Panjim I April 17, 2011 I Postal Reg. No. Goa 101 I Price Rs. 3.00 I Air Surcharge Rs 2 I Pages 16+8
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ANGER TO ABEYANCE Kharewado wins. 297 homes to be saved from demolition THE CASE SO FAR 1998: MoU reached between MPT, Government of Goa and Goa Fishing Boat Owners Association where MPT erected poles at the distance of 50 metres from the high tide line. 194 structures which fell within the first 50 metres would be demolished but after the oustees were compensated and alternate housing given. 2009: Without taking the 1998 MoU, in a writ petition number 120/2009 in the High Court, against the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority and MMC, the MPT sought structures on its land to be removed under the Environment Protection Act 1986 and the CRZ Act of 1991. 2010: In a separate petition >Continued on pg 10
Strike called off for now l Centre to be moved to free Kharewado from MPT jurisdiction l MPT and parties to jointly move court to withdraw demolition petition l
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staring at a solution: A delegation of KAP, led by Fr Bismark Dias on their way to the secretariat to meet the Chief Minister Digambar Kamat on Saturday. Photo by Sachin Ambadoskar TEAM HERALD VASCO, APRIL 16: They blocked the sea. They blocked the land. They shut down Vasco, but they opened up a huge lifeline: The possibility of saving 297 homes of Kharewado settlers, facing imminent demolition. In a last ditch effort, a delegation of Kharewado Af-
fected People(KAP) dressed in black T shirts, led by Father Bismark Dias, travelled to Panjim and returned with assurances that could finally pave the way for a permanent solution to the vexed residents of Kharewado. A high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Digambar Kamat was attended by Leader of the Opposition Manohar Parrikar,
Revenue Minister Jose Philip D Souza and Chairman of MPT P Marapandiyan among others. They gave major assurances to the KAP. D’Souza told reporters that the State will protect majority of the fishermen’s houses by removing the Kharewado area from the MPT jurisdiction. >Continued on pg 10
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We showed MPT that Goa is one: CM
The situation was getting critical, we had to do something TEAM HERALD PANJIM: In a season of follies, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat pulled out a solutionat least for now— at a time when the Kharewado crisis
was spilling out of control. In a chat with Herald he spoke on the crucial meeting with the Kharewado stakeholders. On the crisis: The issue became serious. I was in
Bangalore and decided to call all political parties for this meeting. I’m grateful that everybody came at short notice and a solution was reached. >Continued on pg 10
Once the sports complex is constructed, the maintenance of it is equally important. The Socorro panchayat will not be able to look after maintenance of such a big complex. --- Dayanand Narvekar
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We can neither construct a house legally nor can we use our land for commercial purpose, as the documents we possess are not proper. -- Farid Khan ( Member VFRAGL)
Sports complex at Porvorim still a distant dream Porvorim plateau has developed at a rapid pace in recent years even housing legislative assembly complex and other important government and private institutions but lacks a sports complex and a decent football ground, Anil Shankhwalker finds out why.
orvorim is home to the legislative assembly complex and other important government and private institutions, yet it lacks two key facilities for its growing population – a sports complex and a decent football ground. Porvorim plateau has developed at a rapid pace in recent years, largely due to the surge in population of the villages located on the plateau. According to provisional census figures, the population of Penha-deFranca has increased to 15,377 while the population of neighbouring village, Socorro–Serula, has risen to 10,174. Following the initiative of Aldona MLA Dayanand Narvekar, a Cricket Academy has come up in Porvorim, which is presently ranked No 1 Academy in south zone. Besides the cricket academy, Porvorim does not have a good sports complex. Realizing the need of residents of Penha-de-Franca, Socorro and Salvador-doMundo, then chief minister Manohar Parrikar on May 11, 2001, had laid foundation stone for sports complex at Socorro. The project was sup-
A view of the football ground at Socorro and the foundation stone laid for the football ground at Socorro on May 11, 2001.
Narvekar blames Socorro Panchayat for delay Aldona MLA Dayanand Narvekar has hit out at the Socorro Panchayat for its “lethargic attitude” in developing a sports complex in the village. “Construction work of the sports complex has not started because Socorro Panchayat is yet to hand overt the ground to GSIDC. Permissions from the concerned government authorities have already been received. Unless the ground
is handed over to GSIDC, the work will not start,” claimed Narvekar. “Once the sports complex is constructed, the maintenance of it is equally important. The panchayat will not be able to look after maintenance of such a big complex. The fate of the sports complex is hanging in the balance due to lethargic attitude of the Socorro Panchayat,” alleged the Aldona MLA.
When contacted, Socorro Sarpanch Sheetal Arolkar admitted that the panchayat received a letter from GSIDC requesting the panchayat to issue construction license and hand over the land to them. “The panchayat in its meeting to be held shortly will adopt a resolution and take necessary steps to hand over the land to GSIDC,” added Arolkar.
posed to have a ground and multi-purpose hall, with Badminton court, gymnasium, changing room and other facilities. However, the fate of this sports complex is still hanging in the balance for the last 10 years despite receiving clearance from Town and Country Planning Department (TCP). On June 6, 1992, Socorro panchayat had adopted a resolution to develop a playground in the open space admeasuring 29,425 sq mtrs. The Serula Communidade had also granted its no-objection to the transfer of land from the State government to the Socorro Panchayat. On February 12, 2008, Socorro Panchayat forwarded the project proposal along with the drawings, etc, to the TCP. However, Socorro Panchayat received approval from TCP almost after one year (on December 17, 2009). The panchayat on February 26, 2010 forwarded the approval to the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation. The GSIDC in its letter dated January 4, 2011, re-
quested Socorro Panchayat to issue construction license and hand over the land to them for constructing the project. However, the panchayat is yet to hand over the land to GSIDC. Kishori Asnodkar of Socorro stated that there is no football ground on the Porvorim plateau, where big football tournaments could be organised. “Socorro village has produced many football players, who have played for the State team. A good football ground in Socorro is the need of the hour,” she said. “Former sports minister Monte Cruz on his visit to Socorro had promised a football ground. Thereafter, the local MLA had also assured the voters during the time of last election that he would develop the ground at Socorro,” said Asnodkar. “Sports clubs in Penhade-Franca and Socorro villages are forced to organise football tournaments in other villages since there is no good football ground in Porvorim or surrounding villages,” she said.
Are Massordem residents encroachers or legal land owners in Sattari?
n an unusual situation, residents of Massordem in Sattari have been termed as ‘encroachers’ even though they claim they were given possession on government land by various orders/afframento. The newly formed group of residents ‘Valpoi Forum for Regularisation of Allotted Government Land’ (VFRAGL) has now demanded regularisation of land in possession of the people at Massordem-Sattari. Executive member Farid Khan informed that the demand for regularization is necessitated because land owners are helpless to carry out development on the land. “We can neither construct a house legally nor can we use our land for commercial
purpose, as the documents we possess are not proper,” complained Farid. “Neither can we apply for mutation or partition nor can we get conversion of this of land due to lack of proper documents,” added Farid. The VFRAGL delegation recently submitted a representation to Revenue Minister Jose Philip D’Souza in the presence of North Goa Collector Mihir Vardhan. The delegation included VFRAGL President Haroon Shah, executive member Farid Khan, ex-councillor Nasir Khan and Gani Shaikh. The delegation met the revenue minister, who was on a visit to Valpoi to attend a function. The VFRAGL informed the
The members of VFRAGL interact with Revenue Minister Jose Philip D’Souza at Valpoi. minister that in the jurisdiction of Massordem-Sattari during the Portuguese regime, a large number of people were given possession on government land by various orders/afframento. However, due to mass illiteracy most of the people were unable to preserve such documents.
The delegation also noted that the land is in their possession since the time it was allotted by the Portuguese. However after liberation, a few who possessed documents managed to get the land registered in their name in the ‘Records of Rights’ when a survey was conducted, while most locals, even though they were allotted land, have been termed as ‘encroachers’ and the land is marked in the name of Government of Goa. The delegation noted that these people are the land owners and not the ‘encroachers’. The delegation also recalled that in 2001, the State government had passed an Act to regularise the encroachments
on Communidade land after Goa’s liberation. On the same line and keeping the same cut-off date as June 15, 2000, the delegation urged Minister D’Souza to frame an appro-
valpoi priate Act and all the persons whose names are recorded as encroachers on the land and who are in possession of sufficient relevant documents may be regularised. According to the delegation, this Act will provide relief to maximum people, who are in possession of the land and are the real land owners.
After giving a patient hearing to the delegation, D’Souza directed North Goa Collector Mihir Vardhan to look into the matter and find a solution to the problem. Vardhan told the VFRAGL members that regularization of possession of land is possible and he would study the file forwarded by the delegation. Speaking to Herald, the Forum president informed that the Forum members also met Speaker Pratapsing Rane and Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane and explained in detail their grievances. “The speaker and the health minister assured to look into the matter,” informed the Forum president.
Bids for cashew zones in Canacona on the rise
ne may find buildings and houses sprouting on cashew and other plantations, but does not seem to have deterred the State government’s income on auction of cashew plots, at least in Canacona taluka. According to sources in local excise office, the annual figure towards auction of cashew zones in Canacona taluka have gone up to Rs 2.45 lakh and counting, against last year’s total bids amounting to about Rs 2.15 lakh at the end of the season. Out of over 100 cashew zones in Canacona, auction bidders of 88 zones have so far made their payments in the excise office at Canacona and it is expected that more auctioneers will approach for payments in the days to come. It is learnt that Rs 15,200 is the highest bidding amount for
The seasonal distillery in operation to distil Urak at Shristhal-Canacona.
one large-size cashew zone, while Rs 700 is the least amount, a smallest cashew plot earned by the government treasury in Canacona taluka. “Government has a fixed minimum amount for each cashew zone depending upon the size and number of cashew plantations,” informed the source. Already, 71 seasonal cashew distillery licenses have been issued, netting revenue of Rs 3,550 to the exchequer, while more applicants are expected in the next few days, says a source in the excise office. Seasonal cashew distillery licenses are issued at Rs 50 per license and sometimes even more than one obtains such licenses in one zone. A 45 (750 ml) bottles plastic can of good quality Urak commands a rate between Rs 1,200 and Rs 1,400, while Urak bottles in loose are sold
between Rs 25 and Rs 30. Last year, a 45-bottle plastic can netted somewhere between Rs 500 and Rs 700, informed sources. As the cashew season is yet
canacona to hit the peak, sources told Herald that no one in the taluka has begun to distil cashew Feni as yet. “As the juice supply is very less at the distilleries, stakeholders continue to find it difficult to meet the demands of Urak market. Only past the peak Urak season, distilleries will begin to produce cashew Feni, which is comparatively less in demand for its high intensity of alcohol contents,” said sources. According to sources, the cost of cashew juice used for
distillery has not seen much change in the rate, as it is similar to previous season rates between Rs 15 and Rs 20 per bucket. Incidentally, Feni is in more demand during rainy season and can be preserved for longer period, unlike Urak, which looses its taste. Meanwhile, most people who got various cashew zones on auction are a bit worried of making up with the expenses, as other than the promising flowering stage, there has not been much output of cashew productions as yet. “The flowers somehow got dried up and not many cashew apples are seen,” complained cashew farmers in the taluka. Increasing labour cost is another worrying factor, which proves detrimental in netting sufficient profits during the seasonal crop for many.
While the losses on Friday were pegged at about Rs 20 crore, the figure escalated to Rs 25 cores, with as many as 40 cargo vessels, scheduled for anchorage in the port, stranded in the deep sea.
Vasco closes for Kharewado Port town deserted after shops, markets shut down Trawler and canoe owners give logistical support to colleagues blocking navigational channels Fisherwomen resume strike outside MMC HERALD REPORTER
VASCO, APRIL 16: Vasco’s traders and businesses in a show of solidarity with the Kharewado Affected People shut itself down. As the Kharewado Affected People (KAP) intensified its strike and continued to block the navigational routes of the port, all commercial establishments, vegetable markets, shops and establishments, fruits and fish markets in the port town were closed on Saturday. The blockade of the navigational routes also disrupted operations of the Mormugao Launch Owners Association, as launches could not transport workers from the port to the transhippers and cargo vessels anchored in the Arabian Sea. This, in turn, paralysed operations on transhippers and cargo vessels in the sea. Activities on the mainland also came to a halt, with the closure of shops and markets
Kharewado fisherwomen board a trawler, which is all set to leave for the seas to block the navigational routes. in the town. The only respite was the availability of private and Kadamba buses to ply along different routes. Besides the fish market, other commercial establishments in Vasco also closed their business. Some vegetable owners disclosed that they were forced to close the business. With the area virtually de-
serted, the vegetable market street turned into an impromptu cricket pitch, as vegetable vendors passed their time playing cricket. Since early morning, trawler owners and canoes owners provided logistic support to those trawlers and canoes blocking the navigational channel of barges and ships. An Indian Cost
Guard ship and helicopters were seen in operation in the area. Fisherwomen resumed their strike outside the MMC building, Vasco police along with additional teams from Verna continuously patrolling the city, while police teams were also stationed at the jetty and other prominent locations.
Areal VP bows down to villagers’ revolt Agrees to revoke occupancy certificate to project Santosh Mirajkar
Sao Jose de Areal villagers discussing with Acting Sarpanch Vincy Mascarenhas their demand on the revocation of the occupancy certificate issued to Om Sai building project. HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 16: Bowing to the demands of the agitating villagers, Sao Jose de Areal village Panchayat on Saturday agreed to revoke the occupancy certificate issued to Om Sai housing project if the construction is not as per the approved plans and the building rules in force. It was further decided to forward the proposal for revocation of the occupancy certificate to the Town and Country Planning depart-
ment and the Block Development Officer. At the adjourned meeting held this evening at the Panchayat ghar, panch members gave in writing to revoke the occupancy certificate if the Om Sai project is not as per the approved plans and as per the building rules. Members maintained that if the Panchayat has the powers to revoke the OC, then the body should immediately revoke the certificate. Acting Sarpanch Vincy Mascarenhas told newsmen after the meeting that the
SNAPSHOT Navelim house burgled MARGAO: Unknown miscreants burgled a house at Navelim in the wee hours of Saturday and decamped with gold ornaments and cash all amounting to over Rs 2.5 lakh. The incident occurred when the inmates were fast asleep in the house. The miscreants are believed to have effected entry into the house by opening the door latch. They ransacked the cupboard and lifted the gold ornaments from a bag. Gold ornaments such as bangles, rings, earrings, chains etc were lifted away by the miscreants along with cash of Rs 6000. A complaint to this effect was lodged with the police by Artimizia Furtado. The Margao police are investigating.
Panchayat members have called for revocation of the occupancy certificate if the project falls within CADA land or is constructed in violation of the construction rules. Asked to outline the future course of action with the Panchayat adopting the resolution in favour of revocation of the building project, Vincy said the Panchayat would set the process in motion from Monday towards the revocation of the occupancy certificate. Activist Freddy Travasso said the Panchayat has finally agreed to revoke the occupancy certificate, but said the activists would conduct their own investigations
into the violations of the building rules in force. Activist Peter Viegas said the Sao Jose de Areal villagers will fight tooth and nail to oppose the building project. “The village belongs to the people and not to the police or the Panchayat members. The villagers will take strong action if the occupancy certificate is not revoked immediately”, Viegas warned. Today’s decision by the Panchayat body come against the backdrop of the three-hour long siege of the Panchayat ghar by irate villagers on Friday evening, demanding the revocation of the occupancy certificate issued to Om Sai builders. The siege was lifted only at around 8.30 pm last night when the Acting Sarpanch agreed to hold the adjourn meeting on Saturday to take a final decision on the revocation of the occupancy certificate. Villagers, who filed a host of applications to the Panchayat body, demanding revocation of the occupancy certificate, contended that the building complex has come in an area falling within the CADA area. Moreover, they claimed that the RP 2021 had shown the alignment of the proposal railway line passing through the area where the buildings have come up.
Tension rose as 40 ships were blocked outside berths 8 to 11 TAuRAPPA LAMAnI VASCO, APRIL 16: The ongoing blockade of operations at the MPT for the second day continued to exert a toll on the losses suffered by the port. While the losses on Friday were pegged at about Rs 20 crore, the figure escalated to Rs 25 cores, with as many as 40 cargo vessels, scheduled for anchorage in the port, stranded in the deep sea. A visibly worried MPT Chairman P Mara Pandiyan, told Herald, before meeting the Chief Minister and other stakeholders in the evening, that the issue has to be sorted out immediately, as 40 ships were waiting to arrive in the port. "The loss as gone up to an estimated Rs 25 crore," he said. At present, six berths -5A, 6A, 8, 9, 10 and 11 -- are in operation at the MPT. Besides, berths 1, 2, 3 and 4 are leased to a private shipyard and defence services and these berths had normal operations. Mechanized berths 5A and 6A for coal and general cargo handling, a Public Private Partnership (PPP) operated by Jindal Port, suffered minor disruption since blockade of navigation channel began from Berth 7,
which is under construction, to Berth 11, which located close to the fishing jetty. Much of the disruption of services took place from Berth 8, exclusively for liquid bulk by oil companies. Berth 9, the lifeline of iron ore export, was also paralysed on Saturday. A ship of the Adani group of companies was anchored for iron loading, which is going at snail's pace. The shipping agent was worried that if the ship fails to sail on schedule, it is liable for demurrage. After berth 9, barge operations take place at the Mechanical Ore Handling Plant (MOHP). Four barge unloaders, two bucket wheels reclaimers and two ship loaders were completely shut down since barges were prevent from reaching the site. Operations at the controversial manual coal handling and general cargo Berths 10 and 11 also remained closed. A ship Thelisis anchored at Berth 11 to unload coal consignment was also stranded. Besides the berths, three mooring dolphins, off which two were occupied by iron ore ships Rui Ning-3 from China and Bianco Bulker from Panama, were surrounded by trawler and canoes.
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The village belongs to the people and not to the police or the Panchayat members. The villagers will take strong action if the occupancy certificate is not revoked immediately --- Activist Peter Viegas
There are instances where students show bogus cards to avail the benefit of concession on tickets. This should be definitely stopped. But, that doesn’t mean that genuine students must be deprived from the benefit. — Sunil Kawtankar
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There is a large indiscipline issue that needs looking into. Take bus stops for example, people want to be dropped at their gates or as close to their houses as possible. -- Transport Director Arun Desai
One of the more piquant demands made by the Goa Private Bus Owners Association is to restrict the reach and scope of the fifty percent concession given to students who use buses. Shweta Kamat speaks to Sudip tamankar, the General Secretary of the All Goa Private Bus Owners Association and an indignant Sunil Kawtankar, Goa Chief, Nationalist Students Union of India (NSUI), who says students will not tolerate any changes in the scheme.
Students use bogus identity Don’t drag students in a cards to claim concession govt, bus operators fight What is the exact demand, when you ask for improvement in students 50 percent concession scheme? Sudip: See, we want government to revive the 50 percent concession given to students, who use bus transport. We want change with certain riders, to curb its misuse. On what bases, you say that there has been a misuse of the scheme? Sudip: At many instances, our conductors have come across use of bogus identity cards. Since, most of our conductors being illiterate, they are not able to nab them. On the other hand many students
Sudip Tamankar AGPBOA general secretary have been found using bogus cards.
We are of the opinion that the concession should be granted only on the school routes within a specific time period. What are your recommendations as far as change in scheme is concerned? Sudip: We feel that at time of issuing identity cards, either state government should stamp those cards or AGBOA should be given the right to certify them as genuine. It should be made mandatory to each school and college to specify their school routes and timings on the cards. Have you raised this issue with the government authori-
ties, in past? Sudip: We have already urged the state education department and the transport department with our recommendations, but we failed to get a positive response. There have been often complaints from students that private bus operators, at many instances, don’t entertain them for being half ticket holder? Sudip: I won’t fully agree with this. There are some private buses, which are full with students in the afternoon as well as in the morning. But, yes sometimes they prefer not to take students when they have enough load.
Private bus operators demand a review of the 50 percent concession scheme to students? Your views Sunil: We won’t tolerate any change in the scheme. It’s a right of every student. This being a straight fight between bus operators and government, you cannot force a student to suffer. If government gives in to the demand, they will see the power of student union. Will you be approaching state government for its intervention? Sunil: I have already raised the issue with Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, who has assured us that government won’t be entertaining any such demands. The
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The private bus owners went on strike recently but has the larger issue of Goa’s public transport really been addressed. In this package your newspaper looks at a larger problem. Transport infrastructure. Kurt Bento looks beyond and sees huge gaps in the management of public transport.
issue that needs looking into. Take bus stops for example, people want to be dropped at their gates or as close to their houses as possible. This leads to more time spent letting people off than actually travelling,” he says. With the current bus owners association strike and their apparent illogical demands, it’s clear that there is no policy followed by all “The repeated strikes by these private bus owners have frankly become nauseating. Either they toe the line or their licences should be revoked. We are left to the mercy of people who pack people into their buses like sardines and then cry foul when they’re pulled up for it,” says a third year student and regular commuter. But apart from all these problems, the bigger issue is that, as a mass transport system, does it suffice? “With
Transport Minister will also be approached by the NSUI.
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rashant Maurya took a Kadamba mini bus from Palolem to Margao on the morning of April 11. While paying for the fare, he asked for the ticket, but it was not given. He kept asking for the ticket again and again, till the conductor finally obliged. At Margao, realisation struck that he was the only one with a valid ticket. No one else bothered to ask for a ticket after their first request was ignored. “What do they show in their record books and how much money actually goes to the government?” asks Prashant. Goa’s transport problem in Goa is a potential future of disarray and a socio economic system failure. Arun Desai, Director of Transport, is a man who has a keen interest in streamlining the mass transit system in Goa. “There is a large indiscipline
Sunil Kawtankar NSUI Goa Chief
Do you agree to the claims that students use bogus identity cards to avail the benefit of the scheme? Sunil: Yes, I fully agree with this claim. There are instances where students show bogus cards to avail the benefit of 50 percent concession on tickets. This should be definitely stopped. But, that doesn’t mean that the genuine students on the school or college routes must be deprived from the benefit. The bus operators have demanded concession only on school routes. What is your view on that? Sunil: This is completely illogical. Students should be considered as students on all routes.
new subsidies out, owners trade their large buses in for mini buses, this creates a vacuum of 30 passengers for every bus downsized,” says Desai. But even then, Arun Desai seems positive. Even in the face of a demand for his ouster he plans on improving and sprucing up the system. “We need higher capacity buses to travel the primary and secondary routes. While mini buses man the tertiary routes. This will definitely lead to a more organized system.” The government should immediately look to restructure the subsidy scheme and start encouraging drivers to either choose between plying a large bus on primary and secondary routes or handle the smaller village ones. But this means a cancellation of all existing permits and a fresh new
Sanguem shuts at 6, coz that’s when the last bus leaves Commuting from and to remote parts of Goa is a daily nightmare. In the golden jubilee year of Goa’s liberation, we still haven’t managed to give Goa’s residents even the basic facility of round the clock commuting. We begin a fortnightly series on Herald Weekend, “No Bus to nowhere” to focus on the problem. Shweta Kamat went to Sanguem and came back harassed
A Commuters rush to board a Kadamba bus. process. Will this be accepted? If the government puts its foot down, then yes. The suggestion for a uniform colour too is a logical one. But bus drivers, as usual, have their opposing views. At the end of the day, the colour of the bus will help passengers differentiate private from public transport or express buses from slow ones. An effective city bus service is also the need of
the hour. Pay parking can help de-congest cities and in return, bus drivers will see an increase in business. The future of Goa’s mass transport lies in proper organization. It also involves a coming together on common ground by private bus owners and government authorities alike, with one clear agenda – make Goa better. But alas, does anyone think that far?
t Sanguem bus stand, much before sunset, the shopkeepers are forced to roll down their shutters, as early as 6 pm with the fear that they might miss their last bus back home. Those who reside in the areas surrounding Sanguem town too cannot exceed their business hours after 6.30 pm in a bid to catch last bus. The life comes to standstill at this bus stand after 7 pm. The locals there said that the last bus to move to Sanvordem leaves the bus stand at 6.30 pm while to go to the nearby villages, the last bus moves at 7.40 pm. The pathetic public transport system leaves many passengers, several of them students and office goers, in lurch. Their problems are further fuelled by innumerable mining trucks who operate from Sanvordem, Tilamol and other areas. The trucks refuse to leave the roads creating long queues and hurdles on the road. The bus operators prefer to leave out their trip rather then venturing into the truckers’ mess. “At times buses refuse to ply from Sanvordem to Sanguem because of the mining trucks,” Gurudas Verenkar, who runs a ladies’ ornament shop at Sanguem bus stand, told Herald. He vouched for several instances wherein private buses had to drop the passengers half way as they are either stuck or delayed due to mining truck traffic. Kadamba Transport Corporation Limited is no respite for these people, who have fend for their own transport means.
The passengers claim that there are times when buses refuse to leave Sanguem bus stand to go to Sanvordem. “If they have few passengers, they straight away refuse. There are times when we have called for police to force the bus operator ferry passengers to Sanvordem,” Vernekar said. Sanguem bus stand, which is a central point for several villages like Ugem,
ger required to make its trip economical. The villager’s complaint that the buses connecting villages to Sanguem bus stand ply at snail’s pace. “Buses take all the possible stops. There is no control on them,” Joaquina Carvalho, village lady from Uguem, said. The distance that can be travelled in 20 minutes is prolonged by another 15 minutes because of
“If they have few passengers, they straight away refuse. There are times when we have called for police to force the bus operator ferry passengers to Sanvordem,” said Gurudas Verenkar. Netravali, Bhati, Kalay and others, wears deserted look with several buses cancelling their trips without giving any forewarning to the passengers. However, the bus stand sounds well maintained in terms of infrastructure by the state government. The presence of traffic police or Transport department officials on this bus stand is a rare site. Sachin Vasta, who runs a stall selling newspaper at the bus stand, stated that the number of buses arriving here has gone down tremendously. The bus stand is also riddled with several ironies. From Sanguem bus stand, the first bus for the day leaves at 5.30 am but the first bus that arrives from the nearby villages to here arrives only at 6.30 am. Vasta said that the people are forced to take their own mode of transport to reach to Sanguem so that they can catch bus for further journey. The passengers stated that at times, the first bus from village skips the trip, if it could not fetch the passen-
the bus speed. Even, when this reporter tried to travel by private bus there, the situation sounded very much true. The bus took all unwanted stop after every minute. Not just this, the bus, which left Sanguem bus stand at 2 pm was halted on the way due to mining trucks, which were lying on the road. The number encounters around 285 trucks. Sanguem MLA Vasudev Meng Gaonkar admitted that the villagers from his constituency are harassed due to poor public transport. “There were few Kadambas which are now not operating. I have taken up the matter with the Kadamba transport corporation chairman,” he said. While wading through mining traffic becomes an issue for buses, Gaonkar has suggested to Kadamba that they can commission smaller buses on this route, which are quicker and can pass the mining trucks without problem. The MLA said that construction of mining corridor will solve the issue and smoothen the bus traffic.
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There’s a Dum Maro Dum in North Goa every day. Why haven’t you banned it?
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ome masks are worn not really to hide what is inside, but as a half embarrassed pretence, leaving neither the wearer nor the watcher in any doubt on what reality is. For instance, the dance bars of Mumbai have a frontage that makes it look like any bar with music. Behind the curtains though, come the sitting areas and then the girls. The same applies to many Goan shacks, especially an infamous one at Anjuna, where hippies hang, chill and dance, but where regulars can walk up to the counter and pick up their fix of cocaine or ecstasy tablets on the sly. According to tales of locals, the same shack has a room behind which is fully carpeted. Only big buyers of drugs are allowed in. Once in, the carpet is lifted to reveal a hollow where drugs are stored. In Panjim and the northern coast, Russian prostitutes have been found and caught with phone numbers of prominent businessmen and industrialists of Goa. Herald’s own investigations have revealed that Mumbai-style dance bars have proliferated in the CalanguteCandolim belt, which are fronts for the sex joints in the same premises. So, why are we coy when a film like Dum Maro Dum lifts this sham veil and re-exposes our nakedness? So we have a problem with Bipasha Basu for saying, “Booze is cheap and women are cheaper.” This sounds harsh yes, but before women’s organisations rush in defense of the dignity of Goan women, let them identify their targets correctly. The producers of Dum Maro Dum clearly cannot be targets. The policemen of Goa who allow the dance bars to function and receive regular hafta are. The politicians, who pump in black money to fuel the drug trade and take interests on their investments, are. The landlords of houses, many of them Goan, who allow their places to be leased out for the business of avarice are. The places I referred to in the beginning are as well. Now, we have a new ostensible soldier to protect Goa’s dignity – Savio Rodrigues – who has filed a petition seeking a ban on the film’s release. He has ob-
What hypocrites we are. Goa’s policemen have been arrested for links with drug dealers and a police sub-inspector, Gudlar, has been caught on camera selling drugs to the wife and sister of an international drug lord.
jected to certain portions that are detrimental to Goa. He is upset that Goa’s fair name has been tarnished and is even more upset with the state government, bowing to the pressure generated, has formed a committee to screen the film. He is upset because others are in the committee and he is not, so his next crusade is questioning the credentials of the committee members. Let his sham stop. It is easy to play the publicity card sitting in the confines of cosy offices, but it is entirely understandable that like the veil in front of a dance bar, people like Rodrigues take the easy way out and attack the messenger but allow the message to fester. Accept this. The message of Goa as a place of corruption, drugs and sex will
not go away or be hidden if you lop off some lines of some dialogue in a film. The idea of Dum Maro Dum wasn’t conceived and then Goa chosen as the locale. It was Goa that was witnessed and researched in its cold reality and the film conceived around it. You can stop the film, but can you stop accepting the Goa of today? Take a look at the roles of only two of the characters and realize how familiar they sound. ACP Vishnu Kamath (Abhishek Bachchan) – A self destructive cop fleeing his own past, Kamath is given the job of destroying the brutal local and international drug mafia in Goa. As he begins his ruthless, relentless campaign, he takes on the murky drug world and discovers nothing is what it seems. Lorsa Biscuta aka The Biscuit ( Aditya Pancholi) – A ruthless local businessman, the Biscuit has his finger in every Goan pie, legal or illegal. The point person between all the various Mafias operating in Goa, The Biscuit turns to a mysterious shadow, the ultimate drug kingpin who has many names, many identities but no one knows who he is. What hypocrites we are. We express shock and horror at the police drug dealer nexus that will be investigated by the CBI. Goa’s home minister has gone blue in the face trying to absolve himself of the charge of his own son allegedly involved in the drug racket. Goa’s policemen have been arrested for links with drug dealers and a police sub-inspector, Gudlar, has been caught on camera selling drugs to the wife and sister of an international drug lord. And yet, we try and prevent the release of a movie, which portrays just that. Do not be afraid, the likes of Savio Rodrigues. The reality of Goa’s seedy streets is more harmful than Bipasha’s dialogue. And if you care to go to just one high-end club in North Goa, where a seafood platter costs Rs 10,000 (yes ten thousand) and a peg measure of the finest single malt nearly a grand and a half, you’ll find that the reality of Goa’s high end is harsher than Bipasha Basu’s objectionable sentence.
A story of gates and cyclical time
Chloe Cardoz I think there shoud be a system, wherein the private bus operators can actually function like the KTC shuttles. I don’t think passengers would mind paying a little extra for better comfort.
Lionel Pereira Private operators cannot provide the coverage required by a mass transport system. KTC comes close by definition, but the lack of upkeep and poor planning of schedules dampens its offerings. Public transport is a shared passenger transportation service, which is always available for use by the general public. In the absence of a reliable public transport system, tourists spend on taxis for the level of comfort and availability. Taxis then, with their premium fares, are not accessible to the regular traveler. Paganini Fernandes When Goa was a Union Territory, the bus owners lobby was very powerful and supported the ruling party. Today, the bus owners have sub-let to their drivers and conductors and have actively gone into other lucrative businesses. The traditional taxi drivers (yellow and black) hardly eke out a living, with the open invitation to tourist taxis who are powerful players with mafia-like hold. Lourenco Fernandes In Goa, there are no buses after eight pm. People have to hire motorcycle pilots to reach their destinations. Some taxi drivers exploit the tourist by charging extra.
Descend into the two commercial centres that stand on the square and you could sometimes imagine yourself in an oriental bazaar and encourage the idea that the Arabs never left Al-Isbuna. — Jason Keith Fernandes
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t was a rare show of united political will led by Chief Minister Digambar Kamat that has saved Goa, of not only a crisis at Kharewaddo, but a huge tag of being insensitive to its people. The huge loss of 45 crores to MPT notwithstanding, a far bigger loss would have happened to the people of Goa, if the government was unable to reach a decisive solution to the crisis. The fact that this will was forced out of the government by desperate fishermen of Kharewaddo, who even decided to send their woman and children on boats to block navigational channels and face the navy and coast guard head on, cannot be missed. But what was commendable, in a Goa where this is rare, is not a single opposition party took to mudslinging, but unanimously responded to the Chief Minister’s call to jointly meet the Kharewaddo Affected People and sort the issue out. The leader of the opposition Manohar Parrikar, the MGP and other ministers were united in projecting a cohesive front, in a serious attempt to remove the unprecedented blockade in Vasco and save 297 houses from being demolished. The situation, far from getting under control, threatened to spiral out of control with the South Goa District Magistrate issuing prohibitory orders. The navy and coast guard were asked to be on standby to remove fishing boats at sea by force, so as to make way for 15 transhippers and 40 other vessels to enter port. The bureaucrats, lawyers and the government will work out the issue of denotifying the land, between berth 11 and the Hindu crematorium, from the MPT’s jurisdiction. But more importantly, as they go back to court withdrawing MPT’s insistence that 363 structures be demolished, the state’s message to MPT goes beyond that. As Digambar Kamat told Herald just after emerging from the conclusive meeting with all stakeholders, “The MPT chairman realised that there was no confusion among any political party in the state. We were all there to show that we did not want the structures to go, because people were involved.” While there was criticism that the state was not acting quickly and not doing enough, and most of it was justified, the government has succeeded in making the MPT agree to huge concessions, namely giving up the area of Kharewaddo and withdrawing its petition seeking demolition of structures. People power won the day for Vasco and Goa. While politically the Chief Minister can take credit for pulling this off, in what clearly was the slog over, this was effectively a people’s victory. The MPT will argue that all it asked for was their area to be vacated, so that it could expand the port to increase revenue and capacity. But the issue is, that agreements and jurisdictions don’t always follow the line of ground realities. In this case, the ground reality is that a majority of the people, certainly not all, have been living in their homes for generations, they were born and raised there. It is impossible to convince them legally, when this is the only home that generations have known. The whole of Goa hopes that Kharewaddo finds it peace, and the others, including the government, learns some hard lessons – deal with people first and the law later.
Gustavo Stephen Godinho KTC is good but they need to maintain the buses and also keep tighter control over alcoholic drivers. They have killed many people. Private buses create lot of problems as well. School students are not allowed in, especially during school hours. This must be checked.
Vol. No CXI No. 106 I Goa I Sunday 17, April 2011
isbon used to be an Arab city. At any rate it was ruled by Arabic speakers. Some time in the tenth century, the Portuguese king, supported by Frankish crusaders, began their attack on the Arab kingdoms in the region and captured the city from the Arabs after a successful siege of the city in 1147. Given the importance that Lisbon would assume for Portugal, a number of legends grew around the capture of the city. One of these legends surrounds the figure of Martim Moniz. A Portuguese noble, Moniz is said to thrust himself into the gates of the castle as they were being shut by the defending Arabs. As per the legend, Moniz was either jammed by the doors or cut down in the course of his valiant attempt. His attempt however, resulted in the gate eventually being overwhelmed, allowing the crusaders entry into the castle and eventual victory. Moniz was immortalized by naming one of the gates of the castle after him and later by the naming of a square, Praça Martim Moniz in the city below. Today, the Praça Martim Moniz is an interesting space, giving its name to the neighbourhood around it. Architecturally, it is a huge and horrifically ugly modernist nightmare. The
Jason Keith Fernandes square in its current formation is the result of the Estado Novo’s attempts to modernise the city. In the process of that modernization attempt, large portions of the Mouraria (the old Moorish quarter) had been destroyed. Today, we would mourn the destruction of that loss, given that it is the Arabic feel of the old city, its narrow lanes, the buildings clinging tightly together that draws the tourist sighs, and more importantly, their euros. But perhaps the damage to the Mouraria had already been too far gone, and the only option was to push forward with the modernist experiment. The ugliness of some of the buildings that skirt the Praça must be seen to be believed. These monstrosities could only have come from hell! Almost ironically though, if Martim Moniz jammed the gates of the castle to drive out the Arabs and fashion the city as a decidedly Christian space, his memory seems to be playing the same role all
over again. The neighbourhoods around Praça Martim Moniz, today play host to large portions of the lower income migrants to Portugal. These migrants come from the Punjab (both Pakistani and Indian), Bangladesh, Brazil, Angola and Moçambique, and almost amusingly, from the same Muslim North Africa, whose people Moniz originally fought against. Around the Praça, one finds Chinese stores selling fashion for the thrifty, South-Asian stores that allow you to breathe in the scents of home, and restaurants, both legal and illegal, offering Africa and Chinese food. Descend into the two commercial centres that stand on the square and you could sometimes imagine yourself in an oriental bazaar and encourage the idea that the Arabs never left Al-Isbuna. Some of the more secure Lisboetas celebrate Martim Moniz as their own centre of multiculturalism. The red and green republican flag of Portugal flutters over the castle Moniz’s sacrifice won. There are times, when in the Praça Martim Moniz, playing on the Islamic confession of the migrants, I joke with friends; ‘You see that flag fluttering up there on the hill? Someday, inshallah, that flag will be all green. And ‘we’ shall have returned’.
Why Anna targets politicians nitin purohit
he year was 2001 – The age of dial up internet connections. When CDs were expensive and petrol was cheaper. The BJP led alliance was playing its second innings in power at the center. It was a time when Pokhran shot into the limelight and all of India was rejoicing. In the midst of this excitement, one group of journalists ventured out to draw the attention of the public towards wide spread corruption in many defence deals. They planned a sting operation and formed a fictitious company - West End International. They dealt in advanced weapon systems. The product that they offered to sell to India was Thermal Binoculars. These binoculars would enable the defence forces to locate infiltrators along the LOC, even in bad visibility. What was shocking was how this group managed to infiltrate the highest ranked officials of the bureaucracy and the defence forces. The first level contacts were civilian employees of the Indian Defence Ministry. Small fries baited to net the larger fish. Within a few months, these supposed ‘arms dealers’ were rubbing shoulders with the who’s who of Indian officialdom and the upper echelons of our politics. Pounds and dollars exchanged hands while these leaders and bureaucrats were secretly filmed. During the course of this operation, the conmen got away with quite a few gaffes. During one particular meeting with the army top brass, the group was questioned on the whereabouts of their company’s headquarters. “Manchester United,“ replied one of them, without blinking. When asked who their bankers were, another chimed in with, “Thomas Cook”. Commendable answers, considering they were unrehearsed. The horrifying fact was that the learned men who are responsible for the safety of our borders actually believed them. This says a lot about our leaders at the helm! So, how did these journalists manage to get interviews with the then BJP party president, who in turn had the ear of our Prime Minister? A look at the trail of corruption answers this question. The rot starts at the very basic level of governance – The civilian employees. For a small fee, they act as a go-between with the dealers and the bureaucrats. These bureaucrats, with their knowledge of the actual functioning of the government machinery, are the second buffer between the dealers and the politicians. This is where the real power resides, where all the decisions are made. The bureaucracy is reduced to nothing but paper pushers at this level. What this sting operation exposed was how corrupt our governments and those who run it are, and how deep rooted this problem really is. From the Jeep Scandal of the Nehruvian era to the 2G spectrum issue of today, corruption has spread its tentacles in all directions. It runs from clerks to top politicians and from the bureaucracy to the defence forces, culminating at the temple of power that is New Delhi. New Delhi, where the politicians play their games. New Delhi, where the money trail ends. LK Advani and Amar Singh posed this question recently, “Why is Anna targeting just the politicians?” To them I say this, Why not? Why not go for the jugular?
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Parents from Benaulim reiterate demand for English as medium Santosh Mirajkar
The Poem was written 25 years back. I realise now that the title could hurt the feelings of women. I am ready to withdraw the title of the poem. -- N Shivdas (GKA chief)
Will change ‘Tornni Xim’ release today MARGAO, APRIL 16 : An essay vice-president Vincy Quadros. poem title, A seventh book authored book in Konkani titled Tornni by Gonsalves, the Xim will be released on April says Shivdas 17 at the hands of Curtorim bookMarcos contains 28 essays. Gon-
MARGAO, APRIL 16: Agitated parents from Benaulim constituency on Saturday demanded that the government immediately fulfill the demand in favour of English as the medium of instruction at the primary level and warned the powers that be that they will not sit quite till their demands are met. The parents asserted that they cannot wait till the commencement of the academic year on June 6 for a decision and demanded that the government meet their demand immediately. They disclosed plans to start an awareness drive amongst the people to force the government to accede to their demand in the interest and future of their children. Maria Moraes warned that the parents will not just sit back and watch the government inaction in the matter. She said the government was given a deadline to act by March 25, adding that the parents cannot wait any longer since the issue affects the future of the children.
PANJIM, APRIL 16: Hours after women activists demanded action against the controversial poem ‘Chedi’, the veteran Konkani writer N Shivdas on Saturday decided to change its title. “It was written 25 years back. I realise now that the poem title could hurt the feelings of women. I am ready to withdraw the title of the poem,” Shivdas, also the President of Goa Konkani Academy, said. He stated that the character in the poem exists not only in Goa but also across the world. ‘Chedi’ in Konkani means prostitute. Shivdas invited trouble for this controversial poem, which is a part of his book ‘Saarth Dukkhaart’. Various women organizations in the state gunned for Shivdas’ head demanding that he be asked to step down from his post for penning and publishing such ‘vulgar poem which insults the womanhood.’ They demanded that Shivdas should tender public apology for his poem, which is in bad taste. The activists have said that the poem will carry wrong impression on the school and college going children, whoever will read it.
Cavrem-Quepem residents decide to stop mining in village HERALD CORRESPONDENT
Parents from Benaulim constituency demanding that the government fulfill their demand for English as the medium of instruction. “The government is there to look after the people. The government needs us, without us the government cannot function”, she said, while reiterating her humble request to meet the parents’ demands for English as the medium of instruction. Another parent Vincentina D’Cunha said that Ministers have extended their support to the movement to make English the medium of instruction, but lamented there is no one to come and support the parents from the front. “At the time of voting, the people are used. All the Ministers should come out openly and tell the parents they are supporting their demands”, she demanded. A parent said the parents
Activists root for Public Service Guarantee Bill HERALD REPORTER
QUEPEM, APRIL 16: Residents of Cavrem-Quepem on Saturday decided to prevent mining activities in their village during the mining season. This decision was taken by residents at a meeting in their village, after about 100 villagers of Cavrem marched to the Quepem police station demanding the immediate arrest of those involved in assaulting Shanta Velip and Dattaraj Padiyar. The residents complained that mining trucks operating through their villages were violating all mining laws laid down by the authorities. They also claimed that government officials, instead of curbing the illegalities, were mute spectators and in some cases, were even colluding with the offenders. The residents stated that Shanta Velip and Dattaraj Padiyar were assaulted by truck owners/drivers at Ambaulim on April 14 while proceeding to Cavrem, in connection with the blockade of mine operations beyond 6.30 pm. They complained that despite filing a police complaint against 20 truck owners and drivers of Ambaulim, Quepem police has so far arrested only one person in the connection. Meanwhile, Quepem PI Sudesh Narvekar on Saturday morning met the villagers of Cavrem, who had gone to the police station on Saturday, and asked them to allow mining transportation, failing which the Quepem police would be forced to intervene in the situation and resume the transportation.
cannot wait till June 6, demanding to know whether there’s any guarantee that the demand will be met on the opening day of the academic year. Another parent said that Benaulim MLA Mickky Pacheco has been attending the meetings like many others, but demanded to know they are all sitting back on the issue and doing nothing. “The people are being used like door mats. The government is made up of the people. The people have given them the position, but why don’t they give us our demand. How many times are we going to give a deadline?” the parent asked and appealed to all the people to come out and back the demands of the parents.
MARGAO, APRIL 16 : Activists on Saturday have demanded passing of the Public Service Guarantee Bill to facilitate compulsory appointments of Public Information Officers and bring about transparency in the administration. At a workshop held at the Grace Church hall here this morning organized by Asha Family Responsibilities and Rights Association, the activists also demanded appointment of Lokayukta for Goa not only to curb corruption but to bring accountability in the administration. RTI Commissioner M S Keni was the chief guest and enlightened the participants on various aspects of the RTI Act. Keni said that the Right to Information Act has indeed helped people seeking information from various departments. He also explained to the participants the provision in the RTI relating to fines on erring officers. Convenor of Asha Family Responsibilities and Rights Association Rui Da Gama lamented that the government has till date not appointed Public Information Officers in all the government departments.
GU announces rescheduled exams HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 16: Goa University has announced the revised schedule for examinations that were cancelled on April 15 on account of strike by private transport operators and the same has been communicated to the colleges. Students are requested to obtain details of the revised schedule from their respective colleges.
He said that the participants have demanded passage of the Public Service Guarantee Bill to facilitate compulsory appointments of PIOs. “Participants have complained that the PIOs are not providing the right answers to their queries. Even senior citizens have complained of harassment”, he said, adding that the government has not provided a list of PIOs till date. Saying that transparency and accountability are the main objectives of the RTI, Rui said the government should pass the Public Services Guarantee Bill making it compulsory for the government to provide information to the applicant.
Areal lass consumes ratol, dies HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 16 : A 24year-old girl from Sao Jose de Areal on Saturday died after consuming ratol. Maina Curtorim police said the deceased girl was rushed to the Goa Medical College and hospital, Bambolim this morning and she has succumbed this evening. A team of Maina Curtorim police has headed to the GMC to conduct further investigations into the case .
MLA Reginaldo Lourenco at 3.30 pm at the Margao Municipal hall in the presence of GKA
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Goa I Sunday 17, April 2011
Parents will not just sit back and watch the government inaction in the medium of instruction matter. -- Maria Moraes (Parent from Benaulim)
Goa I Sunday April 17, 2011
The panchayat suggested a number of sites for garbage disposal to the government, but the reply is always the same – that particular part of land is not useful for a garbage dumping site — John D’Souza
Urrack production in Goa goes back to the Portuguese era; there are no formal records to mark its inception — Mukund Dessai
VILLAGE REPORT: SIRIDAO
Abode of the forlorn It is a beautiful place where the locals suffer in silence, for fear of unwarranted retaliation by those in power. Their fields are disappearing quietly and their voices against illegalities stifled. Alisha Coelho Pereira charts the woes of the villagers of Siridao
Pics: Sachin Ambadoskar
A PICTURE TARNISHED: The blatant apathy of the authorities has lead to vast amounts of construction in Siridao
INTERVIEW John D’souza
ehind the walls of the quaint old houses bedecked with sea shell encrusted lawns, are people who for the past 13 years have been facing problems very much similar to the ones faced by any average village in Goa. However, as a highly disillusioned villager points out, “what makes Siridao an entirely unique village in its own right,” is the fact that for the past 13 years no one seems to be doing anything to solve them. Another of the equally miffed villagers points out
Siridao Panchayat member
to one of the recommendations regarding solid garbage disposal put forth on the regional plans. “Today, villagers have to go out to the Siridao beach to dispose of their waste, because we have no other choice”, he laments. What particularly seems to irk them is the kind of indifference that they feel they are facing from the authorities. A site in Phirguem Bhat that used to be communidade land is now nothing more than a swamp and a breeding ground for mosquitos. “A bandh that protected the field from the salty sea water has
been neglected for the past 10 years. Hence this ‘lake’ is all that remains of what was once a land for producing crops,” says a concerned villager. The Agricultural Department had promised to fix the bandh in order to save the field but no such action was ever undertaken. The villagers also point out instances where the authorities have indirectly told them to stay out of it. An old timer explains, “It’s not only that the authorities do not seem to care, but how personally they take it when and if we raise our voices against them.”
The villagers have been successful in certain cases, it took numerous protests, demonstrations and a memorandum signed by 512 of the villagers to have the Siridao Panchayat revoke a few commercial project licenses, on grounds of violation of environmental laws and heritage regulations. “According to us, the whole idea of developing a village, is to give the residents of that particular locality a better quality of life, than what they were living earlier,” says a village elder. “Why is it that none of the authorities have ever thought of
construction of a community hall for the villagers, or a park for our children and anyone who likes to visit the beach?” Even though the Siridao locality has strongly opposed projects to build residential complexes and the proposed tourist villas, they are not in the least bit opposed to plans for developing the village. What can clearly be seen to be an extremely disillusioned locality, the people still harbour hopes and dreams for a better standard of living, if not for themselves, then for the generations that will follow them.
n What has the Siridao-Palem panchayat done to solve the problem of garbage in the village? The panchayat suggested a number of sites for garbage disposal to the government, but the reply is always the same – that particular land is not useful for a garbage dumping site. Hardly any land is left for dumping of garbage as most of it is being sold to private owners. n Locals used to complain of their houses getting flooded during the monsoons. What is being done about it? A few years ago, a proper drainage system was constructed throughout the village in order to protect the local’s houses from being flooded during the monsoons. I don’t think they
need to worry about their houses being flooded anymore. n Why is there no action being taken to preserve the heritage of the village, namely the cave near the Jesus of Nazareth Chapel that earlier used to be a big attraction for devotees and tourists? That cave which earlier belonged to the Dempo family was sold off and now falls in the property of Rohan Timblo. It is filled with mud and hence is closed for pedestrians. n There was a plan to build a wall around the Jesus of Nazareth Chapel. Has there been any progress? The project was under the purview of the then MLA Francis Silveira. Workers had started building the wall and then stopped midway for some unknown reason. Now the plan has apparently been abandoned.
The charmer of Bastora GOA’S HUGE CRUSH Herald Pics
From time to time, WE looks at people in unusual professions who make a huge contribution to lives in Goa. This week Dominick Rodrigues meets a local snake catcher after one of his numerous ‘adventures’
antosh Naik used to fix bikes. Now he fixes venomous scares. The snake catcher of Bastora rescues snakes from frightened residents of the village. For the 38 year old Naik, each day is spent attending to frantic calls from terrified people who have seen snakes in their houses and other premises, besides gardens, farms and so on. When the Herald met him, Naik had just returned from Uccassaim where he had been called by a person named Daniel about a rat snake in his garden. A labourer had spotted the snake, but by the time Naik landed there, the reptile had disappeared. “By the description given of the snake – tail thin, black dots on tail, and fat (females are fat, males are thin), I guessed they were rat snakes (Divod in Konkani) and nonpoisonous, so I told the people not to worry,” he said. The day before, Naik had caught a six-and-half foot long spectacled cobra at a bar in Camurlim in
the late afternoon. The bar owner had reached out under a table for a can when the cobra – a full-grown male – flared up its hood in anger nearby. The frightened owner ran out on the road and phoned Naik, who caught the snake after a 20-minute hunt amongst the bar equipment. He placed it in a plastic water jar with airholes and took it to the forest department who would release it in the jungle. That same night, Naik got another call and caught a small spectacled cobra beneath a rock outside a tile-shop owner’s house in Bastora. “The local dogs were barking at it and the house-owner called me after spotting the snake,” he said. He catches about four to five snakes daily but receives a pittance for his services, ranging from barely Rs 10 to 100 and more, amounts that often would hardly cover the cost of motorbike fuel spent in his journey to help the reptile-troubled people.
The kick is not in the drinking but in the making. Crushing cashew and distilling urrack, a much loved precursor to feni, is the toast to Goa’s summer. Cedric da Costa takes us on a urrack trek through the forests of Canacona, where life’s lessons are contained in the cashew fruit and its wonder juice Cedric da Costa
STARING CONTEST: Santosh Naik faces off with a cobra But, sporting a toothy grin, Naik shyly states that he is happy doing what he loves best – helping people by saving their lives and also the snakes whose habitat is slowly being eroded by human transgression. “These reptiles are invading homes in search of rats and frogs and lizards for food,” he says while pointing out that in one incident, he caught as many as seven snakes in 20 minutes. He has caught around 6,000 snakes over the past five years, after being trained by Amrut Singh, who runs the Animal Rescue Centre in Bicholim. The captured reptiles included cobras,
kraits, Russell’s vipers, vine snakes, striped coral snake and even a saw-scaled viper that had made a home in a flower vase in the Housing Board Colony in Mapusa. He laments the fact that these captured snakes are not milked for their venom -- which is used in the cure for cancer – before their release in the forests. To a question about his future, Naik would love to work in the forest department if he were offered a job that would give him freedom to help both people and wildlife while also preventing illegal activities like poaching, deforestation and so on.
t the pre-dawn hour in Goa villages, one sees families heading towards the hills amidst thick foliage of plantations following the trail of the strong aroma of ripe cashew. Canacona’s agriculturally oriented Velips, considered the pioneer of quality urrack, have their hands full. Summer sees this community shifting from usual field activities to working at a hectic pace, shuffling from home to the makeshift forest distilleries. In the process, lifelong lessons are transferred from generations, ensuring the tricks of the trade are learnt early and the community business survives. A Velip child learns more about adaptability to the farming occupation than formal education, and hence traditional activities like distilling urrack remain alive, apart from the cultivation of paddy, veggies and fruits. Work begins at daybreak. The elders remain busy with the distilling and the holiday children help out in nutting and seed collection, while the women folk gather
SUMMER SPIRIT: (L) Dessai (in blue shorts) and Jitonkar (in stripes) check on their liquid product, while (R) a few hands work on seeding and cleaning the cashew firewood. Traditionally, in the backdrop of a modernized world, the peculiarity of the village communities is involvement in medieval time-tested agricultural activities, hence, keeping Goa’s traditional farming, customs and rituals alive. It is time for Madhukar Jitonkar, a Velip to set up his seasonal urrack distilling unit on the hillock at Gounoll-Kholla, Mollorem. “The excise officials delegate the areas through an auction for the producers,” informs Jitonkar. Although the Canacona urrack is sought after, Jitonkar states, “Aesthetically produced brew is good, and there are no quick-fixes as urrack is enjoyed as a feel good drink”.
The extensive procedure begins with the collecting of the fruit, nutting, crushing and then setting it to ferment. “While draining the juice, we get a byproduct called, ‘nero,’ a refreshing nonintoxicating drink,” says Jitonkar. Post fermentation, the juice is boiled in huge barns. “Previously earthen pots were used, now, they are replaced by copper containers,” says Mukund Dessai, a 76-year-old native from Canacona. From the boiling pota a spiral pipe passes the vapours through a water tank for cooling, and then the steaming urrack is collected in cans. “In all about 30 to 40 make-shift distilleries crop up the mountains of Canacona every summer,
each producing around 200 cans,” informs Dessai. Fresh cashew saplings are planted annually to ensure a steady future crop. A minimum of around 500 trees is mandatory to attain a sizeable yield. According to Dessai, who learnt the ropes of urrack making from his bhatkar, if the brew is produced and stored well, it normally lasts upto a year. “Urrack production in Goa goes back to the Portuguese era; there are no formal records to mark its inception. It’s unique and one cannot get information on the internet, but the legacy is passed through the generations by word of mouth,” concludes Dessai.
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In this kingdom, no one is a Congressman. The days when the Congress could field a stone and get elected, were so long ago that recall is impossible. In Goa, the Congress rules on paper but on the ground it is battling for its identity and its very existence.
The local leader may take away twenty or thirty per cent votes but the core base of the party remains. If that wasn’t so, why would so many aim for the party ticket in all kind of elections? — Shubash Shirodkar
mirror THE DISUNITED COLOURS OF CONGRESS ONCE UPON A TIME…
.. THERE WAS THE CONGRESS!
Once upon a time there was a party called the Congress –The party of policies and ideals and the party of leaders who owed their popularity to the party symbol. If we are talking of the Congress in Goa, this must be fiction. Sujay Gupta traces the deplorable picture of the party as it queues up outside the door of regional satraps, to be accepted, even in the face of blatant insults and threats
couple of months ago, the president of the Goa Congress had to leave his home town of Shiroda and rush to Navelim to douse a sudden crisis. The PWD Minister, Churchill Alemao, declared in public, that if the party did not announce his candidature for the Navelim seat a full three months before the elections, he would leave the party and contest on his own. Shirodkar, like an indulgent schoolmaster, told Churchill that he was the party’s tallest leader and it would never let him down. Alemao, in the same meeting lambasted his bête noire Luizinho Faleiro, a senior Congress general secretary and trusted 10 Janpath loyalist, and accused him of trying to stall development projects initiated by Churchill. Shirodkar quietly listened. Now, sitting in his quiet green hillside cottage, in the campus of the engineering college at Shiroda the Congress president is obviously circumspect. He told Herald, “One needs to handle Churchill differently because of his personality. The party will decide who to field. It usually gives the ticket to its own sitting MLA and sometimes even to its defeated candidate. Let’s see.” Churchill is not the only ‘personality’ this schoolteacher president will have to deal with. If Shirodkar takes a lamp and goes hunting to find the party he supposedly heads,
he will run into different species of leaders, some of whom may contest on the Congress ticket. The similarity ends there. With Goa looking at 2011-end election rather than an early 2012, these species will mature, change shape and finally be a part of the hydra headed entity, which may have some elements of the Congress but are not controlled by it. There is another ironic familiarity that will tease the Congress. From Tiswadi to Bardez to Ponda to Salcete, political dynasties will dance the dance of democracy, fielding family members and forming parties and formations. In this spectacular circus, the Congress, if it can be found, will be a bit player watching from the sidelines, as dynasties decide who to field and from where to field. The fact that an official Congress candidate may contest from the same seat is irrelevant, and in most cases, not even a matter of concern. The dynasties also expand to include friends who will add to the dynasties tally, a crucial aspect in the post poll bargaining stakes. The ruling chieftains of the dynasty game are the Alemao’s, who are perennially in the opposition even as they rule. The Alemao party tickets were decided much before the Congress has even fathomed when the elections will actually be held. The patriarch Churchill will contest from Navelim, daughter
Valanka from Benaulim, brother Joaquim from Cuncolim and the latest entrant, Yuri Alemao, Joaquim’s son, from Sanguem. Apart from Joaquim, who will naturally be offered the party ticket, everyone else, including Churchill himself who won Navelim as the Save Goa party candidate, will either contest as independents or a part of a new formation that Churchill is likely to float. This formation will be spearheaded by the Alemao United family and will gradually include several floaters or wayfarers denied Congress tickets. The obvious clash with the Congress’ official nominee Luizinho Faleiro is stopping no one. Up North, the Rane’s have decided to add to the family treasure chest of MLA’s by fielding Vishwajeet Rane’s wife Divya from Bicholim. Though there is nothing official about it, the fizz of another Rane, this time a lady, has hit Bicholim. While the senior Pratap Singh Rane will contest to routinely extend his run in the Vidhan Sabha and keep himself open for the top job of Chief Minister, Vishwajeet will have handpicked men and women from four or five other constituencies, including Uday Palekar from Siolim and Sunita Verekar from Sanquelim. The mish mash gets complicated in some places like Mayem, where the person who may get the official Congress symbol may come third
and yet feel he has done well. Traditionally, the seat has been with the veteran Harish Anna Zantye and his son Praveen may inherit the ticket. But that’s about it. Both the Education Minister Babush Monseratte and Home Minister Ravi Naik have an eye on the seat through their proxies or relatives. Monseratte’s close friend and deputy mayor of Panjim, Rudresh Chodankar, is pitching for the Mayem ticket and is likely to contest on any ticket with Monseratte’s blessings. However, Ravi Naik’s son Roy, notwithstanding the intense public scrutiny over his alleged involvement in the police drug dealer nexus, has decided to take refuge in an assembly seat. Roy, as assembly records show, is actually employed by his dad’s home department and has played a major role in getting at least 90 youth of Mayem employed as police constables. One person, employed as an office assistant and driver in a private Goan company, spoke of how he managed to get three of his boys enrolled in the police force through Roy Naik. So, the situation as it stands, is that there are two ruling ministers who are fighting for a hold in a constituency, whereas none of their candidates may fight on the Congress ticket. The Education Minister has been a floater and is looking to consolidate Teleigao where he will field his wife Jennifer and wrest Panjim. Moreover, his kiss and make
up with the sitting St Cruz MLA might help get him the St Cruz seat as well. With Rudresh a serious contender for Mayem, we have another block of about four potential MLAs, who are now technically under the Congress umbrella, but are free birds flying in Babush Monseratte’s flock. They will take off and land at Babush’s, not the Congress’, high command. Up north in Bardez, the Aldona MLA and former Congress minister Dayanand Narvekar is charting his own course and is looking at a switch to NCP. He and his brother Subhash Narvekar who may contest the Mapusa seat will form yet another block. The share of the spoils gets even more minimized for the Congress as even MLAs who are lending support are looking to field family and friends to form independent blocks. Mining baron and Sanvordem MLA Anil Salgaocar’s son Arjun, will contest form his seat while
his other son Sameer is making inroads in Mandrem. In a surprise package, the family may field one more member from Cumbarjua. The pie shrinks further when there is no surety that the Dhavlikar brothers of MGP, Sudhin and Deepak, or the maverick Mickky Pacheco set to form the United Goans Party will be Congress backers. If you add them and couple of more MLAs backing them, you get close to twenty five seats where the party will have to stand in line to be counted in the darbar of the local big wig. In this kingdom, no one is a Congressman. The days when the Congress could field a stone and get elected, were so long ago that recall is impossible. It seems like a fairy tale that ended even before it properly began. In Goa, the Congress rules on paper but on the ground it is battling for its identity and its very existence. And this isn’t a fairy tale.
In A League Of Their Own
The Congress has a base. That’s why it wins –Shirodkar Ministers are sometimes unaware of corruption in their own departments Sachin Ambadoskar
Shubash Shirodkar , the GPCC president, has to deliver Goa to his party in the next elections. Though these are yet early days, different ruling coalition leaders who will call the shots are not looking for the Congress. In an interview with Herald he defends his party and its base Shirodkar: Churchill will not leave the party. Also, he is of a certain personality and we must understand that. We can accommodate most people in the party in many different ways.
Herald: Surely not, when they speak against the party and threaten to leave, like Churchill?
Herald: But you are also accommodating leaders who have a reputation of being corrupt .Without taking names,
Herald: We don’t buy that. Big instances of corruption cannot happen without the knowledge of the man at the top. Shirodkar; For that we have to change systems and procedures. Files have to be disposed off in a time bound manner. An overhaul is needed and this is not party specific. Herald: But in most of these constituen-
cies, the Congress’ base is the base of the local leader. If he goes, the base goes. Shirodkar: I don’t quite agree. The local leader may take away twenty or thirty per cent votes but the core base of the party remains. If that wasn’t so, why would so many aim for the party ticket in all kind of elections? Even in my own Shiroda, there is a Congress vote bank that is independent of me. They vote for me because I’m in the Congress. Herald: Coming to the party, your frontal organisations are almost non-existent. Shirodkar: The Youth Congress is doing well but they can do better. The Mahila Congress is so so. It has to organise meetings on a regular basis.
Herald: The taluka or regional bosses rule, so where is the Congress in Goa? Shirodkar: This is not a new thing. The Congress has always had strong local leaders. That is an advantage for us.
the regional satraps face corruption allegations. Shirodkar: It doesn’t happen at their level all the time. At times they do not know if somebody in their department, including the bureaucracy has indulged in any wrong doing.
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The meeting, attended by Chief Secretary S V Ranganath, officials from Mines and Geology Department discussed the CEC report which pointed out that 304.91 lakh tonnes of iron ore had been exported.
FROM PAGE 1 Anger to abeyance He said that they will approach the Central government so that the port area can be restricted upto berth number 11. “The State, MPT and KAP will move the High Court seeking its order to save the houses as demolition was done as per the court order,” he added. In addition, the MPT and its respondents will jointly move a petition next week seeking to withdraw MPT’s original petition seeking demolition of 363 unauthorised structures on MPT land. 66 structures have already been demolished, leaving the other 297.
Fr Bismark, who spearheaded the agitation, said that they have kept the agitation in “abeyance” on assurances by the State government but they will take to the streets once again, if the government moves away from its decision. On demands of restricting MPT’s jurisdiction upto Betul area, the government has decided to take up the issue with the Centre as the area is already acquired by the MPT and cannot be denotified. Fr Bismark confirmed that it has been decided to take the issue to Centre. “We don’t want MPT’s jurisdiction to go beyond the fishing villages. It has been decided to approach the Centre with a plea for denotification, as the area is already acquired by the MPT under the Ports Authority of India,” he said. To another demand seeking regularisation of houses at Kharewado jetty, the government has asked the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority to prepare a detailed study report which is expected to be completed in six to eight months. “We are told that the GCZMA will conduct a detailed study on the implications of traditional villagers and whether notification is possible. The study will take at least six to eight months,” Fr Bismark said. The MPT has agreed to yet another demand on withdrawing the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) deployed at Kharewado, which will now be replaced by Goa Police. The government has also agreed to construct a jetty at Kharewado. The aggrieved agitators had also demanded re-building all 66 houses which were demolished as a result of the High Court order, but this matter has been kept for discussion at later stage. Meanwhile, Manohar Parrikar, told reporters that the State should be unanimous on resolving the matter. “My role is to support them irrespective of anything. We are supporting the State of Goa because the State should come together on such issues or else the matters won’t get resolved,” he said refusing to provide any details. MPT Chairman P Marapandiyan said that they have endured loses to the tune of Rs 45 crores due to the strike in last two days. The cargo movement to and from the port including export of iron ore was affected extensively. The two day strike had brought the life at Vasco to a standstill. Goa Mineral Ore Exporters Association (GMOEA) Secretary Glen Kalavampara quoted losses to the tune of $1.20 lakh. At least 15 transshippers were stranded at Mormugao harbour waiting for the ore. While 66 houses have been demolished following the court’s order, 297-odd houses are on the verge of being bulldozed.
Goa is one: CM
On what clinched the deal: Remember the deal was not just with the affected people. MPT had to be convinced and we showed them that there are no political differences on the issue. Cutting across party lines, we wanted the homes to be saved. Goa joined hands as one on this. On de-notifying the Kharewado area from MPT’s jurisdiction: We will find out who has the jurisdiction. If the Centre needs to do it, I will lead an all party delegation on or after April 20 to Delhi to convince the Centre to do this. On MPT’s writ petition on the basis of which the High Court ordered the demolitions: We will jointly approach the court, with the MPT seeking to withdraw it on the grounds that we have amicably resolved the issue.
The case so far 231/2010 making the Goa Coastal Zone Management authority the prime respondent, it sought its land on the prime Baina beach to be cleared. The MMC was made co respondent. CURRENT STATUS: 66 houses have been demolished, as per the High Court Order. 297 remain of which 103 have obtained a temporary stay from the Municipal Appellate Tribunal. WHAT NEXT: MPT and the respondents to petition 120/2009 to file affidavit stating that the matter was amicably resolved and therefore MPT’s petition seeking demolition would be withdrawn.
K’taka not for CBI probe into illegal mining PTI BANGALORE,
Sticking to its stand, the BJP government in Karnataka on Saturday asserted that it would not entrust the probe
into the illegal mining issue to CBI, but said a report would be submitted to the Supreme Court on the issues raised by a committee appointed by the apex court. A day after the Central Empowered Committee submitted its interim report to the Supreme Court pointing out largescale illegal mining in iron-ore rich Bellary district in collusion with officials and politicians, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa held an emergent meeting of top officials here. The meeting, attended by Chief Secretary S V Ranganath, officials from Mines and Geology Department discussed the CEC report which pointed out that 304.91 lakh tonnes of iron ore had been exported.
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Somali pirates keep 7 Indian hostages after ransom PTI M U M B A I / M O G A D I S H U, APRIL 16: Somali pirates who took a multi-million dollar ransom for hijacked Indian freighter MT Asphalt Venture, have released eight of the 15 Indian crew members, but have kept the remaining seven as hostages in retaliation for the arrests of their men by the Indian navy. In the first such step by the sea-brigands of “not honouring” their agreement, seven of the 15 crew members held by them for over six months, were not released despite a ransom – the amount of
which remains undisclosed – being paid. Mumbai-based OMCI Ship Management, the owners of the ship, Saturday clarified that all crew members of the ill-fated vessel were Indians and seven of them were still being held. Earlier reports had said that the pirates had released other crew members while keeping back only Indians. The ship owners said that the pirates released the ship and eight of the crew members but added they were in the dark over why the other crew members were not allowed to leave.
Lokpal Bill parleys off to a smooth start PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 16: The government-civil society discussions on a new Lokpal Bill got off to a fairly smooth start here Saturday with the activists presenting a new draft legislation to deal with corruption. Anna Hazare and his four nominees met five top Union ministers for 90 minutes in the North Block in the aftermath of his 98-hour fast which he ended Saturday last following the government’s acceptance of the demand for a 10-member panel to draft the bill. Nothing contentious appears to have cropped up at the meeting chaired by Fi-
nance Minister Pranab Mukherjee since the panel addressed the broad contours of the issue. “It went off well,” Hazare said. Media headlines focusing on a controversial CD purportedly containing a conversation between the panel’s co-chairman Shanti Bhushan and Samajwadi Party leaders regarding judiciary, did not come up at the meeting. Bhushan has lodged an FIR over the issue.
Lawmakers enjoin US govt to go after blasphemy laws PTI WASHINGTON, APRIL 16: A resolution introduced in the US Congress has asked the American government to lead an international effort to repeal blasphemy laws in countries like Pakistan where two high-profile politicians were assassinated this year for opposing the controversial statute.
Introduced by Republican Senator James Inhofe, the Senate resolution listed out a series of incidents related to the blasphemy laws in the Muslim world, including Pakistan. "On January 4, 2011, (Punjab) Governor Salman Tasser, who courageously sought to release Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman and mother of five who was sentenced to death
under Pakistan's blasphemy laws, was gunned down by his own security guard because of his support for reforming the blasphemy laws," said the resolution, which has been sent to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "On March 2, 2011, Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan's only Christian Cabinet member and passionate supporter of interfaith tolerance and repeal of Pakistan's blasphemy law, was assassinated by multiple gunmen, leaving his body and vehicle riddled with 80 bullets," it said. The Senate recognises that religious minority freedoms and rights must be protected, the resolution said. It appealed in the strongest terms that the United States government lead the international effort to repeal existing blasphemy laws.
The US Senate recognises that religious minority freedoms and rights must be protected. Therefore, the United States government must lead the international effort to repeal existing blasphemy laws.
Berlusconi to seek re-election
ROME, APRIL 16: Silvio Berlusconi will seek reelection in 2013, Justice Minister Angelo Alfano -- the man recently identified as the Italian prime minister's political heir -- said Saturday. At a private dinner with foreign journalists on Tuesday, Berlusconi, 74, told reporters off the record that he would not contest the next election, and named Alfano as a possible successor, according to a press leak. But Alfano, 40, told Italy's Corriere della Serra newspaper that Brlusconi's succession was a "story outline without actors or a plot". "Apart from the fact that it will again be him (Berlusconi) who will be the candidate for the post of prime minister in 2013, the real question is how we will present ourselves" in the election, he added. Berlusconi was reported as having said: "I could head the list, but I don't want to have an operational role."
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Tens of thousands of Croatian war veterans staged protests in main cities Saturday, a day after a UN court handed down heavy war crimes sentences for two ex-generals, seen by many Croats as heroes.
New 5.9 quake jolts Japan PTI TOKYO/FUKUSHIMA, APRIL 16: Japanese engineers began dumping zeolite mineral to check sea water contamination near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, even as desperate efforts were launched today to combat the surge in the level of highly radioactive water in the reactor's tunnel. As efforts continued to stabilise the plant, an aftershock of 5.9 magnitude struck the Kanto region in eastern Japan today at 11:19 am local time and was centred about 79 km below the ground in southern Ibaraki prefecture, according to the country's Meteorological
Agency. There were no initial reports of damage from the tremor, which shook buildings in Tokyo as well, more than a month after a monster magnitude-9 quake and tsunami left nearly 30,000 people dead or unaccounted for. Meanwhile, Tokyo Electric Power Company, the operator of the troubled plant has begun dropping sandbags containing the mineral zeolite into the sea near the plant's water intakes. Zeolite is widely used to absorb contaminating materials. TEPCO hopes it will absorb toxic materials, including cesium-137, which has a halflife of 30 years, the NHK
news reported. It plans to drop in 10 sandbags each containing 100 kilogrammes of zeolite. It will raise the bags at regular intervals to check the radiation levels on their surfaces. The 5.9 quake came hours after the government's nuclear safety agency asked operators of 13 nuclear plants across the country to step up their preparation to avoid outages and other damage to the facilities in the event of an earthquake. Last month's twin disaster has caused massive damage to the Fukushima nuclear plant, which continues to leak high radiation into the air and sea.
TEPCO said the level of highly radioactive water in a tunnel of the No.2 reactor has been rising, national broadcaster NHK reported. Contaminated water in the plant's facilities is hampering efforts to restore reactor cooling systems. Leakages of such water into the sea and the ground are also raising concern. TEPCO transferred about 660 tonnes of wastewater from the tunnel to a condenser in a turbine building on Wednesday. This lowered the water level in the tunnel by 8 cm but it began rising again, exceeding the previous level by 2.5 cm this morning.
SHOWCASING CULTURE: Filipino performers wearing traditional costumes participate during a street dance competition as part of the Aliwan Festival in Manila, on Saturday. Groups from various provinces in the country participated in the Alilwan Festival which showcases the products and culture of each province through a cultural dance competition.
Blasts rock Misrata, as Jordan arrests Islamists after bloody clashes rebels push in east AFP MISRATA, APRIL 16: Loud explosions Saturday rocked the besieged rebelheld western Libyan city of Misrata, where the death toll mounted, as a rights watchdog said Moamer Kadhafi's forces were using cluster bombs. In the east, heavy fighting was reported as rebel fight-
ers, bolstered by NATO air strikes, pushed on from the crossroads town of Ajdabiya towards the strategic oil town of Brega. And even further west, NATO air strikes targeted Kadhafi's hometown of Sirte, state news agency JANA reported, without giving details. NATO warplanes had already struck Sirte on Friday, JANA reported at the time. The blasts in Misrata were accompanied by bursts of gunfire heard coming from the city centre, after NATO flyovers and possible air raids were followed by a lull in shelling and shooting, an AFP correspondent said. Officials at Misrata's main Hikma hospital said overnight it had received five dead bodies and 31 wounded. US-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said its researchers reported the use of internationally banned cluster munitions against Misrata, the rebels' last major bastion in western Libya. Insurgents said Kadhafi loyalists were using cluster bombs and armour-piercing submunitions over a wide area. "Last night it was like rain," said Hazam Abu Zaid, a local resident who has taken up arms to defend his neighbourhood, describing the cluster bombings. The use of the munitions was first reported by The New York Times. A reporting team for the daily photographed MAT-120 mortar rounds which it said were produced in Spain.
AMMAN, APRIL 16: Jordanian security forces have arrested 70 Islamists after violent protests in which many people were hurt, most of them policemen, a security official told AFP on Saturday. The suspects, members of the ultra-conservative Sunni Muslim Salafist movement, were rounded up during raids Friday in the town of Zarqa and nearby Rassifeh, hours after Islamist protesters attacked police, the official said. Initially 120 people were detained but 50 of them were later let go while 70 were quizzed about their involvement in the violence in Zarqa, a northern industrial town, said the official who
declined to be named. Those found guilty would be prosecuted, he added. A member of the Salafist movement meanwhile told AFP that 22 prominent figures of the Islamist group including its chief in Jordan, Abdul Shahatah alTahawi, were among those detained. More than 90 people, most of them policemen, were hurt Friday when Islamist Salafist demonstrators armed with swords, daggers and clubs attacked police in Zarqa during protests. "Fifty-one policemen, including senior officers, were stabbed with knives, beaten with bats or hit with sharp tools," Lieutenant General Hussein Majali told a news conference after Friday's violence.
Britain mulls royal succession change AFP LONDON, APRIL 16: Britain said Saturday it was mulling changes to "discriminatory" rules on the line of succession, meaning Prince William and Kate Middleton's first born could accede to the throne regardless of gender. Currently the principle of male primogeniture means that the first born son would be next in line to the throne, even if he had an older sister. But Deputy Prime Minis-
ter Nick Clegg, who is responsible for constitutional reform, is looking at ways of changing the rule to grant any future princesses born to the couple the same rights as male heirs. William, the second-in-line to the British throne, will marry Kate at London's Westminster Abbey on April 29. The British monarch is head of state of 16 Commonwealth nations and any change to the line of succession would require legislation in all these countries.
YC Davorlim up HERALD SPORTS REPORTER Panjim, April 16: Youth Club of Davorlim defeated Sanguem Boys via the tiebreaker 4-3 in Cruz memorial football tournament at Carmona panchayat ground.
I-League: Churchill Bros v. Salgaocar, Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, Margao, 4.15 p.m. YSC (inter-ward) football: Chris Rei, Tolponne v. Mafia Boys, Karai, 3. 30 p.m. YSC all-Goa football: Rebello Pandal, Maina v. Majorda Bros, 4.30 p.m., YSC ground. St Anthony festival soccer: SFX Borim v. Valankani Boys, Nuvem, Bonto ground, Mapa-Panchawadi, 4.30 p.m. South Zone veterans soccer finals, Panjim Gymkhana ground, 9 a.m. Prize distribution, 4 p.m. Cruz memorial football: Salzora Boys v. Holy Cross Benaulim, 10 a.m.; Cross Boys Carmona v. Friends Circle Maina, Carmona panchayat ground,4.30 p.m. Conceicao Colaco memorial soccer: Betalbatim Sporting Club v. Rosmam Cruz Sports Club,Nagoa, Assolna ground, 4.45 p.m. Cavelossim Panchayat Cup 201 soccer: Chandor Club v. Cuncolim Union, Fr Druston and Wellington ground, Cavelossim, 4.30 p.m. 3rd all-Goa volleyball finals organised by Miracle Youth, Vanxem, Loutolim: Hausi v. Goa Police, Vanxem, Loutulim, 8.30 p.m.
Otto Pfister after assuming the Trinidad and Tobago reins asserted: “Football is not a job for me - it is a passion! I can’t live without it. I will sneak out on a Sunday morning and watch any football, even U-12s, it doesn’t matter. I watch all the time on TV - I can’t control myself! I have a lot of energy and football is my purest passion.”
Goa Police hammer depleted Laxmi Prasad HERALD SPORTS REPORTER Mapusa, April 16: Goa Police Sports Club qualified for the All-Goa play-offs defeating Laxmi Prasad Sports Club 5-0 in GFA’s 2nd Divison North Zone play-off, at Duler stadium here on Saturday. The referee brought an end to the match after only 30 minutes, as Laxmi Prasad started the match with only nine players and then suffered three injuries, which meant they could not carry on with just six players. Elios D’Souza opened the scoring after only two minutes for Goa Police, with a neat finish. Six minutes later, Police striker Paresh Morje cut the ball back into the
danger area and teammate Aggio Antao had a free header into an open net to double the lead. In the 24th minute, Police’s Amir Salgaonkar danced through a crowded box and shot in for the third. Remmy Fernandes became Laxmi’s first casualty shortly after, going off injured. In the 27th minute Swanand Naik stroked home a penalty for Police. Samir Agarwadekar went off injured for Laxmi. On the half hour mark, Police substitute Rohidas Mhaloji slotted in the fifth and final goal. Laxmi’s Jolious D’Costa then went down injured, to force an early end to the proceedings. At Taleigao ground, Sao
Panjim, April 16: Wilred Leisure sailed into the semifinals of Cavelossim Panchayat Inter-Village football
tournament defeating Chinchinim 6-5 at Fr Druston and Wellington ground, Cavelossim, Saturday. Wilred Leisure’s Sertorio scored in the second half from
“Ronaldo can do much more for Madrid than Messi can for Barcelona. Madrid really depend on Ronaldo to perform well, while Barcelona are so much more than Messi.” -- Roberto Carlos
Many Happy Returns of The Day To Our Beloved Leader. May God Bless You With Healthy and Prosperous life.
Minguel de Taleigao and Penha de Franca played out a 1-1 draw. It was Penha who took an early lead as Govind Mahale scored his third goal in two matches in the 9th minute. After the change of ends, Taleigao pulled a goal back through Pramod Mardolkar in the 62nd minute. Taleigao topped the group with 7 points from three matches to qualify. Goa Police took the second spot with 6 points. Penha finished on 4 points, while Laxmi finished on nil points. Sao Minguel and Goa Police will join Curtorim Gymkhana Sports Club and Wilred Leisure Sports Club, who qualified from the South Zone play-offs earlier.
Wilred Leisure in semis HERALD SPORTS DESK
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a cross by Nickson 1castanna. At the fag end Chinchinim equalised through Alvito. In the penalty shoot out, Wilred won 5-4. Wilred will meet SCC of Cavelossim.
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SHRI JOSE PHILIP D’SOUZA Hon’ble Minister for Revenue, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs, Factories & Boilers (Government Of Goa)
sports SNAPSHOT Holy Cross soccer at Vodlemol
MARGAO - Holy Cross Sports Club Vodlemoll, Kakoda will organise their 15th All-Goa Inter-Village football tournament from April 28 to May 14 at Vodlemoll, Kakoda ground, Curchorem. The winners will get Rs. 1,00,000 and the runnersup Rs. 75,000. The semi-final losers will get away Rs.5,000 each. There will be also individual prizes for best player of the tournament, highest scorer of the tournament, best defender, best goalkeeper, best disciplined team. Teams may contact Rajesh Kossambe on 9822383769 or Julius D’Costa on 9850461354 or Josten Rodrigues on 9823404133.
all-goa soccer at st Cruz PANJIM – The Crown Boys of Santa Cruz will organise their annual all-Goa 11-a-side football open tournament from April 19 at Santa Cruz ground. The finals will be played on May 8. Rs 25,000 (winners), Rs 18,000 (runners-up) will be awarded. Teams may contact Vincent on 9225907677 or Cruz on 9822136930.
Cycle race for women on tuesday PANJIM – The cycle race for women organized by Tiswadi Taluka Women’s Sports Festival Committee will be held on April 19 from indoor stadium, Campal, at 7 a.m. The TT, badminton events will be held on April 19 at indoor stadium, Campal from 9 a.m. and basketball at Youth Hostel, Mira Mar from 9 a.m. Volleyball, swimming, kabaddi, kho kho and athletics will be held on April 20 at Campal.
tennis cricket at Bicholim MAYEM - Independent Cricketers of Bordem, Bicholim will organise a floodlit tennis ball cricket championship from April 22 to 24 April at Shivaji ground, Bicholim. The winners will be awarded Rs.12000 while the runners- up will get Rs.6666. The semi-final losers will get Rs.2222 each. Teams may contact Hrishikesh Pednekar on 9823056078 or Gokuldas Harmalkar on 9326855295.
5-a-side football at Mapa CANACONA – The SFX Boys of Mapa, Panchwadi will organise a 5-a-side football tournament on April 17 and 24 at Digas Ground Mapa, Panchwadi at 10.30 a.m. The winners will get Rs.9999 while the runners-up will get Rs.5555. Spot entries will be accepted. Details may be obtained from Oldrin on 9637889350.
Junior, sub-junior aquatics PANJIM - The 23rd Goa State Juniors and Sub-Juniors Aquatic Championships organised by Goa Swimming Association will be held at Peddem Swimming Pool Complex, Mapusa, on June 4 and 5 from 8.30 a.m to 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. The diving events will be held at Campal Swimming Pool. Panjim. Those interested may send entries to Sudesh Nagvenkar, Secretary, Goa Swimming Association, Fatorda, Margao before May 10. No spot entries will be entertained.
Goa Veterans too good for Kerala HERALD SPORTS DESK Panjim, April 16: Goa beat Kerala in the South Zone Veterans Cricket Tournament at Gymkhana ground, here, Saturday. Goa 165 for 3 in 23 overs. Yeshavant Barde 68, Rajesh Ghodge 38, Balkrishna Misquin 17. Kerala 118 all out in 22 overs. Mavin Carvalho 3/28, Prashant Kakode 3/18, Yeshvant Barde and Narayan Kambali 1 each. Andhra beat Karnataka by nine wickets in South Zone Veterans Cricket Tournament at GCA Academy ground, Porvorim.
Karnatak won the toss and chose to bat. They scored 90 for 8 in 20 overs David Jhonson 1, S Murali 0, Praveen Powar 21, Sridhar 12, Sadiq 10, Suresh 14, Gleyn 16, Kempailh 5, Basara 0, Mukesh 2. Bowling: Y S Ranganath 4-1-16-3, Ch Radha Krishna 3-0-11-2, Gulam Faruqe 3-0-9-1, T Pawan Kumar 4-0-23-1, Malik Arjun 3-0-12-2-1. Andhra 93 for 1 in 9.1 overs. Amit Patak 42, Srihari 43, Bowling: S Murali 1-0-131. Man-of-the-match: YS Ranganath (Andhra).
Dempo coach Armando Colaco was gushing in his praise of Nasaf (Uzbek) football outfit after the AFC Cup match. He said, “I won’t be surprised if they win the AFC Cup as their brand of football is very good and effective. They were just too good.”
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For me, joining Madrid was a new stage. I joined them to earn more in every way – prestige, titles and money – and I got them. -- Luis Figo
Dempo subdue Indian Arrows RESULTS
Dempo 5 Arrows 2 Man-of-the-match: Beto (Dempo)
Viva 1 Mumbai 0 Man-of-the-match: Felix Chimaokwu (Viva)
Chirag 1 Bagan 1
Man-of-the-match: Lalkamal Bhowmik (Chirag) HERALD CORRESPONDENT Margao, April 16: Defending champions Dempo Sports Club scored a fluent 5-2 victory over debutants Indian Arrows in an ILeague match at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, Saturday. Dempo led 3-1at half time. Dempo tallied 41 points from 20 matches, while Indian Arrows stayed on 23 points from 21 matches. Dempo set up a fast pace and tired to unsettle their ri-
vals who were unable to keep pace. Dempo dominated with man-of-the-match Brazilian striker Roberto Mendes da Silva’s (Beto) smart header in the 5th minute off Iranian stopper back Rouhollah Samiena finding the net. However, their joy was shortlived as midfielder Shilton D’Silva picked the ball from his own half and unleashed a snap shot which beat Laximiknat Kattimani hands down in the 7th minute. Stunned by the equaliser, Dempo turned the heat on with midfielders Clifford Miranda and Joaquim Abranches being guilty of wasting sitters. Dempo regained the in the 30th minute through a spot kick. Joaquim Abranches was tripped by Lalrin Dika Ralte prompt-
ing referee Denny Jacob to point to the spot. Beto made no mistake slotting past goalkeeper Jagroop Singh. Against the run of play, captain and Striker Ranty Martins made a brilliant finish off Beto. Immediately after change of ends, Dempo intensified their attacks and inflated their tally in the 62nd minute when Ranty picked up the ball from Beto, outpaced a rival defender and punted the ball to the far corner of the net. Indian Arrows made a valiant attempt at the rival goal and their efforts were rewarded in the 75th minute through a penalty. Substitute Jagtar Singh was trapped by Dempo stopper back Rouhollah Samiena inside the box and the referee pointed to the dreaded spot.
IndIan arrows players throw a blockade around a Dempo player at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, Margao, Saturday. Jeje Lalpeklua fired low to the left of Dempo goalkeeper Kattimani. Earlier Indian Arrows’ Jeje Lalpekula rasping shot hit the crossbar. Later, the Dempo goalkeeper came to his side rescue collecting a
Churchill, Salgaocar gun for title in Derby HERALD CORRESPONDENT Margao, April 16: An engrossing battle for supremacy is expected in the Goan Derby clash between leaders Salgaocar and IFA Shield champions Churchill Brothers in a 22nd round clash of I -League at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda on Sunday at 4.15 pm. The outcome of this vital match could well decide the fate of the teams as they fight for supremacy. Salgaocar (43 points from 19 matches), could further stretch their lead with a victory while only a victory for Churchill (43 points from 21 matches) could keep them in the hunt for the top slot.
Salgaocar coach Karim Bencherifa and his Churchill counterpart Drago Mamic admitted that the Sunday clash was a big one. “Churchill are a very good side and it’s going to be very difficult match for us,” Karim told Herald on the eve of the match. “We will try our best to record a win as we want to go forward. We are keen to stay at the top.” There was some good news for Bencherifa. Creative midfielder Tomba Singh has recovered from injury and will figure in the playing 18. However, Bencherifa will miss midfielder James Singh who is sick. Anthony Barbosa (midfielder) and Jaspal Parmar
(defender), are recovering from injuries while midfielder Rochus Lamare stands suspended due to double booking. Still Salgaocar are confident of putting up a good fight. Churchill’s Croatian coach Mamic spoke on similar lines. “Tomorrow’s match is a big one for us,” he said after the team had a training session at Cuncolim ground on Saturday morning. “The team which capitalises on chances and cuts down on errors will emerge victors,” the Croatian said. “We have to go all out for a win,” said Mamic. “I hope the boys go all out and give their best.” Mamic was con-
Nuvem march into semis Margao, April 16: Nuvem Sports Club beat SSC, Loutolim 6-5 via the tiebreaker to march into the semi-final of All- Goa Curtorim Panchayat Cup inter-
village football at Curtorim ground, Saturday. The teams were tied 1-1at full time. Nuvem found success when Tony Dias beautifully headed in off a cross from
Joe Colaco. Vollney D’Souza struck the equaliser late in the second half. Nuvem scored through Jose Pango, Neville Fernandes, Cedar Colaco, Joe Colaco
Don Bosco Oratory up HERALD CORRESPONDENT Margao, April 16: A first half strike by Valente Silva helped Don Bosco Oratory beat Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim 1-0 to storm into the quarter-final of All-Goa Conceicao Colaco memorial
inter-village football tournament organized by Shooting Stars Club of Colleavaddo at Assolna ground,Saturday. Don Bosco Oratory broke the deadlock midway in the opening session when striker Valente Silva bulged
the net from close range. Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim retaliated but they failed to get past the rival rearguard. Oratory suffered a blow when Wilson Dias was ejected by referee for engaging in fisticuffs with an opponent
fident that his strikers Odafe Okolie and Boima Karpeh will provide the punch in the attack. He also believes that midfielders Zakker Mundampara, Charan Raia, Lenny Rodrigues, Binesh Balan will work in tandem with the forwards to put the rival defence under pressure. “We cannot underestimate them. Salgaaocar are one of the best teams in the country at the moment. So, we have to play really well and outsmart them and play for a win,” the coach said. With both teams raring to play for maximum points, a craker of a contest is certainly on the cards.
Cuncolim Union down Salcete Margao, April 16:Cuncolim Union rallied to defeat Salcete FC 3-1 in GFA U-18 2nd Div League at Cuncolim ground, Saturday. Cuncolim Union were trailing 0-1 at half time. Salcete took the lead through Aldrich Gerald. Cuncolim Union’s Aldrich D’Souza neutralised the lead. Trevor Dias made it 2-1. Aldrich D’Souza rounded off the tally. At Rosary ground, Navelim, a fine brace by Vicky Fernandes enabled Orlim Sports Club to thrash Davorlim Sports Club 3-0. Jaison D’Costa was the other scorer.
Jagtar Singh stiff shot. Beto scored his third and Dempo’s fifth in the 86th minute. Dempo’s chief coach Armando Colaco as expected was thrilled after the match and attributed the victory to the col-
lective brilliance of the players. Indian Arrows coach Desmond Bulpin was not disappointed with the result. “It was a good match, we tried our best and we are pleased with the performance.”
Felix strikes for Viva Kerala AGENCIES Kannur, April 16: Nigerian striker Felix Chimaokwu's first half strike helped Viva Kerala to post a 1-0 win over Mumbai FC in a round 22 of ILeague at Jawahar Municipal Stadium, Kannur, Saturday. Viva Kerala created almost all the chances in the
first half and were rewarded with a goal too. The winning goal came as a result of a one-man show from Viva Kerala's forward. Felix took the ball from the center, took advantage of the Mumbai defenders hesitation to close him down by blasting a right footer into the right corner of the goal.
Mohan Bagan hold Chirag AGENCIES Kolkata,April16:ChiragUnited and Mohun Bagan played a 1-1 draw in a 22nd round I-League encounter at Salt Lake Stadium here Saturday. With a definite chance for either team to improve their ranking in the I-League table, the game rather proved out to be a dull affair
only allowing Sunil Chhetri to add some flavour to score the opening goal for Chirag United in the first half. The India international striker made no mistake to convert from the spot in the 31st. Muritala Ali restored parity to snatch a point for Bagan when he found the target in the 80th minute.
Mapusa, April 16: A great performance from Goa Velha allowed them to defeat Vasco 2-1 in GFA’s U-18 2nd Division at Batim ground, Saturday. The score was 2-1 at the lemon break. Goa Velha’s Valencio Barbosa scored in the 8th minute. Seven minute later
Chatun Naik doubled the lead with a splendid volley. In the 29th minute Vasco’s Samir Govekar saw his long range attempt rattle the crossbar, before hitting the Goa Velha custodian on the back on its way into the net. CDJ Ribander gained a walkover against Paradise SC.
Goa Velha win
Margao, April 16: Vasco Sports Club pulled of a stunning 4-2 win over Bresources Betalbatim Sporting Club 4-3 via the tie-breaker to clinch the South Zone GFA under-14 title at Curtorim ground, Saturday.
With the regulation time ending in a draw, the tiebreaker was enforced and Vasco came out victorious. They scored through Viraj Naik, Arron Fernandes, Stannie Braganza and Princeston Rebello. Biswajit Rajput and Ronnie Azavedo converted for Betalbatim.
Calangute assoCIatIon, runners-up of GFA’s 2010-11 First Division League alongwith president Alex Fernandes, general secretary Alirio Lobo (member of GFA Executive Committee), sports secretary Jerry D’Sousa, other executive committee members, coach and manager. The only North Goa Club in the First Division finished with 29 points, the same as Margao Sports Club, but lost the top place due to inferior goal difference. They were crowd pullers given their superb display.
The WICB’s move to exclude Chanderpaul, Gayle and Sarwan has prompted ridicule in the Caribbean and led to speculation that theier days under the maroon cap are numbered. Emotions have been running so high that Frank Anthony, the sports minister intends to write a stern letter questioning the selection policy.
Morale-booster for Chelsea AFP London, April 16: Chelsea bounced back from the disappointment of their European exit to record a morale-boosting 3-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. With leaders Manchester United taking on Manchester City in the FA Cup semifinals and Arsenal playing Liverpool on Sunday, Chelsea's trip to the Hawthorns took centre stage in a reduced Premier League programme. Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti -- who admitted on Friday he may face the sack at the end of what is likely to be a trophy-less season -must have feared the worst after Peter Odemwingie fired the Baggies ahead on
17 minutes. But Chelsea, who had left record signing Fernando Torres on the bench, responded swiftly, scoring three times through Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou and Frank Lampard to lead 3-1 at half-time. Minnows Blackpool sunk into the relegation zone after crashing 3-1 at home to fellow strugglers Wigan Athletic, who moved out of the bottom three for the first time since early February with a vital win. Colombian striker Hugo Rodallega fired Wigan ahead after only three minutes, taking advantage of a slip by Blackpool defender Craig Cathcart before beating Matt Gilks with a low shot. Wigan striker Charles N'Zogbia made it 2-0 on the stroke of half-time to ensure
Nadal faces Ferrer in final
there was no way back for Blackpool. Neal Eardley's 67th-minute own goal compounded the Seasiders' misery before DJ Campbell grabbed a late consolation effort. West Ham's relegation fears mounted after Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor pounced in injury time at Upton Park to give the visitors a 2-1 victory. West Ham striker Robbie Keane had put the Londoners 1-0 up after only 105 seconds, sweeping into the roof of the net from 12 yards after Villa failed to deal with a corner. But Villa levelled through Darren Bent on 36 minutes, the England striker heading in from a Luke Young cross.
Everton… 2 Blackburn… 0 Birmingham City… 2 Sunderland… 0 2, a day after the Austrian
Monte Carlo, April 16: Rafael Nadal needed to produce one of his most stunning performances on clay on Saturday to edge an injured Andy Murray 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 and book a place in the final of the Monte Carlo Masters. For the 15th time in the last two decades, a Spaniard will figure in the title match at the Country club, with sixtime winner Nadal bidding for a seventh straight title here against compatriot David Ferrer. The Spanish fourth seed earlier ended the surprise run of Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-
had put out Roger Federer. Nadal needed just shy of three hours to go past Murray, who was reportedly nursing an injured right elbow and who received treatment in the third set after putting up a titanic struggle in the first two sets. The Spanish world number one did lose his first set in Monte Carlo since the 2009 final against Novak Djokovic, however, as Murray turned in a fighting effort. Nadal has now won 36 straight matches in the principality heading into his clash with Ferrer, who he has beaten 11 times in 15 encounters.
Vettel back on pole in Shanghai GP AGENCIES Shanghai, April 16: Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel seized his fourth pole position in-a-row for Red Bull at the Chinese Grand Prix on Saturday. Britain’s Jenson Button, winner in China last year after Vettel also set pole in that race, will start second on the grid on Sunday with McLaren teammate Lewis Hamilton third and Nico Rosberg fourth for Mercedes. Ferrari's Spaniard Fernando Alonso and Brazilian Felipe Massa qualified fifth and sixth respectively.
Australian Mark Webber, Vettel's teammate, will start 18th after having to go into qualifying after problems with his car's kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) and then suffering a disastrous choice of tyres. The pole was the 18th of Vettel's career, and fourth in a row dating back to last season, and left the German perfectly placed to celebrate a fifth successive victory on Sunday and become the first driver to win twice in China. Force India's driver Paul di Resta secured an eighth position start, while teammate Adrian Sutil managed to take 11th place on the grid.
West Bromwich… 1 Chelsea… 3 West Ham… 1 Aston Villa… 2 Blackpool… 1 Wigan Athletic… 3
Riya stuns WGM Nisha HERALD SPORTS DESK Panjim, April 16: Ten-yearold Riya Savant created a sensation when she shocked former National woman champion and Woman Grand Master Nisha Mohota in the International Blitz Open chess at Thailand Open Championship. Riya's coach Dronacharya Raghunandan Gokhale was very happy. “I expect her to do well in the forthcoming World School (Poland) and Asian Youth (Phillipines)," said Gokhale from Thailand.
The game seemed destined for a draw until Agbonlahor popped up in the first minute of injury time to sink the Hammers. The defeat left West Ham second from bottom, two points adrift of safety with five games remaining. Sunderland's miserable run of form continued after they crashed 2-0 against Birmingham at St Andrews. Birmingham went ahead shortly before half-time, Swedish international Sebastian Larsson capitalising after Simon Mignolet and Phil Bardsley failed to deal with a Cameron Jerome flick-on. The Blues made sure of the points on 66 minutes, Craig Gardner lashing in a
powerful 20-yard effort to make it 2-0. Sunderland have now lost eight of their last nine league games to leave themselves only five points clear of the drop zone. In-form Everton stretched their unbeaten run to six matches with a 2-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers that nudged the Indian-owned Lancashire club ever closer to the relegation zone. Leon Osman put the Toffees ahead on 54 minutes after a well-worked short corner routine before a Leighton Baines penalty on 75 minutes sealed a win that leaves Rovers just two points clear of the drop in 16th place.
Yuvi gives Rs 1 lakh to Arunima PTI New Delhi, April 16: Star India batsman Yuvraj Singh today announced a Rs one lakh monetary help to national level football and volleyball player Arunima Sinha who lost her leg after being thrown out by robbers from a running train near Bareilly. Yuvraj described Arunima a "brave sportsperson" and wished her a speedy recovery. "It is really unfortunate and tragic what has happened to Arunima. She must be brave sportsperson who came forward to fight against robbery. I know the loss is irreparable, but I would like to offer her this little contribution.”
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It was a good performance. We showed personality and character after our (Champions League) defeat by Man United. --Carlo Ancelotti
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Daniel Vettori said the fielding is what cost us the game, it's a huge component, we dropped Hussey early on, and probably two other catches, I can think of 10 runs in the field that went through and added Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers should be supported by others.
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I was more playing towards the situation of the team. It was important to get runs early because the pitch was good with the new ball. -- Michael Hussey
Hussey brings CSK Valthaty dazzles for Punjab back on track PTI
Hyderabad, April 16: Paul Valthaty turned in a superb all-round performance to lead Kings XI Punjab to a crushing eight-wicket victory over Deccan Chargers in their IPL match here today. After helping his team restrict Chargers to a modest 165 with impressive figures of four for 29, the 27-year-old Valthaty smashed his way to a whirlwind 75 of 47 balls to secure Punjab's second win
of the league. High on confidence after his match-winning century in the previous match against Chennai Super Kings, Valthaty today proved that his effort against the defending champions the other night was no flash in the pan. Equally dominating with the bat was skipper and Valthaty's opening partner, Adam Gilchrist, who made a quickfire 61 off 46 balls. Gilchrist's innings was laced with five fours and three
Pak for short ODI series with India PTI Chennai Super Kings batsman Michael Hussey is watched by Royal Challengers Bangalore wicketkeeper AB de Villiers as he plays a shot at M A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Saturday. PTI Chennai, April 16: Defending champions Chennai Super rode on a blistering unbeaten 83 from Michael Hussey as they thumped Royal Challengers Bangalore by 21 runs to bounce back after their last match defeat in the Indian Premier League here today. Playing his first match of the tournament, Hussey smashed 11 fours and a six in his 56-ball knock to anchor Chennai to an imposing 183 for five after electing to bat at the M A Chaidambaram Stadium. Chasing 184 for five for a win, Bangalore struggled throughout after losing three key wickets inside the first five overs before A B de Villiers made a last-ditch effort to snatch a win with a strokeful 64. But the asking rate, which rose to nearly 15 by the 15th
over, was too much to overcome and Bangalore could manage 162 for seven in 20 overs to slump to their third successive loss in the tournament. De Villiers played some stunning shots, including a reverse-sweep six off Tim Southee, to make a match out of it before he was out in the penultimate over. His 64 off 44 balls contained five fours and two sixes.
Albie Morkel and Suraj Randiv took two wickets each for Bangalore while Tim Southee, Ravichandran Ashwin and Sadab Jakati scalped a wicket each. Bangalore were at the back-foot as soon as they started the chase with two batsmen returning to the hut for just 17 runs on the board by the second over itself. Opener Tillakaratne Dil-
scoreboArd Chennai Super Kings: Michael Hussey not out 83, Murali Vijay c Khan b Ninan 31, Suresh Raina c Agarwal b Ninan 29, M S Dhoni c AB de Villiers b Khan 22, Albie Morkel c Agarwal b van der Wath 9, S Badrinath c Ninan b van der Wath 5. Extras: 4. Total: 183 for 5. Fall of wickets: 151, 2-96, 3-147, 4-176, 5-183. Bowling: Zaheer Khan 4-0-33-1, Daniel Vettori 4-0-23-0, J van der Wath 4-0-49-2, Tillakaratne Dilshan 2-0-210, Ryan Ninan 3-0-31-2, Virat Kohli 3-0-23-0. Royal Challengers Bangalore: Mayank Agarwal c Morkel b Ashwin 7, Tillakaratne Dilshan c Anirudha b Morkel 0, Asad Pathan b Southee 14, Virat Kohli c Anirudha b Jakati 35, AB de Villiers c Anirudha b Morkel 64, Saurabh Tiwary c Dhoni b Randiv 14, Cheteshwar Pujara c Vijay b Randiv 2, Johan van der Wath not out 14, Daniel Vettori not out 2. Extras: 10. Total: 162 for 7. Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-17, 3-31, 4-73, 5-112, 6-127, 7-145. Bowling: Albie Morkel 4-0—34-2, Tim Southee 4-0-32-1, R Ashwin 4-0-22-1, Suraj Randiv 4-0-24-2, Shadab Jakati 3-0-36-1, Suresh Raina 1-0-10-0. Man-of-the-match: M Hussey.
shan's poor run of form in the tournament continued as he fell for a first-ball duck, caught by Anirudha Srikkanth at mid-wicket region off Morkel in the second ball of the chase. Earlier, Hussey cashed in on two dropped chances to score unbeaten 83 to help Chennai score 183 for five. The Australian was well supported by opener Murali Vijay (31 off 21) and Suresh Raina (29 off 16) while skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (22) provided late burst with some lusty hittings as the home side entertained the packed crowd. For Bangalore, paceman Johan van der Wath (2/49) and off-spinner Ryan Ninan (2/31) were the most successful bowlers though both were quite expensive. Zaheer Khan also grabbed a wicket giving away 33 runs from his quota of four overs.
Daredevils aim for first win PTI
Pune Warriors v. Delhi Daredevils 4 p.m. Kolkata Knight Riders v. Rajasthan Royals, 8 p.m.
Mumbai, April 16: At the bottom of the points table after losing the first two games, the Delhi Daredevils will have to raise their game considerably when they take on high-flying debutants Pune Warriors in their IPL match here tomorrow. The Daredevils, led by swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag, need to get their act together after two straight losses to Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals to score their first points in the event. Fielding more or less the same 11 in the first two
games, Delhi have been thrashed by eight and six wickets respectively after failing to put up a competitive total and it is in this department that they would like to turn things around immediately. For this to happen, their top-heavy line-up needs to fire strongly and none more than Sehwag who has tallied 23 runs in the first two matches. He needs to bat for most number of overs for the Daredevils to set a challenging score or chase a stiff target. Table toppers Pune, on the other hand, are sitting pretty after winning both their first two home games with a measure of comfort.
After away win, Knights eye home triumph PTI Kolkata, April 16: The away battle won, Kolkata Knight Riders will aim to win the home contest as well when they take on Rajasthan Royals in the return leg match of the IPL here tomorrow. The Knight Riders yesterday stopped the promising Rajasthan Royals two-match winning run with a clinical nine-wicket victory in Jaipur. The two sides now meet again at the Eden Gardens tomorrow with the hosts emerging overwhelming favourites this time.
The new-look Knight Riders under Gautam Gambhir started the season IV campaign shakily against Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings losing the battle from a winning position. But the Knight Riders, who shunned local hero Sourav Ganguly, earned back the confidence of the city with an easy win over Deccan Chargers in their first home match. From there on, Knight Riders looked unruffled against the more fancied Royals in their away match yesterday that saw some failed strategies by the wily Shane Warne.
The Aussie legend raised many eyebrows by keeping an in-form Shane Watson at number four in the batting order. With Watson not opening, Rajasthan Royals failed to get the blistering start that is so needed in Twenty20s. Form on their side, Knight Riders boast of a balanced and attacking line-up and have the best chance to fire with three consecutive home matches lined up next. In Manoj Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan, Eoin Morgan and Shakib, the Knight Riders' batting runs deep and looks devastating.
The bowlers, especially, have delivered the goods by restricting rivals Kings XI Punjab and Kochi Tuskers Kerala to below 150. If Alphonso Thomas and Shrikant Wagh got among the wickets in the opening tie against Kings XI, South African Wayne Parnell joined the fun in the second match against the Tuskers with a superb initial burst. But they, as well as skipper Yuvraj Singh, know that in Sehwag and Warner, Delhi have two explosive openers who could take the game away in no time. The bowling needs to be as straight as possible in the first six overs of Power Play.
Toure wrecks Man Utd treble dream AFP London, April 16: Yaya Toure shattered Manchester United's treble dream here Saturday as Manchester City beat their bitter local rivals 1-0 to reach next month's FA Cup final. Ivory Coast midfielder Toure kept City on course for their first piece of silverware in 35 years after punishing a mistake by United midfielder Michael Carrick to settle a pulsating semi-final derby at Wembley after 52 minutes. United had Paul Scholes sent off for an ugly challenge on City defender Pablo Zabaleta.
Karachi, April 16: Desperate to revive the Indo-Pak bilateral cricket ties, the Pakistan Cricket Board is trying hard to convince the BCCI for a short one-day series this year in Pakistan or at a neutral venue. The Board's Chief Operating Officer Subhan Ahmed told PTI that modalities of the short series would hopefully be worked out in a meeting with BCCI officials in June. Subhan, however, admitted that due to the tight international schedule of the Indian team, it would be quite a task to squeeze out a week or a 10day period for the series. "It is not possible to play a full Test series this year that is obvious to us. But we are definitely keen on at least having a three match or five match series sometime this year in Pakistan or at a neutral venue to kick off the revival process," he said. Immediately after the ongoing IPL, India is scheduled to tour the West Indies for four Tests and five ODIs, followed by a long tour of England in July-August. England will then come to India for a one-day series in November and West Indies will follow for a three-Test and five ODI series. The Indians then travel to Australia for a high-profile series in December-January. Pakistan is due to tour
India in March-April 2012 for a full Test series under the ICC’s Future Tours Programme but the PCB is keen to have the bilateral series before that. Cricket experts, however, were skeptical if the Indian players would be willing to take the risk of touring Pakistan. Subhan said Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani has given clearance to the PCB to start the process of reviving bilateral cricket with India. Asked about the statements emanating from BCCI officials about the Indian government not having informed them about trying to revive bilateral cricket with Pakistan, Subhan said this was made very clear by the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at Mohali.
six while Valthaty struck eight boundaries and five sixes during his stay at the wicket. Punjab started the innings on a rousing note with Gilchrist guiding Dale Steyn to the fine leg boundary off the first ball of the innings. Valthaty, too, got into the thick of things cutting the South African speed merchant over point and wide of
third man. He then slapped Steyn over square leg for a four, before slashing Ishant Sharma over point for a six. Valthaty's best came when he smashed Manpreet Gony for 23 runs in the bowler's first over and the inning’s fifth. Besides collecting four boundaries, Valthaty lofted Gony over long off for the maximum.
scoreboArd Deccan Chargers: Sunny Sohal c Karthik b Harris 7, Shikhar Dhawan c Sunny Singh b Valthaty 45, Kumar Sangakkara c McLaren b Chawla 35, JP Duminy c & b McLaren 18, Bharat Chipli c Marsh b Valthaty 14, Daniel Christian b Valthaty 30, Manpreet Gony b McLaren 0, DB Ravi Teja not out 10, Amit Mishra lbw b Valthaty 0, Dale Steyn not out 1. Extras: 5. Total: 165 for 8. Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-88, 3-91, 4-112, 5-129, 6-137, 7-156, 8-156. Bowling: Praveen Kumar 4-0-29-0, Ryan Harris 40-31-1, Ryan McLaren 3-0-33-2, Vikramjeet Malik 2-0-13-0, Abhishek Nayar 1-0-10-0, Piyush Chawla 2-0-17-1, Paul Valthaty 4-0-29-4. Kings XI Punjab: Adam Gilchrist c Ravi Teja b Mishra 61, Paul Valthaty c Sharma b Mishra 75, Abhishek Nayar not out 13, Dinesh Karthik not out 3. Extras: 14. Total: 166 for 2. Fall of wickets: 1-136, 2-151. Bowling: Dale Steyn 3-0-24-0, Ishant Sharma 4-0-23-0, Manpreet Gony 2-0-350, Amit Mishra 4-0-28-2, Daniel Christian 2.4-0-28-0, JP Duminy 2-021-0. Man-of-the-match: P Valthaty.
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Italians murder in Gaza: two more arrested AFP GAZA CITY, APRIL 16
The Hamas government said Saturday it has arrested two more suspects in connection with the murder of an Italian activist who was hanged hours after his abduction. The interior ministry "managed to arrest two suspects" in the murder on Friday of proPalestinian activist Vittorio Arrigoni, in addition to two other suspects previously taken into custody, a statement said. "The security forces continue to hunt other members of the group responsible for the murder," said the statement. The suspects arrested were being questioned about Arrigoni's murder, it added. Hamas had said Friday two suspected kidnappers were arrested and security officials were looking for accomplices. The Italian activist was found hanged in a house north of Gaza City, the ruling Hamas government said on Friday, blaming a radical Islamist group for his murder.
Sunday, 17 Apr 2011
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On the occasion of Tiatr Day, the Kala Academy will felicitate tiatr actor Antonette Mendes and other noted personalities for their contribution to the Konkani stage. Herald, in a chat with Antonette, finds out how much tiatrs have evolved and the changes noticed on the Konkani stage
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Rewinding to the Tiatr of Yesterday
BY DOLCY D’CRUZ HERALD FEATURES ne song most women in long distance relationships can relate to is Tum Nasloi, a song in Frank Fernand’s 1963 film, Amche Noxib which was sung with great emotions by Antonette Mendes and Anthony Mendes about how a girl misses her sweetheart. “Oh yes, you remember that song! Tum nasloi punn tuka sweater kori, Tujench chintit aslim eklinch khorim, Ugdass ietoch sweater ordhear dhori, Fugasavan mhoje dis hanv sari, Ani rodtalim daktulea bhurgea porim,” sings Antonette. “Can you imagine I was just 16 years old at that time and I was dancing with Anthony Mendes,” she adds. Antonette Mendes was born and brought up in Bombay and began acting in tiatrs at the age of 15, making her debut in her father A K D’Souza’s tiatr Hanv To Tarvotti. “I was very fond of singing in tiatrs and within a year, Frank Fernand asked me to act as Maria in Amche Noxib. I don’t know what he saw in me to give me a role in a history-creating Konkani film. At that time, many of the famous tiatrists used to live in Bombay like C Alvares, Alfred Rose, Kid Boxer, M Boyer, Jacint Vaz, Robin Vaz, Joe Rose, Prem Kumar, J P Souzalin and even the extraordinary musician Chris Perry. I acted in their dramas and at that time, coming to Goa gave all of us such excitement. When we used to come with our troupes to perform in Goa, all the dramas in Goa would stop. The entire troupe would first perform in Bombay and then move for a few shows to Goa. At that time there were no halls like Kala Academy and Ravindra Bhavan, we used to have our shows in especially built makeshift pandals on
open grounds in places like Campal, Vasco, Margao,” says Antonette nostalgically. She further adds, “It was a different kind of drama scene at that time. We would get a crowd of 3,000 to 5,000 people coming in bus loads to watch us perform and it was a craze if tiatr lovers knew that C Alvares or Alfred Rose or any of the Bombay tiatrists are coming here. It used to give us a high to perform according to the people’s expectations and to be appreciated. The tiatrs were also different; though they had a social theme, there were different ideas with duets, trios, quartets. M Boyer gave me a real boost as most of his tiatrs, he would always write for me a ‘Cant’ which is a short verse sang in the beginning of a scene. So how much has tiatrs changed since then? “It has changed a lot. Now there are a lot of new directors and more tiatrists joining the field. In those days, a tiatrist would be a member of just one troupe but now people are moving from one troupe to another which is very stressful for the directors. Imagine, a singer has a very important song in the tiatr and he doesn’t come because he is performing in another tiatr; there is no reliability. Secondly, the directors had a lot of patience, if you make a mistake, they would come backstage and say ‘Baba/bai, you made this mistake, don’t do it again.’ There was no foul language at all and we even had prompters which made it easier. Now, the tiatrists have to learn their lines by heart and be accurate as there are no prompters.” Talking about the present tiatr scene in Goa, she says, “Tiatrs are coming up and are in demand. There are two tiatrs being played at the same time in Margao and both the halls will be filled with audience; this shows that people still love tiatrs. Many youngsters are making their way to the stage which shows that they are also involved in tiatrs. I have seen a few tiatrs while I was down in Goa and I have to say that everyone is good. I found some excellent female tiatrists like Bushka, Sonia Fernandes Antonette de Maina and Jessica. My advice would be that if you are given a role, see that it suits you or get into the character. They should have the talent to act as an actor or a comedian or sing. Joanna is excellent as a comedienne and seems very natural.” Antonette has acted in tiatrs written and directed by many noted directors and has even written and directed four tiatrs, namely Abgath, Tum Saiba Konn, Don Ghoram and Dil’lo Jurament. “I have even acted in a Hindi film Mohabbat Zindagi Hai by Jagdish Narulla and an English play The Legacy of Rage by Tony Patel. “I would love to direct more tiatrs but unfortunately, you can’t do it alone and most of the people are interested only in themselves. I still sing though and I recently sang a duet for a CD, it was recorded in Calangute.” Antonette has been presented with many awards like the Kala Academy Goa 1993, Akhil Bhartiya Sangit Sammelan Award 2002, Doha Qatar Award 2002 and today she will be felicitated by Kala Academy for her contribution to Konkani cinema and the Konkani stage. Kala Academy Goa in collaboration with Tiatr Academy of Goa is celebrating Tiatr Day on April 17, 2011 at the Kala Academy. Seven senior tiatr artistes including Antonette Mendes will be felicitated on the occasion for their lifetime contribution to tiatr in Goa and across the world.
A Fortunate Encounter with a Green Crawler
Shades of The Showman on Canvas
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A series of rather interesting events occurred when a caterpillar, a grass green hornworm to be more specific, attached itself to the book ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ by Lemony Snicket. Gliding back and forth on its hard back cover, the many-legged creature garnered a whole lot of attention in the recently shifted Herald office. Upon spotting it, shouts of ‘Oh my God, that is so cute’ were accompanied with flashes from cell phone cameras and caterpillar fact talk. The little thing surely managed to create quite a stir.
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Tying Loose Ends Positively
The recently concluded Popular Tiatr Festival brought to the fore many loose ends and loop holes in the nittygritty of the tiatr world. But it seems that the right issues have received the right attention and positive action will soon be taken
BY RON FIDELIS o ultimately, tiatr is a conscience trip. Everyone has a moral, a message. But every tiatr is a tiatr specifically due to certain elements. And thankfully, today, the tiatrist community, via the workings of the TAG, has figured out this four-point grid that separate a tiatr from a ‘natak’, or ‘khell tiatr’. “This should get tiatrs back in place just like it used to be, with all the requisite elements involved. It has to work,” opines a positive C D Silva, one of the oldest performing directors on the Konkani stage today at 75. However, a specific point observed otherwise and even mentioned by Tomazinho Cardozo, the President of Tiatr Academy, this time after the Popular Tiatr Festival revealed a slight lapse by some directors. “Many times, directors give just first names of their cast or sometimes only stage names even while submitting their cast list documents to the TAG.” This was one point noted by the president among others that will change by the next festival or rather, in future. In fact, even after being asked specifically, some directors do not even know the real names or surnames of some of their artistes. Then again, in a three-hour display of a story with characters, do the musicians and backstage production people who also definitely contribute to making this tiatr a success, not have any value that they are not mentioned in this cast list? Is it that only performing actors need to be glorified for their talent, especially, when there is a clear dearth of brass musicians and good singers in the tiatr scene? How can these people be encouraged to do their art when only the acting tiatrists get access to the press since only their names feature even in formal cast lists. By ignoring important contributing people like the technicians and even the lyricist without whom we cannot have a song in the first place, aren’t we supporting only lop-sided development of tiatr? Luckily for us, tiatrists are in a mode of accepting their mistakes and making things better and thus these and a few more loose ends will be tied up before the next Popular Tiatr Festival. Aspects like entry rules to this contest, certain specifications for ‘supporting’ and ‘debutant’ actor nominations that will possibly henceforth come from the respective directors in these categories in advance for better judging standards, and other small issues will be resolved to have a better festival. Having mentioned that, one just cannot discount the fact that tiatrs sure have helped shape Goan opinion with respect to two things – first, the derogatory use of the word ‘ghanti’ and a change from our nasty one-sided perception towards migrants and second, the awareness about our rising garbage issues to break us all out of procrastination. The rest is history.
BY NOMRATHA FERNANDES HERALD FEATURES embers of the Indian film fraternity and fans and lovers of veteran actor late Raj Kapoor will pay tribute to this great man at the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards to be held in the month of June in Canada and talented Goan artist, Seema Sardessai, through her artwork, will be joining them. A self-taught artist, she agrees she is a very lucky person indeed! Among many persons who will pay a whooping tribute to Raj Kapoor, the man at the helm of the Golden Age of Indian Cinema in India, Seema is excited. She will be doing this via fifteen exclusive paintings of the man himself. Each painting corresponds with the 15 films that will be screened at the tribute. Herald catches up with the very happy lady artist What was your initial reaction to this offer? This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Something like this is very rare, almost once in a lifetime. All I can say is I am a very lucky person to be chosen for this project. And it happened so informally, by word of mouth. The people from the organising body got in touch with me after they saw the work I sold to a few friends here and there. Tell us more about the art work. The 15 acrylic on canvas paintings will feature Raj Kapoor’s face, with the exact same emotion as displayed in each of the chosen 15 films. Besides the technicalities of it all, I have put in a little bit of my perception of him. How did you go about with the research behind the work? There were plenty of interactions with the many members of the Kapoor family. It is a sensitive issue; I had to get all the talking I could. In addition I visited the famous RK Studio and explored the memorabilia present there. Of course,
watching each of the 15 films that are to be screened at the tribute was a must. Besides all that, one can say art requires some amount of connect with its subject. Do y o u f e e l t h a t w i t h Ra j Kapoor? If so, could you elaborate? I would say there is a definite connect to the subject. In a day and time when women could not be open with their emotion, he managed to extract them – negative and positive – and put them on film. And while simultaneously bringing the Indian women’s emotion to the surface, he managed to give across a message. My artwork has a focus on women too. When I paint I try to bring out a woman’s feelings, those she would freely express and those she is either allowed not to or cannot. He uses film, I use a canvas, but the theme is very much similar. In this way I feel very close to Raj Kapoor. Also, we’re both Sagittarius’ and share the same birthdates (chuckles) In your opinion, why is Raj Kapoor special and still loved? Simply because he made meaningful cinema. No-one can ignore meaningful cinema. Each of his films, the ones he has directed and acted in have been hits. I find him special because of his thorough understand of feminine emotions and his bold portrayal of women. He was a man of substance, and this transferred to his films. What is your take on cinematic art? Cinematic art, in the blink of an eye resurfaces the emotions the viewer felt while watching the related film. It is beautiful how just one painting can do that. Lastly, what about your background with art? I have loved art since I came to know of its existence. All through my learning years, I dabbled with different art styles of art and received plenty of appreciation from friends, one of the reasons I’m here I guess (smiles).
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WHAT’S UP IN GOA?? Tiatr Day, organised by the Kala Academy will be held on April 17 at 5.30pm at the Kala Academy, Campal-Panjim. Call 2420456. ‘Bala Kalakaar’, an AIESEC India initiative will be held on April 17 at the BITS Pilani K K Birla Goa Campus. Triumph of Secularism, a book on the Opinion Poll in Goa by Rajan Narayan and Dr Sharon D’Cruz will be launched on April 18 at 5.30pm at the Goa Marriott Resort, Miramar-Panjim. COCO’JU, the Coconut and Cashew Fest ‘11, organised by Ancestral Goa, Big Foot, Lotoulim will be held from April 30 to May 2 from 9am to 5:30pm at Ancestral Goa, Big Foot, Lotoulim. Call 2777034. ‘Beyond Snake Wrangling’, a workshop to learn more about snakes, conducted by Herpactive will be held on April 23 and 24 at the Mhadei Research Center, Chorla Ghats, Mhadei. E-mail email@example.com. Call 09822586918. Special Summer Cooling Camp, organised by Wildtrek will be held on April 28 at Coorg, Madikeri, Kushalnagar and Dubare Elephant Island. Registration closes on April 20. Call 9822123458 or 8796418565. ‘The European Influence in Goa and the German contribution to the IndoPortuguese Trade in the 16th – 18th Centuries’, a presentation by Luis de Assis Correia will be held on April 29 at 5:30pm at Fundação Oriente, Fontainhas-Panjim. Call 2230728 or 2436108. The Italian Film Festival: A Tribute to Mario Monicelli, organised by the International Centre Goa and the Indo-Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is underway till April 17 from 6.30pm onwards at the ICG, Dona
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HOROSCOPE Paula. Call 2452805, 2452808, 2452809 or 2452810. A book club meet discussing Jeff in Venice and Death in Varanasi by Geoff Dyer will take place on April 20 at 8.15 at the Literati Book Store, Calangute. Call 2277740. ‘Role of Lok Yukta in Good Governance’, is the topic of the lecture to be delivered by Justice (Retd) N Santosh Hegde, former Justice Supreme Court on April 25 at 6 pm at the International Centre Goa. This is the first in a series of 12 lectures. It is organised by the International Centre Goa and V M Salgaocar and Brothers Ltd. Call 2452805, 2452808, 2452809 or 2452810. ‘The Art of Story Telling in Cinema’, a workshop on editing and post-production organised by the Entertainment Society of Goa on April 18 and 19 from 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm at Maquinez Palace, Entertainment Society of Goa, Panjim. E-mail email@example.com. Pundalik Naik Natya Mahotsav 2011 a 5day state level theatre festival and one-day theatre artists meet, organised by the Cricketer Shubham Naik TrustPundalik Naik Natya Mahotsav Committee will take place from April 12 to 17 at Shiroda, Sanguem, Canacona, Sattari and Mandrem-Pednem, the Committee’s centres in Goa. A theatre workshop for children between the age group 8 to 16 years, organised by the Bal Bhavan, Campal-Panjim is underway till April 26 from 2:30pm to 5:30pm. Registration closes on April 13. Call 2226823 or 2223001. ‘Indradhanush’, a 3-day cultural festival, organised by the Ganga-Zuari Academy will be held from April 22 to 24. There will be competitions in the areas of dance, singing, essay and drawing. Call 9822486204 or 9404434878.
Who says you have to be in charge of every day of your life? 21 Mar - 19 Apr Let go just for today. Sometimes your listening skills feel a bit rusty, but on a day like today, you should find that everything goes swimmingly. If you open up to that customer, child or authority figure, you get all you need.
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Someone in your life is ready and waiting to be the 23 Sept - 22 Oct resource you need right now. You may not be an art critic, but you know what you like - and today, your aesthetic senses are pumped to the max. It's a great time to discover new music or sources of inspiration.
Scorpio There are people in your life who should not be there -- listen 23 Oct - 22 Nov to your family. You are on better terms with your unconscious mind than most people, but on a day like today, you wish it didn't have such easy access. Weird feelings and ideas keep surfacing, and at least one of them is a winner.
Sagittarius It's the perfect
Capricorn If there is a big decision on your plate, take your emotions 22 Dec - 20 Jan o u t o f t h e equation. Elbow your way to the front of the line and make sure that you get what's coming to you. That might not come naturally to you, but it is absolutely vital you do so right now.
Aquarius Instead of trying to get what you want today, hold on to what 21 Jan - 19 Feb y o u a l r e a d y have! That social energy is all fired up, and you are craving something (or someone) new. Stretch your boundaries somewhat and find someone who really challenges the way you think about life.
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time to plan that big weekend event you've 23 Nov - 20 Dec been considering. Your social energy is still vibrant, and you should find that you can convince almost anyone to take your side -- you're practically hypnotic! Don't push too hard or you may find it hard to keep up tomorrow.
DID YOU KNOW? The sudsy reason behind soap operas
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A soap opera, sometimes called ‘soap’ for short, is an ongoing, episodic work of dramatic fiction presented in serial format on television or radio. The name soap opera stems from the original dramatic serials broadcast on radio that had soap manufacturers such as Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive and Lever Brothers as sponsors and producers. These early radio series were broadcast in weekday daytime slots when most listeners would be housewives; thus the shows were aimed at and consumed by a predominantly female audience. The term soap opera has at times been generally applied to any romantic serial, but it is also used to describe the more naturalistic, unglamorous UK primetime drama serials such as Coronation Street. A crucial element that defines soap opera is the open-ended nature of the narrative, with stories spanning several episodes. The defining feature that makes a program a soap opera, according to Albert Moran, is “that form of television that works with a continuous open narrative. Each episode ends with a promise that the storyline is to be continued in another episode”.
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SUDOKU SOL 835
HERALD CROSSWORD - 836 Across 1- Mil. school; 5- Messed up; 10Remove water from a boat; 14Go (over) carefully; 15- Small egg; 16- "Dancing Queen" group; 17Swedish auto; 18- Plant anew; 19- Cat's nail; 20- Famous last words; 21- Inhabitant of Kansas; 23- Big Apple sch.; 25- 100 square meters; 26- Prosaic; 31Hauls; 35- Harem room; 36- Leers at; 38- Get hitched quick; 40Monarch; 42- Conger catcher; 44Editor's mark; 45- Adlai's running mate; 47- Lucid; 49- Fall mo.; 50Shades; 52- Ceylon, now; 54Loss leader?; 56- Acid; 57- Onlooker; 62- Purim month; 66- It's got you covered; 67- Trunk; 68Strong wind; 69- Peeling potatoes, perhaps; 70- Accumulation of fluids; 71"___ quam videri" (North Carolina's motto); 72Checked out; 73- Stitched; 74- Not barefoot; Down 1- Church recess; 2- Cover; 3- I smell ___!; 4Expose as being false; 5- Deprive by a judgment; 6- Eye layer; 7- Actively engaged; 8- Hawaiian greeting; 9- Recompense for hardship; 10- Returned; 11- Competent; 12- Support beam; 13Legal science; 22- Used to be; 24- Center Ming; 26- Came to; 27- Writer of lyric poetry; 28- Cost; 29- Actor Baldwin; 30- Shouts; 32- Capp and Capone; 33- Boarded; 34- Little mark; 37- Clairvoyant; 39- Bluesy James; 41- ___-X; 43- Locomotive track; 46- Chair; 48- "Treasure Island" monogram; 51- Declares; 53- Saws; 55- Battery terminal; 57- Emaciated; 58- Symbol of slavery; 59- Dirty Harry's org.; 60- Approached; 61-
Salinger girl; 63- Morse element; 64- "______ sprach Zarathustra"; 65- Hollow grass; 66- Fish eggs;
SOLUTION - 835
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Sunday, 17 Apr 2011
Sea of Stars to perform on Tiatr Day HERALD FEATURES he Tiatr Day celebrations which are being jointly organised by Kala Academy Goa and Tiatr Academy of Goa (TAG) on April 17, 2011, 4 pm onwards at the Kala Academy, Panjim will also include an entertaining programme of Konkani songs directed by Soccoro de Santa Cruz. The programme will also feature Sonia Fernandes, Aniceto, Dolla, Sibal and Velbert. The celebrations will begin with a get-together of tiatr artistes as well as tiatr lovers. A programme of Konkani music played by a brass band will entertain the tiatr lovers. The formal function which will commence at 5:30pm at the DMK Auditorium, Kala Academy will precede the programme by Soccoro de Santa Cruz. The programme is open to public. TAG and Kala Academy Goa have requested all the tiatr artistes and tiatr lovers to participate in the it in large numbers.
Sucorro de Santa Cruz
Book on 1967 Opinion Poll of Goa to be released Dr Jack De Sequeira, the Father of the Opinion Poll
HERALD FEATURES umari Selja, Union Minister of Culture, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, will release the book ‘Triumph of Secularism’ which is based on the historic Opinion Poll of Goa of 1967 at Goa Marriott Resort on Monday, April 18, 2011 in the presence of Chief Minister Digambar Kamat. The book is brought out by Dattaraj V Salgaocar, Chairman of Goa Publications Pvt Ltd, Publisher of Sunaparanta and Goa Today, in memory of his father, the late V M Salgaocar, who openly fought for the battle of preservation of Goa’s unique identity against the pro-merger forces. Goa Publications had earlier published the book ‘GOA:APARANTA – Land Beyond the End’. This book is written by Rajan Narayan, a veteran journalist and Dr Sharon D’Cruz, a Professor of History, on the basis of meticulous and exhaustive research, and edited by Victor Rangel-Ribeiro. The book captures in lucid style the determined fight put up by Goans to resist the merger with Maharashtra. It shows in no uncertain terms that the final victory of the people of Goa was possible because of united efforts of the majority and minority communities in spite of the communal divide that was attempted. It also highlights the commitment of the NehruGandhi family to the preservation of Goa’s unique identity. As author Rajan Narayan writes in the Introduction, “Our hope is that….. our book will fill an important gap in the socio-economic and political history of one of the most important events, not only in the history of Goa, but of the country as a whole.”
Contribution to Konknni Literature recognised at Dalgado Puraskar 2010 HERALD FEATURES he Dalgado Konknni Akademi organised the Dalgado Puraskar 2010 wherein they awarded people from four different fields for their contribution to Roman script Konknni. The event was held at the Ravindra Bhavan, Margao on April 15, 2011. The four awards that were given away were for the achievements in the field of Konknni literature, Culture, Journalism and Youth Awards. Besides this, awards of Konknni (Romi script) Novel Writing competition were also presented. The literature award went to Fr Manuel Gomes, the cultural award was given to Roseferns, while Vincy Quadros bagged the journalism award and Romano Rodrigues Churchill Alemao bagged the youth award. and Romano Rod rigues The awards were given away at the hands of the Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Churchill Alemao, in the presence of senior tiatrist, John Claro Fernandes and Premanand A Lotlikar, President of Dalgado Konknni Akademi.
Churchill Alemao and Vincy Quadros
Fr Manuel Gomes
Churchill Alemao and Roseferns Alexender Azavedo
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Creating Avenues for Everlasting Love T
Indo-Italian Film Festival pays tribute to Legendary Italian Director HERALD FEATURES he Indo-Italian Film Festival was inaugurated on April 15, 2011 at the International Centre Goa at the hands of Pallavi Dempo. It is organised by the Indo-Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in collaboration with The International Centre Goa, the Italian Honorary Consulate, Goa and the Italian Cultural Institute, New Delhi. The 3-day festival which will screen one film a day is a tribute to Mario Monicelli, legendary director of Italian comedy films. The Festival opened with the screening of ‘La Grande Guerra’ (The Great War), a 1959 film that ironically accounts the life of two Italian men who neither patriotic nor brave, get drafted into the Italian Army during the World War I and have adventures of a droll and serious nature until their lives come to an ironic end. The film won the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival in 1959. Each film was introduced before its screening. April 16 saw the screening of ‘L'Armata Brancaleone’ (Love of Gold) and Sunday, April 17 will see the screening of ‘Un Borghese Piccolo Piccolo’ (An Average Man).
Pallavi Dempo lighting the traditional lamp
he theme of love has an everlasting resonance. Music speaks the language of love more emphatically than any other thing could. We have had many a song that has remained an everlasting love song. In the modern age, we still have many contemporary love songs sung with equal passion and gusto as the times of yore. Everlasting Modern Love Songs showcases these very songs that give a modern tinge to the definition of love songs. The date with these everlasting love hits begins with To Make You Feel My Love by Adele. This song could be categorised as a ballad with the renditions of love prominent and entwined in the melody. Katy Perry sings Thinking of You with a passion that matches the lyrics. Lovelier than You by B.O.B brings in another aspect of music with a rap sequence that speaks volumes of love. Elton John chips in with Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word in his indomitable and unmistakable voice. Norah Jones in her own unique rendition of love brings in the element of longing with Thinking of You. Born to make you Happy is the message Britney Spears goes all out to give in her melody. Jessica Simpson speaks about the closeness with With You. Love can have its surprise elements as Lonestar tell us with the hit song Amazed. The album has an assortment of everlasting love hits with Fiona Apple’s The First Taste, Death Cab for Cutie’s I Will follow you into the Dark, Prime Circle’s She always gets what she wants, Sara Bareilles’ Love Song,
Jason Derulo’s Whatcha Say and Eliza Doolittle’s Missing. There also are tracks by Il Divo, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Toni Braxton, Jamie Cullum and Estelle. The songs that personify various elements of love are indeed everlasting. They would suit any occasion at any time and any place at any point of time. This is truly a treasure-trove of love music that can enhance the romance and trigger in the right feelings in the atmosphere of love.
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Ashton Kutcher’s Love Notes to Demi Moore
No Body Double for Mimoh
is first film may have not done well at the boxoffice, but actor Mahakshay Chakraborty aka Mimoh seems to be putting in an extra effort to make his new 3-D film Haunted stand out. The film’s action director, Abbas Ali Moghul, was apprehensive about him performing the stunts and advised him to use a body double, but Mimoh, son of veteran actor Mithun Chakraborty, refused. “I have had an absolutely fantastic time shooting for this particular action sequence. Though I got few swellings, the entire chandelier shot, the entire effect came out beautifully,” said the young actor. “In a particular sequence, a chandelier falls on Mimoh and he had to roll on the ground before the chandelier bursts beside him. We were little worried, but Mimoh decided to do it all by himself. Though everyone on the set suggested we use a body double, Mimoh was very excited about doing it himself,” Abbas said. The film is directed by Vikram Bhatt and also stars newcomer Tia Bajpai. Some might know Tia as Twinkle Baj p a i , a s i n g i n g re a l i t y s h o w contestant and television actor.
ollywood actress Karishma Kapoor opened a furniture showroom in a posh downtown area of the national capital, saying this had the potential of becoming a world class chain in quality and design. She was at a function flanked by film world colleague Chunkey Pandey. Karishma Kapoor praised the designs of the furniture and said Bangladesh was very good at making world class furniture. Film actors from Mumbai have been frequenting Bangladesh for various causes. While Chunkey has made quite a name for himself in the Bangladeshi films over the years, Shah Rukh Khan led a team of entertainers some weeks ago to promote Sundarbans, the home of the Royal Bengal Tiger, as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Karishma’s sister Kareena Kapoor was also there with actor Saif Ali Khan to promote an Indian telecom major that has gained a share of Bangladesh’s growing market.
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Karishma Kapoor promotes Furniture in Bangladesh
Stress triggers Zeta-Jones’s Bipolar Disorder
ecent announcement by Catherine Zeta-Jones that she suffered bipolar II disorder after coming under stress have got many people wondering if stress could cause the disorder. Scientists explain that stress in itself cannot cause bipolar II disorder but it could trigger it in genetically vulnerable people. An assistant director of the Mood Disorders Programme at Rhode Island Hospital and a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at Brown University, Dr David Solomon explained that people who have the illness are in a way vulnerable genetically. He said stress can trigger the condition. Zeta-Jones has been struggling with her husband’s throat cancer treatment. Michael Douglas was diagnosed with throat cancer last year and he successfully underwent chemotherapy. ZetaJones explained that the stress associated with the treatment caused her to suffer a bipolar disorder. She has subsequently seen her doctor for help. The news of Zeta-Jones’ stress-triggered bipolar disorder was broken by her publicist during an interview with a NBC show.
ctor Ashton Kutcher leaves wife Demi Moore romantic notes around the house to prove how much he loves her. The 33-year-old actor married the Ghost actress in 2005 after two years of dating and he thinks it’s important to let his spouse know how much he loves her. The pair even refuses to throw away the messages of encouragement and praise. “The type of romantic is, you go to our house, I have notes placed in various locations, all with messages of encouragement or love or just thought. Some have been there, I don’t know, seven years,” said Moore. Ashton added saying these notes are much cheaper than diamonds.
Vegetarians at Significantly Lower Heart Disease, Diabetes Risk
new research from Loma Linda University has suggested that vegetarians experience a 36 per cent lower prevalence of metabolic syndrome than non-vegetarians. Metabolic syndrome is a precursor to heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. And the findings indicated that vegetarians might be at lower risk of developing these conditions. The study found that while 25 per cent of vegetarians had metabolic syndrome, the number significantly rises to 37 per cent for semi-vegetarians and 39 per cent for nonvegetarians. The results hold up when adjusted for factors such as age, gender, race, physical activity, calories consumed, smoking, and alcohol intake. “I was not sure if there would be a significant difference between vegetarians and non-vegetarians, and I was surprised by just how much the numbers contrast,” said lead researcher Nico S Rizzo. “It indicates that lifestyle factors such as diet can be important in the prevention of metabolic syndrome,” added S Rizzo.
A Smart Camera that tracks Individuals at any Angle
smart camera that can track people as they move in and out of frame has been developed. Zdenek Kalal at the University of Surrey in Guildford, UK, developed the Predator camera, which constantly collects details of the person or object it is filming, allowing it to build up a model of the target. When the system ‘sees’ a person or object for the first time, it creates a model of it, which it records in its memory, and then as it continues filming, it adds fresh details of the object from slightly different angles, building up a three-dimensional representation. Doing so allows it to recognise the object again even if it leaves the shot and then reappears at a different angle. Kalal said as well as allowing police and security forces to track individuals through CCTV footage, the system could also help disabled people to control computing devices through facial expressions or gestures. Since the system learns as it goes, it would not need to be laboriously trained to work with
one individual or gesture, but could adapt to each person’s preferred method of control. The system operates with just a simple webcam, and so could also be used for low-cost motion capture. Unlike Microsoft’s motion-tracking system Kinect, which is only able to follow body parts at a certain distance from its camera, the Predator can track any object within its shot. The system could also be used in collision-avoidance systems for cars, to track other moving objects or vehicles.
Men have lost the Art of Wooing
omance is on the way to its deathbed as men have forgotten the art of wooing the female of the species, says a British study. Most women in Britain have not received a surprise gift from their partner for more than a year. And one woman in five has given up waiting for flowers, and buys her own. A survey of 1,176 adults in relationships by Sheilas’ Wheels insurance company found that chivalry was fading fastest among young men. One in 10 men under 25 years of age had passed off an unwanted gift as a present for their partner. More than half of young women either paid or split the bill on a first date. And only three per cent women forgot an anniversary compared to 10 per cent of men. Jacky Brown, of Sheilas’ Wheels, said: “Gifts are an important way of keeping love alive and should be about the thought, not the price.”
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Sunday, 17 April 2011
WEEKEND r u o d n e l p S
Goa’s First & Only GIP ‘Feni’ Festival
Divinity of the Cow
Tomes on the Shelf
Is Society giving the Mentally Ill a Chance?
BY CHRISTINA VIEGAS HERALD FEATURES he very phrase, “mentally ill” makes people smirk and chuckle. After all, human beings are the only living species that can be at their cruelest worst or best, however you look at it. And we human beings are the most, probably only, egoistic creatures on earth. It is always the case of “it won’t happen to me.” It is most unfortunate that our society provides little scope to cushion a person from the effects of mental illness. Anyone who has a psychiatric problem is ostracised, jeered at and taunted. There is dire need to demystify mental illness among people. Till date, mental illness is perceived as demonic possession by majority of us in Goa and all across the country. People persist in treating mental illness with a host of advice from swindlers and quacks. They initially make the rounds of temples/churches/mosques and priests for months before finally giving up when the ailment is too far advanced to be treated fast. Medical practitioners point out that people need to understand that mental instability is an illness caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. It can strike at any time though the onset of most is usually at adolescence. It is not specific to any age group. As such, mental illness is caused by an inability of the mind to handle stress. So the environment around the patient is a major factor that triggers abnormal behavior. According to our psychiatrists, “The prime causes of mental illness in Goa are alcoholism, drug abuse and domestic violence. The general public is not aware that alcohol and drugs induce hallucinations that many times result in insanity. Most addictions are caused by low self-esteem or disturbed personal life. In women, mental instability is caused by a disturbed marital life. For example, most of the niggling aches and pains that a women who is otherwise healthy experiences, is due to an underlying depression for which she needs to be treated.” Again, the very mention of a psychiatrist becomes taboo for majority of people. The question is: Why don’t people understand that an illness of the mind warrants a psychiatrist akin to an illness of the heart which warrants a cardiologist or an illness of our bones which warrants an orthropaedic? You just need the help of a psychiatrist to get back to your old self or often to a more capable person who can handle problems better. We have a handful of highly competitive psychiatrists in Goa who lament, “It is unfortunate that there is this stigma attached to the mentally ill. Everyone has drawbacks in life. So, why ostracise only these people? A person with a mental illness can function as any other normal person. What she/he needs is utmost support from the partner and family. And people need to understand that any and every mental illness, however severe, is treatable.” They get more specific, “It is treatable but not always curable. Similar to diabetes! Aren’t diabetics living qualitative lives when they are on treatment? It is the same with any mental illness. But, what is very important is administering the right medication. With treatment, people can get back to being as good as before or very often better than before. When you recognise symptoms of mental illness in a family member, it is imperative to get the person checked by your GP who will refer the person to a psychiatrist. More so because people with mental illness, deteriorate without their knowledge. And treatment has to be administered religiously.” On the treatment front, it is amazing to learn of the incredible advances that have been made. Getting an insight into what causes the various mental health disorders
In Goa, there is many a home with a mentally challenged person who is hidden away from outsiders and often even bound in chains, as mental illness is looked at with disdain and dread by society. The illness can strike anytime in life but psychiatrists vouch that any and every mental illness, however severe, is treatable. But is our society giving the mentally ill a chance? helps doctors tailor treatment to those disorders. Thus, many mental health disorders can now be treated nearly as successfully as physical disorders. Treatments include pharmacological treatments, psychotherapy, and electroconvulsive therapy. Pharmacological treatment or drug therapy comprises of the various drugs administered. According to psychiatrists, these days there are wonderful drugs available eliciting marvellous results. Psychotherapy is when the patient is advised to go for the various talk sessions with the psychiatrist. This talk therapy works on the assumption that the cure for a person’s suffering lies within that person and that this cure can be facilitated through a trusting, supportive relationship with a psychotherapist. The emotional awareness and insight that the person gains through psychotherapy often result in a change in attitude and behaviour. This allows the person to live a fuller and more satisfying life. Electroconvulsive therapy is the shock treatment given to patients. According to psychiatrists, there is a huge stigma attached to shock treatment. And thanks to the histrionics in our Hindi movies, the myth continues to intensify. People think this is some kind of painful and barbaric treatment. Instead, this treatment is given under anaesthesia and just for a few brief seconds. The current used is like that of the current used in a torch, that is, the direct circuit and not the alternating circuit as in our electrical appliances. According to the doctors, electroconvulsive therapy is the most effective form of treatment for mental illness. The benefits are remarkable and the response is quick and immediate. Surprisingly, this treatment has the least side effects as compared to other forms of treatment. At a worse scenario, the patient will be slightly confused immediately after the treatment and that too just for a very brief period. But what is of utmost importance is for society to get more sensitised towards the mentally ill. There is nothing to be ashamed of or no reason to jeer at. It is just another illness that needs treatment by the doctor. Besides, what is vital is that in being sensitive towards the mentally ill, many a suicide that can be prevented.
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Reflections on Tiatr Day
On the Tiatr
BY TOMAZINHO CARDOZO
oday, April 17, is celebrated as Tiatr Day as it was on April 17, 1892 that the first tiatr Italian Bhurgo was staged in Mumbai, then Bombay. Tiatr completes 119 years of its existence today. On this occasion it is very important to reflect on the history of tiatr. History is the foundation of every activity including the tiatr and hence its present and future do depend on its past. Brief History It is astonishing to know that Goan tiatr took birth in neighbouring Bombay, way back in 1892. A young man called Lucazinho Ribeiro, hailing from Assagao, in Bardez, Taluka, is the innovator of tiatr. He, along with Joao Agostinho Fernandes and others staged the first tiatr performance on April 17, 1892. The name of the tiatr was Italian Bhurgo, an adaptation of an Italian Opera. However, it was Joao Agostinho Fernandes who wrote original scripts for tiatrs, produced and directed them with professionalism and took the tiatr stage to a high standard. In the beginning of the 20th century, he even published tiatrs in book form and recorded his songs (kantaram) on HMV records in order to preserve them for posterity. He was rightly called Pai Tiatrist meaning Father of Tiatr. Documentation There is no existing documentation giving a clear picture of the staging of the first tiatr in 1892. It is only in 1943, on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of Tiatr, that Joao Agostinho Fernandes himself wrote a letter in Konkani, which was published in the issue of Ave Maria dated November 28, 1943. I am reproducing some excerpts of the letter for the information of the readers. The writing in Konkani then had a huge influence of Portuguese language and hence this letter too depicts the same. This letter was the only authentic documentation because it was written by none other than the father of tiatr – Joao Agostinho Fernandes. The Letter “Hi khobor azunuim konn nokllo hea pasot maca khoxi hem tumcam collit corunk aum morchea adim thoddeach utramnim.Thodde matare mhojea tempa vele zanno zatele ki Konkani Theatr zaunche adim Bomboi zatale mhunn zagor ani hea zagrank lagon Goenkarank porko lok anstalo. Dusre Theatr ditale amche Goenkar punn tevui Inglez ani Purtugez bhaxen…… Italian Opera Componi ditali aple Opera Bomboi ani teach tempar somplolo Sr.Lucasinho Ribeiro paulo Bomboi.Taca tanche
Opera bore mandlet ani chintlem tannem chakri meuta zalear pollounc tanche pordhe samballunc ani conn eclea Goencarac fuddem galun taca meuli sirvis pordhe pollounc thoddea pagan. He Componeche borobor to bhonvlo Poona, Madras, Simla ani Calcutta uprant ti Componi Burma vechea adim tannem chacri soddli ani ailo Bomboi motint dorun tancho ek daktulo opera. Bomboi tannem ixttagot keli somplolea Caitaninho Fernandesachi (Taleigaocho) ani he dogui vavrunc laglet burgue sodhunk parti diuncheac.. Sr.Caitaninho, zo vortoulo empregad Bombay Gazette, to ek dis auchit meulo maca ani sangli khobor Thetrachi ani tache borobor eka aitaradis aum gelom Sr.Ribeirac mellunc Picket Road…. 9 zann burgue zai asle to Opera galunk stagir ani zonn eklean don tin parti geun essai marunc laglet sodam sanjechi..... deklea uprant amchi toiari Sr.Ribeiran bunhead marli Konkani Theatrachi 5 actoranc sangatac …… Ani teach vorsa Abrilant dacoilo tacho poilo Konkani Theatr Italian Burgo, New Alfred Theatre, jem ghor aslem, atam Pulis Commissionarachem Head Office asa thoinsor…… Kuddnattcai bhitor sorli ani dusreache budhin Sr.Ribeiran amcam sanddun anic Componi caddli Ribeiro ani D’Cruz Opera Co… … …..Poili manadik suat favo dubav na somplolea Sr.Lucasinho Ribeirac. Aum moji tokli bagaitam Sr.Ribeirachea fondar zo vortouta mojo mistir hea tiatrachea caman ani tacho marog aum azunuim choltam moriadic ani xikovnneche theatr dacoun mhojea ganv bhavank.” Conclusion In this letter, Joao Agostinho Fernandes describes how Lucazinho Ribeiro got a job in an Italian Opera Company and how he struggled to stage the first tiatr. Fernandes also informs us through this letter how jealousy crept in and how different dramatic troupes were formed, thereby creating disunity among tiatr artistes in those years. Joao Agostinho Fernandes, whom people lovingly called Father of Tiatr, displays his greatness by recognising the efforts of Lucazinho Ribeiro. He says ‘undoubtedly the credit goes to late Mr Lucazinho Ribeiro on the tiatr stage. I bow my head to Mr Ribeiro, who was my guide and teacher and because of his guidance I still continue to present tiatrs of good values to the tiatr lovers.’ (Email your feedback to: firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Sunday, 17 April 2011
GOA’S FIRST AND ONLY GIP
BEAUTY & brains
A Feni-licious Fill of Goan Spirit
The Kind of Festival ‘Feni’ needs BY CHRISTINA VIEGAS HERALD FEATURES y the end of this month, we will be having a ‘Feni’ festival organised by Mahendra Alvares from Big Foot, Loutolim. Credits to the gentleman for taking the initiative in hosting this festival whereby the ‘Feni’ culture will be highlighted by way of a distillation unit with live demonstration of distilling the liquor at the venue alongside some excellent photography of important moments of picking the cashew apples, de-seeding, crushing of the apples and so on. He also promises to have ‘Feni’ tasting through shots of ‘urrak’, coconut ‘feni’, Cashew ‘Feni’, cocktails made from the liquor and maybe even a chance to taste the fresh ‘nero’. Besides, he will be showcasing the medicinal properties of the drink. Now all this sounds interestingly traditional and gets us perked up for a visit. But in no uncertain terms, it is clearly evident that this is purely a commercial venture for the gentleman. And we wish him all the best in his job which he does with a lot of passion. But what Goa’s ‘Feni’ needs is the government’s involvement for a ‘Feni’ festival on the lines of the Grape Escapade wine festival. Just showcasing some ‘Feni’ cocktails and flavoured ‘Feni’ will not do. Bodies like the Goa Industries Department and Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industries should get involved. Only then will aspects like educating ‘bhaticars’ on the Geographical Status of the drink be looked into. Only then will we have, not just big players participating as in Mr Alvares festival, but comprehensive participation of ‘bhaticars’ from the far-flung areas. It has to be a huge people’s event and not just a commercial event that caters to individual interests. Somehow, it is highly unfortunate that time and again people keep making reference to the GI status of ‘Feni’ but only for their own individual
BY DR NANDKUMAR M KAMAT
Chronicles of Ethnoluminescent Art foretold
gains. Instead, GI status is about improving the lives of each and every distiller first. It is about the uplifting of an entire industry that is rife with hardships and struggling to survive right now. When are we ever going to get to the grassroots in studying ‘Feni’ from all angles in order to improvise and make it a standardised quality product? A product that the residents of the state won’t be ashamed of to offer as a drink to their friends and guests! A product that will grace global shelves, standing shoulder to shoulder with other alcohols of the world! A product that will not be tainted as a blend with spurious alcohol! And yet, ironically when we get a senior scientist of eminence like Dr Nandkumar Kamat putting forth a proposal for funding for detailed research of ‘Feni’ and Wine Biotechnology, the Department of Science, Technology and Environment rejects the proposal. If the gentleman wanted he could have made the proposal to the Central Government but then that would mean that the reports would be circulated to all states, meaning the secrets of this centuries-old tradition would have to be divulged to other states. And it is honourable of our great scientist to be sensitive of this issue even if it means a constant struggle with our Goa Government. Even when the stakeholders come forward with their individual initiatives of a Pilot Project, they only face a dead end as our bureaucrats keep them on perpetual waiting for the next step forward. Alas! Like most say, “Perhaps, because this is not an election issue to garner in votes!” But ‘Feni’ stakeholders should never give up. They have to unite and take ‘Feni’ forward despite the many hurdles.
t is sea change from the days of illuminated manuscripts to depiction of luminescence from ethnic night life. I define this new school in Goan art as “ethnoluminescent/ethnophotonic art” (copyrights reserved for this term by the author) or two dimensional art based on the culturally integral use of three dimensional traditional natural or artificial sources of illumination used by the Goan folks. Remove the radiant shades, the glow, the strokes of white, the play of radiant photons, this art would lose its soul. The cultural photonics defines this school. It is not improvisation of classical impressionism which had popularised use of light in Europe. It is rather uninhibited cultural expressionism. Photographer Sondra Kicklighter would have been very pleased with her style. Sondra turned from elementary school teaching to the wonderful world of photography. She has some of the most breathtaking portfolios of pictures on this planet. Many of her photographs are perfect frames of light and shadow. Bernadette left a well paid job in a government college to pursue her own interests. With every exhibition she is trying to find her own voice, style and direction. She has captured the essence of Goan folk culture – the peculiar nightlife which can never be transmitted or understood in a foreign language medium. How rich is Goan folklore? Let us take a quick census - for merely a million Konkani speakers we have 50 diverse folk forms, more than 500 folktales, more than 3,000 folk songs, 5,000 Konkani proverbs (as a Konkani speaker I use about 200), 50,000 folk designs, weaves, patterns, symbols - this is based on what is documented. The undocumented world is still fathomless. As a sociologist, Bernadette peeped inside the collective folk consciousness of Goa. She found several gems. Her paintings show what she could have painted on the canvas of her mind while doing the field work and absorbing the images. She came out of the closet in which she had kept herself and her artistic impulse locked up for a long time. She is the enigmatic personality of Dr Bernadette Maria Gomes. Goa gets a new painter, perhaps the first and the only one with a doctorate in sociology, that too under one of the best mind we ever had at Goa university - the Jesuit intellectual and scholar, Professor William de Silva.
Versatality of ‘Feni’ demonstrated by Kazkar Feni
Feni Kooler 1and1/4 parts Cashew Feni 0.75 part Cointreau 2 parts Sweet & Sour Mix 1 part Orange Juice 1 part Cranberry Juice Method: Shake without ice and pour over ice. Garnish: Orange/lemon wedge Glass: Mixer
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She had her first painting exhibition in October 2009 and the recent one, inappropriately captioned as ‘Zagrannam’ which I visited recently at Kala Akademy. What typifies her paintings is the composition and balance and juxtaposition of light and shadow. Her inspiration has influenced her ethnic typology and artistic stylistics. As an activist, field worker, writer, teacher, sociologist and researcher, she travelled all over Goa. The exhibition was a cultural ejaculate of the condensed rustic perspective. Since she is not as
resourceful as sponsors of expensive exhibitions like Aparanta (the exhibition catalogue itself had cost a few lakhs rupees) she organised the whole show without any curator and catalogue or a simple brochure. When I pointed out to her that the abstracts of the paintings were pasted below the eye level, she readily admitted that she couldn’t do it professionally. I hate artists who act as self appointed guides of their works. They should just produce and leave their end products for people to judge. There is more hype and self marketing, image building and social positioning in the name of the art than anything we may recognise as THE art. Under such an environment Bernadette’s modest work stands out surrealistically. Why invoke surrealism in her case? A collective impression from her paintings creates a sense of wonder, cultural shock and awe. Have a careful look at her ‘dipkavani’ painting. It is pure ethnoluminescent surrealism. The moment of piercing the fish is frozen as a spatiotemporal relativistic world-line. She juxtapositions elements of light and shadows, static and dynamic, individuals and mobs, rituals and shamanism, eros and pathos, cosmos and chaos, aesthetic and inaesthetic, symmetry and assymetry. There is a passion in these paintings to integrate sociological research which brings three elements together, critical to birth of a new genre in art history - originality, novelty, creativity. Let us give her a grand applause for gifting us a brand new school of Goan art. (Email your feedback to: firstname.lastname@example.org)
BY MIGUEL BRAGANZA
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he Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) Goa Research Centre, Old Goa, has been a pillar of the KONKAN FRUIT FEST since inception. From the very beginning, the then ICAR-Goa Director, Dr V S Korikantimath, had considered it to be a ‘home event’ for ICAR. The present Director of ICAR-Goa, Dr N P Singh, sees it no differently. In fact, he wants to upscale the participation just as the Botanical Society of Goa or BSG is set to upscale the event and conduct a day-long convention at the International Centre-Goa to be held in tandem. The ICAR scientists, KVK officers and support staff will be there at the festival from April 29 to May 1, 2011, with various fruits and organic cultivation technologies. In the run-up to the Konkan Fruit Fest 2011, the ICAR and the Directorate of Agriculture had a workshop on rice-based farming at the Nature Farm managed by Fr Inacio Almeida SFX at Bhirondem-Sattari on April 11, 2011. Fr Almeida has carved a niche for himself in the heart of anyone in Goa who wants to be organic and has been a pillar of support to all three, the BSG, Directorate of Agriculture and ICAR, specially when he was managing the Pilar Nature Farm in Tiswadi. If Effective Microorganisms or EM has become a household term, it is thanks to Fr Almeida. In Bhironda, he has revitalised the traditional organic ‘urrak’ and ‘feni’ processing systems. Like Shri Ram during the ‘van-vas’, distance has not dampened his indomitable spirit. Today, April 17, Green Essentials and BSG are conducting the now popular hands-on training workshop module on organic home gardening at Valmiki Faleiro’s compound near Holy Spirit Church, Margao. It takes considerable effort to keep the number of participants down to a manageable 25 persons each time. Organic home gardening is the thing to do to eat healthy home-grown vegetables, herbs and spices to live a healthier life in an increasingly cancerfilled Goa. On Wednesday, April 20, the ICAR is having a day-long workshop on cultivation of Black Pepper and other spices with a special focus on prevention of wilt diseases that can no longer be controlled by active copper sprays and drenches. Scientists from the India Institute of Spices (formerly the National Research Centre for Spices) at Kozhikode or Calicut in Kerala have come to conduct this training. The ICAR-
Research complex is located hardly a kilometer away from the Bom Jesus basilica on the new bypass road, almost next door to the GTDC’s “Old Goa Residency.” Lunch will be provided and the training is for free. Just look up the phone numbers of ICAR in the blue pages. It is a Central Government funded institute. Use the occasion to visit their local brinjal plots and also appreciate the effort of the new Director of ICAR to preserve Goa’s rice varieties. The names of some varieties, like the flood tolerant ‘Damgo’ and ‘Kolio’, may be unfamiliar to many persons even in Goa. The KONKAN FRUIT FEST is organised to showcase the rich variety of fruits and fruit products in Goa and the rest of the Konkan. They are a part of our culture as is our language, Konkani. This fest has been held in Panaji city five times on the traditional "first weekend of May." It is now time to complete the half dozen. The Botanical Society of Goa facilitates the coming together of State and Central Government agencies, non-government organisations (NGOs), enterprising fruit growers, traders and processors, entrepreneurs and the common citizens to work in tandem and promote the cultivation, processing and marketing of fruit crops along with the technologies to do so scientifically and profitably. This year, the added attraction is know-how to do all this organically, without poisonous insecticides and artificial ripening agents. The KONKAN FRUIT FEST has gone beyond just mangoes, to the lesser known fruits like the Central American Zapota that we call ‘chikoo’, the Brazilian Cashew that we call ‘Caju’, the Peruvian Guava that we rightly call Peru, the Indonesian Java Plum or ‘jamun’ and India's very own Garcinia or ‘Bhirand/Kokum’. Citrus fruits like Pumelo and Sweet limes that remind one of Spain and Japan as well as exotic mangosteens and ‘rambutans’, jacks and ‘lakoocha’ will also been on display. Students of Carmel HSS, Nuvem, will be there to explain about the fruits and also help test your soil samples on-the-spot for soil organic carbon (SOC) content and pH. This will be done for free, as a BSG-Green Essentials service to the promotion of organic farming in Goa. The Corporation of the City of Panaji has continued as the Festival Partner since the inception of the KONKAN FRUIT FEST. The Directorate of Agriculture-Goa and its extensive farmer contact through the Zonal Agriculture Offices helps boost the competition segment, which is the mainstay of the fest. The Department of Science, Technology & Environment and the Forest Department have supported the event as have NGOs like PMCA and others. GOACAN will be a part of the event this year. All organisations work in tandem. It is a TEAM effort with a TEAM spirit: Together Everyone Achieves More!! (Email your feedback to: email@example.com)
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Sunday, 17 April 2011
The Divinity of the Cow
W E E K LY
rishna’s relationship with cows is the ultimate relationship between man and animal. They are not his “pets.” They are not to be used and discarded. He does not love them because they are beautiful, pedigreed, give milk. He does not even attribute human characteristics to them while loving them: that they are gentle, wise, loving, generous, patient, noble and sinless. He loves them because they are him and Radha and his 16,000 wives and ‘gopis’ in another form. He is non judgmental with his love. The ultimate lover sees neither the qualities of his beloved nor even her species, shape or personality. He loves because that is his nature. I do not love dogs and cats and horses and ants and eagles and mango trees. I love because all of them are me and it is the ultimate self-love to see myself in every blade of grass and therefore to be respectful of it. How many times has a human been reborn? How many lives have I spent as a donkey or a mouse or a cockroach or a sunflower? My soul is the same, how many different bodies has it occupied? Therefore, how can I love just my current species – and that too, only a few people in it – when I have been all species. But why the bond between Krishna and the cows? It is not by accident that he has been made a cowherd in the epics. Or that he spent his formative years in Gokula (meaning herd of cows); the area on the banks of the Jamuna now in Mathura. The Srimad Bhagavatam says that Krishna knew the name of each cow of Vrindavana. If any cow was missing Krishna would immediately call her by name. The cows were divided into herds by color - black, white, red, or yellow. In each colour there were 25 further divisions. There were also eight herds of cows that were spotted or speckled or had heads shaped like a ‘mridanga’ or that had ‘tilak’ marks on their foreheads. Each of the 108 herds had a herd leader. Thus when Krishna calls out, 'Hey Dhavali' (the name of a white cow) white cows comes forward, and when Krishna calls 'Hamsi, Chandani, Ganga, Mukta' and so on, the other groups of white cows come. The reddish cows are called ‘Aruni, Kunkuma, Sarasvati’, etc, the blackish ones, 'Shyamala, Dhumala, Yamuna’, etc, and the yellowish ones are Pita, Pingala, Haritaki, etc." The Krishna Bhaktas trivialise the reasons for Krishna’s love for cows. Because they are beneficial to humans. They give milk (They do not give milk to humans . They produce it for their own children and we take it from them). They allow him to secretly meet Radha and the girls who take the cows into the forests (this is equally mad). Their lives are always for others (again rubbish. If left alone, they care for their own families as we do). They have no lust (have they never seen a bull on heat?) If we worship the cow simply because it is of economic benefit, then the scriptures should be equally ecstatic about horses, goats, pigs, businessmen, gold. The worship of the cow goes much deeper than that. The word ‘Gau’ or ‘Go’ itself means fair, light, white, golden, beautiful. When my son Varun was getting married in Varanasi, the first ritual of the marriage was for the priests to ask him his ‘Gotra’ (Dattatreya). The ‘gotra’ which means lineage also means herd of cows. ‘Gaurav’, meaning the sound of a cow, also means glory and prestige. Another name for Jupiter, the moon, ‘Seshanaga’, Sage Chaitanya and Siva is ‘Gauranga’ or cow coloured. ‘Gauri’ or cow coloured is another name for the Earth and Parvati. Daybreak is ‘Gaushra’: the time of cattle grazing. Gautama, the name of the Buddha comes from ‘Gau Uttama’ meaning the ultimate cow, remover of darkness, the ultimately fair, wise and beautiful. ‘Gautami’ is another name for the rivers, Gomati
H O R O S C O P E
Mar 21 - Apr 19
Monday and Tuesday, just about anything that can go wrong will. It takes all your energy just to feel comfortable among a group of people. Wednesday and Thursday see you taking action. If you're still uncomfortable socially, find a new social group. Friday and Saturday are career-oriented: Everything you do has an effect on your reputation. Sunday you're surrounded by likeminded people and filled with optimistic
(with the wisdom of the cow), Godavari (giving prosperity) and Durga. Krishna is known as Gopala, Godharin, Gomateshwar, Gopa, Govardhana, Govinda, Gosvami. Gopati is another name for Vishnu, Siva and Varuna. The ultimate paradise is Goloka meaning cows world - the paradise of Krishna situated on Mount Meru on which dwells Surabhi, the mother of all cows I have met many enlightened souls. I know now that nothing they say is meaningless or pointless or even metaphorical. Even when they say things that sound general like “be happy” or “drive safely”, you discover later that there was a specific applicable meaning. Why has the cow been chosen? In all the religious texts there are three animals that are repeated again and again as important and to be revered: the snake, the monkey and the cow. The snake is associated with energy, the monkey with intelligence, innovation, ‘bhakti’ and humility and the cow as the ultimate and best in everything. I do not believe that these are metaphors or chosen at random. Reading the scriptures and listening to the experiences of all those who have attempted enlightenment, I realise that these animals that are being referred to are the actual animals and they actually are what they are supposed to represent. As we kill the snakes the earth loses its energy, our constant war with monkeys depletes the intelligence of the human race and its ability to think its way out of the mess we are sinking into and our ceaseless killing of cows by Hindus who sell them and Muslims who kill them and the government which boasts of killing the largest number of cows in the world (our leather export is Rs 27,000 crores which is only of cow-skin. If each skin is Rs 300, how many cows is that?), our tolerance of them being smuggled to Bangladesh, our acceptance of thousands of illegal abattoirs – we have lost our desire to strive for the best. Which of us is now the best at anything or even wants to be the best? A weariness of the spirit, an acceptance of mediocrity, corruption, bad education, third rate lives, bad health, criminal governments, wars, endless destruction, has settled on us. The protector of cows, Krishna Gopala is the greatest mind, both for civil administration and war. The highest devotees are the ‘gopis’ or cow-herdesses. Goloka is the highest destination. As described in the Brahma Samhita, Lord Krishna on his planet, Goloka Vrindavana, engages in tending the ‘surabhi’ cows. Could it be that the cow is the ultimate deity? That god has chosen to test us by putting our 33,000 gods in our midst and then he watches to see what we do to them? If cows are the deities for Lord Krishna this has to be the highest form of worship . Krishna is not a cow-herder only because he was sent to be raised by Nanda and Yashoda of Braj village who owned cows. He was sent to them because they owned cows. He is still herding cows in his eternal abode, Goloka. Why do the saints from Vyasa onwards say that the cow is to be worshipped? Why are our idols bathed in milk and cow urine – the ‘panchgavya’. Why does the Skanda Purana say, “Offering respect to the cows will help the devotee to diminish the reactions to his past sinful activities?” Could it be that people who serve Krishna’s cows and see them as gods are the most fortunate and achieve results in the simplest manner? There must be a reason why the wish granting of the universe is put into Kamadhenu, the wish fulfilling cow. Vedic philosophy teaches there are seven mothers: the birth mother, the nurse, the wife of the father (if she is not the birth mother), the wife of the king, the wife of the spiritual master, the earth, and the cow. Do not treat the cow as an animal, to be used and discarded. Treat her well and your wishes might come true. (To join the animal welfare movement contact email@example.com)
Apr 20 - May 20
May 22 - Jun 20
Monday and Tuesday are beset by all-consuming passion. It isn't a fun sort of passion, it's emotional. The outside world is almost distorted by the strength of your feelings. You go into Wednesday and Thursday understandably wary of other people. Do not let that wariness transform into what may appear as righteousness. Friday and Saturday, something that's dogged your understanding suddenly makes sense. Nothing makes sense on Sunday.
Think of yourself as a space exploration vehicle on Monday and Tuesday - not making any kind of judgment, just collecting facts. Let someone else figure out what it all means. Wednesday and Thursday you're more engaged intellectually, but still not telling people what to think. Friday and Saturday, the shifting breeze is sending you in one direction after another, but on Sunday your feet are firmly planted and your attention is unswayable
Sept 22 - Oct 23
Oct 24 - Nov 21
On Monday you draw all your money and possessions toward your chest. Tuesday you spend counting your chips. How can this weird urge toward materialism be explained? It'd be good for you to give something away. On Wednesday and Thursday, be generous in other ways. Friday and Saturday you're lost in thought about something that happened a while ago. Sunday is nothing short of sensational.
Your radiance is a little hard on Monday and Tuesday. You walk into a room and everyone else looks slightly less magical. You're not doing it on purpose though. Wednesday and Thursday, you become a beneficiary of the excitement you help generate. Friday and Saturday are days of calculations and selfcontrol; likewise, the extent of excitement on Sunday consists of rearranging the furniture in the living room.
BY MANEKA GANDHI
Nov 22 - Dec 21
On Monday and Tuesday you are like an imaginative Goliath who's sometimes in the mood to be alone. You have a beautiful vision for the future, but it's all so overwhelming and vague that you wouldn't be able to explain it to anyone. Yet. Wednesday and Thursday, a new friendship seems to be taking off. Friday and Saturday you stick close to the path you know well, but Sunday finds you daringly introducing yourself to a stranger.
Jun 21 - Jul 22
Jul 23 - Aug 22
On Monday and Tuesday, if at all possible, put off making any decisions. Wednesday through Friday, you're just as torn. About everything. Though canceling your evening plans and cozying up in front of a DVD on Friday night sounds lazy, it is also wise. This is just not the week - or the weekend - to dazzle people in social settings. (If you find yourself in such a setting, expect to be wildly misinterpreted.) On Sunday, money is on your mind.
Dec 22 - Jan 19
Aug 23 - Sept 21
What you're looking at on Monday and Tuesday isn't entirely clear, but allow yourself to hold some unknown variables in your head; it will be a while before this puzzle coheres. Wednesday and Thursday, amplification in the romantic realm intensifies everything else - which is exactly what you're in the mood for. Knowing exactly what you want grants you a confidence on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, strike a minor chord. Show off your infamous reserve.
Jan 20 - Feb 18
All the information is lined and all you have to do is make the call. Obviously, it'd be smart not to make it alone. Ask others what they think. Then detach yourself emotionally from the proceedings and decide. Once a course has been decided, Wednesday commences a blur that extends into the foreseeable future. Discipline is important on Thursday and modesty is important on Friday and Saturday. The weekend is a chorus of praise.
There are so many ways of seeing something, as the opinions of your friends so amply demonstrate on Monday and Tuesday. Instead of coming down hard on those you disagree with, listen. Wednesday and Thursday, you are pretty sure you know how things should be done, but, again, adopt a passive role and let someone else shoulder the burden. Friday and Saturday, all tension melts when you lock lips with someone. Sunday is revelatory.
Feb 19 - Mar 20
What with your career on the rocks on Monday and Tuesday, spend the start of the week doing something socially useful. Wednesday and Thursday, you're feeling fortunate to find yourself in a group of people who agree with you on almost every issue, you come up with an excuse that would put you all in touch a lot more often. Friday and Saturday offer little in the way of satisfaction or reward, but Sunday is the opposite. Sunday is unbelievable.
It's hard to tell the difference between what's going on in your head and in the outside world on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday, a move toward simplicity is in the stars. You, a clean kitchen, some music, some leftovers, a magazine. Friday and Saturday, too, are modest in scope. Let the direction of your evenings be guided by the people involved. On Sunday, you ask a sage friend for advice. It's good, strong advice, and it sends you reeling.
Tank of Shree Saptakoteshwar Temple
BY SANJEEV SARDESAI
ituated at Divadi (Diwar) Island, off Old Goa, the ‘Porne Tirth’ is a protected monument under the Goa Ancient Monuments, Archaeological Sites & Remains Act, 1978 and Rules 1980. The island of Divadi has derived its name from Deepvati, Devari or Devally which means ‘the abode of god’, most probably because of the temple of Shree Saptakoteshwar., which is now established in Narve, Bicholim Andrea Corsalli, in his letter dated January 5, 1515, has written that the Portuguese had destroyed a small temple with marvelous art on a small island, with ancient figures wrought to greatest perfection. The Florentine Traveller was referring to the temple of Shree Saptakoteshwar built by the Kadambas, probab l y a ro u n d t h e 12th Century AD, at Divar. Initially the Bahamani’s destroyed this temple between1356 - 1366 AD. It was restored by Madhav Mantri, Minister of Vijaynagar in the year 1391 AD. Finally the Portuguese destroyed the temple leading to its deity being shifted to Bicholim. Just across the REIRA pisiculture ponds, on the right side of the road one can see a beautiful rock cut lake enclosed by a compound wall erected by the ASI. The magnificent tank of Shree Saptakoteshwar or ‘Porne Tirth’, came to lime-light with the commencement of the de-silting work and more so, with the discovery of the beautifully carved niches depicting ‘Purna Kalash’.
Kitchen BY LAWRIE COLACO
Hot Cross Buns: When the church bells don’t ring… HOT CROSS BUNS
INGREDIENTS: 450g bread flour pinch of salt 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp nutmeg 1-2 teaspoons mixed spice 85g sugar, 4 tbsp yeast
It is a visual feast to see the car vings on the laterite lake walls, which may have been used to keep the lighted oil lamps at night. The first phase of excavation led to the discovery of the steps leading to the tank. Besides this many fragments of sculptures and pieces of pilaster, bricks and tiles were also discovered. The second phase of excavation resulted in the discovery of beautifully carved niches. The most important part of these niches is the depiction of ‘Purna Kalash’, at the pinnacle of the Shikhara, so far discovered in Goa. Presently the entire area has been beautifully landscaped by the Archaelogical Society of India, and every Goan must find time to visit this rich glory of the past.
1 tbsp sugar 8 to 10 oz warm milk 2 eggs 85g butter 85g currants 50g sultanas 25g chopped peel
METHOD: In a large bowl, sieve in the flour, then add the salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, mixed spice and the 85 gms sugar. Rub in the butter. Warm the milk. Put 2/3 cup of the warm milk into a 2 cup measure. Add the yeast, and a tablespoon of sugar. Wait about ten minutes or so, until the yeast mixture is bubbling and has doubled in size. Whisk the eggs and the remaining warm milk. Pour this into the measuring jug with the yeast mixture. After a minute or two, this should fill the two-cup measure. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and add the egg, milk, and yeast mixture. Combine to a soft dough. Leave for about ten minutes. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead until smooth. Add the dried fruit to the dough. Continue to knead until the dough is smooth and shiny. Lightly butter the inside of a large bowl. Place the dough in the bowl and turn once, so dough is lightly covered with butter. Now cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a tea towel. Leave the dough to rise in a warm place until it doubles in size. (While dough is rising, grease a baking sheet. And make shortcrust pastry for crosses and glaze for buns, if desired). Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface, knock the dough back and leave to rest for a few minutes. Divide into approximately 18 pieces. Shape into buns. Place them on a greased baking sheet. Allow to rise for about an hour. After the buns are risen, apply another coat of egg wash. Remember to turn the oven on to 425F ten minutes or so before you want to start baking the buns. Bake in a preheated oven for five minutes, then reduce the heat to 400°F and bake for a further ten minutes or until golden. Cool on a wire rack. Serve with soft butter.
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Sunday, 17 April 2011
Apple to stay ahead in ...Tablet Boom HERALD FEATURES pple's iPad will continue to dominate the surging media tablet market for years, with Google playing catch-up, research firm Gartner said recently. Gartner said it expects 70 million media tablets to be sold this year and 108 million in 2012, compared with just 17.6 million in 2010. Apple's share of the market will gradually decline to 47 percent in 2015 from 69 percent this year, while Google's share will rise to 39 percent from 20 percent now. Google's Android has stormed the smartphone market, where it will become the No 1 platform this year, and it has emerged as the only viable solution for tablet-makers who do not own their own operating system. Research In Motion's QNX platform, used in its soon-to-be-launched PlayBook tablet, will take the No.3 position on the market this year, with a 5.6 percent share. Gartner sees that rising to 10 percent in 2015. "It will take time and significant effort for RIM to attract developers and deliver a compelling ecosystem of applications and services around QNX to position it as a viable alternative to Apple or Android," Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi said. "It will be mainly organisations that will be interested in RIM's tablets because they either already have RIM's infrastructure deployed or have stringent security requirements," she said in a statement. Apple is estimated to have sold about 1 million iPad 2's in
the first weekend of its U.S. launch early last month. By comparison, its closest rival in hardware, Samsung Electronics may have sold a similar number of Galaxy Tabs in the past three months and sales growth is expected to remain weak. Slow sales of Tab, coupled with aggressive pricing plans of iPad2, is pressuring profit growth at Samsung. Samsung, the most aggressive contender to Apple with three different sizes of tablets, is still playing catch-up and analysts expect the firm, which uses Google's Android in its tablets, to increase marketing expenses to boost sales. "Their biggest challenge is user interface, how they are going to make their devices any different from those of Motorola or HTC," said Milanesi. Samsung is widely known as one of the fastest followers in the fickle electronics industry. To better compete with Apple, Samsung redesigned its new 10.1inch tablet, first introduced in February, in just weeks to make it the thinnest in the category after Apple set the trend with the slimmer iPad 2. Samsung's follow-up models will be on the market in June at the earliest, three months after iPad 2's rollout. "Expectations for tablets have driven Samsung shares since November, but it has so far failed to live up to that expectation. Whether Samsung's share can rise again will largely depend on how strongly its follow-up tablet models do in the market," said Lee Seung-woo, an analyst at Shinyoung Securities.
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...Excerpts from Dr Anil Rane consultant psychiatrist at the Institute of Psychiatry and Human Behaviour, Bambolim Let’s talk about mental illness in relation with marriage! When we dwell on marriage and mental health, we will be talking about people in their 20s onwards. We are constantly advising people not to get anyone in a mentally ill condition married off. They don’t realise that in not disclosing one’s mental illness, you are creating grounds for divorce. It is very important that the to-be spouse is enlightened about it. How do the affected deal with the marital relationship? Marriage in itself is very stressful and an absolute challenge. So, for the mentally ill, marriage turns out even more stressful and always worsens their mental condition. There will give rise to a lot of interpersonal problems leading to very poor quality relationships. But, in our society, unfortunately marriage is considered the be all and end all of life. Does this compel parents to palm off their offspring even if they are mentally ill? Look at it this way. If you palm off your mentally ill daughter/son in marriage thinking you are fulfilling your responsibility but you have hidden the condition from the groom/bride, one day it will be out in the open. Then what
happens? The partner, if a girl, gets dumped back in her parental home. And if kids are involved, it is even more sad and unfortunate. There are people who believe that marriage makes things better even if one is mentally ill. Please comment! There is this myth that marriage makes a mentally ill person better. This is gross ignorance and people need to get aware of the fact that marriage only worsens the illness. People continue to attach a social stigma to them. Perhaps, this leads to being secretive? People should also remember, if you keep your mental illness under wraps and get married, you cannot continue with your medication which is of utmost importance. So inevitably, your condition gets worsened. It is unfortunate that there is this stigma attached to the mentally ill. Everyone has drawbacks in life. So, why ostracise only these people. A person with a mental illness can function as any other normal person. What she/he needs is utmost support from the partner and family. And people need to understand that any and every mental illness, however severe, is treatable.
The Road to Ratnagiri BY ARVIND PINTO or Goans looking for a holiday spot nearer to home, Ratnagiri, a place just 240 kilometres north of Goa, can be ideal. Ratnagiri is accessible by train as well as road, either by public or private transport. For those travelling by road, drive past Kudal on the National Highway 7 till Hatakhamba and then turn westwards towards the coast. This town has all the attractions of a coastal tourist destination minus the unwanted crowds! Isn’t that how we would love to see Goa! Delving a bit into Ratnagiri’s history, we learn of its rich roots, especially those of the Colonial period. It was the birthplace of the legendary Lokmanya Tilak. Right in the heart of town you can visit the home where he was born, now converted into a museum; there his writing table together with his distinctive red headgear are prominently showcased. Did you know that the King Thibaw, the last monarch of Burma, lived in Ratnagiri in exile? The red laterite tiled two storey Thibaw Palace stands in solitary splendour – to tell the tale of the exile of the last Burmese Emperor. Walking through the Italian tiled halls with their intricate teak doors and wrought iron girders brings to mind the glory that once adorned this mansion, sadly now in ruins. From Thibaw Point, you have a wonderful view of the sea that brings to life the desolate feelings that the Burmese royalty would have felt while living here. There is a museum behind the palace that has a few pottery items and some of the furniture, but sadly it
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is not well maintained. While at the village, I did drive down to the beach. Yes it is filled with the locals who come here in the evening. An interesting aspect of the beach is a long jetty that goes out into the water. On this jetty were those iron rings – a reminder of the days when ships anchored at this port. Ratnagiri during the days of the Marathas was an important trading centre. I drove up to Ratnadurga Fort, from where one has a magnificent view of the sea. The walls of the fort are still standing. I stopped to peer down the gun turrets, reminiscing on the foot soldiers who manned these fortifications on the lookout for the enemy below! Today the fort has become a paradise of privacy for lovers seeking a place of refuge from family and friends. For the religious Ratnagiri is a place of pilgrimage. The Swayambhu Ganpati Temple at Ganapatipule draws devotees from all the neighbouring districts. The idol in the temple is said to be of sand and is believed to have been carved by nature. Another idol in the temple is of copper with Ganesh astride a lion. Outside the temple Photos by Arvind Pinto stands a large bronze rat that comes to pay homage with a coconut in his hands! The temple being of the beach, most pilgrims after their prayers come to spend time at the beach. The sands here are white and the water is inviting especially under the summer sun. Thus for those looking for a quiet weekend, Ratnagiri is an ideal sojourn. (Email your feedback to: email@example.com
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