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Drizzle fails to beat the heat HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 14
The sporadic rains during wee hours on Wednesday failed to give respite from the heat even as met department predicted showers for next 24 hours. Talking to Herald Indian Meteorological Observatory incharge K V Singh said that the state is likely to witness light thundershowers in next 24 hours. “As the humidity has gone high, we are expecting some thunder developments with light rain towards the evening. This could cool down night temperatures. While the day temperature will remain as it is,” Singh said. On Tuesday, the humidity was almost 90 percent, which is 20 per cent more then the normal. “With increase in humidity, thunder strokes will continue,” he added. The rain did not bring respite to people as it could bring down only night temperature, while the day temperature remained normal, he said. As such there was no signifi(Continued on page 10)
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400 killed, thousands buried in China quake PTI BEIJING, APRIL 14
A massive earthquake today wreaked havoc in China’s remote northwestern province of Qinghai killing 400 people as it toppled houses, created cracks in dams and left 10,000 injured, officials said. The trembler measuring 7.1magnitude on Richter scale hit the province in the Qinghai Tibetan plateau early today almost flattening Jiegu township, where more than 85 per cent of the houses collapsed. Indian embassy in Beijing said that they have not received reports of any casualty of Indian nationals. Paramilitary and rescue workers were working with their hands to remove the rubble to save the people buried under it. Racing against time, rescue workers managed to pull out 900 people alive from the debris of collapsed buildings. TV channels said all access roads to the region had been damaged and even the airport cut off. Downed phone lines, strong gales and continuing aftershocks were hindering the rescue efforts with Xinhua reporting that people with blood were lying on the roads. President Hu Jintao, currently in the US, called for all-out efforts to save as many people as
A structure in ruins after a major quake rattled Qinghai province of China.
possible as Chinese government allocated 200 million yuan (USD 29.3 million) for rescue work in one of its remotest regions. Chinese officials said the toll could go up as the houses in the remote area are mostly made of mud and almost all of them collapsed in the quake. A large number of school children are feared dead in the quake, officials said. China’s disaster relief departments have initiated a ‘first-class emergency response’ for disaster relief work, which makes it imperative to deliver the allocated relief funds in no later than 24 hours after the quake. This quake comes less than two years after a magnitude 7.9 quake hit the neighbouring
Sichuan province which left 90,000 people dead. The workers were working hard to release water from a reservoir on the town’s outskirts where cracks had been formed. Among the casualties were school children, who were buried under the debris of the building. Many people are still buried under the debris of collapsed houses in the Gyegu Town near the epicentre in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yushu in southern Qinghai, said Huang Limin, deputy secretary-general of the prefecture government. The strong quake had a string of aftershocks, with the biggest one measuring 6.3 magnitude, have toppled houses, temples,
IFFI scam: CBI summons Parrikar PTI PANJIM, APRIL 14
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will summon Goa’s leader of Opposition and former chief minister Manohar Parrikar in the alleged scam related to creation of infrastructure for International Film Festival of India (IFFI), officials said here today. CBI’s Superintendent of Police S Gavli told PTI tonight that Parrikar has been summoned and is likely to appear either on Thursday or Friday to depose before the investigating officer. Sources stated that Parrikar has been asked to remain present before the authorities on Thursday but he has sought additional time till Friday. Few other people including Bharatiya Janata Party’s state treasurer Sanjiv Desai was also summoned by the CBI, which is investigating the case of finan-
cial misappropriation to construct infrastructure for IFFI in 2004. Parrikar, then chief minister, has been accused of financial misappropriation while creating the festival infrastructure including construction of a multiplex building, which is currently leased out to INOX. Congress legislator Mauvin Godinho had initially filed the complaint with local police but later on it was withdrawn when CBI took over the investigation. When contacted, Parrikar said that he is not baffled by the summons. “I myself had requested that the CBI should complete the investigations fast. It should be time bound, fair and transparent,” the leader of Opposition said. BJP leader said that CBI’s act (Continued on page 10)
Chicalim bay polluted with heavy metals: NIO HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 14
The National Institute of Oceanography in a study has concluded that the Chicalim bay that is home to windowpane oysters (scientifically known as placuna placenta and locally known as ‘mendios’) was contaminated with heavy metals like iron, cadmium, zinc, lead and copper. The NIO has further concluded that the bay was a rich habitat of the windowpane oysters that have been long declared as endangered and designated as scheduled species under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, technical advisor to the Chicalim Villagers Action Committee Cyril Fernandes said the findings of the NIO have underlined and upheld all the facts that the CVAC had been trying to bring to the notice of the government for the last two decades. Fernandes said the study reiterated the stand of the CVAC that the bay was rich in marine biodiversity harbouring more than 200 faunal and 34 phytoplankton species in addition to mangroves and macrophytes. Based on the findings of the NIO, he said, Coastal Zone Man-
...A home to pearls HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 14
A study carried out by the National Institute of Oceanography has found the presence of natural pearls in the Chicalim bay which is a rich habitat of windowpane oysters, harvesting of which could provide an alternative source of livelihood. The study states compared to some places in South East Asia where pearls are found, the percentage of pearl formation in Chicalim bay stood at 2-4% which is considered good. This means in 100 oysters pearls were found in four. However, the study reveals (Continued on page 10)
agement Authority has kept in abeyance the no objection certificate given to Bharti Pinky Shipyard Pvt Ltd for its controversial project that was opposed tooth and nail by CVAC. “In view of this CVAC has withdrawn the petition filed earlier in the High Court of Bombay at Goa challenging the permission of the GCZMA to the project,” he (Continued on page 10)
gas stations and electric poles, triggered landslides, damaged roads, cut power supplies and disrupted telecommunications, official Xinhua reported. Gyegu, also known as Jiegu, is the seat of the Yushu prefecture government. The town has a population of about 100,000, including permanent residents and migrant people. About 700 soldiers were struggling to clear away the rubble and rescue the buried people, a spokesman with the Qinghai Provincial Emergency Office said. More than 5,000 additional rescuers, including soldiers and medical workers, have been dispatched to the quake-hit region, according to a news conference held by the Qinghai provincial government. “Our top priority is to save students. Schools are always places that have many people,” said Kang Zifu, an army officer in the rescue operation in Gyegu. The quake also killed five people and injured another in the Shiqu County, which neighbours Yushu, in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze in Sichuan Province, local authorities said. “The streets in Gyegu are thronged with panic, injured people, with many bleeding from the head,” he said. “Many students are buried
Margao inferno exposes chinks in fire-fighting HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 14
Wednesday’s noon infernos at Margao’s congested New Market area has once again brought to the fore the non-functioning fire hydrants, low water pressure, congested roads, absence of coordination among agencies et al, but will the authorities put their act together and avert a major tragedy in the commercial capital. The fire-hydrants were repaired just a fortnight ago, but they proved no use when their services were badly required today. Hoping that the fire hydrant would serve the purpose, a fireman dug out the concrete covering on the hydrant after the key failed to open the valve. The fire hydrant let down the fire fighting operation for want of water pressure in the PWD line. A PWD official, when contacted, only said he is on a tour given that Wednesday was a public holiday. PWD officials were also not seen at the spot when their services were badly required. Says president of the New Market Traders Association, Vinod Shirodkar: “What is the use of the fire hydrants when there is no water pressure. The market area requires minimum five hydrants”. Shirodkar said the traders have been knocking the doors of the various authorities since
120 killed in violent storm
Bihar, West Bengal announce aid PTI RAIGUNJ/GUWAHATI, APRIL 14
At least 120 people were killed and over 200 injured when a storm packed with a wind-speed of 125 kmph raged for 40 minutes leaving a trail of destruction in North Dinajpur district in West Bengal and neighbouring districts of Bihar and Assam. Bihar accounted for the highest number of 77 deaths in five districts, followed by West Bengal with 39 in one district and Assam where four persons perished in one district in the storm that struck at midnight last night. The fatalities in Bihar occurred in Purnia (33), Araria (33), Katihar (7), Supaul (2) and Kishenganj (2) districts.
In West Bengal, all 39 deaths were reported from in North Dinajpur district while in Assam four died in Dhubri district. Four persons were killed in Mankachar under Dhubri district while the nor’wester also affected Jorhat, Tinsukia, Sibsagar and Kamrup districts in Assam. The toll could be much higher, the authorities said. Hundreds of dwellings collapsed like a house of cards and people cried out for help as the storm created havoc in many areas. “It was like a cyclone with people shouting Cyclone Aila, which hit West Bengal last year. We prayed for early end of nature’s fury,” Sudan Sahay, a resident of Araria, said.
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Stationary shop gutted in Margao fire
The fire hydrant that proved ineffective. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar
the last many years, but the response is lukewarm. “Are they waiting for the market to be reduced to ashes by a major fire tragedy? The fire tenders with the Margao fire station should be increased to at least five”, he said. The traders appeared sore over the fact that nothing has changed in the market even after their meeting with Chief Minister Digambar Kamat two month ago. The absence of PWD officials to ensure that the water pressure is increased to meet the requirements also brought to (Continued on page 10)
Tharoor threat call traced Central security agencies have traced a local phone number from which the alleged death threat from Dawood Ibrahim gang was made to an aide of Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor. -- (PTI)
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Stationary shop gutted in Margao inferno
CM for fire safety system in Margao
HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 14
HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 14
A major fire engulfed a stationary shop-cum-transport office near Madgaum Café in the New Market area of the Commercial Capital on Wednesday noon. Rough estimates by the fire services have put the losses to around Rs 4-5 lakh, even as sources said the actual losses could turn out several lakhs of rupees. Though the fire services are investigating into the exact cause of fire, fire officials suspected old wiring and electric short circuit behind the fire. The incident around 3.15 pm when vendors in the adjoining Gandhi Market spotted smoke billowing from the rear portion and soon spread to the premises believed to have built in the year 1824. The incident raised a scare in the market area as thick black fumes billowed over the premises. New Market traders and others joined in t h e o p e r a t i o n t o re m o v e goods and other items from the huge structure. Fire tenders from Panjim, Ponda, Curchorem, besides Margao joined in the fire fighting operations. It nearly took more than two hours for the fire personnel to bring the fire under control. President of the New Market Traders Association Vinod Shirodkar alleged that the fire tenders delayed in responding to
HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 14
A fire fighter dousing the flames which engulfed the shop at Margao on Wednesday. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar
the call by nearly 20 times, a claim refuted by the fire services. Fire fighting was also hampered as the fire hydrants located in the market area could not prove of any use due to low water pressure. As a result, fire tenders had to make trips to the fire station located near the railway station for refilling. There are total absence of coordination between various government agencies including PWD, Electricity, Police and the fire services.
Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat, Fatorda MLA Damu Naik, MMC Chairperson Savio Coutinho, besides the Director of Fire services, Ashok Menon visited the site and took stock of the situation. Fire Divisional Officer, Margao Prakash Parab said the fire spread to the premises due to the old wooden roofing and the storage of wood polish inside. “We are investigating into the cause of the incident, but old wiring might have been the
NHAI team to arrive today HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 14
The National Highway Authority of India team led by Chairman Brijeshwar Singh, will arrive in the State tomorrow to survey the alignment for the widening o f N H 4 A , f ro m Pa n j i m t o Mollem. Singh is visiting Goa on the request of Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, who had asked him to personally survey the alignment and check for himself how many structures would have to be demolished. In all a total of 571 structures will have to be demolished for the 68 km project, to be undertaken by IRB at a cost of over Rs 800 crore. The residents of Curti, Ponda and nearby areas as well as the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party have been protesting against the alignment for the widening of the Highway. The BJP said that the alignment has been selectively done by the consultants Wilbur Smith Associates. In wake of the protests, PWD Minister Churchill Alemao set up a committee to review the alignment and submit suggestions within a week. The NHAI chairman will be accompanied by chief general manager and other team of en-
3 rescued by Colva police HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 14
In a swift action, a Colva police team headed by PI Tushar Vernekar and PSI Anand Shirodkar rescued three persons who were abducted by a group of persons and arrested three persons from Zalor beach this evening. Acting on a complaint from Varun Victor Albuquerque, PSI Shirodkar informed that the Colva police team arrested a native of Orissa, Birajit Nayak, Buliver Rodrigues (Varca) and Mahadev Talwar (Khareband) on the charges of abduction, wrongful restraint and assault. He said the incident occurred this evening near a starred hotel when the trio came in a car and abducted Sanjay and Shanahaj who were working for Gupta constructions. PSI Shirodkar alleged that the trio after abducting the duo contacted Gupta constructions and alleged demanded a ransom of Rs five lakhs for the release of Sanjay and Shanahaj. The group later went towards Zalor beach with the two persons and were huddled in a beach shack when the police team intercepted them and rescued the victims. The police have arrested the trio and are on the look out for some more persons, PSI Shirodkar added. The Colva police are investigating the case.
nSingh is visiting Goa on the request of Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, who had asked him to personally survey the alignment and check for himself how many structures would have to be demolished. In all a total of 571 structures will have to be demolished for the 68 km project, to be undertaken by IRB at a cost of over Rs 800 cr. gineers, PWD sources told Herald. The team will survey the areas where there would be maximum demolition required and reconsider alignment. The State has asked the NHAI to reduce the width of the proj-
ect to 45 meters from proposed 60 to keep demolitions to minimum. Meanwhile, the State government decided not to sign the State support agreement for the NH4A project, until the width issue is settled by the NHAI. The NHAI had written to the State to sign the State support agreement by April 13. When contacted PWD Chief Engineer (I) J N Chimulkar said that the State will not sign the agreement until the issue is sorted out and the committee submits its report. “They had asked us to sign the agreement but we will wait for the committee’s report,” he said adding “also, we are waiting for reply from the Minister of Road and Surface Transport Kamal Nath on reduction of width.” Kamat and Alemao have written to Kamal Nath to reduce the width of the proposed road from 60 meters to 45 meters. According to the chief minister, Kamal Nath had assured to consider the sentiments of the state and reduce the width. However, contrary to CM’s statement the minister made a statement that whichever state fail to provide land for widening will be left out of NHAI projects.
cause”, he added. The fire services had to face the blame of the traders for responding late to the fire call. Even as Vinod Shirodkar claimed that the first fire tender arrived at the spot nearly 20 minutes, fire office Gil D’Souza denied the allegation, saying the fire tender reached the spot within three minutes. “We received a call from the police at 3.37 pm. It took us just three minutes to reach the spot”, the fire officer said.
PMC chief resigns HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARCEL, APRIL 14
Ponda Municipal Council (PMC) Chairperson Shailendra Shinkre resigned from the post in protest against DMA’s failure to initiate against Councilor Radhika Naik. It may be recalled that Shinkre had accused Naik of acting against the rules and for not attending council meetings. “During council’s budget meeting, Naik came after the meeting was over and signed on the register even though she was not present,” Shinkre had claimed. In protest against alleged misbehavior of Naik, Shinkre had demanded for an action or else vowed to resign from the chairperson’s post. However with no sign of action, the chairperson on Tuesday submitted his resignation to the Director of Municipal Administration. The resignation is yet to be accepted by the DMA. “I feel that there is no respect to the chairperson and that is why I decided to step down voluntarily. Councilors must respect the chair and abide by the rules and maintain decorum. It is not happening here and even I think authorities are least bothered to take action on my complaint,” stated Shinkre.
SAG, CCP in tussle over control of Campal ground HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 14
The Sports Authority of Goa (SAG) and the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) are at loggerheads on handling over Campal football ground, with both agencies giving contradicting views. While SAG director V M Prabhudessai called CCP’s letter seeking possession of ground as blatant lie, commissioner Elvis Gomes maintained that the letter has been sent in March. “The letter was sent last month and I have the copy of the same with me. In the l e t t e r w e h a d re q u e s t e d them to provide support in the development of football ground by handing it over to us,” Gomes said.
However, Prabhudessai completely denied of receiving any such letter. “We have not received any such letter from corporation till date. There is no such proposal before us,” director said. Prabhudessai also maintained that if such proposal comes in near future, SAG will completely oppose to it as it is maintained well by Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC). “There are no directives even from the state government over any such move,” he added. Interestingly, Gomes said that the proposal for development of football ground was passed by the corporators and if SAG is not willing to provide its support then we have nothing to
do with it. “Let the ground be in same condition,” he lamented. Gomes had earlier said that the development of the ground will be done through the funds raised under Jawaharlala Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). “For years the ground is been in shabby condition. Since it’s the only football ground in the city, we want that it should be developed properly,” commissioner had said earlier. Inspite of the strong objection from the opposition benches, the Corporation in its last meeting on December 28, 2009 had decided to ask SAG to hand over football ground to them for development, if they can’t do it.
Chief Minsiter Digambar Kamat and Director of Fire Services Ashok Menon have called for a holistic approach to the fire threats facing the Commercial Capital. The Chief Minister made his presence felt in the market area when the fire services found fire hydrants defunct installed in the market and the roads congested hampering movement of fire tenders. “We need a sincere approach to address problems faced by the fire services. We can think of putting a system in place where the roads are kept free from traffic bottlenecks”, Kamat said. The Chief Minister said that the people should also cooperate by not parking vehicles in no parking areas. He advised the people to take all out precautions because of increase in heat this season. The Director of Fire services, Ashok Menon called for a holistic approach to meet Margao’s fire safety requirements.
About 30 vegetable vendors from Mapusa market on Tuesday confronted Mapusa Municipal Council (MMC) Chairperson Roopa Bhakta in protest against alleged harassment meted out to them by the council staff. The delegation led by Milagres Fernandes called on Bhakta and presented a memorandum in the presence of MMC Chief Engineer Vishnu Naik and Coun-
cillor Milind Anvekar. The memorandum stated that MMC staff are harassing them every day and do not permit them to carry out their business activities. After giving a patient hearing to the vegetable vendors, Bhakta summoned Market Inspectors Aroskar and Salkar and directed them to treat the local vegetable vendors with dignity and allow them to carry out their business activity peacefully.
Speaking to media, Milagres Fernandes said a large number of women from neighbouring villages come to Mapusa market to sell their locally grown vegetables. “Due to substantial increase in number of hawkers, the Mapusa market has become congested. The hawkers, who are mostly non-Goans, are prepared to shell out money for the space in the market. The staff are taking advantage of this situation
Chief Minister Digambar Kamat today announced that the Government will institute a Dalit Ratna and Dalit Mitra state awards from this year for persons who dedicate their services for the betterment of Dalit people in the state. Kamat was speaking at the State level function organized by Directorate of Social Welfare and Goa State SC and OBC Finance and Development Corporation on the occasion 119 Birth Anniversar y of Bharat Ratna Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar in the city. The function was presided by the Minister for Social Welfare Ramkrishna Dhavlikar, Manohar Azagaonkar, Minister for Sports was guest of honour. Vishnu Wagh, Chairman of Goa State SC and OBC Finance and Development Corporation was key note speaker of the function. Chief Minister said, today Science has advanced tremendously but great personalities can not begiven birth with the help of Science. Dr. Ambedkar’s work has made him great and champion of down trodden people of India he added. He said, Dr Ambedkar dedicated his life for the upliftment of Dalit Community and make them strong. “The people of all commu-
nities should emulate Dr Ambedkar to work for the welfare of poorest poor in the society. This will make India strong in real sense,” the Chief Minister said. Chief Minister assured that the Government will look in to the demands of Dalit community regarding reservation percentage and beautification of Dr Ambedkar parks. Transport Minister Ramkrishna Dhavlikar highlighted the work of Dr Ambedkar for the humanity he said, he made special provision in our constitution that gave an opportunities to the Dalit communities to stand on their own feet. He said, all should respect the Indian constitution and provision therein for the upliftment of Dalit communities. This will make India united, strong and prosperous, he added. Minister for Sports, Manohar Azgaonkar said Dr Ambedkar has protected the interest of Dalit communities while preparing the Indian constitution. He said, Hindu organisations should come forward to protect the interest of Dalit communities. They should fight for entry to temples, crematoriums for Dalit such action of Hindu organizations will help implementation of various provisions in Indian constitu-
tions for the betterment of Dalit communities. He also demanded that the Government should consider the demand to increase in reservation for SC communities in the State. Vishnu Wagh while delivering keynote address said Dr Ambedkar and Goa had a special relation. He was aware political and social conditions of the people of Goa. He visited Goa in the year 1925 and stayed for two days in Goa an invitation of his friend. After Independence of India in the year 1954, he wrote to Indian Government about Goa’s liberation. He told the Indian Government to liberate Goa from the clutches of Portuguese. He also wrote a letter to the Portuguese Governor in the year 1935 and demanded to stop the harassment of Masurashram Swami and his followers, who were harassed by the Portuguese Government in connection with reconversion of Hindu people in Goa. The function was attended by CCP Mayor. Corolina Po, Secretary Ganesh Koyu, Director of Information and Publicity Menino Peres, President of Konkani Academy N Shivdas, Freedom fighter Bhayya Desai and large number of people were present for the function.
Stinking water threatens Colva beach HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 14
Tourism department’s plan to use social website Tweeter to promote Goa tourism across the globe might have earned kudos from the stake holders. But, welcome to the world famous Colva beach, where stinking waters from the creek have now come up right close to the beach as part of the creek desilting action plan. It’s nearly a week where a manmade trench connecting the creek to the sea shore has brought the stagnated waters right up to the beach. Sadly, till date, neither the Tourism department, nor other concerned authorities have moved in and stopped the rot taking place right on the beach. Tourists visiting the beach have termed as disturbing the digging up of a trench to solve the dirty or sewage waters let loose in the creek, but the authorities appears to have turned a blind eye to the nuisance on the beach. “Such a thing will not happen in the western world. This is a disturbing trend and certainly not conducive to the environment”, the tourist added. The Water Resources department, which claimed responsibility for undertaking the
Tonca local killed in mishap HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 14
In a major accident one Vivek Sateappa Harijan, resident of Camrabhat Tonca lost his life on way to hospital after he lost control of the two wheeler vehicle and came under the rear wheel of a Tata Mobile, at Caranzalem, near Adarsh Colony. Around 4.00 pm on Wednesday, Vivek (17) and his friend Parshuram Girish Alpanar (16) were going towards Taleigao from Miramar in their Honda Dio two wheeler (GA.07 H.3857) when he lost control of the bike and hit the divider and fell below the rear wheel of the Tata Mobile vehicle which was behind them. Vivek died on the way to the hospital due to head injuries.
MMC staff accused of harassment HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, APRIL 14
Govt announces two Dalit State Awards
and encouraging those hawkers to carry out business in the market,” alleged Fernandes. “No action is taken against those hawkers, but the staff harasses the local women vegetable vendors every day so that they leave the market. Since harassment has become every day affair and unbearable, we called on the chairperson to bring the facts to her notice,” said Fernandes.
The Colva creek extended up to the beach via a man-made trench apparently to drain out the sewage waters into the sea. Photo by Sidharth Mehta
desilting work, have not shown up till date after directing the contractor to stop the work. Says Colva Civic and Consumer Forum Judith Almeida: “This only goes to shows the sorry state of affairs at Colva. The WRD has excavated the trench on the bench, but has not taken measures to contain release of sewage waters onto the beach”.
An agitated Almeida has now threatened to know the doors of the Judiciary if the authorities fails to act and stop the rot. “The stinking waters have now come right on the beach. The government is asking tourists to come to Goa, but has shown apathy to this problem”, she said Terming the situation is pretty
bad, she said none of the authorities have acted so far to contain the menace and a health hazard. “Why have the police not acted against the erring contractor or the Water Resources department officials. Can any agency desilt a creek by emptying the stinking waters into the sea’, Almeida demanded to know.
Betalbatim successful in tackling garbage problems HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 14
Come 2011 and Betalbatim village may turn out South Goa’s first village to effectively solve the garbage problem via the composting units. Commissioned just three months ago on January 26, the composting units and recycling station have proved effective in keep the waste at bay, so much so that the Betalbatim village have now decided to go for two additional composting units, besides a recycling station. Says Betalbatim Sarpanch Minguel Pereira: The Panchayat has placed orders for 125 more earthen items as part of the garbage management plan. Besides, we have place order for two more wet composting units.
Cuncolim cops file murder case HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 14
The skeletal remains found in the rocky terrain close to the Cabo de Rama shore have turned out to that of a female, prompting the Cuncolim police to register a case of murder against unknown persons. The Cuncolim police on late Monday night registered a case of murder under section 302.
They will be commissioned by May 1”. He thanked the garbage management committee, besides the local Civic Forum and the villages for having joined hands with the Panchayat members to tackle the garbage problem facing the coastal village. “All these happened after we had 4-5 joint meetings, where all of us decided to work out a solution to the menace”, he said. Pereira took pride in saying that people who once disposed off waste in the open are now dumping the same in recycling station. “Even school students have caught the habit of disposing off the plastic waste in the recycling station”, he added. The Panchayat had supplied around 125 house holds earthen
items at concessional rate to make the new concept attractive. “I can say today that we have achieved more than 50 per cent success in our drive against waste and garbage”, he said, adding that the Panchayat body along with the garbage management committee and the villagers would make concerted efforts to ensure that Betalbatim is free from garbage by the year 2011. In this connection, the Sarpanch had disclosed plans to supply cloth bags free of cost to the local shops and establishments to make the village plastic free. “It will take one year for the village to achieve the tag of being a garbage free village’, he added.
Construction stopped in paddy fields at Saligao HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, APRIL 14
Deputy Collector (North) Dashrath Redkar stopped an illegal construction in the paddy fields at SaligaoNagoa on Wednesday. After conducting the site inspection in the presence of Saligao MLA Dilip Parulekar, Redkar asked the workers at the construction site to stop the work immediately. According to reports, the work on construction of a huge
bungalow was in progress in the paddy fields on the borders of Saligao-Nagoa. Taking advantage of the site area, which is not visible from the roads, the builder had allegedly brought all the required material to construct the bungalow. However, the initiative of Saligao MLA Parulekar into the illegal construction in the paddy fields paid dividends with immediate stoppage of work by the deputy collector.
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GSPCB to check mining pollution at seven junctions HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 14
The Goa State Pollution Control Board hopes to keep in check pollution caused by mining transportation at seven crucial junctions in the State, even as bitterly-complaining people from these places, appearing skeptical, expressed the measure would hardly help. The seven locations – Curchorem Municipal area, UsgaoPale junction, Codli Tisk, Honda junction, Bicholim town, Amona and Assonora junction – have been earmarked for setting up of ambient air quality check stations, besides the three existing ones in Panjim, Vasco city and Mormugao Harbour.
GSPCB officials informed tenders have been invited for setting up the stations and the last date for receiving the sealed quotations for the same was April 22. We aim to start work on these from May 1 onwards, they stated. They observed the air quality at these locations will be monitored for 24 hours twice a week. It will help us assert whether the particular location or area recorded dust pollution levels and control the same by applying laid down measures, they mentioned. The officials said presently GSPCB checked for suspended particulate matter (SPM), respirable particulate matter (RPM),
oxides of nitrogen and sulphur dioxide. But as per revised notification we will also check for PM 10 (particles with size 10 micron) and PM 2.5, they stated. The decision to set up the seven ambient air quality stations was taken after the GSPCB received many complaints from people residing in these seven locations where uncontrolled mining traffic has become a bone of contention. Environmentalists and people affected by mining dust expressed their apprehensiveness over the measure stating the Central environment ministry’s clearance to 100 more mining leases would only aggravate the problem further.
Quepem Police detain two overloaded mining trucks HERALD CORRESPONDENT QUEPEM, APRIL 14
Quepem Police on Wednesday detained two overloaded mining trucks, even as residents from the taluka filed three police complaints against vehicles for causing nuisance.
Speaking to Herald, Quepem Deputy Collector Agnelo Fernandes said while he was on a inspection of mining trucks at Cacumordi, he noticed a truck driver from Jharkhand driving the truck (GA-09-U-1839) without valid driving licence. “Besides, the truck was also overloaded. Similarly, a truck (GA-09-U-1168) was loaded double its capacity. I ordered detention of both the trucks,” stated the deputy collector. “This shows that verification of driving licence of the drivers from outside the State is not done by the police,” said Fernandes. Meanwhile, residents of Quepem and Curchorem are gearing up to fight against mining trucks. On Wednesday, three separate complaints were filed with Quepem and Curchorem police stations against mining trucks. In a complaint filed with Curchorem police, Adv Sheetal Kakodkar claimed that mining trucks starts its operations at 6 am, which is in violation of court order. In a complaint filed with Quepem police, one Cheryl de Souza of Maina-Quepem alleged that mining trucks are being parked alongside the road from Ambaulim to Kirlagali-Cavrem, which poses danger to the motorists. “This has been going on
despite deputing police officials,” she added. In yet another complaint filed with Quepem police, the Quepem Taluka Mining Affected Peoples Front has stated that Collectors’ order dated April 10, prohibiting entry for mining trucks on the road from 6 am to 6 pm is being violated. “ The ore-loaded trucks reaches Ambaulim at 5.50 am and crosses Quepem town at about 5.55 am, which means that trucks are loaded at the loading point between 5 and 5.30 am, while empty trucks starts plying along the road as early as 4 am,” she claimed.
Naik says there’s need of women fire fighters
HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 14
Home Minister Ravi Naik on Wednesday emphasised on the need to have lady fire fighters in the State’s Fire and Emergency Services who, he said, will be of immense service during fire saving operations and disaster management. Naik said these fire fighters in the force would be of great help in rescuing women during any fire incident. They will also be able to help in giving first aid to the rescued women. By enrolling them we will be able to keep unwanted complications that arise when men go to save women during emergencies, he mentioned. The Home Minister, who was speaking as chief guest at the National Fire Service Day function, said the State Government will move to see that all the fire stations across Goa have a women’s wing consisting of 10 members each after the Director of Fire Services makes a proposal in this regard. Naik informed the capital city will soon have a fire station outpost at Patto Plaza that is home to many commercial high-rise buildings. The upgradation work of Curchorem Fire Station building is also under progress, he stated. Director of Fire Services Ashok Menon in his speech said in the coming years three new fire stations will come up at Saligao, Calangute and Cuncolim. The Economic Development Corporation has already been earmarked land for the outpost at Patto Plaza and the construction would start this year, he
Bus owners seek hike in ticket fares HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 14
Bus owners will meet Chief Minister Digambar Kamat to press for their long pending charter of demands especially hike in ticket fares. All Goa Private Bus Owners Association on Friday will be meeting Congress leader Subhash Shirodkar, who in-turn will be fixing a meeting with the chief minister over the several demands of the association. Association general secretary
Sudip Tamankar said, “Since CM is busy with several other works, we took appointment of Shirodkar, through whom we will be putting forward our demands.” “With the rise in diesel prices by Rs 2.72 per litre, there has been increase in the transportation charges thus raising the prices of tyres, lubricants, spare parts etc and hence to compensate this there is need of hike i n t r a n s p o r t a t i o n f a re s , ” Tamankar said. The private bus owners therefore demanded to increase the bus fare for first 3 kms minimum fare of Rs 5 and for subsequent kms Rs 0.65 as against Rs 0.45 at present. Earlier last month, a similar memorandum was submitted to the transport minister Ramkrishna Dhawalikar, who had refused to promise a hike. “When we contacted Dhawalikar, he told us that the ticket fares will remain as it is and even our other demands were rejected,” Tamankar said. Apart from ticket fare hike, the private bus owners will be also asking the state government to privatise the nationalised routs. The association feels that since Kadamba Transport is going under serious loss and has failed to provide proper service, the private operators should be issued with permits on all the three nat i o n a l i s e d r o u t s - Pa n j i m Margao, Panjim-Vasco and Margao-Vasco. The association has also demanded to hire drivers and the conductors of the private buses on daily wages; the government must provide atleast two tyres for each bus once in a year and the exemption of passenger tax to the private buses.
Russian eve killed in mishap HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, APRIL 14
A 33-year-old Russian woman died in a collision between two vehicles at Assagao on Wednesday. According to Anjuna police, the accident occurred when Harafanova Ekaterina, who was proceeding on Honda Activa (GA-03-T-9590), collided against Splendor motorcycle (GA-03-T4763) at Assagao. Harafanova, who sustained grievous injuries, was rushed to a hospital in Mapusa, where she succumbed to injuries. Hawaldar Vishnu Jadhav and PSI Pilgaonkar are investigating the case.
mentioned. Menon informed the outpost at Patto would have the facility of an aerial ladder platform having capacity to go up to a height of 32 metres. This ladder will also be procured during this financial year, he added. He said the Government of India has identified the Goa Fire Force Training Centre as a regional training centre for conducting junior officer’s course of the National Fire Service College, Nagpur. Also, a proposal for a post-graduate course in
fire technology and industrial safety was under the examination of the government, he mentioned. He mentioned during the last five years, 9008 candidates from different parts of the country attended various types of courses ranging from three days training to six months strenuous general fire prevention and fire fighting course at the Fire Force Training Centre located at St Inez, here. Menon said the department would soon invite expression of
interest from insurance companies to provide Rs 5 lakh insurance cover to each fireman. He said fire fighters were available 24 hours per day for seven days in a week and keeping this in view one of the demands of the personnel was 13 months pay in line with that of Delhi Fire Service. We have sent a proposal to the Government in this regard and hope it will be considered, he stated. The highlight of the National Fire Service Day was the demonstration of the Sweden-manu-
factured Ingstrom mobile fire escape chute that saw fire personnel downloading themselves in the cylindrical material to evacuate to safety from a height of around 20 meters. Menon said the demonstration of the chute was done today to impress upon the government that the equipment will add more firepower to the fire services in the State. This chute can be mounted on the aerial ladder during evacuation from the buildings to evacuate people trapped in a fire, he stated.
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Discussion on Master Plan at p’yat level: Fr Vaz HERALD CORRESPONDENT OLD GOA, APRIL 13
Director of Caritas Goa Fr Valerian Vaz has raised concern over government’s proposal to set up the heritage authority in preparation of the ‘Master Plan’ for the development of Old Goa as a world heritage site. It may be recalled that at a recent meeting called at the chief minister’s residence in preparation of the ‘Master Plan’, it was decided to forward a proposal to the government to form an authority for the heritage site at Old Goa. “I came to know through my reliable sources that the government proposes a Heritage Authority to have a ‘Master Plan’ for Old Goa. We are now concerned about the proposal, as we are aware that there was nothing of that sort discussed at the panchayat level,” Fr Vaz told Herald. “If any development is going to take place in Old Goa, I feel Old Goa panchayat should be taken into confidence first and
not an establishing Heritage Authority without considering the view point of the common men,” added Fr Vaz. “Therefore, we are concerned about it and have informed panchayat members to take up the matter with the State government,” stated Fr Vaz. When asked if there is a need of Heritage Authority, Fr Vaz said for a Master Plan, there is a need for some type of a plan to go about. “I am not clear about what this Heritage Authority will be going to do. Therefore, I
old goa heritage site feel that there has to be some type of a dialogue between the government, the panchayat and people of Old Goa and the best place to have the dialogue is the panchayat,” he added. “If at all, the government proposes to have an authority,
it should be first discussed at the panchayat level,” suggested Fr Vaz. When asked whether there was a need for the development of a Master Plan for Old Goa, Fr Vaz said: “A master plan has to be a joint venture and it cannot be with some few people, who try to impress on someone else, but a Master Plan has to be developed taking all the stakeholders into confidence like the Old Goa Church authorities, ASI, panchayat, where all the people are a part of the process.” “For me, the term ‘Authority’ is a little threatening because if there are two authorities, then there is bound to be a conflict as before establishing another authority, an authority like the panchayat has to be taken into confidence,” he added. When contacted, Old Goa Deputy Sarpanch Parakash Amonkar said: “We will write to the chief minister that Old Goa panchayt is not interested in such authority, as such authorities will create confusion.”
CMC begins monsoon preparatory works HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, APRIL 14
Canacona Municipal Council (CMC) has commenced monsoon preparatory works using its existing labour force. According to municipal sources, CMC administration headed by Chief Officer Deepak Dessai has decided to use the existing labour force to carry out monsoon preparatory works, instead of previous practice of engaging additional man force. This has been reportedly done to do away siphoning-off municipal fund by cutting down additional expenses. Not taking any chances in the event pre-monsoon rains, the roadside gutters and nullahs are already taken up for freeing them from blockages and other objects to enable free flow of rainwater and avert floods in concerned areas. When enquired to know if additional labourers are engaged, which has been a regular practice in CMC in previous seasons, a source informed that such practice is done away with by
present administration head, as existing labourers with CMC are sufficient and needs to be mobilized to meet the monsoon preparatory works. “Besides, the move is expected to minimize frivolous expenditure,” source added. Sources further informed that in previous pre-monsoon related works, it has become a practice to obtain permission from Directorate of Municipal Administration for engaging a minimum of 20 additional labourers, then allotting/distributing them equally among 10 councillors for enabling them in getting the necessary works done in their respective wards. However, this practice in the past led to severe criticism by citizens alleging that some councillors fails to engage labourers, keeps their areas unattended but pockets the labour bills. When contacted, CMC Chairperson Shamsunder Dessai welcomed the move saying: “It will be good for CMC if monsoonrelated works are taken care of
with the existing labour force.” “However, we have received a circular to engage 30 additional labour for monsoon preparatory works, but I’m not aware what decision the chief officer (who is presently on leave) has taken on the circular,” he added. Sources further informed that Chief Officer Dessai in order to obtain strict implementation of using the available workforce in a positive manner has decided to make use of over 50 labourers on municipal payrolls, who were previously recommended by various past and present councillors.
Sardinha to celebrate b’day today HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 14
S o u t h G o a M P Fr a n c i s c o Sardinha will be celebrating his birthday tomorrow. He will be available at his residence at Curtorim from 9 am onwards, says a press release.
Huts near playground are temporary structures, says Victoria HERALD CORRESPONDENT MERCES, APRIL 14
Reacting to the opposition to the setting up of hutments near Santa Cruz village school playground, St Cruz MLA Victoria Fernandes said that the huts are erected by the contractors to house labourers who are working on the development works that are being carried out in the Santa Cruz village amounting to over Rs 22 crore. In a press release issued here, Victoria stated that it is a temporary arrangement and no sooner the works on roads and drainages are completed, they would be removed. Victoria further stated that the key to the shops of the village playground were given to the contractor on her instruction and in this regard, prior permission of the concerned department has been taken. She said
that the rooms are being used by the contractor to store construction material, as they did not have a safe place to store the same. Victoria also informed that, at the same site where the hutments are erected, an indoor gymnasium will be built, which will house a badminton cum volleyball court with wooden flooring, a gymnasium for youth, a club for senior citizens and a dressing room with toilets for players. She further lamented that some persons, with a hidden agenda, are trying to interfere in the development works being undertaken in the village and appealed to the villagers not to fall prey to their propaganda, but instead help her by bearing the inconvenience caused to them till the developmental works are completed.
upcoming events Summer festival at Siolim
PANJIM(HND): St Anthony’s Church, Siolim has organised it’s Annual Summer Festival 2010 which is underway upto April 16. Fun activities and entertainment programmes are planned for all ages. Games of skill, competitions, housie, talent contest, magic show by Savio, Konkani musical show by comedians Domnic and Luis Bachan and foot tapping music by Open Highway, Legends and DJ Ryan Pinto. Besides all this there will be a well-stocked canteen and an ice-cream counter, says a press release
Blood donation camp
PANJIM (HND): Kerala Sangamam in association with Goa Medical College Blood Bank, Bambolim will organise a blood donation camp on April 18 from 9.30 am to 3 pm at People’s High School, Panjim. The chief guest for the occasion will be the Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane.
Navelim parishioners condemn advert HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 14
The Moderator of Parish Pastoral Council of Our Lady of Rosary Church, Navelim, along with the parishioners of Navelim, strongly condemn the malicious and character assassinating advertisement titled ‘Padrink Lagon Sabinn Mai Roddta Rogtachim Dukam’ released on Herald recently, naming our Parish Priest Fr Leonard Moraes, which has aroused religious sentiments of Navelim parishioners in particular and Catholic community in general. According to a press release, all the issues mentioned in the advertisement are baseless, false
and derogatory in nature. The announcements made by the Parish Priest Fr Leonard Moraes are misquoted. The press release says, the parishioners of Navelim condemn the malafide allegations against the Catholic Church which expose the character of the persons who are without any moral values and integrity. The sole purpose of the advertisement is to malign the priest and the Catholic community. The press release further states that people of Navelim village are very harmonious and peace loving and will not tolerate such incidents in the future.
‘Natural’ ice cream comes to port town
Vasco businessman Nilesh Cabral inaugurates the ‘Natural’ icecream outlet at Vasco Residency, Vasco, in the presence of GTDC Vice Chairman Lyndon Monteiro and Natural franchise owner Vikram Salgaonkar. Photo by M Prabhav HERALD REPORTER VASCO, APRIL 14
To beat the heat in the scorching summer, popular ice cream brand of India ‘Natural Ice Cream of Juhu Scheme’ opened its fourth outlet in the State at Vasco recently. Vasco businessman Nilesh Cabral inaugurated the outlet at Vasco Residency, Vasco in the presence of Goa Tourism Development Corporation Vice Chairman Lyndon Monteiro, franchise owner Vikram Salgaonkar and other family members. The Richie Food, who owns a master franchise of ‘Natural Ice Cream’ in the State claimed that growing popularity of ‘Natural Ice Cream’ in the State has encouraged them to open four outlets within one year and four more are in the pipeline. It appears that the claim of 25-year-old franchise owner Vikram Salgaonkar is not wrong, as immediately after opening the outlet, customers made their presence felt to sample famous
flavours - tender coconut, jackfruit, mango, muskmelon and many more. Salgaonkar, a graduate from ISB Business School from Hyderabad, tapped the potential of Natural brand and after his field work in Mumbai, he was unhesitantly invested to open the outlets in Goa and the result is evident. “Since Natural brand is one of the best ice-creams in Mumbai and after considering the popularity of this brand, we opened the first outlet in Panjim and by May, this year, it will complete one year,” said Salgaonkar. “Wherever we have opened the outlets, we have received overwhelming response due to which, we have decided to open four more outlets,” added Salgaonkar. He further said besides Panjim, Margao, Calangute and now Vasco, in few days, four more outlets will be opened at Ponda, Mapusa, Porvorim and one more place which is to be finalized.
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Quepem residents seek review in truck timings
Tractor donated to Pilar Fathers
April 13, the number of trips via Quepem town was 828. The memorandum stated that overloading and over speeding of mining trucks has been going on unabated and RTO and police deputed to monitor are mere spectators, as no action is being taken against the erring mining trucks. “Signboards specifying the
In a way to help Pilar Fathers, who have been in the forefront of conducting agricultural activities, Cortalim businessman Antonio Florencio Do Rosario recently donated a tractor to Fr Agnel Society Fathers at Pilar. Fr Valent Azavedo attached to Pilar Monastery blessed the tractor in the presence of Antonio, Fr Noel Menezes and priests from Pilar Monastery. Antonio has donated the tractor to Pilar Fathers as a gesture of his love towards Pilar Society, where his son Fr Francisco John Do Rosario is also a priest and is presently based in London serving as Chaplin for the Goan Community. Speaking to Herald, Antonio said he donated the tractor to Pilar Society, as Pilar Fathers could grow paddy crops and vegetables in their fields, which could be given to the orphanages as food. Fr Azavedo said: “We had an old tractor which was not in good condition, but now with the new tractor donated, it will be helpful for us. Many people, especially farmers from Pilar, Agassaim, Neura and surrounding areas do ask for tractors for cultivating their fields.”
HERALD CORRESPONDENT QUEPEM, APRIL 14
The Quepem Taluka Mining Affected People’s Front on Wednesday urged Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and South Goa Collector G P Naik to review the timing for operation of mining trucks in Colomb and Quepem. In a memorandum to the chief minister and collector, the Front stated that in a notification dated April 10, the South Goa Collector changed the timings of operation of mining trucks in Quepem area from 6 am to 6 pm. “The earlier timing was from 8 am to 5.30 pm with a gap of 1 hour from 1 pm to 2 pm. However, before issuing or notifying the revised timing, locals, who are affected by the mining, were taken into consideration,” stated the memorandum. “Is there a need to change and increase the timing by three hours? As per the order dated April 10, it is specified that 1,700 trips were made by the mining trucks within the earlier stipulated time,” added the memorandum. “Since the number of trips has been reduced by 50% as per the order, it means that 850 trips can be easily accommodated in the earlier timing with better traffic regulations,” stated the Front. “Even the present timing notified in the order dated April 10, is not being enforced by the agencies,” adds the memorandum. The memorandum further stated that there is no proper watch kept by the authorities deployed to monitor the number of trips made by trucks plying via Quepem town, as on
MARG’s photo exhibition begins today BY HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 14
MARG will hold a four-day photo exhibition “We and our Roads” at the Aga Khan Park shed, Margao Municipal garden from April 15-18 from 10 am to 6 pm. MARG Member secretary Girish Chodankar said the educative 45-minute Konkani film Race produced by the NGO will also be screened during the four days at 6.30 pm at the same venue. “We and our Roads” exhibition has already been held at Canacona, Sanquelim and Vaso and visited by thousands of citizens from the above towns. Margao citizens including students have been invited to visit the exhibition.
Painting exhibition at Campal HERALD CORRESPONDENT PONDA, APRIL 14
Ex-students of Goa College of Art will organize a four-day painting exhibition at Art Gallery, Kala Academy, CampalPanjim, from April 19. Chief guest Speaker Pratapsingh Rane will inaugurate the exhibition at 4.30 pm. Transport Minister Sudin Dhavlikar will be the guest of honour. The exhibition will be opened from April 19 to April 22 from 10 am to 7.30 pm.
speed limit for mining trucks are yet to be erected,” added the memorandum and demanded immediate erection of signboards specif ying the speed limit along QuepemMaina road. The Front has threatened to launch an agitation if no immediate action is taken on their demands.
HERALD CORRESPONDENT OLD GOA, APRIL 14
Portuguese, French classes at Panjim HERALD NEWS BUREAU PANJIM, APRIL 14
The Detroit Institute will conduct Portuguese and French classes for children from April 19 to April 24 and from May 3 to May 8 at its institute in Panjim. The course will have an audio-visual and interactive sessions. The children will also get a chance to experiment with Portuguese and French cuisine as part of the course. For further details, contact on 9822131835.
Reginaldo urges Alexio to illuminate Arlem-Borim highway BY HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 14
C u r t o r i m M L A Re g i n a l d o Lourenco has urged Power Minister Alexio Sequeira to take appropriate steps to illuminate the Arlem-Borim highway at the earliest. The MLA pointed out that the Eastern bypass from Pepsi Cola factory to Davorlim traffic island is already illuminated and felt that the Arlem-Borim highway needs to be lighted up in a manner as to make the area aesthetic as well as to improve the night visibility for the safety of the commuters, especially pedestrians.
He said it is gratif ying that his dream of widening and black topping of the Borim-Arlem highway and construction of the traffic island has finally seen light of the day, expressing satisfaction that his dedicated efforts in this direction has borne fruits. Lourenco has thanked Chief Minister and the PWD Minister for the support extended to him at the time of his struggle to resolve several issues that had erupted in the locality in the initial stages of broadening of the highway.
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business offers Computer Servicing @ 450/-, New PC @ 19990/-. Call Kamal 9503998279. (SD)
Wanted live-in Housemaid for a small Catholic family in Margao. Salary Rs.2500 + travelling allowance. Regular increment. Call: 9823022194. (CM) Wanted urgently Dishwasher & Helper. Contact: Vincent’s Bar & Rest., Voltar, Benaulim, Salcete Goa. 9890201900 / 0832270539. (CM) Urgently wanted Indian / Continental, Tandoori / Chinese Cook, Kitchen Helper & Dishwasher. Call: 9890711363. Good salary for the right candidate. (CM) Wanted urgently for a resort in Shirvoi, Quepem a Front Office Assistant with B.Com good in English a Pool Attendant with HSSC, a Restaurant Cashier with B.Com and an Electrician between 9 am to 6 pm contact 08326670111, 9225538491 (Anc) Required male or female with good typing speed for Data Entry at Mapusa. Call between 9.30 am - 5.30 pm on 2250177, Freshers welcome. (21355)
Agarwal Packers & Movers India’s No. 1 Company since 1987. For tension free shifting Call Goa: 0832-6001500, 9326101181 (CB) Laptop repairs, Computer repairs, Printer repairs, Virus problems, Tally, Computer upgrades, Maintenance, Contracts, Wireless Networking, C C T V. P C H o u s e M a r g a o 2730485 / 9422064590 (CM)
Wanted Assistant Architect/Civil Draughtsman/Site Supervisor/Office Boy with 4 wheeler Driving Licence in Mapusa Office. Contact for Appointment : 9890074545. (McD) Wanted girls/ladies 15 nos to work in masala factory salary around 3000 and above/no qualifications at Pillar Goa Velha, surrounding areas only Call 2218821. (VK)
Wanted for A-Class Restaurant in Bahrain. Cooks having experience in Indian Tandoor Chinese Cuisine. Free recruitment, accommodation provided contact – 9552393465 (Sty) Wanted Lab Technician for Diagnostic Lab at Curchorem, DMLT (freshers can apply) or with Pathology Lab experience. Contact: 9420689599. (DG) Wanted off season, Jobs, Resort in Baga Calangute. Earn 8,000/- weekly. Male/Female 25 to 35 years from North. Call 9673155899. (KK) Required for a hotel in Calangute: Continental Cook, Kitchen helpers, Utility, Gardeners, Pool attendant, Bouncers, Taxi driver. Apply with CV 2277535, 2281120. (21369) Wanted female (DTP) Operator. Contact: S.G. Arts Shop No. D-G 14 Basement, Osia ‘C ’ Complex, Near Kadamba Bus Stand, Old Market, Margao 9822151884 / 2736626 (21382)
Wanted Sales Girls/Boys – 10 nos., Cashier, Pickup Driver, Office Boy, Office Assistant with computer knowledge, residing in & around Margao, Contact: Navshant Enterprises, Gardenveiw Building, Phase II, 3rd Floor, Margao. (CB) Wanted urgently Security Supervisors English speaking (Ex-serviceman / Civilians), Security Guards, Lady Searchers to work in Mines & Factories. Good salary + fringe benefits. Contact immediately between 10 to 1pm with original Certificates + 3 Photographs at M/s. Essential Personnel Services, Laxmi Bhuvan, 2nd floor, Opp. Remy Studio, Mapusa Goa. (Adt) Wa n t e d S a l e s G i r l s & Helpers (F) to work in Printing Press at Margao. Contact: 9823982567 (DSN)
A designing and printing firm in Mapuca requires a Graphic Designer (DTP Operator) with knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, CorelDraw etc. Candidate having suitable experience would be preferred contact: 9604921300, 2253406 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org attractive salary package offered. (23161) Wanted Sales Executive (2 posts) for a reputed Electronics showroom in Margao person from in an around Margao may contact Talaulikar Electricals, near Ana Fonte Opp. Nanutel. 9860092069. (Int)
Vacancies for Hutchison 3 Global Services Pvt. Ltd. (Australia/UK Inbound) Mumbai/ Pune. Qualification: XII/Graduates. Salary 16000-24000. Acc o m m o d a t i o n p ro v i d e d . Jobshop Behind Aquem Post O f f i c e M a rg a o . C o n t a c t : 9860949888/9850092609 email@example.com (DA)
Required urgently 1) Marketing Executives for Margao experienced and South Indians preferred Salar y Rs. 1 0 , 0 0 0 / - P l u s Pe t ro l A l lowance 2) Telephone Opera t o r f o r Pa n j i m o n l y e x p e r i e n c e d m a y a p p l y. Salary Rs. 5000/- and above 3) Delivery Boys for Panjim Salary Rs. 4000/- plus petrol allowance Contact The Professional Courier Fernando 9225906191 (21386) Computer Hardware Technicians required to work full time as Service engineers for computer firm in Mapusa. Candidates from around Mapusa preferred. Phone: 2266433 / 9422970855 (office hours) (21360) For an English Medium Primary School in Bardez, 2 trained Teachers for English/Maths on a permanent basis. Salary with EPF. Reply expected by 30th April, 2010 with bio-data to Box No 9619 Herald Panjim. (21384)
Require an Office Accountant in Panjim. Address – G-3, Emerald Tower, Opp. Vivanta Taj Hotel, Nr. Traffic Signal, Panjim. Cont 9371034197, 3256707. (21395)
1 Office Boy and Loader for S.L Marketing, 2 office boy cum Loader for Universal Trading Co. Opp. Rosary Church, L & L Mascarenhas Heritage, Ratwaddo, Navelim Goa. Ph.:2728018 / 2728038. Walk in interview on 14th & 15th April, 2010 to the above mentioned address between 10.00 am to 12.30 pm (Cst)
Wanted Computer Operator & Staff to work in Pharmacy at Gogol Margao. Fresher also can Call 9422437109 / 9423886973. (PR)
Wanted Sales Girls for Feminie Boutique in Margao starting salary Rs. 3000/- and above Ph. 2733988, 9823243119 (Emm)
Wanted Stewards, Kitchen helpers, Dishwashers for 12 month Bar & Restaurant, Arambol Beach. Contact: Eastern Tandoori. Ph - 9987134658. (4000)
Science Graduate/Medical Rep. to market healthcare product contact – 9822123933 between 5-8 pm. (21365)
Urgently required HR Executive for an IT’s Co. based in Goa, candidates with experience in the relevant industry may apply. Minimum qualification Graduate interested 6484379 (Cst)
Wanted Sales Executive for Vodafone preferably with two wheeler. For appointment Contact Vivek 9823006006 (21349)
Academy for better communication, Kerala requires Teachers for teaching Communicative English in Schools. Salary Rs. 7000/- to 9000/- + free accommodation. Contact: 9767020211 / 09349788120 (BS)
Opportunity unlimited extra income!!! Ambitious men / women work from home / office part-time without disturbing present job, profession, business. Vijay 9096033709. (CM)
Godara Packers & Movers Car Transportation specialist, household packing, loading/unloading, transportation, local shifting, insurance facility. All India Ser vice. Contact: 9370663341, 9420687350, 0832-3293340 (CB)
Agarwal Packers & Movers (SE) DRS Group ISO 9001 Co. For tension free Home/Car shifting Ph: 9970090711, 6060001 (HRP)
Website Designing Packa g e s . B u d g e t We b s i t e 6000/-, Economy 10,000/-, Deluxe 15,000/-, Animated 20,000/-, Photography 5000/-, Domain + Server + Emails + Hosting. 9850472932 / 9372049214 (BS)
Classical Guitar lessons & Theory Classes by Devang Metha (B.Mus Degree, LTCL Diploma). Weekly lessons will be supplemented with musicianship, Guitar literature & m u s i c h i s t o r y. C o n t a c t 9673237501 / 6624942 (R). (SD)
Required for Mobile Company, Vacant/Terrace/Agricultural Land for Installation of Towers, Rent 40000/- P.M. Advance 9 Lakhs Khan Gold Care Government approved 08802001208, 08802001207, 08802001206, 08802001205. (Int) Portuguese Nationality Apostille Attestation, Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi. Call us anytime on 9850200682 & 9604838043 / Email firstname.lastname@example.org , Shop # 1, Alzira Apartments, Fatorda 403602. (CM) Dias Caterers, Catering for all occasions. Contact us for making all your celebrations more memorable. Ramesh – 9921930505, Selima – 9767694769 (Int) 8.1/2 “dia borewell for water resources for agriculture farms, lodging ,garden and for domestic use gentleman service contact Pawar 9423041293 (SD) VISA SOLUTIONS all types of Indian Visa Extensions Company Fo r m a t i o n s R.B.I./ROC/TAX, Indian Citizenships PIO/OCI, Foreign Investment. Contact 9637169333, 9867541433, Email: visasolutionsgoa @yahoo.in (Anc)
Wanted Dishwasher, Chinese Cook, Indian Cook, Goan Cook, contact – 9960852025 (21364)
For all types of T-Shirts Corporates, Institutional personalized, big or small quantities, plain or printed with your logo. Contact: Trends, near Pa n j i m C h u r c h , Te l : 2226631/Cell: 9422062884. (Ind) Its time to change yourself summer courses Hair & Beauty Call now !!! 9011070270 (Cst)
Detectives “Cobra: also install Burglar alarms CCTV surveillance, video door phones, access control, metal detectors, vehicles search mirror, fire system. Call: 9822100422. www. cobrasecurity goa.com. (20308) Are you earning what are worth. Earn extra income, International Co. work part/full time. Housewife/Students/Retired/Working/Business. Shreya 9822154477 / 9823204559 (Ind)
Earn extra high incomes in Rupees and Dollars !!! Foreign Company. Work from home !!! Flexible hours. No experience. Natasha 9967961287, 9096664676. (21411) Work from home/internet great incomes, working people, housewives, retired, students. Part/full time. Trainings vacations provide. Contact Roma: 9822103105. (21411) Swimming pool designing & construction, fountains, jacuzzi, steam, sauna, waterfalls, filters, accessories & chemicals. Southern Pools Ph. 6455243, 6452034, 9823605885, 9850421246. email - email@example.com w e b s i t e : www.southernpools.in (21210) Work from Home US Multinantional looking for serious people work part time/ full time without affecting your present occupation great earning potential full training and support provided proven system in 60 countries now in your area Call: Ms. Liz Anne, Mobile 9325525708 / 9892171608. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Int)
Earn extra high income working from home great earning potential realize your financial dreams, experience not required Flora/Mario 9822134180 (Cst)
dAnCe Dance while you can! Ballroom dance classes conducted in Margao. Learn: Waltz, Jive, Cha Cha, Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, etc. Contact: 9850109251. (CM)
Buy 16” LG, Benq, Acer, TFT Rs. 4500 in exchange old desktop 15” or 17” monitors. Available 17”, 19”, 20” 22”24” TFT, Passport Seagate Transend Wd USB 160GB, 320GB, 500GB, ITB available. All kind Graphic cards, Rams, Harddisk’s & Pendrives, G/6, Kurtarkar classic Bldg, Power House, Marg a o . 2 7 5 6 2 0 8 / 2752466/09881719997. (Bks) Portuguese Nationality / passport professional advice. Documentation/attestations & filling of processes in Lisbon. Correspondence and handling all old processes 1 including obtaining Boletim/Assentos de Nascimento/Casamento/Obito from CRC, Lisboa. Jet International Travels & Tours, Borda, Margao. 9422063724, 2700264, 2700265, 2712938, portuguese nationality @hotmail. com (Emm)
Fresh Batches in vacation classes. Admission opne for IX, X, Goa Board. Experienced & dedicated faculty, personal attention. Minimum 15 students per batch. Maths & Konkani A/C classroom. Contact: 9326135577, Aquem-Margao. (DA)
Get MICROSOFT, CISCO certified for global recognition & worldwide jobs. Learn certification technologies like A+ / MCSE / CCNA in hardware & networking @ Bilsoft, Osia Multiplex, Margao. For training info. Call: 2712971 / 6622085. (CM
D i p l o m a i n Yo g a & Ayurveda Therapy correspondence courses Contact Ph: 09495479134, 9730508369 (21426)
Learn Flower Making, Ribbon Embroidery, Hand Embroidery, Bead Work & Zardoshi, Basic & Advanced Candle Making, Painting on Dresses, Artificial Jewellery, etc. Contact: 9923023998 Margao. (CM)
Crash Course: Hindi - Science - Maths - English (VIII, IX, X) Entire syllabus completed even before Schools reopen. Contact:9822484673. Experienced Faculty, AC Classroom. (BS)
N.E. Diniz Music Institute, Margao (Regd). Crash courses, suitable batches, Organ, Guitar, Drums, Violin, Mandolin, Piano, Singing Voices, Theory, Solfege. 2738645 / 9545924235 / 9850459507. (CM)
Vacation courses in beautician, tailoring, candle making, sof t toys, chocolate making & variety of painting. Ph: 9923146577. (CM) Learn to speak Russian high income big jobs don’t miss, private tuitions batch available Contact 9881074507 / 9657962496 (Cst)
Vacation Special! Crash Course in Beautician. Starting from 15th April. For details contact: Vanesia Beauty Parlour, Margao. 2713601 / 9657492421 (BS)
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Direct X, XII, B.A, B.Com, B.Sc, M.A, M.Com, M.Sc, B.Ed, D.Ed, B.B.A, B.C.A, B.Tech, D.Tech, Exam in Goa. May2010. Ramnath Damodars, Kurtarker Classic A/7, near Power House, Margao. Ph: 6953324 / 2753747 (CM) Short term Hotel Management courses in F&B Services, food production, front office & housekeeping at IHRM, D o n a Pa u l a . C o n t a c t : 2456806/2451792 / 9923035971. (20981)
Muzikbank – band with a difference on Saxaphone. Right choice for parties, hotel shows & specially for weddings. 9850472733 / 9503817629. (CM)
Brass band for all occasions. Weddings, parties, hotels, sports, festas, funerals. Phone (Margao): 9822121696. (DG) Your Master of Ceremony Compere for weddings, Dances or any occasions. Contact friendly, pleasing Personality Savio Queiroz 9960609920, 9689915623, 08326698500. (21312)
Fire extinguishers dcp /ABC, 5kg. ISI Marked, Govt. approved, 1year Warrantee, ISO Certified, Rs.1275/- VISION S A F E T Y, Ve r n a I D C , . 9326127464 / 2782095 / 2782443 (BS)
HEALTH, HOTEL & RESORT
Excess body fat causes obesity reduce body fat safely/effectively satisfaction assured, excellent customer care fat check Ralph 9850256317 (Cst)
UGC/DEC. Govt. Recognized Distance Education. 10th/12th/M.Phil/ MBA/MCA/MSW/BCA/BBA/B. Com,/MA/BA/Msc/Bsc/Executive M.B.A. 10th/12th fail. FY/SY pass or fail directly appear for Third Year Exam in 2010. June/December. Contact:- BCHE, Pissurlekar Towers, above Prince Furniture, Opp. Power Jim, S t . I n e z , P a n a j i . Te l 2431014 / 9764234786 /9765565784 / 83 / 85 (PM)
Wedding cars, Mercedes (Merk), Sonata (Gold), Corolla, Honda City / Civic / Accord, undertaking decorations, cars for self drive. 9823966474 / 9421300462 / 2710262. (CM) Perfect Matrimonials. Marriages for all castes, religion. All under one roof. Complete satisfaction guaranteed. Contact: 9766540426. (CM)
GRC Bachelor 31 years, 5.6” B.Com., good looking, fair, working on ship. Seeks GRC spinster, graduate, good looking. Call: 9923144734, 9923279349. (DG)
Marriage Bureau for every religion we have girls and boys N.R.I Dubai, Kuwait, Gulfy, Canada. Muslims and HIndu also can contact 9665220266 Divorcee also. (21307)
Royal Luxur y wedding Car’s St. Anthony wedding cars on hire Sonata (Gold) white and Sonata (Gold) Black, Margao 9822719468, 9765856465 (Cst) L uxur y wedding car ’s Honda Accord, Civic, City etc. quality of service at its best Perry’s Wedding Car’s Margao 9890299255/2767832 (Cst)
Career and Hobby courses in animation with Asia’s leader. Admissions open. Arena Animations Academy Specialist pro gramme and web designing Career course start on 19 A p r p l u s S h o r t Te r m Courses. Contact: Arena Animations Academy, Midas Touch Bldg., 3rd Floor, Panjim Market Square, Opp. DCB Bank, 2225153 / 9423885224 / 9823013484 / 9823611824 / 9890432246. (21306) Computer Courses 50% Discount Enroll for the best course this summer at Orbits Technologies, 3rd Flr. Above Tato Restaurant Margao, Ph: 2732615 / 9890347441 / 9860386761 www.orbitstechnologies.com (BS)
L.I.V.E. Music and DJ for all occasions, Weddings, Parties, Hotels etc. Also Jazz-Band available Goa’s exclusive oneman-band for Hotels, Weddings, Parties also accoustic S o l o , D u o , Tr i o . C a l l 9822181692. (CB)
Pure live band. MAJOR STRINGS with female vocalist available for weddings, dances, hotels, parties & all occasions. Contact: 9823951639 / 9922646430. (CM)
Wide Proposal Bureau Mapusa has wide range matches for Bachelors / Spinsters. Abroad bachelors / are down. Call 9860026647. Your satisfaction our guarantee. (Adt)
Biswas Clinic Specialist Piles, Fistula, Fissures, Hydrocele, Hernia, Sexual diseases. Without operation permanent cure. Dr. C. K. Biswas, Opp. Sitara Motors (Bajaj Showroom), Navelim Road, Margao & Braganza Resort Complex, Near Baga circle, Calangute. Appointments: 9823352749 / 9421744647 / 2706765. (DA)
(Ayurvedic Dr. Palash) Secret Sexual Diseases, *Infertili t y, * Q u i c k D i s c h a r g e , *Impotency, *Nightfall, *Loose Penis, *Erection problem (Without operation *Piles, *Fistula, *Fissure). Ponda Clinic, Below Café Bhosle, Ponda & Tanu Clinic, Near Bar Corner, Malim – Betim, Panaji. Appointment – 9881889650, 9673094890. (CB)
Unwanted hair of any part of body permanently removed by Laser treatment. Consultation for Liposuction, Varicose Veins, Warts & Moles. Available at Mapusa – 17 & Madgaon 18 April. Contact – Lakshyakiran Laser Center, Kolhapur. Mobile – 9422414324. (Aks)
Available industrial shed of 1,600 Sq.mtr built-up on plot 6,000 Sq.mtr, sloping roof of 9 mtrs with Genset of 125 KVA, for manufacturing or Godown use. Outright sale or long lease. Contact: 9503747932 (WN)
Reliance Data Modem – for sale. Price Rs.1500/-. Contact: Mb. 9096659289. (CM)
Don’t exchange old batteries (we pay good price) we sell new batteries new invertors any big factory setup inverters 9011445339 (21430)
We buy all types of vehicles any model any make 4 wheeler, 2 wheeler or scrap vehicle (Sold by owner only) 9850729255 (21430) Wanted scrap A.C. Airconditioner fridge 2 wheeler, 4 wheeler Hotel’s scrap etc we collect 9011445339 (21430)
Calling Musicians and singers to join the Gospel Band, and shine like stars in the world for Jesus. Contact : 9158067571 for audition details. (McD) Big Country Sound System for sale, includes full JBL Amps/Speakers, Soundcraft Mixer. Ph. 9422449149. (21403) Learn Drums in 12 classes (guaranteed). Learn Keyboards at home - 9822130576 / DDrum Triggers and Korg-01 for sale. (BS) Milly Trinity Music School, Crash course for Guitar, Organ, Violin at Vasco, Ponda, Margao, Cuncolim, Velsao, Navelim, Chinchinim. Admissions9421155828 (SD)
Imported Guitar workstation Digitech GNX for sale 10 effects 65 factory presets 5 footswitches tuner CD jamming input memory card input drum machine & multifunctions, made in U.S.A. Contact: 9764267394. (CM)
Swimming pool & water treatment we construct swimming pools, long lasting water proofing in years competitive rates 9823521766. (21410)
For rent 2 BHK fully furnished & office 60 sq.mts at C o m b a M a rg a o c o n t a c t : 9820285686 / 9823129214. (Cst)
Wanted office 12 to15m2 on rent / lease in Lake View Fatorda or near District Court Margao, budget upto 6000/-. Also wanted 2BHK flat on rent in Fatorda in good locality, budget upto 6000/-. Mob # 9823951737. (CM Space required for Office at Panjim area 60 to 70 m2 outrigt purchase Contact 9225906191 Professional Courier. (21386)
1 & 2 Bedroom Sea View Apartment, 3 Bedroom Row Villas, Shops with swimming pool, Elevator with backup generator, 24 hrs security, 5 min walk to the beach at Benaulim, Possession May 2010 contact: 2712000, 9049772000 (Cst) Available new 2 & 3 BHK Apartments / Row Houses in Colva and Margao. Kindly Contact 9763718477. Brokers Excuse. (BS) 1 BHK flat for sale near Baga Marina Baga Beach area 55 Sq.mts Contact 9923786469, 9326102234 (21431)
Available Nurse/Care Takers to take care of elderly and sick people pls contact Blue Cross Ser vices. 3223614 9890237558 (20319)
PETS & LIVESTOCKS
Buddy pets pups and pup food available Labrador Chocolate color & Pug. Persian kitten available too. Contact Ashwini 9822130639 / 9422419139. (Emm)
Family Restaurant & Bar with AC fully furnished on rent 35000/- prime location Navelim. Contact Brokers 9975817781 (Cst)
49.67m2 shop for lease at Osia Mall Complex. Interested parties contact 9822185268 / 9637247441. Brokers excuse. (CM)
Shop for sale at prime location on Baga Road, Suitable for Bar Restaurant area 47 Sq.mts Contact 9923786469, 9850123405, 9326102234 (21429)
Ready possession, 3bedroom row-houses, 1-2bedroom flats & studios with swimming pool, in MICON COASTAL PARADISE, 700mtrs from Benaulim Beach. Contact Micon Realtors, S-1/2/3, Delia Residency, (next to J.J. Costa Hospital) Fatorda. Tel: 2749004 / 9823687944 / 9823811444. Email: email@example.com / website: www.miconrealtors.in (CM) Flat for sale with Double Bedroom with balconies, fully furnished in Pedda BenaulimContact 9767854373 / 9822381421 (CM)
Steel cupboard, sandwich toaster, food processor, electric whisk, novels (English) – South Goa 9960069877. (DG)
Experienced M.B.B.S. Doctor available for home visits in Tiswadi & Bardez Taluka Fe e s R s 5 0 0 / - C o n t a c t 9422058730 (21378) Treatment with Challenge - Sexual disability, Quick discharge, Nighfall, Short bend loose penis problems, Less Sperm counting, Penis infection, Piles, Fistula, Urine stone, Diabetes & Rheumatism. Contact: 9158059015 / 9765329439 / 9860022193 / 6484068. (DA)
Wanted around 300-600 m2 plot for construction of house at Nerul, Verem, Betim, Merces, St. Cruz, Brittona, Sangolda, Saligao Call between 3.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. on 6516958. (21433) Plot for sale in Majorda 928 Sqmt. @ 9000 per Sqmt. (Negotiable) Phone: 9623817082 (Bks)
Property for sale near KTC Bus Stand Margao, 2600m 2 price 11,000 per m2 Contact broker 9766611625 (Cst)
3BHK flat fully furnished in Duler behind Fo o t b a l l g ro u n d M o u n t Mary Building. Having b u i l t - u p a re a o f 1 2 2 . 4 4 sqmtrs. For Rs.35 L akhs (negotiable). Contact : M r. A g n e l o D e O l i v e i r a : 9890444583, 2254211. (McD) Ready possession 3BHK rowhouse for outright sale all master bedroom, flat at Colva loan facility available for 1520n years. Contact Micon Realtors, S-1/2/3, Delia Residency, (next to J.J. Costa Hospital) near Rosary Church, Fatorda, M a r g a o . Te l : 2 7 4 9 0 0 4 / 9823687944 / 9823811444. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / website: www.miconrealtors.in (CM)
For sale ready possession new 2BHK flat 88 sq mts with parking and lift on second floor at Kamat Riveira Caranzalem. 9822581195. (Sty)
5 BHK Modern style 305m2 independent beautiful Bungalow, land 1000m2 2 kms from Margao city towards Benaulim Beach & Brokers don’t call 9975937472 (Cst) 2 BHK flat 80 sq.m for sale in Pedda, Benaulim on second floor. Rate 23 lakhs negotiable. Contact: 2735313, 9403271129. (Adn)
Flat for sale, Kranti Sena Chief Anil Naik, Nandanvan complex, Vrundavan – 001 upper ground floor, Area 74.6 sq. mtrs. One room kitchen hall with balcony and car parkinf. Address: Dempo Bhat, Tonca, Panaji, Goa. Contact – 9890719566 (21367)
Wanted property 500 to 5000 m2 with or without house in South Goa Contact 9823647765 (Cst) If anyone wants to sell his plot measuring 250-300m2 with clear title, in South Goa, kindly contact: 9503818712. (CM)
Wanted clear title, road access, settlement zone property in South Goa. Preferably direct parties contact: 9764936110 (BS)
Wanted 2 Acres of land for Educational Institute close to Mapusa, Panaji, Vasco, Margao send details to or Call 9822982783. (21433) We buy complicated tenanted Mundkarial without access plots properties fields cases pending in court incomplete houses projects we also settle property issues do demarcation development approvals also take construction work of Bungalows building factories properties projects with bank liabilities SMS/call 9822150873 (Gal)
www.rockywilzstudio.com, Professional Photography & Video. Specialised in weddings, conferences, events. Ph: 09823473737. (CM)
Sea Scan Maritime foundation conducts DG Shipping Govt. of India approved STCW ’95 (FPFF, P S T, P S S R , E F A & O T F courses). Pkg of four courses fees Rs. 10,000/only Indos no’s issued after the completion of courses for booking. Contact 2423409 /10, 9822132034, Margao booking office 2732706. (20368)
Good news for Goan now apply for CDC & get free wrist watch worth Rs 750/- Get panama cdc in 3 days (provisional), Liberian cdc in 20 days, Honduras cdc in 70 days. Marshall island cdc in 70 days Contact: jc Marine Services, Kirantravels, below Newera School, Malbhat, Margao, Te l : 2 7 3 5 0 2 4 , 2 7 3 5 0 0 2 . 9 8 2 2 1 7 9 1 5 4 . B e w a re o f agents issuing duplicate CDC with low fees. (We are always together with seafarers from past 10 years) (21116)
DG Shipping Govt of India approved STCW 95 even Passenger Familiarization Courses can be done in 12 days with INDOS Number. New rates for Panama CDC - 14000/-, Liberian CDC - 19000/- Booking available. Contact: 6555374, 9987678131 / 9209266294 (BS)
Mumbai Maritime Training Institute conducting DG. Shipping (Govt. of India) approved STCW’95 courses (PSSR, PST, EFA, FPFF) OTF, CTF, GTF, PSCRB, MFA, MEDICAL CARE presea training in G.P., SALOON, DECKCADET. Contact:MMTI, Kiran Travels, below New Era School, Malbhat, Margao. 2735024, 2735002, 9822179154. (Always together with seafarers from past 10 years). (21116)
Thanks to Infant Jesus and Holy Spirit for the favours granted. L.S. (21425)
Many sincere thanks to God, Sacred Heart of Jesus, S t . A n t h o n y, H o l y S p i r i t , St.Charbel, Our Lady of Vailankanni, Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, St.Jude & all the Angels & Saints for the favours granted. ADS. (CM) Thanksgiving to St. Anthony & Fr. Agnel for favours granted. Gracy (GC)
Many thanks to Our Lady of Vailankanni Mother for blessing me for good health. Also thanks to Jesus From Ermalina H. (KK) Thanks to Our Lady of Vailankanni, St. Francis Xavier & Bambolim Cross for favours granted. - Gracy (GC)
Many sincere thanks to God, Jesus, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Mother Mary, Our Lady of Vailankanni, Our Lady of Fatima, Perpetual Succour, Our L ady of Santana, Mother Thereza, Padr. Jose Vaz, Fr. Agnel, Holy Cross, St. Anthony, St. Jude and all the angels and saints for favours granted.
Thanksgiving to The Father, Son, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Mary & Joseph, St. Anthony, Virgin Mary, Padre Pio, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Divine Mercy, St. Jude, Bambolim Cross, Fr. Agnelo, Perpetual Succour. The precious Blood of Jesus for favours granted.
Thanks to Holy Spirit, Lord Jesus, Mother Mary, Our Lady of Vailankanni, Our Lady of Livrament, Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, St. Anthony, St. Jude, Fr. Agnelo, Bambolim Cross and all the Saints for favours granted. Sorry for delay. Many thanks to St. Jude and Sacred Heart of Jesus for favours granted.
Sincere thanks to St. Jude, Fr. Agnelo, St. Don Bosco, St. Anthony, Holy Cross, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Mary, Holy S p i r i t , B a m b o l i m C ro s s , Mother Theresa, Our Lady of Vailankanni, Perpetual Succour, Pad Pio, Fr. Joseph Vaz, Infant Jesus, St. Domnic Savio for favours granted. Thank you St. Jude for a successful operation & Many favours granted.
Thanks to St. Jude, St. Anthony, Fr. Agnel, Our Lady of Perpetual Soccour, Our Lady of Vailankanni, Bambolim Cross and all the Angels and Saints for the favours granted. Many Thanks to Holy Cross, St. Anthony, Mother Vailankanni, Mother Perpetual Succour, Fr. Agnel for favours granted.
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Anti-naxal strategy: Digvijay differs with Chidambaram PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 14
Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh has differed with Home Minister P Chidambaram over treating the Naxalite issue as a law and order problem and has called for a rethink of the counter-Maoist strategy. At the same time, Singh, a former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, said, “The buck stops with the chief minister for law and order and not with the Union Home Minister “In this case (regarding Maoists), I have differed with his (Chidambaram’s) strategy that does not take into consideration the people living in the affected area who ultimately matter. He is treating it purely as a law and order problem without taking into consideration the issues that affect the tribals”, Singh said. In an article in a newspaper, Singh, in whose tenure as Chief Minister the Maoist-affected Chhattisgarh was carved out of Madhya Pradesh, said, “When I raised these issues with him (Chidambaram), he said it was not his responsibility.” Singh said he has known Chidambaram since 1985 when he and the Home Minister were both elected to Parliament.
India mustn’t copy western development model: PTIPitroda BANGALORE, APRIL 14
Telecom guru Sam Pitroda today said India should not try to copy the consumption-based economic model of the US, saying it won’t work for this country. “I personally believe the USmodel of consumption-based economy is not scalable, sustainable for a country like ours...” Pitroda,who headed the National Knowledge Commission, said India cannot afford to copy western development model. Addressing participants of Microsoft-organised TechED 2010, a technology conclave, here, the technocrat said India has its own challenges, requires Indian model (of development) which focused on low-cost solutions. Speaking via videoconferencing from Chicago in the US, Pitroda said India needs to create its own model of development; not the western way. “We need to learn to innovate on our own”, he said, adding, India needs to look at new development models in areas such as education and health. Pitroda, Advisor to Prime Minister on public information infrastructure and innovations, expressed the view that India’s rural areas could become outsourcing hubs for urban centres of the country. “If Bangalore can become back-office of America, why can’t our rural areas become backoffice of urban areas”, asked the man, who laid the foundation for the country’s telecom revolution nearly a quarter century ago.
Security lapse at airport: CISF men suspended PTI THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, APRIL 14
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Cleansing Goa of the Drug Menace
Vol No CX No: 99 Goa, Thursday 15 April, 2010
Faking the news
howing at the International Centre Goa on Wednesday evening was a movie called ‘Shattered Glass’, which came up during a seminar on investigative journalism held there. The film is based on the true story of a Washington DC journalist in his 20s, Stephen lass, who concocted sources, quotes and even entire stories while seeking a short-cut to fame. Introspection by the media cannot be a bad thing; it reminds us of our own frailties, how prone to error one can be, and how similar our mistakes are to those in very different corners of the globe. Yet, while we hear other critiques of the media, we in Goa also need to think for ourselves as to where we go wrong. One refrain that came up at the event yesterday was about the media’s need to prove its credentials, to once again become relevant to its reader, and to focus on concerns that really matter instead of trivia and sensation. Even as the media in Goa has grown vastly in recent years, has the extent of coverage grown significantly as far as the reader goes? How could the various organs of this institution manage to better cover the State, its various issues and all its diversity? What could help to bridge the gap between the “vernacular” (Marathi and Konkani) media and the English-language press? These are issues faced by anyone concerned with the media in Goa today. Another movie also viewed on Wednesday was called ‘Media Hype: When News Coverage Goes Too Far’. Again from the US, this movie made the point of how news can sometimes be wholly disproportionate to the actual extent of the problem. Some issues get badly underplayed, while others get hyped. For a Goa which has been through global-style coverage of the Scarlet Keeling case, the ‘German girl’, “Russian mafia”, and insinuations that this is the “rape capital” of India, such issues are indeed very relevant. But framing issues is an important task, and sometimes we might end up at the wrong place simply by asking the wrong questions. Or ignoring the right ones. As various newspapers and television channels jostle for space in the crowded media market, there are issues of the role played by the State, and how much influence readers have in shaping the media they would like to have. If you too believe that the media is an important tool in society, then obviously every section of society needs to be concerned about how its being shaped, and what role it’s playing. It’s not enough to complain about certain aspects of the media, without doing anything to improve things.
Media pressure has forced the local police to crackdown on drug trafficking in Goa writes FREDDY DIAS
he recently arrested Israelis, David Drihan alias Dudu and Yaniv Benahim alias Atala, by Goa Police’s Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) , are just two amongst the seven foreign nationals identified by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) as the main illicit drugs traffickers operating for nearly a decade in Goa. The other five drug kingpins identified by the NCB-Hagay Ben David alias Agai (also an Israeli), Charles Wuzor, Papai John and Abraham Ulofemi (all from Nigeria), and a Russian Timir Mamedov are absconding following the arrest of Dudu and Atala, and due to the continuing crackdown on the illicit drug trade in Goa. The Mumbai Zonal Unit of the NCB which had been closely watching the illicit drug trade, narcotics as well as prescription drugs in Goa, for several years, has compiled a list of some of the top drug dealers operating in Goa, to facilitate Goa Police in monitoring their entry into Goa and India. The NCB while terming “Goa as the ‘drug haven’ in India, had specifically identified the seven aforementioned foreigners as the main drug traffickers operating in Goa from the 25 on its list, who have been unlawfully staying in India and were involved in various nefarious activities. This list submitted to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, comprises mainly Russians and Israelis wanted for various criminal offences including drug peddling. Accordingly, the Goa Police had been directed to raid ‘rave’ parties organized in Goa during this tourist season, and to take stringent action against foreign nationals overstaying in the State without valid documents, even to arrest them under the National Security Act (NSA). However, the rave parties, the main cause of the drug menace went on unabated in some areas, particularly on the coastal belt, courtesy of a few of those in power and the unholy nexus between the ANC personnel and the drug mafia. The police have been picking up only petty drug dealers and persons consuming drugs, to show enough cases registered and arrests made under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. While effecting arrest of petty drug consumers, the police have been complacent, or rather oa Tourism Development Corporation has made it to the deliberately avoided in taking action against the bignews with its plans to use Twitter to promote tourism in time drug peddlers operating in the state. One of the
Sound of Silence reasons for this the officials of ANC often cited was that big dealers don’t keep drugs on their person; they have their agents and touts in the local market. Due to tremendous media pressure on the local police over the increasing drug menace, the authorities were forced to revamp the ANC, and effect a major crackdown on drug trafficking in Goa, resulting in the nabbing of the two notorious Israeli drug peddlers. The arrest of Dudu (who was mostly involved in prescription drug peddling) and Atala (who was dealing in narcotics), however appears to be an outcome of business rivalry between the Israelis and the Russian drug-lords. According to authorities of the Home Department, 254 “look out circulars” (LOCs) were issued between 2000 and 2009 by the Goa Police against foreign nationals wanted for various offences in the state. Of these, a large number of foreigners were involved in offences related to the NDPS Act, and also in offences under the Foreigner’s Act, especially overstaying. The LOCs, usually valid for a year, are issued either to trace absconding criminals or to prevent and monitor the entry or exit of persons who may be wanted by law enforcement authorities. But, most of the time the validity is extended beyond one year,
Tweeting for tourism
the State. As our readers would know, Twitter is a social networking and micro-blogging service whose users send out short messages (“tweets”) of upto 140 characters in length. This is a good idea, and it’s widely known that social networking tools like Twitter and Facebook are now being harnessed by businesses too to grain a mind-share. But just being on Twitter isn’t much. Tweets go to the author’s subscribers who are known as followers; if the message is boring, followers will be few. Our officials are smart enough that any mention of key-words like Twitter and Facebook instantly makes news today. But what’s really need is more than that. Tourism promotion authorities have a big job in promoting the unique handicrafts, art and culture of Goa. They need to go beyond playing the role of a realestate agency hiring out hotel rooms. Even a tiny country like Uganda has an ambitious handicrafts centre, centrally located near its National Theatre at Kampala. Goa needs permanent exhibition centres — going beyond the Aparanta network — to promote its handicrafts. Products unique to Goa, its museums, its history and its diversity need to be showcased more effectively. Just because it doesn’t seem politically right, there’s no point in hiding Goa’s historic links with other parts of the globe, even if these date back to colonial times. Ultimately, agencies like the GTDC needs to make a case why a holiday in Goa can be a unique experience indeed; so far, they haven’t garnered much evidence to make this point convincingly.
Time for humility Dr. Francisco Colaço, Margao Your edit dated April 14 under the above caption comes in the nick of time. You also deserve to be congratulated for writing the truth, the whole truth and nothing else but the truth. It is definitely a time for crisis in the Catholic Church with the abuse scandal staying in the news on a continual basis. But the persistent focus is only due competitive sensationalism of the media. The tough, arduous, committed years of thousands of priests and nuns are conveniently brushed aside in preference to sensational re-
100 Years Ago
PRIMEIRO DIARIO NAS COLONIAS PORTUGEZAS
15 April 1910 l
It is reported through the pages of history, that today the Spaniard Ponce de Leon discovered the State of Florida in the USA.
At the Convent of Santa Monica in the Old City of Goa, established in 1606 by the Archbishop Frei D. Aleixo de Menezes, there exists an image of Christ crucified which is an object of great reverence and pilgrimage.
Hunger and dearth of drinking water is ravaging the district of Godhra in the Indian Sub-Continent with no help brought forth to assuage the victims.
Were sanctioned by the concerned authorities the new by-laws of the National Lyceum and that of Public Library of this City.
A gang of robbers from Colombo warns through anonymous letters the individuals whom they intend to rob next and many of the more affluent have already received the same through the postal services.
Those were the days
Whither Steamer Service?
he typical fag-end May sun shone brilliantly over Panjim, as the M.V ‘Konkan Shakti’ nudged, with gentle slaps of water against her hull, and eased into the waiting berth. A cry of excitement, passengers and crew crowding the decks, jockeying for the best position, people talking, laughing, pointing and waving their hands frantically in excitement. The gangway swung into place and the Bombay passengers, mostly Goans accompanied by a few tourists, surged forward expectantly. The embarking passengers were eager to get aboard. Amidst trimmings and fireworks, the last sailing had timely taken place, prior to the burst of the monsoon. The moorings were cast-off and the Bombay-bound steamer sailed out of the harbour. After the rains, the sailings on the Goa-Bombay route usually resumed in the first week of October. But since 1988, this service was scrapped leaving, Goans high and dry. Quite definitely, the majority of Goans, availed of the ‘Amchi Agboat’ and they were left broken hearted. People have been relying on this mode of travel, rely on it for a long time. Time lost in a queue to reserve accommodation onboard, was of no consequence. With their rice and chutney, they would be there, because any other delicacy resulted in sea
porting of sex scandals by a few black sheep. Not that they must go unreported and unchecked. Far from it! But it is sad to see “traditional enemies” of the Catholic Church basking in the media hype. Even as a layman, I know priestly life is full of crosses. Every day for a priest is filled with difficulties. More than that, often at times there is that frightening human feeling of loneliness. However, few priests will complain. But, I know for sure, they would love to see once in a while, some expression of gratitude from the myriad souls they help find meaning in their lives. I also know of priest-stalwarts who through their exemplary lives, proved to be true role-models for many of us, in our formative years. Today, in sheer humility, I pay a tribute to them. It is definitely a time for introspection, but it is also a time for moderation, selfexamination and self-restraint.
Bonanza for politicians Orlando S. A. Da Silva, Carmona Goa gets 21 per cent hike in annual plan is good news for the political fraternity because an increase in plan outlay directly means increase in incomes of the politicians and a hole in the pocket of the aam aadmi in an era where there is no accountability over the use of tax payer’s money. Take for example the PWD portfolio where the majority of the outlay always goes. There have been allegations by P WD contractors that commission payable to people in power in the present government has gone up to 20 per cent of tender amount. The chief minister is talking of strengthening of cruise services, beach safety, green field airport and so on. All this hardly matters to the aam aadmi of Goa. The aam aadmi wants improvement in basic infrastructure of water (24x7), electricity, garbage management of which there is no mention. The aam aadmi desires faster justice and better administration of rule of law which is conveniently forgotten by our elected governments. A labour dispute in Goa takes 15 to 20 years for adjudication. Will the CM and the planners please take note of this?
especially if the person is not on bail and there is a case pending against him in Court. David Driham aka Dudu, arrested under various Sections of the NDPS Act, had been supplying drugs to various rave parties held in Goa and elsewhere in the country over the years through his network of agents. He has been staying in Goa for the last over three years ever since his Visa expired by hoodwinking the system, and has now openly confessed that it was easy to manage the police and the courts in this country. Dudu had taken full advantage of the postal services for the import and export of designer drugs like ecstasy that are favourites during rave parties. Earlier, Dudu who had been picked up by the Mumbai Police on 20 September 2008 from Anjuna and booked under Section 8 (interstate movement of drugs), Section 22 (possession of drugs) and Section 29 (abetment and participation in a criminal conspiracy) of the NDPS Act, had revealed during interrogation that there were more than 250 big and small drug dealers operating in Goa, without disclosing the source of drug availability in Goa. In an attempt in 2006, the Home Department on February 15, 2006, had issued a deportation
order asking him to leave the country within 15 days. However, Dudu challenged the order in the Ad hoc Additional District court, stating that the Visa granted by the Indian Embassy in Bangkok was valid up to October 26, 2006, and had not yet expired. Dudu continued to stay in the country even after his Visa expired and on October 28, 2006, the Anjuna police booked him for overstaying. The state government issued a ‘Leave India Notice’ to him on November 2, 2006, soon after Dudu wrote to the Home Department requesting an extension of stay in India for him and his wife, which was denied. As his case was pending in Court, he continued to stay in Goa. The other Israeli drug kingpin, Yaniv Benahim alias Atala, whose controversial video statement created a stir, was arrested on March 9, in Goa. Interestingly, Atala who was deported earlier because of his involvement in narcotics trade in 2006, returned to India without a valid Visa or passport, and was residing in Goa from September 2008. He had confessed in the video clipping uploaded on Youtube.com that he had close links with former ANC P I, Ashish Shirodkar, elaborately explaining minute details, and the modus operandi adopted. These disclosures resulted in the Goa Police Crime Branch registering a criminal case and arresting the former ANC official and many of his subordinates involved, under Section I20-B of IPC, Sections 8-F r/w 18, 29, 30, 31, 39-B of the NDPS Act and Sections 7, 11, 12 of the Prevention of Corruption Act. Stealing of drugs, or replacing the same with some other worthless material, while they are kept stored in the custody of Court, is as old as the history of drug menace in the state. There have been instances wherein large amounts of drugs seized from arrested persons during police raids, were diverted back to the vendors and drug traffickers after manipulation of seizure records. However, the latest developments in the criminal case registered are against the former ANC personnel and the Israeli drug peddlers, are being closely watched by the public at large, as a positive outcome of the case is expected to nip the police-mafia nexus once and for all, and thereby go a long way in helping eradication of the drug menace in the State.
sickness. Life was simple for a traveller and fares stable. The older generations fondly recall memories of this time when the coastal steamers would even disembark passengers at an anchorage in the vicinity of Morjim, where majority of Bardez bound passengers would alight and come to mainland by small boats and canoes, as brave canoeists usually demonstrated their skills to add to the home coming. They did their job quite well. Thus saving the crossing of River Mandovi and bypassing the Portuguese Customs at Panjim. My thoughts take me over to the time when memorable voyages were made by our Africanders and other ocean going passenger regularly coming to India from East Africa. Also by the Gulf Goans onboard steamers run - from Bombay via Karachi, calling at several intermediary Gulf ports and by way of the Shatt-Al-Arab finally on to Basra in Iraq. A one-way pleasant voyage would take about 10 days. ‘ It would seem that a great many people live in the past, longing for the good old days. There is nothing wrong with recalling happy memories. It has been said that a person or a community which is no longer able to remember is no longer able to hope. Nothing that is good or beautiful from our past is lost, but it is gathered
Mining a resident evil
Freddy Agnelo Fernandes, Dubai
Mining in Goa has been going on for ages. From Sattari to Canacona along the eastern border mining thrives. Along with the income it generates, miners too have made a fortune for themselves and in turn have managed to control the police, bureaucrats and the politicians as well. Despite all the hue and cry over the dangers of mining to nature, environment and humans too, the government and the police are unwilling to take any action against this highly polluting industry. The CM who incidentally also has mines under his charge, has promised action against the erring miners time and again but unfortunately nothing ever materialises. Instead there are only the implicit knee-jerk reactions whenever there have been accidents, with more promises as usual. At this point in time, mature and a tactful handling is required rather than the high-decibel theatrics of our chief minister. A lot of people have lost their precious lives, both young and old, to the mining traffic, and after the latest causality, a ban on mining traffic was enforced. But again the money power of miners has played a pivotal role in not only lifting the ban, but a free travel time is also being allotted to them from 6 am to 6 pm, with namesake restrictions on load, speed and number of trips, which are hardly of any consequence. None of the restrictions are being heeded by the mining traffic and are back to their usual business of F1 racetrack driving. The police when notified of the non-compliances, have failed to take any action, thus putting the lives of the public to further risks. Even after the assurances that erring drivers and transporters would be taken to task, by the Advocate General, just yesterday a scooterist had a lucky escape when he missed to get run over by a mining truck. What action has been taken against this driver or the transporter? Why is our Government not showing any concern for the lives of the public? My heart goes out to the people living in these mining areas, who breathe in the dust, day in and day out; their water too is mostly contaminated; their houses full of mining dust, making life, a living hell. It is indeed a good sign that the people of Quepem are on to the streets in unity with peaceful protests putting pressure on the Government and hope the CM sees reason before things get complicated and out of hand.
Adelmo Fernandes, Vasco It is most unfortunate that the spat between Union Minister Sashi Tharoor and IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi is getting murkier by the day. The tiff now seems to have become more personal with the Modi camp referring to Tharoor’s alleged romantic ties with a Dubai-based socialite businesswoman and the Tharoor camp saying that Modi was convicted in the US for cocaine possession. In the past too, the flamboyant Central Minister has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. His twitter
up, and held in readiness for us, happy hours and memories to be savoured for all eternity. We must adopt new ways of thinking, new ways of life as we go along. Times change. But certain qualities abide. The power of the family to survive is enormous. It is difficult to overestimate its power. It has survived wars and concentration camps, famines and plagues, Earthquake and tremors. It has survived direct frontal attack by hostile ideologies and state oppression. Looking back is important for a family. It is a yesterday’s window. Even when times change, we will always have the same need as our ancestors did to live out our lives in joy and courage; to get along with our fellowmen; to hold to those values which help us to grow, to learn and to become better people. The ordinary folks, carefree seagulls and the moody Mandovi, including the steamer jetty and Goans at large have a romantic attachment and feel the compelling need. Will a steamer service be revived? Is there a ray of hope? Are there too many constitutional hurdles to give it a fighting chance against the mighty transport lobby? Senior folks like me dream of cruising on the seas . Will the dreams come true? Perhaps the authorities too have the same dreams.
Letters to the Editor
Letter of the Day
By Marc de Souza
remarks had racked up controversies on more than one occasion. The government seems spineless in taking action against the minister. It would be in the fitness of things for Tharoor to keep away from petty squabbling and concentrate more on the working of his ministry. After all, there are more pressing matters to look into in the ministry that he heads than wasting time on franchise of an IPL team.
An odd episode Gregory Fernandes, via email Apropos the news item ‘Sania, Shoaib
say ‘Kabool hai’ finally (Herald, April 13), at one point in the tragicomedy episode, it appeared that the marriage for them would remain a distant dream. The fact that the marriage was scheduled, rescheduled, preponed and postponed several times over the past week or so underscore the impossible nature of the alliance and the odds that the two braved to find love. Things were sorted in an amicable manner and credit for this goes to Sania for she firmly stood by her man. However, all the lies, spin and deception by Shoaib even if he had reasons to resort to it, has set a bad precedent and has only made mockery of himself.
The US folly S. Kamat, Alto Betim The metronomic regularity with which killings are reported in the media out of terrorist attacks in Iraq and Afghanistan deserve the greatest condemnation. Almost every day some 50 people die in these two countries out of a bomb attack or friendly fire or a terrorist strike or a UAV missile strike. This tally does not include actual and identified terrorists who are killed by the US military coalitions or the local military or police. While in Iraq the US is bent upon moving out by middle of 2011 it will leave the country tattered and battered and open to more such attacks between rival political factions, the terrorists or armed mercenaries out to loot the country. The question that one begs to ask is why did the US come into Iraq in the first place if it is going to leave the country in a bigger mess than when they came in? Afghanistan is going the same way as Iraq and will be left in a similar situation if and when the US coalition moves out. Clearly the objective that the US had in both countries has not been met and thus there is a need to introspect before the US repeats this kind of a misadventure again. The time has come when the US should realize that by running scared they are only making the enemy stronger willed and more determined to attack while if they had built better intelligence and quietly eliminated the terrorists in their home bases without actually invading the country, the US would have become more effective.
Paths of Wisdom Happiness is an attitude
The 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock. Her hair fashionably coifed and makeup perfectly applied. But she is blind and lives a nursing home. Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready. As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window. “I love it,” she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy. “Mrs. Jones, you haven’t seen the room .... just wait.” “That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” she replied. “Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged ... it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it ... It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do. Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away ... just for this time in my life.”
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2 more sources of radiation detected PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 14
Two more sources of radiation were detected in the Mayapuri scrap market in the city where Cobalt-60 was recovered, taking
the total sources of radioactive substance found in the industrial area to 10.
Eight sources of radioactive Cobalt-60 were detected last week while the two fresh
cases of radiation were detected yesterday. Seven persons were injured after getting exposed to the radioactive substance Fresh radiation was detected
by a team of experts from Department of Atomic Energy which was conducting followup checks in the market, S K Malhotra, Public Awareness Officer of DAE, told PTI today.
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US to outline new space policy Reuters WASHINGTON/CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA, APRIL 14
President Barack Obama will outline a revamped space policy tomorrow aimed at speeding development of a new heavylift rocket, increasing the number of human spaceflight missions, creating 2,500 new jobs andultimately voyaging to Mars. Obama is to explain his policy on a visit to Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida, where many in the space community have been critical after NASA announced plans in March to kill a programme designed to launch astronauts into orbit and return Americans to the moon. White House officials said on Tuesday that Obama wants NASA to begin work on building a new heavy lift rocket sooner than envisioned under the canceled Constellation programme, with a commitment to decide in 2015 on the specific rocket that will take astronauts deeper into space. ''This is a rocket that is going to happen two years earlier than would've happened under the past program,'' a senior White House official said. This is part of a space plan that would boost NASA's budget by 6 billion dollar over five years for research and technology development for manned missions to asteroids, Mars and other possible solar system destinations.
Obama would restructure the Constellation program and allow NASA to develop the Orion crew capsule, previously planned for moon travel, to provide standby emergency escape capabilities for the International Space Station. Obama's policy would direct NASA to launch into space a steady stream of robotic exploration missions to scout locations and demonstrate technologies to increase the safety and capability of future human missions. To ease the transition for workers dislocated while the new space strategy is being implemented, Obama is proposing to dedicate 40 million dollar of the funds requested for the Constellation transition to transform the regional economy around NASA's Florida facilities and prepare its workforce for the new opportunities. “This new strategy means more money for NASA, more jobs for the country, more astronaut time in space, and more investments in innovation,” said a senior White House official. Letter from former astronauts: Criticism of Obama's plan in recent weeks has centered around his decision to cancel the Constellation programme signed by the previous Bush administration and jumpstart the commercial space industry. Critics see it as ceding a preeminent US human space explo-
ration role, a charge rejected by the White House. In an example of the criticism Obama has been facing in recent weeks, former astronauts Neil Armstrong -- the first man on the moon -- James Lovell and Eugene Cernan urged Obama to reconsider what they feared were ''devastating'' new policies for the future of NASA, NBC reported. “It appears that we will have w a s t e d o u r c u r re n t $ 1 0 pluswrote. On the other hand, moon astronaut Edwin ''Buzz'' Aldrin, the second man on the moon, said he endorsed Obama's new policy. “Mars is the next frontier for humankind, and NASA will be leading the way there if we aggressively support the president's plans,” he said. Space is a powerful jobs creator in the important electoral state of Florida as well as in Texas and Alabama, and lawmakers from those states are likely to be listening closely to what the president announces. Obama has already proposed to retire US space agency NASA's three-ship shuttle fleet, after each spacecraft makes one more flight this year to supply the International Space Station. In addition to keeping the space station in orbit through 2020, he has already proposed to seed development of com-
mercially operated space taxis, which is expected to cost less than the $51 million per seat Russia now charges to ferry astronauts to and from the space station. That Russian space seat price goes up to $55 million in 2013. How many new jobs will be created by the new U.S. commercial space transport opportunities remains to be seen. The shuttles' retirement leaves Russian Soyuz capsules as the only way to fly astronauts to the space station. China, the only other country that has launched people into orbit, is not part of the 16-nation space station partnership. The problem with the nowcanceled moon programme, known as Constellation, was that despite a 9 billion dollar investment, it never received adequate funds to reach its goal of landing astronauts on the lunar surface in 2020, an independent review board concluded last year. For thousands of workers facing layoffs with the end of the shuttle programme, Constellation was to be the silver lining. Obama is scheduled to fly into the Kennedy Space Center on Thursday and address an invitation-only audience of about 200 people. The speech is expected to be carried live on NASA Television, accessible on the Internet at NASA.gov.
Russia demands more US support on issues REUTERS WASHINGTON, APRIL 14
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said that he and Barack Obama have “changed the atmosphere” in Russian-US ties, but demanded more American support on issues from the economy to Afghan drugs. Medvedev also set boundaries for Russia's backing on sanctions against Iran and suggested an air base in Kyrgyzstan might not be the best tool for stabilizing Afghanistan. His remarks, delivered at a Washington think tank after a nuclear security summit he called a ''complete success,'' underlined the achievements and the limitations of Obama's campaign to ''reset'' Russia ties after years of deepening rancor under their predecessors, George W Bush and Vladimir Putin. He spoke days af ter Medvedev and Obama signed a landmark nuclear arms-reduc-
tion pact, a crucial element of the US president's high-profile push to curtail the global nuclear threat. “I am truly glad that our cooperation is starting to bring concrete results,” Medvedev told an audience at the Brookings Institution. “I will say even more: I am pleased that in a little more than a year we have succeeded in changing the atmosphere of Russian-American relations.” Russia “is ready to give the United States a shoulder to lean on if needed -- and it is needed on a whole series of issues,” Medvedev said, hinting at the challenging US war in Afghanistan and its efforts to rein in Iran's nuclear ambitions. Setting guidelines: But he suggested that support would come at a price, mixing warm words with pointed guidelines for US treatment of Russia. While he said the two countries share the common values
Hatoyama fails to resolve spat Reuters TOKYO, APRIL 14
Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama headed home from Washington today empty handed in his plight to resolve a spat over a US military base, reigniting talk he could quit before a mid-year election. Hatoyama has promised to settle by the end of May a feud with Washington over where to relocate the airbase on the southern island of Okinawa, but there is little sign he is close to an agreement, even after talks with US President Barack Obama.
The row has not only ruffled ties with Washington but dented the government's ratings, so failure to resolve it by the self-imposed deadline could force Hatoyama to resign before an upper house election likely in July, even some in his party say. “It'll depend on support rates going forward and whether more people within his party put pressure on him to step down because they feel they can't win the election with him at the top,” said Tetsuro Kato, political science professor at Waseda University. Finance Minister Naoto Kan has been tipped as a likely successor, although it's unclear whether he would perform anybetter on issues of more interest to voters and investors, such as rescuing Japan from deflation and slashing huge public debt. Hatoyama is Japan's fourth prime minister in as many years, so yet another leadership change could anger voters and spark concern in financial markets over continuity in policies. Support for Hatoyama's government has slid to around 30 per cent after previous highs above 70 per cent on growing voter doubts over his decisionmaking skills, clouding his Democratic Party's chances of a decisive win in the upper house vote.
of democracy and economic freedom, he indicated that after a century of chaos and Communism, Russia cannot be held to the same standards asthe United States. “'Russia needs several
decades of absolutely stable, calm work to create an effective political system and an effective economic system,'' Medvedev said. “We must not teach one another how to live,” he said.
FROM PAGE 1 Drizzle fails to beat the heat
cant change in the maximum temperature which continued to remain at 34 degree Celsius while the minimum temperature came down to 25.4 degree Celsius. As per IMD website, a low/medium clouds is likely to occur over parts of peninsular India, northeastern States, southeast Arabian Sea and south Bay of Bengal, thus leading to further rainfall. Since last one month, state has been witnessing scorching sunlight, whose temperature rose to above normal by one degree Celsius. Till date the month of March, saw highest temperature of 35.5 degree Celsius whereas the average minimum temperature recorded this year is 31 degree Celsius. The Met department recorded 1.2 cm of rainfall.
Margao inferno exposes...
the fore the disaster management plan put in place by the district authorities. No PWD Officer was around to increase the water pressure in the pipeline. Incidentally, the traffic police were not mobilized immediately to stop traffic coming to the New Market area from the Bank of India branch and Gandhi market. This resulted in traffic jam and hindrance to the movement of fire tenders to and from the market area. Says Fatorda MLA Damu Naik: “The government and the authorities have not yet learnt a lesson after the major fire that engulfed the New Market area some years ago. We have only heard about assurances and promises, but nothing has changed in the market.”
IFFI scam: CBI summons...
of summoning him, six years after the incident occurred, clearly indicates that the investigations are politically motivated. “CBI is becoming joker in the hands of ruling party,” he said. Parrikar said that CBI has to first prove that there was corruption and embezzlement of funds before accusing him in the case.
...A home to pearls
preliminary survey indicated that about 8,000 to 10,000 adult oysters (placuna placenta) are harvested on a daily basis from this site which suggests the activity is carried out clandestinely. The study involved an extensive field sampling for 13 months both in the inter-tidal and sub-tidal waters in Chicalim bay, near the St Jacinto Island in the Zuari estuary. It states that natural stocks of windowpane oysters inhabit the soft, muddy substrate of the bay and their population was in healthy condition. The study says that the presence of windowpane could also serve as important bio-indicator and valuable source of raw material for pharmaceuticals that needs to be systematically managed. There is considerable scope in utilising this important resource by extracting pearls for ornamental purpose.
Chicalim bay polluted ...
he stated. Dr Manoj Borkar, Chairman-Technical Committee CVAC, said the study based on data collected from 13 sampling stations in the Chicalim bay shockingly reveals high levels of presence of iron in the soft tissue (meat) of windowpane oysters. Dr Borkar asserts if such is the case then there is enough ground to state that tisreos (shell fish) found abundantly in the bay are also contaminated. “The content of iron found was placed at 1800 micrograms per gram of tissue. The other heavy metals found were zinc (600 micrograms per gram), lead (400 micrograms per gram) and copper (200 micrograms per gram). Presence of cadmium was also found but was relatively low,” he observed. The study calls upon the authorities concerned to protect the bay for posterity, he said. He said the study of NIO cannot be taken lightly as the same was carried out by Dr Baban Ingole, who is a biologist involved in studying benthos (sea floor). Dr Ingole was the only Asian scientist who was invited to investigate the epicenter of the Indonesian tsunami, he stated. He said the Goa State Pollution Control Board should step forward to take suo moto cognizance of the NIO study and carry out further action. The NIO study has cited overexploitation and metal pollution which could result in disappearance of this bivalve species, he stated. The CVAC has handed the NIO study to Forest Minister Filipe Neri Rodrigues who has called for a report from the Forest Department. CVAC members said they had asked for the report in the next one week.
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Obama wins nuke summit pledges Reuters WASHINGTON, APRIL 14
US President Barack Obama pressed for bold, swift sanctions on Iran on Tuesday but acknowledged China has concerns about the economic impact and said negotiations are difficult. Ending an unprecedented 47nation nuclear security summit, Obama won pledges from world leaders to take joint action to prevent terrorist groups from getting nuclear weapons, steps he said will make the United States and the world safer.
“Today is a testament of what is possible when nations come together in a spirit of partnership to embrace our shared responsibility and confront a shared challenge,” Obama said. Iran's nuclear standoff with the West cast a shadow over the summit, and it was clear that some major hurdles remain on the road to impos-
ing a new round of UN sanctions on Iran over its alleged pursuit of nuclear weapons.
A day after discussing Iran with Chinese President Hu Jintao, Obama expressed gratitude that China had agreed to help negotiate a new UN sanctions resolution on Iran but said Beijing still has concerns about sanctions. He said he had argued to Hu that there must be consequences for Iran's violation of its international obligations. Tehran denies trying to develop an atomic weapon, saying it wants peaceful nuclear power for electricity. ''The Chinese are obviously concerned about what ramifications this might have on the economy generally,'' Obama said. ''Iran is an oil-producing state.'' New resolution soon Obama on March 30 said he hoped to get a new sanctions resolution ready within weeks. He de-
clined to repeat the timetable on Tuesday but said he did not want a long, drawn-out process that takes months, and that he wants to ''see us move forward boldly and quickly.'' ''I think that we have a strong number of countries on the Security Council who believe this is the right thing to do. But I think these negotiations can be difficult and I am going to push as hard as I can...,'' he said. Beijing stressed yesterday it wanted any Security Council resolution to promote a diplomatic way out of the nuclear standoff. Iran, which is not attending the conference, is China's thirdlargest crude oil supplier. ''The well-being of the Iranian people as well as the normal economic, trade, financial and energy exchanges between Iran and many countries in the world -- these legitimate needs and demands should not be undermined,'' Chinese Vice Foreign
Minister Cui Tiankai told reporters yesterday. In another sign of the limits to cooperation on the issue, President Dmitry Medvedev of Russia, another nation with extensive trade with Iran, said any sanctions ''certainly must not punish the people'' and should focus on nonproliferation. French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who supports tougher sanctions, said ''the moment of truth'' was approaching and it was reasonable to expect UN action by May at the latest but he also acknowledged any resolution was likely to be weaker than France might like. Yukiya Amano, head of the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, told Reuters he was concerned Iran might reduce cooperation with UN inspectors if further sanctions are imposed on it. Obama also opened a win-
dow on his ''frank'' talks with Hu regarding US concerns about China's currency, which Washington has long felt is valued too low. “I think China rightly sees the issue of currency as a ... sovereign issue. I think they are resistant to international pressure when it comes to them making decisions about their currency policy and monetary policy,'' he said. The summit's final communique promised greater efforts to block ''non-state actors'' like al Qaeda from obtaining the building blocks for atomic weapons for ''malicious purposes.'' While the summit communique included no mechanism to enforce the measures, Obama defended the agreement, saying he believed world leaders were taking their commitments seriously. Absent from the summit was
North Korea, whose nuclear weapons program is a persistent thorn in the side to the West. Summit leaders sent a clear message to Pyongyang by announcing South Korea would host the next nuclear security summitTangible dividends: The summit produced several tangible dividends aimed at preventing what Obama said was the world's top security threat -- the risk of terrorists obtaining even a small portion of the estimated 2,000 tons of plutonium and highly enriched uranium that exists in dozens of countries. Washington and Moscow signed a deal to reduce stocks of excess weapons-grade plutonium. The United States, Canada and Mexico agreed to work together with the International AomicEnergy Agency to convert Mexico's research reactor from the use of highly enriched uranium to low-enriched uranium fuel.
Tories promise new special ties with India PTI LONDON, APRIL 14
Indonesian police try to avoid molotov cocktai throw by muslims protesters during a clash over the demolition of a cemetery in Jakarta, Indonesia. Bloody clashes broke out in Indonesia's capital between scores of demonstrators and security forces over the demolition of a cemetery, witnesses and officials said. Security forces used teargas and pepper bullets against demonstrators armed with machetes and sticks in over two hours of clashes around the cemetery in northern Jakarta's Koja area.
Pak offers atomic fuel services again Reuters WASHINGTON, APRIL 14
Pakistan, the country of the disgraced nuclear scientist who provided Iran, Libya and North Korea with uranium enrichment technology, is once again offering its atomic fuel services to the world. Pakistan's Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani made the public offer in a statement of his country's commitments presented at US President Barack Obama's two-day summit on nuclear security. The written statement was distributed today. “'As a country with advanced fuel capability, Pakistan is in a position to provide nuclear fuel cycle services under IAEA (UN International Atomic Energy Agency) safeguards, and to participate in any non-discriminatory nuclear fuel cycle assurance mechanism,” Gilani's statement said. In 2004, Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan admitted to selling Iran, North Korea and Libya nuclear enrichment technology that can be used to produce fuel for civilian reactors or atomic weapons.
Khan's movements have been curtailed since his public confession. IAEA officials and analysts say that Khan's illicit network, which specialized in helping countries skirt international sanctions, created the greatest nuclear proliferation crisis of the atomic age. Gilani did not refer by name to Khan, the father of Pakistan's nuclear weapons program and considered a national hero by many Pakistanis. But he said that Pakistan “is strongly committed to nuclear security.” He added that Pakistan ''would continue to refine and modernize its technical and human resources and mechanisms on safety and security of nuclear weapons, nuclear materials, facilities and assets.” “Pakistan has maintained the highest standards for non-proliferation,'' he added. ''When problems surfaced we addressed them definitively and kept the international community informed.'' India worried: Pakistan has denied that the government knew anything about Khan's ac-
tivities. But Western diplomats and intelligence officials say that they believe some members of Pakistan's government and military were aware of Khan's network. Nuclear-armed Pakistan, like India, never signed the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). It has some 80 atomic bombs and fissile material for up to 150 more, experts say. A new report commissioned from Harvard University professor Matthew Bunn by the USbased Nuclear Threat Initiative said that the highest risks of nuclear theft today were in Pakistan and Russia. Pakistan's heavily guarded nuclear stockpile ''faces immense threats, both from insiders who may be corrupt or sympathetic to terrorists and from large attacks by outsiders,'' it said, adding that both al Qaeda and the Taliban posed a threat to the country's nuclear facilities and arsenal. Gilani told delegates there was nothing to worry about. Obama told reporters at the end of the two-day summit that he trusted the Pakistanis had
control of the situation. ''I feel confident about Pakistan's security around its nuclear weapons programs but that doesn't mean that there isn't improvement to make in all of our nuclear security programmes,'' Obama told reporters a the end of the 47-nation summit. UN nuclear chief Yukiya Amano told reporters that there had been some improvements in nuclear security in Pakistan. But Pakistan's nuclear-armed neighbor and regional rival India made clear that it still had concerns about the potential proliferation threat Pakistan might pose. ''Clandestine proliferation networks have flourished and led to insecurity for all, including and especially for India,'' Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in his speech. ''There should be zero tolerance for individuals and groups which engage in illegal trafficking in nuclear items,'' Singh said. He did not mention Pakistan or Khan by name.
This blog highlights simple pleasures Reuters SYDNEY, APRIL 14
Depressed by reading bad news daily and with his marriage failing, Canadian Neil Pasricha decided to try to focus on the positive and come up with 1,000 simple, free, awesome things, posting one each day on a blog. Pasricha said his blog aimed to highlight life's simple pleasures often taken for granted such as finding forgotten money in a pocket, putting on underwear straight from the dryer, or fixing electronics with a smack. Little did he realise his blog would strike a nerve and attract 40,000 people daily to join his discussions on how to enjoy the last triangle of a potato crisp at the bottom of the bag or the pleasure of laughing so hard that you cry.
Pasricha, 30, who works in human resources in Toronto, was amazed to win two Webby awards, which are known as ''the Oscars of the Internet,'' at the same time that his marriage did break up and one of his closest friends committed suicide. Then amid his personal dramas and woes of a economic crisis, he also sealed a book deal, with ''The Book of Awesome'' containing 200 of his awesome things due out this week. “'I turned the worst year of my life into my best year by focusing on the positive. On Amazon I am ranked higher than the Dalai Lama and I think it is a sign that people want optimism to come back,” Pasricha told Reuters in a telephone interview. “'Every day I try to find some-
thing that is awesome, free and universal to share like popping bubble wrap, the smell of a bakery or when a cashier opens up a new lane at a store.'' Pasricha said when he began his blog in June 2008 he thought he might have trouble coming up with 1,000 simple, awesome moments in life but now he is more than halfway through and ideas keep flooding in, from himself and from followers of his blog. ''The idea of having a countdown of great things is almost as cliche as you can get but I was trying to define a new nuance of awesome -- things we know are awesome but we just don't say out loud or talk to other people about,'' he said, citing the example of the satis-
fying final few seconds of untangling a tricky knot. ''These moments can start a huge conversation. Most of our life is really about hitting green lights on the way home from or waking up before your alarm goes off and realising you have more time in bed but it is those small moments we forget about.'' Despite the success of his blog and with his book coming out, Pasricha said he has no intentions of changing his daily life. “I commute an hour a day to a job in the suburbs and I work in a cubicle. I like work because I like the people I work with. I'm not a writer and I don't know how to use a semi colon. I just like observing the world and documenting it,'' he said.
Riding high in opinion polls, the Conservative party has promised a 'new special relationship' with India and support the country's bid for a seat in the UN Security Council, if it comes to power in the May 6 elections. In its election manifesto released by its leader David Cameron yesterday, the Tories, trying to woo voters of Indian origin, said the party would strive for more closer friendship with India. It also committed to "work towards greater stability in Afghanistan and Pakistan" and support India's bid for a seat in the UN Security Council. The party leader Cameron made his first overseas visit as leader of the party to India in 2006 and has been in close touch with the Indian community, extolling the 'Hindu way of life'. He has often addressed large gatherings of Indian spiritual leader Morari Bapu in Britain. The manifesto says: "Our approach to foreign affairs is based on a belief in freedom, human rights and democracy.We are sceptical about grand utopian schemes to remake the world. We will work patiently with the grain of other societies, but we will always support liberal values because they provide the foundations for stability and prosperity". Speaking at a recent 'Ram
Katha' event addressed by Morari Bapu in Wembley, Cameron said the Hindus' commitment to hard work, family values and patriotism found resonance in the "British way of life". Wembley has a large Hindu population, and in 2008 Britain's state-funded Hindu school was established in the London borough. Britain's Hindus constitute the third largest religious group after Christianity and Islam. Heaping praise on British Hindus, he said members of the community, "don't just contribute to our society. You shine a light on how we must live". Cameron said: "Hindus are the most family-orientated community in Britain. You are more likely to stay married, keep your families together and especially look after your elderly. “While maintaining their religious and cultural traditions, British Hindus have consistently shown, through their service, their patriotism, their contribution to our society, that they are truly British too". Picking on research conducted by the respected Runnymede Trust titled "Connecting British Hindus", Cameron supported the growing demand that Hindus in Britain should be called "British Hindus" or "British Indians" and not "British Asians".
Iran complains of threat from US REUTERS UNITED NATIONS, APRIL 14
Iran complained to the the United Nations over what it called a United States threat to attack it with atomic weapons, accusing Washington of nuclear blackmail in violation of the United Nations charter. US President Barack Obama made clear last week that Iran and North Korea, both involved in nuclear disputes with the West, were excluded from new limits on the use of US atomic weapons. A letter from Iranian Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee to UN Secretary-General Ban Kimoon and the Security Council and General Assembly presidents called on the United Nations to “strongly oppose the threat of use of nuclear weapons and to reject it.” Statements by Obama and other US officials were “tantamount to nuclear blackmail against a non-nuclear-weapon state'” and breached US obligations under the UN charter to refrain from the threat or use of force, Khazaee said. “Such remarks by the US officials display once again the reliance of the US government on (a) militarized approach to various issues, to which the threats of use of nuclear weapons are not a solution at all,” he added yesterday.
They also posed “a real threat to international peace and security and undermine the credibility” of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the envoy said Obama is urging other global powers to agree to a fourth round of UN sanctions against Iran over its refusal to halt nuclear work that the West suspects is aimed at making bombs, a charge Iran denies. He pressed the case for sanctions at a 47-nation nuclear summit in Washington on Tuesday, at which he won pledges from world leaders to take joint action to prevent terrorist groups from getting nuclear weapons But Khazaee said that Iran, as a victim of weapons of mass destruction -- a reference to Iraq's use of poison gas against it in a 1980-88 war -- was firmly committed to a world free from such weapons. The United States, the only country to have used nuclear weapons -- against Japan in World War II—“continues to illegitimately designate a nonnuclear weapon state as target of its nuclear weapons and contemplates military plans accordingly,” he said. UN members “should not condone or tolerate such nuclear blackmail in (the) 21st century,” the Iranian envoy said.
Pilots hailed for avoiding mishap REUTERS HONG KONG, APR 14
The pilots of a Cathay Pacific flight who managed to steer an Airbus A330 plane to safety at Hong Kong' airport after both its engines malfunctioned, have been hailed as heroes by colleagues. Cathay Pacific said in a statement the plane's left engine had shut down as the aircraft made its landing approach at Hong Kong's international airport on Tuesday with 309 passengers on a flight from Surabaya in Indonesia. The right engine also began to ''cut out inexplicably, leaving the (pilots) to cope with dips and surges in power and the prospect of the plane plunging into the sea short of (the airport),'' the South China Morning Post reported. The emergency landing caused all four tyres on the left hand side of the plane to deflate, while two on the right side also deflated, the airline said. Passengers were evacuated on emergency inflatable slides. There were eight injuries. “It was an amazing piece of piloting in extremely testing circumstances,'' one colleague of the two Australian pilots was quoted as saying by the South China Morning Post. ''One engine was shut down completely
and the other was going on and . off They effectively landed the plane on half an engine.'' “Their stories will come out in due course when the investigation is complete but what they did was nothing short of heroic. It's a miracle they managed to get the plane down safely,'' the paper quoted another Cathay Pacific staff as saying. Hong Kong's Civil Aviation department said it would investigate the ''serious aircraft incident'' and release a report in a month's time.
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Low supply may hit steel ReuTeRs BHUBANESWAR/RAIPUR, APRIL 14
Tight supplies and higher prices are hurting India's small-scale sponge iron units, which analysts say could threaten the country's overall steel output in the short term. "Most of the (sponge iron) plants have cut output by 50-60 percent. The situation is acute now as most of the stocks are exhausted," Pradipta Mohanty, chairman of the Orissa Sponge Iron Manufacturers' Association (OSIMA), which represents about 88 sponge iron plants in eastern Orissa state, said. India has about 400 sponge iron plants spread across central, western and southern regions that produce about 21 million tonnes of the material, the bulk of which is used by secondary steel producers as raw material. Analysts estimate about 20 percent of India's 60 million tonnes of steel is manufactured using sponge iron as a raw material. In the 2010/11 fiscal year that began this month, India's steel output is seen at 65 million tonnes. In Orissa, India's top iron ore producer, transportation of the ore from Keonjhar district was disrupted in March after road access was restricted and three railway sidings closed as part of a nearly one-year-long clamp down against illegal mining. Orissa has closed more than 60 iron ore mines and arrested around 100 people since July last year in a bid to cleanse the state of tax evaders and
those mining without licences. "If the situation persists for a long time, say for six (more) months, the overall steel production could get impacted," said Alok Agarwal, head of institutional research at Mata Securities India Pvt Ltd in Mumbai. Last week, OSIMA met members of Orissa government asking for a quick restoration of iron ore supplies.
"At least 27 of the total 71 sponge iron plants in West Bengal have closed down," said S. Bhattacharjee, secretary of West Bengal Sponge Iron Manufacturing Association. "If supplies do not get restored soon, we will have to close down our plants." RIsING COsTs Analysts say the rising costs of coal and iron ore owing to tight supplies was affecting small-scale units in particular. "A lot of sponge iron makers are small, backyard operations. When raw material prices are higher, they have their margins reduced," said Manish Pande, regional manager at research firm CRU Strategies.
Alcon Victor Group looks to consolidate position
Iron ore prices are currently quoted at around $179 per tonne, up nearly three times from last year, while coal prices are at $95 a tonne, up 48 percent from a year ago. Heavy buying of both the commodities from China, that houses the world's largest steel sector, has firmed up the market. "The hike in coal and iron ore prices is really an issue which worries the sponge iron makers, but our main concern now is how to get over the acute iron ore shortage," said Anil Nachrani, president of Chhattisgarh Sponge Iron Manufacturers' Association. GOVeRNMeNT INTeRVeNTION eYeD Analysts expect the government to intervene if the output of steel, crucial for India's economic growth, starts to drop. "The action (in Orissa) may have short-term impact in terms of supply-side constrain, but surely the government will take appropriate steps to restore the iron ore supply," said Pukhraj Sethiya, consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers. The overall steel sector may not be impacted much, he said. Another analyst suggested the government action could include a hike in export duties. "With inflationary pressures being high, any drop in (steel) production could have an impact on steel prices necessitating some form of government intervention... potentially in the form of curbs on exports of iron ore," said Ashish Upadhyay, associate director, Fitch Ratings.
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The Alcon Victor Group, having already had a presence in hospitality, healthcare and alternate healthcare with a turnover of Rs 100 crore, is now looking to consolidate its position in these areas. After the 80-room Victor Exotica and 180-room Dona Sylvia, the group has now entered into a franchise agreement with Carlson Hotels Worldwide for their newest Rs 100 cr, 140-room hotel venture – the ‘Radisson Resort Goa’. “We would be managing the resort ourselves so that we can give that personal touch to our clientele,” said Victor M Albuquerque, managing director, Alcon Victor Group. Addressing the media, Albuquerque said that he plans to have a soft opening by October this year and expects the 5-Star Deluxe resort to be operational by December. The resort has been designed with 108 rooms as Mediterranean villas and 30 rooms will be in the main building with a sea view, lush gardens, fountains, water bodies, etc.
showed. A similar quarterly poll in January had forecast growth of 8 percent. The poll showed that growth would accelerate in the fiscal year 2011/12 to 8.6 percent. "A good pick-up in growth will depend upon good private demand and investment demand. Two factors sustaining growth in FY11 will be a normal monsoon and the level of global crude prices in the band of $70 to $80 a barrel," said Rupa Rege Nitsure, chief economist at Bank of Baroda. "Growth will gradually build up because real sector adjustment takes time," he added.
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On the healthcare front, the Alcon Victor Group plans to open a large hospital in Panjim
India's economy grew 6.7 percent in 2008/09, slowing from rates of 9 percent or more in the previous three years. The government has said it expects growth in 2009/10, or the fiscal year that ended on March 31, to have been 7.2 percent. Analysts expect the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to tighten policy further, raising the repo rate , at which the RBI lends to banks, by 100 basis points to 6.0 percent by the end of December from the current 5 percent. Last month, the RBI raised the repo rate and the reverse repo rate , at which it absorbs excess cash from the banking
system, by 25 basis points each. That took the reverse repo rate to 3.5 percent. The rises were the first since the RBI began cutting rates in 2008. The RBI cited inflationary pressures and a steady economic recovery for the move. Fifteen out of 16 economists surveyed said the RBI would raise the repo rate between 25 and 50 basis points by the end of June. All 16 expect the RBI to raise the repo rate by the end of December between 25 basis points and 125 basis points. "What the RBI seems to be doing is following a gentle trajectory," said Abheek Barua, chief economist with HDFC
Biz index up, inflation a worry
Haier India targets 200% 2010 growth
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Indicating a turnaround in the business sentiment, Business Optimism Index computed by Dun & Bradstreet for the second quarter of the year has gone up sharply though there were still concerns about high inflation and possibility of interest rates going up. The Composite Business Optimism Index computed by Dun & Bradstreet, a global business information provider, stood at 142.8 for Q2, 2010, a substantial improvement from an all-time low level of 93.8 during Q2, 2009. On a Q-o-Q basis, the index increased by 3.8 per cent for Q 2 2010 as against a decline of 3.9 per cent for Q1 2010, the company said in a press note. The D&B Business Optimism Index which is widely recognised as an indicator measures the pulse of the business community and serves as a benchmark for investors. The index is arrived based on quarterly survey of business expectations. While the overall business sentiment was found to be optimistic, the respondents to the survey showed caution on account of high inflation and possible rise in interest rates. The survey found relatively lower optimism with regards to volume of sales, new orders, net profits, employee levels during Q 2 2010 as compared to Q 1 2010, it said. Going forward, policy announcements on the monetary and fiscal fronts to tackle the soaring inflation and monsoon would play vital role in shaping business sentiment in the next quarter, Dun & Bradstreet India's President and CEO, Kaushal Sampat, said.
Haier, the home appliances and consumer electronics brand, said today it has set an overall growth target of 200 per cent in India in 2010 over the previous calendar year. The company said it registered a growth of 216 per cent in the first quarter of 2010 ended March 31 over the corresponding period in 2009. Haier said it today launched 25 new models nationwide inspired by consumer experiences across product categories as a step forward in achieving its growth plans. These include the new range of ultra-slim Full HD LED backlit TVs with 1.2 inch thickness, and a wide range of LCDs equipped with motion gaming technology and recording as well as playing any programme feature through the USB.
India's economy is seen growing at a faster pace in 2010/11 than earlier expected, supported by a global recovery, domestic demand and a double-digit expansion in factory output, a Reuters poll shows. Such expansion will generate greater inflation than previously expected, requiring a steady series of rate rises from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) by the end of December. Asia's third-biggest economy will grow at annual rates above 8 percent in coming quarters and is seen expanding 8.4 percent for the 2010/11 fiscal year, the survey of 20 analysts
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Infosys announced today that it would manage internal IT services for Microsoft worldwide. As part of this three-year managed services agreement, Infosys would streamline implementation processes, simplify support and service, while at the same time lowering the enterprise costs through the use of the latest Microsoft solutions such as Windows 7, the Bangalore-headquartered company said in a statement. Infosys would provide Microsoft with IT help desk, deskside services and infrastructure and application support from multiple global centers. Infosys would manage Microsoft’s internal IT services for applications, devices, and databases in 450 locations across 104
“Apart from the regular guests we would be promoting the resort as a wedding, events and conference venue with the latest equipment in sound and lighting. We can accommodate upto 800 guests,” said Albuquerque. The conferencing venue will have its own individual kitchen that will facilitate upto 4 conferences or events at a time. The resort will have an open air venue to hold 500 guests which will be functional during the non-monsoon periods. The resort will also have a
Spa and gymnasium. For the first time in Goa, a ‘Micro-Brewery’ will also be set up at the resort. “The brewery will be able to produce about 200-300 liters per day, basically meant for the inmates at the resort. Now, our guests will be able to enjoy fresh beer and different varieties like larger, pilsner and dark beers,” said Albuquerque. The Resort will have 3 restaurants - the regular 24 hours Coffee Shop and two fine dining restaurants - one Indian and one Oriental.
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Growth prospects pick up, rates to rise sharply: poll ReuTeRs MUMBAI, APRIL 14
MD, Alcon Victor Group, Victor Albuquerque signing the Franchise agreement with Jean-Marc Busato, director of Carlson Hotels Worldwide, Asia Pacific Region.
Bank. "It will follow a calibrated approach and avoid coming across as aggressive when most other central banks are in a wait-and-watch mode," he added. "Besides inflation, there are other concerns like bond yields, growth and government borrowing the RBI has to balance," Barua said. INFLATIONARY PRessuRes sTRONG Economists expect inflationary pressures to remain strong in 2010/11 on high food prices, but they could abate by March 2011, the survey showed. The wholesale price index in February was 9.89 percent
countries. "Infosys will establish a dedicated Service Excellence Office to help Microsoft implement ISO 20000 and ITSM Processes", the statement said. "This agreement provides Infosys with a unique opportunity to partner with Microsoft IT and gain deep and early expertise in the implementation and management of the latest Microsoft technologies, and thus enhancing Infosys capabilities to help other customers leverage Microsoft’s innovation and adopt these technologies", it said. Infosys has partnered with Unisys to provide global deskside support and service desk based on their strong capabilities, commitment to innovation and customer service.
higher than a year earlier, marking the strongest inflation since October 2008. The full-year average for wholesale price inflation is forecast at 7 percent in 2010/11, easing to 6 percent in 2011/12, the survey showed. In the previous poll, analysts had forecast 2010/11 wholesale price inflation at 5.8 percent. The Indian rupee , which closed around 44.48 per dollar on Tuesday, is forecast to appreciate about 1.2 percent between now and end of December. It has already gained 4.7 percent so far this year.
Unisys’ multi-language service desk integrated with desk side support would enable enhanced end-user productivity, it was stated. Sanjay Jalona, Vice President and Head, Manufacturing North America, Infosys, said Infosys would deliver this engagement in an outcome based pricing model, enabling Microsoft to associate and manage IT costs directly to business variables and demand.” Anand Nataraj, vice president and Unit Head, Infrastructure Management Services, said the agreement with Microsoft based on a unified IT service management roadmap would result in moving towards a service oriented organisation along with improvement in quality of existing and new services.
which will focus on senior citizens. “With life expectancy of people increasing, it is Alzheimer’s and dementia that are the diseases of the future. Caring for people with such diseases is a difficult task and hence you do not have many people daring to open such an enterprise,” said Albuquerque. “It is a challenge we have decided to take on. The incidence of these diseases is very high in Goa and we hope if not to cure, then to at least arrest these diseases,” he added. “The land for the project has been identified and the hospital is expected to be ready by 2012,” said Albuquerque. “A crucial element in the success of this venture would be staff,” asserted Albuquerque. “In India you do not get trained nurses, especially where geriatrics is concerned. We would be bringing in foreign trainers to train the staff here. Sourcing the staff in itself is a task as these vocations are driven by
dedication rather than money,” he said. The hospital, excluding the land, would be built at a cost of Rs 30 crore. “We are exploring options with some pharmaceutical majors for support in this venture. We intend to run it as a profitable venture and big profits at that. Only through a profitable venture can you afford new equipment and upgrade staff,” opined Albuquerque. “We do expect the government to help us in terms of approvals and basic reliable infrastructure,” Albuquerque added.
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MF FUNDA ReLIANCe MuTuAL FuND has announced that with effect from May 21, 2010, the following changes will take place in Reliance Banking Fund, an open ended banking sector scheme. Definition of banking sector: Banking sector includes all companies as defined in the Banking Regulations Act, 1949 and the RBI Act, 1934 as amended from time to time. Investment objective: The primary investment objective of the scheme is to seek to generate continuous returns by actively investing in equity and equity related or fixed income securities of companies in banking sector. Also, the AMC has announced that with effect from May 21, 2010, the name of Reliance NRI Income Fund stands revised to Reliance Dynamic Bond Fund. The scheme has also given the revised list of investors, who can invest in the scheme. IDFC MuTuAL FuND has approved April 19, 2010 as the record date for declaration of dividend under the dividend options of IDFC Arbitrage Fund (IDFC-AF)-Plan B and IDFC Arbitrage Plus Fund (IDFC-APF)-Plan A and Plan B. The fund house has decided to distribute Rs 0.01 per unit as dividend on the record date under IDFC Arbitrage Fund (IDFC-AF)Plan B and Rs 0.02 per unit as dividend on the record date under IDFC Arbitrage Plus Fund (IDFC-APF)-Plan A and Plan B. uTI MuTuAL FuND has approved April 19, 2010 as the record date for declaration of dividend under the dividend option of uTI Fixed Income Interval Fund -series II Quarterly Interval Plan IV. The fund house has decided to distribute upto 100% of the distributable surplus as dividend on the record date. The face value per unit is Rs 10.
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Govt asks SEBI, IRDA to move court at once PtI NEW DELHI, APR 14
Concerned over the ongoing public spat between the two regulators, Government today asked SEBI and IRDA to move court immediately on the contentious issue of who will regulate unit-linked insurance products. At the same time, Finance Secretary Ashok Chawla did not find anything amiss in SEBI's yesterday's order asking insurers not to issue any fresh ULIPs, which some analysts felt was against the status quo ante directed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday. "We want them to go to the
court at the soonest. Finance Minister has mentioned status quo ante, which means that whatever prevailed before the date of the SEBI order will continue unhindered... that is what SEBI has said," Chawla told reporters. When the fight between the regulators became public on Friday last following SEBI ordering a ban on 14 insurers from raising fresh equity through ULIP, a move challenged by IRDA chairman J Hari Narayan, Chawla had said that it was for the two to settle between them. "The larger issue on who has the regulatory oversight au-
thority (over ULIPs) ...will be decided by the court. We want them to go to the court at the soonest," Chawla said. SEBI yesterday came out with a second order on the ULIP issues while keeping in abeyance its earlier ban on existing ULIP schemes of 14 life insurance companies, which included those promoted by SBI, ICICI Bank and Reliance Anil Ambani Group. The market regulator, however, added a new twist to the controversy by asking insurers not to issue any fresh unit linked insurance plans after April 9, 2010 without SEBI registration.
Ignore SEBI's fresh order as well: IRDA tells Cos PtI HYDERABAD, APRIL 14
In a sharp rebuff to market regulator SEBI for banning issuance of any fresh unit-linked products, insurance regulator IRDA today asked insurance companies to ignore it just like the previous order. "There is no fresh clarification. The earlier one stands good," IRDA Chairman J Hari Narayan told PTI when asked to comment on SEBI's order yesterday, issued a day after Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee asked the two watchdogs to restore status quo ante. SEBI, which had banned last week 14 insurance companies
from raising further money through ULIPs without registration with it, had yesterday in a fresh order said that no insurance firm should issue any fresh unit-linked insurance products (ULIP). Hari Narayan, who had earlier asked insurance companies to ignore the SEBI directives, said whatever updates or notifications are to be given, have been updated in IRDA site and no fresh clarifications are being issued. Sources in the IRDA said despite being a national holiday today on the occasion of Ambedkar Jayanti, Hari Narayan held discussions with members of the watchdog to draw a
roadmap to counter SEBI's alleged intervention into their jurisdiction. After SEBI and IRDA came out with conflicting orders with each other, Finance Ministry intervened and persuaded the two to agree to seek a legally binding mandate over their jurisdiction over the ULIPs. To a query, the IRDA Chairman said as the Finance Minister suggested the issue will be settled in courts. "IRDA and SEBI will jointly settle the issue in courts as suggested by the minister," he said, without specifying when and where the legal battle will be initiated.
Gujarat to top mango production PtI VADODARA, APRIL 14
Gujarat Agriculture Minister Dilip Sanghani said that the state is set to witness a record bumper crop production in mango and will top the list in the country this year. "Per hectare production in mango is expected to be 26 tonnes this year as compared to 24 tonnes per hectare production recorded in Andhra Pradesh which topped the list in the country till last year," Sanghani said. The per hectare production of mango in the state has gone up to 26 metric tonnes from 17 metric tonnes per hectare in the past five years, he said. In Junagadh alone, the production of Kesar mango is to touch one lakh tonne grown on 17,000 hectares of land this year as against 90,000 metric tonnes production recorded last year, he said. "In usual course, the arrival of Kesar, Alphonso and other type of mangoes take place in May. This season is likely to last till June and rates may come down as yield this year is about 15 to 20% than the past couple of years," the minister said. The reason behind increase in the yield this year is due to the weather remaining perfect, Singhani said. "During the current season, the flowering on mango trees had staretd taking place much early due to change in the weatehr on account of global climate. Growing of mango fruits started taking place within two months of flowering," agriculture experts have said.
Twitter chases first revenue with ad service ReuteRs SAN FRANCISCO, APRIL 14
Microblogging service Twitter introduced a new advertising program on Tuesday, in a first step to prove that its popularity among web users can translate into a self-sustaining business. Known as "Promoted Tweets," the ad program represents a much-anticipated move to address concerns about the revenue generating potential at Twitter and marks a key milestone on the road to an initial public offering, analysts said. "Over the years, we've resisted introducing a traditional Web advertising model because we wanted to optimize for value before profit," wrote Twitter co-founder Biz Stone in a post on the company's blog on Tuesday. Twitter, which lets users send short, 140-character text messages, or Tweets, to groups of "followers," is among the new breed of popular Internet social networking services. The company struck deals to provide its stream of Tweets to Google Inc and Microsoft Corp for inclusion in their Web search results last year, but Tuesday's ad service represents the first fruits of an effort to build a business model around a recurring revenue stream. Twitter said that it was currently testing Promoted Tweets with a handful of advertisers including Starbucks Corp, Best Buy Co, Sony Corp's Sony Pictures and Virgin America. Under the program, a Twitter message, such as a promotional offer by Starbucks, will appear at the top of search re-
New ore pricing seen boosting dry bulkers ReuteRs BANGALORE, APRIL 14
As the world's top iron-ore producers shift to a quarterly pricing model, analysts feel this could give a much-needed boost to dry bulk shippers, which earn a large chunk of their revenue ferrying the commodity. Recently, the top three iron ore producers Vale, Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton, agreed to price iron ore quarterly, signalling the end of annual fixedprice deals. Together, the big three control around two-thirds of the $88 billion global seaborne iron ore trade. Iron ore, which constitutes more than 30 percent of total dry bulk shipments, is considered the primary driver of demand for dry bulk shippers including Eagle Bulk Shipping, DryShips, Diana Shipping, Oceanfreight, Star Bulk Carriers and Safe Bulkers. China, the world's largest buyer of imported iron ore from Brazil and Australia, protested against the new quarterly system, which could see the country pay a lot more for its iron ore. The new pricing regime started on April 1, with reports that BHP was already getting more than $130 a ton for its ore under April-June contracts based on the January-March average spot price -- more than twice last year's fixed price. Vale's hike, meanwhile, puts the price of ore at around $105 per ton for Japan's Nippon Steel and South Korea's Posco. "If the quoted Vale price is accurate, the dry bulk market could see significant upside in the coming weeks, as $100
commodity demand. "We expect China to remain a growing importer of iron ore, with a target for a 7 percent increase in imports in 2010 to about 670 million tons, as imports will continue to represent a significant source of iron ore tonnage, relative to domestic production," he said in a research note. BB&T's Sterling agreed. "China's stockpile will hold them out for a decent amount of time, but they will have to come back in a couple of months," he said. "Until then, this will pressure dry bulk rates."
would represent a significant discount to current spot prices," Dahlman Rose analyst Omar Nokta said in a note to clients. "With more stability and increased visibility into iron ore pricing, the dry bulk market can begin to better reflect the stronger environment across the global industrial complex." Nokta currently expects rates for capesize vessels, the largest class of vessels that ferry iron ore, coal and grains, to rise 18 percent to $45,000 a day through 2010. In recent months, the capesize market significantly underperformed other segments of dry bulk as rising spot iron ore prices compressed steel production margins, and squeezed capesize dayrates. Freight rates for capesize vessels, on the key route between Brazil and China have fallen 40 percent since December, while spot iron ore prices
have risen about 70 percent. Oppenheimer analyst Scott Burk said China's insistence on an annual agreement could draw discussions out longer. "This could continue to be a near-term drag on dry bulk day rates, but we would expect a significant rebound in rates on inventory restocking as the negotiations come to a close in the coming months," Burk said in a note to clients. Burk expects Genco Shipping & Trading Ltd and Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd to benefit most, given their leverage to the spot market. CHINA DeMAND tO stAY stRONG China had chafed at the move to shorter-term pricing, and earlier this month the China Iron and Steel Association said it was drawing up measures to reduce the number of traders allowed to import iron ore. "It seems China is going to boycott the Australian and
SBI Caps to boost equity, M&A business ReuteRs MUMBAI
SBI Capital Markets, the investment banking unit of the country's top lender, State Bank of India, has a pipeline of 20 equity issues that it will be managing over the next 3-4 months, its CEO said. "SBI Caps was a little quiet last year as the equity market was not very active. Now that we are seeing a potential in the market, we are fully geared up for that and we have a big pipeline ahead of us," Managing Director and Chief Executive S. Vishvanathan told Reuters in an interview late on Tuesday. He estimated there could be issuances worth 1000 billion rupees ($22.5 billion) in the Indian market in 2010. In 2009, Indian firms raised about $19
billion in new equity. "We have about 20 issues which are going to come up in next 3-4 months," Vishvanathan said. Morgan Stanley and J.P. Morgan are the top two investment banks in India for handling both equity issues and M&As. In 2009, SBI Caps handled five major equity issues that raised 136.5 billion rupees ($3.1 billion). This included issues state-owned NHPC Ltd, which raised $1.25 billion, and Adani Power, which raised $630 million. SBI Caps is one of the managers to Standard Chartered's India listing which is set to raise up to $750 million and Jindal Power's $1.8 billion initial share sale. It is also banking on the nearly $9 billion worth of disin-
vestments planned by the government in the fiscal year which started on April 1. Vishvanathan said SBI Caps had hired about 100 people in the last 3-4 months, boosting the total tally to about 600. M&A PLAYER The investment bank is also aiming to play a larger role in mergers and acquisitions in 2010 as it intends to leverage its parent's banking relationship with Indian corporates. SBI Caps, which, with $29.5 billion, topped the league tables in Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) in syndicated loan arrangements in 2009, has been a minor player in M&As so far. "We are not a major player in that but this year our focus is going to be in that area in a major way," Vishvanathan said.
Brazilian mines, and start buying from India," BB&T Capital Markets analyst Kevin Sterling said. "They've also been stockpiling iron ore. That is a negative." According to Commodore Research, Chinese iron ore imports have risen steadily since January, increasing to about 52.2 million tons in March. This is up from an average of about 37 million tons a month in 2008. Rio Tinto recently forecast China's iron ore demand to double to 900 million tons per year by 2020. FBR Capital Markets analyst Christian Wetherbee also said China would continue to drive
sults on Twitter for keywords that companies specifically purchase from Twitter. As Twitter broadens the program to include more advertisers, spokesman Sean Garret said, keywords on Twitter's search engine will be opened to competitive bidding by advertisers, similar to the way that Google's lucrative paid search advertising program operates. Twitter also said on its blog Tuesday that the company planned to eventually serve Promoted Tweets ads beyond its search feature, offering the ads directly within users' message streams. Josh Bernoff, a Forrester Research analyst, said Twitter needs to roll out the ad program more aggressively to advertisers if it hopes to turn its service into a money-making tool that can generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. "A handful of advertisers is not going to get them where they want to go," said Bernoff. "Scale is where the success is." Twitter does not release information about its number of users, but comScore said the site had 22.3 million unique visitors in March in the United States, up roughly 140% year-over-year. The ad program represents Twitter's latest move to evolve from a hot start-up into a financially focused enterprise. The
company has filled out its management team with executives with experience at Google and Walt Disney Co's Pixar Animation Studios over the past year. Twitter's Garrett said that Twitter has no plans for an initial public offering, though as one of the Internet's most popular Web companies, analysts believe Twitter could eventually make for an attractive IPO candidate. Cowen and Company analyst Jim Friedland said Twitter needed to first show investors that the new ad model can deliver sustainable revenue. "Even if this ad opportunity is incredibly successful, it's still going to be a while before they have the track record to go public," said Friedland. He pointed to Google, which unveiled its AdWords program several years before floating shares to the public in 2004. Twitter is backed by investors including Benchmark Capital, Spark Capital and Union Square Ventures. In September, the company raised $100 million in a funding round that valued the company at $1 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter. "Twitter has great potential as a marketing and advertising channel with opportunities to create viral buzz around a product or service," said Eden
Pg13 Matrimony website for disabled PtI MUMBAI, APRIL 14
Leading matrimonial website Bharat Matrimony today launched an online platform that will exclusively cater to the physically challenged. The platform - abilitymatrimony.com - will be available free of cost, company officials said. "The company decided to launch the exclusive online platform for the differentlyabled with a view to make it easier for those who are willing to marry them to find such people," Bharat Matrimony Founder and CEO Murugavel Janakiraman said here. "This is a socially responsible corporate move to facilitate marriages in all sections of the society. This move will change the attitude of the society towards the social rights of differently-abled persons," he said. Nearly one lakh people tie the knot every year through Bharat Matrimony. Till now, nearly 20 lakh people have got married through the website, Janakiraman said. Bharat Matrimony, which enjoys a market share of 50 per cent, has 1,000 employees operating from around 70 offices across the country, he said.
Wal-Mart to make India sourcing hub ReuteRs NEW YORK, APRIL 14
Wal-Mart Stores Inc is looking to make India a more important sourcing hub, the retailer's chief executive of its Asian operations said, according to the
Wall Street Journal. The world's largest retailer wants to export products worth â€˜hundreds of millions of dollarsâ€™ from India, Scott Price said, although he didn't provide any specific export targets.
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sonable to think of going to the library at that hour and so the Net becomes a blessing." Almost every area of work today, makes use of the PC for access to work-related material and thus many people have the occasion to absorb themselves in leisure reading during their spare time. Not everybody enjoys this mode of reading; nevertheless, they desire any opportunity to read to none. “I’m usually forced to read stuff connected to work on my PC but even if it’s just reading a newspaper online, I’d prefer to print it out than read it off the computer screen. Perhaps this is because I belong to the old school of thought and seeing the reading material in printed form almost reminds me of actually receiving a newspaper at my doorstep every morning. This also enables me to sit in a more comfortable posture while reading leisurely. I have noticed that such is the case with the others on board as well,” says Joao M D Oliveira, a shippie. Despite the free availability of information online people continue to visit libraries and book stores. According to Walburg V Coutinho, the proprietor of Confidant House Marga), there has been a continuous increase in the sale of books since the beginning of the store in 1975. This has been due to various reasons. The government has been playing a significant role in encouraging schools to use text books, and on the students’ part there is an eagerness to learn and refusal to take things at face value. He says that the Internet may overtake books in the years to come but that stage has not yet arrived and there are people who still believe that there is nothing like owning a book. Teachers in schools and colleges continue to insist upon reference from the Internet as well as books, for projects and assignments. This is a good example of how, although we have to move forward with the changing times, there are traditional practices that remain unchanged. So, the idea that the reading habit has waned is more of a myth. People continue to read…it is only the medium that may have changed, but that is something that is inevitable…Change after all is the essence of life.
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Primary teachers play a major role in the educational and all-round development of students. To help teachers understand their role in a child's life, Sethu is conducting a ‘Class Act’ workshop from April 19 - 22. The Herald finds out more
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BY NAFISA OLIVERIA he Internet has brought about so many changes in the habits of youngsters today. Some adults believe that there are hardly any students who take to reading nowadays with other activities like video games and interactive chats on the Net. However, this idea may have little or no truth to it. With the introduction of such gadgets as PC Tablets, and eReaders (e-book devices), the experience of reading from a computer screen has been brought quite close to the real thing itself which has resulted in a lot of people returning to reading. Lorraine Fernandes, an occasional e-book reader says that there are several advantages of e-books and there are different formats available for reading them. She prefers the MS Reader to the PDF format as it is more user-friendly. The reasons she gives for picking ebooks over buying them from a bookstore are that they are considerably cheaper and easily available. Other than that, she does not really enjoy the act of reading from a screen and cherishes the experience of traditional reading from a hand-held book. Agnelo D’souza shares a similar opinion saying, “I have started reading a lot more articles and issues online, thanks to the convenience of the Internet. But if you asked me to read a novel, I would rather buy the book myself from a bookstore than read it online.” As of now, there are over 2 million free books available for download. E-book websites can include the ability to translate books into many different languages, making the works available to speakers of languages not covered by printed translations. In the space that a comparably sized print book takes up, an e-reader can potentially contain thousands of e-books, limited only by its memory capacity. There are other advantages of e-books as well, such as they are cheaper than printed copies, more environment-friendly and can be easily distributed. Johan Braganca believes that because of the above advantages, it is so much better to be able to download books and it can be done at any time of the day saying, “If students prefer to work during late evenings, it seems unrea-
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rimary teachers have a way of working with the children in their classrooms, some may weave their charm around children, while some others may not be so effective. A teacher's job is not everyone's cup of tea. “To be a good primary teacher, you should be a person who loves children, only those who care for children can become a good teacher,” says Nandita D' Souza, from Sethu. “Our basic aim with this kind of workshop is to support teachers in the work that they do," says Nandita. The workshop which is the third of its kind, aims to give the primary teachers a helping hand in their teaching skills. The teachers are faced with various types of problems, when it come to a classroom situation. “The two main problems faced by teachers are trying to get around children who cannot learn easily, and the second main problem is that of teaching children English and Mathematics,” says Nandita. The one thing that a teacher has to keep in mind is the learning capacity of each child, the teacher has to judge the level of her class and then decide how to go about with the portion. “There may be very bright students and very slow learners in the same class, so the teacher has to decide how she can make the class interesting for all the students,” says Nandita. The problem in teaching a primary student is that the matter often seems to have very less meaning to a child's perception. “The learning has to be meaningful you cannot force the child to learn something; it should be relevant to the child's life,” says Nandita. “The aim of the workshop is to help teachers take a look back and think about what they are doing, every child is different and the teacher should treat each of them differently," says Nandita. The behaviour and adjustment difficulties of children differ depending on various aspects, “the teacher has to observe each child and figure out what their behaviour patterns are and then work on how to deal with it,” says Nandita.
Sucess is in the Mind’s Eye of the Beholder A three-day residential camp, ‘AURA of Success’ to be held in Miramar from April 23 to 25 will deal with success and all its many spheres. Though its implication is relative and subjective, certain key characteristics exist with successful persons. The Herald uncovers
According to the founder, in the workshop, the teachers are going to be directed on how to deal with such cases, “We have case examples to boost the teachers' understanding and get them acquainted with such cases and the practical exposure will help these teachers,” she adds. The primary schooling years are the most crucial years of a student’s life; based on how the child fares or is moulded in these years, the student grows. “If there is a problem, the earlier we do something about it, the easier it is to tackle it,” says Nandita. She continues, “If there is a problem with the child's learning capacity, and if it is not tackled properly it can lead to serious problems, the longer you delay, the more frustrating it is for everyone involved.” Another point that teachers have to keep in mind is the method of correction and punishment, if the child is misbehaving, the teacher should be able to look into the underlying causes within the child or in the environment that is causing this behaviour. The teachers should refrain from punishing the child as far as possible, they should look at alternatives to punishing the child, what else can be done to correct the child other than hit him with a stick or making him kneel down. According to Nandita, “The system followed at school right now is not very conducive for the growth and all round development of the child. The teachers find it very difficult to complete the given portion and are forced to rush through, even the system of examinations are a problem, as the child finds it difficult to remember everything he has studied all through the year at the time of examination.” The trick in teaching children is to add the aspect of fun into their learning, and bring a sense of belonging into the classroom. The teachers duty do not end with their students, he/she has a duty to oneself too. “The teacher is the most important person in the classroom, and children wouldn’t want to learn from a person who is not very well kept. Thus, there is dire need to take care of yourself. It is not easy to be teacher, more specifically a primary teacher, as the adults are easier to work with, while children need a lot more care, patience and understanding,” concludes Nandita.
BY NOMRATHA FERNANDES HERALD FEATURES hat is success? One of life’s longings, so close to some while a blur in the distance to others. As per psychological terms it could be defined as the status that one receives in society due to the value attached to their social position. Ask a young school-going girl or boy and they will immediately relate it to achievements in their curricular and co-curricular activities. Go on to ask a mother or any other caregiver and they will most likely say that their feelings of success lies in their children’s achievements and further yet an elderly person would do the same, maybe also associating it with her/his current health. Success therefore is very subjective. Amongst the many perceptions of success there exists a common thread, most successful persons are happy. Besides these there also other commonalities with the mother, or the senior citizen or the student with the highest in her class, examples stated above. The similar characteristics with successful people have are plenty to begin with they are hard workers. Successful people have goals and strive towards them. They have healthy competition with others and more importantly compete with themselves. They are
ustralian cricketer Brett Lee shares a "strictly professional" relationship with A Bollywood actress Priety Zinta, says Lee's manager Neil Maxwell, dismissing as "false" the reports of an alleged link-up. There were rumours when the bowler, who is a member of Preity's Kings XI Punjab team, looked at ease with the actress at an Indian Premiere League (IPL) cricket party. Lee's manager Neil Maxwell has slammed the reports and Monday said that the cricketer's relationship with Priety was strictly professional, adding that the pair had been friends for years,Dailytelegraph.com.au reports. Preity herself turned down it as just rumor when eyes were tucked on her supposed relationship with Lee. "Brett presented her with an acting award in England some years ago and they've been friends since. She is a very intelligent lady and very nice too," said Maxwell. After her break up with business tycoon Ness Wadia the beautiful Preity has been linked with any men but in the two years since Lee separated from his wife Liz Kemp, Lee, who won public sympathy after the ugly bustup, he has not once been linked to a woman. Lee's manager Neil Maxwell said that that was not about to change.
social, and not only by nature but also otherwise would not run away from social situations that involve uncomfortable feelings. They learn from the past, live in the present and plan for the future. To them, obstacles are not focused on, rather the goal. Responsibility for their actions is one among many of their sensibilities and the blame game is not their play. A constant drive doesn’t allow them to rest on their laurels, always looking to the forward for more opportunity, more chances to excel, not just at work or school but also as people. One can be a success just at completing a daily quota of work thereby filing their due to their immediate institution thereby successfully serving society. To be called truly successful self belief and accepting change while learning and loving life are the keys to that door. Success begins in thought and then translates to reality.
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achel Weisz is rumoured to be playing Jackie Kennedy in the movie 'Jackie', directed by her fiancé, Darren Aronofsky. The British actress will play the iconic US First Lady in the biopic, which tells the tale of the four-day period between President John F Kennedy's assassination and burial in November 1963 showing the beloved Jackie at both her most vulnerable and her most graceful.Rachel's fiancé, Darren Aronofsky will direct and produce the film which would be their second collaboration following on from critically acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful 2006 movie 'The Fountain'. He is producing the film along with his producing partner Scott Franklin and their Protozoa Pictures film company. Noah Oppenheim has written the script. Rachel - who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in 'The Constant Gardener' in 2005 - has a number of movies coming out in the near future, including thriller 'Dream House' with Daniel Craig and Naomi Watts and western drama 'Unbound Captives' with Robert Pattinson and Hugh Jackman. Darren and Rachel have been together since 2002 and have a three-year-old son, Henry. Rachel gained recognition after her portrayal of Evelyn "Evy" Carnahan-O'Connell in the films ‘The Mummy’ and ‘The Mummy Returns’. She is also rumoured for a role in the upcoming James Bond movie, due for release in 2011.
GOA’S HEARTBEAT Thursday, 15 April, 2010
WHAT’S UP IN GOA?? A workshop for teachers, ‘Class Act, A Workshop for Teachers to Promote Learning and Behaviour in the Classroom, organized by Sethu will take place from April 19 to 22 from 9am to 5pm. Call 6513749. Miss Goa 2010 will be held on April 17 at 7:30pm at Palavara de Jardin Garden, Nuvem. Call 9823061965. A three-day residential camp, ‘AURA of Success’, conducted by the Global Academy of Meta Mind Management (GAMMA) will be held from April 23 to 25. E-mail email@example.com. Call 9096938269. Aparant Maand - an exhibition cum sale of exquisite handicrafts and allied items, organised by the Goa Handicrafts Rural and Small Scale Industries Development Corporation is being held at the Chatrapati Shivaji Maidan, Bicholim till April 18 from 10am to 9pm. Cultural programmes like dramas, orchestra and live demonstrations by handicrafts artisans will be organised on all days of the exhibition from 7pm to 9pm. Call 2513582. A Marathi play ‘Jagadamba’, organised by the Kala Academy in collaboration with Avishkar, Mumbai will take place on April 18 at 6:30pm at the Kala Academy, Panjim. The cast include Rohini Hattangadi. Call 2420452. Tiatre Day, organised by the Kala Academy will take place on April 17 from 5:30pm onwards at the Kala Academy, Panjim. Call 2420452. The Free Pomburpa Spring Eco Summer Camp 2010, organised by the Mother of God parish, Pomburpa and the St Elizabeth High School is being held till April 18 at the Pomburpa Spring, Pomburpa. Call 9881344379 or 2295999. An art exhibition titled, ‘Quartet’ featuring 4 artistes is being held at the Kerkar Art Complex, Calangute till April 30. Call 2276017.
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Apparent Maand: Eight Days of Exquisite Handicrafts
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HERALD FEATURES aro, a unique shop that provides heritage interiors will open today in Porvorim. It is owned by tile manufacturers Bharat Flooring and Tiles Pvt Lmt, Mumbai. It will feature antiquated interior items and some that are built to don an antiquated look, besides a solid collection of their self-manufactured tiles in a variety of sizes and shapes. The items include furniture, door handles, framed embroidered work, lamp shades, bathroom fittings, large mirrors, etc, from parts of India and out of the country as well. The interesting items were a a 100-year-old table with three to four compartments folded beneath its surface that had the stamp of its original manufacturers, C Lazarus and an 85 to 90-year-old king sized bed. “We’ve observed that Goans have a sense of grandeur, besides a fine taste in almost everything. They respect individuality and basically we provide that here,” said Firdaus Variava, Bharat Flooring and Tiles in a talk with the press this Wednesday. When an aspiring lawyer Jamshed Mehta directed his interest to a tile manufacturing unit through a request from Gandhi he most possibly
10:00 Sabki Laadli Bebo 10:30 Sasural Genda Phool 11:00 Mann Kee Awaaz Pratigya 11:30 Behenein 12:00 Sapna Babul Ka ...Bidaai 12:30 Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai 13:00 Tere Mere Sapne 13:30 Hamari Devrani 14:00 Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat 14:30 Behenein 15:00 Sajan Ghar Jaana Hai 15:30 Sapna Babul Ka ...Bidaai 16:00 Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai 16:30 Mann Kee Awaaz Pratigya 17:00 Sasural Genda Phool 17:30 Behenein 18:00 Sabki Laadli Bebo 18:30 Mann Kee Awaaz Pratigya 19:00 Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai 19:30 Sasural Genda Phool 20:00 Sajan Ghar Jaana Hai 20:30 Behenein 21:00 Sapna Babul Ka ...Bidaai 21:30 Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai 22:00 Sabki Laadli Bebo 22:30 Mann Kee Awaaz Pratigya
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BY DOLCY D’CRUZ HERALD FEATURES very girl dreams of owning a star studded crown on her head but all dreams have to start somewhere to reach to the top. Forget about Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss Asia Pacific, Goans girls have an opportunity to show the world their hidden talent besides their brains and beauty through the Miss Goa 2010 title. They have walked throughout their life, but this one crucial walk will change their life forever. Miss Goa is finally here and ten participants will strut their confidence, strike a pose and finally speak their mind on stage to take away the precious title of Miss Goa 2010. Organised by VJT Art Entertainment, Miss Goa 2010 competition will take place on April 17, 2010 at Palavara de Jardin Gardens, Nuvem at 7pm. The ten participants are Karima Kerkar from Porvorim, Pearl Braganza from Verna, Fayral Rodrigues from Nuvem, Merrill Godinho from Vasco, Shaista Shaika from Vasco, Sakubai Konnur from Margao, Nuzhat Ansari from Margao, Joanne Da Cunha from Porvorim, Sparsha Despande from Fatorda and Sweta Gomes from Vasco. The competition is choreographed by Romaanch Mehta from Mumbai, a fashion choreographer and an actor. The competition will consist of five rounds, Ethnic, Formal, Casuals, Talent and Questionnaire round. “While selecting the top ten participants, our main criteria was to see the looks of the participants, their walk and whether they have the confidence to carry themselves and if properly groomed and choreographed, will they be able to able well for the competition. These ten participants were up to the mark and we await for the final competition on April 17,” says Romanch Mehta. “The main aim of our organization is to give these young talented girls a platform to display their hidden talent in the field of fashion and to give them a motivational boost to move on towards a brighter future in their career. One of our ex Miss Goa, Janice Sobti is now modeling and acting in serials in Mumbai,” says Sabrina Dias, organizer of Miss Goa 2010. “For the main competition, the participants will be judged according to their confidence, walk, and how they present themselves onstage by delivering their decisive self introduction,” says Romanch. The event will also include Varun Carvalho singing his songs and performances by Dance Illusions.
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‘Goan Brew – High Spirits and Healing’, the Feni festival will take place on August 25. Call 9822151419, 9881533456 or 9822581232. Jazz Goa’s first album is available free of charge at www.jazzgoa.com. Sacred Dance Workshops with Akash Dharmaraj will be held at the Sunaparanta, Goa Centre for the Arts, Altinho, Panjim every Tuesdays and Fridays from 4 to 6pm for the next two weeks. Call 2421311. A Paintball Tournament, organised by Splat, Goa’s first paintball arena in Anjuna is announced for the month of May. The age limit is 16 years and it is free and open to all. Call 9552929873 or 6451873. A one-day multi-lingual literary festival for the youth will take place at the Institute Menezes Braganza, Panjim on April 25. It is organised by the Institute Menezes Braganza, Panjim. Call 2224143. Karate classes for children and adults will take place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6pm at the Goa College of Pharmacy, Panjim. It is conducted by Sensei Joseph Rodrigues. Call 9822166165. A 3-day summer camp, organised by the Nisarga Society of India in association with Wildtrek Adventures will take place on April 16, 17 and 18 at the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Bondla. Call 9822123458, 9823171321, 9422640141 or 9822155805. The 10 th Kala Rang Festival of Dance, Music and Theatre, organised by the Directorate of Art and Culture will take place from April 15 to 19 at the Ravindra Bhavan. Margao. A pottery workshop by Geeta Sahu will take place at the International Centre Goa, Dona Paula on April 17 and 18. Call 9765404390, 9975702885 or 2452805-10.
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wouldn’t have dreamed that it would be as huge as it is today. Gandhi, as the story goes said India needed to be economically independent rather than increase its lawyers. With much thought, the unit began. Keeping in mind the fact that Indians love elaborate decorations and ornamentation this company has satisfied public demand and with the innovation they possess they will continue to do so.
BY SAMIR UMARYE HERALD CORRESPONDENT parant Maand 2010, the 8-day exhibition-cum-sale of exquisite handicraft and allied items is underway at Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Maidan, Bicholim till April 18. The exhibition, organised by the Goa Handicrafts Rural and Small Scale Industries Development Corporation began on April 11. Pale MLA, Pratap Gawas inaugurated the exhibition in the presence of industrialist and chairperson, GHRSSIDC, Sameer Salgaocar, BMC Chairman, Satish Gaonkar and other directors of the GHRSSIDC. The exhibition has plenty of items on display by around 100 self-help groups. The items include mud and brass statues as well as those made up of other material. It has a wide variety of cloths, purse, wall hangings, wooden items and food stuff that included home made pickles and ‘papads’. For those interested in decorating their houses there are wide variety of carpets, pictures and items of such a nature. The exhibition attracted a large number of women who were seen buying fancy earrings, chains and other items of jewellery. Majority of the items were reasonably priced and fell in the price range of Rs 200 to 300. Besides the business, cultural programmes were also part of the Maand. It was another crowd puller.
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Abhay, Sarita excel in carrom PANJIM (HSD) -- Abhay Karande and Sarita Chari emerged champions in State Carrom Championship finals for boys and girls respectively, organised by Goa
Carrom Association in association with S AG. Abhay defeated Ajit Borkar 85, 5-11 and 12-8 while Sarita beat Malini Chari 13-2, 19-0.
Cuncolim Union in quarters eslinda soccer HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, APRIL 14
Cuncolim Union blanked Guirdolim Sports Club 2-0 to cruise into the quarter-finals of All-Goa Eslinda Alemao memorial inter-village football tournament organized by Sporting Club of Davorlim at Davorlim ground on Wednesday. There was no score at half time. After much probing, it was Cuncolim Union who came close to forging ahead but striker Rosario Car valho’s snap shot sailed over the bar. Crossing over, Cuncolim Union went into the attacking mode and swarmed all over the Guirdolim territory. They broke
the deadlock when striker Rosario Carvalho blasted home after receiving a clever pass from Perryson Fernandes. Parryson Fernandes doubled the lead with a blistering shot from close range midway in the second half. Guirdolim tried their best to reduce the margin and made a couple of forays into the rival territory but Cuncolim’s stubborn defenders never allowed the rival strikers to penetrate into the penalty area.
Narrow win for Curtorim Gymkhana HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO,APRIL 14
Hosts Curtorim Gymkhana registered a hard fought 1-0 win over Sao Jose de Areal Sports Club to romp into the quarterfinal of Cayman Cup inter-village football tournament organized by Curtorim Gymkhana at Curtorim ground on Wednesday. Curtorim Gymkhana enjoyed better possession and exchanges especially in the first half with Peter Pereira excelling in the midfield.
At the other end, Sao Jose de Areal took time to settle down and once they found the rhythm they called the shots. Curtorim Gymkhana came close to opening the account but striker Roy Albuquerque’s rasping drive was blocked by Sao Jose de Areal goalkeeper. They launched a series of attacks and were rewarded in the 20th minute when Jossie Fernandes punished the rival goalkeeper off a pass from Peter Pereira.
Stung by the setback, Sao J o s e d e A re a l re g ro u p e d quickly and instantly took the fight to the rival camp and nearly found the equalizer but Curtorim Gymkhana goalkeeper Agnelo Fernandes came to his side’s rescue fisting away the stiff grounder from Freddy Oliveira. Sao Jose de Areal Sports Club repeatedly attacked the rival citadel but without success in the second half. They came close to cancelling the lead but Mario
Rebello’s snap shot missed the mark by a few inches. Thereaf ter Curtorim Gymkhana adopted a defensive approach and their defenders thwarted the rival forwards with neat tackles. Curtorim Zilla member Veena Lourenco declared the tournament open in the presence of Santan Rodrigues, Sebastiao Baretto, president of Curtorim Gymkhana and Alex Dias, coordinator and treasurer of Curtorim Gymkhana.
Chhetri plays 45 minutes Standrik tops Saligao Sporting ahead shot crashed into the far corner as Wizards go down 2-1 of the net. HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 14
AGENCIES NEW YORK, APRIL 14
India's first-ever player to sign for an MLS club, and only the third player from the country to play abroad, Sunil Chhetri finally made his competitive debut for the Wizards on Tuesday, as he started the US Open Cup match against the Colorado Rapids and played the first half. The Wizards eventually lost the game 2-1, despite going one up after Teal Bunbury's strike. Sunil was taken off at half time, and had played the opening period in an advanced central midfield role, playing behind striker Josh Wolff, and even
earned himself a booking in the 20th minute for a slightly reckless tackle. Speaking on Sunil's performance, coach Peter Vermes said, "He was okay. He was good in possession, but he wasn't getting close enough to goal. We've got to figure out different ways to get him closer to goal." Speaking after the game, Sunil concentrated talking more on the team's performance. He said, "It was disappointing that we lost the match." He continued, "I thought I had some good touches, but it's going to take some time, and I'm going to go back to the training field and train hard."
SCR spikers advance HERALD SPORTS REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 14
South Central Railway, Secunderabad got the better of hosts Wilred Leisure Goa in straight sets 2520, 25-14, 25-20 in 2nd all-India volleyball tournament (men) at St Alex court, Curtorim on Tuesday. Wilred Leisure gave a spirited display before going down against KSEB with former India
international Naresh and Krishnan in their ranks. Milind and Raymond played well for the hosts. SDAT scored shock victory over Cochin Port Trust 25-23, 23-25, 18-25, 25-22, 15-12 on Wednesday. Valanka Alemao was the chief guest. Reginaldo Lourenco, MLA presided. Regino Fernandes and Santano Rodrigues were the special invitees
Sesa FA top group HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, APRIL 14
Sesa Football Academy registered a 2-0 victory over Indian National Football Club in the Second Division I-League match at Dr. Ambedkar stadium, New Delhi on Wednesday. The score was 1-0 at the break. Sesa topped the group with
five wins and only one loss, giving them 15 points from six matches. Sidroy Alfonso opened the scoring for Sesa in the 14th minute. Savio Carniero doubled the lead three minutes before the end of the match.
Merrick, Bergen get black belt PANJIM (HSD) -- Merrick Rodrigues and Bergen Crasto were awarded black belt of Japan Karate Association by sensei Anand Ratna, 6th dan in the presence of Sihan Imura, 7th dan, HQ Dojo, Japan. The two awardees have been participating regularly at the Nationals, having won the bronze in 2005. They are training with sensei Agnelo Rodrigues at Borda, Margao.
Sai Avtar win title HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, APRIL 14
2nd all-India volleyball: Wilred Leisure Goa v. ICF, 7.30 pm; KSEB v. South Central Railway, 8.30 pm; St Alex church court, Curtorim. Merces volleyball: Anthony d e M e r c e s v. O d xe l S C , Taleigao, Moloca court, Merces, 8 p.m. First Division Taca Goa soccer: Sporting Clube De Goa v. Dempo Sports Club (Jrs), Duler stadium, Mapusa; Salgaocar Sports Club v. Goa Velha Sports Club, Tilak stadium, Vasco. Kick off 4 p.m. 3rd Late Alvernaz and Lalush Alemao soccer inaugural: Varca v. Verna, Varca ground, 4.30 p.m. V.M. Salgaocar Trophy soccer (quarters) : Parish Youth Nuvem v. Saligao Sporting Club, Saligao Sporting ground, 4.45 p.m Cayman Cup soccer: Dramapur Sports Club v. Macazana We l f a re C l u b , C u r t o r i m ground, 4.30 p.m. Eslinda Alemao memorial soccer: Curtorim Gymkhana v. Carmona Sports Club, Davorlim ground, 4.30 p.m. 3rd Colormax Imperial rolling trophy soccer: UC Nerul v. Sodiem Sports club, Dr. Gustavo Monteiro stadium, Candolim, 4.45 p.m. GPL cricket: Salgaocar v. Sarvodaya SC, Porvorim ground; Dempo CC v. Goa Sports Acade m y Pa n j i m G y m k h a n a ground; Chowgule SC v. AlFatah CC, BITS Zuarinagar, Vasco, from 9.30 a.m.
Standrik Colaco scored 8 points out of 8 rounds to emerge champion at State Championship with one round to spare. He defeated P. M. Kantak, and Umang Kaisary to remain undefeated after 8 rounds. Defending champion Anurag Mhamal finished 2nd with a score of 7 out of 8 rounds with a round to spare. He defeated Suhas Asnodkar in the 7th round and Rishubh Naik in the 8th. The third and fourth places will be decided tomorrow after the 9th round. In the 3rd place there are three players - Niraj Saripalli, Rohan Ahuja and Pranav Zantye with 6 points each. Fourth position: Umang Kaisary, Rishubh Naik, Suhas Asnodkar, Akilesh Rai, Nandini Saripalli and P. M. Kantak with 5.5 points each. The final round will be played tomorrow at 1 p.m. The prize distribution function will be held at 5.15 p.m.
Sai Avtar, Anjuna defeated Valankaani Arambol, Holy Cross 4-0 in the final of Xetrapal trophy at Oxel ground, Siolim on Wednesday. All four goals came in the first half. Joseph Noronha scored a brace with goals in the 25th and 34th minutes, for Anjuna.
Saprem Dulkhar also netted a brace for Anjuna with goals in the 32nd and 36th. Sai Avtar lifted the trophy after victories in the quarter-finals against Candolim SC and in the semi-finals against Saligao United. Arambol reached the finals beating FC Siolim in the quarters and hosts Xetrapal in the semi-finals.
Navelim Sporting in finals HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, APRIL 14
Navelim Sporting prevailed over Candolim Sports Club 6-5 via the tie-breaker after both the teams were involved in a goalless draw to move into the finals of Calangute Panchayat Cup soccer organised by Calangute Association at Poriat ground, Calangute on Wednesday. The teams played an entertaining soccer but failed to score at full time. Francisco Rebello could have
put Candolim ahead in the first half but he shot wide. Navelim's Mariano Mascarenhas also had an opportunity but failed. Richard D'Costa, Jason Pereira, Stanford Cardozo, Milton Gomes, Mariano Mascarenhas and Joao Pereira scored for Navelim while Shankar Palienkar, Manuel Crasto, Jolith Simoes, Jose Lopes and Cliff Furtado were on target for Candolim. Navelim Sporting will take on United Club of Nerul in the finals on April 18.
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Saligao Sporting club registered a 1-0 win over Betalbatim Sports Club in the inaugural match of 3rd Colormax Imperial Rolling Trophy football tournament organized by United Club of Nerul and sponsored by Jaysingh L. Rane, Pilerne, at Dr. Gustavo Monteiro stadium, here on Wednesday. The all-important goal for Saligao Sporting came in the 10th minute through medio Uday Naik, whose blistering 25-yard
Betalbatim did try to wipe out the one-goal deficit, as their stopper back Desmond Fernandes moved in front to strengthen the attack, but the last line of Saligao defense marshalled by Niazi Shaikh and Anil Naik alongwith goalkeeper Parsappa Harijan were unbeatable. At the breather, UC Nerul’s club officials introduced the chief guest Anand Shettigar to the players and match officials.
I-3 Boys triumph CALANGUTE (HC) -- I-3 Boys of Nagoa won the 3-a-side All-Goa tie-breaker organised by Youth of Fuldem Vaddo, Nagoa-Arpora. They defeated C.Boys in the finals. Ramakant Pande and Asha
Palyekar, Nagoa-Arpora panch who were the chief guest and guest of honour respectively gave away the prizes. The winners received Rs 6,000 and the runners-up Rs 4,000.
GOA DIARY 5-a-side football at Sancoale
PANJIM (HSD) – Blessed Joseph Vaz Boys of Sanctuary, Sancoale, will organise an all-Goa one-day five-a-side football tournament on April 18 near Sancoale panchayat from 9 a.m. Rs 6000 (winners), Rs 4000 (runners-up) will be awarded. Details may be obtained from Tyson on 9923966098 or Cady on 9545476970. Limited entries will be accepted.
Tie-breaker at Utorda
PANJIM (HSD) -- Friends Circle of Utorda will orgaise their 4th All Goa 3-a-side tie-breaker tournament on April 18 from 11 am, at Utorda. Cash prizes of Rs 8000 and Rs 6000 will be awarded to the winners and runners up respectively. Spot entries will be accepted. Details may be obtained on 9637893242.
Treasure hunt in Margao
MARGAO (HSD) – The Margao Cricket Club will organise a treasure hunt on April 18 for 4-wheelers (LMV) from Pollem to Panjim, to cover 180 kms. Registrations will be accepted upto 8 a.m.on April 18, with provision for 40 participants in all. Rs 15,000 (winners), Rs 10,000 (1st runner-up), Rs 5000 (second runner-up) besides trophies will be awarded. Entry forms may be collected from MCC, Margao; Madgaum Café, Margao; Sunny Sports Boutique, Panjim; Hotel Anantashram, Vasco; Saanikas Boutique, DK Arcade, opposite Lotlikar petrol pump, Ponda; Adventure Digital Studio, Sanjeev Building, first floor, Curchorem; Apporv Bhembre on 9822155955 or Sudesh Nagvekar on 9822100065 for details.
Refereeing, coaching courses
PANJIM (HSD) – The first international football refereeing and coaching courses organised by Abhijit Kadam Football Development Centre (AKFDC), a joint venture of Bharati Vidyapeeth, Cheshire and Kick Worldwide and Liverpool will be held from April 19 in Pune. In all, 24 students per batch will be accepted. Details may be obtained from AKFDC office, 1st floor, College of Physical Education, PuneSatara Road, Dhankawadi, Pune- 411043 or phone: 02024373744 or 9890471729 or website: http://akfdc.bharatividyapeeth.edu.
Kho kho selection trials
MARGAO HC)—The All-Goa Kho Kho Association will conduct selection trials on April 18 at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda at 9 a.m. to select the State men and women teams for 44th Senior National Kho Kho Championship to be held at Samartha Vyayam Mandir ground, Mumbai from May 16 to 20. Those interested may report to B.V.Kargal or Prakash Khandolkar.
Kho kho tournament
MARGAO (HC) – Angles Brothers Kho Kho Club, Vidya Nagar, Margao will conduct 7th All-Goa Kho Kho tournament on April 15 at Government Multipurpose School ground, Borda at 3.30 p.m.
UC Benaulim lift Boris Trophy
United Club of Benaulim, winners, alongwith GFA Secretary Savio Messias, Goltim-Navelim sarpanch Mario Pinto, Urban Rego, father of late Boris Urban do Rego and Prakash Pereira. HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 14
United Club of Benaulim scored a solitary goal victory against Saligao United to emerge champions in All-Goa Boris do Rego inter-village football tournament, organised by Piedade Youth Association in collaboration with Rego Family at Maddant ground, Divar, on Sunday. The teams were at their best displaying excellent skills. For Benaulim, the all-important goal came in 22nd minute through Charles. Saligao United tried hard to
wipe off the deficit but to their utter luck a goal eluded them. United Club of Benaulim goalkeeper Dietmar Fernandes stood like a rock under the goal averting all the rival attacks. Chief guest Savio Messias, GFA secretary, gave away the cash prizes of Rs 10,000 and Rs 7,000 and trophies to winners and runners-up respectively in the presence of late Boris’ father, Urban do Rego, Goltim-Navelim sarpanch Mario Pinto and Prakash Pereira. Messias lauded the efforts of Mario Aguiar, SAG coach and
Kanan Priolker, U-16 coach, Vasco Sports Club for youth development in football in the village. Following individual prizes were awarded: Best defender – Lionel (Benaulim). Best striker – Dannies Fernandes (Benaulim). Best half – Trevor (Saligao). Best player of the tournament – Carlos(Benaulim). Promising player of the tournament – Matthew (PYA, Divar). First goal scorer of the final – Charles (Benaulim). Best disciplined player – Judas (Saligao) and best goalkeeper Dietmar Fernandes (Saligao).
Two surprise prizes were also given to players born on late Boris do Rego’s birthday – which were claimed by Steven Fernandes and Filomeno Fernandes of Benaulim. For added attraction, 100 and 200m races were held for local youth, in which Shuban Pedneker, Leon Pereira, Neon Cruz; and Shuban Pedneker, Darryl Vaz, Siddesh Naik bagged the first three places in respective categories. The tournament was held in memory of Boris do Rego, who was the victim of Mumbai 26/11 terrorists attack.
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Valladolid beat Sevilla in Spanish League AGENCIES MADRID, APRIL 14
Relegation-threatened Valladolid gained renewed hope with a 21 home win against fourthplaced Sevilla in the Spanish league on Tuesday. Diego Costa rose to hit a perfectly timed header from a long range free kick, shaving the inside of the right post in the 41st minute. Sevilla once again lost the ball in the midfield to Costa, who ran forward to pass to Mateus “Manucho” Contreira, whose left-footed shot flew past Palop’s head in the 53rd. Elsewhere, Roman Martinez and Alejandro Alfaro scored to give lowly Tenerife a 2-0 win against mid-table Sporting Gijon. In a late, hard-fought mid-table clash where points and goal average were key to both teams, Getafe’s Nicolas “Miku” Fedor scored twice to beat Villarreal 3-0.
Nicolas Anelka of Chelsea (centre) celebrates with Frank Lampard (left) and Salomon Kalou as he scores the goal during the Barclays Premier League match against Bolton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge, London, on Tuesday.
Anelka heads Chelsea closer to title REUTERS LONDON, APRIL 14
Chelsea closed on the Premier League title when a first-half header from Nicolas Anelka secured a gritty 1-0 win over a fiercely resilient Bolton Wanderers side on Tuesday. The victory
Oscar, Pablo give Benfica win AGENCIES LISBON, APRIL 14
Second-half goals from Oscar Cardozo and Pablo Aimar gave Benfica a 2-0 win over Sporting Lisbon and put the Eagles six points clear at the top of the Portuguese league. Striker Cardozo, the league’s top scorer with 21 goals, deflected in a Fabio Coentrao shot after 68 minutes in the Lisbon derby on Tuesday. Playmaker Aimar scored on a break 10 minutes later. Benfica was unbeaten at home this season and with six rounds to play has 67 points. Braga is second on 61 and Porto third on 56. Sporting has 41 points in fourth.
took Carlo Ancelotti's men on to 77 points with four matches remaining, four clear of Manchester United whose hopes of an unprecedented fourth successive title are fading fast. Arsenal are six points behind Chelsea with one game in hand,
against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday. "It was a tough game, Bolton played their usual game, a lot of long balls, but we had 21 goal chances compared to their seven and deserved to win," Ancelotti told reporters. "It was an important
Eto’o puts Inter into Italian Cup final AGENCIES MILAN, APRIL 14
Inter Milan kept alive their dreams of landing a treble after they stormed into the Italian Cup final with a 2-0 aggregate win over Fiorentina on Tuesday. Samuel Eto'o fired home a second half goal to give Inter a 1-0 second leg win at Fiorentina to make sure they stayed in the hunt for the Cup, Serie A and Champions League trophies. Mourinho had taken the rare step of leaving several firstchoice players out of his starting XI ahead of Friday's Serie A clash with Juventus and next week's Champions League semi-final
first leg against Barcelona. The Italian champions were facing Fiorentina for the second time in three days after being held to a 2-2 draw on Saturday in the league, a result which allowed AS Roma to snatch top spot in Serie A. On Tuesday, Inter created several chances early on with Mario Balotelli hitting wide from a good position after pinching possession. However, they also wobbled at the back, with Lucio clearing off the line and Cristian Chivu conjuring a desperate challenge to deny Fiorentina forward Alberto Gilardino. The visitors subdued the tempo in the second half after
Irked parents change daughter’s name after Sania weds Shoaib PTI UJJAIN (MP), APRIL 14
Annoyed by tennis player, Sania Mirza's marriage to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik, a couple from here have decided to change their eight-year-old daughter's name from Sania to Sangeeta. The couple Geeta and Madanlal Harod had named their daughter after Sania in
victory and three important points and takes us closer to the title. We were under a lot of pressure and I am delighted we've won." Anelka struck against one of his former clubs with a pointblank header two minutes before halftime when he broke free of
2002 as they felt that the name would bring glory to their family. Madanlal told PTI that although he was a staunch Hindu, he and his wife had no problems in giving their daughter a Muslim name as Sania was very popular then. He said that they liked the name Sania as the tennis player had brought glory for India
through her game. An application to change his daughter Sania's name to Sangeeta has already been filed with the Saraswati Shishu Mandir where her daughter is studying in class III, he said. Sania's name would not have been changed had the tennis player had married an Indian Muslim, Madanlal said.
delaying the restart by around five minutes by emerging from their locker room late. Balotelli forced a finger-tip save from Sebastien Frey with a 30metre strike before Cameroon forward Eto'o sprinted on to Thiago Motta's pass to spring the hosts' offside trap. He controlled the ball and slammed it home in the 57th minute. Eto'o's goal effectively ended the contest, leaving Fiorentina needing to score three times to go through. Inter will meet the winner of the other semi between Roma and Udinese, with the Romans carrying a 2-0 lead to next week's second leg.
Arafat out of World T20 AGENCIES KARACHI, APRIL 14
Pakistan allrounder Yasir Arafat has been ruled out of the ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies later this month due to a calf injury, the captain Shahid Afridi has confirmed. Arafat, the world's most successful Twenty20 bowler with 90 wickets, was anyway in doubt when the training camp began in Lahore last week. "Yasir Arafat is out because of the calf injury," Afridi told the News.
IPL 2011 will start in April first week: Modi n The IPL awards function would be distinct from the ICC and BCCI awards functions. There would be 22 categories of awards with 10 of them to be adjudicated by a jury panel. There would be eight other viewers' category awards, three statistical awards and one IPL captains' award. -- Lalit Modi PTI MUMBAI, APRIL 14
The fourth season of the Indian Premier League, an expanded version featuring 10 teams, will commence in the first week of April, 2011 soon after the conclusion of the ICC Cricket World Cup, IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi said here today. "We are going to start the 2011 IPL season a few days after the World Cup in the first week of April. We are going back to the schedule of April-May that we had in the 2008 first season. We will keep this (schedule) in future," Modi told a media conference. Two more teams have been added to the existing competing outfits - Pune and Kochi - and there will be a total of 94 matches, an increase of 34 ties from the ongoing edition. Modi also announced that the inaugural IPL awards function, which he called "Cricketainment" - a mix of cricket and Bollywoodstyle entertainment - as its focus on April 23 here.
"The IPL awards function would be distinct from the ICC and BCCI awards functions. There would be 22 categories of awards with 10 of them to be adjudicated by a jury panel. There would be eight other viewers' category awards, three statistical awards and one IPL captains' award," Modi informed. The IPL awards jury panel will include former cricketers Sunil Gavaskar, Javagal Srinath, Brian Lara, umpire Simon Taufel and commentator Harsha Bhogle with Modi as the convenor. "We will also have a presentation to the winners of the 2008 and 2009 seasons," Modi said. Rajasthan Royals won the T20 event in the inaugural year followed by Deccan Chargers last year. The IPL jury award categories are: Best Ground, Best IPL Debutant, Best Stadium Experience, Most Consistent Performer, Most Dramatic Performance, Best Fielder, Best Bowler and
Best Batsman. The statistical awards are to be given away for maximum number of runs scored in boundaries, fastest 100 and to the most economical bowler. Viewers' Choice Awards are: Best Commentator, Most Fan Friendly Cricketer, Best Catch, Best Fielder, Most
Stylish Player, Best Captain, Best Bowler and Best Batsman. "Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan would be hosting the awards function. We have kept some surprise elements to bring out hidden talents from cricketers. Some are good in music, some are in playing instruments..." Modi said.
static defending to meet Drogba's teasing cross at Stamford Bridge. Bolton, who have now lost five of their last six league matches without scoring, remained just five points clear of the relegation zone and are not yet safe from the drop.
Jankovic advances in Charleston REUTERS CHARLESTON, APRIL 14
Serbian Jelena Jankovic overcame a sluggish start in her opening match at the Family Circle Cup to advance with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Romania's Edina Gallovits. Russian seventh seed Vera Zvonareva booked her spot in the third round with a 6-2, 6-0 rout over Paraguay's Rossana de los Rios, while Canada's Aleksandra Wozniak outlasted Catalina Castano of Columbia 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. In first-round matches, Russians Elena Vesnina and Vera Dushevina and Patty Schnyder of Switzerland won. Following the withdrawal of world number one Serena Williams, second ranked Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark heads the Charleston field.
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Bangalore close to semis Vinay Kumar of the Challengers celebrates with his team mates after the wicket of Amit Paunikar of the Royals on Wednesday.
PTI JAIPUR, APRIL 14
Royal Challengers Bangalore enhanced their chances of making the IPL semifinals as they humbled Rajasthan Royals by five wickets here today to move to the second spot in the points table. Chasing a modest 131 to win, Bangalore overhauled the target with 4.2 overs to spare as Kevin Pietersen (62) hit an attacking half-century to steer his side to easy win. Earlier, the pace bowlers of the Bangalore exploited the slow nature of the strip brilliantly at the Swai Man Singh stadium to restrict the hosts to a modest 130 for six, making rival skipper Shane Warne rue
his decision to bat. With this win, Bangalore are now sitting second in the table with 14 points behind Mumbai Indians and would look to seal the semifinal spot when they take on the table-toppers on Saturday. Rajasthan, who remain in fifth position, would now have to beat Kolkata Knight Riders by a huge margin the same day and hope results of other matches also go in their favour. Pietersen made a good return to the side as his attacking brand of play, in the company of equally destructive Uthappa, ensured that his side win the crucial encounter comfortably. They raised a quick-fire 60run partnership for the third
Rajasthan Royals: Michael Lumb run out (Kallis) 9, Naman Ojha c Pandey b Pankaj 7, Amit Paunikar c Uthappa b Vinay 0, S Watson c Pietersen b Kallis 22, A Jhunjhunwala c Kumble b Pankaj 13, Yusuf Pathan b Steyn 11, A Voges not out 28, Abhishek Raut not out 32. Extras: 8. Total: 130 for 6. Fall of wickets: 16-1, 17-2, 21-3, 53-4, 58-5, 72-6. Bowling: Anil Kumble 4-0-28-0, Dale Steyn 4-0-15-1, Vinay Kumar 4-0-36-1, Pankaj Singh 4-1-27-2, Jacques Kallis 4-0-19-1. Royal Challengers: Manish Pandey c Yusuf b Trivedi 14, Jacques Kallis b Kamran 0, Kevin Pietersen run out (Voges) 62, Robin Uthappa st Ojha b Warne 26, Virat Kohli c Watson b Trivedi 14, Ross Taylor not out 10, R Dravid not out 5. Extras: 1. Total: 132 for 5. Fall of wickets: 6-1, 42-2, 102-3, 113-4, 119-5. Bowling: S Watson 4-0-24-0, Kamran Khan 3-0-30-1, S Trivedi 3.4-0-32-2, A Voges 1-0-17-0, S Warne 4-0-28-1. Man-of-the-match: Kevin Pietersen
wicket which ended when Uthappa (26) was stumped by Warne. Pietersen's blistering knock came off just 29 balls and was laced with 10 boundaries and two six while Uthappa hit two fours and a six in his 21-ball cameo. The English batsman made his intent clear when he creamed Kamran Khan for three
fours and a six in the fourth over. Warne made quick changes but Pietersen was batting like a man-on-mission and welcomed Adam Voges with three boundaries in the sixth over. At halfway mark, Bangalore were placed comfortably at 91 for two. Warne was not spared either as Pietersen hit him for a four and a six in the 11 over. However the wily Australian broke the partnership by having Uthappa stumped. Pietersen's breezy knock met with a sad as a terrible mix up with Virat Kohli (14) spelt his run out. Earlier, such was the control of the Bangalore bowlers that only 14 fours were scored and the only six which was hit in the entire Rajasthan innings came in the last over. Abhishek Raut was the top scorer for the hosts with his unbeaten 32 and it was his undefeated seventh-wicket partnership of 58 runs with Voges (28) that helped the side set at least a modest target. Drafted into the playing XI today, Pankaj Singh (2/27) was the most successful bowler for the visitors with two wickets while Dale Steyn, Jacques Kallis and R Vinay Kumar took one wicket each.
TODAYS FIXTURE Chennai Super Kings v. Delhi Daredevils, Chennai, 8 pm
â€˜Modi offered $50 million to withdraw Kochi teamâ€™ AGENCIES NEW DELHI, APRIL 14
In a new twist to the controversy over Kochi team, its owner Rendezvous Sports on Wednesday alleged that IPL commissioner Lalit Modi had offered a US$ 50 million bribe to withdraw from the race, prompting him to threaten legal action. "We were offered USD 50 million by Modi to withdraw from the Kochi team" Shailendra Gaikwad, CEO of the franchise, alleged within hours of Modi telling reporters that there was a question mark over the fate of the new team, secured by a bid of Rs 1533 crore last month. Terming as "rubbish" the charges, Modi said: "Are they mad. Who will offer them what they say Rs 200 crore. I will take legal recourse." Meanwhile, Tharoor allegedly received a death threat asking him to stay clear of the Kochi franchise and one man has been detained. Central Security agencies have detained a youth in connection with the SMS sent on alleged death threat to Tharoor from Dawood Ibrahim gang to his close aide Jacob Joseph, an Officer on Special Duty with the Minister for State for External Affairs.
SRK takes blame for KKR's dismal show UNI NEW DELHI, APRIL 14
Appalled by his team's continuous dismal show in the ongoing third edition of the IPL, KKR owner and Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan took the blame for the side's downfall and send his appologies to fans and sponsors.
My job is to authenticate every shareholder: Modi PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 14
Undeterred by Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor launching an attack on him on Kochi franchise issue, Chairman of Indian Premier League Lalit Modi today asserted that it was his job to seek details of every shareholder and authenticate. "It is my job as Chairman of IPL to seek details and authenticate the shareholding of every franchise... how would otherwise I know where the money is coming from," Modi told PTI on Tharoor's accusation of he causing impropriety by divulging the details of the shareholding of Kochi franchise. Wondering as to why any third party (Tharoor), which is not a shareholder in any of the franchise, should be exercised about IPL seeking details, Modi said that he did not know about who Sunanda Pushkar was till he read about her in the newspapers. Sunanda Pushkar, who was
Explosive Indian opener Virender Sehwag today to became 'Wisden Cricketer of the Year' for the second time in a row, beating off competition from England captain Andrew Strauss and Sri Lankan Tillakaratne Dilshan.
The award, which was instituted in 2004, has Australian captain Ricky Ponting, spin wizard Shane Warne and talismanic English all-rounder Andrew Flintoff among its past winners. Sehwag was picked for the honour for a second successive year after scoring "more quickly than
given 19 per cent of the 25 per cent equity held by Rendezvous Sports World in Kochi franchise, was reported to be very close to Tharoor, who is also reported to be planning to marry her. The cash rich IPL, which has become a one billion dollar revenue entity in the third season this year, had auctioned Kochi and Pune franchise to Rendezvous and Sahara last month for a total of about Rs 3,200 crore. Modi, who has been credited for success of IPL which he had earlier said would help make BCCI the richest sports entity in the world in next 3-4 years, a l so w o n d ered a s to w h y Sunanda should be given free equity and quipped "whether she is bringing any value?" Questioning Tharoor making a phone call to IPL for not disclosing the identity of shareholders of Rendezvous, he said "his call has been minuted and the entire conversation has been minuted by IPL". He said that his main concern
was always to find out the sources of money and identity of shareholders to keep IPL, which has dislodged TV programmes in terms of catching the eyeballs, to keep the working transparent and entity above board, particularly on account of the huge money involved. Asked about the Board of Control for Cricket in India President Shashank Manohar taking up cudgels on Kochi issue, Modi said "I will not comment on the issue, particularly when it is our internal matter. I will give a suitable reply."
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Refuses to comment on D-Company threat to Tharoor PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 14
Indian Premier League Commissioner Lalit Modi today sought to steer clear of the purported D-company threat to Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor and declined to comment. "I would not like to comment," he said. However, people close to him said there is a threat to Modi himself and he has been provided elaborate security by the government. Modi and Tharoor are cur-
Sehwag is Wisden Cricketer of the Year again PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 14
any specialist batsman in Tests or ODIs", 'Cricinfo' reported. Sehwag apart, English wicketkeeper Matt Prior, spinner Graeme Swann, batsman Graham Onions, pacer Stuart Broad and Australian vice-captain Michael Clarke were the 'Five Cricketers of the Year' chosen by the magazine.
rently engaged in a bitter war of words over the ownership details of the Kochi franchisee, which will make its IPL debut next year. Modi has alleged that the franchisee has hidden owners and claimed he was asked by Tharoor to not reveal the ownership pattern of the team in which Minister's friend Sunanda Pushkar also has a stake. Tharoor later hit back at Modi saying that the IPL Commissioner was trying to discredit Kochi by making such allegations. A Tharoor aide today claimed
that the Minister has received threats from underworld don Dawood Ibrahim asking him to drop the team or face death. Asked about Modi's association with other IPL teams Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab, Modi's aides said, "Owners have come on merit and there identities are known to everyone. But in case of Kochi, the person who signed the tender himself didn't know who the owners were." Modi is speculated to have stakes in Rajasthan and Punjab through his relatives.