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Sports: End India’s domination to set ICC right — Greig Pg 15 IN BRIEF Dawood’s brother shot at Fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaksar was shot at by four gunmen in South Mumbai tonight but he escaped unhurt while his driver was killed. Two persons, suspected to be among the assailants, were caught by the locals while trying to flee from the spot near J J Hospital and handed over to the police, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations) Rajkumar Vatkar said. — (PTI)
Scene shifts to Bangalore after BJP’s Delhi parade GABRIEL VAZ BANGALORE, MAY 17
Karnataka’s beleaguered Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, who along with the National BJP leadership paraded 120 MLAs before Rashtrapathi Bhavan in Delhi,
rade before Rashtrapathi Bhavan to prove that he enjoys a clear majority. The delegation comprising BJP Opposition leaders in both Houses of Parliament Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitely, and other leaders called on Pres-
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Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa along with senior BJP leaders and Karnataka state MLAs march to the President house in New Delhi on Tuesday.
We have apprised the President of the anticonstitutional activities of the Governor and have asked her to totally reject the recommendations for unseating a Government enjoying full confidence of the House. We have also demanded immediate recall of the Governor. — Nitin Gadkari seems to have weathered the storm created by Governor H R Bhardwaj’s controversial recommendation for suspending the State Assembly and clamping President’s rule in the State as the Congress-led UPA regime developed cold feet over taking on the saffron brigade. Accompanied by national BJP President Nitin Gadkari and other Central leaders along with the 120 MLAs supporting him, Yeddyurappa led a massive pa-
ident Pratibha Patil and urged her to reject Bhardwaj’s “unconstitutional and politically motivated” report aimed at destabilizing a duly-elected Government despite its clear majority of 121 members out of the 223 members in the Assembly, excluding a vacant seat. Yeddyurappa’s Cabinet colleagues and ruling BJP MLAs, including 10 out of the 11 party MLAs, whose disqualification from the membership of the
House by the Speaker K G Bopaiah was nullified by the SC, as also national party general secretary Ananth Kumar, who had openly aligned himself with the anti-Yeddyurappa elements, joined in the delegation for staging a massive parade before the Rashtrapathi Bhavan in the full glare of the media. “We have apprised the President of the anti-constitutional activities of the Governor and have asked her to totally reject the recommendations for unseating a Government enjoying full confidence of the House”, Gadkari told reporters after meeting the President. “We have also demanded immediate recall of the Governor”, he added. The Chief Minister later announced that the BJP legislators would be flying to Bangalore by a special flight on Wednesday morning and would continue their fight against Bhardwaj in Bangalore. “We will stage a dharna in front of Raj Bhavan tomorrow and will keep up the pressure for the recall of the Governor”, he declared. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, according to reports from Delhi, consulted his senior Cabinet colleagues including Home Minister P Chidambaram, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Defence Minister A K Antony, Communications and Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and Law Minister (Continued on page 8)
No compromise on medium: FORCE HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 17
The Forum for the Rights of Children’s Education (FORCE) has said it will not compromise on its demand for inclusion of English as the medium of instruction at the primary level, even as PWD Minister, Churchill Alemao maintained that the Congress leaders will press for providing grants for English medium during Wednesday meeting in New Delhi. An eight-member FORCE delegation led by Secretary Savio Lopes landed in the national capital on Tuesday evening, ahead of tomorrow’s crucial meeting called by the Centre to break the deadlock on the medium row. Lopes told Herald from Delhi that FORCE would not compromise on its one-point demand of inclusion of English as the medium of instruction at the primary level. “The delegation would impress upon the central leaders why the Government should provide grants for English medium primary schools”, he said, adding that there’s no change at all in the consistent
There’s no change at all in the consistent demand. The delegation would impress upon the central leaders why the Government should provide grants for English medium primary schools. — Savio Lopes
demand of FORCE that the Government should include English as the medium of instruction. The eight-member delegation was camping in Delhi and waiting for the meeting agenda and the venue from the Congress central leaders. Meanwhile, PWD Minister, Churchill Alemao who also headed to the national capital said the Congress leaders would make a strong case for inclusion of English as the medium of instruction. “We will impress upon the central leadership that the Government respects the wishes and sentiments of parents. The choice of the medium of instruction should be left to the parents”, Alemao asserted.
He said the Congress Ministers and MLAs have already conveyed the demands of the parents to the Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and central leaders and exuded confidence that a solution would be worked out at tomorrow’s meeting. Meanwhile, an Executive Committee member of PTA Dinar Baros has sought to know why a Delhi durbar was required to sort out the Medium of Instruction wrangle. Baros said the parent-members of the PTAs of various schools under the banner of FORCE had reposed faith in an ad-hoc committee to pursue their one-point demand with the local Government for the inclusion of English as one of the valid choices for Medium of Instruction (MoI). “Our only demand translates into release of grants for government-aided schools offering English as a MoI. And the relevant policy decision in this regard is bound to be taken by the local Government and not the Centre”, he said, adding “we fail to understand the logic (Continued on page 8)
ON A SONG: Australian cricketer Brett Lee strums a guitar with children from the slums at a function to launch his Mewsic community music foundation for Indian children living in slums at the Deonar dumping ground on the outskirts of Mumbai on Tuesday.
4 convicts run riot at Sada jail HERALD REPORTER VASCO, MAY 17
Four inmates of Sada Sub-jail went on a rampage in the jail premises, damaging a computer and window panes on Tuesday afternoon. The four inmates – Chandrakant Talwar (37), Sayron Rodrigues (22), Amogh Prakash Naik (25) and Ameya Anand Shirodkar (25) also abused police officers and reportedly tried to manhandle media persons. It may be recalled that Chandrakant Talwar and Sayron Rodrigues were arrested by Goa Crime Branch in Mumbai on October 12, 2009, for their alleged involvement in serial killing of women, while accused Amogh Prakash Naik and Ameya Anand Shirodkar were allegedly involved in a murder case in Ponda on August 18, 2008. The incident occurred when the four inmates were being taken back to the jail after a court hearing on Tuesday at about 1.30 pm. On entering the premises, the accused went on rampage and damaged a computer, office files and window (Continued on page 8)
HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 17
Goa Pradesh Congress Committee did not mobilise to deliberate on the Medium of Instruction (MoI) issue within its forum, until the situation deteriorated into a major embarrassment for the party and State Government, and Central Congress emissary had to dash to Goa to engage in a fire-fighting exercise. Not a single meeting was convened to discuss the issue even as some prominent Congress Cabinet Ministers and MLAs openly took a stand against the Government and the tenets of collective responsibility. “The GPCC did not deliberate on the
Mystery shrouds Jennifer’s death HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 17
Death of 29-year-old Jennifer D’Silva due to suspected drug overdose has once again raised question mark on the quick availability of drugs along the coastline even as the tourist season is nearing an end. Jennifer’s body was found in a mysterious circumstance at Vagator in a dark lane. While her clothes were intact, there seemed a deliberate attempt to misplace the clothes from her body. Sources said that although her body did not have any bruise marks, her toes on the right foot had scratches. “Her body was neatly placed on the roadside but the toes of her right foot were swollen and had blood stains. There were no struggle marks though. Jen-
We have found certain clues and are working on those lines. We are ascertaining other links, her friends circle and other contacts. She was dropped near the Jackpot hotel and her former boyfriend’s house is close to the hotel. We strongly suspect that she was going to Khan’s place and we still suspect his involvement behind her murder… — Police
nifer’s body was apparently brought to the spot on a bike and probably dragged to the crime spot”, said the source. According to police sources, her body was kept lying in the
Mickky will have to wait for court verdict: Pawar HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 17
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar today hinted that both its ministers — Jose Philip D’Souza and Nilkant Halarnkar — are here to stay in Digambar Kamat-led Cabinet. Emerging from the State executive committee meeting, Pawar said that “the situations when both the ministers had resigned were different compared to now”. The NCP chief, however, said that Benaulim ML A Mickky Pacheco will have to wait a while on his Cabinet induction. “Unfortunately, he has a court decision against him. Anyone in the party who is facing such decision (conviction) will have to go in the appeal”, Pawar said adding that we have been told that he has decided to go in the appeal. D’Souza and Halarnkar had tendered their resignations before Pawar ahead of budget session of State Legislative Assembly. They had resigned after the allegations of anti-party
activity were leveled against them. NCP’s Goa executive meeting held at Porvorim on Tuesday evening had Pacheco and To u r i s m M i n i s t e r N i l ka n t Halarnkar skipping it. While Pacheco is reported to be in the State, Halarnkar is in Delhi. Responding to a question on
Many convicted ministers in Cabinet: Mickky HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 17
Benaulim ML A Mickky Pacheco on Tuesday made it categorically clear that he did not ask NCP supremo Sharad Pawar to induct him in the Kamat Cabinet. Reacting to Pawar’s stand that Mickky would be inducted into the Ministry only after his conviction is set aside by the court, the former tourism minister said “in the first place, I did not ask Pawar to induct me in the Cabinet. (Continued on page 8)
Pacheco’s tongue lashing against NCP, Pawar refused a straight reply. “We know each other well. There can be differences of opinion”, he said. Meanwhile, NCP today showed inclination towards English as a Medium of instruction in Goa. “Nobody is opposing education in Konkani or Marathi but there is sizeable section of society from poor strata who want education in English”, Pawar said. He said that the party is not taking the decision right away but will wait for the meeting in Delhi tomorrow. “NCP is in the process of decision making. We will wait and decide after that”, the NCP chief stated. The State executive today formed a core committee headed by President Surendra Sirsat to strengthen the organization. The committee also comprises of both the ministers, Dr Carmo Pegado, Sangita Parab and a central observer. “The group will visit various blocks and take a final decision (Continued on page 8)
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dark lane late in the night. Anjuna police have arrested her ex-boyfriend Saurabh Khan for allegedly murdering her. He has been remanded to 14 days police custody for custodial interrogation. Jennifer, originally from Ribandar was running a jewellery business at Vagator beach in the GTDC premise. Khan also had a store in the same premise. Although both had a break-up three months before her death, police said, they were still friends and apparently patched up. Investigations have so far revealed that on May 6, while she was on her way back from her Ribandar home to her rented room at Vagator, she received a call from her ex-boyfriend inviting her to join him for dinner. (Continued on page 8)
issue nor took a stand until Jagmeet Singh Brar rushed to Goa”, a senior Congressman stated on condition of anonymity. The party should have deliberated on the issue before New Delhi was engaged to mediate, he pointed out. Party President
MEDIUM ROW Subhash Shirodkar was a mute spectator when the likes of PWD Minister Churchill Alemao, Calangute MLA Agnelo Fernandes, Deputy Speaker Mauvin Godinho took a contrarian stand to that of their own Government and sided with agitators demanding inclusion of English as MoI.
It was Congress emissary Jagmeet Singh Brar who warned disgruntled Congressmen not to air their personal views, on the issue, that went against the Government decision, in public. Deputy Speaker Godinho disagreed and stated that he had raised the issue a couple of times in party meetings and also did Calangute MLA. When contacted Party President Shirodkar concurred by saying, “everybody knew the (MoI) issue and they did deliberate on it”. However, his partymen did not endorse his stand as they now troop to New Delhi, in a bid to find a compromise solution.
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6 picnickers injured as bus overturns MCAL to shut down temporarily HERALD REPORTER VASCO, MAY 17
HERALD REPORTER VASCO, MAY 17
Six passengers, including a seven-year-old child, were injured, when a picnic bus in which they were travelling overturned near Kala Bhavan, Sancoale, on Tuesday afternoon. According to Verna Police, 23 people, mostly from Margao and Colva, had gone to Hollant Beach, Velsao, for a picnic on Tuesday morning. However, while they were returning to Colva along the NH17B, rear tyre of the bus got punctured and the bus rammed against the road barrier, before it overturned near Kala Bhavan, Sancoale. All the injured persons were rushed to Hospicio in Margao. Six people who sustained injuries included three women and a seven-year-old child and
‘Meta Copper and Alloys Ltd’ (MCAL) at Upasnagar-Sancoale has decided to temporarily shut down its operation in Goa. “As the company has been running into losses since its inception, it has been decided to suspend the operations temporarily until new investor takes over the company,” said Dwarka Rao, General Manager HR. “The company suffered losses due to agitation that kicked off during inception of the company, while expensive copper raw material has forced the company to suspend its operations,” said Rao. “We are not closing down the company, but operation would be suspended shortly until new investor takes over the company, which is likely to happen in another three to four months,” added Rao. However, the company has assured that the fate of 380-odd workers of the company would be taken care of, as they would be taken in its sister concern, Jindal group of companies. The employees would be deployed in Bellari, Mangalore, coal handling berth at Mormugao Port and Verna industry. Besides, about 100-odd contract workers engaged by the company would be laid-off. “Ultimately, we require manpower back when operation is resumed,” added Rao. “It is global phenomenon that copper raw material has gone high. During the agitation, the project got delayed for two years, as a result of it, interest rates escalated and the company
Goan women exploited in Albania have returned safely: Eduardo HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 17
Commissioner of NRI Affairs, Eduardo Faleiro has informed that eight Goan women, among 20 other Indians who were exploited with the promise of jobs in Albania have returned home and are safe. He however said that there is no complaint filed against the agent who duped them and that identity of the agent is not known. “They were taken to Albania and made to work 10 hours a day and paid $2 a day, instead of the promised $ 20, plus overtime allowance. We do not have an embassy in Albania so I contacted the secretary and the joint secretary in charge of Central Europe in our Ministry of External Affairs. They informed me that the matter concerned a group of 20 women and 17 of them were repatriated by Government of India. They arrived in Mumbai last Saturday via Istanbul. If any complaint is received by us in this matter we shall ensure appropriate action against the culprits,” Faleiro said. “They were dumped in a dark room and kept without food because they asked for salaries they were promised,” Faleiro said. Faleiro expressed regret at the fact that there are very few complaints registered against fraudulent agents. He again reiterated his promise to set up a committee to overlook police investigations into such cases. The progress of the formation of this committee has been painstakingly slow.
The ill-fated picnic bus that met with an accident along the NH-17B near Kala Bhavan Sancoale. Photo by M Prabhav
bus driver Prashant Siolkar, added police.
All the injured persons have been discharged from the hos-
Conference to highlight role of Goan diaspora in freedom movements HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 17
State Commission for NRI Affairs has envisaged a 2-3 day conference in the state later this year to highlight the role of Goan diaspora in freedom movements of Goa as well as other colonies. Announcing this, Commissioner of NRI Affairs Eduardo Faleiro said ambassadors of various countries where Goans played a crucial role in anti-colonial struggles would be invited to the conference. “The leaders of Goa’s freedom movement were mostly based in Mumbai and elsewhere since no political activity was permitted in Goa at that time. Many Goans also participated in the freedom struggles of colonies in Africa. We shall also invite ambassadors of countries where Goans participated in anti-colonial movements, to this conference,” Faleiro told media persons. Many Goans have participated in the freedom struggles of colonies in Africa such as Oscar Monteiro, Savio Vieira, Aquino
n Many Goans have participated in the freedom struggles of colonies in Africa such as Oscar Monteiro, Savio Vieira, Aquino Braganza and many others in Mozambique, Pio da Gama Pinto, Fitz D’Souza and others in Kenya, Joseph Zuzarte Murumbi a former vice-president of Kenya among others. Braganza and many others in Mozambique, Pio da Gama Pinto, Fitz D’Souza and others in Kenya, Joseph Zuzarte Murumbi a former vice-president of Kenya among others. The conference is being organised on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of Goa’s Liberation by India, and though nei-
Opposition is building up against the proposed mega construction project on the decades old Costa grounds at Aquem-Margao. If citizens under the banner of Aquem Ground Bachao Association on Tuesday morning submitted a memorandum to the Margao municipality demanding acquisition of the Costa grounds in the interest of sports and recreational activities on the ground, local residents led by Ward Councilor Damodar Shirodkar held a meeting on the Costa grounds later this evening, demanding that the ground be protected for sporting and cultural events. Briefing newsmen after submitting a memorandum to the Margao municipality, Damodar Korgaonkar and other citizens pointed out that Aquem area has become a concrete jungle
HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 17
If Colva police thought that their duty was over when they averted a confrontation between the supporters of PWD Minister Churchill Alemao and MLA Mickky Pacheco last Friday over the Majorda road under bridge inauguration, they were sadly mistaken. For, since the day, the road
under bridge was thrown open for vehicular traffic for the second time by the PWD Minister, personnel of the Colva take turns now just to man the plaque of the road under bridge inaugurated by Alemao. In fact, since Friday last, Colva police made their presence felt at the road under bridge round-the-clock to en-
and approving such mega project without making provision for infrastructure will result in chaotic conditions. “This land situated at Aquem, has been traditional known as Costa grounds and was used for last several decades as a playground and for other recreational and cultural activities”, Korgaonkar said, adding that the ground was used by senior citizens for morning and evening walk, being a safe place away from traffic congestion. The Association has asked the Chairperson to convene a special meeting of the Council to acquire Costa grounds, adding that citizens and sports lovers can muster sufficient funds to acquire the ground in the event the Civic body falls short of funds. Andrew Sequeira, A Telles, Javed Sheikh, Jaison Cardozo, Cruz Martins and others made a forceful demand towards the
acquisition of Costa grounds. Meanwhile, residents of Aquem held a meeting at Costa grounds and vowed to protect the grounds for the children of the locality. Ward Councilor Damodar Shirodkar said the residents will call on the Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and seek his intervention to protect the grounds. “People of Aquem will under no circumstances allow the ground to be used for construction”, he said. A former cricketer Gurunath Amonkar said Aquem grounds had played for games such as football, cricket and hockey and added that people are opposed to the mega housing project on the ground. Another resident Vithoba Desai said there’s no other ground for recreation in the Aquem area and appealed to the government to retain Costa grounds for the purpose of recreation and culture.
No headway in Bicholim jewellery theft case HERALD CORRESPONDENT BICHOLIM, MAY 17
Bicholim Police are yet to make headway in the recent jewellery theft case at Sonarpeth-Bicholim, even as an organisation has asked the police to investigate into the matter seriously. In a memorandum, the Bharat Vikas Parishad, Goa unit, has called upon Bicholim police to take the matter seriously and investi-
ther the date, nor the participating delegates have been shortlisted, the conference is expected to occur within the next six months. “We are working on it. I have to see the availability of people and accordingly choose an appropriate time to hold it,” Faleiro said. Faleiro also fears that financial constraints would come in the way of making the conference a mega event. “We are considering whom to invite because I am not too sure of the amount we can spend on this conference,” Faleiro said. A session on the issue of Goan diaspora’s involvement in freedom movements across the world will also feature during the annual Global Goans Convention (Gomant Vishwa Sammelan) to be held in London this year. The convention will be held from July 22-25 and will involve the Indian High Commissioner in the United Kingdom, MPs of Goan origin, leaders of Goan associations and Indian associations in the UK.
Under-bridge fiasco: Game not over yet, cops now have to man plaque!
Opposition gains momentum against project at Aquem’s Costa grounds HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 17
pital, except for Elizio Gomes (47).
gate into it. It may be recalled that on April 30, some persons broke into Gangaram Jewellers at Sonarpeth-Bicholim and decamped with gold ornaments and cash, all worth Rs 30 lakh. The incident came to light when proprietor Mah e s h G a n g a r a m K a re ka r from Mardol-Ponda opened the shop. He later lodged a complaint with the police.
The stolen items include 55 pairs of earrings, 300 gms of melted gold, 12 lockets, 5 gold hair bands, 32 golden full ear pieces, two mangalsutras, several chains, 100 gms of pure gold, some rings and cash of Rs 50,000. Meanwhile, Jeetendra Naik, who was arrested on charges of assaulting his wife at Mulgao -Bicholim, was granted bail on Tuesday.
sure that miscreants does not cause any destruction to the plaque. Sources at the Colva police station informed that two police personnel stands deployed at the road under bridge just to protect the plaque from destruction, least they attract the ire of the powers that be in the event of any damage.
Vice-President of Headmasters’ panel on HCN HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 17
HCN’s ‘Hot Debate’, a programme which engages persons who matter, on a current debate or burning topic concerning Goa, will this week feature a tete-a-tete with Fr Dominic Savio Fernandes, Vice President of All Goa Headmasters’ Association and Principal of Don Bosco High School, Panjim and Jovito Lopes, educationist and senior journalist. The issues surrounding the implementation of ‘no detention policy’, the position of the All Goa Headmasters’ Association and problems associated with implementing section 16 of Right to Education Act from 2010-11 academic year will be discussed. The programme will be aired at 9.30 am, 11 am, 3 pm, 4.30 pm and 11.30 pm on HCN.
Retired cop faces ordeal to avail income certificate HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 17
A retired Assistant Sub Inspector Jose Lawrence Rebello has been running from pillar to post since May 2 to obtain an income certificate for the purpose of his daughter’s admission. If Rebello is to be believed, he had applied for an income certificate to the Chinchinim village Panchayat on May 2. Since then, he had been shunting between the Panchayat, Mamlatdar’s office and the Salcete BDO office to lay his hands on the income certificate, but in vain. What has made matters worse for Rebello is the fact that the post of Sarpanch and deputy Sarpanch has been lying vacant now following the
Offence filed against office assistant MARGAO (HR): Colva police has registered an offence of criminal breach of trust following a complaint made by an employer on Tuesday. PSI Gawde informed that the case has been registered an office assistant following a complaint lodged by one Alex Pereira. The complainant stated that office items which were left at the disposal of the assistant has gone missing. The police are investigating.
ouster of Olwyn Antao and Doura Fernandes respectively. “I have been told at the Panchayat office that the income certificate has to be issued by the Sarpanch, but Chinchinim village has no sarpanch. The Administrator appointed by the BDO has not helped in any way. There’s no full time secretar y at the village Panchayat”, he said, adding that his trip to the BDO office has not evoked the desired result. “Just imagine the hardships being faced by the common man from the village, who approaches the panchayat body for various works”, Rebello said, while calling upon the authorities to tone up the administration and help the needy common man.
‘Meta Copper and Alloys Ltd’ at Upasnagar-Sancoale.
Photo by M Prabhav
Mathany forewarns future investor HERALD REPORTER VASCO, MAY 17
Mathany Saldanha, who led the agitation against setting up of Meta Copper and Alloys Ltd about 14 years ago, has warned the new investor to refrain from smelting copper waste at the existing unit. “Whoever may be the new investor, the company has to run as per the present set up of melting raw copper. If the new investor tries to smelt copper waste, agitation would be kicked off against the company,” warned Saldanha. “MCAL has suffered that because we have stopped them from committing crime, which intended to smelt copper waste,” added Salsuffered a loss of Rs 120 crore,” added Rao. “With regard to orders placed by the customers, it has been informed by the marketing department that the delivery
danha. “We were not against setting up of the company. Let the company use standard process of melting raw material of copper,” said Saldanha. “Smelting of insulation is not allowed anywhere in the country, even International convention claimed that smelting of insulation damages the genetics of human beings,” added Mathany. “We have rejected this waste, while African country that had allowed this hazardous smelting of copper waste has been suffering today. Goan people had taken wise decision about 14 years ago,” he said.
would be made in time,” he said. The company’s annual turnover is around Rs 350-400 crore and production capacity is nearly Rs 4,000 tonnes per month.
“We have been informed that the company would be closed down. We have no option but to leave Goa or get engaged in any other company,” said Balram Munda, a contract worker.
Bardez Mamlatdar accused of issuing ration cards ‘illegally’ HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 17
Candolim Citizens Forum has accused Bardez Mamlatdar of issuing ration cards without receiving documents that have to be mandatorily submitted and asked for cancellation of these bogus cards. The forum has also accused him of making a mockery of Right to Information Act. The case has its origins in an application filed by one John Baptist Sequeira, who asked that the mamlatdar furnish a list of deletion certificates, based on which he had issued ration cards to adults who had newly settled in the village. “In many cases Bardez mamlatdar was unable to furnish deletion certificates and reason cited was that they are ‘not avail-
able due to prior renewal of ration card,’” Tukaram Naik of Candolim Citizens Forum narrated. “Documents given by the mamlatdar show that in certain cases, he replies saying that ration cards were issued prior to renewal of ration cards. The applicant had clearly asked for issue of deletion certificates based on which he had issued the ration cards. Here the question of renewal does not arise,” Naik said. “It appears that some Public Information Officers are making a mockery of the RTI Act,” Naik said. “We assume that Bardez mamlatdar has issued ration cards without following mandated procedure or without taking deletion certificates hence we demand these bogus ration cards should be immediately
cancelled,” Naik said. The case has larger demographic implications with civil society groups alleging that this is done at the behest of ministers due to which mamlatdars are expediting the process of issuing ration cards by either bending or even breaking rules. For an adult citizen to obtain a ration card, he has to prove that his name has been deleted from the ration card where it was previously registered in order that he/she does not misuse government schemes and also as a means to check illegal immigration into the country. The callousness with which the registering officers are dealing with the issue, could result in serious national security threat.
CCP Mayor faces heat over move to convert Nana Nani Park HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 17
Opposition corporators clashed with Corporation of City of Panjim (CCP) mayor Yatin Parekh yet again on Wednesday over proposed conversion of Nana Nani Park beside Dayanand Bandodkar Samadhi, Miramar, into an events venue. An ordinary meeting of CCP witnessed a verbal encounter between the ruling and opposition corporators where corporator of the concerned ward Surendra Furtado vehemently objected to this move saying that no programmes could be held on the Miramar beach. “You can’t do anything on the beach,” he reiterated adding that he should have been consulted on the issue. What followed was heated verbal exchange between Furtado and Mayor Yatin Parekh. Furtado was supported by opposition corporator Vaidehi Naik who objected to the venue being converted into a party place saying DB Samadhi is located adjacent to the place and it will lose its sanctity if such fancy events are allowed to happen there. She also alleged that hard
liquor was sold during the CCP supported Summer Festival, held in the city recently even though CCP had categorically assured that no hard liquor would be served there. Parekh strongly objected to this statement and alleged that during BJP’s regime at every event, hard liquor was allowed to be sold. “But you are objecting to everything now,” charged the Mayor. Interestingly, former mayor Carolina Po produced photos showing some trees in the Panjim garden were broken during the summer festival. Mayor did not budge even when all opposition members were on their feet objecting the proposed change. The resolution was passed by a margin of one vote. Later speaking to the media Mayor Parekh however clarified that they would take necessary permission before converting Nana Nani Park at Miramar into an event place. Earlier, CCP’s resolution to prepare a database of cobblers, mechanics and scrap yards operating in the city was deferred as both opposition and ruling corporators strongly objected
to the move. Former mayor Tony Ro drigues feared that it would lead to illegalities. Bento Lorena from ruling panel opined that it amounts to endorsing illegal businesses even as mayor said it is just a proposal to prepare database for CCP’s information. Opposition members demanded that all illegal businesses be shut down immediately. Another important resolution adopted at Tuesday’s CCP meet was that the CCP would not allow any planning / development activity by government agencies and others without seeking its approval and Mayor said letter to this effect would be sent to all government offices. CCP also resolved to provide parking facility for six cars for the councillors vehicles in front of Farmacia Ananta, opposite CCP office building. Decisions to reconstruct existing culverts at five locations in St Inez and Caranzalem and to appoint two additional junior engineers in technical section on deputation were also taken at Tuesday’s meeting.
Entrance blocked, Chimbel chapel devotees face hurdles HERALD CORRESPONDENT MERCES, MAY 17
For the past two months, the devotees of Santa Barbara Chapel at Indira Nagar, Chimbel are facing hurdles as the PWD is undertaking the work of laying water pipeline at the entrance of the Chapel. But, the devotees were hopeful that the work would be completed before the onset of monsoon, since apart from being forced to enter through an alternate entrance, they were also forced to park their vehicles outside the compound.
A big mound of mud lies at the entrance of the Santa Barbara Chapel at Indira Nagar, Chimbel. Photo by Manuel Vaz
However, since the past two weeks the PWD contractor has abandoned the work midway and at present a big mound of mud is lying at the entrance. When contacted, AE Chavan informed that since the project is huge, the contractor has currently shifted the workers to another site in Merces where the work has to be completed before monsoon. Later, Chavan called up the contractor and asked him to complete the work at the earliest so that the devotees are not inconvenienced.
GOA, WEDNESDAY, 18 MAY, 2011
Now, schools slam Govt Cong uses Churchill’s b’day bash to beat poll ‘dhol’ for forcing RTE Act HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 17
HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 17
Goa School Managements Association (GSMA) has joined the bandwagon of academicians who are categorical in opposing implementation of Right to Education (RTE) Act without proper guidelines and legwork, in the State. GSMA on Tuesday alleged that State Government had completely failed in implementing RTE in a lawful manner in schools. Addressing the media, GSMA President Vinayak Naik claimed that neither educational experts nor schools and managements were taken into confidence before implementing sections of RTE in Goa. Naik pointed out that copy of RTE Act was forwarded to all schools, without any formal note towards its implementation. “The Act has been forcefully implemented in schools, without framing proper guidelines. Neither managements nor the Headmasters’ Association was made aware about the Act”, he said pointing to the latest ‘no detention’ circular issued by Directorate of Education. Naik said that the Association is yet to receive any such circular from the Department, which directs schools not to hold back or expel students from classes I to VIII, from academic year 2010-11. “The decision of ‘no detention’ sounds to be a good proposal. However, the manner of
No infrastructure HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 17
Goa School Management Association (GSMA) has accused Education Department of failing to provide infrastructure to Government primar y schools in the State. GSMA President Vinayak Naik told reporters that for last several years, the number of Government primary schools was decreasing and instead of finding a satisfactory solution to this issue, the Government prefers to shut them down. “The major reason given its implementation is completely disturbing”, Naik said refusing to comment whether students, who failed at last academic year were to be promoted or not. The Government decision of implementing ‘no detention’ policy from the just concluded academic year has received severe criticism from various sections. Goa Headmasters’ Association, who had come out strongly against the policy now seem to be indecisive, after assurance from Director of Education Celsa Pinto that guidelines would be issued within two days. Naik said that GSMA, in the first week of April, had written an official letter to the Chief
NCP against illegal mining, asserts Pawar HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 17
NCP Chief Sharad Pawar today said that the party is against illegal mining in the state irrespective of whoever is involved in it. “Whether anyone from our party is involved or not our efforts will be against illegal mining,” he said. Pa w a r w a s r e a c t i n g t o media’s query on his stand on illegal mining, after the conclusion of the NCP’s executive committee meeting, which was also attended by NCP’s national general secretary Jitendra Deshprabhu. When media persons brought to Pawar ’s notice about the case of alleged illegal mining involving Deshprabhu, Pawar said: “Whether he is from my party or some one else’s party, the investigations will go on,” and added t h a t e n v i ro n m e n t i n G o a would not be compromised at all. Later speaking to reporters, Deshprabhu refuted all the allegations levelled against him. “In Goa, people have benefited for several years with the mining. Now they are complaining against it after they have accumulated adequate funds,” he commented.
Excise staff ‘net’ Sand Boa HERALD CORRESPONDENT POINGUINIM, MAY 17
The Excise department personnel were in for a surprise when during a routine checkup of a Karnataka bus at Polem border check post, they laid hands on a Sand Boa in a bag full of sand, instead of contraband liquor. The vigilant Excise department personnel stationed at the Polem border check post checks for baggage of the persons carrying contraband liquor. On Monday night, one excise guard Devanand Naik entered a bus of KSRTC (KA-42-452) and while he was checking the baggage of the travellers found a bag that was tightly tied. When Naik asked for the owner of the bag, no one claimed ownership of it. However, when he opened the bag he found that it was filled with sand and after digging in the sand bag, he was surprised to find a Sand Boa that
has two mouths, non-poisonous and hide themselves in the sand and they feast on rats and other creeping creatures. In Konkani, this snake is popularly known as ‘Moundol’, a snake with two mouths. The reptile was rescued and was handed over to the Canacona forest department. When contacted, no one in the Forest department were aware of the reason as to why this species of snake was transported from Goa, but some persons in the know told this correspondent that the skin of this reptile is used for making vanity bags and flesh is used to make medicinal preparations and each snake is bought by the buyers for over Rs 1 lakh. The source further informed that the Sand Boa are sold in Kerala to middle men and thereafter the middle men sells it to pharmaceutical companies at a higher rate.
Khalasi’s body recovered
MARGAO (HR): Cuncolim police has recovered the body of a Khalasi from the River Sal after he got drowned on Tuesday. Police said the deceased landed in the river when the vessel was sailing and later drowned. His body was later recovered and sent to the Hospicio mortuary for post mortem examination. The Cuncolim police has registered a case of unnatural death.
by the Department, is falling enrolment in Government schools which leads to their closure”, he said adding that the failure of Education Department to provide better quality education, teachers and infrastructure in these schools, is the actual reason for fall in number of students. “The attraction to the English medium could be yet another reason”, he said demanding to introduce at least English as a subject at the primary level, in Government schools. Minister and Education Minister requesting them to inform all the schools about the Government decision regarding implementation of RTE before end of 2010-11 academic year. “The Association did not receive any feedback from the Government. And suddenly after the end of the academic year, when results were already out, the Department came out with the circular asking schools not to detain any student”, he added. When asked, Naik said that rather than forcefully implementing the Act, the Department needs to have joint meetings with school managements, headmasters, teachers and parents.
PWD Minister Churchill Alemao’s 62nd birthday celebrations on Monday came in handy for party leaders to blow the poll bugle with Chief Minister Digambar Kamat asserting that the Congress would easily cruise through in the coming polls by wining 25-30 seats. If party leaders spoke about party victory in the coming polls at Davorlim-Navelim earlier in the morning, the mood
Cash stolen from car at Kharaswada HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, MAY 17
Cash of Rs 1.5 lakh was stolen from a car at Kharaswada on Tuesday afternoon. In his complaint, Shiraj Jamaludin Sheikh told Mapusa Police that he had withdrawn cash of Rs 1.5 lakh from a bank in Porvorim. “I had parked my car in front of my residence at Kharaswada at about 1 pm. However, when I returned after having lunch, I found the window pane of the car broken and cash of Rs 1.5 lakh stolen from the car,” stated the complainant. Mapusa Police have registered the offence against unknown person under Sections 379, 427 read with 34 of Indian Penal Code and PSI Vijay Rane is investigating the case.
amongst the Congress leaders at Alemao’s birthday celebrations at the Blasco Executive was no different. Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister echoed the sentiments expressed by Urban Development Minister Joaquim Alemao that the Congress would retain power by wining 25-30 seats on its own. “The good work done by the departments of PWD and RDA under the leadership of Churchill Alemao will keep the Congress in good stead in the
coming Assembly polls. There’s no doubt that the Congress would retain power by wining 25-30 seats”, Kamat asserted. In his address, Home Minister Ravi Naik said the contributions made by Churchill during the movement to make Konkani the official language cannot be forgotten. He said Churchill Brothers team sponsored by the Alemao family has brought name and fame for Goa in the sporting arena. Without taking names, the Home Minister took a dig at
those who targeted the PWD Minister on his educational qualifications. “These people question the educational qualifications of the PWD Minister, without realizing that formal education alone does not make a person a complete human being. Churchill’s heart longs for the poor and the downtrodden”, he added. GPCC president Subhash Shirodkar said that Churchill is not just a politician, but a true lover of the common man. “Churchill is always behind the
aam admi, whether in power or not”, Shirodkar said. In his reply, Alemao said the Congress should not have any problem in wining 25-30 seats in the coming Assembly polls if the government accepts the demands of the parents for grants to English medium primary schools. The function was attended by Alemao’s Ministerial colleagues and ML As, besides people from Navelim constituency and adjoining constituencies.
Pg 4 UPCOMING EVENTS Yuva Puraskar presentation PANJIM (HND): Directorate of Art and Culture in collaboration with West Zone Cultural Centre Udaipur, will present 'Yuva Pratibha Puraskar' on May 19 at 4 pm at State Museum Hall, Patto, Panjim, to following prize winner: Pramila L. Gaonkar alias Gawas (Folk Song), Aditi R Kundaikar (Folk Dance), Kedar D Gaude (Folk Theatre), Priyanka P Pereira (Violin) and Dinesh Kundaikar (Dhol, Tasha, Gumat). Concluding function of puppet and mask making workshop will be held on the same day. Theatre lovers and folk artists may attend the function
Valpoi municipal fish market demolished to beautify town
Free legal aid clinic
PANJIM (HND): Free legal aid clinic will be held on May 21 at 10.30 am at the Mediation Centre, Goa State Legal Services Authority, New High Court Building, Lyceum Complex, Altinho, Panjim, to give advice on various issues of matrimonial disputes, property matters and service related matters. Adv S N Joshi and Adv John Abreu Lobo will preside over the clinic. Parties who desire to avail free legal advice may bring necessary case papers/documents.
Foundation laying function
PANJIM (HND): Shrimad Vidhyadhiraj Teerth Shripad Wader Swamiji would arrive at Shree Navadurga Temple, Madkai, on May 19 at 10.30 am to lay the foundation stone of the proposed Mahadwar of the Temple. The foundation laying ceremony will be held 11.30 am. The President of Shree Navadurga Temple, Vallabh K Kamat has appealed to all Mahajans, Kulavis, Archaks, Bhajaks to grace the function and obtain divine blessings from Swamiji.
Dance classes at Margao
PANJIM (HND): Social ballroom classes will be held for five Sundays starting from May 22 at Clube Harmonica, Margao, from 10.30 am to 1 pm. Aspirants can learn dances like the Waltz, Cha Cha Cha, Jive, Tango, Fox Trot, Salsa and V Waltz. For registration call 9823014397.
Entrance tests for BCA
PANJIM (HND): Entrance tests for Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA) course of VVM’S Shree Damodar College of Commerce and Economics, Margao, for the academic year 2011–2012 will be held on May 21 from 10 am to 12 pm. Entrance test forms will be available till May 19. For details refer to college notice board.
St Estevam gram sabha
A JCB pressed into service to demolish fish market at Valpoi. HERALD CORRESPONDENT VALPOI, MAY 17
As part of its beautification project and to pave way for new market complex, Valpoi Municipal Council (VMC) has demolished the fish market. According to VMC Chairperson Umesh Gulelkar, demolition of fish market was a part of ongoing beautification project in order to pave way for new market complex. “The demolition process of VMC’s old market building
PANJIM (HND): The Gram Sabha of the Village Panchayat of St Estevam will be held on May 29 at 10 am in the premises of Village Panchayat, St Estevam, Tiswadi.
Laptop stolen from Borda ITI
Beatification of Sr Maria Clara
HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 17
PANJIM (HND): Sister Maria Clara do Menino Jesus, the foundress of Franciscan Hospitaller Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, will be beatified on May 21 in Lisbon, Portugal in the Church of Nossa Senhora de Belem (Monastery of Jeronimos). The event will be telecast live on RTP channel on May 21 from 4 pm onwards. Simultaneously in Goa, the congregation of the Franciscan Hospitaller Sisters of the Immaculate Conception will have a thanksgiving mass on May 21, at 4 pm at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Chapel, Ambajim-Fatorda.
Margao police has registered a case of theft against unknown person after a laptop went missing from the ITI institute, BordaMargao. The case was registered following a complaint received from Vocational Instructor Roque Coelho stating that the laptop costing Rs 30,000 has gone missing from the premises.
which began last month is in the final stage and will be completed shortly,” said Gulelkar. “VMC has planned to temporarily shift the fish market near VMC garden,” added Gulelkar. It may be recalled that in April about 35 shopkeepers occupying the old market building had vacated the building after a court order to vacate it. However, some shopkeepers managed to operate their business in private building or private premises at Valpoi, while
Photo by Ashraf Khan
some are still waiting for the rehabilitation. VMC has shifted the fruits and vegetables vendors at VMC shed, opposite the Valpoi temple, and weekly market day (every Tuesday) has been shifted opposite Goa Bagaytdar Valpoi. When asked, VMC Chairperson Gulelkar said so far, VMC has not come out with a concrete plan to rehabilitate all those shopkeepers who had vacated the old market building last month.
GIM to conduct entrance test for MBA on June 19 HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 17
Goa Institute of Management (GIM) which is ranked as one amongst top 20 B-schools has announced admissions for its three year post graduate diploma in management-part time (Executive MBA) for the 2011-14 batch. The entrance examination for the course is scheduled for June 19, at Ribandar campus. GIM Director P F X D’Lima told media persons that E-MBA will be held at its Ribandar campus, on Saturdays and Sundays, for the convenience of students, although GIM has already shifted its operations to Sanquelim campus, recently. Fee structure for the three-year course is Rs 1.81 lakh per student. There are 60 seats for the part time E-MBA of which 10 seats are reserved for government employees and two for private colleges. The state government sends a list of 15 employees, of which 10 are finalized after proper screening process including viva. D’Lima disclosed that E-MBA is aimed at professionals with work experience and working individuals from various spheres and that the course is specially designed to offer experienced executives an opportunity to undergo MBA training, with exposure to a wide array of management theories and practices.
MMC ill-prepared for monsoons? HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 17
A report from the Margao Urban Health Centre should come as an eye opener for the Margao civic body to get it act together and clean up the choked drains before the onset of monsoons. Inspection of a storm water drain at Borda by the health centre following complaints from the local residents revealed that the drain was blocked with mud, resulting in water stagnation.
In fact, the report clearly stated that most of the drain are blocked and called for a clean up before the onset of monsoons. Activist Laurel Abranches said the Margao municipality is yet to get its act together and undertake cleaning of the drains. That’s not all. If Abranches is to be believed, the civic body is yet to lift away the silt removed from the drains. Exasperated over the style of functioning of the Civic body,
the residents have now served a two-day deadline on the body to either undertake the work or threatened to take to the streets. “The MMC has till date to act on our complaint as well as the report of the Urban Health Centre. “We have decided to give the MMC just two days time to act or will be forced to take on to the Borda road, for which not a single resident will be held re s p o n s i b l e ” , A b r a n c h e s warned.
Margao girl scores 97% marks at ICSE culture and traditions
veryone has different relationships with their mothers, however when one thinks of their mommy, they tend to think of unconditional love. Mother’s day is dedicated to mothers. Second of May In most countries, Mother’s Day is observed on the 2nd of May. On that one day mommies can expect complete obedience, cake, cards, presents and maybe even breakfast in bed. More seriously though
Celebrations of mothers and motherhood occur throughout the world; and many have histories that can be traced back to ancient festivals.
GOA, WEDNESDAY, 18 MAY, 2011
In spite of these traditions though, the origins of mother’s day remain uncertain. However, it is often said that the first celebrations in honour of mothers were held in the spring, in ancient Greece. They paid tribute to Rhea, the Mother of the Gods. During the 17th century, England honored mothers on "Mothering Sunday", celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent. The celebrations were surprisingly similar to the modern way of celebrating Mother's Day. In the US, the story of Mothers Day began with the efforts of a dynamic writer and poetess, Julia Ward Howe in 1872. As an activist, Julia utilized her potentials to further the cause of Mother’s Day. Her idea gained popularity but she could not get the idea implemented. Years later a loving daughter from West
Virginia, Anna Jarvis who is recognized as a 'Founder of Mother’s Day' and 'Mother of Mother’s Day', lobbied for the official holiday. Anna did it to honour an oft-expressed wish of her mother’s; Mrs. Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis thought that someone should strive to provide mothers their due recognition. To celebrate the occasion, Anna began to send her mother’s favorite flowers, carnations in her local church requesting people to wear them in honor of their mothers. The idea gained immense popularity over the years and in 1910, West Virginia became the first state to recognize the holiday. On May 8, 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.
Vaibhavi along with her mother HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 17
Vaibhavi Gajanan Prabhudessai of Vidya Vikas Academy, Margao excelled in the ICSE examinations, scoring 97 per cent marks, even as both Margao-based V idya V ikas Academy and Manovikas School posted cent per cent results in the examination. Daughter of Deputy Superintendent of Police, Traffic Gajanan Prabhudessai and Rajshree, Vaibhavi attributed her success to hard work and planning and blessings of God and support of her parents, family and school. She plans to join Science and has plans to pursue Aerospace Engineering in the future. Without planning, nothing helps. You may be smart, but planning is the stepping stone to success,” she said. VVA Principal Allan Rodrigues said the school has achieved cent per cent results due to hard work of the children and dedi-
cation of teachers. Apart from that, he said there is no pressure on the students vis-à-vis examinations, adding that the stud e n t s a re t a u g h t t o f a c e challenges and pressures in life. Of the 37 students of VVK who appeared for the ICSE examinations, nine students scored above 90 per cent, 19 scored above 75 per cent and nine pupils got first class. This is the sixth year in succession that VVA has posted cent per cent results. Manovikas school, Margao also excelled in the ICSE examinations. Of the 63 students who appeared for the exams, 37 students passed in distinctions, 22 in first class and four in second class. Three students got 93 per cent marks, while another two score 92 per cent. School Principal Thereza Almeida expressed satisfaction over the results and attributed the system adopted by the school to impart teaching to the stduetns.
Vivek Oberoi to open Margao crafts fest HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 17
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Cancer screening camp held PANJIM (HND): Porvorim Yuva Welfare Trust recently organised a breast and cervical cancer screening camp at their office during which over 60 people were screened. Dr Govind Prabhu a noted gynaecologist along with a surgeon screened the patients. A seminar was also conducted for the women of Porvorim to create awareness on these types of cancers so that timely preventive measures can be taken. The camp was inaugurated by Chairman of Porvorim Yuva Welfare Trust, Rohan Ashok Khaunte in the presence of Ex-Sarpanch, Socorro Sheetal Arolkar and others.
Appeal to freedom fighters PANJIM (HND): very year the State celebrates ‘Goa Revolution Day’ on June 18 and on this occasion freedom fighters are honoured by the Governor and the Chief Minister at Azad Maidan, Panjim. Freedom fighters who have not yet been honoured on June 18 may contact the Under Secretary (Home), Home Department (General), Secretariat, Porvorim along with documents/PPOs copy by May 20.
Workshop held for girls PANJIM (HND): The Department of Women & Child Development, Goa and Ministry of Women and Child Development, New Delhi organised a sensitization workshop on Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls (RGSEAG), SABLA and Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana (IGMSY) at the Secretariat on Monday. The objectives of the schemes is to improve health and nutrition status of pregnant women and their young infants by promoting appropriate practices, care and service utilisation during pregnancy - encouraging women to follow infant and young child feeding practices including early and exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months. Contributing to better enabling environment by providing cash incentives for improved health and nutrition to pregnant and lactating women and upgrade their home based skills, life skills and vocational skills. Elaborating about the schemes Sr Consultant, Ministry of Women and Child, GoI, Gitanjali Agarwal said SABLA will be implemented initially in 200 Districts selected across the country, using the platform of ICDS. In the Districts, RGSEAG will replace KSY and NPAG. In rest of the Districts KSY will continue as before. Highlighting the benefits of other IGMSY scheme, Agarwal said, it is a new scheme for pregnant and lactating mothers. Under the scheme cash incentive of Rs 4000 will be provided directly to women 19 years and above for the first two live birth subject to the women fulfilling specific conditions relating to maternal child health and nutrition. The cash incentives will be provided in three instalments.
Boost rural economy: Azgaonkar PANJIM (HND): Minister for Panchayats, Manohar Azgaonkar has highlighted the importance of National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS). He said unskilled and semi-skilled persons between the age group of 18-60 would be given assured employment of at least 100 days so that each household can earn at least Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 per year under this programme. He therefore, told the panchayats to make necessary efforts to bring agricultural and allied activities under this scheme to boost the rural economy. Azgaonkar was speaking after launching the work for construction of compound wall under NREGS at Village Panchayat, Ozari in Pernem on Thursday. He also handed over the cheque amounting to Rs.2.50 lakhs to panchayat for developmental works in the area. Reviewing the development works, Azgaonkar informed that various development projects like construction OzariPirna bridge, hotmixing of roads and construction of the community halls have been taken up in Ozari and its surroundings. He assured to undertake the works which include drainage system, road and other adequate facilities in the area. ZP member Pandurang Parab, Dy Sarpanch of Torse, Suryakant Toraskar, and Ex-Sarpanch Dasharath Mahale were present. Ex-Sarpanch Ashok Kamat, welcomed the gathering and later proposed the vote of thanks.
Konknni course at Porvorim
Mother's Day in India
The practice of celebrating the Mother is not alien to India. For thousands of years, Hindus have been celebrating a nine-day festival, Durga Puja, honouring the divine mother Durga, in early October. But the more personal festival of 'Mother's Day', where one appreciates one’s own mother for who she is and everything she does, has also come to become a part of our culture now. Even the Great Buddha honoured the unconditional love of mothers when he said, "Just as a mother would protect her only child at the risk of her own life, even so, let man cultivate a boundless heart towards all beings”.
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Film actor Vivek Oberoi will inaugurate the five-day Margao Crafts Festival 2011 at Costa grounds, Aquem-Margao on May 18. The festival is organized by Goa Handicrafts Rural & Small scale Industries Development Corporation in association with Kalashree Mahila Mandal, Margao. Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat, Actress Mrunmayee
Deshpande, Goa Handicraft Development Corporation Chairm a n S a m e e r S a l g a o k a r, Kalashree President Asha D Kamat will remain present at the inaugural function. The dignitaries will be received at 5.30 pm at the “Welcome Arc” erected at the Pandava Chapel junction and will be taken in a procession of traditional Goan folk dancers to the venue, where Oberoi will inaugurate the five-day mega event.
PANJIM (HND): Thomas Stephens Konknni Kendr will conduct a part time Konknni basic course in Roman script from June 1-30. Classes will be held from 9.45 am to 12.45 am -- Monday to Friday. The Konknni course in Roman script uses a modern linguistic approach to teach Konknni to beginners who either do not know Konknni at all or know a little Konknni. Though spoken Konknni will get primary stress, reading Konknni in Roman script will also be insisted upon. Those who understand Konknni and who are below 65 years of age will be given preference. For enrolment contact Pratap Naik, SJ, Thomas Stephens Konknni Kendr, B B Borkar Road, Alto Por vorim during the office hours. Phone: (0832)2415857/2415864; cell: 9850658565
Blood donation held at Arpora CALANGUTE (HC): Lions Club of Arpora-Nagoa-Parra in collaboration with the Blood Bank of Goa Medical College recently conducted a blood donation camp at Resort Rio, TambudkiArpora. Over 70 people, both young and old, donated their blood for the good cause, while few other willing donors however had to return home disappointed on medical and precautionary grounds. Among the donors was Arpora-Nagoa Sarpanch Agostinho D’Souza. The Goa Medical team of doctors was led by Dr Clara D’Mello, while ex-sarpanch of Nagoa-Arpora Agnelo D’Souza (President of Lions Club of Arpora-Nagoa-Parra) led the Lions Club team.
Restricted water at Bicholim
PANJIM (HND): There will be restricted water supply to entire Bicholim and part of Sattari talukas on May 18 and 19 due to proposed electrical (Power) shutdown at Podocem treatment plant on May 18. Department regrets any inconvenience that may be caused to the consumers.
POWER SHUTDOWN MAY 18
PONDA: From 8.30 am to 2 pm. Areas affected are Farmagudi, Dhonshi, Nageshi, Bandora, Wagdor and Mahalaxmi. MAY 19
PONDA: From 8:30 am to 2 pm. Areas affected are Perigol, Dhumre, Snehmandir. MARGAO: From 9 am to 3 pm. Areas affected are Taborium, Zalor and Saldhana. BICHOLIM: From 8.30 am to 2 pm. Areas affected are Dattawadi, Muzawarwada, Petrol pump area, VP Sankhali and PWD Dattawadi Pump. MAY 20
PONDA: From 8.30 am to 2 pm. Areas affected are Undir, Rammandir and Agapur. BICHOLIM: From 8.30 am to 2 pm. Areas affected are Upper Harawale in Sankhali Municipality in Bicholim, Morle colony, Deulwada, LIS scheme in VP Morle in Sattari. Market area, Muslim Wada, Banderwada, Town center area, Rolling Mill area and Vathadev.
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Yet to decide on constituency to contest from: Narvekar
Aldona MLA Dayanand Narvekar addresses a press conference at Porvorim, on Tuesday. Photo by Anil Shankhwalker HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, MAY 17
Aldona MLA Dayanand Narvekar has stated that he has still not d e c i d e d f ro m w h i c h c o n stituency, Porvorim or Aldona, he is going to contest in the forthcoming election. Addressing a press conference i n P o r v o r i m o n M o n d a y, Narvekar said: “I wish to contest from Porvorim constituency, as there is lot of scope for development in this constituency as compared to that of Aldona.” “But I have still not made up my mind whether to contest from Aldona or Porvorim constituency,” said Narvekar. He further said that he has
Aldona roads to get facelift HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, MAY 17
Former finance minister and Aldona MLA, Dayanand Narvekar has said that an amount of Rs 3 crores has been earmarked for hotmixing of roads in Aldona area and work would commence soon after monsoon. Narvekar reviewed the development works like construction of roads, water tank, agricultural bunds, power supply and other facilities at a meeting held with senior government officials from PWD, Roads, Water Supply, WRD and Electricity Department at Aldona panchayat office in Bardez taluka, on Monday. Speaking further Narvekar stated that a 300 cubic mtrs water tank would be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 44 lakhs at Quitla to meet the drinking water needs in the area. He instructed the Electricity Department to initiate necessary steps for flawless power supply in Carona, Kalvi and its surroundings. Narvekar also disclosed that agricultural bunds will be constructed at Goncoi, and Ranoiwada at an estimated cost of Rs 2 crores under the scheme of water resources. He also informed that 200 sulabh toilets have been sanctioned. ZP member Kunda Bagkar, Sarpanch Maria D’Souza and panchayat members Deelip Aldonkar, and Tomas Lobo were present at the meeting.
done his best for the development of Aldona constituency, but due to lack of support from government, some projects recommended by him could not see light of the day. He said that in case he decides to contest from Aldona constituency, he would ensure that the best candidate of his choice who is capable of working sincerely for further development of Porvorim is fielded in the forthcoming election. “Many young and old politicians, some of whom are not residents of Porvorim, are planning to contest from Porvorim constituency and some of them have already started distributing
food grains, etc, to lure the voters of Porvorim,” said Narvekar. “But the residents of Porvorim are not fools to get carried away by such gimmicks and I am confident that the residents of Porvorim are going to vote for the right candidate,” said Narvekar. With regard to market complex in Housing Board Colony, Narvekar said that Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation in its meeting on December 16, 2010, had decided to construct new market complex in Housing Board Colony through their its funds. “The Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation in a letter dated January 12 2011 had requested Goa Housing Board to hand over to them the concerned land from all encumbrances,” added Narvekar. “However, the Goa Housing Board has still not issued ‘no objection certificate’ to GSIDC for the construction of market complex nor handed over to them the land,” stated Naverkar. “This shows that the government is not interested in development of Porvorim presently,” claimed Narvekar.
Ponda PI C L Patil said that more and more youth should be part of the Movement for Amity Towards Roads (MARG) in the State if road accidents are to be minimised. PI Patil was also of the opinion that road expansion could also solve accident problems. PI Patil was speaking at the inaugural function of the fourday photo exhibition pro gramme organised by MARG in association with the Directorate of Transport and Lions Club of Ponda at Azad Maidan, Ponda, on Monday.
The winners of Vavraddeancho Ixtt awards.
Government can give us schemes but not water and oxygen, stated noted environmentalist Rajendra Kerkar at the award ceremony of Vavraddeancho Ixtt at the Black Box of Kala Academy on Thursday. "The two main sources of water of Goa lie in the Chorla Ghat and Netravali region of Sanguem. The main rivers of Goa, Mandovi and Zuari, originate in these forest area. Therefore it is a prerogative to protect the forest of Goa," said Kerkar, who was speaking as chief guest at the function to mark the 78th anniversary of the Konkani weekly 'Vavraddeancho Ixtt'. Noting that Goa is increasingly losing its forest cover, Kerkar said: "In future we may have to, like some places in Mumbai, go to an oxygen parlour. But if our forests are destroyed, our simple Goan people
Calangute Police on Monday arrested two persons on charges of assaulting a resident of Candolim at a food joint in Calangute early Sunday morning. According to Calangute Police, two persons have been arrested in connection with the assault on Raskin Mascarenhas (29). Sam (24) and Rohan, both residing at Candolim, have been remanded to seven days judicial custody. Police further informed that the duo was arrested on charges of assaulting Mascarenhas at a fast food joint at Calangute while Mascarenhas and his two friends were dining at the joint. Police said the Mascarenhas’ friends were threatened by the gang of Sam and Rohan and when Mascarenhas tried to intervene and reach an amicable settlement, he was assaulted with empty bottles. Masacrenhas who sustained grievous injuries on head was rushed to a nearby hospital for medical aid. Mascarenhas later filed a police complaint and the duo was arrested, while the main accused is absconding.
MARG Managing Trustee, Gurunath Kelekar, PI CL Patil along with Ponda Traffic Cell PI Salim Shaik at the photo exhibition in Ponda. Photo by Amresh Parab HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARCEL, MAY 17
The photos exhibited include fatal road accidents, irresponsible behaviour of road users, etc. There will be screening of MARG’s 45 minutes Konkani film ‘Race’ in the evening till May 19. “MARG members are mostly senior citizens, who I feel are sensible drivers. Youths also have to be part of this organisation which will help a lot in minimising road accidents. MARG is doing a good work and I hope they continue with it,” said Patil. “Roads are the same for so many years. Population has increased so also vehicles but
will not afford to go to the oxygen parlors." "To take care of nature is the greatest religion of modern times. In today's context of Goa, we need not build churches or temples but we need to preserve our environment especially the mangroves," Kerkar said. Valanka Alemao, guest of honour for the function, urged the youth to come forward to take up the challenge and keep Konkani alive. Fr Tony Lopes, superior general of the Society of Pilar, stated that, the identity of Goa disintegrates when one looks only for his/her wants. "The challenge is to face such a context. Today in Goa, we need simple people who with their education, talent and religious upbringing are ready to preserve and renew their identity of Goa," he said. Vavraddeancho Ixtt Editor-in-
chief Fr Feroz Fernandes claimed that people's responsibilities as Goans does not end with the slogan speak, read and write Konkani. "But they should encourage others to speak, read and write Konkani." "We need to preserve the identity of Goa not just as it is but rather renew it with the changing times. Our responsibility is to bring such a renewal in the identity of Goa," Fr Fernandes said. Fr Manuel Gomes, director for Diocesan Centre for Bibical Apostolate and Professor of Pastoral Institute at Old Goa, was awarded the Xennoi Goybab Puroskar for immense contribution to Konknni for over last two decades. Stanley Vaz received the Fr Lactancio Almeida Puroskar as an outstanding writer of Vavraddeancho Ixtt for the year 2010. Fr Nicolau Pereira Puroskar for the student who scored the highest marks in Konknni at MA examination (2009-10) was awarded to Priyanka Prabhakar Parab from Saligao. Zagruti (Awakening) of St Elizabeth's Church, Ucassaim received the Firgojechem Potr Puroskar for being the best parish bulletin of the year 2010. On the occasion, 'Tornatteancho Papa, Bhoktivont Zata' (Father of the Youth, becomes Blessed), a book written in Roman Konkani by Brother Eusebio V. Miranda, sfx was released by Valanka Alemao. Bro Eusebio is currently the sub editor of Vavraddeancho Ixtt.
Salvador-do-Mundo deliberates on solid waste management
HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, MAY 17
Be responsible road users, Ponda PI calls upon youth
Environmentalist calls for protecting forests
HERALD NEWS BUREAU PANJIM, MAY 17
Two held for assaulting Candolim local
roads are still the same. Roads needs expansions if at all accidents are to be reduced. I think accidents will be reduced to a great extent if roads are wider,” he said. “People should support road widening or four-lane projects that are in interest of people of the State,” added PI Patil. MARG has been working to inculcate road culture in the minds of the people since the last seven years. Gurunath Kelekar, Managing Trustee, MARG, said even educated people are least bothered when it comes to road safety.
GCET topper credits family for success
HERALD REPORTER VASCO, MAY 17
Elated over the success of topping GCET exam, Susanna Thomas Verghese from Navy Children School Vasco has attributed her success to the whole-hearted support from family and school teacher. “I had not expected that I would top the results. It was wholehearted support from family, school teacher and Aran Study Circle coaching institute teacher Venkatesh Prabhudesai,” said Susanna, who has stood first in Goa Common Entrance Test (GCET). “It’s a blessing of Lord Jesus. All credit goes to my parents, grandmother, teachers and special thanks to my coaching institute,” said Susanna. The moment result was announced, Susanna’s mother has been attending to calls from friends and relatives greeting her daughter, while Susanna’s grandmother, a graduate in economics, sharing success of her granddaughter on the Internet with their relatives and friends.
Three corner contest for GUJ president HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, MAY 17
Salvador-do-Mundo villagers participating in the Gram Sabha. HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, MAY 17
The Salvador-do-Mundo Gram Sabha on Sunday, which was attended by hardly 20 villagers, deliberated on solid waste management. Espie Kandolkar, representative of Green Goa Works who was invited by the panchayat to explain to the villagers about solid waste management, stated that the Directorate of Panchayat has deputed a person to collect dry waste like plastics from each panchayat area. “The panchayat need to store this dry waste material at a particular place,” said Kandolkar and sought to know whether the panchyat can earmark an area for the purpose. When the sarpanch stated that they do not have area to store dry waste, the villagers sought to know about the acquisition of the area, which was suggested by the villagers. The sarpanch replied that the matter is under process and the file has been forwarded to the Town and Country Planning Department for acquisition of the said land. After discussions and at the time of adopting the resolution, Panchayat Secretary B Kala-
purkar surprisingly stated that he has already received a letter from Goa State Pollution Control Board that the area is not suitable for dumping garbage as it is close to the residential area. When the panchayat secretary was questioned whether he had placed the letter before the panchyat, he replied in the negative. Irked with this, the villagers got furious with the panchayat secretary for wasting precious time in unnecessary discussions. The villagers suggested that the panchayat should make it mandatory for the housing societies to set up composting units within its premises for disposal of garbage. Surprisingly, neither the panchayat secretary nor the panch members were aware whether as per Panchayat Raj Act, the panchayat can make it obligatory for housing societies to set up composting units in its premises. The villagers adopted the resolution on the matter of co-operative housing societies not having dry composting unit within its compound walls. The panchayat secretary expressed inability to state clearly whether there is a provision in
Polem gram sabha boils over mobile tower permission HERALD CORRESPONDENT POINGUINIM, MAY 17
The Loliem-Polem Gram Sabha on Sunday witnessed noisy scenes over panchayat’s decision to grant permission to a mobile tower in the village. Over 300 villagers attended the meet that was pertaining to the grant of permission by the panchayat to a private company to erect a mobile phone tower. Many villagers were seen in a verbal duel with each other and Sarpanch Pranali and the panchayat secretary were left to defend themselves from some unruly villagers who marched towards the podium. Deputy Sarpanch Elvis Fernandes accused the sarpanch of misdeeds in granting NOC to the mobile company to which the sarpanch replied that she had put the terms and conditions to the applicant to abide by the rules of the State and that it was only an NOC. She reiterated that Elvis Fernandes was a signatory to the meetings of the panchayat and had not raised any objections. “Why the sudden change,” she wondered. T h e r e a f t e r, Fe r n a n d e s snatched a file from the secretary and was trying to run away but was intercepted by the secretary and the file was returned to him with a stern warning that he can inspect the file and not to take it in his possession. The Nirakar Saunstha, a temple trust to whom the land belongs, had given the land for the mobile company to erect the tower in an area admeasuring 350 sq mtrs at a fixed
Foundation stone laid HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, MAY 17
Panchayat Minister Manohar Azgaonkar has said that the Government is committed to strengthening basic infrastructure in rural areas to elevate the living the standard of the people. Azgaonkar was speaking informally after laying foundation stone for community hall at Mahatma Jyotiba Phulenagar Poroscoddem in Pernem Taluka on Wednesday. The project will cost Rs 9.5 lakh.
monthly rent of Rs 25,000 and that they had not sold the land. Caretakers of the temple committee Bushan Prabhugaonkar, S Prabhudessai and others told the members that they gifted vast tracts of land to educational institutions and also for a playground. The present piece of land was not sold but was given on lease. Bushan Prabhugaonkar and others in large numbers did not oppose the erection of the tower and said that if the opposition so desired then they should pass a resolution that the presently existing three towers in Loliem Panchayat should be disbanded. R F John, who is technically qualified in the field of Electronics and Communication and specialist in Audio Engineering was called by the sarpanch to air his views on radiation. John said that the mobile telephone companies use the bounce wave technology to transmit the electro magnetic waves and if at all any harm is done by the transmitting towers than it is far away from the tower. The meeting ended after it was agreed by the members that the matter of mobile transmitting tower should be referred to expert committee of the government.
Photo by Anil Shankhwalker
the Panchyat Raj Act to compel the societies to install and operate dry composting units. Later, the panchayat agreed to send letters to all housing societies requesting them to set up composting units in its premises. The villagers complained that they do not receive water regularly. They suggested to the panchayat requesting the PWD to arrange water supply to the residents of Salvador do Mundo every day. Earlier, Panchayat Secretary Karapurker read the minutes of the last gram sabha. Dinesh Dias, Stephen Albuquerque, Anthony Borges and Xavier Fonseca participated in the discussion. Rajendra Salagaonker proposed the vote of thanks.
Three candidates – Sudesh Arlekar (Navprabha), Pandurang Gaonkar (Lokmat) and Suhasini Prabhugaonkar (Gomantak) – will contest the elections for the office of the President of Goa Union of Journalists (GUJ) for term 2011 to 2013, on May 21 at GUJ Office hall, Shram Shakti Bhavan, 6th floor, Panjim. Polling will be held from 9 am till 12 noon and thereafter results will be announced. Executive committee members will also be elected on the same day. Over 18 candidates are in the fray for ten executive members. Voters who will not be able to cast their votes in person on the polling day may do so by postal ballot on May 19 from 4 pm to 5 pm at the GUJ office.
Fresh dates for PG counselling HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, MAY 17
The second round of counseling-cum-admission for the State Quota of PG degree/diploma seat at Goa Medical College (GMC) scheduled on May 25 has been postponed to June 28 from 2.30 pm in the conference hall next to the office of the Dean, GMC, Bambolim. The new dates follow the directive of the Supreme Court and the Director General Health Services.
O HERALDO Vol No CXI No: 137 Goa, Wednesday, 18 May, 2011
Goa needs lessons from Bengal’s historic blunder
he fall of the left in West Bengal, is perhaps a small blip in the news focus of Goa. Bengal and Goa are poles apart politically. Here a Chief Minister completing five years is historic. There, the Trinamool Congress barging into Bengal through the “Front” door, crushing its bastion in 34 years is historic. Here Chief Ministers come to power washing themselves on the banks of various political parties, there the politburo and the central committee of the CPI(M) didn’t allow its longest serving Chief Minister Jyoti Basu to become the Prime Minister of the country and expelled its senior most parliamentarian and speaker Somnath Chatterjee, who still remains loyal to the party. But beneath these obviously different contours, that make Bengal and Goa so different, lie certain fundamentals which hold true of both these states - the fundamentals of education and jobs. Unknown to many who haven’t watched and studied the Bengal elections closely, the Left bastion fell because it discarded the very pillars which propped it to power - Economic upliftment and financial stability through operation Barga which empowered the peasant. But as this financial stability, dwindled as land got transferred from the tiller to the industrialist and jobs got scarce, the economic power at the hands of the youth who voted and fought for the left dwindled. Slowly, people realised that the world had changed. The job market demanded English, which youth from rural Bengal scarcely knew thanks to Comrade Jyoti Basu’s actual historic blunder, of banning the study of English at the primary level in 1982. The Front, unable to create jobs appealed to narrow emotionalism of the regional language and the need to study Bengali, in effort to make regionalism translate into votes. In the long run it didn’t work. The debacle of 2011, is a result of the failure to create jobs and resultant loss of patience of the youth. The discarding of the language of aspiration will cost Goa as much as it has cost Bengal. The hara-kiri of the Digambar Kamat government of not listening to the call of reason and making English, the medium of instruction along with Konkani and Marathi will be felt in the years to come. True, the mess in Bengal was a result of myriad other things but the fundamental was less money in the pocket and less food in the stomach. Goa scores higher in the standard of living index so it’s jobless still get through with family homes and land support. But times are changing and so are aspirations. There has been no fundamental job creation in Goa and new jobs across sectors demand a basic hold over the English language. The Congress will not stand a chance when the young seeking jobs and their elderly waiting for them to get them, will realize that leaders who forced Konkani and Marathi down their throats sent their own grandchildren to posh English schools and deprived theirs of a chance to learn a language that created jobs. The Congress as a ruling party has not taken a single initiative towards attempting a solution. An effort to bring together protagonists of divergent views on the issue, an all party meeting, a constitution of a committee consisting of practical and respected voices of both sides could have been some of the plausible steps taken by the party in the state. The GPCC delegation which has gone to Delhi looks like one of confused schoolboys rather than mature politicians. The visit will be all about how to “manage” the issue politically, rather than a sound discussion on steps needed to be taken for the future of Goa. Goa is no Bengal. It won’t even need a Mamata Bannerjee to bring about a change. Anybody in the right place and at the right time, can defeat a party which is so visionless.
Renowned persons for RS Tulsidas Malkarnekar, Margao The Upper House (Rajya Sabha) of Parliament is of intellectuals/scholars/academicians/ artists etc., and distinguished persons of repute immaterial of party affiliations who, otherwise, would not have been keen to seek election. The Constitution has made this superb arrangement to acknowledge their services for the overall interests of the nation. However, of late, apart from the Raj Bhavans, the Upper House has also been made as a rehabilitating place for those who have lost the elections or as a reward for remaining loyal to the party. The lone seat of this state will be falling vacant shortly. The reports are making the rounds of considering the existing incumbent for another term, or those same old faces who lost the assembly elections and
100 Years Ago PRIMEIRO DIARIO NAS COLONIAS PORTUGEZAS
18 May 1911 Guv recovers from illness
Our Governor who for some time now was ailing has shown remarkable recovery.
Dr Gomes appointment
Was appointed to exercise provisionally the position of Sub-Delegate of the Municipal Court at Diu, Dr Antonio Bras Gomes.
Reuter commits suicide
The death of Baron Reuter, the Director and Founder of Newspaper Agency was announced by his immediate family. It is attributed that his death maybe of suicide as a revolver was found near his body.
Vacancy for substitute Dean
The Medical Authorities of Goa announced a contest to provide a substitute Dean for the Goa Medical College and Hospital as the same is lying vacant.
The cancer within
indians are fit only for candlelight vigils, but never correct the right from its wrong, says CAeTAno de ABreU
n India, corruption is the expected contingency that comes into foreplay, when in need, to succeed to make the future worth living, irrespective of repercussions which emerges from chicanery. It is expressed corruption which is part of our everyday life when we want to achieve the impossible or otherwise, thus we have to disburse our hoarded comforts left, right, and centre, irrespective of the diktats of our conscience. This is conveniently cast aside to enable us to indulge in erroneous misdemeanor, along with slush and grime, in our quest for betterment from our valueless socio-economic standing. Don’t get me wrong, but corruption is carcinogenic which embraces all sections of our prudish society and which over night cannot be eradicated nor healed, although it can be constrained, and yet we are unwilling to do so. Ask me the reason why? We are unabashedly encouraging corruption at all levels by paying venal bribes unashamedly for our own selfish purpose. I concur that any job can be conceptualised and fearlessly undertaken, if we shun the demands from the obnoxious governmental lackeys and the parallel ilk, but are we willing to do so? The answer is a blatant ‘No’ because our selfish motives comes to surface and hurriedness is the objective of the day to obtain whatever be the necessary to install ourselves in that exalted pedestal where morals are shunned to the backseat. In the process, reprobation veers us far away from sincerity and righteousness. People from all walks of life displayed exuberance at Jantar Mantar in Delhi and in major cities of India, Goa included. This was aimed against corruption from April 5 to 9, which is paradoxical to the context, as the same people who are resonating to the beat of accountability and probity are the same people who are adherents to the malpractices afflicting the country. It has underlined the middle class families who have one or more skeletons in their own cupboards, while the downtrodden remains at the mercy of the system. It thus can be said that people who participated in that so-called collective outpour of emotions abysmally forgot the movie cast. Those who waved the banners enthusiastically were oblivious to how many times they dodged the tax authorities or paid from the customs of-
View From my PAnVddo ficers to other officers on duty to waver the charges when caught in the wrong side of the Law. The God-men and their subjects who are shouting hoarse about the country being looted like a bout of amnesia, forgot that they themselves are the biggest bane of our existence to avail the gullibility of the followers; the salaried ranting against their masters when they themselves are ingrained into the system by way of fudging the accounts; the Doctors conveniently forget their own malpractices like being in the government services, but are conducting private clinics for a price, and at the times of being caught, they relinquish their employment and pretend they are sacrosanct when the truth embarks otherwise, they forget also the unnecessary tests they make the helpless patient to undergo but yet they cry vociferously against the corruption. The lawyers forget that their own fees can vary from a mere five hundred to several lakhs of rupees per brief; the housewives are morally indignant but don’t blink an eyelid before effecting extra payment for their own minor exigencies. The minimum raise on petrol and petroleum products gives an impetus to all the transporters to charge exorbitantly with nobody to ask them for the nefariousness.
Gain without pain
Tongue in Cheek
he other day, my eleven-year old nephew came to my studyroom sporting an ear-to-ear smile.
I knew that he was up to some mischief. I asked him the reason for the happy mood he was in. “Uncle, you always said that there is no gain without pain. Well, you have been proved wrong,” he said. I was taken aback by his statement. “What do you mean to say?” I asked him. “Well, the government has decided that no one will be detained in the same class right till Std VIII. So you see we will be getting through to the next class even if we fail in the exams,” he replied nonchalantly. “Doesn’t that mean that we students will be tasting success without much of a sweat?” Does it not boil down to ‘Gain without pain’? He added. I had no words. I was bowled by an eleven-year-old. The government’s no-fail policy may bring success to the children in the near future, but it appears that the policy will be a failure in the long run. “Success has ruined many a man” wrote Benjamin Franklin. Won’t this feeling of success ruin our children?
still have not been accommodated. But we have plenty of talent and a series of renowned intellectuals. The prominent among them could be Ramakant Khalap, Anil Counto, Ramakant Angle or Dr Oscar Rebello. This is a unique opportunity to consider the above individuals to the Rajya Sabha.
Compassion, not revenge Svatantra Sarjano, by email I am at a loss for words too, and I have no idea what message Rogerio Fernandes wants to convey in his letter ‘Loss for words’ (Herald, 16 May). Was he trying to justify Osama killing? Is he saying that it was ‘the right thing’ to do? I usually do not answer to those who don’t agree with my ideas, but I feel the urge to spend a few words with Rogerio: Silence is gold, you know, and in that silence, you can meditate over the actual debate: Osama has been killed like a dog, and whether you like it or not, he is still a human being and deserved a fair trial. With the same effort employed in killing him, the Americans could have kidnapped him, and taken him on the same chopper that allowed them to fly away undisturbed. Later, he could have had a public process and be sentenced. But I will never agree on the ‘justice’ proclaimed by Mr Fernandes, sorry, for I am still a human being that feels compassion, and not desire for revenge towards any human being, yes even towards Osama Bin Laden. Forgive me, if you can.
Build bridges, not walls Jerry Fernandes, Saligao We Goans are culturally decent people, very much patriotic and proud to be Indians, but at the same time, we are proud of our ancestral past, unique Indo-Latin Goan culture and identity given to us by the former Portuguese regime. Goans will, therefore, always keep glorifying the good side of the former Portuguese rulers eg., festivals, lifestyles, cuisine, music, football etc., no matter what. Goans must brush aside comments from senseless and outdated freedom fighters and their lackeys. Today, most of our Goans have already forgotten the negative past of the Portuguese and
The Restaurateurs and the people who are involved in the hospitality sector produces a Nelson eye about the pricing on their tariff. The students, stoked with ongoing passion, does not realise from where the money is coming from to support and sustain their vices and wild passions because they do not question their parents; the media with all the justifications and banner headlines are willing to avail of the advertisements from the evil doers, while expertly castigating them for the benefit of the people, never mind that the same people become the least bothered after a while, about all the ranting. I am hypothetical to say that the greed has taken precedence over right and honesty, thus we are farcical and hypocritical to the matter in question, and we have to wait for septuagenarians like Kissan Baburao Hazare (Anna Hazare) to wake us all up from apathy and disregard to ensure a collective front in our quest to rid the country of corruption. I do agree that corruption has reached an all time low but are we willing to straighten the malaise? Indians per se are a bunch of hypocrites who are fit for only candlelight vigils and the like, but never venture on their own to correct the right
As a general rule, children are averse to study. Given a choice, they would rather spend their time in play. Many are forced to study in order to pass and go to the next class. Now that the children do not have to pass an exam to be promoted to the next class, studies will take a back seat. Why is the government so adamant in introducing this no-fail policy? Well, I could think of only one reason. Most of the politicians seem to have struggled in school. They probably found it very difficult to pass and get promoted to the next class. As a result, they ended as drop-outs. Therefore, we find that some of the politicians have not been able to progress beyond the VII or VIII standard. These politicians seem to have a heart. They do not want today’s students to ‘suffer’ the way they ‘suffered’ in the past. They probably do not want the children to end up as school drop-outs, join politics and become ministers. Be that as it may, the no-fail policy could change the way children feel about working hard to be successful. It could have a deep psychological effect on young impressionable minds.
Continuing with corruption S Kamat, Alto-Betim The recent assembly election results have shown the resurgence of woman power in India. In the east, Mamata Bannerji overthrew the Left and the CPM from power in a resounding manner and will now have to prove her mettle in running a government inasmuch as a manner, as she was good in opposing it. Jayalalithaa in the south in Tamil Nadu gave a sound thrashing to the DMK at the hustings and will bring to the people, her own brand and scale of corruption which the people of Tamil Nadu are now accustomed to. The people’s approach there is to include them too in the money train. Then all will be well. Mayawati is safely ensconced in UP and has completed four years in office, despite many an effort to dislodge her on one pretext or the other. So it is Mamata, Jaya, Maya and above all of them, Sonia Gandhi, to carry India forward. Manmohan Singh has to handle four, including heavyweight Sonia. The news emanating from the media that women have done well in the IAS exams, is heartening. Let them collectively make 2011, the year of the Indian Woman.
Skewed circular Aires Rodrigues, Ribandar With Goa already embroiled in the medium of instruction controversy, the schools now have to deal with the skewed circular directing that all students till Std VIII be compulsorily passed. The educational scenario in the state is set for turmoil. Tests and exams are the only way to find out if the students have really studied. Periodic tests and exams have become integral to the learning process. But there can never be an automatic promotion from one class to another. Education will lose its very meaning and the entire process will soon get degenerated. The children of Goa deserve something better.
Return gift to voters B V S Priolkar, Margao The government has given a gift in return to voters in the form of a steep hike in petrol prices in all states and every citizen
By Adelmo Fernandes Success could no longer be linked to hard-work. Of course, it will come as a blessing to the less-than-average students, who have a history of repeating the same class for a couple or more years. This policy will bring down the standard of our education. The no-fail policy will probably be considered as a failure in years to come. We could have duds being promoted to the next class alongside the brilliant brains. There will be no difference between chalk and cheese. We could be churning out students who could face failure as soon as they enter class IX. Therefore, instead of repeating the same class from Class I to Class VIII, they could well end up as repeaters in the IX and X standard for several years. In the ultimate analysis, the student could end up wasting as many years as they would, if the no-fail policy was not implemented. It is always harsh to make a student repeat the same class. But by making them go to the next class even though they are not ‘qualified’ enough to do so, we are probably doing our children a big disfavour in the long run.
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have moved on. Now, why can’t these oldies do the same? The world has gone far ahead with time and so has India. So, let’s not instigate our peace-loving Goans. Let’s learn to build strong bridges and not walls by being totally positive.
from its wrong, ergo the reason why the corrupt practice have set in and there are no ways that we can forego the endemic injustices meted upon us. We may be paranoid with the activities of the politicians but in retrospect, we forget that we are equally responsible for the malfeasances afflicting the country, to aggravate the matter it is we who elects them. There is the question of Lokpal Bill which is hanging fire for more than 42 years and only now, it has roused public imagination. Anna Hazare, after all the years of power misuse, is once again stoking the fire of accountability with its parallel Jan Lokpal Bill, which again is in line with the original Lokpal Bill. Jan Lokpal Bill is facing turbulence as its legislation, once implemented, may turn over to magisterial procedure which endows me to question: who will police the police? There are millions of questions waiting to be raised. The matter has to be studied in-depth, analysed, promulgated, and only then, it is to be enacted and implemented with full gusto which might take some years to come and thus with years of passing might eradicate some of its earlier luster. Nevertheless, we have to be contented that we have raised the issue of corruption by all segments of society, irrespective that the Bill first came to discussion in 1968, when it was dubbed as the Old Pal Bill and yet there was no response from the government which makes me wonder if, at all, the present Bill will invoke any response although there are promises galore that the Bill will be debated in the Parliament in its Monsoon Session. However, its outcome is in God’s hands as the people who are still crying hoarse on misdemeanors are the same people who are adhering to the malpractices with no change in heart, and neither is working out on any alternative spiritual structure. All over the world, there are independent anticorruption bodies who are finding solutions for the most vexed problems. However in India, the people with interest are acclimatised for shortcut solutions which are gnawing the entrails of humankind with its carcinogenic spread and yet, they are against corruption which puts in dilemma the remedy to cure the ailment which is spreading like cancer within, can be live up to it?
has been affected. The ball has been set rolling for an increase in prices of other petroleum products, and will trigger off a chain reaction with an increase in essential commodities etc. The Government has become insensitive towards the common man who has to face the brunt to make both ends meet. It has taken us (aam admi) for granted as these protests/agitations are short-lived and it has neither served as a deterrent, nor has it shown any impact so far. As we erred in electing them to govern us for five years, we may have to await receipt of many return gifts and that too, in heavy doses.
DMD : Fantasy material John Main, London After having watched the film Dum Maro Dum with English sub-titles, I can only conclude that if any person found this film offensive, they need to see a psychiatrist or an optician urgently. The film is a total fantasy created in the director’s mind and has no actual basis or connection with reality at ground zero, ie, Goa today. The acting is woeful. Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Basu along with Prateik Babbar are so wooden that it’s a miracle they haven’t sprouted leaves before the end of the film. Rohan
Sippy has missed his true calling. How any one can be offended by 120 minutes of celluloid masala tripe beats the living daylights out of me. It is complete rubbish from end to end.
Petrol, milk prices hiked M Kumar, New Delhi There is a steep hike in petrol prices in every state to the tune of Rs5. Milk has become costlier in Delhi by Rs2. The recent rise in the prices of vegetables, pulses and other food items and the hike in transport fares as well as in electricity and water charges have been witnessed. The prices of necessities have gone up so much that an ordinary citizen cannot afford most of them any more as per requirement. It is a pity that India is progressing and is projected to be the world’s super power of the future. But at what cost? This is an irony. Over here, poor people are becoming poorer. Politicians and the rich are becoming richer at the expense of the common man and taxes which goes directly into their pockets.
Self-motivated opposition Anthony Fernandes, Mapuca The opposition by headmasters to the NoDetention system in Education (‘Headmasters to oppose ‘no detention’ for 2010-11’’ Herald, 11 May) upto the standard VIII is self-motivated. What guarantee is there it will be implemented next year? On the one hand, the government wants each and every child to go to school. On what grounds are they trying to postpone the implementation of the Right to Education Act, is not understandable. Is it not possible for them to spend some time to boost the education of a child, who is slow in grasping, dyslexic or absent-minded because of sickness? The Right to Education act must be implemented from the very beginning of the new academic year. The decision by the government to allow all students to go through till the eight standard, irrespective of failure, must be welcomed. This will curb school drop-outs as well as suicides. Thank God for a sensible and compassionate education ministry.
Paths of Wisdom The Concept of Mahabharata By Kalidas Sawkar The boy’s father asked the teacher “In the end, everybody dies in Mahabharata. Coming to my obsession with eternal truth, who was right and who was wrong? What does all this mean when hundreds of thousands die, families devastated and nobody benefits” The teacher says “Just as with truth, there could be different perceptions of epics such as Mahabharata. “However, first, you have to realise this epic is based on a historical war between princely cousins in North India over three to four thousand years ago. Even the idea of a nation was quite flexible then. Those days, vocal recitation was popular rather than systematic documentation, which paved way for changes, insertions, dramatisations and addition of miracles to the original story. But above all, Mahabharata has one strong point and that is these changes also incorporate the changing societal structure, climactic phenomena and demographic patterns in north India over at least two thousand years if not more. The changes in social customs such as marriages, paternity concepts, class divides and human frailties such as greed, revenge and opportunism are beautifully portrayed; along with this you find friendship, promises, integrity and valour being honed and inspired into people. Another great gift of Mahabharata is it outlines the introduction of and changes in spiritual concepts in India some of which are prevalent even today. Truly, nobody benefited at the end of that war. Even great Arjuna was looted post war by petty thieves; but, this is the natural end to every big war even today and that is the reason Krisn does his best to avoid it. However, once the war starts, it imposes its own rules and regulations; and, at the end, wrongs are defended as aberrations or transgressions, as was done by Lord Krisn himself. That is Karma-Yog for you.” (Source : Kaliyug ki kahania)
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Opinionated Fugitive on ‘most wanted’ Medium of instruction: Lies paraded as truths By PRABHAkAR TImBLE
lie repeated a hundred times is often perceived as truth, as Hitler’s propaganda chief Josef Goebbels so astutely observed (and practiced). In the heat and dust of the debate over the medium of instruction in primary schools, a number of lies are being repeated, ad nauseum. Here is an attempt to separate truth from falsehood in an overheated, overdiscussed, overdebated issue, which is best over. Lie #1: There is no freedom of choice of medium of instruction in Goa. Freedom of choice of medium in education is guaranteed under the Indian Constitution, which also guarantees freedom of speech, expression, business and religion. These are fundamental rights. They cannot be abridged or diluted. However, with the lie that freedom of choice of medium of instruction does not exist in Goa being bombarded by different groups and the media, I am also prey to this propaganda. The truth is that all of us have the right to choose the medium of instruction. This right exists throughout India and in all states. However, no state government in India provides grants to primary schools in all mediums of instruction. Grants are provided only to those primary schools where the medium of instruction is the regional language. Just as citizens have the right and freedom to choose the medium of instruction, the government has the right to formulate the policy in respect of grants for different stages of education. Grants or tax reliefs and exemptions from the government is not a matter of right of educational institutions. Lie #2: Parents are fighting for the right to choose the medium of instruction. Feel the heat and dust blowing. You will perceive that the fight is for the right of parents to choose the medium of instruction at the primary level. The truth is that the right already exists. The actual demand is for salary grants to teachers in primary schools where the medium of instruction is English. We have sufficient primary schools in all the required mediums of instruction. Every year, new primary schools get added, mainly in English medium. The demand is that the government should pay the salaries of the teachers in all these schools. Instead of projecting the reality, a lie is sold – that the fight is for the right of choice of medium. Lie #3: Parents choose the school depending on the medium of instruction. This is another white lie. The reality is that parents tend to choose the school which they feel is suitable for them, considering their social, religious, cultural and educational background, and their place of residence. Parents choose the school, not the medium. In my childhood, parents used to normally choose the nearest village school, since it was comfortable for them and the child. Later, the trend was to enrol the child in the school in the neighbouring village, but ‘not in my village school’. The perception was that the quality of education is better anywhere, rather than in the school in my village. Now the trend is to register the child in a city school. The reasons are varied. Some opt for schools affiliated to Central Boards rather than the Goa Board, thinking the syllabus is ‘tough’ and better for the child in future. Others choose schools because of the atmosphere, teaching, infrastructure, and/or extra-curricular activities in the school. Still others choose depending on the exposure that the child will get for personality development. Some parents have the results and ranks in Std X in mind whilst choosing the primary school. Regrettably, very few parents consider the atmosphere of fun and play or child-centred learning in the choice of primary school. Here lies the real tragedy for the child. For some parents, it is the school where they themselves studied. For others, it is never the school where they studied. Still others want the unaided school charging high fees, including donations, for reasons best known to the parents. Certain schools are chosen for discipline, as it matches with the parents’ views on discipline. Few, if any schools are brands in isolation on the medium of instruction. Lie #4: The child’s future depends on the medium of instruction at the primary level. If parents perceive this as a reality, it is a misfortune, and I need to sympathise with the victims of such a view. For disciplines like science, engineering, medicine, law, finance, agriculture and medicine, you need an analytical and problem-solving mind, irrespective of language; it could be Konkani, Marathi, English or even Japanese. It is how one is taught to learn from the primary level that determines the strength of the child. For employment, the expectations are communication skills, innovation, creativity and commitment. These are the ‘mantras’ of the global and competitive world. All these –excluding professions based on writing – have little to do with mastery over any language. Lie #5: English is a ‘videshi’ language. This is another lie which apparently looks true. The market truth is that English is as ‘deshi’ as any other language. Vernacular at the primary level of education does not mean not exposing the child to English, or giving less importance to English. It is to express oneself more creatively in English that the local language is needed at the primary stage. In a known language, children will think better and express themselves better. It will boost their confidence and self esteem. The child will understand the surroundings and culture better. Learning means also overcoming disabilities of learning. English at the primary level will create more disabilities. The practical policy is a multi-lingual approach, especially for societies like ours, which have gone through a long period of colonisation.
Saif to romance Deepika in 'Cocktail' PTI MUMBAI, MAY 17
Actor Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone are pairing up again for a love story, this time directed by Homi Adajania. The film is tentatively titled as 'Cocktail'. "This year we will be seen together in three films -'Aarakshan', 'Race 2' and then Homi's 'Cocktail'," Saif said. Earlier, Saif and Deepika were seen together in Imtiaz Ali's 'Love Aaj Kal' in 2009.
"This is not something that we had planned of doing three films together. It just happened. So in each movie now we are making efforts to look and act differently. This is a challenge," Saif said. The film to be produced by Saif's production company -Illuminati Films also stars sister Soha Ali Khan's beau Kunal Khemmu. Saif has produced two films - 'Love Aaj Kal' and 'Agent Vinod'.
list found staying in Thane PTI MUMBAI/AGARTALA, MAY 17
In a huge embarrassment to India, a terror accused whose name figured in the list of 50 most wanted fugitives given to Pakistan has been found to be living in a suburb of Mumbai, prompting the government to order a probe into the goof up. Wazhul Kamar Khan, who was one of those whose name figures in the list of fugitives sought by India from Pakistan, has been found staying in Thane, neighbouring Mumbai. Khan, who was arrested last year for his alleged role in the 2003 Mulund train blasts here, has been living in Thane's Waghle Estate with his mother, wife and children, after he was let out on bail, police sources said. Home Minister P Chidambaram sought to play down the goof up saying a big issue should not be made out of one wrong name. "I did not prepare the list. It was prepared months ago. Just one name....whether it is the same person or two persons of same name, we have to see. "Be that as it may. If you prepare a list of 50 people, one name, assuming that we are wrong in one name, 49 are right. I don't think we should make a big issue of it. It is possible there could be an error or there could be two people with same name. I will go back and check," he said in Agartala. Official sources said in New
n Be that as it may. If you prepare a list of 50 people, one name, assuming that we are wrong in one name, 49 are right. I don't think we should make a big issue of it. It is possible there could be an error or there could be two people with same name. I will go back and check. Delhi that an inquiry has been ordered to find out how Khan's name was included in the list. Khan'a name is number 41 in the list which was given to Pakistan in March and made public last week. The list was prepared in consultation with Maharashtra Police, National Investigation Agency and Central Bureau of Investigation. The probe will cover the whole process of preparing the list at different stages and pinpoint the officials responsible in including the name of Khan, who was arrested last year for his alleged role in the 2003 Mulund train blasts. "It could have been a cut and paste job at some stage. We will find out who is responsible for it," a source said. Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil said he is looking into the issue. "I have sought information in the matter," Patil said, when asked about police being left red-faced after reports that the apparent goof up by the Crime Branch and ATS here led to Wazhul's inclusion in the most wanted list.
Wazhul Kamar Khan, who is on bail, said he was shocked to learn that his name appeared in the 50 most wanted list. "I am here in Thane since years and how come they included my name in the most wanted list, that was sent to Pakistan. I was told to meet police officials today," 44-year-old Khan told PTI. Khan, who is into zari business, had a passport which he lost sometime back and said he has never been to Pakistan. "I am innocent in all the cases. I had no role to play in the Mulund or any other blasts. In whatever cases I was falsely implicated, I have been regularly attending court proceedings and I am sure that I will prove my innocence in the court," Khan said. He had been to Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh for a few years after being implicated in the blasts cases here, Khan said. "When I returned, I started a zari manufacturing unit in Mumbai's Dharavi area. By showing me as one of the 50 most wanted accused, the police are making my life hell," he said.
ATS, Crime Branch wash hands off list goof-up PTI MUMBAI, MAY 17
The Mumbai police has sought to wash their hands off the goofup in the list of India's 50 'most wanted' fugitives given to Pakistan after a terror accused, figuring in the document, was found living in neighbouring Thane. Wazhul Kamar Khan alias Murtuza Choudhary's name was at number 41 in the list that was handed over to Pakistan during Secretary-level talks in March and made public recently. The 44-year-old man, who was arrested last year for his alleged role in the 2003 Mulund train blasts here, has been living in Thane's Waghle Estate with his mother, wife and children, after he was let out on bail, police sources said. Neither the Anti-Terrorism Squad nor Mumbai police's Crime Branch is accepting any lapse on their part that led to the gaffe. "We have not given any such name to the Central government," a top ATS official told PTI on condition of anonymity. In the same vein, a senior IPS officer with the Crime Branch said, "We were not contacted by anybody before preparing the list. The Central security agencies are responsible for the goof-up. Had they contacted us, we would have updated them about Khan's arrest." Khan had been arrested by the ATS from suburban Kurla with a 7.65 mm pistol and three live cartridges on May 10 last year. He was subsequently sent to judicial custody in a case
Quit office, Devegowda tells Karnataka CM, Speaker PTI BANGALORE, MAY 17
Former Prime Minister H D Devegowda today demanded the resignation of Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and Assembly Speaker K G Bopaiah in view of the Supreme Court verdict quashing disqualification of 16 MLAs, including 11 BJP rebels. The JDS supremo said after the Supreme Court passed "strictures" against the Speaker, he had no moral right to continue in office. He said the apex court in its order had also referred to "how the Chief Minister used the Speaker" to manipulate the Vote of Confidence on October 11 last year to save his government and demanded that he too quit office. In this background, the ruling BJP should elect a new legislative party leader, Devegowda said. He said BJP "went to the extent" of trying to "humiliate" Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Parliament over 2G, CWG and Adarsh scams but was adopting "double standards" when it came to the charges faced by Yeddyurappa by not acting against him. "The Governor has taken the right decision," Devegowda said on H R Bhardwaj recommending to the Centre to impose President's Rule. "The Governor has acted within the ambit of power".
Leader of Opposition in Karnataka Assembly and Congress leader Siddaramaiah along with the party workers block the road in Bangalore on Tuesday.
U-turn by 11 BJP legislators shameless: Mutalik HERALD CORRESPONDENT BELGAUM, MAY 17
Shri Ram Sena (SRS) Chief Pramod Mutalik has termed the U-turn made by 11 BJP legislators, who were earlier thrown out of the party, as ‘shameless’. “It is unfortunate that the political leaders who levelled serious allegations against Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa before getting dismissed are once again supporting him,” said Mutalik while speaking to media persons at Athani. “The SRS will join the agitation
WHO: India needs to spend more on healthcare PTI GENEVA, MAY 17
An abysmally low government spending on health -- at USD 32 per capita – characterizes the poor state of healthcare in India which is facing a "double burden" of diseases afflicting both the poor and rich classes, a new WHO report has warned. While India's life expectancy has gone up to 65 years in 2009, up from 61 years in 2000. Global life expectancy was still higher at 68 years in 2009 as compared to 64 in 1990. While per capita health expenditure is about USD 32 in poor countries, including in India, it is around USD 4590 in rich countries (more than 140 times). The high income countries consequently have 10 times more doctors, 12 times more nurses and midwifes and 30 times more dentists, the report said. With steep income disparities, India is also struggling to tackle a "double-burden" of diseases which include infectious diseases affecting the poor on the one hand and chronic lifestyle ailments typical of fast urbanisation on the other. The average life expectancy
of a male in India is now 63 as compared to 60 a decade ago, while a female lives 66 years, in India, says the report released by the World Health Organisation ahead of the 64th World Health Assembly here. "Life expectancy and overall health of Indians has been impressive notwithstanding high levels maternal and child mortality, high income disparities, and increasing infectious and non-communicable (heart diseases, stroke, diabetes and cancer) diseases," says Colin Mathers, Coordinator of Mortality and Burden of Disease at WHO. China, on the other hand, has improved the same to 74 years during the last 10 years. Besides, China's targeted health expenditure and growing coverage of health insurance has made a remarkable dent since 2003, the report said. India faces high levels of maternal and child mortality, increasing burden of infectious diseases particularly among the poor, and growing incidence of non-communicable diseases in the well-to-do sections of the middle classes, the report says.
to be launched by Baba Ramdev against corruption in New Delhi on June 4,” added Mutalik. Mutalik said that the politicians and politics of present day has lost its ethics and principles and setting a wrong precedent to the society. “The people have lost confidence
in politics and leaders for their unfair leadership and qualities. In order to stop such a development from making a bad impact on society, all the intellectuals, religious leaders, litterateurs and different organisations should come under one platform and attempt to create awareness among people.”
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India concerned over violence against fishermen PTI NEW DELHI, MAY 17
India today conveyed to Sri Lanka that "continued violence" against Indian fishermen straying into its waters was a matter of "serious concern". This was conveyed to visiting Sri Lankan Foreign Minister G L Peiris, who called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and held delegation-level talks with his counterpart S M Krishna during his three-day visit ending today. The joint statement, issued after his meetings with the Indian leadership, said India and Sri Lanka have agreed that the
use of force could not be justified under any circumstances and that all fishermen should be treated in a humane manner. "The Indian side conveyed that the incidents of continued violence against Indian fishermen in the vicinity of Sri Lanka were of serious concern," the statement said. Agreeing on the need for reform of the UN Security Council, Sri Lanka reiterated its strong support for India's legitimate claim for permanent membership in an expanded UN Security Council. India also stressed the need for the expeditious implementation of measures by the Sri Lankan Government, to ensure resettlement and genuine reconciliation, including early return of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), early withdrawal of emergency regulations and investigations into allegations of human rights violations. Peiris reiterated the commitment of his Government to continue to address issues related to resettlement and reconciliation in a focused and progressive manner and referred to the work of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).
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Respite for Yeddy Veerappa Moily, the last two being former chief ministers of Karnataka, on the Governor’s report. Though a broad consensus eluded, Chidambaram, Antony, Kapil Sibal and Krishna reportedly advised the Prime Minister against accepting the Governor’s report as long as Yeddyurappa enjoyed a clear majority in the House. However, Moily and even Mukherjee were believed to have contended that the developments in Karnataka demanded a strong action as horse-trading was very rampant in the State. Incidentally, with Pranab Mukherjee leaving for Assam by afternoon, the Union Cabinet meeting could not take place in the evening as scheduled. According to unconfirmed reports, Bhardwaj is reported to have told his close confidants that he would put in his papers if the Centre refused to accept his report for the second time. It may be recalled that Bhardwaj had recommended dismissal of the Yeddyurappa ministry in October last year after the 11 BJP MLAs and 5 independents informed him writing about their decision to seek ouster of the Chief Minister. He had also given an opportunity to Yeddyurappa to prove his majority on the floor of the House and the Chief Minister had prevailed upon the Speaker to hurriedly disqualify the 16 MLAs, which precipitated the entire crisis.
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panes. Chandrakant, Sayron and Amey sustained injuries in the melee and were referred to the GMC hospital. More drama unfolded when the escort police taking Amey and Sayron for medical examination, the accused jumped out of the vehicle and tried to manhandle Herald reporter and other media persons, who rushed to click photographs. However, the police caught hold of the accused. The two also abused assistant jail superintendent and media persons. Later, police force from Mormugao, Vasco, Escort Police and Eagle Force rushed to Sada Sub-jail. Jail Superintendent Levinson Martins along with DySP Mahesh Gaonkar also arrived at the jail. When Vasco PI Braz Menezes and DySP Mahesh Goankar went inside the jail to take stock of the situation, Chandrakant and Amogh abused them. Speaking to media, Martins said since jail authority is very strict and does not allow any illegal activity inside, few inmates are trying to create ruckus in the jail. “It appears that the inmates are annoyed with installation of Close Circuit Camera and mobile jammer in the jail”, he said. It is learnt that about three days ago, one knife had gone missing from the jail mess. “Jail authority has informed me that one knife has gone missing from the mess, which is yet to be traced”, added Martins. When asked if Tuesday’s incident could be a gang rivalry, as earlier Aspak Bengre had assaulted Amog Naik in Mapusa judicial custody, Martins said the jail authority is very strict, due to which few inmates are trying to create problems. “We have registered an offence against all the four inmates for allegedly damaging jail property”, DySP Mahesh Gaonkar said.
Mickky will have to wait about organizational status. The core committee will also finalize the block level committees”, Pawar said. The committee will hold its first meeting tomorrow which will be attended by Pawar. During the meeting today Pawar advised its state leaders to take advantage of the party being in the power to percolate the central government schemes to the needy people. Talking to reporters after the meeting, the State revenue minister said that Pawar knows about the statements made by Pacheco against the party. “Nobody spoke about it in the meeting but indirectly lot of people said lot of things”, he added.
Convicted ministers There’s no question of my induction when I have not asked anyone”. Moreover, he demanded to know why the same yardstick is not applicable to one fourth of the Cabinet ministers, who have been convicted in economic offenses. “PWD Minister, Churchill Alemao, Urban Development Minister, Joaquim Alemao and now Education Minister Babush Monserrate have been fined by the authorities. If they can continue in the Cabinet, why should there be any objection for the induction of Mickky in the Ministry”, he demanded to know. When asked whether the honeymoon between Pacheco and the NCP is finally over, Mickky said “by now, you know my mind and what my plans are. I don’t want to comment at this stage”, adding that the NCP supremo should know who are the convicted persons the Kamat Government.
No compromise behind selecting New Delhi as the venue for discussion”. “The parents are in no way contesting the RTE Act that we have to be called to New Delhi at this late hour. Could it be a move prompted by the local government of passing the buck to New Delhi? Could it be to arrive at a compromise formula? It could be anybody’s guess. Who pays for this expensive trip? Or is it at the cost of exchequer? As opponents, who have now boycotted the trip would have objected”, he asked and asserted that their demand is not and will never be subject-specific. “Our negotiators and the local government, beware. No accord should be signed deviating from our single point demand. Remember, both are answerable to the agitated parents. Comrades, be united”, he said.
FIRST DEATH ANNIVERSARY In everloving memory of
Rev. Fr. MAURO MASCARENHAS Orgao-Loutulim
There will be an Eucharistic celebration for the soul of our beloved Fr. Mauro Mascarenhas Tomorrow Thursday 19th May 2011 at 4 pm. at Saviour of the World Church - Loutulim, followed by prayers and blessing of the grave offered by his sister Lina, brother Msgr. Lucio Mascarenhas, nephews Walter/Poonam, Aldrin/Rosella, Darell,Brother in law Wilson and family.
Relatives and friends kindly accept this as the only intimation.
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“The night before her body was found, Khan had invited Jennifer to join him for dinner at his Chapora residence. But Jennifer refused as she claimed to be busy in her work,” police sources said. She was last seen when she was dropped by a motorcycle pilot at Lotus junction near the Jackpot hotel, at about 8:30 pm. The location from where she was picked up has not been informed. The pilot has been questioned by the police. The girl was not known among the locals and after much difficulty she was identified by a local who confirmed that she stayed at a rented room some 400-500 meters from the crime scene. The landlady was called who identified Jennifer body. “We saw frothing at the mouth and in a matter of few minutes blood started oozing from her mouth. Her body started turning black”, said a local. Police have attached a purse containing Rs 340, bunch of keys, cosmetics and face tissue pack, which was found near the body and reportedly belongs to the deceased lady. The cause of death has been reserved pending viscera analyses. North Goa Superintendent of Police Arvind Gawas said that the viscera samples have been sent for examination to the Central Forensic Science Laboratory at Hyderabad. The autopsy report has, however, stated that the death is due to edema in the brain, which could be either due to excessive alcohol intake, poison or even drug overdose. Police officials are holding regular meeting with the investigating team for updates on the case probe. “We have found certain clues and are working on those lines. We are ascertaining other links, her friends circle and other contacts”, SP Gawas said. Anjuna police inspector Manjunath Desai said that the victim, on the night before she died, was most likely proceeding to her ex-boyfriend’s place. “She was dropped near the Jackpot hotel and her former boyfriend’s house is close to the hotel. We strongly suspect that she was going to Khan’s place and we still suspect his involvement behind her murder…however, the case is under investigation”, Desai said.
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SBI Q4 net dips 99%; rights issue soon PTI KOLKATA, MAY 17
Hit by higher provisioning for bad loans and increased tax outgo, the net profit of the country's largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) tanked by about 99 per cent to Rs 20.8 crore for the fourth quarter ended March, 2011. SBI's profit plunged for the March quarter of the last fiscal from Rs 1,866.60 crore during January-March 2010, while other major lenders ICICI Bank, Punjab National Bank and Bank of Baroda have posted positive results. "Net profit has been impacted due to higher provisioning against bad debts, one-time provision of Rs 500 crore for its teaser home loan scheme and increase in tax outgo," SBI Chairman Pratip Chaudhuri said. Besides, he said, the bank also set aside funds to meet liabilities on account of pension and gratuity of its employees and Rs 550 crore for countercyclical buffer as per the Reserve Bank's norms. During the fourth quarter, the total income rose by 18 per cent to Rs 26,536.8 crore from the same period a year-ago. For the entire fiscal ended March 2011, the net profit slipped by 10 per cent at Rs 8,264.5 crore as compared to Rs 9,166.05 crore in the previous fiscal.
The total income, however, rose to Rs 97,218.9 crore in the fiscal against 85,962.07 crore for FY 2010. The sharp decline in the Q4 profit saw SBI shares nosediving by 7.78 per cent to Rs 2,413.60 on close at the Bombay Stock Exchange. The market capitalisation of SBI also witnessed an erosion of Rs 12,965 crore after the poor fourth quarter earnings. Despite a dismal performance, the bank maintained a dividend at 300 per cent for 2010-11. The bank will pay a dividend of Rs 30 per share on face value of Rs 10 after shareholders approval. On the much-awaited Rs 20,000-crore rights issue, Chaudhuri said he was hopeful of getting the green signal from the government during the course of 2011-12. "The government is committed to well capitalise SBI. So, in that context we are quite hopeful that the rights issue contribution will come through during this year," he said. "Rights issue is round the corner and it is pretty pragmatic expectation," he said. Chaudhuri was replying to a question whether the Centre was reluctant to give the green signal to rights issue in view of tight financial position. "The Government", he said, "is committed to well capitalis-
ICRA to enter Sri Lanka PTI MUMBAI, MAY 17
India's rating major ICRA Limited today said it is planning to offer credit rating services in Sri Lanka with its whollyowned subsidiary ICRA Lanka Limited (ICRA Lanka). "Sri Lanka, for us, holds a lot of promise at this juncture. With the decades-long war now over, the country appears poised to move up onto a higher growth trajectory. From our perspective, the time is just right for ICRA to enter the country and contribute towards the development of the
nation's capital markets and also participate in their growth," ICRA vice-chariman and Group CEO P K Choudhury said. ICRA Lanka, incorporated early this year, has been granted registration to function as a Credit Rating Agency (CRA), by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka. The CRA will offer its services in the local market there, putting into use parent ICRA's accumulated experience in the areas of credit rating, grading and investment information.
SpiceJet adds Nagpur to flight schedule
PANJIM (HBD) – SpiceJet has announced the addition of Nagpur as its 21st destination, using its new generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft. SpiceJet will connect Nagpur, with Delhi and Bangalore with one daily flight on each sector. The first flight from Nagpur to Delhi marked the commencement of operations on this route on May 15, 2011. Tickets can be booked through www.spicejet.com or Toll Free Reservation at 1800 180 3333 / 0987 180 3333 and through Travel Agents.
‘Alphonso Mangoes’ now on makemygiftz.com PANJIM (HBD) -- Gati Ltd is now offering ‘Alphonso Mango’ under ‘Gati Mango Mania’ on its gifting site makemygiftz.com. Available in one dozen packs, priced at Rs 699, these mangoes are carefully hand-picked and packaged from the farms of Ratnagiri belt in Maharashtra which is famous for these mangoes. One can log on to makemygiftz.com, make an online purchase, where consumers can directly place an order to gift their family and friends the goodness of fresh and delicious naturally ripened alphonso mangoes. These mangoes are individually handpicked, specially selected and carefully packed in the box with hay, for them to remain farm fresh. Makemygiftz.com is the new online initiative where in Gati offers customers a complete e-commerce platform linked to a physical distribution network. Makemygiftz.com offers an integrated on-line/offline platform for customers to place orders for any “Best of India” products, which will be delivered at the customer’s doorstep across the country, with special messaging and personalized packaging. Under Makemygiftz.com, specialty products are sourced from its origin and delivered to the customer specified delivery location. Best of India products ranging from Kesar from Kashmir, Cashew nuts from Kerala, Peanuts from Baruch, Tea leaves from Darjeeling are just to name a few that are currently available on makemygiftz.com.
Smirnoff Masala Marke PANJIM (HBD) – Smirnoff has launched the Smirnoff Masala Marke pack. Specially designed for the zestful Indian palate, the pack includes a 750 ml bottle of the triple distilled and ten times filtered Smirnoff vodka with a 600 ml bottle of lemonade and a 50 gm sachet of chatpata chaat masala. The Smirnoff Masala Marke pack is the perfect complement to a beautiful summer. Sip slowly and enjoy the ultimate smooth experience of Smirnoff vodka in an Indian avatar with the added zing of tangy lemonade and fiery chaat masala! The Smirnoff Masala Marke pack is now available nationally in all leading outlets. The price in Goa is Rs 390.
ing SBI. So in that context, we are quite hopeful that the rights issue contribution will come through during this year," he said after announcing annual results for 2010-11. To maintain its holding in SBI at 59 per cent, the government has to shell out a substantial sum as its contribution to the rights issue. In 2008, the government subscribed to the rights issue by shelling out close to Rs 10,000 crore to retain 59 per cent of its holding. The rights issue was fully subscribed fetching the bank around Rs 16,736 crore. On consolidated basis, profit of SBI Group declined by 8.94 per cent to Rs 10684.9 crore for the year ended March 31, 2011 compared to Rs 11733.8 crore a year ago. As against the sharp dip in quarterly profit of SBI, the largest private sector lender ICICI Bank posted a robust 44 per cent rise in its bottom line to Rs 1,452 crore in the fourth quarter. The second largest public sector lender Punjab National Bank reported a quarterly net profit of Rs Rs 1,201 crore. Talking about loan loss provisions made during FY2011, Chaudhuri said the total provision against bad loans was Rs 8,792 crore. Slippages were mostly from the agriculture and corporate sector.
Tetly has brand new global look PTI MUMBAI, MAY 17
Tata Global Beverage said it is introducing a new look for its brand Tetly that will strengthen its global position. "We are thrilled to be introducing the refreshed Tetley brand to the consumers. Our new design will create a bolder Tetley presence on shelf and allow shoppers to explore our range of products with greater ease," Tata Global Beverages VP Marketing Sushant Dash said. This is in line with the company's strategy to create a global brand logo.
Ruia buys French auto sealing Co PTI KOLKATA, MAY 17
Models display KDDI's new smart phones at a press preview in Tokyo on Tuesday. KDDI announced six new models of Android smart phones, which can use free WiFi communication service through some 100,000 KDDI's access points across Japan.
CCIL Q4 net up 98% PTI MUMBAI, MAY 17
Country Club (India) Ltd, a leisure infrastructure company operating a chain of clubs under the brand 'Country Club', today reported 98 per cent growth in net profit at Rs 14.39 crore for the quarter ended March 31 compared to the same period last fiscal. Country Club's (CCIL) net profit stood at Rs 7.28 crore in Q4 of FY10, the company said in a release issue here today. CCIL posted a 31.42 per cent growth in revenue at Rs 92 crore for the last quarter of FY 11 compared to Rs 70 crore in the corresponding quarter of the last fiscal. "We are pleased to deliver a quarter of robust financial results. Operational efficiencies and cost management has been the hallmark behind these results. With Indian economy projected to
grow at a healthy pace, the amount of discretionary spending is expected to increase. Tourism and leisure are typical areas of discretionary spending that will surge alongside growing income of the middle class households," CCIL Joint Managing Director Y Siddharth Reddy said. The net profit for the year witnessed a growth of 9.41 per cent at Rs 44.06 crore against Rs 40.27 crore posted in FY 10. Total Income for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011, grew by 7.23 per cent to Rs 321.92 crore as compared to Rs 300.21 crore in the previous fiscal year. CCIL has established 205 properties, of which over 55 are owned and 175 are franchised properties. It also provides its members special access to resorts outside its own group via Country Vacations and RCI affiliation of 4,000 resorts.
Atul Auto mulls foray into agro machine business PTI MUMBAI, MAY 17
Rajkot-based Atul Auto, a dominant player in the threewheeler market, today said it is planning to foray into the agriculture machines business through acquisition of a Gujurat-based company. "We are keen to acquire a Gujurat-based company to enter the agriculture machines business. We are in the discussion stage and it (acquisition) is likely to happen by end-June this year," Atul Auto's Director, Vijay Kedia, told PTI here. "It is a good company. Its products have good demand not only in the domestic market, but also in Africa. This acquisition will help us to enter the African market for selling both three-wheelers as well as agriculture machines," he said. However, Kedia, did not reveal the target company's name and valuation.
Whirlpool sees pressure on growth REUTERS MUMBAI, MAY 17
Consumer durables maker Whirlpool of India, the Indian unit of global appliances maker Whirlpool Corp, sees earnings growth pressured in 2011/12 as a surge in input costs and successive interest rate hikes are expected to dent demand, a top official said. "We are expecting to clock in revenue growth of around 20 percent.... Most of the overall growth will be value growth as volume growth is seen under pressure," Shantanu Dasgupta, corporate affairs and strategy told Reuters. Earlier this month, the company had posted an 18 percent on-year decline in Jan-March net profit to 471.7 million rupees and 7 percent rise in net sales to 5.94 billion rupees.
The three-wheeler maker has recently entered Bangladesh with the launch of its product Atul Gem, a rear-engine model with a six-seater capacity. For this, Atul Auto has tiedup with Bangladesh-based Atul Autos Bangladesh (AABL), which, in turn, has roped in Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory Ltd (BMTFL) for assembling the vehicles there. "We will provide technical assistance to AABL for assembling the vehicles. Experts from the technical team of the company will supervise the assembling work of the vehicles at AABL. The company does not propose to provide any finan-
cial assistance to AABL," Kedia said. "Our sole objective is to promote sales of the vehicles manufactured by the company in Bangladesh," he said adding, the company expects to sell 2,000 units and a Rs 25-crore revenue from by December 2012." The company's manufacturing facility at Rajkot in Gujarat, produces diesel as well as GNG and LPG operated three-wheeler commercial vehicles. The BSE-listed company is also looking to collaborate with a foreign entity to enter the four-wheeler market.
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The P K Ruia Group has acquired French automotive sealing company SEALYNX Automotive with plants in France, Romania, Morocco and Tunisia. SEALYNX Automotive has 981 employees on its rolls and grossed a turnover of Euro 68 million in 2010, a Ruia group statement said here today The value of the deal was, however, not known. Since the economic meltdown of 2008, SEALYNX Automotive was suffering from financial uncertainties and in December 2010 the commercial court had appointed an administrator to run the company. "With all these companies, the sealing business of the Group reached a topline of Euro 600 million. The new acquisition will consolidate group’s position as a global leader in automotive sealings," Ruia Group chairman Pawan K Ruia said. SEALYNX Automotive serves French OEM majors like Renault, Peugeot-Citroen and Romanian auto-manufacturer Dacia.
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Cotton Fab 10 in India expo at Fatorda open PANJIM (HBD) -- New Ayushi Craft & Weaves Promotion Society Bhopal (MP) is organising an exhibition ‘Cotton Fab 10 in India’ at Ravindra Bhavan, Fatorda, from May 14 to 31, 2011. The Society is registered under society registration act of 1973 is an non-govt, organisation working for the development of poor weavers and handicrafts artisans since from its registration with registrations with Registrar of Society, NCT, Delhi. The society has been providing training, design and marketing facilities to the identified poor weavers and artisans. To reduce the intermediateries cost and to eliminate middlemen, the society have prepared an annual action plan with the help of executive body of society keeping in view of the feedback received from the member artisans, thereafter one platform has been provided to the weavers and artisans for selling their goods directly conducted by society by the nominal contribution from the member artisans. The exhibition will have weavers from various parts of the country to display and sell their handloom and handicrafts products. All craftsmen are duly registered with office of the Development Commissioner (Handloom), Ministry of Textiles, Govt of India. A 20 per cent discount on handlooms and 10 per cent discount of handicrafts is an added attraction. All debit and credit cards will be accepted.
Exchange offer at Titan Eye PANJIM (HBD) -- Titan Eye Plus launched a scheme which offers customers a flat discount of 25% on exchange of old eyewear for new spectacles or sunglasses. The scheme, which will be available at all Titan Eye Plus outlets across the country, will be valid from May 12, 2011. During the offer, Titan Eye Plus will display a wide assortment of fashionable and stylish collections from Titan, Eye + and Dash collection of prescription eyewear. Titan Eye Plus also offers a wide range of international brands such as Prada, Gucci, Police etc. In order to cater to the budget and style requirement of customers, the store displays Titan frames starting from Rs 495 to the latest frames from international brands priced up to Rs 30,000. Although the contact lens portfolio does not fall under the purview of the exchange scheme – a flat 10% discount will be offered on the same. Titan Eye Plus activation is applicable at all 155 Titan Eye Plus stores across the country. The offer is applicable on all sunglasses except Rayban, Oakley and Fastrack.
SBI Life net at Rs 366 cr PANJIM (HBD) -- SBI Life Insurance has posted a record profit of Rs 366 crore, increasing by 33% and collected total premium of Rs 12,912 crore, growing by 28% over the last financial year 2009-10. The new business premium collection stood at Rs 7,572 crore, an increase of 7% over last financial year 2009-10. This has been supplemented with a whopping growth in renewal premium collection of 74%, to Rs 5,340 crore in FY 2010-11 from Rs 3,063 crore in FY 2009-10. The persistency level, as per the standard 13month industry measure, has increased by 11 % points to 69 %, in FY 2010 - 11, from 58%, in FY 2009-10. The Asset under Management jumped by 40 % to Rs 40,163 crores from Rs. 28,703 crores as on 31st March, 2010.
Corp Bank CMD to meet top recovery performers in Goa PANJIM (HBD) -- Ramnath Pradeep, chairman and managing director of Corporation Bank is visiting Goa to attend the “Recovery Warriors’ Meet” organized by the bank in Goa for two days, from May 18 to19. Corporation Bank has a network of 46 branches and 25 ATMs in the State, covering urban, semi urban and rural places, the Bank has a total business of over Rs 3,500 crore in Goa. Apart from addressing the “Recovery Warriors’ Meet”, a gathering of top performing executives and officers of the bank in the area of loan recovery during the year 2010-11, Ramnath Pradeep will speak to the branch heads and staff of Goa zone to share his views and guide the team towards achieving higher business goals.
Bhatija of Inorbit Malls bags award PANJIM (HBD) -- Kishore Bhatija, CEO, Inorbit Malls was crowned the Most Admired Shopping Centre Professional of the Year at the India Shopping Centre Forum 2011. Ambience Group was awarded the Most Admired Shopping Centre Developer of the Year. The category saw some competition from contenders like Prestige Group, Ambuja Realty Development Ltd, Inorbit Malls Pvt Ltd, The Phoenix Mills Ltd and Entertainment World Developers Ltd. One of the most coveted awards for the retail sector, the Images Shopping Centre Awards acknowledge and honour achievements and innovation in the creation of large–scale retail & entertainment spaces across India. They direct the spotlight on outstanding shopping centres as benchmarks of profitable land use, and provide impetus to an industry that is currently evolving in India.
Anniversary offer at VLCC PANJIM (HBD) -- VLCC Margao has completed 3 years in Goa. During these 3 years, VLCC Slimming and Beauty has reached out to over 6000 clients. As a special offer, VLCC is offering up to 40% on all slimming and beauty programs valid May 20 and 21, 2011.
Toyota normalises operations PANJIM (HBD) -- Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt Ltd (TKM) announced that it will resume normal operations earlier than expected. In the wake of disruption in supplies the company had earlier suspended production on Mondays and Fridays between April 25 and June 4. TKM’s parts sourcing is getting back on track, production will return back to normal levels starting May 20, 2011. Plans are afoot to recover loss of production and reduce the waiting period. The plant will function on all weekdays and some of the non - working Saturdays. TKM will continue to update all its customers through dealers as well as the website - www.toyotabharat.com.
Sensex dips 208 points PTI MUMBAI, MAY 17
The BSE Sensex today dipped 208 points to nearly 8-week low of 18,137, as investors sold banking and oil stocks after the country's largest lender SBI posted a sharp dip in Q4 profits and reports that government will increase subsidy burden on ONGC. SBI net profit tumbled to Rs 20.88 crore for the fourth quarter ended March 31, as against Rs 1,866.60 crore in Q4 of last fiscal due to higher provisioning for bad loans and operating expenses. The SBI stock tumbled 7.78 per cent. ONGC fell 6.71 per cent on reports that the government has increased its contribution to fuel subsidy to 38.5 per cent from 33 per cent for 2010-11.
AI buckles again PTI MUMBAI, MAY 17
The management of ailing Air India (AI) has given into yet another union, the All India Cabin Crew Association (AICCA), and met their various long-standing demands, mainly those related to timely promotion. "The association met Executive Director for Operations & Customer Services, and resolved various long-standing issues of the cabin crew of both the carriers (AI and erstwhile Indian Airlines)," AICCA General Secretary Sanjay Lazar said in a release here today. The move will help 1,600 cabin crew members, he said. AI CMD Arvind Jadhav has accepted the proposals following which an order to this effect was issued by the Executive Director, Lazar said. Early May, the AI management had agreed to some of the demands of the pilots of the erstwhile Indian Airlines, who went on a 10-day strike from April 27. The strike
Tata Delight for commercial vehicle owners PTI MUMBAI, MAY 17
Tata Motors launched a customers loyalty programme -Tata Delight -- for commercial vehicle-owners, which offers a host of facilities. Tata Delight is a loyalty programme for the company's commercial vehicle customers, both existing and new. It offers a host of distinctive facilities across all Tata Motors dealerships, sales outlets and authorised service stations. "To create an even deeper customer connect and take our relationship with customers to next level, we have launched the Tata Delight programme. We believe this initiative will further strengthen our bond with customers," Tata Motors' President-Commercial Vehicle Business, Ravi Pisharody, said. Under Tata Delight, customers can earn bonus points on purchase of new commercial vehicles and can also earn or redeem points on vehicle servicing or repair, new spares across the company's dealerships and sales outlets. Other membership privileges include educational scholarship for children, a chance to win a Nano every quarter through a lucky draw and invitations to special events and movies with family. All customers can avail of all these benefits for Rs 100 (without insurance) and Rs 500 (including insurance).
caused an average daily loss of Rs 26 crore to the national carrier that is sitting on a debt pile of nearly Rs 18,000 crore. The AICCA's demands included promotion of Grade 7 of Air India cabin crew to Grade 10 and promotion of Grade 3-4 Indian Airlines crew to Grade 5-6, Lazar said and pointed out that these demands were part of the 2008 merger agreement. Following this, the court cases filed in this regard would be withdrawn, Lazar said. He claimed the cabin crew were the only section of the 32,000-strong AI employees who had been deprived of time-bound promotions even though it had been approved by the board. The AICCA stressed the need to urgently resolve the timebound promotion of 2010 and 2011 before implementing the recommendations of the Dharmadhikari Committee, set up to go into merger-related HR issues facing AI employees.
Factory workers assemble Nissan's VQ engines at the Iwaki engine plant in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture, on Tuesday. The plant, which stopped operations for two months after the March 11 earthquake, resumed work on Tuesday.
Ford to invest $72 m in Chennai plant PTI BANGALORE, MAY 17
Ford Motor Company would invest USD 72 million to expand its powertrain facility in Chennai to further support its sales and export growth plans in India. When the expansion programme is completed in mid2012, the engine plant’s production capacity would increase from 250,000 to 330,000 units per year, an additional output of 80,000 diesel engines annually, the company said. "This investment reinforces the importance of our Chennai plant and Ford's continued expansion in India," said Michael Boneham, president and MD of Ford India. "This expansion will allow us to provide more tech-
nologically advanced and fuelefficient engines to our customers in India and in markets around the world where we export Chennai-built vehicles." The expansion of diesel engine production capacity would bring Ford’s total investment in India to more than USD one billion, the company said. "The new investment also further supports our plan to introduce eight new global Ford vehicles in India by 2015," Boneham added. "When the expansion is finished, a third production shift will be added at the engine assembly plant, creating more than 300 new direct jobs." The new investment is part of Ford India’s transformation
into a major global export and manufacturing hub - 1.6 TiVCT, 1.4 HC and Duratorq engines would be exported from the country. The expansion announcement is the latest milestone in a busy and productive year at the Maraimalai Nagar engine plant. In March, plant managers and employees celebrated the 100,000th engine produced at the factory - this milestone was achieved just 14 months after the engine plant opened for operations in January 2010. The plant is the first Ford facility to feature single flexible production line manufacturing petrol and diesel engines. It is also the first Ford plant to run a flexible crank shaft produc-
tion line producing crank shafts for petrol and diesel engines. Today, the plant produces five Duratec petrol engine variants and one Duratorq diesel engine variant for Ford vehicles. It is also gearing up to produce powertrains for Ford's all-new global Fiesta sedan, when it is launched in India later this year. Since June 2010, more than 4,000 India-built 1.4L and 1.6L petrol engines have been exported to Thailand every month. Diesel engines have also been exported to South Africa since 2008 and Ford plans to export India-built petrol and diesel powertrains to more markets in the near future.
AMX opens new facility in Bangalore PTI BANGALORE, MAY 17
AMX, a leading provider of solutions that simplify the implementation, maintenance, and use of technology to create effective environments, today announced the opening of a new facility here. The 4,745 square-foot facility would allow AMX to broaden its operations in India and service the audio-visual needs of emerging markets, the company said in a statement. It would serve as the company’s main hub in India.
Subsidised fuel may slow IOC's expansion REUTERS
NEW DELHI, MAY 17
India's biggest oil refiner and fuel retailer Indian Oil Corp could slow some domestic expansion projects as the company incurs heavy losses on the sale of subsidised fuel, its head of finance said on Tuesday. "We are ready with detailed feasibility reports and all. We will see what is the best time to launch them, may be once the situation on subsidised fuel becomes clear," P.K. Goyal said in his first interview after assuming the post on May 2. He said these projects could be pushed back by a year or two due to lack of clarity on subsidies and pricing of fuels. India's government currently caps prices of diesel and kitchen fuels and the shortfall
is covered by state spending, upstream companies and the refiners. IOC plans to expand capacity of its 274,000 barrels per day (bpd) Gujarat refinery, besides setting up a petrochemical facility at Paradip, where it is building a 300,000 bpd refinery, and a coker at its 150,000 bpd Haldia refinery. State-run oil firms raised petrol prices, which were deregulated in June 2010, by 8.6 percent from Sunday -- still not fully reflecting international crude prices. Oil firms are still waiting for the government to decide on pricing of diesel, kerosene and cooking gas, which have not changed since June 2010 when global crude prices were below $80 a barrel . Crude is currently
over $110 per barrel. Goyal said there was scope for a further increase in petrol prices. "Petrol prices are still 5.50 rupees a litre less than the desired market prices, on diesel the prices should be raised by 16.49 rupees a litre," he said, adding his firm's daily revenue loss on subsidised fuel sales is about 2.6 billion rupees. Petrol prices in Delhi are now 63.37 Indian rupees ($1.403) per litre while diesel sells at 37.75 rupees per litre. He said beside reducing the companies' revenue losses and saving on subsidy spending, the price increase would help in controlling consumption. Diesel demand, which makes up over a third of refined products consumption in
Asia's third-largest oil consumer, jumped six percent in March. He said IOC, which has imported 440,000 tonnes of diesel in April-May, will not import the fuel for June and July as its refinery production would be sufficient to meet local demand. Last year, IOC imported 1.3 million tonnes of diesel. Goyal said his firm's borrowings have grown by 150 billion rupees in 45 days due to sale of fuels at below-market prices. He said IOC's borrowing has climbed to about 680 billion rupees, with about 33 percent of this in foreign currency. "We are increasing our foreign borrowings. The average rate is about six percent but the rupee rate has increased,"
he said. The Reserve Bank of India has pushed up its core lending rate nine times since March 2010, with the latest 50 basis point hike last week taking its key policy rate to 7.25 percent. "Domestic borrowing, shortterm borrowing will not get less than 9.5 percent. We are increasing our foreign borrowings which are available at substantially lower rate than rupee borrowings, overall cost of foreign borrowing is about 300 basis points," he said. IOC, which controls about 1.3 million bpd of refining capacity, plans to import about 50 million tonnes or 1 million bpd of crude in 2011/12, including 11-12 million tonnes (220,000-240,000 bpd) from spot markets, Goyal said.
IMF power shift may end Europe's hold on top job REUTERS WASHINGTON, MAY 17
A power shift at the IMF toward emerging nations lays the ground for a fierce battle over who should succeed Dominique Strauss-Kahn and may threaten Europe's long-standing claim to the top post. The issue leaped unexpectedly into the spotlight with Strauss-Kahn's arrest in New York on sexual assault charges, which fueled speculation he will not survive as the global lender's top official. If he leaves, that would advance a succession decision from 2012 when his term was set to end. Since Strauss-Kahn's selection in 2007 as managing director, there has been a major shift within the International Monetary Fund that has elevated China to No. 3 in voting power and given countries such as India, Russia and Brazil a greater voice. IMF board officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the issue, told Reuters there was a push by some countries for a speedy resolution to Strauss-Kahn's future as head of the organizaAban Offshor, 594.95, 607, 586.5, 592.05 Abb Ltd., 859, 873, 852.5, 863.75 Abg Shipyard, 362.95, 368.8, 356.75, 360.55 Acc Limited, 998, 1012, 993.6, 999.2 Adani Enterp, 618, 647, 615.6, 635.05 Aditya Birla, 817.95, 846, 813, 834.5 Allahabad Ba, 194.05, 196.9, 190.3, 191.35 Alstom Proje, 579, 582.95, 570.9, 573.9 Ambuja Cemen, 139.3, 139.5, 132.8, 135.05 Andhra Bank, 139.25, 140.45, 137.55, 138 Ashok Leylan, 49.4, 49.65, 47.75, 48.3 Asian Paints, 2805, 2892.95, 2802, 2848.85 Axis Bank Li, 1226.1, 1241.5, 1206.55, 1219.4 Bajaj Hindus, 69, 69.2, 67.3, 68.1 Bank Of Baro, 901.7, 901.7, 858.35, 863.25 Bank Of Indi, 392, 405.55, 392, 402.1 Beml Limited, 640.4, 656, 640.4, 646.55 Bharat Elect, 1710, 1725, 1701.55, 1709.9 Bharat Forge, 331, 332.2, 326.15, 330.9 Bharat Petro, 658.9, 661.2, 642.35, 645.2 Bharti Airte, 370.9, 373.45, 368.5, 370.7
tion, although others cautioned against judging him so soon. Strauss-Kahn, who was denied bail on Monday, is fighting the charges. "No matter how it plays out, it is going to be very difficult for Strauss-Kahn to be an effective leader of the IMF," said Eswar Prasad, a former IMF official now at the Brookings Institution think tank in Washington. "It is a matter of days while we wait for this matter to be resolved," he told Reuters Insider. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that while it was not yet time to discuss succession, there was a good case for a European to be in the job. Germany pointed to the debt crisis that has engulfed Ireland, Greece and Portugal in pressing its argument a European could bring a fuller understanding of one of the world's most pressing economic problems. Strauss-Kahn has been deeply involved in talks over European Union and IMF bailouts for debt-strapped
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countries. But another of his signature achievements has been reforming the IMF's voting structure to give emerging market economies more power. In the past, emerging economies had not been unified enough to put forward a consensus candidate. Some think this time could be different. Margaret-Anne Orgill, an analyst at IHS Global Insight in London, said China may decide to flex its new-found muscle to try to get an emerging market candidate into the job. It has contributed significant resources to the IMF in recent years in exchange for more voting power. TWO JOBS IN PLAY The IMF sought on Sunday to soothe concerns over StraussKahn's absence by naming the fund's deputy, John Lipsky, as acting managing director. Lipsky often runs the financial institution when the managing director is away. Japan, the United States and Canada all expressed confidence on Monday in Lipsky's ability to run the fund, but senior Europeans at the IMF said
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he would not be as influential as Strauss-Kahn in dealing with Europe's debt crisis because he is an American. Lipsky announced last week, however, that he was stepping down when his term expires in August, putting more pressure on the IMF to quickly resolve questions over its leadership. "It is going to be a very complicated and hard-fought battle," Prasad said. "Right now, the top job is in play and so is the number two position." In Europe, French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde emerged as a front-runner for the top position, although her nationality may count against her. A French national has run the IMF for 26 out of the past 33 years and the embarrassment over the Strauss-Kahn incident may make it difficult for Paris to make a case. In Washington inner circles, former Turkish Finance Minister Kemal Dervis, who now runs an economic program at the Brookings Institution, is a leading name. Turkey's status as a large emerging market country within the European continent could ease concerns by developing nations that feel
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shut out of the selection process. Other possibilities are Agustin Carstens, governor of Mexico's central bank, and Montek Singh Ahluwlia, an influential economic adviser to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Emerging market countries have tried to break Europe's hold on the job during the past two succession battles. Egypt twice nominated Mohamed El-Erian, now co-chief executive of PIMCO, the world's largest bond fund, and Russia nominated former Czech central banker Josef Tosovsky to head the institution. In a blog post on
Mahindra & M, 671.5, 683.75, 665.05, 670.5 Maruti Suzuk, 1230.5, 1230.5, 1205, 1210 Max India Lt, 167.9, 170.85, 165.5, 167.05 Moser-baer (, 41.75, 42.1, 40.25, 40.95 Mrpl, 74.6, 75.6, 70.7, 71.3 Nagarjuna Fe, 29.75, 29.9, 29.15, 29.4 National Alu, 91, 92.35, 89.2, 90.15 Neyveli Lign, 103.95, 103.95, 100.5, 100.95 Ntpc Ltd, 174.45, 174.45, 169.15, 171.15 Oil And Natu, 297, 297.7, 275.5, 277.4 Omaxe Limite, 130, 132.55, 130, 131.1 Oriental Ban, 328.1, 331.9, 321.3, 324.9 Pantaloon Re, 244, 245.1, 240.1, 242.05 Parsvnath De, 41.8, 42.35, 40.75, 41.55 Petronet Lng, 137.2, 137.35, 132.05, 133.95 Power Fin Co, 216.9, 222.85, 213, 220.5 Power Grid C, 101.8, 102.5, 101.35, 101.5 Praj Industr, 75.55, 76.2, 74.75, 75.6 Punj Lloyd L, 61.1, 61.8, 60.2, 60.7 Punjab Natio, 1069.95, 1069.95, 1054, 1058.8 Rajesh Expor, 87.4, 91, 87.3, 87.75
Reuters.com, El-Erian said the quickest way to replace Strauss-Kahn was to maintain the status quo and choose a European. Throwing open the selection process to everyone would be slower and complicated. "Under either approach, the IMF would inevitably operate under a huge cloud," El-Erian said. "It would undermine its effectiveness in responding to new challenges."
BOARD MEETINGS APM Inds Lloyds Metal Bajaj Auto Moldtkpack Bajaj Holdings Orchid Chem Soma Textiles Birla Capital Supreme Tex D B Corp TCI Inds Radico Khaitan Torrent Cables HSIL Khaitan Chem Saint Gobain Source: Indiainfoline.com
Ranbaxy Labs, 515.7, 515.7, 498.3, 501.25 Rashtriya Ch, 81, 81.7, 79.8, 80.25 Reliance Cap, 513, 522, 511, 519.25 Reliance Com, 89.85, 90.3, 88.1, 88.95 Reliance Ene, 1059.99, 1059.99, 1059.99, 1059.99 Reliance Ind, 587.6, 591.95, 568.25, 572.75 Reliance Ind, 945.65, 946.8, 917.25, 920.65 Reliance Pow, 113.8, 115, 112.25, 112.65 Rolta India, 135.8, 136.85, 134.05, 135.8 Satyam Compu, 74.5, 75.4, 73.9, 74.45 Sesa Goa Ltd, 299.5, 306.9, 298.15, 299.95 Shipping Cor, 106.25, 107.7, 105.05, 105.25 Siemens Ltd, 846.1, 857.9, 836.3, 846.05 Sintex Indus, 179, 180.3, 176.3, 178.2 Sobha Develo, 267.95, 267.95, 258.2, 264.95 State Bank O, 2623.1, 2626.85, 2401, 2414.7 Steel Author, 151.7, 151.9, 144.9, 145.2 Sterlite Ind, 168, 170.7, 166.3, 168
Sun Pharmace, 437.6, 449.8, 437.6, 441.6 Sun Tv Netwo, 394.35, 398.95, 391, 394.9 Suzlon Energ, 53, 53.85, 50.8, 51.3 Tata Communi, 220.05, 222.5, 217.35, 219.55 Tata Consult, 1122.05, 1149.2, 1122.05, 1141.7 Tata Motors, 1211, 1218, 1178.6, 1189 Tata Power C, 1222.05, 1244, 1219.05, 1232.85 Tata Steel L, 580.2, 585, 566.7, 573.95 Tata Teleser, 16.4, 16.4, 16.05, 16.15 Tech Mahindr, 689, 689, 641.95, 651.1 The Ge Shpg., 289.7, 297.8, 284.1, 287.15 The Phoenix, 201.85, 202.4, 196, 196.25 Thermax Ltd, 590, 592.05, 581.1, 585.3 Titan Indust, 4024, 4300, 4024, 4118.7 Torrent Powe, 243.05, 247.95, 243.05, 247 Triveni Engg, 38.4, 38.4, 36.9, 37.15 Tv18 India L, 78.55, 79.1, 77.3, 77.7 Uco Bank, 97.9, 98.2, 94.05, 95.3 Ultratech Ce, 1035.05, 1053.9, 1032, 1038.95 Union Bank O, 325.5, 329, 317.2, 318.4 Unitech Ltd, 36.05, 36.45, 35.55, 35.95
GOA, WEDNESDAY, 18 MAY, 2011
Pak to return damaged chopper to US: Kerry PTI NEW YORK, MAY 17
Taking steps to ensure that its frontline stealth technology does not pass onto hostile hands, the US has drawn an assurance from Pakistan that it will return the tail of one of the helicopters that was blasted off by US Navy SEALs in the mission to kill Osama bin Laden. Pakistan has agreed to return the tail of the modified variant of the Sikrosky H -60 Blackhawk helicopter, Senator John Kerry, now on a visit to Pakistan, was quoted as saying by the New York Times. The Navy SEALs 6 team disabled the stealth chopper during the raid after it developed faults, in an apparent bid to ensure that frontline technology did not fall into non-US hands, US media reports said. The secret choppers have been kept under wraps by Pentagon and their use for the key mission suggests that the American military planners did not want to take any chances in the high-risk raid. The modified H-60 Blackhawks feature extra blades on the tail rotor allowing it to fly significantly less noisily and also has low observable technology similar to that of F-117 stealth fighter which enabled it to evade Pakistan air force detection radars. But now that one went down and photographs emerged of large sections being taken from the crash site under a tarp, former White House counter-terrorism advisor Richard Clarke said US officials may have reason to worry about where those parts end up. “There are probably people in the Pentagon who are concerned that pieces of the helicopter may be, even now, on their way to China, because we know that China is trying to make stealth aircraft,” he said.
The Los Angeles-class, fast attack submarine USS Hampton (centre) sits moored alongside the submarine tender USS Frank Cable (right) during a visit to Hong Kong on Tuesday. The submarine, which arrived in Hong Kong on May 15, is conducting the first port visit in three years by a US submarine to the southern Chinese territory.
Pak must stop treating India as biggest enemy: Sharif PTI ISLAMABAD, MAY 17
As the powerful military here held out threats to India, former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said Islamabad must stop treating New Delhi as its “biggest enemy” and conduct a reappraisal of ties with the neighbour “if we want to go forward and progress”. Sharif, who was in power when the Kargil crisis erupted, also sought a probe into the 1999 conflict with India. The former Prime Minister said he was stunned by then Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s remarks in 1999 that the Kashmir issue could be resolved.
Vajpayee proposed back channel diplomacy to resolve longstanding issues and the process was about to start when the “Kargil misadventure dealt a severe blow to our efforts”, he said. The former Prime Minister, who is the chief of main opposition PML-N party, is currently on a three-day visit to southern Sindh province where he made the re-
marks during an interaction with the media in Karachi yesterday. He called on the government to also conduct an inquiry into the 2006 killing of Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Bugti in a military operation and the carnage in Karachi on May 12, 2007 that killed over 40 people who tried to rally in support of then-deposed Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry. Sharif, whose government was deposed in a military coup led by former President Pervez Musharraf in 1999, reiterated his demand for the budgets of the military and the ISI to be placed before Parliament for scrutiny in line with the practice in other democracies.
Be ready to compete with kids in Beijing, Mumbai: Obama PTI WASHINGTON, MAY 17
Seeing it as signs of emergence of new world, US President Barack Obama has warned American students to strive hard to stay ahead as they face tough competition from youngsters in India and China. “You’re competing against young people in Beijing and Mumbai. That’s some tough competition. Those kids are hungry. They’re working hard. And you’ll need to be prepared for it,” Obama said in his remarks to students at Memphis, Tennessee. “We live in a new world now. Used to be that you didn’t have to have an education. If you
You’re competing against young people in Beijing and Mumbai. That’s some tough competition. They’re working hard. We’ve got to have every young person contributing; earning those high school diplomas and then earning those college diplomas, or getting certified in a trade or profession. President Barack Obama were willing to work hard, you could go to a factory somewhere and get a job. Those times are passed. Believe it or not, when you go out there looking for a job, you’re not just competing against people in Nashville or Atlanta,” he said. “And as a country, we need all
of our young people to be ready. We can’t just have some young people successful. We’ve got to have every young person contributing; earning those high school diplomas and then earning those college diplomas, or getting certified in a trade or profession. We can’t succeed without it,” he
said in his speech. Through education, he said, one can also better oneself in other ways. “You learn how to think critically and find solutions to unexpected challenges. I remember we used to ask our teachers, ‘Why am I going to need algebra?’ Well, you may not have to solve for x to get a good job or to be a good parent. But you will need to think through tough problems. You’ll need to think on your feet. You’ll need to know how to gather facts and evaluate information. So, math teachers, you can tell your students that the President says they need algebra,” he said amidst laughter.
NATO hits govt targets in Gaddafi stronghold AP TRIPOLI, MAY 17
NATO airstrikes pounded two government buildings early Tuesday in the Libyan capital, including the interior ministry, setting them on fire and prompting a government spokesman to suggest the ministry was targeted because it contained files on corruption cases against senior members of the Benghazibased rebel leadership. The latest strikes on Gaddafi’s stronghold came just hours after the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor sought arrest warrants for the Libyan leader, his son and the country’s intelligence chief for authorising the killing of civilians in a crackdown on anti-government rebels. Gaddafi’s government denied the allegations. The call for the inquest was the first such action in the Netherlands-based court linked to the Arab uprisings. It opened another potential front against Gaddafi’s regime even as the autocratic leader stands firm a g a i n s t w i d e n i n g N AT O airstrikes and rebels with growing international backing. A Libyan government spokesman appealed for a ceasefire and said authorities were likely to release four foreign reporters held in a Tripoli after they face trial in an administrative court, expected later today. NATO has stepped up strikes on Tripoli in an apparent attempt to weaken Gaddafi’s chief stronghold and potentially target the leader himself. One of the buildings hit early today was used by the Interior Ministry which is re-
sponsible for internal security. Government escorts took reporters from their hotel to the site of the overnight airstrikes. Smoke and flames engulfed the
top floors of the Interior Ministry building as dozens of young men, many of them armed with assault rifles, milled outside the shuttered gate early today.
Some of the men carried a life-sized portrait of Gadhafi, danced before the burning building and chanted: “The revolution will continue!”
China brushes aside criticism against Pak PTI BEIJING, MAY 17
Facing growing international scrutiny after world’s top terrorist Osama bin Laden was killed on its soil, China Tuesday came to the rescue of its ally Pakistan, saying that Beijing “unswervingly” supports Islamabad’s counter terrorism efforts. “Pakistan has made very important contribution to international counter terrorism cooperation as well as great sacrifices,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Jiang Yu said, as Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, began a key visit to the country, declaring China as his country’s best friend.
US envoy for Pak ahead of Clinton visit ISLAMABAD: US special envoy Marc Grossman and a senior CIA official will travel to Pakistan this week to ease tensions in bilateral ties in the wake of the Osama operation and prepare the groundwork for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s planned visit. Clinton was scheduled to come to Pakistan by the end of May for the next round of the bilateral Strategic Dialogue but US officials have now made it clear that the visit would be linked to progress in discussions by Grossman and CIA D e p u t y D i re c t o r M i c h a e l Morell. The Secretary of State told Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani during a telephone conversation yesterday that Grossman and Morell would soon visit Pakistan. “This interaction would help develop better understanding,” Clinton was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the premier’s office.
GOA, Wednesday, 18 May 2011
Lone Goan in India U-13 HERALD SPORTS REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 17
Goalkeeper Sam Noronha is the lone Goan in the 22-member Indian squad for the U-13 AFC Cup Football Festival (South Asian Zone) to be held at Yazd City, Iran from May 18 to 28. Besides India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan are competing in the festival.
Manager Satheevan Balan informed, “We will divide the squad into two teams so that everyone gets a chance to play. One team will play the first match while the remaining boys will play the next.” “Results don’t matter at this stage. It’s important to give an opportunity to all to generate interest at this age,” he added. West Bengal has 9 players, Assam 1, Haryana 1, Manipur 3, Mizoram 5, Kerala 2,
Betalbatim emerge U-16 champs HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, MAY 17
Bresources Betalbatim Sporting Club defeated Salgaocar Sports Club 1-0 to emerge champions in GFA’s U-16 State finals at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, Tuesday. The all-important goal came in injury time of the first half when defender Neville Albuquerque headed home off a flag kick taken by Quan Gomes. Betalbatim enjoyed the lion share of exchanges throughout with their forwards and mid-
fielders working in tandem to put the rival citadel under pressure. Betalbatim had numerous shots at the rival goal through Vishal Fernandes, Quan Gomes and Leslie D’Costa and nearly broke the deadlock when striker Vishal Fernandes’ rasping drive missed the mark narrowly. On the other hand, Salgaocar lacked energy upfront and hardly troubled the rival defence. The match-winner came in when Quan Gomes’ flag kick dipped into the rival territory and Neville headed home giving
no chance to the rival keeper. Earlier, Betalbatim suffered a jolt as striker Vishal Fernandes suffered a leg injury and was rushed to Hospicio Hospital, Margao for treatment. He was later discharged after medical treatment. Trailing 0-1 at the breather, Salgaocar went all out in search of the equaliser but their attempts at the goal were thwarted by rival defenders with neat tackles. Salgaocar’s striker James Fernandes who had a good outing in the tournament, was well po-
liced by Betalbatim defenders. Betabatim were richer by Rs 15,000 while Salgaocar had to settle for Rs 10,000 alongwith trophies. GFA executive members, Schubert Furtado and Anthony Pango gave away the prizes. Betalbatim coach Eban Mesquita was all praise for his team, which showed great character. “Winning the U-14 and U-16 title in the GFA tournament made the village proud. The boys have always shown great character throughout and always carry a fighting spirit.”
Sanvordem Boys lift Arjun Trophy HERALD CORRESPONDENT COLLEM, MAY 17
Sanvordem Boys, Sanvordem defeated Chunouti Boys, Dharbandoda by 60 runs in the finals of 12 overs Arjun’s Sanvordem Premier League sponsored by Mata, Mamata and Sukhadata and organised by Sanvordem Youth at Mollem panchayat ground, Tuesday. Sanvordem Boys set a target of 128 while Chounouti Boys only managed 68. The winners were richer by Rs 1 lakh while the runners-up had to settle for Rs 75,000 alongwith trophies. Following individual prizes were awarded: Man of the series Harish Naik (Sanvordem). Highest wickets taken Sanjay (Thorlemal Boys). Highest sixes Pravine (K Star). Best catch Mahesh (Chunouti). A total of 93 teams participated. Churchill Alemao, PWD Min-
Dramapur oust St Anthony HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, MAY 17
Dramapur Sports Club prevailed over St Anthony’s Sporting Club, Colva 4-3 via the tiebreaker to move in the quarter-finals of All-Goa Ambelim Cup inter-village football tournament organised by Ambelim Sports Club at Ambelim ground, Tuesday. The teams were unable to open the scoring due to good goalkeeping by both the custodians. In the tie-breaker, Nickson Rebello, Andrew Fernandes, Malcolm Martins and John Rodrigues were on target for Dramapur while Clyde Pacheco, Nelson Gomes and Dulio Andrade netted for St Anthony.
Sanvordem Boys receiving the winners trophy from PWD Minister Churchill Alemao.
ister was the chief guest and gave away the prizes in the presence of guest of honour, Venkatpatipati Raju, former test cricket selector and Arjun Salgaocar. Vilas Dessai, GCA, Manish Lambor, chief, Dhangar Samaj,
Sanguem, Dr Raju BCCI, Janu Suzare, sarpanch, Mollem, Anand Gaonkar, sarpanch, Dharbandoda, Yogita Naik, sarpanch, Sancordem, Rama Gaonkar, sarpanch, Dabal and Sandeep Dessai, sarpanch, Collem.
Ashlon helps SJ Areal win HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, MAY 17
A splendid brace by Ashlon Oliveira enabled hosts Sao Jose de Areal Sports Club to crush Social Cultural Club of Loutolim (SCC) 4-0 and enter the semi-finals of All-Goa 17th Sao Jose de Areal Villagers Cup inter-village football tournament organised by Sao Jose de Areal Sports Club at Padribhat ground, Sao Jose de Areal, Tuesday. Sao Jose de Areal led 1-0 at half time. Sao Jose de Areal shot into
the lead in the 10th minute when Mario Rebello fired home. Crossing over, Sao Jose de Areal were a dominant force and created many forays into the rival territory and their persistent forays paid off when Ashlon Oliveira doubled the lead with a snap shot after he received a pass from Ronnie Monteiro. Mariano Rebello put the issue beyond doubt when he punished the rival keeper with a deft placement. Ashlon rounded off the tally just before the final call.
Franky stars for Churchill Bros HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, MAY 17
A second half penalty from Franky Oliveira gave Churchill Brothers Sports Club victory as they defeated Salgaocar Sports Club Juniors 1-0 in GFA’s Taca Goa U-20 First Division at Tilak Maidan, Vasco, Tuesday.
The match got off to a slow start with neither team taking the initiative. After the breather, the teams pushed forward, but it was Churchill who got the vital goal from the dreaded spot. Salgaocar stay on one point after two matches, while Churchill are on three points from one match.
Darshan Misal and Manthan Khutkar, who represented Goa in U-14 cricket in Delhi were felicitated by Venkatpati Raju. Earlier, Ishwar Kuttikar welcomed. Najmeen Shaikh compered. Balaji Gauns proposed the vote of thanks.
Ivana grabs 4 points HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, MAY 17
Ivana Furtado is on four points after five rounds in the U-12 girls category in Asian Youth Chess Championship 2011 in Subic Freeport, Olongapo City, Philippines, Tuesday. Ivana got the better of India’s Priyamvada Kamacheti in the 4th round and drew with San Diego Marie Antonette of Philippines in the 5th round. Riya Savant is on three points beating Pham Hoang Nhat Ani of Vietnam in the 4th round while she lost to Abdusattorova Bakhora of Uzbekistan in the 5th round. Anurag Mhamal is on two points in U-16 Open Category. He drew with Prince Bajaj of India in 4th round and lost to Javidfar Amirsalar of Iran in the 5th round.
Cuncolim Union’s dream come true HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, MAY 17
Cuncolim Union’s vision to have a building of its own will finally come true, when the Rs 65 lakh club house-cum-sports complex will be inaugurated by Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court, Justice Ferdino Rebello in the presence of Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat, Sports Minister, Babu Azgaonkar, local MLA and Urban Development Minister, Joaquim Alemao, Devendra Dessai, chairperson, Cuncolim Municipal Council and SAG executive director V M Prabhudessai on May 21 at Zulpea Xeth, Cuncolim at 5 p.m. The club house is set up on a plot donated by a landlady from Chandor admeasuring 6,500 square meters with two grounds and is one of the best club
houses in the State, that will help in the youth development programme. The club has football grounds for U-14 players, a badminton court and undoubtedly it is planned to be the best in the State. Elvis Gomes must be given full credit for constructing the building under his tenure as president as he took great pain in fulfilling the cherished dreams of Cuncolim Union. What is noteworthy is the fact that the SAG had doled a grant of Rs 20 lakh for the construction of the club building. Briefing the media, Elvis said this will be a red letter day for sports lovers of Cuncolim, now that their dreams have come
Levino Dias, Ashok Phadte, Micky Fernandes, Freddy Mascarenhas and Mahesh Gawli,” Elvis pointed out. A musical show, konkani natak, religious activities, Satyanarayan Pooja will be performed on the big day while the house will be blessed by Fr Arlindo of Cuncolim church. Ramesh Dessai, secretary and Prakash Rama Dessai, assistant secretary were also present at the press conference. Meanwhile, Cuncolim Union congratulated Sporting Club de Goa for making it to the elite ILeague after a gap of one year and wished the club all the best in bringing more laurels to the State.
Dempo thrash Macasana HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO MAY 17
Dempo Sports Club scored a fluent 4-0 win over Macasana Welfare Club in GFA’s Taca U-20 at Curtorim ground, Tuesday. Thee was no score at half time. GFA U-20 Second Division: Nuvem SC v. Bhagwati SC, Cansaulim ground, 4.15 p.m. Siolim Sodiem Super Soccer: Sangolda Lightning v. Sai Avtaar SC, St Anthony's church ground, Siolim, 4.30 p.m. 17th Sao Jose de Areal Villagers Cup soccer: Verna SC v. St Rock Youth Club, Majorda, Padribhat ground, Sao Jose de Areal, 4.45 p.m. Ambelim Cup soccer: Ambelim SC v. Goa Velha SC, Ambelim ground, 4.45 p.m. Rossman Cruz soccer: Sao Jose de Areal SC v. Raia SC, Nagoa ground, 4.30 p.m. Fr Chico Bayside Cup soccer: Candolim SC v. Guirim SCA, Dr Gustavo Monteiro Stadium, Candolim, 4.30 p.m. Pilerne Panchayat Cup soccer: Sao Minguel, Taleigao v. Maina Curtorim SC, Pilerne ground, 4.30 p.m.
true to have their own building. “In the past, efforts were made to have the club building but it did not materialise due to some technical problems. The club is dedicated to the people of Cuncolim and our focus is football in the village. We want to create a platform for the budding footballers who will make the village proud and realise their dream, playing for Cuncolim Union and the State,” Elvis stated. “We will also conduct workshops on music, art, drama and other allied courses to improve their talent. The facilities are in place, so make the best use of the same. Cuncolim Union has produced top players namely
Dempo were in total command and virtually toyed with the rival weak defence. Dempo opened their scoring in the 74th minute when Jovito Fernandes bulged the net. The goal spurred Dempo to launch sporadic raids
and Macazana’s citadel fell again in the 76th minute when Jorax Fernandes made it 2-0. Two minutes later, Jorax Fernandes completed his brace. Nanu Namdev Dessai completed the rout in the 87th minute.
Goa contingent selected for world karate-do championship HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, MAY 17
The Indian team for 12th Funakoshi Gichin Cup World Karate-Do Championship 2011 to be held in Pattaya, Thailand. (l to r) :Milagrina Rodrigues (black belt-JKA shodan), Michelle Estibeiro (4th kyu), Waban Fernandes (1st kyu), Om Shetgaonkar (3rd kyu), Werner Fernandes (black belt JKA shodan), sensei Agnelo Rodrigues. Not in the photo: Sanskruti Dwivedi (black belt JKA shodan), Sufiyan Munshi (black belt JKA shodan), Vaishali Almeida (4th dan JKA) who will participate in the women kumite and kata.
The 12th Funakoshi Gichin Cup World Karate-Do Championship 2011 Shoto Cup of Japan Karate Association’s Karate Internationals will be held from August 1821 in Pattaya, Thailand. The Goa contingent will participate in the Indian team. In a tough karate selection held in Mumbai, the Goa contingent all belonging to Shotokan JKA Karate-Do, Borda Margao, made it as part of the India team. The team is practicing and is being coached by sensei Agnelo Rodrigues, 4th dan, JKA.
GOA, Wednesday, 18 May 2011
End India’s domination to set ICC right: Greig AGENCIES
LONDON, MAY 17
Ending India's "domination" of the ICC and dismissing the "nonsense" idea of having a window for the IPL would top Tony Greig’s agenda, if the former England captain is given charge of cricket’s world governing body. "Number one, we have got to try and get the ICC right. We have a situation at the moment where the ICC is dominated by India. They tell Zimbabwe, n Number one, we have Bangladesh and one or two got to try and get the other countries what to do and ICC right. We have a they always get the vote," Greig situation at the told the BBC in an interview. "It's very hard, but somehow moment where the ICC we have got to change things is dominated by India. at that level," he added. Greig said there is too much They tell Zimbabwe, cricket being played, and having Bangladesh and one or a separate window for the IPL would be ridiculous while play- two other countries ers complain of burnout. what to do and they "We are playing too much always get the vote. cricket. I would be getting all the countries from the world reduce by two months the time and saying, 'hey listen, what is available for cricketers to play this nonsense of giving Indian around the world, in the current domestic cricket an open win- environment is just ridiculous. "We have got to look very, dow?' ". "To give the Indian Premier very closely and make sure we League, an open window, and do not destroy the cornerstone
of the game which is Test cricket," said the 64-year-old former all-rounder, who is now a commentator. Greig said it was unfortunate to see players such as Chris Gayle coming up with batting fireworks in the IPL while the West Indies took on Pakistan in a Test series. "It is laughable that (Chris) Gayle and (Kieron) Pollard are playing in the IPL when the West Indies are playing Pakistan -that is just ridiculous." Greig, however, maintained that he loves the cricketing atmosphere in India. "I took to India and the subcontinent very much...I loved the place," said Greig, ahead of the publication of a new biography, Tony Greig: A Reappraisal of English Cricket's Most Controversial Captain, by David Tossell. "It was the first time I really felt as if we were entertaining people, as the people there loved the game so much -- to go to those stadiums and find them packed full. "To this day (Kolkata's) Eden Gardens remains one of my top three grounds, just because of the incredible atmosphere," he added.
Sania bows out of France WTA event AGENCIES PARIS, MAY 17
Sania Mirza’s preparations for the French Open were hurt as she suffered first round defeats in the singles and doubles events of a WTA tournament in Strasbourg. In the singles on Tuesday, the Indian ace fought hard but lost 4-6, 6-4, 1-6 to local wild card Alize Cornet after 124 minutes, in the opening round of the US $220,000 clay-court event. In Monday's doubles match, Sania and her Czech partner Lucie Hradecka, the top seeds, lost a closely-fought first round match 7-5, 2-6, 10-12 to Germany's Angelique and Katarzyna Piter of Poland. This is the last WTA tournament before the French Open commences at Roland Garros, in Paris, on Sunday.
Vijender ties knot PTI NEW DELHI, MAY 17
Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh today tied the knot with Delhigirl Archana Singh in a low-key ceremony here. The marriage was solemnised at the Delhi Flying Club and was attended by the family and friends of the 25-year-old boxer, who is India's first Olympic and World Championships medallist. He claimed bronze medals in both these events. The couple will host a reception at Vijender's native village Kaluwas in Bhiwani tomorrow. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Indian Boxing Federation chief Abhay Singh Chautala and national boxing coach G S Sandhu were present for the ceremony.
Fergie -- simply the best! AFP LONDON, MAY 17
Manchester United’s record 19th title confirms Sir Alex Ferguson as the greatest manager in English football history, the 36th trophy of a remarkable 25-year reign at Old Trafford that may never be equalled. While admirers of Bob Paisley will point to the 18 trophies the former Liverpool manager crammed into nine golden years at Anfield between 1974 and 1983, in terms of longevity and volume, Ferguson is in a league of his own. Saturday's Premier League title was the 12th of Ferguson’s tenure, a spell which has also included two European Champions League crowns, five FA Cups, four League Cups and the World Club Cup. The scale of the achievement is all the more impressive when taking into account the parlous state of affairs at Old Trafford when Ferguson was appointed to replace Ron Atkinson in November 1986. United, who had not won the league title for nearly 20 years at that point, had sunk to 19th in the table out of 22 clubs and had also been bombed out of the League Cup by Southampton. Ferguson's rebuilding project took time. It was four long years before his first piece of silverware, the 1990 FA Cup, was nestling in the Old Trafford trophy room. Thereafter, the honours came at a steady rate, with the 1991 European Cup Winners Cup -- secured with a memorable win over Barcelona -- fol-
lowed by the 1992 League Cup before the breakthrough title triumph in 1993. But the long list of honours is only part of the Ferguson story. Almost as remarkable has been the Scot's relentless regeneration of United, overseeing a succession of celebrated championship-winning sides, from the Eric Cantona-inspired 19921993 side to the 1999 treblewinners and the frighteningly potent 2008 League and European Cup double-winners. In a sense, United's more recent title triumphs carry more weight. The hat-trick of league titles achieved in 2007, 2008 and 2009, followed by this season's triumph have been won in an era when United can no longer flex the biggest financial muscles in English football. The arrival of billionaire benefactors at Chelsea and Man-
at a time when Manchester City were embarking on a record transfer spree, which persuaded Wayne Rooney to agitate for a move at the start of the season. In a typically trenchant defence of United’s transfer policy however, Ferguson reminded Rooney that his track record of developing young players was second to none. "That's the problem with potential," Ferguson reflected in October. "People don't identify potential. They're very poor at it. "But I've identified potential all my life in young people. I know potential. I know where it can be developed. And I know how to develop it. And I have faith in it. And young people surprise you when given opportunity." The most obvious recent example of that was United’s capture of Javier Hernandez, the unheralded 22year-old Mexi-
can international who signed for around £7 million in April last year. United’s fans may have craved a big-name signing, but Hernandez has been the revelation of United’s season, reaching 20 goals in all competitions despite not being a regular starter for much of the campaign. The speed with which Hernandez has been assimilated, and the burgeoning promise of youngsters such as Fabio and Rafael Da Silva and Chris Smalling, suggests that United may not have to wait too long for title number 20.
chester City has eclipsed United’s might in the transfer market, meaning Ferguson has increasingly had to scour the world for cutprice talent. Indeed it was United’s failure to splash out last summer,
FIFA future depends on my re-election: Blatter n My passion for football continues to drive me and my work is not yet finished. I have to finish my work. My project is based on education through football, to develop the game, transform lives, to build a better future. -- FIFA President Sepp Blatter
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Home Minister Ravi Naik inaugurating the renovated volleyball court with new infrastructure facilities, near Ponda Municipal Council building, Ponda, in the presence of Kishore Naik, president Ponda Municipal Council, Councillor Damodar Naik and others.
Ameya best chess unrated player HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, MAY 17
Ameya Datta Audi was declared the best unrated player at Goa Vidya Prasarak Mandal’s centennial All-India Open FIDE rated tournament at GVM, Ponda recently. Ameya displayed tremendous temperament throughout. He drew with Ninad Puranik (2074)
and Rahul Jaisingh (1788) of Maharashtra and defeated Goa’s Amogh Namshikar (1807). He scored 6.5 points of 11 and was awarded Rs 2,000. Eleven-year-old Ameya is a student of Vidya Vikas Academy, Margao. He is presently being coached by Sivaswamy, Bambolim.
Services boxing champs HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, MAY 17
The Services team claimed the 38th Boxing Federation Monnet Cup 2011 with 40 points in its kitty in the team championship organised by Goa Amateur Boxing Association at Calangute Association ground, Sunday. Haryana secured the second place with 20 points while Uttarakhand claimed the third place with 13 points. Goan boxers secured three bronze medals. Services boxer, Debendro Singh won the best boxer award in the light fly weight category while Naresh Kumar (Chandigarh) won the most promising and talented boxer award. Naveen Balhera (Haryana) was adjudged the best losing boxer award. Purshottam Phadte (Goa) was awarded the best referee award. Victoria Fernandes, MLA, St
Cruz was the chief guest and gave away the prizes to the winners in the presence of Filipe Dias, N S Rawat, Lenny D’Gama and Clyde Lobo w. Clyde Lobo proposed the vote of thanks. Results: Light fly (49kgs): Debendro Singh (Services) – gold, Sandeep (Haryana) – silver, Govind Arya (Uttarakhand) and Abhishek (UP) – bronze Fly (52 kgs): S S Shriniwas (Services) – gold, Suraj Singh (UTK) – silver, Sandeep Malik (Delhi) and Pushkar Pundalik (Goa) – bronze. Bantam (56 kgs): V D Rao (Services) – gold, Sunny (Haryana) – silver, Amit Kumar (UTK) and Deva Naik (Goa) – bronze. Light (60 kgs) : K Roshan Singh (Services) – gold, Sarvan Kumar (chd) – silver, Imran Khan (UP) & Vikram Singh (Har) – bronze Light Welter (64 kg): M Karthick (Ser vices) – gold,
Naveen Balhera (Haryana) – silver, Dalvir Singh (Police) and Mitlesh (Goa) - bronze. Welyter (69 kg): Naresh Kumar (CHD) – gold, M Ashini Meitei (Police) – silver, Bhupender Singh (Services) and Vishal Singh (UTK) – bronze. Middle (75 kg): Harpal (Services) – gold, Surender (Police) – silver, Brijesh Meena (UP) and Kishan Singh (UTK) – bronze. Light heavy (81kg): Baljeet Rathi (Del) – gold , Tejkaram (UP) – silver, Kuldeep Sharma (Har) and Vishnu N Sharma (Police) – bronze. Heavy (91 kg): Gurprem Singh (Services) – gold, Manoj Kumar (Har) – silver, Sanjeev Kumar (Police) and Suman Soruhno (UTK) – bronze. Super heavy (+91 kg): Baljeet Singh (Services) – gold, Gaurav (HAR) – silver, Shiva Shankarappa (Police) and Fateh Singh (Goa) – bronze.
Vaddy Boys receiving the Andrew Julio Fernandes memorial winners trophy from Venita Braganza, in the presence of Amstrong Braganza, Fortunato Braganza and Pedu Fernandes. In the finals, Vaddy Boys beat Molloca in straight sets 25-20, 25-22, 25-19. Bostao and Sammy excelled for Vaddy Boys while Americ and Stanley did well for Molloca.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter insisted on Tuesday that the future of world football's governing body was dependant on his reelection to a fourth term in office. Blatter, who has served as FIFA president since 1998, will be challenged by Qatari Mohammed Bin Hammam, 61, currently president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), during elections here on June 1. And the 75-year-old Swiss believes that his rival Bin Hammam wants "total change" which could lead to the "dismantling" and "collapse" of FIFA. "I'm very confident," Blatter told AFP of his bid to win another four-year term. "FIFA isn't ready for total change, where the running of operations would go to the six confederations," he said.
Pilerne win HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, MAY 17
Hosts Pilerne Sports Club prevailed over Penha de Franca 52 via the tie-breaker after a 1-1 draw in the 18th Pilerne Panchayat Cup All-Goa inter-village football tournament at Pilerne ground, Tuesday. Pilerne forged ahead through Mac David Dias. Minutes later, Raju levelled the score for Penha. In the penalties, Agnelo Monteiro, Alex Cardozo, Michael Monteiro and Augusto Monteiro converted for Pilerne while Sainath found the mark for Penha.
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"If we dismantle the pyramid, it will fall down. Some say 'I'm going to vote like that' but I'm sure that the national federations will maintain what is established and serious. "In 2002, when they wanted to kick me, they said 'you don't have money, you're badly managed'. Subsequently it was
proved otherwise." Blatter said that his passion for football continues to drive him and his work is not yet finished. "I have to finish my work, my project is based on education through football. To develop the game, transform lives, to build a better future.
Goa Velha pip Vagator PY HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, MAY 17
Goa Velha Sports Club got the better of Vagator Parish Youth Sports Club 3-2 to move into the quarter-finals of Fr Chico Bayside Cup inter-village football tournament organised by Candolim Sports Club at Dr Gustavo Monteiro Stadium, Candolim, Tuesday. Goa Velha forged ahead in the 15th minute through Joyston Lourenco off a solo effort. Chittur
Naik doubled the lead for Goa Velha in the 25th minute off Anthony’s pass. Down by two goals, Vagator fought back and reduced the margin in 30th minute through Joseph Rodrigues. Changing over, Vagator came on level terms in the 32nd minute through Julius D’Sousa off Joseph Noronha’s cross. Chittur Naik netted the winner for Goa Velha in the 37th minute.
"Football is based on discipline, respect, the fight in the spirit of fair play. We can transform society with 300 million active participants, who with their families, represent nearly a billion people. This game is hope: if I lose now, I can win tomorrow. It's a wonderful school for life." The fight against corruption has become a focal point of the election campaign as the head of England's 2018 World Cup bid, Lord David Triesman, last week accused senior FIFA officials of demanding cash and honours in return for votes before a British parliamentary hearing. "That hurts FIFA and as I personally identify myself either rightly or wrongly with FIFA -I've worked here for 36 years (president since 1998) -- that hurts," said Blatter. Blatter said however he had been boosted by the support he had received from UEFA Pres-
ident Michel Platini and the Oceania Federation. "It was a very strong sign, a strong statement from Michel Platini. I also received the support of Oceania, South America and CONCACAF indirectly, and I spoke with the African Confederation who told me: 'Africa cannot forget what you did for her'." He added that he would not be drawn into a slanging match with his rival Bin Hammam, who has criticised Blatter's decision to allocate 20 million euros of FIFA money to an anti-corruption taskforce run with Interpol. "I don't attack anyone, I attack their programme," said Blatter. "What he said in his blog, where he criticised the FIFA president because he's going to fight against illegal betting and matchfixing by financing this battle ... Criticising that, while at the same time saying that he wants to fight corruption ... I'll let you judge for yourself."
GOA DIARY Hockey selections
PANJIM (HSD) – Goans Hockey affiliated to Hockey India will conduct their selection trials on May 18, at Peddem sports complex, Mapusa, at 3 p.m. to select the team for the first Senior National men hockey championship in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh from June 10 to 19. Those interested may report alongwith two passport size photographs and complete playing kit to Lloyd Macedo, vice-president or Dexter Pereira, treasurer.
Inter-village soccer at Assolda
PANJIM (HSD) -- St Anthony Sports Club, Assolda will organise their 3rd All-Goa inter-village football tournament from May 26. The winners will walk away with Rs 30,000 while the runnersup will get Rs 20,000. Details may be obtained from Cristo Fernandes on 9850066634 and Custodio Fernandes on 9921756291.
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Gilly keeps Punjab alive
BCCI reserves judgement on Warne
Adam Gilchrist (106) smashed a breath-taking century and shared a record 206-run partnership with Shaun Marsh as Kings XI Punjab overwhelmed Royal Challengers Bangalore by 111 runs to keep themselves in the reckoning for the playoffs in the Indian Premier League. The second-wicket partnership between Gilchirst and Marsh (79 not out) was the highest in Twenty20 cricket and it steered the hosts to a mammoth 232 for two, highest total of this season so far in the IPL, after electing to bat. The previous best partnership in T20 cricket was of 170 runs for the first wicket, raised by South Africa's Graeme Smith and Loots Bosman against England in 2009. Punjab then broke Bangalore's seven-match winning streak by bundling them out for 121 in 17 overs and also recorded second largest victory in the history of IPL. The previous best was scored by Kolkata Knight Riders, who had thrashed Bangalore by 140 runs in 2008 edition.
The BCCI today reserved its judgement on an acrimonious public spat between Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warne and RCA secretary Sanjay Dixit after summoning both of them for a hearing here. Both Warne and Dixit appeared before a three-member IPL panel and gave their versions of the incident regarding the change of pitch and the subsequent events which have marred this edition's Twenty20 event. Dixit had accused Warne of abusing him for not acceding to his request to change the pitch for Rajasthan's home match against Royal Challengers Bangalore on May 11. "We had a long meeting and judgement is awaited. We were called together and separately. Hearing was held i n a c o rd i a l a t m o s p h e re . Since it was a hearing, the proceedings were confidential," Dixit said after the hearing which lasted close to three hours. The IPL panel that conducted the hearing comprised of chairman Chirayu Amin, IPL governing council member Ravi Shastri and IMG official John.
Out of reckoning for the playoffs, IPL debutants Kochi Tuskers Kerala would aim to sign off on a positive note but that looks easier said than done as they take on the unbeaten-at-home defending champions Chennai Super Kings in an IPL match here tomorrow. It is an unequal battle given the fine form Chennai are in but Kochi have sprung a few surprises in the event. Chennai have kept a clean
home after she bloged about her role as a cheerleader and the after-dark activities of some of the world's top cricketers. "We are like walking porn.
All eyes are on you all the time, it is complete voyeurism. The women double take, see you and then pretend you do not exist. The men see your face, then your *****, your **** and then your ***** again. As we walk all we hear is 'IPL IPL' with a little head jingle," she had written in her blog. Describing an after match party, Pasqualotto said, "The music pumps, the drinks flow and the cricketers come and go. We mingle and associate with important people of the IPL wearing their finest and sexiest...but the real fun happens in the VIP rooms where the players and night owls can cause scandal! "The few Indian players we have met, such as MS Dhoni
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It was Punjab's fourth win in a row and they need to beat Deccan Chargers in their last outing on Saturday and also hope that some other results also go in their favour. Punjab remain on fifth position in the table with 14 points but improved their net run-rate. It was -0.183 and now courtesy the big win it is +0.271. Bangalore, who have already qualified for the play-offs, remain on top with 17 points despite defeat. Big hitting Chris Gayle has orchestrated many wins of Bangalore and his team needed his magic yet again while chasing such a huge total but the West Indies batsman could not do it
for the side this time around. Gayle could not even open his account today as Ryan Harris had him caught behind by Gilchrist. Harris (3/28) also dismissed Virat Kohli (11) to make early in-roads and Bangalore buckled under pressure. AB de Villiers (34) was the top scorer for Bangalore while Piysh Chawla (4/17) was the most successful bowler for Punjab with his four wickets. Earlier, chips were down for Punjab at one stage as they had scored just 30 runs in the first six overs and had lost opener Paul Valthaty (20) but Gilchrist's power hitting changed the face of their innings.
Kings XI Punjab: Paul Valthaty c Tiwary b Langeveldt 20, Adam Gilchrist c Gayle b Langeveldt 106, Shaun Marsh not out 79, David Hussey not out 0. Extras: 27. Total: 232 for 2. Fall of wickets: 1-25, 2-231. Bowling: Johan van der Wath 4-0-50-0, Charles Langeveldt 4-0-48-2, Chris Gayle 4-0-350, Sreenath Aravind 4-0-36-0, Abhimanyu Mithun 3-0-29-0, Virat Kohli 1-0-13-0. Royal Challengers Bangalore: C Gayle c Gilchrist b Harris 0, S Tiwary c Hussey b Srivastava 6, V Kohli c Karthik b Harris 11, AB de Villiers c Gilchrist b Chawla 34, Asad Pathan c Hussey b Valthaty 7, M Kaif st Gilchrist b Chawla 15, A Karthik b Chawla 6, Johan Wath lbw b Chawla 4, A Mithun c Hussey b Harris 10, C Langeveldt b Srivastava 8, S Aravind not out 11. Extras: 9. Total: 121 all out. Fall of wickets: 4-1, 17-2, 34-3, 43-4, 72-5, 88-6, 89-7, 95-8, 103-9, 121-10. Bowling: Praveen Kumar 3-1-11-0, R Harris 3-0-28-3, S Srivastava 3-0-30-2, P Valthaty 40-30-1, P Chawla 4-0-17-4. Man-of-the-match: Adam Gilchrist
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Chennai aim for perfect home run
Chennai Super Kings v. Kochi Tuskers Kerala, 8 p.m. PTI CHENNAI, MAY 17
slate at home, winning all the six matches in their backyard. Placed second in the league table, Chennai have won eight matches out of the 12 they have played. Kochi have no chance of making the qualifiers as they don't just have to win big against Chennai, they also have to pray that Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab lose their remaining two matches. This is Tuskers last league outing, while Chennai have their last match against Royal Challengers slated for May 22 in Bangalore. Interestingly, Kochi had beaten Chennai in their earlier match through the DuckworthLewis method after rain reduced the game to a 17-overs-a-side affair. Things have turned around dramatically for Chennai after that but the same cannot be said about Kochi as they have not shown consistency in the tournament so far. Kochi's regular captain Mahela Jayawardene would not be at the helm for the team's final IPL game this season as he has left for England to join the Sri Lankan national team for an upcoming Test series.
Controversial IPL cheerleader gets Bollywood offer PTI NEW DELHI, MAY 17
Viru hopeful of recovering for England series AGENCIES MUMBAI, MAY 17
Virender Sehwag, who underwent successful surgery on his shoulder in London last week, is expected to be fit before the important tour of England, according to the star player's childhood coach A N Sharma. "He spoke to me after surgery and informed that it went off well. He is hopeful he will re-
cover in time for the England series," Sharma said on Tuesday. Asked whether he would be able to bowl his off-breaks again, Sharma replied: "That completely depends on how quickly he gets the strength back in his shoulders. "He will have an extensive rehabilitation programme at the NCA in Bangalore. Hopefully, everything will be fine."
Mumbai Indians cheerleader Gabriella Pasqualotto, who was sent home midway through IPL 4 for exposing the antics of some of the top players on a blog, has been offered a role in a major Bollywood movie and also been invited to the inaugural India Grand Prix in October. According to a report in a South Africa newspaper, the 22year-old has been flooded with media requests from all over the world since her return to her native country. America's NBC channel and top radio DJs from Australia have also requested for interviews of her.
The South African cheerleader, in a report, has claimed that her blogs were light, fun and innocent and not malicious. "I mentioned Graeme Smith, but that was old news anyway. When I called Aussies ‘naughty’, it was meant as mischievous and not in a sexual way," Pasqualotto was quoted as saying by ‘The Independent’. Pasqualotto's mother Amanda was furious at the treatment meted out to her daughter by the IPL orgainsers. "The girls were told to move around in groups, but they packed her into a taxi on her own and sent her off to the airport. She had no airtime, noone called us from the Indian agency despite promising
Gabby (Pasqualotto) they would do so. "She had an eight-hour stopover in Dubai and no US dollars to even buy a cup of coffee -- we did not even know where she was. It's a disgrace the way they treated her," said Amanda. Pasqualotto, meanwhile, said that she was quite happy to stand by her blog and tweets. "I would like to thank everyone on Twitter and Facebook for their support this week and I'm still a big fan of my team, the Mumbai Indians. Maybe there will be a Part III and if there is, it will probably be about this whole debacle," she said. Pasqualotto was sent back
and Rohit Sharma, have been very polite and kept to themselves in dark corners. Hotshots like Tendulkar with families at home are never present. The likes of Jonty Rhodes and Albie Morkel are notorious for having a good time with friends," she further wrote. The cheergirl added, "Ol Graeme Smith will flirt with anything, while his girlfriend lurks behind him. The Aussies are fun but naughty, such as Aiden Blizzard and Dan Christian. "By the end of a crazy evening, a certain someone had played kissing catches with three girls known to me only. He cooed to each girl, 'Come home with me I just want to cuddle'."
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Goa State Museum
Holding Goa’s History within its Walls
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History comprises stories of the past and one of the best places to witness history unfold is, of course, the museum. On the occasion of the International Museum Day, Herald profiles the Goa State Museum at Patto Panjim
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flag dates back to 1638 when the Portuguese conquered the port of Murmugao. Next, comes the gallery that is dedicated to the printing press in Goa. The moment you enter this gallery you feel like you HERALD FEATURES are in a printing press owing very historical tale has the power to enchant its listener, sometimes just reading any to the smell of printing inks piece of history can transport you, though only in your imagination, to a different era. that fills the air. Although the Your imaginative eye can visualise the chariots being pulled by horses or the ancient museum hasn’t acquired the first trumpets and dhols being played to announce the arrival of a ruler. But a person can printing press of 1556, it does visualise only what they have already seen; to actually see what you have only heard of have the 1860 version of the till now, it is best to step into a museum. press. Here along with the anThe Goa State Museum, situated in one corner of the commercial hub of the capital city – the cient pieces of machinery is the Patto area, is a perfect place to quench the thirst for historical knowledge. About a five-minute walk latest artefact acquired from the from the Panjim KTC Bus Stand, this huge structure houses some of Goa’s most valuable artefacts. Government Printing Press in the Under the ownership of the Government of Goa and currently the curatorship of Radha Bhave, the month of February this year, the museum which was shifted from St Inez in 1996, currently houses close to 10,000 artefacts of varying process camera that was used for re- The latest acquired artefact- a 1958 camera used in the sizes, shapes and belonging to various eras and dynasties. ducing the size of pictures for printing. printing press which was acquired from the Government The museum has a total of fourteen galleries. As you enter the main area of the museum, The fourth gallery is dedyou are greeted with the sight of a rath, a towering chariot used to house the idols for icated to ex-governor of Printing Press in the month of February the annual religious processions. This rath, the guide informs, was originally from Goa, SK Banerjee, which houses his entire collection which he had donated to the museum. Paroda in Quepem, from the temple of Chandeshwar Bhootnath and this is the biggest The collection consists of artefacts from all across India and South East Asia like the 17th artefact in the Goa State Museum. And around this rath are all the various galleries. century figure of Buddha from Thailand. The sculpture gallery is the first gallery you will enter, with all the stone sculptures The next gallery houses the items used in religious ceremonies, from the tiny containers ranging from the busts to the miniature statues of various Hindu gods and goddesses of kumkum to the musical instruments and a palanquin used as a means of transport and from all across Goa. A sculpture of Nandi from Bhati dating to the 18th century, a the religious poles similar to the Taranga used during the zatras all over the state. figurine of Lord Brahma from Colomb, Sanguem dating The traditional Goan way of life is depicted in the cultural anthropology gallery which the to the 13th century, and the much older statue of various implements and tools used for agriculture, and for everyday life. Kuvaleshwar from Korgaon dating to the 7th century Turning to the more recent in art, the contemporary art gallery has paintings and sculpture are just some of the few figurines that dot this gallery. The largest artefact- a 'rath' and glass paintings by some of Goa’s finest artists. And in the middle of this gallery is an artefact covered acquired from the ChandreshAncient currency depended on the various dynasties that ruled the land, and the numismatics gallery showcases with a glass box and this houses the oldest piece the museum a wide variety of coins, notes and moulds used in the various areas of the state, country and the world. has, a fossilised bone of an Indian bull, which dates back war Bhootnath temple in Paroda in Quepem The gallery dedicated to the collection from Menezes Braganza gallery includes bronze sculptures, porcelain to 10,000 BC. articles, replicas of original works and the striking glass painting. The Furniture Gallery houses various kinds If the sculpture gallery is dominated by the figures of wooden furniture, including the Table of Inquisition and other wooden pillars from temples around the state. of Hindu gods, the next gallery is dedicated to that of Christian Art, with figures of Christian saints from St Xavier to the various apparitions of Jesus Christ and The last three galleries are dedicated to the natural resources of Goa namely the Natural Heritage of Goa, the Environment and artefacts, including one which depicts Mother Mary holding Jesus’ body Development and the last is dedicated to Geology. The oldest artefact in the Goa State other Apart from these artefacts, the museum also has two stores, from which the museum displays the artefacts for specific after crucifixion, called Pieta. This gallery too has an encased artefact, that of Museum- the fossil bone of an Indian Bull the Historic Silken Flag, red in colour with embellishments of the crucifix. The exhibitions. The artefacts in the museum have been acquired either through purchase, loan or donations.
dating back to circa 10,000 to 8,000 BC
Taj battles Man and Nature for Survival
he scorching summer heat is taking its toll on the Taj Mahal, the timeless monument of love, blasted by sand from the dry Yamuna bed and the dust-laden winds from the Rajasthan desert. However, conservationists say that the crisis the Taj confronts comes not merely from nature and pollution but also from people themselves – too many tourists and too many vehicles that bring them to Agra. Eco-activist Shishir Bhagat, president of Wake UP Agra, says: “The number of vehicles in the city has shot up from just around 40,000 in 1985, when Firozabad was part of Agra district, to almost 8,00,000 now. The air is loaded with pollutants.” Originally described as ‘Bagh e Baahist’, a heavenly garden, the Taj Mahal has now degenerated into just another popular tourist spot, according a historian. “When thousands of tourists ‘invade’ the serene monument every day, leaving behind hand and foot marks on the white stones, and tonnes of noxious gases through breathing, the cumulative affect on the fragile structure is huge,” said historian R C Sharma. According to him, while many tourists are genuinely aware of the historic significance of the monument and its great heritage value, there are others who don’t care about the sanctity of the Taj. The human-load is increasing every year and is taking its toll. Last year more than four million people visited the Taj. The entry is free for children below 15 years. “Each Friday, when the mausoleum is closed for tourists, Muslim faithfuls are allowed free entry to offer prayers. During the annual ‘Urs’ of Emperor Shah Jahan, the entry is free for three days and the number exceeds 50,000 daily,” informed Rajeev Tiwari, president of the Tourism and Travel Agents Association. According to heritage photographer Lalit, “The hyped-up romanticism attached to the monument and the guides spinning out cheap gossipy yarns to titillate the tourists have in a way defiled the sanctity of the structure.”
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A happy family on a perfect holiday – A son gestures to his father as the mother captures a shot of her husband striking a pose
Abhinav Jain, a tourism industry leader, said: “The mausoleum must have been originally designed for 50 or 100 visitors a day. But now there is no end. With the tourism department and the Agra Development Authority making extra efforts to promote tourism, the number will continue to rise.” According to Jain, there has to be a better way of regulating visitors inside the Taj. He said: “It is time they had a system in place, allowing a specific number of visitors inside the Taj for a fixed period. Also, online reservation facility should be made available so that the entry is orderly and spread out.” To a casual observer the iconic white marble monument looks pale, jaundiced, fatigued and sick. The vibrant freshness of the past is missing, said Sandeep, a hotelier of Taj Ganj. According to Ved Goutam, a tour guide, Agra has already become a desert. “When you see the camels moving around on the dry river bed, one gets the impression that Agra is in a desert, a part of the Rajasthan state,” he said. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has restored the Mehtab Bagh at the rear of the Taj Mahal and the state forest department has developed a dense green buffer along the river bank on the opposite side. But the major problem is the Yamuna, which has been reduced to a ‘sewage canal’. However, conservationists remain worried whether this small patch of green can insulate the Taj from the high SPM (suspended particulate matter) level at the peak of the summer. “If there is no fresh supply of water in the river that touches the Taj foundation to provide a shock-absorbing buffer to insulate the building from seismic movements, the fear is that the monument could tilt, cave in or struggle for stability,” said Surendra Sharma, president of the Braj Mandal Heritage Conservation Society. (Courtesy: IANS)
The Roses of the Konkani Stage
BY RON FIDELIS The Konkani stage is home to e is currently seen as an engaging an- different kinds of people, all with chor having interesting chats with tiatrists, novice as well as established d i s t i n c t p e r s o n a l i t i e s a n d ones, on his regular show on HCN, but interesting tales to tell. On such Joe Rose is without a doubt one of the most person is veteran artist Joe Rose prominent entertainers of the Konkani stage. “I still remember wearing those big round hats who shares with us his life, like how Alfred Rose used to wear at one time passion and interaction with the with white shirts, pants and choral singing et al late Alfred Rose in my school days,” says Jose Rose, conjuring up an image of one of his first stints on stage. But his affinity towards Alfred Rose wasn’t just in the beginning of his career; it is a widely known fact among the tiatr world that Joe Rose was literally obsessed with Alfred Rose. In fact, they had many things in common, beginning with the name Rose; even their wives had the same name, Rita. Also, they both had two sons and a daughter. Not only that, Joe went on to open a Goan delicacy store at Mahim, Mumbai just like Alfred’s. Quite a coincidence, isn’t it? Joe’s dad Jose Luis D’Souza was in the restaurant and bakery business but was barred by the Portuguese to do business in Goa so they lived in Bombay. “My mother, Anarita had a hair cutting salon in Dhobitalao that I have now converted to a General Store,” informs Joe Rose, given name Jose Maria Mathias Ignatius Thomas D’Souza. Post his graduation and BEd studies at Xaviers, he taught at Our Lady of Dolours School, Marine Lines for eight years before venturing Gulf-wards for sometime. “I also did Law for about two years but my mum was of the opinion that a lawyer’s profession was a liar’s profession,” he jests merrily. “Of course, Mahatma Gandhi was an advocate and one would have to inevitably defend the good and the bad being an advocate, but my mum seemed to be more comfortable seeing me as a teacher,” says the man who picked the name Joe Rose when he once did a play with his sister Carmen Rose during childhood. “Little did I know then that I was going to clash with Alfred Rose’s fame,” he quips. Incidentally, Alfred too is a Fernandes and only took up the name Rose after he was called Junior A M B Rose after his tiatrist father Ambrose Fernandes. Ironically however, although not related at all, both these Roses were from the same village of Aldona.
“You know, Alfred Rose would never introduce me as Joe Rose – but just Joe,” he says. Continuing, Joe reveals more about the relationship they shared: “It was a Wednesday I’ll never forget. At Alfred Rose’s funeral at Mahim Church, Bombay, the sermon, the thanks and everything happened in English. That day when I spoke, I let everyone be aware of this fact that the last goodbyes for this man who gave his life for Konkani singing ironically happened in English. I still remember people thanking me for my reaction saying that at least they had the satisfaction of listening to a few words in Konkani at Alfred Rose’s funeral. It was like at the end between me and my friend Alfred, I had the pleasure of the last word at his funeral,” Joe sums up. No doubt he still remembers his bonding with Alfred Rose. Joe Rose may come across as quite a jolly character, but his talent apart, beneath lies much more. He is also a person who would rather use public transport than cars.“One can’t see the world from one’s car. There is a pulse to feel and much to connect with by mingling with the public. Sometimes in the buses, one even gets to hear what they think about you,” he remarks. As for tiatrs, that was something he always came back to at the end of the day; whatever his 9-5 job was. “I did not work for bread and butter, but rather for the jam to make the bread and butter more palatable. But I would like to be Tiatr Academy of Goa’s artist of the month some day,” he says. “When I still have the strength to climb the podium and thank them and the people for felicitating me,” this nearly four decade old tiatrist comments sarcastically. No sugar coated pill here, just like Joe!
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WHAT’S UP IN GOA?? ‘Quest for Promoting Tourism between Goa and Sri Lanka’, will be the topic of the lecture to be given by Prasad Kariyawasam, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in India on May 30 at 5.30pm at the International Centre Goa, Dona Paula. It is organised by the International Centre Goa and the International Centre for Excellence to Promote South-South Co-operation. Call 9765404391 or 24528 05-10 . E-m ai l firstname.lastname@example.org. An art camp including drawing, painting in watercolour, transparent and opaque will be held from May 17 to 27 at Aquem. Call 9819233209 or 2735316. Margao Crafts Festival 2011, organised by the Goa Handicrafts, Rural and Small Scale Industries Development Corporation (GHRSSIDC) in association with Kalashree Mahila Mandal, Margao will be held from May 18 to 22 at Costa Grounds, Margao. ‘Render Ani Tachem Goem’ (The Toddy Tapper and His Goa), a Konkani book by Jess Fernandes will be released at the hands of Roque Gonsalves on May 18 at 5.30pm at the Goa Chitra Museum, Benaulim. Call 09850466165 or 6570877. ‘Role of Judiciary in Good Governance’, lecture II of the series of lectures on Good Governance, organised by the International Centre Goa will be held on May 20 at 6pm at the International Centre Goa, Dona Paula. It is free and open to all. Call 9765404391. ‘Cholta Cholta’, ‘Art and Story’ and ‘Creating and Crafting Memories’, are the activities to be held for children on May 18, Museum Day from 9.30am to 4pm at the MOCA. E-mail email@example.com. Call 2285299. SEQC’s Art and Culture Quiz, organised by the Sunday Evening Quiz Club will be held on May 22 at 5pm at the MOCA. E-
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Before you make any big steps forward today, look be21 Mar - 19 Apr hind you. You need context. You can lead the way once again -- that is, if you're not getting tired of that role! It's a really good day for you to show your people (at work, at home, wherever) that the new is more exciting than the old.
Taurus I f s o m e o n e sees your kind behavior as an act, that's his or 20 Apr - 20 May h e r p r o b l e m . People are a little harder to trust today, though there are probably a few 'old reliables' in your life. It's a great time to hunker down and take care of business yourself as much as you can.
Even if you Gemini know the solution to someone's problem, avoid being too 21 May - 20 Jun preachy. Your brains are highly regarded among those in the know, and today you show off why they're right to value your intellect. See if you can push that one big idea you know will blow things up!
To keep your energy flowing smoothly, pay attention to what your body 22 Jun - 23 Jul needs. It feels selfish, but you need to do it. Explain if you want, but you have to do what you have to do, and at least one person is sure to be unable to understand. It will all smooth over soon enough.
There's more to life than having fun, but those things can wait for another day. 24 Jul - 23 Aug Your fiery energy helps you explore the world -- and today, you feel the heat rising! It's a good time to check for travel opportunities or to just hit the road with no destination in mind.
Knowing how to go with the flow is an underrated skill. Work 23 Aug - 22 Sep on perfecting it today! You feel restless, but the odds are good that you're stuck where you are. It's a good time for you to plan a trip or to find some way to blow off steam without leaving wherever you're parked.
Be subtler in your communication style today. Explore 23 Sept - 22 Oct the art of dropping hints. You're great at communication, and right now, you're able to reach those who may have been hard to find just the other day. Choose your words with care and don't overdo it -- honesty is everything!
Scorpio Someone will make a risky situation sound like a sure thing 23 Oct - 22 Nov -- don't believe it! You may not be angry, although you are certainly not thinking things through today as you react to events. Make sure that you're not burning bridges, but otherwise, let yourself speak from the heart.
Sagittarius Don't focus on
Capricorn Take a creative approach to a seemingly un22 Dec - 20 Jan feasible opportunity. You can do this. Don't let yourself give in to despair today -- the situation can still be salvaged if you keep up your efforts. It may feel as if it's a waste of energy, but time will tell that you were right all along.
Aquarius You're entering a more extroverted phase -get ready to talk 21 Jan - 19 Feb to new people! Your friends, family or colleagues need a little guidance -- but not directly! Just inspire them quietly to take action or come together, and they are sure to do just that. Your influence is profound, if lowkey.
Luck will be on your side, but luck comes in all forms. Have a 20 Feb - 20 Mar backup plan prepared. Open up your awareness as much as you can -- there are subtle signals coming your way that no one else can decode for you. Once you've locked in on the signal, things should clear up pretty soon.
what makes y o u h a p p y. Focus on what 23 Nov - 20 Dec makes you unhappy -- and fix it. Something pleases you in a big way today -- it could be anything from a note from your sweetie to great feedback at work. Make sure that your people know how you feel about them, too!
DID YOU KNOW? Halley’s Comet
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Halley’s Comet is the best-known of the short-period comets, and is visible from Earth every 75 to 76 years. Records show that stargazers have been tracking Halley’s Comet from as far back as 240 BC. The comet was named for Edmond Halley, who observed it in 1682 and identified it as the same one observed in 1531 and 1607, based on its having the same elements as the previous two. He correctly predicted it would return every 75-76 years. The comet – the only periodic comet visible to the naked eye – was seen from Earth as it passed in front of the sun on May 18, 1910. Seen again in 1985-86, the next perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet is expected to be in 2061.
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SUDOKU SOL 860
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Wednesday, 18 May 2011
RTI Workshop held at Aldona
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HERALD FEATURES sha Family Responsibilities and Rights Association in collaboration with Lions Club of Aldona recently held a workshop on Right to Information at the Aldona Parish Centre Hall. Romeo Coelho, president of Aldona Lions Club, introduced the speaker, Rui Da Gama of Asha NGO, to the participants. Gama explained the whole RTI Act to the people. The participants expressed their difficulties in obtaining the correct information from the Public Information Officers (PIO). The participants were asked to use the RTI Act to collect information which can be used to improve the functioning of the Gram Sabha. Alwyn explained his experiences of using RTI and stated that the fine of Rs 250 per day should be imposed on all the Public Information Officers who delay in giving RTI information within thirty days. The participants requested the Government to appoint the Goa State RTI Commissioner in place of Mr Araujo who has retired from the said post. The participants also expressed their resentment against the corrupt practices which have been noticed in the information provided to them under the RTI Act.
GIM announces Part Time EMBA Course
HERALD FEATURES o you have the desire to study MBA but lack time? Here’s an answer for the long awaiting students. Goa Institute of Management (GIM) has announced admissions for the threeyear part time Post Graduate Diploma Management (PGDMPT) Executive MBA Programme for the 2011-2014 batch. The final date for enrolment for the entrance exam will be June 17, 2011 and the entrance exam will be held on June 19, 2011 at the Ribandar GIM campus. The course commences on July 7, 2011. Speaking on the occasion, Peter D’Lima, Director of GIM, said, “The part time course will be held on Saturdays and Sundays at the Ribandar campus. The entrance exam for this course will be the same as that of the full time MBA diploma students. As the notifications came out late, after the SAT exams, the entrance exam will be like the SATs. There is a full fledged library available for the part time students but they will have to apply 12 hours before lending. Every year, new books are added to the library and this year we added 1,500 books.” The fee structure is Rs 1,81,500 for the whole course which is payable over two years. Class interaction on weekends will be for two years only while the independent project work will spread to the third year. Sixty seats are available for the students while 10 are reserved for government employees and two seats are for the Directorate of Higher Education.
Rui Da Gama
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Remmie De Velim receiving an award Sharon Mazarello receiving a token of honour from Menino Peres
HERALD FEATURES hen 35mm celluloid Konkani feature film ‘Tum Kitem Kortolo Aslo’ (TKKA) was released on October 22 of last year, the cast and crew were not quite expecting what is happening right now –the completion of its 100th screening. Produced under Shamaz Films (Goa), the century show was screened at the Pai Tiatrist Hall, Ravindra Bhavan, Margao on May 16, 2011. Before its screening, a function to felicitate all the artistes and technical staff associated with the film was held. Menino Peres, Director of Information and Publicity was the Chief Guest and Savio Coutinho, ex-Chairman, Margao Municipal Council was the Guest of Honour. Hundred screenings by a Konkani film is rare in Goa or for that matter, anywhere else in India. ‘Tum Kitem Kortolo Aslo?’ is among the few films to have achieved this rare honour. It is the thirty-third film and first ever 35mm celluloid Konkani feature film to achieve this feat. Sharon Mazarello, who starred in the film, informed that the film will now be screened in churches in Goa. State-of-the-art, outdoor screening facilities will be provided to these churches with sound quality matching those of a theatre. In addition, to orchestrate change in attitudes towards women through her film, Sharon Mazarello has thrown a question open to all men. Entries will be accepted till the first day of July 2011. All entries may be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively they may reach, Rhythm House, 12-A, Ashirwad building, near Meenakshi Hotel, below City Hospital, Margao, Goa. The question is based on the movie. Sharon asks men all over Goa to answer the question posed by the woman in her movie. “If the man were to be in that situation, what would ‘he’ do? This is what we’d like to know from the answers to this contest,” informs Sharon. Three winners will receive gifts worth Rs 1000 each and their stories will be published with their photograph on a local daily besides the next souvenir Wlmix Wilson after 200 screenings of ‘TKKA’ as well.
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The Tum Kitem Kortolo Aslo Contest on Occasion of its Hundredth Screening
Pradeep Naik and Fermino Goes
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Five Entertaining Plays at
Pandurang Phaldesai, member secretary of the Kala Academy hands over a bouquet to Pundalik Naik
HERALD FEATURES heatre troupes from four different villages over Goa recently performed five different plays all written by eminent Konkani author and playwright Pundalik Naik. They were all staged at the Kala Academy, Panjim. Titled Natyarangpancham, a Festival of Five Plays by Pundalik Naik, it was organised by the Directorate of Art and Culture and Antruz Lalitak, Bandora. The nataks – ‘Shaboi Shaboi Bhahujan Samaj’, ‘Kansulo’, ‘Suring’, ‘Shri Vitrichachi Zatra’ and ‘Chaitanyak Math Nai’, were all well received by the audience.
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Hrithik’s Three Avatars in Krrish 3
Spears plans to settle down with Trawick
he latest buzz in tinsel town is that Krrish 3 will watch Hrithik Roshan donning three roles, that of the son, father and the grandfather! It was earlier said that Rakesh Roshan will be playing the bad guy of the movie, but then Rakesh was keen on Vivek Oberoi doing the role of the antagonist. Speaking to the press, Rakesh expressed that he always had Vivek in his mind for the role as he feels Vivek has the perfect physique that the character requires. Although the project was supposed to have started soon, due to various reasons such as Hrithik’s shooting for Agneepath and his promotions for Zindagi Na Milegi ssssDobara, the project got delayed. However, it will go on floors by November this year and Rakesh Roshan is in the location hunting process currently. Both, the first film as well as its sequel, have been blockbusters and with Hrithik now playing three roles in Krrish 3, we can only expect a bigger hit!
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Is Johnny Depp related to Queen Elizabeth?
e is Hollywood royalty but Johnny Depp may have some real blue blood in him. The Pirates of the Caribbean star is a distant relative of UK’s Queen Elizabeth II according to the finds of a BBC show Who Do You Think You Are. According to Nick Barratt, the genealogy expert of the show which traces back the roots of famous names, Depp is a member of the British royal family. “Depp is likely 20th cousins with the Queen, the connection being a shared grandfather,” said Barratt. The connection requires one to go back 600 years to an unconfirmed marriage in the 1400s in Yorkshire, England. “I believe the balance of probability is that there is indeed a link between Depp and the royals, though I doubt we’ll ever be able to prove it 100 per cent,” he said. Meanwhile Depp’s next project is inspired by a different line of ancestry, his Cherokee Indian heritage. Depp will play Tonto in a reinvented big screen version of The Lone Ranger in which the Native American sidekick takes a lead role.
Caesarean Babies at Greater Risk of becoming Fat
abies born by Caesarean section may be at a greater risk of becoming obese later in life than those delivered naturally, according to experts. A report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition says a possible lack of exposure to beneficial bacteria in the mother’s birth canal may explain the phenomenon. Infants born surgically are not exposed to beneficial bacteria in the birth canal and may take longer to accumulate ‘good bugs’ that help in metabolism. Obese adults tend to have fewer friendly bacteria in their digestive tract than people with normal weight. In the study, Brazilian researchers looked at obesity rates in 2,000 people aged 23 to 25. They found that 15 per cent of those delivered by Caesarean section were obese compared to 10 per cent of those born naturally. The study also analysed income and education levels, because women with more qualifications had a higher caesarean rate. Helena Goldani, whose team carried out the study at the Universidade Federal de Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, said the findings did not definitely prove a link between surgical deliveries and weight problems. But she explained the theory of non-exposure of infants born surgically to beneficial bacteria in the birth canal. Ian Campbell, medical director of Weight Concern, however, said the study “raises more questions than it answers”. “Women who have a caesarean are less likely to breastfeed, which if done helps prevent obesity in children by establishing a healthier weight in childhood.” Around 23 per cent of all births in Britain are by Caesarean section. The World Health Organisation recommends the figure should be around 15 per cent. Brazil, where the study was done, has around 44 per cent of babies delivered by Caesarean section.
Madhuri Dixit to step into Hema Malini’s Shoes?
or everyone who’s missing Madhuri Dixit post television series Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, here’s some good news. She just might be making another comeback to the silver screen alongside Sanjay Dutt. Speculation is abuzz that the two will star in the remake of the 1980s film, Satte Pe Satta being directed by Soham Shah and produced by Shree Ashtavinayak in association with Sanjay Dutt Productions. Speaking from Denver, Madhuri said, “A remake of Satte Pe Satta sounds good. Since the film was made 29 years ago, it can’t be the same. I’d like to see what changes have been made before I agree to do the film. They’ve told me they’ll send the script. I’m waiting for it.” Sanjay Dutt will play the role of the Big B while Madhuri will be seen portraying the role of Hema Malini. The pair had proven to be a big hit in the 90s and it will be great to see them together again.
Plastic Toys can harm your Children
lastic toys could be injurious to your child’s health as these plastic products can release dangerous chemicals, a recent study has claimed. One out of three plastic products, including some of those meant for children, contain hazardous chemicals that can leach into the surroundings, says a study conducted at the University of Gothenburg, Germany. “Considering how common plastic products are and the amount of chemicals that humans and the environment are exposed to, it is important to replace the most hazardous substances in plastic products with less hazardous alternatives,” says Delilah Lithner, who led the study. According to the study, a third of the tested plastic products were found to release toxic compounds, including five out of 13 tested products for children. Lithner, from the department of environment sciences at Gothenburg, studied the toxicity of 83 randomly selected plastic products and synthetic textiles. The newly purchased products were leached in pure (deionised) water for 100 days. The acute toxicity of the water was then tested using water fleas (Daphnia magna). “A third of all the 83 plastic products and synthetic chemicals that were tested released substances that were acutely toxic to the water fleas, despite the leaching being mild. Five out of 13 products that were intended for children were toxic, for example bath toys and buoyancy aids such as inflatable armbands,” says Lithner. Plastic polymers are not regarded as toxic, but there may be toxic residual chemicals, chemical additives and degradation products in the plastic products that can leach out as they are not bound to the plastic polymer. Plastics also cause many waste problems.
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New Blood Test can predict how Long One will live
new blood test could help predict how long someone has to live, based on how fast they are ageing. Researchers have developed the USD 700 test, which they say accurately measures the length of a person’s telomeres that is thought to be linked to longevity. Telomeres are sections of DNA that cap the ends of chromosomes, protecting them from damage and the loss of cell functions associated with ageing. Shorter telomeres are thought to be an indicator of faster ageing. A Spanish firm, Life Length, has developed the new commercial ‘death test’, which it says will show people how long they have to live. “Knowing whether our telomeres are a normal length or not for a given chronological age will give us an indication of our health status and of our physiological ‘age’ even before diseases appear,” said Maria Blasco, who heads telomeres research at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre, Madrid. Her private firm, which is in talks to manufacture the test throughout Europe, including Britain and the US, expects strong demand from people wanting to learn when they potentially will die. Experts say it will also help people develop healthy habits, improve their diet and reduce their stress. “What is new about this test is that it is very precise. We can detect very small differences in telomere length and it is a very simple and fast technique where many samples can be analysed at the same time,” she added. Blasco said the test is due for sale in Britain later this year. Regd Office: St Tome Road, Panjim, Goa. Tel: 6658512, 6658500, 2224202, 2228083. Fax: 2222475. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.