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Three labourers were injured and 35 vehicles gutted, when a naphtha pipeline which was damaged burst into flames at Zuari Agro-Chemical Industry Limited (ZACIL), ZuarinagarSancoale, on Monday morning. The fire broke out at the entrance gate of Zuari industry, damaging property worth crores of rupees. The fire that broke out at about 11.20 am was brought under control at

4 p.m. The three injured persons are Ramakant Gaonkar (47) from Quepem, Savio D’Costa from Shiroda and Kailash Ram (38) from Bihar. They were rushed to GMC Hospital in Bambolim. Two of the injured were discharged later in the evening. According to fire fighters and emergency service personnel, the incident occurred when a negligent heavy earth mover driver damaged an underground naphtha pipeline while

undertaking excavation work. “It generated a spark, due to which traces in the naphtha pipeline burst into huge flames,” they informed. Immediately, af ter the pipeline was damaged, a blast occurred and flames reached upto 40 ft high and engulfed the earth moving excavator machine, 23 two-wheelers, six cars, three trucks, one tempo and one phosphoric acid tank, which were parked at the entrance gate of the industry.

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HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 18

The High Court of Bombay at Goa on Monday dismissed the petition demanding a ban on Dum Maro Dum ruling that the objectionable remarks from the movie trailers have been withdrawn. The division bench comprising of Justices S C Dharmadhikari and F M Reis granted relief to the makers of the movie, as the evidences and materials pro-

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vided to the court by the petitioner failed to establish grounds on which it was seeking a ban. The court said that the petitioner had filed petition based on the promos of the movie and hence the petition be dismissed since the objectionable sentence has been deleted by the filmmaker. Earlier, Advocate Winnie Coutinho appearing on behalf of the petitioner argued that

the promos of the movie have replaced the word ‘women’ with ‘relationship’, which does not make much of a difference. “Kindly view the film and the songs before pronouncing verdict on the petition. We want to check whether the edited promos reflect in the actual movie,” Coutinho told the bench while arguing on the matter. The bench was hearing the petition filed by one Savio (Continued on page 9)

The vehicles that were damaged in the fire.

The JCB driver along with two labourers, who were standing nearby, sustained burn injuries and were rushed to a private hospital. Luckily, a major tragedy was averted, as two ammonia storage tanks of the industry are located barely 50 metres away from the entrance gate, where the fire incident occurred. The fire flames were seen right up till the MES College from NH-17B, which created panic among the people and

Dogs refuse to part with their dead master HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 18

Dogs are a man’s best friend and here’s an example why. The funeral service of 48-yearold Luis Philip at Cortin, Panjim was delayed by almost one hour on Monday due to ‘extraordinary forces’ — his dogs. In a tale that could very well go down in pet books, eight pet dogs of Philip refused to let their master’s body be taken away by people and police. Eyewitnesses said that Philip who was living alone at Cortin died a natural death last night in his sleep. When people came to know about his death, they tried to shift his body from the house to be taken for final rites. But they encountered an unusual resistance in the form of his pet dogs, who refused to budge almost for one hour. Even the police failed to control the dogs as they did not allow Philip’s body to be touched. As the situation went out of control, the police called in the the Panjim Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). PAWS personnel finally managed to calm down the dogs and took them away. Later people shifted Philip’s body to the crematorium.

Anna missive to Sonia on smear campaign PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 18

Upset over the “smear” campaign launched against civil society leadership, Anna Hazare today complained to Congress President Sonia Gandhi that “corrupt forces” have united to derail the process of drafting an effective Lokpal bill. Hazare, who is leading a campaign for a strong anti-graft legislation, today wrote a two-page letter to Gandhi, making veiled references to Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh, who has been attacking him, and to Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal, and asked her to advise her “colleagues” not to try to derail the process of drafting of law. However, Sibal’s office issued a release in the evening denying the charge that he had held any media briefing at his residence on Saturday after the first meet-

....the developments of the last few days have been a cause for concern. It seems that corrupt forces in the country have united to derail the process of drafting an effective anticorruption law through the joint committee. Together we have to defeat their designs.

ing of the joint drafting committee on Lokpal nor made any statement that the civil society members “have succumbed to government pressure”. “It is patently false. No such statement was ever made by Mr Sibal,” a statement from HRD minister’s office said. Hazare said “....the developments of the last few days have been a cause for concern. It seems that corrupt forces in the country have united to derail the process of drafting an effective anti-corruption law through

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the joint panel. Together we have to defeat their designs.” In a thinly-veiled reference to Digvijay Singh, he accused the party general secretary of making many statements which were “factually wrong” and asked her whether she approved them. Without naming Sibal’s, he referred to a minister, who is part of the 10-member joint panel, charged him with making false statements that the civil society representatives have “succumbed” to the government’s pressure and “diluted” the law.

As the war over the alleged fake CD involving eminent lawyer and panel co-chair Shanti Bhushan intensified, Hazare said one of the strategies of the corrupt forces is to “smear the reputations” of civil society members in the committee. “Whereas I am of the view that the people working for public must be subjected to public scrutiny, however, when blatantly false accusations are made, fabricated CDs are planted, then one feels that the purpose is not an honest public scrutiny but to tarnish reputations.” “They have not even spared me, even though I have lived a simple life following on the path of truth. However, I am happy that despite all their efforts, the vested interests could not dig out anything of substance. This has only raised the reputations of civil society members in the eyes of the public,” he said.

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residents of Zuarinagar. The panic-stricken security guard at the gate who had witnessed the blast said that the flames which engulfed all the vehicles were very high. Luckily, very few people were present at the time of blast, as only the JCB driver and two others had sustained burn injuries. “Our emergency team and fire fighters acted swiftly and kept the fire under control. The injured labourers were rushed

to a hospital,” informed ZACIL Chief Financial Officer Vinayak Dutta. “The JCB driver negligently damaged the naphtha pipeline, while carrying out excavation work,” he admitted. “Immediately after the fire broke out, both ammonia tanks were water covered and the pipeline was plugged off,” said Dutta. He further said that excavation work was carried out to lay the gas pipeline of Gas Au-

thority of India. Sources informed that for nearly one hour, hardly any coordination was seen from the disaster management team, as it was only fire fighters from Vasco, Verna and Zuari industry involved in dousing the fire. However, the disaster management team acted after one hour and summoned police force to restrict the entry of people reaching the site, while Mormugao Deputy Collector (Continued on page 9)

Churchill manipulated PWD tenders: Mickky

Mickky coming out of the CID Crime Branch office after filing a complaint against PWD Minister Churchill Alemao Photo by Sachin Ambadoskar ALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 18

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Former Tourism Minister Francisco ‘Mickky’ Pacheco has acc u s e d t h e P u b l i c Wo r k s Department (PWD) Minister Churchill Alemao of generating several crores of rupees by defrauding the State exchequer. Mickky has lodged a complaint before the Crime Branch alleging that Churchill violated

the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) guidelines and the Central P ublic Works Department (CPWD) manual, to manipulate Public Works Department (PWD) tenders. The Benaulim legislator claimed that his personal investigation revealed that the minister caused loss of crores of rupees to the State exchequer ever since he took over the PWD

ministry in 2007. “In order to achieve his sole purpose of defrauding the State exchequer and amassing wealth for himself, he intentionally manipulated, changed and bypassed government directives after fraudulently assuming unto himself total administrative and financial powers, which otherwise was not bestowed upon him as the PWD minister,” the complaint copy attached with other documents, reads. Copies of the complaint set have been furnished to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, Home Minister Ravi Naik, Goa Police, State vigilance officer and chief auditor general. Speaking to reporters outside the Crime Branch, after filing the complaint, Mickky alleged that Churchill was responsible for manipulating PWD bids with the help of an illegal circular introduced in 2007. “Just a day after Churchill was sworn in as PWD minister in 2007, he had introduced the controversial circular, against (Continued on page 9)

Binayak Sen free after four months in jail PTI RAIPUR, APRIL 18

After remaining behind bars for nearly four months, civil rights activist Binayak Sen was released this evening from the Chattisgarh’s central prison where he is serving a life sentence, three days after the Supreme Court granted him bail. Binayak who was sentenced to life by a local court on charges of sedition and links with Maoists, was reunited with his family amid emotional and poignant scenes. Hours before he walked free out of his cell in the Raipur prison, Additional District and Sessions Judge BP Verma directed Sen to surrender his passport as a bail condition in line with the Apex Court order and that he be released on a personal bond and surety of Rs 50,000 each.

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KAP threatens to resume agitation HERALD REPORTER VASCO, APRIL 18

Disappointed with the minutes of meeting, the Kharewado Affected People (KAP) has threatened to resume the agitation from A p r i l 2 1 , w h i c h i s ke p t i n abeyance. The KAP office bearers on Monday gathered near the old Cross at Kharewado to brief the residents that whatever demands, which were placed before Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and other ministers and opposition leader during the meeting on April 16, were not incorporated in the minutes. Addressing the gathering, Fr Bismark Dias said if minutes are taken into consideration, it appears that whatever demands KAP had put in the meeting, nothing have been reflected, except for removal of CISF from Kharewado jetty. “KAP had asked the govern-

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Fr Bismark Dias of KAP addresses the residents of Kharewado. Photo by M Prabhav

ment to notify all the fishing villages of Goa as traditional fishing villages, re-notify the jurisdiction of MPT, regularization of structures in the coastal belt, rebuilding of all the demolished houses in Kharewado and withdrawal of writ petition filed in the High Court,”

said Fr Dias. He further informed that he had spoken to the chief minister over the phone and has asked him to change the minutes of the meeting before all party delegation meets minister of Shipping.

“With present minutes, the issues certainly won’t be resolved,” said Fr Dias. “If the State government fails to do so, we will be forced to resume the strike from April 21, which is kept in abeyance,” warned Fr Dias.

Opposition corporators confront CCP Mayor

Opposition Corporators confront CCP Mayor on various issues dogging the city. Photo by Sachin Ambdoskar HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 18

A delegation of around 10 opposition corporators called on CCP mayor Yatin Parekh and confronted him on various issues dogging the city. While the opposition corporators claimed that the CCP Mayor was not doing his job, the mayor claimed the opposition was frustrated by his success, and was trying to seek attention. At around noon, they de-

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scended on the Mayor’s office and raised issues like drainage systems, garbage and other works of the corporation. “We confronted him on issues of irregular garbage collection the slow pace of pre-monsoon works and other issues. He has not given us any clear-cut assurance, but rather gave irrelevant answers,” Vaidehi Naik the leader of the BJP backed corporators said. Meanwhile, the Mayor did not take the manner of the meeting

kindly. “If they had a genuine reason they could have come and met me in person. But suddenly 10 corporators come unannounced to meet me and that too they bring the press along. It is a clear sign they want publicity,” Parekh said. “The commissioner is currently on leave and it is but natural that some of the work will be slow,” he said. “They are frustrated by the success of my work. I am the Mayor for the betterment of

Panjim and so much development has taken place since I’ve taken over. They are jealous of it,” he said. Naik however rubbished the contention that their meeting had political intentions. “These are genuine issues of concern for the people of Panjim. How can they be politically motivated,” she asked. Independent corporator Surendra Furtado who was also part of the delegation questioned the mode of functioning of the mayor. “Monsoons are around the corner. Where are the pre-monsoon works? He says he has employed five contractors and each contractor is taking up one ward at a time. In this way the pre-monsoon works will take three months. “He is not fit to be the mayor,” Furtado said adding that the mayor just gave evasive replies. “We are not elected to play politics and the people will not tolerate any excuses. They just want to see the work done,” Furtado said. He also alleged that some of the works were being tendered to ex-corporators who belong to the ruling side. “Some of these contractors do not have workers under them,” he alleged. The opposition has now pledged to keep the pressure on the Mayor to see the works are complete.

BJP Minority Cell Govt served deadline to repair wants Babush sacked Satpal-Mollem road HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 18

The BJP Minority Cell has demanded the immediate resignation of Education Minister, Babush Monserrate in connection with the foreign currency issue. Minority Cell president Sheikh Jina said that Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat should sack the Education Minister if he does not quit the position. Jina further demanded the resignation of PWD Minister, Churchill Alemao for extending his support and mobilizing support for Babush in the illegal activities. “The involvement of the Education Minister has brought shame to all the minorities. It is more shocking that Babush, who is the education Minister, was caught red-handed by Customs authorities”, Jina added.

HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 18

The Sanvordem Congress Block Committee besides sarpanchas, Zilla Panchayat members and villagers on Monday served a deadline on the government to carry out repairs of the road from Satpal junction to Mollem. A delegation of the agitating residents called on the District Collector, South G P Naik and threatened to hold a dharna anytime after the last week of April. The delegation drew attention of the District Collector to the correspondence made by the residents with the Chief Minister and other authorities on the issue. They pointed out that the road accommodates the flow of traffic from ValpoiMollem public transport, Tourist at Tamdi-Surla Temple etc. “It is seen that the government has neglected this road despite several requests from the public as well as the local panchayat”, the

delegation said. They recalled that at the meeting held by the Sanvordem Congress block committee on March 27, it was resolved to hold a dharna along with the members of the Zilla Panchayat and village panchayats. The delegation maintained that the responsibility of any untoward incident would rest with the authorities as the people are determined to hold the dharna cum blocking of the transport at the Mollem National highway NH-4A at Four Road junction. The district collector later told newsmen that the memorandum submitted by the delegation would be forwarded to the higher authorities for appropriate action. He said the government is seized of the grievances highlight by the delegation and assured that appropriate action would be initiated by the concerned authorities.

Bailancho Saad has condemned the derogatory representation and abuse of women by N Shivdas, President of Goa Konkani Academy, through his poem titled ‘Chedi’. The content of the poem came in for severe criticism on several counts at the Bailancho Saad meeting held on Saturday. “The poem is insultingly and disgustingly mocks at the poverty of sex workers and spreads misconceptions. The gender insensitive language and the content assault the dignity of women,” Sabina Martins of Bailancho Saad said. Bailancho Saad has demanded that the chief minister immediately ask Shivdas to step down as the GKA President for promoting a culture of abuse against women and attacking the dignity of women. “No government grants should be given for purchase and distribution of such books in libraries, schools and colleges which contain derogatory and abusive language against women,” Martins said. The veteran writer decided to withdraw the title of the poem after women groups last week demanded action against him and to withdraw the poem which is a part of his book ‘Saarth Dukkhaart’.

Anti-corruption drive in Margao on Wednesday HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 18

“I am against corruption – Are You? Come Wednesday and citybased NGOs will take this message to government officials working in the District Collectorate, South and the Margao Municipal as part of the national wide drive against corruption. Around six NGOs, including the local unit of Art of Living headed by world spiritual leader, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will partake in the exercise from Wednesday. Says Venkatesh Hegde of the Art of Living: “The India against corruption rally had brought together people from diverse fields to fight corruption in the country. The people have told use to continue the crusade against corruption since the common man is the most hit”. If Hegde is to be believed, the awareness drive will lay stress in convincing citizens not to give bribe and thus help fight corruption. We will call upon the citizens not to pay the bribe to the officials. To stop officials from taking bribes, we will create an intensive awareness campaign”, he added. Dr Hegde said if the people don’t assume the responsibility to stop corruption now, the future holds bleak for the future generation. “Posterity will not forgive us if we don’t contribute our bit in the fight against corruption”, he added. BJP Youth leader Sharmad Raiturkar said representatives

An anti-corruption activist putting a badge on a citizen in the city on Monday. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar

of the NGOs have come together to fight corruption. “There’s no politics involved in the movement. People from all walks of life will be requested to join the campaign and help stop corruption”, he added. Sharmad underlined the need to take the movement to the logical conclusion so that its impact is felt in the society. During the campaign, the volunteers will visit government offices and distributed badges carrying the message “I am

GU campus placement fair attracts 30 companies HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 18

The first-ever campus fair organised by Goa University (GU) has attracted few of the best employers in the country from all sector including the non-conventional non-government organizations (NGOs). “The central placement fair is happening for the first time in the University and till date nearly 30 companies have responded, who will be interviewing students in the campus,” Rajesh Bhatikar, Assistant Registrar and Coordinator (Placements), said. The fair is scheduled for April 30 at GU campus. The postgraduate and undergraduate students from university and affiliated non-professional colleges will be participating in the fair, who would be interviewed by their perspective employers.

GU, all these years, had the campus placement interviews being conducted by respective departments like Management Studies, Computer Science and Technology and Chemistry. “We never had a central placement cell. But this year onwards, we have started central placement fair, so that all the students including those from non-conventional courses like social science and languages can get an opportunity,” Bhatikar said. “We are trying to ensure that there is enough scope for everybody,” he added. As per the registration figure on Monday, almost 450 students have enrolled themselves for the campus interviews. Bhatikar said that the companies from Goa and even outside the State will be sending their representatives to interview the stu-

dents. As per the list put up by GU on its website, the companies like Sesa Goa, Fomento, Wipro, Patni Computers Limited, Watsons, Lupin Ltd, Aventis Ltd., Vodafone, HDFC, Dhanalaxmi Bank, Yes Bank and Karvy Consultant Ltd will be on the campus. On the non-conventional front, Helpage India and Smile Foundation will also be trying to grab the best talent from the campus. Apart from these, Fine Edge and Career Connections, two of the recruitment agencies, will also be interviewing the students. Bhatikar said that the jobs are offered in the State and also outside the State by these companies. “GU will not deal with the pay packages. It will be exclusively between the students and the companies,” he added.

Filling of khazan land at Cutbona entrance raises eyebrows HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 18

Filling of khazan land on the landward side of the Cutbona fishing jetty has raised eyebrows amongst the owners of mechanized vessels and the local residents. That attempts are being made to fill up the low-lying khazan land at the entrance to the fishing jetty ostensibly to erect structures is clearly evident by the dumping of mud along the banks. Sadly, the authorities are yet to crack a whip against the unscrupulous elements, with questions raised amongst the boat owners over the political patron-

n That attempts are being made to fill up the low-lying khazan land at the entrance to the fishing jetty ostensibly to erect structures is clearly evident by the dumping of mud along the banks. age enjoyed by the miscreants. Going by the filing activity going at the site, boat owners suspects that the filling is done with the objective of erecting

illegal structures. Many suspect that the activity is being carried out to erect structures to house stake holders engaged in the fishing industry. Incidentally, the issue over the illegal land filling was discussed at the previous gram sabha meeting of the Velim Panchayat. In fact, members had vehemently objected to the land filling activity and demanded action against the miscreants. When contacted, Johnson Fernandes said his office has no idea about the land filling activity, saying that matters pertaining to land filling are dealt with by the TCP Department.

Fishing vessels return to Cutbona with tonnes of sardines HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 18

Smiles lit the faces of fishing vessels owners following a bumper harvest of sardines off Goa’s coast between Varca-Mobor-CaboCanacona on Monday. Fishing vessels returned to the Cutbona Fishing jetty with tonnes of sardines. Perhaps for the first time in recent times, the vessels had not to go deep in the sea as sardines were available in abundance off the Varca-Mobor coast in Salcete and further down in Canacona. A visit to the Cutbona revealed that the hustle and bustle returned to the fishing jetty on Monday as the fishing vessels took their turns to off load baskets of sardines at the fishing jetty. Outstation fish agents swarmed the jetty throughout the day as they bargained with

Crew members of a fishing vessel with a good catch of sardines waiting to land at the Cutbona fishing jetty. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar

the trawlers owners to strike a fair deal for the catch. Mechanised vessel owners, however, rued that the rate came down from Rs 1,210 a basket of sardine on Sunday to Rs 80 per basket on Monday. A trawler owner said that the vessels netted sardines off the Mobor-Varca coast. “The fish was available in plenty off Varca and Mobor and further down to Canacona”, a trawler owner said, adding that the availability of sardines in abundance off the Canacona coast brought fleet of fishing vessels from neighbouring Karwar to fish in the water. Incidentally, most of the catch found its way across the border into Karnataka for the fish meal plants dotting the coastal state. Though curtains on the fishing season is scheduled to come within two months, a number of vessels have been found operating from the jetty till date.

against corruption – Are You”. Besides, messages against corruption will be placed on the desk of the officials with due permission. The campaign will begin at 3 pm on Wednesday when the volunteers visit the Margao Municipal Council and the District Collectorate, with representatives of the NGOs exuding confidence that the movement will spread across the state with the cooperation of the citizens.

Bus strike: Transport Dept issues notices HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 18

The State Transport Department on Monday issued show cause notices to all those buses, which remained off road on April 15 as a part of statewide strike call given by All Goa Private Bus Owners Association (AGPBOA). Department official confirmed that process of issuing show cause notices has already begun, while in few cases the officials are still identifying the buses, which participated in the strike. “The exact number will be known only on Tuesday, when the department will gather data on how many notices are issued by respective ADTs,” the official said. Meanwhile, on Sunday, Director Transport Arun Desai had said that department has identified 150-odd buses, which failed to ply on the strike day. He had stated that the number will increase as respective ADTs are still in process of verifying the number of buses that remained off road on last Friday. “The decision over cancellation of the temporary permits, permanently, would be taken once they reply to their notice,” the official said. A day-long strike was called in the state under the banner of AGPBOA, which received mixed response.

Fatorda panel wants scrap yards shifted HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 18

The Fatorda Development Committee on Monday demanded shifting of scrap yards from residential areas of the locality. In a memorandum to the district collector and other authorities, the committee headed by Camilo Barreto said the authorities should look into the menace within 15 days. He said the recent tanker blast in a scrap yard at Fatorda that left one person killed and two others seriously injured is an eye opener for the authorities to crack a whip. “There are many residential houses within the scrap yard area, it is highly recommended the shifting of the scrap yard from the residential area”, he said, adding there are many scrap yards in the locality which needs to be closed down immediately. “The scrap yards discharge oil and other chemicals from the scrapped tankers, tanks and vehicles which find its way into the nearby fields, leaving the paddy fields and well waters contaminated”, Camilo added.


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Somdev regains career-best ranking of 71

Osvaldo at double as Espanyol rescue point

AGENCIES MUMBAI, APRIL 18

Somdev Devverman gained a place to be back to career-high singles ranking of 71 while Sania Mirza remained on number 73 in the ranking charts, released on Monday. Somdev had lost in the second round of the clay-court season opening event in Houston. Meanwhile in the doubles rankings, Sania (29), Mahesh Bhupathi (5) and Leander Paes (7) were static in the WTA and ATP charts, respectively. Rohan B op anna though gained 2 positions to jump to the 14th spot.

India lose Jr Davis Cup opener AGENCIES NEW DELHI, APRIL 18

Shaik Abdullah and Fatehdeep Singh came a cropper in the decisive doubles rubber as India lost the opening tie on the junior Davis Cup Asia/Oceania qualifying round 1-2 to fourth seed Chinese Taipei in Delhi on Monday. Fatehdeep was the first on court and lost the opening singles 7-6(3), 3-6, 1-6 to Chih-Chun Tang. Abdullah though brought the hosts back in the tie with 4-6, 62, 6-3 win over Wen-Chun Liang. However, the Taipei players clinched the Group D tie when Tang and Wen-Po Tseng defeated the pair of Fatehdeep and Abdullah 7-6(6), 6-0 in the doubles.

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Argentine striker Pablo Osvaldo scored a brace as Espanyol twice came from behind to snatch a point in a 2-2 draw with European rivals Atletico Madrid at the Cornella-El Prat stadium on Sunday. Osvaldo scored in each half to take his league tally to ten goals after teenager Koke and Argentine Sergio ‘Kun’ Aguero had twice put Atletico ahead. Atletico stay seventh, level on points with sixth-placed Sevilla, while Espanyol are a point behind in eighth place. Teenage midfielder Koke, a 19-year-old from the youth system, put Atletico ahead in the first minute following a mistake from Ernesto Galan, but Espanyol equalised on 37 minutes thanks to a fortunate deflection. Argentine Osvaldo claimed his ninth league goal of the campaign with a deflection leaving goalkeeper David de Gea with no chance. Argentine Aguero, captain for the day, put Atletico 2-1 up with his 14th league goal of the season, producing a fine chipped finish to beat Carlos Kameni. Osvaldo may have had some luck with his first goal, but there was nothing fortunate about his second as he latched on to a cross with a powerful header to peg back Atletico again on 57 minutes. Earlier teenager Iker Muniain scored a dramatic 90th minute winner as 10-man Athletic Bilbao came from behind to defeat Osasuna 2-1 in the Basque derby

LA LIGA SCOREBOARD Levante ................2 Deportivo ............2 Real Sociedad ......2 Osasuna ..............1 Espanyol ..............2 on Saturday. The 18-year-old winger capitalised on a defensive mix-up to curl home the decisive goal from distance as Bilbao did their European hopes the power of good, moving two points above Sevilla into fifth place. Osasuna, two points above the relegation zone, had taken the lead through Kike Sola on 51 minutes and Bilbao were reduced to ten men on 58 minutes when Xavi Castillo was given his marching orders for a second yellow card. However, Spain international Fernando Llorente scored his 16th league goal of the season with a header on 69 minutes to equalise and Muniain, who holds the record of being the youngest player to score in the Spanish top-flight, floated in a sensational winner in the final minute after goalkeeper Ricardo Lopez made a mess of a clearance. Earlier, promoted Levante continued their shock late bid for a top six finish with a 2-1 home win over strugglers Hercules. First half goals from Ruben Suarez and Juanlu Lopez helped Levante stretch their unbeaten run to eight games and the league newcomers, who started the season as one of the favourites to be relegated, are

Hercules ................1 Racing Santander 0 Sporting Gijon ......1 Athletic Bilbao ......2 Atletico Madrid ......2 just four points off the Europa League places. Hercules, another of the promoted teams, stay second from bottom, three points from safety. In other matches, Sporting Gijon saw a run of three consecutive wins come to an end with a 2-1 loss against Real Sociedad on Sunday. A brace from Frenchman Antoine Griezmann on 32 and 79 minutes helped promoted Sociedad move five points above the drop zone. Elsewhere Deportivo La Coruna took a giant stride towards safety with a 2-0 home win over Racing Santander at the Riazor stadium on Sunday. Two goals in three minutes from Lassad Nouioui (45 min) and Xisco (48) moved Depor five points above the bottom three. At the top of the table champions Barcelona stayed in the box seat to retain their title with a 1-1 draw Saturday at arch rivals Real Madrid in a heated 'El Clasico' at the Santiago Bernabeu. Barcelona stay eight points clear of Real with six games left and it could gave been worse had Cristiano Ronaldo's 82nd minute penalty not cancelled out Lionel Messi's 53rd minute spot-kick.

We were superior to Real Madrid: Xavi Fiorentina's French goalkeeper Sebastien Frey jumps for the ball against Juventus players at Florence's "Artemio Franchi" stadium on Sunday. AFP ROME, APRIL 18

AC Milan moved ever closer to their first Serie A title since 2004 at the weekend after their closest rivals both suffered surprise losses. After Milan had steamrolled relegation-haunted Sampdoria 3-0 on Saturday, second-placed Napoli proceeded to go down 2-1 at home to Udinese on Sunday. Coupled with defending champions Inter Milan's shock 2-0 reverse at struggling Parma on Saturday, Milan now have a six-point cushion over Napoli with only five matches remaining. Inter are two points further back and hanging on for dear life to the third automatic Champions League qualifying spot, with Lazio in line for the qualifying round slot three points adrift of the nerazzurri after an emphatic 4-1 win at Catania. Even better for Lazio fans, their city rivals Roma lost 3-2 at home to Palermo to leave the losers seven points off fourth place with little hope of seeing Champions Leageu football next

Wilred Leisure in finals HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 18

Wilred Leisure Sports Club beat Cavelossim 5-4 via the tiebreaker to enter the finals of Cavelossim Panchayat Cup intervillage football tournament organised by Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim at Fr Druston and Wellington ground, Cavelossim on Monday. There was no score at full time in which the teams tried their best to break the deadlock, there being close misses. In the tie-breaker, Wilred Leisure netted all the goals while Cavelossim’s Quinton’s shot was saved by Wilfred’s keeper.

season. Udinese are a solitary point behind Lazio after their fine win in Napoli, achieved in the absence of injured stars Antonio Di Natale and Alexis Sanchez. Gokhan Inler gave Udinese the lead with a superb strike in the 55th minute, with former Napoli forward German Denis doubling their lead on the counter-attack minutes later. Walter Mazzarri's Neapolitans aided their own downfall with Edinson Cavani's missed penalty on 88 minutes before Giuseppe Mascara notched a late consolation deep into injury-time. Lazio stayed in touch with Inter after Hernanes put them ahead on 40 minutes for his second goal in two games. Ezequiel Schelotto levelled straight after the break but further goals from Stefano Mauri, Sergio Floccari and Mauro Zarate -- who also provided two assists -- underlined the visitors' superiority. Juventus are a point behind Roma in seventh after the Old Lady could only draw 0-0 at midtable Fiorentina, ending a run of three straight victories.

SERIE A SCOREBOARD Napoli ..................1 Lecce ....................3 Fiorentina ............0 Catania ................1 Cesena ................1 Chievo ..................2 Genoa ..................3

Udinese ..................2 Cagliari ..................3 Juventus ................0 Lazio ......................4 Bari ........................0 Bologna ..................0 Brescia ..................0

In the race to beat the drop, 17th-placed Cesena leapfrogged Sampdoria after a 1-0 win over Bari courtesy of a goal from Albanian Erjon Bogdani. Brescia, 19th, are on the brink after a 3-0 loss at Genoa left them four points off safety. Lecce are fifth-bottom, one point ahead of Cesena, after recovering from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 with Cagliari, with a Daniele Corvia goal deep into stoppage time saving their bacon. Angry Sampdoria supporters, whose team have now slid into the bottom three, attacked the team coach on its return from their loss at Milan, which deepened their very real relegation worries. The masked supporters hurled stones and struck the

bus with sticks on its return to the team hotel in Genoa early on Sunday morning, according to press reports, breaking the windscreen. The supporters have issued death threats to the squad should they be relegated. Clarence Seedorf, former Sampdoria star Antonio Cassano and Robinho were the men on target for the rossoneri, who were not unduly troubled by the absence through suspension of Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Inter, already smarting from their Champions League exit at the hands of Schalke, saw Sebastian Giovinco and Amauri bag Parma's goals in their loss, which Inter coach Leonardo blamed on fatigue.

Sodiem rout Candolim

Harsh tricks for Dempo

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Sodiem Sports and Cultural Association trounced Candolim Sports Club 3-1 to move into the finals of Rusi Daver Rolling Trophy inter-village football tournament organised by Adarsh Yuvak Sangh at Saligao Sporting ground, on Monday. Sodiem led 1-0 at half time.

Sodiem began on a promising note and shot into the lead in the 10th minute through Mayur Toraskar. Stung by the reverse, Changing over, Sodiem doubled the lead through Basil Fernandes while Mayur Toraskar added another one to consolidate the lead. Shankar Palienkar reduced the margin for Candolim with a few minutes remaining for the final whistle.

Nagoa enter semis HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, APRIL 18

Nagoa Sporting Club defeated Adarsh Yuvak Sangh 2-0 to move into the semi-finals of Nerul Cup inter-village football tournament organised by United Club of Nerul at Dr Gustavo Monteiro Stadium, Candolim on Monday.

Nagoa shot into the lead through Pramod Mardolkar. Kolu doubled the lead for Nagoa within minutes for a comfortable 2-0 lead. Down by two goals, Adarsh tried hard to bounce back but their forwards failed to find the net on a couple of occasions.

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Barcelona playmaker Xavi has dismissed the idea that Real Madrid's battling performance with 10 men in La Liga on Saturday would give them a confidence boost for Wednesday's King's Cup final. Despite having central defender Raul Albiol dismissed just after halftime, Real fought back from a goal down to snatch a 1-1 draw in a tense encounter at a packed Bernabeu, the first of four "Clasicos" between the arch rivals in three competitions in 18 days. However, the result preserved Barca's eightpoint lead over second-placed Real at the top of the standings with six games left and put them within touching distance of a third straight league under coach Pep Guardiola. Xavi"Madrid will in no way emerge stronger," Spain international Xavi told reporters.

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A fine hat-trick from Harsh Tiwary gave Dempo Sports Club Juniors a comfortable 4-0 victory over St Estevam Sports Club in GFA’s U-16 League at Taleigao ground on Monday. Yogendra Thapa also netted for Dempo. “We created many chances, and could have scored more, but I am happy with the performance of my boys,” remarked Dempo coach, Mathew D’Costa.

St Rita’s High School, Maina, Curtorim, runners-up of State Level U-14 girls volleyball tournament organised by DSYA. Standing (l to r): Aurea D’Mello, Cinzia D’Mello, Nisha Antao and Stancy Fernandes. Sitting (l to r): Milagrina Mascarenhas (coach), Jennifer Fernandes (PE teacher), Maria do Carmo Rego e Paes (headmistress), Fr Gualberto Pereira (manager) and Pradeep Naik (PE teacher). Squatting (l to r): Zamila Sheikh, Slinnka D’Sousa, Shaina Coutinho and Jessina Pereira.

Goa Velha move into quarters HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, APRIL 18

Goa Velha Sports Club prevailed over Sao Jose de Areal Sports Club 5-4 via the tie-breaker to storm into the quarter-finals of

All-Goa Conceicao Colaco memorial inter-village football tournament organised by Shooting Stars Club of Colleavaddo at Assolna ground, on Monday. There was no score at full time.

The match was evenly contested with both teams dishing out attacking football that kept the crowd on their toes. However, the teams custodians performed well to keep their slate clean till full time.

Dilip Sardessai Academy launched in Margao HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, APRIL 18

Goan cricket received a major boost with the opening of Dilip Sardessai Memorial Lalchand Rajput Cricket Academy with support from Aami Goenkar at Dr Rajendra Prasad Stadium here on Monday. Announcing the plans of the academy, CA Sanjay Hegde of Aami Goenkar stated that late Dilip Sardessai was one of Indian cricket’s batting legends hailing from Margao. The idea, to dedicate a cricket academy to the State and its people, was mooted by Aami Goenkar, Lalchand Rajput and the Sardessai family after the death of the cricket legend. Hegde disclosed that city cricket lover, Dinesh Trikhanand had come forward to bear the expenses of the academy.

Lalchand Rajput, former India cricketer and coach of the World Cup T-20 and ex-director of National Cricket Academy said that the academy will create a platform for identification, selection and nurturing young cricket talent and create the next generation of Indian cricketers. “This will help Goa as a hub for attracting cricket talent from around the country.” Rajput also stated that two former Ranji cricketers and level 3 coaches – Rajesh Raikar and Vinod Dhamaskar have been appointed as coaching directors to work on the youngsters skills. All the possible facilities will be provided to them. Rajput pointed out the academy would ultimately close the gap in skills and cricketing knowledge among clubs, first class teams, National and international level players. It will provide world

"We were superior, faithful to ourselves and we come away with positive feelings despite not getting the three points," he added. "We had control, with patience, we defended well and the game just got away from us at the end." Barca, who host struggling Osasuna in La Liga on Saturday, are on 85 points from 32 matches, with Real on 77 ahead of their match at thirdplaced Valencia, in Saturday's earlier kickoff. Barca also have a superior head-to-head record thanks to their 5-0 demolition of Real at the Nou Camp in November that would clinch the title if the pair finished level on points. Real are bidding for a first trophy in three seasons when the Spanish giants clash in the Cup final in Valencia. They also meet in the two-legged European Champions League semi-final at the Bernabeu on April 27 and at the Nou Camp on May 3.

class facilities to enhance and promote the cricket lineage of India and especially Goa. “Our focus is Goa. We want to create cricketers who will make our State and country proud and realise their dreams of scaling higher,” pointed out Rajput. The former Indian cricketer said that it will give the aspiring trainees an opportunity to sharpen their skills. “It will be our responsibility to improve the performance of the trainees within five years of those being selected for the academy. As other academies already exist, this academy will provide free training to selected students. We will monitor them and identify their faults,” Rajput added. Rajput informed that U-14, U-25, U-16 and U23 boys had been selected after conducting selection trials.

The first phase training started today and will end on May 30 and there will be no training in the monsoons. The second phase will commence in October. He said adequate care has been taken as far as education is concerned, as no trainees will suffer on this account. The academy aims to become a house of cricketing knowledge, providing consultations, training and education and complete cricket training from theoretical to practical aspects. The academy will launch seasonal net and training facilities with exclusive fielding, bowling, and batting camps by renowned National cricketers and coaches. As the academy progresses, Rajput said they will also invite former cricketers to come and impart knowledge and interact with the trainees. Dinesh Trikhanand was also present.


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Hand over Dudu case to CBI, appeals NSUI HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 18

Congress affiliated National Students Union of India (NSUI) today appealed the High Court of Bombay at Goa to hand over the narcotics case involving Israeli national David Driham alias Dudu to the CBI. In a fresh affidavit filed before the division bench, NSUI Goa Unit President Sunil Kawthankar said that even though Dudu is chargesheeted in the case, it required further probe as the officer who investigated the case is himself embroiled in a narcotics expose. The petitioner has termed the investigation carried out by Police Sub Inspector Sunil Gudlar as ‘perfunctory and not fair or independent’ and that it might lead to Dudu’s acquittal. “PSI Gudlar himself is an accused. He is allegedly found dealing in drugs and the relevant video clip shows that he was found demanding bribe from a foreigner lady and was also trying to sell charas to her,” Kawthankar said in his petition. The affidavit is a part of public interest litigation (PIL) filed before the High Court seeking to transfer policemen-drug mafia nexus cases to CBI. The petitioner pleaded that Dudu case

and subsequent incidents should be transferred to the CBI Kawthankar also pointed out in his petition various discrepancies in the chargesheet filed before the Mapusa NDPS Court. “He has not investigated into the source from where Dudu, who is currently on bail, brings drugs for trafficking. The chargesheet shows that Gudlar merely conducted narcotics raid in February 21 and caught Dudu red-handed with drugs…he has failed to track down Dudu’s Kazakh girlfriend…” reads the eight-page affidavit. The bench adjourned the matter till April 25 after the State sought time to file a reply to the affidavit. Kawthankar has also claimed that Gudlar had not even recorded statement of Dudu’s sister, who was in the flat on the day when police raided it and arrested Dudu. “During the raid, cargo shipper/exporter documents of Mediterranean Lines and A B Paul and Co in respect of M/s Pure Vakhos Trade Pvt Ltd were also found, however, no investigation has been done on the lines of these documents. Dudu’s bank accounts are also not investigated,” the affidavit reads.

The affidavit was filed after the NSUI’s legal counsel Surendra Desai, last week sought time to submit details on the case when the State argued that it could not take over Dudu case as the petitioner had not pointed out any police-drug mafia links or shoddy probe. NSUI in their petition dated January 14 had referred to the investigation of cases against alleged Israeli drug dealers Atala and Dudu, PSI Sunil Gudlar and former ANC PI Ashish Shirodkar. CBI, last week told the Court that it has accepted probing the two cases, notification of which would be issued shortly. The cases are: suspension, arrest and release of seven policemen for having close links with Israeli drug lord Yaniv Benaim alias Atala, and the sting operation wherein Dudu’s kin on PSI Gudlar caught on camera Gudlar trying to push drugs to them. The drug nexus was exposed last year after Swedish model and Atala’s jilted girlfriend Lucky Farmhouse caught on camera her boyfriend bragging about his links with policemen and smoking charas. Atala mysteriously fled India few weeks after he was released on conditional bail earlier this year.

One killed in Colvale mishap HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, APRIL 18

An unidentified pedestrian died, after he was knocked down by a speeding tipper truck at Colvale on Monday morning. According to Mapusa Police, the accident occurred when the pedestrian was crossing the road at Colvale junction at about 6

am. The pedestrian was knocked down by the tipper truck (GA03-T-5525). The deceased was dragged few metres away. Later the truck dashed against the bus (GA-03-K-3853), which was parked alongside the road. The injured pedestrian was rushed to Asilo Hospital in Ma-

pusa, where he was declared dead on admission by doctors on duty. Later in the day, the Mapusa Police registered an offence against truck driver. The driver was booked for rash and negligent driving. Police Sub Inspector Nitin Halarnkar is investigating the case.

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IBM begins registration of ore extracting agents HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 18

Agents extracting iron ore on borrowed leases will now have to register themselves with the State authorities. The Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) has now begun the process of registering these agents, who are unknown entities in the industry circle till date. In a State-wise circular, the IBM has said that as per the Rule 45 of Mineral Conservation and Development Rules 1988, the owner, agent, mining engineer or manager of every mine, or any person or company engaged in trading or storage or end-use or export of minerals mined in the country, is required to be registered with IBM. This application is required to be filed through the respective Regional Offices of IBM under whose jurisdiction, the State or Union Territory, in which the mining or prospecting or reconnaissance operations, or trading or storage or end use or export of minerals is being undertaken. The IBM is required to maintain a register giving details of the owner, agent, mining engineer or manager of every mine, or any person or company en-

gaged in trading or storage or end-use or export of minerals, as the case may be, as registered under the provisions of these rules. Moreover, the general public will also now will be able to access and know who owns and runs the mine. The new rules make it clear that the information would be made available to public, by posting on the website of the IBM. In a bid to curb illegal extraction of ore, IBM has also made it clear that the owner, agent, mining engineer or manager of every mine is required to submit the Monthly and Annual Returns in prescribed form only to the Regional Controller of Mines (RCM). “The returns are not required to be submitted to the Controller of Mines and the Controller General, IBM. In respect of Monthly Returns the time limit for submission has been reduced from 15th to 10th of every month in respect of preceding month,” the circular reads adding that the IBM is in process of developing system for online submission of monthly and annual returns. If any of the above men-

tioned authority fails to submit a return within the date specified or has submitted incomp l e t e o r w ro n g o r f a l s e information in monthly or special or annual returns, the RCM can order suspension of all mining operations in the mine and can revoke the order of suspension only after ensuring proper compliance. It can also recommend termination of the mining lease, in case such suppression or misrepresentation of information indicates abetment or connivance of illegal mining. “In case of non-compliance of rules on the part of person or company engaged in trading or storage or end-use or export of minerals the concerned State Government, has to take appropriate action as indicated in Rule 45(7)(ii) of the Act,” it adds further. In Goa, various mining sites are taken up by agents who operate with the original mining lease from the owner. While owner is not aware of the activity on the mine, the agent is involved in several illegalities. The State Government in the past had encountered several such cases in which the mine owner was unaware of what is happening at the site.

Malaria workers call off fast after CM’s promise HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 18

The striking malaria workers called off their nearly two-week long hunger strike today after the Chief Minister promised, albeit again verbally, to create the necessary posts in the Health Department and then absorb them in. A meeting was held at the Chief Minister’s official residence today and was attended by Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane, Director of Health Services Dr Rajananda Desai besides other health officials and a delegation of the striking workers . The striking workers, who had earlier pledged to settle for nothing less than a written assurance from the government, compromised but promised to be back on strike if the promises are not kept. “The chief minister informed us that there are around 43 posts vacant in the Health Department and that we will be included in those. But we were a total of 59 workers who had sat on a hunger strike and there are a total of around 87 malaria workers whose services were terminated,” Premdas Gaonkar the leader of the striking workers said. “The Chief Minister then

Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane offers a glass of lime juice to a striking worker at Campal. Photo by Sachin Ambdoskar

assured us that the department would create posts by May and all the workers would be absorbed by July,” Gaonkar said. The strike ceremonially ended with Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane offering a glass of lime juice to the striking workers at Campal, where they were seated for the last 14 odd days. In the past too the government, both the chief minister and the health minister had

promised to regularise the workers. Two verbal assurances, one from the Chief Minister last year and another from the health minister in January this year, both of which were on record of the various media crew present were not fulfilled. The workers have in the past held a hunger strike at the Captain of Ports Jetty, besides organised morchas through town.

Panel uncertain on Dum Maro Dum viewing HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 18

The high level committee formed by the Goa government to give its recommendations on the movie ‘Dum Maro Dum’, is uncertain on viewing it. The committee members told the film distributors that few of its members were either in Delhi or in Mumbai, after which the pre-screening release was re-scheduled to another date. Fox Star Studio International Private Limited (FSSIPL) officials told reporters that the movie could not be screened before the committee on Monday as not all members of the committee are in Goa. “We had received communication from the committee about screening of the movie. We had told them that the date for screening could be decided only after High Court decision,” FSSIPL’s Business & Legal Head Dina Duttani said. T h e p re - re l e a s e screening will now be done only after all the committee members

come together in Goa. The filmmakers have however scheduled press preview on

Wednesday followed by screening for the cast on Thursday and release on Friday. Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, last week constituted a high level committee headed by Information Secretary Rajiv Verma, to watch the movie before its release. Government spokesman had told Herald that the theatre at Maquinez Palace would be used as a facility to screen the movie for the committee members on Monday and give their opinion to Censor Board and State Government, whether it is derogatory to the image of Goa.

German molested

MARGAO, APRIL 18 (HR): In an incident that once again exposed the safety of tourists, a German woman was molested by a tourist from Bhopal at the Majorda beach on Sunday evening. Colva police immediately arrested Jaya Diwedi and was released on bail by a local court here on Monday. Colva police informed that the incident occurred when the German woman was on the beach when the 25-year old accused allegedly touched her private part. Acting on a complaint, the Colva police nabbed the accused and arrested him for molesting the foreign national.


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UPCOMING EVENTS Dance contest at Vasco VASCO(HR): Nivedam, socio cultural and sports club of New-Vaddem, will organise its first All Goa group dance competition at Vaddem Nagar Government High School ground at New-Vaddem on April 19. Deputy Speaker and Cortalim MLA Mauvin Godinho will be the chief guest for the function. On the occasion, the Club will be felicitate some senior citizens and those who have worked in various fields like education, art and culture, social and sports. For the group dance competition, limited entries will be given to the teams on first come first basis and there will be no entry fee for the participating team in the competition. Interested teams can contact Sar vesh Shirodkar (9923296911), Rajan Faldessai (9823994624) or Deepak Naik (9822748079).

Samelan at Bicholim temple MAYEM(HC): Late Ramkrishnabuwa Vaze Smruti Sangeet Sanstha Vazare in association with Haribhakta Parishad Gomantak, Directorate of Art and Culture and Chitpwan Bramhin Sangh Gomantak will organise Ramkrishnabuwa Vaze Smruti Sangeet Samelan at Yogeshwari Temple, Kulan-Bicholim, on May 1. The inaugural function will be held at 4 pm, followed by programme of child artistes and classical singing programme of Dr Gauri Nayak Bhat. She will be accompanied by Tulshidas Navelkar on Tabla and Manoj Ganpule on harmonium.

Kala Rang festival PANJIM (HND): 11th Kala Rang festival of dance, music and theatre starting on April 21 at the Ravindra bhavan, Margao, will host a performance by Padma Vibhushan Kishori Amonkar on April 22 at 6.30 pm, while Anandi Ramachandran and her group will perform on April 23 at 7.15 pm. The five-day festival will begin with a programme ‘Mile Su Mera Tumhara’ by Ravindra Sathe, Devaki Pandit and Poornima to pay tributes to Bharat Ratna late Pt Bhimsen Joshi.

Course on stammering PANJIM (HND): Free course on stammering will be conducted by Prof Agnel Crasto, Director of The Institute of Personality Development from April 25 to 29 from 12 pm to 1 pm. Those interested may contact Prof Agnel Crasto at Pinto Chambers, Block A, 2nd Floor, Panjim, ph 2435838 / 9420818302.

Mock GCET Examination PANJIM (HND): Mock GCET Examination conducted by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be held on April 24 from 9 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 6 pm at following centres: in Panjim at Dr K B Hedgewar HS, Mala; in Mapusa at Saraswat Vidyalaya, Khorlim; in Margao at Damodar HSS, Comba; and in Ponda at GVM's Nelly Joildo Aguiar HSS, Farmagudi. Registration, for which last date is April 21, can be done at the office of Panjim MLA or by calling 6511211. For inquires call Akhil Parrikar on 9923883999, Atmaram Barve on 9923863204, Bhavesh Zambaulikar on 9764891234 or Gurudas Sawant on 9970788688.

Ambedkar had concern for downtrodden: Nilkant HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, APRIL 18

To u r i s m M i n i s t e r N i l ka n t Halarnkar has stated that Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar played an important role in the welfare of the downtrodden in India. He was speaking after garlanding the statue of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar at Mapusa. Mapusa Municipal Council (MMC) had organised the programme in the Municipal hall to celebrate the 120th Jayanti of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. Speaking further, Halarnkar said Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar showed them a path, which not only led to their development but also development of India. Halarnkar further said Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar studied in the prestigious Columbia University in New York. “Though he studied abroad, he served the country. This is his greatness. There is no harm in acquiring higher education abroad but one should remember that he should utilize his knowledge for the progress of the nation,” said Halarnkar. Mapusa MLA Francis D’Souza stated that Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar had to face a lot of hardships to complete his edu-

n All the Indians owe a lot to Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar for receiving such a precious gift in the form of constitution. Today, we can see a picture of India as a super power country. India is running successfully on the basis of this excellent constitution and the whole credit goes to Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. cation. However, his strong will and dedication helped him to remove all the obstacles and complete his studies. “He had to go through various social and financial obstacles. He faced a lot of humiliation at his school as social discrimination highly prevalent in India at that time. However, he did not give up his desire to learn and work hard. He strongly believed that unless and until every Indian gets educated, the country won’t prosper and hence he laid great emphasis on education,” he said. Former MP Amrut Kansar stated that Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar prepared the Constitution of India which is world’s largest democratic country. “He prepared it with the help of his extensive knowledge about Economics, Law, Politics, Indian Society and detailed

Churchill seeks resumption of Vasco-Nagapattinam special HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 18

The Minister for Public Works Department, (PWD) Churchill Alemao in a letter to Union Minister for Railway Mamata Banarjee has asked for resumption of Vasco-Nagapattinam Special to facilitate people of Goa and neighboring areas to visit the shrine of our Lady of Vailankanni in Tamilnadu. It may be recalled that earlier on behest of Alemao, Banerjee had started the weekly train which was temporarily stopped. The train on Vasco-Napapat-

tinam-rail route has been announced in the Railway Budget and Alemao is following up for its resumption at the earliest with the Railway Minister.

study of constitutions of other countries. Through his superior work, he wanted to appeal Indians to become such a nation where caste does not create barrier to live a happier social life,” said Kansar. “All the Indians owe a lot to Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar for receiving such a precious gift in the form of constitution. Today, we can see a picture of India as a super power country. India is running successfully on the basis of this excellent constitution and the whole credit goes to Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar,” added Kansar. Earlier, Nilkant Halarnkar lighted the traditional lamp. MMC President Sudhir Kandolkar welcomed the gathering, Udai Mhadeshree compered the programme, while Chandrakant Talwar proposed the vote of thanks.

Portuguese envoy in Goa on April 20 SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT PANJIM, APRIL 18

The newly appointed Ambassador of Portugal in New Delhi Dr Jorge Roza de Oliveira is to visit Goa from 20 to 26 April. Born in September 1959, Oliveira entered the Portuguese Diplomatic Service in 1984. He has been posted in Luanda, Angola and at the Portuguese Mission to NATO in Brussels. He has also worked for Defense Minister António Vitorino, and again when he was European Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs. He has also

worked for Prime Minister António Guterres. In the Foreign Ministr y, Oliveira headed departments for Middle East Affairs and Multilateral Institutions. He was also diplomatic adviser to Prime Minister José Sócrates for five years, prior to being posted in Delhi. He is married, with three sons.

Rakhi Nanda, IFS, has been posted as Deputy Conservator of Forests, Social Forestry, Parks and Garden, Ponda. This is consequent to promotion to Senior Time Scale. Chaplain of Assumption Chapel, Guirim, Fr Carlos Mendes addresses the gathering in the presence of Trajano D’Mello and others. Photo by Thomas Fernandes HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, APRIL 18

lapses in on itself, the mass of the black hole is the same as the original astral object. However since the mass is so concentrated, the gravity becomes impossible to escape.

Why can’t anything escape the gravity of a black hole?

Deep space is an interesting subject, and the added mystery of black holes has turned them into subjects of much speculation. All the greatest science fiction stories set in space have at least one incident with a black hole: either a character disappears down it never to be found again, or the protagonist is shown to have finally solved the cosmic riddle.

Origins

A black hole is an object of such great gravity that nothing can escape it – not even light. Since they are such mysteries to scientists, there is no rock-solid explanation as to what causes them. However, scientists have made educated guesses based on observations, and there are a few commonly-accepted theories.

The most popular theory is that they are caused by the explosions of stars towards the tail-end of their lifecycle. The star collapses in upon itself thereby creating a black hole. Since the star col-

For anything to escape gravity, it has to reach or exceed a certain velocity. This threshold is known as escape velocity.

Study of Black Holes

The study and observation of black holes has largely taken place from a great distance. Since light too cannot return from it, there is no way of studying the phenomenon up close. Therefore much of the material available on black holes tends to be inconclusive and riddled with more questions than answers.

In the case of a black hole, the escape velocity would have to be greater than the speed of light – which is not possible. Therefore there is nothing than can escape a black hole.

What is the event horizon?

Gravity exerted by the black hole has a long-reaching effect, but there is a certain point at which escape still is possible. This invisible ring around the hole is known as its event horizon.

As can be reasonably expected, the size of the black hole is directly proportional to the circumference of its event horizon.

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Lokacho Adhar celebrated Babasaheb Ambedkar Jayanti by distributing books to over 300 school students of Guirim. Addressing a large gathering, Chaplain of Assumption Chapel, Guirim, Fr Carlos Mendes said the gesture of distribution of books to students is one of greatest need of the hour and an encouragement to children to continue studies. “Trajano D’Mello, who heads Lokacho Adhar, is doing a wonderful service to the community through his humanitarian desire ever since I have known him for over two decades now,” said Fr Mendes. Fr Mendes is popular with the youth of Guirim and a talented musician in addition to his mis-

sionary work. “Distribution of books is being done not because parents cannot afford to buy it, but in order to bring children of different communities and schools together and to make them feel honoured, thereby encouraging t h e m a c a d e m i c a l l y, ” s a i d D’Mello. Others present on the occasion were Peter Afonso, Zelia, Annette, Andria, Ellie, Olivia, Yvette, Rose, Carol and Effy (members of the Women and Child Association of Guirim). Earlier, Lokacho Adhar member Arico Crasto welcomed chief guest Fr Mendes and the dignitaries, Milagres Carneiro compered the function, while Victor Zuzart proposed the vote of thanks.

Knee replacement surgery at NUSI Wockhardt Hospital

For example, if a ball is thrown up in the air on Earth, it will rise for a while, constantly slowing down, till it reaches a point where it stops moving upward. This happens because Earth’s gravity is exerting a negative acceleration on the ball, combating the force with which it was thrown, and slowly overcoming it. Therefore the ball falls back down to the ground. For the ball to continue moving up, it would have to be thrown with enough speed to exit the Earth’s gravitational field – escape velocity.

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If a person were to enter into a black hole...

... an observer would see that person slowing down as they reached the event horizon. The person would then appear to be completely frozen and then slowly start to fade away. This is caused because the extreme gravitational pull also affects time - slowing it down.

... the person unfortunate enough to be in that position would find himself experiencing normal time where he was, while everything around flashed by superfast. Also, the gravity would slowly stretch the person out - a process scientists called 'spaghettification'.

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Pale MLA Pratap Gawas inaugurates hot mixing work at Velguem. Photo by Vishnat Vaze

MAYEM(HC): Pale MLA Pratap Gawas inaugurated the hot mixing of road work from Velguem-Gawwada to Voilo Wada in Bicholim on Saturday. The hot mixing work is being undertaken at a cost of Rs 1.75 crore. Gawas claimed that most of the development works in Pale constituency have been completed on priority basis. Sarpanch Geetali Haldankar, Digambar Naik, ZP member Laxmikant Parab, Women Front President Laxmi Madgaonkar, technical assistant Gajanan Desai, engineer Atmaram Gawade, Panch Sadguru Ambre, Rupesh Gawas and Digambar Velguekar were present on the occasion.

Osteoporosis camp held at Mapusa

Dr Shivanand Bandekar, HoD of Orthopaedics at GMC, inaugurates Public Forum Education programme organized by Mapusa Navyuvak Mandal and Youth Association of India, Mapusa unit at Mapusa.

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Space Mysteries: The Black Hole

Hot mixing of Bicholim road begins

‘Trajano working for welfare of society’

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S H O RT TA K E S

Dr Mudit Khanna, a consultant of Advanced Joint Replacement Surgery & Orthopaedics at NUSI Wockhardt Hospital, recently performed bilateral Total Knee Replacement (TKR) surgery on a 58 year old Nigerian woman named Bernadette, who was suffering from severe painful arthritis for almost a decade and was totally dependant on the others as she could not even stand up on her own. Bernadette had tried a number of medicines and doctors in Nigeria, without any amelioration in her condition. She then finally decided to come to Goa and at NUSI Wockhardt Hospital Dr Mudit khanna performed TKR on her – a procedure that replaces a severely damaged knee joint with an artificial knee joint. How much change has Bernadette experience after the operation? In her own words: “Before the surgery, I couldn't do things that I needed to do for myself or for anybody else. Now, after the surgery, I can do almost anything I want. It makes me wonder why I waited so long. I had such a successful knee replacement surgery that I would certainly recommend Dr Mudit Khanna to someone

needing a knee replacement.” A c c o rd i n g t o D r M u d i t Khanna this was one of the most complicated case as the patient was wheel-chair bound for over 5 years with significant quadriceps wasting and extensor lag, Valgus deformity, Medial collateral ligament incompetent and significant bony defect in lateral tibial condyle extending to about 1.5 to 2.0 cm. Dr Khanna accepted the challenge and a team of doctors lead by him Khanna successfully carried out bilateral knee replacement on the patient. Dr Mudit Khanna’s credentials: MS Orthopedics, MRCS (Edinburgh, UK), MCh Orthopedics (Ninewells Hospital, University of Dundee, UK).

PANJIM(HND): A free bone checkup camp was organised recently at Mapusa by Mapusa Navyuvak Mandal and Youth Hostel Association of India, Mapusa unit. 315 persons availed of free check-up at the camp which was sponsored by Pharmed India and Union Pharmacy. Dr Shivanand Bandekar, HoD of Orthopaedics at Goa Medical College who inaugurated the camp said that regular exercises like stretching and daily walk of at least 3 kms is required to avoid arthritis and to keep oneself healthy and fit. Dr Bandekar also elaborated on various types of Arthritis. He informed that now knee replacement is conducted for Goans at GMC. Newborn children with leg defects should be treated as early as possible, he suggested. Dr Bandekar also answered questions of those present. Dr Vilas Sadekar, Dr Pravin Koppad and Dr Lynette Fernandes examined the patients.

Dr Jorson installed Chief of IMA-Margao

Dr. Jorson Fernandes speaking at the installation ceremony of IMAMargao. HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 18

ENT surgeon, Dr Jorson Fernandes, practicing in Margao, was installed as president of IMA-Margao at the hands of Dr. R. Nagvenkar, past president of Indian Medical Association, Goa at Club Harmonia, Margao. “Adopt healthy lifestyles,” is the slogan that Dr Jorson proposed as he took over. “Empowering the community to take care of their own health based on social and preventive medicine, would be accorded priority. Another important aspect would be adoption of healthy lifestyles, since cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, stroke are going to be the major problems that Goans are facing and will continue to face in the future,” stressed Dr Jorson Dr. Gladstone D'Costa, the outgoing president of IMA, Mar-

gao welcomed. Dr. Govind Desai, the outgoing secretary, presented the annual report while Dr. Rahul Borkar presented the statement of accounts. Dr. Prithi Araujo spoke. Dr. Jorson, whilst seeking the cooperation of the members, disclosed that apart from the CMEs and MIMA CMEs, awareness talks on adolescent sexual health and AIDS to school students, disaster management workshops for stakeholders specially on triaging and the incident command system, Basic Life Support (BLS) for the staff of Hospicio Hospital, general public, and IMA members, workshops on nutrition, balanced diet and obesity for students, specialised medical camps for the unreached/difficult-in-reaching population of rural Goa and the adopted village of Kurpem would be conducted.

POWER SHUTDOWN April 19

PONDA: From 9 am to 2 pm. Areas affected are Mahalaxminagar, Talauli, Wade, Adpoi, Wadi, Durbhat. April 20

SIOLIM: From 9 am to 2 pm. Areas affected are Pilimbi, Bankarwado, Tropa, Maina, Sodiem Bazar, Gausawada, VP Sodiem and surrounding areas. PONDA: From 9 am to 2 pm. Areas affected are Perigol, Galshire, Ramnathi, Kavle, Paun and surrounding areas.

Restricted water supply PANJIM(HND): There will be restricted water supply to Bardez, Bicholim and Sattari Taluka on April 19 due to power failure at Podocem Water treatment plant. Inconvenience caused to the consumers is regretted by the Department.


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No-trust moved against Mapusa Council chief HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, APRIL 18

A no-confidence motion has been moved against Mapusa Municipal Council (MMC) Chairperson Sudhir Kandolkar by eight councillors in the 15-member council. Councillors Roohi Patre, Subhash Narvekar, Michael Carrasco, Subhash Kalangutkar, Rupa Bhakta, Deepak Mahadeshri, Ashish Shirodkar and Vice Chairperson Vijeta Naik on Monday afternoon submitted a notice to the Director of Municipal Administration Panjim to convene a special meeting of the council under Section 56 of Municipalities Act 1968 for the removal of MMC Chairperson Kandolkar. The eight councillors have alleged that the chairperson failed to implement the resolutions of the council, non-cooperation and failure to gain confidence of the councillors, protecting and promoting illegalities in administration of the council and the municipal market.

Tar ball menace hits Varca to Benaulim beach stretch

n The eight councillors have alleged that the chairperson failed to implement the resolutions of the council, non-cooperation and failure to gain confidence of the councillors, protecting and promoting illegalities in administration of the council and the municipal market. Speaking to Herald at Panjim after submitting the notice to the office of Director of Municipal Administrator, Councillor Ashish Shirodkar stated that the present council backed by BJP failed to undertake developmental activities in Mapusa despite adopting resolutions. “It is for this reason that the eight councillors have decided to come together to form a new panel. Our panel has got the support of the Congress party and hence we are quiet optimistic that we will be able to take up and complete pending development works soon,” added Shirodkar.

It may be recalled that in the municipal council election held on October 31, 2010, the BJPbacked and Congress-backed panels had bagged seven seats each while one seat was won by independent candidate Vijeta Naik. The BJP-backed panel with the support of Vijeta Naik had formed the ruling group and taken the charge of the council. However, during the last 5 months, discussions were going on between the members of opposition groups to dislodge Kandolkar from the post of chairperson.

Ferry boat replacement fails to placate hassled commuters

Oily substance that was washed ashore at the Benaulim beach on Monday evening. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar. HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 18

Tar ball menace has come to hit the Salcete coastline – this time the stretch of the beach belt between Varca and Benaulim. That the oily substance has come back to haunt the authorities became evident when the Margao Sub-Divisional Magistrate Johnson Fernandes conveyed a message to the Director of Tourism to take note of the situation and take appropriate action. “My office was intimated that

‘Ambedkar was a great leader’ HERALD CORRESPONDENT MAYEM, APRIL 18

Ferrb boat Britona lay anchor at the Assolna ferry wharf on Monday, awaiting technical personnel to open Photo by Santosh Mirajakr. the vessel’s entrance. HERALD REPORTER

MARGAO, APRIL 18 Ferry boat “Chodan” was finally replaced by “Britona” at the ferry point between Cavelossim and Assolna, but not before putting daily commuters and tourists vehicles to great hardships. In the absence of a bridge across the River Sal between the two points – with PWD Minister, Churchill Alemao’s dream bridge presently under construction – daily commuters and visitors had no option than to take a detour via the Orlim bridge. The ferry boat Britona which replaced Chodan arrived at the Assolna ferry point at around 9.30 am after setting out on the voyage in the wee hours of Monday at 3 am. However, the arrival of the ferry boat did not ring good news for the commuters, with the technical staff required to open the door yet to show up

An official of River Navigation, Kushali Vagunkar called up the head office at around 9.30 am to the higher ups to send the team of technical personnel to open the ferry boat’s entrance. at the point till 10.30 am. In fact, an official of River Navigation, Kushali Vagunkar called up the head office at around 9.30 am to the higher ups to send the team of technical personnel to open the ferry boat’s entrance, which closed to prevent water from entering the vessel while navigating through the Arabian sea. Kushali said the ferry boat Chodan was withdrawn since it

required repairs after plying on the Assolna-Cavelossim route f o r o v e r a y e a r n o w. He, however, could not answer why Chodan was not withdrawn only after the arrival of the ferry boat Britona as the arrangement in the interest of the traveling public. The Assolna- Cavelossim bridge is under construction over River Sal to connect the villages of Assolna and Cavelossim. If PWD Minister, Churchill Alemao is to be believed, work on the bridge is expected to be complete by December end 2011. Alemao has already commissioned the Varca-Telaulim bridge over River Sal, while the PWD is still awaiting a nod from the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest to commence work on the Sinquetim-Benaulim bridge.

Ideal teacher award winner Ramesh Gawas has called upon the people to adopt the ethics of Bharatratna Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar to lead the nation towards further prosperity. He was addressing the gathering on the occasion of 120th birth anniversary of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, which was organised by Bharatratna Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Anniversary Celebration Committee at Harijanwada-Bordem, Bicholim, on Thursday. Bicholim MLA Rajesh Patnekar was the chief guest for the function, while Samiti President and BMC Councillor Narayan Betkikar, working president Govind Parwar, former councillor Bhagwan Harmalkar, Councillors Balu Birje, Premanand Mayekar and Kamlakar Teli and other committee members Khushali Parwar, Krishna Parwar, Krishna Parwar, Ankush Parwar, Pandurang Parwar, Santosh Parwar and special invitee Krishna Gaonkar were present on the occasion. Speaking further, Gawas said Dr Ambedkar is not only the leader of Dalits, but the leader of the entire nation as far as political development of India is concerned and also because he being the founder of great Indian Constitution which brought democratic revolution in the world. Councillors Kamlakar Teli and Balu Birje, former councillor Bhagwan Harmalkar, Pandurang Parwar, Santosh Parwar and Krishnaji Gaonkar also spoke on the occasion.

Farmers set up solar Gas, cheques distributed to Mollem, Collem locals fence at Chorao HERALD CORRESPONDENT COLLEM, APRIL 18

The solar powered electrical fence at Chorao. HERALD CORRESPONDENT OLD GOA, APRIL 18

A solar powered electrical fence was recently set up by a group of farmers in Chorao to prevent wild animals from entering their fields and damaging crops. Set up by the Varana and Patraman Khazan Association, the 1-km long solar powered fence will protect an area of 54 hectares cultivated by about 200 farmers. The fence will discharge low current to ward off wild animals from entering the fields. The agriculture department had provided a 90% subsidy to the Rs 3 lakh project, while the

remaining 10% was mobilised by the association. The fence was laid by Kamat and Associates within a period of 15 days and the fence has a warranty of 1 year. At a funtion, senior agriculturist from Chorao Vishnu Gaonkar inaugurated the solar powered electrical fencing in Chorao, in the presence of Ella Farm Zonal Officer Dattaprasad Dessai, Chorao Sarpanch Salvador D'Cruz, Panchas Shrijaya Haldankar and Madhuri Kubal, Association President Ramrai Khandeparkar and ex-sarpanch Shrikrishna Haldankar.

About 33 locals from Mollem, Collem, Sancorda and Dharbandoda Panchayat areas were recently given LP gas stoves and two cylinders. Besides, cheques were also distributed to the beneficiaries under Indira Awas Yojana and Grameen Urja Yojana during the programme organised by South Goa Rural Development Agency at Collem Panchayat hall. Social worker and industrialist Arjun Anil Salgaonkar was the chief guest for the programme, while Dharbandoda ZP member Rashmi Lambor was the guest of honour. Collem Sarpanch Sandeep Dessai, Mollem Sarpanch Janu Suzare, Sancorda Sarpanch Yogita Naik, Sanguem BDO Anuja Faldessai, RDA official Shiganapurkar and Assistant Project Officer Reema Marathe were present on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, Arjun Salgaonkar said it was his dream and he would make sure that all the people under BPL from Sanvordem constituency get all the benefits under various schemes introduced by the government.

He requested the concerned officials to be lenient while scrutinizing the BPL applications so that maximum families can avail benefit of the schemes. Earlier, Sudhakar Gaonkar welcomed the gathering and also proposed the vote of thanks.

Agonda youth ends life HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, APRIL 18

A youth from Agonda committed suicide by hanging himself to a cashew tree and the partially decomposed body was found on Saturday morning. According to Canacona police, Nitin Rayu Bandekar (20) was last seen on Thursday afternoon and his whereabouts were not known till the body was discovered hanging to a cashew tree, some 150 metres behind his residence. Police at the site informed that his parents and close relatives began the search for Nitin since Thursday afternoon and found the body hanging to a cashew tree amidst the thick bushes on Saturday morning. Police later sent the body for an autopsy at Hospicio in Margao.

traces of the oily substance were washed ashore on the beach between Benaulim and Varca. Immediately, the message was conveyed to the Tourism Director to take note of the same and ensure appropriate action”, Johnson told Herald this evening. He said his office has asked the Tourism Director to instruct the concerned contractor to deploy labour force to clear the beach belt of the oily substance. A visit to Benaulim beach revealed that traces of the oily

substance – though not in large quantities – has made its presence felt on the beach. Local fishermen maintained that the traces of the oily substance were spotted since noon, but the situation appears not that serious as was during the monsoons. Salcete’s coastal belt was literally inundated by the tar balls during the last monsoons, even raising questions on the preparedness of the authorities in tackling the menace, including its disposal from the shore.

Cooperate with govt for development projects: Rane HERALD CORRESPONDENT VALPOI, APRIL 18

Speaker Pratapsing Rane recently inaugurated the Babal Pir Hall at Sanquelim. Speaker Rane inaugurated the hall in the presence of Health

Minister Vishwajeet Rane, Pale MLA Pratap Gawas, Sanquelim Municipal Council (SMC) Chairperson Anand Naik, Councillor Riyas Khan, President of Mazania De Mesquita e Bapal Pir (MDMBP) Anwar Khan and MDMBP Secretary Shaikh Mohamad Parvez Al-Usmani. Speaking on the occasion, Pratapsingh Rane said the shrine of Bapal Pir located in the vicinity is centuries old and added that he is glad to note that the hall is named after the most reverend saint of the locality. Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane in his address expressed satisfaction towards completion of hall and requested the committee to see to it that the hall

Lions convention concludes PANJIM, APRIL 18 (HND)

The 35th annual convention of Lions Club International of District 324 D2, covering State of Goa and parts of North Karnataka concluded on Sunday at NIO, Dona Paula, with the election of Lion Ganapati Nayak of Gokarn as the 2nd Vice District Governor.

is used in best possible way. He urged the people to cooperate with the government to complete various projects undertaken for the all-round development of town. Pale MLA Gawas in his speech applauded the initiatives taken by the health minister towards various development projects in the constituency. SMC Chairperson Anand Naik also extended his full support and cooperation for the development projects initiated by the health minister. Shaikh Mohamad Parvez compered the programme, while Farhat Katib proposed the vote of thanks.


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‘Cut & paste’ CDs and conspiracies

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or those who do not know him, Shanti Bhushan is the advocate who, with his son Prashant Bhushan, is charged with contempt of court in the Supreme Court for his open allegation that half the former Chief Justices of India have been corrupt. But Adv Bhushan’s crusade against corruption in high places started decades ago. He was the lawyer for the maverick Raj Narain in a writ petition against the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1975, in which Justice Jagmohan Lal Sinha of the Allahabad High Court judged Mrs Gandhi guilty of electoral misconduct and ruled her election to the Lok Sabha null and void. This led to the declaration of the notorious Emergency in 1975. Now, Adv Bhushan is at the centre of a storm surrounding a CD delivered anonymously to newspaper offices, which contains a conversation allegedly between him, Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav and the latter’s former right-hand man Amar Singh, about ‘fixing’ a judge by paying Rs4 crore. Prashant Bhushan has described the CD as a “cutpaste forgery” to defame his father. He has described it as a “very ominous conspiracy with the blessings of many powerful people including corporates and politicians”. In reply, Union Water Resources Minister Salman Khurshid asked on television on Sunday: “Why would anyone want to frame Adv Bhushan?” If Congressmen anonymously sought to tar someone as transparent as Anna Hazare while he was on hunger strike at Jantar Mantar for the Jan Lok Pal Bill, why not Adv Bhushan, who is equally closely associated with the initiative? Besides, this is not the first time. Forces within the Congress did something very similar 22 years ago, in 1989, during the run-up to the general elections that year. V P Singh had quit as Finance Minister in the then Rajiv Gandhi Cabinet following the Bofors scandal, had emerged as the leader of a united opposition, and was Rajiv’s main challenger in the upcoming election. A story appeared in the Kuwait-based ‘Arab Times’ in August 1989, saying that Ajeya Singh, son of V P Singh, had opened a bank account in the First Trust Corporation Bank in the island of St Kitts and deposited $21 million in it, making V P Singh its beneficiary. It made headlines in the Indian media, as V P Singh’s main election plank was to put an end to corruption. Investigations showed, ultimately, that the documents of the so-called bank account were forged, and had been fraudulently attested by the then Consul-General and Deputy Consul-General of India in the United States. The late former Prime Minister Narasimha Rao was then India’s External Affairs Minister. The shadowy Chandraswami was Rao’s spiritual guru. Others involved were Enforcement Director K L Verma, arms dealer and Chandraswami’s associate Adnan Kashoggi’s son-in-law Larry J Kolb and First Trust Corporation Managing Director George McLean. When the forgery case finally came up nearly a decade later, Narasimha Rao was discharged, McLean died, Chandraswami was acquitted, and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) did not seek Kolb’s arrest. Only the hapless Consul and Dy Consul, who were merely following orders, were found guilty. It didn’t work then (Rajiv Gandhi’s Congress lost the election and V P Singh was elected Prime Minister). Can it work now? This case shows that shadowy forces within the Congress are perfectly capable of creating such forgeries, and also that the CBI, which is the main government arm to investigate corruption, is woefully inadequate for the task. Right-thinking people must not fall prey to these sensational stories; but wait for clear evidence before making up their minds. It also emphasises the vital necessity of an effective Lok Pal legislation to curb corruption in high places.

Wrong band wagon? A C Menezes, Chinchinim According to Shashikala Kakodkar and her cohorts, people demanding primary education for their children in English language are on the wrong side of the nationalistic band wagon. Then, how come, English is the only language that binds India together?

Wanted: Books for kids Eulalia D’Mello, Fatorda Forgive my error. I appreciate the correction and information given by Fr Jaime Couto in his letter ‘Konkani books a plenty’, Herald, 18 April) What I meant (but didn’t specify) by lack of books is not the textbooks or serious books, but the kind that young

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Murderer on the run

A cold blooded murder was reported in the City perpetrated by a Cook on his companion. The Cook is presently absconding.

Burglar arrested

Our Reporter from Salcette reports about the arrest of one notorious burglar by the name of Damascene who for sometimes now was evading arrest.

Rudyard Kipling’s comments

The eminent Rudyard Kipling after inspecting the British expeditionary forces described them as the new force to reckon with.

Defamatory revelations

The Unionist Party Organ after declaring their hostility towards the Democratic Government are now indulging in defamatory revelations with the Country being under siege.

OPINION

Corruption: The core issues

Twisting laws for personal gain is a corruption far worse than offering & accepting bribes, says aVerTHanUs L d’soUZa

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he popular ‘uprising’ against corruption in political and business circles which brought together citizens in over 240 cities and towns all over India, is a testimony to the vibrancy of India’s democracy. Demands were achieved without violence unlike in the recent events in the Middle East and North Africa. Dialogue was the preferred instrument to arrive at agreements. This was truly another historic moment in the annals of India’s history. It is of the nature of ‘popular’ movements that purposes and issues get mixed up and confused. It is left to the objective outside observer to try and make sense of the ‘sentiments’ which get mixed up with the objectives. In the present case also, it is clear that the ‘masses’ of citizens who joined the movement initiated by Anna Hazare brought with them their own personal agendas and their own purposes. This is not to criticise the movement itself, but to propose to the people of India the need to arrive at a coherent understanding of the nature of the beast that they are trying to slay. Many joined in simply because the initiative was taken by a prominent Gandhian worker, whose personal credentials are beyond question. Many others joined in because they are the victims of the ‘corrupt’ system; and many others joined in simply to reinforce the opposition to a government, which, in their perception, not only tolerates corruption, but actually encourages it. One thing that has to be kept in mind is that, whether we like it or not, we have elected to have a system of “representative government” which means that those who sit in parliament and in the government are supposed to “represent” the will of the people. More often than not, the system does not work as it is supposed to. Once elected, the representatives pursue their own private objectives safe in the knowledge that they cannot be unseated until the next elections. How to make these representatives truly accountable to the people who have elected them is a problem that we have not yet been able to overcome. Calling for public protests and massive gatherings and rallies on the streets is a sign that the gap between the representatives and the people has widened. It is not practicable to have public protest gatherings every few weeks to let the representatives know that they are not really

MoraL ConsideraTions representing the will of the people. In most cases, such public protests end in violence with the government imposing its will by the use of the police force. Another thing that needs to be kept in mind is that galvanising people on a particular issue, as Anna Hazare has done, is not a permanent solution to the problem of corruption. Such protests are necessarily limited and soon fizzle out. The government in power invariably outlives the short bursts of protests. The protest gatherings at the Jantar Mantar or in Azad Maidans cannot be sustained for more than a few hours or days. People cannot stay away from their work for too long. Protests are necessarily sporadic and short term. The challenge is to find a permanent, long term solution to the problem of making representative government more accountable and more transparent. Which brings us to one of the core issues confronting our democracy. Corruption is not just a matter of giving and accepting bribes for the purpose of achieving personal or corporate objectives. Unfortunately, the common perception is that this is the only form of corruption in our society. There are forms of corruption which are far more destructive and far more insidious in our systems. And these may not necessarily involve the giving and taking of bribes. Once elected to parliament

The good old days

Little Matters

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any a times, we hear people talking about the ‘good old days’. They nostalgically remember the good times they had many years ago. Nobody thinks of today or these present days as the good old days. That is probably because now-a-days, everyone is so much in a hurry, always rushing around, working hard all the time, meeting deadlines etc, These days could hardly be referred to as the ‘good old days’. Well, if you think about it, ridiculous as it seems, twenty or thirty years from now, we will look back on these years as ‘the good old days’. So it seems that we are living right now in the ‘Good old days.’ It is up to us to make sure that we remember these days in a good way. Why do we think of yesteryears as ‘the good old days?’ It is because people were laidback, relaxed and enjoyed their lives. So can we today! That’s impossible, you say! Nothing is impossible to achieve if you want it badly enough! Why not start by setting aside a few hours on at least one day in the week to enjoy doing things in a relaxed way, with people you love? It is because in the ‘old days’, people enjoyed walking or cycling

kids would reach out to. Stories that will touch them or bring a smile to their faces, big print, colourful pictures. The Goa Konkani Academi does not have such books but will help anyone wanting to publish one. Writers and artists of Goa can take this opportunity to provide fun books and enjoyable literature catering to all age groups whether in Devnagari or Romi. As for the textbooks I understand many words better than some of my neighbours and relatives (who speak fluent Konkani), thanks to my Rahauns dictionary. They say that written Konkani is different from Konkani being spoken. Though I can read and mostly understand written Konkani, I falter when it comes to conversation with my neighbours. I am looking for someone to teach me to speak fluent Konkani!

Lead by example Adelmo Fernandes, Vasco It is understood that PM Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur, whose names are on the voters list in the prestigious Dispur constituency of Assam, did not vote in the assembly elections which were held there recently. It must be said that voting is not only a democratic right, but also a sacred duty of every citizen of the country, which is of paramount importance. They could have cast their votes through the postal ballot after applying to the Election Commission. The Prime Minister needs to lead by example.

Don’t give up, Goan David Claudius Fernandes, Quepem This is with reference to the letter ‘Wise Decision’ by Adv Rajeev Gomes (Herald, 15 April) wherein he congratulated Dr Hubert Gomes for withdrawing from politics. The point to be noted is that he is out of politics only for the time being till he is fully convinced of mass support for his candidature. This is a demoralising statement made by the writer. I request Dr Hubert to ignore this and continue the crusade against corruption and other social issues with the desired fire in your belly to fight the Goliath of Goan politics. Keep up your good work and ignore what the people talk and the

or to decision making offices, people have a tendency to treat the laws of the country as obstacles to be overcome in pursuit of their own priorities. They twist the laws to suit their own convenience. In fact, this is a form of corruption which is far worse than offering and accepting of bribes. This is a corruption of the system itself which has long term deleterious effects. Ministers and heads of government departments often twist the regulations to suit their own purposes. In the process, they make a total mockery of the law and make monkeys of the citizens. They promptly forget that they have been elected to serve the citizens; they behave as if the citizenry exists to serve their ulterior purposes. The formulation and legislating of a Lokpal Bill in parliament and corresponding Lok Adalat Bills in the states is only one – tiny – step in the direction of eliminating corruption from public offices. Even if the terms of the Bill are acceptable to the citizens, it is still within the ambit of the administration to interpret and to implement the Bill. All of us are aware of how the administrative system can delay, indefinitely stall, and even render ineffective the implementation of the law. Herein lies the crux of the problem. It is not enough that the drafting committee

should have an equal representation from the civil society. To make the law work, it will be necessary to ensure that the administration (Executive) also has representatives from civil society to implement the Lokpal Bill at a case to case level. In effect, this will mean that we have to set up a parallel system of government which is not feasible in a democracy which already, in theory at least, claims to represent the will of the people. One area of particular concern, in the context of corruption, is the vacuum in the existing electoral law by which candidates are elected to legislative bodies. The fact that a frightening number of elected representatives – both in parliament as well as in state legislatures – are either convicted criminals or have criminal cases pending before courts, is a clear indication of the inadequacy of the present law of representation. The representation of Peoples Act needs radical and urgent overhaul, if corruption is to be curbed. Another area which is corrosive of the system is the close nexus between the administration and the police force. As of now, the police are subservient to their political bosses. They cannot pursue their investigations or their prosecutions of criminals without constant interference from politicians – both Ministers and MLAs. Unless the police force is made independent of the administration, there is bound to be a miscarriage of justice – which is also corruption in its most insidious form. From common experience, we know that more often than not, ministers and their progeny enjoy immunity from prosecution because of the subservience of the police to the ministers. Finally, citizens should remember the adage that the people get the government they deserve. If the government and its separate wings suffer from the corrosion of corruption, it is because the citizens fail to constantly bring them to book. Democracy has been reduced to casting a ballot once in five years. This is most inadequate. Eternal vigilance is the price that we have to pay for our freedom. Involvement in government on a day to day basis is a right of citizens, which needs to be reasserted. Corruption will never be rooted out unless the total moral ambience of politics is cleansed once and for all.

long distances with friends or family to go to school or work. So can we today! Impossible? I don’t think so. Maybe we can’t cycle to work, but surely we can go for bicycle rides or long walks with loved ones today too! What a wonderful way to exercise, exchange news, ideas or advice, relax and have fun! Now, whoever said it was a waste of time! It is because in the yesteryears, people lived simple, uncomplicated lives. So can we today! Impossible you say? It seems impossible because we are bombarded on all sides by media and gadgets. They clutter our minds and thoughts with so much useless junk, and seemingly take over our lives. But we can still live simple lives by just refusing to allow ‘modern technology’ to rule our lives. We do not have to rush to pick our cell every single time it rings at all hours of the day or night! We do not have to watch news on every single news channel there is! We do not have to check our emails all the time. There are a million things we waste time doing just to ‘stay ahead’, ‘be in touch’, ‘know it all’, and all this at the cost of our peace and happiness. Set boundaries and make decisions based on your priorities. We all get only 24 hours a day to cover the stuff we want to do.

Irresponsible afterthought S N D Poojary, Miramar It was the bench of the Mumbai High Court that ordered the demolition of the illegal settlements on the land that apparently belonged to the MPT. When the Mormugao Municipal Council was dillydallying on the question of demolition of illegal settlements, the High Court ordered the demolition and also directed the law enforcing agencies to provide security to the demolition squad. The best course of action for the affected parties would have been the legal remedy. They should have approached the courts to stay the demolition. Or the Goa Government should have requested the Mumbai High Court to make it a party to the suit. Instead, the Goa Government intervenes after the judgement and the Chief Minister promises to stop the demolition. Does this not construe to be showing utter contempt to the rule of law? All the political parties have jumped into the bandwagon. Why did they not find a solution before the High Court was forced to intervene? The Chief Minister should have behaved more responsibly since he is occupying a constitutional post.

The cancer of corruption James Moraes, Cuncolim India is a signatory to the UN convention against corruption, but no ratification has taken place. A weak Lokpal bill was presented to parliament 8 times in 42 years but it was never passed. The thoroughly inept Congress government has ruined India including our beautiful Goa, which is fast deteriorating on all developmental fronts with mass corruption, drug nexus, and the builder’s mafia. The sole aim is to reduce Goans to a minority by increasing migrant influx to drain us of our resources.

Inconsiderate MPT Richard Zackaria, Quepem On Friday and Saturday, Vasco was closed. This was to protest the demolition of houses in Kharivaddo. This shows the unity of the Vasco people who were against the will of the MPT as also Fr Bismark Dias. The MPT persons were distraught as no mining ores were exported nor no ships

We have to sacrifice some things to be able to do other things. So we have to make sure that the things we do are things that are important to us. It is because people took time to make good memories with people they love. So can we today! No time for that you say! Well, we can jolly well make time for that because fifty years from now, these are the only things we will remember! Think of ‘bright ideas ‘ to make the best use of your time. When it is cooking time in the evening, get all the family members together. Prepare the meal and have a singsong cooking session! While going for nature walks around the neighbourhood, play games with the kids, try naming birds and animals you see or spelling their names! A fun way to learn GK! Enjoy the sights and sounds around you. Go to places you always wanted to visit, meet old friends, and cook something you are longing to eat! Meet up with a friend and both can finish shopping chores together. Work hard but play harder. We work hard and deserve to enjoy our lives. Enjoy the richness of life that God has blessed us with. Go ahead and live right now in the ‘Good old days.’

Letters to the Editor

Letter of the Day

winds of change will be round the corner.

By Vanessa Lobo Fernandes

could dock in the port even as the chairman informed the losses that were incurred. What if the MPT people were staying in someone else’s property and then the landlord gave a notice to leave the area in a month’s time notice which was followed by demolition? How would they feel after living there for decades?

No swimming zone? Solon Fernandes, Miramar I am a passionate Goan swimmer residing at Miramar. This is to bring to your notice the frustration and disappointment that the locals and tourists alike, face at our lovely beaches in Goa. However, one is disappointed when their swimming space earmarked by the yellow-red flags on the shoreline, is encroached by the various private agents running ‘water-sports’ at the beaches. For the last few days, there is ‘wind-surfing’ going on at the Hawaii beach at ‘Dona Paula’, a clean and safe beach in Goa. Here, the entire swimming stretch earmarked by the two flags is occupied by the wind-surfing boats, leaving the enthusiastic swimmer

with no option but to swim in dangerous zones beyond the flags. I request the concerned authorities to take immediate action against the injustice meted out to the passionate Goan swimmer. Please allow Goans and tourists to swim without fear on their beloved beaches.

Paths of Wisdom The Ten girls

Give Konkani due respect Diomedes Pereira, Corlim The problem is not the Medium of Instruction, but has evolved into an issue to keep people’s attention diverted from the burning issues of corruption and nepotism. We should give due respect to Konkani. Parents of Goa do not care for their mother tongue. They do not take pride in Konkani, the official language of the State. Goans need to take pride in their language as is being by our counterparts in Maharashtra. If Goans also follow the Maharashtrian example, then Konkani language will be strong. There will be no fear or misconception. In this context, it would be pertinent to remember the old Alfred Rose song that we should not keep Konkani as language spoken in the kitchen, but it should be brought in the sitting room and given due respect.

‘Colvacars’ have a choice Arwin Mesquita, UAE It is very interesting to see politicians taking a keen interest to clean up Colva beach. But efforts need to be stepped up to address the various specific commercial establishments that are polluting the beach, in the first place. The politicians who showed sudden interest in cleaning up the beach were also responsible in giving licenses to the polluting establishments, in the first place. Colva has been ravaged by selfish politicians who control the once beautiful village. However, the blame squarely lies on the shoulders of the people of Colva, who have allowed the anti-Goans, a destructive run in the village. Will the people of Colva wake up now or will they allow further ravage of its beautiful beach and environs?

At that time, the Kingdom of Heaven will be like this. Once, there were ten girls who took out their oil lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and the other five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps, but did not take any extra oil with them, while the wise ones took containers full of oil for their lamps. The bridegroom was late in coming, so the girls began to nod and fall asleep. It was already midnight when the cry rang out, “Here is the bridegroom! Come and meet him!” Then the foolish ones said to the wise ones, “Let us have some of your oil, because our lamps are going out.” “No, indeed,” the wise ones answered, “there is not enough for you and for us. Go to the shop and buy some for yourselves.” Go to the shop and buy some for yourselves.” So the foolish girls went off to buy some oil; and while they were gone, the bridegroom arrived. The five girls who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast and the door was closed. Later the other girls arrived. “Sir, Sir! Let us in! They cried out. “Certainly not! I don’t know you,” the bridegroom answered.” And Jesus concluded, “Be on guard, then, because you do not know the day or the hour.” (Matthew 25; 1-13)

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opinionated CJI too should fall in ambit of Lokpal: Digvijay Parents are the sole decision makers By COlIn SavIO COElHO

It is nice to see a very positive debate developing on the subject of Medium of Instruction. The views are varied and the debate now seems to be raging. But the crux of the matter is still alive. The parents know what is best for the child and parents must have the right to decide. Who are the first educators of the child? Certainly not the educationalists. Certainly not the pre-primary teachers. The first educators of the child are the parents. The parents, therefore, have every right to decide what is best for their child. “Why do you want to enforce the mother tongue?” is what a Supreme Court bench, that was headed by no less than the Chief Justice of India, K G Balakrishnan, noted in a judgement passed some while ago. “English enjoys universal acceptability,” the court also observed. What we need to note are the thoughts, though the words were pronounced in a slightly different context. West Bengal has also been in the forefront as far as imparting English, as the Medium of Instruction, goes. The state’s school education minister Partha De is reported to have said not so long ago: “We had to introduce the English Medium of Instruction in the government and government-aided schools because despite good performances in the board examinations, our students fail to perform well in the competitive examinations.” A fact that Goan parents have learnt the hard way in the last two decades and a fact that we don’t want to live with anymore. In Goa, it is a well-known fact that most parents admit their children in unaided English medium schools and let them study there only till Std IV. After that, they are shifted on to prominent aided schools, in Std V, because the Medium of Instruction then is English everywhere. Does Marathi/Konkani as the Medium of Instruction really help? Or is this a ploy to ensure that the business of education flourishes? The students who study in English medium unaided schools certainly have an edge. Most ministers and other political stalwarts have verified this fact by sending their children to these schools. Herald has been in the forefront for exposing this. While the double standards have been in play since long, it is time that some realisation dawns. The issue of which language is the mother tongue, and what mother tongue really means is something that can be debated endlessly with both sides making some good points to defend their point of view. Does it mean that if I speak English or Portuguese at home, that I become anti-Indian? Or does it make me possess an anti-Indian culture? Or does it even make me anti-social or anti-national? People will speak the language that they are most comfortable with. What is the harm in that? In fact, that is what keeps families together and that is also what keeps friends together. What the parents are asking for in Goa is something very practical. The Azad Maidan and the Lohia Maidan rallies said it all. “Actions speak louder than words; don’t be deceived by all those fancy talkers” is what the lyrics of a famous song of yesteryear tells us. It is so true for Goa at the present time. The ‘action’ (the crowds that swarmed together at Azad Maidan and Lohia Maidan) spoke louder than any words proclaimed by anyone. The ‘fancy talkers’ are now raising their heads. We won’t be deceived. We have our focus right. I am surprised that a forum called Bhartiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch has sprung up against English as the Medium of Instruction. While we respect the elders, what is the whole idea behind this Manch? Those who attended their rally in Panjim were definitely not parents. They were probably activists, politicians and a few educationalists. It was appreciable that the Manch tried to show its secular colours with even two Catholic priests in its fold, although we have nothing against the Manch and its thinking. What we are asking is that grants should be extended to schools to wish to switch over to English medium. And, needless to say, allow the grants to Konkani/Marathi medium school to continue as before. Our advice to the Manch is that times have evolved. I would like to ask one of the prominent members of the Manch, a former chief minister and also its erstwhile education minister, as to what has she done to promote Konkani as a Medium of Instruction? There is not even a DEd college that can impart training to teachers to teach in Konkani? Why hasn’t this commenced? Many of us say that Konkani is our mother tongue, but haven’t we meted out step-motherly treatment to the official language of our state? The education ministers over the years have not even considered how quality education could be imparted in Konkani. Why is this former chief/education minister now making noises along with a few individuals who are probably out of touch with reality? Why the hypocrisy? I would direct this question to the Manch and more specifically to the former minister. As a result of this, is it true that our students today are being taught by unqualified teachers? All said and done, I think we need to focus on the right to education for our children. But the right to education must take into consideration the will of the people. The right to education must take into account the will of the parents and the right to education must look into the overall betterment of education. Finally, the right to education must ensure quality education for the child. The kids face numerous problems while they think in Konkani/Marathi, translate mentally into English and then speak or write. They are then surely bound to come up with statements that can cause humiliation and ridicule. Such situations must be avoided. The call centre offers good opportunities for those passing out from college to kick-start their careers. But no call centre would like to employ youth who have an influence of their mother tongue on their English speaking skills. A Maharastrian friend of mine tried in vain. It probably was his Marathi medium primary school education. On a recent visit to Delhi I learnt that a young Goan singer was told by a popular band member of a rock band that organises events, “Goans cannot speak English.” And in yet another instance, I was asked by a corporate honcho on a visit to Mumbai, “Where are the great English speakers from Goa gone?” We need to think and contemplate on these aspects. It is time to come out of our shell and look at the vast globe. The opportunity is immense and we need to grab it with both hands. Goa was known for ‘good English speakers’ until a few years ago. We have lost out because we have lost focus. In a democracy, we must be offered a choice. English has always been accepted as an Indian language and must be chosen as the Medium of Instruction at the primary level. Political compulsions should not come in the way of imparting quality education that play with the lives of our young minds. We parents know what is best for our kids. Let the parents decide. Do you have a strong opinion about something? Then write it down in around 1,100 words and send it to ‘editor@herald-goa.com’ with the word ‘OPinionatED’ in the subject line. Or send it to: OPinonatED, Herald, Rua San Tome, Panjim, Goa-403001. If we find it suitable, it will appear in this column. Please note all contributions will be edited to correct the English and improve readability. Personal attacks or any matter that is potentially libellous may also be edited out.

PTI GUNA (MP), APRIL 18

Congress General Secretary, Digvijay Singh has said that not just the politicians, but the judiciary too should come under the purview of the Lokpal Bill. Talking to reporters here last evening, Singh said this implied that the Prime Minister, the President and the Chief Justice of Supreme Court should be covered by the proposed bill. “All the constitutional posts should be covered by the Bill,” Singh said. Firing another salvo at yoga guru Baba Ramdev, Singh alleged that when Narayan Dutt Tiwari was the Uttaranchal Chief Minister, Ramdev had got land worth Rs 1,100 crore to set up a university and a food park. After taking land from a Congress government, Ramdev had no right to say that the party was corrupt, he said. “If Baba Ramdev hates black money then he should not take donations, and if he does, he should pay tax,” Singh said. Referring to allotment of land to the Kushabhau Thakre Trust by BJP government (which Supreme Court set aside recently), Singh said that soon he would release a list of trusts and societies which had been allotted land

Campaign against Anna to boomerang: Nitish PTI PATNA, APRIL 18

Brushing aside allegations against former union minister Shanti Bhushan and his son Prashant Bhushan, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said the smear campaign against the anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare, Shanti Bhushan and his advocate son would boomerang. “As long as I know, the integrity of both Prashant Bhushan and Shanti Bhushan is intact.... It will rather boomerang on those who are engaged in malicious campaign,” Kumar told reporters during his Janata Darbar programme. In a similar vein, he said both Shanti Bhushan and his son were competent enough to tackle and give a befitting by the BJP government. Talking about Anna Hazare, Singh praised his anti-corruption movement, but said Hazare should not have lauded Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi. “Modi is a Chief Minister who

reply to those being behind the campaign. “Those who are levelling such allegations seem to be dialling a wrong number,” he said without naming anyone. “I recall that sinister attempts were made to malign former Prime Minister V P Singh in the St Kitts case. But ultimately nothing was found,” he said. Prashant Bhushan, who is a member of the newly constituted 10-member draft committee of the Lokpal Bill along with his father Shanti Bhushan, has decided to move a contempt petition in the Supreme Court about a purported telephonic conversation between him, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and expelled SP leader Amar Singh, which showed attempts at influencing a judge. had not appointed Lokayukta in his State for the last eight years,” Singh said. To a question, he said he supported the proposal of giving a Bharat Ratna to batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar.

More Indians evacuated from Ivory Coast PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 18

A group of 44 Indians have been evacuated from Abidjan, the capital of civil war-torn Ivory Coast, to neighbouring Ghana, taking the total number of Indians who have been shifted in last one week to 110. “Another group of 46 persons including one woman, two children, and two Nepalese nationa l s w e re e v a c u a t e d f ro m Abidjan to Accra, on an aircraft chartered by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Sunday 17th April 2011. The group landed safely at Kotoko International Airport, Accra at 1630 hrs (LT),” MEA said in a release here today. They were received on arrival by officials of the High Commission of India and rendered necessary consular and other assistance, it said. There are approximately 530 Indians residing in that country. The ministry also appreciated the help from government of Ghana, saying “our Mission in Accra received every support and cooperation from the Ghanaian and other authorities in the matter.” On April 12, 66 Indian nationals, including 11 women and 12 children, were evacuated.

Modi govt committing excesses on tribals, alleges Medha PTI BHOPAL, APRIL 18

Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar today trained her guns on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and slammed his government for “committing excesses” on tribals, who have lost their lands to the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) in the state. “ The Modi government, which has committed massacre (Katleaam) of minorities is now committing excesses on the tribals whose lands were submerged in SSP,” Patkar told reporters here. “Some displaced tribal women of SSP had been raped but there was no place where they can get their complaint registered in Gujarat,” she alleged. Also, Gujarat government has forcibly grabbed land of tribals and have not compensated or rehabilitated them. The Gujarat government was following the corporate model of development and was not interested in the welfare of masses, the SSP leader alleged when asked to comment over Anna Hazare’s recent statement praising Modi’s developmental efforts. “Hazare’s statement on Modi was unfortunate and unacceptable,” she said.

However, Patkar said she has immense respect for the antigraft crusader. “I will continue to support Hazare,” she said. Asked that now it appears that Hazare’s has softened his stance on the Lokpal Bill, NBA leader Patkar said it wasn’t so. “The campaign against corruption has just begun.” On the CD row, involving Prashant and Shanti Bhushan, she said they were upright men for whom money was not dear. “Prashant is open to an inquiry into the CD matter for the truth to come to fore,” the NBA leader said. “They have not charged a penny from us to fight the cases of the people, especially tribals displaced by the dams’ construction of river Narmada,” she said. Patkar also criticised the “violent” Chhattisgarh government and said social activists were being attacked there. “The land of tribals was being grabbed in Chhattisgarh for corporate houses, which is fuelling tension in the region,” she said. She said that she was overwhelmed on the release of Binayak Sen and added that the Chhattisgarh government was using the sedition charge to bully social workers and activists.

SC dismisses plea on Sonia’s religion PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 18

The Supreme Court today dismissed the plea of a RTI applicant seeking disclosure of “religion and faith” of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and her children under the Right to Information Act. A bench of justices R V Raveendran and A K Patnaik upheld the Punjab and Haryana High Court order which had said that such information cannot be revealed as it would amount to encroachment on their privacy. The Bench dismissed the appeal of former Haryana DGP P

C Wadhwa seeking details of religion and faith mentioned by Sonia Gandhi and her children during the last census under the RTI from the Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) of the office of Registrar General, Census Operations, under the Union Home Ministry. Senior Advocate M N Krishnamani, appearing for the petitioner, pleaded that there was nothing wrong in disclosing such information by the government as they were public figures, who had projected certain public image regarding their religion and faith.

APPOINTMENTS Sikh priest Jaswant Singh sits behind the Guru Granth Sahib (Sikh Holy Book) during 'Jalau', a splendour show of Sikhism's symbolic items, inside The Golden Temple in Amritsar on Monday, on the occasion of 390th birth anniversary of the ninth Sikh Guru Teg Bahadur.

Salwa Judum: Centre’s role in funding SPOs under SC scanner PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 18

The role of the Centre in the creation and funding of antiNaxal armed group of special police officers (SPOs) to fight Maoists today came under the scrutiny of the Supreme Court which said several serious issues arises from their existence. “What is the role of the Centre? We have come to know that 80 per cent of the funds for the SPOs come from the Centre,” a bench comprising justices B Sudershan Reddy and S S Nijjar said. It also expressed anguish that Chhattisgarh government has not responded properly on the action taken by it on the complaint of social activist Swami Agnivesh who was attacked last month by a group of people, allegedly consisting of SPOs and Salwa Judum volunteers, when he was visiting a Naxal-hit region near Dantewada with activists of the Art of Living of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The bench wanted to know

from the state government why the investigation into the incident be not handed over to some independent agency. “Swamy Agnivesh has raised a very serious issue in his affidavit. What is the fate of the FIR, nobody knows. Why not an independent investigation be ordered, at least regarding two villages where 300 houses were burnt and two women were criminally assaulted and raped”? the bench said. The court was hearing a petition against the existence of Salwa Judum in Naxal-affected regions of the state to fight the Maoists. The petition has been filed by sociologist Nandini Sundar, historian Ramchandra Guha, former bureaucrat E A S Sarma and others seeking a direction to the state government to refrain from supporting Salwa Judum. While speaking on the issue of SPOs, the bench said the state has to ensure that governance

is in accordance with the Constitution. “How can state allow the villagers to be armed”? the bench said. Additional Solicitor General Harin Raval said the first concern of the government was to restore normalcy in the Naxal-hit area of Chhattisgarh. The bench also expressed its displeasure against Chhattisgarh government for its “vague” affidavit on the raising of the SPOs to combat the Naxalites. “The affidavit is vague,” the bench said referring to its affidavit filed in response to its April 6 order in which it had sought an explanation from the Chhattisgarh government for creating SPOs under the name of Koya Commandos. The state government in its affidavit had said “the SPO’s are paid a monthly honorarium of Rs 3,000, out of which 80 percent is being contributed by the Centre and 20 per cent by the state government”.

Binayak Sen asked to surrender passport PTI RAIPUR, APRIL 18

A Chhattisgarh Court today directed activist Binayak Sen to surrender his passport as a bail condition in line with the Supreme Court order. Additional District and Sessions Judge BP Verma directed that Sen be released on a personal bond and surety of Rs 50,000 each, three days after the activist, who was sentenced to life imprisonment on sedition charges for helping Naxals set up a network, was granted bail by the apex court. The direction came after Sen’s counsel Mahendra Dubey submitted to the court the apex court order which had left it to the trial court to impose the conditions for Sen’s release on bail. The 61-year-old old activist is lodged in a jail here since he was convicted in December last year.

Restore Hindu shrines in Valley: APMCC PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 18

In an attempt to revamp ravaged temple sites in the Kashmir Valley, the APMCC here organised a cultural programme to highlight the sorry state of Hindu shrines there and asked the Government to restore them to their past glory. All Party Migrant Co-ordination Committee (APMCC) Vinod Pandit said there is considerable proof of temple sites being encroached in the Valley. “Over the years about 80 per cent of temples have been encroached by leaders and activists of mainstream parties in collusion with the land mafia,” he said. “If the government wants the return of Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley, then we need to know what steps are they taking to restore our places of worship as it plays an important role in building confidence among the masses,” Pandit said. The party had earlier in March this year alleged that nearly 500 temples in the Valley have been encroached and had demanded

n If the government wants the return of Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley, then we need to know what steps are they taking to restore our places of worship as it plays an important role in building confidence among the masses --- Vinod Pandit

a CBI probe into the matter. Addressing a sparse gathering on the occasion at Shri Ram auditorium yesterday, BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said “we need to keep our eyes open to any act which is detrimental in the restoration of our religious places in the Valley.” Sitharaman, while referring to the records brought into light by the APMCC on alleged

encroachment of various temples and shrines in the Valley, said that it is a matter of concern and the issue needs to be looked into. “This needs to be checked, if it has happened then it is a matter of concern. We need to take the issue with both the centre and state governments,” she said. “We cannot give our religious places for secular or whatever causes,” the leader added. Pandit also demanded the opening of the route to historical Shardha Peeth in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) and asked Centre to initiate a “concrete dialogue” with Pakistan in this regard. He asked the government to establish the much awaited Shardha Peeth University without any delay and also recommended the passing of Temples and Shrines Bill in Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly, which will serve as confidence building measure for Kashmiri Pandits (KP) willing to return to their homeland.


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MARIA DEODITA ISABELLA LOBO (CHORAO) Beloved mother of Manuel(AIR-Panjim)/Luiza lobo (Auxilium H.S Caranzalem),Anna Joaquina(St Ursula’s School-Pune)/late Elias D’souza, Gladys(PRMC,USA) /McNoe Pereira (Jotun), Apolina Theresa Lobo(Income Tax, Panjim)/Jerry cardozo (USA).Grandmother of Glacen & Wilber Lobo(GEL,Panjim),Coleman D’souza, Rinald (Loyale H.S, Margao) &Reuven Cardozo.Passed away peacefully on 18/04/2011.Funeral cortege will leave her residence today the 19/4/2011 at 10:30am for mass at Saude Chapel, Chorao Relatives & friends kindly accept this as the only intimation.

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Ahmadinejad accuses US of creating Iran, Arab tension AFP TEHRAN, APRIL 18

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday accused Tehran’s arch-foe the United States of wanting to create tension between Iran and Arabs, adding that the attempt would fail. “America is trying to sow discord among Shiites and Sunnis ... they want to create tension between Iran and Arabs... but their plan will fail,” the hardliner said at Iran’s annual Army Day parade, where the military displayed a range of home-built drones and missiles. “America is not an honest friend and the record shows it has drawn swords against its own friends and those who have sacrificed themselves for America,” Ahmadinejad said in a speech broadcast live on state television. “America has done it in order to save its interests. But they should know that they have no place among nations,” Ahmadinejad said. He said Iran was a “close friend” of world nations and “with alertness of people and their politicians, the new plot by the world arrogance will not prevail,” and added that the “Zionist” leaders in the US would also fail in their attempt to save the “Zionist regime” in Israel. Ahmadinejad’s outburst came a day after the Gulf Cooperation Council’s six member states, who are collectively ruled by Sunnis, called on the Iranian regime to stop its “interference” in the GCC. The group called in a statement on “the international community and the (UN) Security Council to take the necessary measures to make flagrant Iran-


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CMIE projects GDP growth at 8.8% in FY 12 PTI MUMBAI, APRIL 18

India's GDP is projected to continue to grow at a brisk pace of 8.8 per cent in 2011-12 (FY 12), a leading economic think-tank said. The domestic environment is conducive for growth and private final consumption expenditure is projected to grow by a healthy 7.5 per cent and gross fixed capital formation by 14.6 per cent, the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) said in its latest monthly review of the country's economy. In FY 11, the performance of India's economy has been robust, it said, adding real GDP is estimated to have grown by nine per cent during the fiscal. "This has been powered by a rebound in the agricultural sector following the drought in

2009-10, and a sharp pick-up in private consumption and gross fixed capital formation," CMIE said. In FY 12, the agricultural and allied sector is projected to grow by 3.1 per cent, on top of the 5.1 per cent growth estimated in 2010-11. This will be the third consecutive year of positive growth, it said. The industrial sector, including construction, is projected to grow by 9.4 per cent during 2011-12, as compared to 8.5 per cent estimated in 2010-11. Growth in industrial production will be driven by a rise in consumption demand and investment demand, it said. "Consumption demand, in turn will be driven by a rise in corporate wages, fresh employment generation and relatively lower inflation," the economic think-tank said.

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Finolex sponsors Pune Warriors in IPL PANJIm (HBD) -- Pune Warriors India team is making its debut in the DLF IPL Season 4. This is the first time a Pune team and the first in Maharashtra other then Mumbai, is participating in DLF IPL Season 4. Finolex Industries Ltd (FIL) the largest manufactures of PVC Pipe and Fitting in the county is one of the principal sponsors of Pune warriors India captained by Yuvraj Singh. Prakash Chhabria, MD of Finolex Industries Limited Said “We are Pune based and decided to encourage and support the new Pune Team. We are very proud to be associated with Pune warriors India as a sponsor. I wish all success to the team in DLF IPL Season 4.

McDowell's No 1 Platinum sells 30 m bottles in 1st year PANJIm (HBD) -- McDowell's No 1 Platinum, the premium grain based whisky from United Spirits, has sold over 30 million bottles in its maiden year. Launched in March 2010, McDowell's No 1 Platinum is a runaway success with its 100% premium grain based blend developed by the Scottish master blender, Richard Paterson and global packaging innovation and first of its kind beveled mono carton. McDowell's No 1 Platinum's millionaire achievement takes the tally of millionaire brands in the United Spirits portfolio to 21. The prestige spirits segment is an estimated 28.5 million cases. The segment is growing at a 10% YTD March 2011. Iconic brands in this segment include McDowell's No1 Reserve and DSP Black, both from the United Spirits portfolio and growing at a double digit rate. The unprecedented success of McDowell's No 1 Platinum in this segment heralds premiumization of the hitherto mid segment in the alcobev market in India. Available in packs of 750 ml, 375 ml and 180 ml across India, McDowell's No 1 Platinum is a part of the Rs 8300 crore McDowell's franchise. The brand is aggressively promoted through the retail channel and supported by a high decibel media campaign with MS Dhoni during the World Cup.

MAAC opens in Panjim PANJIm (HBD) -- Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC), India’s leading educator in high-end 3D animation and visual effects, announced the launch of its centre at Panjim. The centre is equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure to train students on the latest 3D Animation and Visual Effects technology. The center launch will be felicitated by dignitaries like Atanasio Monserrate, Education Minister; Yatin Parekh, Mayor of Panjim; Banavalikar, DSP (Panjim); Victoria Fernandes, MLA St Cruz and Amonkar, Goa Youth Congress President. The center will offer advanced cinematics courses such as, Advance Diploma in 3D Animation EDGE (AD3D EDGE), Advanced Diploma in 3D Animation NEXT (AD3D NEXT) besides other short term courses such as Diploma in 3D Animation and Film Making(DAFM) and Diploma in Game design and Integration(DGDI). Ecstatic at the launch of a new centre, Diwakar, (Centre Director) said, “We are proud to announce the inauguration of our new MAAC centre in Goa at Panjim. The 3D animation and VFX industry is growing at an exhilarating pace.”

Phorum Jewels to hold exhibition PANJIm (HBD) -- Phorum Jewels is organizing an exhibition of gold and diamond studded jewellery. The glittering collection of necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings in intricate designs embellished with precious stones and diamonds, will be available in Panjim on April 20 and 21, at Hotel Mandovi’s Rampon hall. The exhibitions will be open from 11 am to 8 pm.

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The Finance Ministry has introduced simpler income tax return forms 'Sahaj' and 'Sugam' aimed at reducing compliance burden on salaried persons and small businessmen. "Sahaj and Sugam are major steps towards simplification of income tax return filing," CBDT Chairman Sudhir Chandra told reporters here. He also said efforts were being made to facilitate electronic filing through Sahaj and Sugam I-T return forms. Chandra further said the Government would also notify a provision in early June exempting people of salary income of up to Rs 5 lakh from filing returns. He, however said such salaried people (up to Rs 5 lakh) will have to file return if they seek refund. The new return forms are in line with the government's effort to make filing of returns simpler and user friendly. While Sahaj is for salaried people, Sugam return form is applicable for small businessmen and professionals covered under presumptive taxation. Under India's presumptive taxation, person carrying on business will not be required to get his accounts audited if the annual total sales, turnover or gross receipts is less than Rs 60 lakh. The limit was increased by Finance Minister

Investment demand is expected to remain buoyant, as more and more projects move into the implementation stage, it said. Activities in the construction sector are expected to be pushed-up as projects worth Rs 8-lakh-crore are scheduled to be commissioned in FY 12, CMIE said, as compared to Rs 3.5-lakh-crore in FY 11. "The sector is projected to grow by 10.5 per cent during the fiscal, as compared to an estimated 9.5 per cent in 201011," it said. Growth in the services sector and its segments is projected to moderate marginally in 2011-12. The services sector is projected to expand by 9.9 per cent during 2011-12, as compared to an estimated 10.2 per cent in 2010-11, it said.

HDFC Bank Q4 net up 33% PTI MUMBAI, APRIL 18

Driven by an increase in both interest income and other income, top private lender HDFC Bank today reported a 33.23 per cent growth in net profit for the March quarter at Rs 1,114.7 crore. The bank's net profit for the quarter ended March 31, 2010 had stood at Rs 836.62 crore. The healthy growth in the quarter resulted in the bank's consolidated net profit for FY 11 going up to Rs 3,992.5 crore, a rise of 32.9 per cent. The lender's net interest income for Q4 FY 11 was up by over 20 per cent at Rs 2,839.5 crore, while the other income, which includes fees and commission earned, was up 32.1 per cent at Rs 1,255.8 crore, HDFC Bank Executive Director Paresh Sukhtankar told reporters on a conference call. The critical net interest margin component for the bank stood at 4.2 per cent in Q4 in spite of the pressure exerted on it due to rising deposit rates, he said, giving a guidance of 3.9-4.3 per cent for NIMs in FY 12. In FY 11, the bank's deposits and advances grew by an above industry average of 24.6 per cent and 27.1 per cent, respectively with the credit-deposit ratio being 76 per cent. The component of the cheaper CASA (current and savings accounts) deposits in the total pie moved up to 51 per cent as of March 31, 2011, as against the previous year's 50 per cent Sukhtankar said.

MCX launches 'Gold Petal' futures contract PTI MUMBAI, APRIL 18

Multi Commodity Exchange of India (MCX) today said it has launched one gram gold futures contract called 'Gold Petal'. Currently, Gold Petal May and June 2011 contracts have been offered for trading, a MCX release said here. "Gold is considered as an investment option and has now become a part of portfolio of many investors and hedge funds. Availability of Gold Petal, which can act as

an SIP product, will attract the retail participants," MCX MD and CEO Lamon Rutten said. The trading unit of the gold contract is one gram and price quote for the contract is exMumbai (which is inclusive of all taxes and levies relating to import duty, customs duty but excludes sales tax or VAT, any other additional tax or surcharge on sales tax, local taxes and octroi). The delivery of contract is possible in dematerialized or physical form. The physical de-

livery would be available in multiples of eight gram coins with London Bullion Manufacturers Association (LBMA) certified 999 purity, the release said. The delivery centres is G4 Securitas at Mumbai and other centres are at New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore and Kolkata. Apart from Gold Petal, the other gold contracts that the exchange offers are Gold (1 Kg), Gold Mini (100 grams) and Gold Guinea (8 grams).

IndusInd net up 75% in Q4 PTI MUMBAI, APRIL 18

Higher other income and advances coupled with better margins pushed up the fourth quarter profit of private sector lender IndusInd Bank by a robust 75.3 percent to Rs 171.76 crore, and the bank is bullish about growth in the coming quarters. Net profit for the full fiscal rose by a healthy 64.80 percent to Rs 577.32 crore on the back of good performance by all its verticals up from Rs 350.31 crore. Commenting on the robust numbers, managing director and chief executive Romesh Sobti said today, "for the past 12 quarters running, we have delivered robust growth in topline revenues and after tax profits supported by a well-diversified loan book, improved liability portfolio and consis-

tent revenues from core fee income. "Steadily improving loan book and other risk management initiatives have also further pushed down the gross and net NPA levels." Sobti further noted that there was a major rise in other incomes such as a Rs 41-crore rise in investment banking income at Rs 60 crore, which helped the bank post a robust result for the fourth quarter as well as for the full year ended March 31. He said, going forward, he expects to maintain a CD ratio of 25 percent. He is also of the view that deposit rates have peaked and coming quarters will see it going down, while there will be an upward reprising of assets, going by the way inflation is going waywardly. In the corresponding quarter last fiscal, the bank had

recorded a net profit of Rs 97.96 crore, while its FY10 net income stood at Rs 350.31 crore, Sobti said. While net interest income rose 42.26 percent to Rs 388.08 crore (Rs 272.79 crore), core fee income jumped 46.91 percent to Rs 164.85 crore (Rs 112.21 crore) and net bad loans came down to 0.28 percent (0.50 percent) during the quarter under review. While deposit grew by 29 percent, its advances logged in 27 percent growth during the quarter. Total income rose to Rs 1,230.47 crore in the quarter to March from Rs 852.57 crore. The bank has recommended a dividend of 20 percent, or Rs 2, for shares of face value Rs 10 each, which closed down 1.81 percent at Rs 274.65 after touching a high to Rs 286.85 on the BSE, which declined by 296 points or 1.53 percent.

Indscot Beverages launches o6 Berentzen spirit brands in Goa Indscot Beverages, a company promoted by P M Salaskar launches Berentzen Gruppe AG, Germany, spirit brands in India. Brands inter alia includes: Puschkin Clear Vodka, Puschkin Red Orange, Puschkin White Berentzen Apple Schnapps & Peach Schnapps Medley’s Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey. On Mumbai 8th February, 2011 Indscot Beverages launched Berentzen range of alcoholic and spirits brands in India. Berentzen Gruppe AG, Germany, a leading alcoholic and spirits beverages company specialises in Vodka under the Puschkin brand and Puschkin Red Orange, Puschkin White fruit based spirit brands in addition to Bourbon whiskey’s. The brand includes Puschkin Clear Vodka, Berentzen fruit based liqueurs and Medley’s Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey. Berentzen-Gruppe AG, German based producers and International distributor of spirits and alcoholic beverages covers a wide range of fruit liqueurs made from Apples, Pears, White and black cherries, black currents, and red fruits. Puschkin brand ranges Vodka based fruit liqueurs and clear Vodka. The company is one of top 15 spirit marketers in Europe and one of Germany’s market leader in the fruit and wheat spirits category. Speaking about the

brands, Torsten Timm, managing director, Berentzen Distillers International said, “Berentzen range of Vodkas and spirits are unique fruit and wheat based and would appeal to Indian consumers. He added “our product range has been well accepted in 30 countries globally and we are confident they will become an instant hit with Indian consumers as well. Commenting on the potential of the Indian market a buoyant Timm said that ‘the steady economic growth has led to the creation of a significant discerning segment amongst the population that is open to trying new products like fruit liquors and other exotic spirits. We accept this segment to grow and consolidate and we see a significant potential for our brands within this segments”. J S Chaddha area manager India Berentzen Distillers International will be responsible for Indian Market. P M Salaskar –Chairman, Indscot Beverages said “It has

been our constant endeavour to bring world class unique spirits to Indian discerning consumers. We are happy to be associated with Berentzen group as an exclusive importer of these unique Brands. Berentzen has acquired a cult status among consumers across the world. We are sure the Berentzen wide range of Vodkas and liqueurs will appeal to young and trendy Indian consumers. The brands will be distributed in Mumbai, Thane and Goa to begin with and subsequently move to other markets in India. Berentzen Range of Brands: Vodka a Puschkin Voda – a clear vodka a Puschkin Red Orange – usual taste of dry and bitter sweet a Red oranges (Low alcohol content). a Puschkin White –modern vodka based composition with grape fruits. Fruit based schnapps:

Berentzen Apple – worlds largest selling alcoholic drink, low alcohol contents, sunripened apple give it a distinct and unrivalled taste. Berentzen Peach – harmonious composition of fully ripened peach with mild smoothness of carefully distilled German white spirit. Whiskey Bourbon Whiskey -a sour mash Bourbon produced from the finest grains and aged for more than three years in charred oak casks until it reaches its peak of mellowness. Price Range in Goa Puschkin Vodka / Puschkin Red Orange / Puschkin White / Berentzen Apple / Berentzen Peach – MRP: 810 per bottle Medley’s Kentucky Whiskey (40% Alcohol)* MRP: Rs 948 per bottle About Berentzen-Gruppe AG Since 1758, the name Berentzen has stood for outstanding quality and unique taste. The Company was founded by Johann Bernhard Berentzen in Haselunne, Germany, where a long tradition of distilling brands started. For more than 250 years now., Berentzen has been developing innovative, well-balanced recipes with natural fruit juice and high quality ingredients. For details contact Russ Enterprises, Vitrose Mansion, behind Grace Church, Margao- Goa Tel: 2736012, 2733150

Pranab Mukherjee in 2010-11 budget from Rs 40 lakh. The presumptive tax limit in case of professionals was increased to Rs 15 lakh from Rs 10 lakh. Chandra also said senior citizens (60 years and above) filing returns for incomes from pension, dividend, interest incomes and property will not be subjected to scrutiny. "Such cases (of senior citizens) will not be picked up for scrutiny and the Government will trust senior citizens," he said.

From Page 1 Naptha pipeline bursts Levinson Martins, who is in charge of Disaster Management and on leave, rushed to the site. When asked why the reaction time of his team was very slow, Martins said the primary respondent such as the fire service had reached the site immediately. Simultaneously, Martins had alerted all authorities like the airport, police, PWD and others. Director of Fire and Emergency Service Ashok Menon, who was personally monitoring the situation, admitted that it was a manmade tragedy. “The extinguishing operation was carried out for over five hours, as tonnes of foam and water was constantly splashed on the leaked pipeline,” informed Menon. “Fire tenders from Vasco, Verna, Old Goa, Ponda, Panjim and Margao were summoned, while Zuari Industries provided continuous reinforcement with regular water and foam supply from the plant,” added Menon. He further said that continuous fire in the pipeline was due to presence of traces of naphtha, as leakage had occurred at a lowlying area of the pipeline. “Plugging is an immediate method to control the naphtha fire, as the pipeline had only a plugging system at a distance of twoand-half kms. Traces were continuously flowing in the pipeline due to which fire was continuous for nearly five hours,” said Menon. According to Assistant Fire Divisional officer Rajan Haldankar the estimated loss could be over Rs 2 crore. Revenue Minister Jose Philip D’Souza, who is also holding the portfolio of factories and boilers, rushed to the site, while Deputy Speaker and Cortalim MLA Mauvin Godinho, Sancoale Deputy Sarpanch Ramakant Borkar, Chief Inspector of Factories and Boilers Pranjape, SP South Allen D’Sa, Deputy Superintendent of Police Mahesh Gaonkar, Additional Collector Y B Tawade and others were also present at the site. Incidentally, a company worker who had brought his brand new Maruti Wagon-R, barely 15 days ago, was also charred in the incident. Meanwhile, Verna police have registered an offence against JCB driver, gas authority of India and Zuari Agro Chemicals Ltd (ZACL) under sections 337 and 338 of the Indian Penal Code. Probe ordered: Minister for Factories and Boilers and Vice Chairman of State Disaster Management Jose Philip D’Souza has initiated an enquiry into the fire incident at Zauarinagar-Sancoale. D’Souza, who was at the site, informed media that major tragedy has been averted and thanked fire fighters for their efforts to bring the fire under control. “An enquiry would be initiated to ascertain the entire details of the incident,” said D’Souza. “I have directed Mormugao Deputy Collector Levinson Martins, who is in-charge of Disaster Management in Mormugao taluka, to submit a detailed report on today’s incident so that remedial measures are taken to avert such incidents in the future,” added D’Souza. Deputy Speaker and Cortalim MLA Mauvin Godinho, who was also present at the site, said he has asked Chief Minister Digambar Kamat to convene a high-level meeting so that hazardous industries are asked to beef-up safety measures so that such incidents are controlled at the site in the shortest period in the future. “Since Mormugao taluka is industrial capital of Goa, we have to rise up to the occasion and ensure that adequate measures are taken to ensure that such incidents are averted,” said Godinho.

Lights, camera, roll Rodrigues urging the court to ban the release of the movie ‘whose raunchy trailers have already hit the small and big screen.’ Coutinho further argued that the movie was aiming at maligning Goa’s image by showcasing the State as a destination of sex, drugs and easy availability of women. “The trailers imply that Goa is full of criminals and crimes. It is maligning Goa’s image. Goa is an international tourist destination and known for its gracious hospitability, but this cannot be misconstrued,” she said adding that the filmmakers were also not ready to put a ‘disclaimer’ note. The petition had also objected to Bipasha Basu’s alleged derogatory remark in the movie ‘Here, liquor is cheap and women cheaper.’ Counsel representing Fox Star Studios India Private Limited (FSSIPL) Feroz Palkiwala told the bench that the filmmakers have already deleted the controversial lines from the movie. “The women word has been replaced in the national promos while in the international promos, it continues. The movie has already been given an A certificate by the Censor Board,” he said. The bench last week had viewed the old promos with the objectionable taglines and new promos of the upcoming thriller in the court hall. Palkiwala stated that the movie showcases Goa’s natural beauty and tourist attractions it offers to all its visitors. He said that the film does not promote drugs in Goa but is a fictitious story about drug mafia and its links with various foreign elements. “The movie has not shown Goa in negative light. There is nothing offensive that could hurt sentiments of the Goan people or malign Goa’s image,” he said. State Advocate General Subodh Kantak, who is also a party to the petition said that the State formed committee was to view the movie prior to its release and submit its opinion to the Central Board of Film Certification. He said that with the High Court’s decision, the State may not be able to exercise its powers. The bench mentioned the State’s contention in the order. Speaking to reporters outside the court hall, FSSIPL’s Business & Legal Head Dina Duttani said that they are now ready to release the film worldwide on Friday. The film, she said would be released in 20 countries at 350 international locations and 1,000 theatres and multiplexes in India. The movie starring Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Basu, Deepika Padukone and others revolves around six Indians who meet in Goa and how their lives change forever once they get involved with the drug mafia. The movie is set to release on April 22. Meanwhile, the petitioner Savio Rodrigues said he will be approaching the Supreme Court against the High Court’s decision dismissing his plea on the film.

PWD tenders allowed his office the power to select contractors for PWD works,” the MLA said. The complaint has been filed under various relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act. “The matter is serious enough for a criminal investigation and thereafter action should be taken against the said minister, not only for indulging in corrupt activities to amass wealth but also for having failed to maintain absolute integrity, honesty and devotion…” the complaint letter adds. Deputy Superintendent of Police S Sawant said they were not in a position to comment on the nature of action they would undertake, as they were in the process of examining the complaint.


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“We have a commitment to society,” said chairman of Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) P Mara Pandiyan, IAS, during his keynote address on the port’s annual day and 126th anniversary

The chairman of MPT P Mara Pandiyan releases the ISO 9001 certificate, along with deputy chairman Biplav Kumar, Naval Officer In-Charge (Goa) Commodore Ajay Chabra, DIG Narasimha of the Coast Guard and Secretary Rajendra P Paibir.

celebrations on Friday at Headland, Vasco. The chairman proudly announced that MPT had crossed the 50 million tonne target sent by Ministry of Shipping during 2010-11, and hence has now joined the 50 million tonne club among the major ports of the country. Elaborating on MPT’s contribution the Goa’s economy,

Pandiyan said, “Around 30 per cent of the state GDP is contributed to by the port. MPT also generates 30 per cent of the employment and 30 per cent of Goa’s revenue. As we develop, we will contribute more and more to the state and be in the service of the nation and development of Goa.” While admitting that there were issues, he insisted they could be ironed out. “All issues can be sorted out. Every problem has a solution and we will solve all to everyone’s satisfaction,” Pandiyan said, adding, “The Port Trust will not only look after its employees but their children and the next generation as well.” He was joined by guests of honour Deputy Chairman Biplav Kumar, Naval Officer InCharge (Goa) Commodore Ajay Chabra, DIG Narasimha of the Coast Guard, and Secretary Rajendra P Paibir in lighting the lamp to mark the occasion. The deputy chairman said, “The MPT success is due to the efforts of all the employees, management and top leadership. We hope that Mormugao soon becomes the most preferred port on the coast of India.” The formal function was followed by a colourful cultural programme, which was attended by trustees of MPT, Savithri Pandiyan, Kumar, heads of department of MPT and employees.

DesmondJi: Out of the box BharaTI Pawaskar

Desmond Nazareth. The name seems familiar to Goa. Considering his likely 200plus-yearold roots in Goa, Desmond – otherwise a traveller and globe-trotter – has based himself here for the last seven years. His IITian brain keeps focus on one particular slot at a time, and when finally the goal is accomplished, Desmond moves on to another assignment. He has many firsts to his credit. A low profile person, he is shy to speak much about himself but when it comes to his hot favourite, he speaks tirelessly – on the ‘DesmondJi’ brand. The brand has just launched in Goa with innovative AgaveDesmond Nazareth proudly exhibits the products under his brand ‘DesmondJi’ based spirits and cocktail which was launched earlier this month. blends that Desmond has developed himself. There are cur- own money, then involves fam- investors, handled India’s burently four products – 100% ily and close friends for further reaucratic process first-hand, Agave, 51% Agave, Blue Mar- initial funding and project de- worked very closely with the garita and Margarita – being velopment, and eventually designers of custom-equipjust launched by Agave India, reach out to like-minded peo- ment, buildings and bottle, which has a corple and institu- hired and trained all the techporate office in tions for final nical staff and even serves as Margao and funding only the master distiller. manufacturing when his projDesmond has some words plant in Andhra ects reach a for would-be entrepreneurs in Pradesh. fairly mature India. He says, “I have very simWith multistage. This is ple advice that is much easier ple interests his style of to state than to follow – figure and a variety of working and he out areas that you are passionformal training, degrees in Pure only undertakes projects that ate about, look around the Sciences and Engineering (IIT he is very passionate about and world for sources of informaMadras), Multimedia and Com- can take full responsibility for. tion about these areas, look for puter Science (USA), opportunities that Desmond has lived have been missed or and worked in India Awarded National Science Talent Scholarship & Na- under served, come for 35 long years and tional Merit Scholarship (India); First Indian to be up with ideas that spent some 18 years awarded full University Fellowship to study Film & TV bring a new value in the USA too. He in the USA at the Master’s level, right after complet- proposition (utility, has travelled across ing BTech (IIT-M); Created the first software tool set quality, cost, etc) to the globe for work (1986) to deal with the Y2K problem and ran the the consumer table, and pleasure trips. “I longest lived company in that field (12 years); Co-de- research the state of have a global out- veloped an international 3D CGI feature screenplay the art concerning look that is ‘inclu- which is highly regarded and yet be made as an inter- these ideas, develop sive’ – my view takes national co-production (2004); Co-made ‘Souls and proto-types of the into account the un- Spices’ – a feature documentary on 500 years of Indo- ideas and then seek derprivileged and Portuguese history in 2003; Co-made the first 13-part funding for the the environment,” ‘Contacto Goa’ TV series which aired internationally same.” says he. Desmond feels it in 2006; Developing a project to deal with the global An entrepreneur mosquito menace using a unique method of handling also helps greatly if with significant inter- mosquitoes based on how they are attracted to hosts; one can get together national business ex- Developing a multi-generational empowerment proj- an enthusiastic perience, he comes ect for the world’s bottom-of-the-pyramid children. group of project adup with ‘big’, out-ofvisors from the start the-box ideas, let them simmer Thus far, all his projects have ei- – they can be invaluable, espein his mind for a while, re- ther successfully terminated, or cially in areas that one is not fasearches them thoroughly, have ‘legs’ of their own and are miliar with. He strongly takes on equally committed in safe hands of equally pas- encourages avoiding corrupand passionate partner(s), sionate and committed co- tion in getting the company ‘seed’ funds the R&D with his owners. started and running, by playing Desmond’s work in the US it ‘by the book’, accepting involved coming up with inno- some delays as a result of this vative software and process so- stance and being persistent in lutions for the Y2K problem, following through till the projstarting very early in 1986. ect takes off. All failures and Since he moved base in to India blocked paths along the way in the year 2000, he has spent should be opportunities to a lot of time with specialty al- learn and then do things differRs 300 crore in the next two cohol R&D. His other current ently, using passion as the moyears, which will funded projects include international tive force, he believes. So historical documentaries in- ‘DesmondJi’, one of his out-ofthrough internal accruals." With the course fee ranging volving the Portuguese pres- the-box ideas, is out of the box from a minimum Rs 3,000 to a ence in India and a 3D now. maximum Rs 24,000 in the ini- computer animated fantasy featial nine sectors, ESDL has a ture film that connects with revenue potential of about Rs China / Japan / Korea via the 14,400 crore over the next 10 Buddhist route! He has also iniyears, he said, adding later the tiated two international public sectors will be expanded to 21. health and child empowerment Initially the course will related projects that are primarange from 30 days to six rily directed to ‘bottom-of-themonths in nine sectors - tex- pyramid’ global populations. “With the launching of tile and apparel, retail, hospitality, automobile, healthcare, DesmondJi, I could say that my construction, IT and ITES, relationship with innovation basic engineering and multi- and business in India has moved from ‘high tech’ to ‘high media. "We are expecting a five-fold spirits’, following the ‘high increase in our revenue from road’,” says Desmond adding, the skill development segment “Our Agave spirits are made from the present 5 per cent to from a blue-green Agave BOARD MEETINGS around around 23-24 per cent species that grows on the Deccan Plateau and has been growalka securities in the next two years through ing in India for well over a JV," he added. IDBI Bank Nine centres under ESDL hundred years. This species is automobile Corp banner are ready to be opera- very closely related to Mexican Indo asian Fuse tional in six states like Gujarat, blue Agave species but has inrs software evitably acquired some local Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Integra Ind characteristics over the cenKarnataka and Tamil Nadu. turies as it adapted to geo-cliContainer Corp matic conditions in India.” Metal Coatings Desmond came up with the Fame India concept in the year 2000. 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Everonn forms JV with NSDC PTI MUMBAI, APRIL 18

World's leading VSAT education network Everonn today launched a joint venture in collaboration with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to train 15 million people in 21 sectors by 2022. NSDC, set up by the Central Government, will invest 27 per cent as equity in Everonn Skill Development Ltd (ESDL), the wholly-owned subsidiary of Everonn Education. "We plan to train 15 million people over the next 10 years, which is part of the Government's overall target to train 500 million people by 2022 to meet global skill shortage. This we will do in about 271 locations across the nation," Everonn Education Founder and Managing Director P Kishore told reporters here. The total investment required for setting up 271 multiskill development centres will be Rs 153.71 crore, he said. "We are committed to invest

MF FUNDA FraNkLIN TEMPLETON MUTUaL FUND has declared dividend under FT India Dynamic PE ratio Fund of Funds, on the face value of Rs 10 per unit. The quantum of dividend will be Rs 0.44 per unit for Individuals & HUF and Rs 0.411 per unit for Others. FT India Dynamic PE Ratio Fund of Funds has an investment objective to provide long-term capital appreciation with relatively lower volatility through a dynamically balanced portfolio of equity and income funds. The record date for dividend declaration is April 21, 2011.

Sensex falls 296 points PTI MUMBAI, APRIL 18

The BSE Sensex fell 296 points to a 3-week low of 19,091, pulled down by selling in IT, realty and capital goods amid weak global stocks and inflation concerns arising out of high crude oil prices. IT pivotals extended fall for the second successive session following Friday's disappointing fourth quarter results and guidance by IT bellwether Infosys. Sensex has fallen over 600 points in two days. The market opened in the positive zone but failed to maintain initial gains on all-round profit-booking that also extended to metals and banking counters.

Aban Offshor, 694, 714.4, 680, 683 Abb Ltd., 820, 849, 807.55, 824.15 Abg Shipyard, 389.95, 397.5, 380.65, 382.45 Acc Limited, 1110, 1130, 1094.4, 1098.2 Adani Enterp, 644.45, 649.15, 628.7, 636 Aditya Birla, 891.95, 915, 885.05, 889.65 Allahabad Ba, 220.25, 226.5, 216.3, 217.45 Alstom Proje, 588.8, 599, 573.25, 576.5 Ambuja Cemen, 149.25, 154.5, 149, 150 Andhra Bank, 148.2, 149.75, 145, 145.25 Ashok Leylan, 55.05, 55.75, 53.25, 53.55 Asian Paints, 2637.65, 2637.65, 2565.05, 2581.65 Axis Bank Li, 1430, 1450, 1384.4, 1389.8 Bajaj Hindus, 80.05, 81.85, 78.2, 78.5 Bank Of Baro, 985.65, 992.9, 970.35, 975.2 Bank Of Indi, 488.45, 498.9, 484.05, 485.85 Beml Limited, 723.05, 739.9, 720.1, 724.3 Bharat Elect, 1835.05, 1875, 1818.65, 1826.65 Bharat Forge, 360.9, 365.1, 350.05, 350.75 Bharat Petro, 598.3, 603, 585, 589.15 Bharti Airte, 372.5, 377.05, 366.25, 368.3 Bhel, 2225, 2250, 2171.35, 2181.6 Bhushan Stee, 520, 527.9, 510.1, 515.6

Biocon Limit, 375, 384, 368.3, 370.4 Bombay Dyein, 394.8, 407, 385.05, 386.8 Bosch Limite, 6363, 6498, 6301, 6308.6 Brigade Ente, 97.1, 98.85, 95.1, 95.65 Cairn India, 339.3, 341.05, 335.3, 336.15 Canara Bank, 655, 667.5, 652.4, 659 Central Bank, 144.85, 145.3, 140, 140.3 Century Text, 373, 377.25, 363.3, 365.5 Cesc Ltd, 315.95, 316.45, 306, 306.95 Chambal Fert, 87.5, 88.65, 81.7, 82.3 Chennai Petr, 230, 235.5, 224, 224.75 Cipla Ltd, 321.9, 321.9, 313.6, 316.6 Colgate Palm, 898.95, 910, 870.5, 880.35 Container Co, 1271.6, 1309, 1253.1, 1265 Crompton Gre, 292, 296.7, 289, 293.05 Cummins Indi, 682.05, 690.4, 673.1, 677.05 Dabur India, 103.5, 105.2, 103.25, 103.75 Deccan Chron, 83.95, 84.85, 78.8, 79.8 Dish Tv Indi, 68, 69.5, 63.6, 66.6 Divi’s Labor, 704.05, 711, 694.15, 697.4 Dlf Limited, 246, 247.45, 232.4, 233.55 Dr. reddy’s, 1655, 1676, 1634, 1646.8 Edelweiss Ca, 38.85, 39.4, 38.05, 38.2 Educomp Solu, 464.05, 479.9, 455.1,

457.25 Eih Limited, 90.75, 90.75, 88, 89.65 Engineers In, 299, 299.75, 295, 296.2 Essar Oil Lt, 136, 138.15, 132.1, 132.9 Essar Shippi, 103, 105.95, 97.65, 98.3 Exide Indust, 141.2, 142.25, 140.1, 141.55 Federal Bank, 446.7, 455.8, 437.05, 439.85 Financial Te, 886.55, 901.9, 861.1, 867.4 Gail (india), 471, 474.8, 462, 463.85 Gammon India, 122.95, 123.6, 118, 118.35 Glaxosmithkl, 2124, 2127.95, 2077, 2120.4 Glenmark Pha, 298, 304.9, 298, 300.1 Gmr Infrastr, 41.7, 42.4, 40.15, 40.45 Godrej Indus, 189.7, 191, 182.25, 183 Grasim Indus, 2530.1, 2575, 2455.1, 2471 Great Offsho, 314.7, 314.7, 284.1, 285.15 Gtl Infra.Lt, 37.6, 37.9, 36.65, 36.8 Gujarat Mine, 145, 145.35, 139.9, 140.6 Gujarat N R, 55.7, 56.6, 54.1, 55.05 Gujarat Stat, 100.1, 101.05, 97.25, 97.85 Gvk Pow. & I, 28.3, 28.6, 27.25, 27.35 Hcl Technolo, 483.3, 495, 460.1, 463.05 Hdfc Bank Lt, 2378.8, 2399.85, 2304.35, 2311.8 Hdfc Ltd, 709.9, 718.35, 689.05, 692.1

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1009.15 Reliance Pow, 130.5, 133.75, 126.9, 127.2 Rolta India, 147, 148.95, 143.3, 144.2 Satyam Compu, 77.05, 77.95, 73.5, 73.85 Sesa Goa Ltd, 318.05, 319.55, 303.8, 305.15 Shipping Cor, 115.9, 116.9, 113, 113.55 Siemens Ltd, 857.8, 863.55, 831.45, 835.4 Sintex Indus, 164.5, 168.8, 163.05, 164 Sobha Develo, 297.5, 301.75, 286.5, 288.7 State Bank O, 2812, 2844, 2746.85, 2751.55 Steel Author, 169.25, 171.9, 166.4, 167.8 Sterlite Ind, 171.4, 175.65, 169.5, 170.4 Sun Pharmace, 440, 446.5, 430.15, 434.65 Sun Tv Netwo, 424.75, 427.4, 420.5, 421.3 Suzlon Energ, 54.5, 56.5, 53.55, 53.8 Tata Communi, 263.75, 265.9, 253.65, 255.4 Tata Consult, 1198, 1212.5, 1140.05, 1144.6 Tata Motors, 1237.45, 1262.8, 1201, 1205.85 Tata Power C, 1318.8, 1327.8, 1296, 1303.15

Tata Steel L, 631.9, 636.3, 609.5, 612.1 Tata Teleser, 18, 18.1, 17.4, 17.5 Tech Mahindr, 736.15, 739.05, 702.65, 705.6 The Ge Shpg., 280, 288.95, 276.15, 282.35 The Phoenix, 204.1, 204.1, 200, 201.15 Thermax Ltd, 697.7, 700, 652.9, 658.3 Titan Indust, 3919.9, 4034.85, 3870, 3900.5 Torrent Powe, 260.05, 264.9, 250.05, 252.05 Triveni Engg, 97.05, 98.2, 95.5, 96 Tv18 India L, 82.3, 82.3, 78.5, 78.9 Uco Bank, 121, 121.9, 114.7, 115 Ultratech Ce, 1071.9, 1074.05, 1031.5, 1045.7 Union Bank O, 343.2, 346.6, 335.5, 338.95 Unitech Ltd, 44.25, 45.1, 42.45, 42.85 United Phosp, 153.7, 155.05, 152.8, 153.8 Videocon Ind, 197.45, 198.45, 191.8, 192.9 Vijaya Bank, 89.8, 90.85, 87.15, 87.7 Voltas Ltd, 176.3, 180.7, 169.25, 170.65 Wipro Ltd, 450.1, 455, 444, 445.4 Yes Bank Lim, 333, 339, 320.1, 321.3 Zee Entertai, 125, 127.5, 123.8, 125.2


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Pitched battle in Libya’s western Misurata, 17 killed PTI TRIPOLI, APRIL 18

Pro-government troops intensified the shelling in the rebel-held city of Misurata in western Libya Monday as fierce battle raged on the eastern frontline of Ajdabiyah amid fears of a looming humanitarian disaster. Pitched battle was on for control of Libya’s third-largest city Misurata, which came under heavy artillery attack from pro-government troops, after 17 people were reported to have been killed Sunday. Aid workers and Misurata residents said the situation there is “dire” amid severe shortages of food, power, water and medicine, as the Libyan regime intensified their shelling of the city, BBC reported. Britain’s Department for International Development said approximately 300 civilians had been killed and a further 1,000 injured since late February in Misurata, which has been under siege of the pro-government troops for seven weeks.

7 Bahrain protesters face trial

However, media reports said 1,000 people are estimated to have been died in the fighting in Misurata and “80 per cent of the deaths are civilians”. There was no let up in the offensive on the rebels’ eastern frontline outpost of Ajdabiyah, which is being used by the antiGaddafi forces as a staging post to regain the strategic oil port of Brega, 80-km west of Ajdabiya. Rebels fought off an attack by government troops in Ajdabiya yesterday, a day after retreating from the eastern frontline of Brega. Gaddafi’s forces advanced on Ajdabiya, the gateway to the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, under a heavy artillery barrage in the morning and fought at close range with rebels on the town’s southern outskirts before a counterattack forced them back, Al Jazeera quoted witnesses as saying. The rebels have blamed the western alliance for failing to give them enough support. “Where are the NATO forces?” asked Absalam Hamid, who identified himself as a

rebel captain. “We don’t know why they didn’t bomb them,” he was quoted as saying by the New York Times. Amid the stalemate in the civil war, British Prime Minister David Cameron has said the terms of the UN resolution on Libya are a “restriction” on NATO which is enforcing a no-fly zone in a bid to protect civilians from Libyan forces. “We’re not occupying, we’re not invading, that’s not what we’re about. And that is obviously a restriction on us, but I think it is the right restriction,” he said while speaking on Sky News Sunday. “It’s because we’ve said we’re not going to invade, we’re not going to occupy, this is more difficult in many ways, because we can’t fully determine the outcome with what we have available,” Cameron underlined. The failure of the rebels to hold their ground in the battle with the government troops, has forced the Obama administration to look for a country, most likely in Africa that might be willing to provide shelter to Gaddafi.

Pak trying to increase leverage in Kabul: US

AP DUBAI, APRIL 18

PTI NEW YORK, APRIL 18

Seven detained anti-government protesters will go on trial before a Bahrain military court for the killing of two policemen, the state news agency said Monday, the latest development in the crackdown on dissent in the Gulf kingdom. Hundreds of protesters, opposition leaders and human rights activists have been taken into custody since Bahrain imposed martial law last month in attempts to crush the Shiite-led uprising against the Sunni rulers in the tiny but strategically important island nation that hosts the US Navy’s 5th Fleet. The Bahrain News Agency said a military prosecutor charged seven suspected opposition supporters Sunday with premeditated murder of two policemen. The seven also face “other charges,” the report said. It did not elaborate, except to say the two policemen died after being overrun with a car in the capital Manama. Another hearing in the case is set for tomorrow.

As the Afghan endgame looms, Pakistan and US are having differing and even irreconcilable aims in Afghanistan, with Islamabad pushing to increase its leverage in Kabul even at the cost of cutting out Washington. The Americans are seeking a strong and centralised Afghan government commanding a large army that can control its territory, Pakistan is pressing for a loosely governed neighbour where it can influence events through Taliban proxies, the New York Times reported citing top US and Pakistani official. The Pakistanis are nervous of the US aims to have a strong Afghanistan and Islamabad is pressing for a small Afghan army and wants to play a crucial role after the American exit from the country. The NYT said that Islamabad has sought to improve its leverage in Afghanistan by threaten-

ing to cut down CIA operations within its territory, cracking down on Taliban leaders to coerce their cooperation and befriend President Hamid Karzai. The paper said the visit of Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, country’s powerful army chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and head of the spy agency ISI, was the latest iteration of this new Pak-Afghan relationship. “This was the most public of a number of visits to Afghanistan by Kayani in the past year and American diplomats both in Kabul and Islamabad declined to comment on the visit and appear to know little about the intention of the two nations to unveil a joint commission with considerable fanfare as a vehicle to end the war,” the NYT said. Americans have been coaxing the Afghan and Pakistan leadership to talk to each other, but not at the cost of keeping the US out of loop or of concocting solution that are against its interest, the US officials said.

‘Wake up’ drink for Aussie students on ice AFP SYDNEY, APRIL 18

An Australian state government Monday dropped a “bizarre” idea to develop a drink for high school students designed to aid their mental alertness. The Victoria government had advertised for businesses interested in developing a non-caffeine energy drink for students aged 12 to 19 as part of a broader Aus$28 million (US$29.6 million) grants programme. “There is a need for a pleasant-tasting, attentionsustaining, low-priced drink that enables secondar y school students to work safely and with sustained alertness all day,” it read. Education Minister Martin Dixon said the idea had come from students.

Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has pledged to return to Pakistan despite threats to his life from the Taliban and other extremist groups, saying he is not afraid of anyone except God. In a video address to workers of his new All Pakistan Muslim League party in Lahore, Musharraf said he had seen death from close quarters several times and was ready to face any contingency. He said no one could harass or cause any damage to him. “I will be with you soon if you promise to show the same zeal and fervour at the time I land at Lahore airport,” Musharraf said during the meeting last night as his supporters shouted slogans. Venue of the meet was decorated with banners and portraits of the former military ruler, who has been living in self-exile in London since 2009.

Egypt awaits tourism revival after pro-democracy uprising PTI CAIRO, APRIL 18

Two months after creating history by a popular pro-democracy uprising, Egyptians are awaiting the return of tourists, including from India, to help revive the country’s ailing economy. Though the ancient civilization and world famous pyramids continue to be a draw, the Egyptians are hoping that the tourists will now flock to the iconic Tahrir Square – the nerve centre of recent uprising. Tourism in Egypt known for pyramids, colorful markets and the Red Sea resort of Sharm elSheikh has all but come to a halt since the uprising began in January and eventually overthrew the regime of longtime President Hosni Mubarak. The Egyptian authorities are also counting on tourists from India to help revive the economy which earned USD 12.5 billion in 2010 from tourism. “India could be a major source of tourism to Egypt,” new Egyptian Tourism Minister Mounir Fakry Abdel Noor told a group of visiting Indian journalists here.

US rushes aid after tornadoes kill 45 AFP RALEIGH, APRIL 18

US authorities Monday rushed aid to southern states after powerful tornadoes cut a path of death and destruction, killing at least 45 and reducing entire towns to piles of rubble. The tragedy began late Thursday in Oklahoma, where a giant twister almost flattened the small town of Tushka – population 350 – tearing up most of its homes and businesses and killing two elderly residents. The storm system strengthened and expanded on Friday, whipping up hundreds more tornadoes that barreled through Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and North Carolina, before petering out in Virginia on Saturday night. “It’s the most significant damage by a tornado since the early 80s,” Governor Beverly Perdue

told reporters in Raleigh, capital of worst-hit North Carolina, where 23 people died. Among seven people killed in Alabama were a mother and her two children sheltering inside their mobile home when it was thrown some 500 feet (150 meters) into the woods, landing on its roof. Seven others died in Arkansas, five in Virginia, and one in Mississippi. An 8-year-old girl and a 47year-old woman “were swept off a bridge by flood waters” while walking in the Virginia town of Waynesboro, said state emergency management department spokeswoman Laura Southard. A second child was pulled to safety. Falling trees snapped power lines and came crashing down on cars and houses, killing occupants and causing widespread damage. Witnesses described

hailstones the size of grapefruit. “This is the worst storm, tornado-wise, since 1984,” Patty McQuillan, a spokeswoman from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Raleigh, told AFP. The year 1984 saw the most destructive tornadoes in more than a century, with twisters sweeping through Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia, killing 57 people and injuring more than 1,000. “I actually do remember the last one,” said McQuillan. “I believe that the destruction may even be greater this time than it was in 1984.” More than 60 homes in North Carolina were destroyed and more than 400 others sustained heavy damage. Aerial footage showed a vast Lowe’s home improvement store obliterated with no roof and flattened walls.

Car bombs in central Baghdad kill 9 AP BAGHDAD, APRIL 18

Suicide bombers detonated two explosives-packed cars Monday outside Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, killing at least nine people and wounding 23, officials said. The blasts marked the start of a violent day in the Iraqi capital, where another bombing and jewelry heist left two more dead and 13 wounded. The twin suicide car bombs rattled windows across Baghdad shortly after 8 a m. The cars blew up just outside a security checkpoint on a heavily traveled road leading into the Green Zone from Baghdad’s international airport. Pieces of charred flesh were still scattered at the scene hours later as a tow truck hauled away a wrecked Iraqi Humvee and other bombed-out cars.

Musharraf pledges return Rajapaksa for ‘show of strength’ despite threats to life against UN panel report PTI ISLAMABAD, APRIL 18

Yemeni anti-government protesters demonstrate against President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Monday, in the flashpoint city of Taez (Taiz), 255km south of Sanaa as tension simmered in Yemen after a fruitless meeting with Gulf mediators and late night demonstrations turned violent in Sanaa.

Activists wearing superhero costumes hold banners saying that the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos is not a hero, protesting the proposed dictator's hero burial in Manila on Monday. The late Philippine dictator Marcos has made it into the military's newly renovated "Hall of Heroes" museum despite his fall from grace, a military spokesman said.

Tourism revenues constitute around 11 per cent of Egyptian economy which took a hit as between January 25 and February 1, at least 1 million tourists cut short their visits short or cancelled them. “Egypt is a golden destination. Once security is restored – and to a large extent it has been restored – it won’t be a problem to bring back the tourists,” he said. Tourism in Egypt has been prone to problems over the last decades, whether political problems or security problems, but the effect was not as significant as is after the January 25 democracy movement, he said. The world witnessed a revolution which lasted for 18 days and it was all over the country, Noor said, referring to popular uprising. “What happened is unique. Youth, who believed in a cause defeated armoured vehicles. They have gained admiration of the world,” he said. “We are doing everything that is in the book to revive tourism. We are also thinking outside the box,” he said.

Referring to threats he might face on his return from the Taliban and other militant groups, Musharraf said he had already survived several attacks and was not afraid of them. He linked his return to the organisation of the APML and announced the opening of the party`s office in Lahore. “I have faced death a number of times and no one can deter me from coming back to the country to serve it as I am committed to doing something better for my countrymen,” he said. Musharraf, who quit as President in 2008 to avoid being impeached by the Pakistan People’s Party-led government, recently formed the APML with an eye on contesting the 2013 general election. He has vowed to come back to Pakistan on several occasions but is yet to set a date for his return.

PTI COLOMBO, APRIL 18

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has called for turning May Day worker rallies in his country into a massive “show of strength” against a UN panel’s report that reportedly holds the government responsible for war crimes during the offensive against LTTE. Rajapaksa, who departed this morning on an official visit to Bangladesh, said Sri Lankans needed to rally against the UN special panel’s report and that the International Labour Day was the time to do so. “The time has come to show our strength and this should not be confined to expressing worker solidarity but to demonstrate against injustice done to the country before the world,” said a statement from the President.

“I am prepared to face any punishment on behalf of the motherland with great honour”, the President was quoted as saying. The presidential statement was in response to the threemember UN panel’s report that called for setting up of an “independent international mechanism” into what it called

“credible” allegations that Sri Lankan military committed war crimes in its final decisive offensive against Tamil Tigers. The panel, appointed by UN chief Ban ki-Moon submitted its report last week without making it public. But leaked excerpts were published here in the media. The report in addition to its call for an independent international mechanism, seeks an acknowledgement of government’s role and responsibility for extensive civilian casualties. The government has dismissed the report as flawed and biased. Senior minister Maithripala Sirisena called on the public to unite to protest the UN panel report. “These forces were trying to discredit the president and soldiers in trying to make them answer for war crimes,” he said.


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SPORTS

GOA, Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Associations flay Board’s circularStateontug-of-war merit marks fallout BY JOVITO LOPES PANJIM, APRIL 18

Sports associations have taken strong objection to Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education circular on the award of sports marks for 2010-11 specifying that “in case proper procedure laid down in the Goa Sports Policy 2009 is not followed by State sports associations, the merit marks will be allotted to the first level of participation,” which is just five marks for Taluka level and not 15 for State level. The organisation and conduct of sports by the Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs (DSYA) and associations varies as the DSYA conducts most of their activities at taluka, district and State levels, whereas most of the associations do not have such a structure, the associations pointed out and as such conduct events directly at the State level. The associations were at a loss to understand the tone of the circular since they have not been given the procedure to be followed for the implementation of merit marks scheme. The procedure as per the DSYA’s notification shows merit marks under corrigendum dated 01-10-2009,

Assolda Boys, Majorda win HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 18

Assolda Boys defeated Margao Footballers to enter the semifinals of All-Goa YSC Mankem soccer at Mankem ground on Monday. The all-important goal was netted by John just before the break. In another encounter, Majorda Boys beat Rebello Pandal, Maina 7-6 via the tie-breaker.

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as follows: Taluka 5 (medals 3 gold, 2 silver , 1 bronze), district 10 (medals 5, 3, 2), State 15 (medals 7, 5, 3), Zonal 20 (medals 8, 7, 5), National 30 (medals 10, 8, 7) and international 40 (medals 12, 10,8). Such a procedure is not followed by most of the associations and as such, if a student participates directly at the State level championship conducted by them, the participant should be allotted 15 marks and not treated as the first level of participation and given just 5 marks, they remarked. DSYA Director, Dr Susana de Sousa, agreed that the department had their own procedure in conducting the events which she said was different from the one adopted by associations. Since she is in New Delhi attending a meeting of the Planning Commission, she could not throw light on the details, since she stressed that she had to go through the test of the notification for correct interpretation. According to the Board’s Circular No 06, dated April 11, 2011, “sports merit marks for Std X and Std XII examinations are to be entered and certified

by the head of the institutions in the columns at Annexure A, after verifying all documents, which include participation and achievement certificates of all levels, duly certified and endorsed by DSYA or SAG. Any contentious cases under dispute will be referred to a sub-committee appointed by the Executive Committee of Board with the decision of the Board being final in all such matters.” The sports merit marks for Stds VIII, IX and XI will also be according to the corrigendum issued by DSYA, with any contentious cases under dispute to be referred to a 3-member subcommittee appointed by the head of the institution. “In case proper procedure laid down in the 2009 Policy is not followed by recognised associations, merit marks will be allotted to the first level of participation.” “The sub-committee should be headed by the head of the institution and shall consist of the PE teacher and one more member from the teaching staff.” The associations found fault in the rule, since such cases will be reviewed virtually by the same people who had say in the

matter and perhaps even decided on the issue at first. Going by the principle of natural justice and in order to incorporate the principle of impartiality and neutrality, at least one member ought to have been from either DSYA or SAG or else it will give an impression that one is sitting on one own’s judgement, which is against the principle of natural justice, they claimed. It is now to be seen what sports merit marks will be allotted to the students of Damodar Higher Secondary, Margao, who participated in the State tug-of-war championship directly, there being no taluka or district level competitions with the issue becoming another tug-of-war between the SAG and Board. The institution had proposed five marks right from the beginning, with the Board members clamouring that the Board was autonomous. The Board had issued its circular No 05 dated April 15, 2010 giving the modalities for adding sports merit marks, but it did not have the contentious rule concerning the State sports associations. Obviously, this has now been incorporated in view of the tug-of-war dispute. Indeed, the Board is autonomous.

The victorious GFA South Zone U-14 Vasco Sports Club team alongwith coach Umer Mutwali, manager, Leroy Menezes and club officials. They defeated Betalbatim 4-2.

Vasco qualify for 2nd Div I-League AGENCIES MADURAI, APRIL 18

Ar-Hima Club pipped Kenkre FC and Josco FC on a goal difference to become the sixth team to qualify for the final round of Second Division I-League. With Josco defeating Malabar United 2-1, all three teams finished on ten points apiece. But Arhima, with a better goal difference (+5) than Kenkre (+3) and Josco (+1) scraped through

to the final round. The final round will kick-off in Shillong on April 25. Apart from Arhima, United Sikkim, Southern Samity, Mohammedan Sporting, Vasco SC and Royal Wahingdoh had earlier qualified where they would be joined by Sporting Clube de Goa and Shillong Lajong in the final round. Yesterday, Vasco routed PIFA Colaba 3-0 after leading 1-0 at half time.

Mother of Mercy HS triumph HERALD REPORTER VASCO, APRIL 18

Mother of Mercy High School, defeated Matha High School by 19 runs to emerge champs in first U-14 Mormugao Taluka school cricket tournament Surabha Sardesai Me-

morial organised by Vasco RCC, at Chicalim ground recently. Mother of Mercy set a target of 89 runs and bundled out Mata’s inning on 70 runs. Maruti Huggi (18), Yogesh Naik (10), Darshan Desai

(16), Shidharth Naik (15). Sagar Pandhare took four wickets, Sanny Sharma and Shubham Naik two wickets each and Mithil Haldankar one. Mithil Haldankar scored 18 while Dhanraj Saroj 14.

Mother of Mercy ’s Maruti Huggi was declared man-ofthe-match. He struck four wickets while Shidhart Naik three wickets and Pravin finished with two. Goa Cricket Association’s president, Dayanand Narvekar

was the chief guest and gave away the prizes in the presence of GCA member, Kishori Haldankar, Zamir Carol, Nitin Chopdecar, parents of late Surabha Sardesai and convener of the tournament, Manoj Pednecar.

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Mother of Mercy High School, champions of U-14 Mormugao Taluka school cricket tournament Surabha Sardesai Memorial alongwith GCA president, Dayanad Narvekar, GCA member, Kishori Haldankar, Zamir Carol, Nitin Chopdecar, father of late Surabha Sardesai and Manoj Pednecar. Photo: M Prabhav

Harshad pushes Dunes into finals HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, APRIL 18

GFA U-18 First Division: Betalbatim SC v. Dempo SC (Juniors), Tilak Maidan, Vasco; Sesa Football Academy v. Sporting Clube de Goa, Duler Stadium, Mapusa; Brasil Futebol Academia v. Salgaocar SC (Juniors), Cansaulim ground; Goa United Sports Academy v. Churchill Brothers SC, Poriat ground, Calangute. Kick off 4 p.m. Rusi Daver inter-village soccer finals: Sodiem SCA v. Football Club of Siolim, Saligao Sporting ground, 4.30 p.m. Cavelossim Panchayat Cup soccer: Chandor SC v. Don Bosco Oratory, Fatorda, Fr Drunston and Wellington ground, Cavelossim, 4.30 p.m. Conceicao Colaco memorial soccer: Parish Youth, Nuvem v. St Rock’s Youth Club, Majorda, Assolna ground, 4.45 p.m.

AGENCIES PUNE, APRIL 18

East Bengal's hopes of winning the I-League for the first time since 2004 suffered a massive blow as they went down 1-2 to Pune FC in Pune on Monday evening. Uga Okpara gave the Kolkata giants the lead but goals from Mandjou Keita and Shanmugham Venkatesh saw East Bengal suffer their third defeat. East Bengal have 41 points from 20 matches, the same like Dempo.

SAFF age-group tourneys MARGAO (HC) -- The 1ST SAFF club championship, a U-16 tournament for boys and a U-13 festival for boys will be held in Bangladesh from September 1 to 15. SAFF secretary Alberto Colaco stated that two clubs from Bangladesh, two clubs from India and one club each from other SAFF countries will participate. The U-16 tournament for National teams will be held in JulyAugust.

Salgaocar soccer

PANJIM (HSD) – A football coaches’ international course will be held in Brazil from May 23 to 27. ‘A’ Licence certificate holders who are involved in coaching clubs or universities may apply with their bio-data to the GFA. Participants will have to pay for air tickets, accommodation, meals and course fees. PANJIM (HSD) -- The 10th AllGoa Guirdolim Panchayat Cup football tournament organised by Guirdolim club will begin on April 24 at church ground, Chandor. In the inaugural match, Curtorim Gymkhana will clash with Sao Jose de Areal SC.

Pune stun East Bengal

An injury time goal from Harshad Naik, earned Dunes Sports Club, Mandrem a place in the All-Goa finals after defeating South Goa champions, Vasco Sports Club 1-0 in GFA’s U-14 All-Goa semi-finals, at Duler Stadium, here on Monday. Dunes caught Vasco on the break in injury time and Harsad took a low shot from outside the box, which should have been easily gathered, but the Vasco custodian allowed it to spill through his hands to give Dunes victory. “Our boys were a little smaller than our opponents and we had to rely on our passing to control the game,” remarked winning Dunes coach, David D’Sousa. “We had plenty of chances but could not capitalise, in the end we paid for it, our opponents played better and deserved to win,” remarked Vasco coach, Umer Mutawalli. In the 20th minute, Latesh Mandrekar’s shot was saved by the Vasco keeper. Four minutes

later, Vasco’s Wendell Fernandes floated in a free kick, but Aaron Rodrigues headed wide. Shortly after, the Dunes custodian made a good save from a Stany Braganza free kick. On the stroke of half time, Dunes’ Leslee Britto saw his attempt saved. Thirteen minutes after the restart, Dunes’ last defender Richard Fernandes was lucky to stay on the pitch after; he brought down Vasco’s Myson Fernandes who was on route to goal. Richard was shown a yellow. As Vasco continued to put pressure on their opponents, it was Dunes who snatched the winner through Harshad. In the other semi-finals at Tilak Maidan, Vasco, Betalbatim Sports Club defeated North Goa champions Don Bosco Oratory, Panjim 2-1. Betalbatim led by a solitary goal at the breather. Dunes who finished runnersup to Salgaocar Sports Club Juniors in the last season’s finals, will face Betalbatim in this seasons U-14 finals.

CALANGUTE (HC) -- The 20th late V M Salgaocar Trophy inter-village football tournament organised by Saligao Sporting Club will get underway at Saligao Sporting ground on April 20 with the inaugural match between Calangute Association and Adarsh Yuvak Sangh. The other teams participating are Betalbatim, Sodiem, St Sebastian Murida, Nerul, PVC, Sangolda Lightning, UC Nerul, Quitula, PY, Nuvem, FC Siolim, Pax, Guirim, St Sebastian, St. Cruz, Saligao Sporting.

Redkar shines for SAG HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 18

An unbeaten ton by Goa Ranji wicketkeeper-batsman Damodar Redkar helped SAG secure an 88-run victory over Government Polytechnic, Bicholim to enter the quarter-finals of State Level inter-Government Department T-20 Season Ball cricket tournament, organised by PWD Sports and Recreation Club in association with SAG at SAG ground, Fatorda on Sunday. Redkar carried his bat through the innings with an unbeaten 123 off 78 balls, with 22 fours and a sixer. SAG: 168 for 3 in 20 overs. Damodar Redkar 123 not out. Ashish Surlakar 2 for 20. Polytechnic: 80 all out in 14.5 overs. Santosh Talawnekar (19), Ashish Surlakar (15). Sunay Naik 2 for 2, Dinesh Dessai 2 for 3, Kailash Gaonkar 2 for 17, Ulhas Desai 2 for 18. Damodar Redkar was adjudged the man-of-the-match. Co-operation Department beat Government Polytechnic, Panjim by 9 wickets with a fine all-round show by captain Pankaj Marathe.

V M Prabhudessai speaking at the inaugural of State Level inter-Government Department T-20 Season

Polytechnic: 39 all out in 9.2 overs. Extras: 18, Shrikant Naik 3 for 2, Gaurish Kavlekar 3 for 4, Pankaj Marathe 3 for 20). Co-operation Dept: 44 for 1 in 4.5 overs. Pankaj 26 not out. Nilesh Jadhav 1 for 7. Pankaj Marathe was adjudged man-of-the-match. Agriculture Department beat Town and Country Planning Department by 22 runs with a fine spell by Vinod Shirodkar who

picked up 4 wickets. Agriculture: 117 for 9 in 20 overs. Gautam Asnodkar (38), Shivdas Gaonkar (25). Rajesh Tirodkar 3 for 21, Nandkumar Gaonkar 3 for 24. Town and Country Planning: 95 all out in 18.4 overs. Rajesh Tirodkar (29), Vinod Shirodkar 4 for 17, D M Pandit 2 for 3. Vinod Shirodkar was declared man-of-the-match. Excise Department beat Social Welfare Department by 43 runs

thanks to Sanjeev Dessai who top scored with 29 and also picked up 3 for 3. Excise: 102 all out in 16.4 overs. Sanjeev Dessai (29), Subhash Parab (25). Vithal Parulekar 3 for 14, Vishal D Naik 3 for 15. Social Welfare: 59 all out in 18.5 overs. Machindra Shirodkar (21). Sanjeev Dessai 3 for 3, Sanjay Naik 3 for 13. Sanjeev Dessai was adjudged man-of-the-match.

Goa windsurfers raring to go after camp HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 18

The participants at windsurfing camp alongwith Donald Coleho, Charlie Rodrigues, Derrick Menezes.

Twenty participants, youngsters and enthusiasts, were given the basic training at the second annual windsurfing coaching camp ably organised by Goa Beach Sports Academy and conducted by National champion Donald Coelho and international surfer Charlie Rodrigues which concluded at Hawai beach, Dona Paula, Sunday. The 10-day camp was held in

two categories - beginners and intermediate. After the successful complexion of the course, the last three days were spent on a miniregetta and race training. In the beginners category, Chadwick D'Mello, Sijoy Coelho and Rahul Menezes bagged the first three places respectively and the intermediate category Dayne Coelho, Jeremy Pereira and Cany Rodrigues won their awards. The results of the training will be evident during the forthcom-

ing raceboard National championship to be held in May in Goa. Certificates and tropies were distributed by Derrick Menezes, former wind surfing National champ. The parents the organizers have pledged their participation and support in the forthcoming events. Training will go on for the youth so that they excel at the Nationals. Details may be obtained from Donald Coelho on 9822122171.


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Advantage AC Milan after Napoli lose to Udinese

Somdev regains career-best ranking of 71

Osvaldo at double as Espanyol rescue point

AGENCIES MUMBAI, APRIL 18

Somdev Devverman gained a place to be back to career-high singles ranking of 71 while Sania Mirza remained on number 73 in the ranking charts, released on Monday. Somdev had lost in the second round of the clay-court season opening event in Houston. Meanwhile in the doubles rankings, Sania (29), Mahesh Bhupathi (5) and Leander Paes (7) were static in the WTA and ATP charts, respectively. Rohan B op anna though gained 2 positions to jump to the 14th spot.

India lose Jr Davis Cup opener AGENCIES NEW DELHI, APRIL 18

Shaik Abdullah and Fatehdeep Singh came a cropper in the decisive doubles rubber as India lost the opening tie on the junior Davis Cup Asia/Oceania qualifying round 1-2 to fourth seed Chinese Taipei in Delhi on Monday. Fatehdeep was the first on court and lost the opening singles 7-6(3), 3-6, 1-6 to Chih-Chun Tang. Abdullah though brought the hosts back in the tie with 4-6, 62, 6-3 win over Wen-Chun Liang. However, the Taipei players clinched the Group D tie when Tang and Wen-Po Tseng defeated the pair of Fatehdeep and Abdullah 7-6(6), 6-0 in the doubles.

AFP MADRID, APRIL 17

Argentine striker Pablo Osvaldo scored a brace as Espanyol twice came from behind to snatch a point in a 2-2 draw with European rivals Atletico Madrid at the Cornella-El Prat stadium on Sunday. Osvaldo scored in each half to take his league tally to ten goals after teenager Koke and Argentine Sergio ‘Kun’ Aguero had twice put Atletico ahead. Atletico stay seventh, level on points with sixth-placed Sevilla, while Espanyol are a point behind in eighth place. Teenage midfielder Koke, a 19-year-old from the youth system, put Atletico ahead in the first minute following a mistake from Ernesto Galan, but Espanyol equalised on 37 minutes thanks to a fortunate deflection. Argentine Osvaldo claimed his ninth league goal of the campaign with a deflection leaving goalkeeper David de Gea with no chance. Argentine Aguero, captain for the day, put Atletico 2-1 up with his 14th league goal of the season, producing a fine chipped finish to beat Carlos Kameni. Osvaldo may have had some luck with his first goal, but there was nothing fortunate about his second as he latched on to a cross with a powerful header to peg back Atletico again on 57 minutes. Earlier teenager Iker Muniain scored a dramatic 90th minute winner as 10-man Athletic Bilbao came from behind to defeat Osasuna 2-1 in the Basque derby

LA LIGA SCOREBOARD Levante ................2 Deportivo ............2 Real Sociedad ......2 Osasuna ..............1 Espanyol ..............2 on Saturday. The 18-year-old winger capitalised on a defensive mix-up to curl home the decisive goal from distance as Bilbao did their European hopes the power of good, moving two points above Sevilla into fifth place. Osasuna, two points above the relegation zone, had taken the lead through Kike Sola on 51 minutes and Bilbao were reduced to ten men on 58 minutes when Xavi Castillo was given his marching orders for a second yellow card. However, Spain international Fernando Llorente scored his 16th league goal of the season with a header on 69 minutes to equalise and Muniain, who holds the record of being the youngest player to score in the Spanish top-flight, floated in a sensational winner in the final minute after goalkeeper Ricardo Lopez made a mess of a clearance. Earlier, promoted Levante continued their shock late bid for a top six finish with a 2-1 home win over strugglers Hercules. First half goals from Ruben Suarez and Juanlu Lopez helped Levante stretch their unbeaten run to eight games and the league newcomers, who started the season as one of the favourites to be relegated, are

Hercules ................1 Racing Santander 0 Sporting Gijon ......1 Athletic Bilbao ......2 Atletico Madrid ......2 just four points off the Europa League places. Hercules, another of the promoted teams, stay second from bottom, three points from safety. In other matches, Sporting Gijon saw a run of three consecutive wins come to an end with a 2-1 loss against Real Sociedad on Sunday. A brace from Frenchman Antoine Griezmann on 32 and 79 minutes helped promoted Sociedad move five points above the drop zone. Elsewhere Deportivo La Coruna took a giant stride towards safety with a 2-0 home win over Racing Santander at the Riazor stadium on Sunday. Two goals in three minutes from Lassad Nouioui (45 min) and Xisco (48) moved Depor five points above the bottom three. At the top of the table champions Barcelona stayed in the box seat to retain their title with a 1-1 draw Saturday at arch rivals Real Madrid in a heated 'El Clasico' at the Santiago Bernabeu. Barcelona stay eight points clear of Real with six games left and it could gave been worse had Cristiano Ronaldo's 82nd minute penalty not cancelled out Lionel Messi's 53rd minute spot-kick.

We were superior to Real Madrid: Xavi Fiorentina's French goalkeeper Sebastien Frey jumps for the ball against Juventus players at Florence's "Artemio Franchi" stadium on Sunday. AFP ROME, APRIL 18

AC Milan moved ever closer to their first Serie A title since 2004 at the weekend after their closest rivals both suffered surprise losses. After Milan had steamrolled relegation-haunted Sampdoria 3-0 on Saturday, second-placed Napoli proceeded to go down 2-1 at home to Udinese on Sunday. Coupled with defending champions Inter Milan's shock 2-0 reverse at struggling Parma on Saturday, Milan now have a six-point cushion over Napoli with only five matches remaining. Inter are two points further back and hanging on for dear life to the third automatic Champions League qualifying spot, with Lazio in line for the qualifying round slot three points adrift of the nerazzurri after an emphatic 4-1 win at Catania. Even better for Lazio fans, their city rivals Roma lost 3-2 at home to Palermo to leave the losers seven points off fourth place with little hope of seeing Champions Leageu football next

Wilred Leisure in finals HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 18

Wilred Leisure Sports Club beat Cavelossim 5-4 via the tiebreaker to enter the finals of Cavelossim Panchayat Cup intervillage football tournament organised by Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim at Fr Druston and Wellington ground, Cavelossim on Monday. There was no score at full time in which the teams tried their best to break the deadlock, there being close misses. In the tie-breaker, Wilred Leisure netted all the goals while Cavelossim’s Quinton’s shot was saved by Wilfred’s keeper.

season. Udinese are a solitary point behind Lazio after their fine win in Napoli, achieved in the absence of injured stars Antonio Di Natale and Alexis Sanchez. Gokhan Inler gave Udinese the lead with a superb strike in the 55th minute, with former Napoli forward German Denis doubling their lead on the counter-attack minutes later. Walter Mazzarri's Neapolitans aided their own downfall with Edinson Cavani's missed penalty on 88 minutes before Giuseppe Mascara notched a late consolation deep into injury-time. Lazio stayed in touch with Inter after Hernanes put them ahead on 40 minutes for his second goal in two games. Ezequiel Schelotto levelled straight after the break but further goals from Stefano Mauri, Sergio Floccari and Mauro Zarate -- who also provided two assists -- underlined the visitors' superiority. Juventus are a point behind Roma in seventh after the Old Lady could only draw 0-0 at midtable Fiorentina, ending a run of three straight victories.

SERIE A SCOREBOARD Napoli ..................1 Lecce ....................3 Fiorentina ............0 Catania ................1 Cesena ................1 Chievo ..................2 Genoa ..................3

Udinese ..................2 Cagliari ..................3 Juventus ................0 Lazio ......................4 Bari ........................0 Bologna ..................0 Brescia ..................0

In the race to beat the drop, 17th-placed Cesena leapfrogged Sampdoria after a 1-0 win over Bari courtesy of a goal from Albanian Erjon Bogdani. Brescia, 19th, are on the brink after a 3-0 loss at Genoa left them four points off safety. Lecce are fifth-bottom, one point ahead of Cesena, after recovering from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 with Cagliari, with a Daniele Corvia goal deep into stoppage time saving their bacon. Angry Sampdoria supporters, whose team have now slid into the bottom three, attacked the team coach on its return from their loss at Milan, which deepened their very real relegation worries. The masked supporters hurled stones and struck the

bus with sticks on its return to the team hotel in Genoa early on Sunday morning, according to press reports, breaking the windscreen. The supporters have issued death threats to the squad should they be relegated. Clarence Seedorf, former Sampdoria star Antonio Cassano and Robinho were the men on target for the rossoneri, who were not unduly troubled by the absence through suspension of Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Inter, already smarting from their Champions League exit at the hands of Schalke, saw Sebastian Giovinco and Amauri bag Parma's goals in their loss, which Inter coach Leonardo blamed on fatigue.

Sodiem rout Candolim

Harsh tricks for Dempo

HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, APRIL 18

Sodiem Sports and Cultural Association trounced Candolim Sports Club 3-1 to move into the finals of Rusi Daver Rolling Trophy inter-village football tournament organised by Adarsh Yuvak Sangh at Saligao Sporting ground, on Monday. Sodiem led 1-0 at half time.

Sodiem began on a promising note and shot into the lead in the 10th minute through Mayur Toraskar. Stung by the reverse, Changing over, Sodiem doubled the lead through Basil Fernandes while Mayur Toraskar added another one to consolidate the lead. Shankar Palienkar reduced the margin for Candolim with a few minutes remaining for the final whistle.

Nagoa enter semis HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, APRIL 18

Nagoa Sporting Club defeated Adarsh Yuvak Sangh 2-0 to move into the semi-finals of Nerul Cup inter-village football tournament organised by United Club of Nerul at Dr Gustavo Monteiro Stadium, Candolim on Monday.

Nagoa shot into the lead through Pramod Mardolkar. Kolu doubled the lead for Nagoa within minutes for a comfortable 2-0 lead. Down by two goals, Adarsh tried hard to bounce back but their forwards failed to find the net on a couple of occasions.

AGENCIES MADRID, APRIL 18

Barcelona playmaker Xavi has dismissed the idea that Real Madrid's battling performance with 10 men in La Liga on Saturday would give them a confidence boost for Wednesday's King's Cup final. Despite having central defender Raul Albiol dismissed just after halftime, Real fought back from a goal down to snatch a 1-1 draw in a tense encounter at a packed Bernabeu, the first of four "Clasicos" between the arch rivals in three competitions in 18 days. However, the result preserved Barca's eightpoint lead over second-placed Real at the top of the standings with six games left and put them within touching distance of a third straight league under coach Pep Guardiola. Xavi"Madrid will in no way emerge stronger," Spain international Xavi told reporters.

HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, APRIL 18

A fine hat-trick from Harsh Tiwary gave Dempo Sports Club Juniors a comfortable 4-0 victory over St Estevam Sports Club in GFA’s U-16 League at Taleigao ground on Monday. Yogendra Thapa also netted for Dempo. “We created many chances, and could have scored more, but I am happy with the performance of my boys,” remarked Dempo coach, Mathew D’Costa.

St Rita’s High School, Maina, Curtorim, runners-up of State Level U-14 girls volleyball tournament organised by DSYA. Standing (l to r): Aurea D’Mello, Cinzia D’Mello, Nisha Antao and Stancy Fernandes. Sitting (l to r): Milagrina Mascarenhas (coach), Jennifer Fernandes (PE teacher), Maria do Carmo Rego e Paes (headmistress), Fr Gualberto Pereira (manager) and Pradeep Naik (PE teacher). Squatting (l to r): Zamila Sheikh, Slinnka D’Sousa, Shaina Coutinho and Jessina Pereira.

Goa Velha move into quarters HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, APRIL 18

Goa Velha Sports Club prevailed over Sao Jose de Areal Sports Club 5-4 via the tie-breaker to storm into the quarter-finals of

All-Goa Conceicao Colaco memorial inter-village football tournament organised by Shooting Stars Club of Colleavaddo at Assolna ground, on Monday. There was no score at full time.

The match was evenly contested with both teams dishing out attacking football that kept the crowd on their toes. However, the teams custodians performed well to keep their slate clean till full time.

Dilip Sardessai Academy launched in Margao HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, APRIL 18

Goan cricket received a major boost with the opening of Dilip Sardessai Memorial Lalchand Rajput Cricket Academy with support from Aami Goenkar at Dr Rajendra Prasad Stadium here on Monday. Announcing the plans of the academy, CA Sanjay Hegde of Aami Goenkar stated that late Dilip Sardessai was one of Indian cricket’s batting legends hailing from Margao. The idea, to dedicate a cricket academy to the State and its people, was mooted by Aami Goenkar, Lalchand Rajput and the Sardessai family after the death of the cricket legend. Hegde disclosed that city cricket lover, Dinesh Trikhanand had come forward to bear the expenses of the academy.

Lalchand Rajput, former India cricketer and coach of the World Cup T-20 and ex-director of National Cricket Academy said that the academy will create a platform for identification, selection and nurturing young cricket talent and create the next generation of Indian cricketers. “This will help Goa as a hub for attracting cricket talent from around the country.” Rajput also stated that two former Ranji cricketers and level 3 coaches – Rajesh Raikar and Vinod Dhamaskar have been appointed as coaching directors to work on the youngsters skills. All the possible facilities will be provided to them. Rajput pointed out the academy would ultimately close the gap in skills and cricketing knowledge among clubs, first class teams, National and international level players. It will provide world

"We were superior, faithful to ourselves and we come away with positive feelings despite not getting the three points," he added. "We had control, with patience, we defended well and the game just got away from us at the end." Barca, who host struggling Osasuna in La Liga on Saturday, are on 85 points from 32 matches, with Real on 77 ahead of their match at thirdplaced Valencia, in Saturday's earlier kickoff. Barca also have a superior head-to-head record thanks to their 5-0 demolition of Real at the Nou Camp in November that would clinch the title if the pair finished level on points. Real are bidding for a first trophy in three seasons when the Spanish giants clash in the Cup final in Valencia. They also meet in the two-legged European Champions League semi-final at the Bernabeu on April 27 and at the Nou Camp on May 3.

class facilities to enhance and promote the cricket lineage of India and especially Goa. “Our focus is Goa. We want to create cricketers who will make our State and country proud and realise their dreams of scaling higher,” pointed out Rajput. The former Indian cricketer said that it will give the aspiring trainees an opportunity to sharpen their skills. “It will be our responsibility to improve the performance of the trainees within five years of those being selected for the academy. As other academies already exist, this academy will provide free training to selected students. We will monitor them and identify their faults,” Rajput added. Rajput informed that U-14, U-25, U-16 and U23 boys had been selected after conducting selection trials.

The first phase training started today and will end on May 30 and there will be no training in the monsoons. The second phase will commence in October. He said adequate care has been taken as far as education is concerned, as no trainees will suffer on this account. The academy aims to become a house of cricketing knowledge, providing consultations, training and education and complete cricket training from theoretical to practical aspects. The academy will launch seasonal net and training facilities with exclusive fielding, bowling, and batting camps by renowned National cricketers and coaches. As the academy progresses, Rajput said they will also invite former cricketers to come and impart knowledge and interact with the trainees. Dinesh Trikhanand was also present.


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Dilshan named Lanka captain AFP COLOMBO, APRIL 18

Supporters of Super Kings wave the team’s flag as the match resumes after the rain stopped play at Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium in Kochi on Monday.

Kochi record 7-wicket win

Brendon McCullum PTI KOCHI, APRIL 18

A solid all-round performance by Kochi Tuskers Kerala helped the IPL debutants comfortably beat defending champions

Chennai Super Kings by seven wickets with two overs to spare in an IPL match here today. This was their second win four matches after defeating last year's runners-up Mumbai Indians in the last match. After consistent drizzle for an hour curtailed the match to 17-overs-side affair, KTK bowlers restricted CSK to 131 for four. Chasing 135 to win courtesy Duckworth-Lewis rain rule, Brendon McCullum (47, 33 balls) , Parthiv Patel (34, 26 balls) batted in a cavalier fashion to set up the win. It was left to Brad Hodge (19 not out, 14 balls) and Ravindra Jadeja (16 not out, 6 balls) finished with a flourish. It was Jadeja who again did a splendid finishing job with a six each off Southee and Ashwin to finish

the issue. McCullum was in a mood to belt everything out of the park. Whether it was Albie Morkel or Shadab Jakati, everyone suffered at the hands of the Black Caps opener. Each of his three sixes were clean hits that landed into the stands. With an able ally in Parthiv, he took the 'Orange Brigade' close to the target before his miscued hoick was taken by Morkel in the deep off Ashwin. They put on 51 runs in six overs. Patel continued to smack the bowlers as he smashed left-arm spinner Jakati over mid-wicket for a six. Finally, it was Aniruddha who got a simple catch off Bollinger's bowling when Patel wanted to pull him. Mahela Jayawardene and Mc-

Struggling RCB up against Rajasthan PTI BANGALORE, APRIL 18

Struggling to keep their campaign on track, Royal Challengers Bangalore clash against an inconsistent Rajasthan Royals in an Indian Premier League match here tomorrow, desperately needing a win to revive their fortunes. Three defeats in four matches is not a good record to start their campaign and the Royal Challengers Bangalore will be seeking to correct it when they take on Rajasthan at the M Chinnaswamy stadium here. The over-dependency on Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers to produce match winning knocks has seen RCB plummet to bottom of the points table. If they have to qualify for the knockout round, every player would have to contribute, be it with the bat, ball or on the field. Thus far, only Kohli and de Villiers have been consistent with the bat, notching up scores in the upward of 30 with great poise. But the failures of Saurabh Tiwary, Cheteshwar Pujara and Mayank Agarwal have accentuated RCB's misery. The fans are

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Delhi Daredevils v. Deccan Chargers 4 p.m. Rajasthan Royals v. Royal Challengers 8 p.m. as much disappointed as the team owners. From what has been seen of them in the last four matches, RCB's bowling has been rather unimaginative and has come apart at the seam under the op-

ponent's onslaught. Their fielding and catching has been pathetic, manifested in the mostly-reliable Mo hammed Kaif spilling a feeble offer from Michael Hussey in the previous game, against Chennai Super Kings. Given the reprieve at eight, Hussey went on to make a match-winning 56-ball 83 not out. To sum it up, it could be said that RCB's show has been way below par. If they are to raise their level of performance, the entire outfit would have to show great character in pulling up the socks and deliver when it matters most. But unfortunately, this is something that this loosely-knitted outfit has been found wanting in. On the other hand, inaugural IPL champions Rajasthan Royals, who have four points in as many games, have also had their share of downs. Rajasthan had a poor day against Kolkata Knight Riders lats night when they were bowled out for a miserly 81. But they have the resources and tenacity to bounce back from such adversity.

Daredevils dare to maintain momentum against Deccan PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 18

Back with a bang after a dismal start to the season, the Delhi Daredevils would look to carry on with their newly-gained confidence when they take on Deccan Chargers on home turf here tomorrow. The Virender Sehwag-led outfit, which was completely off-colour in its first two outings against Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals, silenced critics last night in Mumbai by chasing down an imposing target of 188 for a three-wicket victory. David Warner (46), Sehwag (37) Venugopal Rao (31) and Aaron Finch (25) finally shone with the bat to power Delhi to what was a desperatelyneeded triumph. Going into the game against Deccan Chargers here tomorrow at the Ferozshah Kotla ground, Delhi will again rely heavily on Sehwag and his opening partner Warner to provide them with a solid platform. Apart from the openers, the Delhi team would also pin hopes on Venugopal Rao, who has shown sparks of brilliance, Aaron Finch and James Hopes to come good with their bats. They would also require expensive buy Irfan Pathan, back to cricket after injury, to fire with both the bat and ball.

In the bowling department, however, Delhi will have to quickly get their act together if they want to counter the likes of Deccan skipper Kumar Sangakkara, Jean Paul Duminy, Bharat Chipli and Shikhar Dhawan. Other than Morne Morkel, no one else seemed to have troubled the opponents so far in the tournament and if the injured South African speedster fails to make it to the playing XI tomorrow, the team would be desperately looking at Ashok Dinda, Shahbaz Nadeem and Pathan to prove their worth. Delhi would also be keen to make a strong comeback in front of their home crowd here, having suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Mumbai Indians by eight wickets in their inaugural game when they got bundled out of a mere 95. Delhi certainly start favourites against Deccan Chargers, who have won just one match out of four so far. Yet, it will be at their own peril that Delhi would be taking their opponents lightly and let the advantage slip out of their hands. The Hyderabad outfit are expected to come out all guns blazing here, as a defeat tomorrow would mean an uphill task for them to book a spot in the next stage of the competition. But for that, the Chargers need to pull up their socks in all three departments of the game.

Cullum started from where they left against Mumbai Indians the other day as they added 39 runs in 4.2 overs. Jayawardene (16) hit a four and six off Ravichandran Ashwin before he was holed out in the covers with Shrikant Aniruddha taking the catch. Earlier, Suresh Raina scored a 40-ball 50 as Chennai Super Kings could only manage 131 for four.

The rain stoppage helped KTK as CSK failed to get the momentum going in their favour until Albie Morkel (9 not out) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (14 not out) hit a six each off Ravindra Jadeja's final over. For Kochi, R P bowled a brilliant 15th over where CSK could score only two runs as skipper Dhoni could hardly negotiate with the short balls.

Sri Lanka's cricket authorities on Monday named big-hitting all-rounder Tillakaratne Dilshan as captain for the upcoming tour of England. Dilshan will lead the side in all three formats of the game -Tests, one-day internationals and Twenty20s -- on the tour, Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement. The 34-year-old, renowned for an over-the-head scoop shot dubbed the "Dilscoop", replaces Kumar Sangakkara, who stepped down after Sri Lanka lost the World Cup final to India earlier this month. Fitness worries meant the five-member national selection panel headed by Duleep Mendis, a former Sri Lanka skipper, did not name a vice-captain. "The prospective candidates are nursing injuries and their availability for the forthcoming tour is still in question," the statement said. All-rounder Angelo Mathews, 23, has been tipped for the role, but he is nursing a side strain suffered during the World Cup semi-final. Dilshan, a right-handed batsman currently playing in the Indian Premier League, is expected to travel to Colombo this week

I haven’t had a facelift, says Warne

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Man-of-the-match Laxmipathy Balaji, today gave credit to bowling coach Wasim Akram for his impressive three for 15 run spell against Rajasthan Royals here today, and said he and his fellow pace colleagues were learning a lot from the the iconic Pakistani bowler. The former India seamer wrecked the Rajasthan batting line up to help Knight Riders bundle out the Jaipur side for a paltry 81 in 15.2 overs after sent into bat. "We all know what is he (Akram) capable of. Definitely it's an education for each and every member of the team. We all are learning every bit of what he does. Like how to attack and all. All these things are very important for a bowler. The next generation of players will gain a lot (from him)," Balaji said of Akram. With this win, the Knight Riders completed their second victory over Rajasthan in a period of three days to climb to the top of the IPL standings. "It's a process. It's not over

yet. We have still 10 more matches to go. It has to be planned like a ladder. We have to have a rhythm to go into the next level," the lanky pacer insisted. Balaji gave the first breakthrough to Knight Riders, cleaning up in-form Shane Watson with a classic outswinger and the former India seamer said it was a dream ball. "It was a really good ball, something that I used to bowl some seven eight years ago. It was really thrilling to see the batsmen beaten. I would like to bowl similar bowls again and again," he said. "Watson was a very important wicket. We needed the wicket very badly in the first six overs. His breakthrough gave me an immense pleasure." Balaji added. Balaji said the Eden Gardens wicket today was on the slower side. "It was a little bit on the slower side. But you can't help conditions. Our batsmen really applied themselves well. (Gautam) Gambhir, (Manoj) Tiwary and (Manvinder) Bisla played sensibly," he said.

We played kids cricket: Shane PTI KOLKATA, APRIL 18

Chennai Super Kings: M Hussey c Patel b Singh 8, M Vijay lbw b Perera 28, S Raina run out (Perera) 50, S Badrinath lbw b Gomez 19, MS Dhoni not out 14, A Morkel not out 9. Extras: 3. Total: 131 for 4. Fall of wickets: 11-1, 48-2, 96-3, 109-4. Bowling: RP Singh 4-0-24-1, Vinay Kumar 3-0-16-0, T Perera 4-0-32-1, R Powar 3-0-24-0, R Gomez 2-0-20-1, R Jadeja 1-0-14-0. Kochi Tuskers Kerala: B McCullum c Morkel b Ashwin 47, M Jayawardene c Anirudha b Ashwin 16, P Patel c Anirudha b Bollinger 34, B Hodge not out 19, R Jadeja not out 16. Extras: 3. Total: 135 for 3. Fall of wickets: 39-1, 90-2, 110-3. Bowling: A Morkel 2-0-17-0, D Bollinger 3-0-18-1, R Ashwin 4-0-31-2, T Southee 3-0-38-0, S Jakati 3-0-30-0. Man-of-the-match: Brendon McCullum

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to meet the selectors and pick the squad for England. The tour runs from May to July and includes three Tests, five one-day games and a Twenty20 match. The son of a police officer, Dilshan is the 11th full-time Sri Lankan skipper. He made his Test debut against Zimbabwe in 1999 and hit an unbeaten 163 in his second Test match in Harare. His career took off in 2009 when he volunteered to open in all three forms of the game in Pakistan, exploiting attacking fields and amassing huge scores in all formats. He scored 11 international hundreds in the year and won the World Twenty20 Player of the Series prize. Dilshan also had an excellent World Cup, where he was the tournament's highest scorer with 500 runs. His appointment is expected to be a short-term move because he is not expected to be a candidate for the 2015 World Cup to be played in Australia and New Zealand.

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Australian cricket great Shane Warne has denied claims he used Botox or had a facelift, saying his youthful look was to do with moisturisers, healthy eating and exercise. The 41-year-old, who reportedly had a recent affair with British actress Liz Hurley, has appeared with more luminous skin in recent photographs, sparking rumours that he may have gone under the knife. But Warne, currently playing for the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League, said it was nonsense. "Questions re facelift/Botox etc are absolute rubbish," he said via social networking site Twitter. "I am 86kg. Lost 7kg and (am) close to being the fittest I have ever been. "Fitness and being healthy is now a daily habit I feel great and never been happier in my life. "I am also eating very healthily and am flattered that people think I look younger. I have worked hard over the last five months on fitness."

Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Warne held his batsmen responsible for the team's embarrassing loss against Kolkata Knight Riders and said they had put up a kid's display with some ‘dumb’ shots to be bundled out for a paltry at the Eden Gardens here today. After today's eight wicket, Rajasthan had suffered two consecutive losses to Knight Riders in the ongoing Indian Premier League in a space of three days. But Warne, who had inspired the side to title in the inaugural season of the tournament, warned his opponents not to write them off as yet. "Our guys played some pretty dumb shots. They played kid's cricket. That was pretty disappointing," he said at the post-match press conference. "Our preparation has been fantastic. We all had a great practice. The feeling in the group has been fantastic from day one. I just don't know how we failed to put up a performance. That was pretty weak, that was soft, that

was embarrasing," Warne said. Warne, who is also the coach of the side, said Rajasthan have produced some of the fine talents in IPL. "Look at young (Ravindra) Jadeja, look at (Aaron) Finch, (Yusuf) Pathan, (Paul) Valthaty, (Munaf) Patel...These are a lot of guys that played for Rajasthan Royals and have gone on and playing fantastic cricket.


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Fishing in Goa

Reminiscing over the Good Old Catch

Sukhea barabor volleim lasta, patkea khatir nitivont khast bhogta - Anonymous

The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope - John Buchan

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BY JANICE RODRIGUES Traditionally, fishermen would set out with their Fish has been a part of the nets and bring in their catch in the early hours of HERALD FEATURES daybreak, while their wives would wait ashore person walking down the seashore in Goan diet for ages, even and distribute the catch and later go to the market any small coastal village along the Goan before any machinery was to sell the fish. The fishermen from Siridao would shoreline used to be greeted with the out rowing as far as Cansaulim and Baina to sight of some twenty people tugging brought in to make it a go catch fish. “The groups took turns in rotation to at a rope and giving out loud shouts commercial business. set out fishing, and since we would be out at sea with every tug. But of late, the shores seem to be for a day or two, we used salt to preserve the fish bare, devoid of any such activity; the only sounds Herald seeks out some till we got back home,” explains Jerone. The fish that are heard are of the waves hitting the shore then transported to interior places like Sanand the seagulls crying out. Goa’s traditional traditional fishermen and was quelim via the rivers and if the catch ever got fishing community is dwindling as more people or there was leftover fish, it was learns about their life and spoilt are opting for other lucrative jobs. used as sarre or manure for the Evidence of this can be found in the coastal vilhow their numbers have coconut trees. lage of Siridao, where once upon a time the ramThe fishing depended on the ponn, a kind of fishing net, was the tool for winning seemingly declined over tides, and the current of the the daily bread of the people. “When I had started water. “It also depended on the the years fishing as a ramponnkar at the age of 15, there rocks, as there were chances of were 25 groups, with names like Moteanim, Antonilem, Auxi but at present, only two survive, Fodtte and Cheriskar” says 82 the net tearing against the rocks,” says Minguel. year old, Jerone Afonso. Although one can still spot fishermen in the coastal Victor Hugo Gomes who has documented some of the villages of Agonda, Betul, Benaulim and Baga, their numbers have certainly traditions though Goa Chitra, says, “It was a common sight decreased. to see kulls or the canoe huts, big and small fishing boats Moreover, the ramponnkars were only one part of the fishing community. lined up along the coast and fishermen constantly at work “There were other types of nets also used like the Pagim, (small nets), or mending nets or pulling in their catch.” The nets were the the Mar – the nets that were used in the deep sea, and so depending on tools of earning their livelihood and the fishermen took the type of nets used, the fishermen were called by different names,” pains to make them on their own and look after them. explains Minguel, from Baga. Also, the names of the nets and fishermen “The fishermen used to make and mend their own ramdiffered from place to place. ponns using a kind of plant stem called sunn, which was The other kinds of traps used were the shingel¸ which were the smallest specially planted from seed in large patches by the fishing of the nets used only by one person, in contrast to the ramponn, which community and the bark of the stem was stripped off, were a group work. Another kind of net was called hutanum wherein the painstakingly rolled and twisted into thread of required net was tied to sticks which was buried into the sand, a common sight thickness. After this the net was treated,” explains Victor. These nets along the coast of Agacaim, Vasco and Dabolim. “This kind of fishing is ef- were ecologically designed, using natural materials and method of fective only when there is a lot of difference in the high and low tides,” treating them as well as the mesh size was designed to suit the kind says Jerone. Aari is another kind of fishing technique, used mainly in of fish they aimed to catch. “Unlike the trawler nets which scoop rivulets where the net is tied to poles on either sides of the bank; it’s a up all the possible fish, these nets were wide enough to let the common sight in areas like Mardol. Angling was carried out in any kind of smaller fish escape, thus maintaining the balance of ecology in water body with relatively still waters, the fisherman used twine tied to a the waters,” says Victor, stating the ecological benefits of the long stick and some fish waste as bait. traditional fishing methods.

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Liberate your Spirit though Music

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ope Benedict led Roman Catholics into Holy Week celebrations, telling a Palm Sunday crowd that man will pay the price for his pride if he believes technology can give him the powers of God. Under a splendid Roman sun, the German pope presided at a colourful celebration where tens of thousands of people waved palm and olive branches to commemorate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem the week before he was crucified. The Pope, who turned 84 on Saturday, wove his sermon around the theme of man’s relationship with God and how it can sometimes be threatened by technology. “From the beginning men and women have been filled – and this is as true today as ever – with a desire to ‘be like God’, to attain the heights of God by their own powers,” he said. “Mankind has managed to accomplish so many things: we can fly! We can see, hear and speak to one another from the farthest ends of the earth. And yet the force of gravity which draws us down is powerful,” he added. While the great advances of technology have improved life for man, the pope said, they have also increased possibilities for evil, and recent natural disasters were a reminder, if any were needed, that mankind is not all-powerful. If man wanted a relationship with God he had to first “abandon the pride of wanting to become God,” said the Pope, celebrating his sixth Easter season as the leader of the world’s some 1.2 billion Roman Catholics. After the mass, the pope appealed for peace in Colombia, calling for wide participation in a day of prayer for the victims of violence to be held there on Friday. “Enough of violence in Colombia. May she live in peace,” he said. Palm Sunday, a moveable feast that is marked on the Sunday before Easter, is celebrated throughout the Christian world to commemorate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on a donkey, a symbol of peace in the ancient world. At the ceremony a cantor recounted all the events in Jesus’ life between Palm Sunday and Easter. Via Della Conciliazione, the broad boulevard leading to the Vatican, was bedecked with olive trees and bronze statues depicting the “stations of the cross,” or the last events in Jesus’ life. For the Pope and Christians around the world, Palm Sunday marked the start of a hectic week of events leading to Easter Sunday. On Holy Thursday, Benedict will preside at two traditional services in the Vatican, including one in which he will wash and kiss the feet of twelve men in a gesture of humility toward Jesus’ apostles the night before he died. On Good Friday he will preside at services in the Vatican and then lead a traditional torch-lit Via Crucis, or Way of the Cross, around the ruins of Rome’s ancient Colosseum. Holy Week services at the Vatican will culminate on Easter Sunday, the most important day in the liturgical calendar, when the Pope delivers his twiceyearly Urbi et Orbi (to the city and the world) blessing and message. (Courtesy: Reuters)

Come Easter Sunday, Goa will groove to new beats of young Goans at the musical evening, ‘Liberate Your Spirit’. Herald finds out more about this new wave in devotional music from the minds behind the concept Veeam BY HERALD FEATURES hile working with young minds, one is definitely influenced by the energy and enthusiasm involved in bringing forth great talent and giving upcoming artists a chance to prove their worth. Keeping this in mind and with a wider aspect of bringing people of different faiths together for a musical evening, Goa ForGiving in association with Heritage Jazz and Konkani Rocks is organising a worship concert, titled, ‘Liberate Your Spirit’ on April 24, 2011 at 6pm at the Holy Spirit Church Square, Margao. After the success of the first ‘Liberate your Spirit’ concert which was held at the Goa Velha Church on the 300th death anniversary of Blessed Joseph Vaz, Goa ForGiving came up with the Part 2 of the 4-part series of worship concerts. ‘Liberate Your Spirit’ which will be held on Easter Sunday will feature artists of different faiths and beliefs. “Goa ForGiving unites all faiths of Goa and we believe that the best potential of a person is shown by liberating the spirit. This concert aims at bringing together both musicians and an audience from different religions to participate in an evening of music,” says Armando Gonsalves, CEO of Heritage Jazz. Ricardo Rebello, an active member of Goa ForGiving adds, “Today’s society is becoming very materialistic and only taking and taking instead of giving back to the community. Goa ForGiving is giving back to the society through our music itself.” When asked as to why Margao was selected as a venue, Armando replies, “Frankly

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A jackfruit tree with twin fruit growing low on the trunk. A common site in village orchards.

speaking even I don’t know what excited me about Margao. I have no problem in going to any part of Goa to perform. If anyone invites us, we are more than willing to perform there. I don’t mind having a show on a cow dung floor in a small house if it means having an influence right from the grassroots. Margao, especially the Holy Spirit Church square, is a heritage site with lovely houses. As soon as I saw the place along with Alison Moraes, a youth leader in Margao, I could imagine the lights artistically displayed for the concert in the evening. We moved from one city to another and we are open to perform anywhere. Goa Velha was selected as a venue because we had staff members from there.” Several musicians from different parts of Goa will come together to perform for the concert. Five-member band Yeshua from Mumbai will be back in Goa to preach through their music. Goa-based worship seven-member band, Faith will make their appearance to give soul touching songs. Dr Varun Carvalho, Veeam Braganza, Olavo Rodrigues and Siddhant Buyao will also del i v e r p o w e r p a c ke d performances. Interestingly, Brass Clan, a 12-member young band comprising Manovikas Brass Clan School students will also perform at the concert. This will be their second performance in Goa after performing at the Konkani Rocks Goa! Celebrating Lorna concert. The band consists of eight trumpet players from Margao, headed by Tony who runs a Music Academy. “I was amazed when someone on Facebook recommended Nathan to me and said that he was a trumpet player. When I spoke to Nathan, he informed me that they were a band of school children with a passion for the trumpet. I request noted trumpeters of Goa to come forward and encourage their young children especially by attending the show,” says Armando. “I also want young musicians and singers to come forward and be a part of the concert if they want to perform for that evening. Anyone is welcome for the show and if you have real talent, this will be a great platform to join in the worship concert,” concludes Armando. The show is open to all and will be held at the Holy Spirit Church ground on April 24 at 6pm.


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WHAT’S UP IN GOA?? ‘Liberate your Spirit’ (2nd Edition), Part 2 of the 4-part series of worship concerts, organised by Goa ForGiving, Heritage Jazz and Konkani Rocks will be held on April 24 at the Holy Spirit Church Square, Margao. COCO’JU, the Coconut and Cashew Fest ‘11, organised by Ancestral Goa, Big Foot, Lotoulim will be held from April 30 to May 2 from 9am to 5:30pm at Ancestral Goa, Big Foot, Lotoulim. Call 2777034. A painting exhibition by Datta V Navelkar will be inaugurated on April 20 at 10:30am at Kala Academy, Campal-Panjim. It will be on display till April 24 between 10am to 1pm and 3:30pm to 7:30pm. Call 2420452. ‘Beyond Snake Wrangling’, a workshop to learn more about snakes, conducted by Herpactive will be held on April 23 and 24 at the Mhadei Research Center, Chorla Ghats, Mhadei. E-mail ophidian_nirmal@yahoo.co.in. Call 09822586918. Special Summer Cooling Camp, organised by Wildtrek will be held on April 28 at Coorg, Madikeri, Kushalnagar and Dubare Elephant Island. Registration closes on April 20. Call 9822123458 or 8796418565. A book club meet discussing Jeff in Venice and Death in Varanasi by Geoff Dyer will take place on April 20 at 8.15 at the Literati Book Store, Calangute. Call 2277740. ‘Role of Lok Yukta in Good Governance’, is the topic of the lecture to be delivered by Justice (Retd) N Santosh Hegde, former Justice Supreme Court on April 25 at 6 pm at the International Centre Goa. This is the first in a series of 12 lectures. It is

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HOROSCOPE organised by the International Centre Goa and V M Salgaocar and Brothers Ltd. Call 2452805, 2452808, 2452809 or 2452810. A theatre workshop for children between the age group 8 to 16 years, organised by the Bal Bhavan, Campal-Panjim is underway till April 26 from 2:30pm to 5:30pm. Registration closes on April 13. Call 2226823 or 2223001. ‘Indradhanush’, a 3-day cultural festival, organised by the GangaZuari Academy will be held from April 22 to 24. There will be competitions in the areas of dance, singing, essay and drawing. Call 9822486204 or 9404434878. Reunion-2011, a get-together of ex-students of the Government College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Sanquelim, organised by its the Alumni Association will be held on April 3 from 4pm onwards in the College. Call 9545521710. ‘The Mango Tree Art Camp’, organised by Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts will be held from May 2 to 7 from 10am to 4pm at Sunaparanta - Goa Centre for the Arts, Altinho-Panjim. Call 2421311. ‘Summer Hungama 2011’, a summer camp for lower primary, pre-primary and primary students organised by Ramcon Institute and the Junior Chamber International Vasco will be held from April 19 to May 3 at Janata Vachanalaya, Municipality Building, Vasco. It will also be held in the five centres of Vasco, Curchorem/Sanvordem, Fatorda, Cansaulim and Margao. Call 9730065677. Malayalam mass will be held on April 21, Maunty Thursday at 6.30 pm, April 22, Good Friday at 9.30am and April 24, Easter Sunday at 8am at St Peter’s Marthoma Syrian Church, Aquem-Margao.

Yo u h a v e a strong ability to calm distressed people -- offer 21 Mar - 19 Apr comfort to others. Your emotional state is a bit fragile right now, which doesn't leave you feeling all that enthused -- but you can at least get a better sense of what's really driving you. Make a note of it!

Taurus To d a y y o u ' l l have no problem staying focused on a tricky 20 Apr - 20 May situation. Try not to worry too much about your troubled emotional state -- at least part of it is a response to beliefs that turn out to be unfounded. On the other hand, you can't just let this slide.

Things are Gemini nowhere near as problematic as you think right now, so stop 21 May - 20 Jun worrying! Try not to ignore the warning signs your body is sending you today -- they are coming for a reason! You may not need to rush in to see a specialist, but a checkup could put your mind at ease.

Think about how the choices you make will affect the long term, not just to22 Jun - 23 Jul morrow. You are going through some intense emotional business right now, but you're generally okay with that. See if you can get your people to cut you some slack as you work through it all.

Pry a long-held belief loose today, and make way for a lot of exhilarating 24 Jul - 23 Aug ideas. You've got depths today -- so much so that even your closest friends might not understand you. That can work out pretty well, as long as you come back in the near future to explain it all.

When trying to make your point today, appeal to people's 23 Aug - 22 Sep emotions. Ask big questions and don't be shy about hurting a few feelings today -- you need to get to the bottom of whatever is really going on with your people. Things are going to be weird until you figure this out.

Someone you're depending on may flake. Have a backup 23 Sept - 22 Oct p l a n j u s t i n case. You can't stick to the surface today -you need to go deep! Someone is watching and hoping for great things from you, so it's definitely in your best interest to deliver them as soon as you can.

Scorpio A casual conversation will suddenly become quite in23 Oct - 22 Nov tense today, so be prepared. Your social magnetism is driving you to do great things -and to acquire even more friends and followers. At some point, you may tire of all the attention, but you can worry about that later.

Sagittarius Your subcon-

Capricorn A bit of stubbornness can be beneficial -but ignoring re22 Dec - 20 Jan ality never is. Your ability to pull back emotionally from situations sometimes earns you some dirty looks from friends or family, but deep down they know that it helps them as much as it helps you figure stuff out -- like right now.

Aquarius Not everyone is as lucky as you are. Doing something for 21 Jan - 19 Feb others is important today. Your emotions are banging at the bars of their cage today, which could get pretty weird if you've got anything important or serious scheduled. Try to give them time to vent -- things should calm down soon.

Someone you know is sick of being treated like a doormat. 20 Feb - 20 Mar Offer your support. Though your emotional energy reserves are topped off, you may feel a little indecisive about something big that is coming up soon. Try to get some counsel from a wise, preferably older friend or relative.

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scious is active right now, and it will cause you to 23 Nov - 20 Dec c h a n g e y o u r m i n d . Yo u ' r e somewhat moodier than usual, but not in a way that inspires fear in your friends or enemies. It's more of a dark cloud that should pass once you've spent some time hanging out in its shade.

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Coiba is the largest island in Central America, with an area of 503 sq.km, off the Pacific coast of the Panamanian province of Veraguas. Coiba separated from continental Panama about 12,000 to 18,000 years ago when sea levels rose. Plants and animals on the new island became isolated from mainland populations and over the millennia most animals have diverged in appearance and behaviour from their mainland counterparts. The island is home to many endemic subspecies, including the Coiba Island Howler monkey, the Coiba Agouti and the Coiba Spinetail. In 1919 a penal colony was built on the island and during the years that Panama was under the Dictatorships of Omar Torrijos and Manuel Noriega, the prison on Coiba was a feared place with a reputation for brutal conditions, extreme tortures, executions and political murder. After the prison was closed down in 2004, its pristine condition made it ideal as a reserve. It is one of the last places in Central America the Scarlet Macaw can be found in large numbers in the wild.

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Fashion gets New Designs with Button Masala

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Mahila Melava held at Dharbandoda BY P K PATIL bout 4,000 women of self help groups and mahila mandals of Sanvordem constituency comprising women from Collem, Mollem, Sancorde, Dhadbando, Kale and Dabal attended the ‘melava’ organised by Mata, Mamata and Sukhada Trust at Dharbandoda recently . Home minister Ravi Naik was the chief guest for the programme while noted Hindi and Marathi film and television actress Nishigandha Wad was the guest of honour. Industrialist Arjun Salgaonkar, ZP of Dharbandoda VP Rashmi Lambor, social worker Rakhi Salgaonkar, Manisha Naik and other dignitaries were present at the ‘melava’. The meet was held in two sessions; in the first session the inaugural programme was held while in second session, the experts addressed the gathering. The meet also included felicitation of Best Mahila Social Worker and a cultural programme.

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PORVORIM CORRESPONDENT nternationally acclaimed fashion designer Anuj Sharma stated that with the help of the new technique called ‘Button Masala’ the garments can be made without stitching and without electricity. The basic idea is to be able to use various combinations of buttons and holes to get a dress design of our choice. This concept can be very well applied to dresses, bags, curtains, cushions and many more things we can think of, said Sharma. While addressing the press, Sharma said that Goa is a mid cap market for designer clothes. Fashion is all about personal attitude. Fashion designing should be used for beautifying the human body. With buttons and button holes as the principal theme of his collection, he has created garments that can be worn in multiple ways just by fastening the buttons in different manner each time. Allowing the fabric to fall in its natural form over the body and then buttoning the garment at various strategic points Anuj showed a simple but very effective line. The Director of INIFD Dr A Kathyayni stated that the fashion industry is booming in India presently. There are plenty of job opportunities for youths desirous of making their career in this field .They have therefore organised a workshop to show how with the help of buttons and rubber bands fashion garments can be made. The response of this workshop has be tremendous, said Dr Kathyayni.

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Tiatr Day celebrated with Grandeur HERALD FEATURES iatr Dis’ was jointly celebrated by Kala Academy Goa and Tiatr Academy of Goa (TAG) on April 17, 2011 at the Kala Academy, Panjim. It was on this occasion 119 years back that the first tiatr ‘Italian Bhurgo’, written and directed by Lucasinho Ribeiro, was staged in Bombay. The celebrations of Tiatr Day started with a get-together of tiatr artistes and tiatr lovers at the lawns of Kala Academy. Hundreds of tiatr lovers including some tiatr artistes attended the get-together. Louis Cota and his troupe provided Konkani Music throughout the get-together and kept the invitees entertained. The formal function began at 5:30pm at the DMK Auditorium where seven veterans of the tiatr stage were felicitated at the hands of the Chairman of

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Kala Academy and Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly, Pratapsingh Rane. The tiatr personalities who were felicitated on the occasion were Joseph Mendes, Pascoal Rebello, Carlito Fernandes, Joaquim Inacio Carvalho, Antonette Mendes, Ubaldo Martinho Paul Fernandes alias Bab Ubald and Maria Natalina Luiza Viegas alias Netty Carneiro. Speaking on the occasion, Pratapsingh Rane expressed satisfaction at the progress tiatr is making in the recent times. He appreciated the efforts of tiatr writers and directors in their endeavor to improve the quality of tiatr. Admitting that tiatr is the most popular dramatic form of Goa, he assured all help to improve the standard of tiatr. Tomazinho Cardozo, President of TAG stated that ‘Tiatr Day’ must be celebrated as the birthday of the tiatr fraternity. Admitting that there are drawbacks on the tiatr stage, he requested Kala Academy to work in collaboration with TAG in order to improve the standard of tiatr. Prince Jacob, the Guest of Honour in his address placed the difficulties faced by tiatr artistes in getting the Kala Academy Auditorium to stage their tiatrs. The suggestions he made in this regard were accepted by the Chairman of Kala Academy. Joseph Mendes and Antonette Mendes spoke on behalf of the awardees and thanked the organisers for their gesture in recognising the veteran tiatr artistes. The awards of the 36th Tiatr Festival and the 9th Kantaram Singing Competition organised by Kala Academy Goa were also distributed to the winners. Socorro de Santa Cruz ably supported by Sonia, Aniceto, Dolla, Sibal and Velbert entertained the audience with Konkani Songs.

Antonette Mendes being felicitated by Pratapsingh Rane

Brass Band entertaining the tiatr lovers during the get-together

Swaranjali 2 – An Evening of Melodies

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Suraj and Shefali Caculo HERALD FEATURES waranjali 2, organised by Caculo in the fond memory of the late Mohanbab Caculo was held recently at the Dinanath Mangueshkar Kala Mandir, Kala Academy, Panjim. Compered by Dr Ajay Vaidya, the event saw quite the turn-out with a few prominent personalities of Goa also present. Noted Goan musicians in the field of Indian classical music collectively gave an excellent performance.

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Tuesday 19 Apr 2011

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Antonio Banderas leads Religious Procession

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ollywood actor Antonio Banderas carried an image of the Virgin of Tears and Favors through the streets of Málaga, the city of his birth, in a religious procession to mark the Holy Week. Accompanying her husband was Hollywood actress Melanie Griffith. The actress always accompanies Banderas in the celebrations and traditions when he returns to Spain to take part every year. Banderas gave the traditional speech for the ‘opening call’, or pregón, of Easter Week in his native Málaga, before joining the procession as one of the pall-bearers. Tradition dictates that the person who makes the pregón speech be part of the team which carries the effigy of Christ from the San Juan parish church to the headquarters of the La Sangre brotherhood. The actor said he thoroughly enjoyed participating in the Holy Week celebrations and was “very emotional because it’s been a very special year for the many activities” in which he had been involved. He will also take part in the Semana Santa processions this Easter weekend in Málaga with his own brotherhood, the Virgen de Lágrimas y Favores.

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bhishek Bachchan appreciated the positive changes that had taken place in recent past in Bihar and said the state was fast emerging with new identity having great prospects in future. The actor, who was there to promote his film Dum Maaro Dum, told media persons that a lot of positive changes had taken place in Bihar and the state was fast emerging with new identity. “This is my first visit to Bihar and I am really touched by the reception that was accorded to me,” said junior Bachchan and added that he had gained information through media reports on positive development in Bihar in the recent past and it was commendable. To a query on his silence on assault of Biharis in Mumbai by certain vested elements, Bachchan said it was not true that he was mum on the issue. “No one asked me to give reaction on the issue and I think that I am not a person of such stature to give a comment on my own,” he said, adding, that he was merely an actor but one thing was clear that all citizens of the country were first Indians and after that something else.

Villain roles require less acting: Liz Hurley

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lizabeth Hurley, who plays a bad character in the new Wonder Woman TV series, has said that “less acting is required” when she plays the villain. The actress-turned-fashion designer is renowned for playing Vanessa Kensington in the hit spy comedies Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and the Devil in 2000 film Bedazzled. “I’ve played a few villains in my time and love it – less acting required. Just kidding!” said the actress. The 45-year-old beauty said she has most fun playing evil roles and has even joked they are close to her own personality. The stunning model says she was excited to appear in the Wonder Woman pilot. She has revealed she admires the work of the show’s writer David E Kelley, so jumped at the chance of guest-starring in the show. “I met the head of Warner Bros TV when I was in LA in January, shooting a commercial, and he offered me Wonder Woman. I was really pleased as the writer, David Kelley has created such fabulous shows, like Ally McBeal,” she explained.

Is Virat Kohli dating Sarah Jane?

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omance between Indian cricketers and B-town divas are always fancied. The latest to join the league is Virat Kohli. Buzz is that the young cricketer is apparently dating former Miss India Sarah Jane Dias. The duo has been going on dinner dates for the last two months. Rumours claim that Virat and Sara connected instantly the first time they met. “Sarah and Virat met for the first time at a party at the Sky Bar in Bangalore. A common friend introduced them to each other. Instant sparks flew and they were inseparable that night. This was two months ago. They have consciously been discreet about their ‘friendship’ because an actress-cricketer romance is of high interest to both fans and paparazzi alike. The pair has kept their bonding a secret and they avoid meeting at public places, especially in Mumbai. They catch up whenever their schedules permit,” a source informed. Other Bollywood- cricket romances include Yuvraj Singh- Kim Sharma, Harbhajan Singh- Geeta Basra. Another pair, Zaheer Khan and Isha Sharwani, will tie the knot soon.

High Heels More Dangerous than Sports Accidents!

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tilettos are causing more injuries to women in Australia than sports accidents. New South Wales (NSW) paramedics have reported a rise in emergency calls from women who have suffered ankle fractures, dislocated knees, head injuries and broken wrists after they fell due to their high heels. Health experts have witnessed a “dramatic” rise in chronic injuries from wearing extreme heels over the long-term. NSW Paramedics spokesperson Craig Pusser said women were more likely to get hurt from falling in a pair of sky-high heels than on the sports field. Ambulance figures have revealed an increase in accidents over the weekend, especially at nightclubs, when “more often than not there is some level of intoxication which contributes to falling”. “The worst incident we’ve seen was a girl in her early 20s who rolled her ankle inwards in very high heels while standing in a club, resulting in a compound fracture, where the bone actually sticks out,” Pusser was quoted as saying. “Thats an injury we usually see in footballers.” Pusser said that besides lower-leg injuries, paramedics were also seeing more secondary injuries due to falling on the ground. Martin Sullivan, a doctor, said he has treated several serious ankle fractures in women who had fallen in their heels. “This generation, from 16 to 25, are really into wearing seriously high heels...the higher you are, the more likely you are to twist an ankle, but also the harder you're going to come down.”

Underground Telescope could peer beyond Big Bang

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telescope buried half a mile underground could enable scientists to catch their first glimpse of the dawn of the universe. The new device is designed to detect gravitational waves, an elusive phenomena created by some of the most violent events in the universe such as black holes, neutron stars and the Big Bang. Although never directly detected, these waves of gravity are thought to echo through the universe like ripples from a stone thrown into a pond and they could provide scientists with a new way of mapping the sky.

The telescope, costing between 500 million pounds and 1 billion pounds, will be built inside a network of tunnels 12 miles long and buried up to half a mile underground to dampen any interference from vibrations on the surface. The telescope, called the Einstein Telescope, could also reveal for the first time whether there were universes in existence before our own by looking for the echoes of previous Big Bangs similar to the one that created our own universe 13.7 billion years ago. Physicists claim the telescope will give them the first chance to see a black hole, which until now have only been detected indirectly because of the stars and debris orbiting them. Said B S Sathyaprakash, an astrophysicist at Cardiff University and chair of the science working party for the Einstein Telescope: “There is huge potential to see the universe in a completely new way with gravitational waves.” Gravitational were first predicted by Albert Einstein in his theory of general relativity.

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Some Career Women still enjoy doing Household Chores

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ome career women in Australia still enjoy doing household chores, a study reveals. Over 600 career women in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne participated in the Wringing Out the Future survey that was carried out by the University of Western Sydney. The results showed most of the respondents would rather cook and do the laundry themselves than get someone else to do it. “Despite some Australian women working up to 70 hours a week, 45 per cent also managed to squeeze in an average of 10 hours per week of housework,” Gwyneth Howell, the study’s coordinator from UWS’s school of communication, was quoted as saying. Over 85 per cent of the respondents said they did most of the work at home and they did not begrudge their partners being comparatively less involved. “Far from begrudging the time spent completing these household tasks, some progressive women even enjoy them,” said Howell. Eighty-five percent of them said that they didn’t want their partner to help out with the laundry, as they caused mistakes like mixing delicate clothing with jeans. However, nearly 50 per cent made it clear they would pay for a cleaner if they could afford to and 18 per cent said they would be happy to have some else to do the ironing.

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