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Police looking for motive behind consuming Ratol
Unbidden guests are often welcomest when they are gone. -- Shakespeare
IN BRIEF Jharkhand heading for Central rule
TIME-OUT: Nadia took rat poison on May 15 at 9 am but was admitted in hospital only at 3 pm
Jharkhand today appeared headed for a fresh spell of President’s Rule with both Congress and BJP giving up efforts to form an alternate government with support of Shibu Soren-led JMM. Home Minister P Chidambaram today met Congress President Sonia Gandhi after the Jharkhand Governor M O H Farooq sent his report to the Centre. – (PTI)
HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 31
What exactly drove 27-year old Nadia Torrado to take the extreme step of consuming Ratol leading to her death in a Chennai hospital two days ago? Ask South Goa Superintendent of Police, Allan De Sa and he says the police are precisely investigating into this aspect after the woman has expired at the Chennai hospital on Saturday night. He said the police are hopeful of collecting vital clues within the next 2-3 days that may throw light on the mystery behind the death.
UPA-II report card today Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will present to the people tomorrow a ‘report card’ on the performance of his government in the first year of its second tenure. – (PTI) GEARED UP FOR THE RAINS: Women armed with umbrellas walk through the steady drizzle in Panjim on Monday afternoon. Citizens heaved a sigh of relief as pre-monsoon showers brought some relief from the sweltering heat. Photo by Rozario Estibeiro.
Drizzle trickles, monsoon to follow HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 31
Pre-monsoon showers in the last 48 hours brought welcome relief from the sweltering heat, even as it is indicated rains will hit Goa with full force in another two to three days after Kerala witnessed the onset of monsoon on Monday. India Meteorological Department Goa in-charge K V Singh said the normal date for the ar-
Tense moments as AI plane hits air pocket PTI NEW DELHI, MAY 31
An airplane of Air India’s lowbudget carrier on a flight from Dubai to Pune with 118 persons on board plunged a few thousand feet after it hit an air pocket giving tense moments just four days after the Mangalore air crash. No one was injured in the incident that occurred on May 26 when the Boeing 737-800 of Air India Express which was on an auto -pilot mode hit an air pocket and dived over 5,000 feet while flying over Muscat, official sources said today. Both the pilots of the flight (Continued on page 10)
rival of monsoon is June 7 but this year it was going to be early as the South West monsoon winds have already arrived over Kerala. Singh said the pre-monsoon showers were not witnessed all over Goa and it had rained in some parts only. Panjim and Dabolim received 6 cms of rainfall in the last two days, while Margao and Canacona witnessed 8 cms and 3 cms respec-
tively. Many of the farmers in the countryside appeared upbeat after the news of the onset of monsoon in Kerala. Some of them said they were expecting a normal rainfall and bountiful crop this season. Director Agriculture Department S S P Tendulkar said timely rains is welcome relief for farmers who are ready for thesowing season, but to predict a good
crop it will all depend on the quantity of rain and its regularity. Meanwhile, fishermen have been warned not to venture into the Arabian Sea because of a depression that may develop into a cyclone. PTI adds: After a year of drought, the eagerly-awaited seasonal monsoon rains have reached Kerala, the weather office said today.
Truck driver, cleaner abducted, sugar worth Rs 6 lakh robbed HERALD NEWS BUREAU PANJIM, MAY 31
A gang of robbers abducted a truck driver and a cleaner and decamped with raw sugar worth Rs 6 lakh from a truck along the Borim bypass. Ponda police acted swiftly and managed to locate the stolen sugar and the missing truck. Two persons have been arrested in this connection. According to reports, the truck owner one Rajasab H Annigiri of Dharwad-Karnataka complained to Ponda police that 4 persons came in a Qualis jeep and stopped his truck, loaded with 27.5 tonnes of raw sugar
worth Rs 6 lakh, at BaithakholBorim bypass late Sunday night. The four persons, on the pretext of checking vehicle documents, threatened the truck driver and cleaner, before pulling them out of the truck and forcing them into the jeep. They also snatched Rs 10,000 from the driver. The jeep then proceeded to Canacona, where the truck driver and cleaner were offloaded. The tuck was reportedly taken by some other persons to an undisclosed location. Following a complaint by the truck owner, a Ponda police team led by PI C L Patil began a
search and noticed a truck abandoned at Dharbandora. They then began searching around the area and found a person, Ibrahim Mulla of Gogol-Margao moving suspiciously at Pratapnagar-Dharbandpra. On interrogation, the person spilled the beans and confessed that the stolen sugar was unloaded at a hillock at Pratapnagar. Police then went to the site and found another person, one S Khan, at the site. Both persons were later taken into custody and police investigations are in progress to locate the four persons in the Qualis jeep.
SC comes to aid of landlords PTI NEW DELHI, MAY 31
In a blow to tenants, the Supreme Court has ruled that landlord is the “best judge of his need” and entitled to take possession of his premises for bona fide personal reasons though not as a ploy to evict them. The apex court said that merely because the tenant is living for several years, it does not mean that the landlord can be compelled to manage his own requirements in a smaller accommodation. “The landlord is the best judge of his need, however, it should be real, genuine and the need may not be a pretext to evict the tenant only for increasing the rent. “If the landlord wishes to live with comfort in a house of his own, the law does not command or compel him to squeeze himself and dwell in lesser premises so as to protect the tenant’s continued occupation in tenancy premises,” a Bench of Justices B S Chauhan and Swatanter Kumar said in a judgement. The apex court passed the judgement while allowing the landlord Yusuf Ali to take part possession of his rented premises from the tenant to run his own plastic goods units in Madhya Pradesh’s Mhow town. The Bench said that the landlord is entitled to the possession of his premises as long as it is bona fide and is able to convince the court that it is not a whim
or fanciful possession. “However, the bona fide requirement of the landlord must be distinguished from a mere whim or fanciful desire. It must be manifested in actual need... The need should be bona fide and not arbitrary and the requirement pleaded and proved must neither be a pretext nor a ruse adopted by the landlord for evicting the tenant. “Therefore, the court must take relevant circumstances into consideration while determining the issue of bona fide need so that the protection afforded to a tenant is not rendered illusory or whittled down,” the apex court said citing some of its earlier judgements. In the instant case, Dinesh Kumar was running a shop at the 152sq.ft premises owned by Yusuf Ali from 1978.
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“The police had registered a case against the woman for attempt to commit suicide. But, since she has died, the attempt to suicide case has been closed. We are now investigating into the possible reasons behind the woman committing suicide,” he said, after he along with a team of police officials, comprising of DySP Mahesh Gaonkar and PI Raju Raut Desai, PI Santosh Desai and PI Sidhant Shirodkar visited the house of the deceased woman at Loutolim this evening. He said the police are working on the facts that have come up during the investigations.
“The boys are working on various aspects of the case. PSI Suraj Samant who was deputed to Chennai is also expected to return with the post mortem examination report,” he added. Replying to a question, he said the police are confirming on the question whether the victim woman was all alone in the house when she consumed the poison at 9 am on May 15. “It has come on record that she had consumed the poison at 9 am and was admitted in the hospital only at 3 pm. We are investigating into why the (Continued on page 10)
Cops discuss registering case HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 31
The Goa police team headed by the South Goa district police chief Allan De Sa were huddled in the district police headquarters on late Monday night drawing strategies on the Loutolim woman suicide case. Sources in the know said the team discussed the issue of registering a case against the person who allegedly abetted the suicide of the woman Nadia Torrado. In this connection, the police are believed to have weighed and evaluated whatever evidence that has come to the fore during investigations. When contacted late in the night, SP De Sa said the police have not yet registered any case against anyone for abetting the suicide of the deceased woman. He, however, said that DySP Umesh Gaonkar and Investigating Officer were investigating and in the process of collecting evidence in that direction. (Continued on page 10)
The body of Nadia Torrado of Loutolim, who died in a Chennai hospital, arrived at Dabolim Airport on Monday evening and was taken in a hearse van to her village. Photo by M Prabhav
No one approached me: CM HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 31
Chief Minister Digambar Kamat has preferred not to offer any comments on the involvement of a minister in connection with the death of the Loutolim woman. “Officially, no one has approached me with any representation or a petition for an inquiry or to drop any minister. I cannot comment on the demand made by women’s organizations to drop the minister and order an inquiry into the woman’s death,” the chief min-
ister told Herald on Monday. When his attention was drawn to the fact that the BJP has also demanded that the minister be dropped from the Cabinet, Kamat said “let us see”. Kamat said he has been reading in the newspapers the death of the Loutolim woman, adding that he has no comment to make on the issue. He denied that any woman’s organization has petitioned to him demanding action against the minister. (Continued on page 10)
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GOA, TUESDAY, 1 JUNE, 2010
Kalsa-Bhandura project work in full 3 years on, MMC’s bio-metric swing despite Goa’s opposition finger scan still lying idle
Work at the Kalsa dam in full swing at Kankunbi. HERALD CORRESPONDENT MAYEM, MAY 31
Work is going on in full
Cash stolen from tyre shop
swing at the controversial Kalsa-Bhandura project, ignoring opposition
SDM reserves order on fresh autopsy
HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 31
HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 31
Unknown miscreants barged inside a tyre shop near the Rajendra Prasad stadium and
Sub-divisional Magistrate, Margao Agnelo Fernandes has reserved orders to 8.30 am on Tuesday after women’s rights activist Tara Kerkar filed an application this evening seeking a fresh post mortem examination on the body of deceased Nadia Torrado. After hearing the family members of the deceased, including her husband and brothers, besides investigating Officer, PI Raju Raut Desai, late Monday evening, the SDM has said he would pronounce his order on Tuesday morning. During the hearing, the family members submitted before the SDM that they do not suspect any foul play in the death of the Nadia and have sought permission to perform the last rites. Questions were raised at the hearing whether Kerkar can seek a fresh post mortem as she is
decamped with cash of Rs 35,000. The incident occurred last night after the miscreants barged inside the shop before lifting the cash. The Margao police are investigating.
Photo by Vishant Vaze
from the Goa government. When this scribe visited
nDuring the hearing, the family submitted before the SDM that they do not suspect any foul play in the death of Nadia. not a member of the deceased family. PI Raju Raut Dessai, who appeared before the SDM during the hearing, submitted a copy of the post mortem examination report conducted by Dr Bhaskar at the Chennai hospital. The autopsy report reportedly attributed the death of the woman to multiple organ failure due to poisoning. Meanwhile, the body of the deceased Nadia was brought from Chennai to Goa this evening. After its arrival at the airport, the body was taken to her residence at Loutolim, the police said.
the area on Monday, hundreds of trucks and a large number of JCBs (shovels) were seen transporting mud excavated from the canal, which proceeds from Mauli Temple to Talawade village. The work of concreting the canal was also in progress at a fast pace. However, the only hope for Goa now is the verdict of Special Tribunal, which has been appointed to look into the matter. It was also found that the trees from the reserve forest areas have been chopped down at its highest point, creating suspicion about the involvement of forest department.
Police team huddled in headquarters
HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 31
Even as Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat mulled CCTVs to bring about discipline amongst government employees, a similar move initiated by the Margao civic body three years ago is still hanging fire for want of support from the government. The bio-metric finger scan reader installed at the entrance to the municipal building to record attendance of the civic employees is lying idle since the last three years. While the civic employees under the banner of Goa Municipal Employees Association raised a banner of protest, the civic body buckled under pressure following directions from the chief minister to keep the proposal in abeyance. “The chief minister had told the civic body to keep implementation of the bio metric reader on hold for some time. We have not heard from the chief minister since then”, remarked a municipal official. Neither is the ruling body headed by MMC Chairperson Savio showing any haste to implement the finger scan having burnt its fingers two years ago.
n The bio-metric finger scan reader installed at the entrance to the municipal building to record attendance of the civic employees is lying idle since the last three years. The result: While many a government department is going ahead with the implementation of the bio metric finger scan, the Margao municipal administration is dragging its feet, least it antagonizes the powerful employees union and the chief minister. Incidentally, the Margao Municipal Council had twice attempted to introduce the finger scan in the last three years, but the same was abandoned midway following strong opposition from the municipal employees. First, it was during the tenure of then Chairperson Johnson Fernandes that the
finger scan was first implemented. Strong opposition from the municipal employees however forced the civic body, to keep the proposal in abeyance. The proposal was revived after the incumbent Chairperson Savio Coutinho took over the reigns a year-and-half ago. As expected, the employees opposed the move and the proposal was kept in the cold storage following the intervention of the chief minister. Incidentally, the chief minister had then opined that the finger scan ought to be first implemented in the Secretariat and then to other departments. MMC Chairperson Savio Coutinho says the finger scan system has already in place in the secretariat and other government departments and it’s high time the system is implemented in the Margao civic body. Meanwhile, welcoming the chief minister’s statement on introduction of surveillance cameras in government departments, Coutinho said the civic body has already adopted a resolution in favour of the CCTVs in the municipality.
HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 31
The Goa police team headed by the South Goa district police chief Allan De Sa was huddled in the district police headquarters on late Monday night drawing strategies on the Loutolim woman suicide case. Sources in the know said the team discussed the issue of registering a case against the person who allegedly abetted the suicide of the woman Nadia Torrado. In this connection, the police are believed to have weighed and evaluated whatever evidence that has come to the fore during investigations. When contacted late in the night, SP De Sa said the police have not yet registered any case anyone for abetting the suicide of the deceased woman. He, however, said that DySP Umesh Gaonkar and Investigating Officer were investigating and in the process of collecting evidence in that direction.
Lucky escape for 4 at Calangute
A fire fighter douses the fire which engulfed at residence at Aivao-Dona Paula on Monday morning.
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FLOOD PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES
Dy Collector visits Bicholim, Sanquelim HERALD CORRESPONDENT MAYEM, MAY 31
The Ford car involved in a freak accident at Calangute. HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, MAY 31
At least four persons had a lucky escape when a car rammed into a garage, before hitting two other cars at Naikka VaddoCalangute on Monday at about 1.30 pm. According to Calangute police, the accident occurred
when one Lobo, who was proceeding in his Ford car (GA03-H-9007) from Saligao towards Calangute, lost control over the vehicle and brushed against a Wagon R (GA-03-T-7439), which was undergoing repairs at Guru Kruppa Garage. The Ford car rammed into
Photo by Thomas Fernandes
the shed, but stopped short of knocking down inmates of Prakash Palyekar’s house due to a parked Maruti car (GA-03T-4173) in front of the entrance. Both the cars were partly damaged, while the house balcony of Prakash Palyekar was also damaged. The
shed was also brought down by the speeding vehicle. Luckily, the painter, mechanic and another person, who were at the spot, had a miraculous escape. The occupant of the Ford car also had a lucky escape. HC Datta Sawant is investigating the case.
‘Burnt’ pipeline disrupts water supply in Agonda HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, MAY 31
Fire lit along a roadside gutter to destroy waste has burnt a water supply pipeline, disrupting water supply to some parts of Agonda on Sunday night. According to some PWD valve operators, unknown persons lit fire at a roadside gutter after reportedly dumping waste in it. According to sources, PWD’s PVC pipeline, which crosses through the gutter, inadvertently got burnt due to which the water supply provided on alternate days had to be suspended on Monday morning inviting complaints from several residents.
PWD (water supply) personnel attend to replace the burnt supply pipeline at Agonda. Photo by Kathy Pereira
PWD (water supply) personnel were seen replacing the burnt pipeline on Monday morning in an effort to restore water supply in the affected localities. Incidentally, some residents cried foul with few claiming that even the one-hour water supply provided by PWD on alternate days was purposely sabotaged, putting residents in great hardships for portable water. However, sources attributed the frequent water supply pipeline burning incidents to some unknown miscreants, who are normally seen either sitting or loitering in the vicinity late at night.
Bicholim Deputy Collector Narayan Gaad on Monday visited Bicholim, Sanquelim and Sattari to oversee the work of flood precautionary measures undertaken by WRD to protect these villages from getting flooded during monsoon. Gaad visited Kerim, Ghoteli, Sanquelim, Maulingtad and Walwanti River in Sanquelim, where the work on retaining wall is under construction. Gaad expressed satisfaction over the work, but instructed WRD to complete the work of the retaining wall near Walwanti River at the earliest, besides cleaning heaps of mud stored. In Bicholim, though heaps of mud which was dumped near the foot of one of the pillars of under construction bridge has been cleared, there still exists mud in the basin which the deputy collector ordered to clear within four days. Deputy Collector Gaad also instructed to take special measures at Bandarwada, Gaonkarwada and Shantadurga High School circle area to protect the areas from floods. Gaad instructed the Flood and Emergency Cell Bicholim and Sanquelim to remain alert round the clock, even as he expressed hope that the fear of flooding this year will be less due to the special precautionary programme of
Bicholim Deputy Collector Narayan Gaad inspects the site of flood protection at Sanquelim. Photo by Vishant Vaze
the government. The deputy collector was accompanied by Mamlatdar Pramod Bhat and Joint Mamlatdar Gurudas Desai. The estimate of the work of flood precautionary measures undertaken in Sanquelim is Rs
22 crore, while in Bicholim it estimated at Rs 8 crore. The works includes desiltation of mud from the river, construction of retaining walls at required places, pump houses flab walls and diversion of flow of water at required places.
Meanwhile, a special meeting has been called by the deputy collector comprising NGOs and government officials and prominent citizens along with demonstrations on June 2 at his office to decide the future course of action.
Avoid swimming in rough sea: Drishti HERALD REPORTER VASCO, MAY 31
The Drishti Special Response Service (DSRS) has urged people to avoid swimming in the rough sea and to pay heed to requests of its lifeguards. Citing the instance of the two youth, Nitesh Salaskar (23) and Ilyhas Ahmed Khatib (19), both from Upasnagar-Sancoale, who drowned off Velsao beach on Sunday, a DSRS official said the two youth had ventured into the ‘non-swimming zone’ and had ignored warnings by the lifeguard on duty. According to the DSRS official, the two youth had also consumed alcohol when they went
n “Despite repeated requests from our lifeguard, Antony Soares, not to swim in deep waters, they ignored the instructions and continued to swim in neck deep water,” said DSRS officials. to swim in the ‘non-swimming zone’. “Despite repeated requests from our lifeguard, Antony Soares, not to swim in deep waters, they ignored the instructions and continued to swim in neck deep water,” said DSRS officials. “Lifeguard Soares noticed both the youth in trouble and being pulled by underwater cur-
rents. He relayed the emergency on radio and rushed towards the victims with the rescue board,” said the officials. “In the meantime, the Arrosim lifeguard tower received an emergency message and supervisor Gulabal rushed to the site with the jeep,” added the officials. The lifeguard secured one victim and brought him to the
shore and immediately summoned two jet-skis from Arrosim and Velsao, but by that time the other victim was not to be sighted. “After intense search operation by lifeguards, they secured the body of the victim,” said the officials. With Constant Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), both were rushed to Hospicio in Margao, but doctors at the hospital decaled them broughtin declared dead. Meanwhile, Verna police after conducting autopsy has handed over the bodies to their family members.
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Loutolim woman’s death: Torrential rains play havoc in Canacona taluka BJP wants minister ousted HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 31
Without naming the minister, the BJP along with its Mahila Morcha on Monday demanded that the minister should be dropped from the cabinet, following reports of involvement in the death of Nadia Torrado. A fortnight ago Nadia had consumed poison and was immediately rushed at Margao hospital and was later shifted to Thane-based hospital the same day as her condition deteriorated. She was subsequently shifted to a Chennai-based hospital where she succumbed late Saturday night. Demanding that the government should order an inquiry into the whole affair, BJP Spokesperson Rajendra Arlekar called for the minister’s ouster from the cabinet. Addressing a press conference here in the presence of BJP women leaders, Vice President Kunda Chodankar, Mukta Naik, President, BJP Mahila Morcha and Vaidyahi Naik, General Secretary, Mahila Morcha, Arlekar said that he did not want to name the minister as the BJP is not an investigating agency but said that the woman in question was raped, and was pregnant and therefore, committed suicide.
n “I do not want to name the minister as the BJP is not an investigating agency but the woman in question was raped, and was pregnant and therefore, committed suicide.’’ -- Rajendra Arlekar He further stated that the BJP is not demanding a CBI inquiry but will be content with the police investigations into alleged involvement of the minister. When asked why the BJP delayed in making its demand, he said, they had to make inquiries before making any public statement about the whole affair but added that the party would resort to other constitutional methods to take the issue to the fore.
HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, MAY 31
Property worth over Rs 1.45 lakh was damaged, after coconut trees came crashing down on two houses and on one motorcycle at Dessaiwada-Agonda and Nagorcem, as torrential rains played havoc in Canacona taluka late Sunday night. Incidents of trees uprooting with strong winds ripping were reported at many parts of Canacona taluka. As many as seven coconut trees came crashing down at one location alone, which were caught in the line of grueling whirlwind that hit Agonda. At about 9.30 pm on Sunday, rains followed by mild lightning and thunders brought the heat to a soothing cool, but past 11 pm, torrential rains with wind blowing ferocious force almost kept everyone in the household on toes.
BTE results on June 4
PANJIM, MAY 31 (HND) -- The April 2010 examination results for all diploma courses in Engineering and Technology held by Board of Technical Education, Goa will be declared on June 4, at 5 pm. The results will be available in the following web addresses “goaresults.nic.in” and “dtegoa.gov.in”, The mark sheets of successful candidates shall be collected from the respective institutes from June 7, 2010, onwards. Final year students in need of verification results urgently, Application for verification of marks shall be submitted at the respective institutes from June 7, 2010 onwards. Final year students in need of verification results urgently, shall submit the application for verification within two days so that the forms reach Board office by June 9, 2010. Others should submit verification forms upto June 14. Late application for verification will not be accepted.
Coconut tree that fell on a house at Agonda. Photo by Kathy Pereira
A huge coconut tree which broke halfway, came crashing down on a house belonging to one Francis Fernandes (Vag) at Dessaiwada-Agonda, causing extensive damages to its roof, tiles and walls, while another one which twisted and broke in-between landed on a firewood storing hut in the neighbourhood. According to fire station sources, losses cause in the incident alone was over Rs 95,000. Canacona fire station informed that on Sunday night they cleared a mango tree, which fell and damaged electricity alignment at KhalwadeCanacona, while another mango tree, which fell on the road at Char Rasta was cleared by them. Fire brigade also reached at Agonda to cut and clear a coconut tree which fell on an electrical alignment at Dessaiwada. Besides attending other tree uprooting calls, fire brigade personnel also reached Nagorcem on Monday morning to clear two coconut trees, one of which fell on a house belonging to
Vidya Nagarshekar and another on a motorcycle (GA-02 N-2223) causing damages to the tune of Rs 50,000. Rains lashing the taluka in the morning and caught several people, including motorists and two-wheelers, off-guard. Water logging was seen in several areas including on roads and roadsides, while motorists taking cautious approach were seen watchfully on the wet road. Pre-monsoons works taken up by Canacona Municipal Council too came under testing, as water-logged streets including NH-17 road passing through the heart of Chaudi town inconvenienced several motorists and pedestrians on Monday afternoon, as rains again lashed the taluka. Power supply was also disrupted since Sunday evening, even as several municipal areas had no currents for major parts on Monday morning, but electricity personnel raced against time to restore power at most of the affected places.
Water logging in Rawanfond, desilting of nullahs still on HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 31
Torrential rains left the Capital City waterlogged on Monday, which is common during monsoons in Panjim. The showers however brought some respite to Panjimites from the scorching summer. Photo by Rozario Estibeiro
GOACAN highlights tobacco impact on health HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 31
On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day on Monday, consumer forum volunteers under the banner of GOACAN held an Awareness Action in Margao to highlight the health impacts on consumption of tobacco products and the tobacco control laws prevalent in Goa. Carrying colourful flags and placards, the volunteers distributed information handouts to consumers informing them that smoking in public places and work places is prohibited under the Control of Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) and Prohibition of Smoking in Public Places Rules 2008. GOACAN Coordinator Roland Martins said many consumers were surprised to know that these laws protect them from passive smoking and they can register their complaints with the Directorate of Health Services on Tel. Nos 2225540 and 2225561, to the Voluntar y
Health Association of Goa on 2221012 and to Goa Police on 100. He said volunteers explained to consumers that if the prohibition of sale of tobacco products outside schools, HSS and colleges is to be successful, then the vigilance of the parents, teachers and the public at large is crucial. Consumers were further informed that as per the prevalent laws there is a total ban on sale of gutkha in Goa. Consumers were also informed that this year’s World Health Organisation’s (WHO) campaign theme on Gender and Tobacco focuses on the harmful effects of tobacco marketing towards women and girls. It also highlights the need for governments to ban all tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship and to eliminate tobacco smoke in all public and work places as provided in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. A pictorial poster exhibition
depicting the health impacts of tobacco products was also displayed at the awareness action. The consumers were further informed that tobacco products like cigarettes, beedis and gutkha are responsible for over 8,00,000 deaths in the country due to tobacco related diseases like lung and mouth cancer. Meanwhile GOACAN has decided to submit detailed memorandums to the District Collector, Deputy Collector, Deputy Director- Panchayats, Taluka Mamlatdar, Block Development Officers, chairpersons & chief officers of municipal councils and sarpanchas & secretaries of village panchayats. The memorandum will highlight the need to implement the Tobacco Control Laws in letter and spirit with specific focus on the installation of proper signages and notifying the designated officers for issuing of challans and collection of fines.
Bus owners’ meet today HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 31
The temporary truce between the State Government and All Goa Bus Owners Association is likely to end tomorrow. Taking strong cognizance of reported statement of the Transport Director Swapnil Naik that the government is not in favour of bus fare hike as published in one of the local dailies today, North Goa Bus Owners Association (NGBOA) has convened an emergency meeting on Tuesday afternoon to decide a future course of action. Speaking to Herald on Monday evening Sudeep Tamankar, Secretary NGBOA, said bus owners have been questioning about government’s stand and alleged report and therefore emergency meeting has beencalled to decide what to be done next. The last week the government had assured the bus owners associationthat it would consider their demand for rise in the bus fare when it threatened to go on strike. The strike was called off after the government’s assurance. While the deadline ended on May 25 the government yet to make its decision public.
Last night’s heavy rains should serve as an eye opener to the Margao Municipal Council, as work of the desilting of the water nullahs has not reached the half-way mark, raising questions over the late commencement of the work. As the Rawanfond area witnessed water logging till Monday morning following last night’s heavy showers, apprehensions are raised whether the ongoing desilting work would be completed on time and well before the onset of the monsoons. When contacted, MMC Chairperson Savio Coutinho said the water logging at Rawanfond was not on account of the delay in desilting the water nullah, but more due to the design of the storm water drain by the government agency. He said three teams of the Water Resources Department are presently carrying out the desilting work to ensure the entire work is completed in all respects before the monsoons. A confident Coutinho said work on the desilting of all the water nullahs can be completed within the next few days, adding that the pre-monsoon showers should not pose any threat of flooding or water logging in the city.
Notify ‘whistle bus stop’ opposite petrol pump, CMC proposes to DM HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 31
Succumbing to public outcry and requests from senior citizens for a bus stop in Cuncolim bazaar, the Cuncolim Municipal Council has proposed to the district Magistrate, South to notify a “whistle bus stop” opposite the Cuncolim petrol pump. A proposal mooted by the civic body to the District Magistrate stated that a great inconvenience is caused to the student community and the general public due to the de-notification of the bus stop in the Cuncolim bazaar after the commissioning of the KTC bus stand. CMC Chief Officer Shivaji Desai said the only stop now permitted is at Combea Khuris at Milleamvaddo on the NH-17. “Since there is no bus stop between Combea Khuris and the KTC bus stand, we have asked the district magistrate to have a whistle bus stop, opposite the Cuncolim petrol pump”, the Chief Officer said. Incidentally, the CMC had initially proposed a bus bay, but the proposal was shelved as it will take time to materialize and hence opted for a whistle bus stop.
A poster exhibition depicting the health impacts of tobacco products displayed at the awareness action.
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S H o rT Ta K e S Cavin is Carambolim PY chief PANJIM(HND): In the recent Parish Youth elections of St John the Baptist Church, Carambolim, headed by the Carambolim Parish youth animator Fr Conceicao D’Silva and President Danny Cardozo, Cavin Caiado was unanimously elected as the President. The other elected members of the Parish youth are Fr Conceicao D’Silva (Youth Animator), Michael Car valho (Vice-President), Jovina Dias (Secretary), Danny Cardozo (Treasurer), Emy Fernandes (Vice-Secretary), Jowel Caiado (Sports Secretary), Adrich D’Mello and Frazer Cardozo (Asst Sports secretaries), Olinda Caiado (Liturgy Secretary), Fedora Fernandes and Myron Cardozo (Assistant Liturgy Secretaries), Sheryl Dias (Cultural Secretary), Joana and Valency Fernandes (Asst Cultural Secretaries), Joe Dias, Diomade Gomes, Lechlan Cardozo, Cajetan Caiado and John Correia (Work Co-Ordination Secretaries).
Lifeguards fully equipped to man Palolem beach shore
World Milk Day
PANJIM(HND): June 1 is celebrated as World Milk Day by Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nation. This day is being celebrated by all 191 countries across the globe who are the members of United Nation. According to a press release, the mission was started in 2001 to make sure that all the people get enough high-quality food to lead active and healthy lives. Since milk is a near perfect food source with nine vital nutrients needed everyday to keep bodies healthy and strong. Goa Dairy is honoured to carry forward the mission of UN of sharing knowledge, resources and working together to create sustainable dairy solution impacting our customers and producers economically, socially, environmentally, with respect for animal welfare.
Former Sarpanch Joseph Sequeira, along with the Sarpanch Laximan Palyekar and other panch members congratulating Sneha Salgaonkar for being elected to the post of Dy Sarpanch of Calangute Panchayat.
SSC exam round-uP
Fatima Convent Margao
PANJIM(HND): Fatima Convent High School, Margao secured 100% results in SSC examination of 2009-2010. Amongst the 151 students who appeared for the examination, 59 secured distinctions, 64 First classes and 28 second classes. Number appeared – 151. Sneha Naik was a topper in Goa securing 95.5%. Sharvari Prabhu Dessai secured 93.5%, Raisha Fernandes secured 91.83%, Kimberly Rodrigues secured 91.83%, Anabelle Fernandes secured 91.66% and Kyra Godinho secured 91.5%.
St Bartholomew’s Chorao
PANJIM(HND): St Bartholomew’s High School, Chorao secured 97% at the April SSC Board Examination. Three students secured distinction. Thirtharaj Karbotkar topped with 81%, Seeler Vaz secured 77% and Nehal Mapari 75%. There were 3 first classes, 22 second classes and 04 pass classes. The credit for the excellent results goes to the dedicated efforts of the Management, Staff and the co-operation of the Students and PTA of the school.
St Theresa’s Candolim
PANJIM(HND): St Theresa’s High School, Candolim has secured 90.62% for the April 2010 SSC examination conducted by the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education. Out of the 64 students who appeared for the exams, 03 students obtained distinctions, 18 First class, 32 Second class and 05 Pass class. Komal S. Naik topped in the school securing 94.33% scoring 100 marks in Mathematics, 100 marks in Science and 99 in Social Science. Marilyn Fernandes and Xanar Fernandes are also distinction holders.
Our Lady of Rosary Dona Paula PANJIM(HND): The PTA members of Our Lady of the Rosary School, Dona Paula proudly announces 100% results in the SSC examinations held in March-April 2010. Rosary’s is the only School to achieve this result among all the schools in Panjim area, says a press release. Sukhanya Phadte topped the list with a total of 533 + 5 marks for sports. Elaine Pinto 509 + 20 marks for Sports. Jemimah Gomes and Charitra Amin secured 527 marks. Out of the 87 students who appeared for the SSC exams from our school, 27 secured Distinctions, 31 first classes, 25 second classes and 4 Pass classes.
Lourdes Convent Saligao
CALANGUTE(HC): Lourdes Convent High School, Saligao, excelled at the recently held SSC examination securing a pass percentage of 95.12%. The students who got distinctions are Joana D’Souza (89%), Blaise Sequeira (87%), Lumira Miranda (85%), Greta Fernandes (84%), Maverick Fernandes (83%), Melissa Fernandes (83%), Steffi Parab (83%), Aashna Parsekar (82%), Sneha Nanda (82%), Yolaine Remedious (81%), Brian Noronha (79%), Kaushik Amonkar (78%), Alvina D’Souza (78%), Ramina D’Souza (78%), Priyanka Kudnekar (77%), Lavina D’Souza (75%) and Venice D’Souza (75%). In all, 16 students got first class, 41 second class, four pass class and three ATKT. Blaise Sequeira achieved 99% in Science while Steffi Parab achieved 95% marks in Maths. A total number of 82 students had appeared for the Goa Board examination.
Lifeguards keeps hawk’s eye on the entire beach from the tower at Palolem. HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, MAY 31
Lifeguards posted by M/s Dhristhi Special Response Safety Pvt Ltd has become fully operational with the watch tower now fully equipped to provide safety blanket to the entire Palolem beach shore. With the mercury rising every day, several tourists, mostly domestic, enter the seawaters to beat the summer heat, making watch keeping hectic business to the lifeguards posted by Dhristhi at Palolem. Besides, the walkie-talkies and rescue tubes, lifeguard personnel who are controlled by a captain have a jeep and jet-ski boat at their disposal, which helps their quick transportation either using the shore or seawater conveyance to reach their target in fastest possible time. The tower is now fully equipped even with first-aid kit to meet with any eventuality.
Scholarships for Curtorim students HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, MAY 31
The Curtorim Village Group management, invites applications from top ranking/meritorious students, hailing from Curtorim, who have secured the highest aggregate marks in the SSC examinations and HSSC examinations, conducted by the Goa SSC and HSSC Boards, respectively, held in April 2010. All those students who are eligible are requested to send their applications, along with certified copies of mark sheets and proof of being a native of Curtorim, addressed to Rabindra Pimenta, C/o. Cyberia Internet Café, Felicinta complex, Near Bholshe Circle, Gogol, Margao, Goa or email the scanned copies to: email@example.com on or before June 15. The selected students will be conferred with the following certificates and cash awards: Enio Pimenta Memorial Award donated by Pimenta Brothers, Curtorim Eliza Pimenta Memorial award donated by Pimenta Brothers, Curtorim The awards presentation and the awardees names will be announced/published in the news and electronic media, after the due date set for receipt of applications, says a press release.
Eight teams distributed on the entire beach stretch keep a close watch on swimmers or people entering the seawaters, while any swimmers straying beyond permissible limits are immediately warned by whistles. “We are fully equipped now and are ready to meet any challenges and exigencies as and when arise,” said Girish Komarpant, captain of Palolem lifeguards team. Sunday, kept the lifeguards busy enough, as a horde of domestic tourists amid rising mercury were seen entering the sea in every directions. Alerts kept on flowing to spot teams through walkie-talkies controlled from lifeguard tower. Several times, lifeguards were seen blowing whistles to remind the swimmers to refrain from venturing too far, as directions too kept on flowing from a watch keeper who kept
Photo by Kathy Pereira
a hawk eye from the lifeguard tower with the help of binoculars. “The rush of people entering Palolem beach waters is exceptionally high on Saturday and Sunday and this may continue for another week till school reopens,” informed a lifeguard attendant keeping watch from the tower. At one point, seeing a group of youngsters not responding to lifeguard whistles, but were venturing too far in the sea, captain Girish Komarpant immediately directed to corner them through sea with the help of Jetski. Soon, the jet-ski zoomed near the group and ordered them to move towards the shore, after which the group relented. “We are leaving nothing to chance, as sea is almost rough and many people are unaware of the sea behaviour at this time,” said Komarpant.
HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, MAY 31
PANJIM(HND): Goa State AIDS Control Society (GSACS) in collaboration with the Goa State Blood Transfusion Council will be organizing a month-long blood donation drive in June all over the state in commemoration of ‘World Blood Donor Day’ to be celebrated on June 14. As an inaugural function of the said event, Goa SACS will be conducting blood donation camp in the conference hall, Goa SACS, 1st floor, Dayanand Smruti Building, Panjim from 10 am to 1 pm on June 1. All the young and healthy people above 18 years of age are appealed to come forward, donate blood and save lives. For registration contact: 9922353445.
The Holy Family High School has performed the best among the seven high schools in Porvorim at the recent SSC exams. Three of the seven schools, Holy Family High school (98.8%), Dona Leonar Memorial High School (97.14%) and L D Samant Memorial High School (96.26%) scored a success rate of over 95%. This is for the first time that three schools in Porvorim have crossed the pass percentage of 95. In Holy Family High School, 102 students passed while two students got ATKT of the 104 students who answered the exams. While 12 students passed with a distinction, 31 students passed with a first class. Devendra Sinai Paraz secured the highest marks in the school (89.9%), followed by Melisa Alvares (85%). At Dona Leonar Memorial High School, 34 of the 35 students passed in the exams. Six students passed with a distinction, while 12 students passed with a first class. Neha Da Rocha stood first in the school (95.16%) and was among the toppers in the State. Vinita Gupta stood second in the school (86.66%), followed by Tulsi Acharya (83.50%). L D Samant Memorial High School also fared much better this year registering a pass percentage of 96.26%. Of the 107 students answering the exams, 103 students passed and 22 students secured a distinction, while an equal number secured a first class. Ramesh Shetye topped the school (89.5%), followed by Sampada U.Barve (88.83%) and Supriya Sandeep Prabhugaonker (87.33%). Chubby Cheeks Spring Valley High School registered the pass percentage of 85.29 this year, as 29 of the 34 students passed in the school. The performance of students in the Government High School improved with 72.22 % students clearing the exams this year, with 13 of the 18 students clearing their exams. The Sunandabai Bandodker High School (40%) and Dattaram Chopdekar High School (20%) registered a poor performance as compared to other schools in Porvorim.
Goan sea food fest organised at Belgaum HERALD CORRESPONDENT BELGAUM, MAY 31
In what could be termed as a new chapter in the age-old Belgaum-Goa relationship, Chef Caitano Martins from Goa organised a Goan Sea Food festival at Eefa Hotel, Belgaum. Goan food lovers, especially the sea food lovers from Belgaum and Goans on a holiday at Belgaum, were offered an excellent opportunity to tantalize their taste buds at the four-day Goan Food Festival. “I have a special attachment to Belgaum since the last four decades,” the versatile chef told Herald. “It is my friendship with Surendra Kodachwad, proprietor of Eefa luxury business hotel that has brought me here to offer Belgaumites the best of the delicacies in Goan seafood cuisine.” Asked whether he would not reveal his secrets in culinary that may affect the kind of monopoly the Goan joint has, he said it is his wish that like people of Goa, people of Belgaum too should remember him for a long time. Kodachwad said: “We are proud to present Chef Caitano Martins to the people of Belgaum for a long time.” He further said that the hotel
PANJIM(HND): Traffic Wardens of Chorao village have been doing traffic management at the Madel/Ribandar ferry wharfs for the last one year. As a mark of recognition and celebration of their anniversary, a “Road Safety Awareness Program” is being organized in collaboration with the Traffic Cell, Panjim at the Ribandar ferry wharf between 5 pm and 7 pm from June 1 to 4. The first unit of Traffic Wardens in Goa has been started by Chorao Civic and Consumer Forum which operates under the umbrella of GOACAN. This programme aims at creating awareness in road safety, says a press release.
PANJIM(HND): Don Bosco Night High School and Don Bosco Night Higher Secondary School conducts regular night classes for Std VIII to Std X and for Std XI to Std XII in Arts and Commerce stream. The classes commence at 6 pm and conclude at 8:30 pm. This facility is for male working students and school drop outs, says a press release.
Nuvem Charitable Trust opened HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, MAY 31
Nuvem Charitable Trust was inaugurated was inaugurated recently at the Nuvem Church premises. The chief guest Rev Fr Alvaro Martins, parish Priest of Nuvem inaugurated the Trust. Fr Alvaro Martins along with the Trust President and all other founder members light the traditional lamp to mark the inauguration. In his welcome speech, the Trust President, Peter Dourado explained to the audience the need to have this Trust so as to cater to the real time need of the poor and the needy. He ensured all the pro grammes organized for the weaker section of the society will be driven down to the door steps of the needy. Reverend Fr Alvaro Martins commended the Trust members for having broad visions for the younger and older generation so that all the programmes undertaken can be perfectly harmonized. Since it is a secular and non profitable organization it gives higher degree of sustainability and maturity as it grows, added Fr Martins. He expressed satisfaction over the formation of this Trust as Nuvem village required such an organization, to bring like
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Chef Caitano Martins being flanked by Gautam Banerjee (left) and Surendra Kodachwad.
would be seeking his advice in the days to come so as to establish the menu at par with the preparations at the Goan joint. Gautam Banerjee, general manager of Eefa, said: “We are seriously thinking to name a few fish delicacies at our restaurant.” This is for the first time Goan food festival was held at Belgaum by a celebrated Goan chef. “Goan food lovers have been simply mesmerized by Martins
preparations,” said Banerjee. All the delicacies comprising special preparations in Prawns, King Fish, Pomfret, etc, along with the delicious menus like Shrimps, Xacuti, Tuna Masala are being savoured with delight. While this festival has furthered strengthened the ties between Belgaum and Goa, truly this festival represents the beginning of a new era in the food industry of Belgaum.
Telecast of sample survey of leprosy on DD HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, MAY 31
HERALD CORRESPONDENT CORTALIM, MAY 31
Cortalim MLA Mauvin Godinho inspects the plan for the market complex at Cortalim. Photo by Alvaro Colaco
till date nothing has been done,” Godiho told Rodriguies and regretted that the bureaucrats were stalling the demolition. The MLA also interacted with the fisherwomen and assured them the complex would be ready in a year’s time. Later, the MLA also visited the
Blood donation camp
minded personalities from different professions, which the village has in abundance, on one common progressive platform. The core founder members William Borges, Everson Vales, Mathew Pereira, Floriano Colaco, Mrs Martha Mascarenhas, Mr. Brian Duarte, Raj Gomes, Agnelo Fernandes and Cyril Andrade were introduced on the occasion. The responsibility of handling different tasks on the basis of their profession was explained and what projects individually they will bring to the village for the needy. The inauguration was followed by the distribution of books for the secondary school children of Holy Rosary Convent and Mae dos Pobres School. William Borges founder member of the Trust generously donated and handed over school books to 90 needy and poor students of both the schools. This was followed by a free medical camp on diabetics detection and sonography conducted by Dr Francis Almeida and his team from Margao. There was an overwhelming response to the medical camp and the people of Nuvem took the benefit and thanked the Nuvem Charitable Trust for such a initiative which touches the needy persons, says a press release.
‘Fun Blaster’ for locals at Kenilworth
Mauvin inspects development projects in Cortalim constituency Giving final touches to his projects coming up in various parts of Cortalim constituency, MLA and Deputy Speaker Mauvin Godinho visited various sites along with the officials of GIDC on Monday. Godinho first inspected the Phase II of market complex in Cortalim and inspected the plan with GIDC Managing Director Sanjit Rodrigues and other officials. He told Rodrigues that he was very eager in completing the project so as to shift the shops built illegally along the nullah which would also help in decongesting the traffic at Thana. “Earlier, I had written a letter to the chief secretary and the Collector, South to demolish the illegal shops at Thana-Cortalim and also shops at Bogmalo, but
Holy Family school tops in Porvorim
site for the new Sancoale panchayat ghar cum complex and also the site for a market complex at Zuari Nagar. Godinho ended his visit with the site inspection for new panchayat ghar at Chicalim. Those who accompanied Godinho were the sarpanchas of the respective villages and panchas.
The recorded programme on National Sample Survey (Leprosy) will be telecasted on Doordarshan Kendra, Panjim on June 1, between 6 pm to 6.30 pm on local channel, says a press release. The second telecast on National sample Survey (Leprosy) will be telecasted on June 8 between 6 pm to 6.30 pm. The programme was recorded by DDK Studio on May 31 involving Dr M Mohandas, CMO, NLEP, DHS and Medical Officers: Dr Gokuldas Sawant, CHC, Ponda, Dr Babu Redkar, C H C , Pe r n e m , D r S h y a m Kankonkar PHC, Casarvanem and Nishikant Phadte, MPW, CHC, Ponda.
The Kenilworth Beach Resort, Utorda, has initiated an exciting package ‘Fun Blaster Package’ for locals this monsoons. The one-night two-day package invites you to enjoy the best of facilities in a soothing surrounding and the comforts of a five star resort. The week-end package, offers various facilities with exciting discounts, with meals on buffet basis (1 breakfast, 1lunch and 1 dinner). As per the scheme 20 per cent discount will be offered on the spa facilities with live entertainment and games, free use of swimming pool, outdoor Jacuzzi, free entry to the discotheque RED, happy hour, etc. A 20 per cent discount is also offered on beverages at RED. The package open for locals only also is designed to suit all pockets. According to the general man-
ager, Chantalle Croppe, the special package for locals is an ideal opportunity for locals to enjoy various facilities at inviting prices. The package, available for an all-inclusive price of Rs 4500 per couple, allows one child below 9 years free in the parents’ room (without extra bed). Various daily in-house activities too are planned as per schedule. Checkin time 1pm and check-out 4pm. The package is open till September 30 is for the residents of Goa only with residential proof mandatory on registration. Offer valid subject to availability. A day package too is an offer without accommodation (11am to 7pm) at Rs 850 per adult and Rs 450 per child between 6 to 12 years of age. The resort has also initiated various other interesting activities for the monsoons. For details and terms and conditions, call 6698888.
POWER SHUTDOWN JUNE 1 TALEIGAO: From 9 am to 2 pm. Areas affected are Raj Bhavan, La Marvel colony, Marvel village, Dona Paula and surrounding areas. JUNE 2 TALEIGAO: From 9 am to 5 pm. Areas affected are Amaral wado, Church area, Cardozo wado, Vodlem Bhat, Shankarwadi, Durgawadi, Ideal School, Essar Residency, Possrem Bhat, Taleigao market, Sailem Bhat, VP area, St Paul and surrounding Taleigao areas. JUNE 3 TALEIGAO: From 9 am to 2.30 pm. Areas affected are Dando, Mitra bazaar, Hyundai workshop and surrounding areas. JUNE 4 TALEIGAO: From 9 am to 2.30 pm. Areas affected are Aadarsh Colony, Kavita co-op housing society, Buddhaseth apartment, Altass Manor and surrounding areas.
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Headley's fortnight-long interrogation permitted DELHI BUREAU NEW DELHI
The United States Justice Department has give a fortnightlong slot of June 1 to 15 to the Indian sleuths to interrogate David Headley alias Daood Gilani in the Chicago jail as much as they want for his trial in the Indian courts. The only condition put is that the US police officials and lawyers of the self-confessed American who did repeated reccee prior to 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai, will remain present during the interrogation permitted under the plea bargain he entered in March for lesser punishment, offering himself for quizzing by the foreign investigators. Interrogating Headley will be Loknath Behra, an InspectorGeneral rank 1985 IPS officer of the Kerala cadre with the National Investigation Agency (NIA) who has earned reputation of a crack investigator during his long innings in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in probing cases like Babri Mosque demolition, IC-817 hijack, former Gujarat BJP Minister Haren Pandya in Ahmedabad, Graham Staines murder in Orissa in
n Interrogating Headley will be Loknath Behra, an Inspector-General rank 1985 IPS officer of the Kerala cadre with the National Investigation Agency (NIA) who has earned reputation of a crack investigator during his long innings in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). 1999, and Purulia arms drop case. Most of the interrogations will be carried out by Behra, who will be just back in Delhi to celebrate his 49th birthday on June 17, while assisting him will be two IPS officers of Superintendent of Police (SP) rank having experience of the Kashmiri militancy and a special law officer borrowed from CBI. The team flew to the United States on Sunday to interrogate the Pakistani-American national arrested in Chicago last October. The culprit has already confessed his role in the planning of the ghastly attacks for Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) that killed 166 people in the country’s financial capital in November 2008. Swayam Prakash Pani(34), a
2000 batch IPS officer from the J&K cadre, is considered to be an expert on understanding terror networks of LeT and other groups from his tenure as the SP of Srinagar and Kulgam. The other IPS officer in the team is Sajid Farid Shapoo(36), a Kashmiri from 1998 batch of the Madhya Pradesh cadre who has been picked up for the job as he is well-versed in Arabic and Urdu languages. Behra, Pani and Shapoo were were hand-picked by Home Minister P Chidambaram for interrogating Headley after going through the list of the NIA officers with the NIA chief. All three are with the NIA since March last year when the first recruitments were made for the agency set up through an Act of Parliament as a consequence of the 26/11 attacks.
JD(U) leader flays Congress PTI PATNA, MAY 31
Hitting out at Congress for its decision to distance itself from Lalu Prasad ahead of the assembly polls in Bihar, ruling Janata Dal(U) today said it would not negate the impact of its support to successive RJD government in the past in ruining the state. The Congress stand was a 'political eye wash' with an aim to seek the votes of anti-Lalu forces in the coming assembly polls in the state, Bihar JD(U) general secretary-cum-spokeman Sambhu Nath Singh said in a statement. "Congress wants to play the role of 'vote katwa' (vote catcher), he said. Continuing his cricism, Sinha said "The Congress cannot forget the fact that it had extended unconditional support to RJD governments in Bihar in the past during which the state witnessed anarchy and economic ruin." The Congress, he said, was as much guilty as Lalu Prasad for plunging the state in backwardness and anarchy. The collusion between the two parties was proved recently when the UPA government at the Centre did not give permission to CBI to challenge the disproportionate assets case against Prasad in spite of the investigative agency's claim that it had clinching evidence against him.
Stage set for biennial Council polls in M’rashtra PTI MUMBAI, MAY 31
Voting for the ten seats of the Maharashtra Legislative Council became imminent today with two independents jumping into the fray. Kanhaiyalal Gidwani and Vijay Sawant of Congress today filed their nomination papers as independents and thus there will now be 12 candidates fighting for10 seats. Three candidates each of Congress and NCP, two each of BJP and Sena have already filed their papers. The process of filing of nominations ended today. Earlier, there were indications that with ten candidates filing nominations for the ten seats, there would be no need for elections. Both Gidwani and Sawant today claimed that they have support of the independents and smaller parties. Despite the Chief Minister Ashok Chavan taking a cautious stand of fielding only three candidates, there was pressure on him to ensure that the NCP does not wean away the additional votes from the 288 elected members of the Legislative assembly which forms the electoral college for the biennial elections. That led the party de-
ciding to field Gidwani and Sawant as independents. Chief minister Ashok Chavan told reporters that no party had the required votes to get an additional candidate elected. The quota for first preference votes for a candidate to get elected in the first round is 27. Chavan said the party will have only three official candidates. "We will take a decision to whom we should transfer our additional votes later," he said. In the 289 member legislative assembly, Congress has 82 MLAs, NCP 62, BJP 46, Shiv Sena 45, MNS 13, PWP 4, Samajwadi party 3, Jan Surajya Shakti party 2, Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh, CPM, Lok Sangram, Rashtriya Samaj Party, Swabhimani Party one each and independents 24. There is also a provision for one nominated seat in the assembly which is though vacant at present. Gidwani said he has filed his papers as an independent for the Rajya Sabha election as well which is slated for June 17. The process of nomination began today. For the Legislative council, Shiv Sena has re-nominated Diwakar Raote and Anil Parab while Congress has re-nominated Sanjay Dutt. The scrutiny of papers will be
Pranab to focus on black money stashed abroad DELHI BUREAU NEW DELHI
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has ordered a note readied on black money stashed abroad for a closed-door discussion in the 3-day conference of the chief income tax commissioners to be inaugurated by him here on June 8. It will be a top secret note that is being drafted to give insights to the top IT officials on how to go about unearthing such unaccounted money with details of the modus operandi of 50 high-profile Indians who have been served notices recently for parking money in a bank in the low tax haven Liechtenstein, a tiny, landlocked countr y tucked away between Switzerland and Austria and with mountain slopes rising above the Rhine valley. Since the Income Tax Act prohibits disclosures of names and account details of the taxpayers, the note may not be made public, but sources privy to it say it has explosive information with potential to ruin some of the top industrial houses.
A scene of rescue operation after a building collapses in Amritsar
Maoists, Kashmiri militants cause of Chidu's worries DELHI BUREAU NEW DELHI
Maoist violence claiming 201 lives, 172 of them civilians, in just one month of May is a cause of concern for Home Minister P Chidambaram, but a rise in the militancy in Jammu and Kashmir in the current year reversing the trend of decline in the last two years has also prompted him to review working of the J&K division in the Home Ministry. Presenting a monthly report card of his ministry as he does at the end of every month, he indicated that review of the Kashmir division is an immediate priority as the number of violent incidents in the troubled state has shot up by 34 per cent since January, while killings of civilians went up by 47 per cent and security personnel by 12 per cent as compared to the previous year. The government was claiming slow return of normalcy because of the decline in the militancy in the last two years as the incidents came down by 35 per cent in 2008 and by another 30
per cent in 2009. However, reversal of the trend indicates the government will have to take some stern steps. As regards the Maoists, Chidambaram said the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) was likely to review the strategy. "I am told the meeting of CCS is scheduled shortly," he told reporters when asked any revision of the ongoing anti-Naxal operations. He said the government has also approved work plans for nine Naxal- affected states amounting to a total of Rs 331.12 crore. Asked whether the Home Ministry's stand on Naxals will be diluted following the inclusion of some human rights activists in the newly-constituted National Advisor y Council headed by Sonia Gandhi, he quipped, "There is no stand of the Home Ministry. There is a policy of the government of India." Chidambaram also said Maoists or its front groups could be behind the attack on Jnaneswari Express, a theory
BJP meet in Mumbai on good governance DELHI BUREAU NEW DELHI
The Bhartiya Janata Party has convened a 2-day ministerial conference in Mumbai on June 5 and 6 to brainstorm and formulate a charter for providing good governance in the BJPruled and BJP alliance states. Performance of governments in these states will come under scrutiny to help issue directions for the clearcut initiatives they should undertake as part of the
"Suraj Sankalp" (good governance commitment) announced by BJP President Nitin Gadkari at the Indore national executive. Former Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is convener of the party's new governance cell, told a Press conference here that the charter would be made public but not the slip-ups of various governments that come to light in the conference as they would be meant for only the party president for the correctives.
contrary to Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee's claim that it was a conspiracy of the West Bengal government. Chidambaram said the Railways favoured a CBI probe into the incident which claimed 148 lives but the state government's view on it has not been received yet. He also announced creation of nearly 1100 posts in Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF) to strengthen security at the country's vital installations including Indira Gandhi International airport here and Reliance refiner y at Jamnagar. Chidambaram said out of the total 1,090 posts, highest of 879 are for IGI airport, followed by 105 for Reliance refinery, 66 for Wipro complex, Bangalore and 40 posts for Indira Gandhi Memorial and Museum here. The Ministry has directed the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) to ensure installation of CCTV cameras at all airports, deployment of adequate security staff, raising of perimeter wall and setting up of watch towers.
Revenue Secretary Sunil Mitra will be presenting the note at the conference, an otherwise routine annual feature that acquires significance because the government will be sharing information for the first time with the IT bosses on the Indians' accounts in the LGT banks in Liechtenstein as obtained from Germany last year. Sources said the note is being drafted by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) chairman S.S.N.Moorthy and Member (Investigation) Sudhir Chandra, who supplied the relevant documents and asked the income tax commissioners of the concerned circles to initiate punitive action against the culprits. Mukherjee will be asking the top IT officials to study the note and discuss how they can identify similar siphon-off of money abroad by other taxpayees to enable the government to pursue the governments of the concerned countries for repatriation, sources said. He has been telling the CBDT officials that the IT officials have the experience to smell such
parking of money abroad without the statutory permission of the Reserve Bank of India. The conference will also discuss coordination among the income tax circles in investigation of cases like the IPL scam and massive tax evasions by the cine world and top business houses. Also listed on the agenda is a proposal to decentralise powers of the CBDT to allow the chief income tax commissioners dispose off many legal tangles at their end itself. The government has already taken several initiatives with the governments of not less than 50 countries to secure help in unearthing the unaccounted black money deposited by the Indians in their banks to evade payment of taxes in India. The Finance Minister believes that such requests will get force if the income tax department is able to provide tentative list of such tax evaders as many government are not ready to chase every account opened in banks in their countries but they will be willing to get details of specific individuals and companies, the sources added.
Modi slams Centre on Naxal, terrorism issues PTI SURAT, MAY 31
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has slammed the Central government on security issues saying that people are getting killed in the violence of Naxals and terrorists while the Centre is just holding meetings on the issue. "They (Union government) have not been able to fulfill the responsibility assigned to them. Day and night we are witnessing naxal attacks and terrorists attacks and hundreds are getting killed everyday. And the government is just holding meetings and making false promises," Modi, speaking at a function in Nani Karol village in Surat last night, said. "Doesn't the common man deserve security? Shouldn't the common man live a peaceful life? Shouldn't the common man get benefit of development? No, they (Central government) only have time for dirty game of politics," Modi said. The Chief Minister's comment comes in the backdrop of the derailment of Gyaneshwari Ex-
press train in West Midnapore district of West Bengal on Friday last in which over 140 people died. It has been alleged that
the derailment had been caused due to sabotage of railway track by Naxals. Last month, 76 police personnel were killed in an ambush in one of the deadliest attacks in years in Dantewada of Chhatisgarh. Modi also criticised the Union government for its anti-farmer policy and accused it of adopting step-motherly treatment towards Gujarat state. On the issue of cotton exports
ban, Modi said, "By imposing ban on cotton exports the Centre has served a death-blow for the cotton-cultivators. Gujarat’s farmer produces high-quality cotton, which is in great demand across the world over. Farmer of Gujarat has to bear losses to the tunes of Rs 2,000 crore". Giving an instance of stepmotherly treatment to Gujarat, Modi said, "If Gujarat gets coal from the mines located in Nagpur in neighbouring state of Maharashtra, it will generate cost-effective electricity in the state." "But the Central government does not allow us to get coal from Nagpur and Gujarat is compelled to procure poor quality of coal from Bihar and Jharkhand for its coal-based thermal power stations located in Ukai, Wanakbori, Gandhinagar and other places in the state," he added. "People of Gujarat have to bear additional burden of Rs 1,000 crore due to Centre's decision to raise prices of natural gas, which is another example of ill treatment to Gujarat," Modi alleged.
New mission to preserve celluloid treasures DELHI BUREAU NEW DELHI
The Information and Broadcasting Ministry is mounting a Rs 660-crore National Film Neritage Mission to restore and preserve for eternity the old Indian movies by digitising them before they are lost for ever. The mission is proposed to be completed by 2013 to coincide with the Indian film industry's completion of 100 years. The National Film Archives
of India (NFAI) as also the Films D i v i s i o n a l re a d y c o n d u c t preservation of the archival films, but I&B Minister Ambika Soni felt the exercise should be put into a mission mode to fast-track digitisation of the films as they are an integral part of India's socio-cultural heritage. Digitisation for preservation was felt the best method after the I&B Ministry got a report on a number of films getting lost forever because of the con-
straints under which NFAI maintain them. There are more than 5000 films in the achieves of NFAI. As many of these films are not available to public any more, part of the mission will be to explore public-private partnership route to commercially sell their CDs. The ministry is even contemplating to make the films available online for viewing with the help of NFAI, Films Division, NFDC and Children's Film Society.
Sources said Ambika Soni is also considering another project to preserve huge archieval material lying with the All India Radio and Doordarshan. Both have rich original recordings of music, drama, documentaries, speeches, plays and historical footage that can be useful for the future generations and researchers. Their upkeep at the moment is also in shambles because of which much material may have become unusable, the sources added.
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Court wants probe into mobile towers radiation PTI NEW DELHI, MAY 31
The Delhi High Court today directed the Telecommunication Secretary and the MCD Commissioner to set up a committee comprising technical and medical experts to inquire about potential health hazards due to radiation from mobile towers. While seeking a report in this regard within three months, the High Court also provided interim relief to the cellular operators by allowing them to operate mobile towers in the city by depositing Rs two lakh instead of Rs five lakh. The order passed by Justice Kailash Gambhir said that Rs two lakh would be kept with High Court Registrar General for six months as a fixed deposit and an additional Rs 50,000 will need to be paid by the operators who are using towers on sharing basis for each such tower. The court said the committee on the health issue should also include as its members some NGOs working in the telecom field and the association of cellular operators. The
Telecommunication Secretary has been asked to convene the meeting of the committee in two weeks. The court noted that there is no concrete finding on the potential health hazards due to radiation from mobile towers. During the last hearing, the court had asked the MCD to explain the rationale behind raising the tower installation charges from Rs one lakh to five lakhs.
District judge to hear case against Sajjan PTI NEW DELHI, MAY 31
A district judge today allowed a plea of a sessions judge to transfer a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case allegedly involving senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar. District Judge Bimla Makin decided to hear the matter herself on June 2 after receiving a request along with details related to specific reasons from Additional Sessions Judge V K Goyal in a sealed envelop. The court passed the order to transfer the case after being satisfied with the reasons given by ASJ Goyal. It directed the envelop containing the reasons to be sealed again saying the document shall not be opened again except by the order of the High Court. Additional Sessions Judge V K Goyal was to pronounce the order on an application of the prosecution seeking direction with regard to a chargesheet prepared by police against Kumar but never submitted before a judicial officer. On May 24, the judge, who was to deliver the order on whether directions could be issued to the police to file the chargesheet before a competent
Advani daughter not decided on entering politics
PTI BHOPAL, MAY 31 Veteran BJP leader L K Advani's daughter, Pratibha has said that she had not yet given a thought about entering politics. "It's after a calling from inside that one joins politics and when it comes, it would be seen," she told reporters last evening after the screening of her documentary film, 'Dada' based on her father. Pratibha, who was accompanied to the screening by her mother, Kamla, said that as of now she was satisfied with her television career. When asked if she was dejected that her father had not made it to the Prime Minister's post, Pratibha said "one gets whatever is there in one's destiny." "As far as my father is concerned, he is neither happy nor sad as he believes in Karma," she said.
court, decided to send the file to the district judge for transferring it to another court. "Due to some personal reasons, I do not want to try and adjudicate this matter. Let the file be placed before learned District Judge VIII with a request to transfer the same to some other court of competent jurisdiction," ASJ Goyal had said. But the District Judge had on May 24 asked ASJ Goyal to spell out the reasons for expressing his inability to adjudicate the case and forward his reply in a sealed cover on May 31. The court was on April 21 told that the chargesheet against the former outer Delhi MP in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case allegedly citing sufficient evidence to proceed against him was prepared but never brought before a judge to seek his prosecution. "The chargesheet was prepared in the case based on FIR number 67/87 in police station Nangloi, naming Sajjan Kumar as accused on April 8, 1992, but it was dumped in the police file and never brought before the court," Special Public Prosecutor B S Joon had submitted before the court.
The High Court had on May 13 restrained the civic body from sealing illegal mobile phone towers in the capital after the mobile operators approached it challenging the decision of the MCD to seal the towers of the mobile operators who did not deposit the raised fee. The mobile operators had contended that the decision of the MCD to hike the charges was "arbitrary" and without any sound basis. The MCD had started the sealing of illegal mobile phone towers af ter the deadline for operators to apply for regularisation after paying the hiked amount had expired. MCD had said that out of 5,364 towers in the city, only 2,412 have requisite permission and the remaining 2,952 were illegal in all the city's 12 municipal zones. The MCD had on February 9 brought in a new policy on mobile towers revising the guidelines for cell towers and hiked the amount payable by the service providers to the MCD for installing a tower from Rs one lakh to Rs 5 lakh.
Polls for MP Cong chief by July-end PTI BHOPAL, MAY 31
The next election for the post of Madhya Pradesh Congress President would be held by the end of July this year. Giving this information, Chairman of the Madhya Pradesh Congress Election Authority, Narendra Budania told PTI that ahead of this, elections would be held at the block and district levels throughout the state. The Chairman said that elections to the block level would be held in the first half of June while those for the district level would be conducted in the first two weeks of July. Budania said that for Congress, Madhya Pradesh is divided into 63 districts, all of whom would have a President of their own. The Chairman said that for the first time returning officers for all the districts for the Congress would come from outside Madhya Pradesh. "All these returning officers would be senior persons who are experienced in the job of conducting polls," he said. Budania said the next Madhya Pradesh Congress President would be elected by a council comprising 487 PCC delegates and 63 Presidents of District Units.
Probe charges against Big B: Court to cops PTI BARABANKI (UP), MAY 31
A local court today asked the police to probe into a charge levelled by a village head against Amitabh Bachchan and five others over delay in setting up a college named after the megastar's daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai. Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (Fast Track) Shiv Chand directed the Mohamadpur Khala police to look into the complaint filed by Daulatpur village head Raj Kumari, and submit a report on June 10. On behalf of Raj Kumari, her son Avnindra Singh had last week moved the court for filing a case against Bachchan and five others, alleging that the actor had "cheated" people by announcing setting up of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Mahavidyala Degree College in the village,
whereas no work has started even after the announcement made two years back. Bachchan had purchased 16 bighas of land in Daulatpur village in Fatehpur tehsil of the district in two phases â€“ in 2006 and 2007 -- and had announced setting up of the college. A foundation laying ceremony and a public meeting was also held there in 2008 in the presence of the Bachchan family, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and then general secretary Amar Singh. According to the complaint, the works for the college as per the announcements had to be carried out by Nishtha foundation of then SP MP Jaya Prada. "Whenever we tried to contact Devendra Rai of the Nishtha foundation he has threatened us," the complainant said.
Nitish rewards aide with RS ticket PTI PATNA, MAY 31
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has rewarded his trusted Principal Secretary Ram Chandra Prasad Singh with a Rajya Sabha seat, JD(U) sources said today. Singh's candidature for one of the two Rajya Sabha seat going to the kitty of the JD(U) in Bihar was 'almost final' pending last minute technical glitches arising out of his voluntary retirement from IAS service being accepted by the Uttar Pradesh government, the parent cadre of the senior bureaucrat, the sources told PTI here. The JD (U)'s prospective first choice candidate for the two Rajya Sabha seat from Bihar has reached Lucknow where he will meet the senior offi-
cials to submit his resignation with a request for its quick acceptance to enable him to contest the biennial polls for the upper house of parliament, they said. The state unit JD (U) President Vijay Chaudhary hailed the party
leadership's decision to field Singh, known as RCP in bureaucratic circles here, for the Rajya Sabha polls and said that he will prove to be an asset to the party in national politics. However, the party leaders were yet to make up their mind on its candidate for the second Rajya Sabha seat with the JD(U) national president Sharad Yadav's close confidant KC Tyagi and a senior leader from the 'Koeri' backward caste Upendra Kushwaha's names doing the rounds in the ruling party circles. A final decision about the name of the second candidate will be taken once the Chief Minister returned back to the state capital after winding up the fourth stage of his 'Vishwas Yatra,', the state JD (U) president said.
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Goan Generation G A P
Vol No CX No: 141 Goa, Tuesday 1 June, 2010
The spectre of ‘gelatin’
he authorities and police in Goa regularly organise ‘nakabandis’ and undertake mock drills to stay prepared for a terrorist strike in the state. They have a Marine Police force with fast boats in case of a possible attack from the sea, and a bomb squad to defuse explosives. They are in the process of acquiring the latest and most sophisticated security equipment. However, as is so often the case, simple, obvious threats are ignored, because we are so used to them. Apparently, farmers of Palolem and Devbag are concerned about ‘gelatin blasts’ in the area’s Swami bandh reservoir to catch fish. They feel these blasts could endanger the reservoir and prove a threat to their livelihoods. This is a very real problem, not just in Palolem and Devbag, but all over the state. Dynamite, euphemistically called ‘gelatin’ in Goa, is illegally used for fishing everywhere. ‘Gelatin’ fishing involves dynamite sticks, which are lit and thrown into the water. The underwater shock waves produced by the explosion causes the fish’s swim bladder to rupture, and stuns or kills all the fish within a certain radius. While some fish float to the surface, others sink to the bottom, and can be easily collected. ‘Gelatin’ fishing is easy. It is quick, requires little effort and almost no skill. However, this zero-effort form of fishing is deeply detrimental. Not only does it kill all the fish − big, small and babies − within the effective radius of the blast, it is extremely destructive to the surrounding ecosystem. The explosions deplete the fish stocks in the water body. They also annihilate all other marine organisms in the vicinity, and can damage or destroy the physical environment in the lake, river or sea. We thought the use of explosives for these purposes was illegal. Then how is it that this destructive form of fishing, which should have been outlawed long ago, is going on all over the state completely unhindered by the police? Or is it that the fishermen who use ‘gelatin’ make sure that the government officials and police officers in their areas are kept supplied with fish? But there is a bigger threat looming, which the authorities and police seem to have missed completely. If fishermen can get their hands on ‘gelatin’, what about terrorists? What guarantee do we have that terrorists cannot get access to dynamite sticks if fishermen can obtain them so easily? How are the authorities in Goa going to prevent these deadly explosives from reaching the terrorists, if they can’t stop local fishermen from using them? Most of the terrorist bomb blasts in India, especially those allegedly engineered by the home-grown terror group that calls itself the ‘Indian Mujahiddin’, used dynamite as their primary explosive rather than sophisticated plastic explosives like RDX. Dynamite has enormous explosive and destructive power. Lest we forget, it was used to blast culverts and block roads during the 1986-87 Konkani movement. And, it is freely available in Goa. Can the police assure us that they can prevent it from falling into terrorist hands? Otherwise, we are going to be in for a very nasty shock (or, more literally, blast) in the not-too-distant future.
edia reports say that a romantic tangle involving a flamboyant minister from South Goa is behind the death of 28-year-old Loutolim woman Nadia Torreado on Sunday at a Chennai hospital. Suspicions have deepened because the woman, who police say consumed rat poison in a suicide bid, was shifted from a hospital in Margao to Mumbai and then to distant Chennai. Prominent women’s activist Tara Kerkar has alleged that the case is not suicide, and should be investigated as murder. Leader of the Opposition Manohar Parrikar has also asked for a thorough investigation. It is best, under the circumstances, to order an impartial probe that will reveal the facts.
Clinic for Divar Jeron Fernandes, Divar Apropos to the letter dated 27 May, 2010 by Joseph Pereira regarding the great need of a clinic in Divar. Many lives would have been spared if there was a clinic in Divar, which would have taken care of other localities too, like Vanxim (Capao), Sao Matias, Narva and adjoining areas. My friend Rama, a RND employee cum a stone supplier, would not have died halfway through heart attack if such a facility was there. No doubt, it clearly shows that Divar locals care more about eating fish rather than saving lives and our local MLA cares
100 Years Ago
PRIMEIRO DIARIO NAS COLONIAS PORTUGEZAS
1 June, 1910 l
With the aim to give an impetus to Agriculture and Industries, the Maharaja of Mysore is holding in his State, an Industrial Exposition. At a Catholic Congress held at Belgium the Minister of States delineated the evils of Socialism. The Silk Industries from Kashmir is to be lauded as it is truly appreciated the world over, and mainly at the Market of Lyons where the silk is much in demand. At one symposium it is said that amongst the most recognized facts, is that of reports, maps, and the official statistics which are destined to inform the public with exactitude over the concerned matters. Some months have elapsed since the Government decided to launch an agricultural park in the vicinity of the Palace of Cabo. however nothing has been done so far.
Goa cannot progress unless its GenerationPast makes room for its Generationnext, says PLastino d’Costa
he Bollywood film ‘Rock On’ was a huge hit. Farhan Akhtar produced it and played the lead role. He dominated the film, even singing the title song and five other tracks. So huge was its popularity and critical acclaim, that today the ‘Rock On’ script is showcased in Hollywood, as part of the archive of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Rock On’s songs were written by poet and writer Javed Akhtar, who is also Farhan’s father. In the ’70s Javed wrote the epic blockbuster ‘Sholay’ with partner Salim. Their other great scripts included ‘Deewar’ and ‘Zanjeer’. He is now Bollywood’s most sought after lyrics writer, with hits like ‘Swades’ and ‘Dil Chahta Hai’. Javed’s writing lineage can be traced back seven generations, and it is no surprise that Farhan is so talented. Farhan and Javed live in India’s city of opportunity – Mumbai. If Javed and Farhan were Goans, chances are that Farhan would probably be on constant collision course with his father. The latter would scuttle all his ideas with ‘great’ and ‘glorious’ stories of the past. Frustrated, Farhan would eventually pack his bags and move out of Goa in search of greener pastures. The clock would have stopped on Farhan’s success, if he chose to stay in Goa. He would be entangled in political games played by the GenerationPast, disturbing his creative mind. The only choices would be to leave the system or adjust to mediocrity. Sad but true; this is Goa. Highly talented individuals quietly leave Goa, unable to work around the bottlenecks of GenerationPast. They then settle in places where their talent is better appreciated. The loss is Goa’s. Our obsession for insignificant details and purposeless regulations has lost us the big picture. Young talent is too fettered by rules. We have a dearth of new ideas. A system with too much policy is not necessarily a smart system. The exodus of young talented individuals has widened the gap between GenerationNext and Generation Past, both physically and mentally. Young Goans are sidelined; they have hardly any say in decisions affecting the future of Goa. Were any youngsters taken into confidence when an international language was dropped for the mother tongue as the compulsory medium of instruction in government-aided primary schools? Take an unbiased survey among 18 to 21 years
CoMMuniCation HurdLEs olds and ask which language they prefer… Most of GenerationPast is resigned to the belief that their family can progress only by sending their sons and daughters away from Goa. This also gives elders complete power. Otherwise, how can one explain a mother coaxing her son the very day after he arrives from out of the clutches of sea pirates – freed by the intervention of the Prime Minister’s Office – that he must return? Let’s not fool ourselves. She isn’t persuading her son to join a battle to save the country. The family is too used to foreign remittances, even if it means sending their children into harm’s way. Some Goan politicians say they are promoting their children. This is an eyewash. Instead of surrendering their own seats to their children, they actually try to increase their political footprint by getting their children elected from a neighboring constituency. That way, they can control two or more constituencies; have their cake and eat it too. The government also contributes to the Generation Gap. The old-but-not-needy of GenerationPast get Social Security, but there’s no sign of an allowance for the genuinely educated unemployed. Our politicians should thank their stars that they are not in a developed country, where
the Good old Gulfie
Life is a ball,” says the optimist. “No, it’s really the pits,” retorts the pessimist. So, whom do you believe? Well, neither. Life is life, c’est la vie, says the Frenchie. And after attaining senior citizen status, it would be foolhardy to debate on such an opinionated and vague issue. But without much ado, let’s get to the subject of what life does to you. When young, one may have ambitions which we rarely fulfill. Yours truly wanted to be an engine driver, ha ha! Sometimes you land in a profession you never dreamed of. No personal statement here. But the point is how does one handle life? Or to be more precise, how does one handle wealth. It should make you happy first. No problem of making ends meet. But more wealth may be another problem. Like sudden and unlimited wealth. I call it the Vinod Kambli effect, and it often afflicts great soccer players…Ronaldino and Co. You tend to fall prey to this sudden wealth, lose your balance and everything crumbles around you. Still, one cannot deny a human being’s desire to do well in life.
To marry, raise a family and give them all you ever wanted to. It’s a perfectly normal and legitimate dream. But then dreams, with a little bit of ill-luck, have the knack of becoming nightmares. Like the guy who went to the Gulf to better his prospects, slaved, sent money home and was perfectly happy until one not-so- fine day, he found his bank balances dwindling, The wife, all alone, decided to take a lover and that was that. But there are so many others who have benefited from the oilrich Gulf. It may not be the easiest thing to put up with an Arab, especially one who has very little in his upper story. But then, like in most unequal situations, a sadistic boss for one, there’s always the “grin and bear it,” solution. Oh yes, let me clarify. When we say the Gulf, it could be any other foreign country - the United States, England or Africa - but generally a developed country where one has to make sacrifices to save money. After all, the bottom line is the bank balance. Doesn’t everyone want to see their family happy and beyond want? Sadly, it’s only when life is almost over that we realize that the
Letter of the Day
No woman is safe…
Adelmo Fernandes, Vasco
C Da Costa, Margao
While addressing a gathering to greet people on occasion of the Statehood Day, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat has suggested installation of electronic gadgets like Closed Circuit Television (CCTVs) to keep an eye on the work done by the Government employees and also to curb various other illegalities that take place in various Government Departments. It must be said that this is a novel idea. But this provision needs to be extended to the Police Stations as well. It may be recalled that in the past few months a nexus has been seen to be existing between drug peddlers and some police officials. Probably CCTVs in stalled in the police stations will help curb such a menace beside other corruption.
The sad and untimely death of young Nadia Torreado, a girl from Loutolim has sent shock waves down the spine of every young girl in Salcette and in Goa. It is public knowledge, although the local newspapers tried to shelve the culprit, despite Goa’s electronic media splashing it all over that people of Goa know who the actual culprit is. It was common view to see this particular controversial minister in the Digambar Kamat ministry flaunt this girl and was also seen recently in Dubai at the finals of a popular football tournament organized by Dubai Goans, wherein the girl in question formed part of the minister’s entourage, despite having a cast in one of her legs. The sins of the ministers in the current Digambar Kamat dispensation are becoming too many for the people of Goa to handle and since Digambar Kamat is protecting such criminals in the sanctuary of his ministry, it would be in the best interest of Goans if the centre shunts the current CM and replaces him with a less corrupt and less evil option. I hope the dead girl and her family will be given justice. Years ago in a molestation case, the Goan voters pulled down a ruling party speaker, it is to be seen if the people will come out to catch hold of Digambar Kamat to sack this monster he has been long rearing in the cabinet and who is responsible for a lot of crimes and has never done justice to the ministry handled by him. I am sure if there is a free and fair investigation, which we doubt, there are more skeletons that will tumble from the closet… Maybe, the police should raid the minister’s hideouts to stumble upon some proof in this case. Also, like the CM and his infamous double speak, this minister involved recently made a statement in the media that tourist women are not safe in Goa. Is any girl safe from the clutches of politicians in Goa, specially the dreaded woman snatchers?
Harvest rain water Venan B Dias, Santo Estevam It is indeed very disturbing to read almost everyday water scarcity in Porvorim, despite the State getting sufficient rainfall every year. It seems there is a lack of planning from the PWD Department in providing water to this particular area or there is no proper management of water resources in the state. Today it’s Porvorim and tomorrow it can be any part of Goa. In fact, so much water is lost during the monsoons that one is surprised how we allow such precious resource to go waste. Though the authorities concerned should take fast remedial measures to curb this waste it is also our duty to see that we also nurture this resource by doing whatever we can. For example rain water har vesting (RWH); this is the best method to save water wherein every community can save water and use it during crisis, as in the name of development most of the villages have lost their wells either
By Ervell E. Menezes
best things in life are free. Till then, we live and learn, and quite often learn the hard way. Never mind the philosophy and all that, but I’ll tell you why this subject arose. On one of my Friday Market days I went Dangui’s to pick a watch strap and guess what? There was the perfect Gulfie, late-30s short pants, bright red cap, and wife and son in tow. Apparently more prosperous than me, he wanted to buy a watch. And had a number of them to pick from, he looked at them from different angles, then lined them up much to the chagrin of his seven-year-old son who was as restless as myself, waiting to be serviced. The wife was probably accustomed to this routine. She had probably learned the art of “switching off.” One develops these safety mechanisms. Guess it was a little over 10 minutes before I got my strap. So I left and did a bit of shopping, had my regular ice-cream, the routine. After an hour, I returned to the same shop, just out of curiosity, and guess what. He was still there with only two watches to choose from. Wonder if that was how he picked his dear wife!
Letters to the Editor
more about embossing his name on a plague and gather votes for his future through such means.
CCTVs for police stations
unemployment numbers are published weekly and politicians are held accountable for any significant rise in numbers. Forget corruption, nepotism, red tape… Goa’s politicians don’t deserve to be elected on the single count of not creating enough jobs for the youth. They have cleverly made sure things remain in a permanent flux, so that ambitious youth should leave Goa for their careers. Youth who choose to stay and perform in Goa are usually overlooked, discriminated against or intimidated. Laxmikant Shetgaonkar’s wonderful film gets recognition in faraway Canada, but not here. But now the writing is on the wall. GenerationNext wants a level playing field, to perform without sucking up to the political class. Some gap between generations is natural in a society that promotes independent thinking. But there are places like Carmona, in South Goa. This village exports its scarce educated youth out of Goa. Those who stay back are at the mercy of village elders. No wonder a movement against a mega project has failed to pick up steam; the village is controlled by elders who lack the virtue of the youth. Gram Sabhas are stage managed and manipulated. In many Carmona families, Generation Past is more educated then the children. Was this inten-
tionally done so the elders can call the shots till eternity? Politicians are always on the prowl to broker big deals in land-scarce Carmona, because there are few educated youth in the village; the old think-tank decides! A modern hall finds favour over a modern educational institute – could it fit in their greater scheme of keeping the village largely uneducated? Even an all-Goa topper from the village cannot effect any change! The odd educated youth who decides to leave the village for a career may never want to return. A healthy Generation Gap would have encouraged debate, avoided a herd mentality and would have contributed to the village’s collective wisdom. Any ideal society has both young and old. Both complement each other to achieve balance and harmony. GenerationNext is full of energy, hopes, desires, dreams; but it can also be wayward, naïve, immature and prone to mistakes. GenerationPast is experienced; a generation that may have learnt its lessons, but can also be resentful, slothful and rigid in its thinking. Both generations are important, and society benefits when both keep an open mind about each other and learn mutual respect. The old must ring in the new at the right time. In a 4x100 meter relay, the baton has to be transferred every 100 metres. Even the best runner can’t win without passing the baton. You just can’t beat the energy of four runners with one! We can learn a lesson from Indian corporates. Industry stalwarts have been inducting new blood. Adi Godrej of the Godrej group inducted his daughter Tanya Dubash. Shiv Nader of HCL has brought in his daughter Roshini. Azim Premji’s son Rishad is being groomed to handle Wipro. Even the flamboyant Vijay Mallya has inducted his son Siddartha. In Infosys, the CEOs step aside, allowing other senior colleagues to lead. In fairness, some parents in Goa do encourage their teenage children to think independently, even opening Facebook accounts and wearing trendy clothing to ‘keep up’. It does make a difference, but these are cosmetic changes. When Farhan asked Javed to write the lyrics for ‘Rock On’, the latter did not change from kurta-pyjama to jeans. Instead, Javed changed his mindset and thought from his son’s point of view. That is why the songs and film succeeded. It is like Shakespeare writing songs for Led Zeppelin! As the title song of ‘Rock On’ says: “Hai yeh Waqt ka Ishara, Rock On…”
buried intentionally or polluted. It would be prudent on part of the government to make it mandatory to every Goan who is building a new house to make provision for (RWH). At least a beginning could be made in this direction while people who already have houses should be given some time to make this provision. This step will go a long way in curbing water crisis in the state.
Biased women groups Nydia Rodrigues, Quepem
Suddenly there’s a big cry on all the newspapers and Goa News Channels about the death of one Nadia Torreado. There are lots
of such cases published in our news dailies. Surprisingly, some of the Women Rights Groups are up in arms about only this particular case. I fail to understand one thing about these groups, that is, where were they when a 13 year old girl committed suicide in Nuvem, another lady from Majorda and such other cases which have occurred in the month of April/May, but why only this case is being highlighted? Is it because of a politician’s involvement? Or are these groups supported by the Politicos to create controversies or to get publicity? In Goa we do not see such groups fighting /serving for the betterment or for better cause of Aam Admi. In the case of Nadia it seems Women Rights Groups are making unnecessary noise just to get publicity which they can’t get through
Paths of Wisdom
Nurture Konkani cinema
Parable of the fish and net
Kajal Chatterjee, Kolkata
Kudos to Mauro Fernandes for his letter “Konkani cinema” (May 29). While applauding L axmikant Shetgaonkar ’s masterpiece ‘Paltadacho Munis’, he has rightly opined that Konkani films, if properly nurtured and promoted, may churn up a Satyajit Ray or Adoor Gopalakrishnan in near future. But to reach such a glorified stage, special efforts are required from all quarters. The Government of Goa should encourage the upcoming film-makers by offering them soft loans to come up with Konkani films. Proper infrastructure like studios and other technical facilities need to be put in place by the authorities or offer a favourable ambience to the private concerns so that they can invest in the business of films. Tax-relaxation and compulsory screening of Konkani films in theatres across Goa are a must to support local industry so that they do not get wiped away by the economic powerhouse Bollywood. Also the directors and producers should also see to it that instead of mimicking their Hindi counterparts, Konkani films need to be based on the ethos of soil and culture of Goa. An industry can never prosper by ignoring the basic traits of the culture of the region concerned. The common Goans should also religiously patronise the Konkani films, instead of succumbing to the crude Bollywood culture. India is unique and colourful just because of its regional and cultural diversities and films are nothing but living and permanent documents of such richness. If Konkani films get established on a firm ground, it will add another feather to the colorful cap of India.
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By Sri Ramakrishna
his world is like a fishing net. Men are the fish, and God, who has created this world, is the fisherman. When the fish are entangled in the net, some of them try to tear through its meshes in order to be liberated. They are like the men striving after liberation. But by no means do all of them escape. Only a few jump out of the net with a loud splash, and then people say, ‘Ah! There goes a big one!’ In the same way, three or four men attain liberation. Again, some fish are so careful by nature that they are never caught in the net; some beings of the ever perfect class, like Narada, are never entangled in the meshes of worldliness. Most of the fish are trapped; but they are not conscious of the net and of their imminent death. No sooner are they entangled, they run headlong, net and all, trying to hide themselves in the mud. They don’t try even a little bit to get free. On the contrary, they go deeper and deeper into the mud. These fish are like the bound men. They are still inside the net, but they think they are quite safe there. A bound creature is immersed in worldliness, in ‘woman and gold’, having gone deep into the mire of degradation. But still he believes he is quite happy and secure. The liberated, and the seekers of liberation, look on the world as a deep well. They do not enjoy it. Therefore, after the attainment of Knowledge, the realization of God, some give up their bodies. But such a thing is rare indeed. (Source: from book “Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna”)
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Open letter to the CM By Praxy Fernandes dear CM,
Even though I am tough person with hardly any emotions, I felt like committing suicide when I read your statehood day speech on Herald newspaper, apparently because I have been terribly betrayed by the political class who have been responsible for the destruction and decay of my beloved land of Goa. I really cry when I travel around on buses and see the brazen destruction of my land, courtesy the politicians’ greed and lust for votes and money. I’d like to mention that I would not like to be even buried here. Rather, I wish lightening strikes me and blows away my ash to far off places so I’ll be at peace that I am far away from the land which I loved so dearly, and yet could not do anything to save it from you greedy monsters. May I ask you to soothe my feelings by giving me a truthful reply which I know you cannot, but still, if you can, knowing very well how you are at the forefront of building colonies for non-Goans by giving our poor farmers’ fields and our heritage and Communidade buildings/lands to migrants and builders for illegal constructions and by promoting mining and hazardous industries which are ever detrimental to the livelihood of our State and our hard working Goans. Having read the news item I would like to ask you the following: 1. What distinct identity for Goans are you talking about, when we Goans have been made slaves and ghantis in our own State, thanks to the gross acumen displayed by all our politicians who in connivance with the real estate builders and mining lobby, have taken the local Goans for a ride and betrayed us by allowing all non-Goans to loot and plunder us, just to fill the pockets of all the politicians with immense wealth, which is enough for the future ten generations of your families. 2. You are well aware that your general administrations and bureaucrats treat us original Goans like second class citizens, by giving preferential treatment to outsiders, only because they can fill their pockets full. I cry, and yes I do cry, when I visit the government offices to find the employees waiting in anticipation that their palms be greased to get even a small job done or else we are driven away because they know very well that doing a non-Goan’s job provides them with a better bounty. 3. Where are your police and law enforcement officials when our churches and temples are looted and vandalized, when robbery, rapes and drugs are the order of the day, and such criminal activities are prospering and that too openly promoted and conducted by family members of your political class and their cohorts and friends? And may I ask, what laws have your class of politicians framed for the betterment of Goans? On the contrary, your type of lawful approach has resulted in the present chaos and terrible sorry state of our affairs today. What animals/immoral characters form your cabinet; those who call us locals pigs and those who have no morality and social values who have raped our beautiful girls and have driven them to commit suicide sometimes? Or those who openly support the destruction of our fields and who support outsiders in their evil designs of making Goa a concrete jungle? 4. What logical freedom are you talking about? If at all there is any logical freedom, it is the migrants and the criminals who are enjoying it only because they form your vote bank and the politicians cannot think beyond that but to come back to power by hook or crook with the help of these non-Goans who are at the forefront of destroying not only our beautiful land with their mindless and insensible approach and lifestyles, but also our well appreciated communal harmony. No wonder you nowadays don’t feel the need for our votes and have the cheek to tell it to us openly, as we Goans are a minority in our own land today. 5. Mr Chief Minister, do you remember any one good solution that you have provided to us Goans. It remains only as far as words come out from your mouth, beyond that, exactly opposite is being done. Show me one instance where you have stopped a mega project meant for outsiders and which has resulted in the destruction of trees and our environment. Show me when you have stopped mining misadventures carried out by fly-by-night operators or by wealthy non-Goans. On the contrary, you have gone out of the way to bring an ordinance just to save some illegal demolition of a hotel belonging to your relatives and that too at the cost of the locals there. Why are local Goans who pass engineering promoted as contractors in constructing infrastructure for our State? 6. Can you let me know what benefit we have got by having a Rajya Sabha nomination. The MP there sometimes speaks of things which have put us Goans to shame although I do appreciate some of his views on the non-performance of his party here in Goa. 7. And I think the Governor(s) should congratulate themselves because they cannot and are not in a position to do anything for us locals as their appointment bestows them only with facilities and lifestyles to help outsiders and that too at the cost of the tax-payers here. In fact there are so many issues which worry me about my dear land and which I would want to ask about? But unfortunately we have reached an irreversible stage that has only left me crying, as neither I nor my like-minded Goans can do anything about them, as we are already a minority in our own land. I have been left gasping for breathe many a times when I read some Goans criticizing our own people like me for protesting the influx of non-Goans and migrants. But I would like to state that these people have done more harm than good by accepting these migrants quoting various silly reasons including the fundamental right of Indians to move anywhere n the country. Some have even gone to the extent of saying that we cannot survive without these migrants. But it is this very foolishness and weakness of the mind as well as the physical body of such Goans, that has made a mockery of the locals. Such Goans don’t deserve to be staying here because I can myself prove to them that a lot of Goans can do any type of work and survive as a better civic society. I still feel and say with conviction that we would have been much better off with the Portuguese ruling us than with the present dispensation looting and cheating us.
No decision yet on using army to fight Naxals: Antony PTI PUNE, MAY 31
Defence Minister A K Antony today said the Government was "examining all pros and cons of various aspects" of deploying army in anti-Naxalite operations in the country. While making it clear that government had not taken any decision in the matter so far, he said, "we are carefully examining all pros and cons of various aspects and once a decision is made, it will be binding on the military." "The armed forces will also accept whatever decision government takes" and implement it with vigour, Antony added. Antony, interacting with the media after taking salute at the passing out parade of 118th course of National Defence Academy (NDA) at Khadakwasla, about 20 kms from here, refuted a suggestion that the Union cabinet was split over the issue of bringing in the armed forces to combat the Naxal violence. Denying that the matter came up for discussion during his recent meeting with Army Chief General V K Singh, Antony said
it was a routine call. On the Naxalite menace, Antony said government was taking seriously the "emerging scenario" in which both national and internal security had assumed prime importance. After the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, the government was taking utmost care to step up land, air and coastal security and the armed forces were fully alive to increasing threat perceptions stemming from international terrorism, he said. Earlier, the minister reviewed a passing out parade of the young NDA cadets. "Wars in future will be unpredictably dispersed and largely undefined and the distinction between conventional and unconventional military operations will be blurred," Antony said while addressing the cadets. The minister asked them to prepare for "synergic execution of plans" and hone their leadership skills. Cadet P A Varma was declared winner of the President's gold medal in the overall order of merit of the passing out course. Meanwhile, one person has been arrested on suspicion of having links with Naxal from Ghodasar area of the city today, police said. One Sagar alias Shrinivas Venkatachalia (35), who is native of Istalpuram village of Nalgonda district of Andhara Pradesh, was arrested by the city crime branch following a tip off from the special investigation team probing network of CPI (Maoist).
High Court defers Rathore's bail plea PTI CHANDIGARH, MAY 31
CBI today strongly opposed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court the bail plea of former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore, sentenced to an 18-month jail term in the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case, and submitted that he must undergo "some part of marginal sentence" awarded to him. "Rathore must spend some part of marginal sentence in jail like one-third of total punishment given to him," CBI counsel Anmol Rattan Sidhu told the court. "It was a two-decade-long battle...at least Rathore must spend one-third of the sentence in jail," he pleaded. Fourteen-year-old Ruchika, a budding tennis player, had committed suicide three years after being molested by Rathore on August 12, 1990. A sessions
court had on May 25 enhanced Rathore's jail term from six months to one-and-a-half years while allowing the plea of CBI and the Girhotra family. Arguing the bail petition of 68-year-old Rathore, his lawyerwife Abha contended that the "whole case is based on forged documents." She alleged that all the signatures of Ruchika on documents presented before the prosecuting agency during trial were "forged." She contended that Anand Parkash, whose wife Madhu Parkash was the complainant in the case and S C Girhotra, father of Ruchika, had joined the case later. She claimed, "All wrongs were used to get the sentence enhanced...Rathore never violated the term of condition and bail during the course of hearing.
Devotees participating in the Temple Car festival at the famous Varadaraja Perumal Temple, in Kancheepuram on Monday.
No internal rift: Ravishankar PTI
BANGALORE, MAY 31 Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravishankar today dismissed suggestions that the firing at his ashram could be due to some internal rivalry and said police cannot absolve itself of its responsibility by taking it lightly and should investigate properly. "Let us not speculate on this. It cannot be brushed off as some personal enmity. I am very hurt at such reports," he told reporters here when asked about reports on some police personnel indicating that the firing might have been due to internal rivalry among devotees. Describing such reports as "baseless", he said, "Police cannot absolve itself of its responsibility by taking it lightly. It has to be investigated properly. The fact is that the bullet was fired in the direction of my car and a devotee has been injured. It has to be taken seriously and probed." An unidentified gunman had yesterday fired a shot at the convoy of the 54-year-old spiritual leader when he was returning to his 'kutir' after delivering a discourse to his followers. On DGP Ajai Kumar Singh terming the firing as an incident and not an attack, he said, "What is an attack. What is an incident. I do not know." Meanwhile, administrative head of the ashram Narendra Lamba said, "It could be a threat, it could be a terror attack. Police has to probe." On what he meant by terror
Dental College students with faces covered with skull mask at an awareness rally on the occasion of ' World Anti Tobacco Day' in Chennai on Monday.
Now an e-magazine for real Indian English PTI THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, MAY 31
Do writings of Booker Prize winner Arundhati Roy, Sashi Tharoor or other IndianEnglish writers, which have won global critical acclaim reflect the ‘real’ India? A group of English writers from across India, who have launched an e-magazine beg to differ, arguing many established writers in ‘Indian-English’ including Tharoor and Roy are not writing ‘real’ Indian-English and many of their works have failed to reflect the culture and feel of the country. Titled ‘Indian Ruminations’, the e-journal, launched here a fortnight back, is a platform for un-established English writers, who claim they are spreading the
real spirit of India through their works. Around 45 members from various states, including Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam, Chhatisgarh, Orissa and Delhi have registered in it, says Sandhya S N, one of the Chief Editors. "There are African English, American English, Australian English and British English and all of them convey the native culture of respective regions," says Sandhya. Peculiar terminology, expressions and writing style, based on each native culture has been coined in those language streams. "But unfortunately Indian English cannot claim that credit. Most Indian-English writers are those who grew up or studied outside the country with academic qualifications gained from foreign universi-
ties. Naturally they will write American English or British English. They cannot reflect the real Indian spirit and write in Indian English," Sandhya told PTI. "Though a large number of such writers publish their works in many popular literary websites, they do not get much display or preference as established authors. So we thought about an independent platform where any writer -- a budding poet or an established story writer - can publish their works," Sandhya, a Keralite poet whose collection of poems “Break the Silence” was published recently, said. "India Ruminations" has writer-members ranging from schoolchildren to scientists, who manage to find time for creative writing amidst their research
and experiments. The writers’ community also comprise civil servants, teachers, clerks, job aspirants and home makers. All forms of creative writing like poems, short stories, articles, interviews and book reviews can be put on it. "Those who want to publish their writings can visit our magazine and click the option ‘submission’ and upload the article after giving sufficient personal details. Or they can post it to firstname.lastname@example.org," she said. Chief Editors Sandhya S N and Pro J T Jayasingh edit and upload all contents posted, which are updated monthly. ‘Indian Ruminations’ also plans to provide space for Indian-born painters to display their paintings in the near future.
attack, Lamba said it could have been "to create some confusion, some chaos and settle some score or the other. Not a score with Guruji, but since he has reformed many Naxalites who have come here, surrendered, transformed and joined the mainstream, this may not go well with others." Recounting the firing incident, Ravishankar said after finishing the 'satsang', we reach the car and boarded it "and it had just started moving when we heard a loud sound, thought it could be something which had fallen down, a cracker burst or a generator burst. It took us sometime to figure out exactly what had happened." Ravishankar said it did take some time to report to police as the facts had to be ascertained properly. Besides, the police station was 45 minutes away from the ashram and heavy rains hampered communication.
Train mishap: Nagpur couple still missing PTI NAGPUR, MAY 31
A young couple from the city, who had gone on a honeymoon vacation to Darjeeling and were returning by Howrah-Kurla Dyneshwari Express, are still missing. Amit Gajbhiye, who worked with a private firm and his wife Anita, a school teacher, were among the passengers who boarded the ill-fated train at Howrah station.
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woman was not immediately referred to the hospital in the morning and whether any inmates were there in the house during the morning,” he added. “As of now, we do not know whether any inmates were there in the house when the incident occurred in the morning. Earlier, the police were investigating into the aspect of attempt to commit suicide. Now, the police are devoting all their attention to probe into various aspects of the case,” he added.
“You will come to know by tomorrow the progress of investigations in the case,” he said. On the application made by women’s activist, Tara Kerkar for a fresh post mortem examination, the SP, South said the police have filed its say in the case and has left it for the Sub-divisional Magistrate, Margao to take a decision on the application.
No one approached me: CM
Women’s organizations led by Auda Viegas and Tara Kerkar had on Sunday demanded that the minister concerned be dropped from the Cabinet. They had also demanded an impartial inquiry into the episode to ascertain the exact facts and the reasons that forced the woman Nadia Torrado to take the drastic step of consuming Ratol poison
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IX-212 have been taken off duty pending investigations, which have been launched by Air India and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. There were 112 passengers and a six-member crew on board. On May 22, a Boeing 737-800 had crashed in Managalore while landing after the pilot overshot the runway killing 158 persons. There were reports that the commander of the aircraft (IX-212) was in the toilet when the airplane, after the plunge, came directly on the path of another plane. But official sources said there was no threat of a near-miss as no other aircraft was near the Air India plane that lost height. The enquiry would lay bare the facts, they added. In a statement, an Air India spokesperson said the Air India Express flight “lost some height” but “not 15,000 feet as reported”. “There are no reports of any injuries to passengers and crew. The pilots have been de-rostered to enable them to participate in the enquiry. The matter is being investigated,” the spokesperson said, adding that the aircraft later landed safely at Pune.
China detains 11 in brick kiln slave case Reuters BEIJING, MAY 31
Chinese police have detained 11 people linked to a brick kiln in Hebei province where workers were treated like slaves, forced to work long hours, deprived of sleep and given electric shocks, a local newspaper reported. A man surnamed Song from neighbouring Shanxi province escaped from the kiln this month and alerted police. They discovered another 34 people working there as slaves, the Yanzhao Metropolis Daily said in a weekend report on its website (www.yzdsb.hebnews.cn). The report said the owners of the kiln, not far from China's capital Beijing, were among those detained. The case recalled a scandal in 2007 that elicited public outrage when Chinese media found at least 1,000 people forced to work as slaves in brick kilns in Shanxi province, following a father's desperate search for his missing teenage son. After that case, the government vowed to root out the practice, but occasional media reports since of new slave cases show it has continued, in part due to the strong demand for construction materials to fuel China's real estate boom. Some Chinese traffickers deliberately targeted mentally handicapped people from the poor countryside, luring them into dangerous employment contracts and sometimes even killing them in mine accidents to get compensation in the southwestern province of Sichuan, some media reported last year.
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Israeli commandos storm Gaza-bound ships, kill 20 PTI JERUSALEM, MAY 31
Israeli Naval commandos in a predawn raid stormed a civilian flotilla carrying humanitarian aid and hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists to blockaded Gaza Strip, killing at least 20 people, sparking an international outrage and triggering a diplomatic crisis. Israel said its forces faced resistance from the activists as Navy seals slithered from hovering helicopters to board the six-ship convoy, which had on board a Nobel Laureate, European lawmakers, authors, journalists and an elderly Holocaust survivor. The Israeli army said the troops returned fire after they were attacked with live rounds, knives, iron bars and clubs. But Turkish charity 'Free Gaza Movement' whose ship bore the brunt of the Israeli attack said the soldiers started shooting as soon as they hit the deck and continued the fusillade even when white flag of surrender was raised. At least 20 people were killed in the takeover of the Gaza aid convoy, al-Aqsa TV channel reported, saying that more than 50 people, including leader of the Palestinian Islamic Movement Sheikh Raed Salah, were wounded in the attack. Israeli army said its five soldiers were
wounded, two seriously. Two of the dead activists had fired at soldiers with pistols, the army claimed. The violent takeover of the convoy set off worldwide condemnation as Muslim leaders slammed the deadly raid as "criminal and inhuman". Hours after the violent seizures, thousands of people poured onto the streets of Istanbul, Ankara, Amman and other Muslims capitals, chanting anti-Israel slogans. Ankara responded with fury recalling its ambassador in Tel Aviv and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, a close ally of Tel Aviv, denounced what he described as "Israel's use of excessive and unjustified force that led to the loss of innocent lives." UN chief Ban ki-Moon as well as French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel also decried Jewish state for use of force against civilians. The Israeli ambassadors in Sweden, Spain, Denmark and Greece were summoned for meetings, whereas France called for an investigation into the incident. The Turkish ship 'Mavi Marmara' which was leading the convoy called 'Gaza Freedom flotilla' bore the brunt of the Israeli fury and most of those killed were on board the ill fated Islamic charity ship, unofficially
sponsored by Turkey. Reports said a Greek ship 'Stentoni' was also boarded by the commandos. Later, most of these ships were escorted by Israeli Naval boats to their bases. Reports also said that number of injured had been taken to hospitals by helicopters. The Israelis imposed a censorship on the coverage and only a limited footage of the incident was broadcast which showed a number of people injured with bandages. Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu backed Israel Defence Forces on their operation against the aid ships sailing with relief material to the Gaza Strip. Prime Minister Netanyahu reiterates his "full backing for the IDF", a statement from his office said. Arab correspondents on board the Turkish ship in their initial reports claimed that Israeli troops started firing when they hit the deck and continued shooting even when surrender flags were raised. Israeli Military Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi said his troops faced extreme violence from the moment they reached the ships. "It was pre-mediated and included weapons, iron bars, knives and at certain stage firearms and even in some cases weapons that were snatched from his soldiers," he said.
Maoists give 48-hr ultimatum to Nepal PM to resign PTI KATHMANDU, MAY 31
Nepal's main Opposition Maoist party on Monday issued a 48hour ultimatum to the embattled Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal to quit, warning that the failure to implement the deal that paved the way for the extension of the parliament's term would result in a "serious crisis". The Prime Minister had agreed to step down to secure the support of United CPNMaoist party, which has nearly 40 per cent of the seats in the Parliament, to extend by one year the Constituent Assembly's term that was to expire on May 28. Narayankaji Shrestha, a top Maoist leader, accused the 22party ruling coalition of trying to deceive his party by misinterpreting the crux of the agreement. Shrestha warned that the Prime Minister's failure to resign within five days of the deal would result in serious crisis. "Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal must resign by Tuesday evening," he was quoted as say-
ing by the Himalayan Times daily today. H a rd l i n e M a o i s t l e a d e r Mohan Vaidya “Kiran” said the Prime Minister has given verbal assurance to resign within five days while signing the threepoint agreement to extend the term of the Constituent Assembly on May 28. A situation of mistrust will prevail if they fail to stick to the three-point agreement, Vaidya warned. The Maoists daily, Janadisha, quoted Vaidya as saying that the failure of the prime minister to step down within five days of the deal would result in "serious crisis." "We must not let that happen," he told the paper. "The prime minister's resignation has to come in five days." Maoist spokesman Dinanath Sharma in a statement today said the party now "appeals to the prime minister and the political parties to remain true to their commitments... and to create a conducive environment for consensus". Leaders of the three major political parties – the main Op-
Central America storm kills 86, more victims feared Reuters GUATEMALA CITY, MAY 31
The remnants of Tropical Storm Agatha dumped more rain across Central America after killing at least 86 people in the region, sparking fears of further mudslides in three countries. Agatha, the first named storm of the 2010 Pacific hurricane season, slammed into the Guatemalan coast near the border with Mexico on Saturday. At least 74 people were confirmed dead in Guatemala yesterday and the authorities were investigating 20 other reports of fatalities, emergency services spokesman David de Leon said. More than 74,000 people have fled their homes. At least 14 people were believed dead in the town of San Antonio Palopo, 160 km southeast of the capital, Guatemala City, after a huge mudslide en-
35 Taliban fighters killed, 42 injured in Pak PTI PESHAWAR, MAY 31
Helicopter gunships targeted militant positions in the volatile Orakzai tribal region in northwest Pakistan on Monday, killing 35 Taliban fighters and injuring 42 more, security officials said. The air strikes targeted militant positions at Ghiljo, Tor Kanrai and Mamuzai areas in Orakzai Agency. The Pakistani military claims it has killed nearly 1,000 militants since an offensive was launched in Orakzai Agency earlier this year though the figure cannot be independently confirmed as journalists are barred from the conflict zone.
gulfed an entire neighborhood. "There was a mudslide that wiped out homes, trees and everything in its path," said a man who gave his name on local radio as Luis. "We have found 14 bodies and we think there are another eight to 10 beneath the mud." Rescue workers scrambled to restore communications to towns and villages cut off by landslides where other victims were feared. The intense rainfall has sparked concern over the condition of the coffee crop in Guatemala, the region's biggest producer, as well as in El Salvador, where the rains fell heaviest in the principal coffee-growing region. The storm dissipated overnight as it crossed the western mountains of Guatemala but emergency workers warned residents to expect heavy rain for several more days.
position CPN-Maoist, the Nepali Congress and the prime minister's Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist Leninist) – met today but failed to reach an agreement to put into practice the May 28 deal. The ruling alliance has so far refused to a give a time frame for the prime minister's resignation, angering Maoist leaders, who accuse them of "betrayal". It denies having agreed to any such deal, saying the Prime Minister is in no hurry to resign. He has not given any time bound assurance for resignation, said Nepali Congress leader Bimalendra Nidhi. He will resign only in two conditions: if consensus is reached to move forward the peace process and complete the drafting of the constitution and when all parties agree to form a national consensus government, Nidhi said. The ruling alliance has so far refused to a give a time frame for the prime minister's resignation, angering Maoist leaders, who accuse the ruling alliance of "betrayal".
Syria asks Arab League to meet over aid flotilla Reuters DAMASCUS, MAY 31
Syria asked on Monday for an emergency Arab League meeting to discuss what it described as Israeli aggression on Gazabound international aid ships. ''Syria's representative to the Arab league has submitted a formal memo to the League requesting it to convene,'' the official news agency said. At least 20 people were killed on board the aid ships today when Israeli commandos intercepted the vessels, which included ships flying Turkish flags.
US presses Pak for broader passenger profiling PTI NEW YORK, MAY 31
US is putting on pressure on Pakistan for much broader passenger profiling as part of its new efforts to crack down hard on terrorists, a move which has been resisted so far by Islamabad. Pakistan currently provides in advance only the names of passengers travelling to the US, but now Washington is insisting on complete database of all flyers from Pakistan, the New York Times reported on Monday. The American investigative agencies want to use this information to track terrorists travel patterns. But the Times said now the US wants information on Pakistani who fly to other countries to feed into its database that can detect patterns used by the
terrorists, their financers, their logisticians and others who support them. The US currently has a range of confidential agreements with countries governing how much information each will share about its citizens travelling on commercial airliners. Many countries share only information about passengers travelling to the US, while others, including several in the Caribbean, have agreed to share more information about other countries that their residents visit. In the case of Pakistan, American officials are seeking details like the recent travel histories of airline passengers and how they paid for their tickets. Pakistan has for several years rebuffed this politically unpopular request as an invasion of
its citizens' privacy. But the issue is now on a "short list" of sticking points between the two coun-
tries — including some classified counterterrorism programmes.
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Market cheers robust GDP growth, Sensex rises 81 points PTI
MUMBAI, MAY 31
Cheering the robust economic growth numbers, the stock market benchmark Sensex moved up 81 points today to record its fourth straight session of gains. Analysts said the upbeat gross domestic product data for the quarter and fiscal ended March 2010, helped Dalal Street put aside the worries over eurozone debt crisis and weak cues coming in from global markets. After a highly volatile session, the Bombay Stock Exchange’s barometer ended at 16,944.63 points, up 0.48 per cent, or 81.57 points, over the previous close. The 30-share index, however, registered a fall of 3.49 per cent in May amid the eurozone debt worries. The Sensex today opened weak but recovered after the GDP data were released by the government. Hectic buying in PSU and auto stocks during last hour helped the index close at near the day’s high of 16,971.15 points. The economy registered a better than estimated 7.4 per cent growth in 2009-10. During the March quarter, the GDP grew by a robust 8.6 per cent, mainly on the back of strong expansion in manufacturing sector. The wide-based Nifty index of the National Stock Exchange too finished higher by 0.39 per cent at 5,086.30 points. “The GDP data helped the market to shrug-off the negative cues coming in from global markets. However, in coming session, the market is likely to remain sideways,” Bonanza Portfolio’s AVP Avinash Gupta said. Aban Offshor, 724.05, 725, 705.1, 711.55 Abb Ltd., 860, 868, 849.2, 859 Abg Shipyard, 243.5, 261.2, 243.5, 253.25 Acc Limited, 826.05, 832.9, 812.1, 818.55 Adani Enterp, 538.9, 551.4, 534.05, 542.75 Aditya Birla, 731.15, 733.7, 711.25, 721.1 Allahabad Ba, 162.5, 166.8, 162, 165.15 Alstom Proje, 594, 606, 583, 586.7 Ambuja Cemen, 107.4, 109.95, 106.05, 108.85 Andhra Bank, 133.75, 137, 133.15, 136.4 Ashok Leylan, 60.7, 60.95, 59.3, 60.35 Asian Paints, 2105, 2135, 2075, 2086.1 Axis Bank Li, 1215.8, 1238, 1210.1, 1232.35 Bajaj Hindus, 107.9, 109, 105.6, 106.45 Bank Of Baro, 695.6, 716.9, 695.6, 710.7 Bank Of Indi, 325.1, 331.45, 322.1, 329.65 Beml Limited, 975, 977, 962, 970.55 Bharat Elect, 1712.1, 1742, 1695.55, 1718.75 Bharat Forge, 264.7, 271.7, 261, 268.65 Bharat Petro, 565, 589.5, 562.05, 581.15 Bharti Airte, 261, 264.45, 260, 262.9 Bhel, 2329.5, 2365, 2305, 2353.4 Bhushan Stee, 1399, 1414, 1376.05, 1398.9 Biocon Limit, 292.75, 297.25, 292, 294.25 Bombay Dyein, 500.2, 528.5, 499, 521.8 Bosch Limite, 4950, 5080, 4891, 4900.25 Brigade Ente, 136.8, 138.05, 133.1, 134.75 Cairn India, 292.5, 302, 288.65, 300.15 Canara Bank, 399.9, 411.7, 397.1, 409.25 Central Bank, 143.5, 147, 141.65, 145.3 Century Text, 447.15, 458.85, 440, 457.15 Cesc Ltd, 366, 383.5, 365, 381.25 Chambal Fert, 57, 58.7, 56.25, 58.45 Chennai Petr, 245.85, 250.95, 245, 249 Cipla Ltd, 321, 325.45, 317.1, 319 Colgate Palm, 730, 765, 726, 757.55 Container Co, 1202.6, 1300, 1202.6, 1287.45 Crompton Gre, 239.3, 244.45, 231.8, 240.45 Cummins Indi, 555, 566, 549.5, 562.2 Dabur India, 186.5, 187.4, 183.55, 185.4 Deccan Chron, 120.9, 126.8, 118.4, 124.05 Dish Tv Indi, 39, 39.15, 38.1, 38.55 Divi’s Labor, 735, 748, 735, 743.4 Dlf Limited, 278.8, 279.55, 270.7, 276.7 Dr. reddy’s, 1365, 1417.5, 1345.8, 1403.85
Edelweiss Ca, 412.5, 443, 410, 436.9 Educomp Solu, 486, 538.5, 480.4, 534.95 Eih Limited, 117, 119.25, 116.15, 116.95 Engineers In, 317, 345.5, 312.05, 340.35 Essar Oil Lt, 122.5, 125.25, 121.1, 124.2 Essar Shippi, 82.3, 85.5, 80.1, 84.6 Exide Indust, 117.85, 120.4, 115.25, 119.25 Federal Bank, 330, 353, 329.05, 345.3 Financial Te, 1320, 1364.5, 1282.05, 1337.1 Gail (india), 452.1, 456.4, 448.2, 453.65 Gammon India, 201, 206, 196.5, 204.05 Glaxosmithkl, 2020, 2119.9, 1995.9, 2107.95 Glenmark Pha, 269.7, 274.85, 269.7, 271.6 Gmr Infrastr, 59, 60.1, 57.7, 59.75 Godrej Indus, 150.95, 152.95, 146.5, 151.05 Grasim Indus, 1846, 1874.4, 1813.2, 1823 Great Offsho, 458, 458, 442.2, 449.7 Gtl Infra.Lt, 36.5, 37, 36.35, 36.7 Gujarat Mine, 121.9, 129.45, 120.1, 125.65 Gujarat N R, 63, 64.8, 61.55, 63.85 Gujarat Stat, 91.75, 95.35, 91.75, 94.45 Gvk Pow. & I, 42.5, 43.6, 42, 43.15 Hcl Technolo, 375.9, 387.85, 365.3, 382.35 Hdfc Bank Lt, 1896, 1898.6, 1865, 1888.45 Hdfc Ltd, 2772.25, 2804.9, 2761.5, 2789.75 Hero Honda M, 1931, 1949.8, 1912.2, 1937.45 Hindalco in, 150.9, 150.9, 145.6, 150.25 Hindustan Co, 112.2, 112.9, 107.95, 110.9 Hindustan Ma, 66.1, 74.85, 66.1, 73.6 Hindustan Pe, 359, 370.3, 359, 363.65 Hindustan Un, 237, 239.7, 235.25, 237.2 Hindustan Zi, 974, 980, 957, 973.75 Housing Dev, 228.3, 235, 221.6, 226 Icici Bank L, 864.75, 874.45, 857.4, 868.3 Idea Cellula, 50.2, 50.85, 50, 50.5 Ifci Ltd, 53.7, 54.8, 52.35, 54.55 India Cement, 110.5, 110.5, 107, 107.85 India Infoli, 99.5, 99.95, 95.5, 96.55 Indiabulls F, 139.25, 146.25, 138.1, 145 Indiabulls R, 154, 158.5, 152.05, 157.6 Indian Bank, 223.5, 231.75, 217.7, 229.65 Indian Hotel, 103.3, 105.45, 102.15, 104.65 Indian Oil C, 346.9, 354.9, 342, 353.15 Indian Overs, 90.45, 91.9, 89.35, 91.05 Indus Dev Ba, 111.5, 114, 110.4, 113.8
Indusind Ban, 193.55, 199, 190.05, 196.1 Infosys Tech, 2735, 2735, 2624.55, 2658 Infra. dev., 154.95, 158.45, 153.4, 157.15 Ispat Indust, 17.55, 17.8, 17.45, 17.7 Itc Ltd, 287.7, 287.7, 279.2, 283.2 Ivrcl Infras, 155, 170.7, 155, 167.95 Jai Corp Lim, 228.9, 229.9, 224.2, 226 Jaiprakash A, 133, 133, 122.6, 124.6 Jet Airways, 498, 515.7, 486.6, 511.6 Jindal Saw L, 188.25, 189.7, 184.8, 188.6 Jindal Steel, 660.05, 660.05, 641.25, 654.1 Jsw Steel Li, 1103, 1113, 1070, 1108.05 Kotak Mahind, 763.75, 763.75, 748.4, 758.55 Lakshmi Mach, 1825, 1834, 1791, 1807.4 Lanco Infrat, 60.75, 62.25, 59.9, 60.65 Larsen & Tou, 1626, 1639.9, 1620, 1631.35 Lic Housing, 956.45, 960, 935.95, 939.5 Lupin Limite, 1827, 1874, 1815, 1860.2 Mahanagar Te, 55.55, 56.15, 55.2, 55.5 Mahindra & M, 555, 578.1, 553, 572.7 Maruti Suzuk, 1236, 1240, 1224.65, 1236.85 Max India Lt, 163.1, 164, 158.4, 162.9 Maytas Infr., 188, 196.8, 184.15, 194.25 Moser-baer (, 59.05, 60.2, 57.5, 58.65 Mrpl, 66.65, 68.65, 65.85, 68.2 Nagarjuna Co, 171.75, 176, 169.8, 173.5 Nagarjuna Fe, 29.3, 29.8, 28.9, 29.55 National Alu, 410, 418, 403, 415.7 Neyveli Lign, 144, 149.2, 143.05, 148.4 Ntpc Ltd, 201, 203.85, 199.4, 202.3 Oil And Natu, 1140, 1177.65, 1134.6, 1167.7 Omaxe Limite, 95.25, 97.5, 93, 93.85 Oriental Ban, 326, 339.8, 323.1, 335.6 Pantaloon Re, 394, 401, 389.2, 397.7 Parsvnath De, 125.5, 130.3, 120.55, 129.15 Petronet Lng, 82.5, 83.2, 81.7, 82.45 Power Fin Co, 294, 299.9, 289.25, 296.2 Power Grid C, 103.25, 103.65, 102.15, 103.3 Praj Industr, 80, 81.75, 78.55, 78.95 Punj Lloyd L, 135.2, 135.2, 118.75, 120.1 Punjab Natio, 994, 1004.9, 978.8, 1002.5 Rajesh Expor, 91.05, 95.6, 83.05, 84.9 Ranbaxy Labs, 426, 431.75, 419.9, 429.8 Rashtriya Ch, 77, 81.5, 76.8, 81.05 Rel. nat. re, 52.5, 53.25, 51.3, 52.4
Reliance Cap, 649, 660, 646, 654.05 Reliance Com, 147.4, 147.8, 143.85, 144.95 Reliance Ene, 900, 900, 876.74, 881.28 Reliance Ind, 768, 789, 757, 774.55 Reliance Ind, 1030.15, 1048.5, 1028.75, 1045.6 Reliance Pow, 157, 159.6, 155, 156.3 Rolta India, 163.75, 164.9, 157.85, 160.05 Satyam Compu, 87.2, 87.9, 86.1, 86.9 Sesa Goa Ltd, 375, 384.85, 361.5, 381.9 Shipping Cor, 162.95, 164.9, 155.6, 160.45 Siemens Ltd, 713, 713, 694, 698.1 Sintex Indus, 271, 283.45, 268, 280.45 Sobha Develo, 305.15, 310.75, 301.55, 304.2 State Bank O, 2230, 2274.5, 2230, 2268.8 Steel Author, 207.2, 207.8, 201.8, 206.5 Sterlite Ind, 674.7, 682, 654.2, 662.4 Sun Pharmace, 1620, 1674, 1609.05, 1664.15 Sun Tv Netwo, 411, 411, 403, 405.6 Suzlon Energ, 60.55, 61.45, 55.6, 56.25 Tata Communi, 247, 251.7, 243.8, 245.25 Tata Consult, 748.5, 752.9, 738, 743.05 Tata Motors, 753.9, 764.3, 741, 755 Tata Power C, 1275, 1290, 1263, 1285.35 Tata Steel L, 496.85, 502.85, 486.25, 500.7 Tata Tea Ltd, 1071, 1094.85, 1060, 1083.9 Tata Teleser, 19.15, 19.8, 19.1, 19.65 Tech Mahindr, 647, 650.7, 630.1, 636.2 The Ge Shpg., 298.9, 301, 292, 299.1 The Phoenix, 201.9, 201.9, 196.3, 198.4 Thermax Ltd, 703, 710, 699, 702.3 Titan Indust, 2218, 2238, 2201, 2222 Torrent Powe, 316, 324.75, 316, 323.5 Triveni Engg, 97.7, 97.7, 93.55, 95.3 Tv18 India L, 79.5, 83.55, 78.05, 82.85 Uco Bank, 76.45, 79.25, 75.5, 78.9 Ultratech Ce, 925, 940, 918.35, 921.75 Union Bank O, 287.5, 294.5, 286.5, 293.1 Unitech Ltd, 73.5, 74, 70.9, 72.6 United Phosp, 171.65, 185.4, 169.05, 182.15 Videocon Ind, 203.4, 208.9, 203.3, 207.6 Vijaya Bank, 56.15, 59.35, 55.7, 58.95 Voltas Ltd, 177, 181.6, 174, 180.05 Wipro Ltd, 665.8, 676.1, 657.5, 669.65 Yes Bank Lim, 282, 289.7, 279.65, 287.95 Zee Entertai, 285, 287.45, 277.1, 282.8
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Patil seeks closer India-China biz ties PTI SHANGHAI, MAY 31
President Pratibha Patil today concluded her first state visit to China asking business leaders of the two Asian giants to develop "models of cooperation" that will address concerns of both sides and realise their true trade potential. Describing her six-day visit to China as "very productive", the President said the relationship between the two countries has the potential to become "one of the biggest economic and business relationships of the century". Addressing the India-China Business Forum here on the last day of her visit, Patil, said there was a need to make India's export basket fairly rep-
resentative of its competence. The first Indian Head of State to visit China in a decade, she said India stands ready to do more business and welcomed investment by Chinese companies. "For a long-term partnership, it is important that we develop models of cooperation that take into account the concerns of both parties. I am sure that this will happen even as our economic relationship unfolds," she said. Lauding the growth in bilateral trade from a modest USD 3 billion in 2000 to an impressive USD 52 billion in 2008, the President said there was still "considerable room" for further expansion. "India's export basket to
Per capita income jumps 10.5% PTI NEW DELHI, MAY 31
The per capita income grew by 10.5 per cent to Rs 44,345 in 2009-10 against Rs 40,141 in the year-ago period, according to the government data. The per capita income was slightly higher than Rs 43,749 as calculated by the Central Statistical Organisation (CSO) in its advance estimates for FY10. However,per capita income grew by 5.6 per cent last fiscal if it is calculated on the basis of 2004-05 prices, which is a better way of comparison
and broadly factors inflation. Per capita income (at 200405 prices) stood at Rs 33,588 in FY10 against Rs 31,821 in the previous year, according to estimates of national income released today. Per capital income means income of each Indian if national income is evenly divided among the country's population of 117 crore. The size of the economy rose to Rs 62,31,171 crore in the last fiscal, up 11.8 per cent over Rs 55,74,449 crore in FY09.
3G: Telcos pay Rs 67,719 cr PTI NEW DELHI, MAY 31
Nine telecom players, including BSNL, MTNL, Bharti, Vodafone and RCom, today paid Rs 67,719 crore to the government towards 3G spectrum that was auctioned recently. Bharti Airtel paid the highest Rs 12,295.46 crore for 3G spectrum (radio waves) in 13 circles, followed by Vodafone Rs 11,617.86 crore. State-owned BSNL also paid Rs 10,186.56 crore for the radio waves across India, except in Delhi and Mumbai. Anil Ambani group firm RCom deposited Rs 8,585.04 crore. The company has bagged spectrum in 13 circles including in Delhi and Mumbai. The government had earlier projected to collect Rs 35,000 crore from the sale of spectrum for 3G and Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) services put together. But with nearly Rs 33,000 crore coming in as extra from 3G spectrum auction alone, the government is hoping to reduce its fiscal deficit to around 5 per cent of GDP from the estimated 5.5 per cent in the current financial year. The situation may further
improve with collection from BWA spectrum, auction for which is in process. All the successful bidders would be getting the spectrum in September this year after it is vacated by the Defence forces. 3G services will offer subscribers high-speed data services on mobile phones, which they would be able to avail of by the first quarter of next year. MTNL, which offers telecom services only in two circles of Delhi and Mumbai, paid Rs 6,564 crore for the 3G spectrum. All the private telecom operators barring BSNL and MTNL, had participated in the 34-day long auction process that ended on May 19 and due to intense competition no single player could bag the airwaves throughout the nation. The two telecom PSUs (BSNL and MTNL) were given spectrum nearly a year ago on the condition that they would be paying the amount equivalent to the final bid. Among other private operators, Idea Cellular, Tatas, Aircel and STel have also paid their respective bid amount to the Department of Telecom (DoT).
R-Com launches 0.facebook.com
PANJIM (HBD) -- Reliance Communications announced that it is now offering their customers free mobile browsing on the new 0.facebook.com site. By sponsoring 0.facebook.com Reliance Communications is enabling their customers to stay connected through Facebook from any mobile Web browser without incurring any data charges. Facebook’s 0.facebook.com site is optimized for speed – it is a new faster, lightweight version of Facebook’s mobile site m.facebook.com. The site does not have graphics or photos and 0.facebook.com’s pages have been designed for performance on Reliance Communications network. Photos posted on Facebook are only one click away from 0.facebook.com. To view a photo a person only needs to click on a link to the photo and they will be prompted that they are leaving 0.facebook.com. Standard data charges will apply when a person leaves 0.facebook.com to view photos.
Britannia’s chocolate drink HYDERABAD (PTI) -- Britannia Industries Ltd, manufacturers of diverse products in Biscuits, Bakery and Dairy categories today launched 'TigerZor Choco Milk', a milk based chocolate drink for children here. The produce (manufactured at its own unit in Vikarabad in Andhra Pradesh) is enriched with five active nutrients that help in the overall development of mind and body, according to Vinita Bali, MD of Britannia Industries. Speaking after launching the product, Bali told reporters that 'TigerZor Choco Milk' is creating a new category. 'TigerZor Choco Milk' is a micro-nutrient fortification drink which was being launched simultaneously in Hyderabad and Bangalore, Bali said adding we have launched it in two markets and will launch in other markets in South and West over the course of this year.” Priced at Rs 17 per 150 ml bottle, 'TigerZor Choco Milk' is available in chocolate flavour with a shelf life of four months. She said another health drink 'Actimind' which was launched in Tamil Nadu last year would be extended to other parts of the country soon.
China is not representative of India's competence in a number of areas - for example pharmaceuticals and engineering products constitute only a small portion. Similarly, India's vaunted IT industry has a limited presence in the Chinese domestic market," she said. "There is good reason to believe that we will achieve the target we have set ourselves, of a US Dollars 60 billion turnover in two-way trade this year," she added. During her talks with her Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao in Beijing, Patil had sought access to Indian pharmaceutical industry, IT and engineering companies. "I am confident that there is political will and determination on both sides, to rapidly broaden the vistas of cooperation," she said. In 2009, the trade imbalance between the two nations tilted heavily against India. China enjoyed trade surplus of USD 16 billion out of the total USD 44 billion bilateral trade and its
exports to India nearly touched USD 30 billion. Patil also said for the economic potential to be truly realised, the business, financial and other economic institutions of the two countries will have to get to know each other well and develop "sufficient comfort levels". "The impact of our cooperation can be felt around the world," she said. During the President's visit, India secured an assurance from China that it will "seriously" address the unviable trade imbalance. The assurance was conveyed to the President by Chinese Premier Wen and was reiterated in this commercial capital of China by the Shanghai Municipal Communist Party Secretary Yu Zhengsheng. China also opened for the first time its market for Indian agricultural produce by allowing the maiden commercial consignment of mangoes from India. Emphasising the need for more energetic and focused ef-
forts for "making our presence felt" in China's markets, Patil said: "We need more success stories to encourage Indian industry to participate". She noted that the meeting of the India–China Joint Economic Group in January had affirmed the need to address challenges of market access and trade imbalance. She said India was currently China's 10th largest trading partner and it "must strive to improve on that standing" by focusing on four thrust areas for market development -- IT, pharmaceuticals, engineering and agro-products. "We are large developing economies focused on raising the living standards of our people. There is much that we can do, if we only do it together. The impact of our cooperation can be felt around the world," she said. "An important part of the challenge of further developing our ties rests on the shoulders of our business communities. I am confident that you will rise to this challenge," she said.
Pg14 GOA’S HEARTBEAT Good News for Pad re Pavsa Pad re Pad… tem bhangar “ Zogzogta nhoi - Anonymous
Nobody can bring you peace but “ yourself - Ralph Waldo Emerson
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BY CHRISTINA VIEGAS HERALD FEATURES e can say goodbye to the sweltering heat of the last couple of months. Yes, for the much awaited monsoons are here! And Goa’s rains can bring out the child within each of us; the little girl or boy who gets so caught up with life’s many challenges. And you feel like you are back in school crooning, “Pad re pavsa, pad re pad, Zad re pavsa, zad re zad. Shetkar tuji padaita vaatt, kupacho kalok kar re dhaat.’ Don’t we all get webbed in its magnificent spell? Very few sounds can compare to the romantic beauty in the pitter patter of raindrops or to the intense passion in the lashing rain as it pounds on your windscreen. And to torment us idealistic beings, we have our radio channels airing classics with lyrics such as, “Tum kyon chale aathe ho? Har roz in kwabon mein? Chupke se, aa bhi jaao, Ek din, meri baahon main!” from the not-so-recent ‘Woh Lamhe’ to the evergreen magnificent song from the classic ‘Chori Chori’ where Raj Kapoor and Nargis pine away, “Yeh raat bheegi bheegi, Yeh mast fijaayein Utha dheere dheere, voh chaand pyaara pyaara Kyoon aag si lagaa ke, Gumsum hai chaandni Sone bhi nahin deta, Mausam ka yeh ishaara.” or our favourite rainy night song with the drenched Raj-Nargis singing, “Pyaar hua ikraar hua hai, Pyaar se phir kyoon darrta hai dil Kehta hai dil rasta mushkil, Maloom nahin hai kahan manzil,” as they gazed intimately into each other’s eyes. Leaves you feeling all mushy and amorous, right? Who wouldn’t want to swivel in a gentle downpour a la ‘Chandni in white’ and have our loved one sing, “Pani ne kaisi yeh aag lagaayee,” a la yesteryear’s cute Rishi Kapoor. The euphoric feeling warrants a need to just drive around, savouring the beauty of the rain-drenched verdant hills and fields. Yet, reality sets in when you have a kid or an assemblage of them, where you get stuck into the painful gamut of rousing sleepy heads from their beds, and entering into a manic frenzy of bathing, dressing, feeding and dropping them off at school. Coupled with this is the exclusiveness of the Goan climate - such that rain, shine or sleet, you are subjected to profuse sweating and no amount of showers suffices. And yes, the light deprivation does have not just physical side effects but emotional too as most opine that an indescribable
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depression sets in. And suddenly the laden skies have dampened our enthusiasm for life. An all important opinion voiced by many is that despite the divinity of the rains, one cannot help feeling depressed. Reasons cited are the compulsion to remain indoors. You cannot admire beautiful evenings with the kids playing about as the light slowly fades etc. In such a scenario, how do our Goans beat these rainy challenges? The rain aficionados (if we may call them so) are quick to come up with many suggestions. First of all, the all important and known remedy – any kind of physical activity! In fact, there are those who have lost those unpleasant tyres when they have hit the gym with a vengeance during the rains. Perhaps this will allow you to go in for that forbidden ice-cream or pudding to lift your spirits. And get cozy with a group of friends with who you can be your crazy self, as it is with them that you can uncork all those emotions and curses about the weather. Then there are the amorous ones who vouch that there is no better climate to make love than during the rains. According to them, “Every touch is further accentuated and you feel absolutely warm, cozy and wanted.” The daring lot even add, “more so, if in a car as the rain pounds on the rooftop.” Quickly, we have many screaming, “But what about us who are single? Or the couples who live like singles?” Well, the options are many: Take turns at friends’ places to get together and watch an edge-of-the-seat thriller, while you munch on perhaps ‘boti kebabs’, ‘tandoori murgh’ or crisp ‘pakoras’, and hear the pounding of the rain at your window. Or indulge in indoor games with a lot of laugher and humour. If you want solitude time, nothing can compare to slipping between the sheets with your favourite novel as you sip away a cuppa. And according to our fashion designers, dressing well is vital. They suggest, “Don’t let the rains dampen your spirits. In fact, this is an ideal time to shuffle your wardrobe and pull out some of the stuff you had tucked behind for months. Experimenting in dressing well, will go a long way in colouring your mood.” While the youthful spirit triumphs and most youngsters like to titivate themselves even when it is pouring, don’t be too sure that grandfathers are snoring. Many from the older generation continue with their dignified and neat look. A friendly and romantic grandpa engaged in his morning walks down the Miramar-Dona Paula stretch happily states, “My wife and I always dress well during any season. And we don’t stop our walks either. In fact, we feel very young and romantic enjoying the rains.” So, whether you want to get draped in white and swivel in a gentle downpour a la ‘Chandni’ or you want to dress up in black and look intriguing and beautiful in a lashing rainstorm, just go ahead and unleash your creative side! Embrace the rains with all its problems of drenching and flooding and just soak in the ‘bheegi-bheegi’ beauty of our pearly paradise with the right mood – gentle and unhurried as the rippling green countryside and rustic houses.
Homer ‘Simp’ly the Best on TV H
omer Simpson, from TV show The Simpsons beat Harry Potter and Jennifer Aniston’s ‘Rachel’ from sitcom ‘Friends’ to be named as the greatest ever character in TV and films over the last 20 years. The character was rated above Aniston’s iconic portrayal of ‘Rachel’, Harry Potter and Tony Soprano from the hit TV series ‘The Sopranos’ in a survey by Entertainment Weekly magazine. Simpson’s creator Matt Groening said millions of people are able to identify with Homer, best known for his catchphrase ‘D’oh’. “People can relate to Homer because we’re all secretly propelled by desires we can’t admit to. Homer is launching himself headfirst into every single impulsive thought that occurs to him. His love of whatever has caught is eye is a joy to witness,” he said. The Harry Potter character, created by author JK Rowling, was described as a “global icon” to take the runner up place in the poll, which said: “Potter is the tragedy scared orphan stands as an inspiring hero of our times”. The teenage enemy of Vampires, Buffy was named as the third most important role created over the last two decades. Mafia boss Tony Soprano, played by James Gandolfini, was fourth while Heath Ledger’s ‘Joker’ from the blockbuster ‘The Dark Knight’ came fifth. The other characters in the top-10 are Rachel from ,Friends,, Johnny Depp’s Edward Scissorhands from movie of the same name, Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal Lecter, Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Brads h a w from ,Sex And The City, and cartoon character Spongebob Squarepants.
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Recently, Goa got its first association to support musicians in Goa. Now, with the efforts of a few music enthusiasts, the association has been formally registered
BY DOLCY D’CRUZ HERALD FEATURES usic, since time immemorial, has been one of the leading professions in Goa. Every village would have a mistrie (music teacher) who would teach young children in churches across Goa to play at least one musical instrument apart from the basic, Solfa. Musicians are always welcome for every auspicious celebration, be it birthdays, litanies or feasts, but their place in society is often undervalued. Finally, in a bid to promote and look after the musicians of the state, the Goa Entertainment Association (GEA), a committee that will promote and encourage young and old musicians in Goa, has been formally registered. GEA, headed by Colin Savio Coelho, President of the association, has been working towards formally establishing itself as a registered body. The association will be formally launched on June 13, 2010 with the Eucharistic Celebration at Don Bosco Church, Fatorda followed by the annual general body meeting at Unity Hall, Margao. Each member of the managing committee is an asset to Goa due to their musical involvement and it is because of their testing trials of surviving that they have come up with the idea to support others related to entertainment in Goa. The managing committee includes Cassius Fernandes, Vice President (North) and band member of the famous Alcatrazz band; Francis Paul Menezes better known as KDJ Francis Paul, Vice President (South) and a regular performer at venues in South Goa; Ashley Fernandes, Secretary and member of the trio Music Oasis; Orlando de Noronha, Joint Secretary and member of Trio Orlando and the band Impromptu; Anthony Fernandes and Treasurer and bass guitarist for Lynx band. DJ Ryan Pinto, Joint Treasurer and North Goa's popular DJ and finally compere Allan Pinto and noted musician Brian Monteiro also known as Brian Bones are members of the association. “A lot of talks about an association were going around but nothing actually happened.
We have been gathering all the necessary information for the past two years and now that we are well prepared, GEA is a Registered Body under the Societies Registration Act 1860. The association will help fellow Goans who are working in the field of entertainment especially in the form of networking and changing the trends of music in Goa. The Association will provide a forum for musicians, performers, Karaoke Disc Jockeys (KDJs), Disc Jockeys (DJs), Radio Jockeys (RJs), Compères and Music Writers to network. These are groups of people that are mostly involved in music and entertainment. We will have our first annual general body meeting on June 13, 2010,” says Colin Savio Coelho, a freelance music journalist. “I have a very receptive team who are very open with ideas. We will be organising a concert on World Music Day on June 21, 2010 which will feature only Konkani songs. The event will take place at Blueberry Hill, Verna from 6:30 pm onwards. Felipe Neri Fortes, a very enthusiastic musician, came up with the idea to do it the Goan way,” adds Colin. Orlando de Noronha says, “I always wished that there would be an association that would bring Goan musicians together and keep them united. This association will be very beneficial when musicians go to play in hotels, especially those which take musicians for a ride. We plan to help musicians in establishing proper fees instead of getting cheating for their talent.” The association also organised Sunday Brunch, a jam up session of musicians who meet up at least once a month to play in either North or South Goa. “The first Sunday Brunch took place on May 16 at Soul Souffle, Verna featuring Seby Fernandes of the Seby and the Wings fame, Andrew Ferrão, Allan Moraes and Brian Bones. “We plan to organise one jam-up session in both North and South Goa at least once a month. We will also implement an exchange programme for musicians. Talks are already on with musicians from Shillong,” informs Colin with a positive attitude towards the future of the association.
Kareena to bring alive Legendary Heroines D
irector Madhur Bhandarkar is one man who showcases the true story of a society or any personality. Currently he is seriously preparing the stage for yet another realistic film ‘Heroine’, starring Kareena Kapoor. Looks like this film will be a landmark in Bebo’s career… In this one she is said to play an actress, Mahi Khanna. Through her character the filmmaker is planning to bring alive the characteristics of some of the well-known Hollywood actresses, namely Eva Gardner, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and Vivien Leigh. According to sources, Madhur is busy collecting references on these actresses so that it will be helpful for Kareena’s homework. However, he feels sad that unlike Hollywood heroines there are not much biographical details available on our Bollywood actress. Else he claims that he would have made movies on the likes of Madhubala or Meena Kumari. “When a director wants to make a film about an Indian actor or about our movie industry where does he look for references? On the other hand there's no dearth of material written and filmed on Hollywood's icons,” remarked Bhandarkar. The director reported to have made a three-hour documentary on the Hollywood beauties and he has given it out to Kareena so that she can practice her role well. However he clarifies that Kareena’s character Mahi Khanna is an actress of today, not of yesteryears. The shooting of ‘Heroine’ is expected to start in December. Currently Kareena is working on 'Ra.1' and 'Golmaal 3', after which she will get down to study the documentary.
Tuesday, 1 June, 2010
WHAT’S UP IN GOA?? Football trials will be held on June 2 at 4pm at the Poriat Grounds, Calangute. Call 9422452093. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Two films and a talk willl be held on June 8, German composer, aesthete and music critic, Robert Schumann’s birth bicentenary at 5:30pm at the Xavier’s Centre of Historical Research, Porvorim. Call 2417772 or 2411971 Fado Evening will be held on June 1 from 8pm onwards at Alfama, Cidade de Gao, Dona Paula. Call 2454545. The feast of St Anthony, the patron saint of the Marna church in Siolim will be celebrated on June 12 at the church. A workshop for tiatr script writers and lyricists will take place on June 7 from 10am onwards at the Tiatr Academy Conference Hall, Campal, Panaji. Registration closes on June 4, 2010. Call 2230738 or 2230739. ‘Media and Terrorism in South Asia’, an international seminar, organised by Forum for Media Professionals and the International Centre Goa will take place from June 4 to 6 at the International Centre Goa, Dona Paula. The inauguration to the seminar will take place on June 3 at 6:30pm. Call 2452805 to 2452810. ‘Awareness Week’ is being celebrated by all the polytechnic educational institutions in Goa till June 4 from 10am to 11am. Call the Government Polytechnic, Panjim on 2432667, the Government Polytechnic, Curchorem on 2654400 or 2967602, the Government Polytechnic, Bicholim on 222717, 361235 or 2361235, the Agnel Polytechnic, Verna on 2791206, 2791208, 2791266 or 2791268 and the Institute of Ship Building Technology, Vasco on 2524097. A poultry, piggery and dairy development short term training programme, conducted by the Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences, Patto, Panjim will be held
HERALD FEATURES he Pitch Black Project II’, “…not theatre, but real life..,” as Subodh Kerkar, Guest of Honour for the show stressed, was beautiful. Organised by the NGO, Jan Ugahi Trust in collaboration with CreatiWitty Works, the show was held at the Dinanath Mangueskar Kala Mandir, Kala Academy, Panjim. The show saw the staging of dance performances and a play by children rescued and sheltered by the Trust. The music and dance was emotional and the message
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strong. The dance attire cannot be left out and was in colours of peacock blue, black and orange, besides others. One riveting performance saw the dancers blindfolded. An addition of props such as glittering silver stars, decorated sticks, a long white piece of cloth, paint, to the dances, added to their aesthetics and appeal. The children’s smiles did too. In between the dance performances were slideshows containing nuggets of information on the life and condition of children in India, coupled with statistics and moving pictures. The little ones bravely narrated tales on their lives before and after Jan Ughai Trust. The play, which was short and to the point, was an event in the life of one of the rescued children. It dealt with the issue of tourism-related paedophilia. The entire event was a focus on children facing social, mental or physical disabilities and their ability to achieve when helped out by the rest of society. All this was highly appreciated by the very enthusiastic and large crowd.
HERLAD FEATURES n Goa as a special guest at the Gomant Vibhushan Award ceremony held to honour Dr Kakodkar, M K Narayanan, Governor, West Bengal accompanied by First Lady, Padmini made a leisurely visit to two of Goa’s museums, the Goa Chitra Museum, Benaulim and Ancestral Goa, Big Foot, Loutolim. The Big Foot is made up of Ancestral Goa - Goa’s first ever, open-air museum detailing Goa’s rural lifestyle, trade, customs and traditions up until the early twentieth century. The Bigfoot Cross Museum dedicated solely to crosses – numbering around 1, 200 varied symbols worldwide and Casa Araujo Alvares, a 250-year-old mansion housing antique furniture and artefacts, are also parts of the project. Goa Chitra, an ethnographic museum displays artefacts and antiquated agrarian implements as well as other objects showcasing Goa’s rich cultural past. It has a sustainable organic farm too. Speaking on Goa Chitra, the governor said, “Goa Chitra is history, philosophy, religion and ecology all worked into one. It is an amazing collection that reflects the history, culture, science and technology that prevailed in Goa. This gentleman needs our support and I shall do what I can in my power to support this museum and its ideas.” “…feast for the eyes…” were his words on Ancestral Goa, and also “…not prepared for the mind-boggling experience of the rich displays, the wide spectrum aspects of the collections and so many museums – all housed in one project and the imagination and innovation therein involved.”
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M K Narayanan, the Governor of West Bengal, and the First Lady, Padmini during two comprehensive tours, one at ‘Ancestral Goa’ at the Big Foot, in Loutolim and the other at Goa Chitra, Benaulim, on the occasion of Goa Statehood Day
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West Bengal Governor witnesses Vestiges of Goa’s Past
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HERALD FEATURES ositive People recently celebrated their Founder’s Day at the YMCA Hall, Panjim. The day was marked to celebrate the death anniversary of Domnic D’Souza, the founder of the organisation that is working towards the betterment of HIV positive people. Domnic from Parra was the first reported HIV positive case in the state. He was quarantined and treated in a very inhuman way which made him fight back to improve the situation for other HIV positive people; thus he founded Positive People. He breathed his last on May 27, 1992 after working for nearly four years with the organisation. “This year, Positive People launched a new programme called Children Wholesome Case Programme which has been launched without any foreign, state or central aid. Besides that we have three other programmes underway in Goa. We cater to both infected people and affected ones, the latter being those who do not have AIDS but have parents who were infected. Most of the children are orphans,” says Xavier Fernando, the Executive Director of the Positive People. The Chief Guest of the function was Dr Pradeep Padwal, Project Director of Goa State AIDS Control Society while the Guest of Honour was Dr Isabella Santa Rita Vaz, Secretary of the organisation and founder member. Also present were Raj Vaidya, Faculty of Pharmacy College, Santan Dias, Board Member and Sr Dipti of Presentation Convent, Margao. Some of the infected and affected children joined in the celebration which included dance, a skit by children and distribution of school kits by Jeeven Jyothi Social Centre. Sonia Dias sang a song as a tribute to Domnic D’Souza.
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from June 21 to 24, June 2 and 3 and June 9, respectively. Visit Farmers Training Centre, Curti, Ponda. Call 2437244. ‘Coconut Heritage Photography Contest’ a photography contest organised by the Heritage Jazz is open for entries till June 10. The entry forms are available at Champs and Big G, Margao and Champs, Magsons, the Don Bosco Oratory and the Gonsalves Mansion, Panjim. Call 2228010. The State Youth Award 2009-2010 conferred by the Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs has invited applicants. Applications should be filled at the Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs, Campal, Panjim. Registration closes on June 18 at 5pm. Person-centred therapy of Carl Rogers will be taught in a 5-weekend course conducted by the Anthony deMello Institute on June 19. Call 9960286839 or 2735839. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. A workshop on keyboard (computers) skills, conducted by the Detroit Institute will be held from June 5 at the Detroit Institute, Panjim. Call 9822131835. ‘Asmitai Puraskar’ will be handed over to Konkani filmmaker Laxmikant Shetgaonkar on June 8 at 5:30pm at the Ravindra Bhavan, Margao. It is organised by the Asmitai Pratishthan. Call 2653083. The 2nd Selection Trial for Snooker (Men) is being held till June 6 at Clube Tennis de Gasper Dias, Miramar. It is organised by Cue Sports India. Call 9923499356, 2462220 or 2462221. The examination of International Certification of Portuguese as a Foreign Language has been announced open by the Institute Camoes, Panjim till June 18. Call 6647737 or 24202237. Jazz Goa’s show will begin airing on June 7 on FM Rainbow.
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Sporting Clube clinch U-19 I-League
The players of Sporting Clube de Goa, winners of U-19 I-League after defeating East Bengal 4-2 in the finals in Kolkata on Monday. HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, MAY 31
Sporting Clube de Goa emerged champions in the U-19 I-League football tournament with a hard fought 4-2 tie-breaker win over East Bengal in the finals in Kolkata on Monday. There was no score at full time as well as extra time. Sporting Clube kept their cool and converted four out of four spot kicks, while East Bengal managed two out of their allotted four penalties. Pritam Singh, Pedro Gonsalves, Reliston Fernandes and Joston Pereira were the spot k i c k h e ro e s f o r S p o r t i n g Clube. Goalkeeper Koushik Ghosh of Sporting Clube saved one penalty while the other penalty was shot wide by East
Romeo memorial soccer: Bandh, Santa Cruz v. Ubo Dando, Santa Cruz ground, 5 p.m. Pramodini Dattaram Palyekar soccer: F.C.Siolim v. Arambol SC, St. Anthony’s church ground, Siolim, 4.45 p.m. Fr. Chico Cup soccer: St. Savio’s SC v. Nerul SC, Dr. Gustavo Monteiro stadium, Candolim ground, 4.45 p.m. Sai Avatar Super soccer: PVC Parra v. Sai Avtar SC Anjuna, Anjuna Gymkhana ground, Tembi, 4.45 p.m. All -Goa Diogo Vaz memorial soccer: Bardez Veterans v. Snows Veterans, Raia, Don Bosco ground, Panjim, 4.45 pm. Varca Panchayat Cup soccer: Cuncolim Union v. Raia Sporting Club, Varca ground, 4.30 p.m.
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Bengal. Speaking to Herald, Sporting Clube vice-president, Victor Fernandes said: "This was a wonderful victory for our team which is a result of hard work by coach Severino and manger Franky who guided the team to-
gether.” Sporting booked their place for the second round after finishing top of the Goa Zone securing 10 points with 3 wins and a draw. This is the second age group tournament Sporting have won
Goa Velha enter last eight
Candolim advance into quarters
HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, MAY 31
Goa Velha Sports Club moved into the quarter-finals of Pramodini Dattaram Palyekar Soccer, organised by Football Club of Siolim, with a 5-4 tie-breaker win over Anjuna gymkhana, at St. Anthony’s church ground, Siolim, on Monday. There was no score at the end of the regulation period. In the ensuing tie-breaker, Valerio Vaz, Francis Pires, Joseph Rodrigues, Anthony Rego and Kunal Rodrigues scored for Goa Velha, while Vinayak Mulgaonkar, Rajesh Shirodkar, Stanley Sequeira and Savio Carvalho scored for Anjuna.
Swim classes at Campal
PANJIM (HSD) – The Sports Authority of Goa will conduct learn to swim classes from 7 to 8 a.m for gents, 8 to 9 a.m for ladies, 4.30 to 5.30 p.m for children and 5.30 to 6.30 p.m for mixed batch at Campal. Those interested may contact SAG, Campal from 6 to 12 noon and 3 to 6 p.m on all days except Mondays.
fr chico cup HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, MAY 31
Candolim Sports Club prevailed over Football Club of Siolim 21 to enter the quarter- finals of Fr. Chico Cup inter-village football tournament sponsored by Bayside Properties Private Limited at Dr. Gustavo Monteiro sta-
this year after securing the GFA U-18 title earlier. The win by Sporting makes up for the 3-1 defeat in the finals they suffered to Tata Football Academy two years ago. Meanwhile, GFA president, Joaquim Alemao, secretary
dium, Candolim on Monday. Candolim began the match on a positive not and forged ahead in the 5th minute as a Jolief Simoes free kick entered the Siolim net. Candolim doubled the lead through Sagar who tapped the ball home off a well measured cross by Wesceslau Rebello.
Vincent, Roque star for Don Bosco varca cup HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, MAY 31
Don Bosco Oratory, Fatorda trounced Union of Chinchinim Villagers Union 4-0 to storm into the semi-finals of All-Goa Varca Panchayat Cup inter-village football tournament organised by Varca Sports Club at Varca ground, on Monday. Don Bosco led 2-0 at half time. Vincent Barbosa and Roque Borges were the stars for Don Bosco who scored a brace each. Don Bosco took the lead when Vincent Barbosa stunned the Chinchinim goal with a rasp-
ing drive giving no chance to the rival goalkeeper. Roque Borges doubled the lead midway in the opening session when his snap shot beat the Chinchinim goalkeeper hands down. The second half did not bring any respite for Chinchinim as Don Bosco repeatedly raided the Chinchinim citadel and their persistent raids fetched them dividends when Vincent Barbosa completed his brace with a stiff grounder. Man-of-the match Roque Borges rounded off the tally for Don Bosco in the dying minutes.
Savio Messias, vikce-presdient Elvis Gomes, Vinod Parkkot, asst secretary Jaju Fernandes, treasurer John Dias executive members Anthony Pango, Lavinio Rebello congratulated Sporting for their splendid victory.
Changing over, Siolim fought back and pulled one back through Anesh Palyekar. Siolim mounted pressure on the Candolim defence and could have levelled the score but a Sangam Pednekar header was parried to safety by Candolim goalkeeper Morje at the expense of a corner.
Sodiem Siolim stun Arpora HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, MAY 31
Sodiem Siolim Sports Club registered a 3-1 win over Arpora Sporting Club to enter the semi-finals of Sai Avatar Super Soccer, organised by Sai Avatar Sports Club, Anjuna, at Anjuna Gymkhana ground, Tembi, on Sunday. Sodiem started brightly and went into the breather with one goal lead through a fine solo effort by Dylon Noronha in the 33rd minute. On crossing over, Sodiem fired two more goals through Anthony Fernandes and Dylon Fernandes. In the dying minutes, Premnath Gadekar, scored the consolation goal for Arpora.
Soccer festival held at Saligao HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, MAY 31
The 1st U-14 5-a-side football festival Goa L Cup organised by Goa Learning Soccer School was conducted at Saligao Sporting ground, Saligao on Sunday. In all, 6 teams participated. The teams were under the guid-
ance of English FA coach Aldrid Da Costa The winners of the tournament were Carlos Lobo (captain), Azhar Kanapuri, Malcolm Fernandes, Charnel Fernandes and Clinton De Souza. Charnel Fernandes won the highest goal scorer award, Mal-
colm Fernandes received the player of the tournament while Babli Parab won the most improved player award after comp l e t i n g h i s t h i rd l e v e l o f training with the soccer school. Sporting Clube de Goa star midfielder Bibiano Fernandes
and Gregory Godinho were the match officials while Siddesh Parsekar and Gajanand Kauthankar were the referees. Saligao Sporting Club, president, Tony Remedios was the chief guest and gave away the trophy.
The participants and organisers at U-14 5-a-side football festival Goa L Cup organised by Goa Learning Soccer School at Saligao sporting ground, Saligao.
Odxel Club spikers flourish BY TAZ PANJIM, MAY 31
Speak about volleyball in Goa and the response one gets is either, ‘no improvement’ or ‘no scope’ with Goa Volleyball Association (GVA) being responsible for such a lamentable state of the game One can normally hear and speak a lot about football and other games which have proved its prowess in the State with the associations like GFA, going out of their way to equip the local talent with the most modern developments and coaching. GVA’s functioning on the other hand is completely diverse from other associations with most of the clubs unhappy with its working. It is basically clubs, besides SAG and DSYA who have kept volleyball alive in the State. and Odxel Sports Club could be considered to be one amongst them. The club was established way back in 1979 by Krishna Shirodkar, Madhu Divkar, Krishna Divkar and Vasu Divkar as the locals of Odxel village in Taleigao were ardent about the game and had
sports running in their blood. The formation of the club could not have been possible without the guidance and support of Pandurang Sancoalkar (exdirector of accounts and a social worker), stated Sanjay Shirodkar, ex-secretary of Odxel. The club was mainly established with a view to promote sports in the village, as it was a remote area then and for the welfare and development of the village people. The club members were pro-
vided with their first official coaching camp by DSYA through Ramesh Lotlikar, NIS coach in 1979 and since 1989 to 1994 the club members were trained under the guidance of Anand Shirodkar, UDC, DSYA. Further in 2002 Milton Fernandes, asst. director of physical education, Goa University equipped the club with advance techniques, theories of the game, sports psychology and methods of training. Deelip Divkar, NIS coach, SAG
Odxel volleyball players, standing (l to r): Sanjay Shirodkar, Ravi Shirodkar and Anil Shirodkar. Sitting: Suresh Shirodkar (vice-president) and Deelip Divkar (president).
also guided the club. Since past 20 years, the club has shown terrific improvement in its performance through its achievements in all-Goa volleyball tournaments like regular volleyball tournaments, beach volleyball, inter-ward volleyball and inter-village volleyball. In all, the club has won 177 volleyball championship titles and 89 runners-up titles. The club has produced four international players, Sanjay Shirodkar and Ravi Shirodkar (beach volleyball) and Suresh Shirodkar and Anil Shirodkar (regular volleyball) and 15 National players for the State. The ‘not to be forgotten heroes’ of the club who laid the strong foundation from 19891994 and played a vital role in winning maximum championship are Suresh Shirodkar (Paulo), Deepak Divkar, Devu Divkar, Yashwant Divkar, Hanumant Divkar and Vishwanath Divkar. Besides volleyball, Odxel also has a football team which reached the GFA 2nd division league in 2008 and the club has also organised all-Goa inter-village football tournaments.
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South Africa denies high terror threat REUTERS JOHANNESBURG, MAY 31
English hooligans intercepted REUTERS JOHANNESBURG, MAY 31
British and South African police have foiled an attempt by English hooligans to sneak into the country for the World Cup via Dubai, the police minister said today. Nathi Mthethwa also said around 3,200 identified hooligans had until tomorrow to hand in their passports to British police to prevent them travelling. ''A month ago some of them were trying to go via Dubai to
Adidas surprised at ball criticism AP LONDON, MAY 31
Adidas hit back Monday at criticism that the World Cup ball is difficult to control and a nightmare for goalkeepers, stressing that it was widely tested and approved long ago. C o m p a n y s p o ke s m a n Thomas van Schaik said he was surprised to hear the critical comments, made by top goalkeepers such as Spain’s Iker Casillas and Brazil’s Julio Cesar, because the “Jabulani” balls had been used for months without any complaints. “We started using it in December in a wide variety of leagues,” he told The Associated Press. “All the response we have had has been positive. “On top of that, we have distributed it to all the finalists so that they have been able to get used to the ball. Apparently they have not taken advantage of that if we are only hearing this criticism now. I am quite surprised in these circumstances.”
Ghana hope Mensah gamble is stroke of genius
come to South Africa and both the South African and UK forces were able to nip them,'' Mthethwa told a news conference. He said around a dozen hooligans were intercepted but would not give details of where they were stopped. South African officials have said they are working closely with British police to prevent hooligans reaching Africa's first World Cup. ''We really will not take any nonsense this time around... This commitment by the UK authorities (to ban these hooligans) is not just a commitment it is something concrete.'' South African police have little experience of hooliganism which does not occur at soccer matches here, and are relying on spotters and intelligence information from European forces.
South African security officials on Sunday denied claims in a Sunday newspaper that the country faces a high risk of a terrorist attack during the World Cup it is hosting in less than two weeks. The Sunday Times report pointed to a briefing to the US Congress counter-terrorism caucus last week by the NEFA Foundation, which investigates terrorist activities, warning that simultaneous and random attacks were being planned. "I believe there is an 80 percent chance of an attack," Ronald Sandee, director of the foundation, was quoted by the paper as saying. Police and intelligence officials dismissed the claims. "I don't know where they got their information from. We have all our strategies and plans in place," Police Senior Superintendent Vish Naidoo said. "We have intelligence briefings every day and there is nothing even suggesting what has been suggested by the Sunday Times." The National Joint Opera-
tional and Intelligence Structure (NATJOINTS), which coordinates all security operations for the World Cup, also disputed the story.
n Both the government and soccer's governing body FIFA, which is cooperating with foreign security agencies and Interpol, have said no viable threat has been identified. "The security forces can firmly state that there is no known specific terror threat against the 2010 FIFA World Cup. All operational plans are on track, teams already in their base camps are moving around and police deployments are increasing," it said in a statement. South African officials have long said the country's nonaligned status and a lack of any substantial local support for militant groups should insulate it from attacks during the June
Felipe dismisses any problems with Kaka AP JOHANNESBURG, MAY 31
Brazil midfielder Felipe Melo said Monday there is no animosity between him and Kaka after a misunderstanding during practice led to speculation that the two were not talking to each
other. Some Brazilian media reported that Kaka was upset with Felipe Melo after a hard challenge during a practice at the team’s camp in South Africa, but the Juventus player said that he had nothing to do with the play and was unjustly accused. The misunderstanding occurred after a photograph was
published showing Kaka apparently not wanting help from Felipe Melo to get up after the tackle. It was actually Robinho who went in hard on Kaka. Felipe Melo was upset with the newspapers and websites that published the story, and said he is considering a lawsuit. A Brazilian newspaper ran the story and the photo, which were later picked up by some Italian and Brazilian websites. “I’m not a bad person,” Felipe Melo said. “The way they had it, it seems like I’m a bad person. If I go hard in a challenge, it’s because it’s the way I play, but not because I’m a bad person. … I have family, they see this and they will come to me asking why I’m doing this to Kaka.” The Brazilian football confederation said in a statement on its website that the incident between Felipe Melo and Kaka, who are expected to start in Brazil’s midfield, did not take place. “Felipe Melo felt he was unjustly blamed for something that
never happened,” the confederation said. “He is Kaka’s friend.” Felipe Melo said he later talked to Kaka and explained what happened. “(Kaka’s) only word to me was, ‘unfair,”’ the defensive midfielder said. The Brazilians have been practicing hard since arriving in South Africa last week. Kaka and Luis Fabiano are coming off injuries, but coach Dunga has not asked players to go easy o n them or any others.
“On the contrary,” striker Luis Fabiano said. “He is asking us to play hard and ded-
Substitute Henry! REUTERS TUNIS, MAY 31
REUTERS ACCRA, MAY 31
Ghana have gambled on the fitness of Sunderland defender John Mensah and included the centre back in their final 23-man squad for the World Cup. Coach Milovan Rajevac has named Mesnah for the tournament starting on June 11 in South Africa despite a run of injuries over the last year and concern over a ligament strain suffered towards the end of the English league season. Ghana, who suffered a major blow last week when Michel Essien was ruled out of the finals because of injury, also included Portsmouth's German-born midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng in the squad named today. Boateng recently received FIFA permission to switch his nationality after previously winning caps at under-21 level for Germany, and is expected to debut for the Black Stars in a friendly against the Netherlands in Rotterdam tomorrow. The only other uncapped player in the squad is reserve goalkeeper Stephen Ahorlu. Rajevac cut six players from h i s p re l i m i n a r y s q u a d ; Stephen Adams, Eric Addo, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Laryea Kingston, Haminu Dramani and Bernard Kumordzi. Ghana are in Group D along with Serbia, Australia and Germany.
11-July 11 showpiece event. Both the government and soccer's governing body FIFA, which is cooperating with foreign security agencies and Interpol, have said no viable threat has been identified. However, analysts and security experts say such actions cannot be ruled out because of the huge attention that even a small attack would get during the tournament. The US government this week issued a travel alert for South Africa until the end of July saying: "There is a heightened risk that extremist groups will conduct terrorist acts within South Africa in the near future". Iraqi authorities recently arrested an alleged Al Qaeda supporter who claimed he was planning attacks on the Dutch and Danish teams, although experts later dismissed his scheme as posing no serious threat. However, the Netherlands said it was preparing a "terror threat" warning for the tournament in response to the arrest.
France's captain and most prolific scorer Thierry Henry faces the once inconceivable prospect of being a substitute at the World Cup for the country he has graced for over a decade. The only player in the squad who was part of the team's 1998 World Cup triumph, the 32year-old appears set to lose his place up front in coach Raymond Domenech's first team to Nicolas Anelka and the captain's arm-band to left back Patrice Evra. Prior to naming his squad for the June 11-July 11 finals in South Africa, Domenech endorsed Henry as a trusted 'great player', yet has started him on the bench for France's two World Cup warm-ups against Costa Rica and Tunisia. Henry, despite boasting a record 51 goals in 120 appearances and standing on the verge of becoming the first France player to take part in four World Cups, appears to be paying the price after suffering a series of setbacks. Pushed on the fringes at Barcelona where he rarely started a game this year, Henry has also been marked by the controversy sparked by his handball in a playoff win over Ireland last November. Henry, until that day never considered a cheat, handled the ball in the build-up to the decisive goal that sent France through to the finals, sparking one of the biggest outcries in the competition's history. ''I am lucky to play with Titi at club level and it's true that the last few months have been complicated for him,'' defender Eric Abidal, Henry's team mate at Barca, told reporters at France's training camp in Tunisia. ''He's been thinking about the
World Cup and getting ready for it, hoping it would give him a breath of fresh air. He's a leading player in our group and we know we can count on him.'' Henry has not complained after being left out of the starting line-up twice, even congratulating Evra after he wore the armband in a 2-1 win over Costa Rica last week, but has also been careful to avoid the media. ''The coach has made choices that can be difficult to accept but Titi is still ready to help out,'' Abidal said of Henry's uncomfortable situation. Beloved o f
French fans for lifting the team out of tight spots and fondly remembered at Arsenal where he scored 226 goals during his eight-year spell at the London club, Henry could still make an impact at the World Cup. For now, he faces the task of recapturing his scoring instinct from back-stage, instead of being the front-man. ''I don't see any first-choice players or substitutes,'' Domenech said of his decision to leave Henry on the bench. ''We're a group. Everybody must remain under pressure and available to help.''
n The 32year-old appears set to lose his place up front in coach Domenech's first team to Anelka and the captain's armband to left back Evra.
icate ourselves. It’s a tough competition and it will require a lot from us. We need to be ready.” The five-time champions will play a warmup against Zimbabwe on Wednesday in Harare.
Mourinho accepts ‘big challenge’ at Real REUTERS MADRID, MAY 31
Jose Mourinho said he was prepared for a ''big challenge'' after being unveiled as Real Madrid's new coach today. The Portuguese signed a fouryear contract with the Spanish giants following his move from European champions Inter Milan. ''I like to give myself a challenge and this is a big one,'' Mourinho told a news conference at the Bernabeu Stadium. ''I have a lot of confidence in myself and my ability as a coach.” ''I want to thank the board for hiring me and I promise I will not change. I am Jose Mourinho and I arrive here with all my qualities and my defects,'' Mourinho added. ''The strength of my teams is the team not individual players
or the coach. If they all recognise this it will not be difficult to get results.'' Real sporting director Jorge Valdano welcomed Mourinho to the nine-times European champions, who failed to win a trophy last season. ''It's an honour to have one of the most prestigious coaches in the world,'' Valdano said. ''We are delighted to have him here with us. The best thing for our club right now is to have Mourinho with us.'' The 47-year-old Mourinho, former manager of Porto a n d C h e l s e a , re placed Manuel Pellegrini who was sacked last week, becoming Real president Flor e n t i n o Pe r e z ' s eighth coach in seven years.
Capello to discuss England future amidst Inter rumours AGENCIES LONDON, MAY 31
England manager Fabio Capello will hold talks with Club England Chairman Sir Dave Richards to decide his Three Lions future. Capello, who is on Inter Milan's official wanted list, is ready to see out his contract until after Euro 2012 if Richards confirms his value and an agreement he made with ex-Football Association Chairman Lord Triesman. "I signed a contract with Brian Barwick, then changed it with Lord Triesman, I shook his hand. Now I have to speak with the new chairman, but I think I will be staying," The Sun quoted Capello, as saying. "It will be clear when I speak with Sir Dave Richards," he added.
Pakistan to host SA in Middle East REUTERS KARACHI, MAY 31
Pakistan will play two tests, five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 match against South Africa in the United Arab Emirates in October and November this year, officials announced today. South Africa had been scheduled to visit Pakistan in October but they refused to play in the country because of security concerns and the matches will now take place in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. No foreign teams have toured Pakistan since six policemen and a driver were killed when militants attacked the Sri Lankan cricket squad's bus in Lahore in March 2009. Six players were wounded in the incident. ''This series will provide great entertainment for cricket fans as PCB and Cricket South Africa have worked hard to bring this event about and we are very excited to be returning to the world class facilities in the UAE,'' Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt told reporters. Cricket South Africa chief Gerald Majola added: ''The Proteas always enjoy playing Pakistan... we are especially delighted that the fans will get to see top flight cricket between these two teams.'' The tour will take place from October 27 to November 24.
Capello had reached a verbal agreement with Lord Triesman before the former FA Chairman was forced to resign, 24 hours before England headed to Austria to start training camp. Inter Milan President Massimo Moratti has exploited the uncertainty to announce Capello as the "ideal candidate" to replace the club's treble-winning manager Jose Mourinho. According to reports, Moratti would be willing to treble his £six million annual salary, after tax, in order to bring the former Milan, Roma and Juventus manager back to Italy. Mourinho, who led Inter to an unprecedented treble of Serie A, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League, was under contract with the club until June 2012, but has decided to join
Real Madrid to fulfill his dream of becoming the only coach to win the Champions League with three different clubs.
Sports minister slams SLCB AGENCIES COLOMBO, MAY 31
Sri Lanka's sports minister, Chandrasiri Bandara Ratnayake, has called Sri Lanka Cricket the third most corrupt institution in the country, and has promised to revamp the way the game is administered, even if it means replacing the incumbent members. Addressing a press conference in Colombo in the presence of Aravinda de Silva, the newly appointed chairman of selectors, Ratnayake said he would replace the current interim committee headed by former Test player Somachandra de Silva, next week. Ratnayake had a problem with the way finances were handled by the committee, adding that there was a lot of wastage of resources. "The first and second are education and police. Sri Lanka Cricket is the third-most corrupt institution in the country," Ratnayake said. Ratnayake swung in to action last week when he replaced the previous selection panel, headed by Ashantha de Mel, with the one now with Aravinda at the helm. Ranjith Fernando, Amal Silva and Shabbir Asgerally are the other members of the new
panel. The outgoing panel was accused of favoritism, and Ratnayake said the new panel will not entertain any political influence. Ratnayake said the most important target for the new panel is the World Cup in the subcontinent next year. "Aravinda has nine months to prepare and groom a squad that is capable of winning the World Cup," Ratnayake said. "We have not won the Cup since 1996, my aim is to win another title for our country."
Akhtar returns for Asia Cup
LAHORE, MAY 31
Controversial fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has received a much needed lifeline with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) including him in the 15-man national squad for the forthcoming Asia Cup in Sri Lanka. The international career of the 'Rawalpindi Express' has been stagnant in recent times due to controversies and poor fitness. ''Shoaib Akhtar is no more Test cricket material, but he could be utilised in patches. He deserved being given a chance after performing well in the Pentangular Cup in which he claimed 12 wickets to finish as the second-best bowler of the tournament,'' a PCB official was quoted as saying by 'The Dawn'. The official added that allrounder Mohammed Hafeez was also handed a spot in the squad despite his disappointing performance at the Twenty20 World
Championship. ''Though Hafeez failed miserably in the last World T20, he has good prospects of showing his mettle in the 50-over matches. Thus he will get a chance, despite criticism from some takeholders,'' he remarked. However, according to other sources within the PCB, Hafeez was included in the list of 35 probables for the Asia Cup was to cope with p re s s u re from various quarters for including former
skipper Shoaib Malik, whose one ban year ban was recently revoked by the PCB. ''The PCB has been facing tremendous pressure from certain quarters including some top government personnel to include Malik in the team and Hafeez's availability for selection would be the best way to counter that pressure,'' a PCB source said.
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In BrIef Sahara bags Team India sponsorship The Sahara Group outbid telecom giants Bharti Airtel to retain the title sponsorship rights of the Indian men's cricket team till the end of 2013 which could fetch BCCI upto Rs 558 crore. The Subrato Royheaded industrial conglomerate will pay Rs 3.34 crore per international match to have their logo displayed on the Team India jersey. "Sahara India Financial Corporation has been awarded the Indian team (Seniors) Title Sponsorship Rights, for the period 1 July 2010 to 31 December 2013," BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan said in a statement. "The BCCI will be paid Rs. 3.34 crore per Test/ODI/T20 International during this period," the statement added.
Plea to keep Lajong, Sporting in I-League A section of the AIFF has strongly pitched for keeping Shillong Lajong and Sporting Clube de Goa in the I-League though they finished 13th and 14th in the just-concluded season. Under AIFF rules, the last two I-League finishers get relegated while two top teams from the Second Division are promoted. With no new corporate teams coming this year to make the I-League a 16team affair and in view of the success story of Shillong Lajong in terms of public support, a section of the AIFF wants to waive the relegation rule this year though a final decision will be taken in next month's executive committee meeting.
Third show cause notice on Modi There is simply no respite for suspended IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi as the BCCI on Monday served a third showcause notice on him over grant of theatrical rights and on the issue of advertisements in between deliveries during the telecast of IPL matches this season. "A third notice has been served on Mr Modi over theatrical rights in IPL," BCCI sources said on Monday. The sources added that the 150-second airtime slot when the ball was not in play that the IPL had sold did not bring in the promised financial benefits to the Board and it was on Modi's suggestion that the 150 seconds was commercially exploited.
World Cup Panel to meet today ICC President-elect Sharad Pawar will chair the meeting of the Central Organising Committee of the 2011 Cricket World Cup to be held at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai on Tuesday. International Cricket Council's Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat would address the media afterwards along with Pawar and Tournament Director Prof Ratnakar Shetty, the ICC said in a media release. The COC also consists of representatives from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh who are cohosts of the tournament.
Player aproached for fixing: Vaughan Former captain Michael Vaughan believes that spot-fixing is still prevalent in the game and revealed that he knows of a player who has been approached to take part in fixing. Vaughan however, insisted that it is not widespread and the integrity of the game is largely intact. Essex duo Danish Kaneria and Mervyn Westfield were arrested and were later released on bail as part of an investigation into spot-fixing on specific events within a game.
Govt may enact law to tame BCCI-like entities AGENCIES NEW DELHI, MAY 31
The government is considering legislative action to bring organisations like the Board of Control of Cricket in India within the purview of the Societies Registration Act to make them more accountable. "I am looking at whether it is possible to have a central registry for societies that are registered for all-India purposes," Corporate Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said, when asked what steps his ministry is taking to make societies like the BCCI more accountable, especially after the IPL fiasco. The Ministry, he added, is also planning to set up an expert group to study and work out details of the changes. The BCCI, which has an all-India presence and is the parent organisation of the IPL Twenty20 cricket matches, is registered and governed by the Tamil Nadu Soci-
eties Registration Act. The Societies Registration Act, which is administered by the Corporate Affairs Ministry, dates back to 1860. It is like a model act that has been adopted by the states. "I think we should (change the Act). I am reflecting on it. It is not something that I can do alone, there are other stakeholders too," he said, adding, "It is largely a model Act. It is not an act under which people register societies." Amendments to the Societies Registration Act and establishment of central registry would ensure the central government's control on societies like the BCCI, non- governmental organisations (NGOs) and other entities with a pan-India presence. The government, he added, would also have to look at the whole issue from the point of view of the centre-state relations as most of the societies are registered under the state laws.
"Before we can actually take a final view, we want to have a group of experts examine all these issues, looking at it from the point of view of centre-state relations," Khurshid said. As far as IPL franchisees are concerned, the minister said, "We are concerned only with that limited exercise -- whether the company law compliance is there or not there... wherever compliance was lacking we have asked the RoCs to make sure it is completed and if they are not then whatever sanctions follow under the company law, they should be applied." Following the controversy over ownership of the Kochi IPL franchise, where Rendezvous Sports World had given 19 per cent of its 25 per cent stake as sweat equity to Sunanda Pushkar, a close friend of former Union minister Shashi Tharoor, the MCA had asked the RoCs to fetch details of all IPL franchisees for "due diligence".
Darren Sammy of West Indies fails to run out AB de Villiers of South Africa during the fourth ODI match in Dominica, on Sunday.
Amla’s ton guides SA to victory AGENCIES DOMINICA, MAY 31
Hashim Amla's third one-day century helped South Africa beat West Indies by seven wickets.
Chasing a competitive 304 for a win, Amla stroked 129 from 115 balls, which included nine fours and two sixes as the visitors reached the target off the
Churchill Bros suspend Ogba Kalu l Ciabro flays poaching of players, seeks AIFF’s intervention had agreed a deal with Dempo. He said that Armando had issued the following quote in an interview: “I am really happy to have signed for a team whom I loved to watch and have been watching for the last few years. They are a great team and have a good work ethics,” Kalu is reported to have said after his signing. “The transfer window is yet to officially open on June 1, and as such there is no chance that a player who is under full contractual obligation with Churchill Brothers could sign a new contract with Dempo,” remarked Ciabro. “Ogba as on May 28 or 29 was still contracted with Churchill Bros. He was our
player and as such signing as divulged openly by Armando is in total violation of the contract Ogba has with our team. It is a gross irregularity, illegal and unethical too. It amounts to gross violation of discipline and professional code, both on the part of Ogba as well as Armando. Given the gravity of the offence, the Churchill Bros management had no other option but to place Ogba under immediate suspension pending inquiry, with effect from May 31,” Ciabro explained. “We have already intimated the GFA as well as AIFF about the disciplinary action against Ogba. We have also demanded that action be taken against Armando for illegally poaching
our players and making them sign and openly bragging about it in the press, even when the players are contracted with Churchill Bros,” asserted Ciabro. “The problem about poaching goalkeeper Arindan by Armando has also been brought to the notice of the GFA as well as AIFF some days back. We strongly oppose such tactics, whereby someone wants to weaken our team when the players are under contractual obligation with us. Dempo’s approach is illegal as well as unethical. Moreover it is unsporting,” remarked Ciabro. “We have brought to the notice of AIFF that Dempo cannot poach players before the season
is over and announce it, and hence necessary disciplinary action needs to be taken,” pointed out Ciabro. He added that Dempo had stated on May 30, “We have Arindan’s agreement with us. There is no way he can ditch us at this hour. We will make sure that he plays for us, if not he will have to face the wrath of the federation,” a high ranking Dempo official had openly stated on Saturday. Meanwhile, a high ranking official feared that there could have been somebody close to both Dempo as well as Churchill top officials, behind the moves of getting the players to sign the agreements as no other signing by any other Goan club was made known.
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HERALD SPORTS REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 31
Churchill Brothers Nigerian midfielder Ogba Kalu was placed under immediate suspension pending further disciplinary action for violating the Code of Conduct. Ciabro Alemao, Churchill Bros’ secretary disclosed that Ogba was suspended following Dempo Sports Club’s secretarycum-head coach, Armando Colaco’s disclosure in the media that they had signed him on May 28. The Dempo news, Ciabro said, was made public on May 29, when actually the transfers will take place only from June 1. Ciabro stated that Armando had made no secret that Ogba
Modi’s defamation notice to Clarke Lalit Modi today served a defamation notice on England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Giles Clarke, who had accused the suspended IPL Commissioner of hatching a plan to destroy the structure of world and English cricket. Modi's defamation notice mentions Clarke's May 2 e-mail to BCCI President Shashank Manohar wherein the ECB boss had accused the suspended IPL chief of seeking to float a rebel league in England, violating International Cricket Council regulations.
Mourinho accepts ‘big challenge’ at Real Pg. 17
Sporting Clube clinch U-19 I-League Pg. 16
Alok Kumar cues the target. HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, MAY 31
Alok Kumar, a former National and Asian Snooker Champion
created a big turbulence to halt the smooth sailing of Shahbaaz Khan at the 2nd National Selection Tournament for the 2010 Asian Games at Clube Tennis de Gaspar Dias, Mira Mar on Monday. In a battle of youth and experience, Alok held the string tightly from the beginning and kept Shahbaaz starving for potting opportunities. Shahbaaz, who stroked the ball with pinpoint precision yesterday found his rhythm going down due to long lay offs and kept on trying risky long shots. Alok on the other hand kept his head down and capitalized on every mistake made by his young and highly talented opponent. After winning the first two frames comfortably, Alok further established his stranglehold on the proceeding by clinching the third with an immaculate break
of 77 points. Shahbaaz did raise some hope of a great battle ahead by winning the fourth in a closely fought encounter but could not hold the candle for long against the potting prowess of Alok and eventually lost the match 4-1. In another match, Manan Chandra blanked his gold medal winning teammate at the 2009 Vietnam Asian Indoor Games, Brijesh Damani. Manan found his rhythm back in the match and with his characteristic style of break building with precise cue ball control compiled two commendable breaks of 70 and 61 in the 2nd and 4th frames respectively to demolish Damani 4-0. In sheer battles of attrition which were stretched to full length, Pankaj Advani prevailed over Sourav Kothari 4-3 and Aditya Mehta got the better of
Yasin Merchant by an identical margin. Later in the evening, Alok Kumar the only probable for Asian Games for all the three events - billiards, snooker and pool posted another important win against Manan Chandra 42 with a break of 100 in the opening frame and kept his hope alive for the top position in the league table. Other results: Manan Chandra beat Brijesh Damani – 4-0. 6949, 100 (70)-00, 55-46, 66 (61)39. Pankaj Advani beat Sourav Kothari 4-3. 43-71, 62-42, 4767, 78-24, 25-68, 79-30, 63-55. Alok Kumar beat Shabaaz Adil Khan 4-1. 63-28, 87-51, 93 (77)11, 55-62, 71-13. Aditya Mehta beat Yasin Merchant 4-3. 36-58, 54-68, 67-31, 85-37, 07-69, 7413, 73-18. Alok Kumar beat Manan Chandra 4-2. 100 (100)0, 34-49, 3-65, 86-35, 76-36, 72 (56)-34.
Stosur upsets Henin, Nadal moves on AP PARIS, MAY 31
Needing one point for an upset win over Justine Henin at the French Open, Sam Stosur wavered, hitting a double-fault. The Australian took a deep breath and tried again. This time she launched a confident serve into the corner, setting her up for an overhead slam to seal the biggest victory of her career. Stosur sidelined Henin 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the fourth round Monday, ending the four-time French Open champion’s streak of 24 consecutive victories at Roland Garros. Stosur’s opponent in the quarterfinals will be top-ranked Serena Williams, who beat Shahar Peer 6-2, 6-2. Another four-time champion, Rafael Nadal, advanced by beating No. 24-seeded Thomaz Bellucci 6-2, 7-5, 6-4. No. 3-seeded Novak Djokovic eliminated the last American in the men’s draw, beating Robby Ginepri 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2. Henin’s defeat was her first in the tournament since 2004. She was seeded 22nd playing at Roland Garros for the first time since ending a 20-month retirement, and looked like a title contender in the early rounds. Williams advanced easily, looking shaky only after her fourth-round victory, when she tried to speak French to the crowd. Stosur’s win spoiled the prospect of a showdown between longtime rivals Williams
and Henin. Instead, Williams will meet Stosur. Against Djokovic, Ginepri was serving at love-1 in the third set when he went down face-first chasing a shot. He made the most of his awkward court position by doing push-ups, but
lost the next two points to lose serve, and won only three games the rest of the way. Djokovic’s next opponent will be No. 22 Jurgen Melzer, a firsttime Grand Slam quarterfinalist playing in his 32nd major event. The Austrian advanced by beat-
ing qualifier Teimuraz Gabashvili 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. On another chilly, cloudy, windy afternoon, center court was half empty for the start of Williams vs. Peer. It didn’t last long: Williams hit six aces, broke six times and won in just over an hour. Paes-Black advance in mixed doubles quarters
Rafael Nadal celebrates a point during the men's singles match against Thomaz Bellucci.
Leander Paes and his partner Cara Black advanced to the quarterfinals of the French Open mixed doubles event after a hard-fought victory in super tiebreaker over Su-Wei Hsieh and Bruno Soares. The second seeded Indo-Zimbabwe pair beat the unseeded Chinese Taipei-Brazilian duo of Hsieh and Soares 7-5 2-6 1-0 (10/8) in a second round match which lasted 111 minutes and spread over two days. Rain delay and bad light had forced the match to stop last night after Paes and Black were leading 7-5 0-2. In the quarter-finals, Paes and Black will take on another unseeded duo of Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan and Julian Knowle of Austria. Partnering with Lucas Dlouhy of Czech Republic, Paes, the lone Indian remaining in the fray in the clay court Grand Slam, has also reached the quarter-finals in men's doubles. Paes and Dlouhy, the defending champions, will meet Polish pair of Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski in the last eight stage.
PANJIM (HSD) -- OK Cricketers defeated CGPPI Challengers by 8 wickets in the finals to emerge champions in one-day cricket tournament organised by PIL Officers Association, Kundaim, recently. OK Cricketers received Rs 5,555 while CGPPI had to be content with Rs3,333. The Transport Minister Sudin Dawalikar was the chief guest and gave away the prizes alongwith guest of honour, Benny Afonso, Rajesh Kavalekar, Vishu Naik and Kader Shaikh. Liladhar Phadte welcomed. Subhod Tari proposed the vote of thanks.
John elected chairman
MARGAO (HC) -- John Dias, GFA treasurer and Rodlyn Mascarenhas were elected chairman and president respectively of Sarzora Sports Club at the general body meeting at Sarzora on Sunday. Other office-bearers: Joaquim Martins, Severino Menezes (vicepresidents), Arcanjo Mascarenhas (general secretary), Francis Viegas (joint secretary), Domnic Fernandes (treasurer), Pedro L.Menezes (assistant secretary), Wilson Dias (sports secretary).
MARGAO (HC) -- The chief coach of Dempo Sports Club Armando Colaco who guided Dempo to their I-League title was felicitated by Milagres Rodrigues, panch and former sarpanch VP Curtorim, organised by Friends Circle, Fodegall, Curtorim on Sunday. Speaking at the felicitation, Rodrigues complimented Colaco for his amazing coaching acumen and bringing laurels to Dempo, the State and Curtorim village. Colaco, was presented a memento by Rodrigues in the presence of Sebastiao Barretto, president, Curtorim Gymkhana, Roberto Fernandes, coach, Salcete Football Club, and Antonio Rebello.
PANJIM (HSD) -- The selection trials for Goa men’s senior hockey team will be held on June 3 and 4 at Don Bosco ground, Panjim, from 3 to 6 p.m to select the team to participate in the senior hockey national championship qualification rounds to be held in Pune from June 22. Those interested may contact Anselm Gabriel on 9823281881.
last ball of their innings. Amla reached his second hundred from 94 balls, when he guided a delivery from West Indies captain Chris Gayle to third man for three in the 30th over. "It was a great effort from us to chase over 300 runs, and we have to look at the positives from this performance," said Smith. "Hashim's knock was an incredible innings, and the rest of the guys batted around him very, very well. But I think he must take the credit for a great run chase.” "We would have loved to have finished the game more comfortably in the last over, and maybe we got a bit conservative there in the end. But we successfully chased over 300 on a second game pitch, and we are happy," he added. When Amla was dismissed,
South Africa needed 80 from 76 balls, and J P Duminy joined AB de Villiers to carry them the rest of the way in an unbroken stand of 80 for the fourth wicket. In a dramatic finish, the Proteas needed one run from the last delivery, following a sensational final over from Dwayne Bravo [ Images ] in which he conceded a single to De Villiers off the first ball, a leg bye to Duminy from the next, and then bowled three dot-balls. De Villiers however, formalised the result, when he swung the final delivery through mid-wicket, where Darren Sammy fumbled it, and then missed a throw at the bowler's end, as the batsman scrambled to make his ground. The victory handed the Proteas a 4-0 lead in the five-match series.
West Indies Innings: Dale Richards c Smith b Tsotsobe 59, Chris Gayle c Duminy b Morkel 29, Shivnarine Chanderpaul c Tsotsobe b McLaren 66, Dwayne Bravo b Tsotsobe 46, Darren Bravo not out 45, Kieron Pollard b Langeveldt 26, Darren Sammy b Langeveldt 0, David Bernard not out 13. Extras: 19. Total: 303 for 6. Fall of wickets: 1-64, 2-115, 3191, 4-223, 5-282, 6-282. Bowling:Charl Langeveldt 8-0-59-2, Lonwabo Tsotsobe 8-0-48-2, Morne Morkel 8-0-56-1, Ryan McLaren 10-1-45-1, Jacques Kallis 5-1-27-0, Johan Botha 10-0-50-0, JP Duminy 1-0-9-0. South Africa Innings: Graeme Smith b Dwayne Bravo 23, Hashim Amla c Bernard b Pollard 129, Jacques Kallis c Dowlin b Gayle 51, AB de Villiers not out 57, JP Duminy not out 32. Extras: 12. Total: 304 for 3. Fall of wickets: 1-59, 2-178, 3-224. Bowling: David Bernard 4-0-25-0, Ravi Rampaul 9-0-58-0, Dwayne Bravo 7-0-41-1, Darren Sammy 7-0-34-0, Sulieman Benn 4-0-22-0, Chris Gayle 10-0-60-1, Kieron Pollard 9-0-58-1.
England win REUTERS LONDON, MAY 31
England eased to an eightwicket victory over Bangladesh on the final day of the first test today after Steven Finn captured five wickets in an innings in his first test at Lord's. Finn, 21, who made his debut on the two -test tour of Bangladesh in March, finished with five for 87 from 24 overs of accurate, probing pace bowling from the Pavilion End. He took four for 100 in the first innings. England first innings: 505 (A. Strauss 83, J. Trott 226, Shahadat 5-98). Bangladesh first innings: (Tamim Iqbal 55, Junaid Siddique 58; James Anderson 4-78, Steven Finn 4-100). Bangladesh second innings: Tamim Iqbal c Trott b Finn 103, Imrul Kayes c Bell b Finn 75, Junaid Siddique c Bresnan b Finn 74, Jahurul Islam c&b Trott 46, Mohammad Ashraful c Prior b Anderson 21, Shahadat Hossain b Bresnan 0, Shakib Al Hasan c Morgan b Finn 16, Mushfiqur Rahim c Prior b Finn 0, Mahmudullah c Prior b Bresnan 19, Rubel Hossain c Strauss b Bresnan 4, Robiul Islam not out 0. Extras: 24. Total: 382, all out. Fall of wickets: 1-185 2-189 3-289 4-321 5-322 6-347 7-354 8-361 9-381 10382. Bowling: Anderson 29.1-8-841, Bresnan 26.2-9-93-3, Finn 24-6-87-5, Swann 27-5-81-0, Trott 4-0-16-1. England second innings: A. Strauss c Rahim b Shakib 82, A. Cook lbw b Mahmudullah 23, J. Trott not out 36, K. Pietersen not out 10. Extras: 12.Total: 163 for 2. Fall of wicket: 1-67 2-147. Bowling: Shahadat 2-0-19-0, Robiul 1-0-120, Shakib 16-1-48-1, Rubel 1-0-80, Mahmudullah 15.1-1-71-1.
Set 160 to win in two full sessions, England reached their target in the last over before tea. Captain Andrew Strauss began at breakneck speed with four boundaries off the first two overs and reached his half-century from as many balls. After making 83 in the first innings on his return to the England side he was out for 82 from 88 balls, edging a catch behind off his opposite number Shakib Al Hasan. Bangladesh lost their remaining five wickets in the morning for only 54 runs, a disappointing performance following their exuberant batting on Sunday which looked likely to salvage a draw after they had lost each of their previous six tests against England. Finn struck three times in 15 balls after play resumed on a chilly, overcast morning with Bangladesh on 328 for five, removing Shakhib (16), Junaid Siddique (74) and Mushfiqur Rahim (0) in consecutive overs,