. Bombay isn’t a city I particularly like. It’s a land of opportunity, indeed. But it’s too big and impersonal to grapple with. In fact, the most scary aspect is, you could walk on its streets for a week, without meeting a single recognisable face. But I had only just finished reading and working on the book written by my long-time friend and one-time classmate (Andreé) Rafael Fernandes Called “When the curtains rise... Understanding Goa’s vibrant Konkani theatre” this book is based on his PhD thesis on the tiatr, Goa’s popular drama form in Konkani. It is to be released on coming Saturday (April 17, 2010) at a Tiatr Day Function by the newly-launched Tiatr Academy of Goa. My thoughts went over to place names like Dhobi Talao, Kalbadevi andCavel, which we have heard so much of, and probably not even realised how much these have influenced the Goan today. As I walked past the quaintly British-influenced architecture together with the gross “maximum floorspace index” buildings of recent times, Rafael’s words popped back to my mind. His work traces the history of the tiatr in Bombay, and fitted it into the wider context of theatre (in other languages) in Bombay since 1776. Did members of the Instituto Luso-Indiano walk on these very streets many decades, if not centuries, earlier? Where exactly were the Gaiety Theatre (in Bori Bunder) or the Cawasji Hall (Dhobitalao) located during their heyday? What remains of these structures today? Did the fans of the tiatr actually walk these very streets many decades ago, when Bombay was quite another city, and the Goan equation with it different but also intense? What did the ‘shetias’ (rich merchant princes) who supported the Grant Road Theatre think of the Konkani tiatr they brushed shoulders with? *** I rummaged for books in the dusty but very interesting New and Second Hand Bookshop at Kalbadevi, wondering where the few Goa-related books one could find actually came from. Was there a Goan connection to the homes where these books came from? Or did the owners simply share their city with people from Goa, and see books not directly connected with them land in

With a pinch of salt


Devil’s Advocate their collections? Apparently, many second-hand and old titles came from the houses and bungalows that were demolished to make way for hi-rises in a big city. One can’t help wondering whether Goa too is destined to go the same way, with its legacy sold so cheap in the form of old pages. Later, in the evening, things quickly fell into place. All of a sudden, the thoughts zooming in my head seemed to make sense. Yes, that was it. Bombay was only reminding me how much of a melting-pot all our societies have become. Indeed, have long been! This point became even more obvious, as I made my way to the Paulo bus home. (I think they run a fairly nice service, except that they are sometimes - or often - late, and caught in the early morning traffic jam while entering the city.) The bus itself had the American stars-and-stripes blazoned boldly on its front. The vehicle, with its owners in Goa, was registered in Bombay. I’m sure drivers of the Paulo buses are from all the three States in the region. Since I was warned that there would be no dinner break, I hurried across to a nearby refreshment stall. Just then, my thoughts got further reinforced. Goan expats in Bombay were once called Maca-

paos, or Macs. There are differing interpretations where this term comes from. Their bread-eating habits however - specially among the Christian Goan - were found to be unusual, at one time. Today, with urbanisation catching on everyone, and the ‘fast life’ becoming far more of a reality, odd would be the person who doesn’t eat a bread or more each day. This is even more true in Bombay, where the now widely popular wada-pao depends on what was seen as an unusual product eaten in places like Goa. In fact, it’s not just in Bombay. Farrukh Dhondy, writing on the ‘Portuguese Pao’ (The Asian Age, April 10, 2010) talks about the bread supplied to his family in Pune thus: “Mr Barco and his family were Goan Christians and, while serving bread from the front shop all day and at most times, they strove to serve the surrounding neighbourhoods by supplying hot bread in hourly batches to suit the early and later dining families. Of course, all these Indian families were bred on, and ate chappatis and variants of that flat bread for dinner, but in western India the habit of the Western loaf was catching on. My cook called it ‘double roti’. One can only guess that it was so called because it

was bloated and oblong rather than pan-cakey.” If Goan migration has influenced pockets of the outside world, then the reverse is true for Goa too. Not only have migrant communities influenced Goa, but so have Goan migrant communities which have influenced life back in Goa after leaving the place and returning to it (sometimes)! The German sound recordist Sigrid Pfeffer, who’s sees herself as having fallen madly in love with Konkani music and particularly the the cantaram, has got permission to put together a CD of Goan music for sale in Europe. She called it “Music From Goa - Made In Bombay.” Not only was Goa’s popular cantaram form of music shaped and nurtured in Bombay, but so was the tiatr. Rafael’s work outlines nicely the origins of the tiatr in Bombay and the varied kinds of influence that shaped its birth and growth. Diaspora communities in Bombay played a huge role in shaping the cultural identity of Goa. In fact, Bombay dominated tiatr production until recent decades which saw Goan expats moving out of Bombay, to other centres of migration, and the “corresponding spurt in formation of Goan troupes” in Goa, as Rafael writes. Rubbing shoulders with Italian opera companies, the zagors taken over from Goa, the initiatives of diaspora groups, and what not... all this played a role in the shaping of the tiatr. As friends discussed the goal of saving old Konkani LPs (long-playing records), it only became obvious that without our expat communities, what we today understand as “Goan culture” would certainly have not been the same. It is no coincidence that Konkani LPs were ‘cut’ so early in India’s recording history, probably because Goan diaspora communities had access to early recording facilities in India’s commercial and media capital. Given this background, how do we understand Goa as a dynamic melting pot, that has been shaped by all kinds of varied influences? Most importantly, do we have space to absorb new influences and re-invent ourselves? Or do we just close our doors to the winds that blow in and refuse to change? We would do well to remind ourselves of our past, so that we see opportunities when these arise for new possibilities in the future.

Good Ideas - Good Vibrations

t a restaurant in Mumbai, Harish and his wife Sunita opted for the air-conditioned seating in protest of our Indian summer. He led the way to a corner table but realized it was dirty with leftovers. At his summons, an attendant approached the area with cloth in hand. During their short wait, two college students arrived on the spot. While one hesitated, the other approached the table. Harish saw her move boldly towards their reservation. He intercepted her, saying “Excuse me, ma’am.” She ignored him. He found her audacious. It was like somebody cutting a line. His feelings reflecting in his voice, he said firmly, “Ma’am, that’s our table.” Ignoring him, she went ahead. The manager apologetically confirmed Harish’s claim. At which point, she turned to Harish and said rather haughtily, “You can speak in a better manner.” After their order arrived, Harish realized he was still thinking about the incident that just took place. He wondered whether he had been insolent as a teenager. Had he ever been uncivil to strangers? Was he really a stuck-up middle-aged man? Could it be that she really hadn’t seen him? Could he have spoken in a better way. But he found her disrespectful. So who was right?

Suddenly a young girl materialized by his side. She said, “I want you to know that you were right.” When he looked on confused, she related how students first came by the table and noticed the clutter. They moved to another table but found that unsatisfactory. Harish thought they were probably too snotty to call the waiters themselves. “Her friend told her the place was taken,” which was probably the reason for the friend’s halt, “yet, she pretended to not see you and moved to take possession of the table. It was the knowledge of her own wrongdoing that made her defensive.” He smiled slowly. Her kindness put a stop to his negative self-assessment. Harish and Sunita thanked the girl for her courtesy. Harish had just witnessed The Law of Polarity through the girl’ actions - Constantly look for good in people and situations. When you find it, tell the person. People love compliments. Positive thinking makes you feel good. Remember, good ideas - good vibrations. The ill-mannered student’s conduct was the catalyst. She might have thought her pretence could yield submission. Harish’s thoughts were negative. He had never met someone so rude. He felt he was stuck up because of his age, his generation’s way of thinking. He doubted himself because of the student’s contemptuous

By D’lia Sera

attitude. Positive was the girl who stopped by and let him know he wasn’t wrong. She could have ignored the spat. With this incident, I recalled Newton‘s Law of Motion: To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Our friend experienced rudeness from one stranger, kindness from another. It’s so normal. Maybe our friend is oversensitive. I wondered if people are rude all the time, but does that make it right? Does normal always translate to right? Each one of us has experienced mean behaviour from strangers. However, we just shrug it off. It could be someone cutting a ticket line, stamping your foot in the train, bumping into you, cutting your car, honking furiously at signals. Their first reaction is to get defensive with a stare, or ignore, abuse and shout, making it look like the other person is wrong. We get mildly irritated by it. However we forget it almost immediately. But those who don’t, why do we perceive them as oversensitive? We have become so jaded that we take people’s rudeness in our stride. I feel it takes effort to be unpleasant to a stranger. If rudeness becomes normal then doesn’t kindness go unappreciated? That’s how it is. Because people’s kindness is like water off a duck’s back.

Letters to the Editor Wastage of power Pravin U Sardessai, Adpai Recently, the high mast at Tisk- Ponda was noticed functioning as late as 9 am in the morning. Perhaps, the same must have been switched off much late by the concerned linesmen of electricity department. Such an undesirable situation amply depicts the negligent attitude of the linesmen. In adjoining villages of Ponda as well, streetlights are being switched off mostly at 8 am and sometimes even at 10 am. None of the linesmen give a serious thought to the precious power supply that gets wasted in the process. It is absolutely essential for the electricity

100 Years Ago


14 April 1910 l

‘O Diario de Noticias’ reports that eminent scientists and astronomers from all over the world are expected to arrive in Portugal to witness the Solar Eclipse.


General Osman Pasha, the celebrated war hero expired at Constantinople,


The Socialist Battachi, earlier sentenced to undergo a period of redemption for hurling a bomb in Florence, was elected at Turin, the old Capital of Piedmont, to be their representative in Parliament.


Towards the end of January there was lodged at Constantinople a Diplomatic protest issued by the Italian Embassy over the abduction of a 15- year- old girl, allegedly by one eminent Turk, to serve in his harem.


From Mercina {Asia Minor) there are reports that avers to a major discontent brewing amongst the population over the abduction of a 12-year-old-girl belonging to Greek Orthodox Church.withdrawn.

department to depute supervisory staff to keep a track on the performance of linesmen in different locations so that the basic duties are performed efficiently and not negligently. Linesmen who tend to depict negligence should be taken to task without any discrimination. Conservation of power supply gains great significance in present times and it is necessary that each one of us strive to prevent unnecessary wastage of the same in our day-to-day life. The electricity department should consider this aspect with utmost seriousness and instruct its linesmen accordingly.

A big gimmick Irineu Gonsalves, Verna This refers to ‘Aleixo seeks support for one more term’ (Herald, April 12). It is interesting that the 4-term MLA has pleaded for one more chance to represent us in the Assembly even when we are just half way through the current term. It is an established fact that he has been woken up from his slumber by the bull from Betalbatim who has made inroads in our constituency during the ZP elections. It is no longer a secret that these MLAs are looking for their own personal gains and not with the idea of serving the people. But the greater tragedy is how even the voters have changed their attitude and become a party for criminalisation of politics. What sets apart good MLAs is the ability to doggedly pursue people-centric issues. Does the chequered history of our MLA hold an example for the constituents to rally behind him? Do these two MLAs think there is no one else in the constituency to represent us? Actually a majority of us do not want to vote for any candidate if these two think that our constituency is their personal fiefdom. Under such circumstances, as per the 1969 Act, Section49-O, a person can go to the polling booth, confirm his identity, get his finger marked and convey to the presiding election officer that he/she doesn’t want to vote for anyone This is because we feel replacing the incompetent by other controversial is tantamount to perpetuation of declining values and encouragement of all round mediocrity. Nevertheless, we do

Letter of the Day

Police reforms needed

Socorro D'Souza, Margao

The image of the police in Goa is not that of a protector of the innocents but as a perpetrator of excesses, colluder with criminals and one of the most corrupt arms of the government. On one hand, there is nexus between police and criminals while on the other, police are silent handmaidens of politicians and vested interests. Top postings / transfers today are decided not by merit or experience but based on the political leanings of the officers, their proximity to the powers that be, their caste affiliation and more importantly their readiness to bend the law to help those in power. No wonder whenever there is a change of government, the police officers too are shuffled based on the above qualifications. Public term the police as brutal, lawless, highly corrupt, partisan, politicised and incompetent. This despite India having one of the finest selection processes for IPS officers which is backed by excellent training at the National Police Academy. Unfortunately the same cannot be said of the selection system at the State level where in Goa officers of non-cadre (IPS) are promoted/recruited to DSPs and SPs. Favouritism, corruption, bribes and casteism play a major role in this process and an upright, competent candidate should consider himself lucky if he gets selected. The leak of question papers for the selection proves how corrupt forces attempt to influence the selection process of the guardians of the society. Once selected the police officials jockey for cushy and profitable postings, inspectors, sub-inspectors and their subordinates bribe their superiors & politicians to get posted in select police stations in Goa that are considered to be quite profitable. When making money is the main motive for being posted in a particular station, will the police official have any interest in tackling law and order or fighting crime? This is due to a deep-seated and strong resistance to the idea of police reforms among politicians and bureaucrats who have developed a great vested interest in retaining control over the police and the real reason is politicians do not want to lose their influence over police organization and their own vested interests behind recruitment and postings. The politicians and bureaucrats in Goa are refusing to loosen their executive’s grip over the police, due to its very nature, has kept under a tight leash. No wonder police reforms are among the most discussed subjects since independence but never implemented. have an alternative. Let’s organize independent, non-partisan, citizens’ group to screen candidates aspiring to represent us.

Re-evaluation needs a change Vishal Vittal Naik, Mapusa This is to bring to your kind notice the difficulties faced by the students and hassles they have to undergo at the hands of Goa University, under the so called re-evaluation

of the failed subjects. The re-evaluation of the subjects, followed by the results take such a long time that the student is made to appear again for the subject/s, which are under re-evaluation. By the time the results are declared, a student who is declared passed has already undergone extra stress for no fault of their but due to the lethargic attitude of the university. I request the concerned university to give justice to these students and avoid burdening them. This can be done by re-eval-

uating the question papers well in advance and declaring the results, so that they can study the backlog papers if they have not cleared it even after re-evaluation. The present policy has caused a lot of depression and anxiety among the students and some even had to seek psychiatric treatment. May I request the concerned Registrar to kindly show humanitarian gesture and give justice to us like that done by other wellknown universities.

Unfair to Christian institutions Prof Robert Castellino, Mumbai The interpretation of minority status for educational institutions, by the chairman of the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions, Justice MSA Siddiqui, is fraught with ominous consequences for Christian educational institutions. Going by this interpretation, Christian and others like Parsee educational institutions, with less than 30% students from the community cannot claim minority status guaranteed by Article 30(1) of the Constitution of India. Christians are in a minority in the true sense of the word, making it virtually impossible for them to fill up the numbers, in most cases. Hence students from other communities are admitted. There is no gainsaying the fact that solely because of quality education, there is a scramble for admission from other communities. On the other hand it is not viable to run a full-fledged school for few students of the community. Besides, quality of education, which is the hallmark of Christian schools, will be greatly sacrificed. Few teachers will mean that they will be required to teach virtually all subjects to all classes. Letters should be 150 words or less in length, and should have the writer’s name, address and telephone number. The editor reserves the right to edit letters for size and readability, and to delete any personal attacks or libellous /objectionable matter.

Paths of Wisdom God is... Once a king wanted to know the answers to three questions he had been contemplating on. One day he raised these questions in his Court Hall. The questions were: Where is God? In what direction does He cast His look? What does He do? None could answer these questions. The King then summoned with due honour a sage to his court. He requested the sage to answer these questions. The Sage replied: “Like butter in the milk God is everywhere”. To answer the second question the sage asked for a lamp. He lit the lamp and asked the King: “In which direction does this lamp shed its light?” The lamp sheds its light in all the directions” replied the king. The sage said “Likewise God is Effulgence itself and His vision is not directed to a particular place or person. He is all seeing”. The king asked: “What does He do?” The sage said: “Since I am in a way instructing you in spiritual matters, I am in the position of a preceptor, you a disciple. So we have to exchange our places. Are you prepared for this?” The king agreed and came down from his elevated position and sat on the seat in which the sage sat. The sage said with a twinkle in his eyes: “This is what God does. He brings down the mighty and elevates the humble. He can make the poor rich and the rich poor. He can do anything. He is all pervading. He is all seeing and Omnipotent.” The king was very much pleased with these answers. He expressed his gratitude to the sage and honoured him in a fitting manner. Like the king in the story, every one of us should try to understand the true characteristics of God: God is Omnipresent, Omniscient, and Omnipotent. (Source : “Oka Chinna Katha”)

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india, Kazakhstan to conclude Gujjars begin march to Jaipur Appointments after talks with govt fail talks for civil nuclear deal PTI WASHINGTON, APRIL 13

India and Kazakhstan will soon wrap-up inter-governmental negotiations on civil nuclear cooperation, a move that came after meeting of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Kazakh President Noorsultan Nazarbayev. External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, is scheduled to visit Kazakhstan next month to draw a road map to implement the agreements and initiatives that were agreed between the two countries when Nazarbayev, visited New Delhi in January 2009. During a 45-minute meeting with Singh, on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit here, Nazarbayev also invited

Indian companies to invest heavily in Kazakhstan. Singh and Nazarbayev also discussed the situation in the region including Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan. Both agreed on the importance of stability, security and economic development of Afghanistan and also expressed concern at production of narcotics and trafficking of narcotics. "Nazarbayev was very appreciative of India’s role in development and reconstruction of Afghanistan," External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vishnu Prakash, told journalists here, adding that he was of the view that once the situation in Afghanistan stabilises that would pave the way for direct

surface link between India and Kazakhstan. "The President invited Prime Minister to visit Kazakhstan, which he accepted," Prakash said. "President Nazarbayev mentioned to the Prime Minister that they were planning 170 major projects in a variety of sectors to speed up the industrialisation of Kazakhstan and invited Indian companies to participate in those projects. He also noted that there was a Customs Union between Kazakhstan, Belarus and Russia and that Indian companies present there could supply their goods and services to the entire customs union so that they have a large area and population to cover," he added.


With talks between Gujjars and the Rajasthan government on the reservation issue collapsing, Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla along with hundreds of his supporters today began a march from Karauli district to Jaipur in support of their demands. Bainsla, who is spearheading the stir for quota for the community in the state started his march from Hindon, around 300 km from Jaipur, Roop Singh, a spokesman of the Rajasthan Gujjar Arkashan Sangarsh Saimti, told PTI. "We have launched our march with at least 10,000 supporters from the college

Countdown for rocket mission begins PTI BANGALORE, APRIL 13

The stage is all set for flighttesting of indigenous cryogenic stage and engine on homegrown rocket GSLV-D3 for the first time as an air of expectancy and anxiety grips the Sriharikota spaceport on the Andhra coast for the ambitious mission. "A 29-hour countdown is expected to start at 11.27 am tomorrow for the launch of GSLV-D3 on Thursday at 4.27 pm," Indian Space Research Organisation spokesperson S Satish told PTI here. The testing of the complex cryogenic technology is going to be a major landmark for the country's space programme, and a successful mission would catapult India into the select band of nations -- the US, Russia, France, Japan and China – which had mastered this "highest level" of propulsion technology. It would make India totally self-reliant in space transportation area, Satish said. ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan sees this week's GSLV mission a result of 18 years of research

and development on cryogenic technology by Indian scientists and engineers. ISRO took up the indigenous development of cryogenic upper stage and engine after Russia succumbed to US pressure and declined to transfer the technology sought by India. ISRO flew five of the seven "ready-made" cryogenic stages supplied by Russia in the earlier GSLV flights. "Whatever needs to be done has been done," former ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair said, pointing to all the qualification tests and other preparations for the flight, but added that there is "concern" and "anxiety" ahead of the mission. GSLV-D3 would launch GSAT4 experimental advanced communication satellite by which ISRO would test some of the new technologies, including electric propulsion system and bus management unit. GSAT-4, which has a lift-off weight of 2,218 kg and targeted for a seven-year life, carries communication and navigation payloads.

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and Gujjar leaders staged a walkout. Gujjar leaders Roop Singh and Harprasad, who participated in the talks with the government, told reporters that the Gehlot government "had not done any homework" despite the Gujjars deferring their agitation by 12 days and did not even take legal advice from experts. "We will go back to Hindon to follow the instructions of Kirori Singh Bainsla who already has given an ultimatum to the government to resolve the impasse," they had said. "The Gehlot government has no willpower to address our demands and wants to keep them hanging in balance for ever," they said.

employees strike: J&K will take army, para military services if need arises PTI SRINAGAR, APRIL 13

Schoolchildren making paintings and sketches of the Jallianwala Bagh Martyrs' memorial and freedom fighters, on the eve of Baisakhi festival in Amritsar on Tuesday.

Jammu and Kashmir government plans to seek services of army and paramilitary forces to maintain supply of essential services in the state in the wake of the ongoing employees’ strike which entered its 11th day. "In case the government, at any stage, feels necessary, it will also obtain the support of the army and paramilitary forces in maintaining essential services," the government said in response to the directions passed by the High Court on a PIL last Friday. Advocate Bashir Ahmad Dar and Advocate Reyaz Ahmad Khan filed the Public Interest Litigation seeking directions to the state government for ensuring smooth functioning of schools, colleges and other educational institutions. In the 20-page response filed by Deputy Secretary to government, General Administration Department, Feroze Ahmad Sheikh yesterday, the state government gave details

Lajpat Nagar blast: Order on sentence deferred to April 17 PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 13

A Delhi court today deferred to April 17 the pronouncement of sentence against six militants of Jammu and Kashmir Islamic Front (JKIF) in the 1996 Lajpat Nagar blast case in which the prosecution has sought death penalty for four of the convicts. District and Sessions Judge S P Garg, after hearing arguments on the quantum of sentence, said that he would pronounce the order on April 17 after perusing the various case laws filed by the prosecutor and the defence counsel. "Keeping in view the fact that 13 innocent persons lost their life in the blast, the four convicts do not deserve any leniency and be awarded the severest punishment that is death penalty," Additional Public Prosecutor S K Dass said. The prosecutor also demanded the maximum prescribed sentences against

Farooq Ahmed Khan and lone woman convict Farida Dar who were convicted under milder penal provisions of the Explosive Substances Act and the Arms Act. Countering the argument, senior advocate Aman Lekhi appearing for Farida, said "the convict lady has been acquitted of severe charges pertaining to murder and conspiracy. Punishing her just for the sake of awarding punishment would amount to following the retribution theory, which is a thing of past." Defence lawyer Khalil Ansari, appearing for the other five convicts, said, "the case does not fall under the rarest of rare category warranting imposition of the capital punishment as almost all the convicts were teenagers at the time of incident and could be reformed". The court had on April eight convicted six out of ten suspected militants and rapped

Katrina gives skin care tips to Adah Sharma


he latest buzz making rounds in the industry is that Katrina Kaif and Adah Sharma will be seen together in a beauty promotional advertisement. This ad will be showcased internationally. Though the shoot is over, it will take almost three months for the ad to hit the air. “Adah Sharma and Katrina Kaif represent the young lot in the ad. They are enacting in the promotional ad for Olay beauty and skin care cream. The sequence in which the two share the screen space has Katrina advising Adah on how she could use this particular cream and keep her skin fresh, youthful and also maintain the shine,” said a source. Our mole goes on to add, “Both Kats and Adah have just returned back from a short shooting stint at the Bangkok plush locales. Also, Kajol and Sushmita Sen are representing the older section promoting the wrinkle free cream. Both Kajol and Sush too were present at Bangkok.” We tried to confirm the buzz from Adah who says,” I am not allowed to speak anything right now. Yes! I’ve signed a one year contract with Olay products.”

the police for "highly defective" probe and callous attitude. Six members of JKIF, Mohd Naushad, Mohd Ali Bhatt, Mirza Nissar Hussain, Javed Ahmed Khan, Farooq Ahmed Khan and woman associate Farida Dar were held guilty for varying roles in the sensational case. Except Farooq Ahmed Khan and Farida Dar, the other four face the maximum punishment of death penalty as they have been convicted for serious offence of murder, conspiracy, and attempt to murder under the IPC. The remaining four -- Mirza Iftikhar, Latif Ahmed Waza, Syed Maqbool Shah, and Abdul Gani -- were acquitted of all the charges for want of sufficient evidence. A stolen Maruti car laden with explosives went off at around 6.30 pm on May 21, 1996, in crowded Central Market at Lajpat Nagar in south Delhi, killing 13 persons and injuring 38 others. The 10 accused were arrested soon after the incident when the police traced the phone calls they made to various media houses claiming responsibility for the terror attack.

of the steps taken by it in maintaining essential services, including education, health care and food supplies. It also gave details of the action initiated by the government against striking employees. The Division Bench of the court comprising Justices Hakim Imtiyaz Hussain and Muzaffar Attar, however, observed that the issues raised in the present petition were not properly replied. The Bench also observed that the government has initiated disciplinary action against the employees, who are on strike, but the court has not been informed about the steps taken to ensure normal functioning of the educational institutions in the city and rural areas.


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Study shows wild ducks could spread avian flu Reuters WASHINGTON, APRIL 13

Wild ducks that are immune to the effects of H5N1 avian influenza could be spreading the virus far and wide, US govern-

ment researchers said. Satellite tracking of migrating northern pintail ducks showed they flew from a bird flu-infected marsh in Japan to nesting areas in Russia, said the scientists from the US Geological Survey and the University of Tokyo said yesterday. The study does not prove the pintails carried the virus, but the species can be infected with H5N1 with no ill effects. H5N1 bird flu has been circulating in Asia and the Middle East, with occasional outbreaks in Europe, since 2003. It rarely infects people but when it does it is deadly: the World Health Organization has documented 493 cases and 292 deaths.

Questions raised about heart implants past age 80 Reuters CHICAGO, APRIL 13

People age 80 and older who get a pacemaker or defibrillator are more likely to die in the hospital after the procedure than younger patients, raising questions about the risks of these implants when used in very elderly people, US researchers said. Most clinical trials looking at implantable heart devices involve people in their 50s and 60s even though about a fifth of these implants are used in people over age 80, a group often overlooked in medical studies, the researchers said yesterday. As such, little had been known about the benefits of these devices in people over 80, according to the researchers. The researchers analyzed data from 26,887 adults with heart failure who underwent implantation of a defibrillator or cardiac resynchronization therapy device in 2004 or 2005. Younger patients appeared better able to withstand the implants, they said. The study found a death rate in the hospital of 0.7 per cent among patients younger than 80, compared to 1.2 per cent in those aged 80 to 85 and 2.2 per cent in those older than 85. Patients age 80 and older accounted for nearly 18 percent of the procedures. ‘’It has become increasingly apparent that certain patient subgroups may not benefit from device implantation,’’ Jason Swindle, who was at Saint Louis University School of Medicine when the study was conducted, reported in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine.

For example, Swindle and colleagues said using implantable cardioverter defibrillators, or ICDs, in patients with kidney failure and in those with advanced heart failure does not help them live any longer. ICDs detect dangerous heart rhythms and automatically shock an errant heartbeat back into a normal rhythm. Pacemakers correct an abnormally slow heart beat. Implants that combine features of both, called cardiac resynchronization therapy devices, are used to get the heart to contract in a stronger, more coordinated fashion. Implantable heart devices, made by companies like Boston Scientific Corp, St Jude Medical and Medtronic, represent a global market of $10 billion. While many studies have shown the devices help save lives, the average age of patients in major clinical trials ranged from 58 to 67 years, with few 80 year olds included. In general, the researchers said, older people were more likely than younger people to die after an implant. They also found older patients had slightly more complications related to the device procedure. ‘’Given trends in the demographics of heart failure and the costs of device therapy, additional studies are required to clarify the appropriateness of device implantation in older patients with heart failure, as well as the merits of less invasive options,’’ the team wrote. Nearly 22 million people worldwide have heart failure, in which the heart struggles to pump blood around the body.

A Merpati Boeing 737-300 lies skidded off on the runway in Rendani airpor t in Manokwari of the Indonesia’s West Papua province on Tuesday. About 20 passengers were injured when the plane, carrying more than 100 passengers, skidded off the runway due to bad weather conditions, an official said on Tuesday.

Poland to set poll date, funeral at weekend Reuters WARSAW, APRIL 13

Poland’s acting president plans to announce the date of the country’s presidential election tomorrow following the death of Lech Kaczynski and dozens of other high-ranking officials in a plane crash in western Russia. Officials said a memorial service for all 96 victims of the crash would be held on Saturday and that a state funeral for Kaczynski and his wife Maria could take place either on the same day or on Sunday. Kaczynski, a combative nationalist known for his distrust of both the European

Union and Russia, had been travelling to mark the 70th anniversary of the massacre of Polish officers by Soviet secret police near Smolensk when his plane went down on Saturday in thick fog. Polish military leaders, leading opposition figures and the central bank governor were among those on the Russian Tupolev plane, whose pilot appears to have ignored instructions from Russian air traffic controllers to land elsewhere. The crash has plunged the nation of 38 million into mourning, but it is not seen as a threat to political or economic stability.

Blasts, gunfights claim 15 in Philippines Reuters MANILA, APRIL 13

At least 15 people were killed and more than a dozen wounded in a series of bomb attacks and gunbattles involving Islamist militants in the southern Philippines today, a top military official said. Lieutenant-General Ben Dolorfino, the most senior military commander in the southern Philippines, said six civilians were killed in the initial blast near a sports field on the island of Basilian, which came about a month before presidential elections. Witnesses said a charred body was seen inside a burning van where the bomb exploded. Soldiers then exchanged gunfire with the rebels in army and police uniforms, who took some hostages as they fled. There was no word on the fate of the hostages. Four security forces and five militants were killed in the gunfight. Five were militants were captured. Two soldiers and two local police were also wounded in the gun battles. A second explosion near a Roman Catholic cathedral in Isabela City wounded 13 civilians, Dolorfino added. A third bomb, placed near a crowded mini-bus terminal, was detonated by soldiers. Another gunbattle erupted a kilometre away when the rebels passed through a police checkpoint. ''These were Abu Sayyaf members wearing army and police uniforms,'' Dolorfino told reporters. ''Based on our initial assessments, these people were out to kidnap somebody and the explosions were part of the diversion, but our troops quickly responded to foil their plan.'' Police said the slain militant was believed to be Benzar Indama, brother of one of the leaders of Abu Sayyaf militants on Basilan island. Security forces on the island had been put on full alert, said Marine commander Major-General Juancho Sabban. Businesses were shut down and ferry services to Zamboanga City on the mainland Mindanao island were suspended due to the attacks. ''Our Marines are now in control. The operations are still ongoing. They have cordoned off the city and we're asking the people to remain calm,'' Sabban said. ''The reports are still very sketchy,'' Sabban said. ''We can't confirm whether there were casualties in the other areas. I don't know the specific targets but definitely, these attacks fall under terrorism - that is to create chaos.''

S Korea plans to cut off on-line video games for kids Reuters SEOUL, APRIL 13

Anti-government protesters celebrate Songkran, the traditional Thai new year, by spraying water on eachother in downtown Bangkok, Thailand. The festival comes three days after clashes between troops and protesters claimed 21 lives and injured over 800.

Pressure mounts on Thai PM after deadly clashes Reuters BANGKOK, APRIL 13

Thai ‘’red shirt’’ protesters threatened today to march on an army barracks where Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has been based after the Election Commission unexpectedly recommended his party be dissolved. Abhisit, who came to power in 2008 when the army brokered a deal in parliament, would have to step down if the Constitutional Court, following the election commission’s findings, found his Democrat Party guilty of funding irregularities. The red shirts, who want Abhisit to quit now, said they would step up their protest, after their month-long rally

turned violent on Saturday, with plans to send out hundreds of motorcyclists handing out leaflets and pictures from the clashes. ‘’We are also contemplating a march to the 11th Battalion to ask Abhisit and the army he is hiding behind for an answer,’’ red shirt leader Nattawut Saikua told reporters. Abhisit has mostly operated from the base since the protests began a month ago. The red shirts say troops gunned down protesters, but the government says shadowy ‘’terrorists’’ were responsible. Further isolating the embatt l e d p r e m i e r, a r m y c h i e f Anupong Paochinda said on Monday early elections could end the impasse. It was

Anupong’s first public comment since his forces failed on Saturday to eject protesters from their base in central Bangkok in clashes that killed 21 and injured hundreds in Thailand’s worst political violence in two decades. ‘’It looks like Abhisit’s fortune may be waning,’’ said Sukhum Nuansakul, an independent political scientist. ‘’The tide could still turn, but at this point it looks like the army and the coalition partners are becoming risk averse and looking out for themselves. Violence on Saturday altered the equation a little and is making things difficult for Abhisit.’’ The red shirts, mostly rural and working-class supporters of ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra who was ousted in a 2006 coup, want Abhisit to call polls immediately. Thai Foreign Minister Kasin Piromya urged the international community to crack down on what he described as illicit money transfers made by Thaksin, a former telecoms tycoon beloved by the rural poor for populist policies. Kasit said Thaksin was illicitly providing the protesters with 3 million dollar a day, describing him as a ‘’bloody terrorist’’. ‘’It would be nice to have a look at

where the money is going,’’ he told reporters in Washington. The electoral fraud case could take months as prosecutors and the Constitutional Court act on the commission’s recommendation. A guilty verdict could lead to the dissolution of Abhisit’s Democrats, the country’s oldest party, and Abhisit and party executives would be banned from politics for five years. The court found two Thaksinallied parties guilty of fraud in 2007 and 2008. Some analysts view the Election Commission’s surprise decision as a gesture to the red shirts, who have complained of double standards in law enforcement. It also puts additional pressure on Abhisit to decide whether to call fresh polls. Yesterday, coalition partners proposed that Abhisit dissolve parliament in six months. He h a d a l re a d y o f f e re d n i n e months. ‘’We should not rule out negotiations with every side, including Thaksin,’’ Bhumjaithai Party leader Chavarat Charnvirakul told Reuters. Financial markets are closed from today for the three-day ‘’Songkran’’ festival that marks the new year. Stocks fell 3.6 percent on Monday after a boisterous but peaceful month-long

South Korea plans to cut off on-line video games at midnight for schoolage children and allow parents to set limits on playing hours to curb problems of Internet gaming addiction in the world’s most wired country. The sensational case in March of parents whose infant daughter starved to death while they were playing games on the Internet raised concerns in the country about gaming addiction and calls on the government to act. Under the plan announced this week by the culture ministry, computer game companies were asked to put in place voluntary restrictions by the end of the year for children that also try to cut down on the hours adults play games. South Korea, which has one of the world’s highest penetration rates for high-speed broadband connections at homes, is also saturated with PC rooms where gamers spend long hours in front of computer monitors.

FROM PAGE 1 Goa gets 21% hike... indicators being much better than the national average and that too despite the constraints of limited resources. Ahluwalia appreciated the efforts to involve private sector in development of infrastructure and suggested that their participation should also be encouraged in modernisation of IT and transport sectors. Asking the State government to further exploit the immense potential of tourism and allied sectors, Ahluwalia advised development of a good museum, besides working for a convention centre of international standard. He laid increased emphasis on making development more inclusive as repeatedly stressed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He wanted the state to take care of agriculture and allied areas whose contribution in state domestic product is continuously coming down. The Chief Minister assured him that his government’s thrust will be on development of infrastructure in PPP mode, improve education and health care and also lay greater emphasis on development of tourism related infrastructure. He said food processing industry would be given priority and Goa Venture Capital Fund would be created in association with leading financial institutions.

Khandepar water fails... and that various bacteria had grown resistant to the process. He also claimed that water purified using TwinOxide, a water purifier was far more cleaner and disinfected than water treated with chlorine. “The water treatment industry has been looking for alternatives to replace the use of classical disinfectants like chlorine as it has increasingly been subject to criticism due to its numerous disadvantages and hazards,” Ghosh said, adding that two drops of TwinOxide disinfectant could purify a litre of water.




PM conveys concern about anti-India activities in Canada PTI WASHINGTON, APRIL 13

Ahead of the 25th anniversary of Kanishka bombing, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today conveyed to his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper concerns about the activities of anti-India extremist groups operating from that country. Singh also underlined the need for monitoring such outfits. The Prime Minister conveyed the concerns during a meeting here and the Canadian leader assured that his government would do its best in this regard. Singh noted that the 25th anniversary of Kanishka bombing, carried out by Khalistani

groups, would be observed in June, External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vishnu Prakash told reporters while briefing on the meeting between the two Prime Ministers. The Indian Prime Minister remarked “there was continued concern about the activities of extremist groups” operating from Canada and hoped that their activities would be monitored by the Canadian side. Harper assured that his government would do their best and the two sides agreed that the officials would remain in touch, Prakash said. All the 329 people on board the Kanishka Air India aircraft were killed in the mid-air blast

Singh, Gilani meet briefly PTI WASHINGTON, APRIL 13

Even as they avoided a bilateral meeting here on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani today had a brief interaction at a reception organised in connection with the international meet. Sources said a bilateral meeting between them is expected on the sidelines of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit to be held in Bhutan from April 26. Singh and Gilani shook hands and chatted for about five minutes at a dinner hosted by US President Barack Obama for the leaders gathered for the Summit. It was Gilani who walked up to Singh at the reception, sources said. They met warmly, with smiles on their faces and holding hands momentarily. They were seen discussing something but the topic was not clear. They “shook hands and exchanged pleasantries,” External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vishnu Prakash told reporters without giving details. Singh and Gilani, who are both here to attend the Summit that began today, held bilateral meetings with leaders of a number of countries but not between them. This is significant since the Foreign Secretaries of the two countries met in February for talks that were aimed at breaking the ice in Indo-Pak relations caused by the Mumbai attacks.

on June 23, 1985 during the flight from Montreal to London. Singh’s expression of concern comes amidst reports that Khalistani groups were trying to regroup again. During the 30-minute meeting, Singh and Harper also referred to the inter-governmental agreement on civil nuclear cooperation concluded in November. They expressed happiness over it and hoped that the agreement could be finalised and signed soon. The two leaders also reviewed cooperation in trade and economic area. They recalled that an MoU had been signed between the

two countries in November last year on setting up of a joint study group to explore the possibilities of concluding a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) and expressed the hope that the report of the joint working group would be available by May this year. The two countries had also set in November a trade target of USD 15 billion to be achieved in five years. There was substantive exchange of views on the forthcoming G-20 Summit to be hosted by Canada in June which Singh is expected to attend, Prakash said. Harper sought Singh’s views on the agenda of the summit and its focus.

Obama-Singh meet very positive, friendly: US PTI WASHINGTON, APRIL 13

Terming the meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Barack Obama as “very positive and friendly”, the US today said there is no significant difference between India and Washington on Afghanistan and Headley or any other issues. “It was a very positive and friendly meeting,” Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert Blake told reporters here. Blake was part of the American delegation led by the Obama which held discussions with Singh yesterday. “I do not think there is any significant daylight between the United States and India on Afghanistan or Headley or any

of the other issues that we are working on. We have very close cooperation on all of those issues,” Blake said in response to a question. “I think the President and the Prime Minister had good discussions on those, as well as on the issue of terrorism,” he said when asked about the differences between India and the US on key issues like Afghanistan and giving access to Indian intelligence agencies to David Coleman Headley, 26/11 plotter. “Prime Minister’s plans to continue to try to boost economic growth in India to get it up to 8, 9 or 10 percent, to continue to reduce poverty and provide opportunities for the people of India,” Blake said and appreciated the economic growth of India under the leadership of Singh.

NASA astronauts Clayton Anderson (left) and Rick Mastracchio, both STS-131 mission specialists, attired in their Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) spacesuits; along with astronauts Tracy Caldwell Dyson (center left), Expedition 23 flight engineer; James P. Dutton Jr., STS-131 pilot; and Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, mission specialist, pose for a photo in the Quest airlock of the International Space Station prior to the start of the mission’s spacewalk.

Studies show evidence of water on moon, Mars Reuters WASHINGTON, APRIL 13

Ice deposits at least 2 metres thick can be found in some small craters on the moon, researchers reported in one of two studies showing more evidence of water on the moon and Mars. The second study suggested yesterday that ice has recently melted and re-frozen on Mars, widening some of the characteristic gullies on its surface. The two studies add to the political and scientific debate about how best to explore our solar system and the universe — with missions that include human crews, or experiments using robots and remote surveys. The administration of President Barack Obama last month said it would cancel the Constellation program to return astronauts to the moon by 2020 after a review found the $108 billion program was underfunded and already off-track to meet most of its goals. Obama’s plan is to contract with private companies to do some of the work needed to investigate Mars, as well as asteroids, using robots, remote sensors and perhaps some astronauts. In one of the two studies released yesterday, Paul Spudis of the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston and colleagues analyzed measurements from India’s Chandrayaan

spacecraft to find evidence of thick ice deposits in some permanently shaded craters on the moon. “As the moon has been bombarded with waterbearing objects such as comets and meteorites and implanted with solar wind hydrogen over geological time, some of this material must have made its way into these cold, dark areas,’’ they wrote in Geophysical Research Letters. They measure something called circular polarization ratio to show either the surface there is unusually rough, or there are between 2 and 3 metres of ice there. The second study showed that 2-metre wide gully on Mars had become nearly 120 metres longer over two years. Dennis Reiss of the Institute for Planetology at Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat in Munster, Germany, and colleagues said the best explanation is the melting of small amounts of water ice. Photographs show dark patches in the gully, as well as some smaller, new channels, they reported in the same journal. It may get warm enough at the surface to melt water on Mars, they added. In September, several teams reported clear evidence of water, likely frozen, on the desert surfaces of both the moon and Mars and researchers have also seen it snow on Mars.

Labour, Tories release manifestos to woo recalcitrant voters PTI LONDON, APRIL 13

The ruling Labour party and opposition Conservatives today began their battle to woo increasingly recalcitrant British voters using ‘national renewal’ and ‘change’ as buzzwords in the May 6 elections whose outcome is becoming hard to predict. As cynicism and ennui with the political class grows in the wake of the recent expenses scandal and other misdemeanours, the Labour party in a bid to woo traditional British voters promised to save domestic industry from takeover bids by emerging nations, including India. In their manifesto, the Labour has made takeover of industries more stringent, saying if voted to power they will make it mandatory that acquisition of British companies would require buying of two-thirds shareholding. The new step would require a change of ownership to have two-third holdings of a company up from the current 50.1 per cent. It was under this rule that Indian companies like the TATA took over British blue chip company like RangeRovers, tea and steel companies. Not to be left behind, the Tory leader David Cameron, whose party has an edge over Labour in the opinion polls, promised

to hand over more power to the people and issued a manifesto titled “Invitation to join the government of Britain”. He said no government could solve all problems on its own and said he wanted “everyone to get involved”. “This is a manifesto for a new kind of politics... People power, not state power,” he said. The third major party, Liberal Democrats, is expected to release its manifesto tomorrow, even as many people admitted that they hardly, if ever, read manifestos before deciding their votes. Releasing the manifesto, Prime Minister Gordon Brown promised a ‘national renewal’, and insisted that Labour was in ‘the future business’. The party’s manifesto, however, came in for considerable criticism for being bereft of any new ideas, except the one making takeovers by foreign companies difficult. In recent years, several Indian companies such as Tata and United Breweries have taken over major British companies. H o w e v e r, t h e r e c e n t takeover of Cadbur y ’s by American chocolate major Kraf t has attracted much concern and criticism within Britain. Besides raising the percentage of shareholders required to approve takeovers by foreign companies, the party

Romeo and Juliet in Twitter twist Reuters LONDON, APRIL 13

One of Shakespeare's most famous plays gets a 21st century makeover in a new version of ''Romeo and Juliet'' which will unfold through Twitter messages and on the Youtube video website. Entitled ''Such Tweet Sorrow'', the experiment is collaboration between the Ro y a l S h a ke s p e a re C o m p a n y ( RSC ) a n d Mu d l a r k , which produces entertainment on mobile telephones. Organisers have already outlined a contemporary ''narrative arc'' loosely based on the original tragedy, and the cast will improvise the rest through Tweets which have already begun to appear on the webs i t e The production will take place over five weeks and allows for the characters to interact not only among themselves but also with members of the ''audience''. Each character writes their own tweets, guided by an existing storyline and diar y which outlines where they are at any moment in the adventure. And so two families named after the original adversaries the Montagues and Capulets have loathed each other for years after a fatal car crash in an unnamed English market town in 2000. Juliet, played by actress Charlotte Wakefield, is just turning 16

and wonders whether she should have a birthday party to celebrate. She posts a video on Youtube showing viewers a typical teenager's bedroom. Her Twitter name is zjulietcap16 while Romeo's entry into the messaging world comes later as ''he is too busy on his Xbox''. ''We have no real idea of what the next five weeks will bring, but we are holding onto our seatbelts,'' said Charles Hunter from Mudlark. Michael Boyd, artistic director of the RSC, added: ''Our ambition is always to connect people with Shakespeare and bring actors and audiences closer together. ''Mobile phones don't need to be the antichrist for theatre. This digital experiment ... allows our actors to use mobiles to tell their stories in real time and reach people wherever they are in a global theatre.''

also intends to extend a “public interest” test to let the government block potential takeovers of infrastructure and utility companies, which currently applies only to the media and national security.



170 militants detained, says Russia Reuters MOSCOW, APRIL 13

The chief of Russia’s security services said 170 insurgents had been arrested this year and 10 terror attacks had been prevented, Interfax news agency reported today. Two suicide bomb blasts on the Moscow metro on March 29 killed 40 commuters, while shootouts and bomb attacks in the turbulent regions in the North Caucasus has led to a steady stream of casualties this year. FSB security service Director Alexander Bortnikov also told Russian media that his officers uncovered a network of more than 40 participants behind the November 27, 2009, bombing of a train travelling between Moscow and St. Petersburg that killed 26. ‘’More than 170 militants and their accomplices have been detained since the start of the year, and ten terror attacks have been prevented. Over 150 kilograms of explosives and 100 improvised bombs have been seized from militants,’’ Interfax quoted him as saying. Investigators also believed

there was a link between the Moscow metro bomb attacks and a suicide bombing two days later on March 31 in Kizlyar, in the North Caucasus region of Dagestan that killed 12, including a top police official. ‘’The perpetrators and organisers of the terrorist attacks on the Moscow Metro and Kizlyar have been identified. The circumstances surrounding the preparations for the crimes and the crimes themselves have been established,’’ Bortnikov said. Bortnikov said 26 militants involved in the November train attack had been ‘’neutralised’’ and a further 14 detained, RIA news agency quoted him as saying at a meeting of Russia’s National anti-terrorist committee, which he chairs. Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov claimed responsibility both for the November train attack and the recent Moscow metro bombings, saying they were revenge for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s policies in the mainly-Muslim North Caucasus. He has threatened further attacks on Russian cities.

Study shows wild ducks could spread avian flu Reuters WASHINGTON, APRIL 13

Wild ducks that are immune to the effects of H5N1 avian influenza could be spreading the virus far and wide, US government researchers said. Satellite tracking of migrating northern pintail ducks showed they flew from a bird flu-infected marsh in Japan to nesting areas in Russia, said the scientists from the US Geological Survey and the University of Tokyo said yesterday. The study does not prove the pintails carried the virus, but the species can be infected with H5N1 with no ill effects. H5N1 bird flu has been circulating in Asia and the Middle East, with occasional outbreaks in Europe, since 2003. It rarely infects people but when it does it is deadly: the World Health Organization has documented 493 cases and 292 deaths. It wipes out chickens, who have no immunity, and some other bird species and can seriously damage poultry farms. Ex-

perts fear it has the potential to cause a human flu pandemic that would be much worse than the H1N1 swine flu pandemic. Experts have argued about whether wild birds, spread the virus, or the poultry trade, or both. Writing in the journal Ibis, the researchers described how they attached satellite transmitters to 92 northern pintail ducks several months before the H5N1 virus was discovered in dead and dying whooper swans in wetlands in Japan. Twelve percent of marked pintails used the same wetlands as infected swans. Then some of them migrated more than 2,000 miles to nesting areas in eastern Russia. Birds can spread flu viruses orally and in their droppings. ‘’Consequently, infected wild birds that do not become ill, or birds that shed the virus before they become ill, may contribute to the spread of H5N1,’’ said Jerry Hupp of the USGS.

Questions raised about heart implants past age 80 Reuters CHICAGO, APRIL 13

People age 80 and older who get a pacemaker or defibrillator are more likely to die in the hospital after the procedure than younger patients, raising questions about the risks of these implants when used in very elderly people, US researchers said. Most clinical trials looking at implantable heart devices involve people in their 50s and 60s even though about a fifth of these implants are used in people over age 80, a group often overlooked in medical studies, the researchers said yesterday. As such, little had been known about the benefits of these devices in people over 80, according to the researchers. The researchers analyzed data from 26,887 adults with heart failure who underwent implantation of a defibrillator or cardiac resynchronization therapy device in 2004 or 2005. Younger patients appeared better able to withstand the implants, they said. The study found a death rate in the hospital of 0.7 per cent among patients younger than 80, compared to 1.2 per cent in those aged 80 to 85 and 2.2 per cent in those older than 85. Patients age 80 and older accounted for nearly 18 percent of the procedures. ‘’It has become increasingly apparent that certain patient subgroups may not benefit from device implantation,’’ Jason Swindle, who was at Saint Louis University School of Medicine when the study was conducted, reported in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine.

For example, Swindle and colleagues said using implantable cardioverter defibrillators, or ICDs, in patients with kidney failure and in those with advanced heart failure does not help them live any longer. ICDs detect dangerous heart rhythms and automatically shock an errant heartbeat back into a normal rhythm. Pacemakers correct an abnormally slow heart beat. Implants that combine features of both, called cardiac resynchronization therapy devices, are used to get the heart to contract in a stronger, more coordinated fashion. Implantable heart devices, made by companies like Boston Scientific Corp, St Jude Medical and Medtronic, represent a global market of $10 billion. While many studies have shown the devices help save lives, the average age of patients in major clinical trials ranged from 58 to 67 years, with few 80 year olds included. In general, the researchers said, older people were more likely than younger people to die after an implant. They also found older patients had slightly more complications related to the device procedure. ‘’Given trends in the demographics of heart failure and the costs of device therapy, additional studies are required to clarify the appropriateness of device implantation in older patients with heart failure, as well as the merits of less invasive options,’’ the team wrote. Nearly 22 million people worldwide have heart failure, in which the heart struggles to pump blood around the body.

A Merpati Boeing 737-300 lies skidded off on the runway in Rendani airpor t in Manokwari of the Indonesia’s West Papua province on Tuesday. About 20 passengers were injured when the plane, carrying more than 100 passengers, skidded off the runway due to bad weather conditions, an official said on Tuesday.

Poland to set poll date, funeral at weekend Reuters WARSAW, APRIL 13

Poland’s acting president plans to announce the date of the country’s presidential election tomorrow following the death of Lech Kaczynski and dozens of other high-ranking officials in a plane crash in western Russia. Officials said a memorial service for all 96 victims of the crash would be held on Saturday and that a state funeral for Kaczynski and his wife Maria could take place either on the same day or on Sunday. Kaczynski, a combative nationalist known for his distrust of both the European

Union and Russia, had been travelling to mark the 70th anniversary of the massacre of Polish officers by Soviet secret police near Smolensk when his plane went down on Saturday in thick fog. Polish military leaders, leading opposition figures and the central bank governor were among those on the Russian Tupolev plane, whose pilot appears to have ignored instructions from Russian air traffic controllers to land elsewhere. The crash has plunged the nation of 38 million into mourning, but it is not seen as a threat to political or economic stability.

Blasts, gunfights claim 15 in Philippines Reuters MANILA, APRIL 13

At least 15 people were killed and more than a dozen wounded in a series of bomb attacks and gunbattles involving Islamist militants in the southern Philippines today, a top military official said. Lieutenant-General Ben Dolorfino, the most senior military commander in the southern Philippines, said six civilians were killed in the initial blast near a sports field on the island of Basilian, which came about a month before presidential elections. Witnesses said a charred body was seen inside a burning van where the bomb exploded. Soldiers then exchanged gunfire with the rebels in army and police uniforms, who took some hostages as they fled. There was no word on the fate of the hostages. Four security forces and five militants were killed in the gunfight. Five were militants were captured. Two soldiers and two local police were also wounded in the gun battles. A second explosion near a Roman Catholic cathedral in Isabela City wounded 13 civilians, Dolorfino added. A third bomb, placed near a crowded mini-bus terminal, was detonated by soldiers. Another gunbattle erupted a kilometre away when the rebels passed through a police checkpoint. ''These were Abu Sayyaf members wearing army and police uniforms,'' Dolorfino told reporters. ''Based on our initial assessments, these people were out to kidnap somebody and the explosions were part of the diversion, but our troops quickly responded to foil their plan.'' Police said the slain militant was believed to be Benzar Indama, brother of one of the leaders of Abu Sayyaf militants on Basilan island. Security forces on the island had been put on full alert, said Marine commander Major-General Juancho Sabban. Businesses were shut down and ferry services to Zamboanga City on the mainland Mindanao island were suspended due to the attacks. ''Our Marines are now in control. The operations are still ongoing. They have cordoned off the city and we're asking the people to remain calm,'' Sabban said. ''The reports are still very sketchy,'' Sabban said. ''We can't confirm whether there were casualties in the other areas. I don't know the specific targets but definitely, these attacks fall under terrorism - that is to create chaos.'' Security officials say Islamist militants on the island have been behind kidnappings, extortion and bomb attacks in the past.

Japan to probe China warships near Okinawa Reuters TOKYO, APRIL 13

Anti-government protesters celebrate Songkran, the traditional Thai new year, by spraying water on eachother in downtown Bangkok, Thailand. The festival comes three days after clashes between troops and protesters claimed 21 lives and injured over 800.

Pressure mounts on Thai PM after deadly clashes Reuters BANGKOK, APRIL 13

Thai ‘’red shirt’’ protesters threatened today to march on an army barracks where Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has been based after the Election Commission unexpectedly recommended his party be dissolved. Abhisit, who came to power in 2008 when the army brokered a deal in parliament, would have to step down if the Constitutional Court, following the election commission’s findings, found his Democrat Party guilty of funding irregularities. The red shirts, who want Abhisit to quit now, said they would step up their protest, after their month-long rally turned violent on Saturday, with plans to send out hundreds of motorcyclists handing out leaflets and pictures from the clashes. ‘’We are also contemplating a march to the 11th Battalion to ask Abhisit and the army he is hiding behind for an answer,’’ red shirt leader Nattawut Saikua told reporters. Abhisit has mostly operated from the base since the protests began a month ago. The red shirts say troops gunned down protesters, but the government says shadowy ‘’terrorists’’ were responsible. Further isolating the embattled premier, army chief Anupong Paochinda said on Monday early elections could end the impasse. It was Anupong’s first public comment since his forces failed on Saturday to eject protesters from their base in central Bangkok in clashes that killed 21 and injured hundreds in Thailand’s worst political violence

in two decades. ‘’It looks like Abhisit’s fortune may be waning,’’ said Sukhum Nuansakul, an independent political scientist. ‘’The tide could still turn, but at this point it looks like the army and the coalition partners are becoming risk averse and looking out for themselves. Violence on Saturday altered the equation a little and is making things difficult for Abhisit.’’ The red shirts, mostly rural and working-class supporters of ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra who was ousted in a 2006 coup, want Abhisit to call polls immediately. Thai Foreign Minister Kasin Piromya urged the international community to crack down on what he described as illicit money transfers made by Thaksin, a former telecoms tycoon beloved by the rural poor for populist policies. Kasit said Thaksin was illicitly providing the protesters with 3 million dollar a day, describing him as a ‘’bloody terrorist’’. ‘’It would be nice to have a look at where the money is going,’’ he told reporters in Washington. The electoral fraud case could take months as prosecutors and the Constitutional Court act on the commission’s recommendation. A guilty verdict could lead to the dissolution of Abhisit’s Democrats, the country’s oldest party, and Abhisit and party executives would be banned from politics for five years. The court found two Thaksin-allied parties guilty of fraud in 2007 and 2008. Some analysts view the Election Commission’s surprise decision as a gesture to

the red shirts, who have complained of double standards in law enforcement. It also puts additional pressure on Abhisit to decide whether to call fresh polls. Yesterday, coalition partners proposed that Abhisit dissolve parliament in six months. He had already offered nine months. ‘’We should not rule out negotiations with every side, including Thaksin,’’ Bhumjaithai Party leader Chavarat Charnvirakul told Reuters. Financial markets are closed from today for the three-day ‘’Songkran’’ festival that marks the new year. Stocks fell 3.6 percent on Monday after a boisterous but peaceful month-long red-shirt demonstration in the capital turned violent. Despite army commander Anupong’s comment that ‘’parliamentary dissolution seems to be a reasonable step’’, some questioned whether the army agreed on the way forward. ‘’It’s not clear if the army is speaking with one voice,’’ said Charnvit Kasertsiri, a prominent Thai political historian. ‘’Anupong is retiring and is looking for a graceful, non-confrontational exit but others, including his potential successor, may have a different solution.’’ The deadlock brought back speculation of another coup in a country that has seen 18 since 1932. Bangkok has been calm since Sunday but thousands of red shirts remain camped out in two areas of Bangkok, including an upmarket shopping district whose big malls have had to stay closed for much of the past 10 days.

Japan said today it would investigate the sighting of several Chinese submarines and warships last week in the high seas near the southern island of Okinawa, where US bases are concentrated in Japan. Two submarines and eight vessels were spotted on Saturday about 140 km southwest of Okinawa, the first time Japan has confirmed the presence of Chinese submarines and such a large number of vessels in the area, defence ministry officials said. ‘’Such a situation has not happened before and we will investigate this, including whether (China has) any intentions against our country,’’ Japanese Defence Minister Toshimi Kitazawa told reporters. China did not violate any international law by navigating in that area, a defence ministry official said. Beijing has been forging ahead with military modernisation. Japan, while deepening bilateral ties and expanding military exchanges with China, has often called for more transparency of Beijing’s growing military spending and equipment. Japan also lodged a complaint against China over a helicopter that flew too close to a Japanese destroyer on Thursday in the East China Sea, said Keiji Akahoshi, the chief of staff for the Japanese navy. ‘’We do not clearly understand the intention and the aim of the Chinese side. But flying in such proximity could affect the safe navigation of the vessel,’’ Akahoshi said, adding that China told Japan it would look into the incident. ‘’We have analysed that the Chinese navy’s equipment has become more modernised and its operations have technologically improved over the last few years,’’ he said.

S Korea plans to cut off on-line video games for kids Reuters SEOUL, APRIL 13

South Korea plans to cut off on-line video games at midnight for schoolage children and allow parents to set limits on playing hours to curb problems of Internet gaming addiction in the world’s most wired country. The sensational case in March of parents whose infant daughter starved to death while they were playing games on the Internet raised concerns in the country about gaming addiction and calls on the government to act. Under the plan announced this week by the culture ministry, computer game companies were asked to put in place voluntary restrictions by the end of the year for children that also try to cut down on the hours adults play games. South Korea, which has one of the world’s highest penetration rates for high-speed broadband connections at homes, is also saturated with PC rooms where gamers spend long hours in front of computer monitors.


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If inflation zooms, RBI to tighten PTI MUMBAI, APRIL 13

Some tightening of monetary policy can be expected from the Reserve Bank if inflation rises across the board, a senior government official said. "The inflation figure in March will be on the higher side. But if the rise is across the board, some tight monetary measures can be expected from the Reserve Bank," Chief Economic Advisor in the Finance Ministry, Kaushik Basu, told reporters on the sidelines of a function, here today. "If the inflation is not high across the board when we take the break-up, there will not be any action," he said, adding "the higher IIP index will not increase fears of inflation." According to him, it was expected that March inflation

would be high. From July onwards, inflation would become very low, he said. "The base effect will come into play in the next threemonths. From July onwards, it will be very low," he said. An average monsoon would help in alleviating inflation but if there is a drought like last year, then there would be some upward pressure (on prices), Basu said. The Rupee rise is good news in one way as it means more inflows and shows the country as a good destination. However, the situation needs to be monitored carefully, he said. "Don't tamper with inflows with legislative kind of restrictions. Try to temper it with some market operations, with some sterilisation measures,"

Basu said. He praised the RBI for managing the currency exchange fluctuations very well. The Indian Government is committed to reducing fiscal deficit to 68 per cent of GDP by 2015, Basu said. "It was a commitment we did in our Budget that we will reduce our total deficit to 68 per cent of GDP in the next five-years. All the global rating agencies have given a better rating for India due to this budgetary commitment," he said. While commenting on gems and jewellery exports, Senior Economic Advisor in the Finance Ministry, H A C Prasad, advised exporters against outsourcing work to China, saying that by doing so, they were creating a future competitor in

Day 3: 3G bids up 24% from base ReuTeRs NEW DELHI

Bids rose further on the third day of India's thirdgeneration (3G) spectrum auction, with one provisional winning bid for national cover touching Rs 4324 crore, or about 24 percent higher than the base price, government data showed on Monday. A total of 16 rounds of bidding have been completed by Monday, the Department of Telecommunications said on its website. Nine mobile operators, including Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications and Vodafone's Indian unit, are participating in the auction. The auction, which began last Friday, may take about two weeks to complete, government officials say.

Worst is over, AI recovering: Patel PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 13 For the first time since the merger of the two national carriers, Air India's losses have started to show a declining trend, with Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel saying that the "worst is over". "Earlier the losses were in the average of Rs 400 crore per month. Now these have started coming down by at least Rs 100 crore per month," Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel said today, asserting that "the worst is over and Air India is continuing on a path of recovery". This is the first time since the March 2007 merger that there has been any sign of recovery in the cash-strapped airline, which has started experiencing some improve-

ment in yields with a rise in passenger traffic. Given the signs of improvement, Patel ruled out any urgent need for the government to decide on its future. "The new Air India Board is having a complete review of the airline's functioning. They have formed four sub-committees (on audit, finance, strategy and HR) for the purpose. So, there is no immediate necessity for the Union Cabinet to take any decision," he said on the sidelines of a CII conference on Indo-US relations here. His comments came in the backdrop of unconfirmed reports that the government could consider restructuring the carrier if it did not come out of the present financial rut by divesting some of its stake.

Air India recorded a loss of Rs 5,500 crore in 2009-10 which are estimated to rise to Rs 7,000 crore this year. "Certainly things are looking much more controlled than they were two months ago," Patel said, adding that the new Board, with four professionals and business leaders, should make "an independent assessment of the work that is required to be done before we take any further steps". "Certainly, there has been a qualitative improvement in the functioning (of Air India) in the last six months," the Minister said, adding that an upward trend in passenger traffic had led to improvement in yields. Some old aircraft have been retired and new fleet was being inducted. Making it clear that wage

cuts were "not a priority", he said "the priority is to try to improve efficiency, increase revenue, cut costs in other areas. These and a couple of other measures (including those suggested by the Board committees) will make a great impact". He said while Air India had received the first tranche of equity infusion worth Rs 800 crore, it was slated to get another Rs 1,200 crore in equity in the current financial year. "The amount has already been provided in the budget." Asked whether more foreign professionals would be inducted at the highest levels after Gustav Baldauf's appointment as Chief Operating Officer, Patel said it was for the airline Board to decide.

Qatar Airways adds Bengaluru HeRALD BusINess DesK PANJIM, APRIL 13

Qatar Airways today spelled out its continued commitment to India, helping strengthen commercial and economic ties thanks to the launch of its latest flights to the country – daily services to Bengaluru. Since the launch in February of daily non-stop flights between the airline’s operational hub of Doha, capital of the State of Qatar, and Bengaluru, Qatar Airways reports the new service proving to be one of its most successful start-up routes. Qatar Airways currently operates 74 flights a week spread across 11 Indian cities – in addition to Bengaluru, daily flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Cochin, Trivandrum, Kozhikode, Ahmedabad and Goa, with four services-a-week to Amritsar. Speaking at a press conference in Bengaluru today, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the newest addition to the airline's Indian network further strengthened

Polyester-viscose dyed yarn manufacturer, Sangam (India), plans to double its denim production from 8-million metric tonnes to 16-million metric tonnes by setting up an additional line in the next 6-7 months. The Rs 35-crore expansion plan will be financed through internal accruals. "This expansion into valueadded denim products will increase our presence all major segments in the industry and help us emerge as an one-shop producer for both domestic and international markets," Sangam (India)'s Chairman, R P Soni, said.


Even as SEBI and IRDA have decided to approach court to seek direction on regulating ULIPs, a Public Interest Litigation has been filed in the Bombay High Court, seeking reversal of SEBI's ban on sale of Unit Linked Insurance Products by the insurance companies. The petition, filed by an investor, is expected to come up for hearing on April 15. Petitioner Rajesh Thacker, a Mumbai-based businessman, has claimed that lakhs of investors in the country are "suffering anxiety and uncertainty about their investments" due the order passed by SEBI. Insurance Regulatory and

Development Authority (IRDA) too has been made a party to the PIL. Pending the hearing of PIL, SEBI as well as IRDA be directed to issue a public notice "before passing orders which will affect the citizens of India" and to "formulate guidelines for overlapping areas of governance", the PIL says. On April 10, SEBI barred several insurance companies from selling ULIPs as these are in the nature of mutual funds and not insurance. The order said that these companies must register themselves with SEBI first, before they sold ULIPs. However, IRDA has argued that insurance companies could sell ULIPs.

DHFL plans housing Fin subsidiary with IFC

PANJIM (HBD) -- As part of its knowledge series, Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) has arranged a talk on Indian Economy by Dr H A C Prasad, Senior Economic Advisor, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India at the Surendra Babu Timblo Hall, Narayan Rajaram Bandekar Bhavan at 10 am on April 16, 2010. Dr Prasad will be accompanied by J S Kochar and Sunil Saran, both Additional Economic Advisors in the Ministry of Finance. It is for the first time that a team of senior-most Finance Ministry Officials will be visiting the Chamber. It will be a unique opportunity to listen to the ‘insider’s veiw’ of the state of Indian Economy. The talk will be followed by an interactive question-answer session which will give an opportunity to participants to directly interact with Dr Prasad, Kochar and Saran. Dr Prasad has a Doctorate in International Economics from Bombay University with post doctoral studies in economics and International Trade at Uiversity of Sussex, England , John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA in 2006 and training in Multilateral Trade Negotiations in Malaysia. He has served with distinction in various important positions in the Ministry of Finance and is Senior Economic Advisor to the Government of India since 2004. The talk is open to public. For registration call Melane Rodrigues on 2424252.

Infosys’ healthy revenue guidance for the fiscal today failed to enthuse stocks markets with the benchmark Sensex dropping over 31 points, amid weak global cues. Moving in tandem with Asian stocks, the 30-share Sensex of the Bombay Stock Exchange fell by over 110 points during the day. The barometer recovered some of the losses after Infosys unveiled its fourth quarter numbers and forecast a healthy 16-18 per cent revenue growth in dollar terms for the fiscal. It finally settled the day 31.04 points lower to end the day at 17,821.96 points, extending the losses for the second day in a row.

Added Al Baker: "In the last six months alone, we have stepped up capacity to India from 56 to 74 flights-a-week thanks to the introduction of services to Bengaluru, Goa and Amritsar. This represents a remarkable 30% increase in frequency to and from India. “Our Doha – Goa flights in-

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its presence in one of the world’s most vibrant markets. “I am delighted that Bengaluru has finally joined our international network. The route has performed exceptionally well and further demonstrates our commitment to give the travelling public greater choice,” he said.

Sangam to double denim production


Sensex falls 31 pts

Qatar Airways CEO, Akbar Al Baker, pictured left, addresses Indian and international media at a press conference at Bengaluru to celebrate the airline's recent launch of non-stop flights to Doha. With him is senior vice-president commercial operations for Qatar and Indian Subcontinent, Fathi Al Shehab.


Leading mortgage lender Dewan Housing Finance plans to float a housing finance subsidiary targeting the low-income segment in a joint venture partnership with International Finance Corporation (IFC). The joint venture, in which Dewan Housing will have around 80 per cent stake, is expected to get operational in the next few months. Both companies are likely to jointly announce the joint venture in the next few days. "DHFL will have a majority holding in the company. The Aban Offshor, 1250, 1265, 1231.5, 1236.55 Abb Ltd., 848.5, 848.5, 839.15, 841.5 Abg Shipyard, 273, 275.25, 269.45, 270.85 Acc Limited, 952, 965, 936.45, 940.65 Adani Enterp, 488.9, 490.6, 477.05, 489.65 Aditya Birla, 936.2, 947.5, 920, 929.75 Allahabad Ba, 158.8, 160, 154.6, 156.2 Alstom Proje, 619.7, 629.6, 615, 627.25 Ambuja Cemen, 119, 119.4, 117.6, 118.85 Andhra Bank, 116.5, 116.9, 113.7, 114.15 Ansal Prop &, 82.4, 83.3, 81.2, 82.95 Ashok Leylan, 55.8, 56, 55.4, 55.75 Asian Paints, 2030.1, 2075, 2012, 2059.3 Axis Bank Li, 1180, 1180, 1153.05, 1157.6 Bajaj Hindus, 139.6, 140.3, 137.8, 139.75 Bank Of Baro, 645, 648.9, 640.2, 644.85 Bank Of Indi, 364.1, 365.9, 358.25, 361.4 Beml Limited, 1085, 1092, 1072, 1074.65 Bharat Elect, 1945, 1974.75, 1922.1, 1935.15 Bharat Forge, 269.1, 270.85, 266.25, 268.2 Bharat Petro, 504.3, 508.9, 500.25, 507.8 Bharti Airte, 307, 312, 306.15, 307 Bhel, 2528, 2570, 2521.6, 2562.85 Bhushan Stee, 1812.75, 1832.95, 1801.2,

1825.35 Biocon Limit, 305.5, 307.4, 301.45, 303 Bombay Dyein, 631, 639.9, 625, 627.65 Bosch Limite, 4840, 4850, 4809, 4827.9 Brigade Ente, 150.15, 153.8, 147.5, 148.1 Cairn India, 310.65, 311.15, 302.1, 302.95 Canara Bank, 416, 419.5, 412.45, 414.3 Central Bank, 154.8, 156, 153.05, 154.35 Century Text, 535, 551, 530.6, 549.95 Cesc Ltd, 415, 415, 407.25, 408.95 Chambal Fert, 62.95, 64.5, 62.7, 63.35 Chennai Petr, 286.5, 291.8, 282.5, 283.25 Cipla Ltd, 335.5, 336.5, 333.1, 334.8 Colgate Palm, 716, 718, 710, 714.6 Container Co, 1392.9, 1420, 1386.8, 1400.2 Crompton Gre, 275, 279.8, 271.5, 277.1 Cummins Indi, 520, 525.8, 515.55, 517.55 Dabur India, 178, 178.1, 175.4, 176.8 Deccan Chron, 160.1, 161.3, 156, 157.55 Dish Tv Indi, 38.1, 38.1, 37.6, 37.8 Divi’s Labor, 700, 713.7, 696.15, 702.8 Dlf Limited, 333.4, 337.25, 331, 334.7 Dr. reddy’s, 1205, 1228.9, 1185, 1191.05 Edelweiss Ca, 435.15, 440.95, 435.15,

436.05 Educomp Solu, 744, 754.5, 743, 749.75 Eih Limited, 130, 132.9, 129.8, 130.25 Engineers In, 2330, 2344, 2320, 2327.2 Essar Oil Lt, 153.4, 153.95, 148.35, 149.05 Essar Shippi, 95, 98.7, 92.5, 95.9 Exide Indust, 120, 123.6, 117.65, 119.35 Federal Bank, 276.5, 278.6, 273.2, 275.2 Financial Te, 1548.4, 1554.95, 1525.05, 1531.8 Gail (india), 412, 414.35, 407, 410.15 Gammon India, 228.2, 230, 225, 225.75 Glaxosmithkl, 1800, 1807, 1777.6, 1801.1 Glenmark Pha, 275.35, 277.5, 265.55, 268.45 Gmr Infrastr, 62.45, 63.3, 61.5, 62.85 Godrej Indus, 161.5, 162.7, 157.9, 158.8 Grasim Indus, 2885, 2885, 2848.3, 2857.3 Great Offsho, 418, 422, 416.1, 417.5 Gtl Infra.Lt, 43.4, 43.4, 42.55, 42.7 Gujarat Mine, 143, 143.95, 141.6, 143.1 Gujarat N R, 87.6, 88.6, 87.05, 87.85 Gujarat Stat, 92.55, 92.95, 81.95, 91.1 Gvk Pow. & I, 47, 47, 45.8, 45.9 Hcl Technolo, 348, 359, 340.1, 356.75

Hdfc Bank Lt, 1950, 1962.9, 1931, 1951.7 Hdfc Ltd, 2755.65, 2842, 2741.35, 2748.3 Hero Honda M, 2049, 2050, 1974, 1977.15 Hindalco in, 180.3, 181.4, 176.5, 178.35 Hindustan Co, 140, 140.55, 136.6, 136.95 Hindustan Ma, 84, 85.6, 82, 82.35 Hindustan Pe, 308.4, 311, 306.3, 308.1 Hindustan Un, 225, 225.1, 222.75, 223.55 Hindustan Zi, 1260, 1260, 1232.05, 1238.75 Housing Dev, 307.1, 307.1, 301, 302 Icici Bank L, 964.65, 966.5, 940.35, 942.2 Idea Cellula, 67.95, 68, 66.9, 67.75 Ifci Ltd, 53.2, 53.5, 52.6, 52.75 India Cement, 142.5, 143, 136, 138.45 India Infoli, 115.5, 116.6, 115.05, 115.3 Indiabulls F, 130, 136.8, 130, 136.1 Indiabulls R, 164.3, 164.3, 160.05, 160.5 Indian Bank, 183, 183.85, 179.5, 180.7 Indian Hotel, 106, 107.15, 105.3, 106.7 Indian Oil C, 288, 289, 282.8, 283.7 Indian Overs, 96.8, 97, 94.1, 95.1 Indus Dev Ba, 120.4, 122.65, 120.1, 120.4 Indusind Ban, 178.45, 182.35, 176.3, 181.15 Infosys Tech, 2690, 2793.85, 2635, 2781.9

equity holding of IFC in the JV will be 20 per cent. The idea of floating the JV is to focus on the low-income segment, where we see a great potential to explore," Dewan Housing CMD, Kapil Wadhawan told reporters here. The proposed company, which will focus more on states where low-income population is more, plans to disburse loans upto Rs five lakh and would target those whose monthly income is as low as even Rs 3,500-Rs 4,000, Wadhawan said. DHFL is currently in the process of applying for the required regulatory clear-

Infra. dev., 175, 175.65, 166.4, 167.25 Ispat Indust, 20.75, 20.75, 20.5, 20.6 Itc Ltd, 273.6, 273.7, 268.1, 268.6 Ivrcl Infras, 179, 180.55, 175.65, 176.4 Jai Corp Lim, 297.8, 297.8, 285.05, 287.05 Jaiprakash A, 150.2, 151.2, 148.65, 149.6 Jet Airways, 536, 544, 516.3, 540.85 Jindal Saw L, 217.9, 221.2, 216.85, 219.5 Jindal Steel, 719.95, 729, 719.1, 723.6 Jsw Steel Li, 1229.95, 1273.35, 1223.8, 1268.05 Kotak Mahind, 771.5, 775, 762, 767.95 Lakshmi Mach, 2057, 2094.8, 2012, 2025.05 Lanco Infrat, 58, 58, 56.3, 56.55 Larsen & Tou, 1608, 1613.7, 1591.35, 1598.25 Lic Housing, 888.05, 897.85, 878, 891.55 Lupin Limite, 1628, 1630, 1602.3, 1607.1 Mahanagar Te, 74, 74.25, 73.25, 73.65 Mahindra & M, 520, 524.9, 505.1, 508.3 Maruti Suzuk, 1375, 1376.8, 1352.8, 1363.3 Max India Lt, 215.4, 218.15, 213.5, 214.9 Maytas Infr., 201, 208.4, 198.6, 206.55 Moser-baer (, 76.7, 77.15, 75.9, 76.05

ance from the National Housing Bank he said. Recently, Kerala-based Muthoot Pappachan Group had announced its plans to set up a homeloan subsidiary in the affordable housing segment and is expected to seek the necessary regulatory clearance for the project soon. Presently, DHFL has a total asset-base of around Rs 10,000-crore and a customer-base of Rs 1,75,000 crore. In FY10, the company disbursed Rs 3,500-crore worth loans and has targeted to take this number to Rs 5,000-crore in FY 11, he said.

Mrpl, 81.9, 81.9, 79.25, 79.45 Nagarjuna Co, 183.4, 183.8, 179.5, 180.1 Nagarjuna Fe, 32, 32.65, 31.8, 32.25 National Alu, 408.45, 417.65, 404.2, 415.65 Neyveli Lign, 153.75, 154, 150.1, 153.1 Ntpc Ltd, 209.5, 210.25, 207.3, 209.3 Oil And Natu, 1050.25, 1060, 1037.7, 1040.35 Omaxe Limite, 94.45, 95.3, 92.6, 92.9 Oriental Ban, 337, 337, 329, 330.15 Pantaloon Re, 411.7, 415.8, 408.1, 410.9 Parsvnath De, 117.9, 119.5, 116.15, 118.75 Petronet Lng, 86.5, 86.5, 84.2, 84.45 Power Fin Co, 262.7, 266, 259.75, 260.75 Power Grid C, 107.5, 109.2, 107.4, 107.75 Praj Industr, 91, 92.4, 90.6, 91.45 Punj Lloyd L, 180, 180.9, 176.1, 176.5 Punjab Natio, 989.7, 1006.6, 980.25, 999.95 Rajesh Expor, 126.5, 131.8, 122, 123.25 Ranbaxy Labs, 463.75, 465.75, 457.75, 459.75 Rashtriya Ch, 82.5, 83.7, 81.75, 82.1 Rel. nat. re, 64.05, 64.8, 63.5, 64.1 Reliance Cap, 776.1, 783.5, 771.2, 774.2

creased to daily only last week and we plan to step up capacity on the Amritsar route to daily within the next few months. And we will continue to explore new strategic opportunities to expand our presence to even more cities across this wonderful country.” Through code share flights operated by partner carrier United Airlines, Qatar Airways provides convenient connections to many cities across the US, including San Francisco. And with excellent connections from Europe, Middle East, Africa and the United States, the new route is expected to be popular among expatriates returning to Bengaluru, as well as the international business community having strong commercial links with the city. Flying from Bengaluru, passengers have a wide choice of destinations to travel to via Doha, including New York, Houston, Washington, London, Paris, Madrid, Stockholm, Johannesburg, Nairobi and Muscat.

Tata Ace sales crosses 1-lakh mark PTI MUMBAI, APRIL 13

Tata Motors said that its minitruck 'Tata Ace' has crossed the 1-lakh mark in sales. The sales of the Tata Ace crossed the 1-lakh mark to reach 1,10,032-units in 200910, thus becoming India's only goods commercial vehicle to achieve the milestone, a press release issued here said. The Tata Ace was launched in May 2005 as India's first minitruck with a sub-one tonne payload. Starting with sales of about 30,000-units in 2005-06, its footprint more than doubled in 2006-07 to over 70,000 and further grew to over 89,000-units in 2007-08, the release said. In June 2007, Tata Motors had launched the Tata Magic, developed on the Ace platform for public transportation.

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Reliance Com, 175.1, 176, 171.1, 171.55 Reliance Ene, 903, 912, 900, 901.02 Reliance Ind, 908.25, 927.75, 880, 890.4 Reliance Ind, 1128, 1134, 1111.3, 1120.9 Reliance Pow, 155.1, 160, 154.1, 159.05 Rolta India, 195, 198.5, 194.3, 197.55 Satyam Compu, 94.1, 96.7, 93.6, 95.55 Sesa Goa Ltd, 455.15, 467.65, 454.3, 455.95 Shipping Cor, 160, 160.5, 156.15, 157.4 Siemens Ltd, 757.9, 757.9, 738, 739.45 Sintex Indus, 308, 319.7, 308, 316.1 Sobha Develo, 295, 302, 291.2, 294.5 State Bank O, 2097, 2112, 2063, 2093.95 Steel Author, 235.1, 236, 228.25, 229.85 Sterlite Ind, 870, 870.8, 844.6, 847.5 Sun Pharmace, 1802, 1814.4, 1770, 1778.95 Sun Tv Netwo, 429.8, 429.8, 422.1, 424.25 Suzlon Energ, 74, 74.4, 72.9, 73.1 Tata Communi, 291.95, 291.95, 285, 285.45 Tata Consult, 800, 823.8, 787.25, 820.85 Tata Motors, 783, 786.7, 761.1, 774.7 Tata Power C, 1347, 1354.8, 1334.5, 1340.45


Tata Steel L, 682.45, 693.5, 675.55, 691.95 Tata Tea Ltd, 1021, 1040, 1011.5, 1015.2 Tata Teleser, 25, 25, 24.5, 24.6 Tech Mahindr, 847.9, 855.9, 838.5, 846 The Ge Shpg., 314.85, 314.85, 307.05, 308.6 The Phoenix, 211.5, 222.4, 209.45, 220.15 Thermax Ltd, 707.85, 708, 698, 700.2 Titan Indust, 1902, 1933, 1891, 1905.95 Torrent Powe, 305.55, 307.75, 303.8, 304.75 Triveni Engg, 131.1, 132, 128.9, 129.9 Tv18 India L, 84.75, 85.15, 82.65, 82.9 Uco Bank, 58.9, 59.1, 57.75, 57.9 Ultratech Ce, 1134, 1144, 1123.5, 1138.55 Union Bank O, 302.85, 302.85, 297.5, 299.75 Unitech Ltd, 78.5, 78.5, 76.8, 77.5 United Phosp, 151.5, 152.9, 149.2, 150.05 Videocon Ind, 243.9, 244, 239, 242.95 Vijaya Bank, 49.15, 49.9, 48.65, 48.95 Voltas Ltd, 189.65, 190.25, 186.15, 189.75 Welspun Guj, 277.55, 284.4, 276.25, 283.05 Wipro Ltd, 702, 723.5, 700, 719.75 Yes Bank Lim, 264.5, 265, 256.65, 257.75 Zee Entertai, 293, 294.45, 287.15, 289.7





Infy posts Q4 profit of Rs 1600 cr PtI BANGALORE, APRIL 13

Infosys Technologies, second largest software exporter, today registered a consolidated net profit of Rs 1600 crore for the quarter-ended March 31, 2010, a quarter-on-quarter growth of 2.6 percent and yearon-year decline of 0.9 percent. The company registered an income of Rs 5,944 crore for the March-ended quarter 2010, up by 3.5 percent quarter-onquarter and a year-on-yeargrowth of 5.5 percent. The net profit also included the Rs 48 crore arising out of the sale of investment in on Mobile Systems Inc. According to the company's consolidated outlook (as per International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)) for quarter ending June 30, 2010, income is expected to be in the range of Rs 5,919 crore and Rs 5,963 crore,year-on-year growth of 8.2 percent to nine percent. For fiscal year ending March 31, 2011, it expected income to be in the range of Rs 24,796 crore and Rs 25,239 crore year on year growth of nine to 11 percent. "We have done very well to what we thought we would. We have been able to take advantage of the opportunities in the market and grow faster due to our investments in capacity and capability building during the economic downturn", S Gopalakrishnan, CEO and MD told reporters here today. "This quarter we added 47 new clients, the highest in recent times", he said

Microsoft’s Kin phones for youth ReuteRs SAN FRANCISCO

Microsoft Corp launched two new phones aimed at young people on Monday, marking a fresh assault on the low end of the growing smartphone market, where BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd and Apple Inc now dominate. The software company's first foray into designing its own phones comes six months before it rolls out its new Windows software for phones made by handset makers HTC Corp, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and others, which should be a more direct challenge to Apple's iPhone and Google Inc's Android phones. "Kin is an interesting attempt to target the 15 to 25 market," said Ross Rubin, consumer electronics and wireless industry analyst at market research firm NPD Group. Success will depend heavily on the pricing of data plans, said Rubin, which is not expected for a few more weeks. Microsoft did not say how much the phones would sell for.

Infosys and its subsidiaries saw a gross addition of 9313 employees and a net addtion of 3,914 employees for the quarter. The Board of Directors has recommended a final dividend of Rs 15 per share for fiscal 2010. "We have had an excellent quarter", said S D Shibulal, COO. "The deal in the pipeline has improved. The wins have gone up. They have been the right kind of wins for us". "We maintained our margins in one of the toughest years for the industry while our cash and cash equivalents reached dollar 3.5 billion", said V Balakrishnan, CFO. "The currency volaitility continues to be concern for the industry. We, however, have an active hedging programme to minimize its im-

pact on our margins", he said. "Though the economic environment continues to be challenging, businesses are investing growth for building a better future. This year IT budgets are going to be flat or slightly up. Decisions are being made. Our guidance is based on data collected from clients. We have asked clients how and when they are investing. Our model has proved reasonably good", Gopalakrishnan said. "However, business outlook for the clients was short term. They are unwilling to invest in long term projects", he said going by the fact that the economic enviornment was still challenging in terms of unemployment, debt perspective. Shibulal said the company would focus on continental Eu-

rope and invest in Germany an France. "As the new economies transform into global economic hubs, we continue to focus on becoming a major player there and attract significant deals", Gopalakrishnan said. "This year has been a seminal year for Infosys", T V Mohandas Pai, Member of the Board and Head-HRD and Education and Research, said. "We undertook career architecture transformation for 1.14 lakh employes, recruited 27,639 employees", he said. The company made 19,000 campus offers. It was looking at induction of 5000-6000 laterals, Pai said. The company witnessed an attrition rate of 13.4 percent this quarter as against 11.6 percent in the December ended

China will chart its own course in reforming the yuan, President Hu Jintao told US President Barack Obama, reinforcing the view that Beijing is likely to tip-toe, not leap, towards appreciation. The two heads of state, meeting on Monday for the first time since Sino-US tensions over the yuan threatened to escalate into a serious trade dispute, chose their words carefully and, in the view of investors, left the door open for Beijing to resume appreciation in the coming weeks. Hu said China would not be pushed by external pressure and would instead base any decision on the yuan on its own economic needs. But he also made clear that Beijing was committed to change. "China will firmly stick to a path of reforming the yuan's exchange rate formation mechanism," Hu told Obama, according to the official Xinhua news agency account of their discussion on the sidelines of a nuclear security summit in Washington. "In making reforms, we will give careful consideration to global economic developments and changes, as well as to China's economic condition," Hu said. The yuan edged down in the offshore forwards market on Hu's comments and Asian currencies, which have gained in recent weeks on expectations


Canara HSBC Oriental Bank of Commerce Life Insurance Company Limited, a JV between Canara Bank and Oriental Bank of Commerce, and HSBC Insurance (Asia Pacific) Holdings Limited, said it has joined the big league by breaking through Rs 100 crore of new business in a month. The Company garnered Rs 171.1 crore in March, closing fiscal 2009-10 with Rs 861.3 crore in gross written premiums, recording a growth of 189 per cent over FY 2008-09, it said in a statement. The company's business in terms of gross written premiums stood at Rs 1160 crore since launch in June 2008. The company has underwritten 135,585 policies since inception. Operating a pure Bancassurance model, it has exclusive access to the customer bases of both the PSU banks, Canara Bank and Oriental Bank of Commerce, and of HSBC in India. This comprises more than 48 million customers and a pan-India network of over 4,400 branches. Currently, the company’s products are available through around 900 branches of the three banks. The company's AUM stood at Rs 1170 crore as on March 31, 2010. In order to meet its expansion plans, the shareholders have plans for further capital infusion of Rs 300 crore in FY 2010-11.

Shinsei sees strong Q4 ReuteRs MUMBAI, APRIL 13

Indian companies are set to witness strong earnings in the March quarter on a year-onyear basis helped by low base effect, but high input costs could lead to pressure on margins, a senior official at Shinsei Asset Management (India) said on Tuesday. N Sethuram Iyer, chief investment officer at Shinsei Asset Management, sees auto makers, IT, engineering and metals stocks reporting a strong set of numbers in the quarter ended March. Shinsei Asset Management is the mutual fund arm of Japan's Shinsei Bank and manages around $4-4.5 million of equities. Iyer, however, expects telecom companies to see subdued results and is underweight on the sector, which he said had shifted into a long-term play. "It is definitely a sector one needs to look at very strongly on a long-term basis, but definitely not on a short term basis," he said pointing to the price wars and higher capital expenditure due to the ongoing 3G auction. Infosys Technologies forecast stronger-than-expected annual revenue growth of 1618 percent, noting that a pickup in global technology spending was improving demand for outsourcing. However, a firming rupee on the back of rising foreign in-

Monsoon seen normal this year: weather chief ReuteRs NEW DELHI

A second straight poor summer monsoon is unlikely, India's weather office chief said ahead of an official forecast for the rains that are crucial to the economy of the world's second most populous nation. In 2009, the worst monsoon rains in 37 years caused widespread losses in key crops like oilseeds and sugarcane, which fed through to food price inflation that reached double digits in the past year. The latest data showed the food price index was up 17.70 percent in the year to March 17, strengthening expectations of a hike in interest rates when the central bank reviews policy next month. But weather observations made against a historical set of parameters modeled on a supercomputer to predict the monsoon signal good rainfall this year, and the chief of the India Meteorological Department, Ajit Tyagi, said the chances of a monsoon failure two years in a row are remote. "It happens rarely," Tyagi said. Data from the weather office shows that out of about 20 droughts since 1901, 17 were

followed by near-normal rainfall. The weather office will issue its formal monsoon forecast in the second half of April. Summer monsoon rains traverse the subcontinent from its southern tip to the Himalayan north from June through September. The rains are vital for rural India, home to two-thirds of its billion-plus people who are a key support base for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government voted back to power last year as its policies boosted farm incomes. India, the second largest producer and top consumer of sugar, had to import a record five million tonnes of the sweetner last year as cane fields were hit by the drought, making it a key driver of New York raw sugar futures which peaked at 30.40 cents a pound on February 1. Rainfall is vital for higher cane production to boost sugar output during processing. Higher sugar supply could also encourage the government to reverse a series of measures, including duty-free imports of sugar, that were taken last year when output fell sharply. OILseeDs AND WHeAt

Lower oilseed output also last year led India to overtake China as the world's biggest edible oils buyer, and good monsoon rains would reduce Indian imports, an industry official said. B V Mehta, head of the Solvent Extracters' Association, said adequate rainfall was important for the edible oils industry. "Good rainfall is very important, but it should also be well distributed across oilseeds pro-

China to make its own call on yuan ReuteRs BEIJING/WASHINGTON

quarter. Out of the 3500 that left, 500 were involuntary attrition as these trainees failed to qualify in the test. On the whole the company had completed a 134 million dollar compensation payout for the year, the highest in the IT industry's history in India, said Pai In quarter four, in geogrpahic terms, the company's North American business grew by 4.4 percent sequentially and 4.5 percent in constant currency. Europe grew by 7.9 percent sequentially and 11.8 percent in constant currency. Rest of the world grew by 1.7 percent sequentially and 2.3 percent. In the quarter four, BFSI grew 5.9 percent sequentially and 6.7 percent in constant currency, Manufacturing grew by 10.2 percent sequentially and 11.3 percent in constant currency. Retail grew by 3.9 percent sequentially and 4.8 percent in constant currency. Telecom declined by 0.5 percent sequentially and grew by 1.2 percent in constant currency. Finacle, the universal banking solution from Infosys added 10 deals this quarter five of which were from Asia Pacific, five from Europe, Middle East and Asia. As on March 31, 2010, cash and cash equivalents including investments in available-forsale-financial assets and certificate deposits was Rs 15,857 crore, the company release said.

Canara life gets Rs 171 cr in March

of a Chinese revaluation, also dipped. The Malaysian ringgit, often used as a proxy for the yuan, dropped 0.8 percent. Investors were, however, still positioning themselves for a gradual resumption of yuan appreciation. Beijing has frozen the yuan's exchange rate against the dollar since mid-2008 to help cushion its economy from the global downturn, but the strength of China's recovery has fuelled criticism of this policy and market expectations that it is about to resume appreciation. Notable by its absence in Hu's reported comments was a declaration, previously a stock phrase for Chinese leaders, that a stable yuan was benefiting the global economy. Obama, for his part, touched only delicately on the yuan, with his focus on the summit at hand and the goal of winning Chinese support for tougher sanctions against Iran's nuclear activities. "The president reaffirmed his view that it is important for a ... sustained and balanced global economic recovery that China move toward a more market-oriented exchange rate," Jeffrey Bader, a top White House adviser, told reporters. HeAVY eXPeCtAtIONs The US Treasury this month delayed publication of a report that politicians had urged Obama to name China a currency manipulator, potentially paving the way for punitive

trade measures. China had warned repeatedly that foreign criticism of its currency policy would be counter-productive. Months of tensions -- over trade, Internet freedom, Taiwan and Tibet -- placed heavy expectations on the 90-minute talks on the sidelines of Obama's nuclear security summit, even if the meeting was unlikely to produce concrete results. "Most importantly, it seems that the atmospherics surrounding the bilateral U.S.China relationship have improved, opening the door for movement on a number of issues," said China expert Drew Thompson of the Nixon Center in Washington. Three-month dollar/yuan non-deliverable forwards rose to 6.7610 from Monday's close of 6.7500, pricing in 0.96 percent appreciation within three months versus 1.12 percent. "The trend for China to abolish the yuan/dollar peg this year remains intact, with the earliest move possibly coming late this month or in May," said a senior dealer at a major Chinese bank in Shanghai. The yuan last week hit sixmonth highs against the dollar in the spot market and twentymonth highs in the forwards market after the New York Times reported that China was poised to announce an imminent revaluation. NO PANACeA With China's exchange rate policy under intense scrutiny, Hu

also used the meeting with Obama to press its argument that a stronger yuan would not be a panacea for woes afflicting the world's largest economy. "Yuan appreciation would neither balance Sino-US trade, nor solve the unemployment problem in the United States," Hu said. He added that China wants to increase its purchases of US goods, urging Washington to ease export controls on hightech products. US politicians complain the value of the yuan is being held down against the dollar by Beijing to boost Chinese exports at the expense of US exports, and thus jobs, and want Obama to take a hard line to push China to allow appreciation. The US trade gap with China narrowed to $226.8 billion in 2009 from a record $268.0 billion in 2008. Jong-Wha Lee, Asian Development Bank chief economist, told a news conference that it was very important to align China's currency with its fundamentals. "There is no doubt that a stronger yuan will help reduce global imbalances," he said. Recent signals from Beijing encouraged hopes that it was edging toward a more flexible yuan, which analysts say would suit China's own interests as its economy takes off, with exports recovering strongly and inflation picking up.

ing prices. EL NINO Weather officials are particularly encouraged by the weakening of the El Nino phenomenon, which can create havoc in weather across the Asia-Pacific region, unleashing droughts and heavy storms. "There are indications of a weak and neutral El Nino. Towards the end year, there could be La Nina (the opposite, cooling phenomenon)," Tyagi said. Last month, the Genevabased World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said the El Nino had peaked, but was expected to influence climate patterns up to mid-year before dying out. India's farm secretary, P K Basu, said it was too early to predict the monsoon, but weather conditions such as the El Nino augured well for the rainy season. High temperatures before monsoon rains, which usually start on June 1, also augur well for the rainy season, scientists say. The weather office said this year's March temperature rose to a record in several regions, while April has seen severe heat wave conditions over many parts of the country.

vestment in India's fast growing economy may keep earnings growth muted for outsourcers, and Infosys expects its profit margins to take a hit this year. "There could be some marginal pressure on margins (of other IT companies), but that could be more than offset by the pretty strong performance on the topline," said Iyer, whose equity funds portfolio holds Tata Consultancy Services and Wipro. "The valuations have run up quite steeply. There is no great scope for re-rating as such," he added. Iyer said though a firm rupee and higher wages were negatives for the sector, one should maintain exposure to IT stocks. Late last month, Shinsei Bank said it has reached an agreement to sell its entire stake in its Indian mutual fund unit to Daiwa Securities Group for an undisclosed amount. Iyer expects the benchmark Sensex to rise to 20,500-21,000 points the end of fiscal year 2011, backed by strong earnings. "15-20 percent is my estimates of earnings growth this year (calendar year 2010)." He did not expect monsoon to play spoilsport this year. "We've not seen two consecutive monsoon failures of a very large scale. So, even if we have a normal monsoon, I guess it should be OK," he said. "We are hoping and praying for monsoon."

Mitsubishi Heavy in pact with Anupam PtI MUMBAI, APRIL 13

Japanese major, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), has agreed to license its crane and material handling equipment technology for large-scale ports, including container cranes, to Anupam Industries, India's largest overhead crane builder. MHI and Anupam are also considering floating a JV in India soon with an aim to capture India's rapidly expanding market and also to seek to develop markets in Asia, the Middle-East and Africa. "Under our agreement with MHI the licensed products will be sold in the Indian market only. MHI will provide Anupam with technology-licensing for quayside cranes such as container cranes and transfer cranes, material handling systems such as loaders and unloaders, and steel plant logistics systems," Anupam industries' MD, Mehul Patel said. "With our new JV in India we intend to accelerate business expansion in these regions in a quest to boost the overall ratio of overseas sales," Mitsubishi Heavy ' senior VP Kujirai, said.

ducing regions," he said. Hopes for a normal monsoon this year has also brightened prospects for wheat exports from India, which banned shipments three years ago amid fears of scarcity. India faces a storage problem as the 2010 harvest is expected to be a record, exceeding demand for the fourth straight year. The government has already allowed limited exports of wheat to neighbouring coun-

tries, and last week, India's farm minister Sharad Pawar said the country had received trade queries for overseas sale of wheat on bulging stocks. "The government can make bold decision on wheat exports. It can tinker policies if the monsoon shapes up on expected line," said S Raghuraman, a Delhi-based independent analyst. Normal rainfall would also help Indian government that has faced protests against ris-

Cautiously open to partner: Ford

Cheap smartphones, growth key to mobile space


Ford Motor Co is open to partnerships in green car technology but will be cautious in committing to any alliance, executive chairman Bill Ford Jr said on Monday. Ford is treading carefully on tie-ups after global rivals Renault, Nissan and Daimler announced a deal last week that will see them swap stakes and on electric cars, passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. "We are always open to it but I think we will be careful before we jump," Bill Ford said. "You always go into the joint venture with the premise that you will save money and save manpower, and our experience often has been that it does neither." Ford has reason to be wary. The No 2 US automaker just negotiated a sale of the Volvo brand to China's Geely for $1.8 billion after paying nearly $6.5 billion for the unit in 1999. Germany's Daimler also unwound its own moneylosing merger with Chrysler in 2007 and took a loss of more than $30 billion on the transaction. Ford said partners heading into any alliance needed to have clear agreement on the division of work and the ownership of any intellectual property created by the partnership.


Top cellphone makers are set to report accelerating market growth and booming demand for new smartphones when they unveil March quarter earnings starting this week. Cellphone vendors experienced a grim 2009 as recession capped consumer spending on new phones but the smartphone market continued to grow through the downturn, helped by attractive new designs and cheaper features. Sales volume growth is expected to accelerate to 12.7 percent in the first quarter and to reach 10.8 percent this year, a Reuters poll of 35 banks, brokerages and research firms showed on Tuesday. South Korean firms Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics, the world's No. 2 and No. 3 handset vendors, are set to continue winning market share in the quarter, but LG's result is expected to suffer. Delays in new flagship model launches and the lack of a strong smartphone offering hurt LG's selling prices and may have depressed margins close to zero, analysts said. "LG Electronics will show the lowest profit margin among the global major vendors this year as its problem of weak smartphone offerings will continue to depress earnings growth," said Park Won-

jae, an analyst at Daewoo Securities. sMARtPHONe BOOM Nokia, the world's top cellphone maker, is expected to win some volume market share in the quarter as it is benefiting from increasing demand for cheaper smartphones, but it still lacks top-of-the-range models to battle Apple's iPhone. No 3 smartphone maker Apple is expected to sell around 7.5 million iPhones in the quarter, down from the holiday sales-fuelled December quarter, but doubling sales from a year ago. "We are obviously seeing very, very strong growth in smartphones. We are seeing a real move from just high-end through to the mid-range," said Alistair Hill, ComScore analyst. Research firm Gartner has forecast smartphone market volume to grow a whopping 46 percent this year, boosted by demand for cheaper, mid-range smartphones. Strong demand growth lifted January-March profit of Taiwanese HTC, the world's No 5 smartphone maker, aboves its own expectations, and its March sales jumped 33 percent over the same month a year earlier. For the February quarter, Blackberry maker Research in Motion, the second largest smartphone maker after Nokia, reported a rise in profit and

sales, helped by strong sales of its cheaper, consumer-focused products, but the results lagged expectations. LG, sAMsuNG tO stRuGGLe WItH sMARtPHONes Weak smartphone offerings from Samsung and LG are expected to sap earnings growth of the South Korean firms this year, although they are planning catch-up to challenge bigger rivals. Samsung and LG together command more than 30 percent of the global cellphone market, but they have struggled to muscle into the booming and lucrative smartphone market, with combined market share of below 5 percent. Samsung margins may come under pressure again, as the firm is set to increase marketing spending to meet its ambitious target of trebling smartphone sales, while increasing competition in the high-end segment and rising component costs may crimp profit, analysts said. "Its weak smartphone rollouts in the first quarter capped high-end model offerings and Samsung needs to launch blockbuster models to catch up rivals and it would take a bit of time," said Koo Ja-woo, a Kyobo Securities analyst. Reflecting such concerns, shares of LG dropped 20 percent in the months to March, although the stock has since recovered.









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Do you have the courage to bring out the truth? How does investigative journalism apply to the Goan context? An insight on this aspect of journalism will be discussed at the International Centre today from 2.30 to 5.30 pm. The Herald probes for answers

BY NOMRATHA FERNANDES HERALD FEATURES nvestigative journalism has exposed corruptions, injustices and controversies and has asked for little to no due. The set of issues – corrupt politicians, industrialists and lawyers, organised crime, scandals and scams involving the public at large, to name a few is what the investigative journalist seeks to bring forth. There is no dearth of any of the above in the tiny state of Goa and investigative journalism has worked to reveal it. “Investigative journalism is journalism with an aim to discover and reveal the truth in the public interest,” says Prakash Kamat, chief correspondent of the Hindu and head of Goa Union of Journalists. He adds, “To do so, one needs full freedom of expression, one needs to be living in a democratic nation.” Goa has seen her share of crimes exposed. “A Marathi daily, through investigation and research brought out a politicians involvement in liquor sale in Daman,” says Kamat. “I myself have has a taste of it,” he adds, speaking of the Bharathi Vikas Mahamandal scam which took place around 20 years ago. Here, persons were promised jobs upon payment of a certain amount of money to the supposedly public fund. It was later discovered that the fund was a façade and many lost their money. What about it in the current context? “The quality of journalism has dropped,” he mentions, for starters. “There is very little serious reporting around, lets keep aside investigative reporting. There exists a blur between serious journalism and entertainment and sensationalism is more focused on than exposition of the truth,” he expounds. He goes on to say that for investigative journalism to be undertaken there should be keen interest from the newspaper at hand. As investigative journalism mainly deals with revealing crime, political corruption, scandals and scams, there is a constant threat to the journalist involved. “Journalists have become


weaker, with regard to job security, thanks to the contract system. There is also no sense of confidence to go ahead with an investigative report as self security is questioned,” he says, adding, “the editorial is controlled by the management and have no autonomy in most cases. And lastly, most journalists don’t have an urge to carry out investigative reports. ” Another reason stated by the head of a prominent news channel says that in Goa, journalists suffer from time constraints. “Covering plenty of events and handing in reports takes up most of the time of a journalist. Even the interested, have trouble with completing their daily quota of work and simultaneously going about with an investigative report,” he says, adding “an investigative report doesn’t just state facts, it makes an analysis of them and forms a conclusion based on solely the truth.” All this needs persistence and time which in most cases is lacking with the Goan journalist. As mentioned earlier Goa does have a strong connect with investigative journalism. With exceptions, its current state doesn’t look so good. It can be changed however. “For that change, the reader or viewer should be more discerning,” Prakash says. He goes on to add that with investigative journalism or any for that matter, good journalists come and go and it is the viewer or reader who brings about change. “Get together. Be assertive on what you want highlighted,” he suggests. The newspaper is for the people, of their issues. Although they are satisfied with what it provides them, as in most cases it provides them what they want to hear, at some point they should wake up and smell the stench and do something about it. “Newspapers should be strong, more importantly people should be strong. The strength of a collective people can bring about great change,” Kamat concludes.

Tiatr Day to be celebrated with Grandeur Tiatr plays an important part in the life of every Goan. April 17 is celebrated as Tiatr Day and functions will be held across the state to felicitate tiatrists and people who made a difference in the world of tiatr. The Tiatr Academy of Goa is one of the associations which will observe this day

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HERALD FEATURES iatr has come a long way since its origin in Goa and the Tiatr Academy has aptly decided to celebrate Tiatr Day on April 17, 2010, the exact day on which the first tiatr ‘Italian Bhurgo’, written and directed by L ucasinho Ribeiro, was staged in Bombay in 1892. The celebrations of Tiatr Day will be held at the Conference Hall of the Tiatr Academy of Goa, Campal Trade Centre, Panjim at 10am. The celebration includes the release of the book, ‘When the curtains rise… the story of Goa’s Tiatr’ written by Dr Rafael Fernandes. A book titled ‘Directory of Tiatr Artistes’ will also be released. “The book will feature


the background and origins of tiatr from zagor and khell with a major part of the book dedicated to Pai Tiatrist and Joao Agostinho Fernandes. The book will also include plays that were published by the Konkani Akademi in two volumes,” says Dr Rafael Fernandes, Associate Professor at Goa University’s Department of English. Dr Rafael Fernandes who has completed his thesis on the subject will deliver a talk on ‘History of Goan Tiatr’ on the occasion. This will be followed by an interactive session in which artistes attending the function will participate. “Tiatr is a very vibrant source that brings to fore various social issues through the plays,” says Dr Fernandes. Prasad Lolayekar, Director of Art & Culture will be the Chief Guest while John Claro Fernandes, a veteran tiatr artiste will be the Guest of Honour. Tomazinho Cardozo, President of TAG has requested all the tiatr artistes to attend the Tiatr Day celebration in large numbers.

Ranbir Kapoor not to play Raj Kapoor


hough he has the golden opportunity to play Kishore Kumar in a movie, Ranbir Kapoor has lost out on the chance to play his grandfather Raj Kapoor in a forthcoming Yash Raj Films project. Based on Raj Kapoor and Nargis’ on and off screen romance, Aditya Chopra’s project is at a standstill as of now. He had discussed the idea with Ranbir, who consulted his father Rishi Kapoor, who then turned the idea down. Rishi also spoke to his brothers Randhir and Rajiv who didn’t like the idea either and didn’t want to support it. The three brothers told Ranbir that he shouldn’t do the film. They even called up Yash Raj and protested against it by stating that they would appreciate it if they stopped entertaining the idea of making a film on their father’s days with Nargis. According to sources, it’s not just the Kapoor brothers who’d be upset with the film. Even Sanjay, Priya and Namrata Dutt (Nargis’ children) wouldn’t appreciate the film being made. Despite the demand, Raj Kapoor and Nargis’ films were never even re-released in colour by RK Films so going ahead with this idea was not something they would do.


Doctor pens Business Ethics Says, “Nationalism is a curse; business has to be a good citizen of the world.”



“Business ethics should be a serious academic discipline rather than just a study of moral codes,” believes Dr Daniel Albuquerque whose latest literary work, ‘Business Ethics’ has just hit book stores all over the globe Photos by Christina Viegas

BY CHRISTINA VIEGAS HERALD FEATURES uthor of over half a dozen books, several scientific papers and freelance articles, Dr Daniel Albuquerque, visiting professor of management at various business schools has just released his first textbook titled, ‘Business Ethics – Principles and Practices’. Sitting comfortably and completely at ease in his beautiful, airy Goan house in Calangute, he elucidates, “First textbook as this was written for the management institutions; the publisher’s need, unlike the other books that I had penned earlier. Publisher’s need because educationists have decided to implement this as a core subject for all management institutions.” Seeing his down-to-earth mannerisms, it is hard to fathom the fact that this easy-going personality has actually penned down the huge number of books lining his shelf. So, are management students the only target readers for his present book? Dr Albuquerque says, “It is a handbook for every business executive.” The Doctor goes on to expound, “Today, there is dire need for business ethics and morals. Society, for sometime observes and then punishes. This book will give the person good social perspective; a reason as to where the person’s business management will fit. It will give a clear focus of their place in society; an introspection as to what do I give, what do I take; how they serve society and many times even their unseen relation with society. It is an insight in to why we need business ethics, how to treat each other well at every stage. A reminder about how the customer is always right.” An interesting session that stands out is the fifth session. Doctor says, “In this session, I’ve given the geo-political scene. The session deals with business challenges of the new age world – challenges of violence like doing business during the times of terrorism, challenges of environment, challenges of Cyber Age etc. We talk of the little day to day business transactions but it is the business between nations which is real hardcore business. For example, Arms trade is the biggest business.” And yes, the doctor dwells on how business can transcend national boundaries. He enlightens, “There is amazing trade between countries. In fact, nationalism is a curse. The fundamental principle is defence. Just take the boundaries away between


countries and we will have engineers not soldiers. We won’t need a military and thereby no need for a military budget which is a phenomenal whopping sum. Instead this can be used for the welfare of the people. We won’t have children without education or healthcare. Today, all companies are becoming multinationals. Business is taking us beyond boundaries. It is business which has to be a good citizen of the world.” Dr Subhash Sharma, Dean at Indian Business Academy, Bangalore and Greater Noida in his foreword says, “The author believes that businesses can work for the peace and prosperity of the peoples of the world. Environmental protection and sustainability are the survival issues of mankind. Arms trade, the biggest business in the world, and poverty, the worst of human moral degradations are dealt with great sensitivity and poignancy. Even issues such as democracy, peace and nondiscrimination of genders are issues that will never be solved, but the doctor has put them in a compelling moral perspective.” Beside this invigorating stuff, the book comprises of four other sessions constituting four chapters each. It gives illustration of every concept with a mini case, which is then followed with questions that will spur even the most unwilling students to think about the subject. Dr Albuquerque elucidates, “I’ve given both the positive and the negative cases. I have also illustrated how a positive situation can evolve from a negative one.” Expounding further, he says, “The Satyam fraud and media pressure! How the media played a major role in highlighting society’s opinion. This pressurised the government into appointing a new board and put the existing management out. And how the company was run without government interference and the fact that it is doing so well today.” It gets interesting to quiz Dr Albuquerque on the business habits of our Goan businessmen. What are the similarities and dissimilarities of how businessmen in Goa operate vis-à-vis their counterparts in other states? They sure are charming on the veneer but can we get an insight into their business habits. The doctor observes some moments of silence then laughs and concludes with, “I have no answer. You really got me thinking. Yes, I need to research into this. This can be an entire topic in itself.”

Phillippe ‘Great Friends’ with ex-wife Reese H

ollywood actor Ryan Phillippe is ‘great friends’ with ex-wife Reese Witherspoon and has been confiding in her over his recent love split from Abbie Cornish. The 35-year-old actor, who recently ended his four-year relationship with the Australian actress, insists he is still “great friends” with his former spouse, and also helped her after she ended her romance with Jake Gyllenhaal in December last year. Ryan, who has daughter Ava, 10, and six-year-old son Deacon with Reese, said, “It’s gotten to a place where we’re great friends and great co-parents. After I had my break-up, she called, and after she did, I called.” Despite their closeness, Ryan insists he has never been intimate with Reese since they split in 2006 after seven years of marriage. Reese is now dating Hollywood agent Jim Toth and Ryan has given their romance his blessing. “I trust her to make the right decisions around our children. I hope she feels the same way.” The ‘Cruel Intentions’ star insists his children are unaffected by his romantic choices. “If the kids care about mom and dad, and if that’s consistent and t h e y f e e l p ro tected that way, they don’t really care so much about who the parent is dating. They just don’t,” Ryan said.









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HERALD FEATURES he Kala Academy Goa in collaboration with Avishkar, Mumbai is organising a Marathi play ‘Jagadamba’ on April 18, 2010 at 6:30pm at the Open Air Auditorium. The cast includes renowned actress, Rohini Hattangadi, playing the lead role as Kasturba along with Asim Hattangadi. The play is written by Ramdas Bhatkal, directed by Pratima Kulkarni and produced and presented by Arun Kakade. The play is based on the life of Kasturba Gandhi. She never blindly followed Bapu, nor did she resign to her fate as the wife of the Mahatma. Most often, she resisted his experiments, his new ideas; but once she understood what they meant, understood the bigger picture behind them, she followed him wholeheartedly, devotedly even. She was affectionately called ‘Ba’ by many children besides her own – her nephews, the inmates of the Asharam, and most of all, Mahadeo Desai. Despite being Jagadamba, her biological children hold great importance to her. Their lives make a deep mark on her, sometimes turning into wounds. Through this story, she shares with us the tormenting moments in the lives of her two sons – Harilal and Manilal, and those moments are talked about as well. Through Jagadamba, some of Kastur Mohandas Gandhi’s challenges, turbulent moments of life and awakening after the turmoil have been shared with us. The play traces her personal, political as well as emotional journey from Kasturba to Jagadamba. A rare drama enacted by only two actors, this play will be a good opportunity for the Goan audience to witness such a drama, for which free


entry passes are available at the Security Counter of Kala Academy on firstcome-first-serve basis.

A Fitting Tribute to Late Photo Journo

Photos by Dolcy D’ Cruz

BY DOLCY D’CRUZ HERALD FEATURES ushant Naik was a very committed person in whatever he undertook. Though we had an age difference of seven years, I learnt a lot from him,” says Sumeet Naik, Late Sushant Naik’s elder brother. Browsing through 65 photographs clicked by Sushant during his journalism career, the exhibition ‘Fulfilling Sushant’s Dream’ is a fitting tribute to keep his memory alive. A great photographer with a keen eye for detail, Sushant’s photographs always spotted the right scenes. The second annual exhibition showcases Sushant’s photographs that were clicked to inform the public about civic issues, Goan lifestyle, monsoon magic, the armed forces and a new element for this Funny Quote exhibition was Goan sunsets and sceneries. Neatly displayed, “I distrust camels, each photograph explains a story within a single frame, whether and anyone else who can it is cops having an ice pop in the summer heat or crows having go a week without a drink.” a wonderful time bathing in a puddle of water. “Sushant was a very interesting part of my life. Though he was – Joe E Lewis younger to me, he had the courage to take decisions. He was very committed and meticulous and would never leave his work half done. One lesser known DAILY GROOK fact is that Sushant was a very talented drummer and was trained under Paul from the Syndicate TEASE WHEEZE Band. But instead of picking drumsticks, he took to photo journalism and followed my dad, Sunil’s footsteps,” says Sumeet, who has come down from Mumbai especially for the exhibiby Francis Rodrigues tion. high-society folk Sushant Forever is a committee set up to reconnect Sushant’s memories to people and the see us as disease, society at large. The committee is now collecting funds to help train one young talent, either sending lil' joke a boy or a girl, who would like to pursue photography as a career. The selected candidate will invites to tea's! be given proper training and at the end of the course after observing the performance; they might also gift the student free photography equipment. The exhibition, ‘Fulfilling Sushant’s Dream’ is open till April 14, 2010 Instructions from 10am to 7pm at the Art Gallery, Kala Academy. for Sudoku SUDOKU SOL 526


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(Above left) Sushant’s last click: The national flag flying at half-mast after sunset in the collector’s office

Glitz ‘n’ Glitter at Casino Re Launch

A Performance of Classical Dance


HERALD FEATURES he re-launch of Goa’s Chances Casino at the Vainguinim Valley Resort saw a series of glittering events such as the Goan band A26 setting a groovy ambiance with their melodious strummings and drum beats. International performer Shy Diaz of Goan origin also enthralled the people present with her sizzling voice. As the evening progressed, the audiences were treated to some exotic dance performances by the international dancers. With a menu spread out to cater to varied taste buds, the event was an intoxicating mix catering to all the senses.


Anjali Aguiar (left) and Akankasha Sukhtankar (above)

kankasha Sukhtankar and Anjali Aguiar performed Bharatnatyam at a recent function produced by the Faculty of Indian Music and Dance at the Black Box, Kala Academy Goa. The Natyawangam accompanying artist was Dr Kshitija Barve. The event also had students performing the Harmonium, Tabla, Sitar and Vocal duets.

10:00 Sabki Laadli Bebo 10:30 Sasural Genda Phool 11:00 Mann Kee Awaaz Pratigya 11:30 Behenein 12:00 Sapna Babul Ka ...Bidaai 12:30 Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai 13:00 Tere Mere Sapne 13:30 Hamari Devrani 14:00 Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat 14:30 Behenein 15:00 Sajan Ghar Jaana Hai 15:30 Sapna Babul Ka ...Bidaai 16:00 Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai 16:30 Mann Kee Awaaz Pratigya 17:00 Sasural Genda Phool 17:30 Behenein 18:00 Sabki Laadli Bebo 18:30 Mann Kee Awaaz Pratigya 19:00 Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai 19:30 Sasural Genda Phool 20:00 Sajan Ghar Jaana Hai 20:30 Behenein 21:00 Sapna Babul Ka ...Bidaai 21:30 Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai 22:00 Sabki Laadli Bebo 22:30 Mann Kee Awaaz Pratigya

11:00 Crime Patrol 11:30 Godh Bharaai 12:00 C.I.D 12:30 C.I.D Classics 15:30 Jaan-E-Mann 19:00 Godh Bharaai 20:00 Pyaar Ka Bandhan 20:30 Jeet Jayenge Hum 21:00 Sukh By Chance 21:30 Crime Patrol

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or 2295999. An art exhibition titled, ‘Quartet’ featuring 4 artistes is being held at the Kerkar Art Complex, Calangute till April 30. Call 2276017. ‘Goan Brew – High Spirits and Healing’, the Feni festival will take place on August 25. Call 9822151419, 9881533456 or 9822581232. Jazz Goa’s first album is available free of charge at Sacred Dance Workshops with Akash Dharmaraj will be held at the Sunaparanta, Goa Centre for the Arts, Altinho, Panjim every Tuesdays and Fridays from 4 to 6pm for the next two weeks. Call 2421311. A Paintball Tournament, organised by Splat, Goa’s first paintball arena in Anjuna is announced for the month of May. The age limit is 16 years and it is free and open to all. Call 9552929873 or 6451873. A one-day multi-lingual literary festival for the youth will take place at the Institute Menezes Braganza, Panjim on April 25. It is organised by the Institute Menezes Braganza, Panjim. Call 2224143. Karate classes for children and adults will take place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6pm at the Goa College of Pharmacy, Panjim. It is conducted by Sensei Joseph Rodrigues. Call 9822166165. A three-day residential camp, ‘AURA of Success’, conducted by the Global Academy of Meta Mind Management (GAMMA) will be held from April 23 to 25. E-mail Call 9096938269. A 3-day summer camp, organised by the Nisarga Society of India in association with Wildtrek Adventures will take place on April 16, 17 and 18 at the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Bondla. Call 9822123458, 9823171321, 9422640141 or 9822155805.


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‘Jagadamba’: A Play on the Life of Kasturba

WHAT’S UP IN GOA?? A talk on ‘Investigative Journalism: Emerging Challenges with Facts and Reporting’, organised by the International Centre Goa, Dona Paula will take place at the International Centre Goa, Dona Paula on April 14. Call 2452805-10. A Marathi play ‘Jagadamba’, organised by the Kala Academy in collaboration with Avishkar, Mumbai will take place on April 18 at 6:30pm at the Kala Academy, Panjim. The cast include Rohini Hattangadi. Call 2420452. Aparant Maand - an exhibition cum sale of exquisite handicrafts and allied items, organised by the Goa Handicrafts Rural and Small Scale Industries Development Corporation is being held at the Chatrapati Shivaji Maidan, Bicholim till April 18 from 10am to 9pm. Cultural programmes like dramas, orchestra and live demonstrations by handicrafts artisans will be organised on all days of the exhibition from 7pm to 9pm. Call 2513582. ‘Fulfilling Sushant’s Dream’, a photo exhibition of photojournalist Sushant Naik is being held at the Kala Academy, Panjim till April 14 from 10am to 7pm. Call 2420452. The annual exhibition of mixed media paintings on paper, ‘Innocent Strokes’ by 30 children of The Mango Tree Children’s Art School will open on April 14 at 5pm. It will remain open for public viewing till April 20 from 10am to 7pm. Call 2421311. Tiatre Day, organised by the Kala Academy will take place on April 17 from 5:30pm onwards at the Kala Academy, Panjim. Call 2420452. The Free Pomburpa Spring Eco Summer Camp 2010, organised by the Mother of God parish, Pomburpa and the St Elizabeth High School is being held till April 18 at the Pomburpa Spring, Pomburpa. Call 9881344379


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Shubam, Snehal steal show inter-school archery HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 13

Shubam Chowgule 496 points and Snehal Divakar 498 points of Government High School, Sadar, Ponda, won the individual archery champions trophy in the boys and girls sections respectively, of inter-school archery

championship organised by Sports Authority of Goa, on Tuesday. Government High School, Sadar, Ponda, won both the boys and girls championship trophy. Other results - 40m boys: 1. Shubaham Chowgule, 2. Parshuram Chovan, 3. Binay Goud. 30m - boys: 1. Shuham C h o w g u l e , 2 . Pa r s h u r a m

Chovan, 3. Bharat Kumar. 30m - girls: 1. Snehal Divakar, 2. Laximi Bagadi, 3. Richa Parshekar. Vinayak Naik, joint director, accounts was the chief guest and gave away the prizes in the presence of Archery Assoc i a t i o n s e c re t a r y C h e t a n Kavlekar and SAG assistant secretar y programmes, Navin Acharya.

W Railway, KSEB spikers win all-india volleyball HERALD SPORTS REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 13

Western Railway beat SAI, KSEB 25-11, 25-12, 25-11 in the women’s section of 2nd All-India volleyball championship organised by Wilred Leisure at St Alex court, Curtorim on Tuesday. The Railway girls had it almost easy with J P Shitty and Anita packing too many guns for the Kerala rivals wherein T J Raju excelled. Hosts Wilred Leisure, Goa lost to KSEB in straight sets in another match on Monday. The Goa boys were of course no match for the Karnataka team which comprised several international and national players. Goa lost 13-25, 16-25, 20-25

despite having some of the best talent on view. Nearly 1,500 spectators rooted for the local boys, but faced with a tall and sturdy opposition there was not much they can do. Pa p p u , A n i l S h i r o d k a r, Pralad Dhawasker preferred to sit out after the GVA had threatened that those donning colours for Wilred Leisure would not be considered for the Nationals. Wilred Leisure which had agreed to merge the team selected by them with the GVA team, were forced to field their own as the GVA would not agree to the merger option. Wilred Leisure contended that the GVA team was not a standard one since most of the top players had opted out and the top senior, national players did not turn up for the selection trials called for two days. Wilred Leisure alleged that the GVA secretary acted on his own and decided to field the team, when the actual compromise was to accept the proposal for fielding one team consisting also players selected by GVA. Wilred Leisure officials de-


cried the attitude of GVA and pointed out that no single player was indispensable as volleyball is a team game demanding team work and coordination and if the smasher does not get a good lift or second pass, there cannot be a kill with the smash or final finish. Besides that, it is the first pass or the reception of the service that plays an important role in the attack, they pointed out. To drive home their point they felt that Sachin Tendulkar alone could not shine and that he also needed team work and support from the rest which are also equally important. Dionisio Trindade, secretary, said that Goa was yet to produce another player like late Sharad Borkar or Ramanand who in their hey days had shone against top teams from the Signals and Navy when volleyball’s popularity in Goa was at its peak. Fr. Anthony Rodrigues, chaplain of Our Lady of Carmel Chapel was the chief guest., Fr. Mariano Dias, assistant parish priest was the guest of honour. Reginaldo Lourenco, ML A presided.


Standrik Colaso shocked Anurag Mhamal in the 5th round and defeated Niraj Saripalli in the 6th to lead the standings with 6 points in State Chess Championship at Clube Tennis des Casper Dias, Mira Mar, on Tuesday. Anurag defeated Nandini Saripalli in the 6th round to take the second position with 5 points. Other results (3rd place with 4.5 points each): Suhas Asnodkar, PM Kantak, Niraj Saripalli, Umang Kaisarey, Shravan Barve, Akhilesh Rai, Rishubh Naik, Rohan Ahuja and Shubham Sawaikar.

Sporting Clube de Goa defeated Goa Velha SC 2-1 in the Taca Goa U-20 league at Duler Stadium, here on Tuesday. The score was 1-1 at the lemon break. Sporting built up their moves with quick passes through the midfield. They were the fitter team. Goa Velha started brightly on the wings but lost momentum in the second half as they showed lack of fitness The turning point in the game happened in the 78th when Goa Velha’s Pravin Jadav

Boxing selection trials

Sesa FA play Indian NFC

PANJIM (HSD) – The Goa Amateur Boxing Association will conduct selection trials on April 16 for sub-junior and junior women teams on April 16, at SAG indoor stadium, at 3.30 p.m to select the State at the forthcoming Sub-Junior and Junior Women Nationals to be held in Tamil Nadu from May 3 to 7. Interested boxers may report at the venue with original birth certificates.

Wilred Leisure (Goa) players blocking a smash from a KSEB player at St Alex church cour t, Curtorim on Monday.

MAPUSA (HSR) -- Sesa Football Academy play Indian National Football Club, in their final match of the 2nd Division ILeague, at Dr. Ambedkar stadium, New Delhi on Wednesday. As Sesa have already qualified for the second stage, coach Clifford Chukwuma has decided to rest many of the first team squad and give the bench players a chance to gain first team experience.

was sent off while being substituted and this led to Sporting’s winning goal. Pravin took long to leave the field while being substituted.He was shown the yellow. He was then shown the red card for dissent. This brought Goa Velha down to ten men as they could not replace Jadav. Goa Velha took the lead in the 18th minute through Pedro Gonsalves, turning on the edge of the 18-yard box and firing past Sporting custodian Mackroy Peixoto. Five minutes later, Roystan Carneiro missed an open goal for Sporting after Goa Velha

U-16 Coca Cola soccer The team captains alongwith Joyonto Chaudhury, general manager, area operations, Coca-Cola, GFA secretary Savio Messias and Anuj Prakash HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 13

The U-16 Coca-Cola Celebration Cup soccer tournament will be launched shortly in Goa. The tournament will have 48 teams

Areal enter quarters eslinda soccer HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, APRIL 13

All-India Wilred Leisure volleyball (men): ICF v. KSEB, 7.30 p.m; Cochin Port Trust v. SDAT, St Alex church court, Curtorim, 8.30 p.m. Merces volleyball: Crown Club, Santa Cruz v. Da Cruz, Mala, Moloca ground, Merces, 8 p.m. Calangute Panchayat Cup soccer (semis): Navelim Sporting Club v. Candolim Sports Club, Poriat ground, Calangute, 4.45 p.m. Cayman Cup soccer (inaugural): Curtorim Gymkhana v. Guirdolim Sports Club, Curtorim ground, 4.30 p.m. Eslinda Alemao memorial soccer: Cuncolim Union v. Guirdolim Sports Club, Davorlim ground, 4.30 p.m. Mandur church centenary soccer: Diocesan Priests v. Azmane, Mandur church ground, 4 p.m.

Sao Jose de Areal Sports Club overcame Nuvem Football Club 7-6 via the sudden- death to sail into the quarter-finals of All-Goa Eslinda Alemao memorial inter-village football tournament organised by Sporting Club of Davorlim at Davorlim ground, here on Tuesday. The teams were tied 1-1 at the breather. Areal broke the deadlock midway in the first half when Daisy Olveira bulged the net off a pass from Andrew Colaco. Stung by the setback, Nuvem regrouped quickly and mounted pressure on the rival citadel and came close in neutralizing the lead but were unable to find the target.

After missing a couple of scoring chances, Nuvem finally restored parity late in the second half when Richard Colaco slotted past the rival goalkeeper. With the teams levelled 1-1, the tie-breaker was applied which failed to resolve the impasse. The sudden-death was applied were Areal kept their cool to emerge worthy winners. In the tie-breaker, Daisy Oliveira, Mario Colaco, Cedric Noronha, Andrew Colaco and Anthony Fernandes were on target for Areal while Stanley Colaco, Richard Colaco, Reston Fernandes, Remmie Colaco and Seby Fernandes converted for Nuvem. In the sudden-death, Ozie Oliveira was successful for Areal while Mario Colaco failed for Nuvem.

Nerul move into finals CALANGUTE (HC) -- United Club of Nerul scored a solitary goal win over Anjuna Gymkhana to move into the finals of Calangute Panchayat Cup soccer tournament organised by Calangute

keeper Soma Korgaonkar spilled the ball into his path. Pritam Ningthougam equalized for Sporting in the 40th minute after heading in a free kick which was taken by Flody D’Souza. In the second half Milton Gomes chipped the ball onto the crossbar after receiving a pass from Valzinho Fernandes. Sporting had a free kick curled in from the right in the 81st minute. After some quick passing from Valzinho and Flody, the ball fell to Milton, who dispatched the ball from close range earning Sporting’s winner.

Association at Poriat ground, Calangute on Monday. Nerul scored the all-important goal in the second half through Xavier Clement off a Charlie Pereira cross.

which include, Mundvel Sports Club, Merces Sports Club, Ave Maria Sports Club, CRSC Navelim, Rossman Cruz Nagoa, Youth Club of Colvale, Sai Avtaar Anjuna and St. Estevam Sports Club


Nerul Sports Club defeated Sangolda Lightning 2-1 to move into the semi-finals of Salgaocar Trophy inter-village football tournament at Sporting ground, Saligao on Tuesday. There was no score at half time. Changing over, Nerul shot into lead through Abhijeet Govekar. Abhijeet doubled the lead for Nerul to complete his brace. In the dying minutes, Sangolda pulled one back through Govind Balekar off an Agnelo Quadros pass.

Roller skating camp PANJIM (HSD) – A roller skating coaching camp for beginners organised by Roller Skating Association of Goa in association with Sports Authority of Goa will be held thrice a week from April 15 at skating rink, Youth Hostel, Mira Mar, at 5.30 p.m. Details may be obtained from coach, Rajesh Naik at the venue.

Cayman soccer kicks off today HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, APRIL 13

Boys from Margaret Bosco Bal Bhavan Sadha Home for Street Children, Paliem, Ucassaim, sporting jerseys donated by Derby County FC, East Middlelands (England). The merchandise which was procured by the Club alongwith Mandy Mollis and Faye Nixon (England) was handed over by Neil Bennett on behalf of Tom Glick, president and chief executive of the club to Fr Wilfred Sequeira and Fr Raymond Lopes. The programme was coordinated by Fr Jose Sequeira, director, Don Bosco Oratory, which were the recipients of a similar gesture in 2009 and also through Neil Bennett. Photo: Rozario Estibeiro.

The first All-Goa Cayman Cup, inter-village football tournament organised by Curtorim Gymkhana kicks off on April 14 at Curtorim ground, at 4.30 p.m. Guirdolim Sports Club, Ambelim Sports Club, Dramapur Sports Club, Young Strikers, Benaulim, Cristo Rei Youth Club, Betalbatim, Fr Agnel Sports Club, Paroda, Carmona Sports Club, Enfermos Sports Club, Navelim, St Rock’s Youth Club, Majorda, Macazana Welfare Club, Sporting Club of Davorlim, Social Sports Club, Loutolim and St Sebastian Sports Club will be participating. The winners will be richer by Rs 50,000 while the runners-up will settle with Rs 30,000 besides trophies and individual prizes. Curtorim Zilla member Veena Lourenco will be the chief guest while Santan Rodrigues ex-Curtorim Zilla member will preside.

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No place for egos in WC squad: Domenech


France coach Raymond Domenech has warned players to leave their egos at the door or risk being booted out of the squad for the World Cup finals. Domenech is due to unveil a 23-man squad on May 11 but said he could shake things up before FIFA's June 1 deadline if

he felt a player's behaviour could undermine France's performances. "They must be clever and forget their ego to realise that the only thing that matters is the team, not them," Domenech told French daily L'Equipe in an interview published on Tuesday. "If they don't understand that, I will need a gun. We're only supposed to give our final squad on June 1." Domenech conceded that his squad for Euro 2008, in which France suffered a shock firstround exit, had been hampered by a generation gap between the players and that he would pick a more balanced squad for the 2010 World Cup finals. The France coach would not rule out picking Thierry Henry, even though he rarely appears for Barcelona, and said that he would include 33-year- old

Woods boosts TV ratings, but fails at record REUTERS LOS ANGELES, APRIL 13

Tiger Woods' losing battle to win the Masters golf tournament in his comeback after months of sex scandal gave broadcaster CBS its highest ratings for the event in nine years, the network said. CBS said the US audience for Saturday's coverage of the Masters was up 33 per cent from last year, while Sunday's broadcast of the final round was up 36 per cent from 2009. But the audience was lower than the 20.3 million viewers who tuned in to watch Woods win his first Masters in 1997, and also below the TV viewership for his second Masters win in 2001. The network, which is owned by CBS Corp, said yesterday that its final round coverage was the third-highest rated final round of any golf tournament since 1986. Woods, the world's No 1 golfer, returned to the sport

after a riveting sex scandal forced him to take a break, during which he underwent treatment. But he failed to win a fifth Masters, played each year at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, finishing in a tie for fourth place on Sunday, five shots behind winner Phil Mickelson. Spurred by sordid revelations of Woods' multiple affairs behind his wife Elin's back, viewers also turned out in droves on Thursday and Friday to give cable network ESPN the highest US audience ever for a golf event on cable TV. ESPN said an average 4.4 million viewers watched its coverage on Thursday and Friday, up 29 percent from 2009. In addition, the Masters on led to 88 per cent more page views and 98 percent more visits to the website than last year, the Walt Disney Co.owned cable TV sports network said yesterday.

Patrick Vieira if he had to name his squad today. "We'll think about that in due time," he said of Henry. "We'll look at every aspect and we'll make a decision but we still have one month left. I've always trusted great players and Titi is a great player." Domenech acknowledged France had had a tough qualifying campaign and that injuries and players not getting first team football had made things more difficult. "Qualifying was not easy and naming a squad will be difficult as well," he added. "When you have so many players that are injured or don't play in such a time, this is not reassuring." However, success was often born of such hardships, he said. "Beautiful babies sometimes come to the world after difficult deliveries."

F1 lifts ban on Briatore REUTERS ZURICH, APRIL 13

Formula One's governing body agreed on Monday to end a life ban against former Renault team boss Flavio Briatore and allow him back into the sport after 2012. The International Automobile Federation (FIA) said in a statement that a settlement had been reached to end ongoing legal proceedings against the flamboyant Italian multi-millionaire. In the statement, the governing body said each man had recognised "his share of responsibility for the deliberate crash" in Singapore, expressed regrets and apologised. "They have undertaken to abstain from having any operational role in Formula One until 31 December 2012, as well as in all the other competitions registered on the FIA calendars until the end of the 2011 sporting season," it said. "They have also abandoned all publicity and financial measures resulting from the judgement of 5 January 2010, as well as any further action against the FIA on the subject of this affair."

Arsenal could be target of takeover bid

Xavi hitting stride for WC


One of Arsenal’s biggest shareholders decided to sell her stake in the Premier League club on Monday raising the possibility of a takeover bid for the north London side. A person familiar with the situation told Reuters that U.S. private equity firm Blackstone has been retained in the last few days by Nina Bracewell-Smith to find a buyer for her stake of almost 16 per cent in the club. Bracewell-Smith’s decision to sell her holding could be of huge interest to the club’s two big investors—Kroenke Sports Enterprises and Red and White Holdings—and possibly lead to a bid for control of the club. American sports and real estate entrepreneur Kroenke currently owns 29.98 percent of the club, just short of the 30 percent threshold that would require hime to make a mandatory takeover offer. Uzbek-born metals oilgarch Alisher Usmanov holds a 26.29 percent stake through his investment vehicle Red and White.


Good news for Barcelona and Spain, bad news for all their rivals. Xavi says he is in the best form of his life. The diminutive playmaker put in a match-winning performance against Real Madrid on Saturday, setting up both Barcelona goals in a 2-0 victory at the Bernabeu that put the champions top and made them favourites to retain their league title. Real defender Alvaro Arbeloa

Adebayor quits from Togo duty AGENCIES LONDON, APRIL 13

Manchester City and Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor retired from international football on Monday, saying he was "still haunted" by the attack on his country's team bus at the African Nations Cup. Adebayor looked on in horror as bullets riddled the bus in an attack that killed an assistant coach and the squad's spokesman and led Togo to pull out of the tournament in January. The former Arsenal star later admitted he feared his life was about to end during the assault in the northern Angolan province of Cabinda and he has been unable to shake off the

mental scars of the incident. "Following the tragic events during January's African Cup of Nations, in which two of my fellow countrymen were killed by terrorists in Angola, I have made the very difficult decision to retire from international football," Adebayor told his club's website. "I have weighed up my feelings in the weeks and months since the attack, and I am still haunted by the events." "We were just footballers going to play a football match and represent our country, yet we were attacked by people who wanted to kill us all. It is a moment I will never forget and one I never want to experience again."

told reporters: "The key to the match was that we gave Xavi five seconds and he played in two passes that were good enough for Barcelona to win." In an interview with daily La Vanguardia on Monday, Xavi displayed his characteristic modesty to explain his form in terms of the whole team's. "As I always say, I need to link up with players, to have team mates prepared to make the runs off their markers. "The truth is I couldn't ask for more. I'm in the best form of my life because I have everything (I need around me). "The titles have given us all confidence. Winning changes your life because when you win it gives you self-esteem, it makes you feel more important and valued." The runs Xavi was talking about were made by Lionel Messi and Pedro on Saturday, as the midfielder ran the game, making the most of his side's possession advantage to pick out his team mates. The 30-year-old played a onetwo with Messi for the opener, delicately lifting the ball over the defence for the Argentine

to chest down and score. Pedro pulled wide of his marker and raced away onto Xavi's pass to seal the victory, and Messi missed two more chances both supplied by Xavi. "The pass is my speciality," Xavi added. "I have always been a passer but it depends a lot on my colleagues. The pass is made good by the person who makes the run." If it is important for Xavi to be surrounded by players who understand his style in order for him to shine, he is in good hands with Spanish national team boss Vicente del Bosque. The 59-year-old has kept together the core of the side that won Euro 2008 under Luis Aragones, when Xavi was voted UEFA's player of the tournament, and they swept all before them in qualifying for the World Cup finals. In South Africa Xavi will have the support of Barca regulars such as defenders Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol, and midfielder Andres Iniesta, who are welltuned to his frequency. Xavi's team mates have all spent at least two years playing with him: Fernando Torres, who raced

on to a Xavi pass to score the winner at Euro 2008, David Villa, David Silva and Daniel Guiza. If it is the six titles Xavi won with Barcelona in 2009 that helped to boost his confidence, he will be on an even greater high in South Africa if Pep Guardiola side successfully retain their La Liga and Champions League titles in May.

SPORTS Mumbai thrash Delhi W Railway, KSEB spikers win Pg. 16


No place for egos in WC squad: Domenech Pg. 17


JP Duminy and Kieron Pollard of the Mumbai Indians knock gloves as they celebrate another of Pollard's sixes on Tuesday.


Kieron Pollard blasted a stunning 13-ball unbeaten 45 and then produced a superb bowling and fielding performance as Mumbai

Indians thumped Delhi Daredevils by 39 runs in their IPL match here today. West Indian Pollard used his massive frame to produce a late blitzkrieg, scoring five sixes and

Mumbai Indians: C Madan c Mishra b McDonald 15, S Tendulkar c AB Villiers b Sangwan 30, Saurabh Tiwary b Sangwan 38, A Rayudu c AB Villiers b Nehra 24, JP Duminy not out 21, K Pollard not out 45. Extras: 10. Total: 183 for 4. Fall of wickets: 41-1, 65-2, 104-3, 133-4. Bowling: A Nehra 4-0-30-1, P Sangwan 4-0-35-2, A Mishra 30-30-0, Andrew McDonald 4-0-42-1, P Collingwood 4-0-27-0, Sarabjit Ladda 1-0-14-0. Delhi Daredevils: David Warner c Murtaza b Fernando 31, V Sehwag run out (Pollard) 20, G Gambhir c and b Harbhajan 17, Dinesh Karthik b Murtaza 11, AB Villiers lbw b Murtaza 4, P Collingwood run out (Pollard) 2, Andrew McDonald not out 33, A Mishra b Fernando 12, P Sangwan not out 6. Extras: 8. Total: 144 for 7. Fall of wickets: 39-1, 72-2, 75-3, 85-4, 90-5, 94-6, 120-7. Bowling: Zaheer Khan 2-0-23-0, D Fernando 4-0-32-2, Harbhajan Singh 4-0-24-1, D Bravo 2-0-26-0, Murtaza Ali 4-0-18-2, K Pollard 4-015-0. Man of the match: K Pollard.


The controversy over the revelation of the Kochi franchise's ownership details has taken a new, and possibly more serious, twist with ramifications beyond the IPL and the BCCI. In the past 24 hours Shashank Manohar, the BCCI president, has written a strongly worded letter to the IPL commissioner Lalit Modi criticising his decision to make public the ownership details, while Shashi Tharoor, has responded to charges of a conflict of interest by calling it an "extraordinary breach of all propriety" by Modi designed to discredit the franchise and disqualify the ownership. For his part, Modi is reported

Afridi appeals against PCB fine AGENCIES KARACHI, APRIL 13

Shahid Afridi has filed an official appeal against the Rs 3 million fine imposed on him by the PCB for tampering with the ball in an ODI against Australia in Perth this January. Afridi becomes the fourth player of the seven who were punished by the board following the tour to Australia to lodge an appeal. "Shahid Afridi has lodged an official appeal against his punishment and it will now be sent to the governing board, who will then send it to one of the independent arbitrators appointed to handle this case," the PCB's legal advisor Taffazul Rizvi told Cricinfo.

to have responded to Manohar's letter by saying his revelations on Twitter were "in no way a breach of confidentiality". He went on to say that the Kochi franchise had "a lot to hide and as such have lied about who are the actual owners of the shares." Meanwhile, Tharoor on Tuesday hit back at IPL commissioner Lalit Modi alleging he had made attempts to pressure the winning consortium to abandon their bid for the Kerala outfit. Tharoor reportedly helped set up the Kochi franchise. Tharoor also denied that he had told Modi not to ask details about owners of the consortium led by Rendezvous that bought the new franchisee.

two fours in 13 balls to take table toppers Mumbai 183 for four after electing to bat at the Brabourne Stadium. The Trinidadian, who was bought at the last IPL auction for a sum exceeding the cap of USD 750,000, then bowled an

economical spell of 4-0-15-0 and also made a run-out of Paul Collingwood. Chasing 184, Delhi, who needed a win for improving their semifinal chances, faltered against the determined Mumbai bowling and fielding efforts and

IPL meet in 10 days to sort out Modi-Tharoor spat PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 13

With the public showdown between Lalit Modi and Shashi Tharoor over the Kochi team's stake-holding structure snowballing into a major controversy, the BCCI has decided to convene a meeting of the IPL Governing Council within 10 days to discuss and take a decision on the episode. A day after Modi's controversial tweets virtually opened a can of worms on the Kochi franchise of the IPL, the BCCI spokesman Rajiv Shukla said the cricket board viewed the matter seriously. "BCCI president has decided to convene an IPL Governing Council meeting within 10 days to discuss all the issues and take a decision," Shukla told reporters after a meeting with Congress president Sonia Gandhi at her residence. Shukla, who maintained that her meeting with Sonia Gandhi had nothing to do with the Tharoor issue, said, "Whatever allegations have been made from both the sides, all those issues will be deliberated upto at the meeting of the Governing Coun-

cil. "I don't want to make a comment or any observation on what one has said against the other. All I was trying to suggest that all these issues will be discussed in the meeting convened by the BCCI president," he said. Asked whether he had a discussion with Sonia Gandhi on Tharoor's role in the IPL Kochi team, Shukla said, "I had no discussion with Sonia Gandhi on this issue. It was a regular meeting with the AICC president." Whether the BCCI took the public spat between IPL commissioner Modi and Minister of State for External Affairs Tharoor seriously, Shukla said, "BCCI president understands the urgency of the issue, that's why he has convened the meeting." Modi had on Sunday dis-

Sania-Shoaib enter Mirza residence hand-in-hand


Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her newly-wed Pakistani cricketer husband Shoaib Malik today entered the Mirza household for the first time after they tied the know yesterday at a city hotel here. Clad in a pink salwar kameez, Sania walked hand-in-hand with Shoaib, who was wearing a green sherwani. Sania's father Imran Mirza embraced his son-in-law and other members of the family welcomed the newly-wed couple into the residence. The high-profile wedding of the two sporting stars took place three days ahead of the original schedule to silence the controversy and drama sur-

were stranded at 144 for seven. David Warner briefly threatened to take the Mumbai attack by the scruff but fell for 31 in 15 balls and the rest of the batsmen flopped. Two key batsmen -- Virender Sehwag (20) and Paul Collingwood (2) -– were run out, a repeat of their poor display in running between the wickets against Kings XI Punjab in their last match. Andrew McDonald remained unconquered on 33 along with Pradeep Sangwan (6). Left arm spinner Murtaza Ali, included in the team after a gap of few matches, bowled extremely well to return figures of two for 18 while Dilhara Fernando, getting his first match, ended up with two for 32. With the win today, Mumbai, who have already qualified for the semifinals, took their tally of points to 18 and are sure to top the table at the conclusion of the league phase. Delhi remained stranded at 12 points and need to win their last two ties -– against Chennai Super Kings away and Deccan Chargers at home -- to enter the semifinals. Delhi started their run-chase in a very impressive fashion by rattling off runs in a breezy manner with Warner, who struck five fours and a six in his 15-ball 31, in his usual punishing mood, before the innings went into a tail-spin.

rounding their marriage. The mehendi ceremony, which was to be observed ahead of the wedding, was observed today at the Mirza residence and Marfa band was organised as part of the marriage celebrations. Sandhya and Bhavana, two of Hyderabad reputed mehendi designers, were called to apply mehendi to Sania, her spokesperson told reporters. She said final rehearsals for the sangeet ceremony, scheduled to be held tomorrow, are in progress. Shantanu and Nikhil-designed Sania's outfit for the reception, to be held on Thursday, has arrived from Delhi.

closed the names of the free equity holders in the little known Rendezvous S p o r t s Wo r l d ( R S W ) which coughed up approximately Rs 1533 crore to bag the Kochi franchise, a move which put Tharoor in a spot of bother as Sunanda Pushkar, a lady reportedly close to the minister, figured in the list. Miffed by the disclosure, RSW threatened to send a legal notice to Modi and accused the IPL Commissioner of breaking the confidentiality terms. The Kochi franchise has also complained to BCCI president Shashank Manohar about Modi's indiscretion. Modi hinted there was pressure on him not to reveal the details of who all owns Rendezvous. "I was told not to get into who owns Rendezvous, specially Sunanda Pushkar. Why?" said Modi. Tharoor had all along denied having a stake in the Kochi franchise, saying he played merely a facilitator's role. In a lengthy rejoinder today, Tharoor denied calling Modi and requesting him not to disclose details of the RSW stakeholders.


Beating arch rivals Pakistan by a huge margin of 58-24, India on Monday won the first edition of the Kabaddi World Cup. The final of this 10-day tournament was played here at jam-packed floodlit Guru Nanak Stadium. Besides a glittering trophy, victorious Indian team received a cheque of Rs.1 crore whereas first Pakistan took home Rs.51 lakh. Canada was third and Italy fourth bagged cash prize of Rs.25 lakh and Rs.10 lakh respectively. Indian captain Mangat Singh Mangi was declared the best stopper and Canadian Kuljit Singh Malsihan was adjudged the best raider. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal announced that the Indian team would be given State government jobs.

Ashwin, Raina star in Chennai's super win PTI CHENNAI, APRIL 13

R Ashwin bowled a virulent opening spell before Suresh Raina played an annihilative 78run knock to bring Chennai Super Kings back in the semifinal hunt as the hosts scored a comprehensive nine-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders in their crucial IPL match here today. The Chennai team with this win, which came with 6.3 overs to spare, has virtually shut the semifinal door on Kolkata, who are languishing at number seven in the points table. Chennai have jumped to second position from six in the points table and are tied on 12 points with four other teams as the race to the semifinals is hotting up. Ashwin's devastating threewicket spell, in which he polished off the Kolkata top-order, set up the win as all Kolkata could manage on the board in the make-or-break match was just 139 for eight after electing to bat at M A Chidambaram stadium. Wicket of Mathew Hayden was the lone blot in Chennai's chase as Raina's sublime knock, bejewelled with 11 fours and three sixes, did not give any chance to Kolkata to claw their way back in the match. Raina's destructive innings came off just 39 balls and the left-hander finished the match in style with a six off Iqbal Abdullah as Chennai overhauled the target in 13.3 overs. Murali Vijay played an unbeaten 50-run knock and supported Raina well with the duo raising an unbeaten 137-run partnership for the second wicket. After cheap dismissal of Mathew Hayden (0) in the very first over, Raina ensured Chennai do go the Kolkata way and annihilated the rival attack with his fiery strokes. The diminutive southpaw began his corrosive knock by hitting Ashok Dinda for three boundaries, of which two were exquisite off-side drives, in the paceman's first over. Raina treated Kolkata bowlers with utter disdain and each and every Kolkata bowler bore the brunt of his fury. In just six overs, Chennai had scored 67 runs and the match was very much in their hands. Raina rattled up his half-century with a massive six off Abdullah after consuming just 24 balls. The fifty was laced with 10 boundaries. Earlier, Ashwin's (3/16) devastating spin bowling spell punctured Kolkata's hopes of a good start as they lost four wickets at a score of 19 inside fifth over. It was 73-run fifth-wicket partnership between Manoj Tiwary (27) and Angelo Mathews (48) that pulled Kolkata out of dire straits and gave something to their bowlers to defend.

Top seed Saina Nehwal will be the cynosure of India's hopes at the Asian Badminton Championships where she plays Porntip Buranaprasertsuk of Thailand in her opening match here at the Siri Fort Sports Complex tomorrow. The world number six has been handed the top billing and the tournament will give her a good opportunity to take further strides ahead in her glowing career. Saina will also have some good space to breath around in

the absence of top five shuttlers from China which has raised her seeding to the top in the tournament. But the road would not be that easy for the sixth ranked Saina and the likes of second seed Mi Zhou of Hong Kong, Yip Pui Yin of Chinese Taipei, and Malaysian Wong Mew Choo are sure to pose huge threats to the Indian. India obviously did not have the perfect start to the tournament after PC Thulasi and Gayatri Vartak crashed out of the qualification rounds on the opening day itself.

The qualifying rounds are already underway but it will be from tomorrow when the big fishes will come out in t h e court. Another reason for the Indian fans to hope for a gold medal would be the combination of V Diju and Jwala Gutta in the

mixed doubles. The top seeded pair would like to make the absence of world's leading pairs from

Korea, Indonesia and China count. Ranked ninth in the world, Jwala Gutta and V Diju would surely draw the support from the

home crowd but the Chinese pair of Jiaming Tao and Yawen Zhang, and the two Thai pairs, ranked 10th to 12th in the world, would be breathing down their neck. The pull out of Chetan Anand, ranked 18 in the world, due to a knee injury certainly came as a huge shock to India's men's singles campaign. Not much would be expected from Parupalli Kashyap, Arvind Bhat and Anup Sridhar, who will be the three men's player to form the core of Indian challenge, but with the crowd rooting for them, close games could well tilt towards them.

Kolkata Knight Riders: S Ganguly lbw b Bollinger 10, C Gayle st Dhoni b Ashwin 7, B McCullum c Muralitharan b Ashwin 0, Manoj Tiwary c Vijay b Raina 27, David Hussey st Dhoni b Ashwin 0, Angelo Mathews c Hayden b Muralitharan 48, W Saha st Dhoni b Jakati 1, Laxmi Shukla c Hayden b Bollinger 17, A Agarkar not out 9, I Abdulla not out 0. Extras: 20. Total: 139 for 8. Fall of wickets: 17-1, 17-2, 17-3, 19-4, 92-5, 96-6, 123-7, 1338. Bowling: R Ashwin 4-0-16-3, D Bollinger 4-1-15-2, Albie Morkel 2-0-14-0, Shadab Jakati 4-0-23-1, M Muralitharan 4-0-47-1, Suresh Raina 2-0-18-1. Chennai Super Kings: Murali Vijay not out 50, M Hayden b Gayle 0, Suresh Raina not out 78. Extras: 15. Total: 143 for 1. Fall of wickets: 6-1. Bowling: C Gayle 3-0-35-1, A Dinda 2-025-0, A Agarkar 2-0-14-0, I Abdulla 2.3-0-21-0, David Hussey 20-22-0, Angelo Mathews 1-0-15-0, Laxmi Shukla 1-0-9-0. Man of the match: R Ashwin

TODAYS FIXTURE Rajasthan Royals v. Royal Challengers, Jaipur, 8 pm

Slow batting put pressure on the rest: Kumble AGENCIES NAGPUR, APRIL 13

Anil Kumble, the Royal Challengers Bangalore captain, has said Jacques Kallis' slow batting was one of the factors that led to his team's 13-run defeat against Deccan Chargers in Nagpur. "He [Kallis] has won us a couple of games earlier but today he got stuck," Kumble said after the game. "He should have gone after the bowling in the first six overs but it did not happen today. He should have made a move-on which did not happen today and that put pressure on the guys coming in. You can't expect someone like Robin [Uthappa] to see you through [every time]." Chasing a target of 152 on a pitch that was getting slower,

Opportunity beckons Saina at Asian badminton UNI NEW DELHI, APRIL 13

R Ashwin of Chennai Super Kings celebrates the wicket of Chris Gayle on Tuesday.

Also in the men's line-up, three-time world champion Lin Dan would be the favourite to win the tournament and return with the only trophy that has been missing from his cabinet. However, Dan has been seeded second behind Taufiq Hidayat who has fond memories of Asian Badminton titles having won them three times. In the men's doubles, third seeds Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas will lead the home challenge, while Jwala will pair up with Ashwini Ponappa, and will hold the fort for India in women's doubles.

it was imperative for Bangalore to make a good start. However, Manish Pandey fall first ball and Kallis crawled to a 37-ball 27 that put pressure on the rest. Kallis struggled for timing even as Rahul Dravid raised the momentum with a classy 49. However Dravid fell, holing out to long off, and left Bangalore needing 78 from 58 balls. When asked if he thought Dravid could have been more careful with his shot selection, Kumble

supported his team-mate. "If he [Dravid] plays normally, then people will say he is mild and he is not aggressive," Kumble said. "Today he was the one who gave us initiative in the first six overs after losing a wicket in the first ball. Unfortunately he got out at the wrong time. But there were many more overs and a lot of good batsmen to come, so it's disappointing that we didn't the result we wanted."

Herald newspaper