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IN BRIEF ‘Migrant cap affecting UK’ British Business Secretary Vince Cable, who opposed placing an annual cap on migrants from India and other countries outside the EU, has said the limit imposed by the Home Office is already affecting the country’s economic recovery. Placing an annual limit on the number of India and other non-EU professionals who could come to Britain for work is one of the major items on the coalition government’sagenda. The plan, however, has been opposed in several quarters. (PTI)

3 killed in protests Three persons were killed and 30 others injured as violent protests continued at several places in the Kashmir valley where curfew remained in force in Srinagar and other major towns for the fifth successive day today. (PTI)

Business: China, India lift sentiment — EPFR Pg 12


After becoming the permanent venue for the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa has now been named the permanent venue for South Asian Film Festival (SAFF). The successive State governments, earlier the Bharatiya Janata Party and now the Congress, have been striving to develop a film culture in the State since 2004 when the IFFI was first hosted. Making an announcement, at the inaugural function of the fifth SAFF Chief Minister Digamabar Kamat said that the government wanted to develop Goa as the destination of various festivals and therefore an effort was made to bring SAFF in Goa. He hoped that with the times this festival will become popular not only in the State but entire country. He said the SAFF spreads the message of peace and harmony through the medium of films. Earlier, Kamat declared open the 5th four-day festival, SAFF Goa 2010 – an initiative of South Asian Foundation with the support of the State government, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Entertainment Society of Goa and Kala Academy, with the theme of dissolving boundaries.

Five held over plot to harm Pope in UK PTI LONDON, SEPT 17

Five people, believed to be of North African origin, were arrested here today over a suspected terror plot to harm Pope Benedict XVI, now on a State visit to the United Kingdom. The five men, aged between 26 to 50 years of age, were picked up by Scotland Yard this morning in central London and were being questioned by counter-terror detectives. All five are street cleaners in Westminster, and worked for Veolia Environment Services, a major contract cleaning company that does work for Westminster Council. The men were picked up after counter-terrorism officers received intelligence of a potential threat this morning as they prepared to go on shift. The men are not British nationals, the BBC reported. Other reports said the men are of North African origin, and might be Algerian. Searches were underway at their properties across the capital.

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Pilgrimage turns tragic for Fatorda family HERALD CORRESPONDENT BELGAUM, SEPT 17

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat lighting the traditional lamp to mark the opening of the four-day South Asian Film Festival (SAFF) at Panjim on Friday. Photo by Rozario Estibeiro

Ajit Gupte, Joint Secretary to the Union Ministry of External Affairs, and Deputy Director General ICCR, Chief Secretary Sanjay Srivastava, Commissioner NRI Affairs and former External Affairs Minister Eduardo Faleiro, Secretary General SAFF Rahul Barua, ESG CEO Manoj Srivastava, Festival Director Ramiza Akhtar and others were also present for the inaugural function. Prominent film makers and

actors from all South Asian countries, representatives of the Indian film fraternity also the time Assamese directors Bhupendra Kaman and Hiren Bora are attending the festival. The inauguration of the festival was followed by an enthralling contemporary dance performance by noted Kathak dance exponent. Sharmista Mukherjee and her group. The festival will showcase different kinds of work under various seg-

KTC gets tough on 20 truant workers HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, SEPT 17

Taking strong cognizance of the indiscipline by employees, the Kadamba Transport Corporation has today issued memos to 20 head office employees and threatened to take stern action against them. The 20 officers from the head office in Porvorim include upper division clerks (UDCs), lower division clerks (LDCs), traffic in charges, drivers and conductors. Sources in the corporation told Herald that the management was peeved with the absenteeism of the employees especially during the ongoing Ganesh festival. “Many of the drivers, conductors did not report for duty and did not apply for leave or inform the office as a result of which commuters in rural areas faced problems, as many of the buses could not pass through the villages,” sources stated. When contacted KTC Chair-

ments providing opportunities and a forum to filmmakers from participating countries to discuss their work. The motto is also to ensure participation of policy planners and opinion leaders and facilitate marketing of all types of films from the countries within the region. Over 50 films will be screened at the festival from the South Asian Countries. The focus country is Afghanistan for SAFF Goa2010.

Two acquitted in Wilma shooting case HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 17

man Dipak Dhavalikar confirmed the development and said that strict action would be taken against the erring employees. “Yes, we have issued memos to the 20 employees and asked for an explanation,” Dhavalikar told Herald. He stated that the KTC will henceforth have zero tolerance towards indiscipline. “The employees will have to come on time otherwise face disciplinary action,” he said adding “We have also transferred the traffic incharge in Panjim for lapse in duties and negligence at the workplace.” The chairman further said that the indiscipline was causing lot of problems in the movement of buses and other administrative works. “These employees remained absent without applying for leave and had been taking the corporation for granted for many years,” Dhavalikar said.

The Cuncolim police has received a serious jolt in the sensational Wilma Colaco shooting case with the Sessions Court discharging two of the three accused persons from the case. While the main accused Lucky Singh is still at large, with the police unable to lay their hands on the accused hailing from Punjab, framed charges of murder and criminal conspiracy have been issued against the fourth accused, Basu Das. Additional Sessions Judge Desmond D’Costa discharged Mohan Chawan and Rohil Chaudhar y before framing charges against them, with the judge observing that he finds sufficient grounds to discharge the duo from the case. The discharge of the two accused came as a setback to the Cuncolim police, who had chargesheeted Mohan Chawan, Rohil Chaudhary and Basu Das in the case, while declaring the prime accused Lucky Singh as

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Allahabad HC rebuffs move to defer Ayodhya ruling PTI LUCKNOW, SEPT 17

Efforts to delay the judgement in the Ramjanambhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute beyond September 24 were today rebuffed by the Allahabad High Court which dismissed a plea for mediation saying it was aimed at “creating obstruction” in the final disposal of the matter. Rejecting the petition by defendant Ramesh Chandra Tripathi, a three-judge bench of the of the court also imposed “exemplary costs” of Rs 50,000 terming his effort for an out-ofcourt settlement as a “mischievous attempt”. The judgement will now be delivered on September 24. Allaying apprehensions of possible violence in the wake

of next week’s judgement in the 60-year-old case, the Lucknow bench of the court observed that “arrangement of security is the responsibility of the State.” “We have read in the newspapers that the prime minister of the country has assured the people that the government is capable of meeting any contingency. We cannot comment but repose confidence in the government since they are the best judge of what is required in maintaining law and order and/or security of any individual of group of such individuals, as the case may be, shall be taken care of,” it said. The court also made it clear that arrangement of security is the responsibility of the State and they were the authority to

asses the measures and not any individual’s own perception. “....the application lacks bona fide and is a clear attempt to divert, deviate and also to create obstruction in the final disposal of this matter after more than six decades without there being any reason whatsoever.” “Considering also the fact that all other learned counsel appearing for different parties, whether plaintiffs or defendants, have seriously opposed it, we have no hesitation in rejecting this application.” The judges observed that the applicant has without any lawful excuse or reason filed this application and “we hold this attempt mischievous, and, therefore, “he deserves to be imposed exemplary cost”.

A pilgrimage from Vailakanni ended in tragedy for a Fatorda family, when two family members were killed while four others were injured in a road mishap along the Khanapur-Yellapur highway on Friday afternoon. CPI Arunkumar Naik of the Khanapur police told Herald that the incident took place 16 kms from Alnavar-Kh a n a p u r a t about 2.30 pm, when the Goa-based Wagon R (GA-083507) and a truck (KA-22-3B9899) collided with each other along a sharp curve of the highway. Police identified the deceased as Rosita Louis Rodrigues (63) and Canossa Conception Rodrigues (9), while the injured persons are Maria Conception Rodrigues (42), Conception Louis Rodrigues (43), Chrishola

Conception Rodrigues (14) and Kimberly John Pereira (18). The occupants in the car were returning from Vailankani, while the truck was proceeding towards Mangalore. Rosita and Canossa died on the spot, while the injured were shifted to the KLES hospital, here, police said. The two bodies had been sent to the mortuary at the Government District Hospital, here. A KLES official told Herald that the injured persons were admitted in the hospital at about 5 pm. “While three persons are seriously injured, the condition of Conception L Rodrigues is stable,” the official said. Police said the truck driver fled from the site after the mishap and investigations are in progress.

Woman burns self, son in Chorao HERALD CORRESPONDENT OLD GOA, SEPT 17

In a shocking incident, a 35year-old woman and her threeand-half-year old son were charred to death, after the woman allegedly set themselves ablaze at Kerant-Chorao in the wee hours of Friday. According to Old Goa Police, the incident occurred at about 12.30 am when Raghvi Raguhnath Wadekar along with her son Manjunath were in a room

behind her house, while other family members were busy performing Ganesh Arti. Police are yet to find the motive behind the incident where Raghvi reportedly poured kerosene on herself and her son, before setting themselves ablaze. A police team rushed to the site and tried to put out the fire with the help of locals, but could not succeed. The bodies have been sent to GMC Hospital in Bambolim.

India hits back at Pak for Kashmir remarks PTI NEW DELHI, SEPT 17

India today hit back at Pakistan rejecting as “gratuitous” its statements on Jammu and Kashmir, saying they amounted to interference in the internal affairs of the country. It asked Islamabad to take effective action against infiltration from across the LoC (Line of Control) and dismantle terror infrastructure there as it is the people of the State who suffer from the consequences of terrorism fomented from across the border. Reacting sharply to Pakistan Foreign Minister S M Qureshi asking India to “exercise restraint” in the State, Ministry of External Affairs official spokesperson Vishnu Prakash said “India firmly rejects gratuitous statements issued by Pakistan on Jammu & Kashmir, which amount to interference in the internal affairs of India.

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Self-employment scheme misused; kiosks sub-let

A kiosk allotted under the Deendayal Swayam Rojgar Yojna Scheme. Photo by Anil Shankhwalker HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, SEPT 17

They were meant to provide selfemployment to the unemployed, but many kiosks under the Deendayal Swayam Rojgar Yojna (DSRY) are being sublet to non-Goans. Taking advantage of the lethargic attitude of authorities, many beneficiaries of the DSRY have rented out their kiosks, thereby defeating the very purpose of the scheme. It may be recalled that the State government had started the DSRY scheme, which was later renamed as ‘Goa Youth Rojgar Yojna Scheme’, aimed at providing self-employment to the unemployed youth. As per conditions of the scheme, kiosks are to be operated by the allottee only. All beneficiaries were issued photo identity cards by the Goa Handicrafts Rural and Small Scale Industries Development

Corporation (GHRSSIDC), which are non-transferable. As per the scheme, the GHRSSIDC is supposed to carry out inspection of the units/projects once in 6 months and certif y that the beneficiary is running the allotted kiosk. A copy of the Identity Card is required to be displayed in the kiosk. During inspection, if it is established that the kiosk is operated by any other person, it shall be sufficient ground for termination of lease/allotment. It appears that authorities have failed to inspect the kiosks as required under the scheme, due to which many beneficiaries have rented out their kiosks. Speaking to Herald, some people opined that the government should survey the kiosks allotted under the Deendayal Swayam Rojgar Yojna Scheme and should terminate the allotment of those renting out the kiosks to others.

FDA raids shops in Mapusa, seizes ‘illegal’ goods

Collectorate peon suspended



South Goa District Collector G P Naik has suspended a peon for dereliction of duties. Naik informed that the peon left the Collectorate building without closing down the various sections as mandated as per a system in place. He said such a callous attitude would not be tolerated by the administration. Replying to a question, he said the police and the district administration have been maintaining vigil in view of rising thefts and that the failure by the peon to shut the doors of the various sections certainly amounts to dereliction of duties.

The inspectors of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Metrology Department on Friday inspected shops at Kadamba bus stand Mapusa and confiscated goods, which did not have labels. The FDA inspectors confiscated goods which did not have information like the price, name of the manufacturer, date of manufacture, date of expiry and the weight on the packages of the food products. The inspectors also issued notices to the shopkeepers. Speaking to Herald, Food and Drug Administration Department Inspector Rajaram Patil said adulteration, including misbranding and mislabeling, is being treated as criminal offence under the Act and the guilty can

No pages from Scarlet’s diary missing: prosecution HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, SEPT 17

The counsel representing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the death of Scarlet Keeling Eden today told Goa Children’s Court that no pages from Scarlet’s diary are missing. S R Rivonkar was replying to an application filed by the lawyers representing the two accused – Samson D’Souza and Placido Carvalho -- that few pages from Scarlet’s diary were missing. The Court will pass an order on October 1. “No pages from Scarlet’s diary are missing. CBI was given a copy of the diary provided by the Goa police, who earlier investigated the case. We have furnished everything to the Court from the investigation

that we carried out…” Rivonkar told the Court. During the trial on August 27, the defence lawyers had moved an application that few pages belonging to the British victim’s diary were missing. To this, the Court had asked the prosecution to file a reply on September 3 but since Rivonkar remained absent, the Court adjourned the hearing to September 17. The diary with black cover was recovered by Goa police during investigation between February and May 2008, before the case could be handed over to CBI in June 2008. The diary was recovered from the room of Scarlet’s local boyfriend Julio, who was also implicated in the case of staying

Tiatrists yet to be paid for carnival performance HERALDR REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 17

It’s six months since the three day Carnival festivities ended in the commercial capital, but producers and directors of traditional Khel Tiatr still left in the lurch with the Margao civic body dilly dallying on the question of payments for staging the tiatr during the festival. If the khel tiatr producers are to be believed, they have been doing repeated rounds in the corridors of the civic body since the last day of Carnival, but they

are yet to receive the payments amounting to Rs 1.87 lakh – the amount the civic body owes them for staging the Khel Tiatr across the Municipal wards during the Carnival festivities. Friday saw a delegation of Khel Tiatr producers calling on the Margao Municipal Chairperson seeking to know the fate of their payments delayed since the last six months. “We have been knocking the doors of the Margao Municipal building since the last six months, but in vain. All we have

received over this period is only assurances and promises,” remarked Sannny de Maina. He maintained that various artists who acted in the plays along with the musicians approach the directors for the payments. “We are helpless. When we call on the MMC Chairperson, he only tells us to come tomorrow,” he added. MMC Chairperson Savio Coutinho said the payments are delayed this year on account of the inordinate delays by the Tourism Department in sanction-

ing the funds. “Unlike previous years, this year’s carnival organization was given to an event management company by the Tourism Department. As per the condition, we were not authorized to collect any sponsors and the entire cost and expenditure was to be borne by the Tourism Department,” Coutinho said. He said that the Tourism Department has promised to release the funds within the next few days, adding that the money would be disbursed to the khel tiatr producers immediately.

Contractor caught dumping garbage along highway

Petroleum firms pay rent arrears to MMC

with the minor girl. He was however acquitted by the Children’s Court in November 2009. In July 2010, Scarlet’s mother, Fiona Mackeown had identified the diary and its contents. Adv Peter D’Souza while cross-examining Fiona pointed out that few pages of the diary were missing. The sketches of the diary had revealed several hidden facets of Scarlet. Earlier, Adv D’Souza had filed another application seeking documents on record wherein Fiona had identified dark blue shorts, white underwear and brown sandals belonging to Scarlet, which were found on Anjuna beach, the day after the minor was found dead. Scarlet’s bruised was found on Anjuna beach on February 18, 2008.

Petrol pumps to remain closed on September 20 HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, SEPT 17

The federation of all India Petroleum traders has given a call for all India petrol pump bandh on September 20, as many of its demands have not been met by the Union government for the last many years. The general body of Goa Petrol Dealers Association, in an emergency meeting, has decided to support the call given by the national body by keeping all the petrol pumps in Goa closed on September 20, says a press note issued here. The association has pledged to ensure minimum inconvenience to consumers.

FDA Inspector Rajaram Patil inspects a shop at Mapusa.

804 compete for 347 beach shacks HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, SEPT 17

There are a total of 804 applications for the 347 shacks to be allotted for the forthcoming tourist season. Director of Tourism Swapnil Naik told Herald that till the last day of submission of documents, the department received a total of 804 applications. The method to decide who gets to put up a beach shack for the coming tourism season will be carried out through a draw of lots. Naik said that the tourism department has decided to follow the interim order issued by the High Court during the last tourist season. Naik further said Compared to last year, the number of shacks this year will be less by seven due to some legal problems in Bambolim and other areas, he said. Naik said the process of granting permissions for private shacks would start on October 1. On the number of beach beds, he said, the department had decided to grant permissions for five pairs per shack in Calangute and Candolim areas while elsewhere there would be 10 pairs per shack.

Ravi on HCN

PANJIM (HND): As Goa becomes a hub of activities, all good, bad, the ugly in recent times, watch our Home Minister Ravi Naik giving out a special message to all Goans. Tune in to HCN on Saturday, September 18 at 11:30 am. Watch the repeat telecast at 9 pm.

Photo by Anil Shankhwalker

Fishermen forum rejects draft CRZ notification HERALD BUREAU NEW DELHI, SEPT 17

The National Fishworkers Forum headed by Matanhy Saldanha on Friday "completely rejected" the draft CRZ Notification 2010 issued early this week, saying it neither protects the fishing communities' rights and livelihood nor the coastal environment. "Activities that do not need to be within 500 metres from the sea like atomic plants, greenfield airports, so-called non-polluting industries, SEZs, large housing projects are all permitted without any clear rationale, with no attempt to take account of the cumulative impacts of thermal power plants and ports along the coast," the forum said in a statement issued here. Pointing out that there are only cosmetic changes in the pre-draft notification of April, it said: "Either the Minister for Environment and Forests is trying to fool the people or the bureaucrats are hoodwinking the Minister and the public while acting as puppets of the various lobbies and vested interests." KHAZAN LANDS: It said concessions given to Goa are "nothing but humbug and mere eyewash" as mapping of its coastal villages and 'khazan' lands do not entail any protection to environment or fishermen as it is silent on protecting their houses and means of livelihood. "In fact, the special concessions provided for the fishing community in Goa appears to

be an attempt to ghettoise them in order to take control of the entire village under the Coastal Zone Management Plan and thereafter throw it open for land sharks and developers," the forum alleged. It said mapping of the 'khazan' lands, an unique eco-system of the country found only in Goa, will also bring no tangible benefits, particularly where there is no specific provision to prohibit their conversion for other purposes like pisciculture in the guise of their management. Even the special concession granted to Kerala whereby the setback area in backwater islands is reduced to 50 metres appears to be for the benefit of hoteliers and developers who have acquired large chunks of land in these islands, rather than in the interest of the local inhabitants, the forum said. Colossal waste: It accused the ministry of a colossal waste of public funds by holding 10 consultations across the country ostensibly to understand views and opinions of the fishing and other communities living along the coast as none of the recommendations made in these consultations are reflected in the notification. Wondering whether the bureaucrats who drafted the CRZ notification were working as puppets of vested interest, the forum said the special status sought to be given to Goa, Mumbai and Kerala will only open up the coast to builders, the tourist lobby, land sharks and industry.

Woman crushed under train at Kalay


After Bharat Petroleum, Hindustan Petroleum on Friday deposited a cheque of Rs 11.99 lakh with the Margao Civic body as rent arrears. Both Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum owed to t h e C i v i c b o d y re n t d u e s amounting to Rs 34 lakh upto October 31, 2009. The MMC has so far succeeded in recovering arrears to the tune of Rs 22.53 lakhs from both the petroleum companies. MMC Chairperson Savio Coutinho told newsmen that the civic body would not rest till the balance arrears is cleared by the two companies. “The arrears had mounted to Rs 34 lakh over the years as the petroleum companies nor the Civic body took the initiative to recover the dues,” he said and vowed to recover the balance amount from the companies.

14-day remand for Margao blast accused HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 17

be punishment with imprisonment. “Lately, one of the shopkeepers from Mapusa, who was booked under the Food Adulteration Act, was awarded punishment of six months imprisonment by the Court,” informed Patil. Metrology Department Inspector D N Mapari informed that he has confiscated 62 packets of food items, including chewable Supari worth Rs 5,000 from the shops. “The punishment prescribed under Standards of Weight and Measures Act is that penalty to the extent of Rs 10,000 can be imposed on the shopkeeper for the first offence. The second offence carries the punishment of both penalty and imprisonment,” said Mapari.

The South Goa Sessions Court on Friday remanded bomb blast accused Prashant Ashtekar to 14 days judicial custody. The accused was produced before the court today after the expiry of his remand period. The National Investigating Agency prayed to the court for extension of the remand period, which was granted by the court.


A 79-year-old woman from Pokormoll-Kalay, Sanguem, died after she was hit by a speeding train at Kalay on Friday morning. The incident occurred at about 8.30 am when Bhagi Toko Zangli was returning home after supplying milk at the local milk cooperative society. While she was in the process of crossing the tracks, the speeding train hit Bhagi, killing her on the spot. Sources informed that Zangli

is the daughter of freedom fighter Navlo Varak from Kalay and Bhagi herself had taken part in freedom struggle. At the time when Navlo was arrested and put behind bars by the Portuguese, Bhagi was also lodged in the prison along with her father for one month, but was later set free. The locals rushed to the spot, but could not help Bhagi, as she died on the spot. Incidentally, this is not for the first time that a fatal incident has taken place along the tracks at Kalay.

In the absence of a railway over bridge, public is compelled to cross the railway tracks, which is in violation of railway rules. Though frequent demands have been made by villagers for the construction of a railway over bridge in the locality, authorities have failed to pay heed to the villager’s request. The question of the need for an over bridge at Kalay was also raised by Sanguem MLA Vassudev Meng Gaonkar during the recent Assembly session, but no positive reply was given by the

government. The villagers have once again urged the government to consider their demand for the construction of the railway over bridge, as it is not only the elder citizens but school-going children are also compelled to cross the railway tracks in the village in the absence of over bridge. Bhagi is survived by her husband Toko and five children. Railway Police headed by Vikrant Naik conducted the panchanama and later sent the body for post mortem.

Rly police man 82-km track sans vehicle Accused contractor along with his goods rickshaw filled with garbage that was dumped near Government School, Zuarinagar-Sancoale. Photo by M Prabhav HERALD REPORTER VASCO, SEPT 16

Residents living near the government school at ZuarinagarSancoale on Thursday caught a contractor red-handed while dumping the garbage alongside the highway. The residents later handed over the contractor to Verna Police. The area, barely 50 mtrs from the government school along the highway at Zuarinagar-Sancoale, has become a dumping ground for garbage. The garbage generated by elite class from Vidayanagar Association, Zuarinagar and Ragavi Estate from Sancoale and Dabolim is being dumped near the government school at Zuarinagar.

According to sources, the residents living in the posh colonies, Vidayanagar and Rangavi Estate, have appointed a contractor to collect their garbage. Sources further informed that the contractor has allegedly been dumping garbage near a residential area close to the government school, Zuarinagar, an exercise which has been going on smoothly for the last one year. When asked who had authorized him to dump the garbage, the contractor said panchayat members from Sancoale have allowed him to dump the garbage. Sancoale Panch Girish Pillai, who was present at the site, claimed that the contractor was making false allegations, as the

panchayat had not permitted him to dump the garbage. Vidayanagar Association General Secretary Edy Fernandes said most of the residents of Vidyanagar are regularly paying tax to the panchayat. “Despite repeated visits to the panchayat, they are least concerned to collect the garbage from the colony. It is due to this problem, resident themselves collect Rs 100 from each house to pay the contractor to collect the garbage,” informed Fernandes. “Unfortunately, we were not aware where the contractor used to dispose the garbage. But now since the matter has come to our notice, we will convene general body meeting to work out a solution to the issue,” added Fernandes.

Dabolim local missing for the last ten days HERALD REPORTER VASCO, SEPT 17

An 80-year-old man from AltoDabolim was reported missing from his residence since the last 10 days. According to Vasco Police, John Marthino Fernandes had left his res-

idence on September 7 morning after having his breakfast and he was last seen in Vasco. A complaint to this effect was filed by his family member Mary Fernandes on September 10. However, it got delayed to lodge the complaint by

three days, as his family members were busy inquiring with relatives and friends to trace him. If any one has seen this person, contact your nearest police station or Vasco Police on 0832-2512304 or contact his son Lory on 9881286177 or 9404315294.


As many as six unnatural deaths have occurred along the 82 km-odd railway track of South Western Railways (SWR) between Vasco and Dudhsagar in the last three weeks. For the Vasco Railway police, it was a gruelling effort as they had to attend to the six unnatural death cases along the long SWR route without vehicles at their disposal. The Vasco Railway Police, which is expected to cover nearly the entire 82-km railway track, does not even have a motorcycle to attend to accidents along the railway track. “We were forced to hire private vehicles or adjust with some other police stations

to attend to accidents along the SWR route,” said a source in the Vasco Railway Police. The fatal mishap of a 79-year-old woman from Pokormoll-Kalay, who was killed after being hit by a speeding train at Kalay on Friday morning also highlighted the difficulties of the Vasco Railway Police. The body remained along the railway track for over two-and-half hours, as the police took time to reach the site. The many locals who had gathered at the site were unaware of the plight of the Vasco Railway Police and criticized the police for delay removing the body. “If we fail to clear the body from the track in quick time, it can lead to a law and order problem. To avoid that, we alert the

local police station, even though the Railway Police has the jurisdiction of cases along the SWR railway line,” added the source. In the last 20 days, six bodies have been recovered along the SWR track, including two recent accidental deaths in Vasco. “One can only imagine the plight of the Railway Police, which is expected to man the 82-km stretch without any vehicle,” added the source. "If bodies lying on the track or alongside the track are not cleared immediately, then could be mutilated by another moving train." “In such cases, we literally have to collect the mutilated remains from one place to another and this is mainly due to the delay in attending to such cases,” the source said.

Motorcycle-borne guards to patrol forests HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, SEPT 17

Forest-related crimes will now come under strict vigilance, as motorcycle-borne guards will now patrol the forest areas to avert any untoward incidents. Forest Minister Philip Neri Rodrigues in a formal ceremony today morning distributed 30 motorcycles to guards. “The guards will no more have to walk into thick forest areas. The motorcycles are distributed to various guards, as it

will help them carry out enhanced work,” Rodrigues told reporters. Additional Principal Chief Conser vator of Forest Dr Shashi Kumar said that the two-wheelers will be put into operation shortly. “This will help to carry out improved patrolling along the wildlife sanctuaries and protected forest areas,” he said. The motorcycles are procured under Compensatory Afforestration Fund Management and

Planning Authority funds. For this, the Goa government received Rs 12.2 crore as first instalment. Dr Kumar further said that the department would purchase vehicles, mobile phone connections and research and boundary clearance survey, under its annual plan. The department is also anticipating purchasing wireless system to connect all wildlife sanctuaries in Goa. To a question on Keri Tiger killing trial at Valpoi, the chief

conservator said that the first trial was heard on September 7. Ironically, the trial begins, nearly five months after an indictment against five accused was filed in the Judicial Magistrate First Class court on April 21. Suryakant Majik, a home guard and his father Ganesh Majik, Naguesh Majik, Ankush Majik and Bhiva Gawas have been indicted for killing the protected species. The next date for hearing is on month-end.



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Mickky threatens to sue Indian Express for defamation HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 17

Days after he hogged the headlines vis-à-vis the alleged immigration and money laundering racket, former tourism minister Mickky Pacheco has slapped a notice on the Indian Express calling upon the newspaper management to pay him Rs 50 crore as damages for defamation. Pacheco’s lawyer, Adv Srikant Nayak

said that Pacheco has also demanded an unqualified and unambiguous apology from the Indian Express within 7 days failing which he has threatened to initiate immediate legal and criminal proceedings for the offence of defamation. In his notice, Adv Nayak said the news under the heading “Goa’s Pacheco may be part of mega racket, US tells India” is false, baseless and

highly defamatory and made with the intention to defame the Benaulim MLA. “By saying so, you have engaged in writing a wanton, malign and completely outrageous, false and wholly indefensible libel of the Benaulim MLA. The published contents are a matter of record and have been read by millions of people around the country and the world and have inflicted grave, in-

calculable and irreparable damage to the reputation, character and credibility of the former minister,” the notice stated. “You have alleged that top government sources said that the Bureau of Diplomatic Security first got in touch with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) through the US mission in New Delhi, and has since backed the allegations against my clients with docu-

ments and details of banking transaction. You have further alleged that the evidence is being described as substantive and watertight,” Nayak said in the notice. Meanwhile, the Benaulim MLA told newsmen after inaugurating free tailoring classes at Majorda that he did not care for the political leaders and that only God and the people would decide his political future. “Let the political leaders plot against me, but I know that God and the people are with me,” he added.

Belgaum middlemen spike up veg prices in Goa HERALD CORRESPONDENT BELGAUM, SEPT 17

A seasoned commission agent was reportedly caught redhanded by farmers at the Belgaum vegetable market, exposing the dubious role being played by middlemen engaged in the vegetable trade between Belgaum and Goa. The involvement of few dubious commission agents, who are allegedly involved in hiking prices of vegetable despite lesser purchase rate and rise in supply, not only affects farmers, but also causes a sharp rise in retail prices of vegetables in Goa. The incident took place at Belgaum vegetable market, where a seasoned commission agent was reportedly caught red-handed by farmers, while attempting to gulp a huge margin in a deal of green chillies. The farmers from Belgaum

Govt intervention needed! HERALD CORRESPONDENT BELGAUM, SEPT 17

The intervention of the Horticulture Corporation of Goa in regulating the supplies of vegetables and other horticultural produce from Belgaum is necessary to curb inflation caused by middlemen engaged in the vegetable trade between Belgaum and Goa. In fact, the Horticulture Corporation of Goa has been encouraged to enter into an taluka had sold green chillies at the wholesale vegetable market. Due to the shortage, the green chillies were sold in no time. The farmers after selling their products collect their payment from the commission agents, wherein a farmer and the buyer both pay a certain percent of commission to the

agreement with the Horticulture Produce Growers – Consumers Marketing Society (HOPCOM), to provide a big relief to consumers in Goa. “We will welcome any such move from the Goan authorities,” HOPCOM Deputy Director I K Doddamani told Herald. A couple of years ago, HOPCOM did supply vegetables to Goa, but the supplies could not be continued for long due to reasons that were not known.

commission agent. However, the agent instead charged Rs 220 per quintal but only paid Rs 160 to the farmers. Farmers, who realized the wrongdoing of the agent immediately caught hold of him and made him pay the difference of payment he had received from the customers.

Dy collector asks Tourism Dept to clean up tar balls

The incident has raised dubious nexus between the middlemen engaged in vegetable trade between Belgaum and Goa, which has led to a huge discrepancy in prices of vegetables between Belgaum and Goa. The agitated farmers who are now united under the banner of different organisations have taken the commission agents to task and have taken a decision to bring the discrepancies to the notice of the district administration. Meanwhile, questions have been raised about the profit margin maintained by the commission agents, who are engaged in supplying wholesale vegetables to Goa. The incident has not only thrown open a nexus between the commission agents and the wholesale suppliers, but looking at the vast disparity in prices at Belgaum and Goa, questions are

Decision on bail plea of rape accused reserved HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, SEPT 17

Labourers clearing tar balls from the Majorda beach on Friday. HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 17

With the tar ball menace continues to haunt Salcete’s coastline between Colva and Betalbatim, Deputy Collector, Margao Johnson Fernandes on Friday dashed off a letter to the Tourism Department to ensure that the beach stretch is free from the tar ball menace. Incidentally, the deputy collector has claimed that the Tourism Department has already deployed manpower to collect the tar balls from the Gandaulim-Betalbatim beach stretch. The letter from the Sub-divisional Magistrate to the Tourism Depat assumes significance in view of the fact that a large number of tar balls were seen washed ashore the beach stretch these days. When the attention of the deputy collector was

Photo by Sidharth Mehta

drawn to the fact that the collected tar balls continue to lie on the shoreline, he said the priority was to first clean up the beach stretch and then lift away and dispose off the material in a scientific manner. Replying to a question, he said his office can take over the beach cleaning operations under the disaster management only in the event the Tourism Department expresses its inability to manage the same. “We are not averse to deploy our manpower to clean up the beach stretch. But, the Tourism Department should communicate to us stating its inability to carry out the work,” he added. Meanwhile, labourers deployed by the Tourism Dept were seen on the Salcete beach belt clearing the tar balls washed ashore in the last 24 hours.

Telaulim-Varca Bridge will be opened on Dec 19: Churchill HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 17

One of the three dream bridges of PWD Minister Churchill Alemao over River Sal will be commissioned on Liberation Day on December 19 this year. If the PWD minister is to be believed, the 74-meter long Telaulim-Varca Bridge will be thrown open for traffic on December 19 this year. Alemao also said that the 620 meter-long Assolna-Cavelossim bridge would be completed and commission on December 19, 2011. On the fate of the controversial Sinquetim-Benaulim Bridge, Alemao told newsmen that the matter was presently pending in the High Court, adding that the PWD was awaiting a court decision before going ahead with the construction work. Churchill along with senior PWD officials inspected the two bridges of Assolna-Cavelossim and Telaulim-Varca this evening and expressed satisfaction over the progress of the work.

Reiterates demand for Greater Goa

PWD Minister Churchill Alemao has reiterated his demand for a Greater Goa by including Konkani speaking areas of Karwar and Karnataka into Goa. “I am against Vishal Gomantak. But, there is no harm if Konkani speaking areas of Karwar are including into the state to make Greater Goa”, he said. The PWD minister said Jnanpith awardee Ravindra Kelekar had espoused the cause of inclusion of Konkani speaking areas into Goa. “Our leaders should give a serious thought to Kelekar’s proposal,” he said.

Thanking the people of Telaulim for welcoming the Telaulim-Varca Bridge with open

arms, Alemao said that 60-70 per cent of the bridge work is almost complete and added that the bridge would be thrown open for traffic by December 19 this year. The estimated cost of this bridge is put at Rs 10.5 crore. As far as the Cavelossim Bridge is concerned, he said nearly 40 per cent of the 620-meter long bridge is completed till date and the balance 60 per cent work would be completed in all respects by December 19 next year. “This bridge has 21 spans and is estimated to cost Rs 55 crore,” he added. The PWD minister said the Assolna-Cavelossim bridge would not only benefit the residents of the two villages of Cavelossim and Assolna, but would give a boost to tourism and benefit entire South Goa. “Let the court decide. If the court gives a decision in favour of the bridge, we will go ahead with the construction of the Sinquetim-Benaulim Bridge. We will wait for the court order,” he added.

Escape bid from protective home

Women Commission to probe HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, SEPT 17

The Goa State Commission for Women (GSCW) will conduct a separate inquiry into the attempted escape incident by inmates of Protective Home, GSCW chairperson Ezilda Sapeco said. “I will be calling for details from respective authorities as soon as possible. The commission will simultaneously carry out an inquiry into the escape,” she said while speaking to Herald. Sapeco asserted that the commission would render complete

assistance to the Directorate of Women and Child and Protective Home officials, so that such incidents do not occur again. Protesting against their prolonged lodging at Merces Protective Home, nine women rescued from prostitution racket, fled from the Home but were later traced with the help of Old Goa police. “These incidents should not happen again and for this, we are ready to provide assistance if required. The commission members will meet the inmates

to find out their problems, etc,” she said. The authorities on Thursday tried to keep the incident under wraps as it exposed their lethargy of keeping the women for over three months against the legal provision to release them within 15 days. “I don’t have any information on the escape. If there is any such incident, I will ask for a report,” Director of Women and Child department Sanjiv Gadkar told Herald when contacted for reaction on Thursday evening.

The Children’s Court will decide a bail petition on September 29, filed by Bangladeshi father who is accused of raping and assaulting his minor daughter. The 45-year-old Azad Mia, hailing from Bangladesh and presently residing at Curti in Ponda is booked under sections 376 (rape), 323 and 354 of Indian Penal Code and section 8 (2) of Goa Children’s Act. He is currently in judicial remand. Arguments on his bail petition was heard in the Court today wherein the prosecution gave a detailed sequence of events right from April 2009, when the 14-year-old girl became her father’s victim. Public Prosecutor Poonam Bharne told the Court that Mia often raped his daughter by tying her hands and legs to the bed, in the absence of his wife.

being raised about the authenticity of the retail prices. This results in adding the burden to the consumers’ daily budget. However, when asked, a long time vegetable vendor from Belgaum expressed ignorance of such a nexus. Meanwhile, the wholesale prices of some of the vegetables in Belgaum market per 10 kilos were Green Chilly (Rs 160-170), Shimla Mirch (Rs 250-300), Cabbage (Rs 60-70), Beans (Rs 160170), Coriander (Rs 450-500 for a bunch of 100 pendhis).

Infant found abandoned HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 17

A five-day old infant was found abandoned behind the bus stand at Cabo de Rama on Friday. Wrapped in a bed sheet, the baby girl was found abandoned near the bus stand since the last 24 hours as evident by the fact that the infant had sustained some ant bites. Upon receiving a complaint, the Cuncolim police took possession of the infant and first admitted her to the Balli Pri-

mary Health Centre from there she was rushed to Hospicio for further medical treatment. Margao sub-divisional Police officer, DySP Umesh Gaonkar informed that they would refer the infant to Apna Ghar after her discharge. “It appears that the child was delivered at home and was abandoned just to conceal the birth,” he said. The Cuncolim police have registered a case against unknown persons and investigations are on.



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s H o rT Ta K e s Restricted water supply to Bardez

PANJIM(HND): Due to repairs at Podocem water treatment plant, there will be restricted water supply to entire Bardez and part of Bicholim Taluka on September 18, says a press release.

Catechism children performing on stage at St Alex Church, Calangute to celebrate Mothers Day on the occasion of Feast of Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary celebrated by the Catholics in the coastal belt of Calangute.

Rangmanch inaugurated

Ajit D Naik, Chairman of Merces Sanskrutik Trust along with Yatin Pundalik Palyekar, dy sarpanch of Merces and the trust members at the inaugural function of Rangmanch.

PANJIM(HND): Yatin Pundalik Palyekar, dy sarpanch of Merces village panchayat inaugurated Rangmanch (stage platform) in the presence of Ajit D Naik Chairman of Merces Sanskrutik trust and trustee Dhaktu Vegulekar, Adv Prashant Vengurlekar, Namdev Salgaonkar, Vinod Narvekar, Dattaram Chari, Suka Govekar and Kamlakant Chari. The Rangmanch is donated to Merces Sanskrutik Trust by Yatin Palyekar in memory of his late father Pundalik Palyekar on the occasion of Ganesh Pratishthapana, says a press release.

Distribution of ‘Jonos’

PANJIM(HND): Comunidade of Morombi-o-Pequeno will be distributing the ‘Jono’ to its Jonoeiros for the year 2010 at its usual place of meeting at Merces on September 19, between 10 am to 12.30 pm and thereafter from Mondays to Thursday till September end at the Office of the Administration of Comunidades, Panaji, between 10 am to 12.30 pm. The components are requested to produce their I D Cards issued by this Comunidade while collecting the Jono, says a press release.

Will Agarwal’s departure stall MPT’s expansion plans?

Kingfisher ‘Voice of Goa’ auditions today

ture development,” he said. “The finding suggests that lots depend on individuals, particularly the one who takes decision, which is the greatest weakness of organization and government in developing economies,” informed Agarwal. “The finding generally suggests that once the person who takes decision to leave the post, there are possibilities that projects may get stalled or may not proceed as per the plans,” informed Agarwal. "However, in the case of MPT projects, plans outlined by the MPT will carried forward by my successor." When asked how he can assure that expansion plans will move ahead when top management school has opined that once decision-maker leaves the office, there is a possibility that project may die, he shot back saying: “It won’t have any implication on MPT, as MPT is an unique organization driven by growth and has positive momentum for development.” MPT, being Central government organisation, is well structured in terms of procedure, guidelines and instructions, whatever approvals Board of Trustees have taken for concerning land, estate, foreshore, water area, is as per the land policies of major ports and instructions of Central Vigi-

Season six of the Kingfisher Voice of Goa kicks-off with the first audition at Alua, Merces on September 18 at 5 pm. Once again the search begins for Goa's new sensation. According to a press note released by the organizers, the auditions are open to all Goans in the age group of 18 years and above. There is no entry fee for participation and the entry forms are available at the venue itself. Interested participants should be at the venue by 4:30 pm. Participants will be provided with backup music and those who intend to get their own instruments are allowed to do so. Participants are informed that the judgment will be on their singing and not on the music as it is a talent search for the best voice of Goa. This is the first time auditions will be held in English as well as our very own language Konkani. To boost talent there will be cash prizes in each category for all auditions besides the gala prize of Rs 3 lakh for the English round and Rs 50,000 for the Konkani round at the grand finale. The event is open to general public and for their entertainment band Crimson Tide will be performing live. The organizers appeal to all Goans to come forward in large numbers to participate in this event and showcase their talent.


With Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) Chairman Praveen Agarwal likely to vacate his office next month, all eyes will now be set on the continuity of the port's expansion plans. There is a strong apprehension that with Agarwal’s transfer, the ambitious port expansion plan may come to a standstill, as efforts were put in by the MPT chairman to ensure that port is developed in a sustainable manner taking into consideration the interests of all stake holders. Though there are apprehensions that some projects may be dropped or come to a standstill once Agarwal vacates his office, the chairman has insisted that MPT projects will go on despite his absence. “We are here for a fixed tenure, what best I could do for development of the port, I have done. My successor will carry on with whatever necessary has to be done,” said Agarwal. He claimed that he had heard from some people that some projects may be stalled or come to a standstill once he vacates his office. “There is a general finding by a top management school that the problem with developing economies like India is that they do not have well-institutionalized organisations for infrastruc-

lance Commission, Control and Auditor General, Planning Commission and Ministry of Shipping. When asked despite complying procedures, things have not moved in the right direction for MPT, especially with the State government, he said: “I have felt no constraint and never found impediments created by the State government.” “All our projects are proceeding as per the schedule and there are certain procedures to be followed and certain rules to be compliances, we are flowing all that,” said Agarwal. However, in his five-year tenure, Agarwal had made plans for many projects including major project under execution development of Iron Ore Terminal at West of Break Water on Public Private Partnership, development of Berth No 7 as second coal terminal (PPP), development of coal terminal at Berth No 11 (PPP), development of cruise berths to promote cruise tourism through Goa, marinas on north and south banks of river Zuari wherever possible, cargo berth complex, development of Vasco terminal to create facilities for the much needed container terminal for local industrial need, facilities for Indian Navy, Coast Guard, Custom Foreign Navy and rehabilitation of Khariwado fishing jetty to Katem Baina shore.


Lorna to share stage with Monsorate Bros after 15 yrs By AyESHA BARRETTO

Music is both, a universal language and bond, that brings people together even after years of no communication! A perfect example of this is the musical reunion of Lorna and two of the Monsorate Brothers, which will take place soon, exactly after a decade and a half! As part of the Heritage Jazz “Konkani Rocks Goa! Celebrating Lorna and more…” concert, Lorna will take centre stage at Ravindra Bhavan, Margao, on Wednesday, 22nd September 2010, while being backed by trumpeter Bosco Monsorate and his brother, Blasco Monsorate on the trombone, along with an additional nine member ensemble. This is indeed a historical moment for one and all involved as, Lorna and the Monsorate Brothers last worked together, in the confines of a studio, 15 years ago. Born to renowned trumpeter, the late Peter Monsorate, and to a family full of mu-

sicians, it is no wonder that both the brothers are as good as they are at what they do. Their talent and skills have, in turn, led to a successful career and their playing along side many stars, like Lorna. But what was it like recording with the nightingale of Goa back then? Recalls Bosco, “I first recorded a song with Lorna back in 1972. It was different back then as both, the musicians and the singers would record together, live and simultaneously, in the studio. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed the session with her. In 1995 however, I never met her because the musicians came and recorded the song first and then, she came and dubbed her voice later. So, for me, this will be a reunion after 38 years! I can’t wait for Wednesday to get here because I know that it will be a great moment for me and that, together, all of us will create magic on stage!” Now, with so many years having gone by,

what do they expect will happen? Blasco says, “We always wanted to plan shows with Lorna but never had the sponsors. Also, as each of us went into our different fields of work, it became tough for all of us to come together. But now, I am really looking forward to it because it has been too long a gap and I know that it will be a great concert. This will be our first time live, on stage, with Lorna and when it comes to playing along side her, you just know it will be spectacular! I am also looking forward to the reunion as I didn’t see this happening after so long. Hats off to Armando and Heritage Jazz for making this possible! I just hope that, one day, all the Monsorate Brothers will be able to play on stage with her.” So, with all this energy and enthusiasm happening off stage, one can only imagine what passion will erupt on stage! One thing is for sure. For those present, they will be a part of an unforgettable moment in history.

upcoming evenTs Function at Pilar Seminary

PANJIM(HND): The Archdiocese will be celebrating the LaitySunday on September 26. In view of this event, the Diocesan Centre for Laity will organize a special programme for Christian Professionals. This programme would be held at the Pilar Seminary Annexe, from 9 am to 2 pm. Rev Dr Fr Victor Ferrao, Dr Wiseman Pinto, Averthanus D'souza and Joe Noronha will be the speakers of the day. Fr Joseph Salema will moderate the panel discussions while Fr Daniel Pereira will coordinate the event. A team of delegates from 'Dimensions'; a Mumbai based Forum of Christians Professionals and Entrepreneurs will also address the gathering. The purpose of organizing this seminar is to impart faith formation as well as better networking among professionals and entrepreneurs. Those interested should contact by email( or telephone (2232496) latest by September 22.There is no registration fee, says a press release.

YMCA meet at Calangute

PANJIM(HND): The National Board of YMCA, the highest policy making body of the Indian YMCA will hold its deliberations on September 18 at Nizmar Resorts, Calangute and will be attended by over 190 delegates from across the 9 YMCA regions of India spanning the whole country from Kanyakumari to Shimla. The National Board is a yearly event and deliberates on policy matters and implementation of its 'action plans' for the triennium 2009-2012 having the overarching theme "one Body, many parts: called to witness." The National President John Cherian will chair all the meetings beside the national board which will see an official opening on the morning of September 18 preceded by praise and worship conducted by YMCA Bombay. The inaugural on Saturday will feature addresses by the national president, the host YMCA president Dr Peter Philip, YMCA Goa President P M Vaz and special guest Kohei Yamada, secretary general Asia and pacific Alliance of YMCA in Hong Kong.

Dental check-up camps

CANACONA(HC): The Directorate of Health Services, Panjim, in coordination with few NGOs will organise five free dental check-up camps in Canacona taluka from September 18 to 23. Patients will be examined free of cost for teeth problems, besides related activities like teeth cleansing, simple extraction and small fillings. Medicines will also be provided free of cost in the camps. The dental camps under Community Health Centre (CHC) Canacona will be accordingly held in rural medical Centres. The camps will begin at 9 am. On September 18, camp will be held at CHC Canacona, Cotigao Panahcyat area – Rural Health Sub Centre (September 20), Gaondongrim Panchayat area – Rural Health Sub Centre (September 21), Sristhal Panchayat Panchayat hall (September 22) and Agonda Panahayat area – Rural Medical Centre (September 23). Health Service sources in the taluka have requested the public from respective areas to take benefits of this free camps.

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Vol No CX No: 236 Goa, Saturday 18 September, 2010


No resort on this island!

he picturesque Konko Island at Palolem Beach is the jewel in that picturesque beach’s crown. Part of its magic is that it is uninhabited, completely wild, is a nesting place for rare birds that shun habitation like the White Bellied Sea Eagle, and for other wildlife. From decades, hoteliers and builders have laid their evil eye on this marvel of nature. Now, once again, new rumours are afoot that developers are planning to set up a resort on the island. But local residents are fiercely protective of their patrimony, and it is not at all surprising that they have vowed not to allow anyone to touch their island. According to them, it protects their beach and village from natural disasters. A wooded hillock 68,000 sq metres in size, the island is separated from the mainland by a narrow channel that can be waded across at low tide. It originally belonged to a local ‘bhatkar’, who reportedly sold it to a Delhi-based entrepreneur for a paltry Rs 60 lakh. Now, this absentee owner is trying to make an enormous profit on his small investment, as big time players in real estate, politicians and film stars are all vying to buy it and set up a resort. What has opened the doors to development on the island is the new draft CRZ rules made public just a few days ago, which open up areas between 200 and 500 metres from the high tide line for so-called restricted development by the hospitality industry. But that is not the only provision which Konko’s would-be developers are looking at. They also seek to misuse the specific exception for Goa in the rules, which allows housing structures in the CRZ area to be rebuilt. There is a tiny structure on the island that was originally used for storing coconuts. It is a small, single room, in ruins. Somewhere along the way, it mysteriously acquired a house number, ever though nobody ever stayed there. Probably, it was an exercise in trying to set up a resort. Now, the new developers want to set up a resort by ‘rebuilding’ what they will claim is an ‘old house’. If Union Minister Jairam Ramesh needs any evidence that the provisions in his new CRZ draft are prone to misuse, he only has to look at this case. The exception has been made for fisherfolk, but the ones who will take maximum advantage of it are big builders. Local residents, who must be congratulated for their vigilance in this matter, have demanded that the government should acquire this island and leave it undisturbed for posterity, banning any sort of development that could disturb its natural state. If the government cannot afford it, it can possibly do a deal with a Britisher who had offered in 2007 to buy it and leave it undisturbed. It has a similar agreement with a British foundation, for restoring the Reis Magos fort. How about keeping this one for nature?

Crossing the line?


ormer Law Minister Shanti Bhushan has a sterling reputation for probity and public service. But in his latest action, of stating that eight of the 16 former Chief Justices of India were “definitely corrupt”, he seems to have crossed the line. Judicial probity is a burning issue in India today; a grave concern in a country where the other two pillars of democracy – the Legislature and the Executive – are in dire straits. This is the one institution that the public still has faith in. To frontally assault its highest functionaries on the basis of what he was apparently “told” by two former Chief Justices is not correct. The Indian Judiciary deserves better than that.

John Henry Cardinal newman will be beatified tomorrow in Britain by Pope Benedict XVi, says aVertHanUs l d’soUZa


he visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Britain in mid-September has a very special significance for the entire world. The focus of his visit will be the beatification on Sunday 19 September of John Henry Cardinal Newman, who is acknowledged to be one of Britain’s most towering intellectuals, on par with St Thomas More, G K Chesterton, Hillaire Belloc and Ronald Knox. Britain should feel proud that such an outstanding thinker will be included in the pantheon of men and women whom the Catholic Church proposes for emulation by people all around the world. The conferment of the title of Blessed or Saint is an endorsement of the person’s sanctity – not his / her intellectual achievements. In Newman, however, like in St Thomas More, the qualities of mind and personal sanctity are eminently combined. It is precisely because of this that Newman stands out in today’s world as a person to be venerated as well as emulated. Cardinal Newman is more relevant today because of the widespread conspiracy to create a barrier between faith and reason. According to many popular articles which appear in the media and also in many so-called specialised journals, the argument is proposed that faith and reason are mutually exclusive and incompatible. It is said that faith is contrary to reason and is based on blind acceptance of dogmas that cannot stand the scrutiny of reason. It is also asserted that those who accept or profess any belief are irrational and ignorant. According to these arguments, any belief should be rejected which does not pass the test of reason. It is precisely this kind of flawed reasoning that Newman addressed in his many writings and sermons. In his most outstanding treatise, ‘The Grammar of Assent’, Newman showed, quite conclusively, that reason itself is based on certain assumptions that are taken as axiomatic. All arguments are based on axioms or presuppositions, which are not established by reason. He goes on to show that belief is not contrary to reason but, in fact, is demanded by reason. Interestingly enough, Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, one of the most eminent Indian philosophers and statesmen, shared Newman’s view of the mutual relationship between reason and faith. In his widely read book ‘The Present Crisis of Faith’, Dr Radhakrishnan observes: “A philosopher’s loyalty to reason does not commit him to the proposition that the nature of ultimate reality can be apprehended only as an object of reason.


Stephen Dias, Dona Paula

Neeraj D’Aguiar, Cuncolim

The Bombay High Court at Goa has kept the final arguments on the operation of casinos in the River Mandovi for 20 September. It remains to be seen whether the vessels will remain permanently at different locations within the river, as per their allotment suggested by the Captain of Ports. Casinos in the Mandovi pollute the river enormously. It is choc-a-bloc with fishing trawlers, tourism boats, barges, etc, and the chances for collisions are very high. NGOs have threatened a street protest on this issue. Leader of the Opposition Manohar Parrikar has already smelled a rat and kickbacks. What is the guarantee that these casinos will not further increase in numbers, just as happened with beach shacks?

Adv Aires Rodrigues has called the government’s decision to hold a caste census as “a step in the reverse direction” (‘Constitution laid low’, Herald, 17 Sept). In that case, is not the reservation of seats for OBC and ST candidates in the panchayat and municipal elections also a step in the reverse direction? The government does not want to eradicate caste. On the contrary, all steps are taken to ensure that India remains bound by chains of caste. It is a shame that even after 60 years of Independence, we still follow the British policy of divide and rule. Reserving seats for a certain caste means taking the caste out of competition. The day is not far when seats in buses and trains will also be reserved on caste basis. Cheers to democracy!

Save Mapusa now Floriano Lobo, Goa Su-Raj Party

18 September 1910 Peace at last!

The Treaty between Russia and Japan, which assures a lasting peace between the two nations, was finally signed.

Exams abolished

The Senate of the University of Bombay abolished the system of ‘Previous Examinations’, to facilitate the youth who desire to obtain a fast matriculation.

Juvem School

The inhabitants of Sto Estevam submitted to the Government a petition requesting to establish in the village an all-Girls High School.

Saraswat convention

In the coming December will take place at Mapusa, the convention of Gaud Saraswat Brahmins Parishad, with the aim to bring back to its fold all the divisions and sub-divisions from that Hindu Class.

It has never happened in Goa since 1961. A municipal election is being contested by civil society collectively on a progressive and disciplined ‘People’s Manifesto’. Kudos to Mapusa Nagrikancho Ekvott led by Adv Antonio Lobo, ex-Bar Council member from Goa. The Citizen’s Panel needs to be supported not only by Mapxemkars, but by Bardezkars and Goans alike. One glance at today’s Mapusa and the sad state of the famous Friday Market tells a sorry tale of mismanagement. “Civic change comes only when one is submerged up to the nose,” it is said. The filth has already reached the nostrils and Mapusa’s survival is in peril. The Mapusa Nagrikancho Ekvott, hopefully will clean out the Aegean stables.

Think of the mother M X D’Souza, Mapusa The Catholic Church in adhering to the diktat of its Master is trying to defend the unborn child from ravenous abortion mills. The foetus in the womb, though not yet born, is very much alive, so killing it is a crime. The killing of the foetus of a girl child is

and Bishops were in error. In a defence of an article which appeared in the ‘Rambler’, Newman asserted that “the body of the faithful is one of the witnesses to the fact of the tradition of revealed doctrine, and because their consensus through Christendom is the voice of the Infallible Church”. He cites St Augustine’s observation that “in matters whereupon the Scripture has not spoken clearly, the custom of the people of God, or the institutions of our predecessors, are to be held as law” (‘On Consulting the Faithful in Matters of Doctrine’, Geoffrey Chapman, London, 1961, pg 23). Newman was obviously decades ahead of his contemporaries in the matter of recognising the important role of the People of God in the development of Doctrine. His influence was palpable during the Ecumenical Council, Vatican II (196265). The Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity – ‘Apostolicam Actuositatem’ – is indelibly marked by the insights of Cardinal Newman. Bishop Gordon Wheeler, retired Bishop of Leeds, wrote: “Those of us who took part in Vatican II became very aware that Newman had not only come into his own but the whole mind of the Council was

Problems of Plenty

e need the rains. Water is necessary for sustaining life on the planet. In fact, water is the main component of any life form. Rains are a must to sustain life. They are responsible for the greenery we see around us. But then, when it rains continuously, people start to complain. Incidentally, Goa has had rainfall in excess of the usual this year. Everyone seems to wonder when it will stop raining. The rain has been so much more this year that someone even commented that the rainfall should be measured in feet and not in inches! Too much of rain will bring hardship to the people, and can also be counter productive. The paddy that has grown during normal rainfall can wither away and die if the rain is in excess. In the past, around this time of the year, the downpour is on the downslide. The rains begin to ebb. But it seems that this year, the rain has increased in momentum when, in fact, it should be slowing down. Fortunately, Goa does not witness the floods that some of the

Cast-e in stone


Many philosophers, both in the East and the West, have reached the conclusion that reality is supra-rational – that it is not in its ultimate nature accessible to conceptual understanding – and that religious insights are also genuine revelation of ultimate reality.” He goes on to observe: “Authentic religion is based on the consciousness of being in direct relationship with the Supreme. This experience transcends all forms, all images and concepts. The union is effected in the central self, which is the root of intellect and will alike. All religious utterances are vain attempts to deal justly with the meaning of the experience which has been attained.” John Henry Newman had the unique distinction of stressing the importance of the role of the laity in the Church at a time when the laity were practically relegated to the periphery of the Church’s life. Newman emphasised the fact of the ‘consensus fidelium’ in the process of determining what the Church teaches as demanding implicit obedience. He gave an elaborate description of the unwavering loyalty of the faithful to the doctrine of the divinity of Jesus at the time of the Arian heresy; even when many theologians

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imbued with his thought.” In his reflections on the theologian John Duns Scotus, Pope Benedict XVI (7 July 2010) pointed out that valuable theologians “…enriched with their specific thought what the People of God already believed spontaneously about the Blessed Virgin, manifested in acts of piety, in the expressions of art and, in general, in Christian living.” He noted how “faith in the Immaculate Conception or in the bodily assumption of the Virgin was already present in the People of God, while theology had not yet found the key to interpret it in the totality of the doctrine of the faith. Thus the People of God precede theologians and all this thanks to that supernatural ‘sensus fidei’, namely, that capacity infused by the Holy Spirit, which qualifies us to embrace the reality of the faith, with humility of heart and mind”. Pope Benedict XVI gently invited theologians to “listen to this source of faith and have the humility and simplicity of the ‘little ones’. In this sense, the People of God is ‘magisterium that precedes’, and that later must be deepened and intellectually accepted by theology” (Pope Benedict’s address on 7 July 2010 when he spoke of Blessed Duns Scotus at the general audience in Paul VI Hall). Cardinal Newman, who was born in 1801, was described as “that shining light, and pride of the English race,” and came into prominence as one of the leaders of the Oxford Movement, which endeavoured to spread Anglo-Catholic ideas in the Church of England. A pamphlet called ‘Tract 90’ published in 1841, in which he tried to reconcile the Thirty-Nine Articles of the Church of England with the Catholic doctrine of the Council of Trent, aroused great controversy. He was received into the Catholic Church on 9 October, 1845, and was ordained priest in Rome in 1847. He was elevated to the rank of Cardinal by Pope Leo XIII in 1879. He died in 1890. Preaching at the London Oratory, Cardinal Manning said: “The history of our land will hereafter record the name of John Henry Newman among the greatest of our people, as a Confessor for the Faith.” Amid the confusion which is being spread in our times about the sanctity of life, the sanctity of marriage, the complementarities between the sexes and the mutual reinforcement afforded by faith and reason, Cardinal Newman stands out as a beacon of light. We need to pray: “Lead Kindly Light amid the encircling gloom. Lead Thou me on...”

other states in the country have to learn to live with. In this state, all the flooding that takes place is more man made, as the gutters start to clog, resulting in flooding of the roads. Anything in excess is not good. But then, in the case of the rainfall, it may not be true. If there is too much of rain, it can be harvested. No one can say for sure that we will have a good monsoon next year. This is where the concept of rain water harvesting gains importance. Unfortunately, in Goa, rain water harvesting has not picked up in a big way, mostly because of the lackadaisical attitude of the state government. The Meteorological Department has always found it difficult to predict the weather. It can be said that predicting the rainfall can be the most unpredictable thing to do. When the Met Department says that it will rain, the sun will probably shine it all its glory. And when the Met Department predicts that it will be bright and sunny, one might as well take out the rain wear, as it may rain cats and

Misguided mobs

Maria P Mascarenhas, Cansaulim

I agree with ‘Listen to the People’ by Jeremiah D’Souza (Herald, 15 Sept). Goa’s villages really are under evil attack. I recall Thomas Hardy: “God was palpably present in the country and the devil had gone with the world to town.” The devil is really all out to ruin Goa’s lush countryside and resorts to all kinds of tricks. In Gram Sabhas, the sane voices of villagers who seek to protect their natural habitat are sought to be stifled by heckling and manhandling. The tragedy is that the mob is sometimes blissfully unaware that they are being used by unscrupulous builders. The disruption of the Cansaulim Gram Sabha is a clear case where a particular builder stooped so low as to even use religious sentiment to gather a mob to stifle the voice of opposition from villagers to a mega-project. Little did the gathering understand that they were called in the name of their beloved God to destroy His beautiful Creation and to fatten the pockets of an individual who shows contempt for the faith.

Municipal mix-up Adelmo Fernandes, Vasco The names of the three major municipalities in Goa – Mapusa, Margao and Mormugao – have the same abbreviation, MMC. This creates confusion among newspaper readers, and probably also in official documents. They should have different abbreviations, for example, MoMC for Mormugao, MuMC for Mapusa and MaMC for Margao.

We are not weeds Peter D’Souza, Mapusa The recent statement by BJP MLA Prahlad Remani: “I will not rest until the seeds of Christianity are weeded out,” shows how

dogs. The reason why the weather has become so unpredictable in recent years is because of the pollution the atmosphere is subjected to, resulting in global warming. This has had a telling effect on Mother Nature as well as on the weather. Be that as it may, it is but human to complain of excess of rain, as no one wishes to be in discomfort. And since it has been raining continuously this year when the rains should have almost stopped, almost everyone is complaining. People feel that we are facing a problem of plenty – plenty of rainfall. In any other state it (the excess of rainfall) would have been considered a blessing. But in Goa, where very few people are still into cultivating paddy, most of the rain water goes into the sea without being used. What a waste of a most precious resource! If only we could try to utilise to the fullest God’s gift of plentiful rain…

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a crime in India; why not the other sex? But we must be sensitive to the mothers. Sometimes the woman is hapless and forced to terminate her pregnancy. People who are not gifted with a child must adopt children. The mothers must not to ashamed to give birth. Killing the innocent foetus would be more shameful and painful. The Church, both clergy and laity, must boldly stand up to defend life. It’s futile preaching to others about pro-life, when we hate life itself: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)

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wicked he is. He is ungrateful, having done his education in a Catholic school and college. Isn’t the BJP hypocritical when so many of their MLAs studied in Catholic schools and colleges, and send their children abroad to Christian countries like the US, UK and Australia. What Christianity has given to this country is its finest educational institutions, orphanages, etc, which the BJP forgets.

Justice for Naresh Ricky Fernandes, Dubai Over 45 days have passed since our beloved Naresh was brutally murdered. Still, Goa Police have not come up with anything concrete. What was the motive? Who else was involved? The police said they “are yet to establish the motive behind the murder”. Snehal has already confessed. What stops the police from revealing the motive now? Is there some political pressure? We need an answer.

Practise, don’t carp Ashley J Fernandes, Margao ‘Music that sucks’ Jerry Fernandes (Herald, 15 Sept) is somewhat true. But I would like to remind Jerry that is talking about the few musicians he listens to.

Some musicians in Goa spend their time slashing one another with their tongues, instead of spending time in serious practice. Others hold government jobs and music is just a side business. They qualify as good critics on the sidelines. Jerry is being unfair to good musicians like Brian, Fortes, Steve, Iggy, Mac and a few others that are worth listening to. I hope the ones who destructively criticize others use their time more seriously to practice, so that they can be better musicians than critics.

Police sloth Conceisao Filipe N Menezes, Chinchinim I fully support Menino Fernandes (‘Police Lethargy’ Herald, 15 Sept). Despite making a complaint in the Cuncolim Police Station in November 2009 for damage to my compound wall and gate, besides a number of fruit-bearing trees (I was also threatened with dire consequences in front of the police), the culprit was let go with a mere warning. I am reminded of Adv Aires Rodrigues revealing that half of Goa’s police officers are facing disciplinary action (Herald, 10 Sept).

Feeding frenzy Vishal D’Costa, Cuncolim Goa is naturally beautiful. Tourists visit Goa to enjoy its nature and not its concrete pavements nor its designer electric posts. Ministers are on a feeding frenzy of public funds. The Sky Bus project was a waste of public fund in the name of tourist attraction and promotion. Public funds are squandered on beautification of Goan beaches, and roads leading to MLAs bungalows. Instead, we must think of ways and means to save the eroded Candolim beach and preserve the sand dunes off the Miramar beach. The list is endless. Lakhs of rupees have been spent on the brand ambassador of GTDC, and the managing director of GTDC’s foreign trips. No one pays any heed to restore the crumbling Cabo De Rama Fort. Mahatma Gandhi once said, “there is enough in this world for everyone’s ‘need’ but not enough for everyone’s ‘greed’”. Goa needs to be saved from the feeding frenzy of its ministers.

Paths of Wisdom The Workers in the Vineyard

The Kingdom of heaven is like this. Once there was a man who went out early in the morning to hire some men to work in his vineyard. He agreed to pay them the regular wage, a silver coin a day, and sent them to work in his vineyard. He went out again to the market place at nine o’clock and saw some men standing there doing nothing, so he told them, ‘You also go and work in the vineyard, and I will pay you a fair wage.’ So, they went. Then at twelve o’clock and again at three o’clock, he did the same thing. It was nearly five o’clock when he went to the market place and saw some other men still standing there. ‘Why are you wasting the whole day here doing nothing’? he asked them. ‘No one hired us,’ they answered. ‘Well, then, you also go and work in the vineyard,’ he told them. When evening came, the owner told his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, starting with those who were hired last and ending with those who were hired first.’ The men who had begun to work at five o’clock were paid a silver coin each. So, when the men who were the first to be hired came to be paid, they thought they would get more; but they too were given a silver coin each. They took their money and started grumbling against the employer. ‘These men who were hired last worked only one hour, they said, ‘while we put up with a whole day’s work in the hot sun – yet you paid them the same you paid us.’ ‘Listen, friend, the owner answered one of them, ‘I have not cheated you. After all, you agreed to do a day’s work for one silver coin. Now, take your pay and go home. I want to give this man who was hired last as much as I have given you. Don’t I have the right to do as I wish with you with my own money? Or are you jealous because I am generous?’ (Mathew 20; 1-16)

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Work on ‘buried’ sand bags at CMC chief, five slow pace at Majorda beach ex-mayors among likely candidates HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, SEPT 17

Sand bags continue to dot the Majorda beach despite orders from the Sub-divisional Magistrate. BY HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 17

Removal of sand bags from the Majorda beach appears going on a slow pace despite orders from the Sub-divisional Magistrate, Margao. A visit to the Majorda beach revealed that thousands of sand bags continue to be buried under the sand. The SDM’s order to a starred resort to remove the sand bags have not been obeyed fully as those bags exposed due to the sea erosion are removed. However, locals maintained that thousands of sand bags are still buried under the sand and raised apprehensions that the beach as well as the creek will

undergo a change if the bags are not removed at the earliest. A local villager, Adv Radharao Gracias said the sand bags buried under the sand by the resort to keep at bay erosion near the hotel premises will spell doom for tourism and destroy the ecology. “Already, the rivulet has changed its course, and this is going to severely affect the beach”, he said Radharao said that though the deputy Collector had acted quickly by issuing notice on the starred resort, the government and the Tourism Department appears least concerned about the situation. “We will wait for some time to see the government action. If not, we will

knock the doors of the high court to demand action against the resort for burying sand bags on the beach”, he warned. Inquiries with the SDM’s office has revealed that the starred resort has sought time to clear the beach of the sand bags. It is learnt that the SDM Johnson Fernandes has fixed inspection of the beach stretch next week before initiating action against the resort.

3 elected unopposed to GSAM Board BY HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 17

Two women candidates and a candidate from the Trader’s constituency have been elected unopposed to the Goa State Agricultural Marketing (GSAM)Board, Arlem-Margao even as the authorities have geared up to hold elections to the body on September 19. Deputy Colector and Returning officer, Sanjeev C G Desai told newsmen that around 20 candidates are now left in the fray for eight seats. He said a total of 22 polling stations have been set up in the offices of the taluka mamlatdars in all the 11 talukas. Replying to a question, Desai said polling will commence at 8 am and end at 5 pm. The ballot boxes will be stored in the strong room of the government multipurpose higher secondary school, Borda-Margao. Counting of votes will be taken up on September 20 from 9 am at the multipurpose school hall, Borda.

D’Costa elected dy sarpanch of Macazana BY HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 17

Conceissao Francisco D’Costa has been elected as the new deputy Sarpanch of the village Panchayat of Macazana. In the elections, she was declared elected unopposed after the presiding officer received her lone nomination paper. Her candidature was proposed by Benedito Almeida and seconded by Roney. The elections were necessitated after then deputy Sarpanch Sushma Almeida quit office.

Even though the notification for civic elections is not yet out, the administration seems to be ready with the revised electoral rolls with 9,833 males outnumbering the women voters, who will be eligible to vote in the coming civic election at Canacona. Interestingly, males outnumber females in eight of the 10 council wards in Canacona Municipal Council (CMC). In the other two wards at 7 and 9, female voters outnumber the male voters by slender margins. With the ongoing Ganesh festivities providing a damper among the aspiring candidates as well as the electors, it is expected that the dim will flourish once the Sarvajanik Ganesh idols are immersed. Interestingly, the wards at Mastimoll, Rajbag-Tarir and Palolem-I are presently represented by women councillors, while the aspiring candidates are still in the dark as to which wards will be reserved for women and OBC/ST candidates. There are five ex-chairper-

sons, besides the present occupant Shyamsundar Dessai, in the outgoing council and if sources are to be believed, all the sitting councillors are eager to return back to the next coun-

canacona civic polls cil, provided the reservations will not hinder their prospectus. The five ex-chairpersons are Ranghunath Naik Gaunkar, Santosh Gaonkar, Santosh Tubki, Sameer Dessai and Divakar Pagui. It doesn't mean that the other sitting councillors are not interested to re-contest, but as the things stands now, barring Rajbag-Tarir and Palolem-I women councillors, where their other close kins will contest, all others are also likely to be the candidates for the forthcoming municipal elections. The strong amongst them are Deputy Chairperson Dilip Kenkre representing Chaudi (Ward 2) and Anita Naik Gaunkar (Mastimoll Ward 3), informed sources.

MPT, GSPCB likely to lock horns over proposed iron ore terminal HERALD REPORTER VASCO, SEPT 17

Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) and Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) may lock horns over the proposed iron ore terminal at West of Breakwater (WOB) in MPT jurisdiction. The proposed iron ore terminal at WOB will be developed at an estimated cost of Rs 1,012 crore on Public Private Partnership (PPP). The terminal will be a dedicated iron ore berth with a capacity of 7.2 metric tonnes. The project, which will be completed by February 2014, requires nearly 140,000 hectares of land to reclaim. Though MPT had a smooth sailing for most of its other projects,but the iron ore terminal remains to be controversial for GSPCB, as it failed to hold public consultation despite MPT having paid Rs 5 lakh fees for holding public consultation. Speaking to Herald, MPT Chairman Praveen Agarwal claimed that as far as iron ore terminal at WOB is concerned, MPT executes its project after approval from Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure (CCI), which is chaired by Deputy Chairman Planning Commission. "The WOB proposal is before the CCI, which is likely to get

Since WOB project falls in CRZ-II area as per the Goa government, CRZ-II is already developed infrastructure, where port projects are permissible. The State government in November 2009 had claimed that it has no objection if MPT develops any projects on the southern bank of Zuari within MPT jurisdiction, as WOB is well within the southern bank of river Zuari. Reacting to Agarwal's claims, GSPCB Chairman Dr Simon D'Souza said they have kept pending the public hearings on proposed iron ore terminal at WOB. "We have nothing to hide. We have just asked for the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) report of all the expansion plans MPT," said D'Souza. He further said the MPT has submitted the EIA report of each project, while GSPCB is asking for comprehensive report on all the projects, as GSPCB needs to know the impact on environment once all the projects gets operational. "We don't deny that MPT has paid Rs 5 lakh for holding public hearing. If MPT feels that GSPCB is incompetent to hold public hearings, then let them approach the Central Pollution Control Board," added D'Souza.

‘Virgal’ goes missing in Nagve Declare inland water routes as national waterways: GBOA


The Virgal (Hero Stone), which was erected in memory of an unknown hero who sacrificed his life for the well-being of the Society, lying along the Sanquelim-Valpoi road at Nagve, was reported missing. The incident came to light on Thursday morning, when environmentalist Sanket Naik along with his friends went to Nagve to see the Virgal. After enquiring with the villagers regarding the missing Virgal, villagers claimed that they had seen it recently. “Since the villagers were busy with the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, some one might have taken the stone,” said the villagers. After learning about the incident, Rajendra Kerkar contacted Director of Archaeology Department Radha Bhave and informed about the incident. It may be recalled that this stone was originally erected in memory of a dead hero, who sacrificed his life for the protection of life and property of the society. Though his name is unknown, but the brave act of sacrificing his life for the well-being of the society was reflected on the stone slab, which was sculpted with the battle scene, scene of funeral pyre in which the dead body of hero was shown along with his wife, who was about to jump into the pyre of his husband as a sati. The top portion of the memorial stone has the depiction of a sun and moon on either side, which signifies the belief that the memory of this hero (in whose memor y it was erected) will remain unless and until the sun and moon are there in the sky. ‘Yavashtchandra Divakarou’, the concept of memorializing the memories of those who con-


The Virgal (Hero Stone), which was reported to be missing at Nagve. Photo by Vishant Vaze

tributed for the betterment of the society and giving the status of semi-divine deities like spirits, devchar, khetodev, mulvir, etc, is well expressed through the erection of such memorials. Such memorials, which are generally referred as ‘Virgal’ in Goa and Maharashtra, are found throughout the world in different forms and vary according to the time and place. Goa itself has over 50 such stones, out of which few are well known for their unique features like hunting scenes, naval battles, decapitation of head, self immolation, etc. There are few hero stones in the State which are inscribed,

few of them bear the inscription in Hale Kannada (old Kannada) and Devanagari scripts and in Kannada, Marathi, Sanskrit languages. These are scattered throughout the State. These hero stones give us a lot of information about the contemporary life of the people, their socio-cultural and religious ideas that prevailed in the society. There are certain hero memorials in the State, which depict the scene of self-immolation and self-decapitation of head, both the customs are reflection of extreme devotion and also the most possible highest level of the offering, life.

Salgaonkar Group of Companies to help unemployed in Sanvordem HERALD CORRESPONDENT SANGUEM, SEPT 17

The Salgaonkar Group of Companies will soon devise a special scheme for the unemployed youth and women from Sanvordem constituency, which will enable them to stand on their own. “Besides, all the self help groups in the constituency will be provided with a special package,” informed Arjun Salgaonkar while speaking as the chief guest at a function organised by Shri Krishna Devasthan Committee at Pongirvall Kalay recently. Speaking further, Salgaonkar said the Salgaonkar family has fulfilled most of the promises given by his father Anil during the time of elections and the remaining promises will also be fulfilled in due course of time. Salgaonkar urged the locals to continue to provide full support and co-operation to the Salgaonkar family in their development work of the constituency. Salgoankar also assured of

approved by October, 2010," informed Agarwal. The WOB project is approved by CWPRS, which carries out soil erosion study, besides, Ministry of Shipping, Planning Commission, Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Mines have also carried out the study and hence there is no need to shift present Berth No 10 and 11 coal handing at WOB. It may be recalled that in the recently convened meeting, GSPCB had suggested that MPT should shift the existing manual coal handing, which is located towards the city, at the proposed iron ore terminal at WOB. Agarwal said shifting of coal terminal at WOB is not permissible, as MPT has proposed to develop coal terminal as per the directive of the High Court, GSPCB and NEERI to mechanize operation at Berth No 11. "We have proposed to build coal terminal in a covered dome shaped coal terminal, which has been proposed at Berth No 11," informed Agarwal. "Since GSPCB has failed to hold a public hearing for whatever reasons best known to them, the Central Pollution Control Board, which is the superior authority, will hold the public hearing now," said Agarwal.

felicitated by Arjun Salgaonkar with a shawl, coconut and a momento. Prominent among those who attended the function were ZP members Pradeep Dessai, Rashmi Lambor, Kalay Sarpanch Santosh Gaonkar, businessman Vilas Dessai, Guirish Tendulkar, Panchayat members Vassant Rama Naik, Govind Naik, Bablo Kharat, Krishna Gawas, Vagho Mishal, Molu Pinge, Sarita Gaonkar and Suhas Naik. Arjun Salgaonkar along with felicitees Vassant Rama Naik and ZP member Rashmi Lambor. Photo by Alfred Fernandes

providing desired help and support to the poor and needy in constructing houses by providing them laterite stones and cement, depending on the individual cases. “The problems pertaining to water, electricity and roads faced by the villagers will also be looked into and solved at the earliest,” claimed Salgaonkar. Salgaonkar however brushed aside of his being projected by

many a locals as the future candidate for the Sanvordem Constituency. “Whether to contest the elections or not, will depend on the decisions to be taken by my elders. Till date, nothing is finalized and the decision will be arrived at the appropriate time,” stated Salgaonkar. On the occasion, Darbandora ZP member Rashmi Lambor and Panch Vassant Rama Naik were

Singing contest at Sanguem SANGUEM(HC):

Sanguem Jaycees will organise an All Goa Hindi film singing competition for all ages at Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal, Sanguem, on Saturday at 5 pm. Cash prizes of Rs 2,000, Rs 1,500 and Rs 1,000 will be awarded to the winners of competition. For details, contact on 986065756 or 9890905434. On the occasion, Sanguem Jaycees will felicitate six citizens from Sanguem .

The Goa Barge Owner Association (GBOA) has stressed that the State’s three inland waterways, often used for transportation of iron ore, should be declared as national waterways. GBOA President Atul Jadhav was addressing the media onboard the cruise liner ‘Princessa de Goa’ after opening the sand bar in Mandovi River for the operation of barges during the ongoing season. Captain of Ports James Braganza, General Secretar y William D’Costa, Vice President Uday Naik, Treasurer Chandrakant Gawas,P Naik, Ravi Naidu, Milind Arolkar, Barucha and others were present on the occasion. “It’s a long-pending demand and the Centre should declare these inland water routes as national waterways, as the State has no adequate resources to maintain them,” said Jadhav. “Once these routes are declared as national waterways, the responsibility will be on the Centre to look after them,” added Jadhav. The barge owners want Man-

dovi and Zuari rivers and Cumbharjua Canal, covering 150 kms, to be declared as national waterways, which serves as the lifeline for 300-odd barges. Most of the ore cargo transported from these waterways is from hinterlands mines in Goa. “National waterways are like the national highways, where the control remains with the State, while spending is done by the Centre,” claimed Jadhav. There is a significant rise in the export of iron ore from the State with 53 million tonnes export recorded in the last financial year, the figure may go high during this season. Earlier, GBOA members performed Puja and other rituals onboard the cruise liner and later offered shriphal to the sea to commence the new season. Jadhav said the Association has forwarded a proposal to the State government for setting up maritime industrial estate, exclusively for the repairs of barges, which are operating in the State at the proposed site at Bhoma near Amona for the maritime estate by taking Regional Plan 2021 into consideration.





Seoul sends aid to North, talks begin on reunion of families REUTERS PAJU, (South Korea), SEPT 17

A convoy of South Korean trucks carrying the first rice aid to North Korea in three years crossed the peninsula's heavily armed border today in the latest of a series of conciliatory moves between the rivals. At the same time, officials from both countries met in the North Korean border town of Kaesung to discuss the resumption of reunions of families split by the Korean War which were halted

after the sinking of a South Korean warship earlier this year. Relations between the two Koreas have soured since conservative President Lee Myunbak's election in 2008, and then sank to their lowest point in decades at the start of the year with the sinking of a South Korean warship, killing 46 sailors. Former US President Jimmy Carter, who visited Pyongyang last month, said the North was now sending a clear and strong signal to Washington and Seoul.

Israeli troops kill Hamas commander REUTERS TULKARM, SEPT 17

Israeli soldiers shot dead a Hamas military commander in the occupied West Bank today, the army and Palestinian officials said. Palestinian leaders condemned the killing and said it could jeopardise nascent West Asia peace negotiations being brokered by the United States. The Islamist Hamas group named the dead man as Iyad Shilbayeh, saying he was a local commander of their armed wing and vowed to carry on fighting. It accused Israeli soldiers of murdering him in ''cold blood'' -- a charge rejected by the army. Hamas claimed responsibility for killing four Israelis last month, ahead of the resumption of peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians, and it was not immediately clear if Shilbayeh was suspected of involvement in those deaths. Relatives said he was shot dead in his house after troops arrived to arrest him. Soldiers knocked on his door then went inside, and Shilbayeh was heard saying ''Who is there?'' before three shots were heard, his b ro t h e r M o h a m m e d t o l d Reuters. An Israeli spokeswoman said Shilbayeh was shot during a ''routine arrest raid'' in a Palestinian refugee camp near Tulkarm, a West Bank town known for its militant activity.

She said the soldiers had opened fire after Shilbayeh came towards them despite being told to halt. Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad called the killing a ''dangerous escalation'', saying in a statement that it ''jeopardizes the international efforts being exerted to make progress in the peace process''. Fayyad is a member of the Palestinian Authority, which controls the West Bank and is at fierce loggerheads with Hamas. Hamas denounced the killing as a ''despicable crime''. ''The resistance will continue and the enemy will not succeed in breaking it,'' Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in Gaza, a coastal strip some 40km from the West Bank which is sealed off by Israeli forces. Hamas said Shilbayeh had served time in Israeli jails and had also been detained 10 times by the Palestinian Authority, adding that he had been released two days ago from a PA prison. It accused Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's party of sharing responsibility for his death. Hamas has greeted the new peace talks with an upsurge of violence, with militants firing rockets and mortars into Israel from Gaza, which it controls. Israel has responded with a series of air strikes and tank fire, in which three Palestinian militants have been killed.

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an absconder. With the court discharging both Mohan and Rohil, the court will now proceed only against accused Basu Das, against whom charges were framed under Section 302 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for murder and criminal conspiracy. The deceased Wilma was killed in a cold blooded murder on May 18 at her residence when unknown person shot her dead point blank. She died instantly, even as the accused killer managed to escape under the cover of darkness, leaving the police confused about the exact motive behind the gruesome murder. The Cuncolim police later came up with the theory that Wilma was shot dead allegedly over a love affair involving Lucky Singh, who was working in the Cuncolim industrial estate. The police had contended that Lucky alleged killed the young girl with the help and assistance of his friends to take revenge for jilting him.

KTC gets tough

Henceforth, he added, nobody would be spared be it an officer, staff or other field staff. “Nobody is indispensable,” he stated. On what action would be taken against the erring employees, he said, “Let the explanation come then we will see”.

Accidental blast kills 62 in Lanka PTI COLOMBO, SEPT 17

At least 62 people, including two Chinese nationals, were killed and 40 others injured today in an accidental blast of explosives stored in a police station in Eastern Sri Lanka for road construction in the region. The blast occurred at the Karadiyanaru police station, “where the explosives were kept for safety,” the military said. Most of those killed were policemen. The explosives that detonated were meant for road construction in the region and belonged to a Chinese company, Military spokesman Udaya Medawalla said. About 60 policemen and two Chinese nationals lost their lives in the blast, he said. The blast occurred when the workers from the Chinese company were shifting the explosives kept in containers in the police station to a vehicle, Medawalla said. Shortly, the vehicle carrying the explosives exploded and as a result of the detonation, three other containers too blew up, the spokesman said.




AYODHYA ON THE EDGE AHEAD OF VERDICT Akhara wants 10 days for compromise


Nirmohi Akhara, one of the main parties to the Ayodhya title dispute, today filed a fresh application before the Allahabad High Court hearing the case seeking time till September 27 to arrive at a compromise. The application filed before the Lucknow bench of the court by lawyer R L Verma on behalf of Mahant Raja Ramchandra has sought ten days' time to explore an out of court settlement on the issue. The application has also

leaders appeal for peace PTI Lucknow, Sept 17

With the date of pronouncement of the Allahabad High Court judgement on Ayodhya dispute drawing near, religious leaders and scholars of both the communities have appealed for peace and communal harmony. Leading Muslim religious leaders, including Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawwad, naib imam of Idgah and member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Maulana Khalid Rasheed Firangimahli besides Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband have asked Muslims to respect the verdict of the court and maintain communal harmony . "Peace is of prime importance and we have made the Muslims aware of it at every level in discourses and appeals that communal harmony should be maintained, so as to check vested interests from taking advantage of the situation," Firangimahli told PTI.

said that a retired judge of the Supreme Court or High Court should be appointed as a mediator the title suit dispute in either Lucknow or in Ayodhya. Asked if a compromise was possible, the Mahant said that "in the interest of the nation, nothing is impossible". Gopal Singh Visharad, Nirmohi Akhara, the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Waqf Board and Ram Lalla Virajman are the main parties to the title dispute. With the Allahabad High Court appearing to make an-

other attempt to settle the Ayodhya title suits through a compromise, two parties to the 60-year-old case had yesterday moved the court opposing deferring of the verdict expected to be pronounced next week. Sunni Central Board of Waqfs and the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha, through their lawyers Zafaryab Jilani and H S Jain respectively, yesterday filed objections before the Officer on Special Duty (OSD) of the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court against any defer-

ment of the verdict likely to be pronounced by the special bench on September 24. Citing apprehension of breach of peace and the upcoming Commonwealth Games, two separate applications seeking directions for deferring the verdict were also moved before the Allahabad High Court on September 13. Both the objections filed yesterday would be placed before the court along with the application seeking deferment today, Sunni Board and Mahasabha sources said.

MP maintains a tight vigil PTI BHOPAL, SEPT 17

In view of what happened after the demolition of the Babri Masjid in December 1992, the BJP Government in Madhya Pradesh wants to ensure that nothing untoward happens after the judgement on the Ayodhya case is delivered on September 24. Following the riots that took place after the demolition of the Babri Masjid, the then BJP government in Madhya Pradesh was dismissed along with same party governments in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh in 1992. In what appears to be a case of "once bitten twice shy", the BJP government does not want anything to happen that could mar its image in the eyes of the people. "I don't think that communal situation like 1992 will occur in Madhya Pradesh post Ayodhya verdict, but we are not taking any chances and police is maintaining a tight vigil in the state," Madhya Pradesh Home Minister, Uma Shankar Gupta told PTI

today. "We have directed officials to deploy entire police force in the field including those who were not doing field duties at present and also called the 100 per cent Home Guard jawans in the state for maintaining communal harmony at any cost," Gupta said. Though there are remote chances of any communal disturbance, anybody found indulging in such activities will be firmly dealt with, the Minister said when asked whether there is any fear of repeat of 1992 situation. "We have requested for the deployment of over 50 companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) and Special Armed Force (SAF) in the state for maintaining law and order," Gupta said. Search operation and arrest of history-sheeters and anti-social elements are already going on for ensuring peace in the state, the Minister said. "We are also in constant touch with the public leaders, people's representatives and other important persons of the society to maintaining peace in the

state," Gupta said. The government has already taken the meeting of senior officials including zonal IGs, SSPs, Commissioners and Collectors through video-conferencing on Ayodhya judgement and its possible fallouts, official sources said. All concerned officials were directed to give top priority to maintain law and order, communal harmony in their respective areas, they said. The concerned officials in those areas where communal tension occurred recently were asked to maintain tight vigil in sensitive areas. Citing the example of Ratlam, where recently curfew was imposed in two police station areas following incident of cow dung allegedly thrown at a religious place, official sources said that "such incidents may have links to the forthcoming judgement and might have done with an intention to divide people on communal lines. Therefore police was directed not to take any chance on the issue of maintaining communal harmony."

Gujarat has rejected ‘Cong-CBI pact’: BJP PTI NEW DELHI, SEPT 17

The BJP today said that its bypoll win in Kathlal in Gujarat has proved that the state voters have completely rejected the "Congress-CBI alliance". The party wrested the seat from the Congress, which has won it in every elections since Gujarat was formed in 1960. "The Congress-CBI alliance and misuse of CBI in Gujarat has been completely rejected by the by the people of the state," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitaraman told reporters here, in an apparent reference to the arrest of former state Home Minister

Amit Shah by CBI in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case. "It is a slap on the face of Congress for trying all kinds of methods including misuse of CBI to gain politically in a state where they have been repeatedly rejected," she said, hailing her party's victory in the Congress bastion as "historic". Alleging that the Congressled UPA government had misused the CBI as a tool to harass the people, voters and state government, the BJP spokesperson said, "It has now been proved in Gujarat that you cannot win electorally" by such methods.

Over 60 Telangana advocates arrested PTI HYDERABAD, SEPT 17

Tension prevailed at the Andhra Pradesh High Court premises here today when several slogan shouting Telangana advocates, who tried to barge into the court premises, were prevented by the police and arrested. More than 60 Telangana advocates were arrested by police as they tried to violate the decision of the Standing Committee constituted by the High Court that prohibited dharnas, sloganeering and agitation in the court premises. The advocates abused policemen and virtually tried to manhandle the cops on duty. The Telangana advocates contended that the Standing Committee directions were not judicial orders and they will not abide by them. However, police personnel who were present in large numbers overpowered the protesting advocates and arrested them who were later taken outside

4 students arrested for ragging PTI VARANASI, SEPT 17

Four students of Banaras Hindu University have been arrested for allegedly assaulting and ragging a physically challenged boy in the varsity campus nearly a year ago. The students were arrested last night on a complaint filed by the second year B.Com student Ajit Kumar Upadhayay, L anka SHO Mohan Verma said. The arrested students have been identified as Mohit Shukla, Girijesh Tiwari (both students of B.Com final year), Anuj Lal (student of L.LB first y e a r ) a n d Ashish Gautam (MBA), he said.

High Court premises.

"Three generations of the Solanki family have held sway over this seat on behalf of the Congress for long. But the voters of Gujarat have approved state Chief Minister Narendra Modi's good governance and have given a massive, substantial victory margin to the BJP," she said. The spokesperson said after Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka bypoll losses, the Congress had been defeated in Gujarat too.

"By this, Congress can understand that it is increasing losing the pulse of the people," she said and claimed that it would affect the party's morale in Bihar. Sitaraman refused to take any questions on the resignation of former finance minister Yashwant Sinha as in-charge of Punjab affairs and on the Ayodhya title suits in which the judgment is expected on September 24.


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Banks must use Tech to ensure Fin inclusion: PM AGENCY NEW DELHI, SEPT 17

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has called for better use of technology-driven models to ensure financial inclusion in the country and reach banking and social services to all sections of the society, even in remote villages. The directions came during a meeting he presided over to review the progress being made towards financial inclu-

sion. The top brass of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), including Governor D. Subbarao, attended, an official statement said Friday. The prime minister said every effort must be made to ensure that the schemes under the national rural jobs programme, pension and other social security measures reach even those in remote villages faster, more efficiently and with lesser intermediation


ICICI Bank, KF Airlines join to reward customers PANJIM (HBD) -- ICICI Bank and Kingfisher Airlines announced the launch of the “ICICI Bank Kingfisher Airlines MasterCard Credit Card”. The card is powered by a uniquely rewarding miles programme coupled with exclusive travel and lifestyle privileges for discerning customers. Some key benefits of the card include accelerated miles earning for all card spends, bonus miles on joining and renewal, complimentary upgrade vouchers, complimentary membership of King Club , Kingfisher Airlines’ frequent flyer programme and a wide range of special offers on shopping, golfing, dining & more. The miles earned can be redeemed for free flight tickets and upgrade vouchers with Kingfisher Airlines. To cater to the different needs of customers, the card is available in 3 variants – World, Platinum and Titanium. The ICICI Bank Kingfisher Airlines MasterCard World Credit Card offers the following features: • Complimentary membership to Gold Tier of King Club, Kingfisher Airlines' frequent flyer programme. • 10,000 Bonus King Miles on joining. • 3 complimentary Upgrade Vouchers on joining. • Additional complimentary Upgrade Voucher for every 7,500 King Miles earned on the card. • Up to 27 King Miles for every Rs. 200 spent on the card. King Miles can be redeemed for free tickets on Kingfisher Airlines. • Exciting benefits such as access to Golf courses, Dining discounts, Airport lounges, discounted calling cards from Uniconnect and many more.

National meet on HR kicks off PANJIM (HBD) -- “Human capital has become India’s greatest asset today. India has become the single, youngest, major economy of the world. The brain-drain too has reversed,” Bhaskar Chatterjee, secretary, Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Government of India speaking immediately after the inauguration of 1st National Seminar on HR being held in Goa. He was the chief guest for the two-day meet. The meet with the theme ‘Sustainable Practices in HR’ began this morning and is being attended by 100 delegates from India and abroad. The delegates include directors, executive directors, general managers and HR Personnel, OSH practitioners, consultants, software developers, suppliers etc. It is organised in association with Department of Public Enterprises, Government of India. The first national meeting on HR is supported by National Institute of Personnel Management. Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Sudies has been the knowledge partner of the event. Speakers from Switzerland, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia and others countries will discuss on competency mapping, management of change, conflict management, from remuneration and reward to fulfillment, role of CSR and social initiatives in HR strategies, realising triple bottom line through HR initiatives and balancing between flexibility and commitment etc Dr Sehgal, MD of Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation Ltd, Dr Katrina Burrus, MCC executive coach, speaker, facilitator, MKB Consell Coaching, Switzerland, R P Singh, director personnel, South Eastern CoalFields and others graced the inaugural function. The international speakers include Ajit De Costa, Sr VP, IMP, Sri Lanka; Brig Mahendra Wijeratne, director personnel, Orit Apparelslanka (P) Ltd; Shashi Balain, senior research associate Lancaster Universityof Management School. During the meet Greentech Foundation gives away awards to comapanies and individuals for the best practices in Human Resources field.

Sensex bounces back, rallies 177 pts to new 32-month high PTI MUMBAI, SEPT 17

The BSE benchmark Sensex climbed 177 points today, fuelled by a surge in RIL and blue-chip telecom stocks, to close at a fresh 32-month high on sustained capital inflows and firm global cues. The 30-share barometer of the Bombay Stock Exchange ended the day higher by 177.26 points, or 0.9 per cent, at 19,594.75, erasing the 85-point loss it suffered in the last session. In intraday trade, the index breached the 19,600 mark. The Sensex ended the week at its best level since January 17, 2008. During the week, the Sensex recorded a gain of 4.2 per cent, its best weekly rise so far this year.

cost. The prime minister was briefed on the efforts being made to reach banking services by using information and communication technology to 73,000 rural habitations in the country having population of over 2,000 by March 2012. 'Only then will the rural hinterland become fully connected with the financial sector in India,' said the prime minister, who was himself the governor of the central bank before he became India's finance minister in 1991. India presently has some 32,000 rural bank branches. In the federal budget tabled in February the government had committed to reach financial services to all villages that have a population of more than 2,000 people. Reserve Bank deputy governors Usha Thorat and K.C. Chakrabarty, as also chairmen of the State Bank of India and Punjab National Bank, O.P. Bhatt and K.R. Kamath, were among those who attended the meeting.

HPCL eyeing oil blocks in Africa PTI MUMBAI, SEPT 17

State-run Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) is eyeing oil blocks in African countries, its CMD, Subir Roy Choudhari said today. "We are securing blocks in Australia, Oman and Egypt. We are looking at assets in African countries as well," Choudhari told reporters after the completion of the company's AGM here.

China, India lift sentiment: EPFR REUTERS HONG KONG, SEPT 17

Signs of resilience in the Chinese and Indian economies sent investors buying up emerging market equities and high-yield bonds, weekly EPFR Global data showed on Friday. Equity funds tracked by the fund research firm saw an aggregate $9.4 billion of net inflows in the week to Sept 15, while bond funds took in $4.2 billion and money market funds had redemptions of $26.5 billion, the highest in three months. Mixed signals on the US re-

covery had made investors cautious about emerging market equities for the last few months, but rebounds in Chinese manufacturing and moderating Indian inflation have renewed enthusiasm for developing economies. Hunger for higher yields is also an increasingly prominent theme across global markets, especially with developed economies expected to keep their interest rates low for a long time. EMERGING MARKET EQUITY FUNDS The fund group had $3.3 bil-

Punjab farmers eye Ethiopia

Abb Ltd., 820, 851.95, 815.85, 845.5 Abg Shipyard, 237.5, 244.55, 237.15, 242.3 Acc Limited, 968.6, 1003, 968.6, 997.85 Adani Enterp, 684.95, 698, 681.6, 691.7 Aditya Birla, 840, 884, 840, 877.7 Allahabad Ba, 232.5, 234.75, 232.25, 233.9 Alstom Proje, 793.8, 793.8, 766.3, 771.3 Ambuja Cemen, 135.1, 144.3, 135.1, 142.55 Andhra Bank, 166, 169.75, 165.5, 167.75 Ashok Leylan, 76, 77.9, 75.6, 76.05 Asian Paints, 2820, 2858.15, 2808, 2847.05 Axis Bank Li, 1485.05, 1513, 1481, 1506.5 Bajaj Hindus, 122.5, 127, 122.3, 126.05 Bank Of Baro, 889, 905, 867, 873 Bank Of Indi, 487.5, 501.75, 487.2, 498.45 Beml Limited, 1150, 1186.85, 1150, 1164.8 Bharat Elect, 1810, 1848, 1810, 1838.65 Bharat Forge, 363.45, 371.8, 361.55, 365 Bharat Petro, 761.95, 770.5, 754.3, 765.9 Bharti Airte, 349.1, 360, 349.1, 358.85 Bosch Limite, 6172, 6248, 6161, 6198.6 Brigade Ente, 139.9, 149.2, 139, 144.95 Cairn India, 342, 355, 338.1, 342.1 Canara Bank, 573, 585, 569.2, 574 Central Bank, 202, 204.4, 200.35, 203.4 Century Text, 508.8, 518.95, 507.4, 512.7 Cesc Ltd, 414, 416.9, 411.35, 412.75

inflows, posting outflows for the third time in the past five weeks. SECTOR FUNDS At a sector level, fund flows reflected little conviction. Seven of the nine major sector groups tracked by EPFR had outflows for the week. Only real estate and commodity sector funds had inflows. Financials suffered outflows of $419 million, the highest in 12 weeks, even though Basel III rules were not as harsh as expected. BOND FUNDS The fixed income asset class continued to suck in investor money. High-yield bond fund inflows reached nearly $1 billion, while U.S. bond funds took in $2.1 billion, seeing new money for a 12 straight week. Emerging market local currency bond funds were hot and have accounted for 53 percent of overall year-to-date flows into emerging market bond funds, compared with 24 percent for hard currency funds and 23 percent for blended funds.

BOARD MEETINGS Krishna Ventures Modi Rubber Source:

MF FUNDA UTI MUTUAL FUND has approved September 22, 2010 as the record date for declaration of dividend under dividend option of UTI Balanced Fund. The quantum of dividend will be Rs 1.50 per unit on a face value of Rs 10 per unit as on the record date.


Punjab-based farmers, who are known for feeding the country, now want to try their hands offshore, with a group of progressive farmers all set to acquire 50,000 hectares of farm land on lease in Ethiopia for growing high-value cash crops, including pulses and maize. "We will be inking a deal with the Ethiopia government next month for getting at least 50,000 hectares of area for growing crops like pulses and maize, which will be exported to India and Europe," Confederation of Potato Seed Farmers President Sukhjit Singh Bhatti said. Bhatti will lead a delegation of 16 interested potato growers from Punjab to carry out farming in Ethiopia. What encouraged these potato growers to try their hand at farming overseas was land availability at almost throwaway rates, duty free imports of capital goods and the zero duty on farm exports offered by Ethiopia. "Unlike here, most of the agricultural land is with the Ethiopian government and it has offered us to acquire land on lease for a period ranging between 25 to 40 years at a nominal rate, which works out to Rs 400 per acre per annum in Indian currency. Moreover, we will not have to pay for the first five years of our operations," he said.

lion in inflows in the latest week, with Asia ex-Japan equity fund inflows hitting a sevenweek high and Latin American funds extending their inflow streak to five weeks, the longest run since the final quarter of 2009. Flows into India and China equity funds reached eight- and five-week highs respectively, while Brazil equity funds absorbed fresh money for the 11th straight week. While Asia and Latam saw fresh capital flowing into their regions, Europe, Middle East & Africa was a laggard. Russian equity funds had small inflows, and Africa funds had consecutive weeks of outflows for the first time in more than 17 months. DEVELOPED MARKET EQUITY FUNDS US equity funds had inflows of more than $6 billion, with most of the new capital heading to large-cap exchange traded funds. Actively managed funds actually had outflows of $1.5 billion in the week. Japan equity funds posted a 12th consecutive week of outflows, though Wednesday's aggressive yen selling by the government has had a positive impact on domestic equity prices. Europe could not attract net

China drops plan to raise retirement age

JM FINANCIAL MUTUAL FUND has approved September 21, 2010 as the record date for declaration of dividend under the dividend plan of JM Arbitrage Advantage Fund. The quantum of dividend will be upto Re 0.12 per unit as on the record date.


Cantabil Retail sets IPO price band at Rs 127-135

China has dropped a plan to raise the retirement age after the move triggered widespread concerns among the public, the state-run media said today. "China has no immediate plan to adjust the retirement age," the China Daily reported quoting an official of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MHRSS). The report comes amdist growing concerns that moves are afoot to increase the retirement age to deal with shortages in pension fund. "Related government departments are only researching some proposals of delaying retirement age but it does not mean the current regulation on retirement age will be changed soon," the official said. The retirement issue has triggered public concerns after Wang Xiaochu, vice-minister of MHRSS, said last week that the govt is researching the possibility of delaying the retirement age. The current legal

retirement age in China since 1978 is 60 for male workers and officials, 50 for female workers and 55 for female officials. Men, who work in arduous conditions, such as in hightemperature environments, can retire at 55 while their women colleagues in this category can retire at 45. Workers can receive money monthly from the govt's social security fund after they retire, but they have to pay into their social security account for at least 15 years before they retire. Wang''s remarks, amid reports that China faces enormous pension burden in a rapidly aging society, has prompted the public to expect an increase in retirement age. According to a recent report by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China will become the most aging society in the world by 2030. The country''s population above 60 years will account for 28 per cent of its total by 2040. A white paper issued by the MHRSS predicted that due to

the aging of the population, every two taxpayers would have to pay for the social security expense of one retired person by 2035 against the current situation of every 3.5 taxpayers paying for one retired person. Estimates predict that if the retirement age was delayed by a year, the shortage of the social security fund would be alleviated by 20 billion yuan (USD 2.94 billion). The idea of rising the retirement age has worried many workers who bear heavy workloads but are paid very little.

PANJIM (HBD) -- Apparel maker Cantabil Retail India Ltd today said it has fixed a price band of Rs 127-135 per share for its initial public offering to raise upto Rs 105 crore. The issue will be through a 100 per cent book building process, wherein at least 50 per cent of the issue will be allocated on a proportionate basis to Qualified Institutional Buyers (QIB). New Delhi-based Cantabil Retail is engaged in the business of designing, manufacturing and retailing of readymade garments and accessories, with 411 retail outlets spread across India. "We are investing Rs 32-crore for setting up of a new manufacturing facility, Rs 24.9-crore will be invested in expansion of our retail network," Cantabils CMD, Vijay Bansal told reporters here. The company also intend to utilise up to Rs 20 crore out of the net proceeds of the issue towards pre-payment of secured debt. The proposed integrated manufacturing facility at Bahadurgarh in Haryana will enable the company to expand its manufacturing and finishing capacities and thereby reduce its dependence on third parties. The company also plans to consolidate certain of its existing manufacturing facilities in the proposed integrated complex, Bansal said. Cantabil has three in-house manufacturing units and four warehouses in Delhi. The company has a network of 411 retail outlets spread across India, which includes 270 stores of family-wear brand Cantabil and 141 stores of the menswear brand La Fanso. To promote its brands further and to meet the need for growth following market expansion, the company intends to open 180 exclusive brand outlets (EBOs) for its brand Cantabil by March 2012. "We are setting up 180 brand outlets mainly in South and East India's Tier-II and Tier-III cities. We have already identified 90 places for the EBOs," Bansal said.

Chambal Fert, 72.7, 73.3, 71.6, 72.4 Chennai Petr, 248, 255, 248, 252.4 Cipla Ltd, 306, 310.9, 305.7, 308.9 Cummins Indi, 729.55, 750.7, 726, 745.6 Dabur India, 109.5, 110.9, 108.1, 109.55 Deccan Chron, 133.5, 134.8, 132.4, 133.25 Dish Tv Indi, 56, 57, 55, 55.9 Divi’s Labor, 731, 731, 710.1, 720.95 Dlf Limited, 351, 358.65, 349.75, 352.5 Dr. reddy’s, 1459, 1485, 1453, 1476.8 Edelweiss Ca, 56, 59.2, 55.65, 58.5 Educomp Solu, 585, 603.4, 583, 594.55 Eih Limited, 139, 139.5, 137.25, 138.15 Engineers In, 352, 358, 350.3, 356.15 Essar Oil Lt, 129.15, 133.1, 129.15, 132.3 Essar Shippi, 109, 115.1, 108.15, 115.1 Exide Indust, 157.7, 160.4, 156.65, 159.7 Federal Bank, 370, 378.25, 368.2, 375.4 Financial Te, 1422, 1433.35, 1415, 1420.8 Gail (india), 475, 484, 472.5, 480.35 Gammon India, 212.35, 217, 211.1, 212.85 Glaxosmithkl, 1915, 1964, 1912.05, 1956.3 Glenmark Pha, 283.6, 286, 282.1, 285 Gmr Infrastr, 58.5, 59.25, 58.35, 58.6 Godrej Indus, 231.8, 240.25, 230, 233.7 Grasim Indus, 2197, 2252.85, 2195, 2230.35 Great Offsho, 385, 393.35, 385, 390.25

Gtl Infra.Lt, 46.5, 46.85, 46.2, 46.5 Gvk Pow. & I, 48, 49, 47.5, 48.45 Hcl Technolo, 417.5, 423, 417.2, 419.25 Hdfc Bank Lt, 2395.3, 2426, 2387, 2400.6 Hdfc Ltd, 693, 699.8, 680.05, 683.65 Hindustan Pe, 538, 540.9, 528, 532.3 Hindustan Un, 278.1, 284, 277.6, 281.8 Hindustan Zi, 1077, 1089.1, 1067.2, 1072.9 Housing Dev, 274, 279.5, 274, 277.05 Icici Bank L, 1105, 1122, 1105, 1114.2 Idea Cellula, 80, 80, 73.25, 77.15 Ifci Ltd, 63.4, 63.4, 59, 61.1 India Cement, 108.6, 114.95, 108.5, 114.1 India Infoli, 100, 105.25, 99.6, 104.55 Indiabulls F, 150.55, 151.95, 148.1, 149.7 Indiabulls R, 180, 181.7, 178.15, 179.45 Indian Bank, 263.2, 267.9, 262.15, 266.45 Indian Hotel, 103.5, 105.45, 103.3, 104.9 Indian Oil C, 434, 436, 425.2, 428.5 Indian Overs, 139.05, 141.25, 138.6, 140.7 Indus Dev Ba, 140.5, 142.75, 140, 141.95 Ispat Indust, 21.25, 24.45, 20.7, 23.7 Itc Ltd, 167.85, 169.25, 166.35, 168.35 Ivrcl Infras, 159.5, 160.85, 156.6, 158 Jai Corp Lim, 263.7, 271.05, 263.7, 266.95 Jaiprakash A, 122.6, 125.5, 121.5, 122.3 Jet Airways, 762.8, 774.9, 753.2, 760.7

Jindal Saw L, 203.6, 208, 202.05, 207.6 Jindal Steel, 699.9, 714.75, 699.1, 708.4 Jsw Steel Li, 1205.15, 1265, 1200.2, 1256.95 Kotak Mahind, 470.55, 478, 468.1, 473.25 Lakshmi Mach, 2447, 2499, 2401.25, 2437.85 Lanco Infrat, 69, 69.9, 68.4, 69.15 Larsen & Tou, 1942, 1970, 1942, 1963.15 Lic Housing, 1282.2, 1322, 1265.4, 1317.2 Lupin Limite, 364.75, 390.9, 364.5, 387.7 Mahanagar Te, 62.75, 64.4, 62.75, 64 Mahindra & M, 680, 686, 677.2, 680 Maruti Suzuk, 1400, 1414.2, 1382, 1388.35 Max India Lt, 163.1, 173.4, 162.3, 170.6 Maytas Infr., 209.9, 215.5, 208.9, 214.1 Moser-baer (, 65.2, 65.6, 64.55, 65.15 Mrpl, 77.8, 78.8, 77.75, 78.25 Nagarjuna Co, 160.6, 160.65, 156.6, 157.85 Nagarjuna Fe, 30.8, 31.45, 30.8, 31.3 National Alu, 407, 416, 406, 412.95 Neyveli Lign, 160.5, 162.75, 156.25, 157.45 Ntpc Ltd, 207, 208, 204.8, 206.35 Oil And Natu, 1410, 1422.5, 1389, 1397.25 Omaxe Limite, 136, 137.5, 133.25, 136.15 Oriental Ban, 456.05, 466.6, 456, 458.15 Pantaloon Re, 465, 506.6, 459, 494.3 Parsvnath De, 140, 143.7, 139.8, 140.35 Petronet Lng, 108, 112.25, 106, 111.55

Power Fin Co, 356, 364.5, 352.9, 355.55 Power Grid C, 106.25, 106.45, 105, 105.25 Praj Industr, 76, 77.8, 75.35, 77.5 Punj Lloyd L, 118, 118.85, 117.05, 117.8 Punjab Natio, 1298.4, 1312.5, 1276, 1285.85 Rajesh Expor, 102.45, 104.95, 101.25, 104 Ranbaxy Labs, 508, 536.2, 507, 534 Rashtriya Ch, 84.9, 85.15, 83.3, 83.8 Rel. nat. re, 39, 40.2, 38.7, 39.85 Reliance Cap, 807, 816.4, 805.7, 809.9 Reliance Com, 159, 168.9, 158.5, 166.75 Reliance Ene, 1169.99, 1185, 1146.1, 1160 Reliance Ind, 880.65, 901, 880.65, 894.2 Reliance Ind, 1005, 1031.4, 1005, 1027.35 Reliance Pow, 155, 161.9, 153.2, 160.9 Rolta India, 167, 169, 165, 167.75 Satyam Compu, 90.35, 92.65, 90.3, 91.95 Sesa Goa Ltd, 322.3, 327, 322, 325.05 Shipping Cor, 169.2, 170.75, 166.05, 169.25 Siemens Ltd, 756, 769, 750.3, 753.2 Sintex Indus, 362, 366.6, 359.6, 363.85 Sobha Develo, 372.8, 381, 372.8, 379.25 State Bank O, 3140, 3140, 3080, 3092.75 Steel Author, 203.5, 204.4, 200.05, 201.65 Sterlite Ind, 171.1, 174.45, 170, 173.6 Sun Pharmace, 1855, 1891, 1845.1, 1874.1 Sun Tv Netwo, 499, 530.95, 497, 506.65


Suzlon Energ, 59, 59, 53.4, 54.45 Tata Communi, 325.25, 335.9, 325.25, 334.1 Tata Consult, 900.1, 918.75, 900.1, 913.8 Tata Motors, 1039, 1047.9, 1029.5, 1035.5 Tata Power C, 1261, 1276, 1257.15, 1264.6 Tata Steel L, 597.35, 614.25, 597.35, 604.8 Tata Teleser, 22.9, 23.5, 22.85, 23.4 Tech Mahindr, 723.5, 728.9, 714.6, 719.35 The Ge Shpg., 304.9, 308.45, 301, 302.4 The Phoenix, 247, 258.5, 242, 253.7 Thermax Ltd, 783, 788.85, 775, 784.6 Titan Indust, 3128, 3219.8, 3126, 3202.7 Torrent Powe, 333.1, 337.45, 329.55, 332.9 Triveni Engg, 104.6, 106.9, 104.2, 105.8 Tv18 India L, 91.75, 94, 91.7, 93 Uco Bank, 117.1, 119.3, 117, 118 Ultratech Ce, 1015.55, 1057.8, 1015.55, 1048.7 Union Bank O, 370.05, 382.4, 370, 376.55 Unitech Ltd, 90, 90, 87.45, 87.95 United Phosp, 186.2, 188.45, 185.6, 187.2 Videocon Ind, 259.25, 265, 258, 263.2 Vijaya Bank, 84.55, 85.6, 84.55, 85.05 Voltas Ltd, 220, 227.95, 220, 226.6 Wipro Ltd, 425, 430.75, 418.1, 420.25 Yes Bank Lim, 327, 332.9, 326, 329.45 Zee Entertai, 289.8, 292.4, 284.65, 286.3


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Cannot compromise BlackBerry security: RIM PTI BOSTON, SEPT 17

Amid discussions with India on lawful interception of data sent from BlackBerry devices, the smartphone maker, Research in Motion, has said it cannot compromise the security architecture of its enterprise solution. The company is continuing discussions with governments in India, the UAE and other countries, as well as with service providers, and "believe we have made good progress in those discussions," RIM CoCEO Jim Balsillie said. "I am optimistic that a positive and constructive outcome can be achieved," he said in a conference call with analysts yesterday. The company had, however, stated that the security concerns were not specific to BlackBerry operations only, as there are other operators who offer similar services. In India, BlackBerry services have over a million subscribers and virtually all leading opera-

Relief to small entrepreneurs HERALD CORRESPONDENT NEW DELHI, SEPT 17

The Union Cabinet on Thursday decided to provide a relief to small entrepreneurs in maintenance of records under the labour laws by redefining the "small establishments" as those employing up to 40 instead of 19 as under the existing law. It decided to introduce Labour Laws (Exemption from Furnishing Returns and Maintaining Registers by Certain Establishments) Amendment Bill in the ensuing Rajya Sabha session, withdrawing a similar legislation already pending before the House. The amendment does not impact "very small" establishments employing up to nine workers but benefits those employing 10 to 40 employees who would be required to maintain only two registers as against three at present and submit one return. e-RECORDS: The Bill also permits maintenance of registers and records in computer or on any electronic media and submission of returns through e-mail.

tors, including state-owned BSNL and MTNL, offer these services to users. India had threatened to ban corporate emails and BlackBerry-to-BlackBerry messenger services amid fears that encrypted communications could be used by militants to plan attacks. RIM was given time till August 31 to come up with a way for Indian authorities to monitor emails and messenger services. RIM has been given a 60-day reprieve from the Indian government to continue services in the country on the condition that the Canadian firm would have to ultimately set up a local server to continue with its full services beyond November. Balsillie, however, stressed that while it is "respectful of government needs and fully cooperating to comply with lawful requirements on an industry standard basis, we cannot compromise the security architecture of the BlackBerry enterprise solution."

Central DA up, but PF hike in doubt HERALD CORRESPONDENT NEW DELHI, SEPT 17

On the heels of the organised sector workers getting a one per cent hike in interest on their provident fund deposits, the Central Govt employees and pensioners were on Thursday showered with a 10 per cent increase in the dearness allowance and relief with retrospective effect from July 1. The dearness hike approved by the Union Cabinet under an accepted formula mandated by the 6th Central Pay Commission will push it up from 35 to 45 per cent of the basic salary, costing the exchequer an additional Rs 9303.20 crores per annum. Its financial implication in the current year, however, will be Rs 6202.10 crores as it has been granted three months after the start of the financial year. The Finance Ministry, which pushed for the D.A. and D.R. hike as a festival gift in view of a host of festivities in the coming months, is, however, in quandary over the similar festival bonanza of PF interest rate hike given to the organised sector employees by the Central

Board of Trustees of the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO). PF HIKE EXCESSIVE: The P.F. interest rate hike is mostly likely to be turned down by the Finance Ministry unlike the past practice of accepting the board's recommendation as the government is not in a position to bail out EPFO with budgetary support in the subsequent years to maintain this 9.5 per cent rate and the board has not shown how it is going to increase its earnings from investments to sustain it, particularly when it was finding difficulty to even sustain 8.5 per cent. Though it is for the Finance Ministry to notify the PF interest rate and it is Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee who will take the final call as it is a sensitive political issue challenging the trade unions who forced the hike, sources said the government's policy has been that the fund should be self-sustaining and should not increase payouts beyond its earning capacity to make it unviable. Sources said the trade unions could force the board's hand to liquidate its interest

suspense account of Rs 1731 crores to pay higher interest rate, but that kind of money will just not be there in subsequent years to sustain it. REVISION OR EQUITY: The ministry may ask the EPFO board to reconsider its recommendation or opt for investing the funds in the stock markets to earn higher revenue, a proposal which was turned down in its meeting on Wednesday, the sources said. They said the government will not like to subsidise EPFO to sustain the excessive interest rate, particularly because the burden would be otherwise recurring. The government's liability will rather blow up if the employees decide to invest more on their PF accounts instead of just the statutory 10 per cent as the law permits them to invest up to 100 per cent of the basic salary. The Finance Ministry is certain that the employees will opt for higher deduction into their PF accounts from salary as they will get much better return than investing savings in the banks' fixed deposits (FDs). More so, because interest on

PF is tax-free unlike interest on FDs not exempted from income tax, the sources said, pointing out that no bank today provides 9.5 per cent interest. EMPLOYERS WORRIED: The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the national apex body of the employers, says higher returns to the employees to compensate inflation are welcome, but it will put burden on the provident fund managers to earn much higher returns to sustain the rate. The private sector companies managing own PF trusts are much worried as they may not be able to match the government-mandated rate as FICCI says they are finding difficulty to earn even eight per cent return because of the strict investment guidelines on deployment of the PF corpus. FICCI has, therefore, urged the government to introduce flexibility in the investment pattern to allow the companies park the PF corpus in higher yielding avenues, such as stock market, a recommendation that was rejected outright by the EPFO board.

BSNL’s unlimited broadband plan at Rs 499 HERALD NEWS BUREAU PANJIM, SEPT 17

BSNL has further reduced its charges for broadband services with the introduction of an unlimited plan for home users. Beginning September 1, BSNL has launched a monthly plan of Rs 499 for the home users with unlimited usage and bandwidth speed of 256 Kbps. According to the BSNL

website, the plan exists for all the telecom circles in the country, including Goa telecom district, except for Hyderabad TD. Before introduction of this plan, the minimum unlimited usage plan for home users was monthly Rs 750 with same bandwidth speed of 256 Kbps. However, now plan 750 UL has a bandwidth speed of 512

kbps. BSNL also has introduced a combo plan 625 unlimited broadband usage, again providing download bandwidth speed of 256 Kbps. The advantage of this plan is that there is no separate phone rentals and offers 100 free calls from the landline phone every month. This plan is suitable

mostly for urban customers paying separate rentals for phone, besides the broadband plan charges. Incidentally, both the plans have an annual discounted payment option with a concession of two months fees. As such, the consumer needs to pay the rentals for only 10 months in advance to avail of a 12 month service.

Yen intervention to lower volatility REUTERS TOKYO, SEPT 17

After Japan's yen-selling effort on Wednesday pushed the unit down 3.0 percent versus the US dollar, investors expect fewer aggressive bets because of ongoing fear of more intervention. A day after Japan sold nearly 2 trillion yen ($20.9 billion) to weaken its currency, fund managers are bracing for low volatility and tight trading ranges, even though they expect the Japanese Ministry of Finance, which acts on behalf

of the Bank of Japan, to intervene in markets for some time. Dollar/yen traded nearly flat on Thursday, moving within a 60-basis point range, closing around 85.77. Investors expect days like Thursday to be the norm for the next several months, believing Wednesday's steep fall to be a one-time event. Despite the Bank of Japan intervention, many still think the yen's recent trend has not necessarily been reversed for good. "I don't think we will see an


Go Cheese from Parag Milk PANJIM (HBD) -Parag Milk Foods, known for Gowardhan brand of dairy products launches “Go Cheese” – a wide range of cheese made from 100 % pure cow milk. Go cheese comes in many variations and flavours – from wedges to slices, to powders and spreads, to pizza cheese and shredded Mozzarella. Made in Asia’s largest cheese plant, with a capacity of over 40 tons per day, its modern facility with state-of-art technology produces superior quality cheese to international specifications. Parag Milk Foods is the only company in India to have UHT technology, which ensures longer shelf life for processed cheese slices. The Cheese Wedges are priced at Rs 79 for a 140 gm pack; Cheese Slices at Rs 50 for 100gm and the Cheese Powder at Rs 50 for 50 gms. The Pizza Cheese comes at Rs 72 for 200gms. Processed Cheese is available at Rs 235 per kg. Cheese spreads, Mozzarella cheese & Cheddar cheese will also be available shortly.

aggressive weakening in the yen despite the fact that the yen looks overvalued from a valuation perspective," said Thomas Kressin, senior vice president and lead portfolio manager of Pimco's Global Investor Series FX Strategy Fund in Munich, Germany. The fund has assets under management of about 100 million euros ($130 million). "If you look at past historical turning points in the dollar/yen exchange rate, it has been usually accompanied by a tightening policy by the Federal Reserve that would precipitate outflows from Japan. This is something I cannot see in the forseeable future and so I think the major scenario is one of a trading range from this point going forward," he said. The options market suggests the same thing. Implied volatility on dollar/yen, a gauge of the market's outlook for how sharp movements would be in the currency pair, has fallen on Thursday, reflecting expectations that there would be no major hiccup over the next 30 days to push the spot price wildly in either direction. One-month dollar/yen volatilities slid to 10.95 percent from as high as 13.25 percent on Wednesday. Volatilities surged to 15.75 percent last week as investors started getting nervous about the prospect of a Japanese intervention. And while risk reversals, a measure of currency sentiment,

show a less upbeat view in the options market, with the level currently at 0.55 volatilities from about 1.55 in late August, some investors are biding their time before they reload on long yen trades. WAITING IT OUT "Range trading is the best way to describe the price action in dollar/yen in the next week or two. We'll have to wait and see," said John Taylor, chairman of the New Yorkbased FX Concepts, the world's largest currency hedge fund with assets under management of about $8 billion. The fund is not totally out of the short dollar/yen trade despite losing 2.0 percent on Wednesday. "The BoJ will be there for a long time at 83 yen. So it's not clear yet whether we should be completely off the trade," Taylor said. "You have a 2 yen reversal, does that make you give it up when you made a ton of money on the way down? It makes you say, 'I shouldn't be bigger than I was before.'" Others are still debating whether the intervention has been successful. David Kupersmith, head trader at Third Wave Global Investors, a global macro hedge fund in Greenwich, Connecticut, noted yen movements were tracking the fixed income market but a few weeks ago that relationship failed. In recent weeks, global bond yields had declined in tandem with weakness in dollar/yen.

BSNL also has several other broadband usage plans to meet the needs of its customers starting with a monthly minimum rental of Rs 99 in rural areas and Rs 125 to its urban customers. For further details, BSNL customers can visit the BSNL website at ataone_tariff.htm

Goldman Sachs bullish on gold, oil REUTERS NEW YORK, SEPT 17

Gold, which hit a new peak on Friday, has more upside potential and even range-bound oil should rally, Goldman Sachs , one of the most consistently bullish of commodity investment banks, said. Goldman gave gold a sixmonth target of $1,300 an ounce. As a non-cyclical commodity, gold has thrived against the backdrop of financial uncertainty and hit a new record above $1,280 an ounce on Friday. Cyclical commodities, such as oil and copper, have underperformed. Oil has held a range of roughly $70-$85 for more than a year, well below Goldman's three-month target of $92, six-month target of $91 and 12-month target of $101. "We believe that near-tomedium term fundamentals remain most constructive for crude oil, copper, platinum and corn, with short-term risk/reward looking the best for crude oil," Goldman said. "We maintain an overweight recommendation to commodities." Gold, sometimes used as a substitute currency, has drawn strength from low US interest rates and a weak dollar. Any resumption of economic stimulus "would likely accelerate the move to our 6-month price target and provide upside risk to our forecasts", Goldman said.

"RIM simply has no ability to read the encrypted information and has no master key or backdoor key to allow access," the Los Angeles Times quoted Balsillie as saying. He said the company knows it is a "fundamentally important security feature" for its corporate clients. RIM provides corporate email and instant messaging services to about one million users in India. The company posted a net income of USD 796.7 million for the second quarter ended August 28, up from USD 475.6 million last year. Its second-quarter shipments climbed 45 per cent to 12.1 million units vis-a-vis the previous year. Revenue rose 31 per cent to USD 4.62 billion for the second quarter. About 52 per cent of BlackBerry's revenue came from outside the US and more than 45 per cent of BlackBerry subscribers were outside North America.

FM to attend Fund-Bank meet in US PTI NEW DELHI, SEPT 17

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will visit the US next month to take part in the annual Fund-Bank meet, which may among other things discuss giving greater say to emerging economies including India. Mukherjee, who will be accompanied by Finance Secretary Ashok Chawla and Chief Economic Advisor Kaushik Basu, is also expected to take part in the meeting of Commonwealth Finance Ministers in Washington on Oct 8. The annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and WB will take place in Washington from Oct 8 to 10. The meeting assumes importance for developing countries since the WB had earlier this year agreed to increase the voting rights of developing countries by 3.13%.









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Rejuvenated and Renewed Lorna melts as she heads to her Peak! After organising the hit show Konkani Rocks which brought Lorna on stage to enthral her fans, the man behind Heritage Jazz encounters his tryst with Lorna… the legend, the interaction and the magic she creates on stage


BY ARMANDO GONSALVES day after I came back from a beautiful Jazz festival in the Netherlands in the month of May this year, I was pleasantly surprised to see an advertisement in the local press, that Lorna, the woman I always admired as a stunning singer, would be singing at Cuncolim the next day! I said wow because, despite being in the music industry for so long, even when in my teens, I had never met, or seen or heard the woman who had enthralled me through her vivacious voice, all of which I had heard only through tapes and CD, never LIVE. And when we eventually met up at Cuncolim that evening, our first meeting was magic. It was as if we had known each other for long, that we had interacted and done great things together. I realised on that day that there was something special that was going to come up, something that would really make Konkani rock big time, and we went about putting our hearts into something that all of us at Heritage Jazz were so desperate to see. A lot has been said about our Rain or Shine, Konkani Rocks show held in August. More than anything else, it signified a melting down of a distant figure, someone who was more enigmatic and surreal, and we could see the real Lorna being unveiled, the woman who is passionate, down to earth, simple in spirit, loving, entertaining et al. Lorna had changed, Lorna is peaking, Lorna is alive to many more possibilities

that even yours truly thought were impossible. As she recounted to me that she attended a music gig after 35 years, the last being in 1975, my team members Carol and Queency, and of course I, realised that we were part of history, stunned in disbelief that the pure enormity of what was unfolding before us. Lorna had rejuvenated, Lorna is gung ho, Lorna is flying, Lorna is completely different in many ways, and at the same time, she is back to her peak. As a stream of admirers kept disturbing us at Casa Soul Fry as well as the Blue Frog when we were there, all telling her how stunning she was at the last gig in Campal, it was obvious that that energy was building up, that that verve had been injected into her, and that there was something super exciting that was in the air. The way she was in command about her upcoming concert, ‘Konkani Rocks Goa, Celebrating Lorna and more’ on September 22 at Ravindra Bhavan, Margao, it was truly so exciting to see her enthralled! She is not just a star, she is an icon. And the time for her to reach that pinnacle has come. Being a musician myself, I must say that my bets are on that she will pick up trophies and awards by the dozens as she hits the peak of her stunning and chequered career. Tons of musicians have lined up to perform alongside her on that glittering night next week, and this all is summed up by Remo soon after he performed for the first time with her at Campal. He was in awe, full or praise as he turned around and told me, “I am her fan, she is so awesome”. Would anyone disagree with that?

Five Successful Years of the Horseman and the Drink As El Charro, a premium tequila completes five stupendous years in Goa, Herald converses with Brian Marchon to get high on some historical facts of this exotic Mexican beverage BY CHRISTINA VIEGAS HERALD FEATURES he very name El Charro (meaning horseman in Spanish) conjures up an image of a Mexican cowboy, mounted on his steed; his horse’s hoofs kicking up the sand. Or the traditional Mexcian horseman, attired in his colourful costume as he participates in the ‘charreadas’ weaving his charm, for which he somtimes travels many miles to compete. But in Goa, El Charro is a brand of imported tequila that has been tantalising the thirst buds of the Goans. Brian Marchon, proprietor of M/s Pickval Traders and the sole distributors of El Charro Silver is a proud man today as he celebrates fives years of success but according to him in 2004, when Neeraj Arora, CEO, Universal Brands Corporation, New Delhi appointed Brian Marchon as his sole distributor in Goa, the drink faced stiff competition from nine other brands previously launched and well established in the Goan Spirits Industry. But is was Brian’s never-say-die attitude and slog, coupled with incredible brand value


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and image that Goa was voted as the number one state in India for producing the highest sales for El Charro after just one year on the shelves. Today, five years down the line, El Charro has continued to grow at a rapid pace. Brian claims that from the Goan point of view, El Charro has firmly and completely established itself as the number one imported selling brand in Goa. Excitedly, he informs, “In fact, because of our popularity, during this festive season, Universal Brands Corporation has decided to launch the highly reputed El Charro Gold.” He goes on to assert, “We are the first company among all the others who were already importing or have started importing tequila, to come out with an ‘On Pack’ which is a special pack offer which will comprise of two tequila shot glasses on every quart of El Charro Silver and every quart of El Charro Gold. This offer will remain right up to Christmas.” As for creating awareness on how to enjoy the drink, Brian talks about plans to have bartending competitions where bartenders can unleash their creativity and come up with exciting concoctions that would appeal to the Goan palate. He says, “We are also getting cocktail booklets made, which will enlighten people on how they can enjoy the Mexican beverage.” Traverse back in history and it is interesting to learn that in 1656, the town of Tequila was established and became a centre for the production of the twice, sometimes triple distilled spirit called tequila. At about the same time, Doctor Jeronimo Hernandez had cited the medicinal uses of the drink, including rubbing tequila over rheumatic joints. In 1758, the father of Jose Guadalupe Cuervo established his La Taberna de Cuervo. This tavern became the first Mexican distillery to be legally registered. And when did this exotic drink finds its way into the United States where it enjoys tremendous popularity? Brian’s reply is, “In 1873, eight barrels of tequila were exported into the US by Cenobia Sauza.” Citing more significance of this drink, Brian dishes out more snippets of information, “In 1902, Franz Weber, a botanist named the specific plant from which tequila is made and identified it as

a special genus of agave. The Agave Azul Tequilana Weber is the only plant from which tequila is distilled. Mezcal is made from other kinds of agave plants.” As for storage Brian enlightens, “In 1903, the first bottling plant was started in Monterrey, Mexico. Till then, tequila was stored in wooden barrels.” Dwelling deeper into the significance of the drink, Brian enlightens, “When the Spanish influenza of 1918 spread around the world killing millions of people, doctors prescribed a mixture of tequila, lime juice and salt, as a tonic to prevent it. And this resulted in the increased popularity of tequila as a beverage.” As for exports, Brian informs, “Tequila has become such an important export of Mexico that in January 2006, the US and Mexico entered into a trade agreement, specifically having to do with its bottling and bulk imports.” And what about India? Brian says, “There is no such agreement in India as yet.” But that hasn’t stopped the Indians including Goans from enjoying tequila as a fun drink. Brian concludes with pride, “We are on the premium side vis-à-vis the other domestic tequilas available in Goa. And we are coming out with an exciting cocktail called El Charro Black which is a mix of tequila, lime and coke. This will be enjoyed by the people in Goa.”

I didn’t want a hush hush debut: Megan Fox jealous of Narmmadaa Rosie Huntington


ollywood actor Govinda’s daughter Narmmadaa Ahuja, said, before taking a plunge into the industry she wanted to be ‘perfect’ in every way. “Before entering into the industry I want to be perfect in every way. I did not want to come unprepared or unpolished, make a hush-hush debut and disappoint my family and audiences,” said Narmmadaa. Ever since the 21-year-old Narmmadaa escorted Salman Khan during the IIFA Awards in 2007, there has been speculations that she would enter Bollywood. “This has been the biggest misconception that I was debuting in 2007. I was 18-yearsold that time and was pursuing an acting course from Kishore Namit Kapoor Acting Institute, after that I went to the London Film Institute,” Narmmadaa said. When asked if Govinda was upset with Salman as he did not help in launching her, Narmmadaa said, “These are all baseless stories and completely false. I met Salman in 2007 but we did not speak about my debut and was all too early.” Now that Narmmadaa is all set for her debut, she thinks being a star kid has its own drawbacks. “Being a star kid one is expected to be over perfect as they have acting background. There are so many expectations from us. Then there are comparisons being made with our parents and all,” the star daughter said. About the advantage of being a star kid, she said, “Without much struggle you get offers.”


egan Fox may have left the cast of ‘Transformers 3’, but that doesn’t mean she’s completely snubbing the franchise. In fact, the actress at the Toronto Film Festival insisted that she plans to check out the latest instalment of the fantasy juggernaut. “I will see it,” Fox said. The actress did admit that watching the battle of the robots continue on without her will be fairly odd. “I might be a little jealous when I see somebody kissing my Shia LaBeouf, wearing my jeans that I already had been fit for,” Fox conceded. “It’s kind of weird, actually.” Fox also observed that her replacement, onscreen newcomer and Victoria’s Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, won’t work the leading-lady role quite like her. “She’s 6 feet tall also, so maybe they’re not the exact same jeans,” Fox quipped about the ad-campaign vet slated to play LaBeouf ’s love interest Carly. “But it will be strange.” As much as the actress admits that a Fox-free ‘Transformers 3’ will be a little hard for her to handle, her former co-star has pined for her presence as well. While filming the 2011 release, LaBeouf commented earlier this year that he missed Fox’s contributions to the series. “I love Megan and I miss the girl,” LaBeouf said. “But Sam and Fox’s character Mikaela became one character, and here you have discovery again from a new perspective.” Despite the headline-grabbing cast shake-up, many details about the upcoming ‘Transformers’ film have remained under wraps. However, director Michael Bay has insisted that the third instalment, which will be released in 3-D, will likely signal the end of the series.









GOA’S­­­HEARTBEAT­ Saturday, 18 Sept, 2010

WHAT’S UP IN GOA?? ‘Fishing Frenzy’, the 4th All Goa Fishing Contest, organised by United Friends of Alto Guimaraes is open for registration. It will take place at the Captain of Port Jetty, Panjim. Spot entries will be accepted. Call 9822100879 or 9822981416. 30th Tiatr Competition, organised by Kala Academy, Panjim will be held from September 21 at the Kala Academy. Call 2420452. ‘Loco About Choco’, the chocolate festival, organised by Goa Marriott Resort, Campal, Panjim is being held till September 26 at AZ U R and the Cake Shop, Goa Marriott Resort. Call 246 3333. Street Food Fare, a food festival serving street food at Café Azul, Cidade de Goa is on till September 26 for dinner from 7:30pm and on weekends for lunch too from 1pm onwards. Call 2454545. An inter-school drawing and photography competition will be organised by Big Foot, Loutolim. The competition is in two categories; for Std V-VII the theme is Ganesh for prosperity and for VIII-X the theme is Ganesh festival celebrates unity and love. Registration closes on September 22. The winners will be announced at the Bal Mela at Big Foot in the month of November. Call 2777034. The All Goa Toroloco Tequila Cocktail Competition is on for bartenders, both experienced and amateurs. Call 2262922, 2253377 or 2407030-71. The 3rd All India Annual Art Competition and Exhibition 2010, organized by Bhikuram Jain


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Paying Tribute to a the Greatest Teacher, a Mother HERALD­FEATURES he­was­probably­born­in­a­time­and­age­that­she­did­not­really­fit­into. But­ Margarida­ Gomes­ Pereira­ e­ Araujo­ Alvares,­ lovingly­ known­ as “Mogubai”,­made­it­her­own.­Margarida­was­a­lady­who­was­the­source of­admiration­for­many­as­she­embodied­the­sentiment­of­equality­and­a­determination­to­make­things­work.­Her­greatest­quality­though,­lay­in­the methods­she­used­to­indoctrinate­her­qualities­of­integrity­and­ingenuity­in her­children­and­later­her­grandchildren­and­it’s­no­wonder­that­this­lady shares­her­birth­date­with­a­like-hearted­soul,­Dr­Radhakrishnan,­on­September 5,­celebrated­nationwide­as­Teachers’­Day. Since­her­passing­away­4­years­ago,­September­5­has­been­an­occasion­to celebrate­in­many­different­ways,­her­life­and­this­year­was­no­different.­On her­ 92nd­ birth­ anniversary,­ children­ from­ the­ NGO­ Jan­ Ugahi­ were invited­by­her­son­Maendra­Alvares,­owner of­Big­Foot,­to­interact­with­teachers­from various­ schools,­ active­ and­ retired­ at­ Big Foot,­Loutolim.­­ The­children­performed­for­the­teachers and­the­teachers­in­turn­interacted­with­the­children.­The­highlight­of­the­day was­the­meal.­Different­strains­of­cooked­rice­were­brought­in­by­the­invitees, different­curries­and­different­vegetable­preparations.­These­were­then­filled­into huge­vessels­and­served­to­everyone,­beginning­with­the­little­ones­from­the­Jan Ugahi­mission. Said­Maendra,­“My­mother­was­the­source­of­this­ideology.­She­brought­me­up to­ accept­ that­ because­ there­ are­ different­ strains­ in­ this­ world,­ it­ makes­ for­ a colourful­existence.­I­decided­to­incorporate­this­into­an­idea­that­has­been­in­the offing­ since­ the­ time­ I­ began­ my­ activities­ towards­ communal­ harmony.­ From Friendship­day­to­Earth­day,­I­used­Communal­Harmony­as­my­base­theme.­This was­the­same,­the­only­difference­being­the­incorporation­of­that­society­that­gives to­us­despite­our­marked­‘careless­sharing’.­To­the­best­of­my­knowledge­it­was­a resounding­success!” The­day­also­celebrated­a­photo­exhibition­titled,­“Portrait­of­Teacher”.­The­programme­was­held­by­the­Big­Foot­Trust­at­Ancestral­Goa,­the­Big­Foot,­Loutolim.




09:00 Baat Hamari Pakki Hai 11:30 Aahat 12:30 Aahat Khauf Ka Keher 14:00 Bhoothnath 17:00 C.I.D 21:00 Comedy Circus Ka Jadoo 22:00 C.I.D 23:00 Comedy Circus Ka Jadoo


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09:00 Sasural Genda Phool 10:30 Saath Nibhana Saathiya 13:00 Kaali: Ek Agnipariksha 15:30 Mann Kee Awaaz Pratigya 20:00 Sabki Laadli Bebo 21:00 Chhote Ustaad 23:00 Kaali: Ek Agnipariksha





Foundation, New Delhi is open for entries. Registration closes on November 30. The exhibition and the award presentation ceremony will be held on February 12, 2011. Call the Kala Academy, Panjim on 2420452. ‘Save the Girl Child’ will be the theme for the state level inter-college street play competition organised by the Directorate of Health as part of the implementation of the Preconception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Technique Act on September 21 and 22 at the Maquinez Palace, Panjim. ‘Meta Mind Happiness Beach-aThon’, a 3-day residential training camp and ‘Art and Emotions’, a 1day workshop, both organised by GAMMA, Goa will be held from September 24 to 26 and on September 25 respectively on the Baga beach, Baga. Visit E-mail a m e y. h e g d e @ g m a i l . c o m o r Call 9096938269. ‘Art Event 2010’, free art workshop, organised by the Society for Promoting Arts, Culture and Education (SPACE) and supported by the Directorate of Art and Culture will be held till March 2011 every Sunday from 10:30am to 12:30pm at the Bartholomeu’s School Hall or at the Dayanand Bandodkar High School. Call 9922898694 or 9850871608. ‘The Extension Project - a Performance Art Initiative’, a workshop by Patricia Geraldes will be held from September 18 to 25 at the Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts, Altinho, Panjim Call 2421311.


14:00 Khudgarz 17:30 Gutar Gu 18:00 Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta... 18:30 Lapataganj 19:00 Mrs. & Mr. Sharma Allahabadwale 19:30 Malegoan Ka Chintoo 20:00 Gutar Gu 21:00 Papad Pol 23:00 Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta ...

10:00 Geet 11:00 India's Magic Star : Best of Magic Star 14:00 Geet 16:30 India's Magic Star : Best of Magic Star 18:00 Mano Ya Na Mano 18:30 Aladin 21:30 Star One Horror Nights 22:30 Mano Ya Na Mano 23:00 Geet

10:30 Sanjog Se Bani Sangini 13:00 Mera Naam Karegi Roshan 15:00 Pavitra Rishta 17:00 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing 18:30 Zee TV Special 21:30 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing 23:30 Kahani Ab Tak

10:30 Mallika-E-Kitchen 11:00 Uttaran 14:00 Baghban 17:00 Laagi Tujhse Lagan 20:00 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi x 3 - Undekha Masala 21:00 India's Got Talent Khoj 22:00 Na Aana Iss Des Laado 23:00 India's Got Talent Khoj

09:30 FIR 10:30 Malegoan Ka Chintoo 11:00 Gutar Gu 12:00 Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta ...

11:00 CSI: Miami : Gone Baby Gone 12:00 Leverage : The Maltese Falcon Job 13:00 Destination Truth: Ghosts of Petra/The Lizard Man 14:00 Wipeout 15:00 Breaking The Magician's

10:40 Soul Men 12:35 Mad Money 14:40 Race to Witch Mountain 16:40 Behind Enemy Lines 18:50 High School Musical 3 21:00 Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian 23:10 Octopussy

08:30 Heroes 12:00 Kal Ho Naa Ho 16:45 My Friend Ganesha 3 20:00 Sivaji: The Boss 23:30 Vishnu-Devaa

09:30 Pyaar Mein Twist 12:30 Daud 16:00 Jo Bole So Nihaal 20:00 Rangeela 10:45 The No. 1 Ladies 'Detective Agency' 12:00 True Blood 13:15 The Uninvited 15:00 Death Race 17:00 Thor: Hammer Of The Gods 19:00 The Last Mimzy 21:00 Star Trek 23:45 King Solomon's Mines

11:20 16 Blocks 13:30 Head in the Clouds

16:00 Bulletproof Monk 18:10 Gosford Park 21:00 National Security 23:05 Rambo IV

12:00 Immaan Dharam 16:00 36 China Town 19:30 Sitaron Ka Jalwa 20:00 Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi 23:20 Yaadon Ki Baaraat

08:00 Jo Bole So Nihaal 12:00 Viewers Choice 16:00 Tahalka 20:00 Coolie

E N T E R TA I N M E N T Code: Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed 16:00 Sports Crash 17:00 Destination Truth : Ghosts of Petra/The Lizard Man 18:00 Wipeout 19:00 24 21:00 The Bone Collector 23:30 Sony Style Tv Magazine

10:00 Ugly Betty 11:00 MasterChef Australia 12:00 The Simpsons 13:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:00 Friends

15:00 Ugly Betty 16:00 Best of Koffee with Karan 17:00 Moment of Truth 18:00 The Simpsons 20:00 V.I.P 21:00 Moment of Truth 22:00 Ugly Betty 23:00 V.I.P

09:30 Yeangder Tournament Players Championship 13:30 FIA Wtcc 2010 : Inside Wtcc 14:00 TNA Sikander

16:00 Simply the Best 16:25 MotoGP World Championship 2010 : Qualifying 19:25 Barclays Premier League 2010/11 : Everton vs. Newcastle United 21:30 Full Time 22:00 Barclays Premier League 2010/11 : West Bromwich Albion vs. Birmingham City

10:30 Uca National High School Cheerleading Championship 11:30 MLB Regular Season 2010 : New York Yankees vs.

Baltimore Orioles 14:30 Pakistan Tour of England 2010 H/ls : 3rd ODI 15:28 Sportscenter Weekend 15:30 Premier League Preview 16:00 Scorecast Saturday 16:30 Primetime Premier League 17:10 Barclays Premier League 2010/11 : Stoke City vs. West Ham United 19:15 Primetime Premier League 19:25 Barclays Premier League 2010/11 : Tottenham Hotspur vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers 21:30 Primetime Premier League 21:55 Barclays Premier League 2010/11 : Sunderland vs. Arsenal

10:00 Total Italian Football 2010/11 10:15 US Open Tennis : Final: Men's Doubles 12:45 2010 Silk Way Rally 13:00 Winning Post 13:25 WWE: Superstars 14:25 WWE: Smackdown 16:25 Moto GP 2010 Qualifying : Gran Premio De Aragon 19:30 European Tour 2010 : Day 3: Austrian Golf Open 20:30 WWE: Superstars 21:30 Italian Serie A : Cagliari vs. Roma 23:30 UEFA Champions League Magazine Show : Day 1

10:00 Space Special : Sizing Up The Universe 11:00 Hunter Hunted : Ambushed 12:00 Nat Geo Women's Hour : Cities 13:00 Nat Geo Weekends : First Bite 14:00 Nat Geo Specials : My 9/11

15:00 Best of True Stories : Killer Pigs 16:00 Best of True Stories : Jack The Ripper 17:00 Monkey Thieves : Monsoon Showdown 18:00 Fight Science : Stealth Fighters 19:00 Most Amazing Moments : National Geographic's Most Dangerous Moments 20:00 Nat Geo Weekends : Big Mama 21:00 India : IC814 Hijack 22:00 Nat Geo Explorer : Holy Land 23:00 True Stories : Mumbai Mega Flood

07:30 Flavors 08:00 English News 09:00 Konkani News 10:00 Marathi News 11:00 Konkani Palkachim Noketram 11:30 Face-2-Face 12:00 HCN Smash Hits 12:30 Flavors 13:00 English News 14:00 Konkani Movie 15:00 Dudhsagar 15:30 Sanz Sangodachi 16:00 HCN Smash Hits 16:30 Flavors 17:00 Kids Club 17:30 Konkani Palkachim Noketram 18:00 Konkani News 19:00 Marathi News 20:00 English News 21:00 Face-2-Face 21:30 Talking Talkies 22:00 English News 23:00 Disha 00:00 Dudhsagar 00:30 Jazz Concert 01:00 Art of living 01:30 Hymn Singing 02:00 Kids Club 02:30 Flavors 03:00 Konkani Palkachim Noketram Note: Subject to Change

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SPORTS GOA, Saturday, 18 September, 2010

Tejas, Krishal in title clash HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, SEPT 17

Tejas Shevde, Goa's top table tennis paddler in the sub-junior category and second seed Krishal Peres De Silva both had easy outings as they cruised into the finals of All-Goa Major Ranking Table tennis Tournament organised by Panjim Table Tennis Club in association with JCI St. Inez and SAG. Tejas registered an11-8, 119, 11-3 win over Yash Naik while Krishal was in top gear, winning 11-3, 11-5, 11-6 over B.S.Sid-

harth to set up a title clash with the top seed. In the sub-juniors quarterfinal, Tejas Shevde bt Tejas Moraskar, Yash Naik bt Yash Salgaoncar, B.S.Sidharth bt Wesley do Rosario and Krishal Peres De Silva bt Pranav Naik. Other results: Junior boys prequarters - B.S.Sidharth bt Joel Andrade 11-5, 11-6, 11-7; Wesley do Rosario bt Neville Gonsalves 11-4, 7-11, 11-7, 11-7; Yash Salgaoncar bt Jophilip George 115, 11-7, 11-9; Krishal Peres De Silva bt Pranav Naik 11-6, 11-8, 11-9; Arjun Sood bt Kevin Gonsalves 11-4, 11-5, 11-8; Tejas Shevde bt Yohann Sequeira 111, 11-5, 11-8; Tyron D' Costa bt Tejas Moraskar 9-11, 11-3, 1614, 2-11, 11-6 Yash Naik bt Selvyn Godinho 11-8, 11-8, 11-9. Junior boys quarters: Tejas Shevde bt Yash Salgaoncar 114, 11-9, 11-3; Yash Naik bt Wesley do Rosario 11-6, 11-5, 11-7; Arjun Sood bt B S Sidharth 117, 7-11, 11-6, 12-10; Krishal Peres bt 11-3, 8-11, 11-6, 11-6.

Mini-lightning football

PANJIM (HSD) –An all-Goa seven-a-side lightning football tournament organised by Povacao Boys of Macasana will be held on September 19 at 10 a.m. at Macasana ground. Rs 6000 (winners) and Rs 4000 (runnersup) will be awarded


SPORTS GOA, Saturday, 18 September, 2010

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Mourinho rules out coaching Portugal Jose Mourinho will not accept an offer to take temporary charge of the struggling Portuguese national team for next month's Euro 2012 qualifiers, the Real Madrid coach said on Friday. Mourinho was approached by Portugal's football federation (FPF) and asked if he would take over for the qualifiers at home to Denmark on Oct. 8 and away to Iceland four days later. He told a news conference at Real's training ground on Friday he was unable to accept the offer as he believed his club would not have reacted positively to his absence.

Afridi wants Pak cricketers to emulate Qureshi With Pakistan players demoralised by the ‘spot fixing’ scandal, skipper Shahid Afridi believes that his colleagues should seek inspiration from the exploits of tennis star Aisamul-Haq Qureshi to make a comeback in the one-day series against England. ''His performances are an inspiration for all of us and he has brought so much joy to the people. I think our players must also take inspiration from him that nothing is impossible in sports.

‘Rains worrying factor ahead of Mohali Test’ Prolonged spells of rain in the region have affected preparation of pitch at the PCA stadium here which is to host the first Test against Australia next month, its curator said in Mohali. PCA curator Daljit Singh is worried that the pitch may lack in bounce as it used to be due to more moisture than should be at this time of the year.

ICC reprimands Hill for comments The International Cricket Council has reprimanded New Zealand umpire Tony Hill for publicly stating that he suspected the noballs bowled by Pakistani pacers during the Lord's Test in England to be deliberate, according to a report. According to a Radio New Zealand report, the ICC has reprimanded Hill for "talking publicly about the betting scam surrounding the England-Pakistan Test at Lord's". "ICC has told him not to comment further until the investigation into the matter has been completed," the report claimed.


Sesa Football Academy qualified for Federation Cup proper squeezing past Sporting Clube de Goa 7-6 via the tie-breaker after the teams fought out a 22 draw at full time at Tilak Maidan, here on Friday. Extra time was of no avail. Shishuram Chutia put Sesa into the lead in the 5th and Mathew Gonsalves equalised in the 25th. Emmanuel snatched the lead for Sporting in the 69th minute but a minute later Inacio Colaco equalised for Sesa Lesley Fernandes, Vivek Kaira, Pratesh Shirodkar, Inacio Colaco, Don Bosco Andrew converted for Sesa in the penalty shootout. Agnelo Colaco, Adil Khan, Freiman Peixoto, Emmanuel converted for Sporting. Joseph Pereira missed for Sporting as his drived was saved by Sesa goalkeeper It was a mouth-watering affair with attacks, counters-attacks, goals, misses, saves from both sides in both sessions. Sesa had the final laugh to ensure that they would be in Federation Cup proper to lock horns with I-League teams – Chirag United, Churchill Brothers and Viva Kerala in Group ‘B’ in Goa. Sesa had made their plans open scoring in the 5th when Ivo Fernandes backpassed to Shishuram off a free kick from Pritesh Shirodker and Shishuram

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Sporting skipper Joseph Pereira and Sesa’s Pratesh Shirodker fight for supremacy at Tilak Maidan, Vasco on Friday. Photo: M Prabhav

struck it perfectly. Exactly 20 minutes later, after some soul searching, Sporting bounced back and scored the equaliser when skipper Joseph Pereira served a cross to Mathew Gonsalves, who headed the ball in. Sporting were the first to take the lead in the second half in 69th minute, when Sesa defender cleared the ball from the box but unfortunately it deflected off their own player and

Pravin Jadhav punted in from close. Chapora did not have to wait long to get back in the match. In the 14th Shrikrishna Bhosle tucked the ball in. Two minutes before the breather Santosh Varchadkar saw his cross from the right curl in unexpectedly to his delight. Five minutes after the break Chapora took a surprise lead, with Shrikrishna scoring his second, striking a banana shot from the most difficult of angles. Having conceded three goals and falling behind, Nagoa replaced their goalkeeper Pritesh Mudkar with reserve custodian Fidelash D’Souza. In the 59th Sanjay Kandolkar got on the end of a cross delivered in by Ronald Fernandes. This brought Nagoa level. From this moment on Nagoa took the cue to push forward continuously. Luis D’Souza struck through a packed defence to give Nagoa the lead in the 60th. Somshekar Karbar netted


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twice in the 71st and 73rd to put the result beyond doubt. Saish chipped in with his second to add the final nail in the coffin. By the end Chapora were happy to hear the referee blow the final whistle. In another match at St Christopher ground, St Christopher hammered Eagle SC 8-2. Vincent Rodrigues and Alex Fenandes each scored a hat-trick and Sebastian Almeida and Anslem D’Souza also scored for St Christopher. Agnelo D’Silva and Gulshan Pednekar netted for Eagle. St Christopher led 51 at the interval. In the opening match at Quitula ground, Sinquerim Sports Club, Mapusa and Augustias played out a 2-2 draw. Sanjay Mayekar opened the scoring in the 7th for Augustias. Malcolm Abreu doubled the lead in the 48th. Sinquerim fought back and their persistence paid off, when Devraj Tari and Dattaraj Tari converted in the 68th and 85th respectively to salvage a point.

Curtorim Gym Verna Pro League matches postponed crush HERALD CORRESPONDENT Fishing contest in Panjim

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reached striker Emmanuel Akwuegbu, who placed it over goalkeeper Bruno Colaco. Sesa equalised in the very next minute off Inacio Colaco who scored with 30-yard shot. Coach Clifford Chukwuma substituted goalkeeper Bruno Colaco with Shayan Roy and the tactic paid off as he effected a smart save. Sporting’s Felix D’Souza failed to stop a single shot in the penalty shoot out.


PANJIM (HSD) – The round 4 Kingfisher Pro League football matches for September 18 and 19 have been postponed, according to GFA. Fresh dates will be announced.


PANJIM (HSD) – The United Friends, Alto Guimaraes, Panjim will organise their 4th all-Goa fishing contest on September 19 at Captain of Ports Jetty from 9 a.m. Rs 3500, Rs 2500, Rs 1500 will be awarded, besides individual prizes. Details may be obtained on 9822100879, 9822981416. Spot entries will be accepted.

Junior basketball trials

PANJIM (HSD) – Goa will participate in 61st junior national basketball championship in Vashi, Mumbai from October 24-31. Boys and girls born on or after 1-1-1992 are eligible to participate. The selection trials will be held on September 19 at Loyola High School, Margao from 9 a.m. Those interested may report to C F Vaz, president, GBA at the venue.

4-a-side soccer at Mapa

PANJIM (HSD) – Murphy Boys, Mapa Panchwadi will organise their 1st All-Goa 4-a-side soccer tournament in memory of Custodio Braganza at Mapa Digas ground, near St Francis Xavier chapel, on September 19 and 26 at 10 a.m. The winners and runners-up will take home Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 5,000 respectively. Spot entries will be accepted. Details may be obtained on 9158595402, 9822183680, 9822079730.


Curtorim Gymkhana crushed Verna Sports Club 3-0 to storm into the semi-final of 34th St Joseph Festival inter-village football tournament organised by Dramapur Sports Club at Dramapur Grounds, on Friday. Curtorim were leading 1-0 at the breather. Curtorim went into the lead in the 15th minute when veteran Roque Carneiro headed in a lob from Jose Fernandes. Curtorim Gymkhana increased their lead when Sertorio Monteiro unleashed a rasping shot which beat the rival goalkeeper after he received a measured through pass from Roy Colaco. After taking the 2-0 cushion, Curtorim Gymkhana slackened their pace but they never allowed their opponents to struck rhythm. Roy Colaco rounded off the tally.

Dramapur down Navelim Sporting HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, SEPT 17

Third Division football: Quitula SC v. Friends XI Sc Quitula ground; ABC Sports Club, Arambol v. Vagator Parish Youth Chapora ground; Football Clube de Sanquelim v. Sirsaim Sports & WC Tivim ground; Raitura SC v. Socio Cultural Club, Loutolim, Camurlim ground; CRC Chinchinim v. Don Bosco Oratory, Fatorda, Dando ground. Kick off 4.15 p.m. Sao Jose de Areal Panchayat Cup soccer:Curtorim Gymkhana v. Raia Sporting Club, Padribhat ground, Sao Jose de Areal, 4.30 p.m. Gold Silver Trophy soccer: Chandor Club v. St Rock’s Youth Club, Rosary ground, Navelim, 4.30 p.m.

Dramapur Sports Club downed Navelim Sporting Club 2-0 to sail into the quarter-finals of Sao Jose de Areal Panchayat Cup inter-village football tournament organised by Sao Jose de Areal Sports Club at Padribhat ground,

Sao Jose de Areal on Friday. Dramapur led 1-0 at half time. Dramapur rocked the rival citadel in the 5th minute when striker Joalax Fernandes’ snap shot beat the rival goalkeeper. Dramapur created many openings in the second half but their forwards frittered away from ideal position.

Dramapur doubled the lead midway in the second half when Benson Fernandes slotted pas the rival goalkeeper after he received a through pass from Joalax Fernandes. Franky Pereira of Navelim Sporting Club was adjudged man-of-the match

blood in the 5th minute when Xavier Almeida’s snap shot crashed into the net. However, their joy was shortlived when Maxon Rodrigues neutralized the lead for Cavelossim with a pile driver. Dando Boys attacked vigorously and their persistent raids paid off when Jesmon Rodrigues punted the ball to the far corner

of the net in the 18th minute. Constancio Fernandes put the issue beyond doubt when he beat the rival goalkeeper with a deft placement in the 30th minute. Roffan Fernandes drove the last nail into the rival’s coffin in the 40th minute. Dando Boys dominated the second session but could not score.


Dando Boys trounced Cavelossim Youth Association, Mobor 4-1 in Group B Salcete Zone GFA Third Division league at St John Baptist ground, Dando, Benaulim on Friday. All goals came in the first session. After much probing, it was Dando Boys who drew first

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l St Christopher shoot Eagle; Sinquerim held A brace each by Saish Palyekar and Somshekar Karbar ensured Nagoa Sporting overcame Chapora Yuvak Sangh 7-3 in GFA’s Third Division at Chapora ground on Friday. The score was 2-2 at the lemon break. The turning point happened in the second half after Nagoa for ward Pravin Jadhav was brought down by the rival goalkeeper. Pravin was shown the yellow card for taking his protest too far after not getting the penalty he felt he deserved, but this stirred his side into action and they netted five after that with no reply. The match started with a heavy downpour, but both teams continued to slog it out. Nagoa’s Saish opened the scoring in the 6th minute. His cross from the right deflected off the head of a rival defender and ended up in the back of the net. Two minutes later Nagoa found themselves two up after


Sania Mirza bowed out of the Guangzhou International women's singles after losing to China's Zhang Shuai in the quarter-finals on Friday. She lost 4-6, 6-1, 4-6 after an hour and 52 minutes. Joining the Chinese, ranked No


Sania bows out of Guangzhou International

The Goa State Chief Information Commissioner Motilal Keny today heard the final arguments on the complaint filed by Adv. Aires Rodrigues against Goa Cricket Association for its refusal to furnish information sought under RTI. The matter has been now fixed for judgment on October 1. Adv. Mahesh Sonak appearing on behalf of GCA argued that GCA did not come under the purview of the Act as the association had not received any financial or other assistance from the Goa Govt or SAG. Aires, however, argued that there was documentary proof on record to the effect that the Goa Govt had granted a 99-year lease to the association of land admeasuring 1,30,328 square meters at Tivim for the construction of a cricket stadium at a nominal rent of Rs 50,000 per year.

77, in the semi-finals were Romania's Edina Gallovits, who rallied to beat Han Xinyun of China 3-6, 6-2, 6-4; Russia's Alla Kudryavtseva, who had it easy over countrywoman Ksenia Pervak 6-3, 6-1 and top seed Jarmila Groth of Australia, who trounced Italy's Maria Elena Camerin 6-0, 6-2. Sania had upset third seed Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan to make the quarter-finals. The Indian ace is still in the fray in the doubles. She and Edina Gallovits of Romania got the better of the Australian combination of Sally Pears and Jermila Groth 6-4, 6-3 to enter the last eight stage.

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Redbacks maul Bangalore AGENCIES DURBAN, SEPT 17

Dazzling batting display by Daniel Harris and skipper Michael Klinger ensured the third consecutive victory for the South Australia Redbacks as the Adelaide-based team outplayed the Royal Challengers Bangalore by eight wickets at the Kingsmead on Friday. Both the Redbacks' openers, left no stone unturned in punishing the Challengers' bowlers, who looked clueless before the onslaught by Aussie openers. Klinger, was especially ruthless as he hit 69 in just 57 deliveries. Harris, too, matched his partner shot-by-shot and scored 57 off 38 balls. Not bowlers but a misunderstanding in running between the wickets sent Harris

back to the pavillion. Anil Kumble foxed Graham Manou but it was already too late for the Bangalore to make anything out of the remaining game. Earlier, the Royal Challengers got a big jolt before the start of the match as sore back made the first-match hero, Jacques Kallis, miss out Friday's game after Anil Kumble won the toss and decided to give his batters an opportunity to use the fresh Kigsmead wicket. The team from Bangalore got off to a terrible start as Manish Pandey and Robin Uthappa got out as soon as Challengers' inn i n g s g o t u n d e r w a y. B u t blitzkriegs from Dillon du Preez and Ross Taylor helped Royal Challengers Bangalore finish

with 154. Daniel Christian did bulk of the damage for the Redbacks as the all-rounder took four crucial Bangalore wickets. Shaun Tait and Gary Putland also finished with two wickets each. Ross Taylor's big hitting (46 off 28) lit up the Kingsmead stadium after early blows - Pandey and Uthappa - rocked the RCB. Rahul Dravid, too, fell after scoring just 4 off 11 balls. The decision to bring back Shaun Tait for a one-over spell proved to be a master stroke by Michael Kllinger as the speedster got Ross Taylor caught behind and put brakes on Bangalore's scoring. After Taylor's dismissal, Preez (46 off 25), together with Cameron White, gave Challengers the much-needed spark. White also contributed with 25 off 29.

Kallis' injury disturbed Bangalore's team composition, forcing Kumble to bring in Manish Pandey to replace the world's best all-rounder at the top of the order, while Vinay Kumar also got a game in place of Nayan Doshi.


mittee Chairman Rajiv Shukla said Pathan had done the right thing by informing the matter to the team management. "That's the normal procedure. What he (Pathan) had done was a normal procedure," Shukla said when asked about this. "If any stranger approaches any player they should be very careful. I think Irfan has done the right thing (by reporting to the team management," he added. Shukla said that Indian players have been given awareness sessions by the ICC ACSU on how to go about it if they are approached by strangers. "We keep on organising sessions by ICC Anti-Corruption Unit for the benefit of players. There they are taught that

Michael Klinger plays a stroke from bowler Dale Steyn on Friday.

Unbeaten Chennai take on Victoria PTI PORT ELIZABETH, SEPT 17

On a roll after two consecutive wins, IPL champions Chennai Super Kings face their toughest test yet when they take on Australian side Victoria Bushrangers in their third Group A match of the Champions League Twenty20 here tomorrow. In the other game of the day, New Zealand's struggling team Central Districts will face off against unbeaten South African side Warriors at the same venue. Chennai have been on a roll so far in the tournament with big wins over Central Districts and Wayamba Elevens but repeating the dominating performance against David Hussey's Victoria would not be all that easy for Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men. Batting is Chennai's strength and this was evident in the way they attacked Wayamba's bowling to pile up 200 runs in their previous match. Murali Vijay, Matthew Hayden and Suresh Raina were in destructive form against Wayamba and would be looking to continue from where they left. The explosive Albie Morkel and Dhoni

BCCI: ‘Stranger’ had approached Pathan The Cricket Board today admitted that Irfan Pathan was approached by a ‘stranger’ a few years ago and said the discarded pacer had done the right thing by informing it to the team manager. Pathan did not disclose when exactly the incident happened and which team he was playing against at that time but said expensive gifts were sent to his hotel room during a series, reportedly in Pakistan in 2006, and he brought the matter to the team manager's notice. "I was in a team hotel when a stranger approached me. He sent three expensive gifts to my room. He later sent me two more expensive gifts. I thought it was wrong as I didn't know this person. I reported to the team manager who then alerted the ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit Officer," Pathan said. BCCI Finance and Media Com-

Somdev, Bopanna let India down davis cup PTI CHENNAI, SEPT 17

India's hopes to re-enter the Davis Cup World Group suffered a big jolt as the hosts conceded a 0-2 lead against Brazil, following defeats of Somdev Devvarman and Rohan Bopanna in the actionpacked singles rubbers on the opening day of the play-off tie, here today.

Bopanna squandered three match points in the final set to lose the first singles 7-6 (2) 6-7 (7) 5-7 6-4 8-10 to world number 27 Thomaz Bellucci. Gritty Somdev put up a valiant fight but could not level the tie for India as he lost 6-4 2-6 7-6(3) 2-6 4-6 to Ricardo Mello, who is ranked 38 places above him at 75. India will have to win all three remaining rubbers to re-claim a berth in the elite World Group.


they should be away from such things ... if any stranger approaches them to offer some consideration ... they should maintain a distance from that person and report it (to the team management)," said Shukla. "Players worldwide can be approached but it is the players job to maintain distance from these people," he said. Pathan said he never saw the "stranger" again and is proud to have reported the matter to the concerned authorities promptly. "I haven't seen the stranger since then. I think I have done the right thing and I am proud of it. As a player you are expected to report any such thing as per the code of conduct," said the 25-year- old, whose last Test appearance for India was in April 2008 against South Africa.

are also known game-changers in case Chen- a balanced side which could be a tough nut nai's top-order has a bad day in office. to crack for Chennai. Morkel, in fact, comes in In the other game, it is a handy with the ball as well battle of survival for Central as he showed by picking up Districts from here on after t h re e w i c ke t s a g a i n s t losing their first two Wayamba in the previous matches. match. Jamie How's men, perSpin is Chennai's strength haps one of the most lowin the bowling department profile teams in fray in the with Sri Lankan wizard Mutmulti-million-dollar event, tiah Muralitharan and Indian have another tough match TODAY’S MATCHES off-spinner R Ashwin deliv- Warriors v. Central Stags, 5 p.m. at hand against the Warriors. ering the goods for the Without any major stars Chennai Super Kings v. team. Victoria Bushrangers, 9 p.m. in the line up, the Kiwi side Laxmipathy Balaji has is expected to once against been steering the pace attack well and has struggle against the home team, led by been economical in a batsman-dominated Davey Jacobs. format. Ashwell Prince and Mark Boucher are Victoria, on the other hand, beat Central part of the Warriors batting line-up which Districts after the opening-match loss to will be hard to contain for the Central Disthe Warriors. tricts bowlers. Opener Aaron Finch sparkled in their win In Makhaya Ntini and Nicky Boje, the with a 60-ball 93 with Hussey and Andrew Warriors have the experience and the unMcDonald also looking in good touch. derstanding of the conditions that makes The tested pace duo of Peter Siddle and them a firm favourite for a third successive Dirk Nannes is in fine form, making Victoria win tomorrow.



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