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Centre prepares new CRZ notification draft Special regulations for Goa, Mumbai and Sunderbans region HERALD CORRESPONDENT NEW DELHI, SEPT 14

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IN BRIEF New voter ID cards The Election Commission of India (ECI) will distribute photo-identity cards among new voters at ten lakh centres across the country on January 25, 2011 which will also be observed as National Voters’ Day. This was announced by Election Commissioner V S Sampath. “Persons eligible to exercise their voting right will be provided with photo identity cards on the National Voters Day on January 25 next year at about 10 lakh polling stations across the country,” Sampath said. (PTI)

NCP to lodge complaint on flood aid scam HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, SEPT 14

The State unit of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has finally decided to file a complaint before an appropriate authority into the alleged Canacona flood relief scam spelling trouble for Goa Pradesh Youth Congress president Sankalp Amonkar who is at the centre of the controversy. NCP spokesperson Trajano D’Mello on Tuesday informed the executive committee which met today under its president Jose Philip D’Souza that the party has unanimously decided to file a complaint before the appropriate authority (Continued on page 10)

The Environment and Forest Ministry has come out with a fresh draft of the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Notification, 2010, improving upon the one issued in April, with special regulations for Goa, Mumbai, Kerala and the Sunderbans region of West Bengal. It permits reconstruction and repair works of structures of local communities in CRZ. Also permitted are facilities for fishing like traditional fish processing yards, boat building or repair yards, ice plants and storage, auction halls and jetties. The draft also permits setting up and expansion of fish processing units including warehousing but excludes hatchery and natural fish drying in permitted areas. Expansion of such units for modernisation can cover 25 per cent additional plinth area but it should not be on the seaward side existing prior to the CRZ notification of February 19, 1991 and is also subject to approval by the State Pollution Control Board. The Goa government is re-

quired to survey and map the fishing villages all along the Goa coast to put into operation provisions of the draft notification, which also mandates mapping of eco-sensitive low-lying khajan lands influenced by tidal action and protection of mangroves on such lands . Every five years: The draft notification, that requires redrawing the CRZ map every five years, also prohibits any developmental activity on sand dunes as also on the beaches of Mandrem, Morjim, Galgiba and Agonda designated as turtle nesting sites and protected under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. As regards demarcation of high tide and low tide lines (HTL and LTL), the draft requires consideration of landward (monsoonal) crest in case of sandy beaches rocks, headlands, cliffs, seawalls or revetments or embankments. The State governments are required to identify all violations of CRZ Notification, 1991, within three months and act upon them within six months from the date of issue of the final 2010 noti-

Fresh draft improves upon the one issued in April. Allows construction and repair works of structures belonging to local communities. l Traditional fish processing yards, boat building /repair yards, ice plants, jetties permitted. l Goa government has to survey and map fishing villages along the State’s coast. l Mandatory mapping of eco-sensitive lands and mangroves on such lands to be protected mapped. l Requires CRZ map to be redrawn every five years. l l

fication, so as to prevent any ambiguity in enforcement of the two notifications. 500 metres from HTL: The draft notification, which divides the coastal areas into five CRZs, prohibits construction or expan-

sion of industries up to 500 metres on landward side from the high tide line (HTL) as also up to 100 metres from HTL or width of creek whichever is less along the tidal influenced water bodies (rivers) that have salinity con-

centration of 5 parts per thousand (ppt) during the driest period of the year. The restrictions also apply to land falling between the hazard line and 500 metres from HTL on the landward side. The HTL to be demarcated within one year will be the line on the land up to the highest water line reaches during the spring tide. The most stern prohibitions are prescribed for CRZ-I that also includes areas between LTL and HTL and those prone to inundation due to sea level rise. Relaxation: In case of CRZ-III, there is a relaxation that areas up to 200 metres from HTL towards landward side are to be earmarked as “no development zone” that shall permit no construction except for repairs and reconstruction of existing authorised structures but without increasing plinth area or floor space index. Activities relating to agriculture, horticulture, salt manufacture, gardens, pastures, parks, play field, and forestry will be permitted in this zone. The permitted activities also include construction of dispensaries,

Watchman foils Rs 80 lakhs heist Hurriyat issues

11-day protest schedule


An alert watchman foiled a major burglary in a jewellery shop late Monday night and helped nab two notorious criminals from Mumbai, who carried out a survey of the shops by staying in a three-star hotel at Colva. The burglars — Rajkumar Chowdhary (Bihar) and Vijay kumar Singh (Uttar Pradesh), but settled at Mira Road, Mumbai – nearly laid their hands on gold ornaments worth Rs 80 lakhs in the jewellery shop owned by Pawan Raikar at the New Market, before the watchman foiled their plan. The incident occurred at around 9.30 p.m. when the duo came on the rear side of the shop and began digging a hole to enable entry. Margao Police Inspector Santosh Desai said the watchman made his routine presence behind the shops at around 11.30 pm, only to find the duo busy digging a hole. “He immediately raised an alarm and with the help of the people and police, managed to arrest one of them”, he informed.

All-party meeting today PTI SRINAGAR, SEPT 14

The hole dug in the rear side of the jewellery shop at Margao. (Right) The two accused with a Margao police team headed by PI Santosh Desai. Photos by Santosh Mirajkar.

He said the second accused escaped under the cover of darkness towards the Margao railway station and with the help of a rickshaw, headed towards the Colva hotel, where he was nabbed by a waiting police party. Desai said that both the accused are hardcore criminals and were equipped with a bag

containing almost all implements and instruments required for burglaries. Meanwhile, Margao sub divisional police officer, Deputy Superintendent of Police Umesh Gaonkar said the police are investigating whether the arrested accused had any hand in a daring burglary in 2007, wherein

gold ornaments worth lakhs of rupees were looted. “It is just a coincidence that last night’s burglary was attempted on the fourth day of Ganesh Chathurti. We are investigating into all aspects, including the role played by the accused in the 2007 burglary”, Gaonkar added.

CBI to meet Mickky’s ex-aide HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, SEPT 14

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sleuths are moving ahead to probe deeper into the illegal immigration racket against former Tourism Minister Mickky Pacheco. Highly-placed sources informed Herald that CBI’s Delhi team will meet Calvert Gonsalves – a former aide to Pacheco, to know more about the functioning of Manpower Recruitment Agency, a joint ven-

States’ laxity on illegal places of worship irks SC PTI NEW DELHI, SEPT 14

The Supreme Court today warned that chief secretaries will have to personally appear before it if the States fail to comply with its directions to remove or relocate unauthorised places of worship in public places. A bench headed by Justice Dalveer Bhandari also granted two weeks time to the States to file their responses on the issue. The apex court was furious after noting that despite several hearings many of the States have so far not filed their affidavits and compliance reports on the issue. The bench had earlier asked the States and Union territories (UTs) to ensure that no unauthorised temples, mosques, (Continued on page 10)

We will meet Calvert to shed more light on how the agency operated, staff strength, where the recruited people were sent for jobs, etc. ture started by Pacheco and his estranged wife Sara in 1998. “We will meet Calvert to shed more light on how the agency operated, staff strength, where the recruited people were sent

for jobs, etc,” said a CBI official. The meeting fixed on Tuesday evening was, however, re-scheduled for Wednesday. Sources further inform that the investigating team on Monday evening conducted investigation in the passport office to verify documents submitted by Pacheco to get the passports. The CBI has charged the former minister and two others of offenses relating to cheating, forgery, and using fake documents to facilitate illegal immi-

gration of Goans to the United States. A case has been registered after the US Bureau of Diplomatic Security complained to the External Ministry at Delhi on the illegal immigration. For over a week in Goa, the CBI sleuths have hitherto interrogated the prime accused Pacheco and Sara, on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Calvert had accompanied Sara during the four-hour interrogation in the Goa CBI office at Bambolim.

Hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani has issued a curious 11day protest schedule asking people of Kashmir to carry out normal activities of life from dusk to dawn on strike days. As per the schedule, only two days — September 19 and 22 — have been exempted from strikes and protests by the Geelani-led Hurriyat faction which is spearheading the ongoing agitation in the Valley. The striking point in the protest schedule is that the hardliners have asked the people of the valley to carry out day to day activities from 7 pm to 7 am on the strike days. “All business establishments, including manufacturing units, flour mills and cement factories will remain open from 7 pm to 7 am,” the statement issued by the Hurriyat said. It also said shops and other business establishments can do the normal business during night hours. Transporters can ply normally during night, it added. Geelani has called for a march to the security forces’ camps on September 21 for holding peaceful protests to highlight their demands. The Kashmir Valley has been rocked by violent protests since June 11 following the killing of a teenager during alleged firing by security forces here. The un-

$125 bn illegally sent abroad by politicos PTI WASHINGTON, SEPT 14

A whopping 125 billion United States dollars of public money has been siphoned off from India by corrupt politicians and officials between 2000 and 2008, as rampant corruption plagues the country that has seen rising inequalities despite unprecedented growth levels. The figures of USD 125 billion illicit outflow of money from India are part of a report to be released by the Washingtonbased research and advocacy group Global Financial Integrity later this year. “Much of the funds flowing out are generated at home within India and then sent illegally abroad. So the growth of corruption and India’s underground economy contributes significantly to illicit financial flows from the country,” said

Karly Curcio, a junior economist at the Global Financial Integrity in a blog posted on its website. GFI said according to its calculations India’s economic boom continued with an average growth rate of over 8 per cent between 2004 and 2009. “As the money flows, however, the poor continue to stay poor. Corruption is rampant in India as it is in almost all developing countries. Both corrupt political and corporate officers manage to siphon off funds - intended to aid the people of India - off to political and private sector elite. “Recent efforts in India to challenge this corrupt affront on humanity have been met with severe violence,” the blog said. The author of the report noted that an impressive growth has, however, not resulted in equitable development, rather

Both corrupt political and corporate officers manage to siphon off funds - intended to aid the people of India off to political and private sector elite. the period corresponding to the highest GDP(gross domestic product) growth levels has seen the income inequality levels actually rise. “... the gini coefficient, which measures income inequality, has actually increased over the time period measured, 2000-2005, from 0.32 to 0.37 on a scale of 0 to 1, with 1 being the highest income inequality,” the author said. The opposition parties in India have demanded that the government take steps to bring

back the money that has been stashed in foreign banks. “We see in India - as in other currently developing countries - that as the economy grows, so do illicit flows. This positive correlation exhibits the increased incentives to conduct illicit flows, mostly because more money is flowing within the system to steal away and constant greed is tapping into that pool,” Curcio said. Noting that India ranks 84th out of 180 countries in Transparency International’s 2009 Corruption Perceptions Index, the author said as corruption continues to plague both the country and its ability to develop free and fair institutions to monitor and charge corrupt officials, the majority of India’s economic growth will never make it to the people of India who desperately need it the most.

rest has so far claimed 88 lives. ALL PARTy mEET: Meanwhile, groping for a solution to stem the Kashmir unrest, the Centre today was looking to evolve a consensus at the all party meeting tomorrow and to initiate a political process for a dialogue but security forces insisted on “legal protection” in tackling the situation. The all party meeting, which was decided by the Cabinet Committee on Security yesterday, may be followed by another round of CCS tomorrow. The government sources said the all party meeting and the CCS was part of a broad-based approach to finding out a long term solution to the Jammu and Kashmir problem and was not unidimensional in approach with revocation or dilution of AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act) as a single point agenda. The sources said the meeting would aim at taking confidence building measures (CBM) keeping a long term view while addressing issues like trust and governance deficit. The hope of the government, the sources said, is that the current round of talks would lead to resuming the dialogue process with all shades of opinion in Jammu and Kashmir. As the government grappled with Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s demand for withdrawal for AFSPA, the sources said “No one is taking away the legal protection provided to soldiers.”

schools, community toilet, crematoria, cemeteries, electric sub stations, bridges, roads and facilities for water supply, drainage and sewerage. Beach resorts: Areas between 200 metres and 500 metres of HTL in CRZ-II AND CRZ-III will be allowed for construction of hotels and beach resorts, but with condition that there shall be no permanent sports structures except goal, net or lamp posts and fencing should not hamper public access to beaches. The plot size for such construction should not be less than 0.4 hectares and the covered area on all floors shall not exceed 33 per cent, with a ceiling of nine metres on the overall height and the construction shall have a maximum two floors, that is a ground floor plus one upper floor. The draft also requires a gap of not less than 500 metres between two hotels or beaches to allow public access to the beach and mandatory clearance under the Forest Conservation Act if the project involves diversion of forest land.

Petrol pumps strike on Sept 20 PTI NEW DELHI, SEPT 14

Petrol pumps across the country will go on strike from September 20, with a petroleum traders’ union warning of “no money, no purchase, no sale...” after talks with the Oil Ministry to hike the rate of commission on fuel sales fell through. In a meeting held on Monday with petrol pump dealers, the ministry refused to accept the demand for at least 5 per cent of the invoice value of fuel sales to be paid as commission to the dealers, official sources said. At present, the commission is paid to petrol pump owners as a fixed margin. The ministry was of the view that accepting the demand will increase the burden of the oil marketing companies, which are expected to suffer losses of over Rs 50,000 crore in 2010 -11 on account of fuel subsidies. “We are continuing with our agitation,” Federation of AllIndia Petroleum Traders (FAIPT) General Secretary Ajay Bansal said.

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Media ‘banned’ from covering Hospicio HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 14

It appears that journalists are now required to seek prior nod of Health Minister Vishwajit Rane before securing entry at the Hospicio Hospital, which has been in the news in recent time for all the wrong reasons. Leave alone issues of negligence by the Hospicio administration, the media is now barred from covering even other events in the hospital as well. This time, when a group of photo journalists visited Hospicio Hospital on Tuesday morning to take photographs of Lord Ganesh, they were denied entry at the entrance gate by rude security men. Even the so-called Public Relations Officers – appointed by Chief Minister Digambar Kamat – proved no use for the photographers as they could not ensure entry to the media men. Former minister Luis Alex Car-

Former minister Luis Alex Cardozo expresses his sympathy with the photo journalists while talking to them, at Hospicio, on Tuesday. Photos by Santosh Mirajkar

dozo, who was coming out of the Hospicio around the same time, expressed his sympathy with the photo journalists. He

recalled how the security personnel had behaved with him in a rude manner and demanded a stop to the harassment meted

out to the general public. Finally, with the security personnel and the PROs unyielding to the requests of the media

Unpaid road contractors boycott work HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 14

Road contractors on Tuesday boycotted road works in Division VI worth Rs 6-7 crore as the government is dilly dallying on the payment of bills amounting to Rs 80 crore. Though the government sanctioned an amount of Rs 10 crore for the payment of bills to the contractors, the amount was found a too meagre given the huge outstanding arrears.

House at BPS club burgled in daylight HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 14

In a daring daylight burglary, unknown miscreants looted a house near BPS Club here on Tuesday evening. The house owner S Rebello had just closed her house to go to Holy Spirit grounds to collect her son, only to realise half an hour later that her house has been burgled. The culprits are believed to have effected entry into the house by cutting open the latch. After gaining entry, the miscreants is believed to have latched the door from inside and managed to lay his hands on cash of Rs 20,000, besides gold ornaments. It is learnt that the culprit managed to escape with the booty through the rear door when the owner returned back. Before making good his escape, the culprits left behind two heavy duty screw drivers, which was used to commit the burglary. The Margao police rushed to the spot after being intimated of the daring daylight burglary eve n as the incident has caused scare in the locality. The police are investigating.

When the PWD, Div VI opened road works worth Rs 6-7 crore on Tuesday, the road contractors stuck to their guns and boycotted the tenders. The All Goa Road Contractors Association had last week given a call for a boycott of all tenders floated by the PWD in protest against the delay in clearing their payments. The contractors had claimed that the government owes around Rs 80 crore to them on an all Goa basis, adding that whatever small amount sanctioned by the government

in the past has hardly helped to mitigate their grievances. The contractors have warned the government that they would be forced to continue with the ongoing boycott unless their full arrears were cleared at the earliest. Many a contractor in private has said that the tenders are floated at the behest of the ministers and MLAs without taking into account the fund position with the government.

Youth exonerated of negligence in fatal accident case HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, SEPT 14

Judicial Magistrate First Class at Panjim has exonerated a youth who was accused of causing fatal accident at Bambolim in January 2009. Magistrate Edgar Fernandes in the order admitted that the Agassaim police did not conduct a proper investigation and failed to record statements of eye-witnesses. The police had indicted Savio Gomes, 22, of Salcette rash and negligence while riding his motorcycle GA-08-H6421, which knocked down a pedestrian Ankush Tolyo Gauns. The victim later succumbed to his injuries. The accident occurred on

Bungalow burgled at Davorlim

NH17 at Bamblim. Gomes was proceeding from Panjim to Nuvem on the fateful day. The pillion rider Meera Gomes received minor injuries. During the trial of the case which began in June 2009, various loopholes were pointed out in the investigation leading to Savio’s acquittal. Moreover, Meera deposed that while her nephew (Savio) was riding, an old man (victim) who was trying to cross the road dashed against her legs, due to which Savio lost control and all three fell on the ground. Meera further said that a Maruti Zen car went over the senior citizen who was dragged for about one meter. Defence counsel Swapnil

Nasnolkar argued that the eyewitness did not bring out any negligence by the accused and moreover, cross examination of the investigating officer revealed tat the case was not properly investigated. Examination of "The investigating officer PSI Chawan (reveals) that though eye-witnesses were present at the place of incident, he had not recorded their statements nor had he taken down their names and addresses. I am therefore inclined to agree with the contention of the advocate Nasnolkar that the IO had not conducted a proper investigation in this case,” the Magistrate observed while acquitting the accused.

men, one of the photojournalists called up the Health Minister and demanded to know why they cannot take photographs of Lord Ganesh from the hospital. The Health minister immediately issued directions to the officials concerned to grant entry to the scribes, but that has raised serious questions whether media men are required to seek the minister’s nod to gain entry into the hospital as part of their professional duties. Incidentally, medical representatives do the rounds of the hospital almost everyday, with Acting Hospicio medical superintendent, Dr Nasnodkar saying that the medical representatives visit the hospital during a particular time, though there is no board installed anywhere in the hospital premises suggesting timings for the medical representatives.

MPT’s Agarwal to vacate office on October 17 HERALD REPORTER VASCO, SEPT 14

Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) Chairman Praveen Agarwal, IRS, will vacate his office on October 17, after completion of his fiveyear tenure in the office as chairman. It is learnt that lobbying at the Centre has already commenced to ensure that incumbent Agarwal is replaced by former secretary for mines in Goa Rajiv Yaduvanshi, IAS. It may be recalled that Yaduvanshi came under the scanner of Opposition Leader Manohar Parrikar in the recently concluded Assembly session for allegedly shielding illegal mining operations in the State. According to a vernacular daily, Yaduvanshi has shown willingness for the chairman’s post in MPT. Speaking to Herald, Agarwal confirmed that he would be vacating MPT chairman’s office on October 17, 2010, as his fiveyear tenure has come to an end. “We are here for a fixed tenure and will hand over to my successor, as my tenure is getting over. In the last five years as chairman, what best I can do for development of port, I have down. My successor will carry on with whatever necessary has to be done,” Agarwal said.

File status report on judiciary or else, SC warns State diciary, and the report about various projects envisaged in this regard. “If our directions are not complied, we will summon the chief secretaries,” a special Bench comprising Chief Justice S H Kapadia and Justices Aftab Alam and Swatanter Kumar said. The court noted that Goa, Bihar, Orissa, Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Puducherry, Gujarat, Nagaland, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand had not

complied with its July 12 order to file reports in a particular format about judicial infrastructure. The court wanted to know from all State governments the amount spent by them for augmenting judicial infrastructure from money generated through court fees, costs and fine imposed in criminal cases. On Monday, the Bench considered the status reports of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

O Maria shot at Chaudi health centre

Social worker Mordekar feted



Unknown culprits broke into a bungalow at Davorlim last night and decamped with gold ornaments worth Rs 20,000. The Maina Curtorim police have registered a theft case against unknown culprits following a compliant lodge d by one Joseph Agnelo D’Costa. Maina Curtorim police are investigating.

The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Goa government – among other State governments and Union territories – to comply with its orders for strengthening the judicial infrastructure, failing which their Chief Secretaries would be summoned. The apex court asked the State to place before it the steps taken for improving the infrastructure of the subordinate ju-


The entire unit of ‘O Maria’ film production was at the Community Health Centre (CHC) Chaudi on Tuesday, filming their scenes for the Rajendra Talak’s Konkani creation. The shots were taken with the film’s lead actors in action either on the hospital beds, hospital’s emergency unit, OPD, health officer’s cabin or on first and second floor corridors. Mumbai filmi world’s heroine Shernaz Patel and USA-based Cori as hero and Goa’s John D’Silva, besides other actors were involved in the scenes that were shot in CHC at Chaudi on Tuesday. Interestingly, when the shots were taken, CHC Health Officer Dr V R Murlitharan was seen assisting in pointing flaws on various presentations, especially in a shooting, where the film hero badly assaulted, lies injured on hospital bed, while a police team records statement in the presence of heroine Shernaz Patel and John D’Silva. The film party after completing 12-day shooting stint in Agonda, reached Chaudi at CHC for the one-day shoot. According to one of the production unit member, almost all the main film scenes are captured, while the few remaining shots will be taken up at Panjim


Lead actor Shernaz Patel and Corri (hospital dress), besides John D’Silva reviews their shot at CHC Hospital at Canacona. Photo by Kathy Pereira

and elsewhere. “The shooting should end by September 20,” informed the unit member. The unit member however, remained tight lipped when asked about the central theme of the film. Other sources revealed that the film story revolves around the preservation of Goan heritage and opposition to selling Goan homes to foreign nationals for monetary benefits. When asked about his role in the film, comedian John D’Silva said: “No, not comedy, but I am doing a serious role, which is also a very minimal role. I’ll be seen only in 3-4 scenes in this film.”

CHC Health Officer Dr Murlitharan when questioned clarified that no visiting patients in OPDs or Casualty or any inward patients in the CHC wards were disturbed during the day “The film party has secured all the necessary permissions from the concerned authorities to carry on the shooting,” he said. However, a source from Agonda Panchayat in whose jurisdiction the Konkani film was shot for over 12 days, informed that the local body was ignored nor consulted by concerned government agency while granting the permission.

It is learnt that the film ‘O Maria’ production party has necessary permission from Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG), but has neither applied nor obtained any permission from the local body, totally keeping the local body in darkness. Panchayat sources said: “Being a Konkani and local film, we took it in our stride, but similar offences in future will not be allowed to be repeated in the village, as whatever happens in the village, the local people has every right to know and the concerned should obtain local body’s due permission.”

Noted social worker Madhukarba b Mordekar was on Tuesday felicitated at the hands of Chief Minister Digambar Kamat for his social work on completing 90 years. Speakers at the felicitation program showered handsome praise on Mordekar for his immense contribution to society. Referring to a suggestion made by a speaker, the chief Minister announced that the government will consider awarding Madhukarbab with a social award. In his address, the Chief Minister said the government has already made a provision of Rs 50,000 mediclaim for the senior citizens. He was responding to a request by one of the speakers to work out a mediclaim scheme for the senior citizens. A large number of people from all walks of life attended the felicitation function.

Mickky seeks permission for Delhi visit HERALD REPORTERM MARGAO, SEPT 14

Former Tourism Minister Mickky Pacheco on Tuesday approached the South Goa Sessions Court seeking permission to visit Delhi. In his application, Mickky sought permission to travel to Delhi between September 15 and 25 for personal reasons. The application will come up for hearing on Wednesday. This is the second time that the former minister has sought permission from the South Goa Sessions Court to travel to Delhi. Last time around, the court had granted him permission to visit Delhi for a period of eight days. The South Goa Sessions Court had imposed a condition while granting bail to Pacheco in the Nadia Torrado death case that he should seek permission of the court before travelling outside the State.

Answer objections to plea against Aires, PI Sunita told HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, SEPT 14

Bombay High Court at Goa on Tuesday directed the Crime Branch Police Inspector Sunita Sawant to clear the objections raised by the Court registry in the revision petition filed by her challenging the acquittal of the lawyer activist Aires Rodrigues in the 2004 Ribandar case. Justice N A Britto has fixed a time frame of 10 days to reply to the objection which argued that the revision should have been filed and presented by the public prosecutor on behalf of the State. The police inspector, on the contrary, not only filed the revision petition but also failed to show that she has been au-

thorized by the government to file the revision in the said case. In an apparent disrespect to the Court, today, the PI did not stand up or come forward when her matter was called out in the Court hall. “The Justice in his order recorded that PI Sawant was not present in the Court. Sawant was however seen seated in the Court but did not stand up or come forward when her matter was called out,” said Adv Rodrigues. Currently, the case is being investigated by Sub Inspector K V Mahale, but the revision petition has been drafted by PI Sawant even though there is nothing on record that shows that the case has been transferred to the latter.

Four injured as bus rams against stationary generator HERALD REPORTER VASCO, SEPT 14

Four passengers, including two women and driver, were injured when the bus they were travelling in rammed against a generator that was attached to a stationar y tempo near Meta Copper, Sancoale, on Tuesday at about 4.30 pm. Santana Caitano Fernandes (33) from Sindole-Sancoale and Pushpa Naik (39) from Velsao were admitted in Hospicio, while Ramvilas Vishvakaram (45) from Zuarinagar and the bus driver were discharged later. The mini bus (GA-06-T1675) carrying around 35 passengers had left Titan-Birla and was proceeding towards Vasco when the accident occurred. According to eye witness, the bus rammed against a generator that was attached to a stationary tempo alongside the highway. The impact of the accident was such that

The ill-fated bus that met with an accident at Sancoale. Photo by M Prabhav

the bus and generator were dragged nearly 10 mtrs from the site. Verna Police PI Jivda Dalvi said four persons, including the bus driver, have sustained injuries.

“Two people were discharged later in the evening, while the other passengers escaped unhurt. We have registered an offence against the bus driver and will ensure that his license is cancelled,” informed PI Dalvi.

This is second major mishap for the driver in seven months HERALD REPORTER VASCO, SEPT 14

The bus driver, who escaped with minor injuries in an accident at Sancoale on Tuesday, was also involved in a similar accident at Vasco about seven months ago. It may be recalled that on March 5, 2010, about 27 passengers, including a pregnant woman, were injured when a bus proceeding towards Vasco rammed into a road barricade and plunged into a nullah near the Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL). Despite Vasco Police promising that the driver’s licence and bus permit would be cancelled to ensure that such people are not allowed to take passengers for granted, the promises of Vasco Police remained just that as the bus driver was freely driving his bus. It is known fact among bus operators that the accused driver is habitually involved in ac-

cidents since he is having a fits ailment. However despite that, Assistant Director of Transport (ADT) has not taken any cognizance to ensure safety of the passengers. About seven months ago when the accident had occurred, Vasco DySP Mahesh Gaonkar had assured that his licence and permit would be cancelled since he was found driving recklessly. When contacted, DySP Gaonkar was surprised to hear that the bus driver was found driving the bus after the Vasco accident. Verna Police PI Jivba Dalvi claimed that the bus driver was involved in the accident earlier. “We will write to the ADT to cancel his licence as well as bus permit, as he is involved in the accident,” said PI Dalvi. Sources in ADT claimed that since they have to depend on doctor’s medical certificate to check whether the driver is fit to drive or not, they issued him the licence as per the certificate.

Man crushed under train wheels at Vasco HERALD REPORTER VASCO, SEPT 14

Barely 15 days after a 40-yearold woman died after a local passenger train hit her near Airport Railway Bridge at Chicalim, one more person died on Tuesday when he was hit by a goods train, barely 100 mtrs from the earlier site. The unknown man in his thirties was killed, after a speeding goods train knocked him down. His one hand was smashed in the accident, while his body was lying alongside the railway track. According to eye witness, the incident occurred at about 12 pm, while sources in railways informed that the deceased was hit by a goods train, as there was no movement of passenger train at the time of the incident. Surprisingly, police failed to lift the body lying alongside the train for over two hours. Sources at the Vasco Police

informed that they did not have vehicle as such it got delayed in lifting the body, while a donated hearse van which is shared by Vasco Police and Railway Police is also in broken condition. Interestingly, Vasco Railway Police that attends to emergency cases along the 82-km odd railway track of South Western Railw a y t r a c k f r o m Va s c o t o Dudhsagar has been managing with private vehicles if any accident occurs or any emergency situation arises. Vasco Railway Police has registered a case of unnatural death and has preserved the body at Hospicio in Margao. It may be recalled that on August 31, a 40-year-old widow from Karnataka, but residing at Asoidongri-Chicalim died, after a speeding local passenger train hit her while crossing the railway track near the airport railway bridge at Chicalim.

Toddy Tappers’ office broken into HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 14

Unknown miscreants effected entry into the office of Goa Toddy Tappers in the city here last night. While there were reports which said that the miscreants lifted away a gold chain from the

statue of St Francis Xavier, Margao PI Santosh Desai said that no complaint has been received from the management of the Toddy Tappers office. He admitted that the miscreants effected their entry into the office, but did not lift away any valuables or ransacked the office documents.

Fatorda house kitchen walls collapse MARgAO: Inmates of a residential house at Fatorda had a miraculous escape after a kitchen came crashing down on Tuesday. The inmates of the house had just gone out when the wall collapsed. While fire services have put the total loss of property at Rs 20,000, the house owner Joaquina has claimed a loss of Rs five lakh. The owner told that household items were also destroyed in the wall collapse.



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Filling of mangrove areas at city entrance continues HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, SEPT 14

Environmentalists and social activists on Tuesday blamed the authorities concerned for turning a Nelson’s eye to the blatant land filling of low-lying mangrove areas at the entrance to the capital city on both sides of NH-17 and NH-4A. Sounding a warning bugle they maintained that slowly, but steadily, the rich and dense mangrove cover just off the PanjimMargao national highway between Heera Petrol Pump (towards the city side) and Old Goa by-pass circle (close to Merces) was in danger of becoming extinct. On a visit to one of the locations with members of Village Groups of Goa, it was observed that an area of approximately 15,000 square metres on the left side of the national highway (while going to Margao between Heera Petrol Pump and Old Goa by-pass circle) is housing commercial operations like scrapyard, bus shelter, godowns, etc. John Philip Pereira of Village Groups of Goa contends that the 15,000 sq m area has not cropped up overnight. Over the last few years authorities concerned have closed their eyes to the gradual disappearance of the rich mangrove cover. A scrap dealer operating his yard said he paid a rent of Rs 5,000 per month to a person who came to collect the amount once in a month. When questioned whether his yard possessed a licence to operate the dealer said he had applied for the same. It is learnt that a Pepsi depot operating in the area for the last three years pays a rent of Rs 24,000 per month. Inquiries revealed that the said area falls in

the jurisdiction of Merces Panchayat which has hardly bothered to check the mushrooming of this business hub. On the Panjim-Ribandar road close to Divja Circle and right behind the Public Works Division Sub-Divisional office (National Highway) mud and construction debris have been dumped to build a ‘kachha’ pathway that leads to a small hut a few metres away. Further just off the road leading to Heera Petrol Pump from Divja Circle one can see many unused tyres in the mangroves. A part of this outer road connecting NH-17 leading to Margao is fenced but some part of it is left open. Close to where the tyres were seen, construction debris in truck loads are still being dumped by the roadside. If one stands on this road and takes a look as far as the eyes can see, a pathway is shaping up right through the dense mangrove area. Activists contend that this road is being built to facilitate construction projects in future. The basic objective was to slowly and gradually kill the mangrove cover for housing projects, they stated. Pereira maintained that the illegal land filling inside the mangrove cover has changed the natural flow of water leading to change in tidal pattern. This has led to some places within the mangrove area becoming dry. The Village Groups of Goa has now decided to knock the doors of the Centre and the Union ministry concerned to take urgent note of this blatant land filling in the eco-sensitive zone and declare the entire stretch as a sanctuary or a protected zone where nothing can be touched.

These concrete structures have come up right inside, nearly 500 metres from the Panjim-Margao NH-17, right into the heart of the mangrove section. Photo by Franky Gracias

Flying squad without wings, chide activists HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, SEPT 14

The North Goa Flying Squad constituted to check into filling of low-lying areas and hill-cutting at short notice, yet again, failed to make an appearance to inspect the filling of mangroves bordering the city limits prompting activists to question whether the squad had its wings clipped. John Philip Pereira of Village Groups of Goa informed press persons assembled at the Heera Petrol Pump before for a site visit he had submitted a letter informing the authorities concerned to send their officials to see for themselves the clandes-

Davorlim serves ultimatum on govt over land acquisition

Davorlim villagers coming down the hillock after celebrating the feast of the Holy Cross. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 14

Davorlim villagers on Tuesday virtually served a 15-day deadline on the government to come out clear on the land acquisition proposal to acquire land admeasuring 1.15 lakh sq mts for the proposed multipurpose utility project. Villagers who came in large numbers as usual to celebrate the feast of the Holy Cross, located on the ancestral land sought to be acquired by the government, expressed their total unhappiness over the government’s move. A villager Paulo Colaco told newsmen after the feast of the Holy Cross, that the government cannot just acquire the land of their ancestors. He said that people come to the cross on two occasions, one to celebrate

the feast of the Holy Cross and for the Way of the Cross and demanded to know why the government wanted to forcibly take away the land of their ancestors. “The government has till date not disclosed as to what it intends to do on the acquired land,” he said, adding that the land was protected and preserved by the ancestors for posterity. Former Sarpanch Martin Rocha said that the villagers are getting restless over the government’s move to acquire the land with each passing day. “The villagers are demanding that the government is served a 15-day deadline to scrap the land acquisition proposal or to come onto the streets,” he said. Rocha said the Panchayat body would meet in the next

few days to chalk out the future course of action, including convening a special gram sabha to take a final decision on the issue. He recalled that the Panchayat had handed over representations on many occasions to stay away from the land, but lamented that the government intends to acquire the land against the wishes of the villagers. Another villager, Antonetta said the government has till date not placed before the villagers for perusal. “The villagers are still in the dark over the projects coming up on the land. The villagers are agitated that the ageold Holy Cross does not find a mention in the plan”, she said, while reiterating the demand for reserving the communidade land for the benefit of the villagers.

Govt dupes Communidade employees on salaries HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 14

When the government issued instructions last month to withdraw their pen-down strike, promising to resolve all their pending grievances, the employees of the South Goa Administrator of Communidades were prompt in obeying the directions by immediately calling off their stir. Believe it or not, leave alone taking a decision on their demand for absorption in government services, the employees were not paid their monthly salary for the last five months and had to go without salaries during Ganesh festival. The employees pointed out that they were eagerly waiting

for the government to pay their salaries pending since April last, but in vain. “We were hoping that the government would clear our salaries of the last five months in view of the Ganesh festival. But, we were left high and dry by the government,” the employees told newsmen. Incidentally, the employees recalled that though the government played truant in the payment of salaries over the last couple of years, they had made arrangements in the past to pay their salaries during festive seasons. When the employees called on the South Goa Administrator of Communidades with their grievances, he point blank told

them that he has not received any funds from the government to clear their salary dues. The employees have now called for a meeting to chalk out a future course of action with their salaries not forthcoming from the government till date. These Communidade employees have been demanding that they be absorbed in government service as they have put in years of work in the Communidade office. It is learnt that the government has constituted a committee comprising of the Finance secretary and the Revenue secretary to study the demands of the employees and recommend suitable action.

tine filling of mangrove areas. Pereira said he had informed the North Goa Flying Squad, Corporation of the City of Panjim, Goa State Pollution Control Board, Deputy Collector Tiswadi and Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority. A letter was inwarded to these authorities much in advance on September 9, he mentioned. He said North Goa Deputy Collector Francis Ferrao, who heads the flying squad wasn’t cooperative. Ferrao told me he never received our letter and my call today morning was too short a notice for him to depute the squad, Pereira stated.

Pereira said, “When reminded the squad was constituted to act at short notice, Ferrao told me he was busy with other things. Again when I told him there was administrative failure in not receiving the letter, he told me we could do whatever we wanted.” When Pereira contacted GCZMA Member Secretar y Michael D’Souza, he was told the staff strength at the said office was weak on account of Ganesh festivities. Michael asked me to submit the details of our inspection, he stated. After a call to his office Deputy Collector, Tiswadi, Sabaji Shetye deputed talathi Sapresh

Tourist rescued from drowning at Anjuna beach

NSUI chief meets Guv, demands CBI probe into drug mafia case


A 22-year-old tourist from Mumbai was rescued from drowning off Anjuna coast. According to Dhristi reports, Joravar Singh was recently rescued off Anjuna coast after the beach was closed and lifeguards were off for the day. BSP guards Gautam Parsekar and Sachin Kerkar, who were posted at Anjuna beach for night patrol observed the tourist swimming in a potentially danger zone. Sachin rushed to warn the victim about the dangers of swimming at night and unavailability of lifeguards, but before he could reach the victim he was pulled in by a heavy underwater current. Sensing the danger, guard Gautam with the help of rescue tubes and Sachin rescued the tourist and brought him safely ashore.


The Goa unit chief of National Students Union of India (NSUI), Sunil Khawtankar, met Goa Governor S S Siddhu on Tuesday and impressed upon him that the police-drug mafia nexus case should be handed over to the CBI. Speaking to a handful of journalists outside the Raj Bhavan at Dona Paula, Khawtankar said that governor has assured to look into the matter. “The governor admitted that it is a serious issue and that he would take up the matter with the chief minister and chief secretary,” he said. Khawtankar said that his discussion with the governor was centred on the shoddy investigation conducted by Crime Branch team; missing narcotics from the malkhana and the ob-

Verenkar. Verenkar was seen for just five minutes at one of the locations where illegal filling has taken place. He was never seen again. The North Goa Planning and Development Authority deputed two planning engineers Shaikh Ali and Prakash Kurtarkar. Both said they will check permissions, if any, were given for the activity. We will depute our building inspector Chopdekar for further inspection. The inspector, however, is on Ganesh leave and expected to join duty on Monday. Corporation of the City of Panjim engineer Sachin Ambe was also seen during the visit.

servations of the Bombay High Court at Goa on the improper investigation that led to the grant of conditional bail to one of the tainted police officers Ashsh Shirodkar. Khawtankar said that he also discussed the sudden disappearance of drug peddler Yaniv Benaim alias Atala with the governor. Later, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, Chief Secretary Sanjay Srivastava and DGP Bhim Sain Bassi had also met the governor. When enquired whether the police-drug mafia nexus case was discussed at the meeting that he had with the governor, Chef Minister Kamat said: “The meeting was purely to wish the Governor on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. We had fixed an appointment two days ago…there was no discussion on any case.”

Cops nab two-wheeler thief HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, SEPT 14

A person arrested by Panjim police on suspicion this afternoon turned out to be a rider of Activa scooter stolen from Tonca, couple of days ago. The person identified as Krishna Shetty of Chimbel allegedly stole the Activa bearing number GA-01-Y-6048 from its original owner Vilas Khot’s residence at Tonca, Panjim police said. A complaint with regards to the same was filed at the police station. Police investigation also revealed that the number on the scooter actually belonged to another Honda Kinectic. The police earlier found the alleged accused riding the bike around the city in a suspicion

manner and later brought him to the police station. On questioning, Shetty failed to produce credentials of the two-wheeler, which strengthened suspicion against him.

He has been remanded to police custody for further questioning, as according to Panjim police, it may unveil other vehicle theft cases reported in the capital city and other places.





Kerala youths rescued from drowning, later arrested for assaulting lifeguard HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, SEPT 14

Three youths from Kerala, who were rescued from drowning at Calangute Beach, were detained by Calangute Police on charges of assaulting a lifeguard. According to reports, the trio was enjoying at Calangute Beach while the lifeguards called it a day. Suddenly, lifeguard Captain Krishna Halankar noticed one of the tourists caught in a strong rip current.

Lifeguard Halankar accordingly informed the Calangute team, who immediately began the rescue. However, by the time Drishti lifeguards began the rescue, the trio was struggling in the deep sea. Lifeguards Raghavendra, Nagesh, Pandurang and Amit Shinde rescued two youths, while the other misbehaved in the water. He resisted the attempts of the lifeguards to save him. When he was asked to hop on the rescue board, he re-

fused, but somehow one of the lifeguards Raghavendra caught hold of him and forcibly put him on the rescue board and brought him to the shores. According to Dhristi reports, the trio was highly intoxicated and they could neither speak nor understand any familiar languages like English, Hindi, Konkani and Marathi. When the lifeguards were trying to assess them for injuries and disclosure of their identity, one of the victims displayed strong aggressiveness

and started pushing the lifeguards. One of their friends however tried to provide their details as it was mandatory, but to no avail. Lifeguards too made an effort to tell them that there is no harm in producing their identity, etc, but one among them kicked the lifeguard. Later, the lifeguards informed Calangute Police, who arrived at Calangute tower and the trio was taken to Calangute Police station. An offence was registered against the trio.

Alex elected Calangute Sarpanch HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, SEPT 14

Calangute Sarpanch Alex Fernandes along with the ruling group.

Photo by Thomas Fernandes

MLA underlines SHGs role in development

Gopalkrishna Komarpant, senior citizen and Bank of India’s customer, felicitated by Poinguinim MLA Ramesh Tawadkar in the presence of BOI, Chaudi, Branch Manager Ulhas Kadwadkar and others. Photo by Kathy Pereira HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, SEPT 14

Poinguinim MLA Ramesh Tawadkar has said that it is necessary to realize the importance of women’s self help groups to strengthen and bring development in the economic sphere of the society. Tawadkar was the chief guest at Bank of India, Chaudi branch, which celebrated its 105th foundation day with a customers meet at Chaudi, recently. The Chaudi branch com-

pleted three years, informed the bank manager. The bank felicitated Gopalkrishna Komarpant, a senior citizen and the bank’s customer. He was felicitated by Poinguinim MLA Ramesh Tawadkar. Earlier, Bank of India Chaudi Branch Manager Ulhas Kadwadkar while welcoming the gathering explained various facilities provided by the bank to its customers. “Bank of India, Canacona

UPCOMING EVENTS Dance contest at Cortalim

PANJIM (HND): The Shree Ganesh Sankhalya Saunstan, Cortalim will organize its 10th all Goa Hindi record dance competition on September 16 at Shree Ganesh Sankhalya Temple, Thana-Cortalim at 8 pm. The competition will be held in two categories: seniors above 12 years and juniors below 12 years. In senior category, prizes of Rs 3000, Rs 2000 and Rs 1500 will be awarded to the first three winners while in junior category, Rs 2000, Rs 1500 and Rs 1000 will be awarded. Special prizes of Rs 500 each will also be awarded for best costume and youngest participant. For further details, interested should contact Devendra Kenkre on 2550294/9326114419 or Shirish Naik on 9326139445.

Mehendi contest at Saligao

PANJIM (HND): Nagnath Rastroli Prasanna Devasthan Committee will organize an ‘All Goa Mehendi Competition’ at the Devasthan premises for the sixth consecutive year at Grande Morrod, Saligao on September 18 at 3.30 pm. Cash awards of Rs 3000, Rs 2000 and Rs 1000 will be given to the first three winners in addition to two consolation prizes. Spot prizes will also be awarded. For details contact Dayanand Mandrekar on 9822387941.

WEATHER REPORT Max Temp: 31.00C Min Temp: 23.00C Humidity: 75% Rainfall past 24 hrs: 3.4 mm Seasonal Total: 3113.3 mm Forecast: Few spells of rain or thunder showesr would occur.

branch, was opened three years ago and has provided loans to all segments of the society, including small as well as large farmers, poultry farmers, etc, besides, retail traders, businessman, professional and self help groups, etc,” he informed. Local businessman Vallabh Pai speaking on the occasion congratulated the bank authorities for providing loans to the needy and even becoming a savior for the new comers to commence their business. Social worker Deepali Naik and Shri Katyayani Baneshwar Vidyalaya Headmaster Pramod Desai also spoke on the occasion. Later, bank’s head cashier Pradeep Chari proposed the vote of thanks.

Alex Fernandes was on Tuesday elected unopposed sarpanch of Calangute Panchayat. Since only one nomination was received, Observer S V Naik from the office of Block Development Officer, Mapusa, declared Fernandes elected unopposed. With seven members of the Calangute Panchayat led by Joseph Sequeira, Laxman Porob Palyekar, Albert Fernandes, Ana Marie D’Souza, Sneha Salgaonkar, Vinayak Salgaonkar including the newly elected Sarpanch Fernandes taking part in the electoral process, the number game at the local body has seen a dramatic change with the ruling strength swelling to seven. The other members did not turn up for the election. Briefing media, Sarpanch Fernandes said: “I am happy to be elected as the new sarpanch and I promise to take up pending developmental works in Calangute like market complex, bus stand and garbage plant, etc.” Observer Naik said the entire election process was peaceful and with the receipt of only nomination of Fernandes, he was declared elected unopposed. A large police force led by Calangute Police Inspector Nolasco Raposo and PSI Mahesh Kerkar was present near the panchayat premises to avoid any untoward incident.

Govt names 8 lawyers from North as SPPs HERALD CORRESPONDENT MAPUSA, SEPT 14

The Goa government has appointed eight lawyers from North Goa as Special Public Prosecutors (SPP). In a order issued by the Under Secretary (Home) Siddhivinayak Naik, Adv Yeshwant Gawas (Valpoi), Adv Mahesh Shetgaonkar (Parra), Adv Geeta Payagi (Mapusa), Adv Aruna Shahapurkar (Pernem), Adv Shilpa Salgaonkar (Porvorim), Adv Elsa Fernandes (Santa Cruz), Adv Kishore Bhagat (Marcel) and Adv Mauro Menezes (Goa Velha) have been appointed as SPP to appear in all the Courts, including High Court, with immediate effect.

Dhavalikar highlights facets of culture, religion HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, SEPT 14

Transport Minister Ramkrishna (Sudin) Dhavalikar has highlighted the great facts of culture and religion and favoured to organise programmes to take these tenets to the posterity. Dhavalikar was speaking as chief guest at a folk dance festival organised jointly by Directorate of Art and Culture and Dattatraya Ravalanath Sports and Cultural Club, at Adpai, Ponda. Speaking further, Dhavalikar complimented the organisers for organising folk dance festival. Stating that Adpai and surrounding areas have a tradition of art normally witnessed during the Shigmo festival and float competitions, he called for efforts by the youth to preserve this culture. Later, Dhavalikar and other dignitaries distributed prizes of ‘Rangoli’ and ‘Matoli’ competition organized by the club. Chairman of Goa State Co-

operative Bank Ltd Ramchandra Mule, ZP member Aparna Naik and local Sarpanch Pramod Naik also spoke on the occasion. Earlier, a one minute silence was observed to pay homage to late K B Naik. President of the Club Shailendra Gopi Naik welcomed, Vidhya Naik compered and vice-President Somesh Naik proposed the vote of thanks.

Interviews postponed HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, SEPT 14

Due to unavoidable circumstances, the interviews for the post of technical officer (computer) fixed on September 16 stands postponed to September 21 in the Directorate of Education, 18th June Road, Panjim at 9.30 am. Concerned may please take note of the same.

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Drawing contest held for mentally challenged children

The members of Bhavsar Vision India, Goa Club along with the children at Kapilshwari, Ponda. HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, SEPT 14

Bhavsar Vision India, Goa Club formed by Bhavsar Kshatriya community held a drawing competition at Lok Vishwas Pratisthan School for mentally challenged children at Kapileshwari, Ponda. The competition was held to bring out the hidden talent that every such special child has been gifted with and during the

course, it was observed that the enthusiasm level for participation from these kids was tremendous. Many of them surpassed the expectations with their talent and their drawings were very touching. The winners were awarded certificates and every participant was given a gift as a token for their participation. Chairman of the school Anup Priolkar thanked the club for

conducting this program. President of Bhavsar Vision India, Goa Club Ravindra Sulakhe applauded the efforts of each of these children and the sincere efforts put in by the school team and its management. He said that the BVI Goa club would wish to conduct a few more programs for these special children. Secretary Pramod Sulakhe proposed the vote of thanks.

Calangute MLA inaugurates footpath, drains at Reis Magos

Calangute MLA Agnelo Fernandes inaugurates development works at Reis Magos. Photo by Anil Shankhwalker HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, SEPT 14

Calangute MLA Agnelo Fernandes recently inaugurated the footpath and drains constructed by Reis Magos Panchayat at Ambekhand. ZP member Jayesh Salgoanker, Sarpanch Sushmita Pednekar, Deputy Sarpanch Francisco Colaco and other panch members were present on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, Fernandes said there is nothing more important than health and hence hygiene in home and everyday life plays an important

part in preventing spread of infectious diseases. “It is duty of the panchayat to maintain cleanliness of the village and provide necessary infrastructure to the villagers to lead a healthy life,” said Fernandes. He further said generally panchayats take interest in constructing roads and big projects in the villages and do not bother to look into basic needs of the villagers such as wells, footpaths, drains, etc. “Reis Magos Panchayat deserves compliments for con-

Hundreds of visitors at Sanguem Ganeshotsav Mandal

The Sarvajanik Ganesh idol installed at Sanguem. Photo by Alfred Fernandes HERALD CORRESPONDENT SANGUEM, SEPT 14

The enchanting display of Lord Ganesha scene put up by Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal Sanguem has been attracting hundreds of visitors on daily basis. The Sarvajanik Ganesotsav at Sanguem will be kept for 11 days before it is finally taken for immersion at Sanguem River. The people visiting the Ganesotsav at Sanguem bus stand are also visiting the Ganesh idol at Sanguem Police station, which

is also attracting a large number of visitors and devotees. Incidentally, it is not only Hindus, but people from other religion also visit the Ganesh idol put up by Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal Sanguem and Sanguem Police. However, despite high security elsewhere in the State where metal detectors are seen installed at every Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandals, no metal detector is seen being installed at Sanguem.

struction of footpath with tiles and the beautifying the area,” said Fernandes. Sarpanch Sushmita Pednekar said the footpath has been constructed under National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and through panchayat funds. “The total expenditure incurred for the construction of footpath with tiles is about Rs 10 lakh. The panchayat has also undertaken the work of construction of internal roads and drains in the panchayat area costing Rs 50 lakh,” said Pednekar.


Socorro Sarpanch Pratima Narvekar was on Tuesday voted out of office, after a no-confidence motion was passed against her by 9-0 votes in the 11-member panchayat. It may be recalled that the notice of no-confidence motion was submitted to the Block Development Office, Mapusa, by Panchas Sarvesh Naik, Sonia Halarnkar, John Paul Valles, Kirti Asnodkar, Narayan Satardekar, Sandeep Vazarkar, Sanjay Pednekar, Kartik Kudnekar and Dittosa Lobo against the sarpanch on September 3. The signatories to the motion had alleged that the sarpanch was encouraging illegal constructions in the village and she did not take the panch members into confidence while taking decisions on developmental issues. The BDO convened a special meeting in the panchayat office on Tuesday to discuss the notice of no-confidence against the sarpanch. The nine panchas attended the meeting, while Sarpanch Pratima Narvekar and Panch Sheetal Arolkar remained absent. On behalf of the Block Development Office, Mapusa, Gurudas A Bandekar conducted the proceedings of the meeting and Panchayat Secretary Subhash Phatarpekar assisted him.

Management programme organised HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, SEPT 14

The NSS and YRC unit of St Francis Xavier’s Higher Secondary School, Siolim in collaboration with JCI Mapusa organised a six day management programme titled ‘Em-

powering Youth’ for the students of Std XII Arts and Commerce. Sessions on personality development, self esteem, goal setting, motivation, effective communication and human relations were conducted by the training faculty

comprising of the Mapusa JCI President Vikesh Assotikar, Sachin Kuttikar, Tulsidas Pai, Govindraj Dessai, Vinita Palekar and Mallikarjun Kuknoor. A total of 40 students participated. Certificates were awarded to the students.





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Vol No CX No: 234 Goa, Wednesday 15 September, 2010

Protecting cattle or harassing minorities?


n 19 March, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) controlled Karnataka Assembly passed the Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill (2010), which proposes to ban completely the slaughter of cattle in Karnataka. This may seem like nothing new, since cow slaughter was already banned in the state. Three things, however, made this law different. First, it defines “cattle” as “cow, calf of a cow and bull, bullock, buffalo male or female and calf of she-buffalo”. Second, it also bans sale, use and possession of beef, prohibits sale, purchase or disposal of cattle for slaughter, and restricts their transport. Third, it prescribes draconian punishments – imprisonment of up to seven years, and/or fines of between Rs25,000 to Rs1 lakh. Though the opposition parties – the Congress and the Janata Dal (S) – alleged that the election to the Bengaluru Municipal Corporation, scheduled for March 28, was the main reason for the Bill’s passage, its real purpose is far more sinister than mere electoral manipulation. The Bill is now in limbo, as Karnataka Governor Hans Raj Bharadwaj refused to sign it. But, instead of returning it to the assembly, he referred it to the President of India. If the bill does become law eventually, it will affect lakhs of people. It is the contention of the Beef Merchants’ Association of Karnataka that 35 lakh people – most of them non-Muslims – are dependent on the beef trade, including ancillary activities like transportation of cattle, the leather industry, the meat packaging industry, manufacture of shoes, belts, nail polish, films, buttons, etc. Muslims and Christians are yet to strongly react to the Bill, but the Dalits have protested vehemently against the Bill, saying that it interferes with their food habits, and is part of the upper-caste Hindutva agenda of ‘Sanskritisation’. In its defence, the Karnataka BJP government says it is doing no more than implementing the Directive Principles of State Policy in the Constitution of India, which advocate that states endeavour to ban cow slaughter. Article 48 of the Constitution says: “Organisation of agriculture and animal husbandry: The State shall endeavour to organise agriculture and animal husbandry on modern and scientific lines and shall, in particular, take steps for preserving and improving the breeds, and prohibiting the slaughter, of cows and calves and other milch and draught cattle.” But this constitutional directive was amply served by the existing ‘Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Cattle Preservation Act (1964)’, which banned the slaughter of cows, as well as calves of cows and she-buffaloes, but allowed the slaughter of bulls, bullocks and buffaloes if they were over 12 years of age, if they were not fit for breeding or draught, or did not give milk. Bulls, bullocks and buffaloes are neither protected by the Constitution, nor by the Hindu religion. Banning their slaughter and the sale of their meat, therefore, is aimed purely at harassment of the minorities, not at saving the holy cow, which is already protected in the state.


Glass houses

eople who live in glass houses, it is said, shouldn’t throw stones. It is ironic that a former Vice Chairman of the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) who departed under a cloud should complain about its present Managing Director. Lyndon Monteiro is facing serious criminal charges of destruction of evidence in the death of Nadia Torrado. His boss, Mickky Pacheco, may not be found guilty in that case, but Mr Monteiro is unlikely to be quite as lucky. It is best, therefore, that he does not fall for the old lie that offence is the best form of defence.


Goa soon has to face three important anniversaries, which had a mixed impact, says FReDeRicK NoRoNHA

n my mailbox, a ‘Chovoth’ greeting showed up, and it came from one of the Portuguese cultural foundations working in Goa. On the radio, I heard Americans complain about how Communist China (and its environment) was being ruined by unbridled capitalism. Local news reports talk of campaigners in Goa being worried about Made-in-China Plaster-of-Paris Ganesh idols being smuggled into the state... It only reminds us of one thing. These are times of change, very rapid change. The world as we know it, and understand it, is in motion. Goa, a tiny territory, has often found itself in the midst of such pivotal points in history; one has to ask how it copes in times of such swift change. For us, the years 2010 and 2011 are crucial. We have to face three important anniversaries in the next few months – 1510 marked the start of European colonialism in Goa, and even in Asia, one could say. It also launched an East-West encounter on a scale never imagined before. Some say that this had a mixed impact, not an entirely negative one. This year marks 500 years of that anniversary, the impact of which still awaits proper evaluation. Again, 2010 marks the centenary of the Portuguese Republic. For colonies like Goa, the coup d’état of 1910 that resulted in the abolition of the monarchy in Portugal brought in its wake a significant cultural liberalisation and decrease in religious discrimination that earlier theocratic regimes had imposed on this region. Next year, we will see the 50th anniversary of Liberation in 1961, the belated end of colonial rule in Goa and India. We have had many contested claims of how Goa has fared after it got a chance to rule itself. So far, it is business as usual. Apart from hints of official plans and formal celebrations, there seems to be little attempt to discuss and understand these issues, and what exactly they meant for Goa and her people. Quite apart from the slogans, two aspects stand out most strongly. Most evaluations of the past are based on the agenda of selfishness. You can bet your last rupee that the people taking sides are judging history in terms of how they, their families and/or communities benefited or lost out from the events concerned. There is no ‘wider picture’; it is all about ‘I, me and myself ’. This is true of both sides that battle over the past. To make things worse, the com-

Devil’s ADvocAte munal discourse that has dominated Goa for the past decades also distorts the debate further. Rational discourse is missing. We keep silent over such issues; pretend as if they don’t exist. It is a perfect recipe for handing the initiative to the extremist, motivated and communal fringes of society. It is time for Goa to face up to the past, accept it for what it was, and get a wider understanding of the issues involved. But for this to happen, there is a need for a certain maturity. In the past 500, 100 and 50 years, enough water has flown down the Mandovi to allow for this. There are still the scars of the past. But should these – and imaginary ghosts – be allowed to cloud our vision? We will have to see whether all those involved show the maturity that is needed to understand the past in context, rather than respond like children who only feel fear about the needle’s prick when dealing with the doctor that is vaccinating them. * * * Unfortunately, the past has got badly polarised in Goa. If you read the post-1961 discourse, you

sometimes get the feeling that Catholics are complaining because they feel a ‘loss of power’ – whether real or notional – in the changes that subsequently occurred. Likewise, the 1910 Republican revolution needs to be seen in a wider perspective than just its role in unshackling Goa’s Hindu population from the bigotry they faced. Life is more complex than that. Debates in Goa have got sidetracked by extreme voices, eager to push issues one way or the other, rather than accept the many shades of grey. Our freedom fighters had many rational voices among them, but somehow it was the extreme points of view that often held sway. On the Portuguese side, we are yet to see sufficient studies of what the Luso-Indian ‘encounter’ really meant, going beyond just the narrative of ‘them’ and ‘us’. It is essential for all sides to show maturity. Goans (and those debating the issue in the rest of India) need to acknowledge that the Portugal of today isn’t the colonial power they fought pre1961. It is a modern nation, a large section of which grew up post-Salazar, and knows colonial-

ism (in the form we dealt with it) as a dead ideology of no relevance. Likewise, the Portuguese need to show much more sensitivity in how they deal with the anniversaries of 1510 and 1961. On the other hand, 1910 could be a unifying event on both sides, apart from academic debates on its actual meaning and hidden aspects. Talking about ‘discoveries’ and ‘expansions’ without acknowledging colonialism is not helpful to build a shared understanding over our common past. One is yet to see sufficient critical studies of pre-1961 Goa. But perhaps that could also be because we don’t read enough in the Portuguese language here today. Goa needs to overcome its phobias too. Let’s not pretend that 451 years of Portuguese rule can be wished away. The faster we recognise the new Portugal and rebuild cultural bridges, the better. In a globalising world, can we also look to the potential of the future, rather than just the bitterness of the past? Students from the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and other North Indian universities are learning Portuguese (the world’s fifthlargest spoken language) with growing interest. It’s time for Goa to stop giving step-motherly treatment to aspects of our culture linked to the Portuguese legacy, which some see as ‘politically incorrect’ today. If India could restore links with its former colonial power, Britain – take a look at that colonial club called the Commonwealth – then we must realise that Portugal has changed radically enough for mutually-beneficial relations of the future to be built. Let us face the unhappy legacy too. Lusostalgia, that yearning for the Portuguese past, has got defined now as a hankering for past privilege by the tiny elite that had it good in those times. In post-colonial Goa, communalism is a ‘worthy’ successor to the colonial bigotry of the past, and corruption is just another face of the erstwhile colonialism, which saw this as a region worth exploiting. Those who blame the sins and excesses of another century and another people on the religious minorities of today are perhaps worthy followers of the worst of the colonial encounter. Can we, instead, build on whatever positive lessons we learnt from our yesterdays, even if they flowed from the law of unintended consequences?

the nameless living

Life’s like that


t is not often that we ruminate over this enigma called life, for the more you try and unravel, the less you seem to know. Like sleeping dogs, we must let them lie. But every rule has an exception, which they say, only proves the rule. And this morning I learnt that one of the stragglers in my lane had passed away a month ago. A month had gone before I noticed his absence. A little thought for our powers of observation, which we often tend to extol. However, there is a slip sometimes. Known as a ‘bewda’ (bebdo, alcoholic) by many, he was consumptive, in and out of hospital, got better and began to drink again… But he was part of the landscape, always smiling and making small talk, never grumbling, like so many we come across. He never asked for alms, having his own sense of pride which I admired. But the last time we met – and now that I remember – he seemed close to doing so. But alas, my insensitive self just ignored it. And now, in retrospect, I chastise myself. Oh, we unfeeling humans; whatever’s happened to our finer feelings? They have been drowned in this sea of vulgar wealth

and Page 3 folks – who make the news when they scarcely deserve to – thanks to that formerly noble but now abominable profession called journalism. Today’s tabloid Mumbai Mirror blares out: “‘Stop calling my husband taklya, kalia:’ Mrs Kambli.” The said ‘Mrs’ is a former model, whose maiden name was Andrea. The outburst took place in a Bandra mall. Is that reason enough to make it the lead article? No one can deny that cricketer Vinod Kambli is bald and dark (and fat), so what’s the fuss? Why get into a scrap and, worse still, make a mountain out of a molehill? Because they were once rich and once famous? But poor Kambli could never handle success, and often made the news for the wrong reasons. They even called his ‘sickness’ the “Kambli effect”. And what about the hundreds of nameless, unsung folks (why, even heroes) eking out a honest living; who speaks of them, let alone writes about them? They are the ‘aam admi’ that Chief Minister Digambar Kamat constantly refers to, but only in rhetoric. There’s this thin, slim woman near Dhobi Talao in Mumbai (once

By ervell e Menezes a famous Goan haunt), who sits on the footpath with an elderly man; it may be her husband or her father, it’s hard to tell. This woman did the crossword every morning before the fish truck arrived, and then she helped unload the wares. Poor woman. She had the intelligence to solve crosswords but not the opportunities to use her mental faculties more gainfully. Why are there such misnomers in life? Can no one remedy these discrepancies? Does the world take notice only of the moneybags, no matter what they do? Now that the Champions League has just commenced in South Africa, our TV screens are full of it. It really astounds one to see ageing Bollywood film star Amitabh Bachchan in the advertisements. What has he got to do with cricket? To allow him to hold a bat is itself a sacrilege; enough to make one puke in disgust. But then, that’s life, globalisation, development and the socalled brave new world. Let the corporations and multinationals thrive by driving out the tribals, denuding our forests and drying out our rivers, as we roller coaster to our own collective suicide.

Letters to the Editor Polluted Goan beaches Allwyn George, Carmona Goa being a land of sun and sandy beaches, the entire coastline is very vulnerable to oil pollution by rogue ships and trawlers. With maritime laws being flouted with impunity, it has led to rampant pollution with disastrous consequences. The Coast Guard needs to use its spotter aircraft to trace any ships illegally discharging oil in Goan waters. Suspect ships need to be inspected by the MMD and PSC for any irregularities and detained. Drastic action needs to be taken on this score. Otherwise, rogue ships will continue to make mayhem for us, sans any deterrent in force. What surprises me the most is our CM’s silence on this issue. While the whole world

100 Years Ago


15 September 1910 Oil in spring water!

‘0 Comercio’ narrates about the discovery of a spring on one of the hillocks of the Vila de Margao, whose water reeks of crude oil.

Jailbreak averted

Some inmates from the Civilian Jail at Bardez tried to escape from their common cell by drilling a hole in the wall. However, they were promptly nabbed.

Law to save birds

The House of Commons approved the first draft of the Bill introduced by Mr Percy Alden, prohibiting the import or sale of feathers and skins of wild birds in Britain (except ostrich feathers), which he claims will lead to total extinction of fauna in the colonies.

Colonial governance

It is not confirmed as yet about the substitution of colonial governance, which is to be decided by the Council of Ministers.

has voiced its concern on the issue of maritime pollution, Goa needs to get its act together fast and put a mechanism in place to keep our beaches intact. Tourism – the backbone of the state’s economy – is under severe threat.

Prosecute them all Franco Fernandes, Mapusa There have been many instances of public officials amassing disproportionate wealth, to finance the next election, unmindful of who says what. The government goes on a witch hunt against its opponents, or catches some small fry with a pick-andchoose attitude. Those who wield clout are allowed to go scot-free. There is a dire need to prosecute the wrongdoers. It is high time some lawyers came forward to file PILs on those amassing disproportionate wealth by looting the public treasury. I will put myself as a front runner for this purpose while I seek a concerned lawyer’s help. We must ensure that politics means public service and not corporate business.

Art of the State? Nubia Mascarenhas, Verna What is the point of building Joaquim Alemao’s state-of-the-art bus stand at Quepem, when the art-of-the-state is to inevitably reduce everything to gargantuan dysfunctional entities? Viva Goa! God help us.

Police lethargy Menino Fernandes, Sao Jose de Areal Anti-social elements escape from the law because of police inaction. Last year, when my daughter filed a complaint against eveteasers at Maina Curtorim Police Station, the culprits were let go with just a ‘warning’ and an ‘undertaking’. It seems like everything illegal becomes legal when police fail to charge the accused and ask one to ‘compromise’, against one’s better judgement and safety. Despite several complaints during the past one year against certain elements for causing damage to my house and property (I have been threatened with dire consequences even in front of the police!), in all

Letter of the Day

Listen to the people

Jeremiah D’Souza, Cansaulim

Villagers in Goa pass resolution after resolution at their Gram Sabhas to protect their environment and surroundings, but unfortunately a number of Village Panchayats take no cognisance of this. Aren’t these legal resolutions passed at Gram Sabhas binding on the Village Panchayats? Or is the interpretation of the Panchayati Raj Act left to the whims and fancies of the elected representatives? The Panchayati Raj Act clearly states they are binding, but it is a disgrace that in a literate state like Goa elected panchas and representatives do not record the legally binding resolutions in the minutes. The secretary records the minutes, but what does (s)he stand to gain by this illegal act? Elected Panchas hurriedly pass projects and grant licences overnight to protect their vested interests, and do not take into confidence the Gram Sabha – the people’s voice. Attacks on Gram Sabha members are becoming the order of the day. If the government is serious about the aam admi, it should immediately take action and instruct executive bodies like Directorate of Panchayats and the BDO that the people’s voice be recognised at the Gram Sabha. Else, all their tall claims of working for the aam admi will pale into insignificance, with a severe drubbing at the next hustings. The people’s hands are now full, and they will strike back with a vengeance. cases the culprits were let go with mere warnings and/or undertakings. This system of taking ineffective ‘undertakings’ needs to end, failing which antisocial elements may take the law in their own hands.

Love thy neighbour Lt Col (Retd) Ranjit Sinha, New Delhi This refers to your editorial ‘Stop war, Start tennis’ (Herald, 13 Sept). I would like to state that the comments of Pakistani tennis player Aisam-ul-Haq Quershi should be an eye opener to the political leaders of India and Pakistan. It only goes to prove that the common people of both the countries do not have any malice towards each other, and would love to live in peace and harmony. The Governments of both India and Pakistan should heed his advice and abhor hatred towards one another.

FDA check list Paulo Mascarenhas, Panjim In Konkani, it’s called ‘Dolleank pannam bandlim’. The FDA recently raided a storehouse

containing chemically ripened mangoes and other fruits sometime back. Maneka Gandhi’s article (Herald, 12 Sept) brought awareness regarding chemical milk, which was manufactured and spuriously supplied under the best brand names. Has FDA bothered to check our local government milk, which is being sold all over Goa but is imported from outside the state? And what about the numerous private brands of milk being sold in the state?

Music that sucks Jerry Fernandes, Saligao Goa was once the most happening place on Earth in terms of live music. It had a number of great, talented bands in the early 70s and the 80s. Not anymore. Goans, with their Indo-Latin musical influences, should have been on top of the world. It is a pity that we have only a handful of greats like Remo, Hema Sardessai, Glen Perry and Bondo. Many say that music resides in the Goan blood, but I think it is a myth. Nowadays we have to listen to sissy beat groups playing computer-sequenced cover versions. If music is really in the blood of

every Goan, then, like Goa’s famous musical son Remo, let’s promote live original music in Goa; music that rocks, not sucks.

Making the right choice Obie Nogueiro, Navelim

Paths of Wisdom

The dark side of wealth

There is no doubt that Srinivas Dempo would be the right choice for the post of the next GFA President. But what about the other candidates? Are they unfit? It is imperative to let the clubs and GFA members decide on whom to vote for. Hopefully, judgement and experience will prevail, not the interference of meddling politicians.

This story tells us how the possession of wealth will change the qualities of some people. A mother had only one son and a lot of money. The boy had lost his father early in his life. As the boy grew older and older, he got into bad company. If the tank is full, frogs gather but once the tank has dried up, all the frogs disappear.

The healing touch

Many friends will gather round you so long as you have wealth and the moment wealth disappears, the friends will also disappear without telling you.

Lucy D’Souza, Mapusa I would like to express my thanks to Rev Fr Jerry Sequeira for the miraculous oil ‘The Healing Touch’ which is blessed by him and distributed by the Divine Mission Society from time to time at the Emerald Lawns, Parra. After using the oil, I have been cured of chronic arthritis in the legs. I wish to share this experience with the readers, so that they too can experience the miracle in the spirit of faith and hope.

How much per pothole? Aires Rodrigues, Ribandar Goans roads are in a pathetic state. Driving has become dangerous. Vehicles bear the brunt of increased wear and tear. Forget about Sea Links and a six-lane highway, the ground reality is that Goa just needs quality roads. The only alternative is to focus on building more hospitals and morgues for accident victims. When Manohar Parrikar was Chief Minister, he announced a Rs1,000 reward for every pothole shown. What is your offer, Mr Digambar Kamat? Letters should be 150 words or less in length, and should have the writer’s name, address and telephone number. The editor reserves the right to edit letters for size and readability, and to delete any personal attacks or libellous /objectionable matter.

The son of that wealthy person accumulated a large number of bad friends. He used to go to the mother day after day and demand large sums of money, with the result that the mother’s affection towards the boy began diminishing and she developed positive hatred towards the boy. As days went on, the boy lost all attachment to the mother. She thought that it is much better that such a son who brings down the honour and reputation of the parents dies rather than lives and therefore she worked out a plan one day. At the same time, the son had its own plan as he thought that it is better that such a mother dies rather than lives. One day the son decided to kill his mother with an iron rod as the mother came to serve him food. The mother had also planned to kill the son on the very same day by poisoning his food. When the mother came to serve him food, the son hit her with the iron rod and killed her. A few minutes later, the boy also died after eating the poisoned food. (Source: Chinna Katha)

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opinionated Stop the rot: Save Goa By DR JoE D’SoUzA

Man may come and man may go, but I go on forever, is what the poet William Wordsworth described the running waters of the brook. Daring the good old days, the poets of yore never thought or imagined that streams ever could stop flowing due to human intervention. However, in the world of today, man has interfered so drastically with nature that even oceanic waters are changing their course and we are able to see in our lifetime the impacts of tsunamis, the consequences of vanishing beaches and crumbling down of rocks by the sea. In the good old days, we sang of Jack and Jill coming tumbling down the hill. Today, it is the huge boulders that are coming tumbling down instead and burying us down on the fort hills due to landslides. Nevertheless, inspite of the rape of our hills, suffocating of our rivers with sewage and garbage and covering of our emerald green fields with concrete jungles, Goa would struggle, but survive to stand as a mute testimony of our growing greed and over-exploitation of natural resources. Strangely, as the decay and destruction of our habitat goes on endlessly, some wise men amongst us have surfaced with slogans such as Save Goa, Bachao Goa, Banao Goa, Singapore Goa, Empower Goa and so on. In my earlier essays, I had indicated that Goa is cultivating a new breed of egocentric individuals, who have assumed self-styled responsibility of protecting God and they have taken upon themselves the responsibility of protecting religious sentiments of the common man and in this process, these self-styled conscience keepers of the society have only succeeded in loot, plunder, exploitation and extortions aka Shiv Sena and the HRM operating units of Goa. Now in recent months, we are witnessing a new breed of personalities crossing swords, engaging themselves in verbal duals and exploits as to who is capable of saving and sacrificing for protecting Goa and who are exploiting the masses under the Goan sunshine. The higher you try to go, the greater would be the fall. The first commandment towards accomplishing the mission is the realisation that we require Goa and that Goa would go on, with or without our support. The concept ‘Save Goa and Bachao Goa’ should be understood and linked necessarily to our needs, better quality of our life and safety. Personally, I have made thousands of field trips around Goa and am still traversing the length and breadth of Goa, trying to understand the beautiful ecosystem Goa has to offer. I have for my own pleasure and ulterior motive conducted several experiments to understand the impact of unscientific mining, lopsided tourism on our forests, agricultural productivity, fisheries and health of rivers. Normally, the research papers published on biodiversity, impacts of oil and sewage pollution, etc., should have made me very happy, since recognized scientific journals in India and abroad have accepted my findings and acknowledged my research. However, I feel ashamed, disgusted and dejected that scores of articles in scientific journals, magazines and newspapers have no impact, but only result in further pollution of our rivers, reclamation of mangroves, destruction of forests; thus degrading my own quality of life. We have not inherited this earth, but borrowed it for our future generations. It is disgusting that there is nothing that I should be proud of, which I am leaving behind for the future generation. The only consolation, sadistic though it may seem, there are many Goans like me who have done precious little to help improve the quality of life for our ownselves, let alone the society. Let us all remember, no man is an island nor is any person indispensable. Great men first fought for their own rights and inspired others to follow them. Tilak said, ‘Swaraj is my birth right’ and millions thereafter echoed his feelings, leading to the Indian freedom struggle. Be it a Fidel Castro, Nelson Mandela or Gandhiji, they fought aggressively for their own individual rights which later transformed into a mass movement. Can we recall the resolve of Gandhiji, when he was pushed out of a first class compartment which was reserved for whites only? Mandela felt his ego hurt due to the apartheid regime of South Africa and what he did is history today. We must all begin by eschewing our ego and focus on how we can work to pool our efforts to allow the use of Goan soil to improve quality of our own lives. We require improving our agriculture, fisheries, water supply and stopping flooding, deforestation and landslides. We have to stall mining for our greater good and sustainable development, as hills are repositories of precious waste. We have to encourage sustainable tourism to check rapes, drug addiction, garbage pollution, etc., which could result in the rise of enteric quality of lives of our people, including oneself, which should be our prime focus. Let us remember, Goa truly does not require Jack, Joe, Jill or Jane. Let us not shed crocodile tears if one or the other resigns, abdicates or refuses to join a movement directed towards a common beneficial goal. Goa has a long, long way to go towards evolving a leader, who would be able to withstand trials, tribulations, sufferings, insults and sacrifices. In the meantime, let us endeavour to help and direct our energies towards curbing pseudo-developmental projects, which are directed towards degrading the qualities of our own lives, increasing disparity and destroying the social fabric of our society like the menace of alcohol, abuse, drugs, gambling, corruption and real estate scams. It is ridiculous that pleaders, politicians and preachers have jointly run a campaign that Goa can only be saved by them alone. Goans must be wary of how a politician in the garb of saving Goa, is exploiting the sentiments of our people to promote his family’s political interest. The slogans, ‘Dabolim forever, Mopa never’ or ‘Four lane better, put six lane in the gutter’ are soon forgotten once elected and voters taken for a big ride. Goa does not require orators and spokespersons to further the cause of this beautiful state. Neither does Goa require sycophants singing praises or showering curses on others according to their whims or fancies. Goans have been a gullible lot, exploited and bullied by tall talking fellowmen, rich in empty speeches and devoid of actions. We like to live by newspaper publicity and die by newspaper criticisms. It is time to realise that the present breed of politicians, pleaders, preachers and police are exploiting the people in the name of God and service. The prevalence of acts of commission and omission using kith and kin, sons or daughters to promote personal interests, is rising in Goa. Even prostitution, begging and cheating is big business. The roads of Panjim today are loaded with touts, pimps, professional beggars and commercial sex workers. We have homes for street children which are indeed the breeding grounds for things and thieves mushrooming all over Goa. Earlier, fathers were employed as Commission agents from contractors. Today, even educated daughters are lured into this illicit profession sans dignity and value bemoans the contractors of the day. Wake up Goans, we all have to save each one of us individually from the morass and decay. Let us not lament, torment, groan and moan of individuals resigning from public issues. Individual fight should be our dharma and karma. Joy must be in the battle fruits which hopefully will come as the grace of our self-seeking service.

No change in ideology on Ram Temple issue: BJP

Six injured in Kashmir clashes

if the ruling is not upto its expectation. "Of course, the aspirations of the Hindu society is that there should be a temple at Ram Janmabhoomi. Our response to the verdict will be according to that wishes. We will try to ensure that Ram temple is constructed there," the RSS chief had said. The BJP hit out at Law Minister Veerappa Moily for his remarks on the functioning of the Comptroller and Auditor General and accused the Congress of "weakening" corruption watchdog agencies in the country. "Corruption watchdog agencies like CVC, CAG are being weakened by the Congress party. The BJP has raised these issues time and again, including during the recent appointment of the CVC," the BJP spokesperson said. He said the manner in which Moily spoke against the CAG yesterday was "unfortunate". The Union Law Minister had

Defying curfew, stone pelters today targeted the house of a former legislator and clashed with security forces at different places in Kashmir, leaving at least six persons injured. An unidentified youth was seriously injured when security forces allegedly opened fire to chase away a stone-pelting mob at Boatman colony in Bemina locality here this afternoon, a police spokesman said. He said security forces initially used tear gas shells to disperse the protesters who had blocked a highway but they indulged in heavy pelting. The injured have been referred to SKIMS hospital Soura, official sources said adding one more person was injured in the incident and was shifted to nearby JVC hospital. In Bandipora district of North Kashmir, a mob pelted stones on the house of former MLC Habeebullah at Watipora, 60 kms from here, the spokesman said.


Claiming there was no change in its ideology on the Ram temple issue, the BJP today said it will make any comments on the contentious matter only after the court verdict that is expected to be out soon. BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain was replying to questions by mediapersons on what the party had to say on RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's comment that the Ram Mandir movement had helped BJP but the Sangh was not looking for help from anyone to run its movement. "We have not changed our ideology on the issue. We will comment on the Ram Temple matter after the verdict is out on the 24th," Hussain told reporters here. Earlier in the day, the RSS said its response to the Ayodhya title suit verdict will be within the "law and Constitution" and indicated that further legal options can be availed of

yesterday expressed dissatisfaction over the working of the Comptroller and Auditor General, saying their timely intervention could have prevented many scams and scandals. Attacking the UPA over the 2-G spectrum issue, he said the Supreme court would have seen something in the matter as it sought replies from the government and Telecom Minister A Raja over certain petitions alleging that there was a Rs 70,000-crore scam in the grant of telecom licences in 2008 and that the Centre was trying to put a lid on the probe. Asked about any change in the equation between BJP and JD(U) after a senior leader of the Nitish Kumar-led party yesterday said the alliance will be reviewed over statements emanating from the main opposition over Narendra Modi campaigning in Bihar polls, Hussain said, "we have no differences with them, our alliance is firm."


10 held for attack in elopement case

Model, actress and TV anchor Mandira Bedi being presented with a painting by artist Jiten Hazarika, a retired army officer, during the inauguration of the exhibition of his paintings at Jehangir art gallery, in Mumbai.

Rahul sidesteps query on becoming PM, says there are other jobs too PTI SANTINIKETAN (WB), SEPT 14

Rahul Gandhi, who many believe is being groomed for the country's top political job, today said becoming prime minister is not the only 'job' in the world. The 40-year-old scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family responded in this fashion sidestepping a pointed query on him becoming the prime minister during an interaction with students at the Visva Bharati University here. "If I will be the prime minister of India," he said, and added after a pause, "like that is the only job a person can do! There are many other jobs that a person can do." The AICC General Secretary on his maiden visit to Shantiniketan in Bolpur was asked what he would do for the job prospects of fine arts students studying classical dance in the event of his becoming prime

minister and Chancellor of Visva Bharati University. Three generations of Gandhi's family had been Chancellors of Visva Bharati University founded by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore at Santiniketan, 200 km from Kolkata. Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi held this position in their capacity as the country's prime minister. Stress should be given on fine arts studies, said Gandhi, as he arrived here to a boisterous welcome on the first day of his three-day visit to West Bengal. Gandhi, who spent nearly one-and-half hours with the students, told them, "you can write to me or to the PMO with your suggestion how to strengthen fine arts studies." When another student asked him about corruption at the university, Gandhi replied, "corruption is a problem everywhere. You have to find a solution to it."

To another question, Gandhi said he could give students a lot of work if they wished it. "If you tell me you want to work I will tell you when to do it and how to do it. Only writing letters to leaders will not do," he said. A student from Bangladesh told Gandhi that many students from his country were eager to study at Visva Bharati but faced problems in getting a visa. Gandhi, who reached the University in car after he flew in by a helicopter met around 1,000 students at the Rabindra Bhavan and discussed several issues with them for over an hour. Clad in white kurta and pyjamas and sporting a stubble, Gandhi was greeted by students of the Pathabhavan school. He shook hands with a few of them after alighting from his car at the gate of Rabindra Bhavan.

BJP-JD(U) confusing people: Lalu PTI PATNA, SEPT 14

RJD chief, Lalu Prasad today alleged that JD(U) and BJP were confusing people by taking different stand on some issues before the assembly elections. "BJP and JD(U) are trying to confuse the people at the time of elections," Prasad said reacting to JD(U) leader Shivanand Tiwari's demand for reconsidering ties with the BJP in the wake of BJP announcement that Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi would canvass in the state. "Tiwari is the right hand man of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, but I have a doubt that Nitish will snap ties with the BJP," he said. Criticising the five-year rule of Nitish Kumar, Prasad said the Lakhisarai encounter between Police and Maoists was a testimony to the fact that Nitish had brought "maha jungle raj" in Bihar.

State Cong presidents Municipal polls: Half of Meghalaya shutdown only by Sonia’s fiat HERALD BUREAU NEW DELHI, SEPT 14

Notwithstanding heir-apparent Rahul Gandhi professing elections to all posts in the Congress for "internal democracy" to flourish, a word has gone out to better authorise Sonia Gandhi nominate new presidents of the Pradesh Congress Committees on the ground that the contests may divide the party. As per the organisational election calendar, the PCC presidents are to be elected by October 17, the date on which the Congress President would have also been elected but for Sonia Gandhi getting elected unopposed on September 3. However, the state units have started sending one-line resolution authorising her to nominate their new presidents. The first such resolutions reaching the AICC headquarters here on Monday were from Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The delegates elected to the state party in other states are also


A decision on Kashmir will be taken by the Centre after tomorrow's all-party meeting convened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Defence Minister A K Antony said today. "Important decisions have to be taken after carefully assessing all aspects. Yesterday's Cabinet Committee on Security had a very long meeting. Ultimately we thought before we take a final decision, we will take into confidence all the major parties so that everybody is involved," he told reporters. "Don't worry, we will take a decision. Tomorrow is the allparty meeting. After that, we will take a decision," the Minister said when asked why the CCS was unable to take a decision yesterday on issues, including withdrawal of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act from some parts of Jammu and Kashmir. About yesterday's violence in the Valley after reports of desecration of Quran, Antony said, "We are pained about developments yesterday. As we all know, the situation is very se-

rious. We have to handle the situation carefully." He appealed to all sides to show restraint. Noting that religious passions were "rising high" throughout the world, Antony said, "It is the responsibility of all major groups to restrain their irresponsible elements." IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal P V Naik, when asked about his opinion on the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), said a soldier, while involved in performing his duty, "deserves all the legal protection" that he could get. "I am sure the government is sensitised to this problem and whatever decision they will take I am sure it will be the correct one," Naik added. Meanwhile, Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrasekhar remained evasive on the issue of withdrawal of AFSPA from some parts of Jammu and Kashmir, saying he hoped that the government would take the right decision. He said the Cabinet would take a decision on the issue. "The decision on AFSPA will be taken by the Central government," he told reporters.



Ten relatives of a girl who eloped with a boy from a different caste have been arrested for forcefully evicting the boy's family from their house in Chitoda village in the district, police said today. The girl had eloped with the boy from the same village about a month ago as her family was opposed to their relationship since the boy belonged to a different caste, Deputy SP Jawaharlal said. The girl's family pressurised the boy's parents to return their daughter and a community panchayat had given an ultimatum to the boy's family to hand over the girl to her parents till Eid.

Final decision on Kashmir after all-party meeting

following suit, the party sources here said. The UP unit was to pass the one-liner on Monday empowering Sonia Gandhi to decide who heads it, amid hints here that it will be again the same Rita Bahuguna Joshi, despite a lot of leaders wanting a change and even General Secretary Digvijay Singh, incharge of the state, supporting the idea of someone else head the state unit. Though the party sources for record deny any kind of directive to spurn election of the PCC presidents, insiders say the leadership is worried that some of its hand-picked will be ousted if it allows play of the "internal democracy." They point out that even a farce of getting the new PCC chiefs elected with a fiat from Delhi is difficult in some of the states like the poll-bound Bihar where Mehboob Ali Kaiser, picked up by the leadership just because of his religion, will be kicked out if the elections are held.


A two-day shutdown in three districts of Garo hills called by a group of organizations protesting the proposed first ever municipal elections in Meghalaya evoked response today, paralyzing normal life. Educational institutions, business establishments as well as government offices were closed and vehicular movement was thin, East Garo Hills deputy commissioner Pravin Bakshi said. He said adequate security personnel were deployed at sensitive places to prevent any untoward incident. The shutdown call also evoked response in several pockets of West Garo Hills. While no picketing activities were observed, West Garo Hills deputy commissioner Sanjay Goyal said the administration has decided salary cut for those government officials who did not report for duty. The Joint Action Committee, a conglomerate of several organizations, have announced a

two-day “non-cooperation movement” in the three districts of Garo hills from today against holding of the elections in the four municipalities of Garo hills slated for September 29. The JAC is demanding demarcation of the municipal areas before conducting the elections. The proscribed Khasi militant outfit Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) had warned people of “dire consequences” if they participated in the proposed municipal elections. Earlier, the Gauhati High Court had issued a notice to the government on a petition by the Garo Students Union which challenged the municipal polls contending, “following the 1992 amendment in the Constitution, panchayat and municipal provisions do not extend to the tribal areas which are under Sixth Schedule.” In Shillong, Urban Affairs Principal Secretary Prashant Naik ruled out postponing of the municipal elections.




Musharraf to launch his party in London PTI ISLAMABAD, SEPT 14

Fo r m e r p re s i d e n t Pe r v e z Musharraf, who has announced his intentions to return to Pakistan before the 2013 general elections, will formally launch his new political party and unveil its programme in London on October one. Musharraf, 67, is also planning to hold a show of power in Birmingham on October 3, less than two months after a man hurled his shoes at President Asif Ali Zardari during a rally in the same British city with a large population of Pakistani origin.

The former military ruler's spokesman Mohammad Saif told the Dawn newspaper that Musharraf would "start his political journey at a press conference (in London) on October 1". Musharraf will address a public rally at the Oval Banqueting Suite in Birmingham's Sparkhill area two days later, media reports said. The meet is being described by Musharraf's aides as a demonstration of the support enjoyed by his new party, the All Pakistan Muslim League, among Pakistanis abroad.

Supporters of Musharraf from the Middle East, the US, Europe and Pakistan, including former Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri, are expected to attend the meet. Musharraf has reportedly chosen Birmingham as the venue for the meet because of the strong backing from Khalid Mahmood, a local Labour Party MP. Before the show of power in Birmingham, Musharraf will hold meetings of his new political party in London. During the planned interaction with the media, Musharraf will launch his party's manifesto, explain how he rates the current government and opposition in Pakistan and outline his future plans. Musharraf's supporters are

planning another gathering in Manchester on October 9. The MP has stood by Musharraf all along and has hosted him at the House of Commons on a number of occasions despite the opposition from many British Pakistani groups. Chaudhary Aslam Wassan, the APML coordinator for Birmingham, claimed Musharraf has a lot of support among expatriate Pakistanis who have nostalgia for his time in power "when the land mafia and criminal gangs were under control and foreign investors were flocking to Pakistan". "He served Pakistan wholeheartedly. Compare today's Pakistan with Mushararf's period. It has been taken over by bandits who only want Pakistan for their children," Wassan said.

‘Sex was Russian spy Anna’s greatest weapon’ PTI NEW YORK, SEPT 14

Russian spy Anna Chapman's secret weapon was sex and she "was expert at using her femininity" to seduce her prey, the spy's former lovers have revealed. Chapman's departure from the US back to her home country as part of a spy-swap deal apparently left a few broken

hearts in Manhattan -- but none of them seems to regret getting involved with the woman dubbed the "sexy spy". According to the, three men who had run-ins with the "femme fatale" spoke to Details magazine about the spy who entranced them and said that Chapman was adept at using her greatest weapon -- sex. "She was an expert at using her femininity to get information," model Dennis Hirdt, who claims he never went past the flirtatious texting stage with Chapman, told the magazine. "Little hand touches. Whispers. Maybe putting a hand on the cheek, or maybe 'by accident' lips rubbing against an earlobe." Bill Staniford, the CEO of an online real estate company, said Chapman also had a way of entering a room that seemed to turn even the most focused businessman into a lovesick teenager. "She knocked me out. There was something about her -- I think it might have been the red hair, or the way she walked, or her body. I was immediately like, 'My game's f****d. I can't focus on anything.' It's like 'mwah mwah mwah.' She kept on talking and I just kept on staring at her," said Staniford, a former marine who reportedly did intelligence work in Nicaragua, Columbia and Peru in the '90s.

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-lecting necessary evidence into the scam. Sankalp found himself in the centre of a controversy over the relief money after he openly criticised a convention of the NCP held at Mapusa on September 5. He had ridiculed the NCP president after the latter stated his party wants to strengthen itself in all 40 constituencies. What ensued subsequently was a war of words between the Congress youth wing and NCP with the latter directly accusing Sankalp of siphoning lakhs of rupees collected for Canacona flood relief. Till date the GPYC president hasn’t been able to come clear on the missing money, the NCP alleged. Congress Vice President N Shivdas reportedly said only Rs 10 lakhs were collected by the Youth Congress, but maintained only Rs 20,000 were spent on relief work in Canacona. He, however, refused to divulge details of the bank account in which the flood relief money was deposited. The NCP alleges the amount collected was much above the Rs 10 lakhs mark.

States’ laxity

churches, gurudwaras and other places of worship be allowed to exist on roads, pavements or other public places as they were causing traffic snarls, congestions and inconvenience to the people all over the country. During several rounds of hearing, the Centre and the States/UTs had orally informed the bench that they were willing to comply with the orders of the apex court as the respective governments were also keen on clearing public places of such unauthorised constructions. However, many states were yet to file any compliance report pursuant to the assurances, inviting the wrath of the court.




Pak wanted talks with Taliban after 9/11 PTI WASHINGTON, SEPT 14

As the US prepared to invade Afghanistan in 2001 after 9/11 attacks, Pakistan's powerful ISI wanted America to enter into a dialogue with the Taliban, but the then Bush Administration "bluntly" told President Pervez Musharraf that it had no inclination to do so. According to classified documents released by the National Security Archive of the George Washington University, two days after Al-Qaeda unleashed terror on the US, its envoy to Pakistan Wendy Chamberlin "bluntly" told Musharraf on September 13, 2001 that there was "absolutely no inclination in Washington to enter into a dialogue with the Ta l i b a n , w h i c h c o n t ro l l e d Afghanistan at that time. "The time for dialogue was finished as of September 11," he told

Musharraf, the documents said. However, Pakistan, as the Taliban's primary sponsor, disagreed. The documents also say Musharraf, who was facing the US heat because of his support to the Taliban regime, accepted "unconditionally" in 24 hours all seven demands made by the US like stopping at the Al-Qaeda at the border, provide the US with blanket landing rights to conduct operations and territorial and naval access and help in "destroying Osama Bin Laden". However, events thereafter, showed that such an acceptance was just a "tactical move" by Musharraf for all practical purposes there was not much change in the polices of his government, the documents say. The then ISI chief Mahmoud Ahmad also told the then US Ambassador to Pakistan Wendy Chamberlin "not to act in anger."

"Real victory will come in negotiations...If the Taliban are eliminated...Afghanistan will revert to warlordism," the documents quoted Ahmad as saying. The then ISI chief wanted the US to give Pakistan some time as he was headed for another trip to Afghanistan on September 25, 2001 to meet the top Taliban leadership in this regard, said the classified cable dated September 23, 2001. ISI chief Ahmad returned to Afghanistan to make a last-minute plea to the Taliban. General Ahmad told Wendy Chamberlin "his mission was taking place in parallel with US Pakistani military planning" and that in his estimation, "a negotiated solution would be preferable to military action." "I implore you," Ahmad told the Ambassador, "not to act in anger. Real victory will come in negotiations..." "(Taliban leader

Mullah) Omar himself," he said, "is frightened. That much was clear in his last meeting." The ISI chief told the Ambassador that America's strategic objectives of getting Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda would best be accomplished by coercing the Taliban to do it themselves. "It is better for the Afghans to do it. We could avoid the fallout," ISI chief Ahmad told the US Ambassador. Nevertheless, he promised full Pakistani support for US activities, including military action. "We will not flinch from a military effort." "Pakistan," Ahmad said, "stands behind you," the documents say. Ambassador Chamberlin insisted that while Washington "appreciated his objectives" to negotiate to get bin Laden, Mullah Omar "had so far refused to meet even one US demand." The Ambassador told Ahmad

that his trip "could not delay military planning." The secret documents reveal that the seven US demands were delivered to ISI chief Ahmad by the Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage. Within 24 hours, Musharraf accepted "those requests without conditions." While Pakistan denied that it was a safe haven for anti-American forces, a State Department Issue paper for the Vice President Dick Cheney claimed "some Taliban leaders operate with relative impunity in some Pakistani cities, and may still enjoy support from the lower echelons of Pakistan's ISI." Armitage met with Ahmad on September 13, 2001 and told him that the US was looking for full cooperation and partnership from Pakistan, indicating that the decision whether or not to fully comply with US demands would be "a difficult choice for Pakistan."

Munter nominated US’ new Pak envoy PTI WASHINGTON, SEPT 14

Members of the Indian community hold portraits of President Pratibha Patil (L), her husband Devisingh Ramsingh Shekhawat (C) and Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni while they wait for Patil's arrival at the royal palace in Phnom Penh on Tuesday. Patil is in Cambodia for a five-day visit and is expected to sign two agreements, a memorandum of understanding for co-operation between two nations and a water resources development project, according to the Cambodian foreign ministry.

China building aircraft carrier PTI BEIJING, SEPT 14

China is building an aircraft carrier, close on the heels of developing carrier-killer missiles and advanced nuclear submarines, with the confirmation of it coming from none other than Maj Gen Mao Xinyu, the grandson of Mao Zedong. The Mao junior, who has been a strong advocate of the Chinese navy acquiring the big ships to counter US naval superiority confirmed that Chinese marine forces were building a carrier, without specif ying its tonnage. "As a General, I was very interested in the development of the Second Artillery Corps and our Marine forces. I am glad to know that the marines are constructing the first aircraft carrier," the General was quoted as saying by the web edition of the state run 'Global Times' today. Despite building a strong navy with a host of warships and submarines, China so far did not have an aircraft carrier and speculation has been rife in the West that Beijing is building one, but there was no confirmation so far.

drone kills 11 militants in Pakistan PTI PESHAWAR, SEPT 14

US drones struck a house in the restive North Waziristan tribal region in northwest Pakistan today, killing 11 suspected militants. The drones fired at least four missiles at the house in Shawal, which is dominated by the Haqqani and Hafiz Gul Bahadur groups that often attack US troops across the border in Afghanistan. Officials were quoted by TV news channels as saying that nine suspected militants were killed instantly while local residents dug out two bodies from the debris of the house. Drones continued to hover over the area after the strike. This was the 10th drone attack in Waziristan this month.

Iran sees IAEA mistake over barred inspectors REUTERS TEHRAN, SEPT 14

Iran's nuclear energy chief hit out at the head of the UN atomic watchdog today, suggesting he had made a ''big mistake'' by criticising Tehran's barring of some nuclear inspectors. The comments by Ali Akbar Salehi, reported by the official IRNA news agency, were a further sign of worsening relations between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) since Yukiya Amano became IAEA Director General in December. The Japanese diplomat has taken a sharper approach on Iran than his predecessor Mohamed ElBaradei, saying in reports that the Islamic state could be trying to develop a nucleararmed missile now, instead of only at some point in the past. Iran has accused Amano of issuing misleading and politi-

cized reports about its nuclear programme, which the West suspects is aimed at making atom bombs. Tehran denies the charge, saying its work is aimed at generating electricity. yesterday, Amano said Iran had ''not provided the necessary cooperation to permit the Agency to confirm that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities''. He also said in a speech to the IAEA's governing board that Iran was hampering the U.N. body's work in the country by refusing to admit some inspectors, a charge Iran flatly rejected. Iran says two inspectors it barred in June had provided ''false'' information about its nuclear programme. Amano said he had full confidence in their professionalism and impartiality. ''Mr Amano made these remarks either knowingly or unknowingly. If it was knowingly, he

China building aircraft carrier PTI BEIJING, SEPT 14

China is building an aircraft carrier, close on the heels of developing carrier-killer missiles and advanced nuclear submarines, with the confirmation of it coming from none other than Maj Gen Mao Xinyu, the grandson of Mao Zedong. The Mao junior, who has been a strong advocate of the Chinese navy acquiring the big ships to counter US naval superiority confirmed that Chinese marine forces were building a carrier, without specifying its tonnage. "As a General, I was very interested in the development of the Second Artillery Corps and our Marine forces. I am glad to know that the marines are constructing the first aircraft carrier," the General was quoted as saying by the web edition of the state run 'Global Times' today. Despite building a strong navy with a host of warships and submarines, China so far did not have an aircraft carrier and speculation has been rife in the West that Beijing is building one, but there was no confirmation so far. Recently, influential Japanese daily 'The Asahi Shimbun' had said that China would produce its first aircraft carrier within five years. US naval intelligence sources have said that China is building two 50,000-60,000 ton aircraft carriers to be equipped with Russian SU-22 fighters. These are expected to be ready by 2015. There have also been reports that China may opt to build nuclear powered carriers. There is a steady build of public opinion by official media in recent weeks for developing carriers in the light of steady rise in military tensions in the Korean peninsula as well as China's plans to build dominant blue water navy on the lines of its rival US. According to US sources, China is almost ready to deploy its 1500 kms range anti-ship carrier killer missile, capable of destroying aircraft carriers from a long distance.

made a big mistake which is very dangerous because it indicates that he has been under political pressure,'' Salehi said on Tuesday. Salehi, who is expected to attend the IAEA's annual assembly meeting in Vienna next week, said Amano was not ''acting within the agency regulations'', adding that he was also not objective. Apart from those barred in June, Tehran cancelled access for a high-ranking Middle East inspector in 2006 and has objected to a number of other inspector designations in the past. Amano's latest report on Iran showed it was pushing ahead with its nuclear work in defiance of tougher sanctions, and voiced growing frustration over what the IAEA sees as Iran's failure to address concerns about possible military dimensions to its activities.

Japan PM survives leadership challenge PTI TOKYO, SEPT 14

Just three months into office, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan today survived a leadership challenge from a veteran power broker, to retain his post. Kan was re-elected as leader of the Japan's ruling Democratic Party, defeating his sole opponent Ichiro Ozawa, one of the most powerful figures in the party, Kyodo news agency reported. Under a complex voting format which gives different weights to lawmakers, local assembly makers and ordinary party members, Kan won by a wide margin of 721 to 491, sparing Japan reeling under a severe economic recession another change of leadership. A defeat for the Prime Minister to the power broker Ozawa would have seen Japan having its sixth prime minister in four years. But there is still a bumpy road ahead for the premier whose party recently lost majority in the upper house in the July elections, making it difficult to get passage of any official legislation.

Veteran diplomat Cameron Munter, who has served in conflict-torn countries, has been nominated by US President Barack Obama as the country's new Ambassador to Pakistan. If approved by the Senate, Munter would replace incumbent Anne W Peterson, who would be demitting office in October. Munter, a career foreign service officer, is currently an advisor for political and military issues to US Ambassador in Iraq Christopher R Hill. Munter is also considered close to Richard Holbrooke, the US President's Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Munter was the ambassador to Serbia in 2008 when ultra-nationalist protesters stormed the embassy, leading him to issue a strong warning that "it had better not happen again."


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16 Taj hotels migrate to new brand Vivanta HERALD BUSINESS DESK PANJIM, SEPT 14

Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces Tuesday said 16 of their hotels have rolled over to the new brand, Vivanta by Taj Hotels & Resorts. The Vivanta brand is slotted in the 5-Star upper upscale segment, India's largest hospitality group said in a release. With the 16 hotels moving over to the new brand, the total number of the group's hotels under it will come to 19 with a total capacity of 2,500 rooms, it said. 'An aggressive expansion programme is already in place which will see the brand grow organically to more than 30 hotels with over 5,000 rooms over the next two years,' the release said. MD and CEO Raymond Bick-

son of the Indian Hotels Company Ltd, which owns the Taj hotels, said: 'The launch of Vivanta by Taj Hotels & Resorts heralds a new chapter in the 107-year history of the Taj.' The company has created Vivanta after a series of extensive customer understanding studies. Vivanta by Taj-Hotels & Resorts are slated to appeal to the cosmopolitan global traveler who appreciates new experiences and pleasant surprises, rather than the typical hotel stay experience. The name ‘Vivanta’ draws inspiration from the term ‘bon vivant’, signifying sophistication and appreciation for the good things in life and also from the attributes of vividness and vivacity. The brand exudes style and a strong sense of living life

to the hilt. Taj had launched Vivanta by Taj – Panaji, Goa in the commercial hub of Goa in 2009. To add to this , with the introduction of the brand Vivanta by Taj, two popular hotels, Taj Holiday Village, Goa and Fort Aguada Beach Resort, Goa take on a new avatar as Vivanta by Taj – Holiday Village, Goa and Vivanta by Taj – Fort Aguada, Goa. Popular with domestic and international tourists, the Vivanta by Taj properties in Goa will now have a new buzz about them. The travel from the airport to the property, in Vivanta by Taj cars , will delight with unique backseat surprises like massage seat, a PSP gaming console and little treats to keep you pleasantly surprised though the ride.

Inflationary pressures remain: FM REUTERS NEW DELHI, SEPT 14

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee speaks during the launch of UTI Mutual Fund's Investor Education and... Inflationary pressures remain in India and the central bank will take appropriate steps at the appropriate time, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said on Tuesday. India's wholesale price index (WPI) rose an annual 8.5 percent in August, the government said on Tuesday. The data was the first of a new series with a different base year of 2004-05, new components and weightings. Under the old series, inflation was 9.5 percent compared with a median forecast for 9.6 percent in a Reuters poll.

Hyundai eyes 2nd electric car in 2011 REUTERS SEOUL, SEPT 14

Hyundai Motor, South Korea's top carmaker, said on Tuesday it would launch its second pure electric car next year based on a small sports utility vehicle made by its affiliate Kia Motors. Last week Hyundai un-

veiled its first pure electric car, BlueOn, which is based on its i10 hatchback, which will be rolled out in Korea this year. "We plan to produce 2,000 electric vehicles based on Kia's upcoming cross utility vehicles (CUVs), and 500 BlueOns by 2012," Hong John-hee, director


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Sensex gains nearly 140 pts. PTI MUMBAI, SEPT 14

Stock markets remained buoyant for the sixth consecutive session today, with the BSE benchmark Sensex rising by nearly 140 points to a fresh 32-month high as FIIs continued to bet big on India. After regaining the 19,000-level yesterday, the Bombay Stock Exchange’s 30-share barometer ended the day higher by 138.63 points, or 0.72 per cent, at 19,346.96. Its previous best close was 19,700.82 on January 17, 2008. Similarly, the wide-based 50-share Nifty index of the National Stock Exchange added 0.62 per cent to end near the 5,800level. The index finished the day at 5,795.55.

of Hyundai Motor's Electric Vehicle Development Group, told reporters. All of the 2,500 cars will be powered by SK Energy's batteries, he said. Hyundai plans to sell those vehicles only to government organizations in Korea by 2012, a Hyundai spokesperson said on Tuesday. Commercial sales of Hyundai's electric vehicles will start in 2013, but which models will be sold in which markets has not been decided, the spokesperson said. "There is a high possibility that the CUV model will be sold to the general customers starting in 2013," the spokesperson said. Hong said Kia plans to introduce a gasoline-based CUV in

TCS to set up new learning campus PTI MUMBAI, SEPT 14

India's largest software firm, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), today said it will set up a new learning and development campus at Thiruvananthanpuram (Trivandrum) in Kerala. The new campus will house up to 10,000 professionals when fully completed and will offer TCS's cutting edge curriculum to those who join the company after a college education, the company said in a statement. TCS will invest Rs 1,000 crore to set up the training centre, which will cover an area of 82 acres. Construction will commence in 2011-12 and is expected to be completed in three years, it said. Aban Offshor, 862, 881.85, 860.05, 879.4 Abb Ltd., 861.1, 875.9, 861.1, 870.15 Abg Shipyard, 261.5, 262, 258.5, 259.3 Acc Limited, 828, 829.85, 818, 819.8 Adani Enterp, 533.05, 537.85, 530.1, 533.45 Aditya Birla, 788.7, 788.7, 775.05, 781.65 Allahabad Ba, 165.95, 167.75, 164.4, 167.1 Alstom Proje, 647, 657.85, 641.25, 645.7 Ambuja Cemen, 111.4, 111.4, 110, 110.65 Andhra Bank, 136.05, 139, 135.3, 138 Ashok Leylan, 70, 70.6, 69.45, 69.85 Asian Paints, 2372, 2405, 2360, 2369.7 Axis Bank Li, 1288.5, 1303.9, 1273.15, 1299.7 Bajaj Hindus, 119.85, 122.4, 119.1, 120.3 Bank Of Baro, 715, 721.9, 712.25, 714.3 Bank Of Indi, 372, 383.9, 369.4, 376.9 Beml Limited, 1004.95, 1009.4, 990.05, 996.2 Bharat Elect, 1806, 1830, 1786.15, 1816.05 Bharat Forge, 340, 340, 325.55, 328.95 Bharat Petro, 692, 709.4, 688.1, 700.8 Bharti Airte, 304.9, 306.65, 297.7, 299.85 Bhel, 2440, 2478.9, 2426.5, 2469.55 Bhushan Stee, 1498.65, 1511.95, 1496,

September 2011, and Hyundai plans to launch an electric-version of the model in December that year. The CUV-based electric vehicle can run 130 kilometers on a single charge, Hong said. The BlueOn can travel 140 kilometers on one charge. He also expected prices of electric car batteries would fall "faster than expected," without elaborating. Expensive electric car batteries have been cited as one of the biggest hurdles for the takeoff of the emerging market. Seoul earlier announced its plan to replace 20 percent of the country's passenger cars with electric vehicles by 2020 with a goal of leading the emerging market.

RBI has enough reason to hike rates, says E&Y PTI MUMBAI, SEPT 14

Ernst & Young India today said that despite the steep fall in headline inflation in August, the Reserve Bank is likely to persist with monetary tightening measures by hiking key policy rates by at least 25 basis points at its mid-quarter review on Thursday. "At 13.8 per cent, the July IIP numbers are indeed very encouraging. And going by this number, it is very clear that there will surely be an upward correction in the demand for funds in the coming months," E&Y India National Leader for Global Financial Services Ashvin Parekh said. "This in turn will lead the RBI to further hike the repo and reverse repo or short-term lending and borrowing rates by 25 bps in the September 16 review," Parekh said. He further pointed out that the drop in headline inflation in August is primarily because of the large basket of items reflected in the new WPI inflation data. "Therefore, it is unlikely that the central bank will be guided by the August numbers. More importantly, the RBI will look at rising food inflation, besides the comfortable liquidity situation in the system, coupled with industrial expansion, which would be demanding more and more credit from next month onwards," Parekh pointed out. The government today released a new index for measuring wholesale price inflation, which revealed that prices rose by 8.5 per cent on average in August vis-a-vis the base year of 2004-05. As per the old series with a base year of 199394, WPI inflation stood at 9.5 per cent for the month, accord-

ing to the Commerce Ministry. Overall inflation in August witnessed a fall of 1.27 percentage points from 9.78 per cent in July, as per the new series, which considers 2004-05 as the base year. In the first quarter monetary policy review on July 27, the RBI had hiked repo rate by 25 bps to 5.75 per cent and reverse repo by 50 bps to 4.5 per cent, while leaving the cash reserve ratio unchanged at 6 per cent. This was fourth successive hike since the January policy review. Parekh, however, felt there is no room for the central bank to take a harder than 25 bps hike as the inflationary pressures are waning now, thanks to the efficient supply side management by the government in the recent months. Food inflation for the week ended August 28 stood at an elevated 11.47 per cent after falling to under 10 per cent in early August. The general inflation based on wholesale prices had declined to single digit in July at 9.97 per cent, after being in double-digits for five months. August inflation figures are expected tomorrow. "Beginning next month, the now low credit off-take will get a major fillip with the corporates increasing their capacity addition as well as expansion. Going by our estimate, the economy is expected to log in 9 per cent growth this fiscal and to achieve that, companies have to expand their capital expansion plans aggressively," he said. "I see index of industrial production (IIP) clipping at 14-15 per cent through the rest of the months on the back of an expected 20 per cent capital expansion by the corporates

through the rest of the fiscal," Parekh said. As of end-August, the credit growth has been a tepid 18 per cent against the industry's as well the RBI's projection of 22 per cent. Last week SBI Chairman O P Bhatt had said that "at around 18 per cent, credit offtake has not been matching the expectation of the bankers and the RBI." Further explaining the rationale for a rate hike, Parekh said, the RBI move to deregulate savings and current accounts (CASA) deposit rates will automatically see that the cost of funds would go up. "I see up to 75 bps jump in the cost of funds for banks as and when savings rates are deregulated," Parekh said, and argued that there is a huge gap in savings account and fixed deposit rates now. Another enabling factor for the RBI to hike the rates is the comfortable liquidity situation in the system, he said, and pointed out that it has also the cushion of not needing to manage a large government borrowing immediately. "There is not much strain on the liquidity system." Also, the high fund inflow into the system ensures that there is no reason for the government and the RBI to hold onto a low interest rate, Parekh said. On whether he sees an asset bubble build-up on the back of rising FII investments, he said, "going by the way the interbank money market is behaving, there is no such signs now." "But if the capital markets gain over 5-10 per cent in the short-term, then there is a room for concern. But I don't see that happening in short to medium term."

‘Blackberry issue will be resolved’ AGENCY NEW DELHI, SEPT 14

Communication and Information Technology Minister A. Raja Tuesday hoped the security-related issues between the Indian government and Research in Motion (RIM) that runs the Blackberry services will be resolved. 'I hope the issue will be resolved... we are periodically reviewing,' Raja said on the sidelines of an industry conference. The government had threatened to block some of the BlackBerry services if the Canadian company failed to come up with tools to monitor them by the end of August. However, it extended the deadline for another two months from Sep 1 after RIM provided solutions for security agencies to monitor the company's BlackBerry corporate email service. The government said it will examine the efficacy of the technical solutions given by the smart phone maker. It has also pushed RIM to set up its server in the country. The department of telecommunications has also been asked to provide a report on the feasibility of services provided through a server located in India within two months. According to the home ministry, any communication through the telecom networks should be accessible by the law enforcement agencies and all telecom service providers, including third parties, will have to comply with this. As per the official figures, there are over 10 lakh Blackberry users in India.

HDIL, S Kumars raise $300 m REUTERS MUMBAI, SEPT 14

India's Housing Development and Infrastructure and S Kumars on Tuesday raised a combined $300 million through share sales, sources with direct knowledge said, boosting the outlook for new equity offerings. A host of Indian companies, both from public and the private sectors, are preparing to launch share sales over the next few months in a booming stock market that is trading at its highest in 32 months. State-owned Coal India will launch its initial public offering, which aims to raise as much as $3 billion, on Oct. 18, the chairman of the world's largest coal miner said last month. Developer Lavasa Corp filed a draft prospectus on Tuesday with the stock market regulator to raise up to 20 billion rupees ($425 million). The IPO

1504.25 Biocon Limit, 316, 319.8, 315.05, 316.45 Bombay Dyein, 524.7, 526.9, 510.3, 516.45 Bosch Limite, 5817, 5817, 5730.1, 5739.1 Brigade Ente, 137.1, 143.1, 136.2, 141.05 Cairn India, 312.65, 317.4, 311, 316.15 Canara Bank, 473.35, 476.25, 470.2, 474.2 Central Bank, 145, 145.85, 143.25, 144.2 Century Text, 458.6, 466.2, 456.6, 464.6 Cesc Ltd, 416, 421.7, 408.05, 419.8 Chambal Fert, 67.6, 68.3, 67.25, 67.5 Chennai Petr, 265.2, 269.35, 264.3, 265.85 Cipla Ltd, 336.5, 337.6, 334.5, 335.6 Colgate Palm, 855, 855.1, 846.7, 849.85 Container Co, 1410, 1429.9, 1400.35, 1421.85 Crompton Gre, 262.9, 269.25, 261, 265.05 Cummins Indi, 601.95, 605.95, 595.25, 602.8 Dabur India, 214.5, 214.5, 209.3, 212.65 Deccan Chron, 136.75, 137.9, 134.15, 134.95 Dish Tv Indi, 46.4, 46.75, 46, 46.65 Divi’s Labor, 762, 770.05, 755.95, 767.95 Dlf Limited, 302.8, 318.85, 302.8, 316.05 Dr. reddy’s, 1455.05, 1472.1, 1445, 1454.9

could hit the market by December, a company official said. Others in the pipeline include a follow-on share sale by state-run Steel Authority of India Ltd and Shipping Corp of India, and an up to $160 million IPO by financial services firm Future Ventures. HDIL, which provides real estate infrastructure services, has raised $250 million in a shares sale to qualified institutional investors, two sources with direct knowledge of the deal said. The sale, which was launched on Monday, received strong response from overseas institutional investors, said one source, who declined to be named as he was not authorised to speak to the media. The shares were sold at 268.18 rupees each, the sources said. This represented a discount of 5.4 percent to the stock's close on Monday.

Edelweiss Ca, 486.3, 498.5, 483.6, 491.15 Educomp Solu, 585, 606.8, 582, 598.65 Eih Limited, 123, 124, 122.2, 123.8 Engineers In, 343.25, 346, 337.7, 338.35 Essar Oil Lt, 145, 145.9, 142.15, 144.25 Essar Shippi, 86.5, 86.5, 84.75, 85.55 Exide Indust, 134, 136.25, 132.5, 135.9 Federal Bank, 366, 366.6, 357.25, 359.7 Financial Te, 1372.65, 1382, 1360, 1374.5 Gail (india), 468.2, 472.4, 463.25, 466.9 Gammon India, 221.6, 225, 220, 223.6 Glaxosmithkl, 2090, 2105, 2036.35, 2047.3 Glenmark Pha, 275, 279.75, 274.3, 277.5 Gmr Infrastr, 60, 62, 59.75, 61.65 Godrej Indus, 178.85, 181.8, 176.35, 180.2 Grasim Indus, 1920, 1920, 1865, 1878.75 Great Offsho, 430.35, 441, 430.35, 438.2 Gtl Infra.Lt, 45.4, 46.1, 44.95, 45.7 Gujarat Mine, 122.95, 123.8, 122.1, 122.5 Gujarat N R, 64.45, 64.45, 63.55, 63.9 Gujarat Stat, 102.1, 102.7, 101.2, 101.95 Gvk Pow. & I, 44.8, 44.8, 43.9, 44.1 Hcl Technolo, 368, 368, 356.2, 360.85 Hdfc Bank Lt, 2052, 2080, 2037.4, 2072.55 Hdfc Ltd, 3008, 3076, 3007, 3064.3

Hero Honda M, 1980, 1994, 1965, 1978.75 Hindalco in, 150, 151.9, 148.25, 151.3 Hindustan Co, 125, 127.95, 123, 126.8 Hindustan Ma, 70.7, 71.2, 70.5, 70.75 Hindustan Pe, 476, 488.5, 474.15, 482.25 Hindustan Un, 262.15, 262.5, 258.35, 259.8 Hindustan Zi, 977.4, 988, 970.1, 983.55 Housing Dev, 258.4, 267.95, 256.1, 266.9 Icici Bank L, 860.25, 901, 860.25, 899.45 Idea Cellula, 69.75, 69.75, 65.7, 66 Ifci Ltd, 62.5, 62.5, 58.05, 58.9 India Cement, 111, 112, 110.65, 111.35 India Infoli, 99.7, 103.45, 98.35, 102.8 Indiabulls F, 161, 163.65, 155.1, 158.5 Indiabulls R, 166, 173.9, 165.55, 172.15 Indian Bank, 245, 245.05, 236.7, 243.5 Indian Hotel, 106.4, 107.3, 105.75, 106.5 Indian Oil C, 393, 397.7, 391.3, 393.5 Indian Overs, 108.95, 110.4, 108, 110.05 Indus Dev Ba, 124.5, 126.1, 124.05, 125.7 Indusind Ban, 214, 214.65, 210.3, 211.4 Infosys Tech, 2870, 2875.05, 2781, 2796.75 Infra. dev., 185, 191.75, 182.75, 189.5

The HDIL stock was trading down 4.9 percent at 269.40 rupees at 0912 GMT, after falling as much as 5.2 percent earlier in a main Mumbai market that was up 0.8 percent. The stock is down 25 percent this year. JPMorgan was the sole bookrunner for the offering, the sources said. Officials at JPMorgan in India and HDIL were not immediately available for comment. Separately, textile firm S Kumars Nationwide raised $50 million through a sale of shares to institutional investors, three sources with direct knowledge said. The shares were sold at 80 rupees each, they said, reflecting a 5.2 percent discount to their Monday's close of 84.35 rupees. The S Kumars stock was down 5.2 percent at 79.80 rupees in the afternoon. The sources said demand

Ispat Indust, 18.05, 18.2, 17.9, 18.15 Itc Ltd, 299.95, 301.4, 295.3, 299.1 Ivrcl Infras, 189.3, 194, 188.95, 191.7 Jai Corp Lim, 255, 259.8, 253.2, 256.45 Jaiprakash A, 128, 131.15, 127.2, 130.3 Jet Airways, 599.25, 647, 595.2, 637.8 Jindal Saw L, 207, 208.5, 205.05, 207.35 Jindal Steel, 627.75, 635.5, 622.6, 633.2 Jsw Steel Li, 1075, 1107.9, 1071.2, 1101.15 Kotak Mahind, 759, 764.2, 752.1, 761.3 Lakshmi Mach, 2058.4, 2059, 2011.2, 2021.1 Lanco Infrat, 68.8, 68.8, 67.5, 68.45 Larsen & Tou, 1830, 1847.9, 1818, 1838.85 Lic Housing, 1004.4, 1011, 995.7, 999.75 Lupin Limite, 1908.75, 1908.75, 1860, 1879.6 Mahanagar Te, 66.85, 67, 64.3, 65.15 Mahindra & M, 640, 641.9, 622.4, 632.1 Maruti Suzuk, 1415.05, 1415.9, 1391.05, 1409.1 Max India Lt, 159, 169.1, 158, 167.9 Maytas Infr., 216.65, 221.85, 215.2, 221.05 Moser-baer (, 70, 71.9, 68.95, 69.95 Mrpl, 85, 86.2, 84.8, 85.15

for the share sale was strong with investors bidding for more number of shares than on offer. Edelweiss Capital, JPMorgan and Antique Capital Markets were the arrangers to the issue, the sources said. Officials at S Kumars and the lead managers were not immediately available for comment.

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MF FUNDA L&T MUTUAL FUND has announced launch of L&T FMP I (September 24), a close ended income scheme having a tenor of 24 months. The scheme / plan will open for subscription on Sept 13, 2010 and close on Sept 22, 2010. The minimum application amount is Rs 5,000 and in multiples of Re 1 thereafter, and the Scheme offers both Growth and Dividend Payout Option. BARODA PIONEER AMC announced the launch of a PSU equity fund - an open-ended scheme - which will invest in a diversified basket of equity stocks of domestic PSUs. The new fund offer will open for subscription on September 13 and close on September 24, said a news release from the company. The minimum application will be of Rs 5,000 and in multiples of Re 1 thereafter.

Nagarjuna Co, 186.5, 188.9, 184.1, 187.55 Nagarjuna Fe, 34, 34.05, 33.25, 33.65 National Alu, 428.65, 436, 425.05, 433.95 Neyveli Lign, 160, 162.05, 158.2, 161.35 Ntpc Ltd, 199.5, 200.8, 199.15, 199.55 Oil And Natu, 1284.35, 1291, 1270.75, 1277.15 Omaxe Limite, 103, 108.7, 101.55, 107.85 Oriental Ban, 346, 357.9, 345.75, 352.7 Pantaloon Re, 460.4, 475.75, 458, 467.4 Parsvnath De, 124, 134.95, 123.5, 133.25 Petronet Lng, 80.95, 82.25, 80.7, 81.9 Power Fin Co, 305, 320, 305, 315.3 Power Grid C, 100.8, 101.45, 100.25, 101 Praj Industr, 81.95, 83.1, 81.2, 82.1 Punj Lloyd L, 138.5, 140.2, 136.5, 139.55 Punjab Natio, 1051.2, 1065, 1051.2, 1053.75 Rajesh Expor, 83.3, 83.8, 82.6, 83.15 Ranbaxy Labs, 457.5, 464.95, 457.5, 460.25 Rashtriya Ch, 90.7, 90.7, 86, 89.6 Rel. nat. re, 44.05, 44.85, 43.8, 44.35 Reliance Cap, 771.95, 784.2, 770, 782.1 Reliance Com, 190.25, 191, 187.7, 188.9

Reliance Ene, 930, 940, 924.3, 938.62 Reliance Ind, 958.05, 973, 939.1, 963.1 Reliance Ind, 1057.25, 1077.75, 1057.25, 1074.3 Reliance Pow, 173.3, 175.65, 172.7, 174.4 Rolta India, 183.85, 183.85, 181.15, 182.6 Satyam Compu, 91.4, 92.5, 90.55, 91.2 Sesa Goa Ltd, 357.5, 363.7, 347, 358 Shipping Cor, 159.15, 161.7, 159.15, 160.95 Siemens Ltd, 717.9, 734.5, 715.7, 731.45 Sintex Indus, 329, 337.35, 325.85, 332.55 Sobha Develo, 319.85, 331.9, 317.3, 328.75 State Bank O, 2401, 2437.1, 2390.1, 2429.1 Steel Author, 196.35, 200, 195.4, 199.35 Sterlite Ind, 171.7, 172, 166.55, 170.7 Sun Pharmace, 1740, 1757, 1727.55, 1741.65 Sun Tv Netwo, 425, 441, 425, 436.05 Suzlon Energ, 51.8, 61.95, 51.8, 61.5 Tata Communi, 278, 282.4, 274.15, 281.05 Tata Consult, 792, 792, 769.55, 774.65 Tata Motors, 791, 804.7, 787.55, 801.9

Tata Power C, 1310, 1331.7, 1310, 1325.55 Tata Steel L, 495.2, 512.35, 495, 508.8 Tata Tea Ltd, 120, 120.45, 119, 119.85 Tata Teleser, 22.1, 22.4, 22, 22.25 Tech Mahindr, 774.75, 774.75, 758, 764.95 The Ge Shpg., 298.35, 302.9, 298.25, 299.05 The Phoenix, 219, 237.7, 218.15, 225.3 Thermax Ltd, 742, 748, 737.3, 743.75 Titan Indust, 2508.5, 2683.4, 2491.05, 2627.55 Torrent Powe, 355.2, 359.4, 349.5, 351.1 Triveni Engg, 105.45, 108.05, 104.35, 106.95 Tv18 India L, 82.05, 84.8, 81.65, 83.7 Uco Bank, 83.5, 84.2, 83.15, 83.6 Ultratech Ce, 863, 868.45, 846, 857.2 Union Bank O, 312.4, 313.3, 309, 311.7 Unitech Ltd, 78.75, 84.3, 77.7, 83.25 United Phosp, 174.1, 180.1, 173.5, 179.3 Videocon Ind, 215, 215.25, 210, 214 Vijaya Bank, 64.95, 66.1, 64.8, 65.6 Voltas Ltd, 206.25, 209.55, 206.25, 206.85 Wipro Ltd, 411, 416.65, 400.05, 403.95 Yes Bank Lim, 286.5, 289.4, 284.6, 287.65 Zee Entertai, 304.1, 310.95, 299.7, 308.85


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Career Point fixes IPO price band at Rs 295-310 PTI MUMBAI, SEPT 14

Career Point Infosystems Ltd (CPIL) said it has fixed price band of Rs 295-310 per share for its proposed IPO. The

provider of tutorial services plans to raise Rs 115 crore through the IPO to part finance its expansion of classroom infrastructure and office facility. The company is entering the capital market on Sept 16, with a public issue of equity shares of Rs 10 each for cash at a price, including a premium to be determined through a 100 % book-building process.

NSE market data now on mobile PTI MUMBAI, SEPT 14

In a major initiative, the National Stock Exchange (NSE) today said that it has commenced providing market data on mobile phones from today. It will pave the way for the exchange to start mobile trading for its 1.2-crore investors from early-October. "For the first time in India, getting market data on a mobile will no longer be the preserve of a privileged few. From September 14, the National Stock Exchange has started providing market data to anyone who registers their mobile number on the NSE website,," an NSE official said. On the home page of the NSE website, an icon 'register for NSE mobile' in the 'what's new' section is available. When someone registers, he will get an SMS to download an application. On downloading this application, one can see market watch and get quotes on the mobile. The entire process can be completed in a matter of minutes, the official said. The real time market data can be accessed for any of the asset classes, equities, derivatives, currency or exchange traded funds. Through this mechanism, market data can be received by anyone who has a mobile with a GPRS connection, which effectively covers nearly 99 per cent of mobile users, including those who do not have highend mobiles. Early this month, the NSE


Max New York Life Insurance Co Ltd announced the launch of 2 new life insurance solutions ‘Max New York Life Shubh Invest’ and ‘Max New York Life Shiksha Plus II’. Both these products are compliant with the new IRDA regulations and the proposed Direct Tax Code which will be in effect from 2012. The sum assured on both these products is more than 20 times the premium amount hence making it eligible for tax exemption at maturity also.

had started providing market data to 50 randomly-picked brokers on their mobiles. Mobile trading that would start next month will be similar to trading done through Internet. It will be facilitated on the NOW software that NSE provides to its brokers free of cost. Brokers will be given a URL on their cell phones and when they get access, they will have to put in an user id and password to ensure identification. Commenting on safety issues, the official said that safeguards have been builtin to ensure that the right

people trade and messages are not tampered with. The identification will be done through User ID and password and the message in-

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Goa’s Business Quizzards ready for the Grind With their brains, they got quizmasters from across the country to sit up and take notice that Goa is not just about tourism, but the beautiful state has intellectuals who can compete with the best across the country. As Harshvardhan Bhatkuly and Rajiv D’ Silva get set to participate in arguably the toughest national quiz, Tata Crucible Business Quiz 2010, Herald gets quizzing with this brainy pair

BY CHRISTINA VIEGAS HERALD FEATURES hey came from different backgrounds to unite and become a dangerous duo on the intellectual front. Harshvardhan Bhatkuly studied law while Rajiv D’ Silva is an architect. Yet, it was business that stoked their passions. From the minutest happenings to the colossal events, they keep abreast of everything that happens on the business front. And their passion for quizzing made their bond stronger. While quizzes in Goa were only happening at the school and college level, this brainy duo were already participating in national quizzes and went on to reach great heights. National Runners-up in 2007 and 2009 of the Tata Crucible Business Quiz, presently, they are all set to participate in the first round of the Tata Crucible Business Quiz 2010 on September 20 at the National Institute of Oceanography, Dona Paula. Enlightening us on the quiz Harshvardhan says, “Tata Crucible is considered to be the toughest. It is an excellent platform for the youth to connect intellectually. You will be tested on just about anything and everything from the business world.” Rajiv pipes in, “Unfortunately, there is not much awareness created regarding this quiz, so the number of participants is relatively lesser in Goa than in other states.” He expounds further, “Normally, in bigger cities like Mumbai, the participation is about 200-300 people. In smaller cities like Pune, there are about 70. For Goa, 50 would be a good number. But there should definitely be more awareness. We want more people to come forward.” It is just the first round, but considering their intellectual skills, we expect them to reach the national finals again. So, how is the preparation going? Harshvardhan


says, “Personally, I don’t believe in anything called preparation for a quiz. I am generally interested in business all over the world. Practice to me is participating in more number of quizzes. You may take part in any number of quizzes on the Net or from books, but ultimately your real experience is sought when you participate in person.” On the other hand Rajiv enlightens, “Yes, taking part is very important. Besides, Harsh and I do conduct many quizzes at the school and college level. The research that goes into preparing for those quizzes really help. I also read a lot of business magazines and periodicals on the Net. We need to constantly keep abreast of every little thing happening on the business front.” Harshvardhan concurs, “I am totally glued into the business scenario. In fact, it is through so much of business quizzing that the idea to come out with a business magazine materialised.” That brings us to the duo’s magazine, ‘Business Goa’. Rajiv laughs, “We started it more as a whim. And we are happy to last out for more than a year now, especially when we see the barrage of magazines that are constantly being brought out, where they think that if we guys did it so can they.” Harshvardhan enlightens, “Initially, many people dissuaded us saying we won’t be able to survive beyond two months.” Visibly irked, he elucidates, “I can understand if they were referring to difficulty in terms of revenue from advertisements but to say there was nothing in terms of content on the business front in Goa, was not appropriate. Relatively, Goa’s business might be smaller than bigger states, but there is definitely business happening all the time. We have one of the highest standards of living and our GDP is on par with first world countries.” Rajiv concurs, “In terms of quantum of business, Goa is relatively lesser. But then every venture is interesting. We feature personalities right from someone who is worth one thousand rupees to someone who is worth one thousand crores of rupees.” The fact that this team came up with the novel idea of having a business magazine is definitely commendable in a scenario where hoards of only tourism magazines are churned out. They believe in their endeavour of identifying the niche of what their magazine will address and hope it will continue to grow. As for the upcoming quiz, we already foresee them reaching the national

Unique Dekhava of During Chaturthi celebrations, the ‘dekhava’ is an interesting and artistic representation of a thought or element of history that complements the Ganesh idol. Islanders of Raneche Juvem put in a lot of time and effort to create floats on this occasion. Herald visits the 28 houses with their interesting creations


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Harshvardhan Bhatkuly (left) and Rajiv D’ Silva (right)

Raneche Juvem

BY DOLCY D’CRUZ HERALD FEATURES he festival of Ganesh certainly brings out the creative side in people whether it is arranging the fruits and vegetables for the ‘matoli’, decorating and colouring the ‘makhar’ or making the rangoli at the entrance of the house. It is even more rewarding for the family members when one visits their houses to look at all this artistry and of course, the beautiful idol of Lord Ganesh. But visiting this island of Raneche Juvem along the River Chapora is a whole new experience as this quiet island of


finals! Rajiv belives, “We definitely do have the capacity to be national winners. But it all depends on that day.” And Harshvardhan concludes on a winning note, “We are a good team. We are always extremely positive and we will play to win.” Well, we can only wish them well and hope they perform to their best. And subsequently continue to prove to people across the country that Goa is not only about sun and sea tourism, but about intellectuals such as this talented duo.

farmers comes alive only during the five days of Ganesh. With children lighting fireworks under the supervision of their elders, the women busy with cooking and the youth displaying their creations, one is more than welcome to visit their houses. Down the winding roads from Colvale highway through the villages of Revora and Nadora, one reaches a small bridge that leads to the island of Raneche

Juvem. With road space enough for just one four wheeler, the entire vicinity will be packed with parked cars as people make their way over the paved bridge to see the innovative ‘dekhave’ created by the islanders. Consisting of around 28 houses, almost each house has one ‘dekhavo’ near the altar. Enthusiastic relatives and friends in the houses are very welcoming; they even explain the theme of the ‘dekhavo’ and the inspiration behind it. Most of the houses have depicted scenes from Hindu Mythology. One house even had a ‘dekhave’ of human size rats made of thermocol dancing in front of the idol. “It is a family tradition to continue with making creative ‘dekhave’. In the beginning, our forefathers made them using clay and then would paint the oil lamps called samai. They would paint them as different scenes with Shiva and Parvati, the parents of Lord Ganesh. They gradually moved on to handmake small decorations and place petromax lamps next to them before going on to making the bigger mechanised floats that are common today,” informs Manohar Haldankar. He further adds, “I used to work on these creations, now my grandson shows the same interest. This tradition has been carried on from generation to generation.” Some of the out-of-the-box ideas

Matthew McConaughey turns 'Killer Joe' for Next Film


exan actor Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch are reportedly set to star in the black comedy 'Killer Joe’. William Friedkin will direct from a script by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Tracy Letts, who wrote the 1993 play of the same name. McConaughey will play 'Killer Joe' Cooper, a cop who moonlights as a contract killer. The super sexy McConaughey will get to show off a dark side as well as his abs in the grim comedy in which he plays a corrupt cop-turned-hitman. The story follows a murderous brother (Hirsch) and sister who hire him to kill their mother for the insurance money. Oscar winner Nicolas Chartier of 'The Hurt Locker' will produce 'Killer Joe' through his company Voltage Pictures. M c -

Conaughey has spent a full decade alternating between mediocre fare such as 'U-571’, 'Frailty’, 'Sahara’, 'We Are Marshall' and 'Two For the Money’, and trite romantic comedies including 'The Wedding Planner’, 'How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days’, 'Failure to Launch’, 'Fool's Gold' and 'Ghosts of Girlfriends Past’. His career low point came with last year's embarrassing vanity project 'Surfer, Dude’. Yet, McConaughey has something left in the tank. Lionsgate's adaptation of Michael Connelly's novel 'The Lincoln Lawyer' has some breakout potential, and with a little bit of luck, it could help him regain the swagger that would serve him well in 'The Grackle’, a long-gestating comedy that would star McConaughey as a bar room brawler.

included a whole circus in a hall with models of trapeze artists, a ringmaster with a tiger, a cyclist doing stunts and a bear, all performing to the song ‘Ae Bhai Zara Dekh Ke Chalo’. Another house staged a FIFA inspired football game with two teams, a referee and a goalkeeper near the goal post. The most unexpected ‘dekhavo’ was the Idea commercial with Abhishek Bachchan in the peepal avatar and a man trying to cut down the tree. Informs Vishant Shirodkar, “Every year, we make new floats with a meaningful message and we discard them once the festival is over as we don’t repeat the floats. Each family member has to return home for Ganesh and that is the reason that houses are so full during this time. It takes almost one month to 15 days to complete a ‘dekhavo’ depending on the theme. The audience too has increased. Now that we have a bridge, more people come in; earlier the island was accessible only by boat. As people look forward to this ‘dekhave’ we happily continue with the tradition.”

Raveena wraps in Snake’s Skin for PETA


aveena Tandon may have made her absence felt on the big screen, but the 35-year-old is sure making waves in the causes she believes in. She has posed for an advertisement for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in their campaign against the use of animal skins as a fashion statement. Ravs was shot wearing a slinky outfit that resembles snakeskin while she is lying in a pool of 'blood' under the words, 'Wearing Exotic Skins Kills. Leave Wildlife Out of Your Wardrobe'. The outfit designed by Karishma Trehan while the ad was shot by Avinash Gowariker. Raveena aired her views on the subject saying, “Wearing shoes, clothes and other accessories made out of exotic skin is about as cold-blooded as it gets. These days, there's a wild kingdom of fake snake, mock crocodiles and python

leather that pay tribute to the beauty of these animals without making them fashion victims." She is now one of the many actors who have posed for the PETA campaigns, the list includes names like John Abraham, Pamela Anderson, Sir Paul McCartney and Jackie Chan.









GOA’S­­­HEARTBEAT­ Wednesday, 15 Sept, 2010


Wednesday Night Gypsy Jam will be held on September 15 at Stone House, Candolim. Call 98815 68756 or 93235 90051. The Ninth Daniel Pearl World Music Day Tribute Concert, organised by the American Center, Mumbai will be held on September 23 at 7pm at the Kala Academy, Panjim. Hipnotribe and The Mavyns will be giving performances. Call 2420451, 2420456 or 6656565. ‘The Extension Project’, a performance art initiative by Patricia Geraldes will be held from September 16 to 25 at the Sunaparanta - Goa Centre for the Arts, Altinho, Panjim. Call 2421311. The 8th session of the film appreciation course ‘Imago’ will be held on September 17 at 5.30pm at Gallery Gitanjali, Fontainhas, Panjim. Visit Call 9823572035, 9423316395 or 9823253361. Four new batches in photography classes, organised by Click Photography School in Panjim, Mapusa, Vasco and Margao will begin towards t h e e n d o f S e p t e m b e r. C a l l 9822151419. ‘St Francis Xavier and F Mendes Pinto, pioneers of Globalisation and Ecumenism in Japan’ is the subject of the talk to be given by Eduardo Kol de Carvalho, director of Fundacao Oriente on September 16 at 5.30pm at the Xavier Centre for Historical Research, Porvorim. Visit E-mail Call 2417772. The All Goa Toroloco Tequila Cocktail Competition is on for bartenders, both experienced and amateurs. Call 2262922, 2253377 or 2407030-71.


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Bhutanese MP and Bangladeshi filmmaker among respective delegations that will attend SAFF BY­NOMRATHA­FERNANDES HERALD­FEATURES t­ can­ be­ said­ with­ confidence­ that­ most­ South­ Asian countries­ have­ achieved­ a­ considerable­ amount­ of progress­in­the­last­half­a­century.­This­is­witnessed­in the­countries­economy­and­creative­output­in­various spheres.­Filmmaking­upon­its­introduction­in­the­South­Asian region­has­been­used­as­a­medium­to­highlight­socio-cultural issues.­With­the­exception­of­India,­the­filmmaking­industry in­the­nations­of­this­region­is­relatively­small;­nevertheless, the­films­produced­have­potent­messages. Through­ the­ South­ Asian­ Film­ Festival,­ a­ few­ of­ these movies­are­coming­to­our­very­own­Goa.­Introduced­to­the region­by­the­South­Asia­Foundation­four­years­ago,­with India’s­capital,­Delhi­being­its­first­venue,­this­festival­came to­ Goa­ in­ 2008.­ Since­ then,­ Goa­ remains­ its­ venue.­ The festival­ this­ time­ will­ be­ held­ from­ September­ 17­ to­ 20, 2010.­It­is­jointly­organised­by­the­Entertainment­Society­of Goa­and­the­South­Asia­Foundation­and­will­take­place­at the­Kala­Academy­Auditorium­in­Panjim­and­the­Entertainment Society­of­Goa,­also­in­Panjim. Eight­countries­from­the­region,­namely­India,­Pakistan, Afghanistan,­Bhutan,­the­Maldives,­Bangladesh,­Nepal­and Sri­Lanka­will­bring­together­their­creative­material­and­lay it­out­for­cine­enthusiasts­to­relish.­The­creative­material­includes­50­films­from­the­region,­surely­bringing­in­the­variety. These­films­will­include­feature­films,­era­films,­short­films,


documentaries,­classics­and­those­from­new­and­matured talent.­ The­ list­ begins­ with­ the­ Festivals­ opening­ film, Afghanistan’s­‘An­Apple­from­Paradise’­–­and­some­of­the other­major­films­include­‘Neighbor’,­‘Yeh­Hindustan­Woh Pakistan’,­‘Mukti’,­‘49th­Day’,­‘Chorten­Kora’,­‘Kushu­Thara’, ‘Kagbeni’,­ ‘KhudaKushi’,­ ‘Children­ Of­ The­ Pyre,­ besides others.­ Besides­giving­your­common­film­buff­material­for­education­and­entertainment,­the­Festival­does­more.­“This­is the­ only­ film­ festival­ that­ brings­ artists,­ filmmakers­ and opinion­makers­from this­region­together­to­interact­and express­themselves,”­says­Rahul­Barua,­Secretary­General, South­Asia­Foundation.­He­firmly­believes­in­the­power­of cinema­and­its­usage­as­a­medium­for­socio-cultural­change and­facilitating­togetherness­among­the­people­of­the­region. This­year,­the­delegation­of­Bhutan­and­Bangladesh­will be­ down­ in­ Goa.­ The­ Bhutanese­ delegation­ includes­ a Bhutanese­member­of­parliament­and­the­Bangladesh­delegation,­a­Bangladeshi­filmmaker. Of­course,­the­festival­by­its­very­nature­gives­the­common Goan­moviegoer­and­the­keen­filmmaker­an­opportunity to­view­world­cinema­on­the­big­screen­and­participate­in the­ activities­ of­ the­ festivals.­ Technically­ yes,­ but­ it­ can also­be­seen­as­a­beautiful­coming­together­of­countries that­are­in­fact­bonded­in­history,­that­shared­common­enemies­ that­ fought­ for­ common­ purposes­ and­ that­ are presently­independent­and­growing.­

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Cinematic Platform for bonding between South Asian Countries

WHAT’S UP IN GOA?? A free course on EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), organised by the Anthony deMello Institute will be conducted on September 16 and 17 at 5pm and 6pm. Call 9822130055 or 2735839 A 1-day trek to Kumthal, Valpoi, organised by YHAI Panjim unit will take place on September 19. Registration closes on September 17. Call 9822125868, 9850982204 or 9850812204. All Goa Major Ranking Table Tennis Tournament, organised by the JCI St Inez and the Panjim Table Tennis Club, will be held from September 16 to 19 at the SAG Indoor Stadium, Campal, Panjim. Call 93264129171. ‘All About Audio’, a session conducted by sound engineer and professional DJ, DJ Aneesh Gera will be held on September 16 at MGM Animations Academy, Panjim. E-mail Call 2225153, 9423885224, 9823013484, The 10th Goa State (under-16) interschool Tennis Ball Cricket Championship for boys and girls and the 7th State (under-19) inter-higher secondary school championship for boys and girls, organised by the Goa Tennis Ball Cricket Association and the Sports Authority of Goa will take place from October 3 to 5 at Vasco and Campal, Panjim. Registration closes on September 20. Call 2462609, 2463266 or 2464726. ‘The Philosophy of Photography’ will be presented by Prasad Pankar on September 15 at 6.30pm at the Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts, Altinho, Panjim. E-mail Call 2421311.


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Canacona Police display Creative Skills this Chavath BY­KATHY­PEREIRA the­staircase­paslong­with­maintaining­law­and­order,­the­men­in­Khaki­at­Canacona­have­also sage,­ reaching displayed­their­creative­abilities­by­staging­a­scenic­and­eco-friendly­Ganesh the­ police­ staidol­at­the­Canacona­Police­Station. tion’s­ entrance, On­learning­about­the­natural­presentation,­devotees­thronged­in­to­catch­a­glimpse while­ the­ same of­the­eco-friendly­idol.­The­entire­setup­is­the­handiwork­and­artwork­of­the­men- thatched­ leaves, in-uniform,­ who,­ after­ duty,­ burnt­ the­ midnight­ oil­ on­ a­ day-to-day­ schedule­ to including­ other convert­the­police­station­entrance­passage,­entrance jute­weavings, room­and­the­PI­cabin especially­creyear’s reap in the Villagers are seen collecting this . This is in turn into­a­thatched­hut. ated­ by­ pondo Mu do or scenic village of Salvad The­depiction­itself licemen sad (Naven) on can­be­termed­as­exbelonging­ to is offered to Lord Ganapati as pra ami) nch clusive­ with­ a­ backthe­ respecthe second day of Chavath (Pa drop­of­Palolem­Beach, tive­ commuPhoto by Herald Features making­ it­ appear­ as nities,­ have though­Ganapati­is­sitcovered­the ting­ on­ the­ beach walls­and­ceiling. sands,­while­there­is­a “Once­you­enter­the­police­station,­you­get­a­feeling­that­you­have­entered­a local­fishermen’s­canoe sage­hut­and­there­you­find­the­beautifully­presented­and­venerated­Ganesh­idol on­one­side­and­police in­an­even­better­set­up,”­said­Narayan­Dessai,­who,­accompanied­by­his­family,­esmessages­to­the­people pecially­came­to­see­and­worship­Lord­Ganesh. visiting­ the­ beach­ on Says­another­devotee,­Shekar:­“The­depiction­is­ancient­on­one­part,­while­it­is the­other­side. the­coastal­Canacona­with­a­mixture­of­beach­and­awareness­on­the­other­side.” Police­ messages­ inOn­receiving­praise­and­appreciation­from­different­quarters,­Canacona­PI­Dessai clude­protecting­frogs, said:­“The­entire­Canacona­police­team­should­be­credited­for­ensuring­that­no adhering­to­traffic­disunnatural­things­except­for­electricity­bulbs­have­been­used­in­the­entire­presenreira Photo by Kathy Pe cipline,­ saying­ ‘no’­ to tation.” drugs,­avoiding­drinking­and­driving, The­Sarvajanik­Ganeshostav­Mandal,­Canacona­Police­station­will­have­four­days and­other­public­safety­messages. competitive­programmes­from­September­17,­2010­onwards.­The­competitions­will “We­made­sure­to­use­only­natural­ingredients­to­prepare­the­idol­and­setting,” begin­after­4­pm.­On­the­first­day,­there­will­be­Fugadi­and­group­dance;­Fancy­Dress informed­Canacona­PI­Raju­Raut­Dessai. on­September­18);­Solo­Dance­on­September­19­and­Satyanarayan­Mahapooja­and Thatched­coconut­leaves­were­used­to­decorate­the­entire­set,­starting­right­from Ghumat­Arti­Competition­on­the­final­day.­


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SPORTS GOA, Wednesday, 15 September, 2010

Karally Five Bros win Quepem tourney HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, SEPT 14

The captain of Five Brothers receiving Rs 5,000 from Subhash Fal Dessai in the presence of Jamie Daniel, Peter Miranda and Epocin Pereira.

Five Brothers, Karally, Quepem defeated St Cruz Boys, Kakumoddi 1-0 to emerge champions of 1st All-Goa 5-a-side football tournament organised by Youth of Crosslands, Quepem at Vodlemol ground, Quepem. The match started with Five Brothers looking hungrier of the two sides as they made attacking forays and enjoyed decent possession to trouble the St Cruz Boys. The match-winner came in the first half when Dujon Rodrigues bulged the net from close range. The second session, saw St Cruz Boys putting up a better

display but they could not trouble the rivals as they looked pale in contrast to Five Brothers. Five Brothers were richer by Rs 5,000 while St Cruz Boys had to settle for Rs 3000. Dujon Rodrigues and Arom Fernandes both of Five Brothers were adjudged first scorer and best player of the finals respectively. Quepem MLA, Chandrakant Babu Kavlekar was the chief guest. Subhash Phaldessai, exZilla Panchayat Member, Jamie Daniel, ex-Councilor, Quepem Municipal Council, Epocin Pereira and Peter Miranda were the guest of honours. Selvin Fernandes proposed the vote of thanks.

Sesa FA squeeze past Vasco federation cup qualifier HERALD REPORTER VASCO, SEPT 14

Lezly Fernandes of Sesa in a keen tussle with a Vasco player. Photo: M Prabhav

Sher Bahadur stars in Goa’s victory HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, SEPT 14

Sher Bahadur’s 7 for 76 helped Goa beat Jharkhand in the second round of Coromandel King all-India Moinud-Dowla Gold Cup invitational cricket tournament at Gymkhana ground,

Hyderabad on Monday. Goa 330 for nine in 90 overs while Jharkhand scored 220 in 70.5 overs. Akash Verma (42), Ishank Jaggi (60) and Shabaaz Nadeem 66 were the other scorers for Goa. In other matches, Orissa beat Kerala.

Carrom selection trials at Ribandar

PANJIM (HSD) – The Goa Carrom Association will organise selection trials on September 19 at Carrom Club, Patto, Ribandar to select U-14 boys and girls teams to participate in 38th SubJunior Nationals and inter-State Carrom Championship in Akola (Maharashtra) from October 18 - 23. Players may report at the venue alongwith birth certificates. Details may be obtained from Dinanath Pilarnekar on 9421246896 or P.M. Chari on 9823850155.

Federation Cup football: Sporting Clube de Goa v. Malabar United, Tilak Maidan, Vasco, 3.45 p.m. 3rd Division football: Carmona SC v. St Sebastian SC, Benaulim, Dando ground; Enfermos SC v. Navelim Sporting Club, Navelim ground; Miracles SC v. Deao SC, Paroda ground. Kick-off 4 p.m. Gold Silver Rolling Trophy soccer: Wilred Leisure Sports Club, Curtorim v. Candolim Sports Club, Rosary ground, Navelim, 4.30 p.m. St Joseph Festival soccer: CRC, Chinchinim v. United Club of Benaulim, Dramapur ground, 4.30 p.m. Sao Jose de Areal Panchayat Cup soccer: Verna Sports Club v. Dicarpale Sports Club, Padribhat ground, Sao Jose de Areal, 4.30 p.m.

S e s a Fo o t b a l l A c a d e m y scored a narrow 1-0 victory in the Federation Cup qualifier at Tilak Maidan here on Tuesday. Vasco had in the past put it across Sesa, not once but five times, but today it was not their day as the youthful lads from Sanquelim displayed entertaining football. There was no score at half time. Sesa’s gem of a goal came in the second half through the boots of of Lezly Fernandes. Vasco have to blame them-

selves for the defeat as they blundered at least on three occasions. Joy Ferrao’s header missed the mark narrowly following a cross from Prajot Naik in the 38th minute. Ferrao once again missed scoring off a cross from Jerose Oliveira in the 57th minute. Sesa had their share of play with attractive play and scored what ultimately turned out to be the match in the 73rd minute when Lezly Fernandes scored off a pass from substitute Don Bosco Andrew. Just before the goal, Vasco missed an open chance as Jerose Oliveira misfired from the box.

St Anthony Sporting trounce United Club Benaulim HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, SEPT 14

St Anthony’s Sporting Club, Colva played some extravagant football to rout United Club of Benaulim in Group H of GFA Third Division league at St John Baptist ground, Dando, Benaulim on Tuesday. St Anthony’s were leading 1-0 at the breather. It was a one-sided affair right from the start with St Anthony’s lads camping in the rival territory with Ryan Fernandes excelling upfront. St Anthony’s went into the lead in the 10th minute when Jovito Fernandes scored off an accurate pass from Ryan Fernandes. The second half did not bring any respite for United Club as St Anthony attacked from

both flanks. Striker Ryan Fernandes doubled the lead in the 63rd minute after he picked up the ball from his own half and unleashed a snap shot which beat the rival goalkeeper hands up. Ryan, who showed great opportunism, struck the second time in the 74th minute to complete his brace. At Sinquetim ground, Navelim, Carmel Sports Club came from behind to hold Sirvodem Sports Club 3-3. Sirvodem led 2-1 at half time. Sirvodem enjoyed the lion share of exchanges both in attack as well as defence and broke the deadlock in the 19th minute when Lazarus Fernandes blasted home from close range. Stung by that setback, Carmel

regrouped quickly and took the fight to the rival camp and found the equaliser in the 35th minute when Sibon Soares punished the rival keeper with a stiff grounder. Stunned by the equaliser, Sirvodem went into the attack and in the 38th minute, Arif Shaikh fired home to give his team a 21 cushion. Crossing over, Sirvodem continued to hold sway over their opponents and Lazarus recorded his brace in the 56th minute to give his team a 3-1 lead. Carmel remained undeterred by the 3-1 lead and instead continued to fight their way, where Jose Gomes struck twice in the 62nd and 77th to put his team on level terms.

Oxel Parish Youth triumph

Lavinio Rebello presenting the trophy to the winners Oxel PY in the presence of Fr. Thomas Gonsalves, Pedro Mendonca and Maria Fernandes at Anjuna. HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, SEPT 14

Oxel Parish Youth defeated Bastora Parish Youth 1-0 in the finals of 5-a-side inter-parish football tournament organised by St. Michael's Parish Youth, Anjuna at Anjuna ground. Twenty teams from Candolim,

Siolim and Mapusa deaneries participated. The tournament was declared open by the Asst. Parish Priest, Fr. Constancio Mendes. O xe l P Y w e r e a w a r d e d Rs.5,000 and a trophy while Bastora PY had to be content with Rs. 3,000 and a trophy.

Lavino Rebello, Anjuna-Caisua Sarpanch and GFA Executive Committee member and Bardez Zonal Secretary was the chief guest and gave away the prizes in the presence of Parish Priest Fr. Thomas Gonsalves, guest of honour Pedro Mendonca and special invitee Maria Fernandes.

Carmona down Davorlim, storm into last eight HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, SEPT 14

Carmona Sports Club surprised Sporting Club of Davorlim after securing 5-3 via tie-breaker win to storm in the quarter-finals of Sao Jose de Areal Panchayat Cup inter-village football tournament organised by Sao Jose de Areal Sports Club at Padribhat ground, Sao Jose de Areal on Tuesday. Carmona led 1-0 at the break. Carmona who held sway in the opening session went into

the lead when striker Alex Rodrigues found the mark with a neat shot in the 27th minute. At the other end, Sporting were subdued in the first half and seldom troubled the rival defence. Spurred by early success, Carmona created many positive forays into the rival penalty area and had scoring chances to inflate their tally but their forwards showed poor marksmanship up front. Crossing over, Sporting kept

themselves in the hunt for an equaliser and finally snatched it in the dying minutes of the g a m e t h r o u g h Ve n s o n Figueriedo. In the tie-breaker, Carmona netted through Chrisbern Estibeiro, Yuri Ferrao, Blenny Rodrigues and Alex Rodrigues while Joaquim Figueriedo and Venson Figueriedo converted for Sporting. Venson, who played a pivotal role for Sporting Club of Davorlim was adjudged man-of-the match.

PY Nuvem pip Cuncolim Union

st joseph festival soccer HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, SEPT 14

Parish Youth, Nuvem beat Cuncolim Union 1-0 to romp into the quarter-finals of 34th St Joseph Festival inter-village football tournament organised by Dramapur Sports Club at Drama-

pur ground, on Tuesday. The all-important goal came in the opening session through Neves Noronha. Parish Youth were put in the lead in the 17th minute by Neves, who neatly found the net after receiving a pass from Remy Colaco. Parish Youth’s Remy played a stellar role as he sprayed accurate passes and also took pot shots.

Crossing over, Cuncolim put up an improved display and fired well measured sorties but Nuvem’s keeper Tony Colaco was alert in frustrating the Cuncolim attacks with neat tackles. With time running out, Cuncolim tried their best but failed to get past the rival defenders as Parish Youth trooped out worthy winners.


Young Strikers, Benaulim defeated Dramapur Sports Club 21 to cruise into the quarter-finals of 29th Gold Silver Rolling Trophy inter-village football tournament organised by Navelim Sporting Club at Rosary ground, Navelim on Tuesday. Young Strikers led 2-0 at the lemon break. Young Strikers started the first half on a whirlwind fashion with their forwards and midfielders

working in tandem to put the rival citadel under tremendous pressure. They were rewarded in the 15th minute when striker Charles Rodrigues beat the Dramapur keeper with a stiff shot after he picked up the ball from his own half and unleashed a shot which crashed into the net. The early goal galvanised Young Strikers as they made a couple of forays into the rival territory and kept the rival de-

fence on their toes. Xamaro Rodrigues doubled the lead in the 28th minute with a booming shot. At the other end, Dramapur had an opportunity to reduce the margin but striker Ashvy Rebello was the culprit as he ballooned over from handshaking distance. Dramapur came back strongly in the second half and piled on pressure on the rival citadel and found the net in the 55th minute when Piedade Rebello scored.


SPORTS GOA, Wednesday, 15 September, 2010

Tonito, Anju, Alirio enter contest

l Savio files for Mormugao member post after near heartbreak


Former GFA general secretary and one of Goa’s most knowledgeable, efficient football administrator, Tonito Botelho (Ilhas), was among the seven who filed his nomination for the post of members of GFA Executive Committee, the elections for which will take place on October 24, here. Savio Messias, who had filed his nomination for the post of president, filed another nomination today, for the post of member from Mormugao, after he came very close to being disqualified, following what appeared to be a case of mischief or ignorance. The nominations closed today at noon and the scrutiny was going on till evening under the supervision of Returning Officer, High Court Advocate Valmiki Menezes. Besides the seven, several candidates, who had already filed their papers on the previous days, presented another set of papers, as a matter of abundant caution. Among these were Shrinivas V Dempo (four sets for the post of president), Peter Vaz (three sets for the post of president), Lavinio Rebello (two sets for vice-president North Goa), Vinod Parkkot (two sets, vicepresident South Goa), Francis Fernandes (two sets for vicepresident North Goa), Sanjiv Nagvekar, Jaju Fernandes, Gajanand Kerkar, Babli Mandrekar, Schubert Furtado, Anthony Pango, all two sets each, for the posts of members. Savio presented an interesting case this morning as he found out that the club which had proposed him was also asked to propose, through an-



other official, of the same club to sign the form for another candidate for the post of member from Mormugao. With one club (two different officials) proposing two different candidates for different posts, both candidates would have been disqualified. While Savio had filed only one form for the post of president, the other candidate was in fact submitting his second set for the post of member, in which case Savio would stand eliminated alongwith the member, but the later would have survived since this member had already filed another set earlier. Consequently, Savio was forced to file for the post of member from Mormugao. In fact, several calls were doing the rounds this morning that Savio had resigned or withdrawn. As per Rule No 10, “A collective member can propose the name of only one candidate,” while Rule No 11 states, “If the collective member proposes more than one candidate, the

nominations of all such candidates shall be rejected.” With Savio entering the fray for the 3-members posts from Mormugao, there will now be a contest since Lawrence Gomes, Prakash Naik and Andrew Rodrigues had already filed their nominations earlier. Those who filed today besides Tonito, were the strongman and devoted organiser-cum-administrator from Calangute Association (general secretary for four terms), Alirio Lobo (Bardez); the veteran from Mapusa whose name has been synonymous w i t h G FA i n N o r t h G o a , Jayprakash Poulekar (1993 till now) and is presently a member of the Executive Committee; Ilhas’ well known personality Anju Albuquerque (1995 ownwards), who is also a member of the Executive Committee and has been doing excellent work for GFA in Ilhas, Gajanand Gad (Bardez) and Edward Noronha (Ilhas). Tonito has been credited with the GFA transformation along-

CONTESTANTS AT A GLANCE (number of posts in brackets)


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with Vilas V Sardessai in 1979. History records, “Thanks to the concerted efforts of these two gentlemen, Goan football was given a refreshing facelift.” Tonito was the general secretary from 1974-77, 77-79 (gen sec, gen assembly), 197981, 1983-85, 1987-89 (member, technical council), 1990-93. He was also in a sub-committee of AIFF. You talk of Tonito and Panvel Sports Club is the name that comes to the mind. That was Goa’s only nursery in those days and Panvel created history of sorts when they went on to win the all-India Bandodkar Gold Trophy scalping top teams in 1974. Hailing from Ribandar, Botelho excelled as an organizer, having been conferred the State Bakshi Bahaddar Jivabadada Kerkar Award for outstanding organizers in 1986. Botelho distinguished himself as an able administrator and visionary, having thought of Professional League some 30 years ago. He had also planned Second Division and Third Division league matches in villages at that time, but there were several skeptics and his proposals did not find favour then. Today, he stands vindicated. The GFA’s youth development programme and grassroots is what is at the heart of Tonito’s working. It is to GFA’s credit that AIFF National Coach for Youth, Tolin Coal has described Goa’s pro gramme as the best in India and an example for the rest of the country. Botelho alongwith Savio Messias and Elvis Gomes has been one of the key figures this year for seeing that Goa was selected for the Under-10 programme under the Australian Sports Outreach Programme (ASOP) which will be launched soon. He always felt that due importance needs to be given for youth development for football to come of age. Meanwhile, several Ministers, MLAs and politicians have been showing keen interest in the elections. This is the first time that such a big number is involved.

Vijayanand Higher Secondary School team after the inter-higher secondary football championship finals alongwith Arun Sakhardande. Photo: V Vaze

Salgaocar’s youth programme HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, SEPT 14

Salgaocar Sports Club youth development technical director, Mariano Dias expressed excitement at his club’s plans to take the programme to new heights. “Salgaocar Sports Club wants to mould at least 2-3 quality Goan players per season for our senior team and the foundation work has already started,” stated Mariano. Salgaocar will pay travelling allowance to the players, medical expenses of injured players will be taken care off, talented players

will be offered a contract and the club will even offer cash incentives to star players who go on to don colours for the State and the country, stated Mariano. Mariano said hat the club is currently looking after two schools, Mae dos Pobres, Nuvem and Loyola HS, Margao. Besides, players from other surrounding schools are also being enrolled. The youngsters are currently receiving training three times per week and are also having team training sessions. The youth development setup

has coach Remedios Colaco working with the U-14 team, Agostinho Antao taking care of the U-15 and U-16 players and Micky Rebello looking after the U-19 batch. Ignatios Dias and Anthony Noronha are managing the administration. Mariano’s main aim this season for the younger players is for the team to have a successful campaign in Manchester United Nike Cup and qualify for the later stages where they get to play against foreign youth teams.


MAYEM (HC) -- Vijayanand HSS, Mayem won the interhigher secondary school football tournament organized by Narayan Zantye College at college ground, Bicholim. They beat Shantadurga HSS. Best player Amol Parwar. Man-of-the match Mubarak Sheikh. Sarpanch of Karapur Sarvan, Santosh Talker, PTA chairperson Rajendra Shirodkar, Principal Arun Sakhardande, Rajesh Amonkar, Ramchandra Surlkar, Satyawan Harmalkar were present.

Sangolda Lightning captain receiving the 9-a-side Reis Magos Panchayat Cup from Agnelo Fernandes, MLA and EDC chairman at Verem.

GFA executive members Vinod Parkott, Tonito Botelho and Savio Messias alongwith cricketer Steve Waugh during Football Federation of Australia's reception to launch their World Cup 2022 bid in Durban. Meanwhile, the launch of the Australian Sports Outreach Program (ASOP) which includes the Goa Football Association's Under-10 Programme will be held on October 6 in New Delhi. Representatives of all ASOP partners and stake-holders have been invited for the launch by the Australian High Commissioner.

Title will raise wrestling’s profile: Sushil


Emotionally overwhelmed after becoming the first Indian wrestler to clinch a gold in the World Championships, Sushil Kumar today hoped that his feat will help raise the profile of his dopetainted sport in the country. "This gold means a lot to me because all the wrestlers dream of becoming a world champion some day but only a few go on to realise this dream. I am one of the lucky few," Sushil told PTI after returning late last night to a rousing reception here. "I am the first wrestler from India to win the World Championship. It is great for the sport because all wrestlers will now think if Sushil can, why cannot I? This gold will motivate youngsters to take up wrestling as a professional sport," the 27-yearold, who is also an Olympic bronze medallist, said. On Sunday, Sushil outclassed Alan Gogaev of Russia in the final of the 66kg freestyle category to become the first Indian wrestler to conquer a world title at the senior level. He realises the magnitude of his achievement but the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardee remains a grounded man and credited the feat to some hard work

and lots of blessings of his countrymen. "It is great feeling to have won the gold in the World Championship. I am very happy that I could keep the honour, love and respect the countrymen had bestowed on me," Sushil said. "It (gold in World Championship) was my target for long. So if I say that I wasn't expecting the gold, it would be wrong. I had been working very hard for this and finally it paid off," he added. Asked to compare the Olympic bronze with the World Championships gold, the soft-spoken grappler said, "Both matter a lot to me. I cannot compare them." "Both the feats have equal significance in my career because there are some wrestlers in the world who have won four or five World Championships but are still looking for their first medal in the Olympics," Sushil said. After conquering the world, Sushil hardly has any time for celebrations as his next target is to defend his Commonwealth Games crown here next month and the Asian Games title in Guangzhou, China in November. "I am now focusing on the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games. And I expect similar results in both the events," he said. Speaking about the doping controversies that have rocked the sport in India, Sushil requested his fellow wrestlers not to defame the sport by indulging in such malicious activities. "Doping is a crime. It's not that your performance will double after taking dope. So, I will urge all the wrestlers to be aware about doping and play dope free," said Sushil, who idolises his coach Satpal.

GOA DIARY 4-a-side football at Mapa

CURCHOREM (HC) – The Murphy Boys of Mapa Panchwadi will organise their 1st all-Goa 4-a-side Custodio Braganza memorial soccer tournament on September 26 at 10 a.m. at Mapa Digas ground, near St Francis Xavier chapel. The winners and runnersup will be awarded Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 5,000 respectively. Spot entries will be accepted. Details may be obtained on 9158595402 or 9822183680.

7-a-side football at Tivim

PANJIM (HSD) - St Christopher Sporting Club, Tivim will organise an all-Goa one-day 7-a-side football tournament on September 19 at Tivim ground at 10.30 a.m. Amateur players and two active professional players of first division and professional clubs are eligible. Entries may be submitted to Robert Colaco (2298594), Savio Mesquita (9552827241) or Jude Sequeira (9763063504).

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In BrIef BCCI to resume Modi hearing today The BCCI Disciplinary Committee, probing charges of financial irregularities against suspended IPL chairman Lalit Modi, will resume its hearing in New Delhi on Wednesday. With panel member Jyotiraditya Scindia unable to attend due to illness, the hearing could not be held Tuesday morning and only started at 6 pm in the evening at Scindia's residence. Modi's counsel Shailesh Mendon, requested the committee to defer the hearing till Wednesday as the Bombay High Court would come out with its orders on Wednesday morning.



By winning the US Open for the first time and completing his collection of Grand Slam titles, Rafa Nadal solved one riddle and posed another. His 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Novak Djokovic in

Pont named Bangla bowling coach Ian Pont has been appointed bowling coach of Bangladesh after former South Africa all-rounder Lance Klusener declined the role. ''He has accepted our offer and obtained a visa. Hopefully he will be in Dhaka on Thursday,'' Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) spokesman Jalal Yunus said.

Chanu’s 'B' sample tests positive Dope tainted weightlifter Sanamacha Chanu was staring at a life ban after her 'B' sample test conducted by NADA also turned out to be positive for a banned stimulant. The 'A' sample of 31-year-old Chanu, one of the most successful woman weightlifters in the country, which was taken during the trials for the Commonwealth Games here last month had tested positive for methylhexaneamine.

Rashid Latif resigns Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has resigned from a coaching position with the country's national body after being asked to explain comments he made about the current spot-fixing and betting scandal. The former wicketkeeper recently appeared on a television show where he criticised the Pakistan Cricket Board for their handling of allegations against three players on their tour of England.

Stoke earn last-gasp win Robert Huth scored with virtually the last kick of the match to earn Stoke City their first Premier League points of the season with a 2-1 win over Aston Villa on Monday. Stewart Downing scored the opening goal while Kenwyne Jones equalised for Villa.

ICC to review antigraft measures The ICC today termed the recent spot-fixing allegations involving Pakistani players as a "warning" and said it will recommend a wide-ranging and, if necessary, independent review of the current anti-corruption measures to maintain the integrity of the sport. In a statement issued after a meeting of ICC's Chief Executives' Committee (CEC), ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat said the governing body would try to engage governments in its bid to tackle corruption in the game.

Italian FA ready to intervene in strike Italian Football Association President Giancarlo Abete says he will intervene if there is no resolution to the proposed players’ striker on September 25-26. Abete spoke to the presidents of the league and players’ association late Monday after the pair had met to discuss a resolution to the proposed strike.

One more girl and we're finished: Coleen Wayne Rooney has finally some relief, his wife Coleen has agreed to take him back. The reunion came after the footballer agreed to a string of Coleen's demands, top of the list being an ultimatum: "One more girl, Wayne, and we're finished." Grim-faced Coleen finally arrived back at the couple's 4-million-pound home in Prestbury, Cheshire, with a bundle of clothes piled in the back of her Range Rover. Later, Rooney drove into mansion and then their little Kai.

Mumbai face early exit AGENCIES DURBAN, SEPT 14

The Redbacks sneaked home to a stunning victory by beating the Mumbai Indians by 5 wickets in the final over, chasing down Mumbai's massive 180. Earlier a brilliant cameo by Saurabh Tiwary and Kieron Pollard inspired Mumbai Indians to a healthy total of 180/7 in their quota of 20 overs. Tiwar y started his innings in a careful manner but hit top gear in 16th over when he hit Aaron O'Brien for 25 runs in his last over. Tiwary hit four massive sixes and a boundary in his knock of 44 form 25 deliveries. Windies all-rounder Pollard was in a destructive mode from the word go as he destroyed the opposition bowling attack all over the park in his swashbuckling innings of 36 from 21 balls before he was caught on the bowling of Daniel Christian. Winning the toss and batting first, Mumbai Indians got off to the worst possible start against

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Redbacks when they lost opener Shikhar Dhawan in the second over. Dhawan (2 off 7) was caught behind on the bowling of Gary Putland. Captain Sachin Tendulkar soon followed his fellow opener as he was clean bowled by Aaron O'Brien for 20 from 17 balls trying to go for the full monty. Mumbai Indians were pushed back further after South African batsmen JP Duminy (3 off 6) was caught and bowled by Aaron O'Brien. Mumbai Indians were struggling at 47/3 after 7.3 overs after Duminy's wicket. Middle order batsman Ambati Rayudu looked promising ever since he strode into the middle but his inning couldn't mature into anything big after he was brilliantly caught by Daniel Harris in the deep of the bowling of Cullen Bailey for 38 from 32 deliveries. However, unperturbed by the dismissal Tiwary blasted Bailey over long-off for a flat six, while newman Kieron Pollard also followed suit with another maximum. Pollard and Dwayne Bravo then carried the innings forward adding 33 runs off 18 balls to take MI across the 150-mark. Dwayne Bravo finished the Mumbai Indians innings in style with 22 from 12 balls. Mumbai Indians smashed 121 runs from the last ten overs. For Redbacks Aaron O'Brien was pick of the bowlers with 2/49. Gary Putland, Cullen Bailey, Shaun Tait took one scalp each.

Tainted Pak trio seek ICC hearing PTI KARACHI, SEPT 14

The tainted Pakistani trio of Test captain Salman Butt and pacers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir have asked for a preliminar y hearing of ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security unit to challenge the provisional suspension imposed on them since September 4. Pakistan Cricket Board legal advisor Tafazzul Rizvi today said that the three players had sent their replies to the ICC suspension notices issued to them after the 'spot-fixing' scandal broke out. "They have asked the ICC to convene a preliminary hearing to hear their point of view in the cases," he said. Rizvi said the players had exercised their right to a hearing before a ICC Anti-Corruption Tribunal and the ICC will now convene a hearing in 40 days time. Sources familiar with the ICC ACSU Code of Conduct for Players said that the trio, who allegedly conspired to bowl no-balls to order in Lord's Test against England last month, had to respond to the Notice of Charge issued to them by ACSU general manager within 14 days of getting the suspension notices. "The three players consulted PCB legal advisors, the Pakistan High Commission and the British barrister in London on how to exercise their right to a hearing before a an ICC Anti-Corruption Tribunal," one source said. "The players will be given an opportunity to contest their provincial suspensions at the provisional hearing," the source added.

to talk about Federer record

yesterday's rain-interrupted final at Flushing Meadows ensured the Spaniard joined the pantheon of tennis greats and resolved beyond any reasonable doubt just who is the best player in the world today. But the argument over who is the greatest of all time has once again been sparked and could rage for years. Nadal is adamant Roger Federer deserves the accolade because of his 16 Grand Slam titles but the jury is still out after the Spaniard conquered New York. Nadal has nine Grand Slam titles and is five years younger than Federer. He has been racking them up at a faster rate than his Swiss rival and has mastered every surface. He is not walking the road to immortality so much as sprinting along it. ''For me, it's a dream to have the career Grand Slam,'' Nadal said. ''It is an unbelievable feeling because I worked all my life in difficult moments to be here.'' With eight Grand Slams before the tournament began, the left-handed Nadal was already one of the game's elite, but his win on Monday elevated him to a whole new level. He overcame the distraction of a two-hour relay delay and losing his first set of the tournament to defeat Djokovic after three hours and 43 minutes of unrelenting tension at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

n At 24, Nadal was the third youngest to achieve the feat and his best may be still to come. He is the first man since Laver in 1969 to win the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open in the same year and he now has the chance to hold all four concurrently if he can add the Australian Open in January. Djokovic, who had beaten Federer in an exhausting five-set semi-final on Saturday, expelled any doubts about his fighting qualities with a fearless performance, fending off an astonishing 20 break points during the course of the match, but the pressure eventually wore him down. ''I cannot hide the disappointment. I'm not gonna cry or complain about that. It's just the way it is,'' Djokovic said. ''I wanted that trophy, and I know I gave my maximum to get it even tonight, but tomorrow I will wake up as a new man.'' After losing the second set on a sloppy service game, Nadal ran away with the last two -clinching the victory when Djokovic hit a forehand wide -and collapsed on court as the enormity of his achievement sank in. He embraced Djokovic at the net then dropped to his knees again as the centre court crowd rose as one to applaud him. When he was handed the trophy, he raised it above his head and

Gill snubs Sushil’s coach PTI NEW DELHI, SEPT 14

The Sports Minister M S Gill today found himself in a fresh controversy after he snubbed top grappler Sushil Kumar's coach Satpal Singh by asking him to step aside during a photo opportunity at his residence here. The incident took place when World Championship gold medal winner Sushil, along with his personal trainer Satpal and national team coach Yashvir, visited Gill's official residence to meet him after becoming the first world champion Indian wrestler in Moscow on Sunday. After congratulating Sushil and seeing his medal, the duo went for the photo opportunity and Gill started looking for the coach to stand beside them. When Satpal, who was conferred the Dronacharya award last year, appeared on the scene, Gill told him to step aside and instead called Yashvir, who accompanied the Indian team during the event in Moscow. "I want the coach who went to Moscow with him," Gill said

before Yashvir stood beside Sushil for the session. Gill, however, later also requested Satpal to join them. The shabby treatment to Satpal did not go down well with Sushil who said the incident was unfortunate. "He is my Guru and there are around 100 wrestlers who take lessons from him. If Guru is not respected then it is natural for a disciple to feel bad. What happened was not correct," he said. "He is a good trainer, I have a lot of respect for him. He has trained me since childhood," Sushil said. But Satpal, a gold medallist of 1982 Asian Games, chose to play down the incident. "I did not like it. But this is a happy occasion, so let's talk about Sushil's achievement," Satpal said later. A more or less similar incident had happened when ace shuttler Saina Nehwal had visited the sports minister after her return from the Beijing Olympics in August 2008. At that time, Gill had asked Saina's coach Pullela Gopichand his identity. Gopichand, a player of repute himself and a winner

n Satpal, a gold medallist of 1982 Asian Games, chose to play down the incident. I did not like it. But this is a happy occasion, so let's talk about Sushil's achievement.

Will play natural game, Viru to critics PTI NEW DELHI, SEPT 14

Not amused with the praise and brickbats he gets in equal measure from them, Indian opener Virender Sehwag today hit out at his critics, saying that he has never been bothered by their comments and would concentrate on playing his natural game. "Jab haathi chalta hai toh bahut saare kutte bhaungkte hai (when an elephant walks a lot of dogs bark), but the elephant keep walking without giving much importance to the lesser animals. And that is exactly how I like to deal with my critics," Sehwag told reporters when asked about the praise and brickbats he got in the equal measure. "It is the players who go out there and perform and not the critics. It is very easy to sit and criticise players. Anyone and everyone can do that," said Sehwag after launching a sporty collection of 12 Timex watches for the next

year's cricket World Cup. He said the critics make one God one day and the villain the next day. "One d a y they

(critics) will make you God and then the very next day they would simply pull you down. So, I just concentrate on playing my natural game and

putting in maximum effort," said the swashbuckling opener. Sehwag felt India will have home advantage in the 2011 World Cup. "Playing in India would be a benefit for us in the World Cup as we have been playing in these pitches since we were kids and that would certainly give us an edge. However, since other teams also tour India on a regular basis so they also have a fair idea about the tracks and ground con-


tions," the Delhi batsman said. He, however, refused to give a direct reply to whether India would

thousands of flashbulbs lit up a perfect New York night. ''For the first time in my career I played a very, very good match in this tournament,'' Nadal said. ''I played my best match in the US Open at the most important moment.'' Nadal had already won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon singles titles and by adding the US Open he joined Fred Perry, Don Budge, Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, Andre Agassi and Roger Federer as the only men to win the four majors. At 24, he was the third youngest to achieve the feat and his best may be still to come. He is the first man since Laver in 1969 to win the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open in the same year and he now has the chance to hold all four concurrently if he can add the Australian Open in January. His nine Grand Slam titles -five French Opens, two Wimbledons, one Australian Open and now one US Open -- took

be able to break the jinx of no host country having won the World Cup. "We will try our best to win the World Cup. All we can do is make more than 100 per cent effort and we will surely do that," he said. He also will not answer when asked if the Indian team is prepared enough for the World Cup. "You should ask this question to the selectors," he simply said. "I don't think so," he replied asked about the listless performance by the Indian middle-order batsmen in the tri-series in Sri Lanka last month. Sehwag was the lone batsman who performed well in the triseries in which India finished runners-up losing to Sri Lanka in the final and he said he would

look to carry his form in the 2011 World Cup. "I hope to carry my present good form into the next year World Cup and contribute to my team's success," he said. Asked if he would be able to score 200 in one-dayers, as had been done by Sachin Tendulkar, if he gets full 50 overs to bat, he said, "There are many cricketers who can score 200 in 50 overs but we don't play for records. I always want to score as many runs as possible." Sehwag also praised wrestler Sushil Kumar, who became the first Indian grappler to win a gold in the World Championship. "I am very happy for Sushil. I hope he translates this performance in the Commonwealth Games also. He used to stay in Najafgarh and we used to see him practice, he said. "But I never dared to break the glass of his house while playing cricket as I used to be extremely scared of him," Sehwag joked.

of many awards, had to face the embarrassment of introducing himself. Later, Gill announced a cash award of Rs 10 lakh for the World Championship gold medallist and voiced confidence that he will win a medal in next month's Commonwealth Games as well. ''Sushil has got a rare success in wrestling and we will give him Rs 10 lakh for this. I am very happy that Sushil has bagged this honour,'' Gill said .

(Title will raise wrestling’s profile, says Sushil -- Pg 17)

him to seventh place on the alltime list. Nadal has always seemed much older and wiser than he really is. He could out-run and out-think most men when he was starting out on the professional circuit, but his relentless assault on the titles stalled last year because of a chronic knee injury that raised doubts about his future in the game. The US Open, played on hardcourts, had always been Nadal's biggest hurdle because of the wear and tear it puts on his aching joints. Federer had won five times but has come up short in each of the last two years and at 29, his stranglehold on the event appears to be slipping. Nadal arrived in New York fresher than ever and armed with a new and improved serve that enabled him to sail through his opening matches without fuss. ''Well, life changes sometimes. Ten months ago, (it) seemed like I was never gonna be the same. Now (it) seems I gonna be one of the greatest,'' Nadal said. ''I don't think it was that bad in that moment and not that good in this moment. It's always in the middle, no? Djokovic has always been at his best on hardcourts. He made the final at Flushing Meadows in 2007, losing to Federer, then won the Australian Open the following season. He fought off two match points to beat Federer in the semi-finals on Saturday and got a lucky break when rain washed out Sunday's final, giving him an extra day to rest. Mother Nature helped him again on Monday when the final was halted as a thunderstorm arrived midway through the second set, but it was never going to be enough against a man with destiny in his sights. ''He's so mentally strong and dedicated to this sport. He has all the capabilities, everything he needs, in order to be the biggest ever,'' Djokovic said of Nadal. ''He has the game now for each surface, and he has won each major. He has proven to the world that he's the best in this moment, so there is no question about it.''