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560 structures to make way for NH17 Porvorim (40), Siridao (30) to bear the brunt SURAJ NANDREKAR PANJIM, JUNE 15

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IN BRIEF Jaswant set to return to BJP Former union minister Jaswant Singh appears set to return to the BJP, nine months after he was expelled for praising M A Jinnah in his book. BJP sources said party leadership is working out a formula for his return – (PTI)

Its official! Almost 40 structures between the Mahindra showroom and the Sai Service station at Porvorim will face the axe when the widening of the NH17 is undertaken by the National Highways Authority of India. The four-lanning of the NH17 from Patradevi to Polem — around 139 km stretch — will be taken up on BOOT basis at a cost of approximately Rs 2000 crore. Inquiries by Herald have revealed that according to the new alignment sent by the NHAI around 560 structures across the State will have to make way for the project. “These 560 structures include around 280 houses”, sources in the PWD told Herald. Sources also informed that the NHAI has also decided to reduce the width of the road to

45 meters in the densely populated areas and wherever possible to go ahead with 60-m widening. “Most of the structures would face demolitions in Porvorim and Siridao areas”, sources informed. While in Porvorim 40 structures including houses as well as buildings will be acquired by NHAI, in Siridao area almost 30 houses and other structures will be demolished for widening, sources said. “The survey nos of the plots which will be acquired have already been submitted to the Town and Country Planning for the purpose of finalizing Regional Plan 2021,” sources stated. The citizens of Nuvem, which faced maximum demolitions in the earlier alignment, can heave a sigh of relief as the NHAI has decided to take a bypass, avoid-

280 houses among 560 structures to make way for NH17 from Patradevi to Polem. Survey numbers of plots to be acquired submitted to TCP. Nuvem spared of any kind of demolition as NHAI to take bypass. NHAI to reduce width of road to 45 meters in densely populated areas.

LS panel moots gas-based plant for cheap power MPT’s jurisdiction may be changed HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JUNE 15

The Estimates Committee of Lok Sabha has favoured a gas-based power plant in Goa given the State’s status as a tourist destination and has opined that the NH-17 and NH-4 should be either 6-lane or 4-lane or in some places even with a width of 30 meters depending upon the availability of land Chairman of the Committee Francisco Sardinha said the Lok Sabha panel tried to break even the demands of the MPT authorities and the concerns of locals over the expansion plans of the Mormugao Port. Around 16 Members of Parliament, who are Members of the Estimates Committee headed by Sardinha met for two days at a starred hotel at Betalbatim and visited various places,

Vallabh, Swapnil get re-posting, Sandip is dir of transport HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JUNE 15

Senior grade officer Vallabh Kamat, who was awaiting posting, has been re-posted as the Commissioner of Commercial Taxes. According to transfer orders issued by the Under Secretary Personnel-I Umeshchandra L Joshi, Kamat replaces Sandip Jacques as the Commissioner of Commercial Taxes. Sandip Jacques has now been posted as the Director of Transport. Director of Transport Swapnil Naik has been re-posted as the Director of Tourism. Swapnil relieves Nikhil Desai, who is the MD of GHRSSIDC, of the additional charge.

where they discussed and deliberated on issues relating to power, highways, port and the airport in Goa. He said the Committee has agreed to the proposal for the generation of 240 mega watts of power for Goa close to the

coal block allotted to the State by the Government of India. “During our deliberations, we discussed regarding supply of Coal. The Government of India has allotted a coal block to Goa and with that they want to generate power of 240 mega watts close to the block in due course of time. May be after few years, whatever power allotment is there for Goa will not be sufficient. Right now, the State can break even as our power consumption is 500 mega watts. But, the present power supply will not suffice in due course of time”, he said, adding that the estimates committee also discussed on generation of power through non-conventional sources of energy. Replying to a question, he said there was a proposal to set (Continued on page 10)

Embezzlement of UK grants shocks Govt PTI NEW DELHI, JUNE 15

Government today expressed shock over reports of embezzlement of UK grants in Sarva Siksha Abhiyan scheme and said that the flagship programme follows “rigorous and robust monitoring system”. A day after the British Government launched an inquiry into the alleged misuse of its funds under SSA, Department of School Education and Literacy under HRD Ministry here said it will write to the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of External Affairs in this regard. Britain’s International Development secretar y Andrew Mitchell had yesterday said the UK Government will have a zero tolerance policy to corruption. The Department of School Education and Literacy said the SSA is supported largely by domestic resources. Since inception, India has invested Rs 91,431 crore in the SSA.

Textbook worries to be over this month: Board HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, JUNE 15

The academic year may have commenced on June 7, but students studying from Std I to XII will get all their textbooks only by June-end. Textbooks for Std IX to XII are being supplied by Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, however, it is the responsibility of State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) to provide textbooks to students from Std I to VIII. This year, there was delay on the part of Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education in issuing contract to

We have received 75 of the 114 titles. Every day, we receive two truckloads of books from Delhi and the balance 39 titles will reach us by June end. — Mervyn D’Souza

the printers due to lengthy administrative procedure, due to which students could not get the textbooks at the beginning of academic year. Speaking to Herald, Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Chairman Mervyn D’Souza said they have received 75 of the 114 titles. “Every day, we receive two truckloads of books from Delhi and the balance 39 titles will reach us by June end,” said D’Souza. “Usually, orders are placed with the printers for supply of textbooks in January or February. However this year, the (Continued on page 10)

Mickky is targeted by S Goa politicos: NCP HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JUNE 15

Making an official statement for the first time since the incident, Nationalist Congress Party today said that its legislator Mickky Pacheco is being targeted by South Goa politicians. The Benaulim legislator is on the run as Crime Branch which is probing Nadia death case has named him prime accused in the case. “The party is behind Mickky on the issue”, NCP spokesman Avinash Bhonsle told reporters here Likening Mickky’s trouble to that of Sita (from Ramayana), Bhonsle said, “even Sita had to give agni pariksha.”

Mickky will have to give agni pariksha by facing the law. He is being targeted by few Congress leaders from South Goa. The NCP is behind him on this issue. — NCP spokesman Avinash Bhonsle Mickky will have to give agni pariksha by facing the law, Bhonsle said. Further, he said, Mickky is being targeted by few Congress

leaders from South Goa after his success in holding massive NCP convention in his village. The local leaders were baffled looking at the response for NCP’s national convention in Salcete taluka, he said. The party spokesperson also demanded that Nilkant Halarnkar, party legislator inducted in the Cabinet in place of Pacheco, be given the same portfolios which Pacheco held before he stepped down after being questioned by Crime Branch in the case. “Congress has to adhere to coalition dharma… These portfolios were given to NCP as a part of coalition and Halarnkar should get them”, he said.

ing any kind of demolition in the area. Officers in the PWD have said that most of the demolitions could have been avoided by the State had it taken caution earlier. “The PWD had stopped giving permissions to the development within 45 meters on the national highways in the State but despite this the Government had gone on granting permissions,” officials speaking on condition of anonymity said. Herald in its issued dated September 27, 2009 was first to report that the Government was bending rules and granting permission for development along highway. The then Superintending Engineer (CO IX) Alka Hede had told this paper that her division does not grant permission to any such projects. “Whenever such files come

to us, we forward them to the Government who decides on the cases,” she had stated. When contacted for his comment on the development, PWD Chief Engineer J N Chimulkar said he has no knowledge of the matter. “I have no knowledge and will have to look into the matter,” was what he told this paper. Not only the Chief Engineer, even the Chief Minister Digambar Kamat feigned ignorance. “I have not received any communication from NHAI in this regard”, Kamat said when contacted. He said he had spoken to the NHAI chairman and he has assured to minimise the demolitions as much as possible.

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Close shave for AI passengers PTI NEW DELHI, JUNE 15

Over 100 people on board an Air India plane had a close shave when two tyres of the left landing gear of the aircraft deflated soon after it landed at the IGI airport here today. “Air India’s Mumbai-BhopalIndore-Delhi flight (IC-133) with 100 passengers and six crew members landed at Delhi airport around 10.58 a.m and was taxiing towards the parking bay when engineers at the ground noticed two deflated tyres of the left landing gear and sparks emanating due to friction,” an airline official said. They then immediately informed the pilot and asked him to stop the Airbus-320 aircraft. The crash fire tenders were immediately called in, which sprinkled water and foam to cool the aircraft’s undercarriage in order to prevent any fire, he

said, adding “all the passengers onboard are safe”. According to sources, there was no tyre burst as the pilot did not notice any unusual jerk. “The tyres got deflated after the aircraft had landed and while it was taxiing,” they said. Today’s incident at the IGI airport is in the series of close shaves involving passenger aircraft. Earlier this month, an Air India Express Dubai-Pune flight, with 112 passengers on board, rapidly descended several thousand feet over Muscat air space. Reports had alleged that the commander was not in the cockpit and the co-pilot could not control the aircraft as it started the descent. About a week later, a mid-air collision was averted by pilots as a Jet Airways and an Air India plane came ‘dangerously close’ on the same flight path over Tamil Nadu.

Dudu’s bail plea rejected HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JUNE 15

Goa Bench of Bombay High Court today rejected bail petition filed by Israeli drug dealer David Driham alias Dudu. Justice U D Salvi rejected the bail plea dismissing the contention of technical procedural lapses cited by Driham’s lawyer. Public Prosecutor Carlos Ferreira, said that various errors cited by the applicant while pleading for bail could be discussed during the trial stage. He even told court that the accused was arrested with cocktail of drugs at Anjuna, which proves that he is a drug peddler. In the bail application moved before the court on Monday, Dirham, has said that he was innocent. Dudu in his bail petition had said that the letter written by the investigating Officer Sunil Gudlar to deputy superintendent of police (DySP) informing about the raid was fabricated. Dudu’s lawyer, Jos Peter D’Souza in the bail application said, “the very basis of the raid has been fabricated. There are reasonable grounds for believing that the accused is not guilty”.

Soren acquitted Former Jharkhand CM Shibu Soren was today acquitted by a local court in a 36-year-old murder case for lack of evidence, the last of the three cases of murder against him. Soren, who appeared before the court of Additional District Judge, Mohammad Qasim, looked relieved after the verdict. – (PTI)

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Transport dept submits report to govt on fare hike issue HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JUNE 15

Although private bus operators have demanded for ticket fare hike, the transport department has put the ball in state government’s court to decide on the same. Outgoing Transport Director Swapnil Naik said that he has submitted the detailed report to the state government without specifically recommending anything on hike issue. “It’s the decision that government has to take. I have given my opinion but not a recommendation as such,” Naik told Herald. The private bus operators in the state had demanded a hike in a bus fares by 0.20 paisa, after diesel price went up by Rs 2.72 per litre. “I have given the progress report of 2008-09 to the government. The report mentions about hike in ticket fares, which are offered to transporters, whenever need arose,” Naik said.

nSources confirmed that Naik in his proposal has said that immediate ticket hike is not possible as the private bus operators earn much more than the expectations. Meanwhile, sources confirmed that Naik in his proposal has said that immediate ticket hike is not possible as the private bus operators earn much more than the expectations. The state transport department says that since private buses are overloaded, 80 percent private bus operators are in profit. However, bus operators claim that rise in diesel prices is forcing them to eke out Rs 120 per day in additionally.

The statistics reveals that transport department collects Rs 120 crore as revenue annually. There are no figures available on how much revenue is contributed to transport department by private buses. Bus operators, however, claim that they contribute around Rs 15 crore to the state coffers every fiscal. Naik said that due to the subsidy given by the state government, the number of private buses in the state has increased. ‘SARATHI’ SOFTWARE: The transport department today started the process of implementing ‘Sarathi’ software in their ADT office Panjim. Director of Transport Swapnil Naik said that it’s a long process but the department has begun to execute it from today. The ‘Sarathi’ software will be implemented for issuance of computerized driving license to the citizens. It will also include fresh learner’s license, renewal of license, duplicate license, etc.

One killed in mishap HERALD CORRESPONDENT PERNEM, JUNE 15

An 85-year-old man from Pune died, while three other passengers were seriously injured, after the car in which they were travelling collided against a bus along the highway at Malpem-Pernem on Monday at about 10.30 pm. The deceased has been identified as Sebestian Diniz, while those injured in the accident are Mary Diniz, Cajetan Diniz and Joseph Diniz. Rosaline Diniz escaped with minor injuries. According to Pernem police, the accident occurred when the Diniz family members, who were proceeding towards Panjim in their Alto car (MH-12-EJ-6998), collided against a passenger bus (GA-01-G-277), which was proceeding towards Mumbai. Pernem police and fire service personnel rushed to the accident site and shifted the injured passengers to GMC Hospital. Police said Rosaline Diniz was discharged after providing first aid, while the condition of the three other occupants of the car was reported to be serious. Pernem police is investigating the case.

Door-to-door garbage collection to make come back in Margao HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JUNE 15

After unsuccessful attempts over the last two years, the Margao Municipal Council is all set to revive the door-to-door garbage collection of waste from the city hotels and eateries. If Margao Municipal Chairperson Savio Coutinho is to be believed, door-to-door hotel garbage collection will commence from June 20. A confident Coutinho stated that the hotels eateries will be charged a daily garbage collection fee ranging from Rs 10-25 depending on the hotel category and the quantum of waste generated in the establishment. That the Civic meant business this time was evident by the fact that the Municipality has engaged 10 daily wage workers, besides two drivers to carry out the waste collection after sunset. “The 10 labourers, two truck

driver and two trucks will be used for the purpose of hotel waste collection, beginning everyday at 7 pm”, he said. The MMC Chairperson did not see any problem or confrontation with the hotel owners, saying the hotels have been cooperative and supportive of the Civic body’s doorto-door waste collection concept on condition the waste is collected and disposed on a daily basis without fail. “We are now well prepared to start the exercise with some dedicated staff and machinery. The door-to-door waste collection will reduced the daily collection of wet waste from the bins and help mitigate the nuisance to the citizens”, he added. The Commercial Capital plays host to around 400 hotels and eateries and sources in the Civic body says the door-to-door waste collection exercise can be carried out without any loss for

the muicipality. “Even if the Civic body charges minimum Rs 10 per hotel, revenue to the tune of Rs 4000 can come in for a single day. This revenue can off set the cost of manpower, machinery and fuel pegged at around Rs 2500 per day”, remarked a Civic official.

Margao Municipality’s ambitious hotel door-to -door garbage collection scheme had been lying in the dumps for want of manpower and a lack of proper approach on the part of the Civic body to make the scheme work successfully. Meanwhile, Residents of Margao staying in the vicinity of the telephone department office on Tuesday complained to the Margao Civic body over accumulated waste and garbage right infront of their housing complex. Accompanied by ward Councilor Rajendra Azgaonkar, the residents pointed out that waste is being into the municipal bin right infront of the housing complex, posing a nuisance to the school going children and adults. They said the waste flows right at the entrance to the housing complex, with the Civic body found wanting in clearing the waste from time to time.

Lyndon likely to file for anticipatory bail in person HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JUNE 15

Lyndon Monteiro, officer on special duty (OSD) to former t o u r i s m m i n i s t e r M i c ke y Pacheco, is likely to move a fresh anticipatory bail application before the Goa bench of Bombay high court tomorrow. Earlier today, Monteiro was allowed to withdraw his anticipatory bail petition by the court. “Monteiro will file the petition himself unlike last time, when his mother Elvina filed it,” a source stated. Justice U D Salvi in the order said that as the prosecution has no objection to Monteiro withdrawing his anticipatory bail ap-

HERALD NEWS BUREAU PANJIM, JUNE 15

Incessant rains affected normal life in the State, as incidents of uprooting of trees, damage to houses and disruption in utilities were reported in many places since Monday evening. CALANGUTE CORRESPONDENT ADDS: A woman had a miraculous escape, after a tree came crashing down on a house at Naikka Vaddo, Calangute, early Monday morning. The house belonging to one Laxmi Kalangutkar was completely damaged, causing a loss of about Rs 75,000. Luckily, Laxmi’s daughter Rekha, who was sleeping in the house, had a miraculous escape. The house, which is made up of mud, gave in due to the weight of the huge tree. Mapusa fire personnel later cut the tree and cleared the place. Calangute Sarpanch Laxman Parab Palyekar and the ward member were present at the site to take stock of the situation. Speaking to Herald, Laxman Parab Palyekar said: “We will try to provide her necessary assistance to re-construct the collapsed house. We will also extend her the scheme meant for the poor to re-construct the damage house. We will try our best to help the Kalangutkar family in the hour of need.” OLD GOA CORRESPONDENT ADDS: Three trees were up-

rooted in various parts of Old Goa, blocking the road for vehicular traffic. According to Old Goa fire station office, the Old Goa-Pilar road was blocked for traffic, after three huge trees were uprooted and fell on the road, snapping electricity wires at Mandur, Churchwada-Neura, on Monday evening. Fire Station Officer Mathew Baganza along with his officers S N Vengurlekar, D V Sinari, K H Goankar, A M Chodankar and S S Tari rushed to the site and cleared the road. In another incident that took place on Tuesday at about 7.30 am, a Gulmohar tree uprooted on the road, blocking vehicular traffic along the PDA-Corlim road near Funskool Factory, while another Gulmohar tree cam crashing down near Dr Rane’s residence at Ribandar at about 9 am. BICHOLIM CORRESPONDENT ADDS: Property worth Rs 20,000 was damaged, after a tree fell on a house at Kamraan Chodan, Bicholim, on Monday night. The Bicholim fire force officials were kept on their toes, as in several places the roads were blocked due to uprooting to trees. According to reports, house belonging to one Ramrai Kesarkar from Kamraan Chodan was damaged when a Gulmohar tree fell on his house, causing a

loss of property worth Rs 20,000. The fire force officials cleared the debris and saved property worth Rs 40,000. At Sonarbhat-Ladphem, a compound wall was damaged and the traffic along the road was disrupted when a tree came crashing down on the road. Similar cases were reported at Kasarpal-Bicholim. The fire force officials under the supervision of L S Naik cleared the road.

Nature came to the rescue of the Colva village panchayat and other authorities on the sensitive question of cleaning and de-silting the contaminated Colva creek. Even as the authorities were groping in the dark how to clean up the creek clogged with waste and sewage, the first monsoons showers gave a big respite to the panchayat body. For, with the monsoons finally setting in the state, the creek (handi) stands washed and cleaned by the waters from the Arabian Sea, which has found its way in the water channel as is the annual phenomenon. A look at the creek revealed that the waters appeared free from the waste and stagnant waters. This comes against the backdrop of the directions issued by the Goa State Pollution Control Board to the authorities, including the Colva panchayat to stop the discharge of sewage and waster waters in the creek. In fact, various government agencies had last month deliberated on various options at its disposal how to clean up the Creek and free the nullah from the contaminated waters. One solution suggested by the panchayat body was to engage the Water Resources Department to

A 68-year-old man from Maingal in Tarvalem-Shiroda was found murdered at his house on Monday night. Three relatives have been detained in connection with the death of Joaquim Colaco, Ponda police said. According to reports, the incident took place at about 10.30 pm shortly after Joaquim had dinner at his house and went to an old house nearby to retire for the night. The pet cats at the old house began to act in an unusual manner and this aroused the suspicion of the wife and their son. They went to the old house and found the lifeless body in the room.

electricity poles damaged at Cuncolim

de-silt the water channel. Another suggestion put forth by the agencies was to engage the Sewage Corporation of Goa to deploy night soil tankers to remove the sewage waters from the creek and empty the same in the Margao sewage treatment plant. The Goa Pollution Control

Board had last month warned that an epidemic looms large over Colva in view of the rampant discharge of sewage and waste waters in the creek. In fact, analysis of sample water from the Colva creek collected by the Board has revealed that the levels of dissolved oxygen were below the permissible

HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JUNE 15

Overhead power lines snapped at Panzorconne-Cuncolim by uprooted trees last night due to heavy rains. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar

Overnight heavy showers and strong winds left electricity poles and conductors damaged at PanzorconeCuncolim last night. The power conductors were snapped after uprooted trees came crashing down on the lines last night, leaving the area without power supply. Around two electricity poles and the overhead wires were

damaged in the incident. Power personnel were at work at the site along the NH17 to restore power supply to the area. Incidentally, sources in the power department stated that that uprooted trees damaging power lines is not something new in the area and blamed the authorities for trimming the tree branches before the onset of monsoon.

limit. The sample testing had revealed that the creek waters were greenish in colour, emitting an offensive smell and a thick layer of scum was seen floating on the surface, indicating that the creek water does not meet the primary water criteria for Class SW III Water.

Three planners for Margao! HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JUNE 15

Too many cooks spoil the soup, so goes the saying. Seems unbelievable, but as many as three different set of plans are being mooted by different agencies to decongest the Commercial Capital. If the South Goa Planning and Development Authority (SGPDA) is engaged in an unending exercise of finalizing the Outline Development Plan (ODP) for the city, the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC) is pushing the Margao Civic body to approve a City Development Plan (CDP) aimed at improving the chaotic situation and plan for the future. If these two plans are not enough, the Town and Planning Department headed by Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat has now directed SGPDA to prepare a Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) for Margao as a whole. No doubt, planners say the Outline Development Plan and the Comprehensive Development Plan are part of the longterm planning process implemented in any city, but raised doubts over the legal standing of GSIDC’s grandiose

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Fire services and police rushed near Marliz hotel in the heart of the city here after a power cable from an underground cable from a feeder caught fire this evening. The fire created a scare in the busy pavement, with smoke billowing out from the insulated pipeline. The fire ser vices, which rushed to the spot, intimated the power department officials to attend to the fire. Two police constables were deployed at the site as a precautionary measure to ensure that members of the public does not come close to the burning cable wire.

Water from the Arabian Sea entered the Colva creek cleaning the nullah of the sewage and other waste. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar

plans to implement a City Development Plan. Says Margao Municipal Chairperson, Savio Coutinho, who is also a member of the SGPDA: The GSIDC has asked the Margao Municipal Council to give its nod for the City Development Plan (CDP). At yesterday’s SGPDA meeting, the Member secretary said the PDA would set the process in motion to prepare a comprehensive development plan for the city. With so many plans in the offing, I only hope these plans do not overlap or end up in confusion”. SGPDA Member secretary Sandeep Surlakar, however, said the ODP and the CDP are two different planning concepts. “The Comprehensive Development Plan goes into minute details on the city’s planning needs and requirements. The ODP is altogether different”. Surlakar said neither the SGPDA nor the members of the PDA have no idea what the City Development Plan (CDP) mooted by the GSIDC and prepared by Architect Rahul Deshpande is all about. “May be the PDA will be taken into account at a later stage. But, the PDA is not averse to any good points from the GSIDC’s CDP plan and incorpo-

Panel for proper co-ordination between State and MPT

Rains continue to lash State

Heavy rains continued to lash the state for the second consecutive day, with Met department recording 96.3mm of rainfall. As the monsoon currents have intensified strongly, the Met department has predicted heavy showers with thunderstorms and gusty winds for the next 24-hours. The showers that drenched the state since Monday evening continued without interruption till today evening. Valpoi recorded 129.3 mm of rainfall, followed by Pernem (93.4mm), Mapusa (75mm), Canacona (60mm) and Sanguem (49.4mm). The maximum temperature came down to 28.5 degree Celsius while the minimum temperature recorded for the day was 23.8 degree Celsius.

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is missing and his anticipatory bail was rejected by session’s court, overnight he becomes an accused? How this is permissible under law?” the lawyer questioned. He also said that the application for the withdrawal stands after state had challenged the maintainability of the application. Earlier, on Monday, the court had directed Monteiro to be personally present in the court when the matter would be heard on June 17. Monteiro is wanted in connection with death of Nadia Torrado. The woman had died allegedly after consuming rat poison on May 30.

Rains flush out waste from Colva creek

Shiroda man found murdered

A huge tree uprooted at Bandh-Santa Cruz causing damage to two electricity poles leading to road blockade in the area. Photo by Rozario Estibiero

plication and hence it’s allowed to be withdrawn. When the matter came for the order on Tuesday morning, Atmaram Nadkarni appearing on behalf of Monteiro said that it was by mistake that the application was described under section 439 of CrPC instead of section 438 of CrPC. He even pointed out that as per the section 439 of CrPC, where applicant has to be present during argument, is not inforce in our court. Nadkarni argued that Monteiro was made an accused after he disappeared. “He was made an accused after he disappeared. When he

Power cable catches fire in Margao

The Parliamentary Committee of Estimates on study tour to Goa which held a meeting with the officials of Goa government and MPT at Secretariat Porvorim today called for mutual co-existence and proper coordination between MPT and Goa Government in executing plans and programmes and extend its benefit to the state and its people. MP Francisco Sardinha who chaired the meeting was also attended by Shri Rakesh Srivastav, Jt Secretary, Shipping, Government of India, Shri Narendra Kumar, Secretary Information, S. Kumar Swamy, Secretary Power, Dr. Mudassir, Secretary Environment and Ports, Shri Praveen Agarwal, Chairman MPT and state officials from PWD, Revenue and Fisheries Department. Sardinha was of the opinion that MPT should take the State Government into confidence and function with its cooperation. Issues if any, could be resolved by sitting across the table

he said adding that the Committee will convey the sentiments of the members to the Ministry of shipping in addressing issues between MPT and Goa Government. The members also heard the problems and difficulties faced by representatives of Barge and launch owners Association and offered them solutions with the help of all the stakeholders involved. The problems were in connection with discharge facilities for barges, apprehensions over the move to ban boats from functioning etc. Praveen Agarwal, Chairman of MPT who gave a presentation on the Ports Infrastructure Development and capacity enhancement also touched upon issues with 4 lane port connectivity road projects which includes rehabilitation of PAP’s pending with the Goa State Rehabilitation Board since 2005, work of balance 4 lane road including fly over from Baina junction to gate No 9, Vasco by – pass road, rehabilitation of slums by MPT, shifting of garbage dump among others.

rating the same in the Comprehensive development plan for the city”, he added. I n t e re s t i n g l y, re p e a t e d moves by he GSIDC seeking approval for its City Development Plan (CDP) for Marg a o h a s r a i s e d e y e b ro w s amongst the city rulers. Suspicions are raised in certain quarters over the Transfer Development Rights (TDR) mooted in the CDP, which many say would only help the builders to seek transfer of development rights. Another aspect that has raised eyebrows is that the CDP has proposed rehabilitation of the slum dwellers. What has further raised suspicions over the CDP is the fact that certain parties appear hell bent in pushing the CDP when it is known that funds for the implementation of the plan will not come from the Centre without the State government first restructuring the Municipal administration under the 74th Constitutional Amendment. Incidentally, the Outline Development Plan for Margao was last finalized in the year 1997 and it’s more than a decade now, but sadly, the new ODP for the Commercial Capital is not put in place.

Rs 1.5 lakh stolen from vehicle HERALD CORRESPONDENT QUEPEM, JUNE 15

A gang of five robbers decamped with cash of Rs 1.5 lakh after stopping a liquor-laden tempo and threatening the occupants at knifepoint at AmbaulimQuepem on Tuesday evening. In a police complaint, Amar A Gaonkar of Gudi-Paroda stated the incident took place at about 4.30 pm when he along with three others were traveling in a liquor tempo (GA-08/U-1958) from Quepem to Cuncolim via Ambaulim. When they reached near the Government high school at Shepem-Ambaulim, two youth riding a yellow Karizma motorcycle stopped the tempo.Three others riding a Bajaj Pulsar motorcycle also arrived at the spot. They flung chilly powder on Gaonkar’s eyes and at knifepoint, snatched the bag containing Rs 1.5 lakh in cash. They later fled towards Cuncolim. PI Sudesh Narvekar is investigating.


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Dabolim airport to stay even if Mopa becomes reality: Sardinha HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JUNE 15

Chairman of the Estimates Committee of Lok Sabha Francisco Sardinha has asserted that the Dabolim airport will not be closed under any circumstances even if Mopa airport becomes a reality. He submitted his view before members of the Estimates Committee of Lok Sabha at a meeting held at a resort at Betalbatim on Tuesday. Sardinha said the Committee has accepted the government’s stand that Dabolim airport cannot be closed down in the event of Mopa becoming a reality. Sardinha further asserted that it’s better not to have the Mopa airport if it is to come at the cost of Dabolim airport. Sources said members of the Estimates Committee sought to know whether there can be two international airports within a close distance or whether Dabolim will be closed if Mopa becomes a reality. To this, Committee Chairman said the government committee on the

‘Roll back in school fee hike after dept’s order’ HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JUNE 15

Administrator of Mushtifund Saunstha Suhas Sardesai said once the Department of Education writes to them they would roll the back the monthly fee hike applicable to pre-primary and primary students. Sardesai mentioned the management had decided to roll back the fee hike on the instruction of the Government. Parents had submitted a representation to Education Minister Babush Monserrate in this regard. Sore over the raise in monthly fees of their wards studying in the Education Departmentrecognised Lok Chetana pre-primary and primary school, which comes under the Mushtifund umbrella, parents had convened a meeting on Saturday. The school’s Parents Teachers Association Chairperson Srikrishna Haldankar said the roll back in fees was a welcome relief to the parents and thanked the intervention of the Education Minister in the matter. The Mushtifund management had suddenly raised the monthly fee to Rs 1,350 claiming they had to pay teachers as per Government salaries.

Saligao woman ends life

HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, JUNE 15

A 29-year-old woman from Sonarbhat-Saligao committed suicide by hanging herself to the ceiling of her house at Saligao on Monday. According to Calangute police, Jyoti Dinesh Malik drove out her husband and daughter from the bedroom and committed suicide by hanging herself to the ceiling. Police after conducting the autopsy handed over the body to family members for final rites. PSI Sherif Jacques is investigating the case.

South Goa MP and Chairman of the Estimates Committee of Lok sabha Francisco Sardinha making a point on the Dabolim and Mopa airport. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar

airport has put a condition to the Union Civil Aviation Ministry that Mopa airport cannot come at the cost of Dabolim airport. He further said that the proposed airport at Mopa would be built under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Model. “We have put a condition to the Union Ministr y that if Dabolim is going to be closed, we don’t want the proposed

Mopa airport. Mopa is one side of the state. There is no harm in having two airports, but the Mopa airport should not be at the cost of Dabolim”, he said, when newsmen asked whether two airport can operate within a radium of 50 kms. “There’s a wrong impression that two airport cannot co-exist within such a short distance. But, the Union government has

approved both the airports only on the condition that Dabolim will not be closed down when Mopa becomes a reality ”, Sardinha said. The meeting reviewed the expansion work at the Dabolim airport and took into account that only 50 per cent of the land acquisition process for the proposed Mopa Airport stands completed till date.

TCP men exposed over ‘faulty’ panchanama of land filling HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JUNE 15

Village Groups of Goa on Tuesday found Town and Country Planning officials on the wrong foot over a Panchanama drawn in respect of a filling of low lying fields and the filing of FIR against the violators. When representatives of the Village groups came to see Town Planner, Rajesh Naik this morning, he was not found in his office. Later, the representatives confronted planning assistant Bomkar over what they termed as “faulty” panchanama drawn by the official. They contended that Bomkar has only mentioned the land admeasuring 200 square meters

has been illegally filed up at Colva, when the ground reality speaks of land filling of thousands of square meters of fertile agricultural fields. That’s not all. The NGOs cried foul over the failure by the officials to make any mention of other activities in the agricultural fields, including the trenches and road built in the property. There was a verbal duel between Bomkar and secretary of the Colva Civic and Consumer Forum, Judith Almeida over the panchanama, with the NGOs bitterly protesting against the site inspection report. The NGOs further demanded to know from the Planning as-

Goan dies of suffocation after bed catches fire HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JUNE 15

A Goan film scriptwriter residing in Mumbai died of suffocation after his bed caught fire on Monday. Savio Rodriguez (37), a smalltime script writer, was staying at a rented Versova flat in Andheri (West). Police suspect the fire was caused by a cigarette which he had forgotten to put off. “Noticing smoke coming from the flat, neighbours opened the door with the help of the house-owner,” Versova police said. Rodriguez was rushed to Cooper Hospital where he was declared brought dead. Senior inspector Suresh Nalawade of the Versova police station said, “Rodriguez was staying alone in the flat at the third floor of Royal Apartments on Yari Road. He had been staying there for the past six months.” “The neighbours could not even enter inside for some time as the smoke was very thick. They saw Savio lying on a couch in the hall. His bed was com-

pletely burnt and he had suffered some burn injuries on his hands and face. We suspect that he died because of suffocation as burn injuries found on his body were not severe,” said a police officer of the Versova police station.

sistant the delay in lodging a FIR against the violators though the flying squad had issued a stop work order to the concerned party. Later, briefing newsmen, Almeida said the site Panchanama drawn by the planning assistant shows the connivance of the officials with the violators. “The Planning assistant has seen for himself the unauthorized development in the paddy fields, but has not come to light in the site inspection report.”, she said. The NGOs demanded that the Town planning department do their homework well and ensure that fields illegally filled up at Colva and Seraulim are restored to its original condition.

remand for murder HERALD CORRESPONDENT BICHOLIM, JUNE 15

The 48-year-old accused from Bihar, who was arrested in connection with the murder of his roommate on Sunday, has been remanded to 10 days police custody. On Sunday, one Shankar Sharma had allegedly murdered his roommate Krishna Sahu at Maina-Navelim, Sanquelim, after an altercation during the dinner.

KTC revenue up by 9 percent in May HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JUNE 15

The loss making Kadamba Transport Corporation Limited (KTCL) has registered almost nine percent growth in its revenue after the implementation of sixth pay commission to its workers. “The revenue of KTCL has gone up by almost eight to nine percent for the month of May. All credit goes to the workers and our staff,” KTCL managing director Venancio Furtado told Herald. On June 9, the KTCL management and the union had a joint meeting, where various lacunaes in functioning were discussed. Furtado said that increase is mainly attributed to various steps taken by the corporation to control revenue leakages. “At the time of sixth pay implementation, the workers were warned against corrupt practices which results in the revenue loss. We had taken strict measures to check that tickets are given to the passengers. The checking of conductors is been done on regular bases as well as the tickles passengers are fined. These actions helped us in increasing our revenue for the month,” he said. Furtado said that the workers in coordination with the KTCL staff have done a great job in controlling the loss of revenue. “Our target is to cut down the maximum cost and increase the revenue,” he added. Although, as per the agreement between union and management signed during implementation of sixth pay commission, there is provision for its revival if performance of the workers is not satisfactory, the recently held meeting had

no discussion on the same. “We are satisfied with the way workers are cooperating and working to bring KTCL out of financial rid. Hence there is no decision on reviving the pay scale,” Furtado stated. The KTCL will be having yet another meeting next month. At the time of sixth pay implementation, the workers were asked to raise the corporation’s revenue by at least 10 per cent during the initial months as the pay scale has translate into additional liability of Rs 43 crore and monthly liability of Rs 1.3 crore for the corporation. Since last one month, the corporation has injected several fiscal measures to improve the functioning of KTCL and to increase the revenue. The corporation has also opened a helpline for the passengers to inform about the misdeeds of their staff and accordingly, four of its conductors are suspended, while in two cases the inquiry is on and two are grounded for fetching additional ticket fares from the passengers.


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Mapusa civic body has cheated us: fisherfolk HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, JUNE 15

Chief cardiologist Dr Ramdas Nayak felicitates Ashish Naik in the presence of Brijesh Babu, medical director Dr Dhillon Dessai and senior executive of Vivus Group Dr Vaishali Joshi.

PANJIM(HND): Ashish Naik from Canacona has been selected by IIM Ahemadabad with a score of 98.38 percentile. He is the seventh student from Goa to get admission to India's premier management institute. In recognition of his achievement, Vivus-SMRC Heart Centre, Vasco, felicitated Ashish recently by presenting a memento. The function was attended by medical superintendent Dr Dhillon Desai, chief interventional cardiologist and electrophysiologist Dr Ramdas Nayak, administrator Brijesh Babu, head of marketing Vaishali Joshi and the entire Vivus family. Ashish also was wished over the phone by CM Digambar Kamat who said he is proud of Asish's achievement. Ex-IIMA alumni Bhaskar Assoldekar and a very successful entrepreneur also felicitated Ashish telephonically and advised him to cultivate the virtues of forgiveness and the ability to admit one's mistakes and apologize, to achieve success. Ashish has done his BCom from Shri Mallikarjun College of Arts & Commerce, Canacona and is the only non-engineering student from Goa, to get into IIMA.

HIHT’s blood donation

Come shine and now rain, fisherwomen from Mapusa continue to sell fish in the old fish market, even though the roof has been demolished by Mapusa Municipal Council (MMC). MMC had constructed a temporary shed at the cost of Rs 8 lakh for fisherwomen, but they are reluctant to sit in the shed. Speaking to Herald, some fisherwomen complained that the temporary shelter provided by MMC is unhygienic. “It becomes slippery when fish water is spilled on the ground and several fisherwomen and people have slipped and sustained fractures. It is for this reason, we prefer to sit in the old fish market even we get wet in rains,” sad the fisherwomen. “At the time of demolition of the roof of the old fish market, the MMC officials had assured us that the new fish market would be constructed by Goa State Urban

Canacona school students chosen for NSS camp at Rajasthan

n At the time of demolition of the roof of the old fish market, the MMC officials had assured us that the new fish market would be constructed by Goa State Urban Development Agency (GSUDA) within six months, but it is now more than a year and there in no sign of construction of new fish market. Development Agency (GSUDA) within six months, but it is now more than a year and there in no sign of

construction of new fish market,” they said. “We have been cheated by MMC,” stated the fisherwomen angrily. It may be recalled that MMC had demolished the rooftop of the fish market in April 2009 and shifted the fisherwomen in the temporarily shelter built in the open space adjacent to the fish market. H o w e v e r, d u e t o u n h y gienic conditions, the fisherwomen shifted back to the old fish market. They staged a protest rally on March 17 demanding construction of the new fish market urgently and met Chief Officer Dashrath Redkar and MMC Chairperson Roopa Bhakta to press their demand. Though MMC has already forwarded the project file of new fish market duly approved by Planning and Development Authority North Goa to Goa State Urban Development Agency, the GSUDA is yet to start the construction.

Workshop on e-filing of TDS returns HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JUNE 15

The Income Tax Department, Panjim will organize a seminar for creating awareness and to discuss difficulties encountered by TDS deductors in efiling of TDS Returns. The seminar will be held at Surendrababu Timblo Convention Hall, above GCCI Office, Narayan Rajaram Bandekar Bhavan, Panjim on June 22 at 4 pm. The Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, Commissioner and Additional Commissioner and other important officers of the Income Tax Department will guide the participants. This is a unique opportunity to all the TDS Deductors to get all their doubts cleared and also to put forth the difficulties encountered by them. All TDS deductors can participate in the meeting. There are no charges for participation. However, those interested are requested to register their name with the GCCI on tel no 2424252 at the earliest, says a press release

Parents urged to devote time to children in day-to-day affairs

HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, JUNE 15

Revenue Minister Jose Philip D’Souza along with the team of Heritage Institute of Hotel and Tourism and blood donors.

PANJIM(HND): On the occasion of World Blood Donor Day, Heritage Institute of Hotel and Tourism, Goa organised a blood donation camp in the campus. The chief guest on the occasion was Revenue Minister Jose Philip D'Souxa. The students and the staff of the institute actively participated in the camp and donated their blood. The local residents of in and around Vasco were also present for donating their blood. A team of 6 doctors from Goa Medical College Blood Bank, Bambolim, collected the blood of approximately 150 Donors. On this occasion Deputy Director, HIHT, Vikas Chopra, HLDC Head- Sujit Kumar Dwivedi and Administrative Head Shiv Seth were present to boost the moral of the donors. After the donation of blood, gifts and sweets were distributed to the donors.

Madhavi tops at Salgaoncar’s

PANJIM(HND): Madhavi R Patkar, student of V M Salgaoncar College of Law has topped in the college in the LLB-final year degree examination of 2009-10 with a first class. She is a resident of Sawantwaddi and the daughter of Ramesh and Anusuya Patkar. According to a press release, Madhavi ventured from far Sawantwaddi to the soil of Goa to pursue her law degree as there were no law colleges at Sawantwaddi then. Madhavi intends to pursue her LLM degree in the same college. Her efforts are moreover to be appreciated for being a lone woman student to venture into a new state of Goa, breaking the barriers of orthodox cultures at Maharashtra. She is soft-spoken, cultured, humble, disciplined and a good student as per the opinion of her lecturers and teachers, says a press release.

Book on Goa released in Portugal HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JUNE 15

A book 'Goa, 50 anos depois' (Goa 50 years thereafter) has recently been published by Professor Borges da Cunha in Leiria, Portugal, to mark 50 years of his return to Goa, in search of the remnants of Portuguese culture and to meet his friends here, after having served as compulsory military o f f i c e r, f i v e decades ago. Posted in 1957 at Old Goa, Borges da Cunha simultaneously completed his Lyceum and first year of Escola Normal in Goa, acquiring many friendships and studying the Hindu culture and local customs. So much in love with Goa and its people, Borges visited Goa in 1985 with his wife Dona Alice to take part in the Silver Jubilee celebrations of his course. Thereafter, he re-visited in 1992 and lately in 2008 when he was accorded a grand reception at Raj Bhavan hosted by Governor Jamir in the presence of Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and other dignitaries. He too presented them the medallions of the Castle of Leiria.

'Goa, 50 anos depois' is a book where nostalgia of five decades is mixed with the flavour of pleasure of his return to the present. Through its brief chapters Old Goa, Museum of Sacred Art, Archaeological Museum, the last cars of Governor Vassalo e Silva, Goa Legislative Assembly, Institute Menezes Braganza, Portuguese Lyceum, Goa Medical College, Seminaries of Rachol and Pilar, Deao de Quepem, S. Francisco Xavier, Goa Mint House, etc - photos and documents, the author presents the Portuguese Goa of today. Adelio Amaro, Editorial Coordinator of 'Folheto' in his beautiful presentation of the book release to a selected audience of a hundred of intellectuals in Portugal stressed interalia: "Prof Borges da Cunha has proved that Goa, 50 years thereafter, continue to be a land of hospitality and Portuguese culture, a lasting acknoweldgement of the mark kept there." The book has been prefaced by Dr Jose de Sousa from Margao.

Three students from S S Angle Higher Secondar y School, Maxem-Canacona, have been selected in Goa’s NSS contingent to take part in summer adventure camp at Rajasthan. According to S S Angle NSS Unit Programme Officer Anant Agni, three students Agraj Satish Painguinkar, Gaurish Krishnanand Nayak and Adarsh Umesh Kamat are among 20 volunteers selected from Goa to take part in the summer adventure camp at the national level to be held at Atalbihari Vajpayee Mountaineering Institute, Rajasthan, from June 18 to June 27. The selection of 20 Goan outstanding NSS volunteers has been carried out by Department of Sports and Youth Affairs and the team will leave for Manali on June 15 afternoon, states the press note. Agni also informed that a grade-I teacher of S S Angle Higher Secondary School Kavindra Phaldessai will accompany Goa contingent as group manager. Interestingly, Shree Nirakar Education Society Chairman Prashant Naik and acting principal of the school Hemant Kamat have congratulated the students and the accompanying teacher for their selection to represent the State team at the national level.

upcoming events TTAG installation ceremony PANJIM(HND): Travel and Tourism Association of Goa will be organizing their XXVIII installation ceremony of the President and the Managing Committee for the term 2010-2012 at Cidade de Goa, Vainguinim beach on June 18 at 7 pm. Governor Dr Sidhu will be the chief guest and Chief Minister Digambar Kamat will be the guest of honour.

Personality development

PANJIM(HND): The Institute of Personality Development will organize a crash course on ‘interviews’ from June 21 from 10 am to 11 am. The course will include personality development, communication skills, public speaking, hospitality, human relationship and mind control and writing of application and bio-data. The duration of the course is five days only. The course is conducted by Prof Agnel Crasto, Director of the Institute of Personality Development, at Pinto Chambers, Block A, 2nd floor, Menezes Braganza Road, Opp Dena Bank, Panjim. Those interested may contact Prof Agnel Crasto on tel no:s 2435838/9420818302.

Screening at XCHR

PANJIM(HND): Xavier Centre of Historical Research and Child's Play India Foundation will present a screening of 'Tocar y Luchar' (To Play and To Fight) on June 19 at 5.30 pm at XCHR, Porvorim. This extraordinary documentary explores one of the music world’s most uplifting social phenomena, the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra System (‘El Sistema’), which has made world-class musicians out of underprivileged young children. With interviews with many of the world’s most celebrated musicians including the great tenor Placido Domingo, Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle, Guiseppe Sinopoli, and Eduardo Mata, 'To Play and To Fight' is an inspirational story of courage, determination, ambition, and love showing us that… only those who dream can achieve the impossible, says a press release.

Courses in fashion designing

The felicitated students along with chief guest DySP Mahesh NaikGaunkar and Centro Promoter Instrucao office bearers. Photo by Kathy Pereira HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, JUNE 15

Deputy Superintendent of Police Mahesh Naik Gaunkar has appealed to the parents to devote some time to their children studying in schools and colleges in the midst of their day-to-day running. DySP Naik Gaunkar was speaking as the chief guest at the annual prize distribution function of Centro Promoter do Instrucao held in Shri Mallikarjun Vidyalaya, Char Rasta, Canacona on Saturday. According to DySP Naik Gaunkar, Centro Promoter Instrucao, an oldest educational institution running a high school, in Canacona, has been instrumental in giving some best persons to the State in different fields. Sahil Dilkush NaikDessai of

Shri Katiyani Baneshwari High School and Kushant Ganesh Shet of Shri Nirankar High School, Tudal, who stood first and second in Canacona taluka in the recently announced SSC results were felicitated by DySP Mahesh Naik Gaonkar. DySP Gaonkar also felicitated Aishwaria Dhillon Dessai (St Teresa of Jesus High School, Chaudi) for standing first amongst girls from Canacona taluka in SSC board exams. Anisha Anil Gayak from Government High School, Shristhal, who stood first with Marathi as first language also received attention from Centro Promoter Instrucao, felicitating her in the hands of DySP Naik Gaonkar. DySP Naik Gaonkar also felicitated Pranali Chandrakant Bhagat from Shri Mallikarjun

Tourist taxi owners panel inaugurated at Candolim

High School for scoring highest marks in Maths in SSC examinations. Other students from different higher secondary and colleges who were felicitated on the occasion are Sonali Phaldessai, Harshada Bhagat, Mayur Naik, Gauraj Fatarpekar, Rajat Komarpant, Pallavi Bhagat, Kalpita Naik, Rupali Naik and Pratisksha Prakash Dessai. Earlier, Centro Promoter Instrucao President Vikas Dessai welcomed the gathering, Secretary Anil Kalsu Dessai read out a brief report of the instrucao and Vice President Babuso Gaonkar proposed the vote of thanks. Others present on the occasion are Instrucao General Ass e m b l y P re s i d e n t S u re s h Naikgaunkar and School Manager Prakash Naikgaunkar.

2 held for damaging property at Sangolda

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The newly formed North Goa Tourist Taxi Owners Association (NGTTOA) was inaugurated at Shree Jambleshwar Temple Hall, Ximer-Candolim, on Sunday. Calangute ML A and EDC Chairman Agnelo Fernandes inaugurated the NGTTOA in the presence of the executive committee of the Association, Legal Advisor Subhash Sawant and a large number of taxi owners. MLA Fernandes also unveiled the Registration Certificate of the Association and the Association batches meant for taxi owners. The NGTTOA was registered on May 12, 2010, under the Society’s Act and headed by Vas u d e v A r l e k a r, R a v i n d r a Vengurlekar (vice president), Vinayak Nanoskar (general secretary), Pradeep Shirodker (treasurer), Vivek Korgaonkar (joint secretary) while Rajen Palyekar, Uday Shirodker, Sanjay Vengurlekar and Irenieu Gonsalves (executive members). Suddesh Kalangutkar is the spokesperson of the Association. On a day prior to the annual general meeting of the Association, 280 members were registered with the Association. Addressing the gathering, MLA Fernandes congratulated the taxi owners for their bold step and hoped it will be an association to look after the interests of taxi owners and not a forum indulging in unwanted

Calangute police on Monday arrested two persons who are suspected to have damaged property belonging to Government Primary School at Sangolda. According to Calangute police, the duo from Sangolda were arrested based on a complaint filed by one Ganga Shetty stating that unknown persons broke the latch of the school at Bela Vista, Sangolda, in the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday and damaged school items like World Globe, cupboards, etc, incurring losses about Rs 5,000. PSI Harish Gauns is investigating the case.

Calangute MLA Agnelo Fernandes presents the registration certificate to NGTTOA President Vasudev Arlekar. Photo by Thomas Fernandes

fights to tarnish the image of taxi owners. He also made a fervent appeal to the taxi owners to maintain unity among themselves so that their just demands can be sorted out amicably. NGTTOA President Vasudev Arlekar explained the importance of forming an association to meet the just demands of the taxi owners and at the same time to bestow respect for their self-employment of taxi hire trade. “The first job on hand for the Association is the permit for 800 vehicle owners, which the Transport Department has decided against on completion of nine years,” he said. Arlekar also disclosed plans of insurance for all the members

of the Association and pension on their retirement age. He called upon the taxi owners from all over North Goa to join the NGTTOA to strengthen their hands. The speakers at the meeting were also critical of Transport Minister Sudin Dhavlikar and alleged harassment for the taxi owners at the instant of the vehicle marketers for a price. However, Agnelo Fernandes promised to take up the matter with the transport minister and promised his wholehearted cooperation in their cause. Others who addressed the taxi owners were Suddesh Kalangutkar, Ravindra Vengurlekar and Subhas Sawant. Vinayak Nanoskar proposed the vote of thanks.

Trek to Maharashtra HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JUNE 15

Eco Treks Goa will be organising a trek to Redi in Maharashtra on June 20. One will be able to witness historic forts like Teracol and Yeshwantgad at Redi. In front of the fort lies the famous lonely and cool Teracol beach, says a press release. The trek will be held from 8 am to 6 pm. For bookings contact: Durgadas Parab on 9422445444, Olympio on 9822168112 and Amit on 9422442973.

Panjim(HND): Government Polytechnic, Panjim, under its Community Development through Polytechnic Scheme, will commence courses on fashion designing, refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) and beautician, free of cost mainly for economically backward rural unemployed youth. Candidates applying for fashion designing course should have basic knowledge of cutting and tailoring. Interested candidates should submit their full bio-data and relevant certificate (photocopy) and three passport size photographs in the office of the Community Development through Polytechnic Scheme, Government Polytechnic, Altinho-Panaji on or before June 30.

Freedom fighters felicitation on Goa Revolution Day HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JUNE 15

Goa Revolution Day will be celebrated on June 18 for which official functions will be held at Martyr’s Memorial at Azad Maidan, Panjim and also at Lohia Maidan, Margao and Kranti Maidan, Ponda. 14 Freedom Fighters, posthumously and living will be felicitated at the function at Panjim at the hands of Governor, Dr S S Sidhu and Chief Minister Digambar Kamat. According to a press release, June 18 is celebrated every year since 1980 as Goa Revolution Day to commemorate the clarion call given by Dr Rammanohar Lohia, nationalist and veteran freedom fighter to the people of Goa to unite and fight against the colonial regime at Margao at a place now called Lohia Maidan, in 1946. Hectic preparations are going on at Azad Maidan, Lohia Maidan and Kranti Maidan wherein the Departments such as PWD, Protocol, Information & Publicity, Sports, Bal Bhavan, Panjim City Corporation and others are busy giving final touches to the arrangements. At Panjim, Governor Dr Sidhu will be the chief guest, while Chief Minister Digambar Kamat will also grace the occasion along with the Speaker Pratapsingh Rane, Chief Secretary Sanjay Srivastava and Director General of Police Bhim Sain Bassi, IPS. Naguesh Karmali, President of Goa Daman and Diu, Freedom Fighters Association, Panjim and Chandrakant Kenkre, President of Freedom Fighters Association Goa, Ponda will also remain present on the occasion. At Margao, Churchill Alemao, Minister for PWD will place the wreath at Martyr’s Memorial at Lohia Maidan to pay homage. While at Kranti Maidan, Home Minister Ravi Naik will pay homage to the martyrs. The functions will be held at all places and will start at 8.30 am. The following are the freedom fighters to be felicitated: Chandrakant Nilu Parrikar, Calangute (poshthumous); Govindaji Jaswantrao Desai, Pernem (posthumous); Puti Ganesh Gaonkar, Sattari (posthumous); Vishnu Zaiko Gaonkar, Sattari (posthumous), Raghoba Babli Mainkar, Sattari (posthumous), Sukdo Dhakto Chari, Sattari (posthumous), Shivaji Pandurang Sawant, Panaji (posthumous), George Francisco C. Andrade, St. Inez (posthumous), Shri Pandurang Dadasaheb Rane, Bicholim (living); Shri Sitaram Bablo Humraskar, Mapusa (living); Shri Krishna Laxman Kerkar, Vasco (living), Shri Damodar Tukaram Kambli, Panaji (living); Shri Raghoba V. Malik, Sanquelim (living) and Shri Chandrakant Bablo Parab (living).

POWER SHUTDOWN JUNE 16

PANJIM: Between 9 am to 5 pm. Areas affected are EDC house opposite Talaulikar Hospital, Amina building, Bullet showroom, Maratha Bhavan building, Lar Milrock, Premevera Building, Panjim Hotel, Sindurg building, Syaz complex, Mahalaxmi building, Vijayalakshmi apartment, Mayfair hotel building and surrounding areas.

JUNE 17

VERNA: From 9 am to 4 pm. Areas affected are Jordan, Dentalcare, Betts, FDC, Alcina packers, Andrews show room and Bharath Gas fed and surrounding areas.

JUNE 19

MAPUSA: Between 9 am to 5 pm. Areas affected are Bodgini, Navtara Hotel, Parra, Agnimorod, Parra tower, Jakni waddo, Arradi, Verla, Canca, Brittowado, Saliswado, Lingabhat, Lobowado, Fondaewado and surrounding areas.


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New criteria will bring more Janajagruti Manch opposes Goans in BPL list: Churchill housing project at Farmagudi HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JUNE 15

Blaming Mamlatdars and Block Development Officers for blocking his plan to include more and more Goans in the Below Poverty Line (BPL) list, Rural Development Minister Churchill Alemao has said the Centre has come out with new criteria which would help bring large number of Goans in the BPL category. Alemao warned the RDA staff, especially from South Goa district, that he would crack a whip and send them home, if their performance continues to remain below par. At the meeting with RDA officials and staff held here on Monday, Alemao announced that the Centre has relaxed the BPL norms which will now make it easy for economically backward Goans to get in the BPL list. “The Mamlatdars and BDOs had blocked our plans to bring more Goans in the BPL list on grounds the applicant does not fall in the category.

But, the latest criteria will help people to be brought under the category”, he said. The RDA Minister issued directives to the officials to ensure that more and more Goans are included in the BPL list to avail benefits under the Central schemes. “There are some Sarpanchas, who have refused to approve names for the BPL families. Now, the rules are changed that the household owners can now take approval even from a Zilla panchayat member and other persons mentioned in the criteria”, he said. The Minister asked the RDA Secretary to immediately write to the Mamlatdars and the BDOs on the refusal to clear the names under the BPL list and also call a meeting with them to solve the imbroglio. He replied in the negative when suggested that the RDA department could not make major inroads in the villages to bring the poor

under the BPL list. “In Navelim village, there were only three people included in the BPL category. Now the figure has shot up to over 600. Things are certainly improving, but more needs to be done. People should realise that a NREG card holder is automatically included in the BPL list”, he added. Meanwhile, the RDA Secretary has called upon the officials and staff from South Goa to put in more efforts to ensure successful implementation of the BPL schemes. “The DRDA, north has initiated many steps. The staff in south Goa might have been working hard, but there are many inadequacies as per the records”, he said. The Secretary said that auditors have questioned the poor implementation of BLP schemes in South Goa and called upon the staff to work with dedication and sincerity by bringing more persons in the BPL category.

‘Need to develop expert systems to share knowledge’ HERALD REPORTER VASCO, JUNE 15

Stating that information is power, All India Council for Technical Education Chairman Prof S S Mantha said there is a need to develop expert systems to share knowledge and organizations have to develop intranets to share knowledge. Mantha was speaking during the inaugural function of fourday NACLIN 2010, the 13th National Convention on Knowledge, Library and Information Networking at Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani (BITS Pilani), K K Birla Goa Campus, Sancoale. The conference is jointly organised by Developing Library Network (DELNET) and BITS Pilani and over 260 librarians, information specialists, resource personnel from different parts of the country and abroad would deliberate in the 13th convention on ‘Revitalizing Library into Global Village.’ Emphasizing networking of libraries for sharing knowledge and information in knowledge driven society, Mantha said: “We need to develop expert systems, not merely for accessing the resources, but also to capture the knowledge.” He questioned the authenticity of large number of information obtained at the click of a mouse from the web from search tools, thus expert systems and search tools have to be developed to ensure the authenticity of information. “Digital library is an example of knowledge sharing idea,”

Prof S S Mantha releases the souvenir of NACLIN 2010 in the presence of Prof L K Maheshwari, Prof K E Raman, Dr H K Kaul, Dr Sangeeta Kaul, Dr Ishwara Bhat and Anuradha.

added Mantha. In his presidential address, BITS Pilani Vice Chancellor Prof L K Maheshwari called for the revitalization of libraries. “India had excellent information resources in ancient universities like Taxila, Nalanda,” said. Citing a recent example of Saraswati Mahal Library, Tanjore, he said information available in palm leaves have been archived and preserved for future generations by using digital technology. Maheshwari said knowledge doubles every 10 years and he called for technologies to handle knowledge efficiently. Introducing the conference, DELNET Director Dr H K Kaul said importance of developing village knowledge centers in the villages. He said the role of a librarian has changed in recent years and it is a right time to evalu-

ate the knowledge resources and select authenticated resources. “However, upgrade and modernize the syllabus of courses in library and information sciences, the challenge that has to be taken into consideration,” said Kaul. Director of BITS Pilani K K Birla, Goa campus, Prof K E Raman said libraries need to be provided in every new campus. “The faculty members need to be more informed about the knowledge resources so that they can guide the students,” he said. Earlier, Prof S S Mantha released souvenir of NACLIN 2010, while Dr Sangeeta Kaul of DELNET and Anuradha of BITS Pilani Goa campus welcomed the gathering. Dr Ishwara Bhat from BITS Pilani, Rajasthan, proposed the vote of thanks.

Sea threat to houses: Colomb local accuses govt of neglect HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, JUNE 15

A resident of Colomb-Canacona has accused government authorities of not coming to his rescue, as the sea has threatened the existence of his house and a few other houses in the area. “Every year during monsoon, the sea takes away major chunks of land. The pounding waves, which almost reach rear the house wall, have developed cracks to our entire house,” Abhay Dhuri, residing at Colomb shore, told Herald. Dhuri showed scribes the wide cracks developed to the over 70-year-old mud wall

house over the years in which his family still resides. “Sometimes, we feel threatened to live in such a house, but have no other option. The authorities hardly see any urgency to take suitable measures to avoid further land erosion by the rampaging sea,” he said. Dhuri said altogether 10 other houses in the locality are also threatened at Colomb. “I have been knocking the doors of government authorities at different point of time since 1998, but to no avail,” he said. “Initially, the then Mamlatdar, thought my demand was unrea-

sonable and kept quiet, but the subsequent taluka’s administrative heads, sometimes invoking disaster management clauses after observing the threats are indeed at a profound stage, filed reports for necessary measures, but till now nothing has been materialized.” “After I met Water Resources Minister Felipe Neri Rodrigues, a year and half ago, things began to move, but the concerned departments seems to be hardly in any urgency, as fate continue to be in the hands of nature, while sea continues to take away chunks of land as the waves pound our backyard,” informed Dhuri.

St Anthony’s feast celebrated HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, JUNE 15

Parishioners in almost all the churches in Canacona taluka celebrated the feast of St Anthony with great faith and devotion on Sunday. While masses were celebrated with special devotions to ‘the wonder worker saint of extraordinary gift of miracles’ in most other churches, St Teresa of Jesus Church, Chaudi, led the Canacona deanery invoking St Anthony in both Sunday masses, which were partaken fervently by many parishioners. The feast of St Anthony was celebrated at Chaudi church with unique precedence, as all the participating devotees

were distributed with breads and a Novena booklet of St Anthony in both the masses. Chaudi Church Parish Priest Fr Manual Fernandes celebrated the masses and in his homily appealed to the parishioners to live the life of St Anthony of Padua of the Fransciscan Order. According to a Chaudi church parishioner Natividade D’Sa, one Peter Fernandes of Ponsulem had booked June 13 to observe the feast of St Anthony’s in Chaudi church, in honour of the saint and express his thanksgiving for answering his prayers. “Incidentally, Peter who works in a gulf country could not attend the celebrations in

Goa, however his mother Remetina along with his wife and children were present and recorded the mass proceedings to be sent to Peter,” informed D’Sa. Interestingly, out of the seven parishes in Canacona, Galgibaga church is devoted to St Anthony, which too observed the saint’s feast on Sunday like other churches, but Galgibaga church traditionally celebrates the village feast in a grand way in January. Many people invoked St Anthony for recovery of lost things, both temporal and spiritual, while it is a known tradition to invoke the people’s favourite saint in the event of delay in rains.

Villagers of Farmagudi-Ponda gather at the ongoing road work near ITI Farmagudi. Photo by Amresh Parab HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARCEL, JUNE 15

The Janajagruti Manch Bandora (JMB) has taken a strong objection to the proposed housing project on the communidade land near Industrial Training Institute at Farmagudi-Ponda. Interestingly, a part of the communidade land has been suggested in the RP 2021 to be kept as grazing land by the core committee of Bandora panchayat. The request has been already forwarded to the TCP. It may be recalled that villagers during Bandora panchayat gram sabha had objected to the proposed housing project. JMB member Govind Gaude said a private contractor without any permission from the authorities has undertaken road construction through a government property and the works are being executed during holidays. “We have obtained information under RTI Act through the ITI Farmagudi, as the road is being constructed through ITI land. To our surprise, the infor-

mation does not mention of giving any permission for road construction,” said Gaude. “Some private party is misusing the government property and authorities are least bothered. The contractor is doing the work during weekends and no one knows who is doing the work,” added Gaude. “Though no details are available on the contractor undertaking the roadwork, it is clear that the road is only for the housing project,” claimed Gaude. He further said only Dhangar family resides in the area and the road could have ended near their residences. “Dhangar families have not demanded the road and neither does it ends at their residences. It is a clear indication that it is for the mega residential project on the communidade land. We have opposed and will continue to do so,” stated Gaude. Ragi Patil from the Dhangar community claimed that the road contractor forcibly destroyed the well, which was built for Ganesh immersion.

“There was a well built by the panhayat to immerse Ganesh replica. It has been covered with mud to make way for the road. The small portion of the road passes through the private property. We are living here since last so many years and the land owner forcibly demolished the temporary compound wall and later one contractor begun with road work. We have six families living here,” said Patil of Farmagudi. Bandora Sarpanch Damodar Naik claimed that no NOC has been granted to any such work at Farmagudi and that the panchayat has forwarded the suggestion of the core committee on RP2021 to demarcate the land as grazing. “We haven’t given any permission to construct road at Farmagudi. The area, where people allege a housing project will come up, has been suggested to be demarcated as a grazing land,” said the sarpanch. “The suggestion of the core committee has been sent to the TCP to be included in the RP 2021,” added Naik. The JMB has urged authorities to look into the matter at the earliest and not to allow any work until the RP 2021 is finalized. Manch has also warned the investors, who wish to purchase property in the area that the work is illegally executed and their investment will be of no use. “I urge authorities not to allow any permission for work in the area till RP 2021 is finalized. If any one wants to buy property, they should do at their own risk and not to blame the villagers later,” warned Govind Gaude.

Founder of St Xavier’s HS, Fr Gabriel no more HERALD CORRESPONDENT BELGAUM, JUNE 15

Fr Gabriel Lobo (87), the founder of St Xavier’s High School, here, and one of the first generation priests, who hailed from Aldona, died at Clergy Home, Dharwad, on Monday. Fr Lobo was one of the most respected priests in the Diocese of Belgaum. Born on July, 12, 1922, he completed his primary school at Aldona and then did two years’ of Latin at Mapusa. He joined the Seminary at Rachol and prepared himself for the priesthood for the next 10 years. Fr Lobo was ordained on January 12, 1947, by Valerian Cardinal Gracias who was then Auxiliary Bishop of Bombay. He was appointed to the Diocese of Belgaum, where he worked

Fr Gabriel Lobo

tirelessly for the spiritual, social and educational development of the people here irrespective of caste and creed. He was the founder of St Xavier’s School, which was earlier known as Immaculate Conception School. He was instrumental in constructing the Immaculate Conception Church, Belgaum, Our Lady of Piety Church, Belgundi, and

NH4A widening: Corlim locals to meet Churchill, MPs HERALD CORRESPONDENT OLD GOA, JUNE 15

The Corlim Citizen Civic and Consumer Forum (CCCCF) have decided to meet PWD Minister Churchill Alemao and the two Lok Sabha MPs in a bid to save houses likely to be demolished due to the proposed roadwidening of the NH4A highway from Panjim to Ponda via Corlim. CCCCF members feared that 40 houses would be demolished as land is being demarcated for the NH4A highway. In a bid to save these houses, CCCCF members have suggested that authorities should instead divert the highway from Old Goa through the fields of Carambolim and Corlim, before connecting it to-

wards the highway at the Banstarim Bridge. They also feared that the busy highway could disrupt the peace and tranquility in the village. “The forum is worried about the number of houses that would be demolished for the highway and w would like to meet PWD Minister Churchill Alemao as well as North Goa MP Shripad Naik and South Goa MP Francisco Sardinha in this regard,” said CCCCF Secretary Baptist Pereira. “Our forum has even asked the Corlim panchayat to convene a special Gram Sabha on the issue. However, I’m surprised that the affected persons have not contacted the Forum with their grievances,” Pereira added.

CMC chief completes one year CANACONA (HC): Canacona Municipal Council (CMC) Chairperson Shyamsunder Dessai will complete one year in office on Wednesday. Dessai, first time councilor from Ponsulem, was sworn in as chairperson much before the ruling group’s agreed tenure, after former chairperson Divakar Pagui got embroiled in a judicial custody tangle, which compelled him to remain absent from administrative works for major part during his term. Interestingly, Dessai then had a series of developmental activities during the year, including Rs 3.5 crore worth beautification of Chaudi ward, inaugurated by Chief Minister Digambar Kamat last month

and presently underway. “The Bhaji market worth Rs 40 lakh, which will be built under SUDA will be my other gift to CMC and people of entire Canacona taluka,” said Dessai. Besides, even his critics have appreciated him for getting Rs 50 lakh fund for the development of all the wards, which according to Dessai was evenly used for developmental works of all the 10 wards. However, the most touching time during his last one year came when several houses from CMC, including few at Mangan, which were razed during the October 2 Canacona floods last year, were provided with Rs 55 lakh fund to rebuild the houses.

other religious, social and educational institutions. Fr Lobo was first appointed at Sacred Heart Mission, Madanbhavi, in 1947 and then as parish priest of Holy Rosary Church, Tumarikopp, in March 1955. In March 1965, Fr Lobo was appointed parish priest of Immaculate Conception Church, Belgaum, where till 1987 he served the people. In 1987, he was appointed as the parish priest of Our Lady of Piety Church, Belgundi, where he served till his retirement from priesthood in 1998. Bishop of Belgaum Diocese Rev Peter Machado who is at present in Germany has expressed deep sorrow on the death of Fr Gabriel Lobo. “The Diocese of Belgaum has lost one of the most committed priests. He was always faithful to any mission he was entrusted with,” Bishop Machado said in his message. The mortal remains of Fr Lobo will be brought to Belgaum on Wednesday at 12 noon at Fatima Cathedral, Belgaum. Karwar Bishop Derek Fernandes accompanied by Fr Lucio Mascarenhas, Vicar General of Belgaum will be preside over Eucharistic services that will be held at Fatima Cathedral on Wednesday at 3.30 pm, followed by the burial at the European Cemetery. A large number of priests from Belgaum, Karwar, Goa, Sindhurg and other places are expected to attend the funeral services.

1 rescued from drowning

CALANGUTE (HC): A 25-year-old native of Anna Nagar-Chennai was rescued from drowning by lifeguards of Dristhi Surf Life Team off Baga coast on Sunday. According to Dristhi reports, P Bhupati Muthunathan was swimming in a ‘no-swim’ zone when he was pulled in by a rip current. Drishti Captain Sagar Gaonkar, who noticed Muthunathan struggling in the waters, alerted lifeguards Shekhar Kamat and Vitthal Chorlekar. Lifeguards Shekhar and Vithal swam to his rescue and were later joined in by lifeguards Vitthal Matnekar and Gautam Kalangutkar. They securely brought Muthunathan to the shores.


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Over 100 Indians stranded in the violence-hit Southern Kyrgyz towns of Osh and Jalal-Abad have been evacuated to capital Bishkek as the death toll in five days of ethnic clashes climbed to 124. “All the Indian nationals stranded in the southern Kyrgyz towns of Osh and Jalal-Abad were safely evacuated last night by air to Bishkek. They are expected to return to India over the next few days. Flights out of Bishkek are operating normally,� a statement by the Ministry of External Affairs said here today. It said the airlift of the Indian citizens was arranged by the Embassy of India in Bishkek with the active cooperation and support of the Kyrgyz authorities. According to Kyrgyz officials, 124 people have died and as many as 1,685 people injured in the clashes since last week. However, ethnic Uzbeks alleged that many more have been killed and accused government forces of helping Kyrgyz mobs in their deadly rampage.

Employee gets salary after retirement too PTI ROURKELA, JUNE 15

In an instance of gross administrative lapse, an employee of Rourkela Municipality has been reporting for work and receiving salary for the past three months even after her date of retirement. Basanti Deep, a sweeper who was to retire from service on February, 2010 has been receiving her salary and doing her normal duty after putting her signature in the attendance register, sources at the municipality said. This came to notice of the municipality chairman and its executive officer only this month She was not even served six months advance notice as per government norm about the date of her retirement from service, the sources said. Admitting the lapses, executive officer Bijaya Kumar Swain and BJD-led Chairman Rashmibala Mishra said that departmental proceeding against the concerned employee and employees of Accounts Department had been initiated. An official letter was served to Basanti two days back informing her about her retirement from service from February 10 last and asked her to refund her three months salary. The municipality authorities also served show cause notices to three accounts assistants seeking an explanation for this lapse, the sources said. Meanwhile the opposition ward councillors of the municipality have demanded through probe into the functioning of BJD-led municipality and action against the errant officials.

Two killed in accident PTI AURANGABAD (Bihar), June 15

Two persons were killed and 15 others injured, six of them seriously, when amini-bus in which they were travelling overturned on Daudnagar-Goh road in Aurangabad district today, police said. The mishap took place as the driver lost control of the minibus which overturned in a ditch. Two persons died on the spot, while 15 others sustained injuries, they said, adding the injured were rushedto a hospital where the condition of six of them was stated to be critical. Police has seized the vehicle.

Dalit girls go missing PTI MUZAFFARNAGAR, JUNE 15

Two Dalit sisters, one of them a rape victim, have gone missing from Balheri village in the district, police said here today. The two girls aged between 10-13 years went to the fields yesterday and did not return following which their father Brahampal filed a complaint with the police. One of the girls was allegedly raped by an old man Shobharam on June 5 at the village. Later the accused had committed suicide.


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he Hospicio is used to being in the news time and again, usually for the wrong reasons. The latest episode is one in which the relatives of 24-year-old Matrubia Shaikh – who was stabbed to death on Sunday evening in broad daylight near the Margao’s Old Bus stand by one Abhijit Patil in a case of an unfulfilled one-sided attraction – could not get custody of her body on Monday because the hospital simply had no senior medico-legal surgeon to conduct the mandatory postmortem examination. The problem was compounded after the medical officer drafted by the government to the Hospicio mortuary declined to perform the autopsy, on grounds that it was a murder case and the post-mortem must be performed by a senior doctor. The girl’s relatives said that they were called to the hospital at 9.30 am today to take possession of the girl’s body, but the post-mortem did not take place even by 11.30 am. To compound matters, there was no senior medico-legal surgeon on duty. That was when the Hospicio medical superintendent instructed the medical officer on duty – who declined to do it herself because she did not have the necessary seniority – to transport the girl’s body to the Goa Medical College and Hospital mortuary at Bambolim, where the post-mortem could be done. Already in shock over Matrubia’s murder, the relatives had to endure endless red tape and unnecessary delays to hold her funeral. Understandably, the relatives were furious. They were anxious to take possession of the body to perform the final rites in the evening. Their haste was perfectly in order. In Muslim tradition, the deceased must be buried as soon as possible after death. The religion advocates against embalming or otherwise disturbing the body of the deceased. Post-mortems may be performed if necessary, but should be done with utmost respect for the dead person. The Hospicio superintendent ought to have made adequate arrangements for carrying out the post-mortem on the girl’s body, since the doctor who was duty it is to do the autopsies at Hospicio was on leave. If that was not possible, he should have informed the relatives, so that they could arrange the funeral accordingly. Last but not least, what is the use of appointing a substitute doctor who is not qualified to carry out post mortems in medico-legal cases? Matrubia’s brutal murder also brings up questions about what business organisations are doing to protect their women employees. As Bailancho Ekvott chief Auda Viegas has pointed out, the victim and the assailant both worked in a luxury hotel in Margao, and the girl was being constantly subject to the boy’s unwelcome attentions. This is tantamount to sexual harassment. All institutions – whether they are government or private entities – are required by a Supreme Court directive to set up a committee to look into cases of sexual harassment at the workplace. If the employers had set up such a committee and informed employees that any sexual harassment complaints could be directed to it, this murder might never have taken place. It is time the Labour Department ensures that these ‘Vishaka Committees’ are set up in all organisations, so that Matrubia’s unfortunate death does not go in vain.

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he Congress is going into all sorts of contortions trying to explain Union Carbide Chairman Warren Anderson’s mysterious release after his arrest in Bhopal. The latest, of course, is Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s contention that the then Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Arjun Singh’s office was compelled to release Anderson to avoid a “law and order situation”. Really? What kind of “law and order situation” could have emerged when Anderson was in jail? Even if one concedes that it was “necessary” to fly him on the chief minister’s plane to New Delhi, who allowed Anderson to fly out of the country? Mr Mukherjee will only get his party into deeper trouble with such half-witted explanations.

Sanquelim blunder Praxy Fernandes, Sanquelim Recently, I came across a lot of errors on a birth certificate issued to a family member by the Sanquelim Municipality. On enquiry, I was told that the birth and death registers were damaged by rain and flooding in the municipality office. Subsequently, the registers were re-recorded without the public being consulted or told. As a result, there are lots of mistakes in names, place of birth, address, etc. To get these details corrected, the public is made to suffer by being asked to produce notarised affidavits and other documentary

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16 June 1910 GMC Alumni This is not the first time the Goa Medical College is to be folded. However it will survive considering that its alumni is a force to be reckoned with.

Planting Trees It has been a long time since the authorities had proposed to plant trees along the main arteries. However it is as yet to be implemented. Could be that as of now they decided against arborization?

Nuvem Parish It is reported that the Villagers of Nuvem requested the District Administrator to appoint as its Chairman of Parish Council a wealthy individual from the Village itself.

Margao Market At long last have begun the construction works and repairs at the Central Market in the Vila de Margao.

Effects of Migration on Family and Society Migration hurts the family and community invariably with its inevitable negative results, asserts RUi Da GaMa

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igration is all about movement of people from one place on Planet Earth, to another location on the same Planet, be it to stay temporarily or permanently. According to the United Nation Charter, the freedom of movement is a fundamental right of men who are the citizens of this Planet Earth. Rightly, Migration is from one Planet to another Planet, as man going from the Earth to the Moon. However, Man is not a permanent resident of the Planet Earth, since we have to leave the Earth and go to the place we have come from. The point is that, we are all emigrants here on Earth as much as we are also tenants on Earth and not its Owners. And for this reason, we have to leave everything behind and leave this Earth when the time comes. We can claim a Right on Earth but never the Ownership. Actually, according to man made laws and rules, it is only the Right which is transferable. The Creator of the Universe and Planet Earth is the Owner, and his Ownership is non transferable. This point is of considerable importance whilst framing the laws, rules and regulation within the nation as well as by and between the nations. This has to be understood by the leaders of the States, the nation and world forums such as the United Nations. The so called man made migration from one State to another State and from one Nation to another Nation divides the Generation. And when the Generation is divided, the Family too gets divided. The family which lives together stay together. The Family is part of a Community and a generation grows on the love of its family and its community. Marriages which take place within a community have a very healthy growth and the fruits (the Children) grow in a healthy loving atmosphere. When Migration take place, its hurts the family as well as the community. There is no doubt that the foreign remittance does help the family and community to meet its material needs. However, the division in the family and community does more emotional and mental damage to the members of the family, whether those who live in the original place or for the one who has migrated to another place. And this damage passes on to the Community or Society, as different people of different cultures try to live together as best as they can. However, the relationship by and be-

Social EvilS tween them becomes difficult leading to unhappiness, unrest, emotional and mental disturbances, breakup in marriages, unhealthy live-in or gay relationships, etc. Man was made to live on the love of the family. A Man and a Woman is blessed with children out of a Covenant of Marriage ( United Nations mentions the word “ Covenant “ ). They grow old with joy in their lives by seeing the generations grow. Their hope of a generation which will carry forward their love and care to the other generations and to the community, society, state and nation. However, it is sad that due to migration, the whole plan of the Creator for Man is broken and today we are left with a perverse greedy generation who live in loneliness and isolation. We lack the faith that enough is provide to us, to develop and grow within our own family, our society, our state and our nation. Temporary migrations for jobs would do less damage and at the same time earn the revenue for the family, society , state and nation. But encouraging permanent migration can have

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he gift-wrapping paper crackled, and Cocky, my parrot, screeched. “Be quiet!” I said coldly, “You are going to Goa!” “Whaaat?” she cried, swooping to the window. “It is such a gorgeous summer here in New York! I should be swinging through the sunshine of Central Park, rather than drowning in the monsoons of faraway Goa!” “You will be staying in the luxury of the best bungalow at Altinho!” I said, “I am sending you as my personal gift to the Chief Minister of Goa!” “Whaaat?” she screeched, “You ungrateful wretch! What have I done?” “Oh nothing” I smiled, “It’s just his government has completed three years serving the aam admi – and you Cocky, are my present to him!” “Why not a washing machine like everybody else?” she spat. “Then the ‘gorment’ ministers do not have to wash their dirty linen in public!” “Firstly it is not ‘gorment’, I said, “Do not speak like a ghati! Secondly there’s no washing there – it’s a clean government – for the

proof. This puts the public to expense for a fault that is purely the municipality’s. Instead, government-issued documents like PAN cards, election cards, BSNL bills, school certificates, etc, should be accepted as proof to make the necessary corrections.

Govt of cheats Loren Fernandes, Nagoa Joaquim Correia Afonso’s Opinionated column ‘Stop squealing, start roaring’ (Herald, 9 June) is absolutely right. The government is unnecessarily forcing us to part with our meagre and precious land. Last time, the government acquired thousands of sq metres of land for the bypass in Nagoa-Verna, and paid just Rs30 per sq metre. Isn’t that daylight robbery? The Congress government is only fooling and cheating people. Let our highway be only 30 metres. The Kerala politicians care for their people, but Goan politicians fool their voters. Next time, we will oppose tooth and nail any further land grabbing, unless the government compensates us with land nearby.

Youngster’s murder Fatima Sardinha, Margao A beautiful young girl, desperate and confused at the way life was treating her and trying to fight the devil of her choice, succumbed to Ratol paste. Another young female life was lost in a cold-blooded murder by a jilted lover. Hats off to the public who did not let the culprit escape. The women’s activists who fought tooth and nail to do justice to Nadia’s soul, should not rest till the accused gets the right penalty in this case too. I hope it will not be a case like Mahanand’s, where there was ‘lack of evidence’.

Fuel price hike? S Kamat, Alto Betim It is expected that soon, petrol will go up by Rs3 to Rs3.50, and other fuels in proportion. The government is trying to sell the price hike as a ‘necessary’ measure to bring oil prices in India in line with international prices. Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi

a very bad effect on the family, on society, the State and Nation. They are many who had migrated permanently to other States and other Nations who have now realized their mistake and want to return. What are the rehabilitation facilities that we are providing hem with to come back? They are the prodigal sons and daughters of our families, our community, our state and our nations. How do we welcome them? We need to do much more to encourage our people to only migrate temporarily and discourage them from permanent migration. Do we have good laws for this purpose? Do we have good Counsellors for this purpose. Do we have enough Counsellors to attend to the divided families for which the nouveau riche (new rich) would pay to cope with the stress of migration? Migration creates much stress on the divided family, the society or community, the state and the nation. As far as the State and Nation is concerned, the effect of temporary migration or emigration, leads to permanent migration and emigration.

The development activities within the States must be spread according to the size of the population in order to generate employment in a sustainable manner and to give equal opportunities to the members of the families. Migration and emigration must be controlled only for the purpose of serving the need of development in respective areas and it should be temporary till a local substitute is trained and placed accordingly. If we negotiate well, it is possible to put this principle in place between States and Nations. And this will be possible if we are sensitive to the needs of the family, Community or Society as a whole. If not, the States and Nations will go through turmoil leading to violence, racial attacks, drunkenness, drug edicts, sexual perversion, corruption, break-up of families, theft, murders, rapes, internal armed revolt, mentally ill people, a lawless State and a lawless Nation. It is a threat to our internal security. There cannot be peace unless there is peace within a man. And a man cannot live without a family and his community. On one hand the State and nation is earning foreign remittance and on the other, the state expenditure doubles up to cope with the stress of migration and emigration. Without migration, there cannot be emigration and without emigration, there cannot be migration. It is a head long division in the name of a better life. And in fact, there is no better life, only better opportunities which in the end bring individual misery, loneliness and isolation which affect the Community and the State. It leads to a confused State and confused nation. The Unity fails. A divide nation or state cannot stand on its own, for the enemy will exploit our state and nation. A divide family or community cannot stand on its own, for the enemy will exploit it. In India we say: United We Stand, Divided We Fall. Please do not encourage permanent migration. Even the temporary ones must be controlled by way of planned development in all sectors of the economy. This report was presented to the Office of the Hon.Commissioner for NRI Affairs, Government of Goa, Secretariat Complex, Alto-Porvorim, Goa, on October 15th , 2009 as requested by them. The Writer is Convenor -Asha Family Responsibilities & Rights Association

aam admi!” “Forget your ‘gorment’ torment, your aam admi!” Cocky was furious. “Who will give me the special diet I am used to, donkey?” “You will be the CM’s right hand!” He’s served the finest food everywhere! What he eats, you eat. In fact, as his right hand, you will get to taste it first, even before he does! How much more pampered do you wish to be?” Cocky glared balefully. “I see your evil plan! Nobody suspects a parrot as the official food-taster. If somebody tries to poison him, I will die instead!” “You are being too melodramatic!” I said. “And anyway you are becoming rather obese for a bird, with all those daily frankies from the deli! Try to switch your diet to the CM’s aam admi diet – dal, roti, a little sabzi!” “Those are prison rations!” Cocky screamed. “Doesn’t aam mean mango?” “Very well, I will tell the CM’s OSD fellow to add you a mango slice daily. Which do you prefer Alphonso or mancurad? Or a raw mango miskut?”

By Francis Rodrigues “Shut up!” she spat, “Will I get to appear on Prudent, 365 or HCN TV?” “Everywhere!” I said, “Our heroic CM is the Konkani belt champion!” “I do not care if he is the taekwondo belt champion!” she yelled, “If I am to be sacrificed for the aam admi, I want to be on TV with my guns!” “Whaaat?” It was my turn to be horrified, “Are you quite mad?” “Fool!” she screeched, “As an aam admi, I have every right to bear arms!” “But for what?” I asked a cold sweat breaking out, “Aam is not arm!” “Yes it is!” she concluded, “And I want to use them like every Goa minister!” “And that is....to?“ I quavered. “Harm admi!” she shrieked hysterically. The popat always knows. [If you just arrived: Langoti “Long” John Silva is a globe-trotting Goencar, always accompanied by his wise-cracking parrot Cocky]

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Churchill’s hypocricy Julius Carvalho, Dubai Churchill Alemao’s denial – that he never said that Goans were ‘squealing like pigs’ – is expected. Every time he is caught on the wrong foot, he denies it and hypothetically offers to resign. On many occasions, he has said that Rajiv Gandhi made Konkani the official language of Goa. But Goans across world are aware that the Congress government of Rajiv Gandhi and former CM Pratapsingh Rane were responsible for the death of seven Goans during the language agitation. Now he is reminding Goans about the ‘sacrifice’ he and his kin made during the language agitation. Will Churchill now deny that he ever said that Rajiv Gandhi made Konkani Goa’s official language of Goa, and that it was Goans who fought on the roads to make Konkani the official language? Churchill should remember that Goa is not his football club, where he struggles to triumph by recruiting non-Goans. Also, mega-housing projects are not development projects for Goa and Goans. Rather, they will one day make Goans to struggle find a fellow Goan in the neighbourhood. said that the UPA government increases prices only when it is unavoidable and to the minimum extent possible. How can he say this with a straight face; in the regime of UPA-2, prices of almost everything have gone up! Does it not show that the UPA-2 government is unable to govern?

Law and disorder Augustus Alphonso, Vasco I really don’t have any words to express my anguish at shameful state of Goa under the leadership of Chief Minister Digambar Kamat. I can see the good and appreciate it, but the bad (particularly the level of corruption) is just too hard to swallow. The commitment to the so-called ‘Aam Admi‘ that the CM talks about is nothing but a joke. Please Mr CM, you better vacate your seat or clean up your act!

Incomplete Colva ground Efigenio Dias, Colva The Government of Goa under No: 22/25/2005-RD, Revenue Department dated 6 October 2005, published a notification for land acquisition at Colva to build a multipurpose ground opposite Colva Church. Later on, the government laid the founda-

tion stone. The project did not materialise; the government has done nothing for the public. The ground is especially for students, who are our future pillars, to carry out sports, recreation and extracurricular activities. It is also required for parking of vehicles and for social activities, surrounded as it is by the church, cemetery, Infant Jesus High School, Government Primary School, village panchayat office, bank etc. The area is adjacent to a busy junction, and the government must solve this problem urgently to avoid congestion and accidents, as well as hardships to villagers and students.

Common-health games Adelmo Fernandes, Vasco The FIFA World Cup is underway in South Africa, where thousands of sex workers have been made to undergo mandatory test for AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and given health cards. This was absolutely necessary to check the spread of HIV and STDs among those visiting the country. The Commonwealth Games (CWG) will be held in the national capital Delhi in a

few months. Has the Delhi Administration or the Union Health Ministry taken similar precautions?

Fight Mopa now! Vincent Rego, Dubai Goans, especially from the South, should wake up and put in tireless efforts to see that Mopa Airport never comes up. Mopa will solely benefit politicians and their kin, who have purchased large tracts of land nearby at dirt cheap prices. First, let our Digu-bab and the 40 thieves fight to take Dabolim from the Navy, which has its state-of-the-art Seabird base at Karwar. Why is Churchill quiet now – because he holds a plum portfolio and is least bothered? Dabolim area has a vast area; more then enough for a major airport if the Navy vacates the area.

What use police? F deSouza, Candolim The newly erected fish sculpture, just a km away from the Calangute police station, was damaged. In response, the cops asked the Candolim Church to hire security to prevent theft of relics and statues. Tomorrow, will the police ask each individual home to employ security guards to ensure its safety? If the police and government cannot even curb desecration and robberies of temples, churches, etc, how can they fight terrorism and the drug mafia?

Murder, not suicide John Fernandes, Margao Dr Oscar Rebello seems to overrule murder as the cause of Nadia Torrado’s death on the grounds that huge sums of money were spent on her hospitalisation (‘The curious case of Nadia Torrado’, Herald, 11 June). Yes, Rs45 lakh is a huge sum for most people, but it’s a pittance for politicians who spend crores gambling. Dr Oscar should also know that shifting critical patients from one doctor to another or from one hospital to another can be fatal. I personally think that some so-called suicides in India are actually murders. I also think that destruction of evidence is as serious as the crime itself.

Paths of Wisdom God as Mother By Sri Ramakrishna There are some temples where God is worshipped as Mother. In one of these, in Bengal, She is represented by a large stone image. The sculptor has carved in stone his idea of the Mother of the Universe, and many pious people, finding it attractive and inspiring, go there to pay their respects or make offerings. One day an old monk who used a cane came into the temple. Approaching the altar he said, speaking aloud to God, “Mother, you are said to be God; tell me the truth: are you solid like stone — this image? Or are you formless, indescribable and impossible to touch?” “Take your cane,” the monk heard a soft voice saying, “and strike my body on the left side.” He did, and the cane hit the stone with a clack. “Now strike me from the other side,” She said. When the cane reached the sculpture it passed right through it as if it were air. ***

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“There are pearls in the deep sea, but one must hazard all to find them. If diving once does not bring you pearls, you need not therefore conclude that the sea is without them. Dive again and again. You are sure to be rewarded in the end. So is it with the finding of the Lord in this world. If your first attempt proves fruitless, do not lose heart. Persevere in your efforts. You are sure to realize Him at last.” “What are you to do when you are placed in the world? Give up everything to Him, resign yourself to Him, and there will be no more trouble for you. Then you will come to know that everything is done by His will.”

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opinionated Making politicians accountable By John Eric Gomes

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e had our chance when the RP 2011 was scrapped and all panchayats were brought into the picture together with gram sabhas. Each and every citizen was sought to be involved with individual questionnaire to fill, local area sub committees formed etc. GBA provided technical support where government authorities were incompetent or failed, old records updated and people came together. But they could not build on this good start, work together for follow up and most importantly stay together. Panchayats being the most corrupt organizations with politicians having their fingers into every pie, the outcome was inevitable. Still, it did shake up the laid back Goans and there is sporadic rebellion and social activism being ridiculed as: now they oppose every development. They are only asking development for whom, sustainable development to stop environmental degradation, and not overload our infrastructure with policies to the detriment of our citizens. Our government has recently celebrated 3 years of unstable, infighting, self preserving governance which by some of their policies have done dangerous permanent damage to Goa and goans. This they celebrated by releasing a book with great fanfare titled Golden Glow. The price of gold has sky-rocketed and we can all surmise where the glow has gone! The blatant politics of corruption to stay in power is no secret, right from the Central government to our very own netas. The rise in corruption is inversely proportional to good governance. Those in seats of authority have revealed privately at at talk shows that people come to them willing to pay any bribe to get their work done. The System is such that maybe due to unacceptable delay an honest person is thereby forced to become a bribe giver. Regrettably it is mostly in order to get the rules bent or by passed or do illegal things This malaise affects the country’s political system as a whole. We have a warped system with all sorts of hypocrisies of nepotism, of cast and creed and a sick society which permits political parties to get elected “winnable” candidates. Also an agonizing legal system that permits a State government under section 321 of the Criminal Procedure Code, to withdraw cases/ forgive crimes if thereby they can continue to stay in power. Our System and legal procedures are after 26 years, now starkly enfolding in the handling of the Bhopal Gas tragedy! It is admitted by Supreme Court Justices and eminent professionals, that every government and the whole system have let the country and its people down to grave injustice. Our System permits professional politicians to remain in power, carry on their nefarious deeds with impunity and protect those who help them. They have learnt the art of criminalization and vote bank politics so they can control or influence all the Estates of Democracy, namely the Executive, the Legislature, the Judiciary and the Press/media. We have crorepati politicians from the scheduled castes and dalits. No one dares to prosecute and jail them even after ample evidence. The CBI has for example told the Supreme Court about Mayawati’s massive wealth and scams, and in fact much of it available in a remarkable biography written by Ajoy Bose titled “BEHNJI”.The CBI list filed in 2003 reported Rs36.5 million in one bank and Rs2.345 million in another. This in addition to fixed assets and jewelry. All that was supposedly contributed by workers and citizens! This is public money, unaccounted for in receipts and misused for self aggrandizement and private purposes like mansions, farm houses on vast lands, riches distributed to relatives The UPA is still in power and the CBI has stopped breathing down her neck. The RTI Activist Arvind Kerjiwal has started a Mohalla Sabha system that is showing positive results in Bihar and Harayana. He found that with RTI one could not do anything besides getting the information demanded. It exposed corruption in an organization, but after that it was turning out to be a hopeless process. In Delhi there was one Councilor known to be siphoning off funds. People went up to him and convinced him that the only way to salvage his reputation is to help the Mohalla Sabha. The idea that if he works on peoples demands, he will not even need to campaign for votes appealed to him and he has become so regular and active that it has surprised everybody! A meeting with the Lieut Governor paid off and Delhi government authorities were sent a circular to be present or send their representatives when called to the Sabha! In Mumbai Mohallas have been successful in preventing communal flare-ups. People have small problems relating to cleanliness, law and order, pension, illegal parking, LPG supply, ration card etc which can be easily solved. If in a Mohalla Sabha, every member of the ward takes action against errant officials and stalls their salaries with disciplinary action, implementation will be prompt. This has to be a people’s movement which will change present party politics to people politics. The problem is volunteers and training the right people to conduct a Mohalla, for he can make or break the Sabha. A lot of coordination and effort is involved. The road is not easy and Kerjiwal says the goal is eventually making RTI an instrument for follow up action. Considering our RP 2021 experience, besides being able to influence good people /get parties to put up good candidates, and get them elected, there appears to be no other way than for people to get involved together, more importantly stay together no matter what and work together on issues they agree upon, even though they may go their own way on other issues. If it is all in obvious public interest, we will be on the right path to making politicians accountable.

Principal sorry for caning school boy PTI KOLKATA, JUNE 15

Facing flak, the principal of the prestigious school La Martiniere for Boys today apologised for caning a 13-year-old student, who allegedly committed suicide. “It was a mistake. I have apologised to the school board and for this I am ready to face the consequences," Principal Sunirmal Chakravarthy said. He, however, said the caning should not be linked to the death of the class VIII student Rouvanjit Rawla on February 12. “I think it is stretching it a bit too far,” he said. But, Ajay Rawla, father of the boy, said he had not received any apology and did not know if the principal had apologised to the board. “But I am glad that teachers are willing to behave themselves,” he said. Rawla said, “If kids are going to benefit for not getting beaten and humiliated and victimised, I think we have achieved a lot.” At the same time, he said, “I have no reason to see, to believe that this man (the principal) has

any remorse. I have never any apology from him.” Denying allegations that the boy was caned so hard that the stick broke on his back, Chakravarthy said he had given Rouvanjit two “mild strokes.” “It is a horrendous and outrageous lie to say that the cane broke into several pieces. It's a figment of whose imagination I don't know,” he said. Rouvanjit was caned in the school four days before his death. He got the caning along with two other boys for playing truant, he said. Chakravarthy said Rouvanjit had been hauled up for bursting stink bombs in the classroom. He was issued a note and had been asked to bring his father to school. The principal also claimed that caning was not rampant at La Martiniere and was only resorted to rarely. “They (students) are never caned with the intention to hurt. If there is a need to punish, it is to be done while being fair and compassionate.”

SC stays orders of HC on Dinakaran’s decisions PTI NEW DELHI, JUNE 15

The Supreme Court today stayed the interim orders of Karnataka High Court judge, Justice D V Shylendra Kumar, questioning the administrative decisions of Chief Justice P D Dinakaran, who is facing corruption and land grab charges. “Under the facts and circumstances of the case, we feel it fit to stay the interim orders passed by the division bench (headed by Shylendra Kumar)," a vacation bench comprising Justices Deepak Verma and K S Radhakrishnan said. The apex court said that the directions passed by the bench headed by Justice Shylendra Kumar was in complete defiance of the guidelines laid down by it. It said that though the chief justice is not taking judicial matters but for all other practical

purposes, he is the chief justice and this is his exclusive prerogative to take administrative decisions including the composition of benches, rosters and allocation of work to the judges. It said since the matter pertains to judicial discipline, it was referring it to the chief justice of India. The bench asked the apex court registry to convey its order to the registrar of the Karnataka High Court through telephone and fax. The apex court was hearing a petition filed by the Karnataka High Court in which it had complained that Justice Kumar has allegedly “berated” Justice Dinakaran by using “intemperate” language. Justice Dinakaran, whose transfer to another High Court has been recommended by the Supreme Court collegium in the

wake of corruption and land grab charges against him, has been a target of Justice Kumar ever since, according to legal sources. The petition has also sought quashing of some orders passed by a bench led by Justice Kumar, who had in the past attacked Justice Dinakaran in his blogs. In the petition filed by the High Court, it has been alleged that while hearing a tax/customs matter, a division bench of Justices Kumar and N Ananda, questioned the administrative decisions taken by Justice Dinakaran and sought information from the registrar general about the roster of the judges and allocation of work to judges of t h e p r i n c i p a l a n d c i rc u i t benches. The apex court, while staying the orders, said it will not preclude the High Court division bench from hearing the matters

on merit. “In fact, we are of concerned opinion that it would be inappropriate for any bench that any judicial matter be discussed in extra judicial manner," Justices Verma and Radhakrishnan said. The apex court said that while hearing the tax and custom matter, the bench headed by Justice Kumar had not adhered to the guidelines laid down by it as to how the judges are required to conduct themselves while dealing with judicial matters. The court also issued notice to the concerned parties and posted the matter for further hearing in July. The High Court, in its petition, alleged that the bench headed by Justice Kumar was using "intemperate" language against Justice Dinakaran for publicity and even “orally threatened to initiate contempt proceedings” against the registry

if it would not comply with it orders. The bench had questioned the decision of the chief justice to not list the tax matter on a particular date before the circuit bench at Dharwar where Justice Kumar was presiding it. The chief justice had taken a decision that the matter would be heard later when the matter returns to the principal bench. In the petition, the High Court had said, "The division bench has thereafter been summoning records, orders and notifications issued by the Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court with a view to sit in appeal over the same”. "That apart, they have been berating the chief justice in the open court in intemperate language with a view to ensure that the same is printed in the news media,” it had said.

9 policemen hurt in clash PTI ARARIA (Bihar), JUNE 15

Nine policemen and a villager was injured today when protesters blocking NH-57clashed with police in Bihar's Araria district. Around 2000 relief-seekers assembled on the Purnia-Araria National Highway at Gayari village and blocked the road, Superintendent of Police Umashankar Sudhanshu said. When the police persuaded them to lift the blockade, they turned violent and started throwing stones and brickbats. Nine policemen, including Deputy Superintendent of Police, Md Qasim, Station House Officer (Araria PS)Ramashankar Singh and Assistant Sub-inspector Ramvilas Singh, sustained injuries in the firing and stonethrowing incidents, he said, adding they were admitted to a government hospital here.

Judgement on Khairlanji Dalit massacre deferred PTI NAGPUR, JUNE 15

Bodies of boat tragedy victims brought for collective cremation in Ballia district of Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday.

The much awaited verdict on the 2006 Khairlanji Dalit massacre case was today deferred by a month by the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court as one of judges was pre-occupied with an assignment. Justice A P Lavande told lawyers in his chamber that the judgement would be pro nounced on July 14 as Justice R C Chavan who also heard the matter was on assignment at Mumbai bench. Justices Lavande and Chavan had heard the matter on a dayto-day basis from March 29 and reserved for judgement before summer vacation. The accused were not pro-

Technical education outdated: experts PTI MUMBAI, JUNE 15

Seemingly outdated and unplanned technical education system has been one of the reasons for India's unimproved higher education system in science, engineering and technology, experts have said. In the latest issue of scientific journal 'Current Science', Vikramaditya Yadav, a technologist with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA and Ganapati Yadav, Vice-Chancellor of Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai have said that, “Resuscitating the Indian higher education system necessitates considerable ingenuity and prudence on the part of its administrators and planners...to stimulate wider discussion and introspection within Indian academic and government circles.” The title of the article was 'Fuelling the Indian economic engine by re-tooling Indian technology education.' The current system of technical education has failed to give solutions to many of the country's major problems like drink-

ing water, electricity, absence of civic planning, rampant spread of epidemics, rising unemployment, disparate regional development and the ensuing exodus of people to regions of prosperity, they said. They even blame the “outdated and unplanned technical education to the ill-defined and largely nebulous regional and linguistic aspirations.” “It is believed that by selectively emulating the American model of higher education, notably technical education, India could usher in hitherto unimaginable waves of development that could vastly improve the standard of living of her citizens," the technologists said in the article. “Improving a nation's technical education system is directly correlated to its economic health and the social development of its population. One of the reasons for India's failings and America's dominance has been the outdated and ailing technical education system of the former and the excellence

of the latter,” the technologists said. India has yet to witness appreciable improvement in these sectors suggests that our technical professionals are woefully out of their depth. A revolutionary transformation is required in the manner in which our scientists and engineers are educated, they pointed out quoting that prestigious IITs and the IIMs are modelled along the lines of European, notably British, universities, the technologists said. Consequently, dogmatic bureaucracy and conditions that stifle innovation have percolated into most of the Indian universities and this has all but killed original research in most departments, they said. Some might argue that the problems like food shortages, shortage of drinking water, electricity and other basic infrastructure in the country are well beyond the scope of science and engineering, but many of the world’s best and brightest scientists and engineers would beg to differ, the Yadavs said.

India is yet to witness appreciable improvement in technology sectors suggests that our technical professionals are woefully out of their depth, they said. They also said there is no denying that India needs several more branded institutes of higher learning which would be hubs of new knowledge, but a lack or even absence of proper planning, as seems to be the case with the establishment of these new IITs, will only be detriment to India and these institutes. “Not only are most of these institutes are poorly planned, but in lieu of the government's European approach to funding universities, every additional central university is a drain on precious resources. Consequently, funds that would otherwise be allocated for establishment of such institutes would be better utilised toward restitution of existing institutions across the nation, especially modernisation ofthe curricula and teaching facilities,” they said.

I still feel like a beginner says Ratnam PTI MUMBAI, JUNE15

His credentials as a filmmaker are well established and he is on the wish list of top Bollywood stars, but Mani Ratnam still feels like a newcomer before the release of his each film. The Tamil director is awaiting the release of his bilingual film 'Raavan' this Friday. “I am not worried about the craze and expectations from others. I just want to get the film right and do as good as I can. I feel as pressurised as a beginner before every release,” Ratnam told PTI. The 54-year-old director, who made films like Roja, Dil Se, Bombay'and Guru , which garnered both critical acclaim and box office success said that he often turns to his writers and actors for help while making a film in Hindi. “I trust the writer when he says something will not sound right in Hindi. I ask him how would it sound right. I trust the actor and discuss it with him. So we discover many things together,” said Ratnam. The director, fondly called Mani sir, feels that making a film in Hindi is a liberating experience because he lets go of the control. “In Tamil, I hold more reins and control while in Hindi, I trust the other persons more so it becomes a liberating experience,’ said the filmmaker.

Ratnam described making Raavan' which stars Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai and Vikram, in Hindi and Tamil simultaneously as a “huge task”. “I am an instinctive filmmaker and the challenge is not to let go totally the instinct while directing a scene in two different languages. Once you finish a shot you can't move on to the next shot immediately. The tempo just changes,” he said. Ratnam, who has given Abhishek Bachchan hits like Yuva and Guru, does not think that the upswing in the actor's career is due to him. “I have not done anything drastic for Abhishek. I justmade him play a character which is close to him. Since Yuva, Abhishek has grown as an actor by leaps and bounds,” he said. “As a filmmaker you are selfish, you want what is right for your film. If I think Abhishek can do a role well and if he is equally interested, then we do it together. It is simple.”

Ratnam said in all the three films he has done with Abhishek so far, he had given the actor drastically different characters and each time he has delivered. “He has done something which we did not know how to do, but we managed and he was able to get across the gist of the character on screen. Abhishek is great to work with and he has been able to convert the film into a fine product. But unless we find something new we will not work,” the director added. According to Ratnam, “Raavan'as compared to Guru and Yuva was larger than life and needed bigger portrayal and flamboyance and Abhishek managed to shed his inhibitions to portray the character convincingly. The director wanted to cast Abhishek in Tamil version as Dev. “But, Abhishek would have to learn the language first and I would have still been shooting,” he laughed. However, he is happy with Aishwarya's progress in Tamil. “Her Tamil is as good as my Hindi. But, she understands the language and picks up the dialogues fast,” Ratnam said adding that the actress's formal training in Tamil started when she debuted with his 1997 Tamil movie Iruvar' The perfectionist that Ratnam is, he does not like to look

back on his previous movies because he sees “only mistakes.” The veteran filmmaker believes that cinema is an extension of story telling and he likes to narrate his stories in a language that the audience understand. “I don't believe in being different for the sake of being different,” he said, adding that all his films deal with different facets of relationships. “Every film cannot have the same element. The idea of Raavan struck while I was shooting the last schedule of 'Guru'. I even discussed the concept with Aishwarya,” he said. Ratnam said he had high regards for Oscar-winner A R Rahman, who has been a permanent fixture in all his movies. In fact, it was Ratnam's Roja that first introduced Rahman to Hindi audience. “He wants to do something new and experiment. He leaves away safety and does not want to concentrate on commercially hit songs,” Ratnam said. This time, the director is introducing Tamil superstar Vikram to Indian audience through his film. "Why not... he brings freshness to the script.” Incidentally, Ratnam has yet not decided on his next project after Raavan. “I have two three ideas in mind. Nothing has been finalised,” he said.

duced in the High Court today. Strict vigil was maintained by police around the court premises as the matter is sensitive. Four members of a Dalit family -- Surekha Bhaiyalal Bhotmange, her daughter Priyanka and sons Sudhir and Roshan -were killed on September 29, 2006 over a land dispute in Khairlanji village of Bhandara district in Maharashtra. Six persons were sentenced to death and two awarded life imprisonment by a Bhandara court on September 24, 2008. In March-April this year, the High Court bench had heard arguments on the confirmation of sentences. The bench had also heard appeals of CBI, the prosecuting agency, and defence lawyers. The CBI had appealed against the lower court's order dropping

charges under Atrocities Act for lack of evidence and for enhancement of sentence of two life convicts to death.

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Possible EU US needs tougher N Korea nuclear sanctions strategy: report illogical: Iran REUTERS TEHRAN, JUNE 15

Iran today rejected as ''illogical and wrong'' the European Union's plans for tighter sanctions against the Islamic state over its disputed nuclear activities, which the West fears is a cover to build bombs. Moving beyond a fourth round of UN sanctions imposed on Iran last week, the EU will push ahead with plans for tighter sanctions against Iran on Thursday, including measures to stem investment in the energy sector, a draft obtained by Reuters showed. European Union foreign ministers, who are responsible for agreeing a bloc-wide position ahead of an EU summit on Thursday, signed off on a statement yesterday that goes substantially beyond the fourth round of UN sanctions. Iran has repeatedly shrugged off the impact of international sanctions, but analysts say the new measures could be more painful for the major oil producer because they target Iran's energy sector. ''The carrot and stick policy of the EU is wrong and illogical because such measures would not resolve the issue (Iran's nuclear row with the West),'' Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told a weekly

news conference. The EU sanctions will target Iran's ''key sectors of the gas and oil industry'', trade, including dual-use items, banking and insurance and Iran's transport sector, including shipping and air cargo. The US Congress is also drawing up its own set of additional measures against Iran. Iran, the world's fifth largest crude oil exporter, has so far refused to suspend its sensitive nuclear work, as demanded by the UN Security Council, and said the new resolution will not stop its uranium enrichment work. ''Sanctions will not stop Iran's nuclear work. Sanctions will make us more decisive to become self-sufficient,'' Mehmanparast said. ''UNSTABLE BEHAVIOUR'' Iran sits on 11 percent of the world's oil reserves and has the second largest gas reserves. Sanctions imposed since the Islamic Revolution in 1979 have limited Iran's ability to develop its energy sector, including its refining capability. Iran says it needs around 25 billion dollar a year in oil and gas industry investment and could turn into an importer of oil because of the lack of such funds. But UN and US sanctions are deterring energy companies, especially Western ones. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who said the UN sanctions were like a ''used handkerchief'', criticised today the ''unstable behaviour'' of foreign companies over investment in Iran's energy sector. ''Big powers want to impose their will on other nations ... we do not need financial support of these countries,'' Ahmadinejad said, according to state television. The Islamic state has increasingly turned to Asian firms that are less susceptible to Western political pressure. But they often lack the technology to implement oil and gas projects. The EU measures are likely to put strong financial pressure on Iran. Sweden, Cyprus, Spain were believed to be opposed to any EU measures that go beyond the UN sanctions and Germany was said to have concerns about targeting Iran's oil and gas sector, where it has large investments.

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The United States should employ more aggressive sticks and carrots to try to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear programs, according to an independent US think tank report released today. The Council on Foreign Relations report criticized US President Barack Obama's approach as a ''halfhearted'' effort to roll back North Korea's nuclear capabilities and suggested it may amount to U.S. acquiescence in Pyongyang's atomic status. The study, carried out by an independent task force of 23 members including Democrats and Republicans, proposed a more muscular approach toward the secretive, communist state, which carried out nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009. Washington has struggled to convince Pyongyang to resume multi-party talks to end its nuclear ambitions. The March sinking of a South Korean warship that killed 46 sailors and which the South blamed on the North complicated matters. ''The Task Force recommends a denuclearization strategy that includes elements of both coercion and diplomacy,'' said the report, written by former civilian and military officials with direct experience crafting US policy toward North Korea. The group identified four US options: acquiescing in North Korea's nuclear capability; imposing regime change; managing the threat by containing North Korea's proliferation of nuclear material and expertise and its missile development; and actively trying to roll back its nuclear capability. The group rejected the first two options and suggested that managing the threat -- which it described as coming closest to Obama's current strategy -would not solve the problem. Instead, it argued for actively

trying to reverse North Korea's nuclear capability. The group proposed tackling the issues in the following order: preventing North Korean nuclear proliferation; keeping it from mating a warhead to a missile; denuclearization; contingency planning for possible instability; promoting wider engagement with North Koreans and improving their daily lives. 'ROLLBACK VERY UNLIKELY' Among its specific recommendations are: -- greater vigilance to prevent North Korea's transfer of nuclear weapons technology or fissile material to others; -- warning Pyongyang that such proliferation, or even an unexplained transfer of nuclear materials to non-state actors, could invite direct US retaliation against North Korea; -- tightening export controls to prevent North Korea from importing items with dual civilian and military uses; -- strictly enforcing UN Security Council resolutions to limit North Korean exports of nuclear and missile technology; -- testing North Korea's willingness to open bilateral talks on a missile testing moratorium by authorizing such talks between senior US and North Korean officials; -- pursuing diplomatic engagement backed by coordinated pressure by North Korea's neighbors; -- offering Pyongyang inducements, including energy and economic aid and improved US-North Korean relations. The report included dissenting views by task force members, including former State Department official Stanley Roth, who argued that ''rollback'' was not the best policy prescription. ''The loss of leverage after the North exploded two nuclear devices, plus the unwillingness of some regional players to endorse and, more importantly, enforce tough sanctions, makes rollback very unlikely to be viable,'' Roth wrote.

From page 1 panel moots gas-based plant up a coal-based plant in Goa, but it has not found favour with the

Goa Government and the Committee as well since Goa is a tourist State. “We have favoured a gas-based power plant for Goa to meet the requirements. If the Government cannot fund the project, the power plant should come via the PPP Model to provide cheap power to the consumers”, he added. On the expansion of the NH-17 and NH-4 passing through Goa, Sardinha said the Committee discussed the alignment of the highway in view of representations made from various quarters. “The Goa Government is the acquisition authority and they have given the sanction for 30-meter width in certain places where there’s no availability of land. “The Government says the highway should be expanded to 45meter width, while at Chinchinim, they have proposed to restrict the width to 30 meters. We strongly feel that wherever possible, the highway should be 60 meters to cater to the future. If possible, there should be a six-lane, if not possible then the highway ought to be four-lane. Only in areas where there’s no scope for expansion, the width can be restricted to 30 meters”, he added. The Chairman of the Estimates Committee said the Committee is not the sanctioning authority, but can only make recommendations. “The Committee will make the recommendations to the Lok Sabha on all these issues”, he added. On the expansion of the Mormugao Port, he said the Committee discussed over the issue, how to make MPT lucrative and have better facilities. “There was lot of resentment because the highway was not connected to the port. We tried to break even. I feel there will be a solution to the problems facing the MPT and things will improve after the highway is connected to the port”, he added. When newsmen drew Sardinha’s attention to the claim made by MPT over all waters, including rivers, Sardinha said the Goa government is trying to change the jurisdiction of the port over the rivers and waters. When asked over concerns expressed by various quarters in Mormugao over MPT’s expansion plans, including the Khariawadda fishing jetty, Sardinha said the committee received representations from many quarters, adding that recommendations will be made to the concerned Ministries to address the grievances and problems.

Textbook worries to be over ... negotiations with the printer prolonged for a longer time than expected as the consensus on certain terms could not be reached. Hence, there was a delay in issuing the contract to the printer for supply of books,” informed D’Souza. With regard to supply of textbooks to students from Std I to VIII, SCERT Director Nagaraj G Honnekeri stated that 55% of the 85 titles have been received. “We have handed the books to the respective area educational authorities. The balance titles will reach by June end. As per the contract entered with the printer, we were supposed to supply the books by May 31, 2010. There is a delay on their part to supply the books,” said Honnekeri. “However, there is no need for students to panic. As these books are being supplied free of cost, the students can borrow these books from their senior students who have been promoted to the higher standard,” added Honnekeri. Honnekeri further said for the last three years, printing of books of Std I to XII was being looked after by Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education. “From this year onwards, the Government has entrusted the task of printing books of Std I to VIII to SCERT. Next year, SCERT will ensure that the books are made available to students on time,” assured Honnekeri. When asked about objections raised by Hindu Jagruti Samiti in regard to certain chapters in the History book, Honnekeri said no chapter can be deleted from the books of NCERT. “If required, additions can be made in those books. SCERT has added the chapter of Goan History in the book prescribed for Std VII,” said Honnekeri.


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A top UN official will visit Sri Lanka tomorrow to take stock of the political reconciliation process and human rights situation in the country, amid a row over Colombo's rights record, particularly during the last phase of the ethnic conflict last May. During his two-day visit from June 16, B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, will discuss political reconciliation, the return and resettlement of internally displaced people, and human rights situation in the country. "The visit will focus on issues covered in the joint statement issued by the Secretary-General and President Mahinda Rajapaksa in May 2009, including political reconciliation, the return and resettlement of internally displaced people, and human rights," said Farhan Haq, associate spokesperson of UN Secretary General Ban kimoon. "Pascoe will meet President Rajapaksa, other senior government officials, representatives of opposition and minority parties, including Tamil leaders, as well as civil society and media representa-

tives," he added. For the past few months, Ban has been in the process of finding experts for an advisory panel that will counsel him on accountability issues that arise with regards to alleged human rights abuses that took place in the months leading to the government defeating the LTTE in May 2009. "Decisions on establishing the panel have already been made. The Secretary-General is moving ahead with his panel of experts," Haq said. "The United Nations has been going through a careful process of selection. The Sri Lankan Government has been informed of the Secretary-General’s plan." Colombo has, so far, rejected any demand for an international tribunal and the UN panel has not materialised. This month, the Sri Lankan government set up the 'Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission' with eight members that will report back in six months. Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister G L Peiris on his first visit to the UN in May asked the Secretary General not to interfere in the internal matters of the country and allow Colombo do conduct a domestic probe.

"There is no justification legal or moral for this step to be taken at this time," Peiris told PTI last month. "Do not complicate matters by shoving you way in at this stage. It’s not going to do any good. It has the potential of doing real harm in a situation where the government of Sri Lanka against overwhelming odds is trying to move these processes forward," he added. In May, a new report by the Brussels-based International Crisis Group (IRC) accused Colombo of being responsible for the large-scale loss of civilian lives and the UN for failing to seek accountability. "Evidence gathered by Crisis Group provides reasonable grounds to believe that government security forces repeatedly and intentionally violated the law by attacking civilians, hospitals and humanitarian operations," the report said. In March, the UN top official for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that "the opportunity for peace and reconciliation continues to be marred by the treatment of journalists, human rights defenders and other critics of the government."

The UN Security Council today warned against any escalation of tension in the Korean peninsula, as South Korean investigators briefed the body over their findings into the ship-sinking episode blaming the North for it, but Pyongyang said it was being victimised. A South Korean delegation of civilian and military investigators, who probed the episode of torpedoing of its ship allegedly by North Korea, held a closed-door meeting with the Security Council to discuss their findings. This was the first such meeting of South Korean officials with UNSC members on the issue of Cheonan's sinking. North Korean officials, who also held a meeting with UNSC members, refuted the allegations. After hearing both sides, the Council warned the two rivals against any escalation of tension in the region. Claude Heller, the UNSC president and Mexico's envoy said the Security Council "calls on the parties to refrain from any act that could escalate tensions in the region". "Today we had an interactive dialogue with members of Security Council as a follow up of our request to bring this matter to the consideration of the

Romanian govt faces confidence vote over austerity

Landslides kill 40 in Bangladesh

fence,'' said UniCredit analyst Dmitry Gourov. ''Should the vote fail, we would expect the opposition to appeal to the Constitutional Court, but tension should ease after today, and an IMF mission is expected in Bucharest at the end of the month.'' Unions had hoped up to a million Romanians would support a planned one-day general strike on the day of the vote in an attempt to pressure deputies. There was little industrial action on Tuesday, however, and labour leaders said they were focusing on staging protests outside parliament, where some 2,000 people braved high temperatures to demand the government step down. ''I expect the motion to pass, the government to fall and I hope competent people will replace them,'' said 52-year-old Adriana Paler, a public clerk in Bucharest who was taking part in the demonstration. Boc's centre-right coalition needs 236 votes to survive the vote, expected to take place in the early afternoon after a debate in parliament which starts at 1230 hrs IST. Even if the government does win the vote, it could face

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Romania's centrist coalition government looks likely to survive a no-confidence vote in parliament over planned spending cuts today, giving it greater scope to carry out its reforms. The EU's second-poorest member has pledged to reform its mammoth, highly-unionised public sector, but social unrest is casting doubts over its austerity drive and raising the spectre of Greek-style debt woes in the country of 22 million. Investors are nervous about the debt and deficit position of emerging European economies like Romania after Hungarian assets slumped in early June on comments from officials that it might suffer a crisis similar to Greece's. Romanian Prime Minister Emil Boc should manage to pull together enough support from independent deputies to survive and secure a vital 20 billion euro international aid package for the recession-hit economy, led by the International Monetary Fund. ''We do not expect the noconfidence vote to pass, as other parties will still sit on the

‘The Cove’ activist lambasts Japan film cancellations ReuteRs TOKYO, JUNE 15

Dolphin activist Ric O'Barry urged Japanese theatres today to screen Oscar-winning documentary ''The Cove,'' despite threats from groups who see its footage of dolphins being slaughtered as an affront to traditional culture. O'Barry, a former dolphin trainer who is in Japan to promote the film, told Reuters Television that the cancellations were an ''assault on democracy.'' ''This is not North Korea. It's not China and it's not Cuba. It's a democratic society. There's a very small minority of radicals who are going to theatre owners and threatening them. They don't want people to see this film,'' O'Barry said. The documentary, which shows dolphins being herded into a cove and slaughtered, has met with fierce resistance from some groups in Japan. Fears that protests might inconvenience movie-goers have prompted cancellations at two cinemas in Tokyo and one in Osaka, according to Unplugged, the Japan distributor. Unplugged is still in negotiations to show the movie at several venues around the country when it is released on June 26, said a spokeswoman for the company, who asked not to be named. Earlier this month, a group of about 60 Japanese journalists and film makers released a statement urging ''open discussion'' of the film. Directed by former National Geographic photographer Louie Psihoyos, the documentary follows a group of eco-ac-

tivists who struggle with Japanese police and fishermen to gain access to a secluded cove in Taiji, southern Japan, where dolphins are hunted. While the documentary depicts some confrontation between locals and activists, O'Barry tried to distance himself from environmental groups that are viewed as using extreme methods. ''I haven't really given it any thought. I'm focused on trying to stop the sale of tainted dolphin meat,'' he said, referring to concerns the meat has excessively high mercury content.

problems pushing through reforms beyond the proposed spending cuts if its victory margin is tight. Its proposed cuts of 25 per cent in public sector wages and 15 per cent in pensions could also be derailed by legal challenges at the constitutional court. A defeat, which is seen as unlikely, would tip Romania into a fresh political crisis and slam asset prices, but looks unlikely as parliamentarians fear the consequences would be far worse than the spending cuts. The country's leu currency fell 0.2 per cent in early trade to 4.234 per euro by 1240 hrs IST. Blue chip stocks rose 0.2 per cent. Uncertainty over Romania's ability to enforce austerity measures, aimed at capping the budget deficit at 6.8 per cent of GDP this year, has pushed yields on the country's debt higher in recent weeks.

Heavy rains triggered massive landslides in Bangladesh's coastal region of Chittagong hill tracks killing at least 40 people and flattening a number of shanties and make-shift structures. Four separate landslides struck in Cox's Bazar and Bandarban areas burying people alive and leaving scores of others missing with heavy rains hampering rescue efforts, police said. "According to our information so far, at least 40 people have been killed and a number of others are buried alive in the landslides in four places in Cox's Bazar and Bandarban", a police official at the north-eastern Chittagong port city said. He said that the dead included six army personnel, as landslides obliterated their makeshift camp on the foothills in Ukhai area of Cox's Bazar.

Security Council to take appropriate action commensurate with the gravity of the provocation by North Korea," Park InKook, South Korea's envoy to the UN told journalists. Results of an investigation by South Korea, made public in May, revealed that its Cheonan naval ship was torpedoed by its neighbour North Korea.

Since then, the Obama administration has underlined its full support for measures that Seoul may want to pursue against Pyongyang. "Along with the Korean experts both civil and military they were also expert repre-

sentatives from other countries such as United States, Australia, United Kingdom, Sweden and Canada who had also participated in the investigation," said Yoon Duk-yong, Cochairman of the Joint Investigation group.


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Nano Super Drive in Goa

Govt approves CIL, HCL share sale plans PTI NEW DELHI, JUNE 15

The cars from the Nano Super Drive when in Goa.

PANJIM (HBD) -- Nano Super Drive started from Sanand Plant, Ahamdabad on June 2, 2010 reached Goa on June 9. The inter city drive took place from Nuvem Auto Industries showroom to Panjim. At Patto bridge the test drive were taken by lot of Nano fans. From there the rally proceeded to Miramar, old Goa where again the test drive were taken by various persons including domestic and foreign tourist. The feedback was that the car had good maneuverability and a quick response car. Later a Goa Nano customers get together was organised, wherein all customers along with their families and friends had come with their Nano cars followed by dinner at Alila Diwa Goa Hotel – Majorda. Entertainment was also organized for the customers like games, spot prizes, magic show, fashion show, etc. The rally then proceeded for Manglore on June 10. The rally was flagged off by tiatrist Prince Jacob in the presence of Ashwin Naik (MD for Auto Industries), Manoj Arora of Tata Motors, and Nano customers.

Tata Indicom offer PANJIM (HBD) -- Tata Indicom announced a special daily offer for mobile customers – ‘Talk More – Take More’, wherein customers will get 10% extra talk time on achieving their specially assigned target. The daily offer is applicable for prepaid mobile customers. The extra talk time will be credited with 7 days validity. The extra talk time will be credited within 48 hours. Customers can get their target by dialling 12570 or by sending an SMS “TARGET” to 12570 (toll free). For more details visit www.tataindicom.com

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Anniversary Jazz model from Honda

The government today approved disinvestment of 10 per cent each in Coal India Ltd and Hindustan Copper Ltd, as it pushes its agenda to raise Rs 40,000 crore this fiscal through stake sales in PSUs. The move, which is likely to generate about Rs 16,000 crore, was approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA). In Coal India Ltd (CIL), the government will offload 10 per cent of its equity through an initial public offering. Hindustan Copper Ltd (HCL) will issue fresh shares equivalent to 10 per cent of pre-issue paid up capital along with government selling 10 per cent of its stake in the firm through a follow on public offer. Home Minister P Chidambaram told reporters here that share sale, which gives 5 per cent discount to the employees of both the PSUs, is likely to happen within six months. "Disinvestment of CIL would be through book-building process in the domestic market. One per cent of the equity will be offered to the employees of CIL and its eight subsidiaries," Chidambaram said after the CCEA meeting. The government holds 100 per cent equity in the coal major, which has a total paid up capital Rs 6,316.36 crore.

Sensex up by 74 points PTI MUMBAI, JUNE 15

Recovering from early losses, the Bombay Stock Exchange benchmark Sensex today ended 74 points up at a six-week high on fag-end buying by funds in bluechips, particularly RCom and Sterlite Industries. Rising for the fifth straight day, the 30-share barometer of the Bombay Stock Exchange ended higher by 74.66 points, or 0.43 per cent, at 17,412.83. The bellwether opened on a weak note and remained in the negative zone during the first half of trade, after sentiment across the globe was dampened on renewed concerns over the eurozone debt crisis after Moody’s lowered Greece’s credit rating.

sell its stake in 10 PSUs, including MMTC, SAIL and RINL this fiscal. Last fiscal, it had raised Rs 25,000 crore through stake sale in Oil India, NMDC, REC and NTPC. The disinvestment in HCL, 0.41 per cent stake of which is already with the public, will see the government holding coming down to 81.45 per cent from 99.59 per cent at present. HCL's follow-on offer will see the firm issuing fresh shares aggregating up to 9.25 crore shares of face value of Rs 5 each, with government selling a similar quantum of shares. Shares of HCL jumped 11.15 per cent to Rs 523 on BSE during mid-day trade. Copper mining firm HCL turned profitable last fiscal and is looking to expand its operations, for which it plans to fund its Rs 4,200-crore augmentation programme. HCL plans to raise copper ore production from 3.15 million tonne per annum (mtpa) to 12 mtpa and has plans to expand capacity of its mines and projects including the Khetri mines in Rajasthan, Malanjkhand Copper Project in Madhya Pradesh and Surda mines in Jharkhand. The divestment and fresh equity issue is likely to fetch Rs 4,000 crore, half of which will go to the government, Mines Minister B K Handique had said last week.

RBI will tame inflation: FM PTI NEW DELHI, JUNE 15

As it bets on a good monsoon for food prices to ease, the government today said the RBI will consider appropriate policy actions to tighten money supply to bring down inflation. Wholesale prices-based inflation for May climbed to 10.16%, driven by costly food items that have been so since monsoon, which accounts for 80% of rains the country receives, failed last year. The weather office has forecast a near normal monsoon this year, although it has been slow to advance across the country. "Food inflation has started coming down a little bit, (but) not fully. With the expectation of good monsoon and crop, I think moderating influence will be there from the middle of July onwards," Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said. Food inflation stood at 16.74 per cent as of May 29, but is off the 20 per cent high seen in December last year. "So far as the monetary part is concerned, the Reserve Bank will look into it, will consider it," Mukherjee said. "Even in the last policy announcement, 25 basis points were increased... So, as and when the Reserve Bank feels appropriate steps are required to be taken to control the inflation, it will do so," he added. The Reserve Bank has raised rates twice this year to check food inflation from spreading to manufactured goods, but with inflation continuing to rise.

I-T dept seeks more powers

PTI NEW DELHI, JUNE 15

PANJIM (HBD) -- Honda Siel Cars India Ltd, have recently completed the first year since the launch of the Honda Jazz. A new model is being launched with an attractive offer on the anniversary Jazz model, alongwith an equally attractive finance scheme. The Honda Jazz wheel base is 50mm short of the Honda City. It comes with a 1198 cc power-train, delivering 90PS power and 110 NM of torque. The shoulder, head, leg, boot room is enviable and the 360° all around view, as also the 3 wide angled door opening, making the Jazz suitable for a wide range of customer profile. It claiming a fuel average return of 16.1 kmpl. The standard Jazz alongwith the fitments of the anniversary model (as accessories) work out to Rs 8,01,250 (ex-showroom), while the anniversary model is priced at Rs 6,80,537 and includes a set of four alloy wheels, front and rear mud flaps, body side moldings, illuminated side step garnish, set of bumper corner protectors and set of sporty internal metal meter panels, normally available as a “Mode Kit” all together priced at about Rs 66,000 + taxes. In the Anniversary Jazz, the net benefit to the end user is above Rs 1,20,000, which is a steal and puts the car far ahead of competition. The finance scheme offered by the leading auto finance company - Kotak Mahindra Prime Ltd, is a 7.99% rate of interest for a period of 36 months on a loan amount of Rs 5,00,000 lakh. The net interest paid by the end user for an amount of Rs 5,00,000 would be Rs 1672 per month, while the equated monthly installment works to a meager Rs 15,560. This scheme though is valid until stocks last or until June 25, 2010. For test drive call on 669 3333 (Verna) or 664 3738 (Panjim).

Post the disinvestment of 63.16 crore shares, its holding will be reduced to 90 per cent. Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal had earlier said that the government could raise about Rs 10,000-12,000 crore from disinvestment in CIL. Through the IPO, one per cent of the equity will be offered to nearly four lakh employees of CIL and its eight subsidiaries a discount of 5 per cent. "The CCEA has also decided to allow 5 per cent price concession to retail investors in order to encourage greater public ownership of the public sector company," Chidambaram added. CIL is the world's largest coal producer with an output of 431.5 million tonnes (MT) last fiscal. It accounts for over 85 per cent of India's total coal production of 531.5 MT. Commenting on disinvestment of HCL, Chidambaram said there will be a fresh issue of equity to extent of 10 per cent of the pre-issued paid up capital. "In conjunction with the issue of the equity, government will also disinvest its 10 per cent pre-issued paid up capital of the company." The government has targeted to raise Rs 40,000 crore from disinvestment this fiscal. So far, divestment in Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam fetched Rs 1,000 crore to the government. The government is likely to

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Income Tax department has sought prosecution powers in the proposed Direct Taxes Code (DTC) for taking effective action against tax evaders. The dept has also sought the power of telephonic interception in suspected cases of fraud and creation a new directorate to deal with terror and naxal funding. These suggestions were made to Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee at a meeting of the the two-day annual conference of Chief Commissioners and Directors General of Income Tax on June 9. The department, according to sources, is of the view that it is essential that its investiga-

tion wing has effective powers in order to build watertight cases against tax evaders. At present, such prosecution powers relating to money laundering, terror financing and violation of foreign exchange laws are vested with the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU)-- both agencies under the Department of Revenue in the Finance ministry. Both the departments draw their powers from the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). The top brass of the I-T department and the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) have also collected inputs regarding the utility of such pow-

ers from their own officers who are regularly sent on deputation to these two organisations. The sources said, the department has proposed the setting up of a new directorate to exclusively deal with and prosecution of terror and naxal related funding by suspicious individuals and organisations. The proposal assumes significance as the Income Tax Act of 1961 will pave way for the DTC bringing in a slew of changes in the administration of direct taxes in the country. According to official documents, the department has sought the power of interception of telephonic conversations under "rare and exceptional cases of suspected

49% rise in customs, excise, service tax PTI NEW DELHI, JUNE 15

Industrial buoyancy and higher rates have pushed up the collection of indirect taxes, which include customs, central excise and service tax, by 49 per cent to around Rs 35,000 crore during April-May this fiscal. "Indirect tax collections have gone up by 49 per cent in April-May," Central Board of ExAban Offshor, 666.8, 692, 656, 678.95 Abb Ltd., 863, 864.75, 857.1, 862.8 Abg Shipyard, 251.5, 255, 251.5, 253 Acc Limited, 862.85, 883, 856.9, 879.9 Adani Enterp, 542.3, 547, 538.5, 544.5 Aditya Birla, 784.4, 784.4, 761.6, 772.2 Allahabad Ba, 163.85, 163.9, 161, 161.9 Alstom Proje, 605, 613, 597.5, 599.25 Ambuja Cemen, 115.2, 116.4, 113.65, 115.75 Andhra Bank, 142.85, 142.85, 135.05, 136.1 Ashok Leylan, 63, 63.6, 61.9, 62.85 Asian Paints, 2292, 2319, 2285, 2294.7 Axis Bank Li, 1244.1, 1256.5, 1230.2, 1245.25 Bajaj Hindus, 113.5, 116.9, 113.5, 115.7 Bank Of Baro, 730, 733.95, 727.55, 730.1 Bank Of Indi, 332.25, 338, 329.25, 336.7 Beml Limited, 1015, 1018, 1004.5, 1011.55 Bharat Elect, 1766.25, 1796.8, 1752.35, 1787 Bharat Forge, 277, 282.9, 273.4, 280.35 Bharat Petro, 564.5, 564.5, 528, 530.6 Bharti Airte, 268, 272.45, 265.05, 269.55 Bhel, 2385, 2411.8, 2365.2, 2402.05 Bhushan Stee, 1387.25, 1387.25, 1351,

cise and Customs (CBEC) Chairman V Sridhar told reporters on the sidelines of a conference of chief commissioners and director generals of indirect taxes. The government had collected Rs 23,420 crore from customs, central excise and service tax in April-May last fiscal, according to the data of the Controller General of Ac-

1373.1 Biocon Limit, 306, 307.35, 302, 303.55 Bombay Dyein, 514.8, 526.5, 510.3, 517.5 Bosch Limite, 5080, 5274, 5060, 5193.25 Brigade Ente, 139.4, 144.25, 138.65, 141.95 Cairn India, 304.85, 306.9, 299, 305.25 Canara Bank, 430, 432.2, 424.3, 430.2 Central Bank, 148.8, 148.8, 143, 144.7 Century Text, 462, 468.85, 458.5, 467.1 Cesc Ltd, 388.45, 395.5, 384, 393.45 Chambal Fert, 62.35, 63.55, 61.6, 62.6 Chennai Petr, 260.5, 260.5, 252.55, 253.65 Cipla Ltd, 340.05, 341, 332.7, 338 Colgate Palm, 823.1, 835, 818.05, 827.55 Container Co, 1208, 1278, 1208, 1253.1 Crompton Gre, 250.55, 259, 249, 255.1 Cummins Indi, 590, 591, 575.05, 576.75 Dabur India, 191, 192.6, 188.9, 190.2 Deccan Chron, 129, 129.45, 126.2, 128.05 Dish Tv Indi, 43.5, 43.85, 42.85, 43.45 Divi’s Labor, 753, 766.9, 750.25, 762.05 Dlf Limited, 266, 274.7, 261, 272.5 Dr. reddy’s, 1419.9, 1434.3, 1407.4, 1422.2

counts. Besides, increased economic activity, the CBEC chief attributed the higher tax collections to increase in rates of taxes announced in the Budget 201011 by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee. Higher collections were witnessed in several sectors like petroleum, chemicals and textiles.

Edelweiss Ca, 425.45, 433, 422.05, 424.8 Educomp Solu, 555, 559.45, 535, 538.4 Eih Limited, 117.35, 119.9, 117.35, 118.2 Engineers In, 322.55, 335, 320.4, 326.6 Essar Oil Lt, 130.5, 131, 126.5, 127.15 Essar Shippi, 85, 85.95, 83.3, 84.2 Exide Indust, 123, 123.6, 122.15, 122.85 Federal Bank, 330.8, 336.95, 327.25, 331.8 Financial Te, 1328, 1336, 1311.1, 1319.45 Gail (india), 460.15, 464, 459.25, 462.2 Gammon India, 201, 201, 197, 198.6 Glaxosmithkl, 2090, 2109, 2066.1, 2077.5 Glenmark Pha, 261, 264.5, 261, 262.45 Gmr Infrastr, 55.9, 56.65, 55.3, 56.15 Godrej Indus, 154, 156.8, 151.15, 154.2 Grasim Indus, 1804, 1812.9, 1785, 1796.25 Great Offsho, 452.8, 454.95, 446.15, 447.15 Gtl Infra.Lt, 42, 42, 40.05, 40.55 Gujarat Mine, 127.4, 131.8, 125.3, 129.6 Gujarat N R, 58.7, 59.65, 57.9, 59.05 Gujarat Stat, 95.5, 96.65, 94.9, 95.6 Gvk Pow. & I, 43.05, 43.45, 42.75, 42.95 Hcl Technolo, 382.95, 391.4, 376.25, 384.55

Hdfc Bank Lt, 1975, 1980, 1953, 1963.9 Hdfc Ltd, 2830.1, 2869.95, 2830.1, 2859.05 Hero Honda M, 2010, 2035, 1993.55, 2027.95 Hindalco in, 143.8, 145.4, 141.5, 144.75 Hindustan Co, 116.5, 117.8, 114.4, 117.3 Hindustan Ma, 71.65, 75, 71.4, 73.05 Hindustan Pe, 355.25, 365, 336.8, 338.35 Hindustan Un, 256.4, 261.3, 254.45, 260.15 Hindustan Zi, 997.8, 1007, 983.05, 994.5 Housing Dev, 235.9, 248.5, 232.15, 246.85 Icici Bank L, 853.65, 864.85, 839.3, 860.1 Idea Cellula, 53.05, 54.75, 52.85, 54.35 Ifci Ltd, 55, 56.35, 54.4, 55.9 India Cement, 112, 114.25, 112, 113.85 India Infoli, 94, 98.1, 93, 97.15 Indiabulls F, 135, 135, 131.8, 133.6 Indiabulls R, 148, 151.25, 145.5, 150.3 Indian Bank, 229.2, 230.5, 226, 229.75 Indian Hotel, 102.5, 103.5, 101.35, 102.15 Indian Oil C, 349, 350, 328.1, 330.2 Indian Overs, 95.9, 100.3, 94.75, 99.15 Indus Dev Ba, 117, 118.4, 116.3, 117.45

tax fraud or evasion involving security of the state" to more important cities from the present Delhi and Mumbai. The Finance Minister has asked the department to prepare a comprehensive blueprint of the proposals and send them to his ministry. The department has also said that as the contribution from the direct taxes segment is growing along with the taxpayers base in the country cases of evasion need to be checked thoroughly and in "non-intrusive" ways. Direct Taxes, now the major resource provider to the Central government, have grown at an average annual rate of 24 percent in the last five years and have nearly trebled from Rs 1,32,771 crore in financial year 2004-05 to about Rs 3,78,000 crore in financial year 2009-10, increasing its share from 4.1 percent to 6.1 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

BOARD MEETINGS Chandrika Trad REIL Elect ICSA India Unitex Designs Source: Indiainfoline.com Indusind Ban, 195.7, 195.9, 189.75, 192.25 Infosys Tech, 2746.5, 2780, 2722.1, 2734.7 Infra. dev., 164.7, 165.9, 163.15, 165.25 Ispat Indust, 17.25, 17.5, 17.1, 17.4 Itc Ltd, 286, 292.7, 285.1, 291.7 Ivrcl Infras, 180.6, 184.25, 179.4, 183.6 Jai Corp Lim, 264, 276.35, 257.7, 267.35 Jaiprakash A, 124.1, 126.95, 121.15, 126.2 Jet Airways, 496.5, 504.9, 492.4, 494.5 Jindal Saw L, 200.95, 203.6, 198.3, 202 Jindal Steel, 650.1, 657.4, 646, 656.1 Jsw Steel Li, 1045, 1069.3, 1036, 1063.65 Kotak Mahind, 773.7, 774.95, 764, 770.65 Lakshmi Mach, 1799, 1810, 1780, 1805.25 Lanco Infrat, 63.8, 66.4, 63.8, 66.05 Larsen & Tou, 1723.65, 1728.5, 1700, 1724.45 Lic Housing, 980, 980.2, 963.6, 972.55 Lupin Limite, 1850, 1894, 1820.25, 1879.05 Mahanagar Te, 54.55, 56.65, 54.1, 55.6 Mahindra & M, 618, 618, 605, 608.15 Maruti Suzuk, 1355, 1359.85, 1332.1, 1342.9

MF FUNDA FRANKLIN TEMPLETON MUTUAL FUND has approved June 18, 2010 as the record date for declaration of dividend under dividend option of Franklin India Prima Fund. The face value of per unit is Rs 10. The quantum of the dividend will be Rs 8 per unit. ICICI PRUDENTIAL MUTUAL FUND has announced the introduction of a facility called `Liquidity` through which investors can transfer the dividend payout or appreciation or dividend reinvestment or specified amount, if any, to the Target Schemes. Liquidity facility will be available with effect from June 15, 2010. Source Schemes: ICICI Prudential Flexible Income Plan, ICICI Prudential Liquid Plan - Retail Growth, Dividend Payout Option (Quarterly, Half Yearly), Dividend Reinvestment Option (Daily, Weekly and Monthly) and Institutional Option - Growth and Dividend (Daily, Weekly, Monthly). Target Schemes: ICICI Prudential Focused Bluechip Equity Fund Retail Plan Growth Option, ICICI Prudential Dynamic Plan - Growth Option, ICICI Prudential Infrastructure Fund - Growth Option, ICICI Prudential Power - Growth Option, ICICI Prudential Discovery Fund - Growth Option, ICICI Prudential Emerging S.T.A.R. (Stocks which are Targetted At Returns) Fund - Growth Option. TATA MUTUAL FUND has approved June 18, 2010 as the record date for declaration of dividend under dividend option of Tata Contra Fund. The face value of per unit is Rs 10. The quantum of dividend will be Rs 1 per unit. The AMC also launched a new fund named as Tata Fixed Tenure Fund Series 1, a 3 year close ended income fund. The NFO price for the scheme is Rs 10 per unit. The new issue is open for subscription from June 15, 2010 and closes on July 15, 2010. The scheme offer growth option and dividend option - payout. The minimum application amount is Rs 10,000. The fund seeks to collect a minimum subscription amount of Rs 100 million under the scheme during the NFO period. Entry and exit load charge for the scheme will be nil. Benchmark Index for the scheme is Crisil MIP Blended Index. The fund manager for the scheme will be Murthy Nagarajan and Venugopal M. JM FINANCIAL MUTUAL FUND has approved June 16, 2010 as the record date for declaration of dividend under the dividend plan of JM Arbitrage Advantage Fund. The quantum of dividend will be upto Re 0.08 per unit as on the record date. HDFC MUTUAL FUND has launched a new fixed term plan named as HDFC FMP 370D June 2010 (1), under HDFC Fixed Maturity Plans - Series XV, a close-ended income scheme. The face value of the new issue will be Rs 10 per unit. The new issue will be open for subscription from June 14 and close on June 17, 2010. The duration of the plan is 370 days from the date of allotment. The plan shall offer two options - growth and dividend option. Dividend option offers quarterly dividend option and normal dividend option with payout facility only The minimum application amount is Rs 5,000 and in multiples of Rs 10 thereafter. The fund seeks to collect a minimum subscription (minimum target) amount of Rs 10 million under the plan during the NFO period. Entry and exit load charge will be nil for the plan. Units of HDFC FMP 370D June 2010 (1) will be listed on the National Stock Exchange of India. Benchmark Index for the plan is CRISIL Short Term Bond Fund Index. The plan will be managed by Shobhit Mehrotra and Anand Laddha. BARODA PIONEER MUTUAL FUND has floated a new fund named as Baroda Pioneer Short Term Bond Fund, an open ended income scheme. The face value of the new issue will be Rs 10 per unit. The new issue is open for subscription from June 14 and closes on June 24, 2010. The scheme offer two options - growth and dividend option. Dividend option offers payout and re-investment facility. The minimum application amount is Rs 5000 and in multiples of Re 1 thereafter. The fund seeks to collect a minimum subscription (minimum target) amount of Rs 10 million under the scheme during the NFO period. Entry load charge will be nil. Exit load charge will be 0.10% if redeemed on or before 15 days from the date of allotment. Nil if redeemed after 15 days from the date of allotment. Benchmark Index for the scheme is CRISIL Short Term Bond Fund Index. The scheme will be managed by Alok Sahoo and Hetal Shah.

Max India Lt, 163.8, 163.8, 161.1, 161.8 Maytas Infr., 194, 196.6, 189.65, 193.1 Moser-baer (, 61.5, 62.9, 60.9, 62.05 Mrpl, 68.5, 69.25, 67.75, 68.25 Nagarjuna Co, 190.65, 193.05, 188.6, 190.6 Nagarjuna Fe, 29.4, 30.1, 29.2, 29.9 National Alu, 420, 424.8, 420, 420.45 Neyveli Lign, 153.2, 155.25, 152.5, 154.4 Ntpc Ltd, 199.05, 203, 198.5, 202.15 Oil And Natu, 1198.6, 1204, 1160.4, 1166.4 Omaxe Limite, 95.1, 96.7, 94.2, 95.95 Oriental Ban, 333, 333.5, 328.3, 330 Pantaloon Re, 425.25, 425.25, 417, 420.8 Parsvnath De, 129.95, 129.95, 126, 127.45 Petronet Lng, 81, 81.5, 80.65, 80.95 Power Fin Co, 300, 302.95, 296, 296.9 Power Grid C, 103.1, 103.5, 102.5, 103.3 Praj Industr, 79.65, 80.7, 78.5, 80.2 Punj Lloyd L, 117.5, 121.9, 116.55, 121.15 Punjab Natio, 1046.55, 1061, 1038.55, 1051 Rajesh Expor, 76.2, 76.75, 74.8, 75.05 Ranbaxy Labs, 438.55, 439.7, 430.05, 436 Rashtriya Ch, 81.2, 85.6, 80.9, 82.9

Rel. nat. re, 61.5, 68.4, 60.4, 66.95 Reliance Cap, 726, 745, 718.2, 737.85 Reliance Com, 180, 188.4, 180, 186.8 Reliance Ene, 890.1, 907, 885.01, 897.65 Reliance Ind, 905, 991, 905, 963.55 Reliance Ind, 1065.2, 1069.9, 1050.1, 1066.1 Reliance Pow, 170.2, 180.9, 168.15, 177.5 Rolta India, 167.9, 170, 164.6, 167.3 Satyam Compu, 88, 88.5, 86.45, 87.35 Sesa Goa Ltd, 354, 358.95, 348.1, 352.15 Shipping Cor, 166.75, 167, 163.3, 164.9 Siemens Ltd, 723, 727, 713.95, 719.6 Sintex Indus, 300, 302.8, 293.05, 297.45 Sobha Develo, 284.35, 295.9, 280.5, 292.7 State Bank O, 2349.9, 2374.35, 2320, 2364.2 Steel Author, 200.15, 202.45, 197.65, 201.4 Sterlite Ind, 655, 685.5, 653.05, 675.85 Sun Pharmace, 1698, 1705, 1681.1, 1701.5 Sun Tv Netwo, 412.5, 421, 409.1, 412.2 Suzlon Energ, 54.95, 57.8, 54.35, 57.3 Tata Communi, 249.9, 254, 245.1, 251.5 Tata Consult, 756.65, 777.7, 756.65, 766.1 Tata Motors, 761, 769, 749.4, 759.7

Tata Power C, 1253, 1269.4, 1245.15, 1260.9 Tata Steel L, 484.2, 493.75, 480.65, 491.9 Tata Tea Ltd, 1112, 1131, 1101, 1120.65 Tata Teleser, 20.3, 21.25, 20.1, 21.1 Tech Mahindr, 740.2, 745, 725.4, 733.05 The Ge Shpg., 296, 297, 290.35, 291.4 The Phoenix, 209, 217, 209, 215.4 Thermax Ltd, 699, 704.95, 695.3, 702.1 Titan Indust, 2239, 2255, 2230, 2239.25 Torrent Powe, 337.75, 338.4, 334.05, 336.55 Triveni Engg, 95.8, 96.25, 94.25, 95.15 Tv18 India L, 89.95, 90.8, 88.05, 89.8 Uco Bank, 83.4, 83.4, 81.55, 82.55 Ultratech Ce, 962.6, 998, 962, 984.05 Union Bank O, 311.75, 311.75, 306, 307.55 Unitech Ltd, 69, 71, 68.2, 70.6 United Phosp, 187.5, 187.5, 179, 179.55 Videocon Ind, 203, 205.35, 200.55, 203.4 Vijaya Bank, 62.05, 64, 61.55, 63.35 Voltas Ltd, 188.25, 190.7, 186.85, 188 Wipro Ltd, 422.4, 422.4, 404.1, 408.2 Yes Bank Lim, 285.5, 285.5, 280.1, 283.7 Zee Entertai, 296.5, 297, 290, 291.4


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Malinga powers Lanka to exciting win l Shahid Afridi’s blistering century in vain

AGENCIES LONDON, JUNE 15

PTI DAMBULLA, JUNE 15

Defending champions Sri Lanka fought jangled nerves to override Shahid Afridi’s blistering century and record an exciting 16-run win over Pakistan in the first match of the Asia Cup cricket tournament here today. Chasing 243 at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Pakistan seemed on course for a win as long as Afridi (109) was in the middle. But once Muttiah Muralitharan ended his scintillating 76-ball knock Lasith Malinga (5/34) mowed down the lower order and bundled Pakistan for 226 in 47 overs. Earlier, Sri Lanka showed great character in recovering from a poor start to make a fighting 242 for nine, thanks in main to the never-say-die Angelo Mathews (55 not out), Mahela Jayawardene (54) and Kumar Sangakkara (42). Afridi braved cramps and kept fighting but his batting colleagues completely let him down, something that could be gauged from the fact that the next best score was Umar Akmal's 30. Sitting pretty when Pakistan were staggering at 32 for four in the 14th over, Sri Lanka suddenly found themselves in dire straits when Afridi cut loose. Three Afridi-inspired

Sri Lanka's fielders celebrate the dismissal of Umar Akmal of Pakistan in Dambulla.

partnerships -- worth 73, 49 and 51 -- saw Pakistan roar back into the game but his fall in the 41st over brought Lanka back into the game. Hampered by a groin injury, the gallant Afridi struck as many as seven sixes and eight boundaries while producing his fifth ODI century. He dominated the

Lankan attack until Muralitharan, battered and bruised by Afridi's onslaught, had the last laugh. Earlier, a two-wicket burst at the start of the innings by Malinga had put Sri Lanka firmly in control of the game until Afridi stepped on the gas and nearly turned the match on its

Somdev, Prakash win

head. Brief score: Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka 242-9 in 50 overs (M. Jayawardene 54, A Mathews 55 not out, Shoaib Akhtar 3-41) v Pakistan. Pakistan: 226 all out in 47 overs (Shahid Afridi 109, Umar Akmal 30; Lasith Malinga 5/34).

Ace Indian tennis player Somdev Devvarman and Prakash Amritraj began their Wimbledon qualif ying campaign with easy straight-set wins over their respective rivals here. Somdev, seeded third in the qualifiers, scored a hassle free 6-2, 6-2 win over Frenchman Guillaume Rufin, who is placed 70 places below him, in the first round of the grass court Grand Slam. Ranked 104 in the ATP chart, Somdev will next take on American Ryler Deheart, who is placed 114 places below him. US-based Prakash also made a positive start by beating 28th seeded German Dieter Kindlmann 6-3, 6-4 in his first round encounter. Incidentally, Somdev and Prakash are up against each other in the doubles qualifiers. While Somdev has teamed up with Philippines' Treat Conrad Huey, Prakash has joined hands with Swiss Yves Allegro. The other Indian in the fray is Harsh Mankad, who has and his partner Ilija Bozoljac of Serbia are seeded eighth in the qualifiers. They duo will take on Brazilian pair of Thiago Alves and Joao Souza in the first round.

Sachin’s dream - to play in WC 2011 finals in Mumbai AFP MUMBAI, JUNE 15

Sachin Tendulkar may own every batting record in the book, but he has one ambition left: that of playing in the finals of the 2011 World Cup in Mumbai. "As far as the World Cup is concerned it is a process. We don't want to jump to the 50th floor straight away, we must start on the ground floor," Tendulkar was quoted as saying by the website Cricinfo. "We must take it step-by-step but to get there would be a fascinating journey. It is our dream, not just mine but of the entire nation, to get there. To play the final in Mumbai is something you can only dream of and everything has to come together.” "But if we can play to the best of our potential then I think we

can do something we have been longing to do for quite some time." Tendulkar is currently enjoying some time off from the game, as he seeks to pick and choose his assignments while handling a body that has endured more than two decades of international cricket with care. He will be back for India in their Test series against Sri Lanka that will start after the Asia Cup finishes. With India ascending to the top spot in the Test rankings, the series is all the more significant, especially considering two factors - that India lost to Sri Lanka having no answer to the Murali-Mendis combo the last time around in Sri Lanka, and the upcoming 3-Test series against the World Number 2 side, South Africa in South

Africa. "To be number one is special, it was our dream and our target to get to the number one spot in Test cricket," Tendulkar said. "We have had a good run in the last 20 months. Everyone wants to be number one and we cannot relax because there are other countries who want to be number one. It means a lot to us." Sachin ended by reiterating his passion for the game, and said that the day that disappears, he would hang up his boots. "I want to play for as long as possible and as long as I have the desire and the hunger I will carry on," he said. "The day I do not want to get out of bed and do anything then I know it will be time to go in another direction."

Yuvraj vows to return with best form AGENCIES BANGALORE, JUNE 15

Shown the door for slump in form, and criticised for poor fitness, India batsman Yuvraj Singh on Tuesday said he would come back stronger and answer his detractors with his trademark explosive batting. The left-handed swashbuckler was dropped from the Indian

team for the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka after a string of poor performances, including the Twenty20 World Cup debacle.His fitness was also criticised after the T20 World Cup and Yuvraj said he is sweating it out at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore to get back in shape. “It has been tough for me but I

am working on my body. I have been working on my fitness for the past 15 days. There were injuries in the past one year and they took time to settle down," Yuvraj said. “It has been a tough year, but things are getting better now. I would be back with the best of my form and fitness. The bat should always do the talking," he added.

Goa U-19 qualify India aim to end 15-year title drought at Asia Cup HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, JUNE 15

The Goa U-19 team clinched a place in the second stage of Dr B.C. Roy trophy junior National football drawing 2-2 with Punjab at Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata on Monday. Punjab were leading 2-0 at the breather. Goa topped their group with 7 points, after defeating Assam 3-1 and Uttar Pradesh 7-1, before the 2-2 draw with Punjab. After conceding two goals in the first 10 minutes to the Punjab outfit, Goa had to be at their best to get back into the game. Pandhari Chopdekar pulled a goal back for Goa in the 60th minute. Five minutes before the end, Brandon Fernandes converted a penalty to level for Goa and send them through. Goa are set to kick off the

second group stage against Meghalaya on Thursday. Speaking to Herald, Goa U19 coach Lino Pereira said, "Full credit to the boys today, they dug deep to get back into the game after falling behind to two early goals. We will carry this fighting spirit into the next round." Since the tournament was instituted by the AIFF in 1962, Goa have been victorious on two occasions, the first in 1980 winning against Kerala 2-0 in the final and the second time in 1983 defeating Punjab by the same margin. One hopes Goa can add the title to the U-21 title won earlier in the season. In other matches, Assam beat UP 3-2, Delhi hammered Pondicherry 9-0 and West Bengal blasted Tripura 8-0.

AGENCIES DAMBULLA, JUNE 15

A rejuvenated India would aim to redeem their tarnished pride and end a 15-year-old jinx when they start their Asia Cup cricket campaign against Bangladesh at the Rangiri Dambulla ground on Wednesday. Hurting from their debacles in the ICC Twenty20 World Cup and the tri-series in Zimbabwe, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men would be desperate to win back the confidence of fans after being accused of being more loyal to their IPL teams than the country. The Asia Cup title, which they last won in 1995, will be the perfect balm to calm frayed nerves and bury the ghosts of the recent past. Unlike in the West Indies and Zimbabwe, India have a near

Saligao United up HERALD REPORTER VASCO, JUNE 15

Saligao United stormed into the semi-finals of 37th bandodkar memorial football tournament overcoming the challenge of St. Savio Calangute by two second half goals at MPT ground, here on Tuesday. Hardworking Martinho Fernandes took Saligao United into the lead in the 40th minute accepting a short pass from M.A. Francis after a barren first half. During the last minute, Trevor Dias made it safe for Saligao United as he ran solo, cut past advancing Jose Siddhi, St. Savio’s keeper who had advanced well

over the box, and shot in the open goal. During the first 15 minutes, St. Savio dominated but their forwards Bruno Coutinho, Sarvanand Korgaonkar and Agustinho Rodrigues missed the target on a couple of occasions. On the other hand, M.A. Francis, Pravin Jadhav, Dietman Fernandes and Trevor Dias could not move on with the ball due to the slushy condition of the ground near the goal. Trevor Dias was declared man-of-the match. Midway in the second half Clayton Mascarenhas, keeper of Saligao United was injured and

Goa to field team in Senior Hockey HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, JUNE 15

The 63rd Senior National Hockey Championship will be held in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh from July 4 to18. The Indian Hockey Federation has invited the Association for Control of Hockey in Goa (ACHG) to field the Goa team for the championship. The ACHG is in the process of selecting an 18-member squad for the State team. Goa will participate in the Nationals after a gap of over 20

years. Twenty-eight teams from State units will be divided into eight pools and compete in Phase - I. Four semi-finalists from Phase - I will qualify for Phase - II where they will join 12 directly seeded teams. Four semi-finalists from among the associate members will also qualify for Phase - II, thus taking the total participating teams to 20. A total of 18 players and two officials will be selected to represent Goa. The Association for Control of Hockey in Goa is an affiliated member of the Indian Hockey Association.

was replaced by Dietman Fernandes who effected superlative saves to keep St. Savio forwards at bay. Referee Inacio Rodrigues flashed the caution card to Jose Siddhi of St. Savio for rackless tackle and Pravin Jadhav of Saligao United for delaying tactics. Trevor Dias of Saligao United was handed over the man-ofthe match award by Andrew Rodrigues. There will be no match tomorrow. On Thursday, Don Bosco Oratory Fatorda will clash with Clube Sao Minguel de Taleigao in the 2nd quarter-final.

Nerul enter Mardol finals HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, JUNE 15

Nerul Sports Club beat Maina Sports Club, Curtorim via the tie-breaker 5-4 to enter the finals of Mardol Trophy football tournament at Mardol ground on Saturday. There was no score at full time. Xavier Estrocio, Abhijit G, Dnyaneshwar M, Janifer Clement, Avinash Shirodkar scored for Nerul. Reo Mascarenhas, Sertorio Monteiro, Royston Carneiro, Agnelo Costa netted for Maina. Curtorim Gymkhana will meet Navelim Villagers in the second semi-final on June 16. The finals will be played on June 23.

full-strength team to achieve what they have set out for. Except for Sachin Tendulkar, who opted to spend time with his family, and Yuvraj Singh, dropped for poor form, India more or less have the nucleus of the 2011 World Cup team. Virender Sehwag's return provides the firepower to the batting, which had been rudderless without substantial starts at the top of the order. The Delhi marauder, who was nursing a shoul- Virender Sehwag der injury, is arguably one Dhoni would be looking forof the most feared batsman in international cricket capable of ward to fireworks from his demolishing any attack on his deputy to reignite the confidence of his beleaguered legion. day.

Curtorim Gym rout Ambelim HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, JUNE 15

Mardol soccer: Curtorim Gymkhana v. Navelim Villagers, Mardol ground, 4.45 p.m. 18th Super Soccer: Carmona Sports Club v. United Boys of Colva, St John Baptist ground, Dando, Benaulim, 4.30 p.m. Mae dos Pobres Cup soccer: Parish Youth of Nuvem v. Margao Sports Club, Nuvem church ground, 4.45 p.m.

Betalbatim Sporting Club defeated Don Bosco Oratory, Fatorda 3-1 via the tie-breaker to storm into the semi-finals of 18th Super Soccer tournament organised by United Boys of Dando at St John Baptist ground, Dando – Benaulim on Tuesday. There was no score at the end of the regulation period. Betalbatim dominated for most part of the match but failed

to translate their superiority in terms of goals. Betalbatim’s Cajie D’Costa and Desmond Fernandes combined well in the waistline to unsettle the rival defence with orchestrated moves but their forwards either shot straight into the rival goalkeeper or shot wide. At the other end, Oratory were a pale of shadow of themselves as they seldom troubled the rival defence. Their occasional attack was nipped in the bud by alert Betalbatim Sporting

winning totals, the Indian bowling, which has been a subject of debate over the last six months, should be able to provide the results that the fans have longed for since the successful conquest against South Africa at home in March. The new ball will be shared by Zaheer Khan, Asish Nehra and Praveen Kumar, who has been fortunate to regain his place in the side despite dismal performances in the past. It augurs well that Zaheer, who was virtually on his haunches during the unsuccessful campaign in the Twenty20 World Cup after an enervating

IPL, looks rearing to go following the break. All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and Pragyan Ojha should play the supporting cast to Harbhajan Singh in the spin department. Though the four-time Asia Cup champions start favourites, they can't take Bangladesh lightly. Shakib-Ul Hasan's men have pulled off upsets in the past and could do so here as well. “We want to improve every time we go on to the field and want to win games. We have the potential to win matches. Hopefully, we can some games here," said Shakib.

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Curtorim Gymkhana hammered Ambelim Sports Club 8-0 in Mae dos Pobres Cup occer at Nuvem church ground on Monday. They moved into the quarter-finals.

Digamber elected SFI president

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Chief Minister, Digamber Kamat was unanimously elected president of Swimming Federation of India (SFI) at the Annual General Body meeting today in Margao. Other members: General secretary Virendra Nanavati (Guj a r a t ) . Tre a s u re r S . Ra j i v (Kerala). Vice- presidents Ramanuj Mukhopadhya (Bengal), Balraj Sharma (Punjab), Bhawani Shankar Sharma (MP), T. D. Vijay Raghavan (Karnataka), Rajkumar (Delhi). Joint secretaries B. S. Rathod (Rajasthan), M. Ramakrishna (Andhra Pradesh), R. B. Pandey (Bihar), H. G. Bhagat (Daman and Diu). Following members were ap-

pointed by the president: Associate vice-presidents: Pitamber Jena (Orissa), B. C. Singh (Manipur), R. N. Jaiprakash (Tamil Nadu). Associate joint secretaries: Ravin Kapur (UP), Kishor Vaidya (Maharashtra) and Ranjan Chakraborty (Tripura). In all, 23 units attended the meeting from all over the country. Hussain Al Musallam, vicepresident, FINA and director general of OCA., K. Murugan, vice-president of Indian Olympic Association and C. Chinnappa, Dy. secretary MYSA. were the obser vers of FINA, Indian Olympic Association and Government of India Sports Ministry respectively. V. S. Borkar was the returning officer who conducted the elections. The house also decided to conduct the Commonwealth Water Polo Championship in Goa in last week of October. The federation honoured Hussain Al Musallam by presenting a memento. Murugan praised the progress of swimming in last four years and congratulated the federation for the achievements of their swimmers and wished them success for the Commonwealth Games.

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If Sehwag can provide a blistering start in the company of Gautam Gambhir, the rest of the batting, propped up by the youthful exuberance of Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli should be capable of holding its own in the four-nation event. Dhoni would also be itching to set the record straight, especially after his leadership was questioned in the immediate aftermath of the Twenty20 World Cup. He might bat up the order, probably at four or five, depending on the start provided by the top-half. If the batsmen conjure match-

stopper Desmond Fernandes. Betalbatim came close to surging ahead but Oratory goalkeeper Socorro Azavedo showed fine anticipation to block Benny’s shot. Betalbatim continued in the same vein after the change of ends but could not score due to inept shooting by their forwards. Oratory made concentrated efforts and went all out in search of the match winner, which, however, proved elusive.

The teams went all out during the last ten minutes and Oratory goalkeeper Socorro Azavedo was in the thick of action bringing superb saves. In the tie-breaker, Desmond Fernandes, Cajie D’Souza and Bradley Rogtao were on target for Betalbatim Sporting Club. Desmond Fernandes who stood under the bar effected two saves blocking Agnelo Furtado and Nana Borkar tries. Only Mahadeo Talkar was successful for Don Bosco Oratory.

INVITES SUGGESTIONS ON THE FOREIGN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS (REGULATION OF ENTRY AND OPERATIONS) BILL, 2010 The Foreign Educational Institutions (Regulation of Entry and Operations) Bill, 2010 as introduced and pending in Lok Sabha has been referred to the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resource Development headed by Shri Oscar Fernandes, MP, Rajya Sabha for examination and report. 2. A number of Foreign Educational Institutions have been operating in the country and some of them may be resorting to various malpractices to allure and attract students. Due to lack of policy or regulatory regime it has been very difficult to make meaningful assessment of the operations of the foreign educational institutions which has given rise to chances of adoption of various unfair practices besides commercialization. The enactment of a legislation regulating entry and operation of all the foreign educational institutions is necessary to maintain the standards of higher education within the country as well to protect the interest of the students and in public interest. The object of the proposed legislation is to regulate entry and operation of foreign educational institutions imparting or intending to impart higher education or technical education or practice of any profession in India including award of degree, diploma and equivalent qualifications by such institutions. It empowers the Central Government to withdraw the recognition of a foreign educational institution in the event of any violation of the provisions towards maintenance of corpus fund, operational requirements and quality of programmes in India. 3. The Committee has decided to invite memoranda containing views / suggestions from individuals / organizations interested in the subject-matter of the Bill. 4. Those desirous of submitting memoranda to the Committee may send their written memoranda either in English or in Hindi to Shri Arun Sharma, Joint Director, Rajya Sabha Secretariat, Room No. 540, Fifth Floor, Parliament House Annexe, New Delhi – 110001. (Tel: 23035368 and Fax: 23793633) E-mail: arunsharma@sansad.nic.in and rsc_hrd@sansad.nic.in within fifteen days from the date of publication of this advertisement. Those who are willing to appear before the Committee for oral evidence besides submitting the memoranda may indicate so. However, the Committee’s decision in this regard shall be final. 5. The memoranda submitted to the Committee would form part of the records of the Committee and would be treated as confidential and would enjoy privileges of the Committee. The Committee will have full right on the memoranda received. It may or may not use those memoranda while preparing the report. 6. The Bill has been published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II, Section 2, dated the 3 May, 2010. Copies of the Bill can be had on written request to the above-mentioned Officer or can be downloaded from the official web-site of the Rajya Sabha (http://rajyasabha.nic.in) under the caption “Bills with the Committees”. davp 31202/11/0009/1011 rd


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Wednesday, 16 June, 2010

Trials of a Tiatrist

BY JANICE RODRIGUES HERALD FEATURES iatrs are an integral part of the Goan culture and are not only a form of mere entertainment but also a means of disseminating social messages. But in this world where the television sets have replaced the stages as the form of entertainment, and struggling to keep up this tradition are the tiatrists who have to rely on getting a place to perform their shows. But what do they do when they are even deprived of that right? The halls and stages have been occupied with other events and functions and this leaves the tiatrists with no stage to put up their tiatrs. Kala Academy is one of the few places, in and around the capital, that stages tiatrs on a regular basis, but under the current trends, even these halls are out of their reach. “When we want to stage a tiatr, the Kala Academy is occupied,” says tiatrist Rose Ferns. This is the common plight among the tiatrist community in Goa. “The Kala Academy used to allot the days of Sundays for tiatrists to perform, but of late they have not done so,” says Prince Jacob. “According to the earlier settlements, the Kala Academy used to follow the Quarterly Quota System; one could not book the halls on Sundays and Saturdays and we had to wait for the Quarterly Quota, but now some people book the hall even out of the quota. If they have a rule, why implement it for certain people only,” says tiatrist Mario Menezes. “From the month of July to that of the rest of the year there have been only three

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bookings made, the other days are already booked by other events,” laments Jacob. “Out of the 365 days in a year, we don’t even get 65 days to perform in the auditoriums,” says Rose Ferns “Whenever we contact them for a booking, we are told that the halls are booked with some other government functions, if that is the case then where are we to perform?” was a question asked by all these tiatrists. “Another point that is not fair on the tiatrists is that we cannot book a hall at a date more than three months away, if we have to go now and book we cannot book a hall for after September,” says Rose Ferns. Rules like these can be a huge hurdle in the way of the development of the tiatrs in Goa. Using the Kala Academy as a venue for IFFI hasn’t gone down too well with the tiatr industry either. “Even after all these years, IFFI is still being held in Kala Academy and this happens at the cost of the tiatrs,” says Mario Menezes. The only option according to the tiatrists is that the government set up another hall only for the tiatrists to perform, “We have a humble request to the government to set up a theatre only for the use of the tiatrists,” says Jacob. “Setting up a hall in the capital city will ensure the future development of tiatr and give us a place to perform any time of the year,” says Menezes. “Not all tiatrists stage tiatrs for money, we also stage them for the sake of art. When we go to villages, we have to keep minimal rates, the cities and places like Kala Academy are where we can attempt to recover the costs of advertising and sets,” says Mario Menezes.

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BY NOMRATHA FERNANDES HERALD FEATURES magine being forced out of your comfort zone and made to carry a weight almost twice your size on your shoulders. Everyday! Imagine how daunting that would be and the toll it would take on you physically. Your body would cringe the entire day and even as you rested, you would feel it, to a larger extent in fact. What if the effects of this task never ended? What if it stayed with you through the night and the coming nights and didn’t leave you a single moment of breathing space? This can be an apt comparison to the task of the caregiver to an ailing family member or friend in hospital, where the physical, mental and emotional exhaustion reaches great heights. Upon her arrival back to Goa, after fifteen days of travel and holiday to the state of Mizoram, my younger sister looked seriously under the weather. “It must be the effects of travelling and maybe a little bit of the Mumbai food or water,” she said with surety, Mumbai being her temporary residence for academic purposes. For someone of her physical statue – slender, strong, healthy – it was uncommon seeing her in bed all day, with a wet towel to her forehead or in the bathroom throwing up almost everything she ate. It has to be the Mumbai food or water I thought while

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my anxious mother was considering pills and doctors and hospitalisation. Not a big fan of the aforementioned, with it being last on my list of dealing with illnesses, I shook my head. “But it has been more than five days now. What is her body going to run on if she’s not retaining anything?” my mother said in a tone that made me feel a bit stupid. My way was not being considered this time and my sister was driven straight to the doctors. Hospitalisation, however brief the period, is dampening to the spirit. On first glance, you see the row of patients on their beds and feel sorry for their state. One of my family members was now one of them, from a case of jaundice and typhoid, simultaneously. I couldn’t help feeling sorry for her too, keeping in mind that she was in Goa on the summer break between her first and second year of college. Time would heal her and apparently so would the doctors. With intravenous drips running in her system through a sharp needle in her right hand, pale ‘haldi’ yellow and gaunt, she would pull through, she had the will. A week of hospitalisation and I couldn’t help but direct all that sorr y to her caregiver, my mother. She stayed up with my sister, on high alert, watching the needles and tubes, in case they shake or shift a little; she sponged her; she bathed her; she brushed her teeth; she fed her; she gave her medicines; and through it all she caught forty winks of sleep and was up as quick as lightening with the slightest sound. Apart from this, there was attending to concerned relatives and friends, reiterating my sisters condition to them all, running downstairs to the hospital pharmacy every time a new drug was prescribed, arranging money, visiting the labs outside for scans and other medical tests, preparing a special diet for my sister, etc. It not only took a physical toll but an emotional one as well. And now is where the above applies. “Watching the 18 blood pricks, the swellings, the clogs and the pain of it all I get most relief when she is asleep,” my mother said. My mother has stuck to an old adage, ‘In adversity one grows stronger’, through it all. Today, she is being discharged.

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anjay Dutt is flying high these days as he recently announced the pregnancy of his wife. The news doing the rounds is that he is going to be a proud father of twin babies in the beginning of 2011. Manyata Dutt is reported three months pregnant already. Earlier, the actor had expressed his aspiration to become a dad again. He already has a daughter named Trishala from his first marriage to Richa Sharma. Sanju is very much excited to have twin babies but he is worried about the health of his wife as he needs to be out of India for two weeks in June. However, he has assured that all his friends and family members take good care of the would-be mother in his absence. Following the news of actor Sanjay Dutt's wife, Manyata, being pregnant, friends and family are celebrating. Actress Ameesha Patel, the soon-to-be-mum's best friend, is particularly excited. She posted a picture of herself with a visibly pregnant Manyata on Twitter. She reveals that the mood in the Dutt household is festive. "Yesterday, we

had a party at Sanjay's house. Since Manyata feels nauseous very often, we can't go out. So, a few close friends came together, cut a cake and celebrated the occasion," says Ameesha.

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ood news for fans of this Marvel franchise, ‘Transformers,’ the director will be getting serious in the 3rd installment by axing the twins and bringing in arch-villain ‘Shockwave’ and, of course, the 3rd movie will be in 3D. Transformers 3 will be a killer ending to the franchise according to director Michael Bay, who hopes to appease fans upset by the second installment. Welcoming some of the blame himself, Bay says, “Part of the problem was out of my hands. A poorly-timed writer’s strike during the production was at fault for some of the missing storyline, and a rushed timeline caused to overlook the confusion in the movie.” The relief of most fans will be the sacking of the ‘twins’ characters. “One thing we’re getting rid of is what I call the dorky comedy,” Bay said. “So the twins, the two bumbling, slang-spewing robots? They’re basically gone.” In the second movie, almost all of the main characters were brought back to life. Now, none will be needed as the new villain will be the Decepticon’s leader who took control of their home planet when Megatron left. It is a giant cycloptic robot

named ‘Shockwave.’ Transformers 3 will also focus on the space race and introduce the robots as a key element in battle between the US and the USSR. “The movie is more of a mystery,” Bay says. “It ties in what we know as history growing up as kids with what really happened.” Another, less exciting change will be the loss of Megan Fox. The highly popular actress had conflicts with director Bay before filming began, and was dismissed in favor of Victoria Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. “I love Megan and I miss the girl,” LaBeouf said during a break of shooting. “But Sam and Mikaela became one character, and here … you have discovery again from a new perspective.”


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WHAT’S UP IN GOA?? A function to commemorate Goa’s Liberation Day will take place on June 18 at 4:30pm near the Parra village panchayat. It is organised by the All Goa Freedom Fighters Forum for Social Justice. ‘Sao Joao Rain Dance Blast’ will take place on June 24 from 10am to 10pm at the Soco’s Creative Farm, Chinchalim. There will be live music and competitions. Call 9767239123. An eco-friendly Sao Joao will take place on June 20 from 11am to 2pm at Gangoz, Salvador do Mundo. Call 9881344379. A 2-week Free Monsoon Dance Workshop for Children and Adults, organised by Xtremers Dance Group is being held till June 26 at Margao, Panjim, Ponda and Mapusa. Call 9823712572 or 9823469258. ‘Art Event 2010’, organised by the Society for Promoting Arts, Culture and Education and supported by the Directorate of Art and Culture will be held till March 2011 at the Bartholomeu’s School Hall or at the Dayanand Bandodkar High School. Call 9922898694 or 9850871608. Creative Collective, Sunaparanta’s first InStudio workshop, headed by Patricia Geraldes will have an interactive session on June 16 at 6.30pm at the Art Lounge, Sunaparanta, Altinho, Panjim. Call 2421311. A month long blood donation drive, organised by Goa State AIDS Control Society (GSACS) and Goa State Blood Transfusion Council will take place in the entire month of June. Call 9922353445. ‘NACLIN 2010’, the 4 day 13th national convention on knowledge, library and information networking is being held till June 18 at BITS Pilani, Goa Campus.

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Goa to thrill to the delight of Futsal at Lusophonia 2013 ‘Joga’, an upcoming indoor mini Futsal competition organised by SpaceKraft Media Solutions has been postponed to mid-July. It will be held at the Don Bosco Oratory, Don Bosco High School, Panjim. Registrations are open. Herald gives an overview of the present status of the sport BY CHRISTINA VIEGAS HERALD FEATURES hile the rest of India breathes cricket, Goa stands out for its passion for the fast and furious football. Therefore, confirmation from sports officials that futsal, a version of indoor football, is one among the other disciplines of sports for the Lusophonia Games to be held in Goa in 2013, promises to arouse great delight for Goa. Meanwhile, Dennis Figueiredo, proprietor of SpaceKraft Media Solutions who has been organising futsal competitions over the last three years elucidates, “This year, the competition has been postponed to mid-July as we couldn’t get the venue due to the screenings of the FIFA world cup. The registrations are open.” Backtrack to the origins and the news is that futsal was started in Uruguay in 1930 by Juan Carlos Ceriani as a version of football for competition, and went on to develop further on the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil and eventually a rule book was published. Mr Savio Messias, secretary of the Goa Football Association (GFA) had enlightened, “Futsal is very popular in Brazil and many other countries abroad. In fact, most of the top Brazilian footballers started their sporty lives by playing futsal. Now, we need to popularise the sport in Goa.” As for the introduction of the sport, he informed, “It is already taken root in Goa. Presently, there are 50 kids in the age group of under 10 years, getting trained at the Brazil Foot Academy in Panaji and Vasco.” Looking towards preparations for the Lusophonia Games, Mr Messias enlightens, “We will start off by conducting training courses for coaches like we constantly do with football. We can utilise some of the present football coaches and even appoint fresh coaches solely for futsal.” The Sports Authority of Goa (SAG) and Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs have been supportive to Figueiredo’s annual

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A Glimpse of the Blessed Joseph Vaz’Maternal Home

BY JOEGOAUK Goan priest known as the Apostle of Ceylon, Blessed Joseph Vaz was born in Goa on April 21, 1651 and died at Kandy, Sri Lanka on January 16, 1711. Seldom Funny Quote may be aware that Blessed Vaz’ maternal “Always get married home was in Pulvaddo, in the picturesque early in the morning. That village of Banaulim, in Salcete taluka. way, if it doesn't work out, you It was here that he learnt Latin, a lanhaven't wasted a whole day.” guage that aided him in his religious pursuits. The pictures show his maternal – Mickey Rooney home in Benaulim. Now occupied by peoDAILY GROOK ple not related to Blessed Joseph Vaz, the house and its surroundings still hold SORE SCORE dear the essence of the Apostle of Ceyby Francis Rodrigues lon. call for recounts It was his calling towards helping the after an election, oppressed that took Blessed Joseph Vaz often jst amounts to Ceylon, now Sri Lanka. Hearing of the oppressed to re'tally'ation! state of the Catholics there, he desired to rush to their rescue, but was Instructions for the time being appointed Superior of the Kanara Mission, a post for Sudoku which he occupied for three years. SUDOKU SOL 579 In 1686, he obtained permission to give up this office and proceed 9 x 9 letter: to Ceylon. Disguised as a mendicant, he reached the port of Tuticorin To solve a Sudoku on Easter 1687. puzzle, every numBlessed Joseph Vaz was beatified on January 21, 1995 by Pope ber from 1 to 9 must John Paul II at Colombo, Sri Lanka, where his cause was being pursued appear in each of since 1737. the nine vertical

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Visit www.naclin.org. Call 2580314, 2580101, 2580303 and 2580106. ‘A new world…VISION 2050’, a creativity contest on graphic designing on the subject, will be held from July 10 onwards. Registrations close on June 18. Call 9423885224 or 2225153. Visit www.mgmgoa.com. ‘Nokia 5233 Indoor Football Fever 2010’, a corporate indoor football tournament, organised by Radioactiv Entertainment in association with Nokia will be held every Saturday and Sunday for the next four weeks at the Don Bosco Oratory, Don Bosco High School, Panjim. There will be a variety of entertainment programmes. Call 3292219. A football exhibition displaying various aspects of the football world cup since 1930 when the first football world cup was held will take place till July 11 at Gaunsawaddo, Mapusa. Free coaching classes for IIT-JEE, AIEEE and CPT, IPCC and CA will take place in the next few days. Call 9545477884 or 6514096. Night school classes for Std VIII and Std IX will take place from the coming week from 6pm to 9:30pm at the Housing Board School, Gogol. It is conducted by the Adult Education and Welfare Association, Vidhyanagar-Margao. Call 9422059808. ‘The Value of Art – Understanding the Art Market’, a lecture as part of a lecture series by Kanchi Mehta (art curator, consultant and historian) will take place on June 21, 23 and 25 at 6.45pm at the Sunaparanta, Goa Centre for the Arts, Altinho, Panjim. Call 2421311. ‘The Eco-Modular Kitchen Contest’ iis open for entries. Registration closes on July 15. E-mail creativeimpressionsgoa@rediffmail.com. Call 9822127845.

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futsal competitions. Mr V M Prabhudessai, director of SAG has also extended his support towards the GFA saying, “We would like the GFA to come to us with their plans in terms of training coaches and players and we will support them in all aspects for the success of the sport. We have done that with football and will do so for futsal too.” He continues, “We will sit together at a meeting with the GFA and chalk out a future plan. We will get an expert from Goa or perhaps from out and first check out all the indoor halls at Campal, Fatorda and also some schools like Don Bosco and others, to assess whether they can be used for futsal. Accordingly, we can start by upgrading the infrastructure at these places.” Mr Messias has strongly emphasised the importance of sound infrastructure saying, “For the start, we can manage in the present indoor halls with some upgrading. But for the Games, we definitely need full-fledged infrastructure of international stature.” Mr Savio has also highlighted various nuances of the sport, “The sport is played in smaller spaces with emphasis laid on improvisation, creativity and technique as well as ball control and passing in small spaces. During training and subsequent practice, players will develop these skills. The good news is that even people in their 30s and 40s can enjoy the sport.” Reiterating the same, Mr Figueiredo affirms, “People from the older age groups too are welcome for our competitions. In fact, many of them are better than their younger counterparts. We normally get good response with more than 60 teams participating. Our cut-off number will be 64.” And why no women teams? The reply is, “Women are not coming in for this sport. But yes, they are always welcome. The sport has a huge fan following.” The unanimous opinion from various sports experts is, “With so much of passion for football, there is every reason to believe that futsal will be welcomed by the people of Goa at the Lusophonia Games.” Photo by JoeGoaUK

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n this ongoing month of football madness brought about by the FIFA World Cup, the Clube Gasper Dias is quenching the Goan thirst for Football with the ASM Football Fiesta. Along with the stadium set up of the enormous 24 by 20 feet screen, the exciting games, goal predictions, spot prizes, quizzes and a whole lot of surprises, spread the FIFA World Cup fever. Paul Almeida, an avid Football fan present at one of the matches said, “The décor is wonderful here especially with the replication of the football fields with the goal posts and football cutouts. The thrilling games with the audience set the mood for the evening. This place has a really nice atmosphere for friends to get together for a game of football.” Mr. Vito Gomes, Founder and Managing Director of Aviation Services Management and organizer of the ASM Football Fiesta said “I’m passionate about the sport of football that’s how ASM football Fiesta came about. We have the largest screen in Goa which makes for excellent viewing. The entire hall has been converted into a stadium-like set up with football branding and country flags. We also have fun and games to add an element of excitement. It’s wonderful to see fans get together here to cheer for their fans and celebrate this wonderful game” The venue has been transformed into a football arena complete with a stadium-like set up, including elevated stands for seating, football branding, large screens, refreshment counters and sports related games and contests.

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Previews AFP DURBAN, JUNE 15

European champions Spain make their World Cup bow against Switzerland here on Wednesday with star midfielder Cesc Fabregas saying they were "hungry for the title". Spanish football is riding the crest of a wave following Spain's Euro 2008 victor y and the record-breaking achievements

Spain face Swiss challenge of Barcelona in 2009, and La Roja have rightly been installed as joint favourites for the World Cup with Brazil. Spain hold the distinction of being the only side to ever be ranked number one in the FIFA standings without winning a World Cup. Their best placing remains fourth place in 1950. The country would only appear in two more World Cups until 1978, but have qualified for every tournament since then. But in players like goalkeeper Iker Casillas, midfield magicians

Xavi and Andres Iniesta and lethal strikers David Villa and Fernando Torres they possess the kind of quality that emerges only once in a generation. Spain, coached by Vicente Del Bosque, qualified with a flawless record, winning all 10 matches in their European qualifying group, and Fabregas said maybe the time had come for Spain to step forward for a first World Cup crown. "We are hungry for the title and we can show we are the best at this championships," said

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Fabregas, the Arsenal playmaker who struggles to get in the Spanish team such is their embarrassment of riches. "We are in a very competitive group, but we are keen to show

that this is our moment and we are hungry to show that Spain can be the best." After the Switzerland game, Spain face Honduras on June 21 in Johannesburg and Chile four days later in Pretoria. The team, coached by former Bayern Munich boss Ottmar Hitzfeld, features a healthy blend of youth and experience, combining talented youngsters Eren Derdiyok, Tranquillo Barnetta and goalkeeper Diego Benaglio with seasoned campaigners like skipper Alexander Frei and

Congo -born striker Blaise N'Kufo. The Spanish team, he said, were "the best team of all time - they play like Barcelona". "I have rarely seen such dominance in collective play. You can see they all fit together well as a unit on the pitch and it's really great to see -- it will be magnificent to play against them. "They are the favourites as they are very strong tactically and technically. We will have to put them under pressure high up the field."

mum points," said South Africa's Steven Pienaar, whose performances from midfield for English Premier League club Everton have made him his country's bestknown player.

"Uruguay are a really physical team who are well organised in defence with three centrebacks and also boast several good attacking players apart from Diego Forlan," Pienaar added.

"We must focus on our game and make sure we get the right result as the group is wide open." South African captain Aaron Mokoena called vuvuzelas "our 12th man that we need. It's our

weapon. We don't mind vuvuzelas at all." Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez knows his side will need every point it can get to avoid being left out of the last 16.

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knockout second round. The Chilean group schedule suggests they will face increasingly tougher opposition with Honduras followed by modest European rivals Switzerland and then World Cup favourites Spain. This is a young, hungry Chilean outfit lacking household international names that has already impressed in South Africa, defeating the host nation more convincingly than the 2-0 scoreline suggests in a friendly last year. Meticulous Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa, whose El Loco nickname hardly does him justice, favours a 3-3-1-3 system with his team swarming about

the field like bees, giving rivals little time to settle. Famous for the thoroughness of his preparations, he spends hours studying videos of his own team and opponents, looking for the one chink in the armour that could tilt the balance. While Bielsa has become a national hero in his adopted country and been offered citizenship, he is quick to pass credit to a squad captained by goalkeeper Claudio Bravo from Spanish club Real Sociedad. "This team got to South Africa on its own. I did not take them there, rather I am going there with them," he told Chilean journalists.

Honduras, making a second appearance after two draws and a 1-0 loss in Spain 28 years ago, also have a foreign coach with Colombian Reinaldo Rueda enjoying the same popularity afforded Bielsa. In a squad containing 14 local semi-professionals, Wigan defender Maynor Figueroa and Tottenham midfielder Wilson Palacios represent the EPL. Midfielders Edgar Alvarez and Julio de Leon and striker David Suazo play in Italy, although the latter is a doubtful starter for the match at the 42,000-seat Mbombels Stadium in the northeast city.

TODAY’S MATCHES Honduras v. Chile, 5 p.m. Spain v. Switzerland, 7.30 p.m. South Africa v. Uruguay, 00.00 hrs

South Africa hope to keep momentum

South African dreams of a shock run into the second round of the World Cup face a moment of truth on Wednesday in a critical match against Diego Forlan-led Uruguay. Unfancied South Africa, trying to avoid becoming the first host nation to fail to advance from the group stage, opened with a 1-1 draw against Mexico while Uruguay and France played out a nervy 0-0 draw, leaving Group A up for grabs. "Uruguay will be in trouble if we carry on where we left off against the Mexicans," said South African midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala, whose opening strike of the tournament was the first World Cup finals goal on African soil. "A win against Uruguay will virtually seal our passage into the second round and make the nation even prouder." Forlan, who scored both goals in Atletico Madrid's Europa League final victory over Fulham to cap an outstanding club season, leads a Uruguay attack that figures to be a formidable challenge for the defence of "Bafana Bafana" (The Boys). "It is going to be a tough game for us and we have to take maxi-

Chile seek end to long winless run

Chile try again to end a 48-year winless World Cup run when they tackle Honduras on Wednesday in a Group H Nelspruit showdown. Since defeating Yugoslavia to finish third as hosts of the 1962 tournament, the South Americans have played 13 matches at the four-yearly football extravaganza without celebrating a victory. But hopes are high that a team which finished second behind Brazil in the qualifying competition for South Africa can not only defeat the Central Americans, but qualify for the

Buffon injures back

Japan goes Honda-mad

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Italy and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is a doubt for the defending champions next match after hurting his back in their 1-1 draw with Paraguay. The 32-year-old was replaced at half-time by Federico Marchetti and coach Marcello Lippi said it was too early to tell how bad it was. "He has a bit of problem in his back," said Lippi. "He had an ache during the warm-up and then he said he wanted to play, but after the first half he said he couldn't continue. "I don't know how bad the injury is or how long it will take him to recover. The doctors will have to tell us that."

Bleary-eyed Japanese fans were pinching themselves today after the Blue Samurai's shock 1-0 win over Cameroon at the World Cup in South Africa. Photos of Keisuke Honda's winning goal were splashed across front and back pages of the country's newspapers while TV and radio talk shows were buzzing about Japan's first World Cup win on foreign soil. ''Honda's Victory Bullet,'' screamed the Sankei Sports while the Nikkan Sports went minimalist under the headline ''Honda!'' in huge blue Chinese characters. Several newspapers carried pictures of Honda, arms in the air, being carried on the shoulders of his joyous team mates as if Takeshi Okada's side had won the World Cup itself. Cutting a slightly forlorn figure at the back trying to get closer to Japan's new golden boy is the team's most-recognisable figure, Shunsuke Nakamura, recently relegated to the bench. ''The key players were Honda and (Daisuke) Matsui,'' former Japan coach Philippe Troussier told Reuters, pointing out the two players involved in Japan's 39th-minute winner. ''Matsui with his great experience in Europe and Honda with

his Champions League experience had a strong impact. No one took Japan seriously. ''The Cameroon players seemed so arrogant...seemed to take the Japanese as a weak team.'' ''Three points is not enough for qualification,'' added the Frenchman, who led Japan to the last 16 as 2002 co-hosts. ''The (third group) match against Denmark will be a final.'' Japan fans decked out in blue watched their team's Group E

opener in high spirits, some faking terror every time centreback Tulio touched the ball after two recent own goals. Even Japan's conservative broadsheet press appeared to have caught World Cup fever. The Asahi newspaper carried the headline ''Door to a New Era'' while the Mainichi perhaps got a little too carried away, calling Japan's upset an ''Easy Win'' across the top of its sports page.

generation of talent. "We have always sought an out-and-out Number Ten and now we have found one," said striker Miroslav Klose. "Mesut has made the position his own for Germany. He is an absolute bonus for us." Loew has adopted a threeman attacking midfield playing behind a lone striker and Ozil's ability to run at defences and provide probing passes makes him the ace in Germany's pack. "He is a player that fits perfectly with my ideas," said Loew. "He plays a very high level, he can win the ball easily and then produce a telling shot. "He is a playmaker and can produce s o m e passes which split defences." B u t

while Ozil is being courted by the German media as the country's new footballing hero after just 11 appearances for the national side, Loew has warned the player to keep his feet on the ground. "To be a world-class player requires a lot of development and the need to be consistent over several years," said Loew. "But Mesut, no doubt, has what it takes." Even England's players, who could face Germany as early as the second round, were quick to notice Ozil's creative quality in the demolition of Australia. "Right from the first two touches you could tell he had a bit of class with his left foot," defender Jamie Carragher said. "You could tell straightaway he is a talented player." Ozil's contract at Bremen runs until 2011, but while Europe's top clubs have no doubt been alerted to his rapid progress, he is focused on the matter in hand. "I am under contract until 2011, but all that interests me now is the World Cup, because as a team we have goals. That is all that matters," he said.

Ozil looking for glory

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Germany's rising star Mesut Ozil, tipped by coach Joachim Loew as a future world-class player, insists that the three-time champions have a genuine chance of winning a fourth World Cup. Barely known outside of Germany and Turkey before the tournament, 21-year-old Werder Bremen midfielder Ozil played a key role in orchestrating his side's impressive 4-0 thrashing of Australia in Durban on Sunday. Germany's second Group D game is against Serbia on Friday in Port Elizabeth and a victory would almost guarantee them a place in the knock-out phase, but Ozil says the goal for a team not originally among the favourites is to seal a fourth title. "Our dream is to win the title, that is why we are here," said Ozil, who was born to Turkish parents in the industrial German city of Gelsenkirchen. Germany lost captain Michael Ballack to an ankle injury before the tournament even started, but Ozil's performance suggested the national side can plug the gap with the next


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England cry foul over German World Cup balls AFP RUSTENBURG, JUNE 15

England's Jamie Carragher believes Germany gained a huge World Cup advantage by ensuring their players had four months to get used to the ball they banged into the net four times against Australia. The controversial Jabulani balls were introduced by Bundesliga clubs sponsored by their German-based manufacturer Adidas in February and Carragher believes that has given England's biggest rivals an edge that was apparent in their impressive 4-0 win over the Socceroos in their opening match on Sunday. "That is exactly what we were saying as we were watching," Carragher said. "It gives them an advantage anyway. Certainly, that is true. It is obvious. The ball is very different. Every training

session we do we always start with a ball between two, passing 30 or 40 yards to each other just for that reason alone. I am sure it has helped them." FIFA and Adidas insist that any difficulty players have encountered with the balls here is down to the effect of altitude, not anything to do with the design. That stance has been disputed by numerous players and Carragher believes designers will always try to tweak the specifications of balls to generate more goals. "When you are making a ball for the World Cup the idea is to create more goals I think and get it to do strange things to make it a more exciting tournament. "But every cross I have seen has been overhit. It goes over the back post. I haven't seen anyone get a free-kick

over the wall yet. "It just seems to sail straight over the bar. Looking at the start, maybe it is not doing what people expected. People thought there would be more goals but apart from Germany I don't think there have been too many goals in the tournament." Despite his criticism of the ball, Carragher said nothing should be taken away from an impressive performance that underlined that Germany will once again be a force to be reckoned with at the World Cup. "They played so well. I am not looking for an excuse. You are trying not to hype them up too much because of how well they played. It is something to cling to, that they might have been playing with the ball (for longer). I have had two or three texts about it." Carragher added: "If you watch Ger-

many and the teams come up, you wouldn't say the names roll off the tongue. But then when you see them in action and how they played against Australia it was very impressive. "The manager, Joachim Loew has done a great job. He was number two to (Juergen) Klinsmann and had a bit of an impact at the last World Cup." England's players, who could face Germany as early as the second round, were impressed by the creative quality of 21-year-old Mesut Ozil, the chief engineer of the demolition job on Australia. "Right from the first two touches you could tell he had a bit of class with his left foot," Carragher said. "You could tell straightaway he is a talented player." Germany's positive start with what was supposed to be a squad of modestly talented, inexperienced players

is in sharp contrast to the stumbling entrance to the tournament of England's star-studded squad, who were held to a 1-1 draw by the United States on Saturday. Carragher admits that the German mindset may be more geared to delivering success in football's biggest tournaments. "What they may have is a belief of always being there at the end. Maybe that continues," he said. "It is similar to what we have at Liverpool where you are known for getting late goals no matter who is on the pitch. You believe you are going to do it. "Because we have not done very well in tournaments maybe that is something. But if you look at the players we have got I am still pretty confident we can do well in this tournament."

Lippi unconcerned by sluggish start Maradona took AFP IRENE, JUNE 15

Coach Marcello Lippi was calm and confident on Tuesday despite reigning champions Italy's failure to win their opening match of the World Cup. Daniele De Rossi scored a second half equaliser to earn the Azzurri a 1-1 draw against an ultra-defensive Paraguay in Cape Town on Monday night. And with games against New Zealand and Slovenia to come, Lippi insisted that he was satisfied with their start.

"I have never seen a big team come to a World Cup Finals and start at 100 percent. Teams need to grow throughout a tournament and they do that through their results," he said at Italy's Casa Azzurri base here, just to the south of Pretoria. "We're not at 100 percent but that's the same for everyone. I'm ver y satisfied with the progress the team is making. "I would say 70 percent of the players are there and when the rest improve physically and tac-

tically we'll score goals and create more chances. "There's nothing to worry about." He was also far from disappointed at Italy's inability to break down Paraguay's stubborn backline more than once. "They're a good team and they only moved over the half way line four times in the whole match," he added. "I don't think we showed them too much respect, I think we gave them just the right amount, maybe it was them who

showed us too much given the waiting game they played." Lippi may have had a point about the big teams as England and France also failed to win their openers, but that was not the case for Germany, Argentina and the Netherlands. "For every team it depends on your opponents. Germany had the best start but Australia are probably less strong and less organised than for example the USA (England's opponents).

IN PICS

An Italy supporter wearing a wrestler's mask cheers.

Women celebrate a goal of Paraguay against Italy.

Japan fans in blue wigs and blue face-paint smile.

Slovakia fan smiles before the Group F first round 2010 World Cup football match Slovakia versus New Zealand.

An Italian fan waits for the WC2010 football game between Italy and Paraguay. A couple kiss as people watch the football game between Italy and Paraguay on a giant screen, at Villa Borghese in Milan.

Argentina job for cash: Pele AFP SAO PAULO, JUNE 15

Brazilian legend Pele on Monday launched a broadside against Argentina coach Diego Maradona, charging that he only took the job as he was out of work and needed the money, Brazilian media reported on Monday. Pele and Maradona - widely considered as the two best players of all time - have regularly indulged in verbal sparring. But Pele rose to the bait when the Brazilian media asked him about comments attributed to Maradona during the inauguration of the World Cup in South Africa. Maradona allegedly implied that a "dark gentleman" - taken to mean Pele - had questioned the ability of the host nation to

be the first African country to host the World Cup. Pele hit back, saying: "I don't understand a few things. When he did his first television programme (in 2005) in Argentina and needed some help I went to Buenos Aires, played football with him and helped him out. "Then I tried to help out with some adverts - but either he was late or never showed up." The Brazilian continued sardonically: "I know he has remembered me now in South Africa. He must love me." Former sports minister Pele, who said he had no intention of ever coaching Brazil "as I don't want to suffer the way (current coach) Dunga is suffering", took another swipe at Maradona, who took control of Argentina in November 2008.


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Portugal supporters cheer prior to the start of the Group G first round match Ivory Coast v. Portugal at Nelson Mandela Bay stadium in Port Elizabeth, on Tuesday.

Spirited Ivory Coast hold Portugal

l African superstar Didier Drogba returns

Brazil down DPR AP JOHANNESBURG, JUNE 15

Five-time World Cup winner Brazil eked out a 2-1 victory over a fighting North Korea in a Group G match here on Tuesday. All goals came in the second half. Brazil were ahead 2-0 until the 88th minute when North Korean Ji Yun-nam pulled one back. A classic goal by Maicon in the 55th minute and another by Elano in the 72nd helped Brazil to take a 2-0 lead. Elano released Maicon on the overlap inside the area and

it looked like he would pull the ball back from near the by-line. Instead, Maicon bent the ball with the outside of his right boot and it flew between the goalkeeper and his near post and nestled in the net. Indeed, a goal of real beauty in the 55th. Then in the 72nd, Robinho and Elano linked up to score a goal of devastating ease. Robinho's slide-rule pass found Elano running into the area, and the last named slotted home with a cool first-time finish.

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Portugal got their World Cup finals off to a stuttering start with a goalless draw against a spirited Ivory Coast today, a match that saw the return of Didier Drogba only 11 days after breaking his arm. Semi-finalists at the 2006 finals, Portugal struggled to make a serious impact and made their job of advancing from a fierce Group G -- which includes Brazil and North Korea -- no easier in a fluid match that yielded only a handful of goalscoring chances. The Elephants opted to start without Drogba, who was yet

to fully recover following surgery, but he came on as a substitute after 66 minutes to a rapturous reception by the Port Elizabeth crowd. The draw will boost the con-

fidence of the Ivory Coast, which enjoyed most of the possession and always looked dangerous with smooth passing and plenty of energy going forward. Ger vais Kouassi, better

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today. Fullback Reid popped up to glance a header past Jan Mucha that went in off the foot of the post to bring the All Whites level after Robert Vittek had put Slovakia in front five minutes after halftime in what had been a fairly pedestrian contest.

All Whites grab last-gasp equaliser

New Zealand defender Winston Reid headed an equaliser in the dying seconds to earn a 1-1 draw with Slovakia and secure his country's first ever World Cup point in their Group F opener

known as Gervinho, came in to fill the void and proved himself a constant menace for the Portuguese defence with penetrating runs into the area that left Ricardo Carvalho and Bruno Alvez scrambling. Ivory Coast had the best of first half action with Kouassi and Emmanuel Eboue commanding the flanks but struggling to create any meaningful attempts on goal on a chilly afternoon at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Man-of-the-Match Cristiano Ronaldo, under pressure after underperforming in Portugal's tumultuous qualifying campaign, looked lively early and was twice brought down when the Ivorian defence tried to thwart his dangerous runs on the edge of the box.

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