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PANJIM ON A HIGH, 76% VOTE Highest turnout since 2006, counting begins at 10 am today HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MARCH 13

Seventy six per cent voters exercised their franchise on Sunday, to elect a new set of 30 corporators to the Corporation of City of Panaji (CCP). The voter turnout was the highest in the history of the CCP elections. The last highest turnout was in 2006— 63.66 percent. The counting of votes will be taken up at 10 am on Monday morning at Goa Pharmacy College, Panjim and result of all 30 wards is expected to be out within an hour. State Election Commissioner Dr M Modassir, while speaking to media after conclusion of voting, said the overall election process was peaceful with few stray incidents reported here and there. According to statistics provided by the SEC, ward XV saw the highest voting of 87.34 per cent. Here sitting corporator Mangaldas Naik is pitted against PF’s Shekhar Degvekar. Apart from ward XV, high rate of polling was recorded at ward 20 (85.90), ward 24 (83.95), ward 21 (83.25), ward 14 (83.14), ward 27 (82.65), ward 17 (82.13) and ward 23 (80.69). Ward IV registered lowest voting percentage of 59.03. Here outgoing Mayor Carolina Po is contesting against Prabhakar Dongrekar of Panaji First (PF). Panjimites seem to have come all out with enthusiasm and their anxiety, probably was reflected in the election trend observed in the city. Many wards witnessed early morning rush even though it was Sunday. Surprisingly, majority of voters in almost all wards preferred to cast their votes during first half of the day as 68 per cent polling was reported by 2 pm. Initially confusion prevailed

at Government High School, Dona Paula, wherein polling for wards I and II were held, as there were five polling booths in one premise.People did not have any clue where they had to cast their vote. Later, the polling officials asked the police personnel to guide the people to their respective booths. In addition to five polling booths, the administration had also set up an auxiliary booth at this centre. “Auxiliary booth is used when there is heavy voting on one particular cluster of booths,” a senior government officer said. The Panaji First panel candidate Nelson Cabral who is contesting from Ward II complained that he was not allowed to vote at the first instance as he failed to produce his voting card. “I am carrying my card as a candidate. There is a proper photograph on it yet officers did not allow me to vote,” Cabral told Herald adding he was allowed to vote only when he produced the election card. In Ward IX and X, Surendra Furtado, Sudin Kamat of PF and Tosha Kurade of Babush panel, were not happy about treatment meted out to them by the polling staff. They complained that they were not allowed to enter the polling booths. Goa Police kept a tight vigil across the city since Saturday to avoid any fist fights between the supporters of rival groups.


Wards 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30

Panel with Uday... Never, says Babush PINC played its part in highest turnout


Babush Monserrate

“I am confident of my win. My panel will get almost 27 seats. I don’t want support from any independent candidate. My panel will form the majority.”

Manohar Parrikar

“The high turnout will work in favour of Panaji First. It shows the people are fed up of scams in the CCP. I am confident that Panaji First will not only get a majority but a thumping majority.”

Japan faces nuke crisis Threat of second explosion looms


Facing an unprecedented nuclear crisis, Japan today struggled hard to avert multiple meltdowns at two of its reactors damaged by the devastating earthquake and tsunami as it braced for a fresh explosion at the Fukushima plant amid fears that the toll may exceed 10,000 in the ravaged northeastern coast. In southwestern Japan, the 1,421-metre Shinmoedake volcano erupted today ringing alarm bells as ash and rocks shot up into the sky but it was not immediately clear if it was a fall-

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OF FIRST & SECOND: (Top) - Voters queue up in large numbers at Government Primary School near Pharmacy College. (Left) - Manohar Parrikar the star campaigner of Panjim First making every second count at in Ward no. 24. (Middle) - Babush Monserrate and Isidore Fernandes change gears to take stock of voting. (Right): Officials, with EVMs in tow, head back to the pavilion. Photo by Sachin Ambadoskar & Rozario Estibeiro


Babush,supporters in rally before tally

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Smoke billows from fires raging at the port in Tagajo, Miyagi prefecture on Sunday.

out of the massive earthquake. In a televised statement, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Japan is experiencing its biggest crisis since World War II as it

tackled the aftermath of Friday’s massive earthquake with a magnitude of 9, the ferocious tsunami and the worrying nuclear crisis.

Japanese authorities scrambled to control overheating reactors and fresh radiation threats at the quake-hit Fukushima nuke reactor as the risk of a second explosion grew. Fukushima shut down three reactors after the tsunami. A day after the first explosion, Kan said the situation at the plant, 240 km north of capital Tokyo, remained “grave”. The explosion had blown off the roof and walls around the reactor. The reactor faced serious troubles after its emergency cooling system failed, triggering a fresh radiation threat.

Left Front drops nine ministers, many MLAs PTI KOLKATA, MARCH 13

Apparently fearing anti-incumbency, the Left Front today dropped nine ministers and a number of sitting legislators as it announced a list of 292 candidates for the West Bengal assembly polls - its toughest electoral battle since assuming power in 1977. The list, which was announced in a press conference by Left Front Chairman Biman Bose, includes 149 new faces — 15 more than the last time. Of the 292 candidates announced, the

Communist Party of India- Marxist will field 210, Forward Bloc 34, Revolutionary Socialist Partu 23, Communist Party of India 12, West Bengal Socialist Party 5, Revolutionary Communist Party of India, MFB and DSP 2 each and Rashtriya Janata Dal and Biplobi Bangla Congress one. Announcing the list after a crucial LF meeting which ratified the names of candidates, Bose said nominees for Serampore in Hooghly district and Kalimpong in Darjeeling district would be announced later. Assembly Speaker H A Halim and Deputy

Speaker Bhaktipada Ghosh as well as LF chief whip Syed Masiha have decided not to contest on health ground, Bose said. The minister who have been denied tickets this time are - Manab Mukherjee, Partha Dey, Nandogopal Bhattacharjee, Bankim Ghosh, Rabin Ghosh, Benoy Krishan Biswas, Rabindranth Hembram, Yogesh Chandra Barman and Tapan Roy. On the reason for not fielding these ministers, Bose said some of them declined to contest and wanted to work for the party.

Ashok Naik “The increased trend in the polling clearly shows that people now want a new council and change. We are confident of our win.”

Surendra Furtado “This election will see something unexpected. Many independent candidates will take power. I feel that not a single independent candidate should join any panel.”

Carolina Po, mayor “People have voted for the best and deserving candidate. They want to see change, development. I feel Babush panel will form the majority as everybody knows that he is the one who can bring change in the city.”


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Babush Monserrate and candidate Yatin Parekh share a light moment outside a polling booth in the City.

A queue of voters outside the Government Primary School, near the Directorate of Education.

An elderly woman being helped on her way to one of the polling booths at Ribandar.

Borda apartment burgled; gold, cash worth Rs 5 lakh stolen

Fingerprint expert at the Borda apartment. Photo: Santosh Mirajkar. HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MARCH 13

In a daring daylight burglary, unknown culprits broke into a second floor apartment at Borda here this morning and decamped with gold ornaments and cash, all amounting to Rs five lakh. The inmates had locked the flat and headed to Cansaulim at around 10.20 this morning. When they returned home at around 2.30 pm, they found the latch of the main door cut open. Their worst fears came true when they entered into the flat, only to find the cupboards and suitcases ransacked by the miscreants. It was only later that realization dawned that the culprits had burgled the house as gold ornaments, besides cash went missing from the apartment. Flat owner Reina Gracias told newsmen that the culprits managed to lay their hands on a diamond and ruby set, bangles, chains, a necklace, children’s bangles, a handycam recorder from the house. Cash of Rs 5000

have also been stolen by the miscreants, besides a blank cheque. “We had left for Cansaulim after locking the house this morning. But, when we returned back at around 2.30 in the afternoon, we found the main door lock cut open”, she said. After receiving information, the Margao police rushed to the spot to conduct investigations into the sensational burglary. A police dog, besides finger print expert was requisitioned to assist in the investigations, but the investigating agency could not obtain any clues relating to the incident. Margao PI Santosh Desai, however, put the estimated value of the stolen items to Rs 1.80 lakh. This is not the first time that burglars have made merry in the commercial capital during day time. Over half a dozen flats and apartments have been burgled in the city in recent times, but the men-in-uniform has so far to detect any of these cases till date.


An physically challenged man being taken to cast his vote at a polling booth.

Did PINC lead to highest voter turnout?

Goa Police personnel maintain strict vigil at the entrance of the Goa College of Pharmacy.

A policeman stands guard at a polling booth in Bhatlem.

Photos by Rozario Estibeiro and Sachin Ambadoskar

Babush, supporters in rally before tally


While it’s still unclear who will win CCP polls, BJP backed panelPanaji First or Babush Panel, it appears PINC has stirred the minds of the voters, which contributed to highest voters turnout recorded on Sunday. Majority of Panjimites who voted, claimed that they were out today to vote just because they didn’t want Babush in Panjim. This segment of society which otherwise preferred to remain aloof and not to vote, today came out in big numbers to vote. 2011 CCP polls saw 10 percent rise in polling as against 2006. Prasad Tamba, supporter of PF, speaking to Herald said that the trend is very clear that people want change. A voter from Kamat Classic claimed that at least 60 voters from the area, cast their votes only because of PF initiative. “The area, which has around 150 voters had not voted for last municipal election,” the voter said. So also, Sandhya Kamat, resident of Ward 10, said she along with her friend was lending full support to PF only because they don’t want Panjim to be converted into Taleigao.


Babush Monserrate and supporters commence celebrations behind the Goa College of Pharmacy. HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MARCH 13

Even as Panjimites await with bated breath for Monday morning, when results of CCP polls will be announced, Taleigao MLA Babush Monserrrate has already commenced celebration. Soon after the polling on Sunday evening, Monserrate appeared on jubilant mood. He along with his supporters had

a victory procession in the city. The victory rally, which was headed by Monserrate himself also, saw the presence of former Poinguinim MLA Isidore Fernandes. As per the statistics available from the State Election Commission, 76 percent polling was registered which may not go well with the Babush panel. Speaking to reporters soon

after polling was concluded, Monserrate boosted that his panel would win in 27 wards comfortable. The victory celebration was also marked by outgoing deputy mayor Yatin Parekh, who is locked in a straight fight with former mayor Ashok Naik from Panaji First (PF), in Ward 14, behind Pharmacy College. On the other hand, former

Photo by Sachin Ambadoskar

Mayor Tony Rodrigues, who is pitted against an independent Tukaram Chinawar and Durga Veluskar of PF tried to maintained a calm posture even as there were indications that the tide was turned against him. While Babush appeared confident of his ‘victory’ in Panjim, most of his candidates contesting from Panjim ward of CCP remained skeptical.

Calangute to go ahead with garbage treatment plant HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, MARCH 13

The Calangute Gram Sabha on Sunday decided to go ahead with the garbage treatment plant at Calangute. The decision to set up garbage treatment plant was arrived at the special Gram Sabha convened in the panchayat hall, Calangute. A 5 tonne per day (TPD) capacity garbage treatment plant would be set up within six months. Initially, the Gram Sabha members objected to the panchayat’s decision to go in for a 5 TPD plant considering the quantum of garbage accumulation day-by-day. However, former sarpanch Joseph Sequeira and Panch Subhash Salgaonkar explained to the members about the difficulties being faced by the panchayat in obtaining administrative approvals for various projects and to avoid such hassles, they suggested for a 5 TPD plant, which was accepted by the members. The estimated cost of the Integrated Solid Waste Manage-

I will never form panel with Uday: Babush

Members at the Calangute Gram Sabha on Sunday.

ment plant was put at Rs 70 lakh inclusive of civil, electrical, engineering and service taxes, etc, while the panchayat would allocate 500 sq mts of land free of cost. The life span of plant would be about 20 years. Earlier, representative of Mailhem Engineers Pvt Ltd Samir Rege from Pune explained various aspects of the plant to the Gram

Sabha members with a PowerPoint presentation in detail. The members also put forth their views and sought clarifications on different aspects over setting up of the plant. The members also sought a ‘BOOT’ proposal for the plant. Rege however explained to the members that it would be difficult to get a financier for the project

Photos by Thomas Fernandes

as the cost involved would be less than Rs 5 crore. Rege also outlined the requirement of trained personnel for the maintenance of the project. Gram Sabha member Anthony Menezes enquired if the locals would be trained to undertake the job. Rege answered in the affirmative and said it could be worked out.

Explaining the pros and cons of the waste management plant, Rege highlighted the 5 TPD Plan can generate 300 cu m/day biogas, 4,000 kg/m of LPG or 480 units/day, 165 tonnes/annum of bio-manure and 5-6 cu m/day of overflow which can add to generation of revenue for the Calangute Panchayat. When Gram Sabha members sought to know how the revenue would be taken care of by the Panchayat, Sequeira clarified saying that the produce can be sold to industries at Saligao/Pilerne. Rege also informed the Gram Sabha members that Sarpanch Alex Fernandes along with Panchas Joseph Sequeira and Subhash Salgaonkar visited the plants in Pune and got first hand information of the plant. Sequeira confirmed the visit saying that they even enquired with the neighbours residing in the close proximity of the plant about any foul odour being generated from the plant to which they replied in the negative.

Continuing his bitterness against his friend turned foe Uday Madkaikar, Babush Monserrate on Sunday said that he will never form a panel with Madkaikar, if he is elected. “I don’t want any independent candidate. I will never form panel with Madkaikar,” Monserrate told Herald at one of the polling booths in ward number 4. Madkaikar, contesting as independent candidate from Ward 17, was dropped by Monserrate from his panel and was replaced by Prajyot Vaigankar. While contesting independent, Madkaikar has said that he has no rivalry with Monserrate. Madkaikar, former chairman of city market committee has been already booked by Panjim Police in two separate cases of cheating and forgery.

Guv hails Kamat as dynamic CM HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MARCH 13

Governor S S Sidhu on Sunday described Chief Minister Digambar Kamat as a dynamic Chief Minister and PWD Minister Churchill Alemao as a popular leader and a friend of the common man. He was speaking after felicitating Kamat and Alemao at a function organized by the Dalit Seva Sanghatana, Goa at the Ravindra Bhavan here on Sunday morning. Governor said, “In Kamat, you have a dynamic chief minister, who accords top priority for people’s welfare. But, what is significant is that the chief minister in a true spirit of democracy entertains public criticism of policies and programmes so as to take corrective steps. This quality enhances the public prestige of a leader”. He further said “during my two and half years stay in Goa, I have watched the chief minister function actively for providing maximum benefits of the government schemes to the people. He reaches out to the needy people, who require timely relief ”. In respect of the PWD minister, the Governor said that Alemao is a popular leader and a friend of the common man needs no emphasis.


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NGOs, GRA to protest govt’s anti-people policy HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MARCH 13

Civic group activists and villagers would carry out a protest meet in the coming week to demand Special Status and implementation of Lok Ayukta Bill for Goa. The protestors under the banner ‘Goemchea Rachondarancho Awaz’ (GRA) will also demand the Government to take prompt and stringent action against rampant sand mining, police-drug mafia nexus, CRZ violation, migrants being easily enrolled in the electoral roll and several other issues. Representative of the Pilerne Citizens Forum, Advocate Yatin Naik today said that they are forced to agitate because the Government has failed to ensure that Goa’s identity is safeguarded. “Goa’s land, resources, culture and tradition are under serious threat. The State is facing many irregularities but the Government is turning a blind eye to these issues. We want the Government to enforce stringent laws and punish the law breakers,” Naik told reporters at a press briefing. For the last few days, GRA has been conducting awareness campaign ‘gaonchi bhett’ at all villages to know their griev-

Khola panel comes out in support of GRA HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, MARCH 13

The Khola Bachao Abhiyan (KBA) has come out strongly in support of Goenchea Rakhondarancho Avaz (GRA) in its endeavour to protect Goa from corrupt politicians and other ills pushed in by perpetrators to destroy communal harmony. KBA also appealed to all Goans to show solidarity by participating in the meeting called at Azad Maidan on Tuesday evening. Speaking to Herald, KBA President Precopio Fernandes said: “We the people of Khola are participating in full force in the GRA’s meeting at Azad Maidan on Tuesday.” “It is high time that Goans should rise to face the reality and express themselves to expose the culprits who are out to loot and destroy the State and leave them no opportunity to reach to their anti-people goals,” said Fernandes. He further said he is pained to learn that some people are contemplating not to participate in the meeting. “As, we all are aggrieved people and along with other members of KBA, I appeal to the people of Goa and especially from Salcette to come out in large numbers and participate in Tuesday’s meeting,” said Fernandes. He further said that at least a minimum of four buses will leave Khola to participate in the meeting called by GRA to express solidarity and to show determination to fight against perpetrators who are out to destroy serenity of the State. Fernandes said considering ills of many local issues, lots of Goans working abroad have also requested Goenkar’s to support the cause taken up by GRA.. ances, all of which will be discussed at the protest meet to be held at Azad Maidan on March 15.

Few other NGOs have lent their support to GRA against the government’s anti-people policy.

Case registered for abetment to suicide BY HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MARCH 13

The Margao police on Saturday registered a case of abetment to commit suicide against four persons in connection with the suicidal death of the 20-year old maid servant at Moti Dongor. Margao PI Santosh Desai said a case has been registered against Ashok Shirodkar, Bharati Shirodkar and their son and daughter under section 306 of the IPC. The case was registered after the father of the deceased maid servant lodged a complaint blaming the house owner and other family members for being responsible for the death of his 20-year old daughter. In his complaint, Fakruddin Shaikh said his family is unable to digest the sudden death of their young child and attributed her death to pressures allegedly from the house owner and other family members. Fakruddin stated the police had asked her daughter at the police station why she committed theft of gold ornaments from the house of the owner and asked her to return the ornaments or will have to undergo imprisonment for seven years. Copies of the complaint have been forwarded to the National Commission for Women, New Delhi and Goa State Commission for Women for inquiry and action.

The Margao Municipal Standing Committee on Friday approved a Rs 94 lakh surplus budget for the financial year 2011-12. W h i l e t h e re v e n u e w a s pegged at Rs 44.78 crore, the expenditure was put at Rs 43.84 crore, leaving a surplus of Rs 94 lakh. During discussions on the Budget proposals, the members

discussed the contentious issue of implementing the Plinth Area for calculating house tax as against carpet area norm followed by the Civic body for many years now. MMC Chairperson Sushila Naik informed that the Civic body expect grant-in-aid to the tune of Rs 10 crore towards developmental work and another Rs six crore on Octroi. Incidentally, the budget estimates put the revenue from

house tax to Rs five crore when outstanding house tax arrears runs into crores of rupees. ON the expenditure front, the Civic body has made provision for the rehabilitation of the displaced kiosk owners, besides provision towards the purchase of a night soil tanker and garbage trucks. The budget proposal will now be placed before the meeting of the Council later this month for approval.

As was the custom in Caria at the time, Mausolus was married to his sister, Artemisia. They ruled Caria together for 24 years, after which time Mausolus passed away in 353 B.C. His widow was broken-hearted and therefore decided to build massive and magnificent tomb as a tribute. She sent word to Greece that she would pay any price to have the best architects in the world. Scopas, who had had a hand in building the Temple to Artemis at Ephesus, was one of the many men who worked on the tomb. The result was huge and unlike anything ever seen before: stone lions guarded the stairway up to

the tomb and the building was huge. Visually, the tomb was divided into three portions: the bottom third was solid marble; the middle contained Greek column; and the top had a pyramid. Balanced on the very pinnacle was a large stone sculpture showing Mausolus and Artemisia, standing side by side in a chariot.

The whole mausoleum took many years to build. In fact, Artemisia died two years after her husband did; while the tomb was still being built. The builders stayed on to finish the job, and later both husband and wife were interred in the tomb.

According to records, the Mausoleum once stood some 50 meters (135 feet) high and was surrounded by 36 columns. It was designed by the Greek architects Satyrus and Pythius, and four famous Grecian sculptors added an ornamental frieze (decorated band) around its exterior. The structure stood atop a marble pedestal at the intersection of the two main streets of Halicarnassus. The original structure was destroyed by flood. Then a new structure was built and was damaged by an earthquake and eventually disassembled by European Crusaders.

Even though the word mausoleum has come to be used generically for any grand tomb, “Mausol-eum” originally meant “in honour of Mausol.

Zilla Panchayat member from Nuvem constituency Wilfred D’Sa being felicitated at Guirim Nuvem in the presence of Benaulim MLA Mickky Pacheco, Zilla Member Nelly Rodrigues, Nuvem Sarpanch Antonio Barretto and Panch Freda D’Sa. The felicitation was held on the sidelines of drama Godfather which celebrated its 100th show in Guirim.

Portuguese professors to celebrate jubilee

Registration of 3 taxis cancelled for assaulting Ukrainian tourists HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MARCH 13

The department of tourism has cancelled the registration of three taxis, whose owner’s assaulted Ukrainian tourists early this week. The attack on the nine tourists from Ukraine happened on March 8 at the beach village of Candolim, 10 km from here. Tourism director Swapnil Naik

told reporters that the department was awaiting a police report, following which the tourist taxi permits of the three will also be cancelled. A gang of taxi drivers, including the three -- namely Agnelo D'Souza, Rohit Nagvenkar and Suresh Naik -- assaulted the tourists, who included two women, after an argument.

Colva needs a health centre and an over bridge at Old Market in Margao in order to decongest traffic from Margao to Colva and vice-versa, stated PWD, RDA and Science and Technology Minister, Churchill Alemao at the glittering inaugural function of Lions Club of Colva’s vital information board at Colva beach on Sunday.

Mausoleum of Halicarnassus

The king Mausolus was the eldest son of the first ruler of the kingdom of Caria, after it came under Persian rule. After Hecatomnus, the king, passed away, Mausolus ascended the throne. During his reign, he moved the capital of Caria from Mylasa to Halicarnassus, and as a result the ancient city flourished under his rule. He was an excellent strategist, and he managed to conquer great swathes of territory for his kingdom.

The Panjim bench of the Bombay High Court has issued directions to the Deputy Director of Panchayats, South to dispose off a pending case within three months. The directions came after a NRI resident of Sao Jose de Areal Menino Fernandes filed a writ petition complaining against the failure by the local Panchayat body to initiate action against the alleged use of open space in front of his house for sports activities. Fernandes maintained that the sporting activity in the open space infront of his house caused repeated damage to his house, garden lamps, window

panes and property by flying footballs and cricket balls, causing mental harassment, nuisance, financial losses, noise pollution and disturbance of peace and tranquility. The case was initially initiated through the office of NRI commissioner in 2009 after several complaints lodged with the village panchayat since 2002 to remove the goal posts failed to evoke the desired response. Menino told newsmen that he was forced to knock the doors of the High Court as even the Deputy Director of Panchayats refused to hear the case before him since September 2009 ostensibly because of pressure from bureaucrats and politicians.


Old Stories of yore

The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus was the fifth Wonder of the Ancient World. At the time of its construction, it was considered to be revolutionary in design. The story behind the construction of the Mausoleum is one of royal love, much like the Taj Mahal.


Health centre a priority for Colva: Churchill

Margao Council panel approves Rs 94 lakhs surplus budget BY HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MARCH 13

HC issues directives to DoP to dispose off pending case


A group of Portuguese speaking professors, who completed their graduation by Escola Normal Luis de Camoes in 1960, have met recently at Hotel Mandovi to chalk out a programme to celebrate their golden jubilee, with participation of their colleagues, on April 10 with a luncheon get together, pre-

ceeded by a solemn mass at Igreja Matriz and a group photo. The organisers are Prof Viriato Crasto, Prof Coleta Figureido, Prof Lalita Godinho, Agostinho Pinto and Dr Jose de Souza. A special issue of their magazine ‘Revista Academica’ in Portuguese will be published with collaboration from Prof Borges da Cunha from Portugual.

Guirim communidade, panchayat refutes Saligao MLA’s claims HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, MARCH 13

PWD Minister Churchill Alemao inaugurating the vital information board at Colva beach in the presence of Valanka Alemao, Lions Club of Colva president Alexander Fernandes, secretary Santaninho Braganza, treasurer Joaquim D’Costa, Colva Lions Club members, Colva acting sarpanch Anthony Fernandes and others on Sunday.

Churchill complimented Colva Lions and especially its president Alexander Fernandes, Secretary Santaninho Braganza, Treasurer Joaquim D’Costa for their vision in making the village a healthy one as he also inaugurated the Senior Citizens Centre and reopened the renovated club house at Colva, which has been air-conditioned with support from Churchill and Valanka. Colva needs a health centre not only for the villagers but also for the large number of tourists that visit the world famous beach, stated Churchill. “It will be my endeavour to talk to the authorities and complete the formalities so that it is set up at the earliest,” he added. Churchill highlighted the importance of keeping the beach clean and promised to allot a separate place for traditional fishermen for drying fish with the help of the Tourism Minister. “May be an overbridge or flyover is the need of the hour at the circle at Old Market in Margao as there is heavy congestion to proceed to Colva and viceversa. I have plans for the same, because it is part of development and I hope there will be no hurdles as nowadays people seem to object to any developmental work,” pointed out Churchill. “Our planning needs to undergo change, for without change there is no hope. This

is what people need to realize since Goa is small and when it is being done, one should not lose sight of Goan identity, which has to be maintained at all cost. We need to think of the future generations that will take o v e r f ro m u s , ” re m a r ke d Churchill. The request for an overbridge was made by Colva Lions Club since there are traffic jams and accidents at the Margao-Colva Circle. “The 24-hour modern health centre project is pending for long. The necessary funds are ready as the Colva United Centre in Kuwait and NRI Commissioner's Office have earmarked funds for the same, since this project is under NRI Commissioner's scheme designed for NRIs under Development of your own Village initiated by Goa Government.” The Tourism Department has agreed to allot the required land, disclosed Alexander. The senior citizens centre launched with the basic items, donated by Valanka will eventually be enhanced and will have a thread mill, computer with internet facilities, body massager, glucometer, library, recreational and several other facilities, said Alexander. A souvenir was released by Valanka in the presence of Colva’s acting sarpanch, Anthony Fernandes. Dr Robinson Costa proposed the vote of thanks.

Veterinary seats for Goan students HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, MARCH 13

The Goa Government has reserved seats in ‘Professional’ Degree Course in the Bachelor of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry for Goan Students, at Maharastra Animal and Fisheries Science University, Nagpur. Students seeking admission to these seats from Goa should be domicile of Goa and have passed the HSSC Examination in Goa with Physics, Chemistry,

Biology and English with aggregate of 50% or more in these subjects (excluding English) and students who will appear at HSSC Examination in 2011 are eligible for the Entrance Examination. Dy Director (Planning), Directorate of Animal Husbandry & Ve t e r i n a r y S e r v i c e s , Pashusarmvardhan Bhavan, Patto, Panjim, should be contacted for application forms and registration of names by March 16.

The Guirim Panchayat and the Guirim Communidade have strongly refuted claims by Saligao MLA Dilip Parulekar, regarding a proposal to fill the ‘Pokurli’ pond on the northern side and that a Communidade building would be constructed by the panchayat. “I strongly deny the baseless allegations by the Saligao MLA regarding levelling of the Pokurli Pond and the alleged construction of a communidade building in the area where Ganesh Immersion is done,” stated Guirim Sarpanch Ongus Menezes. “As per the Gram Saba resolution on January 30, where 150 people were signatories and the general Public opinion, it was decided to develop the Pokurli Pond for the Ganesh Immersion in consultation with Ganesh Immersion committees of the Guirim and Sangolda Monte Villa.” “The technical sanction was accorded by the Executive Engineer, Water Resources Department, and the Mapusa Block Development Officer. The necessary NOCs were obtained from all the departments concerned,” Menezes said. “There is no such proposal received from the Communidade of Guirim for levelling and constructing a communidade building as alleged by the MLA. He should should stop making such cheap statements,” the sarpanch said. Meanwhile, the Guirim Com-

munidade President Tulio de Souza has also expressed surprise at the claims by Saligao MLA Dilip Parulekar. De Souza stated that the pond on the northern side falls within the setback of the road widening area and hence no construction is possible under the law. “The no-objection certificate issued by the Communidade mentioned about levelling of the balance area and not filling up of pond. The communidade has no plans or intention to construct any structure at the site, but desires that the northern side of the plot be beautified and railing be put to avoid any accidents as it touches the road,” clarified De Souza. “The NOC clearly mentions that no new structure is to be erected,” added de Souza. He further said that the Communidade considered the demand of the local residents, who use the pond for immersion of Ganesh idols, which was made through the Gram Sabha time and again, and decided to issue NOC to respect the sentiments of the local residents. “MLA Parulekar is only trying to block the work of renovating this pond by the panchayat which the Communidade has consented, by making these baseless allegations,” charged De Souza. “The pond and the surrounding land belong to the Communidade of Guirim and the Communidade would go by the wishes of the people,” he said.


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Raia gram sabha members want sarpanch ousted Accuse him of discriminating STs


The Raia gram sabha was plunged into unprecedented bedlam and uproar after gram sabha members under the banner of Goa State Scheduled Tr i b e s A c t i o n C o m m i t t e e protested against the Sarpanch Savio Gomes for meting out injustice and discriminating against the ST community. Armed with banners and placards, the protesters demanded the resignation of Sarpanch, deputy Pinheiro and panch member Flory Monteiro for insulting the ST community and causing a division in the village by mentioning the name nonSTs at the convention held in the village last month. The ST members made it clear that they were not against the convention held in the village on February 27 by the Raia Villagers Association headed by the Sarpanch. But, they were highly critical of the advertisements and publicity stating that the convention is for the nonST communities. “You have discriminated against the community on the basis of caste by making mention of the word non-ST. Being the village sarpanch; you have gone against the Indian Constitution. It is not befitting a sarpanch to create divisions in the society”, the members said, while demanding his immediate resignation from the post. The sarpanch tried to clarify by saying the convention was held with the help of the Curtorim MLA Reginaldo Lourenco at the request of the poor from

MMC panel approves Rs 94 lakh surplus budget HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MARCH 13

The Margao Municipal Council’s Standing Committee on Friday approved Rs 94 lakh surplus budget for the financial year 2011-12. W h i l e t h e re v e n u e w a s pegged at Rs 44.78 crore, the expenditure was put at Rs 43.84 crore, leaving a surplus of Rs 94 lakh. During discussions on the budget proposals, the members discussed the contentious issue of implementing the plinth area for calculating house tax as against carpet area norm followed by the civic body for many years now. MMC Chairperson Sushila Naik informed that the civic body expect grant-in-aid to the tune of Rs 10 crore towards developmental work and another Rs six crore on octroi. Incidentally, the budget estimates put the revenue from house tax to Rs five crore when outstanding house tax arrears runs into crores of rupees. On the expenditure front, the civic body has made provision for the rehabilitation of the displaced kiosk owners, besides provision towards the purchase of a night soil tanker and garbage trucks. The budget proposal will now be placed before the meeting of the council later this month for approval.

Shiroda trio booked for threatening 3 girls HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARCEL, MARCH 13

Ponda Police have registered an offence against three persons from Panchawadi-Shiroda on charges of threatening three girls. According to Ponda Police, the incident occurred over a traditional pathway issue at Mattwada Mallya, Thali-Panchawadi, on Saturday evening. Police said that the three girls, who were walking through the pathway, were stopped by the accused. The accused allegedly threatened to kill the three girls and even tried to assault them. Earlier, about 100 villagers from Panchawadi marched to the Ponda Police station demanding action against the accused. The villagers have claimed it to be a molestation case however, investigation by police revealed that the three girls were threatened by the accused for using the traditional pathway.

the general category. When the Sarpanch stated that nothing was spoken against the ST community at the convention and that the convention was meant for the general category, the members demanded to know why the convention used the word “non-ST ’ Convention, adding that it was done deliberately to heap insult on the Scheduled Tribes. The gram sabha members demanded the panch members belonging to the ST community to come down from the dais if they believed that injustice was done to the community. Panch members from the community along with panchas Nazareth and Esmeralda heeded to the request, leaving only the sarpanch, his deputy and panch Flory on the dais. The vociferous members then demanded that the Sarpanch, Pinheiro and Flory leave the dais and demanded their resignation. Arguments ensued between the protestors and the sarpanch for quite some time, before Savio, Pinheiro and Flory finally came down from the dais Anthony Pango, who ad-

dressed the members, said the very mention of the word “nonST” convention was insulting for the Scheduled Tribes. “No one has the right to speak against any community. The Raia Villagers Association is headed by sarpanch Savio Gomes. We don’t want divisions in our village. We are not against any community, but were only protesting against the sarpanch”, he clarified and asserted that Savio has no moral right to continue in office. The meeting witnessed a commotion when gram sabha members came face to face with Peter Ferrao. Members told Ferrao that he has no right to speak or participate in the gram sabha meeting since he is not a voter of Raia village, even as Ferrao claimed that he has been paying taxes to the panchayat. The police also made their presence felt inside the meeting hall, even as the meeting was adjourned to March 27 after Panch members who were asked by the gram sabha to chair the meeting said they will not be able to answer all the queries.

Colva sabha calls for illumination of Sernabatim-Gandaulim belt HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MARCH 13

The Colva gram sabha on Sunday has told the panchayat body to submit a memorandum to Tourism Minister Nilkhant Harlankar demanding illumination of the village beach belt Sernabatim-Colva-Gandaulim. At the meeting held on Sunday, gram sabha members further demanded that the Panchayat take up with the Tourism Minister to construction of retaining wall and steps wherever required along the beach stretch. Acting Sarpanch Anthony alias Mama Cardozo said the gram sabha deliberated on the sewage and garbage disposal problems plaguing the village. After discussions, it was resolved to propose to the government to sanction Rs 35 lakh organic waste composting machine for treatment of the waste generated in the village. He said the proposed composting machine has a capacity to 3000 kg of organic waste. The acting sarpanch further said that the consultant drafted by the Goa Sewerage Corporation had recently approached the panchayat to conduct a sur-

vey of the village to tackle the sewage disposal. He said that the Tourism Department has already agreed to provide land for the purpose of waste disposal in the village. Meanwhile, the gram sabha meeting discussed the status of the football ground and panchayat projects mooted by the body. The acting sarpanch said the gram sabha members demanded that the panchayat expedite the process vis-à-vis the two projects by doing the follow up with the concerned departments, including the Water Resources and Town and Country Planning departments.

Stop issuing ration card NOCs to migrants: Navelim sabha HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MARCH 13

The gram sabha of Navelim Village Panchayat on Sunday has asked the Panchayat to write to the authorities not to accept the NOCs of house owners to issue ration card or election card to migrants. At the meeting on Sunday, the gram sabha members expressed concern over the growing number of migrants and the issuance of ration cards and election cards based on NOCs from the house owners and demanded a stop to the nuisance. The gram sabha members also demanded that households in the village that lease out rooms on rent to the migrants inform the police about the migrants by providing photographs for information. They contended that this would ensure security to the villagers given the rise in outsiders in the village. The members referred to the blast in a flat at Navelim and demanded to know the reason behind the blast since the police has ruled out explosives behind

the explosion. On mega housing projects, the gram sabha members demanded that the panchayat check the height of the existing building, charging some unscrupulous builders for violating the norm to build four floors to make profit. Saying that the height of a building can be maximum 11.5 mts and can have three floors with parking facility, the members said in cases of violations, the flat buyers turn out the losers and have urged the Panchayat to write to the Town and Country Planning Department on the issue. The contentious issue of garbage disposal was deliberated upon in detail. Members asked the panchayat to write letters to all buildings directing them not to dispose off the waste out, but to dump wet garbage in the own premises in a pit under the NREG scheme. It was also decided to inform all households, which have given rooms on rent to migrants to take care of their garbage. The meeting also deliberated

Villagers opposed to scrap yard in Ambelim HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MARCH 13

The gram sabha of Ambelim Village Panchayat on Sunday has resolved to oppose granting of any permission for a scrap yard on a land at Goencheabhatt. At the gram sabha meeting held on Sunday, agitated members, especially from the Goencheabhatt area raised apprehensions that the land in question will be used for dumping scrap and demanded that the panchayat respect the sentiments of the local people. The members pointed out that they are given to understand that agricultural land admeasuring 10,000 has been sold out to an outsider in the area and apprehended that the same might be used for scrap dumping. The locals told the panchayat body that they are ready to purchase the property in question and use the same for agricultural purposes. The meeting witnessed uproar when Sarpanch Cruz Silva

refused to allow discussion on the application field by Rafael Cardozo vis-à-vis a road on grounds that the application was not signed by Cardozo. Cardozo demanded to know from the sarpanch how he can disallow discussion on the application when the same was entered by the panchayat office. He later told newsmen that the sarpanch declined to allow discussion on his application for a road for the Novowaddo locality of Ambelim on flimsy grounds. He said around 25 household owners from Novowaddo had been demanded a road for the last many years, adding that they wanted to discuss the issue with the panchayat body at today’s gram sabha meeting. Sarpanch Cruz Silva, however, pointed out that the meeting could not take up for discussion the road proposal since the application was not signed by anyone.

on the acquisition of a field in the village by the government for the construction of a private school. The gram sabha members objected to the land acquisition saying no public purpose is involved in the acquisition of school is a private one. Members have called for the

desilting of the River Sal in the interior of Navelim fearing flooding in the coming monsoons. Members further demanded that the panchayat body clear up all lakes and water bodies in the village as part of water harvesting. On the land acquisition of

fields in and around the Salpem Lake by the government for the expansion of the Margao sewerage plant, the gram sabha has asked the panchayat to write to the PWD Minister, Churchill Alemao to scrap the proceedings and return the fields to the farmers.


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cardinal Gracias’s choice of india’s first cardinal, had the approval of nehru, says tEotÓnio r DE soUZA

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n an otherwise revenue-neutral Union Budget, the central government has, for reasons known only to itself, chosen to hit two of Goa’s three main industries – iron ore mining and tourism. The government has raised export duty on iron ore (both lumps and fines) to 20 per cent of its selling price in the recent Union Budget. Earlier, this tax was at 5 per cent for fines and 15 per cent for lumps. Goa’s iron ore exporters, who export 100 per cent of the ore they extract, all of which are fines, now face the prospect of an incredible 400 per cent increase in the export duties they pay. The rationale behind the increase in duty is that ore mined in India should be available to Indian steel producers at reasonable prices. But as constructed, the increase in duties will hardly serve this purpose. Those who export high-grade lumpy ore will only pay 5 per cent more than they are paying now. This will not really slow down exports; it will only reduce their profit margins. It is those who export low-grade fine ores that will have the problem. Their taxes have been quadrupled from present levels. This will hit their margins hard or, worse, make export of fine ore unviable. The irony is, this ore has no customers in India. Indian steel producers exclusively use high-grade lumps, and no fines. It is only the Chinese and Japanese steel producers that use low-grade fine ores. If Goa’s ore can’t be exported, it goes waste. Iron ore mining in Goa is not greatly popular with the people. But it is the illegal miners who do far more damage than the legal miners. The problem with this duty hike is that it will hit the legal miners much harder than the illegal ones. And, like it or not, the mining companies provide a great deal of livelihoods in our villages. And we do not want a sudden crisis there. As for tourism, it is being hit by its inclusion in the service tax bracket. Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s proposals place a 10 per cent service tax (discounted by 5 per cent) on hotels with a room tariff of Rs1,000 per night or higher, and a 10 per cent service tax (discounted by 7 per cent) on airconditioned restaurants that serve liquor (which includes most mid-scale Goan restaurants). Why do we say 10 per cent and state the discount instead of 5 per cent and 3 per cent for these taxes respectively? That’s because the discounts can be removed at any time and the full tax imposed. And why do we say it is unjust? That’s because hotels are already paying 12.5 per cent value-added tax (VAT), and this would raise taxes to 17.5 per cent. A/c restaurants are already paying 12.5 per cent VAT on food and 20 per cent VAT on liquor, and this would raise it to 17.5 per cent and 23 per cent respectively, hardly reasonable levels of taxation. When VAT was brought in, it was to be a single tax to replace all others. Now that Service Tax is being imposed will the VAT be withdrawn? It is unlikely, because that would hurt the revenues of the Goa state government. Then why is this one business being singled out to pay two types of taxes? It will hurt Goa’s tourism industry. Taxes are not imposed overnight. They are lobbied for and against in the corridors of power at New Delhi. Goa has two Lok Sabha MPs and a Rajya Sabha MP. It is their duty to lobby for their state. They should lose no time now to convince the powers-that-be of the unreasonableness of these two levies.

alerian Cardinal Gracias wrote in a Foreword to the second edition (1968) of John Correia Afonso’s well-known book Jesuit Letters and Indian History: : “Historical studies make a signal contribution to bringing men to see things in their changeable and evolutionary aspects.” It seems to sum up Cardinal’s perception of the link between Church, Culture and History. He was drawing from Vatican II in its Constitution on the Church in the Modern World. It is very likely that the Cardinal defended this mission of history faced with the difficulties he had experienced from the colonial past and the transition to Independent India or to Liberated Goa. As part of the commemorations of 50 years of Goa’s liberation it would do credit to Goan scholarship to remember all those who helped Goa reach its political freedom. The Goan community in Bombay was broken asunder over the issue, and there were as many fighters for integration of Goa into independent India as those who preferred to retain Goa as a holiday home where they could return, from time to time, to taste foreign drinks and other goodies. Tristão Bragança-Cunha’s Denationalization of Goans and other anti-colonial political activities earned for him a jail term of 8 years and 15 years of deprivation of political rights from the Military Court in Goa. He had denounced that the Goans were reduced to mental subservience through the services of the Church, threats of the Inquisition and the dictatorial regime of Salazar. He did not live to see liberated Goa, but he earned the consensus of all Goan freedom-fighters to choose him as their symbolic representative when the monument for the freedom fighters was erected at Azad Maidan. Alongside the politically conscious T B Cunha, Bombay saw several Goan doctors as mayors, like Acácio Viegas, J A Colaço, Alban D’Souza and Leo D’Souza (father and son) Ubald Mascarenhas, J N Heredia, Simon Fernandes. There were other prominent Goan personalities, like Gerson da Cunha, J N da Fonseca, and others who were either indifferent to Goa´s liberation, or practised political games that allowed them the best of the two worlds, living in Bombay with honourable status and summer-holidaying in Goa. Francisco Correia Afonso earned a papal award for his deft slogan “Rome Rule is Home Rule”. Mariano Saldanha, then based in Lisbon, described it caustically as “saber aliar beatice à vaidade” (ability to combine piety with vanity).

HistoricAl ExplorAtions Heredia clan patronised the Instituto Luso-Indiano, run by the Goan emigrants under supervision of the Goa Government that had sanctioned an annual subsidy of 75,000 rupees since 1929. Curiously, J N Heredia also acted as Vice-President of the Goa Liberation Council. Simon Fernandes kept up a sustained campaign through Goa Times in defence of Goan Portuguese identity, but with a mix of freedom discourse thrown in for a good measure. Leo Lawrence was fiercely critical of Cardinal Gracias for defending Nehru’s decision to occupy Goa. His book Nehru Seizes Goa (1963), published in New York, needs to be read in the context of his involvement as a practising advocate appointed by the Portuguese authorities in Goa to defend the Instituto Luso Indiano. That brought him under Indian surveillance. In 1959 Leo left for Goa where he was recruited as Deputy Director in the Department of Information and Tourism under Martires Lopes, described by T B Cunha in not very laudatory terms. I direct the curious to the source (Free Goa, 25-12-54). Just prior to the Indian conquest of Goa, Leo was assigned to brief foreign reporters who were called in to supervise the satyagraha movement. Immediately after the conquest of Goa, Leo attached himself to an American reporter, proceeded to Delhi and before end December 1961, with the assistance of the Brazilian Embassy, he left

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for Lisbon, where he joined the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and served for almost two decades in the Permanent Mission of Portugal to the United Nations. Leo Lawrence refers to what he calls Cardinal’s Manifesto. Leo gives an estimated total of one hundred thousand Goans in Bombay, from whom only ninety-six signed Cardinal’s document, and of these, he states that two-thirds were coerced into toeing the line under various threats. Leo Lawrence does not hesitate to mention how the pro-Portuguese press in Bombay ridiculed the Eminence and how some Goans arranged to send to him a saffron robe of the Hindu Sadhu as a token of his betrayal of the Christian cause in India. For Leo Lawrence, the failure of the Cardinal to soften the Goans at Nehru’s bidding led to the creation of a special section of “Goa affairs” at the Bombay Police Headquarters to screen and punish the pro-Portuguese elements. It is obvious that the Indian authorities would not permit a Portuguese-run institution in Bombay to influence against the integration of Goa into independent India. Interestingly, none of the dire prophecies of Leo Lawrence have come true, including what he predicted about Portuguese African colonies. The choice of Valerian Cardinal Gracias as first cardinal of India was possible largely due to the role played by the Jesuit archbishop of Bombay,

T D Roberts, and by Nehru himself who ensured peaceful relations with the Vatican that was worried about how the new nation would orient its religious policies. As for the Cardinal’s influence with Jawaharlal Nehru, his distinguished personality and position were sufficient, but the hostile Portuguese response to his choice as Archbishop of Bombay in 1947 and his later appointment as first Cardinal of India also weighed in his favour. All this needs to be viewed in the context of Salazar’s policy of alliance with the Church from 1940 onwards through a Missionary Accord. It came as a relief to the Vatican after three decades of anti-clericalism by the republican regime since 1910. D José da Costa Nunes had arrived in Goa from Macau, as archbishop-patriarch of Goa few months after the signing of the Missionary Accord. He showed much zeal in advising Goan clergy to remain faithful to the Portuguese regime against the winds of freedom blowing in Goa. T B Cunha accused the Cardinal of timidity in defending the political freedom of his countrymen as compared with the Portuguese church dignitaries (Free Goa, 25-7-56). He voiced his grievance in the context of the Nyogi report and Cardinal’s intervention favouring continued entry of foreign missionaries to train seminary staff. To conclude, much useful information can be gathered in the book O Estado Novo e a Igreja Católica (Lisboa, 1998) by Dr Manuel Braga da Cruz, presently the first layman heading the Catholic University of Portugal, about the conflict between Portugal and Vatican over the appointment of Valerian Gracias as as Cardinal, the tantrums of the archbishop-patriarch D José da Costa Nunes and his resignation, the efforts of Salazar to create for him a posting of doubtful significance as vice-camerlengo in the Roman curia, and finally the indignation expressed by Portugal over Pope Paul’s participation in the Eucharistic Congress in Bombay in 1964. It was viewed by Salazar as a tacit approval by Vatican of the Indian occupation of Goa. Something that few might know, there was a proposal to shift the casket of S. Francis Xavier to Bombay, so as to avoid an initial interest of the Pope in visiting the tomb in Goa. The Pope did not visit either Goa or New Delhi to focus upon exclusively religious nature of his visit. The Pope sought to compensate for any political fall-out by sending in 1965 a Golden Rose to the Basilica of Fatima in Portugal.

Why judge others?


e should always give others as well as ourselves -- the benefit of the doubt as we really do not know who is more beloved in the eyes of God. We don't know who is the better person. It is difficult as also we can't judge someone "unless we've arrived in his or her place." And since we can never be in exactly the same place and life circumstance as another person, we are never allowed to judge anyone. But this doesn't mean we should be so open-minded that we blindly accept anyone or anything. We can't judge a person, but we can judge actions. Even when people make mistakes, we can still see the best in them, love them, and care for them in spite of their mistakes. We do see this with our children. Who knows the flaws of our children better than we do, then? Yet, we choose to love them. In fact, it is only God who can truly judge a person, and His judgment is unique to the individual, not based on any formula. When we make a mistake, stop, clear it up, and get back on track. Don't let one mistake diminish the good person that we know that we are,

and the greatness that God knows, that we can achieve. We look at a person and rush to judge them. There's pain there, and all we can see is the other person as the cause of the conflict, that we feel. The truth is all we stand in judgment of the image of that person we have unconsciously formed in ourself. The right way to interact with others is to be aware of one another. Only such awareness allows us to see without judging. We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It's one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it's another to think that yours is the only path.We need to remember that judgments and criticism are as hurtful to oneself as they are to others. People judge others for various reasons. Some have been raised in critical or demanding families. Some people judge others as a projection of their own self-judgments; they see in others what they don't like in themselves. Some use arrogance and belittle others as a way to temporarily feel better or more important. In the end, none of these tactics help a person to truly feel better

By Arlette Azavedo as they carry the negativity with them. The only way to find peace and happiness with others is to love and accept them as they are. Commence with love and accepting oneself. Mother Theresa rightly said that if we judge people, we have no time to love them. This is so very true. In order to stop judging others, stop judging yourself. Become mindful of self judgments and criticism and choose to let these go. No one is perfect, we all have imperfections. Each person has their set of weakness and faults, just like the skills and strengths they possess. This combination makes humans unique. It is often said that it is far easier to judge than to understand. Be braver than the rest. Judge not others and seek to understand. When you judge others, you're not actually judging them, you're judging yourself. If the Bible teaches us not to judge others, lest we be judged ourselves, then why judge others? It doesn't feel good to judge or to be judged so put an end to it right now, especially during the Lenten Season, let’s work on this issue and have a fruitful and blessed Lenten season.

Letters to the Editor Brochures at CCP election S N D Poojary, Miramar The Collins English dictionary defines a brochure thus, ‘A brochure is a magazine or a thin book with pictures that gives you information about a product or a service.’ For a welcome change, the campaign to the election to the Panjim Municipal Corporation has gone high tech. The candidates have meticulously prepared brochures listing their past achievements and future visions. The brochures have the appearance of high-value business deals: Photos, drawings, CDs, all in colour. They are neat, decorative and impressive. Gone are the days of the black and white cousins! We hope that whichever group wins, its performance would be as impressive as the brochures it has circulated. Of course, these impressive handouts would cost a lot of money, but the election is not the time to count money. Is it?

Tsunami technology? Gregory Fernandes, Mumbai Over thousand people were feared dead with many missing in the massive tsunami triggered by the latest Japan's most pow-

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erful earthquake. It is a timely reminder that despite the tragedies of the past especially the 2004 disaster, modern technology has not been able to predict the reaction of the oceans in the aftermath, nor track the turbulent waters under the surface. People living near coastal areas tend to take the tsunami concept as one of those things that rarely happens. Advanced nations, including India, have done little to further their research and create a system that offers enough advance warning of the lurking dangers. Japan's experience has shown that even with preparation, loss to life and property is inevitable.

Bardez Mamlatdar's office Francis Rodrigues, Aldona I had the misfortune of going to the Bardez Mamlatdar office in Mapusa of late. I had been warned prior by my lawyers that the Mamlatdar allegedly delays the clearance iles, and makes the common man to run from pillar to post. He is hardly available. But if you are ready to shell out money (there are fixed rates for every work), then your work is done at an astonishing speed. Recently, the advocates in South Goa

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Vouching for a better Goa Freddy Agnelo Fernandes, Dubai Ervell Menezes has, indeed, depicted Goa, the sleaze and destruction encumbered Goa, along with the apathy of Goans for quality governance, in a nut shell in the Opinion column of Herald dated 10 March 2011. A lot of people will say – we have heard it all before and seen it all too, but can we change it? Or who will change it? In this context, we need to support the GRA on 15 March for a change in Goa. Yes, they could be the ones to bring about the change, so let’s give them a chance. joined hands and demanded from the authorities that mamlatdars should be taken to task if files are not cleared within a certain time frame. Why don't the lawyers of Bardez learn from their southern counterparts and do likewise?

Deussua lake Diogo Furtado, Chinchinim It was a dream of late Emanuel Rebello to beautify the lake 13 years ago. It is after long 13 years that our Deussua lake is seeing the fruits of our efforts. Our MLA Philip Neri Rodrigues and also the President of Communidade of Deussua, Carmelito Ferrao, should be congratulated for the efforts taken to do this work. I am sure the work will be completed before the onset of monsoons.

Incorrect attitude Ashley Vales, Alto-Dabolim Last Sunday I happened to take my son to a drawing competition organised by Vasco carnival committee. Among the participants in the sub junior category were two siblings, a girl and her brother younger to her. The girl seemed to be a fairly good artist and finished her drawing within a short time and then began helping her brother complete his. All this happened with the encouragement of their parents who were standing close by and “cheering “the daughter. I began to wonder what were the parents trying to inculcate in the young minds? Knowingly or unknowingly they were trying to get their child to the top. But, at what

cost? But with this type of attitude amongst some parents how can we expect children to be respectable citizens of society?

Full-day school timings S Kamat, Alto-Betim This is with regard to the plan for full day school and the timings thereof. It is understood that the Education Dept has proposed it from 10am to 5pm which is incorrect since it will clash with office timings. This will create a nuisance for traffic near some of the big schools, resulting in more traffic jams than usual. Schools should start as per the current timings, i.e., till 3:30 or 4pm. Further, our education administrators and teachers should be aware that all over India, schools and offices have staggered timings. This should be the case in Goa too.

change producing machine to the government of India. Indian seafarers are sufferers in all ways, the pirates capture them to obtain ransom amounts, the bureaucrats use their finances to make investments at their ease. The government of India along with corrupt politicians keeps no proper check and allows licensing of fake placement companies. Now their woes will be added in the form of the direct tax code, which will squeeze them of their hard earned money.

Fool-proof promises Marcos Alemao by email The status of Kamat’s tall promise on education park (Herald, 11 March) is the foolproof testimony of the Congress government in Goa. In laying foundation stones, they have spent lakhs of rupees and have looted government treasury. As the election are fast approaching, the Kamat government has already started to fool the voters with empty promises. Kamat and his cabinet ministers have converted the Carnival Parade at Fatorda ground into a political meeting with all the same old promises. Instead of celebrating carnival, they canvassed for votes at the Fatorda constituency. The issue of seafarers woes has also come up after long five years to raise the monthly pension from Rs200 to Rs1500. These are nothing but empty promises to win the elections and nothing else.

Reconcile during Lent Cajetan Peter D'Souza, Mumbai

The Goa police seems to have lost confidence in the maintenance of law and order, and have asked the State Election Commissioner to postpone the counting of votes on the same day the elections are held. The reasons given by the police are not at all convincing. Actually, the whole exercise would have got over within an hour.

The season of Lent began on Ash Wednesday. The season of Lent invites us to surrender ourselves to God and to reconcile in his love. Our penance should be to reach out to people and touch their lives by regularly visiting the sick and the disabled. Let us abstain from speaking rudely to people and avoid abusive language. This Lent, let us first reconcile with ourselves, and ask for God’s pardon.

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CCP elections: Vote count J M de Almeida, Panjim

by day, and the government staff is taking advantage and is harassing the affected public. Most of the government offices and staff are controlled by politicians and their henchmen, which jeopardises the normal functioning of public offices. It is very difficult to get justice without political or other influence, including corruption. The public has lost faith in the administration section or other government departments. If some affected persons approach higher authorities, they also do not show any concern. The progress of Goa, as well as those of individuals, is very much affected.

Assembly elections Newton Mendonca, Aldona Time is approaching for another assembly election. There will be poaching of votes using money power. Goans are disgusted with the sorry state of affairs. I, therefore, feel that we must seek President's rule in Goa at least for 5 years, with greater participation of the public. The choice for a Governor’s post should rest with someone of the stature of Dr Kiran Bedi, Julio Ribeiro or anyone else. But do Goans at all want a true change?

Sheher Sabha for Panjimites Bevinda Collaco, Panjim The city and, indeed, all municipalities in Goa, should have something akin to a gram sabha. Maybe a Sheher Sabha would do fine, where every alternate Sunday, citizens meet with all the elected representatives to review decisions and make new ones. Voting on issues could also take place. If there is no space within the CCP premises, the Panjim garden is ideal for the purpose. This will keep the council on its toes, and will make their politician bosses think twice before filling his pocket with our money. Most importantly, it will give the residents an opportunity to lend their expertise to the city’s betterment and people. The Sheher Sabha could be held along with a cultural programme to boot. Upcoming dramatic and musical talent can find encouragement and recognition here. This is a participatory process that would work.

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BJP warns of agitation over Merces locals get lesson coal dust pollution in Vasco on waste management In a stern warning to the Director of Transport (DoT) and Mormugao Port Trust, BJP has asked authorities to control the growing coal dust pollution and stop movement of overloaded coal trucks. Quoting air quality analysis conducted by Italab regarding coal dust pollution, which is beyond permissible limits in the port town and surrounding areas, State BJP Spokesperson Rajendra Arlekar has asked the port to control it. Addressing a press conference, Arlekar has set eight days deadline and asked the MPT to put in place effective measures to control growing coal dust pollution. He also asked the MPT and Director of Transport (DoT) to stop overloading of trucks plying

n Since MPT is the principal contractor, it is their duty to stop such illegalities at the sources. in Vasco city. “Earlier too, we agitated against the growing coal dust pollution and we won’t hesitate to do so once again to fight against coal dust pollution,” warned Arlekar. “If overloading trucks in the mining area could be stopped, then what held backs DoT in taking action against the overloaded trucks in Vasco,” he asked. However, MPT has shed its responsibility by saying that since the manual coal handling

Hezekiah tops Vasco Carnival contest

Hezekiah Figueiredo receiving the prize at the function held at Vasco Residency, Vasco. Vasco MLA, Jose Phillip D’Souza is also present. HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, MARCH 13

Hezekiah Figueiredo topped the fancy dress and singing contests organized by the Vasco carnival committee at the recently concluded carnival festivities. The prize distribution for the Vasco carnival float parade and the various contests held was organised at the Vasco Residency, recently at which, the president of the Vasco Carnival Committee, Vasco MLA, Mr Jose Phillip D’Souza was the chief guest. Vice-president, Mr Angelo Nunes, general secretary, Mr Augusto D’Costa, and treasurer, Mr Ralph Trinidade were also present. In the singing contest, the first prize went to Hezekiah Figueiredo, while Haily Rodrigues and Aarav Gadekar bagged the second and third places respectively in the sub junior category. The junior category was won by Neha Bandekar, followed by Derwin Gracias in second and Magon Fernandes in third place. In the senior category, Chetan Bandekar and Llyod Cardozo, won the two prizes for the contest. In the fancy dress contest, the sub junior category, the first prize went to Hezekiah Figueiredo, while Ashwet Pilankar and Mrinalini Tapadia bagged the second and third

prizes. The junior category went to Anisha Pilankar Tanaji, Haina Sandhu and Freya Gurjao, respectively, while the senior category was won by Deilia Redkar in first place, Veronica Picado in second and Lloyd Cardozo in third place. The drawing contest saw the junior category being won by Kedar V Dicholkar, Deepti S Fadte and Aishwarya Rauth, respectively. Aarya R Sawant, Tanishka Singh and Reeya Pangam won the sub-junior category, while the seniors category was won by Chetan Bandekar, Arun Lamani of and the third place went to Sonal Singh. The SpecialSchoolcategory prizes went to Vasudev V Dholey of Sanjay School, Arsha Rama Bhadran of Sanjay School and Subhas A Tandel, again of SanjaySchool. In the dance contest, the subjuniors category was won by Vishnu Dicholkar, Bhavesh and group in second and Joel Furtado in third place. The junior category saw Adam Godinho – Deep Vihar, Clinton and group - St Joseph Institute and Karishma Chari in the first, second and third place respectively. The senior category contest was won by Richa Siqueira, followed by Ke Sera Swayers in second place, followed in the third place by Predictable Dance Group.


Simon D’Silva was unanimously elected unopposed as president of Goan Welfare Association (GWA), Qatar, for the next two years. The general body meeting was held at the Kebab King on February 25. The GWA Qatar functioning under the leadership of D’Silva have been consistently doling out funds for relief work to different organizations in India. Since 2001, D’Silva and likeminded Goans based in Qatar have pitched into support organizations involved in relief work for the cause of the downtrodden and neglected sections of society in India. Contributions to the Guj a r a t e a r t h q u a ke v i c t i m s through the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund, Child Relief and You (CRY), a national level social-charitable body involved in the welfare of orphan children have been the twin organizations where the Goans have pitched in over the last few years under GWA. In Goa, the GWA for the last three years supported social work carried out by Lar de St Terezinha Orphanage home at Margao, also helped the insti-

tute in Cavelosim functioning under Caritas which is sheltering orphan children suffering from HIV and monetary assistance towards the construction work of the Care Home for AIDS/HIV patients in Tivim under Caritas. The forum president said the organisation would help members’ children learn, speak and write Konkani. “We will also explore ways to assist members of the Goan community,” he said. The forum sources put the number of Goan expatriates in Qatar somewhere between 10,000 and 12,000. The new managing committee members elected are Simon D’Silva (president), Martin Mascarenhas (vice presid e n t ) , H a z e l Ro d r i g u e s (general secretary), Allan De Souza (advisor/finance controller), Cajetan Rodrigues (director events), Glorio Fernandes (coordinator events), Tania Rodrigues (director cultural), Effie Noronha (secretary cultural), Edgar Fernandes (director sports), Praveen Noronha (secretary sports), Paul Fernandes (director public relations and social) and Deepshikha Barretto (secretary public relations and social).

Berths 10 and 11 in port have been leased out and it is operated by private players, it is the responsibility of Mormugao Port Users Association (MPUA) and transporters to ensure that pollution is controlled and overloading of trucks is stopped. “Since MPT is the principal contractor, it is their duty to stop such illegalities at the sources,” said Arlekar. Arlekar also criticized the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) for its ineffectiveness, as the board is only writing letters to port and DoT, while in practicality pollution control measures set by GSPCB are not obeyed or followed by the port users. “We urge the GSPCB to look into the violation of pollution norms, especially at Berths 10 and 11 of the port,” said Arlekar.

Seminar at ICG PANJIM (HND): The International Centre Goa and GOACAN will organise a seminar on Consumer Rights and Common Man: Redressal of Consumer Grievances by Government Agencies on March 15 from 9.30 am to 5 pm. A Book Reading Workshop on Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy on March 18 from 5 pm to 7 pm. Daniel Driscoll and Jugneeta Sudan will be the resource persons for the workshop.



Continuing with its efforts to bring about a change in the attitude of locals in dealing with the garbage problem in Merces, the Chaka Chak Goa team and Merces Panchayat organised an awareness meet at Hanuman Temple hall, Kumbarvaddy-Merces. The meeting was organised for the locals of Zone I, which includes areas of Shantaban, Kumbarvaddy, Firguembhat and surroundings, where the plastic menace scheme would be implemented on a pilot basis. Explaining the purpose behind the meet, Chaka Chak Goa Coordinator Patricia Pinto said that the movement has been started with the purpose of keeping the State clean and beautiful. “The time has come to put words into action,” she further said and exhorted the Merces locals to supplement their efforts in keeping the Merces village clean. Stating that the locals have to join hands with the panchayat authorities in getting rid of their garbage in a scientific way, Patricia also explained the various measures that can be adopted by individuals in treating waste in their own backyard. With the help of a projector, Patricia imparted lessons to the villagers on the importance of segregating waste at source

House catches fire at Canacona, property worth Rs 95,000 destroyed

Chaka Chak Goa Coordinator Patricia Pinto explains the finer points of waste management to the Merces locals. Photo by Manuel Vaz

which will help the authorities in its better management. Laying emphasis on the plastic menace, she urged the villagers to keep plastic separately and hand it over to the panchayat workers who will soon begin door-to-door collection no sooner the panchayat puts in place a mechanism. Patricia further cautioned the panchayat not to begin plastic collection until and unless a proper mechanism is put into place first. Later, Patricia informed that in a drive against selling of plastic bags below 40 micron, the Chaka Chak Goa team along with the panchayat secretary collected around 24 kgs of plastic bags.

Migrant labourers stoned a Mapusa-Baga route bus at Porba Vaddo, Calangute, on Sunday morning. The migrant labourers, who have been causing problems to the vehicles and pedestrians due to their over-gathering at Porba Vaddo, stoned the bus and another tourist vehicle on Sunday. The incident was reported while the migrant labourers were waiting in groups at the regular site. According to sources, the incident took place when the Mapusa-Baga bus, which was proceeding towards Mapusa, stopped at the Boddko Vhod for passengers. The moment the

bus stopped at the spot close to the migrant labourers, who without any provocation pelted stones at the bus, damaging its window panes.

On her part, Merces Sarpanch Deepika Shirgaonkar promised the villagers that the panchayat would try to implement the programme of plastic collection on an urgent basis now that the panchayat is aware of the government scheme to tackle it. Deepika also sought co-operation from the villagers in making the initiative a success and asked them to segregate waste separately so that the job is made easier. Panchas Sandhya Hoble and Girish Uskaikar, Chaka Chak Goa members Valerie Madredeus and Franky Gracias, members of Merces Vigilant Citizens Association and concerned citizens attended the meet.

Tourists rescued from drowning HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, MARCH 13

Three Indian tourists were rescued from drowning at Calangute and Candolim beaches on Wednesday. According to reports, a West Bengal couple, Anirbandey (28) and Aradhita (23), was rescued

by lifeguard Nutan Mote while they panicked in the waters of Calangute. Another Rajasthani tourist Himanshu Sharma (23) was also rescued by l i f e g u a rd s V i n o d S a l e ka r and Sadanand Bugde at Candolim beach.

Fire personnel fight the fire at a residential house at PonsulemCanacona. Photo by Kathy Pereira HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, MARCH 13

Property worth about Rs 95,000 was destroyed in a fire at a residential house at PonsulemCanacona on Thursday morning. According to reports, the house was partially destroyed in a fire due to electrical short circuit, before the fire fighters controlled the blaze. According to Canacona fire service station sources, after they were informed about the incident from their headquarters at Panjim, they rushed to Ponsulem only to find fire engulfed the rear side of the house. The fire personnel swung into action and controlled the fire from razing the entire house of Shivaji Rama Dessai, thus saving

gadgets like TV, refrigerator, etc. However, household items like utensils and few other belongings was reduced to ashes in two of the rooms and the anticipated losses caused in the fire is about Rs 95,000, while fire service personnel sources claimed to have saved over Rs 2 lakh due to their timely intervention. Fire sources further informed that short circuit in the rear room of the house was suspected to have caused the fire. Leading fire fighter B R Paret, driver-cum-operator R T Devidas, fire fighters A K Velip, T A Dessai, SK Pawaskar, P M Velip and R B Velip took part in the firefighting operations.

Mapusa Shigmo parade on March 27 HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, MARCH 13

The annual Shigmo parade of Mapusa will be organised on March 27. The Shigmo parade will leave from Alankar theatre and culminate at Bodgeswar Temple. Addressing press persons at Mapusa on Wednesday evening, Mapusa Shigmotsav Samiti President Ashok Bhartu said there are instructions from the Directorate of Tourism to start the Romtamel between 4 pm and 5 pm, as the participants which comes from distance places can leave for home early. “It has therefore been decided to issue the forms to Romtamel participants between 4 pm and 5 pm and to start the Romtamel procession by 5 pm. After half an hour, the Shigmo parade will proceed. The prize distribution function will be held at Mapusa taxi stand at about 10 pm,” informed Bhartu. Bhartu further informed that the Shigmotsav programme will begin from March 24 with a variety of entertainment programme with ‘Talrang’ being presented by Shivshahir Azad, Kolhapur, at Mapusa Taxi stand at 7.30 pm. On March 25, there will be musical programme ‘Swar-

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Sanguem, Bicholim plans in final stages HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MARCH 13

The surface utilization plans for Sanguem and Bicholim talukas will be finalized by state level committee only after the budget assembly session. Town and Country Planning senior official stated that final touches are being given to the plans of these two talukas which has mining in abundance there. “The planners are giving final touches for the plans of these two talukas. Even if plans are ready before assembly, it cannot be approved,” a senior official said. The committee had recently approved plans for Quepem and Ponda talukas, which were bereft of any eco tourism zones. However, micro industrial spaces are notified at certain places here. Sources stated that final notification for Sattari, which was a p p ro v e d o n J a n u a r y 1 4 , Quepem and Ponda taluka may come at any time near future even before the state legislative assembly session is called. The state government has already notified Regional Plans for Canacona and Pernem talukas, which has evoked severe criticism.

Panthers spotted near Mahadei sanctuary HERALD CORRESPONDENT MAYEM, MARCH 13

Barely a week after a panther was spotted at Charawane, residents of Golauli and Rive near Mhadei Wildlife sanctuary spotted another panther on Thursday. The panther was spotted by Harishchandra Gaonkar and Ravindra Naik from Rive-Sattari and Hedus-Sasoli, who were proceeding towards Valpoi in their car. According to Gaonkar and Naik, the panther had come to drink water near the Karkachi Kond. “We tried to click photographs of the panther, but the animal ran into the forest,” said the duo. It may be recalled that recently, one Suresh Gaonkar from Dongurli had spotted a panther near Mhadei Wildlife sanctuary, while Deepak Gawas and his friends had spotted the panther at Charavane on March 5.

Play on Mother Maria Clara of child Jesus held HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, MARCH 13

The Management, staff and students of Mary Immaculate Girls' High School staged a play "Walking in the Light" on the life of their foundress Mother Maria Clara of the child Jesus at the Ravindra Bhavan on Monday. The chief guest for the function was the Portuguese Consul General Antonio Sabido Costa. The Programme was graced by all the sisters and league members of the Franciscan Hospitaller Sisters from Goa and parts of India who gathered as one big family to witness this great event. The celebration commemorates 125 years of the arrival of the Franciscan Hospitaller Sisters in Goa. In December the same play was staged in anticipation of the beatification of Mother Clara. On that very day Pope in Rome announced a decree by which Mother Maria Clara was declared Blessed. Masses were held at all the homes of the congregation on Sunday. On Monday a play was staged in Margao and on Tuesday a prayer service was held in Chimbel (a place they first arrived in in Goa) and a solemn mass at 11am at Old Goa Basilica of Bom Jesus. The entire celebration will end with a formal celebration in Portugal on the May 21. Mother Clara dedicated herself to religious life and in her lifetime she reached and touched the lives of all those suffering and less privileged. Mother Clara has proved to be a strong intercessor for all those who have prayed to her fervently.


A foreign couple was robbed at Calangute late Thursday evening. According to sources, two youth on a motorcycle snatched a bag from the couple, while they were walking along the road. The motorcycle-borne youth fled from the site on snatching the bag. However, a lady panch who was also traveling tried to chase the culprits.

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his one is for those who dream to fly. And you can help others fly too. It’s very thrilling to watch aeroplanes flying in the sky and far more exiting and joyful to occupy the pilot seat. Flying an airplane may seem extremely glamorous, adventurous and exciting, with men looking dapper in their uniform and women looking pretty and smart. Undoubtedly, it is a lucrative profession. And, it also affords those in this line, the opportunity to travel the globe and other perks. But in reality this profession also demands a lot of time, dedication, patience and sacrifice as the of a commercial pilot is responsible for the aircraft he flies and the lives of his passengers. Skills Required Besides the intensive training that is a must to qualify as a pilot, an aspiring pilot must have a good knowledge of air navigation, interpretation of meteorological reports, operations of sophisticated electronic and mechanical controls, leading the aircraft under adverse circumstances, and being a leader to the flight crew and passengers under climatic and other emergency situations. Also essential is strict discipline, patience, responsibility, punctuality, commitment and dedication, hard work, stamina, alertness of mind, Emotional stability in crisis situations, adaptability to follow difficult time schedules, ability to think in crisis, good team spirit Apart from possessing these qualities, they must also be calm, pleasant, compassionate, understanding and technically sound

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Options While the majority of pilots work as airline pilots, co-pilots, or flight engineers, one-fifth of all pilots are commercial pilots. Pilots may also work as instructors. Flight instructors teach the principles of flight in regular classroom settings, and teach students how to operate aircraft in dual-controlled helicopters and planes. Some pilots are involved in crop dusting and seed spreading for reforestation. Others test aircraft, track criminals, supervision/assistance to direct fire fighting efforts; monitor traffic, cargo and passenger transport to non-airline serviced areas and rescue or evacuate people who are injured. Certain specially trained pilots act as “examiners” or “check pilots.” These pilots verify the proficiency of pilot’s license applicants and other pilots by occasionally accompanying them on flights. Test pilots test the flight performance

tional air services, air taxi and charter operations being major function. Structure Commercial airlines have typical Organisational structure. This includes airlines operations, maintenance marketing and finance divisions. A pilot’s job comes under the airlines Operations Division. In most cases, the aircraft and its crew members are under the command and supervision of the most experienced pilot, referred to as the captain. Air Crew Their job is extremely high rated and adventurous, but it is also a specialised job and one that requires intensive training. The most important person on an aircraft is the pilot, along with Captain and Co-pilots. With the exception of some small aircraft, a cockpit crew generally consists of two pilots. In some large aircraft, a third pilot—known as

the flight engineer—may be present. His duties include the operation and monitoring of numerous systems and instruments, watching for other aircraft and performing minor in-flight repairs and adjustments. Except in cases of bad weather, the actual flight is comparatively simple. Aided by the flight management computer and autopilot, and monitored by en route air traffic control stations, airplane pilots steer the aircraft along the prepared route. These highly trained professionals fly airplanes and helicopters carrying passengers or cargo and provide a wide variety of services on long and short flights. Helicopters, unlike airplanes, generally make short trips at low altitudes. Accordingly, helicopter pilots must be continually aware of potentially dangerous obstacles, such as bridges, power lines, trees and transmission towers. (to be continued)

of new and experimental aircraft- a job that is occasionally dangerous. Crop dusting pilots are also encounter dangerous conditions in the forms of toxic chemical exposure and irregular landing areas. Helicopter pilots who work with the police or with rescue agencies also encounter the risk of personal harm. Operations Commercial aviation includes passenger airlines and cargo planes, interna-

Ways To Survive Your New Boss


ust when you're used to a comfortable routine, along comes a new boss with new ideas and new ways of working and it's all change. How do you make sure that you're exactly the sort of candidate he or she would have hired in the first place? Here’s how you can ensure your survival: 1. Tune in to your boss's working style. Arrange a meeting to find out how things will be run. New leaders naturally want to make their mark, so you'll need to help your new boss translate his or her vision and ideas. 2. Project positive energy. At a time of change, everyone feels unsettled so no one wants to listen to a whinger. Be a motivator: the person everyone wants to be around. 3. Get early feedback. Ask for feedback halfway through your first task or project to make sure you've correctly understood what's needed and that you're on the right track. 4. Understand how you'll be evaluated. Know precisely on which skills, behaviours and accomplishments you will be judged and rewarded. Focus on them like a laser. 5. Be dependable. Do what you say you're going to do. Bet-

ter still, under-promise and overdeliver. 6. Make your boss look good. Finish your work on time and with a high level of professionalism. Bring new ideas to your boss and offer to take charge and implement them. 7. Think on your own two feet. Don't run to the boss with every question you have or setback you encounter. If you must report a problem, develop possible solutions to present. 8. Be courteous. Show respect and loyalty to your boss and speak well of him or her to others. (At the very least, don't slag off your boss.) 9. Go beyond the call of duty. Take on added challenges, put in extra hours and be a team player. 10. Be enthusiastic. As soon as you finish a project, ask if there are other things you can start. 11. Take your style cues from your boss. It is better to dress too smart than too casual. 12. Make an effort with your appearance. It suggests that you will make an effort at work. 13. Punctuality is more than just manners. Always be on time if not a few minutes early. Being late suggests you can't really be

bothered. 14. Come prepared. Far too many people arrive at meetings under-prepared, so this is one easy way to gain adoration from above. 15. Be known. Communicating in person - rather than email - whenever possible is imperative for success-seekers, no matter how intimidating or unaccommodating your boss may be. 16. Stay up-to-date. The business landscape is fast-changing. Those who stay current, keeping their skills and thinking fresh will be regarded as valuable and important team members. 17. Deliver the goods. In business, it's all about accountability. If for whatever reason you have fallen short in a task, admit it. Take responsibility for the shortfall and show willing to resolve it. The boss will respect your approach. If you have a new boss in your current job, you need to focus on building a solid working relationship. Right now, this is the most important person in your work life. He or she can be the most influential champion for your career, so it's essential to get off to a good start - and stay in their good books.

Securing Information Systems

he world as we perceive it, is in progress in the ‘fast mode’, with employment opportunities being made available to everyone, provided the right chords are played at the right time. If it is done sincerely, then surely you will be able to turn your dreams and desires into reality. There is nothing that can deter you from what getting what your heart is set upon to secure a comfortable life sans any tribulations, although it must be stated that in reality trials are certainly perennial in our quest for the betterment and to achieve a certain comfort level in our lives. And the question often asked is, “what is there to hinder us in a world where Information Technology reigns supreme, to gain our place among achievers in their fields of expertise? As for me there is no quantum for understanding and acknowledging the fact that hard work and perseverance are the keys to opening the doors to allow you to enter the portals of institutions that can help you do the things you always wanted to do, but

were too lazy to seek advice read up on articles, so inform you about the best opportunities available in the Government or in Corporate World. And in order to help and smoothen youngsters’ entry to the world of their chosen career field, the Media are doing their best to help break the barriers and prodding future achievers gently but surely towards a bright future. At present, there are slew of job opportunities waiting for the right personnel willing to devote themselves wholeheartedly to do the job. And one of them is in the ambit of Information Systems Security Engineering or ISSE. Security Engineering is a specialized field of engineering that focuses on the security aspects in the design of a system that deals with possible disruptions ranging from natural disasters to malicious acts. Security Engineering has existed as an informal field of study for several centuries - in the ambit of a lock smith and security printing. Security Engineering involves

aspects of Social Sciences, Psychology, and Economics as well as Physics, Mathematics, Architecture, and Landscaping. Some of techniques used in Security Engineering such as Fault Free Analysis are mainly derived from Safety Engineering. Cryptography used in contemporary circumstances was earlier availed by the Military Establishment. Today it is used frequently by the competent and the qualified. There are many areas that one can opt for in Security Engineering, although the main ones are in a. Physical Security - to deter any attackers from accessing facilities, resources, and information data; b. Information Security - to protect data stored from unauthorized access; and c. Economics Security safeguarding the economics aspects of privacy and computer security. This field comprises of a combination of Information Technology and peop l e ' s a c t iv it i es u s in g technology and information technology to support

operations, management, and decision making factors. The term Information System is often used to refer to the interaction between people and algorithmic process, data, and technology which is to be simplified as a special type of work system. The job placements are many in this sector of employment with Graduation in any stream being a must, enhanced with Computer Technology (IIT)

)BTech, BE, MCA, and the other institutes that one can pick at random are: 1. Oracle Global Education Centers', NUT, IBM Global Services, Xavier's College (Mumbai), Narsi Monji Institute of Management Studies (Mumbai), Gujarat University (Ahmedabad), PES Institute of Technology (Bangalore), National Institute of Construction Management & Research, Ponda (Goa)(, and

Are You an Office P

ractising good workplace manners is imperative to your success. Behave with courtesy and act appropriately at all times. * Group politics: Do not become known as a constant complainer or one that brings a bad mood into your workplace. Do bring a positive attitude to meetings and discussions. You don't have to be rude or sarcastic to say `no'. While saying `no' politely is a learned skill — it is the professional way to go. Further, do not gossip about or discuss other employees or their performance in any way in their absence. If you have something you absolutely must say, say it to that person in private. Learn how to be a `team player' and how to take action to make the changes you think are important. *Curb casual conversation. Socializing in the office is a great way to build camaraderie, but it's important not to spend too much time talking about last night's date or your plans for the weekend. Keep your nonwork related conversations to a minimum so others aren't bothered, saving the details for lunchtime or after-hours chats. * Don't gossip. One sure way to hurt your career prospects is to be viewed as an

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active participant in the rumour mill. Your best strategy is to avoid gossip entirely. If you're in a conversation that turns negative, politely excuse yourself. And never vent your frustrations or complaints to co-workers. Instead, blow off steam with a trusted friend or family member outside of work. *Your workspace: Maintain a high standard of neatness and professional decorum in your personal work area. Bringing personal items into that area is your decision, but be aware that what you display is a direct reflection of who you are. While it shouldn't have to be said, we must never take things from other people's workspace and return anything you borrow, with haste! Do not use a speakerphone without shutting your office door and never use one in an open area. * Sharing the environment: Take care in shared areas. Do not leave your clutter in a conference room after a meeting. If you have nervous habits, break them. Don't twitch, jiggle your leg, tap pencils or other items on the table — that can be irritating to those around you. Never engage in personal grooming in your cubicle or in meetings. Do it all in the restroom or at home. If you need to eat anything in your cubicle,

try to select foods that do not have strong or unpleasant aromas. * Have good scents. If you bring lunch to work, avoid strong-smelling foods like tuna or salad with blue cheese dressing. And it's probably a good idea to leave reed diffusers and scented candles at home, too. After all, those around you may not enjoy the smell of lilac as much as you, and some may even be allergic to strong odours. * Stay home when you're sick. Be courteous and stay away from the office if you're under the weather. If you absolutely must come to work, be mindful of others. For example, if you use the copy machine, sanitize your hands first, or clean all surfaces with a disinfectant wipe when you're finished. Knowing how and being sincere, will give you the confidence to tackle all situations. If you bring style and grace into your work behaviour — it won't go unnoticed.

Are You Sabotaging Your Career?


tealing office supplies and not going to staff meetings will undoubtedly diminish your chances of securing the biggest and best office. But besides these faux pas, there are other, less-obvious activities that can hamper your career prospects. Perpetually missing deadlines – even by only a day or two – for example, also can spell disaster. Here are six additional no-nos that you should avoid on the job: 1. Failing to follow through. You may be the hardest worker in the company, but if your boss and colleagues cannot rely on you to deliver results as promised, you may be passed over for plum assignments. Build their confidence by arriving at meetings on time and keeping them informed if you're unable to meet project deadlines. More importantly, execute your tasks with enthusiasm and attention to detail. In order to garner greater responsibilities or a more coveted role in the organisation, you must produce quality work in addition to sticking to the schedule. 2. Refusing to admit your mistakes. Creating an excuse to justify poor performance is dishonest and unprofessional. Plus, chances are your ploy won't stand the test of time. If you make a mistake, own up to it, then devise a plan for both correcting and avoiding similar incidents in the future. Employees who accept responsibility demonstrate professional maturity and confidence. 3. Becoming complacent. Enthusiastic employees who are not afraid to take calculated risks and assume new responsibilities find themselves in a prime position for a promotion or raise. Conversely, those who simply serve their time often get lost in the organisation. If you are serious about moving ahead, always go the extra mile. In addition, take steps to keep your skills up to date. The more talents you put to work for the company, the more valuable you are to it. 4. Running on empty. Working on overdrive can be just as dangerous to your career as simply getting by. While taking on new projects and responsibilities is a great way to expand your skill set, too much of a

good thing can lead to burnout. If you're spending excessive hours on the job, you may want to speak to your manager about delegating less important tasks to colleagues or adjusting your workload. It's also a good idea to take breaks throughout the day. Just a few minutes spent on a break each hour can help you recharge your batteries and work more productively. 5. Being too modest. While no one enjoys working with someone who has an overly inflated ego, it's alright to blow your own trumpet in the office once in a while. Not receiving the credit you rightfully deserve – either through oversight or confusion about who actually performed the work – may not only cause hurt feelings but also can hinder your career growth. If you've successfully completed a major project or received great feedback from a client, don't be afraid to bring it to your manager's attention. One way is to track your accomplishments in a weekly activity report to help keep your boss informed of your performance. 6. Damaging team spirit. Despite your best efforts, you won't always get along with everyone on your team. But that does-

n't mean you should be a killjoy or take every opportunity to vent your frustrations. You'll likely work with members of the group again and need their assistance, so keep relationships friendly. Positive attitudes are contagious, as are negative ones. A major mistake isn't the only thing that can damage a promising career. Sometimes more subtle mistakes can compromise your professional standing. Avoiding these six career killers will keep your professional reputation out of harm's way and may even put you on the fast track to promotion.





OPINIONATED Ruling CCP faction: implement ‘People’s Manifesto’


By juino de souza

pending ten hours each day in Panjim minding my own business, I am more a ‘Ponjekar’ rather than one from Porvorim. Yes I am not a voter in Panaji, but I feel for Panjim which surely deserves the best, being the capital city. A civic election cannot be fought as constituency based assembly election. The job of the CCP is to offer civic amenities to its people, not developing constituencies of politicians. Goa has the tradition where an MLA once elevated as Minister grabs the opportunity to develop his individual constituency to prove his performance capability to the voter. When Manohar Parrikar was in power he was obsessed in developing Panaji constituency and hence built a new market complex, IFFI, a new Corporation of City of Panaji, etc. When Babush came to power he developed Talegao constituency and focused on certain CCP resulting in Panjim being neglected. Can we allow such ego battles? Now that the elections are over, let us put the past behind us and think afresh to recreate Panaji. This is the time for all councilors to unite with one heart, one mind and work together for the overall progress of the people who are the real stakeholders and to whom the CCP owes a civic responsibility. The CCP should aim to achieve zero-tolerance of corruption and all counselors should disclose their income/assets annually. No red beacon car for the Mayor as he/she does not qualify under the category. Sub-standard brooms should be replaced with good quality stick brooms for easy sweeping of roads. The procurement through tendering system should be advertised widely advertised and has to be fair. Urban land ceiling should apply to Panaji city, and future construction of multistoried buildings be banned. All morchas should be stopped from entering city limits and an alternate open space can be allotted in the city’s outskirts near the bus stand which can be used as a ‘Morcha Maidan’. Buildings should not be allowed to cover the open terraces by raising the height so as to be converted into rooms. In such cases, the CCP must charge them for extra floor space. Shops that are constructed below to have a mezzanine floor, the owners of which, should be penalised and charged a hefty fee. Space in the new market should be auctioned. Transfer fee of 1/3rd of market value should be charged for CCP owned shops along 18th June road. Occupancy certificate and construction license fee for new buildings should be proportionately increased in tune with market prices. Mapping must be undertaken in wards at Panaji for easy planning. A ward office needs to be opened in Ribandar. E-governance and good website should be started, carrying all details. Chartered Accountants involvement while preparing Municipal budget analysis, is a must. The CCP annual balance sheet should be made public. Birth and death certificates should be made available online. There should be no convention centre in the city. Parking along narrow roads should not be allowed and instead some of the unutiliSed gardens can be converted into pay parking without cutting trees. Underground parking which is not put to use should be enforced. Friendly infrastructure should be disabled so that physically challenged people can move around without hindrance. Funds for development works should be distributed uniformly in all 30 wards sans any favouritism. Heritage structures must be maintained and sufficient public urinals are to be installed in view of growing tourist population. All losing candidates should not give up the good work but should also unite and form a shadow council to monitor the progress of work and promises made by respective panels in their manifesto. (The writer is convenor of Panjim Civic Improvement Group and the above are some of the points that form part of the people’s manifesto)

CWG equipment hired at 1,400% higher rate: CVC PTI NEW DELHI, MARCH 13

Officials of Commonwealth Games Organising Committee had hired equipment for overlay works at over 14 times the actual price, a CVC investigation has found. The CVC, in its report to CBI on overlays scam, has said that the committee had taken equipment on rent at an inflated Rs 42.34 crore (over 1,400 per cent higher) against the actual cost of Rs 2.80 crore, thus giving undue benefits to the companies. Besides, the investigators of the anti-corruption watchdog have found indications of collusive bidding, cost of renting items far higher than the cost of procurement, unreasonably high rate on supplied items, double payment and inferior quality in the overlays work.

The ECG Tread Mill Test commonly used to identify people who are prone to heart attacks is not a fool-proof procedure to know the condition of heart especially among high-risk professionals like pilots, according to a latest study. The study is an eye opener and probably the established criteria for positive Tread Mill Test (TMT) needs revision in order to avoid treating healthy persons as heart patients, its author Colonel M J Jacob, head of the department of Nuclear Medicine, Army Hospital Research and Refferal said. The study has been published in the Journal of Associations of Physicians in India. With increased prevalence

of coronary artery disease, people especially the young are anxious to find out about their risk of suffering from a heart attack in near future and hence, undergo TMT to clear the doubt.

The committee had taken equipment on rent at an inflated Rs 42.34 crore (over 1,400 per cent higher) against the actual cost of Rs 2.80 crore, thus giving undue benefits to the companies. investigators found indications of collusive bidding, cost of renting items far higher than the cost of procurement, unreasonably high rate on supplied items, double payment and inferior quality in the overlays work. The OC had given overlays contract of Rs 687.86 crore to four firms -- M/s Pico Deepali Overlays Consortium, Delhi, M/s Nussli (Switzerland) Ltd, Switzerland, M/s ESAJV:D Art:Indo Consortium, New Delhi and M/s GL-Meroform, France. The work included managing temporary structures like tents, video boards, furnitures and fixtures, generator sets among others at

62 venues (23 competition venues, 32 training venues and 7 non competition venues) grouped in seven clusters. In its internal report, copy of which is available with PTI, CVC also said there was "no cooperation" from OC officials in furnishing documents, clarifications and information during its probe in the alleged scam. "Instead of furnishing specific

replies to the queries...they (OC) have sent voluminous documents without indicating their relevance. Site visits were futile as no document was available, and none of the officials available at site could explain the detailed methodology for verification and recording of measurements of supply, installation, testing and commissioning of various items of the overlays work," the report said. It said initially, a tentative estimate of Rs 400 crore on account of overlays had been made. Subsequently, a cost estimate of Rs 948.52 crore was prepared by the OC. This was brought down to Rs 687.86 crore (including Rs 58.90 crore for Image and Look, Rs 54 crore for TSR and network switches etc, and Rs 40 crore for contingencies).

Foul language no ground for dismissal: HC PTI NEW DELHI, MARCH 13

The Delhi High Court has set aside the dismissal of a CISF personnel for using foul language against his superior, saying jawans sometimes use street language to communicate with each other and use of such words could not be a ground for removal from service.

"The experience of life resolves more than the logic of the law. Our experience guides us that the jawans do speak street language while communicating with each other and liberally spice queries with abuses. "Queries with abuses are in the form of words .... Quizzing a jawan as to where was he going, it is not un-

common to hear him say, '...................', or when a jawan returns, the other saying '............'," a Division Bench comprising Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Suresh Kait said. The court in its recent judgement directed the reinstatement of Krishna Pal Singh, who was dismissed from service after he had used "foul" lan-

guage against his senior in 2002. He was posted in Panipat. Singh approached the court challenging his dismissal order. In his petition, Singh alleged that his senior sub-inspector, R L Pandit, who was the shift in-charge of the CISF Unit IOC, Panipat had triggered a spat and slapped him on Dec 16, 2002.

18 teachers suspended for forgery PTI SASARAM, MARCH 13

Heavy rush of people at "sunday Market" in srinagar on sunday as life returned to normal in the Kashmir valley after a day-long strike on saturday.

ECG tread mill test may be lying about your heart! PTI NEW DELHI, MARCH 13

CVC report to CBI

ECG TMT is one of the main tests routinely used to detect the adequacy of the blood supply to cardiac muscles during rest as well as at times of higher stress. All those who test positive for ECG TMT are put through further tests and procedures. "A total of 152 people including airline pilots, military personnel making it to higher altitudes, submariners and executives who reported positive for ECG TMT were analysed in order to ensure their cardiac fitness in stress conditions. "It was found that the test grossly over-estimated the presence of cardiac problems and put healthy persons through unnecessary tests and procedures," Colonel Jacob said.

Adarsh panel working sans salary PTI MUMBAI, MARCH 13

The two-member inquiry commission, set up two months back by Maharashtra Government to go into Adarsh scam, has started its work and even received replies to notices sent to the members of the housing society -- sans any monthly emoluments. The state government, which ordered formation of the twomember Commission headed by retired High Court Justice J A Patil with former chief secretary P Subramanian as its member in January, recently got to know that the panel has been sanctioned some funds but they were in for a rude shock when informed that some formalities were yet to be completed for withdrawal of cash, state government officials said.

Altogether 18 teachers of panchayat schools have been suspended on the charge of getting jobs on forged certificates in Bihar's Rohtas district, an official said today. These teachers had been suspended yesterday on the basis of an enquiry report which found their education certificates were fake, District Magistrate, Anupam Kumar said. He said that the block education officials had been directed to lodge FIR against the suspended teachers. Kumar said that he had received complaints from local people about the credentials of the teachers and had ordered a probe in the matter.

Babri demolition dented BJP's image: Advani PTI NEW DELHI, MARCH 13

Senior BJP leader L K Advani today said that he felt the demolition of the Babri mosque in 1992 had "badly dented" the credibility of his party. Recalling a newspaper article he had written a fortnight after the demolition, he said that while describing the genesis of evolution of Ayodhya movement, he had said that the day the disputed structure was pulled down was the saddest day of his life. In the latest post on his blog, Advani said that some colleagues had criticised him for that statement saying, "Why he was being apologetic about the development?" Advani said he had replied, "I am not at all apologetic. Indeed, I am proud of my association with the Ayodhya movement. But I am extremely sad that our party’s credibility has been badly

dented by the happenings of December 6." He recalled that he had written in his article that organisations involved in the movement could be faulted for not being able to judge the impatience of the people participating in it. "I felt sad that a meticulously drawn up plan of action, where under the UP government was steadily marching forward towards discharging its mandate regarding temple construction without violating any law or disregarding any court order had gone awry (because of the demolition). "If the exercise contemplated had now been short-circuited in a totally unforeseen manner, the organisations involved in the movement can be faulted for not being able to judge the impatience of the people participating, but they were certainly not responsible for what happened that day", Advani recalled.

SRK, Sonam worst actors at Bollywood Razzies PTI NEW DELHI, MARCH 13

Shah Rukh Khan and Sonam Kapoor were named the worst actors and "My Name is Khan" was adjudged the worst film at the annual Golden Kela Awards, Bollywood's own Razzies. Shah Rukh was selected for his role in "My Name Is Khan" ahead of Imraan Khan ("I Hate Luv Storys" and "Break Ke Baad"), Neil Nitin Mukesh ("Lafangey Parindey"), John Abraham ("Jhootha Hi Sahi") and Hrithik Roshan ("Guzaarish"). Sonam was named the worst actress for her performance in "Aisha", where she is wooed by three men. Others nominated in the category

were Deepika Padukone ("Housefull" and "Break Ke Baad"), Aishwarya Rai ("Raavan"), Kareena Kapoor and Kajol ("We Are Family"), Priyanka Chopra ("Anjaana Anjaani"), Pakhi Tyrewala (Jhootha Hi Sahi). The worst film "My Name Is Khan" was chosen from a list that had "Housefull", "I Hate Luv Storys", "Veer", "Tees Maar Khan", "Aisha", "Anjaana Anjaani" and "Action Replayy". Arjun Rampal was named the worst supporting actor (male) for "Housefull" and Kangna Ranaut the worst supporting actor (female) for "Kites". The worst director was Sanjay Leela Bhansali for "Guzaarish".

The most atrocious lyrics award went to Abbash Tyrewala for the song 'Cry cry kitna cry' in the film "Jhoota Hi Sahi" while the most irritating song of the year award went to 'Pee loon' ("Once Upon A

Time In Mumbai"). The awards ceremony was hosted by TV anchor Cyrus Broacha. This year, the Anti-Kela Awards were introduced for for the saving grace of 2010.

The awards went to "Udaan", "Tere Bin Laden" and "Do Dooni Chaar". Others who 'bagged the honours' were Aditya Narayan (worst debutant, male) for "Shaapit", Pakhi Tyrewala (worst debutant, female) for "Jhootha Hi Sahi", "Action Replayy" (most original story), Ben Kingsley (Baawra ho gaya hai kya award) for "Teen Patti", "Baru The Wonder Kid" (worst animated film), "Ek Second - Jo Zindagi Badal De?" (When Did This Come Out Award) and Uday Chopra (The Chimpoo Kapoor Award for NoTalent Relatives of Celebrities). The 3 Idiots Childbirth Award for Most Ridiculous Se-

quences in a Film went to the whole movie of Prince. Other Special Awards were Lajja Award for Worst Treatment of A Serious Issue ("Dunno Y Na Jaane Kyun"), Bas Kijiye Bahut Ho Gaya Award (Ram Gopal Varma), Jajantram Mamantram Award for Worst Named Film ("Lafangey Parindey"), Special Award for The Worst Trilogy Ever in the History of Films ("Golmall"), The Ajooba Award for Sheer Awesomeness ("Dabangg"), Black Award for Emotional Blackmail ("Guzaarish"), Sonu Nigam Award for Career Suicide (Sukhwinder Singh for "Kuch Kariye") and Worst Casting Ever (Jackie Shroff for being cast as Sai Baba in "Malik Ek").

Sexual Harassment Bill

11 women MPs to seek amendment


With lakhs of women domestic helpers left out of the sexual harassment at workplace bill, women MPs and National Commission of Women have decided to seek an amendment to the proposed legislation, demanding inclusion of the category in it. "This is extremely unfortunate. National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) figures show that this (domestic help) is the fastest growing avenue. So many women are working as domestic

help. Excluding them (from the purview of the bill) is a grave injustice. I will certainly move an amendment," CPI-M MP Brinda Karat told PTI. Agitated over the decision, Chairperson of National Women's Commission (NCW), Girija Vyas said, "We will raise this issue in Parliament when the proposed legislation is discussed. The initial document which NCW made included the domestic helps. We are wondering how come they were excluded."


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India sends reminder to Mauritius on 2G case PTI NEW DELHI, MARCH 13

India has sent a reminder to Mauritius for its cooperation in the 2G spectrum scam probe citing information about some companies and its directors under the Mutual legal Assistance Treaty. After sending the Letters Rogatory, the CBI has despatched a reminder requesting the Mauritius Government to give details about certain transactions of 12 companies, including Etisalat Mauritius Ltd, Delphi Investment Ltd and Decan Asian Infrastructure. According to the legal documents, "investigations have revealed that the entire equity in the form of 107,91,000 shares held by Reliance Telecom Limited were transferred by it to Delphi Investment Limited, Les Cascades building, Edith Cavell

Street, Port Louis, Mauritius on December 12, 2007. "That during investigations allegations have surfaced that one corporate group which had a substantial share in another telecommunications operator in India in many circles, was also holding controlling stake/exercising control over Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd (now Etisalat DB Telecom Pvt Lyd), another telecom operator in India, through Mauritius-based companies, in violation of the Unified Access Services licence guidelines." This, according to the CBI officials, was to ascertain whether Anil Ambani-led ADAG had more than 10 per cent cross holding shares in Swan Telecom. The CBI has already questioned Ambani and other officials of ADAG in this connection and conveyed its

Alliance between Volkswagen, Suzuki not a bed-of-roses!


The Teutons and the Japs are finding life a little tough together mainly due to the speed at which each party to the Volkswagen-Suzuki alliance makes a decision. While Volkswagen wants to be quick, Suzuki prefers to stop a little and don the thinking hat for a longer while. But, the bad news is this won’t be changing anything and we might still end up getting the A-Star badged as Volkswagen something and selling alongside the “real” AStar in India. German build quality and all that, bah! Any which ways, VW plans to ride on Suzuki, Maruti’s India expertise to be precise to develop cars specifically for the Indian market. This, as India and China are said to be the markets from where the future growth is set to come for all automakers. What would be very interest-

ing to see in the coming days is how VW will manage to retain it’s brand identity by selling it’s cars in India developed from scratch by Maruti. Or will a separate low cost VW sub-brand be established to sell lo-co products in India? For now, the latter seems more plausible and by the looks of it, Volkswagen seems to be very determined to make sure that half the world buys it’s cars only which is not really a good thing. Toyota/Ford, you’ve got to do something. Coming to Maruti, conflictof-interest could just be the biggest word that will emerge out of the entire alliance as doing business together in the same market can be pretty ghastly, the live example being the topsy-turvy Tata-Fiat alliance which has all but wiped out Fiat India. Meanwhile, here are a few sound bytes from Martin Winterkorn, the CEO of Volkswagen.

contentions to a court. Rejecting the bail pleas of Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa and R K Chandolia, former personal secretary of former telecom minister A Raja, special CBI Judge O P Saini had said: "Reliance Telecom Limited of ADAG group of companies had already been granted licence in some circles and, as such, Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd, its associate company, was not eligible for licence." The court had said Swam Telecom should not have applied for licences in the first place as it was incorporated by the Reliance group of companies and thus was ineligible. ADAG has, however, denied the allegations of the CBI. "Allegations have also surfaced that some public servants have stakes in Mauritius based companies."


Unhappy with AICTE''s modification of admission norms for management programmes, major bodies representing private B-schools have said they will oppose any move to "herd them" with state university-affiliated courses and accused the regulator of "apathy" to quality education. They have expressed fears that state governments, who have been made a major player in the admission process, do not have the necessary "wherewithal" to conduct the tests.

Announcing partial modification to admission guidelines last Friday, AICTE had given institutes the option of exercising their preference for selecting students through CAT or MAT or through examination conducted by respective state governments. The preferences would have to be given to the competent authority of the state governments. The revised norms were issued in the backdrop of the regulator receiving 80,000 complaints on a range of alleged irregularities being committed by some of the institutions.


Actress Jennifer Aniston greets fans during an autograph signing session as part of promotional activities for her fragrance "Jennifer Aniston" in Mexico City on Sunday.

If Sebi has its way, wealth managers will have a tough time going forward as the capital markets watchdog is in the process of coming out with stern measures to regulate the relationship managers in particular and wealth management firms in general. Sebi has also flagged the need for concerted efforts and better coordination both at the operational as well as the surveillance level between the various regulators to protect the interests of investors in this increasingly complex world of financial products. In fact, Sebi executive director KN Vaidhyanathan, who heads the investment management department that oversees foreign institutional investors and mutual funds at Sebi, was very vocal at a seminar over the weekend here, "We can't remain silent. We need to come together and address how to regulate the wealth management sector which straddles across different jurisdictions." "The markets are far too advanced now. The wealth managers of today straddle across products that cut through banking, capital markets and insurance regulatory frameworks. We need to integrate across regulators, not just at the policy level, but at the operating and surveillance levels too," he stressed. The strong pitch for coordination and firmer control on these nascent areas of the financial system assume critical importance in the light of the recent Rs 350-crore wealth management fraud that took place at the Gurgaon branch of Citibank. In the fraud, Citibank's one of the relationship managers allegedly used fraudulent documents to lure high networth individuals and companies such as the privately held Hero Investments, an arm of the country's largest two-wheeler maker.

Inflation data, RBI mid-policy review to decide market’s mood PTI NEW DELHI, MARCH 13

The monthly inflation data, the RBI's mid-quarter policy review, and the advance tax numbers will decide the mood of the market investors in the coming week, who have turned cautious after the massive earthquake in Japan on Friday, say experts. The stock market benchmark Sensex plummeted by 312.36 points, or 1.68 per

cent, last week, largely on account of the political drama between the DMK and Congress, the string of downbeat economic reports from Japan to the US, and escalation of violence in Libya. Analysts opine the earthquake in Japan, which triggered a massive Tsunami and killed dozens of people is unlikely to have any immediate impact on the Indian markets next week.

"There should not be any immediate impact of the Japan massacre on the Indian stock market and the companies shares having operations in Japan in the coming week, but there may be some selling on the announcement of loss estimates in the later part of the week," Geojit BNP Paribas Financial Services Research Head Alex Mathews said. Market observers feel the investors who ignored the posi-

tive domestic economic data, better than estimated IIP numbers, strong exports and sharp fall in food inflation last week, are looking at positive surprises from the advance tax numbers, monthly inflation data, RBI's mid-quarter policy review next week. "Next week will be an important one as markets will react to monthly inflation data, RBI's mid-quarter policy review and the Fed meeting," IIFL Head of

Research (India Private Clients) Amar Ambani said. The RBI is widely expected to raise key policy rates by 25 basis points at its mid-quarter policy review on 17 March 2011, said an expert. Besides, the strong macroeconomic picture should lift the investor sentiment, said an expert. "The overall macro factors are encouraging. Food inflation declined to 13-week low


The Indian IT industry will add over 2.25 lakh employees in 2011 and will clock revenues of USD 71.7 billion by the end of the year, consulting firm Deloitte has said. Revenues from the information technology and business process outsourcing industry will reach USD 71.7 billion for 2011, and account for 5.8 per cent of the country's GDP, the firm said in its Technology, Media and Telecommunications Predictions for 2011. The total number of employees working in the IT/ITeS (IT enabled services) sector will grow to 22.3 lakh this year which will be an addition of 2.26 lakh, it said, adding an additional 80 lakh people will get employment indirectly from the sector.

The Education Promotion Society for India (EPSI) and the Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS) have held that the modifications are "negligible" and do not address the wider concerns of management institutes. Selection of students to post-graduate diploma in management (PGDM) programme is not just based on past academic record or percentile scored in CAT or MAT, but is finalised based on managerial aptitude and potential of the prospective students done through rigorous process of group discussion and personal interview.

at 9.52 per cent, IIP numbers beat street estimates at 3.7 per cent were positives. UPA's settlement on the seat sharing front with DMK is also viewed positively," Motilal Oswal Securities Manager & Analyst (Derivatives) Bhavin Desai said. The crude oil prices which have slumped below $ 100 per barrel may also provide some respite to the tumbling street, said an analyst.

Kenersys opens wind turbine plant in Baramati

IT sector to hire 2.25 lakh

Private B-schools unhappy with guidelines of regulator AICTE NEW DELHI, MARCH 13

Sebi for tighter leash on wealth managers


Ferrari Chairman, Luca di Montezemolo with Shreyans Group Chairman, Ashish Chordi.

Ferrari appoints Shreyans as India distributor AGENCIES NEW DELHI, MARCH 13

Shreyans has just sent out an official press release, confirming what we had said more than a month ago. Ferrari has appointed the Porsche and Ducati distributor as its Indian distributor, thus ending speculations that were on for months. In fact, BS Motoring was among the first to announce that Shreyans would be the Indian distributor, ruling out all other possibilities that were being talked about. Shreyans, better known for

its Porsche and Ducati association will open its first dealership in New Delhi by mid-year and will open its second dealership in Mumbai by the end of the year. The two dealerships will form the first phase of the expansion, though there is no talk about which cities will form part of the second phase. Just as we had announced, all four models from the current Ferrari stable, including the just released FF four-seat model will be made available in India. Starting at the bottom of the pyramid will be the V8

powered California convertible, priced at around Rs 2 crore, on-road. Next would be the 572 bhp 458 Italia coupe, priced in the region of Rs 2.7-3 crore, on-road. The V12 equipped 599 GTB and the FF will be similarly priced, in the region of Rs 3-3.5 crore. The New Delhi dealership that will open first will carry the corporate Ferrari identity and will have designated areas for individualisation/customisation. Ferrari Service will also be provided in the same facility and we expect Shreyans to fol-

low the similar model of 'flying doctor' adopted for its Porsche service to be made available for Ferrari customers as well. The appointment of Shreyans will help existing owners of Ferraris, who so far have relied on independent garages and experts for maintenance. India has about 50 Ferraris (give or take), with the largest number of them being F430 coupes. Other models include the V8 360 Modena, the V8 355 and 348 as well as the odd 599 GTB and 575M. More classic examples of the 328 and 308 are also in India.

Wind turbine manufacturer Kenersys has inaugurated its multi-megawatt onshore wind turbine manufacturing facility at Baramati, near Pune. The Baramati facility has been set up on a plot of 35 acres and a built-up area of 5,600 square metres and it will manufacture hundreds of wind turbines of Kenersys type K82 2.0MW, with 82-metre rotor diameters and a total height of 140 metres. Kenersys is a part of the Kalyani Group and manufactures wind turbine generators. “Renewable energy represents the next big frontier in the technology industry and wind power is one of the fastest growing energy sources in the world. At Kenersys, we have been able to successfully combine German expertise with the global supply chain capabilities of the Kalyani Group to offer state of the art wind energy solutions to our large quality and technology-conscious customers,” Kenersys Group Chairman, Mr B N Kalyani said in a statement.

International players enter Indian beauty market PTI NEW DELHI, MARCH 13

Yearning for the exact tint of red on perfectly curled hair is what drove 25-year old Smitha, a secretary at a private firm into the plush unisex salon on her drive home from work one day. Smitha, is one among the increasing number of appearance conscious Indians whose awareness of the freshest

global beauty trends is prompting more international players to set up shop in the country and forcing the existing domestic beauty services industry to become more organised. "We can see India moving away from the traditional and now just starting to merge the old and the new," says Rod Anker, celebrity hair stylist at the Kimrobinson salon in the

capital who charges a minimum of Rs 10,000 per haircut and points out that he regularly gets flown across India for his clients. Anker, who previously worked at the Beijing centre of the salon says as more people from India began visiting the salon centres in Beijing and the Singapore to get their hair done so they decided to set up base in Delhi almost three

years ago. Similarly, over the past five years grooming standards in big Indian cities have become more comparable to those in far more developed countries as consumers have become more discerning and have access to international fashion trends and media. "Consumers are well travelled and some even make trips abroad just to pick up

their favorite products. More importantly the twin emergence of luxury mall visitors looking for an original and exciting shopping experience in stand alone boutiques (as opposed to departmental stores) coupled with the emergence of such luxury malls in India has given players like us the right environment to operate," says Anjali Pai, product manager, Kiehl's India.


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AOL fires people in India, hires in other countries AGENCIES NEW DELHI, MARCH 13

AOL might be laying off hundreds of employees in India but at the same time, the American Internet major is on a hiring spree in its home country and a few other overseas markets. AOL, which has been grappling with intense competition and sluggish business prospects, is trimming its workforce as part of restructuring efforts to rejuvenate itself. The Internet entity will be slashing more than 400 jobs in India. Interestingly, AOL is actively hiring in the US, the UK and Ireland. According to its website, the

company posted over 200 job openings in March alone. The openings are mostly in the US and there are also vacancies for operations in the UK and Ireland, among others. The firm is hiring people for various segments, including corporate services, advertising, consumer applications and media/content. "As a company, there's about 200 (job cuts) in the US and about 700 in India, although about 300 of those are going to go an outsourcer. So effectively, it's about 400 to 600 (job cuts) between India and the US," AOL CEO Tim Armstrong said in a recent television interview.

Going by estimates, AOL has about 1,000 employees in India and will be reducing the strength by around 50 per cent. "AOL will, however, retain those people who are involved in servicing the Japanese operations from India, running of mobile service Coolage and in the marketing team," a source said last week. The firm's India portal offers e-mail, instant messaging, news, sports, entertainment and a host of other information and content. Globally, AOL has nearly 5,000 employees, including those from recently acquired news portal Huffington Post.

Amway calls for regulation of direct marketing sector PTI BADDI (HP), MARCH 13

Visitors look at wedding dress creations in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province, on the opening day of 2011 China International Wedding Exhibition.

Tone up credit delivery mechanisms, public sector banks told AGENCIES NEW DELHI, MARCH 13

The Finance Minister, Mr Pranab Mukherjee, on Saturday asked public sector banks to tone up their credit delivery mechanisms so as to ensure that the targeted groups get the benefit of government policies. Stating that Government policies are sometimes not implemented in “letter and spirit”, Mr Mukherjee said that delivery system must improve and financial inclusion was “absolutely necessary” to ensure that people get the benefit of economic growth. “We must have inclusive growth. We must ensure that the benefits of growth reach the largest number of persons,” Mr Mukherjee said at an event to mark the 106th Foundation Day celebrations of Corporation Bank here on Saturday. This could be achieved only through a strategy of new paradigm where people are em-

powered and empowerment is followed by entitlement and entitlement must be backed by legal enactment, he said. While the Government had already come up with legal enactments to ensure Right to Information, right for jobs and right to education, it will soon take steps to ensure right for food, Mr Mukherjee said. The Finance Minister said that financial inclusion was an important priority of the Government as only 38 per cent (32,919) of the 87,051 bank branches of scheduled commercial banks are in rural areas. “Despite more than 40 years of bank nationalisation, we have not been able to establish more than 32,000 plus bank branches in rural India with 6 lakh villages,” he said, adding that performance has been good in the overall sense of expanding the branch network to 87,051 branches. On the global economic situation, Mr Mukherjee said that

there was recovery, but it was still fragile. “We are in extremely difficult and at the same time encouraging and challenging times. It is difficult and challenging in the sense that world is yet to recover from the worst international financial crisis after the great depression of 1930s,” he said. On agricultural credit, Mr Mukherjee expressed the confidence that the current fiscal's target of Rs 3.75 lakh crore would be surpassed. He said that the banking system had already provided nearly Rs 3 lakh crore credit as on end December 2010. “The target of credit flow to the farmers has been raised to Rs 4.75 lakh crore in 2011-12. Banks have been asked to step up direct lending for agriculture and credit to small and marginal farmers. I do hope that bankers would come to the expectations of the poor farmers,”Mr Mukherjee said. On the occasion of Corporation Bank's 106th Foundation

Avinash Gaikwad AGM, SBI Margao branch inaugurates ‘Wheels of India Super Six Hungama,’ at SGPDA Ground, Margao. The event was organized by Maruti dealers in Goa. Also present are Anand Prakash, Regional Manager, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd and Dheeraj Agarwal.

Rs 230-crore tax evasion by mobile phone dealers detected PTI NEW DELHI, MARCH 13

Unearthing major tax evasion, Delhi Government has detected swindling of tax to the tune of staggering Rs 230 crore by mobile phone dealers who imported handsets from China and sold them "illegally". Top officials in the tax department said apart from evasion of tax, the dealers were found selling Chinese mobile phones not having the mandatory International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number, which could pose a major security threat. "We have detected evasion of Rs 230 crore by 59 mobile phone dealers in the city. These dealers were selling the handsets without payment of Value Added Tax (VAT). We have now issued notices to them," an official told PTI. The tax department had conducted a series of raids on the mobile phone dealers in Karol Bagh and Gaffar market in the last few months after getting inputs from the Customs department. Most of dealers were

found selling Chinese made handsets. "It is a huge racket. Besides evasion of tax, it is a matter of security risk as phones not having IMEI numbers cannot be tracked by security agencies. These phones may be used by terrorists to even set off bombs," the official said. The 15-digit IMEI number helps the security agencies to track the phones. The Tax department has already already sealed premises of some of the dealers who were operating without the mandatory permission. According to Indian Celluar Association, the country's mobile handset association, 30 per cent of the total mobile phone market in the city has been captured by the traders who sell the imported products, mostly sourced from China. Quoting customs data, ICA National President Pankaj Mohindroo said a total of 72.88 lakh Chinese handsets had come to the city through the Delhi Airport in 2009-10 and the total value of the handsets

‘Rise in exports will bring down deficit’ AGENCIES HYDERABAD, MARCH 13

Assuring the Indian exporters that the government was working towards increasing the country’s exports in the coming few years, Anup K. Pujari, director general of foreign trade informed that such a move would also help in bringing down the trade deficit. He was participating in an ‘Open House’ programme organised by the Federation of Indian Exports Organisations

(FIEO) where he interacted with the traders from various fields. Giving an insight into the country’s export scenario, he said “India’s exports crossed US $ 200 billion by the end of last month. We estimate it to be around US $ 225 billion by end of March and the year’s deficit should be around US $ 120 billion.” He said that about 81 out of the 85 export infrastructure projects were completed in the state.

has been estimated at Rs 1,380.56 crore. The officials said the Chinese made handsets are brought to the city through the air route by payment of customs duty and then they go to the grey market, including in other states. "Although a ban was imposed on imports of mobile phones without having IMEI numbers, it was virtually not possible to check all the mobile phones because of the quantity. In some cases, traders use fake IMEI numbers," they said. An ICA official said most of the "huge imports are cleared through" wholesale distribution channel. They said retailers operating under the "illegal wholesalers" do not issue bills to the customers to avoid coming under government scrutiny. One out of the every four handsets costing above Rs 10,000 is billed in Delhi and the rest are billed outside the state to avoid payment of VAT, they said.

Kaushik sees inflation falling to below 5% AGENCIES NEW DELHI, MARCH 13

Chief Economic Adviser Kaushik Basu expects inflation to decline in the coming months and reach a "comfortable level" of below 5 per cent next fiscal. "I feel we will reach the comfortable level of below 5% sometime during the next fiscal," Basu told PTI. He further said that inflation for March is likely to be a little over 7%.

Day, the Finance Minister inaugurated from New Delhi the bank's heritage museum and Financial Research Centre at Udupi. Speaking at the event, the Union Law Minister, Mr Veerappa Moily, said that banks

need to promote entrepreneurs, particularly in rural India. He also suggested that banks need to look at moving away from collateral based lending to rural entrepreneurs. Meanwhile, Mr Ramnath

Pradeep, Chairman and Managing Director of Corporation Bank, told Business Line that the Government has agreed to infuse Rs 309 crore into the bank, taking the Centre's stake in the bank to little over 58 per cent.

India's largest direct selling company, Amway India, has called for regulation of the fastgrowing sector. Amway India MD and CEO William S Pinckney said he was hopeful that the central government has begun to understand the industry's growth and socio-economic benefits. He also cautioned that in the absence of a clear definition of direct marketing, people can not differentiate between good companies and others. "The Indian Direct Selling Association (IDSA) is in talks with the government and other agencies to enact guidelines for the direct selling industry. We interacted with the Ministries of Commerce, Finance and Consumer Affairs. However, the industry has yet to find a home," Pinckney told visiting journalists. He said the IDSA, which is considered a self-regulated body of direct selling compa-

nies in the country, has formulated draft guidelines for the industry based on laws existing in UK and Singapore. Quoting Ernst & Young's Direct Selling Annual Survey 2010, he said the total size of the direct selling industry in India, not including insurance activity, was estimated at Rs 4,120 crore (USD 915 million) in 2009–10 and it is expected to touch Rs 7,120 crore (USD 1,580 million) by 2012-13. "Countries like Singapore, Malaysia also enacted laws for direct selling industry. We do believe that in India, there is pressing need for several laws. It is a young industry, just 15 years old, and the Rs 7,000 crore market is not a small number," Pinckney said. He also said the organized sector accounted for Rs 3,750 crore (USD 835 million) of the total market size and IDSA member companies contributed revenues amounting to Rs 2,350 crore (USD 520 million).



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Cong hopes to resolve TC differences Pak actress gets death threat Congress demanding over 100

PTI NEW DELHI, MARCH 13 Congress today expressed the hope of resolving differences on seat-sharing with the Trinamool Congress for the West Bengal Assembly polls, saying it was optimistic of forming a "strong alliance" with its UPA partner. The first round of formal talks between the two parties began with Union Ministers Sultan Ahmed and Mukul Roy from Mamta Banerjee's party meeting Congress Working Committee in-charge for the state Shakeel Ahmed here. Congress screening committee in-charge for the state Janardan P ujari and WBPCC President Manas Bhunia was also

present in the meeting. After two-hour long meeting, Ahmed, though remained evasive on the number being sought by each party, said that the alliance was strong. "Trinamool Congress is a very strong alliance partner of UPA. Our alliance is there and we do hope our alliance will continue. We are very hopeful we will form an alliance and we will defeat the Left Front government in West Bengal," Ahmed told reporters. The talks began after a twoday lull on the issue prompting the Congress high command to get in touch with Mamata Banerjee yesterday, sources said. There were some irritants in the alliance talks initially with

seats and Banerjee's party offering only 45. However, the differences have narrowed down with Congress now insisting on 75.

Pakistani actress Veena Malik has received a “death threat” from a purported Taliban commander for appearing on the In-

dian reality TV show “Big Boss”, her media manager has said. “Self-styled Taliban commander Ahmed Masood issued the death threat in a hand-writ-

ten letter sent to Veena for appearing on the Indian show,” Sohail Rashid, her media manager, told Press Trust of India





BATTLEGROUND BENGHAZI lGaddafi's forces set for onslaught lArab League backs ‘no-fly’ zone

Lebanon Oppn masses for rally


Forces loyal to Libyan leader Mummar Gaddafi today were within striking distance of the main Opposition-held eastern city of Benghazi after they stormed into the city of Brega, as the Arab League came out in support of plans to impose a 'no-fly zone' over the restive country. With air supremacy and a big advantage in tanks, Gaddafi's forces are keeping up the momentum on the ground. "The rebel forces, who for weeks rapidly advanced on the capital Tripoli in a bid to oust Gaddafi, are loosing steam to the better armed government forces," al-Jazeera reported from Brega. Anti-Gaddafi rebels have been pushed out of the northern oil town of Ras Lanuf, reports said. BBC said the government forces now control the town and its oil refinery. The fall of the town was confirmed by Libya's former interior minister Gen Abdul Fateh Younis, who has defected to the rebels. But he vowed that his fighters would launch a counterattack latest by tomorrow. The Arab channel said that Gaddafi's forces were now in a good position to take on Benghazi, Libya's second largest city and the seat of the rebels' National opposition Council, which was recognised by France recently. Columns of Libyan tanks backed by fighters and gunships


Black smoke billows from a petrochemical factory on fire following clashes between pro and anti-Gadhafi militants close to the eastern Libyan oil town of Ras Lanuf on Sunday.

entered the city of Brega, which was captured by the rebels just a week back after fierce fighting. Under pressure from the proGaddafi forces, the rebels have repeatedly called on the international community to impose a 'no-fly' zone to stop air strikes on cities, but have been against foreign military intervention on the ground. The 22-member Arab League

Dozens wounded in fresh Yemen violence AFP SANAA, MARCH 13

Dozens of people were wounded Sunday in fresh clashes between anti-regime protesters and security forces in Yemen, as the death toll from weekend violence climbed to seven. Police and loyalists of the ruling General People's Congress party attacked protesters occupying University Square with

Fears rise as Japan struggles with N-reactors

live gunfire and tear gas, wounding dozens, witnesses said. Six demonstrators were shot in the head during bloody clashes with police overnight in the southern city of Aden, with two dying of their wounds, medical sources said. Witnesses said police sharpshooters fired on demonstrators from rooftops in the city, where a police station was set ablaze in a night of bloody unrest. The deaths brought the toll since Saturday to seven as prodemocracy opposition groups and students escalated their campaign to oust autocratic President Ali Abdullah Saleh after 32 years in power.

Six demonstrators were shot in the head during bloody clashes with police overnight in the southern city of Aden, with two dying of their wounds. Witnesses said police sharp-shooters fired on demonstrators from rooftops in the city, where a police station was set ablaze.

at an emergency meeting in Cairo today asked the UN to impose a no-fly zone over Libya. "The Arab League asks the United Nations to shoulder its responsibility ... to impose a nofly zone over the movement of Libyan military planes and to create safe zones in the places vulnerable to airstrikes," said a League statement released after the emergency session. Arab bloc said Libyan leader's

Pak declines Indian request on 26/11 inquiry panel PTI ISLAMABAD, MARCH 13

Pakistani authorities have declined an Indian request to send an inquiry commission to interrogate LeT commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and six other suspects charged with involvement in the Mumbai attacks, a media report said today. "There is no law under which we could allow the Indian investigators to grill the seven accused, who are already in judicial custody," a senior unnamed Interior Ministry official was quoted as saying by the Dawn newspaper. India had sent an official letter expressing its willingness to allow a Pakistani commission to visit India to interview key officials linked with the probe into the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people. In the same letter, it had asked Pakistan to allow its team to visit Islamabad to interrogate the seven accused. Home Minister P Chidambaram told the media on March 2 that India had sent Pakistan "a request asking them if they would agree to a team from India to question the people who are suspects." Wajid Zia, chief of the Federal Investigation Agency's joint investigating team that probed the Mumbai incident, sent a reply to the Interior Ministry's National Crisis Management Cell, which has forwarded it to the Foreign Ministry for delivery to Indian authorities.

government of more than 40 years had "lost its sovereignty." They also appeared to confer legitimacy on the rebel's interim government, the National Libyan Council, saying they would establish contacts with the group. Arab League's approval for a 'no-fly' zone is likely to pave the way for the US and its European allies to go ahead with enforcing the zone, which effectively neutralize Gaddafi's air power.

Opposition supporters gathered in Beirut today for a mass rally marking the sixth anniversary of a popular uprising against Syrian troops in Lebanon, demanding the disarming of Hezbollah. Cheering and singing, tens of thousands of Lebanese poured into to Martyrs' Square in central Beirut amid tight security early today, waving the national flag and the banners of proWestern political parties. "We are here to say yes to life and no to their arms," said Adnan Antar, 65, who traveled from the northern port city of Tripoli to attend the rally with his family. "There can be no rule of the state in Lebanon as long as there is the rule of arms," he added. Security forces were deployed in force across the country, as convoys could be seen heading to the capital from the north and east, blaring songs and displaying pictures in support of slain former premier Rafiq Hariri. Major highways leading into Beirut were blocked with traffic as supporters of Lebanon's opposition -- led by Rafiq's son, outgoing premier Saad Hariri -- began to voice concerns of infiltrators at the rally.

Japanese rescuers walk past tsunami damaged cars in Sendai on March 13, 2011. AFP FUKUSHIMA, MARCH 13

Japan battled a nuclear emergency Sunday in which the government said two partial meltdowns may have taken place and radiation had escaped from reactors at a quakedamaged atomic power plant. About 200,000 people have been evacuated from residential areas around the Fukushima No. 1 plant, 250 kilometres (120 miles) north of Tokyo, as global concern grows over the threat of a major disaster. Japan's top government spokesman Yukio Edano said it was highly likely that a partial

meltdown had occurred in one reactor of the Fukushima plant, and that authorities were working on the assumption that one may occur in another. Edano added that the radiation released into the air so far had not reached levels high enough to affect human health. The crisis began with Friday's massive quake and tsunami disaster, the worst on record in Japan, which caused electricity blackouts and led to malfunctions of the cooling systems of the plant's reactors. Authorities immediately declared a nuclear emergency and have since scrambled to prevent reactors at two plants

from overheating by pumping in water and releasing steam to depressurise them. Operator Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) took the drastic measure of using sea water to cool reactor one -- where a huge explosion Saturday tore away the outer concrete housing while leaving the steel reactor intact. The use of freely available, but corrosive seawater is seen as a desperate step and an admission that the reactor will never again be operational. On Sunday, the operator warned that another reactor, number three, was also overheating and that so much water had evaporated.

Pakistan may buy more time on Davis PTI ISLAMABAD, MARCH 13

To keep the option of an "out of court" settlement open in the case of US national Raymond Davis arrested for double murder, Pakistan government is expected to make efforts to buy more time when the Lahore High Court takes up the matter tomorrow to determine his diplomatic status. The government had kept its cards close to its chest yesterday, the last working day before it was to testify in the High Court on Davis' diplomatic status but

"indications of the possibility of the government sticking to its time-buying tactics were, nevertheless, quite evident," the Dawn newspaper reported. It quoted well-placed unnamed sources as indicating that the government "would seek to buy more time to keep the option of an 'out of court' settlement open, even if the court pressed its representative to certify on Davis' status." The report said the government's counsel could furnish some "basic facts" about Davis to the High Court, including a

January 2010 notification issued by the US embassy about his appointment, his diplomatic passport and a pending request for registration with the Foreign Office. However, the counsel is "likely to stop short of unequivocally stating whether or not the murder accused enjoyed diplomatic status," the report said. An official, who did not want to be named, told the Dawn that none of the government's replies to four queries to be presented in the High court addressed the

question of Davis' immunity, "clearly suggesting that the dispute that has been ominously threatening Pakistan-US strategic relationship would continue to linger." All government spokespersons were not ready to say anything on the strategy in Davis' case and suggested waiting till tomorrow, when the High Court will resume its hearing on petitions against handing over the suspected CIA contractor to US authorities. The hearing will resume after a break of three weeks sought

by the government to file a reply. This was the second adjournment granted by the court to the government for preparing its response, which pertains to Davis' diplomatic status and immunity. Legal experts have said that the question before the High Court would be as to which document – the US embassy's appointment notification or registration with the Foreign Office – formed the basis for diplomatic status and associated privileges and immunities.

Quake moved Japan by 8 feet: USGS AFP WASHINGTON, MARCH 13

A Lebanese dance and music group, performs during a commemoration marking the 20th anniversary of an uprising against the regime of toppled dictator Saddam Hussein in the northern Kurdish city of Arbil on Sunday.

US hikers set for May 11 hearing: Iran AFP TEHRAN, MARCH 13

Iran said Sunday that the second hearing in the trial of three US hikers arrested in 2009 and accused of espionage will be held on May 11, in a process their families hope will bring "justice." "The next hearing session of the three Americans who are accused of espionage will be held on 21st of Ordibehesht (May 11)... in a Tehran revolutionary court," Alireza Avaie, chief of Tehran's justice department, was quoted as telling the agency.

Japan's recent massive earthquake, one of the largest ever recorded, appears to have moved the island by about eight feet, the US Geological Survey has said. "That's a reasonable number," USGS seismologist Paul Earle told AFP. "Eight feet, that's certainly going to be in the ballpark." Friday's 8.9 magnitude quake unleashed a terrifying tsunami that engulfed towns and cities on Japan's northeastern coast, destroying everything in its path. The quake and its tectonic shift resulted from "thrust faulting" along the boundary of the Pacific and North America plates, according to the USGS. The Pacific plate pushes under a far western wedge of the North America plate at the rate of about 3.3 inches per year, but a colossal earthquake can provide enough of a jolt to dramatically move the plates, with catastrophic consequences.

China arrests activists for urging protests AFP BEIJING, MARCH 13

Police in China have arrested and charged more activists with subversion, rights groups say, as online calls Sunday urged Chinese to join anti-government rallies for the fourth week running. G u o We i d o n g , 3 8 , w a s charged with "inciting subversion" Friday after he posted Internet calls for protesters to attend rallies marking the "Jasmine revolution," the Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in China said. Guo, a businessman in east China's Zhejiang province, was taken into police custody Thurs-

day, the Hong Kong-based centre said in a statement. Chinese authorities have launched a security clampdown in major cities in response to calls for protests inspired by the "Jasmine revolution" in Tunisia, which sparked a wave of unrest against authoritarian regimes in the Arab world. Police have been deployed in force on the last three Sundays in both Beijing and Shanghai to prevent any demonstrations and block foreign media coverage of them. No public protests have been seen, although foreign journalists were beaten at a designated rally site in Beijing two weeks

ago by thugs believed to be linked to police. As in previous weeks, posts on overseas Chinese websites and micro-blogs again urged disgruntled Chinese to "stroll and smile" in designated sites in 34 cities on Sunday, but to "take no action and avoid confrontation" with police. According to the Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD), also based in Hong Kong, Guo was the 18th activist to be arrested and charged for alleged links to inciting the protest. At least three other activists have been charged over the past few days.

Up to 100 activists around China have been placed under house arrest, interrogated or taken into police custody without charge for their alleged links to the rallies, CHRD said earlier. On Sunday, at Beijing's Wangfujing commercial district -- a designated rally site -- there was no massive police presence as seen on previous Sundays. Security in Beijing, however, has been tight since the annual 10-day meeting of parliament started in early March when state press announced that some 180,000 police and 560,000 security volunteers began patrols in the capital.

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GOA, Monday, 14 March 2011

SAG defends decision on 15 merit marks l Clubs essential for sports upliftment: Prabhudesai

JOVITO LOPES ug-of-war is a recognised sport by Government of india since 1999 with the Goa State Tugof-War association being recognised by Sports authority of Goa (SaG) as well as Goa Olympic association (GOa), stated SaG’s Executive Director V m Prabhudesai on Sunday. “So, belittling the sport, is absolutely uncalled for and unsporting too, to say the least.” “inter-school and inter-higher secondary sports are being conducted by Directorate of Sports and Youth affairs and also SaG, while inter-college is looked


after the Goa University. State level associations conduct championships in the open category as well as inter-school or agegroup events under their belt in which students also participate. They are recognised events. it happens in football, cricket, basketball, table tennis and many other disciplines,” explained Prabhudesai. The tug-of-war event in question was open to educational institutions as well as clubs. Since rmS hSS did not field the team in the championship, the students who have been practicising on a regular basis had no option but to get through a sports club. The event was recognised by SaG and so it was an official one. There are several national level championships being conducted in tug-of-war by the Federation and all these are duly recognised. The State level association has been holding events regularly for age-group categories, just like the table tennis, badminton, football, cricket and other associations do in Goa. “There are 42 State level associations which are recognised by the Government and tug-ofwar is one of them. The DSYa cannot conduct tournaments in all the disciplines. They have

their own limitations. That does not mean that other disciplines are unrecognised. consequently, the Govt, the Board or for that matter any other authority cannot ignore the recognised events,” pointed out Prabhudesai. Prabhudesai lashed out at rmS hSS principal Vinod Powar for being vindictive against his own students, who feel aggrieved that they are not getting the necessary boost for participation in sports also from their own physical education teacher. moreover, there is no rule that the students cannot play for clubs, he added. “The principal is misguiding the press and others. First of all, the championship was not organised by a sports club, but by a recognised association. Secondly, there is no rule that the students cannot take part in association-recognised events. Thirdly, it stands to reason, that when the school does not participate, the students should not be made to suffer,” reasoned out Prabhudesai. “The principal sought all the circulars regarding the Sports Policy from me almost a month back since he had no documents/circulars with him. he was provided with all the details

and also informed that the SaG was also conducting events for school children alongwith associations. The Sports Policy was also explained to him. he then thought of seeking the Principals Forum advice and subsequently said that he would get to the management and then, if the Board had no objection in giving merit marks, he would also have no objection. he asked for a directive of the Board. Suddenly now he has done a volte-face as if he wants to settle some score,” divulged the top SaG official. “nearly 20 State associations have conducted age-group and open events and school students have taken part and already availed of merit marks in the past. rmS hSS may have just 27 students who have asked for merit marks, but there are hundreds of students from various other schools who have already availed of such benefit after participating in various recognised events. So what is this big fuss about,” queried Prabhudesai. “Sports clubs play a pivotal role in the promotion of sports. in Goa, if football and cricket is alive and sparkling and if the footballers and cricket players also earn very decent, high salaries, some, much, much more than the principals and

l Farrel, Powar flayed teachers and many others, it is precisely because of the clubs,” stressed Prabhudesai. “So, please don’t give this false impression and image that clubs are worthless and meaningless.” “There are some teachers, including those handling PE, who do not encourage children to take up to sports because that involves additional work in the evenings, which becomes unpalatable if one has taken additional jobs like insurance agents or other part-time jobs. Often students are discouraged by teachers and when this is the attitude, the students have to look to other alternatives,” remarked Prabhudesai. Prabhudesai also rapped Farrel Furtado, a teacher at maria Bambina at cuncolim connected with women’s hockey. “She bragged that her hockey players would turn up for an event and play just a 10-minute game because there were too many teams and that it was not proper to allot marks in such a situation. She feels that others also follow such malpractices. it is utter nonsense. There were more than 40 teams in tug-of-war championship and the competition was held without violating any rule and regulation. it looks as if there are only 27 students

who want to benefit from merit marks whereas there are hundreds who have already benefited in the past,” voiced Prabhudesai. “So, are you going to retract the marks?” Prabhudesai decried the principal’s attitude in changing his stand on merit marks to his students. “he alongwith his PE teacher even posed with the students for a photograph since the students had done so well in tug-of-war. and now, he is singing a different tune. These are double-standards,” remarked Prabhudesai. “People are offering different interpretations now. There are some who are in hockey, kho kho, baseball. The Sports Policy was being debated for over a decade and opinions were sought from all during the last phase before its finalisation. associations know that it is possible to participate directly at State level without going thro’ Taluka and so on. it is happening in several disciplines and it will also happen in the future. in any case, a meeting of all State associations and GOa is being contemplated as they have a crucial role in the upliftmenf of sports, and they are the ones who are involved in the organisation,” Prabhudesai concluded.

game was interrupted following an injury to churchill custodian Lalit Thapa. The goalkeeper who fell on the ground after trying to collect a cross from Viva Kerala's Felix looked to have hurt his foot and needed medics' attention. Thapa was unable to continue and was replaced by Vinay Singh. churchill made a surprise substitution just before half time as i-League's top goal scorer Odafe Okolie made way for new Zealander Kayne Vincent. Before the second half kicked off, churchill made their final substitution taking off V raju mangang who was troubled by

a blow to his head from the first half and replacing him with robert Lalthlamuna. The one and only goal of the match came in the 77th minute. The move was started and finished off in style by Boima Karpeh as he dazzled past the Viva Kerala defenders and chipped the ball over advancing keeper Sharath K into the goal. a well deserved goal for the former Perth Glory striker. after they were a goal down, Viva Kerala produced their best display as Pradeep, Ummer Fa ro q u e , a n i l Ku m a r a n d Sabeeth cS combined to find the equaliser.

HAL hold Chirag Jerry nets winner for Churchill aGEnciES BanGaLOrE, march 13

a late penalty in the injury time earned haL a much needed point as their home match against chirag United ended 11 in the i-League here on Sunday. chirag, with the help of josimar da Silva martins’ strike was all set to romp home three valuable away points until the penalty deprived them. josimar gave chirag the opener. The equaliser came

when everyone accepted another defeat for the home team. Sukhen Dey ’s hard tackle brought down a haL forward on the ground. referee Bikramjit Purakayashtha made no mistake in awarding the penalty and rc Prakash too made no mistake in converting it. chirag coach, Sanjay Sen rued how senseless was the tackle that cost his team two points. haL manager muralidharan was happy after getting a point from this match.

New Churchill coach arrives HERALD SPORTS REPORTER Panjim, march 13

churchill Brothers appointed Drago mamic as their head coach for the remainder of season. he arrived yesterday. The 52-year-old coach has

over 20 years of experience with his last stint being in myanmar as the head coach. The croat has a UEFa Pro coaching license which takes care of the minimum criteria required for coaches under the provisions of aFc.

Chinchinim in finals HERALD SPORTS DESK Panjim, march 13

Union of chinchinim Villagers walked past carmona Sports club 2-0 to sail into the finals of nagoa Village Panchayat cup soccer at nagoa panchayat ground on Sunday. There was no score at the lemon break. Both teams began on a cautious note. however, they were unable to convert the chances that came their way.

changing ends, chinchinim shot into the lead in the 49th minute when johnston rebeiro shot on target. chinchinim took carmona by surprise when they netted their second goal just five minutes later through jolex Fernandes. carmona tried every trick to score but all in vain. chinchinim’s Brian Pinto was declared man-of-the-match. The finals are slated for march 20.

Bhatikar Model win Narvekar trophy GFA First Division: corps of Signals v. St rock's Sc, navelim (3mTr) ground; Salcete Fc v. raia Sc, nehru Stadium, Fatorda. Kick off 4 p.m. GFA Second Division: Saligao United v. Benny Xi Sc, Duler Stadium, mapusa, 4 p.m. Novino Gold Cup soccer: calangute association v. United club of nerul, Dr Gustavo monteiro Stadium, candolim, 4.30 p.m. 22nd St Rock super soccer semi-finals: margao Sc v. Verna Sc, St rock ground, majorda, 4 p.m.


Bhatikar model high School, margao beat Vinayak Gopal Shenvi high School, rawanfond by 100 runs to emerge champions in Salcete Taluka U-16 girls inter-school for D G narvekar cricket tournament organized by Goa cricket association at Dr rajendra Prasad Stadium, here. Batting first, Bhatikar scored 175 for four in the allotted 15 overs. V Gaurav and Sanjula naik scored 73 and 42 respectively. in reply, Shenvi high School scored a meager 75 for five.

All-India v’ball at Curtorim HERALD CORRESPONDENT marGaO, march 13

come march 15 and curtorim will host the 3rd all-india invitational volleyball tournament organised by Wilred Leisure Sports club. Six all-india teams that have been invited include – OnGc, Dehrudun, haryana State infrastructure Development corporation, Bharat Petroleum, (Kochi refinery), indian Overseas Bank, chennai, Kerala Electricity Board and Diesel Locomotive Works, UP. The winners will pocket rs 75,000 while the runners-up will have to be content with rs 50,000.

R E S U LT S Viva Kerala 0 Churchill Bros 1 Man-of-the match: Vinay Singh (Churchill Bros)

HAL 1 Chirag United 1 Man-of-the match: Rohit Chand (HAL)

Air India 2 Indian Arrows 5 Man-of-the match: Raju Gaekwad (Indian Arrows) Pune FC 1 ONGC 0 (Scorer M Keita 93) Man-of-the match: Kamal Thapa (ONGC) AGENCIES KannUr, march 13

churchill Brothers edged past Viva Kerala 1-0, thanks to a second half strike from the Liberian forward jerry Boima Karpeh in a round 19 match of i-League at jawahar municipal Stadium, here on Sunday. churchill began with former Viva Kerala captain m P Sakeer in the midfield partnering charan rai, Lenny rodriguez and israel Gurung. coach alfred Fernandez decided to rest indian international midfielder Steven Dias as he started from the bench. Odafe Onyeka Okolie and jerry Boima Karpeh made the

striking department Viva Kerala made two changes from the team that defeated haL. Sajesh P came in for chinta chandrasekhar while Vineeth cK was picked instead of jimshad U. Forward Sabeeth cS, who was called to the senior national team during the weekend, began the match on the substitutes' bench. Former churchill man, Felix chimaokwu and P K anil Kumar featured in the attack. churchill began to threaten the home side's defense with long balls and quick passing. Sakeer and jerry Boima were impressive in the early stages. at the half hour mark, the

Jeje stars in Arrows win over AI AGENCIES KhOLaPUr, march 13

indian arrows thrashed air india 5-2 in a round 19 tie of i-league at Sahu maharaj ground here on Sunday. Young 20-year-old striker from mizoram, jeje Lalpekhlua scored four goals. air india took the lead in the 6th minute off nigerian striker Okorogor Praise. indian arrows scored the

equaliser in the 10th minute through manandeep Singh. in the 16th and 17th minutes, Lalpekhlua scored two goals to give his team the much needed lead. at half time indian arrows were leading 3-1. after resumption Lalpekhlua went on to score in the 72nd and 79th minutes. air india’s Praise scored in the injury time minute off a penalty kick.

Aldona United claim Bader trophy Friends edge HERALD SPORTS DESK Panjim, march 13

aldona United defeated Fahaheel Brothers, Kuwait 3-2 via the tie-breaker to lift Shaikha huda Bader mohammad al ahmed al Sabah 7-a-side memorial soccer trophy organised by real Betalbatim Football club on the occasion of national Day of Kuwait recently. Teams were divided into four groups for the league round. Two teams from each group qualified for the knock-out, beginning with the quarter-finals.

in the quarter-finals, Fahaheel Brothers knocked out Vanxim Diwar-Dubai via the tiebreaker. aldona United topped pool B with 13 points with four wins and a draw and made their way to the quarter-finals defeating Kuwait Goan association and beat DhL Fc in the semi-finals, both with goalless draws. in all, 22 teams participated. crc chinchinim and DhL Fc secured the third and fourth places respectively.

Following individual prizes were awarded: man of the match – Sonu halankar (aldona United Fc). Best goalkeeper – Flackson Fernandes (aldona United Fc). Best defender of the finals – Devendra Kauthankar (aldona United Fc). Best defender of the tournament – russel rodrigues (Vanxim, Diwar). Best midfielder – Fahaheel Brothers. Best disciplined team – Vanxim, Diwar. Earlier, indian ambassador to Kuwait, ajay malhotra inaugurated the tournament.

All-India veterans soccer at Ponda HERALD SPORTS DESK Panjim, march 13

Ponda Veterans will organise their all-india veterans football tournament at sports complex, Ponda from april 1 to 12. Six outstation teams including Bombay Shooters, air india (mumbai), Kholapur Fighters

(Kholapur), Bengal Tigers (West Bengal), Kholapur Police (Kholapur) and chennai Super (Tamil nadu) and eight teams from Goa will participate. The total budget for the tournament is 5.30 lakhs, said agnelo Fonseca. The winners will get rs 50,000 while the runners-

up will have to be content with rs 30,000 and trophies. Treasurer jose caldeira said, “We will felicitate some old players of Ponda Taluka. Football players of all the four constituencies comprising Shiroda, Priol, madkai and Ponda will also be felicitated.’’

past Sirsaim HERALD CORRESPONDENT caLanGUTE, march 13

Friends Xi, Vaddem prevailed over Sirsaim Sports club 4-3 via the tiebreaker after a 1-1 draw in the inaugural match of novino Gold cup inter-village football tournament organised by candolim Sports club at Dr Gustavo monteiro Stadium, candolim on Sunday. Both teams began on a low key. Sirsaim took the lead in the 25th minute through agnelo D'Sousa. changing over, Vaddem fought back and restored parity in the 40th minute through arun Kinlekar. in the penalties, Vaddem got the better of Sirsaim 3-2. charlston D'Sousa, arun Kinlekar and Sanjay mayekar scored for Vaddem while agnelo D'Sousa and Edberg Sequeira found the mark for Sirsaim. Earlier, candolim sarpanch, Fermino Fernandes inaugurated the tournament in the presence of Lourenco Fernandes, president, candolim Sports club and others.

Sangolda Lightning lift Aldona Cup HERALD SPORTS REPORTER maPUSa, march 13

a jubilant Sangolda Lightning narrowly overcame 10-man Goa Velha Sports club 2-1 to lift the aldona cup organised by Quitula Sports club at Quitula ground on Sunday. Sangolda led 2-0 at the interval. Sangolda opened the scoring in the 14th minute, after the ball was laid on for agnelo Quadros and he drilled it into the back of the net from a distance. Six minutes later, agnelo moved swiftly down the left side before rolling the ball across the face of the goal for clifford cardoza to double the lead. Goa Velha put up a strong fight back in the second half. Twelve minutes after the restart, Peter Lopes received his second yellow of the match, reducing Goa Velha to ten. With twelve minutes to play, Goa Velha played a short corner

Lavinio Rebello, GFA vice-president handing over the winner's trophy to the captain of Sangolda Lightning in the presence of GFA member, Welwyn Menezes and Quitula Sports Club officials.

and the ball fell for Vishant Pednekar, who wasted no time in smashing home. With time running out, Goa Velha piled on pressure with Vishant having another go from a distance, but this time the ball sailed over the cross bar and Sangolda hung on for victory.

Sangolda were richer by rs 25,000 plus the winner’s trophy, while Goa Velha had to be content with rs15, 000 and the runners-up trophy. Tourism minister, nilkant halarnakar was the chief guest while GFa vice-president, Lavinio rebello was the guest of honour.

Following individual prizes were awarded: Best defender of the finals - amar haldankar (Sangolda). Best midfielder – joston Lourenco (Goa Velha). First goal of the finals - agnelo Quadros. Best disciplined team of the tournament - Siolim Sodiem Sports and cultural association.



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Pakistan's bowler Shoaib Akhtar delivers a ball as teammates look on during a team training session at Pallekele international cricket stadium in Pallekele on Sunday.

TODAY’S MATCHES Bangladesh v. Netherlands 9 a.m. Pakistan v. Zimbabwe 2.30 p.m. PTI PALLEKELE, MARCH 13

The drama surrounding the Akmal brothers becoming an unwanted off-field distraction, Pakistan would look to focus back on cricket and secure a quarter-final berth when they take on minnows Zimbabwe in a Group A match here tomorrow. Pakistan's unbeaten run in this edition of the mega-event was halted when New Zealand handed them a 110-run thrashing and adding to that was the woeful form of wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal. The butter-finger keeper has been a major letdown with captain Shahid Afridi admitting that the side is suffering because of Akmal but what left everyone baffled is the team management's persistent backing for the fumbling stumper. A possible replacement be-

hind the stumps could have been Kamran's own brother Umar but he too has, interestingly, injured himself in the practice session. It is notable that Umar had been accused of feigning injury for the sake of his brother in the past as well. The off-field drama is, however, not much of a concern for Afridi, who said the team is capable of handling the situation and coming good on the field. "We want to put everything behind us, the defeat and any

other thing which could hurt our preparation. We are in a positive frame of mind and will play for a win," said Afridi. The skipper was also confident about Umar, who hurt his right index finger while fielding during practice on Thursday, recovering in time for tomorrow's match. "Umar is OK. As far as Kamran is concerned he has realised his mistakes and we have given him full confidence and at this moment he is our best option," he said.

Pakistan are third in the points table behind Sri Lanka and New Zealand with six points. Zimbabwe, meanwhile, suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka in their last game on Thursday. The African nation, who have won just one of their four World Cup games, still have a chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals provided they win their next two matches and Pakistan lose both their remaining group games.

Bangladesh aim for win PTI CHITTAGONG, MARCH 13

Their World Cup campaign back on track after a shock win over England, Bangladesh will be eyeing nothing less than a victory against the Netherlands in their penultimate Group B league match here tomorrow to stay in contention for a quarterfinal berth. After defeats at the hands of India and the West Indies, who shot them out for their lowest ODI total of 58, Bangladesh bounced back with an upset over England to keep their hopes alive. Chasing a modest 225, Bangladesh rode on an unbeaten 58-run ninth-wicket partnership between Mahmudullah and Shafiul Islam to stun England by two wickets in a day-night clash at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium here on Friday. With four teams from each pool making it to

the knock-out round, the win meant Bangladesh are back in the hunt for a quarter-final spot from an unpredictable Group B. Bangladesh are currently lying fifth in Group B with four points from four matches, just behind England who are on five points from five games. The Tigers cannot afford a slip up against the Dutch in the day match tomorrow as their last league match is against mighty South Africa. Bangladesh still can progress to the quarterfinals if they beat the Netherlands tomorrow and lose to South Africa. But for that to happen, they will have to hope that England lose to the West Indies in their last group match in Chennai on Thursday. Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan is aware how crucial tomorrow's match is and said his side is confident after their terrific win over England.

Somdev stuns Baghdatis Nadal, Wozniacki advance

Somdev Devvarman celebrates a win over Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California. REUTERS CALIFORNIA, MARCH 13

Indian qualifier Somdev Devvarman scored a stunning upset

New name for Kochi AGENCIES KOCHI, MARCH 13

The Kochi IPL team, which will be making its maiden appearance at the Indian Premier League this season, will henceforth be known as "Kochi Tuskers Kerala ", sources said. The official name of the team has been approved by the BCCI and the IPL governing council, Kerala Cricketing Association (KCA) sources said. An online voting was conducted by the Kochi IPL franchisee on their official website to find a name acceptable to the cricket lovers of Kerala. The franchisees were awaiting approval from the BCCI and the IPL governing council to rename the team.

win over Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus, winning in straight sets, to advance to the third round of the BNP Paribas Open, an ATP

Masters tournament in Indian Wells. Somdev, India's No 1 tennis player, sent his 19th seed opponent packing 7-5, 6-0 in a second round match of the US $3,645,000 prize-money hard court ATP event. Baghdatis is currently ranked 22nd in the world while Somdev is at 84. In the round of 32, the Indian will meet Belgian Xavier Malisse, who also stunned 15th seed JoWilfried Tsonga of France 7-6(6), 7-5 in another second round match last night. If Somdev beats Malisse, he has the chance to play world No 1 Rafael Nadal of Spain, as both are in the top half of the draw. Top ranked Rafael Nadal and Caroline Wozniacki eased through their Indian Wells openers on Saturday, but Australian Open runner-up Andy Murray bit the dust in the Californian desert. Nadal defeated South African Rik de Voest 6-0, 6-2 while Wozniacki rolled over American wildcard Sloane Stephens 6-3, 6-2 at the Indian Wells WTA and ATP Masters 1000 event. He will next tackle Ryan Sweeting who beat Argentine 27th seed Juan Monaco 6-1, 0-

Stoke through to FA Cup semis AP LONDON, MARCH 13

Danny Higginbotham scored the second-half winner as Stoke beat West Ham 2-1 on Sunday to set up a semi-final match against Bolton in the FA Cup. The defender fired in a low free kick that West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green could only palm onto the post and into the back of the net. German center back Robert Huth put the home side in front after 12 minutes but Frederic Piquionne equalized with a disputed goal on the half-hour

mark. The French striker appeared to control Thomas Hitzlsperger’s pass with his arm before slotting home his finish. Stoke will next play Bolton, which defeated Birmingham 3-2 at St. Andrew’s on Saturday. The winner of Sunday ’s other quarterfinal, between Manchester City and secondtier side Reading at Eastlands, will play Manchester United in the other last-four game at Wembley on the weekend of April 16-17.

6, 6-1. Wozniacki also had little trouble, dispatching Stephens with a steady serve and precision forehand to win in just 68 minutes, wrapping up victory with a running forehand volley. American qualifier Donald Young shocked world number five Murray 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 with the Scotsman looking rusty in his first career meeting against his 21-year-old opponent. In the women's draw, seventh seeded Li Na of China lost to countrywoman Peng Shuai 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 while former US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova was beaten by American wildcard Christina McHale 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (9/7). Former world number one Dinara Safina of Russia ousted two-time Indian Wells champion Daniela Hantuchova 7-6 (7/2), 6-4.Roger Federer, seeded number two, plays his first match later Sunday against Russia's Igor Andreev. Australian Open champion, and last year's runner-up, Novak Djokovic, Canadian wildcard Milos Raonic and women's second seed Kim Clijsters are all in action on Sunday.

Anand beats Topalov AGENCIES MONACO, MARCH 13

World Champion Viswanathan Anand defeated challenger Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria 1.50.5 in the first round of the Amber blindfold and rapid chess tournament in Monaco. Anand got off to a flier in the final edition of this unique event winning the blindfold game with white pieces and signed peace in the rapid to get another good result against Topalov. The shocker of the opener came from Alexander Grischuk of Russia who defeated compatriot and former world champion Vladimir Kramnik in both the games to emerge as one of the joint leaders.

Relieved of chokers’ tag: Smith PTI NAGPUR, MARCH 13

With his side winning the battle of nerves in a nail-biting World Cup Group B match against India here, South African captain Graeme Smith has expressed happiness that for once they were able to shed the chokers' tag. He praised his bowlers for ensuring a comeback in the final overs of the Indian innings by claiming nine wickets for just 29 runs and termed it as the "turning point" of their threewicket victory yesterday. "For once we are relieved of the chokers' tag. I am happy that our guys challenged the perception. It was a fantastic comeback on the fifth anniversary of our successful 434 run-chase (against Australia in 2006)," an elated Smith said. "After being taken to the cleaners in the first 15 overs by Sachin (Tendulkar) and Viru (Virender Sehwag), we showed a lot of intensity and composure to come back strongly. It was good to get Sachin and (Gautam) Gambhir out during the Powerplay," he said.

Smith refused to comment on whether the pressure got better of the Indians. "India will always be a difficult team to beat in the sub-continent with that kind of crowd support. It is there to be seen how they play in the knock-out stages of the tournament," he said. Smith said he called for the first referral only to get his boys regroup as it was a nervy situation with 40,000 people behind the home team. "The noise during the first 15 overs was really making things difficult for us. Basically, I took a referral to call my players and told them to remain calm as I felt that we can string in some quiet overs and make up for the 30-40 extra runs that we have given away. Ultimately, we achieved our target by miles," he said. He said chasing 297 on the Jamtha track was not an easy job but his batsmen did well at the end. "The guys batted exceptionally well. I always knew that the test won't be as tough as the one in Chennai. It was good that

Robbie (Robin Peterson) did well for us." The South African captain was all praise for comeback man Johan Botha who had to sit out of earlier matches because the team management played leggie Imran Tahir. "I can only find positives as far as Botha is concerned. It's not always easy to be out of side after being a regular member. He bowled exceptionally well when Indian batsmen were taking us to cleaners. Also his batting in the end helped us." Man-of-the-match Dale Steyn was candid in his admission that he did not expect that their side will be able to take nine wickets in nine overs for just 29 runs. "At one stage, we were staring d o w n t h e b a r re l . Once you look up to the scoreboard you don't feel good seeing the projected score being flashed. But we came back well," said Steyn, who took five for 50.

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Dhoni slams batsmen Australia in quarters for playing to gallery AFP BANGALORE, MARCH 13


An infuriated Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has blasted his batsmen for "playing to the gallery rather than for the countr y" af ter the home team slumped to a three-wicket defeat at the hands of South Africa in a thrilling World Cup Group B encounter here. India suffered a stunning batting collapse yesterday as they lost nine wickets for only 29 runs to crumble to 296 all out in 48.4 overs after being 267 for one in the 40th over. "When you try to hit those big shots, you tend to forget that you are playing for the country and not for the crowd. In the process of trying to get those 20 extra runs, you end up scoring 40 runs less," Dhoni told reporters at the post-match press conference. "Some were playing to the gallery rather than for the country," he said curtly, when asked about the assessment of today's performance. "There are times you need to curb your instincts of trying to hit every ball out of sight. If you play normally and play for 50 overs, you end up getting 325330. I tried to shuffle the batting order. It didn't work today," he added. Dhoni termed the loss of Sachin Tendulkar, who hit a blistering 111, and Gautam Gambhir's (69) wickets during batting Powerplays as the turning point of the match. He also defended Yusuf Pathan’s promotion up the order at number four though he scored a two-ball duck. "Well, that's how Yusuf plays. Either he would get out quickly or he will play a big innings. He is that sort of a player. If he can

survive for two to three overs he can really play long," Dhoni said. About the frustration of watching from the other end as his teammates made quick exits during India's batting, the skipper said, "I have come from a small state like Jharkhand where I have seen at times how one loses the initiative. This is something one has to live with." Asked about the decision to give Ashish Nehra the last over, Dhoni said, "Ashish has been our most consistent bowler at the death. He has bowled a bulk of his overs during Powerplays. But the ploy didn't work today." Even though India were allout for 296, Dhoni said he felt it was a defendable total. "I believe that this was a big ground which became a challenge for our fielders. They picked our fielders and ran their singles and twos well. Also they were brilliant on the field. It also made the difference," said Dhoni. "Overall I think the performance was good. If we could have fielded a bit better it definitely would have made the score look slightly bigger but at the same time we're not a side which is known for fielding," he added. While the decision to play three pacers was purely based on Jamtha strip being one with good bounce and carry, the team for the West Indies match in Chennai on March 20 would be different, Dhoni said. "Well, we thought that this track was conducive for pacers with good bounce and carry. When we select the team for Chennai, it will be a different selection altogether keeping the turning track in mind."

Brendon seals QF berth for Kiwis PTI MUMBAI, MARCH 13 Brendon McCullum slammed his maiden World Cup century as New Zealand routed minnows Canada by 97 runs in their penultimate Group A match to seal a berth in the quarter-finals here today. Wicketkeeper McCullum slammed 101 in 109 balls, studded with 12 fours and two sixes, to help New Zealand amass 358 for six, the highest ODI score at Wankhede Stadium, before the Kiwis restricted their unfancied rivals to 261 for nine to take full two points. Chasing the huge target, Canada gave a semblance of fight by skipper Ashish Bagai who made 84 in 87 balls with ten fours and Jimmy Hansra, who made a determined unbeaten 105-ball 70 with the help of four fours and a six. The dismissal of Bagai, who put on 125 runs with Hansra be-

New Zealand cricketer Brendon McCullum plays a shot during the match against Zimbabwe at Sardar Patel Gujarat stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday.

fore edging off-break bowler Nathan McCullum to the latter’s brother and wicketkeeper Brendon, and a cameo knock of 31 in 35 balls by opener Hiren Patel were the few highlights of Canadian run chase. Brendon McCullum claimed three catches and also contributed to a run out to emerge the man of the match. The Black Caps were handicapped in the bowling by the absence of their captain Daniel Vettori, nursing a knee injury sustained during their big victory over Pakistan. They suffered another blow after speedster Kyle Mills, who grabbed the first two Canadian wickets quickly, limped off the field with a leg injury. After today's victory, New Zealand are on top of Group A with eight points from five matches and they play their last league match against Sri Lanka at this venue on March 18.

Canada, with only two points from five ties, have no chance to progress further. They face

defending champions Australia on March 16 in Bangalore in their last match.

New Zealand: M. Guptill c Bagai b Baidwan 17, B. McCullum c Gunasekera b Baidwan 101, J. Ryder c Osinde b Davison 38, R. Taylor c Hansra b Rao 74, N. McCullum c & b Rao 10, K. Williamson not out 34, S Styris c Davison b Baidwan 35, J. Franklin not out 31. Extras: 18. Total: 358 for 6. Fall of wickets: 1-53, 2-149, 3-185, 4-254, 5-259, 6-318. Bowling: Chohan 7-0-40-0, Osinde 7-0-52-0, Baidwan 9.1-0-84-3, Rizwan Cheema 4.5-0-64-0, Rao 10-0-62-2, Davison 101-30-1, Hansra 2-0-21-0. Canada: R. Gunasekera c Taylor b Mills 2, H. Patel c B. McCullum b Oram 31, Z. Surkari c Taylor b Mills 1, A. Bagai c. B McCullum b N. McCullum 84, J. Hansra not out 70, R. Cheema c B. McCullum b Oram 2, J. Davison run out 15, B. Rao c N. McCullum b Oram 9, H. Baidwan c Franklin b Southee 8, K. Chohan c Taylor b Ryder 22, H. Osinde not out 0. Extras: 17. Total: 261 for 9. Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-4, 3-50, 4-175, 5-179, 6-205, 7-213, 8222, 9-261. Bowling: Mills 2.4-1-2-2, Southee 10-0-36-1, Ryder 1.2-0-151, Oram 10-1-47-3, Franklin 4-0-31-0, N. McCullum 8-0-56-1, Styris 10-0-41-0, Williamson 4-0-26-0. Man-of-the-Match: B McCullum.

Reigning champions Australia eased into the quarter-finals of the World Cup with an 60-run win against Group A makeweights Kenya at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday. Kenya, chasing 325 for an unlikely win, were held to 264 for six for their fifth defeat in as many group matches. Kenya faced a daunting chase considering their previous best total in this group was the 198 they'd made last time out in a five-wicket defeat by Canada. Opener Alex Obanda struck fast bowler Shaun Tait for two

superb sixes, flaying him over point and driving him high over long-on to the delight of neutral fans in a crowd of 13,600. But when he was bowled for

14, swinging across a Tait full toss, Kenya were suddenly 46 for three when a mix-up between the Obuya brothers saw David run out.

Australia: S. Watson c Ouma b Odhiambo 21, B. Haddin c Patel b Kamande 65, R. Ponting lbw b C. Obuya 36, M. Clarke c Patel b Odhiambo 93, C. White b Kamande 2, M. Hussey c D. Obuya b Odhiambo 54, S. Smith not out 17, M. Johnson not out 12. Extras: 24. Total: 324 for 6. Fall of wickets: 138, 2-127, 3-131, 4-143, 5-257, 6-304. Bowling: Odoyo 100-50-0; Otieno 8-0-75-0; Odhiambo 10-1-57-3; Ngoche 8-0-56-0; Kamande 10-0-46-2; C. Obuya 4-0-33-1. Kenya: M. Ouma c Haddin b Lee 4, A. Obanda b Tait 14, C. Obuya not out 98, D. Obuya run out 12, T. Mishra run out 72, T. Odoyo b Tait 35, R. Patel run out Tait 6, J. Kamande not out 0. Extras: 23. Total: 264 for 6. Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-21, 3-46, 4-161, 5-247, 6-263. Bowling: Lee 81-26-1; Tait 8-0-49-2; Johnson 8-1-40-0; Smith 6-0-36-0; Krejza 8-0-36-0; Clarke 5-0-21-0; Watson 7-0-48-0. Man-of-the-Match: C Obuya.

Collins Obuya (98 not out) and Tanmay Mishra (72) kept Australia at bay with career-best innings in a fourth-wicket stand of 115, although the pair's runrate never suggested an upset win. Mishra made a 63-ball fifty featuring a six and six fours. It was his second half-century in as many innings following his 51 against Canada. The pair played Australia's lead spin duo of Steven Smith and Jason Krejza with relative ease, striking several boundaries off the slow bowlers whose combined 14 wicketless overs cost 72 runs.

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2 Where displacement involves 400 or more families en mass on plain areas or 200 or more familes in hilly/tribal areas, a social impact assessment study shall be carried out in the affected area for the purpose of social impact appraisal, for infrastructural amenities and facilities in the proposed resettlement area 2 Compensation shall be paid to damage caused while carrying out works on land such as survey, digging or boring sub-soil, clearing away any standing crop, fence etc. 2 In determining the market value of the land,— (i) the minimum land value, if any, specified in the Indian Stamp Act, 1899 for the registration of sale deeds in the area,or (ii) average sale price for similar type of land situated in the vicinity, ascertained from not less than fifty per cent. of the sale deeds registered during the preceding three years, where higher price has been paid; or (iii) average sale price of the land already purchased for the project where higher price has been paid. 2 Where the minimum land value has not been specified, the State Government shall specify the floor price per unit area of the said land based on the average higher prices paid for similar type of land situated in the adjoining areas or vicinity, ascertained from not less than fifty per cent. of the sale deeds registered during the preceding three years where higher price has been paid, and the Collector may calculate the value of the land accordingly. 2 When land is acquired and the person for whom the land is acquired is a company, the company with previous approval of the appropriate Government, offers its shares or debentures to the extent of fifty per cent, but not less than twenty per cent of the compensation amount to be paid to the person whose land has been acquired.On acceptance of the offer, a part of the compensation amount shall be adjusted by transfer of shares and debentures to the person to whom such compensation is due and on such transfer the liability of the company in respect of such part of the compensation shall stand discharged. 2 The land acquired under this Act shall not be transferred to any other purpose except for a public purpose. When any such land acquired remains unutilised for a period of five years, the same shall return to the appropriate Government by reversion. 2 Whenever any land acquired under this Act is transferred to any person for a consideration, eighty per cent. of the difference in the acquisition cost and the consideration received, which in no case shall be less than the acquisition cost, shall be shared amongst the persons from whom the lands were acquired or their heirs, in proportion to the value at which the lands were acquired. 2 The Amendment seeks to bar jurisdiction of civil courts for the purposes of the land acquisition compensation disputes.

The State government is yet to show to the people of Goa that it has woken up to the call of the modern times. With more and more land being acquired for various projects like airport, Sports City, bus stand, super fast lanes, malls, joggers’ park, government buildings, parking lots, even to set up industrial estates, there’s palpable resentment amongst the populace because the manner land is acquired tantamounts to virtual land confiscation. This is simply because of the pittance offered by the government to the socalled compensation for land acquired. Time has arrived for sanity in awarding of compensation to the victims of land oustees, writes BOSCO DE SOUSA EREMITA.


ortunately, Goa did not witness a Singur during the land acquisition proceedings for the Konkan railway project. Of course, those who opposed the project, were initially billed as landlords with “vested interests” opposing a “national project.” Months later, as the movement grew and the opponents were identified as “anti-nationals,” even the poor who were deprived of their land were abandoned without any system support. People in Pernem, where the opposition to the railway line was initially minimal, later realized the gravity of the devastation the project was causing to the farming community. Un-

ply because some wanted to prove their nationalists credentials. Eventually, during the last Assembly elections, the Nationalists Congress Party in its election manifesto declared its effort to bring about legislation which would ensure compensation to land owners for land acquired at market rates. There are some countries which offer compensation over and above the market rates, to such an extend that land owners go into a tizzy at its prospects, with a virtual quest from land owner to get their land acquired. In Goa however, a new trend is catching up, where land owners prefer to sell off

Every five years, the market value of the neighboring plots is accessed with reference to the amount fixed for stamp duty purpose and the difference between compensation paid and the current market price shall be released as lump sum every five years. This method of compensation will be an actual compensation, unlike the illusionary one currently paid to the land owner. like those farmers in Salcette who opted to migrate overseas in search of menial jobs, those in Pernem had a tough time making ends meet. Our so-called intellectuals and freedom fighters were blinded to the woes of the traumatized dispossessed land owners sim-


their land holdings fearing government acquisition. Over the years, acquisition has been a weapon abused by some elected representatives in order to harass land lords and force them to sell off their land at a price dictated by them. There have been instances where the land which was ac-

2 Compensation should first and foremost be based on the impact the Land Acquisition has on the person whose land is acquired. If the land acquired deprives him totally or substantially of his livelihood, the minimum the government ought to do is to provide him with a better means of livelihood, which will compensate him for the land loss and give him a solarium. 2 Where the land is acquired for a public purpose, to which the owner/s are direct beneficiaries e.g. a public facility like a hospital/bus stand/market etc, which will enhance the value of the remaining land, or give the land owner facilities which were hitherto not available to him, then the compensation may be limited to the current price of land to begin with, and the solarium retained with the government to be released to the owner in proportion to the appreciation of land value in the neighborhood from time to time. 2 By this, every five years, the market value of the neighboring plots is accessed with reference to the amount fixed for stamp duty purpose and the difference between compensation paid and the current market price shall be released as lump sum every five years. This method of compensation will be an actual compensation, unlike the illusionary one currently paid to the land owner. 2 If the person whose land is acquired is deprived of only a small portion of his total land holding for the project in hand, the compensation shall be summary – one lump sum once and for all. This compensation ought to be at the market rate. 2 The existing practice throughout the country is for sellers/buyers not to disclose the actual quantum of money in a land transaction for fear of having to pay higher stamp duty. In the case of persons who happen to resell the land or try to mortgage the land to raise funds in emergency, this bad practice has severe adverse consequences. It will be advisable for the government, as part of the financial reforms to raise the minimum standard land value at various locations to about 2.5 to 3 times the current value on the Registrar’s record and bring down the rate of stamp duty to half of the current rates. This will automatically raise the book value of the properties close to the market reality and yet will not burden the buyer/seller with huge difference in stamp duty. 2 Thereafter, just like what followed with the rationalization of Income Tax slabs, the actual collection of stamp duty will go up substantially and the circulation of black money will be drastically reduced. Once the fair market price is on record, the value decided for Land Acquisition will also be automatically fair. Thereafter, what remains to be done by the government would be to compensate the land owners for opportunity lost or loss of future income. 2 Whenever corporate entities acquire land through Land Acquisition proceedings wind up the company/entity, the land shall mandatory revert to the state against compensation paid by the company indexed to the current valuation of inflation (as done by government valuers for any land purchased in an earlier year). 2 There have been instances where interested parties manipulate marker sales statistics by orchestrating sale in the neighborhood for abnormally high amount and thereby inflating the compensation due from the government. 2 The jurisdiction for appeal against decision of the Collector ought to be —- first appeal to the State Administrative Tribunal and the second appeal to the State High Court. No further appeals may be allowed to either party.

quired for public purpose, finds its way into private hands. Whatever be it, the trend for land aquisition in the name of public purpose is here to stay, what with super highways, airports and the trend of the state heading towards emerging into another metro. The direct casualty of this sea change is the farmer, and the land owners who are virtually uprooted from their hearth, so to say, to build mega projects — either sports stadium, airport, even office buildings. While the foreigners are facing the prospects of getting their land confiscated for violating FEMA, here locals are paying the price of seeing their land being virtually confiscated for being owners. All because some undisclosed project is planned in the site. What however is notable is that the manner the Land Acquisition is carried out, virtually makes a mocker y of the directive principles enshrined in the Constitution. Some say the amendment bestowed upon the Indian socialist state a licence to indulge in what Fredric B a s t i a t termed legal plunder. This is one of the classic exam-

ples when the law has been perverted in order to make plunder look just and sacred to many consciences. In fact,the forcing of communities even out of their homes, often from their home lands for the purpose of economic development, is viewed as a Human Right violation at the International level. No wonder, most of the victims of Land Acquisition end up in courts, with the civil courts endorsing their claims for enhanced payments. We have seen this happen in areas where huge industrial projects come up, with the land owners of the adjacent land reaping the benefits, while the actual land owners whose land was acquired, facing


not just total loss, but even psychological traumatization. Such is the fate, that the person whose land holding is taken away is the complete loser, so to say, with the adjacent land owners seeing their land value appreciating over the years. It is in this background that it is rather ironic that we still claim to be living in a just society. With the Navy and defense usurping more and more land and demanding even more, what with the huge areas being taken up by SEZs, it is sheerplunder that now the land at Dona Paula pleateau where the IT Habitat is sitting commands a price of over Rs 70,000. What was paid as compensation to the land owners is pathethic – in fact even a shame to accept such a pittance in the name of compensation. Goa State Law Commission chairman Ramakant Khalap is on record citing the Haryana Government as having an attractive Land Acquisition policy under which apart from hiking the compensation payable to disposed land owners, the government has linked the quantuim amount to royalty payable for 33 years at the rate of Rs 21000 to Rs 42000 per year. This royalty is based on inflation, which means it increases every year depending upon the area. The base rate of land varies between Rs 12 to Rs

42 lakhs per acre. If the land is acquired for a private developer, floor rates and annuity rates are still higher.The government also offered a no litigation incentive at the rate of 20 per cent, and employment per family. Residential plots, business premises and a job per family are additional aspects of the Rehabilitation and Resettlement policy (R & R Policy) of the State of Haryana. The land oustees are also entitled to free technical education, skill up gradation, exemption from stamp duty and registration fee, alternate tube well and other irrigation facilities, a special fund for community development, exemption from Capital Gains Tax, preference in allotment of residential, commercial and industrial plots etc The Land Acquisition (Amendment) Bill, 2007 is awaiting introduction in the Parliament. But whether the Bill will offer the required answers to Goan land owners is under question. Proactive Member of Parliament Shantaram Naik, who has been regularly highlighting Goan issues in the Parliament, is of the opinion that apart from the proposed amemdment, The Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, 2007 combined with the National Policy for Resettlement & Rehabilitation of Project Affected Families (NPRR-2003) & National Rehabilitation Policy (NRP-2006) ought to offer some reasonable compensation to the land owners.





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The changing faces of wealth W

ealth means many things to many people. For some it is the situation of having a lot of money in the Bank or at hand, with the freedom to spend as one likes. To others it means a heap of gold stashed away in a vault, most probably in hard bullion blocks, which can never be worn on the person or even displayed casually. To most others, wealth means having a lot of land, Buildings and other material possessions like cars, jewelry etc which can be currently used and exhibited as a symbols of being wealthy. Unfortunately, none of these becomes true wealth, once we possess them in reality. Until we have them, we chase the illusion that these are the real things— one of the reasons why landed property is called Real Estate. Think of a very rich man who had pinched pennies all his life to realize his dream of having a pile of notes in hand or a fat Bank balance. He

to build that wealth now consider themselves as rightful claimants to the wealth, and start counting the days when he would die and the wealth would pass to them. Even before the actual event takes place, the relatives fight among themselves as to who should get how much…all this when the one who struggled whole life to save every dime, is suffering from anxiety. He now wonders whether all the struggle was worth it. He realizes that he can’t even get a few drops of water in his final hour of struggle with death, if he scolds or admonishes the greedy ones. So he counts his days in a mood of melancholy and slips behind the magic curtain when the day comes, unsatisfied with his life, and as the Indian thinking goes, comes back in another life to complete his Karma. More or less similar is the case with the one who has his Pile of Gold stashed away

What then is real wealth? It is a balanced state of mind, full of peace and tranquility, happiness at not having to struggle for day to day existence.

What about our friend, the man with acres of land, dozens of cars and huge ward robes of the most expensive of apparel? He can ride only one car at a time, wear only one set of dress at a time, can spend on lavish dinners for others, but can feed himself only so much as the stomach can hold at a time. Requests by family members for permission to use one of the cars or a gift of one set of dresses annoys him no end. Because of his lavish life style, he is assumed to be super-rich, which he is, but he doesn’t want to gift it to all and sundry. So he becomes another recluse, ruing the day he decided to become rich. The rest of the story is on the set pattern. has to be extremely careful not to let any one know of his accumulation. Now that he has managed to build a sizeable stock, he has to guard it against being robbed from him or snatched away by greedy and spend-thrift relatives. The tension soon pushes him into the club of those with High B.P. Soon enough the wealth may have to be used to obtain medical help and in the process, his well kept secret of decades becomes public. Those who never helped him

in the vault of the Bank or in his own Home. Like the ghost who guards the legendary treasure, he plays pranks with people to divert their attention from his treasure. At some point of time, an occasion arises, where he has to convert a part of the Gold into hard cash. That makes the location and volume of the stock known to some one or other through an inadvertent slip of tongue or careless misplacement of a paper, and the rest of the drama in the mon-

eyed man’s life repeats for this person also. What about our friend, the man with acres of land, dozens of cars and huge ward robes of the most expensive of apparel? He can ride only one car at a time, wear only one set of dress at a time, can spend on lavish dinners for others, but can feed himself only so much as the stomach can hold at a time. Requests by family members for permission to use one of the cars or a gift of one set of dresses annoys him no end. Because of his lavish life style, he is

assumed to be super-rich, which he is, but he doesn’t want to gift it to all and sundry. So he becomes another recluse, ruing the day he decided to become rich. The rest of the story is on the set pattern. What then is real wealth? It is a balanced state of mind, full of peace and tranquility, happiness at not having to struggle for day to day existence, the knowledge that others love you for what you are and not what they would get when you die, the ability to give help where needed, and advice where

that is needed. Be on your guard when offering unsolicited advice. Most people do not want it. Those who may actually benefit from it— (like when you give valuable tip on an emerging opportunity in the Foreign Exchange Market) would never remember that you gave that tip, but would be regarding that investment decision as his their own smart choice. But if the investment fails, they will very surely remember that you were the one who tipped them off. Read all the fine

print on the Stock Broker’s tips. He is charging you for the tip, yet he won’t own responsibility for the failure of judgment. He has to earn his income. But you are under no such compulsion, when giving unsolicited advice. Silence is golden most of the time. As we watched the devastating effects of an Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan yesterday, what were our thoughts? One of the richest Nations in the World, a motley group of islands in the North Pacific, Japan is a case study for understanding human nature. For centuries they lived a simple life style, recognizing the vulnerability of large structures to Earthquake and Volcanoes. Then they decided to build Earthquake-proof structures and excelled in that art. Then they were into the Two World Wars, each inflicting crushing blows on that country. Like Phoenix, they rose from the ashes, every time. They built a work culture of excelling in quality and became world leaders in Quality Education in Enterprises. The advent of Television has brought with it real time communication of news and pictures. The spectacle of huge ships being tossed about by the Tsunami waves and the human helplessness in the face of Nature’s fury will remain etched in our memory for the rest of our lives. What would be the state of mind of those whose huge buildings and posh vehicles got crushed by the earthquake and the Tsunami tide? Will they feel the same way about wealth hereafter? We should wish our brethren in Japan the similar success in building back the devastated areas and more importantly, the shattered lives of those who lost their dear and near ones, not to talk of the wealth lost. HE

The author C S Radhakrishnan, former Deputy Director of Accounts in the State Government, is also a career Counsel. Queries or comments on this article may be sent to:

For a new urbanism…less can mean more... at the same level as they are low rise and ground based. This multi-utilization, seen only in built forms that possess such pedestrian patterns, makes the s p a c e g re a t e r i n ur new urbanism, emerging from value, as compared present realities, has assumed a pluto a high rise, where ralistic character that provides for the actual area may diversity in our architecture, in responding be more but its use to influences ranging from our rich archiis limited. For a low tectural past to the accelerating growth of rise, therefore, this the present. ‘usable space factor’ While pluralism is desirable as against a is more. singular architectural language that is seen For our new uras monotonous, our new urbanism is found banism, less can wanting in its appropriateness of form with mean more. Grouping individual units to form clusters with courtyards Pedestrian paths linking clusters function, place and material, and is come The Asiad Village deep set windows, balconies, walls enclos- way through, they are broken into smaller to be distinguished by built forms that are NANCE!” built 29 years ago, is -Raj Rewal Architect, Asiad Games Vil- ing courtyards, terraces, etc., yet they are lengths allowing for mixed views and varied basically a collection of parts, each clamoring even today, one of for attention, rather than cohering to form lage. the most sought spatial experiences from clusThe Asiad Village in Delhi, built for the a consistent whole. after residential adter to cluster. Nowhere is this glaringly evident than in Asian Games in 1982, based on a unified dresses, simply beThe human scale of these mass housing, which is the prototype of theme like all other mass housing designs, cause its human paths, courtyards and built our times, maximized for built up density is structured on an urban pattern of low scale design makes forms do not intimidate and by adopting the multi-floor building model rise with a high density of occupation and it timeless for value. create a sense of belonging, and optimized for ease of designing, speed conceptualized on the enduring vernacular “The prototype is what encouraging the users to parof construction and mass consumption by tradition of buildings linked together, to I regard as the cluster ticipate in these spaces. being repetitive, mirroring the suburbia form cohesive clusters around courtyards, system, not the project T hese sp a c es a re sehousing of the West while appearing as a yet retaining their individual identity. itself. We incorpoquenced from the very public Human scale with simple rational building forms The Asiad Village interprets this form of montage of bits and pieces of our past. rated more than sixquality of the pedestrian “There is no harm in inviting outside ar- traditional planning to group individual teen types of paths to the semi public na- structures without any of the clichéd archichitects, if somebody is offering a unique units in different ways around courtyards, ture of the courtyard that is tectural elements and all symbolism is ex- individual flats and house designs within design suited to your needs. After all we achieving multiple variations in its morthe privy of only those sur- pressed entirely by the spaces that the the scheme, but the system we designed are also invited to design in different parts phology. to create public space, semi-public space These individual units are ventilated and of the world. and private space – is what is protoBut there is no point in buying an idea lighted by their courtyard functioning as a typical. which one has already sold in another part climatic conditioner amidst them. These different spaces correspond to The buildings are unified by means of a of the world. It is happening more often different relationships with people. One than not as some of our developers, who similar treatment of their façades such as category of acquaintance is greeted on are architecturally illiterate, are happy cre- using a sandstone chip plaster coating on the street, but not taken into the privacy ating copies of what has been done in the the external surfaces, parapets with void of the home. Another category belongs West. In these cases, FORM FOLLOWS FI- patterns in-between, sizes of fenestrations, to the neighborhood and with them one has a closer relationship. Yet another is greeted in the semi-public space that is surrounded by ten, twelve or sixteen interlocking units. Each category of relationships has its corresponding category of social space. Whenever one designs mass housing one has to have some sort of prototype like this in mind. Otherwise one will again end up with the block and slab Façade composed of similar parts that mix in different A sense of privacy with ease of pedestrian movement invented in the West and repeated ways for variations. throughout the world.” distinct because each of these ‘parts of a rounding it, and continuing into the private clusters form with their courtyards and building’ are composed in several ways from space of the units with their roof terraces pedestrian paths. - Raj Rewal unit to unit, providing rich variations. Rendering such pedestrian character architect, Asiad Games Village and internal courtyards. A sense of privacy with the inward group- to any form allows more utilization of (to be concluded) HE The clusters are used to create a mixed ing around the courtyard and a sense of space, because there is a comfortable ________________ set of spaces linked by streets that are continuity in the ease of pedestrian move- overlapping of use such as the paths being The author is a practicing architect based in strictly pedestrian in activity, with the ve- ment that connects these clusters together pedestrian and therefore easily used for Carambolim, Goa. hicular paths restricted to the periphery are consistently characterized throughout play and social interactions besides move- of the development. ment and courtyards naturally used as a the design. As these pedestrian paths thread their Urban pattern of low rise The buildings are simple rational low rise spill out from the living spaces that are







elieve it or not: There were small stretches of beaches along Goa’s northern coastline which were localized nationality-wise; where locals were regarded as intruders, even snubbed off. The Israeli Beach is no more, so say the locals of the area. Likewise, there were areas concentrated by Russians…more of that later. For the records however, Rajan Ghate realized to his horror that his political bosses did little to curb the care-a-damn attitude of the foreigners to the rule of law. Talk to him about the illegal land grab by foreigners and his eyes dart around sharply. He becomes emotional and animated, exhuming a character of a vigorous and a radical patriot. No wonder, he emerged as the convener of Goa Bachao Manch, an organization combating foreigners and their local henchmen involved in illegal land deals. A diehard Subhash Chandra Bose fan, Ghate is of the opinion that every Indian should perform his fundamental duties diligently. “It is our duty, to save the identity and preserve the heritage of our nation. Such ideals should be ingrained into the minds of our locals who should not think about short term benefits, but worry about what can happen in the long term if such offences are tolerated” says Ghate, who



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His simple looks camouflage his brutal determination. Recipient of the national Right to Information Award early this year, Rajan Savio Ghate, the Nationalists Congress Party General Secretary may be a political party affiliate, but what he does on Goa’s northern coastal belt, is sans any political backing – in the real sense of the term. Here, he helped wrest back portions of Goa’s beaches, even properties, under the control of foreigners. ZARINE AHMED recounts the untold story of its decolonization. also directs a barb at politicians, who he says, ought to have the spirit of a genuine freedom fighter and a committed activist. Needless to say, Ghate’s blood boils when he sees locals extending support to foreigners’ wayward public behaviour, blinded perhaps by their white skin or their euros. This man has been instrumental in bringing to light a number of illegal properties that were purchased in Goa by foreign na-

tionals in recent years. It all started when German national Ingo Grill had encroached upon an area of 3, 50,000 square metres of Communidade land in Assagao to open the Saturday Nite Market currently being held at Arpora. “I was furious and scared to know that such a large area of our heritage village was encroached by a foreigner. At that time (2005), Dayanand Mandrekar was the MLA and Victor D’Souza, the sarpanch. The parish

Ghate pointing to the 20,000 sq.mtrs of Morjim land that was ploughed as a protest against True Axis.

The angry social worker

ajan Savio purchased by Britisher Carol Elizabeth Ashby. Rajan’s initative eventually brought Carol’s case under the (ED) Enforcement Directorate radar. Earlier, his efforts had nailed Swiss national August Thommen. His property in Anjuna admeasuring 1000 sq m and house property admeasuring 200 sq m was confiscated apart from having to pay a penalty of 2 lakh. The Directorate of Enforcement, under the provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management Act 2000 (FEMA) issued a show cause notice on Carol in 2008 for pur-

chasing immovable property without the permission of Reserve Bank of India at a cost of Rs 12,30,000. Carol in her defense stated that she had stayed in Goa for more than 182 days in each of the financial years from 1990 to 2005. She also declared that she was doing voluntary work by looking after local dogs, and that she was an English teacher in Italy for 15 years, and intended to make Goa her permanent residence. ED sleuths however determined that the transaction for acquisition of the property was made without previous approval of the RBI. Eventually, she requested that she be shown some

Carol has been charged guilty for illegally purchasing agricultural land while on tourist visa. The house that she presently resides in falls within the purview of the confiscated properties. Our reporter was treated to a cannine welcome at Carol’s gate

“I was not cheated by any agent, any lawyer and whatever. I’ve done what was legal, yet I’ve to go through all this. I’m disgusted with this country.”

The confiscated house



leniency and requested that the charges be dropped against her. After two personal hearings and numerous submissions made by her, she failed to prove that she was a person resident in India, upon which on 30 November 2010, the ED held her guilty with the charge of illegally purchasing immovable property and imposed a penalty of Rs.5 lakh, confiscating both her properties. Carol has paid the penalty of Rs.5 lakh, but has appealed against the confiscated properties as well as the penalty amount. When Herald approached her to find out her version of the story --- whether she was unaware of the rules for purchase of property or whether she was cheated by any agent, she flew into a rage and firmly denied any kind of interaction and stated that she was fed up of Indian journalism and is appalled by their accounts about her. “I was not cheated by any agent, any lawyer and whatever. I’ve done what was legal, yet I’ve to go through all this. I’m disgusted with this country,” she stated angrily.

Confiscated property of Carol

priest, the Catholics and Hindus of the village unitedly agitated against this encroachment. We won the battle and Ingo was deported to Germany.” “If Ingo could encroach on such a vast area of communidade land, then there was every possibility that other foreigners would have set their eyes on our tiny state -- either buy or encroach on vast tracks of land, thereby slowly taking over our motherland.” Thus, his battle against purchase of illegal properties by foreigners begun. It was however only on 28 April 2006, during a leadership forum of the NYC in Mumbai that Ghate highlighted the issue of foreigners purchasing vast tracts of properties in Goa and expressed his inherent fear of colonization by these people. “Many media personals came to me and said that it was a very good subject to work upon. At that time, I did not know much about FEMA, but after an overwhelming response from reporters and local supporters, I started to dig into it. I sent memorandums to subregistrars to verify the affidavits of the applicants to find out whether the foreign nationals had complied by the rules of section 2 V (i) B of FEMA that lays down the conditions to fulfill the purchases,” informs Ghate, who further states that improper verification of affidavits and sale deeds by the concerned authorities is one of the loopholes of the Goa property registration system. In 2006, Ghate filed an RTI requesting a complete record of foreigners who had purchased properties in Goa from 1999 to 2005. Almost all 482 properties registered in the name of foreign nationals had contravened FEMA rules in some of way or the other. “That year, I filed around 15 RTIs and corresponded with various departments by sending more than 35 letters to the state’s collectors, district registrars, General Manager of RBI, police headquarters, the Chief

Petrol being sold illegally

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Foreigners perform in local restaurants for a fee

Foreigners taking up odd jobs like driving auto rickshaws

Keep off war images, sad faces, owl, crow, pigeon… uying a plot of land:

Choose a plot that doesn’t have an irregular shape. Square or rectangle shape plot is considered good. A land that was a burial ground, or a crematorium is not suitable for living. Ideally it should be flat level ground. A land on a hill is also not suitable. If it is on a slope, then the land sloping down toward the north or east is ok but if it is sloping to the west it is not good. Avoid buying a plot having cracks. The length of the land should not be more than twice the breadth. A plot that has more length in the east west direction is good for purchasing purpose. A plot-facing road from all sides is considered auspicious. The land should not be too porous i.e. should not absorb water very fast. The slope of the roof should be such that water should flow towards North or East. The house should not be constructed on the land which is a dead end. Vastu does not advice the buying of such a plot that has more of open space in southern portion as compared to the northern side, as it is likely to cause some sort of destruction. A plot situated between two larger plots is not good as it brings poverty. If the plot is next to a bridge it is not auspicious - particularly if the bridge is on the north or east side. You can compromise


if it is on the south or west side. A valley or a large pit around the land or a depression in the land is inauspicious. Water source located on the southwest side of a building will bring misery. If the plot has a well, swimming pool, lake, river or a stream flowing on the north east it is auspicious. If there is an electrical power supply station or large electric pole on the north east side of the plot it is not good for the vibrations. The plot should not be within twice the distance of the height of the house to any public place

The main entrance door to the house should be made from good quality wood. It’s width should be bigger than other doors of the house. It should have a design and should be painted. It should look grand compared with the other doors. The main door is the index of the quality of the good vibrations of the house. The doors in the house should not be noisy. The total number of doors, windows and ventilators in the house should be even in number for eg. 2, 4, 6 etc. but should not end with a 0 i.e. 10, 20 etc.

tures etc. should not be used for decoration in the house.

Vastu provides some guidelines for interior decoration of

Vaastu shastra is an ancient Vedic architectural science based on laws of gravitational forces, magnetic forces, flow of electric current, flow of wind/water, and also takes into account sun’s rays. Here are some tips on buying a plot of land, the placement of doors and interior decoration, the Vaastu way.

Water source located on the southwest side of a building will bring misery. If the plot has a well, swimming pool, lake, river or a stream flowing on the north east it is auspicious. like temple, hospital, factory etc. If the distance is more than that then it is ok. The house should be at least 80 ft or more away from any temple. The gate should not face a temple and the shadow of a temple should not fall on the house. Avoid plots near a meat shop, workshop, laundry, shoe shop, etc. The fence or the boundary wall should be higher on the west and south and lower on the north and east sides. Placing of doors : The main-gate should have two panels. The main door should not open inside the house.

the house. Comprehension of zones is important while doing

If the front door frame is painted black, then the owner might have to face hardship. If the door has cracks or is too old, then the owner will have a tough time gaining respect in society. The entrance for a South West room should always be placed in the North-East. The width of the door should be half of the height of the door. Interior Decoration: Bright colours should not be used in the house. Cold and light colours should be used for painting the house. Paintings or photographs depicting war, sad faces, birds like owl, crow, pegion, erotic pic-


interior of home. Zones are divided into two categories like negative and positive zones. Vastu clarifies to keep positive zones light as compared to negative zones. Heavy furniture and objects should be placed in negative zones whereas light furniture can be placed in positive zones. Negative zones or heavy directions are the South, West and Southwest. Positive zones or light directions are the North, East and Northeast. Here are given some tips for interior decoration of the house according to Vaastu. Furniture K Sofa set should be placed in south and west portion of the room. The person sitting on sofa should face north or east directions. . K Bed should be kept in southwest direction of the bedroom leaving southwest corner. K Jewellery should be kept in southwest of the room leaving southwest corner. It should be opened towards the North. K Dining table can be placed in north-west of the kitchen, living room or dining room. K Aquarium in the North, East or North-east is good as it has water. The North, East and North-east are directions of water. Paintings and Statues Paintings of natural scenes like sunrise, water fall etc. are suggested by Vastu. The paintings depicting scenes of war, violence should be avoided. The statue of God should be avoided in bedroom. The statues

of Lord Ganesha are used as decorative pieces popularly. Place the statue of God in prayer room. Avoid keeping heavy statue in North-east of the room and house. Electrical Appliances Electrical appliances should also be kept in right directions. Heating appliances like gas, ovens, microwave should be kept in southeast directions. Geyser should also be installed in south-east of bathroom. Cooler, A.C and Fridge should be placed in northwest of the room. T.V can be placed in the North, East or Southeast of the room. Avoid electrical appliances in north-east of the room. Curtains Prefer curtains of light color for bedroom. Avoid red and black color curtains in bedroom. The curtains of dark color can be used in living room. Mirror Vaastu recommends placing mirror on north and east wall of the room. Avoid mirror in study room and opposite to bed in bedroom. Indoor Plants Indoor plants are very popular in home decoration. Avoid cactus and thorny plants in the house. Avoid big plants in northeast of the house. Paint Colors The paint of light color is good as per Vastu. Prefer light blue, green, pink and cream color for rooms. Avoid red and black color in the house.





panjim, monday, maRCH 14, 2011

Building on stilts C

ity officials and emergency workers hope the building in Cannon Beach will also raise a sense of urgency in the Pacific Northwest about the jeopardy coastal residents and visitors face. Geological findings in recent years suggest there's a one-in-three chance that in the next half century a mega-earthquake will tear the seafloor apart off the Oregon Coast. Huge waves would surge onto coastal communities in as little as 15 minutes. There isn't a coastwide estimate of potential lives lost and damage, but about 100,000 Oregonians live in tsunami inundation zones. Many more visit the coast. The $4 million building the city proposes in Cannon Beach would have room for as many as 1,500 people, and could save lives.

Japan has built several of the buildings but they've never been tested. The permanent population of Cannon Beach is about 1,700, but its beaches and art galleries draw an estimated 750,000 visitors annually. "Imagine a July 4 weekend with an additional 200,000 people at the coast," said James Roddey of Oregon's geology agency. "That's a lot of folks who don't know what to do if the ground starts shaking." The Feb. 27 earthquake and tsunami in Chile, which killed about 525 people, gave officials in Cannon Beach and the Pacific Northwest a chill. The two regions are similar geologically and have similar coastal development. "Tidal waves have always been on our tongue," said Sam Steidel, a gallery owner and City Council

A factory building collapsed in Sukagawa city in northern Japan on March 11, 2011.

severe flooding. Four campers drowned in Newport, 120 miles to the south. Modern warning systems now give coastal residents time to reach safety from distant earthquakes. It's the prospect of quakes nearby that rattle the nerves of emergency managers. About 75 miles off the Pacific Northwest coast, tectonic plates snagging and sliding over one another create the Cascadia Subduction Zone. It has a history of big earthquakes, some topping 9.0 in magnitude, in the past 10,000 years, said Chris Goldfinger, a marine geologist at Oregon State University. Cascadia last ruptured in a great earthquake 300 years ago. It's due for another, Goldfinger said. Emergency officials have stepped up tsunami

An Oregon coastal town hopes to put its new City Hall on stilts and become the first U.S. city to raise a municipal building to withstand the major earthquake and tsunami that scientists say are coming sooner rather than later.

Student Seth Thomas works on a Cannon Beach model before conducting a wave test at the Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory on the Oregon State campus in Corvallis, Ore.

The 2004 Sumatra tsunami, which killed almost 230,000 people, galvanized federal emergency planners and coastal communities. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration sent engineers to learn what buildings withstood the earthquake - measured at magnitude 9.1 to 9.3 - and cataclysmic waves. They found that buildings on stilts, without impediments that increased the stress of the onrushing water, often survived, said Jenifer Rhoades, tsunami program manager for the National Weather Service. The Cannon Beach structure would be the first "vertical evacuation site" built in the United States, she said.

member in Cannon Beach. "But Chile really showed what would happen to communities like Cannon Beach." Steidel was 6 years old in 1964 when the last big tsunami swept the Pacific Northwest coastline, claiming 17 lives in Oregon and California and causing $27 million in damage. He remembers the scene as moonlit and magical, the foam of the waves lingering on the highway through Cannon Beach. "I thought it had snowed," Steidel said. A 8.6-magnitude earthquake in Prince William Sound, Alaska, set off the tsunami, which washed out a main bridge in Cannon Beach and caused

“I filed around 15 RTIs” Cont. from pg 3

Minister, Governor and also to Finance Minister P. Chidambaram; I wanted to go into the core of this matter and wanted everyone to know what was happening in Goa.” Until this point, Ghate was best remembered for the Nangar issue in July 2006. Some tenants from Morjim sought his help after their landlord sold around 20,000 sq m of agricultural land. At his behest, they filed a complaint against the Russians purchasers before the Pernem deputy collector, saying that the land was cultivable land and thus was illegally bought by these foreigners to set up a company called True Axis Resort Ltd. “I took the initiative along with the support of freedom fighters and NGOs and led the tenants to plough that specific area, as a mark of protest against not only the concerned company but every foreign national who had purchased the land in violation of the law. Mind you, nobody from the political front supported me; even leaders from my own party did not support me. It was the freedom fighters, and a few activists along with Girish Chodankar from NYC who lent me a helping hand in the agitation,” says Ghate. The protest paid off. The Enforcement Directorate found the company guilty and imposed a penalty of 7 lakh, even confiscating the entire area. Ghate is unsure what happened to the directors. Consequently, the state government issued a public notice that deals with the specific rules and regulations that are mandatory for foreign nationals to comply with before intending to buy properties in the state. The state govern-

A little bit of Italy in Anjuna


ment subsequently instructed the registrars to be more strict and vigilant in registering foreigners entering into land deals. The government had ultimately woke up to the reality. Such was the effect of Ghate’s agitation that just a few days later, the UK-based The Telegraph highlighted the issue, stating that the “Act had been interpreted liberally, with some estate agents admitting privately that bending the rules was widespread as they sought to cash in on the state's property boom. "There were unscrupulous builders and agents dishing out flyers to foreigners getting off their charter flights," said one agent. "Even taxi drivers were in the property business. They told people they could just put down a deposit and will fix the paperwork - which often meant doing a deal under the table with the registrar's office." However, the screws are rapidly tightening. All sale-deed registrations must now go through Goa's Home Department and be scrutinized by the "police machinery" to ensure they conform to FEMA.” Ghate minces no words to declare that some MLAs, even ministers were working hand-in-glove with foreigners. “Many locals hate me because they think I’m hindering their tourism business. I love when tourists come to Goa to holiday and take respite from their busy schedule,” asserts Ghate, but reiterates that his “blood boils” when he sees locals shamelessly helping foreigners in grabbing land. In 2008, his friends called him up to inform that a large group of Russians settled in Morjim has erected a statue of Vladimir Lenin in Timi Vaddo and hoisted the Russian flag. The area was called ‘Mini Russia.’ Locals agitated against the Russian neo-colony. Today, the statue has been razed and the flag has disappeared. Now, no such celebrations are held, though the area, at times, continues to be referred to as ‘Mini Russia.’ Whatever be it, Russians continue to eke out a living in the area, taking up odd jobs -- coconut plucking; driving auto rickshaws and taxis. Some run beach shacks. For his relentless battle against those flouting FEMA regulations, Ghate was awarded with RTI Award in January this year – an exercise to honour those applicants who have triggered the greatest impact in terms of change in government policy. Announcing the awards, the National RTI Awards Secretariat stated that Ghate "worked relentlessly to fight against illegal buying of Goan land by foreign nationals in violation of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), 1999 rules. He raked up this issue using the RTI Act. As a result, four years down the line, the government has started to take action and issue strict directions to the registrars not to register land in the name of foreigners." To some extent I’m a one man army against the violators of FEMA. However, I owe a lot to advocates, police, reporters and freedom fighters in my battle against these offences. “Its high time we protect our state from yet another colonization” states Ghate. Goa’s tourist information website quotes Vagator is divided into three parts: Italian beach, Tel Aviv beach and the main strip. The first two are named after the nationalities that pretty much occupy the sands there. Goa is pretty thick with nationals from various countries and each has their own specialties here. Evidently, Ghate’s fight continues…

awareness campaigns, and towns like Cannon Beach are installing signs about tsunamis, designating evacuation routes and testing sirens. Residents are being urged to hack through brambles to make paths to higher ground. "We need things like vegetation management, so people can get to higher ground without having to fight blackberry bushes. We need footbridges across wet areas," said Pat Corcoran whose job as an Oregon State extension worker is to travel the Oregon coast urging beachfront communities to prepare for the "when," not "if." Cannon Beach is working with Oregon State to design its proposed 9,800-square-foot City Hall. Recently at a university lab in Corvallis, city leaders and representatives of several other coastal communities watched simulated waves crash against a model of the city hall building. Washington and Oregon state experts say it could become a model for other communities. Local officials say it will be a center for tsunami education as well as refuge when the wave comes. "We can't keep the tsunamis from happening," said Clatsop County Commissioner Robert Mushen. "But we can tell you where to go. We can tell you what to do. We can keep you safe." (AP)

Quest towards quake-tsunami proof... The double disaster of a giant earthquake and tsunami on Friday the 11th caused a mercifully low death in Japan. That's thanks in part to the country's tradition of strong building codes and trying out new disaster-proofing systems. In years to come, those systems could make new buildings in Japan more disasterresistant than ever before, writes ANDREW MOSEMAN


ast fall, PM's annual Breakthrough Awards featured Greg Deierlein and Jerome Hajjar, two engineers who devised a clever way for a building to collapse in on itself—but not fall over—during the rumblings of a major earthquake. To test it out, Deierlein and Hajjar took their system to Miki City, Japan, where the world's largest earthquake simulator resides. But on Friday, what Japan felt was no simulation—a huge 8.9 earthquake hammered the island country and launched tsunamis that destroyed buildings on the Japanese coast and killed people in the hundreds at least. Unfortunately, Hajjar tells PM today, his and other disaster-proofing technologies are so new that they're still in testing or in very few buildings. But soon, he says, Japan—boasting its traditions of smart building and preparedness that might have saved many lives today—could begin widespread use of these new technologies that to help structures withstand even these largest natural disasters. In Japan, Hajjar says, researchers are working on two or three systems that share a lot with his Breakthrough Award-winning design. "They've been exploring this not only for engineered structures, but also non-engineered structures—meaning houses." For example, he says, Japanese industrial giant Nippon Steel is researching fuses that resemble what he uses—

structural connectors that absorb the stress of an earthquake. "They use those to connect different pieces of wood frame construction, in order to focus any damage in those structures into those fuses." In fact, Hajjar says, Nippon recently displayed those fuses in its showroom in Chiba, Japan, "one of the places that got a pretty hard shake today." He emailed the folks at Nippon on Friday morning to see how they were doing, but hadn't heard back when he spoke with PM. Because of its precarious location in an earthquakeprone zone, Japan has absorbed disaster readiness into its culture, Hajjar says—and into its building codes. "They're shaking almost daily," University of California, Davis engineering professor Boris Jermic says. "So they not only need good codes, they need good enforcement." Japan has that, he says. But while the country has been proactive in its safety demands for new buildings, retrofitting older ones is another matter. Hajjar says, while earthquake-resistant designs show plenty of promise, there's not a lot you can do to stave off the rage of flooding water. There's a tiny community of researchers in the U.S. and around the world who are trying to make buildings tsunami-resistant, he says, but those the scientists have come up with some solid ideas. Honolulu, Hawaii, for instance, has experimented with designs that include a "sacrificial first floor," in which water will run right through it without compromising the building's structural integrity. During today's tsunami warning, some Hawaiian buildings enacted vertical evacuation— meaning the occupants went upward in the building to avoid the floodwaters in the bottom. Tsunami scientists at Oregon State University are also moving on up: They plan to build a test structure standing on pillars in Cannon Beach, Ore., which would become both the town's city hall and an elevated refuge from tsunami waters. But the true structural danger of a tsunami, according to Jermic, is that the extreme floodwaters are "going to start scouring the foundation." The only defense is to be prepared and protect foundations with concrete or boulders. If a tsunami's destructive power reaches the foundation material of a building or a bridge, he says, "that structure is going to fail."

Guide for a quake resistant structure


s earthquakes hit strongly in places as divergent as California, Tennessee, New York, Japan and

Brazil, more builders, architects and property owners look for ways to build earthquake-resistant housing. While no

design cans totally prevent earthquake damage, here are some tips on how to build earthquake-resistant houses.

Combination of concret foundation and wood is highly recommended for earthquake resistant house construction in Indonesia Photo: Charles Roring

• Design ground beams for earthquakeresistant housing. Join steel beams together by the feet and allow them to go outside the line of the building to resist a chance of overturning the structure. • Build floors with a light material similar to the roof. Use plywood, chipboard or plain timber with joints bolted firmly to the floor. • Ensure that the structure resists sideways pressure. Build the roof with a light weight material. Brace the building diagonally to resist sideways loads of debris. • Construct wood-frame housing. Although it’s lightweight, wood prov i d e s a s t ro n g re s i s t a n c e f o r earthquakes. Fix wall to the house foundation building and nail wood firmly to studs to increase resistance of the structure. Use a shear wall construction with studs forming the wall’s shell and the horizontal joints making up the floors and rafters supporting the roof. • Establish a large panel system for residences. Set up concrete panels vertically and horizontally to surround the rooms in a apartment building. These panels uphold the building’s structural integrity, along with vertical and horizontal floor panels. • Use a modular building system. Stack ready-made boxes and connect them together. The walls that form resist shaking caused by earthquakes from both directions. Pipes as well as wall and floor finishes fit in an earthquakeresistant concrete box.

Responsibility for acts done by others --II Legally speaking by Sreedevi


ast week, we had discussed some examples of acts done by others which may attract responsibility on you. Today let us see this matter in a little more depth. While it is good to remember that you may be responsible for the acts of your agent or servant, it is also necessary to be clear about where you are not. Your employee on his way from his residence to your workplace commits an offence. You are not responsible,


unless the act done by him was specifically done as a part of his duties. If he is not on duty when traveling, you are not affected by his acts. But if he is provided with a conveyance by you to perform his work, and he meets with an accident involving that vehicle while traveling to work, he is presumed to be on duty and therefore you will have vicarious liability, since you are the employer. So common sense should tell you not to provide a vehicle at owner’s cost, but to give assistance for him to buy his own vehicle. Dishonest and criminal acts done by an employee are not the responsibility of the employer in the ordinary course of events. Of course this does not apply to a criminal act done at the very instance of the employer, either through encouragement or incitement. Every person being asked by another to do

any act has to exercise his own discretion and do only those acts which he, in his own judgment feels right to do. He cannot shirk his responsibility on the employer. What is the position in the case of Torts committed by Trade apprentices attached to an employer, where the employer did not have control over choice of the employee? This is a tricky situation. The employer has control over the work of the apprentice, but had not chosen him as apprentice. The apprentice was placed under his control by the Apprenticeship Advisor of the Government. The position in law is that as long as the employer has control over the work of the employee/apprentice, he will not be absolved from responsibility for torts committed by the apprentice in that capacity.

Who is responsible if you fall into a manhole left uncovered by the municipality, unguarded and without warning lights? Can you make the state a party to the case? The municipality whose duty it is to maintain the city roads in good repair and maintenance is responsible for the consequences of leaving the manhole uncovered and thereby causing injury to the user of the road. But the state has no accountability or responsibility in the matter. What about the torts involving minor children and Wards (those under legal guardianship of others)? A guardian is not responsible for torts committed by a minor or ward under his charge. But if someone commits a tort against a minor under a person’s charge, that Guardian/Parent can sue for Relief on behalf of the minor/ward.





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