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Sports: Golden hat-trick for Indian boxers Pg 16 IN BRIEF 3 interlocutors for Kashmir A three-member panel consisting of a journalist and two academicians was appointed by the Centre to hold “sustained dialogue” with people of Jammu and Kashmir, but initial reaction to the announcement was far from enthusiastic. The muchawaited and much-hyped panel consists of leading journalist Dileep Padgaonkar, noted academician Radha Kumar and little known Information Commissioner M M Ansari. Padgaonkar will chair the meetings of the group. – (PTI) (Detailed report on pg 9)

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Goa’s Heartbeat: Kristen to tie knot with Pattinson Pg 1

Civic polls: 593 vie for honours

Plea to declare Goa Muslims as OBCs pending HERALD CORRESPONDENT NEW DELHI, OCT 13


A total of 593 candidates remained in fray for municipal elections after the process of scrutiny of nomination papers ended today. 176 candidates withdrew their nominations on the last day of filing papers today even as the election process for the eleven municipal councils scheduled go in for elections on October 31 is underway. After scrutiny, two candidates from Mormugao Municipal Council and Valpoi Municipal Council were declared elected unopposed. Eleven municipal councils that will go in for elections on October 31 include Mapusa, Margao, Mormugao, Curchorem – Cacora, Pernem, Canacona, Sanguem, Valpoi, Quepem, Bicholim and Cuncolim. l

Lists of contenders in fray -- Pages 2 & 5

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municipality has it all -- Page 2

A jubilant Indian cricket team after scoring a 7-wicket victory over Australia in the second and final Test match at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. With this win India completed their first ever series whitewash of Australia.

Yeddy faces 2nd test today All eyes on High Court verdict


The ruling BJP braced itself for a second trust vote in four days tomorrow but in a new twist to the political drama the Karnataka High Court today ordered that the outcome of Assembly proceedings will be subject to its verdict on the disqualification of MLAs. The disqualified MLAs —11 of BJP and five Independents — will also not be able to participate in the floor test for Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, whose government may scrape through given the present numbers in the Assembly. However, the suspense over the fate of BJP’s first Govern-

No more rote of math, science formulas HERALD CORRESPONDENT NEW DELHI, OCT 13

School students learning mathematics and science by the rote will be history in a year or two as the National Council Of Educational Research And Training (NCERT) is preparing new manuals to promote learning through experiments. Already 14 laboratory manuals are ready and manuals in other subjects, both in English and Hindi, will be ready before the next academic session, a NCERT official said, pointing out that they will enable the (Continued on page 10)


Yeddyurappa Government may barely cross the 105 magic mark with the support of about 106 MLAs while the Opposition — JD(S) 73 and Congress 28 — has the support of 101 in a House with a reduced strength of 208. The original strength is 224. The disqualified MLAs —11 of BJP and 5 Independents — will not be able to participate in the floor test pending court verdict. ment in the south will remain even after the vote. Lawyers said that today’s court order may mean that if

the Court on Monday upholds the Speaker’s decision on disqualification then the status quo after tomorrow’s vote may re-

main. But if the Speaker’s decision is overturned, then it could force another floor test in the Assembly. The court had reserved orders on the petition of the 11 disqualified BJP MLAs till Monday when it will also hear the pleas of Independents. The High Court rejected both the pleas of the five independent MLAs for staying their disqualification and allowing them to vote in sealed covers to be kept with the Registrar of the court and ordered that tomorrow’s vote of confidence would be subject to the court’s “final decision” on thewrit petition filed by the five independent MLAs.

Kidnap accused slits throat in Court HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, OCT 13

In a shocking incident, a man, accused of kidnapping a minor boy, slit his throat in Children’s Court open hall today moments after the Judge remanded him to further custody. Sameer Sheikh was later rushed to Goa Medical College for medical assistance but was discharged soon thereafter. The dramatic development

left the Court President P V Sawaikar, public prosecutor, defense counsels and those present in the hall baffled. Nobody knew how the alleged accused gained access to the unidentified sharp object when infact he was in police custody and was escorted by police team in and outside the prison. “The Judge was writing the order after remanding Sameer to 14-day judicial custody. I

was busy referring case files when we heard a commotion. We saw drops of blood flowing from his neck…he was taken to GMC”, PP Poonam Bharne told Herald. The alleged accused received minor injuries and was brought back to the Court with bandages on his neck. It is learnt that the Court has asked Mapusa police to file a case of attempted suicide against the (Continued on page 10)

Been there, done that? Big Bro may be watching you VIBHA VERMA PANJIM, OCT 13

If you are holidaying in Goa even after seeking permission from your husband, there might be a possibility that a ‘secret eye’ is keeping a track of your movements here. Cases where detectives are used to spy on spouses holidaying with their friends in Goa, settling business issues or even checking iron ore pilferage has been on the rise in the State. Detective agencies feel that there is at least 15 per cent rise in the number of cases entertained by them annually even as the profile of cases were getting varied. “We have people from Delhi, Mumbai and other metros whose wives usually come down here on a business trip or holiday with their peers. Though husbands allow them to go on a holiday, many a times, they

We have people from Delhi, Mumbai and other metros whose wives usually come down here on a business trip or holiday with their peers. Though husbands allow them to go on a holiday, many a times, they assign detective agencies a job to keep a watch on them. — Cobra Detective Agency MD assign detective agencies a job to keep a watch on them”, Cobra Detective Agency Managing Director W Fernandes said. The detectives who track and video shoot the movements of their ‘subject’ provide CD proof to the customer at the end of the assignment. “We don’t lie. We give all the information that we collect. We

handle the job professionally”, he said. With Goa’s image having taken a beating over drugs, rapes and sex, people get suspicious when their kin is here on a visit. A senior official with a detective agency, who wished to remain anonymous, said they even use spy cams to check the move-

ment of the person they are assigned to keep a tab. “We are not interested in busting rave parties though we video shoot at times. Our aim is to get minute to minute account of the person whom we are spying”, he said. Alike Cobra, there are few other agencies who take this professional task and handle it scientifically. Many agencies refused to talk as according to them it sounds unprofessional to talk about the business which involves confidentiality and trust. In the past, detective agencies used to partner with Goa police in tracking down the cases. But off late, police are doing the job themselves. “May be it’s an ego issue. There are cases which we have busted quicker than Goa police”, he said. (Continued on page 10)

GBA adamant on march to CM’s residence HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, OCT 13

Once again Chief Minister Digambar Kamat will have to face a test from the ‘aam aadmi’ on finalisation of the Regional Plan 2021, even as his office worked overtime on Wednesday to convince the Goa Bachao Abhiyan to cancel their agitation programme tomorrow. Convenor GBA Sabina Martins said the CM’s office called to say that he would be out of station. “We don’t accept this as he would be very much in Goa to attend the inaugural programme of International Travel Mart at Campal, here”, she stated. Martins mentioned the police machinery too seemed to be all geared up to stop them from marching to the CM’s official

residence at Altinho, here. An officer called me and told me they would stop us at the Church Square and allow us no further, she said, and added, “I find all this to be pressure tactics”. She said the officer of the rank of DySP initially asked her to avoid the march citing the election Code of Conduct. “If that’s the case then all this while the authorities should have not allowed religious and other processions”, she augured. Martins said many people from the innermost corners of the State and members of village groups will arrive in Panjim at the Azad Maidan at 4.30 pm to a legitimate demand. “Our march is on; whether the CM is there or not, we will see that our memorandum reaches his table”, she asserted.

Goa’s Muslim organisations have moved the National Commission for Backward Classes for including the State’s Muslims in the Central list of the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) to enjoy reservations in Government employment and admissions in educational institutions. Commission member A Ali Azizi told reporters on the eve of his retirement on Thursday that the public hearing fixed for entertaining their applications could not take place due to some technical reason but their requests are under process in the Commission. He observed during a visit to Goa that there was no awareness in the Muslim community about the OBC reservation as none from the community was listed in the central or State list despite about 80 per cent belonging to the backward classes. It was on his initiative that applications were moved urging the Commission to declare them as OBCs, he said. Only five communities in Goa are listed as OBCs under a Government notification of December 1996, but none of them are from the Muslim population, Azizi said. Those in the Central list of the OBCs are washermen, including Christians, barbers, kolis and kharvis, including Christian kolis, nathjogis and gosavis.

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South Goa truck owners warn From housewives to businessmen, Margao civic polls has it all to keep vehicles off road Ask mining cos to hike rates


The South Goa Progressive Truck Owners Association has threatened to keep all the trucks off the roads indefinitely from October 24, if their demand of increase in rates is not hiked by the mining companies by October 25. This was disclosed by Association President Prakash Raut Dessai during a press briefing at Curchorem on Monday. Vice President Raghunath Naik, Secretary Satyawan Gaonkar, Treasurer Cajitan Fernandes, Assistant Treasurer Naziano Fernandes, Joint Secretary Laxuman Dessai, Shivaji Tilve and others were present on the occasion. “Our demand is that the rate of transporting ore should be Rs 20 per tonne per km, which is four times the present rate,” stated Raut Dessai. “The Association has also de-

Devotees kiss the statue of Our Lady of Fatima on the occasion of the feast at Panjim Church. The statue was brought in a procession from the Bishop's Palace, Altinho. Photo by Rozario Estibeiro

Teachers crucial in fight against tobacco: VHAG HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, OCT 13

The Voluntary Health Association of Goa feels teachers in schools can make a big difference in creating tobacco-free institutions by drilling into young minds at a very early age ‘smoking can kill’. Convinced of this fact, VHAG has now formulated a workshop on October 23, 2010, at the Caritas Holiday Home in St Inez, here, to discuss the role teachers could play in implementing tobacco laws in schools. The workshop, being held in collaboration with Voluntary Health Association of India, National Organisation for Tobacco Eradication (NOTE) and Goa Civic and Consumer Action Network, seeks to discuss various implementation strategies to put action plan into practise. In August this year, VHAG conducted 13 advocacy sessions in 10 schools in North Goa covering Amona, Naveli, Pissurle, Cudne, Kirlapal-Dabal, Sanvordem and Panchwadi

with an objective of empowering students to create tobacco-free environment. One of the sessions involved showing students strong images of hazards of tobacco use. They were also shown a documentary film on ‘beedi’ rolling that portrayed how children were exploited and the effects of tobacco on their health. The advocacy sessions covered 560 students of Stds VIII and IX and 30 teachers. Answering a question, 22 per cent of the students said their family members consumed tobacco and 68 per cent said no, while 10 per cent did not answer. Out of 22 per cent of the students, 8 per cent said their parents smoked tobacco (i.e. cigarettes, beedi, cigars, etc); 7 per cent said their parents used smokeless tobacco like Star, Gutkha, etc, 2.5 per cent said their parents used both forms of tobacco (i.e. smoking and smokeless) and 4 per cent did not mention the form of tobacco used.


The crucial meeting to decide fate on Critical Wildlife Habitats (CWH) in Goa scheduled today was postponed as Chief Minister was out of station. Requesting to the demand of United Tribal Association Alliance (UTAA), who had raised objection to CWH status to Cotigao wildlife sanctuary, chief minister Digamber Kamat had personally decided to intervene in the matter. Accordingly, a special meeting of forest department, tribal welfare department and UTAA was called by Kamat today at Secretariat. UTAA leader and Poinguinim MLA Ramesh Tawadkar, who met chief minister on Monday, explained him that CWH will affect tribal population living in state’s wildlife sanctuaries. “He had therefore called a meeting to discuss over the issue. But since he is out of station today, it is been postponed. The next date is yet to be fixed,” Tawadkar said. The State Level Steering Committee, headed by Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (APCCF) Dr Shashi Kumar is facing a heat from locals of Cotigao and Chorao who feel that their rights would be encroached upon once CWH status is notified. The department, which is planning to declare CHW status to all six wildlife sanctuaries, has been successful in granting CWH status to only Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary.

cided not to carry ore more than 10 tonnes per trip. The RTO and concerned government officials issue challans to the truck drivers if the load is more than 10 tonnes,” he said. “The permit of the truck will be cancelled if three challans are received by any truck in a year,” he added. “Presently, the contractors pay the amount of challans and when trucks are taken for annual fitness, the truck owners are shocked to know that the permit of his trucks is cancelled by the RTO officials if they have received three or more challans,” said Raut Dessai. He further said that the list of demand has already been submitted to the directors of transport and management of mining companies and if any one wanted the copy of the list, they are free to approach the Asso-

ciation. “The Association is concerned about the life and health of the general public. We neither want to overland the trucks nor are we interested in reckless driving, which cause accidents provided we get the rate we have demanded,” said Raut Dessai. “In fact, the public should be held responsible to the government for whatever hardship they face presently,” he claimed. “The roads are the same. The government does not seem to be interested in constructing the proposed four lane roads or the bypass roads for mining traffic,” he said. The All Goa Mining Truck Owners Association has extended its support to the South Goa Progressive Truck Owners Association of stopping the transport if their demands are not met by October 24, he added.

In a bid to attract more tourists to southern part of the country, Karnataka tourism department wants a tourism circuit in the South like the North India. Speaking at the road show organised by the tourism department Karnataka’s principal Secretary (Tourism) K Jyothiramalingam said that his state is committed to promote Southern India as the tourism destination. “Unfortunately, whenever foreign tourists come most of them are restricted to Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Our efforts are to see that these tourists are also attracted to southern states,” he said. Jyothiramalingam said that Karnataka government has planned an international tourism expo in Bangalore, next year, which would be an annual event. “We will be inviting all the tour operators and travel agents to come to Bangalore and focus

there will not only be Karnataka but entire South India as a whole,” he said adding that heart will be put into the efforts to see that international tourists are attracted to South India. The Principal Secretary said that during a meeting of tourism ministers of southern states in Bangalore, promotion of Southern India circuit was discussed. “The thought was given to the aspects like parity in the luxury tax between the states,” he added. Jyothiramalingam said that Southern tourism council is yet to be materialized and Karnataka would like to take a lead in forming it. Karnataka tourism director K Viswanatha Reddy said that as an effort to weave together southern states, Golden Chariot train promoted by Karnataka government, has announced its `Southern Splendour’ package. “As per the package, the train

will cover Bangalore, Chennai, Mammalapuram, Pondichery, Madurai, Tanjavur, Kanyakumari and Kerala’s destinations like Trivandrum, Kovalam, Alleppy and Kochi,” he said.

Curti resident who accused cops of beating him, admitted in GMC HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARCEL, OCT 13

Sarfaraz Mulla, who had accused Ponda police of assaulting him at the police station, has now been admitted in GMC Hospital, after he complained of severe stomach pain and urinating problem. Mulla was admitted in GMC Hospital at Bambolim on Tuesday night. It may be recalled that on Sunday evening, Mulla of CurtiPonda was arrested in connection with two separate cases, one a property dispute and the other for allegedly assaulting Police Sub Inspector Laxi Amonkar. However, Mulla claimed innocence stating that police falsely implicated him in the assault case on PSI Amonkar. Mulla had alleged that the cop abused him and when he objected to the cops offensive language, four police constables, including PSI Amonkar allegedly assaulted him. In the other case, where he was charged for assaulting his relative, Mulla had stated that it was a family matter and has been already settled. Mulla on Monday evening filed a police complaint against PSI Amonkar and four other police constables demanding their suspension.

Half-a-dozen road contractors, barmen, housewives, seasoned campaigners, businessmen, besides a couple of advocates et al are in the fray for elections to the 20-member Margao Municipal council. Most of the road contractors are contesting from the Fatorda area of the Margao Civic body. It is not out of place to mention here that in the last Municipal polls, road contractors had plunged in the electoral fray and a couple of them had emerged victorious in the hustings. There’s no dearth of husband and wives in the fray too. MMC sitting Councilors – L i v r a m e n t a B a r re t t o a n d Babita Naik – are re-contesting the ensuing polls along with their husbands. While Livra-

menta is contesting from Ward No 4, her husband is locked in a battle in Ward No 9. Similarly, while Babita is contesting from ward No 7, her husband and former viceChairperson Sadanand Naik is in the fray in Ward No 6. That’s not all. The kith and kin of former Fatorda MLA and Minister, Luis Alex Cardozo are in the fray from two wards. While his son Tito is in the fray in Ward no 9, his daughter Alvina is contesting from the reserved ward No 4. After a decade and half, former Chairperson Savio Coutinho is a notable absentee in the list of candidates from ward No 16. However, he has fielded his wife, Pratima from the ward, who is locked in a five-cornered contest in ward No 16. Former Chairpersons, who are in the fray in the ensuing

polls are Doris Texeira, Johnson Fernandes and Piedade Norohna. Former Councilors who are making a bid to return to the Civic body includes Dayanand Deulkar, Rupesh Mahatme, Zarinha Shaikh, Sadanand Naik, Durgadas Prabhu and Sushila Naik. Nearly half the number of sitting Councilors in the fray are vice- Chairperson Raju Naik, Babita Naik, Piedade Norohna, Gonzaco Rebello, Narayan Fondekar, Raju Shirodkar, Manjusha Kaskar, Livramenta Barretto, Ramdas Hazare, Johnson Fernandes. The Fatorda Block Congress president Joseph Silva – a close aide of GPCC general secretary Vijay Sardessai -- is in the fray from Ward No 3 and is pitted against Sardess a i ’ s b e t e n o i re P i e d a d e Norohna.

Panjim, Margao top Irate villagers damage bus as list of most erring Candolim mishap injures two drivers, conductors HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, OCT 13

n Surprisingly, the enforcers have found Panjim and Margao cities top major violations in the the list of 900-odd cases booked by transport department during state’s two major its ongoing drive against erring cities - Panjim and drivers and conductors. Margao. The The drive, which kicked off on October 1, has till date department has booked 930 cases across the registered 470 cases state, with Transport Departand has issued 410 ment issuing 611 challans. Surprisingly, the enforcers challans under Motor have found major violations in Vehicles Act. the state’s two major cities Panjim and Margao. The department has registered 470 cases and has issued 410 challans under Motor Vehicles Act. “The drive helped in throwing light on the actual private bus scenario in the state. Within a week we managed to crack 900 odd cases,” Transport Director Arun Desai said. In the capital city alone, the department has registered 260 cases, with director expecting more number of cases in days to come. “Though the drive yielded good response but there are few who obey rules only after seeing enforcement party but later continue with violations enroute,” he stated. The challans have been mostly issued for overloading, non-production of documents,

non-wearing of uniforms and absence of fare tables. “It’s difficult to have control over overloading of buses. Here you just can’t blame drivers and conductors. Public are equally responsible as everyone is in hurry to go to office, school, market or home. But the drive has come out with some positive points like closing of doors while plying and non consumption of alcohol and tobacco while on duty,” Desai said. Though the drive was initiated taking private bus operators into confidence to weed out irregularities in their business, but now it seems that the drive have created a rift. Many private bus operators feel that the drive is like department’s dictatorship on the road.

K’taka for tourism circuit in Old Goa VP to install South to attract foreigners CCTVs at Basilica HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, OCT 13



The Old Goa panchayat has decided to provide Closed Circuit TVs (CCTVs) to the Bom Jesus Basilica, as part of security measures in and around the Basilica during the forthcoming feast of St Francis Xavier. Disclosing this to Herald, Cumbarjua ML A Pandurang Madkaikar said: "St Francis Xavier Feast is recognized all over the world and it is our feast of the people in the State." "I spoke to the Old Goa panchayat and requested them to provide CCTVs in and around the Basilica during the Feast," he said. It may be noted that the State government had mooted a proposal last year to install CCTVs in and around the Basilica, but did not implement the idea.

As a result, church authorities themselves managed to install a few CCTVs inside the Basilica. When asked who would take charge of the CCTVs after the feast, Madkaikar said: "The Old Goa Panchayat will take care of the CCTVs. Once the feast is over, the CCTVs will be brought back to the panchayat, so that the panchayat can take care of the equipment. These CCTVs can be used annually during the feast of St Francis Xavier." However, the cost of the CCTVs is yet to be ascertained as Madkaikar was unsure of how many CCTVs would be installed in and around the Basilica. "The CCTVs could cost about Rs 2-3 lakh, but I will ensure that a certain number of CCTVs are installed in and around the Basilica during the novena and feast of St Francis Xavier."

Chinchinim sarpanch, deputy survive no-trust MARGAO (HR): Chinchinim sarpanch Olwin Antao and his deputy Dora Fernandes survived a scare when a no confidence motion tabled by the opposition failed to unseat them from office on Wednesday. Though the no trust motion was signed by six panch members, the motion received the support of only five of the sig-

natories, with Panch Lavina Rebello backing out. The motion was signed by Agnelo Pascoal Xavier, Archange D’Sa, Thomas Rebello, Santos Rebello, Lavina Rebello and Constancio Fernandes. After wining the confidence motion, sarpanch Olwin Antao thanked the members for reposing their faith in him.

1 held for raping mentally challenged MARCEL (HC): Ponda Police on Wednesday arrested a resident of Borim on charges of raping a mentally challenged woman. According to Ponda Police, accused Peter Domingos Rodrigues was arrested after the victim’s mother lodged a police complaint.

According to the complainant, Rodrigues on Sunday raped the girl when she visited Rodrigues at his residence. The complainant further stated that the incident came to light on Wednesday. Both the victim and the accused were sent for medical examination and the report was awaited.

Irate Candolim villagers at the accident site. HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, OCT 13

Two persons were injured in a road accident near Lawande Supermarket, Anna Vaddo, Candolim, on Wednesday. Irate villagers of Candolim later damaged the bus involved in the accident. According to Calangute Police, the accident occurred when the bus (GA-04-T-3148) was proceeding towards Calangute. While overtaking, the bus rammed into two Honda Activa scooters (GA03-T-8403) and (GA-03-E-2640), which were proceeding towards Candolim. One of the riders, Santosh

Photo by Thomas Fernandes

Matkar (43) of Aradi-Candolim, sustained injuries and was rushed to GMC Hospital in Bambolim for medical treatment, while the other rider, Arthur Coutinho, escaped with bruises. Matkar was discharged after treatment. Later, irate villagers of Candolim damaged the bus by pelting stones. Traffic was blocked for over an hour due to the accident. The commotion prevailed at the site for quite long, while the bus driver made good his escape. A Calangute Police team led by PI Nolasco Raposo, however, brought the situation under control.

Some buses remained off the roads during the latter part of the day, inconveniencing a number of commuters. Meanwhile, Calangute Police arrested bus driver Tony Fernandes (35) of Badem-Assagao on charges of rash and negligent driving and for fleeing from the scene of the accident without informing the police or administering medical aid for the injured persons. PI Raposo also informed that they have moved the RTO Mapusa for cancellation of the driver’s license and cancellation of permit of the bus plying along the Panjim-Calangute route via AnjunaChapora.

MMC polls: 96 left in fray HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, OCT 13

It’s official. Barring two seats which would witness straight fights, most of the Margao Municipal wards would see multicornered contests as a whopping 96 candidates are left in the fray for elections to the 20-member Civic body. Around 27 candidates withdrew from the fray on Wednesday, leaving the remaining 96 candidates in multi-cornered contests in most of the wards. Ward No 1 – Arthur D’Silva, Deepak Gaundalkar, Gregorio Dias, Narayan Naik, Pratap Kamat and Tadev Dias. Ward No 2 – Bertha Cardozo, Ignes Crasto, Nacimenta Furtado, Olinda Cardozo, Priya Kamat and Sandra Candy. Ward No 3 – Agnelo Furtado, Caitano Barbosa, Jose Luis Silva, Piedade Silva and Sebastio Furtado. Ward No 4 -- Alvina Cardozo, Carmina Rodrigeus, Ivina

Miranda, Livramenta Barretto and Sushma Velip. Ward No 5 – Angelis Pereira, Anwar Sayed and Raju Naik. Ward No 6 – Anwar sheikh, Hamid Mamlekar, Martinho Faleiro, Raju shirodkar, Sadanand Naik,Suleman Alam Khan and Sandesh Shigaonkar. Ward No 7 - Babita Naik, Geeta Prabhu, Jyoti Naik and Sugandh Bandekar. Ward No 8 – Luis Gonzaco Rebello and Purnanand Chari. Ward No 9 – Bhakti Kerkar, Caitano Norohna, Camilo Barretto, Chidambar Chanekar, Constancio Norohna, Durgadas Prabhu, Florence Tito Cardozo, Kapil Kamat, Mahadev Hazare and Subhash S T T. Ward No 10 – Bindiya Satendra Naik and Nutan Ankush Kundaikar. Ward No 11 – Jitendra Kerkar, Jyotendera Nayak, Narayan Fondekar, Raju Madkaikar and Sushila Ventkatesh Naik. Ward No 12 -- Demu Kavlekar, Doris Texiera, Loyola Rodrigues, Ma-

haling Harijan, Manoj Masurkar, Nasir Sayed, Nasis Ismail Shaik, Ramakant Chari, Vivek Kavlekar. Ward No 13 -- Leena Katkar, Rosy Pereira and Shazia Sheikh. Ward No 14 – Dayanand Deulkar, Deelip Bandkear, Johnson Fernandes and Zarina Abbas Shah. Ward No 15 – Dhananjay Mayekar, Manjusha Kaskar, Maya Karapurkar and Radhika Karapurkar. Ward No 16 – Mahanand Gawande, Piedade Barretto, Pratima Coutinho, Sandra Fernandes and Shamin Bano. Ward No 17 -- Damodar Shirodkar, Damodar Tukaram Corgaonkar and Vinay Kashinath Shirdokar. Ward no 18 – Anand Shirodkar, Cruz Martins, Iqbal Yusuf Mohamad, Laxmikant Kamat, Sajjan Naik. Ward No 19 – Carol Poinguincar, Hazira Bi Carol and Sangeeta Audi. Ward No 20 – Andrew Sequeira, Damodar Shirodkar, Khudboddin Shaikh, Rupesh Mahatme and Savio Mascarenhas.

43 candidates in fray for PMC

37 candidates to slug it out in Valpoi



Eight candidates withdrew on Wednesday, leaving forty-three candidates in the fray for elections to nine of the 10-member Pernem Municipal Council (PMC), with elections in one ward kept on hold due to lack of candidates. Elections will not take place in Ward 9, reserved for Scheduled Tribe candidates, as the forms of both candidates were rejected on grounds that they had failed to produce the caste certificate. The final list of candidates to the nine wards are Theresa Fernandes, Pallavi Kambli, Shashikala Kambli and Devikar Mandrekar (Ward 1), Dr Vasudev Deshprabhu, Isidore Fernandes, Sanjiv Kambli, Vinodini Kinlekar, Vishnu Kinlekar and Nayaran Mayekar (Ward 2), Dattaprasad Apule, Prashant Gadekar, Kanta Kashalkar, Prabhakat Kashalkar and Vishnu Salgaonkar (Ward 3), Upendra Deshprabhu, Isidore Fernandes, Sudesh Malwankar, Taramati Nagvenkar, Ulka Naik and Neha Satardekar (ward 4), Damodar Asolkar, Pradeep Deshprabhu, Sudhir Deshprabhu, Sandeep Gadekar, Vishram Gadekar, Shantaram Kalangutkar, Harischandra Nagvenkar and Shashikant Nagvenkar (Ward 5), Kishor Asolkar, Anant Sawal Desai and Gajanan Sawal Desai (Ward 6), Rameshwari Chari, Resh Mashelkar and Parvati Shetkar (Ward 7), Sainath Chanekar, Uday Kurtarkar, Jairam Satardekar, Prakash Satardekar, Shreevallabh Shenvi Desai, Shredhar Shenvi Desai and Madhav Shenvi Desai (Ward 8), Nil (Ward 9), Smita Kavthankar, Sandhya Kotkar and Nivedita Pednekar (Ward 10).

Thirty seven candidates are in the fray for elections to nine of the 10-member Valpoi Municipal Council (VMC), with Baptiste Dias being elected unopposed from Ward 3. The final list of candidates who are in the fray are Lokare Vandana Shivaji and Veluskar Durgabai Sajro (Ward 1, reserved for OBC women), Haldankar Tukaram Bhikaji, Morajkar Keshav Vithal and Shirodkar Ramdas Gokuldas (Ward 2), Gawas Chandan Krishna, Gawas Prakash Bhikaro and Gawas Shaba Shrikant (Ward 4), Beig Abdul Munir and Shaikh Idrus (Ward 5), Khan Gulzar bi Ismail and Khan Sharafat (Ward 6), Dessai Roshan Ramdas, Fernandes Dorytina, Khan Anisa Mohamad Billal, Khan Famida Bi, Khan Sharifa Bi, Khan Zarina Shaukat and Teli Prajakta Prasad (Ward 7, reserved for women), Gulelkar Umesh Rama and Sakhalkar Sanjay Mahadev (Ward 8, reserved for OBC), Khan Mohamad Sharif, Khan Nasir Hyder, Khan Ulfat Jahan Abdul Gafur, Khan Usman Salia, Salunke Dharmendra Pandurang, Sayyad Vasivauddin Burhanuddin, Shah Akhatar Hussain, Shaikh Bashir Ahmad, Shah Mujaffer Ismail and Shaikh Yusuf Yakub (Ward 9), Kanekar Shweta Ashish, Khan Latifa Bi, Pokle Archana Arvind, Sayyad Faimida Mohamad Ali, Shaikh Shaizin Abdul Wahab and Velingkar Nisha Nilesh (Ward 10, reserved for women).


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Gram Sabhas should have powers to recall Sarpanch: RTI activist HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, OCT 13

Magasaysay award winner and RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal has mooted Amendments to the Law to arm the Panchayat Gram Sabhas in Goa with powers, even to recall the village Sarpanch and to decide the question on land acquisition for public projects, mining and industrial activities in the village. He also suggested creation of the institution of Ombudsman to review the wrong decisions taken by the gram sabhas which does not conform to the law. Delivering a talk on Right to Information and Self-governance organised by Rotary Club of Margao, Gomant Vidya Niketan and Konkani Bhasha Mandal here at the Ravindra bhavan, Kejriwal has put forth a host of suggestions to bring Amendment to the Panchayati law in the state. ‘Our suggestions are based on the premise that all decisions taken by the gram Sabha should be implemented by the sarpanch. If the sarpanch does not implement the decision, then the gram Sabha should have the power to recall the sarpanch”, he said, which was approved by the audience. He said the Panchayat bodies should have the jurisdiction over all the 29 items contained in the 73rd Amendment to the Constitution, adding that the gram Sabha should have the powers to summon district officers if they don’t implement the resolutions. When a member of the audience pointed out to Kejriwal that gram Sabha knowlegable enough to take major decisions, he shot back saying that half the members of the Parliament are illiterate, adding that the Gram Sabha can engage experts and consultants to assist the body to answer issues of technical nature. He said the decisions of the Gram sabhas should fall within the four corners of the law and within the Constitution, adding that the creation of Ombudsman will help keep a check on resolutions not falling within the law. “The Gram Sabha decision should be final. No higher authority, including the

Subodh files plaint against Sanatan for trying to create hatred HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, OCT 13

Renowned installation artist Subodh Kerkar has filed a police complaint against Sanatan Saunstha for trying to create hatred amongst the religions on the occasion of Navaratri celebrations. In a complaint filed before Panjim Police, Kerkar, who was earlier attacked Hindu organizations for his paintings, has said that the sanstha was disbursing pamplets and circulating CDs with objectionable material at durga puja festival. Panjim police inspector Shivram Vaigankar confirmed about receiving the complaint from a group including Kerkar. The complaint is also filed by Jawahar Barve, Vasant Bhat, Yadneshwar Nigalye and others stating that `sanstha was spitting venom against Muslim community.’ He has said that such an act can create communal disharmony in the peaceful state of Goa. Hindu Right wing organisations, recently, had began campaign against using disco music for dandiya and garba. The organizations had said that it is against the tradition and insult to the Goddess. Few of the text messages cautioning Hindus about possible Love Jihad by Muslim boys under pretext of dandiya celebration were also circulated in the state. Talking to Herald, Kerkar alleged that Sanatan Sanstha, in general, is not for Hinduism but intends to disturb communal harmony.

Magasaysay award winner and RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal addresses the gathering.

government and district authority should have the power to over turn the decision of the Gram Sabha”, eh said, adding if any of the government want to say anything to the Panchayat, they can only give advise and not impose their decisions. He said the gram Sabha should have the power to call for any information from any officer relating to the village, adding if any officer fails to provide the information, the gram Sabha should have the power to impose a fine of Rs 25,000 on the erring officer. “The gram sabha should have the power to allow or disallow any industrial activity. No mining should start in the village without the permission of the gram Sabha”, he added. On land acquisition by the government on the premise of public purpose, he said that the people should write to the Congress president and Rahul Gandhi that powers be given to the gram Sabha whether to give the village land for the project or not. “The government will take the stand that this will hamper development if powers are given to the gram Sabha”, he said, but hastened to add that Nagaland state is witnessing progress though the state does not come within the purview of the Land Acquisition Act. PANJIM REPORTER ADDS: If there has to self-governance in real sense at the grass root level, the government should vest in

Trying to learn a lesson from the drugs-police mafia nexus in Goa, the Karnataka government has increased the vigil in their coastal areas, a top government official said today. Replying to queries by reporters on what Karnataka plans to do after the drugs trade expose in Goa, K Jothiramalingam, principal secretary Karnataka tourism said that more vigil would be maintained on the beaches in northern Karnataka notorious for drug abuse, especially by foreign tourists. "At Om beach (a popular beach near Karwar, 120 kms from here) we have a couple of high end properties. But at the middle and lower end, we would need to have more vigil," he said.


Two Hospicio doctors were examined by the South Goa Sessions Court in the Margao bomb blast case on Wednesday. Dr Dalvi and Dr Borkar, who had attended to injured Malgonda Patil and Yogesh Patil at the Hospicio hospital, were examined by the prosecution in support of its case. The prosecution will examine the police inspector of Margao police station, PI Santosh Desai, besides another witness in connection with the case. Sources in the know informed


Mizoram police has sought production warrant to bring the owner of the raided Porvorim beauty parlour Mahalaxmi Mishra to Aizwal for questioning, a senior officer said. Sources informed that Mishra, who is booked for allegedly pushing four Mizo girls into prostitution, is now wanted by Aizwal police. The Women and Child protection unit team busted an inter-state flesh trade racket at ‘Lotus beauty parlour’ on Saturday and rescued 11 girls who are reportedly victims of human trafficking. While, the rescued victims

are lodged at Merces protective home, five boys including the parlor owner Mishra were arrested. The alleged accused are booked for trafficking and forcing the girls in flesh trade, have applied for bail at Children’s Court. The raid was executed as three Mizoram girls spilled beans on the lady owner had left the work on October 4 and reportedly informed Mizoram NGO and police about the illegal activities here. On the contrary, Mishra had filed a complaint with Porvorim police accusing all the three girls of ‘chewing tobacco and drinking beer because of which they


A 48-year-old man died, while his son was seriously injured in a head-on collision between a motorcycle and a truck at Usgao late Tuesday night. According to Ponda Police, the mishap occurred when R Dodamani and his son Shivraj (8), who were traveling on a motorcycle (GA06-H-1413) from Belgaum to Sada-Vasco, collided against truck (MH-12-FC8357), which was coming in the opposite direction. R Dodamani died on the way to the hospi-

were rusticated.’ Ironically, the complaint was filed five days after the girls fled to Mizoram. Incidentally, Mizoram police in a similar action back there had rescued 10 girls and arrested three people, who wanted to send them to Goa. As both the information came at same time, Mizoram police flashed a letter to Goa counterpart. However, the main accused is still absconding, the source stated. “The girls were hired by a man called Vanlalaruati and few others who promised them of jobs in beauty parlours in Goa as beauticians,” said the source. While, four are Mizo girls, six other girls rescued during the raid hail from Nagaland and one from Belgaum.

Newspaper agent killed as truck rams six shops in Poinguinim HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, OCT 13

Tension ran high in Poinguinim on Wednesday night when an inter-state truck rammed into six shops in Poinguinim bazaar, killing a 50-year-old newspaper agent from the village. According to sources, the truck (TN-33 AD 9701) was heading towards Karwar, when the vehicle rammed into shops at Poinguinim Bazaar at about 9 pm on Wednesday. One Ulhas Painginkar (50), who was reportedly closing his shop for the night, was mauled by the truck, which went on

"There are certain actions which are covertly done, which are banned activities and it depends on the enforcement agencies to keep them in control," Jothiramalingam said. Jothiramalingam said that a special green police force launched by the Karnataka tourism department had been entrusted with the responsibility of keeping a vigil on such nefarious activities. "The Green police force which comprises of trained home guards has been launched to keep an eye on such activities," Jothiramalingam said. An emerging tourism destination, the Karnataka tourism department is making efforts to promote its relatively pristine beaches as a refreshing change from the 'done to death' beach tourism in Goa.

to hit five more shops on the left side of NH-17 road at Poinguinim Bazaar. Painginkar, a newspaper agent and proprietor of Dayanand Hotel, was unconscious after the accident and was rushed to the CHC hospital at Canacona, where he was declared dead. Sources informed that at least 3-4 people standing by the roadside saw the truck hitting the shops and approaching dangerously towards them. They reportedly escaped just in time, thereby averting further casualties in the mishap.

A huge crowd gathered at the site demanding immediate arrest of the driver. When they noticed that the driver was nowhere in sight, an irate mob blocked the highway. A police team led by Canacona PI Raju Raut Dessai rushed to the site and was seen requesting the agitating residents to free the highway. They, however, refused to accede to his requests till late night. A large number of people also gathered at the CHC hospital at Chaudi, on hearing the news of the death of Painginkar.

that the court witnessed some anxious moments when the defense sough to give a traditional religions “mall” to the accused persons with the permission of the court. However, Special Public prosecutor, S B Faria asked the police officer to find out the contents in the plastic bay and it was later found that a pamphlet was also found inside. While the defense contended that the pamphlet contained a prayer, the prosecution asked the Judge to only allow the religious “mall” to be given to the accused persons.

Man dies, son seriously hurt in Usgao mishap

Mizoram police seek production warrant to question parlour owner

K’taka ups vigil in coastal areas to check drug trade HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, OCT 13

Gram Sabha (SB) powers to address immediate problems concerning health, water supply, roads, and schooling in villages, says Arvind Kejriwal, RTI activist and Magasaysay awardee. Kejriwal has suggested some revolutionary changes in Goa Panchayati Raj Act, 1994 while he made presentation of proposed amendments to the Act at Seminar Hall in Secretariat, Porvorim. The basic premise of his proposed amendments rests on – all decisions shall be taken by GS and Sarpanch will only implement them. If Sarpanch does not implement them, GS may recall him. Moreover, No higher authority shall be competent to interfere in any manner in the functioning or in the decisions of GS on the matters within the jurisdiction of GS. The RTI Activist has submitted numerous amendments to the existing Act on invitation of the Law Commission of Goa. While the State government is still struck with delegation of powers to panchayat and Zilla panchayats, the amendments suggested by Kejriwal are way forward and if effected -- it will bring in revolutionary change in the functioning of the panchayats in Goa. Kejriwal is all for giving absolute powers to GS in determining affairs directly affecting people because he says that it is the way to control corruption at grass root level. POWERS TO GS: GS shall have all the powers and shall be competent to take all steps for the overall welfare and welfare of individual members of that village on all issues mentioned in Schedule XI of the Constitution and on any additional subjects transferred to Panchayats by the State or Central Government from time to time. If any irregularity comes to the notice of GS or for any other reason, if the GS wishes to conduct an enquiry, it may do so by setting up a committee of its own or may direct an appropriate officer to conduct that enquiry within the time prescribed and report back. GS may accept or reject or partly accept the recommendations and findings of that report and shall be competent to take any appropriate action.

Hospicio docs examined in Margao bomb blast case

tal, while his son was admitted in GMC Hospital in Bambolim. Ponda Police arrested truck driver Madanrao Jagtap (24) from Maharastra and is investigating the case.



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S H O RT TA K E S Mental Health Day observed

Even after one year, ordeal for this Canacona family continues HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, OCT 13

Health Officer Dr Anil Kakodkar speaks at the Mental Health Camp organised by Sanguem Taluka Legal Services Authority at Sanguem.

SANGUEM(HC): The Sanguem Taluka Legal Services Cell in association with South Goa District Legal Services Authority observed Mental Health Day at Sanguem by organizing a camp at Government Primary Health Centre Sanguem on October 11. Health Officer Sanguem PHC Dr Anil Kakodkar spoke on various health aspects and mental disease. Dr Kakodkar also gave a detail account on the care to be taken with respect to mental patients and the need for special care and attention whenever a person suffers from mental diseases. “Many diseases affecting mental patients can be taken care of and cured at an initial stage, if the patient is provided with the right medicine at the initial stage,” informed Dr Kakodkar. Dr Anand Panchwadkar spoke on various stages affecting a mental patient and various ailments available to cure mental patients. Dr Panchwadkar also gave a gist on the types of mental diseases with particular attention to hysteria and other like diseases. Speaking further, Dr Panchwadkar stressed on the need for utmost care to be taken of mental patients to avoid the patients from taking any extreme steps in life. Adv Abilasha Naik gave details on free legal aid and the classes of people entitled for free legal aid. The camp was co-ordinated by Head Clerk Helen Afonso, while Adv A Fernandes welcomed the gathering and later proposed the vote of thanks. Dr Anthony attached to Government Primary Health Centre Sanguem also attended the camp.

Elino lauds new LIC initiative

Business Associate Joel Cardozo along with Chairperson of Margao Municipal Council, Savio Coutinho, ex-chairperson of MMC and ex-Zonal Advisory Board member, Elino Colaco and others.

PANJIM (HND): Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) has started a ‘LIC Life Plus’ office at Navelim to cater to all queries of customers on policies, products, premium position, bonus accrued, loans available, revival of policies etc. Chairperson of Margao Municipal Council, Savio Coutinho along with Ex Chairperson of MMC and Ex Zonal Advisory Board Member, Elino Colaco appreciated this move of the LIC at and suggested its extension to other important locations in the rural areas of the state. Navelim centre is open from 9.30 am to 6 pm on weekdays, and till 4 pm on Saturdays, says a press release issued here.

Plastic collection drive held

One year after the October 2 floods in Canacona, a family continues to be homeless, as they have neither been compensated nor has the government re-constructed their house. The brother-sister duo, Aleixo Monteiro and Graciana, residing at Panifond-Mangan, area under Canacona Municipal Council (CMC) claimed that they initially received cash of Rs 2,000 and an cheque of Rs 10,000, after their house was ruined during the natural calamity on October 2, 2009. “Nothing was informed to us after these payments, as we are told that 13 houses within CMC have been re-built with funds provided by the government, but we are kept homeless till now,” informed Aleixo. According to one Ramakant Gaunkar, the Monteiro flood affected family had approached Chief Minister Digamber Kamat with an application dated December 16, 2009. He further informed that the chief minister accordingly marked the letter to Mamlatdar (Canacona) with remarks “Please examine, verify and put up by 26/12/2009” (copy of application with Kamat’s remark available), but nothing

Felicitation function held at Raia

PANJIM (HND): Raia Welfare Association recently organised its annual felicitation ceremony at panchayat hall, during which following prominent personalities from Raia were felicitated: Jerry Fernandes, a legendary Violinist, the only Goan musician to win the Dadasaheb Palke award in 2001; Cora Evelina Costa Pereira, first Sarpanch of Raia; and Vincy Quadros, a renowned Konkani writer The Association also felicitated top rankers of SSC and HSSC of 2010 and also gave away scholarships. Food was also distributed to the needy people. Fr Ventura Lourenco, Parish Priest of Holy Spirit Church, Margao, was the Chief Guest, Alex Reginald Lourenco, MLA of Curtorim Constituency and Chairman of NGPDA was the Guest of Honour and Savio Gomes, Sarpanch of Raia presided over the function.

The destroyed house of Aleixo Monteiro and Graciana Monteiro, brother-sister duo, at Paniefond-Mangan, Canacona.

has happened in the matter for so long. However, after almost three months, an application dated March 22, 2010 from Canacona Mamlatdar was addressed to Deputy Collector (LA), South Goa District, Margao, enclosing Talathi’s report and Panchanama for necessary action. “No authority seems to have taken any initiative after this and the family continues to be homeless after their house got ruined in last years floods’, informed Gaunkar.

When contacted, CMC Chairperson Shamsunder Dessai said he was unaware about any more house collapse incidents in last year’s floods, except 13 houses which were rebuilt by CMC through the funds from Urban Development Ministry. “I am not aware of this particular case. No one brought it to my notice also,” said Dessai, when informed about chief minister’s remark and Mamlatdar’s application on the matter. Meanwhile, sources told Her-

Archbishop urges priests to serve downtrodden like Christ HERALD CORRESPONDENT MAPUSA, OCT 13

Archbishop-Patriarch Filipe Neri Ferrao has exhorted the priests to be service-oriented in their mission to propagate Christ, especially to the downtrodden and the afflicted. He was delivering his homily at the ordination ceremony of Deacon Agnelo Fernandes for the Pilar Society at Our Lady of Miracles Church at Badem. The archbishop reminded the Catholic community that Christ, who came into this world to serve and not to be served, lived his entire life in the service of others. Elucidating upon the life of Saint Damian (Saint of the Lepers), the Archbishop relecting on the motto selected by Deacon Agnelo Fernandes, said: “I

have selected you to bloom as a flower in the service of others.” He also called upon all priests to be service to others in all their ministries. Deacon Agnelo Fernandes, the youngest of five sons of Sebestian and Isabella, who hails from Badem, was ordained a priest during the Eucharistic celebration held amid great joy and religious fervour. Fernandes (32) received the God’s call to be a priest when he was studying in Std 8 in Mumbai, where he was born and brought up. He joined Pilar fathers after completing his SSC. Agnelo worked in various mission stations in Mumbai, Nagpur and Kolkatta during his formation period. Infact, he even did

‘Lithotripsy’ removes stone without surgery, says Dr Bansal HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, OCT 13

The students of Regina Martyrum High School, Assolna with the collected plastic waste.

PANJIM(HND): The Management of Regina Martyrum High School, Assolna, motivated the school students to collect plastic bags and bottles from their homes, neighbourhood and surrounding areas. This was with an aim to create awareness in children the need to play an important part in the reduction of ‘plastic’ waste. Scouts students of standard VII, IX and X collected around 2 tempo loads bags of plastic material. The same will be disposed off in a suitable manner with the help of an NGO. The project was guided by Fr Lucio Dias - Parish Priest Assolna village and the Headmistress of the school. At the end a function was held, the students addressed and made aware how they could make a difference to lessen the present garbage menace. Certificates of participation would be awarded to all the students who participated. The function was attended by the Parish Priest Fr Lucio Dias, Fr Xavier Estibeiro, the Headmistress of the School Bona D’Silva and the scout teachers, coordinator Nelson Fernandes and Joe Almeida.

South youth festival results PANJIM(HND): The results of the South District Youth Festival held recently at Ravindra Bhavan, Margao have been declared. The winners have now qualified for State Youth Festival 2010. Folk dance: 1st place - MES HSS, Zuarinagar, Vasco; 2nd place - Fr Basilio Andrade Memorial HSS, Majorda and 3rd place - Deepvihar HSS, Headland Sada, Vasco. Folk song: 1st place - Deepvihar HSS, Headland Sada, Vasco; 2nd place – R M S HSS, Margao and 3rd place - Shri C T N HSS, Curchorem. Classical vocal: 1st place - Prajyot Desai, PWD quarters, C1-3, near sub jail, Headland Sada, Vasco and 2nd place Priyash Purkayastha, Deepvihar HSS, Sada, Vasco. Tabla: 1st place - Aneesh A Kondurkar, near Government HS, HeadlandSada, 2nd place - Ramchandra Bhakta, R M S HSS, Margao and 3rd place - Vishal Gaonkar, Karmbe, Dabal, Sanguem. Harmonium: 1st place - Shrayas Gaude, F-3/A, Kurtarkar Plaza, Aquem, Margao; 2nd place - Yeshwant Amroskar, MES College, Zuarinagar, Vasco and 3rd place - Abhishek Naik, C T N HSS, Curchorem. Guitar: 1st place - Agnelo Antao, Shri C T Naik HSS, Curchorem. Elocution: 1st place - Sanskruti Ayir, Damodar HSS, Gudi-Paroda; 2nd place - Sailee Tendulkar, Deepvihar HSS, Sada-Vasco and 3rd place - Dhanveera Raut Desai, Shri C T N HSS, Curchorem. Bharatnatyam: 1st place Aishwarya Naik, 2nd place - Aditi Bandekar, Kalangan, Gogol, Margao and 3rd place - Chandani Asolkar, Kalangan, Gogol, Margao.

Joint Managing Director of RG Stone Urology and Laparoscopy Hospital Dr Manish Bansal said with the availability of ‘Lithotripsy’, any stone of any size and location in the urinary system can be removed without resorting to open surgery. Addressing press persons at Porvorim on Wednesday, Dr Bansal said RG Stone was the first institute to introduce the Siemens Lithostar with its advanced X ray and Ultrasound attachments for localization of stone for treatment of Kidney stone and Ureteric stones without even an incision or hole in the body. “ This machine gives out shock waves to the stone, which breaks inside the body and is passed out of the body through urine. The treatment by far is the safest and non-invasive for kidney stone and works with patients having permanent cardiac pace maker,” said Dr Bansal. Dr Bansal further said kidney stone affect around 12% of the population. Men appear to be afflicted with kidney stones more often than women with the ratio being 3 to 1 because of dietary habits and nature of the work. “In addition, those who develop kidney stones have a 50% risk of having another stone within 5-10 years. The maximum incidence occurs in the 30-50

ald that the two families of Agonda whose houses got razed in last October’s Canacona floods have still not received the house-building funds as promised by the government. “The only two badly affected families from Agonda received Rs 12,000 (including Rs 2000 in cash) and Rs 25,000 as immediate relief, but continue to run from pillar to post to realize the house-compensation allowance as promised by the government,” informed a village panchayat member.

(From Left) Punit Vig (General Manager), Baldev Raj (Country Head Marketing) and Dr Manish Bansal (Joint Managing Director). Photo by Anil Shankhwalker

year-old age group. RG Stone holds the Guinness Record for treating a 13-cm Kidney stone,” he said. “RG Stone has treated patients as young as 9 months and as old as 107 years. With over 24 years of experience in the field, the RG Hospitals have treated over 1 lakh patients,” claimed Dr Bansal. Chief Urologist of RG Hospital, Porvorim, Dr Kumar Raj Urs said people blame old-age for their urine symptoms and suffer from it. “ These problems can be treated very easily without any open operation. Even children can have kidney stones. Recently, when Ultrasonography

of a 10-year-old boy from Diwar Island was done in RG Stone Hospital, he was found having 3.5 cms stone in his left kidney,” said Dr Urs. “He underwent an operation called PCNL, which is a key hole surgery done to remove large kidney stones. With these forms of operations, no cutting of the body is required and the patient can resume normal activities in a short time,” added Dr Urs. “Normally, this key hole surgeries are done routinely in adult patients but treating children with large kidney stones requires different equipments and technical expertise which is available in RG Hospital,” said Dr Urs.

his LLB while undergoing his priestly studies in Nagpur. His advice to the younger generation is that one should understand his/her vocation visà-vis the God given talents one possesses and thereafter to live up the same successfully through constant prayer. Besides, several Pilar fathers which included Fr Anselmo D’Souza (Rector of Pilar Seminary), Fr Jesuinho Almeida, Fr Adrian Fernandes, Fr Lino Florindo and Parochial Administrator of B ad em Churc h Fr Christo Menezes and St Xavier’s College Principal Fr Walter de Sa were also present at the Eucharistic celebration. This October, the Goa archdiocese will get 23 new priests, which includes 18 diocesan priests and five from Pilar.

Legal literacy camp held at Quepem HERALD CORRESPONDENT SANGUEM, OCT 13

The Taluka Legal Services Committee Quepem in co-ordination with District Legal Services Authority South Margao recently conducted a Legal Literacy Camp for the students of Government College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Quepem. Adv V Dessai spoke on Anti Ragging Act, while Adv Pavitra Naik gave a gist on health care and Adv Katekar spoke on Free Legal Aid. Similar camp was also organised by Taluka Legal Services Committee Quepem for senior citizens at Assolda in Quepem recently. The camp for the senior citizens was organised to provide the senior citizens with the basic information on various laws. Adv P Dessai provided the participants due information pertaining to Mundkarial Rights. Adv V G Naik spoke on senior citizens and different schemes available for the benefit of senior citizens, while Adv Sandhya Naik spoke on entitlement of free legal aid. Besides, a seminar on mediation and conciliation was organised at Immaculate Conception High School, Paroda, on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanthi. Adv Anjali Dessai, Adv D Katekar and Adv Pavitra Naik were the resource personnel for the seminar, who guided the students on various aspects of law and Children’s Act. Rebecca Da Costa co-ordinated in the smooth conduct of the camps.

Nakate, Pilankar excel at ‘Thunder Nite 10’ HERALD REPORTER VASCO, OCT 13

Ashish Nakate from Margao and Anisha Pilankar from Sada-Vasco emerged champions of all Goa Senior and Junior dance competition ‘Thunder Nite 10’. The ‘Thunder Nite 10’ was organized by Unbeatable Dance Academy, which has celebrated its 10 years of existence recently at Ravindra Bhavan, Margao. Unbeatable Dance Academy celebrated its tenth anniversary with action-packed sequences by Prince Gupta of Dance India

Dance (Zee Tv) Fame, backed by his team of dancers, Prince and his troupe performed. Mangal Chauvan (Vasco) emerged first runner up, while Suresh Nayak (Colva) and Kamaljeet Kaur second runner up in the senior category, while Ashwet Pilankar (Sada) first runner up and Sanshika Shirodkar (Mapusa) second runner up in the junior category. Earlier, the event was inaugurated by chief guest Prince Gupta and guests of honour Richa Shetkar, Urmila Salgaonkar, Chitra Gawas, Suresh Shetty, Sanjay Naik, Carlos Almeida, Shalaka Kambli among others, along

with the proprietor of Unbeatable Dance Academy Tushar Volvoikar. There were various performances by students of Unbeatable Dance Academy from its branches at Sada, Vaddem, Chicalim and New Vaddem. Prince said it was his first time to Goa and he was impressed with the organisation and performance of the students of Unbeatable Dance Academy. Iqbal Shaikh and Latif Shaikh compered the event, while Miss Goa 2010 Sparsha Deshpande added sizzle and spice to the event with a scintillating dance performance.

PIB to organise info campaign in South HERALD CORRESPONDENT COLLEM, OCT 13

The Press Information Bureau (PIB) will organize its sixth Bharat Nirman Public Information Campaign for Dharbandora, Sacorda and Mollem in the panchayat areas of South Goa on October 14, 15 and 16. Chief Minister Digambar Kamat will inaugurate the campaign at Dhareshwari Devasthan Mandap on October 14 at 3 pm in the presence of ZP member Rashmi Lambore, Dharbandora Sarpanch Shamboo Velingkar and other dignitaries. The Bharat Nirman Public Information Campaign is an endeavour to take various central government schemes being implemented for the common people in the State. Resource persons, particularly engaged in implementing the schemes, are invited and will brief the audience on these schemes. On October 14, a rally will be organized at 9 am, which will start from Primary School Dharbandora and proceed via panchayat office and converge at Dhareshwari Temple Dharbandora. Students from nearby Secondary Schools comprising Abhinav HS Mollem, Anandi

Marathe School, Gomantak HS will participate in the rally. The main function will be held at the temple. From 10 am to 1 pm, resources persons and officials of various departments will explain various schemes. A cultural programme will be staged at 3.30 pm. The campaign at Sacorda will take place on October 15, which will be inaugurated by Rajya Sabha MP Shantaram Naik in the presence of Sacorda Sarpanch Yogita Naik and other dignitaries at Panchayat Sabhagriha, Sacorda, at 10 am. From 11 am to 1 pm, resource persons and officials of various departments will explain various schemes. The campaign at Mollem will take place on October 16, which will be inaugurated by South Goa MP Francisco Sardinha in the presence of Ramakant Khalap, and Mollem Sarpanch Govind Gaonkar. Deputy Director (M&C) PIB Dilip Deshpande will welcome the dignitaries during the programme to be held from October 14 to 16. From 11 to 1 pm, resource persons and officials of various departments will explain various schemes. A cultural programme will also be held.

UPcOmiNG EvENTS Konkani creative workshop PANJIM (HND): Cinnamon Teal Publishing in association with the Hungry Mind, Margao, will organise a 7-day Konkani creative workshop from October 31 to November 7 at Hungary Mind, Rua de Abade Faria, Margao. The workshop will be conducted by eminent writer Damodar Mauzo. Interested person may call 9850398530/31 before October 20 to register.

Navtara opens branch at Porvorim PANJIM (HND): Navtara, the pure vegetarian multi-cuisine restaurant will open its branch at Porvorim, CHOGM Road, opp Angels Resort. Ms Imelda Tavora will inaugurate the restaurant on October 14 at 10 am.

Legal literacy camp at Mayem PANJIM (HND): A legal literacy camp will be organised on October 16 at Mayem Village, Bicholim Taluka in the Panchayat Hall at 10 am to spread awareness about the legal rights and duties of the citizens, especially tribal/rural population, women/children of handicapped and weaker section of the Society. Adv Sagar Gawas will speak on the subject, ‘Consumer Forum Act’ and ‘Right to information Act while Adv Samira Gawas, will speak on the subject ‘Rights of Women (including Domestic Voilence Act-2005, Maintenance u/s 125 Cr.PC.’ Citizens of Bicholim Taluka, specifically, advocates, social workers, women, citizens and litigants can attend this camp, says a press release.

ICAR to organise Kissan Mela PANJIM(HND): In order to educate the farmers regarding latest know-how in rice production technology, ICAR institute will be organizing Kissan Mela on October 16 at 10 am in the Institute campus. The Mela will be inaugurated by Member of Parliament Shripad Naik. Satish Tendulkar, Director of Agriculture, Govt of Goa and BS Nagaraj, Chief Manager-Marketing, Zuari Industries Limited, Goa will be the guest of honor. Dr N P Singh, Director, ICAR Research Complex for Goa will preside over the function. About 150 farmers from different parts of Goa are likely to attend. Interested farmers can contact the Programme Co-ordinator, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, ICAR Research Complex for Goa (9422643739) and attend the programme.

Meet at Corlim panchayat

OLD GOA(HC):The Directorate of Panchayat has convened a special meeting of the Corlim panchayat on October 15 to elect the deputy sarpanch. Corlim Deputy Sarpanch Fidelis Pereira had resigned on September 22 to pave the way for another member of the ruling group, Usha Kuttikar, as the post of the deputy sarpanch is reserved for women. It is learnt that Pereira, who has served as deputy sarpanch for three-and-half years, is planning to take over as sarpanch. Sarpanch Sisto Fernandes is yet to resign from his post, but is likely to do so in a mutual understanding with his ruling group. Other members in the ruling group include former sarpanch Joao B Lobo, former sarpanch Vinayak Naik, while the opposition group consists of former sarpanchas Naresh Naik and Onu Dhulapkar.

‘Great Gold Festival’ launched HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, OCT 13

Goa’s leading jewellers ISTA Jewellers, Margao and Nasnodkar Jewellers, Mapusa have launched the ‘Great Gold Festival’, a lucky draw Dhamaka. The offer started from September 22. The winners of the lucky coupon will win 12 prizes i.e. Mahindra Scooter, 10 DVD Players and a bumper prize Maruti Alto car. Purchase of jewellery worth Rs 20000 and above is eligible for a lucky coupon at both the places, says a press release.

Restricted water supply to Porvorim HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, OCT 13

There will be restricted water supply to Porvorim and surrounding areas on October 14 due to failure of transformer and its replacement at O’Coqueiro sub-station. The public is requested to bear the inconvenience, says a press release issued here.

POWER SHUTDOWN OCTOBER 14 GUIRIM: From 9 am to 3 pm. Areas affected are Vanciowaddo Guirim, St Anthony waddo, Prexetwaddo, Agniwaddo and surrounding areas. NEURA: From 9am to 5pm. Areas affected are Neura Panchayat, Dayanand Arya HS, Alvares saw mill, Gudiwada and surrounding areas at Neura.


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37 candidates left in fray in Sanguem HERALD CORRESPONDENT SANGUEM, OCT 13

Thirty-seven candidates will contest the elections from Sanguem Municipal Council (SMC), after 15 candidates withdrew their nominations on Wednesday. Prominent among those who withdrew from the race are former Sanguem BJP MLA Prabhakar Gaonkar, who had filed his nomination from Ward 4. A local Marathi daily correspondent from Sanguem Ravindra Naik, who had filed nomination from Ward 5, also withdrew at the last minute. Others who withdrew are Shrinivas Kossambe, Olinda Mascarenhas and Escolastica D’Costa (Ward 2), Ajay Naik and Agnela D’Costa (Ward 3), Prabhakar Gaonkar (Ward 4), Ravindra Naik (Ward 5), Mohammad Iqbal Shaikh (Ward 6), Pasquelina Gomes (Ward 7), Deepak Kossambe and Kiran Raikar (Ward 8), Shrikant G Naik (Ward 9) and Soccorina Fernandes and Sujal Naik (Ward 10). The final list of candidates to contest elections are Analina Fernandes, Leena Fernandes and

46 in fray for Cuncolim Civic polls BY HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, OCT 13

A total of 46 candidates are finally left in the fray for elections to the 10-member Cuncolim Civic body. Most of the wards are facing multi-cornered contests, barring the two wards represented by CMC Chairperson Devendra Desai and his deputy Landry Mascarenhas. While Devendra Desai is facing a challenge from Nilesh Kunde in ward No 4, a straight fight is on between Landry and his challenger Alvis Almeida in ward No 8. Former CMC Chairperson and close aide of Urban Development Minister, Joaquim Alemao is recontesting from Ward no 5 for the third time in a row. Another close aide of Alemao and ex Vice-Chairman of SUDA Mario Moraes is contesting from ward No 3, from where former Councilor Laxman Naik is trying to make a come back to Council politics. Ward No 1 – Chari Devayani, Fernandes Agnes, Fernandes Crossy and Fernandes e Gama Niquela. Ward No 2 – Gaunkar Chandru Soiru, Gaonkar Jayant Jaiwant, Gaunkar Mangaldas Shamba, Gaonkar Pratima Rohidas, Gaonkar Surya Kusta. Ward No 3 – Coutinho Leonardo, Fernandes Daniel, Fernandes Jennifer, Moraes Mario, Naik Laxman, Rebello Peter and Shaikh Mohammad. Ward No 4 – Desai Devendra and Kunde Nilesh. Ward No 5 – Chitari Nagesh, Coutinho Joysilo, Fernandes Anthony, Naik Shrimati Mangesh, Shah Noor Mohamad Alisha, Shaikh Noor Mohamed Abdul and Vaz Filon. Ward No 6 – De Souza Merwyn, Desai Bharat, Desai Premdeep, Dias Cruz and Lourenco Edgar. Ward No 7 – Almeida Sinatra, Carneiro Polita, Coutinho Elsa and Prabhudessai Rita. Ward No 8 – Almeida Alvis and Mascarenhas Landry. Ward No 9 – Fernandes Antonio, Monteiro John and Vaz Xavier. Ward No 10 – Desai Anjani, Desai Bindiya, Desai Neha, Desai Rashmi, Desai Sheetal, Naik Desai Poonam and Rodrigues Sara.


Thirty six candidates are in the fray for elections to the 10-member Quepem Municipal Council (QMC), after nine candidates withdrew from the fray on Wednesday. The final list of candidates who will contest the October 31 elections are Antoneta Gonsalves, Maria Cardoz, Roopa Borkar, Sujata Hemant Naik, Vency Fernandes and Savita Shekar Shetkar (Ward 1 - OBC women), Dayesh Naik and Mavis Anthony Fernandes (Ward 2 OBC), Filu D'Costa and Ashok Dukle (Ward 3), Ivan Jancy Coutinho, Suchita Shenvi Shirwaikar and Peter Miranda (Ward 4), Alexandrinha Caitaninha Fernandes, Filomeno Pereira, Chetan Naik, Piedade Costa, Lucio Fernandes, Deepak S Kanolkar and Pedro Antonio Cardozo (Ward 5), Mateus Camilo Simoes, Jose Fernandes, Andre Carvalho and Paulo Fernandes (Ward 6 - ST), Milagrin Fernandes and Maria Ana Fernandes (Ward 7 - women), Rahul Pereira and Manuel Colaso (Ward 8), Merlony Colaco, Amol Kanekar, Vivian Colaso and Tereza Travasso (Ward 9) and Shanti Pauskar, Sarita Rebello, Effie Pereira and Filomena Rodrigues (Ward 10).

Harsha Dilesh Sambhari (Ward 1), Agnelo D’Costa, Minguelinho D’Costa and Oscar Mascarenhas (Ward 2), Vincent Da Costa, Caitan Fernandes and Revansiddh Naik (Ward 3), Maria Pedru Cruz, Queroz Cruz, Mathew Dias, Shobha Naik Tari, Jacinto Joao Oliveiro and Manuel Piedade Vaz (Ward 4), Vincent Mascarenhas, Shirkant Naik and Suryadatt Naik (Ward 5), Anacleto D’Costa, Shaikh Imtiaz and Shaikh Jalil (Ward 6), Alcina Lima, Francisca Lima, Sonam Naik Borkar, Deepa Naik and Sunita Naik (Ward 7), Joaquim Da Costa, Sanjay Raikar (Ward 8), Luis Da Costa, Caitan Fernandes, Custodio Fernandes, Sandesh Kossambe, Deepak Marathe, Gatu Naik and Netradeep Naik (Ward 9) and Piedade Fernandes and Chaguna Salgaonkar (Ward 10). Prominent among those who are in the fray are former chairp e r s o n s S a n j a y R a i k a r, Minguelinho D’Costa, vice chairperson Caitano Fernandes, councillors Agnelo Da Costa, Vincent D’Costa, Sandesh Kossambe, Queroz Cruz and Suryadatt Naik.


As many as 42 candidates are in the fray for Bicholim Municipal Council (BMC) elections, after 15 candidates withdrew from the fray on Wednesday. The 42 candidates who are in the fray are Anita Harmalkar, Archana Lamgaonkar, Asmita Malgaonkar, Deepa Shirgaonkar, Milan Vaigankar, Rakshanda Pal and Reshma Pal (Ward 1), Bharat Chanekar, Kamlakar Teli, Sanjay Parmekar and Vithal Karmalkar (Ward 2), Gajanan Morajkar, Milind Pal, Narayan Betkekar and Nilesh Tople (Ward 3), Abhijit Teli, Jayendranath Govekar, Kamlesh Teli and Kiran Kawthankar (Ward 4), Ajit Birje, Aman Pathan, Rajanikant Lawanis, Ravindra Divkar, Shrikrishna Dhond and Yogesh Kansar (Ward 5), Abdul Baig, Abdul Rauf, Kamal Mirja, Nazir Baig, Niyamat Pathan and Riyaz Beig (Ward 6), Anisha Vernekar, Deepa Mandrekar, Shama Gawde Mayekar and Usha Kadkade (Ward 7), Premanand Mayekar and Ramdas Mayekar (Ward 8), Alornekar Shashikant and Gaonkar Rajaram (Ward 9) and Karuna Govekar, Manisha Shirodkar and Sujata Hoble (Ward 10).

Fight for CMC begins, 14 withdraw, 32 in fray HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, OCT 13

The final battle lines have been drawn for the 10-member Canacona Municipal Council (CMC), with 32 contestants in the fray after 14 candidates withdrew their nominations on Wednesday. The 32 candidates, who are in the fray, are Manuja Hemant Kumar Naik Gaunkar and Suchita Ranghanath Naik Gaunkar (Ward 1 Nagarcem - Women), Hemant Bernado Gracias, Stenley Marvando Gracias, Dilip Anant Kenkre and Sanjay Babay Komarpant (Ward 2 Chaudi - General), Premanand Jiblo Gaonkar and Sandesh Gurko Gaonkar (Ward 3 Mastimol ST), Mahadev Putu Dessai, Shamsunder Babu Dessai and Wilson Francisco Fernandes (Ward 4 Ponsulem - General), Dayanand Shanta Dhuri, Sneha Dinesh Dessai, Santosh Kalgo Gaonkar and Ramakant Pissolo Naik Gaonkar (Ward 5 Kindlem - General), Ratnakar Yeshwant Dhiri, Rajesh Murari Naik and Pradeep Vishram Pagi (Ward 6 Kindlebhag - General), Sunita Maruti Komarpant, Champa Ashok Pagi and Chaya Ravindra Pagi (Ward 7 Patnem OBC Women), Ajit Krishna Bhagat, Rajendra Datta Dessai, Sameer Ganaba Dessai and Ganaba Kashinath Naik Gaunkar (Ward 8 Bhagatwada/Sawantda), Apociano Francisco Diniz, Dayanand Ganesh Pagi, Sanju Nanu Pagi and Mario De Succoro Hilario Roque Rebello (Ward 9 Palolem - OBC),Anamaria Banjamin Afonso, Vinda Uday Komarpant and Rajeshri Diwakar Pagi (Ward 10 Palolem Devabhag


As many as 58 candidates are in the fray for the CurchoremCacora Municipal Council (CCMC) elections, after the date of withdrawal of nominations on Wednesday. The final list of candidates in the fray are Veronica Coutinho, Maria Fernandes, Petrica Fernandes, Deesha Naik and Sunanda Naik (Ward 1), Jairaj Borkar, Francisco Fernandes, Khushali Naik, Sanjay Naik and Hanumant Vast (Ward 2), Xavier Antao, Mahadev Dessai, Valerian D’Silva, Abhita Khandekar, Sushant Naik, Dilraj Prabhudesai, Sarvanand Sawant Dessai, Pushkal Sawant and Sanjay Sawant (Ward 3), Maria D’Silva, Carlos D’Souza, Anita Fernandes, Carmelina Fernandes, Kunda Gaonkar, Concessao Gomes and Claudia Nogeiro (Ward 4), Sanjay Prabhudesai, Sunil Sawant, Vithoba Prabhudesai and Rajendra Sawant (Ward 5), Laxman Adel and Baburao Fatto Dessai (Ward 6), Anita Naik, Satyawati Naik and Jaswini Shirodkar (Ward 7), Dinesh Naik, Guna Naik, Laxmikant Naik, Maruti Naik and Indira Shirodkar (Ward 8), William Fernandes, Atrey Kakodkar, Gregorio Pereira, Pramod Fadte and Naubat Vaidhya (Ward 9), Josemine Braganza, Gracy Gawde, Isha Naik and Reema Rivonkar (Ward 10), Shrikant Gaonkar and Govind Ghadi (Ward 11) and Hubert D’Costa, Alifa Fernandes, Caitan Fernandes, Joaquim Fernandes, Badal Gaonkar, Abhay Khandekar and Raju Morajkar (Ward 12).

- Women). The day witnessed hectic parleys, as 14 of the 46 candidates withdrew their nominations at the office of Returning Officer. Prominent among the withdrawals was ex-councilor Chanda Gracias. However, Chanda’s nomination papers were considered as dummy to her husband’s candidature at Chaudi ward. Later, Returning Officer Deepak Dessai convened a meeting with all the 32 contesting candidates, where voting symbols like Aeroplane, Almirah, Baby Doll and Ball were allotted to respective candidates in their individual wards. Prominent contestants who will go into bitter canvassing in the days to come will be CMC Chairperson Shamsunder Dessai (pitted against two others including his last time rival and former councillor Mahadev Dessai). Deputy Chairman Dilip Kenkre is also expected to face stiff opposition from Sanjay Komarpant, besides ex-councilor Stanley Gracias and businessman Hemant Gracias hotly on the trail to grab the prestigious Chaudi seat. Former chairperson and Councillor Santosh Gaonkar is forced into competition with his previous supporters, besides Congress Mahila Block President Sneha Dessai is also likely to make it a tough competition at Kindlem. Ex-councillor Ratnakar Dhuri will be fighting it out with new comers and youths in his battle field. The canvassing is likely to pick-up from Thursday, as the battle line is now cleared for the October 31 municipal contest.

109 contenders for Mormugao Council HERALD REPORTER VASCO, OCT 13

As many as 109 candidates are in the fray for elections to 19 of the 20-member Mormugao Municipal Council (MMC), with Manesh Arolkar being elected unopposed from Ward 14. The 109 candidates who are in the fray are MMC Chairperson Shekhar Khadapkar, Rajesh Gonsekar, Sandesh Mesta, Vishwajit Desai, Ramakant Gawas, Rohidas Honawarkar, Rohan Arlekar and Kushaji Kochrekar (Ward 1), Rohini Parab, Bhavana Bhosle, R a m i l a A r o l k a r, C h a n d a M h a w a l a n k a r, R a j e s h r e e Nagazarkar and Naik Sweta Satyavan (Ward 2), Sumita Usgaonkar, Asolkar Ambika Babu, Rohidas Borkar and Carvalho e Nadar Maria Cleta (Ward 3, reserved for ST), Sparsha Naresh Chodankar, Kishori Naik and Sarita Palkar (Ward 4), Sachin Bhagat, Naresh Gaonkar, Ashok Halankar, Gopal Kambli, Sanjay Mandrekar, Dasharat Mandrekar, Sahadev Nivatkar, Tukaram Redkar, Yuvraj Salgaonkar and Ramc h a n d r a Ta n d e l ( Wa r d 5 , reser ved for OBC), Sharad Chopdekar (Nitin), Radhakrishna Dhuri, Ramchandra Kamat, Khavnekar Keshav, Andre Fernandes and Girap Govind (Ward 6), Sunita Landez, Jessie Carvalho, Leena Travasso and Sumita Usgaonkar (Ward 7, reserved for women ST), Seby D’Souza, Jerry Fernandes, Pradip Gavane, Prashant Narvekar, Arshad Zakati and Mohammed Hussain Shaikh (Ward 8), Saifullah Khan, Mohamed Iqbal, Govind Mandrekar, Peter Andrade, Sayed Hasham, Dabholkar Gurudas, Jose D’Mello, Dhargawe Manisha and Narayan Kandu (Ward 9), Supriya Deepal Naik, Suchita Shirodkar, Shanti Mandrekar, Urmila Salgaonkar and Pushpa Honavarkar (Ward 10, reserved as OBC), Krishna Salkar (Dajji), Pratap Gaonkar, Ralph Trindade, Mahendra Salkar, Suresh Shetty and John D’Souza (Ward 11), Lavina D’Souza, Felicity D’Souza, Azim Kadar Shaik and Prashant Vast (Ward 12), Fiola Rego, Sangeeta Raut, Kanti Khutwalkar, Priya Kavlekar, Anita D’Souza and Henriqueta Dias (Ward 13, reserved for women), Pascoal D’Souza, Anil Chopdekar, Kashinath Yadav, Nagraj Gondkar, Jaffer Inamdar and Shaikh Tajudin (Ward 15), Neny D’Souza, Anita Chopdekar, Marcelina Godinho, Pushpa Kumar and Geeta Pandey (Ward 16), Carlos Almeida, Ramanna Jaggal, Valeriano Fernandes, Arvind Shinde and Shantaram Masurkar (Ward 17), Premanand Nanosker, Vijay Kandolkar, Mahesh Navelkar, Pereira Francisco Xavier Conceicao and Mohana Salgaonkar (Ward 18, reserved for OBC), Chitra Gawas, Nutan Shinde, Tara Karkar, Sarika Naik, Urmila Salgaonkar and Geetanjali Bhosale (Ward 19) and Kritesh Gaonkar, Sudesh Korgaonkar, Mohana Salgaonkar and Nand Kishor Dubey (Ward 20). Ward 5, which was earlier rep-

resented by ex-councillor Milind Naik, who is Mormugao MLA, has maximum of 10 candidates, followed by Ward 9, in which nine candidates are in the fray, while Ward 4 has only three candidates.





Suicide epidemic a drain on our economy

Vol No CX No: 258 Goa, Thursday 14 October, 2010


Wonderful whitewash

ver since that fateful test match in Kolkata’s Eden Gardens in 2001, when V V S Laxman scored an incredible 281 and Rahul Dravid piled on 180 to help India beat Australia after Sourav Ganguly’s team was made to follow on by Steve Waugh, the world-beating Aussies have always been extremely chary of playing the Indians at home. Their caution has not been misplaced. Though they may have an unbeaten record elsewhere, Aussie cricketers are no great shakes in India. The world’s longest-playing captain, Ricky Ponting, desperately wanted a win in India to cap his career. Yesterday, he was once more denied. Newcomer Cheteshwar Pujara came good on his Test debut, scoring a scintillating 72 in India’s effortless fourth inning knock of 207 for three, to register a resounding sevenwicket win over Australia in the second test at Bangalore, and notch up a 2-0 ‘whitewash’ in the Border-Gavaskar series. India had not won a single test in Bangalore since 1995! There was also Sachin Tendulkar, unbeaten with 53 after his magnificent 214 in the first innings. Poor Ricky Ponting. He has now failed to lead Australia to a single Test win in India in his career. In 2008, too, Australia returned home with a 0-2 loss. In the first test at Chandigarh, it was VVS Laxman who once more dug India out of a hole. Though suffering from an acute backache – when India was in desperate danger of being bowled out cheaply – VVS Laxman stood firm. Using a runner, he scored an impressive 73 off 79 balls to take India to victory. Pacer Ishant Sharma (31) held his nerve at the other end to make it possible. In the second test, after India took a slender first innings lead on 17, Australia made heavy weather of its second innings; Zaheer Khan and Sreesanth’s reverse swing, combined with the ball keeping low, created virtually unplayable conditions. Still the Aussies managed a decent display, setting India a target of 207 to win. No great chasing machine, especially in the fourth innings, India looked in for a rough ride when slugger Virender Sehwag guided an outswinger from Ben Hilfenhaus straight into keeper Tim Paine’s gloves. But rookie Pujara, who had fallen cheaply to Mitchell Johnson in the first innings, made it look like a oneday match. Sachin did the rest, with a little help from ‘The Wall’, Rahul Dravid, who has been in poor form lately. India is the No:1 test team in the world at present, while Australia is No:4, so statistically it should be no surprise. But we all know that these positions mean nothing. And, when this country whips the Aussies, it’s always a wonderful feeling.


Chalo Azad Maidan!

oday, the Goa Bachao Abhiyan (GBA) and other groups will march from Panjim’s Azad Maidan to the Chief Minister’s residence, to protest against the delay in finalising the Regional Plan 2021 (RP2021). The people’s patience is running out. Chief Minister Digambar Kamat had assured the Legislative Assembly during its recent monsoon session that RP2021 would be ready by September. But, not even the ‘guidelines’ to draw up taluka plans have been formulated. The committee to amend the Town & Country Planning (TCP) Act to allow for participatory planning hasn’t met even once. The GBA is demanding notification of eco-sensitive zones marked in the draft RP 2021, VP3 status for all villages that have demanded it, and a freeze on construction to 50 FAR till the finalisation of RP2021. It also wants implementation of High Court orders that no NOC should be given for any new project till infrastructure and garbage disposal is in place. Be at Azad Maidan today at 4.30pm.

it is time for a national policy on suicide prevention, says fReddY diAS.


ll things that begin must come to an end and so it is with Life. One continues through the journey of Life braving the trials and tribulations, joys and sorrows, success and failure, health and sickness, till finally death terminates it. When this is the normal course life takes, why would anyone be in a hurry to end it earlier than necessary by committing suicide is a question that has baffled humanity for a very long time. Recent years have witnessed a steep rise in the incidence of suicide or deliberate self-harm (DSH), as it is medically known globally. It is especially acute in developing countries like India. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) report, nearly one million people globally, commit suicide every year, i.e. one death every 40 seconds, making it the third leading cause of death in the 15-45 years age group. In India, going by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCKB) and media reports, from 1,10,000 suicides in 1999, the number has escalated to 1,70,000 by 2009 – an increase of over 60 percent with Bangalore topping the list followed by Delhi and Chennai. While these are just reported cases, experts believe that there are many more that either go unreported or misclassified mainly due to the social stigma and legal sanctions against it. Suicide thus is increasingly becoming a silent, yet unrecognised epidemic. Psychologists say that suicide has something that makes death much more heart wrenching and pathetic. It brings with it an element of intense guilt, shame and at times anger among family members along with the normal pain, loss and agony that accompanies any death. Its probable preventability keeps growing for a long time to come. “I wish I had known,” “If only I were a little more kind,” are the thoughts that keep reverberating in the minds. The reason for the suicide remains a mystery though. Notwithstanding the trauma the family members face, it is posing a major public health problem and a drain in our economy with the loss of useful productive human resources. Media reports are replete with attempted and completed suicides. The Emergency wards of every public and private healthcare institute, especially the burns wards, are a sure reckoner of these tragic occurrences. The problem has caught global attention and


AG’s 90 percent failure

River Princess

The news item ‘AG succeeds in 90 percent cases’ (Herald, 13 Oct) is factually incorrect

100 Years Ago


14 October 1910 Spain helps O Porto n

It is reported that the Duke of O Porto at the head of the Royalist forces, fought bravely the rebels, but was injured and subsequently arrested. However, with the intervention of Spanish Government, he was soon released and deported.

A day of peace n

There prevails total peace and tranquillity over Lisbon with no untoward incidents being reported.

New Cabinet working n

The new Cabinet Ministers have already taken charge of their Portfolios and are working assiduously to bring some major reforms.

Revolution army Chief killed n

Reuter reports that on the 8th of the current month, Admiral Reis, Chief of the Revolutionary Forces was found dead, presumed shot.

Finn Haugland, Norway What has happened regarding removal of the River Princess? Is the entire story a joke? People who have seen the wreck are very concerned. The entire future of Candolim can be destroyed. The tourists may move to South Goa. There are lots of tourists who are concerned about the future of Candolim.

Role of the Church M Sousa, Mapusa My letter ‘Church and Politics’ (Herald, 29 Sept) has evoked sharp and incongruous criticism. The news article featured Fr Diogo Fernandes with Congress politicians at the birthday celebration of Francis Sequeira at Benaulim. I said, the Church wishes only to influence politics for the good of humanity not enter into it. Attending a political meeting is not bad in itself, but it should not lead to encouraging people to throw stones and eggs at other people. Also, you don’t need a priest to build an educational institution. A priest has to build the Catholic Church. I am neither a wolf nor a sheep, but I stand with the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Herald must help Lorna Ashwin Honawar, Campal I fully agree with Irineu Gonsalves’ letter ‘Padma for Lorna’ (Herald, 3 Oct). Goan and Konkani artists have not been recognized nationally or internationally. Goan musicians have headlined Indian music for

demographic changes. Today Goa has a population of around 15 lakh, with nearly 22 per cent living below poverty line with growing socioeconomic and health problems. Resultantly, the state has achieved the dubious distinction of ranking considerably high in the suicide rate in the country, with increased rate among women, children and the elderly, which was hitherto unknown. Besides, the recent spate of suicides by students has added to the list. Sadly, preventive, managerial and after-care service for attempters of suicide in the state is abysmal. Goa has been found to record an increase of 206 suicides in 2000 to 314 in 2009 and these are only the reported cases, a large number of suicides often go unreported. What’s most disturbing regarding the suicides is that the age between 15 and 29 years, the most formative and productive age period, is the most vulnerable. Women are more prone between 15 and 25 years and men above 25 years. Surprisingly, the proportion of elderly and children between the ages of 12 and 15 years have also shown a steep increase. Preponderance of suicide is more among nuclear families and among lower and middle income groups. Alcohol and mental disorders pose a bigger risk factor. A cursory study has shown the existence of a discernible pattern in suicidal behaviour with tell tale-warning signals. Broken love affairs, family conflicts, illness, financial problems, marital disputes and alcohol related prob-

We need to trust again

ow do you evince respect for life in this age of doubt? It does not take an expert to look at the world and realise that most human life is not respected. There is too much fear. It has become a dark shadow on human kind. We live in an age in which the very things designed to make life more pleasurable actually make it more intolerable. The world over, we live in angry times. Responding to signals from the body, we fear crime, the neighbour next door, losing our jobs, people sitting next to us on the public bus; we fear the people waiting in queue. We fear young people and losing control of ourselves. We are afraid of the dark - at the top of the stairs, outside the window or inside the house. We are dominated by fear. And one of our greatest fears is that we won’t be able to blame our fears on someone else. So much of our energy, time and money go into maintaining distance from one another. Many, if not most of the resources of Mother Earth are used to defend ourselves against one another, to maintain or increase our power and to safeguard our own privileged position.

The article by Anthony Simoes ‘Tourism and the Goan nemesis’ (Herald, 12 Oct) would have been amusingly funny but for the fact that’s the true ground reality for Goa and Goans today. Our Government of Goa does not care for Goa or Goans! All the more reason for us to be at Azad Maidan on October 14 at 4:30 pm to speak out for Goa and Goans! Goa is being sacrificed on the altar of greed and corruption by the government for the Real Estate, Hotel, Casino, Mining, Business Lobbies and the Drugs and Crime Mafias.

Aires Rodrigues, Ribandar

has prompted many research studies. Behavioural scientists have been intrigued by questions like, how many people commit, attempt or even contemplate suicide. What drove them to it? Could it have been prevented? Or, what happens to the family members? The research findings throw light on many of these vexing queries. In India too, some research has been undertaken from angles of health and related areas. There are no national level studies except for the regular publication of official statistics by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). Considering the magnitude and complexity of the problem, it needs to be viewed from various dimensions in order to develop preventive strategies and devise effective intervention programmes. Goa has been witnessing a steep rise in the incidence of suicides in the last decade. ‘Love affairs’ have been identified as among the leading causes of suicides in the recent years. Mental illness and family problems are other chief causes of suicides in the State. In fact, broken love affairs accounted for 35 per cent of the suicide cases in the state, followed by suicides due to mental illness, family problems, etc. Mental illness has been fast emerging as the larger cause of suicides in the state in the last few years. The state manifests certain typical characteristics. It has experienced a phenomenal growth in recent years, in population, industrialization, uncontrolled migration and a host of other socio-

Facts of Life

and misleading. In fact it is his failure rate that is over 90 percent and on this I would challenge Advocate General Subodh Kantak to a public debate. Kantak, India’s highest paid AG, earned over Rs 5 crore in the last five years. His payment is now reduced to Rs 5 lakh per month which is still hefty. Maharashtra, Gujarat AGs earn a maximum of Rs 50,000 per month. AGs appear only for major constitutional matters, Kanthak, paid Rs 8000 per hearing appears in minor matters too. He represented 102 accused in the famous Saleli case. Instead of claiming Rs 8000 since he used one common argument, he claimed Rs 8000 x 102 = Rs 8, 16, 000 paid by the public exchequer. He also lost that case.

Azad Maidan today! Roger D’Souza, Vasco da Gama

SoundS of Silence

lems were found to be major causes. Probing those who attempted suicide, surprisingly only 14 per cent genuinely wanted to die while a majority did it in a fit of frustration, depression or to draw attention and nearly 25 per cent could not explain why. This drives home the point that in most cases, it is a desperate cry for help. If only timely support and help was at hand, many such unfortunate ends could have been averted. According to local psychiatrists, very few people are successful in their first attempt of suicide. Therefore, any individual who has attempted suicide once, should be under a constant watch. Those suffering from mental illness, depression and schizophrenia are more prone to contemplate suicide. Also, individuals who have poor support of financial, moral nature, etc are likely to attempt suicides. Friends, family and relatives should keep a watch on persons that are exposed to such conditions and seek prompt help from a nearest mental health professional or from the Institute of Psychiatry and Human Behaviour (IPHB) at Bambolim. But, according to Section 309 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) attempted suicide is a cognizable offence. This deters many survivors and their families from seeking help in order to avoid detection. Appropriate legal reform along the lines of many developed countries is the need of the hour. Interestingly, an epidemiological study of suicides was recently undertaken by some prominent psychiatrists and epidemiologists under the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, in New Delhi. The study which involved an in-depth analysis of the occurrences of suicide, collecting information from police records in different police stations and major hospital records, has recommended regular workshops for doctors, police officials, teachers, NGOs and other related people in the field, to formulate combat strategies. The study is an eye opener towards the problem of growing number of suicides in the country. To tackle the problem a National Policy on Suicide Prevention Programme is recommended. Awareness must be created among professionals in particular and public in general to recognise the risk factor and warning signals, In order to be able to save precious lives. After all, suicide prevention is everybody’s social and moral obligation.

Many of us live in relative security, although we deny and fear it. It is fear that dominates life of most of us and not respect. Many of us would have others live by our rules because we feel safer. A respect for life, however, goes out to meet life, is not shrinked away from it. I have never heard so much assorted yawing, complaining, suspicion, lying and misinformation in all my childhood days as I am learning now. Truly, we stupidly waste so much energy trying to rearrange the world. Was it always like this? No. Why is everyone losing their cool and breeding flames of anger in the heart? Oddly enough in a society of abundance, the rarest commodities are time and peace of mind. Motorists are bumped by other motorists for no apparent reason; fights break out in co-operative buildings, in supermarkets, hospitals and even in prayer places. In fact, we are taking the growing anger of violence around us for granted, buried like grit in an oyster, swollen by layers of protective covering to a shiny pearl of malice. One day I was driving in upper Teheran, in a city I didn’t know

Princess a diversion tactic

S Kamat, Alto-Betim

Last week Herald carried a letter about how the Karwar District Magistrate removed every trace of a grounded ship the same size as the MV River Princess off Karwar’s beach last monsoon. Our reclining Princess with its increasing number of gaping holes is becoming a hot topic of discussion in Candolim and Sinquerim’s bazaars and tavernas. There are two reasons for this. The first is the attention of the people has to be diverted so that the government, its functionaries and the politicians can concentrate on their ‘normal work’ of making money. The other is that complicating issues is profitable for governance. Both the owners and the RPHM were in the nature of diversionary bids to sabotage the tendering process. Knowing the inability of these two bidders, the government irresponsibly went ahead with the discussions, showing a complete lack of responsibility to the people of Goa. Now another year will be added to the River Princess lying on its side off the Sinquerim beach. The ship could have spent more of its life grounded than floating at sea! ages, yet ignored. The efforts of the company ‘Konkani Rocks’ revived Lorna in a big way. The Herald as Goa’s oldest newspaper has always supported Goan causes. As market leader you should take the lead in creating awareness about Lorna and other musicians. Unified lobbying by all Goans will help Lorna earn the Padma award. you must launch a campaign seeking national recognition for Lorna, and other icons of Goan music before it is too late.

Cristãos and Cristãos’ (Herald, 13 Oct) rightly dwells on differences among Christians of Goa preventing them from being a homogenous society. So far so good. But these differences came to the fore way before Liberation. Divergences among Christians were assiduously fostered by religious authorities in the form of caste-wise confrarias (yellow/white, red and blue clad soldiers of Christ) for more than four centuries. Please give the devil his due!

Portuguese hangover?

Economic development

Adelmo Fernandes, Vasco

Anthony P’Souza, Canacona

The Corporation of the City of Panaji has done splendid work renovating the Municipal garden at a cost of Rs 2 crores. But why is the Portuguese name of Jardim Garcia da Orta retained? Garcia da Orta was a Portuguese physician. How many of the present generation know about his contribution to society? Why not name the garden after a prominent Goan who has contributed immensely towards the development of the state? Or why not call it CCP Garden? The Children’s Park in Vasco is known as Parque Infantil. Isn’t it high time we got rid of the colonial hangover?

In order to increase our economy, Government should encourage farming by providing farmers what they need to cultivate their fields instead of thinking of merging Goa into Karwar to benefit our economy. It is not necessary to increase our land, because it will not benefit the common man. Only politicians will enjoy by introducing mega projects.

Antonio Menezes, by email Frederick Noronha in his article ‘Of Cristãos,

very well. I came to a crossroads at Eisenhower Avenue where I wanted to turn right but the light was red, so I stopped. I was still not totally comfortable with the law that lets you turn right on red, and there are so many exceptions that when I’m in a strange place, I’m never sure whether I can go or not. A car pulled behind me with its right blinker on, and as I looked into my rear view mirror, my eyes met the eyes of the driver. He raised his right hand as though it were a ‘stop’ sign and nodded twice. The motion wasn’t any standard on his part. He simply realised my confusion and was indicating that it was okay to turn. It wasn’t much but it struck me as very nice. Two strangers had understood, respected and trusted each other and then we had gone our own ways. Friendliness and trust go together, and while I suppose we can do without friendliness, we can’t do without trust. The most valuable thing the bad guys have stolen from the rest of us is not money but trust. We are suspicious of everyone everywhere. It’s like the right hand cannot trust the left one and, to go further, you also don’t trust yourself!

Letters to the Editor

Letter of the Day

Cristao differences old

By Marc de Souza

Kitchenware sellers rob Stephen Dias, Dona Paula Despite being warned about burglars masquerading as kitchenware sellers, people still allow these individuals to enter their homes, facilitating their plans for a future robbery. When they enter my house I always photograph them with my digital camera.

The Police should also question these vendors. I request Goa Police to make these vendors compulsorily register at the police station with photograph and addresses. This would be less expensive than the public buying expensive anti-burglar equipment.

Letter to Tourism Minister Rui Ribeiro Da Gama (Mapusa) Beach beds, tables and chairs hamper free movement of people. The beach bed boys supported by shack owners are arrogant and threaten those who protest. All the beaches in Goa are State Property owned by the people of Goa. The Tourism Department and GTDC should not violate the law by creating obstruction and nuisance to the public. It is a Criminal Offence under Sections 268 and 283 of the Indian Penal Code. If you must allow beach beds, let them be erected strictly within the area allotted to the shack.

GBA must widen its net Allwyn George, Carmona There many other issues to save Goa from, not just the Regional Plan 2021. GBA must show the people of Goa the path of enlightenment and freedom from the present politicians and other serious issues plaguing Goa other than only RP 2021. GBA must look into rampant corruption, poor education in a medium hostile to our children, traffic chaos, police controlled by politicians, poor housing policies and a bad health system.

Not a spokesman Dr Manoj V Solanki, Margao This is in response to the news report ‘Sanstha decries Disco Dandiya as desecration’ (‘Herald’, 6 October). It contains some points from my letter of 4 October. While I am glad that you have published some matter about ‘Navratra’, there are some points that I would like to clarify. I have been quoted as an activist of Sanatan Sanstha and a spokesperson of the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS). Please note that I am no longer the spokesperson of the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti of Goa. The matter sent is my personal view, and not a press release of any organisation.

Paths of Wisdom Sheikh Farid (1173-1265 AD) There are 134 hymns of Sheik Farid incorporated in the Guru Granth Sahib. At birth his parents named him Faridud-Din Masaud, but he is mostly revered as Baba Farid of Pak Pattan. When Farid was a few years old, his mother Miriam, taught him his prayers. The boy asked what was gained by his prayers. His mother replied ‘sugar’. She used to hide some sugar crystals under his prayercarpet and, when he finished his prayers, she would draw it forth and give it to Farid as a reward for his devotion. On one occasion, when his mother was absent, he prayed a great deal, and it is said, he found a correspondingly greater supply of sugar under his carpet. Pleased with the size of his ‘reward’ he ate some himself and shared the rest with his playfellows. When he related the circumstance to his mother, she realized it was a miraculous gift from God, so she gave him the surname Shakar Ganj, meaning ‘Treasury of Sugar’. Nizam-ul-Din Auliya, a disciple of Farid, relates a legend of a robber who went to Farid’s mother’s house to steal. On beginning his operations, he lost his sight. He then cried out that there must be some saint or miracle-worker present. He vowed that if his sight was restored, he would renounce thieving and become a good Muhammadan. On hearing his vow Miriam prayed for him, and his sight was restored. He went home, and returned to her the following morning with an offering of milk. Accompanied by his wife and children, he expressed a desire that they should all become Muhammadans. Miriam caused his wishes in this respect to be gratified, with the result that they all became holy. In reply to her, he said his name was Chawa. His shrine among others in that locality has subsequently become a place of devout pilgrimage. (Source : SikhiWiki – Encyclopaedia of the Sikhs)

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opinionateD Baina jetty will displace traditional fisherfolk



bleak future awaits traditional fishermen from Baina beach if the clandestine designs of the Mormugao Port Trust (MPT), sugar coated with a cloak of philanthropy in the garb of constructing a fishing jetty for trawler owners at Baina beach, is allowed. In the first place, it is the prerogative of the Government of Goa to decide and plan the infrastructure required in the state, as it is best equipped to decide in the best interest of the people. Ironically, MPT appears to have usurped this sacred duty of the government and gone ahead to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the boat owners, without even consulting the government, leave alone consulting the traditional fishermen, who are also stakeholders. Currently, there are around 1,200 fishermen, besides their labourers, living off Baina beach. They not only carry out their fishing activity but also live there; there are 90 residential houses along the beach. The MPT proposes to construct the fishing jetty at the southern end of the Baina beach, which means that all the fishermen living along Baina beach will be displaced. Besides, if the fishing jetty is permitted here, the traditional fishermen will not be able to carry out their usual activity, as the trawler owners will not allow them to fish in the area. As it is, right now, the trawler owners harass the traditional fishermen by not allowing them to anchor near their jetty and even compelling wholesale fish buyers not to purchase the traditional fishermen’s catch. This would mean that the poor and marginalised traditional fishing community will be deprived of not only their residential houses but also their means of livelihood, which is quite contrary to the government’s avowed mission of working for the aam admi. Therefore, the Chief Minister must intervene, put the MPT in its place, and assert his Government’s prerogative to administer the state of Goa. The MPT’s proposed fishing jetty is a huge project involving construction of a breakwater. It will definitely have an impact on the hydrology of the area and the ecology. It is indeed ironical that MPT is gloating about this project without even carrying out an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) study, which is mandated for such projects. The beaches in southern taluka of Canacona are facing severe problems of erosion, suspected to be caused by the development of the massive Sea Bird Naval Base at Karwar. If MPT is permitted to construct the fishing jetty as per the plans prepared by them, beaches in Goa will be severely impacted. This in turn will affect the flourishing tourism industry that has come to be the mainstay of Goa’s economy. The tourists visit our state only for its beaches. If there are no beaches left, there will be no tourists coming. In addition, the Baina beach attracts a lot of people because of its natural beauty, particularly during the summer season, when various cultural activities are conducted on the beach. The government also uses the Baina beach during the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which has come to stay in Goa permanently. Meanwhile, there are other plans by other agencies to displace fishermen from the Bimbvel beach, which is private property. Fishermen are given access to this beach primarily because it is private property. The Navy is proposing to acquire this beach to station a new squadron of aircraft, which would result in the fishermen being displaced from this beach too. Although the Navy says that it will issue passes to the fishermen and permit them access, in reality this will not happen, going by the Maharashtra experience. In Maharashtra, initially, a radius of 500 metres around installations was banned for fishermen. However, this has now been increased to five nautical miles or eight kilometres. If the same yardstick is applied in Goa, fishermen will not be allowed to carry on their trade anywhere around the area. Ironically, the MPT seeks to push the traditional fishermen of Baina to Bimbvel, from where the Navy is planning to evict them. Why should the Navy want to set up another squadron in Goa, when it has such a huge base at neighbouring Karwar, which is not really very far off? Besides, Goa has given more than sufficient land to the Navy and other armed forces of the country, including the island of Anjediv for free. We earnestly appeal to the Chief Minister to protect the interest of the traditional fishermen, who are the aam admi that he keeps talking about. Besides, the government should have every reason to stall MPT’s nefarious plans, as it has refused to co-operate with the government, and sought to bypass it. We request the CM to take immediate steps to ensure that the houses and means of livelihood of the traditional fishermen are protected, failing which they will be forced to come out on the streets to protect the interest of Goa and Goans. (The writers are the General Secretary, President and the President of the Baina unit of the Goenchya Ramponnkarancho Ekvott (GRE), respectively. The article is based on a representation made by five fishermen from Kantem Baina and other parts of Goa to Chief Minister Digambar Kamat on 11 October)

UNSC seat: India gets highest number of votes in 5 years India, a founding member of the UN, is returning to the Security Council after a gap of 19 years. It has been on the Council six times before – having last served in 1992. Other countries which have been elected

are South Africa, Colombia, Germany and Portugal. India, which received a record 187 votes to Canada, which was also contending, bag a non-permanent seat on the UN Secureceived the least number of votes and rity Council, has described its victory as a eventually withdrew after the second “ringing endorsement” by memround of voting. The five new ber States of the world body. countries will be replacing Aus“This is the highest vote that tria, Japan, Mexico, Turkey and any country has got in the last Uganda. five years,” Indian envoy to the Three of the new members are UN Hardeep Singh Puri told PTI. part of the G4 (India, Brazil, Japan PTI and Germany), which want to bePuri termed the outcome as a WASHINGTON, OCT 13 come permanent members. “ringing endorsement” of India After the vote, India made it by UN members and said, “Now The US has applauded India’s election to the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member hoping that it would play a constructive clear that it would be pushing that’s saying a lot.” Out of the 191 countries, India role in resolving key global issues, but stopped short of endorsing for change in the next two years as it serves out it term as a nonreceived support of 187. While its bid for a permanent seat on the powerful body. “We are well aware of India's aspirations to play a more significant, permanent member. one member state abstained “Not only are we entering from the vote, three votes were you know, global role. We have welcomed that expanded role by India both on regional issues and global issues,” State Department the Council but we’re entering polled against India. After the vote in the General spokesman P J Crowley said at his daily news conference here last the Council when inter-governmental text-based negotiations Assembly yesterday, the diplo- evening. He made the remarks when asked if the US would be endorsing are underway and those textmats of the Indian mission to the UN celebrated by opening a India’s bid for a permanent UNSC seat during the visit of US based negotiations are expected to progress for a final couple of bottles of champagne President Barack Obama to New Delhi in November. Crowley, however, said the Obama Administration is committed o u t c o m e i n t h e n e x t 1 2 and serving a lunch of spicy Chito the reform of the UN and its Security Council. months,” Puri said. nese food. UNITED NATIONS, OCT 13 PTI

US hopes India will play constructive role

3 interlocutors for Kashmir PTI NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR, OCT 13

A three-member panel consisting of a journalist and two academicians was on Wednesday appointed by the Centre to hold “sustained dialogue” with people of Jammu and Kashmir, but initial reaction to the announcement was far from enthusiastic. The much-awaited and muchhyped panel consists of leading journalist Dileep Padgaonkar, noted academician Radha Kumar and little known Information Commissioner M M Ansari. Padgaonkar will chair the meetings of the group. No political personality figures in the group, contrary to widespread speculation that a politician would head it with the status of a Union Cabinet Minister. Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh and two Union Ministers of state Prithviraj Chavan and Salman Khursheed are believed to have been sounded but they appeared to be disin-

Cong virtually leaves Bhardwaj to fend for himself

BIMS declared learning center for HIV


Belgaum Institute of Medical Sciences (BIMS), the government-run medical college at Belgaum, has been declared as the learning center for HIV. The declaration was done at an official function that was held in the premises of the institute on Wednesday. Karnataka State AIDS Prevention Society (KSAPS) has selected the institute for imparting the in-depth studies and knowledge about the dreaded disease. Speaking on the occasion, BIMS Director Dr Chandrashekhar said new initiative ‘Learning Site’ that was also launched on the occasion is bound to improve the quality of services being provided to the HIV patients in the region. “This would also prevent new infections,” he said adding that the capacity of the counsellors and lab technicians, who are crucial in giving service to the HIV patients would also be improved by a series of training and constant updating of information and other facilities.

Amid BJP’s demand for recall of Karnataka’s Governor H R Bhardwaj, Congress on Wednesday virtually left him to fend for himself, maintaining the matter is between the Governor and the Centre. “As far as the role of the Governor is concerned, what he is doing and what he is not doing, the party has nothing to do with it. This issue is between the Governor and the Home Ministry, i.e the Centre”, party General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi told reporters. Informed sources said if Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa wins the confidence vote and the BJP government stabilises, Bhardwaj’s continuance in the Raj Bhavan could be untenable. Dwivedi, who faced a volley of questions on the issue, also downplayed the state Congress's attack on the Governor for allowing a second trust vote to the Karnataka Chief Minister. “As BJP is in the role of the opposition at the Centre, so is our party in Karnataka”, he said when asked about Congress leader Siddaramaiah’s attack on Bhardwaj, terming his offer to the BJP government to prove majority again in the House as “unprecedented” and “unconstitutional”. Asked about BJP’s demand for the recall of the Governor, the AICC leader said “BJP is in opposition and hence it was their right to make any demand.” “It is not necessary to comment on their every remark because of lot of remarks tend to be illogical”, he said when asked to comment on BJP’s allegation that Congress is attempting to destabilise the Karnataka government. To a query whether Bhardwaj is an ideal Governor, Dwivedi said “political parties do not make any comment on Governor”.


A village girl carrying harvested paddy on her back in Tower colony in Bhaderwah in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday.

Cong plenary sheer formality: AICC session in Delhi on Nov 2 HERALD CORRESPONDENT NEW DELHI, OCT 13

The Congress on Wednesday decided to reduce its plenary session in December a sheer formality of concluding celebrations of its 125th anniversary, relegating the Congress Working Committee (CWC) elections to a one-day AICC session to be held here on November 2. Party spokesman Janardan Dwivedi announced the AICC session date and the schedule of the CWC elections, even while hinting all possibility of the 12 elective seats filled through appointments by Sonia Gandhi as he said “there will be elections if nominations are filed.” “Elections are risky as the elected members can confront Madam in the CWC, the highest decision-making body of the party, causing embarrassment as some of the predecessors experienced in the past and hence those close to her are pestering her to fill it with all nominations,” a senior party leader said. The Constitution, however, provides for election of 12 members and nomination of another 12 by the Congress President in the 25-member CWC. However, since Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is also an ex-officio member besides Sonia Gandhi, the nominations will be for only 11 seats, Dwivedi said at an AICC Press briefing here.

NOMINATIONS TOP TO BOTTOM: Nominations by Sonia Gandhi has rather become an order of the Congress as she is also authorised by most states to nominate the AICC members who constitute the electorate for electing the CWC members. She has to also nominate the state party presidents as most States’ members passed resolutions empowering her to decide the names. Rahul Gandhi preferred elections at all levels and hence strict instructions were issued to the state units not to crave for nominations by the party high command, but the State leaders either themselves opted to authorise Sonia Gandhi to nominate to avoid infights or the Central party leaders sought such authorisations to prevent the party getting divided by holding elections. Sonia Gandhi is already engaged in consultations with the party general secretaries and state in-charge officials over the past three, four days to finalise the names of PCC presidents and AICC members that may be out in another three, four days, the party sources said. WHERE PLENARY: Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan is pitching for the Congress plenary in Maharashtra, possibly in Mumbai that hosted the centenary plenary or in Pune or

Nagpur, but Dwivedi dropped a broad hint that the plenary will be held only in north India. Lucknow is already under consideration, but Dwivedi said not to hazard the guess as the requests are still pouring in from states for hosting the session. Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda is also lobbying for the plenary in his State. When told that the ver y charm of fierce campaigning in the plenary will be lost in completing the CWC elections in the AICC session in Delhi and that too violating the party constitution, Dwivedi shot back that it is the constitution provides for AICC members to elect the CWC members and as such everything is as per the rules. “Of course, there will be a lot of resolutions we will pass in the plenary. Resolutions are also on the agenda of the AICC session, besides the CWC elections,” he affirmed. The CWC election schedule as announced by Dwivedi provides for nominations from 12 noon to 3 pm on November 2 at the AICC session, withdrawals up to 4 pm and polling from 6 to 10 pm. The counting is slated the next day on November 3 from 10 am. It, however, appears to show that the party is going through a process of election and as a leader said, even nominations are part of the process.

‘All must commit towards protecting children’s rights’ PTI MUMBAI, OCT 13

Oscar nominated actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, who launched a new housing project for abandoned children in Alibaug, feels that all must commit towards protecting children’s rights. “The street kids in Mumbai and elsewhere in the world are denied the right to a family and the right to grow up with love, security and nurturing environment that only a family can provide. Protecting children’s rights is a universal responsibility and it requires

global commitment from all of us,” the 32-year-old actress said. Maggie, along with her actor husband Peter Sarsgaard, are global ambassadors for the in-

ternational charity organisation, SOS Children's Villages. The couple last evening inaugurated the SOS Children’s Village in Alibaug. After the launch, the actress along with Peter, shook a leg with school girls and boys on a Marathi song and drum beats. SOS Children’s Village, in association with Lifestyle brand Esprit, is one of the world's largest orphan and abandoned children's charity organisation and it currently reaches out to 132 countries.

terested, highly-placed sources said. Reacting to the announcement from the Centre, Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq said “Kashmir is a political problem and political intervention is needed to address it.” The Mirwaiz said a Parliamentary panel, representing all shades of opinion, would have been an appropriate forum for reaching out to people of Kashmir. Hardline separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani termed the appointment of interlocutors “futile exercise” and said “the Government of India is acting like the deaf and dumb.” Mainstream parties in the state including National Conference and PDP maintained silence but CPM leader M Y Tarigami described as unsatisfactory the composition of the interlocutors saying it may not serve the purpose for which it has been constituted. Tarigami said the initiatives taken by the Centre in the past to hold dialogue with the “voices of dissent” in Kashmir have suffered due to trust and credibility deficit.





Tejaswi debuts, speaks of Lalu’s magic PTI PATNA, OCT 13

Bihar strongman Lalu Prasad’s 20 year-old son and his heir apparent Tejaswi Yadav debuted in politics at an election meeting at sprawling Gandhi Maidan here, wherein he harped on the magic of his charismatic father. “My father’s magic made Railways achieve a turn-around, he will change the face of Bihar after coming to power,” Tejaswi told an election meeting here Tuesday evening. The youngster, who was quick to add that he was “undergoing political training at

this stage,” launched a scathing attack on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar saying it was unfortunate that the flow of funds which Prasad had arranged from the Centre for the development of the state had not been “properly utilised.” Tejaswi also slammed erstwhile NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee for meting out step-motherly treatment to Bihar when his mother Rabri Devi was chief minister. He said he would work as a bridge between his parents and the people and work to serve the society. Tejaswi joined his father at the historic Gandhi Maidan to address a meeting while campaigning for Prasad’s aide Vinod Kumar Srivastava from Bankipore assembly seat.

French pension strikes go into second day REUTERS PARIS, OCT 13

French strikers are disrupting services for a second day running, as they seek to build pressure on the government over its pension reform plans. Tuesday saw the biggest strikes and demonstrations so far in the campaign, and several unions say they will continue their stoppages indefinitely. Rail services are still restricted, causing congestion and delays. And strikers forced the closure of all six of the Total oil group's refineries in France, threatening fuel shortages. Eleven out of the 12 refineries in France have now been affected by strike action - although a Total spokesman said the company had enough fuel in its de-

US favours India sorting out Kashmir with Pak: Krishna PTI NEW DELHI, OCT 13

India on Wednesday dismissed the possibility of a swap with the US on Kashmir problem for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council and said that Washington feels that it is an issue to be sorted bilaterally with Pakistan. External Affairs Minister S M Krishna also asserted that India’s role as non-permanent member, which it won in the UNSC yesterday, will not be encumbered by any issues. He does not share the impression that the current phase of the problem in the Kashmir valley and its handling gave India a different image in the outside world. “To my mind it sounds all speculative. These are kites being flown. There is no truth in it. The US has been conveying to India that we should sort out the issue. If similar suggestions are put we take them with seriousness,” Krishna said at a breakfast meeting with editors here. He was asked about reports that US President Barack Obama,

who is to visit India next week, wants India to sort settle the with Pakistan and that Washington would help India get permanent membership of the UNSC. He was also asked whether the handling of the Kashmir issue in its current phase harmed its image and could encumber its role as a non-permanent member of the Security Council. The minister said India’s relationship with the US was not dependent on its ties with other countries including Pakistan. “India, US relationship is between two democracies which value rule of law and there are various circumstances that bring us closely together. They (US) have their own compulsions in Afghanistan and that is where the US will need Pakistan much more now than before,” he said. Krishna said the US also understands India’s constructive role in Afghanistan. “So the US has a special relationship with India and they recognise India’s efforts and they encourage it.”

Govt rules out amendments to civil nuclear law PTI NEW DELHI, OCT 13

Government on Wednesday ruled out any amendments to the recently-enacted civil nuclear law to accommodate concerns of American companies on the issue of suppliers’ liability as a package during the coming visit of President Barack Obama to India next month. “The question of amendments is never on the cards. We have explained to them (the US) the circumstances in which we had to go through (with) the bill and we have to work within the parameters of the legislation,” External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said at a breakfast meeting with editors here. He said they (the US) also know in a parliamentary system of democracy the bill becomes the law of the land and they also understand it because they work with the US Congress where legislations are made. The minister was replying to

questions on whether the government was planning amendments to the Civil Nuclear Liabilities law, which fixes stiff liabilities on suppliers in case of accidents, enacted during the monsoon of Parliament as a package to Obama during the visit. US companies wanting to do business with India in the civil nuclear sector had expressed concerns over the provisions in the law. Krishna said in the course of discussions with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during his recent visit India had provided them with “enough reasons” for enacting the legislation “so that they can understand the Indian position”. He said the civil nuclear accord was done during President George W Bush’s time and the present Administration including Obama and Clinton were “very anxious” that the two countries continued to work as partners.

11 High Court judges transferred PTI NEW DELHI, OCT 13

Government on Wednesday announced the transfer of 11 judges of six High Courts following the recommendation of the Supreme Court Collegium. According to Law Ministry no-

tifications, two judges each from Delhi, Allahabad and Andhra Pradesh High Courts have been transferred while three have been moved out of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and one judge each has been shifted out of the Madras and Orissa High Courts.

pots to continue supplying France's filling stations. The general strike on Tuesday - the third this month - saw more than a million people take to the streets. Unions put the national turnout at 3.5m, while police said 1.2m people were involved. The unions are opposed to President Nicolas Sarkozy's plans to raise the minimum retirement age from 60 to 62, and to delay a full state pension from 65 to 67. The government says the current pension arrangements are not sustainable and need to be reformed - and has vowed not to back down, despite what analysts are calling its biggest challenge so far. The lower house of parliament has approved the reforms, which are now working their

way through the Senate. On the Paris trains, there was frustration but sympathy for the strikers. "It's a bit annoying for those who work. But I completely understand their point," Isma Belmiloud told Reuters. Eric Floresse said his commute had been disrupted, but in a good cause. "I think the reform is unjust, there are already lots of older people who are unemployed. "I think there are better ways to sort out the social security deficit, it's not the best solution," he added. Nationally, fewer than half of local and inter-city trains were running, the SNCF national rail operator said. Eurostar services to England were unaffected.

Qaeda magazine to encourage ‘individual jihad’ PTI LONDON, OCT 13

Al Qaeda has posted a series of online articles, giving would-be terrorists tips on how to kill Americans and westerners, including through a section on how to mow down "enemies of Allah" with a pickup truck. The 74-page online Englishlanguage magazine, titled Inspire, which has a foreword by al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, encourages "individual jihad" to kill Americans and westerners. Intelligence officials believe that an American citizen named Samir Khan, now living in Yemen, is behind the magazine, published by the Yemen-based wing of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), aimed at recruiting young westerners to the "jihadi cause" and inspiring deadly attacks. It emerged on the 10th anniversary of the suicide attack on the guided missile destroyer USS Cole in Aden, Yemen. The first edition of Inspire came out in July. In a graphic feature called The Ultimate Mowing Machine, it gives ideas for one-man operations by using a pickup truck as a "mowing machine, not to mow

grass but mow down the enemies of Allah." "To achieve maximum carnage, you need to pick up as much speed as you can while still retaining good control of your vehicle," it says and calls on people to attach blades to the front of a pickup truck which can then be used to "mow down" people. "The ideal location is a place where there are a maximum number of pedestrians and the least number of vehicles," it says. Another option is the use of personal firearms. "A random hit at a crowded restaurant in Washington DC at lunch hour for example might end up knocking out a few government supporters," The Telegraph quoted the magazine as saying. "Targeting such employees is paramount and the location would also give the operation additional media attention," it says. The article says that such a plan could be implemented in countries where people back the "Israeli occupation of Palestine, the American invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq or countries that had a prominent role in the defamation of Muhammad."

Gates defends US role in Asian sea disputes AGENCIES HANOI, OCT 13

Leaders from 18 countries, including the United States, gathered in Vietnam on Tuesday to try to resolve a spate of territorial conflicts in Asian waters that have escalated political tensions. Defense Secretary Robert M Gates told the conference of Asian defense ministers that the United States holds a "national interest in freedom of naviga-

tion" in the region, despite China's recent claims of sovereignty over much of the South China Sea, the East China Sea and other waters off its coast. Beijing's expansive territorial claims have led to recent conflicts with Japan, Vietnam and other neighbors as each country has sought to assert its rights over disputed fishing grounds, remote islands and seabeds potentially rich in mineral deposits.

FROM PAGE 1 No more rote... students understand the concept of formulas through experiments. He said the prime goal of these manuals is to enable the students understand the concepts and clear their “fundas” through experiments instead of memorising formulas through the rote. Teachers are being trained at the NCERT centres at Bhopal, Ajmer, Bhubaneshwar, Shillong and Mysore to adopt the new regime and encourage students to learn by asking questions instead of learning by rote. Noted octogenarian educationist Prof. Yashpal praised the NCERT’s effort, stressing that its new manuals will strengthen the experimental and activity skill of the students. It will encourage the students to understand whatever they are taught through own experiments, he said.

Kidnap accused slits alleged kidnapper. The Mumbai youth is booked for kidnapping the four-year old grandson of a rag picker Salim Sheikh from Karaswada in September. Even as a case was registered at the Mapusa police station, the alleged accused, who is the complainant’s son-in-law, had already traveled to Mumbai with the minor. He had demanded Rs 50,000 from Salim in exchange for his grandson’s life. Police who were intimated promptly left for Mumbai and arrested the kidnapper after laying a trap.

Been there, done that? Cases like checking the antecedents of a person before accepting the wedding proposal or before employing someone are also on rise in the State. “There are cases in which people from outside the State bring fake certificates. We verify these for the employer”, he said. The agencies are now having a non-conventional task at their hand in Goa. With the iron ore pilferage giving mining firms a run for their money, detectives are also employed to track down the rogue truck operators. Fernandes said that the evidence collected by detective agencies stands valid in courts and hence there are several lawyers who ask us to spy on behalf of their clients.





Nobel peace laureate’s defiant wife to visit Oslo AFP BEIJING, OCT 13

The authorities in Beijing are continuing to harass Liu Xia, the wife of jailed Chinese Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo. They are preventing her from meeting Norwegian diplomats as she made plans to travel to Oslo to collect her husband's award. Two Norwegian diplomats who wanted to check on Ms Liu's condition were refused access to her apartment, where she remains under house arrest, which her lawyer has called illegal. Ms Liu has been confined to her home since Sunday night after visiting her husband - who won the prize for advocating political reform and human rights in China - in prison. "Norwegian diplomats came to offer support for me yesterday, and were barred outside

Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia

the main gates," Ms Liu said on her Twitter account Liuxia64, which has been her only means of communicating with the outside world after she had two mobile phones cut off since last Friday. She said her situation was "very hard to take". In her latest tweet, she said her confinement was taking a toll on her family. "My elderly 77-year-old mother came over to see me today because I did not phone my family yesterday.

They're concerned." Chinese reformers have used the opportunity to step up pressure on the government, with 21 retired officials and media chiefs signing an open letter to the country's leaders demanding censorship be relaxed. The problems came as China appeared to be making good on its trade threats to Norway after the prize was announced last week. Beijing said giving the award to a man it brands a criminal and who is jailed for 11 years would harm relations between the two countries, which are in free trade talks. This week, China cancelled two meetings with Norway's Fisheries Minister. Eight feared dead in Afghanistan plane crash Afghan troops combing the crash scene on a mountain side east of Kabul found five charred bodies on Wednesday morning.

Chile rejoices as 15th miner is transported to safety AGENCIES COPIAPO, CHILE, OCT 13

The 15th man trapped for more than two months in a Chilean mine was pulled to safety Wednesday as the sounds of rejoicing filled the camp in the Chilean desert where hundreds of international media were holding vigil along with family members of 33 gold and copper miners entombed half a mile below ground. "I never doubted. I always knew God would rescue us," Mario Sepulveda, the second miner to be rescued, said in a television interview. "I am so very happy," added the miner, who was surrounded by family members holding his hands or touching him, as if to be sure he was really there. "I'm 40 years old and will live many years more now to honor those who helped" in the rescue. Foreman Florencio Avalos, 31, was the first of the miners to ride up the shaft. Wearing sunglasses to protect his eyes from aboveground lights, Avalos squeezed into a specially fitted, bullet-shaped capsule only a shade smaller than the 28-inch diameter of the tunnel and was winched to the surface over 14 agonizing minutes. He stepped from the capsule to an explosion of cheers and patriotic chanting from rescue workers and Chilean officials, his emergence broadcast by state TV to a worldwide audience witnessing a triumph of human determination over geology. Amid whistles, raw shouts and tears, Avalos hugged his wife, Monica, his sobbing 7-year-old son, Bairon, and the president of Chile, Sebastian

Pinera. His appearance signaled the start of the final, still-perilous chapter in a 69-day-old drama that began Aug. 5 when an underground collapse at the mine sealed off exits for the men. The miners' location and fate were unknown for 17 days, until a drill probing for air pockets poked through into a lunchroom where the men were waiting. Since then, the original despair above and below ground gave way to rejoicing at the discovery, followed by anxiety as drills punched through rock to create a path for the rescue. Patience was further strained by technical delays on the final day, as crews hooked up communications gear and ran more tests on the integrity of the shaft. But any frustration surrendered to elation when Manuel Gonzalez, a technician, descended and joined the men. Video from thousands of feet underground showed extraordinary scenes of the miners greeting a visitor from the surface. Gonzalez's arrival was proof that the trip could be made, but the drama still has time to run. Rescue workers drafted a pecking order for the men's ascent and said they hoped to bring them out at a rate of about one an hour, a pace that would have everyone to safety in two days. But they also cautioned against premature celebration, noting that only the top of the shaft had been lined with metal tubing and that each trip required the capsule to negotiate bends in the crude tunnel. Pinera had arrived Tuesday afternoon to watch the rescue efforts and greet the miners.

Poster girl of Taliban barbarism gets new life an Enduring Heart Award by a foundation which paid for her operation in Los Angeles, 'The Telegraph' reported. Alisha was 12 when her father married her to a Taliban fighter to repay a debt. She was handed over to the militant's family, abused and made to sleep in a stable with animals. Depressed due to ill treatment by her husband and inlaws, she tried to escape and her nose and ears were sliced off by her husband as punishment. After being left for dead in the mountains, Alisha crawled to her grandfather's house from where she was rushed to an American medical facility.

The Grossman Burn Foundation flew her to America in August where she had a prosthetic nose fitted at the West Hills hospital and the doctors say she would be given a "more permanent" solution soon. This might involve rebuilding her nose and ears, using bone, tissue and cartilage from other parts of the body. Till then, Alisha is back to her old joyful ways. "This is an award given to a woman whose heart endures," said the Californian First Lady Maria Shriver, wife of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who presented the award to a girl who never thought she would see life again.

British author wins Booker Prize

Sudan woman spits on Clooney!

British author Howard Jacobson has won the prestigious Booker Prize for his comic novel 'The Finkler Question', beating five others including two-time winner Peter Carey and the bookies' favourite Tom McCarthy. It is the first time in the awards 42-year history that a comic novel has been voted winner of the 50,000 pounds prize last night. 58-year-old Jacobson, who had been on the list twice but had never been shortlisted until this year, said: "these things get to you. What I wanted to do though is to feel that I can go on writing an entertaining novel even though the light deepens and darkens and this does become a very dark novel." 'The Finkler Question', which follows the friendship between three mature Jewish men, two of whom have been recently widowed, was hailed by judges as 'a profound and wise book'. Sir Andrew Motion, chair of the judging panel, said Jacobson's writing shared qualities with William Shakespeare.

George Clooney has revealed that he faced an unexpected culture shock during his recent trip to South Sudan when a local woman "blessed" him by spitting on his head and hands. Activist Clooney travelled to the region with US newswoman Ann Curry earlier this month to raise awareness about a brewing conflict in the region, which will split the African nation in two. Clooney appeared with Curry on morning news programme The Today Show on Tuesday, when he recalled his interactions with the native Sudanese - including an unusual "blessing" by a local elder. "I was blessed. She was a grandmother of a friend of ours and she lives in a very tiny hut... and one of her blessings is she spits in both your hands and pulls you down and spits on your head, and I hadn't been blessed like that before... It was nice to be blessed, it felt good," the Daily Express quoted him as saying.


A young Afghan girl, who went on to become a poster girl of Ta l i b a n o p p r e s s i o n i n Afghanistan after her nose was sliced off by her militant husband, has unveiled her new face to the world. 19-year-old Alisha triggered a worldwide outpouring of sympathy after her plight was highlighted by the 'Time' magazine which put her on the front cover to draw attention to sufferings of women in Afghanistan. The girl, thanks to pioneering surgery by American surgeons, got a new nose and appeared before the cameras to receive


He said, "It would be a bit over the top to say its Shakespearean. But he certainly knows something that Shakespeare knew. That the relationship between comedy and tragedy are intimately linked. "It is a book about Jewishness. But it is so much more than that. It is a book about male friendship - and how we don't always like our friends." The book tackles the relationship between three friends - a former BBC producer Julian Treslove, Sam Finkler a popular Jewish philosopher and their former teacher Libor Sevick. It had been the rank outsider on the six strong shortlist with odds of 10/1 of winning. Tom McCarthy had been favourite to win this year's award. Jacobson published his first book at the age of 40 after spending much of his early life in academia. He also confessed that he gave up writing novels for a time in frustration and was seduced into working for television, including a series about comedy called Seriously Funny and Roots Schmoots.



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Subex investment delayed PANJIM (HBD) -- Subex Ltd, a leading global provider of operations and business support systems (OSS/BSS) for communications service providers (CSPs), announced that although delayed, the proposed preferential placement in the company, leading to an infusion of Rs 300 to 400 million into the company, will happen within the next few months. “The investment has got delayed due to certain procedural delays at the fund that is investing. Thus, the reason for the delay is unrelated to Subex. We will complete the process positively within a couple of months and expect to raise between Rs 300 to 400 million”, said Subash Menon, founder chairman, managing director and CEO, Subex Ltd.

LIC marks Social Security month HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, OCT 13

Life Insurance Corporation of India, Panjim Branch, today celebrated its Social Security Month at an event held at Hotel Salida Del Sol, Panjim in presence of A K Madhankar, sr divisional manager, B Majhi, marketing manager, and branch managers G P Kamat, and W Ruivah. LIC conducts this event in October of every year to emphasise the message of social security particularly to socially/economically backward classes and the rural poor. LIC has paid more than Rs 330 crore by way of claims during the last year to families below the poverty line (BPL). In addition, a sum of more than Rs 1,000 crore via claims, has been disbursed to BPL families during the last five years. At present, various schemes

have been initiated by the LIC as part of its efforts for the benefit Goa’s weaker sections of society. Prominent among those are the Janashree Bima Yojana and Aam Admi Bima Yojana which have an add-on benefit of Shiksha Sahayog Yojana free of cost. In Goa, the Janashree Bima Yojana, covers the socially and economically backward classes. This scheme was implemented by the state government under the name “Sahara” for persons engaged in approved occupations with effect from 31 July 2006. Persons between age groups of 18 and 59 are covered who include motorcycle pilots, car, bus, rickshaw, tempo or taxi drivers, cleaners, toddy tapers, carpenters, masons, ‘gada’ owners, labourers, fish vendors etc. At present 35,392 persons are covered under the Sahara

Shriram Finance unveils loan against gold in Goa HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, OCT 13

Shriram City Union Finance Ltd, a leading NBFC promoted by the Shriram Group has announced the launch of loan against gold in Goa. Speaking to the media, Padmanabh Bongale, product head, Gold Loans for Shriram City said he is expecting to mop up Rs 1 crore in the next month itself from Goa. “Loan disbursal can be upto a maximum limit of 85-90% of the market value of the gold. A


Queen of Diamond at Tanishq’s PANJIM (HBD) -- Tanishq launched “Queen of Diamond 2010”, an initiative taken to make a memorable shopping experience to customers. Tanishq spokesperson, Tanishq unveiled the festive season offer. Starting nationally from October 7, 2010, the contest will provide consumers a rewarding shopping experience by extending an opportunity to win exquisite diamond jewellery. There is also an assured gift on purchase of Rs 10,000 and above from Tanishq. The grand contest is specially created to incite the customers with the ecstatic joy of shopping and double the festive fever. The entry to this contest is easily made available on purchase of jewellery worth Rs 15,000 or more at Tanishq. In addition to the bumper prize of Rs 50 lakh, there are also prizes worth Rs 4 lakh at region level and 38 Nos of prizes each across all Tanishq Boutiques varying from Rs 5000 to Rs 1 lakh. A total of Rs 5 crore worth of diamond Jewellery will be given away as prizes.

Turnaround Q2 numbers boost Goa Carbon PANJIM (HBD) -- Goa Carbon reported net profit of Rs 2.78 crore for Q2 September 2010 compared with a net loss of Rs 5.10 crore in Q2 September 2009. On BSE, 2.61 lakh shares were traded in the counter as against an average daily volume of 29,627 shares in the past one quarter. The stock hit a high of Rs 114 and a low of Rs 108.20 so far during the day.The company has an equity capital of Rs 9.20 crore. Face value per share is Rs 10. Goa Carbon's net sales declined 19.91% to Rs 59.94 crore in Q2 Sept 2010 over Q2 Sept 2009. The company declared its results after trading hours on Monday, 11 October 2010. The turnaround result was due to 54.4% fall in cost of consumption of raw materials to Rs 27.81 crore in Q2 Sept 2010 over Q2 Sept 2009.

Sensex zooms 484 pts PTI MUMBAI, OCT 13

In the biggest single day gain in six months, stock market benchmark Sensex today moved up a whopping 484 points to hit 33month high of 20,687 on record inflows from foreign funds and strong overseas sentiment. The Bombay Stock Exchange’s 30-share barometer closed the day 484.54 points, or 2.4 per cent, up at 20,687.88 – its best closing since January 14, 2008, when the index had ended at 20,728.05. The National Stock Exchange 50-share wide-based Nifty index too spurted by 2.31 per cent to close at 6,231.50. Intra-day, the Sensex had zoomed 500 points to hit a high of 20,703, just 500 points short of its highest close of 21,206.77 — achieved on January 10, 2008.

company valuer will be stationed at the Shriram City office and the loan will be disbursed within a few minutes,” he added. The interest rate will vary from a range of 0.99% to 2% per month depending the extent of loan taken per gram. Anything in the range of Rs 1200 to Rs 2000 can be availed per gram, explained Bongale. Also speaking at the launch was Sushant Naik who said loan against gold were gaining in popularity. He said gold is

an appreciating commodity apart from the emotional connect that the loanees have with the ornaments and hence the default rate on such loans is very low – below one per cent. "If someone defaults, the gold is sold after six months through open auction and if company gets excess amount, it is returned to the customer," Bongsale said. Since its launch in 2003, Shriram City till date has over 5000 customers in Goa.

6 lakh investors exit MF accounts AGENCY MUMBAI, OCT 13

The mutual fund industry suffered a 5.8 lakh reduction in folios this September as investors closed accounts to book profits in a buoyant market. The total number of folios (fund accounts) in the industry fell from 47.7 million to 47.1 million in September, a depletion of 1.2%, according to data on the Web site of the Association of Mutual Funds in India. The decrease in the folio numbers is certainly a matter of concern for the AMCs, agreed analysts. ``Mutual funds are meant for small investors and, if they are dropping out, then that needs to be addressed. However, this can be seen as the peak of the decline. It looks unlikely that this decline will go on forever,`` said Dhirendra Kumar, CEO, Value Research. The average ticket size of folios, however, went up to Rs 1.51 lakh in September from Rs 1.44 lakh in August, as assets rose in line with stock gains. TOTAL COUNT The total number of folios in the industry as at April end was Aban Offshor, 876.05, 880, 866.9, 873 Abb Ltd., 909.1, 922, 901.1, 916.8 Abg Shipyard, 320, 322.2, 315.1, 318.9 Acc Limited, 992.35, 1041.7, 992.35, 1032.9 Adani Enterp, 702, 705.9, 687.15, 704.05 Aditya Birla, 855, 867.5, 847.15, 856.85 Allahabad Ba, 241, 243.75, 239.1, 242.65 Alstom Proje, 837, 857.9, 836.55, 851.75 Ambuja Cemen, 140, 144.35, 139.05, 143.25 Andhra Bank, 169, 173.5, 168.25, 172.85 Ashok Leylan, 78.9, 79, 75.45, 76.05 Asian Paints, 2688, 2688, 2655, 2662.5 Axis Bank Li, 1551, 1594.65, 1547.05, 1588.75 Bajaj Hindus, 133.3, 134.65, 132.5, 133.85 Bank Of Baro, 902, 975.15, 902, 968.45 Bank Of Indi, 556.95, 559.8, 551, 555.85 Beml Limited, 1145.15, 1177, 1132.9, 1141.65 Bharat Elect, 1873, 1873, 1842.95, 1847.9 Bharat Forge, 375, 381, 375, 377.55 Bharat Petro, 740, 762.7, 740, 760.9 Bharti Airte, 339.5, 348.6, 336.5, 347.6 Bhel, 2547, 2598, 2547, 2588.35 Bhushan Stee, 504.5, 510.6, 501, 507.45 Biocon Limit, 400.95, 405, 399.35, 400.1 Bombay Dyein, 646.8, 655.65, 643, 649.5 Bosch Limite, 6138, 6229, 6115.05, 6208.7

47.8 million. Folio numbers rose to touch 47.9 million in June. However, post-June, the industry saw a drop in folios month after month. July saw a decline of 1.6 lakh folios, and August 49,723. The biggest drop of 5.8 lakh folios was recorded in September. “Primarily, these redemptions are because the stock market levels have consolidated at a high range, to 2007 levels. So you have a lot of investors leaving the market. Secondly, the distribution channels are taking a while to adjust and settle down to the new game-changing regulations which is further affecting folio numbers,” said Arindam Ghosh, chief executive officer (CEO), Mirae Asset Global Investments (India). TOP FUND HOUSES Of the top five fund houses in the country, only HDFC Asset Management Company (AMC) has seen an increase of 40,999 in folio numbers in September to around 4.1 million folios. The other four fund houses saw a drop - Birla Sun Life Asset Management by 33,598 to 2.4 million; ICICI Prudential Asset Management Com-

Brigade Ente, 145, 147.95, 144, 145.35 Cairn India, 342.4, 343.5, 339.05, 342.7 Canara Bank, 620.75, 645.35, 620.75, 638.85 Central Bank, 193.1, 197.3, 192.5, 195.3 Century Text, 522.25, 530.6, 518.55, 528.55 Cesc Ltd, 394, 398, 392.05, 393.15 Chambal Fert, 81.5, 82.3, 80.1, 81 Chennai Petr, 255.7, 258.45, 253.2, 255.8 Cipla Ltd, 340.5, 342.15, 338, 339.7 Colgate Palm, 842, 850, 834.8, 842.45 Container Co, 1358.5, 1369.85, 1341.7, 1347.9 Crompton Gre, 317.5, 322.5, 317.1, 318.25 Cummins Indi, 736.9, 750, 730.2, 744.25 Dabur India, 105.2, 105.85, 99.2, 102.95 Deccan Chron, 129.65, 131.8, 129.55, 130.4 Dish Tv Indi, 56, 56.3, 55.4, 55.6 Divi’s Labor, 720, 733.8, 718.75, 726.8 Dlf Limited, 375.5, 388.9, 375.25, 386.7 Dr. reddy’s, 1572, 1595, 1567, 1587.1 Edelweiss Ca, 62.1, 62.75, 60.85, 61.05 Educomp Solu, 636.95, 640.8, 632, 635.25 Eih Limited, 137.6, 137.95, 136.1, 136.6 Engineers In, 347, 354.9, 345, 352.55 Essar Oil Lt, 140.05, 142.7, 139, 141.05 Essar Shippi, 114.15, 117, 113, 116.6 Exide Indust, 173.5, 173.5, 165.5, 166.9

pany by 37,224 to 2.8 million; UTI Asset Management Company by 64,464 to 9.9 million, and Reliance Capital Asset Management by 79,442 to 7.2 million. These AMCs, during the same period, experienced an increase in their assets. The possibility that there has been a consolidation of folios leading to the decline in their numbers was ruled out by analysts. “There is no question of consolidation leading to a drop in folios here. Investors who had come into the market in 2007 are exiting it for profit-booking leading to such high redemptions,” explained Dhirendra

Federal Bank, 429.8, 438, 426.05, 434.85 Financial Te, 1161.25, 1194.8, 1160.05, 1185.9 Gail (india), 501.4, 510, 496.5, 508.05 Gammon India, 207.35, 209.75, 205.1, 205.75 Glaxosmithkl, 2280, 2310, 2272, 2295.05 Glenmark Pha, 305, 313, 301.6, 310.4 Gmr Infrastr, 59, 59, 58.1, 58.65 Godrej Indus, 230.4, 232, 227.25, 228.95 Grasim Indus, 2326, 2355, 2301.1, 2313.7 Great Offsho, 398.9, 409.05, 396.7, 401.8 Gtl Infra.Lt, 45, 45.2, 44.5, 44.75 Gujarat Mine, 138.7, 142.35, 137.55, 140 Gujarat N R, 65.5, 69, 65.5, 68.1 Gujarat Stat, 118, 120.8, 118, 119.35 Gvk Pow. & I, 46.15, 46.5, 45.75, 46.1 Hcl Technolo, 430, 447, 426.2, 444.25 Hdfc Bank Lt, 2385, 2450, 2367, 2441.25 Hdfc Ltd, 713.8, 740.75, 699.1, 739.9 Hero Honda M, 1878.45, 1889, 1861, 1879.5 Hindalco in, 212, 217.1, 212, 216.45 Hindustan Co, 66.9, 67.65, 66, 67.05 Hindustan Ma, 74.3, 76.1, 74.2, 74.75 Hindustan Pe, 517.4, 521.9, 512, 517.85 Hindustan Un, 294, 304.8, 291.3, 303.35 Hindustan Zi, 1220, 1229, 1213.55, 1219.7 Housing Dev, 270.5, 273.75, 269.1, 273.05

Kumar. “The reason for an increase in the AUMs is the increased liquidity in the system and is independent of the folio numbers,” added Ghosh. However, investors can`t stay away from the equity markets for long, said analysts. “With inflation currently at 16%, investors will have to come back to equity funds to beat it and get higher returns on their investments. No debt or fixed income fund will give any investor returns of 16% or more. And the best way for investors to come back to the markets is through the Monthly Income Plans,” explained Jaideep Bhattacharya, CMO, UTI AMC.

BOARD MEETINGS Axis Bank Bharat Fert LIC Housing Fin Eurofinmart Mastek Geojit BNP Midas Pharma UTV Software Infotech Enter Rallis India Source: Icici Bank L, 1138.7, 1164.8, 1136.2, 1158.7 Idea Cellula, 73.5, 74.1, 72, 73.85 Ifci Ltd, 75.85, 76.85, 74.55, 76.1 India Cement, 118, 118.95, 117.3, 118.6 India Infoli, 120, 122.4, 118.3, 120.6 Indiabulls F, 176, 178.1, 172.15, 175.2 Indiabulls R, 187, 195.25, 186.5, 194.4 Indian Bank, 294.9, 303.8, 291, 301.65 Indian Hotel, 102.95, 104.3, 102.3, 103.3 Indian Oil C, 416, 420, 414, 417.65 Indian Overs, 157.7, 160.3, 155.05, 159.3 Indus Dev Ba, 156.15, 163.4, 155.75, 162.35 Indusind Ban, 274, 274, 265, 269.2 Infosys Tech, 3081, 3164.8, 3075.2, 3152.85 Infra. dev., 207, 214.65, 205.15, 212.6 Ispat Indust, 22.7, 22.8, 22.05, 22.5 Itc Ltd, 173, 175.85, 170.5, 175.1 Ivrcl Infras, 163.6, 166, 162.65, 165.2 Jai Corp Lim, 260.1, 263.7, 258.75, 260.75 Jaiprakash A, 131, 135.35, 129.8, 134.75 Jet Airways, 825, 833, 818, 829.1 Jindal Saw L, 210.55, 213.75, 210.1, 212.6 Jindal Steel, 716.15, 732.4, 715.05, 719.9 Jsw Steel Li, 1331.15, 1357.8, 1330, 1352.65 Kotak Mahind, 504.6, 524, 503.05, 521.6 Lakshmi Mach, 2590, 2745, 2561.4, 2679.65

scheme. The state govt is also implementing a pension scheme to the needy people covering senior citizens, single women and disabled under the Dayanand


Social Security scheme through LIC. At present, 15,253 persons are already covered. The Outgo towards the same amounts to Rs 1.05 crores per month.

JP MORGAN MUTUAL FUND has filed offer document with SEBI to launch JPMorgan Global Natural Resources Equity Off-shore Fund, an open-ended fund of funds scheme. The new fund offer price is Rs 10 per unit. Options Offered: The scheme offers a growth option only, where growth in the scheme is reflected in the NAV per unit. Exit load: For each redemption within 12 months from the date of allotment in respect of purchases made other than through SIP: 1% For each redemption within 12 months from the date of allotment in respect of purchases made through SIP: 1% Minimum application amount: Rs. 5,000 per application and in multiples of Re. 1 thereafter. Minimum target amount: Rs 10 million. Benchmark for performance comparison: HSBC Gold, Mining & Energy Index (Total Return Net) Fund manager: Namdev Chougule PRAMERICA MUTUAL FUND has announced changes to face value of units and minimum redemption amount under Pramerica Liquid Fund and Pramerica Ultra Short Term Bond Fund. The changes will be effective from October 15, 2010. Accordingly, the face value per unit in respect of both the aforesaid schemes will be changed from existing Rs 10 to Rs 1000 per unit. DEUTSCHE MUTUAL FUND has announced the revision of exit load structure for DWS Treasury Fund - Cash Plan (all options) with effect from October 14, 2010. Accordingly, the revised exit load change will be nil. Under the existing provision, the scheme charges an exit load of 1% if the investment is redeemed / switched out within 7 days of the allotment. PRINCIPAL MUTUAL FUND has launched a new fund named as Principal PNB Fixed Maturity Plan - 91 Days - Series XXIV, a close ended debt scheme offering Fixed Maturity Plan. The NFO price for the scheme is Rs. 10 per unit. The new issue is open for subscription from October 12 and closes on October 13, 2010. The scheme offers two options viz. growth and dividend option. The dividend option will have the facility of payout and sweep. Entry and exit load charge will not be applicable for the scheme. The minimum application amount is Rs 5,000 and any amount thereafter. The fund seeks to collect a minimum subscription (minimum target) amount of Rs 350 million under the scheme during the NFO period. Benchmark index for the scheme is Crisil Liquid Fund Index. The fund manager of the scheme will be Shobit Gupta. IDFC MUTUAL FUND has unveiled a new fund named as IDFC Savings Scheme - Series I, a close ended debt scheme with the duration of 36 months. The scheme shall mature on November 7, 2013. The NFO price for the scheme is Rs 10 per unit. The new issue will be open for subscription from October 15 and close on October 29, 2010. The scheme offers two options viz. growth and dividend option. The minimum application amount is Rs 5000 and in multiples of Rs 10 thereafter. The fund seeks to collect a minimum subscription (minimum target) amount of Rs. 10 million under the scheme during the NFO period. Entry load and exit load charge will be nil for the scheme. Benchmark Index for the scheme is CRISIL MIP Blended Index. The scheme will be managed by Ashwin Patni. PRAMERICA MUTUAL FUND has filed offer document with SEBI to launch Pramerica Short Term Floating Rate Fund, an open ended income scheme. The NFO price is Rs 1000 per unit. Plans & Options: The Scheme has two options: (i) Growth Option; and (ii) Daily Dividend Reinvestment Option (There will no pay out of dividend). Minimum amount of investment: Minimum of Rs100 and in multiples of Rs. 1 thereafter. Minimum target amount: Rs 1 lakh Benchmark: Crisil Liquid Fund Index Fund manager: Mahendra Jajoo

Lanco Infrat, 70.15, 70.45, 69.15, 69.7 Larsen & Tou, 1990, 2091.7, 1985.3, 2078.1 Lic Housing, 1400, 1451.4, 1400, 1445 Lupin Limite, 428, 430, 422, 425.75 Mahanagar Te, 68.5, 71.2, 68.05, 69.15 Mahindra & M, 718.8, 739.75, 714.2, 735.85 Maruti Suzuk, 1525, 1566.8, 1518, 1558.4 Max India Lt, 170, 170.9, 167.3, 168.9 Maytas Infr., 212.9, 212.9, 209.3, 211.6 Moser-baer (, 72.7, 72.9, 71.9, 72.35 Mrpl, 81.5, 83.05, 80.8, 82 Nagarjuna Co, 149, 152.8, 148.6, 152.05 Nagarjuna Fe, 34.45, 34.85, 33.8, 34.6 National Alu, 410.5, 412.45, 408.1, 410.75 Neyveli Lign, 169.5, 178.7, 169.5, 177.1 Ntpc Ltd, 210.3, 211.1, 206.6, 208.05 Oil And Natu, 1367, 1389.9, 1360.35, 1380.1 Omaxe Limite, 147, 149.7, 144.3, 149.35 Oriental Ban, 491.25, 502.3, 489.5, 499 Pantaloon Re, 494.25, 497, 487.5, 489.9 Parsvnath De, 142, 142.9, 139, 140.45 Petronet Lng, 113.2, 120.4, 113.2, 118.9 Power Fin Co, 370, 382.15, 366.15, 380.6 Power Grid C, 109.8, 111, 109.3, 109.85 Praj Industr, 75, 75.8, 74.3, 74.95 Punj Lloyd L, 135.4, 137.2, 134.7, 135.65

Punjab Natio, 1307.05, 1351.7, 1307.05, 1348.8 Rajesh Expor, 107.35, 112.55, 105.55, 111.6 Ranbaxy Labs, 597.15, 612.5, 593.2, 607.45 Rashtriya Ch, 96.75, 96.75, 93.25, 94.05 Rel. nat. re, 40.25, 40.95, 40.25, 40.85 Reliance Cap, 847.5, 861, 847, 858.65 Reliance Com, 187.5, 187.85, 185.2, 187.1 Reliance Ene, 1201, 1245.9, 1200, 1208.18 Reliance Ind, 899.4, 916.9, 893.2, 897.7 Reliance Ind, 1056.1, 1074, 1054.7, 1073.05 Reliance Pow, 164, 166.95, 163.5, 166.35 Rolta India, 170.5, 172, 169.15, 171.4 Satyam Compu, 85, 86.75, 85, 85.85 Sesa Goa Ltd, 354.6, 359.95, 350.4, 359.15 Shipping Cor, 190, 190.85, 186.35, 187.4 Siemens Ltd, 826.5, 840.9, 815, 837.95 Sintex Indus, 426, 427.8, 415.5, 422.6 Sobha Develo, 368.5, 380.9, 368.5, 374.95 State Bank O, 3239.95, 3315, 3223, 3305.6 Steel Author, 222, 226.4, 221.2, 225.75 Sterlite Ind, 179.9, 183.9, 179, 183.15 Sun Pharmace, 2100, 2119.9, 2092, 2104.95 Sun Tv Netwo, 522.15, 525, 518.45, 519.9 Suzlon Energ, 58.5, 59.4, 57.95, 58.9 Tata Communi, 331, 333.45, 330.25, 332

Tata Consult, 955.95, 997.7, 949.1, 992.85 Tata Motors, 1156.6, 1182.5, 1148.85, 1176.35 Tata Power C, 1411.95, 1441, 1411.95, 1433.8 Tata Steel L, 636.6, 640, 631.5, 637.85 Tata Teleser, 24.2, 24.3, 23.65, 23.95 Tech Mahindr, 777.8, 791, 773.15, 787.25 The Ge Shpg., 335, 335.5, 328.1, 329.65 The Phoenix, 255.15, 267.7, 254.35, 259.3 Thermax Ltd, 808.1, 809.45, 797.5, 805.4 Titan Indust, 3325, 3344.35, 3295, 3318.85 Torrent Powe, 327.5, 330, 326.1, 328.65 Triveni Engg, 127, 128, 124.45, 125.1 Tv18 India L, 90.1, 91.95, 90, 90.4 Uco Bank, 122.4, 127.4, 121.35, 125.75 Ultratech Ce, 1090, 1125, 1085.25, 1121.65 Union Bank O, 389.9, 398.85, 385.65, 396.95 Unitech Ltd, 92.8, 95.35, 92.55, 94.9 United Phosp, 193, 195.8, 190.25, 191.1 Videocon Ind, 275, 282.4, 273.5, 280 Vijaya Bank, 93.9, 102.5, 93.8, 100.9 Voltas Ltd, 241.8, 248.5, 239.6, 245.6 Wipro Ltd, 462, 486.95, 462, 483.4 Yes Bank Lim, 349.9, 354.5, 347.6, 352.7 Zee Entertai, 282.15, 283.05, 272.8, 280.05


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Mahindra 2 wheelers debuts into motorcycle segment paNJIM (HBd) -- With world class italian design, raw power, adrenaline and speed, india's bikers can look forward to all this and much more as mahindra 2 Wheelers' Stallio and mojo motorcycles made their debut at a high voltage launch in mumbai recently. "in the last twelve months mahindra 2 Wheelers has achieved a milestone by registering a sale of 1.5 lakh units - a clear validation of the success of our niche Power Scooters strategy. We are now all geared up to redefine the biking experience in india with the Stallio and mojo which are a potent blend of global technology and innovation and will take the category to the next level," said anand mahindra, Vc and mD, mahindra Group. “both bikes incorporate world class r&D and design elements from our bologna, italy based design house, engines engineering and are best suited for indian biking conditions. the Stallio offers a host of features unheard of in its segment and is ideal for the avant-garde young executive or businessman who desires a rugged and reliable yet stylish bike. We are delighted to have aamir Khan, the brand ambassador for the Stallio, present at the launch today, as he personifies mahindra's can do spirit, capturing the imagination of the masses. the mojo is a performance oriented, power packed bike and is the ultimate machine for motorcycle enthusiasts who are passionate about biking," said anoop mathur, president 2-wheeler sector and member of the group executive board, mahindra & mahindra Ltd. the Stallio is available in two types and is priced at rs 44,699, and rs 41,199 for cast alloy and spoke wheel variants respectively, whereas the mojo is priced at rs 1,75,000. the prices are ex showroom Pune.

New Škoda Fabia in India paNJIM (HBd) -- Škodaauto india, a fully owned subsidiary of Škodaauto aS, czech republic, announced the launch of the new Škoda Fabia. the all new Škoda Fabia offers a complete new package boosted with plush interiors and dynamic exteriors, innovative features and engine technology. new Skoda Fabia is available in the following variants: 1.2 tDi cr (Diesel) – available in classic, ambiente & elegance variants; 1.2 mPi (Petrol) – available in classic, ambiente & elegance variants; 1.6 mPi (Petrol) - available in elegance variant. the new Škoda Fabia is available in three engine options; 1.6 mPi, 1.2 tDi cr and 1.2 mPi. 1.6 mPi - : the best performance in its class, it is an absolute delight for a spirited driving experience. it is equipped with 1598cc engine, 4 cylinders which generate 105 bhp at 5250rpm. 1.2 mPi – Smooth and silent performer with improved output, comes with 1198cc, 3 cylinders, mPi engine which generates 5575 bhp at 5400rpm. the smooth and peppy engine delivers quietly and economically, which suits most urban applications. 1.2 tDi cr - One of the most fuel efficient diesel motor, features a turbocharged Direct injection common rail 1199cc engine which generates a maximum power of 75bhp. With its low fuel consumption it is an ideal car for the high mileage user.

ITM 2010 to open today Herald BUSINeSS deSK Panjim, Oct 13

international tourism mart (itm), Goa, will kick off its four day long event from tomorrow in which 200 national and international buyers, travel and trade industry experts and tourism board members will interact during the four day long event, the organisers. buyers from over 12 countries including Singapore, South africa, canada, UK, italy, Poland, russia, Uae, thailand and brazil among others have confirmed their participation. the event which is to be held in Panjim will have over 80 participants showcasing their services and network with industry associates over the next

four days, organisers say. it promises to be a power packed event in which itm Goa will see hosted buyerseller interactive sessions during business hours at the mart, panel discussions, knowledgesharing sessions, networking dinners and familiarisation trips. Goa tourism Development corporation (GtDc), the state department of tourism, india tourism, travel and tourism association of Goa (ttaG) and Goa chamber of commerce and industry (Gcci) have jointly promoted the event. the Honorary consul in mumbai for the new Zealand consulate will deliver the key note address.

AI passenger revenue rises 24% ptI neW DeLHi, Oct 13

air india recorded a 24 per cent increase in passenger revenue during april-august compared to the same period last year and the national carrier expects to show positive gross earnings by the end of this fiscal if this trend in revenue and yields is maintained. there was a sharp rs 830 crore rise in the cash-strapped airline's passenger revenue reflecting a growth of 24 per cent during the period under comparison, ai officials said today, citing latest data. air india's international yields went up by 13.6 per cent while the domestic yields grew by 14.9 per cent, the figures showed.

Green biz opportunity: Areca leaf plates Herald BUSINeSS deSK Panjim, OctOber 13

most of you must have seen moulded plates and bowls made of dried leaves. they are made by the enterprising 27year-old Sharatchandra naik, at Kundapur, near Udipi, says website naik, who hails from Hallihole, a village near Kundapur, established brahmi bio Plate a year ago at his house, with a loan of rs5 lakh under the Prime minister’s rozgar Yojana. With limited career options after graduation, naik opted for self-employment. His parents own a 10-acre areca-nut (supari) plantation, and he thought he could make ecofriendly disposable plates from areca leaves in the plantation,

State must up infra: MPT chief Herald reporter Panjim, OctOber 13

mormugao Port trust chairman Praveen agarwal has written to chief minister Digabar Kamat, making suggestions in his capacity as a member of the ‘Working Group on infrastructure’ of the Goa Planning board. the mPt chief has stressed that for the state to reach 8 per cent sustained overall economic growth, transportation capacity must increase by 10 to 12 per cent per year, as international trade and investment will increase, impacting international air and ocean transport, coastal shipping and domestic air services. rapid urbanisation and increase in vehicles will increase pressure on the already congested cities. but lack of agreement on the role of transport, unclear and fragmented responsibilities for policy and operations, as well as lack of investment in high quality transport infrastructure is a constraint. it is necessary to construct major state and national highways and rural roads; charge toll and manage traffic carefully to avoid congestion. Goa’s rail connectivity with the main national railway network must be improved. the capacity of mormugao Port must be increased with due concern for the environment and social issues. in addition, non-major ports in the state must be activated and a ‘Sea chain Project’

Praveen Agarwal

launched to connect the state portswith mormugao Port for both passenger and logistics services. Fisheries harbours must be modernised with proper fish landing centres for the latest mechanised trawlers. For better urban transport, the state must set up a capacity-intensive rail network, on the lines of the Delhi metro, fasttracked through a special purpose vehicle (SPV) structure. the state’s existing transport fleet must be modernised, by allowing more private services into public transport. in the aviation sector, the mopa airport must be developed, even as Dabolim is ex-

panded. On the policy front, the state government must act with authority to improving the transport infrastructure (including inland waterways connectivity) as well as connectivity with the national transport network, and improve international shipping and ports connectivity, taking into account emerging issues like environment, social concerns, etc. there must be a clear policy road map, coupled with resolution of outstanding legal and regulatory constraints, to improve access to private finances. the ‘User Pays’ principle may be the best to generate revenues and investments. the government needs to formulate a comprehensive land use plan and implement rehabilitation schemes, particularly those which have central assistance. investments required in rural infrastructure include roads, storage facilities, power and the like, particularly in mining areas. Goa’s inland waterways carried 54 million tonnes of iron ore on barges during 2009-10. but operations cease during the monsoons, owing to the non-navigability of the cumbarjua canal. Declaration of Goan waterways as national Waterways by the ‘national Waterways authority of india (nWai)’ will go a long way towards realising their full potential.

TAKE A LEAF FROM THIS MAN’S STORY: 27-year-old Sharatchandra Naik in his tiny Kundapur areca leaf plate factory.

which otherwise go waste. His small factory churns out plates, bowls, and cups of various sizes, for which he has to fasion different moulds. these items are in great demand at various temples, especially to give ‘prasad’ to devotees, and during lunch time. eating food in biodegradable areca plates is good for the environment, as they can be composted. though he started working alone, Sharatchandra now employs 20 workers at his factory, and each one earns rs200 per day. all his workers are from

local farming families. His products are sold across Karnataka as well as in Goa, tamil nadu and Kerala. the areca leaves he uses are from his parents’ plantation. if he falls short, naik buys areca leaves from his neighbours at rs0.50 per leaf. His sells his products at rs1.30 to rs2.00 per plate. it is a profitable venture and he is well on his way to recovering his investment. Goa has huge amounts of areca nut plantations and a massive market for disposable plates. this is an ideal business opportunity.


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Clifton stars in Dempo’s win over Goa Velha HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, OCT 13

A second half brace from Clifton Gonsalves set Dempo Sports Club on the way to a convincing 3-0 victory over Goa Velha Sports Club in Kingfisher Pro League at Duler stadium, here on Wednesday. The match was goalless at the lemon break. Dempo’s Nigerian midfielder, Kalu Ogba scored a spectacular solo goal as he slalomed past three defenders with great imag-


Yemen trounced India 6-3 in an international fiendly football match in Pune on Wednesday. Yemen 0-1 Haitham Thabit (9'), India 1-1 (Anthony Pereira (21'), 1-2 Khaled Baleid (28'), 22 Abhishek Yadav (49'), 2-3 Akram Al Wrafi (61'), 2-4, 2-5 (Ala Al Sasi (77', 88'), 5-3 Surkumar Singh (90+1'), 6-3 (Yaser Ba Suhai (90+3').

St Britto’s win

MAPUSA (HSR) -- St Britto’s HS, Mapusa, defeated St Anthony’s HS, Duler 44-19 in the Bardez Zone U-17 basketball tournament organized by DSYA at Peddem complex on Wednesday. In the girls’ U-17 basketball tournament, Lourdes Convent HS qualified for District.


Sunshine Sport Club entered the semi-final of the football tournament organised by friends of Carambolim beating Sunraj Sports Club 2-0 at Carambolim. Deniz D’Costa and Suraj Mulgaonkar scored.

ination and technique in the 69th minute. Although Clifton scored a brace, he also missed a few chances which should have doubled his personal tally. Dempo made five changes to the team from their last outing. Flann D’Souza, John Dias, Kalu Ogba, Peter Carvalho and Joe Rodrigues started in place of Tyson Caiado, Covan Lawrence, Beto, Aiken Dias, and Cavin Lobo. Goa Velha had Zico Costa, Au-

At half time, Dempo made a double substitution, bringing in Godwin Franco for Johnny D’Cruz in midfield and replacing Joe Rodrigues with Cavin Lobo upfront in an attempt to increase the tempo. Just after the breather, Clifton missed a sitter after receiving the ball from Cavin Lobo. In the 62nd, Clifton punted in from close range to give Dempo the lead. A few minutes later from a similar position

Sporting ready for Vasco HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, OCT 13

Sporting Clube de Goa will lock horns with Vasco Sports Club in the Kingfisher Pro League at Tilak Maidan ground, Vasco on Thursday at 4 p.m. Sporting defeated league leaders Salgaocar Sports Club in their last match but Sporting coach Alex Alvares is not getting too carried away. “The boys are confident after the last match but I prefer to let the game do the talking,” remarked Alex.

Vasco coach Gavin Araujo is also looking forward to the game after Vasco have won their last two matches against Goa Velha and Sesa Football Academy. “All my players are hungry to play in the first eleven, and I have told them that they will get their opportunity,” stated Gavin. Sporting is missing defender Mathew Gonsalves through suspension. Rowen Pereira will have a late fitness test as he is being troubled with a thigh injury. Australian midfielder Joshua

Maguire may start after injuring his lower back recently. Vasco striker Koko Sakibo has been hospitalized for the past three days with flu, but could sit on the bench. Young Savio Fernandes is set to replace him. Savio was part of the successful Goa U-21 team that won the Nationals in 2008, which also included teammate Joel Sequeira. The match is set to be an exciting game as both the coaches enjoy attacking football, where the game is the winner.


Football Club of Siolim pipped Milagres Sports Club, Mapusa 2-1 to move into the quarter-finals of 37th Candolim Panchayat Cup inter-village football tournament organised by Candolim Sports Club at Dr. Gustavo Monteiro stadium, Candolim on Wednesday. In a keenly contested match,

Suraj stars for Candolim HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, OCT 13

Kingfisher Goa Pro League: Sporting Clube de Goa v. Vasco Club, Tilak stadium, Vasco, 4 p.m. Third Division football: U n i t e d C l u b o f M a rd o l v. Carabolim SC, University ground, Taleigao; Cortalim Villagers S & SWA v. Quelossim SC, Cansaulim ground; Sangolda Lightning v. Pilerne SC, Anjuna ground. Kick off 4 p.m. All-Goa Utorda inter-village football tournament: Don Bosco Oratory v. Betalbatim, SAG ground, Utorda, 4.30 p.m. 37th Candolim Panchayat cup soccer: Calangute Association v. Sai Avtar, Anjuna, Dr. Gustavo Monteiro stadium, Candolim, 4.30 p.m. 9-a-side F&C cup soccer quarters: Wilred Leisure v. Arpora Sporting, Verem ground, 4.45 p.m. Dalton Fernandes memorial soccer quarters: United Club of Benaulim v. United Club of Utorda, Government ground, Sarzora, 4.30 p.m.

gusto Monteiro and Alber Gonsalves injured and their absence made a significant difference to the scoreline. The first half was played at a snail’s pace and both teams looked lethargic. After a quarter of an hour, Goa Velha had a couple of good chances. First, Edwin Carvalho crossed from the right only to see Saprem Diukar volley over. A minute later Loyed Mascarenhas came close with a free kick attempt for Goa Velha.

A brace from Suraj Bandodkar helped Candolim Sports Club defeat Clube Athletico de Parra 3-2 in GFA’s Third Division at Anjuna ground on Wednesday. Candolim led 1-0 at the breather. Suraj opened the scoring in the 27th. Eight minutes after the interval, Suraj netted his second to put Candolim in a commanding position. Clifford pulled one back for Parra in the 76th only to see Raju Rathod punt home for Candolim six minutes later. Parra continued to push forward and in the last minute Clifford scored his second but it proved too little too late. A t University ground, Taleigao, Jawahar Club defeated Santo Estevam Sports Club 2-0. Alvino Miranda scored in the 36th and Diptesh Sawant made sure of the win, scoring six minutes from the end.

Milagres were the first to have a crack at the goal but a try from Joalan Fernandes was parried away to safety by Siolim keeper Sar vesh in the 8th minute. Siolim took time to settle down and scored the first goal through Sangam Pednekar in the 30th. Changing over, Vinay Pednekar doubled the lead for Siolim off a Ryan D'Souza cross in the 40th

David Villa equalled Raul's Spain scoring record of 44 but the world and European champions had to withstand a Scotland fightback before Fernando Llorente's late goal secured a 32 win in a Euro 2012 qualifier on Tuesday. Villa's penalty gave the visitors a half-time lead at Hampden Park and Andres Iniesta scored a second just after the break.


Sporting Club of Davorlim came from behind to hold Sao Jose de Areal Sports Club 1-1 in the GFA Third Division League at Padribhat ground, Sao Jose de Areal on Wednesday. There was no score at half time. Both teams dished out attacking football, there being a few chances at either goal with both team defenders quick and to avert danger with neat tackles. Crossing over, Sao Jose were on an aggressive mode and repeatedly attacked the rival citadel. Their persistent forays

Memories of England’s woeful World Cup performances were revived by a stuttering 0-0 draw Tuesday against a Montenegro side which halted a perfect and powerful start to European Championship qualifying for Fabio Capello’s team. And the visitors from the tiny Adriatic nation accomplished something football powers Brazil and Germany could not prevent England from scoring for the first time in 21 matches at the new Wembley Stadium. Karim Benzema and Yoann


Navelim Villagers Union registered a narrow 2-1 win over Sao Minguel, Taleigao to enter the semi-finals of the 9-a-side F&C cup football organised by Verem Boys in memory of Caetano Piedade Colaco at Verem ground on Wednesday. The score was 11 at the break. Sanford Cardozo put Navelim ahead in the 25th minute with a rasping 30-yard shot which entered the far corner of the net. Two minutes later, Taleigao levelled terms, through Lavino Pereira from the penalty spot. Once again Navelim took the lead, which turned out to be the match-winning goal, scored with an adroit placement, in the 40th minute by Dominic Fernandes to make it 2-1.

into the rival territory were rewarded in the 56th minute when Mario Baretto unleashed a stiff shot which crashed into the net giving no chance to the rival keeper. Stung by the setback, Sporting regrouped quickly and created many positive moves and increased the pace of the game with sporadic raids. Paxton Gomes neutralized the lead with a snap shot in the 65th minute to put his team on equal terms. Yesterday, at Dramapur ground, Davorlim SC trounced Dicarpale SC 5-1 after both

teams were tied 1-1 at half time. Wilson put Dicarpale into the lead in the 18th minute, but their joy was shortlived when Cajetan D’Souza cancelled the lead in the 22nd minute. It was one-way traffic for Davorlim after the break as they mounted pressure on the rival citadel and scored the goals between quick intervals. Davorlim’s Stanley Gomes made it 2-1 in the 56th minute. Cajetan struck a second time to register his brace in the 60th while Liston Colaco and Wayne scored in the 69th and 80th minutes to complete the rout.


St Anthony’s Sporting Club, Colva blanked Sarzora Sports Club 3-0 via the tie-breaker to march into the semi-finals of

Steven Naismith pulled one back before the hour and Gerard Pique's own goal pulled the hosts level only for Llorente to fire in a winner 11 minutes from time. Scotland's Steven Whittaker was sent off for second yellow in the 89th minute. Spain are top of Group I with nine points from three matches. Next come the Czech Republic on six with Scotland and Lithuania on four. Liechtenstein are pointless.

England held, France, Portugal win AGENCIES WEMBLEY, oct 13

Navelim Villagers Union in semis

Davorlim rally to hold Areal

Villa equals Raul record as Spain edge Scotland AGENCEIS GLASGOW, Scotland, OCT 13

minute. Down by two goals, Milagres fought back and reduced the margin through Hrishikesh Chowgule in the 45th minute. Goaded by success, Milagres went all out in search of the equaliser and could have levelled the score through Sebastian D’Costa in the dying minutes but Siolim keeper Sarvesh dived to his right to keep the ball out.

Clifton shot over. In the 69th, Ogba Kalu won the ball deep in midfield and p ro c e e d e d f o r w a rd . K a l u skipped past tackle af ter tackle before rounding up the goalkeeper and slotting in. Twelve minutes from time Cavin Lobo drove into the opponent’s box, before taking on the goalkeeper and unselfishly passed for Clifton to tap in and round off the victory.

Gourcuff scored a goal in each half on Tuesday as France beat 10-man Luxembourg 2-0 to stay top of their group. An early goal from Cristiano Ronaldo set Portugal on their way to a 3-1 win over Iceland on Tuesday. Ronaldo put the Portuguese ahead with a 4th minute free kick before Iceland equalized with a header from Heidar Helguson in the 17th. Raul Meireles restored Portugal’s lead with a fine 30-meter strike in the 27th and substitute Helder Postiga wrapped up the win in the 72nd minute to maintain the team’s resurgence under new coach Paulo Bento.

2nd Dalton Fernandes memorial inter-village football tournament organised by Sarzora Sports Club at Government ground, Sarzora on Wednesday. The teams failed to score at normal period. Both the teams dished out good football with both team forwards creating umpteen positive moves and managed to ke e p t h e d e f e n d e r s a l e r t throughout the match. Both St Anthony’s and Sarzora had scoring chances but their

strikers squandered them after reaching the rival danger zone. The second session continued in the same vein with both teams going all out in search of the match-winner but they failed to get past either goalkeeper, who were outstanding especially in the second session with superb saves. In the penalty shoot-out, Piedade Fernandes, Veston Rodrigues and Ghera Fernandes were on target for Colva while none from Sarzora managed to score.


Parish Youth, Nuvem beat Margao Footballers 1-0 to move into the quarter-finals of Sebastiao Rosario Dias memorial football tournament organised by Da-

vorlim Sports Club at Davorlim Panchayat ground on Wednesday. The all-important goal came in the first half when Romeo Fernandes’ superb strike gave no chance to the rival keeper.

GOA DIARY Complimentary passes for ODI

PANJIM (HSD) – The GCA has stated that complimentary passes for GCA registered clubs and for life members for the India v. Australia ODI match to be held on October 24 will be distributed by GCA on October 18 and 19 during office hours at the Panjim office. All clubs have been asked with proper authority letters. Life members have been asked to come in person or send their representative to collect passes along with Life Membership card.

Beach football at Mira Mar

PANJIM (HSD) – Young Boys of Tonca will organise their 3rd AllGoa 5-a-side beach football tournament at Mira Mar beach on October 16 at 9.30 a.m. Details may be obtained from Nelson D’Cunha on 9890250362, George D’Cunha on 9765509001 and Nazareth D’Silva on 9850901205

Inter-ward football at Carambolim

PANJIM (HSD) - The Friends of Carambolim will organise their inter-ward football tournament on October 17 at Carambolim football ground (behind village panchayat Carambolim). The winners will get Rs 5001 and the runners-up Rs 3001. Details may be obtained on 9823262735.

Clemente wins race for 5th time HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, OCT 13

Goa Fire Services’ Francisco Clemente walked away with the first place for the fifth consecutive time at the All-Goa 10th mini marathon race on October 10. The event was organised by F. X. D’Sousa Memorial Trust, Merces in association with Rotary Club of Panjim and Panjim Riveira on the occasion of the

10th death anniversary of eminent football referee F. X. D’Sousa. Sonpal Singh, 5TTR, Nilu Chalwadi, Baina HS, Baina, Niraj Kumar, 6TTR, Bambolim and Prashant Gaukar, Government college, Quepem, took the second, third, fourth and fifth places respectively. Special prizes for the lone lady participant, Sharnifa D’-

Costa, Varca and Shrikant Kundaikar, senior citizen, Chimbel were also awarded. In all 227 runners participated. Ashok Menon, Director, Fire and Emergency Services was the chief guest. Gaurish M Dhond, assistant Governor Rotary International was the guest of honour and Niket Walke of United Spirits was special invitee. The programme was co-ordi-

nated by Glenn Kalavampara, director, youth service. Andrew D’Sousa and Aurita D’Sousa, F. X. D’Sousa Memorial Trust were present for the race. The race was partly sponsored by McDowells, Kingfisher and A Lua group. Earlier, Dinesh Kamat, president, Panaji Club welcomed the gathering and Nitin Kenkre, president, Riveira Club proposed the vote of thanks.


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India record clean sweep over Aussies l Tendulkar adjudged man-of-the-match, series

Sachin Tendulkar roars at the dressing room after scoring the winning runs in Bangalore on Wednesday.

No evidence of fixing during Oval ODI: ICC PTI DUBAI, OCT 13

The International Cricket Council today said there was no ‘compelling evidence’ into allegations that the Oval ODI between England and Pakistan was fixed. The ICC had decided to probe the last month's match, which Pakistan won by 23 runs, after British tabloid 'The Sun' passed on some information to the world governing body. The ICC had said that a "certain scoring pattern" emerged during the match as has been reported by 'The Sun' but had made it clear that no England player was involved.

"Following extensive investigations into allegations about the One-Day International between England and Pakistan at The Oval in London on 17 September, the ACSU has verified all the available information and concluded that there was no compelling evidence to suspect individual players or support staff," a statement after the ICC Board meeting here said. "The investigation is now complete but if new and corroborating evidence comes to light then clearly the ACSU will re-open the matter," the statement added.

India strengthens position at top PTI DUBAI, OCT 13

With a crushing 2-0 series win, India today not only consolidated its position at the top of ICC Test ranking table but also pushed Australia down to number five. India, which came into the two -match series with 127 rating points, are now sitting pretty at 130 points, 11 clear of second-placed South Africa. Australia had entered the series on 113 points and ended up conceding three ratings points, slipping to fifth position behind England (112). Sri Lanka are placed third with 115 points.


India completed their first ever series whitewash of Australia as Sachin Tendulkar led them to a comprehensive seven-wicket victory over the visitors in the second and final cricket Test here today. Tendulkar (53 not out) added a half century to his first innings double ton and capitalised on the foundation laid by debutant Cheteshwar Pujara (72) as India easily surpassed the target of 207 in the final session of the last day here. Tendulkar hit the winning runs, a two, off Nathan Hauritz half-an-hour into the final session to trigger wild celebrations at the Indian camp and among the Chinnaswamy Stadium crowd. Rahul Dravid remained unbeaten on 21 and shared 61 runs with Tendulkar from 16 overs for the unbroken fourth wicket. With the back-to-back victories, having won the first Test at Mohali by a narrow one wicket, India took the twomatch series 2-0 though the Border-Gavaskar Trophy had already been in their bag.

With the win in the exciting Test, India strengthened their position at the top of ICC Test rankings while Australia were pushed down to fifth. For Australia, this was the first time after 1982 that they have been handed a series whitewash by the opposition. They had lost 0-3 in their 1982 Test tour of Pakistan. Ponting will also have to wait for Australia's first Test victory against India under his leadership. Chasing 207 for a victory in a minimum of 77 overs on a deteriorating track, India lost opener Virender Sehwag (7) cheaply but debutant Pujara and first innings centurion Murali Vijay held the fort admirably by sharing 72 runs from 13 overs for second wicket to take India on victory path. Later, the two senior most batsmen Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid combined for to take India to victory in the Test dominated by Tendulkar's sixth double hundred and stamp their superiority over Australia. At tea break, India needed just 22 runs for a win. Pujara, a prolific scorer in the domestic circuit, and first in-

nings centurion Murali Vijay added 72 runs for the second wicket after early departure of dangerous Sehwag. Pujara struck the ball fluently and made up for his cheap dismissal in the first innings by sharing a crucial stand of 57 with Tendulkar. Having been promoted to number three, Pujara batted with a bundle of confidence and every steer, pull and drive was immaculately executed. He was stroking well except for an upish shot and was lucky as the ball fell short of Australian captain Ponting at short midwicket. Before being bowled by Nathan Hauritz, he hit seven boundaries in his 89-ball stay at the crease. Vijay was solid and ran for singles to give more strike to his partner Pujara before he was trapped by Shane Watson. Tendulkar, who walked in when India needed another 118 runs, played some delightful drives and pulls to speed up the run chase. He smashed Hauritz for two consecutive sixes towards tea break. Tendulkar reached his 50 with a hard sweep shot dragging the ball from outside the off stump

BCCI files criminal plaint against Modi PTI CHENNAI, OCT 13

The Cricket Board today filed a criminal complaint with the Chennai Police against former Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi accusing him of misappropriation of funds to the tune of Rs 470 crore. The complaint, filed by Secretary N Srinivasan on behalf the BCCI, mentioned misappropriation of funds, mainly in allotting media rights and free commercial rights. The complaint was filed in Chennai as

the Cricket Board is registered here. "A police complaint has been lodged by me on behalf of the BCCI today. The BCCI AGM held last month had authorized the honorary secretary to to file a complaint and I have done it," Srinivasan told PTI. "In the complaint, we have accused him (Lalit Modi) of various charges, including selection (of IPL teams) and misappropriation (of funds) connected with them. I have filed the complaint to the Chennai Commissioner

of Police," he added. Chennai Police Commissioner T Rajendran confirmed the development and said that the BCCI had "preferred a police complaint" against Modi for criminal misappropriation of BCCI funds totalling Rs 470 crore. "There are three main charges ... It is a detailed complaint that they have given. So we will go through the complaint. It will be investigated by us as BCCI is registered in Chennai," Rajendran said.

before scoring the winning runs as India surpassed the target in only 45 overs. In the morning, the Indian bowlers continued their commendable job to bowl Australia out for 223 in 75.2 overs midway into the first session. Zaheer had a spell of 5.2-19-2 while Sreesanth had 5-1-81. Meanwhile, Tendulkar today said the fabulous Test series win was the result of a great team effort. "It was a fantastic series. I would like to congratulate the whole team. (VVS) Laxman helped us win the first Test at Mohali with Ishant Sharma. And in this match, Murali Vijay, Pragyan Ojha, Harbhajan and S Sreesanth put up great efforts. It was a great team effort," Tendulkar said after India's win.

2011 WC Trophy unveiled PTI MUMBAI, OCT 13

Former Test cricketer Syed Kirmani unveiled the 2011 ODI World Cup Trophy here today and hoped Team India will end the 28-year-old wait and win it next year. Kirmani, a member of the 1983 World Cup winning Indian squad, recalled the triumph of the Kapil Dev-led side and said the country's win taught the cricketing fraternity that any team could humble the world champions on its day. Wishing good luck to the Indian team for the event beginning in February, he said, "The performance this year is a good omen. We had been waiting for 28 years to win the World Cup. Hopefully, this will happen in 2011 and Sachin Tendulkar's dream to win the World Cup in his career is fulfilled."

Australia 1st innings: 478 India 1st innings: 495 Australia 2nd innings: Shane Watson lbw b Ojha 32, Simon Katich c Dhoni b Harbhajan Singh 24, Ricky Ponting lbw b Khan 72, Michael Clarke st Dhoni b Ojha 3, Michael Hussey lbw b Ojha 20, Marcus North b Harbhajan Singh 3, Tim Paine c Dhoni b Sreesanth 23, Mitchell Johnson b Khan 11, Nathan Hauritz not out 21, Ben Hilfenhaus b Sreesanth 0, Peter George c Dhoni b Khan 0. Extras: 14. Total: 223 all out. Fall of wickets: 1-58, 2-58, 3-65, 4-126, 5-131, 6-181, 7-185, 8-217, 9-218, 10-223. Bowling: Zaheer Khan 11.2-1-41-3, S Sreesanth 14-2-48-2, Pragyan Ojha 25-5-57-3, Harbhajan Singh 21-2-63-2, Virender Sehwag 4-0-8-0. India 2nd innings: Murali Vijay lbw b Watson 37, Virender Sehwag c Paine b Hilfenhaus 7, Cheteshwar Pujara b Hauritz 72, Sachin Tendulkar not out 53, Rahul Dravid not out 21. Extras: 17. Total: 207 for 3. Fall of wickets: 1-17, 2-89, 3-146 Bowling: Ben Hilfenhaus 7-0-27-1, Mitchell Johnson 14-4-42-0, Nathan Hauritz 12-0-76-1, Peter George 7-0-29-0, Shane Watson 5-0-20-1. Player of the match and series: Sachin Tendulkar.

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Indian boxers punch their way to golden hat-trick bag Singh (69kg) and Vijender Singh (75kg), completed their best ever medal haul in the Games in front of raucuous home fans. Before this, India had won just two gold medals in the Games through Mohammed Ali Qamar (2002) and Akhil Kumar (2006) and their previous best was the five-medal haul at the Melbourne edition of the event. Suranjoy was up against Kenya's Benson Njangiru but the Indian just had to step into the ring and be declared winner after his rival was found medically unfit due to a groin injury. The 24-year-old Asian champion, for whom it was his seventh international medal since April 2009, tried to enter the ring by jumping over the ropes but mistimed the move to come crashing down on the mat, leaving the fans amused. As regulation demands, his rival's name was called out

Suranjoy Singh


In a historic first for Indian boxing at the Commonwealth Games, the country's pugilists completed an unprecedented and memorable hat-trick of gold medals with thumping victories in the finals of the event's 19th edition here today. Asian champion Suranjoy Singh (52kg) just had to hop into Manoj the ring to fetch a Kumar gold, while Manoj Kumar (64kg) and Paramjeet Samota (+91kg) notched up the most memorable triumphs of their careers as India, having already won four bronze through Amandeep Singh (49kg), Jai Bhagwan (60kg), Dil-

Indian walker Rani flunks dope test, suspended PTI NEW DELHI, OCT 13

India's 20-km road race walker Rani Yadav has tested positive for a banned anabolic agent and been provisionally suspended from the Commonwealth Games. The shamed athlete, who finished sixth in the walk race conducted on October 8 in 1 hour, 42 minutes, 54 seconds, would either attend or will be represented at a provisional hearing before the Commonwealth Games Federation Court later today, a statement from the CGF said. The CGF said its President Michael Fennell announced at a media conference this morning that an Indian athlete had returned an adverse analytical finding. "Subsequently, the CGF has received confirmation from the Indian Chef de Mission, that the athlete has been duly notified of the result, as per the CGF Anti-Doping Standard (ADS) for the XIX Commonwealth Games.

Saha & Co win TT doubles gold AGENCIES NEW DELHI, OCT 13

The Indian pair of Achanta Sharath Kamal and Subhajit Saha won the men's doubles table tennis gold at the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday. Earlier, Kamal's dreams of defending his singles title went up in smoke after a narrow 3-4 semi-final loss to Singapore's Yang Zi. The Indian women had already clinched a silver, while the men won bronze in the team events. It was a no-holds-barred battle between Sharath and Yang in the semi-final. The lanky Indian started on a positive note, bagging the opening game 119, but losing the second 8-11. From then the spectators experienced a see-saw battle, with Sharath winning and losing the next games 11-7, 7-11, 11-7 and 5-11, respectively.

Heena bags silver, Jung bronze Heena Sidhu won a silver while Samaresh Jung bagged a bronze for India in the CWG shooting at Dr Karni Singh Range here today. Heena won the silver when she shot 481.6 behind Malaysia's Chin Bibiana NG Pei (481.9) in the singles 10m air pistol for women. Earlier India's 'goldfinger' Jung disappointed with a bronze medal in the men's 25m standard pistol singles when he logged 559 points.

"The CGF can now confirm that the A sample of Ms Rani Yadav, a competitor in the women’s 20 kilometre road race on October 9, 2010, was found to contain 19-Norandrosterone, a prohibited Anabolic Agent under category S1 of the WADA List of Prohibited Substances and Methods. "Ms Yadav has been provisionally suspended from the Games and, in accordance with the ADS, the athlete will attend, or be represented, at a Provisional Hearing before the CGF Federation Court later today." "We have received another positive result. The notice has been issued to the (Indian) chef de mission (Bhubaneshwar Kalita) at 9 am today," Fennell told the customary morning press conference. OC secretary-general Lalit Bhanot described the positive dope test returned by an Indian athlete as ‘unfortunate’ and said this shame has happened despite everyone's best effort to avoid it.

but when he expectantly did not turn up, the referee raised Suranjoy's hand, giving India their first boxing gold of the evening. The second gold for India came just 15 minutes after Suranjoy got walkover when Manoj dismantled England's Bradley Saunders 11-2. It was a perfect birthday present for Manoj, who turned 24 yesterday as he took down the Englishman with brilliant counter-attacks. His guard always in place, Manoj landed some telling hooks and uppercuts on Saunders, who was also unsettled by the partisan crowd's chanting and cheering. It was 4-1 in the opening round and the Indian blanked Saunders in the second round

PM to watch hockey final PTI NEW DELHI, OCT 13

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will cheer the Indian hockey team which clashes with world champion Australia in the Commonwealth Games final at the Dhyan Chand Stadium, at 9 am here tomorrow. Singh will watch the match in the company of former Olympians, PMO sources said.

Nigerian sprinters disqualified PTI NEW DELHI, OCT 13

Nigerian sprinters Osayemi Oludamola and Samuel Okon have been disqualified after the duo violated an anti-doping rule, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) said today. The duo each tested positive for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine, listed as a prohibited substance under category S6 of the WADA list. Women's 100m champion Oludamola has been stripped of her title with the gold medal going to Natasha Mayers of St Vincent and the Grenadines, while Katherine Endacott of England takes silver and Bertille Delphine Atangana of Cameroon has been promoted to bronze.

Kashyap wins bronze in b’ton PTI NEW DELHI, OCT 13

India's Parupalli Kashyap defeated compatriot Chetan Anand to win a bronze in the badminton singles event of the CWG. Kashyap, who was playing in his first CWG, survived a scar in the second game to scrap past third seed Chetan 21-15 21-18 in the third place play off at the Siri Fort sport complex here.

Musical treat at closing ceremony PTI NEW DELHI, OCT 13

India's favourite sports song 'Chak De', soulful Sufi and classical tunes and traditional Bagpiper music of Scotland will bring alive the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium during the closing ceremony tomorrow. Another highlight of the 50minute show will be 'Vande Mataram' to be performed by 2,010 schoolchildren. While the spectacular opening extravaganza of the Games on October 3 had laid emphasis on traditional dance forms and instruments, the closing ceremony is being packed with heavy dose of popular songs including 'Chak De India' to be rendered by

Country Australia England India Canada South Africa

Gold 72 37 36 26 12

to make it 8-1. Despite enjoying a massive lead, Manoj kept his composure and stuck to counter-attacking even in the final three minutes to be the find of the event for Indian Paramjeet boxing after Samota b e i n g in wilderness for two years due to a nagging wrist injury. It was the biggest bout of Manoj's career so far but the boxer said he was never nervous going into the bout. In the final bout of the day, Samota took on Trinidad's Tariq Abdul Haqq and was simply destructive in his 5-1 triumph. The 22-year-old Commonwealth championship gold medalist thus became the first Indian boxer to clinch a CWG gold in the super heavyweight division.

Sukhwinder, 'Allah ke Bande' by Kailash Kher and 'Ab Ke Sawan' by Shubha Mudgal. Indian idol winner Sriram is also set to enthrall the audience at the cultural programme. Besides this, 400 artistes from Scotland will perform to the tunes of traditional Bagpiper music at the Stadium inviting all to visit Glasgow for the 2014 Games. "The Scottish team will perform for 10 minutes in the closi n g c e r e m o n y. T h e y w i l l showcase their traditional music and dance," said Bharat Bala, creative director of the event. The show will kick off with about 800 artistes drawn from Kerala, Punjab, Manipur, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.

Silver 50 56 26 17 11

Bronze Total 47 168 45 138 34 96 32 75 10 33