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17 killed in Kashmir violence PTI SRINAGAR, SEPT 13

The hatred we bear our enemies injures their happiness less than our own. — J. Petit-Senn

IN BRIEF 3 Navy sailors held for molestation Three Indian Navy sailors have been arrested for allegedly molesting three girls and assaulting policemen when they intervened, police said today. According to police, the incident occurred on Saturday night when the three girls along with two boys came out of the Regal theatre in South Mumbai after watching a movie. – (PTI)

Naidu’s convoy stoned in Andhra Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) activists today hurled stones at the convoy of TDP President N Chandrababu Naidu when he was proceeding to Mahbubnagar in the Telangana region, leaving some TDP workers and media personnel injured. Tension prevailed in Parigi as police chased away the protestors who raised slogans against Naidu and in support of Telangana. – (PTI)

CCS mum on AFSPA, all-party meet tomorrow PTI NEW DELHI, SEP 13

As Kashmir witnessed a sudden flare-up in violence, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) today put off any decision on contentious issues like Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and called an all-party meeting on Wednesday to discuss the volatile situation. The CCS meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, expressed distress over the “turn of events” in the valley since Saturday and signalled its intention to restart dialogue with all sections of the State, saying it is the only way forward to find an “honourable and lasting solution”. The CCS appealed to the people of Kashmir, especially the youth, to refrain from violent protests as it expressed grief over the loss of lives in the threemonth-long unrest. The CCS meeting had set off speculation that the government could consider partial withdrawal of the AFSPA as demanded by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.

Fresh violence erupted in Kashmir today leaving 17 dead including a policeman and over 70 injured with mobs torching several government properties and a private school, some of the trouble triggered by a television report alleging desecration of the Quran in the US. The State Cabinet, which met this evening, condemned the alleged act of desecration and made a fervent appeal to the people not to take law in their hands. In New Delhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh voiced concern over the ongoing unrest in Jammu and Kashmir. He also sought to reach out to the peo-

Senior Bureaucrat Nikhil Desai’s frequent foreign private trips are being probed by State administration after a former officer on special duty (OSD) complained to chief secretary that Desai was misguiding the State. Former officer on special duty (OSD) to Tourism Department Lyndon Monteiro has written a letter to chief secretary along with the relevant documents on how Desai, holding two major charges — Managing Director of Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) and Goa Handicraft Corporation, allegedly disobeyed the Service Rules. “Desai, on June 2, 2010, travelled to Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore on a private visit without obtaining prior permission or intimating the state government of his having left the country till date,” the letter reads. Monteiro said that as per Service Rules, it is mandatory for every government servant to obtain prior permission of the government before leaving the country. The former OSD has attached duplicates of visas stamped by

CVC for stricter laws on ‘benami’ properties PTI NEW DELHI, SEPT 13

The Central Vigilance Commission has sought stricter laws to confiscate ‘benami’ properties in order to deter people from spending or investing money acquired through corrupt means. The anti-corruption watchdog is also planning to strengthen rules to check investment of wealth earned through corrupt activities in other countries. The CVC has prepared a blueprint of ‘National Anti-Corruption Strategy’ to deal with many issues adding to corruption and ways to deal with it. “The strategy recommends a set of action to be taken by the government and a set of action by the political entities, judiciary, media, citizens, private sector and civil society organisations.

The agitators then attacked a police station and tried to ransack it, prompting the security forces to fire at them. While two youth — Muddasir Ahmad Parray and Abdul Majid — were declared dead at the nearby Magam Sub District Hospital, another youth succumbed to injuries at a city hospital here. He has been identified as Abdul Qayoom, officials at the hospitals said. Two injured youth, identified as Afaq Ahmad Khan and Tariq Ahmad Ganai, were declared dead on arrival at a city hospital. Another mob attacked a security forces camp at Humhama in Budgam district, prompting retaliatory fire in which two were killed.

In Charar-e-Sharief, protesters pelted stones at a CRPF camp, Deputy Commissioner, Budgam, Rafi Ahmed said. The CRPF personnel resorted to firing to disperse the mob. Seven persons were injured on of whom succumbed to his injuries. A woman died on the spot when she was hit by a stray bullet inside her residential compound at Ompora in Budgam. A policeman, Devender Singh, was killed when he was run over by a vehicle while chasing a stone-pelting mob also in Budgam. In another clash in Bandipora, one person was killed and two others injured when security forces opened fire to quell a stone-pelting mob, police said.

PM for updating war doctrines IANS NEW DELHI, SEPT 13

Backing the modernisation of defence forces, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday underlined his commitment to preserve India’s strategic autonomy and stressed that it is too large a country to be boxed into any alliance or regional arrangement. Commending the Armed Forces for their contribution to the country’s security, the Prime Minister said: “Our Armed Forces deserve the best and I wish to assure you that the government will make every effort to ensure this. No countr y can make progress without ensuring its security and territorial integrity.” Singh also strongly endorsed the growing demand for the modernisation of the defence forces. “As our economy grows and our technological capabili-

Nikhil’s foreign trips under scanner HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, SEPT 13

ple in the State, saying their grievances have to be addressed and promised talks within the Indian Constitution with those who abjure violence. Five persons were killed and more than 20 others injured in firing by security forces at Tangmarg, 45 kms from Srinagar, in Baramulla district after protesters went on a rampage setting ablaze a private school, run by a minority educational group, following the report of desecration. The mob torched a Block Development Office, court chamber, tehsildar’s official vehicle and residence, social welfare office, Patwari office and two huts of Tourism Department, DGP Kuldeep Khoda told reporters.

various countries which confirm Desai’s foreign trips. Showing another instance, Monteiro said that Desai in his capacity as GTDC MD was permitted to travel officially to Canada from August 25, 2010 to November 5, 2010. “However, in total contravention to the instructions of the government requiring prior permission by every government servant before he leaves the country and unmindful of any repercussions, Desai actually left the country four days in advance on August 20,” he said. Providing the proof for the same, Monteiro said that Desai went to USA for personal reasons, without even applying for leave during the period of his absence. He has demanded impartial inquiry into the act of the government official. When contacted Desai confirmed that the inquiry is going on. “I will be submitting my explanation to the government,” he said. The MD said that he has not violated any norms. “I don’t like to discuss the topic in media I will submit whatever I have to say,” he added.

India's Naval Chief Admiral Nirmal Kumar Verma, Air Force Air Chief Marshal P V Naik, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Defence Minister A K Antony, and Army Chief V K Singh, at the start of the annual combined commanders conference of the armed forces, in New Delhi on Monday.

ties expand, we must set higher standards for modernising our defence forces,” he said. “It is not enough for us to keep pace with change. When it comes to defence capability,

Plane with 51 crashes in Venezuela AP CARACAS, SEPT 13

A plane carrying 51 people crashed today in eastern Venezuela, and officials said at least 21 people survived. The French-built ATR-42 from the state airline Conviasa crashed about 6 miles from the eastern city of Puerto Ordaz at about 10 am local time, Transportation Minister Francisco Garces told State television. He said the plane went down on the property of the State-run Sidor steel foundry. Rescue workers were tending to injured victims, and at least 23 survivors were taken to hospitals, Bolivar State Gov Francisco Rangel Gomez told the Venezuela-based television network Telesur. Two of the injured died, while 21 others were being treated, hospital official Yanitza Rodriguez said. The plane, a twin-engine turboprop, was carrying 47 passengers and four crew members, Rangel Gomez said. He said that Conviasa Flight 2350 had taken off from Margarita Island and crashed shortly before reaching its destination.

we must be ahead of the technology curve,” he stressed. Defence modernisation, the Prime Minister said, must involve the full chain starting with updating war fighting doctrines

to meet new threats to our security, preparation of appropriate staff quality requirements and creating a broad-based production and delivery infrastructure on the ground.

Contempt plea against Aleixo, four others HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, SEPT 13

A contempt petition has been filed against Power Minister Aleixo Sequeira and four others for granting service extension to an electricity inspector R A Ghali. The petition has been filed by Anthony Rebello, a resident of Cuncolim before the Bombay High Court at Goa on Monday. Besides the minister, the respondents include Chief Electrical Engineer Nirmal Braganza, Power Secretary S Kumarswamy, Undersecretary Umeshchandra Joshi and Advocate General Subodh Kantak. The petitioner points out that the High Court on December 1, 2009 granted leave for five days to the Government in response to its application seeking leave to extend Ghali’s appointment on November 21, 2009. “…in which time the Government was to frame recruitment rules and make appointment in terms thereof. It was made clear by the said order that no further extension was to be given,” reads the petition copy. The petitioner argues that after two months, Recruitment Rules for the post of electrical inspector were not framed even as on April 20, 2010, Ghali “exits services” as per High Court order. Ten days later, the Government yet again fails to frame Recruitment Rules for the post of electricity inspector. Following this, contempt begins on May 1, 2010, arguments for

Govt bulldozing its way with land acquisitions! HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 13

What’s common between the government proposals to acquire land for the multi-purpose utility project at Davorlim, fish meal project at Cutbona and the kabrastan at Sonsodo? Perhaps for the first time in recent years, the government has literally kept the public in the dark over the specific purpose for which the land is sought to be acquired under the guise of public purpose. If the government intends to acquire land at Cutbona Jetty by not specifying the public purpose, land acquisition for the “multi-purpose utility project” at Davorlim gives wide powers and discretion to the government to set up any project on the acquired land. Take the case of acquisition of land admeasuring 30,000 sq mts at the Cutbona fishing jetty. For the first time, the government set in motion the process to acquire the land by maintaining silence on the public purpose. Worse still is the fact that while the Fisheries Director S C Verencar insisted that the land was being acquired for expansion of the fishing jetty, Fisheries

Land admeasuring 1.15,200 sq mts is sought to be acquired for the proposed multipurpose utility project in Davorlim, without keeping the villagers informed of what projects would finally come up on the Communidade land. Minister Joaquim Alemao publicly admitted that it was acquired for the fish meal plant. Why the government decided to keep the land acquisition purpose under wraps is still a myster y, but not before local villagers came onto the streets and forced the government to keep the land acquisition process on hold. The multi-purpose utility project proposed at Davorlim is another case in point. L and admeasuring 1.15,200 sq mts is sought to be acquired for the proposed multipurpose utility project, without keeping the villagers informed of what projects would finally come up on the Communidade land.

Sources in the know said the South Goa District Collector, G P Naik, who is the acquiring department in the case of the multi-purpose utility project, was asked by the Land Acquisition Office to specify the specific purpose behind acquiring the land, but the process continues. It is feared even in official circles that the government might try to dump any project on the land under the concept of “multipurpose utility” taking advantage of court order that land acquired for one purpose can be utilized for another purpose. Land acquisition for the proposed kabrastan at Sonsodo is yet another example how the government can bulldoze its way with acquisition of land, including private land, without complying with mandatory provisions. When the Margao Municipal Council accorded its nod for the acquisition of 30,000 sq mts of land for the proposed kabrastan, city fathers were clear that the land was owned by the Margao Communidade. However, bowing to the dictates of the government and the powers that be, the Land Acquisition Office (Continued on page 2)

State national highways ‘rechristened’ HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, SEPT 13

As part of the nationwide programme, the Ministry of Roads and Surface Transport has renumbered the national highways in Goa. The National Highway 17, from Patradevi to Polem, joining Goa to Mumbai, has been renumbered as NH-66, the NH4A, which is joining Goa to Belgaum, has been renumbered as NH-748. The Cortalim-Vasco NH1-7A has been renumbered as NH366 while the NH-17 B, from Verna to Vasco, has been renumbered as NH-566. Speaking to Herald, the NHAI officials said that the existing number of National Highway does not give any indication of its location and direction. Therefore, the ministry has adopted a systematic numbering of na-

EARLIER & NOW Goa-Mumbai NH 17 — NH-66

Goa-Belgaum NH-4A — NH-748 Cortalim-Vasco NH1-7A — NH-366 Verna-Vasco NH-17B — NH-566 tional highways. “It will indicate the direction of national highways whether it is East-West or North-South and also the geographical region where it is located,” officials, officials said on the condition of anonymity.

Officials said that the popular NH-8 connecting Delhi and Mumbai will be renumbered as NH-48 and similarly, the KolkataD e l h i h i g h w a y, w h i c h i s presently NH-2, will become NH19. Moreover, these primary corridors will also be longer.

Sources said that highways starting from north to south will be in even numbers and those running in the east-west direction will be in odd numbers. For example, the East-West corridor starting from Silchar in Assam and terminating in Porbandar in Gujarat will be renamed as NH-27 and the North-South corridor starting from Srinagar and terminating in Kanyakumari will be renumbered NH-44. Officials said that the primary NHs running along the northsouth and east-west directions will be predominantly double digit for better identification by commuters. In case of NHs with even numbers, the number will increase from east to west and similarly in case of the odd number NHs, the numbers will increase from north to south. “The present numbering is very irrational. You have NH-10

running parallel to NH-1 and NH-58 running parallel to NH24. The scientific numbering is more important considering the fact that now people are covering over 250 km in their cars, which was not the case earlier. We expect this to cross the 1,000 km mark. So, rational numbering will come in handy for commuters at large,’’ said an official. However, the secondar y routes will be in three digits — more than 100. Sources said that though the renumbering is complicated and will take some time for people to get accustomed to, this has been done considering the increasing length of NHs. In fact, the NH network has increased from 21,378 km in 1947 to 70,934 km. Officials said this will cross one lakh km by 2021.

which were heard and its judgment was reserved on May 7. Meanwhile, the Government in a decision reappoints Ghali as electricity inspector on July 14, 2010 for a period till August 24, 2010 which it further extends to one-year till August 24, 2011. The petitioner said that even as recruitment rules for the said post are still not framed, Ghali has been appointed without following the Constitutional scheme as spelt out by the Supreme Court in its earlier judgment. A fresh contempt petition is thereafter filed. “The order of extension of re-appointment while this court was seized of the matter, constitutes contravention of High Court and Supreme Court orders. The extension re-appointment of Ghali constitutes a fraud by the Government when already contempt was pending,” reads the fresh contempt seeking to direct the respondents to purge the contempt by cancelling the appointment of Ghali as electricity inspector.

Deolali camp, police academy were on hit list: M’rashtra ATS PTI MUMBAI, SEPT 13

Arrested LeT terror suspect Shaikh Lalbaba Mohammed Hussain conducted reccé of three security establishments in Nashik including army’s Deolali camp for a Lahore Police Academy-type attack, Maharashtra ATS today said. A terror strike probably similar to that of the 2009 Lahore Police Academy attack was planned on the three establishments as per instructions from LeT handlers in Pakistan, a senior ATS official said. “The Deolali camp, Maharashtra Police Academy and Police Commissionerate in Nashik were on the hit list of Shaikh alias Bilal,” the official said. “There may have been a plan of an attack similar to that of terror strike on Lahore Police Academy,” the official said on condition of anonymity. On May 30 last year, heavily armed terrorists stormed a police academy near Lahore, killing at least 27 cops in an eight-hour siege that ended with four terrorists being shot dead and six captured alive by security forces. Bilal, arrested for allegedly preparing for terror strikes in Maharashtra last week, was staying in Nashik with two fake identities and conducted reccé of these three locations since May as per the instructions of his aide Mirza Himayat Baig, held in connection with Pune blast, the official said. “Baig was directed to select these targets by LeT handlers in Pakistan,” the official said.

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Panjim to host International Travel Mart Herald reporter pANJIM, Sept 13

the International travel Mart (ItM) Goa, to be held on October 14-17, 2010 in panjim, will have the chief architect of 'Incredible India' campaign, Amitabh Kant as the keynote speaker. ItM-Goa, which aims to boost tourism related business in the state, is jointly promoted by Department of tourism, Government of Goa; Goa tourism Development Corporation (GtDC); travel and tourism Association of Goa (ttAG); Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) and India tourism.

Seminar on RP-21 to be held in Delhi Herald reporter pANJIM, Sept 13

Goenkarancho ekvot1- New Delhi will organise a day-long seminar on the Regional plan 2021, “Imagining Goa’s Future”, on September 18, between 9.30 am an 4 pm, at the India International Centre, New Delhi. According to the president of Goenkarancho ekvot1 Suman Kurade the seminar will discuss the merits and Implications of the Regional plan 2021. “ the seminar would be chaired by edgar Ribeiro, Former Chief planner, tCpO, GOI and adviser to Government of Goa on draft RpG-21,” she said. Besides, S t putturaju, Senior planner and Head of support team for Draft RpG-21 will speak on “the basic ingredients of draft RpG-21.” Architect Dean D’Cruz, member of draft RpG21 task Force, will speak on “the impact and the effects on Goa’s ecology, environment and Builtscape if the Regional plan 2021 is implemented” while Blaise Costabir Industrialist and GCCI Member on draft RpG-21 task Force will speak on “the Impact of the Regional plan 2021 on the economic Development of Goa”. Mathany Saldanha, former Minister for tourism, will speak on topic “the Golden Mean between the Goa Government’s policy and the Aspirations of the Goan people” Dr Oscar Rebello of Save Goa Campaign and Member draft RpG-21 task Force on “the participatory process for implementation of RpG-21 – opinions and feedback from citizens and actions by govt. thereon” and Rajan Narayan, editor, Goan Observer will speak on “Implement a t i o n o f Re g i o n a l p l a n 2021–t hrough the lens of media.”

Important tourism bodies like the Indian Association of tour Operators (IAtO), travel Agents Association of India (tAAI), travel Agents Federation of India (tAFI) and Association of Domestic tour Operators of India (ADtOI), have also confirmed their participation, says a press release issued here. According to the release, the event is an ideal venue for business networking and forging new relationships. It is also an opportunity for trade bodies to address concerns related to the travel and tourism sectors and collectively seek solutions

that can help boost the economy of the sector. the ItMGoa will hold buyer-seller interactive sessions, panel discussions and knowledge-sharing sessions. Amitabh Kant, who is regarded in the industry as branding guru of Indian tourism, has pioneered the hugely successful 'Incredible India' campaign during his stint as Joint Secretary of Ministry of tourism. Kant is presently Chief executive Officer and Managing Director, Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC), a nodal agency handling the proposed USD 90

billion industrial and infrastructure project. Meanwhile, the organisers of said even that the buyers from 12 countries have confirmed their participation for the event. GtDC Managing Director Nikhil Desai said that buyers from countries like South Africa, Singapore, Italy, United Kingdom, United Arab emirates (UAe), Russia, poland, Australia, Switzerland, thailand, Jordon and Canada have confirmed that they would be coming to Goa for the event. Desai said that 250 buyers from all over India and abroad

will be at the mart. Desai said that the organizers are enthused by the response. “I think it’s a step in the right direction. the industry is overwhelmingly supportive. Major five star chains have taken seriously to get access to direct buyers,” he added. Dessai said that this is first attempt in which state government is actually inviting buyers to see Goa for themselves. “the concept is ‘Seeing is Believing.’ Rather than we going out and promoting, the trend is that people should come and see for themselves,” Desai said.

Two held for dumping waste on road Herald reporter MARGAO, Sept 13

the Colva police have arrested two persons under the Indian police Act for dumping waste along the road leading to St John the Baptist Church, Benaulim. the police action came after the locals noticed a vehicle dumping waste at the site early Monday morning. the police provided the names of the duo as pascoal Rodrigues and prakash Kamarkar. this not the first time that this road is used for waste dumping.

Panjim police seek custody of history-sheeter Herald reporter pANJIM, Sept 13

After the police successfully laid hands on Michael Luis Fernandes -- the interstate kingpin of various crimes, last week - panjim police has moved Judicial Magistrate First Class at panjim seeking a transfer warrant to take him in their custody. “We have moved panjim JMFC

requesting to direct Mapusa JMFC to hand over Michael’s custody to panjim police. He is required for two chain snatching cases, impersonation and cheating cases booked against him at panjim police station,” said DySp Deu Benaulikar. the alleged accused is also wanted in other cases including dacoity, vehicle thefts and rob-

Ganesh festival keeps Canacona police on toes Herald Correspondent CANACONA, Sept 13

While Ganesh Chaturthi may be a festive occasion in Canacona taluka, it is also an occasion to keep Canacona police on its toes. If Canacona police Inspector Raju Raut Dessai is to be believed, considering taluka’s importance in view of being on world tourism map, special police teams have been keeping a watch on most of the Ganeshosthav Mandals, especially guarding the ones situated across the highway. “A police team is roundthe-clock manning the Chaudi Sarvajanik Ganeshotshav Mandal with the help of a metal detector,” said pI Dessai. “Special armed police teams are deputed at night and other crucial gathering times to Sarvajanik Ganesh Mandals at Char-Rasta, poinguinim, Maxem,” informed pI Dessai. Besides, police beat teams

are also taking rounds in the night patrolling at other locations, especially the sensitive one, which are attended by large number of devotees. According to pI Dessai, office bearers of the respect i v e m a n d a l s a re a l s o briefed by Canacona police on ‘do’s and don’ts’ to avoid accidental fires or short circuits, especially since lots of fire crackers and fireworks are used, besides, the mandals are heavily decorated with lights and displays. Since Canacona is also home to world-renowned beach at palolem, a close watch is also maintained on the beach and other coastal fronts in the taluka, informed a police source, when pointed out that reports doing round that antisocials may use the sea passage to create disruptions and panic during the festive celebrations in the country.

bery, registered against him at Old Goa and Agassaim police stations. After splitting from a gang operating at Karnataka and Gujarat, the history-sheeter had formed another gang with Raju Devar’s assistance in sub-jail Sada. Michael was caught hiding in a hut at Colva, in a massive police raid on Friday.

His gang accomplices Raju (35) of Margao, Yan John (39) of Nagaland and a minor were arrested in a combing operation by the North Goa police team at Siolim market on thursday. the police have so far recovered a pistol, Maruti Zen car and three motorcycles from them. Fernandes has apparently confessed killing a woman in

Karnataka and looting another woman of gold ornaments in Gujarat. According to police, while Raju provided manpower and resources, Michael planned operations and the notorious gang hitherto has burgled lakhs of rupees. the gang usually targeted domestic and foreign tourists in Goa.

Local firm ties up with Web 18 Herald reporter pANJIM, Sept 13

Kaydence Media Ventures on Monday announced tie-up with Web 18, the internet division of the Network 18 Group. Savio Rodrigues, KMV Managing Director said at a press briefing, that with this alliance the news house ‘Goa Chronicals’ will be able to provide its visitors with national and international news on current affairs, business, sports, movies, technologies and politics. “the news will include text and video feeds from IBNlive.com, live stock market updates from Moneycontrol.com, songs, movies, games and much more from In.com,” he bragged. the Goa-based news site – GoaChronical.com, which has been formally launched a month ago on August 13 promises to help its visitors locate a more holistic experience of different services under one roof at a state, national and international level.

According to Rodrigues, the site hitherto receives 15,000 visits per day and has crossed mark of 350,000 hits till the first week of September. “Facebook Ad campaigns have received over 1.5 million page impressions. So far, visitors for over 50 countries have visited the site with visitors from India, UAe, USA, UK and Australia ranking in the top five countries generating traffic to the site,” read the press note. the news site team comprises staff strength of 10 people including editors, reporters and cameramen to increase to maximum 20. the MD admits it is a profit making venture even as it is focused on providing related services. “Our vision is to showcase Goa to the global marketplace and connect with Goan communities across the world, thus creating a platform to share news, information, communication and services… We have spent more on online marketing…” he said.

Pan Asian peace congress gets underway Herald reporter MARGAO, Sept 13

the five-day Seventh pan Asian Congress pANASCO-7 of the Society of St Vincent de paul got underway in Goa here on Monday, with Chief Minister Digambar Kamat expressing confidence that the conference will deliberate on vital issues that would have a bearing on reducing the gap between the haves and the have-nots in the world. the conference was inaugurated by the chief minister in the presence of Auxiliary Bishop of Bombay Agnelo Gracias, International president of the Society of St Vincent de paul, Jose Ramon Diaz and the National president, V M J Balaswamy at the Ravindra Bhavan here this evening. In his address, the chief minister complimented the Society of St Vincent De paul for its commendable job for the welfare of the poor and the downtrodden. Saying that development is taking place at a faster pace across the word in the present era, Kamat, however, said that the development has widened the gap between the haves and the have-nots. While complimenting the Society of St Vincent De paul for its yeoman service to mankind, Kamat

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat inaugurating the PANASCO-7 Conference on the theme Justice and Peace at the Ravindra Bhavan.

hoped the five day conference will deliberate on vital issues that would help reduce the gap between the poor and the rich. “It is the responsibility of everyone to contribute towards the society. We have to support for the good of the society”, he added. In his welcome address, the SSVp national president V M J Balaswamy called upon the participants to open themselves to

7 unnatural deaths reported on Sunday

enabling possibilities of pANASCO – new perspectives, new sensitivities and attitudes which should lead them to a renewed longing for communion with God, an intensified communion with one another, an authentic communion with the poor. “Let us climb to the heights of love and heights of the causes of poverty. Let us also respond loudly and clearly to the de-

manding call of God to go back to the poor with solidarity and compassion. Let us work together with the spirit of our patron Saint, St Vincent De paul and our principle founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam”, Balaswamy said. the Auxiliary Bishop of Bombay, Agnelo Gracias and the International president of the Society of St Vincent de paul, Jose Ramon Diaz also addressed

the gathering. Over 350 participants are attending the five day conference. earlier, a Holy Mass was held at the Holy Spirit Church, where the Auxiliary Bishop of Bombay, Agnelo Gracias was the principal celebrant. In his homily, the Auxiliary Bishop reminded that people search for God everywhere, but tend to forget that God is present in the fellowmen.

Rare amphibians found at Keri

Herald reporter panJIM, sept 13

A view of the waterfall at Kalay-Sanguem, which offers enchanting beauty to the visitors.

Curchorem local confesses buying weapon in Bihar Herald reporter pANJIM, Sept 13

the local who was arrested on Sunday by the Agassaim police with a country-made pistol, told the investigating team that he purchased the weapon for Rs 7000 from Hazaribagh district of Bihar. DySp Deu Benaulikar told reporters that Suhas Godse, a resident of Curchorem during interrogation admitted to have bought the weapon from Bihar to sell in Goa as he assumed it would have fetched him much

more money. “He purchased the country made pistol from a shop at Hazaribagh to sell here to later expend the bulk amount on boozing, as he describes himself an alcoholic. We are further interrogating him,” said the officer. Godse, who has separated from his wife and two small kids, apparently has a mistress back in Bihar with whom he lived for about three-months before travelling to Goa this Sunday.

A private electrician, Godse (38) has been remanded to eight-day police custody by a local Court. Acting on a tip-off, police nabbed the ‘pistol seller’ on Sunday evening when he was looking out for a prospective buyer to sell the weapon at Bambolim. He has been booked for illegal possession of arm, who alighted from a train at Vasco Railway Station from where he came to Carambolim and then at Bambolim where he was netted redhanded.

Photo by Alfred Fernandes

Now, tar balls on Alibag beaches Herald Correspondent MUMBAI, Sept 13

tar balls have appeared on the beaches of Kihim, Murud-Janjira, Rewas-Mandwa and Kashid, near Alibag in Konkan. this follows the appearance of tar balls on Mumbai’s popular Juhu beach. the Coast Guard had served two notices to an offshore oil rig operator in the last three months under the Merchant Shipping Act, after it found a filament of oil around the rig. Officials said they could not say whether the tar balls originated from the oil rigs, but the authorities should investigate the matter.

the state witnessed a large number of unnatural deaths (as many as seven) on Sunday, which coincidentally was the second day of Ganesh Chaturthi when the Lord’s idols were immersed at most parts of Goa. In panjim, two male bodies were found abandoned at KtC bus stand, one of whom has been identified as Gurudas Kamat (80) of Hubli, Karnataka whereas the other body is still unidentified and unclaimed. Similarly, dead body of a Karwar native Vasu Hige (45) was found lying at the banks of Mandovi River, a case registered at porvorim police station. Whilst, death of a middleaged widower Shantabai Naik of Nadora was reported a Mapusa police station after she allegedly jumped off Chapora River. Another woman Rukmini Jadhav (50) died of snake bite at Bicholim primary Health Centre, which yet again has been registered as unnatural death with the said local police station. Moving down to South Goa, the Mormugao police located body of one Sillapa Harijan (38) hanging from a tree at jetty bus stop. the deceased is said to be an outsider whose body has been preserved in the hospital. Finally, the youngest unnatural death was reported at Verna wherein a three-year-old girl identified as Roshni Khan died of suffocation after falling into a pond at Alto Dabolim. the case is registered at Verna police station.

The 42 young Caecilians recently found at Talacho Kungo in Keri-Sattari. Herald Correspondent MAYeM, Sept 13

As many as 42 young Caecilians were recently found at talacho Kungo in Keri-Sattari. the presence of the rare amphibians in the area in recent times has evoked great interest among wildlife lovers from other parts of India and the world. Caecilians are legless, burrowing amphibians which mostly live in leaf litter, loose soil, under rocks and decaying logs. the smaller caecilians superficially resemble earthworms while the larger ones are often mistaken for snakes. "When I first saw them, I was afraid as I was under the assumption that they were young snakes," recalled prakash Desai. Desai then reported the mat-

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is acquiring 16,000 sq mts of private land for the burial grounds without sanction from the civic

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ter to Deepak Nakul Gawas, vice president of Vivekanand environment Awareness Brigade and a wildlife activist. Gawas then took all 42 Caecilians in his custody. "this is for the first time in the State that we have come across 42 juvenile Caecilians. All of them are in good condition and we will shortly release them in their natural habitat," Gawas told Herald. Recently, the curator of Bombay Natural Reaserch Society and a wildlife researcher along with two British researchers recently visited Keri to document the Caecilian presence in the area. earlier in June, Samruddhi Kerkar, daughter of noted environmentalist Rajendra Kerkar, had rescued a rare Caecilian at

Keri. According to the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, Caecilians are found in agricultural fields and only surface during the monsoon.the body is elongated and smooth with a slimy skin. the smaller caecilians superficially resemble earthworms while the larger ones are often mistaken for snakes. However, they can be told apart from earthworms by the presence of eyes, teeth and skeleton and from snakes by the lack of scales on skin. the eyes in caecilians are not well developed which is most likely to be because of their burrowing life style. they are considered as rare which is apparently due to their subterranean habits.

body. Margao city fathers in private admit that they had given the nod to acquire only the communidade land and not the adjoining private property. that’s not all. Sources in the

know informed that Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act was notified to acquire the land without even seeking administrative approval, knowing well that the approval would come in later.


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Navy calls for coordinated efforts to prevent bird hits HERALD REPORTER VASCO, SEPT 13

Voicing concern over the twin bird hit cases at Dabolim airport on Sunday morning, the Navy has insisted that a coordinated effort of all stakeholders is necessary to curb such bird hit incidents that could lead to a major air disaster. Increasing bird hit cases at the Dabolim airfield is a cause of concern for Indian naval and civilian aircraft. It may be recalled that on Sunday at about 4.30 am, Airbus 320 of Air Arabia from Sharjah carrying over 185 passengers suffered minor bird hit during landing. Over two hours later, a Kingfisher flight with 42 passengers on the board had a miraculous escape, after the aircraft suffered a severe bird hit that damaged its propeller and broke into pieces. Luckily, none of the incidents resulted in any major mishap. “The study of bird hit statistical data highlights 60% of bird hits to aircraft occur during the take-off/landing phase. This is the case across the world," Navy PRO M C Joshi told Herald. “Therefore, the take-off/landing phase of an aircraft is the most critical phase. The height during the phase can be anywhere from 1,000 ft to ground level.”

Commenting on the dangers of bird hits on aircraft, Joshi said the impact of bird hits on aircraft travelling at 300 Kmph can cause a great damage to the airframe and could sometimes result in fatal crashes, resulting in loss of innocent lives. “The single engine fighter are the worst affected due to lack of redundancy for a power plant," he said. "But, it is important to understand that the danger of bird hit to civil/military aircraft is equal, as this could result in loss of innocent lives." When asked about the frequency of bird hits at Dabolim airport, Joshi said: "Due to proactive measures taken up at the air station, birds hits within Dabolim airfield have been reduced to 2/3 in a year. However, civil aircraft do report bird strikes by small birds like crow, pigeon and lapwings on numerous occasions.” “Most bird hits have occurred to civil aircraft outside the airfield boundary during the approach to the airfield where the surveillance is not that of Navy." "All pilots are adequately warned by ATC based on reports by birds watchers from the Bird Hazard Control Team (BHCT) positioned within the airfield at suitable locations," he said. Joshi said the INS Hansa takes several precautions to minimize

bird hits at Dabolim airport. “The air station takes various measures and constantly keeps experimenting with different methods to chase away the bird from the airfield with methods." "This includes the utilization of LPG operated devices around the airfield to scare the birds on the way and employment of Bird Hazard Combat Team (BHCT) personnel, in two watches comprising five personnel along with 12 bore pump action gun.” "The air station also uses traditional bird scaring means like scarecrows, reflectors and stripes. A bird survey was carried out by Ornithological Cell from DFS Air Force. Implementation of recommendations in a phased manner is in progress to further curb bird menace," said Joshi. “Besides, other awareness programmes are also in place in coordination with local bodies and village panchayats.” Joshi, however admitted that the bird population is high around the Dabolim airport due to demographic and topo graphic factors. “Since Dabolim airport is located around the densely populated area and in the vicinity of vicinity of fishing harbour, bird hits remain unavoidable. To curb these bird hits, coordination and cohesive efforts of all agencies are required," he said.

Youth caught stealing HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 13

A 19-year old lad from Davangere-Karnataka was caught redhanded by one Peter Fernandes, a resident of Curtorim while stealing iron rods. Maina Curtorim police said the accused Raju Harizan was caught by Peter while stealing iron rods worth Rs 5000. After being handed over to the police by the complainant, the accuse was booked for theft by the Maina Curtorim police. Further investigations are on.

Tar balls which were collected at Gandaulim continue to remain on the beach for want of action from the authorities. Photo by Sidharth Mehta

Tar balls still found on Colva shoreline authorities to lift away the collected tar balls from the Gandaulim stretch of the Colva beach. Colva Civic and Consumer Forum secretary Judith Almeida sought to know whether the authorities really care for the environment and the people. “We are fed up of this government, who had promised to collect the tar balls from

the coastline. What was collected on September 1 continues to remain where it is, especially on the Gandaulim stretch of the Colva beach”, Almeida asserted. She demanded to know whether the Ministers and the officials have any concern for the environment. “I will show to the authorities the large scale

HC to decide on legality of revision plea against Aires

Ganesh elected Fatorpa sarpanch

HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 13

Contrary to reports that the authorities have lifted away the tar balls from the affected beach belt, large traces of the oily substance was still found along the Gandaulim-Colva shoreline till date. Local activists cried foul over the lackadaisical attitude of the

HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, SEP 13

A large number of cattle straying through the main road at Dando-Sanguem. Photo by Alfred Fernandes

Stray cattle play havoc on Sanguem roads

HERALD CORRESPONDENT SANGUEM, SEPT 13

Stray cattle on almost all the major roads leading to Sanguem and Curchorem have been causing great hardship to motorists for the past many days. A large number of cattle are seen occupying strategic locations at several places on the main road proceeding from Curchorem to Sanguem and also on the main road leading to Bhati, Uguem, Kalay and other villages from Sanguem town.

Two rescued at Colva beach

I n c i d e n t a l l y, e v e n t h e Sanguem town is not spared by the stray cattle menace and a large number of cattle are now seen occupying the road opposite to Government Sports Complex, Sanguem and near the Sanguem Court. Besides, stray cattle also continue to haunt the internal roads in the municipal area. A large number of cattle are basically seen at any given time at Cacora near Cacora Industrial Estate, Pajimol Junction and the

one-km stretch of road from Pajimol to Uguem junction. The use of the road is made all the more precarious during night when motorists find it difficult to spot cattle sitting on the main road in the absence of streetlights at many places. The motorists have therefore urged for some action from the municipal and panchayat bodies to make the roads cattle-free to avoid any unforeseen eventuality from taking place.

The Bombay High Court at Goa will on Tuesday decide whether Crime Branch Inspector Sunita Sawant was empowered to file the revision petition challenging the acquittal of the lawyer activist Aires Rodrigues in the 2004 Ribandar church case. According to Rodrigues, the officer has not produced any document of authorization by the Goa Government to file the revision petition. “The HC registry has raised preliminary objection as to whether PI Sawant could have filed the revision, for, it should have been filed and presented by the HC public prosecutor on behalf of the State,” said the activist. Rodrigues has pointed out that the revision is drafted by the officer, which in fact should have been drafted either by Advocate General or Public Prosecutor. “All Government petitions in the HC are drafted by AG or PP whereas it is contrary in the present petition,” argued the lawyer. While the case is being inves-

Sanguem hotel kitchen collapses

HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 13

Life guards rescued two visitors at the Colva beach on Sunday evening after they were pulled inside by strong undercurrents. It is learnt that a three-member family consisting of Ibrahim, Nazima and another female member had entered the sea in a no swimming zone despite the beach being closed for swimming as per the government directives. Duty lifeguard Faraday suddenly noticed that Ibrahim and Nazima were in distress and shouting for help. After swimming with a rescue tube, the duty lifeguard reached the spot and noticed that Ibrahim was being pulled by underwater current. Both Ibrahim and Nazima were rescued and brought on shore by a patrol jeep. Both the victims were later handed over to the 108 ambulance after they complained of giddiness.

Freedom fighter to be feted

MARGAO: Freedom fighter Madhubab Mordekar will be felicitated on September 14 on completion of 90 years. The Madhubab Mordeakr felicitation committee will hold the felicitation program on Tuesday at 5 pm at N D Naik, Adarsh school, Pajifond. Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat will be the chief guest, while former Chief secretary J C Almeida will preside over the function.

The collapsed portion of the kitchen wall of a hotel in Sanguem. HERALD CORRESPONDENT SANGUEM, SEPT 13

T h e c l o s u re o f a h o t el in Sanguem for five days due to Ganesh Chaturthi proved providential for the employees, when a portion of the kitchen wall collapsed on Monday morning. The Central Café at Sanguem was closed for five days on account of Ganesh Chaturthi and at least three workers in the

kitchen were off on Monday, when the kitchen wall collapsed. The wall reportedly collapsed due to the seepage of water through the side mud walls of the adjoining shop, which is owned by Sanguem Municipal Council (SMC). The hotel owner, Dangui, though suffered losses was thankful to Lord Ganesha for the safety of his workers.

Photo by Alfred Fernandes

“The loss would have been more if the incident was to take place on a working day,” claimed Dangui. Besides the roof tiles and rafters, damages were also caused to the utensils and other electronic gadgets used in the hotel. SMC Chief Officer Vassant Parwar reportedly visited the site in the morning to ascertain the cause of damage.

tigated, currently, by the Sub Inspector K V Mahale, the revision petition is ironically drafted by PI Sawant even though there is nothing on record that shows that the case is transferred to the latter. The State had earlier filed another revision against Rodrigues in the said case, which was dismissed by the Sessions Court on June 4 while upholding Panjim Chief Judicial Magistrate’s order discharging the lawyer from Ribandar case. Panjim JMFC on April 9, 2009 acquitted him in yet another case filed by police in connection with the same Ribandar case. Following this, Panjim CJM on December 22, 2009 directed that further proceeding against Rodrigues be stopped in the second indictment filed against him in connection with the same case. Rodrigues and 14 other residents were indicted wherein the former led an agitation at Ribandar Church premise demanding action against the then Ribandar Parish Priest Fr Newton Rodrigues for allegedly molesting a minor girl from the same village.

‘Avoid goof-ups in land acquisition’ PANJIM: The government has asked the Collectors to direct all the land acquisition officers to take utmost precaution while submitting proposals for land acquisition to the government to avoid any delay in the process. The government has further asked that the proposal for issuance of Section 6 and Section 7 of Land Acquisition Act, 1894, be sent at least one month in advance specifying the last date of expiry of land acquisition process in every proposal. The instructions are being issued after observing that some of the Land Acquisition proposals were with multiple errors and mistakes in the checklist. This leads to the publication of notification with errors and requires to be corrected by means of further corrigendum or addendum, which is a waste of time and money and also cause of delay in the land acquisition process, says a DI press release.

Earthmovers exempted from entry tax HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, SEPT 13

Goa Government has exempted earthmoving machinery from paying entry tax, ordering it does not fall under the definition of ‘Motor Vehicle’ category. The order comes in response to a petition filed by Dattaram (Mahesh) Nayak from Margao against Shublaxmi Earthmovers at Panjim. The latter was accused of evading entry tax while purchasing a wheel loader and

fraudulently registered with Regional TO Panjim. “The commercial taxes department clarified if the machinery is purchased under ‘C form’ for the purpose of leasing it is liable to pay Value Added Tax on its lease rental. Therefore, it is not supposed to pay entry tax,” said an official. The path-breaking order is a boom to business firms on purchasing such machineries. In the order, the department has pre-

cisely explained that earthmoving machinery such as dumpers, excavators, rollers, cranes, ambulifts, tractors and vehicles running on fixed rails or a vehicle of specially adapted for use only in factory or in any other enclosed premises, do not come under Goa Tax on Entry Goods Act, 2000. “Therefore, no Entry Tax is required to be deposited by a purchaser of such machinery before registration with RTO as

required for motor vehicles brought into state from outside,” the order copy by Assistant Commissioner of Taxes V S N Gaunekar read. The firm run by Shubhangi Bhonsle, wife of a RTO deputy director Ashok Bhonsle was accused of circumventing the rules to evade entry tax. The commercial taxes department which had initiated proceedings has dropped the case against the firm.

MARGAO: Ganesh Desai is the new sarpanch of Fatorpa. In the elections held on Monday, Ganesh defeated Milagrina Fernandes by 4-3 votes. Soon after his election, Ganesh thanked the Panch members for their support and disclosed plans to take various government schemes to the people. He said all the four ruling Panchayat members have resolved to work for the betterment of the village and the people. “The Panchayat meeting will soon be convened to chalk out the development work to be undertaken in the village. Stress would be laid on the implementation of RDA and BPL schemes for the benefit of the downtrodden”, he added.

presence of the tar ball if they claim that they have disposed off the oily substance”, she added. Almeida said that the authorities should be held for criminal neglect of the environment and disclosed plans to approach the courts if the concerned agencies fail to act immediately.


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SM Group organises dental check-up, awareness camp

‘Vem Cantar 2010’: winners announced

Rotary Club felicitates teachers

HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, SEPT 13

Officials of SM Group along with Director–Human resources Mizba Shaikh, senior Manager – Human Resources Nitish Raj Victor and other department heads. HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, SEPT 13

SM Group of Companies, as part of its corporate social responsibility drive, organised a dental check-up and awareness camp for the students of Government Primary School at Kavrem village in Quepem. The camp was organized in association with JCI Salcete Coastal and Goa Dental College. Director for Human Resources of SM Group Mizba Shaikh inaugurated the pro-

gram. Ceiling fans were distributed at the hands of General Manager–Mining Prashant Nayak and Senior Manager– Human resources of SM Group Nitish Raj Victor coordinated the program. Dr Bhavya Amin and Dr Ratna Vineela from Goa Dental College gave oral pointers and the brushing techniques to the students and gave them the tips for inculcating better oral hygiene. Over 82 children benefited from this camp.

After the check up, free toothbrushes and toothpastes were distributed to all the students followed by a talk on good dental care habits. SM Group also donated 4 ceiling fans to the school. SM Group and JCI Salcete Coastal felicitated Dr Bhavya Amin, Dr Vineela Ratna and Dr Deepa Yadav from Goa Dental College for their good work carried out and the support given to JCI Salcete Coastal for their ninth Camp for 2010.

The following participants have been declared winners at ‘Vem Cantar 2010’ and will take part in the finals to be held on November 20 at Ravindra Bhavan, Margao. Category 8-11 years: Carla Maria Afonso, Emmanuel de Noronha, Yulan Libram D’Costa and Jonathan da Veiga. Category 12-15 years: Fleur Ann Dias, Ingrid de Reniel da Noronha, Piedade Costa Martins and Shiara Afonso. Category 16-20 years: Efigenia de Santana Miranda, Meenoshka Dias, Maria Angela Ribeiro and Fhelen Debbie da Costa. Category 21 years and above: Graziella Gonsalves, Vinita Freitas and Carmona D’ Mello. Category Groups (junior): As Estrelas de Rosary, Coro de Loyola, Vozes Alegres and Grupo Alegre. Category Groups (senior): Ecos Lusofonos, Ecos da Musica, Os Rouxinois and A Mixtura.

Teachers felicitated by Rotary Club of Panaji Mid Town. HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, SEPT 13

The Rotary Club of Panaji Mid Town celebrated Teachers Day at a function held at Hotel Marriotts, Miramar. The teachers felicitated for their distinguished service were Vilma Monteiro Chico (Retd) from Progress High

Renovated lake inaugurated in Merces HERALD CORRESPONDENT OLD GOA, SEPT 13

Revenue Minister Jose Philip D'Souza distributes food packets to citizens of Vasco. Around 5000 packets were distributed to various parts of the city as a gift on the occasion of Id and Ganesh.

Dattaguru to head mining engineers panel

Dattaguru Vaze, the newly elected president of Mining Engineers Association of India, addresses the meeting. Photo by Alfred Fernandes HERALD CORRESPONDENT SANGUEM, SEPT 13

Dattaguru Vaze of Fomento Group of Companies was unanimously elected president of Mining Engineers Association of India (MEAI) for 2010-11.

The annual general body meeting of Mining Engineers Association of India was recently held at Ponda under the presidentship of outgoing president Kiran Kulkarni. Other members elected on

the executive committee are Kishor Haldankar (vice president), Moha Prakash (assistant vice president), Adhiyappan (secretary), Manoj Jha, Shrinivasan, Jayant Moye, G Shirish, K N Subhash, R R Vaidya, Krishnamurthy and C L Devji (members). Speaking at the meeting, Vaze thanked the members for reposing faith in him and getting him elected to the post. Vaze assured of working for the benefit of the members of the Association and also informed the members that he will not let them down in the smooth running of the affairs of the Association. Bhagwati A Devaji, Surendra Bhogle and S K Adhikari also spoke on the occasion and expressed their views.

HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, SEPT 13

The Loyola Ex-Students Asso-

ciation (LESA) in collaboration with the Krishi Vigyan Kendra South Goa, Margao

organized its 7th annual free canine health camp cum antirabies vaccination pro-

St Cruz MLA Victoria Fernandes recently inaugurated the renovated lake at Voilem Bhat in Merces Panchayat area. St Cruz Welfare Action Committee President Rudolf Fernandes, former Merces sarpanch Prakash Naik, former deputy sarpanch Yogita Kavelkar and others were present on the occasion. It may be recalled that the old lake, which has been used for Ganesh idols immersion for the last many years by the locals, was in a dilapidated condition. However, at the request of the St Cruz MLA and with the initiative of former Merces sarpanch Prakash Naik, the Water Resources Department took up the project for the development. The WRD undertook the project at an estimated budget of about Rs 26 lakh

and has time upto December this year for its completion. Speaking on the occasion, MLA Fernandes said as an MLA of St Cruz constituency, she has completed most of the major works of the people in her constituency, especially in Merces Panchayat area. She praised ex-sarpanch and present Panch Prakash Naik for taking the initiative to complete the work of the lake, which was a long-pending demand of the locals in Voilem Bhat. Panch Prakash Naik thanked the local MLA and her son Rudolf for their support towards the project. Naik assured the locals that even though he is not the sarpanch, he would get the works done in his ward with the help of St Cruz MLA and also would carry out his social work for the Merces Panchayat.

Canacona school observes ‘Matoli’

work done by the teachers and opined that necessary changes should be made in the present education system so that we have better products of education, who are practical and better equipped to progress in their respective fields. Sandeep Nadkarai proposed

the vote of thanks. Earlier, President Gaurish Shirodkar welcomed the gathering and briefly highlighted the contribution of the club in the field of education, by way of educational grants disbursement to students and providing computers and benches to adopted schools.

UPCOMING EVENTS Holy Cross feast

PANJIM (HNB): The feast of the Holy Cross Chapel at AltoPorvorim will be celebrated on September 14, with the feast mass at 6.30 pm. The main celebrant at the feast mass will be Fr Jerome D'Silva, lecturer at St Xavier's college, Mapusa. There will be a fellowship and a housie after the feast mass.

LESA to meet

PANJIM (HND): The quarterly meeting of the Loyola Ex-Students Association (LESA), Margao, will be held on September 19 at Loyola school hall, Margao at 10.30 am. Plans for the next quarter will be taken up for discussion.

Trek to Siddha Parvat Hill

PANJIM (HND): Off Trail Adventure will organise a full day trek on September 19 to the Siddha Parvat Hill in Sanguem. Participants will get an opportunity to explore the unexplored by taking a trail to the top of Siddha Parvat Hill. A visit is also planned to the ancient Lord Siddha temple. Aerial view provides breathtaking panorama of rolling Western Ghats on the left and picture postcard views of the reservoirs and islands created by the Selaulim Dam. Advance booking is compulsory since limited seats are available. Contact Bianca on 9960054428. Participants will be picked up at Panjim, below Mandovi bridge, near Santa Monica cruises at 7 am and then at Mabai Hotel, Margao at 8 am.

Free medical camp

PANJIM (HND): Apollo Victor Hospital in association with Forum for Senior Citizens of India will conduct a free medical camp on September 19 from 9.30 am at the premises of Senior Citizen of India, Pajifond . Patients will be screened for cardiac, urological, kidney, liver and gastric problems. The doctors available for free consultations are Dr Rajesh Javherani - consultant physician, Dr J F Alvares - gastric and liver specialist, Dr Shital Lengade - kidney specialist and Dr Shailesh Kamat - consultant urologist and prostate specialist. Free diabetes test and cardiac screening with ECG will be done during the camp. Patients should carry their previous medical report along with them. For further Information and details contact Edna Noronha on 9822119616 or Eknath Naik on 9881281242.

Chowgule college inaugurates students, sports councils Shree Shradhanand Vidyalaya Headmaster Shenvi lights the traditional lamp to mark the 'Matoli' celebration in the School. Photo by Kathy Pereira HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, SEPT 13

A school in Canacona recently observed 'Matoli', an integral

Canine health camp organised at Margao

People stand in a queue with their pets to avail benefits of the camp.

School, Rajaram Shejwalkar (Retd) - ex-Principal of Sharada Mandir High School, Chantal Gracias - Principal of Mustifund High School and Teofilo Lopes (Retd) from Our Lady of Rosary School, Dona Paula. Chief guest Manguesh Kulkarni lauded the selfless

gramme at the Loyola High School quadrangle, Margao recently. Many people turned up for the camp to get their pets vaccinated. The entire Loyola quadrangle gave a look of a dog show exhibiting dogs of various sizes, breeds, colours and temperaments. Around 215 canines were administered anti-rabies vaccine and anti-tick injection. Every pet owner was given a pouch containing assorted general day to day pet items such as dewormers, shampoos, general tonics/multivitamins, calcium suspensions, medicated soaps, etc. Dr Agostinho Misquita of Krishi Vigyan Kendra-South Goa co-ordinated the camp and also provided consultation.

part of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival. While commemorating 'Matoli', people tie different varieties of fruits, vegetables and leaves or their replicas above the place where the idol of Ganesh is worshipped. The Shree Shradhanand Vidyalaya, Poinguinim observed 'Matoli' on Thursday, the last day of the school before the festival vacations begin, to create an awareness of this aspect of the festival. ADEI Canacona Babaji Kothulkar was the chief guest on the occasion, Shree

Shradanand Ganesh mandal secretary Vidhyadar Pednekar and school headmaster M G Shenvi also spoke on the occasion. "Matoli is a way of worshipping nature, but over the years, plantations and other fruits are indiscriminately destroyed to fill up a Matoli back at home to place a few more items," said one of the speakers. Incidentally, sources informed that increasing number of people prefer natural fruits and vegetables to the easily available replicas in the market to fill up a 'Matoli'.

Domnic re-elected president of Saligao United HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, SEPT 13

Domnic Fernandes has been reelected president of Saligao United. At a recent general body meeting at Victory House, Cotula, Saligao, other members elected were Mariano Fernandes (Vice President),

Jude Alex Fernandes (General Secretary), Agnelo Dias (Treasurer), Remedios Fernandes (Asst Treasurer), Noel Fernandes (Entertainment Secretary) and Patrick D'Souza (Sports Secretary).Martinho D'Costa and Deepak Rane were elected as members.

Dr Jorson Fernandes given welcome at the inauguration of students and sports councils of Chowgule College. HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, SEPT 13

Smt Parvatibai Chowgule College inaugurated the students’ council and the sports council. Chief guest Dr Jorson Fernandes said that education is gained not only in colleges, but also beyond that. He told the students to be more responsive and not just responsible. Principal Dr R V Gaonkar welcomed the chief guest Dr Jorson. Bagchi, staff advisor and incharge of students’ sports council introduced the chief guest. Masur, staff advisor and

in-charge of students’ council administered the oath to the members of the council. General secretary Dattaram Sawant mentioned the various upcoming events for the academic year 2010-2011. Chairperson of the students’ council Jolene Vaz introduced the members of the council. Michelle Alemao introduced the members of the sports council. General secretary of sports council Kimberly Alfonso enlightened the people about the upcoming sports events. Deepali proposed the vote of thanks.


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Bombay HC to continue hearing on Modi petition PTI MUMBAI, SEPT 13

The Bombay High Court will continue tomorrow its hearing on the petition filed by suspended IPL chief Lalit Modi seeking reconstitution of BCCI disciplinary committee which is probing allegations of his financial wrongdoings in the conduct of the Twenty20 League. A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice Dhananjay Chandrachud heard the matter today before posting for further hearing tomorrow. Modi's lawyer Ram Jethmalani said one of the main charges against his client was that the facilitation fee, which MSM Satellite (Sony) paid to World Sports Group (Mauritius) for IPL media rights before 2010 season, was in fact a "kickback". Jethmalani argued that his client actually enriched the coffers of the Cricket Board when

he struck the new deals for media rights. This deal was justified, because WSG (M) was holding the media rights, Jethmalani said. In a 2008 deal, Sony had agreed to pay USD 916 million to BCCI, but in the new contract it agreed to pay USD 1.96 billion to the cricket body, he said. "I (Modi) increased their coffers by more than double," the

senior advocate said. He further said BCCI President Shashank Manohar did an "admirable thing" by pulling out of the disciplinary committee, and existing two members, Arun Jaitley and Chirayu Amin (interim IPL Chairman) "should follow his lead". "These two gentlemen were part of the general body which decided that USD 80 million which Sony paid to WSG was really a kickback" and hence they must not be a part of the disciplinary panel," Jethmalani submitted. Modi had filed a petition on the same grounds in July, but then another bench of the High Court had said he should raise the issue before the BCCI disciplinary committee itself, and if it decided against him, he may move the court. On August 11, the disciplinary committee held that the two members -- Amin and Jaitley -need not pull out of the panel.

Efforts on to make Belgaum second capital of K’taka

MP Suresh Angadi inaugurates ‘Belgaum Next’ seminar in the presence of Anil Potdar, Mayor N B Nirwani, MLA Sanjay Patil and Rajiv Topannavar. HERALD CORRESPONDENT BELGAUM, SEPT 13

Efforts for making Belgaum the second capital of Karnataka have taken encouraging turn in the form of ‘Belgaum Next’, an organisation that has given development of Belgaum a priority above all the issues like border dispute, the language dispute and other issues. A conference in this regard was recently organized in the premises of Visvesvaraiah Technological University (VTU), here. Leaders and experts from all walks of life took part in the daylong conference that was organ-

ized on ‘Sustainable Development and Infrastructure in Belgaum’. Speaking on the occasion, Belgaum MP Suresh Angadi emphasized the need for sincere efforts in order the infrastructure of Belgaum in such a way that it could be easily identified as the second capital of Karnataka. “Since cities are growing unscientifically, it has become difficult for the government to develop the infrastructure in growing cities like Belgaum,” stated Angadi. He also held the elected representatives and government

authorities for the sorry state of the cities like Belgaum, where owners of huge lands around city are not ready to part with their properties, which is causing major hindrance in the developmental process. M L A S a n j a y Pa t i l , w h o presided over the function, assured that he would present the plans and projects prepared by the experts before the concerned authorities in the state. Mayor N B Nirwani, Anil Potdar, office bearers of Belgaum Next Rajeev Topannavar, Dilip Chindak and other prominent personalities were present.

President invited to Kittur on Oct 23 HERALD CORRESPONDENT BELGAUM, SEPT 13

President Pratibha Patil will be invited to the three-day Kitturotsava, to be held in memory of the Rani Chennamma’s war against the British, at Kittur from October 23. According to District Minister Basavaraj Bommai, the district administration will hold the event in a grand fashion this time and an award of Rs 1 lakh in cash will be given to a ‘woman achiever’ during the festival. “A Kittur Jyoti Yatra (torch procession) will be taken from Bailhongal, birthplace of Chennamma, to Bangalore as part of the festival,” he said adding that the torch would begin on October 1. He said many cultural and entertainment programmes will be staged by the noted artistes on the occasion. “To make Kitturotsava a national-level event, the government has decided to invite artistes of national and international repute from various parts of the county to the utsav,” he said.

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In a matrimonial dispute, the police today made a statement before the Bombay High Court that they would not insist on potency test on the husband. Accepting the statement on record, a bench of Justice Ajay Khanvilkar and Justice U D Salvi disposed of a petition seeking a direction to the state and police not to insist on potency test. The couple, Ajay and Jamuna (names changed to conceal identity) married on March 24, 1988, and after 11 years Jamuna filed a police complaint under section 498 A IPC alleging cruelty on the ground that her husband was impotent. Ajay was arrested on January 5 this year and granted bail by Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate a week thereafter subject to certain conditions.

However, in July, the state applied for modification of bail condition to change the day of attendance from Sunday to Tuesday for conducting potency test of the accused. The Magistrate modified the order to the extent of changing the day of attendance from Sunday to Tuesday but did not change other conditions. In the earlier order, there was no mention of the court allowing potency test of the accused. Despite this the police took Ajay to Nair hospital for conducting potency and psychiatry tests. Being aggrieved, the petitioner moved the High Court saying the action of police violated human rights and his right to dignity. He said non-consummation of marriage does not amount to cruelty as per the scope and purview of section 498 A IPC.

Chowmahalla Palace, the seat of power of Nizams, has bagged the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Merit Award for Culture Heritage Conservation. "Chowmahalla Palace is the only palace in Andhra Pradesh and in the country which has got this prestigious award," Palace Director G Kishan Rao told reporters here today. The award presentation ceremony is likely to take place here in November, Rao said, adding it is a proud occasion and achievement for Hyder-

abad. "The winners were announced last week in Bangkok. Other winners are Fu'long Taoist Temple in Sichuan, China and the Old Houses in the World Heritage Fort of Galle in Sri Lanka," he said. Chowmahalla Palace has undergone massive restoration work after Princess Esra, wife of Prince Mukarram Jah Bahadur, Nizam of Hyderabad initiated a project for the royal palaces in August 2000. The restoration project for Chowmahalla Palace involved tasks ranging from stabilising the ex-

anti-cow slaughter Abhay Patil had organised a rally to urge President Pratibha Patil to give approval for the bill, Belgaum Rural MLA Sanjay Patil has organised a motorcycle rally from Belgaum to Bangalore to urge the concerned authorities to implement the bill at the earliest. The motorcycle rally to Bangalore organized by MLA Sanjay Patil was flagged off from Belgaum on Sunday. Over 500 motorcyclists, who will be reaching Bangalore on Tuesday, will urge the Governor to implement Anti-Cow Slaughtering Bill with immediate effect. “Cow which is the Goddess of Hindus is also worshipped the world over. Hence the Centre and Kar-

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Wife of slain former Minister of State for Home Haren Pandya has requested Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to call for re-investigation from CBI into her husband's murder amid fresh evidence unearthed by it in Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case. In March 2003, Pandya was murdered outside Law Garden here where he had gone for a morning walk and his body was found inside his car. Investigations in the case were handed over to CBI which managed to arrest the killers. In a letter to Modi dated September 2, Pandya's wife Jagruti, referring to the statement of one of the witness in Sheikh fake encounter case Azam Khan to CBI, said ," I request Gujarat government to ask CBI to re-investigate Haren Pandya's murder case so as to know who had actually ordered his assassination, for what reasons and who have been shielding them till now," Jagruti said. "Soon after the arrest of deputy commissioner of police, crime branch, Abhay Chudasama in the Sohrabbuddin case, Azam Khan has said that Chudasama had protected Sohrabuddin from being indicted in the Haren Pandya case. This means that though the killer of Haren have been caught and convicted, the masterminds are still at large," Jagruti said in the letter.

A day after being rapped by his state unit party president for acts of indiscipline, Belur Gopalakrishna, ruling Bharatiya Janata Party MLA, today said he had no intention of stirring up any dissident activity and would continue to work as a loyal party worker. Gopalakrishna, representing Sagar Assembly constituency in Shimoga, the home district of Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, two days ago had staked claim for a ministerial berth and threatended to spell out future course of action if he was not considered in the next round of ministry expansion, earning the wrath of state unit President K S Eswarappa. In a damage control act, Gopalakrishna told reporters here that he would continue to work as a loyal BJP worker and it was upto the party to decide about whether he should be given a ministerial berth or not. Eswarappa had yesterday warned Gopalakrishna that his statement amounted to indiscipline and said the MLA was free to take any decision on his future plans. Gopalakrishna, who represent Idiga community, said that there was no representation to his community in the ministry.

Brig PJS Pannu gives away the best recruit trophy to recruit Kadam Subhash. HERALD CORRESPONDENT BELGAUM, SEPT 13

A batch of 67 soldiers who successfully completed their training were attested at Belgaum recently during an attestation period at Pandurang Salunkhe Boxing Arena in the Maratha Light Infantry Regimental Centre (MLIRC), here. Adept in war techniques and drawing inspiration during the training at MLIRC also popularly known as the 'Cradle of Infantry', these valiant soldiers will soon serve in different parts of the country.

Brig PJS Pannu, VSM, Commandant the MLIRC, reviewed the parade and also observed the oath-taking ceremony in the presence of the National Flag and Regimental Colour. The young soldiers swore to serve their motherland and to protect its integrity even at the cost of their lives. The parade w a s c o m m a n d e d b y Re c t Saurabh Gadakari with the Parade Adjutant Major D K Yadav. In his address to the newly attested soldiers, Brig Pannu reminded them of their proud, Regimental heritage and their

commitment to the country's security. He expressed confidence that their training in the Regimental Centre would stand them in good stead in all their future assignments. He also gave away various medals to recruits excelling in different spheres of training at the end of the parade. The 'Best Recruit' trophy was awarded to Recruit Kadam Subhash. A host of army officers, junior commissioned officers and other ranks were present to witness the parade.

K’taka CM on three-day visit to China HERALD CORRESP9ONDENT BELGAUM, SEPT 13

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa is on a three-day visit to China to participate in the annual meeting of New Champions, which is also known as ‘Summer Davos’. This is one of the foremost businesses Global gatherings in Asia and provides a unique platform for leaders from business, government, media, academia and civil society to discuss major drivers of growth. It has been organized by the World Economic Forum (WEF). Karnataka chief minister is accompanied by the officials and few cabinet colleagues. The delegation will profile Karnataka in the main zone of the meeting venue dedicated to showcase a select group of regions and cities at global level. Efforts in presenting Bangalore and Karnataka as the hottest global investment destinations will also be made during the visit. The three-day event is taking place at Tianjin Binhai New Area,

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and his colleagues during their visit to China on Monday.

which has seven major dominant industries -- electronic, IT, automobile and equipment manufacturing, oil and marine, chemical industries, modern metallurgy, Green food, Biopharma, New material and New energy, etc. It has become the most potential and dynamic modern new area in China.

UNESCO heritage conservation award for Chowmahalla Palace PTI HYDERABAD, SEPT 13

Bharatiya Janata Party, Belgaum, has urged the Centre to approve the Anti-Cow Slaughtering Bill recently passed by the Karnataka Assembly. While Belgaum South MLA

nataka Governor should implement this bill that embodies emotions of thousands of Hindus. Through this rally we impress upon the Governor the feelings of the Hindus and the importance of implementing this bill,” said MLA Sanjay Patil said. Earlier on Saturday, MLA Abhay Patil too had organized a similar rally and submitted a memorandum to the President urging the implementation of the bill. The BJP activists under the leadership of MLA Patil have urged the President to implement the bill. Speaking on the occasion, MLA Abhay Patil quoted Mahatma Gandhi who said that Swaraj will have no meaning unless we do not understand the importance of protecting of cows. A large number of BJP activists and activists belonging to other saffron factions were present for both the rallies. However, people of Belgaum failed to understand why both the BJP MLAs were alienating themselves from each other instead of putting up a united front on the issue which was the common BJP agenda.

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anyone's sentiments after the remarks invited much criticism from Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal, Shiv Sena, BJP and other political parties. The 'Dabaang' star also claimed that his comments were "twisted" by channel Express 24x7. Meanwhile, some actors came out in support of Salman. Sonam Kapoor who made her debut with Salman in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Sawariya" said the actor cannot be accused of insensitivity and he was a real life hero. In a message sent to Salman on Twitter, the 25year-old actress wrote, "Don't worry people like pulling you down because they are jealous, totally with you, lots of love." Anupam Kher wrote, "Met Salman and wished him for the stupendous success of DABBANG. Don't think he meant what is being implied.

Bollywood actor Salman Khan, who found himself in the midst of a controversy over his reported remarks on 26/11 attacks is contemplating to go off Twitter. "Looks like I mite hv to get off Twitter. Don't want to.. but wat to do? I think I messed up, so sorry guys. Sorry bolne mein koi sharam nahi..(I am not ashamed of saying Sorry)," the 44-year-old star tweeted. "Hurt v hurt.. yeh kya ? straight thru my heart... My mum n dad, my bros, my sisters... family had to go thru torture on Eid n Ganesh Utsav," he lamented. Salman, who joined the microblogging site earlier this year, has got over four lakh followers. The actor came under fire for claiming during an interview to a Pakistani channel that the 26/11 terror attacks were hyped because the "elite" were targetted. Salman, however, apologised saying he did not mean to hurt

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Salman Khan contemplating to go off Twitter PTI MUMBAI, SEPT 13

Belgaum BJP wants cops: we will not insist potency test Centre to approve Bill in marriage dispute

isting structural components to reconstitution of collapsed and dilapidated sections of the complex, restoration of external and internal spaces and of decorative elements and finishes, Rao said. The UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards recognises the efforts of private individuals and organisations that have successfully restored and conserved structures and buildings of heritage value in the region. Quoting the award of merit citation, Rao said, "the restoration of Chowmahalla Palace has rescued an extraordinary complex from years of

abandonment. "The project has restored a cultural oasis in the heart of Hyderabad giving impetus to reviving local building materials and traditional ways of construction." Chowmahalla Palace, the royal seat of Asaf Jah dynasty rulers from 1724 to 1948, now has become much sought tourism destination in Hyderabad and over 1,000 tourists visit the palace daily, he said. In Urdu, Chow means four and Mahalat (plural of Mahel) means palaces, hence the name Chowmahallat or four palaces.


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Moily: CAG has not fulfilled Constitutional expectations PTI NEW DELHI, SEPT 13

Government today expressed dissatisfaction over the working of the Comptroller and Auditor General, saying their timely intervention could have prevented many scams and scandals. "Scandals and scams are known even when they are being planned and executed. If audit draws attention to them forthwith in a well published manner, such scandals can be halted mid-stride. Postmortems are good but they can be conducted only when a patient is dead," Law Minister Veerappa Moily said at the 5th annual convention of Central Information Commission here. Moily said the institution of Comptroller and Auditor General, a Constitutional body itself designed to be a bulwark against omission and commissions of the Executive under the supervision of the Legislature has not fulfilled for what it was conceptualised by the Constitution makers. "...But the way the institution has functioned has not exactly fulfilled what the Indian Constitution makers had in mind while creating the institution. Though it does not carry any independent clout, observation of audit carries no disagreeable consequences either," the minister said.

Gynaecologist arrested for abortion PTI GHAZIABAD, SEPT 13

A criminal case has been registered against a gynaecologist for attempting to conduct an abortion of a minor girl raped by her landlord, police said here. A case has been registered against Dr Neetu Chaudhry for attempting to conduct the abortion of seven month pregnant girl, they said. After receiving a confidential report alleging that abortions w e re b e i n g c o n d u c t e d i n Chaudhry's medical centre in evenings, Chief Medical Officer A K Dhawan raided the place in Nand Gram yesterday. He said that the doctor was conducting the abortion in the operation theater at the time of the raid and managed to escape. Police complaint has been lodged against Chaudhry and she will be arrested. The girl, Dhawan said, was allegedly raped by her house owner and the parents of the girl mutually settled the issue after receiving Rs 80,000 from the accused. Last evening, the victim's parents brought the girl for abortion, he said.

Moily also took the opportunity to criticise bureaucrats who retire from service and make "discrediting" remarks about the country when they were abroad. "When few top officials who could have made a difference in office... having failed to do so, become saints after retirement. When I was abroad rec e n t l y, I c a m e a c ro s s t h e comments of a retired bureaucrat who said in a media interview that every third Indian is corrupt," he said. Terming such remarks as "travesty of truth", Moily, without naming the senior retired official, said, "No one has the right to discredit our nation". He urged Department of Personnel and Training authorities to look into such "frustrated statements" made by the former civil servant. Expressing concern over the

Dalit writings vital part of Indian literature: writer PTI THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, SEPT 13

Dalit literature, whether oral or written, has been an integral and enlivening part of Indian literary traditions for centuries, eminent writer and academic U R Ananthamurthy has said. For the depressed classes like tribals and those destined to live in the lower rungs of social hierarchy literature had always been a means to achieve "selfrespect, the Jnanpith laureate said here last evening. He was delivering a lecture on the "Contributions of Dalits to Indian literature", organised by Dr K Ayyappa Panicker Foundation, in honour of the late Malayalam poet and scholar. Quoting from Kannada and other Indian languages, Ananthamurthy said while non-Dalits could write about the Dalit situation they could not claim to represent the Dalits. There had been several examples of non-Dalits writing on Dalit situation, like the famous

MPCC authorises Sonia to appoint its new president PTI MUMBAI, SEPT 13

A one line resolution authorizing AICC president Sonia Gandhi to elect the new Maharashtra and Mumbai unit Congress chiefs was passed at a meeting of newly elected district Congress committee presidents and PCC delegates. The resolution was moved by South Central Mumbai MP Eknath Gaikwad. Apart from the state and Mumbai presidents, the meeting resolved that Gandhi take the final decision regarding appointment of executive committee office-bearers, Pradesh Election Committee and AICC members. Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president Manikrao Thakre proposed a resolution congratulating Sonia on her re-election as AICC chief for the fourth consecutive

killing of RTI activists across the country, he said such acts should be dealt with "iron hands". Moily said, "The RTI should not become the casualty of corrupt bureaucrats and others. It is quite disturbing to hear the threat administered to RTI activists." "There are instances of attacks on RTI activists. Some of them are Amti Jethwa, an environmentalist from Gujarat and Satish Shetty, an activist from Maharashtra have been killed. These attacks and killings have to be taken seriously, dealt with iron hands," the Law Minister said. Later speaking to PTI on the sideline of the function, he said, "If any law is necessary, we will definitely use but law administering authorities in the respective states will have to deal with this strictly and severely." He said in his address that the Whistle blowers' Bill giving protection to civil servants and raising issues of corruption has been finalised and will become a law during coming Winter Session of Parliament. Moily said the proactive disclosure of records will help in reducing number of RTI applications filed before the public authorities but such disclosures despite mandated in the RTI Act are "often perfunctory and lack substance".

time. Union Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh was the only union minister present at the meeting. Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, Revenue Minister Narayan Rane, Forest Minister Patangrao Kadam, former Chief Minister Shivajirao Patil-Nilangekar, former state unit president and Legislative council chairman Shivajirao Deshmukh were also among the leaders present on the occasion. Today was the last day of filing of nomination for posts. Election if any is scheduled for September 17. Pradesh Returning Officer G S Charak said he will submit the resolutions to the High Command. The decision to convene this meeting was taken at an informal meeting of the state leadership yesterday.

Kannada novel "Chomana Dudi" by Shivaram Karanth. But there was a kind of arrogance when non-Dalits claimed to represent Dalits, he noted. When Dalits themselves write about their situation, it imparts to the literature a new strength and idiom. Some kind of a protest had been part of the Dalit writings, especially in Marathi since the time of Bhakti movement. Often the spark was convyed through the rejection of the generally accepted "respectful" language to express their "disrespectful" situation, he noted. A collection of poems of Ayyappa Panicker, translated into English by writer and journalist P Raveendran Nayar, was released on the occasion. Fo r m e r Ke n d r a S a h i t y a Akademi Chairman Sachithanandan and former diplomat T P Sreenivasan spoke on the contributions and influence of Ayyappa Panicker to Malayalam literature.

Dengue toll reaches six in Bihar PTI MUNGER (Bihar), SEPT 13

With one more person dying of dengue in Munger, the dengue toll in the district rose to six even as 63 people have tested positive of the disease, official sources said today. One Rahul Kumar died of dengue here last night and with this the dengue toll in the district rose to six since Saturday, the sources said. District Magistrate Abhijit Sinha said "we received a report from a private hospital that about 63 patients have dengue virus." The arrangements for treatment of patients testing positive for the disease were being made at Sadar hospital. A cleanliness drive has been undertaken in the town and adjoining areas, he said, adding that the municipal authorities too have launched fogging operations.

Satyam scam: CBI completes arguments on framing of charges PTI HYDERABAD, SEPT 13

The CBI, probing the multi-crore accounting scam in Satyam Computers today completed its arguments on the charges to be framed against 10 accused in the case. CBI's Special Public Prosecutor K Surendra, who had last week began arguments before the XXI Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACCM), sought to frame charges against each accused and presented before the court documents and evidence in support of the charges.

nAfter hearing the CBI's arguments, posted the matter to September 15 to enable the defence present its case prior to framing of charges.

Opposing the discharge petitions of prime accused and former Chairman of Satyam Computers, B Ramalinga Raju, and nine other others, the CBI

counsel explained their role in committing the Satyam fraud. Surendra argued that the 10 accused, who have been charged with criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery and falsification of accounts in the agency's three chargesheets, fabricated records and documents in order to cheat the investors. Magistrate BVLN Chakravarthi, after hearing the CBI's arguments, posted the matter to September 15 to enable the defence present its case prior to framing of charges.


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t seems that the next chief of the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) will be appointed by Congress President Sonia Gandhi and will not be elected. GPCC President Subhash Shirodkar is supposed to have said that the selection of a candidate by Mrs Gandhi was “any day better than an election”. Now why would that be? Mr Shirodkar, apparently, feels it is best for a “healthy atmosphere in the party”. Why? In the world’s largest democracy, why would an election to choose the president of the state branch of the country’s largest political party sully the ‘atmosphere’? What use then is the farcical process of inviting nominations for elections to various posts on the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee? The last day for filing of nominations was supposed to be yesterday. ‘Elections’ have been scheduled to be held on Friday 17 September, but leaders who do not want to be named say that party leaders will pass a resolution after the expiry of the deadline for filing of nominations, authorising All India Congress Committee (AICC) President Mrs Sonia Gandhi to constitute the GPCC. India may be the world’s greatest democracy, but the political parties that participate in the biggest representative exercise on Earth are all rigid autocracies. While some are openly so, revolving around the charisma of a single individual and his/her family, others go through an elaborate charade of democratic procedures, but end up with more or less the same result. Like the Congress. This is such a pity, especially because the traditions of the 125-year-old party are thoroughly democratic, especially in the days before India’s Independence. The leaders of the Congress were always elected at the annual sessions of the Congress. After the 1920s, it was Mahatma Gandhi whose personality completely dominated the party, but even he had to bow before the majority. This was seen when Subhas Chandra Bose defied Gandhi, took on his candidate Pattabhi Sitaramayya at the 1939 Tripuri Congress in Jabalpur, and defeated him. Bose became President of the Congress for a second term that year against Gandhi’s wishes, but his victory was shortlived. He found he could not function at all, as the rest of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) was loyal to Gandhi and blocked his every move. He resigned, was later expelled with other socialists from the Congress, and went on to form the Forward Bloc. But the fact is that other parties in India are no less autocratic. The main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s). President Nitin Gadkari, though formally ‘elected’, was actually appointed at the behest of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) which, as everybody knows, runs according to the fiat of a ‘Sarsanghchalak’. The Left parties follow ‘democratic centralism’. As the name suggests, it is a contradiction in terms. About regional outfits, the less said the better. They gravitate around a personality – like Lalu Yadav, Mulayam Singh, Nitish Kumar, Mayawati, Mamata Banerjee, Bal Thackeray, Chandrababu Naidu, Jayalalithaa or Karunanidhi – whose word is law. These then, are the arbiters of the world’s greatest democracy. Only God can save this country.

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he Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), which jointly rule Goa, need to cut out the absurd war of words going on between the two. What started as a slanging match between Goa Pradesh Youth Congress President Sankalp Amonkar and NCP Goa spokesman Trajano D’Mello, has now expanded to drag in Revenue Minister Jose Philip D’Souza and Chief Minister Diganbar Kamat. They both need take a deep breath, and tell Trajano and Sankalp to shut up or ship out.

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he Public Distribution System (PDS) has never worked in India. Take for instance perishables like rice, wheat, sugar, kerosene, cooking oil or any other commodity. In India, any government scheme is fraught to generate rackets run by racketeers, who enjoy political patronage. Bureaucrats and technocrats are only too happy to aid and abet before, during and after the crime. Our law-makers are also our law-breakers. Their proxies do the dirty deeds and our IAS officers act as facilitators. During the British Raj, we had the Indian Civil Service (ICS) which Raja Ram Mohan Roy said was neither Indian, nor civil nor a service. Today, the ICS has been replaced by the IAS, who are a lot worse. Earlier, the ICS was British and white. Today the IAS is Indian and brown. The IAS is Indian but there is neither administration nor service. There is only loot and corruption. There is bribery, nepotism and fraud. Worst of all, they have created a cadre of counterproductive clerks/babus. The primary function of IAS officers is to facilitate the frauds perpetrated by the politicians. The IAS not only frames the laws with loopholes to be exploited, but creates the administrative machinery to make it work. IAS officers make sure they get a good share of the loot, even as they allow a few crumbs to go to the thousands of clerks in the form of bribes collected from the public they directly interface with. To see the system (not) work, try getting a ration card, driving licence, car transfer, gas connection, voter card, etc… legally. Months later, you will still be running around in circles and from pillar to post. At each of these offices, on the periphery, you will see a well-oiled machine of agents/touts who can get you what you want in a jiffy… if you are willing to pay their fees. Then, by a process of financial/monetary osmosis, your money flows upwards to the highest levels of the administration and the politicians. It is the IAS officers who set up this machinery, and that is why there is so much demand for government jobs. Sarkari service is not only highly remunerative in terms of salary but it is sincere, with assured additional income from harassment meted out to the public. The IAS officers are immune from action or

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The Government of India, by a presidential notification, instituted a medal to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Independence on 15 August 1997. It was awarded to personnel of the defence and paramilitary forces on that day. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Liberation of Goa, a very important event for the state government, why not institute a similar ‘50 years of Goa’s Liberation Medal’, to be awarded to all ranks of the Police, Home Guards, Civil Defence Organisation and Fire Services on 19 December 2010? The medal could be also awarded to Scout masters, Guide captains and associate NCC officers.

It seems that the BJP is very hungry for power. Its prediction that the assembly election will be held earlier than scheduled is nothing but desperation, being six years out of power. It has not changed its colours. Leader of the Opposition Manohar Parrikar did not even utter a word when Sanatan Sanstha activists were involved in the bomb blast on the eve of Diwali last year. Goa will be bombed and torn by communal riots if the BJP comes back to power.

PRIMEIRO DIARIO NAS COLONIAS PORTUGEZAS

14 September 1910 Wool bales stolen

A robbery took place at the Vila de Margao where the miscreant, presumed to be a young lad, decamped with bales of Sateen, Merino, and Cashmere wool.

Self-lighting cigar

In the USA, a new cigar was introduced in the market. It carries a dainty button which, when pressed, ignites the smokeless powder at the end to light the cigar.

Murderer nabbed

The Bombay Police have apprehended British national William George Tait, who was implicated in the killing of fellow Englishman Patrick Dale.

Rice prices rise

Traders from the city increased the rates of essential commodities, specifically that of rice, due to the drought affecting the territory.

penalties, as long as they attach themselves to a suitable political patron. It is an elevated status, akin to brides who can bring a big dowry. Like caste, these positions pass on from father to son to grandson. They are highly qualified, but represent an uneducated spoilt cream of Indian society. That is why India will always be a poor, underdeveloped country. That is why the highest court in the land has to intervene on behalf of these untold millions who suffer human deprivation and degradation. Even then, we have the shameless Pawars and Mukherjees of this world justifying rotting grains. The ludicrous explanation given is that giving the grain free will escalate the already high food subsidy bill. This is typical IAS/babu thinking working its way upward. They are simply too lazy and/or insecure to come down from their ivory towers and their stratospheric

Good for football Adelmo Fernandes, Vasco The Goa Football Association (GFA) elections are scheduled in the near future. Chairman of the Dempo Group of Companies and patron of three-time I-League winner Dempo Football Club Srinivas Dempo has the stature, commitment and compassion for the game that is required for the post of GFA President. It would have be in the fitness of things if Mr Dempo could have been elected unopposed.

God is watching Obie Nogueiro, Navelim We all say that God will punish and one has to pay for their wrong deeds, once they are dead and gone. It is false! The truth is we all have to pay and answer for our wrong doings whilst alive, because God watches us all. The time is not far off when politicians who are paying the price for their misdeeds will soon be followed by their corrupt and evil colleagues.

Birth privileges Jonas Correia, Aldona The government has been advocating a two child norm for years. Yet, there is no limit to the number of times one can go to a government hospital for confinement. This is a burden on the taxpayer, especially with budgetary constraints in government hospitals. The Health Department should allow

levels of corruption, bribery and nepotism. While the IAS officers and their clerical minions are splitting hairs over what is APL and BPL, their ultimate reality and boss of Indian agriculture is thinking about IPL. How the doyens of India’s moneyed class may use the BCCI in particular and cricket in general to loot thousands of crores is anyone’s guess. P Sainath, who was a member of the BPL expert group, has said that we can easily guarantee food security for all. We can supply, through the PDS, grain @ Rs 1.50 per kg to poor families upto 35 kg per family per month. Instead, the government prefers to hoard 60 million tonnes of grain. Of this, 15 million tons is improperly stored and lost to moisture and vermin every time we have bumper crops. The report of the National Commission for En-

Our latest tourist attractions

he ‘season’ is just around the corner. Visit Baga and you will find restaurants painting furniture, dusting out table cloths and hanging up ‘food is ready’ signs. In a few weeks, the charters will begin to arrive. For visitors to Goa, here is a handy tourist guide that lists all the latest tourist attractions that no one should miss. The River Princess: Roll up, folks, for an amazing sight of a rusty hulk slowly breaking into bits. Note the eroded beach front. Gasp in shock when you learn it has been there 10 years without being removed. This is no less than an official ‘state disaster’, the real disaster being that 10 years and about 100 tenders later, it is still there. Go on, take a photo of this monument to our government’s commitment to better tourism. The Great Wall of Goa: Next on our exclusive tour of tourist attractions off the beaten track… No Ma’am, that’s the Assembly building… We are talking about this wall opposite. Doesn’t it look impressive? Well, it will when you learn how much it has cost, and that it has taken four years to build just that much of it. The hill came tumbling down one monsoon and, four monsoons later, there is every chance it will come tumbling down again. Our elected representatives see this every single day that they attend

Liberation medals

100 Years Ago

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terprises in the Unorganised Sector states on its first page that 836 million Indians (77 per cent of our people) live on Rs20 a day or less. Accepting that, for instance, would mean that a few thousand crores more are spent on the hungry. The official line is simple. Since we cannot afford to feed all the hungry, there must only be as many hungry as we can afford to feed! Most dishonest of all is the ‘there-is-no-money’ line. The country spends Rs10,000 crore on a new airport, Rs40,000 crore or more has been earmarked for the Commonwealth Games. Rs60,000 crores has been happily lost in the spectrum scam. There is a Rs500,000 crore write-off under just three heads for the super-rich and the corporate sector in the current union budget. But funds for the hungry are hard to come by. What would it cost to universalise the PDS? Pravin Jha and Nilachal Acharya estimate that if rice/wheat were made available to all Indians at Rs3 per kg, it would add Rs84,399 crore to the food subsidy in coming budgets. That’s about one-sixth of the tax write-offs for the wealthy in this year’s budget. (Other estimates place the added expenditure each year at no more than Rs 45,000 crores.) What will be the cost of not finding the money – in a country that ranks at 66 among 88 in the Global Hunger Index? In a nation whose childnourishment record is worse than sub-Saharan Africa? India is a country which ranks 134th in the United Nations Human Development Index, below Bhutan and Laos! But this is the same country that has 49 USdollar billionaires in the Forbes list. Many of these incumbents receive government freebies in diverse forms. One must, however, remember that their IPL involvement makes them eligible. What justification does a government have to continue in power when a major portion of its citizens are hungry? Or should it, at the very least, state honestly that the food security of every Indian is neither its aim nor its intent? For me, all this does not come as a surprise. Our super-economist Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh is just another lackey of the west. We have seen this behaviour vis-à-vis the nuclear deal, with Bush / USA / Obama. He has a bee in his turban!

the Assembly, and still nothing is done. Amazing, isn’t it? Villa Paradiso: That is the beautiful River Mandovi. Up on the hill is the not-so-beautiful Tata Housing Project. Why a hunk of concrete in the middle of a green hill? It’s a long story ma’am, but don’t worry, you’ll get to see lots more concrete in the middle of green forests in the years to come. This is unique because it was created by the Tatas; the same do-gooders with ‘high corporate values’. It’s the same guys who got the Bengal government to grab cheap land for them from locals at Singur… Panjim Police Station: This charming building is Police HQ. No, it’s not the building we want you to photograph, but the police. Some of them have really interesting friends –a certain drug dealer named Atala. Despite his girlfriend being in Mumbai, they found it impossible to interview her. And then, they lost him. You can take a photo; no, don’t worry about being arrested. Their track record on arrests really isn’t that good! Taleigao: You see before you a wonderful, wide road, beautifully tarred. It runs right through agricultural fields. What’s it doing here? It helps the elected member get straight from his house to the Assembly in record time. Not even the President of America has the power to build a road for his own convenience like this.

By Venita Coelho

Go on, take several photos… Benaulim Beach: One of the most beautiful beaches in Goa. No Ma’am, the beach is there, only it’s under all that black stuff. It’s the latest tourist attraction – tar balls. Our Minister for Tourism is figuring out what sports can be played with these balls. Forget Paint-Ball, soon you will get an opportunity to play Tar-Ball. What’s that? You have some questions? Sure. …Oh, those strange-looking brown pillars as you come off the Mandovi bridge into Panjim? No Ma’am, they are not construction scaffolding. They are supposed to be reels of film, put up for the first IFFI. You’d take several photographs if you knew how much they cost...! …No ma’am, that is not a garbage dump… It’s just garbage… We don’t have anywhere to officially dispose it, so we throw it anywhere… …Those boats making loud sounds in the middle of the river? No Ma’am, that is not a distress signal, it’s merely entertainment for tourists… …Next year? Well, I’m sure we will have some new unique tourist attractions for you. Our politicians are working hard on them.

Letters to the Editor Letter of the Day

Event mismanagement

Peter Andrade, Vasco

During the last few months of their tenure, the councillors of the Mormugao Municipal Council have been accused of having made money through ‘haftas’ and other illegitimate means during this year’s Saptah. Such allegations crop up at every Saptah, as the management of the event by Mormugao councillors is faulty. The Akhand Bhajani Saptah is held by Vasco-ites in thanksgiving to Lord Damodar for delivering them from the plague, but for our councillors, it is a business event. Who will deliver us from the new plague of mismanagement? The tenure of this council has been marked by political musical chairs, crab mentality and a total lack of vision. If philanthropic Vasco businessmen like Nana Bandekar sponsor public projects, what is the need for a Council? Presently, many councillors are planning to shift wards, and as their present wards are will be reserved. How do they know of this already? Many of them are misfits for public service. I wish the voters come out in large numbers and elect better people. only two free births in government hospitals. Any further births should be a fully paid service. Otherwise, we end up paying for the baby boom while trying to control population.

NGOs, help common man Glestone Fernandes, Cuncolim What happened to those NGOs who were instrumental in bringing justice following the death of Nadia Torrado? Mickky Pacheco’s latest controversies concerning recruitment and money laundering is old hat. This, perhaps, will gag him from raking up issues that are being concealed under the carpet and as the Municipal elections approach, there will be skeletons dragged out of the cupboard by rival politicians. Goans would appreciate if the NGOs for once leave politicians to fight their own battle and concentrate in helping the common man.

Don’t impose Hindi Arun Rao, Australia “It has been the policy of the Government of India that progressive use of Hindi in the official work may be ensured through persuasion, incentive and goodwill.” The Central government, in its resolve to spread Hindi, is acting in an unethical

the government who have amassed disproportionate wealth are scot free, and basking in his discomfort. Does government service entitle one to amass wealth? Is it not the duty of the authorities to find out the source of this wealth? There are strong rumours that for every job provided, lakhs of rupees are at stake. The same applies to contracts. Jobs are for sale even in anticipation of upgradation of facilities, is in the case of government hospitals. Isn’t this corruption?

Down with abortion Col Cyril P D’Souza (Retd), Calangute

manner. It is trying to kill the language of the land by creating a false sense of ‘Hindi pride’. People feel inferior when they get an incentive for speaking/writing ‘Hindi’, and nothing for speaking/writing in their own langiage. Our government should start looking at all languages of India with an unbiased view.

Apropos Obie Nogueiro’s letter ‘What about abortion?’ (Herald, 10 Sept), we find activists fighting for rights of animals, trees, birds, etc. Nobody raises a voice against horrific crimes committed against unborn children. The majority of people feel it’s okay to undergo an abortion, which is simply called ‘medical termination of pregnancy’. We also have cynics who talk in favour of this crime. It’s high time people are warned against committing these crimes against their own unborn children. Education on this subject should start from homes, schools, colleges and religious institutions.

Hurriyat spreads hate

Modi’s unwanted outburst

Jayesh Shrikant Rane, Mumbai This refers to the news report ‘Srinagar burns’ (Herald, 12 Sept). The party that forever wants to separate Kashmir from India is the Hurriyat Conference. The central and state governments should take strict action against them. The increase in the numbers of supporters of this party signifies its hold in Kashmir. Its aim is to use religion to pit Hindus and Muslims against each other. Kashmiri Pandits deserted Kashmir due to pressure from these terrorists. We need to resolve this issue at the earliest, so that our country will have fewer headaches from the scourge of terrorism.

Isn’t this corruption? Joaquim de Souza, Margao It is heartening to note that the CBI has begun an inquiry into the money matters of an NCP legislator. But many others in

Paths of Wisdom

P L Fernandes, Old Goa The news item ‘Even if PM sweeps the floor, CWG venues won’t be ready’ (Herald, 1 Sept) highlights an inappropriate remark by a high profile Indian political leader. In his exuberance, Narendra Modi may want to show that even a municipal corporation in Gujarat is more efficient than anything run by the central government, but he has no right to insult the prime minister of his own country. A Prime Minister once elected is for all Indians, and becomes our national pride. Any denigration through unparliamentary remarks should be considered as dishonouring the position(s)he holds, and made punishable. If Modi thinks he is augmenting his image by these slurs, he is mistaken. I neither belong to nor sympathise with any party. Yet he has hurt me with his wanton words.

The Greedy Sons by Anthony de Mello There was once a hard-working and generous farmer who had several idle and greedy sons. On his deathbed he told them that they would find his treasure if they were to dig in a certain field. As soon as the old man was dead, the sons hurried to the fields, which they dug up from one end to another, and with increasing desperation and concentration when they did not find the gold in the place indicated. But they found no gold at all. Realizing that in his generosity their father must have given his gold away during his lifetime, they abandoned their search. Finally, it occurred to them that, since the land had been prepared they might as well now sow a crop. They planted wheat, which produced an abundant yield. They sold this crop and prospered that year. After the harvest was in, the sons thought again about the bare possibility that they might have missed the buried gold, so they again dug up the fields, with the same result. After several years they became accustomed to labor, and to the cycle of the seasons, something which they had not understood before. Now they understood the reason for their father’s method of training them, and they became honest and contented farmers. Ultimately, they found themselves possessed of sufficient wealth and no longer to wonder about the hidden hoard.

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OPinionatED Suicide, a grave issue By Merlyn Fernandes

September 10 was observed as World Suicide Prevention Day. According to WHO, there is one death from suicide every 40 seconds. Suicide is a major preventable cause of premature death. We all experience feelings of loneliness, depression, helplessness, and hopelessness, from time to time. The death of a family member, the break-up of a relationship, blows to our self-esteem, feelings of worthlessness and/or major financial setbacks, are serious problems which all of us may have to face at some point in our lives. Because each person’s emotional structure is unique, each of us responds to situations differently. Having suicidal thoughts now and then is not abnormal. It becomes abnormal when the realisation of those thoughts seems to be the only way out of one’s difficulties. There is then a serious risk of suicide. At the individual level, several factors may contribute to suicide. Depression or the presence of other psychiatric illnesses, aggressive and impulsive tendencies, alcohol and drug abuse / addiction, a family history of suicide and prior suicide attempts indicates a risk. Suicide is not only an individual but also a social problem. Family environment, quality of marriage, love affairs, socio-economic status, dowry disputes, illnesses, bankruptcy and employment also determine mortality from suicide. The threat of suicide should be taken seriously because those who commit suicide give early indications. Nearly 70 per cent of all those attempting suicide give clues about their intentions, ranging in ambiguity from: “I don’t know how long I can take this,” or “I feel like running away some place faraway,” to greater clarity: “I feel like killing myself,” or “I have been saving some pills.” Some may never verbalise their thoughts, but the warning signs are still present. When an individual shows a general lack of interest in his or her usual activities, engages in violent behaviour, shows a sudden decrease or increase in body weight, uses alcohol or tobacco to excess, withdraws from social interactions, suffers from lack of sleep or oversleeps, harms themselves and acts impulsive, then (s)he is at risk. A previous suicidal attempt is a strong indicator for another, and it should never be viewed as an attention-seeking behaviour. To prevent suicide among students, strategies must be incorporated at the school and community level, starting with the family. Family members must work together with teachers and counsellors to prevent suicide. Besides removing firearms, pills, sharp objects and pesticides, the family also has the responsibility to connect emotionally with the individual, spending time bonding with them, listening when they are in agony and solving problems together. Suicide awareness programmes must be held regularly to equip teachers, parents and support staff with the required information to identify early warning signs and the appropriate actions that they can take to prevent suicide. Teacher training programmes should have this as part of the syllabus. Schools must employ a full-time qualified counsellor. As renowned social psychiatrist from Mumbai Dr Harish Shetty puts it: “Ignoring the mental health of a student is psychological negligence.” Some scholars believe that conducting a suicide prevention programme among students may actually put them at risk of suicide. However, many studies affirm that such programmes are important to reduce suicidal deaths. Instead of generating awareness about methods of committing suicide and suicide statistics, suicide prevention programmes should focus on the following: Managing emotions, problem solving, developing appropriate coping skills and building resilience. These programs need to be implemented on a yearly basis at the school and college level. As a child grows, the stressors (s)he faces increase, but each one perceives these stressors differently and deals with them differently. Awareness of emotions, especially anger and sadness, their symptoms and the multifarious ways to cope with these emotions, must be taught at every age starting at age six, because developing life skills is an ongoing process. People should avoid sensationalising suicide. This means not having extensive discussions about the person, not planting a tree or an object in order to honour that person, not holding a memorial service for the person at school/college and not dramatising the impact of suicide through descriptions and images of grieving relatives, teachers or classmates. The media can play a proactive role by working closely with health authorities in presenting the facts, putting only relevant data on the inside pages, highlighting alternatives to suicide, providing information about helplines and community resources, and publicising risk indicators and warning signs. Accordingly, our role as parents, educators and mental health professionals is to help these individuals develop a healthy attitude and coping ability. When we become safe to approach, listen without any bias, empathise and provide unconditional acceptance, only then can we truly help those in distress. (The writer is a clinical psychologist) do you have a strong opinion about something? Then write it down in around 1,100 words and send it to ‘editor@herald-goa.com’ with the word ‘OPinionated’ in the subject line. Or send it to: OPinonated, Herald, rua san Tome, Panjim, Goa-403001. If we find it suitable, it will appear in this column. Please note all contributions will be edited to correct the english and improve readability. Personal attacks or any matter that is potentially libellous may also be edited out.

Bill to set up maritime board cleared: Kerala CM PTI THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, SEPT 13

A legislation for setting up Kerala State Maritime Board was cleared by the cabinet here today, Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan said. A bill prepared by the Law Department to merge the Kerala Port Department's Hydrographic Survey Wing and Maritime Development Corporation for setting up the Board was approved by the cabinet, he told reporters here. The main objective of the legislation was to coordinate the work connected with coastal development carried out by various departments and monitor maritime activities, he said. The new Board would administer, control, regulate and man-

age all major and minor ports besides carrying out maintenance activities related to ships. Apart from intensifying security measures across coastline, the Board would also take up steps for conservation of interior ports and evolve plans for integrated development of coastal areas across the state, officials said. In c o l l a b o r a t i o n w i t h Coastguard various security measures will also be implemented. The Board would also have powers to build new ports, shipyards and ship-repairing facilities and would identify new water corridors to promote maritime tourism and inland water cargo, they added.

Apex Court to examine if cops observe guidelines on arrests PTI NEW DELHI, SEPT 13

The Supreme Court today decided to examine whether its guidelines were being observed in letter and spirit by police while making arrests. A Bench comprising Justices B Sudershan Reddy and S S Nijjar said it will hear the matter on Friday and allowed senior advocate Abhishek Singhvi to file an application in this regard. When the matter was taken up, Singhvi, along with advocate Amit Bhandari, submitted that it would be prudent to make a review of the 13-year-old guidelines. The senior advocate, who is assisting the court as an amicus curiae in the matter, said he has prepared 13 questions and selected nine states as a sample to analyse whether the guidelines for arrest were complied with by the police or not. He submitted that it has to be verified whether the 11 commandments on arrest as stated by the apex court in 1997 was being displayed in English, Hindi and regional languages in the police station or not. Singhvi said reports would be

sought from some states for the duration of last three years in which they have to answer about the instances of violation of guidelines and the nature of action -- criminal or departmental - taken against the erring police officials. The states will have to respond to the questions relating to the arrest of persons below 18 years, women and total death in custody. "What proceedings are initiated against the erring officials, criminal or departmental etc?" he said referring about the averment to be contained in the application. Among the nine states selected by Singhvi are Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka. The apex court had in 1997 laid down guidelines for making arrest while dealing with the D K Basu case in the wake of large scale human rights violations and custodial deaths. The guidelines had made it clear that no one will be kept in the lock-up of police station without effecting the arrest and relatives or friends of the arrested person has to be informed as soon as possible

about the arrest. The police will make the arrested person aware of his right to have someone informed of his arrest or detention as soon as he is placed under arrest or detained. The guidelines by the apex court stated that there will be a transition room in every police station at the entry gate of the police station. Examination or interrogation of a person called to the police station will be carried out in this transition room only. Arrest will be effected if and only if there is sufficient evidence in case file against the person to be arrested and an entry will be made in the daily diary regarding arrest and the person will be arrested with due procedure of law. The apex court guidelines said the arrested person has to be medically examined immediately after the arrest if he or she asks for it or getting him examined by a doctor every 48 hours during his detention by a doctor on the panel of approved doctors appointed by Director, Health Services of the concerned state or Union Territory.

deferment of Cong, BJP trying to finish Ayodhya title regional parties: Lalu suit verdict BJP has a 'secret understanding' sought with Congress and both the parPTI PATNA, SEPT 13

PTI LUCKNOW, SEPT 13

Two separate applications seeking directions for deferring the verdict on the Ayodhya title suit were moved before the Allahabad High Court today. Citing apprehension of breach of peace and the upcoming Commonwealth Games, the applications sought deferment of the verdict to be pronounced by the Lucknow Bench of the Court on September 24. The petitions were moved before the Officer on Special Duty (OSD) of the High Court, lawyer H S Jain, representing the Hindu Mahasabha, a party in the title suit, told PTI. A special bench comprising Justice S U Khan, Justice Sudhir Agarwal and Justice D V Sharma will pronounce the verdict on the 60-year-old Ayodhya title suit on September 24. The first application was moved on behalf of Ramesh Chandra Tripathi, defendant no 17 of suit no 4, the lawyer said. It prayed for deferring the verdict in view of media reports that the judgement might disturb communal harmony and lead to violence.

PTI HYDERABAD, SEPT 13

Bihar SC panel chief resigns PTI PATNA, SEPT 13

Bihar Scheduled Caste Commission Chairman Ramai Ram today resigned and announced to contest the elections from Bochaha assembly constituency in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district on a ruling JD-U ticket. Ram went to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's official residence this morning to submit resignation. Later, talking to reporters, Ram said he would throw his hat into the ring from Bochaha assembly seat which he had represented for five times in a row.

A railway blockade was staged in lower Assam's Kokrajhar district today by the Kokrajhar Merchants Association disrupting train services for three hours in the area. The Association blocked the train tracks at the railway station here from 7 am demanding stoppage here of all long distance trains, specially south India and Kolkata bound ones, as Kokrajhar was the headquarters of Bodoland Autonomous Council (BTC). Railway sources said that most of the trains passing by here today were controlled either at Alipurduar in Bengal or Kamakhaya and Rangiya in Assam.

after his comments in Lok Sabha. BJP does not have culture and it is a party of propaganda," he said. Stating that the ruling BJPJD(U) alliance in Bihar had now gone into coma+ with its defeat becoming imminent, he said all sections of people have decided to vote for the RJD-LJP combine for forming the next government. “Voting for Congress will mean helping BJP”, he said.

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A woman wades through water in Kolkata as the city came to a standstill after a spell of heavy rains on Monday.

Lawyers’ strike cripples judicial system in Rajasthan PTI JAIPUR, SEPT 13

The judicial system in Rajasthan has virtually come to a standstill in the wake of the ongoing lawyers' strike over the alleged irregularities in the selection of additional district and sessions judges. Alleging grave lapses in the recruitment process of 37 judicial officers, the lawyers are demanding scrapping of the entire examination result of Rajasthan Higher Judicial Services (RHJS) and want the process to begun afresh. The Rajasthan High Court, however, refused the demand,

saying no irregularity has taken place. Allegedly 1,600 working hours of the two seats of High Court (Jaipur and Jodhpur) and 66,000 working hours of various other courts in state have been disturbed due to ongoing strike. "These court hours could have been more productively used in the interest of litigants provided the advocates had appeared in court," said T H Samma, R G, Rajasthan High Court. Meanwhile, 1,98,400 High Court litigants wasted around 11.9 lakh working hours in the strike which began on August 28.

Railway service hit in Assam PTI KOKRAJHAR(Assam), SEPT 13

nCongress and BJP have secret understanding and they want to have a bipolar political system in India: Lalu

Dhobhi Ghat made me fall in love with Kiran again: Aamir

Chiranjeevi arrested Praja Rajayam Party (PRP) chief K Chirajeevi and many other senior party leaders were arrested here today when they staged a dharna outside the Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC), demanding a CBI probe into its controversial land deals in the last six years. Addressing the dharna, Chiranjeevi alleged that thousands of acres of land was given away to industrial houses and real estate developers in total violation of rules. He cited the EMAAR properties land deal which was supposed to have caused a loss of several thousands of crore of rupees to the Government. Chiranjeevi demanded that an inquiry by CBI be ordered into the land deals to unearth the truth and those responsible for the dubious deals be brought to book. Chiranjeevi and other PRP leaders tried to enter into the APIIC building to submit a memorandum to the authorities concerned but were prevented by police. In fact, police asked Chiranjeevi not to take part in the agitation as there was a possibility of attack by activists of the Telangana Students Joint Action Committee. However, Chiranjeevi ignored the police plea and took part in the agitation asserting that he would not be cowed down by such threats.Soon after his arrest Chiranjeevi was immediately driven away in a police jeep to a near-by police station.

ties have joined hands 'to swallow regional and other smaller parties', RJD supremo Lalu Prasad said today. "Congress and BJP have secret understanding and they want to have a bipolar political system in India," Prasad told reporters. He alleged that the two parties had joined hands 'to swallow the regional parties and other smaller groups'. To buttress his points, Prasad said Congress had allegedly ensured 'clean chit' from CBI to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the Shoharabuddin encounter case. "The two arrived at a secret deal and CBI netted a small chicken (a minister in Modi-led government), while it clears Modi of all charges. It says beyond doubt that the two big parties have a pact," he said. Prasad slammed BJP General Secretary Anant Kumar for his reported claim that Lalu Prasad was not 'going to return to power in Bihar'. "You know he is the same Anant Kumar who bowed to me

The train services were, however, regularised at the end of the blockade at 9 am, the sources said. The Association submitted a memorandum of their demands to the Northeast Frontier Railway general manager through the district deputy commissioner. They also demanded reintroduction here of the Intercity Exp re s s ' s t o p p a g e t h a t w a s recently withdrawn. The Merchants further kept their business establishments and shops closed for the day demanding uninterrupted power supply as the business sector was suffering due to erratic electricity. Meanwhile, the Hynniewtrep National People Federation has

called for a two-day night blockade protesting the 'casual attitude' of Meghalaya government in resolving the vexed international border and inter-state boundary disputes. The night blockades will be enforced from tomorrow, from 7 pm to 6 am in the four districts of Khasi-Jaintia hills. Slamming the delay in resolving the disputes, HNPF president R Ranee said the organisation is concerned about the plight of the people living along the border areas. "The government has been casual in uplifting the condition of these people who have bore the brunt of the inter-state boundary and international border disputes," he said.

However, the court administration claimed that High Court and lower court judges were sitting regularly during the period. In lower courts over 29,70,000 litigants have wasted more than 1.78 crore hours in the period, sources said. On an average, 20 benches of High Court judges sit each day and take up over 150 matters per day. However, they could not hear the cases adding to the pendencies. Over 49,600 cases were listed before various High Court judges in this period but most could not see the light of the day, sources said.

Two meet watery grave PTI

KHANDWA(MP), SEPT 13

Two persons died and eight others are feared drowned after a boat carrying 15 pilgrims overturned in river Narmada at Omkareshwar town today, police said. The incident occurred when the boat carrying pilgrims, who were doing 'Parikrama' of river Narmada, capsized mid-stream near Sangam Ghat, Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Manoj Rai said. The boat overturned after it hit a rock in the river, police said. Two bodies were recovered from the spot, while search is on to trace the missing eight.

Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan was sceptical and "terrified" about wife Kiran Rao’s directorial debut 'Dhobhi Ghat', but says that the film made him fall in love with her all over again. Khan who along with Rao, his wife of five years, is here for the film's international premiere at the Toronto Film Festival said that he was "upset" by his wife's initial refusal to cast him in the project. `Dhobhi Ghat' looks at the city of Mumbai through the eyes of four characters and Aamir plays one of them, the painter Arun. Rao initially wanted to cast a new face but finally decided to let her superstar husband step in. The 45-year-old actor, who wowed the crowd here during the gala premiere, said that he was sceptical about the venture at first. "When she told me she was writing a script I was very nervous, because I was thinking one of these days this script is going to be completed and I'll have to read it and what if I don't like it, it won't be a very comfortable situation," Khan said. The '3 Idiots' actor said that at one point he was so terrified that he prayed for the script to never get finished. "I was feeling bad. I thought; I hope she doesn't complete the script. I was so terrified," said Khan When it was finished, Khan pressed Rao to go visit his cousin and they would all read it together, hoping that if both he and his cousin disliked it "at least I’d have numbers on my side". But after reading it, Khan said he became "fascinated" by what Rao had written. "It's so delicate and beautiful. Her characters speak in such a different and unique voice, and all of that hit me and I thought, 'Wow I married a really talented women here.' When I fell in love the first time, I didn't know how really talented she was. When I read the script I was really amazed and I fell in love with her again," gushed Khan. But the actor did not take it well when Rao refused to cast him as she did not want to work with known actors. But Rao said that she was "tricked" into casting Khan with his "diabolical and Machiavellian" cunning and charms. "Actually, this character is so crabby and unpleasant and one morning she saw me in my usual crabby self, and she said, 'You know you're perfect for the role,'" Khan said.

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US says Russia ‘closer than ever’ to WTO REUTERS MOSCOW, SEPT 13

Russia is closer than ever to its long-running goal of joining the World Trade Organization (WTO), after more than 17 years of talks, a senior US official said in an interview published today. Russia applied to join the WTO's predecessor, the General

Agreement on Tariffs and Trade or GATT, in June 1993 but remains the biggest economy outside the trade body and has previously accused the United States of holding up its bid. ''I think that Russia is closer than ever before to entry into the WTO,'' William Burns, US Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs, said.

Pope trip to Britain will pose challenges REUTERS VATICAN CITY, SEPT 13

Pope Benedict this week makes a challenging trip to Britain -only the second by a pope in history -- and his welcome in one of Europe's most secular nations will range from polite to indifferent and even hostile. Coming on the heels of a simmering scandal of sexual abuse of children by priests in several European countries, strained relations with the Anglicans, and discontent over the taxpayer footing part of the bill, he will have his work cut out for him. Benedict's four-day visit starting on Thursday has been fraught with controversy and the reception will be a shadow of the rapturous one given to the charismatic John Paul in 1982. ''There have always been protests on trips but this time the contestation seems wider,'' said the Vatican spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi. ''This is part of the climate in a country like England which is pluralistic and outspoken.'' Vatican organizers realize that Benedict, who is making the trip as a head of state at the invitation of Queen Elizabeth, is visiting a place where history has practically embedded suspicion of the papacy in the national psyche. Benedict is only the second pope to visit since King Henry VIII broke established the Church of England in 1534 over the Vatican's refusal to annul his marriage to Catherine of Aragon. Roman Catholics did not regain the right to vote until 1829 and members of Britain's royal family who marry a Catholic still have to give up their right to the throne. As Benedict visits Edinburgh and Glasgow in Scotland and London and Birmingham in England, there likely will be little sense of history as there was 28 years ago. Although he holds the same conservative views on moral issues as his predecessor, Benedict, a reserved man with a professorial style, has none of the star quality that John Paul used masterfully to dazzle even those who disagreed with him. John Paul was a Pole whose

nation, like Britain, had suffered at the hands of the Germans during World War Two. He was an anti-communist hero even to many non-Catholics and, when he visited Britain, was riding a wave of popularity after he was nearly killed in an assassination attempt in 1981. TEA BUT LITTLE SYMPATHY Benedict, a German, will enjoy no such sympathy factor as he visits a minority flock of some 5.3 million Catholics – just under nine percent of Britain's population -- as criticism of the Church and headlines about the sexual abuse scandal have put them under what some feel is an awkward spotlight . ''To stand up publicly and be counted as a Catholic in Britain right now can be to invite a tirade,'' Peter Stanford, a former editor of the Catholic Herald, wrote in The Observer. Benedict has been attacked by militant atheists, some of whom have suggested he should be arrested and held ultimately responsible for the Church's sexual abuse scandal. Protests were planned by secularists, gay rights groups, and women ordination advocates during Benedict's visit. The Catholic Women's Ordination group paid for large posters on London's famous red buses reading ''Pope Benedict - Ordain Women Now!'' Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols said he did not think the pope would be affected by adverse media and protests. ''I don't think they will affect him deeply. No, because I think he is a man who intelligently studies the world, and he knows the ebb and flow of opinion,'' he told Reuters. Polls show most Britons opposed the taxpayer paying for half of the trip, which may top 20 million pounds (30.83 million dollar). Benedict visits Britain at one of the lowest points in relations between the Anglican and Catholic Churches. Last year, the pope made it easier for disaffected Anglicans who feel their Church has become too liberal by allowing women priests and homosexual bishops to convert to Catholicism.

Philippine Muslim rebels may resume peace talks in October REUTERS MANILA, SEPT 13

Peace talks with the Philippines' largest Muslim rebel group to end a four-decade insurgency could resume in Malaysia in October, a guer-

rilla leader said today after the group reorganised its panel of negotiators. President Benigno Aquino, who took office on June 30, has said he would hold negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels after Islam's holy month of Ramadan. The conflict has killed more than 120,000 people, displaced 2 million and stunted growth and development in areas believed to be rich in deposits of oil, gas and metals. Mindanao is also the country's food basket due to fertile lands spared by typhoons. ''We've created our new panel to widen the representation of other Muslim and non-Muslim ethnic groups,'' Mohaqher Iqbal, the rebels' chief negotiator, told Reuters. ''We're hoping to restart talks very soon, the earliest would be the first week of October.'' Islamic scholar Abhoud Syed Lingga, Sama-Tausug rebel leader Abdullah Camlian and Antonio Kinoc, a leader of a nonMuslim B'laan tribe, were new panel members. Muslims from Maguindanao and Maranao tribes were already represented in the panel. ''We're ready to sit down with the government and discuss the more substantive issues to strike a political solution to this problem delaying development in Muslim communities,'' Iqbal said. He said the rebels had a new proposal for a wider Muslim ancestral homeland on the islands of Sulu, Basilan, Tawitawi and Mindanao, in the south of the mainly Catholic country. The two sides have been in stop-start negotiations since 1997, resulting in nearly 90 minor deals on things such as protecting civilians and rehabilitating conflict areas, but a comprehensive political deal remains elusive.


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China says rich-poor divide still dogs climate pact talks

Thailand denies visas to Vietnam rights activists

originally set for the end of 2009, but a final round of negotiations in Copenhagen ended in failure. Few now expect a binding deal to emerge before the new deadline of December 2010, when talks move to the Mexican resort of Cancun. In remarks carried by the China Today magazine, Su said the crucial divide still centred on the core Kyoto Protocol principle of ''common but differentiated responsibilities'', which committed richer nations to take the lead in cutting greenhouse gases. He said industrialised nations were still seeking to ''water down'' the principle by asking large developing countries such as China and India to commit to quantifiable cuts in emissions. The two sides were still unable to agree on how the burden of cutting emissions is

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The prospects of a new global climate change pact still hinge on resolving the divisions between rich nations and the developing world, a top Chinese climate negotiator said in remarks published today. ''Right now there are still huge differences between developed and developing countries in the negotiations on climate change problems,'' said Su Wei, the head of the climate change office at the National Development and Reform Commission. Negotiators from nearly 200 nations continue to haggle over the smallprint of a sprawling 34-page draft agreement to combat global warming, and an additional round of talks at the northern Chinese port city of Tianjin will begin on October 4. The deadline for a new binding global climate pact was

Mexican marines capture top drug lieutenant

distributed, and also on the provision of funds and the transfer of key technologies. Su said rich nations were still putting the emphasis on creating market mechanisms to supply funds and transfer technology, and were ignoring government responsibilities. He also accused rich countries of overlooking the issue of adaptation to climate change. The first phase of the Kyoto Protocol will expire at the end of 2012, and Su said China was urging developed countries to clarify their post-2012 commitments in time for the Cancun talks. ''To ensure that there is not a gap between the first and second compliance periods of the protocol, the protocol working group's most urgent task is to complete negotiations as soon as possible,'' he said.

An Afghan policeman watches over protestors shouting anti US slogans as they celebrate after learning that US pastor Terry Jones dropped his plans to burn copies of the Koran,  in Herat, Afghanistan.

US handover puts Iraqi Russia, Georgia in court over human rights claims prisoners at risk: Amnesty

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Mexican marines captured a top lieutenant of a leading drug cartel yesterday, officials said, as authorities intensified their campaign against drug kingpins. Sergio Villarreal, dubbed ''El Grande,'' was a leading member of the Beltran Leyva cartel and did not resist capture when dozens of marines using armoured vehicles cornered him at a safe house in the central Mexican city of Puebla, a marine official told Reuters. ''The capture of Sergio Villarreal ... is another of the federal government's continuing strikes against a highly dangerous criminal organization which is today badly weakened,'' national security spokesman, Alejandro Poire, said during a news conference on Sunday night. The Beltran Leyva cartel has suffered several recent setbacks since marines in December killed the leader of the gang, Arturo Beltran Leyva, and Edgar ''La Barbie'' Valdez was captured late last month. The cartel leadership is believed to be in disarray with the killing and capture of many leading figures in the last ten months.

Russia and Georgia appeared in court today in a dispute over whether the United Nations' highest court can hear charges by Georgia of Russian human rights abuses on its territory. The hearing is the latest step in a case that dates to August 2008, when Georgia filed a complaint with the International Court of Justice, claiming violations by Russia of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination on Georgian territory. In its complaint, Georgia alleged violations of various articles of the treaty over an 18-year-period in the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The case was filed as the two countries fought a short war over South Ossetia, though Georgia denied the case was directly linked to the conflict. But the head of legal affairs at Russia's foreign ministry, representing his country in court at the Peace Palace in The Hague, said in opening statements today

that the case was only about the war and not about the treaty. ''It must be emphasised that the application was only launched when it became clear that Georgia's military venture had failed,'' Kirill Gevorgian said. ''The other objective of the applicant state was to portray itself as a victim of the conflict that it itself had started.'' Russian troops crushed an assault by Georgian government forces on South Ossetia in August 2008, inflicting heavy damage on the Georgian military. Moscow has since recognised the two areas as independent states, although almost no other countries have followed suit. In October 2008, the court issued a preliminary ruling, ordering Moscow and Tbilisi to refrain from committing or supporting any racial discrimination in the disputed regions or in nearby Georgian territory. In December 2009, Russia filed an objection to the court's jurisdiction, freezing the case and setting in motion the legal

Japan releases crew members of Chinese trawler, keeps captain

back-and-forth that prompted this week's hearings. Moscow argues that the court has no jurisdiction to hear the case because there was no ongoing dispute between the two countries under the treaty before the case was filed, as the convention explicitly requires. ''As of the date when the application was filed there was no dispute between Georgia and Russia over ethnic discrimination against the ethnic Georgian population of Abkhazia and South Ossetia,'' Roman Kolodkin, Russian ambassador to the Netherlands, told the court. ''This is a case where quantity does not pass in for quality. The documents on which Georgia relies either do not relate to racial discrimination or do not relate to Russia as a responsible party.'' Representatives of the Georgian legal team are expected to offer a reaction to the Russian opening outside of court later Monday before making their formal case before the court's 16 judges tomorrow.

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Japan today released 14 crew members of a Chinese fishing trawler involved in a collision with two Japanese coastguard vessels off the disputed islands, but kept its captain in detention in a case that sparked off a major diplomatic row between the two countries. The 14 Chinese fishermen on board the trawler, which has been kept off Ishigaki harbour in Okinawa since the September 7 collision, are flying home today from the Ishigaki airport, state-run Xinhua news agency reported from Ishigaki islands in Japan. The trawler will also be taken home, it quoted the Chinese officials as saying. There was no word on the fate of the Captain, who has been charged and remanded to custody till September 19 by a Japanese court. The crew has not been

charged with any offence, but were confined to their trawler. Japanese authorities had yesterday towed the Chinese trawler into the sea near Ishigaki Island in Okinawa Prefecture to re-enact the vessel's collision with two Japanese Coast Guard patrol vessels off the disputed Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu said China firmly opposed to any kind of investigation by Japanese authorities of the "illegallydetained" Chinese fishing trawler. "Japan's so-called evidencetaking activities are illegal, invalid and conducted in vain," she said in a statement. China demands Japan stop activities that will lead to an escalation of the situation, Jiang said. The Chinese fishing vessel rammed into two Japanese coastguard vessels off Diaoyu

Islands which Japanese call Senkaku islands. The incident set off a major diplomatic row between the two countries with China summoning the Japanese Ambassador here four times since September 7 to demand immediate release of the Captain, crew and the boat. Japan's Coast Guard arrested the Chinese captain for allegedly "obstructing public duties" despite China's protest. Meanwhile, the 85-year-old grandmother of the Captain of the ship, Zhan Qixiong, died reportedly after hearing news about the detention of the 41year-old captain. Zhan's grandmother injured herself one week before the incident at sea. The 85-year-old woman died last Wednesday after hearing the news that Zhan was captured by the Japanese authorities, official media reported.

The United States has released several thousand Iraqi prisoners into Iraqi custody despite documented evidence that Iraqi security forces have abused detainees, Amnesty International said today. The handover of prisoners occurred following the end of US combat operations in Iraq last month. ''Iraq's security forces have been responsible for systematically violating detainees' rights and they have been permitted to do so with impunity,'' said Malcolm Smart, Amnesty's director for the West Asia and North Africa. ''Yet, the US authorities, whose own record on detainees' rights has been so poor, have now handed over thousands of people detained by US forces to face this catalogue of illegality, violence and abuse, abdicating any responsibility for their human rights.'' The Amnesty report documents thousands of arbitrary detentions and beatings of

detainees to obtain forced confessions. It estimated 30,000 people were being held without trial in Iraq and 10,000 of those were recently transferred from US custody. Amnesty said it believed several detainees had died, possibly as a result of what it described as torture and other ill-treatment by interrogators and prison guards. In one case, a former member of the Iraqi Special Forces died in February as a result of internal bleeding following interrogation, Amnesty said. ''His body was handed over to his family several weeks later. The death certificate gave his cause of death as 'heart failure','' it said. During a prisoner handover ceremony in July, US military officials said they were confident no prisoner maltreatment would occur under Iraqi supervision. At the request of the Iraqi authorities, US wardens continue to guard about 200 detainees, including al Qaeda militants and henchmen of ousted dictator Saddam Hus-

sein. The United States itself has come under fire over prisoner abuse. Disclosures in 2004 that US jailers had abused and sexually humiliated Iraqis at Abu Ghraib prison on Baghdad's outskirts outraged many Iraqis and may have contributed to a growing insurgency at the time. Amnesty said methods of torture used in Iraqi jails included beating with cables and hosepipes, electric shocks to sensitive body parts and removal of finger and toenails. It said several of the detainees held in one secret prison said they were detained on the basis of false information obtained by Iraqi forces from secret informants. It said: ''They had been held without any access to the outside world and some were tortured or otherwise illtreated during interrogation, apparently to make them confess to involvement in bombings or other crimes that could incur the death penalty.''

Japan PM candidates woo Six weeks on, south undecided MPs before vote Pakistan faces new ReuteRs TOKYO, SEPT 13

A detained Chinese fishing trawler is flanked by two Japanese Coast Guard vessels during an investigation by Japanese authorities near Ishigaki Island in Okinawa Prefecture, in this photo distributed by China's official Xinhua News Agency.

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Thailand, under pressure from neighbouring Vietnam, denied visas to two political activists seeking to speak at a Bangkok media event today about human rights issues in Vietnam, a Paris-based group said. The Vietnam Committee on Human Rights (VCHR) said the Thai embassy in Paris had informed its representatives that their visas had been invalidated. The Paris-based International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) said it was dismayed the Thai government had blocked efforts to publicise a report that listed recommendations to Vietnam on how it could improve its rights record. ''This is frightening. It illustrates that it is impossible to speak about Vietnam's human rights record not only in Vietnam, but also in neighbouring countries,'' Souhayr Belhassen, president of FIDH, said in a statement. Vietnam currently holds the chair of the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations, a grouping that has its own human rights body but follows a policy of non-interference in the domestic issues of other members. Thailand's Foreign Ministry had on Friday urged the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand (FCCT), which was to be used as a venue for the event, to cancel it. In an email to the club, published in an FCCT statement, the ministry said the government had a ''long-standing position of not allowing organisations and/or persons to use Thailand as a place to conduct activities detrimental to other countries''. The FCCT said it was unfortunate the government had tried to pressure the club, adding that it did not sponsor the event so was unwilling to convey to the VCHR the government's intention to deny its representatives visas. The ban comes amid a wave of censorship in Thailand, where anti-government television and radio channels, magazines, newspapers and thousands of web sites deemed threats to national security have been blocked by a military-run agency overseeing a state of emergency in and around Bangkok.

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan and powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa were making their final efforts today to woo undecided lawmakers a day before a cliff-hanger ruling party leadership vote that may set fiscal priorities. The winner faces the task of keeping a split Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) from unravelling while struggling with a strong yen, a fragile economy, huge public debt and a divided parliament that threatens more policy deadlock. Kan, 63, has vowed to cap spending and borrowing and debate a possible sales tax rise in an effort to rein in public debt that is already twice the size of Japan's $5 trillion economy. Ozawa wants to keep spending pledges made last year before the DPJ swept to power for the first time, and has said

he would consider more borrowing to fund stimulus if the economy falters. But it remains unclear whether the 68-year-old strategist, whose future is clouded by a funding scandal, could survive a possible opposition campaign to stall parliament if he becomes prime minister. The winner of the party vote is likely to become premier because of the DPJ's majority in the lower house. Media reports say that Kan has secured more votes than Ozawa from local lawmakers as well as party members and supporters who needed to submit their votes by Saturday, while running neck-and neck among members of parliament, whose votes carry more weight. Ozawa is unpopular with most voters, put off by his image as a wheeler dealer. Critics question whether his economic policies would help

escape decades of stagnation. ''Ozawa is too much of a poster boy for everything that is wrong with 20th century Japanese politics,'' said Jeffrey Kingston, director of Asian studies at Temple University's Tokyo campus. ''He represents politics as usual.'' The leadership poll is based on a point system and those eligible to vote are the 411 Democratic members of parliament, local Democratic lawmakers and party members and supporters. In hopes of swaying some 30 members of parliament who are still undecided, Kan will focus on Monday on preparing a speech for the party election, while Ozawa will visit lawmakers and interest groups, public broadcaster NHK said. About half the respondents to a Reuters poll last week said a Kan victory would be neutral for stocks, bonds and the yen.

Rich states should pay for Africa mineral advice: panel ReuteRs LONDON, SEPT 13

Rich countries should pay for African governments to get advice on negotiating the best deals for exploiting their natural resources, a panel set up by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said today. The Commission for Africa, which includes serving and former African leaders and financial figures among its 17 members, also called on donor governments to provide an extra 10 billion dollar20 billion dollar a year to help Africa adapt to climate change. Five years after the commission's initial report helped focus international efforts to

boost development in the poorest continent, the panel issued a new report praising the progress African countries had made on the economy and on increasing spending on health, education and agriculture. But it said much remained to be done. Despite average annual growth rates for Africa of six percent for much of the past decade and a quadrupling of trade and foreign investment, most Africans had yet to feel the benefits of economic growth, it said. While some African countries were on track to meet some of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), aimed at drastically reducing

poverty and hunger worldwide by 2015, progress needed to be broader and faster, it said. It urged African governments to ensure strong growth reduced poverty among ordinary Africans. Donors were falling short of their aid pledges and progress on reforming international trade rules had been dismal, it said. The commission urged donor countries to support a fund to help African governments get access to the best legal and technical advice so they could ''negotiate deals on the exploitation of their countries' natural resources that will be of greatest benefit to their population.''

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Flood victims carrying their belongings wade through floodwaters while they leave their village of Bello Patan for higher ground in Dadu, some 320 kilometres north of Karachi, on Monday. ReuteRs DADU, PAKISTAN, SEPT 13

Six weeks after the start of Pakistan's devastating floods, waters pouring into a lake in southern Pakistan are threatening several towns and forcing tens of thousands of people to flee, officials said today. As floodwaters make their way to the Arabian Sea, new towns in Sindh province are being inundated as embankments constructed to protect cities and towns in the traditional flood plains are now channeling water into new areas, including Lake Manchar. Tens of thousands of people have fled towns in the Dadu district of Sindh, and officials said more were asked to leave after water, flowing from a breached embankment, reached a dangerous point in the lake, Pakistan's largest freshwater lake. ''Our entire concentration is now on Dadu district as the water is just a few inches from

overtopping the Manchar Lake that could threaten many towns,'' Additional Relief Commissioner, Riaz Ahmed Soomro, told Reuters. Officials say several towns around the lake including Bhon and Jhingira are in danger of inundation, threatening an estimated 250,000 people. ''All my seven brothers and their families are now dependent on me as they are all farmers and floods have washed away their lands and crops,'' said Abdul Ghani, a school teacher, whose village upstream from Manchar Lake has already flooded. The floods are Pakistan's worst-ever natural disaster in terms of damage, with more than six million people forced from their home and 20 million people affected. The calamity has killed more than 1,750 people, and aid agencies have warned that millions more are still at risk of death if emergency food and shelter are not provided.


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Pre-open call auction from mid-Oct on BSE PTI MUMBAI, SEPT 13

The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) is likely to implement call auction in the pre-open session from mid-October to reduce price volatility and better price discovery, a senior exchange official said today. "The Exchange is talking to the market regulator, SEBI for introduction of call auction in pre-open session, and it is expected to go live in mid-October," BSE's Head-Product Strategy, Sayee Srinivasan, said here today. Initially the call auction session will be applicable for Sensex 30 and Nifty 50 scrips, Srinivasan said, adding that more scrips will be gradually added in the list. The BSE had stopped call auction in the mid-90's. Last month, SEBI had said a pre-open session with a call

auction facility for the Sensex and Nifty stocks would be introduced on a pilot basis by both the BSE and NSE. The pre-open call auction session will be for 15 minutes between 9 am and 9.15 am. While the first eight minutes will be reserved for order entry, modification and cancellation, the next four minutes will be kept for order matching and trade confirmation. The remaining three minutes will be the buffer period to facilitate the transition from pre-open session to the normal market. The introduction of preopen session with a call auction mechanism is expected to reduce the quantum of volatility, typically visible in the first few minutes of a trading session, Srinivasan said. The advantages of call auctions are it reduces price volatility due to multiple

matching of orders at a single price, provides greater liquidity due to deeper demand supply schedule, better price discovery, reduced market impact and simultaneity of trades eliminates possibility of front running customer orders. It is also expected to help retail as well as institutional investors. SEBI, incidentally, is trying the framework only on the most liquid stocks, where participation is highest and it is difficult for a few players to manipulate. Call auctions are used by all major stock exchanges of the world to fix opening or closing prices-trading starts or ends with a call auction. SEBI had earlier asked the stock exchanges to issue the necessary guidelines and put in place the necessary systems to ensure the operationalisation of call auction.

Kraft to up China presence

Gujarat offers ports to landlocked

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AGENCY AHMEDABAD, SEPT 13

Kraft Foods Inc , North America's largest food company, is looking to double the number of Chinese cities in which it distributes Cadbury products within the next two years, its China head said on Monday. The number of cities in China in which Cadbury confectionary is sold would rise to about 40 by tapping Kraft's distribution network, Lorna Davis, president and chairman of Kraft's China operations told Reuters in an interview on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in China. Kraft bought the iconic British confectionary maker for $19 billion in January. "China has been doubling every year, and the real challenge is to pick the right opportunities," Davis said.

In a bold initiative, the Gujarat government has decided to permit landlocked States such as Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan to have their own ports on the 1,600 km long Gujarat coast. Maheshwar Sahu principal secretary industries and mines department of Gujarat government said that “We will facilitate the landlocked States to take advantage of our coastline.” Owning a port outside a nation's geographical limits has long been in vogue. For instance, if Britain had Hong Kong in China for a century, China now has one at Gwader in Baluchistan, Pakistan; Myanmar and Nepal have been offered ports by Bangladesh. In India, however, this is perhaps for the first time that a coastal state is offering ports to landlocked states. Gujarat which pioneered in the port privatisation policy leading to emergence of Mundra, Dahej and Pipavav as privately-run ports, also has a foreign port operator, DP World, which runs a terminal at Mundra.

Wagle: A Goan in advertising HERALD BUSINESS DESK PANJIM, SEPT 13

This Goan is a copy supervisor at JWT, Bangalore Mayuresh Wagle, has worked at Rediffusion Y&R (Mumbai, 2006), Ambience Publicis (Mumbai, 2008) and JWT Bangalore (2009), where he's currently a copy supervisor on brands like Black Dog, Whyte & Mackay and Levi's. How did you get into advertising? What’s your career path been like? One day, while I was in the 12th standard, I was watching a TV commercial and said to myself, “This is crap, maybe I can write a better ad” and my interest in advertising gradually developed. Being in Goa, where there are virtually no advertising agencies, I had a tough time finding out what an ad agency is made up of, but eventually I did find out and here I am now. It’s been a very exciting and enjoyable journey so far. I’ve been fortunate enough to have got the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the best minds in the industry- Ashish Khazanchi, Prasanna Sankhe, Vivek Rao, Akash Das, Prashant Godbole, Mash, Ramanuj Shastry, Sagar Mahabaleshwarkar, Tina Sachdev, Senthil Kumar etc. What do you remember of your first week in advertising? I was very very excited. More than happy to have got a foot in the door, I would read the Archives all day and steal briefs from my colleagues! What’s been your favourite/most satisfying campaign you’ve worked on till date? It has to be the ‘Hairstyles’ guerrilla advertising we did for Juice Salon. Within days of putting it up on the Internet, it was picked up and written about on almost every advertising and popular culture blog across the world. In fact if you run a search for the ‘top ten escalator ads’, chances are the first thing you’ll come across is the ‘Changing Hairstyles’ ad. Getting the idea was the easy part. My art partner Siddhesh Khatavkar and I soon realized that something like this was never done before. Hence it took a lot of research, imagination, hard work, engineering skills and the goodwill of a lot of friends in the agency to pull it off. Any international TVCs/campaigns you’d have loved to have your name on the credit list for? And any Indian ones? 'Noitoluve' for Guinness is my all time favourite. It has everything you’d want in an ad - superb music, amazing special effects and a big idea.

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60% off at The Loot PANJIM (HBD) -- The Loot has opened up its box of special offers. The offer allows shoppers to shop for upto 60% in addition to gift vouchers worth Rs 1000 on a bill over Rs 2,999. The offer is on casual wear, formal wear, Indian wear, accessories and shoes. Some of the brands that feature in the offer are Levis, Puma, Reebok, Mufti, Lee, Wrangler, Eccentrics, Adidas, Road, Nike, Lee Cooper, Red Tape, Busstop etc.

Sensex zooms 409 pts. PTI MUMBAI, SEPT 13

The BSE benchmark Sensex today zoomed by more than 408 points to cross the 19,000-level for the first time in 32 months on aggressive buying across banking, energy and realty sectors, sparked by robust factory output in July. Extending its gains for the fifth successive session, the 30-share benchmark of the Bombay Stock Exchange surged by 408.67 points, or 2.17 per cent, to 19,208.33 — its best close since January 17, 2008, when the Sensex closed at 19,700. Stretching last week’s solid gains, the National Stock Exchange’s wide-based 50-share Nifty index ended 2.13 per cent higher at 5,760.

I am also inspired by a lot more - ‘Drink milk' by the Flemish Milk Board, the Berlitz ‘Sinking about’ commercial, ‘Evolution’ by Dove etc. Among Indian ads, Zoo Zoos, Center Shock ‘Crazy hairstyle’, Happydent 'Palace' and ING Vysya ‘Chase’ are the ones that I’d love to have been a part of. What’s the one thing you love about your job? The fact that I don’t necessarily need to be in office to do my job. In the bus, in the toilet or on a vacation, I can work from anywhere! What’s the one thing you don’t love about it? The fact that I don’t necessarily need to be in office to do my job. So every weekend, vacation and free time has the potential to turn into office time! Who’s the one person in advertising you’d love to have a working dinner with? Ashish Khazanchi. Ask anyone who’s worked with him how much fun it is just to be around him and they’ll tell you. What do you like to do outside of advertising? That’s tough considering you don’t get time to do much outside advertising once you are in it. But when I do, I play badminton, go hiking or biking.

Infy to diversify away from US REUTERS SHANGHAI, SEPT 13

Infosys Technologies Ltd, India's No 2 software outsourcing company, aims to diversif y its revenue streams after a year during which Europe's downturn made the company even more reliant on the United States, its CEO said on Monday. The company aimed to cut the proportion of revenue from the United States to about 40 percent of overall income over the medium term from 65 percent now, Chief executive S. Gopalakrishnan said in an interview on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in China. He said Infosys wanted to boost revenue from Europe to about 40 percent of total inAban Offshor, 829.1, 836.85, 827.1, 829.5 Abb Ltd., 788, 799.8, 780.6, 783.3 Abg Shipyard, 254.05, 255, 248.6, 249.6 Acc Limited, 981.3, 1016.85, 981.3, 990.45 Adani Enterp, 664.5, 705.05, 664, 700.8 Aditya Birla, 890, 897, 875.25, 880.4 Allahabad Ba, 229, 232.4, 227.2, 230.35 Alstom Proje, 733.15, 754, 733.15, 737.6 Ambuja Cemen, 134.95, 140.7, 134.95, 139.35 Andhra Bank, 160, 167.75, 159.65, 165.9 Ashok Leylan, 72.75, 73.9, 72.4, 72.8 Asian Paints, 2834.4, 2850, 2788.85, 2797.75 Axis Bank Li, 1386, 1432.85, 1386, 1426.2 Bajaj Hindus, 123, 123.8, 121.7, 122.1 Bank Of Baro, 846, 870, 844, 867.9 Bank Of Indi, 495, 504.7, 492, 500 Beml Limited, 1229.9, 1229.9, 1170, 1185.1 Bharat Elect, 1718.8, 1797.8, 1717.25, 1778.3 Bharat Forge, 370, 372, 363, 366.5 Bharat Petro, 752, 756.75, 741, 752.3

come from 20 percent, while other markets would account for 20 percent, up from 15 percent. "We want to move to 4040-20 over the next five years," he said. "That's the goal for us." Gopalakrishnan said clients continued to spend on technology, despite recent reports that spending may be slowing. Although spending had become decidedly short-term, he added. "Demand continues to be okay," he said. "What is challenging is that companies are willing to commit for the short-term but not the long term or the medium term. Because of that, it becomes challenging to do medium- to longterm planning."

Bharti Airte, 354.4, 354.95, 347.15, 348.8 Bhel, 2490, 2519.6, 2482.25, 2493.7 Bhushan Stee, 1885, 1913.65, 1866.2, 1898 Biocon Limit, 349, 349, 342.5, 343.75 Bombay Dyein, 639, 668.5, 622.6, 661.95 Bosch Limite, 6255, 6429, 6255, 6304.75 Brigade Ente, 141.85, 145.8, 139.25, 141.55 Cairn India, 329, 330.9, 326.05, 327.05 Canara Bank, 568, 590, 566.15, 578.25 Central Bank, 184.8, 198.7, 184.05, 192.1 Century Text, 518, 530, 515, 528.45 Cesc Ltd, 401, 412, 401, 407.85 Chambal Fert, 76.6, 77, 74.8, 75.15 Chennai Petr, 247.95, 249.8, 237, 247.75 Cipla Ltd, 308, 309.95, 304.6, 305.55 Colgate Palm, 832, 834.5, 824.05, 825 Container Co, 1297, 1312, 1286, 1299.95 Crompton Gre, 310, 313.9, 307, 309.85 Cummins Indi, 745, 748.5, 735.1, 743.3 Dabur India, 109, 109.7, 106.3, 108.25 Deccan Chron, 133.55, 134.1, 132.05, 132.35

BOARD MEETINGS

K’taka ore export ban hits Railways HERALD BUSINESS DESK PANJIM, SEPT 13

The Railways is bearing the brunt of the current controversy over illegal mining as the transportation of iron ore has come down drastically in the Hospet-Bellary section. Ever since the State government banned the export of iron ore, the Railways has been able to transport iron ore only in five rakes (each rake comprising 58 wagons with a load of around 3,950 tonnes) a day, and that too domestic and for a short distance. Before the ban, around 2526 rakes a day were plying, of which, 6 to 7 were domestic, while the rest was going towards various ports — Chennai, Krishnapattanam, Goa, Vishakapattanam — for exports. As such, the freight revenue of the Hubli division of the South Western Railway has come down considerably. The bulk of the freight revenue was generated by way of transportation of iron ore and a sudden drop has been a cause of major worry for the Railways. “We (Railways) have been forced to bear the brunt of the

Dish Tv Indi, 55.65, 56.65, 55.65, 56.3 Divi’s Labor, 760.25, 773.5, 760, 767.8 Dlf Limited, 323, 334.45, 322, 332.9 Dr. reddy’s, 1421.95, 1454.9, 1412.3, 1448.75 Edelweiss Ca, 51.6, 53.3, 51.15, 52.3 Educomp Solu, 573, 576, 569.3, 571.6 Eih Limited, 142, 143.65, 140, 140.2 Engineers In, 362, 364.6, 351.2, 352.6 Essar Oil Lt, 131.8, 135.9, 128.2, 128.7 Essar Shippi, 114.25, 116, 110.1, 111.55 Exide Indust, 158.35, 162.65, 158.35, 160.1 Federal Bank, 374, 377.6, 369.1, 370.55 Financial Te, 1375, 1386, 1355.5, 1370.2 Gail (india), 465, 472, 462.7, 470.8 Gammon India, 223.55, 226.55, 218, 220 Glaxosmithkl, 1916.6, 1973.5, 1912.15, 1953.85 Glenmark Pha, 285.5, 292.6, 285, 288.8 Gmr Infrastr, 59.5, 59.7, 58.85, 59.2 Godrej Indus, 245, 248.1, 239.15, 241.25 Grasim Indus, 2155, 2190, 2141, 2153.8 Great Offsho, 405.75, 405.75, 397, 400.15 Gtl Infra.Lt, 47, 47.5, 45.6, 46.9 Gujarat Mine, 136.5, 137.75, 135, 136.7

Gujarat N R, 64.6, 66, 63.95, 64.75 Gujarat Stat, 116, 116.7, 109.8, 111.7 Gvk Pow. & I, 51, 51.5, 49.8, 50.05 Hcl Technolo, 413.75, 414.8, 408, 410.55 Hdfc Bank Lt, 2250.1, 2295, 2248, 2282.45 Hdfc Ltd, 634.65, 669, 631.2, 665.4 Hero Honda M, 1740.2, 1748.9, 1723.15, 1727.7 Hindalco in, 183.5, 192.5, 183, 191.05 Hindustan Co, 63.1, 63.95, 62.9, 63.25 Hindustan Ma, 77, 77.7, 75.5, 75.65 Hindustan Pe, 528, 532, 522.85, 529.15 Hindustan Un, 280, 282.15, 278.1, 279.15 Hindustan Zi, 1105.05, 1116, 1087.6, 1103.4 Housing Dev, 280.8, 285, 278.95, 283.45 Icici Bank L, 1059, 1103.65, 1055.1, 1098 Idea Cellula, 77, 77.4, 74.2, 74.6 Ifci Ltd, 60.6, 61.1, 59.85, 60.15 India Cement, 112.2, 114.4, 111.75, 113.35 India Infoli, 102.05, 103.3, 100.35, 101.05 Indiabulls F, 149.55, 151, 147.5, 150.45 Indiabulls R, 184, 184, 180.35, 183 Indian Bank, 261.6, 269.5, 260.1, 265.25 Indian Hotel, 108.5, 108.5, 106.35, 107.05 Indian Oil C, 418, 420, 411.5, 418.8

policy decision taken by others,” an official of the South Western Railway, Hubli, said. “Though we have been able to generate alternate freight revenue by way of transportation of finished goods like steel, sugar, fertilisers and petrol, it was not able to compensate the loss of revenue gained through movement iron ore,” he says, and adds that one rake of ore towards Chennai fetched Rs 80 lakh and Rs 70 lakh towards Vishakapattanam. The Bellary-Hospet section was a major freight revenue earning section in the Hubli division with iron ore extracted from nearly 95 mines spread over Hospet, Sandur and Bellary taluks and transported on rails for exports. This is for the second time in the last two years that the transportation of iron ore by Railways has come down drastically. Earlier in Sept/Oct, 2008, following the global meltdown, the movement of iron ore had come down considerably, following crash in the prices in the international market and lack of buyers

Indian Overs, 142, 143.9, 140.6, 141.1 Indus Dev Ba, 140, 143.2, 139.75, 140.35 Indusind Ban, 242.45, 243.35, 235.6, 236.2 Infosys Tech, 2890, 2945, 2882, 2936.9 Infra. dev., 190, 193.85, 190, 191.15 Ispat Indust, 21.5, 22.25, 21.2, 21.95 Itc Ltd, 163.35, 164.8, 162.1, 163.2 Ivrcl Infras, 164.7, 164.7, 160.15, 163.1 Jai Corp Lim, 267.8, 274.65, 263.5, 271.1 Jaiprakash A, 121, 122.95, 119.85, 122.5 Jet Airways, 758, 795, 755, 787.7 Jindal Saw L, 214.3, 215.6, 211, 212 Jindal Steel, 719.75, 723, 715, 717.7 Jsw Steel Li, 1226.4, 1246.7, 1223.35, 1238.25 Kotak Mahind, 437.55, 459.8, 435.3, 454.7 Lakshmi Mach, 2500, 2540, 2450.05, 2457.25 Lanco Infrat, 71.7, 71.7, 70, 70.55 Larsen & Tou, 1900, 1920, 1895, 1904.5 Lic Housing, 1199.8, 1212.75, 1178.05, 1206.95 Lupin Limite, 376.55, 377.4, 371.3, 375.1 Mahanagar Te, 65, 65.7, 63.8, 63.95 Mahindra & M, 658, 668.1, 651.65, 664.85

Parle Software Tamilnadu Tele Remi Securities Source: Indiainfoline.com

MF FUNDA BIRLA SUN LIFE MUTUAL FUND has approved September 17, 2010 as the record date for declaration of dividend under dividend option of Birla Sun Life Tax Plan. The face value of per unit is Rs 10. The quantum of dividend shall be Rs 2 per unit as on the record date. RELIANCE MUTUAL FUND has launched two new funds named as Reliance Index Fund - Nifty Plan and Reliance Index Fund - Sensex Plan, an open ended index linked scheme. The NFO price for the schemes is Rs 10 per unit. The new issue is open for subscription from September 9 and closes on September 23, 2010. The schemes offer Growth Plan and Dividend Plan. The minimum investment amount is Rs 5,000 and in multiples of Re 1 thereafter under each scheme. The fund seeks to collect a minimum subscription (minimum target) amount of Rs 1 lakh under each scheme during the NFO period. Exit load charge shall be 1% of the applicable NAV if redeemed or switched out on or before completion of 1 year from the date of allotment of units, NIL thereafter. Nifty Plan will be benchmarked against S&P CNX Nifty, while Sensex Plan against BSE Sensex. Krishan Daga will be the fund manager for the schemes. BENCHMARK MUTUAL FUND has launched a new fund named as Infrastructure Benchmark Exchange Traded Scheme (Infra BeES), an open ended exchange traded fund. The units being offered will have a face value of Rs 10 each and will be issued at a premium equivalent to difference between allotment price and the face value of Rs 10. The new issue is open for subscription from September 9 and closes on September 23, 2010. The scheme offers only growth option. The minimum investment amount is Rs 10,000 and in multiples of Re 1 thereafter. The fund seeks to collect a minimum subscription (minimum target) amount of Rs 10 million under the scheme during the NFO period. Entry and entry load charge shall be nil for the scheme. The scheme`s performance will be benchmarked against CNX Infrastructure Index. The Fund has obtained an in principal approval of NSE for listing the units of the scheme. Vishal Jain will be the fund manager for the scheme.

Maruti Suzuk, 1325, 1333, 1314.15, 1328.15 Max India Lt, 172.85, 174.5, 166.9, 170.8 Maytas Infr., 223.3, 229.65, 218.35, 223.3 Moser-baer (, 67.55, 68.65, 66.1, 67.8 Mrpl, 77.9, 78.25, 77.05, 77.7 Nagarjuna Co, 161, 164.8, 160.6, 163.45 Nagarjuna Fe, 32.4, 32.65, 32, 32.15 National Alu, 411.9, 411.9, 404.1, 406.4 Neyveli Lign, 162.1, 166.4, 161.1, 164.9 Ntpc Ltd, 204.85, 208.5, 202.15, 207.6 Oil And Natu, 1380, 1389, 1366.35, 1382.35 Omaxe Limite, 135, 138.4, 133, 137.1 Oriental Ban, 464.9, 473, 455.7, 468.9 Pantaloon Re, 491, 518.9, 485, 511.1 Parsvnath De, 141.9, 145, 139.6, 141.15 Petronet Lng, 111, 112.8, 109.25, 111.25 Power Fin Co, 351, 354.2, 347.5, 350.25 Power Grid C, 105.8, 106.5, 104.85, 105.55 Praj Industr, 78.9, 78.9, 77.5, 77.75 Punj Lloyd L, 113.9, 114.2, 111.75, 112.65 Punjab Natio, 1229.9, 1264.8, 1225.55, 1245.95 Rajesh Expor, 96.5, 97.2, 93.05, 96.9 Ranbaxy Labs, 511, 516.45, 506.1, 507.6

Rashtriya Ch, 87.85, 88.05, 85.2, 85.95 Rel. nat. re, 39, 39.5, 38.15, 39.15 Reliance Cap, 784, 784, 771, 778.2 Reliance Com, 166, 166, 161.5, 162.75 Reliance Ene, 1199.6, 1199.7, 1102, 1115.6 Reliance Ind, 880, 902, 880, 889.1 Reliance Ind, 972, 995.5, 965.35, 992.5 Reliance Pow, 156.3, 157.95, 154.6, 157.1 Rolta India, 170, 170.8, 166.8, 167.5 Satyam Compu, 93, 93.65, 91.25, 91.65 Sesa Goa Ltd, 312.4, 325.5, 312.4, 323.15 Shipping Cor, 170.9, 172, 166.9, 167.3 Siemens Ltd, 720, 726.9, 712.2, 721.55 Sintex Indus, 384, 394.4, 380.5, 389.9 Sobha Develo, 375.9, 380, 372.05, 377.2 State Bank O, 2991.05, 3166, 2991.05, 3148.55 Steel Author, 200, 203.45, 200, 201.1 Sterlite Ind, 168.05, 168.95, 165.65, 166.45 Sun Pharmace, 1759.95, 1762, 1740, 1754.5 Sun Tv Netwo, 511.4, 516, 505, 508.6 Suzlon Energ, 51.5, 52, 50.75, 51 Tata Communi, 340, 343, 335.15, 337.5 Tata Consult, 871.35, 889, 870.7, 879.75

Tata Motors, 1021.2, 1034.5, 1017.3, 1027 Tata Power C, 1270, 1279.6, 1266.65, 1275.15 Tata Steel L, 599, 606.7, 595.4, 601.5 Tata Teleser, 23.5, 23.65, 23.1, 23.15 Tech Mahindr, 716, 723.6, 711.05, 712.4 The Ge Shpg., 317.5, 317.5, 309.25, 310.85 The Phoenix, 256.6, 263, 251.5, 255.3 Thermax Ltd, 799.9, 807.7, 791.3, 796 Titan Indust, 2960, 3007, 2932.05, 2976.95 Torrent Powe, 342, 349.8, 341.1, 345.7 Triveni Engg, 105.55, 107.2, 104.55, 104.75 Tv18 India L, 98, 98.6, 96.75, 97.5 Uco Bank, 118.3, 119.85, 117.55, 118.3 Ultratech Ce, 1026.3, 1082, 1022, 1055.5 Union Bank O, 359.2, 377.1, 357, 369.45 Unitech Ltd, 83, 85.3, 82.35, 84.9 United Phosp, 187, 196.2, 184.35, 190.2 Videocon Ind, 268.5, 269.8, 264, 264.55 Vijaya Bank, 85, 85.8, 84.2, 85.05 Voltas Ltd, 228.5, 231, 224.75, 225.25 Wipro Ltd, 410, 412, 400.6, 403.2 Yes Bank Lim, 323, 332.9, 322.15, 330.6 Zee Entertai, 294, 295.85, 291, 294.8


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India wants more foreign capital: PM PTI NEW DELHI, SEPT 13

Pitching for increased foreign investment for a growth of 9 to 10 per cent, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said India will have to pay more attention to the Asia-Pacific region but asserted that the country's "strategic autonomy" would not be compromised. Addressing top commanders of defence services here, he observed that India's "toughest challenges" lie in its neighbourhood and the country's growth ambitions cannot be realised unless peace and stability is ensured in South Asia. Singh said as India's econ-

Vishal Retail sells biz for Rs 100 cr AGENCY MUMBAI, SEPT 13

Debt-ridden Vishal Retail Monday said it would sell its retail operations to the Shriram Group and wholesale business to the Indian subsidiary of USbased private equity firm TPG. It said the company board has approved the deal whose combined worth is Rs.100 crore, which is less than its current market capitalisation of Rs.121 crore, and sought shareholders' approval for the same. The sale, however, would not include the company's properties in Hubli, Kolkata, Dehradun and Jabalpur, the firm said in a regulatory filing. The company operates under the brands -- Vishal, Vishal Retail, Vishal Megamart and Vishal Fashion Mart. On the BSE, the Vishal Retail scrip soared almost 16 percent to touch an intra-day high of Rs 58.95. It closed the day at Rs 54.25 up 6.69 percent from its previous close of Rs.50.85. The sale of these businesses will, however, service only a small portion of Vishal Retail's Rs 730 crore debt. It had initiated a corporate debt restructuring programme in 2009 and its prime lenders, SBI, HDFC Bank, HSBC and ING Vysya Bank approved a package which entailed the firm's promoters giving up control to TPG. The deal, will conform to foreign investment regulations in the sector, which does not allow foreign players to run multi-brand retail chains. The TPG's Indian arm will get control of Vishal's wholesale business, institutional sales and franchise operations. The Shriram Group will run the retail operations, with TPG handling the back-end operations.

omy grows, the technological capabilities must expand to set higher standards for the modernisation of defence forces and "war fighting doctrines" should be updated to meet "new threats" to the country's security. "In the ultimate analysis, the strength of a nation flows from the strength of its institutions, its values and its economic competitiveness," the Prime Minister said. "If we are to sustain a growth rate of 9 to 10 per cent in the forseeable future, we require foreign capital inflow, both portfolio and direct investment, the best of modern tech-

nology and access to markets of the advanced economies," he said. For this, India needs to maintain "healthy relations" with all major powers, Singh said but made it clear that the country's strategic autonomy would be preserved as it is an "article of faith for us". India, he said, is "too large a country to be boxed into any alliance or regional or sub-regional arrangements, whether trade, economic or political." In the global terms, the Prime Minister said, there was a shift of economic and political power to Asia, with the Asia-Pacific region, including

the South East Asia needing more attention from India. "This must seep into our defence and foreign policy planning as never before. This is a palpable desire on the part of the countries of this region to enhance cooperation with us which we must reciprocate," he added. Describing the nations of the Gulf region, West and Central Asia as "natural partners", he said India had tangible interests in these regions, among which energy security was most important. "We have to ensure adequate availability of commercial energy to support our growth tar-

Delta Corp plans casinos in Daman, Sikkim, Nairobi HERALD BUSINESS DESK PANJIM, SEPT 13

Delta Corp, which recently sold its Prabhadevi land for Rs 250 crore to ICICI Lombard, plans to invest part of the money in gaming and hospitality business. Hardik Dhebar, Group CFO of Delta Corp said the company is looking at replicating its Goa model in Daman as well as Sikkim. "We are going to be focusing completely on the gaming and the hospitality space where there is a lot of excitement," he added. Excerpts of an interview with Dhebar. Have you guys decided what to do with this Rs 250 crore that you raised from the sale of property? Yes, as I had mentioned some days ago to you itself that the idea is very clear that once we get this liquidity from the real estate business that we are looking to exit out of this one particular property. We are going to be focusing completely on the gaming and the hospitality space where there is a lot of excitement and we are very kicked up about the whole gaming space per se. The plans are there and we know what actual assets are going to get created out of these. On the gaming front, would that include setting up the casino in Daman or any other casino properties that you are setting up for purchasing just to utilize those proceeds? The gamut is going to be much larger and vaster. While we definitely want to cover the Goa imprint, as we have always been mentioning, Daman and Sikkim are going to be the next destinations Sikkim, though a little bit farfetched, but I think the region per se when I say the region as in places like Sri

Lanka, Mauritius and in the South Asian region are very exciting in terms of the gaming space. In addition to that, we have East Africa presence where gaming is quite a bit established industry. There are about 19-20 casinos operational in Nairobi, Kenya. That also is an area that we are looking at. We are very excited with the type of opportunities that are available to us and hence gaming is something going to be very promising in the near future. There has been some talk that you may use part of the proceeds to consolidate your 35% holding in Advani Hotels. Is that part of the plan—to utilize this cash to take your holding there above 51% eventually? Hospitality has been an area, which we are focusing on and looking at and it is synergistic to the gaming space but I think commenting on market speculation is not something which we as management would like to do. How does Advani Hotels fit into your overall plan since you own a 35% but don’t have a majority stake in that company? How does that time with your plans in hospitality? As of now it is an investment. We will see in what best synergistic way we can work. Something on the hospitality side but as I said Advani Hotels at this point of time is just an investment in the books of Delta Corp. Is that where most of your investments will be channelized gaming and hospitality because you have a real estate division as well? Gaming and hospitality is the focus for the next 24-36 months and as I just men-

tioned, the region itself has become very exciting. Obviously, it is a little early days to speak about the region per se but I think in a couple of months time we will be able to give you much more details. But gaming and hospitality predominantly would be something where we are going to be focusing. Real estate, as I said, we are already capitalised enough. The projects are all well onstream and 2011-2012 onwards we will start bearing the fruits of all the investments that have gone into the real estate space. What about aviation? What are your plans for that division? Aviation was never a core business or a focused area. Aviation was more complementing my gaming business. As you would appreciate that there are certain things that one does to facilitate VIP clients or high rolling clients or something like that as they call it, it was more to complement my gaming business. So aviation was never a focused area. It is just one of those ancillary complementing activities that we do to support the gaming and hospitality play. How fast is the existing revenue base from the gaming side growing every year? The Q1 results were exciting, we have done about 60% more on the topline and almost 100% more on the bottomline and the following months and quarters have been very promising and are looking very exciting. So only thing I can say is that this is a business where numbers are just not predictable and one can be startled to see what the end result is going to be. So we as management are very excited about the gaming business.

gets. This requires not only diversification of the sources of our energy imports but also widening of our overall energy mix. It is in this context that we need to operationalise our nuclear energy option, which holds great promise and is a necessity," he added. Referring to the global economic crisis of 2008, Singh said India had weathered it better than most large economies, as there was a continental sized economy and large internal market. But the challenge, he said, would be to ensure that growth was balanced across all regions and reached all sections of society.

Help with jobs, urges IMF REUTERS GENEVA, SEPT 13

The International Monetary Fund will reaffirm its call to extend fiscal stimulus and boost job growth when it meets labour groups and govt officials to discuss the weak global economic recovery on Monday. In a paper to be discussed at a conference co-hosted by the International Labour Organisation, the IMF argues that labour markets are in a "dire state" with more and more workers unable to find jobs for longer periods, impacting social cohesion. "The human and social costs of unemployment are more farreaching than the immediate temporary loss of income," the IMF said in its paper on reducing the human cost of recession. The IMF said that up to a point, fiscal stimulus was worth the additional debt if it helped cut long-term unemployment, which poses an even costlier burden on society as workers get discouraged, lose lifetime earnings or leave the labour market. "If fiscal stimulus helps reduce unemployment and thus avoid an increase in structural unemployment, it may actually largely pay for itself, and lead to only a small increase in debt, relative to the alternative of doing nothing," IMF chief economist Olivier Blanchard said. "I hope that Oslo does reaffirm the need for coordination in aggregate demand policies across countries over the medium run," he said. The IMF will find an ally in the International Labour Organisation, whose boss called for an extension of fiscal stimulus measures to foster a still "fragile" global economic recovery and job creation.

IndiGo to become No 3 AGENCY MUMBAI, SEPT 13

The low-cost carrier is within striking distance of Air India to become the country’s third largest aviation player. Last month, budget carrier IndiGo received the government’s nod to buy 150 aircraft over the next two to three years, as it looks to fly international routes. IndiGo will complete five years of operations in August 2011, which makes it eligible to fly overseas routes. Even though competitor SpiceJet has beaten them to it by announcing its global foray with flights to Kathmandu and Colombo, the international debut will be an important milestone for IndiGo, the country’s biggest low-cost carrier with a market share of 16.9% in July (from just 13.4% in April). SpiceJet is next at 13.2%. Significantly, Indigo is within striking distance of Air India whose latest available market share is 17.3 per cent. Which means the LCC is a serious contender for the third largest aviation player in India if it can continue its growth momentum. The large order book for planes also shows how IndiGo has been playing the cost game well. The huge orders, second only to Air India’s, could be a big differentiator not only in terms of size but would also enable the LCC to extract hefty price discounts from manufacturers.

GCCI seeks help for Goa’s sponge, pig iron units in HERALD BUSINESS DESK PANJIM, SEPT 13

According to Manguirish Pai Raikar vice president of Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the chamber will explore its options to ensure that the pig iron and sponge iron plants in Goa that were affected by the Karnataka government's decision not to permit ore carrying trucks to Goa, keep their operations going. Raikar as chairman of GCCI's committee on industries had convened a meeting of government officials and aggrieved industries. He said that “Three factories

New tax norms for foreign Cos soon: Finance Ministry PTI NEW DELHI, SEPT 13

The Finance Ministry today said safe harbour rules - a set of norms that would enable the I-T authorities to accept without scrutiny the tax returns by the Indian units of foreign companies -- would be soon put in place. "Safe harbour rules are at an advanced stage of consideration. I can't share how the guidelines are going to be. It will be a very favourable programme. We are working on it and it will be in place as early as possible," Central Board of Direct Taxes chairman S S N Moorthy said. He said the norms would

be taxpayer friendly. The CBDT has set up a committee to formulate rules for the safe harbour provisions on transfer pricing returns. Transfer pricing refers to the price at which one arm of a company, usually a multinational corporation, transfer goods or services to another division of the same organisation in order to calculate each arms profit and loss separately. The committee comprises senior tax officials and representatives of trade and industry as well as ICAI. Its objective is to set conditions under the safe harbour rules to facilitate acceptance of a transfer pricing

return without scrutiny. The committee is expected to set an acceptable margin which would act as a benchmark for the industry. Moorthy also said the DTC proposes General Anti Avoidance Rules (GAAR) to prevent abuse of double taxation avoidance agreement by some. He assured that GAAR would be implemented in a very modest, responsible and tax friendly manner. The CBDT Chairman also informed that DTC bill also proposed to bring public sector units under the ambit of Advance Rulings and Dispute Resolution (Authority) to resolve tax disputes.

Sops for tyre industry soon AGENCY NEW DELHI, SEPT 13

The govt is likely to lower import duties on rubber to help the tyre industry, which is facing cost pressure because of a supply crunch of raw materials. 'We will try to sort out the problems in a month,' Commerce Secretary Rahul Khullar said Monday. He said the govt would announce a series of measures, including restructuring of duties, to help the industry. 'We are aware of the problems and trying to sort it out. But I can't give you all the details now,' Khullar said. India tyre industry has been requesting the government to make rubber imports duty free as gap between domestic and international prices of rubber has widened.

have temporarily shut shop due to the lack of supply of iron ore from the neighboring state. The government, particularly the directorate of industries which is facilitator rather than a regulator, should play a pro active role.” Raikar said that “It is not just the issue of the units depending on import of high grade iron ore as raw material for their factories, but it is linked to the revenue of the state and employment.” He said suggestions for various options had come at the meeting which the chamber would look at in a bid to find a solution to the imbroglio. One

option is to move the court in Karnataka. Two representatives of the trade are already in Bangalore to meet government agencies. Raikar said that they would meet the chief secretary S K Srivastava seeking the government's intervention in the matter. He said that "We will request him to speak to his Karnataka counterpart to get the supply of iron ore going.” He added that though Karnataka's iron ore is the raw material used in Goa, pig iron goes back to Karnataka foundries for automobile components, etc.

Movies now on pen drives AGENCY NEW DELHI, SEPT 13

Optical media devices manufacturer Moser Baer India Monday said it is launching pre-loaded Bollywood movies on pen drives to increase market share. 'We plan to launch around 1 lakh units per month of this USB (univeral serial bus) drive which will enable us to capture an additional 4-5 percent of the market share in the solid state media,' said Deepak Shetty, senior vice president, domestic sales and marketing. According to the company, the pre-loaded content can be erased by customers as and when required and the device

can be used as a normal USB drive. As an introductory offer, the company has priced a 4 GB drive stick at Rs.850. 'This launch will be followed by more new exciting offerings in higher end 8 GB and 16 GB drives shortly,' the company said in a statement. In January this year, the company had launched contentloaded Micro-SD cards for mobile handsets, containing movies and songs. During the same time last year, T-Series had tied up with the company's competitor Transcend to release the music of Sanjay Dutt and Akshay Kumar starrer 'Blue' on pen drives.

The carrier has managed to scale up fast and now has 28 aircraft (against Spicejet’s 21). It is expected to take delivery of seven more by the end of this calendar year. Compare that with SpiceJet, which was launched a year earlier and has 21 aircraft. It is leading in seat factor as well. While IndiGo has seat factor of 80.2 per cent, its peers SpiceJet and GoAir have seat factors of 76.8 and 71.3 per cent, respectively. Since IndiGo is not publicly

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sweetmeat in the king of all sweets on the occasion of Ganesh. L o rd G a n e s h i s fond of the modak, a sweet made especially on the occasion of this festival. Food was served on a banana leaf and that again symbolises purity and it took us closer to nature. Our ancestors sat on floors smeared with cow dung and had their food together after the Ganpati prayers. Plenty of hymns were sung, they still are. The old and the young sing Ganesh hymns with great joy and enthusiasm. The entire household wears a festive look and decorations played a very important role in the festival. The house was cleaned and made spic and span to herald Lord Ganesh. Earlier natural materials used for decorating the makkar - that is the place where the clay idol of Ganesh is installed. Golden paper was used to decorate its sides, pink paper with floral designs were also used in the olden days. Villagers used to visit each others homes on the second day of the Chavath. Immersion of the idol carried out on a collective basis. The river, stream, lake or ponds were the places where the idol was immersed with the bursting of crackers, fireworks and much fanfare. The young and the old felt within themselves a sad feeling while immersing the idol as God Ganesh is leaving them. Their sadness however didn’t last long as their beloved God makes a promise to return the next year. The true spirit of Chavath lies in the heart of the Goan villages, in the ancestral houses, among the people. It can never be the same in a nuclear family living in a flat in a city.

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BY PRAJAL SAKHARDANDE he beautiful Bhadrapad month brings in the most popular festival in Goa, Ganesh Chaturthi, locally known as Chavath. It was a beautiful, divine coincidence to celebrate two beautiful festivals, Chavath and Ramzan Eid together. Ganesh Chaturthi is an occasion when Goans renew connect with their ancestors and their roots. It is an occasion where revisiting one’s ancestral house deep in the villages is almost mandatory. Ganesh is the God of ecology, environment and knowledge. The rituals connected with Ganesh Chaturthi precisely convey a message of conservation and preservation of our natural heritage. The Matolli is one rich showcase of our natural wealth of fruits, vegetables, leaves, roots which have immense medicinal and nutritional value. In fact, all the aspects of this grand festival have a deeper meaning. Apart from its philosophy, symbolism, scientific, medicinal aspects, Chavath is a festival of joy and happiness. Ganesh Chaturthi brings in some fond memories of my grandparents. On the eve of the festival my maternal grandfather would arrive with the ‘voje’ - a unique heritage of Goa - where married daughters receive a variety of home made sweetmeats. My maternal grandmother from Margao would prepare all these sweets and send them to her six sons-in-law’s houses, packed with great love, care and affection. The sweets included dudh pede, shankarpalli, bundi ladoo, rava ladoo, besan ladoo, pithyachi laddo, Mysore pak, neuros and other savouries such as shev, chiwda and chaklis, all wrapped in coloured paper. My grandfather brought along a variety of fireworks such as Zamin Chakra, Naring, crackers. After the death of my maternal grandfather, my maternal uncle carried forward the heritage of the voje. He brought the voje to the house of all his six sisters living in Panjim, Mapusa and Margao. He still does. Neuros the delectable crescent shaped

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three, in Europe she works along with expert drummer and master percussionist Simon Webster organising Dance-Asylum - Intensive Dance Teacher Training. In India, she has created a name by performing at various venues and festivals. “Though it is considered off-season, it is the most hectic season for me as a belly dancer. During the peak season, various dancers fly in and approach venues themselves for offers. But at this time, I am always flooded with work. Those who train under me can also join in when they perfect the art,” says Katie Holland. “I even have a few students who have been following me every since I started my classes in Goa. I first held workshops in Palolem, then Colva and now in Candolim. They prefer attending the classes when the venue is close. It is a very liberating feeling to dance and train to dance,” she closes.

Biel, Ajay and Kajol...It’s a Boy! Mendes and Weisz go B behind camera ollywood actors Kajol and Ajay Devgn became proud parents of a baby boy. The actress delivered her second child yesterday morning around 9 o’clock at the Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai. Sources close to the couple said the mother and the baby were doing fine. The couple tied the knot in 1999 and has a sevenyear-old daughter named Nysa. Riteish Deshmukh, who has shared screen space with Ajay in ‘Cash’ and ‘Masti’, was among the first actors to announce the news on Twitter. “Congratulations Ajay and Kajol…a baby boy arrives,” he posted. Following him was Bollywood biggie Shah Rukh Khan. Shah Rukh, one of Kajol's closest friends in the film industry, posted, “Bringing life on earth is the most beautiful gift of God. Allah bless Ajay and Kajol with happiness and health. Son of a Devgn! Wow.” National award winning filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, Priyanka Chopra, Mallika Sherawat, Bipasha Basu and Arshad Warsi were among the other celebrities to wish the couple.

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hree Hollywood divas, more known for their acting skills on the big screen are now going to be on the other side of the camera. Jessica Biel, Eva Mendes and Oscar-winner Rachel Weisz are each directing a short film for the Glamour magazine's annual ‘Glamour Reel Moments’. The films are based on real stories written by Glamour readers about personal moments when they helped out or gave back. Thousands of submissions poured in to the magazine and they were narrowed down to those most adaptable to a short film format. Weisz, Mendes and Biel were presented with the finalists and each actress selected her story. Mendes and Biel have already shot theirs, while Weisz is scheduled to go into production this month. Biel's short, ‘Sodalis,’ focuses on two little girls who are best friends. “For this (film) it’s do good for your loved one, your best friend. Do good for yourself,” said Biel, who was seen most recently in Hollywood's summer action movie ‘The A-Team.’ On Mendes' film, ‘California Romanza,’ the director enlisted the help of Christina Ricci, Daniel Stern, and Kathy Najimy to appear. “This whole project is so inspiring because I never thought I could do this,” Mendes said. “It has been the most fulfilling experience of my career today.” They had worked with production company Freestyle to develop and produce the films. The shorts will benefit a women's program for FilmAid International, which helps displaced refugees around the world. Past actresses who got behind the camera for Reel Moments include Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson, Demi Moore and Dakota Fanning. Over the years, the films have also made the rounds at over 25 film festivals including Sundance and Tribeca.


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WHAT’S UP IN GOA?? The 10th Goa State (under-16) interschool Tennis Ball Cricket Championship for boys and girls and the 7th State (under-19) inter-higher secondary school championship for boys and girls, organised by the Goa Tennis Ball Cricket Association and the Sports Authority of Goa will take place from October 3 to 5 at Vasco and Campal, Panjim. Registration closes on September 20. Call 2462609, 2463266 or 2464726. ‘Empowering Children for HIV and AIDS Mitigation’ will be the theme for the consultation of children infected and affected by HIV and AIDS, organised by World Vision, Help India Charitable Trust and Zindagi, Goa. It will be held from September 13 to 15 at the SVD Seminary, Raia-Margao. This will be followed by the children sharing their issues with the government on September 15 at 3pm in Panjim. ‘The Philosophy of Photography’ will be presented by Prasad Pankar on September 15 at 6.30pm at the Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts, Altinho, Panjim. E-mail info@sgcfa.org. Call 2421311. ‘Foreign Trade Policy 2009-14 – Annual Supplement’, a half a day seminar, organised by the Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Panjim on September 14 from 2.30pm to 6pm at Surendrababu Timblo Hall, Panjim. Call 2424252. An inter-school drawing and photography competition will be organised by Big Foot , Loutolim. The competition is in two categories; for Std V-VII the theme is Ganesh for prosperity and for VIII-X the theme is Ganesh festival celebrates unity and love. Registration closes on September 22. The winners will be announced at the Bal Mela at Big Foot in the month of November. Call 2777034. 30th Tiatr Competition, organised

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HERALD FEATURES he Kala Academy has finalised the programme for the 36th Tiatr Competition which will be held from September 21 to October 27 at the Dinanath Mangeshkar Kala Mandir, Kala Academy, Panjim with the participation of 21 groups. The shows on the respective dates of performances will commence at 7pm. This year the Tiatr Competition is highlighted by record participation of 21 tiatr groups. The inaugural show of the competition ‘Montri’ will be staged by Konkani Kala Mogi, Carambolim on September 21. On September 22, Shri Ganaraj Sangeet Sanskritic Mandal, Quitula will be stage ‘Faleam Konnem Poilam’ while the United Dramatic Association, Carambolim will present ‘Besaum’ on September 27. ‘Tuji Vokol Moji Bail’ will be staged on September 28 by Konkan Kalavistar Kendra, Vasco. Kala Mogi, Candolim will perform show of ‘Kal Ani Aiz’ on September 29 and ‘Bondkonn’ will be staged on October 4 by St Anne’s Cultural Troupe, Agonda. On October 5 ‘Soimbhacho Khell Ani Patkiancho Mell’ will be presented by Shri Guru Kala Sangum, Priol. Machi Mogi Morjim Cultural Sanskrutic Saunstha, Morji will perform the show of ‘Goykaramcher Dustt Porinam’ on October 7. Krist Kreations–Goa, Divar will stage ‘Thembe’ on October 8 while ‘Vadoll’ will be presented by Serula Art & Culture Academy, Penha-De-France on October 11. The show of ‘Kalliz Dukoilem’ will be presented on October 12 by Youth Creations, Taleigao. Shantesh Kala Sauskrutik Saunstha, Katurli, Goa Velha will stage the show of ‘Morosor’ on October 13. On October 14 Associacao Academica de Majorda-Utorda-Calata, Majorda will present ‘Matiechi Girestkai’. ‘Korta Ti Vat’ will be staged on October 18 by Goykaranchi Konkani Bhas, Sangit, Kala Ani Sanskrutai Kendr, Merces. Veer Hanuman Natye Mandal, Merces will present ‘Moronn’ on October 19 while the show of ‘Pacharem’ will be staged on October 20 by Alfi Art Productions, Divar. ‘Kantteamcho Turo’ will be performed on October 21 by St. Michael Taleigao Socio-Cultural Association, Taleigao. Ami Daizi – Fatorda will stage ‘Kusvo’ on October 22 and ‘Udorgot’ will be presented on October 25 by Britona Dramatic Academy, Penha-De-France. Sao Gonsalo Dramatic Group, St. Cruz will perform show of ‘Tuka’ on October 26. The concluding show of the competition ‘Don Vantte’ will be staged by Sao Minguel Club, Dona Paula on October 27. The tickets, priced at Rs35, to each show will be available at the Ticket counter of Kala Academy 3 days in advance of each show. Video shooting & audio recording is strictly prohibited, only media/press persons with prior written permission of Kala Academy will be allowed to shoot some clippings of performances.

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be awarded. Ten merit certificates and an award of Rs.10,000 each will be awarded separately to the selected art works. One merit certificate and a prize of Rs.5,000 will be awarded to a media reporter whose photo article relating to art has been published in any magazine or newspaper. The last date for submitting the exhibits is November 30, 2010 and the inaugural function of the exhibition and the award presentation ceremony will be held on February 12, 2011. Limited prospectus along with the necessary details of rules and regulations are available in the Programme and Development Section of Kala Academy, which may be collected during office hours. It may please be noted that the entries along with the works may be submitted directly to the organizers. Kala Academy has appealed to the Goan artists to participate in this Competition.

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3rd All India Annual Art Competition and Exhibition open for Registration HERALD FEATURES hikuram Jain Foundation, New Delhi is organising its 3rd All India Annual Art Competition and Exhibition – 2010. The said foundation intends to promote and uplift Indian contemporary art and facilitate artists, sculptors, graphic print makers and photographers of the country. Excellent exhibits will be selected for awards. Cash amount of Rs50,000 will be given to outstanding exhibits in any category, in memory of late Shri Bhiku Ram Jain. Ten cash awards of Rs25,000 each in five sections ie Painti n g s , S c u l p t u re , Graphics, Drawing and Photography will

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by Kala Academy, Panjim will be held from September 21 at the Kala Academy. Call 2420452. The 3rd All India Annual Art Competition and Exhibition 2010, organized by Bhikuram Jain Foundation, New Delhi is open for entries. Registration closes on November 30. The exhibition and the award presentation ceremony will be held on February 12, 2011. Call the Kala Academy, Panjim on 2420452. ‘St Francis Xavier and F Mendes Pinto, pioneers of Globalisation and Ecumenism in Japan’ is the subject of the talk to be given by Eduardo Kol de Carvalho, director of Fundacao Oriente on September 16 at 5.30pm at the Xavier Centre for Historical Research, Porvorim. Visit www.xchr.in. E-mail info@xchr.in. Call 2417772. The All Goa Toroloco Tequila Cocktail Competition is on for bartenders, both experienced and amateurs. Call 2262922, 2253377 or 2407030-71. All Goa Major Ranking Table Tennis Tournament, organised by the JCI St Inez and the Panjim Table Tennis Club, will be held from September 16 to 19 at the SAG Indoor Stadium, Campal, Panjim. Call 93264129171. A free course on EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), organised by the Anthony deMello Institute will be conducted on September 16 and 17 at 5pm and 6pm. Call 9822130055 or 2735839 French classes, organised by Alliance Francaise, Panjim is being held toll December 10 in Panjim, Margao, Mapusa and Vasco. E-mail alliance-fr@hotmail.com. Call 2420049 or 9922813950. A 1-day trek to Kumthal, Valpoi, organised by YHAI Panjim unit will take place on September 19. Registration closes on September 17. Call 9822125868 or 9850812204.

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10:00 Barclays Premier League 2010/11 : Arsenal vs. Bolton Wanderers 12:00 Barclays Premier League 2010/11 : Fulham vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers 14:00 Hitz 14:30 FIA F1 World Championship Highlights 2010 16:00 FIM Motocross World Championship 2010 : Women's Race 17:00 Motorsports : Petronas 17:30 Engine Block 2010 18:00 TNA Impact 20:00 2010 Hannspree Sbk Superbike World Championship H/ls

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Pg16 Faria Strikers stun Churchill HERALD REPORTER VASCO, SEPT 13

Striker Succor Fernandes of Faria Strikers and Churchill defender Hardeep Singh in a determined tussle at Tilak Maidan on Monday. Photo: M Prabhav

Faria Strikers created a big upset when they beat Churchill Bros 2-1 in a GFA Kingfisher Pro League match at Tilak Maidan, here on Monday. They led 1-0 at the break Earlier, soccer fans might have not taken debutant Faria Strikers seriously, when they scored two quick goals against Salgaocar in their opening encounter, which they eventually lost 4-2, after strong comeback from Salgaocar. But with today’s win over Churchill Brothers it would certainly force the teams to take a note that Faria mean serious business. In an interesting encounter Faria scored a gem of a goal in injury time of second half to claim full three points. Faria led at the breather with a solitary goal from striker Succour Fernandes, while Durga Boro reduced the margin for Churchill in the second half. Substitute Agnelo Quadros scored

the match-winner in injury time. Faria were the dominating side and struck the opener in the 26th minute. Milton Gomes sent the ball from the right flank to striker Succour Fernandes in the box, who struck it beautifully. Earlier, Churchill had initiated a couple of moves through Brian Mascarenhas, Durgao Boro and Sabino Rodrigues but they were off the target. Barely two minutes after change of ends, Churchill equalised when substitute Royston Pereira served Durga Boro on a platter and the latter made no mistake with it. Boro gave a torrid time to Faria with constant threats, but a goal eluded Churchill. Faria came up with the precious match-winner off the boots of substitute Agnelo Quadros in injury time. A free kick off skipper David Lalrinmuana rebounded to Mahadev Telwar who in turn crossed it to Agnelo who did the rest.

Sesa come face-to-face with Vasco federation cup qualifier HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA SEPT 13

In what is set to be the game of the season so far, Sesa Football Academy and Vasco Sports Club will lock horns in the Federation Cup qualifying match, at Tilak Maidan, Vasco on Tuesday at 3.45p.m. Vasco coach Gavin Araujo believes his side has the edge going into the match against Sesa as they have defeated them in four of the last five meetings between the two sides. “Sesa are a very good side, we have all the respect for them but the one thing what will play on their mind is the last season’s results.

Football trials at Nagoa

MAPUSA (HC) – The Vasco Sports Club will conduct selection trials to select players for their U-16 and U-18 teams on September 14 and 15 at Nagoa football ground from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Eligibility criteria - Boys born on or after 1/1/1993 for U-18 team and boys born on or after 1/1/1995 for U-16 team. Players may report at the venue with their original birth certificate, two passport size photographs and kit. Details may be obtained from Vasco SC Academy director, Richard Hood on 9923939185 or 9822135984.

That is history and we know we have to work hard and give more than 100% to get the result we are looking for.” Sesa coach, Clifford Chukwuma believes that it was luck that favoured Vasco last season in the encounters. “Although they won four matches, it was luck that shone on them and tomorrow it is our turn to shine as luck will be on our side.” Gavin summed up, “ The never-say-die attitude of my players will help us fight our way through the qualifying stage. We are much focused on the job ahead as we are playing at home (Tilak Maidan), it is our fortress and no one coming here will have an easy

then they lost 0-4 to Dempo in the Pro-League. Sesa lost 0-3 to Dempo in their opening Pro-League match and then lost out to Salgaocar 1-2 in their next match. Vasco Sports Club probable line up: 4-4-2, Milagrio Medeira, Queterio Pango, Thomas D'souza, Sudheesh Muttath, Remus Gomes, Joel Siqueira, Jose Colaco, Menino Fernandes, Prajot Naik (C), Joy Ferrao, Jerose Oliveira. Sesa probable line up: 4-4-2, Shayan Roy, Augustin Fernandes, Nicolau Colaco, Ivo Fernandes, Gabriel Fernandes, Lezly Fernandes, Sidroy Alfonso, Inacio Colaco, Gagandeep Singh, Jaiganesh Goltekar and Valinton D’Silva.

Sao Jose Areal thrash Orlim sao jose de areal cup HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, SEPT 13

Sao Jose de Areal Sports Club humbled Orlim Sports Club 3-0 to move into the quarter-finals of Sao Jose de Areal Panchayat Cup inter-village football tournament organised by Sao Jose de Areal SC at Padribhat ground, Sao Jose de Areal on Monday. Sao Jose were leading 1-0 at the breather.

Sao Jose dominated both sessions with Mariano Mascarenhas striking early as their opponents looked out of sorts, both in the midfield and forward. Sao Jose had a couple of scoring opportunities but their forwards either shot straight into the rival goalkeeper’ hands or shot wide from hand-shaking distance. Crossing over, Shelton Dias doubled the lead with a snap shot as he received a pass from Mariano.

Spurred by the 2-0 cushion, Sao Jose intensified their attack with striker Austin Endro adding salt to Orlim’s injury as he drove the last nail into the Orlim coffin with a well placed shot. Orlim tried their best at the fag end to reduce the margin but their efforts went in vain as the Sao Jose de Areal defenders were too strong in repulsing the rival attacks. Columban Noronha of Orlim SC was adjudged man-of-the match.

Assolda walk past Dramapur st joseph festival soccer HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, SEPT 13

Federation Cup football: Vasco SC v. Sesa Football Academy, Tilak Maidan, Vasco, 3.45 p.m. 3rd Division football: United Club of Benaulim v. St. Anthony's Club, Colva, Dando ground; Carmel Sports Club v. Sirvodem Sports Club, Navelim ground, 4 p.m. St Joseph Festival soccer: Cuncolim Union v. Pariah Youth, Nuvem, Dramapur ground, 4.30 p.m. Gold Silver soccer: Young Strikers, Benaulim v. Dramapur Sports Club, Rosary ground, Navelim, 4.30 p.m. Sao Jose de Areal Panchayat Cup soccer: Sporting Club of Davorlim v. Carmona Sports Club, Padribhat ground, Sao Jose de Areal, 4.30 p.m.

ride.” Clifford believes that he has the best set of youngsters in the State and they are improving with experience in every match. “We have lost to good opponents this season who have put out their strongest sides but my boys are learning quickly and they will deliver,” Clifford signed off. Confident talk from both coaches ahead of the crunch tie, but only time will tell who takes victory in their stride. Both teams are looking for there first win of the season. Vasco lost to Dempo on penalties in the Charity Match, they were lucky to get a draw with Churchill Brothers in their opening Pro-League match and

Assolda Sports Club downed Dramapur Sports Club 6-5 via the tie-breaker to enter the quarter-finals of 34th St Joseph Festival inter-village football tournament organised by Dramapur Sports Club at Dramapur ground, on Monday. Dramapur led 1-0 at the breather. Playing an attacking game, Dramapur forced Assolda on the backfoot and seemed to be in command of proceedings in the opening session but the Dramapur defenders provided little room to the Assolda attackers. Dramapur went into the lead midway in the first half, when striker Jolax Fernandes fired home from close range after he picked up a pass from his col-

league. After the break, Assolda put up a better display and showed greater urgency in their approach and went all out in search of an equaliser with their forwards and midfielders working in tandem to put the rival citadel under pressure. Their hard work paid off when C u s t o d i o Fe r n a n d e s n e u tralised the lead with a stiff grounder. Dramapur suffered a jolt when substitute Rolly suffered a head injury while going for an

airborne ball with Asssolda players and had his deep wound treated with 11 stitches. Both teams intensified their attacks in the dying minutes of the game but the match-winner eluded them. In the penalty shoot-out, Oswin Rodrigues, Custodio Fernandes, Oswald Fernandes, Francis Fernandes and Joseph Fernandes were on target for Assolda while Jolax Fernandes, Ryan Fernandes, Franky Oliveira and Charlton D’Costa netted for Dramapur.

Miracles HS win taluka title HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, SEPT 13

Miracles High School, Sanguem emerged taluka champs in the inter-school football tournament organised by DSYA at Sanguem taluka sports complex ground. In an exciting final, Miracles defeated Collem HS 2-1. Miracles scored their first goal in the very third minute through Elton Pereira. Soon, another goal was added to Miracles kitty by Olivio

Barbosa. The second half saw Collem boys working hard to reduce the margin and they tasted success within five minutes. Thereafter a tough battle followed but Miracles stood strong and didn’t let any more goals. The team was coached by Shivanand Alange (PE teacher) with the expert guidance of Fr John D’Souza, manager of Miracles HS.

St Sebastian edge past Don Bosco HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, SEPT 13

St Sebastian Youth Club, Fatorda defeated Don Bosco Oratory, Fatorda 4-3 in the GFA Third Division League at St John Baptist ground, Dando, Benaulim on Monday. The teams were tied 2-2 draw at the lemon break. Don Bosco held sway over their opponents in the opening session and surged ahead in the 9th minute when Franklin Barbosa slotted past the rival goalkeeper with neat placements. Ravi Natekar increased the lead in the 32nd minute with a pile driver while Elson Dias levelled the score in the 44th minute.

St Sebastian went into the attack and repeatedly raided the rival citadel creating many forays into the rival territory. Their persistent raids were rewarded when Cedric Monteiro made it 3-2 in favour of St Sebastian in the 64th minute. Stunned by the lead, Don Bosco went into the attack with Malcolm Fernandes restoring parity in the 67th minute. Stung by the equalizer, St Sebastian went all out in search of the match winner when Conceicao Soares struck the matchwinner in the 80th minute to give St Sebastian Youth Club full points.


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14 more contestants for GFA elections

ElEctions HERALD SPORTS REPORTER PANJIM, SEPT 13

With just one day to go for filing the nominations for GFA elections on October 24, a record number of 14 candidates have entered the fray today, with Shrinivas V Dempo, Vinod Parkkot and Francis Fernandes contesting for the posts of president and (last two) for vice-presidents respectively. Shrinivas, who is the president of India’s and obviously, Goa’s top club - Dempo, has been in GFA’s Executive Committee for the past seven years, having been the vice-president in the previous term. Presently, he is a member of the committee. His vision was given an extensive coverage earlier after the press conference. As of today, Shrinivas will have to face Peter Vaz (Sporting Clube de Goa) and Savio Messias in what will be a triangular contest. Vinod Parkkot (South Goa) is currently the vice-president of the committee, the position which has been occupying right from 2004. He was presi d e n t o f Va s c o C l u b a n d presently is a member of Board of Directors of the club. When the GFA Executive Committee was dissolved in 1999, he was appointed president of the adhoc committee. With Parkkot entering the fray he will face Cuncolim Union president, Elvis Gomes (CCP Commissionner), who is also a vice-president of the present committee, in a direct fight for South Goa post of vice-president. It is learnt that Parkkot was somewhat reluctant to enter the contest. Among the members, there is a coach, Severino Fernandes (Salcete). On scrutiny, it will be known whether he is eligible to contest or not. The Bardez candidates trooped alongwith Nilkant Naik (Sangolda), Jude Fernandes (Milagres), Vinod Naik (Nagoa Arpora), Vinod Chodankar (Siolim Sodiem),, Savio Fernandes (Milagres), Rajendra Kamat Sirsaim), Michael Gonsalves (Nerul), Kashinath Kandolkar Adarsh), Rama Pednekar (Xetrapal), Luis D’Sousa (Sai Avtar).

Jaju Fernandes

The five from Bardez – Francis Fernandes, Babli Mandrekar, Tony Remedios, Uday Lingudkar and Gajanand Kerkar. Photo: Aldrid Da Costa

Shrinivas Dempo presenting the nomination form to GFA’s Alvarinho Pinho in Panjim on Monday. Photo: Rozario Estibeiro

Dionisio Sardinha

Lawrence Gomes

Ricard Gonsalves

Francis Fernandes, who filed the nomination for the post of North Goa Vice-President, stated that the four members – Babli Mandrekar, Tony Remedios, Uday Lingudkar and Gajanand Kerkar - had filed their nominations for the posts of members from Bardez Zone. Francis pointed out that the four members who filed their nominations today, were the same, who were approved at the meeting of 29 out of 42 Bardez Clubs which had met on September 1 at Mapusa. “In all, 10 candidates had stood for the contest at Mapusa of which four were cleared on the basis of votes secured at the meeting,” stated Francis. “It was decided at the Mapusa meeting that those who lost, would not contest the GFA elections,” added Francis. “In my case, for the post of vice-president, the other candidate said that he would still go on and file the nomination, even if he had to lose the Mapusa voting, and as such I was the lone one for the vice-president post,” explained Francis, who time and again stressed that the

Bardez Clubs were all together. “There is no recognised body or association by name Bardez Clubs and as such it is not correct to float a body for just a one-point programme and take decisions which become nonbinding for the same reasons. That apart, no specific agenda was circulated and, moreover not even a preliminary meeting was called or held to float the body and there are no rules or regulations governing it,” a Bardez official pointed out. The GFA confirmed that there is no recognised body entitled Bardez Clubs. Asked if the Bardez panel had decided to back any candidate for the post of president, Francis replied: “Not yet decided. The clubs will meet again and a final decision taken later.” However, there were strong indications that the panel was backing Shrinivas for the post of president. That’s the strong impression one got from the Dempo camp and even some of the contestants themselves. It may be recalled that Lavinio Rebello from Anjuna-Caisua had already filed his nomination for

the post of Vice-President (North). As things stand now, it could be Lavinio v. Francis. Tony Remedios of Saligao, who was non-committal about his support to any presidential candidate, stated, “I have not committed to anyone.” Tony, who has not been in the pink of health of late with a small cardiac problem, is the seniormost member, a veteran, who has served the GFA earlier for early 15 years as joint secretary and vice-president. Until the arrival of Adarsh YS and Saligao United, Tony was the main face of football in that locality. Francis has been in GFA’s Executive Committee for the past seven years, having once been the vice-president. Sanjiv Nagvekar (Ilhas), former goalkeeper of Salgaocar was also in the Executive Committee for four terms upto 2004. He was elected from Ilhas and was the manager of the Goa Under-14 team that participated in an international tournament in Portugal. Jaju Fernandes (Salcete) of Benaulim is the current joint secretar y having been in the

Vidyut shines for Goa HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, SEPT 13

Goa’s Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan (112) sent Jharkhand on a leather hunt as the second round of Moin-ud Dowla commenced on Sunday. Vidyut was the top-scorer for Goa as they scored 330 for 9 in

Sanjiv Nagvekar

their clash against Jharkhand. Vidyut was on song right from the word go and his 172-ball knock had 11 hits to the fence. Regan Pinto (62) and Rahul Keni (50) were the other notable contributors to Goa’s total. For the Jharkhand side, Samar Quadri (4 for 100) and Shahbaaz

Nadeem (2 for 92) proved to be lethal with the ball. Goa 330 for 9 in 90 Overs (Vidyut Sivaramakrishan 112 (172b, 11x4), Regan Pinto 62 (135b, 5x4), Rahul Keni 50 (56b, 3x4, 2x6); Samar Quadri 4/100, Shahbaaz Nadeem 2/92) v. Jharkhand.

Margao United triumph

Sub-Jr football selections for Nationals HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, SEPT 13

Following boys have been shortlisted for the selection trials of the State sub-junior National football team: Aliston Fernandes, Shailesh Cauhan, Clinton Menezes, Simon D'mello, Sanito Colaco, Austern Fernandes, Floyd Fernandes, Elison Pereira, Jorge Rodrigues, Akshay Mandrakar, Issac Negredo, Rakesh Ambi, Shawyn Fernandes, Avaristo Fernandes, Q u a n G o m e s , Pa n d u r a n g Goltekar, Klins Mendes, John Pereira, Manish Kauthankar, Josten D'souza, Jesus D'souza, Filburn Crasto, Russell Vaz, Savio Vaz, Nehal Naik, James Fernandes, Binaton Singh, Amay Kalangutkar and Jesuino Pereira. They will play against the India U-15 team at Chowgule ground, Margao on September 16 at 8.30 a.m. A bus will leave from Carvalho Petrol Pump, Mapusa at 6.15 a.m. and from Heera Petrol Pump near Kadamba Bus Stand, Panjim at 6.30 a.m. to drop the boys at the venue. Margao players may report at the venue at 7.30 a.m.

Executive Committee right from 1993. Jaju has been holding the GFA fort in Salcete all these years, having earned the nickname of Mr Dependable. Recently, he was one of the main organizers of the AFC Cup matches for Churchill Bros at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda and discharged his duties with aplomb. Jaju’s biggest contribution to Goan football is his talented son Brandon, who has been rightly called - the rising star of Goa. Ricard Agnelo Gonsalves (Salcete) of Pax of Nagoa, a businessman, is the brother of Norbert Gonsalves, coach of Pune FC and Irineu Gonsalves. A footballer in his young days with Pax, Baina Recreation, Siridao, Mandovi Shipyard, he was the manager of Fransa Pax Club. Lawrence Gomes (Mormugao, filed earlier) could be easily referred to as the efficient GFA’s face in Vasco. A former player of Salgaocar and MPT, he donned colours for India. He distinguished himself as a scorer netting a number of goals for Salgaocar, although he shone as a midfielder with an impressive style. He made his debut in 1985 Nationals in Dehra Dun. As GFA’s organizing secretary at Tilak (Vasco), Lawrence always excelled. His planning has been meticulous and he would never miss any details, which earned him praise from all the participating teams, including the I-League. Deeply involved with youth development, Lawrence introduced the Fun Foot pro gramme for children in 2008, which was a novelty. Dionisio Edward Sardinha (Salcete) of Curtorim is the secretary of Wilred Leisure Club for the past three years, an internal auditor for Maina SC, having been earlier with Curtorim Gymkhana as its sports secretary, general secretary and member for the past seven years. Dionisio played for Goa in U-19 Nationals football championship as well as volleyball Nationals. He assisted the GFA in organizing 3rd Division and age-group matches. As organizer, Dionisio excelled at two all-India volleyball tournaments which drew mammoth crowds at Curtorim. “We need new faces in GFA so as to give new dynamism. Most importantly, South Goa clubs need a full fledged office in Margao,” Dionisio remarked. The others who filed for the posts of members are – Patrick D’Sousa (Bardez), Charles D’Sousa (Ilhas).

Barcelona, Inter yet to hit strides

Manchester United's Ryan Giggs (left), Gary Neville (second left), and Wayne Rooney (second right) participate in a team training session at their Carrington complex in Manchester. REUTERS MILAN, SEPT 13

The Champions League kicks off this week with powerhouses such as favourites Barcelona and holders Inter Milan yet to hit their stride, leaving the door open for nasty surprises in games they would ordinarily win. Barca host Panathinaikos in their Group D opener tomorrow after being stunned in a 2-0 home defeat by promoted Hercules in their second La Liga outing of the campaign on Saturday. The Nou Camp will still be recovering from the shock with the fans hoping Lionel Messi and Spain World Cup winners David Villa and Andres Iniesta cannot play so badly again. AC Milan, whose late signings of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robinho led excited fans to suddenly start snapping up Champions League season tickets, suffered similar woe at the weekend as they prepare to welcome Auxerre in Group G on Wednesday. The seven-times champions lost 2-0 at promoted Cesena, a team with financial problems who are back in Serie A for the first time since 1991. Debutant Ibrahimovic missed a penalty. Milan's new coach Massimiliano Allegri, a former Cagliari boss with no experience of European soccer, hoped the defeat would bring his millionaires down a peg or two after news Serie A players also plan a strike in a fortnight over contracts. City rivals Inter fared only a

little better, struggling to beat Udinese 2-1 with Diego Milito again looking a shadow of the striker who was key to their treble success last term. New coach Rafael Benitez has looked extremely pensive in his first few outings in the Inter dugout, especially after an appeal for new players went unheard in the boardroom. They start their defence with a Group A trip to Dutch champions Twente Enschede on Tuesday with doubts over the fitness of key defender Maicon and their entire formation given Benitez has just three established forwards to choose from. Jose Mourinho, the architect of Inter's staggering success last season, starts his bid to become the first coach to win the European Cup with three different teams when his Real Madrid side welcome Ajax Amsterdam in group G on Wednesday. Real too have looked lacklustre in their early season games although Cristiano Ronaldo returned from injury in Saturday's 1-0 win over Osasuna, where Real fans whistled the team at halftime, and should be firing on all cylinders by midweek. Manchester United conceded two late goals to draw 3-3 at Everton on Saturday in a game Wayne Rooney was rested from given the abuse he gets from his former Everton fans and recent newspaper allegations about his private life. The England striker looks set to return for Tuesday's Group C opener at home to Rangers with

Eden Gardens unable to host New Zealand Test AGENCIES KOLKATA, SEPT 13

The BCCI will have to look for some other alternative to hold India's] second Test match during the New Zealand Tour as Cricket Association of Bengal expressed its inability to host the rubber. CAB said they could not accept BCCI's offer due to renovation work being done at the Eden Gardens for the 2011 World Cup. The match was originally allotted to Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association but they also expressed inability to host it. "The second Test from November 12 to 16 will cannot be held here due to the renovation work. BCCI approached CAB for hosting the Test match after

UPCA informed them about their inability to organise the same," chairman of CAB stadium committee Chitrak Mitra told reporters. "Renovation work would have to be stopped for some time if the BCCI's proposal was accepted. This is impossible as the stadium has to be ready for hosting World Cup matches," he said. Eden will host four matches -- India vs England on February 27, Ireland vs South Africa on March 15, Ireland vs Netherlands on March 18 and Kenya vs Zimbabewe on March 20. International Cricket Council's chief pitch consultant Andy Atkinsons and his deputy David Eugene, who visited Eden Gardens on September 10, have

urged CAB to speed up the renovation work. An ICC team will visit Eden Gardens on December 8 for final inspection. Eden last hosted a Test match between India and New Zealand in 1965, which ended in a draw. The Kiwis are scheduled to play three Test matches and five ODIs in India during November-December.

n CAB said they could not accept BCCI's offer due to renovation work being done at the Eden Gardens for the 2011 World Cup.

TUESDAY Group A FC Twente v Inter Werder v Tottenham Group B Benfica v Hapoel Tel-Aviv Lyon v Schalke 04 Group C Bursaspor v Valencia Man Utd v Rangers Group D Barcelona v Panathinaikos FC Copenhagen v Rubin Kazan WEDNESDAY Group E Bayern Munich v Roma CFR Cluj-Napoca v Basle Group F MSK Zilina v Chelsea Marseille v Spartak Moscow Group G AC Milan v Auxerre Real Madrid v Ajax Group H Arsenal v Braga Shakhtar Donetsk v Partizan Belgrade police hoping confrontations stay on the Old Trafford pitch after laying down strict security controls on supporters of the Scottish champions. On their last visit to Manchester for the 2008 UEFA Cup final against Zenit St Petersburg, rowdy Rangers fans rioted. Chelsea are one top European side in excellent domestic form having won four out of four in the Premier League. Carlo Ancelotti's side visit Slovakian champions Zilina for their Group F opener on Wednesday when last season's runners-up Bayern Munich host AS Roma in Group E.

Railways reward Rs 10 lakh to Sushil Kumar PTI NEW DELHI, SEPT 13

Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee announced an award of Rs 10 lakh to Sushil Kumar, Assistant Commercial Manager with the Northern Railway, for winning gold medal in World Wrestling Championship in Moscow. Sushil defeated Russian Gogaev to win the 66kg freestyle title on Sunday to become the first Indian to win a gold medal in World Wrestling Championship. Congratulating him, Mamata said it is the spirit, drive and dedication of Sushil that has lead to personal achievement and national glory. "His victory is a victory for the 'Rail Parivar' and dedicated to the nation," she said.

Trek to Siddha Parvat

Margao United and MRF Calangute along with the organisers aty Don Bosco Oratory, Panjim. HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, SEPT 13

Margao United beat MRF Calangute 2-0 in the finals of All-Goa 4-a-side indoor hockey tournament organized by Don Bosco Oratory here. The match was evenly poised

in the first half, untill sudden, quick moves gave Margao United the edge. John and Volu scored for the winners. In the initial league round, 16 teams vied in four pools, from which only one from each group moved up to the final

stage. In the semi-finals, JMJ (St. Inez) went down fighting to Margao United 4-6 while MRF Calangute and MRF Mapusa kept neck-to- neck till the end 4-4. In the tie-breaker however, MRF Calangute proved superior 3-1.

HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, SEPT 13

The Off Trail Adventure will organise a trek on September 19 to Siddha Parvat Hill in the deep village of Sanguem. Pick up will be near Santa Monica Cruises, Panjim at 7 a.m. and at Mabai Hotel, Margao at 8 a.m. Details may be obtained from Bianca on 9960054428.

Married Ladies beat Spinsters of Nagoa-Arpora-Baga Parish 20-12 in an exhibition basketball match organised by Holy Trinity Parish at Holy Trinity Church court, Nagoa-Arpora. Jenny (5), Peppy (5) Mary (5), Maria (4) and Perpet found the basket for winners while Alisha (4), Nikita (4) and Melissa (4) excelled for the losers. The Spinsters were coached by Deacon Joao Coelho and Fr. Jolan Dias while the Married ladies were coached by Agostinho D'Souza and Fr. Simao Rodrigues. Alex Carvalho was the chief guest and gave away the medals. Fr. Simao, Parish Priest of Holy Trinity Church, Nagoa-Arpora proposed the vote of thanks.


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Act tough against clubs: AFC to AIFF PTI NEW DELHI, SEPT 13

Concerned at Indian football's little progress in the recent years, AFC Chief Mohammed bin Hammam today asked the AIFF to take tough decisions against clubs resisting professionalisation of the game in the country. Addressing the media after chairing the third meeting of the ad-hoc committee on Professionalising

n Mohammed bin Hammam laid the blame on the state of affairs of the clubs and said the AIFF will have to take tough decisions if the profile of football has to improve in the country. Indian Football here, Hammam admitted that the profile of the game in the country has not made much improvement since his visit in 2007 along with FIFA Chief Joseph Blatter. "Not much

No match-fixing in IPL: Warne AGENCIES SYDNEY, SEPT 13

Cricket Australia on Monday refuted reports that two of its players were under the International Cricket Council's scanner for suspected involvement in matchfixing during the Indian Premier League's second season last year. CA's rebuttal came after British newspaper The Times reported that of the 29 players cited by the ICC's anti-corruption and security unit for suspected involvement in match or spotfixing, it was "thought there are two Australians" on the list. The newspaper quoted an unnamed source as saying that "some betting patterns were very

suspicious at IPL 2" which was held in South Africa last year. "We don't have any knowledge of this. The ICC tells us they don't have any knowledge either," CA chief spokesman Peter Young was quoted as saying by The Sydney Morning Herald. Nineteen Australians played in the Twenty20 event last year and inaugural IPL champions' Rajasthan Royals' skipper-cumcoach Shane Warne said he is confident that the event is corruption-free. "In the time I have played in the IPL, I have never been approached or heard anything at the Royals regarding match-fixing," said Warne.

Laxmi, Mary Kom in World Boxing quarters AGENCIES WEST INDIES, SEPT 13

On a mixed day for India, Laxmi Padiya (81kg) advanced to the quarter-finals but former champion L Sarita Devi (51kg) crashed out with a shock second-round defeat in the sixth women's World Boxing Championships in Barbados.

Laxmi beat Ecuador's Bianca Burgos 7-3 but Turkey's Sumeyra Yazici surprised Sarita with a 12-8 victory, on Sunday. Laxmi will take on Kazakhstan's Marina Volnova in the last-eight stage bout on Wednesday. Laxmi joins four-time world champion M C Mary Kom (48kg) in the quarter-finals.

Home conditions will favour us: Bhupathi Davis Cup PTI MUMBAI, SEPT 13

Though Brazil appear to be a better outfit on paper, factors like home conditions and crowd support are bound to work in the hosts' favour during the September 17-19 Davis Cup tie between the two countries at Chennai, said Indian doubles specialist Mahesh Bhupathi today. "They are a better team, no doubt. But we are playing at

home and we will be having a big crowd supporting us. Conditions like heat would be in our favour," said the tennis veteran here ahead of the India-Brazil World Group play-off clash. India would be represented in the singles by Somdev Devvarman and Rohan Bopanna while Bhupathi is going to combine forces with fellow-veteran Leander Paes to try and re-work the magic that has fetched them a string of Grand Slam men's doubles titles in the past.

MI hope to bounce back

TODAY’S MATCHES Mumbai Indians v. South Australian Redbacks, 9 p.m. AGENCIES DURBAN, SEPT 13

After a stunning loss in the tournament-opener, Sachin Tendulkar's Mumbai Indians would be determined to post a win when they take on South Australia in the Champions League Twenty20 Group B match in Durban, on Tuesday. The Indian Premier League runners-up started their campaign in the showpiece event on a disappointing note, going down to Highveld Lions by nine runs in Johannesburg in the first match of the tournament. But Lions then fell prey to South Australia, who beat the local side by 11 runs in another keenly-contested encounter in Centurion.

Batting is not a worry for the Mumbai team with the in-form Tendulkar opening their innings with Shikhar Dhawan, followed by experienced players like South African J P Duminy and the hard hitting West Indian Kieron Pollard coming down the order. Ambati Rayudu, who is playing in the one-down position, and R Satish also have to find their touch as soon as possible to help the team post a fighting score or chase down a stiff target. Left-arm pacer Zaheer Khan will spearhead the Mumbai bowling attack, while the team will also expect early breakthroughs from fast bowler Ryan McLaren. Seasoned off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga can also make batsmen's life miserable at the floodlit Kingsmead ground. But high on confidence after starting their campaign in style, the Michael Klinger-led South Australia would look to continue their impressive start and get the better off their Indian opponents.

things are not happening (since my visit in 2007). It is almost the same. India has a population of 1.2 billion and it is a vibrant economy. Football is developing fast in Asia but India is lagging behind. You should not accept this at all," he said. "Infrastructure is the biggest hindrance to the development of football in India and frankly speaking I don't see much change in this aspect," he said. Hammam laid the blame on the state of affairs of the clubs and said the AIFF will have to take tough decisions if the profile of foot-

ball has to improve in the country. "AIFF is not the only stakeholder in India. It is just one of the stakeholders. It is doing a lot. The clubs are resisting to the AFC professional criteria. It is natural the clubs are resisting as they are not suitable to them. But they have to meet the club licensing criteria if they want to be in the professional league. "Tough decisions will have to be taken by courageous people. The current administration in the AIFF doesn’t lack such kind of people," said Hammam. Delving on the past history of the game in the country, Hammam said development of football in Asia cannot be complete without India. "Football in India has a long history. The first recorded match was held in India in 1854, 100 years before Asian Football Confeder-

ation was established in 1954 in Manila. You have the second and fourth oldest tournaments in the world (in Durand Cup and IFA Shield). But frankly speaking, India is lagged behind the rest of Asia. "We in the AFC feel that no matter how much football develops in Asia we cannot do it without integrating India in it. India plays a leading role in the development of football in Asia. So we formed this Committee with myself as chairman," he said. Hammam said AFC has no objection to institutional clubs taking part in Asian Champions League if they form separate commercial entities. "We are not against institutional clubs registering for taking part in AFC Champions League if they form separate commercial entities," he said.

Team unity is India’s biggest strength: Bob UNI NEW DELHI, SEPT 13

Ever since he joined the national side, it has been showing steady improvement but coach Bob Houghton feels that it is ''team unity'' which is the biggest strength of Indian players that is helping them to achieve success of late. ''Indian football's biggest strength is its team unity. Since I joined them (the side) three years back, I have seen them being united. They have always stayed together through all kinds of situations. ''I believe the difference between a good and bad team is the team spirit. ''And that's why I can say that this team (India) is such a good team,'' Houghton said at the FPAI awards ceremony here last night. The 62-year-old Englishman also lavished praise on Indian captain Bhaichung Bhutia, saying that he is a complete team player and is always committed to the Indian side. ''Bhaichung is Indian football's

icon. But he is complete team player as he is just like one of the boys when he is with the team. ''He (Bhaichung) is always committed to the Indian team,'' he added. India, currently ranked 138th in FIFA rankings, have a major challenge ahead in the Asian Cup, starting early next year in Doha, and talented Indian midfielder Rennedy Singh believes under the guidance of Houghton, the team would live upto the expectations of the Indian fans.

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