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The war over an alleged CD involving eminent lawyer Shanti Bhushan intensified today with his son Prashant claiming the disc was “doctored” using 2006 conversations of Mulayam Singh Yadav and said he will move Supreme Court on the ground it was intended to influence judgements in 2G and Amar Singh tape cases. “The whole thing is a cut and paste job,” said Prashant Bhushan, who along with his father are members of the Lokpal Bill joint drafting committee. Claiming that the forensic analysis done by an US expert George Papcun and Hyderabadbased Truth Labs had shown that the CD has “multiple gaps and signs of electronic editing at very very critical places”, Prashant Bhushan said this showed a “very very ominous conspiracy with the blessings of many powerful people including corporates and politicians” to derail judicial proceedings. Amid a demand for removal of Shanti Bhushan, who is the co-chairman drafting committee, over the CD controversy, social activist Anna Hazare said he should remain on the panel but action should be taken against him if found guity. “If found guilty, he deserves to be punished but if not, he is innocent. How can I give a guarantee about any person. I got to know him only because of this committee.”

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Around 72 student sportsmen on their way to Chattisgarh to represent the State of Goa went through a harrowing experience, thanks to mismanagement by government agencies. Four sports teams – athletics, basketball, hockey and badminton— would be representing the State in Chattisgarh from Monday in the U-16 (under 16) national games. They have described their two-day journey ‘horrible.’ Few of the panicky students contacted Herald stating that none of their seats were reserved, contrary to claims by the Sports Authority of Goa (SAG), who assured that they had booked confirmed tickets. The student had boarded Mandovi Express from Margao railway station on April 16 and reached the Mumbai station at 10pm. Before boarding their connected train – Geetanjali Express, to Chattisgarh at 6am on

THE RAIL JOURNEY… None of the seats were reserved, contrary to SAG claims. l Students, including girls, slept on railway platform. l Players shuttled between three bogies. l Students sat on luggage, floor, in the corners and even near the passage and main door, posing a risk to their lives. l Team members skeptical of return journey to Goa. l

Sunday, the team members were shocked when they were informed that their berths were not confirmed. The students including girls and other team members slept overnight on the railway platform, before boarding the morning train. “The SAG had booked tickets from the tatkal quota. We were told that all our seats were con-

firmed, only to realize later that the tickets were actually in the waiting list,” SAG coach member Naneshwar, who is accompanying the team members along with other sports coaches, said. The journey between Goa and Mumbai was comfortable, but it wasn’t the case further. “If not all, we planned to adjust ourselves on few confirmed berths. But only six out of 72 seats were

confirmed,” he said. The students, who reached Chattisgarh at about 10pm on Sunday, spend their travel sitting on the luggage, floor, in the corners and even near the passage and main door, posing a risk that they might be pulled out with the speed of another train or get squashed in the crowd. The players spent their entire journey shuttling between three

bogies in S-9, S-10 and S-11. “We were not given clear information about our rail tickets. Only three seats were confirmed and we were facing hardships. The bogies were jam-packed… no proper place to sit,” Joshua George, a basketball player told Herald over the phone. The panic-stricken students contacted their parents in Goa that their journey was not as

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THE JOURNEY BEGINS: A life-sized statue of Jesus carrying the cross is taken out in a procession in Panjim, depicting the Passion of Christ, on Sunday. Photo by Rozario Estibeiro.

Kharewado cools; meet with Centre on Wed HERALD REPORTER VASCO, APRIL 17

After a two-day shutdown in operations, normalcy returned to the Mormugao Port Trust (MPT), as the berths in the port commenced operations late Saturday night. Iron ore-loaded barges along with crew, which were stranded for the last two days, rushed towards the mechanical ore handling plant (MOHP). Besides, other berths were also in operation and two mooring dolphins, which were blocked, were seen unloading iron-ore loaded barges. However, few iron ore loaded barges are still stranded and waiting for their turns to unload their ore.

Kharewado Affected People (KAP) and Goa Fishing Boat Owners Association (GFBOA) will meet Chief Minister Digambar Kamat on Monday to ensure that their demands, accepted by the State government and the port authority are fulfilled. Earlier, Fr Bismark Dias, who is leading KAP delegates, said

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to go through the same adversity on their return journey to Goa. The students will be playing at ‘Rajnanda Gao’ stadium from Monday onwards for the next nine days. “It is becoming difficult to even adjust among ourselves. We are not only panicky but also mentally and physically disturbed. This was unexpected. We are afraid it may affect our performance,” Rameshwar, an athlete said. SAG Executive Director V M Prabhudesai when contacted told Herald that 45 of the total 72 tickets were booked on the member of parliament and chief minister’s quota. “It is a herculean task to get tickets in large numbers at one time, and being vacation months, it is chock-ablock situation. As it was difficult to get tickets, we booked it through MP and CM’s quota,” Prabhudessai said. The tickets were booked by Nehru Yuva Kendra (NYK), a (Continued on page 11)

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good as they thought. “Hi daddy. Please call. Urgent!” reads one of the text messages, which was forwarded on this reporter’s mobile phone. “We are sitting on our luggage…standing in the passage. It is embarrassing and a difficult situation for all of us. Since there is no space, other team members have occupied place next to the toilet,” said a badminton player, who refused to identify herself. One of the concerned parents told Herald that his son who is representing the State in basketball was not able to consume either liquid or solid food. “My son phone called me now (little after 10pm) informing that he along with other team mates have reached Chattisgarh. At the same time he complained that he did not eat anything throughout his journey and now he feels like vomiting when eating…” said the parent. The team members are now skeptical that they might have


The trouble for the private bus operators in the State, who struck pressing for various demands, is far from over. The State D Transport A ILYDepartment has decided to issue show cause notices to around 150 owners of privateTO buses that remain away from the strike. ( K O Zas H IaK O D E )Director said that inspite of were off the road on Friday via call prior warning, the buses repart of statewide strike THALASSERY, KANNUR, KASARAGOD mained off the road. “The decigiven by All Goa Private Bus Owners Association (AGPBOA). sion over cancellation of Transport Director Arun Desai temporary permits would be said that the department is in taken after they reply to their process of verifying the number notices,” he said. A PUSA : 1.30 PM. A day long strike was called of buses thatM attended PA NJ IM : 2the .00 strike P M. in the state under the banner and the list M will beA Oout A RG : 00 MonPM. of AGPBOA on April 15. Though day morning. “Till date we have identified the strike received a mixed re150 such buses, whose owners sponse, the bus operators will be issued show cause no- claimed that the strike was a tices will be issued on Monday,” success, with 90 percent buses he said adding that maximum remaining off road. The bus operators later called buses are from Mapusa and off their strike, which was Ponda. Desai said that as per ADT’s termed as indefinite, citing asreport, most of the bus opera- surance from the transport (Continued on page 11) tors in South Goa preferred to



they have kept their strike in abeyance, as the government and port have accepted their demands. “We are waiting for the minutes of the meeting. Whatever is discussed in the meeting should reflect in the minutes. If the State administration tries to delay and backtrack its prom-

ises, then we will resume our strike,” said Fr Dias while addressing the media on Saturday night. “The demands are met and though the agitation was nonpolitical, the entire cabinet along with the opposition came together to resolve the issue. We thank them for their support,” added Fr Dias. Edwin Carvalho of Goa Fishing Boat Owners Association said: “We will meet Chief Minister Digambar Kamat on Monday to ensure that assurances given to us are implemented in toto.” “Fishing trawlers commenced operating on Sunday morning, while the fish market which was closed for the last two days also

started functioning,” said Carvalho. Meanwhile, Kamat will lead all party delegation to the Union Shipping Ministry on the issue related to jurisdiction of MPT on April 20. The State government will pitch in for the deletion of certain areas like Kharewado from the MPT’s jurisdiction. The locals have demanded that the port be restricted upto berth number 11. During the meeting held on Saturday to break the ice between the MPT management and KAP, Kamat had assured that the Union Shipping Ministry’s intervention would be sought to curtail MPT’s jurisdiction. (Continued on page 11)

Princess may go by January next year HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 17

An eyesore at Sinquerim-Candolim beach, River Princess, will be cleared off by January, next year, if the monsoons does not prolong its date with Goa. Tourism Department officials said that 40 per cent of the ship’s upper portion has already been cut and now the lower portion, which comprises of smaller plates, is being separated. Mumbai-based Arihant Ship Breakers have been awarded the contract to cut down this ship and remove it from the coast, where it had run aground almost 12 years back. Tourism Director Swapnil Naik said that if monsoon is not delayed then the entire ship will be cleared by January, 2012. He said that the company will have to remove it within 180 working days which excludes

the monsoon period when sea is choppy and breaking work is not possible. The work officially began on March 14 and it is expected to continue till May 14 before monsoon sets in. Naik said that during monsoons, the work will be shut only to be restarted in September. The State government will have to pay Rs 99 crore for Arihant to break and carry away the ship in scrap form. Goa will also have to bear liability of taxes. The only earning is from

the value of scrap, which would be deducted from the payments made to Arihant. Naik said that after deduction and total calculation, the State government will have to bear a liability of Rs 85 crore on this ship. Naik said that the real challenge would be to cut the portion of the ship which is underwater, which is a tedious task and may consume time. “The ship after being stranded at the coast for more then a decade has sunk 8 metres in the water from behind while its frontal portion is 5 metres in the sea: he added saying that the contractor will have to employ divers and under water cutting gadgets to remove this vessel completely from the shore. (Continued on page 11)

The government’s decision on the floor of the legislative assembly sticking to status quo on the controversial medium of instruction appears is yet to be finalised. In fact, the government is still open for further discussions and debates on the issue, with a strong section within the Congress, led by Public Works Department Minister Churchill Alemao, demanding a review of the status quo. If Chief Minister Digambar Kamat is to be believed, the government is open for discussions not only with agitating groups, but all the stakeholders as well, including educationists and experts. Replying to a query whether the government’s decision on the medium of instruction imbroglio is final in the light of demands made by his ministerial colleagues for a review, the chief minister told Herald that the government is open on the subject. “I have even told PWD Minister, Churchill Alemao to take up the issue with the party’s central leaders”, Kamat said, adding that he is ready to lead a delegation to New Delhi for discussions with party leaders on the issue, indicating that he has apprised the party high command on the controversy and the demands for and against English as the medium of instruction. Incidentally, the Chief Minister admitted that there’s opposition to English as the medium of instruction even in

the Congress fold. “Apart from opposition to English from the opposition parties, even a section of the Congress leadership is opposed to making English as the medium of instruction”, he said. Asked whether there’s a way out in solving the issue to the satisfaction of the agitating parents, the chief minister said the government is ready to open a dialogue not just with the group demanding English, but the opponents as well, including educationists and experts. Meanwhile, Alemao along with Congress MLAs supporting English as the medium of instruction have decided to meet and discuss the situation before calling on the chief minister. Sources in the know said that party legislators supporting English as the medium of instruction were scheduled to meet on Sunday. Alemao, when contacted, however, said the legislators will meet soon and convey their decision to the chief minister to review the government’s decision. In another development, former Tourism Minister and Benaulim MLA Mickky Pacheco has said that he would soon call a meeting of agitating parents to discuss the issue and to chalk out the future course of action. “A group of parents from my constituency have called on me last week and demanded action in support of English. I have decided to call a meeting of the parents in Betalbatim to chalk out the future course of action”, he said.





CIVIC FORUM More taps needed

Cyclist killed in Siolim mishap



The above picture is that of a fresh water tap. It is the only tap available for those who visit the famous Colva Beach. People have a tough time as the water is used for drinking and washing up, after a visit to the beach. The Tourism Department should increase the number of fresh water taps and changing rooms for the benefit of beach lovers, especially during the peak tourist season.

Protect wildlife

A 64-year-old cyclist from Camurlim died, after he was knocked down by a car near Laxminarayan Temple, Siolim, on Sunday morning. According to Anjuna Police, the accident occurred when Ramesh Bandekar, who was proceeding towards Tar-Siolim on his bicycle, was knocked by a car (GA-07-E-0630). Police further informed that grievously injured Bandekar was rushed to PHC Siolim, from where he was shifted to Asilo Hospital in Mapusa. He was then referred to GMC Hospital in Bambolim, where he succumbed to injuries at 11.30 am. Anjuna Police have arrested car driver Sharif Dodamani and PSI Vishwajeet Chodankar is investigating the case.

Man sustains fracture in attack HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 17


A migrant labourer found a baby python in the village of Salvador do Mundo. It may have wandered into the village because of the destruction of natural habitat by the builders. The Forest Department with the assistance of the local panchayat must strive to bring about awareness among the villagers to protect wildlife, which is very important for its sustenance.

Will the Archbishop intervene?

One Naguesh Basavraj was attacked by a three member group near Cine Lata on Sunday afternoon, leaving his hand fractured. Margao PSI Manguesh said that Mahadev Talwar, Pundalik Talwar and Shivram Latur attacked the injured while he was sleeping. One of the accused hit the victim with an iron rod, causing a fracture. Attributing previous enmity between the two groups as the immediate cause of the attack, PSI Manguesh said the Margao has booked the trio for causing grievous injuries to the victim, who is convalescing at the Hospicio hospital. The police are investigating.

New NIO building to be ready by mid-2012 HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 17


The above picture shows two-wheelers parked beneath the shed of the Holy Cross, which shows disrespect to the place of worship. This Holy Cross (Dhazanamcho Khuris) at Palmar-Pomburpa is an emblem of religious pride and dignity of the village. Today, it lies in shambles. A place of reverence, this spot has turned into a parking lot for two-wheelers and four-wheelers and a dumping ground for building materials. As a member of the Associacao, I had written a letter to the then Associacao President and the Parish Priest and suggested some remedial measures in the form of an iron grill around the shed, with a front gate. Nothing has been done. Will the Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao intervene in the matter to save the Holy Cross?

CM: Please sort this out JOAQUIM DIAS, CHANDOR

It has been more than two months since I applied for a BSNL broadband connection and I am still awaiting one. Frequent phone calls to the enquiry centre are of no avail as they respond by saying that the concerned telephone exchange should release the connection. The telephone exchange in turn, states that it does not have the ports to grant a connection. We speak of advanced IT age and technology, but in Goa, the BSNL takes months on end to give a broadband connection. Our MLAs boast of everything getting online and talk of access to the internet to all in rural and urban areas, but BSNL is found lacking in giving a timely connection. Can the concerned department see that this delay is sorted out and that customers are not made to wait for so long. Alternatively, our 'Aam Admi’ Chief Minister should use his good offices to ensure that customers get their connections immediately.

Remove the obstacles BOSCO VAZ, MAPUSA

Mapusa is a very congested city and there is hardly any parking place for two and four-wheelers. The Mapusa Municipal Council is not at all interested in marking proper parking lots for vehicle owners. Builders have built buildings leaving no space around and Municipal Council has issued NOCs to such buildings without proper site inspection. I have seen the parking signs placed here and there from Sirsat Lodge to Asilo Hospital, but many shopkeepers have put blocks along the parking area to enable people to walk to their shops and the Mapusa Traffic Cell has not taken any action. While they are ready to issue challans to vehicle owners when they park in the no parking zone, they ignore the metallic obstacles placed on the roads. It is high time the Deputy Superintendent of Police attached to the Mapusa orders the traffic cell to remove the obstacles at the earliest. (Do you have a complaint against some authority or service? Are there any violations of the law that you would like to bring to the notice of the public? Do you have any suggestions for improvement and/or redressal of services? If you do, then write to us at With the aim of improving the quality of our civic life, every Monday, Herald will publish the best letters on these subjects received during the week. This is in addition to our regular ‘Letters to the Editor’ column.)

National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) at Dona Paula will now be free from its space constraint once its new administrative building is in place by mid-2012. NIO officials stated that this is their third ever expansion since its inception in 1976. “The main building of NIO was commissioned in 1976. Being a small laboratory at that time, with limited staff, it was an ideal laboratory building,” NIO website says. “A wing to this building was added to this main building during early eighties as ‘Phase II’ construction as the number of staff increased. Since then the institute’s activities have grown multi-fold. “The Institute recently completed the construction of the extension of the Biology Wing,” it adds. In the third phase, the construction of ‘Administrative Building’ in an area of 1800 has now been taken up. This will house Administration, Accounts, Bills, and Stores and Purchase Sections. Currently, these sections are spread over available places within the campus. The website mentions that bringing all these activities under one roof with required facilities, like record room, conference room, stores godowns etc, will increase better interaction, coordination and thereby efficiency. Over 1100 sq.m area would be then vacated by these sections, once the building is ready, would be allocated to the laboratories and scientific and technical staff. The new building would get ready by mid-2012.

Lightning strikes light up the sky in the Capital City of Panjim on Sunday evening.

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Garbage collection, Seal illegal scrap yards, Sirlim disposal dominates locals tell panchayat Majorda meet HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 17


Garbage collection and disposal dominated the gram sabha meeting of the coastal village of Majorda-Utorda-Calata on Sunday. In fact, the acute problem of waste disposal was deliberated threadbare with members demanded to know the measures undertaken by the Panchayat body to solve the menace. Sarpanch Visitation Da Silva explained to the gram sabha members that the problem has become acute for want of garbage dumping sites. She pointed out that the Panchayat body had identified as many as three sites for waste disposal, but hastened to add that the sites did not find favour with Goa State Pollution Control Board. During discussions on the subject, the Sarpanch informed the members that the Panchayat had approached the neighbouring Panchayats of Nuvem and Verna for a common disposal site, but added that the Panchayats did not agree to the suggestion. Presently, plastic waste generated in the village is collected twice a month by the contractor, but the sarpanch informed that the Panchayat has been forced to employ a labourer for waste segregation as other waste, besides plastic, is finding its way into the bins. The meeting also approved the budget estimates for the financial year 2011-12 after discussions. Members suggested to the Sarpanch to make provision of Rs one lakh for the promotion of agriculture and sports in the budget. The suggestion

n In fact, the acute problem of waste disposal was deliberated threadbare with members demanded to know the measures undertaken by the Panchayat body to solve the menace. was agreed upon by the Sarpanch, who said she would write to the Panchayat Director to accept the proposal. The issue of the long-delayed Majorda sub way came up for discussions, with members demanding to know the status of the project and the safety measures adopted by the PWD. The sarpanch explained the members that work on the subway is not yet complete with work on the drainage underway at the site. On the safety aspects, the Sarpanch said the Panchayat had written a letter to the PWD Engineer, Barros on the safety of children inside the subway after its commissioning. The sarpanch said the PWD has got back to the panchayat stating that all safety aspects, including the safety of school children, will be discussed and deliberated upon after the completion of the sub way in all aspects. The sarpanch also placed before the meeting the replies received by the panchayat on the traffic management and on other issues raised by the members at the previous meeting.

Congress enrols 1,500 members from Mayem HERALD CORRESPONDENT MAYEM, APRIL 17

Commencing its preparations for the forthcoming assembly elections, the Congress party under the leadership of Praveen Zantye enrolled 1,500 new members from Mayem constituency. The membership forms were submitted to youth Congress observer Sunil Dave in the office of Goa Congress Bhavan, Panjim. Zantye was accompanied by North Goa Congress Sewa Dal

organizer Jaidev Parab Gaonkar, Rayu Sawant of Pradesh Committee, Rajashri Gaonkar, Ram a k a n t A m o n k a r, A a p a Arondekar, Leena Kauthankar, Krishna Parab and others. The membership drive was undertaken following Rahul Gandhi’s determination to strengthen Congress base in Goa. Praveen Zantye who was in forefront in uniting the members stated that this was possible due to co-operation from all segments of party.

The gram sabha of DramapurSirlim Village Panchayat on Sunday demanded that the panchayat seal all the illegal scrap yards operating in the village. At the meeting held on Sunday, agitated gram sabha members questioned Sarpanch Seby Pereira over the failure by the panchayat body to initiate action against the scrap yards. When the Sarpanch replied saying that a committee headed by the Deputy Collector, Margao is seized of the issue of scrap yard, gram sabha member Wilson Viegas demanded that the panchayat seal the scrap yards pending a final decision by the Committee. Viegas said the Panchayat need not wait for the decision of the deputy collector, saying that the panchayat can seal the premises before they are shifted to any industrial

zones. While referring to the recent tanker blast at a scrap yard in Fatorda, members demanded that the Sarpanch produce the notices served on the scrap yards failing which they threatened not to allow the next gram sabha meeting. The meeting also discussed the issue of water tanks distributed to residents of the village. When Viegas demanded to know how many residents have been provided water tanks in the village, the Sarpanch wriggled out of the situation by saying that the Panchayat is unaware of distribution of water tanks by the government in the village. Alleging that water tanks have been distributed even to the rich in the village, Viegas demanded that the Panchayat write a letter to the government to implement the water tank scheme through the village pan-

chayats. The garbage issues also figured prominently at the meeting, with members demanding to know the measures undertaken by the panchayat to solve the garbage menace. Members pointed out to the dumping of waste at unauthorized places in the village and called for action by the panchayat body. When the members demanded identification of suitable sites for the disposal of waste generated in the village, Sarpanch Seby sought the assistance and cooperation of the villagers in the identification of sites. The issue over the mobile tower was raised by some members, with the meeting adopting a resolution raising serious objections to the tower. The Sarpanch told the members that the panchayat body has already adopted a resolution objecting to the mobile tower.

Of 95 scrap yards in State, 41 are illegal: Statistics HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 17

The recent blast at a scrap yard at Fatorda, killing one person, has again raised the issue of illegal scrap yards in the State. As per government’s own statistics, almost half of scrap yards in the State run illegally that could be closed any time, if government wants. The statistics presented during the recent budget session reveals that of the total 95 scrap yards in the state 54 are legal and 41 are illegal. The issue of scrap yards and their nuisance has come to the fore following a blast at Fatorda yard, last week. One person, who was welding a tank, died in the explosion. The locals had expressed fear that scrap yards from the localities should be shifted out of town, at distant locations. But the ground reality is that most scrap yards in the state operate without consent of the local authorities. Except Margao, Mapusa and Bicholim, none other municipalities including Corporation

of City of Panjim (CCP) have registered the scrap yards in their jurisdiction. Mapusa Municipal Council has maximum scrap yards and all of them are legally registered by the civic body. The municipal council has 30 scrap yards followed by Margao Municipal Council, which houses 22 scrap yards, which are legally registered. In Bicholim Municipal Council jurisdiction, there are 7 scrap yards of which only 2 are registered with the council. In rest of the municipal jurisdiction, none of the scrap yard works legally. CCP has two scrap yards, Mormugao 17, Cuncolim 4, Curchorem 7, Valpoi 2 and Sanquelim 2. During the recently held budget session Aldona legislator Dayanand Narvekar had pointed out that the scrap yards are mushrooming all across the road at Karaswada. He had claimed that certain mafias are operating through these scrap yards, who don’t care for the law of the land.

Bison found dead in Netravali

Bison that was found dead in Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary. Photos by Samir Umarye HERALD CORRESPONDENT BICHOLIM, APRIL 17

Congress youth leader Praveen Zantye submits forms of youth Congress to central observer Congress Sunil Dave. Photo by Vishant Vaze

A male Bison was found dead in Netravali Wild Life sanctuary on Sunday. A group of six persons (including this correspondent) had gone to Mainapi Waterfall at Netravali in Sanguem taluka. At about 11.30 am, as the group was proceeding towards the waterfall, they found a Bison some 40 mts away. Being excited they clicked some photos and later proceeded towards the water-

fall. However, after about two hours, when the group was returning, much to the surprise of the group they found that the Bison was lying dead. “When it was alive, we saw that saliva was coming out from his mouth and it is likely that it was bitten by some poisonous snake,” Gautam Umarye said. “When we returned, we found it was dead and we suspect that it might have died due to some trap, but there were

no marks on Bison’s body or the neck,” added Umarye. When tried to contact Kurdi Neturlim Forest check post and the RFO, it was found that the office was closed being a Sunday. However, when contacted after efforts, Deputy Conservator of Forest South Waradkar assured to look into the matter. “We will look into the matter and I will ask the concerned RFO to immediately inspect the site,” Waradkar told Herald.



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Shippers may apply force majeure clause to buyers HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 17

A tiger takes a “stroll” at the Bondla Zoo on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Photo by Rozario Estibeiro

Catholics cry foul over holding of Chimbel meet on Easter HERALD CORRESPONDENT MERCES, APRIL 17

The Catholic community in Chimbel is deeply hurt and has expressed dismay over the fact the Chimbel Panchayat has decided to hold the gram sabha on Easter Sunday, which is the most important festival for the Catholics. Speaking to Herald, Chimbel Gram Seva Kala and Sanskrutik Sangh President Rumaldo Carvalho said the decision of the panchayat has deeply hurt religious sentiments of the Catholic community and has demanded that the gram sabha be postponed to some other Sunday so that the Catholics can actively participate in the same. Another villager, Paul Fernandes, alleged that it is a deliberate attempt to keep the Catholics from participating at the gram sabha since the community has been at the forefront in highlighting several issues affecting the village. Fernandes further demanded that the panchayat authorities should immediately postpone

the gram sabha for the next month if there is no deliberate attempt in hurting the sentiments of the Catholics. “If the panchayat fails to postpone the gram sabha, it will expose the real motive behind holding the gram sabha on Easter Sunday,” he added and exhorted that like other communities, the Catholics too have a right to voice their opinions on the larger issues affecting the village. Crying foul over panchayat’s decision, activist Lourdes Conception expressed anger and said the panchayat could have planned well in advance to avoid the gram sabha on Easter Sunday. “However, it is not too late and the panchayat can still correct its mistake and postpone the meet to some other Sund a y, ” h e d e m a n d e d a n d lamented that the Chimbel Panchayat would probably the only panchayat in entire State to hold gram sabha on Easter. When contacted, Deputy Sarpanch Hazel Fernandes said

she came to know about the decision only when the notice reached the panchayat office and denied having any prior knowledge of the same. However, Sarpanch Chandrakant Kunkolkar said that the authorities were left with no choice as Secretary Prasad Shet suddenly went on leave and the panchayat could not hold the gram sabha on April 17, as planned. “Further, the additional charge of the panchayat was handed over to the Merces VP secretary,” he added and informed that since the Merces Panchayat had planned its gram sabha on April 17, the Chimbel Panchayat were forced to schedule its meet on April 24. When asked whether the panchayat cannot postpone the gram sabha for the next month, Chandrakant replied in the negative since the panchayat has to pass the budget before the end of April. He also denied that there was any malafide intent behind scheduling the gram sabha on April 24.

After resuming the iron ore export from Goa, the shippers are now likely to apply for force majeure clause to their buyers abroad to save themselves from the huge losses due to the strike. The iron ore export, which had stopped since Friday, resumed from Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) and Panjim Minor Port since Sunday. Goa Mineral Ore Exporters’ Association (GMOEA) Secretary Glen Kalavampara confirmed that the loading has started in around 20 transshippers, which were anchored at the outer ports. He further lamented that the exporters have faced loss to the tune of USD 1.6 lakh due to the strike that began on Friday. Goa, which exports around 45 million metric tones of iron ore annually, loads almost two to three lakh metric tones of ore daily through both the ports. The business had, however, came to standstill after people

Areal locals want VP secy transferred immediately HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 17

Agitated gram sabha members of Sao Jose de Areal village on Sunday demanded the immediate transfer of the Panchayat secretary and reiterated its demand for the revocation of the occupancy certificate issued to Om Sai building project. At the meeting held on Sunday, members questioned the Panchayat secretary over the failure to write minutes of the previous gram sabha meeting. The panchayat secretary also came under the firing line of the members for the panchayat’s failure to approve the budget of the financial year 2011-12. The members also criticized the panchayat secretary for his role in issuing the occupancy certificate to the Om Sai building project. The meeting witnessed uproar when the secretary replied saying that it is not mandatory to place the budget estimates before the gram sabha, with agitated members demanding to know how the panchayat can spend the money without ap-

proval from the gram sabha. After many discussions, the gram sabha members resolved to demand the immediate transfer of the secretary. Not taking any chances, the gram sabha members undertook a signature campaign calling for the Secretary’s transfer. The members decided to submit memorandums to the Salcete BDO, Deputy Director of Panchayats, besides the police demanding the secretary of the panchayat secretary. On the Om Sai project, gram sabha members reiterated their demand for the immediate revocation of the occupancy certificate. They reiterated that the buildings have allegedly come up on the CADA land and on the alignment of the railway line as shown in the RP 2021. Gram sabha members also adopted a resolution demanding release of water in the irrigation canal built in the village since the last 20 years. They demanded that the irrigation water be released in the canal by October this year to facilitate cultivation of the paddy fields.

Merces VP urged to stop construction work near lake HERALD CORRESPONDENT MERCES, APRIL 17

Expressing disappointment over the construction activity being undertaken near Morombi-OPequeno Lake without prior approval from Merces Panchayat, the gram sabha passed a resolution demanding that the panchayat immediately issue a stop work notice on the construction. Raking up the issue, Jose Carmin Joao said the construction of a retaining wall near the lake would block the flow of water from the lake into nearby fields, which will result in flooding of

nearby areas. Jose Carmin also said that any construction near the lake should be done in a planned manner so that the water passages are not blocked and flooding is avoided. Sarpanch Deepika Shirgaonkar informed that she had told the contractor undertaking the construction to provide relevant documents to the panchayat, but the contractor had behaved rudely with her and other panchas who had gone to inspect the same. Later, the villagers passed a resolution urging the panchayat

to immediately issue stop work notice on the construction and ask the concerned government authorities to get prior approval from the panchayat before going ahead with the project. Highlighting the issue of poor tax recovery by the panchayat authorities, Anil Hoble demanded to know what the panchayat is doing to ensure that the pending tax is recovered at the earliest. Hoble also informed that more the tax is recovered, the panchayat would be eligible for more matching grants from the government, which could be utilized for the development of the

village. Replying on the issue, Secretary Rupesh Halarnkar informed that the panchayat is making efforts on this front and during the last financial year, the panchayat was able to recover more tax than during the preceding year. On the demand of utilizing the panchayat staff for tax recovery, Rupesh said the staff is already overburdened with work, but, he assured that the panchayat would work out a system to ensure maximum recovery of tax. The issue of bus services exclusively for Merces village was also demanded by Hoble, who complained that the Merces villagers have to depend on Chimbel and Curca buses, and during peak hours are made to suffer as they cannot board these buses which are packed to the grim. Hoble then demanded that the panchayat forward a proposal to the Road Transport Authority to issue permits for operating buses in Merces. Throwing light on various

business activities being undertaken near the Santa CruzMerces junction at Carmibhat, Jerry Vaz sought to know whether these businesses are legal and whether the panchayat is earning any revenue from them. Vaz further demanded that the panchayat conduct an inspection of all the business activities undertaken in this area and see to it that action is taken on illegal activities, if any. Joining the discussion, Jose Carmin Joao asked the panchayat how a mosque is allowed to come up in the area and questioned whether the panchayat has given any license to it. When told that no license has been issued for the said mosque, Jose Carmin demanded that the panchayat should take immediate action against it. The issue of installing a statue of Dr Jack Sequeira in Merces was highlighted by Sebastiao Fernandes who later formed a panel under the chairmanship of Sarpanch Deepika Shirgaonkar to identify land for the purpose.


from Kharewado block the channel protesting against the demolition of their houses. The protest was later called off on Saturday after assurance from Chief Minister Digambar Kamat. MPT officials have predicted that the two-day long strike would cost them loss Rs 45 crore in various forms. Industr y sources told Herald that the shippers have decided to apply for ‘force majeure clause’ with the buyers that would save them considerably from bearing the losses, caused due to the strike. “It is for the buyers to decide whether to accept the ‘force measure’ clause or not. But certainly, applying for such clause sends wrong signal about the country,” representative of a leading shipper said.

Karnataka native found murdered in Usgao HERALD NEWS BUREAU PANJIM, APRIL 17

A 28-year-old native of Karnataka was found murdered at Saibhag-Uthan, Tisk-Usgao, on Sunday morning. Ponda Police have identified the deceased as one Shankar Ganpat Dessai. According to Ponda Police, stab wounds were found all over Dessai’s body. Dessai had come to his brother-in-law’s residence at Tisk-Usgao for some religious function two days ago. Police further informed that a jeep driver has been detained for interrogation. Ponda Police have registered the case against unknown person under Section

302 of IPC. PI Manoj Mardolkar is investigating the case.



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UPCOMING EVENTS Holy Week services PANJIM(HND): St Britto High School at Mapusa will conduct Holy Week Services in the school premises. The services will be conducted on Maundy Thursday (6 pm), Good Friday (5.30 pm) and Easter Vigil (11.30 pm), states a press note issued by Fr Apollo Cardozo SJ, Superior at St Britto High school. PILAR: A solemn concelebrated mass on Maundy Thursday (April 21) will be held in the Mission Seminary Chapel at 6.30 pm. A special way of the cross will be conducted on Good Friday on the steps leading to the Pilar Monastery at 7 am. The reflection on the last seven words of Jesus on the cross will be conducted by Fr Feroz Fernandes in the Pilar Monastery at 9 am. The celebration of the Lord’s Passion will start at 3.30 pm in the Mission Seminary Chapel. The solemn Easter Vigil will begin at 11 pm in front of the Pilar Seminary. On Easter Sunday, masses will be held at 6.30 am and 7.30 am in Konkani and at 9 am in English. There will be no evening mass on Easter Sunday at Pilar Monastery.

Holy Triduum retreat at Pilar PANJIM(HND): A Holy Triduum retreat in English will be conducted at the Pilar Retreat Centre on April 21 at 3 pm and will end on Easter Sunday after breakfast. Participants will be allowed to witness the celebration of the Holy Triduum with a fresh insight. Those interested can contact the Pilar Retreat Centre on: 2218694, 2218553.

Admissions by HTMi – Switzerland PANJIM (HND): Overseas Education Consultants, GeeBee Education, will organise spot admissions by HTMi – Switzerland, on April 18 From 12 noon to 2 pm at its office at L36 /38, 4th Floor, Alfran Plaza, Opp Don Bosco School, Panjim. For free registration call 6655197/9764007643 or visit

Shantaram set to quit RS as tenure nears end HERALD CORRESPONDENT NEW DELHI, APRIL 17

Goa’s representative in the Rajya Sabha, Shantaram Naik is set to call it a day as he completes his term in the House on July 28. In fact, Naik will be the first to retire among those completing their tenures in the Rajya Sabha. There are no further retirements from the Rajya Sabha during the current year. Naik, who is one of the AICC secretaries, may, however, get another term as he is in good books of both Sonia Gandhi and Ahmed Patel and has just returned to Goa after overseeing the Congress election campaign in Tamil Nadu. The next three retirements in the New Year will be on January 27 when Congress General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi, Secretary Parvez Hashmi and Dr Karan Singh, all elected from Delhi. Sixty-one-year-old Ahmed Patel, the most powerful man in the Congress after Sonia Gandhi as her political secretary, is also dropping hints that he may not seek yet another term in the Rajya Sabha as three terms

N Goa farmers participate in Krishi Dhan at Old Goa HERALD CORRESPONDENT OLD GOA, APRIL 17

Over 60 farmers from north Goa took part in the day-long session Krishi Dhan 2011, a training programme on Floriculture at ICAR Research Complex Conference Hall, Old Goa, recently. The one-day training programme was conducted in collaboration with ICAR Research Complex Old Goa and Department of Agriculture, where an overview discussion on floriculture was discussed by eminent personalities which included Dr Narendra Pratap Singh (Director of ICAR Research Complex for Goa), Dr Anjali Parasnis (Head Western Region TERI), Satish Tendulkar (Director of Agriculture Department) and A Sandaliya (Regional Manager NABARD). The day-long session highlighted floriculture a booming entrepreneurship, scope of cut flower production under protected structures, prospects of cut flower production under open field condition a profitable venture, opportunities and schemes available to take up floriculture in Goa, linking to the market floriculture industry in Goa, followed by open discussion and interaction. I n h i s s p e c i a l a d d re s s , NABARD Regional Manager A Sandilya said a lot of efforts are taken by Goa Government to revive agriculture sector in the State. “One of the ways, it has been through floriculture, as Goa is the right spot which has great potential industry for floriculture farming. Being well-known tourism industry, I do not find any reason why there will be a problem to market flowers as Goa is being connected with the country in all means of transport,” said Sandilya. “There is a need from ICAR and Department of Agriculture to involve themselves with the

in the House and two in the Lok Sabha are more than enough. He is, however, quick to tell well-wishers that he is only thinking so and has not taken any final decision as he feels it would be unfair for him to seek the fourth term when the party refuses anybody more than three terms. Dum Maro Dum Issue (HND) : Meanwhile, Shantaram Naik has thanked Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Ambika Soni, for her prompt action in getting the objectionable dialogues deleted from the Hindi film ‘Dum Maro Dum’. Naik spoke to Jt Secretary in

One caught stealing cash from Khorlim temple HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, APRIL 17

NABARD Regional Manager A Sandaliya inaugurates the conference at ICAR Research Complex Conference Hall in Old Goa. Photo by Kanzil Rodrigues

farmers clubs of Goa which are being supported by commercial banks to create capacity built in training programme for farmer clubs.” “ICAR Goa should identify certain areas in the State, where certain flowers could be cultivated by a farmer and at the same time, need to bring various farmers under one federation so that marketing of flowers is not a problem,” he added. Director of Agriculture Department Satish Tendulkar said: “It’s a good initiative taken up by ICAR for showing demonstration on growing of flowers in the State.” “Though there was less interest shown by farmers in the State in floriculture farming, the State government in its recent budget announced 90 per cent subsidy in farming,” said Tendulkar. “If a farmer is interested in doing business in floriculture and want to construct a polyhouse on a 1,000 sq mtr area costing about Rs 5 lakh, then the government will sanction Rs 4.50 lakh to the farmer, while Rs 50,000 needs to be borne by the farmer,” he said.

“There isn’t a single state like Goa in the country or anywhere in the world where 90% subsidy has been provided to a farmer for agriculture purpose,” he added. “If a farmer is into floriculture business, there is a need of fourfive farmers to get together and form a group and market their flowers by putting up a small shop in the market,” said Tendulkar.

the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting , Deva Reddy, who confirmed that the dialogues had been deleted . It may be recalled that Naik had sought revision of the decision of Central Broad of Film Certification which had passed the film and had prayed for the deletion of the objectionable dialogues by using powers under section 6 of the Cinematograph Act, 1952 and pending the revisional proceedings, revoke the certification by the Censor Board under the same section. However, it appears that good sense prevailed with all the concerned and it appears that deletion of objectionable dialogues turned out to be a fairly simple task. Naik has further said that Goans haveto be vigilant regarding attacks on the culture and the fair name of State. Some elements outside Goa and outside country too, would like to treat Goa as a money spinning machine, which Goans should not allow, said MP Shantaram Naik in a press release issued here.

A 47-year-old man was caught red-handed while allegedly attempting to decamp with cash from the Rastroli temple at Khorlim-Xim, Mapusa, on Saturday afternoon. According to Mapusa police, the accused, Babu Nair (47), entered the Rastroli temple at about 1.30 pm and on noticing nobody in the temple, broke opened the fund box. Two persons, Dilip Arosker and Akshay Salgaonker, who were passing by the temple noticed some suspicious movements and entered the temple.

They caught the accused redhanded while he was stealing money from the fund box. They later alerted the president of the Rastroli temple Rajesh Kanta Naik, who reported the matter to the Mapusa police. PSI T Dhawasker and a police team rushed to the spot and took custody of the accused. They recovered from him cash of Rs 1000, a spanner, knife and bunch of keys. Police has arrested him under Sections 454 and 384 IPC. Investigations are on to ascertain if the accused is involved in other temple burglaries elsewhere in the State. PSI Dawasker is investigating the case.

Contractor caught dumping waste HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 17

Youth from Benaulim on Saturday yet again caught unscrupulous contractor while dumping waste near the St John the Baptist Church. As tonnes of waste was found dumped near the Church premises, local youngsters the sources and managed to lay their hands on the miscreants. As per the punishment prescribed by the local youth, the culprits were made to lift away the waste from the site, besides the nearby football grounds.

Siolim resident dies in accident



CDs released at GMC

A 67-year-old resident of Aframent-Siolim died, after he was knocked down by a motorcyclist at Gaunswado recently. According to Mapusa Police, Lazarus D’Souza was admitted in Asilo Hospital a few days ago. After being discharged against medical advice he left the hospital. However, at about 8 am while he was crossing the road near Preetam Hospital at Gaunswado in the darkness, he was knocked down by the motorcycle (GA07-C-7159), which was proceeding from Kharaswado towards Panjim. Injured Lazarus was admitted to Asilo Hospital, where he succumbed to injuries. Police Sub Inspector Nitin Halarnkar is investigating the case.

Fashion designer apologises to Taleigao VP HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 17

A Goa based fashion designer has made a public apology to members of Taleigao village Panchayat for having alleged them of harassing him. “I want to apologise to the Taleigao Sarpanch Jennifer Monserrate and other panchayat members for the problems they faced because of me,” Noel Andre said while speaking to Herald. He has also decided to withdraw the case filed against them. Andre, in August 2010 had alleged Jennifer of abusing her position and provoking authorities to demolish a portion of his villa at Dona Paula. But he now terms their action as ‘proper’. He said, “The action was rightly taken by the Panchayat as I ignored their notices.”

Ramnavmi held at Bicholim HERALD CORRESPONDENT MAYEM, APRIL 17

Ramnavmi was celebrated at Bicholim and Gimone-Pilgao with pomp and religious fervour. At Gimone, the festival was celebrated by the entire Chari community from Goa. On the occasion, a wooden idol of the infant Ram was placed in the decorated cradle and lullabies praising the deeds of Ram were sung. A special folk drama was also staged by folk artistes depicting the birth of Lord Ram. Devotional programmes were also organized on the occasion. Ramnavmi was also celebrated at Maruti Temple Sudha C o l o n y, V y s y a s r a m M a t h Sashtiwada, Lord Vithal Temple Vithlapur-Sanquelim and surrounding areas, where devotees paid homage to Lord Ram.

PANJIM(HND): The Department of Pathology Goa Medical College in collaboration with the Indian Academy of Cytologists has released two volumes of CDs on Recent Advances in Medicine. These are edited by Dr R G Wiseman Pinto, and contain articles by Dr Arun Chitale, Professor and Head of Pathology Department, Bombay Hospital Institute of Medical Sciences, Head of Pathology at Jaslok Hospital, Sir H N Hospital, Mumbai, Dr K M Mohandas Director, Centre for Cancer Epidemiology, Tata Memorial Hospital and Head of Digestive Diseases and Clinical Nutrition, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Dr Jerzy Klijanienko, Professor and Head of Pathology Department, Curie Institute, Paris, France, Dr Fernando Schmitt, Professor and Head of Pathology Department University of Porto, Portugal, Secretary of the International Academy of Cytology and President of the EFCS (European Federation of Cytology Societies ) and Dr Aileen Wee, Professor and Head of Pathology, National University of Singapore, Singapore. The topics that are covered include interpretation of biopsies of the urinary bladder, polyps of the gastrointestinal tract, personalised cancer medicine, soft tissue tumours, breast cancer, therapeutic targets and molecular classification, lung pathology, liver fibrosis, past, present and future approach to liver biopsy, thyroid and retroperitoneal space. The CDs are available in the office of pathology department, Goa Medical College.

Book on opinion poll to be released today HERALD NEWS BUREAU PANJIM, APRIL 17

Union Minister of Culture, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja will release the book ‘Triumph of Secularism’ at Goa Marriott Resort on April 18. Selja will release the book in the presence of Chief Minister Digambar Kamat. The book ‘Triumph of Secularism’ is based on the historic Opinion Poll of Goa of 1967. 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 late V M Salgaocar, who openly fought for the 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 is the most authoritative book on the ‘Opinion Poll’ which 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 Nehru-Gandhi family to the preservation of Goa’s unique identity.

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Goan pilgrims take part in POWER SHUTDOWN prayer service at Nandgad Cross

A Mapusa police team along with the accused. Photo By Anil Shankhwalker


BETIM-NERUL: From 9 am to 5 pm at Betim, Verem, Kegdevelim, Nerul, Pilerne, Moica Waddo, Navy Campus and surrounding areas. APRIL 19

CALANGUTE: From 9 am to 5 pm at Bom Veigem, Dongarpur, Calangute Taxi Stand, Calangute Beach and surrounding areas. MAPUSA: From 9 am to 3 pm at Feira Alta, Alcon, Divine Mercy School, Gaunsawaddo and surrounding areas.


With the Lenten season at its peak, hundreds of pilgrims from Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra on Friday thronged the Nandgad Hill, the seat of the Miraculous Cross, about 12 kms from Khanapur. Pilgrims from Goa, whose presence was prominent, paid rich tributes to the Miraculous Cross along with the pilgrims from Karnataka and Maharashtra comprising Christians and nonChristians alike. They thronged the sanctified place seeking salvation and to take part in the religious celebrations organised by the Diocese of Belgaum under Bishop Peter Machado. The prayer ful day commenced from the Immaculate Conception Church, Nandgad, at 9 am with ‘Way of the Cross’ that was enacted live by the youth of Hubli under the direction of Fr Vijay Mendith. Hymns were sung and prayers recited as the procession went along Nandgad town and reached the Miraculous Cross at about 12 noon. Sindhudurg Bishop Rev Alwyn Baretto, who presided over the Eucharistic celebrations, urged the people to proclaim the ‘Good News’ as God sent his only son Jesus Christ to give new life to the world. Belgaum Bishop Rev Peter Machado, who presided over another Eucharistic celebration, urged the faithful to carry the message of love all over.

Bishop Allwyn Baretto and other priests during the Eucharistic Celebrations at the Miraculous Cross atop the Nandgad Hill. Photo by Louis Rodrigues

“The Cross is a holy symbol of our religion. Jesus died on the Cross for the repartition of our sins. His resurrection from death represents his victory over sin, darkness and death. Jesus forgave his enemies from the Cross. May all the pilgrims who visit the Miraculous Cross carry this message of love and forgiveness to everyone, especially those they have hurt in their families and society they come from,” Bishop Machado emphasized. Parish Priest Fr Michael Fernandes in his welcome address briefed about the Miraculous Cross and sought special blessing on the pilgrims. Msgr Lucio Mascarenhas, Fr Louis Gonsalves, Fr Walter and a large number of priests and nuns took part in the Eucharistic celebrations. Goan pilgrims who had ar-

rived Nandgad in three Kadamba buses and by private transport expressed their gratitude to Herald for updating them about the celebrations. “Thanks to Herald, where we got the details about Miraculous Cross at Nandgad. It’s a nice experience to be here, especially during the Lenten season where on top of the hill we feel the closeness to God,” remarked Alex Saldanha from Bardez, who was here with his family and relatives. “This is our first year and we are very much overwhelmed with the serenity here. Now on, we will visit this place every year,” said Felix and Nati Braganza from Ponda. Daisy Dourado and Maria Dias from Panjim who along with 15 others were here said this is the second year of their pilgrimage and they would continue the same in years to come.

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Real Maker of Tivim 

One can create wonders with a strong willpower. Incredible things are achieved by such personalities and one of such a kind is Shri. Nilkanth Halarnkar. the above definition benefits his personality.

eloved MLA of Tivim and Tourism Minister of Goa State Shri. Nilkanth Halarnkar entered politics in his youth and has served people as their representative. Today is the birthday of this dynamic personality and this write up vividly depict his work and capacity as the representative of the masses.


One can create wonders with a strong willpower. Incredible things are achieved by such personalities and one of such a kind is Shri. Nilkanth Halarnkar. The above definition benefits his personality. One can actually feel his achievement by looking at the works he has carried out in his Constituency. With ten Panchayats in his Constituency, every Panchayat has undergone sizeable works of progress. He has undertaken maximum works in remote villages. Hotmixing and tarring of roads, construction of new roads, repairs and widening, construction of gutters, protection walls, construction of culverts are such examples of work carried out by him. To solve the problems of power supply - erecting new poles and transformers, construction of new water

Eternal blessings : Archbishop Phillip Neri Ferrao with Nilkant Halarnkar.

Many Many Happy Returns of the day to our dearest Leader and Tourism Minister Mr. Nilkant Halarnkar With Best Wishes on Your Birthday Pascoal Fernandes, Arthur Fernandes, Daniel Fernandes, Paul Alex D'Souza, Mario Braganza, Rosy Anthony Fernandes, Edvin Pinto, Sylvester D'Souza, Lucy Pereira, Calisto D'Souza, Estevio Dias, Jamesh D'Souza, Victor Perira Paul D'Souza

Nadora, Bardez-Goa

Robert D'melllo, Joaquim Conceisav, Charles D'souza, Carmin D'cruz, Sebastaio Fernandes, Crizol Menezes, Dicky D'Souza, Newton Fernandes, Sylvester Mascarenhas, Victor Menezes, Sarvalo Menezes, Agnelo Fernandes, Norlaz Lobo, Dneiz Rodrigues, Cynthia Fernandes, Savio Mascarenhas, Freddy Menezes, Pirna, Bardez, Goa

with PWD Minister Churchil Alemao at inauguration of water purifying project at Assonora. tanks and pipelines to eradicate water who has completed 130 cr. Works of scarcity. A mammoth market complex progress in his Tivim Constituency. and bus-stand at Assonora has been The poor and downtroden people in offered to the people of Assonora and his constituency were given the benenearby villages. Well facilitated sports fits of different Govt. schemes. He has complex is coming up at Koniwada, provided govt. and other private jobs Colvale and similar complexes are to many educated on employed proposed for Sirsaim and Assonora. youths in the constituency. Besides, Process of construction of protection sizeable works have been done in the walls around Juvem in Nadora islands field of Education, sports, religion and are in progress. The work of culture. He has overcomed market complex in Pirna will Vishant Desai, every difficulty in his imaginative thinking. He did not give commence in this week. New Colvale-Goa way to criticize his works by pipelines and water tanks, are being put up in Tivim village and most planning them in systematic manners. of the major roads have been hot- His caliber made him very popular in mixed in Tivim. The surrounding of his constituency. We pray to God Mauli Temple in Nadora and Sateri almighty with all our heart, to give our Temple in Camurli, will be beautified beloved leader a good health and very soon the illumination of St. Rita under his leadership our constituency Church in Camurli will be done as part may flourish further and be an ideal of beautification in next few months. one in Goa and make him a supremo Nilkanth Halarnkar is the only MLA in political field.

Happy 48 th Birthday to our beloved Leader and Hon'ble Tourism Minister of Goa

Happy 48 th Birthday to our beloved Leader and Hon'ble Tourism Minister of Goa Mr. Nilkant Halarnkar

Mr. Nilkant Halarnkar

Arjun Aroskar-Sarpanch Shubhada Palkar -Dy. Sarpanch, Shivdas Kambli-Panch, Tulshidas Shinde-Panch, Ramita R. Bugde-Panch, Dinesh Chodankar-Secretary & Staff of Village Panchayat Tivim, Bardez-Goa

Robert Colaco, Domnic D'Souza, Angela Lobo, Arthur Lobo, Carmin Lobo, Simon Lobo, Nelson Barreto, Joseph Fernandes, Domnic Rodrigues, Mathew Pereira, Peter Lobo, Julian Fernandes, Moses Ferrao, Caitan Fernandes

Tivim, Bardez - Goa

Many Many Happy Returns of the day to our dearest MLA of Tivim Constituency and Tourism Minister Mr. Nilkant Halarnkar

Martina P. Fernandes -Sarpanch Shankar Korjuvekar-Panch Dionisia D'souza-Panch Tereza C. Naik- Panch Village Panchayat Nachinola, Bardez-Goa

Wishing my colleague a very happy 48th birthday and many more to come. Wishing you a good health Carlos Menezes & Fly. St. Rock Wado, Colvale, Bardez-Goa

May God Shower his choicest blessings on you and keep you happy always.

Fr. Diego

Robert D'souza Gerald Fernandes Eustace Fernandes Gabriel D'Souza Ex Panch Member Colvale, Bardez, Goa

Joaquim Rodrigues Prudence Noronha Auxillio Rodrigues Maria Mendes Zacarias Mendes Escolas D'cruz Perpetua Ferrao Claro Ferrao Benedict Ferrao Carmin Muniz Joanita Furtado Assonora, Bardez, Goa

With best wishes from Joaquim, Ricardina, Maria Rosa, Sonia, Rosy, Antonette, Lina, Franco Assonora, Bardez -Goa

Thanks for all that you have done and are doing for our parish Good wishes & happiness on your birthday Love and prayers from the parish priest. Parish priest Council members & your close ones of


Rev. Fr. Mathew, Parish Priest and Parish council members of Tivim Bardez, Goa

Good health & happiness to our dynamic leader Shri. Nilkant Halarnkar (Minister for Toursim) from Parish Priest & Parishioners of Sirsaim

St. Christopher Sports Club Tivim, Bardez Goa

We are Grateful to you for all that you have done for our Village

Pradeep Pednekar-Sarpanch Ancilla TrinidadeDy. Sarpanch Thomas Coelho-Panch Shankar Naik- Panch Vinod Parulekar-Panch Suvarna Salkar-Panch Pranali Chodankar-Panch Ulhas Mapari- Panch and staff of V.P. Assonora

Dyna Braganza Z. P. member Tivim, Johny, Tina, Babush, Carmeline, Philu Pinto, Shawn, Sherwin, Shania, Samuela, Philu Menezes, Rita, Paulo & Maria - Madel, Tivim, Ramakant & Shaila Naik, Pradeep, Bhanu, Krishna & Baban.

Many Happy Returns of the Day to my dearest Colleague. and the hon'ble tourism minister of Goa

Alex Fernandes PWD Contractor Bicholim-Goa

Best wishes from

Mr. Freddy Fernandes, Ex Z.P. Member, Moira





Scientific practice of religion

Student concession is non-negotiable

The great ones who have discovered Him never live in doubt; they experience the truth, says IBONIO D’SOUZA

Vol No CX No: 107 Goa, Monday, 18 April, 2011


ither Goa’s bus owners were never students, or their insatiable greed has blinded them to any sense of history. Otherwise, how could they even conceive of asking the government to review the 50 per cent concession that students get on bus fare in Goa? This is no benevolent sop handed out by some opportunist chief minister preparing the ground for a mid-term poll. This concession came only after a massive state-wide agitation by students in Goa in 1978. It happened when Shashikala Kakodkar of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) was Chief Minister of Goa, and the bus lobby was the most powerful business lobby in the state. Notwithstanding this, both the government and the bus owners eventually had to bow to the unity, power and determination of the students. The 50 per cent student bus concession has been a part of life in Goa for over 30 years now. The students who fought for it and bravely faced the lathis of the police − they were then in their teens − are today in their late forties and fifties. Their children are now teenagers, or even older. An entire generation has grown up with this benefit, just as an entire generation of bus owners has flourished, made money, bought new buses and built successful businesses despite giving students a 50 per cent concession over the past 30-odd years. That they now simultaneously want an increase in bus purchase subsidy and a review of this concession − very shortly after getting a substantial increase in bus fares − only shows their enormous and unbridled avarice. The argument of the bus owners that students use bogus identity cards is completely unfounded. The numbers of those who do this is infinitesimally small; even smaller than those who travel ticketless in buses. The actual reason behind their putting forward this patently false argument is to be found in the so-called ‘solution’ that they have offered, that the 50 per cent concession should be restricted only to certain routes and within certain time slots, so that they have the power to deny concessional tickets to students in Goa. This disingenuous ‘stealth’ tactic cuts no ice, and should not even be taken up for discussion by the government. As for their demand of ‘compensation’ for this concession, it should be rejected outright. Students get travel concessions all over the country. Goa’s bus operators cannot claim after 32 years that it is ‘undermining’ the viability of their business. Transport Minister Ramkrishna alias Sudin Dhavalikar would do well to remember that it is his party, the MGP, which extended this concession to the students over 32 years ago. What would happen to his image inside his own party, and to his party’s image among the rural voters, if he should become the one to withdraw the students’ 50 per cent bus concession? At the same time, it is a rather sad commentary on the students of this state today. The 1978 agitation for 50 per cent bus concession was the beginning of a 10-year era of a dynamic student movement in Goa, which fought not only for issues pertaining to students, but against corruption, misuse of power and injustice to citizens of this state. It was the most powerful mass force in the state. Last week, the bus owners not only had the effrontery to demand a review of the 50 per cent bus concession, but to go on strike while examinations were going on, deeply inconveniencing students all over the state. Sadly, apart from a statement of condemnation by the National Students Union of India (NSUI), hardly any student voices were raised against this abominable demand. Why are student organisations, college student councils, etc, so quiet?

Spoils of war Floriano Lobo, Moira I would want to fast unto death along with Lawrence Fernandes, should he take his decision seriously. (His Letter titled “Quit Dabolim” Herald, 15 April). Unless the Indian Navy quits Dabolim — lock, stock and barrel — by handing over the Dabolim Airport to Goa’s civilian authority, which it was, prior to Goa’s annexation in 1961, I do not consider Goa as liberated. The Indian Navy is holding on to the Dabolim Airport as ‘spoils of war’. Therefore, they must vacate Dabolim.


e know well enough that laws govern everything in the universe; yet most people have never tried to apply the scientific approach of experimentation and research to test religious doctrines. They simply believe, thinking it is impossible to investigate and prove the scriptural texts. ‘We have only to believe’, they assure themselves and others; and that is to be accepted as all there is to religion. But the Holy Bible tells us that “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Clearly, faith is different from belief, which is only the first step before you carry out a spiritual experiment. We know that scientific knowledge is built upon facts. Take medical science, which is fairly well developed, though causes and cures of certain ailments are yet to be discovered. But what science does know, it is more or less sure about, because the various factors concerned have been tested: theories have been tried and proved. However, in religion, it is different. People are merely given certain facts or truths and told to believe them. After a little while, when their belief is not fulfilled, doubt creeps in; and then they go from religion to religion trying to find proof. You hear about God in churches and temples; you can read about him in books; but you can experience God only through self-realisation attained by practicing definite scientific techniques. In the future, religion everywhere will be a matter of experimentation, it will not be based solely upon belief. We see people all over changing from one church to another without truly believing in their hearts what they have heard about God. They say, “Well, I pray, but most of the time he does not respond.” Nevertheless, God is always aware of us. He knows all about us, yet we remain absolutely ignorant of him. This is the cause of the various kinds of doubts that play upon our minds. We must be able to know him. Why should we merely read and hear discussions about Him, and yet know nothing from per-

sonal experience? There is a definite way to experience God. And what is that way? It is a scientific experimentation with religious truths, and putting into practice, what you believe! It is possible to put religion into practice, to use it as a science that you can prove by experimenting on yourself. The search for truth is the most marvellous search in the world. Instead of merely a matter of attending a Sunday service or performing one’s puja, religion must have a practical side. Learn how to build your life around spiritual ideals. Without practical application, religion is of little value. In order that religion may guide and fulfill your life, you need to experiment in meditation. Shake God out of his silence.


he culture of any place has its inception in the quiet bylanes, laid-back villages and the back of beyond, where tourists hardly go. It lives, breathes and seethes there; meandering quite a bit, before it reaches the confines of a museum or the likes of Kala Academy. Not that museums or performance theatres do not have an intrinsic role to play in the spread of culture — they do. But the actual experience of that culture is quite far away from such elite places. That “culture” lives here in the villages of Goa. It wakes up with the hooting of the bicycle horn of the ‘poder’ (baker) as it heralds the dawn on a sleepy misty green village with quaint lanes and mysterious by-lanes. The bread man knows more about the village than the Panch. He sees all the early morning activities, some blatant, some clandestine as he cheerfully blows his trumpet, the cute little horn. Sleep strewn, this culture finally wakes up to bath and ablutions and then it pays homage to its Gods in a temple or a church, or a wayside cross, or at a Tulsi plant. As I go to buy the newspaper, I see women dressed in their best skirts with children in tow, walking fast and talking animatedly as they go for Mass. Sometimes I hear the songs of a litany, which must have sounded so blessedly the same for the last three hundred

ginning of such protests in Goa. People, when ‘united’ by common interest or social injustice, won’t tolerate foolish administration by the state government. I believe this protest is a good ‘lesson’ for the MPT and state government although MPT suffered a loss of approximately Rs20 crore due to the blockade of the land and sea route by these fishermen. It’s always the case in Goa that careless authorities wait for people’s reactions instead of sensitively acting in advance, and at the right time, to solve problems. I wish to convey my greetings to the people of Khariwado. Well done!

Augustus Alphonso, Vasco-da-gama.

Mahesh Kumar, New Delhi

It anything rings like a thunder in the pretentious deaf ears of the government, it will be the Vasco Khariwado fishermen’s voice, a show of solidarity and might, to protest the demolition of their homes. The MPT and the state government must be really ‘shaken up’ now. This is just the be-

The book “Great soul: Mahatma Gandhi and his struggle with India” by Joseph Levyveld is banned in Gujarat. There must be evidence for whatever is published. Else, call it a novel inspired by the life of a public figure and not based on true facts. Democracy or the freedom of the press does not

By Smitha Bhandare Kamat

You must insist: “Lord, speak to me”! If you make a supreme effort in the silence of the night and in the early morning, after a little while, you will see a glimmer of God’s light or feel a ripple of his joy coming over your consciousness. Experimenting to know God in meditation, in silence, brings the most real, most remarkable results. Through regular meditation, we begin to experience our world through new senses, we start to see beyond our old reality, as defined by appearances, and we enter a state of clarity where we share a common self. We find that inner peace and unconditional love are, in fact, real and in our hearts. They say prayer is, in a way, in which you speak to God, and meditation is when God speaks to you. It was once thought that water was a single el-

A day from a village in Goa

Straight from the heart

Well done ‘Khariwadocars’ No truth

Smile with Smitha


ement. But experiments later proved that two invisible elements, hydrogen and oxygen, come together in a certain combination, to make up water. Similarly, by religious experiment, wonderful spiritual truths are realised. When you sit quietly in meditation, and your mind is withdrawn within, you will have proof of God and of your own true nature. We read in the Old Testament: “Be still, and know I am thy God” (Psalm 46:10). Experimentation with religious laws is marvellous because the result doesn’t take place outside yourself; it is right within you. Do we doubt that every tree and every blade of grass is controlled by the power of God within it though that power is not visible externally? What you see are merely the results coming from the power in the seeds planted in the earth, which emerge as the tree and the blades of grass. You do not see what is going on within, in the factory of the infinite. Every object in this universe, and every potential therein, has been produced first in the factory of the mind of God; and God sublets that power to the factory of the mind of man. Isn’t it true from that little factory of man’s mind come marvellous discoveries and inventions in every field of science, great ideas and books that revolutionise the world, intricate machines and artificial intelligence to make life comfortable, And above all, need we doubt that in that mind, lies man’s unique ability to find God? Living a truth-driven life, you see everything in a clear, undistorted way, exactly as it is. Therefore, learn to experiment with this mind. Learn to follow the science of religion and you can become the greatest kind of scientist, the greatest kind of inventor, the master of your own fate. With the application of these truths, there is nothing you cannot accomplish in life. And the greatest of all achievements is to find God. The great ones who have discovered him never live in doubt; they experience the truth, as the Bible reveals: “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”(John 8:32).

years. And then starts a marriage of culture with commerce. It goes about its day with the fisherwoman carrying her hand-woven straw basket, delicately poised on her head. She stops my car and tells me how fresh the fish is with special reduced price for me (lie); just as she whispers the latest gossip in my ear. Our culture now goes about the warm forenoon, as some go for work to town and some cook food in earthen vessels, on dried firewood, and I smell the earth, deep, elusive and fragrant. Slowly, the day is exhausted by the heat and the humidity and it retires for the afternoon siesta, to a plate of fish curry rice and cashew feni, into the pot belly of a man who has just come from the Gulf. I hear some nice feisty Konkani folk songs being played in a nearby bar. “Mog” (love) is a word I hear often repeated in them and I guess that is the common ground in all cultures. In the evening, the culture rejuvenates as all the young boys play football in the village. Invariably, I can see at least one or two guys with curly hair supporting the wet look. I see the high testosterone levels in the way they move, as they follow the ball, and the way their eyes follow the passing ladies of the village!! They all sit on the tar road later and chat.

By Sajla Chawla

At night, the culture retires on some days with the local ‘tiatr’ playing some maudlin music and some slapstick comedy with a social message. I hear a man singing to his supposed wife as she pesters him jovially and I hear peals of mirth from the crowd. The village simpleton rolls with laughter and asks me to join the fun. In the evening, my neighbour calls upon me to help his cause. I wonder what that is and then he enlightens me that he suffers from unrequited love for a lady he met in the Church. We both sigh over the perplexing situation and hope for a solution as we solemnly gaze at the grotto of Our Lady in my garden. Somehow, strangely, this culture goes to bed often with Bryan Adam’s hit single ‘Summer of 69’ being playing at some wedding far away in the hills, and this seems to be, due to some inexplicable reason, the most heard song in Goa!! Mixed with Bryan Adams, I hear some fox howling, some peacocks calling and some wild cats wailing. The culture of a place is not just its artifacts. It is a way of life. The real ‘susegad’ Goa is in its villages. Only a patient visitor who waits watches and listens carefully can really reach the intangiblethe actual experience. Curios and mementos —- Well! Anyone can buy those. But that is not Goa!

Letters to the Editor Letter of the Day

Deplorable & disgusting

Prashant M, Margao

I took a Kadamba mini bus (GA 02 T 4548) from Palolem (to come to Margao) at 1030 hours on Monday, 11 April. After paying the fare, I asked for the ticket. I did not receive one. No tickets were issued to any passenger. I asked the conductor four times and finally, he gave me a ticket for Rs28. In fact my co-passenger looked askance at me as if I did something wrong by obtaining a ticket – whereas it is clearly displayed in bold letters in the bus, that the passenger must pay for the ticket and retain the receipt till the end of the journey. I wonder what these conductors show in their record books. Is there any surprise check by the flying squad? None, I suppose. It, therefore, comes as no surprise that Kadamba Corporation is running into a loss. In another shocking development, a friend of mine who insisted on a ticket in another KTC bus in Margao for a short distance travel, was literally asked to leave the bus, while all fellow passengers kept on watching the scene, instead of supporting him. Unless the public rises up, nothing much is going to change and this ‘cancer’ which will only continue to spread. The worst part is that things like these are increasingly being accepted as a way of life. This is disgusting. mean that one has a right to malign somebody else’s image. If Joseph has sufficient proof for his claim, he must produce it in public.

Keep lingo alive & kicking Melwyn Pereira, by email Goa is a high literate state, but, however, we have been ruled by people with least amount of qualification. The irony is that we ourselves time and again fall prey to the ubiquitous ‘Gandhi’ note or now more recently to colour TV sets or gifts given during election, but accept the same as a right. The controversy for Medium of Instruction is a well planned strategy of our politicians. But then, we have forgotten that politicians of yesteryear still have a desire to stage a comeback by raking up baseless issues to divide the people. Making Konkani as one language compulsory in schools will definitely keep the language alive and loved.

Do something different Marushka Mendes, Margao With regard to the meeting held in Margao by the parent body “FORCE”, their move to

hold back information from parents is in itself very suspicious. It does not suffice calling parents for meetings and blurting out speech after speech, the contents of which are no different from the first meeting. What was the action taken when the deadline wasn’t met when government maintained a status on the MoI? Something needs to happen on a practical front, as action speaks louder than words.

New bus & brake failure? Adelmo Fernandes, Vasco The other day, an accident took place at Margao wherein a brand new Kadamba bus ploughed into a traffic island which killed a scooterist on the spot and seriously injured an elderly couple. According to the driver of the bus, brake failure was the cause of the accident. How could a brand new bus develop a brake failure? It must be said that the Kadamba bus drivers cannot handle these hi-tech buses which have air-brakes. Therefore, it seems necessary for bus drivers to undergo some sort of training in using these high-tech buses by the bus manufacturers themselves. This will prevent fatal accidents due to human error.

Giving Goa a bad name Michael Vaz, Merces These days, several people have expressed their views on Bollywood projecting Goa in bad light, particularly with reference to the film ‘Dum Maaro Dum’. The people may be right in demanding that the controversial verses likely to tarnish the image of Goa need to be deleted, and an apology tendered to the people of Goa. People have argued that quite often Bollywood has projected Goa as a haven for drunkards and drug addicts. Honestly speaking, one cannot refute this claim. The culture of binge drinking in parties, social get-togethers etc is a way of life. The drug scene is rampant. Even our leading politicians and their closest kin are involved. We have molestations and rapes galore. Taking a cue from all this, even domestic tourists lose all ethics after they descend into Goa.

Goan Muslims deprived Shaikh Iftikar, President, MMYO, via email The Congress Goverment of Goa, led by CM Digambar Kamat has announced financial package of Rs25 lakhs to deserving NGOs working on humanitarian grounds in Goa. He has also stressed on more help of upto Rs1crore, if required, to committed and genuine workers in the said field. Astonishingly, not a single Muslim NGO features in the list provided by the Goverment. Are Muslim NGOs not fit to be in the list? Mufeedul Muslameen Youth Organisation (MMYO) has been tirelessly working in the social and educational field for the last 10 years. We have a helped number of needy students get admission by providing them books, uniforms, fees etc.Mufeedul Muslameen requests the Goa goverment to include Muslim NGOs in the list so that they can continue the good work.

Govt ploy Jonas Correia, Aldona The strike by malaria control workers, who are demanding regularisation of their services, is unjustified. It has to be seen whether they went on strike of their own or have been instigated to do so. They were employed as

daily wage workers for a fixed purpose. It has become a practice for successive Governments to employ their cronies as Temporary workers, PETS etc. and retain them as their vote banks. They then ask them to go on a strike and get their services regularised. Therefore, what is the purpose of having an employment exchange? How are people registered with the employment exchange going to get jobs? Perhaps, the answer lies in the next election, when our precious votes will be sought and a fitting reply will be given.

No media attention Mike Carvalho, Canada It is very disheartening to note that little or no attention was given internationally, towards the great act of courage shown by Anna Hazare, to fight corruption. It was surprising to note that the Indian correspondents of major English news channels provided no coverage whatsoever about the deeds of this great Gandhian. For weeks prior to the Commonwealth Games these channels were very quick to broadcast all the negative set backs. Anna Hazare’s heroics should put all corrupt rulers and officials into shame. He is a perfect nominee for a Nobel Prize.

Konkani books a plenty Fr Jaime Couto, Margao I was greatly pleased to read the unbiased and candid views expressed by Eulalia D’Mello in her letter ‘Promote use of Konkani’(Herald 15 April). The amount of good books and magazines produced in Devanagari, in the last 40 years or so, right from school literature, poetry, essays, plays, novels to dictionaries and encyclopedias, is really praiseworthy. These publications are available in Panjim, ‘Goa Konkani Akademi’ at 243, Patto Colony, and ‘Rajhauns Vitaran’, Meenakshi Building, Dr Wolfango da Silva Marg or in Margao, ‘Confidant’, A Faria Road, and also ‘TG Borkar Stationers, Station Road, and ‘Maya Bookstores.’ For the sake of students and others who seek to read or write simple but correct Konkani, in Devanagari, we have today ‘Dalgadacho Sondex’ a bimonthly magazine. Details may be obtained on cell no. 9975167671.

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MPs to get minimum monthly pension of Rs 20,000

Do not penalise an entire community


By Victor M Albuquerque

As a concerned citizen and a grandfather of primary going students, I request that the matter of medium of instruction be addressed taking into consideration ground realities and the peculiarity of this state, an erstwhile 'Portuguese' pocket. Centuries ago, Goans suffered ‘pressures’ and ‘forceful’ changes in their culture/religion, customs and traditions, especially in Bardez, Tiswadi, Salcette and Mormugao, called the old conquests. This is the root cause why this segment of the population is penalised even after Liberation. Under Portuguese rule, local languages were not allowed to grow, especially Konkani. This 400-year rule (in the old conquests) brought a great disadvantage to the population, having culturally denaturalised them and led them to change their ancestral customs and traditions to the extent that they had to ignore their mother tongue, which was relegated to a language of the lower strata of Goan society. There was a section of the society that even migrated to coastal Karnataka, especially Mangalore, to avoid persecution. But unfortunately, a majority succumbed to pressures and inducements. Thus was born a new society of 'slaves' who shed all their values, beliefs, language, etc. This was unlike other states in India – like Kerala – where there may have been a change in religious belief but no change in customs, traditions and lifestyle of ordinary people, who retained their original identity in spite of a change in religion. This same section of Goans (the Christian converts), who bore the brunt of persecution, are now being targeted (like it or not) for being westernised and for lack of knowledge of the local language. Are we Christians to be blamed for the changes in our society? Are today’s young students to suffer for changes that took place four centuries ago? Are we responsible for what our forefathers were forced to undergo? Is it not enough that we have suffered during all these years the ignominy of having ruptured our umbilical chord with mother India (however attractive the Portuguese regime might have been to some who derived benefit from it)? The lucky Goans were those who were able to migrate with their deities to safer places, and preserve their culture and customs. Especially lucky were those from the so -called new conquests (Pernem/Ponda/Sattari/Sanguem/Quepem/Canacona), because the Portuguese did not impose a change of religion and customs on them. To cut a long story short, the consequences are there for everybody to see! Konkani, which was the language of the region, lost its pre-eminence as there was no support from the Portuguese rulers. Further, Portuguese was made compulsory in primary schools. But there were many who were not able to adapt to the new language. Those who could afford it studied in some private English schools; it helped them to secure jobs in other parts of the country and migrate to East Africa and elsewhere. Goa's economy was relegated to a ‘money order’ economy. These are more or less the hard facts of a section of Goan society that, eventually, had no roots in its ancestral customs, traditions or language – Konkani. The Church did yeomen service by way of protecting the language. That is how Konkani in the Roman script secured its roots. After Liberation, various changes took place in education. Sometime in 1986, the language agitation spearheaded mostly by Catholics resulted in Konkani being made the official language of the state. But at that point of time they did not comprehend the importance of the script and, carried away by the euphoria of success and influenced by a section of the influential ‘Devanagari’ protagonists, agreed to Konkani in the Devanagari script being made the state's official language. Simultaneously, Marathi lobbyists ensured that Marathi was given an equivalent status. The state declared Goa's official language as Konkani in the Devanagari script, Marathi as an associate language, and English as the administrative language. This was a blow to Catholic Goans, at that point a large minority of around 38 per cent of the population. By this single decision, the Catholic community was again put to great disadvantage, relegated to second class citizens as far as the language of learning at the primary level was concerned! The mother tongue of Catholics in Goa is undoubtedly Konkani, written in the Roman script. This should have been one of the official languages of Goa – how many Catholic or, for that matter, Hindu Goans can write Konkani in the Devanagari script? It is not as if Konkani has a defined script like other Indian languages. Konkani in Karnataka is written in the Kannada script. So why cannot Konkani in the Roman script be accepted? It can, therefore, only be construed that Konkani in the Devanagari script was planted by lobbies interested in maintaining their supremacy. Catholic students are unable to cope with Konkani in Devanagari, as their mothers have never spoken to them in that language nor learnt that script. Further, the language variance from North to South in Goa is so vast some spoken Konkani in the North is incomprehensible to people in the South! Parents are in a dilemma. Their children get traumatised at a young age to learn a language in a script unknown to their parents. Frustration sets in, and is probably the cause why so many parents consider migration from Goa for the education of their children. A studied impartial decision is therefore required regarding the medium of education in primary schools. No political or other colour should be given to such a decision. It will have far reaching consequences for the future of Goan youth. Parents are the best judges; a vast majority of them consider English the best medium of instruction at the primary level. ‘UNESCO’ advice cannot be applied to Goa when the mother tongue differs in various parts of Goa. In today's globalised world, many mother tongues (especially dialects) have perished; those that have not will soon be defunct – an excellent example is ‘Tulu’ in the South Kanara district of Karnataka. I feel that the language issue should not be politicised. It should be the prerogative of educationists and parents to decide what language their children should study in; they are the best judges of their children’s interest and future. So schools imparting education in languages other than those declared ‘official’ should also get government grants and all facilities availed by schools imparting education in the official languages. Let not students whose ancestors have suffered because of the Portuguese regime be penalised even after independence. Let local languages flourish – they are required for social and cultural reasons – but penalising an entire community amounts to discrimination! My humble opinion is that it is wise to permit primary school students to study in the language of their choice. Aid should be given to all schools, irrespective of language. This is especially important as 30 per cent of Goa's population is from outside, with different mother tongues, while 25 per cent are Christians, who do not have any knowledge of Marathi or Konkani in the Devanagari script. (The writer is the Chairman and Managing Director of the Alcon Victor Group)

BSF soldiers patrol along the India-Bangladesh border at Fulbari on the outskirts of Siliguri on Sunday. The borders of Bangladesh and Nepal are sealed for the security reasons due to the assembly polling. The state assembly election of West Bengal will take place in six phases starting from April 18.

Lessons from Japan N-mishap to be factored in India’s review PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 17

As a review of all the nuclear facilities in the country is underway, the authorities are factoring in the lessons learnt from the Fukushima episode and even beyond to ensure that the atomic installations are able to weather all the possible disasters. The upgrade in safety features of the nuclear plants will apply to the existing ones as well as the new ones, including the proposed Jaitapur plants. The factors being taken into consideration include high intensity earthquake, tsunami that would trigger waves upto 15 metres, hurricane and floods, officials said. The four task forces set up after the Japanese incident went into the safety features of the existing nuclear plants to see what can be done to upgrade these and incorporate these in the new ones. The first task force studied Tarapur Atomic Plant (TAP) I and

II, the second went into Rajasthan Atomic Plant (RAP) I and II, the third examined the Madras Atomic Plant (MAP) I and II while the fourth studied rest of the reactors, the officials said. As part of the new measures, it has been decided that the new nuclear plants would not be constructed in high seismic zones of VI but at the most, zone III where there is plenty of space. At present, most of India’s 20 nuclear plants are in seismic zone III and only one Narora is in Zone IV. The officials insisted that the upgrade of the nuclear plants was a process initiated before Japan’s Fukushima incident where tsunami triggered by high intensity earthquake hit nuclear plants last month triggering scare about radiation leak which the authorities there are still trying to prevent. “It is not that we became wise only after Fukushima. But that does not mean we should ignore what happened there,” an official said, adding the lessons

learnt there are being taken into consideration in India’s safety upgrade process. At the same time, the officials maintained that the systems in Indian nuclear plants were different from those of Japanese plants. Explaining, they said there was multi-layered automatic system of cooling process in Indian nuclear plants while in the Japanese ones, the cooling was done through pump systems which failed in Fukushima once power supply went off due to tsunami. With regard to the controversy over setting up of nuclear plants, including Jaitapur, close to sea, the officials rejected the contention of activists that it would damage the maritime life. The officials maintained that proper studies had been conducted to see the impact of radioactive waste, not only on fish but even the organic life on which the fish feed and these had been taken into account in the projects.

Hazare seeks interpreter for himself from next meeting PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 17

Unable to comprehend the deliberations in English in the joint drafting committee on Lokpal Bill, anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare has sought an interpreter for himself from the next meeting. Hazare made the request for an interpreter as he found it difficult to follow closely the proceedings of the joint committee, chaired by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, which were in English. Hazare has mostly worked in rural Maharashtra and is fluent in Marathi as well as Hindi. Sources said that his request has been accepted by the government and interpreter would be present from the next meeting scheduled on May 2. Hazare said he would insist on videography of the proceedings of the joint committee meetings from the next meeting onwards.


Supporters of the CPI (Marxist) take part in a rally in support of their nominated candidate Ashok Bhattacharya for Siliguri constituency on the final day of election campaign at Siliguri.

Aishwarya to go solo at Cannes this year PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 17

After four years of marriage and an equal number of headline grabbing appearances on the French Riviera, Aishwarya Rai will be going solo at the Cannes red carpet this time, thanks to husband Abhishek Bachchan’s packed schedule. The Bollywood beauty won’t have Abhishek on her arm this time around as he will be busy shooting in Russia.

“I can’t go this year to Cannes with Aishwarya. We were there together last year to promote ‘Raavan’. But this year I will be shooting in Russia that time,” Abhishek told PTI. This will be the actress’ tenth consecutive Cannes outing and A b h i s h e k i s p ro u d o f t h e achievement. “I am very proud of her. I think she is the only Indian actress to have that,” said the 35-year-old actor.

A record 79 students will receive PhD and another 42,966, including a large number of Goan students pursuing their higher education in different engineering colleges in Belgaum and other parts of Karnataka, will receive BE degree during the 10th annual convocation of the Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), Belgaum on April 18 at the VTU campus, Belgaum. Chancellor of the University Governor Hans Raj Bhardwaj will preside over the convocation and confer the degrees on the graduates. Prof P Balaram, Director, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, will be the chief guest and deliver the Convocation address. Minister for Higher Education V S Acharya will be present. Divulging details at a press conference, Vice Chancellor Dr H Maheshappa said apart from PhD and BE degrees to be conferred, 185 students will be conferred with the BArch degree, 3,765 students MBA degree, 1,838 students with MCA degree, 1,543 students with MCA degree, six students with MArch degree and 20 students with MSc (Engg) degree. Honorary degree of Doctor

of Science (DSc) will be conferred on Union Minister for Finance Pranab Mukherjee, Managing Director of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation E Sreedharan, and Unique Identification Authority of India Chairman Nandan Nilekani in absentia, Dr Maheshappa disclosed. Speaking further, Dr Maheshappa said VTU is one of the prestigious and largest technological universities in the countr y with 186 engineering colleges affiliated to it, three colleges were given autonomous status this year in addition to the 14 autonomous colleges. Recently, Karnataka government transferred UBDT College of Engineering, Davangere from Davangere University to VTU as its constituent college. VTU imparts technical education to more than 2 lakh engineers under its 27 undergraduate and 70 postgraduate programmes apart from doctoral programmes in 300 departments in 80 colleges which have been designated as research centers covering all disciplines as a forerunner to transform VTU from a teaching centric university into a research and knowledge centric university.

6 Tihar inmates pursuing IAS dreams PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 17

They may be on the other side of the law but these Tihar inmates are burning midnight oil to make it to the bureaucracy and assist lawmakers. These six inmates, lodged inside Jail No. 3 of the prison for crimes like murder, kidnapping and cheating, are toiling hard to qualify for the Indian Administrative Services exams even though they are not certain about their release. With no coaching centres at their disposal, all are following the self study method and in need they turn to one of their co-inmates, who once trained IAS aspirants. “Manipur has the potential to add to the Indian economy if explored well. Till date it remains neglected. The youth there should be motivated. If I qualify the IAS

exams, development of my state will be my prime agenda,” Gaijoao Mei George said. Charged with murder, George made headlines after getting several job offer letters from companies that carried out the first ever campus placement drive in Tihar Prisons. “I study whenever I get time. The GNIIT course that I did when I was outside is helping me a lot. 24 hours are too less for preparation. One of inmates who is also trying for the exam helps me,” he said. Siddharth Singh Sidar, a resident of Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh and undergoing imprisonment for cheating, has come as a blessing in disguise for many like George. An IITian from Kharagpur, Siddharth quit his job and came to Delhi to prepare for the IAS exams. He used to run tutorial

classes in Mukherjee Nagar area for IIT aspirants before he got entangled in a cheating case. “I am in the jail since December 2010. Should I consider this imprisonment a blessing or a curse, I do not know. I am happy that I am getting the time to prepare for the civil services which I hardly had when I was out,” he said. DG (Prisons) Neeraj Kumar said the prison officials are extending all possible help as far as study materials are concerned. “The Delhi High Court in 2009 set free a convict in a rape case after he made it to the civil services while undergoing life imprisonment in Tihar Central Jail here,” he told PTI. “Corruption and wrongdoings can come to an end if the existing policies are implemented

well,” said another IAS aspirant Gaurav Sharma, held for kidnapping and murder. “Gaurav is a patient listener. He was pursuing a course with the Aeronautical Society of India before he was held. He was aiming to join the DRDO. He studies very hard,” said a prison official. Amit Jha, lodged for kidnapping, prefers to study in the night. “It is too difficult to concentrate during the day. There are loudspeakers around inside the prison. At night, when all are asleep, I am able to concentrate. I dedicate around four hours. I was preparing for the IAS exams even before I came into the jail. Every Bihari aims for the IAS and I am no different. If I make it, discrimination on caste basis is one area where I will tr y and bring some change,” Jha said.

Pension of former members of Parliament (MPs) of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha has been enhanced with retrospective effect from May 18, 2009, entitling one to a minimum pension of Rs 20,000 per month. A notification on the Lok Sabha website exhorts the ex-MPs to apply for the revised pension that increases in case of serving Parliament for more than five years. Those being the MPs for second or more terms get additional pension at the rate of Rs 1500 per month for every year in excess of five years. Nine months of term is treated as one complete year for calculations. Bureaucrats and others entitled for any other pension will continue to get it, in addition to the pension they will enjoy as the ex-MPs, says the Lok Sabha rules. The ex-MP is, however, not entitled for pension if he becomes President, Vice-President, Governor or Administrator or a member of the Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha or

any state legislature of metropolitan council or employed on salary by Centre or state government or any government corporation or authority. The family pension to the spouse or dependent of a deceased MP or ex-MP is half the pension admissible to the deceased member at the time of his or her death. The spouse or dependent, however, gets no pension if already drawing one as ex-MP himself or herself. No person is, however, allowed to claim the family pension arrears for the period prior to September 15, 2006. The ex-MP is also entitled to travel in any train in airconditioned first class if travelling alone or in air-conditioned two tier class along with a companion, on the strength of the ex-MP identity card. The medical facility under the central government health scheme (CGHS) is also extended to ex-MPs residing in cities covered by the CGHS by paying the contribution at the same rate as they were paying as MPs.



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Kate’s parents to pay £100,000 for wedding


Kate Middleton's parents will pay nearly £100,000 ($163,000, 113,000 euros) for their daughter's wedding to Prince William later this month, a report said Sunday. Hotel suites, bridal gowns, bridesmaids' dresses, the maid of honour's outfit and the honeymoon will all be paid for by Carole and Michael Middleton, The Sunday Times newspaper said, without citing its sources. They will pay for several suites at the Goring hotel in the upmarket London district of Belgravia, including a two-bedroom, five-room suite for Kate and her sister Pippa, her maid of honour, said the paper. Carole and Michael and their son James, Kate's brother, will also reportedly take rooms in the hotel, not far from Buckingham Palace, for the April 29 wedding at London's Westminster Abbey. The hotel bill alone is expected to exceed £20,000, the paper said. The Middletons are thought to have paid £30,000 for Kate's bridal gowns and £20,000 for Pippa's dress, it added.

Gaddafi forces pound rebels west of Ajdabiya AFP AJDABIYA, APRIL 17

Libyan government forces pounded rebels west of Ajdabiya with heavy artillery on Sunday, prompting hundreds of residents and some rebels to flee, an AFP reporter said. The intense shelling came a day after at least eight people were killed and 27 wounded as the forces loyal to Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi fired rockets at rebel positions, hospital officials said. "Gaddafi's forces approached the city, they bombed the western gate. The sound of the guns are coming closer, that's why many are leaving," said Omar Salim Mufta, a 27-year-old resident rebel supporter who has not taken up arms. The range of the rockets used by Gaddafi forces is about 20

2 Palestinians nabbed over settler murders AFP AWARTA, APRIL 17

Israel has arrested two Palestinian suspects in connection with the grisly murder of a young settler family, Israeli security officials said on Sunday. A senior army officer said he believed the killing of the Israeli couple and three of their children at the West Bank settlement of Itamar was not ordered by a militant group but was the outcome of a burglary that went wrong. "I personally believe that what motivated them was to penetrate an Israeli settlement and maybe to steal a gun, and the murder as it occurred was something they didn't plan at the beginning, it just happened," Colonel Nimrod Aloni told reporters in a briefing. Both the suspects' family and home village of Awarta have traditional allegiances to the Marxi s t Po p u l a r Fro n t f o r t h e Liberation of Palestine, but Aloni said he did not believe the young men were directed by any organisation. "I think that they acted by themselves with no direction whatsover," he said. "My estimation is that they worked independently." Sunday's announcement of the arrests was the first public update on a murder investigation spanning more than a month. The news came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had suggested that a major breakthrough in the case would be made public soon.

kilometres (12.5 miles), suggesting loyalist forces are within that distance from the key eastern crossroads town. "They are about 20 kilometres away. They are firing at us with Grad rockets," said Kemal Abdel Mohammed Abdel, 24, a rebel returning from the front line. Another civilian, 48-year-old Milud Ghait, appealed for NATO forces to carry out air strikes on the area as about a dozen pickup trucks carrying rebel fighters left the town. "Gadhafi's forces are on the western outskirts of Ajdabiya, but NATO is doing nothing. Where is NATO? What are the French, British and Americans doing?" he asked. But rebel Ahmed Zwai, 35, blamed a sandstorm and said: "The weather was not good today, so NATO was unable to strike."

Cameron insists no ground forces AFP LONDON, APRIL 17

A rebel fighter sits atop a pick-up truck loaded with anti-aircraft ammunition at the western entrance of Ajdabiyah. More than 20 rebel fighters were wounded and at least 6 were killed when Kadhafi forces pounded the city.

Syria set for more protests despite AFP DAMASCUS, APRIL 17

A pledge by Syria's embattled president to lift almost 50 years of draconian emergency rule within a week was brushed aside as not enough on Sunday, as activists called for more protests. President Bashar al-Assad's long-awaited announcement came on Saturday, on the eve of Independence Day, after a month of bloody protests and a global outcry for change in the autocratic country. But protesters took to the streets within hours of his speech, which was followed by calls for more demonstrations on Sunday posted on social networking website Facebook, a motor of the pro-reform movement. "The day of independence is the day of liberty across Syria," the Syrian Revolution 2011 Facebook page said of the 65th anniversary of the end of French rule. "The juridical commission on the emergency law has prepared a series of proposals for new legislation, and these proposals will be submitted to the government, which will issue a new law within a week at the most," he said. Today, customs seized a consignment of arms, including assault rifles and night-vision goggles, in a container at the Tanaf border crossing with Iraq, the state news agency SANA reported. It said arms have also

been intercepted at posts with Turkey and Lebanon. In a televised address Saturday to a new cabinet tasked with launching reforms, Assad also expressed his sorrow over the deaths of an estimated 200 people in a month of protests demanding greater freedoms. "We are sad for all the people we have lost and all the people injured, and consider them all martyrs," he said. Assad addressed the broad spectrum of complaints that have sparked countr ywide protests, including unemployment, corruption and a crisis in agriculture. "Corruption is a threat to morality and to the country's potential for development," he said, calling for national dialogue between the state and the Syrian people. Assad said demonstrations were "allowed by the Syrian constitution" although he added "there is no law in place to regulate them" and "police must first be trained and equipped to handle them." He told the government unveiled on Thursday to act quickly and "take responsibility" and be "transparent" in their action. But within hours of his speech some 2,000 protesters staged a sit-in in the suburb of Douma north of Damascus, demanding the release of relatives arrested on Friday during a major day of nationwide protests, activists said.

Prime Minister David Cameron insisted on Sunday that Britain would not send ground forces into Libya but conceded the limits set by the UN resolution were making the campaign more difficult. "What we've said is there is no question of an invasion or an occupation, this is not about Britain putting boots on the ground, this is not what we are about here," he told Sky News television. He stressed international forces would not go beyond the terms set by UN Security Council Resolution 1973.

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Central government organization, which is looking after logistic of their travel whereas SAG claims to have sponsored the teams. The NYK coordinator Shirish Lawande had accompanied the team members from Margao to Sindhudurg, Maharashtra. Prabhudesai said that the travellers have exaggerated the situation. He was however quick to add that SAG would not disown its responsibility. “I will inquire into matter,” he said.

Kharewado cools

MPT has acquired land rights upto Betul, which had become a bone of contention for several fishing villages. The Goa delegation which will also comprise of Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar will impress upon the ministry that Kharewado houses should not be demolished in the absence of proper rehabilitation. The issue of denotifying the MPT jurisdiction will also figure in the meeting. KAP in their show of strength had completely paralyzed Vasco city, MPT and Panjim minor port for two days. Kamat had to intervene to sort out the crisis. Amongst several demands, Kamat had said that he will soon lead the delegation as denotification of MPT jurisdiction is a central subject.

Princess may go by Jan

After facing opposition from Brittona residents to place the scrap of the ship in their village, the Tourism Department is looking out for two to three more sites. “We have identified a few sites. Brittona locals were wary because there was cutting of the scrap but now the issue would be settled as huge portions of the ship like chimney have already been removed,” Naik said adding that now the cutting job will be less.

No halt to woes

department. The department, however, ruled out any such assurance and said that if required the demands would be placed before government. “We are not the concerned authority. If their demands are genuine then the same would be placed before the respective authorities,” Desai said adding that decision over the demands would come only if the bus operators form a society.

Rajapakse urges protests against UN report AFP COLOMBO, APRIL 17

Sri Lanka's president has called for mass protests against a UN report which urged a probe into alleged war crimes committed during the fight against Tamil Tiger rebels, his office said Sunday. President Mahinda Rajapakse said in an address to officials of his Sri Lanka Freedom Party that this year's May Day rally should be turned into a "show of our strength" against international calls for war crimes investigations. "All these days we did not demonstrate our strength, but now on May Day we will show our strength," the president said on

Saturday. An audio tape of the speech was released by his office. His remarks came after a leaked UN report

called for an independent inquiry into "credible" allegations that Sri Lanka committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in its final 2009 offensive against Tamil Tigers. Rajapakse said that a section of the international community was leading a campaign against Sri Lanka and harbouring a "grudge" because he did not allow the country to be divided, as demanded by the Tamil Tigers. He said the world had also benefited from the crushing of the rebels who had mastered the use of "suicide jackets" in their trademark bombings. Rajapakse said allegations of war crimes, contained in a UN expert panel report, were not new but that there were increasing

Finish right poised to surge in election AFP HELSINKI, APRIL 17

Finns turned out in droves Sunday for a parliamentary vote marked by the meteoric rise of

the nationalist True Finns party, which could tip the political scale to the right and even block Finnish approval of EU bailouts.

suggestions that those who led the military campaign should be taken before a war crimes tribunal. "On behalf of the country, if they ask me to sit on the electric chair, I will happily do it," the president said. The leaked report detailed "credible allegations" which, if proven, indicate a wide range of violations by both the government and the rebels.


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Surging oil prices may jeopardise global recovery: India PTI WASHINGTON, APRIL 17

India has warned that surging oil prices could jeopardise recovery of the global economy which is already vulnerable to a variety of risks, including political and social turmoil in parts of the world combined with natural disasters. "The global recovery may be jeopardised by a sustained rise in oil prices," RBI Governor Duvvuri Subbarao told the Spring Meeting of the IMF here last evening. "Apart from the inflationary pressures confronting particularly the emerging and devel-

oping countries, there is the danger of a slowdown in the global economy unless oil prices moderate from current levels," Subbarao said in his address to the IMF Committee. Furthermore, since the summer of 2010, several natural calamities and consequent food supply constraints have collided with the post-crisis resurgence of demand, he noted. "World food prices have surged considerably due to concerns about low future supplies because of bad weather and low inventories, raising concerns about food security.

Speculative movements in commodity derivative markets are also causing volatility in prices," he said. A variety of risks, including political and social turmoil in parts of the world combined with natural disasters, have made the global recovery vulnerable, Subbarao said, adding that financial conditions have turned volatile and uncertain, with risks of adverse feedback loops into the global economy. "Recurring sovereign debt fears have affected market confidence. In the crisis-affected economies, financial systems are yet to be fully repaired.

While the sense of crisis has waned, new challenges have surfaced," he said. Subbarao said while the trough of the crisis definitely appears to be behind and there are signs the recovery is consolidating, new challenges facing the global economy render it vulnerable. "We have to remain vigilant and be prepared to deal with all threats, old and new, as we repair and rebuild. The global problems we are facing today are complex and not amenable to easy solutions," he said. Many of them require significant and often painful adjust-

ments at the national level, and in a world divided by nationstates, there is no natural constituency for the global economy, he said. At the same time, the global crisis has shown that the global economy as an entity is more important than ever, Subbarao said. "Given the deepening integration of countries into the global economic and financial system, uncoordinated responses will lead to worse outcomes for everyone," he said. Noting that the overarching problems confronting the international monetary system


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Diversified business house Tata Group will invest up to Rs 1.2 lakh crore across sectors in the domestic market in the next five years as it looks to more than double its revenues to USD 150 billion (about Rs 6.64 lakh crore) by then. The Tata Group, which has over 90 operating companies, will put in half of the planned investment in power sector, while the other significant portions will be in steel and automobile sectors. "We have become a significant player globally in each of the sectors that we are present


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in. In the next five years, the pace of growth of the group will continue... The current investment assessment for the next five years is around Rs 1.1 lakh crore to Rs 1.2 lakh crore," Tata Industries MD Kishor A Chaukar said. Tata Industries is one of the investment arms of Tata Group. This investment has been planned essentially for the Indian market and it will be pumped in across various sectors like power, steel, automobiles, telecommunications and chemicals, he said while announcing the ambitious roadmap for doubling the

Tech players betting big on fantasy cricket on the back of a rapidly growing number of Internet users in India, which is expected to touch 300-million mark over the next 2-3 years, industry experts said. "Currently, there are almost a million players in India playing fantasy cricket. In India, where cricket is almost the only sport enjoyed by its population and with industry projections putting internet

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overall mandate, Subbarao stressed that ensuring consistency and comprehensiveness across the various levels of surveillance is important, as is the candour and evenhandedness of the IMF - that systemic risks are pointed out irrespective of where they may originate. "We need to stress that multilateral surveillance by the IMF should not lose sight of sovereign debt concerns of developed countries by adopting tighter screening criteria for developing countries that have actually seen fiscal improvement relative to the advanced economies," he said.

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Patel hopeful of Air India bail out plan A consortium of banks is willing to participate in financial restructuring plan of the national carrier Air India after ICICI Bank's move to refinance long term debt, said Praful Patel, minister for heavy industries and public enterprises. According to Patel, there is no necessity to bring the national airliner under Board for Restructuring of Public Sector Enterprise at this stage as various revival packages are being worked out to bail it out. "Despite difficulties the company (Air India) never defaulted. The banks are happy to refinance. If ICICI Bank can take 15 years average maturity call for Air India, I am sure that existing lenders will also take a look at Rs 18,000 crore debt restructuring plan," Patel said. Air India is reeling under debt of Rs 40,000 crore, out of which Rs 18,000 crore is its short term capital loan while foreign loans stood at Rs 24,000 crore. Last month, the AI board cleared the debt restructuring plan for the airline. The plan was prepared by SBI Capital Market Ltd (SBICAPS) and vetted by financial advisory firm Deloitte following directions of the RBI.

stem from weaknesses in detecting and communicating early warnings of impending crises and management of global liquidity, the RBI Governor said this calls for fundamental reform of the international monetary system. "It is also important to evolve a mechanism to address the challenges of stemming volatile capital flows and to strengthen multilateral adjustment mechanisms to deal with imbalances and sources of instability," he argued. Stating that the surveillance function is critical to the IMF's

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18.84 22.62 21.57 36.50 12.70 12.70 17.19

penetration at an encouraging 300-million users, fantasy cricket in the country has great potential," said Harsh Jain, CMD of Dream11 Gaming Pvt Ltd, a leading cricket fantasy game maker. Fantasy cricket, a part of the fantasy sports genre, is an online game where one can create a virtual team of real cricket players and score points depending on how the

India Special Situations Fund (G) India Value Fund (D) India Value Fund (G) International Opportunities Fund (D) International Opportunities Fund (G) Franklin India Tax Shield (D) India Tax Shield (G) Infotech Fund (D) Infotech Fund (G) Pharma Fund (D) Pharma Fund (G) FMCG Fund (D) FMCG Fund (G) Asian Equity Fund (D) Asian Equity Fund (G) Build India Fund (D) Build India Fund (G) India Bluechip Fund (D) India Bluechip Fund (G) India Flexi Cap Fund (D) India Flexi Cap Fund (G) India High Growth Companies Fund (D) India High Growth Companies Fund (G) India Opportunities Fund (D) India Opportunities Fund (G) India Prima Fund (D) India Prima Fund (G) India Prima Plus Fund (D) India Prima Plus Fund (G) India Smaller Companies Fund (D) India Smaller Companies Fund (G)

18.96 11.40 11.40 13.89 13.89 31.03 213.89 20.53 66.30 33.45 63.21 42.05 66.99 11.45 11.45 11.49 12.03 39.45 219.93 15.29 33.43 12.49 13.04 14.43 31.95 42.97 275.74 27.09 225.50 13.58 14.66


HDFC Long Term Advantage Fund (D) Long Term Advantage Fund (G) Tax Saver (D) Tax Saver (G) Capital Builder Fund (D) Capital Builder Fund (G) Core & Satellite Fund (D) Core & Satellite Fund (G) Equity Fund (D) Equity Fund (G) Growth Fund (D) Growth Fund (G) Infrastructure Fund (D) Infrastructure Fund (G) Long Term Equity Fund (D) Long Term Equity Fund (G) Mid-Cap Opportunities Fund (D) Mid-Cap Opportunities Fund (G) Premier Multi-Cap Fund (D) Premier Multi-Cap Fund (G) Top 200 Fund (D) Top 200 Fund (G) HSBC Tax Saver Equity Fund (D) Tax Saver Equity Fund (G) Dynamic Fund (D) Dynamic Fund (G) Equity Fund (D) Equity Fund (G) India Opportunities Fund (D) India Opportunities Fund (G) Midcap Equity Fund (D) Midcap Equity Fund (G) Progressive Themes Fund (D) Progressive Themes Fund (G) Small Cap Fund (D) Small Cap Fund (G) Unique Opportunities Fund (D) Unique Opportunities Fund (G)


36.67 140.17 60.26 237.21 24.72 113.40 21.52 41.58 48.30 285.92 31.59 89.13 12.11 12.11 12.86 16.82 15.65 15.65 15.05 29.44 46.82 216.22 13.56 14.70 10.53 10.53 26.62 105.81 16.87 35.81 11.41 21.35 10.42 12.25 10.90 11.72 11.34 11.34

ICICI Pru R.I.G.H.T. Fund (D) 12.42 R.I.G.H.T. Fund (G) 12.42 Tax Plan (D) 19.26 Tax Plan (G) 143.35 Technology Fund (D) 18.77 Technology Fund (G) 18.77 FMCG Fund (D) 36.83 FMCG Fund (G) 68.15 Banking & Finan Services Fund - Retail Plan (D) 18.86 Banking & Finn Services Fund - Retail Plan (G) 19.32 Discovery Fund (D) 19.92 Discovery Fund (G) 49.52 Dynamic Plan (D) 18.53 Dynamic Plan (G) 109.70 Emerging S.T.A.R. Fund (D) 16.31 Emerging S.T.A.R. Fund (G) 32.77 Equity Opportunities Fund (D) 11.27 Equity Opportunities Fund (G) 12.56 Focused Bluechip Equity Fund (D) 16.20 Focused Bluechip Equity Fund (G) 16.98 Fusion Fund (D) 13.95 Fusion Fund (G) 14.80 Fusion Fund Series - III Retail Plan (D) 12.92 Fusion Fund Series - III Retail Plan (G) 12.92 Indo Asia Equity Fund - Retail Plan (D) 11.00 Indo Asia Equity Fund - Retail Plan (G) 11.00 Infrastructure Fund - Retail Plan (D) 12.19 Infrastructure Fund - Retail Plan (G) 30.26 Services Industries Fund (D) 13.38 Services Industries Fund (G) 17.79 Target Returns Fund - Retail Plan (D) 14.40

chosen players perform in real life matches. The fantasy sports market in India is still growing compared with the size of the market in countries like the US and Canada, which is nearly USD 4.48-billion, he said. IBIBO, Zapak, Indian Fantasy League, ESPNcricinfo Fantasy Cricket, Hungama and Dream11 are a few players in the fantasy cricket gaming in-

Target Returns Fund - Retail Plan (G) Top 100 Fund (D) Top 100 Fund (G) Top 200 Fund (D) Top 200 Fund (G) IDFC Classic Equity Fund - Plan A (D) Classic Equity Fund - Plan A (G) Equity Fund - Plan A (D) Equity Fund - Plan A (G) Equity Fund - Plan B (D) Equity Fund - Plan B (G) Imperial Equity Fund - Plan A (D) Imperial Equity Fund - Plan A (G) India GDP Growth Fund (D) India GDP Growth Fund (G) Infrastructure Fund (D) Infrastructure Fund (G) Premier Equity Fund - Plan A (D) Premier Equity Fund - Plan A (G) Small & Midcap Equity Fund (D) Small & Midcap Equity Fund (G) Strategic Sector (50-50) Equity Fund - Plan A (D) Strategic Sector (50-50) Equity Fund - Plan A (G) Tax Advantage (ELSS) Fund (D) Tax Advantage (ELSS) Fund (G) Tax Saver (ELSS) Fund (D) Tax Saver (ELSS) Fund (G) ING OptiMix Retireinvest Fund - Series I (D) OptiMix Retireinvest Fund - Series I (G) Tax Saving Fund (Bonus) Tax Saving Fund (D) Tax Saving Fund (G) C.U.B. Fund (Bonus) C.U.B. Fund (D) C.U.B. Fund (G) Contra Fund (B) Contra Fund (D) Contra Fund (G) Core Equity Fund (D) Core Equity Fund (G) Dividend Yield Fund (D) Dividend Yield Fund (G) Domestic Opportunities Fund (D) Domestic Opportunities Fund (G) Midcap Fund (D) Midcap Fund (G) OptiMix Multi Manager Equity Fund - Plan A (D) OptiMix Multi Manager Equity Fund - Plan A (G)

14.40 14.79 139.07 17.23 116.05 13.04 21.04 12.53 16.59 11.45 13.64 14.38 19.86 14.73 17.06 10.35 10.35 24.15 32.96 15.43 18.70 14.88 15.05 12.52 20.31 14.69 14.69 12.57 12.57 30.49 15.02 30.45 17.74 12.95 17.74 16.00 13.65 16.00 20.93 39.55 21.44 23.57 13.88 36.77 17.03 21.43 10.68 10.68

J JM Tax Gain Fund (D) Tax Gain Fund (G) Core 11 Fund (D) Core 11 Fund (G) Emerging Leaders Fund (D) Emerging Leaders Fund (G) Equity Fund (D) Equity Fund (G) Multi Strategy Fund (D) Multi Strategy Fund (G) Basic Fund (D) Basic Fund (G)

7.10 7.10 3.99 3.99 7.60 7.58 14.95 36.72 13.22 14.21 9.75 13.97

JP Morgan India Tax Advantage Fund (D) India Tax Advantage Fund (G) India Equity Fund (D) India Equity Fund (G) India Smaller Companies Fund (D) India Smaller Companies Fund (G)

15.23 18.80 12.60 13.57 7.86 7.86

K Kotak Tax Saver (D) Tax Saver (G) 50 (D) 50 (G) Contra (D) Contra (G) Emerging Equity Scheme (D) Emerging Equity Scheme (G) Lifestyle Fund (D) Lifestyle Fund (G) Midcap Fund (D) Midcap Fund (G) Opportunities Fund (D) Opportunities Fund (G) Select Focus Fund (D) Select Focus Fund (G) L L&T Tax Advantage Fund - Series I (D) Tax Advantage Fund - Series I (G) Tax Saver Fund (D) Tax Saver Fund (G) Contra Fund (D) Contra Fund (G) Global Advantage Fund (D) Global Advantage Fund (G) Growth Fund (D) Growth Fund (G) Hedged Equity Fund (D) Hedged Equity Fund (G) Infrastructure Fund (D) Infrastructure Fund (G)

11.46 18.71 30.72 104.06 16.98 21.07 11.43 11.43 11.76 13.58 16.05 25.44 15.11 46.71 10.73 11.89

13.29 20.91 15.09 16.24 10.60 10.60 7.12 10.27 19.06 40.35 10.08 14.20 7.27 7.27

dustry. "With the amount of international and T20 cricket being played, India's cricket crazy population has an infinite supply of fantasy cricket, which is where it scores over any other form of gaming. Realising the potential of growth of fantasy sports as an emerging business model, many big companies have ventured into this industry," Jain said.

Midcap Fund (D) Midcap Fund (G) Multi-Cap Fund (D) Multi-Cap Fund (G) Opportunities Fund (D) Opportunities Fund (G) Small Cap Fund (D) Small Cap Fund (G) LIC MF Tax Plan (D) MF Tax Plan (G) Infrastructure Fund Series 1 (D) Infrastructure Fund Series 1 (G) MF Equity Fund (D) MF Equity Fund (G) MF Growth Fund (D) MF Growth Fund (G) MF India Vision Fund (D) MF India Vision Fund (G) MF Opportunities Fund (D) MF Opportunities Fund (G) MF Top 100 Fund (D) MF Top 100 Fund (G)

23.24 40.29 14.90 18.70 17.44 44.27 5.18 5.18 10.85 30.30 9.39 9.39 10.79 27.37 11.85 13.36 9.06 9.06 11.05 19.41 8.33 8.33


Mirae Asset Emerging Bluechip Fund (D) Emerging Bluechip Fund (G) Global Commodity Stock Fund - Regular Plan (D) Global Commodity Stock Fund - Regular Plan (G) India Opportunities Fund - Regular Plan (D) India Opportunities Fund - Regular Plan (G) India-China Consumption Fund (D) India-China Consumption Fund (G) Morgan Stanley A.C.E. Fund (Across Capitalisations Equity) (D) A.C.E. Fund (Across Capitalisations Equity) (G) Growth Fund (D) Growth Fund (G)

11.07 11.07 13.50 13.50 13.99 16.71 10.23 10.23 14.20 15.08 19.37 63.45


Pramerica Dynamic Fund (D) 9.84 Dynamic Fund (G) 9.84 Equity Fund (D) 9.66 Equity Fund (G) 9.66 Principal Personal Tax Saver Fund 97.21 Tax Savings Fund 75.83 Dividend Yield Fund (D) 17.53 Dividend Yield Fund (G) 23.76 Emerging Bluechip Fund (D) 22.78 Emerging Bluechip Fund (G) 29.89 Growth Fund (D) 23.62 Growth Fund (G) 52.14 Large Cap Fund (D) 19.89 Large Cap Fund (G) 29.04 PNB Long Term Eq Fund - 3 Year Plan - Series 1 (D) 10.59 PNB Long Term Eq Fund - 3 Year Plan - Series 1 (G) 10.59 Services Industries Fund (D) 13.14 Services Industries Fund (G) 14.83 SMART Equity Fund (D) 9.96 SMART Equity Fund (G) 9.96


Quantum Tax Saving Fund (D) Tax Saving Fund (G) Long-Term Equity Fund (D) Long-Term Equity Fund (G)


22.58 22.59 22.99 22.79

Reliance Equity Linked Saving Fund - Series I (D) 14.81 Equity Linked Saving Fund - Series I (G) 14.81 Tax Saver (ELSS) Fund (D) 15.07 Tax Saver (ELSS) Fund (G) 21.43 Pharma Fund (Bonus) 55.94 Pharma Fund (D) 38.93 Pharma Fund (G) 55.94 Diversified Power Sector Fund - Retail Plan 73.67 Diversified Power Sector Fund - Retail Plan (D) 41.83 Diversified Power Sector Fund - Retail Plan (G) 73.67 Media & Entertainment Fund (Bonus) 26.75 Media & Entertainment Fund (D) 16.55 Media & Entertainment Fund (G) 26.75 Banking Fund (Bonus) 109.93 Banking Fund (D) 41.07 Banking Fund (G) 109.93 Equity Advantage Fund - Retail Plan (B) 13.26 Equity Advantage Fund - Retail Plan (D) 12.21 Equity Advantage Fund - Retail Plan (G) 13.26 Equity Fund - Retail Plan (Bonus) 14.19 Equity Fund - Retail Plan (D) 14.19 Equity Fund - Retail Plan (G) 14.19 Equity Opportunities Fund - Retail Plan (Bonus) 36.15 Equity Opportunities Fund - Retail Plan (D) 23.37 Equity Opportunities Fund - Retail Plan (G) 36.15 Growth Fund - Retail Plan (Bonus) 77.68 Growth Fund - Retail Plan (D) 53.20 Growth Fund - Retail Plan (G) 468.30 Infrastructure Fund - Retail Plan (Bonus) 9.57 Infrastructure Fund - Retail Plan (D) 9.57 Infrastructure Fund - Retail Plan (G) 9.57 Long Term Equity Fund (D) 14.20 Long Term Equity Fund (G) 15.82

turnover of the group in less than five years from now. Chaukar said the Mumbaibased conglomerate has already invested about Rs 70,000 crore in the last few (rpt) few years and Rs 1.2 lakh crore would be in addition to this. When asked about the expected revenue of the group after the investment will be made, Chaukar said: "It will be more than double in less than five years. I think it'll be around USD 140 billion to USD 150 billion." The group has expanded to nearly USD 68 billion at present from about USD 8 billion 10 years ago and it will maintain such growth, he added. Asked about the mode of funding this investment, he said it will be a mix of internal accruals and debt.

BMW targets 50 superbikes by year-end PTI MUMBAI, APRIL 17

BMW, which debuted in the domestic market three months ago with a host models in the two-wheeler segment, is aiming to sell 50 motor-cycles by end-this year, besides introducing bikes below 1,000 cc. "We have already sold 23 bikes so far and our target is to sell 50 bikes by December 2011," Navnit Motors' MD, Sharad Kachalia said. BMW introduced its bikes in the domestic market in January this year. Globally, BMW's motor-cycle venture is known as BMW Motorrad and presently it sells its products at two outlets in Delhi and Mumbai. BMW Motorrad's superbikes are imported into the country by two dealers, Deutsche Motoren and Navnit Motors. "All our models have a good demand...but our two models - S1000 RR and R1200 GS -- are witnessing a greater demand. We have six models and all bikes are above 1,000 cc and in the price range Rs 18-25-lakh," he said.

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MF FUNDA DEUTSCHE MUTUAL FUND announced revision of the minimum investment amount under DWS Insta Cash Plus Fund. Under the existing structure the minimum investment amount is Rs 1,00,000. However after the revision the minimum investment amount will be Rs 25,000. Furthermore the fund house has announced the investors can now avail SIP facility for purchasing units of the eligible schemes on MFSS platform of NSE with immediate effect. The scheme seeks to generate steady returns with high liquidity by investing in a portfolio of short-term, high quality money market and debt instruments. The revised structure will be effective from April 18, 2011.

Natural Resources Fund (Bonus) Natural Resources Fund (D) Natural Resources Fund (G) NRI Equity Fund (Bonus) NRI Equity Fund (D) NRI Equity Fund (G) Quant Plus Fund - Retail Plan (B) Quant Plus Fund - Retail Plan (D) Quant Plus Fund - Retail Plan (G) Regular Savings Fund - Equity Option (D) Regular Savings Fund - Equity Option (G) Small Cap Fund (Bonus) Small Cap Fund (D) Small Cap Fund (G) Vision Fund - Retail Plan (Bonus) Vision Fund - Retail Plan (D) Vision Fund - Retail Plan (G) Religare AGILE Tax Fund (D) AGILE Tax Fund (G) Tax Plan (D) Tax Plan (G) PSU Equity Fund (D) PSU Equity Fund (G) Banking Fund - Regular Plan (D) Banking Fund - Regular Plan (G) AGILE Fund (D) AGILE Fund (G) Business Leaders Fund (D) Business Leaders Fund (G) Contra Fund (D) Contra Fund (G) Equity Fund (D) Equity Fund (G) Growth Fund (D) Growth Fund (G) Infrastructure Fund (D) Infrastructure Fund (G) Mid Cap Fund (D) Mid Cap Fund (G) Mid N Small Cap Fund (D) Mid N Small Cap Fund (G)

10.76 10.76 10.76 40.39 21.42 40.39 14.08 11.50 14.08 22.10 31.15 9.99 9.99 9.99 45.61 39.97 271.55 7.74 7.74 11.88 17.73 9.98 11.06 16.58 21.27 6.88 6.87 11.57 12.62 12.73 16.46 12.81 12.81 12.01 13.22 8.28 8.28 11.86 14.31 14.29 14.30


Sahara Tax Gain (D) Tax Gain (G) Banking and Financial Services Fund (D) Banking and Financial Services Fund (G) Growth Fund (D) Growth Fund (G) Infrastructure - Fixed Pricing Option (D) Infrastructure - Fixed Pricing Option (G) Infrastructure -Variable Pricing Option (D) Infrastructure -Variable Pricing Option (G) Midcap Fund (Bonus) Midcap Fund (D) Midcap Fund (G) Midcap Fund (Growth Auto Payout) Power & Natural Resources Fund (D) Power & Natural Resources Fund (G) R.E.A.L. Fund (D) R.E.A.L. Fund (G) Star Value Fund (D) Star Value Fund (G) Super 20 Fund (D) Super 20 Fund (G) Wealth Plus - Variable Pricing Option (D) Wealth Plus - Variable Pricing Option (G) Wealth Plus Fund - Fixed Pricing Option (D) Wealth Plus Fund - Fixed Pricing Option (G) SBI Magnum Tax Gain Scheme (D) Magnum Tax Gain Scheme (G) TAX Advantage Fund - Series I (D) TAX Advantage Fund - Series I (G) Magnum IT Fund Magnum Pharma Fund (D) Magnum Pharma Fund (G) Magnum FMCG Fund Blue Chip Fund (D) Blue Chip Fund (G) Infrastructure Fund - Series I (D) Infrastructure Fund - Series I (G) Magnum Comma Fund (D) Magnum Comma Fund (G) Magnum Contra Fund (D) Magnum Contra Fund (G) Magnum Emerging Businesses Fund (D) Magnum Emerging Businesses Fund (G) Magnum Equity Fund (D) Magnum Equity Fund (G) Magnum Global Fund (D) Magnum Global Fund (G) Magnum Midcap Fund (D) Magnum Midcap Fund (G) Magnum Multicap Fund (D) Magnum Multicap Fund (G) Magnum Multiplier Plus (D) Magnum Multiplier Plus (G) Magnum NRI - Flexiasset Plan (D) Magnum NRI - Flexiasset Plan (G) One India Fund (D) One India Fund (G) PSU Fund (D) PSU Fund (G)

14.26 37.98 16.14 31.96 23.81 82.02 11.29 15.45 11.78 16.03 31.29 13.84 31.29 31.29 11.13 13.05 8.26 8.26 10.75 11.72 11.52 11.51 18.40 22.05 17.54 21.18 37.22 60.97 11.88 11.89 23.16 36.63 44.31 30.40 11.52 14.75 9.52 9.52 16.78 24.84 22.62 56.72 15.67 41.37 29.48 43.88 31.35 56.07 17.43 22.72 13.59 17.88 51.70 81.73 29.48 29.37 10.98 10.98 9.95 9.95


Tata Infrastructure Tax Saving Fund (D)


Infrastructure Tax Saving Fund (G) Tax Advantage Fund - 1 (D) Tax Advantage Fund - 1 (G) Tax Saving Fund Life Sciences & Technology Fund (D) Life Sciences & Technology Fund (G) Capital Builder Fund (D) Capital Builder Fund (G) Contra Fund (D) Contra Fund (G) Dividend Yield Fund (D) Dividend Yield Fund (G) Equity Management Fund (D) Equity Management Fund (G) Equity Opportunities Fund - Plan A (D) Equity Opportunities Fund - Plan B (G) Equity P/E Fund (D) - Trigger Option A 5% Equity P/E Fund (D) - Trigger Option B 10% Equity P/E Fund (G) Growing Eco Infrastructure Fund - Plan A (D) Growing Eco Infrastructure Fund - Plan A (G) Growing Eco Infrastructure Fund - Plan B (D) Growing Eco Infrastructure Fund - Plan B (G) Growth Fund (Bonus) Growth Fund (D) Growth Fund (G) Indo-Global Infrastructure Fund (D) Indo-Global Infrastructure Fund (G) Infrastructure Fund (D) Infrastructure Fund (G) Mid Cap Fund (D) Mid Cap Fund (G) Pure Equity Fund (D) Pure Equity Fund (G) Select Equity Fund (D) Select Equity Fund (G) Service Industries Fund (D) Service Industries Fund (G) Taurus Tax Shield (D) Tax Shield (G) Bonanza Fund (D) Bonanza Fund (G) Discovery Fund (D) Discovery Fund (G) Ethical Fund (Bonus) Ethical Fund (D) Ethical Fund (G) Infrastructure Fund (D) Infrastructure Fund (G) Star Share (D) Star Share (G) Templeton India Equity Income Fund (D) India Equity Income Fund (G) India Growth Fund (D) India Growth Fund (G)

16.31 16.56 16.56 47.26 35.59 70.82 14.20 15.21 15.94 18.11 19.53 34.05 12.48 14.44 20.59 80.28 35.27 35.37 48.76 12.32 12.32 12.33 12.33 39.18 17.25 43.12 7.94 7.94 21.99 33.37 14.81 17.25 36.78 97.77 42.48 65.69 17.61 23.61 16.95 36.18 43.70 43.42 14.77 14.75 23.55 15.91 23.56 12.75 13.60 41.86 59.46 15.14 21.35 53.23 122.40


UTI Equity Tax Savings Plan (D) Equity Tax Savings Plan (G) Long Term Advantage Fund (D) Long Term Advantage Fund (G) Long Term Advantage Fund - Series II (D) Long Term Advantage Fund - Series II (G) Pharma & Healthcare Fund (D) Pharma & Healthcare Fund (G) Energy Fund (D) Energy Fund (G) Services Industries Fund (D) Services Industries Fund (G) Transportation and Logistics Fund (D) Transportation and Logistics Fund (G) MNC Fund (D) MNC Fund (G) Banking Sector Fund (D) Banking Sector Fund (G) Contra Fund (D) Contra Fund (G) Dividend Yield Fund (D) Dividend Yield Fund (G) Equity Fund (D) Equity Fund (G) India Lifestyle Fund (D) India Lifestyle Fund (G) Infrastructure Fund (D) Infrastructure Fund (G) Leadership Equity Fund (D) Leadership Equity Fund (G) Master Equity Plan Unit Scheme Master Plus Unit Scheme (D) Master Plus Unit Scheme (G) Master Value Fund (D) Master Value Fund (G) Mastershare (D) Mastershare (G) Mid Cap Fund (D) Mid Cap Fund (G) Opportunities Fund (D) Opportunities Fund (G) Top 100 Fund (D) Top 100 Fund (G) Wealth Builder Fund (D) Wealth Builder Fund (G) Wealth Builder Fund - Series II - Retail Plan (D) Wealth Builder Fund - Series II - Retail Plan (G)

16.27 40.76 13.01 13.01 14.41 14.41 30.80 39.86 12.31 10.87 26.26 61.07 14.82 27.15 38.06 58.94 23.81 45.79 12.70 13.75 15.23 33.21 49.38 55.88 11.81 11.81 18.99 33.40 14.58 15.73 51.04 61.75 85.66 23.79 54.24 29.74 55.34 21.95 32.20 14.82 27.75 22.85 29.41 14.48 16.62 16.09 20.01


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Marketing & Selling Your Services-I Goa – Social Transformation in Action


any people find marketing attractive, specially the youngsters, because it offers glamorous life style and an opportunity to travel extensively. But the job, in reality, demands hard work combined with sincerity. This field is both challenging and lucrative besides having great growth potential. Marketing & Sales is all about getting people and products together by convincing people about a product / concept using different ideas and -ensuring that a product is 'SOLD' -thus helping the business grow. The Difference It is regarded as the most important element in the growth of any company. There are distinctive differences between both fields. Yet Sales & Marketing are mutually dependent functions. And both are necessary to the financial success of a business – big or small. It cannot do without either process. By combining efforts of both strategically, corporations will certainly experience a successful amount of business growth. Marketing is a comprehensive and total process, which starts with assessing the needs of the customers. It is everything that you do to reach and persuade

prospects. It focuses on the application of marketing techniques and administrating an organization marketing resources. It involves planning of strategy to deliver goods and services efficiently and inexpensively to the customer. It involves market research, strategic planning to introduce products into the market, preparation and development of products, brand promotion and packaging & advertising, pricing, distribution and sales. Marketing personnel demonstrate and sell products. He can work as accompany employee or a distributor. The main task of the distributor is to design the distribution strategy to facilitate the smooth physical flow of products from the manufacturer and his customers. As a result, distributors earn substantial amounts of money as intensives such as trips abroad, upon meeting sales targets. Sales is everything that you do to close the sale and/ or get a signed agreement or contract. Work in this area is not as simple as it seems. Aspirants to a career in Marketing & Sales must hence first understand the dynamics of the target audience. With the emergence of more and more multinational compa-

nies joining the tide, opportunities for marketing professionals are abounding. Education: A wide range of educational backgrounds is suitable for entry into advertising, marketing, promotions, public relations, and sales manager jobs. For marketing, sales, and promotions management positions, employers often prefer a bachelor’s or master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis on marketing, with experience in related occupations. Courses in business law, management, economics, account-

relations) director etc. Candidates seeking Careers in Marketing should opt for MBA degree in Marketing Management with electives in Products Promotion & Relationship Management or Sales Management. The basic qualification for MBA Course is graduation in any discipline e.g. B.Com, BA, B.Sc., BE/B.Tech etc. Selection: Business schools have a three stage selection process for the students comprising of the written examination followed by a round of group discussions and then a personal interview. The admission into MBA is generally held on the basis of a written test, group discussion and personal interview. CAT, MAT, XAT, JMET, ATMA are some of the management entrance test conducted by the institutes like Indian Institute of Management (IIM), All India Management Aptitude Testing Service (AIMATS), By Maria de Lima Pereira New Delhi, Xavier Labour Research Institute, ing, finance, mathematics, and Jamshedpur (XLRI), Indian Instistatistics are advantageous. In tute of Technology (IIT) and Asaddition, the completion of an sociation of Indian Management internship while the candidate Schools (AIMS), Joint Manageis in school is highly recom- ment Entrance Test by Indian mended. In highly technical in- Institutes of Technology, ATMA dustries, such as computer and by the Association of Indian electronics manufacturing, a M a n a g e bachelor’s degree in engineering m e n t or science, combined with a Schools are master’s degree in business ad- the major ministration, is preferred. national Eligibility: level enIt is easier to get a job in Mar- trance exketing with an MBA, B.Com or aminations M.Com degree. A well-qualified for admisMBA graduate can be offered s i o n to positions such as marketing m a n a g e manager, brand manager, market m e n t research analyst, and new prod- courses. uct manager, sales manager, adAlthough vertising manager, PR (public t h e s e

exams are conducted by the respective institute for their admission, its scores are widely accepted by many of the Indian Business Schools. MAT exams are conducted 4 times a year while all the others are held once in a year. Certain other Business schools and universities conduct their own entrance test and some of these include National Management Aptitude Test (NMAT), Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP) Test, Open Management Admission Test (OPENMAT) by Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Written Admission Test (WAT), IBSAT, CEMAT etc. All these exams follow the same syllabus and students can attempt 2 or 3 of these tests, so that they can apply to multiple institutes. Some institutes offer executive MBA programme in Sales and Marketing which require a certain years of experience. Besides MBA programmes, Bachelor in Business Administration(BBA) or Bachelor in Business Management (BBM) degree holders can also have openings in the field of marketing. The diploma course, Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Communication Management (PGDMCM) also make the students professionally qualified in the fields of Marketing, Advertising, Entertainment, Brand Management etc.

When Appearing for Interviews III 8. What do you know about our organization? The three secrets to win in life is: 1. Do your homework well. 2. Do your homework well. 3. Do your homework well. Yes, doing some background research work will help you. Not only will you understand what you are getting into, but will also help you validate the information gathered when you meet the HR people and understand their perspective about the company. You could have many questions about the company and doubts after you have read about them. After all, it’s your


career. Don't you think it’s necessary to read about the organization before your interview? This reading helps you at the interview as well. Many interviewers tend to ask this question to gauge your interest level in the organization and how much public information you know about the company. This information could be about their branches, line of business, recent news or even publicized profit figures, etc. A great source of organization information is their website. Spend some time there and

make notes. If you have some questions about their operations or information mentioned on their website, reserve those for later when you feel that your interview is nearing an end. Reason For the question: Employers like people who take interest in their organization. Just put yourself in their shoes. Who would you hire a person who has shown respect for the organization by reading about them or a person who just landed for an interview? 9. What has been your most c h a l l e n g i n g project/assignment/job? If your job requires you to work on projects and assignments, then such questions are always asked. Be careful to answer this question. It tells a lot about your experience. Mention in brief about the project, your role in the project, the team size, challenges faced and how you contributed towards helping the team resolve that challenge. The keyword here is challenge. A

What is Cubicle Etiquette?

ubicle etiquette is a set of unwritten rules that exist in the workplace. Cubicle etiquette guidelines should be adhered to by both workers in the cubicle and people in adjoining work spaces. Many employees can get very disgruntled if these guidelines are not respected. One of the main factors in cubicle etiquette is privacy. Although employees are usually part of a larger workplace, they sometimes regard their cubicle as their own office. For all intents and purposes, the cubicle should be viewed as an individual’s office. When entering, do not just barge in and begin talking;

the employee may be concentrating on something important. Stand at the entrance to the cubicle and make your presence known until the worker is able to talk. Privacy should also take noise levels into account. The rules of cubicle etiquette exist in order to make the workplace a harmonious place. While talking on the phone, keep conversation volume to a normal level. No one likes to hear constant chattering or high pitched laughing. Just because you are in a cubicle does not mean that sound will not travel to surrounding areas. Remember this before employing the use of a speakerphone. Confidentiality should also be taken into account as part of cubicle etiquette. Thin cubicle walls will not prevent people from hearing client discussions. This should be rememb e r e d when talk-

ing on the phone or discussing confidential client information in person. If a conversation or meeting is confidential, it may be more appropriate to conduct it in a private office. One rule of cubicle etiquette that most irritates people if it is broken is that of odours. Eating strong smelling food in a cubicle can be very off putting to other workers. People may also be put off by visiting a cubicle that constantly smells of a certain food. If smoking is allowed, then the same rule should be applied. Keeping a cubicle clean and tidy is another facet of cubicle etiquette. A disorganized cubicle can reflect poorly on the employee’s level of professionalism. Space in a cubicle is usually limited, and covering every possible inch with personal items may not gain any merit points from an employer who visits. Although cubicle etiquette covers the rule of privacy, it is a good idea to get out of the cubicle now and again. Work colleagues should not feel apprehensive when approaching another cubicle. Keeping a fine balance between privacy and accessibility will improve relations with colleagues. If cubicle etiquette is respected, the workplace should become a more productive and harmonious environment.

person matures throughout his life by meeting challenges and the interviewer would like to understand if you are capable to take on the challenges of the job he has to offer. Always be prepared for this question. Don't fumble on this while answering as your confidence shows how much you have learnt from the project. Reason For the question: Is to understand how geared you are to take on new challenges. After all every employer would like to take on challenging assignments as every challenge means a couple of lakhs more in your employer's bank account. Therefore your prospective employer would like to see if you are geared up to take the best of your interest. Some examples are: 1. What kind of career growth opportunities exist in your company? 2. How do you help your employees upgrade their knowledge to work more effectively? If you are doing a part time

course or you have to take care of someone at home or something where you could invest not more than X amount of time each day then be honest and discuss this during the interview. Some of the people that I have spoken to, disagree with this idea of being very honest. But what they don't understand is that if you don't discuss such issues then sooner or later they will start objecting you leaving early or at a fixed time. As competition increases a lot of employers demand a little extra work hours to be put in by everyone. So, being honest and discussing your situation is the best in such circumstances. Reason For the question: There isn't any particular reason why this question is asked. But, some employers ask this question to make sure that before they make their choice in selecting you all your doubts and questions are addressed well so that it's a win-win situation for both you and the em ployer. (concluded)


hinking out-of-the-box with management ideas is not uncommon. We have many putting their managerial skills to creative use to bring in best results. But combining managerial skills to with music is unique blend ‘out-ofthe-box’ thinking. Dr Christo Fernandes has a doctorate in management studies and lectures at the famed Goa Institute of Management (GIM), Sanquelim. He has also founded the Namah Society that promotes chorale music. His interesting thoughts do tease the musical senses and keep you guessing ‘what next?” Management theories are plentiful. However, Dr Christo Fernandes has endeavoured to help his students apply these theories into practice in a different way. The application is related to music. How can management theories be applied to music? This philosophy is distinctive and has proven to be very successful through the small initiative of Dr Christo. “There is a new genre in education coming out,” he announces. “It is about experimenting with the application of theor y through chorale activity.” “I am experimenting with the application of management theory through chorale activities,” asserts Dr Christo. He explains further, “If management is dealing with people, chorale activity is also dealing with four types of people.” In a choir, each person is important and each choir member cannot be missed. Dr Christo claims, “This is a good case study for ‘Management’.” “The parochial strongholds of the past taught us to hold on to chorale activities,” he reminisces. But modernization broke that trend. However, now Dr Christo strongly believes, “Now management is showing us the way to chorale activity once again.” Dr Christo proved this with a very simple experiment. He got some students of GIM together on a casual basis and they started practicing after lectures. This went on to another level in a very short while. Today the choir performs ‘a cappella’ in a very professional manner. The

effort is truly praiseworthy because it is the successful completion of the integration of management skills and chorale singing. A ‘dream come true’ for Dr Christo. Dr Christo is the conductor of the now popular choir ‘Namah’. “The meaning of Namah in Sanskrit is openness, salutations and greetings. “So we are open to all cultures and even all religions to sing with us,” he avers. Living up to its name and the tradition it has set for itself, Namah has members from Finland and Nigeria and Chennai, Bangalore, Rajasthan, Delhi and even Meghalaya. The choir has the focus of singing popular numbers in four-part harmony. These wellknown tracks include songs by the bands Abba, Beatles and some Broadway productions. The format used by the choir

in achieving this is SATB (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) choral format. This format is usually used for ‘a cappella’ (singing without instrumental sound) singing. “But it also can be used for pop songs and we have successfully tried this at our concert,” informs Dr Christo. This pop band blending experiment with the choir by Dr Christo is the integration of a pop band had a touch of class written all over it. The amalgamation, as envisaged by him, came of nicely on stage and set the applause thundering right after the finish of every pop song they put together on stage. Namah is also working towards connecting and integrating different art-forms on one platform and projecting it to a knowledgeable audience. The concert they performed recently was a successful 90 minutes of a different taste for the

musical taste-buds. Some noble thinking goes into the formation and performance of the choir, “Chorale singing is not the monopoly of any community. It is the theory of keeping people together.” Dr Christo elucidates, “Namah functions on the dynamics of small groups that makes their own special decisions and hardly ever notice who their leader is.” The leader may not be noticed, but the team moves in the direction they need to. Dr Christo and his works have received acclaim from some recognized sources. Som Shankar Bhattacharya, a known management guru and faculty member of NITIE, Mumbai has praised the efforts of this integration of management of music initiated by Dr Christo. What is also inspiring about Namah Society is also that the group has come forward to help children who would need help in their study of music. The group has endeavored to promote music and has already donated musical instruments to some music schools in Goa that promotes music education of underprivileged children. This inspiring deed will go a long way in helping the cause of music education amongst the younger generation. Namah Society plans to take this programme further as well. “Chorale activity, as we do it, is experimental and as a reflection of theory in social settings like Goa. It is a scientific process of social transformation in action,” explicates Dr Christo.

Importance of College Education - Part I


ollege education is a must for professional growth and for good quality of

life. When a regular teenager passes out of high school, he is often in a dilemma whether to continue further studies or to start working and become independent. The option to start work straightaway sounds very attractive to him at that age, as it is his ticket to freedom and to live his life the way he wants to. But before taking such a hasty decision, it is very important, either for the teen himself or for

his parents, to make him understand the importance of college education. Aids In Competition Due to globalization, the boundaries between countries have become almost non existent, as far as the business and job market are concerned. People are no longer hesitant to move countries for better job opportunities. This has increased the competition in the job market considerably. So we have people from India, China, South America, and many other countries, competing for jobs in the USA.

These people are skilled, talented, ambitious and very well educated too. The importance of college education can be understood from the fact that an average teen from America has to be equally educated and talented to compete with them for the jobs. Better Quality of Life Researches have shown that people who go to college or have access to higher education, tend to earn more than the ones who have studied only up to the school level. Although, this is not a hard and fast rule and exceptions are always there. But for the majority, as the education levels go up, the salaries also go higher and vice versa. Perhaps, the most important benefit of college education is that it gives the person access to a better life in his later years. Aids in learning In college, students get an opportunity to learn from the experts in the field, which is not possible during the

school years. The students get to read a lot, study and do regular assignments. If the students enter the college with the correct attitude, then they can learn a lot about their chosen field of study during the college years. Aids in Growth College is not only about getting bookish knowledge, but to experience life as a whole. During college life, most students live away from their families for the first time in their lives. Thus, they have to deal with all the life's ups and downs on their own. In the process, they tend to learn many important life lessons, which help them in growing up. Creates a Better Society People who have been to college, in other words are well educated, raise better families, and are the ideal employees as

well as ideal citizens of the society. Well educated people are peace loving and tend to follow the rules and norms of the society, more than the lesser educated or the uneducated ones. So, a society where majority of people have higher education runs ver y efficiently and smoothly. As you can see, the importance of college education is immense, both for the individual as well as the society. Besides, college life can be lots of fun too. After a certain age, we all get into the mode of a set life, alternating between working and taking care of our families. That life can wait. A teen should utilize four years of his college in learning, gaining experience, becoming a better person and also enjoying life. So, go ahead and get yourself enrolled in a college. All the best!

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Salgaocar halt Churchill’s title hopes HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, APRIL 17

Churchill 1 Salgaocar 2 Man-of-the-match: Ryuji Sueoka (Salgaocar)

HAL 1 Air India 3 Man-of-the-match: Okorogor Praise (AI)

ONGC 2 JCT 1 Man-of-the-match: Badmus Babatunde (ONGC)

Leaders Salgaocar Sports Club uncorked champagne stuff to inflict a 2-1 defeat on Churchill Brothers in I-League match at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda on Sunday. All goals came in the first half. Salgaocar put up a much better display and enjoyed domination both in attack as well as defence. Salgaocar’s midfielders were the chief architects of their victory. They once again produced a solid display and asserted their dominance in the midfield. Their forwards Ghanaian workaholic Yakubu Yusif and Japanese import Ryuji Sueoka worked in tandem with the halfline to take the fight to the Churchill camp. Tomba Singh, Cajetan Fernandes, Gilbert Oliveira and Francis Fernandes did not permit Churchill’s strikers the space and the opportunity to manouvre inside their territory. Surprisingly, in a match that Churchill needed to win at all costs to stay on top, their players’ performance left everyone wondering as they looked bereft of ideas. It was one of their worst displays. Salgaocar’s striker Yakubu dribbled past two defenders to unleash a low right footer but Churchill goalkeeper Vinay Singh was equal to the task early in the 4th minute. Churchill created the first opportunity in the 13th minute when international midfielder

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Steven Dias’ goalbound cross was tipped away by Salgaocar goalkeeper Karanjit Singh for an abortive flag kick. This was a wake up call for Salgaocar players, who decided to go for the kill and nearly found success in the 15th minute but Churchill’s goalkeeper Vinay came to his side’s rescue before Francis Fernandes could do the damage. Salgaocar continued their dominant ways and nearly found the mark but Churchill goalkeeper Vinay came to his side’s rescue by blocking a sure goal from Yakubu. Salgaocar were denied by Churchill goalkeeper Vinay yet again following a well measured cross from the right by midfielder Gilbert. It landed in front of the rival goal and striker Ryuji Sueoka’s valiant reverse kick was well collected by Churchill’s keeper. Salgaocar finally took the lead in the 40th minute when midfielder Francis Fernandes received a through pass from Ryuji. The former sidestepped and ley go a shot which slipped off Vinay’s hands and rolled into the net. A minute later, Churchill equalised through a controversial penalty. Nigerian striker Odafe Okolie picked up the ball from Zakeer Mundamparra and the former raced towards the rival box. Salgaocar defender Ibungbam Meetei tackled Odafe and referee A Rowan, surprisingly awarded the spot kick. Odafe made no mistake, slotting the ball to the left of the keeper.

Three Salgaocar players race to contain Churchill’s captain Odafe at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda on Sunday.

Salgaocar retaliated with fury and man-of-the-match Ryuji scored what ultimately turned out to be the match-winner in injury time. After receiving a

pass from Yakubu, the Japanese striker made no mistake in driving home. Churchill Brothers put up a better performance after the


A brilliant second half performance by Air India saw them defeating HAL 3-1 in an I-League encounter at Sree Kanteerava stadium, here, Sunday. Playing an excellent game in later half, the Airmen strike again, most importantly at the right time, and secured full points with a convincing win. Nigerian Okorogor Praise opened the account in the 39th minute. Later in the second-half, Air India increased the margin with a goal each from Soccor Velho and Okorogor Praise. R C Prakash reduced the margin for HAL from a penalty in the 90th minute. HAL were looking up to this game to garner some muchneeded points. However, HAL faltered yet again at home. With R C Prakash playing in the midfield and Xavier Vijay Kumar playing as a support to lone striker Abdulla Hamza, HAL looked good. However, they squandered several set-pieces.

Air India goalkeeper Abhijit Ghosh took a long goal kick. The ball took a deflection after off Bijoy Basfore’s head and reached Okorogor Praise. Taking long strides, the Nigerian striker march ahead and bamboozled Femi Adeola’s defense. With only goalkeeper P

Pramod, Okorogor placed the ball to the far left. The second-half totally belonged to the Airmen, and they scored two more in the span of 5 minutes, 65th and 69th. HAL scored the only goal via the penalty when R C Prakash was brought down inside the box by Bijoy Basfore.


ONGC came from behind to score a 2-1 win against J CT in a round 22 of I-league at Sahu Maharaj ground, Sunday. Three valuable points helped ONGC to move second from bottom with 18 points from 22 matches, while JCT are now placed last in the points table with 17 points. JCT took charge of the proceedings and scored the opening goal in the 40th minute, thanks to some dreadful defending by ONGC that allowed JCT striker Ajay Singh to put his side

in front. ONGC’s equaliser came in through their Nigerian striker Badmus Babatunde in the 54th minute. Sandeep Sangha provided the cross from the right with Babatunde’s header finding the back of the net to bring ONGC back in the match. A determined ONGC then turned the tide in their favour when Babatunde scored the winner at the stroke of final whistle. The Nigerian striker dodged past JCT defenders to see his right footer into the far post beating the rival goalkeeper all ends.

break but found it difficult to break the rival defence. Salgaocar defended with gusto and did not allow Churchill’s attackers to exercise


Vasco Sports Club edged past PIFA, Colaba, 1-0 in a Second Division Group A I-League match at Race Course Stadium, Madurai, Sunday. Julius Akepele scored the precious match-winner in the 30th minute.


Sangolda Lightning scored a hard fought solitary goal victory over Arpora Sporting Club to move into the semi-finals of Nerul Cup inter-village football tournament organised by United Club of Nerul at Dr Gustavo Monteiro Stadium, Candolim on Sunday. There was no score at the break. Sangolda shot into the lead through Suvanand Naik off a defensive lapse in the 40th minute. Down by a goal, Arpora fought back and almost neutralised the lead in the 42nd minute but a Savio Pereira penalty was brilliantly saved by Sangolda’s keeper Washington.

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control. Brazilian Luciano Sabrosa and Ibungbam Meitee showed solidity at the back to keep the rivals at bay. Churchill were desperate to


A fine brace by striker Francis Calado helped Rossman Cruz Sports Club crush Betalbatim Sporting Club 3-0 to sail into the quarter-finals of All-Goa Conceicao Colaco memorial intervillage football tournament organised by Shooting Stars Club of Colleavaddo at Assolna ground, on Sunday. Rossman were leading 1-0 at half time. The match was evenly contested in the opening session with both teams’ strikers in their elements. As the match progressed, Rosman Cruz slowly took over the reins and dictated terms and their persistent forays fetched dividends when Ajay Satarkar punished the rival goalkeeper with a rasping drive in the 15th minute. Stung by the early reverse, Betalbatim tried their best but Rossman Cruz goalkeeper Francis Abranches was rock solid, thwarting their scoring chances. Crossing over, Rossman Cruz


The special general body meeting convened by the Goa Cricket Association on Sunday at Porvorim resolved not to revoke the membership of Bicholim Cricket Club and formed a disciplinary committee of five members to decide on the issue of disciplinary action to be taken against life member Dr Shekar Salker for his antiGCA activities. Addressing the media at Porvorim after the special general body meeting, senior vice-president, GCA Vinod Phadke stated that the president of GCA, Dayanand Narvekar did not chair this meeting for the reason that some clubs might raise allegations against him regarding personal matters. Hence, as per

the bye-laws of GCA, he had to chair the meeting. Vinod mentioned that 90 cricket clubs had sent letters to the GCA requesting that Bicholim Cricket Club be removed from the GCA membership and also strip Dr Shekhar from life membership. The president of Bicholim Cricket Club, Rajesh Patnekar has sent a letter to the GCA stating that Dr Shekhar has resigned from the membership of their club long ago. Further, the Bicholim Cricket Club has been associated with the GCA for the last 50 years and has full faith in them. Hence, they have pleaded that no action be taken against their club. In view of this letter, Vinod suggested to all the clubs and the life members

present not to insist for any action against Bicholim CC. His suggestion was unanimously accepted by all clubs. Phadke also mentioned that in regard to the expulsion of Dr Shekar from the membership of the GCA, he suggested to the clubs that the GCA should go in a democratic way. Accordingly, a disciplinary committee of five members namely Dr Baban Parulekar, Govind Parab, Dinesh Shetty, Aschut Gaonker and Laximan Torasker was formed. This committee has been empowered to issue show cause-notice to Dr Shekar as to why he should not be expelled from the membership of the GCA and take necessary action within a month. Vinod stated that the status of the

find the equaliser and had some scoring chances. First, Odafe shot wide from close range after being fed by Charan Rai. Odafe had another try off Zakeer’s pass inside the rival box. Churchill went all out in search of the equalizer, playing long balls into the rival territory but the green brigade did not to budge an inch. Seven minutes before the long whistle, wing back Govind Singh suffered a severe lip injury as he was kicked by Churchill Brothers defender Denzil Franco, lifting his leg over the head. Salgaocar coach Karim Bencherifa was delighted at the fantastic performance of the team. “It’s a huge relief and also gives me great satisfaction that everyone worked so hard. This victor y is one which I can savour,” he added. “Defeating Churchill Brothers is tough and going back with three points is great. I told the boys to forget about what happened in the previous match and to start afresh. This win will boost the morale of the boys and hope the boys will repeat this in the coming matches,” Bencherfia concluded. Churchill Brothers assistant coach, Alfred Fernandes gave full credit to his opponents. “They played well and we played badly. We were unable to keep control upfront and the defence was not compact making too many mistakes in the absence of Gourmangi Singh due to a double booking,” Fernandes concluded.

proposed Tivim Stadium was explained to the clubs and they were later informed that the process of pre-qualification of bids was over. Out of 25 companies, the GCA has selected five companies for the construction of the stadium. The name of the company will be finalised in the 2nd week of May. In regard to the allegation of fraud of Rs 100 crore made against the GCA, Vinod Phadke stated that the main source of income of the GCA is the BCCI. “The annual audited balance of the GCA is sent to all the clubs, life members and also to the BCCI. So far, no one has made any allegations and raised any issue pertaining to the balance sheet of the GCA. Therefore, the allegation made by some people is baseless,” stated Phadke.

were in total control with striker Francis being a thorn in the rival defence. He single-handedly demolished the rivals as he inflated their tally midway in the second session with a snap shot. Stunned by the double blows, Betalbatim went into the attacking mode but Rossman’s keeper was alert in frustrating the rival attacks with fine anticipation to keep his slate clean. Francis rounded off the tally late in the second half. Goalkeeper Francis of Rossman Cruz was adjudged man- of-thematch.

GFA U-14 All Goa play-off semi-finals: Don Bosco Oratory, Panjim v. Betalbatim SC, Tilak Maidan, Vasco; Vasco SC v. Dunes SC, Mandrem, Duler Stadium, Mapusa. Kick off 4 p.m. GFA U-16: Dempo SC (Juniors) v. St Estevam SC, Taleigao ground, 4 p.m. Rusi Daver soccer semi-finals: Sodiem SCA v. Candolim SC, Saligao Sporting ground, 4.30 p.m. Nerul Cup soccer quarter-finals: Adarsh Yuvak Sangh v. Nagoa SC, Dr Gustavo Monteiro Stadium, Candolim, 4.30 p.m. Cruz memorial soccer: Fabrica Boys, Navelim v. St Cross Boys, Davorlim, Carmona panchayat ground, 4.30 p.m. All-Goa Conceicao Colaco memorial soccer: Sao Jose de Areal SC v. Goa Velha SC, Assolna ground, 4.45 p.m.

Goa Veterans, winners of South Zone Veterans Cricket tournament defeating Tamil Nadu by 8 runs in the finals at Panjim Gymkhana ground, Sunday alongwith GCA president Dayanand Narvekar, Bhalu Phadke, Javed Ansari, Vivek Pednekar and others.


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Ronaldo rescues Real but Barca sense title la liga


for conceding the kick - but Madrid levelled on 82 minutes through Ronaldo. The draw brought an end to Barcelona's five straight wins over their rivals and ended coach Pep Guardiola's 100 percent record in the fixture. Earlier, Spanish for ward Roberto Soldado made it seven goals in his last three league games as Valencia won 3-0 at

Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a share of the spoils for Real Madrid from the penalty spot Saturday after Lionel Messi had netted a spotkick of his own for a 1-1 draw which keeps Barcelona on course for the Spanish title. Ronaldo's effort denied Barca a win which LA LIGA SCOREBOARD would have all but ended the title race Real Madrid ..1 Barcelona ....1 as the two rivals Getafe ............1 Sevilla ..........0 met in the first of four ‘ C l a s i c o ’ Malaga ..........3 R Mallorca ..0 clashes inside three Almeria ..........0 Valencia ......3 weeks which will decide the destination of this bottom side Almeria to consolidate third place. season's silverware. Soldado headed in a Jeremy Messi and Ronaldo scored their 30th league goals of the Mathieu cross five minutes after season as Barcelona stayed on the break to notch his 13th course for glory after their en- league goal of the campaign becounter at the Santiago Bern- fore Lithuanian Marius Stankeabeu which left the visitors, vicius and Jordi Alba sealed chasing a third successive league Valencia's 10th away win of the title, with an eight-point cushion season. Valencia move nine points over Madrid with six games left. Messi opened the scoring ahead of fourth-placed Villarreal with a 53rd-minute penalty that as they chase the third and final left Real down to ten men with automatic Champions League centre-back Raul Albiol sent off berth.

Inter wave goodbye to title hopes; Milan roll on out for the champiSERIE A SCOREBOARD onship count. AC Milan ........3 Sampdoria ..0 Sebastian Giovinco Parma ............2 Inter Milan ..0 and Amauri scored the goals for Parma, late AS Roma ......2 Palermo ......3 on in either half, to give their side a threeserie a point cushion over Sampdoria. AFP ROME, APRIL 17

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (up) and Barcelona’s players jump for the ball at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on Saturday.

Penalty drama dents Arsenal’s title bid

Force India returns empty handed

After securing points in the last two races, Force India drivers Paul Di Resta and Adrian Sutil on Sunday returned empty handed, finishing 11th and 15th respectively, at the Chinese Grand Prix. Both drivers made good starts, with Paul up one place to seventh and Adrian making up three positions to eighth by the end of the first lap.



Britain's Lewis Hamilton ended world champion Sebastian Vettel's triumphant start to the 2011 season on Sunday when he drove to a spectacular victor y in the Chinese Grand Prix. The 26-year-old McLaren driver, who was world champion in 2008, made the most of a tactical decision to preserve tyres during qualifying on Saturday

to cut through the field in the closing stages and pass the 23year-old German with less than five laps remaining. "That was amazing, thank you so much," Hamilton told his team over the radio as he cruised the circuit on his victory lap. The win in Shanghai was the 15th victory of Hamilton's Formula One career. There was also joy for Australia's Mark Webber who

Row erupts over Windies selection AFP ST JOHN'S, APRIL 17

The West Indies Players' Association has accused the West Indies Cricket Board of failing to be transparent with the selection of teams for the opening matches of Pakistan's tour of the Caribbean, in a media release late on Saturday. This follows the exclusion of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Chris Gayle, and Ramnaresh Sarwan from the West Indies team for the Twenty20 International on Thursday at the Beausejour Cricket Ground, as well as the first two One-day Internationals on Saturday, April 23, and Monday, April 25, at the same ground.


Rafael Nadal made more tennis history Sunday as he won an unprecedented seventh consecutive title at the Monte Carlo Masters with a 6-4, 7-5 defeat of David Ferrer. World number one Nadal triumphed in the second consecutive all-Spanish final at the

"While WIPA is clear that teams should be picked on performance, potential, playing conditions, and preparedness, it is concerned that there may be an appearance that there were other unknown factors being taken into account," said WIPA in the media release. "If so, all players should be aware of what those other factors are." The exclusion of Chanderpaul, Gayle, and Sarwan, who have a combined experience of 303 Tests, 662 One-day Internationals, and 60 Twenty20 Internationals, has prompted typical widespread condemnation in the Caribbean of the WICB, its se-

lectors, and its selection policy. It has also led to speculation that the days of the three former captains under the maroon cap are numbered. But Chief Executive Officer of the WICB Ernest Hilaire said last week that reports of the senior players being dropped permanently have been greatly exaggerated. He said that the WICB, under their new selection policy, intended to give as many untried players as possible exposure in international limited-overs matches in the next two years. The ultimate goal was to win both the 2014 World Twenty20 and the 2015 World Cup, but WIPA was not impressed.

started 18th on the grid and finished third behind his Red Bull teammate Vettel after a nearwondrous final push. Webber edged out Hamilton's McLaren team mate and compatriot Jenson Button, who finished an ultimately disappointing fourth after he had taken the lead at the first corner on Sunday. German Nico Rosberg, one of several drivers who looked a possible winner after leading during the race, brought his Mercedes home in fifth place ahead of Brazilian Felipe Massa of Ferrari and his team mate two-times champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso who was seventh. German Michael Schumacher, 42, the seven-times champion, finished eighth in the second Mercedes ahead of ninth-placed Russian Vitaly Petrov in a Renault and Japanese Kamui Kobayashi in a Sauber.

Stoke in FA Cup final AGENCIES ONDON, APRIL 17

Stoke City reached the FA Cup final for the first time when three goals in the first 30 minutes paved the way to a stunning 5-0 win over Bolton Wanderers at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. Goals from Matthew Etherington after 11 minutes, Robert Huth six minutes later and Kenwyne Jones after 30 minutes had Stoke manager Tony Pulis leaping for joy. Jon Walters made it 4-0 in the 68th minute and he then made it five in the 81st to complete a comprehensive win and end Bolton’s hopes of a first final appearance since 1958.

Country club as he won his 12th match of 16 played against his compatriot. He suffered his only Monte Carlo defeat in 2003, his debut year at the venue. The victory sends Nadal off to his usual solid start of the clay season, with his next challenge his home event next week in Barcelona. The win marked the 44th ca-

reer trophy for Spain's top player, who now owns a record 19 titles at the Masters 1000 level and has beaten compatriots in the nine of the all-Spanish finals he has played. Nadal won a 30th clay court trophy, tying him for third place in the post-1968 Open era with Bjorn Borg and Spain's Manuel Orantes.

Bopanna & Co beaten

Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-UlHaq Qureshi's run at the Monte Carlo Masters ended on Saturday, when they were beaten in the semi-finals. The sixth seeded India-Pakistan duo lost to unseeded South Americans Juan Ignacio Chela and Bruno Soares 6-2, 67(4), 10-7 in 88 minutes. The South Americans, who extended their dream team debut in the process, will meet the world No 1 pair of Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, who made the final of the tournament for the fourth time after beating fifthseeded Poles Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski 6-3, 6-4. The 31-year-old Chela is bidding for his fourth ATP World Tour doubles title and his first at Masters 1000 level, while the 29-year-old Soares is looking to win his third ATP World Tour title of the season.

Hamilton wins Chinese GP

Arsenal..1 Liverpool..1 Arsene Wenger's hopes of guiding Arsenal to the Premier League title are in tatters after Dirk Kuyt's last-gasp penalty earned a dramatic 1-1 draw for Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. With new majority shareholder Stan Kroenke watching from the directors' box, Wenger's side appeared to have snatched a stoppage-time victory when Cesc Fabregas was tripped by Jay Spearing in the penalty area. Robin van Persie scored from the spot but Arsenal couldn't keep their composure and there was more drama to come, with Lucas Leiva bundled over by Emmanuel Eboue in the 12th minute of added time and Kuyt converting the spot-kick. It leaves Arsenal six points behind leaders Manchester United with six games for each side to play and the Gunners' confidence sure to dip even further after three consecutive draws on their own turf.

AC Milan kept their Serie A title challenge going full throttle on Saturday, strolling past relegationhaunted Sampdoria 3-0 at San Siro. But deposed European champions Inter Milan can all but wave their title hopes goodbye after slumping at lowly Parma. Goals from veteran Clarence Seedorf, Antonio Cassano -- from the penalty spot -- and Robinho saw Milan coast home against Samp as the hosts motored six points clear of second-placed Napoli. Inter, already smarting from their Champions League exit at the hands of Schalke, are eight points off the pace and surely

All that can save Inter now is to rescue a crumb of comfort via the Coppa Italia. They have a semi-final first leg on Tuesday against Roma. Roma will also see that tie as a route to silverware salvation after they saw their hopes of bagging a Champions League qualifying spot suffer a big blow following a 3-2 loss at home to Palermo.



Magic in the Fibonacci Series


The Fibonacci Series is a sequence of numbers first created by Leonardo Fibonacci in 1202. It is a deceptively simple series, but its ramifications and applications are nearly limitless. It has fascinated and perplexed mathematicians for over 700 years, and nearly everyone who has worked with it has added a new piece to the Fibonacci puzzle, a new tidbit of information about the series and how it works. Fibonacci mathematics is a constantly expanding branch of number theory, with more and more people being drawn into the complex subtleties of Fibonacci's legacy.

Definition and Formula

The Fibonacci series is a series of numbers in which each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers; excluding the first two numbers. By definition, the first two Fibonacci numbers are 0 and 1, and each subsequent number is the sum of the previous two. Some sources omit the initial 0, instead beginning the sequence with two 1s. Example: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144…

The each term of the series can be represented by the following mathematical relation: Fn = Fn-1 + Fn-2 where the seed values (first two terms) are: F0 = 0 and F1 = 1

Relationship with the Golden Ratio

Most of the interesting things we find that relate to the Fibonacci sequence are actually more closely related to a number that is derived from Fibonacci, called the golden ratio. If we take each number of the Fibonacci sequence and divide it by the previous number in the sequence (i.e. 2/1, 3/2, 5/3, 8/5), a pattern quickly emerges. As the numbers increase, the quotient approaches the golden ratio, which is approximately 1.6180339887. The golden ratio actually predates Fibonacci and applications for the golden ratio have been found in architecture, economics, music, aesthetics, and, of course, nature.

Fibonacci in Nature

One of the most spectacular examples of the Fibonacci Series in nature is in the head of the sunflower. Scientists have measured the number of spirals in the sunflower head. They found, not only one set

clockwise, These two sinuous spirals of the sun flower head reveal the unexpected double connection with the Fibonacci series: 1. The pairs are always adjacent numbers in the Fibonacci series; meaning, for example, one pair could be 21 and 34 and the next pair could be 34 and 55 2. The adjacent numbers divided yield the Golden Proportion; for example, 34 / 55 = 0.618 or 55 / 34 = 1.618

Fibonacci Spiral

A Fibonacci spiral is formed by starting with a rectangle whose sides measure one number in the Fibonacci sequence by its consecutive number in the sequence. For the purposes of simplicity, let's use 13 and 8. If, hypothetically, we place a square inside the rectangle that measures 8 by 8 and it is placed all the way to one side of the rectangle, the remaining rectangle will have sides that measure 8 by 5, which happen to be two more of Fibonacci's numbers. Repeating the process with a 5 by 5 square would yield a 5 by 3 rectangle, and so on.

of short spirals going clockwise from the centre, but also another set of longer spirals going anti

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Daredevils record first win PTI MUMBAI, APRIL 17

Delhi Daredevils batsman David Warner plays a shot at D.Y. Patil Cricket stadium, Mumbai, on Sunday.


Some of India's senior cricketers, including captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, are likely to skip the upcoming One-day series against the West Indies starting early June. Already exhausted by a crammed international schedule, the senior players want to take some rest. A top BCCI source said that it is possible that at least fivesix senior players may be rested since India have a hectic international schedule ahead. While some senior players may skip only the ODI series, others who have injury problems in recent times may opt out of the entire tour of the West Indies where they play one Twenty20 International, five ODIs and three Tests during the tour starting June 4. Opening batsman Virender Sehwag is likely to miss the entire tour of the West Indies to regain full fitness, while other senior players like Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh may be rested in a phased manner. It is learnt that some senior players have already written to the BCCI expressing their desire to skip the tour of the West Indies so that they are fit enough for the crucial tours of England and Australia later in the year. India have a hectic international schedule this year. Immediately after the ongoing Indian Premier League, India will tour the West Indies for five ODIs and three Tests, 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.

Yuvraj Singh's all-round show went in vain as Delhi Daredevils defeated Pune Warriors by three wickets in a high-scoring Indian Premier League clash to record their maiden victory in the fourth edition tournament here today. Chasing an imposing target of 188, Delhi romped home with four balls to spare as David Warner (46), Virender Sehwag (37) Venugopal Rao (31) and Aaron Finch (25) shone with the bat. Earlier, opener Jesse Ryder (60) and skipper Yuvraj (66 not out) struck half-centuries to help Pune Warriors amass an imposing 187 for five. Yuvraj then took four wickets and it looked that his team will go on to score its third successive win but the Delhi batsmen refused to buckle under pressure of chasing a massive total and came out victorious. Yuvraj though was adjudged Man-of-the-Match. The visitors started splendidly with a 75-run opening stand between Warner and skipper Sehwag but a flurry of wickets reduced Delhi to 120 for five and they appeared to be heading towards another defeat. Venugopal (31 in 20 balls) and Finch (25 in 12 balls) then raised a crucial stand of 47 runs in 4.1 overs for the sixth wicket to put them on the doorsteps of a fine victory. James Hopes (13), who has stayed on to play in the IPL in spite of the death of his father back home in Australia, completed the victory in style by

Knights slay Rajasthan PTI KOLKATA, APRIL 17

Kolkata Knight Riders produced a clinical performance to thrash a spineless Rajasthan Royals by eight wickets in an IPL match at the Eden Gardens here today. With a vintage Laxmipathy Balaji (3/15) at display, the Knight Riders bowled out for Rajasthan for a paltry 81 runs, the lowest total of the ongoing IPL. Kolkata were also helped by a listless performance by Rajasthan batsmen, who played some irresponsible shots at a placid Eden pitch to be bundled out in 15.2 overs. Balaji was brilliantly backed up by Bangladesh captain Shakib-al-Hasan (2/21) and some sharp work at the field, which accounted for two run outs. For Knight Riders this was their third consecutive win -back-to-back against Rajasthan

-- after losing the first match to Chennai Super Kings to climb up to the top of the points table. Chasing a modest 81, skipper Gautam Gambhir (35 not out, 35 balls, 3x4s) played a sensible innings while Manoj Tiwary (30 not out from 26 balls, 4x4s, 1x6) displayed aggression from the onset to help Knight Riders register the thumping win. Earlier sent into bat, Rajasthan came up with a pathetic batting display to be bundled out for 81 inside the 16th over. After a shaky start, Ashok Menaria showed some promise with a quickfire 21 from 17 balls but there was no end to Rajsathan's misery as they lost their last five wickets for just three runs within a space of 13 balls. Defending the small total, there were some moments of joy for Rajasthan who gave it all out on the field.

Rajasthan Royals: S Watson b L Balaji 11, A Paunikar st Bisla b I Abdulla 15, F Fazal run out 3, A Raut run out 11, A Menaria c Bhatia b L Balaji 21, R Taylor st Bisla b Y Pathan 6, A Rahane b L Balaji 6, S Warne not out 3, A Singh b Shakib Hasan 0, S Tait b Shakib Hasan 0, S Trivedi b Lee 0. Extras: 5. Total: 81 all out. Fall of wickets: 1-24, 2-28, 3-38, 4-43, 5-67, 6-78, 7-79 8-80, 9-80. Bowling: B Lee 2.2-0-12-1, Shakib Al Hasan 4-0-21-2, L Balaji 3-0-15-3, Iqbal Abdulla 3-0-18-1, R Bhatia 1-0-4-0, Y Pathan 2-0-10-1. Kolkata Knight Riders: Jacques Kallis c Taylor b Tait 0, Manvinder Bisla c Raut b Warne 9, Gautam Gambhir not out 35, Manoj Tiwary not out 30. Extras: 11. Total: 85 for 2. Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-31. Bowling: Tait 3.50-29-1, Watson 4-0-20-0, Warne 4-0-17-1, Trivedi 1-0-8-0, Singh 1-0-7-0. Man-of-the-match: L Balaji.

Shaun Tait (1/29) started with a bang, foxing the in-form Kallis for a duck with a bouncer in the second ball of Knight Riders' innings. In search of another breakthrough, Rajasthan captain Shane Warne then the packed slip cordon but the other opener Manvinder Bisla and Gambhir were watchful and waited kept the scoreboard ticking with ones and twos without taking any undue risks. However, Bisla was done in by a brilliant catch by a flying Abhishek Raut off Warne at the midwicket to reduce Knight Riders to 31 for two after seven overs. But Gambhir remained calm and maintained his poise, in front of the challenge put up by Warne and company. As the target neared, Tiwary clobbered Tait for one six and two fours to finish the proceedings in a hurry. Gambhir scored the winning runs with a four of Tait. Earlier, Rajasthan made their intentions clear promoting inform Shane Watson (11 off 13) up the order to open the batting with Amit Paunikar, who scored a run-a-ball 15 after sent into bat. But Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir justified his decision to bowl first as Balaji and Abdulla made early in-roads, dismissing both the openers within five overs.

BCCI, SLC may meet today PTI KOCHI, APRIL 17

Senior Sri Lankan cricketer Mahela Jayawardene today said that his country's cricket Board and the BCCI are likely to meet tomorrow for a "dialogue" over the return of the players taking part in the IPL midway in the Twenty20 league for a tour of England. Jayawardene said in the end the Sri Lankan players will have to abide by the decision of their Board. "We are supposed to return

to Sri Lanka by May 5. That is the direction we have been given. Dialogues are happening between the two boards. There is likely to be a meeting tomorrow," said Jayawardene, captain of IPL side Kochi Tuskers Kerala, here. "As of now, we have to go on May 5. This is not something which is in our control as players. We are waiting to hear the final outcome (of the dialogue)," he told reporters at the press conference ahead of KTK's IPL

match against defending champions Chennai Super Kings. He said in the event of his departure, there will be adequate replacements. "Hopefully, I will get to stay longer. But, if I go there are quite good players to come in. I am sure they will put their hands up. Anything can happen, injury etc. We have adequate replacement and some top players are sitting on the bench. They will grab the opportunity," he said.

century by their captain Sachin Tendulkar. "We have to keep fighting till the last. I think the rival teams will take us a little more seriously now following this victory. It gives us confidence as well," Jayawardene had said after the shock win. The Sri Lankan veteran would hope for a similar performance from his team against Chennai at the Nehru stadium here. The bowling, however, is a big concern for Kochi as pace spearhead S Sreesanth and spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan have both been off colour, prompting Jayawardene to drop the duo in the match against Mumbai. R P Singh also continues to struggle to not just take wickets but also stem the flow of runs in the fourth edition of the league. R Vinay Kumar and Sri Lankan

medium pacer Thisara Perera can also expect to be put through a tough test by the formidable Chennai batting, bolstered by the return of Michael Hussey. Besides the prolific left-hander from Australia, Chennai, with the likes of skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Suresh Raina, veteran New Zealander Scott Styris and South Africa's Albie Morkel, have the forepower to bat any opposition out of the game. Chennai bowlers too have been putting up decent performances with Morkel, Tim Southee, Ravichandran Ashwin and Suraj Randiv sharing enough wickets among themselves. Going into tomrrow's match, Chennai certainly have the momentum but Kochi too have a spring in their step after the win over Mumbai.

Kochi aim for another upset PTI KOCHI, APRIL 17

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The stunning win over Mumbai Indians gave IPL debutants Kochi Tuskers Kerala the fillip they desperately needed and the side would be aiming to spring a surprise once again when they take on another heavyweights, defending champions Chennai Super Kings, here tomorrow. Kochi upstaged Mumbai by a comprehensive eight wickets to clinch their maiden IPL win after facing defeats in their opening two matches. Captain Mahela Jayawardene said the win should now ensure that rivals take his team more seriously. The destructive Brendon McCullum came into his own against Mumbai and with some crucial support from Jayawardene and India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, Kochi managed to pip Mumbai despite a solid

smashing Jesse Ryder for a six and a four in the first two balls of the final over. Twenty runs came in the 18th over bowled by Shrikant Wagh that swung the match Delhi's way. Earlier, after being invited to bat by Delhi, Ryder took full use of two reprieves by Ashok Dinda in bludgeoning his way to 60

off only 27 balls. He hit five huge sixes and as many fours. During his stay, Ryder added 54 runs in 6.2 overs for the second wicket with Mithun Manjas (20 in 18 balls). Yuvraj, who came in at the fall of Manhas' wicket, struck a quickfire 66 not out in 33 balls, with five massive sixes and four

Pune Warriors: J Ryder c Finch b Nadeem 60, G Smith c Pathan b Dinda 12, M Manhas c Warner b Hopes 20, Yuvraj Singh not out 66, R Uthappa c Warner b Nadeem 4, M Mishra c Sehwag b Dinda 7, W Parnell not out 10. Extras: 8. Total: 187 for five. Fall of wickets: 1-28, 2-82, 3-98, 4-117, 5-146. Bowling: Y Venugopal Rao 1-0-14-0, A Dinda 4-0-42-2, I Pathan 3-0-28-0, U Yadav 4-0-36-0, J Hopes 4-0-26-1, S Nadeem 4-0-39-2. Delhi Daredevils: David Warner run out (Wagh/Uthappa) 46, Virender Sehwag b Ryder 37, Irfan Pathan c Wagh b Yuvraj 14, Naman Ojha st Uthappa b Yuvraj 11, Matthew Wade lbw b Sharma 3, Venugopal Rao c Jhunjhunwala b Yuvraj 31, Aaron Finch c & b Yuvraj 25, James Hopes not out 13, Shahbaz Nadeem not out 0. Extras: 10. Total: 190 for 7. Fall of wickets: 1-75, 2-97, 3-116, 4-116, 5-120, 6-167, 7-180. Bowling: Thomas 2-0-22-0, Wagh 3-0-38-0, Parnell 2-0-26-0, Sharma 4-0-29-1, Ryder 3.2-0-34-1, Jhunjhunwala 1-0-11-0, Yuvraj 4-0-29-4. Man-of-the-match: Yuvraj Singh.

fours, to give Pune the impetus towards the end. The skipper put on 41 runs in just 17 balls for the unfinished sixth wicket with Wayne Parnell (10 not out). The Delhi bowlers, after having allowed Pune to go on a rampage in the first ten overs, came back strongly in the second half of the innings till Yuvraj smashed Ashok Dinda for 26 runs in the final over to undo the visitors' good work in the period after Ryder's dismissal.

Yuvraj carted Dinda for three on-side sixes, two of them off successive balls, and a four, to finish the innings on a high. On a good batting track the Warriors, who had chased successively in their first two games, began their innings on a confident note. Daredevils' ploy to open the bowling with part-time off-break bowler Venugopal nearly paid dividends but for Dinda's late reaction to latch on to Ryder's mistimed pull.